netwit 2.01

Hackers break into a lucrative career

Hackers break into a lucrative career

Joseph Menn, FT, 19 October 2011

…a potentially lucrative career awaits for skilled researchers – or even teenagers – who can challenge the vulnerabilities of some of the world’s best-known websites.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber security, cyber warfare, cyber-activism, cyber-arms, cyber-tools, cyber-war, cyberspace, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, HBGary, HBGary Federal, Peiter Zatko, WikiLeaks | , , | Leave a comment

Are you happy that your online life is an open book?

Are you happy that your online life is an open book?

Terence Blacker, Belfast Telegraph, 29 June 2011

…Computers are presenting us with a cybernetic version of ourselves, reflecting back what it sees as our preferences and biases. As Bryan Appleyard has written: “Inside our bubbles and loops, we are watched and examined like lab rats with credit cards.

My view is that each generation learns to deal with its own new technology. People jumped on the first trains without thinking about the dangers. Paradoxically, another newish media reported events and led to greater care with safety. So a kind of steady state will eventually be reached, where the benefits and dis-benefits of accessing the web are weighed more carefully. Even taught in schools.

Whereas knowing the workings of a printing press, telegraph or telephone were not at the forefront of peoples mind’s when they were introduced – just they were handy things to have – in the case of the internet and web, it pays to be knowledgeable rather than ignorant. The reasons for this are frequently stated, as here.

Societies have always had conflicting pulls which people have had either to learn to negotiate or they have become victims of. If you become too Luddite and paranoid you don’t get the advantage; if you are gun-ho and naive, your liable to be manipulated, organised, controlled even more than you already are.

June 30, 2011 Posted by | cyberspace, Internet, You Loop | | Leave a comment

Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet

Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet

Kim Zetter, Threat Level blog, Wired, 26 May 2011

Report on upcoming CNBC programme, CodeWars: America’s Cyber Threat

May 27, 2011 Posted by | cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber-war, cyberspace, Stuxnet | Leave a comment

Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance -Industrial Complex

Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial Complex


Christopher Ketcham and Travis Kelly

CounterPunch, April 1-15 2010

April 2, 2011 Posted by | Cloud computing, cyber security, cyber-tools, cyber-utopianism, cyberspace, Google, Lockheed Martin, NetOwl Programme, SRA | Leave a comment

The #Cypherpunk Revolutionary Julian #Assange []

The Cypherpunk Revolutionary: Julian Assange, by Robert Manne, Professor in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.

Published originally in The Monthly March 2011, pp. 17-35

At the core of the cypherpunk philosophy was the belief that the great question of politics in the age of the internet was whether the state would strangle individual freedom and privacy through its capacity for electronic surveillance or whether autonomous individuals would eventually undermine and even destroy the state through their deployment of electronic weapons newly at hand. Many cypherpunks were optimistic that in the battle for the future of humankind – between the State and the Individual – the individual would ultimately triumph.

The often quoted quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery meant to summaries how Assange sees the world, is quoted again here. Is there a word in German compound for a quote-explanation [ Veranschlagenerklärung ? ], which is not just a quote but a complete, compact, model for how things work?

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

There must be an answer to this which uses the same mystical language of Saint-Exupery, that runs along the lines that the one’s built by committee (read capitalism/ autocrats what you like) mostly get built, while those with the dream sit on the sea shore enjoying the sunset, with not a ship in sight expect in the mind’s eye.

One answer might be that dreamers (there are many types..) don’t want to get into ships to roam the endless immensity of the sea, prove the world isn’t flat, see if there’s land the other side, destroy other cultures and take all their gold.

March 5, 2011 Posted by | anarcho-capitalism, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, cyberpunk, cypherpunk, cypherpunk philosophy, cypherpunk rejectionists, Darwinism, David Friedman, Declan McCullagh, digital cash, Duncan Frissell, Ed Cummings, Electronic Frontier Foundation, encryption, Eric Hughes, Esther Dyson, Government 1.0, Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, hacker culture, John Gilmore, Kevin Mitnick, MARUTUKKU, Mitch Kapor, Phil Zimmerman, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), public-key cryptography, remailers, Takedown, Tim May, Timothy C. May, Tsutomu Shimamura, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

Reaching for the kill switch [Economist, 10 Feb 2011] []

Reaching for the kill switch

The cost and practicalities of switching off the internet in Egypt and elsewhere

some points:

* The bulk of Egyptian surfers used only 5 ISPs

* In the US the top 5 ISPs account for only half the market/ top 10 ISPs 70%

* “In Egypt the authorities forced joint ventures run by Britain’s Vodafone and France Télécom to suspend call and data transmission, citing the laws which govern their licences. Even after the operators were allowed to restore their services, the authorities used them to send propaganda messages. One read: “The Armed Forces asks Egypt’s honest and loyal men to confront the traitors and criminals and protect our people and honour and our precious Egypt.”

* Counter-measures: e.g. Tweet provided ” speak-to-Tweet” service

* “In 2007 the authorities in Myanmar cut internet connections to counter anti-government demonstrations. Two years earlier a similar move severed services in Nepal. During the unrest in Tunisia in January, the authorities censored some news and social networking sites; Iran and Thailand have done likewise. Following ethnic riots in its Xinjiang province in 2009, China blocked e-mail, text messages and all but a handful of websites in the region as part of disruption that lasted for ten months; it has lately blocked searches for “Egypt” on several popular microblogging sites. But only North Korea denies its entire civilian population any access to the net.”

* “Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an intergovernmental think-tank in Paris, estimates that the network shutdowns alone may have cost Egypt as much as $90m.”
* A much cited slogan of late on the web is “If your government shuts down your internet, it’s time to shut down your government.”

