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Apr 14 07:51

Don't be fooled by the power of the blog

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The blogs scoop the corporate media, and now corporate media tries to ride the blogs' coat tails!

Apr 13 19:34

FIDONET

FidoNet consists of approximately 10,000 systems world-wide which comprise a network which exchanges mail and files via Modems using a proprietary protocol. They are connected for the purposes of exchanging E-Mail to the Internet thru a series of gateway systems which interact with the Internet via UUCP with cooperating UNIX-based smart-hosts which act as their MX-receivers.

With some exceptions, you cannot Telnet or FTP to a FidoNet site, only communicate via E-Mail and Usenet News.

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This is the alternative to the internet discussed on today's radio shows.

Apr 13 19:11

They've got your number

Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists - and their need to protect sources?

Apr 13 17:45

Goldman Sachs Gets Heavy-Handed with Smalltime Critical Blogger

Needless to say, we will most likely fight this one in court with Goldman Sachs and now we will expedite adding relevant content to this website. We have followed all of the legal requirements to own and maintain the website under the address we have selected. If you have any media contact you want to forward this to, be my guest. It's just another example of how a bully like Goldman Sachs tries to throw their weight around and this is a clear violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Apr 13 14:42

Federal Authority Over the Internet? The Cybersecurity Act of 2009

One proposed provision gives the President unfettered authority to shut down Internet traffic in an emergency and disconnect critical infrastructure systems on national security grounds goes too far. Certainly there are times when a network owner must block harmful traffic, but the bill gives no guidance on when or how the President could responsibly pull the kill switch on privately-owned and operated networks.

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Time to start setting up those FIDOnet nodes, folks.

Apr 13 09:38

Blogwatch

So-called citizen journalists bagged another trophy last week when THE SCIENTIFIC ACTIVIST discovered that NASA public-affairs aide George Deutsch--accused of trying to muzzle agency scientists on the issue of global warming--had never graduated from Texas A&M University

Apr 13 08:51

Computer with SAS secrets is missing

A source said it held sensitive information on the regiment's counter-terrorism manoeuvres.

Apr 13 08:35

German Regulators Fine Microsoft For Price-Fixing

Antitrust regulators fined Microsoft Corp.'s German subsidiary 9 million euros ($11.8 million) and said the world's largest software maker illegally influenced retail prices for its Office 2007 programs.

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany's economic regulatory body, said in a statement that an undisclosed retailer worked with Microsoft to set the price of Microsoft's Office Home and Student 2007 software packages before the companies jointly launched an ad campaign.

Apr 13 03:50

Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?

The New York Times - Eric Pfanner - PARIS — Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior?

“If you put 200 VCRs in your garage and start making and selling copies of films, you will get a visit from the police,” he said. “If you do it from a Web site, everybody says, ‘Hey, freedom of information’ ”.

Apr 12 15:53

The Rise and Rise of the Political Blogger

Despite the fringe nature of the blogosphere, though, politicians and media analysts are convinced the unregulated sector is a force to be reckoned with in 21st century Britain. "There's no doubt that the rise of the blogosphere is one of the major political developments of the last 10 years," said McNair.

Apr 12 09:28

McBride Spinning for His Career

Apr 11 21:27

Best Buy Sells 9-Year-Old Discontinued Hard Drive As Brand New Western Digital, Refuses Refund

Jon spent $250 on a Western Digital VelociRaptor but what he received from Best Buy was a Quantum Fireball, a discontinued hard drive that hasn't been sold for nine years. Best Buy, of course, took no responsibility for the odd swap, and said that Western Digital must have accidentally sold a competitor's discontinued drive. Western Digital, of course, said that a Best Buy employee stole Jon's hard drive.

Apr 11 17:23

University computers struck by computer virus

A malicious computer virus called Conficker has embedded itself in computers at the University of Utah.

Apr 11 08:56

Conficker also installs fake antivirus software

Researchers have discovered another feature of the Conficker worm that provides an additional clue about the intent of the creators--the worm installs malware that masquerades as antivirus software, Trend Micro said on Friday.

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Waterboard the hackers' computers!!!!!!

Apr 11 08:45

Germany muzzles WikiLeaks

On April 9th 2009, the internet domain registration for the investigative journalism site Wikileaks.de was suspended without notice by Germany's registration authority DENIC.

The action comes two weeks after the house of the German WikiLeaks domain sponsor, Theodor Reppe, was searched by German authorities. Police documentation shows that the March 24, 2009 raid was triggered by WikiLeaks' publication of Australia's proposed secret internet censorship list. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) told Australian journalists that they did not request the intervention of the German government.

Apr 11 08:34

Facebook Warns Ex-Employees Not To Talk To Moviemakers

Former Facebook employees tell us the company sent out letters warning them not to talk to "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, who -- his publicist tells us -- is still working on a movie about the social network's founding.

Apr 11 08:02

Blogger Gears Up for Legal Battle Over Goldman Sachs Critique

A major Wall Street investment bank has apparently retained a well-known New York City-based law firm in an effort to curtail a blogger's critical posts.

