War for the Web

‘Security’

30 09.13

Snowden, the NSA, and the ITU

There's been a lot of uproar over the last few months since Snowden's disclosures about the NSA's unprecedented surveillance of the Internet at large; and the consequences have been incredibly damaging for US interests both at home and abroad. The NSA's reckless actions will have two sets of distinct long-term consequences for American business and the Internet at large. Read more
 
16 07.13

Hacking for Cash: Aaron Swartz on governments paying for common software exploits.

"So what they do is they pay people to find security vulnerabilities but instead of fixing them, instead of securing every one of them, they abuse those for their own private programs and so they've cracked into other countries computers. They've cracked into military installations. They have basically initiated cyber war in a way that nobody's talking about because it's not some kid in a basement somewhere. It's President Obama." -Aaron Swartz, War for the Web interview, July 10, 2012 Read more
 
28 03.13

Battlefield Internet

We often get asked, what is War for the Web about. We have a really good elevator pitch down about the physical infrastructure of the Internet, and the way that ownership works, etc... We can rattle it off no problem. And those are all great descriptions of the film, but they aren't what the film is about. Read more
 
18 11.12

This week in Internets

A lot happened this week. We can't recap all of it in detail but there are a few stories to pay attention to: Most recently, Anonymous claims to have hacked a whole boatload of Israeli websites, including some government sites. They also claim to have deleted data from government databases. There's no doubt that these sites and databases where backed up, so there was probably no lasting damage done, but none-the-less, I'm sure it served as an annoyance if not worse. Read more
 
08 11.12

Sandy and the Internet

There were some real heroes keeping the Internet moving during Hurricane Sandy. The Internet is a vast entity that literally spans the globe, but downtown New York City, and the Jersey shore are incredible important to the Internet in the United States and all over the world. In fact, 60 Hudson street, in downtown NYC, is perhaps the most important Internet hub on the east coast; it's also on the edge of Zone A in Manhattan, and both flooded and lost power during the hurricane. Read more
 
03 10.12

Deep Packet Inspection – You live in public.

We normally associate DPI with highly controlled totalitarian regimes, but the fact is DPI is used almost everywhere. In the United Kingdom, DPI was used in the run up to the Olympics to monitor traffic for threats. Since then, a law has been proposed that would ask ISPs to retain user information -- IP logs, emails, correspondence -- for a year. It isn't any better here in the United States. Most ISPs already use some kind of DPI technology to prevent malware attacks and spam, but what they track and keep is set to increase. Read more