Securing Social Media

As always, strong password protection is the number one priority for securing social media accounts. This includes using your phone to enable two factor authentication (2FA) for them. Due to the simple fact that social accounts usually hold far less important data/information than emails, I am willing to bet anything that close to 100% of all hacks against your social accounts will be deterred if you simply enable 2FA for them. It is also a widely known fact that more social accounts are compromised as a result of weak passwords than any other single factor.

Password Security Guide + 2FA: https://roguemedia.co/2019/10/30/tutorial-learning-how-to-write-remember-un-hackable-passwords/

While using your social media accounts, just as with emails, never open a message from or click on links by users, senders or accounts you do not know personally, were not expecting to hear from or haven’t done business with in the past. As I have already with emails, hackers can phish your social media accounts all the same. Moreover, it is actually much easier for a hacker to uncover your “IP Address” through something like Facebook Messenger than it is through email. This can also be done without you clicking on any individual hyperlink. For example, you can find someone’s IP when engaging them on Facebook by using a simple sequence of “cmd commands” – which are freely available on every Windows device.

Like your mother always told you, never talk to strangers – especially online 😉

You can add an extra layer of security to your accounts by preventing them from being “indexed” by search engines and web crawlers. This can be accomplished by making small changes to your account settings. By default, the largest social media platforms are all designed to connect to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo, in order to make social networking more accessible and convenient for everyone. However, allowing your account to be indexed means that theoretically anyone in the world could search for and find your account if they really wanted. Whereas if you disable your account from being indexed then the only people you personally give your account information to will know where to find it.

To do this, simply go under your accounts setting, scroll to Privacy Settings and uncheck the “Public Search Results” box. This will remove your profile’s page from Google, Bing, and Yahoo search returns. This is also a security practice instructed to Federal Employees and members of the US Defense Department.

The Dark Side of War, How Losing Sides In Any Modern War/Battle are Using Social Media To Cast Victors In A Negative Light

For those of you whom might be unfamiliar with me or my previous work, I spent the better parts of July 2016 to February 2018 as a War reporter, primarily covering ongoing conflicts around South Sudan, Somalia, Gaza, Syria and Iraq. In fact, a large part of the reason why I shifted my writing towards hacking news over the time since is the fact that I just couldn’t take it any more – War reporting got so dark I just didn’t want to do it anymore, and wanted something a little more lighthearted to write about each morning.

Regardless, a couple weeks ago I started writing a new article I just didn’t have the heart to finish. Entitled “The Dark Side of War,” it discussed the phenomenon of how every party which losses a War, conflict or battle has quite a sad story to tell. As such, it is then fairly easy for any side which losses a War or battle to present “evidence” or a story line casting the victorious party in a rather negative or disgusting light – especially in the age of smart phones and social media. For this very reason, it is perhaps more important then ever to be critical or vigilant over any/all War coverage we consume. Perhaps put a different way, to take everything with a grain of salt.

So, what exactly am I talking about and why take the time to explain any of this? Well, as it turns out, on May 18th 2019 a new chemical weapons report from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was leaked online exposing a false flag chemical weapons assault carried out at the hands of Syrian rebels, designed to make it look as though attack was actually launched by Bashar al-Assad.

Download/View Copy of Leaked Report: http://syriapropagandamedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Engineering-assessment-of-two-cylinders-observed-at-the-Douma-incident-27-February-2019-1.pdf

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Honestly, even if you are just hearing about this phenomenon for the first time here today, this is far from the first time Syrian rebels have done this. In fact, Syrian rebels are also known to have carried out false flag chlorine attacks in both Idlib and Aleppo. But lets not revisit ancient history – shall we? Instead, I would like to explain why people are doing this sort of thing in the first place.

To understand why, you first have to understand desperation. Imagine that you have been fighting a War for years on end, before realizing that you’re out of resources and your enemy has you just weeks away from full defeat. What would you do? As it turns out, especially in the age of social media, from Gaza to Syria, the losing sides in any/every battle have begun waging a propaganda War through the media – often times by showing grotesque or gruesome footage chronicling the aftermath of their defeats. Taken out of context, this could make any victorious party look like the bad guys – even if the losing factions were the aggressors all along.

