アノニマスの見解 Ep.16:検閲屋からAdpocalypseまで

Hello everyone, and welcome back to ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI

It’s been a while since the last episode. 2019 has been an eventful year, and we’ve been busy with various projects. But at long last, it’s time to talk about something very close to home…YouTube.

It’s no secret that the platform has many problems, and the ones feeling the worst of it are the Content Creators. ContentID and malicious copyright strikes were already problems for a long time, but recently YouTube has been much more aggressive about Demonitization. Japanese viewers are almost certainly familiar with the problem…it’s so ubiquitous it’s mentioned by VTubers and non-political Japanese YouTubers alike.

Of course, in typical YouTube fashion, Demonitization is neither reasonable nor balanced. Videos are inexplicably demonetized for the smallest infractions, or sometimes no infractions at all, while certain channels can blatantly break the rules and suffer few or no consequences.

At the same time, the YouTube algorithm seems to promote large, corporate content more while burying small independent Creators. Meanwhile, the Media around the world seems to routinely demonize YouTubers, casting them in the most negative possible light at every opportunity.

But is all of this unrelated, isolated cases? Or could there be a common thread connecting these problems, and if so, what is it? This is a puzzle with many pieces, and before we can put them together, we first need to study them individually.

A lot of what we want to talk about here won’t be new for our English-speaking audience. This topic has actually been covered extensively by a variety of English language channels. But it isn’t covered so extensively in Japan, or at least not that I’ve seen, so it’s important to provide this information for local viewers.

When talking about the YouTube situation, we need to understand five different groups; YouTube itself, Content Creators, Corporate Advertisers, The Media, and the NGO/Activists (or “the Censors” as we’ve referred to them in a previous video). All of these actors have their own goals, but as we’ll see, many end up pushing in the same direction.

First, YouTube and the Content Creators. Many people think YouTube’s main purpose is to operate a video platform, but they’d be wrong. YouTube’s main purpose is to sell advertising space. The Creators are only useful to YouTube by giving them free content to advertise on, and attracting an audience to advertise to. This was more or less confirmed by a Washington Post report, where a former YouTube moderator claimed “our responsibility was never to the creators or to the users, it was to the advertisers”. Certainly, Content Creators can earn a small percentage through the Partner Program (unless they get demonetized), but in general the Creators are volunteer labor for YouTube’s bottom line.



Second, the Advertisers. Their goals are simple…they want to sell their products. YouTube provides them with a big audience of potential customers, but there’s one problem…not all of this content is “family friendly”. Having their ads appear next to controversial content creates the risk of bad press, which damages their brand. So they want to maximize their advertising benefit while minimizing their risk.

Next, the Media. Whether print, broadcast, or digital media, they’re the dying remnants of an old era. Based on an informal survey, both online and off, Japanese people below a certain age seem far more likely to get their entertainment from YouTube than anywhere else, and I imagine that pattern will hold globally. While the Media does often USE YouTube, they don’t generally make content FOR YouTube, which makes it difficult for them to compete directly with Content Creators. Media companies have huge budgets, hundreds of staff, and expensive equipment…but in many cases, they’re outperformed by individuals with nothing more than free software and a webcamera. Independent Creators are also usually better at making a closer, more authentic personal connection with their audience, something that old-guard Media companies can’t easily do.

Finally, the Censors…working through NGOs and activist groups. As discussed in ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI 13, these are people fixated on identity politics who want to force their worldview on others against their will, and for all opposing viewpoints to be silenced. They have connections inside YouTube and the Media, and exploit both to deplatform opponents and critics alike.

So how do all these pieces fit together? What’s the chain of events that led us to the present situation?

First, it starts with the Censors. For whatever reason, they decide a target needs to be deplatformed. This target could be an individual, or a group, but the tactics are the same. Using their contacts in the Media and NGOs, the Censors carry out a smear campaign of their target.

One famous example is Pewdiepie. Just one naughty word during a stream was enough for him to become the target of every major newspaper, branding him a neo-Nazi or worse. Another example is the so-called “Alternative Influencer Network”, or AIN. The AIN is a network of YouTubers outlined in a report by Rebecca Lewis, member of a left-leaning NGO called “Data & Society”. The report suggests that the “far right” uses this network of alternative media and opinion YouTubers to spread propaganda and radicalize people online.
有名な例は人気ユーチューバー「Pewdiepie」です。彼がゲーム実況ストリームの中の単なる1つの下品な発言のせいで、主要新聞に「ネオナチス」や「レイシスト」というレッテルを貼られました。他の例はいわゆる「オルターナティブ・インフルエンサー・ネットワーク」(別名:AIN)。AINは左翼系NGO「Data & Society」の会員「Rebecca Lewis」が作った報告書に述べられている政治的ユーチューバーのネットワークです。Lewisの報告によれば、このネットワークは人々を右翼系団体に採用するため、そして極右思想の宣伝するために使われていると思われます。

