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Oct 06 13:56

eBay's Acquisitions, Layoffs: Too Little, Too Late?

eBay answered mounting Wall Street concerns about its business by laying off 10% of its workforce and spending $1.34 billion on business to bolster non-core company growth. The soon-to-be acquired companies are Bill Me Later-- a tool for quickly giving online shoppers credit on purchases--and two Danish auction sites. eBay called the moves contrarian plays, and the market wasn't too thrilled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been getting all kinds fo spam emails from eBay "reminding" me that I have not bought anything from them in a while.

Oct 06 09:38

How to create the ultimate encrypted flash drive

To create your own ultimate encrypted flash drive, here is what you’ll need to do. Keep in mind, this procedure has been done with the latest 6.0a version of TrueCrypt.

Oct 06 08:00

Sanity check: Five reasons why Windows Vista failed

With Windows Vista’s public perception in shambles and most IT departments stubbornly refusing to adopt it, has the time come for an early post-mortem on Vista? Here are the top five reasons why Vista has failed. Hint: Most of them aren’t technical.

Oct 06 07:58

Hackers Clone Elvis Presley's Passport

A group of Dutch hackers has shown the vulnerability of the new "ePassports" by making, and then using, one for Elvis Presley.

Oct 06 07:04

Film industry shuts down RealDVD (for now)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suspect that the MPAA and RIAA are behind the recent shut down of USENET and that the claims of fighting child porn were just a cover story.

Oct 06 06:57

Windows XP: the invincible OS

Good news for consumers and business customers alike who would not touch Vista with a slow-running barge pole, bad news for Microsoft which is already touting the wonders of Windows 7. XP simply refuses to die, and Microsoft appears unable or unwilling to turn off the life support…

Oct 06 06:56

State to spy on all e-communications

The electronic communications of everyone in Britain will be stored and scrutinised as part of a £12billion plan to build the nation’s biggest ever surveillance system.

If installed as proposed, the Interception Modernisation Programme’s database will be directly fed by filters put inside the networks of internet and phone service providers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sew stahrt spelin evrythin rong!

Oct 06 06:13

T-Mobile Loses Data Of 17 million Customers But No Bank Details

In a startling revelation T-Mobile has admitted that it lost records of nearly 17 million German customers which contained their personal details including email addresses and phone numbers.

In a statement T Mobile's parent, Deutsche Telekom mentioned that a storage device that contained these files has landed in the hands of unknown parties.

Reports indicate that the records of German customers which were lost in 2006 possibly included secret addresses of politicians and some celebrities; however the fact that no bank details were present comes as a saving grace.

Oct 04 15:52

Verizon shuts down access to Usenet

Verizon has announced that they will be stopping access to tens of thousands of Usenet discussion areas including the very popular alt.* groups that have been around since the late 1980s.

Verizon spokesman Eric Rabe said only a select few newsgroups/discussion groups would be offered to customers going into the future. It appears the decision is in response to political "strong-arming" from New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo who wants strong restrictions on all newsgroups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not just Verizon. Roadrunner has also shut down their news servers. and I for one do not believe the crap about child porn. This is a move by the media corporations to deal with content pirates, and as usual, unable to find the criminals, they instead punish us all!

Even this article admits that they only found child porn (planted?) on 88 newsgroups out of 90,000, but that is still "justification" to shut the whole usenet system down?

Anyone have any decent usenet servers operating outside the dictatorship of the United States, please send them along. I miss alt.food.recipes

Oct 04 07:22

Police: Pa. landlord spied on 34 female tenants

Daley's sophisticated set-up fed the camera images to a recording system in the basement, enabling him to view the tapes from his home via the Internet, authorities have said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wouldn't alt.binaries.nekkidladies been easier and safer?

Oct 03 08:13

BT rolls out Phorm web tracking

Phorm’s online targeting service is designed to make advertising more relevant by taking account of all the websites a person visits, rather than just the content of a single web page.

Webwise works by having equipment at internet servive providers such as BT that will capture, for each site you visit, the URL, any search terms entered in a search engine, and other data from the page, in order to categorise it.

Oct 03 02:30

How a Canadian cracked the Great Firewall of China

When Nart Villeneuve couldn't remember the password to his Chinese MySpace page, the industrious Canadian hacker began examining China's version of Skype, and in the process, unlocked the inner workings of an Internet surveillance network tracking thousands of political activists in the world's most populous nation.

Oct 02 15:15

A Look at the ‘Clickjacking’ Web Attack and Why You Should Worry

There’s a nasty new security threat making waves on the web. Actually, clickjacking, as this attack is known, isn’t entirely new, but because no one has yet come up with an effective solution, it remains a serious threat. And clickjacking is the worst sort of security risk — it’s transparent to the unwitting user, simple to implement and difficult to stop.

Oct 02 08:07

Outsourcing aids many data thefts, Verizon says

The reliance of restaurant chains and retail stores on outside companies to handle credit-card processing and other information-technology functions is partly to blame for a rash of consumer data breaches over the last few years, according to data sleuths at Verizon Communications Inc.

Sep 30 18:49

Four top sites vulnerable to attack, warn researchers

Four leading websites were or are vulnerable to attack through an underrated vulnerability, according to Princeton University researchers.

While ING Direct, YouTube and Metafilter have taken action to address the cross-site-request-forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities, the fourth site, belonging to The New York Times, has not been fixed, the researchers claimed in a blog post.

Sep 30 16:10

Toxic Mac Pro’s emitting benzene?

Mac Pro owners, listen up.

A french newspaper Liberation.fr has published a report (English translation) stating that Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer. The newspaper was warned by a national agency scientist that the smell (already detected by many Mac Pro users on Apple forums) is actually toxic, composed of several toxins, including benzene.

Sep 30 06:03

Yahoo Mail Security Flaw Exposes Passwords

A hacker working on a way to access Yahoo Mail via IMAP, recently discovered that Yahoo’s desktop e-mail client is sending your password as plain text. That’s bad news for those of you using the desktop client over public wifi connections, where just about anyone with the know-how can see your unencrypted traffic.

Sep 29 16:16

Adobe's CS4 pricing is completely bananas

IF YOU WERE THINKING about popping along to your local computer superstore to pick up a copy of Adobe's Creative Suite 4 Master Collection on its release date of November 14th, you might just want to reconsider.

Because Adobe's insane pricing policy means that it would be cheaper to fly from London to New York, grab a copy of the software, spend the night in a hotel, and fly back to London the next day!

Sep 28 08:23

Damage to fibre optic cable affects Internet

Internet services throughout Pakistan were affected on Saturday after an undersea fibre optic cable, connecting Pakistan to the rest of the world, was cut near Egypt, Geo News reported. The channel quoted sources as saying Internet traffic was temporarily moved to a SMW 3 cable. Internet users faced hours of disruption. Ali Qadir Gilani, a spokesman for the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited, told the channel later that the submarine cable had been restored and the system was fully operational now. daily times monitor

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Return of the mysterious undersea cable cutters?

Sep 26 13:59

Clickjacking: Researchers raise alert for scary new cross-browser exploit

In a nutshell, it’s when you visit a malicious website and the attacker is able to take control of the links that your browser visits. The problem affects all of the different browsers except something like lynx. The issue has nothing to do with JavaScript so turning JavaScript off in your browser will not help you. It’s a fundamental flaw with the way your browser works and cannot be fixed with a simple patch. With this exploit, once you’re on the malicious web page, the bad guy can make you click on any link, any button, or anything on the page without you even seeing it happening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So you just stay away from those unpatriotic terrorost-luvin' websites like that whatzisreallyhappening." -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 26 08:19

Bailout Outrage Races Across the Web

The Internet is flooded with angst about Treasury Secretary Paulson's proposed $700 billion bailout—and inspiring old-fashioned street protests

Sep 23 17:52

COMPUTER VIRUS WARNING - 'UPS Delivery Failure'.

You will receive an email from UPS Packet Service along with a packet number. NOTE: The word packet is mis-spelled on this line. It will say that they were un-able to deliver a package sent to you on such and such a date. It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS!

Sep 23 17:49

Free Software Downloads to Optimize Windows XP

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked by reader request.

Sep 23 16:53

Internet attacks on 9/11 Truth intensify

Internet censorship is once again in the news after legendary YouTube user Nuffrespect posted a new video detailing the latest online attack on 9/11 Truth: a user who is creating clones of respected user accounts and truth movement leaders in order to smear 9/11 Truth by posting racist comments. These have already led to the deletion of several well-known accounts in what has been revealed as a coordinated effort to eliminate 9/11 Truth from YouTube.

Sep 23 16:27

Fake popup study sadly confirms most users are idiots

For most of us, security issues happen to "other people"—we block popup ads, we carefully examine dialog boxes and, for those of us on the Mac platform, we snicker when confronted with something that attempts to mimic a Windows system warning. But everyone knows that they are exceptional—what's the behavior of a more typical user like? Some researchers have tested how college students respond to fake dialog boxes in browser popup windows and found that the students are so anxious to get the dialog out of the way, they click right through obvious warning signs.

Sep 23 05:57

Hunt for Palin hacker shaping up to be simple case

WASHINGTON - The hunt for the hacker who broke into Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account is shaping up to be a remarkably simple investigation, by the standards of major cybersecurity whodunits.

U.S. investigators figure the hacker claimed responsibility in a detailed accounting that included his own personal e-mail address and that he tried to cover his trail using a U.S. Internet anonymity service that has been surprisingly cooperative with the FBI in efforts to peel away that anonymity.

Sep 22 19:40

Customs Officials Arrest 14 Year Pirate

I didn’t grow up in a ‘lock up pirates and throw away the key’ environment yet i’m still disturbed and concerned at how copyright enforcement is heading. Going to war against today’s potential customers seems foolish. Punishing and polarizing children - tomorrow’s customers - at the behest of big-business, is in a completely different league.

Sep 22 19:36

8 hacks to make Firefox ridiculously fast

Firefox has been outperforming IE in every department for years, and version 3 is speedier than ever.

But tweak the right settings and you could make it faster still, more than doubling your speed in some situations, all for about five minutes work and for the cost of precisely nothing at all. Here's what you need to do.

Sep 21 19:08

THAT GUY

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My wife and I decided to catch a movie this afternoon. WE went to see "Righteous Kill" (Pacino and DiNero did their best, adequate script, terrible DP and Director, film needed at least one more edit before release).

The film was preceded by 20 minutes of ads and previews (including military recruitmens spots, and the usual obligatory film about @#%ing Nazi Germany; can we see movies about assholes who lived in THIS century?) and in those previews were TWO commercials for "That Guy".

So, after getting home, I decided to check out the website and for you flash animators it is a VERY impressive piece of work! But after you dig for a while what you find is that this is part of a huge and apparently well-funded campaign by the US Department of Defense to deal with alcohol abuse by US Servicemen.

Now, I am willing to cut servicemen some slack if they want to get drunk. I mean, would you wake up one day and discover you are THIS century's version of the Nazis and remain sober? I couldn't!

But to judge from the scale of this program, as evidenced by the money they spent on this website, it appears that the problem is on runaway proportions!

Sep 21 17:10

FBI eGuardian System

Sep 21 09:33

Attorney General Pulls Immunity Trigger, Denies 'Dragnet' Surveillance

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Saturday denied that the Bush administration -- in conjunction with the nation's telecommunication companies -- devised a "dragnet" electronic surveillance program that funneled Americans' communications to the National Security Agency without court warrants.

But the attorney general also insisted that defending his claim in court would harm national security.

Sep 20 09:30

Proxy server trail leads FBI to Palin email hacker

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... but they can never find those "Al Qaeda Video" websites, right?

Sep 19 17:54

Things That Go Poof

From my iGoogle page, I monitor a number of news feeds.

The headline below, obviously caught my eye. The Fed is now backstopping the mutual fund industry and, yet, corporate officials are apaprently still hesitant to park money there. My enquirung mind wanted to know more. I clicked on the story. Poof, Wham, Bam, Gone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you see an interesting story MAKE A LOCAL COPY IMMEDIATELY.

Sep 19 12:41

Palin Hackers May Dodge Feds via DOJ Loophole

Under DOJ's interpretation, the Palin hackers might only be prosecuted for accessing e-mails the Alaska governor had not yet opened. Based on the data leaked by the hackers, it is not clear if they opened any unread messages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if your target has already read the email, it's legal to peek at it! The gummint sez so!

Sep 18 07:27

Ask Steve to Change the "You Choose '08" page. See Renetto's Interview with Nader

Isn't it incredible how even "new media" are excluding choices and deceiving the public? I am trying to at least get YouTube to change their "You Choose 08" page so that it isn't perpetrating a fraud.

Sep 17 13:17

Overstating Drudge's Influence For Fun And Profit

What's more, another topic that Drudge-ologists will never dare to broach is the question of whether reporters and editors should take their cues from a confirmed serial fact-inventor. Is this, you know, a bad thing? What does it say about the business? Don't the same reporters and editors who proclaim Drudge's influence make editorial decisions to follow him when they do? Isn't one of the dirty secrets of the profession that reporters and editors on occasion actually tailor their stories to get Drudge links?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drudge is, I suspect, a manufactured gate-keeper, promoted to internet stardom precisely so that he can tell web surfers what they should and should not pay attention to.

The reason I say this has to do with the falling out I had with Drudge many years ago during the Clinton administration. At the time, I had just started my own political website, focused almost exclusively on the murder of White House Deputy Council Vincent Foster

At the time, Matt and I traded emails on a regular basis. I fed him information, some of which he used.

Then I stumbled upon the official FBI records which proved that the FBI had fraudulently manufactured the testimony of Lisa Foster regarding one critical piece of evidence.

Vincent Foster was found with a dark blued steel gun next to him. His fingerprints were not on it. A DNA test could not connect him to it. The gun was made from pieces from at least two other guns to make tracing the serial number useless (an old CIA/Mafia trick). Nevertheless, the official inquiry concluded that the gun found with Vincent Foster's body was Foster's gun, because Lisa, his widow, identified it as such. But the official FBI records, written by the FBI interviewers, proved that the gun Lisa actually identified, the gun shown to her by the FBI, was "silver colored", not dark blued steel.

I presented this hard evidence to Drudge. He ignored it, choosing instead to run a story in which he claimed that Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal had a history of Domestic abuse. Blumenthal sued Drudge for $30 million and the news coverage made Drudge an instant internet celebrity, eventually landing Drudge his own TV show on FOX. Once the objective of making Drudge an internet star was achieved, Blumenthal dropped his lawsuit.

Ever since then, I have ignored Drudge (as he ignores me), as he appears to be the internet's version of a Mockingbird asset.

Sep 17 10:49

WOW!: YouTube Executing Video Censorship Based on Lieberman’s Anti-Terror Lobby

Sen. Lieberman released a statement regarding YouTube’s new standards for videos, saying that YouTube represented a tool for Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers; however, the stronger community guidelines should decrease the number of videos on YouTube produced by al-Qaeda and affiliated Islamist terrorist organizations, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Excerpt the videos from THESE "Al Qaeda."

Sep 17 10:26

WIKILEAKS PURPORTS TO HAVE HACKED CONTENTS OF PALIN PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNT

Governor Palin has come under criticism for using private email accounts to conduct government business and in the process avoid transparency laws. The zip archive made available by Wikileaks contains screen shots of Palin's inbox, two example emails, address book and a couple of family photos. The list of correspondence, together with the account name tends to re-enforce the criticism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, before you scream 'privacy', please recall that the government started all this email snooping business by peeking at our emails without warrants. Sauce for the goose and all that. Government officials suspended civil protections for email, so they cannot complain when We The People (who pay their salaries) take a peek now and then to make sure our employees are obeying the laws of the land.

Sep 17 05:56

Encrypt Your Mobile and Land Line Conversations

SecVoice Secure Phone software allows your Microsoft smart phone or pocketpc to make secure cellular and landline calls.

Sep 16 13:00

Ebay "deteriorating" - mass layoffs expected

EBAY WORKERS may be in for a shock they didn’t bargain for, with a report claiming the firm is floundering and preparing to lay off about 10 per cent of the company's 15,000 employees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will they sell eBay ... on eBay?

Sep 16 12:05

Dell shares fall on warning of slowdown

Before the opening bell, Dell issued a statement that described "further softening in global end-user demand" in its current, fiscal third quarter.

Sep 16 08:06

Porn passed over as Web users become social: author

Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Porn is (was) interesting only because it was forbidden. Living in a religiously repressive society like the US, seeing pictures of naked people is exciting because people keep their clothes on all the time, even at the beaches. But, with the advent of the Internet, seeing naked people is now commonplace and after a while, pretty boring. Contrary to the dire predictions of the religiously deranged, the availability of porn has not transformed the entire nation into a population of ravening sex maniacs (at least outside of Washington DC and the churches), but instead we are now more relaxed and sophisticated about sexual matters, not unlike our more worldly European cousins.

Porn (unless well done) is boring and passe'. Online users are looking for the next big thing and at the moment, the social networks are the hot thing; in effect an emerging democratic self-government system devoid of ruling body.

Government by Twitter! Now there's an idea! AIPAC cannot bribe an iPhone!

Sep 15 10:37

BBC spreading the word that internet censorship is desirable

And let me guess who will decide which web site is reliable ?

Oh yes, the same people who claim there was no explosives in ANY of the World Trade Center towers.

Sep 15 10:36

U.N. agency eyes curbs on Internet anonymity

A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous.

Sep 15 10:04

BusinessWeek website attacked and hosts malware

Folks from Sophos have discovered that the website of BusinessWeek, the world famous weekly magazine, has been attacked by hackers in an attempt to infect its readership with malware.

Sep 15 09:58

Rolling dice on the iPhone

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proof that some people have WAAAAY too much time on their hands!

Sep 15 09:23

Blurred Out: 51 Things You Aren't Allowed to See on Google Maps

Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex's house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it's due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many of the photos used on Google are outdated. For example, Hawaii State Sound Stages north of the Diamond Head Crater went through a major renovation over two years ago, but the image in Google Earth shows the older layout.

Sep 15 09:19

Anger as car journey data stored

Civil liberties campaigners have expressed alarm that millions of car journeys are to be stored on a national database for five years.

Already some 10 million journeys a day are being recorded using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), but this is set to rise to 50 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's nobody's business where I go, dammit!

Sep 15 09:01

Iphone tracks your every move

YOUR IPHONE IS WATCHING every move you make and the Cupertino Cabal knows all about it according to Wired.

Insecurity expert Jonathan Zdziarski has found that the phone takes a temporary snapshot of pretty much everything you ever do on your touchy-feely phone.

It's all in the name of aesthetics, says Apple. The sneaky screen grab is used to make the swooshy genie effect, which sweeps your current page off of the screen in a very pretty manner, whenever you hit the 'home' button.

Sep 15 09:00

Run-amok Verizon robo-caller torments 1,400 customers

Nine robo-calls in 24 hours, all from Verizon: Nothing could make them stop; not my wife's increasingly urgent pleas (I was away); not the hapless customer service reps who promised relief; not the "in-charge supervisor" who wasn't in charge; and, not even the ever-so-helpful individual who said the barrage was "a national problem" before adding, "We're suggesting that people just unplug their phones."

Unplug our phones? How about you unplug your bloody robo-caller first?

Sep 14 16:34

Our Data, Ourselves

In the information age, we all have a data shadow.

We leave data everywhere we go. It's not just our bank accounts and stock portfolios, or our itemized bills, listing every credit card purchase and telephone call we make. It's automatic road-toll collection systems, supermarket affinity cards, ATMs and so on.

Sep 14 12:44

Palin Aide Tells Blogger To Stop Blogging

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And avert your eyes as I walk by!"

Sep 14 08:20

Hackers claim there’s a black hole in the atom smashers’ computer network

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People are worried that this thing could end the world, so these bozos break in and start tinkering with it.

Sep 13 10:05

Hackers claim there’s a black hole in the atom smashers’ computer network

Hackers have broken into one of the computer networks of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if the LHC destroys the world, now you know who to blame!

Sep 13 08:34

Google's IP anonymization fails to anonymize

After nine months, the company has confirmed with The Reg, Google will "change some of the bits" in the user IPs stored in its server logs. But as the plan stands now, it will leave cookie data alone.

This means the missing bits are easily retrieved.

Sep 13 07:21

Virginia Anti-Spam Law Overturned, Spammer Walks

The Virginia Supreme Court today struck down a state anti-spam law, saying the statute violated the First Amendment right to free and anonymous speech. The decision also tossed out the conviction of a North Carolina man once described as one of the most prolific spammers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a real crock.

The First Amendment does NOT guarantee anonymous speech. And while freedom of speech is guaranteed in any public forum (except around political conventions these days apparently) the First Amendment does not grant a right to force ones speech into the private space of another citizen in defiance of a 'no trespassing' sign.

Given the hypocrisy on display here between a spammer's "right" to flood our mailboxes with viagra ads and the treatment of protesters at the conventions, I suspect someone got bought off in Virginia! After all, it is not viagra ads but political speech that the First Amendment was intended to protect.

Sep 12 07:44

Your internet access is going to get suspended virus

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More joy from the bastard hackers.

Sep 12 07:41

An inside look at Apple’s sneaky iTunes 8 upgrade

I’m reading lots of complaints about the new iTunes 8 update causing horrific problems on Windows machines, including widespread reports of STOP errors, aka the Blue Screen of Death. My colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has asked readers for reports and Gizmodo has a sketchy post as well. How can this be happening? Assuming that the underlying hardware is working correctly, STOP errors can only be caused by kernel-level drivers or system services. A poorly written program can crash itself but not the entire system. So how can a supposedly simple software update cause a fatal crash?

Sep 11 09:50

100 Awesome Blogs for History Junkies

If you’re a history junkie, you surely know by now that the Internet is a great tool for finding information. But did you know that blogs are some of the most useful resources out there? Here you’ll find blogs about periods in history, genealogy, war, and lots more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Odd & Interesting" ???????????????????????

Sep 11 09:08

NYPD Hotline Accepting Photos And Videos

A picture is truly worth a thousand words, as far as New York City's new 9-1-1 calls are concerned.

On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that photos and video can now be transmitted to the hotline. Operators will notify the NYPD when callers have cell phone images of accidents or crimes.

Sep 11 08:47

'Jew Massacre' computer game condemned as tasteless by British Jews

A computer game in which players control a Nazi soldier on a mission to “wipe out the Jewish race” has been condemned as tasteless and offensive by British Jewish groups.

The game called Jewish Massacre, which is available as a free download over the internet, allows players to take control of an “German Hero” whose goal is to “ensure that no Jewish man or woman is left alive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I made a slight change to the copy. I did it to point out that the offensiveness should be the same regardless of the particular races involved. We should not react with horror at racism directed against one group, then shrug our shoulders when the same offense is committed against others.

Sep 10 17:55

Countrywide NOT on your side!!!!

Countrywide Mortgage has started notifying customers that a rogue employee (since dismissed) may have sold sensitive personal information to an unidentified third party.

Sep 09 16:35

Are Progressive/Liberal Blogs Being Margalanized By Internet Security Software Vendors?

I Thought You Were Closed???
Two or three days ago, I removed the link from Justanothercoverup to here because I received a message the Blog was closed, also while I was running Trend Micro Security software. It could be just a coincidence, but it's odd to see the trackback here after I was informed this site had closed. I'll be replacing the link later today, but am confused how I could have received a message that essentially stated this Blog was closed - and the root domain would not be used again.

Go figure... Thanks for cross-posting the article, and now I'm even more concerned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dangerous? MOI?!?

Sep 09 08:52

Video: Three ways you might be breaking the law with your computer

For many years, the Internet was like the “wild west,” operating largely unregulated. But, the days of the carefree and unregulated World Wide Web are just about over. Legislation affecting the use of Internet-connected computers is increasing at the local, state, and federal level.

With such a proliferation of legal activity, it’s possible that you, or your end users, are violating the law without even realizing it.

Sep 08 10:46

Rense Under Attack - What Does it Mean for All of US?

Michael Goodspeed discusses the ongoing cyber-attacks against Rense.com, and the ramifications for all in the alternative media.

Sep 08 08:44

Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube

Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology. Clips included footage of Australian and German news reports about Scientology, A Message to Anonymous/Scientology , and footage from a Clearwater City Commission meeting. Many accounts were suspended by YouTube in response to multiple allegations of copyright infringement.

Sep 06 08:58

Permanent Fund backup for backup fails in data glitch

While reformatting the disk drive, the technician mistakenly reformatted the backup drive as well and, suddenly, all the data were gone.

But the dread didn't really set in until the department turned to its third fail-safe, backup tapes that are updated nightly, only to find those tapes were unreadable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Guess who was in charge at the time.

Sep 06 08:20

BREAKING: Sony recalls 440,000 Vaio laptops

Sony said today that it is recalling 440,000 Vaio laptop computers worldwide manufactured between May 2007 and July 2008 due to faulty parts that could trigger overheating.

Consumers owning one of these laptops are advised to stop using it and call (888) 526-6219 or go to sony.com/support to determine if their computers are included in the recall.

Sep 05 11:43

Israeli hacker arrested in Canada for $2 million online fraud

An Israeli living in Canada has been recently arrested in Montreal along with three other men on suspicion of committing a $1.8 million fraud, the Canadian media reported on Friday.

Sep 05 09:39

McCain Speech Receives Polite Applause Online

John McCain received a remarkably tepid response online Thursday night when he officially accepted the Republican party's nomination to be president of the United States.

Sep 05 08:29

Rense.com Now Under Severe, Routine Attack

We are being regularly hacked and taken down by the dark side. We cannot trace the exact point of origin but these are highest level ops...of that there is no question. We are back up now and profoundly appreciate your support. No other world news service is being assaulted like this so we know rense.com and all those who support its Freedom of Speech and freedom of journalistic inquiry are directly on and over the target. Thank you for your kind emails and gracious patience.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know the feeling, Jeff. Good luck!

Sep 03 10:25

Website with Speeches and Sermons from Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny

Website with Speeches and Sermons from Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Palin's embarassing past is being "Orwellized"

Sep 03 08:28

Telekom Hit by Widening German Data Trade Scandal

A scandal involving the illegal trade in customer data continues to grow in Germany. According to media reports, the country's biggest telecommunications company, Deutsche Telekom, has also been affected.

Sep 03 08:04

New Spy Software Coming On-Line: "Surveillance in a Box" Makes its Debut

According to New Scientist, German electronics giant Siemens has developed software allegedly capable of integrating

...tasks typically done by separate surveillance teams or machines, pooling data from sources such as telephone calls, email and internet activity, bank transactions and insurance records. It then sorts through this mountain of information using software that Siemens dubs "intelligence modules". (Laura Margottini, "Surveillance Made Easy," New Scientist, 23 August 2008)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to seriously think about getting off of the grid, or at least increasing the noise.

You can start by swapping supermarket shopping cards with each other.

Sep 02 16:29

Anatomy of a malware scam

A few of weeks ago, however, I started noticing something far more insidious. I moderate all comments to my blog. This is something I started years ago to keep the blog somewhat family friendly, and to avoid propagating malicious content. Recently I also completely disabled trackbacks to avoid boosting the search engine rankings for sites that steal my work. This means I see every comment that comes into my blog. The other day I noticed one that contained nothing more than a link to a fake Google site: google-images.google-us.info/index.html.

Sep 02 11:34

Google Launches Cloud Operating System, Calls It a Browser

When Microsoft rolled out its first web browser, in 1995 (or thereabouts), it "linked and levered" again -- by building Internet Explorer into Windows and soon rendering the then-dominant Netscape Navigator an also-ran. Of course, this particular linkage also got Microsoft in hot water with the Justice Department, and the resulting penalties and scrutiny essentially put an end to the "link and lever" strategy (and, with it, the fearsome seek-and-destroy intensity that Microsoft had employed since its earliest days).

Sep 01 10:37

Who's trying to silence questioning of the official account of birth of Palin's child?

WOW! I'we never seen so many blocked pages in my life! Even link that your blog is posting is blocked!

Sep 01 10:24

Sarah Palin's Wikipedia page scrubbed

Someone — and apparently it was just one person — felt like the existing biography wasn't appropriate for a vice-presidential candidate.On Friday, 15 minutes before the rumor that John McCain had picked Palin as his running mate, a Wikipedia editor discovered 30 mostly favorable changes had been made to the Alaska governor's profile.

She was called "a politician of eye-popping integrity" and sections on her participation in a beauty pageant and her alleged use of influence to get her former brother-in-law fired were diminished.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So McCain/Palin have online operatives (and I probably have most of their email addresses from the drek they have been flooding me with these last few days).

Aug 31 11:51

New Ethics Question About Palin 'Hacking' Computers

Sarah Palin, a libertarian and hockey mom from the fast-growing suburbs of Anchorage, began her political career -- as an appointed member of the state's Oil and Gas Commission -- by hacking into the computer of another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. Palin was seeking the evidence that she would eventually use to charge him with an improper relationship with lobbyists.

Aug 31 10:42

Credit card companies bullied Discovery Channel out of letting the Mythbusters investigate RFID vulnerabilities

Aug 31 08:24

Russian cops accused of killing website owner

Yevloyev has angered regional authorities with bold criticism of police treatment of civilians in the region. A court in June ordered him to shut his site on charges of spreading "extremist" statements, but it reappeared under a different name.

Aug 30 11:15

Goodbye by Charley Reese

I've been running a footrace with piled-up years and bad living habits, and they have pulled even and will soon be ahead. I know it may not seem to normal people that writing three columns a week requires any hard work, but it does require energy to do the research and an alertness of the mind that I can no longer muster. Hence, this will be my last column.

Aug 28 07:14

Revealed: The Internet's Biggest Security Hole

Two security researchers have demonstrated a new technique to stealthily intercept internet traffic on a scale previously presumed to be unavailable to anyone outside of intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency.

Aug 27 13:32

Culver City Music Blogger Arrested by FBI

Local music blogger, Kevin Cogill, 27, at Antiquiet streamed nine unreleased Guns N' Roses songs from the album Chinese Democracy back in June. It was a pretty big deal: fans have been waiting for this album for about 14 years now. That excitement led to so much traffic, his site crashed.

Then the FBI got involved (and many media outlets), who he has been in touch with since the whole thing started. But this morning he was arrested and is expected in court later today.

Aug 27 09:46

FBI investigates hacked FEMA phones

The FBI is investigating more than $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia that were made when a hacker broke into the Federal Emergency Management Agency's phone system 10 days ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, that gives all of us a real secure feeling when even FEMA can't keep their phones under control.

Aug 27 09:39

Computer viruses make it to orbit

Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.

The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere in a basement, the smelly kid who wrote Gammima.AG plays with himself and dreams of being Captain Kirk.

Aug 27 09:18

VANISHING BASES!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Online satellite mapping services start to erase classified facilities.

Aug 27 09:16

Air Force Suspends Controversial Cyber Command

The Air Force is about to suspend its controversial effort to reorganize its forces to "dominate" cyberspace. The provisional, 8,000-man Cyber Command has been ordered to stop all activities, just weeks before it was supposed to be declared operational.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: It's operational now, but we're gonna pretend it's just the hackers messing with you.

Aug 27 07:27

Safe in our cages

In the Queen's speech this autumn Gordon Brown's government will announce a scheme to institute a database of every telephone call, email, and act of online usage by every resident of the UK. It will propose that this information will be gathered, stored, and "made accessible" to the security and law enforcement agencies, local councils, and "other public bodies".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally, spam has a legitimate use!

Sign up today!!!!!!

Aug 26 13:10

FAA Says Computer Problem Delaying Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration says a communication failure at a Georgia facility that processes flight plans for the eastern half of the U.S. is causing flight delays around the country.

Aug 26 09:32

Computer containing deets of 1 million bank customers sold on eBay

This time, an unsuspecting IT manager, had found details for one million bank customers on the hard drive of a computer he bought on eBay for just £35.

Aug 24 16:13

That password-protected site of yours - it ain't

It's one of the simplest hacks we've seen in a long time, and the more elite computer users have known about it for a while, but it's still kinda cool and just a little bit unnerving: A hacker has revealed a way to use Google and other search engines to gain unauthorized access to password-protected content on a dizzying number of websites.

Aug 24 16:08

Hackers steal details of millions of Best Western hotel guests

Criminals have hacked into the online booking system of the world's largest hotel chain and stolen the personal data of up to eight million guests.

Aug 24 07:57

Georgian-Russian DDoS-attacks: a third party provocation

For last two weeks, Western media including many respectfull newspapers was spreading hysteria about "Russian hackers" who attacked Georgian sites during the fight on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia. No, our Webplanet magazine is not going to tell you "Russia is always right". We just say this story is a perfect situation to tell the difference beetween professional journalism and propaganda dummies. It is true that IT topics are hard for a common journalist. Yet the job of journalist is not about being a passive carier for the media viruses.

Aug 23 17:09

8 million victims in the world's biggest cyber heist

AN INTERNATIONAL criminal gang has pulled off one of the most audacious cyber-crimes ever and stolen the identities of an estimated eight million people in a hacking raid that could ultimately net more than £2.8billion in illegal funds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the girl with the overdue library books gets thrown in jail.

Aug 23 08:26

Data on 130,000 criminals lost

Confidential information on almost 130,000 prisoners and dangerous criminals has been lost by the Home Office, sparking yet another Government data crisis.

Aug 22 10:00

Bloggers of the world, let's shop!

With a population of 70million, most of them under 30, Iran is home to one of the Middle East's largest online communities, which is thriving despite onerous censorship and risk of imprisonment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Iran cannot make internet censorship work, then the US won't be able to pull it off either.

Aug 22 08:44

German Jewish Group Sues YouTube

Kramer is accusing Google of doing too little to ensure that Nazi propaganda doesn't make it live on to the YouTube site. But the company denies the allegation. At an event connected to the "Loud against Nazis" campaign in Hamburg, Google Germany spokesman Kay Oberbeck said the company is "very conscientious about its responsibility."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predict that any video showing the reality of life in Gaza will soon be added to the list of videos "inspiring race hatred."

Aug 22 08:13

The Online Shadow Economy

In an online black market worth more than $105 billion, malware authors can produce new, unique threats targeting businesses and employees every 45 seconds.

This free white paper examines the growth of this online shadow economy. It explores the high level of sophistication with which it operates, the continuous improvement of its techniques and looks at what the future holds for Internet crime.

Learn about the entrepreneurs of Internet crime and how to keep your business and employees safe.

Aug 22 07:29

Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system

"It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicola Tesla, pick up your messages!

(Ahem)

Magnetic field strength falls off as the cube of the distance. Therefore, in this age of skyrocketing energy costs I have to ask how much extra power this wirelessness requires. Does it take 120 watts to power that 60 watt bulb? What happens when you get more than one of these units operating in the same room? How does such a powerful oscillating magnetic field affect nearby objects, like hard drives and floppy disks?

Aug 20 15:21

Anthrax Conspiracy: Bloggers on the FBI case against Bruce Ivins

Over the last few weeks, bloggers have been burning up their keyboards with their own theories about whether Ivins was really responsible for the attacks-- or a conveniently deceased patsy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how I didn't make their list! :(

Aug 20 15:01

Germany outraged by data theft scandal

German politicians are being urged to tighten data protection laws after a state privacy watchdog said information on the entire German population was available and being traded online.

Aug 20 14:29

NSA MAY BE READING WINDOWS SOFTWARE IN YOUR COMPUTER

President Bush’s grab for unchecked eavesdropping powers is the culmination of what the National Security Agency(NSA) has spent forty years doing unto others.

Aug 20 12:02

John McCain accused of plagiarising Wikipedia for speeches

More serious is the claim that Mr McCain has exaggerated or concocted the prison story, which he periodically uses in his stump speeches and which first appeared in his 1999 memoir Faith of My Fathers, which focused on his five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prison.

Aug 20 10:31

The Narrative Versus the News

The degeneration of journalism into "infotainment" has been bemoaned by the mandarins of the profession ever since the cable news revolution knocked the networks off their pedestal. Now the Internet is overtaking the cable channels as the place news consumers go to get their infotainment fix – or, alternatively, where they go to find out what the mainstream media isn't telling us.

Aug 20 09:51

American launches in-flight Internet on 3 routes

One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer, nonstop flights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Internet-free havens?"

Who IS this luddite?!?

Aug 19 13:07

'Malvertizement' epidemic visits house of Newsweek.com

Newsweek.com is one of several high-profile websites suspected of running rogue banner advertisements that try to trick visitors into installing fraudulent anti-malware programs, security researchers warn.

Aug 19 12:42

"The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable"

With so many instances of corruption and influence-peddling around him and whatever problems with the candidate that are keeping the campaign from letting reporters interview him anymore, John McCain is now again charging Obama with what amounts to soft treason -- wanting to lose the war in Iraq in order to make himself president. The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable.

Aug 19 09:40

Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and old dead Osamas!

Aug 17 22:35

MSOs Admit To Tracking Consumers’ Online Activity

Cable One last fall conducted a six-month trial of a network-based technology that tracks consumers' Internet movements in an effort to amass refined data on Web-surfer habits that can be sold to advertisers at premium rates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummmm ... I am working on an article about online porn.

That was just research.

Yeah, that's it. Just research.

Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure.

Research.

Honest.

Aug 16 07:52

Government loses another 45,000 people's private details

The personal details of 45,000 people, including dates of birth, criminal records, National Insurance numbers and court information, were lost by a single Government department last year.

Aug 16 07:29

Bigfoot hoax causes a stir on YouTube

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some good ol' boys having fun, or a deliberate attempt to make the blog-o-sphere look silly?

Before this story was revealed to be the obvious hoax it was, I was flooded with emails insisting I just HAD to carry this story.

Aug 15 07:59

47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV

Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would interpret this result as signaling that the public views the blogs are already far less biased than radio and TV.

Aug 14 09:05

Blogging Is Not A Crime

Most of those arrests are in countries with oppressive regimes, such as Egypt, China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. But bloggers have been arrested in Canada, France, Greece, and even the U.S. (with Josh Wolf being one of the most famous incidents—he spent the better part of a year in jail for refusing to turn over journalistic video footage to a grand jury).

Aug 13 13:03

Blogging From The Front

Like most Russians his age, Romanoff is an active user of LiveJournal, a sort of blog-meets-social-networking site that has become a vital outlet for meaningful political discourse in a country where the mass media has been happily gobbled up by the state. Some blog for their friends, others have wider followings with thousands of commenters, putting them at the top of rankings done by Yandex, Russia’s search engine.

Aug 13 07:11

FCC Commissioner: Fairness Doctrine Could Lead To Government Regulation Of Web

The Fairness Doctrine was an FCC regulation mandating broadcasters afford time to opposing viewpoints. It was abolished in 1987 by the Supreme Court after it was found to be harmful to journalistic freedom and anathema to the First Amendment.

Speaking to the Business and Media Institute, McDowell stated that the Fairness Doctrine could return under a different name and be tagged on to the net neutrality debate, opening the door for the government to regulate content on the Web.

Aug 12 17:47

Steve Jobs Confirms iPhone Has a Kill Switch

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has confirmed that the iPhone 3G has a kill switch that can remotely remove software from the devices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That just killed any interest in upgrading!

Aug 12 17:39

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While Web users drown in spam and fend off scams aimed at stealing their money, U.S. federal and state law enforcement authorities are doing little to resolve what has become a multi-billion-dollar problem, a think tank said on Monday.

Aug 12 14:09

Wells Fargo says customer data access stolen

Wells Fargo & Co. is notifying some 5,000 people that their personal information might have been seen by someone using a bank access code illegally.

Aug 12 08:35

Force a cached Web page to reload

When you load Web pages in your browser, the browser creates a local copy of the data on that page. Depending on your browser and the specific Web page being viewed, you may get only this cached version the next time you load the page (as in when you press the Back button), or the page may refresh automatically (on a news page, for instance). However, sometimes things seem to get “stuck”—this past weekend, for instance, my local news page was showing headlines from Friday, even though I was looking at it on Sunday afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been getting emails from people that they are seeing older versions of this page. We have gone through our site code looking for reason why people are getting older pages, and even tried adding some meta tags to the page to force reloads each visit (which apparently had no effect). But according to this and other articles we have researched, getting the current page for many sites has become a problem, and one that is apparently due to shortcomings in the browsers themselves and the manner in which they handle cached data.

So, for those of you having such problems seeing the current day's version of whatreallyhappened, here are some issues to look into.

Aug 12 08:27

Browser Issues

In testing this website in various browsers, an issue has been discovered that sometimes affects the loading of the most recent updates to the pages on the site. A service is being utilized that forwards the website domain name to the location of the webpages. The Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers, under their default settings do not "refresh" automatically when you access the site.

Aug 12 08:13

Nvidia G92s and G94 reportedly failing

NV is simply stonewalling everyone and the costs are adding up. How adult of them. The question of why still remains though, and with another little tidbit of information, it becomes quite clear. There was a digitimes article on July 25, here if you are a subscriber, that said: "Due to Nvidia not clearly explaining the details of the faults reported in its notebook GPUs, some channel vendors have demanded graphics card makers issue a recall for desktop-based discrete graphics cards using the same GPU core, according to sources at graphics card makers."

Aug 12 07:54

IBM sees no alternative to Linux

Bob Sutor, Vice President of Standards and Open Source at IBM, has taken his company's commitment to promote free and open software over the past ten years as an opportunity to make predictions for the next ten years. He said that the use of the Linux operating system will continue to grow in his presentation at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. Sutor thinks that there will be no open source alternative to Linux in the next ten years, and that there will be less focus on Linux on x86 processors as Linux is used more on other processors.

Aug 11 15:01

INDEX OF GEORGIAN WEBSITES

Aug 11 14:27

GOOGLE MAPS ERASE INTERIORS OF GEORGIA, ARMENIA, AND AZERBAIJAN!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scroll in. All details have been erased from the database.

That rates a "Hmmmmm."

Aug 11 11:04

Russia Today Website Attacked

In the course of the last 24 hours RT’s website (www.russiatoday.com) has endured numerous DDoS attacks, which have made it unavailable for some time. Channel’s security specialists say the initial attack was carried out from an IP-address registered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. RT’s team apologizes for the inconvenience and gives a list of comprehensive external resources on the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict which can be used, should the attacks continue.

Aug 11 07:37

Cyberattacks knock out Georgia's Internet presence

Large-scale attacks, traffic rerouting traced to Russian hacker hosting network

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe. All of a sudden cyber-experts who can't find a script kiddie seem certain they know who to point fingers at. Every Georgian site I have visited that is not working is simply not responding, meaning a bomb probably hit the box or the router.

Aug 10 09:11

Bush Classifies $200 Million Surveillance Program

As Americans focus on the Olympics and the 2008 presidential campaign, the Bush Administration is finalizing plans to establish yet another massive surveillance program -- and has classified almost every single detail.

The Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative, established by National Security Presidential Directive 54 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 in January, is intended to improve the government's ability to defend against cybersecurity attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they cannot find and jail the script kiddies pushing viagra ads into our mailboxes, they'll never be able to handle really sophisticated computer operatives.

Aug 08 13:58

Webcam Tbilisi, Georgia - Rustaveli Avenue

Aug 08 06:52

How LRC Ranks

From the expensive report of a famous rater of websites for potential advertisers, here are the latest rankings for the 50 best-read political sites:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I blush.

Aug 07 13:45

FBI tackles largest hacking case in U.S. history

"(Hackers) were previously searching fun and fame, now it's financial gain," he told Canada AM Thursday. "They're actually making more money now than the illegal drug trade. Organized web mobs throughout the world are making billions and billions of dollars every single year."

Rapidly-advancing technology has also changed the way the game is played, forcing the security industry to always operate a few steps behind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And forcing US to pay for it all with more costly security systems and more kluge and complexity in our computers.

According to this article, hackers are making more money than drug smugglers. Let's see some prison sentences consistent with that fact. Hackers cause more damage than terrorists. Let's start treating them as such. Waterboard their computers and force the hackers to watch! :)

Aug 06 08:46

‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes

New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.

Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws also undermine claims that 3,000 blank passports stolen last week were worthless because they could not be forged.

Aug 05 17:35

11 charged in connection with credit card fraud

Eleven people, including a U.S. Secret Service informant, have been charged in connection with the hacking of nine major retailers and the theft and sale of more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Aug 05 15:15

High-tech Peeping Tom rigged laptop webcam to snap nude pics

Garcia then took her machine to another computer expert—a trusted friend this time—who discovered that Feigin had installed two pieces of software onto her machine: Log Me In and Web Cam Spy Hacker. Web Cam Spy Hacker may have been written by Feigin himself (the address on the site was the same as his home address), and it allowed him to upload the various photos taken on the machine to a remote server. Unfortunately for Garcia, that included 20,000 photos of her, her friends, and her boyfriend. Since the laptop mostly resided in her bedroom, some of them were taken while she was not clothed.

Aug 05 10:31

Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11 And An i-Patriot Act

Amazing revelations have emerged concerning already existing government plans to overhaul the way the internet functions in order to apply much greater restrictions and control over the web.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Soviets tried the same thing with the Samizdat.

It did not work.

Aug 05 10:24

US rebate cheques spent on porn

President Bush's economic stimulus plan which involved sending cheques of up to US$1,200 to every taxpayer has provided a boom to the online porn industry, according to market research..

Aug 04 16:37

Games spam attack alert

Internet security company Symantec has warned computer users and businesses about an increase in spam and phishing attacks in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.

Aug 03 22:33

WHEN WEB-BASED TRANSLATORS FAIL!

Aug 03 18:05

BAD COPS NEWS SHUTS DOWN!

Aug 03 10:57

Secret multilateral negotiations on ACTA commencing today

The proposed agreement would criminalize copyright and intellectual property offenses. Under ACTA, Internet service providers would be required to filter illegal transfers of content and help the government track down the people downloading it. Border patrols would gain the authority to seize and destroy copyrighted materials at the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And there is the REAL reason the TSA are confiscating your digital electronics at the borders. This has nothing to do with terrorism.
They are just clerks for the record and movie companies making sure you do not have illegal copies of music and video on your hard drives.

Aug 03 08:15

I may never see my son again

THE father of a Scottish computer expert accused of the “biggest military hack of all time” fears he will never see his son again if he is extradited to face charges of infiltrating American defence systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, dad, maybe you should have talked to him about breaking into other peoples' space.

Aug 03 08:06

New credit cards allow hands-free theft

Millions of so-called contactless credit cards have been mailed to Americans on the theory that we just don't spend money fast enough.

While you're absorbing that little nugget, consider this as well: The cards, which wirelessly communicate information about you and your account, don't have an "off" switch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What annoys me is that for some credit cards, you cannot get a radioless version any more!

And as is typical of our society, they won;t fix the problem, they won;t arrest the crooks, they'll just cme up with another product for us to buy to deal with the mess they themselves created.

Aug 02 08:30

GOOGLE KOSHERING ITS SITES ~~ TWO MORE BBB’s

Google is still at it… banning Blogspot bloggers… who dare to be critical of Israeli policies.
The latest two victims are
Rock the Truth *
and
Khalid Islaih
Both were determined to be ‘Spam Blogs’…. an unquestionably non kosher entity on any Google site.

Aug 01 07:59

Prosecutor asks TBI to see if blog info was a crime

Police Director likely could not get traction in efforts to obtain blogger identity simply based on complaint that blogger was critical of police.

Jul 31 15:07

Nah, this just COULDN'T be a puff piece bought and paid for by Google, could it?

Jul 31 14:46

California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal

In one of the most significant legal rulings in the tech industry this year, a Superior Court judge in California has ruled that the practice of charging consumers a fee for ending their cell phone contract early is illegal and violates state law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yee, HAAAA!!!!!!

Jul 26 07:06

Security shocker: 75% of US Bank websites have flaws

The vast majority of US bank websites jeopardize the security of their online customers by including design flaws that expose passwords and are susceptible to tampering by attackers, researchers say.

In a paper titled "Analyzing Web sites for user-visible security design flaws," researchers from the University of Michigan found 75 percent of bank sites surveyed had at least one such design flaw. The report was presented Friday at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security meeting at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jul 25 17:39

Under Pressure, ISP Admits Secret Web Snooping in Kansas

Internet service provider Embarq eavesdropped on the web surfing habits of 26,000 customers in Kansas without notifying them personally, as part of its test of new, controversial advertising technology that profiles users, the company told federal lawmakers Wednesday.

Jul 25 16:47

Human and computer intelligence will merge in 40 years

At Intel Corp., just passing its 40th anniversary and with myriad chips in its historical roster, a top company exec looks 40 years into the future to a time when human intelligence and machine intelligence have begun to merge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a load of 101010011011011001101010110101001101010!

Jul 24 08:07

Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites

Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.

Eastern European hackers are suspected of placing the Asprox virus on more than a thousand British websites, including those run by the NHS and a local council, in the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the fact that hackers are able to do what they do is proof that the United States has lost the war on terror. No amount of confessions extracted under torture can conceal the fact that a nation unable to track down and jail script kiddies does not stand a chance against really determined terrorists operating with the resources of a nation-state (and I don't mean the Mossad guys pretending to be Al Qaeda for the media).

Jul 23 20:47

Police director sues for critical bloggers' names

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.

The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.

Jul 23 16:47

RFID chipmaker loses suit, says users must take 'urgent' action

A Dutch court has given university researchers the OK to publish their research about security flaws in the radio frequency identification (RFID) chips used in up to 2 billion smart cards. The cards are used to open doors in corporate and government buildings and to board public transportation systems.

Jul 23 16:47

"Spam king" walks away from prison

An inmate known as the "spam king" for sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails has walked away from a federal prison camp in Colorado.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you @#$%ing kidding me?

This guy cost all of America billions of dollars in internet costs and annoyance factor and gets "Club Fed" with an open door, while Muslims have done nothing at all are being tortured to death?

Jul 23 09:12

Malware Destroyed a Man’s Life

It seems that the laptop was so poorly configured when it was given to Fiola by the DIA, that its antivirus could not offer any kind of protection. It wasn’t long before the computer was badly infected, and one of the malware that attacked it was downloading child pornography content in a file that Fiola had no idea existed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the government gives this guy a laptop with the security screwed up, then fires him after someone breaks into the laptop and uses it to store child pornography files, then after it is proven that hackers (and the poor security) are to blame, they won't hire him back because of his "reputation?"

That about sum it up?

Folks, the fact that hackers are able to do what they do is proof that the United States has lost the war on terror. No amount of confessions extracted under torture can conceal the fact that a nation unable to track down and jail script kiddies does not stand a chance against really determined terrorists operating with the resources of a nation-state (and I don't mean the Mossad guys pretending to be Al Qaeda for the media).

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