Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Rival Gang Cartels Threaten Global Economy

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Notorious rival gang cartels known as MPAA and RIAA which experts believe got it’s start when entertainment producers and lawyers in Hollywood teamed up to find ways of exploiting copyright law to extract money from unwary citizens, have grown into out of control cartels with a sphere of influence reaching as high up as the President of the US and many other leaders of other nations.

These cartels have grown so powerful that they have powers “above the law” so to speak. They can have people incarcerated for publicly indexing hash strings or demand that ICE seizes domains, blocking global access to a website based on an accusation of copyright infringement without requiring an investigation or trial.
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Governments Mimic Cell Phone Towers to Intercept, Shutdown Civilian Communications

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

This noteworthy article on Black Listed news explains how many governments around the world, Middle Eastern and Western alike, are using Datong and Triggerfish technology to track, intercept or even shut down your mobile phone communication.

Here is a nice article about how a device called Stingray was used in California to spy on a man for over a year until authorities found something they deemed criminal enough to make an arrest without a warrant.

There is not a whole lot you can do about this. Encrypt your data? Unfortunately, networks are designed to have total control over your data.

The GSM specification requires the handset to authenticate to the network, but does not require the network to authenticate to the handset. This well-known security hole can be exploited by an IMSI catcher.

The IMSI catcher masquerades as a base station and logs the IMSI numbers of all the mobile stations in the area, as they attempt to attach to the IMSI-catcher. It allows forcing the mobile phone connected to it to use no call encryption (i.e., it is forced into A5/0 mode), making the call data easy to intercept and convert to audio.

Every mobile phone has the requirement to optimize the reception. If there is more than one base station of the subscribed network operator accessible, it will always choose the one with the strongest signal. An IMSI-catcher masquerades as a base station and causes every mobile phone of the simulated network operator within a defined radius to log in. With the help of a special identity request, it is able to force the transmission of the IMSI.

UMTS is no safer and, as usual, there are companies positioning themselves to profit from your privacy invasion.

UMTS networks are growing fast around the world. Septier passive interception solutions support current implementations of these 3G networks. By utilizing advanced high performance hardware probes the solution is easy to deploy in a short time frame. Our systems excel in price/performance while utilizing small footprint at operator’s sites.

Intercepted information may include Voice calls, SMS, FAX, Packet data etc.

Common targeting criteria include MSISDN, IMSI, IMEI, DTMF and more.

DTMF? Is not sacred? They are out to steal your tones!

Long story short, whatever type of wireless communication you are using, most governments consider it fair game to intercept it without your permission. It seems that the last form of private communication is to mail a letter the old fashioned way. You might want to ship it in a lead lock box and send the key separately.

SOPA – “Stop Internet Piracy Act” Bill Introduced

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

H.R. 3261,  the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been introduced in an attempt to make streaming unlicensed content a felony and allow government to take down websites they consider to be involved in copyright infringement.. The Immigrations and Customs Office has already been doing this since around Thanksgiving of 2010 (while admins were no doubt enjoying a nice turkey dinner with their families).

Apparently though, taking away your right to free speech and a fair trial is making it hard for some members of the House Judiciary Committee to sleep at night. Their solution? “LET’S MAKE IT LEGAL TO TAKE AWAY YOUR FREE SPEECH AND RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL!”

Now I’m sure none of these politicians are evil. Therefore I conclude that the following are mentally challenged members who think that legalizing oppression makes it morally appropriate: Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), ranking member John Conyers (D-MI), Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Howard Berman (D-CA).

http://lamarsmith.house.gov/Contact/

http://conyers.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.OnlineContactForm

http://goodlatte.house.gov/contact/index.shtml

http://www.house.gov/berman/contact/index.shtml

Anonymous Persuades Gays to ‘Swing the Other Way’

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Well, it looks like Anonymous has pissed off the LGBT community leading to organized counter-protests (to be held at the Civic Center BART station this Monday, August 29th) by posting nude photos of a BART spokesman who happens to be gay. I don’t know what “gay-baiting” is, but to make this a gay issue kind of overlooks the underlying point. Nobody is saying these leaks were racist because the BART director is black. So why is it assumed to be bigotry, simply because he is gay? Can’t a nigga be gay up in the bay? The underlying issue being spun into a “gay rights” issue is that A HUMAN had his personal life exploited (allegedly) for an activism agenda.
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SMILE – You’re Under Police Surveillance

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Not that I have any sympathy for gangsters, whether they are crips or politicians, but the monitoring of twitter by police recently led to the arrest of 56 people in blue clothing for standing in a park being suspicious. Maybe they were plotting and scheming something heinous. Maybe gangsters just like to get together for a BBQ once in a while like the rest of us. I don’t know and nobody will ever know for certain. Is it better safe than sorry to have police monitoring social network activity to prevent potential flash mobs from gathering in the name of destruction?
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Seeks – The New P2P Based Search Engine

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Telecomix, an internetional volunteer based agency for the privacy impaired, has published a brand new search engine! Seeks is an open-source p2p-based search engine with an emphasis on user privacy.
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Germany to Facebook: No Facial Recognition, Plox!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Data protection officials in Deutschland have requested that Facebook turn off it’s facial recognition and delete any data they have gathered.
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New VPN Koppla

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Koppla.ws, a new VPN service, has begun with the aim of providing user privacy at a price affordable to the average internet user. Additional services may be offered in the future. Availability is limited, but expanding, so check often!

Features:

  • No traffic logs or history
  • 2048-bit RSA and 128-bit Blowfish encrypted direct connection between the users computer and the server
  • Bypass censorship/blocked sites
  • Good server speeds and no bandwidth charges
  • Servers in Luxembourg
  • Easy setup for Windows XP and above, Mac OS X, and popular Linux distros
  • € 2.50 / month