Archiv: (electronic) police state


24.12.2019 - 12:36 [ Matthew Goodwin ‏/ Twitter ]

Centre-left at latest election

UK Labour
Lowest seats since 1935

Austria
Lowest since 1945

Germany
2nd lowest since 1949

France
Lowest ever

Italy
Lowest ever

Netherlands
Lowest ever

Sweden
Lowest since 1908

Finland
2nd lowest since 1962

Maybe it’s not just about Brexit?

18.12.2019 - 12:30 [ New York Times ]

A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers

The authorities can scan your phones, track your face and find out when you leave your home. One of the world’s biggest spying networks is aimed at regular people, and nobody can stop it.

17.12.2019 - 21:16 [ Glenn Greenwald / Intercept ]

The Inspector General’s Report on 2016 FBI Spying Reveals a Scandal of Historic Magnitude: Not Only for the FBI but Also the U.S. Media

If you don’t consider FBI lying, concealment of evidence, and manipulation of documents in order to spy on a U.S. citizen in the middle of a presidential campaign to be a major scandal, what is? But none of this is aberrational: the FBI still has its headquarters in a building named after J. Edgar Hoover – who constantly blackmailed elected officials with dossiers and tried to blackmail Martin Luther King into killing himself – because that’s what these security state agencies are. They are out-of-control, virtually unlimited police state factions that lie, abuse their spying and law enforcement powers, and subvert democracy and civic and political freedoms as a matter of course.

12.12.2019 - 15:41 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

The end of San Diego’s program marks a major victory in the nationwide battle against face surveillance. But it doesn’t stop here. Join our campaign to end face surveillance on the local level across the country.

02.12.2019 - 19:42 [ CryingWolf57 / Youtube ]

Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now! – Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield [Both parts in one]

23/04/2013 & 24/04/2013 | http://dirtywars.org/ | Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, „Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,“ charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Scahill’s book. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

02.12.2019 - 19:27 [ Scoop.co.nz ]

NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix

(10.06.2019)

“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.

02.12.2019 - 19:24 [ GIASP ‏/ Twitter ]

#Breaking #Israel is taking part in a multi-national #intelligence force: Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in the #Jordan capital, alongside Arab powers #SaudiArabia #Egypt and #UAE in order to quash #ISIS #Daesh working alongside #US #UK #France #Italy

(10.06.2019)

25.11.2019 - 19:31 [ CNN ]

He invented the web. Now he’s warning of a looming ‚digital dystopia‘

Ahead of a conference in Berlin Monday, Berners-Lee tweeted a warning of the risks faced.
He wrote: „If we fail to defend the free and open web, we risk a digital dystopia of entrenched inequality and abuse of rights.“
In an earlier statement on his foundation’s website, he called the web „one of the defining opportunities of our time,“ adding that collaborative action must be taken „to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.“

25.11.2019 - 19:27 [ kiwifarms.net ]

Research paper claims Google has achieved ‚quantum supremacy‘ – a milestone in computing after their quantum processor performed a ‚calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take a state-of-the-art supercomputer 10,000 years‘

(22.09.2019)

The technology carries major national security implications because quantum computers potentially could break traditional internet security programs or other codes.

Developing viable quantum computers has proved to be hugely challenging because they rely on superconductivity that can only be achieved in temperatures close to absolute zero.
Any instability in the qubits, for example from vibrations, can lead to ‘noise’ that causes calculation errors and undermines a quantum computer’s power to solve problems.

Earlier this month, IBM announced it was joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing, backed by a government plan to invest $717million over two years in wider research in the field.

25.11.2019 - 19:23 [ Freeman LaFleur / Twitter ]

A claim by Google researchers that they performed the first quantum computation was briefly posted on a NASA website before being removed.

(21.09.2019)

22.11.2019 - 17:27 [ Ford Fischer ‏/ Twitter ]

219 Dems voted in favor of fully reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act enabling the federal government’s mass surveillance of citizens. Only 10 Repubs voted for it. The “squad” (AOC, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib) joined most Repubs in voting “no.” Gabbard didn’t vote.

(20.11.2019)

22.11.2019 - 17:19 [ Evan Greer / Twitter ]

Wow. House Democrats are ignoring civil liberties & including a three month straight re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act (with zero reform) in the Continuing Resolution. Very cool way to resist Trump by ensuring he continues to have terrifying authoritarian surveillance powers.

12.11.2019 - 17:09 [ Techdirt ]

India Is Stifling Kashmir Journalists And Twitter Is Helping Get The Job Done

The Indian government has asked third party contractors to help it build a massive surveillance network utilizing thousands of cameras and the current cream of the facial recognition crop at the time of deployment. The whole thing needs to be in place less than 8 months after the contract is secured, suggesting the government is more than happy to move forward with whatever it has on hand rather than whatever might actually do the job well.

