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Nov 04 14:36

Our Dwindling Email Privacy

What sort of privacy do you expect when you send an email? As Americans increasingly rely on the Internet for communication, Justice Department lawyers increasingly argue that Americans have no right to privacy there—notwithstanding repeated congressional efforts to bolster these rights. A recent case out of Oregon shows how the privacy expectation associated with emails and other Internet communications is being frittered away.

Nov 04 14:10

DRM Breaker Reports Himself To Anti-Piracy Group

A citizen is so tired of his country’s copyright laws he has reported himself to an anti-piracy group. In his written confession, the ‘pirate’ admits to copying more than one hundred purchased movies and TV shows for his own use – legal in Denmark – but breaking DRM on the same is an act forbidden under Danish law.

Nov 04 10:08

Newly discovered Safari bug could mean big fees for some iPhone users

The flaw, as discovered by Estonian Apple Site AppleSpot: If the user visits a site which uses Motion-JPEG (most commonly used for security cams and live feeds) in Safari, Safari will continue to gobble up bandwidth even after Safari is closed. Safari is one of the few apps that Apple allows to process in the background, and Motion-JPEG streams appear to continue streaming, even if the stream is in another tab or in the “closed” application.

Nov 04 08:50

Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. Very bad.

Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thanks a load, music pirates.

Nov 04 08:39

Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA

Negotiations on the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement start in a few hours in Seoul, South Korea. This week’s closed negotiations will focus on “enforcement in the digital environment.” Negotiators will be discussing the Internet provisions drafted by the US government. No text has been officially released but as Professor Michael Geist and IDG are reporting, leaks have surfaced. The leaks confirm everything that we feared about the secret ACTA negotiations. The Internet provisions have nothing to do with addressing counterfeit products, but are all about imposing a set of copyright industry demands on the global Internet, including obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes Internet disconnection policies, and a global expansion of DMCA-style TPM laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Protect the money!"

Nov 03 15:36

Senate Bill Would Give President Obama Authority to Pull the Plug on Your Internet

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they’re at risk of a cyberattack, “critical” computer networks from the Internet.

Nov 03 09:33

iHacked: jailbroken iPhones compromised, $5 ransom demanded

Yesterday, a “Your iPhone’s been hacked because it’s really insecure! Please visit doiop.com/iHacked and secure your phone right now!” message popped up on the screens of a large number of automatically exploited Dutch iPhone users, demanding $4.95 for instructions on how to secure their iPhones and remove the message from appearing at startup.

Nov 03 08:24

Tone-deaf Unisys official on why cloud computing rocks

Here's Richard Marcello of Unisys extolling one of what he sees as the virtues of cloud computing yesterday at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo in Santa Clara:

"We were able to eliminate a whole bunch of actually U.S.-based jobs and kind of replace them with two folks out of India."

Those actually U.S.-based jobs presumably were held by actual Americans trying to feed actual U.S.-based families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Richard's bragging about this?

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Nov 02 10:22

NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center

The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't it cheaper to shoot the hackers?

Nov 01 10:24

Illegal downloaders spend MORE on music than those who obey the law

People who illegally download music spend more on official releases than anyone else, according to a new survey.

The study, published today by think-tank Demos, found those who admit to file sharing spent an average £77 a year on singles and albums - £33 more than those who claim never to have wrongly accessed music for free.

Researcher Peter Bradwell said the findings should force companies and politicians to 'wake up to the changing nature' of the music industry as the Government plans to disconnect illegal downloaders from the internet in a 'three strikes and you're out' rule.

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Oct 31 11:32

Trick or Tweet? Malware Abundant in Twitter URLs

As many as one in every 500 web addresses posted on Twitter lead to sites hosting malware, according to researchers at Kaspersky Labs who have deployed a tool that examines URLs circulating in tweets.

The spread of malware is aided by the popular use of shortened URLs on Twitter, which generally hide the real website address from users before they click on a link, preventing them from self-filtering links that appear to be dodgy.

