Suspended by Facebook Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB), Crimson Hexagon is apparently the latest data surveillance organization to have it's virtual wrist slapped by Zuckerberg et Cie due to bad data behavior. - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong.
"...the company had its access to the Facebook and Instagram APIs shut off Friday after the Wall Street Journal queried Facebook about Crimson Hexagon’s contracts with the US government, a Russian not-for-profit with ties to the Kremlin, and the Turkish government." - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong
Both Cyrus Favrivar of Ars Technica and Kate Martin, writing for The Tacoma News Tribune, have reported (Ars, Tribune) that Judge G. Helen Whitener has rebuked the Tacoma Police Department's for their apparent decision to not produce the surveillance output from a series of StingRay operations conducted by the Department in the City of Tacoma. Regardless, Judge Whitener has handed down the decision.
"Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener ruled earlier this year that the city improperly withheld 11 documents from the American Civil Liberties Union. On Monday, Whitener issued a ruling tallying the cost: ▪ $182,340 for violations of the Public Records Act. ▪ $115,530 for attorney fees and other costs." via The News Tribune reporter Kate Martin
As an FYI, The TPD is an excellent organization, and highly respected, both here in the State of Washington and throughout the country. - mh
Allison Marsh, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina), succintly writes - via the IEEE's Spectrum Magazine - on a tradecraft tool from the United States Central Intelligence Agency - behold, the Insectothopter. Certainly, a stepping stone to more robust, capable devices that facilitates competent intelligence gathering. Todays' Hardware Must Read!
'“We have to be really careful as we have more devices capturing more information in living rooms and bedrooms and on the street and in other people’s homes that the public is not blindsided and surprised by things,” said Dave Morgan, the founder and chief executive of Simulmedia, which works with advertisers on targeted TV ads. “It’s not what’s legal. It is what’s not creepy.”' - via Sapna Maheshwari, writing at the New York Times
Congratulations on the outstanding work on ADINT are in order for the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington's Tadayoshi Kohno, Franziska Roesner and Paul Vines. Truly Astonishing.