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Feb 24 08:23

ACTA "internet enforcement" chapter leaks

I've read it through a few times and it reads a lot like DMCA-plus. It contains, for example, a duty to technology firms to shut down infringement where they have "actual knowledge" that such is taking place. This argument was put forward in the Grokster case, and as Fred von Lohmann argued then, this is a potentially deadly burden to place on technology companies: in the offline world Xerox has "actual knowledge" that its technology is routinely used to infringe copyright at Kinko's outlets around the world -- should that create a duty to stop providing sales and service to Kinko's?

Feb 24 07:31

Three Google executives convicted after allowing video of autistic boy being abused to be posted online

Three Google executives were convicted of privacy violations today in allowing a video of a boy with autism being abused to be posted online.

Italian Judge Oscar Magi sentenced the three to a six-month suspended sentence in a case that has set a new precedent for internet freedom.

Google called the decision 'astonishing' and said it would appeal.

'The judge has decided I'm primarily responsible for the actions of some teenagers who uploaded a reprehensible video to Google video,' Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer, who was convicted in absentia, said in a statement.

Feb 24 06:07

Google executives convicted in Italy of violating privacy laws over bullying video

Lawyers for California based Google had argued that regulation would be impossible as it would have to preview thousands of hours of footage before it was uploaded every day onto sites like YouTube.

The trial centred on footage posted on You Tube, of a teenager suffering from Down's syndrome and who was being bullied by four other boys, at a Turin school.

The footage was uploaded in September 2006 where it shot up to number one in the most viewed section and remained there for two months before finally being removed.

Feb 23 09:32

Amazon becomes the latest company using Linux to pay Microsoft for patent deal

Not surprisingly, the wording of the February 22 announcement by Microsoft regarding its latest IP licensing deal doesn’t claim Amazon or Linux infringing (or even potentially infringing) on any Microsoft patents. Microsoft execs learned their lesson about doing that after CEO Steve Ballmer’s remarks contradicted claims by Novell execs in a patent-licensing arrangement a few years ago. — right around the time Microsoft officials said free and open-source software violated 235 Microsoft patents.

Feb 23 06:45

Twitter users send 50 million tweets per day

Twitter, which was launched in 2007, has enjoyed rapid growth in recent months. In 2007, around 5,000 tweets were sent per day, with that increasing to 300,000 messages per day in 2008. The number of tweets sent last year grew by 1,400 per cent, to around 35 million per day, and that figure now stands at 50 million tweets sent per day.

"Tweets per day is just one number to think about," wrote Kevin Weil, a member of the Twitter analytics team, on the company blog. "Tweet deliveries are a much higher number, because once created, tweets must be delivered to multiple followers. Then there's search and so many other ways to measure and understand growth across the information network. We'll take time to share more information, so please stay tuned."

Feb 22 11:31

Using Facebook or Twitter 'could raise your insurance premiums by 10pc'

People who use social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook have been warned that they could eventually face rises in their home insurance premiums of as much as 10pc.

Services such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz can alert criminals when users are not home, according to Confused.com, the price comparison service. Foursquare, for example, shows that people are in a specific spot and, more importantly, that the user is definitely not at home, Confused.com added.

Feb 22 10:45

Continental Airlines cutting 600 call center jobs as more customers book online

Continental Airlines is cutting about 600 jobs in its reservations centers because customers increasingly prefer to book flights online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government covered the loss of manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s by transitioning to the "Service Economy"; a ridiculous notion that we could prosper the nation by doing each others' laundry for a fee. But a lot of the services related to paperwork processing are now being done by computer.

Feb 22 09:03

Thank You Microsoft!

Thank you for using your financial might and ruthless business practices to destroy almost all of the competition out there so that for the most part PC users have only your inferior products from which to choose. (Mac and Linux users aside)

Thank you for your latest set of "security" patches that have caused EVERY ONE OF MY COMPUTERS TO BLUE SCREEN 20 TIME PER DAY RENDERING THEM USELESS! And thanks for not making a public apology about this.

Thank you for the many service packages and updates that have steadily degraded my computers performance, forcing me to spend more money on things like RAM just to keep from having to buy a new computer.

Feb 21 10:35

New Mobile Phone provides user with info on you

The gizmo, which lifts information from Government databases before beaming it to mobiles, has been dubbed “the estate agent’s worst nightmare”, as it can tip off would-be house buyers about nasty neighbourhoods.

“It’s the quickest way to find out how chavvy your town is,” the Sun quoted tech writer Drew Cullen as saying.

Feb 21 08:44

Big Brother Not Just Spying On Schoolchildren Through Their Laptops

The scandal surrounding kids being spied on at home via webcams in laptops provided by schools extends further than just schoolchildren – four years ago Google admitted that it was implementing similar invasive surveillance technologies that would target all Americans.

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In 2006, Google announced that they would use in-built microphones to listen in on user’s background noise, be it television, music or radio – and then direct advertising at them based on their preferences.

Feb 20 08:25

Researcher spies new Adobe code execution bug

A researcher has unearthed a bug in software used to install Adobe's ubiquitous Reader and Flash applications that can be exploited to remotely install malicious files on end user PCs.

The Adobe Download Manager is an ActiveX script that is invoked when people install or update Reader or Flash using Internet Explorer. Researcher Aviv Raff has figured out how to exploit it to install any file he wishes simply by tricking a user into clicking on a link on the Adobe.com domain.

Feb 19 23:33

Cyber-Terrorism Drill nicknamed 'Cyber Shockwave' slated to begin today, February 16, 2010.

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization focused on various issues including national and homeland security, will be unleashing Cyber ShockWave on Tuesday, February 16th. Cyber ShockWave, a cyber-attack simulation, will allow the government to assess response times and improvement areas shall they ever encounter the real deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I d9 not know how real this simulation is supposed to be, but in addition to the dropout issues we were dealing with during the WRH radio show today, my wife and I went to the local Kinko's and the local WalMart after the show and BOTH of them were having major problems with their internet connections to the mainland.

Feb 19 08:32

Utah House votes to not comply with Real ID Act

State agencies would be forbidden from further compliance with the federal Real ID Act under a measure the Utah House approved Thursday.

The move would do nothing to end hours-long waits at state drivers license offices, but could mean that Utah residents won't be able to board airplanes or enter federal buildings in the future.

Feb 19 07:06

Google cyber-attacks linked to Chinese schools

The New York Times reports that two educational institutions - Lanxiang Vocational School, which has links to the Chinese military, and Shanghai Jiaotong University - were involved in a series of cyber-attacks on Google and other American corporations which may have begun as early as April last year.

Several companies, including Adobe and Rackspace, have confirmed that they were also targeted in the attacks and other targets are thought to include Yahoo! and Northrup Grumman.

Feb 18 16:10

Schools gave students computers, then used webcams to spy on them: lawsuit

“The school district has the ability to remotely activate the embedded webcam at any time,” the lawsuit says.

“Many of the images captured may consist of minors and their parents or friends in compromising or embarrassing positions, including various stages of undress.”

Feb 18 09:28

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines.

Feb 18 09:26

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines.

If true, these allegations are about as creepy as they come.

Feb 18 08:29

Virus breaches 75,000 computers, study says

Feb 18 08:15

Fourth Amendment Trashed As Airport Tyranny Hits The Streets

Tampa police, TSA and Homeland Security agents are teaming up “to keep your family safe,” according to ABC News, by implementing random searches at bus depots, in yet another example of how airport tyranny is being rolled out onto the streets.

“Bomb sniffing dogs, pat-downs and metal detector wanding, gloved inspections of hand-held bags” are all now going to become a routine part of everyday life as the Fourth Amendment is completely trashed in the name of “security”.

Feb 18 07:59

The Information Super-Sewer: Will the Internet be Hijacked by Corporate Interests

The Internet has become one more tool hijacked by corporate interests to accelerate our cultural, political and economic decline. The great promise of the Internet, to open up dialogue, break down cultural barriers, promote democracy and unleash innovation and creativity, has been exposed as a scam. The Internet is dividing us into antagonistic clans, in which we chant the same slogans and hate the same enemies, while our creative work is handed for free to Web providers who use it as bait for advertising.

Feb 17 15:27

Italy's Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

Italy's government is drafting a decree that would give it control over online video content.

In a country where Internet usage is still relatively small, the measure is seen as an attempt by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to protect his TV empire from future competition from the freewheeling world of Google and YouTube.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Silicon Curtain descends over Italy!

Feb 16 13:23

Could Iceland's Financial Meltdown Create The World's First Free Speech State?

It's no secret that Iceland was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis. Three of its largest banks were nationalized and the government collapsed. Reykjavik, the nation's capitol, saw unprecedented riots and the Icelandic currency-- the Krona-- plummeted along with the bank accounts of every Icelander. Forbes even went as far to declare it "the land without an economy." But could the economic chaos in Iceland have a silver lining?

Today members of the Icelandic Parliament will introduce a resolution that could begin Iceland's transformation into the globe's first "journalism haven." The proposal tasks the parliament with cementing "freedom of expression and information in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistleblowers."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign me up!

Feb 16 13:13

France falls under Internet censorship

"Protection of childhood is shamelessly exploited by Nicolas Sarkozy to implement a measure that will lead to collateral censorship and very dangerous drifts."

Liberté, égalité, fraternité indeed. It's almost enough to make one wonder if St Helena island is still in French hands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merde!

Feb 16 11:21

Survey: 40 percent in U.S. have no broadband

In a survey of more than 100,000 people in more than 50,000 households across the U.S., 40 percent reported no broadband or high-speed access to the Internet, while 30 percent said they have no Internet access at all.

Feb 16 08:21

The Conservative 100: Most Popular Conservative Sites

Feb 15 15:51

UPDATE: "Nearly every national secret" passes through Landrieu's Offices

Senator Mary Landreiu is senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, making her office and communications the most classified of any elected official in the United States outside the President. Nearly every national secret involving the security of the United States passes through those offices....

Current hearings ...subject to this espionage attack involve:

*Intelligence reform in the aftermath of the Christmas terrorist attack
*Overviews of contracting corruption in Afghanistan
*Planning for securing America’s diplomats around the world
*The Terrorist Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act (IRTPA)
*Investigating the root causes of the Ft. Hood attack
*Securing America from financial crimes
*America’s Defense from Cyber Attack
*Development plans for “post surge” Afghanistan

Current investigations...:

*Speculation in trading and how it effects national security
*How US banks help overseas corporation dodge US taxes
*Report on Tax Havens hiding billions from the IRS
*Massive abuses of government credit cards by employees
*Ending “offshore secrecy” to allow the US to recover billions in tax shortfall
*Shell Oil credit card interest abuses
*Medicaid abuse and equipment overcharges
*Billions in unpaid taxes on Medicaid income by American doctors
*Speculation in the energy markets costing American consumers billions a year
*Failures in United Nations reform, waste and corruption
*Speculation and manipulation that controls and rigs crude oil and gasoline markets
*and many many more

Feb 15 15:03

Google joins new anti-filter coalition

Search giants Google and Yahoo have joined the Australian Library and Information Association and Inspire Foundation to create a coalition of online interests to lobby against Rudd Government plans to filter the internet.

Feb 15 12:12

Controlling the Ability of People and Organizations to Access the Internet

Under the guise of “protecting Americans” and choosing itself in so-called “national security,” the current Obama administration wants to be able to control the ability of people and organizations to access the Internet.

This concept on its face seems very harmless and in the best interest of the country, however, having the ability to “turn the Internet off or shutting down sites that Obama considers “dangerous” including particular political groups, individuals or organizations who espouse differing views has far reaching political, financial, moral and legal implications.

Such a policy imposed under Executive Order to control what enters Internet sites and what is shared daily would stifle free speech in direct violation of the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government can no longer control society through deception and manufactured fear. So they are trying to build a "Silicon Curtain" around the people much the way the USSR built the Iron Curtain, and for the same purpose.

But the Iron Curtain fell, killed by nothing more than Fax machines, and so too will the Silicon Curtain fail, because the people know the truth is out there now, and will not go quietly back to the 1950s "Father Knows Best" fear-0the-commies blindness.

Feb 15 10:25

Australian traceroute confirms "Silicon Curtain" - WRH now banned in Australia and New Zealand

traceroute to whatreallyhappened.com (69.175.20.138), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 203.98.69.1 (203.98.69.1) 7.761 ms 0.214 ms 0.229 ms
2 203.98.85.197 (203.98.85.197) 19.310 ms 31.377 ms 19.733 ms
3 122.252.0.204 (122.252.0.204) 0.928 ms 1.376 ms 1.336 ms
4 1129.ge-0-0-0.GW8.SYD2.ALTER.NET (203.166.42.253) 149.99 ms 3.85 ms 1.658 ms
5 0.so-7-2-0.XT3.SYD2.ALTER.NET (210.80.33.189) 64.687 ms 7.974 ms 1.358 ms
6 0.so-6-0-0.IR1.LAX12.Alter.Net (210.80.49.85) 188 ms 193.436 ms 190.899 ms
7 0.so-5-0-0.IL1.LAX9.ALTER.NET (152.63.48.65) 165.922 ms 163.510 ms 151.845 ms
8 0.so-7-0-0.XL3.LAX15.ALTER.NET (152.63.112.53) 141.205 ms 152.276 ms 151.581 ms
9 0.xe-11-0-0.BR2.LAX15.ALTER.NET (152.63.116.157) 165.709 ms 158.779 ms 159.847 ms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tried traceroute to WRH from several traceroute servers in Australia and New Zealand. Australians are behind a "Silicon Curtain" not unlike the Iron Curtain of the USSR!

UPDATE: Apparently some Australians and New Zealanders are able to see this website if they are using non-default DNS servers like OpenDNS and GoogleDNS, or if they go through a proxy server.

I have some new web stat tools to play with and am tracking web visit from down under today to see how they differ from the previous server.

One reader has written in saying they cannot connect to WRH through Comcast.

Feb 14 18:53

Google Alters Buzz to Tackle Privacy Flaws

Late Saturday, Todd Jackson, product manager for Gmail and Google Buzz, wrote in a blog post that Google had decided to alter one of the most vehemently criticized features in Buzz: the ready-made circle of friends that Buzz gives new users based on their most frequent e-mail and chat contacts.

Feb 13 17:23

Air passengers who refuse a full body scan to be barred from their flights

Original post in the Daily Mail Reporter,/small>

The exemption of under 18s from being scanned, which was in place during the trial of the machines in Manchester, has also been removed.... The officer operating the machine never sees the image, and the employee viewing the scan must be in another room. The scan cannot be saved, printed or transmitted. Passengers can also demand that only officers of their sex see their image. While only a small minority of travellers are expected to be asked to undergo the scans, those who decline will not be allowed to board their flight.

'What kind of a free society does the Government think it is "protecting", when it invades our privacy like this?

'When we are forced to expose ourselves at the airport in order to go on holiday, the terrorists have won.'

Feb 13 15:34

Control freaks want web licences to end bloggers' anonymity – be very afraid

Without the internet, the completely fictitious global warming “consensus” would still be unchallenged, state power massively enlarged, $54 trillion of Western taxpayers’ money flooding into the coffers of carbon companies and people’s lives made miserable by totalitarian restrictions imposed to counter a non-existent threat. I forecast that the right to anonymity on the internet will become one of the most fiercely contested issues over the coming decade. Be very afraid…

Feb 13 07:42

Iceland to become journalism haven?

Feb 12 08:41

Did Goldman Sachs rig the bank-tax vote? Foul play suspected in Richard Curtis internet campaign

When actor Bill Nighy joined director Richard Curtis to launch a campaign for a 'Robin Hood tax' on banks, they were confident it would easily gain public support.

After all, the banks' behaviour had been blamed for bringing the economy to its knees - and this was a chance to raise money for worthy causes such as tackling poverty and climate change.
So when an online vote asking if people supported the idea suddenly began receiving 'No' votes at a rate of six per second, foul play was suspected.

Even more so when many of the votes were traced to banking giant Goldman Sachs.

Feb 12 08:02

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers

On Tuesday, the Icelandic parliament is expected to introduce a measure aimed at making the country an international center for investigative journalism publishing, by passing the strongest combination of source protection, freedom of speech, and libel-tourism prevention laws in the world.

Supporters of the proposal say the move would make Iceland an “offshore publishing center” for free speech, analogous to the offshore financial havens that allow corporations to hide capital from authorities. Could global news organizations with a home office in Reykjavík soon be as common as Delaware corporations or Cayman Islands assets?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign me up!!!!!

Feb 12 07:36

European Union denies US snoops access to electronic banking data

A U.S. push to legally access data generated by Europe's electronic banking activity has been rebuffed by EU lawmakers in a vote of parliament, according to published reports.

Though U.S. snoops have been allowed to access data through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) since the beginning of February on the basis of a provisional security agreement, "Liberal, Socialist and Green euro-MPs" were successful in vetoing the deal, Euronews reported.

Feb 11 12:49

Internet Censorship Protest Shuts Down Australian Government Websites

In March 2009, the Wikileaks website published a leaked secret list of sites slated to be blocked by Australia’s state-sponsored parental filter.

The list revealed that blacklisted sites included “online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.”

Feb 11 11:35

Chip and PIN is broken, say researchers

Chip-and-PIN readers can be tricked into accepting transactions without a valid personal identification number, opening the door to fraud, researchers have found.

Researchers at Cambridge University have found a fundamental flaw in the EMV — Europay, MasterCard, Visa — protocol that underlies chip-and-PIN validation for debit and credit cards.

As a consequence, a device can be created to modify and intercept communications between a card and a point-of-sale terminal, and fool the terminal into accepting that a PIN verification has succeeded.

Feb 11 10:12

MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

Applying the latest patches from Microsoft can cause Windows XP machines to crash with the infamous blue screen of death.

Updating systems with the MS10-015 bulletin, which addresses "important" vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel, can cause machines to lock up when restarted before falling into a never-ending reboot loop. The problem is far from isolated, judging by a growing thread on the topic on an official Windows support forum here - though it's fortunately not commonplace either.

Feb 11 09:44

Google Censors Free Speech

I started this blog as a warning to other Blogger authors. My site, The EarthBlog News Daily Citizen, was censored (deleted) in the middle of the night, with no warning and no recourse. I lost months of work. There is no way for me to get it back. Caveat Emptor.

Feb 11 09:35

Google's experiment: leapfrogging ISPs to deliver ultra-high-speed Web

Google, eager to take the Internet to the next level, isn’t waiting around for the telecoms or wireless providers to kick those connections into ultra-high-speed mode. In a blog post this morning, the company said it planning to build and test ultra-high speed networks in a small number of regions across the U.S.

The experimental fiber network will deliver speeds more than 100 times faster than most consumer connections today - a 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-to-the-home connection. The company said it plans to provide competitively-priced services to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I volunteer as a test site! :)

Feb 10 07:27

Scannergate: Facts Contradict Heathrow Claim That Naked Images Can’t Be Printed

Heathrow Airport’s denial that Indian film star Shahrukh Khan’s naked body scanner images were printed and circulated by airport staff because the devices have no capability to print or distribute images contradicts leaked government documents that prove the x-ray backscatter machines do have the option to store and send images, as well as actual images of the print outs that are freely available on the Internet.

Feb 09 18:35

The future of... data encryption

Self-destructing data could help protect your privacy

Feb 09 14:06

You Want My Internet? Come And Take It!

All you people who have an opinion should be ashamed of yourselves. Did you stop to think that maybe your shared thoughts might be at odds with the agenda our betters have planned for us? I didn’t think so. Well they showed you, didn’t they? The hand that feeds has now decided that you have had too many treats. So now, if you want more, you’re going to have to beg! Bad dog!
But did you ever try to take a garden hose to two dogs mating in the street? Does that stop them? No! They just move on down the road and look for another spot to hook up. And that may be precisely what we are going to have to do.

Feb 09 12:17

A Friend’s Tweet Could Be an Ad

It is perhaps the last frontier in advertising — getting regular people to send a sentence or two of text, on behalf of paying advertisers, to their friends and admirers. The idea, according to the entrepreneurs who are developing such services for Twitter and other Web networks, is that people trust recommendations from those they know and respect, while they increasingly ignore nearly ever other kind of ad message in print, on television and online.

Feb 09 11:27

P.E.I. teen banned from Internet

Nevertheless, Judge Nancy Orr sentenced him to 18 months probation and 100 hours of community service on Monday.

He will not be allowed to use Facebook or MSN during this time, and will only be permitted Internet access for school purposes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am curious how they plan to enforce this.

Feb 09 08:53

Google may add social networking features to Gmail: Report

Internet giant Google is looking to add new social features to its e-mail service, Gmail, in its bid to compete with popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, a media report says.

"Google Inc is taking a swipe at Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc with a new feature that makes it easier for users of Gmail to view media and status updates shared online by their friends," The Wall Street Journal said.

Feb 08 13:23

Mozilla Firefox hit by malware add-ons

According to a post on the Mozilla add-ons blog, the malicious add-ons were Version 4.0 of Sothink Web Video Downloader and all versions of Master Filer.

The Sothink Web Video Downloader contained Win32.LdPinch.gen, and Master Filer contained the Win32.Bifrose Trojan. Both add-ons have been been disabled but Mozilla said they were active since September 2009.

Feb 08 10:48

BlackBerry has spyware risk too, researcher says

While I was able to control the spyware using text messages sent from my mobile phone, the spyware had to be first installed on his BlackBerry for the snooping to work.

Feb 08 04:17

"al Qaeda Definitely Behind Crippling Cyber Attack"

Washington--Both the Pentagon and the CIA say that 'al Qaeda' was definitely behind the cyber attack that hit the country's internet backbone, severely damaging sensitive equipment and comprising our nation's security.

"This certainly has the fingerprints of somebody like Bin Laden," stated Rita Katz of SITE, a privately run internet search company that picks up sensitive plans on future terrorist attacks from Internet chat rooms.

Satire?

Feb 07 10:24

Climate scepticism 'on the rise', BBC poll shows

The number of British people who are skeptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the government and corporate media are screaming about licensing websites now. For all the work and money invested in the AGW hoax, it fell flat on its face.

Governments, like religion, lie to their followers to control them. If they can no longer lie, they can no longer rule. With each exposed lie, their power over the people wanes.

It's panic time!

Feb 07 08:58

Alex Jones On The Draconian Internet Takeover

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at building up the United States cyber security army and expertise, amid growing alarm over the countrys vulnerability online. The new law will create a mega-agency to represent the government in negotiations over international standards and orders the White House office of technology to convene a cyber security university-industry task force to guide the direction of future research.

Feb 07 08:48

CIA enlists Google's help for spy work

Google has been recruited by US intelligence agencies to help them better process and share information they gather about suspects.

Feb 07 08:39

500,000 EU computers can access private British data

Privacy campaigners expressed shock last night after it emerged that large amounts of confidential personal information held about British citizens on a giant computer network spanning the European Union could be accessed by more than 500,000 terminals.

Feb 06 08:45

FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited

The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.

Feb 05 12:03

Gh0st RATs Cross Digital Borders

By now you've probably read about GhostNet, the vast spy network that was uncovered after the office of the Dalai Lama asked researchers at the University of Toronto to examine their computers for malware. The researchers not only found nasties there, they uncovered an entire network that connected almost 1,300 computers in 103 countries -- mostly government organizations, but also some machines at private companies, offices of NATO, and the Associated Press. (You can read their 53-page report here at Scribd.)

All of them had been infected with the Gh0st RAT (remote access tool) that turned their hard drives into an all-you-eat data buffet and their computers into RC toys. Per the New York Times:

Feb 05 11:52

GhostNet

GhostNet (simplified Chinese: ???; traditional Chinese: ???; pinyin: Y?uLíngW?ng) is the name given by researchers at the Information Warfare Monitor to a large-scale cyber spying[1][2] operation discovered in March 2009. Its command and control infrastructure is based mainly in the People's Republic of China and has infiltrated high-value political, economic and media locations[3] in 103 countries. Computer systems belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, and the Dalai Lama's Tibetan exile centers in India, London and New York City were compromised. Although the activity is mostly based in China, there is no conclusive evidence that the Chinese government is involved in its operation.[4]

Feb 05 10:33

Scamming the Scammers: 5 Brilliant Reverse 419 Scams

Countless people are victimized every year around the world by international scammers claiming to have access to fortunes through banks, royal families, business partners, deceased loved ones and more. Some clever crusaders, however, are fighting back in kind and hilariousy scamming the scammers. In some cases this ties up the scammers’ time with useless tasks and in other cases the result are downright hilarious, like a scammer baited into carving a Commodore 64 keyboard replica from wood.

Feb 05 08:52

The Rising Tide of Internet Censorhsip

The focus is back on Internet censorship this week as a pair of articles from Time Magazine and The New York Times came out almost simultaneously advocating for licences to operate web sites. These articles were skillfully skewered by Paul Joseph Watson as lame attempts to shore up a disintegrating establishment media in the face of a blogosphere that is increasingly replacing them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Copenhagen was the wake up all. The carefully orchestrated and extremely costly PR campaign to create the illusion of a global threat requiring carbon taxes and global government was undone by a network of bloggers operating on spare change found under seat cushions dedicated to getting the truth out.

The world's leaders and con-artists (but I repeat myself) along with the corporate media were apparently still in denial over the dramatic and fundamental change to the flow of information in our civilization, but if they were not worried about losing their ability to lie effectively to the world, they sure as hell are now!

And again, efforts to control who can create a website are similar to efforts over who could legally print and publish books following the invention of movable-type printing. And like those earlier efforts, attempts to control the internet are inevitably doomed to fail if for no other reason than that they are visible to the world.

The fastest way to bring down a dictator is to force them to act like one where everyone can see it!

Feb 05 07:16

Is basic American telephone service in a death spiral?

Now, in a recent filing at the FCC, AT&T has stated that it wants to put to an end the public switched telephone networks system, to “transition” them out of service. AT&T is asking the FCC to set a firm deadline to “sunset” the PSTN. AT&T claims the “plain old telephone service,” known in the industry as “POTS,” and the legacy utilities are “diverting critically needed funds that could be used for broadband deployment.”

Feb 05 06:52

First Internet, now bay window at space station

Life has never been so good off the planet, and it's about to get better.

Just two weeks after the arrival of the Internet, the space station astronauts are getting an observation deck that will offer panoramic views of Earth.

Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the seven-windowed dome to the International Space Station next week, along with more living space in a chamber called Tranquility.

Feb 05 06:51

Internet 'nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2010'

It's official. The Internet, which has virtually revolutionised the world, has been nominated for the '2010 Nobel Peace Prize'.

The Internet was proposed by the Italian edition of the popular 'Wired' magazine for promoting "dialogue, debate and consensus through communication" as well as democracy, the media reported.

Premier endorsers of Internet for Nobel Peace Prize nomination include 2003 Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi and famous Italian surgeon, known for his contributions to breast cancer treatments, Umberto Veronesi.

Feb 04 15:54

The global warming guerrillas

Matt Ridley salutes the bloggers who changed the climate debate. While most of Fleet Street kowtowed to the green lobby, online amateurs uncovered the spin and deception that finally cracked the consensus

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I blush!

Feb 04 14:36

EU: hackers broke into cap-and-trade system

German authorities said hackers stole pollution permits worth euro3 million ($4.15 million) on Jan. 28 when they set up a fake site designed to look like a European Commission page. They sent e-mails to EU government users, asking them to log on at the site.

Feb 04 13:48

iPad and iPhone are BAD for the Web

Since Flash is not supported by the iPad or the iPhone and since the vast majority of web surfers don’t have HTML 5, if we want to deliver video on the Web, we have to support two methods of delivery.

… Just like it was during the 1990’s browser wars, where we had to write code for IE and code for Netscape. Thanks Apple for bringing back the good old days! Jerks.

Feb 04 10:33

Grandmother is falsely accused of file-sharing

The likely issue, of course, was an unsecured router. Paradiso said she tried locking her network down but acknowledged that she isn’t an expert. Given that Paradiso has little technology background and no children living at home, someone outside her home probably used the connection to download copyrighted files.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just used my laptop to scan the WiFi routers around me. 1/2 of them are running unsecured.

Feb 04 08:51

Vegetative state patients can communicate

Groundbreaking research has found that patients left in a vegetative state for devastating brain damage are able to think and respond to questions.

British and Belgian researchers have been able to reach into the mind of a man who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a road accident in 2003 and communicate.

Their research involved a new brain scanning method called functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) imaging.

The man was asked to give yes and no answers to simple questions such as "is your father's name Thomas?" with the help of a hi-tech scanner that monitored his brain activity.

Feb 04 07:53

7 things your email address says about you

Everyone communicates through e-mail these days and it’s important that you’re sending the right message to your correspondents. Whether you’re applying for a job, shooting off a complaint letter, or propositioning a woman on Craigslist, you want to make sure you’re making the best possible impression.

Feb 04 07:50

10 best IT jobs right now

IT professionals looking to find new employment or upgrade their current positions should investigate job opportunities that address growing demand for technologies such as virtualization, cloud, network security and social computing skills.
Industry watchers report that while an economic recovery won't guarantee that IT jobs return to pre-recession levels, increased interest in emerging and existing technologies will drive internal training and external hiring decisions.

Feb 04 07:49

Excessive Internet use is linked to depression

People who spend a lot of time browsing the net are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in the West by University of Leeds psychologists.

Researchers found striking evidence that some users have developed a compulsive internet habit, whereby they replace real-life social interaction with online chat rooms and social networking sites. The results suggest that this type of addictive surfing can have a serious impact on mental health.

Feb 04 07:48

Gmail to drop IE6 support this year

Google will suspend Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) support for its Gmail and Calendar services later this year, the company said today.

The move will come at some point after March 1, when Google will start scaling back IE6 support for Google Docs and Google Sites. Google announced that decision on Friday, two weeks after the company admitted that hackers had breached its network and stolen information.

Feb 03 17:43

Film industry loses landmark piracy case

INTERNET service provider iiNet has won a major legal battle over whether it should be held responsible for its customers downloading content illegally.

The case, against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, could have had major implications for the way internet providers police their users.

Feb 03 13:39

Hackers Versus The 24th Air Force

Less than two years after the U.S. Air Force officially dumped its planned Cyber Command, it's scaled-back replacement, the 24th Air Force, recently officially opened for business. Over the past five years, the air force has been trying to establish a new Cyber War operation

Feb 03 13:14

U.S. 'Severely Threatened' By Cyber Attacks

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, the top U.S. intelligence official warned that U.S. critical infrastructure is "severely threatened" and called the recent cyber attack on Google "a wake-up call to those who have not taken this problem seriously."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And there lies the MOTIVE for the recent attacks on Google!

Feb 03 09:57

Verichip is now called PositiveID! Roll up your sleeve for the implantable human microchip, it's now Positive?

As sure as the sun rises, so Verichip keeps spawning and shape shifting to gain market acceptance as people from across the globe unite and reject the IBM seed-funded, Raytheon-manufactured Human Implantable microchip company.

Feb 03 08:23

Police want backdoor to Web users' private data

"89 percent of investigators agreed that a nationwide computer network should be established for the purpose of linking ISPs with law enforcement agencies so that they may exchange legal process requests and responses to legal process. Authorized users would communicate through encrypted virtual private networks in order to maintain the security of the data."

Feb 03 07:22

Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan

Time Magazine has enthusiastically jumped on the bandwagon to back Microsoft executive Craig Mundie’s call for Internet licensing, as authorities push for a system even more stifling than in Communist China, where only people with government permission would be allowed to express free speech.

As we reported earlier this week, during a recent conference at the Davos Economic Forum, Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, told fellow globalists at the summit that the Internet needed to be policed by means of introducing licenses similar to drivers licenses – in other words government permission to use the web.

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"How are we expected to lie those serfs into doing what we want them to if they can share the truth with each other?!? I mean, come ON, already!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 07:21

Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan

Time Magazine has enthusiastically jumped on the bandwagon to back Microsoft executive Craig Mundie’s call for Internet licensing, as authorities push for a system even more stifling than in Communist China, where only people with government permission would be allowed to express free speech.

Feb 02 15:40

Short on cash, Wikileaks suspends operations

Wikileaks, which has published anonymously contributed information that is both confidential and controversial, has one thing in common with many more-traditional media outlets: financial troubles.

Feb 02 11:04

The iPad’s Closed System: Sometimes I Hate Being Right

Once we replace the personal computer with a closed-platform device such as the iPad, we replace freedom, choice and the free market with oppression, censorship and monopoly.

Feb 02 06:33

Computers that understand how you feel

Many people have commented on the contrast between Tony Blair's urbane comments to last week's Chilcott Enquiry and his physical unease in its first minutes as manifest in blinks, foot-tapping, crossed legs, and soon. Body language – non-verbal communication – is a valuable clue to innerfeelings (a truth, or half-truth, that men's magazines often use when advising their readers how to tell whether a young lady might be interested in body language of another kind).

Feb 01 16:33

Enemies Of Free Speech Call For Internet Licensing

Calls to introduce a licensing system to police the Internet on behalf of a powerful UN agency represent the latest salvo in a long-running battle to kill free speech on the web and bring an end to the powerful digital democracy that has devastated the carbon tax agenda of the UN by exposing the Climategate scandal.

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Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, told fellow globalists at the summit that the Internet needed to be policed by means of introducing licenses similar to drivers licenses – in other words government permission to use the web.

Feb 01 14:06

Report: 48% of 22 million scanned computers infected with malware

Feb 01 09:58

Enemies Of Free Speech Call For Internet Licensing

Calls to introduce a licensing system to police the Internet on behalf of a powerful UN agency represent the latest salvo in a long-running battle to kill free speech on the web and bring an end to the powerful digital democracy that has devastated the carbon tax agenda of the UN by exposing the Climategate scandal.

Feb 01 09:54

Dumping my laptop for...a server?

Essentially, I’ve been saving for a high-end laptop/desktop replacement that could handle virtualization, lots of storage, video editing, you name it. My MacBook just isn’t cutting it anymore. So what does that have to do with the iPad, or any other tablet for that matter? The idea of “the screen” and everything the iPad represents means that lugging around one of those slick Core i7 laptops I’ve been eying up is probably a recipe for obsolescence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a subtle push for cloud computing, which strikes me as a return to the days of mainframe machines and a terminal at your desk. While the cloud does free one from limits in storage and computing power (as long as you pay the fees) it does mean that the cloud servers (meaning the government) have unlimited access to all your data without needing a warrant (an issue I have with the online backup services as well).

The problem with cloud computing is that the cloud can be switched off far more easily and selectively than the internet as a whole. Opponents of global dictatorship have warned of the shutting down of the internet for some time, but that is no longer practical. Far too much commerce uses the net for it to ever go away, and attempts at censorship have been less than 100% effective.

But in the event of a "national emergency" (Trademark, White House) the cloud servers could shut down access to any predetermined set of functions for any predetermined groups of users. That iPad or screen or netbook instantly becomes little more than a TV set with extra buttons, and your personal data is no longer available to you.

I like standalone computers for the same reason I would want to keep my money (if I had any) out of the bank. I do not recognize the government's right to loot or to shut down my computers.

Feb 01 08:29

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Chillingly, Walker asserted that "a citizen may not gain standing by claiming a right to have the government follow the law." This pitiful summary judgement merely affirms the obvious: America is a lawless state where neither citizens nor "co-equal" branches of government, Congress and the Courts, can challenge the quintessentially political decisions made in secret by the Executive Branch.

Jan 31 14:35

Consumers warned as fraudulent 'tax refund' emails flood the internet

Consumers were today warned to be on their guard against fraudulent emails telling them they were due to receive a tax refund.

HM Revenue & Customs thinks around 20,000 of the scam emails have been sent during the past week alone, as fraudsters try to cash in on people's preoccupation with tax in the run-up to the self-assessment deadline.

The emails tell people that they are due a tax refund and ask them to fill in an online form giving their bank account or credit card details so that the rebate can be paid.

The fraudsters then use the information to either empty victims' accounts or spend up to their credit limit, before passing on their details to other criminal gangs.

Jan 31 08:20

UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users

he world needs a treaty to prevent cyber attacks becoming an all-out war, the head of the main UN communications and technology agency warned Saturday.

International Telcommunications Union secretary general Hamadoun Toure gave his warning at a World Economic Forum debate where experts said nations must now consider when a cyber attack becomes a declaration of war.

Jan 30 11:30

Airports Could Get Mind-Reading Scanners

WeCU Technologies is building a mind-reading scanner that can tell if a given traveler is a potential danger - without the subject's knowledge. WeCU Technologies (pronounced "we see you") is creating a system that would essentially turn the public spaces in airports into vast screening grounds:.

Jan 30 08:59

Chinese company pre-emptively clones iPad

The unveiling of Apple's iPad tablet computer was one of the most anticipated technology events in recent years, but a similar looking device has been on sale in China for nearly six months.

The touchscreen iPad look-alike marks a new milestone by Chinese manufacturers: cloning a product before it had even been announced, mused Shanghaiist.com, a Shanghai city blog, and Shanzhai.com, a tech blog dedicated to Chinese copies.

But Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co. -- makers of the Chinese device, which resembles an over-sized iPhone -- said Apple appeared to be the copycats.

Jan 30 08:54

Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

Laptop owners upgrading their Windows XP and Windows Vista machines to Windows 7 are complaining that Microsoft's new OS has severely reduced their available battery life.

One user tells The Reg that after upgrading his circa 2007 HP notebook from Vista to Windows 7, the machine's battery life dropped from two hours to a half hour, and countless others are voicing similar complaints on Microsoft's TechNet forums.

Jan 30 08:29

IS YOUTUBE FINALLY PREPARED TO SHOW THE TRUTH?

An increase in the activities in Occupied East Jerusalem has apparently sparked enough interest throughout the world for YouTube to agree not to pull the videos off the Web. Could we be seeing an end to their zionist censorship? Let’s hope so…..

Jan 29 16:58

Bank of America suffers Internet outage

Many Bank of America customers were unable to access their accounts online Friday when the bank suffered a major Internet outage. The main web site of the country's largest bank was only available to about 20 percent of customers in cities across the country as of 5 pm., according to a prominent Internet monitoring firm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You trying to tell me that BofA doesn't have a backup system?

Jan 29 15:54

Wikileaks temporarily shuts down due to lack of funds

The whistleblowing website Wikileaks has temporarily shut down because of a lack of funds.

The site, which has been a major irritant to governments and big businesses since it launched in 2007, says it cannot keep going without more public donations.

Wikileaks' organisers announced the suspension in a statement on its site. "To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, but will be back soon," it says.

Jan 29 14:11

Bank of America downtime torments customers once again

Today BoA has been flat on its back for at least several hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Al Qaeda did it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 29 07:52

UN Task Force looks at legal aspects of curtailing 'Internet terrorism'

Reviewing existing and possible legal measures to prevent or curtail the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes was the focus of a two-day workshop convened by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) in Berlin on 25-26 January. The meeting co-organized and hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office brought together experts from Member States, United Nations agencies, regional organizations, including the representatives of various European institutions, as well as from, academia and civil society.

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Translation: With two of the UN's three pillars for global government lying in ruins, the globalists have finally realized that a free and open internet means a free and open population. Since the global dictatorship hates our freedoms, they are looking for a way to return the world's people to being dumb, unquestioning, and helpless receptors of propaganda.

Jan 29 05:45

You cannot be serious! Internet virals take a bite out of Apple's new iPad amid widespread disappointment

Apple say the iPad is a 'magic and revolutionary' product but already the device is being ridiculed by bloggers and industry insiders.

Company chief Steve Jobs launched the iPad amid great hype on Wednesday and claimed the device would plug the gap between laptops and mobiles.

But, alarmingly for the company which has always been the darling of the 'geek' community, the sentiment on the web was distinctly underwhelmed and immediately sparked a wave of ridicule.

Jan 29 01:31

THE TRUTH ABOUT FLIGHT 253 HAS BEEN REVEALED- By Kurt Haskell

"Patrick F. Kennedy, an undersecretary for management at the State Department, said Abdulmutallab's visa wasn't taken away because intelligence officials asked his agency not to deny a visa to the suspected terrorist over concerns that a denial would've foiled a larger investigation into al-Qaida threats against the United States.

"Revocation action would've disclosed what they were doing," Kennedy said in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Allowing Adbulmutallab to keep the visa increased chances federal investigators would be able to get closer to apprehending the terror network he is accused of working with, "rather than simply knocking out one solider in that effort."'

Jan 28 20:30

Hitler responds to the iPad

Jan 28 14:27

Hidden in another story: federal agents now looking for crotchbomber's helper they denied existed

Federal agents also tell ABCNews.com they are attempting to identify a man who passengers said helped Abdulmutallab change planes for Detroit when he landed in Amsterdam from Lagos, Nigeria.

Authorities had initially discounted the passenger accounts, but the agents say there is a growing belief the man have played a role to make sure Abdulmutallab "did not get cold feet."

Jan 28 10:10

Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance

The Home Office has created a new unit to oversee a massive increase in surveillance of the internet, The Register has learned, quashing suggestions the plans are on hold until after the election.

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Officials envisage communications providers will maintain giant databases of everything their customers do online, incluing email, social networking, web browsing and making VoIP calls. They want providers to process the mass of data to link it to individuals, to make it easier for authorities to access.

Jan 28 09:36

8 Things That Suck About the iPad

A lot of people at Gizmodo are psyched about the iPad. Not me! My god, am I underwhelmed by it. It has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make buying one the last thing I would want to do.

Jan 28 08:43

Defects in e-passports allow real-time tracking

Computer scientists in Britain have uncovered weaknesses in electronic passports issued by the US, UK, and some 50 other countries that allow attackers to trace the movements of individuals as they enter or exit buildings.

Jan 28 07:31

Apple iPad review

Apple's iPad, which resembles a 'giant iPhone', may sound the death knell for netbook computers.

My first impressions of the device are largely positive. Apple has once again built a product that looks good and feels great in the hand, and the familiar user interface, borrowed from the iPhone and iPod touch, is perfectly suited to the bigger screen. The iPad whizzes along, opening applications, re-sizing web pages, and zooming in and out of maps almost instantaneously.

Jan 27 20:51

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) First Production Documents

• In a span of just nine months, CBP officials searched over 1,500 electronic devices belonging to travelers. Under the current policy, they were not required to justify a single one of these searches.

• Travelers' laptops are not the only devices at risk of being examined, detained, or seized by the government. In fact, cell phones were the most commonly searched and seized devices between October 2008 and June 2009.

• Other types of devices that were searched and detained during this time period include digital cameras, thumb drives, hard drives, and even DVDs.

Jan 27 20:16

Did The American Conservative just get hacked by Zionists?

Jan 27 17:47

Piracy letter campaign 'nets innocents'

More than 150 people have approached consumer publication Which? Computing claiming to have been wrongly targeted in crackdowns on illegal file-sharing.

ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people claiming they have illegally downloaded material and offers them a chance to settle by paying around £500.

Which? says it has been approached by some - including a 78 year-old accused of downloading pornography - who have no knowledge of the alleged offence.

Jan 27 13:25

Did Apple's iPad debut put a choke-hold on the Internet?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the record, I am not seeing this here, and Twitter has been fine all morning.

Is someone trying to bash Apple?

Jan 26 18:50

Google’s phone muzzles the foul-mouthed

Try uttering a curse word into the Nexus One, and the well-mannered device will automatically replace the offensive expression with a string of # symbols.

Thus, a jocular text message inquiring about a buddy’s whereabouts is transcribed as “Hey #### where are you?” on the Nexus One; A spirited rejoinder to a dubious assertion becomes “that’s bull #### and you know it.”

Jan 26 15:27

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For)

A friend of mine saw the PDF and shook his head, saying, "Its always been about the same thing: The drugs and the downloads. What they've wanted all along." If this is true - and I think it is - then quite a few people are in for a surprise.... Five years ago, ten years ago, there would only have been hints...One could tell, however, that the new technology could easily handle substitutions.... Like one knows when they really want dissidents, they talk child porn; when they want drugs, they talk explosives; when they want file-sharers, well, they try not to say anything until the scheme is underway.

...Try to make out at what they take such urgent, deliberate, expensive aim.... What will become of this, of us? How far, given what we know, will it actually go? And what I really want to know is, what can I - can we - do about it? Hopefully knowledge is power. Tell people about this. Post it. Email it. Find other documents like it while you can. Download them, just in case. Let us keep what Freedom we have; let us figure out how to reclaim the rest.

Google Quick View: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:mXiMm6PugnIJ:cryptome.org/dh...

Google HTML Link: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache%3AmXiMm6PugnIJ%3Acryptome.org%2Fd...

Original PDF: http://cryptome.org/dhs-sandt.pdf

Alternate link with fulltext of document:
http://johannafausta.deadjournal.com/689.html

Jan 26 08:47

UK police to go online and 'influence what people think'

The officer, to be employed in the West Midlands, will also search for criticism of the police and use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Bebo to promote the force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, remember; anyone who says GOOD things about the government is probably a cop! So, be polite, but otherwise ignore everything they have to say!

Jan 25 20:35

How to Disappear from Facebook and Twitter

Need to disappear from Facebook or Twitter? Now you can scrub yourself from the Internet with Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, a nifty service that purges your online presence from these all-consuming social networks. Since its Dec. 19 launch, Suicide Machine has assisted more than 1,000 virtual deaths, severing more than 80,500 friendships on Facebook and removing some 276,000 tweets from Twitter.

Once you hand over your log-in details and click Commit, the program will methodically delete your info — Twitter tweets, MySpace contacts, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections — much like users could do manually. What remains is a brittle cyberskeleton: a profile with no data.

Jan 25 07:45

Mike Rivero visits the Daily Citizen

Jan 22 21:06

If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe

According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like “abc123,” “iloveyou” or even “password” to protect their data.

Jan 22 11:05

Why the NHS can't get its browser act together

Ed Bott, who has forgotten more about Microsoft than many people know, says in a vehement blogpost at ZDNet that:

"Any IT professional who is still allowing IE6 to be used in a corporate setting is guilty of malpractice. Think that judgment is too harsh? Ask the security experts at Google, Adobe, and dozens of other large corporations that are cleaning up the mess from a wave of targeted attacks that allowed source code and confidential data to fall into the hands of well-organized intruders. The entry point? According to Microsoft, it's IE6."

By Bott's measure, we'd have to conclude that there's a lot of malpractice going on in UK government. More than 750,000 workstations in the NHS and 500,000 in the Department of Work and Pensions use exactly that combination.

Jan 22 10:54

Wikipedia Doesn't Like Me ...

Wikipedia's General Counsel, Mike Godwin, is sending me nasty emails. Apparently he doesn't like me telling people how bad Wikipedia actually is, and he definitely doesn't want me telling you what to do about it - when it effects you personally. He actually, the other day, said I "was trying to destroy Wikipedia..."

Stand back while I turn down my testosterone levels.

