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BBC Twitter Accounts Hacked By Pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army

timothy posted about a year ago | from the revolutionaries-in-the-amphitheatre dept.

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DavidGilbert99 writes "Following BBC Weather on Twitter seems like it wouldn't throw up too many surprises — possibly news of the odd blizzard now and again. But today, the account's 60,000 followers got a little more than 'chance of a light drizzle' when the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army hacked the account, along with a couple of other BBC accounts, in an apparent protest at what it sees as reports which don't show the Syrian regime in the best light." Also at the BBC itself.

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Oh sure... (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | about a year ago | (#43235435)

... like that's going to change anyone's mind.

Re:Oh sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235569)

Alongside the standard tweets from the weather feed such as "'last night was chilly" some more bizarre comments began emerging.

They included: "Saudi weather station down due to head-on collision with camel."

Somehow, I doubt changing minds was what they had in, err, mind.

Re:Oh sure... (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43235641)

Yeah, even clever twitter hacks that post satire of the kind of thing the original account posts doesn't sway those already in agreement with it. This blandly shouting about how wrong the BBC is is just boring. It's a phone call to twitter HQ and a password reset away from being resolved too.

Re:Oh sure... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236551)

Sure? Their skills awesome electronic Pro syrian Assad leadership proves they were here. Now world knows BBC pursued political lying and fabricating news for the Syrian affair. When they will publish some of the truth about the "revolution" alleged Syrian known truth we have will.

Assad (4, Funny)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | about a year ago | (#43235469)

What's not to love about a genocidal dictator? He's just misunderstood.

Re:Assad (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43235649)

Yeah really, he didn't even go to Harvard... Savage!

Re:Assad (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43237347)

He was an opthalmologist in the UK before his brother died and his father recalled him to groom him as his successor. His FATHER was the genocidal dictator, not him. His main constraint was that he was heading a regime dedicated to protect all non-Sunni minorities in Syria, and they knew that if they loosened their grip on power, their country would see an upheaval similar to, in fact worse than, Egypt. This is easily borne out by the fact that as the rebels have captured cities like Aleppo and Homs, they have massacred or driven out Christians, Alawites and other non-Sunnis. So the fears of the Baath regime weren't totally baseless.

As for the BBC and others, they were never critical of the Assads when they did things like back Hizbullah or Iran, shelter terror groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and PFLP, or actually carry out terror plots, like the 1982 assassination of Lebanese president Bashir Gemayel. So for them to suddenly focus since last year on the excesses of the Baath regime, which is no better nor worse than regimes in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, is nothing but evidence of money talking: for the BBC, the Arab empire is a big market, and the Sunnis are the overwhelming majority of Arabs, as well as Muslims. So why not turn on a dime, er penny, if that's what makes the Arabs happy? After all, the reverse situation of Syria was there in Bahrein when the Arab Spring started, and Saudi troops just marched into that island and helped the Hanafas suppress a Shia uprising - and there, Shias are 75% of the population. So if democracy is such a sacred thing in the Arab world all of a sudden, after almost a century of ignoring human rights abuses throughout the region outside Israel, then why doesn't the BBC and all other Western backers of 'democracy' back democracy in Bahrein? Only explanation - the Saudis and the oil rich sheikhs in Qatar, Kuwait, Emirates and Bahrein support it in Syria, where the Sunnis would stand to take over and do what the Shia did in Iraq, but not in Bahrein, where the same process as in Iraq would follow.

So the Syrians have done a service by exposing the hypocrisy of the BBC here.

Re:Assad (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43237627)

"Exposing hypocrisy" has had exactly zero effect for over 10000 years, merely a diversion while the dirty business continues. The players are irrelevant, the system is eternal.

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238989)

Anonymous Coward, i do not know if you are from the minority of the Western population who see's through the fake media bombardment but you definitely know whats going on over there.

As much as you try to explain and repeat what's going on . People here or everywhere in the Western world will stay under the media's brainwashing. The western population will never wake up and see what's going on.

