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After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts • The Register
Experts have been warning for years about security blunders in the Signaling System 7 protocol – the magic glue used by cellphone networks to communicate with each other. [...]

O2-Telefonica in Germany has confirmed to Süddeutsche Zeitung that some of its customers have had their bank accounts drained using a two-stage attack that exploits SS7.

In other words, thieves exploited SS7 to intercept two-factor authentication codes sent to online banking customers, allowing them to empty their accounts. The thefts occurred over the past few months, according to multiple sources.
o2  telefonica  germany  ss7  mobile  2fa  security  hacks  cellphones 
11 weeks ago by jm
Inside the GPO in 1916: Desmond FitzGerald’s eyewitness account
'First published 50 years ago, this first-hand account by the father of the future taoiseach Garrett FitzGerald created a storm by claiming that the rebel leaders sympathetically discussed the likelihood of the Germans putting a prince of their own on the Irish throne.'

This is amazing -- the dispair and confusion is palpable. This is the first realistic-sounding account of what went on inside the GPO during the Easter Rising I've read, and the "German prince" gambit is pretty astonishing too.
easter-rising  1916  history  gpo  germany  ireland  desmond-fitzgerald  royalty 
march 2016 by jm
NUMBER26
A German bank offering a worldwide(?) bank account, using your smartphone (with push notifications etc.) as the main UI
banking  germany  number26  banks  phones 
december 2015 by jm
Angela Merkel told a sobbing girl she couldn't save her from deportation. It was a lie. - Vox
Argentina has, as a matter of constitutional law, effectively open borders. There are no caps or quotas or lottery systems. You can move there legally if you have an employer or family member to sponsor you. That's all you need. If you don't have a sponsor, and make your way in illegally, you're recognized as an "irregular migrant." Discrimination against irregular migrants in health care or education is illegal, and deportation in noncriminal cases is exceptionally rare. Large-scale amnesties are the norm.

Obviously Argentina is not nearly as rich as Germany or the US or the UK. But it's considerably richer than three of its neighbors (Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil). And yet it doesn't try hard to keep their residents out. It welcomes them — as it should. "One could have expected catastrophe—an uncontrollable flow of poorer immigrants streaming into the country coupled with angry public backlash," Elizabeth Slater writes in the World Policy Journal. "That hasn't happened."

Angela Merkel clearly expects catastrophe if she lets people like this weeping young Palestinian girl stay in Germany. That catastrophe is simply a myth; it wouldn't happen. What would happen is that Germany's economy would grow, its culture would grow richer, and that girl and more like her could see their lives improve immeasurably.
argentina  immigration  angela-merkel  germany  eu  migrants  deportation  economics 
july 2015 by jm
Ireland accused of weakening data rules
Privacy campaign group Lobbyplag puts Ireland one of top three offenders in pushing for changes to EU privacy law
privacy  data-protection  lobbyplag  ireland  eu  germany  lobbying 
march 2015 by jm
UK police to investigate alleged Bahraini hacking of exiles’ computers
Criminal complaints have been filed in the UK against Gamma "acting as an accessory to Bahrain's illegal targeting of activists" using the FinFisher spyware
finfisher  spyware  malware  gamma  bahrain  law  surveillance  privacy  germany  hacking 
october 2014 by jm
Six things we know from the latest FinFisher documents | Privacy International
The publishing of materials from a support server belonging to surveillance-industry giant Gamma International has provided a trove of information for technologists, security researchers and activists. This has given the world a direct insight into a tight-knit industry, which demands secrecy for themselves and their clients, but ultimately assists in the violation human rights of ordinary people without care or reproach. Now for the first time, there is solid confirmation of Gamma's activities from inside the company's own files, despite their denials, on their clients and support provided to a range of governments.
finfisher  gamma-international  privacy  surveillance  iphone  android  rootkits  wiretapping  germany  privacy-international  spying  bahrain  turkmenistan  arab-spring  egypt  phones  mobile 
august 2014 by jm
#BPjMleak
'Leak of the secret German Internet Censorship URL blacklist BPjM-Modul'.

