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Oct 06 13:47

MoD 'how to stop leaks' document is leaked

A Ministry of Defence document giving advice on how to stop documents leaking onto the internet has been leaked onto the internet.

Oct 06 09:04

Pirated Music Crackdown...at the Airport?

Ah, airport security. It's all about keeping our skies safe from weapons, dangerous chemicals -- and now, possibly pirated music.

The Australian government is apparently looking at a plan to start searching iPods and other MP3 players at security checkpoints. The sole purpose? Seeking out illegally downloaded songs, according to a "leaked discussion paper" exposed by the media down under (including News Corp's Australian arm, News Digital Media). The Aussies may not be he only ones considering the idea, either: The proposal is said to be part of a broader
international treaty -- one believed to include the good ol' U.S. of A. -- so we could ultimately see the concept pop up here, there, or anywhere.

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I started digging back into this following that priest who got nailed at the airport for child porn on his laptop, and I realized that the guy probably erased the files but a scan of the disk brought them up again.

Now free space erasers exist for computers and the iPhone (and I suggest getting them) but I have to wonder when it comes to music on the iPhone or iPod or any other mp3 player how the TSA goons know whether the tracks are pirated or not? One comment I saw repeatedly in searching this topic is that if TSA detect music files on your laptop which are NOT part of iTunes or other downloading service, they are assumed to be pirated tracks, but this presents a problem for my wife and I, because we carry copies of her music demos on our players/laptops.

I have already lost one laptop to these butter-fingered bozos. I do not need any more inconvenience from these idiots. What do I have to do to make sure that the demo music tracks we have created for ourselves are not erroneously flagged as pirated music?

Any experts out there able to clear this up?

Oct 06 08:32

IBM to buy Bank of America mortgage servicing unit

IBM has signed a deal to buy the core operating assets of Bank of America's mortgage servicing unit Wilshire Credit Corporation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Under the deal, Big Blue will add Wilshire's mortgage servicing platform and 900 employees to its Lender Business Process Services unit. Wilshire will work with its clients, IBM and BofA to move its mortgage servicing rights and related assets to the bank.

Oct 05 11:17

Embarrassment for MoD as anti-leak guide gets leaked on to the internet

Oct 05 09:04

Air Force Readying Cyber Strikes

A few months back, Pentagon officials were saying that "the military had no plans to shift its cyber warfare focus from a defensive mindset to an offensive one." But now that the Air Force has declared themselves the service in charge of all things electronic, "high-ranking service officials say they are developing offensive strategies to attack enemies’ cyber assets."

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"Starting with those %$#@%# bloggers!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 05 09:03

TD Bank Says U.S. Account Processing Is Delayed

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s second-biggest bank by assets, said technical glitches delayed the processing of bank transactions at some U.S. branches today.

Toronto-Dominion converted some of its branches in the U.S. from Commerce Bancorp Inc. to its TD Bank brand over the weekend, spokesman Nick Petter said. The Toronto-based bank acquired Commerce in March for about $7.1 billion, giving it about as many branches in the U.S. as in Canada.

Keisha Shore of Brooklyn, who works in customer service at a dry cleaner, said her paycheck didn’t go through direct deposit. Her bills were paid through preauthorized payments, leaving her with a negative balance.

Oct 05 08:04

McCain, Obama back law shielding reporters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The important question is whether online journalists are also covered by this law. The issue of whether bloggers are journalists has flip-flopped in the courts several times.

Oct 05 08:02

DDoS attack against Bitbucket darkens Amazon cloud

Initially, they had a difficult time convincing Amazon technicians that the problem was on their end, and it was at least 16 hours before a DDoS attack was identified as the culprit.

Oct 05 07:42

Anti-Wi-Fi paint keeps your wireless signal to yourself

Don't like the idea of your neighbors rudely snooping on the wireless signal you slaved to pay for from the lazy comfort of their living room? It's not just about slowing down your connection; while they're downloading Mad Men via bittorrent, you could be on the hook for their actions.

Wireless security and encryption systems are fraught with problems and insecurity, and other methods to restrict your signal to a small area are cumbersome at best.

Enter a new solution: Anti-Wi-Fi paint.

Oct 04 18:18

ISRAEL'S PROPAGANDISTS HIJACKING TWITTER PORN ACCOUNTS?????????

