Archive for 2011/11/17
As Occupy Wall Street grew, the New York Police Department’s ‘crowd control’ tactics became increasingly bizarre and aggressive: historic mass arrests, motor scooter attacks, destruction of books, ramming horses into demonstrators, putting New York Post reporters in choke holds – to name only a few. And following Tuesday’s brazen raid of Zuccotti Park, carried out in the dead of night, the NYPD indicated that de-escalation is not on the horizon. Quite the opposite, in fact. Police officials at the highest ranks, under the direction of Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, have taken to simply making up the rules as they go alongPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
In the same way that financial elites rig the political system, law enforcement elites like Bloomberg and Kelly have rigged the criminal justice system. Occupy Wall Street is hardly the only victim. The NYPD is on pace to make 700,000 extralegal “stop-and-frisks” this year alone, while its own officers skirt accountability for their misconduct. Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, who was sanctioned by NYPD Internal Affairs for pepper-spraying at least four demonstrators without provocation, received a maximum punishment of 10 lost vacation days on account of his actions.
Anne Hathaway has become the latest celebrity to join the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after she was pictured marching with protesters in New YorkPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness
A New York City police officer was slashed during Thursday’s “Occupy Wall Street” action and a second officer was taken to a local hospital with an eye injury, after clashes with protesters and activists across lower ManhattanPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Occupy Wall Street protesters clogged streets and tied up traffic around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement’s birth and signal they aren’t ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police. More than 200 people were arrested, most of them in New YorkPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Los Angeles police have begun to arrest about 20 people sitting in an intersection at a rally by Occupy Wall Street sympathizers in the downtown financial districtPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Representative Mary Bono Mack has asked Facebook to detail the coordinated spam attack that resulted in pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality flooding the servicePosted: 2011/11/17 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who has fought a 10-year battle against extradition to America, could be tried in Britain, the Attorney General has saidPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness
New Head Of UK’s Newspaper Regulators Thinks Bloggers Are A Bigger Problem Than Phone Hacking Tabloids?Posted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness
The US military is now legally in the clear to launch offensive operations in cyberspace, the commander of the US Strategic Command has saidPosted: 2011/11/17 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
Dutch hacker community states that its government is not any longer capable of protecting itself. Will therefore launch RealCERT to remedy mistakes made by the Dutch GOVCERTPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy
Dutch hacker community argues that:
1. The Dutch government doesn’t take IT issues seriously;
2. GOVCERT is hiding information, refuses to operate in a transparent way;
3. GOVCERT is limiting information exchange to a selection of partners and only prioritizes a limited number of security issues;
4. Local governments are still not receiving support from GOVCERT despite having suffered many security breaches;
5. GOVCERT simply doesn’t act as an Emergency Response Team
Dutch language news article:
Austrian independent developer and security analyst Peter Kleissner is scheduled to release the first known ‘bootkit’ for Windows 8—an exploit that is able to load from a hard drive’s master boot record and reside in memory all the way through the startup of the operating system, providing root access to the systemPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection
The details of the Windows 8 bootkit have not yet been shared, but Kleissner said in his Twitter feed this morning that the new bootkit, called Stoned Lite, has an infector file that is only 14 kilobytes in size, and the bootkit can be started from a USB drive or CD. He added that he was considering adding “in-memory patching of msv1_0!MsvpPasswordValidate.” That exploit, previously demonstrated against Windows XP as part of a bootkit, changes the password validation routine in Windows to accept any password as valid for an account.
Windows 8′s boot loader has added a number of security features to prevent malware and security breaches, including a measure that requires any software loaded at boot time to be authenticated with a valid digital signature. Microsoft advertised this feature as a malware killer, because it would in theory block any unsigned software from loading into memory before startup. But the new boot loader has caused concern in the open-source world, because Linux distributions such as Red Hat and Ubuntu don’t come with a digital signature.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which criticizes domain name seizures of ‘infringing’ websites by US authorities. According to the resolution these measures need to be countered as they endanger ‘the integrity of the global internet and freedom of communication.’ With this stance the European Parliament joins an ever-growing list of opposition to the Stop Online Piracy ActPosted: 2011/11/17 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy
Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution on net neutrality at a European level. The resolution is adopted with an overwhelming majority of votes and calls on the European Commission to introduce net neutrality legislationPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Net Neutrality, Public Policy
In February 2008, an Australia-based Today Tonight broadcast included a segment of the KTTV report, preceded by the statement: “The Church of Scientology has ramped up the offensive against Anonymous, accusing the group of religious bigotry and claiming they are sick, twisted souls.”
On February 7, two members of Anonymous appeared on the show, explaining the nature of the group and the genuine criticism they held for Scientology. After Anonymous held a protest in front of Scientology compounds around the world on February 10, 2008, Brown admitted that they had “proved me wrong.”
‘Totally unacceptable’: Vatican slams Benetton ‘unhate’ campaign showing Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth
The RIAA has informed the U.S. government about the piracy-promoting websites it would like to be dealt with in the near future. The list includes all major torrent sites, but also Russia’s Facebook and Classmates equivalentPosted: 2011/11/17 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing
Researchers have long known that some areas of the brain are deeply connected to other regions – but now a team from Indiana University and the Netherlands says these connected brain regions form strong connections to each other, creating a cerebral “rich club.”
This club comprises 12 hub regions, which the researchers say are involved in complex human behavior and cognitive tasks. If any of the members of this club were damaged, the effects would be wide-ranging; if brain areas outside the club were damaged, a patient would see localized effects but the overall brain’s information flow would be uninterrupted.
Death threats for Hitler book author Gerrard Williams – We have ruffled some very big feathers
SOPA would require search engines, payment processors, ISPs, and ad networks to block access to “rogue websites” on a judge’s order. While critics have raised serious concerns about how this could affect the Internet’s domain name system, affect free speech, and sweep in a host of legal sites, the bill’s backers suggested that it was really just about money. Google didn’t want to stop piracy because it made so much money from it.
“Given Google’s record, their objection to authorizing a court to order a search engine to not steer consumers to foreign rogue sites is more easily understood”
Google doesn’t use StreetView cars to pick up Wi-Fi location data any more. They use your smartphones and tablets insteadPosted: 2011/11/17 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Eitan Bencuya, a Google spokesperson, tells me that Google no longer uses StreetView cars to collect location information. So, how does Google collect Wi-Fi location data? They use you.
Or, to be more exact, they use your Android phone or tablet. But, it’s not just Google. Apple and Microsoft do the same thing with their smartphones and tablets