A post-Roe privacy nightmare ensued

United States of America The Supreme Court dismissed it yesterday Roe v. used, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights in the US for 49 years and, as  “revolutionized women’s lives.” Now all that is in jeopardy.

It is impossible to overstate the dire consequences of the court’s decision. In addition to the mortal danger that pregnant people now face, the end of Roe v. Wade and the rise of criminal abortion has led to the privacy nightmare civil rights advocates have warned about for decades.

As we reported in May, after a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision was leaked to Politico, the criminalization of abortion in states across the US requires people to adopt a comprehensive digital privacy strategy to protect themselves from surveillance. These steps include switching to an end-to-end encrypted app like Signal, limiting your data footprint by using search engines like DuckDuckGo instead of Google, locking down your privacy settings on your phone, and using a browser extension to block web trackers. . For more details on protecting your digital privacy, we recommend the guides by the Digital Defense Fund and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

If you want to protest against a Supreme Court decision, check out our guide on how to protest safely. And if you’re looking for information on getting an abortion in the post-Roy America, we even have a list of resources for that.

In other articles this week, we explained how to password-protect any file and dove from the lingering security risks associated with Microsoft’s now-defunct Internet Explorer browser. We took a look at Brave’s new Goggles tool for its privacy-focused search engine that lets you create custom search filters. We explore the ways in which the US intelligence community uses artificial intelligence. And we’ve described a new type of spyware that Google and Lookout researchers say has been used to target people in several countries.

Microsoft released this week Report Russia is entering cyber efforts in its ongoing war against Ukraine. Investigators found that Russia launched at least 48 attacks against Ukrainian organizations. While some attempts were successful, including a failed Russian military attempt to deploy “Viper” malware against Ukrainian government computers, researchers found that rapidly deployed digital defenses prevented most of these attacks. Vladimir Putin isn’t limiting Russian hackers to targets in Ukraine. Microsoft researchers identified Russian “network intrusion attempts” against 128 organizations in 42 countries outside of Ukraine. Moscow often targets the governments of NATO countries, and researchers say Russian attacks have a 29 percent success rate. In a quarter of successful attacks, Russian hackers stole internal data from victim networks. Microsoft has warned that Russia is carrying out worldwide “cyber influence operations”, at least some of which involve propaganda encouraging people not to vaccinate for Covid-19.

Despite political misinformation running rampant on meta platforms ahead of November’s midterm elections, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly shifted his focus away from election-related issues to the metaverse. According to multiple sources spoken to The The New York Times, Facebook’s “core elections team … has been disbanded,” and only 60 people now focus full-time on election integrity issues. Company spokesman Tom Reynolds disputed that number, saying “hundreds” of people at Meta were focusing on election-related work.

Another day, another cryptocurrency company gets hacked and nets criminals a staggering amount of money. The latest attack against California-based Web3 firm Harmony targeted a blockchain bridge used to transfer cryptocurrencies from one blockchain to another. The company said the hackers stole about $100 million in digital assets. Bridges are a known weak point in the crypto ecosystem. In late March, hackers believed to be part of North Korea’s Lazarus Group made off with $540 million worth of cryptocurrency thanks to a bridge attack.

We’ve all been there: Driving home after a night out on the town, you realize you’ve misplaced a USB drive containing the names, addresses, birthdays and tax-related information of every person in your city. Never happened to you? A contractor in Amagasaki, Japan was not so lucky. the guardian An unnamed contractor reportedly lost a USB drive containing the sensitive personal data of all 460,000 Amagasaki residents after a night of drinking at a restaurant. While the mistake is certainly embarrassing, it hopefully won’t lead to privacy violations: According to city officials, the data is encrypted and they’ve found no evidence of leaks. Cheers!

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