After all, the Syrian Rebels are called “rebels” for a very real reason, they are the ones who rebelled against their Government and started this whole Civil War in the first place. Even though they are losing this War, don’t ever make the mistake of forgetting that no matter how much you may despise Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian rebels also have an awful lot of blood on their hands all the same.

Honestly, the more I start to write about this topic, the less I want to keep writing about it. It’s just hard not to begin to loose faith in the world. But, before wrapping up, what I want people to understand is what is actually going on here. Say for example in Palestine. Now, I for one am firmly behind the people of Palestine and support an end to Israel’s War in Gaza. But, even at that, I am also firmly aware of the propaganda campaigns being waged by Palestinians there – particularly during Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2014.

What you have to understand is that Palestinians know they have zero possibility of ever winning any War or Battle against Israel – at least by traditional means. Therefore, they have taken to unconventional means of waging warfare – Chealsae Manning’s leaks not withstanding. For example, one of Hamas’s tactics revolves around creating propaganda against Israel through social media – which is also why Israel has been trying to crack down on social media postings from Palestine so heavily over recent years. Usually this is done by showing the footage or pictures of dead, burned or bloody civilians – released for nothing other than pure shock value, to dehumanize their enemies actions.

For example, why do you think so many Palestinian civilians are lining up simply to be shot by Israel snipers? It’s because they want Israel to look as inhumane and extreme as possible in the media. Showing pictures of civilians with lost limbs, unarmed, losing those limbs due to their enemies certainly makes their enemies look extreme doesn’t it? But what you have to understand is that lining up to be shot is also extreme, just in a different context.

Now, for those of you whom might not be used to the Deep Web or DarkNet, or whom only get your news through any one of the 24 hours a day news channels, photo’s of dead people might seem pretty shocking or outrageous. But this is also the point. People are trying to offend you in hopes of falsely manipulating your opinion. But, the fact of the matter is that people die on both sides of every conflict. It just so happens that the losing side of any Battle or War just has a more tragic or bleak story to tell than its victors – and more evidence to show. However, it is important to understand that this does not make them any more justified in their campaigns, and it doesn’t even necessarily make them the victims either.

Often times, such as in the case of Syria’s rebels and/or Gaza’s Hamas, social media is being used as a weapon, in a last ditch effort to inspire more people around the world to sympathize with their losing effort or join their cause. In doing so, prolonging their battle/fight that much longer.

Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister Proposes New Laws To Regulate Social Media Apps Prior To October Elections

Earlier this morning, April 8th 2019, the Communications Signals Establishment (CSE) of Canada, a government agency tasked with the protection of the country’s communications networks and electronic information, released a 28 page report outlining all of the top cyber threats posed to Canada’s election infrastructure. According to the report, entitled “Cyber Threats To Canada’s Democratic Process,” chief among them are concerns that foreign actors will attempt to leverage social media applications as a means of effecting the outcome of the countries upcoming elections this October – similar in many ways to what was done to the United States in 2016.

As a result, Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister, Karina Gould, is actively considering enacting new laws that would “regulate social media” – citing that social media companies appear to be incapable of self regulation themselves. What these new laws will look like remains to be seen, but Gould ended her speech stating that “Digital platforms are going to have to accept that they’re going to have to abide by domestic legislation from country to country around the world.

Download Full Report: https://cyber.gc.ca/sites/default/files/publications/tdp-2019-report_e.pdf

Browse Report:

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Pakistani Journalists/Activists Whom Publicly Expressed Support for Slain Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi To Be Investigated by Pakistan’s Cybercrime Division

Last night I came across an interesting piece of information from Pakistan, a copy of a letter from the the Federal Investigation Agency, Cybercrime division, informing its recipients that they are all being investigated for publicly expressing support for slain Saudi dissident/Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi during Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to Islamabad, Pakistan in February 2019. Sent to 6 journalists and 4 different political parties earlier this month, the letter informs its recipients that the Government of Pakistan is now officially investigating the incident, and asks for all involved to privately/confidentially submit their enquires/correspondences to the FIA for review.

As was explained by Middle East Eye yesterday, March 28th 2019, the journalists and political activists are being investigated for launching a coordinated social media campaign that conveyed disrespect to the Presidents guest; Mohammad Bin Salman – a guest who also visited to sure up a $20 billion dollar investment package with Pakistan. Regardless, the aforementioned journalists refuse to stand for allowing their freedom of speech and expression to come under such heavy scrutiny, and have leaked the letter below to serve as proof of the injustices of their government.

