Saturday, April 21, 2012

Not sure how objective this is. You listen and judge...
National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance
April 20, 2012 by Dissent
In his first television interview since he resigned from the National Security Agency over its domestic surveillance program, William Binney discusses the NSA’s massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home after he became a whistleblower. Binney was a key source for investigative journalist James Bamford’s recent exposé in Wired Magazine about how the NSA is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data.
Watch this segment on Democracy Now! There are also other segments of this series that you will want to watch, but Binney’s revelations are chilling.

Islandwide surveillance looms large in Singapore
April 20, 2012 by Dissent
The China Post reports:
Singapore has begun installing police surveillance cameras that will eventually cover all 10,000 public-housing blocks across the island, officials confirmed Friday.
The move immediately drew mixed reactions in a city-state already famous for being one of the world’s safest societies but now undergoing political transition as citizens demand greater freedom from government control.
Read more on China Post.

(Related) It's called Traffic Analysis. It's what I was trained in many, many years ago...
"The UK government's proposal to separate communications data from content, as part of new plans to allow intelligence services to monitor all internet activity, is infeasible according to a panel of technology experts. Speaking at the 'Scrambling for Safety' conference in London, Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, said that the distinction between traffic data as being harmless and content as being sensitive is becoming less and less relevant. 'Now that people are living more and more of their lives online, the pattern of who you communicate with and in what order gives away pretty well everything,' he said. 'This means that, in data protection terms, traffic data is now very often going to be specially sensitive data.'"

Should not be a problems if you use a reputable Anti-Virus program.
Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns
… The problem is related to malware called DNSChanger that was first discovered way back in 2007 and that has infected millions of computers worldwide.
As a U.S attorney said in an FBI press release, the crooks "were international cyberbandits who hijacked millions of computers at will and rerouted them to Internet Web sites and advertisements of their own choosing -- collecting millions in undeserved commissions for all the hijacked computer clicks and Internet ads they fraudulently engineered."
Late last year, however, the FBI disrupted the ring and seized the rogue servers. And since so many infected computers relied on the servers to reach the Internet, the agency opted not to shut them down and instead converted them to legitimate DNS machines.
Running the machines costs the government money, though,so they're being switched off in July. If your computer is infected with DNSChanger then, the Web -- for you -- will no longer exist.

Although we've been seeing this for years, I still doubt that IT is ready to manage it. Probably some interesting legal issues too.
Go ahead, bring your Windows 8 gadgets to work, says Microsoft
… In a blog posted Thursday, "Managing 'BYO' PCs in the enterprise (including WOA)", Mircrosoft's Jeffrey Sutherland, a program manager lead in the company's Management Systems group, addresses the "drive towards consumerization of IT" and how consumer technology is "bleeding into business organizations." In short, employees are bringing their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work rather than using the devices assigned to them by the organization they work for.
WOA refers to Windows-[8]-on-ARM, or what is now called Windows RT. Devices running Windows RT will include tablets, hybrid tablet-laptops, as well as small laptops -- all running on power-efficient ARM chips from Qualcomm, Nvidia, or Texas Instruments.

Forget Harvard (even Yale does) – this is what we're competing with. Many Academics are dismissing this trend, but with some classes enrolling over 100,000 students it's clear there is a market here... (Strange collection of examples they picked...)
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