Sunday, May 31, 2009
Remember : Technological Advances are meant to improve the quality of all people's lives ; housed or houseless.~~ posted from Blackberry by technopolitical~~
"On Streets and on Facebook, Homeless Stay Wired"
May 31, 2009
Like most San Franciscans, Charles Pitts is wired. Mr. Pitts, who is 37 years old, has accounts on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. He runs an Internet forum on Yahoo, reads news online and keeps in touch with friends via email. The tough part is managing this digital lifestyle from his residence under a highway bridge. "You don't need a TV. You don't need a radio. You don't even need a newspaper," says Mr. Pitts, an aspiring poet in a purple cap and yellow fleece jacket, who says he has been homeless for two years. "But you need the Internet.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
"CYBERWAR: Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for the United States."
By CHRISTOPHER DREW and JOHN MARKOFF
May 31, 2009
MELBOURNE, Fla. - The government's urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts.
The exotic nature of the work, coupled with the deep recession, is enabling the companies to attract top young talent that once would have gone to Silicon Valley. And the race to develop weapons that defend against, or initiate, computer attacks has given rise to thousands of "hacker soldiers" within the Pentagon who can blend the new capabilities into the nation's war planning.Nearly all of the largest military companies - including Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon - have major cyber contracts with the military and intelligence agencies.
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By DAVID E. SANGER and JOHN MARKOFF
New York Times
Published: May 30, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Obama declared Friday that the country's disparate efforts to "deter, prevent, detect and defend" against cyberattacks would now be run out of the White House, but he also promised that he would bar the federal government from regular monitoring of "private-sector networks" and the Internet traffic that has become the backbone of American communications.
Mr. Obama's speech, which was accompanied by the release of a long-awaited new government strategy, was an effort to balance the United States' response to a rising security threat with concerns - echoing back to the debates on wiretapping without warrants in the Bush years - that the government would be regularly dipping into Internet traffic that knew no national boundaries.
But in the world of Cyber Warfare, Cyber Crime and etc, who actually is in "control" of the Internet is serious political drama- with real world consequences.~~
~posted from blackbery by technopolitcal ~~
By Lolita C. Baldor
WASHINGTON - The digital battlefield is proving to be difficult terrain for President Barack Obama.As he unveiled his plan Friday to make the nation's computer networks more secure, he fulfilled a campaign pledge to make cyber security a top priority.
But he fell short on another promise to create a cyber adviser "who will report directly to me."Ten months ago, candidate Obama told a Purdue University audience that he "will make cyber security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century."
He went on to pledge that he would coordinate efforts across government, implement a national policy, tighten standards to make information more secure, and bring together government, industry and academia "to determine the best ways to guard the infrastructure that supports our power.
On Friday, Obama took the first step toward making that far-reaching promise a reality.
But it remains unclear whether the structure he is creating will be capable and powerful enough to take on an enduring and monumental task.
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Monday, May 25, 2009
And as we see below even though Hillary Clinton lost, her email list still lives and prospers~~
~~posted from blackberry by TechnoPolitical~~.
Clinton’s online mint isn’t even considered the best in its class. There are a handful of other lists, in both parties, that are thought to be either equal or even more potent.Using the criteria used by political pros to assess the value of these emails lists—size, freshness, comprehensiveness (does it include addresses, land lines, cell phone numbers or donation data?), open rates (what percentage of emails in a given send get opened), click-throughs (how many links are activated), actions and donations (how many emails result in a contribution or a letter to member of Congress) as well as intangibles like buzz and list managers’ skills—here is POLITICO’s ranking of the top five most potent email lists in politics
Monday, May 18, 2009
so i just could not resit posting this ,
even though it is more techno , than political --
but its BaseBall and that is all that really counts.
It is also really very interesting.~~`
Major League Baseball awarded geolocation patent
- By Ben Klayman - Fri May 15, 2009 5:41PM EDT
Major League Baseball has won a patent for technology that blocked certain fans from viewing local games online, and it may open the door for the U.S. sports league to profit by licensing it to media companies.
Baseball's advanced media business was awarded a U.S. patent last month for online geolocation technology, a system that uses two or more electronic methods (such as wireless and satellite) to pinpoint the geographic location of a subscriber, the sports league said in a statement late Thursday.
The sports league filed for the patent, its first, in 2004 as a way of excluding certain fans from watching its games streamed live online.
MLB wanted to block reception of games in a subscriber's local market as a way of protecting the hundreds of millions of dollars its 30 clubs receive in rights fees from such regional sports networks as the New York Yankees' YES or Boston Red Sox's NESN.
"This was a clear example where necessity really was the mother of invention," Bob Bowman, chief executive of baseball's advanced media arm, said Friday in a telephone interview.
Baseball now could approach any company using multiple geolocation technologies to determine a subscriber's location and ask for a licensing fee, analysts said. The other options would be for those companies to try to work around baseball's patent or challenge it in court.http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090515/tc_nm/us_baseball_patent
Most Attacks Come from Legit but Hijacked Sites
Web attacks are routinely hosted by actual sites infected and acting as zombies, security firm warns.
John E. Dunn, Techworld.com
Data taken from the days between May 4 and 8 showed that 84.6 percent of Websites blocked by the company for hosting malicious content were 'well-established' domains that have been around for a year or more.
During the same period, 10.2 percent of blocked domains were less than a year old and only 3.1 percent were less than a week old.
At first glance this, this runs counter to the assumption that malicious Websites more commonly exist for only days or hours in some cases, the better to avoid detection and filtering. This is termed "fast-fluxing," cycling websites through a maze of bogus sub-domains.
However, according to MessageLabs, the likely explanation is that a move to genuine domains means that the fast-fluxing has now migrated to use a different part of the domain tree.
"The bad guys will compromise the DNS and add sub-domains," said MessageLabs' Paul Wood. The recent figure represented a high mark, admitted Wood, but still represented a gathering storm.
"People need to be extra vigilant and understand that even sites they know and trust can be compromised through attacks such as SQL injection attacks, while businesses need to ensure they take the necessary precautions to block all the latest malicious sites," said Wood.
"With the ever advancing world of cybercrime, nothing can be taken at face value."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Army forces were under attack. Communications were down, and the chain of command was broken.
Pacing a makeshift bunker whose entrance was camouflaged with netting, the young man in battle fatigues barked at his comrades: “They are flooding the e-mail server. Block it. I’ll take the heat for it.”
These are the war games at West Point, at least last month, when a team of cadets spent four days struggling around the clock to establish a computer network and keep it operating while hackers from the National Security Agency in Maryland tried to infiltrate it with methods that an enemy might use. The N.S.A. made the cadets’ task more difficult by planting viruses on some of the equipment, just as real-world hackers have done on millions of computers around the world.
For old-fashioned detectives, the problem was always acquiring information. For the cybersleuth, hunting evidence in the data tangle of the Internet, the problem is different. “The holy grail is how can you distinguish between information which is garbage and information which is valuable?” said Rafal Rohozinski, aUniversity of Cambridge-trained social scientist involved in computer security issues.
For old-fashioned detectives, the problem was always acquiring information. For the cybersleuth, hunting evidence in the data tangle of the Internet, the problem is different.
“The holy grail is how can you distinguish between information which is garbage and information which is valuable?” said Rafal Rohozinski, aUniversity of Cambridge-trained social scientist involved in computer security issues.
from the watching-you dept.
Friday, May 8, 2009
UC Berkeley computers hacked, 160,000 at risk
Thursday, May 7, 2009
“Technology has profoundly impacted how — and where — we all consume information and communicate with one another,” the White House blog noted in a post titled “WhiteHouse 2.0.” It added, “WhiteHouse.gov is an important part of the administration’s effort to use the Internet to reach the public quickly and effectively — but it isn’t the only place.”
Pentagon girds for cyber warfare
Attacks from well-funded nations, terror groups are biggest threats
Even though it is now not
a secret that it is a secret,
as it is
over the Internet.
Just try making small talk in the elevator
---- z n o o z e ~~ y a w n ~~
"IP Enforcement Treaty Still Being Kept Secret"http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/05/06/2148217&from=rss
from the in-the-spirit-of-openness- dept.
The EFF and Public Knowledge filed suit in September of 2008, demanding that background documents on ACTA be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). "We are very disappointed with the USTR's decision to continue to withhold these documents The president promised an open and transparent administration," said EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel.
Publicly available information about the treaty shows it could establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise of anti-counterfeiting measures. Additionally, multi-national IP industry companies have publicly requested that ISPs be required to engage in filtering of their customers' Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, force mandatory disclosure of personal information about alleged copyright infringers, and adopt 'Three Strikes' policies requiring ISPs to automatically terminate customers' Internet access upon a repeat allegation of copyright infringement.
'What we've seen tends to confirm that the substance of ACTA remains a grave concern,' said Public Knowledge Staff Attorney Sherwin Siy. '
The agreement increasingly looks like an attempt by Hollywood and the content industries to perform an end-run around national legislatures and public international forums to advance an aggressive, radical change in the way that copyright and trademark laws are enforced.'"
Because Hemp -- whether Industrial
is a modern natural solution to
many economic woes ,
To have a natural un-adulterated
plant ILLEGAL is insane.
Part of technological maturity
best use what nature
Hemp is woven
Hemp is the strongest natural
The USA legalized
in "World War Two" with
"Hemp for victory"
as it was the
for many military uses during WWII.
Also , ever wonder where the name
"Hempstead" came from ?
The TERMINATOR is correct here.
This issue needs public debate !
Schwarzenegger Urges a Study on Legalizing Marijuana Usehttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/us/07arnold.html?_r=1&hpw
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that the discussion over whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use in California would benefit from a large-scale study, including international case comparisons, to show the possible impact of such a change.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Use care online, update your anti-virus and spam-ware regularly.
Do not visit stupid websites that load these viruses. ~~~~
Technology Reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley
Page last updated at 09:03 GMT, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 10:03 UK
Twelve million computers have been hijacked by cyber-criminals and detected by security vendor McAfree since January, the firm has said.
It reports there has been a 50% increase in the number of detected so-called "zombie" computers since 2008.
The true number of newly-hijacked PCs is likely to be higher than those detected by McAfee alone.
The figures come as a report from Deloitte said a global approach to cyber-security is needed.
"Doing nothing is not an option," said Deloitte's Greg Pellegrino.
One for those of you
who want to understand how online rip-offs happen.
( Beside the crazy over-charges from our ISPs
for hi-speed bandwidth we never really get.)
Which I really do not any more. Simply too many virus bugs in cyberspace, and too much data on my computer that I value.
FAQ: Demystifying ID fraudhttp://m.news.com/2166-12_3-10233216-83.html
How does the data get stolen from my computer?
There are many ways sensitive data can be pried out of computer users. In a typical social-engineering phishing attack, a consumer opens an e-mail that looks like it was sent by the consumer's bank, Amazon, PayPal, or some other trusted source. With a bogus excuse, such as suggesting there was a security incident and the user needs to verify his or her account details, the e-mail will prompt the recipient to provide username and password via a link to a Web site that looks legitimate but isn't. The consumer enters the information and continues on, not knowing that the data is now being sent to criminals.
P2P bill could regulate Web browsers, FTP clientshttp://m.news.com/2166-12_3-10233419-38.html
news analysis The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to examine a bill that would force peer-to-peer applications to provide specific notice to consumers that their files might be shared.
Math buffs awed by Odd Day
Wed May 6, 11:20 pm ET
SAN FRANCISCO – Prepare to be awed by Odd Day.
For the mathematically challenged, Thursday's date, 5/7/09, is one of only six this century that will feature three consecutive.
Numbers lovers say the rare occurrence is an excuse to celebrate.
"The previous stretch of six dates like this started with 1/3/1905 — 13 months after the Wright Brothers' flight," said Ron Gordon, the Redwood City teacher who enthusiastically promotes these numerical holidays, like Square Root Day on 3/3/09.
Gordon is offering a prize of $579 to those who celebrate the date with the most zeal or who get the most people involved in an Odd Celebration.
On the Net:
Odd Day: http://www.oddday.net/
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
, do not count on the USA giving in so easily here ~~
EU calls on Obama to give up Internet oversight
Major decisions on Internet made solely by a California-based nonprofithttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30559082/
BRUSSELS - A senior European Union official called on President Barack Obama to give up United States' oversight of the Internet.
Major decisions on how the Internet is run are made solely by the California-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — which is overseen by the U.S. Commerce Department under an agreement that expires September 30.
to the forefront the last couple of weeks.
It is a whole new Technopolitcal World. ~~
US needs 'digital warfare force'
The US has set up specialised detachments dealing with IT problems
The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports.
Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee.
Monday, May 4, 2009
~~The Obama White House is redefining how the President
communicates with the American body politic.
May it bring good things !
White House takes Web 2.0 leap
It launched pages on MySpace and Facebook and
sent its first "tweets" on Twitter. -AFP
Sat, May 02, 2009
by Chris Lefkow
WASHINGTON, US - The White House took a major leap into the Web 2.0 world, launching pages on social networks MySpace and Facebook and sending its first "tweets" on hot micro-blogging service Twitter.
Content from President Barack Obama's website WhiteHouse.gov is being fed in real time to White House profile pages on MySpace and Facebook and members of the communities can sign up as Facebook "fans" or MySpace "friends."
The White House had more than 60,000 fans on Facebook and more than 8,000 friends on MySpace within a few hours of the pages going online while more than 14,500 people had signed up as "followers" of the White House Twitter stream.
"Technology has profoundly impacted how -- and where -- we all consume information and communicate with one another," the White House said in a blog post titled "WhiteHouse 2.0."
"WhiteHouse.gov is an important part of the administration's effort to use the Internet to reach the public quickly and effectively -- but it isn't the only place," it said, pointing to the new online destinations.