Category: Internet

Save the Internet

Posted by – 26/11/2011

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world’s Internet — creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

To all Members of the US Congress:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and vote against both the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want. We urge you to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect this basic pillar of our democracies worldwide.

Dear government

Posted by – 21/07/2011

LulzSec reply to FBI allegations

Copy/pasted from http://pastebin.com/RA15ix7S

Hello thar FBI and international law authorities,

We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement:

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/20/138555799/fbi-arrests-alleged-anonymous-hackers

The statements made by deputy assistant FBI director Steve Chabinsky in this
article clearly seem to be directed at Anonymous and Lulz Security, and we are
happy to provide you with a response.

You state:

“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable,
[even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely
unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts.”

UK media are trying to set up a copyright firewall

Posted by – 22/06/2011

[via theinquirer.net, originally written by Dean Wilson]

UK media cartels are trying to set up a great firewall of Britain against copyright infringement, according to a confidential document seen by Slightly Right of Centre (SROC).

The eight-page document, entitled “The Potential for a Voluntary Code”, reveals that the Premier League, the Publishers Association, the British Phonographic Institute, the Motion Picture Association and a number of other groups have formed a coalition to lobby minister for communications Ed Vaizey for changes to the UK’s copyright enforcement policies.

5FactsAboutMe: Find Out How Well Your Friends Know You

Posted by – 02/03/2011

[via makeuseof.com]

How well do your friends really know you? You can never be sure unless you distribute a questionnaire testing your friends knowledge of you. “5 Facts About Me” lets you do this in a very simple way.

5 Facts About Me is a free to use website that presents your friends with 5 facts about you. Your friends need to choose whether or not those facts are true or false. You can type in your own facts after creating an account on the site or connecting your Twitter or Facebook account. You get a public URL for your facts that can be shared on online social networks. Friends can easily take the 5-facts quiz and get their score.

Stop Rupert Murdoch

Posted by – 02/03/2011

Our democracy is at risk. Media-mogul Rupert Murdoch wants to extend his massive political influence by taking over BSkyB and controlling nearly half the British media! We have just 24 hours to press the government to stand up for British media and democracy and stop Rupert Murdoch.

Dear friends across the UK,

In 24 hours, nearly half our mass media could be owned by Rupert Murdoch.

For four decades he has interfered with our democracy — determining election results, bolstering politicians in exchange for influence, and smearing others who refuse his orders. But he may have finally gone too far — with just 24 hours left before the decision, the coalition is still deeply divided on Murdoch’s bid for BSkyB.

Biocaust

Posted by – 05/09/2010

Biocaust is an instrumental music project for various metal covers. All instruments are software-generated, as this is an attempt to learn and perfect production techniques.

Everything is available for free download in 320kb/s MP3 from http://biocaust.eternalcode.com


Example song:

The Count Of Tuscany (Dream Theater cover)


http://biocaust.eternalcode.com/tuscany.php

“Likejacking” Takes Off on Facebook

Posted by – 01/06/2010

[via readwriteweb.com]

Security researchers are warning of the newest Facebook threat, something they’re calling “likejacking,” a Facebook-enabled clickjacking attack that tricks users into clicking links that mark the clicked site as one of your Facebook “likes.” These likes then show up on your profile and, of course, in your Facebook News Feed where your friends can see the link and click it, allowing the vicious, viral cycle to continue.

According to security firm Sophos, hundreds of thousands of users have already fallen for this new “likejacking” trick thanks to the clever and tantalizing linkbait the spammers use to entice people to click their links. For example:

China partially blocks Google search results from Hong Kong, the saga continues

Posted by – 23/03/2010

[via engadget.com]

You didn’t think that just because Google started redirecting its Google.cn domain to its Hong Kong site, we were coming to a neat compromise to the big brouhaha between the search giant and China, did you? Oh no, brother, this thing is far from over.

China has now responded by whipping its state computers into a filtering frenzy, blocking and censoring out content it considers objectionable from Google’s HK-based search results. Adding to its show of strength, it’s expected the Chinese government’s influence will also result in China Mobile canceling a deal to have Google as its default search provider on mobile handsets.

Mozilla confirms 0-day Firefox flaw

Posted by – 23/03/2010

[via bit-tech.net]

The Mozilla Foundation has confirmed the existence of a critical zero-day vulnerability in its popular Firefox web-browser – but says a fix won’t arrive before the end of the month.

Posting on its official security blog, the Foundation confirmed a vulnerability which it has “determined to be critical and [which] could result in remote code execution by an attacker.

The good news? The Foundation has already developed a fix, which is currently undergoing quality assurance testing prior to a general roll-out. The bad news? That roll-out isn’t due for at least a week, potentially leaving Firefox users vulnerable to attack.

Act Now: The Digital Economy Bill Petition

Posted by – 18/03/2010

[via bit-tech.net]

This is a really quick blog post and it’s one which is only really going to be relevant to our readers in the UK, but it’s still something everyone should be aware of.

Basically, the UK government is in the process of passing a bill which would regulate how UK residents might be able to use the internet. It’s called the Digital Economy Bill and you don’t need to take a very close look at it to see that it’s full of problems – not least of which is the hazy language and poorly defined punishments suggested for alleged illegal downloaders within the UK.