The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

UK court slams weak spyware investigation

Deutsche Welle, 14 May 2014

A UK firm has been selling software to dictatorships to help them track down opposition activists. Now the rights group Privacy International has scored a legal victory that may - one day - curb the trade.

On Monday (12.05.2014), the UK High Court ruled that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (the body in charge of enforcing Britain's export regulations) had acted unlawfully in refusing to give information on the status of its investigation into the company Gamma International. Gamma's notorious FinFisher software is being used, according to Privacy International, in at least 36 countries around the world, including repressive regimes like Bahrain, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Turkmenistan - despite the fact that it does not have a license to export.

FinFisher - developed in Munich, Germany - is essentially a virus that covertly installs itself onto a target's computer or cell phone and is then able to remotely activate cameras and microphones, take screenshots, monitor emails, instant messages, and voice calls (including Skype), as well as track the device's location - all at the command of a remote operator. FinFisher's Munich office did not respond to requests for comment, but its website boasts that it employs some of the world's best specialists in "offensive IT intrusion."

Shehabi was one of the activists
targeted by FinFisher spyware
"FinFisher is almost impossible to detect," Privacy's head of research Eric King told DW. "What happened in the examples that we know about is that people were suspicious, because either the infection took place via an email pretending to be someone that they knew, and they saw something off, or it was an email blast to a number of different people, where again the activists saw something off."

Forensic investigation

With forensic digital analysis, Privacy was able to determine that the spyware was indeed FinFisher, and that it was reporting information back to governments around the world. Because of its cryptography components, it has always been illegal to export FinFisher from the UK without a license (issued by the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), but Privacy confirmed a few years ago that Gamma International had not been granted any such licenses.

In November 2012 the group submitted a 186-page dossier of evidence to HMRC - at the request of the British government - suggesting that Gamma International had illegally exported the surveillance technology. The evidence included testimonies from Ala'a Shehabi, a British-born Bahraini economist and pro-democracy activist, who has herself been arrested by Bahraini authorities - as well as technical details from servers.

"Now that the High Court has rightfully said that HMRC's actions were unlawful, I hope that the government takes action to bring justice to all of the victims whose rights have been violated because of this intrusive spyware," Shehabi said in a Privacy statement.

"We couldn't even get HMRC to acknowledge that they'd received the letters - after months they finally did acknowledge that we'd sent them," said King. "But we could never get from them what they were going to do with it - we couldn't even get a confirmation that they were going to investigate it. So after lengthy correspondence we took them to court."

Privacy contended that the victims of the surveillance - as well as the public - had a right to know about what the state was doing to enforce export guidelines - and this week the High Court agreed.

Judge Justice Green condemned HMRC's refusal to give information on its investigation as "irrational" and "simply inconsistent with the legislation." Green added in the ruling, "I can in such circumstances have no confidence that HMRC has properly addressed itself to the serious complaints advanced to it by the Claimant [Privacy International]."

Easier to make than to steal

Following a DW request for comment, a HMRC spokesperson would only say, by email, "We are considering the detail of the judgment. The Judicial Review confirms that we may only disclose information where the law allows it, and HMRC remains committed to its legal duty of confidentiality."

The Bahraini regime has been
condemned by human rights groups
The spokesperson also added, "HMRC receives information and intelligence from numerous different sources, and we always look into any allegation of criminal wrongdoing." But this response did not address Privacy's central concern - the potentially illegal trade in malware. As far as King is concerned, the idea that Gamma International did not deliberately sell FinFisher to Bahrain and elsewhere is utterly implausible.

"It's near-impossible for this software to be stolen," he said. "It would require months of consultancy and contracting to work out where you put specific boxes in the network, to make sure it all works properly. It requires a considerable amount of installation and tweaking. If the Bahrainis wanted to spy on people using malware and they were technically sophisticated enough to steal it, they would have just built it for themselves. It actually would've been easier."

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