Saturday, March 01, 2014

Upload, Download

This week we learned courtesy of Edward Snowden that webcams have ben tapped by authorities. So whoever you are and wherever you are if you or someone you know or love or do business with communicated via webcam, a bigger brother was watching.

BlueJay, a tool by social media monitoring company
 BrightPlanet, shows the locations of tweeters who 
have left their geotagging option activated.
Credit BlueJay screenshot

Now comes the difficult part. Martin Kaste, NPR's "Correspondent, National Desk, Seattle" reports that social media is neither safe nor sacred...tweets are being "scanned" by something called  BlueJay...

Some folks say the Internet [Infobahn aka 'Information Highway'] is a two-way street. Think about that. You can upload. You can download. Think.

In northeastern New York there's a blogger who ran afoul of the law. This fellow published some very critical posts aimed at some very important people. His computers were seized. Some are of the opinion that incriminanting material was planted on his computer. Stuff that got him in heaps of trouble. Stuff that computer forensics specialists (according to one report) had to DIG for. Keyword DIG. Now, I'm not defending this guy. I know from watching teevee this morning that two local sheriff's deputies and a highly respected member of the area medical community have been arrested in seperate cases involving stealing money or selling drugs. In today's America "the bigger they are the harder they fall" seems to ring truer than ever.

  1. Saratoga in Decline blogger Tighe arrested on child porn felonies
    The Saratogian
     - At the time, Tighe announced that his blog, Saratoga in Decline,
     was “closed till further notice,” after being served with a warrant prompted by ...
  2. News for saratoga in decline

    1. Albany Times Union ‎- 
      The digital world in which Saratoga County blogger 
      John Tighe roamed ... Tighe wrote a blog named 
      Saratoga in Decline, where he tore into ...

How many times have you been on a questionable website or got an alert from your anti-virus program? Those of you who were on the net in the 90's do you recall those sudden pop-up boxes that couldn't be surpressed without unplugging the computer? Don't you think the subvert technology that once powered those rascals hasn't been modernized into something secret and stealth. Think. What's on YOUR computer? Are you protected from electronic interlopers?

After you've submitted your device for inspection by grc at the link above, google and download the (free) ZoneAlarm personal firewall from Zone Labs. The digital netherworld is a dark place.
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