Joshua Ostroff

U.S. Government Is The Evil Empire At SXSW Interactive

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics

Technology doesn’t occur in a vacuum, as the heart-wrenching documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy” about the late information activist Aaron Sw...

Whistleblowers Should Be Celebrated, Not Silenced

Michael Scarfo | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada
Michael Scarfo

In a society that values liberty, a whistleblower should be a hero. A whistleblower should not be forced to choose between their personal well-being and coming forward. Edward Snowden's insider announcement on the scope of the NSA's ability to gather, archive, and analyze information should come as no shock to the more cynical among us. It was easy enough to assume, but now we're staring down the truth of it. If we don't find a way to pressure the powers that be to give up some of their hidden power, contrary to all of their self-aggrandizing instincts, we're in for a very stark decline into a classically dystopian future.

Police Warn Against Vigilante Justice In Response To Anonymous Video

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Alberta

Edmonton police are warning the public against vigilante action after a YouTube video was posted over the weekend, outing two men as trying to lure un...

Anonymous Slams 'Supporters' Of Suspects In Rape

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.19.2013 | Canada

Hacking collective Anonymous reacted with outrage Thursday to posters spread by supporters of the suspects in the alleged rape of Rehtaeh Parsons. ...

Anonymous Stages Protest To Demand Justice For Dead Teen

The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada

HALIFAX -- The mother of Rehtaeh Parsons dabbed her eyes with a tissue as dozens of people chanted in front of the Halifax district RCMP office on Sun...

Q&A: Inside Anonymous' Operation to Out Rehtaeh Parsons' Alleged Rapists

VICE | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada

In the days following the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons -- the teenage girl from Halifax who committed suicide after being gang raped, photographed, and harassed -- the hacktivist group Anonymous is playing a game of chicken with the authorities in Nova Scotia.I spoke with a member of Anonymous who is directly involved with the operation to bring Rehtaeh's rapists to justice, in order to get a better handle on their motivations.

Anonymous Says It Has Rape 'Confession'

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada

The hacking collective Anonymous says it has obtained a "confession" from one of the boys it says was involved in the alleged rape of Nova Scotia teen...

Anonymous Pays Kim Jong Un A Visit

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business

SEOUL, South Korea - Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean ...

New 'Calgary Compliments' Facebook Page Takes the "Strange Out of Stranger"

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Since its inception in January 2013, Facebook page Calgary Compliments has taken our city by storm. So what exactly is the purpose to a page like this? Unlike similar "confessions" pages which have been popping all over the interwebs, this compliments page is a civic outreach initiative to help Calgarians bond.

Hacktivists Now Lumped Into This Notorious Group

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Digital dissenters known as hacktivists have developed a track record for disruption and attracting attention and are now considered one of...

Happy One Year Twitterversary to Me

Renee Gold | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Living
Renee Gold

Today is my one year anniversary on Twitter -- aptly coined a Tweetaversary, and so, I thought I would toast the momentous occasion with a celebratory blog post. Finally on November 28, 2011 -- I began my slow ascent towards branding myself globally.

The War in the Gaza Strip Goes Cyber

VICE | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada

As military strikes between Israel and Gaza continued with the deaths of 11 Palestinian civilians on Sunday, a complicated Internet battlefront has appeared. There is an unprecedentedly transparent wave of social media propaganda by both sides.

What CSIS Really Thinks Of Anonymous

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency says the online collective Anonymous isn't just a thorn in the side of the powerful, but the new model for digital hackti...

Why Should We Be at the Mercy of Anonymous' "Lulz"?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Anonymous sub-group Anti-Sec supposedly holds in its hands 12-million Apple user IDs it acquired from hacking. The hacktivist group refuses to release the IDs until -- wait for it -- Adrien Chen of Gawker poses on the front page of the site in a ballet tutu with a shoe on top of his head. It remains to be seen whether Anonymous does have anything to give the public it strives to supposedly protect, or whether this was just another one of their pranks done "for the lulz," that is to say, for the stroking of their own vanity.

Anonymous Arrests? 6 Nabbed In Quebec Cyber Attacks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - Six people have been arrested amid a rash of cyber-attacks launched by the activist group Anonymous against Quebec government websites.The ...

Masks Should be Banned from Protests, Period.

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Bill C-309 states that anyone who commits an illegal act while wearing a mask at a protest can face 10 years in prison. While we are grateful for such a bill, it isn't good enough. If someone carries a loaded gun while committing a crime, it can be assumed he is willing to use it; I'd argue that any person wearing a mask or disguise at any controversial protest is up to no good, and can be assumed to be contemplating illegal behaviour.

Canada's Vulnerability to Bombs Made of Bits and Bytes

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada
Sheryl Saperia

China and Russia are seen as the worst offenders when it comes to cyber attacks, but Iran is close behind. How is it that a country such as Iran has a cyber-warfare unit with a staff of 2,400 and a budget of $76 million, and Ottawa has only allocated $95 million for our country's defence against this new form of attack?

They Are Legion and They Will Fight for the Right to Party

Nat & Marie | Posted 05.28.2012 | Canada Living
Nat & Marie

Last week, Mike Stone's story was simply about how 600 tweets would get you a porn star prom date and have it kyboshed by the principal. Now with hacktivists Anonymous stepping into the ring, the Internet has a new mission: #OpLulzProm.

Anonymous Gives Vic Toews 7 Days

The Huffington Post Canada | Lauren Strapagiel | Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada Politics

In a new video, hacker group Anonymous says they're giving Vic Toews seven days before they reveal a new scandal about the Public Safety Minister. ...

A Brave New Blindness

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

@Vikileaks30 isn't only smear -- it's insulting to the very Canadians its creator supposedly intended to protect. Thanks to this person, Toews' mistress and their love-child have been subjected to a level of embarrassment to which no Canadian should be subjected. Does it demonstrate the level of privacy Bill C-30 might violate? Possibly -- but it came at the cost of people who had nothing to do with it.

Toews Surprised By Content Of Online Surveillance Bill

CBC | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he is surprised to learn that a section of the government's online surveillance bill provides for "e...

Anonymous Demands Vic Toews' Resignation

The Huffington Post Canada | Lauren Strapagiel | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada Politics

UPDATE: The original video has been removed from YouTube. The above video was posted by user Operation VicTory. Vikileaks has been shut down, but P...

European Protesters Unite Against ACTA

CP | Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press | Posted 04.12.2012 | Canada Business

WARSAW, Poland - Protesters took to the freezing cold streets of Berlin, Helsinki and many other European cities Saturday to voice anger at an interna...

'Anonymous' Hack Into Law Enforcement Websites, Leak Data

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.06.2011 | Canada

LONDON - The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it has hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data brea...

Playstation Data Breaches: Revenge of the Nerds?

Mike Anderson | Posted 08.10.2011 | Canada
Mike Anderson

Sony could have learned a lesson from Revenge of the Nerds before launching a legal battle against George Hotz. The lawsuit sprung "vigilante technologists" who promised to avenge their peer like nerds applying 'liquid heat' onto the football team's jockstraps.