Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, Google, Internet Privacy, NSA, PRISM, Twiiter, Washington Post, Yahoo | Comments Off on NSA Wreaks Havoc! Hacking Report Highlights
In a pickle once again, the US National Security Agency – NSA – has apparently hacked into communications links used by the planets largest techs, Google and Yahoo. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden the tech-behemoths security was breached in transit between data-centres.
It seems the more this pot gets stirred, the more sludge surfaces, weak restrictions on the NSA’s overseas activities are apparently used to exploit major US companies’ data to a much greater extent than previously thought, The Washington Post reported. It however remains unclear how the NSA accessed the links.
Like other major tech-behemoths, Yahoo and Google constantly send data over shared and exclusive international fibre-optic telecommunication lines. The newly disclosed NSA program, operated with the UK’s spy agency GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters – jointly amassing 181 MILLION individual records, in just one 30-day splurge, according to the Post.
The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, said: “To my knowledge, this never happened.” Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, Apple Inc, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, Email Security, facebook, FB!, FBI Director, Ghack, Gmail, Google, Internet Privacy, Internet Security, Justice Department, Lavabit, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Robert Mueller, Secure Webmail, Silent Circle, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down
The encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.
“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.
Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.
Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.
Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes.
Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, apple, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, fbi, FBI director Robert Mueller, Google, Internet Privacy, Justice Department, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face
The 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 »»»»
Posted: June 9th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: CHINA!, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, UPDATED! | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, apple, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, fbi, FBI director Robert Mueller, Google, Internet Privacy, Justice Department, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on UPDATED! PRISM: Data Mining
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 »»»»
Posted: January 28th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: Arab Spring, Censor, Censoring, Censorship, China, Twiiter | Comments Off on Twitter Starts Censoring Content
Übermicroblog, Twitter has announced that it will begin restricting tweets in certain countries, marking a dramatic policy shift for the site.
The site said even with the possibility of such restrictions, Twitter would not be able to coexist with some countries.
“As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression,” Twitter wrote in a blog post. “Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there,” it said.
Twitter gave as examples of restrictions it might cooperate with “certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content”.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to elaborate on the blog. “Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country while keeping it available in the rest of the world,” the Twitter blog said.
Twitter’s decision to begin censoring content represents a significant departure from its policy of just one year ago, when anti-government protesters in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries coordinated mass demonstrations through the microblog and, in turn, thrust Twitter’s disruptive potential into the global spotlight.
As the revolutions brewed last January, Twitter signalled it would take a hands-off approach to censoring content in a blog post entitled The Tweets Must Flow :: Read the full article »»»»