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Be Very Afraid of GCHQ

Posted by Kevin on November 11, 2015

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. No; be very, very, very, very afraid. GCHQ wants to shape the security market in the UK. This comes towards the end of the Robert Hannigan, Director GCHQ speech yesterday at IA15. Seriously – do we really want the organization that Snowden described as ‘worse then the NSA’ to […]

Still speculating about anti-virus after all these years?

Posted by Kevin on June 23, 2015

The Intercept yesterday published an article titled Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks. I am one who in the past has wondered about the relationship between the spy agencies and the anti-virus industry (see, for example, AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 19, 2015

The GCHQ will now be immune from prosecution from engaging in illegal hacking operations. This state of affairs is now made by possible as a result of amendments made to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) creates a set of offences for those who engaged in activities interfering with the […]

FireEye/Mandiant points finger at China – again

Posted by Kevin on April 15, 2015

When I first started commenting on FireEye the company was noticeably reluctant to attribute malware and malware campaigns to specific actors. The accusation market changed when Mandiant published its famous report: APT1 Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units. And things changed for FireEye when it bought Mandiant. I am somewhat cynical about Mandiant (it is […]

Has the Tor takedown begun?

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

Three days ago the TOR Project blog warned, The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities. Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network There has been some suggestion that this […]

Time to reject GCHQ and rebuild a Free Albion

Posted by Kevin on December 18, 2014

One of my favourite companies is F-Secure. F-Secure is a company that hasn’t just sat back and said, ‘Oh, how terrible – governments are spying on us.’ F-Secure is fighting back by developing the technology that makes it more difficult for governments to spy on people. I recently asked F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan why his company […]

Tribunal rules that GCHQ mass surveillance is not illegal

Posted by Kevin on December 6, 2014

When British jurisprudence is caught between a rock (the wishes of government) and a hard place (the law), it resorts to some wonderful contortions to escape. The rock is immovable; but luckily the law is malleable — and with one deft twist the beaks are free. Privacy International (PI) and others had sought a ruling […]

Is hacktivism a valid form of political dissent?

Posted by Kevin on November 16, 2014

RedHack, a Turkish left-leaning hacker collective, has posted a video on Vimeo demonstrating what it claims to be the deletion of Türkiye Elektrik İletim A.Ş. (electricity supply) customer accounts to the tune of TRY 1.5 trillion (or more than £400 billion!). This is not an example of Robin Hood. No money has been stolen from […]

The right to privacy Vs the right to spy

Posted by Kevin on November 5, 2014

Human rights are hugely misunderstood — there is actually no such thing. We are born with no ‘rights’; we are simply born. The assertion of a right is nothing more than a refusal to accept a negative. It is a denial that some third party should be allowed to prevent something. In this way, a […]

Money and Power: the motivations of surveillance

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

When we go shopping, would we accept someone with a notebook following our every footstep and making notes on where we stop at every counter in every shop, what we buy and when? And if we challenged that stalker, would we accept the argument that he is doing it for our own good so that […]