• Jul 24, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Thousands march in Moscow, Russia to support Internet Freedom, protest VPN ban




Over 2,000 protestors marched in Moscow, Russia over the weekend to protest the recent VPN ban and the tightening grip of internet censorship in Russia. The protest was in response to the anti VPN and proxy bill that passed in the State Duma on July 21st, and was officially allowed by Moscow City Hall. The … Continue reading “Thousands march in Moscow, Russia to support Internet Freedom, protest VPN ban”

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  • Jul 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

In Xinjiang, China, police have set up checkpoints to ensure that the government-mandated “Jingwang” spyware is installed




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 users in the region received a notification letting them know that they … Continue reading “In Xinjiang, China, police have set up checkpoints to ensure that the government-mandated “Jingwang” spyware is installed”

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How the Swedish administration leaked EU’s secure STESTA intranet to Russia, then tried glossing over it




The Swedish administration is leaking its secret intranet and databases to Russia, via its Transport Agency, via the IBM cloud, via IBM's subcontractor NCR (formerly AT&T) in Serbia, which is a close Russian military ally. Giving staff in Serbia administrative access to these networks practically guarantees that Russia also has access to the network. The … Continue reading “How the Swedish administration leaked EU’s secure STESTA intranet to Russia, then tried glossing over it”

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Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light: Agency moved nation’s secret data to “The Cloud”




Sweden’s Transport Agency moved all of its data to “the cloud”, apparently unaware that there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer. In doing so, it exposed and leaked every conceivable top secret database: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation. Names, photos, and home addresses: the list is just getting … Continue reading “Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light: Agency moved nation’s secret data to “The Cloud””

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle




VPNs are indispensable tools for today’s Internet users, and nowhere more so than in China. The famous “Great Firewall of China” – the name given to the set of technologies used to enforce censorship of foreign sites – can be circumvented by VPNs, but not in a consistent way. Sometimes VPNs are blocked, sometimes they … Continue reading “Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle”

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  • Jul 19, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Trump Administration officially announces support for FCC net neutrality rollback




The Trump Administration has officially thrown its support behind the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) net neutrality rolback – the quest to destroy net neutrality rules in America. Even up until earlier this week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer had been declining to comment on the President’s stance on net neutrality – as is appropriate given the … Continue reading “Trump Administration officially announces support for FCC net neutrality rollback”

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In China, the government can censor the pics and memes you send to your friends via IM




Chinese censorship has hit new dystopian levels. Internet censors in China are now able to delete an image sent from Party A to Party B, before the image makes it to Party B. While China has long had the power to scrub text and remove public posts, the ability to censor images in one-on-one WeChat … Continue reading “In China, the government can censor the pics and memes you send to your friends via IM”

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  • Jul 17, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

UK government to force porn sites to perform compulsory age verification, but only for UK visitors, starting April 2018




The Digital Economy Law, which mandates compulsory age verifications on pornography sites and was passed in the United Kingdom (UK) last year, will officially be rolled out in April of 2018. Starting April, online pornography sites will be forced to deploy age verification to UK visitors or be blocked by the Great Firewall of Britain. … Continue reading “UK government to force porn sites to perform compulsory age verification, but only for UK visitors, starting April 2018”

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  • Jul 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia




Australia’s Prime Minister Michael Turnbull doesn’t believe in the laws of mathematics – a troubling sign for a world leader to say the least. Australia’s leader spoke the infamous words at a press conference yesterday in Sydney, Australia. When asked by a journalist if the laws of mathematics would trump the laws of Australia (as … Continue reading “Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia”

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