COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Nov 27 08:52

Bell employees planted glowing online reviews of new Bell app

As soon as Bell Canada launched a new version of a phone app last week, the response online was electric; it quickly garnered glowing, five-star reviews on Apple's iTunes App Store.

CBC News has learned that some of those rave reviews were planted. Possibly half a dozen or more were written by Bell Canada employees – many in senior positions – none of whom disclosed their affiliation with the company.

Nov 27 07:57

The European Parliament Just Voted To Break Up Google

In a move whose bark is worse than its bite, the European Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution suggesting one way to address Google's dominance is by splitting the company's search business from its other operations.

Nov 26 17:43

Terminator series – Revelation of the coming A.I. takeover

I’ll spare you any Arnold impersonations, as The Terminator impersonation is perennially the material of hack comedians.

Nov 26 17:41

Coalition launches to lead global fight for open Internet and digital democracy

'Net neutrality is not an American issue, or a European issue, or an African issue. It is increasingly a global human rights issue.'

Nov 26 13:55

T-Mobile Still Doesn't Understand (Or Simply Doesn't Care) That Their 'Music Freedom' Plan Tramples Net Neutrality

T-Mobile has made some great, pro-consumer moves of late, but this isn't one of them. The company either doesn't understand that "Music Freedom" tramples all over net neutrality, or they understand this all too well and simply hope consumers are too stupid to notice.

Nov 26 11:09

The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails

Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administration that outline their plans to delete years' worth of emails, which the Archives has already tentatively approved. The CIA apparently turned one in to comply with the administration's directive, ordering federal agencies to conjure up viable plans to better manage government emails by 2016. If approved, all the correspondences of every person to ever be employed by the CIA will be flushed down the digital toilet three years after they leave. All messages older than seven years old will also be nuked, and only the digital missives of 22 top officials will be preserved -- something which several senators do not want to happen.

Nov 26 08:43

Virtual motion, real consequences

LMU researchers have shown that virtual optical stimuli can lead to aftereffects that significantly alter our perception of self-motion. This finding has implications for safe use of emerging technologies such as virtual-reality headsets...

Nov 26 07:38

Censoring the Web Isn't the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It's the Problem.

by Jeremy Malcolm

In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web...

Nov 26 05:29

The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails

Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administration that outline their plans to delete years' worth of emails, which the Archives has already tentatively approved. The CIA apparently turned one in to comply with the administration's directive, ordering federal agencies to conjure up viable plans to better manage government emails by 2016. If approved, all the correspondences of every person to ever be employed by the CIA will be flushed down the digital toilet three years after they leave. All messages older than seven years old will also be nuked, and only the digital missives of 22 top officials will be preserved -- something which several senators do not want to happen.

Nov 25 18:58

Kim Dotcom: 'I'm officially broke right now'

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says he is officially broke.

The German entrepreneur and failed politician has revealed this week that his three-year, $10 million legal fight against extradition to the US to face trial on an alleged conspiracy to commit the biggest-ever breach of copyright has seen him run out of cash.

A high profile Queen's Counsel and one of the country's biggest law firms stepped down from his legal team team earlier this month.

Video: It's official. I'm broke. Here's a Q&A I did yesterday. https://t.co/C72ooFPD65
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 25, 2014

"The US Government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the internet Party, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I'm officially broke right now," Dotcom said via live video-link from his Coatesville mansion at the Unbound Digital conference in London yesterday.

Nov 25 15:56

New Snowden docs: GCHQ’s ties to telco gave spies global surveillance reach

Documents reportedly from the Edward Snowden cache show that in 2009, GCHQ (and by association, the NSA) had access to the traffic on 63 submarine cable links around the globe. The cables listed handle the vast majority of international Internet traffic as well as private network connections between telecommunications providers and corporate data centers.

According to a report in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the telecommunications company Cable & Wireless—now a subsidiary of Vodafone—“actively shaped and provided the most data to GCHQ surveillance programs and received millions of pounds in compensation.”

Nov 25 12:11

Virtual money and user’s identity

Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions really anonymous?...

Nov 25 06:11

'Regin' Spying Malware Linked to US, UK Intelligence Services: Reports

A sophisticated piece of malware that has been used to spy on governments, research facilities and private businesses around the world may have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), The Intercept reported Tuesday.

Nov 24 19:41

Craigslist is back up, and, here is a good tool to test web accessibility

An excellent tool to test internet accessibility linked above.

Nov 24 19:02

NSA Backdoor Exploit in Windows 8 Uncovered

An internal document issued by IT experts working for the German federal government warned national agencies and companies not to use Windows 8. The reason? An alleged backdoor exploit has been discovered, and the details were obtained and published by German site Zeit Online. The leaked message suggests that the NSA likely has access to a hidden feature which apparently can’t be shut off and allows Microsoft to remotely control any computer running the software.

Nov 24 18:35

U.S. Postal Service ‘mail imaging’ program used for law enforcement, surveillance

The U.S. Postal Service runs a massive dragnet surveillance program of all the mail in the United States; enabling law enforcement to generate profiles of associations and contacts of every American. Two key programs play a role in the surveillance. The first is called “Mail Imaging.” As the name suggests, the program involves taking a digital photograph of every piece of physical mail that crosses through the USPS. The images provide a permanent record of the source and destination addresses posted on all packages and letters in the country. The scope of the program is absolutely huge. The New York Times reported that about 160 billion pieces of mail were scanned in 2012.

Nov 24 17:21

The strange world of NSA mind control

The surveillance society is a secretive apparatus of intrusion and deception

Nov 24 16:57

DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouko Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines.

The WP-Statistics plugin lets attackers inject JavaScript into comments, which can then infect reader computers or those of administrators.

Nov 24 16:34

You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs.

