Civilian counter surveillance
Archive for 2011/09/26
Almost 60 percent (57%) of the German population expects that warning alerts about illegal downloading to filesharers would work as deterrent, according to a survey executed by GfK for the German federal music industry association BVMi, the exchange association of German book stores and the association for prosecution of copyright breaches GVUPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The study shows that 81 percent of active filesharers expects that the use of alerts would help to close down illegal downloading and uploading of copyright protected materials.
Other findings include that 98 percent of the surveyed Germans is aware that sharing copyright protected content is illegal and 80 percent is also aware that doing so can lead to court cases.
The study shows that 19.9 million Germans have downloaded or streamed content via internet during 2010, with 14.3 million downloading.
Of the downloaders 10.6 million downloaded legal content and 3.7 million downloaded illegal content including 46 million music albums, 6 million audio books, 14 million e-books, 54 million games and movies and 23 million TV series.
Chemical-Biological Response Units at Occupy Wall Street – Anti-Terrorist Personnel Used Against Protesters?Posted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness
The 60 Minutes profile of New York City’s massive anti-terrorism network this evening was nothing short of amazing. 35,000 police. 15,000 civilians. Unattended bag-tracking artificial intelligence. Cameras, oh the cameras!
German web hosting and server provider 1&1 Internet is currently experiencing an outage, which started around 13.30 BST this afternoon, leaving customers without access to their websitesPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Network Security
In the morning of September 23 last year, a team of 8 police officers, assisted by a member of the Hollywood-backed Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), raided a house in Salisbury, England.
They arrested a then 31 year-old man, known online as SilentNinja, and seized all his computers, mobile phones, cameras, memory cards and hundreds of DVD backups. The raid was the result of an investigation carried out in the months before.
I hope that I’ll be able to work for the Department of Defense. From what I hear, they’re pretty good at what I want to do.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Traveling, doing Network Security as a profession with the Department of Defense. While I wouldn’t mind being a penetration tester, I think it’s a lot more fun to try to build and secure a network and its devices from the ground up. I suppose I wouldn’t mind being in management, either.
What’s the ultimate dream for your life?
Good secure job, great family, maybe a ’64 GTO or something to that effect. I think a job with the NSA or Department of Defense is my ultimate dream.
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Dutch language news article:
The Dutch entertainment and media industry increases 6% every year according to the PWC report ‘Entertainment and Media Outlook for the Netherlands 2011-2015’. Digitization is one of the reasons for the increase. The digital media is increasing annually by 11,5%, compared to 3,3% for non-digital mediaPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
In 2015, the share of digital media is estimated at 33% of the total industry. In 2010, the share was 26%.
European regulators launched on Monday an antritrust investigation into the Internet payments market, the system used by consumers to buy products online.
The European Commission said it would examine the standardisation process for payments to ensure that competition “is not unduly restricted,” for example by excluding new entrants and payment providers that are not controlled by banks.
“Excluding competitors in the online payments market could result in higher prices for web merchants and ultimately consumers,” the European Union’s competition watchdog said in a statement.
Thanks to Facebook the Turkish Secret Service has been able to compile a list of 174 Israeli army personnel involved in attack on Mavi MarmaraPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Dutch language news article:
Turkey names Israeli flotilla attackers on Facebook: paper
Google Places merges may be hazardous to your business – An automatic merge of two Google Places listings almost killed a small Florida-based law firmPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Google
Facebook and OnStar, the automobile help service from General Motors, have independently rolled out similar features that can bypass reasonable user expectations for privacy. It turns out that both companies can track users who have either disconnected or logged out of their systems.
First Dutch e-payment provider hands over personal details of BitTorrent site operator to Dutch Anti-Piracy Organization BREINPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
BREIN did threaten the e-payment provider to file for a preliminary injunction
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The UK Home Affairs select committee has branded police service IT as “not fit for purpose” and claimed it is damaging the police force’s ability to prevent crime and disorderPosted: 2011/09/26 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes. A new optical communications system that NASA plans to demonstrate in 2016 will lead the way and even allow the streaming of high-definition video from distances beyond the Moon.
