01/31/2012

the economic-financial effect of the cyberincidents in the Middle East

The last weeks arab and jewish hackers have been publishing credit cards and other personal information from each other country or financial institutions or economic interests. They have also been defacing and ddossing some infrastructure and making claims about cyberwar that made worldwide headlines.

Things have also quieted down a bit and the published lists have many doubles, fakes and aren't as enormous as acclaimed (I have so many hunderdthousand accounts or credit cards or this and that....)

But this doesn't mean that those cyberincidents are without any effect. First of all, the Israeli government had to attribute resources and time to respond to those leaks and attacks - even if they are so called the best cyberwar prepared country according to a new report (how you proof that is something I don't understand because if they were so prepared how did this happen ?)

Secondly, online ebanking and commerce is about online trust and in some country some banks had some trouble with this since those attacks and had to invest in security again and lost some business.

"Customers at some Saoudi local banks have withdrawn their money and closed their accounts in the wake of reports that hackers have accessed some credit card accounts.
http://zionops.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/saudi-banks-probe...

The same reports says that most of the creditcards and accounts that were published were in fact the result of phishing (update your bank, email or facebook account and click here etc......) which didn't mean that there were no effects for the victims. Some of the Saoudi banks had set up teams of 15 people to go through all the transactions on the published accounts and to take the necessary measures. (What does your bank do when your account is published together with 3000 or half a million others ?)

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in the US official emails fall under Freedom of Information Act

There was already the request for the official emails of Palin and the Bush White House, but now it is coming down to lower levels of office. The newspaper Mercury News asked and got all the internal emails between the police department and the City Hall of Oakland when they decided to break up the Occupy movement there in october 2011 with nearly military enforcement and riots as a consequence, leading to hundreds to be arrested or detained (and making the international headlines)

After the Freedom of Information request more than 4000 internal recent emails were released to the press who published them on Documentcloud which is a platform used by several newsorganizations (why do it yourself if you can do it better together) where they can host thousands of documents in seperate databases, making it easier to search and archive and connect documents and people.

After the publication a crowd-searching analysis was set up by which people online got as fast as possible through the thousands of documents trying to find the most interesting or astonishing, the contradictions and connections. This was coordinated through Twitter with a special hashtag.

An example of an email who by this way came to the attention of the journalists is here (you have to allow all services in your browser if you have a high level of protection). This example shows that the local economic development manager went to local business after the raid to get quotes the mayor could use to show the "business support" for his intervention.

You may also find the emailaddresses also of the people who protested against this operation with an email and maybe didn't intend to be known as such.

So do we have to prepare our officials to the fact that everything they do during their worktime or that has something to do with their official business (in whatever emailaddress) can and will be public at some time in the future (or much sooner than that) ? I am always so astonished to what people write in emails - as if that is a private and secure conversation. Emails will NOT go away, even if you throw away your own copy.

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what are acta, PIP, SOPA and all the other secretive agreements and comments

ACTA: ACTA is an international trade agreement that criminalizes intellectual property theft across borders. Its targets are both those counterfeiting physical goods as well as folks pirating digital content. The U.S. signed it in 2010 along with six other nations, including Japan and Canada. Last week ACTA was in the news as the EU and Poland signed the treaty as well, much to the dismay of some of their citizens and politicians. Other countries have until March of next year to join — and trade groups representing the content industry would dearly like everyone to join.

 

SOPA/PIPA: The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act were companion bills that were proposed last year in the House and Senate respectively. As of last week, they have been shelved thanks to a massive online and offline protest spearheaded by web giants and communities such as Wikipedia and Reddit.

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (or ACTA 2.0): The TPP is currently being negotiated in Los Angles as a wide-reaching trade agreement between Singapore, Chile, New Zealand, Brunei, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, and the United States. It includes provisions about everything from labor conditions to tariffs, but it also has provisions on intellectual property, which have caught the eye of consumer-rights groups.
http://gigaom.com/2012/01/30/acta-2-0-is-like-a-backdoor-...

