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Sep 25 12:41

Obamacare Website Costs Top $2 Billion, Almost Triple Government Estimates

What's the opposite of government efficiency? In a double-take-instigating headline, the federal government’s Obamacare enrollment system has cost about $2.1 billion so far, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of contracts related to the project. BGOV’s analysis shows that costs for both healthcare.gov and the broader reform effort are far greater than anything publicly discussed. However, that pales into insignificance when considering health reform has cost American taxpayers $73 billion in the last four years... and counting.

Sep 25 12:39

Major Sell Program Trips 50-DMA, Sends Stocks Sliding

A "huge" institutional sell order, covering almost 200 individual stocks, is rumored to have been responsible for getting this morning's weakness across stocks going as equity indices catch down to bonds and credit. The S&P 500 broke key support at its 50-day moving-average (for first time in 2 months) and is back at 6 week lows. The Russell 2000 is now down 4.25% from the FOMC meeting last week...

Sep 25 10:59

Survey: Online trolls are 'everyday sadists'

If you've ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something.

An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and "Machiavellianism": a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We kinda figured that out.

Sep 25 10:24

Do not open any emails with attachment "balance statement.htm!" It is malware

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't bother clicking the link to the FBI's list of current scams. It is not listed there. But I received no less than seven of these under various subject lines today, two of which were explicitly sent to wrh@whatreallyhappened.com. The rest just had "recipients" in the "to:" field. Examination of the htm file shows it loads a bunch of malware onto your computer.

Needless to say, I am making this threat known as a public service to our readers ... and beat the NSA to the announcement as well! :)

Sep 25 09:51

PR Firm Pulls ‘Emma Watson Naked Pics’ False Flag to Push For Internet Censorship

A PR firm has admitted to carrying out an online false flag against the 4chan forum in which it blamed the website for a threat to release naked pictures of actress Emma Watson as part of an appeal to President Barack Obama to censor the Internet.

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Anyone foolish enough to take nude pictures and put them on the web is just asking for trouble, and the reality is that more than a few stars intentionally plant nude pictures of themselves where they will be "discovered" as part of the campaign to increase their fame and "bankability." Setting that aside, this whole episode reminds us that the government and corporate media persist in trying to find ways to shut down the open and free internet and turn it into just another government and corporate controlled content and propaganda delivery system. Public Relations firms are paid vast amounts of money to engage in activities which for normal civilians would be punishable as crimes.

Apr 05 13:43

Critical Infrastructure Exploits Being Packaged In Hacker Tools

In a bid to make critical infrastructure vendors to take cyber security threats seriously, researchers release Stuxnet inspired exploits.

Apr 05 10:30

US Launches Top Secret Rocket

The United States has successfully launched a multi-million-dollar rocket carrying an undisclosed cargo believed to be a top-secret spy satellite.

Apr 05 09:32

After Car-Tracking Smackdown, Feds Turn to Warrantless Phone Tracking

Prosectors are shifting their focus to warrantless cell-tower locational tracking of suspects in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that law enforcement should acquire probable-cause warrants from judges to affix GPS devices to vehicles and monitor their every move, according to court records.

Apr 05 09:30

Working Quantum Computer Built Inside A Diamond

Scientists have created a working quantum computer inside a diamond that includes protection against decoherence noise that prevents it from functioning properly.

Apr 05 09:00

CIA Home Invasion: Smart TVs and the 'Internet of Things'

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Recently, CIA Director David Petraeus made headlines with a speech given at the summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. In this talk, Petraeus discussed the emerging “internet of things” and the implications it will have for increased levels of surveillance. Petraeus explained that, because of the rise of gadgets which are connected and controlled by apps, intelligence agencies will no longer need to place spy devices inside your home – you will do it for them.

Apr 05 06:17

'Rude awakening' for Mac users as cyber attack infects 550,000 of Apple's 'virus free' machines - with UK and U.S. worst hit

A new computer trojan has infected 550,000 machines running Apple's Mac OS X - and many could still be vulnerable.

The infected machines are now part of a 'botnet' of zombie machines which can be controlled by cyber criminals and 'told' to download new malicious software.

The attack has been described as a 'rude awakening' for Mac users.

Apr 04 14:57

You Tube Now Banning Videos Critical Of Global Warming Alarmism

YouTube has censored a video critical of a global warming alarmists, who says global warming skeptics need to be treated, as a violation of community guidelines.

Apr 04 12:18

Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor The Web

A new cybersecurity bill will allow the government to bypass privacy laws to monitor, censor, and stop any online activity deemed disruptive to the government or private parties.

Apr 04 12:05

Fascism Comes to the Internet: Introducing CISPA

Joe Wright
Activist Post

After nearly unprecedented pushback against bills SOPA and PIPA, their apparent defeat cannot yet be claimed. Most skeptics presumed that the defeat of the aforementioned would only serve to offer a compromised "SOPA light" at some point to circumvent criticism over government censorship. Well, it didn't take long...

Apr 04 10:55

Even worse than SOPA: New CISPA cybersecurity bill will censor the Web

H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short), has been created under the guise of being a necessary implement in America’s war against cyberattacks. But the vague verbiage contained within the pages of the paper could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and essentially monitor, censor and stop any online communication that it considers disruptive to the government or private parties. Critics have already come after CISPA for the capabilities that it will give to seemingly any federal entity that claims it is threatened by online interactions, but unlike the Stop Online Privacy Act and the Protect IP Acts that were discarded on the Capitol Building floor after incredibly successful online campaigns to crush them, widespread recognition of what the latest would-be law will do has yet to surface to the same degree.

Apr 04 09:42

Local Cops Following Big Brother's Lead, Getting Cell Phone Location Data Without a Warrant

EFF

New data from law enforcement agencies across the country has confirmed what EFF has long been afraid of: while police are routinely using cell phone location tracking information, only a handful of agencies are bothering to obtain search warrants.

Since 2005, we've been beating the drum loudly, warning that the government's attempts to track a person's physical location through their cell phone requires a search warrant.

As we've said again and again, because cell phone tracking can give the government a snapshot of a person's life through their movements, a search warrant is necessary to safeguard against privacy intrusions...

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Mar 13 17:58

European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

He noted that opposition had increased in the run-up to January’s planned vote in the US Congress on two legislative initiatives -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) -- aimed at increasing the protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet; in the end the vote had not been held, following a hostile campaign by social networks and the loss of White House support.
It's interesting to see De Gucht linking the growing hostility to ACTA with the storm generated by SOPA/PIPA, and giving the credit for stopping those US bills to a "hostile campaign" waged by social networks. You can tell this really worries him, because he says something similar about social networks and ACTA immediately afterwards:

Mar 13 17:06

Home Secretary approves extradition of student Richard O'Dwyer over pirate TV website

Theresa May has approved the extradition of a British student to the United States for running a website that provided links to pirated films and television shows.

Richard O’Dwyer, 23, a computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a federal prison for operating TVShack for three years until December 2010.

Mr O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, said her son had been “sold down the river by the government” in comments designed to embarrass David Cameron as he arrives in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

She warned that Britain’s extradition treaty with the United States meant American authorities could come for the young, the old and the ill “and our government is paving the way”.

Mar 13 16:52

UK Teenager arrested for comments made on Facebook page

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan last week.
According to Sky News, Azhar Ahmed of Ravensthorpe (19) posted comments on his profile page, criticizing the level of attention British soldiers who died in a bomb blast received, compared to that received by Afghan civilians killed in the war.
He was arrested on Friday and charged over the weekend.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "He didn't make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother."

Mar 13 16:44

Big Brother Spy Cameras To Prevent Uninsured Drivers From Getting Gas

Government officials are rolling out a hi-tech automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to crack down on millions of motorists who drive without insurance.

Dec 11 08:08

Gordon Duff: The Wiki-Weasel, We Thought We Had Seen It All…

THE “WIKI-WEASEL” VINDICATES BUSH, WAR, TORTURE AND…?
“Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet”….F. William Engdahl
“supporting WikiLeaks founder, Julius Assange and..calling for revolution due to government cover-ups are intended results of a counterintelligence reverse tactic”…Bob Levin, FBI whistleblower

Dec 11 07:48

Wikileaks Reneges Bradley Manning Promise

Immediately following Bradley's arrest in late June 2010, the whistle-blower website Wikileaks publicly solicited donations specifically for Bradley's legal defense expenses. In July 2010, Wikileaks pledged to contribute a "substantial amount" towards Bradley's legal defense costs. Since Bradley's selection of David Coombs as his civilian defense attorney in August 2010, the Bradley Manning Support Network has unsuccessfully attempted to facilitate the pledged Wikileaks contribution.

Dec 10 16:21

Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body

A major law firm knew it sometimes had no reliable evidence of unlawful filesharing when it demanded hundreds of pounds damages from internet users, according to the solicitors' watchdog.

Dec 10 13:02

Wikileaks: A Big Dangerous US Government Con Job

The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller. A 39-year old Australian hacker holds the President of the United States and his State Department hostage to a gigantic cyber “leak,” unless the President leaves Julian Assange and his Wikileaks free to release hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive US Government memos. A closer look at the details, so far carefully leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the New York Times, reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to buttress the agenda of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to Russia to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet.

