Voice assistants' real purpose is to spy on you, and other privacy and security news

Privacy

Here are some of the serious consumer data leaks published last week:


And it’s not just Big Tech Tesla’s driving data storage system hacked by Dutch investigators


So What Does Big Tech Know About You? Basically Everything! And the government confirms it: Internet Service Providers Collect, Sell Horrifying Amount of Sensitive Data, Government Study Concludes


Even when not connected, your phone, laptop, or watch can be tracked by their Bluetooth transmissions


With Brave’s privacy-first search engine is now built in to its browser. This provides another alternative to Google.


54% of social media users don’t think their info is safe. Hmm, so what are they doing about it? And does this mean that 46% of social media users think their info is safe?


Security

Amazing, we don’t seem to be able to block them: Microsoft: Hackers Who Hit SolarWinds Are Back and Targeting IT Supply Chain


Ransomware hackers appear to go from individual hacks such as this Sinclair confirms ransomware attack after TV station disruptions to entire campaigns:


Ransomware criminals have feelings too: BlackMatter abuse caused crims to shut down negotiation portal


Some pushback is starting, though:

Still, 83% of ransomware victims paid ransom: Survey


Many other hacks were published as well:


And new vulnerabilities emerge


All these attacks amount to serious damage:


The news is not all bad, though

Regulation


The regulatory news last week were a rather mixed bag:

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