There are worldwide a lot of actions against these new international legal frameworks - even if some of the oritginal most hardest punishments and controls have been retired from the text (or the leaked public version which is no guarantee). In principle there are three main problems

* a law should be set up and controlled by parliament and not like the international free-trade agreements (and the intergouvernmental non-agreements in Europe about the Euro), if there is going to be a new law and punishment you are entitled to have your say in it (through a really democratic parliament)

* a nation shouldn't be 'infected' with bad laws from another country through these secretive international agreements and other nations shouldn't have jurisdiction in or over our own countries (you always know where it starts but never where it ends)

* each individual should have the benefit of the doubt and should keep his privacy and his full democratic rights wherever he lives and whatever he does (even if he is committing a crime, that doesn't make him a person without any rights).

THe basic problem is that the entertainment industry hasn't adapted at all at the new digital environment and isn't willing to adapt and so wants to try to keep things a bit under control with all these controls and new frameworks while they know that it won't change a thing. As long as you can't watch online tv series from the US or other parts of the world at the same time as the home audience and have to wait 6 months to 2 years before you can watch it on your own television, you are creating pirates. As long as you have to pay the same price for the download of a single that has been sold millions of times and has been earned back thousands of times as for a new song that still has to be earned back one percentage of production and marketing costs, you are creating pirates. As long as there are no legal alternatives that are interesting, economical and easy to use, you are creating pirates. And if there is something that is appearing through most of the research is that those who download the most, also spend the most on entertainment but are in fact 'tasting' the free version before buying the full version with all the extra effects and add-ons and so on. Because in the end there is nothing like having the original in your hands.

And maybe there is too much identical crap around that is already boring after having it heard three times or seen once. Which is strange in a connected world where we should have been put into contact with thousands of new musicans, creators, writers and artists inspiring us with different and unexpected emotions and interpretations. The problem here is that the entertainment industry has become sometimes too much of an industry that isn't enough entertaining any more to keep us hooked enough to get out the money.

What people also seem to forget. When I was much younger I went to the library and copied my favourite lp's on those cassettes or I copied the Top of the Pops on the radio, playing it afterwards in my walkman.  It seems easier by now, but even than when I had enough pocket money I went to the store and bought that really good lp of Pink Floyd, ACDC and the rest (and I still have them, the originals).

And maybe there is another thing for the entertainment industry, you can't expect people to pay each time again when you have decided to change the format. You went from VHS to DVD (and some other fucked up formats for people who feel themselves losers now) and now we should pay for Blue Ray or from LP to CD to download ? And that for the SAME price for the same artist for the same title ? For what, some better sound, some better effects ? My DVD-CD's are technically so vulnerable that I have to make backups from them if I want to be sure not to 'lose' them untill you come up with another 'Format'.

It is also surprising that it seems possible to do all these things against copythiefs and that the same thing takes years to do even the most simplest things against international cybercrime (and finance them adeaquatly).

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01/30/2012

unions shouldn't fight on mediums on which they don't have influence

we have for the moment a national strike going on

a big success for the unions, a failure according to others

some thought in the unions that twittering would be a good idea

only they seem to have forgotten that those who are twittering aren't members of unions and mostly don't sympathize with unions and strikes and think they don't need them and will do everything by themselves

so no you should keep away from mediums you will never prevail in

your public is on the workfloor, in the factories and people working too hard to be twittering nonsense all day :)

the left should first build a huffingtonpost like portal and progressive hostingplatform

and not fragment itself in hundreds of different little sites and projects

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a political dissident with 24.OOO internal NVA emails

So imagine that you throw out of your party a member of parliament and her partner who was a president of your youth organisation

imagine that relations have gone totally sour and that war has been declared

so what happens when they start leaking old emails that get your party in problems (like your most important minister in the Flemish government)

well you can counterattack and find anything dirty on him that is available (like negationist or antijewish remarks on his Facebook pages)

but in the end, he still has 24.000 internal emails on his hand that he won't used if you leave him alone (telling this in an interview that everybody can read)

you can always find interesting stuff in 24.000 emails, people write the most stupid things in email (and on Facebook and twitter)

but there is another question

didn't nobody let him sign a confidentiality agreement

didn't nobody organize his departure in a normal matter, so that all the internal documents and emails would have been destroyed or transferred

and this shows why it is a bad idea to let people download email from online servers (you never know where they will end up)

and I didn't see any disclaimer on the email, prohibiting public disclosure

and who will be responsable if somebody hacks his computer and steals all these emails and throw them all online (wouldn't be the first nor the last one)