Naturally, the AIN report is plagued with bad data and massive leaps in logic. It made connections between YouTubers that didn’t make sense, and grouped all opposition to progressive talking points as “far right” for the purpose of problematizing it. The report was carefully analyzed and debunked by Software Engineer Mark Ledwich in a Medium post in late 2018, but by that point the damage had already been done, and arguably the AIN had fulfilled its purpose.
当然、AIN報告書は誤ったデータや論理の飛躍だらけです。Lewisは関係の全くないユーチューバーを無理やりにお互いに結び付けて、問題にするために広範囲の異なった批判の意見を「極右過激派」という誤ったラベルを貼りました。AIN報告書はソフトウェア・エンジニア「Mark Ledwich」のMediumブログで徹底的に分析され、暴露されました。とはいえ、その頃には、被害は既に与えられてしまっており、AINの本当の目標は達成されました。

While these sorts of tactics are seen less often in Japan, they do exist…Huffington Post Japan posted an article in early August talking about the “Intellectual Dark Web”, an almost identical smear campaign against academics who dared to disagree with liberal orthodoxy. HuffPo Japan ridiculously claims the members of this “Dark Web” are a “Dark Renaissance” that stands in opposition to human rights and democracy…claims that are as laughable as they are false.

Censors in the Media and NGOs push these smear campaigns, but the Media in general has every reason to help them. To mainstream Media, popular YouTubers are their competitors on this new platform. As such, every YouTuber that gets shut down decreases the market share of that competition. Business is war, after all.

Once the Censors and the Media have pushed their smear campaign far enough, eventually the Advertisers take notice (or are made to notice). Wanting to minimize the risk of brand damage, the Advertisers threaten to pull funding from YouTube if their ads appear next to all the “far right” content they’re hearing about in the news. Whether these reports are true or not, whether they’re fair or not is unimportant. The only thing that matters to them is brand image.

As major brands are a big source of income for YouTube’s advertising market, the site is quick to respond to their complaints. The rules suddenly become stricter, and channels find themselves mass demonitized for reasons that are hard to understand. This is what’s called an “Ad-pocalypse”…a name that should be familiar to English YouTubers, but may not be so familiar to Japanese audiences. An article on the site “Nuts & Freaks” is perhaps the best Japanese-language write up of the subject, and I encourage all viewers to read it to better understand this phenomenon.

While it sounds like YouTube is a victim in all of this, the fact is YouTube also has an interest in helping this process along…and not just because of the Censors within their own ranks. With thousands upon thousands of videos uploaded to YouTube daily, the supply of advertising space on the site is huge, which keeps the market value of advertising low. Reducing the supply of available advertising space means driving the market price of that advertising up…something YouTube would definitely be interested in.

Similarly, smaller independent YouTubers are harder to control and more likely to do or say something controversial, which upsets Advertisers. But big corporate channels don’t have that problem. And so the YouTube algorithm favors big corporate “family friendly” content while shutting out the smaller Creators, in order to keep the Advertisers happy.

In fact, YouTube may be going a step further in their desire to control their platform…by propping up YouTubers of their own creation. A YouTuber by the name of Jennelle Eliana has recently become wildly and inexplicably popular, getting thousands of views, likes, and followers seemingly out of nowhere. Many YouTube users have reported finding themselves automatically subscribed to Jennelle Eliana without having done so themselves.
実は、YouTubeは自身のプラットフォームをより直接的に管理するためにさらに一歩進めているのかもしれません・・・、Youtube運営側が自ら創ったユーチューバーを支援することによって・・・。というのも、最近「Janelle Eliana」という名前のアメリカ人ユーチューバーが、驚くほど早く人気になっています。短期時間にもかかわらず、異様に多くの視聴数や「いいね」、そして登録者数まで上がっています。多くのYouTubeユーザーがアカウントは何の確認・承諾なしに、自動的にJanelle Elianaのチャンネルと登録されたと述べました。

There’s too much to go into here and now, but in a nutshell it appears that YouTube is artificially generating Jennelle Eliana’s popularity…and given that YouTube is one big black box system, it’s certainly possible. But if it’s true, it would finally give YouTube total control over the ad space on their platform. And it would finally complete the transformation of YouTube from an open platform for the average everyman…into Cable Television 2.0.
話が長く成るので、今回は詳しい説明を割愛させてもらいますが、手短に言えばJenelle Elianaの人気は人工的に生じさせられている可能性が十二分にあります。YouTubeのアルゴリズムはブラックボックス・システムなので、視聴者の反応データを簡単に改ざんできます。でも、もしこれが本当の話であれば、YouTube上の広告スペースの完全な支配の最終段階の到達を意味します。そして、ようやくYouTubeの変化は完了されます。民主的ユーザー生成コンテンツのプラットフォームから、単なるケーブルテレビの第二世代に変化されるでしょう。

At the end of the story, once all the dominos have fallen, everybody has gained something. The Censors deplatform their targets. The Media weakens their competition. The Advertisers protect their brands. And YouTube drives the price of ad space up while reducing the risk of rogue users. The only party who loses in this scenario is you…the users and the Content Creators.

Of course, there will always be cases of demonetization that aren’t based on smear campaigns from the censors. Some Content Creators will take things too far on their own, and YouTube or Advertisers will respond on their own. But at the same time, the cycle of activist smears leading to Adpocalypse has happened too often to ignore.

