Archive for 2010/12/20
Assange (18) had relationship with 16-year-old girl. After she left him, he fell into a depression so severe that it led to him going in and out of a Melbourne hospital for six monthsPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness
18-year-old Julian met a local girl of 16, with whom he developed a relationship.
Soon after, the couple moved a few miles away to a cottage. This was the home where Assange’s lover became pregnant. Even then he would spend hours on his computer daily, learning to hack into other computers as the web began to spread around the world.
Their son Daniel was born when Assange’s girlfriend was 17, but it seems that even the arrival of a child was not enough to drag the fledgling-hacker away from his screen.
A year or two later, the couple moved to a rented house in Melbourne. It was there, in October 1991, that their relationship suffered a shattering blow after Assange was raided by the police.
He was caught red-handed with the tools of his burgeoning hacker’s trade – a 350 pounds Amiga 500 computer and more than a dozen discs filled with the access codes of websites.
Police also found details of hundreds of stolen passwords for networks around the world – along with the dates when he obtained them. Among them were passwords for the US Air Force 7th Command Group in the Pentagon.
He was charged with a number of offences relating to computer hacking. For the mother of his child, it was the final straw – she fled with the baby.
Though the couple had gone through what they described as an ‘unofficial marriage’, Assange has remained deeply secretive about the mother of his child. The only time he has alluded to her was when he helped write a 1997 book called ‘Underground: Tales Of Hacking, Madness And Obsession On The Electronic Frontier’.
In it, he describes his girlfriend as ‘an intelligent but introverted 16-year-old’ whom he met through a friend. After she left him, he fell into a depression so severe that it led to him going in and out of a Melbourne hospital for six months.
After Assange separated from the mother of his child, the pair embarked on a nine-year custody battle over their son, which was not settled until 1999.
The agreement effectively meant that Daniel’s continued upbringing would be his mother’s responsibility.
While little is known of Assange’s activities in the years that followed, from 2003 to 2006 he studied physics and mathematics at Melbourne University before helping to set up WikiLeaks in 2006.
Voices from the past: Reading messages posted by Julian Assange
Julian Assange, an e-mail from the past. From then to WikiLeaks
Openness in itself, as the prime driver of events, doesn’t lead to achievement or creativity – To me, both right wing extremist leaks and Wikileaks are for the most part resurrections of old-fashioned vigilantismPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness
The existing Internet design is centered on creating the illusion of no-cost effort. But there is no such thing. It’s an illusion born of the idylls of youth, and leads to a distorted perception of the nature of responsibility. When there seems to be no cost, the idea of moderation doesn’t seem sensible.
A sufficiently copious flood of data creates an illusion of omniscience, and that illusion can make you stupid. Another way to put this is that a lot of information made available over the internet encourages players to think as if they had a God’s eye view, looking down on the whole system.
Julian Assange, in defending his actions sees a vindicating contradiction in this difference: How can information be both dangerous and inconsequential, he asks? He sees information as an abstract free-standing thing, so to him, differences in perspective and circumstance mean nothing. This is how nerd supremacists think.
Getting more information on energy use is meant to help people find ways to conserve. For example, a person can see a home’s “baseline” electricity use to help locate appliances to turn off. Monitor makers reports people can save roughly 5 percent to 15 percent on electricity based on changes from more information.
Google has established connections between PowerMeter and a few home electricity monitors and smart meters. Over time, executives have said Google intends to expand the capabilities of the application beyond electricity monitoring to track water, natural gas, and potentially schedule electric vehicle charging.
The State Department has put out a press release announcing that it has approved spending $3.36 million next year to “train” foreign judges and other law enforcement officials about “intellectual property.” There are 15 different projects, which all come down to various training programs for judges, police, law enforcement in how to kowtow to American industry in dealing with infringement of copyrights, trademarks and patents.
EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes: “Effective and efficient public administration is the first pillar of the broader competitiveness Europe needs”Posted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
The Commission has launched a plan and some pilot projects aimed at encouraging governments across the trading bloc to make more use of internet technologies to streamline services, standardise processes and ensure public use of and engagement with government.
The professor who coined “network neutrality” is back with a new book arguing that information industries “cycle” from open to closed—and that the Internet is headed down the same pathPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness
Spain: a coalition of file-sharing sites, which together are believed to generate up to 70% of Spain’s Internet traffic, are voluntarily taking themselves offline to protest against the likely passing of new legislation tomorrowPosted: 2010/12/20 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Carl Lundström is heading to the Supreme Court in Sweden to dispute the sentence and damages award meted out to him in The Pirate Bay appeals verdict last monthPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
Anonymous hacks website of pedophilia society, hands over data to operator of anti-child abuse website who went and filed a criminal complaint todayPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Organized Crime
Dutch media are reporting that “Pedo-hunter” Yvonne van Hertum today has filed a criminal complaint against pedophilia society “Martijn”. She has received data from hacker group Anonymous, which apparently had hacked the website of the society. The data is said to show that the members of the pedophilia society are exchanging child abuse images via the society’s website on a regular basis.
Law enforcement has stated that it first will “investigate the evidence” before it will record and process the criminal complaint.
Van Hertum operates the Dutch website Stopkinderseks.com (StopChildAbuse.com).
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/binnenland/2406656/aangifte-pedofielenvereniging-martijn.html
“I had never heard of the name Bradley Manning before it was published in the press,” Assange told ABC News on Friday. “Wikileaks’s technology [was] designed from the very beginning to make sure that we never know the identities or names of people submitting us material.”
These comments contradict a chat log that appears to show Manning’s conversations before his arrest — and before his name ever appeared in the media — in which he described having a close relationship with Assange as a confidential source.
On Nov. 30, hackers assaulted five big online retailers as the holiday shopping season began. But a global network run by Akamai Technologies of Cambridge, Mass., intercepted the data deluge, The Boston Globe reported. Akamai, an Internet infrastructure company, is one of many that defend the Internet against distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attacks like the one employed by the WikiLeaks backers.
When a DDOS attack hit the retailers Nov. 30, the spike in traffic was spotted immediately at Akamai’s operations center in India. Akamai, with about 80,000 servers in 70 countries, instantly assigned extra ones to handle the traffic, ensuring that the retailers would not be overwhelmed. The sites were assaulted for three days, but not knocked offline.
How to prevent a pro-WikiLeaks DOS attack – DOSarrest
The Guardian: Julian is not a confidential source. The argument that the papers involved with the WikiLeaks cables should not report criticism of him is one all journalists would find ridiculousPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness
It is surely just a coincidence that the law firm – Finers Stephens Innocent – which represents Julian Assange and set up the Julian Assange Defense Fund is also legal adviser to the Rothschild Waddesdon Trust; that the partially Rothschild-owned Economist gave Assange its 2008 Freedom of Expression Award; that Lord Rothschild is deputy chairman of BSkyB, whose warmongering chairman, Rupert Murdoch, and his propagandist father were lauded as fearless advocates of the truth by the WikiLeaks founder in an op-ed in the Murdoch-owned The Australian; that the only world leader “undoubtedly delighted” by the leaks, Benjamin Netanyahu – who often stays with Murdoch in London and has the award-winning pro-Israel media magnate on his “list of millionaires” (i.e. potential donors) – was singled out by Assange as a believer in diplomatic transparency; and that WikiLeaks has provided an unexpected “diplomatic coup” for the criminal state which was first promised to British Zionists in an enigmatic 1917 letter to an earlier Lord Rothschild.
“It’s our policy not to invite anyone who is currently the object of a legal complaint,” Schwab said in an interview with the SonntagsZeitung newspaper.
He said the forum, which takes place every January in the Swiss resort of Davos, would still discuss WikiLeaks, the group behind a mass-leak of confidential United States embassy cables that has embarrassed Washington.
Media lawyers Finers Stephens Innocent have launched the Julian Assange Defence Fund to help pay for Assange’s legal costs, whether in the UK, Sweden, US or any other jurisdiction.
The defence fund will be administered by chartered accountants Hazlems Fenton LLP and overseen by a voluntary committee, members of which already include director of the London Centre for Investigative Journalism Gavin MacFadyen and filmmaker John Pilger.
Dutch Wikileaks hacktivist would “do it again” – 19-year-old teen, Martijn Gonlag to TechEye: I’d do it again “as I stand by my point”Posted: 2010/12/20 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime
Mozilla is promising to let people cloak internet activity in free Firefox web browsing software being released early next year.
“Technology that supports something like a ‘Do Not Track’ button is needed and we will deliver in the first part of next year,” Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs said while providing a glimpse at Firefox 4 at the Mozilla’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. “The user needs to be in control,” he added.
There is a disturbing imbalance between what websites need to know about visitors to personalise advertisements or services and the amount of data collected, according to Kovacs. “It is not that ads are bad,” he said. “It is what they do with my tracked behaviour. “Where I go on the internet is how I live my life; that is a lot of data to hold just for someone to serve me ads.”
Jeffrey Robert Libman, the vice president and co-director of Webe Web Corporation, a Florida corporation, was sentenced yesterday to 108 months in prison for transporting child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama.
Libman, 43, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Alabama on Sept. 15, 2010, to 16 counts of transporting child pornography. Libman was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release, to follow his prison term.
According to court documents, Webe Web was the registered owner of the website “www.childsupermodels.com,” which purported to be a child modeling website that promoted models 7- through 16-years old and their photographers. It contained hyperlinks to websites containing photographs of individual “child super models” featuring minor female children in various poses and wardrobes. According to court documents, Libman was responsible for building and maintaining these websites.
