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+ - ISPs Violating Net Neutrality, Blocking Encryption And Putting Users At Risk->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "In July, VPN provider Golden Frog (creators of the VyprVPN service) debuted front and center in the debate over net neutrality. One of their customers, Colin Nederkoorn, published a video showing how switching to VyprVPN increased his network performance by a factor of 10 on Verizon while streaming Netflix. Now, Golden Frog has filed a brief with the FCC, discussing both this incident and another, more troubling problem for security advocates — the detection of ISPs performing man-in-the-middle attacks against their own customers. According to information cited in the briefing, one wireless provider was caught blocking the use of STARTTLS encryption. STARTTLS is used to encrypt traffic sent over SMTP — email, in other words. Because an email from Point A to Point Z may travel through a number of unsecured routers to reach its final destination, unencrypted email is intrinsically insecure. STARTTLS was developed to mitigate this problem. What Golden Frog documented was the interception and modification of multiple requests to begin using STARTTLS into an entirely different set of commands, thereby preventing the encrypted link from ever being established. The problem of overwritten encryption is potentially far more serious than an issue of Netflix throttling, even if the latter tapped consumer discontent more readily."
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+ - Microsoft serves takedown notices to videos not infringing on anything->

Submitted by mrnick
mrnick (108356) writes "Microsoft serves youtube takedown notices on many youtube videos that do not appear to have any DRM issue. They say there was an algorithm problem and that non offending notices will be removed. The premise was that these videos had embedded windows keys in the comments. Is the video creator responsible for the comments on their video?"
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+ - FBI: backdoors in software may need to be mandatory->

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "The New York Times:

The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the "post-Snowden pendulum" that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had "gone too far." He hinted that as a result, the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the photos, emails and contacts stored on the phones.

But Mr. Comey appeared to have few answers for critics who have argued that any portal created for the F.B.I. and the police could be exploited by the National Security Agency, or even Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies or criminals. And his position seemed to put him at odds with a White House advisory committee that recommended against any effort to weaken commercial encryption."

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Comment: Re:It's time to start a trade war. (Score 1) 105

by TheP4st (#48162033) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign
My intention were not to lump everyone in the US together which is why I used the term 'muricans which in the context refer to a specific category, namely the ones that blindly believe everything uttered by the likes of Glenn Beck or whatever the flavour of right wing pundit is nowadays in other words the same ones that think it is perfectly fine when NSA use undercover agents in foreign corporations but cry foul when other nations have the audacity to do the same.
And at no point did I attempt to change the opinion of the OP as I quite frankly believe that anyone that someone who voice a belief that extreme is beyond reason, or a troll. In either case reason and logic is failed cause, thus I vented my frustration rather than attempted to fuel some innate sense of superiority as you suggest.

Comment: Re:It's time to start a trade war. (Score 1, Informative) 105

by TheP4st (#48161325) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign
I should have added this little reality check:
NSA Has Undercover Operatives in Foreign Companies
The latest Intercept article on the Snowden documents talks about the NSA's undercover operatives working in foreign companies. There are no specifics, although the countries China, Germany, and South Korea are mentioned.

Comment: Re:It's time to start a trade war. (Score 1, Insightful) 105

by TheP4st (#48161243) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

Free trade doesn't work if both sides are not playing the same game.

Right, the US would never consider spying on Chinese companies and government branches. /sarcasm
I like to believe that you are just trolling, but based on the inane world view frequently voiced by 'muricans online it is very hard to tell.

Comment: Re: Are you patenting software? (Score 3, Funny) 224

by TheP4st (#48157163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

And also the abuses of software patents cause economic harm that FAR outweighs the benefits.

