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HAX on 5July - 2017-08-13 - Original post - cached version

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HAX on 5July - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version

So… Google just fired an employee for… not agreeing with the company’s diversity policy.

The irony.

It also raises – once again – the issue of possible political bias at the worlds leading search engine.

• Gizmodo: Here’s The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating...

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The European Court of Justice (the ECJ, “the European Supreme Court”) ruled three years ago that anything published openly on the web may be freely reused by anyone in any way on their own website. This ruling didn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserved, as it completely...

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-07 - Original post - cached version

EDRi on EU public consultations on Internet and Big Brother issues:

Public consultations are an opportunity to influence policy-making at an early stage, and to help to shape a brighter future for your digital rights.

Below you can find the public consultations which...

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-07 - Original post - cached version

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Update, Gizmodo » Exclusive: Here’s The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google »

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Techdirt: Guy Who Accidentally Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained After Defcon »

Update, Techcrunch: FBI arrests WannaCry hero for alleged role in Kronos banking malware »

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

While many artists have stepped up to demonize piracy over the years, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell prefers to see the upside. Describing the effects as “fantastic”, Campbell says there’s a whole new audience coming to the band’s shows, bringing fresh energy to the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Early yesterday morning bitcoin’s blockchain forked — meaning a separate cryptocurrency was created called bitcoin cash.

Techcrunch: WTF is bitcoin cash and is it worth anything? »

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

It seems as though a Baltimore police officer forgot about one key feature of his bodycam: the fact that it saves the previous 30 seconds of video recorded before the camera is activated. Most bodycams record and dump constantly. The moment it’s activated, the 30 seconds preceding...

HAX on 5July - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Today, August 3rd 2017 WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Dumbo project of the CIA. Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

As Europe moves towards a cash free society there are worrying signals from the EU…

European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs, an EU document reviewed by Reuters...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

The Register: Greek police arrest chap accused of laundering $4bn of Bitcoin »

WizSec: Breaking open the MtGox case, part 1 »

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

A society without rulebreakers doesn’t challenge the rules, the status quo, the established consensus. Yet again, as our society pretends to celebrate its entrepreneurs, its freethinkers, and its trailblazers. But in action, in decree, and in enforcement, today’s societies...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Over the past couple of years, Roombas haven’t just been picking up dust and chauffeuring cats around, they’ve also been mapping the layout of your home. Now, Colin Angle, the chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot, has said he wants to share the data from these maps in order to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

We already knew U.S. voting systems had security flaws ― the federal government put that nail in the coffin when it repeatedly confirmed that Russian hackers breached systems in at least 21 states during the election last year.

But on Friday, hackers stateside showed us just...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China.

Techcrunch: Apple removes VPN apps from the App...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

It’s going to be much harder to view the full web in Russia before the year is out. President Putin has signed a law that, as of November 1st, bans technology which lets you access banned websites, including virtual private networks and proxies. Internet providers will have to block...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-31 - Original post - cached version

The Swedish leak where classified data and networks were outsourced outside the European Union was not an isolated incident, but a pervasive pattern where things are kept safe mostly by good luck and the occasional person who knows their stuff fixing things properly out of pure...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Since 2003, hundreds of new top-level domains have come onto the market, and there has never been more choice for domain name registrants. But apart from choosing a name that sounds right and is easy to remember, a domain name registrant should also consider the policies of the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

The recently approved dragnet surveillance powers will only increase the number of false accusations. “Data mining is probably an ineffective method for preventing terror attacks”, wrote the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in their 2016 report “Big data in a free...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

The EU Court of Justice ruled this morning that the agreement on the transfer of passenger data (PNR) between the EU and Canada is incompatible with EU law. (…)

Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, ALDE Group first vice-president, commented today:

“Two and a half years after the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

On 5 April 2017, the Norwegian government proposed an amendment to the Norwegian code of criminal proceedings to allow the police to compel the use of biometric authentication. After two quick debates, the Norwegian Parliament passed the proposition into law on 21 June. (…)

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HAX on 5July - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

In Xinjiang, China, citizens are being forced to install a targeted surveillance mobile app called Jingwang. Additionally, the government has set up random checkpoints on the streets to check whether the spyware is properly installed on your smartphone. On July 10th, mobile phone...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The EU is in the process of hammering out a new copyright directive. Here is a leaked amendment from the European Parliaments Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)…

1. Member States shall ensure that, when authors and performers transfer or assign the right of making...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-21 - Original post - cached version

Under the CULT “compromise amendments”, it would no longer be possible to store legally acquired music recordings video files or any other copyrighted content on European cloud storage services. This is despite the fact that Europeans already pay hundreds of millions every year in...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg today ruled in favour
of the German civil liberties activist and pirate party member Patrick
Breyer (Commission vs. Breyer, C-213/15 P): It ordered the Commission
to give the press and the public access to the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-19 - Original post - cached version

For example, the “snippet tax” would require commercial sites that quote even tiny portions of online press publications to pay a licensing fee for each one. Given the way social networks constantly quote and cross-link information, that’s clearly absurd. And yet the Industry,...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Privacy International is particularly concerned that suspicion of membership of the Gülen movement is based on the use of encryption, specifically a freely available messaging service called Bylock which the government claims is the communication tool of choice for Gülen supporters...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The EU is in the process of implementing new regulations aimed for Child Protection online.