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While searching Twitter for posts about Iran I stumbled across what seemed a rather odd source for a posting supporting an attack on Iran. When I examined a bit further, I found the account is 99% about promoting an online porn site, but had somehow suddenly become a political poster.

Previously we had busted Israel's propagandists for using bogus accounts to re-tweet the same propaganda over and over again, but it looks like they may be trying something different by hijacking real users accounts now. This one called attention to itself.

Oct 04 10:38

See Through Walls Using a Wireless Network

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping an eye on the government goons keeping an eye on you!

Oct 04 09:34

Graham: ‘If we’re going to let the bloggers run the country, then the country’s best days are behind us.’

“My hope is that our Democratic colleagues — if you start listening to the bloggers — if we’re going to let the bloggers run the country, then the country’s best days are behind us.”

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Oct 04 07:51

Internet Death List

The American resisters are self-identifying themselves by their Internet searches and activities,
in effect, signing their names to subversive lists every time they surf conspiracy or antiwar sites,
or dare to express themselves on any forum. This is the sinister motive behind the seemingly
benign creation of the Internet. Every technological innovation in communications is co-opted
into servicing the malignant government plans through the insertion of “backdoors” and the sec
ret installation of government software

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Oct 02 13:16

Online thieves step up bank raids

Cyber-criminals have developed sophisticated ways to remain undetected, a new report finds.

The report, from security firm Finjan, describes how one gang, based in the Ukraine, stole 300,000 euros (£269,000) in 22 days.

It used a sophisticated piece of malicious software which fooled banks' anti-fraud systems as well as forging bank statements to hide the thefts.

It also recruited innocent job-seekers as so-called money mules.

Oct 02 07:21

US relinquishes control of the internet

After complaints about American dominance of the internet and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.

Icann – the official body that ultimately controls the development of the internet thanks to its oversight of web addresses such as .com, .net and .org – said today that it was ending its agreement with the US government.

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Sep 30 21:34

Banking Trojan steals money from under your nose

Researchers at security firm Finjan have discovered details of a new type of banking Trojan horse that doesn't just steal your bank log-in credentials but actually steals money from your account while you are logged in and displays a fake balance.

The bank Trojan, dubbed URLZone, has features designed to thwart fraud detection systems which are triggered by unusual transactions, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at Finjan, said in an interview Tuesday. For instance, the software is programmed to calculate on-the-fly how much money to steal from an account based on how much money is available.

It exploits a hole in Firefox, Internet Explorer 6, IE7, IE8, and Opera.

Sep 30 19:01

BT blasts BPI's file-sharing evidence

The music industry group launched a scathing attack on BT in the national press over the weekend, with BPI chief Geoff Taylor branding BT "shameless" for failing to tackle file sharers. The BPI claims it has identified more than 100,000 cases of illegal file sharing on BT's network since February, but that BT has "failed to act on a single one of those".

BT has reacted angrily the accusations. The ISP claims it agreed to send out warning letters to just 1,000 alleged file sharers under a memorandum of understanding signed at the beginning of the year. However, BT claims the BPI deluged it with more than twenty times the agreed figure, many of which were inaccurate.

Sep 30 18:58

Carphone Warehouse threatens legal action over file-sharing plans

Carphone Warehouse chief executive Charles Dunstone has threatened to take the Government to court if his company is forced to disconnect file-sharers.

Carphone Warehouse owns TalkTalk, the UK's biggest broadband provider with 4.25 million customers, and Dunstone said the company would "continue to resist any attempts to make it impose technical measures on its customers (unless directed to do so by a court or recognised tribunal).

"The approach proposed by Lord Mandelson is based on the principle of guilty until proven innocent and substitutes proper judicial process for a kangaroo court," he said.

Sep 30 13:48

US relaxes grip on the internet

The US government has relaxed its control over how the internet is run.

It has signed a four-page "affirmation of commitments" with the net regulator Icann, giving the body autonomy for the first time.

Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of Icann - drawing criticism from other countries and groups.

Sep 30 08:34

Israel’s propagandists shoot themselves in the foot as they shoot off their mouths

They are known by the language they use: depraved sexual insults, bile, bigotry, threats, disinformation and character assassination. That’s right: I’m talking about “hasbarats,” zionist trolls who infect the Internet with hasbara, pro-Israel propaganda. Of course, mainstream media hasbarats have been around for decades, as have “hasbaratchiks,” fifth-columns in foreign governments who subvert national policies to serve Israel. The Internet, though, is the latest, some might say the greatest, propaganda playground, and Israel cannot cope with factual, passionate, well-documented stories that expose its war crimes and unrepentant criminality.

