Mar 142015
SENATE COMMITTEE READIES CISA SURVEILLANCE BILL Corporations to provide real-time data on citizens to NSA The NSA is about to get even more information on citizens. On Thursday the Senate Intelligence Committee held a vote on the latest version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. The legislation cleared the intelligence panel last year and then stalled after privacy and civil liberties groups called foul. “Both CISA and Obama’s proposal have encountered resistance due to fears that the measures would give the government more access to personal data of Americans, which could be collected and analyzed by the NSA and other federal departments,” the National Journal. The latest version, in fact, permits automatic NSA access in real-time to personal information shared with a governmental entity. It also allows access by intelligence agencies and the military. “Since the summer of 2013, NSA surveillance activities, such as the telephony metadata bulk collection program and the PRISM program, have raised nationwide alarm. CISA ignores these objections, and requires real time dissemination to military and intelligence agencies, including the NSA,” states a lettersent to Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, chairmans of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “Congress should be working to limit the NSA’s overbroad authorities to conduct surveillance, rather than passing a bill that would increase the NSA’s access to personal information and private communications.” The letter was sent on March 2 and signed by members of civil society organizations and security experts and academics. The NSA considers the legislation crucial because it allows corporations to violate privy laws and transfer “cyber threat indicators” to the government. “It also ensures that companies that pass on information will be protected against court action — liability limits that disincentivize companies from adequately protecting user privacy,” states a FAQ produced Access, an organization dedicated to global digital freedom. William Binney, one of the NSA’s best mathematicians and code breakers before he resigned in 2011, believes the ultimate objective at the agency is to create a police state and control the population through massive surveillance. “This is a totalitarian process,” he said in 2013, and it “means we are now in a police state.” If ultimately enacted, CISA will merge corporations into the national security state and continue the construction of an overwhelming police and surveillance state not seen since the heydays of Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union. The above via Until our next (more…)
Jan 082015
Read this article then follow the link after. PEN America | “Global Chilling” PEN America writes: “Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers is a new report demonstrating the damaging impact of surveillance by the United States and other governments on free expression and creative freedom around the world. The report’s revelations, based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, are alarming. Full article: KEY FINDING #1 Writers in democratic and non-democratic countries are equally worried about levels of government surveillance in their countries. KEY FINDING #2 Writers around the world are engaging in self-censorship due to fear of surveillance. If you want to feel safe and secure about your business conversations follow this link.   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Jan 012015
HOW DOES IT FEEL? “Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the Internet.” Gary Kovacs How many computers were hacked this year? Good questions, right? Scary cybersecurity news has dominated the headlines constantly this year, with hacks and penetrations, involving Home Depot, Heartbleed, iCloud, Target, Sony and others – banks don’t report the number of times they were hacked. The experts say the attacks will only continue in 2015. But I believe there’s an important opportunity to this amazing year of hacking: the publicizing of a long-overdue conversation about the potential attacks that threaten everyone online. Ok, I decided to do a search for the answer. My search was quite revealing no one gives up there real numbers and the information I ‘encountered’ was for the most part BS. Hence the psyops operatives engage. A Forbes article from a year ago stated that there were 30,000 computers hacked every day. On year later, I think the the rate is up exponentially to around 300,000 every day but the real numbers are probably staggering and they do not want you to know. I say that because searching for that number is like chasing the proverbial “pot of gold”, know one gives the actual numbers, Target, now Sony are two recent examples. Have they said how many? Or by whom? “They” will point to and do point to a convenient boogyman this time its North Korea, last year it was Russia or China or somebody, maybe even the NSA. Here is an interesting revelation: “The US corporate government, for its part, has been on the warpath against North Korea for some mysterious reason. The entire US State Department story about Sony pictures being hacked by North Korea is a case in point. According to IT experts the hacking attack blamed on North Korea could only have been carried out by somebody inside Sony’s US headquarters. As one expert put it, “The Sony breach was an inside job. 100 terabytes of data is too big to transmit over the Internet. At top broadband speeds it would take 661 days at top US speed and, 2,315 day to transmit to S. Korea (and general Asia Pac Rim) at their top transmission speed.”Now the US is trying to indict North Korea for human rights abuses, possibly to deflect world attention from its own widespread use (more…)
Nov 242014
Markets Weekly: Could Central Banks Spark a Bitcoin Rally?CoinDeskFollowing mid-November’s price spike, the bitcoin markets have resumed regular service. The price has dropped slightly, while trading volumes have reverted to more commonly observed levels. The price started last week at $385, according to the CoinDesk … Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 232014
CoinDeskIn their new book Bitcoin for the Befuddled, Drs. Conrad Barski and Chris Wilmer use non-technical language and clear, step-by-step approaches to explain the ins and outs of bitcoin. Here, they provide an overview of the “blockchain lottery” and the … and more Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 232014
Fortune“I don’t particularly care about bitcoins,” he admits. Yet here he is, jerry-rigging a gadget that will light up whenever its owner receives a payment in the digital currency. “Things are better when they light up,” he assures an onlooker. “If you have … Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 222014
CoinDeskEarlier in the year, Goldman Sachs IT analyst Roman Leal made some rough calculations as to the savings that bitcoin could have made possible globally in electronic payment in 2013. His findings demonstrate what could make the tech go mainstream … and more Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 222014
Bitcoin Black Friday 2014 Soon to Be “Most Popular Day in the History of …CryptoCoinsNewsBitcoin Black Friday has become a household name to Bitcoiners around the world, even those that don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, the reason for Black Friday’s commercial existence. Over the past year, larger and larger merchants have started … Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 212014
VentureBeatBitcoin is also a protocol that does something simple. For the first time, it allows anyone who hooks up to this open network called Bitcoin to receive a token from someone that they don’t necessarily know or trust, while knowing with certainty that … Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 212014
PYMNTS.comNovember 19, 2014 – The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission believes that they do have enforcement power authorities against price manipulation in bitcoin markets as bitcoin is classifies as a commodity under the Commodity Exchange Act.Coinbase workaround lets you pay with Bitcoin on Facebook and iTunesVentureBeatCoinbase Brings Bitcoin to Mozilla, ITunes, Unveils Bitcoin Tipping ToolCoinTelegraphCoinbase and RewardsPay Bring Bitcoin to iTunes, Facebook and GroovesharkCryptoCoinsNewsRetail Customer Experience -Finextraall 9 news articles Read More       Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)