CSEC: Hackdom’s Sugar Daddy

By Alison@Creekside Nope, not a photoshop this time. It’s CSEC, the Canadian government’s version of the NSA, presenting a hacker conference for computer security enthusiasts this November in Quebec. [h/t Lux ex Umbra] Events scheduled for Hackfest Strikes Back include: Hide yo Apache, hide yo SSH cause they backdoorin’ everybody out there Bypassing Security Controls with Mobile […]

NSA spying: The Canadian Connection

By Alison@Creekside NYTimes: New iPhone’s Fingerprint Scanner: “Coming just one day after leaked documents suggested that the National Security Agency is able to hack into smartphones, the unveiling of a new iPhone with a built-in fingerprint scanner prompted dismay and mockery…” Business Insider: NSA Slides Refer To iPhone Owners As ‘Zombies’ Cryptome/ Spiegel Online: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone […]

Microsoft: Team player

By Alison@Creekside Feel free to drop by this Microsoft ad and give it a thumbs down. “At Microsoft, your privacy is our priority.” Indeed. About that … Guardian: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages • Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption including Hotmail unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked […]

PRISM is just the beginning

By David@Sixthestate.net As you may have heard, the Obama administration has been outed as ambitiously Big Brother-ish, overseeing a National Security Agency surveillance program which essentially scoops user data from every major online source — Facebook, Google, Skype, even Apple — and puts it into the world’s largest personal information database. (This, surprisingly, means Facebook […]

Is Google making us less lituritt?

By Rachelle Stein-Wotten Today is Family Literacy Day in Canada, an initiative organized by ABC Life Literacy Canada, which encourages families to incorporate reading and other literacy-related activities into their daily routines. There’s no question that developing literacy in children is necessary and important. Adult literacy in Canada, however, doesn’t appear to be getting the […]

Canada’s startups get the flag

By Mark Evans Canada’s startup landscape is healthier than ever, as evidenced by the recent International Startup Festival in Montreal. Putting aside the ambitious name (I would have selected something like the Canadian Startup Festival), the fact that it was well-organized and well-attended suggests there might just be some real traction within the startup community. […]