Archive for 2011/03/23
The creation of robots that can hide from humans while spying on them brings autonomous spy machines one step closerPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
“The following are almost all the vulnerabilities I found for a quick experiment some months ago in certain well known server-side SCADA softwares still vulnerable in this moment”Posted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Network Security
In case someone doesn’t know SCADA (like me before the tests): it’s just one or more softwares (usually a core, a graphical part and a database) that allow people to monitor and control the various hardware sensors and mechanisms located in industrial environments like nuclear plants, refineries, gas pipelines, airports and other less and more critical fields that go from the energy to the public infrastructures and obviously also the small “normal” industries.
MyP2P has to cease broadcasts of live soccer matches and other sports events. KNVB contemplating damage claims
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2474563/knvb-wint-rechtszaak-internetpiraterij.html
About TOR: Why would any govt create something their enemies can easily use against them, then continue funding it once they know it helps the enemy, if a govt has absolutely no control over it?Posted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
The *PURPOSE* was for DoD / Intelligence usage (open source intelligence gathering, covering of forward deployed assets, whatever). Not helping dissidents in repressive countries. Not assisting criminals in covering their electronic tracks. Not helping bit-torrent users avoid MPAA/RIAA prosecution. Not giving a 10 year old a way to bypass an anti-porn filter.
The government of Chile has published their law on net neutrality in the Diario Oficial, the official gazettePosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Net Neutrality, Public Policy
Page’s apparent lack of personal interest on the web’s major social sites creates a convenient narrative for Google’s dreadful record in the spacePosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Google
A Beijing entrepreneur, discussing restaurant choices with his fiancée over their cellphones last week, quoted Queen Gertrude’s response to Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The second time he said the word “protest,” her phone cut offPosted: 2011/03/23 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Lengthy Outages for WordPress.com, Netflix
Legal concerns over how ISP costs are apportioned (here), an official review of the website blocking proposals (here), problems with the fallibility of using IP addresses as evidence (as highlighted by the recent ACS Law case) and a Judicial Review (here) brought forward by two ISPs, BT and TalkTalk UK, have all conspired to delay the act. Not to mention the many technical hurdles that Ofcom has had to overcome in drafting its initial Code of Practice (here).
There are actually five grounds for the Judicial Review, which are:
· Compliance with Technical Standards Directive (which says there was a need to notify Europe in advance of the legislation);
· Compatibility with privacy directives;
· Compatibility with e-commerce directives;
· Whether the obligations are proportionate;
· Additional issue of potential incompatibility with the Authorisation Directive which is part of EU law governing the regulation of communication providers including ISPs.
TorrentFreak will soon cease to exist because of new legislation being considered by the Obama administration, a prominent music industry expert has announcedPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy
They’re trying to release the film in segments, where the latter segments aren’t released unless there have been enough donations for the first segmentsPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
“Due process” and “free speech,” those aren’t joking concepts. They are the underpinnings of a free society, and both are clearly under attack by the crux of these domain seizuresPosted: 2011/03/23 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
can you explain an actual common sense reason why there couldn’t have been an actual trial first?
Larry Lessig recently directed our attention to a new project, called Congressional Closeup, that seeks to uncover political narratives in “strange” voting patterns by our elected officialsPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
For a short time on Tuesday, internet traffic sent between Facebook and subscribers to AT&T’s internet service passed through hardware belonging to the state-owned China Telecom before reaching its final destination, a security researcher saidPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Australia is working through the long process of acceding to the European Convention on Cybercrime. It’s a process that causes significant angst. Privacy advocates are concerned at the convention’s intrusive nature; ISPs worry about how much data they’d have to carryPosted: 2011/03/23 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Lawyers for RealNetworks will get two hours to question Apple supremo Steve Jobs as part of an anti-trust case brought against iTunesPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
Second-hand mobile phones sold on by their owners often contain extensive personal and sensitive data that leave sellers open to identity theft and other privacy risksPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Leicester City Council has misplaced a USB stick containing personal details of 4,000 vulnerable and often elderly users of its care servicePosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
A British hacker who funded his gambling addiction by stealing and reselling online gaming chips from Zynga has been jailed for two yearsPosted: 2011/03/23 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence
An appeals court has ruled that the ACLU, Amnesty International, and other groups have the legal standing to pursue a lawsuit over the NSA’s domestic surveillance program. The Obama administration may still play its “state secrets” trump card, howeverPosted: 2011/03/23 in Education / Awareness, Filtering, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Google is paying Georgia Tech researchers to build consumer tools that can detect Internet throttling and government censorship, for both home and mobile devices. At the end of the project, the Georgia Tech team hopes to provide “a suite of Web-based, Internet-scale measurement tools that any user around the world could access for free.
With the help of these tools, users could determine whether their ISPs are providing the kind of service customers are paying for, and whether the data they send and receive over their network connections is being tampered with by governments and/or ISPs.”
Two years of data on actual download speeds around the world has now been graphed by Google’s Public Data Explorer.