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USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

CHINAThe second largest economy on the planet – and arguably the most powerful – China, has launched a venomous attack on the United States, labelling it an “espionage villain” after former US spy Edward Snowden raised new allegations on the far-reaching US cyber-surveillance program, PRISM.

Snowden’s latest allegations have the US spy-program directed squarely at  Chinese targets.

The US is seeking to extradite the 30-year-old technician from Hong Kong, where he is holed up after leaking details of secret US intelligence programs to international media outlets.

Snowden’s leaks revealed that the National Security Agency – NSA – has access to vast amounts of internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video under a government program known as PRISM. The South China Morning Post says documents and statements by Snowden show PRISM also hacked major Chinese telecom companies to access text messages and targeted China’s top Tsinghua University.

US privacy proponentss have blasted Prism as unconstitutional government surveillance, they’ve called for a review of the program. The US Centre for Constitutional Rights says it believes PRISM to be the broadest surveillance order issued in American history. The Bashing China has received over the past decade on civil liberty, internet censorship and human rights now looks like COMPLETE hypocrisy. The scale of PRISM is daunting, it’s flow-on affect for US allies is likely to haunt us for the foreseeable future, ironically.

In an absolutely ironic twist, Snowden’s revelations come just weeks after US president Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held meeting on the subject of China/US relations where the US president took the Chinese leader to task on hacking charges :: 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 »»»»


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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Kim Dotcom Says Hollywood Pressured US Government Into Piracy Charges

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Kim Dotcom Says Hollywood Pressured US Government Into Piracy Charges

Kim Dotcom says Hollywood pressuring White House on file-sharingMegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom claims Hollywood executives are pressuring the White House to tackle the file-sharing website. The US is trying to extradite Mr Dotcom from New Zealand to face racketeering, copyright and money laundering charges. American authorities claim his MegaUpload website facilitated internet piracy and cost copyright owners more than $US500 million.

The US Government indictment goes after six individuals. the case is a major one, involving international cooperation between the US, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Canada, Philippines and New Zealand. In addition to the arrests, 20 search warrants were executed in multiple countries.

Kim Dotcom was one of four men arrested in New Zealand in January this year as part of an investigation of his Megaupload.com website led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation :: Read the full article »»»»


New Zealand Judge Releases Megauploads Kim Dotcom

Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Standout, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Zealand Judge Releases Megauploads Kim Dotcom

New Zealand Court Releases Kim DotcomKim Dotcom has been allowed to once again tread the plush carpets of his rented mansion in tranquil New Zealand. The alleged superduper bad guy, criminal mastermind, internet pirate and international copyright infringer – Kim Dotcom – has welcomed the relaxing of his bail conditions and says it will improve his ability to fight extradition to the United States.

An Auckland district court judge today ruled Dotcom’s flight risk was minimal and had been overstated. The German national and Megaupload founder is wanted in the United States for alleged copyright infringement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judge David Harvey told the Auckland District Court he believes it is unlikely that Mr Dotcom will flee New Zealand, saying the original flight risk was overstated and he no longer needs to be electronically monitored. Judge Harvey said that Mr Dotcom and his co-accused had abided by all their bail conditions :: Read the full article »»»»


Megaupload Founder ‘Kimdotcom’ Granted Bail

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Megaupload Founder ‘Kimdotcom’ Granted Bail

Megaupload Founder Granted BailThe German founder of file-sharing website Megaupload has been granted bail by a New Zealand court after a month in custody. Kim Dotcom, who has New Zealand residency, is preparing to fight US extradition hearings over internet-piracy and money-laundering charges. The 38-year-old was arrested on January 20 after about 70 armed New Zealand police raided his country estate at the request of the FBI.

Prosecutors say Dotcom – also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor – was the ringleader of a group that netted $US175 million ($164 million) since 2005 by copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted content without authorisation.Dotcom’s lawyers say the company simply offered online storage and that he strenuously denies the charges. Read the full article »»»»


Megaupload Takedown Had NO Impact ON Piracy

Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Megaupload Takedown Had NO Impact ON Piracy

Megaupload Takedown Had NO Impact ON PiracyMuch fuss has been made over the supposed impact the US authorities have had on illegal filesharing/piracy, with their much publicised takedown of Megaupload. The US government, in its indictment against the Megaupload said that the company had raised US$175 million – partly from piracy – since its inception.

Going after Megaupload, one of the most popular sites in the world and one that uses a surprising amount of corporate bandwidth, might seem a strange choice. (As an example of its scale, Megaupload controlled 525 servers in Virginia alone and had another 630 in the Netherlands—and many more around the world.)

It turns out – according to a study conducted by DeepField Networks – that while the Megaupload takedown did have an impact on global web traffic, it did little-to-nothing to stem file-sharing traffic, web traffic that’s often looked at as the acts of copyrighted content pirates. Read the full article »»»»