Sep 30 01:32

'Net Neutrality' Will End Net Freedom

n a bold new move to establish federal censorship of the internet, Pres. Obama has directed FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to seek legislation that will forbid large internet providers such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T to "favor certain content or applications over others." In other words, they cannot "discriminate" against content of which they disapprove or simply do not want to promote.

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Sep 26 19:18

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's blog

Sep 26 14:24

HOAX ALERT - Navy ship docking in CA with onboard fatalities

Much of the wording of the story being circulated now as if it is current news (starting on September 24th) was stolen verbatim from a true CBS news story dated July 21st. The base true story was radically altered, with dramatic fictional elements added, and "rebranded" to make it appear it's happening now. It isn't.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, before you flood my email box with stories like this one, please remember that the US Government, corporate media, and Israel are desperate to destroy the credibility of the blogs.

They know they have wrecked theirt own credibility with all the lies about Iraq, Iran, WW2, JFK, etc. etc. etc. etc.

They cannot start telling the truth, so the only way to win the info war is to plant bogus nonsense in the blogs to make the playing field equal, as in pulling the credibility of the blogs down to the same level as ABCNNBBCBS.

So, US Government, corporate media, and Israel are trying to "poison the well" by flooding bloggers with junk stories.

EXERCISE THE APPROPRIATE DUE DILIGENCE, PLEASE!

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Sep 23 16:43

Broadband ISP BT Slams High Costs of Tackling Illegal UK Downloads

Telecoms giant BT has warned that the high costs involved with tackling illegal UK file sharing (P2P) could result in customers having to pay an extra £2 per month (£24 per year) on their broadband bills.

Sep 23 09:24

ISRAEL'S PROPAGANDISTS FLOODING THE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AGAIN

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Okay, so why is Israel and their slaves in the US Government in a panic?

Set aside all the crap about "wipe Israel off of the map" and "Deny the Holocaust".

What they are REALLY afraid Ahmadinajad will do is ...

1. Remind everyone that the US funded the attempted coup in Iran.

2. Remind everyone that the IAEA has never found any evidence of nuclear weapons development at Iran's power station.

3. Remind everyone that Iran a signer to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty which grants Iran a right to peaceful nuclear power.

4. Remind everyone that Iran allows full inspections of their nuclear facilities.

5. Remind everyone that Israel is NOT a signer to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.

6. Remind everyone that Israel does NOT allow inspections of their nuclear facilities, despite a recent United Nations request that they do so.

7. Remind everyone that the United nations has accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza.

Here is a pop quiz.

A. Iran

B. Israel

C. United States

Which of the above three did NOT lie to the world about Saddam's "nookular" bombs?

This is why the US and Israel are working so hard to deny Ahmadinajad any audience, even to the point of forcing the cancellation of a banquet in his honor. They know the world will give him a fair hearing if they get the chance.

Sep 23 07:29

A data breach with a twist

An employee at a Wyoming bank screws up and sends a bunch of confidential customer information to the wrong Gmail account. When the inadvertent recipient fails to even acknowledge a subsequent "please delete that" plea from the bank, the bank sues Google to force the company to cough up the recipient's contact information.

Sep 22 12:14

The Day Internet Freedom Died (NOT!)

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This is a classic case of Orwellian double-talk. In this case, "Freedom is slavery."

Net Neutrality has been the norm up until now. It plain language it means all users have equal access to the available bandwidth.

Opponents of net neutrality are the major corporations who want a system set up where they can obtain favorable handling. An example would be that ABC's website blasts onto your computer at top speed while alternative sites like whatreallyhappened are slowed down by a corresponding amount. For those corporations whose job it is to tell Americans what to think, this would be a Godsend, as a free and open and neutral net has allowed the full exposure of spin and lies over the last quarter century!

There is no question that the media corporations want to turn the internet into just another TV network, albeit with a few more buttons, but the goal is to erase public discourse and replace it with a Hulu-fest of delivered media product intermixed with the usual interminable advertisements. Net neutrality gets in the way of that.

Hence, following the FCC's announcement that net neutrality will be the policy (based on the already existing common carrier rules), those interests both government and corporate that wanted an internet biased in their favor are pulling out all the stops to claim that equal access is somehow a bad thing, indeed a "Threat to Democracy" as Obama put it.

Sep 22 09:00

FACEBOOK STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF A BORDER DISPUTE

Hopefully they will stick to their guns and not be coerced by zionist bullies on the Web. It was a victory for groups such as Honest Reporting. Com to get Israel as an option for those living in the ‘Heights’…. but the question remains, how long will Syria remain as the other option? An earlier ‘victory’ for the zionists was to allow the illegal settlers in the Occupied West Bank to identify Israel as their country, rather than Palestine where they actually live.

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Sep 21 11:20

Dear President Obama: Blogs Fact-Check and Put Stories in Context Much Better than the Corporate Media

President Obama said yesterday:

I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding.

But as Dan Rather pointed out in July, the quality of journalism in the mainstream media has eroded considerably, and news has been corporatized, politicized, and trivialized.

Sep 21 09:13

autonet - an autonomous internet ¶

Autonet is a project to create a wireless, global internet that can provide more reliability than corporate phone companies by being community based and freely licensed.

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... and free of government and corporate censorship.

I saw a pilot program along the same lines in San Francisco while I was there working on "The Day After Tomorrow." It was intended to bring wifi internet into poorer neighborhoods where the kids owned wifi laptops but did not have access to broadband internet in their homes. It worked pretty great and was very inexpensive to set the repeaters and nodes up.

It also had the advantage that, like the original internet, there was no way for the government or corporations to block content, so maybe (since FIDnet appears to be defunct now) it is time for patriots to start setting up Autonet and bypass the filters.

Sep 21 07:45

Obama: We Need To Bail Out Newspapers Or Blogs Will Run The World

Obama yesterday expressed concern at the sorry state of the news industry and said that he will look at a news paper bailout, because otherwise, blogs will take over the world, and that would be a threat to democracy, The Hill reports.

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.

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Translation: The blogs are serving the traditional media role of watchdog against government abuse. After decades of consolidating the corporate media into a few hands in CIA control the public media is breaking free again, making it impossible for the government to lie the people into more wars.

But Obama is not paying attention to what is really going on. The corporate media tried to compete with the blogs by spending millions of dollars on slick websites, only to learn that it was never about whiz-bang technology but about getting the truth. What the blogs are doing in the US today was done with FAX machines in the USSR and with simple printing presses in tyrannies from Louie the 16th's to Charles the First, to Mussolini, to Ceausescu. Once the people know they are being lied to by the government, they will seek the truth wherever it is found and in whatever form it takes. At the moment, it is the blogs. Absent a brand new news entity staffed with trusted names from the blog-o-sphere, the TV networks and newspapers will be a long time gaining back the trust they lost by lying to the people about Saddam's "nookular" bombs.

Absent confession of the previous lies and a true act of contrition, this government will never regain the trust of the American people.

Trust arrives on foot but departs on horseback!

See Media "Distortions"

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Sep 20 09:29

FCC to propose 'Net neutrality' rules

The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, an official at the agency said Saturday.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announce the proposed rules in a speech Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, the official said on condition of anonymity because news of the announcement had not been formally released.

Sep 19 08:09

OpEdNEws takes major hit

Friday evening, between 5 and 6 PM EST, all the articles and quicklinks posted in the past two days disappeared. We don't know if it was a server glitch or hacking. But they disappeared. If you tried to access an article through a link in the newsletter and it took you to our homepage, this was the reason why.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My nickle is on "hackers".

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Sep 17 11:02

French 'pass' piracy legislation

The French National Assembly has passed a draft law that would allow illegal downloaders to be thrown off the net.

The law was narrowly passed by 285 votes to 225.

The French hard-line policy on piracy has drawn worldwide attention as nations around the globe grapple with the issue of piracy.

The ruling majority UMP voted in favour but the Socialist Party has already announced that they will appeal to the Constitutional Court once again.

Sep 17 02:08

US Spec Ops operates psywar websites targeted at UK

The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded arms globocorp General Dynamics a $10m contract to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites" supporting the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".

SOCOM is principally famous for its large contingents of elite, secret operatives from all four US armed services (Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Delta Force, Team-6/DevGru, "the Activity" etc etc). What's less well-known about the organisation is that it also includes the US forces' active psychological-warfare apparatus. According (pdf) to the 4th Airborne Psychological Operations Group - the only full-time psywar unit in the US Army, and part of SOCOM:

Sep 16 22:28

Virginia backs off demands for Facebook data

The state of Virginia has backed away from its attempts to force Facebook to divulge the complete contents of a user's account to settle a dispute over workers' compensation, narrowly avoiding what promised to be a high-profile privacy battle in federal court.

Sep 16 19:58

Kill Your Phone Remotely

Many of today's most popular smartphones can be erased remotely if they are lost or stolen. Here's how to do it.

Sep 16 19:51

White House Mapping Internet Users’ Data For Mass Archives

If you’re a user of twitter, facebook, myspace, youtube or flickr, and you visit the White House page at any of the sites, you are at risk of having your personal data archived without your consent or knowledge.

The Obama White House has sought a private contractor to “crawl and archive” data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House “maintains a presence” – for a period of up to eight years.

Sep 16 08:34

US Spec Ops operates psywar websites targeted at UK

The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded arms globocorp General Dynamics a $10m contract to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites" supporting the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".

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Sep 15 15:00

Coming soon to USA

The music business is also a source of income for the government(s) of EU, because the business is heavily taxed.
And so both parties are fanatically trying to stop the downloading.
This law will be forced down the throats of all Europeans in the coming months, especially after the Lisbon treaty kicks in.
The Swedish piracy trial with the biased judge judging the other biased judge is a good example of their relentless efforts: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090525/1542304998.shtml
These laws can and will be abused to cut off *terrorist bloggers*
What happens in Europe will soon come to USA and vice versa.
The infowar is global.

Sep 15 10:08

Yale pharmacology head, Dr. Joseph Schlessinger, suppressed site exposing sexual, financial misconduct, 14 Sep 2009

Earlier this year or late last year, undisclosed individuals, possibly the aggrieved parties in those cases, registered "josephschlessinger.com", where they placed the court records, transcripts, and links to news articles, all woven together in a morally indignant tone that questioned how Dr. Schlessinger had ever been appointed Yale Pharmacology Chair, given this background.

Rather than suing for libel, which may have been a difficult case to sustain, given that most of his critics' allegations were based on the public record, Dr. Schlessinger took a case to the WIPO, or World Intellectual Property Organization, where he claimed that he owned the commonlaw rights to "josephschlessinger.com".

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Some asshole has actually registered http://michaelrivero.com/ but will sell it back to me for ONLY $600!!!!!!

Sep 15 09:58

Augmenting Aerial Earth Maps with Dynamic Information (augearth)

Augmenting Aerial Earth Maps with Dynamic Information :
To appear in IEEE ISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality) 2009, Orlando, Florida USA:
Using crowd-casted videos, we generate a dynamic alive city in augmented virtual earth maps.

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Sep 15 06:25

State tells city to seize aide's computers

Secretary of State William F. Galvin ordered the city of Boston to immediately seize City Hall computers and software used by the top policy aide to Mayor Thomas M. Menino and to hire an independent computer forensics specialist to try to retrieve e-mails the aide deleted

Sep 14 22:46

The ultimate guide to scareware protection

This end user-friendly guide aims to educate the Internet user on what scareware is, the risks posed by installing it, how it looks like, its delivery channels, and most importantly, how to recognize, avoid and report it to the security community taking into consideration the fact that 99% of the current releases rely on social engineering tactics.

Sep 14 15:23

Intelligence Analyst [discovers secret ops], Charged With Hacking

Intelligence Analyst Charged With Hacking Top Secret, Anti-Terror Program
* By Kevin Poulsen September 14, 2009
An analyst at a Defense Department spy satellite agency faces federal hacking charges after allegedly poking around in a top-secret system used in a classified terrorism investigation involving the FBI and the U.S. Army.
Brian Keith Montgomery worked on a covert program for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — the spy agency in charge of satellite and aerial image collection. On April 9, he was carrying out his duties when he saw a message that “provided significant detail about a classified operation” that was unrelated to his job, according to an affidavit filed by a Pentagon investigator.

Sep 14 11:29

Jewish bloggers get advice on combating Iranian threat at Jerusalem convention

Fleisher lauded the Internet's power and potential. "We now have the ability to reach people around the world in an instant," he said, adding that "it's important that bloggers remain opinionated - objectivity is not the holy grail; subjectivity is what it's all about."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you study the twitter entries for Lebanon you will see a familiar pattern left over from the failed Iran coup; endless reposts of the same identical message, including identical tinyURLs, using multiple identities, spamming the same message of Israel's outrage at Lebanon.

Israel is going to restart the Lebanon war. and this time they will try to grow it into Iran.

WW3 is upon us, and unless we stop this thing, we are on the side which will lose.

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Sep 13 09:21

ZIONISM'S NEW FRONTIER ~ CYBERSPACE

A group of Israeli students calling themselves Help Israel Win help-israel-win.tk has published a software tool to carry out DoS attacks. It’s been downloaded by thousands of people, even though Help Israel Win’s own site has been hit repeatedly by DoS attacks and even though the software is dangerously similar to that used by spammers and other shady cyber-criminals to create “botnets” of PCs which have been enslaved without the owner’s knowledge.

Hackers using the logo of the Jewish Internet Defence Force, which denies involvement saying that it does not break the law and merely campaigns against online anti-semitism, have attacked pro-Palestinian Facebook groups.

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Sep 11 17:11

Musicians hit out at piracy plans

An alliance of music stars, songwriters and record producers has spoken out against UK government proposals to kick file-sharers off the internet.

Persistent file-sharers could have their internet accounts suspended in an attempt to crack down on piracy.

But Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, a member of the Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC), said: "It's going to start a war which they'll never win."

The FAC said "heavy-handed" tactics may turn fans away from music for good.

Sep 10 08:47

Message To The Australian Government From Anonymous

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Supposedly, these guys just hacked the Australian Prime Minister's website and other major networks bringing them down for over an hour.

Sep 10 07:59

Winston the pigeon puts Telkom to shame

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A race was staged between an ADSL line and a homing pigeon to deliver 4 gigabytes of data from Howick to Hillcrest.

The pigeon won.

Sep 09 20:12

Mass Infection Turns More Than 57000 Websites Into Exploit Launch Pads

Malicious hackers have managed to infect about 57,000 web pages with a potent exploit cocktail that targets a variety of vulnerable applications to surreptitiously install malware on visitor machines.

The exploits install an assortment of nasty software, including Gologger, a keystroke logging trojan, and a backdoor that attempts to connect to a website hosted in China, according to Mary Landesman, a researcher at ScanSafe, a company that protects end users from malicious websites

The attackers were able to plant a malicious iframe in the pages by exploiting SQL injection vulnerabilities. Once in place, the script silently pulls down javascript from a0v.org that silently runs while people are visiting one of the infected websites.

Sep 09 14:05

Microsoft patches gaping Windows worm holes

Microsoft today released a peck of patches to cover at least seven documented worm holes in the Windows operating system.

The most serious of the vulnerabilities addresses could lead to remote code execution complete system takeover attacks. The September batch of patches does not address the FTP in IIS vulnerability that is currently being exploited in the wild.

Sep 09 09:26

Here is another article claiming the blogs are "Un-Democratic."

Sep 09 09:19

‘E-Bomb’ Doomsday Conference Starts Today

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Yeah, the ramp-up of "booga booga" is starting to get obvious.

Sep 09 09:13

Jewish blogger convention to be held in Jerusalem

Nefesh B'Nefesh organization holds conference for blog-creators in effort to promote collaboration between Israel, Jewish world

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... and to shout down the truthers.

Sep 09 09:12

The Internet is making us stupid

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Pathetic.

Government and corporate media have lost the battle for control of the peoples' minds and they are desperate to shut down the internet, so now they are floating this lame idea that everyone having an equal voice on the net is somehow "Anti-Democratic!"

As for the "stupid" claim, research has shown that people who surf the net develop rather amazing skills at mental organization and problem solving. They are also skeptical, which is why government sees them as dangerous.

Sep 09 08:16

"Anonymized" data really isn't—and here's why not

Companies continue to store and sometimes release vast databases of "anonymized" information about users. But, as Netflix, AOL, and the State of Massachusetts have learned, "anonymized" data can often be cracked in surprising ways, revealing the hidden secrets each of us are assembling in online "databases of ruin."

Sep 08 14:43

FBI Admits to Tracking/Tracing/Databasing Ordinary Tourists Forever (and a Day)

FBI Admits to Tracking/Tracing/Databasing Ordinary Tourists Forever (and a Day)
SoCal Martial Law Alerts
September 7, 2009

"If somebody is filming a power plant facility on the East Coast ... no big deal," said Michael Heimbach, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Counterterrorism Division. But if "the same individuals, or a car used by the individuals, shows up at the Hoover Dam. Now we’re saying, ‘Okay, what’s going on here?’"