Dec 10 09:46

If We Lose our Internet Freedoms Because of Wikileaks, You Should At Least Know Why

The TIME magazine article is curious because it seems that right off the bat they were telling us how to interpret Wikileaks in such a way that sounded strangely familiar to George W. Bush back just after 9/11…

“By March, more than one million leaked documents from governments and corporations in Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Bloc will be available online in a bold new collective experiment in whistle-blowing. That is, of course, as long as you don’t accept any of the conspiracy theories brewing that Wikileaks.org could be a front for the CIA or some other intelligence agency.” TIME Jan. 2007

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Especially when there are blogs that were blowing whistles a decade earlier (WRH started as a sub-page on my business web site on March 11, 1994). This author is correct; TIME Magazine was promoting Julian Assange and WikiLeaks before they had actually done anything at all!

Dec 10 09:15

BREAKING: WikiLeaks Being Used to Justify "Patriot Act" Legislation For Internet

After all, if information is now the enemy, we must carefully police any and every aspect of this dangerous medium -- all for the safety and protection of 'we the people.'

Oh, we’ll still have the Internet, just like you can still fly. You’ll just have to be on the 'approved' list, screened, stamped, zapped, mugged and molested if you want to get 'on the net.' No biggie. Thanks Julian -- job well done.

Dec 10 08:51

Dutch Police Arrest Suspect in Pro-WikiLeaks Hacking

Cassell Bryan-Low and Jeannie Whalen
The Wall Street Journal

Dutch authorities said they arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of being involved in attacks on the websites of MasterCard and Visa that were allegedly mounted by sympathizers of document-leaking website WikiLeaks . . .

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Dec 09 22:52

Google Map Foreclosure Tricks

Google Maps Foreclosure Listings

1. Punch in any US address into Google Maps.

2. Your options are Earth, Satellite, Map, Traffic and . . . More. (Select “More”)

3. The drop down menu gives you a check box option for “Real Estate.”

4. The left column will give you several options (You may have to select “Show Options”)

5. Check the box marked “Foreclosure.”

I wanted to demonstrate the full extent of Foreclosures in the US, so after setting GMaps on foreclosure listings, I slowly zoomed out of the map. Voila! Most foreclosures that are for sale in the USA are now showing on your screen.

But the maps do reveal an entire nation littered with foreclosure sales. It is an ugly and graphic depiction of how much inventory is out there, and why housing is still many years away from being healthy.

Dec 09 19:11

Wikileaks Used To Justify Net Control Legislation

I knew this was going to happen. They can use Wiki as a reason to regulate the Internet. Either Kill it. Or bring down a lot of new rules and regulations.

Dec 09 12:06

Hacktivist Army Engages in Cyber War to Free Internet, Assange

LONDON – The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted.

While most countries have plowed much more attention and resources into cyber security in recent years, most of the debate has focused on the threat from militant groups such as al Qaeda or mainstream state on state conflict.

Dec 09 11:42

NASA sells off old PCs, but forgets to remove the secret data

Nasa may be filled with scientists capable of putting man into space, but its IT department leaves a lot to be desired.

As with all companies and organizations, PCs need replacing and old hardware discarded. In the case of Nasa, it was selling off PCs as operations for the space shuttle program start to wind down. The only problem being no one removed the sensitive data contained on the hard drives.

Policies are in place to ensure nothing confidential ever leaves Nasa premises, but those policies were not being followed by staff.

Dec 09 10:59

AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM?

Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga

If you hang out much with thinking people, conversation eventually turns to the serious political and cultural questions of our times. Such as: How can the Americans remain so consistently brain-fucked? Much of the world, including plenty of Americans, asks that question as they watch U.S. culture go down like a thrashing mastodon giving itself up to some Pleistocene tar pit.

Dec 09 06:29

Here's A Message The TSA May Find More Difficult To Ignore

4th Amendment Printed On Underwear, tees, socks In X-Ray-Visible Ink. Other styles and messages;; all send a clear message.....

What I want to know is.... Why not just wear a hospital gown, or a sheet, and voilà ! No need to scan! No need to pat! Get your hands off of me, you filthy TSA!

Dec 09 02:05

WHY NGO MONITOR IS ATTACKING THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

NGO Monitor’s attack on The Electronic Intifada is part of a well-financed, Israeli-government endorsed effort to silence reporting about and criticism of Israel by attacking so-called “delegitimizers” — those who speak about well-documented human rights abuses, support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), or promote full equality for Palestinians.

Dec 08 21:17

Patriot Act for Internet ahead?

As a result of WikiLeaks, the Obama Administration may introduce a new bill that would allow government officials the ability to spy on Americans through the internet. Meanwhile, an army of hackers rally behind WikiLeaks by shutting down MasterCard and PayPal because they stopped all payments to WikiLeaks. Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says we could see massive government surveillance of our personal computers, phones and surveillance of our internet activities.

