If you were an analyst working in the Department of Homeland Security, you would be worrying about this right now. You would be concerned about this country’s high income disparity and unemployment figures (especially among the youth), about the public’s record-low regard for government, and you would be making connections not just to the Arab Spring, but more alarmingly, to the riots that happened in London this summer.
Archive for 2011/09/28
What we are seeing in Occupy Wall Street and related events around the country is our youth, at least some small segment of it, telling us that everything is not alright. They are telling us that our social fabric is stretched to a dangerous point of frayingPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
New video uploaded last night shows Bologna getting trigger-happy with the spray, just moments after the first incident, simply in an effort to get some kids to scramPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
FOX BUSINESS Freedom Watch: “What’s ironic is that the protesters are peaceful, and it’s the police who seem to be full of rage”Posted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness
The SEC’s enforcement director was saying, in essence, that firms like Goldman Sachs and AIG and Lehman Brothers will henceforth be able to get the SEC to act as a middleman between them and the Justice Department, negotiating fines as a way out of jail timePosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Khuzami was basically outlining a four-step system for banks and their executives to buy their way out of prison. “First, the SEC and Wall Street player make an agreement on a fine that the player will pay to the SEC,” Aguirre says. “Then the Justice Department commits itself to pass, so that the player knows he’s ‘safe.’ Third, the player pays the SEC — and fourth, the player gets a pass from the Justice Department.”
Gary Aguirre, the SEC investigator who lost his job when he drew the ire of Morgan Stanley, thinks he knows the answer.
Last year, Aguirre noticed that a conference on financial law enforcement was scheduled to be held at the Hilton in New York on November 12th. The list of attendees included 1,500 or so of the country’s leading lawyers who represent Wall Street, as well as some of the government’s top cops from both the SEC and the Justice Department.
As for President Obama, what is there to be said? Goldman Sachs was his number-one private campaign contributor. He put a Citigroup executive in charge of his economic transition team, and he just named an executive of JP Morgan Chase, the proud owner of $7.7 million in Chase stock, his new chief of staff. “The betrayal that this represents by Obama to everybody is just — we’re not ready to believe it,” says Budde, a classmate of the president from their Columbia days. “He’s really f**king us over like that? Really? That’s really a JP Morgan guy, really?”
You want to win elections, you bang on the jailable class. You build prisons and fill them with people for selling dime bags and stealing CD players. But for stealing a billion dollars? For fraud that puts a million people into foreclosure? Pass. It’s not a crime. Prison is too harsh. Get them to say they’re sorry, and move on. Oh, wait — let’s not even make them say they’re sorry. That’s too mean; let’s just give them a piece of paper with a government stamp on it, officially clearing them of the need to apologize, and make them pay a fine instead. But don’t make them pay it out of their own pockets, and don’t ask them to give back the money they stole. In fact, let them profit from their collective crimes, to the tune of a record $135 billion in pay and benefits last year. What’s next? Taxpayer-funded massages for every Wall Street executive guilty of fraud?
Dutch National Crime Squad arrests 17-year-old Anonymous member who had compromised database containing personal details of Dutch National Police (KLPD) pensionersPosted: 2011/09/28 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
Dutch language news article:
Anonymous NL targeting Dutch National Police (KLPD). Publishing identity details of former KLPD law enforcement officers
MSNBC & Rolling Stone: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? “What people have to understand is that the system of incentives on Wall Street has been completely perverted.”Posted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness
Financial crooks brought down the world’s economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them
Ronald Reagan led a counter-revolution in America against the revolutions of the New Deal and the Great Society. It was a counter-revolution that ripped our economy from the hands of the middle class….and handed it off to the wealthiest corporate CEOs and Banksters in the world – letting America’s oligarchs run the show. Now – thirty years later – we know how that counter-revolution turned out – and the backlash – or revolution – against Reagan, and subsequent Presidents who carried on his principles, is underway.
The Streets of lower Manhattan are buzzing today with America’s next generation of leaders – young people in their twenties – who will inevitably determine the direction of this nation – but first – must wrestle back power from Reagan’s oligarchs who work on Wall Street.
European Court of Justice clarifies rules on use of adwords – The next interesting question that might be raised in the future, could regard the use of adwords of legal download and streaming sites such as iTunes by illegal file sharing sitesPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Online advertising
The ECJ rules companies on the internet may use keywords that are similar to the competition in search engines such as Google, provided such use does not have an adverse affect on the functions of the trademark, such as the ‘origin function’, the ‘investment function’ and the ‘advertising’ function.
Furthermore, the ECJ set up some guidelines regarding the use of a well-known trademark as an adword. The use and selection of well-known trademarks as keywords will in principle be seen as taking unfair advantage of a trademark as a result of free riding on a trademark.
The next interesting question that might be raised in the future, could regard the use of adwords of legal download and streaming sites such as iTunes by illegal file sharing sites. Should these sites be seen as an alternative and fall within the limits of fair competition, or should they be considered as imitation and as illegal free riders of the well-known trademark iTunes?
The Metropolitan Police hopes to capitalise on the advances in vehicle number plate recognition, DNA detection and facial recognition software in a bid reduce crime rates and rebuild relationships with the publicPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Tech Evolution
“There’s great technology out there that we’ve started to see on Facebook, on many other internet devices, facial recognition is growing rapidly. What we need to do is apply that technology to CCTV of criminals,” he said.