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Oct 30 14:04

Israel's new online disinformation project pays bloggers for pro-Israel comments

"The Foreign Ministry unveiled a new plan this week: Paying talkbackers to post pro-Israel responses on websites worldwide. A total of NIS 600,000 (roughly $150,000) will be earmarked to the establishment of an “Internet warfare” squad.

Oct 30 09:27

ISP Threatens Legal Action Against UK Over Anti-Piracy Plans

Peter Mandelson confirmed yesterday that illicit file-sharers could have their Internet connections severed as part of the government’s aims to reduce piracy by 70% in 2 years. TalkTalk, the UK’s second largest ISP, is said to be dismayed at the decision and is now threatening legal action over what it claims is a breach of human rights.

Oct 30 09:00

Fake Security Software is present in millions of Computer

Symantec found 250 varieties of scam security software with legitimate sounding names like Antivirus 2010 and SpywareGuard 2008, and about 43 million attempted downloads in one year but did not know how many of the attempted downloads succeeded, said Weafer.

Oct 30 08:24

US-CERT warns of Blackberry snooping software

An application called PhoneSnoop can configure the phone's speakerphone function to enable a hacker to listen to surrounding conversations remotely. The software uses a Blackberry API to intercept incoming calls. Once the software is downloaded and installed, the software is triggered by a simple phone call, placing the device into speakerphone mode.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government spooks can do this for all speakerphone equipped phones, but I guess when ordinary people do it, it's a problem!

Oct 30 07:14

District Judge Concludes E-mail Not Protected by Fourth Amendment (But See Correction)

CORRECTION: In the course of re-reading the opinion to post it, I recognized that I was misreading a key part of the opinion. As I read it now, Judge Mosman does not conclude that e-mails are not protected by the Fourth Amendment. Rather, he assumes for the sake of argument that the e-mails are protected (see bottom of page 12), but then concludes that the third party context negates an argument for Fourth Amendment notice to the subscribers. I missed this because the reasoning closely resembles the argument for saying that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply at all, and I didn’t read the earlier section closely enough. That’s obviously a much narrower position, and I apologize for misunderstanding it the first time in the quick skim I gave it.

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Oct 30 06:53

The New York Times’ Coming Jihad Against The Huffington Post

The copyright and fair use laws may be too ill-defined for old media to make a strong case. Worse, the laws may protect and further the cause of the aggregators. There is clearly no substantial precedent to help old media companies or they would have taken advantage of it long ago.

Oct 30 06:27

AT&T unable to fix broken iPhone voicemail

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just discovered I was not getting voicemail on my iPhone following the upgrade to 3.1.2. The good news is that there IS a fix, but it varies from phone to phone so check your voicemail and if it is NOT coming through, then dial 611 and have tech support deal with it. When you get voicemail running again, all your messages will still be there.

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Oct 29 19:02

Windows 7 beats Linux, not expectations

Amazon have said that Windows 7 was bigger than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in pre-order sales. The difference is that people couldn’t wait to crack open and start reading about the latest adventures of the boy wizard as soon as it slid through the letterbox, but those Windows 7 disks seem to be staying on the shelf in rather large numbers.

Oct 29 18:32

District Judge Concludes E-mail Not Protected by Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment protects our homes from unreasonable searches and seizures, requiring that, absent special circumstances, the government obtain a search warrant based on probable cause before entering. This is strong privacy protection for homes and the items within them in the physical world.

When a person uses the Internet, however, the user’s actions are no longer in his or her physical home; in fact he or she is not truly acting in private space at all.

Oct 28 18:13

NSA Supercenters to Store Americans' Private Data Permanently

The National Security Agency is building huge new storage facilities to store the unconstitutionally gained data on the American people's telephone calls and Internet traffic permanently, including new buildings in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Antonio, Texas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The good news; they are running on Windows 7!

Everyone start emailing transcripts from Jeff Dunham's "Achmed The dead Terrorist" to everyone on your email list. Tell "Achmed" jokes on the phones. That'll keep 'em busy!

Seriously, this is just another lame and pathetic attempt to trick Americans into going silent; staying isolated and emotionally dependent on the government.

The hard disk companies cannot make hard drives fast enough to store the daily accumulation of phone calls and messages generated every single day.

And even if they could, and could install them and get them online quickly enough, NSA would simply drown in the amount of data they are saving; unable to evaluate any of it.

Oct 28 12:45

Firefox 3.5.4 closes security holes

The six vulnerabilities potentially could let remote attackers take over the computer by running their own software on the machine. For details, check the Firefox security site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we just arrest the remote attackers?

I mean what with all this security the US Government is taxing us all into poverty to pay for and abandoning the Bill of Rights for, shouldn't we see some TANGIBLE results? I mean, isn't it more credible to arrest and jail some hackers, maybe waterboard their computers, than constantly entrapping patsies by giving them bombs and then arresting them for the headlines?

Or is the US Government as hopelessly inept at catching real criminals as it is in fixing the economy?

Oct 28 10:28

Army’s new bipedal robot walks, balances like a human

Robot-maker Boston Dynamics showed for the first time on Tuesday a new prototype robot that walks upright like a human.

Oct 28 08:35

Net pirates to be 'disconnected'

People who persistently download illegal content will be cut off from the net, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has announced.

He confirmed that it would become government policy, following months of speculation.

It means persistent pirates will be sent two warning letters before facing disconnection from the network.

ISP TalkTalk said the plans were "ill-conceived" and said it was prepared to challenge measures "in the courts".

"What is being proposed is wrong in principle and won't work in practice," the firm said.

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Oct 27 11:45

Takedown Hall of Shame

Recognizing that public shame is a potent weapon, the Electronic Frontier Foundation today launched a new Web site -- its "Takedown Hall of Shame" -- that will shine an unflattering spotlight on those corporations and individuals who abuse copyright claims to stifle free speech.

Oct 27 10:52

Homeland Security Could Block Websites During Swine Flu Pandemic

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"After all, you wouldn't want to catch a virus, right? BWAH HA HA HA HA, oh my stars; I am so @#%$ing funny! Flu? Virus? Get it? (sigh) You people have no sense of humor." -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 27 09:34

Scareware launched from tech blog

Visitors to technology blog Gizmodo are being warned that they could have picked up more than tips about the latest must-have gadget.

According to security firm Sophos, the website was delivering advertisements "laced with malware" last week.

A statement on the Gizmodo website admits that it was tricked into running Suzuki adverts which were in fact from hackers.

It follows a similar problem on the New York Times website.

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Oct 27 09:02

Microsoft Knew Windows 7 Upgrades Could Paralyze PC's Back In July

Some people who are upgrading their PC's from Windows Vista to Windows 7 are finding the upgrade paralyzes their computers, leaving them in a never ending rebooting cycle, unable to use either operating systems.

Many users started to post the problem in a forum on Microsoft's own website on Friday, one day after the highly touted new operating system was released. As of this afternoon, 3 days later, there are still people posting the same problem and no fix from Microsoft for most of the users.

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To make matters worse, Microsoft was aware of this exact problem back in July, when it was posted on the Microsoft support website. The article is dated July 27th, 2009, or approximately 3 months before the public release of Windows 7, yet the problem wasn't fixed.

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Oct 26 13:30

US Chamber Shuts off TheYesMen.org and Websites of Hundreds of Other Activist Groups

Hundreds of activist organizations had their internet service turned off last night after the US Chamber of Commerce strong-armed an upstream provider, Hurricane Electric, to pull the plug on The Yes Men and May First / People Link, a 400-member-strong organization with a strong commitment to protecting free speech.

"This is a blow against free speech, and it demostrates in gory detail the full hypocrisy of the Chamber," said Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men. "The only freedom they care about is the economic freedom of large corporations to operate free of the hassles of science, reality, and democracy."

Oct 26 12:39

Gaping security hole in Time Warner cable routers

A gaping security hole in cable modems distributed to Time Warner/Road Runner customers could potentially be exploited remotely to access private networks and possibly capture and manipulate private data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as a single hacker steals a single password, the United States Government has zero credibility in the "War on Terror." Nothing it does, not the searches, the naked X-rays, the fondling of our wives and daughters, the dropping of our laptops, means anything at all if a bunch of pimply-faced script-kiddies can continue to pillage the internet with impunity.

Oct 26 12:30

Swiss ministry was victim of cyber attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So were we ... just now!

Oct 26 08:32

Nation’s First Open Source Election Software Released

A group working to produce an open and transparent voting system to replace current proprietary systems has published its first batches of code for public review.

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Oct 25 10:30

Internet users paid to spread Israeli propaganda

And they are working overtime this week.

Oct 24 15:48

NEW RULE: Mail Over 13 Ounces MUST Be Presented at a Retail Service Counter

[Any/all mail] weighing more than 13 ounces bearing only postage stamps as postage may not be deposited into a collection box, Postal
Service lobby drop, Automated Postal Center (APC) drop, Postal Service dock, customer mailbox, or other unattended location. These mailpieces are also precluded from pickup service. The sender must present such
items to an employee at a retail service counter in a Postal Service facility. The Postal Service will return improperly presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.

Oct 24 07:45

Wait a year for Windows 7, warns consumer watchdog

Microsoft have launched the latest version of its Windows operating system in a bid to 'make it easier for people to do the things they want on a PC'.

But Matthew Bath, technology editor at consumer watchdog Which?, said there was a lot of confusion around the pricing, adding that Microsoft 'hasn't helped itself' by having six different editions.

He urged customers to wait before buying in order that early teething problems were ironed out.

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Oct 23 19:46

From Security Perspective, Windows 7 Off To A Rocky Start

The global launch of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 7 operating system today was greeted with fanfare -- and some grumbling from security professionals who worry the new OS already has too many holes.

Oct 23 09:28

Apple: 'Windows 7 is antiquated technology'

The criticism comes from Brian Croll, vice president of Apple's Mac OS X worldwide product marketing. He said that Microsoft users were tired of the "headaches" caused by the Windows operating system, and expects some disillusioned Windows users to switch to Apple's Mac platform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After 7 hours of totally wasted non-billable time yesterday, I am one of them.

Oct 23 08:21

McCain introduces bill to block Net neutrality

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday that would effectively allow Internet service providers to slow down or block Internet content or applications of their choosing.

Oct 23 08:02

Apple ad swings at Windows 7: 'Trust me, this time it's going to be different'

“Windows 7 is out, and it’s not going to have any of the problems my last operating system had. Trust me!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I got a huge, and I really mean HUGE email response to my tirade about Windows yesterday, so we will be covering Microblorch again today and maybe even tomorrow on the radio show, so feel free to call in with your complaints.

The Good News: The webcam is working (I think. Maybe. I hope.)

The Bad News: See the Japanese TV show below that tried to demo W7 and had it lock up on the air!

Oct 23 07:58

sillyConValley

Rob Argento launched the sillyConValley(); project after an exhilarating career in Silicon Valley spanning three decades. Working in Technical Publications for Valley heavyweights like Microsoft and Oracle he arrived during the Eighties a firm believer in the Information Revolution. But by the dawn of the new millennium he became increasingly dismayed by a steadily rising sense that Her Highness Technology was gradually turning a revolution all Her own. The Valley that once reviled Big Brother in 1984 was chillingly becoming His most loyal ally.

Oct 23 07:50

win7 demo (japanese tv show)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO frickin' impressed!!!!!

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Oct 21 14:01

Fake 'Conficker.B Infection Alert' spam campaign drops scareware

An ongoing spam campaign is once again attempting to impersonate Microsoft’s security team — the same campaign was first seen in April — by mass mailing Conficker.B Infection Alerts (install.zip), which upon execution drop a sample of the Antivirus Pro 2010 scareware.

Oct 21 08:39

Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"they're making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out whose naughty, etc."

Folks, this is a SCAM to try to scare you into staying silent about what is going on with your country. The government cannot possibly read and track the billions of internet messages traveling the cables every day. It is simply impossible and the original structure of the internet was designed to prevent that kind of centralization.

The government wants you to go back to being isolated, afraid to discuss what is going on in this country with your neighbor. They want to scare you away from the blogs and social networks and back into getting all your news from ABCNNBBCBS.

Otherwise, why ANNOUNCE that they are investing in this technology? They WANT you to know (or think) they are reading your tweets. To keep you properly cowed down and obedient!

Oct 21 08:24

Big Brother Britain: £380 a MINUTE spent on tracking your every click online

An astonishing £380 a minute will be spent on surveillance in a massive expansion of the Big Brother state.

The £200million-a-year sum will give officials access to details of every internet click made by every citizen - on top of the email and telephone records already available.

It is a 1,700 per cent increase on the cost of the current surveillance regime.

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Oct 20 15:57

Action Alert: FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Thursday

Just got this email from Phil Kerpen:

As important as all the fights are that we're in right now, perhaps the biggest of all is the fight over whether the government will take over the Internet. That's because as long as the Internet is free, we can use it to communicate, educate, and organize. Tea parties, townhalls, and AFP events would be very difficult to organize if government owned and controlled the Internet and chose to interfere with it. That's what's at stake this week as the Federal Communications Commission decides on Thursday whether to move forward with so-called "net neutrality" regulations.

Oct 20 13:18

Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media.

Oct 20 11:24

Problems with Firefox and Facebook

If you are using Firefox to access Facebook and having problems, you are hardly alone!

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Oct 19 15:25

YouTube’s Bandwidth Bill Is Zero. Welcome to the New Net

YouTube may pay less to be online than you do, a new report on internet connectivity suggests, calling into question a recent analysis arguing Google’s popular video service is bleeding money and demonstrating how the internet has continued to morph to fit user’s behavior.

Oct 19 14:28

ISP in file-sharing wi-fi theft

UK ISP TalkTalk has staged a wireless stunt, aimed at illustrating why it thinks Lord Mandelson's plans to disconnect filesharers is "naive".

TalkTalk has long been an outspoken critic of government plans to cut off persistent file-sharers.

The stunt demonstrates how innocent people could be disconnected from the network if the plans become law.

Oct 19 10:15

Millions tricked by 'scareware'

Online criminals are making millions of pounds by convincing computer users to download fake anti-virus software, internet security experts claim.

Symantec says more than 40 million people have fallen victim to the "scareware" scam in the past 12 months.

The download is usually harmful and criminals can sometimes use it to get the victim's credit card details.

The firm has identified 250 versions of scareware, and criminals are thought to earn more than £750,000 each a year.

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Oct 17 17:45

Security boss calls for end to net anonymity - Kaspersky's online police state

The CEO of Russia's No. 1 anti-virus package has said that the internet's biggest security vulnerability is anonymity, calling for mandatory internet passports that would work much like driver licenses do in the offline world.

The comments by Eugene Kaspersky, who is also the founder of Kaspersky Lab, came during an interview this week with Vivian Yeo of ZDNet Asia. In it, he proposed the formation of an internet police body that would require users everywhere to be uniquely identified.

Oct 17 07:47

COMPUTER LAPTOP REPAIR Better Fix it yourself

Oct 17 07:34

Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk

The Microsoft engineers described the possible threat as a "browse-and-get-owned" situation that only requires attackers to lure Firefox users to a rigged Web site.

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Oct 16 15:28

ISP: Wi-Fi test shows flaw in file-sharing crackdown

TalkTalk has criticised the government's proposals to cut off broadband service for unlawful file-sharers, after conducting a street-level test that found a high proportion of household Wi-Fi connections are vulnerable to hacking.

Oct 16 11:23

The pocket spy: Will your smartphone rat you out?

Of the 26 BlackBerrys, four contained information from which the owner could be identified and seven contained enough to identify the owner's employer. "The big surprise was the amount we got off the BlackBerry devices, which we had expected to be much more secure," says Jones. While BlackBerry users have the option of encrypting their data or sending a message to purge data from their phones should it be sold or stolen, many had not done this. "Security is only any good if you turn the damned thing on," says Jones.

Oct 16 10:35

State turns to technology to tail delinquent taxpayers

Computer technology is making it harder for Hawaii residents and businesses to skip out on their taxes.

The state collected more than $50 million in delinquent excise taxes since June 30, 2008, thanks to a computer program that links data from federal tax returns to state tax filings.

The state Department of Taxation has been checking federal tax returns of Hawaii residents to see if they claim business income. If they do, the state then looks to see if the same residents filed state excise tax returns. Those who didn't were sent warning letters, and many responded by paying what they owed.

The boost in delinquent tax collections comes at an opportune time for the state, which is facing a budget deficit of about $1 billion through June 2011.

Oct 16 07:45

Mike Rivero interviewed by Jeff Jewell

GCN web radio host Mike Rivero [whatreallyhappened.com] interviewed by Jeff Jewell on 2009/10/14, for CFRO's Monday Brown Bagger fund-raising special program of 2009/10/19.
Mike discusses issues related to the New World Order and the ongoing economic crisis etc.

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Oct 15 18:13

DIY: Defending Against A DDoS Attack

There's no way to prevent a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, but there are some do-it-yourself techniques and strategies for fighting back and minimizing its impact.

DDoS victims can "tarpit," or force the attacking bot to drastically scale back its payload, enlist the help of the botnet hunter community, or even get help to wrest control of the botnet. Joe Stewart, a researcher with SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit, says these self-defense techniques are little known or used today by victims of DDoS attacks, but they offer an alternative to purchasing a commercial DDoS product or service and working with ISPs to try to stop an attack.

Oct 15 13:01

Teenager fined for offensive image

Yesterday, Lowestoft teenager Damien Wentworth, of Laurel Road, was fined after police found a short video on his mobile telephone which contained an extreme image.

“He was not putting it on the internet or distributing it to anybody.”

Wentworth was ordered to pay £175 in fines and costs. Magistrates also ordered the destruction of the image.

The new law covers any images, including those stored on mobile telephones, DVDs and on computer hard disks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a new law in Great Britain but obviously likely to arrive here in the United States.

The implications of the law are astounding. First off, the police are apparently able to search mobile telephones, DVDs and on computer hard disks at will, without a warrant, and without probable cause.

Any image deemed "extreme", apparently applied on an ad hoc basis, is now an offense punishable by (big shock here) a fine, even if the image is private and not intended for distribution!

Oct 15 08:55

Arrested Development -

Over the past few weeks technophiles have been giving a great deal of attention to Google’s plan to digitize gazillions of books. However things turn out, the impacts of these decisions are going to reverberate across the planet, and warrant careful scrutiny. Whether in Zimbabwe or Bali, California or the Yukon, the whole world could benefit from Google’s efforts. By providing access to millions of digitized books to anyone with an Internet connection, Google seems poised to usher in a dead tree-free future while simultaneously undercutting several powerful industries (e.g., authors, publishers, libraries). With an army of scanners and some legal posturing, they have the power to remove artificial barriers that currently limit access to information.

Oct 15 07:39

VICTORY FOR THE BLOGS! - Trafigura Drops Bid To Gag Guardian Over MP's Question

An unprecedented attempt by a British oil trading firm to prevent the Guardian reporting parliamentary proceedings has collapsed following a spontaneous online campaign to spread the information the paper had been barred from publishing.

Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Trafigura, was accused of infringing the supremacy of parliament after it insisted that an injunction obtained against the Guardian prevented the paper from reporting a question tabled on Monday by the Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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Oct 14 13:02

Snow Leopard bug deletes all user data (Updated)

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