Since the invasion of Iraq, we(middle easterners) have been saying that a new middle east is being drawn. Yet, the western citizen never understood it and still refuses to understand it. From Libya, to Tunis to Egypt and now Syria. Next stop is definitely Lebanon since Hezbollah bothers Israel and they are not Sunni Muslim. The big goal will be to isolate the big evil Iran by taking down al Assad and going after Hezbollah. Establishing a Sunni State in Lebanon will also be a bonus and definitely is what Saudi $hit wants.

Now oh western citizen, what do you say about the minorities being butchered over there by the soooo called freedom fighters(Jabhat al Nusrah:Al Qaeda with whom the CIA is in bed with) ? Why isn't your media covering this? Do you want videos posted here of people being executed or butchered because they are not Sunni Muslim? Did you know that those fighting are hired mercenaries from Libya, Tunis, Morocco, Algeria, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other muslim countries?

Re:Assad (5, Interesting)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about a year ago | (#43235801)

I think one of the main issues in this media conflict is that the general overall view being put over is one of "Assad" vs "The opposition fighters", with a lot of western media glossing over the fact that most of the opposition fighters are no better than Assad. Assad is not someone I would ever wish to support, but the same goes for the vast majority of those who are fighting his regime at the moment - it really is "the lesser of two evils", and somewhat of a decision no one ever would want to make.

Re:Assad (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year ago | (#43237093)

if the opposition fighters, all of them, were radical hardcore fundamentalists (which isn't true, even of the religious fighters), this would still be better than Assad the butcher

in this world, you don't get to pick between absolute evil and shining pure good

in the real world, on any political choice, in every country, forever, you get to pick between

1. shit, and
2. slightly better than shit

but unfortunately this doesn't stop certain fools from judging all political forces from the point of view of idealism

thus rendering their opinions useless

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238077)

Assad the butcher

Really?

Hitler, the butcher. Yes. Stalin, the butcher, sure. Bosco Ntaganda, the butcher, yes. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21835345) You could even call Saddam Hussein a butcher for chemical attacks on Kurds and 1,000,000 deaths in US-backed war with Iran.

Assad? The "great freedom fighters" like some religions nutjobs are not exactly using Gandhiâ(TM)s tactics now. If Assad is "the butcher" then sure as hell the so called "opposition" is no better. Syria is now a nation of butchers butchering each other.

The only thing Assad as sure is is not a religious nutjob calling for sharia and ethnic cleansing (genocide) in syria.

http://republicaninthearts.blogspot.com/2013/03/sharia-and-no-infidels-in-syria-says.html [blogspot.com]

http://rt.com/news/syria-usa-rebel-drone-356/ [rt.com]

So please, a little respect. Syria has a war, mostly thanks to opposition. They thought it would be "easy" to just to kill Assad and his supporters - you know, home for christmas (or haj) or whatever everyone always says... but what war does is solidify positions.

A soldier that would support kicking out Assad from office if opposition used peaceful tactics (see Gandhi, again), will definitely fight for Assad when bullets starts flying his way.

I'm just a 3rd party observer and I blame opposition 100% for the shit that Syria has become. The moment they picked up a gun is when they lost all of my respect.

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238657)

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238749)

Done by Assad's father Hafiz in the 80s, when Bashar was nowhere near politics. Also, the GP is right in one more way - groups like Chrisitians, Alawites, Shia, Druze, Kurds, all of whom would love to have democracy every bit as much as the Sunnis, balk because they know that if the Assad regime falls, they all get massacred. Proof? The recent massacres in Allepo and Homs.

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238561)

This is absolute garbage. First of all, the only opposition to the regime is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a bunch of Sunni Jihadis dedicated to making Syria follow the footsteps of Egypt. Your contention at the beginning that even their 'religious fighters' are not 'radical hardcore fundamentalists' is pure excrement that the Free Syria Army is busy feeding the West, even while they massacre non-Sunni inhabitants of the places they capture.

