Zooey Greif Interviews Eva Galperin

Zooey Greif, June 23, 2012

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Eva Galperin, International Freedom of Expression Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses her article about pro-Syrian-government hackers using malicious computer software against Syrian activists; the online information battle between loyalists and anti-government groups, in the absence of on-the-ground media; why Skype isn’t any safer to use than social media like Facebook; protecting yourself online by encrypting communications and staying informed about threats; and how rudimentary hacking tools can be just as effective as the very sophisticated and expensive Stuxnet and Flame viruses.

MP3 here. (18:11)

A lifelong geek, Eva Galperin misspent her youth working as a Systems Administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the US-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at 3 o’clock in the morning because the mail server is down.

31 Responses to “Eva Galperin”

  1. Run for daylight

    The dear lady said not a word about:

    (1) The antivirus software that comes in new computers, that can be purchased online or purchased at a store.

    (2) Those who benefit the most from a computer virus are those who sell antivirus software, a most corrupt system nearly impossible to police.

    (3) Antivirus software, called a firewall by tech support people, often blocks your ability to browse on the WEB. Three times my Internet service provider had me disable my firewall to eliminate this problem.

    Take care, for when people hoard knowledge and then tell you that only they know the solution to your problem, their pretense of good may be hiding an intent to be enriched upon your misery.

  2. galperin u r not an expert in this, u just a repeater!
    facebook is … c’mon, who do you think you are foolin lady!
    EFF is ok, you I don’t now!!

  3. FDisk — Computer I command you, be born again

    There is a command on all computers called FDisk, which when executed will erect a partition on your hard drive that will totally and completely erase forever all the software and files stored on the hard drive. Zap — and your memory has lost all its memory, is crystal clean, just like your computer was born again.

  4. Its great that they are helping Ayman al-Zawahiri and all but when will you guys give a bit more time to someone that can tell us the other side of the story. I dont recall you spending as much time on bahrain or saudi uprisings. Even though i dont doubt that there is a large percentage of Syrians who desire change, it seems antiwar radio has decided to put forward the pentagon line on this issue. What about the hacking of tv channels and the false reporting by bbc etc done by the western powers and their puppets to sway public opinion towards the rebels who in large part are made up of criminals from what i can see. Why dont you interview Syrian girl?

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