David “Tainted” Fisher

I wonder if Google will delete David Fisher’s revenge porn article?

Google will remove revenge-porn images and web links from search-engine results, seeking to curtail the public humiliation of people who have had their private pictures posted on the Internet.

The Web company will honour requests to take down nude or sexually explicit images shared from search results, Amit Singhal, senior vice president of Google Search, wrote in a blog post Friday. An online form will be soon be available to submit removal requests, he said.

“Revenge-porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims — predominantly women,” Singhal wrote. “We’ve heard many troubling stories of revenge porn: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on sextortion sites that force people to pay to have their images removed.”

While Google generally prefers to make most digital content available via its search engine, it does take steps to ensure that certain sensitive personal information is blocked. The new revenge-porn blocking policy is similar to what Google already does with bank-account numbers and signatures, according to Singhal.

Even though embarrassing images won’t be removed from the websites, which are controlled by their owners, Google said that removing revenge-porn results should help.

A little while ago, an overseas web site published revenge porn of a New Zealand woman that had been released by a man looking for attention in all the wrong sorts of ways.   The revenge porn had been sent to most media outlets, and apparently the full press gallery.   Read more »

First they came for Whaleoil, and everyone thought it was just trivial

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Several New Zealand organisations are being targeted in an extortion attempt, a government cyber-security agency says.

The National Cyber Security Centre, a division of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), said the unnamed organisations had been told via email that if they didn’t pay up they would experience a “sustained denial-of-service attack” that would knock them offline. Read more »

So what, they’re spying on us

It must now be assumed that David “Tainted” Fisher is a traitor to New Zealand as he runs, in the Herald on Sunday, another story from another traitor, Edward Snowden.

This time it is about how we are supposedly spying on China.

So what…they are sure as hell spying on us.

Our spies and America’s top government hackers cooked up a plan to crack into a data link between Chinese Government buildings in Auckland, new Edward Snowden documents reveal.

The project appeared aimed at tapping data flowing between the Chinese consulate and its passport office in Great South Rd — and using the link to access China’s computer systems.

The revelation is the most explosive of the information about New Zealand revealed in the Snowden documents — and has sparked a firm Chinese diplomatic response giving rise to concerns our security relationship with the United States is impacting our trade relationship with China.

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Biting the hand that feeds you – a Dotcom/Fisher case study

The NZ Herald, especially through it’s flagship reporter David “Tainted” Fisher used to support Kim Dotcom’s position on anything.  In fact, after a while, they were the only ones left to do so.

But no more.

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David Fisher and Kim Dotcom used to be inseparable.  But as Kim has now discovered the hard way that David uses his sources twice.   Once to get the story, the second time to throw his source under the bus and use all the information he couldn’t use originally by dragging the source through the mud.

Kim Dotcom’s ability to stay in New Zealand will be decided by Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and could come inside a month.

The inquiry was launched after the New Zealand Herald revealed the besieged internet entrepreneur had not declared a dangerous driving conviction when applying for residency in New Zealand.

The decision is completely separate from the extradition hearing which Dotcom is facing in just a few months, which could also see him removed from New Zealand.

The extradition hearing came after charges laid in the United States alleged a criminal conspiracy to breach copyright through his defunct Megaupload website. Read more »

“Tainted” Fisher’s colleagues distancing themselves from the Hager freak show

What drives Nicky Hager? That is not a question that comes to mind when I hear or read the work of most people who call themselves journalists. Even strongly opinionated work. It is normally written with an excitement that may be excessive at times but tells me the reporter is motivated solely by the satisfactions of discovery and disclosure.

I hear that excitement in the writing of David Fisher who has worked with Hager for the Herald to disclose what may be learned about New Zealand’s intelligence-gathering in the material Edward Snowden took from the United States National Security Agency.

I hope you hear that excitement in me when I think I have hit on something. But I don’t hear it in Hager. Reading or hearing him, I get the feeling something else is going on. His voice and manner are those of someone who is deeply shocked at the discovery of things that are interesting enough to report but are not really shocking.

You have to ask why David Fisher “feels the excitement” when his “dealer” Hager does not.  And when the public does not.  And when his colleagues do not.   Read more »

Key is squandering any remaining media goodwill

Fairfax journo Tracy Watkins is letting her wishful thinking get in the way today in a piece where she posits Key is “burning political capital” over the Hager/Fisher GCSB “revelations”.

Are the latest leaked documents important? Yes, of course.

Actually, they’re not.

They detail the vast and indiscriminate store of information gathered by the Government Communications Security Bureau, including plenty that must surely breach the spirit, if not the technicalities, of the 2013 GCSB Act.

Once the media get back to the “spirit” of news reporting instead of running the country, they might actually have a leg to stand on.

The Act spells out that it is illegal for the agency to intercept the private communications of New Zealand citizens and residents, except in specific circumstances or when it is “incidentally obtained” – which, as we now know, is likely to include while they are lying on a beach in Samoa.

There are bound to be diplomatic ripples, meanwhile, over the extent to which the GCSB reaches into the Pacific.

There are bound not to be.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, are particularly unaware of how the real world works, or you have your own ‘outrage’ agenda, people 1) know their stuff is up for grabs, and 2) they truly don’t care.

