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Twitter Refuses to Block Account of Noted Turkish Journalist
A Turkish court ordered Twitter to block the account of a noted journalist last week, accusing him of
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yesterday by joeybaker
The Democratization of Censorship — Krebs on Security

I don’t know what it will take to wake the larger Internet community out of its slumber to address this growing threat to free speech and ecommerce. My guess is it will take an attack that endangers human lives, shuts down critical national infrastructure systems, or disrupts national elections.

But what we’re allowing by our inaction is for individual actors to build the instrumentality of tyranny. And to be clear, these weapons can be wielded by anyone — with any motivation — who’s willing to expend a modicum of time and effort to learn the most basic principles of its operation.

The sad truth these days is that it’s a lot easier to censor the digital media on the Internet than it is to censor printed books and newspapers in the physical world. On the Internet, anyone with an axe to grind and the willingness to learn a bit about the technology can become an instant, self-appointed global censor.
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yesterday by jefframnani
Google Developing Tools to Suppress Online Speech, Protect Elites' Feelings - Breitbart
[[Jigsaw founder and president Jared Cohen is releasing a set of tools known as ‘Conversation AI.’

“I want to use the best technology we have at our disposal to begin to take on trolling and other nefarious tactics that give hostile voices disproportionate weight… [we will] do everything we can to level the playing field,” said Cohen. Jigsaw argues that online trolls bully people into self-censoring their views, and that online speech must be moderated to ensure that nobody is silenced.]]
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2 days ago by dandv
The Democratization of Censorship
As insecure IoT devices make large-scale DDoS attacks more potent, the Internet community should work to adopt standards and tools to prevent these attacks
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2 days ago by joeo10
The Democratization of Censorship — Krebs on Security
John Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that
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2 days ago by joeybaker
Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the ‘Net
"The current IoT threat landscape shows that it does not require much to exploit an embedded device," Symantec researchers wrote in the report, which was headlined "IoT devices being increasingly used for DDoS attacks." "While we have come across several malware variants exploiting device vulnerabilities—such as Shellshock or the flaw in Ubiquiti routers—the majority of the threats simply take advantage of weak built-in defenses and default password configurations in embedded devices."

The growing supply of IoT malware is creating a tipping point in the denial-of-service domain that's giving relatively unsophisticated actors capabilities that were once reserved only for the most elite of attackers. And that, in turn, represents a threat to the Internet as we know it.
DDoS  security  by:DanGoodin  from:ArsTechnica  internet  censorship 
2 days ago by owenblacker
The democratization of censorship • Krebs on Security
Brian Krebs:
<p>The Internet can’t route around censorship when the censorship is all-pervasive and armed with, for all practical purposes, near-infinite reach and capacity. I call this rather unwelcome and hostile development the “The Democratization of Censorship.”

Allow me to explain how I arrived at this unsettling conclusion. As many of you know, my site was taken offline for the better part of this week. The outage came in the wake of a historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which hurled so much junk traffic at Krebsonsecurity.com that my DDoS protection provider Akamai chose to unmoor my site from its protective harbor.

Let me be clear: I do not fault Akamai for their decision. I was a pro bono customer from the start, and Akamai and its sister company Prolexic have stood by me through countless attacks over the past four years. It just so happened that this last siege was nearly twice the size of the next-largest attack they had ever seen before. Once it became evident that the assault was beginning to cause problems for the company’s paying customers, they explained that the choice to let my site go was a business decision, pure and simple.

Nevertheless, Akamai rather abruptly informed me I had until 6 p.m. that very same day — roughly two hours later — to make arrangements for migrating off their network.</p>

Krebs's progress, from a writer on the Washington Post who covered security, to a full-blown expert on the underside of the web - with the attendant problems. He migrated his site with the help of Google's Project Shield, which is a free program "to help protect journalists from online censorship". It's a Jigsaw project - one of the ones I mentioned last week. The source of the attack seems to have been hacked "internet of things" devices: CCTV cameras, video recorders, and so on.

Krebs also notes Bruce Schneier's comment that "someone is learning how to take down the internet" (also noted here last week). There's a worrying undercurrent here, as Krebs notes; the biggest problem is that ISPs in particular don't act to solve it. (And there are ways they could.)
censorship  ddos  security  internet 
2 days ago by charlesarthur
Brian Krebs - The Democratization of Censorship
Events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach. More than 20 years after Gilmore first coined [his] turn of phrase, his most notable quotable has effectively been inverted — “Censorship can in fact route around the Internet.” The Internet can’t route around censorship when the censorship is all-pervasive and armed with, for all practical purposes, near-infinite reach and capacity.
brian-krebs  censorship  ddos  internet  web  politics  crime  security  iot 
3 days ago by jm

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