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 Post subject: Re: Free Internet Freedom of Speech Freedom
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:02 pm 
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US courts already enforcing SOPA-style shut-downs

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While activists waging for a free Internet advocate against the possible passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, the US court system is already favoring big business by thwarting third-party competition without any objections.

In at least three cases recently, the US court system has attacked websites that employed unauthorized usage of a major label’s branding, specifically True Religion clothing, Chanel cologne and Philip Morris. In the latest case filed by the cigarette giant, prosecution for Morris lobbied to have several websites and their contents and funds seized and transferred without the defense ever able to present a case.

As Congress debates the provisions that could make up the controversial SOPA bill, it looks as if the US courts are already shutting down websites for what could be considered unauthorized use or infringement without a just trial ever being carried out.

In the case against websites advertising allegedly counterfeit Chanel products, a District Court judge in Nevada allowed the legitimate manufacturer to seize around 600 domain names that were related to but not affiliated with the company. Additionally, restraining orders and injunctions were handed to the biggest search engine and Web companies in the world barring sites such as Google and Yahoo! from indexing or linking to the sites in question. In that instance, the federal judge allowed Chanel to seize the domains and transfer them to US-based registrar GoDaddy without any say from the defendants. And, according to the court ruling, those that even “promote” the sale of Chanel goods, legitimate or otherwise, can be added to the injunction and seized in the future.

In that instance, attorney Venkat Balasubramani of the Eric Goldman Technology and Marketing Law Blog writes simply, “Wow.”

Balasubramani may be surprised, but even more surprising is how rampant these cases are becoming. The third case causing the seizure of competing Philip Morris sites has come within only a month of the other two. Eric Goldman himself adds, “Only hearing one side of the story isn't enough to trigger the kind of draconian remedies the courts are granting.”

“That kind of result wouldn't happen with real due process,” adds the associate professor of law from Santa Clara University and administrator of the legal blog.

The website Techdirt.com has been following the cases themselves and note that to see the excessiveness in these cases, one doesn’t have to go much further than to realize that, “based solely on the declaration of a Philip Morris employee, the court is ordering the full transfer not just of websites, but of any funds being sent to a website.”

In the case of True Religion court ruling, Techdirt calls it essentially a “kill switch” for the allegedly-guilty websites, which were found at fault with once again no due process. Currently Congress is debating whether it should impose a similar cloak over the Internet as a whole, causing for any site to allegedly broadcast copyrighted material to be seized and the administrator to suffer from immense fines and jail time. Given these three cases, however, do we really need the Senate and House to put the stamp on it?

"The fight against SOPA [the Stop Online Piracy Act] may be a red herring in some ways," writes Balasubramani, "since IP plaintiffs are fashioning very similar remedies in court irrespective of the legislation. Thus, even if SOPA is defeated, it may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory — opponents may win the battle but may not have gained much as a result."

http://rt.com/usa/news/us-court-sopa-morris-203/

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LulzSec threatens governments

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Hacking group LulzSec might be plotting the most damaging of their cyber attacks yet. A tweet from the organization on Monday reads that the group is looking to infiltrate government servers.

"Government hacking is taking place right now, behind the scenes," reads the tweet. Last week the group successfully (yet temporarily) shut down the website for the CIA and posted data it lifted from the US Senate’s site. While the initiative against the CIA wasn’t an actual hack but a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, hard hacking the government could be detrimental to the security of the state.

LulzSec has confirmed that it is capable of more than what they unleashed on the CIA, writing that “DDoS is of course our least powerful and most abundant ammunition.” They took to the website Pastebin on Monday morning to post a call-for-action for other hacktivists to take on the government alongside them.

“Welcome to Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) – we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path,” reads the post. “We fully endorse the flaunting of the word "AntiSec" on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered.

Members of LulzSec add that they are now teaming up with the hacking collective Anonymous — from which it branched off of — “to increase efforts.”

"Top priority is to steal and leak any classified government information, including email spools and documentation. Prime targets are banks and other high-ranking establishments. If they try to censor our progress, we will obliterate the censor with cannonfire anointed with lizard blood."

In addition to already infiltrating the CIA and Senate sites, LulzSec received added publicity after earlier hacking Sony Corp and a software company. Recently they also published thousands of email addresses and passwords registered to subscribers of a [Censored] site.

LulzSec has responded that they “release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it.” On their official site they write that "You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it." The publishing of classified government material, however — a criminal offense — might cause more worry than laughter.

Speaking to Reuters, Bruce Schneier, a security technologist that studies cyber attacks, doesn’t think much will come from the recent threats.

"They're not going to do any damage. They're just out having fun…they'll probably never be tracked down," he says.

Meanwhile, some skeptics are considering that, as the identity of LulzSec affiliates remain unpublicized, perhaps the membership is made up of insiders pushing for Internet regulations in the House. A report on Infowars.com reads that, “Nobody really knows who LulzSec is. It is, however, rather suspicious that the group has increased its hacking activities during a period when a number of cybersecurity bills are marching through Congress.”

With Congress only recently beginning to turn attention towards restricting the web, some believe that LulzSec operatives may be undercover lobbyists of sorts. By exposing a lack of security — even in the guise as an elite hacking community — politicians may become fearful and clamp down on the Web.

In the meantime, assume that nothing on the web is safe — especially not your po-rno passwords.

http://rt.com/usa/news/lulzsec-government-group-reads/

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CIA hacked

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Only days after releasing data maliciously obtained from the US Senate’s online server, hacking group LulzSec is now taking credit for bringing the CIA’s website down on Wednesday.

LulzSec claims it used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against CIA.gov, which rendered the site inaccessible to the public for much of the day. Attacks such as this aren’t necessarily traditional hacks where information is lifted, but rather uses repetitive floods on a given domain to the point where a site malfunctions.

"People are saying our CIA attack was the biggest yet, but it was really a very simple packet flood," tweeted a LulzSec representative.

Robert Gray of the Risky Biz Internet security podcast told ABC that very few sites online can withstand a bombardment like the DDoS attack carried out by LulzSec, but it should be expected that the CIA’s site should be one of them.

"Inherently the Internet is a pretty risky place if even the CIA can't keep its website protected against a group of amateurs," said Gray.

LulzSec’s most recent e-attack was apparently a response to a message the group received on Twitter in which a user called out the hackers for only going after “soft targets.”

"Stop calling yourself hackers, you're giving real hackers a bad name," Twitter user Quadrapodacone wrote. "Here's a challenge … fbi.gov or cia.gov try changing text or something." The exchange of tweets between the user and LulzSec has since gone offline.

Bloomberg Businessweek writer Arik Hesseldahl has pointed out that attacking government websites is indeed a crime but says, “I’m assuming that LulzSec … knows it, and is wantonly demonstrating that it doesn't care. “

The hacking group revealed a list of data obtained from Senate.gov on Monday, which marked perhaps the most high-profile infiltration carried out by LulzSec in its few weeks of existence. Previously their portfolio of hacks and attacks had been punctuated by assaults directed at Sony, PBS and Nintendo.

http://rt.com/usa/news/cia-lulzsec-group-site/

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Senate website hacked

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The website for the United States Senate is the latest venue infiltrated by LulzSec, a group of hackers that have attacked several high-profile websites in just the last few weeks alone.

