This week, former Twitter chief security officer Peiter “Mudge” Zatko filed an explosive whistleblower complaint against the company. The allegations, which Twitter contests, claim the social media firm has multiple security flaws that it hasn’t taken seriously. Zatko alleges Twitter put an Indian government agent on its payroll and failed to patch servers and company laptops. Among the claims, however, one stands out: the suggestion that Twitter engineers could access live software and had virtually untracked access to its system.

In a privacy win for students across the US, an Ohio judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to scan students’ homes while they are taking remote tests. We also detailed the privacy flaw that is threatening US democracy—a lack of federal privacy protections means mass surveillance systems could be used against citizens in new ways.

Elsewhere, as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine passes six months, military forces are increasingly turning to open source data to back their efforts. Police in India are using facial recognition with very low accuracy rates—the technology is being widely used in Delhi but could be throwing up plenty of false positives. And we dived deeply (perhaps too deeply) into how four high school students hacked 500 of their schools’ cameras, across six locations, and rickrolled thousands of students and teachers. It’s one elaborate graduation prank.

And there’s more. Each week, we highlight the news we didn’t cover in-depth ourselves. Click on the headlines below to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.

Since Russia-backed trolls flooded Facebook and Twitter with disinformation around the 2016 US elections, the social media firms have improved their ability to bust disinformation networks. The companies frequently take down propaganda accounts linked to authoritarian states, such as Iran, Russia, an
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