Archive for 2011/01/16
The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear armsPosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
Cyberlockers are the new fall guys for the entertainment industry it seems, as yet more news comes in of action being taken against MegaUpload, one of the largest one-click download sites. According to reports from users and the site itself, MegaUpload is being blocked or slowed down by Orange, one of the major ISPs in France. MegaUpload has publicly outed the ISP, that on its turn denies all accusations.
TorLock, a torrent site that claims to be virtually free of ‘fake torrents’, is offering $1 to users for every fake file that they can findPosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
The offer was put in place by the site’s owner since he’s confident that the site’s collection of 140,738 torrents is as clean as it gets. However, the Indian anti-piracy outfit Aiplex Software is determined to put an end to the offer, claiming it is highly illegal.
Japanese police have been carrying out raids all over the country against individuals alleged to have uploaded copyright works to the Internet. In total, 18 people were arrested for sharing movies, anime, music, games and softwarePosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
‘There is nothing new in what the hacktivists are doing. It really should not be exaggerated. It’s really more like the kind of thing Greenpeace does’Posted: 2011/01/16 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime
China’s alleged hacking campaign against Google and the campaign by “hacktivists” against foes of the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks, merely opening acts?
Mail.ru can boast full ownership of Russia’s number one email provider, its number two social networking site Odnoklassniki (Classmates) and number three Moi Mir (My World). But it has also acquired a holding of 32.55 percent in Russia’s top social networking site, Vkontakte (In Contact), and also 2.38 percent in FacebookPosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Legal representatives of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have come under fire for inadvertently publicly naming two women who claim he raped themPosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Litigation, Privacy / Data Protection
Solicitors acting on behalf of the 39-year-old suspect included the details in legal documents posted on their website after he appeared in court.
The 35-page skeleton argument outlined why the former computer hacker should not be extradited to Sweden.
It was intended for reporters but ended up being circulated widely on the internet, with at least one national newspaper posting a link directly to it.
Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer is reportedly planning to handover two CDs to WikiLeaks containing data of around 2,000 bank clients who may have been evading taxesPosted: 2011/01/16 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Elmer is a former chief operating officer in the Cayman Islands and employee of the powerful Julius Baer bank, which accuses him of stealing the information.
According to The Guardian, the offshore bank account details of these “high net worth individuals” and corporations, would be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland.
The paper quoted Elmer as saying that British and American individuals, including “approximately 40 politicians,” and companies are among the offshore clients whose details would be handed over to the whistleblower website.
Elmer claimed that he is releasing the information “in order to educate society”, because these people, multinational conglomerates and financial institutions allegedly “using secrecy as a screen to hide behind in order to avoid paying tax”. They come from the US, Britain, Germany, Austria and Asia – “from all over”.