In a tweet from the group’s Twitter account on Monday afternoon, a representative for LulzSec posted a link to the data it claims it had lifted from Senate.gov, as well as the website for Bethesda Softworks. The text-based listing of the material LulzSec claims to have compromised from the Senate’s site is prefaced with a light-hearted message in which the group, believed to be a splinter of the mysterious hacking community Anonymous, says, “We don't like the US government very much.”

The message goes on to boast about the lack of security protecting the Senate’s site and adds that “In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!”

The group’s name is a conglomeration of “Lulz,” a derivative of the Internet acronym “LOL” for “laugh out loud,” and an abbreviation for security.

The data is also posted with a warning form LulzSec reading: "This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov – is this an act of war, gentlemen?"

On Monday evening, Bloomberg reported that Martina Bradford, deputy sergeant-at-arms of the US Senate, said the body’s IT security staff became aware of access to the server over the weekend but claims that no critical information was compromised. “The intruder did not gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the file placed on senate.gov,” Bradford said.

This information could, however, pave the way for other hackers to infiltrate the Senate’s server, especially now that it has been publicized that what should be the Fort Knox of the Internet can be entered and accessed by outsiders.

Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that their site was indeed hacked, and LulzSec has stated that the exploitation was so thorough that it has access to almost all of the game developer’s network.The hackers have decided not to release user data for 200,000 accounts for a Bethesda game, however, saying in a statement that "We actually like this company. . .So we'll give them one less thing to worry about."

Other targets of the group in recent weeks have included PBS and Sony.

This attack comes mere hours after fellow hackers Anonymous released a YouTube video stating a call for action for protestors to rally against Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke across the nation on Tuesday. Demonstrators are gathering in nearly two-dozen cities across the US and enacting in displays of civil disobedience until, as the group says, Bernanke steps down from the FED.

http://rt.com/usa/news/senate-hacked-group-data/

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Bulgaria refuses to ratify ACTA

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Bulgaria has become the sixth country that has refused to support the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

­The agreement is sponsored by the US and Japan, and meant to toughen intellectual property rights enforcement, but critics say limits freedom of speech on the Internet.

Bulgaria’s Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov says Sofia will not ratify the agreement until the EU member states elaborate a joint position on the document.

Bulgarian authorities have made the decision to halt the already signed agreement after street protests. Thousands marched through the capital Sofia and 16 other cities.

Minister Traicho Traikov told reporters he is pessimistic about helping the industry that has not adapted to digital age with sanctions instead of through market means.

“Authors’ copyright should not be placed above human rights,” he said.

Initially, the ACTA agreement was signed last October by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US.

In January, the EU and 22 of its member states signed the agreement, bringing the total number of signatories 31.

Five states, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and Slovakia, have not signed the convention.

But after dozens of thousands of protestors rallied against ACTA in European capitals, several countries have taken time-out.

Last week Germany said it was postponing the adoption of the ACTA after protests by internet activists. Before that Poland also backed off ratifying the agreement.

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Germany defers signing ACTA amid growing anger

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Germany has delayed signing the ACTA treaty on intellectual property theft after its Justice Ministry voiced its concerns about the legislation. It is the fifth EU country to challenge approval of the debated treaty.

­The Justice Ministry said that the European Parliament should vote on ACTA before it is considered by the state’s parliament.

Three of Germany’s parties, the Pirate Party, the Left Party and the Greens, have also spoken out against ACTA.

German protesters are expected to stage demonstrations in over 60 towns across the country, joining the international day of action against ACTA on February 11.

Earlier, four European states, Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Slovakia had delayed their ratification processes. The countries saw major protests in the streets. Critics of ACTA accuse its authors of hammering out the agreement in secret and say the deal will limit online freedom of speech.

On January 26, the controversial ACTA treaty was signed by the 22 of 27 European Union member states, and the EU itself. It now has to be ratified by the European Parliament and is scheduled to be debated in June. The EU countries that have not signed ACTA include Germany, Cyprus, Estonia, the Netherlands and Slovakia.

The treaty has been strongly criticized with demonstrations taking place in many countries across Europe. The largest rallies took place in Poland and the Czech Republic, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets, while many more joined online action against ACTA.

ACTA is an international agreement aimed at protecting intellectual property. It shares similarities with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US, which was shelved by lawmakers after a partial blackout by Wikipedia and Google in protest.

The ACTA treaty was negotiated by industrialized countries struggling for ways to fight intellectual property theft. The US, most of the EU, Australia, Canada, Japan and several other countries have signed the treaty.

A total of 31 countries across the globe have signed ACTA so far, but none of these signatories have ratified it yet, which is a necessary step to make the agreement viable. As soon as ACTA is ratified by six countries, the convention will come into force.

http://rt.com/news/germany-halts-acta-treaty-037/

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ACTA anger: Protesters hopeful as official resigns

As massive demonstrations rage in Poland against the ACTA copyright treaty, the European Parliament's rapporteur for the contentious agreement has resigned in protest. Opponents criticize the deal as pure censorship and violation of human rights.

Kader Arif resigned Friday, saying the drafting of the controversial anti-piracy treaty was accompanied by "never-before-seen manoeuvres" by officials.

"I condemn the whole process which led to the signature of this agreement: no consultation of civil society, lack of transparency since the beginning of negotiations, repeated delays of the signature of the text without any explanation given, rejection of Parliament's recommendations as given in several resolutions of our assembly," Arif said as cited by the BBC.

Meanwhile in Warsaw, extremely cold weather was definitely not an excuse for demonstrators. Friday’s protest culminated a week of mass rallies in Poland. Thursday’s signing of the deal by Warsaw drew tens of thousands onto the streets across the country to protest internet censorship.

ACTA may have a positive stated aim to protect intellectual property. The people on the streets however fear it will be used to police the web and take down harmless websites.

Unlike the week’s massive protests, Friday’s showdown had clear political overtones. While the majority of demonstrators were saying “no” to the treaty, a large crowd was also directing their anger at the government. Experts say, the scale of public dissent has managed to make authorities nervous.

“The government promoted itself as being pro-modern, pro-young people, pro-internet. And people tried to keep them accountable. So when they discovered the government supports ACTA, it was a political answer: ‘No we don’t trust you anymore,” Katarzyna Szymielewicz of the Panoptical Foundation told RT.

To become law in Poland, ACTA needs the approval of both the Polish and European Parliaments. Nobody knows for sure how long this might take, but protesters say they will continue piling the pressure on the authorities, to stop this from happening.

Prime-minister Tusk is adamant Warsaw will not give in to anti-ACTA “blackmail”. On Friday, he rejected calls from opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski to hold a referendum on the contentious deal. But what was initially a quiet social protest has become politically broader with every rally.

ACTA is an international agreement aimed at protecting intellectual property. It shares similarities with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US, which was shelved by lawmakers last week after a partial blackout by Wikipedia and Google in protest.

The ACTA treaty was negotiated by industrialized countries struggling for ways to fight counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. The US, most of the EU, Australia, Canada, Japan and several other states have signed the deal.