That they are not better than Assad is given by Israel's reaction. Israel has been a long time enemy of Assad, particularly over Syria's support to Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and PFLP. So one would have thought that Israel would have been there with the West in supporting the ouster of the Assad regime, right? WRONG! Israel knows that the opposition is more akin to al Qaeda than any secular democratic opposition, which is why they have taken the unofficial stand that the devil they know is better than the one they don't.

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43239125)

Thank you for showing the truth that most of the Western world is failing to see due to the mass bombardment of pure bs media.

the lesser of 2 evils is al Assad. At least under him, minorities can live and practice their religion freely and Sunnis are kept under control. If Assad is gone, expect the minorities to get slaughtered. Take Iraq as a perfect example.

In the next 20-40 years, take a close look at Europe once Sunnis become a majority. It'll get bloody over there.

Re:Assad (1)

perceptual.cyclotron (2561509) | about a year ago | (#43238949)

I think it's difficult to argue that Assad is the "lesser of two evils". People seem to have a very short attention span for the history here. The facts on the ground are that Assad was murdering unarmed civilian protesters for quite some time before they got fed up and started fighting back. Now it's a war, and war is ugly on all sides. I won't dispute that there's likely to be war criminals on both sides (even if we keep to the facile "two-sides" narrative), but people seem to forget that the "who started it" question isn't always unanswerable. If you believe a government has the right to murder it's citizens for protesting, then you have friends in every nation's leaders (west included) – but no friends with any nation's people. If people are upset enough with your rule that you need to kill them to stay in power – then you have lost legitimacy. Full stop. Who replaces Assad is an orthogonal issue to the fact that he is not a legitimate leader. To say otherwise is to authorize a very ugly future should you ever wish to protest your own government.

Re:Assad (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235813)

"Genocidal"? Evidence please.

I know this is hard for you Americans to understand, but this guy isn't Saddam. In fact he's a Western-educated opthamologist who worked in a London hospital until the death of his older brother forced him to give up his career and return to Syria to become President. His efforts to liberalise Syrian politics have been rewarded by a Western-backed insurgency, which you have been manipulated into supporting.

Every day you will see another story making the case for war in Syria. Yesterday, Assad used chemical weapons (against his own soldiers....). Today Assad hacked the BBC (again, against his own interest). Who knows what he will do tomorrow? Perhaps he will find some Weapons of Mass Destruction that can be launched in under 45 minutes? Maybe he will be Linked To Al Quaeda? Such fun. Such fun.

Re:Assad (1)

mjr167 (2477430) | about a year ago | (#43235943)

I'm not sure why you think that being western educated or working in a hospital precludes being a genocidal sociopath... In fact I've heard that medicine is a good profession for sociopaths to go into, the other being politics.

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236085)

I never said it was. But I think it's important to have some evidence before you accuse somebody of genocide. What do you think?

Re:Assad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238547)

"Genocidal"? Evidence please...

I'm not sure why you think that being western educated or working in a hospital precludes being a genocidal sociopath.

As GP said: "Genocidal"? Evidence please.

Re:Assad (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about a year ago | (#43238623)

"Genocidal"? Evidence please.

I know this is hard for you Americans to understand, but this guy isn't Saddam. In fact he's a Western-educated opthamologist who worked in a London hospital until the death of his older brother forced him to give up his career and return to Syria to become President. His efforts to liberalise Syrian politics have been rewarded by a Western-backed insurgency, which you have been manipulated into supporting.

Every day you will see another story making the case for war in Syria. Yesterday, Assad used chemical weapons (against his own soldiers....). Today Assad hacked the BBC (again, against his own interest). Who knows what he will do tomorrow? Perhaps he will find some Weapons of Mass Destruction that can be launched in under 45 minutes? Maybe he will be Linked To Al Quaeda? Such fun. Such fun.

I agree. His father was a Saddam. He isn't. As for this civil war, the ones using chemical weapons are his enemies, not him.

Like I pointed out above, he did try to liberalize Syria, but he knew that there were limits to which he could go. This is borne out by events in other Arab countries such as Egypt, and in Syria itself. Right now, the Syrian rebels are busy massacreing non-Sunnis - something they would have done had Assad gone through with ALL his reforms. Problem in Muslim countries is that they have to be kept under a dictatorship like that of Saddam or Assad, or else, they'd become a theocracy like Egypt or Iran or Saudi Arabia and persecute all their minorities.

Re:Assad (2)

g8oz (144003) | about a year ago | (#43238637)

Lets see what Human Rights Watch has to say:

Re:Assad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238867)

You know that "genocide" has a specific definition, right? It refers to large-scale murder of an ethnic or religious group. Please be precise when you use terms like this.

Hacking is the great equalizer (5, Interesting)

concealment (2447304) | about a year ago | (#43235481)

I don't know what the truth of the situation is in Syria, but I know that:

(a) Western media seems to present a similar point of view no matter which source you're watching/reading

(b) Western governments seem to agree with the media

(c) There are few opposing voices in government or media

For this reason, it means that anyone with a contrary viewpoint is facing a giant media bloc composed of the most powerful governments and media producers in history.

Hacking is an equalizer. With relatively few people, and relatively low investment, it allows hackers to use the notoriety of the hack to present their point of view.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (3, Insightful)

tokencode (1952944) | about a year ago | (#43235585)

Or the other possibility is that what is being said in western media is mostly the truth. Al-Jazeera is hardly the "Western Media" and confirms most of the reports shown in western media regarding Syria, Ass-ad (I presume this translates to "head ass") is just getting desperate.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235629)

Oh bullshit. Al Jazeera is not significantly different than the rest of the "Western Media". The big difference is in their advertisers, which isn't a big difference.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (4, Insightful)

Looker_Device (2857489) | about a year ago | (#43235703)

Al-Jazeera is hardly the "Western Media"

No, but they are generally pretty pro-radical Islam, and most of the Arab Spring rebels to date (incl. those in Syria) seem to be way more interested in instituting Sharia and putting Muslim Brotherhood politicians in power than in establishing pro-Western democracies or giving people more freedom.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235789)

Way to miss the point.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (2)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43235939)

Which just turns the question around the other way. If the anti-Assad rebels are radical Islam and anti-western, why would the western powers be pursuing a defamation campaign against Assad?

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236879)

The puzzle is answered by pointing out that there is more than one rebel faction. Some of the rebels are radical Islam and strongly anti-Western. Others are much like all of us: they are culturally Western. They happen to live in Syria, and would rather like to enjoy the sorts of things we enjoy, like freedom of speech, a free press, elections and so on. These are the "Arab Spring" element. It is this group that we, as Westerners, are supporting. We think they have been oppressed by Assad, and for some definition of "oppressed" this is almost certainly true. However, we forget that Assad's government ("regime", as we must say now) was the only thing protecting our liberal allies from the Islamists. Now, rather than change direction and admit our error, we are committed to withdrawing that protection by deposing Assad. Cross your fingers and hope that things do not turn out too badly.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43239317)

lool,

This is why we see nothing of the so called pro western population in Syria on TV(Al Jazeera, Al Arabiyya, BBC etc.) This is why we only see Assad doing atrocities against his population. This is why we never see the rebels committing evil acts on TV.

The jarab spring you are talking about is a fairy tale. The west knows it and is not doing anything against it. Yet, they support it. The west is sending cash and guns to the wrong faction in syria.

Anything that is pro west in those countries are either fleeing or getting butchered.
ASSAD is the lesser of two evils here because he had everyone under control: Minorities and Sunni Islam.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

Looker_Device (2857489) | about a year ago | (#43236911)

f the anti-Assad rebels are radical Islam and anti-western, why would the western powers be pursuing a defamation campaign against Assad?

