Internet Activists, Pirates And Anonymous Call For Protests Throughout Europe Against ACTA 2

Following over 4 million people signing a petition delivering it to EU Parliament, activists have now decided to organize protests for January 19th, 2019 across Europe against proposed Articles 11, 12 a and 13.

According to Torrent Freak, European Parliament is expected to finalize the final text of Article 13, which is part of the EU’s copyright reform law by Monday.

Those that support the idea of Anonymous, Pirates and Internet Rights Activists have all joined forces once again to combat what many are calling the fight against Acta 2. These Articles will have multiple legal implications that will destr0y the Internet as we know it. Not only will they include an “upload filter” if passed to block copyrighted (or unwanted) content from being uploaded on the Internet, it will also be impossible to link to source material, including educational content and even memes. That’s right the EU is coming or your memes! Hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your memes because the EU’s coming for them all.

This will affect all YouTubers and independent content creators, commenters et al distilling innovation. The copyright directive will ultimately cause loss of content for millions of creative minds throughout Europe and the EU will likely push those laws transnational into the Americas and elsewhere.

Further, under article 11 every link posted, you will be charged under what’s being called a link tax. Fight with us against this censorship.

Articles like 12a, for example, will make it illegal to upload any personal video from a sporting event because the copyright will be fully to those hosting or sponsoring the event.

Article 13 is intended to make website proprietors responsible for the content that users post on their websites, effectively forcing the owners to move behind an upload filter to protect themselves against huge claims by copyright owners and agencies that work on their behalfs like the MPAA and RIAA.

Pirate Parties International MEP Julia Reda notes that users will be responsible and liable for any copyright infringements they make on Internet platforms.

“The negotiators have reached agreement on the core of Article 13, which will change the internet as we know it: They want to make internet platforms directly liable for any copyright infringements their users commit,” Reda notes.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns that the proposed policies will increase censorship and surveillance throughout Europe creating a stasi state. The digital rights organization specifically calls on people from Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Luxembourg, to speak out.

“Your national government depends on your goodwill to win the votes to continue its mandate. This is a rare moment in European lawmaking when local connections from citizens matter more than well-funded, international corporations,” EFF writes.

This is something that “will destroy our internet, And we cannot accept it. So we are fighting back. Activists, hacktivists and pirates are now uniting under the banner of StopACTA2,” Anonymous Bites Back writes.

Anonymous Bites Back further expresses that the radio show hosted by Anons is in “full support of the (street) protests against these Orwellian moves to censor the internet. We have had several episodes about this subject already, and we plan to join the protesters on the street and broadcast live to our network.”

The StopACTA2 movement, coordinated by the Polish StopACTA2 crew and the crew of Anonymous Worldwide and many others including Pirate Parties International with its co-chair Bailey Lamon and board member Raymond Johansen urge everyone to do everything in your power to support Stop ACTA2 through social media and on the ground actions.

Supporters of the fight against ACTA 2 include wolnemediaSoMee.Social, Bitchute, Presearchblogmedia24Anonymous Bites BackwykoppolskapartiapiratowPirate Parties International,  kontestacjaHackread.cominsproStowarzyszenie LibertarianskieAnonymous Info Army Poland, and Anon Ops Poland according to the StopActa2.org website.

For now, we have obtained partial victory with Creative Sectors calling for a suspension of negotiations on Article 13 with 14 organizations calling for its halt according to Creative Refresh.

The first wave of street protests in at least 20 different cities in 15 countries are being planned and prepared for January 19, 2019 all across Europe.  Share this article, organize together amongst one another and send a message, show the powers-that-be that the Internet belongs to the people and not the corporations or the power-hungry elites that seek to profit off of the free sharing of information.

On social media, supporters are using the following hashtags for digital protests — #stopACTA2, #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, #Article11, #Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #ACTA2 #Anonymous.

You can find out more information by visiting StopActa2.org a website being run to support operation Stop Acta 2. The website will be kept up to date with a full list of the existing protest locations. Are you an experienced organizer who wants to help organize in Europe for protesting against ACTA 2? Then contact info@stopacta2.org for any information, or if you want to start your own protest. Continue tuning into Hacknews.eu where we will keep you up to date with all proceeding actions regarding Stop ACTA 2.

