Kim Zetter

Kim Zetter

Reporter covering cybersecurity/privacy. Author of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon. Signal user.

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I spoke with CBC Radio talking about the MBS hack of Jeff Bezos, the problematic forensic report and the lack of evidence; Adam Coogle@cooglea  of Human Rights Watch is also interviewed in the piece

"You can examine the FCC License data yourself, track radio license activity on a map, or dive into the specific defense companies that are prototyping new ground radar systems for detecting bodies and drones."

In 2019, over 1000 applications were filed with FCC for short-term experimental licenses to set up radio transmitters along border. These are often meant to detect movement around border and serve as communication systems in rugged terrains without access to wireless networks.

Some of the more spectacular of these involve the flying of un-manned, high-altitude surveillance blimps that can record the movement of people and vehicles over a vast area. However, most have a much more terrestrial footprint.

A crop of companies coming out of Silicon Valley: like Andreessen Horowitz-backed SkySafe, which produces anti-drone technology (to combat drug smuggling) and Echodyne, a company backed by Bill Gates that produces a new kind of radar for tracking low flying drones.

RSA emails are a bit like a Geiger counter - as the conference draws nearer they increase at a frantic pace.

A bit frustrating when I click on story I’m interested in reading and find that it’s primarily composed of quotes of tweets rather than interviews w/ the people who wrote the tweets. I understand the need to resort to tweet quotes in some cases but it’s sometimes used in excess.

"Encryption is a critical tool for many aspects of our national security, including election security.... Any effort to diminish the effectiveness of encryption will inherently diminish the security and, potentially, the integrity, of our elections."


Does Reality Winner deserve a more severe punishment for exposing Russian hacking operations than Russian agent Maria Butina who was an active participant in the Russian influence campaign?

ASUS, one of world’s largest computer makers, installed backdoor on thousands of customer computers last yr after hackers compromised its software update tool. The file was signed w/ ASUS digital certificates to make it look like authentic software update.

Exclusive: For yrs ES&S, top voting machine maker in US, has been saying its vote tabulators and election-management systems are not connected to the internet. That appears not to be true. Researchers say they found what appear to be 35 online.

Every night, several times a night, Uber and Lyft drivers at Reagan National Airport simultaneously turn off their ride share apps for a minute or two to trick the app into thinking there are no drivers available---creating a price surge.

WhatsApp discovered in early May that attackers were using zero day exploit developed by NSO Group that installed malware on a user's iPhone or Android phone simply by calling them. Target did not have to answer phone to be infected, and calls often disappeared from call logs

For months, ES&S refused to tell me or how many of its customers had remote-access software pcAnywhere installed on their election-management systems. ES&S would only say "a small number” Today, NPR reports ES&S has finally revealed 300 jurisdictions had it installed.

Facebook tracks former employees deemed a threat by using location data collected thru Facebook's apps/websites. "Other companies keep similar lists of threats, but Facebook is unique because it can use its own products to...track the location of people"

Google workers gave $5 gift cards to get people to provide scan of their face, but didn’t say it was for developing facial recognition of dark-skinned faces