Avaaz Network Discloses List of +500 Websites & New Outlets Allegedly Sowing Propaganda Ahead of EU Elections

Earlier today, just days before the start of European Union (EU) elections, the Avaaz Network released findings from a recent study/investigation, allegedly revealing over 500 Facebook pages and websites used to sow and spread political propaganda around the EU simply just to disrupt the legitimacy of EU election outcomes later this week. However, take the information with a grain of salt. I say this because George Soros, whom funds the Avaaz Network, is an open hard-left socialist – meaning that anything that is center to right-wing is considered propaganda to these people. The list itself is not much different than the now infamous “Prop or Not List” released by the Washington Post in 2016 – which later had to be retracted.

For those of you whom might not remember, my website and 4 of the websites I sourced content for were once originally included on that list 😏. Regardless, if you would like to see all of the propagandists allegedly operating around the EU at the present moment in time, you can learn more via the resources provided below.

Download Study: https://avaazimages.avaaz.org/Avaaz%20Report%20Network%20Deception%2020190522.pdf?slideshow

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European Parliament Approves Vote To Create International Biometric Database To Secure EU Border Countries

Last week European Parliament approved the establishment of an international biometric database referred to as the Common Identity Repository (CIN), a means to better help international authorities in securing EU borders. According to the systems parameters, the database will include identity records, including names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and other personally identifiable information, in conjunction with biometric information such as fingerprints and facial scans of both EU and non-EU citizens – estimated to encompass roughly 350 million individuals at the start.

More specifically, according to EU officials, “the systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new systems: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).” Explaining that the move comes in response to an effort to consolidate multiple databases into one browse-able place, serving to consolidate information – thus speeding up and making the jobs of border security officials much easier/proficient – whilst also simultaneously modernizing civilian records  into the 21st century.

With that said however, the vote is not without controversy. In May 2018, in anticipation of this very move, an organization known as State Watch published an investigative report into the pitfalls, short-comings and privacy violations such a database presents – see pdf accompanying this article below. Additionally, the FBI has also come under heavy scrutiny for similar databases in the US, ultimately forced to go to court after it was revealed the agency had been secretly stockpiling the biometrics records of US citizens without alerting them to this – a clear violation of the US Privacy Act in 2016.  While a federal judge did finally rule in their favor in 2017, it was later revealed that the FBI’s biometric database was hacked by the CIA, which was later hacked by Russia, meaning that all US biometric data once owned by the US Government is now out in the wild. For obvious reasons, these are all situations/lessons the EU should look to learn from as they move forward with this new initiative in the future.

Copy – State Watch Investigation: https://statewatch.org/analyses/eu-interop-morphs-into-central-database.pdf

Download CIN Presentation: https://www.securityresearch-cou.eu/sites/default/files/02.Rinkens.Secure%20safe%20societies_EU%20interoperability_4-3_v1.0.pdf

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European Union Holds Cyber Drills To Test Preparedness for Cyber Attacks Ahead of Next Months Elections

Earlier today the European Parliament hosted “War Games” across Europe as a test to see how well Governments agencies were equipped/prepared to mitigate different cyber attacks and/or election interference techniques – should any present themselves during next months elections. Code named “EU ELEx19,” the first ever “EU Table-Top Exercise” was designed to find “ways to prevent, detect and mitigate cybersecurity incidents that may affect the upcoming EU elections” – after initial tests in September 2018 revealed several critical flaws/vulnerabilities in election protocols and systems. A detailed review/list of Septembers findings can be seen below.

Review of September 2018 Election CyberSecurity Probe: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-cybersecurity-elections-recommendation-5949_en.pdf

Consequentially enough, the secondary objective of today’s drills was to determine how well EU Nation-States implemented security measures, mitigations and plans of actions given to them by Parliament in December 2018 – which were developed as a direct result of Septembers investigations. You can find the EU’s plan of action for fighting election interference, along with a press release recapping today’s tests/events below – enjoy!

Press Release – December 2018 Plan of Action Fighting Disinformation and Election Interference: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6647_en.htm

Press Release – Today’s EU ELEx19 Preparedness Test: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-2011_en.htm

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Op-Ed: Predictions for The European Unions Upcoming Round of National Elections

For those of you whom might not be aware, between May 23rd and 26th 2019 the European Parliament is set to hold their next round of national elections, with seats in all 28 members states up for grabs. Given the nature of my expertise and work, the other day I was asked by a small private group of intelligence contractors based out of France what my opinions were about these elections, who I thought might be a target and what information I might expect to see coming from them over the next few weeks/months leading up to the elections? While I didn’t necessarily think much about it at the time, upon reflection, I suppose if international intelligence contractors were interested in this information then it might make for an interesting article concept.

