‘Only criminals and paedophiles need privacy’

According to a Downing Street summit anyway.

Many tech-savvy paedophiles have turned to so-called “dark nets”, such as Tor, I2P, Freenet and many others.

 

These networks are specifically designed to conceal the identity and location of their users, said Christian Berg, co-founder of NetClean, a company which sells products used by police forces and anti-abuse agencies to classify images of child sexual abuse.

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Edward Snowden: On PRISM

nsa whistleblower“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.

“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.

“We have to decide why terrorism is a new threat. There has always been terrorism. Boston was a criminal act. It was not about surveillance but good, old-fashioned police work. The police are very good at what they do.

“We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence. Continue reading Edward Snowden: On PRISM

NSA: All your Verizon data are belong to us…

Evil-verizonThe Guardian newspaper has released the ‘top secret’ full court ruling showing that the US National Security Agency is now collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans.

Lets face it, we have suspected this sort of thing has been going on for a while, but the true extent of the data being collected is astounding.  Telephone numbers, calling card numbers, International Mobile Subscriber Identity numbers (IMSI), International Mobile station Equipment Identity number (IMEI) as well as the time and duration of calls/contact. Continue reading NSA: All your Verizon data are belong to us…

Estonian president ‘Social Media worse than the Stasi’

big brotheror words to that effect…

Okay, he may not have said that Social Media is worse than the Stasi, but he did make some very valid remarks.

Firstly, he points out that no government collects as much data about you as social networks.

Secondly, he makes it clear that there is no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case a free mobile app – with the exception of a few apps written by a 14 year old in his bedroom, you pay for all apps – whether it is with cash, your data, or both varies.

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Telefonica ‘big data’ division selling your location

Telefonica, the owner of UK mobile operator O2, is starting to sell your mobile information to anyone who wants it. Dynamic Insights, the big data flogging division of Telefonica has just announced their first product ‘Smart Steps.’

The first product, ‘Smart Steps’, will use fully anonymised and aggregated mobile network data to enable companies and public sector organisations to measure, compare, and understand what factors influence the number of people visiting a location at any time.

Basically, they plan to sell ‘where you’ve been’ information, initially this seems pretty anonymous – but if they add in where you came from, that will be another story.

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Ask John Twelve Hawks!

A few new members have joined the site recently, and I have noticed that many of them are disappointed to have missed the live chats we have ran in the past with John Twelve Hawks.

While not enough new members have joined to warrant us running another live chat (though this will probably happen again in the future) we thought we would run a John Twelve Hawks Q&A from here.
So, if you have a question for John, please follow the steps below:
  1. Google+ or Facebook ‘like’ this post using the button at the top of the article (optional, but it helps us get word out).
  2. Leave your question for John in the comments below.
  3. Await the follow-up post in a month or so with all the answers
It’s as simple as that!

Has your Account/Password been leaked by LulzSec?

Following hot on the heals of their recent attacks on various websites, including the CIA site, LulzSec have just released the details of 62,000 random people from the internet.
The giant dump of data includes login information for a number of different (and sensitive) sites – Gmail, Facebook, PayPal and even World of Warcraft accounts – probably places you don’t want others snooping.
Thankfully Gizmodo have released a quick tool to check if you’re affected, just enter your email to their checker and you’ll know if you’re in the clear!

Citigroup Hacked

Hot on the heels of all the recent hacking attacks against Sony comes the news that banking company Citigroup has had the names, email addresses, and account numbers of 200,000 customers stolen. Whilst Citigroup have stated that other sensitive customer information has not been lost (such as pin numbers, date of birth etc.) this is still a worrying situation.
Citigroup released the following statement:
“During routine monitoring, we recently discovered unauthorized access to Citi’s Account Online. A limited number – roughly one percent – of Citi bankcard customers’ account information (such as name, account number and contact information including email address) was viewed. The customer’s social security number, date of birth, card expiration date and card security code (CVV) were not compromised. We are contacting customers whose information was impacted. Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event. For the security of these customers, we are not disclosing further details.”

Set your computing free – Installing Linux

01-welcomeWe covered some of the reasons for switching to Linux from Windows or OSX in our last article in the ‘Set your computing free’ series, in this article we will cover the basics of getting Linux up and running on your computer. Firstly, a word of causion; following this article will alter the filesystems on your harddrive, and could potentially damage any operating systems which you currently have installed on your computer. Personally, I run only Linux on my computer, but it is possible to install it alongside Windows or OSX. Just back stuff up – just in case. Okay, disclaimer over – on with the show.

Background

This article covers the basics of getting Linux installed on your computer, either as the primary operating system or ‘dual boot’ with either Windows or Mac OSX. Linux comes in a variety of ‘flavours’ known as distributions (or ‘distros’) – most of these are available for free, but some are available for purchace with a variety of additions or support. For this particular installation guide we will be working with the Ubuntu distribution of Linux – I have selected this version for the guide as it is freely available, community driven, and has good, free, online support available. Before we get started, you will need to have the following available:

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