Opinion: Reactionary surveillance will boost extremist groups
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After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, much of the world rallied around the magazine's right to free speech; even if they didn't necessarily agree with its content. In such a tragedy, it was a heart-warming response which united people of all background rather than divide. Unfortunately, that unification is now in danger thanks to proposed surveillance efforts.
Radical groups are often formed...
Opinion: Digital privacy is becoming extinct
Recent high-profile events are being used to bring back discussion about how our data is protected, and how much government bodies should have access to. Some cybersecurity experts even claim that evidence points towards some of the alleged attacks - such as the vandalism of the CENTCOM Twitter account - as being "inside jobs" designed to push surveillance legislation.
The law requires new cars to contain a black box which records all data about movements and faults
In the UK,...
Surveillance is not a human rights violation, UK tribunal rules
Just days after we reported the NSA has access to 70% of the world's cellphone networks through monitoring high-value communications and exploiting network weaknesses; the UK has announced the results of a tribunal investigation into whether mass surveillance on citizens is an infringement on human rights.
Rights groups including 'Privacy International' and 'Bytes for All' took their case to...
NSA: AURORAGOLD accessed 70% of cellphone networks
In documents released by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, it has been revealed the NSA has access to 70% of mobile networks worldwide. The initiative called 'Project AURORAGOLD' aims to ensure the agency can exploit weaknesses in cellphone technology for surveillance whenever required for government operations.
Influential UK-based trade group, the GSM Association, was one of the NSA's...
Carrier-targeting malware Regin linked to spy agencies
The biggest security news of the week revolves around Symantec’s comprehensive report about Regin, a sophisticated piece of malware which has been tracked back as far as 2008. It’s a story similar to leaks about the NSA’s mass surveillance capabilities last year which – until Edward Snowden’s revelations – was something we knew existed but didn’t realise as to what extent.
One particular case in the Middle East has victims creating a mass peer-to-peer network
NSA: China can shut down our power grid
At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, the director of the National Security Agency and head of US Cyber Command, Michael Rogers, revealed that several countries are performing regular electronic surveillance on the US to place themselves in a position where they are able to cause havoc with vital control systems.
It is easy to cover-up a cyberattack with the right know-how.
Experts outside of the government have warned about this potential scenario for some time, but it’s the first time it...
Tor domains seized by police were fakes
For privacy advocates, Tor is a godsend. For the police, it's a nightmare. Tor is often used for illegal 'darknet' services due to its ability to anonymise users and make it difficult for law enforcement to track and seize the domains. Last week, authorities thought they had a win on their hands after claiming 414 domains had been taken down...
NSA workers discussed their frustration in spying on people who use Tor.
According to Australian blogger, Nik Cubrilovic, a web crawl he performed on the darknet...
France prepares for cyber-warfare, whilst US accuses Putin of JP Morgan attack
Cyber-warfare tensions are increasing with two big stories making the rounds; France has staged a large-scale cyber-attack to help the country defend itself from such a scenario, whilst Russia president Vladimir Putin has been accused of being behind an actual cyber-attack on a US-based financial firm.
JP Morgan was hit alongside seven other financial institutions and 76 million accounts had names and email addresses stolen but no evidence has been found of money being moved. There is a lack of evidence surrounding the whole incident, but IP addresses are thought to have originated from Russia.
The test wasn't a result of the US' accusations of Putin, but rather the fear caused by...
Marriott: The ethics of Wi-Fi blocking
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Hotel-chain Marriott has caused a stir resulting in a $600,000 fine due to blocking customers Wi-Fi hotspots and using their advantageous position to charge a whopping $250 - $1000 per device to use the hotel's own service.
"Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personal Internet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center," said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc.