All countries of the world have the same issues with censorship and surveillance by their ISPs and Governments.
In some countries it is an inconvenience and others it is a matter of life and death.
There are tools that can help you to detect what (if any) interference is happening with your internet connection.
OONI Probe is available for mobile and desktop OSs.
The desktop version is more thorough and may take about 3 hours to do the main test for site availability.
I have noticed Vivaldi get mentioned fairly often there
I wanted to discuss topics they have yet to start, like OSINT services and software.
I can do that just as well at Bleeping Computer, Windows secrets or Ask Woody.
@greybeard said in browser concerned that W3C "Client Hints" could be abused for tracking:
The team at Brave Browser (I've seen it mentioned on the forum many times so I know some Vivaldi users are familiar with it although I have yet to try it) are now concerned with proposals from the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force) and W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) to use "Client Hints" to enable websites to use "fingerprinting" to identify browsers. This will enable servers to passively identify your browser without using more common methods already available (and for the security conscious, to block). Although they do admit there being some positive aspects to "Client Hints" but they do have reservations about the fingerprinting aspect.
For more info see the Brave Blog article.
To see how vulnerable your browser is, (Vivaldi I hope) is to fingerprinting you can test it, or any browser, at the ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION's test site, Panopticlick
Here's hoping Vivaldi will be taking a similar approach to privacy for its users.
I tried that Panopticlick test, nothing bad that isn't already known through the browser like what version ,no cookies, and the Fingerprinting just gives very basic Windows info,fonts,screen size, it did say win32 instead, when its running win64
@VaSeasons said in Article: Google Chrome now "surveillance software". Question: How does Vivaldi fit in?:
Or is Vivaldi just a front for Google, another way of spreading the surveillance state among us?
"Or is Vivaldi just a front for Google, another way of spreading the surveillance state among us?" Not even remotely.
It should be noted that without extra info, such as "did GreyNoise recently add more ability to see the activity?" it is difficult to say for sure if the recent frenzy of activity is valid.
However we would see other "patterns of interest" in previous months, even with less data points available.
Insight from @yngve would be more useful perhaps.
Thanks for promoting my blog posts. I wondered if there was a glitch when I kept seeing them. Feels a bit weird seeing them on the front page.
It makes me think "Oh hell! I better re-read it again and make sure it makes sense".
My blog is mostly for my reference and for the listeners of my radio show. Often there will be a topic that is difficult to get across on radio without some reference.
Normally I don't feel like clutching a pillow while writing a blog, but this is a storm gathering, and the fix is to patch a lot of obviously abandoned or unmaintained servers and PCs, that will not be updated.
There have even been discussions about the legality of a Whitehat task force just bruteforce fixing everything they can.
Currently that is just an idea we all agree we must not do.
However reality sucks and Gov agencies do illegal things towards their people already, so it won't be so long into a botnetpocalypse that klaxons are screaming, bells are ringing and the illegal thing has to be done anyway.
The only option I could see without fixing the problem is to simply remove those vulnerable IPs from all DNS. Blackhole them until the owners wake up and update.
@Dr-Flay No-one should be subject to malware or MITM attacks!
The superstitious install of [EXPLITIVE] Flash would require some work. It would require it require downloading from a compromised repository, would it not? Perhaps AV vendors could use that as an indicator of malicious activity to block that install of [EXPLITIVE] Flash and associated malware.
Although I do not use a mac (I have two broken ones in the closet and one that runs only Linux), I never use google search, almost always DDG, Startpage, or Bing.
After all the the research I have done, I have found that although Bing may give fewer results it does give me more relevant results to my search.
OK have it your way this thread is now for conversation and critique instead of a simple poll.
As for EternalBlue
Baltimore ransomware attack: NSA faces questions - BBC News
Politicians seek briefings from the US cyber-agency over claims it has links to a ransomware breach.
Tested on Vivaldi 2.5 (Chromium 74) and Chromium 76 and got the exact same result:
4 skipped, (2 tests could not check if they actually passed or not [timeout])
20 skipped (I don't have Flash installed, so those did not test)
So, I guess if you install Flash Vivaldi, and Chromium, will pass 400 tests. Perhaps 402 if those 2 tests that timeout did finish.
Yay, it is fixed. From one of the original links, this update:
[Update on April 24]
We have confirmed that Google Chrome update 74.0.3729.108 has fixed the issue, please update your Chrome if you have concern about the issue.
My current V-SS = Vivaldi 2.5.1525.4 / Chrome 74.0.3729.113.
However, current Stable = Vivaldi 2.4.1488.38 / Chrome 73.0.3683.105, so the issue remains active there for now.
Wrong forum section.
This is not a security/privacy issue, though depending on how any sites implement the laws, it may become a privacy issue.
The Register posted a good article yesterday pointing out the variety of ways it may or may not be rolled out. Upload filters are not a specific requirement (though likely unavoidable)
There are also exemptions for fair-use purposes.
I wouldn't trust a single one of those sites your google search brings up. Not even the first one, the malwaretips site might be OK, but from a quick browse, it seems to just give generic and pretty much useless information, the same so-called "solutions" copied over and over, at the same time pushing you to click their affiliate links to make money.
Sure, Malwarebytes is a good AV, but affiliate programs are also easy ways for unscrupulous individuals make money by praying on desperate people.
All the rest of them seem like total scams, badly machine-translated copy-paste sites with very generic and suspicious domains.
That's the problem with just sending people to Google to "solve" the problem. It will probably end with desperate people downloading another useless "virus cleaner". This is often how people get infected with malware in the first place.
That's why I advised the OP to get the proper tools (from reputable sites) in the first place to sort out the issue themselves, and maybe learn something in the process, since they seem like a technical-minded person.
That's also why I am curious in what they found out about the problem and how they solved it.
@raed @Pathduck All use of Windows mess up the bit settings to keep connections alive by "KEEPALIVE" and "DONTLINGER" - bit 12 and 14. This is the first violation that allows others to walk in and some other code take over a connection. The "lingering" is used to share connections. But these things are not considered in any standardisation efforts, they are considered "Solved" in the first definition. Frem a WEB server, these should always start without these settings, it is the Windows at the other end that reset and keep the connections.
Things has since been changed and other software expect things to behave as for Windows, so expect that my Mac can set / reset and muck around.
But it is nothing that stops an application like Vivaldi to "read" sockets in use, and modify them so that connections are not just closed but wiped out and made unusable. We keep the application alive and these bit will restrict other apps from being able to use the leftover connections. You will find these connections in "IOWAIT" in "netstat -a". I had my consultants monitor connections, and we had to kill and wipe out to make sure that the servers did not run out of ip resources. "The other side" sets "our side" drivers.
@LonM The impression of being caught in a pincer on one side by Internet giants who track all personal data and on the other side censorship which is more and more self-censorship, according to the panoptic architectural model.
Vivaldi is this essential link in the chain, to which a search engine that scrupulously respects privacy must be added. It seems particularly problematic to me that Qwant's Ethics & Legal Affairs Officer, in his private capacity, thinks exactly the opposite.
I knew that this "service" has received public support from French investment banker and current Macron administration, but I had not perceived the content of this junction.