In light of the Paris terrorist attacks this past week, the hacker collective known as anonymous has announced their “biggest operation” yet against ISIS, the group that has claimed responsibility for the attacks. From the article:
In the as-yet-unverified video, posted on YouTube, a spokesperson wearing the group’s signature Guy Fawkes mask said the group of hackers would use its expertise to wage “war” on the militant group.
“Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared,” the announcer says in French.
According to this article, apps that can be installed on a mobile device in order to electronically “stalk” the owner of that device are still legal in the United States but Senator Al Franken is introducing legislation that will ban these apps. From the article:
Franken, one of the Senate’s staunchest defenders of privacy rights, has introduced similar legislation before and has been trying to ban stalking apps since 2011.
If it seems inconceivable that apps marketed and sold for the purpose of monitoring their users are legal, there’s a maddeningly logical explanation.
Spying apps that can track location, read text messages, monitor calls (and much more) also have legitimate purposes, despite the likelihood for abuse.