• 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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  • Apr 30, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Russian telecom may have intentionally hijacked internet traffic bound for Mastercard, VISA, and more




On April 26, 2017, Rostelecom, a Russian telecom, hijacked large amounts of sensitive network traffic from over a dozen financial institutions including Mastercard and VISA. Rostelecom, one of the big four telecoms in Russia, did this by inaccurately announcing 36 network blocks as theirs through border gateway protocol (BGP) tables. This type of inaccurate announcement of network space and … Continue reading “Russian telecom may have intentionally hijacked internet traffic bound for Mastercard, VISA, and more”

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  • Apr 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger




Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Facetime, Viber, Skype, WhatsApp, and Messenger have been all but unusable from Egypt for the last few days. The recent wave of VoIP app blocks is pushing more and more Egyptians to use VPN – inevitably, VPN is now a trending search for Egypt region mobile app stores and … Continue reading “Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger”

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  • Apr 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Security,

NATO warns of IPv6 security concerns that network intrusion detection systems may miss




IPv6 is currently being rolled out around the world, but IPv6 security concerns continue to pour in. Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, is the successor to IPv4.  Recently, researchers working for NATO warned that they had found potential attack vectors relating to IPv6 that are undetectable by most widespread network security solutions. In December 2016, the NATO … Continue reading “NATO warns of IPv6 security concerns that network intrusion detection systems may miss”

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  • Feb 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Security,

Cloudflare’s Cloudbleed is the worst privacy leak in recent Internet history




Cloudflare revealed today that, for months, all of its protected websites were potentially leaking private information across the Internet. Specifically, Cloudflare’s reverse proxies were dumping uninitialized memory; that is to say, bleeding private data. The issue, termed Cloudbleed by some (but not its discoverer Tavis Ormandy of Google Project Zero), is the greatest privacy leak of 2017 … Continue reading “Cloudflare’s Cloudbleed is the worst privacy leak in recent Internet history”

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  • Jan 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Cameroon is actively blocking internet access in the English-speaking parts of the country




Bamenda, the English speaking region of Cameroon, is currently undergoing an internet blockade followed the ban of two political organizations, Southern Cameroons National Council and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, and the arrest of some their leaders. Political tensions in the region have been present historically and continue to boil between the majority French … Continue reading “Cameroon is actively blocking internet access in the English-speaking parts of the country”

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