Hordes of users have found that their PCs, especially those running Windows 8 and 8.1, grind to a halt after they apply both Microsoft's recent KB3000850 update rollup and Avast's latest automatic updates.

Some users report their PCs won't boot, or take forever to apply patches. The Avast forums record many users venting their spleens. Microsoft's not immune either: a Redmond thread titled Major issues with KB3000850 includes plenty of people wondering why the company issued an update incompatible with third-party software.

Nov 24 16:24

Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

Sources familiar with internal investigations at Belgacom and the European Union have confirmed to The Intercept that the Regin malware was found on their systems after they were compromised, linking the spy tool to the secret GCHQ and NSA operations.

Ronald Prins, a security expert whose company Fox IT was hired to remove the malware from Belgacom’s networks, told The Intercept that it was “the most sophisticated malware” he had ever studied.

“Having analyzed this malware and looked at the [previously published] Snowden documents,” Prins said, “I’m convinced Regin is used by British and American intelligence services.”

Nov 24 16:23

Electromagnetic Radiation, Health and Children

"Life is electromagnetic." - Dr. Erica Mallery-Blythe

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

Awareness continues to increase surrounding the pervasive dangers of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). Our modern world is becoming an electromagnetic soup filled with pulses, radio frequencies, computer screens, wireless signals, as well as personal devices such as cell phones and gadgets that are emitting damaging radiation. As you will see in this lecture, British ER physician and founder of Physicians' Health Initiative for Radiation and the Environment (PHIRE), Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe, is yet another credible voice sounding the alarm...

Nov 24 15:57

Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack With Ominous Message

Things have come to a standstill at Sony today, after the computers in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker. As a precaution, computers in Los Angeles were shut down while the corporation deals with the breach. It has basically brought the whole global corporation to an electronic standstill. I’d heard that this began with a skull appearing on screens, and then a strangely ominous message telling users they’d been hacked by something called #GOP. It gets more bizarre as the message claims this is just the beginning and then threatens to release documents by 11 PM this evening. There is no reason given why this is happening, and no specific demands. Mentioned are websites in places around the world, some of which don’t even function.

Nov 24 15:57

Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack With Ominous Message

Things have come to a standstill at Sony today, after the computers in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker. As a precaution, computers in Los Angeles were shut down while the corporation deals with the breach. It has basically brought the whole global corporation to an electronic standstill. I’d heard that this began with a skull appearing on screens, and then a strangely ominous message telling users they’d been hacked by something called #GOP. It gets more bizarre as the message claims this is just the beginning and then threatens to release documents by 11 PM this evening. There is no reason given why this is happening, and no specific demands. Mentioned are websites in places around the world, some of which don’t even function.

Nov 24 15:50

World’s most advanced hacking spyware uncovered: 'Extraordinary' Regin bug has been stealing Russian, Saudi and Irish state secrets for six years

Once installed on a computer, it can steal passwords, capture screenshots, listen in on phone conversations and restore deleted files.

Symantec, who found the malware, describes it as the most 'extraordinary' piece of hacking software developed, and was probably 'months or years in the making'.

They claim it is more advanced than Stuxnet, which was developed by US and Israel government hackers in 2010 to target the Iranian nuclear programme.

'We are starting to get glimpses into the secret war that is occurring at a nation-level in intelligence,' Professor Tim Watson, director of the Cyber Security Centre at Warwick University told MailOnline.

Nov 24 11:18

Briefing NOTE: Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and IP address matching - Big Brother Watch

he Government has announced that it will bring forward proposals to enable IP address matching. The measures would require internet firms to keep records of customer information, to enable law enforcement bodies to decipher who was using a device, such as a smart phone or computer, at a given time.

We have produced a briefing note (PDF) on the proposals.

The key issues with the proposals are:
There are questions over whether or not this will be technically feasible.

Proper safeguards must be introduced to ensure that these techniques are used transparently, that there is a proper level of authorisation and that the oversight and redress mechanisms can function effectively.

Nov 24 08:19

Fail: MPAA makes legal content unfindable in Google

Last week the MPAA launched a brand new website that makes it easier for people to find legal movies and TV-shows online.

Nov 24 06:38

"Firewall: Israel Legitimacy Hackathon"

The assault on Israel's legitimacy gained momentum during the 2014 Gaza war (see photos). Israel and Jewish communities around the world have confronted escalating attacks from movements and organizations driven by an agenda of seeking to negate Israel's right to exist or of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination.

Nov 24 05:55

Highly advanced backdoor trojan cased high-profile targets for years

Researchers have unearthed highly advanced malware they believe was developed by a wealthy nation-state to spy on a wide range of international targets in diverse industries, including hospitality, energy, airline, and research.

Nov 23 18:21

Symantec IDs sophisticated 'Regin' malware

Symantec researchers have identified a particularly sophisticated piece of malware, called "Regin" that was likely developed by a nation state and has been used to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and individuals since at least 2008.

"Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen," Symantec said in a statement Sunday, released along with a technical white paper about the malware. Indications are that Regin "is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state."

Researchers have identified its use in 10 countries, mainly Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.

Nov 22 14:54

'If there's no evidence on Merkel's phone, what about the millions of Europeans snooped on?'

Remember how furious German Chancellor Angela Merkel was over her phone being snooped on by America's National Security Agency? Answers were demanded and an investigation called for. But times have changed, German magazine 'Focus' cites Justice Ministry sources saying the probe will now be dropped, because of a lack of solid evidence.

Nov 22 12:08

Could your computer catch a virus from your e-cigarette? Security alert over gadgets that charge from USB port

It appears it not just your own health that can be affected by smoking e-cigarettes.

Experts have warned that computers can be infected by the gadgets, many of which can be charged from a computer's USB port.

One user even claims to have had his machine infected by malware - and experts say the problem could become bigger in the future.

