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Jan 24 01:11

Should controversial subjects be banned?

3th June, 2008 | Community Management
Should communities ban the discussion of certain topics?

"It’s a fact that some subjects are more controversial than others."

Jan 23 19:56

Microsoft layoffs: Is Vista to blame?

In Microsoft's public speeches and press releases, CEO Steve Ballmer has portrayed Windows Vista as nothing short of a wild success, an operating system that has sold millions of copies to adoring fans worldwide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you sell an operating system that takes care of corporations more than it takes care of the users, do not be surprised when people do not want to buy it.

Jan 23 17:25

Windows 7 put up against Vista and XP in hardcore multicore benchmarks, XP wins

Now that the Windows 7 beta is out, the benchmarks are coming fast and furious, and while 7's been previously found to best XP and Vista during "real-world" tasks, it looks like XP is still the outright speed champ on current hardware.

Jan 23 11:50

SHOULD MEMBER STORIES BE MOVED TO A SEPERATE SECTION?

YES - Promoted stories should have a section of their own.
26% (511 votes)
NO - leave the promoted stories in the main article list.
74% (1478 votes)
Total votes: 1989
Jan 23 10:47

You Tube Expands 9/11 Truth Purge

You Tube has permanently suspended another major 9/11 truth account in a continuation of the purge that began following efforts by the establishment to smear the 9/11 truth movement as terrorist propaganda.

You Tube has previously been caught blocking 9/11 truth videos from entering into top ranking charts for both views and comments despite their enduring popularity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The videos can still be seen HERE

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SAVE LOCAL COPIES WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

Jan 22 17:17

Seagate offers free data recovery for faulty drives, new firmware

Seagate Technology LLC today is offering free data-recovery services for customers who purchased the company's Barracuda 7200.11 desktop hard drive through December 2008. A firmware bug in those drives has produced a high number of failures.

According to users on Seagate's online support forum the drives tend to freeze for about 30 seconds during I/O transfers of streaming video or when reading or writing files at low speeds.

"We're offering free data recovery because the information on the drives is not deleted. It's just rendered inaccessible by this suspect firmware," said Seagate spokesman Michael Hall.

Jan 22 17:10

MAC HACKERS - Pirated iWork '09 installer may contain trojan horse

Intego, makers of VirusBarrier and other security software for the Macintosh, issued a security alert for Mac users on Thursday, advising them about the existence of a new Trojan Horse, which they’ve named OSX.Trojan.iServices.A. This new Trojan Horse can be found in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ‘09 application suite, which has been downloaded over 20,000 times, according to Intego’s numbers.

When installing an infected pirated copy of iWork ‘09, an extra iWorkServices package is installed; this installation begins as soon as the user launches the iWork ‘09 installer. This package is installed as a system-wide startup item, where it has read-write permissions as root. In other words, this code can do anything to any part of the system, with full authorization.

Jan 22 15:56

Downvote Bots Fight Propaganda War

Government propagandists, their hired private contractors and useful idiots are creating "downvote bots" or scripts to bury stories which question the government.

Anyone who has posted news items questioning the government's version of 9/11, the government's unquestioning support for Israel, or a host of other topics has probably noticed that all of their recent stories get downvoted virtually simultaneously, which defies the laws of probability.

One free, simple scripting program to create automatic downvotes of certain topics or news posters is called "Greasemonkey", which is commonly used on large social news sites such as Reddit.

Jan 22 10:14

Trojan takes 'Office Space' approach to stealing from phone users

Last week, Kaspersky Lab experts detected a new malicious program for Symbian that targets customers of an Indonesian mobile phone operator. The Trojan is written in Python, a script language. It sends SMS messages to a short number with instructions to transfer part of the money in the user's account to another account, which belongs to the cybercriminals.

There are five known variants of Trojan-SMS.Python.Flocker, from .ab to.af. The amounts transferred range from $0.45 to $0.90. Thus, if the cybercriminals behind the Trojan manage to infect a large number of phones, the amount transferred to their mobile phone account as a result could be quite substantial.

Jan 22 10:07

Microsoft profit misses, to cut up to 5,000 jobs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet all the jobs will be from the "let's make the software better" department, while leaving the "Let's make licensing and DRM even more of a headache" department and the "Let's pretend we are fighting off the hackers" department.

Jan 22 05:55

Card Data Breached, Firm Says

A New Jersey credit-card processor disclosed a data breach that analysts said may rank among the biggest ever reported.

Heartland Payment Systems Inc. said Tuesday that cyber criminals compromised its computer network, gaining access to customer information associated with the 100 million card transactions it handles each month.

The company said it couldn't estimate how many customer records may have been improperly accessed, but said the data compromised include the information on a card's magnetic strip -- card number, expiration date and some internal bank codes -- that could be used to duplicate a card.

Jan 21 18:06

Credit Card Processor Says Some Data Was Stolen

Heartland Payment Systems, a major payment processing company, disclosed a data breach on Monday that potentially exposed tens of millions of credit and debit cardholders to the risk of fraud in what could quickly become one of the country’s biggest data compromises.
Your Money Guides
Identity Theft »

Robert H. B. Baldwin Jr., Heartland’s president and chief financial officer, said that his company believed the card numbers, expiration dates, and in some cases cardholder names were exposed after attacks on its computer systems at the one point where data had been unencrypted.

Jan 21 15:33

Israel Recruits Army Of Bloggers To Troll Anti-War Websites

Israel has announced that it is setting up a network of bloggers to combat websites deemed "problematic" by the Zionist state, presumably to propagandize about the necessity of killing babies and infants in the name of self-defense.

Israel’s global reputation for being the new Nazis was already firmly established, but the ceaseless and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, labeled a war crime by international observers, has hardened opinion against the country and this has manifested itself nowhere more than the world wide web.

Israel’s response will be to flood the Internet with PR agents who will attempt to create a phony consensus that the ZIonist state’s barbarian actions are justifiable.

Jan 21 14:12

Downvote Bots Fight Propaganda War

Anyone who has posted news items questioning the government's version of 9/11, the government's unquestioning support for Israel, or a host of other topics has probably noticed that all of their recent stories get downvoted virtually simultaneously, which defies the laws of probability.

One free, simple scripting program to create automatic downvotes of certain topics or news posters is called "Greasemonkey", which is commonly used on large social news sites such as Reddit.

For example, there are some 2,480 hits for the google search site:reddit.com greasemonkey downvote. This is some 2,480 times that Reddit users are publicly admitting to using greasemonkey.

Jan 21 13:07

Downandup/Conficker worm infects 9 million PCs

How's it work? By tricking you into running the virus by modifying the way "autorun" works when you plug in a drive. Look closely at the screenshot above and you'll see two entries for "Open folder to view files." The one at the top is a phony entry that actually installs the virus on your machine... but of course it's the default selection that pops up when you plug in a drive. Once installed, the virus spreads like crazy via a separate flaw in Windows networking system (now patched, so be sure to run Windows Update if you haven't lately) and can quickly infect a whole office.

Jan 21 10:30

SCREW PAYPAL!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I stumbled on this while helping another activist with their website and decided this needed to get out there.

Jan 21 09:15

Cyberspace wars

The Stop the War Coalition’s website is the most high-profile British casualty of a conflict that extends far beyond the boundaries of Israel and Palestine to include NATO and US military websites, Facebook and any number of sites judged to be “pro-Hamas.”

In the past couple of weeks, Stop the War’s site has been hit by multiple denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and vandalised by what the coalition says were “professional” hackers. John Pilger’s site has also been attacked, according to Stop the War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the fact that these Israelis were able to put out a DoS hacking tool tells us all who is behind all the DoS and hacking in general!

Jan 21 08:52

Google's censors: The cat is out of the bag

Anyhow, we needed a proof, and we achieved it easily: we arranged two new websites, one in Italian and the other in English, respectively Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, that are in fact perfect mirrorings of uruknet, with a few graphic changes, and we put them directly on the same server where uruknet is located.

After that we requested google.news to index them and after they analysed both websites, we obtained it without the least problem. Of course when the google.news guys will read this article, they will stop indexing Notizie dal Medio Oriente and News from Middle East, but we have saved a copy of google news pages: News from Middle East on google.news and Notizie dal Medio Oriente on news.google.it .

Jan 21 08:36

Big brother filter plan insults parents

Underlying the Rudd Government's plan to screen the internet is an offensive message: that parents cannot be trusted to mind their children online.

Jan 20 16:01

Throwing out your old computer? Think again. It’s time to get out your pickaxe...

Never in history has so much information been produced by so many people. We are swamped by electronic data, a tidal wave of gigabytes. Indeed, the world is probably producing more recorded information every second than it did in the entire 19th century.

Jan 20 14:38

A final farewell bounce to George Bush

Jan 20 09:07

Paul McNamara Buzzblog by Paul McNamara Previous Article Banks warn debit card holders; processor acknowledges breach

A significant data breach involving an as-yet-undisclosed source and multiple card-processing networks is prompting banks to warn customers about possible fraud and in at least one case deactivate 8,500 debit cards.

Jan 20 08:47

Forget Yahoo—Buy Palm

Why Microsoft would be foolish to get into the Web ad business.

Nearly a year ago, Microsoft made an unsolicited $44 billion bid to buy Yahoo.

Jan 20 08:25

An expose of reddit vote fraud and suppression

Everything from this url gets subjected to instant vote fraud. Try submitting anything from here, and you will see that it might have about 10 or so people voting it up who like it, at which time the bury brigade steps in and goes to work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing a lot of this with the Gaza coverage.