Critics of ACTA accuse the countries of hammering out the agreement in secret and say the deal will limit online freedom of speech.

http://rt.com/news/acta-poland-arif-resignation-931/

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'Lay down your arms!' Anonymous attacks US tear-gas maker

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Hackers have sent a sweet Valentine to an American weapons manufacturer, knocking out its website. The group says it was an act of retaliation for the company’s arming of security forces against pro-democracy protests in Egypt, Bahrain, and the US.

The one-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain seems to have ignited pro-protest feelings in the hackers’ hearts. The Anonymous-aligned activists have accused Combined Systems, a tear-gas maker located in the US, of selling "mad chemical weapons to military and cop shops around the world."

Putting out the company's website, the hackers slammed the producer over alleged war profiteering on demonstrations in Egypt and elsewhere.

"You shot and gassed protesters, running them off public parks in the US. Several dozen died because of your tear gas used in Egypt. Did you think we forgot? Why did you not expect us?" read the statement.

It is unclear if the hackers accuse Combined Systems of selling tear gas to Mubarak’s government or the country’s current ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. However, they accuse the company of working for governments and armies, and as they see it, that is a good enough reason for an attack.

"Combined Systems, lay down your arms: you just lost the game. In the past we have marched on your offices in Jamestown, Pennsylvania: now it is time to march on your websites."

The website for Combined Systems Inc. was down on Tuesday. Messages to the site's administrative staff were not immediately returned ahead of business hours.

In addition to defacing the website, the hackers say they have stolen and published personal information belonging to clients and employees of the company.

The latest attack has been credited by the shady collective as part of both the HackVDay Valentine’s Day rampage and protests commemorating the Bahrain uprising's first anniversary.

Bahraini activists have called for demonstrations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to commemorate the Shiite-dominated protest that erupted last year. At least 40 people have been killed during months of unprecedented political unrest in Bahrain, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings.

http://rt.com/news/hackers-anonymous-war-egypt-259/

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Anonymous vows ‘crusade’ against Israel

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Online collective Anonymous has pledged a “crusade” against Israel. Claiming the country is committing “crimes against humanity” and gearing for “nuclear holocaust”, the group promised a campaign against the Israeli government.

In their statement issued early on Friday, Anonymous accused Israeli leaders of creating false democracy, serving the interests of a “select few” while “trampling the liberties of the masses.” The group said that Israel manipulates public opinion with a combination of “media deception” and “political bribery”.

Addressing the Israeli leaders, Anonymous stated that their “Zionist bigotry” is to blame for killings and displacements, adding that “as the world weeps” they are planning their “next attack”. The group pledged not to allow the attack to happen.

"You label all who refuse to comply with your superstitious demands as anti-Semitic and have taken steps to ensure a nuclear holocaust,” said the Anonymous. “We will not allow you to attack a sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies."

The group promised a three-step campaign against the current government of the country.

These will include “systematically” removing it from the internet and turning Israel into a free state, the third step remaining undisclosed.

However, in announcing the news, Israeli daily Haaretz comforted its readers by saying that the group is far from putting all of its threats into reality. The group previously threatened to attack the Knesset’s website but failed to fulfill the promise.

Still, in one of the recent developments Anonymous did crash the CIA website, which remained down hours after the attack. The group said it did this for “lulz”, meaning “for laughs”.

http://rt.com/news/anonymous-crusade-israel-iran-081/

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Department of Homeland Security website hacked by Anonymous

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Only hours after two of its biggest releases ever, the online collective Anonymous is taking credit for crashing the website of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Shortly before 4 p.m. EST Friday afternoon, the Homeland Security Department’s website, DHS.gov, was taken offline. It was announced on the Web by members of the loose-knit hacktivist collective Anonymous and some claiming allegiance to the group have have taken credit for the attack.

Within minutes, DHS.gov was back up.

The crippling of the DHS website comes on the same day that Anonymous relaunched its FuckFBIFriday campaign. Throughout 2011, the group regularly released information they obtained by infiltrated government computers. After a break in the campaign, the group revisited it early Friday with two rounds of releases.

Earlier in the day, Anonymous released the audio of a conference call between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard in which both organizations discuss Anonymous. The call was conducted this January and the FBI has since confirmed the authenticity of the recording.

Hours later, Anonymous hacked the website for the attorneys of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, a US Marine who was recently on trial for a massacre of Iraqi civilians stemming from a 2005 incident in Haditha, Iraq. Despite admitting his role in orchestrating a raid on two civilian homes and asking his Marines to “shoot first, ask later,” Wuterich was sentenced to no time in jail.

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Super Bowl crackdown: US sacks more than 300 websites

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United States lawmakers insisted that the Stop Online Piracy Act was necessary to thwart copyright crimes on the World Wide Web.

Even after the bill was halted in Congress, however, federal agents have still found the way to shut down more than 300 websites recently. Federal authorities have sacked a 28-year-old Michigan man for operating websites that they say illegally streamed professional sports games on the Internet.

Yonjo Quiroa of Comstock Park, Michigan in the United States was arrested on Wednesday by agents with the Homeland Security Investigations unit. They are charging him with one count of criminal infringement of a copyright for allegedly operating at least nine websites that offered unauthorized Internet streams of live sporting events.

The raid, the latest under the umbrella of a mission dubbed Operation Fake Sweep, is just the most recent event in a series of attempts to keep Americans from illegally broadcasting copyrighted programming. It is also, however, the latest assault on the not-so free World Wide Web.

Quiroa’s arrest comes mere weeks after federal agents coordinated a raid on the home of Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload. Authorities insist that Megaupload’s operation benefited marvelously while infringing on copyright after copyright, preventing musicians and filmmakers from reaping upwards of half a billion dollars in profits. The arrest of Kim Dotcom and subsequent shut-down of Megaupload comes after the Stop Online Piracy Act failed to pass the US Congress, but despite being dropped by American lawmakers, authorities in the States are still free to freeze seemingly any website they wish.

“Even without SOPA having been passed yet, the federal government always had tremendous power to do some of the things that they want to do. So if this is what can occur without SOPA being passed, imagine what can occur after SOPA is passed,” Project PM founder Barrett Brown tells RT.

Authorities say that Operation Fake Sweep led to the shutting down of 307 websites linked to illegal activity relating to professional sports. Many of them, they say, offered consumers a chance to purchase unlicensed, counterfeit sportswear. Only 16 of the hundreds of sites offered services where users could stream live sports events, and feds believe that Quiroa operated nine of them. The US Attorney’s Office says that he made at least $13,000 by selling advertisements on his site.

If convicted, Quiroa faces up to five years in prison.

In New Zealand, Dotcom is still behind bars after being denied bail twice and losing an appeal on Friday. Americans hope to extradite him to the US to charge him with copyright-related offenses in the States, despite being a German citizen residing in New Zealand and operating a service headquartered in Hong Kong.

News of Quiroa’s arrest comes only days before the National Football League’s championship game: this weekend’s Super Bowl. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton says in a statement, "While most people are focusing on whether the Patriots or Giants will win on Sunday, we at ICE have our sights on a different type of victory: defeating the international counterfeiting rings that illegally profit off of this event, the NFL, its players and sports fans."

"In sports, players must abide by rules of the game, and in life, individuals must follow the laws of the land. Our message is simple: abiding by intellectual property rights laws is not optional; it's the law,” adds the director.

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Megaupload is illegal, but buying drugs and guns online is okay?

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Senator Chuck Schumer called it “a certifiable one-stop shop for illegal drugs that represents the most brazen attempt to peddle drugs online that we have ever seen.”

That was eight months ago, and despite a law enforcement investigation, the website Silk Road now offers not just drugs—but illegal firearms as well.

And oh, no no. It’s not just drugs or firearms. There is pornography, pirated DVDs and hacking software too! There are opioids and amphetamines and assault guns galore. And while yes, yes, YES it is highly illegal, the government has yet to figure out how to take down one of the Internet’s most notorious black markets.

RT was one of a handful of outlets to report on Silk Road last year after the seedy underbelly of the Web was exposed. Word that weapons and weed could be purchased with almost no way of law enforcement tracing sellers’ tracks made the website’s user traffic skyrocket and yes, did raise some questions from Senator Schumer and some others. The lawmaker asked for an investigation and alerted the authorities that money was being laundered, drugs were being sold and it was all being conducted over the World Wide Web. Schumer said he alerted the DEA and told the Associated Press back in June, “I'd bet my bottom dollar” that they were trying to get to the bottom of it.

Eight months later though, the Silk Road paved with psilocybin, assault rifles and pirated pornography has yet to see any roadblock.

"Last time you wrote an article about Silk Road, we got a lot of attention, new members, and even some heat from the feds," an administrator from the site tells Gawker. "That was good for us, but we weren't completely ready for it." Since news broke of the Web’s best black market, the site has changed things accordingly. Now in addition to only being able to access it with an anonymity client that covers up data footprints, accounts are necessary to browse the vast collection of cocaine and concealed firearms. The added security step hasn’t deterred traffic, either. The collection of contraband available for sale has only gone up in numbers, and now Silk Road, which uses a crypto-currency called Bitcoin in order to exchange drugs for money, is even hiring.

“Want to work on the cutting edge of online anonymity and security? Want to contribute to an ever growing community? Do you want to be a part of this Revolution?” Silk Road asks web-savvy surfers to answer those questions and apply for the positions of database expert and customer support team member. “If you think you have what it takes, please apply to one of the positions below,” they ask. Applicants are just asked to be hard working, dedicated and ready to work for the Internet’s number one seller of illegal stimulants. The application process for both positions asks interested parties, “What is your drug of choice?”

That doesn’t mean that applicants will get to dip into the vast collection of narcotics that come from all corners of the globe, though. Once travelers on the Silk Road log-in, they barter with bitcoin currency, which fluctuates in value daily, to work out a deal. Bitcoins are bought from a third-party service, exchanged for goods and then a virtual handshake paves the way for the seller to ship seemingly anything across the country — or the world. Both guns and drugs come from all corners of not just the US, but the entire globe. One seller even tells Gawker that of the 100-plus transactions he has participated in, most of them are sent over to Europe. The reason? Strict gun laws that can only be circumvented not with the neighborhood arms dealer, but the Web’s.

"Every single citizen should have enough firepower that the government fears the citizens. The people should not fear the government,” seller “Dbush” tells Gawker.

In the US, however, the government has already shown — especially as of late — what the consequences could be for operating illegally on the Internet. Given the overzealous action that federal authorities took in bringing down the file-sharing site Megaupload, you would think that a black market for both firearms and narcotics would be the number one enemy for the feds. The US government arranged a massive international raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand residence earlier this month, and the proprietor of the site now faces extradition and decades behind bars — for letting customers share music. Silk Road still remains intact, however, and while pirated pornos and the like are abundant here — for purchase, mind you — so is everything else under the sun. In the case of Megaupload, the raid occurred after immense criticism by way of Hollywood over how Congress was doing little to thwart piracy. Perhaps it will take a serious blow to the US government’s drug and gun trade to cause authorities to erect a “Do Not Enter” sign over Silk Road. In the meantime, its registered users on the black market don’t seem to be worried.

If the available supply of items on Silk Road is any indication, the users of the site don’t fear much at all, really. Even after that DEA probe that Schumer swore was happening, a gram of fishscale cocaine, pure MDMA and handguns are all available almost as easy as clicking the “Buy Now” button on eBay’s interface.

And for the less adventurous, seller “BTCpal” is offering up a rare DVD performance of Michael Jackson from a New Zealand tour stop in 1996. For those that want the authentic King of Pop experience, you might need to look elsewhere though. Although the site currently boasts an inventory of nearly 1,900 narcotics for sale, propofol, the drug that did in the “Thriller” star himself, is unavailable for purchase.

For less than a single bitcoin, you can buy a pack of doctor’s notes, however.

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Anonymous is a decentralized network of individuals focused on promoting access to information, free speech, and transparency. The group has made international headlines by exposing The Church of Scientology, supporting anti-corruption movements in Zimbabwe and India, and providing secure platforms for Iranian citizens to criticize their government.

Anonymous Analytics, a faction of Anonymous has moved the issue of transparency from the political level to the corporate level. To this end, we use our unique skill sets to expose companies that practice poor corporate governance and are involved in large-scale fraudulent activities.


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We provide the public with investigative reports exposing corrupt companies. Our team includes analysts, forensic accountants, statisticians, computer experts, and lawyers from various jurisdictions and backgrounds. All information presented in our reports is acquired through legal channels, fact-checked, and vetted thoroughly before release. This is both for the protection of our associates as well as groups/individuals who rely on our work.

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"Anonymous" Enters Securities Analysis: Alleges Hong Kong's HK$ 8.5 Billion Chaoda Is Next Sino Forest

Wondering why you may not have heard of hacking collective Anonymous for a while? Because, as it appears, the ad hoc organization has been busy assembling Anonymous Analytics, a public equity research entity (and we venture to guess focused mostly on the short side) whose motto is "Acquiring information through unconventional means" and follows up with "You should have expected us." Think of them as Muddy Waters on steroids: no regulation, no supervision, no accountability - just pure content, and credibility-driven merit (or, of course, lack thereof): a model which if validated will totally revolutionize the field of public company research. Well, someone who certainly should have expected AnonAnalytics is Chaoda Modern Agriculture, a HK$ 8.5 billion market cap company, or on par with Sino Forest from its pre-fraud days, which as Anon alleges is one of "Hong Kong Exchange’s largest, and longest running frauds." As the below report demonstrates, Anon has presented a serious case to prove just that stunning allegation, and if ultiamtely validated, the outcome for stock longs will be very unpleasant: "Theoretically, Chaoda may be worth HK$0.60 per share (currently Hk$2.50) derived from a blended NAV and DDM approach. However, based on the evidence in this report, as well as information we have decided not to release, we believe Chaoda may face delisting." If proven correct, this report will have an even greater impact on capital markets than Muddy Waters take down of Sino Forest, as it will finally integrate the two formerly completely disparate worlds of hacking and software analysis, opening up a world of very concerning possibilities for the world's public companies.

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Chaoda has an extensive history of deceiving investors and shareholders. Since its IPO, there have been several resignations by auditors, executives, and directors. We provide proof that management has consistently lied about the reasons behind these resignations. We further show that management has time after time misled investors about the Company’s capital requirements. To this end, management has assured shareholders that the company was sufficiently capitalized, only to tap the capital markets – often within several weeks.



Rounds of financing are required because Chaoda is overstating its cash balance, exaggerating its revenue, and falsifying its financial statements. We show that reported revenue numbers make no sense and provide statistical proof as to the improbability of Chaoda’s reported margins.



Much of the money that is raised is transferred out of the Company by management and third parties. These transfers are carried out under the cover of grossly inflated capex spending, and related party transactions. We provide proof that payments made to a ‘major supplier’ owned by the CEO are simply being transferred to a shell company with no business operations and de minimis assets.



Furthermore, we show that the CEO has used shareholder money to invest in risky projects without commensurate returns. One of these projects was a poorly operated orange plantation (Asian Citrus) that even Pepsi Co. found too risky. While this project robbed shareholders of high returns, they enriched the CEO through similar related party transactions.



Finally, we show that Chaoda is paying another fraudulent company to provide it with positive marketing exposure. In a bizarre twist worthy of a mystery novel, this saga involves Nobel laureates and some of the Western world’s most renowned academics.



Theoretically, Chaoda may be worth HK$0.60 per share (currently Hk$2.50) derived from a blended NAV and DDM approach. However, based on the evidence in this report, as well as information we have decided not to release, we believe Chaoda may face delisting.


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Chaoda Modern accused of fraud by online activists Anonymous

Anonymous allege Chaoda management siphoned money out of co

* Anonymous allege Chaoda management siphoned money out of co

* Chaoda facing lawsuit from HK Market Misconduct Tribunal

* Anonymous says to release more reports on corporate fraud

* Anonymous has indirect interest in Chaoda share price falling

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SINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - An online activist group has alleged the management of Chinese fruit and vegetable producer Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) Ltd , already under investigation in Hong Kong for market misconduct, has defrauded the company of more than $400 million.

Anonymous Analytics, which says it is a faction of cyber hacking group Anonymous, has published a 38-page report accusing the company of misleading investors about its cash holdings, capital expenditure, and falsifying its financial statements.

On Monday, before Anonymous published their report, Hong Kong's government confirmed the city's Market Misconduct Tribunal was investigating Chaoda although declined to give any further details. The news of that investigation sent Chaoda shares tumbling more than 26 percent before they were suspended from trade.

Chaoda's shares are already down around 76 percent since late May, when it was accused in Chinese-language Next Magazine of overstating the size of its farmland in Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin and Fujian.

The company denied all of those allegations and brought back some of its own shares after the report caused its stock to drop 22 percent.

In the latest report, Anonymous claimed Chaoda management had siphoned out about 2.3 billion yuan ($360 million) from the company under the guise of capital expenditure.

Anonymous also alleges that Chaoda's main fertilizer supplier, Fujian Chaoda Trading, which Chaoda chairman Kwok Ho has a majority stake in, is in fact a shell company used to smuggle money out of the company.

"Under the cover of inflated capex spending and related party transactions, management has transferred more than $400 million out of Chaoda," the report concluded.

Eric Yip, a spokesman at Chaoda's public relations agency, said the company is looking at the report and may issue a clarification statement later. On Monday, the company said its shares were suspended from trading pending the release of price sensitive information.

A string of Chinese companies listed in North America have been accused of fraud by investors which held short-positions in their stock. This, however, is the first major report of this kind issued on a company listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Anonymous, better known for hacking government and company websites, said it plans to release more reports exposing companies it claims are fraudulent.

Anonymous disclosed that it has an indirect interest in a fall in Chaoda's share price due to short positions held by its "associates, partners, affiliates, consultants, clients, and other related parties".

According to Thomson Reuters data, Blackrock Financial Management Inc held a 4.3 percent stake in the company as of September 14 while Janus Capital Management was recorded on March 22 as having an 8.13 percent holding.

Chaoda, which listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2000, says on its website that it has more than 44,282 hectares of farmland at 31 different production bases across China. It said it grew and sold 2.7 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in 2010. ($1 = 6.389 Chinese Yuan)


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As Robert Cookson and I reported today, Anonymous – the hacktivist group – has made a surprising change in tactics with the launch of Anonymous Analytics, a financial research group.

The group has accused Chaoda Modern Agriculture, one of China’s biggest vegetable producers, of fraud in what the faction says will be the first of many such investigations. It plans both to comb corporate balance sheets itself and solicit WikiLeaks-style submissions from whistleblowers.

As Joseph Menn chronicled in a feature this weekend, it’s the latest indication of how fast Anonymous is evolving, after a spate of arrests over Sony and News International hacking attacks in recent months.

I contacted Anonymous Analytics through their website to find out a bit more.

Financial Times: Why have you decided to look to corporate activism as well as political?

Anonymous Analytics: It’s the logical next step. We think we may have something to contribute here.

FT: Is this move related to the Wall Street “occupation” which Anonymous has supported?

AA: It was inspired by OpOccupyWallStreet and OpEmpireStateRebellion, Operations which other factions of anonymous have backed or promoted. Unfortunately picketing or rallies or threats can have a muted impact. But when you target a company’s share price, suddenly the message gets heard really quick. And it can be very effective.

FT: Do the individuals involved have CFA qualifications or other formal financial training?

AA: That’s entirely possible. Our backgrounds vary, but it’s not something we discuss.

FT: How far do you follow the usual Anonymous way of working in allowing anyone to contribute, without necessarily knowing who they are?

AA: Generally, we try to stay small. It’s easier to move on information, and it’s a small house to keep in check. If we really need something outside the scope of our expertise, we outsource piecemeal work. We are doing everything legally. The last thing we need is focus on our methods rather than our work.

FT: You’ve started in China – will that be the main geographic focus of your investigations?

AA: No. But there are several reasons we chose to start with China. First, there are an asymmetric number of frauds coming out of China. When you have a country that’s growing at a reported 10% clip, you’re also going to get a lot of easy-to-detect frauds. That’s just the nature of the beast.

Second, it’s an issue of money and resources. We don’t have enough of either to start attacking a major Western entity on an effective scale. So we have to start with smaller companies, gather enough resources and expertise, and slowly work our way up the food chain.

We would love to take down the next Madoff, but we have to make sure our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp.

We also hope that our work will encourage individuals who have information, but are either too scared or don’t have the investigative network we have to approach us. We have a secure dropbox on our website for anyone that wants to tip us.

FT: How often can we expect you to publish research?

AA: We have no quota. But when we stop producing clear, serious reports, we’re just going to call it in. No point in sticking around and being irrelevant.

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Eastern Europeans fuel fight for Internet freedoms
February 18, 2012|Vanessa Gera, Associated Press



Eastern Europe’s tradition of political revolt has met the digital age. This time it’s not communists or food shortages fueling fury, but an international copyright treaty that opponents say threatens freedom on the Internet.