The European Commission has launched an antitrust probe into e-payments in Europe to find out if a group of banks – including Santander, HSBC and Barclays – is trying to stop new players from getting into the marketPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Right now, the US likely has the lead in the ability to both cook up and deploy an online attack with offline damagesPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection
‘US causes mass financial destruction’ – Demonstrations called “Occupy Wall Street” in New York that protest corporate corruption and Washington’s financial policies have entered their second weekPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness
We have to wait and see gas prices increase and food prices become tripled and when they cut the Americans off from their food stamps, then we will see a proper uprising.
Chris Cuthbertson, a teacher from New Jersey, came with her sister to join the 150 people camped out in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where they are demanding economic reform. “I hope it’s the beginning of some change”Posted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness
The sentiment that Mr. Obama is preparing the United States, as Roosevelt did, for the Antichrist’s global coalition is likely to growPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
The story emerging about #occupyWallStreet is not about the protest itself, but that the NYPD has used excessive force against the protesters, aiming pepper spray directly into their eyes, and abusing power “in a cruel and cowardly” way, writes James Fallows in the Atlantic, hardly a bastion of left-wing activism. At his blog Waging Nonviolence, Nathan Schneiderdocuments how such police force was completely out of proportion in any case, but especially in light of the expressed non-violence of the protests, which Schneider argues have been poorly covered in the media.
This rubbernecking style of journalism is particularly dangerous right now because it amounts to criticizing a burning house for the color of its curtains. The curtains might be brash, ostentatious, and completely unhelpful in maintaining the overall flow of the home’s ambiance, but it’s perhaps not the most pertinent detail of the moment. Here’s a more pressing question: why are the people Bellafante described in her article the ones left behind?
Brookfield Office Properties Inc., a corporate firm that usually works with banks like Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, owns Zuccotti Park and would rather have the protesters removed, but the New York Police Department has urged the firm to let them stayPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness
Logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com. Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions. Facebook: We use the data to improve what we do, or for safety and protectionPosted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
To clarify, I first emailed this issue to Facebook on the 14th of November 2010. I also copied the email to their press address to get an official response on it. I never got any response. I sent another email to Facebook, press and copied it to somebody I know at Facebook on the 12th of January 2011. Again, I got no response. I have copies of all the emails, the subject lines were very clear in terms of the importance of this issue.
I have been sitting on this for almost a year now. The renewed discussion about Facebook and privacy this weekend prompted me to write this post.
Facebook denies cookie tracking allegations
The logged out cookies are used for safety and protection including: identifying spammers and phishers, detecting when somebody unauthorized is trying to access your account, helping you get back into your account if you get hacked, disabling registration for a under-age users who try to re-register with a different birthdate, powering account security features such as 2nd factor login approvals and notification, and identifying shared computers to discourage the use of “keep me logged in.”
Also please know that also when you’re logged in (or out) we don’t use our cookies to track you on social plugins to target ads or sell your information to third parties. I’ve heard from so many that what we do is to share or sell your data, and that is just not true. We use your logged in cookies to personalize (show you what your friends liked), to help maintain and improve what we do, or for safety and protection.
“Fox News, Wal-mart, Unilevel, Pfizer, NBC and now USA Today. who’s next? Vote now!” read one of the tweets.
Is there a killer in the software code running millions of medical devices? GNOME Executive Director Karen Sandler, formerly of the Software Freedom Law Center, has been fighting to get this software opened up for inspection and review since she received her own implanted defibrillator in 2008Posted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness
The 60 Minutes profile of New York City’s massive anti-terrorism network this evening was nothing short of amazing. 35,000 police. 15,000 civilians. Unattended bag-tracking artificial intelligence. Cameras, oh the cameras!Posted: 2011/09/26 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
One message for potential terrorists: “Stay away.”
That’s the message, plain and simple, that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had for anyone thinking of making an attack against the city.
Jaw-dropping highlights from the segment include incredible A.I. (spots unattended bags and alerts authorities), color-based A.I. (“computer, please track all red shirts in view of video feed”) and a camera system that would probably give surveillance-happy London a run for its money.