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From China with Love: New York Firm sold millions in PRC Surveillance Gear to US Government, Military

A complaint unsealed by the Department of Justice on Thursday alleges a New York firm engineered a years-long scheme to deceive the U.S. government: selling Chinese manufactured cameras and other gear to the U.S. Military, the Department of Energy and other government agencies that it claimed were “Made in the U.S.A”.

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WeChat set to become China’s official electronic ID | Security Affairs

Officials in the Nansha District of Guangzhou, China plan to allow citizens to use the WeChat social networking application as a form of official identification for access government and private sector services, Security Affairs reports. 

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NSA Surveillance Law Expiring amid Partisan Divisions | The Parallax

The folks over at The Parallax write that time is running out on a U.S. spy law that allows the National Security Agency to run its most controversial surveillance programs, with no clear replacement plan in place.

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Spy Eyes In the Sky: DHS says DJI Drones spy for Chinese Government, Industry

The Department of Homeland Security is warning that commercial drones made by the China-based firm Da Jian Innovations (DJI) may be providing “U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data” to the Chinese government and favored industries in that country, according to a copy of an August, 2017 Intelligence Bulletin (PDF) published by the website Public Intelligence. 

Child Smart Watches

Podcast: Why Germany wants Smart Watches destroyed and One Nation Under Trolls

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 48:59 — 89.7MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s Security Ledger podcast, sponsored by our friends at CyberArk, we talk about the German government’s recent decision to declare kids smart watches “surveillance devices” and to order their destruction. Also: Adrian Shabaz of Freedom House comes in to talk to us about the latest Internet Freedom report, which finds that governments are increasingly manipulating online content to shape online discussions and even the outcome of elections at home and abroad. And finally: leaked credentials in a GitHub repository may have been behind Uber’s loss of information on some 50 million customers. In a preview of a Security Ledger spotlight podcast, we hear from Elizabeth Lawler of CyberArk about the proliferation of so-called “Dev Ops secrets” and how companies need to do a better managing the permissions assigned to applications.