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May 24 11:43

FLASHBACK - U.K., not North Korea, source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The U.K. was the likely source of a series of attacks last week that took down popular Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea, according to an analysis performed by a Vietnamese computer security analyst.

The results contradict assertions made by some in the U.S. and South Korean governments that North Korea was behind the attack. Security analysts had been skeptical of the claims, which were reportedly made in off-the-record briefings and for which proof was never delivered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A previous attempt at a frame up.

May 24 09:15

Canadian Government Pays Organization To Troll Political Chat Forums

The next time you struggle to comprehend how someone could spend their time trolling the Internet in order to defend and downplay whatever government cover-up or abuse is in the news this week, consider the fact that they may be on a government payroll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hardly a new phenomenon. The US has been doing it ever since the days of USENET!

May 24 06:28

Poisoned PDFs? Here's Your Antidote

Here's the kicker: This embedded-file threat makes creative use of functionality built into the PDF standard. As such, it works not only on Adobe Reader but on other PDF readers, too, even if they're up-to-date. The makers of the Zeus Trojan horse are already using this new technique to spread their evil software.

May 23 16:09

Google refuses to rule out face recognition technology despite privacy rows

There are fears this technology could be added to the Google Goggles tool, which was launched last year. This currently allows people to search for inanimate objects, like the Eiffel Tower, on the internet by taking a picture of it on a mobile phone.

However, if combined with facial recognition software, customers could use it to identify strangers on the street.

In theory this could make it very easy to track someone's private information down just by taking a picture of them.

May 23 15:59

AT&T increasing early termination fee to $325

Considering a new smartphone contract and new phone with AT&T? Well, don’t even think about trying to end your contract early as the Early Termination Fee (ETF) is about to sky rocket.

Currently AT&T charge $175 for ETF, but from June 1 it is being increased to $325 for smartphones regardless of whether you are a new subscriber or renewing your contract.

May 23 09:15

Facebook is just the first step, say Russians

The Russian investment vehicle that bought a $200m stake in Facebook last year is preparing to buy stakes in dozens of well-known internet companies as Russia turns to the internet to lead its future prosperity.

May 21 23:10

WikiLeaks:Keeper of secrets, Julian Assange

Keeper of secrets
NIKKI BARROWCLOUGH
May 22, 2010
N A VERY short time, Julian Assange has become one of the most intriguing people in the world. The mysterious Australian founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is as elusive as the public servants, spooks and - he assures me - cabinet ministers who regularly drop their bombshells from the anonymity of his cyberspace bolt-hole.
Far more tantalising, however, is what he says are some very, very big leaks to come - apparently within weeks. ''Right now we are sitting on history-making stuff,'' he says.

May 21 20:21

A time waster from Google...

Select 'insert coin' to play a game of Pac-Man. Celebrates the 30th anniversary of the game.

May 21 10:14

Dr. Cass Sunstein wants to turn off your light!

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer at Prison Planet whom I greatly respect, reminded us Monday that Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites. The czar is also a Harvard professor currently dishing up the pabulum for Obama’s White House that “conspiracy theories” should be banned from the Internet. So much for Harvard, Czar-Dr. Cass Sunstein and intellectual freedom.

May 21 09:21

Message to HP Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know EXACTLY how he feels about HP!

May 21 08:27

Report: Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

The privacy issues that have been hounding Facebook may be coming to a head. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg, and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent.

The data shared includes names, user IDs, and other information sufficient to enable ad companies such as the Google-owned DoubleClick to identify distinct user profiles.

May 21 06:08

Facebook users targeted in 'sexiest video ever' malware scam

Facebook users have been warned about a scam which encourages you to click on a link leading to the 'sexiest video ever', but in fact installs malware on the computer.

Thousands of users on the social networking site have been targeted by the new scam which posts a link to a video on a user's newsfeed, addressing the user by name, and then leads to an installation program.

The link reads: 'This is without doubt the sexiest video ever! :P :P :P' and is accompanied by a video entitled 'Candid Camera Prank [HQ]', featuring shots of a busty woman in a bikini and short skirt.

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May 20 11:34

Apple iPad: The five biggest annoyances

May 20 10:58

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ON THE WEB

I am often fascinated by the number of Dummies on the Web, they must have read the book pictured at the left and memorised it. I am specifically speaking about people on the Web whose sole purpose is to ‘dig up dirt’ on others. If some of these folks had but half a brain they would be considered harmful. One site I am referring to is operated by the ‘Jewish Task Force’. They are an extreme right wing group, most of whom are followers of kahane. After almost five years of blogging as DesertPeace, these idiots just happened to ‘just stumble upon my Blog’. All they would have had to do was go to the zionist search engine itself, ‘Google’, and search for anti zionist Blogs. They would have come up with 864,000 results.

May 20 10:46

Library of Congress' hidden Twitter computer room: WalletPop takes a peek

The Library of Congress recently made headlines by announcing an unusual acquisition: every public tweet ever sent on Twitter. Cleverly, it made the announcement by Twitter -- and the interest brought the library's servers to a standstill. For all that, the IT guys in charge of keeping every tweet for posterity don't tweet at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how much taxpayer money is being spent to archive 1570000 online ads for Viagra?

May 20 08:10

MPAA Worries About Pirating U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

While U.S. men and women put their lives at risk in Iraq, the MPAA has queried the military about the pirating habits of the soldiers stationed there. A declassified document from United States Central Command confirms that the MPAA is fighting a war of its own in the Middle East, one against copyright infringing soldiers.

May 19 15:47

Brzezinski Decries “Global Political Awakening” During CFR Speech

In other words, the global elite is infighting amongst itself and this is hampering efforts to rescue the agenda for global government, which seems to be failing on almost every front.

Brzezinski then explained another significant factor in that, “For the first time in all of human history mankind is politically awakened – that’s a total new reality – it has not been so for most of human history.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Brzezinski doesn't read WRH because I have for years been pointing out that the internet has fundamentally changed the nature of the flow of informational in our society, and the rules that worked at the height of the cold war simply do not work any longer.

May 18 11:53

CBS News: Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can understand a copy machine keeping a copy of the current document for multiple copies, but keeping tens of thousands of previous documents on a hard drive?

May 18 10:46

FLASHBACK - THE PAYPAL SAGA! - THE STORY HAS A HAPPY (SORT OF) ENDING

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A lot of people have asked why we do not use PayPal when we ask for donations. Years ago we used PayPal, and since PayPal is owned by people who object to certain points of view, our account (along with dozens of others) was arbitrarily shut down and our monies frozen for 6 months.

I responded by posting a list of all the porn sites (including one child-porn site) that PayPal was the payment system for and pointed out the rank hypocrisy of objecting to websites that opposed political corruption while making money off of naked titties.

The resulting bad press cost PayPal considerable revenues, and they reinstated my account, at which point I closed it myself. You get one and only one chance to be my friend, and if you screw that up, we are done as far as this website is concerned.

And that is why WRH is no longer using PayPal.

May 17 11:27

Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites

Disturbing audio has emerged of White House information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a previous white paper called for banning “conspiracy theories,” demanding that websites be mandated by law to link to opposing information or that pop ups containing government propaganda be forcibly included on political blogs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay Cass; here ya go!

May 17 10:08

HACKER GARY MCKINNON TO BE TRIED IN BRITAIN

SCOTS computer hacker Gary McKinnon is set to avoid extradition and be tried in Britain, the Scottish Sunday Express can reveal.

The 43-year-old’s family expects confirmation from the new Government within days that the decision to send Gary to the USA has been overturned.

May 16 09:56

Looking to Delete Your Facebook Account? You’re Not Alone

Over the past 24 hours, searches related to deleting Facebook accounts have been some of the top trending items on Google — indicating that the tech-world furor about the social-networking site’s privacy policies may have become more mainstream.

Thursday evening, “how do i delete my facebook account” was among the top 20 trending searches on Google Hot Trends, and Friday morning “delete facebook account” made the list.

May 16 09:50

The Enemy Within

When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn’t know what to make of it. It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe. It constantly checks in with its unknown creators. It uses an encryption code so sophisticated that only a very few people could have deployed it. For the first time ever, the cyber-security elites of the world have joined forces in a high-tech game of cops and robbers, trying to find Conficker’s creators and defeat them. The cops are failing. And now the worm lies there, waiting…

See also: Conficker Removal Tool

May 15 15:29

Study Claims Unlawful Broadband File Sharing is Good for Sales

Buying and file sharing also turned out to go hand in hand. Music sharers ended up being just as likely to buy music as other people: 68% of file sharers also purchase music. File sharers buy as much music as non-file sharers. However, file sharers spend more money on merchandise and go to concerts significantly more frequently.

As for films, file sharers turn out to buy significantly more DVDs than nonfile sharers. On average, file sharers and non-file sharers go to the cinema equally often. Game sharers also buy games, and significantly more frequently too.

May 14 20:26

Google admits harvesting Wi-Fi data with Street View cars

Google has admitted that it has been recording data transmissions on Wi-Fi networks using its Street View cars.

In a blog posting Alan Eustace, senior vice president of Engineering and Research explained that while Google routinely collected some wireless information in the cars, such as network names, it appeared for the last four years it had also been collecting payload data from open Wi-Fi points.

May 14 16:27

Google Says It Mistakenly Collected Data on Web Usage

Google said it has been collecting and keeping the data since around 2007. At that time, the team building the software to gather the location of Wi-Fi hot spots mistakenly included some experimental software that sampled all categories of publicly broadcast

May 14 12:48

Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options

To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.

This graphic reveals all.

May 14 06:38

Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks

Loveable Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data, published IM transcripts show. Facebook hasn't disputed the authenticity of the transcript.

May 13 18:07

Columbia, Missouri Police Chief: "I Hate the Internet"

Columbia, Missouri Police Chief Ken Burton is apparently frustrated. At another press conference yesterday, a reporter asked the chief what he has learned from the international attention generated by the YouTube video of his department's SWAT team conducting a drug raid last February.

His reply: "I hate the Internet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Use a modem, go to jail!

May 13 16:02

Germany: Mandatory passwords for all wireless accounts

Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data.

Internet users can be fined up to euro100 ($126) if a third party takes advantage of their unprotected WLAN connection to illegally download music or other files, the Karlsruhe-based court said in its verdict.

May 13 14:38

A Funny Thing Just Happened

I have no link to share, Just something I found wierd, There was a Link to a story about HAAARP Lights seen over LA today, the same that were seen before the China and Chile Quakes.

I went back to repost it here, and that link is now gone and non existant.

People in San Diego said they felt small rumblings, but were assured it was only after shocks from easter? And then the Story completely disappeard?

Just so happens I am talking to a friend online who says he saw the rainbow, with sunglasses he could see it and without he couldnt. Just funny how the story disappeard as fast as it was put up.

HMMMMMM

May 12 10:05

Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update

When Sony issued a recent PlayStation 3 update removing the device's ability to install alternate operating systems like Linux, it did so to protect copyrighted content—but several research projects suffered collateral damage.

May 12 08:08

Big Three Nets' Evening News Dives Deepen

Five weeks ago (covered at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the Big Three Networks' combined evening news audiences dropped to below 20 million .

Three weeks ago (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), their combined audience came in at 19.61 million, down over 12% from the previous year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the blogs' readership continues to soar. Proof that nobody likes a liar. Maybe that is why CNN was spending so much time on the "MISS USA poses in lingerie" and the "Playboy's first 3D Centerfold" stories yesterday. Sex sells, and that is about all that ABCNNBBCBS have left to lure in an audience.

May 11 14:45

AUSTRALIA: Net Filter? Not for Now

of course this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Operation Titstorm...

May 11 14:23

Net address availability is at critical low

THERE ARE ONLY 300 MILLION Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses left and on 9 September, 2011 they will all be used up, according to a report by the BBC.

May 11 12:51

Another FCC Power Grab Attempt Over the Internet

The point here is to establish by hook or by crook that the FCC can regulate the Internet. Once it can, it will, Chicago gangland politics style, get to pick the winners and the losers in business and by having that power, politicians will be able to extort money from those companies at risk for campaign donations, future jobs, and present jobs for friends and family. The claim is always made that such regulations are needed for the general public, but the actual advantage always winds up in the hands of the politicians and the few large companies that are most savvy at buying their influence.

May 11 09:36

VENGENCE OF THE ZIONIST TROLLS

ALL of the above is obviously the work of Vera Perks, the troll that was exposed by us in the first link I gave. She is a VERY SICK individual….. a warning to ALL not to post ANY personal information ANYWHERE on the Web.

These SICKOS don’t seem to know when to stop… but we know who they are. DON’T FEED THEM!

May 11 08:05

White House devs overlooked gaping Drupal vuln

A researcher has uncovered a potentially serious vulnerability in the open-source content management system used by the White House website and thousands of other sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ewwwww, the White House uses the same system WRH does????? Yukk :)

Seriously, the module with the vulnerability is not used here at WRH, but maybe if the White House website got hacked, finding and dealing with the hackers might be given a slightly higher priority!

May 11 07:23

20 anti-'expensive paperweight' iPad reasons

“Beware: Apple also built the world’s most infamous paperweight. One word: Newton“.

May 10 09:04

BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology, singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You don't need computers.

"You don't need blogs.

"You don't need alternative media.

"You don't need What Really Happened.

"Just watch ABCNNBBCBS and do as you are told and all will be well.

"Oh yes, you get to go to heaven when you die in our wars!"

-- Official White Horse Souse

May 08 07:59

U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that will ruin the country in just 15 MINUTES, expert warns

The U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that could cause destruction on the scale of 9/11 in less than 15 minutes, a leading anti-terrorism expert has warned.

Richard Clarke, a former adviser to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, suggests that the lack of security in place against such an attack could lead to an 'electronic Pearl Harbor'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With both 9-11 and Pearl Harbor appearing to be war-starting hoaxes, I wish to point out that the only party benefiting from a "terrorist" attack that shuts down the internet are those government and corporate interests terrified of blogs like WRH.

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May 07 14:06

Rip-off Britain: iPad to cost 25% more in the UK than it does in US stores

British consumers will have to pay far more than their U.S. counterparts for Apple's latest must-have gadget, the iPad.

Apple has announced that the starting price in the UK will be £429 for the 16GB model with a wi-fi link to the internet - around 25 per cent more than in America.

The equivalent price for the same device there is around £340.

May 07 13:53

Rudd retreats on web filter legislation

KEVIN Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election.

May 07 13:43

Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the good, old-fashioned copy machine. But, as Armen Keteyian reports, advanced technology has opened a dangerous hole in data security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to remember before you make those "funny" copies during the office Christmas party!

May 07 09:23

Why Our Civilization's Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA

You see, there is something very important, that the vast majority of both consumers and video professionals don't know: ALL modern video cameras and camcorders that shoot in h.264 or mpeg2, come with a license agreement that says that you can only use that camera to shoot video for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes (go on, read your manuals).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" -- William Shakespeare

This attempt to use hardware to force a license on all content produced is not new. Thomas Edison held that because he had invented the motion picture camera, that he owned a piece of every movie made with one. At that time, movies were produced in New York and New Jersey, and Edison formed a Motion picture Patents corporation that hounded anyone using a movie camera for royalties. Indeed, when Edison made a copy of George Melies' "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" and exhibited it in the United States, Edison did not feel he was committing a crime since the movie was "his" to begin with! (As a side note, Edison's copies were black and white, while the original Melies version was actually hand tinted in an early attempt at color)

The early movie producers did not feel that Edison owned part of every movie produced with his cameras any more than Ford owed the roads his car traveled over, so en masse, the east coast film producers sought a new place to make movies, someplace with good weather, varied scenery, and close enough to a border for a quick getaway should Edison's lawyers ever find them. A chance rainstorm convinced C. D. DeMille not to get off of the train on Phoenix Arizona, and he instead scouted a new home for film making in an area of cheap orchard land northwest of Los Angeles that nobody had ever heard of, Hollywood.

May 07 06:42

Facebook's new features secretly add apps to your profile

When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings.

May 06 18:45

Music industry spokesman loves child porn

A music-industry speaker at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Stockholm waxed enthusiastic about child porn, because it serves as the perfect excuse for network censorship, and once you've got a child-porn filter, you can censor anything:

"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".

May 06 18:29

Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos

Scammers are hoping to hoodwink travellers who were stranded by the volcanic ash cloud last month as fresh plumes have disrupted flights once more in the UK.

The emails invite recipients to apply to a compensation fund from Frank Adam at the Civil Aviation Authority. In reality there is no Frank Adam and no fund - the emails are intended to lure victims into an advance fee fraud.

"You will either be asked for an 'administration fee' to release your payment, or be sent a fake cheque and be asked to send the fee by wire transfer once you’ve paid the cheque into your account," Scam Detectives warns.

May 06 11:07

More change you can believe in: FCC Prepares to Re-Regulate Broadband Providers

Reversing a controversial deregulation decision made by the Bush administration, the FCC will seek to force broadband internet providers to adhere to some of the rules that have long applied to the nation’s landline phone providers.

May 06 09:03

Laptop Scandal School's Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There's No Evidence Of Spying

A law firm employed by the Pennsylvania school district caught using student laptop webcams to spy on students at home has released a 72-page report (pdf) on the incident after a 10-week investigation. Most of the report's findings aren't too surprising; it exonerates most higher-level school officials like any wealthy school district's in-house investigation should, concluding that there's no evidence indicating that anybody above the IT level "knew how TheftTrack worked or understood that it could collect large quantities of webcam photographs or screenshots." The report also confirms reports that the system took some 58,000 images -- a far cry from the 42 images the school originally claimed.

May 06 08:30

New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.

May 06 07:33

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to stop using banks.

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May 05 11:03

THE TROLL DISSECTED

This article is not nice reading. It is going to expose and demonstrate just how a fake activist gets debunked, how smear campaigns are unraveled, and how Internet is Big Brother who never closes his eye and leaves bread crumbs tracing everything to the source. It is a shocking story of sex, lies and madness. That it involves Palestine, unfortunately has once again influenced us to speak out. We insist upon the separation of the Palestinian cause from some disturbed persons involved who use the cause for their own ends. By their own words and deeds, they shall be exposed. Welcome to the Emperor’s New Clothes.

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May 04 11:30

Cyberattacks: Washington is hyping the threat to justify regulating the Internet

Networks have been under attack -- and successfully handled by operators -- as long as they’ve been around. Be wary of calls for more government supervision of the Internet.

May 04 09:37

Draft of Secretive International Copyright Treaty Leaked -- Confirms Fears About Internet Freedom

The Dutch leak succeeded in blowing the issue wide open by identifying precisely which countries posed barriers to transparency. The document identified the U.S., Singapore, South Korea, and a trio of European countries as the remaining holdouts. Once publicly identified, the European countries quickly reversed their positions. The E.U. now unanimously supports the releasing of the text alongside Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Switzerland. With the outing of the transparency issue, it will fall to the U.S., which is widely viewed as the critical stumbling block, to justify its insistence on keeping the treaty secret.

May 04 07:40

Hacked US Treasury websites serve visitors malware

Websites operated by the US Treasury Department are redirecting visitors to websites that attempt to install malware on their PCs, a security researcher warned on Monday.

The infection buries an invisible iframe in bep.treas.gov, moneyfactory.gov, and bep.gov that invokes malicious scripts from grepad.com, Roger Thompson, chief research officer of AVG Technologies, told The Register. The code was discovered late Sunday night and was active at time of writing, about 12 hours later.

May 04 07:38

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

After some reflection, I've decided to delete my account on Facebook. I'd like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I'd like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I'm not missing anything. In any event, here's my "Top Ten" reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.

May 02 10:50

THE UNITED STATES OF SHODDY

We are already a third-world country in terms of what we make and what our stores sell to us. Our computers fail, our software crashes, flashlights don't work when you need them, Apple Blue tooth headsets fail after a week, Avatar Blu-Ray disks won't play at all right out of the box, bridges collapse, levees fail, coal mines collapse, and oil rigs explode. GM proclaims that it paid back its TARP loans, but they had to borrow more TARP money to do it. Nobody wants to buy a GM car, as they still lag way behind their Asian and European counterparts.

May 01 13:12

The next 9/11 – made in Israel?

Maidhc Ó Cathail views the evidence indicating that dual loyalty officials in the US administration are funnelling American nuclear secrets not only to Israel, but also to terrorist organizations in order to facilitate a “nuclear 9/11” and a massive US attack against Iran or Pakistan.

”If, as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu admitted, 9/11 was ‘very good’ for Israel, a nuclear 9/11 might be even better. As the spellbinding effects of that traumatic event nine years ago have begun to wear off, and with Americans increasingly questioning the costs of a one-sided alliance [with Israel], it may even be considered necessary.”

May 01 08:50

Court OKs Unmasking Identities of Copyright Scofflaws

A federal appeals court is blessing the legal process by which the recording industry and other content owners unmask the identities of alleged peer-to-peer copyright infringers.

May 01 07:36

Clegg: Digital Economy Bill was a "stitch-up"

Clegg claims the way the bill was rushed through without proper debate is a "classic example of what's wrong with Westminster".

"It was rammed through after the election was called in the last dying days of the Parliament in something called a 'wash-up'," said Clegg. "It wasn't a wash-up, it was a stitch-up. A stitch-up between Labour and Conservative MPs who decided that you didn't deserve to have your representatives in Parliament properly looking at a bill which might have a very, very serious impact on the way that you use the internet."

"That's why we said it should have been scrutinised properly, it shouldn't have been rushed through in that way in the first place, at all."

Apr 29 20:00

The Gizmodo Raid: A Preview of Hollywood's Dystopian Plan for Copyright Enforcement

The Gizmodo seizure reminds us that not only are our tax dollars at stake, but also our civil liberties. Whether you’re a blogger or a simple citizen, take note: if copyright policing becomes a regular item on the law enforcement agenda, you can expect more bogus search warrants, and more doors to be broken down.

Apr 28 11:12

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware

Fake antivirus--false pop-up warnings designed to scare money out of computer users--represents 15 percent of all malware that Google detects on Web sites, according to 13-month analysis the company conducted between January 2009 and February 2010.

Apr 28 11:12

iPad owning Windows users targeted by hackers

Hackers are hard at work trying to dupe iPad owners to install a malware-loaded iTunes update on their Windows PCs.

Apr 27 17:16

CIA Director Says Cyber Attack Could Be Next Pearl Harbor

Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on the United States’ power, financial, military and other Internet systems.

“The next Pearl Harbor is likely to be a cyber attacking going after our grid…and that can literally cripple this country,” Panetta said. “This is a whole new area of threat.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to CIA Director Panetta: I don't know if I would run so quickly with that particular analogy, sir. As reported at:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/pearl.html

""...everything that the Japanese were planning to do was known to the United States..." ARMY BOARD, 1944"

"President Roosevelt (FDR) provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders. FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe. It was his backdoor to war."

Creating this linkage, unfortunately, could lead a thinking person to wonder if just such a "false flag cyber-attack" could be in the works, courtesy of our own government, either to be blamed on the "adversary du jour" (like, perhaps, Iran), or used as an excuse to declare martial law in the US.

Apr 26 11:17

1.5 million Facebook accounts offered for sale - FAQ

“On Feb. 10, 2010, (cybercriminal) stated that he or she is selling 1.5 million compromised Facebook accounts, in bulk quantities, belonging to users in various countries. The price per 1,000 accounts varies based upon the number of friends and contacts that each account possesses. For a purchase of compromised accounts containing 10 contacts or fewer, a buyer must pay $25 per 1,000 accounts. A purchase of compromised accounts containing 10 or more contacts requires a buyer to pay $45 per 1,000 accounts. Accounts containing zero contacts are also available for bulk purchasing from (cybercriminal), at the cost of $15 per 1,000 accounts. The prices of these accounts are presumably in USD or the equivalent amount in some form of electronic currency.”

Apr 26 08:24

Legal spying via the cell phone system

"It's not illegal, nor is it a breach of terms of service," Bailey said.

Apr 25 15:41

Internet Freedoms Are Under Attack: Are We Paying Attention?

Its 2010.

Do you know where your internet freedoms are?

Apr 25 15:36

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5 Million Facebook Accounts

A hacker who calls himself Kirllos has obtained and is now offering to sell 1.5 million Facebook IDs at astonishingly low prices — $25 per 1000 IDs for users with fewer than 10 friends and $45 per 1000 IDs for users with more than 10 friends — according to researchers at VeriSign’s iDefense. Looking at the numbers, Kirllos has stolen the IDs of one out of every 300 Facebook users.

Information for sale includes login credentials; whether or not the e-mail addresses and passwords are legitimate is currently unknown.

Apr 25 15:31

Facebook: 5 Privacy Settings You Must Tweak Now

Keeping track of Facebook's ongoing updates, upgrades and changes--and how they affect your privacy--can be confusing and frustrating. We've sorted through the new wrinkles for you. Here's a list of five essential privacy settings you should review now and tweak accordingly to ensure your information remains safe.

Apr 24 06:14

It’s Official: Google Can Sell Power Like a Utility

Google has said it wants to go carbon neutral. With the FERC order, it can now effectively erect as many solar panels and install as many fuel cells as it likes without worrying about having purchased too much capacity; the company can now sell off the extra power it generates.

Apr 23 17:39

Boobquake bid to prove cleric wrong

A US student has attracted 30 000 supporters for a Facebook campaign urging women to show as much cleavage as possible to prove that breasts do not cause earthquakes.

Jen McCreight's Boobquake day on Monday, April 26 is in protest against an Iranian cleric who claimed that women who do not cover up were to blame for predictions that Tehran would be hit by a quake.

Apr 23 12:07

CLIMATEGATE - And we would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that damned Internet

Dale Spurlock, of Shirland, said he believes global warming is a complete hoax, and just another way for the government to find ways to pass on taxes.

“It’s just bologna,” he said.

Apr 23 10:11

Google Catches Flak for Mapping European Homes' Wireless Networks With Street View Car

There is a specter haunting Europe. Nope, not that one, but several European nations have expressed concern about Google’s slow but steady encroachment on citizens’ privacy protections. Now the search behemoth is in hot water with Germans for using its wandering Street View cars to log the location of private WLAN networks and media access control (MAC) addresses in that country.

Germany’s data protection chief said he was “horrified” by the discovery – which has been rumored for a while now – and called on Google to delete what he claims was unlawfully collected personal data from wireless networks, as well as to cease cruising German streets for Street View.

Apr 23 09:39

McAfee admits "inadequate" quality control caused PC meltdown

If your company uses enterprise security products from McAfee, you probably had a bad day yesterday. If you’re an IT professional at one of those companies, you’re probably still cleaning up the mess caused by a defective virus signature update that disabled systems running Windows XP with the most recent service pack (SP3). The worst part? According to a confidential document from McAfee, the cause was a fundamental breakdown in the most basic of quality-assurance processes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The security software causes more damage than the @#%$ing viruses

Apr 23 09:06

STEAMPUNK KEYBOARDS!

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The TV show "Warehouse 13" has popularized a retro design style called "Steampunk" in which modern machines are made to look like Victorian-era science apparatus. And while I am not that old, I find I have a resonance for the scientific machines of that era, which one could intuit simply by looking at them, and when needed, easily repair. I think this stuff is cool, and that alone justified putting up this link for my fellow "Steampunkers!"

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Apr 21 17:03

McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, freezes PCs

Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.

McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.

McAfee could not say how many computers were affected, but judging by online postings, the number was at least in the thousands and possibly in the hundreds of thousands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False Positives are becoming a major headache. The anti-virus programs are causing more damage than the viruses!

When we start executing the virus writers, slowly, after forcing them to watch their computers get waterboarded, then we will see a reduction in the problems. Until then, and as long as more money is made treating the virus problem than curing it, we are stuck with this modern incarnation of the mafia protection racket.

Apr 21 13:47

Broken McAfee DAT update cripples Windows workstations

McAfee pushed out a virus definition update, 5958, at 14:00 PDT that causes false positive identification of the critical Windows system file svchost.exe. Machines running Windows XP Service Pack 3 using the 5958 definitions will delete the file, causing many key Windows services to fail to start. The Windows file is being mistakenly detected as W32/wecorl.a. Failure to start svchost.exe causes Windows to automatically reboot, hindering repair efforts.

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Apr 20 21:38

Microsoft debuts 'fix it' program

Microsoft has launched "Fix It" software that keeps an eye on a PC and automatically repairs common faults.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thin this is what Micro$oft used to fix the bug in the licensing on my machine a week back.

Apr 20 19:26

Microsoft debuts 'fix it' program

Microsoft has launched "Fix It" software that keeps an eye on a PC and automatically repairs common faults.

The software basically adds the automatic diagnostics system in Windows 7 to older versions of Microsoft's operating system.

The software, currently available as a trial or beta version, is intended for users of Windows XP and Vista.

The package also tries to anticipate how security updates will affect a PC before they are installed.

Apr 20 19:22

Draft of Secretive International Copyright Treaty Leaked -- Confirms Fears About Internet Freedom

On the table: losing internet access due to infringement allegations, and widespread data sharing across national borders.

Apr 20 19:20

Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

Today, Facebook removed its users' ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Certain parts of users' profiles, "including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests" will now be transformed into "connections," meaning that they will be shared publicly. If you don't want these parts of your profile to be made public, your only option is to delete them.

Apr 20 14:43

Government requests directed to Google and YouTube

Apr 20 13:01

Washington Post Writer: Internet Journalism Is “Sort Of Like Terrorism”

A Washington Post columnist who appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday described tea partiers as potentially violent and decried internet journalism as “sort of like terrorism”

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Apr 20 08:28

Lower Merion high school Webcam flap: Report says 56,000 images snapped

A school district accused of spying on students with Webcams now appears to have snapped 56,000 images, according to reports.

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If there is just one photo of an undressed student in that stack of 56,000 images, then the entire school administration ought to be charged with creating and distributing child pornography.

Apr 20 06:01

iPad Thieves Rip Off Part Of Man's Finger

A brazen theft in the Cherry Creek Mall left the victim with a permanent injury to his hand. He had just bought an iPad as a favor for a friend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It just isn't that hot a gizmo!

Apr 19 12:20

Embedded PDF executable hack goes live in Zeus malware attacks

The identity thieves behind the Zeus malware attacks are now using the “/launch” command feature in Adobe Reader to launch malicious attacks without exploiting a vulnerability in the software.

Yes, that’s the same “feature” that’s been in the news in recent weeks after a security researcher found a way to execute an embedded executable without exploiting any PDF security vulnerabilities.

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