It’s also climbing the global censorship charts, trailing only Russia, China, and Turkey in various social media platform demographics. But it is the king of Facebook censorship, delivering more takedown demands to Facebook than closest rival, Russia. When you’re out-censoring Russia, you’re playing the censorship game right.

26.10.2019 - 16:44 [ Intercept ]

The FBI Has a Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism

While terrorism in the U.S. is relatively rare, over the last decade most politically motivated violence has come at the hands of far-right extremists. Despite that reality, the FBI has devoted disproportionate resources to the surveillance of nonviolent civil society groups and protest movements, particularly on the left, using its mandate to protect national security to target scores of individuals posing no threat but opposing government policies and practices.

23.10.2019 - 18:21 [ eKathimerini ]

International experts attend hostage situation seminar

Police officers from Greece and other European Union countries took part in a four-day training seminar in Veria, northern Greece about dealing with hostage situations involving terrorists.

The seminar, which ended on Friday, was organized by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and was attended by 29 certified negotiators from EU member-states, experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US, Scotland Yard and French officers

21.09.2019 - 18:32 [ New York Times ]

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities.

The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters.

31.08.2019 - 08:38 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

Implant Teardown

The implant has access to all the database files (on the victim’s phone) used by popular end-to-end encryption apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and iMessage. We can see here screenshots of the apps on the left, and on the right the contents of the database files stolen by the implant which contain the unencrypted, plain-text of the messages sent and received using the apps:

(…)

There’s something thus far which is conspicuous only by its absence: is any of this encrypted? The short answer is no: they really do POST everything via HTTP (not HTTPS) and there is no asymmetric (or even symmetric) encryption applied to the data which is uploaded. Everything is in the clear. If you’re connected to an unencrypted WiFi network this information is being broadcast to everyone around you, to your network operator and any intermediate network hops to the command and control server.

This means that not only is the end-point of the end-to-end encryption offered by messaging apps compromised; the attackers then send all the contents of the end-to-end encrypted messages in plain text over the network to their server.

31.08.2019 - 08:26 [ Project Zero team at Google ]

A very deep dive into iOS Exploit chains found in the wild

I recommend that these posts are read in the following order:

31.08.2019 - 08:20 [ Gizmodo ]

Google Hackers Reveal Websites Hacked Thousands of iPhone Users Silently for Years

“To be targeted might mean simply being born in a certain geographic region or being part of a certain ethnic group,” he said. “All that users can do is be conscious of the fact that mass exploitation still exists and behave accordingly; treating their mobile devices as both integral to their modern lives, yet also as devices which when compromised, can upload their every action into a database to potentially be used against them.”

20.08.2019 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

Mysterious Israeli Businessman Behind Mega-deal to Supply Spy Planes to UAE

The fact that there are no diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries has not prevented the shared interests of the countries in the region to forge an extensive unofficial relationship, including in business, military and political spheres. In the case of Israel and the Gulf states, one main shared interest is their mutual enemy: Iran.

20.08.2019 - 18:18 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israel businessman behind UAE spy plane deal

However, as Haaretz points out, “it is interesting to discover that Israel’s name is totally absent from the hundreds of thousands of words describing the transaction in detail. The only mention of the country is in one document originating in Switzerland that describes the structure of AGT. It mentions in German that Kochavi is an Israeli citizen.”

The Israeli daily also notes that this deal is not Kochavi’s first project on behalf of the UAE, pointing to the installation of thousands of cameras, sensors and license-plate readers in Abu Dhabi in a bid to turn the capital into a “smart city”.

20.08.2019 - 03:59 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders wants to stop police from using facial recognition software

„Police use of facial recognition software is the latest example of Orwellian technology that violates our privacy and civil liberties under the guise of public safety and it must stop,“ Sarah Ford, a Bernie Sanders campaign spokesperson, told CNN Business on Monday.
„Bernie is proud to join cities like San Francisco in banning the use of this technology for policing and, as president, will enact a nationwide ban on facial recognition software for policing, including at the state and local levels,“ Ford added.

18.08.2019 - 08:46 [ Spiked ]

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four is now a policing manual’

„The police had 30 tweets of mine. I asked the officer, ‘What’s the worst one you’ve got? Which one comes closest to the edge of being dangerously criminal?’ He said, ‘Well, there is this limerick’. I replied to say that I hadn’t written any limericks. He said, ‘No, but you have retweeted a limerick’. He read it to me, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’. It wasn’t even a limerick. It was a lyric from a feminist song. He told me I had to stop doing this. I asked again if I had done anything wrong. And that is when he said the immortal line: ‘I need to check your thinking.’ „

16.08.2019 - 06:44 [ New York Times ]

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

According to a 2013 survey, 30 states and the federal government permitted the analysis of DNA samples collected from individuals who are arrested or charged, but not convicted, of certain crimes. These databases generally did not include low-level offenders.

