WikiLeaks: How Mass Surveillance Contractors Share Your Data with the State

27 12 2011

This article shows why activists need to avoid electronic communucation. All of it.

[snip]  . . . .   Surveillance companies like SS8 in the U.S., Hacking Team in Italy and Vupen in France manufacture viruses (Trojans) that hijack individual computers and phones (including iPhones, Blackberries and Androids), take over the device, record its every use, movement, and even the sights and sounds of the room it is in. Other companies like Phoenexia in the Czech Republic collaborate with the military to create speech analysis tools. They identify individuals by gender, age and stress levels and track them based on ‘voiceprints’. Blue Coat in the U.S. and Ipoque in Germany sell tools to governments in countries like China and Iran to prevent dissidents from organizing online.

Trovicor, previously a subsidiary of Nokia Siemens Networks, supplied the Bahraini government with interception technologies that tracked human rights activist Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar. He was shown details of personal mobile phone conversations from before he was interrogated and beaten in the winter of 2010-2011. . . .

 . . . .  In January 2011, the National Security Agency broke ground on a $1.5 billion facility in the Utah desert that is designed to store terabytes of domestic and foreign intelligence data forever and process it for years to come.

Telecommunication companies are forthcoming when it comes to disclosing client information to the authorities – no matter the country. Headlines during August’s unrest in the UK exposed how Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the Blackberry, offered to help the government identify their clients. RIM has been in similar negotiations to share BlackBerry Messenger data with the governments of India, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. . . . “


Giant Internet Server Outages in N. America Not Reported in the News

8 11 2011

Since Oct.31st Microsoft has had huge server outages that has rendered HOTMAIL e-mail service unusable or error ridden for many users. The problem still isn’t fixed according to their message board. Nearly a thousand posted complaints there.

Now some problems with HOTMAIL are fixed for some. We looked into why this isn’t in the news. It isn’t mentioned on leading IT sites like 

On searching we found Microsoft had a big server outage in January.

This current problem may be from the same cause (we guess) … MSN adding new ‘features’ to HOTMAIL and causing havoc when the whole thing goes into a tailspin.

Currently there’s another HUGE internet server problem:

Bug in Juniper Router Firmware Update Causes Massive Internet Outage

“. . .  A bug in a firmware update for Juniper routers may have been responsible for a widespread outage throughout North America and Europe on Nov. 7. The bug caused a network failure at backbone provider Level 3 Communications, resulting in service disruptions for Time Warner Cable, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry services and various Internet service providers based in the United Kingdom, among others.  . . . ” (more)

So why the SILENCE on this big story from the so-called press? Isn’t loosing internet servers continent-wide NEWS????

here’s a screengrab:



1140 complaints