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Feb 17 15:27

Italy's Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Silicon Curtain descends over Italy!

Feb 16 13:23

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign me up!

Feb 16 13:13

France falls under Internet censorship

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merde!

Feb 16 11:21

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

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

Feb 16 08:21

The Conservative 100: Most Popular Conservative Sites

Feb 15 15:51

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

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

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

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

Current investigations...:

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

Feb 15 15:03

Google joins new anti-filter coalition

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

Feb 15 12:12

Controlling the Ability of People and Organizations to Access the Internet

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Feb 15 10:25

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Feb 14 18:53

Google Alters Buzz to Tackle Privacy Flaws

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

Feb 13 17:23

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

Original post in the Daily Mail Reporter,/small>

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

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

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

Feb 13 15:34

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

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

Feb 13 07:42

Iceland to become journalism haven?

Feb 12 08:41

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

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

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

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

Feb 12 08:02

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign me up!!!!!

Feb 12 07:36

European Union denies US snoops access to electronic banking data

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

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

Feb 11 12:49

Internet Censorship Protest Shuts Down Australian Government Websites

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

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

Feb 11 11:35

Chip and PIN is broken, say researchers

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

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

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

Feb 11 10:12

MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

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

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

Feb 11 09:44

Google Censors Free Speech

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

Feb 11 09:35

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I volunteer as a test site! :)

Feb 10 07:27

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

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

Feb 09 18:35

The future of... data encryption

Self-destructing data could help protect your privacy

Feb 09 14:06

You Want My Internet? Come And Take It!

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

Feb 09 12:17

A Friend’s Tweet Could Be an Ad

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

Feb 09 11:27

P.E.I. teen banned from Internet

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am curious how they plan to enforce this.

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Feb 08 13:23

Mozilla Firefox hit by malware add-ons

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

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

Feb 08 10:48

BlackBerry has spyware risk too, researcher says

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

Feb 08 04:17

"al Qaeda Definitely Behind Crippling Cyber Attack"

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

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

Satire?

Feb 07 10:24

Climate scepticism 'on the rise', BBC poll shows

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

It's panic time!

Feb 07 08:58

Alex Jones On The Draconian Internet Takeover

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

Feb 07 08:48

CIA enlists Google's help for spy work

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

Feb 07 08:39

500,000 EU computers can access private British data

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

Feb 06 08:45

FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited

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

Feb 05 12:03

Gh0st RATs Cross Digital Borders

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

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

Feb 05 11:52

GhostNet

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

Feb 05 10:33

Scamming the Scammers: 5 Brilliant Reverse 419 Scams

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

Feb 05 08:52

The Rising Tide of Internet Censorhsip

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Feb 05 07:16

Is basic American telephone service in a death spiral?

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

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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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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