Because the West is, by and large, oblivious to what's really going on. Western intelligence agencies still seem more geared towards the Cold War than towards really understanding the Middle East. They see Assad as an ally of Russia and somewhat anti-Israeli and label him an enemy, Then they see a rebellion against him and make the false assumption that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend," ignoring the very strong radical Islamist bent of these (and other Arab Spring) rebels. They mistake a pro-traditionalist Islamic social/religious movement for a pro-democratic political movement. As in Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have no fucking clue what's really going on among these strange foreign people, and don't seem particularly motivated to try to understand (or capable of it).

And all that is exacerbated by a Western press who love a good "David vs. Goliath" freedom-fighter story, and seem to look at everything in terms of "good guys vs. bad guys." So the press in the West have cast the Arab Spring rebels as the "good guys" in their fictional narrative, instead of realizing what's going on in REALITY. That's why they and their governments are so caught off guard by events like the Libyan embassy attacks, or other attacks on Westerners in these "liberated" countries.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#43238319)

Because most Westerners don't want them to become Westerners, we want them to have a say in what they choose.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

g8oz (144003) | about a year ago | (#43238683)

They are not pro-radical Islam they are pro Muslim Brotherhood. There is a difference. The Brotherhood are purveyors of political Islam but they are hardly radical. Not compared to the wild eyed Salafi/Wahabbi types anyways.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238959)

The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization of al Qaeda. The main difference between them and the Wahabis are that the Wahabis follow the Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence, and the Ikhwan follows the Hanafi school. That difference is irrelevant to non-Sunnis worldwide, and is like trying to determine whether cat poop or dog poop is more revulsive to eat.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236519)

Or the other possibility is that what is being said in western media is mostly the truth

Translation: The guy in the White House has a "D" after his name. Therefore war is good again, and they *really really* do have WMDs this time.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43235709)

I've tried watching RT's coverage of things, and if you thing Western media is biased, you ain't seen nothing yet. They called the uprising against (unelected) president Assad an anti-democratic rebellion payed for by the U.S. over a year ago.

And during the presidential election(after the primaries), they treated Ron Paul as a front-running candidate. It was bizarre. Beyond bizarre.

Watching Al Jazeera or BBC gives you a clear sense of a non-american perspective on things, some bias but on the whole attempting to report honestly, but RT is like Cold War era Pravda in video form.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (2)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | about a year ago | (#43235777)

RT IS the new version of Pravda. It's the officially sanctioned russian TV channel. As such, it provides great insight into how the Russian government is looking at the world. This also means though that it is a terrible source of news for anything that doesn't match the Kremlin's narrative, either inside or outside of Russia. I always laugh when I hear some people recommend RT as a great news alternative to something like CNN or New York Times.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year ago | (#43238361)

it provides great insight into how the Russian government is looking at the world.

No. What it does provide is great insight into how the Russian government wants it's people to look at the world.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238469)

I think that if you're looking for the truth then you should probably look somewhere in between CNN and RT because both have vested interests and are controlled by governments but the fact that they're different governments with different interests means that their reality distortion fields help counteract each other =).

RT IS the new version of Pravda. It's the officially sanctioned russian TV channel. As such, it provides great insight into how the Russian government is looking at the world. This also means though that it is a terrible source of news for anything that doesn't match the Kremlin's narrative, either inside or outside of Russia. I always laugh when I hear some people recommend RT as a great news alternative to something like CNN or New York Times.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238729)

CNN Is not "Controlled" by governments. Its controlled by its stock holders, who want profit. So CNN reports the news that people want to hear, how they want to hear it.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236039)

"They called the uprising against (unelected) president Assad an anti-democratic rebellion payed for by the U.S. over a year ago."

How do you know there is no truth in that?

Ah yes. Your country's media is unbiased and always reports things honestly.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

gallondr00nk (868673) | about a year ago | (#43239015)

I've tried watching RT's coverage of things, and if you thing Western media is biased, you ain't seen nothing yet

I've been touting RT.com as a good source of foreign news for a while. It seems to carry a lot of stories that Western sources don't even bother to mention.

