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Anonymous does not support Minds.com

CognitionJun 25, 2015, 7:40:13 AM

Anonymous is an idea and everyone can say they are anonymous. So how can they claim to have support of anonymous then?

They should not claim such a thing! It's a cheap publicity stunt just to get more users.

They also claim to respect users privacy, to be a secure social network. Both of does claims are FALSE and I will tell you why by showing excerpts from Minds' Privacy disclaimer and Security Flaws:

  • Excerpts from Minds' Privacy disclaimer. I bolded best parts.

    We have a few fundamental principles:
    -We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
    -We don't store personal information on our servers unless we must to provide our services.
    -We do not willfully disclose the personal information of our users to anyone except to comply to applicable law, provide the services of the website, or protect our rights.
    Like most website operators, Minds collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.
    Minds’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Minds’ visitors use its website.
    Last one is exact copy-pasta from Facebook's Privacy Policy. They learn from the best.

    From time to time, Minds may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. Minds also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Minds.com. Minds only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
    Certain visitors to Minds’ websites choose to interact with Minds in ways that require Minds to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Minds gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.
    Minds does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
    Bold is repeated in text several times, you have to read all the tl;dr bullshit to find out what that means in practice.

    Minds may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Minds may monitor the most popular channels or sites on the Minds.com site.
    Minds discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Minds’ behalf or to provide services available at Minds’ websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using MInds’ websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Minds discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Minds believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Minds, third parties or the public at large.
    If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users.
    If Minds, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Minds goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Minds may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
    Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Minds and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.
    Privacy Policy Changes
    Although most changes are likely to be minor, Minds may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Minds’ sole discretion. Minds encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a Minds.com account, you should also check your account’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.
    tl;dr /thread
  • Security Flaws
  • Introduction

    In those last days a new social network called minds is getting attention over the internet, it aims to give transparency and protection to user data. Thanks to those last two points the new site has attracted the support of online activists including the hacking collective Anonymous.

    We have then decided to give a look to that amazing platform, and we have seen that in reality is a long running project started in 2012 and that the product is still in beta. The first we tried has been a simple search and…well we find our first XSS so we decided to have some fun! The project is open source and we have already sent a notification to developers.

    A little note before starting, within that social network there are payments options, CC and BTC, so any XSS is critical.

    Here is a list of the vulnerability that we have found; they are almost all higly critical so we hope in a fast fix from developers.

    Key Findings

    • Multiple XSS
    • Delete of any message from any user
    • Upload of arbitrary files
    • Edit profile data of any user
    • Unauthorized control of contents

    We would like to remember and point out that the project is huge and is at beta stage, so things like those we have listed are not unbelievable, but we hope they will get fixed in a very short time.
    Indeed those flaws are very critical since they allow an attacker to completely wipe the platform, potentially infect every user or steal their credentials and sensitive data.
    We would lie to point out that we have only scratched the surface, we have done this little analysis by hand and we haven’t checked SQLi, CSRF, tokens and sessions, probably there are many other vulnerability there around.