 

Anonymous Attacks French Government, AnonOps #OpFrance Owner “AnonKiller” Exposed Logging IPs

Anonymous has declared war on the French government after protests have resulted in the bloodshed of protesters. While, one of the main admins named “AnonKiller” on Anon Ops IRC #OpFrance, has been exposed logging IPs in the channel.

Accounts associated with Anonymous, have been seen on Twitter attacking the French government resulting in several cyber attacks including database hacks and DDoS attacks of the French government in support of the Yellow Vests protesters on the ground. Dozens of hacktivists are participating in the operation against the French government codenamed #OpFrance.

A press release for the Anonymous operations against France can be seen below acquired from Anon Files.

According to a thread on Twitter by the same account that posted a hack of Ministry of Defense officials, known to be associated with Anonymous operations CgAn_Doemela, an anon going by “AnonKiller’ is being accused of being a snitch for logging IPs inside IRC.

Although, AnonKiller argues that it’s because the far-right “demos” (demosophy) is involved in the operation against France and the “extreme right cannot reflect the image of Anon.” Others are calling the user a potential informant or provocateur within the collective.

IRC LOGS according to CgAn_Doemela:

**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Sat Dec  8 20:47:11 2018
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Now talking on #opfrance
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Topic for #opfrance is: www.facebook.com/AnonFr2.0 // www.anonops.fr // www.twitter.com/AnonFrOfficiel // Nous dementons toute opération dite en notre nom en soutient au mouvement des gillets jaunes!
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Topic for #opfrance set by anonkiller (Fri Dec  7 09:10:52 2018)
Dec 08 20:48:19 <anonkiller>        hello because this group is orchestrated by the demos, just look at what is being finished
Dec 08 20:48:53 <anonkiller>        the extreme right can not reflect the image of the anon
Dec 08 20:49:17 <anonkiller>        this group is orchestrated by demosophy
Dec 08 20:50:29 <Cogitabundus>        You do realize that calls into question your capacity to run a channel.
Dec 08 20:50:40 <Cogitabundus>        Since we’ve very anti-IP harvesting.
Dec 08 20:50:47 <cookie>        article from 2015 mind you
Dec 08 20:51:29 <anonkiller>        they were identified behind telegram channels and other media
Dec 08 20:53:05 <anonkiller>        I removed the post for ip but you can inquire there demosophy well behind
Dec 08 20:59:05 <anonkiller>        you can also look at their pads, the consistency of the sites listed relative to the target that was determined
Dec 08 20:59:48 <cookie>        so you’re attacking anons because you don’t agree with the targets?
Dec 08 21:01:33 <anonkiller>        no because the extreme right is behind
Dec 08 21:01:54 <anonkiller>        extreme right it’s not anon
Dec 08 21:02:25 <Cogitabundus>        What’s Anon or not isn’t really something easy to determine.
Dec 08 21:02:34 <cookie>        hmmm they may be trying to hide behind anon. but most of those target were chosen by legit anons
Dec 08 21:02:36 <Cogitabundus>        When it’s such a loose thing.
Dec 08 21:02:41 <cookie>        its a coordinated attack
Dec 08 21:05:07 <anonkiller>        legitimate people yes because at the beginning we also help the yellow vests but since the movements of etreme was behind many of their groups, it was released, the fight is part of a fair cause but was diverted and become dangerous
Dec 08 21:05:37 <anonkiller>        I would stay out if you want to do this operation go there but I do not care
Dec 08 21:06:06 <anonkiller>        I prefer to track terrorism, which is a priority for me
Dec 08 21:07:54 <cookie>        so to you the anons on cgan are terrorists?
Dec 08 21:09:14 <anonkiller>        I did not say that
Dec 08 21:09:44 <cookie>        you say you prefer tracking terrorism
Dec 08 21:09:47 <anonkiller>        I said that I do not interfere anymore and that I went back to track terrorists like daesh
Dec 08 21:09:50 <cookie>        and you have screenshots from cgan
Dec 08 21:10:39 <anonkiller>        yes i have a nice screenshot where they talk about demosophy ..
Dec 08 21:11:34 <anonkiller>        but carrefour and saint gobain are government sites for you?
Dec 08 21:12:57 <cookie>        well anyone could make a pad. just because someone is spamming a pad in a channel doesnt mean it is an official target
Dec 08 21:13:07 <cookie>        we keep official things in official/hidden chans
Dec 08 21:16:39 <cookie>        well i gtg more stuff for op; also anonkiller if i find out you’re working with @zataz or @Damien_Bancal for some counter intel shit or for the FR gov. I will stop at nothing to financially fuck you then maybe drop your info for some local angry protestors to pay you a visit. 🙂 dont fuck with Anons kkbye
Dec 08 21:16:47 *        You have left channel #opfrance (Leaving)
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Sat Dec  8 21:16:47 2018

Meanwhile, the user’s Twitter account identified as @AnonOfFrance is calling on Anons to join their discord, which should be done at the sole discretion of the user. While it’s noted that Discord doesn’t log IPs if you choose to enter the server, be aware that malicious users could send – files, [if it’s enabled on the server] Ip logging links such as setup honeypots or use services that allow Ip tracking.

Stay safe, use proper OpSec and make sure you are behind a VPN, spoof your mac address and use TOR and a safe DNS, all that jazz. Remember you are responsible for your own actions. Sail safe.

How will our lives change when we lose net neutrality?

Net neutrality helps to balance the internet in such a way that internet service providers can’t use the laws to their benefits. This year (2017), a repeal against net neutrality is to be decided upon by the FCC in the United States. The United States is a country where the internet service providers are mostly monopolies created by the government. Therefore, the government, which controls the internet, will be biased in favour of these big businesses. And these businesses, owned by wealthy businessmen, will want to take advantage from removing such regulations and safeguards.

Despite the fact that the FCC in the United States is asking for net neutrality to be gone, the aftermath effects the whole world. The supporters of the repeal against net neutrality spread a list of countries which lack net neutrality in their law, trying to convince the public that even without net neutrality, such countries are doing great in regards to free and cheap internet use.

However, these European countries they keep listing never had a bandwidth or network issue, due to their strong enough internet infrastructure. The United States internet infrastructure, on the contrary, has been like a cheddar cheese. It is exploited by the ISPs to such a degree that the US can’t meet the quotas anymore, since they oversold the lines. Even the public funding that was used by such ISPs on public lands was never returned by these big business owners. Subscriptions were also oversold and all profits went to these companies. All ISPs laid the internet infrastructure with public funding on public land because they were allowed to. And nothing was ever paid back.

As a result, the internet infrastructure of the US was weakened, and will soon be handed over as private property to these ISPs, if they would be succesful at appealing the net neutrality law. This draconian overtake is expected to happen on 14 December 2017.

Without real competition among ISPs, the internet is nothing more than a heavily regulated tool of the elite and the people in power, for controlling news and discourse. Isn’t that what happened with your TV channels as well? Being subjected to the controlling mechanisms of the government, it is now hard to find informative and neutral news or programs and even while more TV channels become available, the price is also increasing and the quality is dropping.

When net neutrality is absent, it is ofcourse unlikely carriers would block entire services from being accessed by their customers because it will harm their business. However, they can use bandwidth throttling, since they will aim to force the users to select the carrier’s preferred alternative, to earn more on the packages they will be selling. If smaller companies wanted a better deal, ISPs like Comcast would ask for fees in exchange for such services.

Such deals will make the services small companies are selling to their customers more expensive, while paying for internet use as one fixed price package will be a thing from the past. Monopolized by the government, ISPs will be able to ask whatever price they want from site owners. Those not able to meet the demands, will see their sites slow down to a degree they can’t reach their followers anymore. In this case, both users and the site owners would have to pay for the services. Users for the internet access, and site owners to make sure the ISPs will not be not slowing down their website speed or the speed at which their videos stream.

In addition, customers will be accessing features like social media through service providers. Such redirected routes will make the internet experience for users complicated, even slower and more expensive.

Bigger companies like Google and Netflix (as they had to pay for Comcast in the past), will be able to pay for the fees ISPs will demand. For small companies, like alternative news sites and personal bloggers (for example, activists), it will be much harder to afford such fees..

ISPs, as big businesses, already have been abusing the internet while working with the government, by functioning as a regulator. Now in the US it will be even easier to block social media and any site unpopular with the big businesses or government. While small companies and a lot of sites all over the world may disappear, the big corporations will control the internet, even growing bigger and now armed with an effective strategy of creating an everlasting monopoly.

Sources:

The inside story of how Netflix came to pay Comcast for internet traffic

https://www.wsj.com/articles/netflix-agrees-to-pay-comcast-to-improve-its-streaming-1393175346

http://viapopuli.com/what-is-net-neutrality-and-why-is-it-important-for-a-free-internet-simplified-version

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2007/08/pearl-jam-censored-by-att-calls-for-a-neutral-net/

http://bsalert.com/news/853/Comcast_Caught_Filtering_Political_E-Mails.html

Is Bitcoin a curse or is it the future? And should you invest in it?

Probably one of the most discussed subjects online in recent years is Bitcoin. What do we think of it, and is it smart to invest money in it?

Bitcoin created a shockwave through the financial world. Together with other crypto currencies it provided an alternative to the FIAT currency markets and created an entirely new economy. One that is global and does not care about the economic situations of the different countries around the world.

But what is it? In simple terms Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are blockchains. A chain that is comprised of all transactions that ever happened, an algorithm and a huge amount of code. Nothing very special to the common man, but to computer technicians it is probably one of the most impressive things that ever happened.

Should you put your money in it? Especially over the last year the value of a single Bitcoin has risen to thousands of dollars. If you invested in Bitcoin at the start, and you bought a serious amount, you are likely laughing right now, because you made those millions. You are officially a millionaire and you did not really have to work for it. But what is the real tangible value of it?

Really the blockchain is nothing more than digital code. The only thing that makes a difference is that there is a limited amount of coins available. You can mine the coins, but the total amount of Bitcoin is a pre defined number. For this reason, in a technical sense, it can only deflate. Meaning the value should become higher, always. The only thing that is needed for that is that it is used more. So as more stores start accepting it, the value will keep rising. As more miners arrive, and more buyers, the value will keep on increasing. Focu on hyping it, and collectively you are forcing the world to make you a millionare.

Both Bitcoin and the alternative coin Litecoin have now been embedded in to the CFD market. Respected internet brokers like Plus500 allow you to invest in it without actually buying the coins, you simply buy the CFD contracts on the market. Using just 500 bucks you can invest in up to 100.000 dollar worth of Bitcoin. It works with a leverage system. And when it grows you make a huge profit. Want to learn more? Just visit that website. Big business is doing it, so why wouldn’t you?

On the other hand, it is just digital code, and like FIAT currencies, there is not much difference there. It is not a real thing, like a house, or a golden ring. It exists in the digital world and nowhere else. No matter how sophisticated the system is, in a true sense, it is not much more than a number inserted in a digital database. Like credits on a Poker site, really. The big difference there is that the blockchain is managed by all its users, and is completely open. Meaning every single event that ever happened is visible In the blockchain. Every payment, every coin mined, yes, really all of it.

So there is a system that is owned by the users, not so much by a single entity. In the case of FIAT currencies, like the dollar or the euro, these are also just digital numbers. Everything is digitalized meaning banks can simply change the number in the database and you are dependent on what happens next. There are the financial watchdogs who make sure there is no abuse. But with the blockchain, every user is a watchdog.

How does it relate to previous metals like gold and silver? Traditionally these resources have been used as an alternative to FIAT currencies. Whenever the economy went bad, investors jumped on the metal market and gold and silver would rise in value. Because there are limited amounts as well, and those metals are tangible. You buy a silver coin, its a real coin, and it can be exchanged for money at millions of locations worldwide. Usually at a rate that is very close to the market value. But gold can be mined as well, like crypto currencies, and there is no real way of knowing how much gold actually exists in the ground. So should a big discovery be made, the value might drop. However, countries in the world choose to keep their reserves in gold and silver. And it is used in the industry, so there is something to say for that.

At the moment I am writing this article the price of Bitcoin is close to 10.000 dollars for each coin. The real remaining question is, is something digital, something invented by some random guy on the internet, really worth the 10.000? I am not convinced of this. The hype is incredible and it is likely it will still grow bigger. So right now, yes, you can invest in it. Do not put all your hard earned money in it, but get at least a bit of Bitcoin. As it hits the mainstream markets now, it will surely increase more and you will make a profit. But for the long term? No. Make that profit and get something tangible with it. Buy a house, or a piece of land. Why? Because that is not created out of thin air by some internet guru, but it is something in the real world, and there is limited availability as well. And with real estate it is not a question of availability and demand, the demand will always increase in the long run, if the population grows.

Good luck!