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We used to live in a country where such an absurd lawsuit would not stand a chance of winning, but these days who knows? In any event, Goldman Sachs may simply try to drown Mike Morgan in legal fees in a courtroom war of attrition.

Apr 11 07:48

Goldman Sachs hires law firm to shut blogger's site

Goldman Sachs is attempting to shut down a dissident blogger who is extremely critical of the investment bank, its board members and its practices.

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Can you imagine Goldman Sachs trying to shut down a TV station or a newspaper?

This is exactly the same thing!

Apr 10 19:25

Google Street View: Residents block street to prevent filming over crime fears

Residents of an affluent village formed a human chain to prevent Google from taking pictures of their homes amid fears the images could be used by burglars.

Apr 10 13:32

European internet consumption to overtake TV in 14 months

The internet will overtake broadcast TV as Europe's most consumed form of media for the first time in June 2010 if current growth trends continue, according to Microsoft research.

Apr 10 11:22

Dept. of Homeland Security employee “Steve Bierfeldt should go to jail”

Today a commenter left the following message under the story about Campaign for Liberty’s Steve Bierfeldt audio taped interrogation by St. Louis TSA, local police and FBI.

“You all need to listen better! That was the police asking the questions and NOT TSA.

People that carry large amounts of money throws up a red flag to fund terrorists groups or drugs.

There is no reason for this moron to be carring that much CASH with him. Get a Money order or something! He should go to jail for being dumb!

Let the TSA ask questions to make you idiots feel safe! I would rather have them ask questions than not.”

J.D.

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My reply to TSA is that on the tape the interrogator can clearly be heard warning that he is about to call the police. Therefore, the interrogator is not the police, but TSA.

Second, IT IS NONE OF TSA'S @#$%ING BUSINESS HOW MUCH CASH WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES CHOOSE TO CARRY AND WHY. How DARE you to presume to tell us what we should or should not do. That is not your job. Your job is to find bombs, and according to DHS' own tests you fail at that 50% of the time. Your job is to find terrorists, not terrorize the people when no real threats can be found anywhere.

Until you learn how to actually do the job you are supposed to do (and learn now to inspect a laptop without destroying it) stop covering up for your feelings of inadequacy with arrogance and remember who the hell it is pays your salaries.

TSA is the major reason tourism in Hawaii (and the United States) is in decline. Nobody goers to vacation in a place where they are treated like POWs getting in and out. TSA is the reason Hawaii's economy is in "Al Qaeda" and a little more contrition is required instead of a rant posted WHILE WORKING ON THE TAXPAYER'S TIME!!!!

TSA are thugs. The audio tape proves it. This attempt to blame the victim because he doesn't carry money the way you might chose to proves it. If you do not want the image of being thugs STOP ACTING LIKE IT.

And one more thing; if you don't stop fondling my wife like that, you are going to lose some teeth, pervert!!

Apr 10 10:52

Parts Of Silicon Valley Loses Internet, Phone Service After Vandals Cut AT&T Underground Cables

Parts of northern California, including Silicon Valley, lost Internet and telephone connections on Thursday after vandals severed AT&T underground fiber-optic cables in San Jose and San Carlos.

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Hmmmm. If the cables were copper, we could attribute the cutting to thieves (copper theft is a huge problem here in Hawaii), but cutting fiber cables?

That sounds like a test run for a false-flag terror attack.

Apr 10 09:07

Conficker Worm Arms Itself To Steal And Spam

The Conficker/Downadup worm is on the move again. After a relatively uneventful April 1, on which the worm began widening the number of Web sites that it scanned for instructions, a new Conficker variant has emerged and appears to be preparing to spam and steal information.

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See also: PC Conficker test

Apr 09 22:42

Internet Rankings are Massively Gamed

I'm not trying to pick on these 2 companies. In fact, there are more than 29,000 websites devoted to "auto surfing" programs which will increase your Alexa ranking.

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For the record, WRH does not "game" our readership numbers. You are all real human beings!

Apr 09 09:17

Conficker begins stealthy update

The Conficker worm has started to update infected machines with a mystery package of data.

Computer security firms watching the malicious program noticed that it sprang into life late on 8 April.

The activity on its update system delivered encrypted software to compromised machines. It is not yet clear what the payload contains.

See also: PC Conficker test

Apr 08 20:03

XP downgrades after Windows 7 ships? Business as usual

Microsoft has announced this week that it will continue to offer downgrade options to both volume licensing customers and end-users when Windows 7 ships. Customers who purchase a system from a qualifying OEM with a version of Windows 7 that they don't want will be able to fall back to equivalent versions of Vista or XP. This latest extension to XP's availability has, inevitably, made the headlines, as if Microsoft's decision to allow users to fall back to the venerable system is a judgment of Windows 7 before it even ships.

Apr 08 15:30

MUCKETY

Map relationships among people and organizations:

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Mentioned on today's GCN radio show.

Apr 08 08:49

Cyberspies Penetrate Electrical Grid

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls, the newspaper said, citing current and former U.S. national security officials.

The intruders have not sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure but officials said they could try during a crisis or war, the paper said in a report on its website.

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Befor ethe next war, or the next false flag, the US Government (and Israel) have to figure out a way to shut down the non-commercial portions of the internet and they must have an excuse that the public will buy.

A nationwide blackout caused by the cyberspies of [insert name of target country here] provides an event with immediacy, and justification to start pulling wires on the blogs.

Apr 07 18:05

The Meter Is Running

Time Warner justifies its new pricing model by directing blame at its heaviest users, claiming that a few terabyte-hogging party poopers with an unquenchable thirst for LOLCat clips have slowed down the network for the rest of us. Tiered billing would speed up the network, says Time Warner, by forcing these heavy users to cut back, or at least pay a premium that the company claims it would re-invest in network upgrades.

But by painting upgrades as so expensive and Herculean a task that the only way to manage them is through steep caps and punitive fees, it's obvious Time Warner is counting on consumer ignorance.

Apr 07 09:45

Ghostnet Toolset—Back Door at the Click of a Button

While we may not have a smoking gun showing this botnet as the work of any government organization, it is very clear that the groups behind the tools are organized and making it very easy for individuals to participate in these attacks.

Apr 07 09:36

Google is just an amoral menace

Despite the aura of heroic young enterprise that still miraculously attaches to the web, what we are seeing is a much older and toxic capitalist model - the classic monopoly that destroys industries and individual enterprise in its bid for ever greater profits. Despite its diversification, Google is in the final analysis a parasite that creates nothing, merely offering little aggregation, lists and the ordering of information generated by people who have invested their capital, skill and time. On the back of the labour of others it makes vast advertising revenues - in the final quarter of last year its revenues were $5.7bn, and it currently sits on a cash pile of $8.6bn.

Apr 07 09:07

The moment Google car filmed itself being pulled over by police for driving in bus lane

These are the pictures Google didn't want you to see - a controversial Street View car getting pulled over by police for driving in a bus lane.

Apr 07 09:02

Home Office slip points to Japanese porn site

The Home Office has been forced to amend its website after a user was directed to a Japanese pornographic site by mistake.

Apr 06 18:25

Microsoft Confirms Windows 7-To-XP Downgrades

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) on Monday confirmed that PC makers will offer customers that buy Windows 7 PCs the ability to continue using Windows XP through downgrade rights, in what amounts to another major nail in the coffin for Windows Vista.

"We will offer downgrade rights from Windows 7 to Windows XP in the same way we did with Windows Vista," a Microsoft spokesperson told Channelweb.com.

What does this say about Microsoft's confidence in Windows 7?

Apr 06 16:31

Conficker Eye Chart provides a cute visual check for infection

The Conficker Working Group has produced a quick way to check if your Windows PC has a Conficker infection: the Conficker Eye Chart. If you're one of the 99% or so that don't have it, you'll see the image above. If some of the images are missing, then you may have it.

The test is based on Conficker blocking access to some anti-virus sites. It should be accurate, unless you're using a proxy server.

Apr 06 16:25

UK email retention law comes into force

New European Union legislation comes into force today requiring ISPs to store the details of every email sent and web site visited by their users, in case the police, or any other public organisation or body, needs to access the information.

Similar rules covering phone records are already in force. The new directive specifically requests that ISPs retain the communications data, though not the actual content, for a year. The authorities will be able to request access to the data with a warrant.

See also: What does the government know about my internet use?

Apr 06 12:07

Net firms start storing user data

Details of user e-mails and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive.

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Okay folks, start sending THIS file back and forth all over Europe!

Apr 05 14:01

The Constitution Dies - To Thunderous Applause

Gee, you folks who thought Obama was the be-all and end-all to "solve" violations of The Constitution under President Bush:

A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency."

Apr 04 20:37

£15bn for Government snoop network? Just use Facebook

Cambridge University researchers have revealed how the profile information Facebook releases to search engines could be exploited by spammers or even governments.

Public listings allow search engines to crawl a limited version of your Facebook profile, displaying your name, photo, and eight people you're friends with. A limited selection of fan listings and affiliations are also displayed.

In a paper entitled Eight Friends Are Enough the team from Cambridge's Computer Security Group, reveal how they developed a programme capable of sifting through thousands of these public profiles.

This information was then used to map out a person's network of friends. The paper's authors claim this is valuable information that could be easily exploited by spammers and governments.

Apr 04 20:37

£15bn for Government snoop network? Just use Facebook

Cambridge University researchers have revealed how the profile information Facebook releases to search engines could be exploited by spammers or even governments.

Public listings allow search engines to crawl a limited version of your Facebook profile, displaying your name, photo, and eight people you're friends with. A limited selection of fan listings and affiliations are also displayed.

In a paper entitled Eight Friends Are Enough the team from Cambridge's Computer Security Group, reveal how they developed a programme capable of sifting through thousands of these public profiles.

This information was then used to map out a person's network of friends. The paper's authors claim this is valuable information that could be easily exploited by spammers and governments.

Apr 04 20:07

Chrome EULA Reserves the Right To Filter Your Web

Recently, I decided to try out Google Chrome. With my usual mistrust of Google, I decided to carefully read the EULA before installing the software. I paused when I stumbled upon this section: '7.3 Google reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Content from any Service. For some of the Services, Google may provide tools to filter out explicit sexual content. These tools include the SafeSearch preference settings (see google.com/help/customize.html#safe). In addition, there are commercially available services and software to limit access to material that you may find objectionable.'

Apr 04 09:00

Online Ads Closing In On Newspaper Ads

Apr 04 08:31

They Hate Us for Our Freedom

The "they" I am referring to is our own government. Apparently the Phoenix Police were tired of one Jeff Pataky who maintains and website and a blog that focuses on misfeasance involving Phoenix police. The police served him with a search warrant and took his computer, cable modem, and wireless routeramong other items. Pataky has a network of police sources who informed him that the search was done purposely to quite his criticisms.

Apr 03 14:03

YouTube Absorbed By Corporate Machinery: The Amateur-Video Pioneer Begins Transition to Hollywood Vehicle

YouTube will soon unveil a redesign that clearly separates its premium and long-form programming from the user-posted videos that account for most of its activity. According to two sources familiar with Google's plans for YouTube, the new design will do away with the current navigation scheme — which funnels users into "videos," "channels," and "community" categories. That layout will be replaced with a tabbed navigation with clearly defined sections for professional content, ClickZ reports.

Apr 03 13:39

Unmask Blocked Calls!

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Got someone who calls you in the middle of the night to scream that you are a @#%ing anti-Semite but their number is blocked>

This website fixes that problem.

Apr 03 13:36

New World Order: Still A Conspiracy Theory?

Despite the fact that the term “new world order” was mentioned in connection with the G20 this week hundreds of times by both global leaders and in news reports, it is still regarded as a “conspiracy theory” by that bastion of truthiness, Wikipedia.

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I quit reading Wikipedia right after they deleted me!

Apr 03 13:31

Should Obama Control the Internet?

A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.

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Change we can believe in? Hardly! Obama is continuing the same trend towards a police state that Bush did, and this latest attempt to create an "Off" switch on the internet only shows that Obama is the bigg$^&57x...[NO CARRIER]

Apr 03 10:40

Yet Another Copyright Lobbying Group Caught Infringing

These days, it's nearly impossible not to infringe on copyright in one way or another during your regular day -- but it's always amusing when big-time copyright supporters are caught infringing (and it seems to happen quite frequently). The latest is musicFIRST, the lobbying group funded (potentially illegally) by the recording industry, which has been pushing a campaign claiming that radio is piracy and demanding that radio stations pay even more royalties than they already do.

But, of course, when it comes to licensing or paying royalties itself... well, you know... that's a different story.

Apr 03 08:27

Watch out Broughton! Street View fans plan to descend on 'privacy' village for photo fest

The villagers complained Google had no right to take pictures of their homes, calling it an 'invasion of privacy' and an 'invitation for burglars to strike'.

But not only has the village now become the focus of national attention, it has raised the ire of Internet users, who are now campaigning for Street View enthusiasts from across the UK to descend on the village to snap their own perfectly legal photographs.

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Inside of ones home should be private.

But outside is, well, outside, with all that that implies!

Apr 03 08:25

'Privacy risk' of new mobiles that give away location and stored details to marketing firms

Millions of us are unwittingly signing away our rights to privacy when we upgrade to flashy new mobile phones, warn campaigners.

The latest handsets are so advanced they can reveal the location of the owner to within a few yards - along with their internet shopping habits, their interests and the names and addresses of their friends.

Although phone providers are not supposed to pass on this 'Big Brother' data without permission, a 'worryingly large number' of people give consent for the information to be sold to marketing companies, campaigners say.

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The good news is that my first generation iPhone shows my location as at the Aloha Stadium, actually about 2 miles away from where I am really sitting!

Apr 03 07:55

Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them

Jeff Pataky, who runs Bad Phoenix Cops, said the officers confiscated three computers, routers, modems, hard drives, memory cards and everything necessary to continue blogging.

The 41-year-old software engineer said they also confiscated numerous personal files and documents relating to a pending lawsuit he has against the department alleging harassment - which he says makes it obvious the raid was an act of retaliation.

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Aim for the badges!

Apr 02 09:48

Budget ‘rider’ would bid ‘Hasta la vista’ to Windows Vista

It could be “Hasta la vista, baby” to state agency purchases of Microsoft’s Windows Vista information technology under a proposed state budget provision.

The “rider” in the proposed two-year, $182.2 billion state budget — expected to be taken up Wednesday by the Texas Senate — would require state agencies to get written approval from the Legislative Budget Board before buying Vista technology related to an operating system, equipment or licenses.

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, added the provision in committee and said it’s meant to block purchases of the technology, which has been targeted by criticism: “Don’t buy it, because it’s not worth it.”

Apr 01 13:29

White House website hosted in Germany?!?!?

Apr 01 10:30

Youtube have lost the plot - James Randi Educational Foundation account suspended

Apr 01 08:32

Microsoft Offers Better "Truth in Advertising" for Windows XP Dialog Box

Redmond, AP. Microsoft is preparing to release an update to Windows XP offering better "truth in advertising" for one of Windows XP's most important dialogs.

Apr 01 07:54

Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

Addressing what intelligence officials describe as a gaping vulnerability, the legislation also calls for the appointment of a White House cybersecurity "czar" with unprecedented authority to shut down computer networks, including private ones, if a cyberattack is underway, the officials said.

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Translation: During the next false-flag staged event, the internet will be shut down so that ABCNNBBCBS have an exclusive "preserve" to spew government propaganda.

Apr 01 06:12

Introducing Opera Face Gestures

:)

Mar 31 09:11

IPhone users will be able to make free phone calls from today as Skype becomes available for the first time on the popular Apple gadget.

Mar 31 08:27

Security experts eye worm attack

While no-one in the industry is 100% sure of the aim of Conficker, they are positive the people behind it are more concerned about making money than causing mayhem.

That is a view backed by PC Magazine editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff.

"People write malware today not because they want to make a public splash. It's old school to want to make computer screens turn red and say Love Bug.

"Today crime syndicates run these things because they are interested in making money and if they are not making money there is no point in it."

A recent report by security firm Finjan claimed that cybercrime is as lucrative a business as drug trafficking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember, Microsoft has a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Conficker's author(s).

Mar 31 08:23

IBM files for patent on offshoring jobs

As IBM was firing thousands of American workers last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Big Blue's application to copyright a computerized system that calculates how to offshore jobs while maximizing government tax breaks.

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This is an April Fool joke, right?

Right?

Right?

Right?

No?!?!?

Crap!

n/a
Mar 30 17:31

Japan homeless living in internet cafes

Residents can order food and even take a shower. If they stay for more than a month, they can even register the café as their address for job hunting and so that they can receive government funds.

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Aloha to all of you who read whatreallyhappened.com!

Mar 30 14:42

How to Remove Conficker Virus

Several Win32 conficker removal tools are now available but because the conficker worm also spreads through portable storage devices such as USB drives, disabling your PC’s autorun feature for external media is recommended. Here is how to remove conficker with a conficker remover.

Mar 30 14:19

Conficker: world's greatest April Fool's joke or 'digital Pearl Harbor'?

Much as has been written and blogged about the Conficker worm. At least 12 million computers around the world have already been infected by it since autumn, and Microsoft has announced a $250,000 US reward for information leading to the capture of the Conficker authors. The French military has even grounded some of its fighter planes.

Mar 30 11:47

Leaving computers on overnight = $2.8 billion a year

Admittedly I don't think much about it at all. I leave my laptop running overnight because I know it'll take five minutes or more to get things going in the morning -- not just booting up, but launching the various apps I start the day with, downloading my overnight email, filtering out the spam, and otherwise "getting settled."

But all the power wasted while computers are sitting idle overnight adds up, and one study has finally tried to measure it. The tally: An estimated $2.8 billion wasted on excess energy costs each year in the U.S. alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Computers have various "hibernate" functions, but at least on Windows, they usually quit working properly after a while.

However, along with the waste of electricity, leaving your computers on overnight also shortens their lifespan. I know in the age of planned obsolescence where you buy a new computer every 3 to 5 years that might not seem like an issue, but as the economy tightens people will need to keep their computers far longer, and turning them on ONLY when needed will help.

Yes, constant switching off and on should be avoided, but turning everything off when you go to bed is a good idea to prolong the life of your equipment.

As for the long boot up time, I turn the computer on when I get out of bed, then go make coffee. By the time the caffeine kicks in, the system is ready to rock!

Mar 30 11:30

Fusion Center Agents Working Public Forums?

What we're seeing on many forums, attached to radio talk shows, or to local counties that have general forums, allowing national/political input....we're seeing a growing trend of forum infiltration by persons that monitor those forums to quickly debunk, and/or provide disinformation, when the subject matter is about Barack Obama.

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Yes, we get a few of those here as well.

Mar 30 11:28

Someone else is spying on YOU. And it isn’t the NSA. Fusion Centers.

Ever hear of a Fusion Center?

They are run by the Department of Homeland Security and are locally based across the country.

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It was a fusion center that came up with that MIAC report that claimed anybody not not giving the government a hand job (metaphorically) was a potential terrorist.

Mar 30 10:32

Beware Conficker worm come April 1

Thanks in part to a quarter-million-dollar bounty on the head of the writer of the worm, offered by Microsoft, security researchers are aggressively digging into the worm's code as they attempt to engineer a cure or find the writer before the deadline. What's known so far is that on April 1, all infected computers will come under the control of a master machine located somewhere across the web, at which point anything's possible. Will the zombie machines become denial of service attack pawns, steal personal information, wipe hard drives, or simply manifest more traditional malware pop-ups and extortion-like come-ons designed to sell you phony security software? No one knows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could easily be as overblown as the Y2K bug, and little more than a coordinated campaign to sell you more computer security software you do not need, but prudence suggests at least using whatever free resources are out there.

Mar 30 10:24

Planting cyber seeds

In a 600-word post, Brad questioned the credibility of an online petition on Smith's website, urging the administration of President Barack Obama to require labeling of biotech foods. He called the petition "sheer political theater" and prodded the activist for purportedly being a yogic flying instructor.

More than 30 comments followed in the next few weeks. On one level, the exchange was just another online debate about GMOs. But this one was notable because of who initiated and hosted it: Monsanto Co.

Mar 30 10:21

Propaganda.com

Many of these governments have honed their Internet strategies beyond censorship and are employing more subtle (and harder to detect) ways of controlling dissent, often by planting their own messages on the Web and presenting them as independent opinion.

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Mar 30 09:25

Credit card details freely available on web

The credit card details of up to 19,000 British shoppers have been made freely available on the internet.

The data, which includes names and home addresses as well as full card information, was accessible through a simple Google search.

It is believed that the details of thousands of Visa, Mastercard and American Express customers was mistakenly put in the public domain by fraudsters, who planned to sell it on to other scammers.

A spokesman for the banking industry body APACS said that most of the cards on the list had already been cancelled, but there are concerns that their owners were not made aware that they had been leaked online.

Mar 30 08:46

Daily Kos: CIA Engineered Controlled Opposition?

“Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001,” writes Holland. “In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also known as ‘Kos,’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present.”

Mar 29 15:24

Could a Massive "False-Flag" Cyberattack Be On The Horizon

Since the attacks on September 11th, 2001, which many have called a "false-flag operation", meaning elements within the Federal Government carried out the attacks while blaming it on its enemies, there has yet to be a massive Internet attack which would, no doubt, cripple the global infrastructure, especially in these unstable times. But could one be in the works in order to usher in complete worldwide government control of the Internet?

Mar 29 12:28

FLASHBACK - Digg Blocking WhatReallyHappened.Com

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Sent in by a reader.

Mar 29 12:20

WHATREALLYHAPPENED HAS BEEN TAGGED BY OPENDNS

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If this page is accurate, OpenDNS is not yet blocking What Really Happened, but it has been submitted for potential tagging by some who fear the spread of truth. If you have an OpenDNS account (this is free) you can vote on this issue., If you vote "YES" for the tag, you are voting for WRH to be blocked by OpenDNS filters.

As to why OpenDNS is not showing WRH right now, that remains a mystery.

Mar 29 12:12

U of T team tracks China-based cyber spies

Although the Canadian researchers said most of the computers behind the spying were in China, they cautioned against concluding that China's government was involved.

Ronald Deibert, a member of the research group and an associate professor of political science at Munk, said: "This could well be the CIA or the Russians. It's a murky realm that we're lifting the lid on."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that they give out no information that would help computer users determine if their computers were indeed targets.

Mar 29 11:55

OpenDNS now allows "user" defined filtering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been receiving a lot of complaints from users of OpenDNS that they can no longer reach whatreallyhappened.com using OpenDNS. Apparently OpenDNS is now offering filtering services, and worse, they are allowing anyone who has an account to decide who gets on the ban list. Clearly it doesn't take too many "megaphonies" to add a website to the ban list and "vote" it into activation.

The end result is that OpenDNS is becoming ClosedDNS and will soon mutate into just another corporate ISP that only allows a bland porridge made of things that offend nobody to get through.

Mar 29 11:02

Big Money is Going to Take Your Internet Access Away!

The subject has been dubbed net neutrality, but that`s an entirely too bland term for what is going on. What is at stake is whether you and I can have the same kind of high-speed, equal-service access to the Internet that Big Business has, or whether giant telecommunications companies like Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will get away with creating a tiered, or multilevel system of Internet speeds so that certain providers can buy a fast lane ahead of you and me. It would be like a rich guy having a lane all to himself on a six-lane highway because he paid for it. You would get the lane you could afford. Net neutrality, on the other hand, would mean no special privileges for Big Money. It would mean equal access and equal service.

Mar 29 10:39

Major cyber spy network uncovered

Analysts say the attacks are in effect industrial espionage, with hackers showing an interest in the activities of lawmakers and major companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the nature of the net, I would caution against assigning any actual blame for this spy network to China, since more than likely the machines the hackers used in China were themselves hacked from unknown sources and used as "cutouts".

But of course, the real danger is pirated music files, so that's where the enforcement and investigation money will be focused!

Mar 28 08:15

Ryantineocons was deleted from youtube

Mar 27 18:03

YewTube's Shame

Mar 27 13:24

ReactOS

ReactOS is a free and open-source operating system based on the Windows NT architecture design, providing support for existing applications and drivers and an alternative to the current dominant consumer and server operating systems.

Mar 27 12:39

Girl,14, faces child porn charges for posting nude pictures of HERSELF on MySpace

A 14-year-old girl will go before a court on child pornography charges after she put nude pictures of herself online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will get interesting, because this is clearly a free speech issue. Nobody was forcing her to do this, nobody "exploited" the young girl. She just expressed herself, apparently to her boyfriend.

I think she was stupid to do it, but stupidity isn't a crime in the US or half of Congress would be in jail by now.

I think this is a really bad use of the law.

Mar 27 10:31

YouTube star summoned to White House?

Bob Basso, who posts videos under the name funbobbasso on YouTube, has created videos in which he portrays Thomas Paine, author of the "Common Sense" pamphlet that made the case for independence during the American Revolution.

Mar 27 09:38

Kingston Police Harass FreeDominion Website:

On March 18, 2009, Connie Fournier, the owner of FreeDominion, (a conservative message board), received a phone call from the Kingston Police Service asking why they did not ban a member named Edward Kennedy, for comments he allegedly made about serial plaintiff Richard Warman.

According to a posting by Connie Fournier on FreeDominion, a complaint was filed with the Kingston Police by Richard Warman, who is well known on the internet as a serial plaintiff and former employee with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Mar 27 09:11

Obama passing new law to allow searching of PC's, Laptops, and media devices

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, mp3 players and even laptops are cheap these days, so have an mp3 player and laptop you use for everyday life and a second cheap set you use to travel, not only because the travel set can be sanitized but because the TSA are probably going to drop and break it anyway.

ATTENTION TERRORISTS: The US Government has just opened the door for your activities. Buy an mp3 player, load it up with downloaded stolen music and just leave it abandoned in the waiting area at the boarding gate. Watch who "recovers" it and get in line behind them. The TSA will be so orgasmic at having found a real music pirate they will ignore you while you carry that SCUD missile onto the airplane!

ATTENTION AIRLINES: You know, I really did want to buy a ticket to fly to that trade show, but I can't take the risk that the TSA goons will steal my clients' data from my laptop while searching it for illegal copies of rap music, so I am going to stay home and read sales brochures instead. I know you are just hovering at the edge of bankruptcy and that several thousand business travelers deciding to cancel their trips for security reasons (i.e. to protect themselves from the government) will probably drive you under, but heck, that's the way the economy crumbles, when the government makes it impossible for us all go on about our business.

ATTENTION MEDIA CORPORATIONS: Your sales of movies did not decline because of piracy. The buying public just got sick of all those remakes of stories we have already seen, especially about Germany in the middle of the last century.

Mar 27 06:40

Most electronic voting isn't secure, CIA expert says

Stigall told the Election Assistance Commission, a tiny agency that Congress created in 2002 to modernize U.S. voting, that computerized electoral systems can be manipulated at five stages, from altering voter registration lists to posting results.

"You heard the old adage 'follow the money,' " Stigall said, according to a transcript of his hour-long presentation that McClatchy obtained. "I follow the vote. And wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that's an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to . . . make bad things happen."

See also: How To Rig An Election In The United States

Mar 26 20:09

Parliament reveals lack of digital security

The parliamentary IT system has suffered a virus attack, joining millions of other computers that have fallen victim to the Conficker computer virus.

But astonishingly, an email sent to MPs, lords and their staff reveals that parliament's IT network seems to be completely unsecured.

The Conficker virus that has found its way computers used by MPs and members of the House of Lords has been in circulation on the internet since November 2008.

"We update our computer and antivirus software once a year whether we need to or not."

Mar 26 09:25

A not-so-private PC

The personal computer may soon be not-so-private, with the U.S. and some European nations working on laws allowing them access to search the content held on a person's hard drive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, thanks to the music thieves, governments are now pressing for laws to allow random searches of all of our computers for stolen materials without probable cause. The real danger is, of course, that corrupt people involved in those searches will copy and exploit personal business information for their own use.

In theory, what these laws do is force you to leave the keys to your house with the local police station, so that the cops can come in and look around whenever they feel like it, even when you are not at home. No sane human would allow this, given the previously reported actions of the police forces, and likewise many of us carry data on our laptops which is private not only to our own businesses but to our clients.

As one example, on my laptop I have materials related to a TV show I work on; materials which are of some value to the various fan magazines, but which would be harmful to my client if it were released. I am legally allowed to have this material, but what if some TSA bozo (assuming he didn't drop the laptop and wreck it again) sees the familiar faces, decides to copy off the files, then sells them to a buddy at 'embarrassing moments on the set' magazine! The bozo picks up a few thousand, I get in trouble because I was the last person known by the production company to have the files, and all we get from TSA is "We're fighting music piracy!"

So in the name of protecting profits, the government will treat all of us like we are criminals rather than dealing with the fact that we cannot expect young people to be moral when the leaders of our nations are so obviously immoral.

Let us be honest; real criminals and terrorists can buy plenty of those fingernail sized multi-gig flash drives to put sensitive data on, then sneak them through the security scans (hidden inside the hundreds of tons of cocaine and heroin that cruise right past the customs people every year). Homeland Security admits that half of the practice bombs get through those gates (probably more now that TSA is working for RIAA) so getting a flash drive past them is easy.

So, in short, we will all be totally inconvenienced for a policy that doesn't stand a chance of working in the first place, but opens up our private files for looting by the "authorities."

Mar 26 08:34

Jay Rockefeller Cyber Security is 1 Threat......... AKA "Internet should have never existed"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If we can't lie to 'em, then we can't control 'em!" -- Official White Horse Souse

As a side note, the internet was never intended to be a public resource by its original developer, the Defense Department Advanced Research Projects agency.

Mar 25 11:34

IBM to shift 'large number' of US jobs to India

Computer giant IBM plans to cut a "large number" of US employees in its business services unit and transfer their duties to India, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the situation," said that IBM generally avoids public disclosure of layoffs and the number of US jobs being eliminated could not be determined.

Mar 25 08:32

I Hate Facebook

Oh, Facebook. You cyberland of rampant narcissism and wasted time. What started out as a social networking site for college kids has somehow turned into a cesspool of self-absorbed way-too-old-to-be-fucking-around-on-Facebook adults who think that the rest of us actually give a shit about what they're drinking, eating, thinking, reading, watching, and/or are listening to every five minutes.

Mar 25 08:20

Outcome of the first unusual DVD court case *

The British government through Westminster Magistrates Court are looking to have John Anthony Hill extradited to the UK, accused of mailing a DVD (with no letter) to a court, to face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment . The DVD was titled to the judge and to the “foreman of the jury”. I think most people would have faith that a court administrators would know whether to legally pass it on or not, which they did not pass on. The way it was sent makes it impossible to pervert the course of justice. John is also the producer and narrator of this documentary which basically shows footage from the BBC, ITV and some news articles by the New York Times and others.

Mar 25 08:07

Personal information papers found in dumpster

Reams of personal information - Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers - have been found carelessly dumped in a Sarasota dumpster.

Police say someone at the Westaff Employment staffing company on U.S. 301 in Sarasota apparently tossed it out. The business appears to be closed.

Mar 25 07:36

Melissa virus turning 10 ... (age of the stripper unknown)

Somewhere out there in America is a stripper (or former stripper) who for 10 years has lived with the naked truth that she was David L. Smith's inspiration for naming the first widely destructive, self-propagating, network-paralyzing, e-mail-borne macro virus: W97M_Melissa.

When the 10th anniversary of Melissa's explosive debut occurs later this week, perhaps its namesake will celebrate her notoriety quietly with friends, family and/or her bigger tippers. Those IT professionals who had to deal with the fallout a decade ago are more likely to mutter an obscenity or two.

Mar 25 07:33

Now 'Big Brother' targets Facebook

The idea to police MySpace, Bebo and Facebook comes on top of plans to store information about every phone call, email and internet visit made by everyone in the United Kingdom. Almost half the British population – some 25 million people – are thought to use social networking sites. There are already proposals under a European Union directive – dating back to after the 7 July 2005 bombs – for emails and internet usage to be monitored and added to a planned database to track terror plots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, they are tracking people who object to what the government is doing.

They better have a really BIG computer system!

Mar 24 22:02

Police raid home of Wikileaks.de domain owner over censorship lists

Some details of the search raise questions:

* Wikileaks was not contacted before the search, despite Wikileaks having at least two journalists which are recognized members of the German Press Association (Deutscher Presse Verband).
* The time of at least 11 police detectives was wasted conducting a futile raid on the private home of volunteer assistant to a media organization.
* Police asked for the passwords to the "wikileaks.de" domain and for the entire domain to be disabled.
* Mr Reppe was not informed of his rights; police documentation clearly shows that box to be left unchecked.
* Contrary to what is stated in the police protocol, Mr. Reppe did not agree to "not having a witness" present.

Mar 23 16:05

Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track

Two top lawyers in President Barack Obama's Justice Department are former RIAA lawyers: Donald Verrilli Jr. is the associate deputy attorney general who brought down Grokster and fought to prevent a retrial in the Jammie Thomas case. Then there's the No. 2 in the DOJ, Tom Perrilli. As Verrilli's former boss, Perrilli argued in 2002 that internet service providers should release customer information to the RIAA even without a court subpoena.

Mar 23 12:28

Rockefeller: Internet is “Number One National Hazard”

According to the great-grandson John D. Rockefeller, nephew of banker David Rockefeller, and former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller the internet represents a serious threat to national security. Rockefeller is not alone in this assessment. His belief that the internet is the “number one national hazard” to national security is shared by the former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Obama’s current director Admiral Dennis C. Blair.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If we can't lie and get away with it, how are we supposed to control the slaves???" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 22 10:54

Ning Exposed - Tech Company Scams its Clients

Clients of Ning are outraged over a decision that Ning made public last week. The software maker sent out an email to all of its clients, those who have created a social network on Ning, stating that they would email all members of all websites who use the Ning software to promote the newly designed Ning.com.

“Please do not send the email to my members. I pay you not to advertise on my site and I don’t think you should target my members directly,” says one Ning network creator and paying customer. Ning charges network creators to keep all Ning promotional links off their site. Some members have been paying this fee for a couple of years and so are even more upset at the direct email marketing campaign. Why pay the fee?

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