* Estonia made internet access a human right in 2000. France has followed suit. A law passed in Finland last year guarantees every citizen a broadband connection.

February 12, 2011 Posted by | cyber attacks, cyber security, cyberspace, Finland, ISP, kill switch, Myanmar, Nepal, OECD | 1 Comment

#Internet #Egypt ~ How Egypt Killed the Internet [] []

How Egypt Killed the Internet

* The techie side simplified for the Netwit

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Cory Doctorow, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberpunk, cyberspace, cypherpunk, Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, internet-centrism, social media | Leave a comment

#INTERNET #encryption #PgP #P2P ~ Who owns the Internet and does it matter?

Well, I don’t that’s for certain. Just the PC, some copper cables and a router. I’ve got a computer ID and a URL for any site I maintain. I’ve no idea what happens to those little packets of digital data that stream in and out of the router. They tell me Skype is encrypted, but how would I know?

Plenty of people can learn lots about me. Social media give a lot away to anyone caring to look. Governments will almost certainly have automatic systems to check who is saying what to whom on the Internet. If they don’t they will be buying the software to do so right now.

Internet black holes

The logical direction is a full-encrypted P2P world. The downside of a PgP P2P (as opposed to client-server, where only servers supply) world is no one else can know what’s being said between these two people. (Entrance, stage left, cipherpunk Julian Assange, encryption software in hand) Sometimes even Internet People might be happy for their governments to have ways of finding things out. The trend is more towards individuals giving up their privacy in return for what the Internet and Web provides in exchange. Both governments and non-governmental organisations are taking full advantage of this while it lasts.

The give-up-your-privacy-social-media seem to be in a cross over graph with Govt 1.0 which is in the process of changing to Govt 2.0, most wholeheartedly in local govt. At the moment social media are just underneath the cross-over. WikiLeaks and others are pushing the whole thing up to the cross-over a lot quicker. The biggest thing from WikiLeaks will be a unrelenting exposure of kleptocratic government. Even non-kleptocrats will be worrying about this: so many democratic govts. have cosy relationships with kleptocrasies. France recently had one with Tunisia. Was that because they were selling them french made armaments? Some of the U.S.A’s best friends are keptocrats. Easier to do big arms deals with them, too. Who does Indonesia buy its military harware from? Israel, which is not a kleptocracy except in that the U.S. govt.hands an awful lot of American tax payer’s money over to it without asking. So in a sense it’s an inverse Kleptocracy, in which a state not individuals receives the handout. So the U.S. govt. is doing the stealing from its own people to keep another sate going.

Who owns the Internet is an important question. If governments feel they are getting locked out of individuals lives, they may want to more impose rules on Internet usage that P2P-type people don’t want or like.

Tim Bermers-Lee is the most prominent advocate of a neutral Net. Most people haven’t the faintest idea what this would mean or require in practice. It’s not going to happen if every no-democratic state keeps control of the copper wires, optical fibe and satellites they put into space.

The reason I found Wikileaks interesting and thought it would be a good idea to set up a WikiLeaks dedicated blog, was partly because it was an ideal opportunity to re-examine the wider implications of the Internet and Web. Anyone with half an ear for the digital zietgeist can’t fail to read up on the implications of WikLeaks and other areas of change in the digital arena.

One of these things is the Govt 2.0 The problem arises when a yawning Govt. 2.0 gap builds up, say between authoritarian states and democracies. This is not exactly a firm basis for net neutrality (or open data) if the U.S. becomes compeletely open and China remains closed. In fact, the ways things go, it is inevitable that the U.S. will drag China kicking and screaming intop the open world

Both types of states have an interest in reading the minds of their citizens. Interestinglt social media such as faceBook and twitter are the simplest and easiest way for them to do so. Every new digital technology has a downside.

P2P proper only arrives when there is Pretty Good privacy for all. And yet no govt. wasnt this because they have got used to checking on peopoe with the technology uptodate.

Coinciding with a recent WikiLeaks leak a lot of publicity for Govt 2.0 and visualisation techniques through the work on the WikLeaks data but others.


OPEN DATA Initiatives and visualisation techniques

January 20, 2011 Posted by | anonymity online, Canberra cyber security centre, China, connective knowledge, connectivism, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberspace, cypherpunk, digital forensics, digital journalism, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), encryption, FaceBook, FGI, free government information [FGI], Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, hacker culture, info-war, information silos, Internet, internet activism, Internet filtering, Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg, net neutrality, network anomalies, Network security, network theory, on-line rights, Open data, open source, P2P, P2P Foundation, Peer-to-Peer, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), privacy, Semantic Web, silo effect, social media, social networks, Tim Burners-Lee, trust models, Twitter, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

#INTERNET #China #firewall #greatfirewallofchina

There is a US gov site which has a good summary of China and filtering, but I’ve lost it in a sudden browser shut down. And I haven’t managed to re-Google it. See it, let me know. Or anything else similarly comprehensive.

In the meantime a Der Spiegel starter from which there are some ideas to work with :

How China Leads the World in Web Censorship

January 19, 2011 Posted by | China, Citizen 2.0, cognitive infilltration, connectivism, cyber security, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberspace, Der Spiegel, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Evgeny Morozov, Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, Indentity Ecosystem Framework, info-war, information silos, Internet, Internet filtering, internet-centrism | | Leave a comment

#SOCIALMEDIA #cyber-utopianism #internet-centrism #BBCNewsnight [] @evgenymorozov ~ The Power of the Internet, Not?

Eugeny Morozov{ EM about}, author of The Net Delusion, will be on Newsnight 17 Jan 2011.

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