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Arguments as circular as the GCHQ building

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ. Let’s see if […]

Britain’s surveillance would turn the Stasi green with envy

Posted by Kevin on October 13, 2014

7 October 2014; The Guardian National Crime Agency director general: UK snooping powers are too weak “Britons must accept a greater loss of digital freedoms in return for greater safety from serious criminals and terrorists in the internet age, according to the country’s top law enforcement officer.” That is, the National Crime Agency, which works hand […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/08/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 9, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, October 9, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News More than 30 police forces refuse to reveal uses of RIPA […]

The suppression of freedom and privacy in the UK

Posted by Kevin on September 28, 2014

The UK is rapidly becoming the internet’s ‘free world’ freedom and privacy weak spot. The cause is the tragic simultaneous alignment of several factors: there is no single freedom guaranteed by law. There is no written constitution in place to protect the people from the excesses of government. the British public is just about the […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/15/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 15, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Monday, September 15, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. NEWS ONLY TODAY News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Kafeine finds a new exploit kit   French […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/04/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 4, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, September 4, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News “You violate our rights, we tear down your databases.” Anonymous   […]

GCHQ on trial and DRIP emergency data retention bill

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

Coincidence? Only if the tooth fairy is real. In the same week in which Privacy International and other civil liberties groups are trying to force the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to declare GCHQ internet spying activities illegal, prime minister Cameron is trying to force through parliament emergency new powers (DRIP) to make such activities legal. […]

Privacy International and GCHQ go head to head next week

Posted by Kevin on July 10, 2014

A new statement from Privacy International points out that from Monday 14 to Friday 18 next week, its action laid before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) challenging the legality of GCHQ surveillance (the Tempora program) will come to a head: Privacy International, along with Amnesty International, Liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, Pakistani organisation Bytes […]

Time’s up; Zeus is back

Posted by Kevin on June 18, 2014

Bang on time, Zbot’s back. Admittedly, it’s Zbot rather than specifically GOZeus, but it’s pretty much the same malware. Two weeks ago, the NCA warned: Action taken by the NCA to combat the threat will give the UK public a unique, two-week opportunity to rid and safeguard themselves from two distinct but associated forms of […]

GCHQ promises to share threat data with business

Posted by Kevin on June 18, 2014

There are many news reports around right now about GCHQ’s new plan to share it’s threat intelligence with business; and the security industry is scrambling to lend its support to the initiative. Therefore we welcome GCHQ aiding the defence of the UK’s cyber infrastructure by sharing its valuable threat intelligence with communication service providers. Rob […]