Tag - NSA

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Online privacy in the time of Donald Trump
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Weekly News Roundup: Edward Snowden Joins Twitter & other Privacy News
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Full proof – ‘Regin’ Trojan is an NSA Tool
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One year after Snowden declared war to the NSA…
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The Red Couch – Episode 9
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The Red Couch – a YouTube show about privacy!
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Outrunning NSA’s Bullrun

Online privacy in the time of Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America got everyone talking these days. What we would like to know, however, is what this decision entails on the online privacy front. Do we have any reasons to worry?

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What Snowden thinks

Edward Snowden says we shouldn’t “fear” and just carry on fighting on our own for online privacy, without expecting unwitting saviors.

Speaking from Moscow on November 10, in a live stream hosted by private browser developer StartPage, the world’s most notorious whistleblower brought into everyone’s attention our hopes concerning President Obama, for instance, who once was expected to bring an end to mass surveillance.

Then, Snowden emphasized that Trump is only one president of a much bigger world and that privacy is a global matter: “This is just one president. Politicians do what they think will gain them support… ultimately if we want to see a change we must force it through.”

He thus brought into attention recent legislative changes in Russia and China, where regulations allowing mass surveillance were passed this year.

One cannot however not worry about Snowden’s own safety in Trump’s regime. Although admitting to being crazy to dismiss a potential deal between Trump and Putin for extradition and trial, Snowden quite optimistically conceded: “If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii.”

On this topic, back in 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowden is a spy who has caused great damage in the US. A spy in the old days, when our country was respected and strong, would be executed”.

What Trump himself says

During his campaign, Trump vowed to “eliminate our most intrusive regulations” and “reform the entire regulatory code,” as quoted by the Washington Post. He singled out net neutrality as a “top down power grab,” predicting it would allow the government to censor websites.

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Weekly News Roundup: Edward Snowden Joins Twitter & other Privacy News

Find out who Edward Snowden is following on Twitter, why Peeple is the worst and what Cyber Security Awareness Month is from this week’s news roundup.

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Full proof – ‘Regin’ Trojan is an NSA Tool

If the world really needed more proof to realise the scale on which the NSA machinery operates, a new and irrefutable proof was released today.

On January 17 2015, Spiegel.de published an article based on documents obtained from Edward Snowden and provided a copy of a malicious program named “QWERTY” ), supposedly used by several governments in their Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)operations.

Today, the same news publication released an article, demonstating the same code provenience and indentical  functionality of  “QWERTY” malware to the Regin 50251 plugin.

Regin/Querty Vergleich Kaspersky

 

Given the fact that the QWERTY keylogger doesn’t function as a stand-alone module, only in tandem with kernel hooking functions provided by the Regin module 50225, it was concluded that the QWERTY malware developers and the Regin developers are the same or working together.

You can read here all the mind-binding conclusions of this ground breaking analysis that states once again that mass-surveillance is more than a fact, it’s a threat.

One year after Snowden declared war to the NSA…

One year has passed since Edward Snowden left the US. He showed the world the NSA abusive use of online surveillance and how a real hero looks like.

One man sacrificed his life and welfare so that a world could benefit again from their privacy and dignity. We will never be able to thank you enough for this, Edward Snowden!

We want to celebrate this important moment with you, our readers, and encourage every internet user once more to start using one of the best anti-NSA weapon there is: CyberGhost VPN!

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Now, there are some things that all of us can do, from professionals to every single citizen of this world and that is to take our online privacy seriously and do the right steps to protect it, starting from today.

This means using the right privacy protection tools, being more aware of what we post online and generally, being more aware that what we say online may be interpreted different by different entities and organizations.

Even if you're not doing anything wrong

For one year now, we know that 2.7 billion people are possibly being mass surveyed by the NSA huge systems (physical size of 6 of the biggest IKEA stores, capable to store our entire lives).

Facebook doesn’t even charge for giving away data to NSA and 98% percent of the PRISM data has been collected from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, but AOL, YouTube, Apple or Skype are also involved, according to Wikipedia and other important sources. Read More

The Red Couch – Episode 9

Hey there,

Episode 9 of our YouTube show on privacy, the Red Couch, is out! In this episode, our host, the British journalist, Michael Bird, is raising a really good question: Should the Internet of Things terrify us?

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The Red Couch – a YouTube show about privacy!

Hey Ghosties,

I don’t know if you have noticed, but we are really passionate about privacy and all the NSA events going on right now.
This is one of the main reasons why we created a YouTube show, right now we are at episode 8, about all the exciting and mind-blowing things happening in the online privacy.
We have a new episode presented by our host, the British journalist, Michael Bird, with fresh news every other week, so you have time to share our show and debate our subjects with your friends until the next episode. Read More

Outrunning NSA’s Bullrun

Following the latest rumors about NSA and its connected Intelligence Services, many of you Ghosties are concerned about the decryption program called ‘Bullrun’ which is said to be able to hack SSL and VPNs – along with the equal alarming news that a lot of US companies have been forced to implement backdoors to their services.

But, and it’s a big ‘BUT’ here, we need to differentiate between an eligible concern and unfounded fears. The encryption line of battle has not been broken yet. It’s under heavy attack, no doubt about that, but good encryption still works the way it should: Protecting your data!

It’s true, that an encryption program called ‘Bullrun’ exists, and it really seems it’s able to compromise security barriers like SSL (as you use with your online banking) – but it doesn’t work as good as the NSA hoped it would. That’s why they force companies to implement backdoors and influence the programming of encryption standards (so they can easily break it). In a way that bad news is a good news, because it shows that despite all the money and the man power that goes in there, less than expected came out.

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