British intelligence has been running a secret programme ‘Karma Police’ to track the browsing activity of internet users around the world. It analyses users’ online habits, helps to build a person’s web profile and identify suspicious activities.
The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.
In case you missed the following stories, I suggest catching up now:
Fresh off the scene from those two epic embarrassments, the UN now wants to tell governments of the world how to censor the internet. I wish I was kidding.
Published on Sep 6, 2015
Mozilla yesterday detailed a security attack on its bug tracker and testing tool Bugzilla, as well as the steps it is taking to mitigate a repeat incident. In short, a hacker compromised the service, stole security-sensitive information, and used it to attack Firefox users.
Bugzilla is open-source software that has been adopted by a variety of organizations in addition to Mozilla: WebKit, the Linux kernel, FreeBSD, Gnome, KDE, Apache, Red Hat, Eclipse, and LibreOffice. While Bugzilla is mostly public, access to security-sensitive information is restricted so that only certain privileged users can access it. Following the attack, Mozilla has now beefed up security on those accounts.
This British gentlemen does not even have an internet connection, because he knows that the government can (and does!) upload child porn unto computers of unwanted people and then come knocking at their door:
Highly recommended to listen to what he has to say.
Nov 13, 2013
Following reports that someone was trying to set-up WeAreChange’s Luke Rudkowski and OathKeepers’ Stewart Rhodes, as well as an eerie e-mail from a group calling themselves “Political Hackerz Squad” claiming that it was trying to set-up dozens of alternative media figures with child porn (and claiming credit for attacks on Rudkowski/Rhodes), Truthstream Media was alerted that email attachments are being sent to prominent people posing as “Melissa Melton” and appearing to request an interview before attaching alleged child porn sent out by unknown provocateurs. These agents declared that they were “soldiers in a digital war”; in the case of Truthstream, they used an e-mail that doesn’t belong to our site but appears to as it used Melissa’s name. Please know that we are under attack; we need your prayers and support.
And what could possibly go wrong?
– The Cyber Wars Begin: Obama Says US “Must Retaliate” Against China For Historic Data Breach (ZeroHedge, Aug 1, 2015):
On Friday, we highlighted a “secret” NSA map which purports to show every Chinese cyber attack on US targets over the past five years. “The prizes that China pilfered during its ‘intrusions’ included everything from specifications for hybrid cars to formulas for pharmaceutical products to details about U.S. military and civilian air traffic control systems,” intelligence sources told NBC, who broke the story.
The release of the map marked the culmination of a cyber attack propaganda campaign which began with accusations that North Korea had attempted to sabotage Sony, reached peak absurdity when Penn State claimed Chinese spies had taken control of the campus engineering department, and turned serious when Washington blamed China for what was deemed “the largest theft of US government data ever.” “Whether all of this is cause for the Pentagon to activate the ‘offensive’ component of its brand new cyber strategy remains to be seen,” we said yesterday.
As it turns out, the Office of Personnel Management breach will indeed be used to justify a cyber “retaliation”against China, because as The New York Times notes, “the hacking attack was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases [do] not apply.” Here’s more:
The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China for the theft of the personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, but it is still struggling to decide what it can do without prompting an escalating cyberconflict. Continue reading »
– Facebook’s solar-powered internet plane looks like a stealth bomber (The Verge, July 30, 2015):
Meet the flying ISP
Facebook’s plans to become a flying internet service provider for the developing world are coming to fruition. The company today introduced Aquila, a high-flying, long-endurance plane that will bring basic internet access to the developing world. A working model of the plane is now ready for testing, Facebook said.
Facebook’s shallow, V-shaped plane has the wingspan of a Boeing 737. But even fully loaded down with communications gear, Aquila only weighs between 880 to 1,000 lbs — about a third the weight of a Prius. “When deployed, it will be able to circle a remote region for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 [feet],” the company said in a blog post. This means the planes will be flying at an altitude above commercial aircraft, and even above the weather. Continue reading »
– Ashley Madison Hacked: America’s 37 Million ‘Cheaters’ About To Be Exposed (ZeroHedge, July 19, 2015):
Two months ago, AdultFriendFinder was hacked, exposing
fuck buddyfriend-finding federal employees among its 3.5 million user ‘exposure’. Today, as KrebsOnSecurity reports, large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company’s user databases, financial records and other proprietary information (including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies). The hacker group “The Impact Team” manifesto concludes, “too bad for those [37 million] men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion.”
