Archive for the ‘Big Brother’ Category

China’s Dystopian Tech


(Atlantic) – Rene Chun:

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms. …

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Rami Niemi: Big Brother


Finding Your Voice


(The Intercept) – Ava Kofman:

Forget about Siri and Alexa – when it comes to voice identification the “NSA reigns supreme” …

theintercept 2018/01/19 voice-recognition

Big Brother Listens

It’s Worse Than You Think: Tracking Apps


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There is a vast infrastructure of sneaky, nasty, deceptive code that is deployed by marketers to infect your browser so they can track everything you are doing. This reduces your ability to trust your browser tremendously, since you (naturally!) have no idea what it’s doing: it is not your browser. And, there is a similar vast infrastructure of evil running on your smartphone, sucking your battery life, tracking your location, monitoring the sounds around you, and eating your bandwidth and performance to transmit all that to dozens of companies: it is not your smartphone.

You’re just paying for it. …

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Big-Brother mobile Phones

Intel’s Hidden In-Chip Operating System


(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be. …

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Big Brother bug

The Right to be Forgotten


(Guardian Comments) – Suzanne Moore:

The data protection bill is about refusing to give ownership of our identity to the likes of Facebook and Google – because we all make mistakes when young. …

theguardian 2017/aug/07 data-protection-bill

smartphone users

One Thing They All Seem to Agree On


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

While the governments of the world occasionally appear to be in disagreement about this, that, or the other thing, there is one thing that they are sure of: their data is not yours, but your data is theirs. They own you, they control you. You do not control them. …

stderr 2017/08/02 one-thing

Internet Big Brother

Privacy Tools


(Julia Angwin) – In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers. …

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Julia Angwin: Dragnet Nation

TLA Computer Security


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There are many agencies that have some degree of charter for computer security – but “defense” has been a bit of a hot potato. Meanwhile, the NSA (and now we know CIA, and probably every other Three Letter Agency) used to go to security conferences like DEFCON and advertise that they were hiring hackers. Of course they were.

If you know anything about how the US empire operates, you’d predict right away that the effort in computer security has been pretty much all offense and no defense – like our Department of “Defense” and you’d be pretty much right. …

stderr 2017/05/18 sounds-about-right

Marcus J. Ranum: The Myth of Homeland Security

Trolling GCHQ


(indy100) – Harriet Marsden:

While the effects were felt all over the world in almost 100 countries, the NHS was the most terrifyingly significant target for us in Britain – literally, the lifeline of the UK.

Malicious ransomware called ‘WannaCry‘ infected thousands of computers, holding patients’ medical records captive via encryption and demanding a BitCoin payment for their release.

In other equally important news, it was also National Limerick Day. …

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Twitter trolling GCHQ

Walking Back The Cat


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The origin of the expression “walking back the cat” is lost in the early cold war, but it refers to the process of decompiling and recompiling intelligence after a breach, usually caused by a mole.

I’m quite sure that nowadays it’s got a lot to do with computer forensics; it’s probably a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who hasn’t got a stake in the outcome. For anyone who does, historically, it’s a slice of hell. …

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