Download Copy of Letter: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PK_Warning.png

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As Women Stage Public Protests Around Iran, Video Journalists Demonstrate The Increased Level of Hostility, Violence & Abuse Women’s Rights Activists Face Inside The Country

(AI) – A series of videos shared on social media in recent weeks have shed light on the daily harassment and violent attacks women in Iran face at the hands of morality police and pro-government vigilantes seeking to enforce the country’s forced hijab (veiling) laws, said Amnesty International. The videos show members of the public or plain-clothes morality police aggressively confronting or attacking women for defying Iran’s degrading forced hijab laws, in the name of defending “public decency” perpetrators of such attacks appear to be getting bolder in their assaults in response to efforts by women to film the violence they face and share the videos on social media.

The video footage that has emerged in recent weeks demonstrates the shocking levels of abuse women in Iran face on a daily basis from morality police or pro-government thugs simply for daring to defy the country’s abusive forced hijab laws,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director. “Iran’s forced hijab laws are not only deeply degrading and discriminatory, they are also being used to justify violent assaults on women and girls in the streets.

Women in Iran are routinely stopped in the street at random by morality police, who insult and threaten them, order them to pull their headscarves forward to hide strands of hair or give them tissues to wipe off their make-up. Women are often physically assaulted including by being slapped in the face, beaten with batons, handcuffed and bundled into police vans. In one of the videos posted online recently, a woman films a confrontation that she says began after a pro-state vigilante persistently ordered her to wear her hijab properly. In the video the man hurls abusive insults at her and, when she objects, he turns around and sprays her in the face with what appears to be pepper spray.

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. حمله وحشیانه با گاز فلفل برای حجاب. باز بگویید مگر همه مشکلات حل شده مانده حجاب ما با این جماعت خشونت طلب ۴۰ سال داریم زندگی می کنیم سکوت بس است. ارسال کننده فیلم نوشته: سلام مسيح جان . اين اقا امروز تو تاكسي وقتي روسري افتاد بمن تذكر داد و من محل نذاشتم بعدش اومد بمن اعتراض كرد باز من محل نذاشتم ولي كوتاه نيومد و باز گير داد و وقتي من شروع كردم ب فيلم گرفتن اسپري فلفل رو دراورد و منو زد! و عينكم رو شكوند! منم جيغ كشيدم و همه جمع شدن!! اين فيلم رو گرفتم ك باقي زناي سرزمين من بفهمن نباد سكوت كنن، دوره اين ادما تموم شده! اينا حق تحكم ب ما ندارن. #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما قرار ما همه با هم در حمایت از زنان #پیاده_روی_بدون_حجاب خانم ها حرکت آقایون حمایت. . اجازه دهید کم کم کمپین را به شکلی هدفمند تر دنبال کنیم. وقتی از هدفمندی می گوییم به معنی آن است که برای رسیدن به هدف، باید قدمهایمان را هماهنگ کنیم. باید تفاوت بسیاری از تعاریف را بدانیم. و با آکاهی و انتخاب پیش برویم. گام اول: تمرین کنیم که تحت هر شرایطی فحاشی یا تندی نکنیم. هدف ما علاوه بر نشان دادن شجاعت و اعلام خواسته هایمان، قانع و همراه کردن متعرضین و تماشاچیان است. فحاشی طرف مقابل را در روش خود جدی تر میکند. ما میخواهیم به آنها ثابت کنیم که می شود در کنار هم در مسالمت زیست. این زیست مسالمت امیز را در صدای مان و کلماتمان نشان دهیم. هر همراه کمپین را دعوت میکنیم تا تمرین کند از این پس، بدون ترس، با شجاعت، اما حتی الامکان با لحنی مودبانه و ومتین سخن بگوید و از به کار بردن هر لفظ ناشایست امتناع کند. به امید همدلی بیشتر، حمایت بیشتراز مردم و دفاع بیشتر از زنان قهرمان میهنمان، #چهارشنبه_های_سفید دیگری در راه است. #رهبر_منم_رهبر_تویی #زمانی_برای_کندن_درها #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما نکته جالب که در این فیلم به کارنامه جمهوری اسلامی هم اشاره می شود. @pouriazeraati

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In another video, a man is shown yelling, insulting and ordering a woman to put on her headscarf. The woman is heard screaming about his threat to fire a stun gun at her and the man responds: “I did not fire at you. I only showed it to you.