(Pictured: Proxyham by Benjamin Caudill / Rhino Security Labs)
Data collection and invasive monitoring of American citizens has been at the forefront of government activities for decades. After revelations by Edward Snowden in recent years, the fringe conspiracy theorists who warned of Big Brother surveillance and had been laughed at by the general population were finally proven right.But despite the literal hundreds of thousands of pages of information about government snooping and the Congressional “investigations” that followed, nothing has been done to curb the unabated violations of Americans’ Constitutional rights to be secure in their homes and personal effects.
Thus, as always, the free market began developing its own solutions. Earlier this year an inventor by the name of Benjamin Caudill announced a device he dubbed the ProxyHam which was going to literally change everything about how those concerned with privacy could connect to the internet: Continue reading »
– Top Computer Security Expert Warns – David Cameron’s Plan to Ban Encryption Would “Destroy the Internet” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 10, 2015):
BUSINESS INSIDER: What was your immediate reaction to Cameron’s proposals?
Bruce Schneier: My immediate reaction was disbelief, followed by confusion and despair. When I first read about Cameron’s remarks, I was convinced he had no idea what he was really proposing. The idea is so preposterous that it was hard to imagine it being seriously suggested. But while Cameron might not understand what he’s saying, surely he has advisers that do. Maybe he didn’t listen to them. Maybe they aren’t capable of telling him that what he’s saying doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand UK politics sufficiently well to know what was going on in the background. I don’t know anything about Cameron’s tech background. But the only possibly explanation is that he didn’t realize the full extent of what he was saying.
Then I wondered why he would even wish for such a thing? Does he realize that this is the sort of thing that only authoritarian governments do? Again, my knowledge of the UK is limited, but I assume they are a free country that champions liberty.
– From the Business Insider article: David Cameron’s Proposed Encryption Ban Would ‘Destroy the Internet’
I’ve discussed UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s idiotic, futile and extremely dangerous scheme to ban encryption previously here at Liberty Blitzkrieg. Most recently, in the post, Britain’s “War on Terror” Insanity Continues – David Cameron Declares War on Encryption, in which I explained how Cameron immediately seized upon the terrorist attacks in France to propose more fascist nonsense: Continue reading »
– Thousands queue for ‘most exclusive website’ to see… (RT, July 4, 2015):
Thanks to curiosity, something mysterious known as the “most exclusive website” has made international headlines recently. Thousands of people are waiting in line to be allowed onto a website which only serves one person at a time, for 60 seconds.
As of Friday, almost 1.5 million minutes were “spent waiting to be exclusive” on the page created by Justin Foley of Ohio. Millions still have no idea what’s contained on the website – until their ticket comes up.
May 5, 2015
Without this epic stockpiling of non-farm inventory which will have to be liquidated at some point (and at a very low price) Q1 GDP would have been -2.5%.
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
– Truth Is Washington’s Enemy — Paul Craig Roberts (April 21, 2015):
US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as “threats” who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.
Washington’s problem is that whereas Washington controls the print and TV media in the US and its vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Japan, Washington does not control Internet sites, such as this one, or media, such as RT, of non-vassal states. Consequently, Washington’s lies are subject to challenge, and as people lose confidence in Western print and TV media because of the propaganda content, Washington’s agendas, which depend on lies, are experiencing rougher sledding. Continue reading »
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– How Tor is building a new Dark Net with help from the U.S. military (The Daily Dot, April 20, 2015):
The Dark Net is under attack.
Actually, it’s always under attack. That’s the smart attitude to take as the spotlight has been turned up on technology like the Tor-anonymizing network. Threats from governments and hackers around the world have pushed Tor’s decade-old hidden service technology to its limits.