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01/26/2012

Megaupload - a developing story

Most of the servers of Megaupload are still ready to become operational again (except probably for those in Holland and the States, there goes a lot of their business). If they can get the operation back again (that is someone signing orders and checkbooks) the millions of files can become operational again under another name (Google gives us 8 million active links on the domainname). 

Secondly numerous other services and new possibilities are popping up while a whole bunch of other services is under investigation or is closing down or throwing away masses of files (millions in total) has planned meetings with the FBI or is invited to a hearing. This means that the searchengines and the linklists that aren't updating daily have an enormous load of dead links. Links to downloadable content should be not older than a week.

  1. FileServe - Closing does not sell premium.
  2. - FileJungle - Deleting files. Locked in the U.S..
  3. - UploadStation - Locked in the U.S..
  4. - FileSonic locked all downloads by third parties  (under FBI investigation).
  5. - VideoBB - Closed! would disappear soon.
  6. - Uploaded - Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone.
  7. - FilePost - Deleting all material (so will leave executables, pdfs, txts)
  8. - Videoz - closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA.
  9. - 4shared - Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.
  10. - MediaFire - Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors pro FBI (expect it to close or delete everything 'interesting')

Online streamingsites are also under investigation and some have already been closed down. For many youngster this is enough, they don't have to download the movie, they just want to see it (and the real freaks will buy the movie if they like it so much).

Another element that wasn't mentioned in the media at all was that Megaupload was going to change its businessmodel in the coming months (making it hard to pursue an ongoing investigation) in which artists would be paid for their FREE downloads (advertising en premium contracts) and would receive 90% of the sum people paid for other downloads. Hear that Apple and the Music companies, paying the artists 90% of the price. An overhead of only 10%. Okay you would be probably responsable for your own marketing and advertising and so on, but you would be better able to control the costs of that overhead and change marketingstrategy and so on when you aren't happy.

Filesonic (all my links here to filesonic documents have gone dead) has changed itself overnight without warning into an online backup company (good luck with that :) )

You should also read this very interesting article about how the feds found a way to prosecute and scare all the others (it is called commercial copyright infringement)

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01/24/2012

sodanhq.com, the dutch securityresearcher, cert and scada

source (dutch)

Everybody agrees that there is nothing as dangerous as scada interfaces that are just on the internet (even if we put a few securitylayers around them) .  Scada is the special software and code written to control industrial production sites and water, electricity and other networks. They shouldn't been on the internet or connected to the internet and they haven't been developed to be connected to the internet but because of so many reasons that have nothing to do with security, some are and this is a problem.

A problem because security on the internet depends of so many different factors and can become a problem because of so many individual or combined issues that you can ask yourself if it is all worth it (especially the money you have to put into it).

and there is a database of those systems and those you can find only with networkscanning (not google-searching) and thought they were safe because they were not in Google (as if hackers only used Google).

It is called sodanhg.com and is online since several years and sells databases of vulnerable infrastructure and let you have some free information also

so a dutch securityresearcher used the database and started twittering the different vulnerable systems after a while... which made the headlines

He explained that he contacted the national cert but that they didn't want to tell him what they would do with the information, who would get the credit and so on and so he stopped talking to them and sending them information.

Which is a bit silly. I always send the information (also those that I don't publish here) to the cert from the moment I see a Belgian aspect and it is not my job to ask who gets credit or who does what (they are supposed to do something with it in the best of their capabilities

You shouldn't expect something in return when you are a security-activist, you should expect that some-one will do something with it (and you leave some time if that is necessary) between the moment you see it and send it to the CERT and the moment you have published it).

If you are in it for the fame and the money you should go and work for a securityfirm.

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#scada searching with Google trics inurl:"ord?station:|slot:/"

 

  1. jace.n5usr.net/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Drivers/... -
    Config · Drivers · LonNetwork · MainHVAC · nviFilePos · Logout. Property Sheet, Object to oBIX, Slot Sheet. nviFilePos (lonworks:NetworkVariable)
  2. jace.n5usr.net/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Drivers/... -
    Config · Drivers · LonNetwork · MainHVAC · Points · NumericSwitch1 · Logout. Property Sheet, Object to oBIX, Slot Sheet ...
     
  3. 206.216.159.139/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Energy/... -
    Meter 1 Summary. 1.2 kW-hr. Previous Day. Current Day. 0 kW-hr. 15-Jan-12 11:40 PM EST. Current Demand. 0.00 kW. Meter 2 Summary. Current Day. 0.8 kW- ...
  4. 63.224.84.183/ord?station:%7Cslot:/ -
    WatersideLofts. Username: Password:
  5. axdemo.tridium.net/ord?station:%7Cslot:/... -
    Home Config Services WeatherService Orlando Airport. Logout. Orlando Airport (weather:WeatherReport). Provider. AG, AK, AL, AR, AS, AW, AZ, BB, BH, CA ...
  6. axdemo.tridium.net/ord?station:%7Cslot:/... -
    Home Config Services WeatherService Orlando Airport Thursday. Logout. Thursday (weather:Forecast)
     
  7. 209.254.21.226:8280/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Drivers/.../points/...
    Java Plug-In support is required.
  8. 209.254.21.226/ord?station:%7Cslot:/
    Press Demo Config. Logout.
  9. axdemo.tridium.net/ord?station:%7Ch...schedule... - 
    10+ items – Home · Vykon Building Demo · Graphics · Building · Floor 1 ...
    Rob's Schedule Date: 17 Jun 2012
    Per Reference: slot:/Schedules/Holiday
  10. 206.216.159.139/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Energy/... -
    Meter 1 Summary. Meter 2 Summary. Last 24Hrs · Last 7Days. Last Month. Current Demand. 1.88 kW. Current Day. 0.8 kW-hr. Meter Total. 10677.63 kW-hr ...
  11. aecabin.tzo.com/ord?station:%7Cslot:/...do7/... - 
    BooleanCov (history:BooleanCovHistoryExt). Status, {ok}. Fault Cause. Enabled. false, true. Active Period, Basic Active Period. Active. false, true. History Name ...
  12. axdemo.tridium.com/ord?station:%7Cslot:/... -
    Connected Users Report · Daily History Report · Daily Point Status Report. The above report examples are created using standard Hx Pages with bound tables.
  13. 206.216.159.139/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Energy/... -
    Meter 1 Summary. Meter 2 Summary. Last 24Hrs. Last 7Days. Last Month. Current Demand. 0.00 kW. Current Day. 0.6 kW-hr. Meter Total. 10687.47 kW-hr ...
  14. www.plexml.net/ord?station:%7Cslot:/ - 
    Press Demo Config. Logout. To continue please select the appropriate view from the buttons below. Welcome to the PleXML press demonstration. 21-Jan-12 ...
  15. 203.122.195.160/ord?station:%7Cslot:/Guest - 
    logo. 129 Greenhill Road BMS. Username: Password:

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#Anonymous Belgium get to meet Scientology Belgium

Scientology finds Brussels and Belgium very important because it is the capital of Europe and it will try whatever means possible to get some European funds for its projects or to participate in such projects under whatever cover.

This is the message

" Dear citizens of Belgium,

As you know, our first fight as Anonymous is to fight Scientology.

For this reason we invite you to join us in Brussels.
For some time French Anonymous will raid asAnonymous Vicieux.
We look forward to seeing you February 25, 2012 at the headquarters of Scientology Belgium.

 

Adress:
Scientology HQ Belgium
100, Rue of Law.
Brussels 

 

Here are some important guidelines to follow to the letter!
You can come hide, you should still make a scarf, sunglasses and a hat, if the police ask us to remove the mask, it must do sodirectly, so do not forget what we have advised to take!

If the police tell us to stop the movement, we disperse, we must obey the police.

 

 

 

Freedom of assembly and freedom of assembly is a public and political freedom generally regarded as fundamental and under which a group of people has the opportunity to meet temporarily in one place, peacefully and unarmed, in any lawful purpose andcomply with the ActIt is named in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Here's a video
   http://anonbelgium.blogspot.com

comment : back to your roots, where it all began ?

if you want to read a bit, this looks like a good Google search 

and especially this internal email from one of the senior clergy who is now disputing the management

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01/23/2012

Middle Eastern cyberincidents : some comments

* there are a lot of big numbers flying around (so many hundred thousand of creditcards, facebook or other accounts for example) - they seem mostly fake or exaggerated (for some you have to pay with clicking on an ad before you can download them)

* for the first time other creditcards not from an arabic country or jewish state or organisation are being published without mentioning the site (garbage dumping). 

* some say that the cyberincidents are over because the other side has given up

it just seems ongoing for a while

new files are listed here

http://www.diigo.com/list/mailforlen/leaks?order_by=0

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Anonymous biggest revenge attack after megaupload makes you think

The still ongoing revenge attack against the megaupload action makes you think

the total number of attacktraffic rised at some time to 15% of all internet traffic

it was interesting to see that is mostly surged in the US and Russia

and if you couple this with tweets saying that botnets were helping and that some press was saying that users were pressed without their knowlegd to become a member of those botnets

it explains why in total only 6.500 person participaged in the action

the 6500 were not important, the botnets were

as the person in Humo said

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french internet will be hit by Turkish hackers now (and more soon)

For one reason or another the Turkish government has let its patriotic hackers rule the rampage on the internet without hampering them in any way. Maybe because they are planting the turkish flag and some nationalistic and islamic slogans in bad english all over the net on tens of thousands of websites every year.

The economic costs of this are enormous. But yes, the hosters and webmasters should upgrade their security. But that is no excuse.

French hosters and website owners should be warned, turkish hackers are starting to attack french hosters and .fr domains to protest against the proposal of law in the French parliament that would protect people who say that the Armenians were slaughtered after the first world war and prosecute those who say that this wasn't the case at all.

http://pastebin.com/7enXV8vH  an example

you can follow the campaign here

http://www.zone-h.org/archive

even parts of the official defense website are defaced  http://www.zone-h.org/mirror/id/16672964

if your website is hosted in France, than you are in the warzone and you should take some measures if you want to keep your website in France (take a safe backup and keep it offline so you could use it if needed), upgrade and patch everything for which you are responsable and be sure that there is no xss or sql injection against your site, encrypt the personal and confidential information on your website and put a monitoring on your websites so you are alerted if somewhere something changes

Yes, OVH is in France :)

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After the FBI shutdown of Megaupload, some of the rest are shutting themselves down

We have said from the beginning that the operation against Megaupload - which was prepared during a year - was so important because they wanted to send a very important message. You may be the biggest and you may be in Hong Kong but we will still shut down - even if no international treaties or new laws in the US are being voted.

You will read a lot in the coming weeks in the press about the finances of Megaupload and every aspect of the investigation will be publicized.

It didn't miss their effect, those online filesharing servers all around the world (but some may have the same owners so don't let you be impressed by the number of domainnames) are taking three kinds of actions

First : no American IP adresses so the US justice department don't have a legal basis to start an investigation (but that is a bit weak especially if you are hosting US material)

Secondly : no rewards for people who are uploading copyrighted content, the so-called affliates. Off course how can you say that you didn't know that there was copyrighted content on your sites when you were paying people for sharing files that are clearly identifiable as copyrighted content

Thirdly (the most drastic) is to stop all sharing of files with others - at least untill private sharing has been set up (in which you share only with people you know or give access to)

Fourth  deleting masses of files and users, in the case of filesonic thousands (which will pose a problem for Google because it will have to delete thousands of links everyday to stay fresh and not send people to dead links all the time)

So how does a filesharing site stay out of the US law (and now you will see how difficult that it is)

No hosting in the US or by an US based company or a company that has business in the US

No  .com name and don't buy your dns name with an US based company or a company that has business in the US

No payment by creditcard or Paypal, remember wikileaks and surely not by banktransfer

No dns servers in the US 

So some companies will need several weeks to re-organize their services. The other problem of course is that by hosting your servers in China, Russia or another country out of the hands of the US justice Department you must host your servers in countries that are unreliable or blocked for securityreasons or can't deliver you the same quality of connection and service.

