Xiaomi-Backed Yi Technologies Brings Its Action and Security Cameras to India

Xiaomi-backed Yi Technologies is known for its budget-friendly action and digital cameras that can challenge the likes of GoPro. Having already established a base in China, the US and Europe, the company has now made its way to the Indian market. Yi Technologies has launched two of its action cameras in the country, the Yi Action Camera and Yi 4K Action Camera, both of which are available on Amazon for Rs. 6,990 and Rs. 17,990, respectively. It has also launched two security cameras, Yi Home IP Camera and Yi Dome IP Camera, priced at Rs. 2,990 and Rs. 4,990, respectively.

The action cameras from the Xiaomi-backed company are priced a lot less compared to similar products from GoPro. The Yi Action camera features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX206 lens and an Amarelle A7LS image processing chipset. The camera has the ability to record 1080p videos at 60fps and includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options.

The Yi 4K Action Camera, as the name suggests, adds 4K capabilities, allowing it to shoot 4K videos at 30fps. It features a 2.19-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also features 12-megapixel f/2.8 Sony IMX377 sensor with EIS and 7P lens. It packs a 1,400mAh battery and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Yi 4K+ action camera that was launched at CES 2017 earlier this year, and the the Yi M1 Mirrorless digital unveiled last year have yet to make it to the country.

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Yi Dome IP Camera

Moving on to the security cameras, the Yi Home Camera Wireless IP security surveillance system is among the cheapest of Yi products available in the country. Priced at Rs. 2,990, the security camera competes against the likes of D-Link and Nest. It features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 111-degree wide-angle lens, advanced night vision, high accuracy motion detection, and built-in microphone.

The Yi Dome IP Camera comes with a bigger price tag of Rs. 4,990, which is supported by features such as 360-degree coverage, 10 seconds smart motion tracking, and built-in microphone. This is a direct challenger to the Nest Cam IQ that was unveiled in May, but is yet to launch in India.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for Profitability

GoPro forecast a smaller-than-expected loss, and said it was on track to launch the latest version of its flagship camera by the holiday season, as the company seeks to achieve its goal of returning to adjusted profitability in 2017.

The company’s shares were up 12 percent at $9.28 in after-market trading, and were set to wipe out their year-to-date decline if they open at that level on Friday.

Once a Wall Street favorite, GoPro’s body-mounted point-of-view cameras won a huge following among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies.

But the company came under pressure following a series of missteps including a delay in the launch of its Karma drone and production issues with its Hero5 camera.

GoPro also lost ground to feature-rich smartphones and rival products from companies such as Garmin and Sony.

The company is now betting on the Hero6 and the Fusion 360 action-cameras to help bring back its followers.

GoPro said during a post-earnings call on Thursday that it would realize revenue from the new products in the current quarter by shipping to customers ahead of the launch.

“Hero6 will probably perform in line with expectations, and at a higher gross margin than Hero5,” said Alicia Reese, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, adding that the management seemed to have a better handle on inventory levels this year.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for ProfitabilityGoPro forecast third-quarter adjusted loss of 1 cent to 11 cents per share and revenue of $290 million to $310 million (roughly Rs. 1,973 crores), compared with analysts’ estimate of a loss of 12 cents per share and revenue of $278.5 million.

“We expect margins to continue to improve throughout 2017, with the introduction of new products,” Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman said on the post-earnings call.

GoPro’s net loss narrowed to $30.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $91.8 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, GoPro reported a loss of 9 cents per share, smaller than analysts’ estimate of a loss of 25 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company’s operating expenses fell 35.5 percent to $130.6 million.

Revenue rose to $296.5 million from $220.8 million.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $269.6 million.

Nikon D850 Full-Frame DSLR Launched With 45.7-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Support

Back in July, Nikon confirmed that it its next, full-frame flagship DSLR was in development and today, the company has unveiled the D850, the successor to the D810. The new D850 will compete with the likes of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV in the high-end DSLR space. The Nikon D850 will go on sale in September for a retail price of $3,299.95 (roughly Rs. 2,24,300).

