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Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HACK! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe 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 :: Read the full article »»»»

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New Snowden Leaks

Posted: August 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HACK!, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on New Snowden Leaks

New Snowden LeaksNew 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 »»»»


China Labels USA Spy Villains

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, HACK! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Labels USA Spy Villains

CHINAThe 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 »»»»


UPDATED! PRISM Data Mining

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! PRISM Data Mining

PRISMCatch-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 »»»»


Indias Kapil Sibal Set to Ban Offensive Facebook Posts

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Social Media, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Indias Kapil Sibal Set to Ban Offensive Facebook Posts

Kapil Sibal - Indias Communication MinisterWe love a good rant out of India, and have pretty much given up on making any sense of the rhetoric that falls from the mouth of Communications Minister Kapil Sibal, in his latest rant though he seems to have outdone himself? He has vowed to ban offensive material from the internet after Facebook, Google and other major firms told the government they were unable to screen content before it was posted. Kapil Sibal said talks with the internet giants had failed to come up with a solution following complaints that he had lodged three months ago over “unacceptable” images.

“My aim is that insulting material never gets uploaded,” Mr Sibal told reporters in New Delhi. “We will evolve guidelines and mechanisms to deal with the issue. They will have to give us the data, where these images are being uploaded and who is doing it.”

In his usual hypocritical tone, Mr Sibal said the government supported free speech and was against censorship but that some material on the internet was so offensive that no one would find it acceptable. He said he had shown some of the worst images to the internet companies, who had said they could not control all distribution. Read the full article »»»»


Round and Round the Garden

Posted: July 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Goolge, Hard Pill to Swallow | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Round and Round the Garden

Round and RoundRound and Round the Garden, Yahoo keeps getting it wrong? Becoming the search master isn’t the answer! A decade ago, Yahoo!’s search back-end was powered by a start-up called Inktomi, which was the hot “search” start-up of the late ’90s. Just over nine years ago, on June 26, 2000 Yahoo! switched its search back-end to another up-and-coming search start-up called Google.

During all this time, Yahoo! wanted to focus on being a destination, providing a directory and all sorts of services, negating search to the backseat in the favour of a “portal.” In late 2002, Yahoo! finally decided that portals were old news and the new game was “search.” It began to see how successful Google was on its own and decided it needed a full search strategy in-house, rather than outsourcing it to what increasingly looked like a competitor.

To accomplish this it bought up many of the other players in the market, starting with its spurned former partner Inktomi, followed rapidly by Overture, which itself had recently purchased granddaddy of Web search AltaVista. This led to a rather uncomfortable co-existence with Google until early 2004, when Yahoo! confirmed the inevitable and dropped Google as its search engine partner.

That’s a lot of churn in a short period of time as Yahoo! tried to adjust to a rapidly changing market unsuccessfully. So what are we to make of the news that Yahoo! has now gone back to outsourcing, and handed its search back-end over to Microsoft for 10 years? Yahoo!’s reasoning for buying up Inktomi, Overture and so on was a misguided strategy of playing catch up. It thought that “search” had become the game, instead of “portals,” but search was never the real game :: Read the full article »»»»