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Hippogriff takes pride in having the skills available to protect and promote the Human Right to privacy. Illegal actions against individuals and companies are not only carried out by criminal cells, but also state-sponsored agencies and their non-governmental contracted propagators. Hippogriff is able to grant System Protection, Continuity, and Contingency Planning - along with Network Security Testing and Evaluation capabilities to slow down and make unlawful espionage against innocents more difficult. Legitimate business operations are being affected by such revelations; this means profits will continue to be hampered if economic activity isn't left alone by the misuse of information technology systems.

Hippogriff is available to fill the demand of exponential technological growth; a need for Cyber Security services is paramount. Too many companies are unaware of the dangerous that await them as they navigate the global economy. Most organizations at this time are infected at different levels of their network infrastructure. Most organizations employ an ill-equipped internal IT department or outsourced IT services that DO NOT specialize in the areas that Hippogriff is currently assisting in. The future will be even more hectic than things are now. Make sure your organization's systems are prepared to deal with emerging threats and changes to infrastructure.


Police Use of 'StingRay' Cellphone Tracker Requires Search Warrant, Appeals Court Rules

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.


Security Researchers Warn That GO Keyboard Is Spying on Millions of Android Users

Security researchers from Adguard have issued a warning that the popular GO Keyboard app is spying on users. Produced by Chinese developers GOMO Dev Team, GO Keyboard was found to be transmitting personal information about users back to remote servers, as well as "using a prohibited technique to download dangerous executable code."

Adguard made the discovery while conducting research into the traffic consumption and unwanted behavior of various Android keyboards. The AdGuard for Android app makes it possible to see exactly what traffic an app is generating, and it showed that GO Keyboard was making worrying connections, making use of trackers, and sharing personal information.


Using Malware and Infrared Light, Hackers Can Turn a Security Camera into a Business Spy

 Security researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) were able to use infrared (IR) light to control the behavior of security cameras infected with malware. The technique was detailed in a research paper published on Monday.

The technique is called "aIR-Jumper," and it will work with both professional and home security cameras, according to press release from BGU. It could affect LED doorbells as well, as they can also detect IR light, the release noted.


Israeli Startup Touting "the Longest Range" Wi-Fi Spying Tool in the World

Israel has a reputation for being home to some of the most capable offensive hacking firms on the planet. These shadowy companies sell wares to governments all over the world, and the market grows more and more competitive every year.

Case in point: The launch of a new Israeli firm called WiSpear, which is sparking a new rivalry in the lucrative business of Wi-Fi interception. This tech is used by police, intelligence and military agencies, which pay hackers to break into the networks of chosen targets.


Do Tech Companies Really Need All That User Data?

The online economy — from search to email to social media — is built in large part on the fact that consumers are willing to give away their data in exchange for products that are free and easy to use. The assumption behind this trade-off is that without giving up all that data, those products either couldn't be so good or would have to come at a cost.

But a new working paper, released this week by Lesley Chiou of Occidental College and Catherine Tucker of MIT, suggests that the trade-off may not always be necessary. By studying the effects of privacy regulations in the E.U., they attempted to measure whether the anonymization and de-identification of search data hurts the quality of search results.


Chinese Mobile Antivirus App Caught Siphoning User Data

Google removed — and then reinstated — one of the most popular mobile antivirus apps on the Play Store after security firm Check Point discovered that the app was secretly collecting device data from users' smartphones.

The app in question is named DU Antivirus Security and was created by the DU Group, a company part of the Baidu conglomerate.


Shutterfly Must Face Privacy Suit Over 'Faceprints'

Siding against Shutterfly, a federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit alleging that the company violated an Illinois privacy law regarding faceprints.

The ruling, issued Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Joan B. Gottschall in Illinios, means that Florida resident Alejandro Monroy can move forward with a class-action complaint accusing Shutterfly of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. That law, passed in 2008, requires companies to obtain written releases from people before collecting certain biometric data, including fingerprints, retinal scans and scans of face geometry.