The camera boasts of a 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, without any optical low pass filter in order to preserve sharpness in photos. It uses Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image processor which enables full resolution 7fps burst shooting. Other features on the Nikon D850 include a wide ISO range of 64-25,600 (expandable down to ISO 32 and up to ISO 102,400); a 153-point autofocus system with 99 cross-type autofocus points; and the ability to shoot 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps.

Nikon D850 Full-Frame DSLR Launched With 45.7-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video SupportThe Nikon D850 has a rugged magnesium alloy body which is weather sealed, so it can withstand gruelling environments. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Nikon’s SnapBridge feature, which lets you transfer images from the camera to your smartphone even when the camera is switched off. You get a 3.2-inch, 2.35 million dot resolution display with touchscreen and tilt functionality. Additional features of the D850 includes an electronic shutter for live view mode for silent shooting, a choice of three sizes of RAW files, dual memory card slots for XQD and SD cards, backlit buttons, focus peaking read outs for 1080p video or shooting stills in live view mode and 4K video timelapses with the ability to boost this resolution up to 8K in post. HDMI output is present and so are inputs for headphone and microphone. The D850 is compatible with Nikon’s wide range of FX-format lens.

Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera With 6-Axis Stabilisation Launched

Widening its ever increasing portfolio, Xiaomi has now launched Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera aka Mijia 4K Action Camera in China that comes with a rather affordable price tag of CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,700). Apart from the ability to record videos in 4K resolution, which is given away by the name itself, the new Mijia camera offers 6-axis stabilisation as well.

The new Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera weighs around 99 grams and measures 29.5×42.7×71.5mm. Notably, the new action camera from Xiaomi packs an Amarella A12S75 processor and offers 3D motion noise reduction, and lens distortion correction functionalities. The camera comes with support for RAW file format as well.

The Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera sports a 2.4-inch display that allows users to watch the videos while shooting them and watching again after the shoot. The new Xiaomi action camera sports a Sony IMX317 camera sensor, coupled with an f/2.8 aperture, 3.2mm focal length, and 145-degrees wide-angle lens. The camera is capable of taking 4K photos and shooting videos in 4K resolution at 30fps and 1080p resolution videos at 60fps.

Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera With 6-Axis Stabilisation LaunchedThe 6-axis electronic image stabilisation (EIS) on the Mijia 4K Action Camera is offered by a 3-axis gyroscope in addition to a 3-axis accelerometer system that ensures that the captured videos are steady in nature. There are nine different modes offered by the action camera including, slow motion, timer shooting, delay camera, and high-speed continuous shooting.

The Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera has been claimed to offer a battery life of 2 hours while shooting videos in 4K resolution and 3 hours while shooting videos in 1080p resolution. The new action camera from Xiaomi supports a maximum of 64GB memory card. In terms of connectivity, it offers options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

As it happens with most Xiaomi products, the action camera has been launched just in China and whether or not it will be launched in other countries remains to be seen.

Uber Battle Escalates as Investors Try to Intervene in Benchmark Lawsuit

A battle among shareholders over Uber Technologiesescalated on Thursday as some investors sought to fight a lawsuit by shareholder Benchmark Capital against ousted Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

In a letter to the Uber board of directors seen by Reuters, Shervin Pishevar, a venture capitalist with Sherpa Capital who is an Uber investor and critic of Benchmark, said he was seeking to intervene in the lawsuit filed August 10.

He said Benchmark’s effort to remove Kalanick from Uber’s board was aimed at gaining control of the company.

“If Benchmark insists on trying to use the courts to try to take over this company, we are committed to doing everything we can to try to stop this abuse,” Pishevar wrote in the letter sent Thursday.

The conflict playing out in public marks a rare turn of events for Silicon Valley. It is extremely unusual for a venture firm to sue the central figure of company it has backed and equally unexpected for fellow investors to make a highly public counter-move.

The legal dispute started two weeks ago when Benchmark sued Kalanick in Delaware’s Chancery Court to force him off Uber’s board and rescind his ability to fill three board seats.

