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  • These places have the slowest Internet in the country

    h2>Do you think your Internet is slow? That's nothing compared to what these folks are going through. If you live in Chicago, and try to connect via AT&T (T, Tech30) from 4 p.m to 11 p.m., speeds for certain websites and Internet services are basically like dial-up in the 1990s. There are a handful of other examples from researchers at M-Lab, which provides tools to assess Internet performance. In some cases, Internet speeds can be as slow as 0.5 Megabits per second. Take Seattle, where CenturyLink (CTL) customers trying to access particular sites from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. will...
  • FBI Admits 11 Attacks Against Internet, Power Grid Lines In California This Year

    07/04/2015 5:43:57 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 51 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | July 3, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Tuesday, someone broke into an underground vault in Sacramento, and cut several high-capacity internet cables. Nobody knows who this person is or why they did it, but since that time the FBI has revealed that it was not an isolated incident. They’ve been investigating 10 other recent attacks on the internet infrastructure of California, and they seem to be deeply troubled by the vulnerability of these cables. ........................ The article goes on to compare these incidents to similar attacks that happened in Arizona last year, as well as California in 2009. However, they may be missing the bigger picture....
  • Reddit Revolt Flares Again as ‘AMA’ Moderator Sacked the Day After a Disastrous Jesse Jackson Q&A

    07/03/2015 10:41:16 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 14 replies
    Breibart | 2 Jul 2015 | Allum Bokhari
    The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher. High-traffic subreddits dedicated to movies, gaming, videos, history, science and art have been voluntarily locked by their moderators as an act of protest against the decision, which they saw as a symptom of an increasingly overbearing management that takes...
  • Russia Adopts Law Giving Internet Users the 'Right to Be Forgotten'(Bait & Hook)

    07/03/2015 9:20:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Russia's parliament gave its final approval on Friday to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results. The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its third reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten," under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name. Under the new Russian legislation, Internet users will have the right to request the removal of information that is incorrect or "no longer relevant because of subsequent events or actions," TASS news...
  • Verizon Allegedly Built A Fiber Optic Cable To Give The Feds Access To Communications

    06/11/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 10, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    For years Americans' right to privacy, as granted by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has come under threat as the country's surveillance systems have grown. After intelligence leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, however, the NSA's domestic dragnet is finally getting the attention that many people feel it deserves.
  • FBI Looks Into Fiber-Optic Vandalism in Northern California

    07/01/2015 10:23:58 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 17 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 1, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The latest snips occurred Tuesday, when someone sliced at least three fiber-optic cables in an underground vault in Alameda County east of San Francisco. The cuts disrupted Internet and phone service around Sacramento for 20 hours before service was restored.
  • Vandals sever another Internet backbone cable in California

    07/01/2015 3:46:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | janes Niccolai
    Someone hacked through yet another fiber optic cable in the San Francisco Bay area early Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of incidents that have disrupted Internet traffic and vexed law enforcement officials. The latest attack occurred at around 4.30 am Pacific Time near the town of Livermore, about 50 miles east of San Francisco. Someone climbed down a manhole cover there and cut through several fiber optic cables, according to several reports. The FBI is investigating. The cables are operated by backbone providers such as Level 3 Communications, which sell capacity to other cable and Internet providers. The cables carry...
  • Deprecating Secure Sockets Layer Version 3.0 (RFC 7568)

    06/30/2015 8:21:27 PM PDT · by zeugma · 32 replies
    Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) ^ | 06/2015 | R. Barnes et.al.
    A post for the computer techies on the site Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Barnes Request for Comments: 7568 M. Thomson Updates: 5246 Mozilla Category: Standards Track A. Pironti ISSN: 2070-1721 INRIA A. Langley Google June 2015 Deprecating Secure Sockets Layer Version 3.0 Abstract The Secure Sockets Layer version 3.0 (SSLv3), as specified in RFC 6101, is not sufficiently secure. This document requires that SSLv3 not be used. The replacement versions, in particular, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 (RFC 5246), are considerably more secure and capable protocols. This document updates the backward compatibility section of RFC 5246 and its...
  • Lifeline is Pathway to First Class, Digital Citizenship

    06/24/2015 10:59:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Informer ^ | June 24, 2015 | Nicol E. Turner-Lee
    Millions of low-income Americans will soon be able to access the Internet as part of the Lifeline program. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for its oversight, wants to add broadband to its suite of services. Established in 1985, Lifeline provides a discount on traditional phone services for eligible consumers, giving them the ability to connect to jobs, family members and emergency services. The program was updated to include wireless phone services in 2005, and the move to now include broadband for people to access the Internet reflects our changing communications ecosystem. Yet this month’s efforts by...
  • Gmail's 'Undo Send' option is now out of beta

    06/24/2015 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Sopater · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Kristofer Wouk
    t's something that has happened to all of us: you finish an email, hit send, and suddenly realize that you've made a typo or spelled the recipient's name wrong. Or you were much too angry when you wrote it. For Gmail users there has been a quiet and until-now-unadvertised fix for this, known as the "Undo Send" feature. The feature does exactly what its name implies: it lets you un-send an email for a short while after sending. Of course, it isn't reaching out and snatching the email back -- it just holds the email for a brief period sufficient...
  • Suspect in Attacks on Asian Women in Manhattan Found Dead of Apparent Suicide: Sources (Black Blogge

    06/23/2015 6:42:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    He seemed so stable, it’s a wonder how he wasn’t working for Media Matters. Curiously, like South Carolina killer Dylann Roof, he aspired to start a civil war. The suspect wanted in a string of recent attacks on Asian women in Manhattan has been found dead of an apparent suicide inside a basement on the Upper East Side, law enforcement sources said. The suspect, 25-year-old Tyrell Shaw, apparently hanged himself and was found in an elevator shaft on the 700 block of Madison Avenue, according to the sources. The body was positively identified as Shaw’s. What a shame. The writer...
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/20/2015 11:12:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    Kernel Mag — The Early Internet ^ | March 22nd, 2015 | By Jeff Keacher
    Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: There’s a thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world. So it was with my first “real” computer, my Mac Plus, when I decided to bring it forward three decades and introduce it to the modern Web. It’s a lowly machine, my Mac. The specs pale in comparison to even my Kindle: 8 MHz CPU, 4 MB RAM, 50 MB hard drive, and 512 x 384 pixel black-and-white screen. My current desktop PC is on the order of 200,000 times faster—not even including the GPU. Still, that Mac Plus...
  • FCC votes to subsidize broadband connections for low-income households

    06/18/2015 9:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    BetaNews ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mark Wilson
    Today the FCC voted in favor of updating its Lifeline program to include broadband. This would mean that households surviving on low incomes would be able to receive help paying for a broadband connection. It might not be as important as electricity or water, but having a broadband connection is seen as being all but essential these days. From helping with education and job hunting, to allowing for home working, the ability to get online is seen as so vital by some that there have been calls for it to be classed as a utility. The Lifeline program has been...
  • Cruz Twitter Rally smashes through to 1.1 billion impressions

    06/16/2015 3:24:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz and his supporters are taking over the world of social media, the latest example being a "Twitter Rally" for the GOP presidential candidate that sent tweets to 1.1 billion followers. It occurred midnight Monday when the independent grassroots support group "Cruz Control" blasted out nearly 75,000 tweets on the candidate's behalf under the #CruzCrew hashtag. The rally started with a blast of 5,557 tweets and touched on the Texan's "extensive knowledge of the Constitution, his support for the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, and his steadfast opposition to Obamacare and Common Core," said a spokesman, who added, "Other...
  • Western Firms Caught Off Guard as Chinese Shoppers Flock to Web

    06/16/2015 12:30:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2015 5:30 a.m. | Laurie Burkitt, Peter Evans
    After enjoying nearly three decades of steady growth in its China business, Unilever PLC last year watched sales fall off a cliff. The maker of Dove soap, Lux shampoo and Comfort fabric softener warned in October of a 20% drop in its third-quarter China sales. The next quarter, the company announced another 20% fall. Unilever blamed a slowing Chinese economy and a pullback by shoppers. But a close look at retailing trends in China suggests Unilever was also feeling the pain of the migration of hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers to online shopping. Unilever wasn’t the only Western company...
  • Duqu 2.0 malware buried into Windows PCs using stolen Foxconn certs (Signed by Chinese factory)

    06/15/2015 8:24:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | June 15, 2015 | John Leyden
    The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is more crafty than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple, and Sony. The code-signing was uncovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, who are studying their Duqu 2.0 infection. Windows trusts Foxconn-signed code because the Chinese goliath's certificate was issued by VeriSign, which is a trusted certificate root. Thus, the operating system will happily load and run the Foxconn-signed Duqu 2.0's 64-bit kernel-level driver without setting...
  • Glenn Reynolds: What if Pearl Harbor happened and nobody noticed? (China's big cyber-war win)

    06/15/2015 12:36:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    USA Today | June 14, 2015 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/06/14/federal-records-hack-china-pearl-harbor-column/71210018/
  • Google testing the waters in Cuba