As such, I write this article here today. What I tried to explain to them was a number of concepts, such as:

Russia Owns EVERYTHING. It is not for no reason that Russia is at the center of all these hack/leaks, and it is not for no reason that on through to today, Russia continues to hack just about anyone and everyone they desire. What’s critically important to understand is that Russia is using never before seen technology/computers. Meaning that Russia has developed hardward, software and operating systems that no one else in the world can match or have access too. Moreover, these OS’s do not operate on/by or follow the same traditional computing “rules” as everyone else – particularly MacOS, Windows or Linux. Rather, Russia uses its own design whose computers are not limited to, governed or restricted by the same rules as everyone else.

As you can see from the links above, this initiative dates back to 2015 when Kremilin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced that Vladimir Putin would soon be banning Microsoft devices from Government devices in Russia, instead switching them over to new domestically sourced programs unique to Russia. Ever since, Russia has just about owned every Government or Government agency they desire. Again, because their hackers are not following the same computing rules as the rest of the world.

Top Priorities/Threats

Romania. In terms of theoretical targets for future leaks, espionage, hacking campaigns and the like over the months to follow, I maintain that Romania it a top tier target. I say this because their economy is fragile and the countries leaders are essentially desperate. For years on end Romania has been begging NATO to stockpile them with weapons and munitions as to deter Russia from ever thinking about trying to take over the country directly- again, for a second time. In fact, NATO weapon transfers to Romania dating back to 2015 are at the literal heart of all the current missile related conflicts between our two countries in 2019 – a year which has already seen both the US and Russia remove their signatures from various Cold War enacted agreements/treaties.

For these very reasons, I maintain that Romania is perhaps the single highest priority target/threat, or most vulnerable country in the European Union at the present moment in time.

Albania. While Albania is not in the EU, they will be holding elections in June of 2019 and the country is a bit of a powder keg – so to speak. I say this because it was only recently exposed, in August 2016, that the countries current Prime Minister, Edi Rama, was essentially elected via a coup thrown by international Globalists including George Soros and Hillary Clinton. For example, you may recall a 2011 leaked email from Hillary Clinton posted by Wikileaks in 2016, in which is was exposed how George Soros, a private citizen, quite literally ordered/instructed Clinton, the US State Department and the European Uninon to throw the weight of their platforms behind Edi Rama in the Albanian National dispute. Not only this, but the very person whom went on to negotiate/mediate the government transition, Miroslav Lajcak, was also personally named in the email, by Soros, as the person who Clinton and the EU should appoint to do exactly this.

At the time, the leak served the perfect ‘smoking gun,’ revealing how billionaire lobbyists, such as Soros and his foundation, collude with international politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, to achieve the political results they desire. In other words, on through to today, the leak remains so significant because it exposes the so-called “Shadow Government” that many are aware of, but seldom ever get a chance to see. Consequentially, this is also why Albania now finds itself a top level target, especially given the rise of international Nationalists appointed around them in the years since Rama was first elected. Moreover, the country is also vulnerable to liberal socialists alike, given the fact that Albania has long since asked for inclusion in the European Union – but continues to be denied.

2016 Clinton-Soros Leaked Email on Albania/Edi Rama: https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/28972

Poland. It’s perhaps the worst kept secret in the world that Poland is home to the single largest remaining faction of the Nazi Party as it existed during World War II. The evidence of this can be seen by wave after wave after wave of White Nationalists protests in Poland over the course of the last several years. For example, see samples of protests from 2015, 2017, 2018 and on through to today…….

Needless to say, the people of Poland are quite pissed off and have been pissed off for a very long time. Moreover, especially given all of the countries poverty levels, coupled with ethnic, racists and religious tensions inside the country, it wouldn’t exactly take too much effort to tip the country and its people over the edge, so to speak, and send them all into an uproar. For this very reason, Poland is considered another top level target in the future – especially with elections just on the horizon.