Dec 08 15:55

Assange Prosecution: A Brazen Effort to Kill Alternative Media

Now that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in custody, we can expect the U.S. government to request his extradition and prosecute the Australian for espionage. “Any such proceedings would set up a test of whether the First Amendment’s protection for a free press extends to a website with a worldwide audience,” notes McClatchy today.

In 1917 the United States enacted the Espionage Act, a law that has made it a crime to “willfully communicate” secret government information that could expose national secrets held by officialdom. Since the law was passed, however, the government has avoided prosecuting journalists for publishing classified information.

Dec 08 13:42

WikiLeaks: U.S. Military Contractors In Afghanistan Hired Child Prostitutes

Anything interesting to be had at the intersection of the WikiLeaks cache of diplomatic cables and those military contractors that cart off many millions of taxpayer dollars to facilitate their profit-seeking misadventures in the world's zones of forever war? Glad you asked! Here on these pages is the latest news of one of my favorite private military contractors, courtesy of David Isenberg:

Dec 08 13:40

Ron Paul: In a Free Society, We're Supposed to Know the Truth

Dr. Ron Paul
Campaign For Liberty

We may never know the whole story behind the recent publication of sensitive U.S. government documents by the Wikileaks organization, but we certainly can draw some important conclusions from the reaction of so many in government and media.

Dec 08 13:32

Wikileaks: Conspiracy Theory and the Assange Arrest

On a more curious and conspiratorial note, the Assange arrest is in the middle of the “news cycle downswing” of the Wikileak which has divided the journalist community. The third “dump” has received considerable attention for what was not “dumped,” and brought even more light on earlier Wikileaks which have now become suspect. Journalists either love Assange or believe he is a spy, part of a “psy-op” that is manipulating the press, partially through the convenient timing, not just of this arrest but earlier threats as well.

Dec 08 12:54

What Is BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a free speech tool.

Dec 08 12:43

BitTorrent

Dec 08 12:38

Will WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, now arrested, take the ‘nuclear’ option?

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has threatened to release ‘key parts’ of secret US documents if anything happened to him or WikiLeaks.

Dec 08 11:20

BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures

The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension.

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"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. " ― Princess Leia to Grand Moff Tarkin

Dec 08 02:27

The "Hi Tech" Corporate Police State: "Reengineering" the Internet ... for Persistent Surveillance

The secret world of "cyber situational awareness" is a spymaster's wet dream, made all the more alluring by the advent of ultra high speed computing and the near infinite storage capacity afforded by massive server farms and the ubiquitous "cloud."

Lost in the debate surrounding privacy invasion and data mining however, is the key role that internet service providers (ISPs) play as intermediaries and gatekeepers. From their perch, ISPs peer deeply into and collect and analyze the online communications of tens of millions of users simultaneously, in real-time.

Concerted efforts to eliminate online anonymity, in managed democracies and authoritarian regimes alike, are greatly enhanced by the deployment of deep packet inspection (DPI) sensors and software on virtually all networks.

"To unpack this a little" they aver, "all data traffic that courses across the 'net is contained in individual packets that have header (i.e. addressing) information and payload (i.e. content) information. We can think of this as the address on a postcard and the written and visual content of a postcard."

All of which is there for the taking, "criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial," Cryptohippie chillingly informs.

Dec 07 17:38

Net neutrality, the FCC, Wikileaks and the future of internet freedom

Essentially, once the FCC has gained power and authority over the internet, it will use that power to push a Big Government / Big Business agenda that censors the truth, keeps people trapped in a system of disinformation, and silences anyone who challenges the status quo.

The FCC is poised to become the FDA of internet information, banning alternative speech and enforcing an information monopoly engineered by powerful corporations.

Think of the FCC as the new the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell's novel 1984.

Dec 07 16:28

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange cheats at video games!

WikiLeaks boss and head leaker, Julian Assange (pronounced with a French accent and slight sneer) will apparently be VAC-banned today according to top Steam sources.

Those sources tell BASHandSlash.com that Steam cyber-sleuths were pouring over claims filed by American gamers that the 39-year old had been using a wall-hack, chams and an aim-bot in an online session of Call of Duty Black Ops.

His GUID is expected to be banned either today or early next week.

Dec 07 12:26

More indications WikiLeaks is the 9-11 of the blogs; a fake event staged to justify protecting dictatorship from exposure.

'Never waste a good crisis" used to be the catchphrase of the Obama team in the runup to the presidential election. In that spirit, let us see what we can learn from official reactions to the WikiLeaks revelations.

