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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disable my network adaptor unless I need to go online. Very Happy I do all my gaming offline, I work locally, I don't use the cloud.

I love the internet, but I leaven that with a good dose of distrust as well. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

...Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy...


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds unamerican to me... Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't they call that 'mission creep' or something; like when CCTV's in the UK, installed to aid in the fight against serious crime and terrorism get used as a sideline to identify people putting out their bins early who are subsequently fined.

re the internet, as they say - if you're not buying the product, you are the product!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, can't remember if we posted this...already a month old..

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[url=phys.org/news/2016-11-uk-lawmakers-surveillance-powers.html]UK lawmakers approve 'most sweeping' surveillance powers[/url]

The British parliament this week gave the green light to new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy.

The Investigatory Powers Bill would, among other measures, require websites to keep customers' browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to access them to help with investigations.


Read more at: phys.org/news/2016-11-uk-lawmakers-surveillance-powers.html#jCp


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, we didn't link that story anywhere--too preoccupied with the election here. If you don't want your browsing history stored by an online retailer then you will have to obtain software which allows you to spoof your IP address (which reminds me--I need to renew my subscription to HideMyIP) so that it looks like you are coming in from somewhere else *and* you can't ever log in to browse or shop for anything. Also, for shipping purposes you can get a box at a UPS store and then list it as the shipping address--never ship directly to your house.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it an actual spoofer? Or does it route you through a proxy service?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is for Hashi:

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data From Air Gapped Computer By Blinking The LED

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The unfortunate reality when it comes to internet privacy is that most people are not tech literate enough to take countermeasures. The result is that those who do will inevitably be under more scrutiny for doing something so suspicious as obscuring their activity. I'm willing to bet there's a database somewhere of everyone who's using a VPN. We can fight back against invasion of privacy and we can win, but for that to happen encrypting and obscuring online activity needs to become the norm so that there is safety in numbers.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Van Eck phreaking is alive and well in 2017, it seems.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I knew about the "reading electro-magnetic pulses" technique. Time to disconnect the HD LED. Very Happy

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We can fight back against invasion of privacy and we can win, but for that to happen encrypting and obscuring online activity needs to become the norm so that there is safety in numbers.


The thing is most people can't be bothered to make the extra effort required. I don't really see it becoming mainstream unfortunately.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new round of document dumps from WikiLeaks, this time from the CIA. The most important claim being made in this release: that the CIA has a collection of malware attack vectors collected from other nations and that it can use these attack vectors to make it appear as if the attack came from that nation.

Let that idea sink in for a second. The big stink happening right now (well, has been happening for about two months) is that Russia hacked the election. The claim that the CIA can hack someone and make it appear as if it came from Russia should be disturbing, at the very least.

Another claim: the CIA has a program through which it can use a smart TV as a remote microphone, listening in on conversations by making it appear as if the TV is off when it really isn't.

Other claims: the CIA malware program is bigger than originally thought

the documents obtained by WikiLeaks for this trove come from another Snowden-like person in the CIA (another whistleblower)

the CIA was looking into being able to remotely control modern cars and trucks

that the CIA is developing (or has developed) malware which can target iPhone, Android devices, and computers running Windows

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Fascinating stuff. This round of documents covers the 2013-2016 period, so it was all happening under Obama's watch.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone is surprised about any of that, they need to get their heads out of the sand. The CIA, and other covert ops groups, very likely have things that would make that list look like a few toys.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The really fascinating items are the ones about the television sets and uploading malware via USB ports, piggybacking on the protocols the computer uses to communicate with the port itself as opposed to the data on a device plugged into the port.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Another claim: the CIA has a program through which it can use a smart TV as a remote microphone, listening in on conversations by making it appear as if the TV is off when it really isn't.


Meh. Google and Apple can do it already, both with TV's and Phones. Hell, Google has a patent on using conversations around the device to determine what ads you will see. Not in effect, but they already know how to do it.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing the CIA only ever used those 'tools' to spy on bad guys....
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Of course...and the innocent have nothing to fear...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a lot of interpretations of privacy and free-speech issues in the modern world totally miss the fact that there is the Internet.

Yeah, governments want to control it, and have tried and succeeded to varying degrees. But truth will out, as they say. It's like the WormCam in The Light of Other Days. We have to realize that privacy is not essential to security. If the government can watch me have sex, so what? I'm sure people have surreptitiously watched other people have sex for ages. The government knows what I believe? Oh well, I do post all my thoughts in public. My Social Security number? The government itself assigned that to me.

We are not in a world where governments knowing more about citizens is dangerous. We are, though, in a world where the citizens who run the government, if they are exempt from surveillance, are dangerous. The problem is not lack of privacy, the problem is political inequality regarding the lack of privacy.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mighara Sovmadhi wrote:

We are not in a world where governments knowing more about citizens is dangerous. We are, though, in a world where the citizens who run the government, if they are exempt from surveillance, are dangerous.


This is really insightful.
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