Macedonia. Macedonia is the country which taught me that if you are ever coming under heavy fire from tear gas, you should smear toothpaste under your eyes like eye-black to mitigate the effects. This is because Macedonia has been home to ongoing border disputes with various EU nations dating back to 2015. This is because the country is positioned at a unique point in the world, geo-strategically making it a gateway into Europe – especially from the Mediterranean, were many refugees from North Africa and the Middle East continue to poor into Europe. Again, see evidence of border clashed from 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As it should be obvious to see, these conflicts have been raging for quite some time now, and despite “peace agreements” in 2018 many people are still upset and the conflict at Macedonia’s borders are still ongoing. While Macedonia is not an EU country, they do directly border several EU countries whom all have less than favorable opinions of the country and their policies – geo-political disputes rip for the picking, so to speak, which can be exploited by internetional threat actors.

France, Spain and Greece also remain vulnerable targets, espcially considering that all of these EU countries already have or are actively on the brink of economic collapse. However, these targets are too obvious, which is why I didn’t include a break down of their vulnerabilites here today.

In Response To The EU Parliaments Passing of New Amendments To The Copyright Directive Today, Anonymous Calls On Activists Everywhere To “Raise Hell On The Internet”

For those of you whom might be unaware, earlier today, March 26th 2019, the European Parliament officially voted to pass new amendments to the Directive of Copyright in the Single Digital Market – otherwise referred to as Article’s 11 & 13. In response to the passing of these two initiatives today, the European Parliament statedaims to ensure that the longstanding rights and obligations of copyright law also apply to the internet.” Explaining that “the directive aims to enhance rights holders’ chances, notably musicians, performers and script authors, (creatives) as well as news publishers, to negotiate better remuneration deals for the use of their works when these feature on internet platforms. It does this by making internet platforms directly liable for content uploaded to their site and by automatically giving the right to news publishers to negotiate deals on behalf of its journalists for news stories used by news aggregators.

Official Changes To Existing Law Passed Today:

  • Internet platforms are liable for content that users upload
  • Some uploaded material, such as memes or GIFs, now specifically excluded from directive
  • Hyperlinks to news articles, accompanied by “individual words or very short extracts”, can be shared freely
  • Journalists must get a share of any copyright-related revenue obtained by their news publisher
  • Start-up platforms subject to lighter obligations

Learn More – Full Statement from European Parliament: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190321IPR32110/european-parliament-approves-new-copyright-rules-for-the-internet

The Internet Responds

In response to the passing of these controversial amendments, Anonymous activists released a press release stating, “today all the Yes voting MEP’s (and before: the collecting societies & Lobbyists) are ignoring our protests (250K ppl, March 23rd), our signed votes with over 5 Million voices (change) against the Copyright Directive. Bringing censorship (upload filters) to the EU Internet won’t be tolerated even if the directive has been passed. Long story short: We need to release hell on the internet. Anonymous won’t play nice anymore (street protests are nice, yes, but ‘cyber war’ is fun too).” As such, Anonymous has launched #Op13 along side #OpCopyWrong to fight back against the powers at be.

While it remains to be seen what the cyber attacks will look like, who will be effected by them and what information will be uncovered as a result of them, Anonymous has released various lists of high ranking targets they would like to see punished for their open support of Copyright reform. Moreover, Anonymous is calling on all activists every to:

They have furthermore published a list of the following targets:

List of all EU Copyright Directive Supporters: https://www.docdroid.net/lJJlUNh/joint-letter-without-logos.pdf
List of Mails etc from MEPs: https://saveyourinternet.eu/act/
mail.axel-voss-europa.de – nmap: https://pastebin.com/avAtNQLj

Are You Bored? – Other Targets:

https://europarl.europa.eu/
https://axel-voss-europa.de/
https://cdu.de/
https://caspary.de/
https://cducsu.eu/
https://manfredweber.eu/
https://mail.axel-voss-europa.de/
https://eppgroup.eu/

DNS-Dump: europarl.europa.eu

DNS-Dump: axel-voss-europa.de

DNS-Dump: cdu.de

DNS-Dump: caspary.de

DNS-Dump: cducsu.eu

DNS-Dump: manfredweber.eu

DNS-Dump: eppgroup.eu

Access All DNS Dumps:

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Lastly, Anonymous reminds activists everywhere that if you are going to act on any of this, never do it with your identity exposed. As always, remain Anonymous online 😉.

