Technology company executives now find themselves in a self-inflicted pickle: go along with China or get lost.
For as long as e-mail has been a regular form of communication, Congress has allowed the Fourth Amendment to protect some e-mail, but has also allowed any messages stored on a mail server for 180 days or longer to be seized without a warrant. Now, finally, there is a real chance that could change. And federal bureaucracy is doing all it can to keep that from happening.
Kaspersky Lab, the giant Russian-based cybersecurity firm run by KGB-trained oligarch Yevgeny Kaspersky, continues to make alarming global inroads with individual consumers, corporations, and governments.
As more and more people have become aware of the spyware nature of Windows 10, many have decided not to take Microsoft up on their "free upgrade." People all over the world decided to either switch to some other operating system (such as Linux) or just stay with Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. Now Microsoft admits that it is forcing the update to those who are using those previous versions of Windows, even if they have declined the "upgrade."
With a track record of failure where protecting its own computer networks or investigating major hacks is concerned, the federal government now wants to use that failure as an excuse to pass new "cyber-laws" that will bring the United States "out of the Dark Ages." One such new cyber-law is Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).
Both Russian and Chinese government security agencies have compiled data obtained from hackers who breached security protecting U.S. computer databases containing security clearance applications, airline records, and medical insurance forms, and then used the data to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents.
The Windows 10 update that turns your PC into a portal for spying on you was just the beginning of what Microsoft is doing. As more and more people begin to adopt Windows 10 — whether by buying a new PC or via Microsoft's "free" upgrade, the Redmond Giant is building on that foundation to further violate users' privacy and liberty.
Whether you are recycling, selling, or giving your phone away, you need to make sure that all personal data is securely removed first. Simply deleting the information on the phone will not remove the data securely enough. Even factory resetting the phone may not be enough.
If you are currently a Microsoft user running either Windows 7 or 8, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the "new and improved" Windows 10. But before you upgrade, be aware that it's free as in price, not as in liberty. Many of the new features and settings of Windows 10 have been deemed spyware by computer security experts.
With smart phones, smart TVs, wearables, browser apps, and myriad other things in people's homes and cars delivering greater ease and convenience without ever a mention of surveillance in the bargain, it's little wonder privacy is eroding.
The Orwellian cities of the future being designed and imposed right this instant all over the world — so-called “Smart Cities” — will be watching you. In fact, they already are watching you.