A Bug Bounty Hunter Gets Threatened With CFAA For Sharing Evidence

A Chinese drone manufacturing company called DJI had their private keys both the “wildcard” certificate for all the company’s web domains and the keys to cloud storage accounts on Amazon Web Services exposed publicly in code posted to GitHub by company developers for years.

Kevin Finisterre used this data to reach important private information uploaded by DJI customers such as images of flight logs, government IDs and passports, even associated with military domains. When he found out there was a bounty program by the company, he applied for it. The program was launched after the US army issued a ban on using DJI drones for any military purpose due to ‘operational security’ concerns. Firmware of DJI drones were also hacked, reports said.

DJI appreciated the finding by Finisterre of the company’s SSL certificates and firmware encryption keys having been exposed via GitHub for years and rewarded the bounty hunter with $30,000 top prize. However, after exchanging 130 email messages with the IT department of the company and communicating with the legal department which offered no legal protection for Finisterre’s research about the exposed data, the company stated if the bounty hunter did not destroy all his findings he was going to face prosecution under the CFAA. Finisterre did not accept the agreement since it included a threat and also being silenced, he decided to go public about it. He got called a ‘hacker’ for this and company acted as if they barely knew who he was despite the 130 exchanged email messages concerning the exposed data.

DJI’s Phantom brand quadcopter drone

As you all will remember, last April, Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity researcher, was arrested by the FBI at a Las Vegas airport while he was returning home from the annual Def Con hacking conference. He was the researcher who discovered a hidden ‘kill switch’ for Wannacry to stop this worldwide ransomware attack which resulted in a lot of damage. The authorities blamed him by being a part of this attack as the creator of the Kronos malware that caused the attack.

Cases like these are discouraging for security researchers towards finding out about a problem and reporting it. While the issue got resolved in both cases by researchers, they were threatened, silenced and even got punished with a trial for a jail time.

There is a high threat by drones used by the military on areas where civilians live, causing many lost lives. When the sensitive data cannot be protected, it would even be more dangerous by any malicious attacks. Security researchers are an important part for preventing such threats.

Sources:

http://www.realclearlife.com/technology/marcus-hutchins-wannacry-ransomware-arrested/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kevincollier/wannacry-malware-hero-likely-considering-plea-deal-on

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/dji-left-private-keys-for-ssl-cloud-storage-in-public-view-and-exposed-customers/

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171117/11504938638/drone-maker-dji-offers-bug-bounty-program-then-threatens-bug-finder-with-cfaa.shtml

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2017-01-17/obamas-covert-drone-war-in-numbers-ten-times-more-strikes-than-bush

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-civilian-deaths-syria-iraq-middle-east-a7649486.html

Million Mask March 2017 – The day activists and hackers unite and march together

There is one day each year that is special to both activists and hackers. Every year on that day they unite and march together, all over the world, to fight against censorship and oppression. They are united by hiding their faces, walking anonymously through each big city, showing the world they exist.

It started small, a few years ago, with an operation called #OpVendetta, created by the collective of Anonymous. This collective is often portrayed by the media as being some sort of shady hacker group, but really Anonymous is just an idea. Everyone can be anonymous and it doesn’t have any members or leaders. People involved with Anonymous hide their identities, for safety reasons, but also to be united as one. To show they do not act as seperate entities, but rather as one big block.

Over the years the operation once known as #OpVendetta became famous as the Million Mask March. The name #OpVendetta ofcourse refers to the movie V for Vendetta, wich ends with thousands of people marching while wearing their Guy Fawkes masks. It became a symbol for global protest in large numbers. Nowadays the Million Mask March attracts thousands, some say millions, of activists all over the world. Mostly marching in their capital cities, but marches also exist in smaller cities.

The protest marches do not carry any group opinion. It is said that you can join the march for whatever reason you want. Most of the activists march for their freedom, and to combat censorship. But it is not necessarily limited to that. The last few years there are many animal rights activists as well, for example. What unites everyone is the concept of anonymity.

Do you want to know if there is a march close to you? The easiest thing you can do is go to Facebook, then type Million Mask March Yourcityname to find a march you can visit. Also search for the hashtags #millionmaskmarch or #mmm2017 on Instagram or Twitter. You will see many people advertising their marches or talking about this subject. Even if you don’t plan to march, it is truly an event that touches the hearts of everyone.