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Thai Gov’t promises nationwide broadband | Bangkok Post: business

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Mr Pridiyathorn Devakula


The government Thursday vowed to make cheap Internet service accessible to all villages in Thailand within two-and-a-half years as part of its digital-economy strategy.

Speaking at a seminar today, MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, deputy prime minister responsible for economic issues, said the government would try to make Internet access available to the largest numbers of Thai people at low cost.

He said the government aimed to set up a public-private venture to develop broadband infrastructure across the country. Government agencies should convert the value of fibre-optic cable under their ownership into capital for the new venture. The process is expected to take about 18 months.

Another year will be required to lay fibre to all almost 75,000 villages in the country, said MR Pridiyathorn.

He said there would data centres networking all government agencies will be developed within a year.

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Information Regarding Server Issues for VyprVPN Customers in China | Golden Frog

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

We are aware of recent network issues affecting our VyprVPN customers in China. If you are in China and are having trouble connecting to several different VPN server locations, including US and Australia servers, please use the following locations:


Hong Kong

Connections to these locations have been successful, but may not have a 100% success rate. In the event one of those locations fails, please try another.

Thank you for your patience in this matter. We are investigating the issue and will provide you with an update once we have additional information.

via Information Regarding Server Issues for VyprVPN Customers in China | Golden Frog.

​Elite US hackers shut down Syrian internet trying to snoop on traffic – Snowden

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Syrian Internet and TAO

An elite team of US government hackers left Syria without internet, when they tried to hack one of the cores routers but instead crashed it, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said.

The three-day nationwide internet blackout in war-torn Syria in November 2012, which was blamed on either the government or the rebels, depending on who you listened to, was actually the doing of the Tailored Access Operations (TAO), a group of hackers in the employment of the US National Security Agency.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the story to Wired magazine as it was preparing its cover story on MonsterMind, a US software designed to detect cyber-attacks and hit back in response.

via ​Elite US hackers shut down Syrian internet trying to snoop on traffic – Snowden — RT News.

China puts Microsoft under official investigation

Monday, July 28th, 2014

BEIJING — Government investigators visited Microsoft offices in four Chinese cities Monday, according to a company spokeswoman.
msft china
However, the reason for the visits was not immediately clear.Microsoft, like other U.S. technology giants in recent months, has been under fire from Chinese media for its perceived role in helping the U.S government conduct cyberhacking against China.On Monday, investigators from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce SAIC — the nation’s main business authorities — visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Microsoft said the purpose of the visit was to begin an official investigation. It did not elaborate further.Microsoft China spokeswoman Joan Li said the company would "actively cooperate" with the government, reported the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based newspaper.The SAIC also provided no further detail about the investigation.Microsoft enjoys huge sales in China but like many Western companies has also suffered attacks by state media, which have fanned nationalist sentiment against the adoption of U.S. technology in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. government cyberspying.

via China puts Microsoft under official investigation.

NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Intercepted Nude Photos

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The 31-year-old former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has warned that during surveillance, among other things, NSA system administrators also intercepted and routinely passed the nude photos of people in "sexually compromising" situations among other NSA employees.

In a video interview, NSA whistleblower speaks with the Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow, which was then published by the Guardian on Thursday.


"You’ve got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old. They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records," he said in the video interview.

"During the course of their daily work they stumble upon something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense – for example, an intimate nude photo of someone of in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive. So what they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker."

“The co-worker says: ‘Hey that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George and George sends it to Tom. And sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It’s never reported.”

When Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger asked Snowden, “You saw instances of that happening?”

Snowden responded positively saying, “Yeah.”


“It’s routine enough, depending on the company that you keep, it could be more or less frequent," Snowden says. "These are seen as the fringe benefits of surveillance positions."


The person’s whose private life has been exposed never know about it, because the internal auditing procedures at the NSA are incredibly weak that there is no comeback of those intercepted naked photos.

“The fact that your private images, records of your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communications stream from the intended recipient and given to the government without any specific authorization without any specific need is itself a violation of your rights,” he added and questioned, “Why is that in a government database?”


Edward Snowden said cloud storage service Dropbox is "hostile to privacy," and called for more companies to offer services that prevent government snooping.

Snowden spread light on the cloud storage provider company, Spideroak, which offers greater protection to its users. The only fact behind it is that the company stores all the users data for backups, but in an encrypted form. So, its employees do not have access to the encrypted user data. Also if the government ask for user data, the company cannot hand over any meaningful or decrypted content.