Libman admitted that the websites pertaining to 16 different children contained illegal images of child pornography. In some of the photos, the victims, all girls aged 8 to 15, were wearing underwear, lingerie, bathing suits and other revealing outfits, and were posed in positions that constituted child pornography.
According to court documents, viewers of the websites could preview a certain number of images for free on the website homepage. If viewers wanted to join the website to access additional photographs, they could purchase a 30-day membership for approximately $30 per month. Libman admitted that the websites depicting the 16 victims generated approximately $1 million in revenue.
Libman also admitted that Webe Web promoted subscriptions to these individual sites through its free advertising website known as Babble Club. On Babble Club’s website, members could receive a free sample of images of the children. According to court documents, the website encouraged the purchase of subscriptions to the individual websites of the children, and hosted discussion boards and groups which were devoted to each individual website. Babble Club members made postings to the discussion boards, which included comments on specific images they liked, the type of clothing and poses they liked, and poetry written to the photographed child. Certain members posted expressions of fondness and devotion for a photographed child.
Legal hurdles could make it tough for U.S. prosecutors to go after pro-WikiLeaks hackers who waged cyber attacks last week on Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and other companiesPosted: 2010/12/20 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Litigation, Public Policy
Dutch police arrested two Dutch teenagers last week, and other hackers around the globe are believed to be involved. If the U.S. seeks to prosecute these or any other hackers who may be apprehended overseas, it will have to rely on foreign counterparts to extradite them to the United States. Extraditions often get caught up in politics.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked with Dutch authorities on the arrests; Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney declined to comment on the arrests in the Netherlands or the extent to which the two countries may be cooperating.
David Goldstone, a former attorney in the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and now a partner at Goodwin Procter, said that a decision whether to prosecute the Operation Payback could come down to the allocation of resources and the perceived importance of the attacks. “The government may give it less of a priority,” Goldstone said. “They may treat it as graffiti.”
MasterCard handles billions of transactions each year and as many as 40 million in a single day. It houses and secures some of the world’s most advanced processing equipment. Every year, the datacenter ensures more than $1 trillion is transferred and settled between financial institutions around the world.
Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) are facing potential embarrassment after a database containing their personal details was hacked into
On 18th December Dutch TV show Zembla aired a Swedish documentary about WikiLeaks.
Although the Swedish makers Jesper Huor en Bob Lindquist aren’t too critical nor addressing topics such as the news exclusivity deals with newspapers, focus of the cables, legal & financial support provided by certain newspapers and the Rothschild family, financial / budgetary issues, more relevant issues surrounding Bradley Manning and the anarcho-capitalist ideology of some of the WikiLeaks members and supporters the report does give a good view on how exactly WikiLeaks would like to be portrayed in the media (as a rebellion) as well as events leading up to WikiLeaks’ current status. The research for this documentary was conducted by Johannes Wahlström. More information about him and his father “Israel Shamir,” a.k.a. Adam Ermash or Jöran Jermas can be found in the article Assange’s Extremist Employees: http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/14/the-assange-employees
The documentary includes comments by Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (aka Daniel Schmitt) and Mikael Viborg (PRQ), Smari McCarthy, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Birgitta Jonsdottir. The Dutch version broadcasted by Zembla can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/364ped6 (geo-location restrictions may apply).
See the full original Swedish documentary (English language) below:
“We are not coming at this from an anti-porn perspective. We just want to make sure our children aren’t stumbling across things we don’t want them to see.”
Online porn, the gray line which turns black. There are approximately 370 million porn sites, approximately $3,000 is spent on internet porn each second, “sex” is the top search word worldwide (25% of searches).
Cable and Pay Per View porn is valued at $2.5 billion, the Internet at $2.5 billion, and child pornography at $3 billion yearly.
Approximately 100 thousand websites offer illegal child pornography, sexual solicitations in chat rooms to youth are at 89%.
According to Internet Filter Reviews, there are 420 million Internet porn pages, 4.2 million porn websites, and 68 million daily porn search engine requests. A recent study from Optenet, an online security firm, found that approximately 37% of online pages contain pornographic content. Meanwhile, the number of porn sites increased 17% from last year.
Statistics compiled from Fortinet’s FortiGate network security appliances and intelligence systems for the period July 21st – August 20th, 2010
The following list breaks down the percentage of activity blocked for selected Web categories throughout this period. Percentage indicates how much activity was accounted for out of the four selected categories.
750,000 attempts to access internet pornography every day in the UK
Curious kids: 3,000 attempts to visit porn sites every minute
Google Instant search: no porn or violence
Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites
South Africa: Childline welcomes pornography law
Internet companies are reluctant to discuss the particulars of content moderation, since they would rather not draw attention to the unpleasantness that their sites can attract
I don’t want censorship, for the Government to force internet service providers (ISPs) — non-geeks, this means Virgin or BT or whoever supplies your broadband — to filter adult content. Rather, what if ISPs simply changed their assumption that we all want adult content streamed into our homes?