Category Archives: Internet

Censorship of mobile messaging apps

While the worldwide popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp gets End-to-End encryption another popular app WeChat  in China gets system level censorship.

WeChat

Well China is known for censorship in internet an mobile and this is not something new but you will be amazed how a simple image gets blocked while you are trying to send it via WeChat, be it you are in China or some other country. And you will be surprised to know that the picture in question is only a cover photo of two famous magazines Economist and Time.

Source: GlobalNews

China shuts down cell service of people who uses foreign messaging apps

whatsapp blocked

People living in China are getting there cell phone service shut down if they use foreign messaging services like WhatsApp. Before the mobile service is shut down they get an SMS fro the operator “Due to police notice, we will shut down your cellphone number within the next two hours in accordance with the law. If you have any questions, please consult the cyberpolice affiliated with the police station in your vicinity as soon as possible.” according to Times.

China has been know for strict internet filtering and this action from the Chinese Government shows that Internet is heavily censored.

 

Source:NY Times.

NETRA , the Indian PRISM.

The Indian Government has launched a system to monitor every citizen’s online habit. If you happen to post anything in the internet say your FB status, or Twitter or email with words like “bomb”, “attack” ,”blast” ,”kill” then you will be marked as a potential terrorist! Yes you read it write you will be marked as potential terrorist just for posting a status update in the internet which contains certain keywords.
I wonder what will happen if I post a status update like say: “I had a blasting my friends party!”

computer-monitor

The NETRA as per I have knowledge is a hardware device which has a 300 GB capacity and is installed in the ISP’s end to capture the traffic. It is installed now in more than 1000 locations.What the Government is trying to do is just invade privacy of all the internet users of the country. A thought that also arises in my mind is that how much of personal data is stored by NETRA? and how much secure is it? If this device stores personal data of a large number of people, then what will happen if some one hacks into NETRA? Who will then be answerable?

Sources: The Economic Times

Area 51 exists !

Since childhood many of us were fascinated by the existence of Aliens , UFOs and Area 51. Well I cant be sure of the first two but I can surely tell you that Area 51 does exists in real world.Recently in a declassified document by CIA they acknowledges that Area 51 does exists.But it makes me sad that they said the area is not for research and study about UFO but it is for testing of the U-2 and other spy planes.

Well don’t be dishearten , who knows they may be lying to hide the real truth ! Aliens and UFO may still exist. Like after the NSA PRISM, who will trust the Government, right? So all the fans of Aliens and UFOs enjoy the photos below.

 

Area 51 Satellite Image
Area 51 Satellite Image

 

Recently declassified map of Area 51
Recently declassified map of Area 51

Go to source link for more info.

News Source: AP

Death To Privacy.

One after another secure email services are going down.

After the PRISM incident where it was told that big corporates like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail were allowing the NSA and US Government to have access of innocent people’s private data. The secure email services are getting shut down in fear of NSA.

Recently a secure email service Lavabit used by the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden got shutdown in fear of NSA takedown. Soon after that another secure email service Silent Circle also shuts itself down.

Lavabit shutsdown
Lavabit shutsdown

Yes when an email service gets shut down it does create a lot of problems but I will say the decision was good keep in mid its better that no one have access to your data(as the company is shutdown all the files are deleted from the server) then some official to have access to without proper reasons.

Silent Circle secure email shutsdown
Silent Circle secure email shutsdown

But a new secure email service is on its way. It is to be released in 2014 by the famous Kim Dotcom. Yes the creator of Megaupload and MEGA.

Hope more and more secure email service will come along in years to come then we can finally have a secure communication with our friends and family without the fear of someone spying on us.

Yahoo is planning to give your old email address away to anyone who wants it.

If you still haven’t heard Yahoo has made a new decision that it is going to reuse old emails. Yes you heard it right if you have not logged in your email address then it will be given to a new user if that new user wants to register that name). Well this is the worst decision move taken by any tech industries in the history. A huge security problem is bound to happen. It would be easy as a pie to impersonate some one. Well some of you have already got the idea what I am talking about, to those who don’t, let me explain it to you.

Yahoo Email

In present time in the cyber world, email has become a person’s identity. If the email address is accessed by some one else then that can cause identity theft. You may argue that how an email address that has not been used over 12 months is important to any person. Well let me tell you it can be very important. Let me give you one example. Suppose Mr. B had an email in Yahoo, but then he moved to say Gmail when it become popular. (A lot of people including me and people I know moved to Gmail from Yahoo)
And them Mr. B continued to use Gmail. And did not pay much attention to old email from Yahoo. All he did was use the email address of Yahoo while registering in Gmail. (When asked to enter a secondary email address) Now if Mr. B dod not know about this news of Yahoo and does not login to his account in Yahoo it will be released. And someone can claim it, and may reset the password of Mr. B’s Gmail account. (provided that person knows Mr. B’s Gmail address) and then lock out Mr. B from other services like Facebook, Twitter etc, where Mr. B used is Gmail address. So think what level of problems can be caused by this move by Yahoo.

