Both the Snowden revelations and the CIA leak highlight the variety of creative techniques intelligence agencies can use to spy on individuals, at a time when many of us are voluntarily giving up our personal data to private companies and installing so-called “smart” devices with microphones (smart TVs, Amazon Echo) in our homes.So, where does this leave us? Is privacy really dead, as Silicon Valley luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg have previously declared?
We have to take action now to root out Russian and other foreign influences before they become too deeply enmeshed in our political ecosystem. First and foremost, leaders in the US and Europe must stop any attempt by the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Russia. It must be abundantly clear that attacking our elections through cyberspace will prompt a tough and proportional response.
Two of Moscow’s top cybersecurity officials are facing treason charges for cooperating with the CIA, according to a Russian news report.The accusations add further intrigue to a mysterious scandal that has had the Moscow rumour mill working in overdrive for the past week, and comes not long after US intelligence accused Russia of interfering in the US election and hacking the Democratic party’s servers.
Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.
By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.
Finally, Yahoo’s possible betrayal of its users is another example of why whistleblowers and leaks to the press are so important. The US government considers this type of surveillance “legal” even though it shocks the conscience of many ordinary Americans and dozens of civil liberties groups have been attempting to have courts rule it illegal for years.
Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters.The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, said two former employees and a third person who knew about the programme.
The US stepped up its fight against the European Commission’s crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple and other multinational companies, accusing the commission of unilateralism and overstepping its mandate.In a white paper, the US Treasury said the EC probe into alleged special tax treatment that certain EU countries gave Apple, Amazon, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler “undermines the international tax system.”
El Acuerdo en Comercio de Servicios, TiSA por sus siglas en inglés, es un tratado multilateral en vías de negociación entre 23 países, incluyendo a Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea. En América Latina están participando Colombia, Costa Rica, México, Panamá, Perú, Paraguay y Chile. El objetivo del tratado es liberalizar el comercio de servicios, como banca, salud, comercio electrónico y transportes a nivel mundial. Las similitudes con el TPP son evidentes: ambos son grandes tratados multilaterales que buscan promover el comercio internacional yendo más allá de la mera disminución de aranceles, homogeneizando la regulación de áreas sensibles de los países involucrados.
Silicon Valley has, paradoxically, become one of the most vocal proponents of universal basic income (UBI). Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, web guru Tim O’Reilly and a cadre of other Silicon Valley denizens have expressed support for the “social vaccine of the 21st century”, and influential incubator Y Combinator announced on 31 May that it will be conducting its own basic income experiment with a pilot study of 100 families in Oakland, California – a short hop over the San Francisco bay.
Un tribunal federal de apelaciones falló el martes último a favor de la propuesta de la FCC (Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones de EE.UU.) de considerar a Internet un servicio público, que busca aumentar la regulación para garantizar la “neutralidad” y apertura de la red y evitar los llamados “canales rápidos” de pago.
The most interesting discovery of the week was not that IBM, Citigroup and Microsoft were unwittingly running ads on (and therefore providing funds to) an Indonesian jihadi website – though they were – but that Peter Thiel is supporting Donald Trump in his bid to become the next president of the United States.
Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.
SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift through large data sets — these are just a few of the technologies being pursued by companies with investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, according to a document obtained by The Intercept.
La plataforma informó sobre 12,2 millones de usuarios de julio a diciembre. California, con más de 5,7 millones de datos y Nueva York, con más de 3, fueron las zonas en las que Uber dio más información a las autoridades. El estudio divide la entrega de información en función de si se trata de requerimientos legales ordinario o está relacionado con investigaciones criminales.
ft.com > Companies >TechnologySubscribe Sign in Home World Companies Energy Financials Health Industrials Luxury 360 Media Retail & Consumer Tech Telecoms Transport By Region Tools Markets Global Economy Lex Comment Management Life & Arts March 4, 2016 2:25 amApple gains support from tech rivals in FBI caseTim Bradshaw in San Francisco Share Print Clip CommentsFBI and Apple logos©FBI/AppleAmerica’s largest technology companies have joined Apple’s fight against the government over data protection and security, in an unusual display of unity by the Silicon Valley rivals.More than a dozen motions filed on Thursday sided with Apple as it tries to resist a demand to write software that would help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Civil liberties groups and IT trade associations lined up alongside dozens of law professors and cryptography experts, after Apple filed its own motion for the judicial order to be withdrawn last week.
A financial technology start-up has been fined $100,000 for deficiencies in its cyber defence systems in a sign that new online payment networks are facing tougher scrutiny from regulators.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday handed its first penalty for data security shortcomings to Dwolla, an ecommerce company that is little more than five years old.