The most obvious lesson is that it represents the first really sustained confrontation between the established order and the culture of the internet. There have been skirmishes before, but this is the real thing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The propaganda to "polish this turd" is on warp drive. WikiLeaks has only been around for a little over three years and is the manufactured and heavily promoted darling of the corporate media. But WikiLeaks is a newcomer. Other websites have been around for much longer. WRH traces its history back to 1994 when we blew the whistle on the murder of White House Deputy Council Vincent Foster. The corporate media has continued to pretend we do not exist even though our readership exceeds that of most newspapers and our radio show reaches around the globe on the internet and the entire North American continent on shortwave. Compared to us, WikiLeaks is the skirmish in a war we have been fighting all along.

Now, I am not saying this to whine about the lack of media coverage for WRH, because I don't really give a damn whether ABCNNBBCBS talks about me or not. But one needs to look at the intense coverage given WikiLeaks while hundreds of other websites and alternative news providers who have been around much longer and broken some really important stories, continue to be ignored.

WikiLeaks is a manufactured front, built over three years at heavy expense in time, money, and political capital. Every cheap public relations trick is being used to convince American web-surfers that Julian Assange is the go-to guy for reality, with Assange already dissing the 9-11 truth movement and reporting Mideast events spun to favor Israel. In desperation, they are even using a tawdry sex scandal to lure people into the WikiMania!

Dec 07 12:20

Popular Gaming Device Can be Used to Spy on You - Kinect is in Kontrol (VIDEO)

Jason Bermas in his first vlog breaks down the good the bad and the ugly of Microsoft's Kinect device

Dec 07 12:11

BREAKING: WikiLeaks Being Used to Justify "Patriot Act" Legislation For Internet

Senator Mitch McConnell called Assange a "high-tech terrorist" on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday and said, "if it‘s found that Assange hasn’t violated the law, then the law should be changed."

Over the weekend, an insightful article by Zen Gardner exposed how WikiLeaks resembles an establishment creation. The article correctly pointed out that the WikiLeaks storyline was conforming nicely to the elite's problem-reaction-solution method, with the solution of more tyranny for our safety.

WikiLeaks is being used to bring in the agenda on so many levels, but most importantly by setting the precedent of shutting down websites for politically "dangerous" content. Gardner writes:

Dec 07 10:36

Wikileaks defended by Anonymous hacktivists

Internet hacktivists have fired the latest salvo in the Wikileaks infowar.

Julian Assange has been arrested
BBC

A group called Anonymous has hit sites that have refused to do business with the controversial whistle-blowing site with a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks.

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Dec 06 09:37

Is the Internet 9/11 Under Way?

What will the Wikileaks debacle herald?

You guessed it--the last bastion of freedom of information and expression, a free Internet, will topple. After all, if information is now the enemy, we must carefully police any and every aspect of this dangerous medium--all for the safety and protection of 'we the people'.

Oh, we'll still have the Internet, just like you can still fly. You'll just have to be on the "approved" list, screened, stamped, zapped, mugged and molested if you want to get "on the net". No biggie. Thanks Julian--job well done.

Dec 06 07:07

WikiLeaks is a Propaganda Front

Selling Wikileaks, Selling Hate for America

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security seized the domain names of roughly 70 websites for copyright infringement, placing their seal as the main page. There were no warrants, no court orders, and no court hearings before a judge. The DHS simply used their authority to grab websites on the basis they are perceived threats (apparently Osama Been Deadforawhile makes a good living with bootleg DVDs).

Dec 06 05:09

State Department Warns Students Against Discussing WikiLeaks on Facebook, Twitter

A State Department official warned students at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs this week that discussing WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger their employment prospects.

The official, a former student of the school, called the career services office of his alma mater to advise students not to post links to WikiLeaks documents, nor to make comments on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as “engaging in these activities would call into question [a student's] ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government,” he was quoted as saying in an e-mail sent to students by the career services office on Tuesday.

Dec 05 17:53

Could your Facebook profile lead to higher insurance premium? Insurers snooping on online activity to calculate costs

Posting pictures of yourself partying on Facebook or bragging about your lazy Sundays could result in a more expensive insurance premium, it has emerged.

Insurers are planning to introduce 'predictive modelling' schemes - which monitor online data about people's social life and spending - in the UK after studying the results of U.S. trials.

Dec 05 17:04

Vid: Electronic Pickpocket can read RFIDs

News 3 exposes $100 technology that can read RFIDs and steal credit card information or from any other items storing personal information via Radio Frequency Identification simply by waving the device near the victim's wallet.

Dec 05 12:25

Government agencies restrict employee access to WikiLeaks

AFP

The White House told government agencies to take measures to prevent employees without proper authorization from accessing classified US diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks . . .

Dec 05 07:36

WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord

Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord

Damian Carrington
London Guardian

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage . . .

Dec 04 16:21

Electronic Pickpocketing with RFID Readers (VIDEO)

News 3 exposes $100 technology that can read RFIDs and steal credit card information or from any other items storing personal information via Radio Frequency Identification simply by waving the device near the victim's wallet.

Dec 04 10:08

‘Hi Tech’ Corporate Police State: ‘Reengineering’ the Internet for Persistent Surveillance

As Canadian privacy watchdogs DeepPacketInspection.ca tell us, DPI offer ISPs “unparalleled levels of intelligence into subscribers’ online activities.”
“To unpack this a little” they aver, “all data traffic that courses across the ‘net is contained in individual packets that have header (i.e. addressing) information and payload (i.e. content) information. We can think of this as the address on a postcard and the written and visual content of a postcard.”
All of which is there for the taking, “criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial,” Cryptohippie chillingly informs.

Dec 04 07:35

Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will “preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet.” No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies.

Dec 03 10:32

Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

An update from AVG on Wednesday night rendered 64 bit Windows 7 systems unstable after it was applied.

Several Register readers have been affected by the problem, which leaves machines in a continuous reboot loop.

AVG has pulled the problem update (3292) and published an advisory apologising for the cock-up and providing instructions on how to get hobbled systems back up and running again.

Dec 03 04:45

Wikileaks: US Hits Back At Israel

These are likely the first of many retaliatory moves by intelligence agencies around the world against Israel. As one informed source put it, "Israel overplayed its hand with these Wikileaks releases, now it will suffer the 'blow-back."

Dec 03 01:29

Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/

Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight.

Dec 02 22:41

Race Is On to 'Fingerprint' Phones, PCs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

He’s off to a good start. So far, Mr. Norris’s start-up company, BlueCava Inc., has identified 200 million devices. By the end of next year, BlueCava says it expects to have cataloged one billion of the world’s estimated 10 billion devices.

Advertisers no longer want to just buy ads. They want to buy access to specific people. So, Mr. Norris is building a “credit bureau for devices” in which every computer or cellphone will have a “reputation” based on its user’s online behavior, shopping habits and demographics.

Dec 02 16:18

Canada - What Really Happened Wiki

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Wow!

Dec 02 11:58

Race Is On to 'Fingerprint' Phones, PCs

Tracking companies are now embracing fingerprinting partly because it is much tougher to block than other common tools used to monitor people online, such as browser "cookies," tiny text files on a computer that can be deleted.

Dec 02 04:04

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has close links to the Economist, controlled by the Rothschild banking family

If Assange were a real activist, he would not be getting any coverage from the mainstream media, let alone so headlines every day in every well known corporate media outlet. The alleged hide and seek between Assange and the US government as well as Interpol is played out on the theatrical stage of the world’s media when it is well known the US government and Interpol can arrest anyone they want virtually any time they want given their immense resources.

Dec 02 03:55

Censors block WikiLeaks website; Interpol issues arrest order; Canada demands Assange be killed

For the past three days, the WikiLeaks website (http://wikileaks.org/) has been under a massive "distributed denial of service" attack, "exceeding 10 gigabits a second," according to the world's most widely used whistleblower website. Amazon shut down WikiLeaks servers, it reported today on Twitter. But that's the least of its problems. Yesterday, a senior advisor to the Canadian Prime Minister issued a televised fatwa on Julian Assange. Today, Interpol posted its call for arrest of the website's founder and Ecuador withdrew its offer of asylum.

Dec 02 03:03

WikiLeaks cables condemn Russia as 'mafia state' Kremlin relies on criminals and rewards them with political patronage, while top officials collect bribes 'like a personal taxation system'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-cables-russia-ma...

Russia is a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Vladimir Putin, in which officials, oligarchs and organised crime are bound together to create a "virtual mafia state", according to leaked secret diplomatic cables that provide a damning American assessment of its erstwhile rival superpower.

Dec 02 02:52

Julian Assange says WikiLeaks wants to expose China and Russia as much as US In interview, Assange denies US focus and says WikiLeaks can be force for opening up closed countries like China and Russia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/02/julian-assange-wikileaks-c...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wanted to expose China's and Russia's secrets as much as those of the US, and believes Hillary Clinton should resign if she ordered diplomats to engage in espionage.

Dec 02 01:09

Report: Comcast Ditches Net Neutrality, Starts Demanding Money From Web Firms

It has Begun!!!!!!!

Comcast is no stranger to controversy, with a penchant for aggressive cost saving measures. It ran afoul of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission when it began throttling users' traffic, such as torrents or peer-to-peer connections (with regard for their legality).

Now Comcast appears to have landed itself in another mess with Level 3 Communications' Chief Legal Officer, Thomas Stortz, accusing it of demanding money in order to continue to allow Comcast customers to access Level 3's high speed video. In essence, if true, that would represent Comcast spitting in the face of the net neutrality movement, and making a bold move towards a "toll booth" web as Level 3 puts it.

Dec 01 19:55

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 1

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 2

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 3 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlaaQgW4GHw&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 4 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3O--_S2hq4&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 5 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCqAlgQnXj8&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 6 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSD95z26kEU&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 7 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ4QlRBTFLY&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 8 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMAyEsUAsEQ&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 9 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H9d0FaZGpo&feature=related

Dec 01 12:56

Europe Falls Toward Enlightenment?

Conclusion: Is history in fact repeating itself? Is it retracing, in a sense, the events to which the Gutenberg press seems to have given rise: the Renaissance, the Reformation and even the populating of the New World? In Iceland, they are writing that tortured country's first constitution; we have a feeling it will be far more radical than the one the EU tried (and failed) to pass. In Britain, Ireland and Greece, students and union workers take to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with the "austerity" that the Euro-elites are trying with increasing desperation to establish. In the dank bowels of the EU parliament itself, UK's UKIP leader Nigel Farage – a dapper man now quite recovered from his unfortunate, private plane crash – rises and speaks to the assembled Eurocrats:

Dec 01 11:44

Disappearing Bank Accounts

If you don't have money outside the computerized banking system, you should do so now. You just never know when the system is going to go down. At such a time, the person, who does have cash, will be calling the tune. Remember, "He who has the gold makes the rules." Below, Simon Black reports on the major malfunction at one of Australia's largest banks

Dec 01 10:02

Race Is On to 'Fingerprint' Phones, PCs

Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valenentino-Devries
The Wall Street Journal

IRVINE, Calif.—David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

He's off to a good start . . .

Dec 01 07:28

How to Save Taxpayer Money: Bring in The Dogs, Not Naked Body Scanners

Brasscheck TV

This video exposes the blood-boiling waste and corruption that the new airport body-scanning machines represent. So far, at least $160 million in US Taxpayer money has been spent, with potentially billions more to be paid on these systems in the next few years.

Trained bomb sniffing dogs, in combination with the metal detectors *already being used* in airports would produce FAR more accurate readings of REAL threats to airline passengers, without the Gestapo-like humiliation, the illegal invasion of privacy and the toxic exposure to radiation from these devices . . .

Nov 30 20:17

Is Assange a Soros and CIA asset?

Two days ago 70 websites were closed down by the department of Justice. No judge, no jury and no court hearing. Their argument? They allowed torrent downloads.

So if it is so easy to close down websites why is Wikileaks still up and running? The Pentagon has a whole department dedicated to being able to stop cyber "terrorism" and Julian Assange can run rings around them with his Robin Hood antics.

The alleged perpetrator Pt. Manning who "stole" the secret documents is in solitary confinement and not even his family is allowed to visit him. We don't know his story but with the political situation in the US being what it is he will probably be called an enemy combatant and will not be allowed to have a court hearing and he will disappear into the system never to be heard from again.

Nov 30 20:08

Canada Surrenders Sovereignty and Privacy to U.S. Secure Flight Program

Dana Gabriel
Be Your Own Leader

Canada is under pressure from U.S. officials to further comply with American security rules which, in some cases, threatens its sovereignty and the privacy of its citizens.

As a result of the war on terrorism, the U.S. government now has more power to restrict air travel and is not only dictating North American, but also international security measures . . .

Nov 30 15:13

Google Blacklists Prison Planet.com

Google’s news aggregator has blacklisted Prison Planet and Infowars despite the fact that both websites are internationally known and now attract more traffic than many mainstream media websites, while Google-owned You Tube has frozen the Alex Jones Channel based on a spurious complaint about showing Wikileaks footage that has been carried on hundreds of other You Tube channels for months.

I just checked Google and had no problems getting to Alex Jones. The story may be a hoax.

Nov 30 12:28

EFF backs red-faced porn watchers vs. copyright trolls

The cases were filed by two different companies and involve different copyrighted adult material. However, the tactics are the same. In both cases, the owners of the adult movies filed mass lawsuits based on single counts of copyright infringement stemming from the downloading of a pornographic film, and improperly lump hundreds of defendants together regardless of where the IP addresses indicate the defendants live. Consistent with a recent spike in similar "copyright troll" lawsuits, the motivation behind these cases appears to be to leverage the risk of embarrassment associated with pornography to coerce settlement payments despite serious problems with the underlying claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This amounts to extortion by those lawyers. They accuse innocent people of downloading copyrighted pornography hoping that the accused will pay up rather than face public exposure!

Shakespeare was right about lawyers.