So what do we do? In truth, the source of this problem is simple…YouTube’s near total monopoly over the video hosting space online. A monopoly that’s only made possible by the deep pockets of Google, or rather Alphabet Inc. And by the daily use and attention of us, the users and Content Creators.

The most painfully accurate thing said to me about YouTube was this: “the worst thing Google ever did is convince us that hosting video online was free”. At great expense, Google has provided us free space to host our videos, free services, and even free money in the form of the YouTube Partner Program. In exchange, they set our standards so high that no other company on Earth can possibly satisfy them.

Any competitor to YouTube will be unable to afford the same quality of service. So unfortunately, if we want to weaken Google’s grip on power we need to learn to settle for less.

PeerTube, a decentralized alternative we’ve promoted, does not offer advertising space or monetization for users. Individual instances need to pay for hardware or hosting, and for domain registration.

But what PeerTube does offer is true creative freedom and autonomy. No advertisers can complain about you, no YouTube staff can delete your channel. You and you alone control your experience online. That’s a price worth paying.

If you’re a Content Creator on YouTube, consider learning how to set up a PeerTube instance, or else creating an account on one that exists. If you’re a user, make the effort to seek your favorite Creators on alternative platforms, or encourage them to expand to those platforms if they haven’t already. For those who move to decentralized alternative networks, make the effort to support them financially if you can.

It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. But if real change is ever going to happen at all, it needs to start with you and me from the bottom up.

This was ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI, and until next time…MACHIUKENASAI.


Hello everyone, Chano-san here.

Welcome to the アノニマスの見解 PeerTube instance. I’ve spent the last week or so getting this set up, but it’s finally ready. So I thought I’d make a formal announcement along with an explainer video for just what the hell this thing actually is, and why I set it up.

First of all, what the hell is PeerTube?

If we refer to the project’s own About page, “PeerTube is a federated video streaming platform using P2P (WebTorrent) directly in the web browser. It is a free and open-source software, under the AGPLv3 licence.”

This might sound familiar to Bitchute users, and that’s because it’s essentially the same thing. Both Bitchute and PeerTube use WebTorrent to serve streaming video and distribute the burden of hosting.

So what’s the difference between Bitchute and PeerTube?

For comparison, think of Plemora or Mastodon versus Twitter. Twitter is a single company running a single service. Users need Twitter’s permission to make an account and communicate with others. Plemora/Mastodon, on the other hand, allow anybody to create a server (called an instance) which can communicate with all other instances running the same software. No permission is necessary.

YouTube or Bitchute are like Twitter; one company, one service, permission is needed. PeerTube is the alternative. Anybody can make a PeerTube instance, and it can communicate with all other instances running the same software. No permission is necessary.

Why did you create a PeerTube instance?

Recently, the internet has become an unfriendly place for free speech. And I’m not a fan of Google’s monopoly on video hosting, among other things. I was happy to diversify onto Bitchute when it appeared, but the developer has been slow to communicate changes, and the development of the platform is sporadic at best. The thought occurred that if Bitchute’s money dried up or the platform was taken down, we might not hear about it until after it was gone.

Ultimately, as much good as Bitchute did to create an alternative to YouTube, I realized I was still depending on a third party to be able to publish videos. And I’d rather have more direct control over the hosting and serving of my own content. So I decided to give PeerTube a try.

Are you still going to use YouTube and Bitchute?

Of course, all videos will still be going up to the usual platforms. This PeerTube instance is kind of an tertiary backup. YouTube might ban me, and Bitchute might go down, but the videos will all be available here no matter what.

Can I make an account and upload videos to your instance?

Right now, I’m afraid not. Server space is limited, and managing users is difficult. I’m not confident I can do a good job. So this is going to be a single-user instance for now. I might change my mind in the future, and I might make special exception for people I know, but registrations are currently closed.

My lust for cyber-shekels is my greatest weakness, though, so I’m considering uploading videos on request or even making accounts for people who throw money at me on Bitbacker. I’m a little hesitant to even suggest it, but on the other hand I doubt anybody will go for it anyway, so whatever.

Final Thoughts

The wave of censorship sweeping across the internet right now is made easier by the fact that most of the net is built on centralized services. A few companies and individuals hold the power to decide if information can exist or not.

Alternatives have popped up…Bitchute in response to YouTube, Gab in response to Twitter, but many of them fall into the trap of simply being another centralized service. If we want to innoculate the internet against censorship, it’s important to decentralize as much as possible. PeerTube is, in my opinion, the best decentralized alternative to video hosting right now. And while this instance is just a tertiary backup for now, it’s my hope that one day software like PeerTube will be the standard for a free internet.

For Japanese users, I’m sorry to say that PeerTube hasn’t beeen localized into Japanese yet. Though we might do something about that in future. And for mobile users, good news…there is a PeerTube viewing app called “Thorium” that’s still in development, but otherwise pretty usable.

Anyway, look forward to more content here, on YouTube, and on Bitchute. And until next time…待ち受けなさい.

アノニマスの見解 Ep.12: 公開ブロックチェーンの落とし穴

Hello everyone, and welcome back to アノニマスの見解. It’s been a while since the last episode. My apologies for the long delay.

Unfortunately, the forces of censorship and surveillance didn’t take a break during this period, and there’s a lot to catch up on.

As you might already know, Site Blocking has taken a turn for the worse, with DoS attacks against alleged pirate sites being proposed in government run study groups. CIRO and the Directorate for Signals Intelligence haven’t gone anywhere, and there’s no shortage of new hardware AND software vulnerabilities that threaten your privacy.

But today, we’re going to talk about something different; cryptocurrencies, and how they related to the idea of financial privacy. But first, some background.

In June of this year, Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, announced that it was suspending all trading in Monero, Zcash, Dash, and Auger… all currencies that are designed around the idea of user privacy. This was after the Financial Services Agency threatened stricter regulation of cryptocurrencies in Japan, strongly implying this was a response to government pressure.

Later that same month, the National Police Agency arrested multiple website operators for putting “Coinhive” into their websites. Coinhive is a distributed program that uses the computing power of website visitors to mine for Monero. But the NPA arrested them for violating a law banning computer viruses, implying they believed Coinhive to be a virus, even though there is no official judgement that this is accurate.

Finally, just last month, the National Police Agency announced their budget for 2019, including 2.7 billion yen to fight cyber threats. In that budget was a plan to purchase a blockchain surveillance system from overseas which would allow the NPA to gain a “bird’s eye view” of all transactions on the blockchains of major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, and possibly others. While no information on this system has been announced, there is a high possibility that this surveillance system will be “Elliptic”, one of the most well-known and popular blockchain surveillance tools.

Based on all of this news, it’s easy to understand that the Japanese government is struggling to assert control over the world of cryptocurrency in Japan. Privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Monero are attacked, while surveillance tools to watch open blockchains are installed. The media talks about these measures as necessary to fight criminal money laundering. But as we’ve said in previous videos, empowering an authority to protect you doesn’t protect you from the authority itself. And government surveillance over individual finance can create many negative and unintended side effects.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that historically, total surveillance and central control over individual finance was not the norm. Whether through cash or barter, individuals have been able to privately exchange value for centuries. Regulations evolved over time as a means to counter abuse, but total surveillance and control over finance is a relatively recent development. However, many developed nations now favour credit or electronic payment systems over cash. Some countries, like India, have even tried to eliminate cash entirely, though often with disastrous results.

While a cashless society seems convenient, it comes with one very big problem; it takes power away from individuals and gives it to large, centralized institutions. With cash, two individuals can exchange value freely. I can invite my friend over for dinner, give him cash in exchange for something, and nobody can really interfere in our transaction. But with cashless electronic payment, the company running the system can monitor every transaction, and even deny transactions it doesn’t approve of. In a worst case scenario, it could even cut a user off from the system entirely. We saw a vivid example of this in 2010, when multiple banks and credit card companies arbitrarily and simultaneously cut Wikileaks off from donations. The power of centralized financial institutions to crush dissent is very real.

The threat of this power is two-fold; on the one hand, government pressure can have critics arbitrarily cut off from all finance. But on the other hand, the threat of being cut off also discourages dissent, and encourages self-censorship.

This is where cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin enter the picture. Being a peer-to-peer system, cryptocurrencies have no central control. Much like cash, they allow individuals to trade freely with each other. But unlike cash, cryptocurrencies allow these trades to happen at any distance. Two users in different countries can freely exchange value, as long as both are connected to the internet. Certainly there is the possibility of criminal abuse, just as with cash. But it also creates a check against the abuse of centralized power.

However, there is one massive Achille’s Heel to many cryptocurrencies; the public blockchain. The blockchain is a completely public ledger of every transaction on the network. Every detail of every transaction is recorded and shared publicly. This means your wallet address, your IP address, account balance, and every transaction are public knowledge. Not even bank accounts or credit card companies share this much information about their users.

So, while cryptocurrencies allow free exchange of value between individuals, the total panopticon of the public blockchain means the association between individuals can still be policed. Cryptocurrencies still need to be exchanged for cash via exchanges, and if the government can monitor every transaction on the blockchain, they can still order exchanges to cut off users they don’t like. If you donate Bitcoin or Ethereum to an opposition party, or a government critic, your account can be flagged by the authorities. If you use Bitcoin or Ethereum to pay for anything personal or embarassing, this can be used to blackmail you. Knowledge of perfectly legal but private activities can easily become a tool of control.

It’s worth noting, this isn’t only a problem from the government. A total public blockchain means anybody can find all of this information easily. But, with specialized surveillance tools like Elliptic, the speed and scope of government surveillance is a much bigger threat.

So what can we do about it? First, we need to understand that totally public blockchains are bad for individual users. Unfortunately, this means that using Bitcoin or Ethereum will always be a risk. We need to start using, promoting, and fighting to normalize cryptocurrencies that embed privacy into their infrastructure, like Monero, ZCash, Dash, or Augur. If you have cryptocurrency in public blockchains, consider moving some of it to more private cryptocurrencies. And finally, reject centralized corporate control and build markets and businesses that respect the privacy of their users. No one person can change the world alone, but each individual can change the way they do business. And if we all change together, then maybe the world can change with us.

This was アノニマスの見解, and until next time… 待ち受けなさい。


Hello People of Japan.

We are Anonymous.

In March 2018, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced that, to combat the rise in manga piracy, the government was “considering all measures including site blocking”.

In early April, the Japanese government announced, in spite of the clear violation of Article 21 of the Japanese Constitution, that it would seek the cooperation of Japanese ISPs to block suspected pirate sites,

The government’s justification for this is to regard content piracy as a “present danger” under Article 37 of the Penal Code, which states “An act unavoidably performed to avert a present danger to the life, body, liberty or property of oneself or any other person is not punishable”.

Indeed, we can recognize a “present danger” here, but not in the form of manga piracy.

Government censorship, violation of Constitutional law, breach of communications privacy…these “present dangers” are right before us.

We do not speak in favor of piracy sites, nor do we defend them. That is not the reason we are speaking out on this issue.

But justifying government-ordered site blocking under Article 37 of the Penal Code is not only ludicrous, it’s also dangerous.

No matter what impact pirate sites may or may not have on the manga industry, the loss of profits can never be a considered a “present danger” in any way. Widening the definition of Penal Code Article 37 to such a ridiculous degree only invites further abuse, as other information and activities can easily be judged as more harmful than mere copyright infringement, and worth blocking.

The use of Penal Code Article 37 that allowed the blocking of child pornography sites raised concerns about a slippery slope of widening censorship. We were told that this was only a limited exception to Article 21, and there was no need for such fears. And yet now we are witnessing the slippery slope in action.

Even without a binding law, requests for voluntary cooperation to ISPs by the police or government are a form of pressure. The position of power government holds effectively coerces cooperation, making any such requests de-facto demands.

Further, asking ISPs to block access to certain sites encourages them to track the browsing habits of Japanese internet users more generally, which violates privacy of communications and expands the surveillance state.

We strongly condemn any site blocking requests from the government, and urge Japanese ISPs to refuse these requests and defend users’ Article 21 rights to privacy, and against censorship. These are actions we would expect from authoritarian countries like China and North Korea, not a Constitutional Democracy like Japan.

However, merely asking the government and ISPs to stop is not enough. It is necessary for Japanese users to secure their own privacy and freedom from censorship. To make this possible, we strongly recommend the use of Tor or a VPN. We will escalate our work to provide Tor and other VPN software in Japanese, as well as information on how to use this software to bypass site blocking.

We urge all Japanese internet users to begin using Tor and VPNs now. The more people can easily bypass site blocking, the more ineffective government censorship becomes. And as for the politicians who desire to violate their own Constitution in the name of censorship powers….

Please learn how to feel shame.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect Us.

アノニマスの見解 Ep.10: フィッシング・バカ日記

Hello again, Internet. And welcome back to ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI.

Almost exactly one year ago, in March of 2017, we talked about surveillance and the cost of enforcement in Episode 3. At the time, the Japanese government was steamrolling through the Conspiracy Law and giving the Police worrying new powers to spy on the population.

Since then, we’ve heard very little about the Conspiracy Law, or government surveillance in Japan. But no news is not necessarily good news. Covert surveillance being what it is, we often only hear about it when it’s already too late, and rarely through mainstream channels. In fact, there’s reason to believe that the Japanese government is actively involved in monitoring its citizens right now. But as usual, to understand how, we need to look at some other news.

In October of 2017, Kaspersky Labs discovered a new breed of Android malware, which it named “SkyGoFree”. When news about SkyGoFree started appearing in early 2018, it was obvious this was a cut above your common Android trojan. Rather than serving up spam or installing crypto miners, SkyGoFree gave the attacker full control of the device. It could track location, record audio and keystrokes, and exfiltrate all data, including from the clipboard. It even had the ability to use “geofencing”; If GPS data showed the device was inside a target location, the microphone could automatically start recording and send the data to a remote server.

SkyGoFree also had custom payloads that targeted specific Social Media applications, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and (of particular interest to Japanese users) LINE. It could also secretly connect to malicious wifi hotspots, even if the user had wifi deactivated, making it easier to monitor targets.

Fortunately, SkyGoFree can’t very easily install itself on a target device. The usual method for infection is to direct a target to a fake website that imitates their mobile carrier, then trick them into downloading and installing an infected APK. SkyGoFree victims were almost exclusively found in Italy, so this isn’t a worldwide phenomenon. But the capabilities of this malware suggested it wasn’t some low level criminal operation. SkyGoFree was very likely developed as a Lawful Intercept tool for government and corporate use.