Indeed, just look at all the productivity that goes to waste whenever /. posts an article containing the word patent. In a nanosecond hordes of well paid tech professionals stop coding, innovating and creating just to read through all 389 posts and post a couple of their own. By the time they are done posting others have posted too, generating a whole bunch of new posts that have to be read and replied to, severely delaying the calculation of the Ultimate question

Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 1) 60

Lockheed Martin storing F-35 design data make sense. They build it which would be quite hard without access to the design data. Company XYZ storing DoD data that they have not created, do not contribute to or work with is poor security and will increase the possibiliy of another Snowden scenario happening which is plainly idiotic from a security perspective.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 264

by TheP4st (#48080837) Attached to: Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

If you aren't doing anything illegal online (pirating, illegal pornography, planning terrorism) these laws won't affect you.

The problem with that is that what can label someone as a person of interest with subsequent consequences as ending up a no-fly list often is nothing more than very vague connections to a suspected terrorist, visiting a site or video deemed illegal etc, for an example look at this statement from the London Metropolitan police:

The MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) is investigating the contents of the video that was posted online in relation to the alleged murder of James Foley. We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation.

The Metropolitan police are unable to currently name the law that citizens could be arrested under for watching the video that depicts the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley, despite earlier releasing a statement that said any British nationals watching the video could be committing a criminal offence.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140820/12004128267/theres-reasonable-debate-to-be-had-about-showing-james-foley-beheading-video-claiming-its-illegal-to-watch-is-ridiculous.shtml

If you can't even know what is deemed illegal or not how can you be expected to act within the law?

Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 175

by TheP4st (#48020169) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
I grant you that I indeed could have worded that better. You are entirely correct that phones of today do more power intensive tasks than they did back then, causing greater drain on the batteries. But that does in no way invalidate the point I were trying to make; that there are very good arguments for being able to easily swap batteries and that apart from the "ooh... shiny" factor there are absolutely none for non-swappable ones as the only real benefit is that manufacturers can shave off a couple of tenths of millimetres of thickness and easier create a seamless design. Neither of which have any usability benefit with the possible exception of hipsters with jeans so tight they do need that extra tenth of an millimeter to fit it into the pocket.

Comment: Re:Like most appliances for the past 40 years? (Score 1) 175

by TheP4st (#48018463) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

You mean, just like basically every electric appliance ever made for the past, what?, 40 years?

That explains why my Marantz amplifier from 1980 (which I still use) came with a circuit diagram that I will consult in a near future to fix a low frequency hum that started occurring a few weeks ago after 34 years of flawless sound reproduction. oh wait...

Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 175

by TheP4st (#48018259) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
In the mid-late 90's it were not uncommon that mobiles were sold with an extra battery and charging station that charged both the battery in the phone and the spare one I know this might sound a bit like dark magic to some iPhone users but I assure you that it isn't, more than once did I favor one with this over another that required me to buy these extras separately. I could easily swap batteries if needed, and this were in the days when one charge actually would last for days in difference from today where users look for apps and tweaks to conserve battery power just to make it last from morning 'till evening. One would expect that with smartphones and their relatively poor ability to hold a charge this would be even more important today. But, apparently many people just go "Ooh... shiny" then spend a great deal of their time whining over how they cannot make their charge last even one working day. A battery that require special tools to replace is hardly a convenient solution to this, one that you can replace by snapping off a lid is.

Comment: Re:Think of the children (Score 1, Informative) 354

by TheP4st (#48000847) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Apple has announced that it has designed its new operating system, iOS8, to thwart lawful search warrants.

The piece opens with a blatant lie.

Apple may not have designed it to thwart lawful search warrants but they certainly market it that way.

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

Source: https://www.apple.com/privacy/...

Comment: Re:OMG, THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN!!!!!! (Score 3, Funny) 73

by TheP4st (#47901187) Attached to: NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

take away our bacon cheese burgers and beer and NFL/NBA/MLB and get rid of all the booze like prohibition and make everyone bow to Mecca five times a day and keep girls from walking around in shorts because you know THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You got it all wrong it never were about hate of our freedom, it is a genuine concern about the obesity problem the US is having and they figure dietary restrictions, exercise 5 times a day greatly would improve the issue, and fat asses in too tiny shorts... Well, most of us rather not see that.

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