After the company was hacked, details of Hacking Team’s previously unknown contracts have come to light.
Nine bloggers and journalists belonging to the Zone 9 collective were arrested in April 2014 and charged with terrorism for dubious offenses including “working with foreign organizations that claim to be human rights activists” and “inciting public disorder via social media”. In reality, the blogging collective worked to foster political debate and discussion, educating Ethiopian citizens on the constitution and seeking to promote human rights in the country.
“Reddit is revolting,” read the headlines. “No kidding,” came the response. Indeed, Reddit experienced a seismic rebellion this past weekend, but the reasons behind the brief shutdown of large portions of the site are a lot more complicated—and uglier—than you would think.
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Army have all bought controversial software that allows users to take remote control of suspects’ computers, recording their calls, emails, keystrokes and even activating their cameras, according to internal documents hacked from the software’s Italian manufacturer.
The epic hack of a global, private spying company comes just as the US government considers new regulations to control the export of digital intrusion tools.
Ellen Pao has apologized to the Reddit community at large. In a Reddit post, the CEO openly admits the site has failed moderators in a big way, and promises improvements for tools, communication and search to help make life easier. Pao wrote “we have apologized and made promises to you,
Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why designers need to move on to the next challenges — products and ecosystems — if they want to stay relevant.
Free VPNs come with too many strings attached. It’s time to find a better solution.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, FBI Director Comey wants you to know that he doesn’t want another crypto war. As he said today in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), he just wants a discussion. Of course, it’s hard to have a discussion when you’re not listening to anyone else. And in this case, Comey and those who support weakening encryption simply aren’t listening to the experts telling them that backdoors or golden keys just won’t keep us safe.
When your company has a name like “Hacking Team,” it doesn’t look very good if you’re the ones getting hacked.
The (ironically-named) Hacking Team is an Italian security firm with a history of supplying surveillance technology to governments around the world, including some unpleasant regimes. It’s now been hacked itself. As CSO Online reports, the source of the hack isn’t clear yet, but a torrent file with 400GB of internal documents, product source code and email archives is now public.
Fredrik Neij, one of The Pirate Bay’s co-founders, was released early last month after serving a 10-month prison sentence for his involvement with the site.
A few days ago Fredrik arrived back home in Laos, where he’s enjoying his family and an unlimited stock of beer to get his liver back on track.
From the August 1968 issue of Computers and Automation magazine, the results of their Sixth Annual Computer Art Contest (flip to page 8).