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Imagine how much time you’d spend in jail if you actually worked closely with the hacker

Imagine how much time you’d spend in jail if you actually worked closely with the hacker…especially if you actually helped plan the whole hack attack.

I’m looking at you Mr Hager, Mr Fisher and Mr Nippert.

A journalist with connections to the hacking collective Anonymous has been sentenced to five years in jail after posting online links to stolen data.

Barrett Brown originally faced charges punishable by more than 100 years in prison, but the sentence was reduced after he pleaded guilty last year.

He said he broke the law to reveal details of illegal government activity.

The case drew criticism from advocates of free speech and media rights organisations.

One of Mr Brown’s supporters is Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who publicised the National Security Agency (NSA) spying programme revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. ¬† Read more »

And they say my comments section is dreadful

The mainstream media and the disaffected left like to claim that the comments section here at WOBH is dreadful.

Fairfax owns used to own a fair chunk of Trade Me, even after they sold some down, until 2012 when they dumped the remaining shares.

Here is just one example of comments that stand at Trade Me.

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The problem with ‘ safe havens ‘

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

When Kim Dotcom provided a Cyber ‘ warehouse ‘ for people to upload stuff it was a great idea that could be used legitimately. Of course it could also be used for illegitimate purposes and the most popular downloads which made his business the most money tended to be the illegitimate ones.His argument was that he was not responsible for pedophiles sharing child porn on his site or hackers uploading hacked information or movies or books etc that they had no rights to as he just provided the ‘ warehouse ‘ to store their criminal goods. A similar problem exists at The Tor Project which on the face of it sounds like a legitimate idea.

The Tor network provides a safe haven from surveillance, censorship, and computer network exploitation for millions of people who live in repressive regimes, including human rights activists in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia.

People like that do need protection and so this sounds like a great idea. One slight problem though, it sounds like a great idea to hackers and other criminals as well who of course also use the network. As a result of the illegitimate use, the network are now under attack, a cyber attack. According to one of the commenters on the site is is because…

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Blaming the victim is still in vogue

You would think that if your home was broken in to these holidays and your stuff stolen and then sold, you would be safe to lay the blame squarely at the feet of those who broke into your home and those who then sold your stuff and pocketed the money.

You would be wrong.

In the upside down world of media ethics these days it is actually the victim’s fault but only if the theft is hacking. Some how when the theft is online and the fence who benefits financially is the MSM it is actually your fault. Interestingly,the writer can only come up with one solution to protecting yourself. Forget about using e-mail contraception, the only real protection available is not to have online intercourse at all. A solution that is as ridiculous as it is impractical.

Just like the people who condemned the girl for getting pregnant ( It wouldn’t have happened if you had kept your legs shut) those who get hacked and their lives dissected by the Media for profit should have stepped away from the keyboard.

 

Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the targets of Sony executives. Photos / AP
Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the targets of Sony executives. Photos / AP

There is a lesson for us all in the continuing revelations from stolen Sony emails being splashed over worldwide media. It is a lesson that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairwoman Amy Pascal could have benefited from before sending emails with racist comments about President Obama. Or an email calling Leonardo DiCaprio’s behaviour “absolutely despicable” when he decided to pull out of a planned Steve Jobs biopic.

The lesson is a very simple one. It is that when you are writing an email (or any other corporate document), imagine that it will inevitably one day end up on the internet for everyone to see…

The emails of Amy Pascal and other Sony Pictures’ executives reveal damaging internal discussions about business practices and commentary on a wide range of people – including Angelina Jolie – that the company relies on to do their business.

It is hard to imagine how those involved can retain their credibility as more of the emails become public.

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Youtube aiding Islamists by banning MEMRI account

Truth Revolt reports that Youtube has disabled MEMRI’s account for daring to tell the truth about islamic hate-speech.

It is nothing short of the kind of bullying as practices by Giovanni Tiso. There always seem to be some Stalinist prick that wants to stifle open debate.

Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is a valuable resource for those who want to learn what the Muslims in the Middle East are saying to each other away from the eyes of the mainstream media. Early on Tuesday, YouTube deleted the¬†MEMRI¬†account for¬†‚Äúrepeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.‚ÄĚ In other words, someone complained that¬†MEMRI¬†was sharing truthful videos of Muslim hate-speech (what some call¬†Islamophobia).

Most¬†MEMRI¬†videos features Muslim speakers denouncing Israel, Jews, the West and/or the United States. ¬†MEMRI¬†translates the text into English and adds it as a subtitle on the video. Recent examples of¬†MEMRI¬†videos posted on¬†TruthRevolt¬†include¬†Jordanian MP: The PA Must Not Defend The Interests Of The Filthy Jews¬†and¬†Yemeni Child Leads Crowd in Chant ‘Curses Upon the Jews, And Victory for Islam’. ¬†¬† Read more »

My how the Media worm has turned

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My, how the Media worm has turned. The whole time this website was trying to get the message out to the public about Kim Dotcom the media consistently described him in the following ways…

The New Zealand Herald described him like this:

Tycoon could be kicked out of country for failing to disclose conviction.