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. . ‫زورگویی و حمله بسیجی به زنانی که حجاب از سر بر می دارند. به این انگشت ارتجاع و زورگو نگاه کنید، ۴۰سال با ما همین کردند. با دیدن #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما خیلی سریع تسلیم شد لحنش عوض شد. از مردم، رسانه‌ها دعوت میکنم در مورد حمله وحشیانه‌ی این افراد سکوت نکنند. ‬ خوب گوش کنید می‌گه من شوکر نزدم بهت، فقط نشون دادم… این یعنی به محض دیدن ⁧‫#دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما‬⁩ دست‌ها را به نشان تسلیم بالا برد و لحنش را عوض کرد… این یعنی از قدرت ما می‌ترسند ولی با این همه نمی‌توانند خشونت شان را کنترل کنند ویدیو از دوستان #گزارشگر #منوتو

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In a third video posted online, a plain-clothes man standing next to a morality police van is seen aiming a gun at unarmed men and women who have intervened to stop the violent arrest of a woman who is not wearing a headscarf. The person who filmed the video explains in a comment that they and other members of the public had to rescue the woman from the morality police, who had confiscated her car keys and were attempting to push her into their van.

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هشدار: تهدید مردم عادی با اسلحه از فاصله بسیار نزدیک توسط مامور گشت ارشاد. . 🔸فیلم کامل را در کانال تلگرامم ببینید. آدرس تلگرام در قسمت بایوی اینستاگرام است . فیلمی واضح و تکان دهنده به کمپین #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما ارسال شده از حادثه اتوبان ستاری. در این حادثه مامور گشت ارشاد در مواجهه با حمایت مردم از یک زنی که حجاب بر سر ندارد، از فاصله بسیار نزدیک اسلحه گرم را به سمت صورت آنها نشانه میرود. این چه قانونیست که به مامور گشت ارشاد مجوز میدهد با اسلحه گرم مردم عادی را تهدید کند؟ اینجا زنی را متوقف کردند که چرا در خودروی خود حجاب بر سر نداشته، ماشین او را توقیف و ماموران تلاش می کنند تا به زور این زن را سوار ون گشت ارشاد کنند. مردمی که ناظر بودند و به دستگیری به خاطر حجاب اعتراض داشتند تلاش می کنند مانع بازداشت این زن شوند و سرانجام او را آزاد می کنند و سوییچ ماشین او را هم از ماموران گشت ارشاد پس می گیرند. این مردم به اصل قانون حجاب اجباری و سرکوب شهروندان توسط گشت ارشاد اعتراض دارند. مامور گشت ارشاد در پاسخ اعتراض مردم چندین بار توی صورت چند تن اسلحه میکشد. مردمی که با فقر و گرانی دست و پنجه نرم می کنند بر اساس قانون واپسگرای حجاب اجباری باید برای آزاد ساختن خودروی خود پول و جریمه بدهند از زندگی روزمره شان عقب می مانند و همچنین در روند زندگی روزمره شان دچار مشکلات زیادی می شوند. مردم،‌زن و مرد،‌از حضور انگلی #گشت_ارشاد اسلامی که چهل سال است همچون زالو به جان شهروندان افتاده اند و از خون آنها تغدیه می کنند به جان آمده اند. مردم از اینکه هر روز جلوی چشم شان به خواهر و همسر و همکار و دوست و دخترشان اهانت می شود خسته شده اند. مردم از اینکه سال هاست مجبورند در مقابل به اسارت گرفتن زنان جامعه توسط ماموران گشت اسلامی سکوت کنند عذاب می کشند. ماموران حقوق بگیر از مالیات این مردم تا کی می خواهد زنان جامعه را به اسارت ببرند و انتظار داشته باشند که صدای کسی درنیاید؟ ماموران چرا اینگونه مردم را آزار می دهند و بعد در مقابل اعتراض شان به رویشان اسلحه می کشند؟ ‫زنان از تحقیر، سرکوب، زور و اجبار و گروگان گرفتن خودشان توسط یک دیکتاتوری مذهبی خسته‌اند و مردان به حمایت آمده‌اند. ما، تیم ⁧‫#چهارشنبه_های_سفید‬⁩ از تمام فعالان مدنی و رسانه ای و حقوق بشری دعوت می کنیم که این خشونت آشکار را محکوم کنند.‬

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Iranian women’s rights defenders have courageously filmed these incidents as part of the My Camera My Weapon campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the constant harassment and assault that women and girls face in Iran’s streets as a result of forced hijab laws.

