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A mother who reportedly pointed a gun at a Baltimore police officer was shot and killed during a standoff that left her 5-year-old son wounded by gunfire. Outrage spread quickly online with many calling for the officers' body camera footage to be released.
The global surveillance industry has exploded over the past few years, so it may come as no surprise that cyberweapons (read: specialized malware and intrusion software) developed in Western countries are finding their way into the hands of despots. Thankfully, Transparency Toolkit has published a new searchable database to help sort out the mess.
Your cellphone battery may be betraying your privacy. New research from Princeton University indicates a commonly used API providing websites information about your remaining battery life is also used to create a unique “fingerprint” for tracking scripts.
In other bad news, Chinese malware creators are using your phone to rake in $300,000 a month.
Iranian hackers have reportedly hacked the Telegram messaging app, exposing the telephone numbers of 15 million Iranian users. The breach was the result of a flaw in Telegram’s use of SMS verification for accounts.—via Reuters
The FBI has denied the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's request to brief the panel on the DNC hack.—via the Hill
Whomever the next president is, she or he won’t understand technology.—via Politico
A new report details an “elaborately staged malware operation” targeting Syrian rebels. The operators, whom researchers have nicknamed “Group5,” reportedly target Windows computers and Android phones of “well-connected individuals in the Syrian opposition.”—via Citizen Lab
A Tuesday election forecast claims Hillary Clinton has a 65.9 percent chance of winning the presidency.—via FiveThirtyEight
Former subordinates of fallen Capt. Humayun Khan shared memories of a “loved” leader who sacrificed everything to save their lives. Khan's parents—Khizr and Ghazala Khan—became the focus of a Donald Trump tirade this week after the captain's father spoke at the Democratic National Convention.—via Daily Beast
Police in Manila are reportedly on a “killing spree” after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered officers and vigilantes to round up drug suspects. Around 50 people were killed.—via ABC (Australia)