Even though, in some ways, it feels good to have some people think I'm that kind of powerful, I can't really claim credit for what's happening to Wikipedia. The whole world is beginning to realize that Wikipedia is being run by the social equivalent of a pimply twelve year old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have my own Wikipedia story.

Years ago, Wikipedia had articles about this website and about myself.

The articles were highly biased, and along with accusing me of being an anti-Semite contained outright factual errors. I edited the articles to remove the errors and to be fair I changed "is an anti-Semite" to "has been accused of being an anti-Semite".

When I checked back, the edits had been removed and the original error-filled versions restored. I edited the articles again, and again the edits were removed. Then the articles were locked against further edits. When I complained, I was told (no kidding) that Micheal Rivero was not a recognized authority on the subject of Michael Rivero. When I reminded Wikipedia that their philosophy was that everyone could write and edit Wikipedia and there were not supposed to be "recognized authorities" as gatekeepers, Wikipedia, in a soviet-style tantrum, declared me a "non-person" and all articles referencing either myself or this website were deleted.

Obviously, the deletions from Wikipedia have not had any effect on either myself or this website but it does reinforce the impression that the people who run Wikipedia do have an agenda, a point of view, and rather childish behavioral problems.

Jan 22 10:37

How Professional is Wiki?? (NOT Very)

How professional is wikipedia? Not very. Check out their page on SONY calling the corporation "a piece of crap." This let anyone edit idea of wiki back fires. I have seen many pages that were in accurate. In the Lavon affair they had the wrong person's name up as the jacket bomber for months. Their profiles on Zionists fair no better. Wiki opperates on the priciple of the squeaky wheel get the oil I believe.

Jan 22 09:48

The age of the killer robot is no longer a sci-fi fantasy

When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, they had no robots as part of their force. By the end of 2005, they had 2,400. Today, they have 12,000, carrying out 33,000 missions a year. A report by the US Joint Forces Command says autonomous robots will be the norm on the battlefield within 20 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And all running on VISTA???????

Jan 21 13:30

"Anti Piracy" Law Firms labeled a Scam in the House of Lords

Jan 21 13:11

FBI warns lawyers: Beware of ex-wives bearing checks

The fraudulent client seeking legal representation is an ex-wife "on assignment" in an Asian country, and she claims to be pursuing a collection of divorce settlement monies from her ex-husband in the U.S. The law firm agrees to represent the ex-wife, sends an e-mail to the ex-husband, and receives a "certified" check for the settlement via delivery service. The ex-wife instructs the firm to wire the funds, less the retainer fee, to an overseas bank account. When the scam is executed successfully, the law firm wires the money before discovering the check is counterfeit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought lawyers were supposed to be too smart to fall for crap like this!

Jan 20 15:49

"Iranian Cyber Army" defaces Baidu - china Sues US company

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/7033319/Chinese-s...

well, we ALL know the "Iranian Cyber Army" is sitting in Telaviv tripping on some ecstasy and some trance by now...

Jan 20 15:13

2,000-Year-Old Scrolls, Internet-Era Crime

Mr. Golb is 49 years old and had 50 e-mail aliases. He used pseudonyms to post on blogs. Under the name of a professor he was trying to undermine, prosecutors charged, Mr. Golb wrote a quasi confession to plagiarism and circulated it among students and officials at New York University.

His purpose, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said, was “to influence and affect debate on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in order to harass Dead Sea Scrolls scholars who disagree with his viewpoint.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what I wrote the other day about subverting historical facts to suit a political agenda?

Reference this quote fromn the article: "Mr. Golb’s father is Norman Golb, a professor at the University of Chicago and a critic of claims that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the work of a sect called the Essenes, thought to have lived near the Qumran caves where the scrolls were found. Professor Golb has suggested that the scrolls were actually the product of several libraries in Jerusalem and were taken to the caves around the time the city fell to the Romans in the year 70."

Israel stole the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1967 during the Six Day War. Both the Palestinians, on whose land the scrolls were discovered, and the Jordanians, from whose care the scrolls were stolen, want the scrolls returned.

Clearly, if Norman Golb can sell this idea that the scrolls were created in Jewish libraries, rather than by the Essenes, then Israel can claim to keep the scrolls under the theory they were originally Jewish property to begin with.

Raphael Golb, as has become the normal practice for those who cannot win the debate with facts and logic, has resorted to playing dirty to get his way, harassing his opponents from behind multiple online identities.

Jan 20 08:55

Virus attack hits Vista machines, cripples university network

“…this is a completely new virus and we are the only organisation in the world to experience it. None of the mainstream virus software suppliers have seen this virus, and as such, there is no fix.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Save money. Shoot the cyber-criminals.

Jan 19 14:31

Google China hacks 'a possible inside job'

Cyber attacks against human rights activists could have been facilitated by people working in Google's China office, say reports

Jan 19 09:58

Microsoft readies emergency IE patch to counter public exploits

Microsoft has started dropping broad hints that an emergency patch for Internet Explorer will be released very soon to counter targeted attacks and the publication of exploit code for a “browse and you’re owned” vulnerability in its flagship Web browser.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wouldn't it be cheaper to start shooting the cyber-criminals?

I'll donate a box of ammo.

Jan 18 19:13

TalkTalk condemns Bono's 'misguided' filesharing claims

TalkTalk stated: "If the Digital Economy Bill as it is currently framed becomes law, it will become legal to summarily disconnect someone for alleged copyright abuse but if you want to disconnect them for accessing child abuse images then you will have to get a court order first."

The court issue is one reason why the internet service provider is against government plans to introduce a three-strikes policy to cut illegal filesharing. It also claims that widespread Wi-FI hijacking means innocent parties could also face disconnection.

Jan 18 12:12

France joins Germany warning against Internet Explorer

France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to protect security.

Jan 18 07:41

Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

Jan 17 12:44

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

Jan 16 11:09

Warning over using Internet Explorer from German Government as exploit goes public

On Friday, in a response to the security hole in several versions of Internet Explorer (IE), the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) recommended that Internet Explorer users should switch to an alternative browser until a patch for IE has been made available. At the same time the exploit, code-named "Aurora", has appeared as public code on several mailing lists. The Metasploit team have already created a module that implements the exploit in the exploit framework.

Jan 15 14:07

HACKERS ALREADY EXPLOITING HAITI QUAKE FOR THEIR PERSONAL GAIN

Cybercriminals quickly mobilized following the news of a massive earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, by introducing several hundred compromised domains embedded with bogus blackhat seo (search engine optimization) content related to Red Cross donations and general Haiti earthquake relief information.

Jan 13 16:57

Google may get copyright immunity in UK

Search engines such as Google could well find themselves exempt from UK law of any liability for copyright infringement if a new proposed amendment to the Digital Economy Bill is passed.

Jan 13 16:41

Obama Advisor Promotes ‘Cognitive Infiltration’

It’s easy to destroy groups with “cognitive diversity.” You just take up meeting time with arguments to the point where people don’t come back. You make protest signs which alienate 90% of colleagues. You demand revolutionary violence from pacifist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, they are reviving COINTELPRO

Jan 13 15:23

Google to end censorship in China over cyber attacks

Google, the world's leading search engine, has thrown down the gauntlet to China by saying it is no longer willing to censor search results on its Chinese service.

The internet giant said the decision followed a cyber attack it believes was aimed at gathering information on Chinese human rights activists.

The move follows a clampdown on the internet in China over the last year, which has seen sites and social networking services hosted overseas blocked – including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – and the closure of many sites at home. Chinese authorities ­criticised Google for supplying "vulgar" content in results.

Jan 13 11:39

Reach Out & Distrust Someone.

In addition to finding out that France is going to ban cellphones for children (and would like to make it illegal to sell them phones at all), scroll down and check out the other links – i reproduced a few after the summary.

In fact, according to Jean-Louis Borloo, Environment Minister for France, the government is planning to not only make it illegal to pitch cell phones "in a manner designed to appeal to children aged under twelve years,"; but if Borloo has his way, it will also be illegal to sell cellphones that are designed for the under 7 set.

Wherify Wherifone - Cell Phone with GPS Locator Lets You GPS Track Your Kids

More Electronic Babysitters for the Kids with Verizon's Chaperone, Tmobile kidConnect, and Disney Mobile Cell Phones and Service for Children

All AT&T, Verizon, and Alltel Analog Cell Phones Will Stop Working after February

Jan 13 09:41

Canada's The Beaver magazine renamed to end porn mix-up

Canada's second-oldest magazine, The Beaver, is changing its name after 90 years because the title is too often censored by online porn filters, preventing it from reaching new online readers.

Jan 13 07:18

Facebook unleashes lawyers on Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

In a nutshell, the Rotterdam-based Suicide Machine helps users of Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn -- and, once upon a time, Facebook -- sever ties quickly and painlessly with the real and faux friends they've accumulated in their social networking travels. (Introductory video here.) More than 58,000 friendships have been so severed since the site began gathering attention among news outlets and bloggers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Social networking is just another fad, one that is waning as people go back to using the internet for finding out what the government is up to, rather than just chatting each other up.

The idea of personal space in real life is that you control where and when you get information. The problem with all social networking sites is that over time you become deluged with tr4i8vial junk (not unlike TV) and find yourself thrashing about in way too much data and unable to really evaluate it all (not unlike TSA).

The current trend is back towards a more selective allowing of intrusion.

Jan 12 19:55

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack

Google plans to curb its controversial practice of censoring search results in China after uncovering a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" designed to steal information about human rights activists from its Gmail service and at least 20 other large companies.