The videos were posted online by prominent Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad, based in the USA, who has run a series of high-profile online campaigns against forced hijab. As well as My Camera My Weapon, these include: My Stealthy Freedom, a Facebook page where women in Iran are encouraged to post photos of themselves without headscarves, and White Wednesdays, a campaign which calls on women to protest forced hijab laws by wearing white headscarves every Wednesday.

The increased spotlight on the assaults on women defying laws on forced hijab has been met with a chilling smear campaign by state media against women’s rights defenders calling for the abolition of these abusive laws. There are serious concerns that Iran’s authorities are fueling these assaults in order to silence women at a crucial moment – just as they are gaining the courage to speak out publicly against forced hijab and amplifying their voices through social media.

These brutal assaults targeting women and girls are a violation of their right to be protected from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international law,” said Philip Luther. “Millions of Iranian women are being denied the right to be treated with dignity and to go about their daily lives without fearing violence or harassment.

Iran’s forced hijab laws are a blatant breach of the rights to freedom of expression and religion, and the right to privacy. Women and girls in Iran are not allowed to set foot outside their homes unless they cover their hair with a headscarf and cover up their arms and legs with loose clothing. Under Iranian law, women and girls as young as nine years old who are seen in public without a headscarf can be punished with a prison sentence of between 10 days and two months, or a cash fine. In practice, Iran’s authorities have imposed forced hijab on girls as young as seven years old.

Over the past year, Iran’s authorities have stepped up their crackdown on women’s rights defenders peacefully protesting against forced hijab laws. The most shocking example is the case of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was sentenced in the past week to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes, in part, for her opposition to forced hijab laws.

The charges on which Nasrin Sotoudeh was convicted include “inciting corruption and prostitution” and “openly committing a sinful act… by appearing in public without a hijab.” Some of the activities that the authorities have cited as “evidence” against her include: opposing forced hijab; removing her headscarf during prison visits; defending women who peacefully protested against forced hijab; giving media interviews about the violent arrest and detention of women protesting against forced hijab; and placing flowers at the scene where a woman protester was violently arrested.

Petition The Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-free-nasrin-satoudeh-now/


This report was originally published by Amnesty International on March 12th 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 and Tweets added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Understanding How The Chinese Government Leverages Social Media To Influence Public Policy & Political Opinion Abroad

The following isn’t necessarily an article so much as it is an opportunity for informational download. But, without burying the lead any further, earlier today I managed to come across a new report published by researchers at Recorded Future entitled “Beyond Hybrid War: How China Exploits Social Media to Sway American Opinion,” explaining the subtle differences between how the Chinese Government and Kremlin utilize social media as a means of swaying public opinion abroad. While the report is interesting in its own right, it reminded me of a separate report published by Harvard University in 2017 entitled “How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument” – explaining how the Chinese Government goes as far as to literally employ thousands of employees just to scavenger social media and make pro-China comments on outlets like Facebook and Twitter, solely just to troll news/information painting China in a negative light, or make political policies seem more popular/unpopular than they otherwise would be.

Now, I could write thousands upon thousands of words on this subject here for Rogue Media Labs, but I’m not paid per word or to write articles in general like everyone else in the main stream media. For this reason, I would rather just have you waste your time reading/consuming the actual educational studies for yourself. Happy clicking!

Beyond Hybrid War: How China Exploits Social Media to Sway American Opinion:

Download Full Report Here: https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2019-0306.pdf

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How the China Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument:

Download Full Report Here: https://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/50c.pdf

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Government of Sudan Restricts National Internet Access, Blocks Social Media Amidst Ongoing National Protests

Dating back to December 20th 2018, in the wake of massive demonstrations across the country, led by President Omar al-Bashir, the Government of Sudan has shut down most of the national internet and blocked access to social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. As for why the people of Sudan are protesting, in many ways it is not that much different than the situation in France and Jordan – protesters are upset about the growing wealth/income disparity in the country, as well as the rising costs of food, fuel and taxes.