New York State law requires a conviction before someone’s DNA can be included in the state-operated DNA databank. But databases built by local authorities are not subject to the state rules.

10.08.2019 - 23:30 [ New York Times ]

FBI wants to monitor Facebook and Instagram for domestic threats in real time

This is not the first time the FBI has sought access to a wide array of social media data. In 2016, the agency announced it had hired the social media analysis company Dataminr to allow law enforcement to „search the complete Twitter firehose, in near real-time, using customizable filters.“ Dataminr, which looks at open source information only, is also contracted by media outlets including CNN.

07.08.2019 - 17:24 [ New York Times ]

The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.

In a broad policy speech earlier this year, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Thomas Haldenwang, called for increased patrolling of digital communication, including social media. German law permits officials to search through data in the digital sphere in the face of certain threats, including domestic terrorism.

Partly inspired by Germany’s social media hate speech law, France’s Parliament recently started debating a similar bill.

03.08.2019 - 21:44 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Dystopian Surveillance State Being Built in Plain Sight‘: Pentagon Tests Radar-Equipped Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across Midwest

„From police partnerships with Amazon’s Ring doorbells to these privately contracted spying balloons,“ she said, „a dystopian surveillance state is being built in plain sight, by government agencies with authoritarian dreams and corporations willing to trample our rights to turn a profit.“

26.07.2019 - 17:38 [ Cnet.com ]

Facial recognition may be banned from public housing thanks to proposed law

It’s the first time federal legislation has addressed limits on technology and tenants.

26.07.2019 - 17:36 [ WSJ Pro Artificial Intelligence / Twitter ]

Congresswomen from the „squad“ are set to propose a bill that would ban facial-recognition technology from HUD-funded housing

09.07.2019 - 05:44 [ Washington Post ]

FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches

Thousands of facial-recognition requests, internal documents and emails over the past five years, obtained through public-records requests by researchers with Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and provided to The Washington Post, reveal that federal investigators have turned state departments of motor vehicles databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.

Police have long had access to fingerprints, DNA and other “biometric data” taken from criminal suspects. But the DMV records contain the photos of a vast majority of a state’s residents, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.

26.06.2019 - 15:09 [ ABC.net.au ]

Why the ABC is going to court over police raids

The police raid on the ABC was the first thing a group of visiting ASEAN journalists asked about when we met at Ultimo a few days ago.

The journalists — from Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia — wanted me to explain what had happened, and why.

23.06.2019 - 13:02 [ CNN ]

The Guardian says it was warned of cyber attacks by Saudi Arabia

(20.06.2019)

The Guardian says that it was warned earlier this year about efforts by a cybersecurity unit in Saudi Arabia to „hack“ its computer networks.
The British newspaper published an article on Wednesday that says it was alerted by a source in Riyadh that it was being targeted by the unit following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

23.06.2019 - 12:52 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Saudi Arabia buys $300m spyware from Israel

(20.06.2019)

The sources stressed that the Saudi intelligence services have sought to obtain advanced spyware in order to trace the Kingdom’s citizens – both in the country and abroad – amidst increasing criticism of the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia therefore reached out to the Israeli market and struck a deal worth $300m with representatives of Israeli firms, the sources said, adding that both sides met and reached the deal in UK capital London.

12.06.2019 - 09:51 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

ABC raids a wake-up call to journalists who left Assange swinging

It is easy, and for some convenient, to forget how much in journalism was changed by the arrival of WikiLeaks.

It’s perhaps one reason that he is rejected by so many journalists.

12.06.2019 - 09:42 [ Ruptly / Twitter ]

‚If Julian goes down, the rest of you do‘ – #Assange’s father and Weiwei visit #Belmarsh

08.06.2019 - 10:13 [ Matthias Monroy ‏/ Twitter ]

EU surveillance state: This week the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers debated increasing the surveillance in their Member States. US authorities could soon also wiretap legally in Europe. #5G #DataRetention #eEvidence #cloudACT

07.06.2019 - 17:45 [ Matthias Monroy ]

Biometric data exchange with the US military: Europol seconds liaison officer for Operation Gallant Phoenix

(21.04.2017)

According to an EU Council document, the EU police agency Europol intends to process fingerprints and DNA traces in The Hague that are processed by the US military in war zones. This data is being exchanged in the context of Operation Gallant Phoenix, which is an intelligence project spearheaded by the US military that according to media reports, is based in Jordan. US intelligence services are also involved in this undertaking. Operation Gallant Phoenix is being coordinated by the United States Joint Special Operations Command, which commands the special units of all branches of the US military.

Alongside Operation Gallant Phoenix, the US Government has offered to set up a database on “foreign fighters” for a number of EU member states and to compare this information with the biometric data of incoming refugees.

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

06.06.2019 - 19:22 [ europa.eu ]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime.

06.06.2019 - 18:52 [ New York Times ]

Australia May Well Be the World’s Most Secretive Democracy

One journalist is being investigated for reporting that several boats filled with asylum seekers recently tried to reach Australia from Sri Lanka. Another reporter had her home raided by the authorities this week after reporting on a government plan to expand surveillance powers.

Then on Wednesday, the Australian federal police showed up at the main public broadcaster with a warrant for notes, story pitches, emails, and even the diaries for entire teams of journalists and senior editors — all in connection with a 2017 article about Australian special forces being investigated over possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

06.06.2019 - 05:33 [ Spiked ]

The threat to press freedom Down Under

The Australian Federal Police’s raid of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation overnight is a national embarrassment.

05.06.2019 - 22:19 [ Global Research ]

Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest

The story supposedly linked to the AFP warrant had been published by Smethurst on April 29, 2018. More than a year had elapsed, with little in the way of public murmurings. Australians have, for the most part, fallen under the anaesthetist’s spell regarding intrusive, unnecessary and dangerous national security laws. Another set of them would hardly matter.

But since the story, titled “Let Us Spy on Aussies” broke last year, the security wallahs have been attempting to root out the source, mobilising the AFP in the process. The account detailed information on discussions between the Home Affairs and Defence departments on the possibility of granting the Australian Signals Directorate powers to monitor the emails, bank records and text messages of Australian citizens. Letters between Secretary of Home Affairs Mike Pezzullo and Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty featured.

05.06.2019 - 21:39 [ La Fleur Productions ‏ / Twitter ]

Such a shame the AU Press didn’t recognise the same issues in the persecution of #JulianAssange and get started on defending #FreedomOfThePress much earlier – instead of being part of the problem.

05.06.2019 - 21:35 [ John Lyons / Twitter ]

Bravo to the country’s media for taking on government over the new war on the media @australian @dailytelegraph @smh The Age, @GuardianAus @abcnews @SkyNewsAust all leading tonite with this story. I’ve never seen such united front. Old rivalries put aside. Journalism matters.

05.06.2019 - 21:29 [ John Lyons / Twitter ]

“I’ve never seen an assault on the media as savage as this… I’ve never seen a warrant this comprehensive & I’d say scary… The chilling message is not so much for the journalists, but it’s also for the public,” head of ABC Investigations @TheLyonsDen tells @PatsKarvelas #auspol

05.06.2019 - 21:24 [ The Canberra Times ]

‚The AFP have just realised I’m live tweeting‘: ABC journalist lays bare police raid

John Lyons live tweeted as AFP and ABC lawyers combed through documents to determine which documents were eligible to be handed over under the search warrant. Picture: John Lyons

05.06.2019 - 21:09 [ ABC News Australia / Youtube ]

ABC News‘ Sydney headquarters raided by AFP over Afghan Files stories | ABC News

Australian Federal Police officers are raiding the ABC’s Sydney headquarters over a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files. ABC Head of Investigations, John Lyons was in the room during the raid, and says the warrant gives the AFP powers to see, change and delete the data they find. Mr Lyons says he’s „never seen an assault on the media as savage“ as this. The stories, by ABC investigative journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan and were based off hundreds of pages of secret Defence documents leaked to the ABC.

05.06.2019 - 21:06 [ ABC Australia ]

ABC raid: AFP leave Ultimo building with files after hours-long raid over Afghan Files stories

Australian Federal Police officers have left the ABC’s Sydney headquarters more than eight hours after a raid began over a series of 2017 stories known as the Afghan Files.

The stories, by ABC investigative journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan and were based off hundreds of pages of secret Defence documents leaked to the ABC

05.06.2019 - 21:06 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Police raid on ABC offices sparks firestorm over press freedom and national security

It’s understood the ABC and the AFP have been in talks about the search warrant since September, when it was first brought to the attention of the public broadcaster.

05.06.2019 - 21:04 [ The Australian ]

Military lawyer on theft charge

28.2.2019 A prominent Sydney lawyer who served as legal adviser to Australia’s special forces in Afghanistan has been charged with theft over war crimes investigation files that were allegedly published in the media.

Australian Federal Police officer­s arrested retired major David William McBride, 55, at Sydney Airport as he sought to depart Australia to return to his new home in Europe in September last year.

01.06.2019 - 09:53 [ The Young Turks / Twitter ]

Bernie Sanders Interview with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks interviews Senator Bernie Sanders. Support the Home of Progressives

01.06.2019 - 09:52 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

. @BernieSanders: „We don’t want to make the same mistake we made last time“ referring to how similar @JoeBiden is to Hillary Clinton.

