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"Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks." Anon.
British Government Attack on Internet Privacy
November 12th, 2015 11:16 am
British government spying on internet usersBritain's government published proposals for new Internet spying laws on Wednesday 4th of Nov 2015, including allowing partial access to Internet browsing history which have been condemned by privacy campaigners. Home Secretary Theresa May hailed the draft legislation as a "world-leading oversight regime" but a leading civil rights group described the proposals as a "breath-taking attack" on Britain's online security.

"This new legislation will underpin the work of law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies for years to come. It is their license to operate," May told parliament.

The wide-ranging draft Investigatory Powers Bill contains proposals covering how the state can hack devices and run operations to sweep up large amounts of data as it flows through the internet, enshrining in law the previously covert activities of GCHQ, as uncovered by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It would order communications companies, such as broadband firms, to hold basic details of the services that someone has accessed online - something that has been repeatedly proposed but never enacted. The Police and other agencies would be able to access these records in pursuit of criminals - but also seek to retrieve data in a wider range of inquiries, such as missing people. Furthermore, Police and intelligence officers will be able to see the names of sites people have visited without a warrant.

The security services would be able to access Internet communication records, which show which online services were accessed and when, but not which pages were viewed within those sites. This would show that a messaging service such as Facebook or WhatsApp had been used, but not the content of messages or their recipient. The records would have to be held by service providers for 12 months under this new surveillance law. However, the proposals would not force foreign-based companies such as Facebook and Google to meet "domestic retention obligations" for communications data.

Civil Liberties Concerns

Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil rights group Liberty claimed "After all the talk of climb downs and safeguards, this long-awaited bill constitutes a breath-taking attack on the internet security of every man, woman and child in our country," He added, "We must now look to Parliament to step in where ministers have failed and strike a better balance between privacy and surveillance."
 
Civil liberties groups worry that the bill's powers will lack sufficient oversight and be used unnecessarily, and could lead to the kind of blanket surveillance revealed by Edw...
That Mask!
November 4th, 2015 7:14 pm
AnonymousOn November the 5th Britons up and down the country lit bonfires and set off fireworks to mark the execution of Guy Fawkes, a 17th-century Roman Catholic activist. In 1605 Fawkes was part of a Roman Catholic group that plotted to blow up the House of Lords during the state opening of parliament. The "Gunpowder plot" was intended to kill James I, a Protestant King, and install a Roman Catholic monarch. But an anonymous letter describing the plans was sent to the King. Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the House with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was later hung, drawn and quartered for treason. The tradition of lighting bonfires and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes began shortly after his demise. Children still learn the ghoulish rhyme "Remember, remember the fifth of November". Towards the final years of the 18th Century, reports began to emerge of children dressing up in grotesque Guy Fawkes masks and begging for money.
 
Revived in1982, in the V for Vendetta comic books written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd.  The main protagonist is a cloaked anarchist who wears a grinning, moustached Guy Fawkes type mask while battling against a fascist authoritarian state. The authors wanted to celebrate Fawkes by turning him into an anti-hero for the modern age. The comic was made into a film in 2006, and although it deviated from the original in a number of ways the mask of "V" was a faithful rendition of the stylised image from the book. Plastic masks to commemorate the release of the film were distributed to fans and could be bought online.
 
The notorious mask that we know now then became an Internet meme. It was first seen on 4chan (an image bulletin board) in 2006 and initially was a stick character called “Epic Fail Guy” who would strut around, failing at everything he did. 
 
In January 2008, Anonymous launched "Project Chanology" a protest march against the Church of Scientology’s website which they deemed to be censoring information by attempting to remove internet video clips of an interview with celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise. Rule 17 of Anonymous's code of conduct, circulated to protesters before its "first real life public demonstration" on February 10th 2008 states: "Cover your face. This will prevent your identification from videos taken by hostiles". For those who chose to wear masks the decision was simple: taking inspiration from the last scene of the film, in which a crowd of Guy Fawkes watch the Houses of Parliament explode, the "V for Vendetta" mask provided just the cover that Anonymous needed. The Project Chanolo...
VPNUK Eclipse & Obfuscation
September 16th, 2015 10:19 am
VPNUK Eclipse ObfuscationOpen VPN Cloaking with VPNUK Eclipse; An Effective Defense Against Deep Packet Inspection
 
An Open VPN service against filtering the constant attacks by governments opposed to anonymity, security, and freedom of access on the internet. This came about due to the deployment of advanced surveillance technology, known as "deep packet inspection (DPI)," which identifies and enables blocking of VPN connections. Open VPN connections are high priority targets due to the protocol's speed, security, and high popularity among Internet users. VPNUK’s Eclipse conceals the VPN packets within an encrypted shell and renders them resistant to deep packet inspection "find and block" activities.
 
Eclipse will sit between the server and the Internet. Inbound packets from clients will be decrypted and routed to the Open VPN server. Outbound packets will be encrypted and sent to clients, looking like random gibberish to any surveillance agents on the network. Therefore, Eclipse sends packets with no discernable identity allowing for the payload packets to pass undetected.
 
VPNUK Eclipse is currently available for Windows machines, we have a recently started beta testing on Mac OS X (contact us to join in), Eclipse for Android and your router is being released in the near future. Eclipse scrambles Open VPN packet metadata to ensure it’s not recognizable via deep packet inspection (DPI), while still keeping it fast and lightweight. The result is that VPNUK Open VPN users are able to bypass restrictive networks put in place by governments, corporations and ISPs to achieve an open Internet experience without sacrificing the proven security for which Open VPN has long been known.

Eclipse can help users that live in or travel to countries such as China, Russia, India, Turkey, Iran and Syria from being blocked. It is also ideal for users worldwide experiencing VPN blocking and speed issues related to bandwidth throttling.
"Warning: the Internet may contain traces of nuts." Anon.

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