The annual report from the NGO Reporters Without Borders highlights the worst governments spying their citizens and, more interestingly, it lists companies publicly selling powerful spying hard/software and how commonplace these products are becoming.
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes. It is important that people and organizations realize how significant and concrete this risk has become, and how much criminal interests underpin and fuel it. Identity theft is not just a financial crime, but can become a weapon of choice used by governments, lawyers, lobbyists, journalists, economic spies, and of course criminal groups.
This page is intended as a market report about identity theft. Its aim is not to be comprehensive - tens of cases happen every day - but to give an accurate view of the current situation, of trends and of the major facts in this area.
The world's fifth largest defence contractor has developed a software able to track "trillions of entities" (read: people) on internet. For once, civilian companies were in advance. But do defence and government agencies will restrict themselves to commercial / generic profiling, or rather track people individually? Read more
Microsoft has just launched an online petition to protest against the commercial exploitation of user-data and email contents by Google. Indeed, "Google goes through every email that's sent or received". But many if not all companies are doing the same: all websites (Google, Amazon, Facebook...), Apple with all its products, and more and more telecom operators. Read more
Since 2007, a cyberespionage network has been stealing confidential data from private industry and government and research organizations in Eastern Europe, former Soviet republics and Central Asian countries, has revealed a security firm.
"Telecom operators want to develop new business models by monetizing the communications coming from online services and going to their subscribers". They want to do as Google & co: to track people connections, determine their profiles and resell them to advertising companies. Will your clients accept it?
In France, a state platform to centrally listen communications and record any Internet traffic is soon to emerge. Not without causing concerns about flaws in the system and the use of deap-packet inspection.
The article is in French: http://owni.fr/2012/09/13/secret-ecoutes-pnij-thales/
According to Kaspersky, one of the leading anti-virus providers worldwide, the second cybercrime activity is "to monitor user activity and steal important information. [...] The main ways of making money are:
The Australian Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, appears to have swung her support behind a controversial Data Retention Plan - which would force all Australian telcos and internet service providers to store the online data of all Australians for up to two year.
Did you knwo the NSA is secretly recording most communications (calls, sms, internet...) in the United States? The New York Times gives a good oversight of the NSA practices and its stakes.