As was reported by Amnesty International on December 21st,  “Sudan is currently experiencing a severe economic crisis which has led to a rise in the cost of fuel, electricity, transport, food and medicine provoking countrywide protests.” Explaining that “since 14 December, tens of thousands of people have been taking part in protests in different parts of the country including in Wad Madani, Port Sudan, Gebeit, Al-Qadarif, Atbara, Berber, Dongla, Karima, Al-Damazin, Al Obeid, Al Fasher, Khartoum and Omdurman.” Adding that as of this past Wednesday, at least 8 people have been killed dozens injured and hundreds more arrested. “The government has also shut down the internet since 20 December, in yet another attempt to stop the protests.

According to researchers on the ground however, there are multiple reports that +30 have been killed since the start of Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the situation is beginning to remind me a lot about the Oromo protests in Ethiopia in 2015/2016. Not only were hundreds killed in these protests, but the Ethiopian Government also restricted access to the National internet and social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. As a result, the Anonymous Hacker Collective jumped in, instruction Ethiopian citizens how to utilize VPN’s and the Tor networking service, as well as set activists up with encrypted chat servers and email accounts to safely coordinate national protests with one another throughout the future.

If anyone from Sudan manages to get this information, or you know people in Sudan whom need the information, they can learn how to circumvent national internet restrictions and Government blockades through the information and resources provided below. Additionally, activists working on behalf of CyberGuerrilla have already set up channels on the DarkNet and ClearNet for Sudanese activists to learn more about these practices, as well as how safely coordinate with one another or others looking to help them online while. You are invited to reach out to them here:

Anti-Censorship Care Package – What To Do When National Internet Becomes Restricted or Blocked (via CyberGuerrilla): https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/anti-censorship-carepackage/

https://webchat.cyberguerrilla.org/ #OpSudan
https://3ur4xm2japn56c5f.onion/ #OpSudan

Ways To Connect To CyberGuerrilla IRC: https://cyberguerrilla.info/ways-to-connect-to-cyberguerrilla-irc/ (look for Channel #OpSudan)

https://twitter.com/CgAn_Doemela/status/1076580410166001664

Additional Security Resources & Tutorials for Sudan Activists:

VPN’s: https://newblood.anonops.com/vpn.html
The Onion Network: https://newblood.anonops.com/tor.html
Security Handbook: https://newblood.anonops.com/security.html
Email Encryption Basics: https://newblood.anonops.com/securemail.html
Connecting To The IRC: https://newblood.anonops.com/basics.html
HexChat IRC On Windows or Linux: https://newblood.anonops.com/hexchat.html
How To Write Un-Hackable Passwords: https://roguesecrutiylabs.ltd/how-to-write-un-hackable-passwords
Phone Security: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/phone-security
Email Security Strategies: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/email-security-strategies
Making The Switch To Encrypted Emails: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/making-the-switch-to-encrypted-emails/
Encrypted Chatrooms & VoIP Apps: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/encrypted-chatrooms-voip-apps
How To Make, Create & Maintain an Anonymous Identity Online: https://anonhq.com/anonymous-security-guide-2-0/
Securing Your Social Media Accounts: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/securing-social-media-accounts
Building & Selecting Safer Web Browsers: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/building-selecting-safer-web-browsers
The Value of Copy & Paste Services: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/copy-paste-services
Miscellaneous Tips, Tricks & Security ‘Hacks’: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/miscellaneous-tips-tricks-security-hacks
Operation Security: https://iamanonymous.com/dont-be-burnt-toast-unknown-guide-to-operation-security/

Download Tor for Windows, Apple, Android and/or Linux Devices Here: https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html

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


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Ethiopia Begins Drafting New Hate Speech Laws To Crack Down on Fake News & Social Media

Joining a much larger pool of countries recently looking to enact new “Hate Crime” laws governing or regulating the flow of free speech across the internet, Ethiopian authorities have recently announced a new initiative to draft new laws imposing fines or jail sentences for activists and/or press organizations deemed to be inciting violence or spreading hatred online. The initiative was announced for the first time last month, November 23rd 2018, under the conditions that lawmakers submit the final bill for approval/vote within the next 100 days.