Nov 22 07:11

Investigators into IRS scandal may have recovered lost Lois Lerner emails

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators said at a staff briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.

Nov 22 06:16

Local judge unseals hundreds of highly secret cell tracking court records

A judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, has unsealed a set of 529 court documents in hundreds of criminal cases detailing the use of a stingray, or cell-site simulator, by local police. This move, which took place earlier this week, marks a rare example of a court opening up a vast trove of applications made by police to a judge, who authorized each use of the powerful and potentially invasive device.

Nov 22 06:07

Target to judge: Banks’ losses in our card breach aren’t our problem

Target’s massive data breach, in which criminals were able to drop malware onto point-of-sale systems and compromise at least 40 million credit and debit cards, is now the subject of a federal lawsuit by banks who issued those cards. And Target is arguing in court today that those claims should be thrown out, Bloomberg reports—because the company claims it had no obligation to protect the banks from damages.

Nov 21 10:54

'Sophisticated' Android malware hits phones

Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk.

Mobile security firm Lookout said the virus, called NotCompatible, was the most sophisticated it had seen.

The cyberthieves behind it had recently rewritten its core code to make it harder to defeat, it said.

Mobile malware aimed at smartphones is steadily getting more complex, said security company Wandera.

Jeremy Linden, a security analyst at Lookout, said: "The group behind NotCompatible are operating on a different plane to the typical mobile malware maker."

Nov 21 06:55

Feds proposed the secret phone database used by local Virginia cops

A Virginia-based law enforcement data sharing ring, which allows signatory police agencies to share and analyze seized "telephone intelligence information," was first proposed by federal prosecutors, according to new documents obtained by Ars. Federal involvement suggests that there could be more such databases in other parts of the country.

Nov 20 21:56

5 Inventions That Herald an ”Outernet” Revolution

Waking Times

If there is anything good to be said about mass surveillance, overcharging and monopolization by telecom/ISP companies, and government censorship including cell phone and Internet shutdowns as they see fit, it is that these heavy-handed measures only create a stronger desire for freedom.

Nov 20 20:41

AMERICA – THE 7 SECOND SOCIETY

Across all realms of the internet, the phenomenon of what I like to call “The 7 Second Society” is prevalent. What I mean by this is that people (and especially American sheeple) have an incredibly short attention span. Our culture has been groomed into a society in which the dumbing down of information is sought after and demanded.

Nov 20 16:14

Obama’s Plan for a Backdoor Internet Tax

It’s very possible, said FCC commissioner Mike O’Reilly at a conference sponsored by the Free State Foundation in Washington on Friday. The tax, which could total over $7 per month on the typical American’s broadband bill, would be imposed as a consequence of regulating the internet via “net neutrality” rules that President Obama has urged the FCC to adopt.

Nov 20 15:48

'Resist Surveillance': Human Rights Groups Launch Tool to Detect Spyware

Amnesty International released a free program on Wednesday that scans computers for surveillance software that is often used by governments to spy on journalists, human rights lawyers, political organizers, and other activists—technology that has been discovered to be in use in countries around the world.

Nov 20 14:47

U.S. brands Kim Dotcom a fugitive, ‘spies’ on others

The U.S. Government is trying to get its hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, with the DoJ branding them fugitives and asking the court to dismiss their claims .

Nov 20 12:41

Rivero challenges the NSA

Nobody got this. The coffee mug is still in the box. I am batting 1000 against the NSA's cryptographers! My first NSA challenge came out over a year ago. Had I been a real terrorist, I would have had ample time to carry out my nefarious plans.

This proves that the NSA cannot and does not track real criminals and terrorists, but exists to spy on law-abiding Americans citizens on behalf of a government grown paranoid over public awareness of their crimes and corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for the audience of a radio interview I did this morning.

Nov 20 12:26

JEFF RENSE'S WEBSITE IS UNDER MASSIVE DOS ATTACK RIGHT NOW!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, Jeff must have really ticked someone off because his website is under massive DOS attack right now, although nobody has any idea what the motive might be. But it is intense enough where the upstream providers are getting involved in trying to track down and block the attackers.

UPDATE: Jeff Rense's radio network has also been targeted.

And where is the mighty and omniscient NSA during all this? Aren't they supposed to be monitoring the internet for evildoers? :)

Nov 20 11:20

Doxxing defense: Remove your personal info from data brokers

Don't want your home address or other personal info published to the world? This weekend, take an hour or two to make yourself a less visible target.

Nov 20 10:50

Amnesty, EFF, Privacy International Put Out Free Anti-Surveillance Tool

Resistance is digital. Human rights charity Amnesty International is one of several organizations behind the release of a free, open source anti-surveillance tool called Detekt.

Other partners include Privacy International and digital privacy rights organizations the EFF and Germany’s Digitale Gesellschaft. The tool itself was developed by Berlin-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri.

Nov 20 10:34

FISA Judge To Yahoo: If US Citizens Don't Know They're Being Surveilled, There's No Harm

A legal battle between Yahoo and the government over the Protect America Act took place in 2008, but details (forced from the government's Top Secret file folders by FISA Judge Reggie Walton) are only emerging now. A total of 1,500 pages will eventually make their way into the public domain once redactions have been applied. The most recent release is a transcript [pdf link] of oral arguments presented by Yahoo's counsel (Mark Zwillinger) and the US Solicitor General (Gregory Garre).

Nov 20 10:28

Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance

by Eva Galperin

Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users' computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisting journalists and activists who have faced the illegitimate use of such software in defiance of accepted international human rights law.

Software like this is designed to evade detection by its victims. That's why we've joined together to support Detekt, a new malware detection tool developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri...

Nov 20 09:55

Bill designed to curb NSA domestic surveillance goes down in Senate

STRONGEST LEGISLATIVE EFFORT YET DEFEATED BY LAWMAKERS, MANY OF WHOM USED THE THREAT OF FOREIGN TERRORISTS TO DEFEND THE NEED FOR MASS SURVEILLANCE WITHOUT OVERSIGHT

Nov 20 08:03

Rights groups release anti-surveillance tool

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software.

Amnesty International says the tool released on Thursday, called Detekt, is designed for right activists and journalists but will be freely available to anybody who fears their computer is being used to monitor them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Detekt is available HERE.

Of course, this could also be a giant hoax to convince us we are not being spied on. This tool reported finding no traces of spyware on my machine, which I have difficulty accepting at face value!

Nov 20 07:50

Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.

Nov 20 07:13

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer

Buyers of the earthly explanation for whatever fell from the sky in Roswell, N.M. back in 1947 are likely to appreciate the reaction of a South African farmer who recently came across what he assumed to be a crashed weather balloon.

In this case, however, the confusion proved only temporary.

Nov 19 16:09

Smartphone hackers build 'bot armies'

Mobile security firm Lookout on Wednesday warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with malicious software that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords.

The persistence and sophistication of malware dubbed NotCompatible is another sign that cyber criminals are hitting smartphones and tablets with tactics and tenacity once reserved for desktop computers, according to Lookout security researcher Jeremy Linden.

"Mobile is becoming the dominant computing platform and, because it is so ubiquitous, we are seeing heightened malware targeting it," Linden said.

"Mobile malware is becoming very advanced and rapidly reaching parity with PC malware."

Nov 19 16:07

Twitter makes all tweets searchable. Here's how to delete your embarrassing ones.

Deleting tweets doesn't keep them secret forever. There are places where they can still pop up. The Library of Congress is archiving every tweet sent for official records, and indexing by search engines can resurface caches of tweets.

Nov 19 14:42

Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Nov 19 14:40

Microsoft Acquires Israeli Start-Up To Enhance Enterprise Security

Microsoft has acquired Aorato, an Israeli enterprise security start-up. Microsoft posted on its blog on November 13 that the acquisition is intended to “give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure."

The purchase of Aorato is expected to accelerate Microsoft’s ability to give customers powerful identity and access solutions that span on-premises and the cloud, which is central to the software giant’s overall hybrid cloud strategy

Nov 19 11:43

Berners-Lee Behind New Private Communications Network For Ultra-Privacy Conscious

Web founder Tim Berners-Lee is one of the privacy advocates behind a newly launched service that combines social media, cloud storage, person-to-person, and group communications for privacy-conscious users.

Nov 19 09:43

Android Lollipop update causes problems

Early adopters of Google's latest Android operating system are warning others of problems with the software.

Issues include the update causing Nexus 7 tablets to run slowly and repeatedly crash, with several users complaining they had become "unusable".

The code also appears to remove apps built with Adobe Air and then prevent them from being reinstalled.

Nov 19 08:45

Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians

by Michelle Ma

It’s not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars.

University of Washington electrical engineers have developed a way to automatically track people across moving and still cameras by using an algorithm that trains the networked cameras to learn one another’s differences. The cameras first identify a person in a video frame, then follow that same person across multiple camera views...

Nov 19 08:02

The £3.5bn mobile phone theft racket: Beware crooks who run up vast bills calling premium rate lines on your stolen mobile - leaving YOU counting the cost

Today, Money Mail lays bare a £3.5 billion racket that allows mobile phone firms to profit from criminal gangs who steal handsets, then run up thousands of pounds in international calls.

An industry insider has revealed how crooks make a fortune in tourist hotspots and cities by using stolen phones to call premium-rate lines in countries such as Somalia, North Korea and little-known Pacific islands.

Meanwhile, the victims are left facing bills totalling thousands of pounds.

Nov 19 07:36

FLASHBACK - The Double Identity of an "Anti-Semitic" Commenter

Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.

A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of issues involving Israel.

His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, "JewishProgressive," whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We get a lot of that around here as well. Israelis have called our advertisers and clients and demanded they stop doing business with us. Sadly, the more cowardly among them have.

Nov 19 02:11

New Book Reveals Significant Cybersecurity Information Sharing Between Tech Companies And NSA; So Why Do We Need A New Law?

Salon has published an excerpt from Shane Harris' new book (which looks excellent), @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex. The specific excerpt is called: Google's secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state, and it's an absolute must read. Frankly, Salon's title overstates the story. The article reveals more details about a ton of existing information sharing that goes on between the NSA and various tech companies to try to prevent malicious attacks from foreign threats (with the vast majority of them coming from China). The article focuses on some of the details behind Google's public admission that hackers in China had broken into Google's systems (as well as a number of other companies').

Nov 18 18:15

Facebook slams the door on political campaigns; In 2016 elections, political candidates will no longer be able to access users' friends lists to target potential voters

Barack Obama’s reelection campaign pioneered a pathway for political campaigns to reach voters through Facebook when it released an app that helped supporters target their friends with Obama-related material.
But as the 2016 presidential campaign approaches, Facebook is rolling out a change that will prevent future campaigns from doing this, closing the door on one of the most sophisticated social targeting efforts ever undertaken.

Nov 18 17:20

Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle...

Nov 18 11:09

Free And Independent Media & Free Flow Of Information Key In Preventing Terrorism, Experts Proclaim In Annual Report

The 'Global Terrorism Index 2014' released by The Institute for Economics & Peace has pointed out that a free and independent media is a key requirement to maintaining the most important 'pillars of peace' and preventing terrorism. The report stated, in part, "Free flow of information, which captures the extent to which citizens can gain access to information, whether the media is free and independent. Peaceful countries tend to have free and independent media, which disseminate information in a way that leads to greater openness and helps individuals and civil society work together. This leads to better decision-making and rational responses in times of crisis."

Nov 18 10:51

Net Neutrality: What it Really Means, and How it Could Impact You

Net neutrality. That sounds like a friendly term, like something we all would WANT, right?

When I first heard people talking about Obama's attempt to push the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "keep the internet free and open" I thought, well, that sounds good to me. Last Monday, in his plea for the implementation of rules for net neutrality, Obama used terms like "fairness" and "freedom". He expressed the need for more government control to ensure equal Internet access for everyone.

And he said that abandoning the principles of net neutrality “would threaten to end the Internet as we know it.”

But, as with everything else that interests me, I had to research it for myself. Whenever a politician (especially one who aggressively forces things like Obamacare) pushes for something, I think it is natural to have some level of skepticism.

Nov 18 10:24

Mortgage Movies Invitation to Debra Jones Sovereignty Classes: Wake Up, Sheeple!


18 November 2014

KingCast and Mortgage Movies Welcome Debra Jones Sovereignty Classes: Wake Up, Sheeple!
My first taste of sovereignty arguments came in this landmark video with 50,000+ hits where I saw a Judge literally run from the bench. The State eventually backed away from the underlying case.


I'll be running video at the Seattle area seminar in Yelm, Washington November 29 - December 5, 2014. More details and registration are here:
http://www.protrustacademy.com/#

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Nov 18 09:25

Windows Phone 8.1 Hacked

Just few weeks after Microsoft announced a 19 year-old critical security hole existed in almost every version of its Windows operating system, XDA-developers have discovered a new vulnerability in Microsoft’s youngest OS Windows 8.1 that could easily be exploited by hackers to hack a Nokia Lumia phone.

Nov 18 08:35

Net Neutrality Shows People Power Can Make the Politically Impossible, the Politically Inevitable

This week has been a turning point in a seven month campaign to Save the Internet. The campaign began when FCC Chair, Tom Wheeler, told the media in May that he was considering creating a tiered Internet where wealthy corporations could pay for faster service giving them an advantage over start-ups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and citizen activists.

Nov 18 08:26

6 links that will show you what Google knows about you

Want to find out all the things Google knows about you? Here are 6 links that will show you some of the data Google has about you.

Nov 18 08:25

New York City is building 10,000 internet pylons for free public Wi-Fi 'up to gigabit speeds'

Say goodbye to New York's public pay phones and hello to one of the largest public Wi-Fi experiments ever. A new city plan dubbed LinkNYC will replace public pay telephones with a console that provides free public Wi-Fi ("up to gigabit speeds") 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The physical pillar will also provide free domestic phone calls (including 911 and 311), a charging station for your phones, and a "touchscreen tablet interface to access City services, directions, and more."

Nov 18 07:20

Analysis casts doubt on FBI claims over Tor website seizures

The majority of Tor-based hidden services closed down by law enforcement agencies last week were clones or fakes, according to a new analysis of the operation. In what the 16-member states of Europol, the FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security called Operation Onymous, more than 410 hidden services hosted on .onion pages through the Tor network were closed down this month, according to the agencies.

Nov 18 07:08

5 Inventions That Herald an ''Outernet'' Revolution

If there is anything good to be said about mass surveillance, overcharging and monopolization by telecom/ISP companies, and government censorship including cell phone and Internet shutdowns as they see fit, it is that these heavy-handed measures only create a stronger desire for freedom.

For many in the modern world, open access to the World Wide Web is being viewed as an essential human right - it is a gateway to knowledge, peer-to-peer communication, innovation and economic opportunity. Basically: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. For the 5 billion people who still do not have access, it represents the universal dream of self-determination...

Nov 17 11:26

Why Quebec can't surf some major U.S. retailers' websites

Access to the websites of several large U.S.-based retailers have been blocked in Quebec because they did not comply with the province's language laws.

In recent weeks, retailers including Williams-Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, and Club Monaco blocked access in Quebec to parts of their retail websites.

Nov 17 11:04

Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA surveillance

A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

Nov 17 07:17

#OpKKK: Anonymous hacks KKK websites, Twitter over Ferguson threats

Anonymous claims it has taken down several Ku Klux Klan websites and Twitter accounts as part of what internet hacktivists describe as a “cyber war”, inspired by KKK threats of using “lethal force” against Ferguson protesters.

Anonymous listed the KKK websites it put offline Sunday night on its Twitter feed, with reports on the attacks coming with the hashtag #OpKKK.

Nov 17 07:13

‘Super-sealing’ in federal court has new name, same result

At the federal courthouse, officials say they have no plans to change a long-running practice that allows the government to file court papers in total secrecy.

But they are changing one thing — the name. According to Federal Court Clerk Lance Wilson, the term “super-sealing” has been officially deleted from the courthouse vernacular. It has been replaced by “special processing,” a more accurate description of the practice, Wilson said last week.

Nov 17 06:34

Obamacare Facebook page comments mostly from small group of supporters

Americans began heading anew this weekend to President Obama’s official Obamacare Facebook page to gather information on the new round of health care enrollment, share their experiences shopping for insurance on the federal exchange and voice their opinions on the president’s signature domestic achievement.

However, what some would view as a robust marketplace of ideas is actually controlled by just a few, an analysis of the Web page shows.

Sixty percent of the site’s 226,838 comments generated from September 2012 to early last month can be attributed to fewer than 100 unique profiles, according to an analysis completed by The Washington Times with assistance from an outside data analytics team. Many of those profiles belong to just one person who created multiple aliases or personas to widen her influence and multiply her voice.

Nov 16 09:26

81% of Tor users can be de-anonymised by analysing router information, research indicates

Research undertaken between 2008 and 2014 suggests that more than 81% of Tor clients can be ‘de-anonymised’ – their originating IP addresses revealed – by exploiting the ‘Netflow’ technology that Cisco has built into its router protocols, and similar traffic analysis software running by default in the hardware of other manufacturers.

