Security News This Week: The US Puts a $10M Bounty on DarkSide Ransomware Hackers

On Friday, the radical transparency group DDoSecrets released hundreds of hours of police helicopter surveillance footage. It’s unclear who originally obtained the data, or what that person’s motivations were, but the trove shows how extensive law enforcement’s eye-in-the-sky has become, and how high-fidelity its cameras are.…
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1.8 TB of Police Helicopter Surveillance Footage Leaks Online

“It’s a crystal-clear example of why mass surveillance makes our society less safe, not more safe,” says Evan Greer, deputy director of the digital rights group Fight for the Future, of the data leak. “Both corporations and governments are terrible at safeguarding the sensitive data that they collect.” Police drones have gotten a lot of attention lately, because they represent a new generation of aerial vehicles capable of particularly stealthy surveillance and new types of behavior, including flying indoors.…
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A Drone Tried to Disrupt the Power Grid. It Won’t Be the Last

In July of last year, a DJI Mavic 2 drone approached a Pennsylvania power substation. Two 4-foot nylon ropes dangled from its rotors, a thick copper wire connected to the ends with electrical tape. The device had been stripped of any identifiable markings, as well as its onboard camera and memory card, in an apparent effort by its owner to avoid detection.…
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These Parents Built a School App. Then the City Called the Cops

While the dispute was unfolding, Öppna Skolplattformen continued growing in popularity—including a swell in the number of people involved in its development. Cofounders Landgren and Öbrink say up to 40 people have worked on development of the app. This group of volunteers has found and squashed bugs, developed a search feature, and translated the app into different languages.…
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How to Use iCloud+’s New Security Features

Alongside the launch of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, Apple has also rolled out something called iCloud+ to everyone who pays for iCloud storage. It’s a package of perks that mainly focus on security and privacy. If you don’t yet pay for extra iCloud storage, beyond the 5 GB every Apple user gets for free, prices start at 99 cents per month for 50 GB of space.…
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An Apparent Ransomware Hack Puts the NRA in a Bind

On Wednesday, the Russian ransomware group Grief posted a sample of data that it claimed was stolen from the National Rifle Association. Dealing with ransomware is a pain under any circumstances. But Grief presents even more complications, because the group is connected to the notorious Evil Corp gang, which has been subject to US Treasury sanctions since December 2019.…
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