Passport scanners in Australia and New Zealand crashed after UK telecoms failure

Passengers in Australia and New Zealand were left facing long check-in delays after passport systems crashed following the failure of an unnamed UK telecoms provider.

We’d expect the provider is part of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance

The disruptive problems were reported early morning in Australia and the country’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection claimed the issue was attributable to “an external system outage with the Society International...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Surveillance.

State of the NHS’ security makes you WannaCry

Years of underfunding combined with a growing and longer living population have taken its toll on the NHS, and UK citizens will be well aware of the poor state it’s now in. Budget cuts have meant the NHS has been forced to reduce its spending where it can, but the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyber attack over the past week which plagued the service and demanded $300 to unlock each infected PC highlights that cuts in the IT department were a step too far.

Our source in the NHS confirmed what we already...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Security, Surveillance.

Microsoft provided ‘information’ to authorities following the London terror attack

Following the London terror attack, Microsoft provided information to police within 30 minutes of the company receiving a legal request.

It goes against calls from UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd this week that authorities need to be able to bypass encryption. Creating deliberate backdoors will leave software vulnerable to malicious parties, and is open to potential abuse...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Surveillance.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “unacceptable” authorities can’t bypass encryption

The debate over whether authorities should have the means to bypass encryption under the ruse of national security has been reignited after UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “completely unacceptable” the government cannot easily access communications.

Critics will note government calls to expand intrusive surveillance measures often follow terrorist attacks like the tragic events in London which resulted in five deaths and over twenty injured last week after ISIS fanatic...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

US intelligence wants to monitor your behaviour in real-time

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A new initiative from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to analyse video feeds in real-time in order to spot behaviour which could be deemed as suspicious. The project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA) and it will be a joint effort between academics, the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Everyone hates the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

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First it was privacy activists, then a range of technology companies, and now even the defence industry is laying out reasons why the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is a terrible idea. 

In a submission to a parliamentary scrutiny committee overseeing the draft investigatory powers bill, a coalition formed of players from the British aerospace, defence, security...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Telecoms services take the brunt of Boko Haram

Boko Haram, a terrorist group in allegiance with ISIL, has been giving Nigerian security agencies trouble since it was founded back in 2002. The group's attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, and it's thought Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of 17,000 people since 2009 alone. 

The recently-appointed president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered security agencies operating in the region to eradicate insurgency within three months. As part of this move, telecommunication companies...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Government, Mobile, Operators, Regulation, Surveillance.

NSA and GCHQ have access to your phone, and are making it legal

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Personnel from the US and UK spy agencies, NSA and GCHQ, are able to access devices around the globe after hacking into the benificial internal computer network of the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards.

In documents released by Edward Snowden, the controversial whistleblower details a hack perpetrated by a joint unit of operatives from both agencies into Gemalto. The firm, based in the Netherlands,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Mobile, Privacy, Surveillance.

Court rules GCHQ's surveillance breached human rights

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled on Friday that GCHQ's use of mass surveillance data intercepted by the National Security Agency in the US breached human rights. Groups who advocate human rights believe that the intelligence-sharing between the two controversial government bodies was illegal for at least seven years.

PRISM, the primary interception program used by the NSA, was...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

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...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

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,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Google wants 2015 to be the year of surveillance reform

Surveillance needs a reform, few will argue against that. Even companies which make their bucks from watching users such as Facebook are calling for new measures to protect citizens from mass surveillance programs – such as those leaked by Edward Snowden earlier in the year.

Google is among the most vocal in pushing for government surveillance reform, and has updated their "Take Action" hub to feature a petition which individuals can sign to "help...

By Ryan Daws, 19 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.