Posts Tagged Anonymous
by: Rainey Reitman
Saturday, July 14, 2012
This week, comments from Democratic Senators, a panel of witnessses, and the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) called on the Senate to enact cybersecurity legislation. But a new poll shows that Americans don’t want to sacrifice civil liberties by allowing unfettered data exchanges between corporations and the government. Discussions this week were part of an effort to break the partisan stalemate over the Cybersecurity Act, a bill that would allow Internet companies to monitor the sensitive communications of users and pass that data to the government without any judicial oversight. The Cybersecurity Act would also give companies the right to “modify or block data packets” if they do it with “defensive intent,” while offering little in the way of liability for companies that overstep their authority.
In response to ongoing delays in passing the bill, backers of the Cybersecurity Act have been attempting to drum up fears about catastrophic cyberattacks. Yesterday, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal called on the Senate to enact cybersecurity legislation despite the ongoing civil liberties concerns with the proposed legislation. Speaking to the Senate, Senator Blumenthal warned of doomsday scenarios, saying: “The consequences of a debilitating attack will be catastrophic for our nation.”
Speaking in a similar vein earlier this week, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, gave a speech cautioning against potential terrorist cyberattacks and warned that, “The conflict is growing, the probability for crisis is mounting.” In response to civil liberties concerns, Alexander stated: “The reality is we can do protection of civil liberties and privacy and cybersecurity as a nation.” This is a particularly ironic statement because Alexander, as director of the NSA, oversees the warrantless surveillance program begun by the Bush Administration which collects en masse the Internet communications and communications records of millions of Americans (like browsing habits, emails, and chats).
July 14, 2012
The hackers’ conference that once inspired Julian Assange to create WikiLeaks is underway in New York. Though the whistleblower may be waiting in limbo at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his cause is alive and kicking across the Atlantic. Years before WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, there was HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth). This community’s ninth conference has gathered computer nerds in New York for July 13-15. The biannual event has gathered those concerned who stand against the concealment of vital information from the public. Hackers come to the conference to discuss various topics, such as freedom on the internet, government surveillance in the web, cases around whistleblowers etc. Naturally, at the conference hackers share their experience on how to hack into systems, reports RT’s Marina Portnaya, who is attending the event.
Mar 8, 2012
Top US officials, lawmakers and defense contractors are saying a cyber equivalent to Pearl Harboris coming soon. According to these individuals, a cyber-attack could potentiallywipe-out the country’s financial system and electrical grid. The Pentagon has announcedthat cyber-attacks will be met with military attacks and Senator John McCainhas introduced the Secure IT Act with hopes to monitor online users’ activity 24/7by private companies. So can the US withstand a massive cyber-attack and is theSecure IT bill necessary? Declan McCullagh, correspondent for CNet News, joins uswith more.
Senior members of the notorious computer hacker group LulzSec, with ties to the Anonymous movement, have been arrested and charged with cyber-crimes by the FBI. The group is famous for attacking the websites of the CIA, FOX news and credit card companies, among others. The leader of the movement, however, has reportedly worked for the U.S. government following his arrest last year and is believed to have aided the arrest of his former colleagues. Human rights lawyer Katarzyna Szymielewicz says the arrests draw society’s attention back to the controversial anti-counterfeit trade pact.
Editor’s Note: To those readers who are familiar with the term ‘controlled oposition’, a public figurehead of Anonymous and LulzSec has been revealed as a police informant who has apparently ratted out his other genuinely subversive hacker colleagues. One has to ask the question exactly how long were these groups infiltrated, or could they even been set-up to attract idealistic, highly skilled hackers – like bugs to a night-lite? Deception seems to fuel most modern paradigms which society is being presented in our 21st century media, increasing the importance of questioning everything.
March 6, 2012
Police have arrested five men, believed to be leading members of the so-called “hacktivist” groups Anonymous and LulzSec, amid reports their public figurehead turned informant and betrayed them to officers.
“Sabu”, the high profile hacker, identified as the leader of LulzSec and strongly linked to Anonymous, the groups allegedly responsible for attacks on Paypal and Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers – among others, is believed to have begun working for police after being arrested himself.
Reports on Fox News in America claim that his cooperation lead to the arrests of five members of the groups, two of them British. Ryan Ackroyd, aka high-ranking LulzSec member “Kayla” and Jake Davis, aka “Topiary,” who are both from London were among those arrested.
Darren Martyn, who uses the alias “pwnsauce” and Donncha O’Cearrbhail, who goes by the name “palladium”, both of Ireland were also arrested, along with Jeremy Hammond aka “Anarchaos,” from Chicago, in America.
March 3, 2012
Anonymous continued its ongoing attack on agricultural biotech giant Monsanto today by publishing an outdated database of the company’s material. This is the newest in a barrage of strikes from hackers aligned with Anonymous who operate under the “AntiSec” banner.
In a statement posted with the database on a Pastebin site, the hacktivist group wrote it was aware that exposing the database would not do much harm to Monsanto but warned it would continue to target the company for what it sees as wrong.
“Your continued attack on the worlds food supply, as well as the health of those who eat it, has earned you our full attention,” wrote AntiSec. “Your crimes against humanity are too many to name on one page.”
In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss the Stratfor bimbo, the bank that is in bed with it and Wikileaks as the modern day Gutenberg press. In the second half of the show, Max talks to Andy Bichlbaum of TheYesMen.org about Stratfor, culture jamming and targeting the system’s bottom line.
March 1, 2012
It is a rare occasion indeed when the Federal Reserve is brought to task on a mainstream media outlet, but every once in a while, the veil is lifted and the McDonalds munching celebrity obsessed portion of the American public actually catches a glimpse of the truth.
The independent media has a weakness, and that weakness is the slow process we have to endure to get exposure in venues and subsections of the citizenry that ARE NOT looking for a reality check.
For these people, it is necessary to push certain subject matter into the MSM in any way that we are able. Here is one of those seldom seen instances…