EU Commission: Time to End US Domination of Internet

Given recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s global digital surveillance apparatus, the European commission on digital affairs said on Wednesday that the United States can no longer be trusted to maintain its strong hold on internet governance and that this authority should be made less U.S.-centric and more open to international control and democratic transparency.

“Recent revelations of large-scale surveillance have called into question the stewardship of the U.S. when it comes to internet governance,” said the commission in a statement which also offered recommendations for reforms.

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O2 changes porn filter after charity sites blocked

The telecoms company O2 has been forced to amend its so-called “porn filter” after it inadvertently blocked access to charity sites including ChildLine, the NSPCC and the Samaritans.

The filters have been introduced by major internet service providers (ISPs) in recent weeks after demands from David Cameron that telecoms companies act to stop children “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography”.

But the changes have led to internet users being denied access to a wide range of organisations including child protection charities, women’s charities and gay rights groups. Among institutions that have found themselves subject to the blocks are the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

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Saw that coming…

‘Go away Cameron!’ Browser extension bypasses UK govt’s porn filter

A Google Chrome internet extension has been published aimed at circumventing a porn filter imposed by the UK government. The new filter has come under fire because it also blocks access to sites that provide advice on sex education and porn addiction.

The so-called ‘Go away Cameron’ extension will allow UK internet users to visit any site they want, bypassing government restrictions on pornographic material. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the new regulations are aimed at preventing children from “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography”.

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What i like most about this extension is it’s name. 😉

Pirate Bay moves to Ascension Island following domain name seizure

Under pressure once again from the entertainment industry, The Pirate Bay has upped sticks and moved to a new .AC domain, based on the isolated volcanic Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The move comes after the website’s previous domain registry in Sint Maarten – a Dutch protectorate – was seized.

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Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet

In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.

The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.

Now, five years later, this is exactly what has occurred.

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2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers.

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Again: uninstall Windows, NOW!

Tor-in-a-Box: “Safeplug” World’s First Plug-and-Play Anonymous Browsing Tool

Think that when you visit a website, nobody knows you were there? Think again. As we increasingly rely on the Internet for just about everything we do, our information and identities are more valuable than ever. Everyone from advertisers to the NSA to your Joe-schmoe Internet scammer wants to know who you are, what you look at and where you live. Your activities and identity are tracked, recorded and even sold to the highest bidder in what has become a gold-rush of information gathering.

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