Who made SkyGoFree? That remains unknown, but Kasperky’s analysis of the source code found two things. First, comments were written in Italian. Second, certificates and control servers repeatedly used the word “negg”. Most media outlets talking about SkyGoFree have been careful to avoid making any accusations…it’s good way to get in legal trouble, so that’s understandable. But the fact is, there is an Italian IT company called “Negg International”, which offers cyber-security and mobile app services.
誰がSkyGoFreeを作ったかまだ不明です。でもカスペルスキーによるソースコードの分析に基づいた2つの手掛かりがあります。まず第一に、ソースコードのコメントはイタリア語で書かれました。第二に、「negg」という名前は認証と指令管制サーバーで用いられます。法的責任を恐れ、ほとんどのニュースサイトは非常に用心してSkyGoFreeについて報告していましたが、実は「Negg International」というイタリアのITセキュリティーとモバイルアプリ企業が存在します。

Attribution in cyber-security is notoriously difficult, and while the evidence pointing at Negg is compelling, it could just as easily be a red herring to throw off investigation. However, Italy is no stranger to spyware manufacturers. The now-infamous “Hacking Team” was an Italian company, after all. And after their fall from grace, it’s hardly impossible to imagine others would try to fill the gap.
サイバーセキュリティの世界にあって、責任帰属は非常に難しい問題です。Negg Internationalを示す証拠は有力ですが、真犯人は発覚を避けるための煙幕を作ったという可能性もあります。しかしそうは言っても、イタリアはマルウェア開発企業になじみがあります。評判の悪い「Hacking Team」はイタリアの企業でした。Hacking Teamが信用を失墜した後で、他の企業が市場の隙間を埋めると思ってもおかしくはないでしょう。

Now on to our second story. In March of 2018, The Citizen Lab reported that Egyptian and Turkish ISPs were redirecting non-HTTPS traffic to phishing sites that infected them with FinFisher brand government spyware, as well as cryptomining malware. This redirection was made possible by a piece of equipment called a “middlebox”, which transforms, inspects, filters, or otherwise manipulates traffic that passes through it.
次の話に進みましょう。2018年3月に、Citizen Labという人権団体の報告によると、エジプトとトルコのプロバイダーはユーザの暗号化されていないウェブトラフィックを偽サイトまでリダイレクトし、FinFisherという政府向けスパイウェアまたは仮想通貨マイニングマルウェアを感染させたという新事実が明らかにされました。これは「ミドルボックス」というネットワーク装置によって可能となりました。プロバイダーはミドルボックスを使って通信を傍受し、リクエストに応じて変更を加えることができます。

The middleboxes in question were PacketLogic brand devices, manufactured by a Canadian company, Sandvine (which was merged with an American company, Procera Networks, in 2017). Among other things, PacketLogic middleboxes are capable of something called “deep packet inspection” or “DPI”. This lets them study the contents of user web traffic, and change, redirect, or block it as desired.
問題になっているミドルボックスは「PacketLogic」というブランド名の装置でした。メーカーは「Sandvine」というカナダの企業です(そして2017年にProcera Networksというアメリカの企業と合併されました)。他にも多数の機能がありますが、Packet Logicのミドルボックスにはディープ・パケット・インスペクション(DPI)の機能があります。DPIを利用すれば、プロバイダーが通信の内容を傍受、変更、リダイレクトが可能で、思うがままにブロックすることができます。

Using Sandvine equipment, ISPs in Turkey and Egypt would detect unencrypted web traffic and redirect it to phishing sites, most likely at the request of the government, who could use spyware infected phones to spy on their citizens, and use cryptominers to fund their own black budgets.

So why is this important? What do Italian Android spyware and Turkish ISP middleboxes have to do with surveillance in Japan?

First of all, it’s already known that the Bureau of Public Security was in the market for Italian spyware in 2014. At the time they were buying Hacking Team’s “GALILEO” software, but it’s unknown whether they actually purchased it, or whether they used any other suppliers.
先ずは、2014年に日本の警視庁公安部がイタリアのスパイウェアの購入を希望していたことは既に知られています。あの時に彼らはHacking TeamのGALILEOスパイウェアを買おうとしましたが、結局Hacking Teamまたは他の供給者のスパイウェアを買ったかどうかは知られていません。

Regardless, the fact that they want spyware makes it safe to assume they intend to use it, and that they’ll seek to keep their spyware arsenal up to date. It is well within the mandate of Public Security to monitor anti-war, anti-globalism, and other social movements. The Conspiracy Law only makes it easier for them to do so.

Secondly, the same PacketLogic devices used in Turkey and Egypt also exist in Japan. In July 2015, Procera announced that Softbank would use PacketLogic middleboxes for their LTE network. It’s unknown whether these devices are deployed on other telecom carrier networks, but it’s likely they have similar equipment.
次は、エジプトやトルコに利用されたPacket Logicミドルボックスは日本にも利用されています。2015年7月に、Procera Networksは、ソフトバンクがPacket LogicをLTEネットワークに使用すると発表しました。他のテレコム会社が使うかどうかは知られていませんが、類似の装置は利用されている可能性は少なくないでしょう。

So, to recap: Public Security is responsible for monitoring social movements. Public Security almost certainly uses spyware. At least one Japanese telecom giant uses equipment that can infect smartphone users with spyware. And the Conspiracy Law makes it legal to use spyware on civic groups. Is the Japanese government actually doing this? Maybe. But doo they have the ability to do it? Absolutely.