…troubled internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has found himself kicked off the cloud storage site he founded.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will face tougher new bail conditions and make a daily visit to the police for at least the next week.

But the Megaupload founder’s US lawyer, Ira Rothken, has tweeted that both Davison and Simpson Grierson are stepping down from Dotcom’s legal team.

Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal

Claims by internet mogul Kim Dotcom of a conspiracy between the United States and New Zealand Governments do not have “an air of reality”, a High Court judge has ruled.

One News described him like this:

The internet entrepreneur is in a High Court battle over an attempt to extradite him to the US to face piracy charges.

Internet entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom was joined by US journalist Glenn Greenwald at the Auckland Town Hall for the ‘Moment of Truth’ which Dotcom predicted would be a “bombshell” just days ahead of Saturday’s General Election.

T.V 3 described him like this:

Immigration NZ (INZ) says it will consider if there is any “liability” to deport internet millionaire Kim Dotcom, after it was revealed he failed to declare a conviction for dangerous driving when he applied for New Zealand residency.

Now however he is being described like this…

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UFB passes 10% uptake

The fibre rollout is progressing and uptake is growing, passing 10%.

Now if only Chorus would turn on the dark fibre in my street!

Broadband connections have increased nearly 40% over the past quarter according to the latest quarterly figures of the Government’s ultrafast broadband and rural broadband initiative.

The figures, released yesterday by Communications Minister Amy Adams, show around 536,000 end-users are now able to connect to UFB, though only 55,000 are connected. However, 15,500 of those connected to UFB in the three months to September, a 39% increase on last quarter.

The figures indicate a 10% uptake nationally, compared with a national uptake rate of 7% the previous quarter, with the project now 6% ahead of build schedule.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, as of September, the UFB deployment progress was 100% complete for Northland. Waikato and Taranaki were sitting at 71% and 62% completed respectively, while Auckland was 26% complete, with Wellington at 29% and Canterbury at 36%. ¬†¬† Read more »

You can run but you can’t hide from the US government

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom thinks that he can thumb his nose at the US legal system, well he has¬†another thing to learn about doing things like that…they have a habit of biting you on the arse.

Billboard reports how the US is going after all his assets because they are declaring him a fugitive.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution.

The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he’s been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he’ll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes.¬† Read more »

From my cold, dead, modem

Regan at Throng writes:

Apparently the Chief censor has their knickers in a twist over Orcon and Slingshot’s Global mode options and is considering a range of charges according to reports.

New Zealand’s chief censor is considering bringing charges against Slingshot and Orcon, which both give customers access to websites with movies that could be either unclassified or banned in this country.

Global Mode gives Slingshot and Orcon customers access to overseas movie and television websites, like Netflix, that are normally blocked to people in this country because of copyright arrangements.

There is therefore the potential for New Zealanders to watch films on these sites that are unclassified in this country or banned.

This only proves how outdated the law must be and how little the Chief Censor understands how the internet works.

By definition, the Act, which covers all video content in the form of computer files, requires all said content to be classified. Any film, or video recording: ¬† Read more »

Some advice for the opposition from Rodney Hide

Rodney Hide tells the opposition to find a better cause.

The Opposition is making heavy weather of trying to make Prime Minister John Key responsible for what Cameron Slater writes on his blog and in his personal communications.

I say in a kind and caring way that they should give it up. Because – and I say this even more caringly and kindly – Slater, aka the Whale, is not always responsible for what he writes.

By his own admission, Slater has had his battles with depression. By his own admission he is an embellisher.

Anyone who follows his blog knows him as a force of nature once he starts tapping his keyboard and pushing the upload button.

His blog is one man’s opinion, raw and unedited.

It is politics red and bloody and some of what you read you wonder if you really needed to know.

But back I go like a junkie. I enjoy the Whaleoil blog just like I enjoy the Left’s The Standard and The Daily Blog.

I’m not sure The Standard or the mouth breather at The Daily blog will appreciate that Rodney Hide enjoys their hate fuelled rants.

The blogs, as mad and as bad they are, add richness and diversity to political debate.

It’s true much of it is gossip. The blogs have lifted the lid on what was once confined to Bellamy’s. They have opened it up.

Political gossip always has an angle, juiciness trumps veracity and its effect can prove lethal.

But don’t blame blogs. Gossip has been used as a political weapon for as long as there’s been politics. ¬†¬† Read more »