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Feb 05 12:03

Gh0st RATs Cross Digital Borders

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

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

Feb 05 11:52

GhostNet

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

Feb 05 10:33

Scamming the Scammers: 5 Brilliant Reverse 419 Scams

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

Feb 05 08:52

The Rising Tide of Internet Censorhsip

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Feb 05 07:16

Is basic American telephone service in a death spiral?

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

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Feb 04 15:54

The global warming guerrillas

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

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I blush!

Feb 04 14:36

EU: hackers broke into cap-and-trade system

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

Feb 04 13:48

iPad and iPhone are BAD for the Web

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

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

Feb 04 10:33

Grandmother is falsely accused of file-sharing

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 04 08:51

Vegetative state patients can communicate

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

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

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

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

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Feb 03 17:43

Film industry loses landmark piracy case

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

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

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Feb 03 13:14

U.S. 'Severely Threatened' By Cyber Attacks

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 03 09:57

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

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

Feb 03 08:23

Police want backdoor to Web users' private data

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

Feb 03 07:22

Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 03 07:21

Time Magazine Pushes Draconian Internet Licensing Plan

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

Feb 02 15:40

Short on cash, Wikileaks suspends operations

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

Feb 02 11:04

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

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

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Feb 01 16:33

Enemies Of Free Speech Call For Internet Licensing

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

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

Feb 01 14:06

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

Feb 01 09:58

Enemies Of Free Speech Call For Internet Licensing

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

Feb 01 09:54

Dumping my laptop for...a server?

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Feb 01 08:29

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

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

Jan 31 14:35

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 31 08:20

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

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

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

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Jan 30 08:59

Chinese company pre-emptively clones iPad

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

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

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

Jan 30 08:54

Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

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

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

Jan 30 08:29

IS YOUTUBE FINALLY PREPARED TO SHOW THE TRUTH?

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

Jan 29 16:58

Bank of America suffers Internet outage

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 29 15:54

Wikileaks temporarily shuts down due to lack of funds

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

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

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

Jan 29 14:11

Bank of America downtime torments customers once again

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 29 07:52

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

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

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

Jan 29 05:45

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

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

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

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

Jan 29 01:31

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

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

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

Jan 28 20:30

Hitler responds to the iPad

Jan 28 14:27

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

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

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

Jan 28 10:10

Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance

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

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

Jan 28 09:36

8 Things That Suck About the iPad

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

Jan 28 08:43

Defects in e-passports allow real-time tracking

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

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Jan 27 20:51

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) First Production Documents

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

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

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

Jan 27 20:16

Did The American Conservative just get hacked by Zionists?

Jan 27 17:47

Piracy letter campaign 'nets innocents'

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

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

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

Jan 27 13:25

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Is someone trying to bash Apple?

Jan 26 18:50

Google’s phone muzzles the foul-mouthed

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

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

Jan 26 15:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 26 08:47

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 25 20:35

How to Disappear from Facebook and Twitter

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

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

Jan 25 07:45

Mike Rivero visits the Daily Citizen

Jan 22 21:06

If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe

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

Jan 22 11:05

Why the NHS can't get its browser act together

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

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

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

Jan 22 10:54

Wikipedia Doesn't Like Me ...

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

Stand back while I turn down my testosterone levels.

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have my own Wikipedia story.

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

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

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

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

Jan 22 10:37

How Professional is Wiki?? (NOT Very)

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

Jan 22 09:48

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

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

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

Jan 21 13:30

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

Jan 21 13:11

FBI warns lawyers: Beware of ex-wives bearing checks

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 20 15:49

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

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

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

Jan 20 15:13

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 20 08:55

Virus attack hits Vista machines, cripples university network

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Save money. Shoot the cyber-criminals.

Jan 19 14:31

Google China hacks 'a possible inside job'

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

Jan 19 09:58

Microsoft readies emergency IE patch to counter public exploits

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

I'll donate a box of ammo.

Jan 18 19:13

TalkTalk condemns Bono's 'misguided' filesharing claims

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

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

Jan 18 12:12

France joins Germany warning against Internet Explorer

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

Jan 18 07:41

Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy

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

Jan 17 12:44

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

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

Jan 16 11:09

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

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

Jan 15 14:07

HACKERS ALREADY EXPLOITING HAITI QUAKE FOR THEIR PERSONAL GAIN

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

Jan 13 16:57

Google may get copyright immunity in UK

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

Jan 13 16:41

Obama Advisor Promotes ‘Cognitive Infiltration’

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, they are reviving COINTELPRO

Jan 13 15:23

Google to end censorship in China over cyber attacks

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

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

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

Jan 13 11:39

Reach Out & Distrust Someone.

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 13 09:41

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

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

Jan 13 07:18

Facebook unleashes lawyers on Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jan 12 19:55

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack

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

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

Jan 12 16:40

Police Duped by Contractor Offering Video Surveillance

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 11 11:04

Rupert Murdoch Begins Blocking News Aggregators, Search Engines

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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Jan 10 13:57

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

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

Taser’s new weapon: mobile phone monitoring

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

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

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

Jan 09 06:23

Youtube Scenes Pulled from Peoples' Thoughts

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

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

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

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

Jan 08 12:30

Your Genitalia X-Rayed: Not Just For Airports Anymore

a mobile device scanning the streets now...

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

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

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

Jan 08 08:47

WEB OF TRUST INVESTIGATION

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

STOP RIGHT THERE.

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

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

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

Jan 08 07:23

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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