To nobody’s surprise, this is a can of worms – where seemingly conflicting principles are at stake. There is a strong possibility that it will all end up restricting the Internets free flow of...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version

On 11 July, two Committees in the European Parliament voted on their Opinions on European Commission’s proposal for a Copyright Directive: the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

CULT decided to abandon all...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-15 - Original post - cached version

“The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia”, said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. He has been rightly mocked for this nonsense claim, that foreshadows moves to require online messaging providers...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

Privacy International has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to compel disclosure of records relating to a 1946 surveillance agreement between the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, known as the “Five Eyes alliance”.* We are represented by Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version

The trend of courts applying country-specific social media laws worldwide could radically change what is allowed to be on the internet, setting a troubling precedent. What happens to the global internet when countries with different cultures have sharply diverging definitions of what...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

Police already have access to visors with built-in face recognition and fugitive spotting. The technology was in prototype stage a few years ago, and was successfully tested when police officers walked into dark cinemas full of people and got so-called People of Interest highlighted...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

“We hope to find out the current scope and nature of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement – and how much has changed since the 1955 version,” Privacy International legal officer Scarlet Kim tells WIRED. “We’d also like to know the US rules and regulations governing this...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

New Zealand airport customs agents force thousands of travelers every year to hand over the passwords for their devices, in some cases inspecting files and even copying the data for the government.

Softpedia: NZ Airport Travelers Forced to Surrender Device...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists.

NYT: Spyware Sold to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

A darknet trader who claims to have access to any Australian’s Medicare card information is reportedly selling the confidential data online.

9news: Medicare details of ‘every Australian’ being illegally sold on darknet »

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

This is quite interesting. Who is to be considered being a terrorist? This is an especially important question, considering all new and far-reaching anti-terror laws.

Tim Pool @ Youtube: ANTIFA listed under domestic terrorism »

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Even accepting that free speech ends where criminal law begins, that doesn’t justify fining the platforms. If people are posting “illegal” content, go after them for breaking the law. Don’t go after the tools they use. By putting massive liability risks on platforms, those platforms...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

It’s become clearer than ever in recent months that this law is not fit for purpose. The government doesn’t need to spy on the entire population to fight terrorism. All that does is undermine the very rights, freedoms and democracy terrorists seek to destroy.

The...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Last month, Privacy News Online wrote about the first arrest by UK police using an automatic facial recognition system mounted on a vehicle to scan people in a crowd. But things move quickly in the world of surveillance technologies: the police in Dubai have announced that they will...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

“Scottish comedian and YouTuber Markus Meechan, better known as Count Dankula, is facing a year in prison for recording and uploading a video where he taught his girlfriend’s pet dog how to “seig heil” on command. As Heat Street reported earlier this year the viral video did not...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-02 - Original post - cached version

The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government.

Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.

Tom Clancy

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-02 - Original post - cached version

US authorities intercepted and recorded millions of phone calls last year under a single wiretap order, authorized as part of a narcotics investigation.

The wiretap order authorized an unknown government agency to carry out real-time intercepts of 3.29 million cell phone...

HAX on 5July - 2017-07-02 - Original post - cached version

Techdirt: First And Only Snippet Tax Deal In Spain Is With Big Supporter Of Snippet Tax In Germany »

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

I just read an interesting piece at Bloomberg: The Hackers Russia-Proofing Germany’s Elections »

It’s about the German Chaos Computer Club – CCC – and its fight for a free, open democratic society with a free flow of information. At the end, member Jan Krissler is quoted saying…

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HAX on 5July - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

It bothers me that if an FBI agent reads this and doesn’t like what I’ve written, he or she can do a search for any of my communications the government might have “incidentally” grabbed under Section 702. Literally. Right now. Without a warrant.

Sarah St.Vincent...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Britain’s largest ever warship is not “vulnerable” to cyber-attacks despite running on Microsoft Windows XP, a 20 year-old operating system, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Huffington Post: Britain’s Largest Warship Uses Windows XP And It’s Totally...

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