Snowden calls Dropbox, a "PRISM wannabe." He asserted that the cloud storage Dropbox has recently appointed former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors, who Snowden said is “hostile to privacy” and described her as "the most anti-privacy official you can imagine."

Accountants, lawyers, and doctors should all level up their skills, Snowden said, and journalists in particular should be aware that a single slip up could compromise their sources.


Snowden addressed a number of things, noting that if he ended up in US prison facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he could “live with” that. He again dismissed any claim that he was or is a Russian spy or agent, describing those allegations “bullshit.”

"I’m not going to presume to know what a jury would think, or to say what they should or should not think. But I think it’s fair to say that there are reasonable and enduring questions about the extent of these surveillance programs, how they should be applied and that should be the focus of any trial," he said.


The NSA’s spokesperson said such activity wouldn’t be tolerated, but didn’t explicitly deny the Snowden’s claim.

“NSA is a professional foreign-intelligence organization with a highly trained workforce, including brave and dedicated men and women from our armed forces,” said spokesperson Vanee Vines by email. “As we have said before, the agency has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities or professional standards, and would respond as appropriate to any credible allegations of misconduct.”

via NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Intercepted Nude Photos.

Germany to Consider Typewriters to Protect From US Spying

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


So far we have heard that using privacy tools by every individual and offering encrypted communication by every company is the only solution to Mass Surveillance conducted by the government and law enforcement authorities. But, Germany says the only solution to guard against surveillance is – Stop using Computers!!

Ohh Please!! Is it a joke?

No, it does not mean that they are going to completely throw out all of their computer systems, but rather they would use it preposterous.

A year ago, when it came to light that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own personal mobile phone had been spied by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for years, Surveillance has become a big issue for Germany. Such a big that prominent politicians are seriously considering using manual typewriters for sensitive documents instead of computers.

The head of the Germany’s NSA Inquiry Committee, Patrick Sensburg said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV show on Monday night, that the government is seriously considering a low-tech solution to the ongoing espionage problem and to keep American eyes off of sensitive documents.

via Germany to Consider Typewriters to Protect From US Spying.

China Bans Microsoft Windows 8 for Government Computers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014



China Windows 8
While US government is always prohibiting the purchase of Huawei products due to suspected backdoors from the Chinese government, China also keep itself totally apart from the US productions.
China is a bit famous for using its own operating systems, smartphone application services and lots more, rather than using the US developed Operating Systems, and now China has reportedly banned the installation of Microsoft Corporation’s latest operating system, Windows 8 on any of its government computers.
The Central Government Procurement Center issued a notice that was posted on its website last week prohibiting the use of Microsoft’s latest operating system and the reason behind it is to support the use of energy-saving products, the report said.
But the state news agency ‘Xinhua’ pointed out a different reason for the ban saying the country wants to avoid any further losing of the support for an operating system like it did recently by pulling out its support from the oldest operating system Windows XP, which was widely used in China and is still estimated to be used on as much as half of the Chinese desktop market, the Chinese news agency claimed.
In the beginning of last month, Microsoft stopped providing the support for its longest running and most successful 13 year old Operating system, Windows XP, despite the fact that it has been used widely across the world than any other OS.

According to China’s Central Government Procurement Center, all the desktops, laptops, and tablets used by central state agencies must run on an OS other than Windows 8. “All computer products are not allowed to install [the] Windows 8 operating system,” reads the post on the center’s website.

The ban applies only to the government offices, however the market of personal computers remains unaffected. Till now, Microsoft didn’t respond to comment on the issue.

via China Bans Microsoft Windows 8 for Government Computers.

FBI Keeps Internet Flaws Secret to Defend Against Hackers – Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Obama administration is letting law enforcement keep computer-security flaws secret in order to further U.S. investigations of cyberspies and hackers.The White House has carved out an exception for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to keep information about software vulnerabilities from manufacturers and the public. Until now, most debate has focused on how the National Security Agency stockpiles and uses new-found Internet weaknesses, known as zero-day exploits, for offensive purposes, such as attacking the networks of adversaries.The law enforcement operations expose a delicate and complicated balancing act when it comes to agencies using serious security flaws in investigations versus disclosing them to protect all Internet users, according to former government officials and privacy advocates.

The FBI also hacks into computers and networks of adversaries using what are known as remote access operations coordinated by a team at the bureau’s facility in Quantico, Virginia, said a former government official. Most of the malware and computer exploits used are available for purchase online and the operations are authorized by warrants specifying devices targeted, the official said in a phone interview.

via FBI Keeps Internet Flaws Secret to Defend Against Hackers – Bloomberg.