According to a November 2018 report by the Addis Standard, “Ethiopia is struggling from the surge of hate speech and fake news in its limited cyber space.” Therefore, as a result, “the Office of Attorney General is preparing a draft bill aiming to curb hate speech and bring accountability towards public speeches and every other discourse, which is deemed to ignite hate and ethnic tensions in the country.” Explaining how the Ethiopian Government heavily blames the rise of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as online “Fake News” platforms for the recent rises in ethnic tensions over the course of the last decade.

By cracking down on so called ‘abusive online dialect,‘ the country hopes to resolve future conflicts – or at least limit them. However, in response to the new initiative, Human Rights Watch cautions that “any law that limits freedom of expression by punishing hate speech must be narrowly drawn and enforced with restraint, so that it only targets speech that is likely to incite imminent violence or discrimination that cannot be prevented through other means.” Adding that “many governments have tried and failed to strike the right balance, and Ethiopia’s own track record offers reason for alarm. In the past, the Ethiopian government has used vague legal definitions including in its anti-terrorism law, to crack down on peaceful expressions of dissent.

Dating back to the Ormo protests of 2015, the Anonymous hacker collective has been particularly interested in the ongoing conflicts in Ethiopia, helping to teach Ethiopian activists how to remain safe, secure and Anonymous online. In addition to setting up encrypted chatrooms for activists to coordinate with one another, Anonymous has also helped Ethiopians set up encrypted email accounts and teach them how to use VPN’s and proxies to circumvent Government controls/restrictions. This effort has also been publicly aided by services such as ProtonMail and groups like Amnesty International. As Anonymous would also be the first to tell you, Anonymous is not a group, rather it’s simply an “idea” – and you can not arrest and idea.

In regards to the drafting of this new law, perhaps in a nod to Anonymous’ operations inside the country over the years, one Ethiopian official was quoted as saying that “Narratives seem to change on the social media. This, however, will be tested as the government can not jail ideas, but people.” I guess we will have to see how well this works out for them…..

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For the time being, Ethiopian officials have opened up the door for constructive criticism and feedback from the general public before the finalized version of the bill is submitted.

New Study: 60% of Americans Believe Social Media Is Corrupting Society

A few years ago I remember writing that social media is slowly but surely contributing to the moral decay of America and that if I had some sort of button I could push that would magically end it all, I would almost certainly push that button. Granted this was before I ever created my first Twitter account and began paying Facebook for advertising space, my feelings on the matter haven’t necessarily changed over the years either. However, as it turns out, I am not alone.

According to a new Survey Monkey poll conducted by Axios for HBO, only 40% of Americans believe that social media represents a “net positive for society.” Meaning that 60% of Americans now believe social media is harmful to or having a negative impact on organized/civilized society. To gather data and asses results, Axios polled Americans based on political ideology, separating the answers of Democrats from Republicans and independents before cross referencing their answers for analysis. What they found was rather interesting. For example:

  • 57% of Americans believe that social media is actually taking away from or hurting free speech and Democracy – up 14% from this time in 2017. Oddly enough though, Democrats were the only group of pollsters that believe social media is increasing or helping free speech in this country, but the opinions of independents and Republicans combined essentially drowned them out. To be more exact, only 48% of Democrats believe social media takes away from free speech, down 10% from last year. Comparatively, 69% of Republicans believe social media harms or detracts from free speech in this country – up 17% since 2017.
  • 55% of Americans believe that that social media is being abused by politicians for political gain and that such abuse prevents law makers from adequately regulating the industry – up 15% from 2017.
  • 65% of Americans polled stated that the invention of smart phones has made their lives easier or better.
  • 51% of Americans said that their phones are the one piece of technology they “cant live without.
  • 63% of Americans say they sleep with their phones by their pillow each night.

As for why independents and Republicans believe that social media is taking away from internet freedoms and free speech in this country, they point to the “censorship” of political conservatives across Twitter and the closing of millions of Facebook accounts throughout the course of 2018 as evidence. As for why the opinions of so many Americans in general is falling in regards to social media, pollsters point to the recent Senate hearings and data breaches faced by Mark Zuckerberg and his company, which Americans now believe puts them and their privacy much higher risk. For example, well before Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress in 2018, a separate study from January 2017 found that 64% of all Americans have either had their identity stolen, or been a victim of some sort of data breach/leak.

