Showing posts with label national security. Show all posts
Showing posts with label national security. Show all posts

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Cold, Hard Facts Behind 'Surveillance Capitalism'

Be careful, your dumbphone is telling on you every day in every way.
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' Crime prevention starts with YOU! The issue of Facebook compromising user privacy goes WAY BEYOND what we have heard. Here's a story I dug up for one of my client's social media outreach work that spells it out. You NEED TO READ this.
How Surveillance Capitalism Can Impact Public Safety and CII Users | #ESC_LLC #Privacy #Surveillance #PublicSafety | Mission-critical communications users must be aware that personal devices and applications are subject to data surveillance. To read this informative article about Digital DNA and how service providers can put your data at risk, go to: http://ow.ly/spUS30k4fxs and turn to page 20. Or you can download a PDF printout of the story by clicking here.
What impresses me about the story is the extent to which telcom companies have gone to secure their right to infringe on the privacy rights of everyone on the planet who dumbly buys and uses a smart phone. According to the author of this story, not only are there apps loaded into our cell phones that CANNOT be uninstalled (Amazon is one of them), but there are terms of agreement buried in these phones that most of us have never seen, let alone know exist. (see sidebar on right, click to enlarge.)

There's not much that can be done by or for anyone outside of the Mission Critical community, but the U.S. Government should, they MUST take steps to better secure data encountered and transmitted by those in mission critical roles, such as defense contractors, civilian employees, and those in the military. The rest of us have a decision to make, whether to give up all those free apps and the cell phone in general or to go on as we are, allowing others to exploit our data.

Al Colombo


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Judge Napolitano On NSA Spying

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The NSA has always been one step ahead technologically. This is not new, it's been going on for a long time. Most of us who have been yacking about it were usually looked on as conspiracy nuts. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and the general public is now aware.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Chinese Intelligence Apparatus in the United States

This past Sunday many of us on Google+ discussed the issue of Chinese purchase of a wind farm near a U.S. Military base. The story, entitled Not just tilting at windmills (The Economist), provided interesting information on how the Obama administration stopped the purchase of a wind farm in Oregon.

There were those who couldn't believe that the U.S. Government would interfere with business, not to mention the act of insulting a trade partner as important as China. However, as I pointed out at the time, it's folly to even think of allowing any Chinese State-owned company to set up camp near a military base.

I stated, "Here's the primary reason why you do not want China anywhere near a military base: SIGINT. Call it paranoia if you wish, but it's NATIONAL SECURITY and I would expect nothing less from the Chinese Gov't if the roles were switched."

As a webmaster myself, I can attest to the fact that most of the hacking and spamming attempts that I see on my servers come from the Chinese and Russian Federations. There is literally no limit to which they will go to glean critical information from both military and private/public government contractors.

Here we are again, Chinese made telecommunication equipment is now suspect of providing spy potential for the Chinese Government within the U.S. and other countries.

"To the extent these companies are influenced by the state, or provide Chinese intelligence services access to telecommunication networks, the opportunity exists for further economic and foreign espionage by a foreign nation-state already known to be a major perpetrator of cyber espionage," the Committee wrote in a 52-page report.

Specifically, the committee outlined the threat of "malicious" computer technology being used to access U.S. trade secrets, research and development data and negotiating platforms "China would find useful in obtaining an unfair diplomatic or commercial advantage over the United States."

Source: House Report Flags Chinese Telecom Firms on Espionage Fears (PBS Newshour)

The moral of the lesson that our citizens should take away from this is simple: We cannot trust the Chinese. I'm not sure how many of our allies that we can truly trust, especially when the current administration fails to firmly stand behind Israel and other traditional allies.

In a word, we need to put National Security first, business second, while attending to business first to assure a strong national defense.