There are alternatives, alternative services and alternative means of transport. It is not up to me to explain them.

But this is the napster moment of the online sharing world. Sharing didn't stop after Napster, it only changed. It took a while but than it continued as never before.

At the other end I agree with those who say that if netflix and other online film and tvservices were available in Europe at the same price I would use them just as I am going to use deezer now it is available here. Why wait for a film for 6 months in Europe when it is already on the cinemas and the web. This off course changes the production process as translation will have to be done during the production of the program or film and not afterwards so that you would afterwards only add another months or so to get the different translations completed.

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01/22/2012

Websites stockexchanges over the world – you are under attack

No this not something under the banner of bringing down capitalism or something like that. It is just that while nosec/antisec groups (those who believe that by publishing accounts and administrative access to sites you will shame them into investing them in security even if hundreds or thousands of innocent people will have to change a great number of accounts and passwords and may have been defrauded between the time that the accounts have been published and when they were informed or had the time to do all these changes) are attacking websites and publishing (dumping) those accounts they have taken a more specific interest in websites of stock exchanges all over the world.

It seems that some websites of stockexchanges in the ‘under’developed world have some very serious sql injection vulnerabilities and don’t protect their passwords sufficiently.

The last days accounts for several stockexchanges have been published. This is the case for Botswana,  Ghana, Tel Aviv and rumours about others …

The first thing to do is ask a penetrationtester test it manually (because deep sql attacks and combining different mistakes and informationleakages into a successful attack) even if the website is defended by a so-called firewall. After this you take all the practical steps needed to increase security.

Secondly you will need to increase the encryption and security (access) to the accounts and especially the passwords.

Thirdly I hope that you have sufficiently logging, clean backup and a good isolation policy between your public infrastructure and your internal networks

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Even the jewish forum crif.org account of Yves Leterme compromised in Middle East cyberincidents

 

 

In the increasing dangerous cyberbattles between Zionist and Arabic hacker crews (in which it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between bluff and documented attacks) it is becoming clear that many innocent people will have at the least some negative effects.

 

First long lists of compromised accounts have been published without any linkage to either side but it is rumored that this is the rest or garbage from their attacks. The people on the list are neither Zionist neither Arabic but had some kind of account compromised. It is not clear where and when these accounts were compromised which adds to the confusion.

Secondly several international Arabic and jewish sites and forums in other countries have been hacked. The biggest one until now has been the hacking of the French CRIF where 13.000 accounts have been published.

but what it also means it that people who have at one time in their career subscribed to their newsletter or forum, because as a politician they thought that it was best to be informed (it can also be that many of them were also subscribed to palestinian or arab forums and newsletters) are now being branded and attacked as zionist and that may land them on attackpages and as a target in a cyberwar between hackercrews they didn't have anything to do with.

Not only it is so that CRIF.org was hacked a few days ago but they didn't tell anyone - or answer the rumors - and it wasn't even the first time in july (still present on pastebin.org)

so who do we find on these lists (with protected passwords but that you can only crack with software and not with online passwordscrackers but if you see the importance of these members, you can suppose that somewhere somebody is busy cracking those passwords hoping that it will give them access to other more important services)

a list of belgian, french and german parlementarians and senators (or people who were that a few years ago)

a list of members of the universities, press, jewish organisations and important businesses and financial institutions (axa, banksys etc....)

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01/20/2012

the phone and hacking emailcase against Murdoch shows this is expensive

In the new settlements, announced in the High Court, a total of £645,000 was awarded to 15 hacking victims, with "substantial" damages awarded to three others. News International will be responsible for the legal costs, which are likely to be six-figure sums in most of the cases.

