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No Means No
July 19, 2019 | Dominic Dhil Panakal

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android applications (apps) gathering data from devices despite being explicitly denied permission.

Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy research at ICSI, will reportedly be sharing the details of the 1,325 apps that have been gathering information without user permission at the Usenix Security conference in August.

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission. Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy research at the ICSI, presented the study in late June at the Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCon.

Officially, apps generally interact with Android through software hooks known as APIs, giving the operating system the ability to manage their access. “While the Android APIs are protected by the permission system, the file system often is not,” said Serge Egelman, research director of the Usable Security and Privacy Group at the International Computer Science Institute. “There are apps that can be denied access to the data, but then they find it in various parts of the file system.”

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback
June 19, 2019 | Mae Anderson, Frank Bajak, Macy Gordon,Angela Charlton

Still, Facebook is sure to face an onslaught of liability concerns when it comes to anti-money laundering and identity verification, said Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.

NSA warns Microsoft Windows users of cyber-attack risk
June 5, 2019 | Tara McKelvey, BBC News

The vulnerability in the older versions of Microsoft Windows, wrote the International Computer Science Institute's Nicholas Weaver, means that bad actors could "gain complete control of the remote system".

Startup Cuts Network Clutter With 'Lean NFV'
May 30, 2019 | Mitch Wagner, Light Reading

Nefeli, launched in 2017 with a $10 million series A funding round, is co-founded by company chairman Scott Shenker, who was previously the initial CEO of Nicira, an early software-defined networking company that sold to VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. Another co-founder is CTO Sylvia Ratnasamy, an associate professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, where her work focuses on the design and implementation of networked systems.

Facebook wants your data: 5 ways to keep it safe
May 17, 2019 | Laura Hautala, CNET

"The funny thing -- well, funny in a perverse way -- is that the truth is a lot scarier than the myth," said Serge Egelman, a privacy researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.

The Improbable Rise of Huawei
March 25, 2019 | Keith Johnson, Elias Groll

To satisfy the demands of law enforcement, telecommunications networks are typically built to enable some type of wiretapping function. Such abilities have in the past been subverted by intelligence agencies to snoop on calls and scoop up data, so using Chinese-designed equipment for such networks practically represents an invitation to Beijing to spy, “since the infrastructure itself is designed to support such meddling,” argued Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.

The study, which was carried out by researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the IMDEA Networks Institute, in collaboration with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley (USA) and Stony Brook University of New York (US), encompassed more than 82,000 pre-installed Android apps across more than 1,700 devices manufactured by 214 brands, according to the IMDEA institute.

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