Jan 19 21:58

VIRUS WARNING: OBAMA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

THERE IS AN EMAIL WITH SUBJECT LINE OBAMA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH FLOATING AROUND WITH A TROJAN HORSE ATTACHMENT. DO NOT OPEN FOR ANY REASON!!! DELETE IMMEDIATELY. THE TROJAN STEALS ALL PASSWORDS AND USER IDS!!!

Jan 19 14:39

Israel Recruits Army Of Bloggers To Troll Anti-War Websites

Israel’s global reputation for being the new Nazis was already firmly established, but the ceaseless and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, labeled a war crime by international observers, has hardened opinion against the country and this has manifested itself nowhere more than the world wide web.

Israel’s response will be to flood the Internet with PR agents who will attempt to create a phony consensus that the ZIonist state’s barbarian actions are justifiable.

Jan 19 13:16

New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.

Jan 19 12:38

Windows virus infects 9m computers

The number of Windows computers infected with the new "downadup" worm – also known as "Conficker" and "Kido" – has exploded to almost 9 million worldwide, from roughly 2.4m last Thursday, according to the computer security company F-Secure.

The growth in the number of infected machines – which the company's researchers called "just amazing" – makes it one of the worst malware outbreaks of the past five years. The principal targets are corporate Windows servers belonging to small businesses who have not installed security updates released by Microsoft last October. F-Secure estimates that a third of all potentially vulnerable systems have not had the update.

Jan 19 12:37

Banks slip through virus loophole

Is my money safe? A quiet rule change allows British banks to refuse to compensate the victims of online fraud if they do not have "up-to-date" anti-virus protection, says Danny Bradbury

Jan 19 12:08

Microsoft Windows virus that has infected 9million PCs leaves victims open to digital hijacking

Almost nine million PCs have been infected by a computer virus that could leave Microsoft Windows users open to digital hijacking, according to an online security company.

Jan 19 10:45

Another Israeli Propaganda Web Site

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They DO include a feedback tab over on the right. I suggest you use it.

Jan 18 18:33

'Amazing' worm attack infects 9 million PCs

Downadup -- which also goes by the name "Conficker" -- exploits a bug in the Windows Server service used by Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008. Although Microsoft fixed the flaw with one of its rare "out of cycle" updates in late October, about a third of all PCs have not yet been patched, according to Qualys Inc., another security company. Those PCs are the ones being hijacked by the worm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until the Us Government can track down and jail the hackers, nobody will ever believe they can handle a real terrorist threat. So let's stop wasting our precious tax money on totally useless uniformed bozos.

Jan 18 18:27

Smugglers of truth

The End of America details the 10 steps that would-be dictators always take in seeking to close an open society; it argued that the Bush administration had been advancing each one. I took the message on the road, and one of those early lectures - at the University of Washington in Seattle, in October 2007 - was videoed by a member of the audience. Even with its bad lighting and funky amateur vibe, this video, posted on YouTube, has been accessed almost 1,250,000 times.

Jan 18 18:22

Virus ‘sends RAF e-mails to Russia’

THE Ministry of Defence is investigating a major breach in security amid claims that all e-mail traffic from a number of RAF stations has been sent to a Russian internet server.

The e-mails were allegedly diverted to the Russian sender by a worm virus that entered the MoD systems 12 days ago bringing down computers and blocking e-mail communications across the military.

Jan 18 10:33

Are These Pro-Israel Mobbing Technologies RICO violations? Or Even Treason?

It could be argued, and substanitated with much evidence that, since 911, this war we have been fighting for Israel has destroyed America...it's economy, its military, its constitution, its people; and pursuing this agenda, using these techniques and technoliges...to aid a foreign power, is treason.

Jan 17 22:37

Conspiracy Blogs more dangerous than Hitler, Stalin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MOI?!?

Jan 17 17:47

google video to halt video uploading

according to a 14 january 2009 post on the official google video blog, google will shortly discontinue support for uploads to google video. google says that they are not removing any content already on the service, just disallowing the uploading of any new content.

Jan 17 08:43

Welcome to Citizendium

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Started by one of the founders of Wikipedia, Citizendium is another online collaborative reference system, hopefully one less biased and prone to censorship.

Jan 16 08:03

Internet giant Yahoo! to follow rivals Google, Microsoft to Israel

Internet giant Yahoo! is coming to Israel, and not only over the Net. The company is taking its battle for survival against Google and Microsoft to Israel on two levels. It will open a research and development center in Haifa, and will also enter the content side of the business here for the first time through a cooperation agreement with Walla!, which is partly owned by Haaretz.

Jan 15 14:27

Court Backs Some Types of Warrantless Wiretapping

A federal appeals court issued a rare public opinion today backing the government's authority to intercept international phone conversations and e-mails without a judicial warrant if the principal purpose is to collect foreign intelligence, including communications involving Americans.

Jan 15 08:47

United Nations confidential reports

Wikileaks has released 70 United Nations investigative reports classified "Strictly Confidential". The reports expose matters from allegations of hundreds of European peace-keepers sexually abusing refugee girls [1] to generals in Peru using Swiss bank accounts to engage in multi-million dollar frauds against the UN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HOW VERY INTERESTING THAT WIKILEAKS RELEASES THESE REPORTS DAMAGING TO THE UNITED NATIONS RIGHT AFTER THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL PASSES A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ISRAEL TO CEASE ATTACKING GAZA!!!!

Who owns Wikileaks?

Jan 14 21:57

Apple's Jobs backtracks on health, takes leave

Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Wednesday he is taking a medical leave until the end of June — just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was caused by an easily treatable hormone deficiency.

Apple’s stock plunged 7 percent.

Jan 14 10:46

New Phishing Attack Targets Online Banking Sessions With Phony Popups

Researchers have discovered a sophisticated, new method of phishing that targets users while they are banking online -- sending phony popup messages pretending to be from their banks.

The so-called "in-session phishing" attack prompts the victim to retype his username and password for the banking site because the online banking session "has expired," for instance, via a popup that purports to be from the victim's bank site, according to researchers at Trusteer, which today published an advisory (PDF) on their findings about the potential for such a phishing attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until the US Government can find and jail these hackers, nobody will believe they are able to deal with real (as opposed to CIA and Mossad poseurs) terrorists.

Jan 14 09:08

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido

Status : moderate risk

Kaspersky Lab has detected that multiple variants of Kido, a polymorphic worm, are currently spreading widely.

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.

The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.

Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.

Jan 14 07:26

PC users warned against downloading 'test' Windows

Computer users were warned off downloading a test version of the latest Windows release today, as millions more copies could be accessed in the coming days.

Jan 14 06:52

Twitter limits searches on its site ... why?

Why on Earth would Twitter limit the number of Twitter searches a Twitter user may conduct -- a typical user, such as yours truly, not some resource-piggy third-party app or bot?

And, why on Earth would one of the most talked-about companies on the Internet make it so darn difficult to get an answer to such simple question?

Jan 13 11:22

Do you trust Facebook?

Jan 13 10:17

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives failing

SEAGATE'S FLAGSHIP desktop Barracuda 7200.11 drives, in particular the 1TB (ST31000340AS) units, are failing at an alarming rate and prompting outrage from their faithful customers.

A new self-bricking feature apparently resides in faulty firmware microcode which will rear its ugly head sometime at boot detection. Essentially the drive will be working as normal for a while, then - out of the blue - it'll brick itself to death. The next time you reboot your computer the drive will simply lock itself up as a failsafe and won't be detected by the BIOS. In other words, there's power, spin-up, but no detection to enable booting.

Jan 13 05:50

Genius who wasted $1bn? My son Gary McKinnon was just looking for ET

If you believe the Pentagon and Nasa, Janis Sharp is the mother of an evil genius. Her son is Gary McKinnon, the Briton accused of the biggest hacking operation in US military history, and whose $1 billion wrecking spree through cyberspace – he says it was a quest to uncover evidence of alien life forms – has left his family in their own twilight zone.

Next week Mr McKinnon, 42, will have one last, desperate throw of the dice in the British courts to halt his extradition to America, where he faces up to 70 years in a high-security prison.

Having lost every appeal since his arrest six years ago, he has all but run out of lifelines. His mother is also running out of time to convince the authorities that far from trying to terrorise the US, the biggest computer hack of recent times was the result of her son’s Asperger’s syndrome.

Jan 12 16:18

'We'll block police home PC hacks': Security vendors

Two security vendors have said they would block police attempts to hack into systems without a warrant.

Jan 12 09:44

Karl Rove is latest celebrity to join Twitter

Jan 12 09:28

Computer keyboard you can pop in the dishwasher could eradicate superbugs in hospitals

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A keyboard and mouse that can be popped into a dishwasher after they become grubby.

Now that is a good idea!!!!!!

Jan 11 10:32

Hasbara spam alert

A reader of my blog has received the following email which documents both the efforts and the agency that originated them. The solicitation to become a pro-Israel "media volunteer" also includes a list of media links which the ministry would like addressed by pro-Israel comments:

Dear friends,

We hold the [sic] military supremacy, yet fail the battle over the international media. We need to buy time for the IDF to succeed, and the least we can do is spare some (additional) minutes on the net. The ministry of foreign affairs is putting great efforts in balancing the media, but we all know it's a battle of numbers. The more we post, blog, talkback, vote – the more likely we gain positive sentiment.

I was asked by the ministry of foreign affairs to arrange a network of volunteers, who are willing to contribute to this effort. If you're up to it you will receive a daily messages & media package as well as targets.

Jan 11 10:06

FLASHBACK - Israel's newest PR weapon: The Internet Megaphone

As Al Jazeera's 24-hour station takes to the air in English and with other new Arab English-language media initiatives such as the Ramallah-based Palestine Times fresh off the press, Israel has begun effectively using a new weapon in its public diplomacy arsenal to fight the media war on the Web - a locally-developed computer software tool called the "Internet Megaphone."
The Internet megaphone...

The Foreign Ministry itself is now pushing the idea, urging supporters of Israel everywhere to become cyberspace soldiers "in the new battleground for Israel's image."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's propaganda army marches around the internet, blowing their horns, waiting for the walls of Jericho to come tumbling down again.

Jan 10 08:48

GOOGLE CONTINUES TO CENSOR URUKNET

As our readers know, on April 24, 2008 Google stopped indexing Uruknet.info as a news source. It was the fourth time that Google discontinues indexing Uruknet. The previous times google had reinstated it following many complaints sent in by our readers. The last time there was nothing to be done: in a first moment google news wouldn’t even answer to our emails and, at last, after about ten days has answered with a series of lies.

Jan 10 04:00

Did We Just Have Our i-911... And Is An i-Patriot Act On It's Way?

Former Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told a leading expert on internet free speech, Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, that there was going to be an "i-9/11", in other words, an electronic terrorist act, and an "i-Patriot Act" to crack down on freedoms on the Internet under the guise of protecting against such threats:

There’s going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn’t necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You’ve got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.

Jan 09 13:54

Hackers Deface NATO, US Army Web Sites

The NATO site is now back online, but the U.S. Army site was still offline Friday morning. A version of the Web page cached by Google reads: "Stop attacks u israel and usa ! you cursed nations ! one day muslims will clean the world from you ! " NATO didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another obvious false flag.

Remember the letters that came with the Anthrax attacks? They were written to appear to be from Muslims. But whether you think Philip Zack or Stephen Hatfill was the actual culprit, the letters were clearly fakes to frame Muslims for the crime.

That's what this is. That's what ALL of this is, a non-stop constant no-holds-barred to frame and demonize Muslims, to trick you into supporting what Israel is doing in Palestine.

Jan 09 13:27

New Trojan Attack Masquerades As CNN News Report On Gaza

Email messages purporting to carry CNN news reports on the war in Gaza are actually the first step in the download of a password-stealing Trojan, researchers warned today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now ask yourself just WHO would want to screw with the computers of people getting their news about Gaza over the internet?

Jan 09 07:59

When the Truth is Anti-Semitic.

Out of old habit, I often will post these essays at this site where I seldom get any positive comments. The people there are mostly professionals. There are doctors and lawyers and business owners. They are all Americans except for a scattering of Canadians.

Here I am considered an anti-Semitic. This is because the truth is anti-Semitic and if you are going to tell the truth that is what you are labeled as. Criticism of Israelis and Zionist Jews is not welcome. It wouldn’t matter what evil they may do. It is okay. Many of the people at this site are as murderous as the Israelis. They joke about the murders or they talk in convoluted circles about how complex it all is. In any case… none of it is Israel’s fault.

Jan 09 07:31

Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders

Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is the problem: The Constitution grants to individual citizens a right to freedom of speech, to openly criticize the government without fear of punishment or interference.

But nowhere in the Constitution is the government granted the right to spend YOUR tax money to argue against you.

If individual service people, on their own time and using their own computers, wish to express their own personal opinions about what is going on, that is protect free speech, but organized programs where the US Government tells these military people what to post and how to post it is pure propaganda and an impediment to the process of free speech.

Jan 09 07:03

British tax payers struck by phishing scam

British newspapers are warning their readers of a phishing scam that has been spread via spam email, telling recipients that they have been awarded a tax refund from the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).

The phishing attacks have been seen arriving from faked addresses such as refundtax@hmrc.gov.co.uk or taxrefund@hmrc.gov.uk, and the fact that it is being seen so much now is no surprise. January 31st is the deadline for self-assessment forms to be filed with the HMRC, and some taxpayers will be hoping for a rebate.

Of course, for many people it’s a dream come to true to think that they might actually be getting some money back from the tax man rather than having to give money to the Inland Revenue, so it’s not surprising if people might eagerly click on the link without thinking of the possible consequences.

Jan 09 06:53

Kiwis rally opposition to NZ copyright bill

Borrowing the "Not in My Name" slogan popularized by anti-war and pro-Palestinian activists, New Zealand's newborn Creative Freedom Foundation is leading a petition drive to block implementation of copyright legislation slated to take effect at the end of February. Critics charge that Section 92 of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act, enacted this past April, requires ISPs to act on a principle of "guilt upon accusation," cutting off the Internet connections of users merely alleged to be violating copyright.

Jan 09 06:50

Taxing ISPs to Prop Up Failing Newspapers?

We recently noted how the RIAA has created an entirely new organization tasked with pushing the idea of collective music licensing, applying a $5-$10 "piracy tax" to consumer broadband bills, regardless of whether you pirate or not. The idea has several critical problems, not least of which being that it rewards the music industry for their failure to adapt, but it also opens the door to every single industry impacted by piracy (music, film, porn, gaming, literature) to begin demanding their own tax.

Mike Masnick at Techdirt notes that it didn't take long for other collapsing business models to start putting their hand out. Canadian website Macleans recently published an article suggesting that because it's getting harder to make money in the news business, failing newspapers should be compensated for their losses by applying an ISP tax. Of course the ISPs won't pay it, you will.

Jan 09 06:43

Why police hackers are a threat to your privacy

Imagine if the Home Office decided that the best way to fight terrorism was to ban curtains.

"Hang on!" we'd say. "That means Creepy Dave across the road will be able to see me in my underpants!"

The Home Office would nod sagely. "That's true, but you know who else has curtains? Terrorists! Terrorists and gangsters! So it's curtains for curtains!"

The Home Office hasn't banned curtains just yet, but it's getting closer. Over the weekend we discovered that incoming legislation means that the police will be able to install spyware on anybody's PC without asking the courts for permission. Inevitably it's to fight terrorism, organised crime and Gary Glitter.

Jan 08 20:40

UK e-mail law 'attack on rights'

Rules forcing internet companies to keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK are a waste of money and an attack on civil liberties, critics say.

From March all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year.

The government will pay the ISPs more than £25m to ensure work runs smoothly.

The Home Office insists the data, which does not include e-mails' content, is vital for crime and terror inquiries.

Jan 08 16:52

Hacking Godfather 'Maksik' Sentenced to 30 Years by Turkish Court

A Ukrainian cybercrime lord linked to nearly every major breach of U.S. retail networks in the past four years was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison by a Turkish court.

The Turks got him for hacking into banks. If all hackers got prison time, especially in a Turkish prison, they would quickly become a rare breed.

Jan 08 09:55

Facebook has closed down the Interpal group for no reason

Facebook has closed down the Interpal group for no reason. No hateful messages were sent or anything offensive. Only media quotes from the news letting people know what is going on in the current situation in Gaza

Jan 08 09:46

More Evidence of Pentagon War Against the Internet

Further evidence has emerged revealing how the Pentagon is in the business of responding to blog posts critical of the U.S. government. Noah Shachtman, writing for Wired, posts an Air Force flowchart used for “counter-blogging” purposes.

“In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force’s public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle ‘trolls,’ ‘ragers’ — and even well-informed online writers, too. It’s all part of an Air Force push to ‘counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force,’ Captain David Faggard says,” Shachtman writes.

In the case of the Infowars and Prison Planet websites, Centcom operatives do not respond to trolls and ragers. In fact, many of them seem to be the most vociferous trolls and ragers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work.

This is why I encourage WRH readers to focus their efforts on educating people ready to listen to what is going on in the world, because that person you are endlessly arguing with may be paid to argue with you endlessly, to render you ineffective by tricking you into wasting your time on paid operatives.

Jan 08 05:39

FBI concerned about 'cybergeddon'

CYBER attacks pose the greatest threat to the United States after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction - and they are increasingly hard to prevent, FBI experts say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe if you weren't wasting all your time infiltrating peace groups ...

Jan 07 08:54

Hackers take Israel-Palestine conflict online

The recent escalation in the conflict between Israel and Palestine has spilled over into the online world, as hacker groups have taken to defacing popular Israeli web sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No mention of course of Israeli hackers who took down the Palestine chronicle and attacked other pro-peace websites (including this one).

Jan 06 19:06

Classmates malware attack poses as school reunion invite

Remember the days of the old school yard? You may prefer to forget them, but many people are nostalgic for the days of grazed knees, poor food and double geography.

A new malware campaign seen in the last few days plays on the popularity of websites like Classmates.com and FriendsReunited, by posing as an invitation to an imminent school reunion.

Jan 06 07:42

TV Converter Program Runs Out of Funding

The government's billion-dollar program to help people prepare for the transition to digital television has run out of money, potentially leaving millions of viewers without coupons to buy converter boxes they need to keep their analog TV sets working after the switch.

Jan 06 06:21

Logitech to cut salaried staff by 15 percent

Logitech International SA, a maker of mice, webcams and other computer peripherals, said Monday it is cutting its salaried work force by 15 percent in response to weak consumer demand amid what it expects to be an extended global downturn.

Switzerland-based Logitech, which also has offices in Fremont, has about 3,500 salaried employees in a total work force of about 9,000.

Jan 05 13:26

LIVE Gaza War Reports using SMS and Twitter!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May be slow to load, and still getting the bugs out, but as real-time as it gets!

Jan 05 09:38

How the Megaphonies manipulate the internet

IsraeliGirl. Here's her user profile page.
http://digg.com/users/israeligirl

On that page, in the about section, it says:

I've been a marketing consultant to high tech companies for the last 10 years. I am also one of the founders of giyus.org, a pro-Israeli public diplomacy group.

So I went to GIYUS.org to see what kind of a group it is. There homepage is as you might expect.
http://giyus.org/

GIYUS it turns out is an acronym for Give Israel Your United Support. And here is what is displayed on the front page of GIYUS.org.

Today's conflicts are won by public opinion.
Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world.

Join the effort in 3 easy steps:

1. Download and install Megaphone desktop tool
2. Receive desktop alerts on key articles and surveys
3. Click alerts to easily voice your opinion

Help us by reporting relevant articles and surveys.

Together we can make a difference!

Jan 05 08:53

Israel armed with internet savvy

The thermal imaging footage shot from an Israeli drone hovering over Gaza shows eight Palestinian militants loading rockets on to a lorry. Within seconds, the drone’s sights are locked on to the vehicle and it and the ghostlike figures nearby are incinerated in a missile blast.

Or so tens of thousands of visitors to the popular video-posting internet site YouTube have been led to believe. The clip was one of several dramatic scenes uploaded to the site by the Israeli army last week, the first time a national army has created its own YouTube channel.

A subsequent investigation by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem attracted less attention. It suggests the rockets were in fact gas canisters and that the supposed militants were civilians moving welding equipment after their workshop had been damaged in one of the hundreds of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past week.

Jan 05 08:28

New powers for police to hack your PC

Police have been given the power to hack into personal computers without a court warrant. The Home Office is facing anger and the threat of a legal challenge after granting permission. Ministers are also drawing up plans to allow police across the EU to collect information from computers in Britain.

The moves will fuel claims that the Government is presiding over a steady extension of the "surveillance society" threatening personal privacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this age of cheap computers, real criminals and terrorists will have a second computer, not connected to the net, which contains their private data. Jump disks and digital media grow steadily smaller with higher capacity, DVD-roms are flat enough to hide in book covers and the sides of luggage.

This hacking into private PCs is not about stopping crime but keeping people scared into not communicating their concerns with others; to keep the people isolated and emotionally dependent on the government.

Jan 05 08:19

The Gaza Propaganda War

Blogs and "Second Life" are used by Palestinian supporters while Israel buys commercial ad time in the war for hearts and minds during the renewed fighting in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the front lines.

Jan 05 07:45

Apple's Jobs admits poor health

In a statement, Jobs said he had been suffering from ill health for a number of months.

Jan 04 17:17

IsraeliGirl violates Digg TOS

Is it just a coincidence that the day before I was banned I sent out a shout asking my friends to bury a particular article submitted by IsraeliGirl, and also suggested that they bury any other articles posted by IsraeliGirl? Why am I the one that got banned, when clearly IsraeliGirl and the Megaphonies are the ones gaming the system on Digg?

Is Digg another "Israeli-Occupied Territory" on the internet? Why does Digg allow someone who blatantly advertises their connection to a coordinated effort to manipulate internet public opinion to continue to be a member? IsraeliGirl is clearly in gross violation of the Digg Terms of Service, yet she has been allowed to become one of the most powerful Digg members recently. And this is at a time when Israel is engaging in the massacre of innocent Palestinians.

Jan 04 08:27

Twitter phishing scam may be spreading

The effect of getting taken in by this scam seems to be that affected accounts send messages to their followers with the original phishing message. To date, no other effect of falling victim to the scam has been reported. However, since many people use the same user ID and password for multiple online services, it's possible that credentials collected from this scam could be used to log in to other services, including financial sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

@#%$ing hackers.

Jan 04 08:23

Phishing Scam Spreading on Twitter

A few minutes ago, I received a direct message from one of my twitter followers:

hey! check out this funny blog about you… jannawalitax . blogspot . com

And there’s another one:

Hey, i found a website with your pic on it… LOL check it out here twitterblog . access-logins . com / login

DO NOT VISIT the URL in question. It will redirect you immediately to a suspicious domain: twitter . access-logins . com - notice the subdomain?

Jan 04 08:21

China employs army of piece-rate ‘netizens’ for online thought control

Members of the 50 Cents Party are an acknowledged cyberpolice force: they serve as the eyes and ears of the Communist Party, act as its attack dog against “unacceptable” online content on politically sensitive issues, and steer bulletin board and blog debates with posts that reflect the opinions of the Communist Party, the report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, I wonder who they got that idea from!

Jan 04 08:19

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home, office or hotel room.

Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Jan 04 07:23

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs

The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, you think that in this day of cheap computers (not to mention all the slightly older ones that were just thrown away after Christmas) that real criminals and real terrorists might have one computer for their private matters and a separate computer for communicating over the internet?

This is about spying on normal law-abiding people, to scare them into staying silent just a bit longer.

Jan 03 19:55

How MySpace's New 'Pay Per Click' Ads Rob Artists

Any bands or solo artists out there thinking about trying MySpace's new "MySpace Ads" advertising campaign? Think again.

What MySpace is doing, in my opinion, is nothing short of a scam. Because, in the end, for most of us, what they're promoting is nothing close to what you'll get.

Jan 03 07:48

The Huffington Post: Israeli-Occupied Territory Why is the Huffington Post carrying water for the IDF? Follow the money …

There's a ready explanation of why, as the Israelis pound Gaza, the formerly antiwar Huffington Post has become a cheerleader for the IDF: it is due entirely to this.

When Arianna nabbed $25 million from Oak Investment Partners, of Palo Alto, California, she was acquired by a financial network that also has significant investments in the Israeli arms industry – an industry, I might add, directly subsidized and controlled by the Israeli government. For example, Oak Investment has invested in IET/Intelligent Electronics, now morphed into Clickservice Software, an Israeli-based company that makes sophisticated weapons systems and sells them to clients such as "an unnamed Far Eastern country." Oak Investment partner Fred Harman now sits on the Huffington Post's board.

Case closed. Mystery solved.

Jan 02 12:44

Rumor: Microsoft Facing Layoffs

Officials at Fudzilla cited unnamed staff members when reporting this week that the software giant will lay off about 15,000 workers – nearly 17 percent of its workforce – on Jan. 15. That’s a week before Microsoft plans to announce its quarterly earnings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not surprised. See next story down.

Jan 02 12:43

Microsoft Takes Another Net Step Backwards as Global IE Share Drops to New Low

When you consider that Microsoft owned the browser market five years ago, IE's continued share erosion is a watershed event for Microsoft and the rest of the technology industry. Slowly but surely, the rise of the Internet is cracking the Windows monopoly apart, and as it does, Microsoft's relative power is likely to continue to wane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About @#%ing time.

My latest "interaction" with Microsoft involved my Flight Simulator X, which announced a free upgrade over the holidays. I downloaded and installed the upgrade whereupon the simulator delicensed itself. Re-entering my product key did not correct the situation and of course, Microsoft charges for phone calls to correct the issue. This is WHY cracked pirated versions of Microsoft products are so popular; they are easier to install and keep running than the official versions.

I have uninstalled FSX and switched over to X-plane I recommend you do the same, and tell them I sent you! :)

Jan 02 06:34

UK: Private firm to guard database of every phone call, e-mail

A contentious proposal to create a massive database of communications metadata in the United Kingdom has just become even more controversial. According to reports in the British press, a "consultation paper" laying out the plan, slated for release in January, contemplates outsourcing the maintenance of the database to private-sector firms. The proposal has already come under fire from civil liberties groups, the European human rights commissioner, and former public officials.

Jan 02 06:28

FBI posts fake Child Porn hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects

A CNET News.com review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who's using an open wireless connection--and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.

Jan 01 11:29

The Spineless Huffington Post Gives ‘Equal Time’

“HuffPo” runs all kinds of commentary from all over the political spectrum (or at least its leftish side), but only those who dare speak against the sainted Israelis seem to require an editorial explanation that resembles an apology.

Shame on Huffington Post for its disgusting lack of integrity.

Jan 01 09:16

"MagicJack" Avoid it like the plague!!!!!!

Dec 31 09:41

Palestine RIP on dailymotion (the one censored by Youtube)

This video was linked to by What Really Happened.com as far back as 2004. It was re-made and placed on youtube in Jan 2006 in several languages. As of Dec 11, 2008 all but one form of the video (the Arabic language one) was removed from youtube/ADL. That is because the Arabic version of the video had been loaded twice. The first one much later than the French, German, japanese, or Spanish because I had a harder time finding a translator. So buried in my video I guess they didn't find it. Also the tags are in Arabic.

Did you notice how the ADL took out Youtube first and THEN Israel started a war? Copy it, upload it and make them censor you. It only means that they are afraid of us. Blogging and youtube growth has shaking the mass media. They aim to censor and control it.

Dec 31 08:23

Cable Repairs Set Back by Second Undersea Break

Efforts to restore normal communications between Europe and Asia have suffered a setback after an important undersea cable broke for a second time, this time at a much greater depth.

Engineers from France Télécom had just finished repairing the Sea Me We 4 cable on Dec. 25 when the same cable broke again in a different place, this time 388 kilometers (241 miles) off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt, a France Télécom spokesman said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Dec 31 04:01

Information War: Strike a decisive blow

http://www.giyus.org/

I strongly suggest not clicking the above link, but copy and pasting it into a new window as your browser may reveal the referring link, alerting GIYUS of who you are, possibly banning you.

This is the so-called Megaphone program, they send instructions to their "information warriors" to attack sites like this one. These guys are quite low level, but their numbers flood a site making it seem like they have the dominant opinion and flooding out the signal with noise. Luckily for us, our enemy is stupid as this program makes no distinction of friend or foe. Use this to locate sites that are under attack and retaliate.

They also have another useful forum. This contains their so called "talking points" which they cut and paste:

http://forum.giyus.org/smf/

Dec 30 14:48

Israeli Air Force Strikes Rockets in Transit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I would not link to anything put out by the IDF but I could not help but notice that comments have been disabled for this video.

Dec 30 08:54

IDF launches YouTube Gaza channel

In the midst of its Gaza operations, the IDF is entering yet another conflict zone: the Internet. The Israeli army announced yesterday the creation of its own YouTube channel, through which it will disseminate footage of precision bombing operations in the Gaza Strip, as well as aid distribution and other footage of interest to the international community.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously part of the aggressive PR campaign to try to sell this lemon to the rest of the world.

Dec 30 07:54

Windows 7: Some Minor Improvements, No Game Changer

The first advance reviews of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7 Beta are starting to circulate, and here's what we know so far: It looks and feels a lot like Vista, but adds a handful of minor performance and UI improvements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Worse, Microsoft is trying to sell a "pay as you go" plan, where you are billed for the software you use as you use it, and (presumably plugged into a cloud network) the compute cycles.

Frankly it looks like Microsoft is just doing in real life what it did in the latest commercials, call VISTA by another name and try to re-sell it.

I do not know about you but I am tired of the constant requirement for upgrades. The expense is high and the benefits few and mostly cosmetic. Microsoft has forgotten that the customer is always right, and has taken the attitude that we the computing public will lap up whatever Microsoft deigns to set before us.

It ain't so. Nothing typifies the arrogance and greed of US corporations over the last few decades more than Microsoft. And we the people are fed up with it.

I do not want VISTA. I do not want Windows 7. I especially do not want a newer operating system that places more control over MY hardware in the hands of Microsoft. XP is finally (just as they are about to junk it) soft of stable. I am keeping my XP machines until they corrode away and then I will replace them with LINUX boxes. I have had it with software designed by lawyers and marketing types.

Dec 30 07:17

Slysoft re-cracks BD+

SLYSOFT HAS DONE IT again with their highly recommended AnyDVD HD product. The new version 6.5.0.2, announced today, breaks the new revision of the unbreakable BD+.

For those of you not following this one-sided fight, Blu-Ray movies do a lot of very unfortunate things, like stripping your fair use rights, preventing backups (no one has kids or pets that maul disks), being incompatible with boatloads of hardware, and transmitting every viewing, every click, and every thing you do back to who-knows-where to be used against you. Really, they do that, why do you think net access is mandatory?

Dec 30 07:13

Microsoft specs out 'pay as you go' PC scheme

Microsoft Corp. last week applied for a patent that spells out a "pay as you go" concept under which users would be charged for both the software they run and the computing horsepower they use.

According to the patent application filed last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience" scheme would meter software use and access to specific computer hardware. Fees would be charged against a prepaid or billed account.

Dec 29 14:39

DEFEND GAZA FLASH GAME!

Dec 29 14:26

What’s Your Best Blog Post of 2008?

Help us prove the case for blogging in 2009: post a link to your best blog post of 2008 in the comment section below for our staff and readers to enjoy, and explain to us why it’s worth the click. We hope to find some great unsung bloggers to add to our Mashable feed-reading lists in 2009, and great content to link to and share.

Can you deliver, blogosphere?

Dec 29 08:46

Public uproar in Australia over government plan to block access to 1,300 Web sites

The list of prohibited sites, which the government isn't making public, is arbitrary and not subject to legal scrutiny, Smith said, leaving it to the government or lawmakers to pursue their own online agendas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bloody drongoes!!!!!!

Dec 29 08:45

Limp Dick Liberals Mostly Silent Across The Internet On Gaza Atrocities

Liberal White Boy hereby inducts the following alleged liberal bloggers into the Limp Dick Liberal Hall of Fame. They were selected for their absolute fealty (lack of reasonable coverage or criticism) to Apartheid Israel in spite of the hideous atrocities committed against the Palestinian people this week end and over the last 60 years.

Dec 27 20:26

U.S. Hosts Most Malware Spreading Sites

The U.S. in 2008 hosted the most websites that spread malware in the world, with China following close behind, according to a new security threat report.

The U.S. hosts 37 percent of all such sites, while China (including Hong Kong) comes in second with 27.7 percent, as Russia with 9.1 percent rounds out the top three.

Dec 27 13:21

Australia: Growing opposition to Labor’s Internet censorship

More than 2,000 opponents of the federal Labor government's plans to censor the Internet rallied in cities across Australia on December 13—the second national protest in the past two months. The demonstrations, which were convened by the Digital Liberty Coalition (DLC), are another indication of the growing concern of industry technicians, scientists and a broad range of ordinary people over the government's attempts to control and regulate Internet access in Australia.

Dec 27 08:27

Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives

The National Archives has put into effect an emergency plan to handle electronic records from the Bush White House amid growing doubts about whether its new $144 million computer system can cope with the vast quantities of digital data it will receive when President Bush leaves office on Jan. 20.

Dec 25 19:37

Brit Zionist Led Aristocracy Mass Internet Censorship

The UK has recently introduced a national Internet censorship scheme, a national ID card and is about to spend 12 billion pounds pushing the British population's web-searches, emails, sms messages and telephone callings records through a central database run by its spy agency, GCHQ. This month saw a secret UK court hearing, with secret participants, produce a secret order to secretly gag the population, the terms of which are secret and the revelation of which is punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment.

Dec 25 11:01

Feds consider searches of terrorism blogs

The Homeland Security Department may soon start scouring the Internet to find blogs and message boards that terrorists use to plan attacks in the USA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only "terrorists" using web sites are the phony ones planting fake videos of Osama bin Laden for the media to find and report on.

Dec 25 10:59

Think a Nintendo game is a good way to teach kids about the Holocaust? A 21-year-old British video game developer does, and the company producing his latest creation hopes to have it ready for distribution in Europe by the end of the year.

Think a Nintendo game is a good way to teach kids about the Holocaust? A 21-year-old British video game developer does, and the company producing his latest creation hopes to have it ready for distribution in Europe by the end of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soooooooo ... the way to beat the Nazis was with a +7 +2 Sword of Dragon Power?!?

Dec 24 06:30

Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista's Woes

Microsoft in the past week announced yet another life extension for its supposedly retired Windows XP operating system, a sign that, despite almost two years on the market, Windows Vista is a no-go for most businesses.

Only 10% of 700 business executives recently surveyed by the Information Technology Industry Council and Sunbelt Software said their companies are using Windows Vista in the enterprise.

The numbers are consistent with other industry data and anecdotal observations.

Dec 23 18:03

Australian 'Net filter testing set, will include P2P

Australia's Minister of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (BCDE), Stephen Conroy, appears to have recognized that his country's plan to install mandatory content filters at the ISP level is causing a public backlash. Conroy has set up several FAQs that describe the program in detail, and has even started defending the program on the departmental blog.

Dec 23 09:00

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.

The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why all modern cell phones have a speakerphone function; not because people use speakerphones but because it explains away having a microphone on the cell phone that can hear the entire room.

Dec 22 15:55

German intel head threatens whistleblower site

In the latest twist in a scandal involving the presence of the German intelligence service or Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) in the Balkan nation of Kosovo, the head of the BND has ordered whistleblower website Wikileaks to remove all BND-related files under threat of "immediate prosecution."

Dec 22 09:39

FLASHBACK: (January 2008) MUCH OF THE MIDDLE EAST IS INTERNET FREE

For most of this week there has been virtually no Internet connectivity to much of the Middle East. This has caused many problems to merchants and to areas of education… needless to say, the Blogesphere…

Dec 22 07:50

Israel Spared in Middle East Internet Cable Damage

Internet communications began to return to large parts of the Middle East Sunday after undersea communications cables were cut. Israel was spared damage, but service in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates was severely affected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel was left untouched by the cable breaks last January, if I recall correctly!

Dec 21 10:00

Japanese group asks Google to stop map service

Privacy concerns about Google's service have grown in Japanese media, especially after some people discovered their images on Street View.

Similar concerns have been raised in other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

In one case, a woman was shown sunbathing and in another a man was pictured exiting a strip club in San Francisco.

Dec 20 08:40

FLASHBACK: Internet Cables Cut–Prelude to War or Simply A Warning?

A single undersea fiber-optic cable carrying internet traffic accidentally being cut once in a year’s time is believable. 5 of them however within the span of only a few days resulting in most of the Middle East being left in the informational dark ages cannot be mere happenstance. The odds are too extreme to even contemplate it being anything but a deliberate act of sabotage, and particularly when Israel and US-occupied Iraq happen to be unaffected by it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Story from the last multi-cutting a year ago, relinked in light of yesterday's sudden loss of three cables.

Dec 20 08:14

INTERVIEW WITH STEVE AMSEL (DESERTPEACE)

Dec 19 20:28

Three Undersea Cables Cuts Cause Significant Disruption in Europe and Asia

France Telecom has reported today that 3 major underwater cables were cut: “Sea Me We 4” at 7:28am, “Sea Me We3” at 7:33am and FLAG at 8:06am. The causes of the cut, which is located in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Tunisia, on sections linking Sicily to Egypt, remain unclear.

Dec 19 11:49

Is the internet going down? Undersea sub-cables have just broken...

Interoute, the internet networks company, reports that three of the four internet sub-cables that run from Asia to North America have been damaged.

Dec 19 10:53

Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Communication

Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three submarine cables between Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AGAIN?!?!?

Dec 19 09:27

Teacher, 12 others charged in child porn

"Investigations don't stay within a city, county or state," said State Police Detective Sgt. Chuck Allen of the state police.

Child porn is a difficult crime for investigators to tackle, Dalton noted.

"Extremely disturbing images leave an indelible print in detectives' heads. They sometimes need to come up for fresh air," he said. "It's important we investigate other types of cyber crimes, like child predator cases as well."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm. That statement really sounds weird, for some reason.

I am starting to wonder just how much of this child porn issue is real and how much is being created to justify salaries and budgets, not to mention censorship of the internet.

Note that there is no description of what these people are supposed to have done. This article reports the arrests and what a terrible burden it is on the investigators.

This smells like a witch hunt.

Dec 19 09:08

Malicious Holiday Coupons and Promotions: McDonald's and Coca-Cola

Websense® Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered another infectious holiday email making the rounds. Victims are receiving messages promoting a coupon from McDonald's or a holiday promotion from the Coca-Cola company. Both messages include a .zip attachment that contains either coupon.exe or promotion.exe. The malicious files (SHA1 ca973b0e458f0e0cca13636bd88784b80ccae24d) are Trojan Droppers, but have low anti-virus detection at the moment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

@#%ing hackers!

Dec 18 11:49

Interview with Blogger Michael Rivero

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Page can be very slow to load.

Dec 18 11:38

U.S. Corps of Engineers Caught Harassing Activists on Internet

Using free internet tracking software, the grassroots group levees.org found solid evidence that multiple individuals at the US Army Corps of Engineers are posting bogus information about the New Orleans flooding and attacking those wanting the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a Federal crime to use government computers for personal use.

Dec 18 11:33

The feePay Cartoon & Game

Dec 18 10:03

Microsoft issues patch to fix IE

Microsoft has issued a security patch to fix a critical vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser which it said has attacked over 2m Windows users.

The flaw is believed to have already infected as many as 10,000 websites.

Dec 17 22:17

Google AdWords Isn’t Perfect! Serves Up Phishing Sites & Malware

News flash folks, Google AdWords is not perfect and can be exploited. There are times when people can go into the AdWords system and trick Google into serving up ads for phishing sites and malware downloads. Yes, this happens and happens often enough.

Dec 17 22:17

Google AdWords Isn’t Perfect! Serves Up Phishing Sites & Malware

News flash folks, Google AdWords is not perfect and can be exploited. There are times when people can go into the AdWords system and trick Google into serving up ads for phishing sites and malware downloads. Yes, this happens and happens often enough.

Dec 17 21:06

Hackers Sell Facebook Profiles For 89p

With Christmas season at its peak, hackers are stealing details of Facebook profiles and selling them to cybercriminal gangs for just 89p each, according to a new research study.

These gangs would use these crucial details to launch “spam” messages to the computer users, urging them to visit counterfeit video or image links.

These malicious links, when clicked, infect users’ computers with malware and spyware viruses that can track keystrokes entered, along with other significant information, such as usernames and passwords of online bank accounts.

Dec 17 20:43

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch as attacks escalate

Microsoft has issued a rare emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser as miscreants stepped up attacks targeting a vulnerability on hundreds of thousands of webpages.

In many cases, the websites distributing the toxic payload are legitimate destinations that have been commandeered, allowing an attacker to snare victims as they surf to online banks, forums, and other trusted sites. There are at least six distinct versions of attack code circulating in the wild, according to researchers at iDefense, a security lab owned by VeriSign.

Dec 17 20:43

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch as attacks escalate

Microsoft has issued a rare emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser as miscreants stepped up attacks targeting a vulnerability on hundreds of thousands of webpages.

In many cases, the websites distributing the toxic payload are legitimate destinations that have been commandeered, allowing an attacker to snare victims as they surf to online banks, forums, and other trusted sites. There are at least six distinct versions of attack code circulating in the wild, according to researchers at iDefense, a security lab owned by VeriSign.

Dec 17 14:42

Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

The mystery of how the Greeks had made a machine that appeared to be 1800 years ahead of its time and why that knowledge was seemingly lost is fascinating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"why that knowledge was seemingly lost"

"BURN THE HERETIC! BURN THE HERETIC! BURN THE HERETIC"

(AHEM)

I hope someone makes a kit to build one of these because I want one!!!!!!!

Dec 17 10:34

Bush Shoe-Toss Immortalized in Games, Animations

The Iraqi journalist who tossed his shoes at President George W. Bush missed the commander in chief, but he scored a direct hit on the web zeitgeist.

Dec 17 09:04

Microsoft issuing emergency fix for browser flaw

Microsoft Corp. is taking the unusual step of issuing an emergency fix for a security hole in its Internet Explorer software that has exposed millions of users to having their computers taken over by hackers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to start shooting the hackers?

Dec 16 10:30

Australia OKs Facebook for serving lien notice

You've been "superpoked" — and served. A court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook, a popular social networking Web site, to notify a couple that they lost their home after defaulting on a loan.

The Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court last Friday approved lawyer Mark McCormack's application to use Facebook to serve the legally binding documents after several failed attempts to contact the couple at the house and by e-mail.

Dec 16 09:34

Survey: Keyboards, DRM to become scarce in 2012

Step aside, keyboards, laptops, and 9-to-5 jobs. A survey of more than 1,000 Internet activists, journalists, and technologists released Sunday speculates that by 2012, those quaint relics of 20th century life will fade away.

Dec 15 20:37

Labor plan to censor internet in shreds

The Government's plan to censor the internet is in tatters, with Australia's largest ISP saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.

And the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has written to critics saying that the so-called "live" trials would be "a closed network test and will not involve actual customers". Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said this was a sign the Government was slowly backing away from the heavily criticised policy.

Dec 15 19:00

RIAA Seeking $1 Million in Damages from a Student for Sharing 7 Songs on Kazaa

Today in Rhode Island federal court we are going to see yet another lawsuit with RIAA as one party and a person who seems to be randomly chosen to punish for abusing copyright of record labels. And while I myself usually support content producers everywhere I can, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) with the ridiculous lawsuits everywhere seems to forget about any common sense at all quite often.

Dec 15 09:54

Internet Explorer users under attack

A friendly note to all Internet Explorer users …

If you’re using IE (any version, ranging from 5.01 t0 8.0 beta 2) then you need to be aware of a new vulnerability which is set to become a big problem over the next few days.

I’m not going to rehash the details of this vulnerability other than to say that it’s pretty serious and has the scope to affect a massive number of users.

Dec 15 09:50

MPAA to Obama: censor the Internet, kick people off the Internet, break other countries' Internet

Tim Jones of the Electronic Frontier Foundation has some good commentary on the news that the MPAA has asked Obama to spy on the entire Internet, and to establish a system where being accused of copyright infringement would result in loss of your Internet connection (and your VoIP line, your access to your university, your lifeline to your parents in the old country, your means of participating in civic life, your means of fighting your parking ticket, etc etc etc). The MPAA also wants Obama to lean on other countries (notably Canada!) and force them to adopt US copyright laws.

Dec 15 09:47

Google cranks up the Consensus Engine

Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.

Dec 15 09:44

Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit

Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.

This week, Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista--this only five months after it stopped offering XP on its Inspiron consumer desktop and laptop PCs.

The deadline for Windows XP downgrades has been pushed back twice now, remaining in effect until July 31, 2009-a strong indication that enough users want to stay with the aging XP rather than give Vista a chance.

Dec 15 09:41

Sony's PS3 A Sinking Ship: Sales Plummet

So why is the PS3 flopping so badly?

It's the most expensive console on the market, $150 - $200 more than its rivals. Even if you believe the video game industry is "recession-proof" (it isn't), a tanking economy makes consumers more price-conscious.

The PS3's big bonus is its ability to double as a Blu-Ray player. Too bad no one seems to care about hi-def DVDs. The differences between Blu-Ray and DVD are hard to see on a TV less than 50".

Dec 15 09:41

Sony's PS3 A Sinking Ship: Sales Plummet

So why is the PS3 flopping so badly?

It's the most expensive console on the market, $150 - $200 more than its rivals. Even if you believe the video game industry is "recession-proof" (it isn't), a tanking economy makes consumers more price-conscious.

The PS3's big bonus is its ability to double as a Blu-Ray player. Too bad no one seems to care about hi-def DVDs. The differences between Blu-Ray and DVD are hard to see on a TV less than 50".

Dec 15 06:26

Microsoft wants to get under your skin

Not that the future of VeriMed is in any way certain, despite the Microsoft link. The company's parent, VeriChip, has already tried to sell off the human-implanting part of the business as punters prove remarkably reluctant to be serial-numbered. Should the business fail entirely, a connection to HealthVault could be the best hope for the poor souls who've already succumbed to having chips embedded in their arms.

Dec 14 10:56

THE NEW AND IMPROVED WRH ARTICLES INDEX!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The WRH articles index (available in the left menu bar) was not working out too well, so we have re-organized it to where it is easier to locate WRH postings on key subjects. Suggestions for improvements/alternative navigation are welcome.

Dec 13 21:25

The Pentagon’s War on the Internet

The Pentagon has developed a comprehensive strategy for taking over the internet and controlling the free flow of information. The plan appears in a recently declassified document, “The Information Operations Roadmap”, which was provided under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and revealed in an article by the BBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth is hate speech only to those with something to hide.

Dec 12 13:43

Co. buys back Bush library domain name for $35K

George W. Bush's presidential library domain name has been retrieved after a Web developing company accidentally let it expire — and it apparently came at a high price.

Dec 12 09:34

Sharp says mulling LCD production cut

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. said Thursday it may cut production of liquid crystal display panels, as global demand falters for personal computers and mobile phones.

Dec 12 09:16

Microsoft Warns Of Zero-Day IE Attacks

Researchers say that if the XML vulnerability in IE was successfully exploited, an attacker could potentially take over a victim's PC by enticing them to view a malicious Web site by clicking on a malicious link contained in either an e-mail or Instant Messenger, which is typically done through a social engineering scheme.

Dec 12 06:35

US shuts down 'scareware' sellers

The US government has moved to shut down sellers of fake security software.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has won a restraining order that stops several sellers of "scareware" from continuing to trade.

Millions of people are thought to have been caught out by the software which, once installed, issues false alerts about viruses and illegal porn.

The FTC is pursuing further legal action to win a permanent ban on those peddling the scareware.

Dec 11 18:13

Prisons Earn $878 Million Annually by Poisoning Inmates and Guards, Lawsuit Alleges

Freda Cobb alleges that she and more than 300 other people were poisoned by a Florida prison. Cobb and 25 other plaintiffs are suing the Federal Corrections Institute in Marianna for exposing them to dangerous lead levels while prison laborers burst computers with hammers to extract gold from within. Prisons reportedly earned $878 million each year while under contract to Dell and Hewlett Packard by exposing inmates and employees like Cobb to high levels of lead and toxic chemicals.

Dec 11 14:14

Koobface Worm Targets MySpace, Other Sites

Koobface, which was first reported last week by McAfee Avert Labs, uses Facebook's private messaging system to spread itself across the social networking site. Facebook users receive a message from an infected profile that offers them a video link paired with the message, "You look just awesome in this new movie." The link takes users to a separate Website that recommends installing an update to watch the video. But the download is actually the virus itself, and installing it leads to another infected computer.

Dec 11 08:14

No-text Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2009

Starting January 1, 2009 a new law will go into effect where writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California.

This new law applies to electronic wireless communications devices used to manually communicate with any person using text-based communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

Dec 10 13:41

Data said lost on 3,000 TWIC card applicants

About 3,000 transportation workers who applied for their new Homeland Security Department-sponsored identification cards have had their application data “irretrievably lost” from the cards' database, according to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Some of the workers whose data disappeared from the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) database are not able to enter their work areas because they lack the proper identification, Thompson wrote Dec. 4 in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Dec 10 07:32

MSFT says it will reduce data retention if Google will

Microsoft offered to dramatically scale back its data retention policies — if Google and Yahoo do the same, PCWorld reports. Microsoft proposed to adopt European guidelines that search query data not be kept longer than six months.

Dec 09 10:27

Nobel Winner: Internet Might Have Stopped Hitler

The spread of information on the Internet has given the world a new tool to forestall conflicts, Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio said Sunday.

In his Nobel lecture to the Swedish Academy, the 68-year-old Frenchman said an earlier introduction of information technology could even have prevented World War II.

"Who knows, if the Internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded _ ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are probably doing something similar with WWIII this very moment.

Dec 08 23:42

Pulitzers change rules to allow more online work

The Pulitzer Prize board has announced a series of rule changes that will make online news organizations and more Internet content eligible for the awards.

Dec 08 09:47

Rense Blocked In Dubai

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If anyone on Dubai is reading this, drop me an email and let me know I am not on the block list. Thanks.

Dec 08 09:21

FBI: Criminals auto-dialing with hacked VoIP systems

Criminals are taking advantage of a bug in the Asterisk Internet telephony system that lets them pump out thousands of scam phone calls in an hour, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Friday.

The FBI didn't say which versions of Asterisk were vulnerable to the bug, but it advised users to upgrade to the latest version of the software. Asterisk is an open-source product that lets users turn a Linux computer into a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone exchange.

Dec 08 09:09

Teen Transplant Candidate Sued Over Music Downloads

A young Pittsburgh woman who needs a transplant has another fight on her hands. She's being sued by the music industry for illegally downloading music from the Internet.

But 19-year-old Ciara Sauro strongly denies the charge and says she and her mother are overwhelmed with medical debts.

"Look and see where it (the downloads) came from, and look and see that it's not me. It's not fair to do to me," said Sauro.

Sauro, who lives in Ross Township, is disabled with pancreatitis. She needs an islet cell transplant and is hospitalized weekly.

Dec 08 08:44

U.S. Is Losing Global Cyberwar, Commission Says

The U.S. faces a cybersecurity threat of such magnitude that the next President should move quickly to create a Center for Cybersecurity Operations and appoint a special White House advisor to oversee it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or we can start shooting the hackers.

Dec 06 11:19

Why Are PCs and Gadgets So Slow? (Who's Breaking Moore's Law?)

If Moore's Law holds, which it will, the speed of processors will double over the next two years. Which would you rather have: Bloated new features that gobble up all those clock cycles before they get to you? Or would you rather have all your stuff run twice as fast?

Industry: It's time to put the feature bloat and spaghetti code on hold for two years, and get to work optimizing, minimizing and streamlining everything. We want speed. And we want it yesterday.

Dec 06 10:58

Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC

Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it.

Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.

Dec 06 04:49

YouTube is Dead

2/05/08 As of yesterday YouTube has replaced its list of 'Most Viewed' videos on the site's 'Videos' section with a varied selection of sponsor-friendly videos that the site calls 'Most Popular'. Where users normally see videos with high view-counts that have become popular due to viral spreading and community activity, we now see videos like the new MacBook commercial that gets showcased on the 'Most Popular' #1 spot while having very low view-counts and even lower ratings.

Dec 05 19:21

17 judges, one ruling - and 857,000 records must be now wiped clear

The fingerprints and DNA samples of more than 857,000 innocent citizens who have been arrested or charged but never convicted of a criminal offence now face deletion from the national DNA database after a landmark ruling by the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.

Dec 05 19:09

Nuclear Power Plant Data Leaked Via Virus-Infected PC, Posted on Net

Data on safety inspections of four Japanese nuclear power plants have been posted on the Internet, having apparently been leaked from a virus-infected personal computer of an employee of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the agency said Friday.

The leaked data include reports on inspections between 2000 and 2002 and data on the operational status of nuclear plants in Fukui, Niigata, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures, according to the agency, a unit under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Dec 04 14:20

Canadian IT Exec Accused Of Stealing Customer Database

An IT manager of a Canadian direct marketing firm has been accused of absconding with a copy of the company's customer database.

According to a report in last week's Vancouver Sun, an affidavit filed with the British Columbia Supreme Court accuses Nick Belmonte, vice president of IT at C-W Group, of stealing a computer backup tape containing names and information about 3.2 million customers -- potentially worth more than $10 million. The tape also contained credit card and bank account information of more than 800,000 customers.

Dec 04 14:15

Nightmare Before Christmas: Researchers Warn Of Holiday Shopping Threats

Move over, Ebenezer -- there's a whole new class of holiday gloom in town.

During the past several weeks, security vendors and researchers have been predicting a wide range of attacks and threats for the holiday shopping season that begins Friday. This year's warnings include malware, phishing, insider threats, lost laptops, and a partridge wearing a surveillance camera in a pear tree. (OK, kidding about that last one.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And then there is plain old thievery. Someone stole the spare tire off of my car (external mounting) a few days back. I mention this only because as the economy gets worse, people will steal anything they think they can get a buck for on eBay or the local flea market.

Dec 04 14:13

Black Friday Kicks Off Red-Letter Week For Phishers

Holiday shoppers may have been out and about over the Thanksgiving weekend, but phishers apparently were hard at work.

Cyveillance today reported that it recorded some 8,298 phishing threats during Thanksgiving week, a 300 percent increase from last year. In addition, Black Friday saw attacks increase 380 percent year-over-year, while attacks on Cyber Monday rose nearly 400 percent, up from 242 in 2007 to 954 Monday. Cyveillance said it has also observed an increased use of previously unknown malware in these attacks, allowing the criminals to more easily mask their attacks.

Dec 04 12:30

Scammers pretend to be fraud investigation agents for Visa and MasterCard in order to obtain credit card security codes.

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seems like the US Government is too busy grabbing your money and handing it to Wall Street to pay attention to a real threat to the economy. The scammers are out in full force right now, unimpeded by any actual police.

Be very cautious.

Dec 04 09:45

Firefox users targeted by rare piece of malware

Researchers at BitDefender have discovered a new type of malicious software that collects passwords for banking sites but targets only Firefox users.

The malware, which BitDefender dubbed "Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A" sits in Firefox's add-ons folder, said Viorel Canja, the head of BitDefender's lab. The malware runs when Firefox is started.

Dec 04 07:51

Worm uses familiar brands to lure people

On Tuesday security vendor WebSense issued an alert warning that holiday coupon e-mails from familiar companies may be malicious code in disguise, in this case a mass-mailing e-mail worm.

Dec 04 07:48

Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to "regulate the internet".

Speaking to Italian postal workers, Reuters reports Berlusconi said: "The G8 has as its task the regulation of financial markets... I think the next G8 can bring to the table a proposal for a regulation of the internet."

Dec 04 07:11

'60 Minutes' report: How online gamblers unmasked cheaters

In the wild, wild west, when a poker player was caught cheating it was a capital offense, with the punishment quickly dispensed right across the card table. But today if you're caught cheating in the popular and lucrative world of Internet poker, you may get away scot-free.

At least that seems to be what is happening in the biggest scandal in the history of online gambling. A small group of people managed to cheat players out of more than $20 million.

Dec 04 06:45

Mac 'Security Threat' Evaporates in 24 Hours

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apple backpedals from recommending anti-virus protection for Macs. Software reassurance or marketing ire?

Dec 02 21:18

Free Web Plan Being Pushed by FCC Head

Dec 02 08:27

Apple Quietly Recommends Antivirus Software For Macs

"After years of boasting about the Mac's near invincibility, Apple is now advising its customers to install security software on their computers. Apple — which has continually played on Windows' vulnerability to viruses in its advertising campaigns — issued the advice in a low-key message on its support forums. 'Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple antivirus utilities so that virus programmers have more than one application to circumvent, thus making the whole virus writing process more difficult.' It goes on to recommend a handful of products."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Throughout the years, as I advocated for harsh penalties for hackers, the inevitable response was to get a Mac or LINUX system, on the assumption that these platforms were magically immune to the viruses that the "obviously inferior" Windows system could not deal with.

I pointed out that hacking was a numbers game, that virus writers wrote for Windows machines simply because there were more of them and that worms and viruses had actually begun on UNIX (the forerunner of LINUX) then moved to Windows when they became more numerous. I further warned that as Macs grew in number, it would be inevitable that virus writers would start aiming their evil wares at them, and Macs would prove no less vulnerable to malware than any other box.

And here we are, with Apple now telling Mac users it is time to pony up the extra cash for added security, which by the way will also slow down your Macs and mac them less easy to use.

So, as I have been saying all along, the problem isn't the platform, it is the criminals.

Dec 02 07:43

Net maintenance provider sues Cisco over allegedly monopolistic SMARTnet

Network maintenance services provider Multiven yesterday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Cisco over what Multiven alleges are "illegal and exclusionary" provisions of Cisco's SMARTnet program.

Dec 01 18:52

Porn bill for couple who can't download

A Hertfordshire couple in their 60s were horrified to receive a letter last week from a London firm of lawyers accusing them of dowloading a hardcore gay porn movie. It demanded they pay £503 for "copyright infringement" or face a high court action. The 20-page "pre-settlement letter" from lawyers Davenport Lyons, acting on behalf of German pornogaphers, insisted they pay £503 to their clients for the 115 minute film Army Fuckers which features "Gestapo" officers and "Czech" farmers.

Dec 01 08:21

Touchscreen Computing Has Already Failed

HP’s got an advertising blitz going on for their new touchscreen interface PC. It looks pretty damn cool on the commercials, and I mean come on, is the mouse really the best input device we can come up with?

But the thing is, despite HP’s Hudsuckeresque “Touch the Future Now” slogan, this has actually been tried before. Back in the 80’s. I was a computer geek long before it was cool, and I remember the first time touch screens and light pens were all the rage. So if this awesome futuristic technology is actually over 30 years old, how come we’re still using the shitty old mouse?

Nov 28 10:09

Underground cybercrime economy booming

During the reporting period, Symantec monitored 44,752 unique samples of sensitive information publicly posted on underground economy servers, which accounted for 10 percent of the total distinct messages. Sellers often publicly post samples of their goods in the channels on underground economy servers. These samples serve several purposes: to prove that sellers actually have the goods in their possession; to show potential buyers the quality of goods they can expect; to enhance their credibility, and; to allow users to validate the information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we take some of that $8 trillion intended to help the economy and help it by posting some fat rewards for the names of hackers. I think after a few public executions we might see cybercrime become less of a threat to our nation's economy.

Nov 28 09:36

The Thanksgiving Crash of WUFYS - Coincidence????

Nov 28 09:04

Microsoft Corporation Censors 9/11 Dissent

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Microsoft has obviously sold out to the tyrants long ago. Remember NSA_KEY?

Nov 28 08:41

Lycos Europe To Shut Down After Failing To Find Buyer

It’s the end of the road. After putting itself on the auction block in April, Lycos Europe has finally conceded what had become increasingly clear - no-one wants to buy the ailing portal. So it confirmed Wednesday morning it will wind up its portal and its web hosting activities.

Nov 26 13:17

Australia: Private Intelligence Company Monitors Activists Online for Police

A PRIVATE intelligence company has been engaged by police to secretly monitor internet and email use by activist and protest groups, a report says.

The company was hired to monitor and report on the internet activities of anti-war campaigners, animal rights activists, environmental campaigners, and other protest groups, Fairfax Media reported.

It was hired by Victorian Police, the Australian Federal Police and the federal Attorney-General’s department.

Nov 26 09:02

New report predicts massive increase in malware and phishing in 2009

Reports from security provider MessageLabs suggest that virus writers are highly likely to release increasingly sophisticated strains of malware over the course of next year in an effort to get back in to the game after some high-profile botnet shutdown operations in 2008.

The organisation predicts that hackers will set off a series of attacks in which malware will exists as a virtualization layer running directly on the hardware and hidden by the operating system.

Nov 26 08:59

Microsoft ranked fifth worst spam service ISP

Microsoft is listed fifth in the Top 10 list of the worst spam service ISPs compiled by Spamhaus.org.

Spammers are advertising links to sites that "peddle fake pharmacy products, porn, and Nigerian 419 scams" on Microsoft's Live.com and Livefilestore.com sites because they know that the Microsoft sites won't get blocked by antispam groups, writes Brian Krebs on his Security Fix Blog at the Washington Post.

Nov 25 15:56

drudge report deceptively promotes a russian analyst 'decline and breakup of u.s.' prediction

we had just finished posting a ria novosti article captioned "russian analyst predicts decline and breakup of u.s."
when we flipped over to the drudgereport and was quite surprised to see that matt drudge appeared to be giving
the same article big publicity with an over the logo, giant type headline:

expecting to find the usual deep link; directly to the ria novosti article we were surprised and
suspicious to be taken to a copy and paste job from the drudgereport website instead:

Nov 25 11:49

Battered, but not broken: understanding the WPA crack

Academic researchers have found an exploitable hole in a popular form of wireless networking encryption. The hole is in a part of 802.11i that forms the basis of WiFi Protected Access (WPA), so it could affect routers worldwide. German graduate student Erik Tews will present a paper at next week's PacSec in Tokyo coauthored with fellow student and aircrack-ng team member Martin Beck that reveals how remnants of WPA's predecessor allow them to slip a knife into a crack in the encryption scheme and send bogus data to an unsuspecting WiFi client.

Nov 24 11:56

Tina Sherman Nude Photos Story Likely A Hoax, Naked Pictures Don't Exist

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only problem I have with this story is that it attempts to prove a negative, which is a logical fallacy.

Is McDonald's legal department playing spin doctor?

Nov 24 10:36

Couple sue McDonald's over nude photos

A man who accidentally left his mobile telephone in a branch of McDonald's is suing the fast-food chain after nude photos of his wife that had been stored in the device ended up on the internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over a billion served!

Hasn't this clown heard about password protecting "sensitive" information?

Sheesh!

Nov 24 09:51

Film studios to become 'police, judge, executioner'

Internet users would have their connections terminated summarily on the whim of the film and TV industry should it win its landmark legal battle against iiNet, legal experts have warned.

Seven of the world's biggest film studios and the Seven Network last week filed suit against iiNet, Australia's third largest ISP, in the Federal Court.

They claim iiNet authorised copyright infringement by failing to prevent its users from downloading pirated movies and TV shows.

Nov 23 20:13

Nightmare ends for teacher in pop-porn case

A former substitute teacher in Connecticut has reached a deal that calls for her to lose her teaching licence after exposing students to online pornography.

Forty-one-year-old Julie Amero pleaded guilty on Friday in Norwich Superior Court in Connecticut to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She will also pay a $US100 fine.

Pornography appeared on her classroom computer in 2004 in view of seventh-graders. Several computer experts believe the machine was infected with programs that caused the images to pop up beyond her control.

Nov 23 19:09

Kernel vulnerability found in Vista

A flaw in Vista's networking has been found that can crash the system, but no fix is expected until the next service pack

A flaw has been found in Windows Vista that could allow rootkits to be hidden or denial-of-service attacks to be executed on computers using the operating system.

The vulnerability was found by Thomas Unterleitner of Austrian security company Phion and was announced Friday. Unterleitner told ZDNet UK on Friday that Phion told Microsoft about the flaw in October but that he understood a fix would only be issued in the next Vista service pack.

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