Internet privacy, funded by spooks: A brief history of the BBG

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For the past few months I’ve been covering U.S. government funding of popular Internet privacy tools like Tor, CryptoCat and Open Whisper Systems. During my reporting, one agency in particular keeps popping up: An agency with one of those really bland names that masks its wild, bizarre history: the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG.

The BBG was formed in 1999 and runs on a $721 million annual budget. It reports directly to Secretary of State John Kerry and operates like a holding company for a host of Cold War-era CIA spinoffs and old school “psychological warfare” projects: Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, Radio Martí, Voice of America, Radio Liberation from Bolshevism (since renamed “Radio Liberty”) and a dozen other government-funded radio stations and media outlets pumping out pro-American propaganda across the globe.

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Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security

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the encryption featured in Skype, a program used by some 300 million users to conduct Internet video chat that is touted as secure. It isn’t really. “Sustained Skype collection began in Feb 2011,” reads a National Security Agency (NSA) training document from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Less than half a year later, in the fall, the code crackers declared their mission accomplished. Since then, data from Skype has been accessible to the NSA’s snoops. Software giant Microsoft, which acquired Skype in 2011, said in a statement: “We will not provide governments with direct or unfettered access to customer data or encryption keys.” The NSA had been monitoring Skype even before that, but since February 2011, the service has been under order from the secret US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), to not only supply information to the NSA but also to make itself accessible as a source of data for the agency.

The “sustained Skype collection” is a further step taken by the authority in the arms race between intelligence agencies seeking to deny users of their privacy and those wanting to ensure they are protected. There have also been some victories for privacy, with certain encryption systems proving to be so robust they have been tried and true standards for more than 20 years.

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All the SIM have a Backdoor

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AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

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BlackMagic Power Optimiser

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BlackMagic – PV power optmiser

BlackMagic, the power optimiser for photovoltaic (PV) plants developed by BMSolar, is now available at EPIK.

First released in 2006, BlackMagic has been delivering improved PV system performance and added safety for over nine years.

Numerous international awards have confirmed widespread recognition for BMSolar’s leadership as the developer of the first PV power optimiser on the market.

BlackMagic may be fitted on both new and existing PV plants. It has shown to be the best product to protect and maximize PV investment returns.

BlackMagic  is exported worldwide and it has turned into a vital tool for Operation and Maintenance firms offering guarantees on system performance and uptime.

 

Epik begins exporting to China

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Epik begins exporting to China

Epik has started exporting to China this month. The key instruments provided to our partners in China are Signal converters, I/O modules and Ethernet I/O modules.

The Chinese market is showing increasing demand for high added value Italian and European products. Our partners in China expect very high standards and having been selected as suppliers is crucial step forwards for Epik.

Read more on Signal converters, I/O modules and Ethernet I/O modules.