A grassroots protest movement erupted last month in Poland and spread quickly across the former Eastern Bloc and beyond. The growing opposition against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has raised questions about the fate of the treaty, which is important to the governments of the United States and other industrialized economies.

There have been street protests across Eastern Europe, attacks on government websites in the Czech Republic and Poland, even a heartfelt apology from a Slovenian ambassador who signed it and then decried her act as “civic carelessness.’’

In a region where people remember being spied upon and controlled by oppressive communist regimes, the treaty has provoked fears of a new surveillance regime.

The pact aims to fight intellectual property theft — like fake Gucci handbags and violations of pharmaceutical patents. But it also targets online piracy — illegal downloads of music, films and software — and calls for measures that critics say would bring surveillance of Internet users.

“Most of the people who have gone to the streets are young and don’t remember communism themselves, but Polish society as an entity remembers,’’ said Jaroslaw Lipszyc, the president of the Modern Poland Foundation, an organization devoted to education and developing an information society.

“In Poland freedom of speech is of special value, and there is a history of fighting for it.’’

Lipszyc, a prominent ACTA opponent, sees his work today as a natural extension of the same struggle for free expression that prompted his own family to illegally print anti-communist essays in their basement during the 1980s.

Eastern European countries, even those now in the European Union, are still much poorer than the West, and among critics are people who fear losing access to free — sometimes illegal — entertainment. With joblessness in Poland at 12.5 percent and the monthly minimum wage at just 1,500 zlotys ($465) pre-tax and average wages at 3,605 zlotys ($1,130), many say they can’t afford 20 zlotys ($6.30) or more for a movie ticket.

“People became furious,’’ said Katarzyna Szymielewicz, director of Poland’s Panoptykon Foundation, which campaigns for privacy rights in a context of modern surveillance and opposes ACTA. “We have a history of rising up against injustice.’’

ACTA went from being an obscure international agreement to a household term in Poland in mid-January when the government said it would sign it within days. Civil rights organizations like Panoptykon were outraged because the government failed to consult with them first.

Szymielewicz said they got word out on Twitter and other social forums, and soon Internet activists in Poland and abroad — some with the group “Anonymous’’ — waged attacks on government websites, including those of the prime minister and parliament, leaving some unreachable for days.

The anger drew on a broader frustration in society, especially among youth, over a lack of jobs and a sense of alienation from the political process.

“This was the last drop that made it a flood,’’ Szymielewicz said. “The Internet is a space of freedom — something people feel really belongs to them — and suddenly the government interferes with this space.’’

Poles and others were also primed to act because many had been following the opposition in the United States to two similar initiatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act — known popularly as SOPA and PIPA. American lawmakers shelved those bills after massive pressure that included a one-day blackout by Wikipedia and other Web giants.

Days later, Poles took to the streets across the country against ACTA — activism that spread to Berlin, Sofia, Bucharest and many other cities where thousands rallied last Saturday. More rallies are planned for Feb. 25.

Opponents are also angry that the treaty was negotiated for almost four years in secret without input from civic rights groups, giving them the impression that it is a backroom deal made on behalf of powerful industries.

The United States and other proponents of ACTA deny that it will be invasive. They argue that protecting intellectual property rights is needed to preserve jobs in innovative and creative industries. The online piracy of movies and music costs U.S. companies billions of dollars every year.

Washington also vows that individuals would not be monitored online and that ACTA would instead target companies that profit from using pirated products like software.

“Civil liberties would not be curtailed,’’ says the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which signed ACTA in October.

But opponents say the agreement is worded so vaguely that it is unclear what would be legal and what not. Some people fear they could be prosecuted for, say, mixing home video footage with a Lady Gaga song and putting it on YouTube to share with friends.

“Because it’s unclear what is allowed, people will limit their creativity,’’ said Anna Mazgal, a 32-year-old Polish civil rights activist. “People could censor themselves out of fear because it’s so vague.’’

Many opponents also fault ACTA for putting commercial values like profit above rights like freedom of expression.

“It’s not surprising that European citizens are taking to the streets in the thousands to protest against an agreement that puts rightsholders’ private economic interests ahead of their fundamental rights,’’ said Gwen Hinze, the international intellectual property director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based group that defends civil liberties on the Internet.

All the uproar has put ACTA’s supporters on the defensive, at least for now.

The agreement has already been signed by the United States, Japan, South Korea and about 20 other countries.

But some governments which have signed it now say they won’t ratify it, including Poland, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The Czech Republic says it needs to analyze the matter before deciding. A key test will come in the summer when the European Parliament will vote on it.

Germany says it supports ACTA as a way of defending intellectual property rights, but has promised to clarify doubts about it before signing it. Thousands protested last Saturday against ACTA across Germany, where data protection has long been a widespread concern and officials have clashed with Internet giants such as Google and Facebook over privacy issues.

The Slovenian ambassador to Japan, who signed it in Tokyo last month on behalf of her nation, later apologized, saying she had not understood at the time how it could limit freedom “on the most significant network in human history.’’

“I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness,’’ Helena Drnovsek Zorko wrote on her blog.

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Associated Press writers Geir Moulson in Berlin and Jovana Gec in Belgrade contributed to this report.

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US sites hacked as objections grow to piracy deal

February 17, 2012|Raphael Satter and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press

Opponents of a controversial global copyright treaty counted three victories Friday as American government websites were hacked and the Eastern European nations of Poland and Slovenia distanced themselves from the deal.

Sites belonging to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumer Protection Week were vandalized by Anonymous, a loose collection of cyber rebels who have helped lead the charge against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.

The hackers replaced the sites with profanity-laced statements and a violent German-language video satirizing the treaty.

At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday the country was abandoning plans to ratify the deal. He said he now sees his earlier support for ACTA as a mistake. “I was wrong,’’ he said at a news conference.

His announcement came after Slovenia’s government also said Friday that it is halting the ratification of ACTA.

“This agreement is obviously not a matter of understanding, but of major misunderstanding,’’ Slovenian Education Minister Radovan Zerjav said.

The developments are bad news for industrialized countries such as the United States, which have pushed ACTA as a way of defending the entertainment industry and luxury goods manufacturers from pirates and counterfeiters. American officials spent years negotiating ACTA in an effort to harmonize intellectual property protection across different countries.

The goal is to help countries fight everything from fake pharmaceuticals to pirated music, but grass-roots activists — many of them in Eastern Europe — have been waging weeks of protests against what they see as moves intended to clamp down on free expression and Internet privacy.

So far around 20 countries have signed up to the deal, a key step before ratification. Four EU countries have now backed away from it — Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic — and its approval at the European Union level appears increasingly uncertain.

Tusk also said Friday that he sent a letter to the European People’s Party, a center-right group in the European Parliament to which his Civic Platform belongs, urging it not to back ACTA in its current form.

Back in the United States, the Trade Commission confirmed that the sites had been compromised, saying in an email that they had been taken down and wouldn’t be brought back “until we’re satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed.’’

Anonymous boasted of stealing a large amount of personal data from Trade Commission employees — including everything from banking statements to dating website information.

The Trade Commission said that while it was still investigating the hack, “the nature of the site limits information that could have been accessed.’’

