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On Digital Privacy and Stopping Stalkerware with Eva Galperin

To The Point - Cybersecurity

Joining the podcast this week is Eva Galperin, Director of Cybersecurity for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). She is also the co-founder of the Coalition Against Stalkerware and has long been a champion for providing privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. “What is stalkerware?” many may ask. Stalkerware is considered a more personal way of invading someone's privacy such as using malware to track a person’s activity on a device. Eva shares insights from her many years on the frontlines of digital privacy both educating the broader population on how to protect oneself while also navigating the labyrinth of new regulations and laws being created that impact digital privacy of the future. Be sure to visit StopStalkerware.org to learn more! Eva Galperin is EFF's Director of Cybersecurity Prior to 2007, when she came to work for EFF, Eva worked in security and IT in Silicon Valley and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. Her work is primarily focused on providing privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything from organizing EFF's Tor Relay Challenge, to writing privacy and security training materials (including Surveillance Self Defense and the Digital First Aid Kit), and publishing research on malware in Syria, Vietnam, Lebanon, and Kazakhstan. Since 2018, she has worked on addressing the digital privacy and security needs of survivors or domestic abuse. She is also a co-founder of the Coalition Against Stalkerware. For links and resources discussed in this episode, please visit our show notes at https://www.forcepoint.com/govpodcast/e203


18 Oct 2022

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Eva Galperin

What's Her Story With Sam & Amy

Eva Galperin has been referred to as a “Hacker Hero.” She is the Director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and technical advisor for the Freedom of the Press Foundation. She is the Cofounder of @stopstalkerware. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


11 Aug 2022

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Re-Imagining Privacy in a Post-Roe World with Eva Galperin [Episode 8]

Tech Policy Grind

What is privacy in a Post-Roe world? TPG Host Reema Moussa chats with Eva Galperin on surveillance, data privacy, and digital liberties in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.


7 Jul 2022

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The EFF's Eva Galperin on Using DFIR Skills To Help Victims of Stalkerware and Abuse

Forensic Focus

In this episode, we highlight some of the hidden barriers to digital forensics professionals' ability to use their skills to help victims of stalking and domestic violence: how abuse dynamics keep victims from reporting to police, how police and courts can actually fuel the problem, and how emotionally difficult offering assistance can be. At the same time, though, the work can be deeply rewarding, and Eva offers a few resources for educating yourself on how these dynamics work.


7 Mar 2022

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Eva Galperin on Stalkerware, Tech-enabled Abuse, and Taking Back the Power of Privacy - Ep 16

Privacy is the New Celebrity

In episode 16, Lucy Kind interviews Eva Galperin, the director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international non-profit digital rights group that promotes online civil liberties. Eva leads EFF's Threat Lab, where one of her focuses includes eradicating "stalkerware" - spyware used for domestic abuse. Eva explains how private companies are profiting by selling malware that allows abusers to track everything a victim does on their device.  She breaks down how these virtual risks lead to real-world harms, and why it's so important to design technology for the most marginalized members of society.


27 Jan 2022

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Ending Stalkerware | A Conversation With Eva Galperin | The Changemaking With Chloé Messdaghi


Stalkerware is an exceptionally terrifying tool that allows someone without permission to creep & access one’s mind... and it's easy to get and use. Changemaker Eva Galperin is trying to stop it. 1 out of 10 Americans have admitted to using stalkerware to spy on their partner or ex. The number is likely higher than 1 out of 10. It's common to get a hold of and use it without being technical at all. Eva recognized the lack of support for victims, and decided it's time to change it. So, she joined forces with others to form the Coalition Against Stalkerware. Learn more about the organization: https://stopstalkerware.org ______________________________ GuestEva GalperinOn Twitter 👉 https://twitter.com/evacide ______________________________ HostChloé MessdaghiOn ITSPmagazine  👉 https://www.itspmagazine.com/itspmagazine-podcast-radio-hosts/chloe-messdaghi ______________________________ This Episode’s Sponsors ______________________________ ResourcesCoalition Against Stalkerware: https://stopstalkerware.org/ Eva Galperin's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/eva_galperin_what_you_need_to_know_about_stalkerware Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): https://www.eff.org/ Study: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/52172369/en ______________________________ For more podcast stories from The Changemaking Podcast With Chloé Messdaghi: https://www.itspmagazine.com/the-changemaking-podcast ______________________________ Are you interested in sponsoring an ITSPmagazine Channel?👉 https://www.itspmagazine.com/podcast-series-sponsorships


