Dec
18
2012

Instagram Now Has Rights to Sell Your Photos

“Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.” (Cnet) Well, glad I never had an account with them. I had to do some research into this one to make sure it was no Urban Myth, and I unfortunately found out it is true. In a recent blog posting by photo giant Instagram, they basically laid claim to selling full rights […]

Dec
18
2012

Kaspersky freezing computers

So much for Kaspersky being the best computer security out there. I currently use it on all client computers and servers, and it has been great. It uses the least amount of system resources in regards to reliable AV and security out there, but now they have kind of gone down the drain. For the past few years people have had some random freezes, but it was always limited. As of today, I know of […]

Dec
17
2012

Westoboro Baptist Church Hacked By Anonymous

As stated before, Anonymous is a hacktivist group that carries out various attacks through DDoS, hacking, website defacement, and various other methods to try and speak out against internet censorship, surveillance, oppressive governments, and other groups/people. A group attached to the online hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have hacked the Web site of the Westboro Baptist Church in response to plans by the controversial church to picket the funerals of those massacred Friday at a […]

Dec
16
2012

Threat of mass cyberattacks on U.S. banks is real

The wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that hit U.S. banks in October was next-to-nothing compared to what could happen if cybercriminals actually carry through with their plans for next year. Imagine Office Space but on an international level. A few dollars from a few people in each country all around the world a few times a day, and it adds up real quick. According to a report (PDF) released today by McAfee Labs, an impending […]

Dec
14
2012

Internet Censorship Around the World

Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The U.S. and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation International Telecommunications Union. Here is a look at Internet restrictions and availability at selected countries and regions around the world: —NORTH KOREA Internet use is extremely restricted with many of North Korea’s 24 million people unable to […]

Dec
13
2012

Banks’ websites attacked… again

Yet again major international banks were attacked with a basic DDoS. This Distributed Denial of Service attack simply slowed down/blacked out their websites, not personally identifiable information was actually accessed. This is not a new thing, less than two months ago this happened to some of the same banks, primarily Bank of America who has become an easy target for some. A group of hackers calling themselves “al-Qassam Cyber Fighters” again taking responsibility for the […]

Dec
10
2012

Hacking to protect your network?

Not sure this is the greatest idea, apparently big business thinks cybersecurity now means hacking back. So much for the push for “white hat” cybersecurity. A lot of big business now thinks attacking those they think might attack them is the best solution. You know, listening to what the other side says before attacking (if they are protesting), building an intelligent defense network, hiring hackers and paying them decent instead of attacking them, why would they […]

Dec
7
2012

Hunter Moore’s site taken down

The hacktivist movement Anonymous made good on its promise to make life difficult for “revenge porn king” Hunter Moore today (Dec. 6), taking down his new website and apparently stealing and posting his personally identifiable information. Moore’s original site, IsAnyoneUp.com, published nude photos of young men and women, often sent in by angry former lovers, along with links to the subjects’ Facebook pages. Facing legal trouble, Moore shut the site down last year and sold the […]

Dec
4
2012

ITU

A UN agency is trying to calm fears that the internet could be damaged by a conference it is hosting. Government regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai to revise a wide-ranging communications treaty. Google has warned the event threatened the “open internet”, while the EU said the current system worked, adding: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But the agency said action was needed to ensure investment in infrastructure to help more people access the […]

Nov
30
2012

Anonymous Warns Syrian Government

Global hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believed to be aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The blackout is most likely a sign of things to come as well, up to and including a devastating retaliation against the rebels. Syria was plunged into communication darkness on Thursday when Internet connectivity stopped at midday. Land lines and mobile […]

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