Find Security Resources Here: https://roguemedia.co/2018/12/16/connecting-online-the-hacking-world-the-ultimate-anonymous-handbook/

CookieBot Report: 25 of 28 EU Government Websites not GDPR Compliant

Last night I came across and interesting study that just makes me shake my head. This would be the news that, according to a new study by researchers a fringe company known as “CookieBot,” 25 of 28 Government websites across the European Union (EU) are actively hosting ad tech trackers on their websites. This marks a significant discovery because this sort of activity logging is strictly forbidden under GDPR rules and regulations designed to protect user Anonymity and data confidentiality online.

To gather results, researchers scanned 184,683 pages affiliated with 28 .gov domains, discovering “third-party advertising technology (ad tech) trackers from 112 companies” on 89% of the pages scanned. CookieBot claims that the vast majority of these sort of trackers were discovered on third party plugins installed on the Governments pages, including plugin’s for things like “video players, social sharing widgets, web analytics, galleries and comments sections.” Other trackers were secretly installed to gather information on a visitors health condition so that they could later be targeted by ads for it, a practice strictly forbidden under Article 9 of the GDPR dating back to 2019. Through it all, the only countries found to be in full compliance with their own laws were Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. I could explain the results/methodology of the study in more detail, but I’d rather just have you read it for yourself – enjoy.

Read More – About How Other EU Policies Have Violated User Privacy/Security Online: https://roguemedia.co/2018/11/10/another-day-another-wordpress-plugin-designed-to-comply-with-eu-law-compromised/
Download CookieBot’s Report for Yourself: https://www.cookiebot.com/media/1121/cookiebot-report-2019-medium-size.pdf

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In Protests of Migrants Stranded on Greek Isles, The Acropolis In Greece was Defaced w/ Message Reading “Humanity First: Refugees are Welcome”

(AI) – European leaders were sent a clear message last might when a huge “Refugees Welcome” sign was projected on to the side of the Acropolis. The stunt, organized by Amnesty International, is intended to draw attention to the suffering of refugees trapped on the Greek Islands by the EU-Turkey deal, which marks its third anniversary today.

Three years after the EU-Turkey deal was implemented, it is vital that this call for humanity is seen not just across Athens, but across the whole of Europe,” said Fotis Filippou, Campaigns Director for Europe at Amnesty International. “The situation facing thousands of migrants and refugees on the islands is a scar on the conscience of Europe. Anyone looking up at the Acropolis can see thousands of years of civilisation. Anyone who looking towards the refugee camps on the Greek islands will see that our leaders have learnt nothing. It is time for our leaders to put humanity first. They must end the tragedy thousands of people are facing as a result of the EU-Turkey deal and act now to ensure that those trapped in abject misery on the islands are finally moved to safety on the mainland and on to other European states.

Audio-Visual and B-Roll from Political Stunt Available Here: https://amnesty.app.box.com/s/koxyiktsamfmo4drokabhonw94du0r6g

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Background

The EU-Turkey deal is a statement of cooperation between EU states and the Turkish government aimed at returning people crossing to the Greek Islands back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them. This included asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. What ensued in practice is a containment policy, trapping people in the Greek hotspots for extended periods of time.

Read More – Statements from EU about EU-Turkey Deal March 18th 2016: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18/eu-turkey-statement/
Download Full Text – EU-Turkey Deal: https://jrseurope.org/assets/Publications/File/JRS_Europe_EU_Turkey_Deal_policy_analysis_2016-04-30.pdf

There are currently more than 15,000 people on the Greek island “hotspots,” more than a half of whom are women and children. The majority are staying in overcrowded camps, many sleeping in unsuitable tents and containers, facing risks to their safety and security. The camp on the island of Samos alone houses more than 4,000 people, a number exceeding its capacity by more than five times.

On paper, the arrangement was to be accompanied by a “1:1 scheme:” a commitment to resettle one Syrian to EU Member States for every Syrian being returned from Greece to Turkey. Figures show, however, that only over 8,000 re-settlements of Syrians have been carried out in 2018, while around 3.6 million remain in Turkey. In parallel, out of 32,494 total sea arrivals to Greece in 2018, returns to Turkey amounted to only 322.

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This report was originally published by Amnesty International on March 18th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits, pictures and videos added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Market Analysis: Is It Worth Investing Heavily In Bitcoin In 2019 & Beyond?