We said this one year ago, but it bears repeating: if you are part of any social movement in Japan, you cannot afford to assume you are not a target. Even one lapse of judgement with your smartphone can turn you into a walking wiretap. Cyber-security is everyone’s problem, and it only takes one person to compromise the security of an entire group. So if you don’t want to be the weakest link, here’s some advice for you to follow:

Always check the URL of a site you visit, especially if you need to enter passwords or other sensitive data. Phishing sites often use similar-looking URLs, so if you feel something is suspicious, check carefully. Also, make sure the site is using HTTPS. You can usually see a green lock icon next to the URL. If a site that looks like your mobile provider or internet company is pressuring you into downloading an “update” or “virus cleaner”, consider that it might be a trick and do some research first.

If possible, use different devices for your activism and your daily life. If you have a smartphone you use for casual web surfing and social media, do not use it to communicate with your activist group. You’re more likely to visit infected sites or click on links during personal web surfing, so using the same device for both increases your risk considerably. It’s easy to go to a used electronics shop and buy a seperate laptop, phone, or tablet cash and carry. For bonus points, install a non-commercial OS like Qubes, Copperhead, or at least Lineage.

Don’t use the same accounts either. Even if you have to use the same device, using personal e-mail or social media accounts for activism is dangerous for the same reasons. Ideally, you should be using non-commercial open-source services hosted outside the country for things like e-mail and cloud storage.

Using a pocket wifi device is better than using an internal SIM card, or public wifi. Personal pocket wifi gives you more control over when your device is connected or not, as well as how many people are using the connection.

Use Tor or a out-of-country VPN for all online activism. When connecting your devices to the internet, you need to remember that your ISP is probably helping to spy on you. An encrypted tunnel to an out-of-state VPN makes it harder to monitor or tamper with your traffic.

Don’t use Apple products for activism. iCloud may be safe against most criminal hacking attempts (usually), but Apple has been happy to cooperate with government spying requests in China and elsewhere. iPads and iPhones are also harder to modify and change OS on. Android is far from perfect, but at least it gives you more options.

Similarly, don’t use big name social media for activism. Find and use an open source platform that does not rely on the central control of a commercial entity. Like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and LINE will share your information with the police if ordered to.

Encrypt. Everything. Always. Never ask yourself if it’s necessary. It’s always necessary. It costs you nothing but time, and a little effort in the short term can save you a lot of trouble later on.

And finally, encourage all your members to share the same security practices. You can have the best security in your group, but if everybody else is infected with spyware, it doesn’t matter.

As the world spins deeper and deeper into dystopia, cyber self-defense becomes more and more a crucial life skill. If you get lazy about your security now, you might find it’s far too late when you come to regret it.

This was ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI, and until next time… MACHIUKENASAI.

分散的動画サイト「SPKOUT」 :日本語のユーザーガイド




Hey everyone. It’sa Me!

This is just a couple of quick announcements:

First, we have a Circle at Winter Comiket this year. As usual, this circle is focusing on “Chanology”, our anti-Scientology project. We’ll be distributing all four volumes of our “Disconnect” comic series.

If you don’t already know, “Disconnect” is a fictional comic series based on true stories, largely, following the adventures of best friends Sara and Angela as they get caught up in the dangerous cult of Scientology.

Disconnect will be the main focus of the circle, but we might have some other material too, so feel free to come down and visit us! We’ll be in East Hall, Booth ツ53a, on Day 3 (that’s December 31st).

If you can’t make it, no worries. All of our comics and literature are available as free PDF downloads from our website. You don’t even need to visit us at all, but please do! I need to pretend I have friends for an afternoon.

In channel news, our YouTube channel has almost reached 500 subscriptions. If we actually manage to push over the 500 mark, I’ll be making some kind of subscriber special to celebrate. I’d like to thank everybody who’s subbed and enjoys our content, and please let us know in the comments what you like and want to see more of.

Unfortunately, there is some small bad news. Vid.me, the alternative video hosting platform, has shut down as of December 15th, so our channel there is gone of course. Fortunately, BitChute is still up, and copies of all our videos will be hosted on our channel there.

In fact, BitChute has started automatically copying all our YouTube uploads, making it even more convenient and easier to use. So much so that we’d like to promote and recommend BitChute to Japanese users.

Unfortunately, localization into Japanese isn’t on the schedule for BitChute’s creators yet, so we’re planning to put together a Japanese How-To guide to fill the gap until then. Work on that will probably start next year after Comiket is over, so look forward to that in the future.

And of course, ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI will continue just as soon as I think of a good topic for the next video. As always, leave a comment if you have a request and I might go with it if I like it.

Thanks again for watching, hope to see you at Comiket, and have a Happy New Year.









1) JASRACを批判する曲や音楽著作物を作る
2) クリエイティブコモンズ作品としてネット上にリリースする [指示]
3) [任意] 我々にリンクを送って下さい。我々はサイトにまとめます


https://www.anonymous-japan.org/opkasrac/ ‎



嘆願書 – https://tinyurl.com/fuckjasrac
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そしてもちろん、アノニマスへの参加には許可が必要ないので、自らの決断でJASRACに対抗する行動を計画することを強く働き掛けます。 日本のアーティストや音楽ファンが彼らのことをどう思っているか、JASRAC側に経験させましょう。


アノニマスの見解 Ep.1: JASRACクソ食らえ

Hello internet. Welcome back.