However, there may be other factors at play here besides political ideology. As was once pointed out by Melissa Hunt, the associate director of clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania, there is a direct correlation between depression rates and the amount of time people spend in front of a computer or go online. Meaning that people whom tend to spend the majority of their time on a computer, tend to have higher rates of depression and suicide than those whom do not. Naturally then, it would make sense the Americans views of social media and online activity are beginning to sour the longer they are spending on it.

You can view Ms. Hunts study below or download it here: https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/pdf/10.1521/jscp.2018.37.10.751

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Russia Bans Active Duty Military Personnel from Sharing On Social Media

A couple years ago I remember making the remark that Facebook was the US Intelligence Community’s best friend; it is the single greatest spying tool ever invented. I mean think about it, Facebook users voluntarily submit information about themselves such as their interests, likes, dislikes, hobbies, up to the minute pictures, where they have worked or traveled in the past and links to all their closest friends and family members. Prior to Facebook, do you know how much time, money and effort it would have taken a private investigator or Federal background agency to compile that sort of information on someone? In this way there is no denying that Facebook has absolutely become the worlds single largest/greatest international spying database.

To this very point, yesterday, November 8th 2018, Russia’s legislature officially passed new legislation banning all military personnel from using or posting to social media applications/networks, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Perhaps most interestingly, according to a report from Russia Today, this was specifically done to curb/crack down on international espionage efforts against Russia’s military – to protect soldiers from themselves.

According to the Kremlin, “analysis of the activities of the Russian military revealed that troops are of particular interest to the special services of foreign states and terrorist groups.” Explaining that “The data shared by the servicemen online is used to apply psychological and information pressure on Russia and its military as well as forming biased opinions on state policies of Russian authorities in society.” Therefore, the bill is aimed at eradicating such influence.

With social media activities of Russian troops under scrutiny from foreign spies and terrorists,” the report from RT adds, “new legislation has banned servicemen from sharing data on themselves, and their brothers in arms, online and in the media. The bill outlaws photos, videos, geolocation data and any other information, coming from the troops.” It is important to note that the new law does not effect those retired from military service and does not extend to the spouses of military personnel, the law only applies to those currently serving active duty. Anyone found to be violating this law in the future will be subjected to “disciplinary sanctions from commanders” – including possible jail time.

Full Text of Bill:

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Securing Social Media Accounts

As always, strong password protection is the number one priority for securing social media accounts. This includes using your phone to enable two factor authentication (2FA) for them. Due to the simple fact that social accounts usually hold far less important data/information than emails, I am willing to bet anything that close to 100% of all hacks against your social accounts will be deterred if you simply enable 2FA for them. It is also a widely known fact that more social accounts are compromised as a result of weak passwords than any other single factor.

Password Security Guide + 2FA: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/how-to-write-un-hackable-passwords/

While using your social media accounts, just as with emails, never open a message from or click on links by users, senders or accounts you do not know personally, were not expecting to hear from or haven’t done business with in the past. As I have already with emails, hackers can phish your social media accounts all the same. Moreover, it is actually much easier for a hacker to uncover your “IP Address” through something like Facebook Messenger than it is through email. This can also be done without you clicking on any individual hyperlink. For example, you can find someone’s IP when engaging them on Facebook by using a simple sequence of “cmd commands” – which are freely available on every Windows device.

Like your mother always told you, never talk to strangers – especially online 😉

You can add an extra layer of security to your accounts by preventing them from being “indexed” by search engines and web crawlers. This can be accomplished by making small changes to your account settings. By default, the largest social media platforms are all designed to connect to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo, in order to make social networking more accessible and convenient for everyone. However, allowing your account to be indexed means that theoretically anyone in the world could search for and find your account if they really wanted. Whereas if you disable your account from being indexed then the only people you personally give your account information to will know where to find it.

To do this, simply go under your accounts setting, scroll to Privacy Settings and uncheck the “Public Search Results” box. This will remove your profile’s page from Google, Bing, and Yahoo search returns. This is also a security practice instructed to Federal Employees and members of the US Defense Department.