Given my current line of work, more and more people keep asking me about Bitcoin investment and whether or not I think it is a good idea? While I do think at least half these people are only asking to see whether or not I’m stashing away some giant cache of Bitcoin somewhere, I genuinely think at least some of them are legitimately interested in learning more. Regardless, my answer/response to them always remains the same: No, I do not currently own any Bitcoin. No, I have never bought Bitcoin throughout the past and no, I certainly wouldn’t recommend investing in the cryptocurrency in the future.

What everyone should understand about Bitcoin is that its already had its “hay day” – so to speak. Anyone whom invested in Bitcoin prior to the summer of 2015 and held onto it through the beginning 2017 ‘got rich,’ essentially, but this doesn’t mean it’s ever going to happen again or repeat itself in the future. I say this because the source code of Bitcoin was specifically written to account for the eventual rise of inflation, the same market driven phenomenon effecting every form of currency preceding it. To do this, Bitcoins source code was designed so that the longer it exists, the harder it becomes to confirm transactions through the block-chain – thus requiring larger and larger amounts of power and energy to mine/verify its transactions. Put another way, the longer Bitcoin exists and the larger it becomes, the more the costs associated with owning, creating, running or mining it increase, therefore offsetting the value of the cryptocurrency itself – theoretically acting is a built in safeguard against inflation.

For example, you might recall a December 2017 study during which it was revealed that Bitcoin mining had already begun consuming more power annually than 159 individual countries worldwide? This is also exactly what I am talking about here, and this phenomenon is only sure to get worse or grow larger over time.

The other thing you need to understand about Bitcoin is that its value is directly tied to hacking, hacking events and other illegal acts online. Meaning that the more hacks occur globally, the more times the cryptocurrency changes hands and the more valuable of a commodity it therefore becomes. For example, you might notice how Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed at the end of 2015 and into the start of 2017, before steadily going on to crash ever since? Ask yourself, why do you think that is?

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The answer is simple. Hear of any hacks and/or leaks in 2015 and 2016, say in the months leading up to the November 2016 US Presidential election of Donald Trump? No? Didn’t think so 😏. Whether anyone wants to admit it aloud or not, Bitcoins worst kept secret is that its value is directly tied to “Black-Hat Hackers” and other hacking events, because Bitcoin is how all of these people pay one another or exchange money online. This means that the more hacks and/or leaks and/or ransomware and/or cyber-attacks we observe globally, the more “valuable” of a commodity Bitcoin becomes. Therefore, if you want to invest in Bitcoin in the future, you’d have to center your investment around a time during which you’d expect hacks to once again start skyrocketing.

Consequentially, this leads me straight into my next point. Just as with the summer of 2015, when various EU countries starting holding National elections, and through to the fall of 2016, when the US held its national elections, many EU countries will once again be holding elections in the summer of 2019 and similarly, the US will be holding another Presidential election in the fall of 2020. See where I am going with this? If I were a betting man, which I’m not, and if I were going to begin investing heavily in Bitcoin in the future, which I never will, I would almost certainly time my initial investment around June-August 2019 and hold onto it through January 2021 – the first month the next US Presidential term in office. Surely this period of time is set to see a large increase in the number of cyber attack, hacks, leaks, DDoS attacks and ransomware infections worldwide, thus pushing the price/value of Bitcoin higher – but who knows for certain, honestly?

Bitcoin & Banking

Another major problem facing Bitcoin throughout the future is the “legality” of it all. For example, Bitcoin has already been banned at one point or another in countries such as China, Russia and more recently, India. These countries also represent some of the largest economies/markets in the world. As for why cryptocurrencies keeps getting banned there, and in other countries like them around the world, its because these governments cant stand the fact that 1, Bitcoin cant be taxed and 2, because Bitcoin is often times used for corrupt political practices or to launder money.

To skirt around these problems, many countries have begun making it legal to own Bitcoin so long as you store your Bitcoin wallet in/with a major banking institution – much in the same way you store money in a savings account, only using Bitcoin. Allowing a trusted banking institution to hold your cryptocurrency and see where you are spending it adds an extra layer of transparency to it all, essentially allowing Governments to cope with its existence more easily. However, many of these policies are either still up for debate, have yet to be fully enacted, or were just recently passed into law. Meaning that Bitcoin has only just begun to experience its growing pains, and debates surrounding its legality, regulation and/or usage will only continue to grow larger or get more complicated over time, before anything is solved or gets better. At least in my opinion, this is yet another major deterrent to investing in the cryptocurrency at the present moment in time.