To stay ahead in the security race, Tor is building the next-generation Dark Net in part with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. military agency charged with inventing the cutting edge of new technology. Continue reading »
– ‘Bloggers’ Compared to ISIS During Congressional Hearing (Prison Planet, April 16, 2015):
People who challenge establishment narratives online likened with terrorist organization
Bloggers, conspiracy theorists and people who challenge establishment narratives on the Internet were all likened to ISIS terrorists during a chilling Congressional hearing which took place yesterday.
The hearing, hosted by the House Foreign Relations Committee, was titled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” and accused Russian state broadcaster RT of weaponizing “conspiracy theories” to spread propaganda. Continue reading »
– China Cites “Insufficient Censorship” In Threat To Shut Down Sina Weibo (ZeroHedge, April 12, 2015):
A little over a month after Chinese authorities moved to crack down on discussion of “Under The Dome,” the viral documentary which highlighted China’s pollution problem, and less than a week after Turkey banned social media after photos depicting now deceased prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun to his head showed up on Facebook and Twitter, free speech is yet again under attack in emerging markets as Beijing has reportedly threatened to shut down Sina Weibo which China’s internet czar claims is disseminating false information, providing a platform for terrorists, questioning the “facts,” not exercising enough censorship, and, much like the townsfolk of colonial era Salem, “propagating heresy”.
Here’s WSJ with more:
The regulator’s statement said since the start of the year, 6,038 complaints against Sina were made, including 1,227 in just the first eight days of this month alone, which was more than any other major website had received.
– DoD Blocks Millions of Computers From Viewing Alternative News (Activist Post, June 29, 2013):
After the initial surge of web traffic to alternative news websites following The Guardian breaking the NSA spying story, traffic has slowed considerably despite the continued interest in the NSA story as well as other alternative headlines.
This dramatic drop in traffic may be due to broad censorship by the Department of Defense on “millions of computers”. Continue reading »
– Turkey Bans Social Media Over Hostage Photos (ZeroHedge, April 6, 2015):
It looks as though Turkish authorities are once again set to show Twitter “the power of the Republic of Turkey,” as reports indicate access to social media in the country has been blocked. The move looks to be related to the widespread dissemination of pictures showing prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz after he was taken hostage in Istanbul by DHKP-C last week. Here’s more:
Turkish authorities have blocked access to Twitter, Youtube and Facebook over the publication of photos published on the three social media platforms, showing a prosecutor who was taken hostage by militants in Istanbul last week.
In other news:
– US to establish sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying (Washington Post)
– Obama Dictates National “Cyber Security” Emergency (ZeroHedge, April 1, 2015):
It’s business as usual in Washington. President Obama has just signed another Executive Order declaring a National Emergency to deal with cyber threats:
- *OBAMA ORDER CREATES NEW AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO CYBER THREATS TO BE USED IN ‘TARGETED MANNER’
- *OBAMA ORDER ALLOWS SANCTIONS FOR CYBER THREATS
This new authority, yet another layer of government oversight, we are sure is for your own protection and in Obama’s words will “augment work to fight cyber threats.” All your internet is belong to us… Continue reading »
– Facebook Reveals its Master Plan – Control All News Flow (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 24, 2015):
In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.
The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.
And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.
– From the New York Times article: Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content
Last night, I came across an incredibly important article from the New York Times, which described Facebook’s plan to provide direct access to other websites’ content in exchange for some sort of advertising partnership. The implications of this are so huge that at this point I have far more questions than answers.
– 1984: France Will Counter Terrorist Attacks on Free Speech by… Attacking Free Speech? (The Daily Sheeple, March 18, 2015):
George Orwell wasn’t psychic; he was a time traveler, and we’re permanently falling down the rabbit hole of 1984.
If you live in France, your right to visit certain websites has just been terminated by the almighty government.
Why? Because terrorism.
According to a report by Glenn Greenwald, “What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in Its Name?,” the French Interior Ministry has now ordered that five websites be blocked by the government because they have officially been accused of promoting terrorism.