    06/14/2015 8:02:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/13/15 | Nancy Scola
    A Google executive is headed to Cuba this weekend to explore bringing better Internet access to the island, and the search giant has made a related proposal to the Cuban government, according to a State Department official. It’s the latest sign that U.S. tech companies are testing the seriousness of Cuba’s interest in opening up to outside investment after President Barack Obama’s announcement of a historic thaw in relations and the Raúl Castro-led government’s recent pledge to bring Internet access to all Cubans by 2020. n Cuba today, only about five percent of the population has Internet access, and cellphone...
  • The Fraud-Riddled 'Obamaphone' Program Is Coming to the Internet

    06/12/2015 2:47:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/11/2015 | John Merline
    Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a plan to add Internet access subsidies to its current $1.7 billion wireless phone subsidy program, called Lifeline. This comes in the wake of two federal audits that show a negligent lack of accountability in the existing program, as well as news reports of widespread fraud and abuse.
  • Hack the vote: Cyber experts say ballot machines easy targets

    06/11/2015 3:19:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    The recent cyber theft of millions of personnel records from the federal government was sophisticated and potentially crippling, but hackers with just rudimentary skills could easily do even more damage by targeting voting machines, according to security experts. In many cases, even the electronic ballots could be manipulated remotely, according to a new report. The report found that the AVS WINVote machines Virginia has used since 2002 have such flimsy security that an amateur hacker could change votes from outside a polling location. “This means anyone could have broken into the machines from the parking lot,” said Cris Thomas, a...
  • Union: Hackers Have Personnel Data on Every Federal Employee

    06/11/2015 1:06:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 11, 2015 | By KEN DILANIAN
    Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, charging that the cyberattack on U.S. employee data is far worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged. J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, said in a letter to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on OPM's internal briefings, the hackers stole military records and veterans' status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; age, gender, race data. "Based on the sketchy information OPM has provided, we believe that the...
  • What's Your Favorite Meme?

    06/11/2015 10:43:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 112 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 6/11 | Kaila Hale-Stern
    You know you have one. I’m going to be examining a range of the weird, cool, strange, funny, terrible stuff the internet produces for Gizmodo. Sometimes these creations can skew controversial; but memes as most conceive of them — defined as “a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users” — are often politically neutral. At their best, they’re hilarious. So let’s have ourselves a meme party. My favorite meme is “Condescending Wonka” followed by “The Most Interesting Man In The World.” Old, but still golden. They’re my...
  • Woman pays Angie's List contractor more than $20,000, work never completed

    06/11/2015 6:08:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    WBTV-TV ^ | 6/3/15
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte woman called On Your Side Investigates for help after she paid a local contractor thousands of dollars for work on her house that wasn't completed. Tanza Boller recently bought a house for her and her two children with the intention of fixing it up. She said she wanted to find someone she could trust, so she used Angie's List to help find a company to do the work.
  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 10, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The stunning leak of nude and intimate photos of scores of celebrities may reach far wider than was previously known, involving the breach of almost 600 online storage accounts, according to unsealed federal court documents. The "Celebgate" hack resulted in the posting on Aug. 31 of almost 500 purported photos of Hollywood stars, models and other celebrities — including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo — to the Wild West-like Internet forum 4chan, from which they quickly spread. Apple Inc. confirmed the next day that the photos were obtained through a "targeted...
  • Browser history: Obstruction of justice? Wiping Internet tracks is Obstruction

    06/10/2015 6:07:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 6-8-15 | Linsey Bald
    Can you be slapped with obstruction of justice for wiping clean your browser history? Yep, says the Feds. If you are in the habit of clearing your online tracks – as many do – a federal law on the books since 2002, meant to apply legal pressure on corporations under investigation, can be rolled out and used as leverage to charge individuals. Think Enron as the target, but Joe Internet user in the scope. Writes AOL.com: “Many Internet users delete their browser history and clear their cache and cookies without thinking twice about it… But the recent Boston Marathon bombing...
  • Justice Dept. subpoenas Reason Magazine to find anonymous commenters. Internet implodes

    06/10/2015 5:18:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The Libertarians are up in arms this week after the Justice Department served subpoenas to Nick Gillespie’s Reason Magazine over comments left on their web site by anonymous readers. The commentariat buzz in question erupted over an article dealing with the life sentence imposed on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. This has prompted some outraged cries from observers such as Bloomberg contributor (and former Reason editor) Virginia Postrel, who described the move as stomping on free speech. Powerline’s Steven Hayward (coincidentally also a former contributor to Reason) wonders aloud whether the Justice Department attorneys are just stupid or possibly...
  • Clearing your browser history can be deemed 'obstruction of justice' in the U.S.

