Posted: August 4th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: HACK!, News | 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 New Snowden Leaks
New revelations from former security contractor Edward Snowden that US intelligence agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool have come to light, as lawmakers put secret surveillance programs under greater scrutiny.
The latest revelations follow-on from The Guardian’s stella expose on our privacy, that it’s no longer our own, causing 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.
The Guardian, citing documents from Snowden, published National Security Agency (NSA) training materials for the XKeyscore program, which the newspaper described as the NSA’s widest-reaching system that covers “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet”.
Intelligence analysts can conduct surveillance through XKeyscore by filling in an on-screen form giving only a “broad justification” for the search and no review by a court or NSA staff, the Guardian said :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: China, 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 China Labels USA Spy Villains
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 11th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, apple, Barack Obama, china, Cybersecurity, facebook, FBI, 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
Catch-up! June 7 20113: The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill reported that PRISM was the source for more than 2,000 intelligence reports each month. More than 24,000 reports were issued in 2012. A total of 77,000 intelligence reports have cited PRISM since the program began six years ago.
US intelligence agencies are accessing the servers of nine internet giants as part of a secret data mining program, according to reports from the US and Britain. The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency NSA and FBI had direct access to servers which allowed them to track an individual’s web presence via audio, video, photographs, emails and connection logs.
Seems ALL of Silicon Valley’s behemoths are involved in the program, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Apple, PalTalk, AOL, Skype and YouTube, amusingly they’ve ALL denied any participation in the program. Presently, Twitter seems to be the ONLY techbehemoth NOT taking part in PRISM?
The USA’s top spy James R. Clapper said the stories contained “numerous inaccuracies,” but he did not offer any details. And he said the law that allowed US government agencies to collect communications from internet companies only permitted the targeting of “non-US persons” outside the United States :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: CRIME!, Get Out of the House | Tags: Anti-Terrorism Laws, ASIO, Australian Federal Police, Australian Police and Law Enforcement, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Bugging, Civil Liberties, Email, FBI, Intelligence, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, Law Reform, Metadata, MI5, NSW Crime Commission, Phone Tap, Police Force, SMS, Telecommunications Data, Terrorist Cell, Terrorist Organisation, Text Message, The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act - | Comments Off on Australian Spy Agency Wants YOUR Data
The 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 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Bail, copyright, DeepField, FBI, File Sharing, Filesharing, Hollywood, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Law Court, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA, US Government, Whitehouse | Comments Off on Kim Dotcom Says Hollywood Pressured US Government Into Piracy Charges
MegaUpload 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 »»»»
Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Bail, DeepField, FBI, File Sharing, Filesharing, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Law Court, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA | Comments Off on UPDATED! New Zealand Court Rules DOTCOM Search Warrants INVALID
Search warrants used when 70 police raided the New Zealand mansion of the suspected kingpin of an internet copyright theft ring were illegal, a court has ruled.
German national Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, was one of four men arrested in January as part of an investigation, led by the FBI, into his Megaupload.com website.
Prosecutors say Dotcom was the ringleader of a group which had netted $175 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 :: Read the full article »»»»