Nov 16 09:15

Hackers Show How Simple It Is to Hack ATMs for Free Cash.

In 2005 it was discovered that the factory set master passcodes of the machines were printed inside the service manuals which were available online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The dumbing down of America has succeeded!

The losses from these weak systems get passed onto the rest of the bank customers. This is yet another reason to stop doing business with the banks, alongside negative interest rates and the coming bail-ins.

Nov 16 07:45

Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion. Increased access to information is making it more difficult for faiths to exert total control over their followers

While the burgeoning atheist movement loves throwing conferences and selling books, a huge chunk–possibly most–of its resources go toward the Internet. This isn’t borne out of laziness or a hostility to wearing pants so much as a belief that the Internet is uniquely positioned as the perfect tool for sharing arguments against religion with believers who are experiencing doubts. It’s searchable, it allows back-and-forth debate, and it makes proving your arguments through links much easier. Above all else, it’s private. An online search on atheism is much easier to hide than, say, a copy of The God Delusion on your nightstand.

Nov 16 07:00

YouTube takes down account that had the "HAPPY HALLOWEEN WRH LISTENERS !!!" video!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are down to the "Let's throw tantrums because we can't figure out anything else to do" phase of the decline of the US.

Nov 16 05:57

UK ISPs to install 'reporting button' to crack down on extremism following government pressure

Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk are amongst a number of internet service providers that have agreed to install a 'reporting button' to identify extremist Islamic material following pressure from the UK government.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: The problem is that the Megaphonies can all be ordered to hit that button for a targeted website (such as this one) to get it banned. So as soon as that button appears, everyone in Britain opposed to censorship should hit the button for the website for Parliament, the Queen, and BBC! That will end this nonsense of allowing a minority to decice what the majority can see, hear, and read!

Nov 15 13:54

TRUTH BLOGS UNDER ATTACK!

How popular is whatreallyhappened.com? The attack on truth sites began a few months ago, as you can see from Alexa's graph concerning the popularity of whatreallyhappened.com and other patriot sites.

Nov 15 09:09

First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere

US government-owned airplanes that can cover most of the continental United States are covertly flying around the country, spying on tens of thousands of innocent people’s cellphones. It sounds like a movie plot, but in a remarkable report published on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal exposed that these spy planes are part of an actual mass surveillance program overseen by the Justice Department (DOJ). And it’s been kept secret from the public for years.

The Journal explained that the US Marshals Service, a sub-agency under DOJ’s control, has a small fleet of Cessna airplanes that are currently armed with high-tech surveillance gear called “dirtboxes” – essentially fake cell towers tricking your phone into connecting to them – that can vacuum the identifying information and location of ten of thousands of phones in a single flight.

Nov 15 09:08

AOL’s ‘digital prophet’ is everything wrong with Corporate America today

AOL is a dinosaur that prays your grandparents won't send it to an even earlier extinction by realizing they don't have to pay it for Internet anymore.

That's because over 100 percent of its profits come from the 2.3 million people who still pay it $20.86 a month for internet access that they get from somebody else now. Not exactly a sustainable business model.

Nov 15 08:47

Facebook's data policy in plain English: we'll SELL you like a pig at a fair

Facebook has papered over its terms of use with a supposedly plain-English version, so that its users won't have to worry their pretty heads about being sold off to advertisers.

Nov 15 07:06

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ADMITS IT MISLED COURT ABOUT FBI’S SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

The Justice Department acknowledged that it misled a federal Appeals Court during oral arguments last month in a case reviewing whether the government should be able to secretly conduct electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant.

In a newly unsealed letter, a Justice Department lawyer told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that it spoke erroneously when describing the disclosure restrictions placed upon the FBI's use of so-called national security letters. NSLs, as they are often referred, can compel companies to hand over communications data or financial records of certain users to authorities conducting a national security investigation.

Nov 15 06:31

Youtube removes ITCCS historic postings detailing complicity of Harper cabinet minister Denis Lebel in Ninth Circle cult, and of child killing at elite Vancouver Club

Crucial evidence from the ITCCS exposing child trafficking and Ninth Circle rituals in Canada was removed yesterday by youtube without explanation.

The postings consisted of first hand evidence shared in interviews with Kevin Annett, the North American Field Secretary of the ITCCS. The evidence included the names of prominent church, judicial and government members of the Ninth Circle in Canada, and of a west coast child trafficking and cult sacrificial group known as the Twelve Mile Club.

Nov 15 05:50

Verizon settles charges that it never gave “free TVs” to FiOS customers

Verizon has agreed to pay $1.375 million to Maryland customers to settle charges that it misled them about the price of its FiOS fiber-to-the-home service and failed to deliver promised promotional items including free televisions, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced Wednesday.

Nov 14 17:06

Package Delivery Virus

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As we head into the holidays, scammers are using fake delivery notifications which appear to be from UPS, FedEx, USPS and such to trick you into downloading malware. Most ask you to click a link to schedule redelivery or provide confirmation information. None of the real delivery companies do this.

Nov 14 16:30

Microsoft quietly yanks botched October patch KB 3000061

Problems arose when the KB 3000061 installer failed, triggering a rollback. The message boards lit up with complaints. Three days later, poster CountryKING on TechNet came up with a fix, and lord_vader refined the method. It took Microsoft two weeks to confirm the fix, which involves deleting a Registry key.

To this day, there's no official acknowledgment of the problem or its solution in the KB article that's supposed to list known problems.

On Nov. 10, Microsoft engineer joscon posted a TechNet article about the problem and its solution. Two days later, it looks like KB 3000061 has been pulled completely.