    06/09/2015 4:34:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    CBC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Lauren O'Neil
    Next week, a 24-year-old man who knew Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev is scheduled to appear in U.S. Federal Court for sentencing on obstruction of justice charges related to the 2013 attacks. Khairullozhon Matanov, a former taxi driver, did not participate in or have any prior knowledge of the bombings, according to U.S. authorities. What could land him 20 more years in prison — where he has been since his arrest — are the charges that he deleted video files from his computer and cleared his browser history in the days following the attacks. A Grand Jury indictment...
  • Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters...at Reason.com

    06/08/2015 5:26:46 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 33 replies
    Popehat ^ | June 8, 2015 | Ken White
    The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ is targeting Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery. Why is the government using its vast power to identify these obnoxious asshats, and not the other tens of thousands who plague the internet? Because these twerps mouthed off about a judge. Last week, a source provided me with a federal grand jury subpoena. The subpoena1, issued...
  • The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

    06/08/2015 8:16:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 06/07/15 | Natasha Lomas
    A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers. The report authors’ argue it’s this sense of resignation that is resulting in data tradeoffs taking place — rather than consumers performing careful cost-benefit analysis to weigh up the pros and cons of giving up...
  • Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage

    06/08/2015 5:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage by AWR Hawkins 7 Jun 2015 On June 1 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda.” The gun control measures contained therein which were to be passed by executive fiat. Since that time Representatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4th) have placed riders on a DOJ appropriations bill to stop portions of the executive gun control push in its tracks. Now the NRA-ILA is revealing that the Obama administration is working behind the scenes to stifle reporting on firearms. From the NRA-ILA: Even as news reports have been highlighting...
  • The Agency

    06/07/2015 3:07:19 PM PDT · by No One Special · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Adrian Chen
    Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message. “Toxic fume hazard warning in this area until 1:30 PM,” the message read. “Take Shelter. Check Local Media and columbiachemical.com.” St. Mary Parish is home to many processing plants for chemicals and natural gas, and keeping track of dangerous accidents at those plants is Arthur’s job. But he hadn’t heard of any chemical release that morning. In fact, he hadn’t even...
  • You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

    06/07/2015 9:46:26 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 80 replies
    The Nation ^ | June 2, 2015 | Juliana DeVries
    Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that they’d had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose idea it was to have dinner, lied about when exactly he had looked at the Tsarnaevs’...
  • ISIS exploits social media to make inroads in U.S.

    06/04/2015 9:19:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu June 4, 2015 | Ray Sanchez
    Hours before his fatal encounter with anti-terrorism officers, Usaamah Rahim told an associate he was switching from plans to behead a conservative blogger to assaults on the "boys in blue." Rahim, who officials believe was radicalized by ISIS, referred to his planned act of jihad against police officers in coded language -- "going on vacation," he said, according to an FBI affidavit. The 26-year-old security guard's so-called vacation ended in a hail of bullets Tuesday. FBI and Boston police officers tailing him suspected he was about to launch an attack. An associate, David Wright, 25, was arrested and charged with...
  • KFC Sues Chinese Companies for Online Rumors About Its Food

    06/04/2015 9:30:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The case filed by China's biggest restaurant operator comes as the government intensifies a campaign to clean up rumors on social media. Internet marketers have been convicted of trying to manipulate online sentiment on behalf of clients by posting false information about competitors or deleting critical posts. In an announcement posted on its Chinese website, KFC said one of the best-known fake rumors was that chickens used by the...
  • Thousands duped into showing boobs online

    06/04/2015 6:21:38 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 51 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 4th June 2015 | Alix Culbertson
    'WOMEN bearing their breasts to the world have been duped after it was revealed the social media trend has nothing to do with charity.'
  • Soldier in Russia's Troll Army Sues Her Ex-Employer

    06/04/2015 3:05:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | Anna Dolgov
    A former Internet "troll" who had been hired to promote political views online is suing her former employer in an attempt to draw attention to Russia's "information war" technologies, a news report said Friday. The grounds for the lawsuit filed by Lyudmila Savchuk, which is expected to be heard by a St. Petersburg city court next month, is the employer's failure to provide any labor contract or other paperwork supporting her hiring and eventual dismissal, Kommersant reported. Savchuk said she was fired after speaking to the media about her employer, Internet Research, which she described as part of Russia's "troll...
  • DOJ COLLECTING YOUR ‘RIGHT-WING’ SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

