Welcome to e.Woke #18!
This week, we’ll take a look at modern day spying. Whether it’s intercepting your phone and email records via targeted searching or a private spy plane, we’ll help you understand what has happened this week!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane that’s tracking your location for advertisers! Private contractors have grown very popular amongst advertisers and the US military. So, advertisers are using spy planes to track where their customers come from, and the US military uses the planes to track “terrorist groups”. (via BuzzFeed)
Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is currently waiting for reauthorization from Congress. Section 702 allows dragnet surveillance, backdoor searches of phone and email records, and the unlawful targeting of communities of color and immigrants. We can do better, and we must. (via Wired)
Recently, a team of researchers have discovered how easy it is to trick self-driving cars into reading stop signs wrong. By defacing “Stop” signs with stickers or spray paint, they successfully tricked a car into seeing a “Stop” sign as a “Speed Limit 45” sign. As if self-driving cars weren’t terrifying already. (via Bleeping Computer)
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- Here’s How Buzzfeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes (via Buzzfeed)
- “I Don’t Want To Give Out My Phone Number” – A Gendered Security Issue (via Jillian C. York )
- Facebook Groups: Reducing Risks (via EFF)