The attack that hit Google in mid-December originated in China and was aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. Although only two email accounts appear to have been breached, "accounts of dozens of US-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China" have been routinely breached, most likely as a result of phishing or malware attacks, the company said Tuesday.

Jan 12 16:40

Police Duped by Contractor Offering Video Surveillance

Moscow police said Tuesday that a private contractor that it had hired to provide live footage from street surveillance cameras had in fact fed prerecorded videos to police computers because the cameras did not work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh my GAWD; that poor woman is being raped AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!?"

Jan 11 11:04

Rupert Murdoch Begins Blocking News Aggregators, Search Engines

New Corp honcho Rupert Murdoch has been known to refer to those running the web as “plagiarists” and “parasites,” threatening to remove all of his content from search engines like Google (especially if Bing is willing to pay up). Many wondered if he was bluffing, but now the process seems to have begun, with the Times Online blocking aggregation of its stories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Murdoch is about to learn the hard way that online links were creating much of his readership.

Jan 11 07:10

US drones collecting 'too much information'

US remote-controlled spy drones used over Afghanistan and Iraq are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep up with it, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper said the Air Force drones collected nearly three times as much video over Afghanistan and Iraq last year as in 2007 -- about 24 years' worth if watched continuously.

Jan 10 13:57

The Big Question: How close have we come to knowing the precise value of pi?

A French computer programmer has calculated pi to a world record of almost 2,700 billion decimal places. Fabrice Bellard said he did it for the programming challenge rather than any particular interest in this infinitely long number. All the more remarkable is that he did it on a desktop computer costing less than £2,000. It took 131 days to complete the calculation and the resulting number took up more than 1,000 gigabytes of memory on his hard drive. Downloading it would take 10 days and reciting it aloud would take about 49,000 years.
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Jan 10 08:35

Taser’s new weapon: mobile phone monitoring

Stun gun maker Taser wants to help parents, not with jolts of electricity but with a tool which allows parents to effectively take over a child's mobile phone and manage its use.

...

The phone application, called "Mobile Protector," allows a parent to screen a child's incoming and outgoing calls and messages, block particular numbers and even listen in on a conversation.

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Mobile Protector also allows a parent to disable a phone for a specified period.

Jan 09 06:23

Youtube Scenes Pulled from Peoples' Thoughts

"A computer program was used to search for links between the configuration of shapes, colors and movements in the videos, and patterns of activity in the patients’ visual cortex.

"It was later fed more than 200 days’ worth of YouTube internet clips and asked to predict which areas of the brain the clips would stimulate if people were watching them.

"Finally, the software was used to monitor the two patients’ brains as they watched a new film and to reproduce what they were seeing based on their neural activity alone.

"Remarkably, the computer program was able to display continuous footage of the films they were watching — albeit with blurred images."

Jan 08 12:30

Your Genitalia X-Rayed: Not Just For Airports Anymore

a mobile device scanning the streets now...

Below, from the company's press release on the "AS&E's Z Backscatter Van™" (their X-ray mobile threat detection unit), emphasis mine:

The system's unique "drive-by" capability allows...X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past....can also be operated in stationary mode*...producing X-ray images of vehiclesScreening can also be accomplished remotely. as they pass by. .. The system is unobtrusive, as it maintains the outward appearance of an ordinary van.

* In Stationary Scan Mode, ZBV operators may elect to scan the occupants of the subject vehicle. For this application, AS&E offers a Personnel Scanning option that may better enable the customer to meet any applicable country-specific regulatory requirements.

Jan 08 08:47

WEB OF TRUST INVESTIGATION

We are currently performing an investigation into the business practices of internet security company Web of Trust (MyWOT.com)

STOP RIGHT THERE.

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

WOT does flag sites as bad if they are rated bad by the majority of users of WOT. When a site that WE know is good is rated bad, that is a sure sign that the other side i.e. the ZIOTARDS and their human-bots have lots of in-DUH-viduals flagging it bad with WOT in hopes that they can scare people away.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN WOT IS AT FAULT. It's a tool that others are using to their advantage - just like I could use a hammer to pound on your head.

Jan 08 07:23

Web Of Trust being used by Israel to censor critical websites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Web of Trust is a plugin for Firefox browser that warns of dangerous websites. However, as has proven to be the case with all such systems that allow public input, zionists are using the Web of Trust system to block websites they feel are too critical of Israel's policies, and this link is a perfect example.

If you are using Firefox and the Web of Trust plugin, visiting this page brings up a warning box with the absolute worst possible score for the website. Yet if you ignore the warning and proceed, you will see that all it does is sho9wcase a YouTube video that the Israelis and their "useful idiots" have decided they have a right to prevent you from seeing.

Jan 08 06:24

France plans 'Google tax' on internet searches

The levy on advertising revenue is the latest plank in France's drive to regulate the internet, which has seen it enact some of the world's toughest antipiracy legislation.

Besides Google, the tax would target other large operators in Europe such as Microsoft and Yahoo! whether or not their offices are in France. Google's European headquarters are in Ireland, but under the proposal, the operator would pay a levy every time a French internet user clicks on an advertising banner or sponsored link on its sites.

Guillaume Cerutti, one of the authors of the report said the tax would put an end to "enrichment without any limit or compensation".

Jan 07 12:19

UK singles sales reach record high

Thanks to the success of downloads, the UK singles market had its best year ever in 2009, with more than 150m copies sold

Jan 07 12:07

France three strikes law delayed by govt's own data watchdog

The French government department that examines the data privacy implications of new legislation is refusing to sign off on the country's tough new "three strikes" law until it gets more information about what data will be retained... and how.

Jan 07 00:04

Bono: China’s policing of internet is model Hollywood should adopt

In a move that drew significant criticism, Bono went on to suggest that the feasibility of tracking down file-sharers had already been proven.

"We know from America's noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China's ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it's perfectly possible to track content," he said.

Jan 06 11:47

Italians say pasta la vista to Microsoft

The Association for the Rights of Users and Consumers, which is a watchdog for Italian consumers, is to mount a class-action lawsuit to obtain compensation for customers who buy PCs with preinstalled Microsoft software but don't want the OS on their machines.

The case wants the return of the cost of the unwanted Microsoft software from the manufacturers of computer hardware. Vincenzo Donvito, president of ADUC said that more than 2,000 people, most of them Linux users, have already expressed interest in participating in the lawsuit.

Jan 06 10:02

The real Frankenstein experiment: One man's mission to create a living mind inside a machine

Professor Henry Markram, a doctor-turned-computer engineer, announced that his team would create the world's first artificial conscious and intelligent mind by 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We do seem to be running short of the natural kind.

Jan 06 09:40

Amazon to customer: $3B charge may stand as record

A few days ago, Klug noticed a Discovery Channel 'Cells' CD-ROM (that runs only on Windows 98) being offered on Amazon for the eye-catching price of $2,904,980,000. It was being sold via a third party called Suburbanbooks. The $3.99 shipping charge did not deter him from placing an order.

Jan 05 19:18

New year bug causes German credit and cash card crisis

Millions of Germans have faced problems using credit and debit cards due to a new year software bug.

According to one of Germany's biggest banking associations, the problems are linked to issues reading the new date.

The problem has been described as a "late Millennium bug" and is affecting 20 million debit cards and 3.5 million credit cards.

Jan 04 21:01

YouTube Facilitates Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

Speaking of Chinese-style Internet censorship ...

When was the last time you tried to access the BBC's YouTube channels?

http://www.youtube.com/bbc
http://www.youtube.com/bbcworldnews

That's right. When you click on the above links, you will discover that these channels are no longer available in the United States, not even the BBC's "World News" channel.

Ironic, isn't it?

Americans can watch the Jerusalem Post, Russia Today, or even Al Jazeera on YouTube all day long, but just forget about watching anything from the motherland.

Jan 04 17:44

TSA Agent Posed as Blogger in Bid to Identify Agency Leak

A TSA agent who served a civil subpoena on blogger Steven Frischling last week also posed as the blogger in order to trick the blogger’s anonymous source into revealing his identity, according to someone familiar with the incident.

Jan 04 10:31

Facebook reportedly blocks 'Web 2.0 Suicide Machine'

Operators of Web site dedicated to those who seek social-media death with dignity say that Facebook is taking a more Hippocratic approach to the idea of killing one's online identities with a few keystrokes. They say the social-networking giant has killed off their access to Facebook.

Jan 03 17:15

Exclusive: TSA agent's notebook discovered in public place

What would you say if I told you that one of the federal agents who ventured to travel writer Steven Frischling's house to issue a subpoena and search his electronic equipment for the source of the agency's leaked security directive (SD) also happened to leave his notebook lying in a public place?

Would you define such a misstep as complete ineptitude?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes.

Jan 02 08:55

Porn shame of hundreds of police staff disciplined over internet use

Hundreds of police workers have faced disciplinary action for looking at internet pornography and social networking sites [on taxpayer funded police computers], figures show.

Jan 01 21:53

Kingston admits to insecure USB drives

MEMORY MAKER Kingston Technologies has confessed to security problems with a few of its secure USB drives.

In a security alert posted on its website the company released a brief statement about the drives, going so far as to ask owners to send them back. Once they've deleted their photos of course.

"It has recently been brought to our attention that a skilled person with the proper tools and physical access to the drives may be able to gain unauthorized access to data contained on the following Kingston Secure USB drives," the firm writes.

Dec 31 11:09

THE VIDEO ISRAEL WON’T LET ME WATCH

I went to the What Really Happened site
and clicked on the following…..

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab
and this is what I got….
This video is not available in your country!