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Gera reported from Warsaw. Associated Press writer Ali Zerdin contributed to this report from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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oh yeah, these are the kind of people I am going to support and encourage NOT! ... stealing bank account numbers, and personal information from the slaves of the establishments they hack ... that helps "our cause" ... NOT - plastering obscene materials on the website just isn't my style ... they certainly do not have my support and are not "heros" in my estimation ...

To tell you the truth, Anon looks more like CIA than they do a bunch of HS hackers - they have done more to promote "security" on the web than anyone ever could have imagined ... and give the Gov all the proof that they need, to validate their claims that the Internet needs to be "fixed" ... everything they have done so far is for personal noterity ... it hasn't accomplished anything for the cause of freedom ... but it has given a lot of very influencial entities good reason to push Internet control ... as usual the hacker are biting the hand that feeds them - and they aren't going to get away with it ... they are going to spend their lives in jail, for their 15 min of fame that leads to the internet being locked down even more tightly for honest people ... they might as well have shot themselves in the foot ... because they will be "handicapped" for the rest of their lives

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As the species evolves its communication network, machine intelligence begins to eclipse species’ intelligence. Machines of super-intelligence are built that – if not properly managed by the species – can self-evolve at a velocity greater than organic evolution, overtaking the embedded management protocols and allowing machines to dominate the frontiers of science and technology.

When this occurs, the Grand Portal can still be discovered, but the species itself is not sufficiently prepared to assimilate the findings and apply them in service to the formation of new institutions and the transformation of existing ones. When the Grand Portal is revealed solely by machine intelligence, the discovery is hollow and its propagation is typically reserved for the intellectually elite of the species.

The Grand Portal’s discovery is far less significant than the diffusion and propagation of its findings to the species’ educational institutions and planetary scientific class. The discovery holds the promise of the activation of the soul carrier’s sensorial system, which is an intelligence accelerator of significant value to the species.

Species who have both fragmented spiritual identities and deploy particle energy as weapons are among the most resistant to the Grand Portal evidence. Typically the resistance is twofold:

1. Political operatives predict the dawning of the Grand Portal discovery and a stratagem for its concealment is initiated before the discovery can be adequately corroborated and proven irrefutable.

2. When the stratagem to conceal fails and the evidence is distributed to the network, spiritual leaders offer the next wave of resistance by doubting the motivations of those leaders responsible for its discovery, since all or most do not subscribe to the belief systems defined and/or upheld by the spiritual leaders.

The period immediately preceding the discovery of the Grand Portal is the most critical. This episode of time is known as the Attestation Period, the time when critics will rise with full voice and unrestrained reluctance to resist the implications of the Grand Portal because they are aware – dimly as it may be – that massive change undermines their control impulse. It is a time when spiritual leaders and politicians join forces to repel this intricate and complex metaphysical and scientific revelation.

This is why the protocols are so carefully engineered by Lyricus to ensure that the leaders involved in the Grand Portal discovery operate skillfully to ensure that resistance is met with intelligent countermeasures that bring the proof of the human soul to the network in a way that cannot be censored, altered or restrained. The network itself will reveal the human soul in a way that is unimaginable and therefore indefensible.

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Each and every Friday Anonymous will be launching attacks… with the specific purpose of wiping as many corrupt corporate and government systems off our internet.

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Whadda ya do when ya live in a shoe?

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#Anonymous Takes Out the #FTC site in Protest Over #ACTA

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Anonymous has struck government websites again, this time the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumer Protection Week websites. According to the Associated Press, “both sites were replaced with a violent German-language video satirizing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.”



The Pentagon: ¨Computer sabotage can constitute an act of war and opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force."

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

In part, the Pentagon intends its plan as a warning to potential adversaries of the consequences of attacking the U.S. in this way. "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks," said a military official.

One idea gaining momentum at the Pentagon is the notion of "equivalence." If a cyber attack produces the death, damage, destruction or high-level disruption that a traditional military attack would cause, then it would be a candidate for a "use of force" consideration, which could merit retaliation.


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Anonymous is a loosely knit group of very intelligent people all over the world and is growing daily. It's amazing how many people of the younger generation in particular are very computer savvy not to speak of the older generation who have been working with computers for decades, every day people like you and me and they know, "There is no fear underneath where the soul flies". There is no centralized power which is what pisses off the US and English govs in particular, it bamboozles them not knowing where its coming from like they have been doing for years with innocent people and now they are being exposed and made accountable not knowing quite where its coming from. I love it. :wink: :D

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SOPA blackouts inspired protest around the world

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Internet strike worldwide

Millions of Americans responded to the historic SOPA and PIPA blackouts implemented by thousands of websites both large and small Wednesday, but Americans weren't the only ones moved to action.

The whole world was watching, and the whole world chimed in.

On Wednesday, activist website Avaaz, which has a worldwide member base of more than 10 million, asked its members to sign a petition from "concerned global citizens" urging members of Congress to vote against both PIPA and the SOPA.

"The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and work collectively to build the world we all want," the petition read. "We urge you to show true global leadership and do all you can to protect this basic pillar of our democracies worldwide."

PHOTO: Sites gone dark to protest anti-piracy bills
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technol ... otest.html

On Thursday, Avaaz reports that 1.8 million from 141 countries around the world signed its petition. The petition did especially well in Brazil, Spain, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada and Mexico, but people in Jamaica, Morocco and Malaysia also lent their voices.

Here's a breakdown of some of the countries with the most signees.

USA: 211,158

Spain: 136,664

Brazil: 131,662

Germany: 128,523

Britain: 121,333

France: 110,968

Mexico: 107,485

Canada: 101,343

Argentina: 88,726

Netherlands: 29,746

South Africa: 17,953

Even those who have not been inspired to sign petitions are still paying close attention to the debate. The BBC reports that the debate over SOPA and PIPA in Congress and on the Web is being carefully observed in Britain by people who fall on both sides of the issue.

Some bloggers in China, where Internet censorship is the norm, had a more humorous take on the day of protest.

The Relevant Organs, an anonymous Twitter account (presumably) pretending to be the voice of the Chinese Communist Party leadership, quipped: "Don't understand the hoopla over Wikipedia blackout in the U.S. today. We blacked it out here years ago. Where are OUR hugs?"

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technol ... world.html

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Sopa and Pipa protests not over, says Wikipedia

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After a 24-hour blackout, Wikipedia has returned to full working order but declared: "We're not done yet."

The site had blocked its content for 24 hours in protest at proposed anti-piracy legislation in the US.

The encyclopaedia said the site had been viewed 162 million times, with eight million people following instructions to contact politicians.

The protest led to eight US lawmakers withdrawing their support for the proposed bills.

Two of the bill's co-sponsors, Marco Rubio from Florida and Roy Blunt from Missouri, are among those who have withdrawn their support after "legitimate concerns".

But backers of the legislation, led by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), described the action as an "irresponsible" publicity "stunt".

The Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) have caused considerable controversy among internet users and businesses since the plans were proposed in October last year.
'Melted servers'

Wednesday's co-ordinated action was intended to raise the profile of the debate to those outside of the tight-knit technology community - an objective Wikipedia said had been met.

