At the “Content Protection Summit” that we recently discussed, a VP from Summit Entertainment, the indie studio who has had some success lately thanks to the Twilight films and The Hurt Locker, apparently told the audience that the industry should get rid of DVD screeners, and who cares if it inconveniences people. She specifically said “we’re going to have to agree to be inconvenienced.”
Archive for 2010/12/09
One of Jack Valenti’s last great “battles” as the head of the MPAA was his fight against DVD screeners sent out for the various movie awards eventsPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing
A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s e-crime unit (PCeU) on suspicion of being behind a denial of service attack against the online game Call of Duty.
The teenager was arrested in the Beswick area of Manchester early on Thursday morning.
“Service providers are flooding networks with no incentive” to cut costs, France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard said last month. “It’s necessary to put in place a system of payments by service providers as a function of their use.”
U.S. diplomatic cables have given top embassy officials a worldwide audience that journalists and other commentators can only dream ofPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
For those caught up in this net, it no doubt seems like a nightmare. But at least their writings are the year’s publishing sensation.
What’s more, in a positive twist on an otherwise damaging story for U.S. diplomacy, these dispatches are getting rave reviews for style, brevity, clarity and objective reporting.
What is also striking about these leaked cables is the insightful and remarkably blunt assessments that American officials have sent along to their State Department, particularly given the general tendency in American politics these days to dodge around so many crucial problems.
We haven’t yet seen any evidence of deep criminal plots or conspiracies. But there has been much speaking truth to power, in ways that leaders need to hear.
After announcing plans to blast the site with gobs of traffic, effectively denying page-loads to its regular customers, Amazon’s share price on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: AMZN) began to plummet, down 1.17 percent by 12:10 pm eastern. The site still appeared to be online.
Update: The company’s stock staged a small rally later in the day when the site did not go down. It closed at less than 1 percent off the day’s opening price.
European Union and the U.S. are coordinating to protect vital cybernetworks from attacks – also discussed WikiLeaksPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been transferred to the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison, south LondonPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness
…where the authorities are planning to give him limited access to the internet, it emerged on Thursday.
Mr. Assange, the most famous inmate in the Victorian jail, met his legal team on Thursday after being sent there on remand when he was refused bail on Tuesday. Sweden is seeking his extradition over allegations of sexual assault. Mr. Assange is thought to have asked to be housed away from other prisoners, who had shown a high degree of interest in him after he arrived.
Mr. Assange complained about the daytime TV, Stephens said, adding that “he doesn’t have access to a computer, even without an internet connection, or to writing material. He’s got some files but doesn’t have any paper to write on and put them in.”
As part of a scheme called “access to justice”, prison authorities are arranging for Mr. Assange to be given a computer so he can work on his case. The computer will have limited internet access. Mr. Assange asked for one of his legal team to be allowed to bring him a laptop, but was refused — prisoners are not commonly allowed their own computers.
until he surrendered to British police on Tuesday
Now, before anyone cries foul. Wikipedia is not really joining the growing number of companies and organizations turning their back on WikiLeaks. Instead, editors appear to have removed the article due to the fact that it did violate Wikipedia’s policies. More specifically, the article went against the guidelines that indicates that “Wikipedia is not a mirror or repository of links.”
“Why was Mr. Assange hidden in jail? Is that democracy? As we say in the village: the pot is calling the kettle black,” Putin said. “I want to send the ball back to our American colleagues,” Putin added.
I don’t think the queues of McAnarchists angrily looking for ways to give money to Julian Assange have it right. WikiLeaks has done some good work in highlighting what are, apparently, vile acts by governments intend on power at any cost – regardless of the collateral damage (the video ‘Collateral Murder’ being a contentious, but prime example).
But if the New Yorker magazine is to be believed (that is, if it’s not working for the Man, the System etc.), the WikiLeaks collective has a fairly inconsistent approach to collateral damage. Assange’s collaborator Rop Gonggrijp reportedly told the magazine: “that some leaks risked harming innocent people—’collateral damage, if you will’ —but that he could not weigh the importance of every detail in every document.
In the same article, Assange said: “that he had instituted a ‘harm-minimisation policy,’ whereby people named in certain documents were contacted before publication, to warn them, but that there were also instances where the members of WikiLeaks might get ‘blood on our hands’.”
Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office: Team High Tech Crime arrested 16-year-old in relation to ‘WikiLeaks attacks’Posted: 2010/12/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Organized Crime
Following up on recent events The Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office has announced that the National Crime Squad (Team High Tech Crime) of the Dutch national police has arrested a 16-year-old teenager from the The Hague in The Netherlands. He is suspected of being involved in the so called ‘WikiLeaks attacks’ on websites of MasterCard and PayPal among others.
The computer systems and storage equipment of the suspect have been seized and he has already been interviewed by investigators of the Team High Tech Crime.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office states that the suspect now has confessed to attacking the sites and services of MasterCard and VISA. It appears he is part of a larger group of hackers which is currently under investigation.
The suspect has to appear before a judge of the Court of Rotterdam tomorrow.
(my summary and translation)
Dutch language article: http://www.om.nl/actueel/nieuws-_en/@154591/16-jarige_jongen/
We celebrate disruption as long as we are not the ones being disrupted – WikiLeaks introduces the phenomenon of Radical TransparencyPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution
Enabled by technology, radical transparency surrounds us — and sometimes we don’t even know it’s there. A teenager can end up publicly shamed after inadvertently broadcasting a sordid conversation on her Facebook Wall to friends of friends. A private direct message to a lover can be broadcast to thousands of followers on Twitter with the slip of a button.
In a world where many of us carry a recording and instant-publishing device in our pockets, transgressions that once remained private can now become global news stories in minutes. TSA agents can’t talk to passengers anymore without running the risk of being recorded and broadcast on the Web.
We celebrate disruption as long as we are not the ones being disrupted. With WikiLeaks, anything’s fair game, right? The U.S. government? Sure. The banks? Bring it on. The company we work for. Well, sure, but first there’s a few things I’d like to clarify as I wouldn’t want anything to be taken out of context. My college indiscretions? Well hang on a minute!
In fact, if you’re WikiLeaks, you want to build redundancy on your redundancy and be able to survive not just a single point of failure, but a virtual meltdown of cascading failures.
WikiLeaks has implemented an interwoven network of domains, hosts, servers, and DNS services to ensure that losing any one provider, or having a server or domain shut down by a DoS attack will not ultimately impact the availability of the site.
Bottom line: It would take a catastrophe of global proportions to completely knock WikiLeaks offline. Meanwhile, Twitter grinds to a halt if Lindsay Lohan is seen drinking a White Russian with lunch.
THE Gillard government has hardened its position on the WikiLeaks expose, saying it is illegal in Australia to obtain – or distribute – classified documents.
In the wake of the furore that followed Julia Gillard’s claim that the website’s release of thousands of secret US cables was illegal, Attorney-General Robert McClelland sought advice on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had broken any law. Yesterday, Mr McClelland said obtaining classified information without authority was an offence under Australian law.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced concern on Thursday at reports of pressure being exerted on private companies to halt financial or Internet services for WikiLeaksPosted: 2010/12/09 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
Pillay said that taken together, the measures could be interpreted as an attempt to prevent Wikileaks from publishing, thereby violating its right to freedom of expression.
WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson: DDoS attacks were similar to those made against Wikileaks itselfPosted: 2010/12/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime
“We neither condemn nor applaud these attacks,” Hrafnsson said. “We believe they are a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets.”
It’s a twist following the company’s refusal to host the WikiLeaks’ website.
The cables were self-published as a Kindle e-book by an author listed as Heinz Duthel. People in the U.K. can buy it for 7.37 pounds ($11.60).
Hackers forced the Swedish government’s website offline for several hours on Thursday in a cyber attack in support of WikiLeaksPosted: 2010/12/09 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime
The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, gave an exclusive interview to Brazilian journalist Natalia Viana of the online publication Opera Mundi on Monday.
After taking down the websites of Visa, Mastercard and others, supporters of WikiLeaks threatened Thursday to knock Amazon.com offline.
Live DDoS attack on Mastercard performed on Dutch TV show
Dutch language VIDEO HERE
Yesterday in his weblog, Dutch IT lawyer Wouter Dammers (SOLV) pointed out in detail why under Dutch law performing a DDoS attack constitutes a criminal offence on several grounds:
Author: Martine Wubben – Date: 09-12-2010
Dutch media are reporting that the National Crime Squad of the Dutch National Police has launched a large scale investigation in relation to the attacks on the websites of VISA and MasterCard. The attacks would have been executed by the 4Chan/Anonymous group using computer servers in the Netherlands. The group is targeting anyone who has opposed The Pirate Bay and/or WikiLeaks. Their campaigns are called Operation Payback and Operation Avenge Assange.
The MasterCard website has been offline for 10 hours.
Late last night the Dutch News Broadcaster NOS was reporting that the Dutch National Police paid a visit to LeaseWeb / Evoswitch to take down the relevant infrastructure used by the group. A measure which rendered the website of Anonymous inaccessible http://www.anonops.net/ at least for now.
(my summary and translation)
Dutch language news articles:
About Operation Payback and Operation Avenge Assange: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Payback
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that her personal credit card information and the website of her political action committee were attacked online by supporters of the document-dumping website WikiLeaks.
…says Jeff Bardin, the chief security strategist at XA Systems. WikiLeaks hacker supports could merely feel a kinship with him, or there could be an even stronger connection, he speculated.
“I bet this was premeditated by Assange”
While major online financing services such as PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa have shut down their dealings with the embattled WikiLeaks, one microfinancing startup is still hanging on. Flattr, a micropayment startup created by Peter Sunde, co-founder of the infamous BitTorrent sharing site The Pirate Bay, still accepts donations on behalf of the document-leaking non-profit.
Sunde has been a public advocate for Assange and WikiLeaks. He has also proposed a peer-to-peer DNS system that would prevent domain name registrations from being revoked, as was done with the WikiLeaks.org domain.
Sunde started Flattr in March along with Linus Olsson. WikiLeaks, which has experienced funding problems in 2009, was among its first financing partners, although any company can now sign up to accept Flattr payments. At the time, he told TechCrunch that Flattr was “prepared for the controversy.”
Apparently, Wikileaks has a posse.
On Tuesday, my colleague Andy Greenberg reported on how the hacker group Operation:Payback have retaliated against organizations that have cut ties with Wikileaks, or have made moves against the site’s leader, Julian Assange. Major credit card companies Visa and Mastercard – both of which recently suspended all donation payments to Wikileaks’ accounts – have gone down under a barrage of ddos attacks. PayPal and the Swiss Bank PostFinance have felt the hackers’ wrath. And an attack against the website of the Swedish prosecutor going after Assange for charges of sexual misconduct has been levied.
How are the hackers communicating with one another? One way, at least, seems to be via Operation:Payback’s Facebook page. Operation:Payback has been broadcasting a play-by-play from their Twitter account during the activities.
More details: http://tinyurl.com/36cmvbm
A loosely organized group of Internet hacktivists took down Visa’s website Wednesday, after organizing a similar attack on MasterCard.