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French Court Orders Twitter To Reveal Identities Of Those Behind Anti-Semitic Tweets - AllTwitter

French Court Orders Twitter To Reveal Identities Of Those Behind Anti-Semitic Tweets - AllTwitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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Vicious Heartbleed bug bites millions of Android phones, other devices

Not the exclusive province of servers, Heartbleed can hack end users too.
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Android users -- there is a way to check if your phone is at risk, and it is simple and free, which seems too good to be true.

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Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA | Enterprise | WIRED

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA | Enterprise | WIRED | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA's prying eyes. It's called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.
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It worked for Snowden -- the linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It could work for the rest of us unless NSA now has added their own back door to it.

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The Heartbleed situation just got a lot worse. It also affects routers.

The Heartbleed situation just got a lot worse. It also affects routers. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The vulnerability can't be fixed with just a few new passwords. It also affects router and networking hardware. a top manufacturer says.
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If NSA was commissioned to protect us from internet theft instead of engaging in internet theft we would surely be more secure.

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Has the NSA Been Using the Heartbleed Bug as an Internet Peephole? | Threat Level | WIRED

Has the NSA Been Using the Heartbleed Bug as an Internet Peephole? | Threat Level | WIRED | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Heartbleed bug is unusually worrisome because it could possibly be used by the NSA or other spy agencies to steal your usernames and passwords — for sensitive services like banking, ecommerce, and web-based email — as well as the private keys that vulnerable web sites use to encrypt your traffic to them.
Bob Boynton's insight:

Hooray! We are number one in the invasion of computer systems. The Chinese are not even mentioned in this report on Heartbleed. Let's hear it for NSA and GCHQ that lead the world in the spy business.

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EU court rules against requirement to keep data of telecom users

EU court rules against requirement to keep data of telecom users | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that an EU directive requiring telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years was invalid.The
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Too bad we do not have a supreme court that would also make such a ruling. Or too bad we do not live in Europe.

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NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Director of national intelligence confirms for first time that NSA has used 'backdoor' in surveillance law to search for data related to 'US persons'
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Now you know we have you under the gun. And we are proud of it. No more obfuscation. We have you. And poor Obama does not know what he is talking about. And you do not need to worry -- CIA is only our middle name.

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'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
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Limits? What limits? We can spy on anyone we like. Of course German firms have to be infiltrated. They are obviously a prime source of terrorist activity.

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NSA listed Merkel among leaders subject to surveillance – report

NSA listed Merkel among leaders subject to surveillance – report | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Special databank said to hold 300 reports on German chancellor, according to Der Spiegel and The Intercept
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More about spying on our 'good friend' by NSA. To bad she took it so badly. I wonder what Obama would  have done if he found he was being spied on by Germany or . . .

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Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection

Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
If Congress passes the legislation.
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Maybe we will get something. If this covers only US citizens then we are still left with the US claiming it can do it to any other citizens in the world and other countries making the same claims about the US. We cannot say we can do it, but you cannot.

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NSA thoroughly hacked "security risk" Huawei, according to Snowden documents

NSA thoroughly hacked "security risk" Huawei, according to Snowden documents | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

How The latest Snowden leaks show the U.S. to be hacking China, which is hacking the U.S. Huawei is caught somewhere in the middle, along with various other companies.

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How do we know the Chinese are hacking into our computer systems? We are hacking into theirs. Now the world can see the hypocrisy of our protestations. I am glad to be a part of hypocrisy. Aren't you?

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Facebook, after White House meeting with tech leaders, says Obama's NSA reforms are 'not enough'

Facebook, after White House meeting with tech leaders, says Obama's NSA reforms are 'not enough' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt and other tech leaders attended a hastily arranged meeting with President Obama on Friday, after several days of increasingly vocal complaints by tech leaders.
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Zuckerberg is not giving up -- blowback. He seems to believe the people of the world have rights. And our government is trampling them.

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Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site

Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatens to 'root out' social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked
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Democracy in action. You accuse me, and I will shut you down. Apparently, he has not been completely successful in shutting down.

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After Snowden revelations, U.S. to get out of overseeing the Web

After Snowden revelations, U.S. to get out of overseeing the Web | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Move comes after revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
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A little more blowback. When you do untrustworthy you can expect that no one will trust you. But who decides what comes next?

