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DEA and ICE surveillance cameras in streetlights


The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hidden an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights around the country, federal contracting documents reveal.

Source: Quartz

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies – Bloomberg

 

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

Source: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies – Bloomberg

California Officials Admit to Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Welfare Recipients

Since 2016, Sacramento County officials have been accessing license plate reader data to track welfare recipients suspected of fraud, the Sacramento Bee reported over the weekend.

Source: California Officials Admit to Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Welfare Recipients

Tesla Model 3 Sales vs Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales (USA) — Tesla Now Crushing The Competition? | CleanTechnica

It’s widely speculated that Tesla delayed US deliveries and shipped more cars abroad in the second quarter in order to not pass the 200,000 vehicle milestone that starts the US federal EV tax credit phaseout. Indeed, as Tesla told us recently, the 200,000 vehicle milestone was passed in July, not June

Source: Tesla Model 3 Sales vs Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales (USA) — Tesla Now Crushing The Competition? | CleanTechnica

Ubiquiti Router Hardening — Manito Networks

Ubiquiti routers straight out of the box require security hardening like any Cisco, Juniper, or Mikrotik router. Some very basic configuration changes can be made immediately to reduce attack surface while also implementing best practices, and more advanced changes allow routers to pass compliance scans and formal audits. Almost all of the configuration changes below are included in requirements for PCI and HIPAA compliance, and the best-practice steps are also included in CIS security benchmarks and DISA STIGs.

Source: Ubiquiti Router Hardening — Manito Networks

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Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints | TechCrunch

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.

Source: Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints | TechCrunch

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

The NSA considers AT&T to be one of its most trusted partners and has lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” It is a collaboration that dates back decades.

Source: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

Driver’s Licenses Go Digital – IEEE Spectrum

Will you have to have an ID to sit in an autonomous vehicle?

Digital driver’s licenses are coming to the United States, harnessing biometrics like facial recognition, fingerprints, and iris scanning for security. Iowa in 2019 plans to begin doling out the licenses state-wide, and Delaware, Virginia, Wyoming, and several other states have conducted small pilot studies of the technology.Photo: IdemiaRob Mikell

Source: Driver’s Licenses Go Digital – IEEE Spectrum