Archive for 2012/08/06
Can Ukrainians do what Swedes have been unable to do?
ColoCall is the largest datacenter in Ukraine and a place that has been Demonoid’s home in recent years. But in the middle of last week, in the wake of the DDoS attack, government investigators arrived at ColoCall to shut Demonoid down.
“Investigators have copied all the information from the servers Demonoid and sealed them,” an anonymous ColoCall source confirmed. “Some equipment was not seized, but now it does not work, and we were forced to terminate the agreement with the site.”
Proposed US Privacy Law Demands Court Warrants for Cloud Data. Privacy Of Cloud Providers Comes FirstPosted: 2012/08/06 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, The Cloud
Neither Google nor any other ISP releases how many times it turns over user data in the United States without a probable-cause warrant. Perhaps the numbers are too frightening
A number of online stores were unable to process iDeal payments
Dutch language news article:
Media companies that provide video-on-demand (VOD) services are responsible for ensuring compliance with VOD advertising rules when advertising appears as a direct result of a user choosing to view VOD programmesPosted: 2012/08/06 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Those media service providers are not responsible for complying with VOD advertising rules in circumstances where advertising appears that is not prompted by viewers’ programme selections
Amazon.com’s UK wing claims its British customers are now buying more e-books than printed-on-paper editionsPosted: 2012/08/06 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Standard Chartered has been accused of leaving the US financial system vulnerable to terrorists, drug kingpins and corrupt regimes by “scheming” with the Iranian government to conduct secret transactions worth $250bn (£160bn) spanning almost a decade.
When an executive in the US highlighted the risk that staff could face criminal liability for defying sanctions, it is claimed that the group executive director in London said “You f—ing Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians.”
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Dutch language news article:
Anonymous successfully rendered Ecatel’s servers inaccessible, which will inevitably get them a lot of kudos and respect from the hacker community.
Ecatel: ‘We are abhorred by child pornography but refuse to act like a judge‘ (which can cost a ‘rogue ISP’ a lot of money too, right?)
The provider is arguing that it ‘doesn’t look at notifications regarding child pornography‘ and that they’d rather leave that ‘to the professional people at the Dutch National Police (KLPD)‘. Ecatel also directed a personal message at Anonymous, instructing them to go and DDoS (only) the websites they have a problem with or inform the police or otherwise engage in sexual intercourse with their mother:
The provider says it has ‘reprimanded its frustrated but loyal employee for this statement‘.
Dutch website Security.nl notes that Ecatel was also the one recently hosting servers that were facilitating the notorious Grum-botnet. After a security researcher posted information about that, Ecatel DID decide to take the botnet servers down.
“ECATEL does have a very long history of hosting shady things,” said van Straten
Ecatel is also known to have hosted Ninjavideo:
Ecatel has been labeled ‘rogue’ and ‘cybercrime-friendly’ by HostExploit:
Dutch language news article:
The White House hasn’t ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation’s defenses against cyber attacks if Congress refuses to act.
Genetically modified Tifton 85 grass, which has been used for years, has suddenly started to produce cyanide gas
iCloud Hack: They got in via Apple tech support and some clever social engineering that let them bypass security questionsPosted: 2012/08/06 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution, The Cloud
Southwest Airlines says it will issue refunds to customers who were charged multiple reservation charges as a result of a glitch with a Facebook promotionPosted: 2012/08/06 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
A glitch with the Southwest reservation system caused customers’ credit and debit cards to be billed multiple times for a single purchase, in some cases 20 or more times, according to hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts.
Algorithm: that doesn’t compute
Yeah, MegaUpload was much, much better
It’s important to note that the draft is just that—a draft. But the leak suggests that the US and Australia are pushing for more restrictive language, while countries like New Zealand, Chile, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam are in favor of more open rules to allow “a party to carry forward and appropriately extend into the digital environment limitations and exceptions in its domestic laws.” The US and Australia opposed that wording, and sought to change the language to suggest, “that each party may, consistent with the foregoing, adopt or maintain… exceptions and limitations for the digital environment.”
In other words, the US and Australia are saying a country can’t just decide on “limitations and fair use” based on existing domestic IP laws, some of which may be quite broad. Instead, limitations must conform to international agreements, including the TPP, which can be more restrictive.
The stunt appeared to be the second step in a campaign by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad to use the news agency’s Internet feeds to spread false information about the conflict in Syria. On Friday, Reuters was forced to temporarily shut down part of its Web site after the agency’s blogging platform was hacked and fabricated reports of setbacks for Syrian rebels were posted on Reuters.com.