Turns out there's a blocklist of adult-only or prohibited domains issued by a German government department, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (German: "Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien" or BPjM), issued in the form of a list of hashes of those domains. These were extracted from an AVM router, then the hashes were brute forced using several other plaintext URL blocklists and domain lists.

Needless to say, there's an assortment of silly false positives, such as the listing of the website for the 1997 3D Realms game "Shadow Warrior": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warrior
hashes  reversing  reverse-engineering  germany  german  bpjm  filtering  blocklists  blacklists  avm  domains  censorship  fps 
july 2014 by jm
New AWS Web Services region: eu-central-1 (soon)
Iiiinteresting. Sounds like new anti-NSA-snooping privacy laws will be driving a lot of new mini-regions in AWS. Hope Amazon have their new-region-standup process a little more streamlined by now than when I was there ;)
aws  germany  privacy  ec2  eu-central-1  nsa  snooping 
july 2014 by jm
GCHQ tapping at least 14 EU fiber-optic cables
Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) had already revealed in late June that the British had access to the cable TAT-14, which connects Germany with the USA, UK, Denmark, France and the Netherlands. In addition to TAT-14, the other cables that GCHQ has access to include Atlantic Crossing 1, Circe North, Circe South, Flag Atlantic-1, Flag Europa-Asia, SeaMeWe-3 and SeaMeWe-4, Solas, UK France 3, UK Netherlands-14, Ulysses, Yellow and the Pan European Crossing.
sz  germany  cables  fiber-optic  tapping  snooping  tat-14  eu  politics  gchq 
august 2013 by jm
Werner Knaupp - Acrylbilder
my favourite art of the moment. Thick, heavy layers of acrylic black and white paint, evoking the stormy Atlantic (brr). Gallery Bode, which showed this in Nuremberg in 2011, wrote the following at http://www.bode-galerie.de/en/exhibitions/schwarz_weiss :

Gallery Bode is pleased to constitute the cooperation with Werner Knaupp with an exhibition of a new workseries. The exhibition showcases artworks out of the series "Westmen Isles". [...]

The journeys to Iceland are a background to the development of this new workseries.
These paintings are telling of a forbidding nature. The beholder can't take a [safe] position but he is involved into the event which becomes comprehensible in a nearly physical way. These pictures of a overwhelming nature could be traced back to Knaupp's confrontation with the force of nature while his journeys. The experience of this force pushes the limits of human being and evokes primal fear.
With the abdication of colours the artworks reach dynamic. This foots on the consistency of colour and on the changing between reality and abstraction.

In an art historical view the new black and white paintings detached themselves from traditional landscape painting. Werner Knaupp implements the pure force of nature into pure painting, to visualise the force fields of nature. The beholder experiences with these artworks a nature without human dimension. In Werner Knaupp's Oeuvre the "Westmen Isles" paintings are a new expression of his examination with existential fundamental questions.
germany  art  painting  werner-knaupp  paintings  monochrome  sea  iceland 
february 2013 by jm
Cellphones Track Your Every Move, and You May Not Even Know - NYTimes.com
data retention in Germany revealed via FOI: 'in a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin.'
data-retention  germany  phones  mobile  geolocation  tracking  mobile-phones  surveillance  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Zero stroke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
'With the price of bread running into billions a loaf the German people [...] had to get used to counting in thousands of billions. This, according to some German physicians, brought on a new nervous disease known as "zero stroke," or "cipher stroke" [...] The persons afflicted with the malady are perfectly normal, except "for a desire to write endless rows of ciphers and engage in computations more involved than the most difficult problems in logarithms."' (via Joe Drumgoole)
germany  zero  hyperinflation  inflation  via:jdrumgoole  money  brain  mental-illness  from delicious
february 2011 by jm

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