And holy shit, I was not expecting to have so very many things to talk about. I was actually planning to use this first video to talk about Thailand and OpSingleGateway, and a little bit about Japan’s Conspiracy Law. But then JASRAC decided to go full retard.

For those not familiar, JASRAC is the “Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers”. It’s a “copyright collection society”, which describes its purpose as “protecting the copyrights of musical works, and facilitating the utilization of musical works, thereby contributing to the dissemination and development of music culture.”

How well they accomplish the development of music culture is pretty fucking questionable, but they “protect the copyright of musical works” with great enthusiasm. Back in 2006, YouTube had to fly to Japan to have a special meeting with JASRAC after being forced to delete nearly 30,000 videos due to copyright claims. In the meeting, JASRAC apparently asked YouTube to set up screening and other measures to block posting of copyrighted works, laying the groundwork for the modern ContendID system that everybody hates.

In spite of their supposed love of law and order when it comes to copyright, JASRAC has a lot less respect for a free and open market in their own industry. JASRAC was raided by the Fair Trade Comission on suspicion of violating Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Law in 2008. In 2009, a cease-and-desist order was issued against JASRAC for its blanket fee system where radio and TV stations paid 1.5% of their yearly revenue to not get sued if they accidentally played copyrighted music. The order was withdrawn in 2012, but in 2013 the Tokyo High Court declared, again, that JASRAC’s fee system prevented fair competition in the industry and made it difficult for other organizations to enter the market.

For most people on the internet in Japan, this has nothing to do with why they hate JASRAC though. The group is despised for their heavy-handed approach to copyright enforcement, shutting down music remixes and fan videos everywhere from YouTube to NicoDouga. Unlike the US, Japan doesn’t have any Fair Use doctrine in copyright law, and any infringing use is enough for the lawyers to attack.

But this time, JASRAC has taken their enforcement efforts to a ridiculous new extreme. On February 2nd, 2017, JASRAC announced that they were expanding the scope of copyright fee collection to include music classrooms. Under existing rules, any venue for public performance of music had to pay a licence fee to JASRAC. This includes live houses, concert halls, even bars and restaurants that play music. Any venue caught playing JASRAC protected music without a license is subject to stiff penalties, so most just pay the licence fee to be safe.

But with this new scope of collection, practicing JASRAC protected music in a classroom setting is considered a “public performance”, and subject to the same penalties. Given that JASRAC protects a lot of pop music, this means any school band that practices anything popular could be sued for copyright infringement if they aren’t paying JASRAC a fee.

Now I’d like to take a moment here and just speak to JASRAC directly, if you don’t mind.

Hey, JASRAC. I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you, in fact. You say that your goal is to “promote music culture”, but as far as I can tell you’re just a bunch of lawyers and suits. You don’t give a fuck about music. And you obviously don’t give a fuck about music culture, because collecting fees from music classrooms, or levying fines on them for “copyright violation” for practicing copyrighted music is fucking ridiculous. YOU are fucking ridiculous.

If you cared about music culture, you’d want people to be able to enjoy music. You’d want people to be able to practice music freely. If you gave a shit about music culture, you wouldn’t create an atmosphere of fear and legal red tape in a place where people are supposed to be learning and feeling passionate about music. Instead, you’re using fear and your monopoly power to squeeze music classrooms to make a few extra pennies. You are actively damaging music culture to make money for yourselves, what the FUCK is wrong with you?

Nobody likes you JASRAC. Nobody needs you. You’re not a valuable part of society, you’re the music mafia. You sit on other peoples’ work and use your power and position to extort money out of them. You treat music fans like criminals. You think people in Japan don’t like musicians? Of course they like musicians. They share their music online BECAUSE they like musicians.

Are you worried about file sharing, JASRAC? Here’s some advice. Stop treating file sharing as a criminal problem and start treating it as a market problem. Make music easy to download and pay for online. Make it legal to copy music from your CD to your MP3 player. Stop treating fans like criminals because they want to enjoy and share their passion for music. The more difficult you make it to use music legally, the more people will use it illegally.

You see, people in Japan like music, JASRAC. They like musicians. What they don’t like, JASRAC, is you. Fuck you JASRAC, you greedy, tone-deaf fucks. One day your monopoly will collapse, and you’ll be replaced by an organization that understands free culture, and the value of a free internet.

Until then, people like us are going to oppose you every step of the way.
If you’re a musician, or a music fan, or just a fucking decent human being… don’t let JASRAC get away with this. Contact any musicians you know, big or small. If you’re a fan of a band, ask them to speak out about this. And don’t just wait for them, speak out about it yourself. E-mail them, phone them, talk about it online. If you don’t push back against this now, it won’t stop here. Make some noise. Fight back. In any way you can.

As for us, well…we have a few ideas of our own.

This is Anonymous no Kenkai, and until next time, 待ち受けなさい.