Huge data leak shatters the lie that the innocent need not fear surveillance | Our investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about

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We need to move past the idea of such tools only being used by governmental regimes. Such tools also are utilised by the ultra wealthy who, having employed security folk from government or military backgrounds, gain and justify their need for access.


I would like to be shocked and appalled that governments and private companies are spying on law abiding citizens but mass surveillance has been ongoing for 20 years and spying as a whole for millenia. It’s great that journalists are bringing this to light but it does feel like an overwhelming problem for the common person to solve. These are world leaders and heads of billion dollar organisations. Maybe there will be some accountability when certain groups go too far but the infrastructure is always going to be there. There’s a reason why all ideas of a future in r/scificoncepts deals with mass surveillance, climate change and the rise in power of private companies. Its because these problems might not get solved in our lifetime. If anyone does have any ideas on steps to solve these problems then I’m all ears.


“There is, simply, no way, to ignore privacy. Because a citizenry’s freedoms are interdependent, to surrender your own privacy is really to surrender everyone’s. You might choose to give it up out of convenience, or under the popular pretext that privacy is only required by those who have something to hide. But saying that you don’t need or want privacy because you have nothing to hide is to assume that no one should have, or could have to hide anything – including their immigration status, unemployment history, financial history, and health records. You’re assuming that no one, including yourself, might object to revealing to anyone information about their religious beliefs, political affiliations and sexual activities, as casually as some choose to reveal their movie and music tastes and reading preferences. Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. Or that you don’t care about freedom of the press because you don’t like to read. Or that you don’t care about freedom of religion because you don’t believe in God. Or that you don’t care about the freedom to peaceably assemble because you’re a lazy, antisocial agoraphobe. Just because this or that freedom might not have meaning to you today doesn’t mean that that it doesn’t or won’t have meaning tomorrow, to you, or to your neighbor – or to the crowds of principled dissidents I was following on my phone who were protesting halfway across the planet, hoping to gain just a fraction of the freedom that my country was busily dismantling.” Edward Snowden, Permanent Record


My favorite thing about this whole story: in the same breath that NSO argues that the claims are “baseless and exaggerated,” they also claim that they do not operate their software and have no insight into any specific government’s intelligence activities. If you have no idea what your customers are doing, how could you possibly know anything about the veracity of the reports? But then again, they also claim they have the ability to shut down its customers spy networks at any time, which seriously calls into question their claim of having no idea what their customers do with their software. There’s no way you can have one and not the other. So either they are lying through their teeth, or their spokesperson is dumb as hell.


Ireland’s whole Health Service (HSE) servers were hacked, leaked and encrypted. Been receiving calls since trying to scam, so have the rest of my family. No word from government or HSE as to what will be done. Why? Cause nothing will be done, GDPR is complete bollox. They need to be sued for the breach.