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Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement

Posted: February 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright Enforcement

Australia's Attorney General Considering Heavy Handed Copyright EnforcementAustralia’s Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has foreshadowed serious changes to the nations copyright laws.

Senator Brandis says one move he’s considering is asking internet service providers – ISPs – to issue warnings to customers.

Australians are among the worst offenders when it comes to illegal downloads, Senator Brandis is also apparently considering asking ISPs to block sites where content can be illegally downloaded.

Copyright holders like film, television and music studios have long argued that it is ISPs role to prevent internet users from illegally downloading their content.

The glitch in the plan might be a landmark High Court ruling in 2012, where the court found service provider iiNet wasn’t responsible for its customers’ illegal activities :: Read the full article »»»»


Did Facebook Sell Data From Users’ Private Messages?

Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Facebook, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Did Facebook Sell Data From Users’ Private Messages?

Did Facebook Sell Data From Users' Private Messages?The social network behemoth that is Facebook, is being sued in a US court for allegedly selling details derived from private messages to advertisers without users’ consent.

Documents filed in California as part of a class action lawsuit are claiming that Facebook intercepted and scanned messages for information about its billion users.

The class action is being led by two Facebook users in the US, and is being brought on behalf of all users located within the US who have sent or received private Facebook messages that included a URL (webpage link) in the content of the message.

Facebook accumulates about 200 petabytes of data per year and is currently growing by around half a petabyte a day :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! PRISM: Data Mining

Posted: June 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! PRISM: Data Mining

PRISM

The Guardian’s revelations that our privacy is no longer our own has caused huge public outcry, the tinfoil-hat brigade is in a furore, normal folk have become concerned at what governments are peering at, and most importantly the nefarious are sat  back gobsmacked. PRISM, if your at all shocked that such government devices  exist, your naive; if your angry, then your possibly delusional.

RANT WARNING! Our freedom, our ability to stroll the streets or fly the airways, is almost entirely reliant on a – very real – war on terrorism. As news flashes across our television sets – Syria – and our soldiers return from the fronts of war – Afghanistan – we perhaps need to pause and consider what price that freedom has cost. If we aren’t thankful that we weren’t one of the 3 thousand troops who gave their lives in the name of democracy in Afghanistan then perhaps we’ve become disconnected.

Exagerated outcries like, “Even if your not doing anything wrong, your being watched.” aren’t helpful

The graphic images of war and death beamed to us by television networks isn’t an example of what we face, it’s what we face. And what privacies have we given up – in order that our streets don’t look like a Boston Bombing – someone reading our emails, a government employee checking over our social media posts or an analyst trawling though our text messages, again, what have you lost? Certainly not your life – unlike the 3000 lives lost on September 11 2001, you can surely be thankful that you weren’t one of the 20,0000 patriots who were wounded in the line of duty, defending our freedom to like on Facebook and plus on Google.

No, it seems that the cost of surveillance on the general population is naught! Unless of course you have something to hide, or wear a tinfoil-hat. While I don’t disagree that The Guardian has done a splendid job revealing PRISM, and presenting the world with another anti-espionage proponent – Edward Snowden – what have they truly given us, a safer community, more freedom? This author thinks not. Truth and lies, are very personal, we tend to take a lack of trust – or being lied to – as an infringement on our own integrity. Being deceived isn’t what this is about, it’s much much bigger than our individual integrity, it’s about our safety as a society :: Read the full article »»»»


Great Firewall of China BOOTS Web Users

Posted: December 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, ONLINE SECURITY, Standout | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Great Firewall of China BOOTS Web Users

Technoid - Great Firewall of ChinaChinese internet users who are skilled at evading the country’s online blocks have suddenly found they are again being denied access to some websites. In China, if you want access to forbidden websites including Facebook or Twitter, one of the easiest ways is to use a virtual private network (VPN).

However, in recent days VPNs across China have been either inaccessible or swiftly shut down. Service providers have blamed the outage on an update to the so-called Great Firewall, which the Chinese government uses to control internet access.

They say the upgraded firewall appears to have the ability to discover and block attempts to circumvent online censorship. The block has also hurt some international businesses that use the networks for secure communications. The firewall has been built up since the internet began to develop in China. It uses a range of technologies to block access to particular sites from Chinese computers :: Read the full article »»»»


Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Google, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Android Apps Leaking Bank Details

Android Apps Leaking Bank Details SMH Digital Life

Tens of millions of people around the world are using vulnerable Android apps that are leaking personal data, including bank account information and webcam access, according to new research. The study tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store and found that 1074 – almost 10 per cent – used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. They were able to exploit almost half the apps, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide, according to the Google Play Store :: Read the full article at Digital Life »»»»

 


UPDATED! Aussie Spy Agency Wants Your Data

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Aussie Spy Agency Wants Your Data

Aussie Spy Agency Wants ALL Your DataThe Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – ASIO – Australia’s national spy agency has backed controversial legislation which would force telcos to retain customer communication – phone, internet – data for at least two years.

ASIO says basic communications – meta – data from phones and emails, such as when a call was made or whom an email was sent to, is crucial to the gathering of evidence. The spy agency has given an unclassified submission to a parliamentary committee, saying telecommunications companies have traditionally kept the data to bill customers but new technology means there is less need to do so.

It says the legislation will not give it access to the content of calls or emails, just the time they were sent or who they were sent to. Currently no warrant is required to peruse an individuals data records, unlike phone tapping.

ASIO says this type of data retention leads to tip-offs about terrorist cells and can confirm intelligence reports. The agency says it would support new penalties to stop the misuse of the powers. However, Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, says the proposed data retention will be expensive. It’s understood that Telstra – Australia’s largest telco -currently keeps data records for 5 years.

The Australian Government hasn’t made a final decision on the laws ::

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Kaspersky’s Flame

Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Kaspersky’s Flame

KAPERSKY FLAMERussian cyber security software-maker Kaspersky Lab has discovered a highly sophisticated computer virus in Iran that they believe was deployed at least five years ago to engage in state-sponsored cyber terrorism. Responsibility for discovering the virus, which has been dubbed ‘Flame’.

Kaspersky said evidence suggested that it may have been built on behalf of the same nation, or nations, that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

Kaspersky say they have yet to determine whether Flame had a specific mission like Stuxnet, and declined to say who they think built it. Iran has has long claimed that the United States and Israel deployed Stuxnet :: Read the full article »»»»