Drones won’t just be able to look at what you do. They’ll be able to recognize your face — and track you, based on how you lookPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness
The Pentagon isn’t content to simply watch the enemies it knows it has, however. The Army also wants to identify potentially hostile behavior and intent, in order to uncover clandestine foes.
Charles River Analytics is using its Army cash to build a so-called “Adversary Behavior Acquisition, Collection, Understanding, and Summarization (ABACUS)” tool. The system would integrate data from informants’ tips, drone footage, and captured phone calls. Then it would apply “a human behavior modeling and simulation engine” that would spit out “intent-based threat assessments of individuals and groups.” In other words: This software could potentially find out which people are most likely to harbor ill will toward the U.S. military or its objectives. Feeling nervous yet?
Music Piracy Continues to Decline Thanks to Spotify. One of the main reasons why people switch to legal services is the wider range of material they can find therePosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Warner Music exec: We finally figured out free. Michael Nash doesn’t try to sugarcoat the music industry’s history of the past 10 yearsPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
The single-page Department of Justice document, “Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers,” is a guide for law enforcement agencies looking to get information — like customer IP addresses, call logs, text messages and web surfing habits – out of U.S. telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and VerizonPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Mobile tech, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
The document, marked “Law Enforcement Use Only” and dated August 2010, illustrates there are some significant differences in how long carriers retain your data.
“People who are upset that Facebook is storing all their information should be really concerned that their cell phone is tracking them everywhere they’ve been,” said Catherine Crump, an ACLU staff attorney. “The government has this information because it wants to engage in surveillance.”
More details and full report:
UK Music Retailers Ask Why They Should Pay Performance Licenses To Play Music When They’re Trying To Sell The MusicPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
In the US, record stores have an exemption from paying licensing agencies. But not so in the UK.
Lord of (Cyber) War Ronald Prins (CEO Fox-IT): “I completely disagree with the internet policy of the US, or The Netherlands for that matter. Should that keep me from doing business there too?”Posted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
One of the successes in foreign countries is FoxReplay, a technology to eavesdrop on the internet (‘interception’) that is said to be ‘the first choice of many law enforcement and intelligence departments all over the world.’ “It’s difficult to determine for what purpose one’s customers are using it.”
“What Fox is doing is what I personally like to do: to intercept and to investigate”
“I will never create technology with which the internet can be censored. Nonetheless we are delivering to countries with a policy we do not like in its entirety.”
Dutch company Fox-IT attended the 2003 International Police, Safety and Security Equipment Exhibition, an exchange organized by the riot police of Teheran.
Dutch language news article:
EU will not completely block the export of data interception technologies. Will only make it a bit more cumbersome
Fox-IT now arguing that it hasn’t provided technology to countries with a dubious regime.
Dutch EU MEP Marietje Schaake is criticizing the European Commission but can find eavesdropping companies in her own backyard.
Dutch language news article:
Dutch security firm Fox-IT sells its eavesdropping division to US based NetScout Systems. Data interception technology to be deployed more widely
Payment provider Techno Design says anti-piracy organization BREIN is telling lies. It did not hand any personal details to BREIN, the BitTorrent website operator contacted BREIN himselfPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Privacy / Data Protection
Recently it became known that BREIN was to go through e-payment providers in an effort to disclose the identity of BitTorrent website operators. And recently the anti-piracy organization forced one provider to hand over personal details, so it claims.
TorrentFreak described the ordeal in more detail but appears to have been unable to find out the name of the e-payment provider involved. Dutch online magazine WebWereld did a better job and it appears that the company Techno Design has been the target of BREIN.
Although Techno Design was not available for comment at first, the e-payment provider is now claiming that BREIN is not telling the truth:
- Techno Design argues that they did not hand personal details to BREIN, but the BitTorrent site operator contacted BREIN instead;
- BREIN has broken its promise to enter into a complete radio silence regarding these events;
- Techno Design only verified and confirmed the personal details which were already provided to BREIN by the site operator;
- Techno Design Managing Director Frank Dros is wondering whether BREIN is really interested in obtaining the personal details or whether they just like to litigate and are in it for the media attention;
A veteran U.S. State Department foreign service officer says his job is on the line after he posted a link on his blog to a WikiLeaks documentPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
According to Reuters, cable companies are secretly discussing plans that’ll let customers choose what channels they wantPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
The position of telecom companies is clear: no net neutrality, it ruins a sustainable digital societyPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Facebook now admits that cookies behaved as researcher described. Says it did not ‘collect or use’ the information and that it has killed the cookiesPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Despite antitrust investigations and growing competition, Google CEO Larry Page sees the company itself as its biggest obstacle to successPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Google
Over 700 hundred Continental and United pilots, joined by additional pilots from other Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) carriers, demonstrate in front of Wall Street on TuesdayPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Alessio Rastani Interview Generates At Least 376 News Articles Almost Instantly
Trader on the BBC says Eurozone Market will crash: “The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world”
Ben Koatz, 17 and on the staff of the school newspaper: I was crying at some points because it was my first time being arrested. #OccupyWallStreetPosted: 2011/09/28 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
The blue shirted cops were nice, the white shirt ones, not so much.
One guy said “I don’t know why I’m doing this, I’m sorry you have to go through this.”
Ben’s court date is November 3rd. He says he hasn’t been back to the protests since Saturday for fear of being arrested.