28.05.2019 - 09:19 [ Spiked ]

Facial recognition: Britain faces a dystopian future

Automated facial recognition is a grave threat to privacy and the presumption of innocence.

28.05.2019 - 09:02 [ Zero Hedge ]

Warning: Widespread Facial Surveillance Is An „Imminent Reality“

A tech privacy report, that has been swept under the rug by the mainstream media has declared that Americans are about to live through the very world Orwell wrote of. Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. Ground zero, though, appears to be Detroit.

The “America Under Watch” report is a warning that authorities in select U.S. cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and trace your movements via a secret network of cameras constantly capturing images of your face. Mass surveillance of every single human being living in the U.S. has become a nightmarish dystopian reality.

24.05.2019 - 15:57 [ Spiked ]

The EU is an empire in decay

; and its poor are growing ever-more angry and resentful towards the political establishment.

However, the second belief – that war between former nations will ensue – is unfounded. There is no appetite among EU member states for another European conflict, and no signs of animosity between nation states on the continent, as there clearly were prior to 1914 and 1939. The only hostility evident today is directed against the EU and Germany’s leadership itself.

19.05.2019 - 16:47 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Secretive Israeli firm behind WhatsApp spyware hack is sued by Amnesty International over ’surveillance of its staff‘

– Amnesty International have filed a lawsuit in Israel following the WhatsApp hack
– Amnesty have accused NSO of not giving due diligence in selling their product
– This week WhatsApp said NSO’s spyware software was used in a security breach
– WhatsApp said the attack may have been launched against human rights groups

19.05.2019 - 16:44 [ Amnesty International ]

Israel: Amnesty International engages in legal action to stop NSO Group’s web of surveillance

(13.05.2019)

Amnesty International is supporting a legal action to take the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court, to demand that it revokes the export license of NSO Group, an Israeli company whose spyware products have been used in chilling attacks on human rights defenders around the world.

In a petition to be filed tomorrow at the District Court of Tel Aviv, approximately 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the human rights community set out how the MoD has put human rights at risk by allowing NSO to continue exporting its products.

16.05.2019 - 16:01 [ Aaron Peskin, San Francisco Supervisor ‏/ Twitter ]

The success of San Francisco’s #FacialRecognition ban is owed to a vast grassroots coalition that has advocated for similar policies around the Bay Area for years. Thanks to @ACLU_NorCal @SecureJustice @CAIRSFBA @ColorOfChange @mediajustice and so many others who fought for this.

16.05.2019 - 15:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Big Brother Britain: Extraordinary moment police FINE pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tries to cover his face from facial recognition camera on the streets of London

Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals.

But one man was unimpressed about being filmed and covered his face with his hat and jacket, before being stopped by officers who took his picture anyway.

After being pulled aside, the man told police: ‚If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.‘

16.05.2019 - 15:56 [ TicToc by Bloomberg / Twitter ]

„It’s psychologically unhealthy,“ says Supervisor @AaronPeskin San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to ban police use of facial recognition tech

14.05.2019 - 21:19 [ New York Times ]

WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone

An Israeli firm accused of supplying tools for spying on human-rights activists and journalists now faces claims that its technology can use a security hole in WhatsApp, the messaging app used by 1.5 billion people, to break into the digital communications of iPhone and Android phone users.

Security researchers said they had found so-called spyware — designed to take advantage of the WhatsApp flaw — that bears the characteristics of technology from the company, the NSO Group.

14.05.2019 - 20:47 [ Forbes ]

WhatsApp Has Exposed Phones To Israeli Spyware — Update Your Apps Now

WhatsApp told the Financial Times, which broke the story, that „the attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems. We have briefed a number of human rights organizations to share the information we can, and to work with them to notify civil society.“

14.05.2019 - 20:46 [ goal300.com ]

Massive WhatsApp Attacks affects 1,500,000,000 users

On Monday, Amnesty International said it was backing legal action against the Israeli Ministry of Defence demanding that it revokes NSO Group’s export licence. Danna Ingleton, deputy director of Amnesty Tech, said: ‘NSO Group sells its products to governments who are known for outrageous human rights abuses, giving them the tools to track activists and critics.’

09.05.2019 - 21:57 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Judge Dodges Legality of NSA Mass Spying, Citing Secrecy Claims

The Justice Department insists that our legal fight against this spying is bound by a Catch-22: no one can sue unless the court first determines that they were certainly touched by the vast surveillance mechanisms of the NSA. But, the government argued successfully, the court cannot decide whether any particular person’s email, web searches, social media or phone calls were touched by the surveillance unless the government admits it. Which, of course, it will not do.