WHY???
What is Israel so afraid of?

Dec 31 09:52

Khattab (aka Joseph Cohen) Removes All Traces of Link to Ft. Hood Killer Hasan

But whether or not this particular "Slave of Allah" is Nidal Hasan is not important. Certainly the Revolution Muslim user "ooklepookle" is Hasan's friend Duane Reasoner. What is important is that Khattab has been busy removing webpages from his site connecting him to "ooklepookle".

When we originally reported the relationship we had to use a Google cache page. All webpages showing "ooklepookle" at Revolution Muslim had already been removed. Google's archive -- a snapshot of what the webpage looked like at a single moment in time -- remained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, given that Yousef al-Khattab is actually Joseph Cohen and one of the numerous fake Al Qaeda used to create a justification for war, then a link from Cohen to Nidal Hasan suggests that the Fort Hood incident was in reality a normal Mossad false-flag operation.

Dec 30 18:46

Internet piracy measures 'will cost consumers £500m'

The Digital Economy Bill, which requires internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect users who are accused of illegal filesharing, will cost consumers up to £500 million, the Government has estimated.

The Bill, which is expected to become law next year, will add £25 a year to the cost of broadband, according to ISPs. The Government’s impact assessment document [available in PDF form], which examines the likely effects of the Bill, estimates that around 40,000 households will give up their broadband connections entirely to avoid the higher fees.

Dec 30 14:17

PsyOp Internet battle for Hearts, and Minds

The Internet revolution has changed the face of our planet. Over the last 20 years there's been a complete transformation of the way we live, conduct business, and share information. In the same amount of time, information technology has helped bring countless atrocities committed by governments, and global corporations into view. We've seen the rise of groups like "We Are Change", and birthing of the "Truth Movement"; which has kicked off a viral, and grassroots information wave. The Internet's been in many regards a saving grace of mankind, and in the same likeness the greatest threat to the establishment!

Dec 30 07:25

FLASHBACK - Hasbara spam alert

The hasbara brigade strikes again! You always hear about Israeli attempts at media manipulation. Everyone knows it's going on but usually the process happens through cyber insurgents like those involved with Giyus (and its media monitoring software, Megaphone). Now, we know that the Israeli foreign ministry itself is orchestrating propaganda efforts designed to flood news websites with pro-Israel arguments and information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel tried to organize a flood of internet propaganda to cover their war crimes during Operation CAST LEAD.

It did not work because the blog-o-sphere is interactive and every single Israeli lie was met with ten posts containing the actual facts. Israel could not buy the blogs nor could they overwhelm them no matter how many volunteers (or paid PR shills) they had.

I relinked this because it appears Israel is about to restart their aggressions against Gaza and possibly Lebanon, and inevitably, we can expect Israel and the "Megaphonies" to once again treat the internet the way the USSR tried to treat radio waves.

Dec 28 07:41

Yahoo Sells All Its Users Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies for Small Price

Yahoo isn’t happy that a detailed menu of the spying services it provides to "law enforcement" and spy agencies has leaked onto the web.

After earlier reports this week that Yahoo had blocked an FOIA Freedom of Information release of its "law enforcement and intelligence price list", someone helpfully provided a copy of the Yahoo company’s spying guide to the whistleblower web site Cryptome.org.

Dec 28 07:37

Telecom firms' fury at plan for 'Stasi' checks on every phone call and email

Telecoms firms have accused the Government of acting like the East German Stasi over plans to force them to store the details of every phone call for at least a year.

Under the proposals, the details of every email sent and website visited will also be recorded to help the police and security services fight crime and terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fastest way to stop terrorism is to stop fucking around with other peoples' countries!

Dec 27 06:40

Pigeon defecates on a Google Street view camera

A pigeon has defecated on a Google Street view camera.
Photographs taken for Google's Street View service showed the pigeon defecting on the screen of the Street view car in Los Angeles.

It is the latest mishap to hit the Street View service, which launched its British version earlier this year.

Dec 25 10:32

HP computers are racist

I KNEW IT!!!

Dec 25 06:05

Follow Santa Claus, courtesy Google & NORAD

Santa Claus is coming to your town -- and NORAD is tracking him as he drops off presents around the world.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, which monitors the North American airspace, on Thursday set up an official "Santa Tracker" on its website (www.noradsanta.org) in seven languages to find the current location and upcoming stops of Santa and his storied reindeer.

Dec 24 18:55

CHRISTMAS CARD VIRUS WARNING - Trojan.Win32.Buzus.ahi Information and Removal.

Be very careful opening any emails with the subject "You have received a Christmas Greeting Card!" that has an attachment!

Dec 23 07:07

By Thought Alone: Mind Over Keyboard

A brain wave study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society shows that people with electrodes in their brains can “type” (input data into a computer) using just their minds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I could use one of those. I just replaced yet another worn-out keyboard only yesterday!

Dec 23 06:51

Court: Microsoft violated patent; can't sell Word

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. and issued an injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Microsoft finally gets a taste of that which it so gleefully does to others.

Dec 21 12:45

Wikibullies at work. The National Post exposes broad trust issues over Wikipedia climate information

The Climategate Emails reveal something else, too: the enlistment of the most widely read source of information in the world — Wikipedia — in the wholesale rewriting of this history.

Dec 21 07:21

Sprint fed customer GPS data to cops over 8 million times

A blogger has released audio of Sprint's Electronic Surveillance Manager describing the carrier's cooperation with law enforcement. Among the revelations are that Sprint has so far filled over 8 million requests from LEOs for customer GPS data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Dec 21 07:17

stephen conroy: minister for fascism

THE AUSTRALIAN DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR TRIED TO TAKE US OFFLINESEE OUR PAGE HERE, PRESS RELEASE HERE, AND OPEN LETTER HERE

Dec 20 10:24

Filtering coming to Australia in 2010

While this is sold as a kid-friendly measure, to “improve safety of the internet for families”, it’s clearly nothing of the sort. A few thousand URLs hardly constitutes a national net nanny. The list would almost be laughable if only it was not mandatory and secret – unlike censorship decisions made in other media, blocked URLs will remain secret and expressly excluded from freedom of information requests. Just as worrying is the fact that once this list is in, a conga-line of special interests will be approaching the government to have their pet peeves added to the list.

Dec 20 06:15

Want privacy on Facebook? Here is how to get some

Over the past week, Facebook has been nudging its users — first gently, then firmly — to review and update their privacy settings.

You may have procrastinated by hitting "skip for now," but Facebook eventually took away that button and forced you to update your settings before continuing to use the site.

Dec 19 07:30

CLIMATEGATE - The Climategate code

Now, as computer scientists and programmers have had more time to analyse the code as well as the comments, programming errors that would change calculations or even cause the program to skip data are coming to light.

Dec 19 07:25

Lawrence Solomon: Wikipedia’s climate doctor

The Climategate Emails describe how a small band of climatologists cooked the books to make the last century seem dangerously warm.

The emails also describe how the band plotted to rewrite history as well as science, particularly by eliminating the Medieval Warm Period, a 400 year period that began around 1000 AD.

The Climategate Emails reveal something else, too: the enlistment of the most widely read source of information in the world — Wikipedia — in the wholesale rewriting of this history.

Dec 19 06:11

Tips for maintaining privacy on Facebook

You may have procrastinated by hitting "skip for now," but Facebook eventually took away that button and forced you to update your settings before continuing to use the site. After finally accepting Facebook's recommendations or tweaking the privacy settings yourself, though, you might have made more information about you public than what you had intended. At the same time, Facebook has given users many granular controls over their privacy, more than what's available on other major social networks. So if you want to stay out of people's view, but still want to be on Facebook, here are some things to look out for as you take another look at your settings

Dec 18 10:06

Death Of The Internet: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites

Internet censorship bills currently working their way into law in the UK, Australia and the U.S. legislate for government powers to restrict and filter any website that it deems to be undesirable for public consumption.

Dec 17 16:11

SkyGrabber: the $26 software used by insurgents to hack into US drones

The only surprise is that the US army is surprised – given that it has known since the 1990s that the "downlink" (from the satellite) of the drone video was unencrypted. The internet may have been invented in the US, but its knowledge has spread far and wide — and insurgents have used websites and computer networks to organise themselves for years.

Dec 17 05:55

Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.

Dec 16 21:21

Sexy Facebook Subliminal Message

Subliminal Message From Facebook's Front Page

Found this one today, hiding in plain sight. Of course its no accident or coincidence, advertisers do this all the time.

No wonder the site is so popular.

Dec 16 10:45

Unpatched PDF flaw harnessed to launch targeted attacks

Adobe is investigating reports of unpatched flaws in its Reader and Acrobat software packages.

Zero-day bugs in Adobe Reader and Acrobat have reportedly been exploited by hackers to attack vulnerable systems, in a series of limited (presumably) targeted attacks since 11 December. Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 or below are potentially vulnerable to attacks. Successful exploitation creates a means for hackers to inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems, security notification firm Secunia warns.

Dec 16 10:40

Every Windows user to get pop-up menu of internet browsers

Every person who owns a computer with Microsoft Windows is to be offered their choice of internet browsers in an automatic pop-up menu following an agreement today between the software company and the European Union.

In March next year all PCs will be sent a software update that will cause a window to appear on screen offering them options to the pre-installed Microsoft Explorer.

All new PCs will also offer a selection of browser options including Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome.

Following the deal the EU today dropped anti-trust charges against Microsoft.

Dec 16 09:34

"World's worst" spammer in court

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WATERBOARD HIS COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!

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