How To Protect Yourself From Corporate Censorship

  • Use Decentralized alternatives.
  • Fire up that VPN
  • Fortify your browser and your devices
  • Utilize Aliases for your own protection

Decentralized alternatives to popular websites on the internet are slowly beginning to pop up and gain prevalence as we are seeing increased prevalence on various media sources. Alternatives to youtube and other social networking sites like DTube exist. Here is an article listing 4 popular decentralized Social media platforms. Entirely decentralized portions of the internet are currently being tested. And of course we obviously have anonymizing darkwebs such as Tor, Freenet and I2P. However I would be an idiot not to note the fact that these platforms have had extreme amounts of trouble gaining any sort of traction with their target audience due to the fact that they lack the addictive simplicity that services like Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube have. Only time will tell if one of these platforms will gain enough popularity to become viable alternatives to what we currently have.

Get a paid VPN. Securing your connection to the internet is of the utmost importance due to the potential for 3rd party eves-droppers and the fact that we really don’t know what information is being given away by our internet service providers.

Utilize TOR or some other encrypted peer to peer darknet like I2P or Freenet. These systems are for the ultra-paranoid, and I don’t really recommend them for the average user who is simply trying to protect themselves  preemptively.

Be careful what you download and get an Antivirus. Utilize www.virustotal.com to see if the file you have downloaded shows up on ANY antivirus. You can also use nodistribute.com if you don’t want your scan results sent to the antivirus companies. Protecting yourself from malware can help prevent your privacy from being invaded by governments or people.

Know your rights. Google around to know what the copyright and internet laws are in your area. Be aware of what the government can and cannot do to you legally.

Utilize secure Open Source software and host your own servers. Offshore servers may sometimes be necessary in the absolute worst cases of censorship. Open Source will ensure that no company will be able to revoke access to the software. The government hates open source because they can’t get their backdoors implanted into the code as easily, although it has potentially happened so be aware.

Note: I am speaking about all this in wake of the recent Mass censoring of Alex Jones and Infowars. Regardless of what your political ideology is, everyone deserves to be able to have their ideas heard. In current times, Corporate Censorship is a new breed altogether. Normally it would be the government, but with big corporate run media platforms anyone can be censored off the platforms if it serves the corporate interest. I’m no anti-capitalist. Quite the contrary, but I do think we need to push the free market in a direction that prevents censorship. Decentralized platforms and Open Source software can help with this. Stay safe.

 

Why Hacking Computers Will Free Your Mind.

Today children are indoctrinated at a young age into school systems around the world. These school systems use the same teaching methods that they’ve been using for hundreds of years. No one thinks to question why we haven’t changed our methods. That is because public school systems are extremely efficient at producing one thing. That thing is Laborers. Some people go to college and become skilled laborers, but most do not and remain unskilled laborers.

Laborers are very good at completing sets of tasks given to them by whoever is in charge. In other words, Laborers are machines that complete a given set of instructions.

Hmmm…. That sounds alot like a computer. So through a 12-13 year process, humans are brainwashed and turned into machines that complete tasks. The problem with this is that the process of rewiring humans to complete monotonous tasks en repertoire causes their minds to become rigid. The children slowly lose the ability to imagine and problem solve.

Anyone who struggles and holds to their imagination is immediately seen as a problem child and is either remediated or medicated. Energetic young kids who would rather be outside experiencing life? ADHD. Kids who don’t struggle but rather become sluggish and unmotivated due to the repetitive nature of their tasks? Depressed. It takes years to get a doctorate degree in psychology but It only takes a few minutes for a kindergarten teacher to recommend children take legal meth.

Compound this with the fact that nobody except the elite gets taught anything about personal finance. They’re setting you up not only to be a brain-dead figurative (or literal) assembly-line worker, but a debt slave. Slavery never ended. It just evolved.

The answer is to focus on legitimate problem solving skills and reasoning. That compounded with a solid understanding of personal finance will bring you the freedom that you know you desire in your heart of hearts. I don’t care if you’re 15 or 55. If you have those two things, you’ll make it out and nobody will be able to tell you what to do.

There are many disciplines that teach problem solving and reasoning. Engineering, mathematics, chemistry, philosophy, business, finance, Computer Science, hacking. Any of these fields (and plenty that I missed) are respectable and will get you somewhere if you apply yourself. But If you’ve come to this blog in particular then you know which one I lean towards.

Its the information age. Everything is increasingly influenced by computer networks and software. If you fully understand all of the networks and all of the software, then effectively; you are god.

But anyone who has done even a little bit of hacking knows that the more you learn in this profession, the more you begin to realize that you don’t know shit. The same could be said about alot of the theoretical branches of science, but I can tell you that as we speak there is likely software being developed by some guy in his basement that will turn our world upside down within a few weeks, months or even years. Change is constant. Being forced to accept and adapt to this will grant you flexibility of mind. Thats why most college graduates can’t handle infosec in any respectable manner. They were taught on node.js when today everyone is using react and tomorrow they will be using angular. You get the picture.

This is a call to action of sorts. Go out there and solve problems. Download the Metasploitable 2 VM and start trying to hack it. Its like a puzzle and you will definitely gain something from the experience.

Social Engineering In Action. Ukranian Hackers Busted!

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The Hack

Three Ukranian hackers connected to attacks on over 100 American businesses have been arrested. They used social engineering attacks and phishing attacks to steal financial information from a lot of businesses.  These hackers were part of the Carbanak Group

Frequently the group would send emails disguised as hotel reservations. Said emails would contain malware designed to steal sensitive data.

The Carbanak Group sent an FDA food poisoning related email to a restaurant. They attached a list of “inspections and checks” which the business opened. Of course, the attachment contained malware.

Dmytro Fedorov, Fedir Hladyr and Andrii Kolpakov are being charged with wire fraud, conspiracy, computer hacking, access device fraud, and identity theft. So it looks like jail time is very likely for the Carbanak Group.

How to prevent

What can I do to prevent such an attack on my personal life or business? Social Engineering attacks are becoming extremely common today, because they are very easy to create and they tend to have a very high payoff for the hacker. First you need to know what phishing is. Phishing is when a hacker disguises some form of web service, message or other form of correspondence to make it appear like its coming from a legitimate source.

So my main advice is to always check the URL. Make sure it is secure (https) and if it has a SSL certificate thats even better. If you recieve an email always look at the domain of the email. Any misspellings in the domain can mean that its fake. If there are attatchments do not open them until you have verification that they are safe. If you cannot get verification that its from a legitimate source, you can always scan the attatchments before opening them, or analyze them within a VM.

Do not give your password away via plaintext ever. Use a VPN if you’re in public as there are potentially people who could be evesdropping on public networks (like at a Starbucks or Mcdonalds Wi-Fi) And Install an Anti-Virus on your PC. Also get the antivirus’s browser addon. These addons can tell you if the site has been reported as a hacked hacked site or a phishing attack.