 

Confirmation that email hacking took place backs up the claim made last April by Sienna Miller that her email account had been accessed. An out-of-court settlement of £100,000 prevented further disclosures by the actress. The Independent has previously revealed that the Metropolitan Police's ongoing investigation into computer hacking, Operation Tuleta, has uncovered evidence that the former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst had his emails hacked as part of a NOTW commission. Eighteen other seized computers are being investigated by Tuleta officers for further evidence of illegal email access
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/we-hacked-emai...

former british intelligence officer losing his emails ?

two things

incompetence and state secrets

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how very cheap Indian tablets can change our world

compare the prices to your local currency here

the commercial price for the tablet in local currency is 2550 Indian roepies (about 40 Euro)

but some Indian educational authorities are sponsering the sale of it to their students for 50% making it (about 20 Euro)

there are already 1.4 million orders for the tablet made by a british firm datawind with the full help of OLPC (the cheap laptop for every kid project that now in fact needs to change into a cheap tablet for every kid)

it has an 7 inch screen and runs on the old android 2.2 (the android 4 can be compared to the ipad) and works only with 2G (3g is too expensive anyway) and has only one 1 USB bus (buy an extension with USB slots) but at that price (and also the more they sell the better the next models will become)

more information can be found here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aakash_%28tablet%29

http://www.akashtablet.com/

although it looks as if you can only pre-order in the state and that the older model has been sold-out completely

well, at that price my whole family will have one (because you can also do internetphoning so my phonebill will disappear more or less over time)

this also coïncides with Microsoft's strategy to patent a tablet that can be used as smartphone, laptop and tablet at the same time (this will hurt the more expensive smartphones, imagine videoconferencing with your tablet, even an 7 inch). THe problem will be price but maybe as millions of tablets will be produced and everyone will have one (or more laying around) just as we have a mobile phone the prices will go down (you can now already buy tablets around 150 euro's at several chains).

so when people talk about getting more computers in schools, I say, stupid, get many tablets and stronger computers for the bigger and more difficult work

by the way, all higher schools in India will be obliged to put all their educational material online for their students

they are only capable of producing now 700 tablets a day (having sold already 2 million above inventory) and will only be capable to deliver in the coming months, so when you pay one, you only get it several months later (which is a bit risky with currency troubles and other parts and social-political troubles and so on).

the other problem for the public is that the Indian Government will place another multimillion order (they are talking about 10 to 12 million tablets for this year alone) for cheap tablets, increasing the pressure on these firms because they are receiving 100.000 orders at least every day but will by april only be capable to produce 70.000 tablets a day which makes a backlock of several millions of tablets. THe indian government is quite angry that the firm didn't deliver first all of the ordered tablets by them before selling them to the public - probably afraid that some-one else much bigger would copy the idea. But there is no way the firm will be able to do it alone or on its own infrastructure and management (the helpdesk and ordering mechanism is totally overcharged).

the devices should be in the Indian shops also by march or later

it seems that at that price even corporations are ordering them en masse

Yep as a corporation you can win easily your investment back (no paperwork at meetings, the docs are on the server, easier agenda and other applicative contacts and coordination) and I really think there are about a 1000 things I didn't think of (as the owner also said on Bloomberg, you could use it in restaurants for the menu, for visits at museums or shopping guides through malls and so on.....)

connect them to free wifi (hardware identification) and you have a small cost investment for a much better user or guest experience and are client relationships not about experience and mood and excitement

I can also think about those millions that are being spent giving kids and other social programs expensive laptops and computers they probably don't need (or would rather rent or lend when they really need it) and the economies that could be done with changing those programs to cheap tablets (and software and Os companies have to change their business model from software to services and central infrastructure otherwise they will become too expensive for the popular tablet market).

another detail that is important is that it seems easier with those cheap devices to look at video than to do multitasking but didn't we have laptops and desktops for that, do not ask to much from one machine but use each machine at its best potential.

so there are two online applications that will definitely in particular profit from this specific tablet

* youtube

* skype

should I maybe also say that another Indian enterpreneur is building a small citycar for 2000 Euro

It also shows - again - that it is government who is the only one to have the muscle to influence the market and re-organise our economy and way of living.

