netwit 2.01

CYBER RIGHTS Server Seizure, April 2012 [press release from Riseup Networks]



Server Seizure, April 2012

quote:

Some advocates of anonymity explain that it’s just a tradeoff — accepting the bad uses for the good ones — but there’s more to it than that. Criminals and other bad people have the motivation to learn how to get good anonymity, and many have the motivation to pay well to achieve it. Being able to steal and reuse the identities of innocent victims (identify theft) makes it even easier. Normal people, on the other hand, don’t have the time or money to spend figuring out how to get privacy online. This is the worst of all possible worlds.

So yes, criminals could in theory use mixmaster, but they already have better options, and it seems unlikely that taking mixmaster away from the world will stop them from doing bad things. At the same time, mixmaster and other privacy measures can fight identity theft, physical crimes like stalking, and so on. Please see the tor FAQ on abuse for more information.



Tor FAQ first point is :


Doesn’t Tor enable criminals to do bad things?

Criminals can already do bad things. Since they’re willing to break laws, they already have lots of options available that provide better privacy than Tor provides. They can steal cell phones, use them, and throw them in a ditch; they can crack into computers in Korea or Brazil and use them to launch abusive activities; they can use spyware, viruses, and other techniques to take control of literally millions of Windows machines around the world.

Tor aims to provide protection for ordinary people who want to follow the law. Only criminals have privacy right now, and we need to fix that.

Some advocates of anonymity explain that it’s just a tradeoff — accepting the bad uses for the good ones — but there’s more to it than that. Criminals and other bad people have the motivation to learn how to get good anonymity, and many have the motivation to pay well to achieve it. Being able to steal and reuse the identities of innocent victims (identity theft) makes it even easier. Normal people, on the other hand, don’t have the time or money to spend figuring out how to get privacy online. This is the worst of all possible worlds.

So yes, criminals could in theory use Tor, but they already have better options, and it seems unlikely that taking Tor away from the world will stop them from doing their bad things. At the same time, Tor and other privacy measures can fight identity theft, physical crimes like stalking, and so on.




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April 20, 2012 Posted by | anonymous networks, anonymous remailers, cyber rights, European Counter Network [ECN], FBI, MayFirst/People Link, Mixmaster, Riseup Networks, Tor, Tor Project | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange



Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange


Andrew Crook, Crikey.co.au, 24 january 2004

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his iPhone may have been hacked by the federal government so it could keep tabs on an internet activist.

Ludlam told Crikey from New Zealand this morning that his iPhone had been exhibiting strange behaviour consistent with external interception when he escorted former WikiLeaks spokesman Jacob Appelbaum from Ballarat to Melbourne last Friday.




January 24, 2012 Posted by | ASIO, Bernard Keane, Jacob Appelbaum, National Open Source Intelligence Centre, Scott Ludham, Suelette Dreyfus, Telecommunications Interceptions and Access Act, Tor, Tor Project | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How SOPA’s ‘circumvention’ ban could put a target on Tor



How SOPA’s ‘circumvention’ ban could put a target on Tor



December 27, 2011 Posted by | censorship-circumventing software, DNSSEC, online anonymity, online privacy, Stop Online Piracy Act, Tor, VPN | , , , | Leave a comment

#SOCIALMEDIA #cyber-utopianism #internet-centrism #BBCNewsnight [http://bit.ly/fNrj7i] @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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#WIKILEAKS [@ioerror #tweetecology] #Tor #cyberprivacy ~ Wikileaks volunteer detained and searched (again) by US agents [12 Jan 2011]



Wikileaks volunteer detained and searched (again) by US agents


refs:

Jacob Applebaum Twitter @ioerror – search down the tweets for where the story starts and follow the tweets out into the tweet ecology (as it were…).

Tor

* One key point – Tor is used both by individuals and by organisations

Graphics to illustrate how Tor works

wiki:Virtual Private networks (VPN)


From http://fengnet.com/book/icuna/ch11lev1sec12.html:


There are several different places where encryption can be built in to an existing network infrastructure, corresponding to the different protocol layers:

1. On the network level— Packets traveling between hosts on the network are encrypted. The encryption engine is placed near the driver, which sends and receives packets. An implementation is found in CIPE.
2. On the socket level— A logical connection between programs running on different hosts (TCP connection; transport or session layer in OSI) is encrypted. The encryption engine intercepts or proxies connections. SSH and SSL work this way.
3. On the application level— Applications contain their own encryption engine and encrypt data themselves. The best-known example is PGP for encrypting mail.


January 13, 2011 Posted by | anonymity online, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberspace, cypherpunk, data leakage, data security, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), encryption, hacker culture, Indentity Ecosystem Framework, insider security, insider threats, Internet, internet activism, Network security, Peer-to-Peer, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), privacy, Tor, Virtual Private Network (VPN), virtual tunnel, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment