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COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Aug 29 07:03

Norway's Knut Storberget tells ISPs to deploy secret censorship lists, 29 Aug 2008

The file contains a letter from the Norwegian Minister for Justice, Knut Storberget, asking all Norwegian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to create a nation wide censorship system on a "voluntary basis" or face the passage of laws compelling them to do so.

The letter was sent to internet providers in Norway.

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Aug 28 14:39

Jay Rockefeller - Internet should have never existed

"It really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better if we had never invented the internet,” Rockefeller mused during the confirmation hearing of Gary Locke (see video), Obama’s choice for Commerce Secretary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can imagine that various rulers, seeing their power on the wane, made the same comment about Gutenberg's movable-type printing!

Aug 28 13:48

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

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Aug 27 06:12

Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters

The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.

The massive machine - the UK's most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory - was installed in the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, Devon.

It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run - enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

Aug 26 19:51

Facebook and Twitter users face pricier insurance as burglars 'shop' for victims' personal details on networking sites

Users of social networking websites could face higher insurance premiums because burglars are using them to 'shop' for victims' personal details.

Experts from leading insurer Legal & General warn that parents could eventually see their premiums rise even if only their children are members of popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Many of the millions of users of these sites post details about their home, whereabouts and holiday plans on them - effectively an invitation to a burglar.

Aug 26 11:57

Microsoft Apologizes for Photoshopping Black Man out of Advertisment

Many unfortunate incidents in the business world fall under the realm of "What could the involved parties possibly have been thinking?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government, too!

Aug 26 09:18

Britain: One Crime Solved Per 1000 CCTV Cameras

Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city’s surveillance network has claimed.

The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals.

In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers.

David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: “It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent.”

He added: “CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness.

“It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.

“The Metropolitan Police has been extraordinarily slow to act to deal with the ineffectiveness of CCTV.”

Aug 26 07:46

U.S. is 15 years behind South Korea in Internet speed

A report on Internet speed in the United States says the country isn’t likely to catch world leader South Korea for 15 years.

Or for much longer — at current growth rates, the United States will only reach South Korea’s speed today in 15 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a little side note, your telephone bill has carried a surcharge ostensibly added to pay for improvements to the optical networks needed for higher speed broadband, but as we reported a few weeks back, phone companies never actually got around to doing the upgrades and the money was spent elsewhere.

Aug 26 07:26

The Coming Media Bailout

The Federal Trade Commission is threatening to use antitrust and copyright laws to shut down the New Media – and save "mainstream" journalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL spend money for the official lies, maggot!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 25 06:55

55,000 Web sites hacked to serve up malware cocktail

The iframe points to an intermediary exploit site, a0v.org/x(dot)js, which in turn loads additional exploits and malware from up to seven different malware domains.

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Aug 24 18:45

BeatFiltering: protect your anonymity online

Because government subpenoa could require us to hand over our server access logs, access logs are regularly deleted to protect your privacy. In short, we value your browsing experience as well as your anonymity, and would not do anything to break your trust in us.

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Aug 21 19:34

UK to share fingerprints with Canada, Australia

Privacy concerns over biometric data collection have arisen in the past with the UK government's plan to build a database of fingerprints and other data on citizens for ID cards and passports. No2ID, which has campaigned against the ID card scheme, also criticised the agreement covering foreign criminals and asylum seekers.

"Matching fingerprints is not an exact science, and if large numbers of fingerprints are being exchanged, the numbers of false matches will be high," said Michael Parker, press officer for No2ID. "Each false match means a family or individual will be harassed, accused and have their life disrupted."

Aug 21 15:58

Video appears in paper magazines

The chip technology used to store the video - described as similar to that used in singing greeting cards - is activated when the page is turned.

Aug 21 07:36

First U.S. Internet Addiction Center Opens

Whether your Internet addiction involves online games or plain old web surfing, there's a new treatment option for you.

Aug 20 19:44

Behind the music: The real reason why the major labels love Spotify

In Sweden, where Spotify has been running the longest, Magnus Uggla – well-established since the late 70s – has withdrawn his music from the service. On his blog he said that, after six months on the site he'd earned "what a mediocre busker could earn in a day". Regarding his record label, Sony Music, he says "after suing the shit out of Pirate Bay, they're acting just like them by not paying the artists". When he found out that Sony had 5.8% equity in Spotify he wrote: "I would rather be raped by Pirate Bay than fucked up the ass by (Sony boss) Hasse Breitholtz and Sony Music and will remove all of my songs from Spotify pending an honest service."

Aug 20 19:22

Home Office unlikely to accept ID card cloner's offer of demonstration

The Home Office is unlikely to respond to an invitation to see how a UK identity card was cracked and cloned.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed it had received an offer from Adam Laurie, an expert in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, to demonstrate how he cloned a government-issued ID card with little more than a mobile phone and a laptop.

"We've spent a fortune on this rubbish, dammit. Go away."

Aug 20 08:49

Phorm shares hit by OFT investigation

Shares for targeted internet advertising firm Phorm were hit hard today after the Office of Fair Trading announced that it will begin a full-scale investigation into the use of personal information for online marketing.

Aug 19 14:50

Flickr Censors Political Image Critical of President Obama

After creating the image Alkhateeb posted it to his Flickr account and ended up getting over 20,000 views on it. 20,000 views that is until Flickr pulled the image down censoring him, along with everyone who commented on the image, citing “copyright-infringement concerns,” according to the Times.

Aug 19 10:41

Ruling could let model find, sue online heckler

The protection of the right to communicate anonymously must be balanced against the need to assure that those persons who choose to abuse the opportunities presented by this medium can be made to answer for such transgressions," the judge said, quoting the Virginia decision.

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Aug 19 07:18

Users Sue Facebook Over Its Claim That it Owns Their Content

Case could set a precedent for whether MySpace and Facebook have a right to take ownership of user content

Facebook has had its fair share of privacy debacles. When its user update service began posting user purchases from advertising partners and other unwanted information, it faced a flurry of criticism. In the time since, it has worked to make sure that the site keeps its users information private and has beefed up security as well.

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Aug 18 08:18

Man charged with biggest ever US credit card fraud

Hacker who worked for the US secret service charged with huge scale identity theft

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Secret Service makes me nervous!

Aug 17 18:52

US hacker charged with stealing 130m credit card IDs

A serial hacker has been charged with carrying out the largest theft of credit card identities ever recorded in the US, in a sophisticated scam in which he and accomplices allegedly stole at least 130m accounts from big retail companies.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, who once worked with the US secret service, is accused of working with two unidentified Russian conspirators to hack into the databases of retail chains, selling the information around the world. According to a 14-page indictment, the hackers stole credit card numbers from Heartland, a New Jersey-based company that processes payments, from the store 7-Eleven, and the supermarket chain Hannaford.

The three also targeted two other, unnamed corporations, according to the US attorney's office in New Jersey.

Aug 16 10:59

Mandelson launches crackdown on file sharing... just days after meeting with record producer

Lord Mandelson launched a crackdown on internet piracy just days after meeting a leading Hollywood critic of illegal file sharing.

The business secretary plans to criminalise the estimated seven million people - one in 12 of the population - who illicitly download music and films over the internet.

In what critics describe as a gross attack on civil liberties, those flouting new laws could see their internet accounts suspended and face fines of up to £50,000. It means parents could be thrown off the net even if it is their children are caught downloading tracks upstairs in their bedrooms, not them.

Lord Mandelson ordered officials to draw up the draconian regulations just days after dinner with David Geffen, who founded the Asylum record label which signed Bob Dylan.

Aug 15 08:13

GOOGLE GOING PALESTINIAN

Now this is humorous… Google, the zionist controlled and operated search engine has opened a domain for Palestinians.

Google, the same outfit that censors pro Palestinian news sites on their engine, that shuts down pro Palestinian Blogs has opened a domain for Palestinians.

Will this domain pick and chose what Palestinians will be able to find on this domain? Will Google only allow pro Israeli views to be downloaded on this new site?

There is an old saying….’Beware of zionists bearing gifts’…. originally known as ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts’.

Aug 14 19:55

You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash Cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday.

Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.

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Aug 14 07:50

Glenn Beck: Government Website Takes Over Your Computer Forever

Aug 13 17:58

Man pleads guilty to racial threat using fake Facebook account

An African-American man has pleaded guilty after being accused of impersonating a white supremacist in a fictitious Facebook account to make death threats against an African-American university student.

Aug 13 10:24

Southern Poverty Law Center Supporter: Execute Alex Jones For His Political Beliefs

Despite the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center linked Infowars and Alex Jones with Pittsburgh cop killer Richard Poplawski earlier this year because Poplawski had left comments on Jones’ websites, comments on SPLC’s own website that call for Alex Jones to be executed for his political beliefs have remained online for four months.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s concern about comments on the Internet which call for violence does not seem to extend to their own website.

Aug 13 09:14

This website will self-destruct...

With so much data now being created, shared, and stored online - rather on individual computers - documents could remain online for years, even after the user deleted the original file.

Using Vanish, however, means that even archived or backed-up copies of the data are unreadable after the time limit set by the original user.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if you reset the system clock? :)

Aug 13 08:43

Man charged over global computer virus

An Adelaide man has been charged with infecting 3,000 computers worldwide with viruses designed to capture banking details.

The 20-year-old is also suspected of having developed software capable of launching virus attacks on 74,000 computers worldwide.

Police believe the arrest of the man, from Adelaide's west, has given them intelligence likely to lead to further offenders.

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Aug 13 05:40

Practical Internet Privacy

Aug 12 20:28

Computer scientists reveal new voting machine hack successfully changed votes

A team of computer scientists at University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan and Princeton University announced a new way to electronically steal votes Monday.

“We wanted to find if a real criminal could do this, starting from scratch, with no access to source code or other closely guarded technical information,” the announcer begins. “We faced several challenges: getting a voting machine, figuring out how it works, discovering a weakness, overcoming the machine’s security features and constructing attack software.”

“In the end we found that it is possible to undetectably change votes and that such an attack takes a lot less time and money than one might expect,” the announcer said.

Aug 12 17:25

Two convicted for refusal to decrypt data

Two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, resulting in landmark convictions that may have carried jail sentences of up to five years.

The government said today it does not know their fate.

The power to force people to unscramble their data was granted to authorities in October 2007. Between 1 April, 2008 and 31 March this year the first two convictions were obtained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HEY NSA! DECODE THIS!!!!!!!

Aug 12 16:58

Judge Rules DVD-Copying Software Is Illegal

A federal judge ruled here late Tuesday that it was unlawful to traffic in goods to copy DVDs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how do I make copies of my demo DVD?

Aug 12 15:25

Government Proposes Massive Shift In Online Privacy Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union submitted comments today to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing its recent proposal to reverse current federal policy and allow the use of web tracking technologies, like cookies, on federal government websites. Cookies can be used to track an Internet user’s every click and are often linked across multiple websites; they frequently identify particular people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't use government websites.

Aug 12 14:30

Obama Proposes Web-Tracking Plan, Privacy Advocates Alarmed

Government could reap a wealth of information from its citizens

Every day millions across the country navigate to government webpages, to read pertinent information. Since 2000 that access has been safeguarded, thanks to a prohibition on government websites using cookies or other tracking technology to track users. Agency exceptions could only be granted under cases of "compelling need".

Now the Obama administration is looking to overturn that prohibition and potentially begin harvesting a wealth of data on its citizen's activities. Under the plan, the prohibition would be replaced with a set of privacy provisions. Aides say that it would increase government transparency and "increase public involvement".

Aug 12 13:10

US Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra Accused of Being a Phony

In his post, Dvorak asks "Is US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra a Phony? This is the sort of question you might ask after trying to actually verify his supposed MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The registrar has no record of it. In fact the current University of Maryland grad department doesn’t even show this degree as being commonly available to anyone."

Aug 12 11:59

Did you know 12160 was a hate site ??? We have an Anti -12.160mhz YouTube channel

This channel is intended to warn people about the website 12,160mhx.

This website well claiming to be anti NWO, is in fact: anti zionist, racist, pro government and racist. Not to mention home to racist militia groups, nut job christian patriots and various other assorted nuts and extremists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you start catching flack, it means you are over the target!

Aug 11 19:28

Fury as Tories team up with Google to let patients read medical records online

Tory plans to hand medical records over to Google and Microsoft could put personal information at risk, campaigners warned yesterday.

The Conservatives say the internet service will give patients greater freedom over health data, allowing them to check and even edit their NHS record online.

But critics, backed by the British Medical Association, claim the information could be vulnerable to hackers and the plan would make it harder for doctors to access information in an emergency.

Aug 11 12:45

Andy Warhol was right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 11 10:56

Separating the Mice From the Men

After 9/11/01, the patriot movement morphed from “kooky militiamen” to a more mainstream phenomenon, simply by attrition–9/11 was so huge it was bound to cause people to open their eyes and pay attention, and those who caused 9/11 knew this would happen…

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Aug 10 09:42

Obama Speech Police Shutdown Top You Tube Videos

Aug 10 07:45

Air Force Used Twitter to Track Public Backlash to Statue of Liberty Flyover

Although the Pentagon has warned of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events.

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Aug 10 06:45

Google and Blogger Shut Down Sibel Edmonds’ Blog

Increasingly, Google and its properties — the vastly popular video site YouTube and equally popular Blogger — are tools for shutting down opposition to the government. On the weekend, Google removed an Alex Jones video critical of Obama’s policies. Google classified the video as “hate speech” because the corporation allegedly received complaints the content of the video was racist. In the video, Alex appears as “Obama the Joker,” as depicted in a now infamous street art poster

Aug 10 05:57

‘Snoop’ power is used 1,400 times a day to intercept private data

Britain has “sleepwalked into a surveillance society”, it was claimed last night after figures disclosed that public bodies had obtained access to private telephone and e-mail records about 1,400 times a day.

Council, police and other organisations made more than half a million requests for confidential communications data last year.

The statistics constitute a 44 per cent rise in requests over the past two years.

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which was created to help the authorities to fight the threat of terrorism, gives organisations such as local councils, the police and intelligence agencies the power to request access to confidential communications data, including lists of telephone numbers dialled and e-mail addresses to which messages have been sent.

Aug 09 12:22

Google is the WORST Search Engine

A Google search on "Curt Maynard" gets 8,300 hits.

A Yahoo search on "Curt Maynard" garners 118,000

A new search engine called BING.COM reveals the truth when searchig "Curt Maynard" at over 5 MILLION

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Google search on "Michael Rivero" yields 26,400 results.

A Yahoo search on "Michael Rivero" yields 139,000 results.

A Bing search on "Michael Rivero" yields 2,940,000 results.

That rates a Hmmmmmmmm!

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Aug 08 06:05

Kitty porn: Florida man blames cat for illegal downloads

Griffin told police he had been downloading music, and that his cat jumped on the keyboard when he left the room. He said "strange things" appeared on the computer when he returned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kitten on the keys!

Aug 07 14:38

Government database snoops escape prosecution

Councils are failing to prosecute staff caught using a sensitive government database to snoop on celebrities and members of the public, disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

Aug 07 07:19

It's SO over: cool cyberkids abandon social networking sites

From uncles wearing skinny jeans to mothers investing in ra-ra skirts and fathers nodding awkwardly along to the latest grime record, the older generation has long known that the surest way to kill a youth trend is to adopt it as its own. The cyberworld, it seems, is no exception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe.

Or maybe this is another attempt to lure young peo0ple back to their TV sets by telling them their parents are watching them in Twitter!

Remember, the social networks, Twitter in particular, became the high ground in the propaganda war during the recent failed coup attempt in Iran. It stands to reason that before the next sneaky thing is done by the US Government, they need to wreck any propaganda battlefield they cannot control.

Yesterday it was reported that the social networking sites were under hacker attacks. Today young people are being told they are "UNcool."

See a pattern here?

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Aug 06 19:35

XML flaws threaten 'enormous' array of apps

Security researchers have uncovered critical flaws in open-source software that implements the Extensible Markup Language in a staggering array of applications used by banks, e-commerce websites, and consumers.

The bugs uncovered by researchers at Finland-based Codenomicon were contained in virtually every open-source XML library available, Ari Takanen, CTO of Finland-based security testing firm Codenomicon, told The Register. Many of them could allow attackers to crash machines running applications that use the libraries or even remotely execute malicious code. The Python and Java programming languages and Apache Xerces are already known to be affected, and Takanen said many more could be as well.

Aug 06 19:22

UK national ID card cloned in 12 minutes

Using a Nokia mobile phone and a laptop computer, Laurie was able to copy the data on a card that is being issued to foreign nationals in minutes.

He then created a cloned card, and with help from another technology expert, changed all the data on the new card. This included the physical details of the bearer, name, fingerprints and other information.

He then rewrote data on the card, reversing the bearer's status from "not entitled to benefits" to "entitled to benefits".

He then added fresh content that would be visible to any police officer or security official who scanned the card, saying, "I am a terrorist - shoot on sight."

Aug 06 16:52

Hacker attack clamps down Twitter, Facebook experiences intermittent problems

A hacker attack Thursday shut down the fast-growing messaging service Twitter for hours, while Facebook experienced intermittent access problems.

Twitter said it suffered a denial-of-service attack, in which hackers command scores of computers to a single site at the same time, preventing legitimate traffic from getting through.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that Twitter/Facebook/Myspace were the high ground for info-war during the abortive coup against the Democratically-elected government of Iran.

If "someone" is practicing how to paralyze the social networks (just one day after the US Marines blocked them from their own networks, I might add) then something big is about to happen and shutting down non-governmental forms of mass communication will be part of it.

Aug 06 11:41

HERDICTWEB

Have you ever come across a web site that you could not access and wondered,"Am I the only one?" Herdict Web aggregates reports of inaccessible sites, allowing users to compare data to see if inaccessibility is a shared problem. By crowdsourcing data from around the world, we can document accessibility for any web site, anywhere.

Aug 06 10:35

Urgent - Google's Blogger Blocks Politically Sensitive Sites!

Aug 06 07:56

Murdoch vows to charge for all online content

However, they resulted in a $3.4bn net loss for the full year, down from net income of $5.4bn a year earlier, reflecting $8.9bn in impairment charges.

The sweeping decision by the owner of titles including The News of the World and The Australian to abandon the practice of giving away news in exchange for attracting a large audience for advertisers could embolden other publishers warily examining paid content models.

"We intend to charge for all our news websites," Mr Murdoch said.

"If we're successful, we'll be followed by all media," he added, predicting "significant revenues" from charging for differentiated news online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rupe, ol' boy; the reason you are losing audience and ad revenue has nothing to do with your business model and everything to do with the bias, slant, and deception regularly peddled by your rags as "News."

It doesn't matter if you change how you sell your lies; people still will not buy them.

People want the truth, and they will go where they need to to get it.

Aug 06 06:41

Internet firms condemn plans for GCHQ email access

A proposal to allow Cheltenham listening post GCHQ to monitor any email, phone call or website visit of people in the UK has been condemned by internet firms.

The London Internet Exchange, which represents more than 330 companies, including BT, Virgin and Carphone Warehouse, says the Government's surveillance proposals are an "unwarranted" invasion of people's privacy.

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Aug 05 20:37

Critical Windows 7 bug risks derailing product launch

Oh boy! It appears that Microsoft’s glowing track record with Windows 7 is about to come to an abrupt and unceremonious end. According to various Web sources, the RTM build 7600.16385 includes a potentially fatal bug that, once triggered, could bring down the entire OS in a matter of seconds.

The bug in question -- a massive memory leak involving the chkdsk.exe utility -- appears when you attempt to run the program against a secondary (that is, not the boot partition) hard disk using the "/r" (read and verify all file data) parameter. The problem affects both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and is classified as a "showstopper" in that it can cause the OS to crash (Blue Screen of Death) as it runs out of physical memory.

Aug 05 13:32

Hundreds Of ISPs Refuse To Go Along With Big Brother Spy System

A group of over 300 internet service providers and telecommunications firms is fighting back against the British government’s plans to monitor all emails, phone calls and internet activity nationwide.

The London Internet Exchange (LINX), which represents some 330 companies, including BT, Virgin and Carphone Warehouse, says that the government is misleading the public about the extent to which it plans to monitor their communications and internet activity.

Aug 05 13:28

$200 Billion Broadband Scandal

Broadband Scandals is a well-documented expose, 406 pages and 528 footnotes. Using the phone companies' own words (and well as other sources), the book outlines a massive nationwide scandal that affects every aspect of state of the Internet. Not only the web but broadband, municipalities laying fiber or building wifi networks, not to mention related issues such as such as VOIP, cable services, the cost of local phone service, net neutrality, the new digital divide, and even America's economic growth.

The fiber optic infrastructure you paid for was never delivered.

Aug 05 08:26

You Tube Pulls Hundreds Of Ron Paul Videos

You Tube has expanded its zealous copyright crusade by suspending the popular C-Span Junkie user channel, and in doing so has pulled hundreds of viral Ron Paul videos, which are now completely dead.

Aug 04 14:20

White House launches counteroffensive over Drudge Report link

New president, old headline: the White House fired back at the Drudge Report Tuesday, part of a fresh "viral" pushback over what it called a "campaign of misstatements and outright falsehoods" on health care.

Aug 04 14:05

Researchers hijack computer during software update

Two researchers from Israeli security firm Radware have worked out a way to trick computers into downloading malware or take over a computer by hijacking the communications during the update process for Skype and other applications.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful that Israelis are figuring out how to do things like this to all our computers!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 04 09:06

White House Cybersecurity Aide Quits

Aide quits after saying she is unable to be effective since a higher post she wanted has been left vacant for two months.

Aug 04 08:45

Jewish leader arrested for child porn

A director for a Holocaust museum and member of the Anti-Defamation League has been arrested for possessing more than 23 child pornography videos.
Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the way that Rob tries to talk up what a swell guy this pervert is if you just ignore that itty bitty problem of 23 child porn videos on his computer.

Aug 03 18:32

Fake ATM, skimmers found in Las Vegas hotels

Chris Paget, an RFID security expert who now works on Google’s security team, said he lost $200 to a rigged ATM that also claimed several other victims. Inexplicably, Paget said he got no help from hotel security or local police in Las Vegas when he reported the problem.

Aug 02 19:48

'Fake UK sites' trick customers

Trading standards officers say that consumers are being tricked into buying fake goods on the internet by companies pretending to be based in the UK.

The websites are often based in China, but use "co.uk" as part of their domain name, giving shoppers a false sense of security, they say.

Aug 02 09:14

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Iss your mp3 player in order, schwine?!?"

Folks, here is the answer to the current copyright and copying issue.

1. Learn a musical instrument.

2. Write your own music.

3. Feel free to give it away.

I am not being smug here. One of the downsides of modern digital players is that fewer and fewer people learn to play musical instruments or to create their own music.

Playing a musical instrument is great exercise for your brain. Writing your own music means not having to be slaves to the thoughts of the corporate-owned lyrics. And since you own the music, you can do what you want with it, including giving away copies.

Being a content creator myself, I empathize with the holders of copyrights with regard to the file copying problem. But given the terror-tactics of the RIAA/MPAA and this new invasive attitude by the government, I an seriously disinclined to purchase any more commercial content and ready to toss all my digital players into the trash.

Silence can indeed be golden. If the government intends to make commercial entertainment too complicated and difficult to use, let us all agree to stop using it.

On a purely practical point, the latest iPhone has a 32 Gig memory. Some of the high end digital players go even higher. Are they really planning to slow down the airport lines even further by doing a 15 minute download on every single media player going through the gate?

Second practical point; Who pays for all this protection for the record and movie industry? The movie and music industries won't want to bear the costs because that would raise the price of product and further erode sales already in dire trouble from the declining economy. So the taxpayers will get screwed for this as well, which means WE THE PEOPLE will have even less money to spend for pleasures like music, which means record and film sales are still going to go down anyway because of this, but the record and movie companies will refuse to see that their draconian solutions are only accelerating the problem.

Third practical point; MP3 players are cheap these days. Just as I have a cheap laptop to travel with (since TSA destroyed a really expensive one a while back) those who are into pirated content will have a cheap MP3 player in their pockets when they go through security checkpoints while their "real" players are hidden somewhere else. Many smart phones that double as media players have removable memory cards. How hard is it to conceal one of those tiny gigabyte chips?

Fourth practical point; How does a scan of our media players know if the content is legally owned or not? Downloaded content has a DRM license tag on it, but what of music transferred from a legally-owned CD into the player; a feature supported by every current playing system. There is no way to know if the CD sitting in that drive is an original disk or not.

Fifth practical point; what if the MP3 player is borrowed, bought at a yard sale, a hand me down, or shared among multiple users in the family? Reasonable doubt exists that any one user of the device is the "criminal."

As scary as this new law sounds, it is on a practical level just flat out not enforceable.