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Guantánamo hearings halted amid accusations of FBI spying on legal team

Guantánamo hearings halted amid accusations of FBI spying on legal team | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Allegations surfaced Monday that the FBI turned a member of a 9/11 defendant’s defence team into a secret informant
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Free and fair trial by jury -- that is what we believe in. And no government agency would tamper with that. Perhaps not no government agency.

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Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The White House said that information about major Internet security flaws should be shared with computer and software manufacturers so they can be fixed. But it left broad exceptions for cases that involve national security.
Bob Boynton's insight:

We have a policy, but we cannot be trusted to know what it is. We are untrustworthy. And, as best the snoops are at putting it together, it has a hole big enough for NSA to do whatever they want. It is, of course, the internet equivalent of mutually assured destruction since that is the only construction of the world our military leaders can imagine.

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Washington is making it easier for businesses to swap notes on hackers

Washington is making it easier for businesses to swap notes on hackers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Federal regulators are trying to ease worries about legal liability surrounding IT defenses.
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A small step in internet security -- you can share information.

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Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Whistleblower tells Council of Europe NSA deliberately snooped on groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
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Amnesty International -- yes, definitely a hotbed of terrorist activity. Or NSA just spies on any and everyone they can imagine without any particular rationale other than we can.

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Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient'

Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading ally of Angela Merkel has criticized the United States for failing to provide sufficient assurances on its spying tactics and said bilateral talks were unlikely to make much
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Senate report says CIA misled on interrogation program

Senate report says CIA misled on interrogation program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Investigators conclude it overstated the effectiveness of harsh tactics, hid details, took credit where it wasn’t due.
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And NSA has done exactly the same. Not torturing as far as I know, but the falsehoods, the claims, the coverups are all the same. That is not a surprise. The mystery is how they get themselves into a state of mind when all of this is their duty.

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NSA revelations 'changing how businesses store sensitive data'

NSA revelations 'changing how businesses store sensitive data' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Survey suggests many firms choosing more secure forms of storage over 'cloud computing' in light of Snowden's disclosures
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Quantified blowback -- NSA sparks a major change in storing and maintaining business data. Too bad cloud companies. NSA just cut your business significantly. But it is all in the interest of national security, they say.

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The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform? | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Trevor Timm: Congress' serial fabricator has the audacity to call his new law the 'End Bulk Collection Act'. Obama's proposal isn't much better
Bob Boynton's insight:

Defenders of the constitution. Obsessively committed to freedom and less government in our lives. ETC. Have decided we need more spying on the American people -- not less. I hope the two members of the House are ready to have their electronic communication surveilled because they are setting things up for that to happen.

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Are the tools we used in RICO and FISA appropriate when applied outside of the original intent?  If we had these tools for Mobsters and Gangsters, should we be able to use them for terrorists?

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Solving the unsolvable: A quantum boost for supercomputing

Solving the unsolvable: A quantum boost for supercomputing | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Quantum computing alone may not be a panacea to all computing problems. However, when paired with high-performance computing, it may be able to find better answers to some of our most pressing issues.
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This is the NSA future -- being able to process every electronic transaction in real time. Then they really will have the world in their sights.

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Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next | TechCrunch

Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next | TechCrunch | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The social media crackdown in Turkey continues, as the country has moved to block backdoor access to communications services like Twitter via Google DNS...
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When in doubt turn off the opposition.

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Theresa May warns Yahoo that its move to Dublin is a security worry

Theresa May warns Yahoo that its move to Dublin is a security worry | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Internet firm is known to be unhappy about snooping and would be under no obligation to hand over material under Irish laws
Bob Boynton's insight:

More blowback. Yahoo says so long UK. We are going where the communication of our users are protected. Britain is not it. I assume it is good for the economy of UK to have large companies leave for friendlier parts. Oh, maybe not. Thank GCHQ.

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NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The surveillance system is capable of recording “100 percent” of calls in at least one foreign country.
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This is our government recording every single telephone call made by a nation. If that does not bother you then ask yourself which nations of the world do you want recording your every telephone call. If the US can do it now the others will be doing it within a decade or less.

 

We are the evil leaders in this travesty.

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