Edward Snowden blows the whistle again, spilling the details on how Canada’s main electronic surveillance agency is spying on file-sharing activity occurring in over 100 sites, including Kim Dotcom’s now defunct Megaupload in a bid to root out extremists.
If you are among the millions of file-sharers worldwide, your online activities are being closely monitored by prying eyes. Even though transactions take place discreetly from user to user via HTTP, interested parties such as rights holders, anti-piracy outfits and analytics companies are staking out sites like BitTorrent and other P2P networks on a daily basis, checking out your downloaded files and gathering data. This is especially so due to the public nature of these networks.
There are growing concerns as to how Charlie Hebdo attacks in France are going to affect Internet surveillance in the country and the world. Rumors dictate that stricter legislation is bound to apply against terrorism.
The wound has not yet healed after the recent tragedy at Charlie Hebdo magazine, with the word about terrorism spreading. There is an alarmingly increasing fear that the incident with the shootings in France is not the end at this war against freedom of speech. However, there is another issue at stake; freedom of speech is not only jeopardized by those who react violently and try to erase any opinion not matching their own beliefs. On the contrary, there is another imminent danger that we should be aware of and this is the danger of lack of Internet freedom. Continue reading “Internet Surveillance Concerns that Got Raised by Charlie Hebdo Attacks”
A recent study based on the findings of a poll in Russia highlights the fact that the majority of Russian citizens agree with the Internet censorship measures taken by the Government and state that such acts are justified by the ongoing threats of the web to the country.
Russia has been tightening its legislation regarding Internet freedom and censorship over the years. Due to the international issues that the country has to deal with, such as its confrontation with the West about the war with Ukraine, Russia has become even stricter with the Internet surveillance and the prohibitions that it poses on sites and users. Surprisingly enough, the majority of Russian citizens agree with such tactics. This is the conclusion of a recent study of the Moscow Times, highlighting the opinion of the people living in Russia as to the hot potato of Internet censorship. Continue reading “Many Russian Citizens in Favor of Internet Censorship, Study”
Malaysia airlines manages to make the headlines once again — this time due to the former national carrier’s official website being compromised by hacker group Lizard Squad. Only 4 months have passed since the carrier suffered from its second highly-publicised aviation catastrophes of 2014 which resulted in the tragic loss of hundreds of lives. Last year was sadly the worst for passenger fatalities since 2005, when 916 lives were lost. While the incidents have undoubtedly taken a toll on the public’s confidence in the safety of Asian airlines, I happen to think that it was of poor taste for Lizard Squad a.k.a. Cyber Caliphate to make light of the heart-wrenching calamities which have affected the lives of so many of us.
You know that feeling you get when someone is observing your every movement although its not immediately obvious that you’re being watched because they’re so sneaky about it? This nagging feeling you get definitely rings true, especially so when you’re an active user of social networking sites and let’s be completely honest — most of us can barely refrain from checking our newsfeed every hour or so. It wouldn’t come as a big surprise to learn that Facebook is the third most popular app on our smartphones, after email and the browser. Studies cite that 70% of smartphone users are frequent Facebook visitors, with over half of us logging in every single day at the bare minimum. If that doesn’t spell out addiction, then I don’t know what does!
You hear it all the time — always be wary of divulging your personal information to other people, especially strangers. For me, I had a taste of what it was like to have my personal information compromised because of my own negligence. A couple of years ago, I received a letter in my mailbox from a lawyer’s firm representing one of the local mobile service providers stating that I had 2 month’s worth of overdue bills amounting to nearly USD6,000.