"More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world without free knowledge," the site said.
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"You said no. You shut down Congress's switchboards. You melted their servers.

"From all around the world your messages dominated social media and the news. Millions of people have spoken in defence of a free and open internet."

Elsewhere, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg deemed the occasion worthy enough to post his first tweet in almost three years.

"Tell your congressmen you want them to be pro-internet," he wrote, linking to a longer statement on Facebook.

He continued: "We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development.

"Facebook opposes Sopa and Pipa, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet."

Google, which urged its US visitors to sign a petition against the bills, said more than 4.5 million signatures had been gathered.
Advertising campaign

Supporters of the bill were quick to condemn the actions of the websites. Ex-Senator Chris Dodd, MPAA's chief executive, described the blackouts as an "abuse of power".

Ahead of the day's action, Mr Dodd said: "It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."
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It looks as though the media backers of Sopa and Pipa have lost this round of the battle to Silicon Valley and the web activists.

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Meanwhile, Creative America - a group which represents many big names in the movie business including Disney and Warner Bros - has launched an advertising campaign in the US.

A banner advertisement was shown in New York's Times Square offering advice on "what to do during an internet blackout". It suggested reading books, listening to music or watching a movie.

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, a vocal supporter of Sopa, continued to spar with users on Twitter.

He tweeted: "Seems blogsphere has succeeded in terrorising many senators and congressmen who previously committed. Politicians all the same."
Watching closely

In the UK, the plans around Sopa and Pipa have been keenly watched, particularly by those worried about the effect the measures could have on internet companies in the country.

Peter Bradwell, a campaigner with the Open Rights Group, told the BBC: "It's explicit that [Sopa advocates] want to tackle foreign websites.
Creative America TV campaign picture A television advertising campaign supporting the anti-piracy plans has been launched

"We're concerned about the jurisdiction that gives over the kind of things you or I do on the internet in the UK - and the power that gives US copyright holders over the things that we do here."

Mr Bradwell recounted the comments made by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, who in July last year said he was looking at some anti-piracy measures being discussed in the US.

"Hopefully, what the storm around this has helped do is highlight why we are so concerned about proposals for new website blocking powers.

"I hope it really helps them understand how they shouldn't make policy, and really should drive home some of the complaints that we've been making."
'Startling'

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it did not wish to comment on the protests, nor on the details of Sopa and Pipa.
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Eric Van Der Kleij, chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation, told the BBC: "We know that it is important for UK companies but it is definitely something for the US government. I am watching the situation closely.

"Regarding UK regulation, our position is that we are completely committed to an appropriate regulatory environment that protects rights but does not stifle innovation."

The UK's "digital champion" Martha Lane Fox said the blackout technique was surprising.

"Neutrality and equality of access is one of the fundamental principles of the internet," she told the BBC.

"So (while) I understand the concern that many US companies have about the restrictive Sopa law, blackouts are a startling way to show their frustration."
Constructive debate

Echoing the statements of rights holders in the US, Richard Mollet, chairman of the Publishers Association, criticised the blacked-out websites for not engaging "constructively" in the piracy debate.

"They should say: 'OK, there's a problem with copyright infringement. We, as internet companies, have a role here. What can we do to fulfil that role and help rights holders reduce infringement?'"
Creative America pro-Sopa advertisement Creative America posted an image on Facebook of its advertisement on display in New York's Times Square

He argued that while Wikipedia was a valued resource, it would be more noticeable to the world if rights holders were to switch off their content for a day.

"Think what you would lose.

"If you walked around the streets of America or Britain with no creative content available to you, because rights holders had decided to shut up shop, you would be deprived of the BBC, cinemas, radio, bookstores and so on.

"What's at stake when rogue internet sites are available to people and revenues are deprived is a great deal more than the excellent but nevertheless more limited Wikipedia."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16628143

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Who backs the anti-piracy laws?

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Who supports the anti-online piracy bills in the US Congress, and why?

The two anti-piracy bills being debated in the US Congress have the backing of some of the largest film, television, music recording and book publishing companies and trade associations in the US.

The companies say their industries are under threat from online piracy, and they have turned to the US Congress for protection.

The bill's backers hope the measures in the legislation will stem the tide of piracy.

"It's a non-market strategy for making money," said Scott Ainsworth, a political scientist at the University of Georgia who has studied lobbying.

"Think about a firm that says we can make better widgets and that will make us money, or we can lobby to protect the widgets that we produce from competition, and that will make us money."

The recording industry is one of the most glaring examples of a business stung by illegal online downloading.

In 2010 - after more than a decade of widespread online piracy - retail music sales declined 11% from the year before.

How do the companies go about influencing Congress?

In part, by spending heaps of cash lobbying the US Congress for legislation to enact laws that would punish repeat copyright offenders and bar US-based internet service providers, payment processors and advertisers from doing business with alleged infringers.

Television, film and recording industry companies and trade associations spent $92m (£60m) on lobbying expenses in 2011, including on the online piracy and copyright protection issues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The companies and associations employed 596 lobbyists last year.

It is not possible to break down figures spent lobbying specifically on the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) anti-piracy bills. But the sheer amount indicates the companies and associations were keen to maintain access to the members of Congress and their staffs.

Sopa is currently being debated by the House Judiciary Committee, and Pipa is to be voted on by the Senate later this month.

Who are the lobbyists, and what do they do?

In what is frequently derided as Washington's revolving door, many lobbyists and industry advocates in Washington are former members of Congress or held roles as congressional staff.

Some of those worked on the very congressional committees they now hope to influence.

For instance, one of the chief lobbyists for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), senior executive vice-president Mitch Glazier, is former chief counsel for intellectual property on the House Judiciary Committee.

That committee is currently debating the Sopa legislation. Its chairman is Sopa's chief sponsor, Republican Lamar Smith of Texas.

The Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood's primary advocate in Washington, is led by former Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd.

"The movie industry has a terrific amount of access and good will on both sides of the aisle," said Frank Baumgartner, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who studies lobbying.

"Everyone loves Hollywood, it's a major American source of jobs. They just have a wonderful reputation in Washington."

In meetings with congressmen, senators and their staffs, the lobbyists will recommend provisions they want to see passed into law, and even offer draft legislation written by industry lawyers.

"The term on Capitol Hill is 'we need some language on this'," said Prof Ainsworth.

How do lobbyists win lawmakers to their side?

Communication between lobbyists and lawmakers is not typically made public, but it's a safe bet lobbyists will tout the number of people employed in a particular congressman's district and the economic contribution there.

The US film and sound recording industries employed about 374,000 people in 2010, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service prepared for Democratic Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

For its part, the MPAA says the television and film industries employ 2.2 million people in all 50 states and paid more than $137bn in wages in 2009.

In addition, lobbyists in Washington help lawmakers raise money for their re-election campaigns - and often contribute directly.

For instance, since 1997, the MPAA's campaign finance wing has contributed more than $775,000 to congressional campaigns and political action committees, according to reports from the Federal Election Commission.

Mr Glazier, the RIAA lobbyist, has personally donated more than $40,000 since 2000.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16603870

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