We are told that the targets include friends and foe alike, though we are yet to see any direct evidence of  that claim – say, for instance, a transcript of a private phone call between the prime minister of Samoa and his mates.

Nonetheless, it is probably no coincidence that John Key will embark on a goodwill tour of the Pacific later this year, including a likely stop-off in Fiji.

Yeah, that’s right.  John Key wasn’t going on a Pacific trip until Hager and Fisher dusted off some Helen Clark era stolen documents to try and blow some life back into the same old issue.   And now Key needs to go around a tour to calm down his Pacific neighbours.   That has to be the reason.   Read more »

Rob Hosking at NBR on spying

So. It seems we have a spying agency which, we learned today, spies on foreigners.

If anyone is surprised, let alone shocked, by this, they really are too gentle a soul for this cruel world.

Spying on foreigners is pretty much what comes on the label when you set up a spying agency. It’s what they do.

Unless you thought David Lange’s Labour government set up the Government Communications Security Bureau to run the country’s pest destruction boards, or to play Farmville on their neat new computers, what on earth did you think the agency has been doing?

The fact GCSB is spying on “friends?” First, those friends have some rather dubious friends and matters such as money laundering of criminal and terrorist activity are key parts of law enforcement these days.

Remember when one of our “friends” performed a state sanctioned act of terrorism in New Zealand by blowing the Rainbow Warrior up?   Read more »

“Tainted” Fisher continues the smear

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Ah yes.

The unsubstantiated question as a headline.   The favourite way the media like to smear, because it isn’t a statement of fact.

I’ll give you an example or two

Have National been shielding senior people among their ranks that have name suppression for behaviour that would end their careers?

Are National hiding someone who caused the loss of money entrusted to him by trying to cover it up?

Was Russel Norman blackmailed into his resignation?

Does Andrew Little know Carmel Sepuloni’s questions to the house were to the benefit of her mother?

See?

That’s how it’s done.   Read more »

Another Herald journo judged by his peers to have lied

On November 7 last year David Fisher ran a shabby hit piece against Customs and also Maurice Williamson about OIA processes inside the department.

Despite complaints to the NZ Herald they refused to withdraw the article even though factual errors had been pointed out to them. Shayne Currie the editor fought the complaints vociferously.

Customs persisted and complained to the Press Council.

The Press Council has found that David Fisher essentially made stuff up, in effect he lied in his article.

Wide concerns among the media and the public have led the Ombudsman to launch an investigation into Official Information Act practices in the public sector.
The Herald may have been entitled to form the view that departmental rules and guidelines, including requirements for consultation, do open the way to political influence and interference in information releases.
But the documents provided to the Herald, and referred to in the article, do not grant the minister the freedom to change whatever is released.
Therefore the part-sentence included in the article is factually incorrect and the Council upholds the complaint on that basis.

Press Council members considering the complaint were Sir John Hansen, Chris Darlow, Tim Beaglehole, Liz Brown, Jenny Farrell, Sandy Gill, Marie Shroff, Vernon Small, Mark Stevens and Stephen Stewart.
John Roughan took no part in the consideration of this complaint.

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Journalists relying on criminals to do their reporting for them

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While Matt Nippert and David ‘Tainted’ Fisher are lapping up the adulation of the script kiddies in Wellington there is yet another article about the failure of journalistic ethics, where it appears that journalists are quite happy to rely on criminals to their reporting for them.

These so-called investigative journalists are even still in touch with the hacker of my emails (if tweets from the Kiwicon are accurate)…so much for their journalistic integrity and they claims at being investigative journalists.

Ryan Holiday, someone knows a thing or two about manipulating the media, writes about the media’s strategy of relying on criminals to do their reporting for them.

At first, I thought the media response to the celebrity hacking scandal was sanctimonious. Now I realize it was rank hypocrisy. Just shameless, awful hypocrisy from a group hardly better than the criminals they enable.

Because after every outlet, from Perez Hilton to Jezebel, called the hack, leak and publishing of nude photos of celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, a crime, none of them seem to have any problem publishing the spoils of the Sony hack, particularly the many private conversations of its co-chairman Amy Pascal.

As Marc Andreessen put it on Twitter last week: “Hackers steal a company’s email files. No bad acts by company revealed. Press prints emails. Journalism, or federal crime?”

That’s exactly right. It’s the question we should be asking here.

How on earth do all these outlets—including The New York Times no less—justify printing or covering the contents of private emails obtained through clearly criminal acts? And not only that, but many in the media consider it real journalism and, in one case, criticize Sony for “choosing to stay silent” for months before telling anyone they’d been a victim?

“There’s really no other way to explain the horrifying lack of empathy so many of them show, time and time again, when women of all levels of fame are treated like they exist to be bullied and mocked.”

Well put, Jezebel. It makes it extra ironic that your boss, Nick Denton actually wrote a memo to Gawker’s staff in which he lauded the publishing of the Sony emails and said “that’s how good our editorial can be every day.” Really? That’s how good? Not: That’s how low we’re willing to stoop. This is the same guy who spoke last year about wanting to have a company people were proud to work at. These are the same people who criticized the supposed bullying tactics of #GamerGate, even though what they do is just as bad.

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