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04.04.14

Security News: Full Disclosure Threatened Out of Existence, Laws Warped for Incarceration

Posted in News Roundup at 7:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Full-Disclosure

‘Ethical’

Weev

  • Hacker Andrew ‘Weev’ Auernheimer attempts to overturn conviction
  • Prosecutors Admit They Don’t Understand What Weev Did, But They’re Sure It’s Like Blowing Up A Nuclear Plant

    We’ve been covering the ridiculous DOJ case against Andrew “weev” Auernheimer for quite some time. If you don’t recall, Auernheimer and a partner found a really blatant security hole on AT&T’s servers that allowed them to very easily find out the email addresses of iPad owners. There was no breaking in to anything. The issue was that AT&T left this all exposed. But, with a very dangerous reading of the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) and a bunch of folks who don’t understand basic technology, weev was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail (and has been kept in solitary confinement for much of his stay so far). Part of the case is complicated by the fact that weev is kind of a world class jerk — who took great thrill in being an extreme online troll, getting a thrill out of making others miserable. But, that point should have no standing in whether or not exposing a security hole by basically entering a URL that AT&T failed to secure, becomes a criminal activity.

Misc.

Spin Watch: ‘WikiLeaks’ Forum, Transparency, Disappearing Aircraft, Tobacco, and BBC

Posted in News Roundup at 7:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • WikiLeaks-Forum: Who’s Who?

    Regrettably, the owner of WikiLeaks-Forum strives to manipulate public opinion in several ways with the help of his staffers. The forum pretends to host lively discussions of a huge community while in fact most of the forum posts (more than 90 percent) are done by staffers.

  • The Republican Street Fight Over Transparency in Government

    Several in the GOP want to stop a request for scientists to disclose financial conflicts in their research. What good reason could they possibly have?

  • Disappearing Aircraft

    I had fairly well concluded that the most likely cause was a fire disrupting the electrical and control systems, when CNN now say the sharp left turn was pre-programmed 12 minutes before sign off from Malaysian Air Traffic control, which was followed fairly quickly by that left turn.

  • How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

    Almost everything is fake. The brave proverbs with which we were brought up – the truth will out, cheats never prosper, virtue will triumph – turn out to be unfounded. For the most part, our lives are run and our views are formed by chancers, cheats and charlatans. They construct a labyrinth of falsehoods from which it is almost impossible to emerge without the help of people who devote their lives to navigating it. This is the role of the media. But the media drag us deeper into the labyrinth.

    There are two kinds of corporate lobbyists in the UK. There are those who admit they are lobbyists but operate behind closed doors, and there are those who operate openly but deny they are lobbyists. Because David Cameron has broken his promise to shine “the light of transparency on lobbying in our country and … come clean about who is buying power and influence” we still “don’t know who is meeting whom. We don’t know whether any favours are being exchanged. We don’t know which outside interests are wielding unhealthy influence … Commercial interests – not to mention government contracts – worth hundreds of billions of pounds are potentially at stake.” (All that was Cameron in 2010, by the way) At the same time, the media is bustling with people working for thinktanks which refuse to say who is paying them, making arguments that favour big business and billionaires.

  • The BBC, not its young viewers, might be the biggest losers when BBC3 goes

    The channel has made an extraordinary connection with its target audience of 16- to 34-year-olds. Its closure could alienate a generation

Copyrights and Reform News

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly at 6:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Copyright Reform: We’re Getting Somewhere

    A spokesperson for BIS (the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills), commented on the reforms, saying, “One of these measures is copyright exception for archiving and preserving. The existing preservation exception will be updated to apply to all types of media and to museums and galleries, as well as libraries and archives.”

  • Police Prepare to Place Banner Ads on Pirate Sites
  • Saudi Arabia Government Blocks The Pirate Bay (and More)

    The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information has blocked access to The Pirate Bay, for reasons yet unknown. In addition to the notorious torrent site, Torrentz.eu, Rarbg and possibly several others are blocked too. As always, local users are already discussing ways to work around the restrictions.

  • De La Soul X BitTorrent Bundle: Smell the DA.I.S.Y.

    In 1989, a little known group from New York released an album that would change the course of hip hop. De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising sounded like nothing else: spoken word, skit, and psychedelia; sampled exhaustively, sampled from life. 25 years in, it sounds all the more remarkable. It sounds like the Internet.

  • Civil Rights Lawyer To Fight U.S. Govt. in Internet Piracy Case

    Two individuals accused of millions of dollars worth of Android piracy signed plea agreements with the U.S. Government last week, but at least one other defendant has different things in mind. With the hiring of a “much-feared civil rights lawyer”, the former operator of Applanet is going on the offensive against the DOJ.

  • Prenda Law stunner: “Porn trolls” win a round, dodge sanctions

    It’s been almost a year since US District Judge Otis Wright issued a sanction order repudiating the lawyers behind the “copyright trolling” organization known as Prenda Law. Since then, several other judges have pounded Prenda with expensive sanction orders. Just last week, Paul Hansmeier, Paul Duffy, and John Steele—the three lawyers commonly linked to Prenda—were found to be in contempt of a devastating sanction order won by AT&T and Comcast.

Europe Moves Towards Protection of Net Neutrality for Now

Posted in News Roundup at 6:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mostly chronological:

04.03.14

Links 3/4/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 10:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 3/4/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 3/4/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 10:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

News Links: Aggression and Surveillance

Posted in News Roundup at 10:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Drones

NDAA

  • Senators Are Quietly Meeting To Change The Sweeping Post-9/11 Military Authorization Law

    A bipartisan group of senators has quietly begun discussing a push to repeal or rewrite the broad law granting the president sweeping powers to wage war against individuals and groups across the globe.

    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine told BuzzFeed that several lawmakers have held informal conversations on possible changes to the 9/11-era rules of war on terrorism, known as the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

  • Pushing PANDA

    PANDA is People Against the National Defense Authorization Act

  • House Republicans’ secret immigration ploy

    House Republicans are quietly working to insert immigration legislation into the text of the Department of Defense authorization bill that would allow so-called DREAMers to obtain permanent legal residency by joining the military, Breitbart News has learned.

CIA Torture and Deception/Lies

Venezuela

Fascism

Deception Over Expansion

  • Media Bias: Parroting a “New Cold War” which Threatens America

    If American media seem filled these days with bellicose, jingoistic, uniform perspectives on a new Cold War, that’s probably because so many news outlets can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to framing new events in the tired terms of the last generation’s ingrained propaganda. At a time that needs fresh contemplation, even people like Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW are talking about recent events in and around Ukraine as having “sparked the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War” or words to more extreme effect.

  • Imperialism’s game of empires

    As Western and Russian rulers rattle sabres, Simon Basketter says we must take on a system that drives the world to war

  • Russians are coming!

    Ukraine just happened to be a conveniently available ideal to put Americans entrenched status and Western European odyssey into spotlight but with a revamped force of achieving the strategic goals and to enhance the Russian lost vision of invincible Empire. So far, nobody could dare to disturb the progressive dream turned into attainable reality in weeks and days to foresee Crimea annexed into the Russian Federation and Ukraine being put under watchful guidance and controlled maneuverability of the Russian foreign policy objectives.

  • ‘Must be joking’

    On March 2, Secretary of State John Kerry described Russia’s action in Crimea as “an incredible act of aggression … You just don’t, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” he said. And on March 17, President Barack Obama declared, “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law must be upheld.”

    Messrs. Kerry and Obama must be joking!

    The U.S. invaded Iraq and Afghanistan “on completely trumped up pretexts.” (If you still believe George Bush had legitimate reasons to attack Iraq, please read the transcript of his press conference of Aug. 21, 2006. There, he confessed that both his “reasons” were bogus.)

  • Ukraine: the US’ hypocritical transference – Prof. Edward Herman

    Ukraine is a perfect example of how the US uses the worst elements of a society to do their dirty work in other countries and how the US/NATO has a problem finding honest quislings. Since the US favors the nazi coup in Ukraine they talk about sovereignty and the right to self-determination of the Crimean people is made into some outrageous business for which Russia is demonized. John McCain, the chief chicken hawk and key “moral support” figure for the US’ insurrectionists and nazis in Ukraine, urged dissidents in Russia to rise and through that the effect of Ukrainian “freedom” would spread into Russia. McCain and the rest are engaged in subversive incitement, and once again their complete lack of intelligence and knowledge has left them looking like fools to the world. Professor Edward Herman spoke to the Voice of Russia regarding these issues and more.

Clapper’s Lies

Germany

‘Reform’

Yahoo PR and encryption

NSA

Microsoft

Dick Cheney

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