COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Aug 30 15:03

On BlackBerry bans and the real threat to national security

On BlackBerry bans and the real threat to national security
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Mohannad El-Khairy
"Thousands of Israeli companies have contributed to the information and communication technology needs of modern day life. What do they, along with the names mentioned above, share in common?"
"Unlike Dubai, Unit 8200, known as “Shmone Matayim” in Hebrew, doesn’t like the lime light. Set up in the 1959 on Mount Avital in the occupied Golan Heights, Unit 8200 is as a secretive electronic warfare unit responsible for collecting signal intelligence and code decryption."
"Both Gadi Mazor and Ron Maor of Onset and Nobex Technologies are veterans of Unit 8200 as well; so is the influential Yossi Vardi.
Arab resistance groups have taken notice."

Aug 30 08:07

Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy

The Pentagon is contemplating an aggressive approach to defending its computer systems that includes preemptive actions such as knocking out parts of an adversary's computer network overseas - but it is still wrestling with how to pursue the strategy legally.

The department is developing a range of weapons capabilities, including tools that would allow "attack and exploitation of adversary information systems" and that can "deceive, deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy" information and information systems, according to Defense Department budget documents.

Aug 30 07:55

Government Think Tank Calls For Infiltrating Conspiracy Websites

Furious that state involvement in major terror attacks is being exposed to a wider audience than ever before via the Internet, a UK think tank closely affiliated with the Downing Street has called for authorities to infiltrate conspiracy websites in an effort to “increase trust in the government”.

Aug 29 12:22

The semi-official WRH iPhone app (Beta)

This app is not endorsed by or approved of by Apple. This app is in beta test stage and is provided without guarantees or warranties of any kind whatsoever (but I've had it on my own iPhone for a month now without a problem). Please email comments and criticisms to The software guru.

Aug 29 09:36

Wikipedia’s credibility threatened by Zionists

Israeli campaign to “edit” pages for propaganda purposes results in Palestinian counter-reaction; Wikipedia will be destroyed as a reliable source of information if turned into an ideological battleground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wikipedia has no credibility, and no this is not a whine about how they deleted every article about me and my website. I am referring to the campaign by the global warming cult to alter 5000 Wikipedia articles in order to remove mention of the Medieval warm period and how much BETTER life was with a warmer planet! That little stunt, together with an unflagging dismissal of any unofficial points of view, ended Wikipedia's credibility a long time ago.

Aug 29 09:21

Pentagon considers preemptive strikes as part of cyber-defense strategy

The Pentagon is contemplating an aggressive approach to defending its computer systems that includes preemptive actions such as knocking out parts of an adversary's computer network overseas - but it is still wrestling with how to pursue the strategy legally.

The department is developing a range of weapons capabilities, including tools that would allow "attack and exploitation of adversary information systems" and that can "deceive, deny, disrupt, degrade and destroy" information and information systems, according to Defense Department budget documents.

Aug 29 07:08

California students get tracking devices

RICHMOND, Calif.—California officials are outfitting preschoolers in Contra Costa County with tracking devices they say will save staff time and money.

The system was introduced Tuesday. When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. The tag will send signals to sensors that help track children's whereabouts, attendance and even whether they've eaten or not.

Aug 29 06:52

Net Neutrality: 7 Worst Case Scenarios

Many consumer advocacy groups, web companies and startups are ranting about the perils of losing net neutrality. Net neutrality, they say, is what made the Internet what it is today by giving small companies the opportunity to become big companies, and it rightly puts the user in full control of what he views on the Internet.

Aug 29 06:15

Microsoft Co-Founder Launches Patent War

Now, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen says he owns the technology behind all these ideas, and he's demanding that some of the world's top Web companies pay up to use them.

Aug 29 02:59

Make Sure the Bunker is Well Stocked

Capital Hill is awash in Wall Street's filthy lucre, which means that congress will block any law that threatens the main profit-centers of the big banks or brokerage houses. HFT, complex derivatives, securitization and repo transactions will all be preserved in their present state until the next big tremor rumbles through lower Manhattan bringing the markets down in a thunderous roar. Make sure the bunker is well stocked.

Aug 28 09:14

Boycott Philly? Why Philadelphia's Licensing and Taxing of Blogs is Creeping Fascism

The recent decision by the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania to require a Business Privilege License ($50 a year or lifetime cost of $300) of blogs and that the blogs be taxed on any profits has generated a well deserved outcry from free marketers across the country. Many have invoked Chief Justice John Marshall's famous words, "The power to tax involves the power to destroy." They are right, this will be the end of independent blogging in Philadelphia and around the world when this spreads across countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 28 08:23

Megaphone desktop tool - How Israel hijacks the blog-o-sphere

The Megaphone Desktop Tool gives the user the option of going to a particular site with a poll, and if the user chooses to go to the site, the software then casts a vote automatically, when this is technically feasible. The vote is chosen by the distributors of Megaphone.

Aug 28 06:48

The battle for Wikipedia: Palestinians counter Israeli editing group

After a rightist group opened the first-ever Zionist editing group aimed at defending Israel on Wikipedia, a Palestinian organization plans to create its own Wikipedia editing program.

Palestinian Journalists Syndicate head Abdul Nasser An-Najar told the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency that his organization plans to set up editing groups to counter attempts to present Israel's view on Wikipedia. He urged the Palestinian Authority to take part in the initiative.

An-Najar warned that the next regional war would be a “media war,” adding that online information on the Israeli-Arab conflict shapes world opinion.

Aug 28 06:32

Pentagon seeks anti-WikiLeaks technology

Evidently stung by the massive WikiLeaks dump of classified data about the Afghan war via a renegade Army intelligence analyst, the Pentagon is turning to its Top Secret "skunkworks" operation for a tech workaround. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) this week announced a new initiative to develop software that would identify and root out "insiders" stealing secrets from classified networks. The Cyber Insider Threat program, or CINDER for short, would "increase the accuracy, rate and speed with which insider threats are detected and impede the ability of adversaries to operate undetected within government and military interest networks," according DARPA's request for proposals.

Aug 27 06:14

Be a closet climate modeler with Climate@home

First there was SETI@home where you could use spare CPU cycles to look for extraterrestrial signals. Now we have Climate@Home, running NASA GISS modeling software in distributed computing, but no release date yet. Oxford has already created climateprediction.net running BOINC. I expect it’s a case of “keeping up with the Joneses”

I wonder though, what’s the “carbon footprint” of leaving all those computers running to calculate the effects of fossil fuels burned to run them?

Aug 26 10:47

Facebook sues start-up for using 'book' in its name

Teachbook.com has two employees and fewer than 20 users signed up for its free Web community. The site has yet to officially launch.

But the Northbrook, Ill., company, which provides tools for teachers to manage their classrooms and share lesson plans and other resources, has been thrust into the spotlight by social networking giant Facebook, which sued the start-up for using "book" in its name.

"We've been sitting here scratching our heads for the last couple of days," Teachbook's managing director, Greg Shrader, said Wednesday. "We're trying to understand how Facebook, a multibillion-dollar company, feels this small enterprise in Chicago is any type of threat."

Aug 26 10:23

I Graciously Accept Rolling Stone's Obnoxiousness Award - Now Where's My Check?

Since an excited friend emailed me that I had won Matt Taibbi's "Most Obnoxious Thing on the Internet This Month" award, I have been looking forward to my $10,000 check and working on my acceptance speech. Here is a draft of that speech:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An insult from Rolling Stone beats a compliment from the New York Times, any day! :)

Aug 26 08:17

NameNotFound

You want to know what news sends chills down the spines of the world’s governments?

Not "rogue regimes’" purported saber rattling.

Not even bad economic data coming out of Wall Street.

It's news like this:

"The search giant Google and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency are investing in a company working to track Web-browsing behavior.

Aug 26 07:53

Music Biz Uses Net Neutrality to Equate P2P with Child Porn – Again

Earlier this year the IFPI took that sentiment to the next level, going so far as to exclaim that “child pornography is great…because politicians understand child pornography.”

“By playing that card,” IFPI lawyer Johan Schlüter told an audience gathered at an anti-P2P conference in Sweden, “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.”

The music industry knows the drill. Equating P2P with child porn is the quickest way to make people sympathetic to their cause and get them to act accordingly.

Aug 25 08:16

Internet fraudsters claim celebrities have died in plane crash in latest trojan virus attack

Scammers are sending emails containing links which claim that people like Beyonce, Tom Cruise or Tiger Woods have died in a plane or car crash.

One common email claims that the named celebrity has died along with 34 other people when their plane crashed into a mountainside while approaching the airport.

Recipients are asked to open an attachment for further details.

But when the user clicks on the link a Trojan computer virus is installed on their computer which can then give the virus’ creator complete remote control of their machine.

Aug 25 07:43

Philly Is Not the “City of Blogger-ly Love”

Imagine you live in Philadelphia and you have a blog. You are like about 99.9 percent of the world’s bloggers so you make no money and the blog is a labor of love.

Now imagine that you are going to be charged $300 for the privilege of having your blog start from the City of Brotherly Love. Yup, that’s right, Philly is hitting bloggers with this and other measures. If you haven’t had enough of the government on every level getting into everyone’s business this may put you over the top.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sure hope so!

Aug 23 19:10

New iPhone Security Patent: User Protection or 1984 iSpy?

Your next iPhone might listen to your heartbeat or scan your face to identify its rightful owner — and it could react with anti-theft measures if it ended up in the wrong hands, according to a patent recently filed by Apple.

...

“Ignoring the possibility that a false positive in Apple’s proposed theft protection might activate the spy cam while the user is in the bath, or in the middle of some other intimate moment, this technology seems Orwellian for another reason: It gives Steve Jobs and Co. the means to retaliate when iPhones aren’t being used in ways Cupertino doesn’t expressly permit,” The Register wrote over the weekend.

Aug 22 17:40

How WikiLeaks Keeps Its Funding Secret

The controversial website WikiLeaks, which argues the cause of openness in leaking classified or confidential documents, has set up an elaborate global financial network to protect a big secret of its own—its funding.

Some governments and corporations angered by the site's publications have already sued WikiLeaks or blocked access to it, and the group fears that its money and infrastructure could be targeted further, founder Julian Assange said in an interview in London shortly after publishing 76,000 classified U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan in July. The move sparked international controversy and put WikiLeaks in the spotlight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the site shut down for lack of funding last year, then suddenly they have a million bucks to play with from a source which must remain hidden ... at the same time they start coming out with stories about a living Osama Bin Laden and dissing the 9-11 truth movement!