Nov 14 16:20

Microsoft yanks botched patch KB 2949927, re-issues KB 2952664

I've been saying it in print for a decade now: Automatic Update is for chumps.

Nov 14 12:35

Quality, Not Quantity (Unless You’re a Fusion Center, Spending Taxpayer Money)

Nadia Kayyali
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Who pays for government surveillance? Taxpayers. And we should all heed the age-old message: buyer beware. Fusion centers are an excellent example of why...

Nov 14 11:38

UK to stop its citizens seeing extremist material online

The U.K.’s big internet service providers, including BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and Sky, have agreed to filter out terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest, in order to stop people seeing things that may make them sympathetic towards terrorists.

Nov 14 10:21

Politicians overseeing Internet received over $8 million from major cable companies in 2014

Minutes after President Obama unveiled his plan for net neutrality yesterday, Republicans leaders like Ted Cruz came out swinging. You can chalk up the backlash to more than just partisan spite; Cruz has taken his share of campaign money from telecom giants. And he's far from the exception.

Nov 14 09:45

Regulating the Internet threatens entrepreneurial freedom

Never before has it been so easy to turn an idea into a business. With a simple Internet connection, some ingenuity and a lot of hard work, anyone today can create a new service or app or start selling products nationwide.

Nov 14 08:45

The troubling truth behind these anti-net neutrality op-ed writers

Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet—especially when it comes to op-eds decrying the value of net neutrality.
Time and the Wall Street Journal both published opinion stories this week from people who oppose strong net neutrality protections—without disclosing that each of them did or do receive money from Internet service providers.

Nov 14 08:18

Ontario Police Inspector Says He Wants A 'Driver's License For The Internet'

"Child sexual exploitation" has become synonymous with mission creep and rights erosion, but those in the position to make legislative changes are rarely interested in appearing to be "soft" on sex offenders, and pitch in happily to cart away citizens' rights and pave the way for frictionless law enforcement and mission creep.

Nov 14 08:14

German Spy Agency Wants To Buy Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Order To Undermine SSL Security

The BND's move is particularly worrying, since it could well encourage spy agencies in other nations to follow suit, thus starting a bidding war for serious software flaws. That, in its turn, will encourage even more people to find and sell zero-days, rather than report them, reducing security online. It's probably too much to hope that government agencies would ever agree to give up acquiring and using software bugs in this way, but they should at least be required to limit their use so as to minimize the serious harm they could wreak across the entire Internet.

Nov 14 08:12

Feds Put Fake Cell Towers On Planes, Spied On Tons Of Innocent Americans

The Wall Street Journal broke the news that the DOJ has been spying on tons of innocent Americans by putting fake mobile phone towers on airplanes and scooping up all sorts of data from people who thought they were connecting to regular mobile phone towers.

Nov 14 08:12

Flashback: STOP SOPA - by Michael Mozart

Evidence that giant corporations created and distributed file sharing software. The end goal is internet control.

Nov 14 05:45

Feds gather phone data from the sky with aircraft-mimicking cell towers

On Thursday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal published a report saying that the US Marshals Service (USMS) was using small, fixed-wing Cessnas equipped with so-called “dirtboxes”—receivers that act like cellphone towers—to gather data from citizens' phones below. The purpose of such collection is to target and spy on criminal suspects, but the data from any citizen's phone is collected by such devices.

Nov 13 15:53

Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy

Media reports this morning have revealed that the federal government is building an expansive Social Media Monitoring system to collect, store, and analyze what Canadians say on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Nov 13 15:40

GLOBAL CYBER WARFARE - Cyber Attacks on U.S. Government At All Time High

WEBMASTER ADDITION: And the NSA can't do a thing about it, can they?

Nov 13 14:37

FBI's "Suicide Letter" to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance

The New York Times has published an unredacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage, is a disturbing document. But it’s also something that everyone in the United States should read, because it demonstrates exactly what lengths the intelligence community is willing to go to—and what happens when they take the fruits of the surveillance they’ve done and unleash it on a target.

Nov 13 14:19

Member of organized cybercrime ring responsible for $50 million in online identity theft sentenced to 115 months in prison

“Cyber thieves created a real criminal organization through the virtual world of the Internet

Nov 13 10:51

Americans Want More Privacy from Companies and Government: Poll

Mark Jaycox
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Pew released a report today detailing the extensive privacy concerns of Americans. The report, which surveyed a nationally representative sample, highlighted their skepticism towards both corporate and government data collection, Americans' enthusiasm for privacy, and Americans' need for more privacy protective tools...

Nov 13 10:21

Republican Politicians Are Fighting Net Neutrality, but Their Constituents Support It

On Monday, President Obama came out in strong support of net neutrality and advised the FCC to reclassify Internet service as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Later that day, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, an Obama appointee and former cable/telecom lobbyist, met with tech company representatives to say that he did not plan to follow all of the president’s proposals. Sounds about right.

Nov 13 09:15

The troubling truth behind these anti-net neutrality op-ed writers

Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet—especially when it comes to op-eds decrying the value of net neutrality.

Time and the Wall Street Journal both published opinion stories this week from people who oppose strong net neutrality protections—without disclosing that each of them did or do receive money from Internet service providers.

This appears to be glaring evidence of corporate astroturfing—the idea that Internet providers are secretly filtering their opinions to the public, a practice ISPs have been repeatedly accused of.

Nov 13 08:53

Google’s Rapidly Expanding Political Activity and Information Collection Systems Present Cause for Concern

Public Citizen Report Details Google’s Ambitious Technological Expansions and Its Newfound Status as One of the Most Politically Active Companies in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Google is so rapidly expanding both its information-collecting capabilities and its political clout that it could become too powerful to be held accountable, a new Public Citizen report finds.

