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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Afternoon Links 8/4/2015

I am a victim of my nostalgia. Yesterday, I revived a years-old post in which I provided bloggees with some of the latest Windows activation keys to update the data for Windows 10. I figured I might as well dredge up another bit I had let fall by the wayside; Weekly links! Exciting, I know.

   - Yahoo's ad network and Microsoft Azure's web hosting service were abused to circulate an enormous flood of malicious software. Malwarebytes is being credited with the discovery - which is a little amusing because Malwarebytes has for had their own issues with security for many years. h/t Washington Post

    - Planned Parenthood and a variety of other related organizations were brought offline by a sustained series of DDoS attacks. In what may or may not have been the work of the same group of individuals, someone has claimed they have hacked Planned Parenthood and retrieved an employee list database of some kind or another.
     AFAIK, this sort of thing is new to the abortion debate in the US - honestly the only political debates where this sort of thing typically comes to the fore are "internet" issues surrounding surveillance, cryptocurrency and the like. The "Culture Wars" are fought in city halls, lobbyist offices and in the bank transfers of PACs rather than through data center Meet Me rooms.
    Personally I am interested in finding out if the DDoS was outsourced or if there is, in fact, a pro-life botnet. Will online hooliganism become a part of the political conversation? h/t Rolling Stone

   - The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Muck Rock have partnered to file a butt-load of FOIA requests in order to provide the public with a better understanding of how biometrics is being used by law enforcement and federal government agencies to provide street level, warrantless surveillance of ordinary Americans. h/t Muck Rock

   - In a strange move, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that some provisions of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) “could sweep away important privacy protections” and that proposed legislation “raises privacy and civil liberties concerns.” Apparently Mayorkas found nothing ironic about this statement, while the news outlets who retyped the message for public consumption found it completely normal. h/t Russia Today

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekly Links 3/4/13

Fast Company - The Vatican has selected EMC to source roughly 2.8 Petabytes of storage for a project to digitize the Vatican library, home to over 1 million books.

Business Week - Skype service in China is actively monitored for certain key phrases that are offensive to the state. When a user inputs these phrases, the conversation is forwarded to Chinese intelligence. Skype is currently owned by Microsoft, and in China is partnered with TOM Online to provide service in the region (like India, China requires foreign entities to be minority stake holders with a domestic corporation in order to do business). Microsoft has not responded to requests to clarify the surveillance features in Skype beyond saying that they adhere to Chinese law when operating there. No word yet on whether American users are monitored as well (at this point, I would be more shocked if they were not) - the Chinese program bears striking similarity to the NSA program that became public shortly after 9/11, at least functionally.

Popehat - A disgraced copyright troll from Indiana has relocated to Florida and begun to stir up rumors of practicing law without a license, leading to at least one Florida judge dismissing a suit and claiming during her finding that a fraud had been committed against the court by the appellant / copyright complainant. Subpoenas are beginning to fly, to Wordpress no less, regarding bloggers who have written about the issue (see: Streisand Effect). Note that these particular copyright trolls are not technology companies - they are pornographers. There has been a strange relationship brewing between pornographers and technology patent defenders over the last few years as they are both extremely litigious and responsible for a substantial amount of the recent case law in this area not handled by the RIAA and affiliates.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weekly Links

Isn't it strange that the most successful sites aren't ones that produce content, but rather are gate keepers to the content of others? The phenomenon of network traffic is strangely circular - go to a website, click a link, from that site find a link, click it to find more links to click.

I know you're not hear to read. You are here to CLICK. Well, never let it be said that I don't give my public what it wants. I'll try to make this minor aggregation a weekly event.

Network World - Are the Spam Police Worse Than the Spammers? ("Spoiler Alert" - More so Every Day)
Fierce Telecom - CenturyLink Goes 100G, Puts On Big Boy Pants
Reason Magazine - Manipulating the Media For Fun and Profit

Finally, CEI has brought to magnificent life Leonard Read’s 1958 essay "I, Pencil" - the concise work of genius that lead me to the study of economics - in the form of a beautiful short film. At a time when so many of us find it so difficult to appreciate the power of spontaneous order and creative destruction (because each of us has a grand plan that, if enacted by principled leaders, would solve everything), spare 6 minutes for this. With an open mind Read's ideas just might change your life.

RAT Bastard

Earlier this week, several servers I maintain were targeted by automated attempts to upload a remote access trojan (RAT). The RAT is a simpl...