Nov 30 11:18

Cyberattack Against WikiLeaks Was Weak

But Arbor Networks, which analyzes malicious network traffic crossing the internet’s backbones, reports that the DDoS generated between 2 and 4 Gbps of disruptive traffic, slightly above the average for all DDoS attacks, but well below the peak 60 to 100 Gbps consumed by truly massive attacks against other websites over the last year.

"Made you look!"

Nov 30 10:43

Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body

A major law firm knew it sometimes had no reliable evidence of unlawful filesharing when it demanded hundreds of pounds damages from internet users, according to the solicitors' watchdog.

London-based Davenport Lyons threatened thousands of people with legal action for alleged copyright infringement between 2006 and 2009. They were told that by quickly paying around £500 damages, plus costs, they could avoid court.

Following complaints to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Davenport Lyons now stands accused of deliberately ignoring concerns over the standard of its evidence.

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Nov 30 02:41

WWW PLUS 20 (or How and Why We Are All Here).

On Christmas Day, 1990, in a lab at Cern in Geneva, Switzerland, Tim Berners-Lee finished building the tools to create the world wide web. This act, 20 years ago, set the agenda for far-reaching transformations in the political sphere, in economies everywhere, in social interaction, even in concepts of our own identity. And Berners-Lee succeeded in doing so for one reason: he released the technology for free.

This simple decision, taken by a computer scientist used to working in environments that promoted openness and transparency, eclipses any hype about subsequent Twitter revolutions, Facebook campaigns or political protests ascribed to the platform since. The invention of the web is comparable to Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in 1450.

Nov 29 12:04

TSA Training Film

*WARNING* (Adult Humor).
Alternative Universe - Season One/Episode One - "TSA Training Film" (2010). (Synopsis: Government Agencies Acclimate Public To Coming Stasi Police State, Using The Fear Of Terrorism As A Mechanism.)... (Comedy/Adult)..

Nov 29 09:52

Facebook infested with new worm; More proof site is insecure?

Facebook is littered with a worm, seemingly the same one under different names, created by randomly generated developers, which is spreading links all over the site.

Applications like S22BZ5 created by randomly assigned pseudonym ‘Jackson Lasseter’ has nearly 300 people under the grips of the worm. Others, such as replicated application B5DA8G, 9IHJ35 and AU0ZVE have just under 1,000 people inadvertently spreading the worm.

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Nov 29 02:57

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer of Able Danger on WikiLeaks Self Promotion

Shaffer - "Let me state again - and be clear here - I do not believe WiliLeaks is a legitimate whistle-blowing organization - they seems more focused on being disruptive, than working to enhance oversight of/or resolution of key military and diplomatic issues, as an objective."

Nov 28 22:38

HOW 250,000 US EMBASSY CABLES WERE LEAKED

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy. The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.

Nov 28 13:01

Flashback: "Whistleblower?" Czar Julian Assange: 9/11 was NOT a Conspiracy says the Pin-Up of Web-Age "Investigative" Journalists

Assange: "I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."

Julian Assange's comments regarding 9/11 stick out like a sore thumb given that this "whistleblowers' whistleblower" is now feted with the title of "the most dangerous man alive". The reality is that the CIA could nullify the threat posed by Assange and his operation any which way it wants. Assange dismissing 9/11 as a "false conspiracy" strongly suggests that that hasn't happened yet because he is useful to the PTB in the form of controlled opposition.

July 2010

Nov 28 12:00

Our blacklist has failed us: Thai minister

A senior minister in Thailand's ICT authority, which oversees internet censorship in the country, said that blacklisting has failed and should be dropped.

Thongchai Sangsiri, director of computer forensics within Thailand's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), told the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity cybersecurity forum in NSW today that its blacklists are verbose and have created onerous management problems for internet service providers.

"We would like [to] leave parents and teachers to decide what to filter … because [the current system] is too much to handle," Sangsiri said.

"The blacklists grow with many, many websites to become a burden on ISPs. Blacklisting doesn't work."

Nov 28 11:40

ON REALITY AND ITS ALTERNATES – BY DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

Beck vs. Assange and What it all Means
Too many Americans, and their leaders as well, haven’t got an accurate sense of the real world. In part, that is why the U.S. government regularly formulates domestic and foreign policies that answer the demands of interest groups while harming the rest of us. Such policies fail in the long run. In doing so they open political space for both charlatans and truth tellers. And here they are in the persons of Glenn Beck and Julian Assange.

Nov 28 09:24

Patent Office Agrees To Facebook’s “Face” Trademark

Facebook is just a payment away from trademarking the word “Face.” As of today the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent the social networking site a Notice of Allowance, which means they have agreed to grant the “Face” trademark to Facebook under certain conditions.

Nov 28 09:06

US Government seizure of the internet has begun; DHS takes over 76 websites

As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site.

Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?

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