Huawei, which has been working hard to dominate IT markets in Africa, has embedded technicians in the governments of Zambia and Uganda to help those governments organize and operate extensive domestic surveillance programs, the Wall Street Journal reports. Huawei denies any impropriety: the company has “never been engaged in ‘hacking’ activities,” a Huawei spokesman told the Journal in a written statement. “Huawei rejects completely these unfounded and inaccurate allegations against our business operations. Our internal investigation shows clearly that Huawei and its employees have not been engaged in any of the activities alleged. We have neither the contracts, nor the capabilities, to do so.” Others see Huawei as exporting China's proven domestic surveillance template.
Credit cards skimmers on gas pumps can now be spotted with a tool, "Bluetana," soon to be made available to police. KrebsOnSecurity describes the tool's ability to detect Bluetooth card skimmers. Bluetana emerged from joint research by the University of California San Diego and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with technical input from the US Secret Service, There are legitimate devices that can squawk like card skimmers, so Bluetana helps tell police that they should take a second look.
US prosecutors signal their intention to file more charges against accused Capital One hacker "erratic."
Emsisoft's Fabian Wosar is a fugitive from injustice. He tells the Micky that he has to keep moving to stay clear of the goons who are angry with him for his work on ransomware decryptors. He's cost them a lot of money.