Um. What's going on here?

I hate to break the news to you, Mr. Heimbach, but what you describe would be called a:

Road Trip

Sep 08 11:49

Web-monitoring software gathers data on kid chats

Parents who install a leading brand of software to monitor their kids' online activities may be unwittingly allowing the company to read their children's chat messages — and sell the marketing data gathered.

Software sold under the Sentry and FamilySafe brands can read private chats conducted through Yahoo, MSN, AOL and other services, and send back data on what kids are saying about such things as movies, music or video games. The information is then offered to businesses seeking ways to tailor their marketing messages to kids.

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One of the greatest disappointments of my life is that I never got a chance to be a daddy. My first wife obtained an abortion without consulting me on the matter. That together with her drug abuse is why I am on my second (and final) wife. But no kids. I'm "uncle Mike" (both biological and symbolic) to lots of other peoples' kids but it isn't the same thing, of course.

I do not know what kind of parent I might have been. Nobody really does until they have to do it.

But one thing I know I would not do and that is to plant spyware and other gizmos to watch my children for me. I would hope that in growing up with me as an influence they would be worldly and wise enough to survive the jungle that this nation has become in both the real and virtual worlds. Any computers they were allowed to use would not monitor their behavior for me (and the marketing companies) nor would there be any web site blocking. If they do not understand what they are looking at they can come ask me and we will talk about it.

As I understand it, that is a big part of what being a parent is.

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Sep 08 08:22

We'll all be Rewarded when the Shit Hits the Fan.

You’ve noticed the recent appearance of major shitheads like Tom Brokaw; Rudolph, the brown-nosed, Giuliani and a host of other lying sacks of shit are going nova about the blogs corrupting the minds of the public with information concerning the government’s role in the 9/11 attacks and making the official line look like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.

You’ve noted the cries for legislation against truth tellers and the association of truth tellers with terrorists and you’ve seen the damning evidence of nano-thermite at all ground zero locations, which proves once and for all that the government and their exploding shit-golem front men are just what they are; road apples for the cosmic fans of history.

Sep 07 19:36

Offensive line not the only thing broken at Oklahoma game

It's one thing to have your computer crash. It's another to have it crash in front of thousands of sports fans. This latest humiliation took place Saturday at the pre-game festivities for the Oklahoma/Brigham Young game at the at the brand new $1.15 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Reader Jeff tells us that they had a breakdown on the scoreboard screens: first, the screens went blank, then displayed some odd ASCII gibberish, then announced to the assembled crowd that things weren't going so well in Microsoft land.

Sep 06 15:44

Accused killer asks for Online media outlets users' IDs

A lawyer for Lucas Coe, charged in the death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson, has asked several local media outlets to provide the names of readers and listeners who commented about his client online.

Sep 06 07:14

Wiki can't even do basic geography. And it won't let me edit the post about the island they have in the wrong location even though I LIVE ON IT.

So hey guys I live on an Island that doesn't exist next to and Island that actually does exist, that I am actually on. According to wikipedia.

Can I edit the page about the Island? I only live HERE! Nope. Can anyone living here edit the page? Nope, we aren't experts on the subject. lol!!!

My brother wrote a book about the history of the Island from its AMerican Indian name Croatoan to now. Can he edit the page? Nope.

only self appointed experts can change it. If you change it, some idiot changes right back.

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I went through this with Wikipedia back when they had articles about Michael Rivero. The article about me was filled with inaccuracies. When I changed it, it was changed back. Twice. Then it was locked against changes and I was informed by Wikipedia that Michael Rivero was not considered an expert on the subject of Michael Rivero. When I pointed out that I was Michael Rivero and therefore more of an expert on the subject of Michael Rivero than their own editors Wikipedia threw a tantrum and deleted every single article about me or my website.

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Sep 04 11:28

YouTube Yanks "CyberSecurity" Video, Citing "Inappropriate Content"

Funny... My Cyber Security video is disabled for "Inappropriate Content," yet the dude who regularly posts videos asking me to give him a BJ is totally fine!

Sep 04 08:21

Tribunal declares Internet hate speech law unconstitutional

The Canadian Jewish Congress was quick to call for an appeal of the Hadjis ruling.

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Which tells you who the enemy of free speech really is.

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