    06/01/2015 8:31:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.1.15 | Emily Zanotti
    One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA's massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it's ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it....
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are winning the 2016 social media race

    05/28/2015 6:04:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | May 28, 2015 | Meghan DeMaria
    A new study from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management found that, at least by social media standards, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are leading the 2016 presidential race. The report looked at how well candidates' campaigns fared by comparing the popularity of candidates' names and websites, as well as what words are shared in conjunction with candidates' names. Of all declared 2016 presidential hopefuls' websites, Hillary Clinton's campaign website received the most shares, with 4.8 million social media and news mentions. And it wasn't just the number of times her campaign was mentioned that was significant: Clinton's...
  • 'Obamaphone' fight pivots to Internet

    05/28/2015 11:21:45 AM PDT · by magellan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/28/15 | Brooks Boliek
    The FCC is readying a proposal to extend the controversial subsidy program to broadband.Conservatives have reserved their worst epithet for the Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service to low-income families: "Obamaphone." Liberals call it a vital source of empowerment for the poor. Now the Federal Communications Commission is readying a proposal to extend the subsidies to the Internet, setting up a new battle with Republicans who already want to shut down the effort.
  • Kerry Calls for Stricter Government Regulation of Internet [semi-satire]

    05/26/2015 10:58:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2015 | John Semmens
    In a speech in South Korea US Secretary of State John Kerry called for government to play a bigger role in what goes on the Internet. Kerry advised that “we take a lesson from what’s going on in North Korea. Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with the way Kim is governing his country, but that doesn’t mean everything he’s doing is a mistake.” “A key positive in Kim’s policies is the government’s larger role in filtering what the citizens of North Korea can see and hear from the Internet,” the Secretary maintained. “Antisocial content that could undermine...
  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

    05/25/2015 4:57:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    Physics World ^ | 05/25/2015 | Ker Than
    An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines.
  • Google Puts White House Blunder on 'Racist Web Users'(Search For N***** Home Returns White House)

    05/23/2015 2:14:12 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Business Standard ^ | May 22, 2015 | ANI
    Original Title:Google puts White House blunder blame on 'racist web users Google has identified the culprit behind the White House showing as "n***a house" screw up, and it turns out it's not them, it's you. According to the tech giant's spokesperson, if an internet user was racist and frequently used such words on the Internet, the map search results will show such words, as their ranking systems were designed to return results that match a person's query, TMZ.com reported. In short it means that apparently a lot people have calling President Obama's residence as the "n***a house." However, Google added...
  • Community Builders

    05/22/2015 4:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    In Genesis 2:18, God says, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." Thus, he creates the woman, making mankind male and female. Whether one takes the story of Genesis literally, as I do, or as a metaphor, the essential point is clear and objectively true. Mankind is a relational being and requires community and companionship. The actions of the individual affect the community. The point was made clear in 1624 when John Donne wrote his Meditation XVII and the line "no man is an island" flowed from his...
  • Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users (Adult Friend Finder)

    05/22/2015 4:07:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Belfast's News Channel 4 ^ | May 21, 2015 | Geoff White
    Hackers have struck one of the world's largest internet dating websites, leaking the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users onto the web. The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers. Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called "dark web"...
  • Public outcry forces FEC Democrats to junk bid to regulate Internet, Drudge

    05/21/2015 2:35:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation."I wanted to make clear that I was...
  • Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

    05/20/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    ITworld.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them. The vulnerability is located in a service called NetUSB, which lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet via IP (Internet Protocol). The shared devices can be printers, webcams, thumb drives, external hard disks and more. NetUSB is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems, such as routers, as a kernel driver. The driver is developed by Taiwan-based KCodes Technology. Once enabled, it opens a server that listens on TCP...
  • Obama joins Twitter. Racism quickly follows.

    05/19/2015 9:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart
    There are moments when I come thisclose to quitting Twitter. The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people. To the uninitiated, the torrent of bigotry can leave you feeling violated. Even the most seasoned, battle-scarred, seen-it-all, canÂ’t-nuthinÂ’-shock-me individual will be left O-o by the filth in his or her Twitter feed. A story I just read by David Badash at thenewcivilrightsmovement.com about the welcome President Obama got upon joining Twitter left...
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly'

    05/18/2015 12:26:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 70 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/18/2015 | By DANIEL HALPER
    n a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet. "As I’ve mentioned, the basic rules of international law apply in cyberspace. Acts of aggression are not permissible. And countries that are hurt...