Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act already gained over 100 sponsors and is perhaps the worst of them all. It would allow companies to collect and monitor private communications and share them with the government and anyone else.
Groups of hacktivist like Anonymous are the actual news of the global technology landscape. As repeatedly stressed I consider the moment of confrontation with the group a moment of growth for the IT professional in many ways, on all:
Having to deal with the cyber threat that requires us much thought in terms of technology with respect to the real security of the systems that surround us and exploitable vulnerabilities to offend. Attention often pose on delicate events suffocated by the interests of greedy governments and multinational.
Obviously we are talking about a group of hackers defined by some recent reports as the most dangerous phenomena cyber-criminals in recent years, underestimate it or being overcome by emotional and ideological transport is extremely dangerous. The group follows a strategy, a trend that I consider interesting to analyze without ideological preconceptions, provided a cue of interest in the current IT scenario.
How many people know the common censorship project of Chinese Government? How many of us knew of the attempt of many Western governments as the UK to implement a monitoring and control on computer to prevent cyber terrorism?
The exploits of the team have a devastating media coverage, they are able to involve critical masses and to win the sympathies of many professionals for their ability to deal with issues otherwise intentionally concealed.
Exceptionally interesting is the theme discussed by the group in recent weeks, in fact, the hackers have conducted a series of attacks and have promised new states against those governments guilty of extremely stringent political control and censorship.
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If you download and distribute copyrighted material on the Internet, or share any information that governments or corporations find inconvenient, you could soon be labeled a threat to national security in the United States. That’s the aim of a bill in Congress called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
The good news is that SOPA and PIPA haven’t come to pass, but the bad news is that they could be followed by a bill that is even more invasive and could violate even more of your civil liberties. According to a press release issued last week, the bill already has over a 100 congressional co-sponsors. Yet the bill is only now beginning to appear on the public radar.
CISPA would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws. CISPA, however, is nothing like SOPA, despite its recent association in the media.
While SOPA included provisions that would have essentially broken the Internet by allowing the U.S. to delete domains from a central registry system, CISPA does nothing of the sort, and aims more at “cyber threat intelligence” gathering than censorship and piracy prevention.
The bill presents itself as a simple enhancement of America’s cyber-security that would amend the National Security Act to include “cyber threat intelligence” gathering. To those ends, it would tear down the firewall between private corporate networks and the National Security Agency , enabling corporations to share data with the world’s most sophisticated spy apparatus.
While the bill is openly supported by companies like AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Facebook, Boeing and Intel, ACLU legislative counsel Michelle Richardson cautioned last month that it is not something to be taken up lightly.
All these years, the Chinese Communist government has subjected its People to unfair laws and unhealthy processes. Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall.
So expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you. With no mercy. Nothing will stop us, nor your anger nor your weapons. You do not scare us, because you cannot afraid an idea.
Each of you suffers from the tyranny of that regime which knows nothing about you. We are with you. With you here and now. But also tomorrow and the coming days so promising for your freedom. We will never give up. Don’t loose hope, the revolution begins in the heart.
The silence of all other countries highlights the lack of democracy and justice in China. It’s unbearable. We must all fight for your freedom.
As announced during last days Anonymous has launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) against several UK government websites. A massive recruiting campaign is started on social media, a call to arm to protest the extradition of U.K. citizens to the United States.
The Operation named “Operation Trial At Home,” fight the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that could lead to the extradition of three accused criminals by the U.K.’s Home Office, the government department responsible for domestic security.
Anonymous has provided Home Office’s IP address in its announcement to the supporters, Scheduling for April 7 the a DDoS ( with denial-of-service) attacks against the Home Office’s website. During the week I wrote and article on the intent of the famous group of hacktivist and on the possible reasons of the action. The attacks have mainly two motives:
1) To protest against the extradition of Gary McKinnon, Christopher Harold Tappin and Richard O’Dwyer. McKinnon, a Scottish systems administrator, was arrested in 2002 for allegedly hacking into U.S. military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002 and deleting files and copying data. Tappin, a retired British businessman, is accused by the U.S. government of exporting materials to Iran that can be used to build surface-to-air missiles. The owner of TVShack.net, O’Dwyer has been charged with hosting copyrighted materials on his site; the U.S. Justice Department has been seeking his extradition since last May.The law is directly linked to the U.S.’ Patriot Act and both have the intent to ensure national security against cyber threats and cyber terrorist acts. Anonymous has always declared to fight against any form of monitoring and control, that is way it is also attacking China and is Golden Shield Project also known as the Great Firewall.
2) Second motive, the most accredited one, is to protest regarding the UK government that and an it controversial legislation that could allow the UK’s electronics intelligence agency GCHQ access in real-time data of , emails, social networks, and Web traffic and phone calls by all UK citizens. Anonymous has decided to attacks the country that is considered the most supervised in the world.
Anonymous has attacked to protest against a “draconian surveillance proposals” bringing down the following UK websites: homeoffice.gov.uk (Home Office), number10.gov.uk (10 Downing Street - British Prime Minister’s Office), and justice.gov.uk (Ministry of Justice).
The website became inaccessible around 21:00 on Saturday, and was up again from 05:00 on Sunday. The technique is always the same, the target server were flooded by an huge quantity of request interrupting the service. According an article published on ZD net Anonymous ", as we saw with the DDoS attacks against the Vatican, the group is perfectly capable of putting in a backdoor to make life easier when it wants to take the site down a second time.
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