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Thanks to encryption, we may never spot space aliens says Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden says encryption will make Earth and Earthlings invisible to extraterrestrials

The anti-encryption lobby has just got a new fan. After the government agencies, who are against encryption for obvious reasons, Edward Snowden has spoken out against encryption albeit for a different reason altogether.

Edward Snowden, the US government whistleblower, feels that encoding may make it hard or even impossible to recognize signals from alien species from cosmic background radiation.

Snowden on Friday night appeared on the astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk podcast from Moscow, via a robot video link called a “beam remote presence system”.

In 2013, Snowden leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The information revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. The documents were leaked to media outlets including the Guardian.

On June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property. On June 23, he flew to Moscow, Russia, where he reportedly remained for over a month. Later that summer, Russian authorities granted him a one-year temporary asylum which was later extended to three years. As of 2015, he was still living in an undisclosed location in Russia while seeking asylum elsewhere.

In a frank interview with Tyson, Snowden said that following the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, he signed up for the US army.

“It took a very long time for me to develop any kind of skepticism at all even to the most over-extended claims of the extension of programs or policies [by the US security services],” he said.

During the course of the conversation, it turned to the likelihood that data encoding may be making it difficult to interrupt communications from aliens.

“If you look at encrypted communication, if they are properly encrypted, there is no real way to tell that they are encrypted,” Snowden said. “You can’t distinguish a properly encrypted communication from random behaviour.”

Continuing on this, Snowden said that as human and alien societies get more complex and shift from “open communications” to encoded communication, the signals being broadcast will rapidly stop looking like identifiable signals.

“So if you have an an alien civilization trying to listen for other civilizations,” he said, “or our civilization trying to listen for aliens, there’s only one small period in the development of their society when all their communication will be sent via the most primitive and most unprotected means.”

Snowden later said that alien messages would be so encoded that it would deliver them unidentifiable, “indistinguishable to us from cosmic microwave background radiation”. Human race in that case would not be even aware that it had got such communications.

“Only,” Tyson replied jovially, “if they have the same security problems as us.”

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Kremlin Says Hackers Attacked Putin Website

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hackers made a “very powerful” attack on the Kremlin website on Sunday, the Russian government said on Monday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov linked the attack to regional elections in Russia on Sunday in which the opposition sought to challenge government-allied politicians in the one region it was allowed to run. Peskov said the election commission’s website came under attack on Sunday morning. “Given that, you will certainly be interested to know that from 5 to 10 am on Sunday a very powerful attack was simultaneously carried out on the Russian president’s website,” Peskov told reporters. “Defense systems worked though it was not easy, the attack was rather strong.” He said had no information on who might have been behind the attack. Russia has a hacking criminal underground and the United States regularly accuses Russian, as well as Chinese, hackers of attacks. Experts say Russiangovernment-backed hackers target U.S. government computers as well as help spread Moscow propaganda at a time of dire relations between Kremlin and the West over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, human rights and other issues. Source:

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Vodafone’s ‘unforgivable’ hacking of journalist’s phone must be investigated, says union

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Australia’s Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has called on the privacy commissioner to investigate the circumstances of the “unforgivable” hacking of a journalist’s phone data. On Saturday the Australian published leaked emails that detailed how a day after Fairfax journalist Natalie O’Brien revealed a serious data breach by Vodafone in 2011, there were discussions at Vodafone about unauthorised access to her call charge records and text messages. The company admitted on Sunday that O’Brien’s phone was accessed by an employee. The company claimed this was done for “privacy reasons” and to determine if criminal behaviour had occurred. It denied engaging in any “improper behaviour”. The company said in a statement it had commissioned a top accounting firm to investigate the incident, which found there was “no evidence” Vodafonemanagement had instructed an employee to access O’Brien’s phone records. On Monday MEAA chief executive officer Paul Murphy said the breach was shocking and called on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to investigate the circumstances. He also called on Vodafone to release the details of the internal investigation into the breach. “I was shocked that such a flagrant breach would occur, and then apparently be covered up,” he said. “It’s […]

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Xiaomi says it will soon solve the most important questions in life

What are the most important questions that you face in life? Whatever they are, Xiaomi is about to solve them. At least, that is what the company says in a teaser posted by the upstart manufacturer’s Brand Marketing Director on his Weibo account. The teaser says “Next week, there will be a few surprises from Xiaomi, which are going to solve life’s most important questions.”

Considering that the teaser also shows a photograph of someone fanning out a decent amount of Chinese currency, we don’t need a piano to fall on our heads to understand that Xiaomi’s announcement next week has to do …

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Oppo says its Screen Flash was available before Apple’s Retina Flash

As you know, on Wednesday Apple introduced Retina Flash. Designed for the 5MP front-facing camera, the new feature turns the phone’s display into a True Tone flash for selfies. According to Apple, the flash will auto-adjust the white balance to enhance natural skin tones. Retina Flash will provide a light that measures three times brighter than the display’s maximum brightness level.

As it turns out, Oppo wants to get its due. The manufacturer’s Indian Facebook site says that its similar Screen Flash gives selfie snappers a light from the screen to brighten “even the darkest areas.” According …

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OnePlus teaser says that something luxurious is coming

Last month, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed that a third OnePlus handset would be out before the end of this year, possibly around Christmas time. But it doesn’t seem like a handset is being promoted with a teaser posted on the company’s Google+ site. In fact, while the image isn’t exactly clear, in the foreground of the photo we can see what appears to be a leather-type material.

On the bottom of the image are the words “A bit of welcome luxury.” This could be a teaser for a leather SwapStyle rear cover for the OnePlus 2. Current SwapStyle covers for the phone feature Black Kevlar, …

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Meizu’s president confirms a 1080p screen for the NIUX, says it will feature the best CPU

Rumors about a Meizu MX5 Pro have been officially shot down by the company’s VP, Li Nan. Instead, Meizu is working on a new handset that has been given the code-name Meizu NIUX. Yesterday, we told you plenty about the phone, including the Exynos 7420 chipset that reportedly will be driving the device. This, of course, is the SoC that you will find under the hood of such high-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

Some of the specs on the Meizu NIUX have been confirmed by Meizu’s president and co-founder, Bai Yongxiang. The executive says that the NIUX will come …

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Sony says the Xperia Z5 is the best cameraphone on the market, here’s why

Different manufacturers choose different tools when trying to drum up interest in their products, though most stick to the well-beaten path of traditional advertising. For the most part, Sony is no different, but it’s been known to adopt bombastic titles for its own products, and with their smartphones those usually read “the best camera on a smartphone” or a variation of. And what do you know, the Xperia Z5 is no exception.

In one of its ads for its new flagship, available on YouTube, Sony claims that the Xperia Z5 has “the best camera in a leading …

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Apple Music to be improved through the rest of the year says iTunes executive

Oliver Schusser, a Vice President at iTunes International, says that the Apple Music team is continuing to work on fixes to the feature that offers streaming music. The executive says that Apple needs to work on its playlists and on editorial content. Apple Music also was blamed for messing with iTunes users’ existing music libraries, and others complained that the UI was not intuitive. Schusser responded to some of the criticism by pointing out that Apple Music launched in 110 markets simultaneously.

At the end of this month, the 11 million who signed up for Apple Music’s free three-month …

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Doogee says phone makers need to stop copying the iPhone

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Doogee sent out an email the other day to gizChina, with a new manifesto. The company says that smartphone manufacturers need to stop manufacturing handsets that look like the iPhone, with those rounded edges. Doogee says that this desire to be different is what pushed the company to use square corners for its upcoming Doogee F5.

The Doogee F5 features a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch screen, with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 401ppi. Under the hood is the MediaTek 6753 SoC, which includes an octa-core CPU and the the Mali-T720 …

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