iOS 8’s WiFi location privacy isn’t as powerful as you might think

If you were hop­ing that iOS 8’s abil­i­ty to hide your device ID from near­by WiFi net­works would ren­der you invis­i­ble to nosy hotspot oper­a­tors, you’ll want to dial back your expec­ta­tions a bit. Air­Tight Net­works’ Bhupin­der Mis­ra has found that Apple’s hard­ware address ran­dom­iza­tion only kicks in under a very nar­row set of cir­cum­stances. […]

How the NSA wants total population control

William Bin­ney is one of the high­­est-lev­­el whistle­blow­ers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a lead­ing code-break­er against the Sovi­et Union dur­ing the Cold War but resigned soon after Sep­tem­ber 11, dis­gust­ed by Washington’s move towards mass sur­veil­lance. On 5 July he spoke at a con­fer­ence in Lon­don organ­ised by the Cen­tre for […]

Don’t Listen to Google and Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong

And real cor­po­rate secu­ri­ty is still impos­si­ble. If you’ve been read­ing the news recent­ly, you might think that cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca is doing its best to thwart NSA sur­veil­lance.

Singapore’s Precarious Surveillance State The Envy Of US Intelligence Agencies

Total Infor­ma­tion Aware­ness (TIA) is quite prob­a­bly the world’s largest sur­veil­lance pro­gram, cre­at­ed by the US Infor­ma­tion Aware­ness Office. TIA gath­ered up elec­tron­ic records — emails, phone logs, inter­net search­es, air­line reser­va­tions, hotel book­ings, cred­it card trans­ac­tions, med­ical reports — look­ing for  “pre-crime” indi­ca­tors, much as in the movie, Minor­i­ty Report. TIA oper­at­ed from Feb­ru­ary […]

How Do We Tell Our Children About the New World Order?

No Blue­print for Par­ent­ing America’s south­ern bor­der has dis­in­te­grat­ed. Ebo­la has entered Amer­i­ca, Rus­sia and NATO are mobi­liz­ing in and around Ukraine in what could be the begin­ning of World War III our econ­o­my is one slight push from free fall, we have for­eign troops, who have promised us harm, train­ing on our soil. And […]

How Safe Are Child GPS Trackers?

Per­haps you know a par­ent that uses Child GPS track­ing with inten­tions of keep­ing their chil­dren safe. While it may seem like a safe idea to keep track of where your chil­dren are when you are not around, new advances in tech­nol­o­gy claim that there are dan­gers involved with child GPS track­ers. Below is some […]

Your iPhone may be rigged to spy on you

iOS foren­sic exam­in­er Jonathan Zdziars­ki may know more about iPhones than any oth­er non-Apple employ­ee. Yet even he can’t find a rea­son for some of the mys­tery fea­tures buried with­in the iOS oper­at­ing sys­tem, which look an awful lot like secu­ri­ty back­doors that bypass user-des­ig­­nat­ed data pro­tec­tions. The fea­tures could be there to let Apple […]

Blowback from the NSA Surveillance

There’s one piece of blow­back that isn’t being dis­cussed — aside from the fact that Snow­den has killed the chances of any lib­er­al arts major get­ting a DoD job for at least a decade — and that’s how the mas­sive NSA sur­veil­lance of the Inter­net affects the US’s role in Inter­net gov­er­nance. Ron Deib­ert makes […]