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HAX on 5July - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

A group of fansubbers who turned the tables on BREIN by taking the anti-piracy group to court have lost their legal battle. The Free Subtitles Foundation sought a legal ruling determining that fansubbers act within the law, but this week the Amsterdam District Court sided with BREIN...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

But if the US Department of Justice prosecutes Assange, as it reportedly may soon, he could become something else: the first journalist in modern history to be criminally charged by American courts for publishing classified information. WikiLeaks may not look like a traditional...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. administration is raising its voice when it comes to Wikileaks and its editor in charge, Julian Assange.

According to CNN Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.” (Link»)

We’ve already begun to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Professor Schulz criticises the fact that the draft law covers a range of different types of offences, making it difficult to assess its necessity as a means of restricting freedom of speech. More damningly, he points to the key assumptions on which the law is based, arguing that...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Did Donald Trump become president because he hired the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which uses profiling and micro-targeting in political elections? Some say yes, many say no. But what we know is that we are subjected to extensive personalised commercial and political...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

Reuters: Bose headphones spy on...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has a new privacy-oriented startup. Today he launches the domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity, shielding them from the prying eyes of outsiders. “Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

The current proposal, which proposes even more obligations on video-sharing platforms, is horribly contradictory and unclear. It does contain, however, a reasonable amount of comedy, which is an innovation for the EU institutions. For example, this legislation on “audiovisual”...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Mirai, the botnet that threatened the Internet as we knew it last year with record-setting denial-of-service attacks, is facing an existential threat of its own: A competing botnet known as Hajime has infected at least 10,000 home routers, network-connected cameras, and other so-...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

In a speech Thursday at a Washington DC think tank, CIA Director Michael Pompeo called the whistleblower site WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service” and said news organizations that reveal the government’s crimes are “enemies” of the United States. (…)

Referring...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Reuters: Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system »

Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Facebook says it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.

The company said Thursday it’s trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies today, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went off on WikiLeaks. Pompeo is pretty mad about that whole Vault 7 hacking tools data dump, it looks like. “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

German Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda has published an open-letter signed by UK MEP Lucy Anderson, raising alarm at the fact that the W3C is on the brink of finalising a DRM standard for web video, which — thanks to crazy laws protecting DRM — will leave users at risk...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has become the latest high-profile European politician to threaten U.S. tech companies over their use of end-to-end encryption, and for how digital platforms enable the spread of terrorist propaganda online.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Once again, a senseless terror attack.

Once again, politicians are telling us that we must stand up for a free and open society.

Of course we must. But do they?

Western democracy is slowly being hollowed out. It’s getting ever more secretive and less transparent. Power is...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

MEP Julia Reda: Copyright expansion plans would kill EU startups »

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Germany has approved a draft law that will enable businesses to run open WiFi hotspots without being held liable for the copyright infringements of their customers. Copyright holders will still have the ability to request that certain sites are blocked to prevent repeat infringement...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Bloomberg » Google Brings Fake News Fact-Checking to Search Results: Search giant is letting partners and publishers decide what’s true, what’s false and what’s in between »

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version

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HAX on 5July - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

New rules allowing the US National Security Agency (NSA) to share private data with other US agencies without court oversight, recent revelations about surveillance activities by a US electronic communications service provider and vacancies on US oversight bodies are among the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Minister Maas has proposed the law which places a variety of obligations on the companies, in the apparent hope that this will lead profit-motivated companies to take over private censorship measures. Following years of deletions of perfectly legal content by, for example, Facebook,...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

A database set up jointly by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube aims to identify “terrorist and radicalising” content automatically and to remove it from these platforms. (…)

It appears that no research whatsoever has been done on the likely impact of this initiative,...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

In Switzerland, the first trial based on likes on Facebook is currently underway. According to The Local, a 45-year-old from Zurich has been charged with defamation for liking Facebook posts that accused the plaintiff of being anti-Semitic. So basically, a man is being prosecuted for...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

On the better web Berners-Lee envisions, users control where their data is stored and how it’s accessed. For example, social networks would still run in the cloud. But you could store your data locally. Alternately, you could choose a different cloud server run by a company or...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The Pornhub announcement comes at an auspicious time. Congress this week affirmed the power of cable providers to sell user data, while as of a few weeks ago more than half the web had officially embraced HTTPS. Encryption doesn’t solve your ISP woes altogether—they’ll still know...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

A new attack that uses terrestrial radio signals to hack a wide range of Smart TVs raises an unsettling prospect—the ability of hackers to take complete control of a large number of sets at once without having physical access to any of them.

Ars Technica: Smart...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons, a proposal immediately met with concern by civil rights and liberties advocates.

Bill would allow...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The security of the facial recognition feature on Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone has come into question, after a video was shared online that appears to show one of the handsets being unlocked by waving a photo of the user’s face in front of the camera.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Last week, the UK’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that WhatsApp risked becoming a “place for terrorists to hide.” Then, like many others that have used this tired old trope, she went on to call for the development of some magic unicorn key to unlock all encrypted communications, one...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship.

Even the granddaughter of Carrero Blanco attacked the move by public prosecutors to charge Vera and put her on...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

That a major U.S. company had to rely on WikiLeaks to learn about security problems well-known to U.S. intelligence agencies underscores concerns expressed by dozens of current and former U.S. intelligence and security officials about the government’s approach to cybersecurity. (…)...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-29 - Original post - cached version

From a proposed Californian law:

18320.5. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Putting the interests of Internet providers over Internet users, Congress today voted to erase landmark broadband privacy protections. If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon will have free rein to hijack your searches, sell...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-28 - Original post - cached version

Ars Technica: Activists want to know why feds are searching more devices at the border »

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-27 - Original post - cached version

The bill passed the U.S. Senate: it looks like your ISP will be allowed to just sell your browsing history. While the bill still needs to pass the House (the lower legislature in the U.S.) and the President’s signature, it seems increasingly likely to unfortunately do so. This doesn’...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Rand Corporation: Zero Days, Thousands of Nights – The Life and Times of Zero-Day Vulnerabilities and Their Exploits

Article » | Report (PDF) »

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Under the extreme rules proposed by the Commission in the Copyright Directive, uploads to the internet would need to be scanned to assess if any photo, video or text that is being uploaded can be “identified” based on information provided by copyright holders. This would block, for...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-26 - Original post - cached version

The latest dossier on our watch list is the EU ePrivacy regulation. (Aiming to replace the ePrivacy directive from 2002.)

EDRi explains…

This new regulation complements the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding more clarity and legal certainty for...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-23 - Original post - cached version

EDRi » Human rights court: Website not liable for anonymous comment »

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Falkvinge:

An appeals court has denied the appeal of a person who is jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt files. The man has not been charged with anything, but was ordered to hand over the unencrypted contents on police assertion of what the contents were. When this...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-22 - Original post - cached version

The Intercept » Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a Fraud »

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-19 - Original post - cached version

In the Assange case, Swedish prosecutors seem to be running out of excuses for dragging their feet.

The hearing at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is completed, after many years of delays. The transcript has been translated into Swedish. At least almost. On its web page, the Prosecutors...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.

Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death....

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version

It is not acceptable that EU consumers can only call on a court in California to resolve a dispute. Nor can we accept that users are deprived of their right to withdraw from an online purchase. Social media companies also need to take more responsibility in addressing scams and fraud...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version

The past year, there have been very mixed signals about Bitcoin and virtual currencies from the EU. They range from the opinion that it is too early to regulate, as we cannot tell how they will develop – to demands for mandatory registration of all players and all transactions.

This piece...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version

The past week, German government put forward its controversial bill to fight online hate speech – threatening social platforms with fines up to € 50 million.

Politico:

Under the rules proposed, social media companies must clearly explain rules and complaint procedures...

HAX on 5July - 2017-03-16 - Original post - cached version

A hold-up translating a key document is delaying a decision by Swedish prosecutors over whether to continue their investigation of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on allegations of sexual assault.

The Swedish prosecutors said they would make a decision when they receive a...

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