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Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

The rise of cloud computing and AI technologies have popularised the technology globally, with supporters saying it promises greater security and efficiency.

With more than 105,000 cameras, Moscow boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems. It became fully operational this year and authorities say it has cut crime and helped the city enforce coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

But the backlash is growing, too, as critics say benefits come at the cost of lost privacy and increased surveillance. The rights activists say cameras have been used to monitor political rallies and a lack of clear rules allows for abuse.

Full article: Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

Wheely ride-hailing app writes to UK privacy watchdog over Moscow data demands

The ride-hailing app Wheely has written to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after claiming it is being pressured into potentially breaking European privacy law by handing over data on its journeys to the Moscow Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The company, which has its headquarters in London, last month had its Russian subsidiary suspended from operating by a Moscow court for 90 days, after it refused to hand over the information that it argues could be used to breach the privacy of individual customers.

Source: Wheely ride-hailing app writes to UK privacy watchdog over Moscow data demands

Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites

Cellphone location data purchased from marketers enabled researchers at Mississippi State to track the movements of Russian generals. The data have major implications for national-security and law-enforcement agencies, too.

At one of the locations, the Nyonoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia, the group identified 48 mobile devices present on Aug. 9, one day after a mysterious radiation spike there generated international headlines and widespread speculation that a Russian missile test had gone wrong.

Source: Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites – WSJ

Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking

Berlin has officially called for the use of a new EU sanctions framework to target Russian individuals following the 2015 hack attack against the German parliament’s IT system, an inquiry has revealed.

If agreed, the plan, which was recommended by Berlin last month, would be the first use of an EU cyber sanctions regime adopted in 2017.

Source: Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking | News | DW | 12.07.2020

Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Activist Alyona Popova and politician Vladimir Milov have lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) about Russia’s use of facial recognition technology.

The lawsuit is the first laid before the court challenging use of the technology for mass surveillance, according to Human Rights Watch, citing Popova’s and Milov’s lawyer, Kirill Koroteyev.

Source: Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell”.

The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Sergei Chemezov’s Rostec conglomerate.

The technology will ensure children’s safety by monitoring their movements and identifying outsiders on the premises.

Source: Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti – The Moscow Times

Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

The successor agency to Russia’s KGB has been hacked again—and the exposed tools represent a threat to us all.

This one has exposed “a new weapon ordered by the security service,” one that can be used to execute cyber attacks on IoT devices. The goal of the so-called “Fronton Program” is to exploit IoT security vulnerabilities en masse—remember, these technologies are fundamentally less secure than other connected devices in homes and offices.

Source: Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed

Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine

Moscow is using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so.

Russia has temporarily barred Chinese nationals from entering the country to curb the spread of the virus, but has welcomed Russians who return home with an order to spend two weeks at home, even in the absence of symptoms.

Source: Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine – Reuters

Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police

Moscow is the latest major city to introduce live facial recognition cameras to its streets, with Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announcing that the technology is operating “on a mass scale” earlier this month.

Moscow started trialing live facial recognition in 2017, using technology from Russian firm NtechLab to scan footage from the Russian capital’s network of 160,000 CCTV cameras. The company is best known for its FindFace software, which it launched in 2016 and let users match anyone in a picture to their profile on VK, known as Russia’s Facebook.

Moscow police will use the technology by creating watchlists of suspects they can search for on live camera footage. If a match is found, the police will be notified via NtechLab’s app.

Source: Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police – The Verge

Russia is working on a Tor de-anonymization project

Hackers have stolen a massive trove of sensitive data and defaced the website of SyTech, a major contractor working for Russian intelligence agency FSB.

The documents included descriptions of dozens of internal projects the company was working on, including ones on de-anonymization of users of the Tor browser and researching the vulnerability of torrents.

A Tor network routes internet traffic through random relays across the world, allowing users to conceal their location and internet usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

Source: BBC: Russia is working on a Tor de-anonymization project

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