8 Jul 2021

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S3 Ep39.5: A conversation with Eva Galperin

Naked Security

In this special splintersode, Kimberly Truong talks to Eva Galperin, Director of Security at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Eva's TED talk mentioned in the podcast: What you need to know about Stalkerware. Original music by Edith Mudge Got questions/suggestions/stories to share? Email tips@sophos.com Twitter @NakedSecurity Instagram @NakedSecurity


5 Jul 2021

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Stalkerware with Eva Galperin

Easy Prey

If you’ve ever had the feeling that someone is eavesdropping on your calls, reading your messages or emails, and even knows where you’ve been going, you just might be right. Abusers often utilize stalkerware to control and manipulate their targets. Being educated on what it is, how it got there, how to clean it off your devices, and where to go for help can make a world of difference. Today’s guest is Eva Galperin. Eva is the Director of Cybersecurity at The Electronic Frontier Foundation. She has worked in security and IT in Silicon Valley and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations. She has applied the combination of her poli-sci and technical backgrounds to everything including organizing EFF’s TOR relay challenge to writing privacy and security training manuals. Those include Surveillance Self-Defense and The Digital First Aid Kit. Show Notes: [1:21] - On her way to law school, Eva began working for Electronic Frontier Foundation and decided not to leave. She has worked in nearly every department. [2:22] - Having worked in tech since a teen, Eva had a lot of experience with stalkerware. But she shares the reason why she was driven to research it further. [4:02] - Through her own research and trials, Eva found that anti-virus apps did not protect against stalkerware. [5:21] - Eva explains how abusers could react to stalkerware being removed from a device and leaves the decision up to the survivor on how and when to remove it. [6:30] - There are companies that are now paying more attention to stalkerware. Eva explains that this is a good thing, but also believes that it is because there has been an increase in the use of stalkerware. [7:24] - The most recent report of stalkerware being detected by antivirus programs indicates a range of 60-95% as compared to only 10% a few years ago. [8:33] - In cases of domestic abuse, an abuser has physical access to a device and can install stalkerware without the survivor even knowing. [10:10] - Spouses and partners having access to each other’s devices and knowing passwords is very common in modern relationships. [11:22] - Eva recommends stalkerware detection apps for Android and Apple. [13:01] - Chris and Eva discuss Windows and Mac OS stalkerware. [14:32] - What is the difference between account compromise and device compromise? Eva says the more common problem is account compromise. [16:01] - Eva recommends different and long passwords for each account you have as well as having two factor authorization turned on. She explains how this works. [18:09] - Eva’s advice for consumers is to meet them where they are.  [19:13] - You should go into your account settings and look for the page that lists devices and IP addresses that have logged into your account if you feel something is going on. [21:32] - Personal trackers that are meant for people to keep track of their belongings are essentially a gift to stalkers. [23:11] - Regarding personal trackers, Eva shares that she has gotten some pushback on the abuse of these tools. [24:32] - Software that allows you to do this without notifying the user so that they do not know that they are being watched is in and of itself abusive. [26:01] - It is sad to see when people who have been abused feel that the only way they can take back power is to abuse as well. [27:33] - Resetting to factory settings for most forms of device compromise is sufficient but you also need to change your account passwords and disable iCloud backups. [28:51] - Eva loves open source for personal use, but as a general rule she doesn’t recommend it due to her security background. [29:52] - If your cameras are compromised, covering the camera is a viable security measure. Covering microphones is trickier. [30:43] - Chris and Eva discuss hackers hacking webcams, using blackmail photos, and sextortion emails. [33:01] - Sometimes the extortion emails can confuse people severely enough to believe the scam. [34:26] - Evan recommends the NNEDV and Operation Safe Escape for those looking for support. [36:17] - The U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 Thanks for joining us on Easy Prey. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and leave a nice review.  Links and Resources: Podcast Web Page Facebook Page whatismyipaddress.com Easy Prey on Instagram Easy Prey on Twitter Easy Prey on LinkedIn Easy Prey on YouTube Easy Prey on Pinterest Coalition Against Stalkerware - StopStalkerware.org National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Operation Safe Escape Electronic Frontier Foundation Email: eva@eff.org Eva Galperin on Twitter


