• Nov 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy,

New Italian data retention laws forces ISPs to store phone usage and internet history for six years

Italian internet service providers (ISPs), and telecommunication companies are now forced to store the logs of your electronic communications data (telephone traffic data, electronic communications traffic data and data related to unsuccessful calls) for at least 6 years. Lexology poignantly calls this development in Italian law the “shadow of mass surveillance.” The Italian Senate has recently passed the final … Continue reading “New Italian data retention laws forces ISPs to store phone usage and internet history for six years”

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  • Sep 29, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, Networking, News,

UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown

Catalonia is set to have an independence vote this coming Sunday and the Spanish authorities, who say the referendum is unconstitutional, are furious — to the extent that they arrested the Catalan junior economy minister, are trying to prosecute referendum officials, and have raided printing operations and newspaper offices in an attempt to make the … Continue reading “UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown”

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  • Sep 18, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Reminder: the CIA has been able to hack your WiFi router for years

The CIA has had the tools to take over your router for over a decade, according to government documents leaked by Wikileaks. The software, CherryBlossom, is a custom Linux operating system (OS) that allows the attacker to use the device in a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. The attack vector itself reminds us that our unprotected internet … Continue reading “Reminder: the CIA has been able to hack your WiFi router for years”

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  • Sep 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

President Trump wants to “cut off” the internet in response to terrorism

President Donald Trump has called (in a tweet) to “cut off” the internet following the September 15th London Tube bombing. The cited reason? Because it is a terrorist recruitment tool. The call to cut off internet access showcases President Trump’s utter lack of a handle on how the internet works – which is deeply troubling. … Continue reading “President Trump wants to “cut off” the internet in response to terrorism”

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  • Jul 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, Networking, News,

Canada’s Freedom Mobile throttles video streaming, accused of violating net neutrality

Freedom Mobile, Canada’s 4th largest mobile service provider with over 1 million subscribers, is throttling video playback on YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming sites using deep packet inspection (DPI). One user on the Freedom Mobile subreddit showed through speedtests that their YouTube video streaming was being limited to under 800 Kbps even when their … Continue reading “Canada’s Freedom Mobile throttles video streaming, accused of violating net neutrality”

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  • Jul 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Great Firewall of China: Chinese government orders ISPs to block personal VPN use by February 1st

The Great Firewall of China is being bolstered in the coming months – increasing censorship for over a billion internet users. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government has told state-owned internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication providers to block access to personal virtual private networks (VPNs) by February 1st, 2018. How they will technically accomplish … Continue reading “Great Firewall of China: Chinese government orders ISPs to block personal VPN use by February 1st”

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Britain’s ISPs already censor political opinions they just randomly happen to disagree with

British Internet providers already censor political opinions they don’t like. Specifically, they censor this blog by default, which is trivial to verify, thanks to Open Rights Group. This blog isn’t a random corporate blog; it builds political opinion in favor of net liberty and net neutrality, and frequently against the old telco dinosaurs. Therefore, it’s … Continue reading “Britain’s ISPs already censor political opinions they just randomly happen to disagree with”

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  • May 31, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

EU agrees to deploy 6000 to 8000 free public wifi hotspots in local communities

A new project by the European Union (EU) will deploy 6000 to 8000 new public wifi hotspots in local communities around the EU. The project, called the WIFI4EU initiative, is headed by 3 major EU institutions. The 3 institutions are the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker explained that the … Continue reading “EU agrees to deploy 6000 to 8000 free public wifi hotspots in local communities”

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  • May 12, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

United Nations: “India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir”

A new release by The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights calls on India to restore internet access and social media networks in the Jammu and Kashmir region, which has continually suffered from intentional internet blackouts by the Indian government. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted in 2016 to … Continue reading “United Nations: “India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir””

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  • May 11, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, Privacy, Programming, Security,

OpenVPN 2.4 Evaluation Summary and Report

Contents 1 Executive Summary 2 Introduction 2.1 Scope 2.2 Approach 2.3 Classification and Severity Rating 3 Findings 3.1 Summary of Findings 3.2 Static Analysis Results 3.3 Dynamic Analysis Results 3.4 Detailed Findings 3.4.1 OVPN-01: Sensitive authentication token not wiped on certain TLS auth errors 3.4.2 OVPN-02: Potentially flawed TLS control channel encryption 3.4.3 OVPN-03: Insecure … Continue reading “OpenVPN 2.4 Evaluation Summary and Report”

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