28.04.2019 - 19:03 [ Jacobin ‏/ Twitter ]

We sat down with Podemos MP Txema Guijarro to talk about today’s election, the party’s strategy, and its transformative program focused on the Green New Deal.

26.04.2019 - 21:17 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Sri Lankan ex-defense chief Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam

Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens.

26.04.2019 - 21:01 [ Bloomberg ]

Sri Lanka’s Ex-Defense Secretary Rips ‘Pure Ignorance’ of Leaders After Bombs

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the country’s former defense secretary who helped end a brutal 26-year civil war in 2009, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg late Tuesday that voters are looking for a leader more like him in a presidential election that must be held this year.

20.04.2019 - 21:02 [ Stephen Lendman / Global Research ]

Police State Ecuador Under Lenin Moreno

Correa expelled the Pentagon from his country, shutting down its Manta airbase, the region’s largest. Moreno invited what no country should tolerate on its territory to return.

Economist President Correa opposed IMF debt bondage. Moreno went the other way. Correa opposed privatization of oil, gas, water, electricity, and other government enterprises, what Moreno wants handed to corporate predators, most likely for self-enrichment.

18.04.2019 - 19:04 [ Spiked ]

Governments vs internet freedom

The internet is about to get a lot less free, as British and Australian governments rush to impose laws punishing private media platforms for not acting ‘quickly enough’ to remove ‘abhorrent’ or ‘harmful’ content. These reactionary moves follow last month’s live-streamed New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 50 people – but they will do nothing to combat terrorists or violence, all while hurting free speech online.

18.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Can the US Democratic party revive the left in Europe?

In the 1990s developments within the Democratic party would lead to the ideological decline, and then electoral decline of European social democracy. Now, almost three decades later, could recent developments within that same party be the start of an ideological and electoral rejuvenation of European social democracy?

15.04.2019 - 15:01 [ Techdirt ]

EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is ‚Terrorist Content‘

(11.4.2019)

We’ve been trying to explain for the past few months just how absolutely insane the new EU Terrorist Content Regulation will be for the internet. Among many other bad provisions, the big one is that it would require content removal within one hour as long as any „competent authority“ within the EU sends a notice of content being designated as „terrorist“ content. The law is set for a vote in the EU Parliament just next week.

And as if they were attempting to show just how absolutely insane the law would be for the internet, multiple European agencies (we can debate if they’re „competent“) decided to send over 500 totally bogus takedown demands to the Internet Archive last week, claiming it was hosting terrorist propaganda content.

13.04.2019 - 23:52 [ Ne York Times ]

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

Sensorvault, according to Google employees, includes detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide and dating back nearly a decade.

The new orders, sometimes called “geofence” warrants, specify an area and a time period, and Google gathers information from Sensorvault about the devices that were there.

13.04.2019 - 15:40 [ Joe Jervis ‏/ Twitter ]

It really is depressing that it is the Right who are now the main defenders of freedom of speech. Those on the Left who do so are labelled as apologists or worse, by people who make personal attacks & smear rather than try to win the argument. #slipperyslope

11.04.2019 - 12:29 [ Chris K-B SDP / Twitter ]

First they take your vote. Then they use your anger to oppress you further. If we don’t fight and defeat these bastards now there is nothing they won’t do to us once their victory is complete. Whether we like it or not – and I do not – they have declared total war on us.

01.04.2019 - 07:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’

(12.9.2014)

I assumed a role in which people are called “targets”, and those people who really interest us are in no sense terrorists, but rather generally normative people – who interest us because of their roles, so that we can obtain more intelligence and achieve greater access. We take advantage of the capabilities that we have over these people in order to put ourselves at ease. We take advantage of the impact that we have on their lives. Sometimes it involves truly harming a person’s life, or their soul. I mean extortion whereby they must hide things from people around them. It can really screw up their lives. It made me feel omnipotent.

31.03.2019 - 18:38 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

U.S. Firms Are Helping Build China’s Orwellian State

(19.3.2019) When a Dutch cybersecurity researcher disclosed last month that Chinese security contractor SenseNets left a massive facial recognition database tracking the movements of over 2.5 million people in China’s Xinjiang province unsecured on the internet, it briefly shone a spotlight on the alarming scope of the Chinese surveillance state.

But SenseNets is a symptom of a much larger phenomenon: Tech firms in the United States are lending expertise, reputational credence, and even technology to Chinese surveillance companies, wittingly or otherwise.

19.03.2019 - 18:13 [ Haaretz ]

Cyber Bill Would Give Netanyahu Unsupervised Powers, Experts Warn

Legislation is expected to advance, but critics say it could give prime the minister authority to ask security body to look into his political rivals, if security justification is provided

05.03.2019 - 09:53 [ New York Times ]

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Intelligence agencies can use the technique on data obtained through other means, like collection from networks abroad, where there are fewer legal limits.