Nov 13 08:41

IT buyers calling it quits with Silicon Valley

As enterprises discover the need to build their own software, they're ending the romance with Silicon Valley vendors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are three immediate advantages to developing your own software.

1. You only write the software you need and don't have to deal with a bloated system with hundreds of features you don't use.

2. You can repair problems quickly without having to wait for whenever the software provider to issue a patch.

3. You can create your own systems of encryption so that the US Government isn't stealing your business secrets to fatten their own wallets, and by having your own code, you know the NSA doesn't have a back door hidden inside it somewhere.

Nov 13 08:23

Windows 8: Why Microsoft's giant gamble didn't pay off

In many ways, analysts say, Windows 8 didn't bridge the divide between tablets and PCs so much as fall into the chasm between them.

Nov 13 06:55

Wisconsin Voting Machines Fail to Count 1,000???s of Votes in Anti-Lobby Referendum

How would you feel if businesses could no longer lobby politicians with their money in order to sway them to vote in favor of their plans? What if you voted against lobbying in politics and then it was not counted?

“A malfunction with the voting machines in Stoughton Tuesday led to an incomplete outcome of the city’s referendum on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution, Stoughton clerk Lana Kropf said,” according to a single sentence line report in the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday.

Nov 12 16:11

'Unicorn bug' found in Microsoft's Windows that has been there since 1995 - and lets hackers take control of ANY machine

It could be one of the oldest bugs in the computer world.

Microsoft today issued a patch for a major security hole in its Windows software that it admitted has been there for 19 years.

Experts at IBM spotted the bug - and found it was even present in the code for Windows 95.

Nov 12 14:08

Plumbing the Depths of NSA’s Spying

William Binney, who spent 36 years in the National Security Agency rising to become the NSA’s technical director for intelligence, has emerged as one of the most knowledgeable critics of excesses in the NSA’s spying programs, some of which he says managed to both violate the U.S. Constitution and prove inefficient in tracking terrorists.

Nov 12 12:28

Net Neutrality Stands in the Way of Larger Corporate Profits

These digital conduits are essential parts of America’s utility infrastructure, nearly as basic as electricity and water pipes. They connect us (and our children) to worldwide knowledge, news, diverse viewpoints and other fundamental tools of citizenship. And, of course, we can buy and sell through them, be entertained, run our businesses, connect with friends, get up-to-the-minute scores, follow the weather and — yes indeed — pay our bills.

Yet while this digital highway is deemed vital to our nation’s well-being, access to it is not offered as a public service — i.e., an investment in the common good. Instead, it is treated as just another profit center for a few

Nov 12 10:18

Potentially catastrophic bug bites all versions of Windows. Patch now

Microsoft has disclosed a potentially catastrophic vulnerability in virtually all versions of Windows. People operating Windows systems, particularly those who run websites, should immediately install a patch Microsoft released Tuesday morning.

The vulnerability resides in the Microsoft secure channel (schannel) security component that implements the secure sockets layer and transport layer security (TLS) protocols, according to a Microsoft advisory. A failure to properly filter specially formed packets makes it possible for attackers to execute attack code of their choosing by sending malicious traffic to a Windows-based server.

While the advisory makes reference to vulnerabilities targeting Windows servers, the vulnerability is rated critical for client and server versions of Windows alike, an indication the remote-code bug may threaten Windows desktops and laptop users as well

Nov 12 05:01

Obama Wants to Now Fully Regulate the Internet as a Public Utility

Believe it or not, Obama wants to fully regulate the internet – EVERYTHING right down to content!. Yes you read it correctly. He wants to create the effective Department of the Internet under the FCC. On Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that regulates TV and Radio, to reclassify the Internet as a public utility.

Nov 11 16:46

NSA alive & well at colleges: code MDA-904

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

These days, students are, for the most part, oblivious to how their colleges and universities are funded.

I’m not talking about donations from graduates and boosters, or revenue generated from televised football games. I’m talking, for example, about secretive government agencies.

CIA, NSA, DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency).

At Wikileaks, Julian Assange posted an overview (10/7/2007), “On the take and loving it—academic recipients of the US intelligence budget.”

Consider Assange’s stunning conclusion...

Nov 11 15:00

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flag—called STARTTLS—from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption when talking to another server or client.

Nov 11 14:59

Guccifer: Nuclear attack in Chicago in 2015.

He reveled in tormenting members of the Bush family, Colin L. Powell and a host of other prominent Americans, and also in outfoxing the F.B.I. and the Secret Service, foiling their efforts to discover even his nationality, never mind his identity. Early this year, however, the elusive online outlaw known as Guccifer lost his cocky composure and began to panic.

Nov 11 13:54

POLICE CHIEF BACKS FACEBOOK PAGE COMPARING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY ACTIVISTS TO ISIS TERRORISTS

It almost sounds too ridiculous to be true, but a recent tip given to Counter Current News by activists in Sandusky, Ohio has checked out. Police accountability activists in Sandusky have been hard at work shedding light on Erie County police officers who have a generally totalitarian approach to protesters.

Nov 11 11:14

Beyond Silk Road 2.0, over 400 'dark web' Tor sites seized by FBI

Last week's takedown of Silk Road 2.0 wasn't the end of seizures in the underground — law enforcement agencies have gone full throttle and shut down hundreds of sites in Operation Onymous.

In a joint operation by the 16-member states of Europol, the FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security, more than 410 hidden services were unveiled and taken down. Operating on the Tor network, a system of anonymizing onion routers, .onion pages were closed down, and 17 administrators and service vendors were arrested.

In addition, over $1 million in Bitcoin, 180,000 euros in cash, drugs, gold and silver were seized by law enforcement over the weekend, according to Europol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the takedown of TOR is more about ending privacy on the web than it was about Silk Road 2.

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