 

Anonymous Announces #StopACTA2, an International Call To Action – Protests Scheduled Throughout Europe On March 23rd 2019

Ahead of the European Unions final vote to pass their new Copyright Directive into law in April, Anonymous hacktivists and political activists alike are teaming up together to stage a series of protests across Europe. Planned for March 23rd 2019 and officially entitled “StopACTA 2019,” protests are currently scheduled to be held across 25 countries, including Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

View Map of All Demonstrations: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1tmjhVLt_-nomkGk6Hy77JtNnum5lc_cW&ll=50.56698897867709%2C12.68248445000006&z=6

Original Release Calling for Protests:

What are They Protesting?

ACTA2 is what we call the Copyright Directive on the digital market. We call it #ACTA2 because it’s not just about helping creators circumvent copyright restrictions, its about the European Unions attempts to use copyright law as a means/excuse of seizing control over the internet – including the information you post and receive from it. The way we see it, the EU’s Copyright Directive is nothing more than the Governments way of financing censorship. We wholeheartedly believe ACTA2 is dangerous, as it will set the precedent allowing the EU to step in an censor the internet throughout the future. The way we see it, ACTA2 is the beginning of the Orwellian world and we mustn’t open the door too allow our Governments to do this, which is why we will be staging these protests on March 23rd.

Article 11

Also known as the #LinkTax, Article 11 is in essence a direct result of corporate lobbying. It gives extra protections/rights to legacy press organizations and media outlets, requiring mutually agreed upon licenses between the publisher and anyone else whom would like to use, share or republish their information. This includes pieces of information as small as SEO snippets, article titles or headlines, summary descriptions and pictures. In essence, many believe that Article 11 spells the death of small time or independent media outlets online.

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Article 13

Also known as #UploadFilters the new law dumps the responsibility for posts & comments from the authors who write them to the owners of a website. It offers a tool to help owners of websites better filter their content. However, internet purists fear that this so called “filter” is merely a guise for censorship, restricting the free speech of people on the internet by flagging or blocking users based off specific key words that could be focused around religion, politics, sexuality – et cetera. Activists fear that certain groups of people could be excluded from all conversations in the EU entirely, which sets a dangerous precedent for future abuses or complications.

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The Problem Explained In More Detail

Hello World, we are Anonymous

With overshadowing unease we are observing the deformation of copyright coming from the EU parliament. The so-called Article 13, which was unified agreed upon by EU states, Commission and Parlament on the 13th of February, is threatening the freedom of the internet.

The articles 4b and 4c contained in Article 13 could bring birth to the feared upload filter. This would lead to a massive limitation of uploads on media-sharing websites like YouTube, Instagram or Twitter. This includes the use and circulation of Memes.

We already achieved the aversion of a similar problem in 2012, ACTA. We protested on the web as well as in the streets. The final decision regarding Article 13 will be made mid-April 2019. We cannot rest without showing the EU parliament what it means to steal the freedom of the internet.

The loose collective Anonymous won’t be standing still, choosing to drop its cloak of the silent observer. Censorship of the free internet is one step too far. Anonymous will be supporting the protests on the web as well as the marching on the 23rd of March. The coalition ‘Save your Internet’ provides every information on the topic, including dates for demonstrations. There you will find all the representatives with whom you can share your worries about Article 13.

Together we have to be loud! Together we have to fight for the freedom of the internet! Together we have to shelve Article 13! Make the demonstrations on the 23rd of March massive. As we, the internet, are the very last, strong instance to fight for our rights. All important information is found in the description.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

Other Resources:

Save Your Internet: https://saveyourinternet.eu/
A Message To All The Creators – Artists, Bloggers, Youtube’rs: https://www.stopacta2.org/on-line-creators/
Save The Internet: https://savetheinternet.info/

This Directive is known by many hashtags on the internet – here are some of them: #stopACTA2, #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, #Article11, #Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #ACTA2.

Full Text of EU Copyright Directive As It Will Be Voted 04/2019:

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Another Day, Another WordPress Plugin Designed To Comply with EU Law Compromised

As was reported by Catalin Cimpanu of ZDNet yesterday, November 9th 2018, earlier this month researches discovered vulnerabilities in a new WordPress plugin used to help site owners comply with GDPR Laws passed by the European Union earlier this year. According to Cimpanu, the WP GDPR Compliance plugin produced by Van Ons was effected, potentially compromising over 100,000 WordPress owners whom have already installed it on their sites before November 2018.

