Hacked: from cyberfreedom to security
We're spending more time in cyberspace — and we share more of our private information online. But how secure is cyberspace?
Our special series takes a look at how secure your personal information is in cyberspace. We're also going to examine some of the creative and inspiring ways that Montrealers are manipulating the internet for social change. We'll also see how hacking is affecting our lives, for better and for worse.
Check out our coverage. We look forward to hearing from you.
THURSDAY MARCH 10:
When you buy household and mobile electronics, they are "locked" by manufacturers to control program and software uploads or system modifications.
That hasn't stopped hackers from burrowing through digital safeguards to change settings and rig free features on anything from Playstations to iPhones.
In Montreal, "jailbreakers" or "modders" are easy to find. Some advertise their services openly on Craigslist and Kijiji.
Device manufacturers warn jailbreaking may cancel a warranty — but it's actually not illegal to do so in Canada.
Canada's Copyright Act prevents people from reproducing or making unauthorized reproductions of protected works. But it doesn't address the act of modifying said works.
A bill of legislation that would make it illegal to modify a gaming console is currently working its way through Parliamentary procedure.
But until copyright laws are amended, jailbreaking remains a popular way to enhance electronic devices at a low cost.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 9:
A lack of actual leaked documents to report — and a controversial revelation about the QuébecLeaks' main spokesperson marred the group's well-publicized premiere on Wednesday.
The site's front person, who previously operated under a pseudonym, was revealed as blogger and one-time Parti Québécois member Luc Lefebvre.
Quebec's Liberal government was quick to slam the nascent group as a mouthpiece for the opposition PQ.
TUESDAY MARCH 8:
Montreal-based security expert Ryk Edelstein says a skilled hacker who knows how to break RFID technology could remotely extract personal information and account numbers from any given card.
But credit card companies say safeguards – such as purchase amount limits – reduce the likelihood of fraud.
- LISTEN to Jesara Sinclair's radio report an Radio Frequency Identification
- WATCH Catherine Cullen's video report on electronic pickpocketing
MONDAY MARCH 7:
Did you know that some internet activists in Montreal have developed software that helps others bypass government censorship on the web? Some of these programs played a role in Tunisia's recent civil uprising.
You're in the habit of using your laptop, smartphone or other computer device in the countless Wi-Fi spots available in the city.
Do you think the connection is safe? That only a highly-skilled hacker could spy on you? That might have been the case before. Not anymore.
Simple software that's widely available for free now makes it easy to spy on others using unsecured Wi-Fi networks. It's called Firesheep.