And this is just the beginning.
– Facebook Does it Again – Company Sends Funeral Home Advertisements to Cancer Sufferer (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 12, 2015):
I don’t know what it’s going to take to get people to stop using Facebook. I really don’t.
Last month, I highlighted an extremely important warning from Salim Varani in the post, A Very Disturbing and Powerful Post – “Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook.” If you somehow missed that piece, go ahead and read it now. Here’s an excerpt to give you a little taste: Continue reading »
– Wikipedia Founder Sues NSA, Demands “End To NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance Of Internet Traffic” (ZeroHedge, March 10, 2015):
By Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is a board member of the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Lila Tretikov is the executive director, first posted in the NYT.
Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users
TODAY, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Our lawsuit says that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil — often called “upstream” surveillance — violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association. We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008. Continue reading »
– FCC Votes In Favor Of Obama’s Net Neutrality – Has The Slippery Slope To Web Censorship Begun? (ZeroHedge, Feb 26, 2015):
“An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life,” according to President Obama and it appears his perspective on the heavy hand of government regulation inserting itself into the last bastion of freedom and dynamism in the US economy, is how best to achieve “openness.” Having pressured FCC’s Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U.S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE. While potentially good for a consumer’s pocketbook, the handing over of “fair-use” decision to the government, as we previously noted, could be the first step on a slippery slope to increased censorship.
– Breaking! “You Can Keep Your Internet!” Yeah Right! FCC Passes Net Neutrality! We’re In Big, Big Trouble and Trust Me It Won’t Be Pretty…. (Before It’s News, Feb 26, 2015):
We have been deceived on such a grand scale that it is sickening! Our government and media have been making sure many are in the dark about what is really going on and now it has gotten to the point where “truth is stranger than fiction.”
Behind the scenes politicians, lobbyists, the FCC, and bankers are making decisions that would floor even the non-believer and if those who are asleep in the United States would wake up we just might have a revolution on our hands. Henry Ford put it best when he stated, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
Some people have a hard time believing how an entire nation could be so deceived, but when you understand whats truly happening in our country then you have awakened to this deception. Continue reading »
If you like your internet, you can keep it. Period.
– Feds Hold Hearing On Whether They Should ‘Regulate’ Sites Like Drudge, Infowars And The Economic Collapse Blog (Economic Collapse, Feb 11, 2015):
The control freaks that run our government always seem to want to “regulate” things that they do not like. And so it should be no surprise that there is a renewed push to regulate independent news websites. Sites like the Drudge Report, The Economic Collapse Blog , and Zero Hedge have been a thorn in the side of the establishment for years. You see, the truth is that approximately 90 percent of all news and entertainment in this country is controlled by just six giant media corporations. That is why the news seems to be so similar no matter where you turn. But in recent years the alternative media has exploded in popularity.
– A Very Disturbing and Powerful Post – “Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Feb 5, 2015):
“Oh yeah, I’ve been meaning to ask you why you’re getting off Facebook,” is the guilty and reluctant question I’m hearing a lot these days. Like we kinda know Facebook is bad, but don’t really want to know.
I’ve been a big Facebook supporter – one of the first users in my social group who championed what a great way it was to stay in touch, way back in 2006. I got my mum and brothers on it, and around 20 other people. I’ve even taught Facebook marketing in one of the UK’s biggest tech education projects, Digital Business Academy. I’m a techie and a marketer — so I can see the implications — and until now, they hadn’t worried me. I’ve been pretty dismissive towards people who hesitate with privacy concerns.
With this latest privacy change on January 30th, I’m scared.
– From Salim Varani’s blogpost: Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook
I never heard of Salim Varani before today, but when I came across his blogpost “Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook,” it immediately piqued my interest given my less than positive feelings toward the company. It took on an even greater degree of importance in my mind considering that I had just finished reading what appeared to be a Facebook puff piece at Fusion.net about how the company, guided by “privacy sherpa” Yul Kwon, was suddenly making user privacy a core focus. It read like a PR release. Here are a few excerpts: Continue reading »