Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

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Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:32 am

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China has already been accused of state-sponsored hacking against Western nations and what better way to get the keys to our online vaults than by bugging our smartphones and computers?

Could it be that China has backdoored many of these devices already and that this siphoning off of our data could pose a huge security risk?

Is the paranoia of places like Lithuania and the USA justified?

Are YOU worried?
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby Hiro Protagonist » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:39 am

Another "portable computing device" user here.

I wonder how many other people use their 'phones' without ever bothering with the 'phone' bit?
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby granada29 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:46 am

I use my 6 yr old samsung phone as a phone and for sms. I find it too slow/small for pretty much anything else and prefer to use my desktop. However, the issue is about to be taken out of my hands when the Letsencrypt root certificate expires in a few days.The device is "too old" to receive updates.
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby Billybangleballs » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:56 am

It's a load of utter tosh, Lithuania is only trying to curry favour with the USG because it needs a big mate in case the Russians ever decide to come back.
China earns far more income selling its goods internationally, than it could ever make robbing folks' bank accounts using pilfered passwords.
The USA is paranoid when it comes to communism, and doubly so if it involves the homeland of Dr Fu Manchu.
The Yellow Peril advocates are brainwashed from birth, and encouraged to believe that they are some kind of master race that lives in the most technologically advanced country on the planet, and that any culture that embraces socialism is plainly wrong and must be prevented from spreading its evil doctrines.
The whole standing up to Beijing, is a farce, the US along with all its mates and hangers on, have just lost a 20 year war against the medieval taliban, what makes them think they can take on the biggest military in the world, and achieve any useful gain?
The Lithuanian people are no doubt as embarrassed about their government as the Brits are about Boris, and it must be said that it is not the average Joe that makes and sells news, but the governments and ministries who really should know better, that continue to play this childish game of creating perceived enemies so that the public have someone else to worry about than the idiots in charge, all because there is no such thing as bad publicity, and getting your name in the paper and your face on TV is far more important than world peace ever could be.
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby hagfish » Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:22 am

I sit here among three internet-connected cameras, and four internet-connected microphones (that I know of) so have long since abandoned any notion of privacy. Google wants my data; Apple wants my money; Facebook wants my sanity. My only consolation is that they apparently want me alive. Then there's the GCSB, Five Eyes, the CCP etc. They may be a bit more flexible on that point. First, they came for the gamer-kids and I lol'd because I'm over 18... Maybe the tinfoil hat wearers of old were simply ahead of their time. A Faraday Cage for my router is starting to look very sensible :D
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby Perry » Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:57 pm

Billybangleballs wrote:It's a load of utter tosh, Lithuania is only trying to curry favour with the USG because it needs a big mate in case the Russians ever decide to come back. China earns far more income selling its goods internationally, than it could ever make robbing folks' bank accounts using pilfered passwords. The USA is paranoid when it comes to communism, and doubly so if it involves the homeland of Dr Fu Manchu.
Could be other reasons. A easy-target test bed for something?
E.g. Flog (or give away) the data on the dark web to see how successful the phishing was, but with the CCP suitably distant.

I know a few folks (tip of the iceberg?) who use only their cell phone for everything, including banking and other sensitive stuff. Generally that demographic doesn't have anything much worth stealing, though.
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Re: Digital paranoia (23 Sep, 2021)

Postby Billybangleballs » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Could be other reasons. A easy-target test bed for something?
E.g. Flog (or give away) the data on the dark web to see how successful the phishing was, but with the CCP suitably distant.


I'm not sure the CCP would be involved with anything dodgy like that, the pay off is peanuts to an entity that has 1.3 billion taxpayers to finance its operations. But I will concede that there will be a few sharks amongst the 1.3 billion, and they could very well be engaging in such schemes. After all, there seems to be a huge number of Nigerians, most of them related to the royal family, that are not shy of trying to get their hands on other people's money one way or another; And there's only 200 million of them.
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