Archive for the ‘Big Brother’ Category

The Right to be Forgotten

2017/08/08

(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

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One Thing They All Seem to Agree On

2017/08/03

(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

2017/06/28

(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

2017/05/23

(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

2017/05/14

(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

2017/04/24

(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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Phoned-Home Info Revealed by Microsoft

2017/04/09

(The Register) – Iain Thomson:

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC. …

theregister 2017/04/06 creators_update

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Strong Encryption Makes us all Safer

2017/03/28

(Guardian Comments) – Editorial:

There are many things the web giants could do to help combat terrorism, but weakening privacy protection is not one of them. …

theguardian 2017/mar/27 strong-encryption

It’s Worse Than You Think

2017/03/13

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

I’m usually surprised by the coverage regarding NSA/CIA/FBI spying: there’s some stuff we definitely should be scared of, and there’s other stuff that I file under “so, what?”

For example, the fact that the US government has consistently ignored its own laws regarding wiretapping: nobody who has observed any government in action should be surprised by that.

For example, Herbert Yardley published “The American Black Chamber” in 1931, documenting a slightly fictionalized version of his exploits monitoring communications during WWI, before, and after. …

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Herbert Yardley: The American Black Chamber

Conspiracy Size

2017/03/09

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

I suspect that there is an optimal and a peak conspiracy size, beyond which it becomes nearly impossible to keep a secret.

That’s one of the reasons why I tend to disbelieve conspiracy theories that involve a lot of moving parts. I completely suck at math but if I recall how this is calculated, you take the probability that any individual will leak, and then the probability your secret remains secret is the combined probability that all the individuals don’t leak. The way I think of it (because I suck at math) is that you make a saving throw on your Leak Table every year and sooner or later you’re going to come up ’01’. …

stderr 2017/03/07 conspiracy