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meanwhile in India, the global internetfreedom is slashed in local courts

NEW DELHI: A trial court on Saturday set a deadline for 22 social networking sites including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to remove "anti-religious" or "anti-social" content from their websites and directed the companies to file compliance reports by February 6.

Additional Civil Judge Mukesh Kumar, who had on December 20 in an ex-parte order issued summons to the social networking websites, granted around one and half month for compliance of his order. The court was hearing a petition filed by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi through advocate Santosh Pandey who had also submitted the printouts of the contents and the court asked the websites to remove the content which has been found objectionable by the petitioner.

 

During the hearing, the representatives of two websites, Yahoo India Pvt Ltd and Microsoft, Out of the 22 websites summoned appeared in court on Saturday and submitted that they have not got the copies of court order and complaint against them and pleaded the judge to provide the same. Pandey assured the court that he would provide the companies with the copy of complaint and other related documents.

Pandey, after the court proceedings, told the reporters that the websites have to submit a compliance report to the court by February 6 detailing what action they have taken to remove the objectionable and derogatory contents from the websites. The court had on December 20 asked the social networking websites to remove the objectionable content in the form of photographs, videos or text which might hurt religious sentiments.

On the last day of hearing on December 20, the court after going through the several printouts of the objectionable contents, CD and other documents, found them defamatory and derogatory and ordered to take them off from the sites.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-25/so...

so let me understand this right

a local person goes to a local court saying that some pictures and content on global websites hurt his religious feelings and the local court agrees to impose that they should be removed ?

let any nutcase and censorhappy moralist and traditionalist ask an Indian passport and file such complaints.....

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Israeli-Arab cyberwar (sic) new developments

the last days real or fake website and emailaccounts and creditcardinformation from citizens of Israel, Iran and other arabic countries has been published and deleted and re-distributed

hundreds of Iranian, arab and Israeli or jewish websites have been defaced

Scada infrastructure of Israeli have been scanned and probed

the stockmarkets of Israel, Iran and Saoudi Arabya have been attacked with DDOS attacks (other websites of stockmarkets of countries like Ghana and other Afrian countries seem to be under attack and some have been hacked and account and administratorinformation has been leaked on the internet)

DDOS attacks against the sites of each other have been ongoing

now the Joker a jewish hacker says that he has effectively taken over numerous Iranian governmental and mediawebsites and that he wants the attacks against Israel to stop or else he will use these 'administrative' rights over these websites

if not, it can become a very interesting weekend

at the same time, Iran may ask its hackers to cool down because they have a real war to prepare for in the coming months if they don't want to compromise at all and will continue building their atomic bomb

by the way this is not a real cyberwar, there is nothing life-threatening going on - surely if you compare it with the hack of the stockmarket of Ghana were all accounts were dumped online.

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lessons from the mega-upload FBI operation

First it is made particulary clear that the FBI doesn't need SOPA to persecute and apprehend national and international domains and their owners or operators. In fact if the entertainment industry is to advance in the fight it wants to have with the freewheelers it should better focus on having more resources for the responsable police and investigation teams and better international cooperation.

Secondly by chosing for megaupload they have decided to send another message that will be very clearly understood by the other file-exchanging services : no matter where you are or how big you are, if we have decided to come after you, we will eventually use any means at our disposal to hurt or get you.

Thirdly it also shows the limits of the operation. Megaupload is back up again but without a domainnam and without a website for the time being because the interface to the cloudservices and the domainname have been apprehended by the FBI. And so we go back again in time and have to learn to type IP addresses again. It will take some time to get everything up and running again and some files may be on hardware with changing IP addresses in a virtualised complex environment.

Fourth it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the weekend and which repraisals will be taken. It looks a bit like the takedown of napster (after which we all understood that files online could disappear any moment for ever) and I am sure that new models and software and protections will be proposed and developed, just as new services came after the downfall of Napster.

At the other hand we have faster and bigger computers, more bandwith (in both directions) and online free space. If trying to take this down one at a time - how big it might be - is your only answer than the industry is in big trouble. The agreement between the society for right holders and creative commons in France and the development of services based on a monthly subscription are some of the different steps to take. A creative industry has to create and stay creative to survive as it has shown the last 20 years.

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