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Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

Anonymous Hacks FTC Sites, Again

PC Magazine
Feb. 17, 2012
By Mark Hachman

Websites owned by the Federal Trade Commission and the Bureau of Consumer Protection were hacked on Thursday night and have taken down, the FTC confirmed Friday.

Members of the Anonymous group originally announced the hack on Thursday night, and a log of the attacks was posted to the Pastebin site. The Pastebin post was authored by “Anonymous AntiSec”;
AntiSec is usually considered to be a joint effort on the part of Anonymous and the LulzSec hacker group.

An FTC spokeswoman confirmed the hack on Friday morning.


“The Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Business Center website and the partnership site NCPW run by the Federal Trade Commission were hacked earlier today,” the agency said in a statement. “The FTC takes these malicious acts seriously. The sites have been taken down and will be brought back up when we’re satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed.”

The groups said that they had taken down servers belonging to at least seven domains, which apparently are used for internal use, including business.ftc.gov, consumer.gov, and consumer.ftc.gov.
The Bureau of Consumer Protection, which uses the www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm address, was accessible Friday morning.

The groups also claimed that they currently owned hundreds of rooted servers, even “child pr0n [porn] and mail spools,” along with passwords, email addresses, and online dating materials.


The attack is the second on an FTC-owned site within a month. On Jan. 24, Anonymous hacked OnguardOnline.com, which is owned by the FTC. The site is officially down, although the FTC resources the site previously hosted are now again publicly available.

Anonymous recently took down the CIA website, as well.

Full Article Here – http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400435,00.asp

Indian police detain Tibetans outside China embassy

AFP
Feb. 17, 2012

Indian police detained 35 Tibetan students on Thursday at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi against Beijing‘s rule over Tibet.
Several young protesters from India‘s large Tibetan exile community climbed onto police vans before officers dragged them into the vehicles.
At least 20 Tibetans in China have set fire to themselves in the past year to protest against what they call religious and cultural repression by Beijing.
“Tibetans are burning in Tibet. We were protesting to highlight that our monks and nuns have set themselves on fire this year against Chinese repression,” activist Palden Sonam told AFP.

“China has intensified the military crackdown and India chooses to detain us but Tibetans will continue the fight for freedom,” Sonam, president of the Delhi chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress group, said.

FBI internal documents reveal anti-Muslim bias

RT News
Feb. 17, 2012

Following calls from Muslim advocacy groups for an investigation into training materials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has revealed around 1,000 documents that an internal probe has described as inappropriate.

Some of the papers are filled with “factual errors.” Others, says the FBI, were created in “poor taste.” After digging through around 160,000 pieces of training material, the FBI says they’ve identified a plethora of questionable content that was used within the agency that could be considered offensive to Arabs or Muslims.

Among those papers were charts that insisted that the more devout a Muslim one, the more likely he or she was likely to commit a violent act. Some even linked “mainstream” Muslims as terrorist sympathizers. The FBI had to group an entire cache of questionable training materials as ones that employed “stereotypes” and another included information that “lacked precision.”


The FBI says they are retiring the materials, but for one of America’s largest religious groups, that might be too little too late.

“It is a travesty that the Muslim-American community has lost trust with an agency that is here to protect us,” Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, tells the Washington Post. Along with the Islamic Society of North America, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund,the Interfaith Alliance and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign, al-Marayati’s group was in the audience for a recent discussion with FBI Director Robert Mueller in which the agency discussed the inappropriate materials.

Al-Marayati adds that the material is doing damage outside of the Muslim American community, too. While the groups write in a joint statement of “the negative impact of these training materials on the Muslim-American community,” outside of the US there could be repercussions as well.

“People will report criminal activity to the authorities, that’s been proven time and again,” Marayati tells Wired.com’s Danger Room. “But if we are giving propaganda to al-Qaeda, resuscitating this dying ideology that al-Qaeda is promoting, by continually exposing anti-Muslim propaganda published by the government, that undermines our pluralism, which is the best defense against any transnational ideological threat.”

Full Article Here – http://rt.com/usa/news/fbi-documents-investigation-muslim-539/

‘Tell Vic Everything’ tweets protest online surveillance

CBC
Feb. 16, 2012
By Laura Payton

Canadians worried about a potential loss of privacy due to a bill tabled this week in the House of Commons have decided to go the opposite route and tell Public Safety Minister Vic Toews everything about their lives, flooding his Twitter feed.

Toews is the sponsor of a lawful access bill, known as C-30, meant to update Canadian law to give police stronger powers in dealing with criminals who operate on the internet. The bill would require internet service providers to turn over customer information upon request by police, leading critics of the bill and its previous incarnations to label it the “warrantless wiretap” bill.


Rather than writing letters or emails about the possible privacy invasion, Twitter users have decided to flood Toews’ account with tweets about the inane details of their lives, tagging the tweets with a hashtag, or label, #TellVicEverything.

“I don’t like you,” Scott Feschuk, a humour writer and former Liberal speechwriter, tweeted to Toews.

“I lost an email from my work account yesterday. Can I get your copy?” Kevin Harding, a student and blogger, wrote from his account.

“I used soy milk in my cereal today. Still on the fence about it,” tweeted CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Full Article Here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/16/pol-twitter-tell-vic-everything.html

Syrian media activist, famous blogger arrested, activists say

AFP
Feb. 16, 2012
By Emily Alpert

Syrian opposition activists say government forces Thursday arrested a prominent activist and journalist  along with a well-known blogger and more than a dozen other journalists and activists.

The arrests of Mazen Darwish, who heads the Syrian Center for Media and Free Expression in Damascus, and blogger Razan Ghazzawi alarmed press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders, which called for their immediate release.

Darwish and Ghazzawi have been detained by police before. No information was immediately available about the reasons for their arrests.


“Anyone giving information to international media or international NGOs may be targeted,” said Soazig Dollet, Middle East and North Africa researcher for Reporters Without Borders. She said in the past, arrested Syrian journalists have been interrogated, tortured and kept in solitary confinement.

Darwish and his organization track the detention and injuries of journalists in Syria. In November, Darwish received an award for his work from the Munich, Germany-based Roland Berger Foundation.

The group praised him as “an undaunted champion of human rights for many years,” saying he had a reputation as one of the few credible sources on developments in Syria.

Last year, Darwish complained to the magazine Syria Today that despite claims of reform, the country lacked truly independent media because the government controlled operating licenses.

“Only the executive authority has the competence to produce media, and consequently it controls the first threshold of media freedom of expression,” Darwish said.

Full Article Here – http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/syria-media-activist-blogger-arrest.html