• MORGEN AFSCHEIDSINTERVIEW in de Financieel Economische Tijd van Belsec

    ik ging geen afscheid nemen zonder nog 1 keer te overlopen wat de afgelopen 10 jaar via Belsec werd uitgevoerd en al dan niet verwezenlijkt of aangepakt en wat de belangrijkste strijdpunten zijn en blijven.

    Zonder statuut of bescherming van securityresearchers zelfs als bloggers is het de laatste maanden steeds moeilijker geworden om zonder kleerscheuren dit soort activiteit te blijven voortdoen. Na 10 jaar inzet werd het dan ook tijd om dit soort stress en risico's aan me te laten voorbijgaan. 

    De Financieel Economische Tijd van morgen. 

    hopelijk iets dat de discussie zal kunnen voeden 

     

  • #charlie It is easy to declare that you have to defend the absolute right of publication

    It is easy to say that and to look like the big defender of press freedom and the freedom of speech but it is another thing to do it and to withstand the pressure, threats and insinuations 

    I cried for the people of Charlie Hebdo, a paper I have known and loved and with which we grew up and even if we didn't read it or didn't always agree with it we were happy to see that it was still there 

    The editor - who was the main target - said he didn't care what happened to him because he didn't have a mortgage, money or a family to care for. He just lived for his paper and his work and thoughts and those of others. This gave him an enormous freedom and you see by the reactions of other papers and press agencies that not everybody has that freedom or that courage. 

    So after ten years in which we several times had professional threats, lawyers and were just walking on a rope between two buildings without a safety net, being confronted with a psychological operation against me because some-one out there thought that this was the way to get to my sources. 

    And even than as a blogger I was not protected as journalists are against lawsuits, as a security-activists I had only the relationships of trust and confidence with the different people I was working with but there was no formal statue or procedure, I was totally on my own 

    All those years, we just kept going, sometimes retreating to protect ourselves or our sources (because people are always more important thatn 'causes') or myself. 

    I thought that I had to be more afraid of amateurs than of professionals because you never know what they want to do next and how they are going to try to execute it. The attack on Charlie Hebdo is clearly the work of amateurs that were maybe well trained in the military execution of a firefight but not in the preparation of an operation. 

    So the closing down of this blog and more specificially the Belsec operations and .be monitoring and the actions with the cert, privacycommission and other institutions is a virtual death which is so little compared to the carnage in Paris. 

    So the question is not  how can we find the attackers, keep Charlie Hebdo going and protect our official media against such attacks, but how can we extend the rights of investigation and publication in all the media platforms - officially recognized or not. 

  • belsec is closed but from now to than some information will be published on this blog

    http://observing.skynetblogs.be/

    this is NOT an infosecurityblog it is a security-risk-war blog of which infosecurity is only a small part (and not even necessarily important)

    we are NOT watching the Belgian internet for leaks and vulnerabilities anymore, this is the job of the state and the state has to do its work as it has to

    this is just some observations, links and informations I share while I am reading

    and this only because i am so bored reading the belgian press - sorry guys (but I know you don't have the resources and space you need to make reading belgian press more interesting)

    have patience with closing down this blog and service

    and moving over to the other one

  • important things happening next week

    if you are in belgium and interested about belgian infosecurity we are closing with a bang and if you thought that the presentations on tv and radio and in the press were a bang

    await the final exclusive interview about 10 years of fighting for a more secure belgian internet

    gloves are off

    the archives will be coming online in the coming weeks

    all this work will be finished by the end of january - stay on this blog

    we have stopped

    monitoring pastebin for belgian leaks

    monitoring zone-h for belgian hacks

    monitoring securityreports for belgian insecurity or compromised sites

    monitoring the belgian web with googledorks for insecurity and unresponsable datacollection

    we will just be reading and analyzing and thinking and having fun

    stay tuned

  • we can't leave without mentioning this - Rex Mundi republished thousands of Belgian data on TOR

    we can't publish the link due to harrassment by lawyers of Mensura but you can find it easily if you are a little webwise (which shows how stupid these lawyers are)

    it also shows what I have said on tv - once on the web always somewhere on the web

    so the banks, paypal and others should have taken already all the dispositions to protect the people

    new are the old ones of buyway.be (you know that nobody is responsable for overseeing the security and their financial balances of online creditcompanies in Belgium - NO ONE)