Aug 22 10:32

Course: Zionist Editing on Wikipedia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel openly declares their intention to control everything you see, hear, and read on the internet!

Sieg HEIL! Sieg HEIL! Sieg HEIL!

Aug 22 10:30

Pay Up: Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.

So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there's the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business. The same rules apply to freelance writers. As former City Paper news editor Doron Taussig once lamented [Slant, "Taxed Out," April 28, 2005], the city considers freelancers — which both Bess and Barry are, in addition to their blog work — "businesses," and requires them to pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits, on top of their state and federal taxes.

Aug 22 07:30

The facial recognition software that will put a name to every photograph in the internet

A software company is developing revolutionary software which provides the ability to identify people from photographs posted on the internet.

Face.com has produced technology that can identify individuals on social networking sites and online galleries by comparing their image against a known picture of them.

It means detailed profiles of individuals can be built up purely from online photographs and critics have said it could lead to exploitation by employers.

Aug 21 15:32

New industry meetings over net neutrality being hosted by lobbyists

While much of the focus has been on Google and Verizon when it comes to net neutrality as of late, the Wall Street Journal has reported that lobbyists began a new set of talks among a much wider group on Wednesday.

The Information Technology Industry Council is a lobbying firm which represents dozens of companies, including Apple, AOL, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM among others. Reports indicate Microsoft is in attendance as is Cisco. AT&T and Verizon are also involved in the negotiations, but Google is not.

No public interest groups have been invited to this round of talks, unlike the unsuccessful FCC talks. Those groups used that fact to point out that the consumer has no representation in these latest talks, making them illegitimate.

"The public does not need more time-consuming deliberations," Media Access Project senior vice president and policy director Andrew Jay Schwartzman said in a statement. "The FCC should take prompt action to assert its authority over broadband providers' network management practices, without further delay."

Aug 21 13:35

New Facebook Feature Is A Possible Security Concern

New facebook feature allows facebook to lock town your location anytime anywhere...beware!

Aug 21 10:08

Philadelphia to register/charge bloggers $300 for blogging "priviledge"

For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.
ADVERTISEMENT

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

Aug 20 07:59

Gilad Atzmon: United Against Knowledge

The Guardian reported today that two Israeli groups have set up training courses in subversive Wikipedia editing aiming to 'show the other side' of the Jewish State.

Those who lend their pen to the Palestinian cause know about Wikipedia Jews, a term that was coined a few years ago. It refers to a bunch of rabid and crypto Zionists who constantly vandalise encyclopaedia entries to do with Palestine, Palestinian activists and Israeli atrocities.

According to the Guardian two Israeli groups seeking to gain the upper hand in the online debate have launched a course in "Zionist editing".

Aug 19 11:32

Mac, PC, Linux - it doesn't matter as they all suck...

Let the rant begin! I just sent this little crash notifier note in my daily series or my reality show called, Crash Notifier - My Daily Time Waster, to the techies at Apple since I have nothing better to do.

As much as this happens, I should start sending them my invoice for billable time since they are taking money away from me. I did the same by sending my NSAT&T cell phone bill up the road here to NSA and told them to pay it, since I'm funding their operations as we all are with our taxes, so they can in-turn use our federal equipment and payroll spook personnel to be used against us, to spy on us in this twisted Ouroboros tax-funded intel scheme against the hand, or tail, that feeds it...

Aug 18 15:45

Wikipedia editing courses launched by Zionist groups

Two Israeli groups set up training courses in Wikipedia editing.

Aug 18 08:17

US says okay for teachers to spy on your kids in their bedrooms!

IT LOOKS LIKE PROSECUTORS are not going to get involved in the bizarre case of the school which switched on laptops to spy on students while they were in their own bedrooms. US Attorney Zane David Memeger told USA Today, investigators had found no evidence of criminal intent by Lower Merion School District employees who activated tracking software that took thousands of webcam and screenshot images on school-provided laptops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those parents ought to buy their own kids laptops and send the school issued ones back ... in pieces!

Aug 18 06:12

Former Pakistani Intel Chief Fears World War Three Is Imminent

Gul reiterated his stance on the 9/11 attacks, that it was a black operation to be used as a pretext for entering Afghanistan and using it as a launch pad to enter Pakistan and dominate the region.

Gul also spoke about the evidence that the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were a Western controlled intelligence operation that was to be blamed on Pakistan, a claim he made shortly after the attacks which has since been vindicated by mainstream reports that US and Indian undercover agents were involved in the attacks.

The General also spoke on the death of former Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto, reasserting his previous analysis that Bhutto was eliminated by a neocon controlled assassination squad after she “became rebellious” toward globalist interests.

Aug 17 12:02

Google still censoring Climategate?

For many weeks now, readers have been sending me emails describing how Google has been doing its best to hide information relating to Climategate, which has been the single biggest story on the Internet since the Climategate emails came to light on November 19. By Nov. 26, the term had gone viral and Google returned more results for “climategate” (10.4 million) than for “global warming” (10.1 million). As the Climate Scandal exploded, and increasing numbers of blog sites covered it, the number of web pages with Climategate continued to climb. On Dec. 7, Google’s search engine found 31.6 million hits for people who searched for “Climategate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an experiment, I searched "Michael Rivero" on Google and got 268,000 results. The same search at BING yielded 726,000 results.

Google doesn't love me any more!

Yahoo does not indicate the total number of records it finds. Wikipedia has flat-out banned any mention of me (one slipped through by accident apparently) and all the YouTube videos I did with Alex Jones have now been deleted.

Boo hoo, boo hoo. :P

Aug 17 11:13

Everything Is A Lie: The Deliberate Intent To Deceive People Is At An All Time High

From pollution to politics, the era of deception and duplicity has reached new heights and hijacked almost every form of media in the world. In the last frontiers for truth such as the internet, disinformation operations are in full swing to discredit and destroy any semblance of authentic and factual information available to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lies are control. Truth is freedom.

Aug 17 10:56

Obama demands access to Internet records without court review

'Big Brother is watching you.' Yet another move toward a totalitarian government has secretly occurred that bears ominous signals for personal freedom.

Barack Obama is demanding access to the Internet records of average citizens, in secret, and without court review.

"The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual's internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.

"In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that "the administration wants to add just four words--'electronic communication transactional records'--to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval."

Aug 17 08:31

Zionists Boast: "Our Internet Warfare Squad Controls The Web"

The Zionist state is accelerating its Hasbara campaign, by forming “Internet Warfare Squads”, their sole remit: to post pro-Israel responses on websites worldwide. This assault on free speech and effectively muzzling any criticism of Israel is a tool which will be used in the public relations war, the Zionist thought police are only a click away.

Aug 17 08:27

A reminder that Israel PAYS people to post pro-Israel propaganda on the internet!

Aug 16 12:50

Porno for Pessimists

I don’t need to remind you that—little more than a month after Lindgren and Harris mocked Celente’s wacky conspiracy theories—“Tea (Taxed Enough Already?) Party” protests began to pop up all across the nation to revolt against everything from TARP bailouts to mandatory health insurance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time the bloggers came out with a well considered prognostication about future events, the government and corporate PR shills would hurl ridicule and abuse, and attempt to silence our warnings that agreement with various policies would be to the benefit of the ruling class and detrimental to everyone else in the nation. But that was then and this is now and the hard reality is that the bloggers were for the most part correct while the corporate media and government promises and claims were so much empty air.

Today the citizen's media (a better name than blog-o-sphere IMHO) has won the lion's share of the audience, while the audience share and trust in the corporate media has plummeted. Most people get their political news off of the internet these days much to the annoyance of those who grew up with an unshakable sense of being able to lie with impunity as the path to power and great wealth.

We were telling you the truth. The government was lying. That situation persists to this very day.

Of course, as this article illustrates, neither the government nor the corporate media will ever outright admit they lied to the public. Those rising internet stars they cannot buy off or otherwise co-opt will simply be ignored as the powers that be struggle to find ways to sell the old lies in the new world.

Personally, I think the effort doomed to fail. The internet has changed the fundamental nature of how information flows in our society just as dramatically as Gutenberg's movable type printing and there is no going back. We are entering an age where government and business must be more honest with the public, or simply cease to exist. The age of lies is coming to an end. Truth is winning. Deal with it.

Aug 16 12:34

Disney, others sued over allegedly spying with 'flash cookies'

A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges that a group of well-known Web sites, including those owned by Disney, Warner Bros. Records, and Demand Media, broke the law by secretly tracking the Web movements of their users, including children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See Ghostery!

Aug 16 10:09

Ghostery

Ghostery sees the invisible web - tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.

Aug 16 08:22

Facebook 'dislike' scam warning

Facebook users are being targeted in a scam that offers them a chance to install a "dislike" button.

The scam tricks users into allowing a rogue application to access their profile page, which then posts spam messages.

It also attempts to lure people into completing an online survey, for which the scammers are paid money.

Aug 15 22:14

Big Brother: Obama Demands Access to Internet Records, in Secret, and Without Court Review

The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual's internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.

In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that "the administration wants to add just four words--'electronic communication transactional records'--to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval."

Aug 15 11:49

Knesset Outsources US Campus Public Diplomacy to Militant Christian Zionists

A bi-partisan group of Israel's Ministers of Kenesset (Israel's Parliament) has partnered with a Christian Zionist organization to recruit Evangelical students to represent Israel on US campuses:

Aug 15 11:25

Megaphone desktop tool

The Megaphone Desktop Tool gives the user the option of going to a particular site with a poll, and if the user chooses to go to the site, the software then casts a vote automatically, when this is technically feasible. The vote is chosen by the distributors of Megaphone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Israel's shills try to hijack the internet!

Aug 14 08:30

Dell accused of hiding incriminating evidence in defect case

Dell stands accused of deliberately hiding emails that showed its top executives in the mid-2000s knew the company was shipping millions of defective computers, one of its customers alleged in court filings Thursday.

Web hosting provider Advanced Internet Technologies, which alleges Dell knowingly sold computers that contained faulty components, said it knows that senior executives were aware of the problems. It cites a list of talking points that showed then-chief executive Kevin Rollins, founder Michael Dell, and others discussing ways to publicly address the malfunctions, which involved capacitor failures in Dell OptiPlex computers. AIT claims Dell is deliberating withholding the release of additional documents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story about the capacitors goes back a loooooooong way!

Aug 13 17:49

Explaining Net Neutrality In A Way Tea Partiers Can Understand

Recent news item: Tea Partiers coming out against Net Neutrality

Explaining Net Neutrality In A Way Tea Partiers Can Understand

Let's put this in a way Tea Partiers can understand. Let's say Mr. and Mrs. Tea Party Zealot love to use the Internet for political activism -- they frequent right-wing websites, send around clips of Hannity and Limbaugh, organize right-wing events, post sycophantic praise on Sarah Palin's website, the works.

But let's say their service provider is a (cue scary music) liberal company, which contributes heavily to Democrats. The media giant that this family pays for Internet access wants to make it easy for customers to access socialist content, send around pictures of Karl Marx, coordinate with the New Black Panther Party, and send money to gay illegal immigrants, but would make it exceedingly difficult to access RedState.com, visit Glenn Beck's activist sites, access Palin's Facebook age, etc.

Aug 13 13:15

Cops love iPhone data trail

• Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants can use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime.

• iPhone photos are embedded with GEO tags and identifying information, meaning that photos posted online might not only include GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken, but also the serial number of the phone that took it.

• Even more information is stored by the applications themselves, including the user's browser history. That data is meant in part to direct custom-tailored advertisements to the user, but experts said some of it could be useful to police.

Aug 13 08:24

Obama Demands Access to Internet Records, in Secret, and Without Court Review

The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual's internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.

In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that "the administration wants to add just four words--'electronic communication transactional records'--to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval."

Aug 13 04:49

Tea Baggers NOT in favour of net neutrality?

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation was among the groups that signed the letter. Jamie Radtke, the group’s chairman, said interest in net neutrality is rising in the tea party movement.

“I’ve heard it talked about a lot more on conference calls I’ve been on [recently],” Radtke said. “It’s starting to get onto the radar now.”

Radke said the tea party opposition to net neutrality stems from concerns over increased government power.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Aug 12 19:41

Windows XP SP2 could live on thanks to Grand Theft Auto

A GRAND THEFT AUTO hack allows users of Windows XP Service Pack Two (SP2) to still obtain security updates despite Microsoft not supporting the OS.

...

"It turns out that an SP2 system will think its SP3 if you edit this key: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows, and edit the DWORD value CSDVersion from 200 to 300 (and reboot)," said F-Secure.

"It worked for GTA IV, so we decided to test it with KB2286198. And our test worked, WindowsXP-KB2286198-x86-ENU.exe installed on our SP2 test system once we tweaked the registry. We also tested an LNK exploit, and it did not infect the system after the patch."

Aug 12 19:39

The Palm Pre OS can bug you

BUG YOUR FRIENDS if they have a Palm Pre because its OS can be manipulated thanks to a zero day flaw that can be exploited with the help of an SMS text message.

A security team at Basingstoke based MWR Labs has found that an SMS can be used to subvert the OS completely. The flaw would allow the phone to be used as a recorder and transmitter for anything in its microphone's range.

Aug 12 07:05

U.S. Marshals Storing Naked Body Scanner Images!

U.S. Marshals Storing Naked Body Scanner Images

Aug 12 06:47

Facebook bug spills name and pic for all 500 million users

A bug in Facebook's login system allows attackers to match unknown email addresses with users' first and last names, even when they've configured their accounts to make that information private.

The information leak can be exploited by social-engineering scammers, phishers, or anyone who has ever been curious about the person behind an anonymous email message. If the address belongs to any one of the 500 million active users on Facebook, the social-networking site will return the full name and picture associated with the account.

Aug 11 12:16

I guess WRH isn't the only patriot site hovering on the edge of being broke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way to get the big money out of politics is for the little money to unite in the common cause of freedom.

Aug 11 10:12

Cybersecurity Lie Exposed: Power Plants Are Not Connected To The Internet

Senator Joe Lieberman’s draconian Internet takeover legislation, the 197-page Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, is being promoted as a vital tool to protect vulnerable infrastructure hubs from terrorist attacks, but as a recent Wall Street Journal report makes clear, large industrial power and water plants are not even connected to the public Internet.

We are constantly told that the Internet needs to be subject to government control because cyberterrorists could hack in and bring down the national power grid. However, the vast majority of the U.S. power infrastructure is not connected to the Internet. It will only be connected to the Internet if the government accelerates the implementation of “smart grid” technology, so in this sense, the government itself is leaving the power grid more vulnerable to hackers by its own programs.

Aug 11 09:41

Ryan Dawson needs donations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know it is a pain to keep hearing how the patriot blogs need money, but these are hard economic times for us all, and the big money goes to the people willing to lie to you to sell you a war, or a new tax, global warming, why BP is the sweetest-smelling oil company in the world, or why critics of Israel are "weak-minded fools."

The only way to defeat the big money is for all the little money to step forward and get involved. Without your continued support, even in small donations, we can lose more of the patriot blogs including Ryan's (and WRH).

I understand how Ryan feels about asking for help to replace his camera, but right now we are all dependent on the public to keep us running.

In Ryan's case, his camera with which he makes his web broadcasts has been destroyed, and he needs some help to purchase a new one.

Aug 11 08:56

Thousands of online banking customers have accounts emptied by 'most dangerous trojan virus ever created'

Thousands of British online banking customers have fallen victim to a sophisticated attack by cyber criminals who have stolen thousands of pounds from their accounts.

About 3,000 online banking customers have been victims of a computer virus attack that empties their accounts while showing them fake statements so the scam goes undetected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or the bank just came up short and decided to blame hackers for it! Remember when Chase was limiting ATM withdrawals claiming a hacker attack no other banks reported, and it later turned out they were having cash flow problems they needed to hide from the public?

Aug 11 07:28

Google’s Secret Internal Vision Statement Reveals Struggle With Privacy

A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. "vision statement" shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people's activities?'

Aug 10 16:04

Snopes Exposed

I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to You tube yourself and find the video of Obama actually saying these things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust Snopes.com, ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don't even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All anyone needed to do is look at how Snopes handled 9-11 truth to know they are gatekeepers.

Aug 10 14:31

Google and Verizon Usher in the Internets

Monday's announcement that Verizon and Google will create a distinct wireless experience put net neutrality discussions not so much on the back burner as in the recycling bin.

Although early speculation suggested that the corporate giants were going to create the equivalent of an E-Z Pass lane for content providers willing to pay for higher content speeds, the actual plan is to create not just what amounts to a distinct "set of pipes" to funnel high-bandwidth content, but to also clearly define the wireless Internet as a rules-free zone that allows providers to determine what content reaches consumers.

Aug 10 11:10

Hawaii Internet Slow Down could last a Month or More!

This should not come as a surprise because basic bandwidth speeds have not increased here significantly in many years. We have waited and waited for promised increased speeds and it has never happened. This incident makes it very obvious that they do not have the infrastructure in place to handle increased speeds. If one fiber cable is damaged resulting in this massive decrease in available service it is obvious that they have not been investing in infrastructure . This should be a wake up call to Oceanic.

Aug 10 10:10

Website Grader, Quantcast, Compete, Alexa, Awstats - Accurate Web Analysis?

In reality, Alexa is the target of technically gifted webmasters who manage to inflate the rank of their sites, and thus deflate the rank of all other sites. It was fine when it started, but no longer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Crap.

Aug 10 07:00

South Korea Police Raid Google Office

The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.

Aug 08 21:17

Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders

The trading bots visualized in the stock charts in this story aren't doing anything that could be construed to help the market. Unknown entities for unknown reasons are sending thousands of orders a second through the electronic stock exchanges with no intent to actually trade. Often, the buy or sell prices that they are offering are so far from the market price that there's no way they'd ever be part of a trade. The bots sketch out odd patterns with their orders, leaving patterns in the data that are largely invisible to market participants.

Aug 08 15:24

More bashing of the internet ahead of mandatory government controls?

Popular classified ad website Craigslist has come under fire for profiting off of illegal prostitution ads. While Craigslist executives insist that they screen ads posted to their "adult services" section, police and anti-human trafficking advocates say the site has become a hotbed for online prostitution, which often involves underage women forced into the sex trade.

Aug 08 13:25

Virus Attacks Siemens Plant-Control Systems

Computer hackers have designed a virus that targets industrial control systems built by German engineering giant Siemens AG, activating a kind of malicious software that analysts say represents a growing corporate-espionage threat.

The virus, dubbed Stuxnet, is spread by devices plugged into USB computer ports. It is programmed to try to steal data from computer systems that are used to monitor large automated plants built for anything from manufacturing to power generation to water treatment. Siemens is one of the world's largest makers of such industrial automated systems, though it doesn't break out its annual revenue from such sales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

As this article confirms, plant control systems are not tied into the public internet. The virus has to be inserted using a USB device.

So why would hackers, who are into money, porn, identity theft, and cramming Viagra ads into your mailbox going to waste their time on a virus for a refrigerator factory assembly line control system?

Folks, this is a hoax. The government needs to find a way to control the internet because they are in a panic that the world sees them for what they really are. So they are going to have "Terrorists" at you (as if terrorists could destroy this nation any more badly that Federal fiscal policy already has) to trick you into accepting more locks and controls on your computer and internet. For your own good, of course.

But stop and think about it. There is no financial reason for hackers to waste their time with factory computers (which are actually rather boring). Real enemies of the United States are not going to waste their time on refrigerator factory assembly line control systems. They would go after military systems which are already secure. Or they would go after the NCA comm systems (again, already secure) or even the IRS computers.

This claim that factory computers are under threat is just more bovine excrement to limit freedom of speech and justify handing several million dollars to some congresscritters donor who is in computer security.

Aug 08 09:03

Greek blogger shot down in Athens

Sokratis Giolias, 37, was shot down before his home in Athens after men possibly dressed in police uniforms rang his bell and said his car had been robbed. They shot 16 bullets of the 19 mm caliber at him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Latest word is that it was the police who gunned him down.

Aug 08 08:48

Digital Education vs. the Ruling Elite

Ruling elites as recently as 1600 appealed to God to justify their continuing rule. This was called the divine right of kings: rulership beyond any earthly court of appeal. That began to be undermined in the second half of the seventeenth century. A century later, Enlightenment democratic theory had replaced the divine right of kings. The divine right of Parliament or the divine right of the People replaced it.

This forced a major strategic change on the ruling elite. The ruling elite has to pretend that it does not exist. It formally acknowledged the legitimacy of the People as the final court of appeal. This involved training and screening the judges.

Aug 07 23:26

Sweden To Attend US-Led Military Drill

Sweden will take part in an American military drill to practice defence strategies in case of an Internet attack, Swedish Radio News reports.

Staff from the National Defence Radio Establishment and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency will take part in the drill, scheduled for September, which will focus on protecting countries against attacks from hackers and states that are hostile towards the West.

“Cyber Storm 3” is the largest military drill so far to focus on computer trespassing and is organised together with the US Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defence.

Finland and Norway are also taking part in the drill.

Aug 06 12:00

Apple devices are vulnerable to attack, say German security officials

Several Apple devices including the iPhone and iPad have two critical security weaknesses for which no patch exists, the German government warned last night.

Users of Apple mobile devices should only use websites they deem trustworthy and refrain from opening PDF files until Apple releases a fix, Germany's federal office for information security said.

"This allows potential attackers access to the complete system, including administrator rights," the statement warned. "It has to be expected that hackers will soon use the weak spots for attacks."

Aug 06 09:28

The Trust Crisis with Regulating Net Neutrality

Activist Post

Since it was reported that Google and Verizon are close to a deal on so-called "net neutrality," the policy debate has heated up in Washington. Of course the debate has very little to do with the actual mechanics of how net neutrality will work, rather who will get the control to regulate it.

However, now that the FCC has abandoned negotiations on a "net neutrality" compromise, it is looking like the Congress will ultimately establish the rules -- handed down to them by their corporate masters. It seems the Elite's fight over who controls the dial has been decided. One thing is for sure, whoever controls the speed dial on the Internet will control the entire Web and subsequently all flow of information.

Aug 05 18:08

FCC Abandons Efforts for Net Neutrality Compromise: Allows Google and Verizon to Write the Regulations

AP

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are abandoning efforts to negotiate a compromise on so-called "network neutrality" rules intended to ensure that phone and cable TV companies cannot discriminate against Internet traffic traveling over their broadband lines.

The announcement Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission ends weeks of FCC-brokered talks to try to reach an agreement on the thorny issue among a handful of big phone, cable and Internet companies. And it comes as two big companies that have been taking part in those talks – Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc. – attempt to hammer out their own separate proposal for how broadband providers should treat Internet traffic.

Aug 05 15:00

Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Back in the 1990s, Congress rescinded rules that prevented television networks from owning their own programming. Network executives swore in congressional hearings that they wouldn't give their own programming preferred access to the airwaves. They vowed access to the airwaves would be determined only by the quality of the shows.

I was working at NBC back then, and I didn't buy that line one bit. Sure enough, within a couple of years, NBC was the largest supplier of its own prime-time programming. To take advantage of this new paradigm, Disney bought ABC, Viacom (the parent company of Paramount) bought CBS and NBC merged with Universal.

Aug 05 10:43

Using Google Earth to Find Tax Cheats

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"ALL YOUR MONEY ARE BELONG TO US!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 05 10:38

Google, Verizon Web Deal Could Upend Net Neutrality

Washington -- Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are close to finalizing a proposal for so-called "network neutrality" rules, which would dictate how broadband providers treat Internet traffic flowing over their lines, according to a person briefed on the negotiations.

A deal could be announced within days, said the person, who did not want to be identified because negotiations are still ongoing. According to the New York Times, the agreement between Google and Verizon "could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege."

Aug 05 10:20

Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered

A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.

Aug 05 09:38

DHS Deploys Special Teams to Battle Hackers in Cyber War for Infrastructure

Just hours before reports emerged that hackers were for the first time attempting to take over specific infrastructure plants, a former CIA director told ABC News that weaknesses in critical infrastructure systems in the U.S. were among the country's greatest threats to national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just a propaganda tactic to convince people that the internet must be brought under tight government control "for your own safety." But stop and use your common sense. Hackers do what they do to make money. They steal credit card data and "ping" each one for a few bucks to make millions. They steal identities to buy whatever they buy with their stolen credit card data.

There is hardly a profit motive going after infrastructure, because there is no way to collect an extortion payment that does not provide the opportunity for a capture. The risk is far higher while the financial rewards cannot compete with the fees paid to hackers to pump viagra and porn ads into every mailbox!

Aug 05 05:29

Experts: BlackBerry ban could affect privacy everywhere

Smartphone users in countries all over the world could lose some privacy if threats and promises by foreign nations to shut down BlackBerry services goes through, analysts say.

Aug 04 13:24

GOOGLE HARASSMENT? … or WORSE??

I was just informed that zionist ads sponsored by Google are appearing at the end of my posts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that wordpress is selling ad space to Google Adsense, who in this particular case showed no taste at all putting an ad for AIPAC on Desert Peace! :)

Aug 04 10:45

Jane Bürgermeister - Bloggers Persecuted & Declared Insane to Silence Dissent

Aug 04 09:55

Saudi Arabia announces Blackberry messenger deadline

Saudi Arabia's telecoms watchdog has called on telecoms firms in the country to block the messenger function on Blackberry handsets from Friday.

The watchdog said the ban would last until the state's three mobile phone operators "fulfil the regulatory requirements it has requested".

But the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) did not reveal what these requirements were.

The United Arab Emirates threatened on Sunday to ban some Blackberry services.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the assassination in Dubais involved the use of Blackberries by Mossad.

Aug 04 09:12

U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers in South Asia

Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.

As recently as Monday, Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Atlanta, boasted about his efforts to reduce offshoring. The President said he's implemented "a plan that’s focused on making our middle class more secure and our country more competitive in the long run -- so that the jobs and industries of the future aren’t all going to China and India, but are being created right here in the United States of America."

Aug 03 10:54

Obama Information Czar Outlined Plan For Government To Infiltrate Conspiracy Groups

Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, outlined a plan for the government to infiltrate conspiracy groups in order to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just in case you wondered why all of a sudden there were so many postings about HAARP, chemtrails. and Bigfoot showing up here at WRH (then being deleted as soon as I see them).

Aug 03 09:19

DOJ Report Says Child Porn On the Rise

The report, ordered by Congress in legislation approved two years ago, concedes that the market for child pornography continues to grow rapidly and determining its size is impossible. "The number of offenders accessing the images and videos and the quantity of images and videos being traded is unknown," the report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would start with the clergy, then add SEC, MMS, the Pentagon, and maybe even the EPA, which has been waiting 16 years for data on the toxicity of 2-methylnapthalene when a 30 second search reveals it is a potent carcinogen!

Aug 03 07:24

The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets

Hidden inside Ashley Hayes-Beaty's computer, a tiny file helps gather personal details about her, all to be put up for sale for a tenth of a penny.

The file consists of a single code— 4c812db292272995e5416a323e79bd37—that secretly identifies her as a 26-year-old female in Nashville, Tenn.

The code knows that her favorite movies include "The Princess Bride," "50 First Dates" and "10 Things I Hate About You." It knows she enjoys the "Sex and the City" series. It knows she browses entertainment news and likes to take quizzes.

Aug 03 06:09

The Man with the Bullhorn is a Lying Sack of Shit.

I wrote him to ask for the information and he said, basically, “Screw all of that. What do you mean by, how I feel about you? I love your wonderful writings.” I thought, WTF? It turned out that, all of a sudden, he never had gotten any of my mail and this went on for two weeks during a period when it had never happened before. My not denouncing him made me feel pretty good in the aftermath.

Aug 02 14:52

Project Vigilant and the government/corporate destruction of privacy

So, while Lamo has repeatedly denied (including in his interview with me) that he ever worked with federal authorities, it turns out that he was a "volunteer analyst" for an entity which collects private Internet data in order to process it and turn it over to the Federal Government.

Aug 02 14:08

How to Avoid the Prying Eyes

The Internet is rife with surveillance technology, but you can cover some of your tracks

To launch IE8 in InPrivate browsing mode by default do this.

Aug 02 12:23

First Web-based Jailbreak for iPhone 4 arrives; here's how to do it

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A recent court ruling has declared that jailbreaking your own equipment is not a violation of the DMCA. So have fun, but remember that once you step past Apple's boundaries, you are on your own and if you do not know what you are doing, you can wreck your phone. Final note is that this web system is VERY busy and it will probably take a while to complete the process.

Aug 02 08:08

Elite Cyber Group Comes Over Ground To Recruit Hackers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A private contractor wrapped in the flag is hiring hackers to attack websites the government does not like.

Aug 01 12:27

ASSEMBLING THE EVIDENCE FOR HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF COMING THIRD WORLD WAR

In no particular order, these are the salient points that are converging, rapidly, screaming out our inexorable collision with National disaster:

–Very high levels of saber-rattling by lots of influential people, both in the US and abroad, both “allies” and “enemies” in recent weeks, more so than usual.

–Huge build-up of Naval forces, US and Israeli, munitions, in Gulf AO.

–Key positions in US military, all branches, held by Israeli dual citizens

Jul 31 04:54

GORDON DUFF: WIKI-LEAKS IS ISRAEL, LIKE WE ALL DIDN’T KNOW

Now “Wiki-Leaks” is busy selling phony bin Laden stories, having the long dead Osama humiliating the CIA by running around villages in Afghanistan selling vacuum cleaners. What is our “leak” site really about? This is a dead news cycle. The World Cup is over, lots of people on holiday and no major stories. Only in a dead news period like this, as Oliver Stone pointed out, could the Israeli controlled media dump a pile of lame rumors mixed in with box loads of chickenfeed, passing it off as the story of the century.

Jul 30 10:46

Wiki-Leaks is Israel

Now “Wiki-Leaks” is busy selling phony bin Laden stories, having the long dead Osama humiliating the CIA by running around villages in Afghanistan selling vacuum cleaners. What is our “leak” site really about? This is a dead news cycle. The World Cup is over, lots of people on holiday and no major stories. Only in a dead news period like this, as Oliver Stone pointed out, could the Israeli controlled media dump a pile of lame rumors mixed in with box loads of chickenfeed, passing it off as the story of the century.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The internet is an intellectual jungle, where lies and liars are quickly exposed and savaged. That is the new reality. This is survival of the fittest, which means survival of the most accurate, where winning by spending enough money to force people to believe as they are told to believe is an obsolete relic of a bygone age.

The downfall of WikiLeaks illustrates that principle.

A large amount of expense and effort was spent to build up WikiLeaks' reputation as a whistle blower site, even though there were older and more established whistle blower websites in operation. The first inkling that there might be a problem was that ABCNNBBCBS was pumping what a "dangerous" website WikiLeaks was, by way of attracting attention to the place.

And, as it the classic case of a bait-and-switch propaganda campaign, WikiLeaks did leak out some damaging info early on to build credibility. But whereas a TV newsreader can build an audience by being truthful, then start to lie to them with impunity, any blog news source is only as credible as their last release, because of the interactivity of the medium. Trust in WikiLeaks, years in the building, appears to have vanished almost overnight, both with the inclusion of the long dead Osama Bin Laden in the leaked Afghan logs, and Julian Assange's open disdain for the 9-11 truth movement.

The environment has changed. The old methods no longer work. Those entities that cannot evolve and adapt to the new reality must go extinct. WikiLeaks just demonstrated that hard fact.

Jul 30 09:58

U.S. Copyright Group ‘Steal’ Competitor’s Website

The U.S. Copyright Group (USCG) has been all over the news in recent months. The lawyer group sued thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly file-shared motion pictures belonging to their clients, including the Oscar-winning Hurt Locker. However, it turns out that USCG are not copyright purists either, as they have blatantly copied the website of a competitor without permission.

Jul 30 09:48

THE RULING ELITE CALLED

I just got off the horn with the Ruling Elite. We had an emergency conference call and to tell you the truth, they ain’t happy. You little people are not responding the way you are supposed to. A significant portion of you are not getting more optimistic because they tell you to. Instead of just reading the headline on Bloomberg that durable goods orders skyrocketed in June, you actually read the details that said durable goods orders plunged. It is getting difficult for the ruling elite to keep the masses sedated and dumbed down. These damn bloggers, with their facts and critical thinking, are throwing a wrench into the gears.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guilty as charged.

Jul 30 09:40

Breaking a Promise on Surveillance

It is just a technical matter, the Obama administration says: We just need to make a slight change in a law to make clear that we have the right to see the names of anyone’s e-mail correspondents and their Web browsing history without the messy complication of asking a judge for permission.

It is far more than a technical change. The administration’s request, reported Thursday in The Washington Post, is an unnecessary and disappointing step backward toward more intrusive surveillance from a president who promised something very different during the 2008 campaign.

Jul 30 09:37

DND computers used to change Wikipedia site

A Defence Department spokesperson confirms computers at the department's research agency were used to alter a Wikipedia page entry about the Joint Strike Fighter jet and the Conservative government's decision to spend as much as $18 billion on the aircraft.

Jul 30 09:17

WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM - The Ultimate Online News Source

WhatReallyHappened.com is perhaps the greatest online news site explaining the history and politics behind current world events. If you want to know what's really going on visit WRH.com.

Those who are new to the alternative media will soon understand that the critical decisions made by our political leaders are not simply the result of left or right wing points of view. This left/right idea is a false paradigm in many instances. What we are dealing with are often examples of outright corruption- violations of Law, not ideological leanings (ie. the invasion of Iraq).

Jul 30 09:16

White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.

The administration wants to add just four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user's browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the "content" of e-mail or other Internet communication.

Jul 30 08:51

ANOTHER ‘NEWS’ SITE GONE SOUR

Rebel News WAS one of the sources of these submissions…. at least until this morning. The site is administered by an Ausralian anti Semite and certified nutcase named Andrew Winkler. His former site was called ziopedia.

The names of sites he choses give the impression that factual information will be presented…. BUT, on the contrary, they are nothing but sounding boards for pure, unadulterated anti Semitism. The sites are also his vehicle to wage attacks against true activists involved in the Palestinian cause.

Below is his latest example of hatered…. in the form of an ’editorial’ sent out this morning…. an ‘editorial’ that promted this reply from me…

Jul 29 20:49

Canada's Defense Department computers used to change Wikipedia site

A Defence Department spokesperson confirms computers at the department's research agency were used to alter a Wikipedia page entry about the Joint Strike Fighter jet and the Conservative government's decision to spend as much as $18 billion on the aircraft.

Those edits included the removal of information critical of the government's plan to buy the jets and the addition of insulting comments aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Jul 29 13:06

Pennsylvania School District Accused of Spying on Students for Second Time

Jim Tate runs a computer and software store in Oklahoma City called Computer Nerdz. He said the software the school district installed in those laptops is a program that can be activated from a remote site in the event of a loss or theft.

"The software was designed to help the school district retrieve the laptop in the event that it was stolen from the student," Tate said.

But in Robbin's and Hassan's cases, the laptops were inside their homes and the web cams continued taking snap shots and screen grabs.

"I can understand why the parents would be absolutely outraged," said Jim Tate with Computer Nerdz.

Jul 29 12:43

Wiki "Leaks" - The final word?

"WikiLeaks is lame. Even the cover story, the mysterious Assange fleeing the murderous CIA, working to save the world is lame. Please, everyone, go to the site and read everything there. I have seen more confidential information on a weather report... When you read Mr. Assange’s output, you are looking at one of the Mossad games, nothing more... The game today is using Wikileaks, given its 15 minutes of fame for trashing the US in Iraq with the helicopter video, to spread imaginary stories about Pakistan, the only nuclear power in the Middle East capable of standing up to Israel, and the enemy of India"

[NB: Perhaps even more important, Pakistan is a staunch ally of China — a most dangerous liaison where USrael is concerned]

Jul 29 12:25

Wikileaks + MSM Hype = ?

Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to the 40th episode of New World Next Week - the video series from CorbettReport.com & MediaMonarchy.com. This week we look exclusively at the massive media hype surrounding Wikileaks, wider wars & the future of the web.

Sources & Documentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjW4s5EtG6s&playnext=1&videos=l1vERo_w39Q

Jul 29 10:01

US wants increased police access to email: report

The White House wants to give the FBI easier access to the Internet activity of suspects without a court order, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just as soon as We The People get the same exact access to all government emails.

Jul 29 09:58

Facebook privacy fears for 100m users as their personal details are published on file-sharing site

The privacy of millions of Facebook users has been jeopardised after some of their details were harvested and published on the internet.

An online security consultant who wished to highlight the social networking site's privacy issues published a list of data taken from more than 100million users' profiles.

Ron Bowles used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user's privacy settings.

The list has been shared as a downloadable file which has now spread rapidly across the internet, prompting anger and concern from millions of users around the world.

Jul 29 09:51

Sherrod to sue blogger who released video clip

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will pursue a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart - the man responsible for posting an edited video clip of Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Andrew Breitbart will immediately point the finger at whoever gave him the clip, and THAT should be an interesting story!

Jul 29 08:06

FBI backs record-keeping on prepaid cell phones

FBI Director Robert Mueller has endorsed anti-terrorism legislation that would require prepaid cell-phone sellers to keep records of buyers' identities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the end result of all that expense and bureaucracy is that real terrorists (and even the Mossad and CIA fakes) will simply start every operation by stealing a bunch of cell phones. Good thinking Mueller! You are the perfect government official, able to spend a ton of money on a program that won't really accomplish anything.

Jul 29 06:11

Intel Turns to Light to Transfer Data Inside PCs

Intel on Tuesday announced it had developed a prototype interconnect that uses light to speed up data transmission inside computers at the speed of 50 gigabits per second.

Jul 28 22:05

Google and CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring - Pre Crime

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.

“We’re right there as it happens,” Ahlberg told Danger Room as he clicked through a demonstration. “We can assemble actual real-time dossiers on people.”

Jul 28 17:54

Who's Paranoid Now? US Military & Blogs (Official Docs)

...At that point the enemy blog might be used covertly as a vehicle for friendly information operations. Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data—merely a few words or phrases—may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience. Better yet, if the blogger happens to be passing enemy communications and logistics data, the information content could be corrupted. If the messages are subtly tweaked and the data corrupted in the right way, the enemy may reason that the blogger in question has betrayed them and either take down the site (and the blogger) themselves, or by threatening such action, give the U.S. an opportunity to offer the individual amnesty in exchange for information.

Jul 28 13:12

New Zealand pizza lovers suffer information theft from Hell

Some 230,000 New Zealanders have been told that their personally identifiable information may have fallen into the hands of hackers who apparently compromised the network of a locally famous food chain, Hell Pizza.

Jul 28 12:31

Wikileaks’ estranged co-founder becomes a critic

Cryptome’s history of publicizing leaks–while not yielding to pressure to remove them–is what led Young to be invited to join Wikileaks before its launch over three years ago. He also agreed to be the public face of the organization by listing his name on the domain name registration.

Operating a Web site to post leaked documents isn’t very expensive (Young estimates he spends a little over $100 a month for Cryptome’s server space). So when other Wikileaks founders started to talk about the need to raise $5 million and complained that an initial round of publicity had affected “our delicate negotiations with the Open Society Institute and other funding bodies,” Young says, he resigned from the effort.

Jul 28 10:57

Cable break hits Internet, phone, cable TV

Some 400,000 customers of Oceanic Time Warner Cable lost service Tuesday when the break occurred in a deep water undersea fiber-optic cable in the Molokai Channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if one of the RIMPAC ships had an "accident."

Jul 28 07:27

Hackers shut down EU carbon-trading website

Hackers hijacked Europe's carbon-trading website and replaced it with spoof page detailing flaws in cap and trade scheme

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so occasionally you find a good hacker... (It will be interesting to see how hard they go after this one).

Jul 27 18:07

Is Your Last Name 'Arab'? Hope You Don't Want a Facebook Account!

Facebook appears to have solved the bug that led to the word 'Palestinian' being banned from page titles. But that's not their only problem: Now people with the surname "Arab" are being prevented from opening accounts.

Jul 27 10:49

Statewide outage for Oceanic Time Warner Cable

If you're having problems with the internet, you're not alone. Oceanic Time Warner Cable experienced a statewide outage just after midnight.

The interruption affects all services for the Big Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously Oahu is unaffected for the moment.

Jul 27 10:29

How long should a hard drive last?

Hard drive manufacturers are struggling - not just to stay ahead of each other, but to continue with a viable approach to making money. With drives being as cheap as they are, you know that the manufacturers can't spend a ton of effort in QA and test on each device. My suspicion is that the number of drives that arrive dead is much higher than it used to be. I'll also bet that "infant mortality" rates (drives, like mine, that experience a problem within the first few months of use) is also much higher than in the past.

The important take away? Drives are allowed to fail more often because they're so cheap to replace.

Jul 27 08:12

Iran targeted by industrial theft worm

Iran appears to have been the main target of the Stuxnet worm, which tries to steal data from industrial control systems.

The worm, which was first discovered last month, targets Siemens SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) management systems, which are most commonly used in industrial manufacturing facilities and utilities plants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, who would do a thing like that to Iran?!?!?

Jul 26 11:32

Former Google Engineers Launch New Search Engine: Cuil.com

According to eWeek.com, former Google engineers have launched a new search engine that could index even more sites than that of Google. The name of the search engine is Cuil (pronounced “cool”) and has already gone live.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I spotted their web crawler going through my server earlier today.

Jul 26 11:31

Government says DMCA can’t stop jailbreaking, unlocking

The first administrative ruling makes clear that users are within their rights to modify to modify cell phone software so that the device will run applications other than those approved by its maker, say, Apple, and procured from sources other than the manufacturer's proprietary source, say Apple's App Stone.

The copyright office said: "When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses."

Jul 26 09:31

Wikileaks Mirrors

Find all the current Wikileaks Mirrors here. Helpful, if the main site - wikileaks.org - is down.

Jul 26 09:25

Let Us All Solemnly Praise Wikileaks

We properly should offer recognition and honor to the great heroism of the people at Wikileaks:

Jul 26 09:21

The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World's First Stateless News Organization

"In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it. But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the logic of the Internet permits it. This is new."

Jul 26 05:56

Microsoft Vs. Open Source: Now It's Political

Software giant may dominate in the U.S., but governments around the world are looking for other options.

Jul 25 09:22

Andrew Breitbart-- Major Right wing Echo Chamber Architect and Voice

You might think that Andrew Breitbart, involved in fraudulent, unethical faux journalism efforts attacking ACORN and Shirley Sherrod, is simply a small-time, ethically impaired lowlife-- pond scum. You would be wrong. Andrew Breitbart is, scum-metaphor-wise, BP grade, ocean destroying, gull oil well destorying major scum.

Jul 25 09:10

On the Edge with Max Keiser and Alex Jones

On the Edge from Friday, July 23rd with Alex Jones to talk about the surveillance state now being reported in Mainstream Media.

Jul 24 09:45

Wikipedia Revisionism by Israeli Pressure Groups

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) is not in fact an organization devoted to fairness in journalism. … Its members also mounted a covert and conspiratorial attempt to edit all Wikipedia articles to slant them toward a rightwing Zionist perspective, and they were banned from Wikipedia when the plot was outed. The organization occasionally succeeds in correcting errors, but only in the same way that a fanatical Khomeinist would easily be able to find and correct errors in US journalism about the Islamic Republic of Iran. It isn´t that ideologues want fairness– they want to impose their blindered narrative on everyone else.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may explain why Wikipedia keeps deleting articles about What Really Happened and Michael Rivero

Jul 24 07:47

CNN ANCHORS CALL FOR CRACKDOWN ON BLOGGERS!

Of course these same talking heads make no mention of Joe the Plumber who reputation was smeared by professional journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nor do they mention how the corporate media helped lie us all into war with Iraq. Then there were earlier embarrassments.

# NBC Dateline defames a trucking company in a report which manufactured claims of unsafe driving. NBC had to pay a half million in damages.

# CNN/Time - On June 7th, 1998, CNN reported that a Vietnam veteran had accused the Department of Defense of using nerve gas on it's own troops. While hardly the first time that the US has used chemicals against it's own people, this story proved to be un confirmable, and in the face of pressure from the Department of Defense, CNN retracted on July 2nd, 1998. Several reporters were fired, but CNN's Peter Arnett keeps his job by reminding everyone that he just reads what's given to him and has no way of knowing if it's true or not. At last report, Arnett, CNN and TIME have been sued for 100 million dollars for defaming the officers accused of the Sarin gas attacks.

# Steve Brill - Long time DNC donor Steven Brill created a magazine called "Brill's Content" and then shot his own magazine down with the debut issue, which instead of criticizing media offered up a 22 page attack on Kenneth Starr which was then used by the White House to again try to impede the investigation. No sooner had the Brill article debuted than virtually everyone interviewed for the article came forward to claim they had been misquoted and in one case to deny totally the statements attributed to them. Brill's shrill insistence that his quotes were indeed accurate and checked fell apart when one of the interviewees produced a tape recording of the interview. Brill was then forced to retract and apologize.

# Salon - An online magazine funded by Clinton donors, Salon, like Brill, was created to lend an air of credibility to some pretty silly accusations nobody else in the mainstream media would touch. Typical was the story Salon ran accusing Kenneth Starr of paying off witness David Hale. Upon examination, it turned out that Salon's sole source for the accusation was a woman who was a Clinton delegate, and had once worked for detectives trying to find dirt on Kenneth Starr. A (failed) professional psychic, she claimed she could control the rain with her mind and that it was she, not General Norman Schwartzkoppf, who had guided our troops to victory in Desert Storm. One of the reporters working for Salon is Jonathan Broder, who was fired from the Chicago Tribune for plagiarism.

# Stephen Glass - A reporter at the New Republic, Stephen wrote several award winning articles which reinforced the liberal's preconceived notions about conservatives and the nation at large. One example involved a story of a conservative conference that degenerated into drug use and group sex. The story passed editorial review and ran without basic fact checking. The story turned out to be a fabrication, along with almost 1/3 of the total work product of Glass's career at New Republic.

# Patricia Smith resigns her job at the Boston Globe after having to admit she fabricated characters for one of her stories. Later investigation shows that 52 of her articles for the newspaper cannot be verified as factual. Smith had been a finalist for a Pulitzer prize at the time of her disgrace.

# Mike Barnicle refused to resign his job at the Boston Globe after having been caught plagiarizing, and was fired. It was not the first time he had been investigated for fraud in his articles. Barnicle was suspended without pay for two months, which prompted an accusation of racial bias from the NAACP due to the difference in treatment between the white Barnicle and the black Pat Smith.

# The Weekly Standard settles a big lawsuit with Deepak Chopra.

# Both CNN and Tom Brokaw settle out-of-court with Richard Jewell.

# The Wall Street Journal loses a record libel suit filed by a Texas company, paying $200-million in damages.

Jul 24 07:22

Another iPhone glitch: Holidaymakers hit with huge bills for surfing web abroad - even with internet switched OFF

Owners of Apple's iPhone have been warned of a new problem that could see them unfairly charged hundreds of pounds for using them on holiday.

People with smart phones face big bills if they connect to the internet over the mobile phone network while overseas to check and send emails or browse the web.

Most holidaymakers turn off this function when abroad in order to avoid a nasty shock.

But some people who turn off this function on their iPhone are still being hit with enormous bills once they get home, it has been claimed.

Jul 23 11:14

India unveils prototype for $35 touch-screen computer

The Indian government has unveiled the prototype of an iPad-like touch-screen laptop, with a price tag of $35 (£23), which it hopes to roll out next year.

Aimed at students, the tablet supports web browsing, video conferencing and word processing, say developers.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said a manufacturer was being sought for the gadget, which was developed by India's top IT colleges.

Jul 23 08:35

Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

Steve Gibson has a plan to save the media world’s financial crisis — and it’s not the iPad.

Borrowing a page from patent trolls, the CEO of fledgling Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post those articles without permission. And he says he’s making money.

(Note: If you do not advertise on your site and it is not a pay-site, then the copyrights fall under FAIR USE unless the copyright holder specifically limits that the information cannot be retransmitted/reprinted without the copyright holder's permission.)

Jul 23 08:33

Websites biggest terror threat, says watchdog

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Moi?!? :)

Jul 23 07:19

Town official doubly insulted by spyware allegation

"Based on (my) prior background in intelligence, believe me, if I had something attached to (the e-mail), your people would never find it, so let's not be ridiculous," Mr. Creamer responded that night. "That's such an insult to me."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I doubt that will convince a jury.

Jul 22 16:02

INTIFADA PALESTINE IS BACK ONLINE

This morning there were several unsuccessful attempts to hack Intifada Palestine. We apologize that the website was disabled temporarily for security reasons. There was a coordinated effort to shut the website down.

Jul 22 13:04

Censorship of blogs continues

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Censorship of blogs continues
This time it's Incogman ....
This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
Now I know that some will say "good riddance" or it was a "hasbara nest" or "racist" or a "psyops operation" or whatever. I've even taken flack for linking him on my blog roll. The bottom line is that no one was ever forced to go there and freedom always means taking or leaving whatever you please.

Jul 21 12:11

False Flag Cyber Attack Could Takedown The Internet

An increasing clamour to restrict and control the internet on behalf of the government, the Pentagon, the intelligence community and their private corporate arms, could result in a staged cyber attack being used as justification.

Jul 21 10:49

Dell ships motherboard with malicious code

Dell has confirmed that some of its PowerEdge server motherboards were shipped to customers with malware code on the embedded server management firmware.

Jul 21 10:17

Andrew Breitbart is a Character Assassin Just as if He Were Shooting People with a Cherished Right Wing Handgun

Maybe all you need to know about Andrew Breitbart was that he was Drudge's protege, and now the protege has begun to eclipse his mentor for sleaze, if that is possible.

Jul 20 08:54

Apple Tells Congressmen It Batches, Encrypts Location Data

Apple told Congress it collects location information about users of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers in batches and encrypts it before sending it over a WiFi connection from the device to Apple's servers every 12 hours.

Jul 20 06:38

Group Calls for Hearings Into Google’s Ties to CIA and NSA

More information has emerged about Google’s relationship with the government and spook agencies (see PR Newswire below). The revelations should come as no surprise.

Jul 19 18:09

Bomb-making tips, hit list behind Blogetery closure

More details are surfacing about why Blogetery.com, a blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs, was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company.

The site was shut down after FBI agents informed executives of Burst.net, Blogetery's Web host, late on July 9 that links to al-Qaeda materials were found on Blogetery's servers, Joe Marr, chief technology officer for Burst.net, told CNET. Sources close to the investigation say that included in those materials were the names of American citizens targeted for assassination by al-Qaeda. Messages from Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the terrorist organization, as well as bomb-making tips, were also allegedly found on the server.

Jul 19 12:08

Obama's War on the Internet: The Ministry of Truth

By Philip Giraldi

The Ministry of Truth was how George Orwell described the mechanism used by government to control information in his seminal novel 1984. A recent trip to Europe has convinced me that the governments of the world have been rocked by the power of the internet and are seeking to gain control of it so that they will have a virtual monopoly on information that the public is able to access. In Italy, Germany, and Britain the anonymous internet that most Americans are still familiar with is slowly being modified. If one goes into an internet café it is now legally required in most countries in the European Union to present a government issued form of identification.

Jul 19 10:17

Dissent and you may disappear or go to jail

If you put all this together and look at what’s going on it could give one the distinct impression that governments around the world aren’t liking the internet, they’re not liking bloggers who disagree with them, and they want to make sure everyone cow-tows to whatever they decide you should believe in, and no bitching allowed. Make too much noise and your website will disappear and we now even have the potential in the European Union that you may go to jail if you don’t go along with the party line.

As I noted earlier this week, I was offline for a while because I had my blog hosted at Blogetery, who mysteriously had an entire server confiscated by an as yet to be discovered government agency for an as yet to be discovered reason(s). This took about 70,000+ blogs offline instantly.

Jul 19 07:28

Obama’s War on the Internet

The Ministry of Truth was how George Orwell described the mechanism used by government to control information in his seminal novel 1984. A recent trip to Europe has convinced me that the governments of the world have been rocked by the power of the internet and are seeking to gain control of it so that they will have a virtual monopoly on information that the public is able to access. In Italy, Germany, and Britain the anonymous internet that most Americans are still familiar with is slowly being modified. If one goes into an internet café it is now legally required in most countries in the European Union to present a government issued form of identification.

Jul 19 06:26

Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 SP1 Zero-Day Flaw

In an advisory, the company explained: “The vulnerability exists because Windows incorrectly parses shortcuts in such a way that malicious code may be executed when the user clicks the displayed icon of a specially crafted shortcut.”

The company also said that the vulnerability can be exploited using a removable device such as a USB stick.

...

Until the patch is released, Microsoft has advised users to disable the ability to display icons for shortcuts and the the WebClient service, to prevent the flaw being exploited.

Jul 18 11:16

More info on government-ordered shutdown of 73,000 Wordpress blogs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read the quotes from Burstnet carefully. This sounds like something other than a DMCA case, as the ISP says "this was not a typical case, in which suspension and notification would be the norm."

Note that Burstnet will not tell the owner of the affected site the nature of the problem, or which government agency ordered the shut down.

Jul 18 10:30

Censorship Alert: Obama Deception Illegally Removed from You Tube

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fortunately, there are a lot of copies of Obama Deception at YouTube such that the deletion of one or two is not going to keep the public from finding the video if they want to search for it.

Jul 18 08:18

CYBER ATTACKS THAT GIVE US STRENGTH

Just over a year ago, DesertPeace and What Really Happened were the targets of an attack in the Jerusalem Post itself… once again proving that we are doing a good job! These are the attacks that give us the strength to go on….

Jul 17 08:32

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN IPHONE APP.

You can create a native app that lives with all the other apps, and for the most part, it’s going to be a pitch-perfect imitation.

You can do this with the skill set you probably already have: HTML(5), CSS, and JavaScript.

I’ll show you how to create an offline HTML5 iPhone application. More specifically, I’ll walk you through the process of building a Tetris game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a cute little trick submitted by a reader while I was figuring out how to put fake applications and phone calls on the iPhone for this TV show... that... I... am... not... working... on... any... more...........(ahem). If you have access to your own server, you can set up a simple download that you view in Safari, then save to the main screen as a standalone app. Now, I cannot share anything I worked on for the show, but as part of my testing I re-implemented the Javascript Apollo DSKY simulator as an iPhone app, which you can install and play with by doing the following.

1. Using the Safari browser in the iPhone, go to http://whatreallyhappened.com/iPhone/index.html

You will see the simulator running in the browser.

2. Press the + button at the bottom of the screen, then on the pop-up menu, select "Add to Home Screen".

3.Press "Add" at upper right. Safari will exit and you will see the new app. The original source is available at http://sixrevisions.com/web-development/html5-iphone-app/ and if you can write HTML5 and Java, you can make your own local iPhone app to play with then the iPhone 4 drops your calls!

Jul 16 18:01

4 tips to protect you from ATM thieves

Typically, ATM thieves use two devices to capture your PIN and card data. One device sits near where you swipe your card and reads the magnetic stripe on your card with your account number.

Jul 16 09:49

Lysenkoism

Lysenkoism is used colloquially to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives[1].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Global Warming Cult is using politics to drive the science to support their desired agenda. But this is nothing new. It has happened before ... with lethal results!

In 1928, in the USSR there was a man named Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, a favorite of Stalin, and ultimately, a con-artist. He was as popular then in the USSR as Al Gore is in the US today.

Lysenko's prize theory, which suited Stalin's political needs at the time, was that plants and animals could inherit traits acquired from the environment in a single generation. That is, if you used cooling to trick Winter wheat seeds to germinate and grow in the Spring ( a technique already used in the US at the time) the seeds from the chilled plants would go on germinating in the Spring in perpetuity.

There was very little science in Lysenko's science, but this "revolution" suited Stalin's desire to outdo the accomplishments in genetics which had occurred under Lenin. Honor upon honor was heaped on Lysenko (just as is done with Al Gore today) and real scientists who questioned his theories were shunned, vilified, and removed from their positions (not unlike the experiences of those who question the basic beliefs of the global warming cult). The state media of the USSR proclaimed the virtues of the Lysenko method beyond all doubt and question, just as the state media of the USA proclaims the "Science is settled" regarding AGW. But Lysenko had no more real science training than Al Gore, and his theory that the environment could permanently alter the genetic structure of crops was completely wrong.

However, for political reasons, the USSR mandated that all farmers had to use the Lysenko method (just as the present government intends to force us all to use the "Al Gore Cap and Credit" method) and the result was widespread famine when during the following spring, the second generation wheat refused to germinate.

This illustrates the problems which can result when the government thinks it understands science, or that science can be subordinated to political agenda.

Jul 15 08:19

Coca-Cola Scam Hits Facebook

There’s a new scam on Facebook promising to show you a video revealing the “truth” about Coca-Cola, but all it’s really after is your personal info.

Jul 15 08:15

How the Mozilla Sniffer Backdoor Was Discovered

Mozilla pulled one of their Firefox add-ons earlier this week for containing a backdoor which stole passwords from its users. Netcraft has taken a closer look at how the rogue extension worked, and how it was discovered by chance rather than through any code review process. Mozilla are working on a new security model to stop this kind of backdoor happening again.

Jul 15 08:03

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government just pinned a "Kick me" sign on all those critical facilities by turning them into hacker "Trophy hunts." Hackers will try to crash those systems just to be able to brag about it, and given the government's piss-poor ability to stop the virus (not to mention Viagra ads) flooding our computers, my nickle is on the hackers to win this one.

Jul 15 07:31

More people are losing their jobs due to online missteps

It’s the kind of story that those who use Facebook and Twitter don’t like to hear. Last week, CNN Mideast Affairs editor Octavia Nasr lost her post after tweeting her respect for a militant cleric.

In a statement, Ms. Nasr said that she’d exercised poor judgment as a representative of CNN when she tweeted that Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was “one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that Ms. Nasr wasn't posting to Twitter as a representative of CNN but as a private citizen, with full freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution. CNN has ever legal right to tell Ms.Nasr what to say on CNN (even to lie to the people, under the precedent set in the Fox News SBGH lawsuit), but CNN has no legal authority over Ms. Nasr's private life.

Of course, what is at issue here isn't really CNN. Israeli supporters in the US have launched a Soviet-style progrom to purge the media of anybody "disloyal" to Israel's point of view; a pogrom whose most visible casualty was Helen Thomas. Ms. Nasr wasn't the first, and she will not be the last.

Jul 14 12:21

Microsoft: 25,000 PCs attacked with latest Windows zero day

The Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability that was patched with yesterday’s MS10-042 bulletin was under active attack by malware miscreants, especially in Europe where Microsoft tracked about 25,000 attempts to exploit the vulnerability.

According to Microsoft’s Holly Stewart, the attacks escalated significantly when the company announced the issue would be fixed in this month’s Patch Tuesday.

Jul 14 08:54

Windows XP, The Incredible Immortal Operating System!

I love Windows XP. A lot. I’ve been a user since day one, and three of the four computers in my home are still running it beautifully. The fourth is a Mac. So it comes as delightful news to me to hear that Microsoft is again extending downgrade rights to XP, until – get this - the end of Windows 7’s life cycle.

This means, simply put, that Windows XP will be alive and well in 2020.

Jul 14 08:51

USB Coffee-Cup Warmer Could Be Stealing Your Data

Are you sure that the keyboard or mouse you are using today is the one that was attached to your computer yesterday? It might have been swapped for a compromised device that could transmit data to a snooper.

The problem stems from a shortcoming in the way the Universal Serial Bus (USB) works. This allows almost all USB-connected devices, such as mice and printers, to be turned into tools for data theft, says a team that has exploited the flaw.

Welcome to the murky world of the "hardware trojan".

Jul 14 08:30

RIAA paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 in 2008 to recover only $391,000

The RIAA's "business plan" is even worse than I'd guessed it was.

The RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 in 2008, Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000, and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million, to pursue its "copyright infringement" claims, in order to recover a mere $391,000.

Jul 14 08:02

Apple shares plunge after bad review of iPhone 4 sparks recall rumours

Apple shares plunged by more than four percent yesterday after an influential guide gave the new iPhone 4 a poor review, wiping £6.5 billion off the firm's value.

The fall came after Consumer Reports, a US group similar to Which? in the UK, said it could not recommend the iPhone 4 after its tests confirmed concerns about signal loss when the device is held in a certain way.

Jul 13 13:56

Got an iPhone 4? You may need duct tape

In a controlled test, Consumer Reports found that people who hold the iPhone 4 in a way that covers up an antenna connector on the phone's lower left side will experience poorer reception and possibly dropped calls.

But if you slap a piece of duct tape over that antenna connection, the reception problems go away, the group says.

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," Consumer Reports says.

"Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

Jul 13 09:17

Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

Jul 13 09:11

DON’T PLUG INTO ZIONISM…

WOT is a creation of Mozilla, a Web Browser that came on the scene after the demise of Netscape. They appear to be independent from the outside, but they apparently are one of Google’s prime ‘charitable organisations’ at the moment. With the support received, I am sure comes a commitment to uphold the ideals of the Google Corporation, which includes the blind support of zionism. Hence the determination that Window Into Palestine is a ‘dangerous’ site.

The reality is that the zionists themselves are the dangerous ones. Their Web Tools should be avoided at all costs, including their Blogsite, Blogger. There are other vehicles where you can set up your own Blog, far away from the harassment of Jerusalem’s ‘overseer’.

Jul 12 11:08

GOOGLE ATTACKING BLOGS AGAIN

One of my sidelinks leads to a Blog called Window Into Palestine….
if you click on it you get the following popup from Google….

Reported Attack Page!

This web page at windowintopalestine.blogspot.com has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.
Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.

Jul 12 10:12

UC online degree proposal rattles academics

Taking online college courses is, to many, like eating at McDonald's: convenient, fast and filling. You may not get filet mignon, but afterward you're just as full.

Now the University of California wants to jump into online education for undergraduates, hoping to become the nation's first top-tier research institution to offer a bachelor's degree over the Internet comparable in quality to its prestigious campus program.

Jul 12 07:41

Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update

As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes. The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension for Mozilla Firefox, both without the user's permission. As you can see in the Windows Update screenshot above, Microsoft does not indicate that the update will install anything for either browser. It's also not really clear what the installed extension actually does.

To make matters worse, the update was marked "Important" instead of "Optional," which means it was more likely to be installed either automatically (if the user has Automatic Updates on) or manually when the user clicks Install (Important updates are checked by default).

Jul 12 01:18

Free speech in Barack Obama's America: Whatever you say, say nothing

Freedom of speech may be part of the United States Constitution but perhaps the First Amendment that enshrines it could do with a caveat or two being added.

Congress may make no law "abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press", the Bill of Rights lays down. That still holds true but, increasingly, speaking freely can get you fired or tarred for life.

Even more ominously, the internet and the increased ease of free communication is allowing the cannier politicians to escape scrutiny rather than be held to account.

Jul 11 09:48

Hacker Creates Plugin That Trashes Chrome’s Security

We hate to scare you on Friday right before a good weekend, but this story is alarming enough that you need to hear about. Before we proceed, know that this exploit is out in the open, be extra careful when you install any Chrome plugin; you may be at risk.

The exploit, developed by programmer Andreas Grech, employs a plugin coded using jQuery to track users’ login information and have it emailed to himself. He claims that he has tested the plugin, and that it has been successful against Twitter, Gmail, and Facebook.

Jul 11 08:52

Google Street View accused of Congress 'snooping'

Google has stressed all along that someone would need to be using the network as their cars passed by and that the in-car wifi equipment automatically changes channels roughly five times a second.

Consumer Watchdog focused on a number of high profile politicians whose homes appear on Google's Street View maps.

It found that Congresswoman Jane Harman, who heads the intelligence sub committee for the House's Homeland Security Committee, has an open home network that could have leaked out vital information that could have been picked up by Street View vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It occurs to me that a US official who is actually working for Israel no longer needs to leave a chalk "X" on a mailbox and stick envelopes full of papers underneath a local bridge for pickup.

All a traitor needs to have is an open WiFi post and a handler could drive by out on the street in front of their home, send a message packet to the traitor's computer over the WiFi and have the "take" flash back to their laptop in the blink of an eye without even slowing down the car! Given the very limited range of WiFi, interception would be very difficult.

Another way a Congressional spy could send data to their handler involves the file transfer apps on smart phones (like "Mover" for the iPhone), which allow the transfer of documents from one phone to another over a WiFi router. A spy for Israel can be in a clothing store dressing room at the mall while the handler is eating lunch at the food court next door, and as long as there is an open WiFi in the area, information can be sent from one phone to the other without a compromising physical contact. The router itself does not save the data it passes from one phone to the other. If the clandestine messages are hidden inside image files via steganography, even a random search of the phones would not reveal anything compromising, as the phones themselves are all "off the shelf".

In any event, given the obvious need for security coupled with the Congressional pay and budgets, I find the presence of open unsecured WiFi ports in the homes of pro-Israel congresscritters to be worrisome!

Jul 11 08:15

Australia Delays Internet Censorship and Filtering Under Pressure

Jul 10 19:48

World Of Warcraft: Real Tyranny in a Virtual World

The battle against the online equivalent of the implantable RFID chip has begun.

Earlier this week, Vivendi-owned Blizzard Entertainment announced that all World Of Warcraft (WOW) game forum users will require a REAL ID login in order to post their comments. The new identification requirement will begin with the release of the next game expansion, Cataclysm, which is due out later this year. The REAL ID login will require that a user's real name be visible, thus ending all anonymous posting on WOW forums.

Jul 10 07:41

Ten Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced and Databased

Are technological advances infringing on our right to privacy?

Activist Post

The war on terror is a worldwide endeavor that has spurred massive investment into the global surveillance industry - which now seems to becoming a war on "liberty and privacy." Given all of the new monitoring technology being implemented, the uproar over warrantless wiretaps now seems moot. High-tech, first-world countries are being tracked, traced, and databased, literally around every corner. Governments, aided by private companies, are gathering a mountain of information on average citizens who so far seem willing to trade liberty for supposed security. Here are just some of the ways the matrix of data is being collected:

Jul 09 09:05

Broadcast viewership hits record low

Americans avoided television in historic levels over the past week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 09 08:15

French News Web Site Shakes Sarkozy Camp

At dinner parties there is talk of a French Watergate, but with at least one big difference: the would-be Woodwards and Bernsteins behind the biggest scandal to hit the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy work on the Web instead of at a newspaper.

Jul 08 20:14

Bishop Donald Corder: Cost of Being a Turkish Samurai

The CIA death squads and kindred units from the military killed many, many people and most certainly there was extensive ‘collateral damage’ – meaning innocent people being murdered

Jul 08 20:10

The Israeli stranglehold on CNN

The decision by the CNN administration to fire Octavia Nasr, a secular and thoroughly westernize woman, underscores the ethical bankruptcy of the leading American media, especially its harsh intolerance of non-conformist perceptions and convictions.

Jul 08 09:29

10 Shockingly Violent Video Games

The names of violent video games tend to travel fast among preteen and teen gamers. And the next thing you know, your kid wants to play them.

Common Sense Media’s list of the ten most violent video games is designed to arm you with enough information to help you make informed choices about what to allow your kids to play. And beyond that, they offer less-violent alternatives with the compelling gameplay that kids want.

Jul 08 09:13

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

"Perfect Citizen is Big Brother."

Jul 08 08:38

Democrats Want to Tax Your ATM Withdrawals

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) has introduced Davis’s dream legislation. It would charge a penny for every dollar of your money drawn from an ATM machine. That would then beg the question — why put your money in a bank if you are going to get taxed merely for the right to access your money.

But wait . . . it’s gets better. They’re back to wanting to tax the internet too.

Jul 08 07:31

The Cybersecurity Directive Goes Viral

Michael Edwards
Activist Post

The latest National Security Directive presented by the establishment mouthpiece, The Wall Street Journal, indicates that the marketing campaign for Cybersecurity has just gone viral.

Jul 08 03:05

FlashBack: Alex Jones threatens Jeff Rense, has him kicked off GCN

Why Jeff is Moving to a New and Better Network

Dear Friends of Liberty and Free Speech... Following is a reply I sent to a long-time listener and thought you should be able to read it, too. It will answer the basic questions many have asked. Thank you, all, for your kindness and support. I am looking forward to working with the new networks which will be making major efforts to present the program on far more stations than the former network ever did. With best regards to all of my good Friends here at MySpace.

Jul 07 10:00

ISP filtering legislation on the way

THE federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its controversial internet filter by the end of the year.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the legislation would be this year "sooner rather than later''.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"YOU WILL SEE ONLY WHAT WE WANT YOU TO SEE, DUMBKOPF!!!!"

Jul 07 07:32

Windows 8 to Have 3 Rs: Recovery, Reset, Restore

We all know about "Windows rot," where the operating system slowly degenerates to a slow, sluggish state after numerous installs, uninstalls, and other things that a system accumulates over time.

Jul 06 19:23

Labour wasted thousands on developing Government apps for iPhones

Tens of thousands of pounds were squandered by Labour on developing software for the iPhone, it emerged yesterday.

Ministers sanctioned the development of the applications, with costs for each running as high as £40,000.

They included a travel advice tool for the Foreign Office, an NHS application to let you track your drinking habits and a DVLA 'motoring masterclass'.

There was even one for jobseekers to find out about vacancies - though critics might argue whether someone who can afford an iPhone would need such a tool.

Jul 06 16:01

Wiki deletes my page of quotations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bunch of sore losers, really!

Jul 06 14:07

The Lights Are Going Out For Free Speech On The Internet

Type the keywords “Internet censorship” into Google News and you will immediately understand to what degree the world wide web is under assault from attempts by governments globally to regulate and stifle free speech. From Australia to Belarus, from Turkey to Vietnam, from Pakistan to Egypt, from Afghanistan to Iran, huge chunks of the Internet are going dark as the Chinese model of Internet regulation is adopted worldwide.

But why should Americans concern themselves with countries halfway across the globe adopting Chinese-style net censorship? Because under Senator Joe Lieberman’s 197-page Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, the United States would formally mimic China’s “great firewall” of web censorship.

Jul 06 12:06

BLOGGERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT INJUSTICE IN GAZA!!

Bloggersunite.org is calling on all bloggers to unite on July 9 to blog about Gaza. The site is asking bloggers to make “a simple promise: ‘Gaza, We will not forget You.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 05 16:39

'Paywall will underperform – the numbers don't add up'

The internet guru on the death of newspapers, why paywall will fail and how the internet has brought out our creativity – and generosit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't the paper and it isn't the pay. The reason the corporate media is in decline is that the public knows the corporate media is nothing more than a giant advertisement for government and corporate policy. People do not like to be lied to, and charging them for the privilege only adds insult to injury.

The blog-o-sphere would not even be here if the corporate media had simply told us all the truth about Vince Foster, TWA 800, Iran-Contra, Mena, OK City, Waco, Saddam's "Nookular" bombs, 9-11, etc. etc. etc. None of us out here on the front lines of the information war would have bothered doing what we do if all we did was repeat the facts and truth already on public display. We do this job because the corporate media will not. And on the day when the corporate media tells us all the truth, when the media is not just selling us another war or making excuses when Israel attacks Americans in international waters I will be happy to shut this website down and spend the remainder of my life doing visual effects and chasing Claire around the house.

But until the media decides to be truthful with the people, they will continue to go out of business and I and my partners on truth will continue to get the facts out there the people need to make good decisions.

Jul 05 10:20

Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help

The Russian ring charged this week with spying on the United States faced some of the common security problems that plague many companies -- misconfigured wireless networks, users writing passwords on slips of paper and laptop help desk issues that take months to resolve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This whole Russian spy story is a joke!

Jul 05 10:00

TSA To Block Websites With “Controversial Opinions”

“The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agency’s computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a “controversial opinion,” according to an internal email obtained by CBS News.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Moi?!?!? :)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA