Daily Archives: 2021-02-07

Barcode scanner app on Google Play infects 10m users with one update

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Aren't auto-updating never-stable software ecosystems great? The repository model works _great_ when there aren't profit incentives (see: Linux Distros), but paid app stores are just choke-points for exploitation, and it's a clear "This is why we can't have nice things." Also, this is _NOT_ about the Open-Source ZXing Barcode Scanner app... and in fact there seems to be a coordinated negative review campaign months after the most recent update to try to push people on to the malware-infested alternatives.
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Minneapolis police used Google location data to find George Floyd protesters

Source: Engadget

Article note: Weren't these same outlets just celebrating 3rd party doctrine dragnet bullshit being used on the Jan. 6th idiots? Be careful what you wish for.
Law enforcement has used Google location data to target suspects before, but that now includes people at large-scale protests. TechCrunch has learned that Minneapolis police used a search warrant to obtain geofenced location info in hopes of identify...
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