British spy chief Robert Hannigan has called Internet services such Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and others “the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists” and says he wants “better arrangements” with tech companies.
The recent intrusion into a computer network at the White House, made public last week, appears to have been carried out by hackers working for the Russian government. This is not an isolated incident. Over the past several years Russia has been responsible for multiple, sustained attacks on computer systems belonging to governments and security firms with government contracts.
There have been hints about the possibility of a second person leaking classified documents to reporters close to the Snowden story. Now the FBI has identified a suspect.
Confronted with the fact that they are being spied on by their own government, many law-abiding Americans claim they don't care because they have nothing to hide. But in reality, they should care very deeply.
Already under fire for seeking to usurp new powers to control the Internet, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is facing intense criticism after appointing a Chinese Communist to lead the controversial UN agency starting next year. Even more alarming, perhaps, is that the new ITU boss claims censorship is in the eye of the beholder. On October 23, at an ITU summit in Busan, South Korea, member governments and dictatorships overwhelmingly selected Houlin Zhao of mainland China — where the dictatorship operates among the most Orwellian censorship regimes on Earth, currently working on overdrive to spin and conceal the uprising in Hong Kong — to serve as the UN outfit’s secretary general. Zhao joins a growing roster of Chinese Communist operatives in charge of powerful UN agencies.