In the end, content theft, like any crime, is a moral issue. All populations inherit the moral qualities of their leaders. In a nation where the government is stealing other nations' wealth, it is hard to convince kids that copying a file is any big deal.

Aug 01 15:15

You twitter! Civil servant's instructions to ministers on how to send 140-character messages are 20 pages long

With the economy in a hole, you might have thought the Whitehall mandarins of the Business Department had enough to do.

But one senior civil servant has found time to produce a 20-page strategy paper - on how to use Twitter.

Aug 01 15:12

Hacking threat 'exposes every iPhone in the world' to takeover by criminals

Criminals could take control of every iPhone in the world via text message, owners are being warned.

Hackers could exploit a newly discovered flaw in Apple's handset to control its key functions - stealing data, making calls, surfing the internet and sending texts.

Security experts warn that hackers could soon hijack any of the world's 21million iPhones for identity theft and other crimes.

Aug 01 10:14

Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever

Rightsholders can't understand why people who bought DRMed music only to have the authentication servers go dark might demand the right to crack the DRM. Big Content believes the idea that rightsholders "are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to copyrighted works" is laughable.

Aug 01 10:09

Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work.

EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.

EBay admitted in a regulatory filing that it might have to close down the company. It said it was trying to develop alternative software but if that did not work, or if eBay lost the right to the original software: "Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible."

Aug 01 07:59

MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes

The new tag, which can be read by consumers with a cellphone camera, looks like a 1-mm-high raised bump. Called a "bokode," the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invention consists of an illuminated microdot behind a plastic lens. It will use flat, reflective holograms in future versions.

MIT's bokode is named after the Japanese term "bokeh," which refers to the image of a round blob that results when a camera is out of focus. MIT researchers reversed that process by encoding the microdot's blob-like image based on the angles at which rays emerge from the lens--an encoding that allows the out-of-focus camera to recombine the rays into the original.

Aug 01 07:47

Card PINs traded at two for a dollar

It is here, in this polite, super-exclusive online marketplace, that the world’s most dangerous cybervillains plot to make your life a misery and get fabulously rich in the process. This is where your debit card PIN is bought and sold, your e-mail inbox engorged with spam, your identity touted to the highest bidder and the company you work for blackmailed or incapacitated.

From here, a rogue IT engineer can sell access to the tills of 50 high street stores or a Taiwanese factory worker can be bribed to install spy software in a dozen credit card readers. Botnets, trojans, worms — and worse — are fomented here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These hackers cause far more damage than terrorists, yet the US Government seems to remain totally unconcerned, probably because security software is now a huge business that tithes the appropriate congressional campaigns

Aug 01 07:06

What Happened to 'Kenny's Sideshow?'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

kennysideshow.blogspot.com cannot be found at the internet archive, either!

Jul 31 17:30

Student Must Pay $675,000 in Downloading Case

Jul 31 06:46

Busted on MySpace: 2 FL men face charges over gang photos on Web sites

Elvis Rodriguez, 30, flashed Latin Kings hand signals on his MySpace.com page and called himself “King Kamel,” according to his arrest report.

Richard Figueroa-Santiago, 22, used his MySpace page to post pictures of friends making “Eastside” hand gestures, detectives said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the police don't have any real crimes to worry about down there in Florida!

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Jul 30 15:44

Damaged cable causes Internet blackout in four West African countries

Five days ago, the Appfrica tech blog reported an Internet blackout in Benin, a West African country roughly the size of Ohio. The outage, which also affected neighboring Togo, Niger and Nigeria, was caused by damage to the SAT-3 submarine communications cable, which links Portugal and Spain to South Africa via the West African coastline.

Jul 30 11:52

Warning:Electronically Cloning Cellular Phone Numbers

Your cellular telephone has three major security vulnerabilities:
* Vulnerability to monitoring of your conversations while using the phone.
* Vulnerability of your phone being turned into a microphone to monitor conversations in the vicinity of your phone while the phone is inactive.
* Vulnerability to "cloning," or the use of your phone number by others to make calls that are charged to your account.
Cloning is the process whereby a thief intercepts the electronic serial number (ESN) and mobile identification number (MIN) and programs those numbers into another telephone to make it identical to yours. Once cloned, the thief can place calls on the reprogrammed telephone as though he were the legitimate subscriber.

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