Benchmark owns 13 percent of Uber and controls 20 percent of the voting power. After an initial investment of $12 million, its stake in Uber is now worth almost $9 billion (roughly Rs. 57,692 crores). Kalanick holds about 10 percent of Uber stock and about 16 percent of its voting power.

Kalanick has called Benchmark’s lawsuit “a public and personal attack” without merit and called for the dispute to be moved to arbitration, according to court filings.

Pishevar and fellow Uber investor Stephen Russell have come to Kalanick’s defence. In their motion to intervene in the lawsuit, Pishevar and Russell blasted Benchmark’s “dirty tactics” and “public smear campaign” against Kalanick. In the document, they called Benchmark’s lawsuit a “transparent” effort “to unscrupulously gain control of Uber’s board of directors.”

The motion was filed by Russell and Sofreh LP, Pishevar’s partnership. A copy of motion was provided to Reuters by a source close to the matter. A judge must rule on the investors’ request to intervene in the lawsuit.

Benchmark’s lawsuit accuses Kalanick of fraud in concealing misdeeds from the board when last year he requested the board add three seats that he would have the sole right to appoint. Board members, including Benchmark, approved.

The lawsuit says the firm never would have approved the request had it known about the misconduct, including details of an alleged theft of trade secrets that has led to a high-stakes legal fight with Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, Waymo.

The legal battle could determine who wields power at Uber as the world’s largest venture-backed company looks for a new CEO to help it overcome a year of scandals, rebuild its tarnished image and turn it into a profitable business.

Uber Battle Escalates as Investors Try to Intervene in Benchmark LawsuitKalanick was forced to resign as CEO in June, when shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company’s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down, following a succession of scandals at the company ranging from sexual harassment to using software to evade regulators in certain cities. Kalanick remains on the board and is involved in the company’s search for a new CEO.

Pishevar has in two previous letters called on Benchmark to step down from the board and sell the majority of its Uber stake. Benchmark, an early Uber investor, has a seat on the company’s board, and Pishevar’s firm does not.

Benchmark says Kalanick is ‘corrosive’
Benchmark doubled down on its allegations against Kalanick on Thursday with a new court filing that accused Kalanick of having a “corrosive influence” on the ride-services company and arguing that a Delaware court should decide Kalanick’s future on the Uber board, not arbitrators.

Removing Kalanick from the board is necessary “to ensure Uber is protected from Mr. Kalanick’s corrosive influence and can promptly obtain the new leadership it needs to move forward,” Benchmark’s court filing said, referring to Uber’s search for a new CEO.

A spokesman for Kalanick said Benchmark’s latest court filing relies on meritless personal attacks against Kalanick with no legal basis.

Uber Explores UberBLACK Premium Cab Rides in India, Again

Uber has reintroduced UberBLACK in Delhi one and a half years after pulling its top premium cab tier from the nation. People in National Capital Region can now enjoy the premium ride, the company said, though the top offering is unavailable in Sonipat, East Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Greater Noida regions for now.

Premium cars including Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Volkswagen Jetta are being offered under UberBLACK service, which will cost customers Rs. 22 per kilometre — in addition to Rs. 5 for every minute of their commute — the ride-hailing service said. It began offering the top tier cab in the nation last week. The minimum fare for UberBLACK is Rs. 520 and it is only available for cash profiles.

“We continue to experiment with new products and technology innovations that will give our riders a great ride experience and are excited to confirm that as one such experiment, we are launching UberBLACK in Delhi, NCR,” a spokesperson for Uber told Gadgets 360.

Uber Explores UberBLACK Premium Cab Rides in India, AgainUber, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary in India this month, had pulled UberBLACK offering from much of country in 2016 citing low demand. Interestingly, it had kept UberBLACK option available in Mumbai. But as it becomes more popular in the nation – Uber recently completed 500 million rides here – it is exploring top premium services to enhance user experience, even if only a portion of the user base might avail it.

“Uber has grown its remaining services sufficiently in the interim that there’s now demand for a premium service again from a subset of users,” Jan Dawson, an independent analyst with Jackdaw Research told Gadgets 360. “It’s never going to be as big a portion of the base that uses UberBLACK in India as in the US or certain other markets, but given the size of the overall market in India now, even a few percent of rides might be worth pursuing,” he added.

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: Kaspersky

The latest social chat service to become a victim of malicious malware and adware links is Facebook Messenger. According to Kaspersky Labs, cybercriminals are sending malicious links to Facebook Messenger users, helping track browser activity and display targeted advertisements – and thereby generating revenue.

Interestingly, the malicious link arrives through one of your friends account on Messenger to fake legitimacy. The message reads “David Video” and then is followed up with a bit.ly link. Clicking on the link will take you to a Google Docs page having a screenshot photo of that Facebook friend, and it is made to look like a playable movie.

When you try to click on the fake playable movie, the malware redirects you to a set of websites that are different based on the browser you use. “By doing this, it basically moves your browser through a set of websites and, using tracking cookies, monitors your activity, displays certain ads for you and even, in some cases, social engineers you to click on links,” said David Jacoby, senior security researcher in the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab..

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: KasperskyFor example, Firefox and OSX Safari browsers are redirected to a website displaying a fake Flash Update notice, and then offered a Windows executable and a OSX executable respectively, both of which are flagged as adware. Google Chrome website redirects you to a website which mimics the layout of YouTube, even including the YouTube logo. It then shows a fake error tricking you to download a malicious Google Chrome extension from the Google Web Store.

The biggest play here is that it is made to be sent by one of your friends on Facebook, increasing chances of you clicking on it. We advise you to not click on any unknown links, before rechecking for its legitimacy with the friend who sent it. Avoid clicking on random shortened links as much as possible on Facebook Messenger, even if they are sent from friends. “The people behind this are most likely making a lot of money in ads and getting access to a lot of Facebook accounts,” said Jacoby. The cybercriminals behind these attacks are unknown at the moment.

ZDNet got in touch with Facebook to ask if they were aware about the matter. A spokesperson for Facebook told the publication, “We maintain a number of automated systems to help stop harmful links and files from appearing on Facebook. If we suspect your computer is infected with malware, we will provide you with a free antivirus scan from our trusted partners. We share tips on how to stay secure and links to these scanners on facebook.com/help.”

Disney’s Star Wars Campaign Uses Augmented Reality to Hype Film

Disney is harnessing all of its media might to make the next Star Wars movie the biggest film of the year, employing augmented reality and social media in a global campaign to promote “The Last Jedi” and related merchandise.

Starting September 1, which Disney again dubs Force Friday, fans of the sci-fi films can use smartphones to take part in an augmented-reality treasure hunt, like the Pokemon Go craze that gripped video-game fans last year. The worldwide Find the Force hunt will take place over three days, starting in Sydney, and will involve more than 20,000 stores in 30 countries, Disney said in a statement Thursday.

Disney’s Star Wars movies – it’s released two since buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion (roughly Rs. 25,622 crores) in 2012 – rank among the biggest ever, and the Burbank, California-based studio plans a total of at least six. Key to the company’s success has been its ability to draw in a new generation of fans, especially now with US box-office sales in decline. The movie opens December 15.

As part of the campaign, Disney has created a smartphone app that’s activated by special logos that appear on cut-out figures in stores. Fans who turn up to buy action figures or drones from the new lineup of products can use the devices to discover characters like the alien birds called Porgs, pose with them and share the images on social media. Fans who post on social media can win prizes, like tickets to the movie’s premiere.

“This campaign is on a bigger scale than the first Force Friday, both in terms of geographic scope and the number of retailers,” Paul Southern, a senior vice president at Disney’s Lucasfilm, said in an interview.

At its D23 fan event in July, Disney unveiled a smartphone-based augmented-reality headset, designed with Lenovo Group Ltd. It lets fans play fantasy games from the original Star Wars trilogy, like Holochess. Characters appear against the backdrop of whatever the smartphone camera is pointed at, making them seem real. Disney’s augmented-reality products coincide with a broader tech-industry push in the field in coming months, including Apple’s launch of a new iPhone operating system.

Disney's Star Wars Campaign Uses Augmented Reality to Hype FilmThe first Force Friday promotion in 2015, tied to The Force Awakens, sparked a sevenfold increase in online sales of Star Wars toys for the month of September. The studio drummed up excitement for new action figures and toys with a global unwrapping of Star Wars merchandise on YouTube and coverage on ABC’s Good Morning America. The movie went on to become the top-grossing US movie ever.

While toy sales soared, Disney faced a backlash for failing to adequately include Rey, the film’s female lead character, in action-figure sets and themed games such as Monopoly. Disney underestimated demand, and the shortage was compounded by a limited rollout of new merchandise designed to avoid revealing too much about the new Star Wars hero.

This time around, Rey features centrally in the promotions, and the company is working hard to avoid shortages.

“This film is focused on Rey and that is reflected on the consumer product side,” Southern said. “She is front and center.”

In “The Last Jedi,” Daisy Ridley reprises the role of Rey, rejoined by John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as the villain Kylo Ren and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker. The film is expected to open with North American weekend sales of $230 million and go on to generate $1.7 billion to $2 billion (roughly Rs. 10,889 crores – Rs. 12,810 crores) globally, according to Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOfficePro.com.

“The Last Jedi” is the third film Disney has made from the George Lucas action series. The first, “The Force Awakens,” generated $936.7 million (roughly Rs. 5,999 crores) in the US and Canada, unseating “Avatar” as the domestic record holder, and brought in more than $2 billion (roughly Rs. 12,811 crores) worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was the first of potentially three standalone stories. Released in December 2016, it generated a more modest $1.06 billion (roughly Rs. 6,789 crores) worldwide and was the No. 2 release of the year.

This App Allows Anyone to Create Custom Android Ransomware

If it wasn’t easy already for cybercriminals to hack into Android phones, there is now an app that basically lets anyone, even those with absolutely no knowledge of coding, to become a hacker and develop their own custom Android ransomware. All you need is an Android phone to get started.

A free Trojan Development Kit (TDK) app can be downloaded from hacking forums with a simple interface that can get anyone to quickly create their own ransomware, Symantec researchers find. “The entire process of creating a ready-to-use piece of malware is done on a smartphone without any requirement to write a single line of code,” Dinesh Venkatesan, Principal Threat Analysis Engineer at Symantec says, cited by a ZDNet report.

The app requires you to follow some simple instructions and fill out forms with customisable options to create your own malware. For example, you can choose the option to have the malware display a message on the infected device’s lock screen, the key to unlock the device, and the type of animations that can be displayed on the screen.

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After filling out the form to your preference, the user can hit the ‘create’ button and will need to make a one-time payment to the app developer, after which the user can distribute the ransomware to as many Android device as he wishes. The ransomware created through the Trojan Development Kit locks the device and displays a message to the victim demanding a ransom.

Such tools not only make it easy for entry-level hackers to hack into Android devices but also gives seasoned hackers an easier way to get the job done without spending a lot of time. “Even hardened malware authors could find these easy-to-use kits an efficient alternative to putting the work in themselves. We expect to see an increase in mobile ransomware variants as these development kits become more widespread,” said Venkatesan.

There have been a number of Android malware-related reports recently such as SonicSpy, Lipizzan, LeakerLocker, to name a few, and this latest piece of news makes it even more concerning regarding the safety of Android. Researchers say that users should refrain from downloading apps from unreliable sources, keep backups of important data, and to keep the system software up-to-date.

Aadhaar Vendor, Recently Linked With CIA, Says It Does Not Store or Capture Customers’ Biometric Information

Cross Match Technologies, a US-based company that offers biometric products and services to a range of customers including India’s Aadhaar authority (UIDAI), told Gadgets 360 that it has not captured, or stored, or processed any personal private information of its customers. The clarification comes days after WikiLeaks reported that US federal agency CIA had the capability to hijack Cross Match’s software and use it to spy on Cross Match clients, theoretically giving it access to biometric data of over 1 billion Indians, if UIDAI were to be one of the organisations targeted. But Cross Match has clarified that its software does not have such capabilities.