Well there are many more possibilities to cause harm and loss to the original user of the email through social engineering, which I wont discuss here, but you did get the general idea.

Yahoo made the decision on June 12, users have 30 days to claim their inactive accounts before they are released. So get login in Yahoo email address to stop Yahoo giving away your email.

Sorry Julian,my country India ignored your asylum plea.

I wish I could say sorry, did not know how to contact you, so I am writing a letter to you on my blog, hope Internet / Search Engines / Social Networks and people who supports WikiLeaks will send it to you.

 

Julian,

I am so sorry that my country ignored your asylum plea. But you should know Sir, that there is too much corruption in India. India is not what you think according to your statement “I was disappointed and saddened that India, known for upholding human rights, never got back despite several requests by me for asylum. Indians are also great supporters of WikiLeaks. I therefore contacted the foreign office through the Indian high commissioner. I wrote to them but they never responded,”

India is NOT known for upholding human rights, its more know for corruption. There are many instants where the citizens of India did not get their rights, due to corruption.

If I had the power to give you asylum, I would definitely done that.But as I am no good, all I can do is pray and wish you luck. Hope you get asylum in a country where they truly uphold human rights.

I have always seen you as a hero and you will always be a hero.

– Ahitagni Mandal

Twitter: @ahitagni

 

To the readers of my blog.

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India has ignored Julian Assange”s asylum plea. for news see hereВ http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-13/india/39950699_1_julian-assange-political-asylum-wikileaks

Indian Central Monitoring System, Government can spy on you and your loved-ones without your knowledge.

India Central Monitoring System the surveillance project is prepared by the Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TREM) and Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) for India Government and being manned by the Intelligence Bureau. According to Anonymous the ICMS can monitor everything you do online, even without a suspicion of crime. This means that the government will have full access to your phone calls, chat logs and e-mails, even without telling you why.
They did not even said it t you that something like ICMS was there, but I have posted a link that has a Govt. document to prove it’s there.

internet censorship

What is the ICMS capable of doing?

  • The system can monitor content like e-mails, chats, and transcribed call logs etc, documents, web forms, video files, audio files and internet content.
  • It supports analytics including automated text mining, sentiment analysis, link analysis, geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, social network analysis, transaction analysis, location analysis and fusion based analysis from various sources.
  • The system should be able to monitor targets like Internet Protocol address, login details, keywords, email, telephone location, new email ID details, IP range, links etc.
  • It will be capable of complete email extraction including but not limited to address book, inbox, sent, drafts, personal folders, deleted folders etc.
  • It will allow country wise tracking of IM, Chats & emails.
  • Real time visualization screens showing results from real-time data and capability to transliterate to other languages.

 

See here for more detail report. http://www.slideshare.net/nextbigwhat/detailed-nit-ims-220413

 

Check this pdf its a Government Tender. http://mha.nic.in/writereaddata/13040930061_Tr-ITJ-290411.pdf

So basically in short it means that whatever you say , write on the internet or on your phone will be known to Government irrespective of the fact if you are a criminal or a good citizen. Freedom and Privacy has been thrown out of the window by the Government.  In India there is no privacy law yet, which can protect you from infringement of privacy and other human rights.

Sign the petition started here http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_CMS_Monitoring_and_respect_our_privacy/?wezpFeb  may be we can stop it.

 

Do share it with your friends and family, the more people knows about it more are the chances to stop it.

Government should understand, that The Internet is not a part of the country they should not take over it.

 Update 1

Few major websites wrote about ICMS.

Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/08/indian-government-launches-central-monitoring-system-watches-ci/

The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/08/india_privacy_woes_central_monitoring_system/

The Economic Times: http://www.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/central-monitoring-system-to-make-government-privy-to-phone-calls-text-messages-and-social-media-conversations/articleshow/19922528.cms?

 TechnoBuffalo: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/05/09/india-launches-surveillance-system-to-monitor-citizens-web-activity/

The Times Of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Government-can-now-snoop-on-your-SMSs-online-chats/articleshow/19932484.cms

 

The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, charged with hacking companies and bank.

The co-founder of The Pirate Bay Gottfrid Svartholm has been charged with hacking.Together with three others he is suspected of hacking several companies including a bank, from where he allegedly attempted to transfer money. This are the new changes that will most likely mean that Svartholm will remain in prison when his Pirate Bay sentence concludes next month. The charges has been made by a Swedish prosecutor.

220px-Gottfrid_portrait

“The data breaches involve very large amounts of data from companies and governments, including extensive personal data such as social security numbers and private details,”- Henry Olin.(prosecutor)

Source: Computer Sweden