03.03.2019 - 17:40 [ Forbes ]

China Goes ‚1984‘ While America Goes ‚Brave New World‘–But What’s Next?

(11.7.2018)

Postman’s key point was that Big Brother didn’t need to bother watching John Doe or controlling him, because John Doe probably was already willing to be controlled by forces that rendered him harmless to Big Brother. Postman argued that Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was more prescient than Orwell’s 1984, because in his book Huxley portrayed a citizenry perfectly willing to give up its most sacred possessions for trivial things.

03.03.2019 - 17:32 [ Steven Kaufman / Entrepreneur.com ]

‚Social Credit‘ Tech Is Coming: 5 Ways for U.S. Entrepreneurs to Capitalize

(12.10.2018)

This may all sound frightening, but a system devised by human beings to control others can also be controlled, if you know what you’re doing. If you’re a true entrepreneur, then you see the opportunity in every social evolution. And big changes mean even bigger opportunities. Are you ready?

03.03.2019 - 17:27 [ Daily Caller ]

Democratic 2020 Candidate Wants Government-Sponsored ‘Social Credit’ System Comparable To China’s

(17.11.2018)

New York entrepreneur and Democratic 2020 candidate Andrew Yang wants to implement a system in which a government-run mobile app rewards Americans with “digital social credits” (DSCs) for good behavior.

Americans would receive DSCs under Yang’s system for things such as “participating in a town fair,” “fixing a neighbor’s appliance” or “tutoring a student,” his presidential campaign website explains.

03.03.2019 - 17:22 [ Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology ]

Is China’s social credit system really the dystopian sci-fi scenario that many fear?

(6.12.2018)

To use Jamie Horsley’s argument in Foreign Policy, „China’s Orwellian social credit score isn’t real…There is no such thing as a national ’social credit score‘.“

Apart from the (negative) political implications of the work-in-progress social credit system, we should also consider the economic implication of such a system.

03.03.2019 - 17:16 [ Digitaltrends.com ]

We’re closer to China’s disturbing ‘Social Credit System’ than you realize

In addition to more mundane areas like whether you pay your community charge on time, the system’s reputational algorithm will also factor in your choice of online friends. That person who complains about how the government is doing its job could suddenly cost you some serious social cred. Befriend too many wrongthinkers and you could quickly find yourself classed as a wrongthinker too.

03.03.2019 - 17:12 [ fox11online.com ]

Social Credit System being tested in China; could the U.S. be next?

(11.2.2019) „We’re beginning to see it already where insurance companies affect your premium based on whether you’re eating healthy, getting a good night’s sleep or getting enough exercise,“ he said, adding that the need for Congress to act is urgent.

But Chertoff said the emphasis needs to change from how do we keep things confidential, and instead pass laws that focus on who controls the data once it’s been generated.

03.03.2019 - 17:07 [ Washington Post ]

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

(22. Oktober 2016)

The ambition is to collect every scrap of information available online about China’s companies and citizens in a single place — and then assign each of them a score based on their political, commercial, social and legal “credit.”

The government hasn’t announced exactly how the plan will work — for example, how scores will be compiled and different qualities weighted against one another. But the idea is that good behavior will be rewarded and bad behavior punished, with the Communist Party acting as the ultimate judge.

03.03.2019 - 16:46 [ technode.com ]

Blacklists and redlists: How China’s Social Credit System actually works

(23.10.2018) The idea is simple: By keeping and aggregating records throughout the government’s various ministries and departments, Chinese officials can gain insight into how people behave and develop ways to control them.

The goal writes Rogier Creemers, a postdoctoral scholar specializing in the law and governance of China at Leiden University in The Netherlands, is “cybernetic” behavioral control, allowing individuals to be monitored and immediately confronted with the consequences of their actions. In so doing, authorities can enhance the county’s expanding surveillance apparatus.

03.03.2019 - 16:24 [ New York Times ]

Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

(21.1.2019) The science-fiction future, in which police can swiftly identify robbers and murderers from discarded soda cans and cigarette butts, has arrived. In 2017, President Trump signed into law the Rapid DNA Act, which, starting this year, will enable approved police booking stations in several states to connect their Rapid DNA machines to Codis, the national DNA database. Genetic fingerprinting is set to become as routine as the old-fashioned kind.

03.03.2019 - 16:16 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

(18. April 2009)

The F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles, expects to accelerate its growth rate from 80,000 new entries a year to 1.2 million by 2012 — a 15-fold increase. F.B.I. officials say they expect DNA processing backlogs — which now stand at more than 500,000 cases — to increase.

Law enforcement officials say that expanding the DNA databanks to include legally innocent people will help solve more violent crimes.