John Hinmon, vice president of global marketing at Cross Match Technologies, told Gadgets 360 that the US-based company takes personal privacy very seriously. He added that Cross Match “does not capture, store or process in any manner personal private information, such as fingerprint images, collected by any of its customers,” adding that the company doesn’t have the “technical ability” to “covertly ‘remote into’ databases and systems that do store such personal data, nor have we ever been involved in developing or supporting such capability for any government or private entity.”

“Crossmatch’s fingerprint scanners and software allow end users to capture, store and process those images in their own systems, under security protocols defined by that end user. Typically, these systems are accessible only by trusted ‘administrative users.’ To be clear, this is the case with India UID. All software utilised with our scanners was developed, tested and certified under the direction of India UID,” Hinmon told Gadgets 360. “We value our partnership with India to support the historic and progressive Aadhaar program that widens social and economic inclusion and channels welfare payments more effectively.”

Earlier this week, WikiLeaks published secret CIA documents detailing a biometric collection system that the US agency ran, for which it worked with its intel partners including the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The intel partners were “expected” to “voluntarily” share the biometric information they collected, WikiLeaks reported.

The CIA, however, didn’t find the arrangement for the biometric collection system sufficient so it reportedly created a secret program called ExpressLane, using which it installed a trojan — disguised as software update — that would covertly collect the biometric information, according to WikiLeaks. Citing CIA’s internal documents, WikiLeaks alleged that the agency was also using Cross Match’s technologies for its biometric collection system, and ExpressLane program could compromise Cross Match’s services.

In the aftermath of the WikiLeaks’ revelation, reports claimed that the CIA could have managed to access and collect the biometric information — Aadhaar data — of Indians, since the UIDAI has also worked with Cross Match Technologies. It needs to be stressed that there is no evidence in WikiLeaks’ report that explicitly states that the Aadhaar infrastructure is impacted, too. It is also not known whether Cross Match still provides its services to UIDAI.

More than 1.17 billion people have enrolled in the Aadhaar system — for which a person’s print of all fingers, iris data, and other private information such as name, data of birth, address, and phone number — are collected. Originally conceptualised to help a portion of Indians avail social welfare programs, the central government has made Aadhaar identity mandatory for availing several other services including filing income tax returns and getting a new phone number.

Aadhaar Vendor, Recently Linked With CIA, Says It Does Not Store or Capture Customers' Biometric InformationAccording to a press release issued by Cross Match in 2011, it had received a three-year certification to supply biometric authentication solutions to UIDAI. “Today’s milestone demonstrates that Cross Match, as a global leader in image quality and performance, and its Indian partner for the UID program, Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd. (Smart ID), are ideally suited to help make this historic project a reality,” Cross Match CEO David Buckley had said then.

The issue, as reported by WikiLeaks, however is that the CIA’s ExpressLane program could gather biometric information from systems without knowledge — and presumably consent — of its intel partners. In a brief conversation with Gadgets 360, Julian Assange, the founder and publisher of non-profit organisation WikiLeaks said CIA, through its ExpressLane program, installs “trojaned versions of the Cross Match under the cover of a “[software] update.”

A CIA-assigned officer would visit offices and install ExpressLane program — disguised as software update — which would set wheels in motion to covertly collect the biometric information, according to CIA’s confidential documents published by WikiLeaks. Several documents detail how the authorised officer would install the program, and the technical details of how the program had been created.

Over the years WikiLeaks, founded in 2006, has published several confidential documents detailing various controversial programs run by governments. “Wikileaks has a solid history of producing legitimate material, but they’ve also been known to over-inflate the significance of it,” top security analyst Troy Hunt told Gadgets 360. “Especially in more recent times, there’s growing concern that the material they’re publishing is less in the best interests of the people, and more to further their own agendas. In reality, it’s probably a bit of both.”