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The end of online privacy

“The traditional notions of privacy and anonymity – and even the revamped versions that arose with the Web two decades ago – are dying. If you think the long-form census is pushy for asking you how many bedrooms are in your house, imagine someone knowing the exact colour of the IKEA sheets you’re thinking of buying for your bed.

Indeed, a variety of players – including state security agencies to Internet marketers to organized-crime circles – are creating an online world in which the very concept of anonymity has basically vanished. “There is this pressure bearing down on anonymity with the coming securitization of the Internet,” says Mr. Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Privacy legislation in many countries was never tailored for the Internet age. As such, a host of nations – including Canada – are rethinking the very concept, and how to protect it in a world where personal information is becoming a form of currency.”

From The Globe and Mail

Der Marsch der Geisterratten

Man nennt sie “trojanischen Pferde”. Tückische Angreifer, harmlos verpackt. Die Kriegslist mag so alt sein wie die alten Griechen, aber die Sache mit dem Holzpferd hat sich weiterentwickelt: Ein “trojanisches Pferd” greift am Bildschirm an. Und heute ist es nichts weiter als ein Stück Computercode, ein paar Zeilen in den Programmsprachen C++ oder Perl oder ASM, von Finsterlingen in einer harmlos erscheinenden Datei versteckt. In dem Bild mit den kleinen Hündchen etwa, das unvermutet im Eingangskorb der E-Mail auftaucht. In dem fröhlichen Anschreiben an den “Sehr verehrten Lottogewinner”. Wer es öffnet, lädt feindliche Heere auf seinen Rechner. Computer, durch die ein trojanisches Pferd geritten ist, können von Hackern in aller Welt ferngesteuert werden, können ausgeforscht, umprogrammiert und für finstere Verbrechen missbraucht werden.

Google’s China Decision Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

Although Google’s decision is commendable, it is unlikely to have any major implications on China’s extensive filtering practices. Although Green Dam demonstrated that China is somewhat receptive to criticism, the implications of filtering search results are not the same as filtering sites: A user searching on may be able to see a site in… Read more »

Google’s New Approach

Google has just announced that there were successful attacks against their infrastructure resulting in the theft of intellectual property. Google traced the attacks to China and although the attribution regarding the Chinese government is unclear, Google also discovered that the attackers also attempted to compromise the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. From Nart… Read more »

A new approach to China

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having… Read more »

Adventures in Russian Malware

I just posted an analysis of a pcap file from a political figure. While I expected to find targeted malware tat was possibly associated with political activities, I found a bunch of Russian/Ukrainian malware. What I found interesting, and which seems to match what key security community folks are seeing (here and here), is a… Read more »