03.03.2019 - 15:09 [ Human Rights Watch ]

China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy

(15.5.2017) The issue of DNA collection has received some press attention. In one case in Shandong province, police collected DNA from more than 5,000 male students in one college in October 2013. The students were given no explanation about why their information was taken, and many “did not understand nor felt comfortable about it.” When reached by journalists, the school said it was to cooperate with the police’s request to establish a database about migrant populations, but the police said it was to solve a number of theft cases on the campus.

03.03.2019 - 13:41 [ Washington Post ]

China has turned Xinjiang into a zone of repression — and a frightening window into the future

(23.2.2019) When George Orwell’s “1984” was published seven decades ago, it seemed a dire warning of a future dystopia ruled by thought police and authoritarian control. Today, such a world is becoming a reality in Xinjiang. We agree with human rights groups who have urged the United Nations Human Rights Council, when it meets starting Monday, to launch an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang to expose this unsettling experiment in state control of human behavior.

03.03.2019 - 12:48 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

Met lab claims ‚biggest breakthrough since Watergate‘: Power lines act as police informers

(1.6.2010) ENF relies on frequency variations in the electricity supplied by the National Grid. Digital devices such as CCTV recorders, telephone recorders and camcorders that are plugged in to or located near the mains pick up these deviations in the power supply, which are caused by peaks and troughs in demand. Battery-powered devices are not immune to to ENF analysis, as grid frequency variations can be induced in their recordings from a distance.

At the Metropolitan Police’s digital forensics lab in Penge, south London, scientists have created a database that has recorded these deviations once every one and a half seconds for the last five years.

03.03.2019 - 12:23 [ Wired.com ]

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations

(10.12.2012) It also raises questions about security, since the IP audio-video systems can be accessed remotely via a built-in web server (.pdf), and can be combined with GPS data to track the movement of buses and passengers throughout the city.

According to the product pamphlet for the RoadRecorder 7000 system made by SafetyVision (.pdf), „Remote connectivity to the RoadRecorder 7000 NVR can be established via the Gigabit Ethernet port or the built-in 3G modem. A robust software ecosystem including LiveTrax vehicle tracking and video streaming service combined with SafetyNet central management system allows authorized users to check health status, create custom alerts, track vehicles, automate event downloads and much more.“

03.03.2019 - 11:47 [ Middle East Eye ]

Abu Dhabi announces launch of Israeli-installed mass surveillance system

(14.7.2016) Tools for the collection of data include all manner of devices, from cameras on the street to smart devices connected to the internet.

“Every person is monitored from the moment they leave their doorstep to the moment they return to it. Their work, social and behavioural patterns are recorded, analysed and archived,” a source close to the project told MEE at the time.

02.03.2019 - 14:08 [ ijust.info ]

South Africa – E-Evidence Training

(1.3.2019) The event was a great example of collaborative working between intergovernmental organisations, 14 Focal Points, representatives from the US and U.K. Central Authorities and Service Providers.

Next we move onto the Caribbean and then Australia!

22.02.2019 - 14:01 [ New York Times ]

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

Chinese government researchers contributed the data of 2,143 Uighurs to the Allele Frequency Database, an online search platform run by Dr. Kidd that was partly funded by the United States Department of Justice until last year. The database, known as Alfred, contains DNA data from more than 700 populations around the world.

13.02.2019 - 18:19 [ Financial Times ]

Huawei accuses US of ‘political’ campaign against telecoms group

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“Some say that because these countries are using Huawei equipment, it makes it harder for US agencies to obtain these countries’ data,” he added.

Mr Xu also revealed that Huawei would spend more than $2bn to restructure the code used in its telecoms services worldwide after a series of “confrontational” meetings with Britain’s cyber security agency over the issue.

13.02.2019 - 18:01 [ sdxcentral.com ]

Huawei Works With Arm, Not Intel, on New CPU

(7.1.2019) William Xu, director of the board and chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei, noted that Huawei had worked extensively with Intel. But he said a diversity of applications and data is driving varied computing requirements. “Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements,” said Xu in a statement. “Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together.”

13.02.2019 - 17:56 [ theVerge.com ]

Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

During his testimony, FBI Director Chris Wray said the government was “deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.” He added that this would provide “the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

13.02.2019 - 12:56 [ National Security Agency ]

TEMPEST: A Signal Problem

(1972) Now, let´s go back to the beginning. During World War II, the backbone systems for Army und Navy secure teletypewriter communications were one-time tapes and the primitive crypto-equipment SIGTOT. For encrypting, the Services used a Bell-telephone mixing device, called 131-B2. When one of these mixers was being tested in a Bell laboratory, a researcher noticed, quite by accident, that each time the machine stepped, a spike appeared on an oscilloscope in a distant part of the lab. After he examined these spikes more carefully, he found that he could read the plain text of the message being enciphered by the machine.