Hackers have exploited –and are currently continuing to exploit– a now-patched zero-day vulnerability in a popular WordPress (WP GDPR Compliance) plugin to install backdoors and take over sites” Cimpanu explained. Adding that “this backdoor script contains a file manager, terminal emulator, and a PHP eval() function runner,” allowing hackers to install further payloads at their discretion. “The second and supposedly more silent technique involves using the WP GDPR Compliance bug to add a new task to WP-Cron. The hackers’ cron job downloads and installs the 2MB Autocode plugin, which attackers later use to upload another backdoor script on the site.

It is important to note that Van Ons pulled the plugin off WordPress earlier this week, before placing it back online on November 7th – after the 0day vulnerability was patched. The plugin is safe to install today, but all of the sites that installed previous versions of the plugin before November 7th are still potentially compromised.

I don’t bring this story up to fill air time or report what Catalin Cimpanu has already reported a second time, just using different words. I bring this up because last year I had my website compromised by a different WordPress plugin, also designed to help website owners comply with EU laws and regulations. More specifically, my website was compromised by the EU Cookie Consent widget placed on WordPress, mandated by EU law, which allowed 3rd parties to run crypto-miners in the background of the web browsers of visitors visiting my website. I also wasn’t alone, this scam compromised over 200 websites before it was first reported – that researchers could even confirm. However, given that the EU Cookie Consent widget comes pre-installed on every premium WordPress theme/account, there is no telling how many sites were actually effected by the hack.

Granted I am an American website owner and do not have to comply with EU Laws if I don’t want to, what troubles me is the fact these plugins or widgets are only being installed so site owners can comply with EU law. In other words, these people are only being hacked because they are trying to follow the law. I was only hacked because I wanted to appear more professional and willing to appeal to a global audience. To this day I do not have to collect cookies if I do not want to, I do it to comply with GDPR rules so they cant decide to limit my site or audience. Quite frankly, it is irresponsible for the European Union to force website owners to install all of these measures without releasing software guaranteed to help keep people/site owners safe when doing so. GDPR rules and regulations were designed to keep people safe, not make it easier to hack websites – something WordPress and the EU needs to look at more carefully throughout the future.

Reporters Without Borders Publish Leaked Documents In Protest of EU Mass Surveillance

(AI) – EU member states must back proposed curbs on the export of surveillance equipment to abusive regimes, Access Now, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders said, after leaked documents revealed that several EU countries, particularly Sweden and Finland, are pushing for weakening human rights protections in relation to European export controls of surveillance technology. The leaked documents were published earlier today by digital rights reporters at netzpolitik.org and Reporters Without Borders.

The current EU system fails to hold European governments and companies to account. It is devastating to see that protecting the privacy of individuals and safeguarding freedom of expression around the globe are not on the list of priorities of the Council of the EU,” said Lucie Krahulcova, Policy Analyst at Access Now. “These leaks reveal that while the EU talks the talk on human rights in public, behind the scenes, member states are secretly ready to trade in their obligations to protect human rights defenders for the sake of business interests. They would give businesses free rein to sell to abusive governments technologies which can tap into the communications and whereabouts of those who speak up against them,” said Nele Meyer, Senior Executive Officer at Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office.

Commercially available surveillance technology is used by governments around the world to spy on activists, journalists, and dissidents. “The willingness of some countries to go on with business as usual by supplying despotic regimes with tools to abuse human rights is shocking. Jamal Khashoggi’s death has highlighted the level of pressure and surveillance endured by journalists. The EU must end the sale of tools which are used to spy on, harass and arrest journalists. These technologies threaten the safety of journalists and their sources and thereby force them into self-censorship,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of Journalism and Technology desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Amnesty International, Privacy International, Access Now, and Reporters Without Borders are urging member states to ensure that surveillance technology will only be exported if the sale complies with solid human rights criteria.

Background

After surveillance technology was used to clamp down on Arab spring protests, international civil society organizations and EU parliamentarians called for a meaningful overhaul of export controls to prevent that EU companies provide repressive governments with the technology to abuse rights. In 2016, the European Commission proposed reforms to the current export control system – the Dual Use Regulation – intended “to prevent human rights violations associated with certain cyber-surveillance technologies.” The documents leaked today reveal how several member states are consistently watering down the human rights protections which the Commission and the Parliament proposed.

Amnesty International, Privacy International, Access Now, and Reporters Without Borders were among the NGOs advocating for the strengthening of several of these protections, including: strengthened human rights protections, greater scope to cover new surveillance technologies, greater transparency, and protections for security research. Many of these reforms were reflected, in some form, in the proposal adopted by the European Parliament in early 2018.

For the revision to come into effect, the three EU institutions must find agreement on a final text through inter-institutional negotiations called trialogues, once member states within the Council attain a joint position. As the leaked internal documents from the German government and EU Council show, a group of member states toppled the so-called catch all clause, a crucial safeguard requiring companies to inform the Commission in cases where they identify human rights risks linked to their surveillance exports.

Currently, a growing group of member states – led by Sweden and Finland – is tackling another central element of the reform, a list of surveillance technology for which a licensing process would be mandatory. Legislators are working under a tight timeframe – if the revised regulation is not adopted by early 2019, it risks being delayed by at least another year due to the forthcoming EU elections. The next negotiations in the Council will take place in November 2018.

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This article was originally published by Amnesty International on October 29th 2018. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits and leaked documents added by Rogue Media Labs

EU Considering Bringing News Reporting Back To The Stone Age

In 2017 I remember covering a story about how the European Union was actively debating turning internet service into a “social service” provided on behalf of the Government. Meaning that it was the intention of the European Union to provide “free” internet access/WiFi to every citizen by the year 2020. Essentially, as a socialist union, the EU was working to incorporate internet access/coverage in with each citizens yearly taxes. While this raised many red flags to me at the time, such as the Government itself acting as an internet service provider, therefore opening the door towards widespread abuse of data and Government mass surveillance, a new initiative being proposed by the EU has me equally as concerned – just for different reasons.

This would be the news that, as was first reported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in conjunction with a new Copyright Directive, the European Union is actively debating/considering “a negotiated, paid license for links that contain excerpts of news stories.” Implying that “anyone who wants to link to the news has to have a separate, commercial license; and (2) news companies can’t waive this right, even through Creative Commons licenses and other tools for granting blanket permission.” Put a different way, this means that in order for any journalist, publisher, website or news organization to legally link to a story produced by any other journalist, publisher, website or new organization would first require a mutually negotiated contract and some form of payment exchange between the two parties – which would be subjected to Government tax. And under no circumstances could these conditions be waived

As an example of how this would work, do you see how I quoted and linked/connected the EFF’s “report” in with my second paragraph and this sentence? If these new directives go forward as presently written, then what I just did would be considered “illegal” and a violation of EU Copyright Law. That’s right, that’s how far the EU is debating taking these new laws.

Why Is This Happening?

It is important to understand that the whole “Fake News” epidemic actually kicked off in European Nations well before it reached the United States in late 2015 – just ask Angela Merkel about that. For this very reason, especially given how “progressive” Socialism naturally is, the EU now believes it is their duty to set world precedent and  protect/preserve the rights of legitimate news organization operating out of their countries in the future.

Are They Taking It Too Far?

My personal philosophy when it comes to reporting the news is that it is disrespectful and unprofessional to not directly link to work/sources you are citing or basing your work off of. In fact, I once advised David Hearst of Middle East Eye to tell his authors/editors to begin placing more hyperlinks in with their stories in order to give his readers more sources of information to read about.

For example, I am giving the EFF respect for their original reporting by including them in this article. I am not trying to steal their work, secretly or otherwise, as the EU might have you believe. Moreover, linking to outside sources gives each individual news reader more resources/perspective to draw upon to learn more about any given story/issue. In this way, I believe hyperlinks to be a vital tool for education – which is exactly why I try to incorporate as many of them as possible into some of my articles. At the same time, hyperlinks actually help websites like the EFF and other like them reach more people/viewers over time, because as soon as I link them to an article the EFF can start generating traffic to their site from mine – as opposed to just theirs on its own.

The EU on the other hand looks at the situation completely different, and believes that they have to crack down on hyperlinks in order to protect/preserve news organizations and their original content. As the EFF puts it, “The idea that creators can be protected by banning them from sharing their works is perverse. If copyright is supposed to protect creators’ interests, it should protect all interests, including the interests of people who want their materials shared as widely as possible.” At the present moment in time these new measures have not been passed into law, they are simply up for debate. But if you feel like I do, then now is the time to make your voices heard and let the EU know that what they are considering is unacceptable and Draconian – such measures are not “innovative,” and would only set the news industry backwards.