16 Jun 2021

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Hack Chat // Eva Galperin // Hunting Bad Actors and Eradicating Stalkerware

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In this episode of Hack Chat, Eva discusses how she started in cybersecurity as well as tracking actors while pitching AV companies to alert users of security threats of stalkerware. Eva Galperin is the Director of Cybersecurity at the EFF and technical advisor for the Freedom of the Press Foundation. She is noted for her extensive work in protecting global privacy and free speech and for her research on malware and nation-state spyware Learn more about Hack Chat: https://www.sentinelone.com/lp/hackchat Learn more about SentinelOne: https://www.sentinelone.com


13 May 2021

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#5 - Eva Galperin

Avast Hacker Archives

t’s no coincidence that when our pandemic-stricken world went into lockdown mode in 2020, incidents of abuse via stalkerware spiked, especially in situations where the victimizer did not live with the victim. Then, as the lockdown began to be lifted in early 2021, stalkerware abuse spiked yet again. Abusers have learned over the past couple of years that certain apps facilitate or outright promote spying capabilities without the need for malware. The subterfuge hangs simply on a shared or compromised account, which makes it all the more sinister. And much like COVID-19, stalkerware is a worldwide problem.  The good news is that some very capable people are on the case, working to identify and eradicate stalkerware around the globe. Leading the charge is the brilliant Eva Galperin, key figure in launching the Coalition Against Stalkerware, a group of cybersecurity experts (including Avast) dedicated to educating the public and providing resources for victims and survivors. Eva is our very special guest in Episode 5 of Avast Hacker Archives (AHA), the podcast series spotlighting hackers who have shaped and continue to shape the digital world.  Eva is currently Director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tech Advisor at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She’s on the front lines of the fight against stalkerware, and she tirelessly works to protect the digital freedom of the individual, particularly those likely to be preyed upon, like journalists, activists, and victims of abusive relationships. In our podcast, she explains to Avast CISO Jaya Baloo how she got so involved in the fight against stalkerware. Eva was studying APTs back in 2018 when she discovered the horrible truth that one of her fellow researchers was a serial rapist! Being tech savvy, he allegedly threatened to compromise his victims’ devices if they ever reported him. Outraged, Eva tweeted the following message:If you are a woman who has been sexually abused by a hacker who threatened to compromise your devices, contact me and I will make sure they are properly examined.Three years and 10,000 retweets later, Eva is still being contacted by victims. Law enforcement is not helpful in this area, she tells Jaya, as the legality of stalkerware usually falls in a gray area. Identifying stalkerware, however, is not too difficult – it’s a product that needs consumers in order to survive. “In some ways, it’s even easier to find and detect stalkerware than it is to hunt APTs,” Eva says, “because you can just Google for it and follow the ads. They have to go find their users somewhere, whereas APTs are all hiding.” In addition to the severity of stalkerware, Jaya and Eva also discuss the perils of being a journalist and the protections that the Freedom of the Press Foundation provide. “Good journalism speaks truth to power,” Eva comments. “It pisses power off. If, as a result of pissing power off, power decides that what you are doing is illegal, and you should be sent to jail or you should be sent to court, that’s really one of the areas where the Freedom of Press Foundation steps in.” When asked how the cybersecurity industry can do more good, Eva says, “Everybody has a community that they care about, and that they know. Everybody has a family….Or a church, or mosque, or temple, or coven that they’re super into. Or a school. And those communities need help. They’re often being surveilled by governments, by law enforcement, by predatory companies and corporations. And reaching out to these communities and seeing what they’re concerned about, and figuring out ways to protect them, is really one of the ways in which security researchers can use their skills for the greater good.” Jaya and Eva discuss these topics and more, such as the reason Eva passionately disagrees with the school of thought that “privacy is dead,” and the question of whether current security protocols place power in the hands of too few people. Eva voices her controversial opinion on the new “ghost protocol” and divulges what she considers to be one of the weakest links on the internet. Click below and prepare to be inspired by Eva in Episode 5 of Avast Hacker Archives!


13 Apr 2021