Category Archives: Big Brother

BBC will shop viewers to their BOSS if they post ‘offensive’ online comments in shock new policy blasted as ‘Orwellian’ by privacy campaigners

The BBC is threatening to report users to their bosses if they leave ‘offensive’ comments on one of the corporation’s websites, it has been revealed.

Its privacy policy has sparked a furious backlash online with the broadcaster branded ‘Orwellian’ and accused of ‘blackmail’.

The draconian document warns that if the corporation deems a comment to be ‘offensive, inappropriate or objectionable’ then a user could have their ‘personal information’ used against them.

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#Vault7 ‘Athena’: CIA’s anti-Windows malware ‘better than bombing things’

The latest in WikiLeaks’ series of #Vault7 leaks was released Friday detailing malware that provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers using several Microsoft Windows operating systems.

‘Athena’ is the latest codename for the release which consists of five documents.

In the user guide, the operating systems which can be targeted are: Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 2008 Enterprise Server, Windows 2012 Server, and Windows 10.

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Congress Just Gave Internet Providers the Green Light to Sell Your Browsing History Without Consent

The House of Representatives voted today to repeal rules preventing internet service providers from selling their customers’ web browsing and app usage data without explicit consent. The Senate passed the same bill last week, which means the only obstacle that remains is a signature from President Trump—and the White House has already signaled he will do so.

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Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the Canada Border Services Agency’s practice of searching the electronic devices of travellers at the Canadian border.

The investigation comes amid mounting concerns over whether CBSA’s U.S. counterparts are not just searching travellers’ devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices.

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Any Secrets Left to Steal?

Everyone is shocked, shocked by WikiLeaks’ latest exposé that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been exploiting software vulnerabilities in our digital and electronic devices. All those “shocked” should have known better by now.

After the publications of files stolen by former National Security Agency’s contractor, Edward Snowden, on U.S. military capabilities, operations, tactics, techniques and procedures, and surveillance details, President Obama announced, “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.”

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Court Documents Show FBI Used Best Buy ‘Geek Squad’ to Gather Evidence

The government has long denied that the FBI took advantage of Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” technicians to conduct surveillance on American citizens, but according to OC Weekly, recently unsealed court documents prove it really did happen.

In fact, according to these records, the FBI actually trained Best Buy employees in law enforcement tactics, gave them lists of targeted individuals, and actively encouraged computer repair technicians to search customers’ computers for evidence.

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Google to take on the ‘toxic’ trolls: ‘Perspective’ AI is being taught to hunt down hate speech and abuse online

Google’s new artificial intelligence (AI) tool is the latest weapon to join the fight against hate speech.

Called Perspective, the system uses machine learning to identify abusive and offensive comments online in order to elevate the pressure publishers face in tracking down internet trolls.

The technology was fed millions of hateful comments, which taught the AI to score other comments based on how similar they are to ones humans have deemed ‘toxic’.

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London university admits to monitoring student emails under pressure Government anti-terror programme

A top London university has admitted to spying on its staff and students as part of government efforts to prevent radicalisation on campus.

A notice on the King’s College London (KCL) email login page warns members that emails can be “monitored and recorded” under the Government’s controversial anti-terror strategy Prevent.

Members of the KCL Students’ Union have called the measures a violation of trust, adding: “Students who have not committed any crimes are being treated as suspects”.

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Germany’s New Propaganda Bureau Big Brother is Watching YOU!

Officials in Germany’s Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to establish a “Defense Center against Disinformation” (Ab­wehr­zen­trum ge­gen Des­in­for­ma­ti­on) to combat what they call “political disinformation,” a euphemism for “fake news.”

“The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation,” the officials told Maizière in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see “authentic political communication” remain “defining for the 21st century.”

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L.A. Sheriff’s Department to begin using drones to respond to bomb threats, hostage crises

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday that his agency will begin deploying an unmanned aerial device to aid deputies responding to arson scenes, suspected bombs and hostage situations, but he promised the device would not be used to surveil residents.

Sure we can trust the LA police department – they’ve always operated in the best interests of the public before, haven’t they?

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The FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To Dig Around In Computers For Evidence Of Criminal Activity

According to court records, Geek Squad technician John “Trey” Westphal, an FBI informant, reported he accidentally located on Rettenmaier’s computer an image of “a fully nude, white prepubescent female on her hands and knees on a bed, with a brown choker-type collar around her neck.” Westphal notified his boss, Justin Meade, also an FBI informant, who alerted colleague Randall Ratliff, another FBI informant at Best Buy, as well as the FBI. Claiming the image met the definition of child pornography and was tied to a series of illicit pictures known as the “Jenny” shots, agent Tracey Riley seized the hard drive.

Not necessarily a problem, considering companies performing computer/electronic device repair are legally required to report discovered child porn to law enforcement. The difference here is the paycheck

h/t Exile

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