May 08 07:59

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 08 06:24

Cyber attack 'could fell US within 15 minutes'

Richard Clarke claims that America's lack of preparation for the annexing of its computer system by terrorists could lead to an "electronic Pearl Harbor".

In his warning, Mr Clarke paints a doomsday scenario in which the problems start with the collapse of one of Pentagon's computer networks.

Soon internet service providers are in meltdown. Reports come in of large refinery fires and explosions in Philadelphia and Houston. Chemical plants malfunction, releasing lethal clouds of chlorine.

May 07 14:06

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

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

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

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

May 07 13:53

Rudd retreats on web filter legislation

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

May 07 13:43

Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 07 09:23

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

May 07 06:42

Facebook's new features secretly add apps to your profile

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

May 06 18:45

Music industry spokesman loves child porn

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

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

May 06 18:29

Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos

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

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

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

May 06 11:07

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

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

May 06 09:03

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

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

May 06 08:30

New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

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

May 06 07:33

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to stop using banks.

May 05 18:20

Google tweaks logo and changes search results page

Google didn’t invent search, but the company has made it our prism for the internet. We don’t go to specific pages because instead we look for information. That means that any tweaking with the magic Google formula is always going to be significant, and the company has now begun the roll-out of some of the most significant changes in several years.

May 05 11:03


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

May 04 19:29

Google blows $39m into wind power

The internet search giant, which has expanded into mobile phones and maps of world, the ocean and the stars, has invested $39m (£25.6m) in two North Dakota wind farms.

It is Google's first direct investment in a large-scale green energy project. The company said the windfarms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, will generate enough electricity to power 55,000 homes.

The move is a shift in strategy for Google, which previously sought to invest in renewable energy via start-ups.

May 04 11:30

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

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

May 04 09:37

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

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

May 04 07:40

Hacked US Treasury websites serve visitors malware

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

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

May 04 07:38

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

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

May 02 10:50


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

May 01 13:12

The next 9/11 – made in Israel?

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

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

May 01 08:50

Court OKs Unmasking Identities of Copyright Scofflaws

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

May 01 07:36

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

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

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

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

Apr 29 20:00

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

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

Apr 28 11:12

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware

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

Apr 28 11:12

iPad owning Windows users targeted by hackers

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

Apr 27 17:16

CIA Director Says Cyber Attack Could Be Next Pearl Harbor

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Apr 26 11:17

1.5 million Facebook accounts offered for sale - FAQ

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

Apr 26 08:24

Legal spying via the cell phone system

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

Apr 25 15:41

Internet Freedoms Are Under Attack: Are We Paying Attention?

Its 2010.

Do you know where your internet freedoms are?

Apr 25 15:36

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5 Million Facebook Accounts

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

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

Apr 25 15:31

Facebook: 5 Privacy Settings You Must Tweak Now

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

Apr 24 06:14

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

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

Apr 23 17:39

Boobquake bid to prove cleric wrong

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

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

Apr 23 12:07

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

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

“It’s just bologna,” he said.

Apr 23 10:11

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

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

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

Apr 23 09:39

McAfee admits "inadequate" quality control caused PC meltdown

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 23 09:06


Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 21 17:03

McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, freezes PCs

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Apr 21 13:47

Broken McAfee DAT update cripples Windows workstations

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

Apr 21 07:21

Google releases list of government censorship requests

Google could not include requests made by Beijing because the information is regarded as a state secret.

Instead, Brazil tops the list, with 3,663 data requests between 1 July and 31 December 2009. The US made 3,580 and the UK came third with 1,166.

Brazil was also made the highest number of requests to Google to remove content with 291 calls between July and December 2009. In second place was Germany with 188, India with 142 and the US with 123 requests.

Apr 20 21:38

Microsoft debuts 'fix it' program

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 20 19:26

Microsoft debuts 'fix it' program

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

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

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

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

Apr 20 19:22

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

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

Apr 20 19:20

Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

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

Apr 20 14:43

Government requests directed to Google and YouTube

Apr 20 13:01

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

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

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Apr 20 08:28

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 20 06:01

iPad Thieves Rip Off Part Of Man's Finger

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It just isn't that hot a gizmo!

Apr 19 12:20

Embedded PDF executable hack goes live in Zeus malware attacks

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

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

Apr 19 07:28

Malware uses copyright threats to blackmail victims

So far 5,500 people have admitted to being caught out in the scam, according to local paper Yomiuri Shimbun, and an unknown number have paid out the $10 (£6.50) 'copyright infringement fee' for the removal of the personal data. It is believed that paying the ransom prompts further demands for money.

Interestingly, the Trojan also downloads three MP3 tracks onto the host computer, which are listed on a separate web site as being worth over $500,000 (£327,000).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if the TSA steals confiscates your iPod because it has an illegal copy of a song, and that song was planted by a criminal scam that the US Government failed to stop, why should you lose your iPod?

Me personally; I have stopped wasting time and money trying to deal with the licensing of content and have simply thrown away all my portable players as being more trouble than the content could possibly be worth. It is quite liberating to live in the real world again and I highly recommend it!

Apr 19 06:49

School IT allegedly took "thousands" of pics in webcam case

Remember the lawsuit filed by the family of 15-year-old Blake Robbins against the school district that spied on him at home via webcam? The latest news comes from a motion filed by the Robbins family claiming that the school took more than 400 photos of Blake in his room—some while sleeping and others while he was "partially undressed."

Now, thanks to the court order asking the district to preserve evidence on all school-issued computers, the family has discovered more than 400 photos of Blake alone, not to mention the "thousands" more taken of other students in their homes. In addition to these photos of students doing private things in their rooms, the school district also allegedly took screenshots of IM conversations they were having with friends.

Apr 19 05:57

Malware uses copyright threats to blackmail victims

Security experts at Trend Micro have identified a new Trojan spreading from Japan which threatens to post the internet history of infected users.

Apr 18 08:27

The image Microsoft doesn't want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour

Showing Chinese sweatshop workers slumped over their desks with exhaustion, it is an image that Microsoft won't want the world to see.

Employed for gruelling 15-hour shifts, in appalling conditions and 86f heat, many fall asleep on their stations during their meagre ten-minute breaks.

For as little as 34p an hour, the men and women work six or seven days a week, making computer mice and web cams for the American multinational computer company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I had to call MS support the other day to deal with a bug in their licensing system, not one of the people I spoke to sounded like English was their first ;language. It took 90 minutes of wading through people before the 5 minutes it took to fix the actual problem, which is apparently a known issue with the software.

Apr 17 15:28

FLASHBACK: Total Information Awareness: Reloaded

reposted from the National Journal.

....Two of the most important components of the TIA program were moved to the Advanced Research and Development Activity, housed at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., documents and sources confirm. One piece was the Information Awareness Prototype System, the core architecture that tied together numerous information extraction, analysis, and dissemination tools developed under TIA...

Apr 17 12:41

Google: Being Evil? Maybe it has a REALLY good explanation....

Google, I love you. How could you?

In June 2007, Privacy International.. cited Google as the worst privacy offender ...below... Facebook and AOL. other company was “coming close..."

Below FACEBOOK!! ...*breaks off, sobbing*...

Apr 17 08:42

School Spy Laptops “Took Thousands Of Photos” Of Students In Homes

Startling new evidence has emerged in the ongoing case of the Lower Merion school district in Philadelphia accused of spying on students in their homes via school issued laptops.

The lawyer for the family of the student whose school issued computer was allegedly remotely accessed while in his home, says that thousands of images were taken, including photographs of other students in their homes, web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats.

Apr 17 08:39

Digital Economy Act: This means war

Baking surveillance, control and censorship into the very fabric of our networks, devices and laws is the absolute road to dictatorial hell

Apr 17 08:38

Big Content's dystopian wish-list for the US gov't: spyware, censorship, physical searches and SWAT teams

The MPAA and RIAA have submitted their master plan for enforcing copyright to the new Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Richard Esguerra points out, it's a startlingly distopian work of science fiction. The entertainment industry calls for:

* spyware on your computer that detects and deletes infringing materials;
* mandatory censorware on all Internet connections to interdict transfers of infringing material;
* border searches of personal media players, laptops and thumb-drives;
* international bullying to force other countries to implement the same policies;
* and free copyright enforcement provided by Fed cops and agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security!).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess finding Osama bin Laden just isn't a priority any more!

Frankly, after having one laptop destroyed by TSA and spending 90 minutes on the phone with Micro$oft to get around a bug that prevented my legally owned software from running on my legally owned computer thi8s last week, I am ready to live a life free of personal electronic devices. I don't plan to pull an Alex Jones and torture an iPad (I don't own one and don't plan to buy one), but I have already weaned myself from the practice of walking around all day with mp3 music blasting into my ears and recommend it highly as a means to reconnect with the real world. I might even go back to using a cell phone that does nothing at all except make phone calls.

And screw it, if I cannot be assured that my laptop will arrive at a business destination with me so that I can do my job, then I will quit the business I am in and go on welfare.

The government has gone out of its way to make it impossible to work in this country, and they have finally succeeded.

Apr 17 08:12

Israel's Latest Ridiculous Story About Why It Has Banned iPads: They "Violate Israeli Law"

As we noted earlier this week, Israel has banned iPads.

The country is so serious about this ban that it's confiscating iPads at airports.


The initial story was that the US iPad runs on a different WiFi standard than Israel's WiFi standard and, therefore, iPads might "damage Israel's domestic network."

That story was preposterous.

Apr 16 22:09

The CyberWar Against Online Privacy

Original post.

Not only will they have a phone number, they will have physical location data - which spells the end of anonymous posting, at least on Youtube...

Apr 16 20:05

Gamestation Tricked Online Buyers Into Selling Their SOULS (no really)

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from or one of its duly authorised minions."

Apr 16 08:56

Automated propaganda systems continue to hijack Twitter

Apr 16 06:18

Law firm defends attacking pensioners

DISGRACED EXORTIONISTS Digiprotect, the firm that got over-eager lawyers to send threatening letters to pensioners demanding payment, has tried to defend its actions.

Apparently all the firm was doing was "just protecting its rights-holders", according to an interview with the BBC. The firm, which is based in Germany, wasn't willing to divulge quite who those 'rights-holders' were, but simply said they were "musicians and producers".

Apr 15 09:57

ACTA Treaty: Can Seize, Destroy Your PC, Electronics

ACTA was designed to enact the constant monitoring of everyone's online activities -- both legitimate and non-legitimate -- and gives border agents in the U.S. and other member states the power to search and seize your equipment without a warrant. Effectively, it gives these officials the power to destroy U.S. citizens' laptops, iPods or CDs if the agents suspect they might contain copyright-infringing content.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They can destroy your electronics if they only suspect that it might contain copyright-infringing content.

Probably better to stop buying mp3 players, iPads, or any of that stuff from now on. The movies are all remakes and today's focus-group engineered music all sounds the same anyway, so why waste time and money on these gadgets anymore if the government goons are going to smash them anyway like they smashed my laptop, only this time DELIBERATLY!

Boycott personal electronics! You know those small people living in your house? Those are your children. Unplug the headphones and introduce yourself. You might enjoy it!

Apr 15 09:42

The Google Toilet: SuperNews!

Apr 15 09:35

Israel bans iPad imports

Israel has banned all imports of Apple's hottest new product, the iPad, citing concerns that its wireless frequencies are incompatible with national standards.

Customs officials said Thursday they already have confiscated about 10 iPads since Israel announced the new regulations this week.

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National standards my astrolabe! Israel is building a silicon curtain around Gaza to block information from leaking out during CAST LEAD (watch this number).

Apr 14 16:45

YouTube now gone Orwellian – Now requires SMS from every new Registrant

Now if you are simply a regular person, not a spammer, and not a multiple account creator that just wants a Google or YouTube account, your out of luck without giving out your cell phone number or regular phone number to their authorities (aka the youtube police). YouTube has become a phone number collector which means they can give police, FBI, and CIA peoples private phone numbers if you use Google.

Apr 14 08:24

US: Net Neutrality Needs Your Help TODAY, By Sen. John Kerry

On one side are the telephone and cable companies who believe they should be in control because they own the wires that deliver the Internet to your house. On the other side is you, the consumer, and President Obama’s FCC, with a broad set of interests – making sure consumers are protected, users and content are not discriminated against, and broadband service is universally affordable and available.

Apr 14 07:43

Quantity not quality is the key to popularity on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter

Shakespeare may have written that brevity is the soul of wit but when it comes to the internet it is quantity not quality of your posts that count, according to a new study.

New research suggests that it is regular online updates – even if not interesting or funny – that are the secret to success of personal blog and social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

It found that it was the number of posts – not their tone or value – that was the key to having more followers and more friends on the internet.

Those who regularly updated web pages and their blogs were considered more attractive and popular than those who did not. Being positive and interesting did not seem to have the same effect.

Apr 13 16:29

Law Firm Refuses To Send Fine Letters, Blames 'Adverse Publicity'

With the passing of the controversial Digital Economy Bill, illegal file sharers are being bombarded with fine letters sent by a few chosen law firms, which are penalising ISP customers with fines upwards of £500.

However, one such law firm, Tilly, Bailey and Irvine Solicitors (TBI), has announced that it will not be sending any more of these fine letter because of the 'adverse publicity' it has been receiving over the past couple of days. Several consumer rights group, which have actively opposed the Bill, welcomed the decision and praised the law firm for 'finally seeing sense.'

Apr 13 15:12

DigaPEN and DigSPY Glasses - Spy on the government infiltrators!

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From Saturday's Radio show. WRH Readers get a 10% Discount! Use promo code "Rivero"

Apr 13 12:11

Hard Drive Makers Fall on Wedbush Downgrade

Shares of both Seagate Technology (STX) and Western Digital (WDC) are trading lower today, in the wake of somewhat bearish sentiment from Wedbush Securities. Analyst Kaushik Roy downgraded both of the hard-disk drive makers to Neutral from Outperform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YES!!! Yes, yes, yes, yes YES!!!!!

Apr 13 09:14

Stupid Simple Arduino LF RFID Tag Spoofer

RFID tags are all over the place. They're used in building access control systems, passports, inventory tracking . . . This instructable will show how you can use an Arduino and a few simple components (wire coil, transistor, capacitor, resistor) to make a device that can spoof an 125 KHz (low frequency) RFID tag. This is version 1, so there are many enhancements that can be made, but this version is stupid simple, yet it works. I did this in a few hours without much previous knowledge of RFID and without any fancy equipment

Apr 13 08:40

UK govt: IP address is "Intellectual Property address"

The UK has just passed a far-reaching "Digital Economy" bill that gets the judiciary into the website-blocking business and orders ISPs to pass on copyright notices from media companies. It also makes it easy to expand into throttling and Internet disconnections a year from now.

The moves are explicitly done to help the UK's music and movie industries. This "help the rightsholders!" thinking has taken such hold in the government that an "IP address" can now be defined as an "Intellectual Property (IP) address" rather than an "Internet Protocol address" in official government correspondence—and no one bats an eye.

Apr 12 18:19

Man slams Google Street View over garage break-ins

A furious West Yorkshire homeowner who has slammed Google Street View for picturing his open garage which has now been the subject of a break-in has said the service is like on-line shopping for thieves.

Apr 12 18:17

Shame Peter Mandelson didn't download some common sense

The Digital Economy Bill is fatally flawed and won't stop illegal file-sharing

Apr 12 11:01

Social Networking Decline

While social networks are still massive and generally doing well, there are more more reports of people getting fed up with such networks because they get too many friend requests and are not happy with the new advertising methods the sites use to generate revenue.

Apr 12 08:43


If your computer is ‘attacked’ by these evil forces, notify HaAretz at
Perhaps they might find ways to prevent this from happening….

Apr 11 10:36

Activists? Action Against Censorship Not Just a Gag

At 5:30PM on April 1st, Activists protesting against the Rudd Government's proposed Mandatory Internet Filter will gather in Hyde Park Sydney to speak out against Government Censorship.

One of the organisers of the protest and member of Pirate Party Australia, Simon Frew, said. "I think it is outrageous that the government has the audacity to force this filter on a supposedly free society. This is the sort of censorship you would expect of China or Iran, and it is being roundly condemned by the US State Department and Google for good reason."

Apr 11 10:35

The Pirate Party: how to bypass the great Australian firewall

Apr 11 09:34

U.K. Passes Internet Censorship and Disconnection Law

Late Thursday night the U.K. Parliament passed the controversial Digital Economy Bill, which grants the U.K. government sweeping new powers to control access to the Internet.

Apr 09 10:20

What's wrong with the iPad? Let's start with the lack of a clock

It won't wake you up and won't charge while it's syncing. And other annoyances.

Apr 09 09:46

Digital Economy Bill: Nine things you can't do any more

The Digital Economy Bill has a number of clauses that, if taken to their logical extremes, could see some pretty horrible outcomes. It's completed its whistle-stop tour of the legislative process, sprinting from Commons to Lords with barely a pause for breath before getting the nod from Her Maj. MPs decided to get the bill into law first and worry about the details later.

Until Ofcom hammers out the mechanics of the processes outlined in the bill, it's impossible to say how we'll be affected. We take a look at some of the worst-case scenarios.

Apr 09 07:54

Class Claims McAfee Pulls a Fast One

McAfee, the Internet security software giant, gives customers' credit card information to an advertiser that uses deceptive pop-ups on McAfee's Web site to trick people into subscribing to its service, according to a federal class action. After customers buy software from McAfee's Web site, a pop-up appears that looks like the rest of the McAfee page, the class says. The pop-up thanks customers for their purchase and asks them to click the "Try it Now" button.

When they click on the button, believing they are activating the new software, they actually are being tricked into subscribing to Arpu, which claims to make it possible for customers to buy things online using credit card information already on file, according to the complaint.

Apr 08 15:59

Google Gives the US Government Access To Gmail

"Google condemns the Chinese Government for censoring its results, and Australia for planning to do the same. Meanwhile, its lawyers and security experts have told employees to 'be intentionally vague about whether or not we've given access to end-user accounts,' according to engineer James Tarquin, hinting that Google may be sharing its data with the US government. Perhaps Australia's most hated communications minister, Steven Conroy, could be right in his criticism of Google's privacy record after all."

Apr 08 12:48

Internet provider defies digital bill

One of the UK's three biggest internet service providers has vowed not to co-operate with measures to combat file-sharing set out in the government's controversial digital economy bill, expected to receive royal assent within days.

TalkTalk, with more than 4 million UK internet users, said that "many draconian proposals remain" in the bill, including some that would allow content companies to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block the connections of customers suspected of online copyright infringement.

Apr 08 08:20

Digital economy bill rushed through wash-up in late night session

Government drops clause on orphan works but inserts amendment criticised as over-broad which could block sites based on 'intent'.

This bill will potentially affect anyone connectiong to the internet in the UK. Check out how few MPs debated the subject.

Apr 07 19:18

Anger about digital 'stitch-up'

Ministers have been accused of a "stitch-up" to pass laws cracking down on digital piracy before the election.

MPs voiced anger at attempts to rush through the digital economy bill aimed at supporting artists' copyright and tackle illegal file-sharing.

Former minister Tom Watson said it would be a "catastrophic disaster" if the bill went through as constituted.

However, the bill was approved by MPs by a majority of 142 votes and will now pass to the Lords for final approval.

Apr 07 11:41

Apple shrugs to iPad Wi-Fi problems

Apple has admitted that its iPad isn't very good at Wi-Fi, and suggests that customers having problems move nearer to their hotspot to get a signal.

Apr 07 07:43

First generation fat PS3s bricked by new 3.21 firmware update

If you've got an old-style bread-bin PlayStation 3 now would be a good time to switch off your internet router. The latest update from Sony's servers is causing nightmares for first generation PS3 owners, bricking their consoles and stopping them from connecting to the internet.

Apr 06 13:06

Math Genius Needed..

Here is the problem.. (These are my family members who don't want their names mentioned) The daughter was born on June 6, The mother was born on July 18, the father was born on August 1....

They were not all born on the same day of the week. They nevertheless questioned why their birthday from thirty years in the past to thirty years in the future? In every single year.. Was on the same exact day of the week as each other.

Why are me and my gal.. She born on Oct 8, and me born on Nov 12... Why do our birthdays always always occur on the same day of the week?.. From thirty years in the past to thirty years in the future? in every single year?

Check the Daughter, Mother and Father. they always match.
Check me and my gal of twenty years.. they always match.

Apr 06 12:59

MATH GENIUS NEEDED NOW! (fakes need not apply)

Hi you guys.. Here is the math problem.. The daughter was born on June 6, The mother was born on July 18, the father was born on August 1....

They were not all born on the same day of the week. They nevertheless questioned why their birthday from thirty years in the past to thirty years in the future? In every single year.. Was on the same day of the week.

Why are me and my gal.. She born on Oct 8, and me born on Nov 12... Why do our birthdays always always occur on the same day of the week?.. From thirty years in the past to thirty years in the future?

Check the calender for the last thirty years, and then look thirty years into the future.. Look at every month.. for sixty years.. It is always on the same day of the week.

Check the Daughter, Mother and Father.

Apr 06 09:34

Court: FCC has no power to regulate Net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to impose strict Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Apr 06 09:30

Federal Appeals Court rules against Net Neutrality

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

Apr 06 08:21

The iPad's downfall

Is all that chatter about the iPad being nothing more than an oversized iPod Touch finally starting to sink in? I mean, everyone knew the iPad was a luxury item - but are people who believed that they had to have one suddenly asking themselves why? Quite frankly, that’s something they have to answer for themselves. For me, if the money weren’t an issue, I still wouldn’t be dropping that grand - at least not yet.

Apr 06 08:02

iPad users report app failures and charging problems

Apple has maintained its silence over reports about glitches with its new tablet computer. New iPad owners have posted comments on Apple forums claiming that their wi-fi was poor or fluctuating, where other internet devices worked well. Today, new reports suggested there could also be issues with charging the device and compatibility with apps designed for the iPhone.

“Casa de Trevino” from California said: “Having same problem with wi-fi being weak and constantly fluctuating. I have to keep entering my password to regain access to my network after having lost a signal. Two iPhones and two MacBooks showing full signal with no interrupts. Certainly hope this is fixable. Too pricey of a toy for it to have this issue right out of box.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to my world.

Apr 06 07:53

Apple's new iPad hit by technical glitches as users complain they are unable to connect to the internet

The launch of Apple's long-awaited iPad has been marred by reports of the device having technical problems connecting to wi-fi networks.

Apple sold more than 300,000 iPads on its launch day in the U.S. on Saturday. This figure includes pre-orders of the touch-screen device that blends features of the iPhone, electronic book readers and tablet computers.

But many new users have posted comments on Apple forums reporting that their iPad has little or no wireless internet signal when their other wi-fi devices work with no issues at all.

Apr 05 10:29

Apple sells 300,000 iPads on first day

Apple Inc said it had sold more than 300,000 iPads on the tablet computer's first day in stores, surpassing some forecasts, but leaving questions about whether the product can be its next big hit.

Shares of Apple were nearly unchanged in early trading after the stock last week repeatedly hit record highs in anticipation of the iPad's launch on Saturday.

The company said first-day sales included deliveries of preordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores.


The device has so many deficiencies it's being sold like a modern day snake oil.

Apr 04 13:26

Western Digital sucks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently a majority opinion.

Apr 04 13:23

Western Digital accuses all hard drive users of being pirates, refuses to allow media files to be shared!

Western Digital claims they have to block such files from being shared “due to unverifiable media license authentication.” To put it in human-speak: Those files might be copyrighted, and for some reason, Western Digital has set itself up as the copyright judge, jury, and executioner of your hard drive and data!

Slashdot points out that there are ways around this. Sure. There always are. But that’s not the point. The point is that hard drive manufacturers should never make any assumptions about my data. It’s my hard drive and it’s my data and I should always be allowed to access it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There does seem to be a terrible attitude problem on the part of computer vendors that they and not you are in charge of the hardware and software you paid for. But arrogance goeth before a fall and I plan to make Western Digital's stock fall as far as I can with your assistance.

In years past it was a policy position of WRH that product liability needed to be restored to computer products. I think the current situation shows how overdue that step is, and I will discuss this on tomorrow's radio show.

Apr 04 13:19

Western Digital sucks a$$

I got a western digital Hd in 98, I had to send it back in 99

Apr 04 13:18

Beware Of Western Digital Hard Drives!

Spent 3-4 hours trouble shooting and on the phone with Westen Digital and all they offer is a refurb replacement drive.

Apr 04 13:17

MyBook Essential 500 GB SUCKS!!

I just wish I had checked the web before I bought the MyBook Essential 500 GB hard drive. I recommend you avoid this drive like the plague.

Apr 04 13:15

Western Digital Caviar drives: unforgivably unreliable!

Pros: Cement a dozen of them together and you would have a great boat anchor.

Cons: 3 catastrophic failures in under a week make Caviar drives too untrustworthy to consider using.

The Bottom Line: I bought this drive because it was cheap. What a mistake! 3 catastrophic failures in under a week of total operating time with 2 cases of infant mortality. Avoid!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Pope thought he was bearing the brunt of a pissed-off webmaster, wait until he sees what I am going to do to Western Digital!!

Apr 04 13:13

Western Digital MyBook Premium Edition 500GB External Hard Drive

Pros: ...what pros?

Cons: This device failed after little more than a month. I lost 400GB of professional photography work. Paid hundreds trying to get data off this piece of garbage, and no one was able to.
Summary: Piece of garbage. Fails. Unreliable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently I am not alone in losing valuable data to Western Digital's "backup" (nudge nudge wink wink) systems.

Apr 04 08:38

Bringing in millions by selling personal data

At least $65 million has been made in the past five years from the sale of millions of motor vehicle records that include birth dates and other personal information of all state drivers, Department of Public Safety records show.

A private company has collected about $15 million conducting most of those transactions on behalf of the state, records show.

Apr 04 06:33

Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush.

Apr 03 21:14

DHS Global Biometric Plan

DHS Global Biometric Plan, Facial Recognition Billboards (plus more)...

Apr 03 20:32

Great Firewall: Not Just Of China Anymore?


Security experts are not sure exactly how this happened, but it appears that at least one ISP recently began fetching high-level DNS (domain name server) information from what's known as a root DNS server, based in China. ...returned DNS information intended for Chinese users, effectively spreading China's network censorship overseas.... The issue was reported Wednesday... DNS queries for sites such as, and -- all of which have been blocked in China -- were being redirected to bogus addresses.

It is unclear how widespread the problem is.

Apr 03 06:53

Buyers snap up first Apple iPad computers

Apple began accepting pre-orders for the device on March 12 and there are thought to be at least 250,000 reservations for purchase, pick-up or delivery today.

Some buyers were so desperate to get their hands on the iPad and start testing its applications - or apps - that they waited in sleeping bags outside stores overnight.

At the shop in New York's Soho district Luis Martinez, a 30-year-old artist, was first in line after spending 12 hours on the pavement outside.

Apr 01 11:21

Synapse on a Chip

The memristor — the so-called “missing link of electronics” memory technology that can change its resistance in varying levels — has been around on paper for nearly 40 years. However it wasn’t until 2010 that a group at the University of Michigan led by Dr. Wei Lu demonstrated that it can be used to build brain-like computers in a paper just published in Nano Letters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the inaccuracies of an analog computer at the speed of digital circuitry!

Seriously, you can simulate a neuron with present day technology if you realize that a neuron is not a simple wire but a a tiny processor; a "state-machine" with a bus width of however many neurotransmitters it responds to (about 56 for the normal human brain.)

Apr 01 11:07

St. Louis priest admits child porn, seeking sex with teen

The former pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, in south St. Louis, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of possessing child pornography, and admitted that he tried to pay for sex with a 16-year-old girl.

The Rev. James Patrick Grady, 58, was nabbed in an FBI pedophile sting last summer, in which he had agreed to pay $80 for oral sex. Investigators later discovered child porn on his laptop computer, which had been purchased by his parish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something the people who tossed in those coins to the collection plates should be thinking about right now!

Apr 01 08:13

Introducing Google Translate for Animals

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, this is an April Fool's story!

Mar 30 08:02

Poll: Internet censorship

Do you support the government's internet filtering policy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people speak, er, click!

Mar 30 07:27

Gov't, certificate authorities conspire to spy on SSL users?

Recent discoveries by Wired and a paper by security researchers Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm suggests that SSL might not be as secure as once thought. Not because SSL itself has been compromised, but because governments are conspiring with Certificate Authorities, key parts of the SSL infrastructure, to subvert the entire system to allow them to spy on anyone they wish to keep tabs on.

Mar 28 12:04

WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike

Whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it's calling a Pentagon "cover-up" of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory.

The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club, the group said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is probably why Obama is in Afghanistan right now trying to stammer his way through a speech without his teleprompters and using what sounds like a pre-recorded applause track (they are in a tent, yet the applause has hard-wall echoes in it).

Mar 28 08:45

CIA Officer- Robert Steele stresses the importance of Blogging - MONTAGE

Mar 27 08:16

TJX Hacker Paid $75K As Secret Service Informant

Notorious Miami hacker Albert Gonzalez was being paid $75,000 a year by the U.S. Secret Service to work as an undercover informant at the time he spearheaded the TJX hack in 2007, CNN reports.

Mar 26 09:22

WIKILEAKS - Petreus Snuff Film leads to Keystone Kops Harrasment in Iceland

WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining.

If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.

Two under State Dep diplomatic cover followed our editor from Iceland to on Thursday.

One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer's seized.That's

We have been shown secret photos of our production meetings and been asked specific questions during detention related to the airstrike.

We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don't think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.

Mar 26 09:06

U.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks

Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations. In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack on my compound there in 2007 is still unattributed) to an unsuccessful mass attack by Chinese computers on our servers in Stockholm, after we published photos of murders in Tibet. In the West this has ranged from the overt, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, threatening to prosecute us unless we removed a report on CIA activity in Kosovo, to the covert, to an ambush by a "James Bond" character in a Luxembourg car park, an event that ended with a mere "we think it would be in your interest to...".

Mar 25 21:10

Hacker gets 20 years for stealing credit card data

A computer hacker from Miami who orchestrated one of the largest theft of credit and debit card numbers in U.S. history was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison after he apologized for leading a scheme that cost companies, banks and insurers nearly $200 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One down ...

Mar 25 09:54

FLASHBACK - Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites

The Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on Sunday it was setting up an "army of bloggers," to be made up of Israelis who speak a second language, to represent Israel in "anti-Zionist blogs" in English, French, Spanish and German.

Mar 25 07:16

Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Google ads

Malware that exploits holes in popular applications is being delivered by big ad delivery platforms including those run by Yahoo, Fox, and Google, according to Prague-based antivirus firm Avast.

Viruses and other malware were found to be lurking in ads last year on high-profile sites like The New York Times and conservative news aggregator Drudge, and this year on Drudge, TechCrunch and The practice has been dubbed "malvertising."

Mar 24 21:23

The REAL reason Google is leaving China

Given that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have no access to the Chinese Internet market, the White House believes that Google alone cannot play a large role in China as it did in Georgia and Iran.

Mar 24 10:48

Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It

There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.

Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.

Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.

Mar 23 09:47

Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders

Google's CEO went to Abu Dhabi this week and preached. He sermonized about Google's exceptional virtue — its indifference to profit and supreme trustworthiness. His speech should have been shocking. Except that delusional self-righteousness is now routine at Google

Mar 22 23:33

Internet tops TV viewing in Canada: Ipsos poll

For the first time ever, Canadians are spending more time surfing the web than they are watching television, a new poll shows.

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Mar 22 07:12

Dodgy BitDefender update bricks systems

A dodgy update from BitDefender on Saturday bricked Win 64-Bit systems after it was applied.

Rogue signature updates meant that multiple Windows and BullGuard files were falsely flagged as infected with a Trojan (now identified as Trojan-FakeAlert-5) and quarantined. Affected systems were subsequently left with applications that wouldn't work on boxes that were incapable of successfully rebooting.

The ropey update was available for around three and half hours before it was pulled. BitDefender has apologised for the snafu and issued advice on restoring borked systems.

Mar 22 06:42

US Forest Service admits putting surveillance cameras on public lands

Last month, Herman Jacob took his daughter and her friend camping in the Francis Marion National Forest. While poking around for some firewood, Jacob noticed a wire. He pulled on it and followed it to a video camera and antenna.

The camera didn't have any markings identifying its owner, so Jacob took it home and called law enforcement agencies to find out if it was theirs, all the while wondering why someone would station a video camera in an isolated clearing in the woods.

He eventually received a call from Mark Heitzman of the U.S. Forest Service.

In a stiff voice, Heitzman ordered Jacob to turn it back over to his agency, explaining that it had been set up to monitor "illicit activities." Jacob returned the camera but felt uneasy.

Mar 21 09:09

How a lawsuit over school laptops evolved

Now a law firm and forensics experts are trying to count how many times the software was activated - and figure out if it was ever used to spy on students instead of tracking missing computers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know this was the case. The camera was activated on a laptop NOT reported stolen or missing. Therefore the camera was being used to spy in the kid. The issue came to light because whoever was using the camera to spy on the student (in the privacy of his own room) mistook come candy for illegal drugs and showed a captured image to the student's parents, who initiated the lawsuit.

Mar 19 09:47


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Be careful what you say in these groups. By now they are probably filled with all kinds of government informants.

Mar 19 08:44

Data mining project benefits investigators, scares privacy experts

It's a project that worries privacy-rights advocates and other critics. They wonder if Asher's real reason for donating some of his technology to government agencies is to get access to confidential data like firearms registries, tax information, even health records — information that could be a boon to businesses and an unprecedented intrusion into the lives of millions of Americans.

"He wants to have every scrap of personal data that he can acquire on any and everybody,'' says Marion Hammer, a past president of the National Rifle Association. "I know that he has people working to find ways to get data from state agencies and of course there is data that we would never want him to get his hands on.''

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, once again, "protecting the children" becomes the justification for further intrusion into o0ur private lives.

Now, I am all for protecting children, but this system of data mining has no more to do with protecting children than "Cap and Trade" has to do with the environment or Obamacare has to do with your health.

Mar 19 08:37

Colorado Springs man allegedly sabotaged TSA computers

A former employee of the Transportation Security Administration has been indicted by the Denver federal grand jury for attempting to sabotage TSA computers that enable TSA airport personnel to spot potential terrorists before they board airliners.

Mar 19 07:48

Siemens Plans 4,200 Layoffs from IT Division

Engineering and industrial-technology conglomerate Siemens announced March 18 it will lay off 4,200 employees in the IT division, in what some news sources are claiming is preparation for an IT division spinoff. Siemens said it plans to invest $500 million euros in SIS, its IT solutions and services business, by 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess we know the reason for that recent corporate image ad campaign!

Mar 18 11:16

Texas Man Accused of Disabling 100 Cars Over Internet

A man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an Internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said Wednesday.

The Texas Auto Center dealership in Austin installs GPS devices that can prevent cars from starting. The system is used to repossess cars when buyers are overdue on payments, said Jeremy Norton, a controller at the dealership where Ramos-Lopez worked. Car horns can be activated when repo agents go to collect vehicles and believe the owners are hiding them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet you didn't know your car could be sabotaged over the internet, did you?

Mar 18 11:10

Defacing Facebook: A Security Case Study PDF

This paper describes Facebook’s security mechanisms and presents a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Facebook Markup Language that allows arbitrary JavaScript to be added to application users’ profiles. The profile in the code can then defeat their anti-
request forging security measures and hijack the sessions of viewers.

Mar 18 11:07

Emergency Internet control bill gets a rewrite

During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday attended by about a dozen industry representatives, CNET has learned, Rockefeller's staff pitched a revised version of his controversial cybersecurity legislation.

It says that after the president chooses to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," he can activate a "response and restoration plan" involving networks owned and operated by the private sector. In an attempt to limit criticism, instead of spelling out the plan's details, the latest draft simply says that it must be developed by the White House in advance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, when the US Government does shut down the alternative media, then it really will be time to start (as Claire Wolfe put it) shooting the bastards!

Mar 18 10:52

Narus' New Scary Data Mining Tool Will Know Too Much, Sooner Than You Think

And remember, this is just what they are willing to TELL you...

Narus is best known as the creator of NarusInsight, an network monitoring device that... AT&T allegedly used... to wiretap customer data... Hone works in tandem with NarusInsight... it can do some pretty “scary” things.... analyze VOIP conversations, biometrically identify someone’s voice or photograph and then associate it with different phone numbers....

It uses artificial intelligence to analyze e-mails and can link mails to different accounts... sift through millions of profiles searching for... statistically likely matches... Another component can trace the location of someone using a mobile device such as a laptop or phone.

This, they say, is a year away. Really?