One concrete recent example is the Gitmo hunger strike, which has been going on for over a month and only in the last couple of days has been picked up elsewhere.

All news media is biased. The BBC website is better than most, but has been pushing a pro-rebel Syria view despite the evidence that they are just as cruel and authoritarian as the Asaad government. BBC Radio 5 here in the UK seems to push a right wing POV quite hard, I suspect to pander to its reasonably affluent middle aged audience.

It all needs to be treated with specticism.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235837)

Hacking is an equalizer. With relatively few people, and relatively low investment, ...

Yes, yes indeed an equalizer - except the problem isn't that only one side's viewpoint is available or that it is unfair. The problem is that these asshats equate the right to express themselves with the right force others to express a view they want.

it allows hackers to use the notoriety of the hack to present their point of view.

Complain and rail about how Assad et.all are "misunderstood" and "misrepresented" in the media and that they are not bad by hacking (attacking) those doing the reporting. Now there is a surefire way of proving the point.

So way to ignore the point that they have no right to dictate other people's views. Way to ignore the fact that if they wanted they could have their own news channel where they broadcast their view point with audio and video taken straight from the events..

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (2)

Nemyst (1383049) | about a year ago | (#43235959)

Alternatively, hacking what is largely considered to be a reputable news organization is going to make you look like a bunch of dicks.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235967)

Well, this is exactly what happens when news organisations get most of their information from the State Department.

You can get another view from the Russian media where you can find out, for instance, that the alleged chemical weapons attack was against government soldiers. There are also a few dissenting voices in the Western media, for instance Patrick Cockburn writing in the Independent.

But yes, just like Iraq, most of the media speaks with one voice. I'd hoped that the recent appearance of our old friend Tony Blair on the news, advocating invasion (which he pronounces "intervention") would give a weird sense of deja vu, but perhaps nobody is paying attention.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236215)

That's because the violence in Syria is really a proxy for an older battle, as is most of the recent fighting in the middle east.
It's a religious/cultural/political fight between different sects of a religion.

It's also about freedom from dictatorship, because all of the dictators/rulers/rich people in all of these regimes belong to one and the same particular minority sect.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#43236233)

If this is the government paying to push its propaganda, and the rebels (terrorists if you sympathize with the government) don't, then that's not equalizing. That's yet another media form being dominated by money and power, and smaller voices drowned out.

Re:Hacking is the great equalizer (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43237141)

Hacking is an equalizer. With relatively few people, and relatively low investment, it allows hackers to use the notoriety of the hack to present their point of view.

Great. So what was the message? Because I still seem to have missed it.

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Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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Can I have some of what you're on? - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587 [slashdot.org]

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That was amazing. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247 [slashdot.org]

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He's done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone in the "do it right and set up a firewall" crowd ever could. - http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781 [slashdot.org]

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golfclap - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827 [slashdot.org]

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The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389 [slashdot.org]

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DNS cube? - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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You got that right. I think. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239 [slashdot.org]

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Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377 [slashdot.org]

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ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251 [slashdot.org]

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I miss Dr Bob. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345 [slashdot.org]

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Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

Disproof of all apk's statements:
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946043 [slashdot.org]
http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040729&cid=40949719 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040697&cid=40949343 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040597&cid=40948659 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40947927 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040425&cid=40946755 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946043 [slashdot.org]
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40942439 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3024445&cid=40942207 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40942031 [slashdot.org]
http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038601&cid=40942085 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040803&cid=40950045 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040867&cid=40950563 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40950839 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041035&cid=40951899 [slashdot.org]
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952169 [slashdot.org]
http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041091&cid=40952383 [slashdot.org]
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40952991 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954201 [slashdot.org]
http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956625 [slashdot.org]
http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897177 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40894889 [slashdot.org]
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40886171 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042451&cid=40959497 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042547&cid=40960279 [slashdot.org]
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042669&cid=40962027 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=40965091 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=40965087 [slashdot.org]
http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967049 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972117 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972271 [slashdot.org]
http://politics.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972313 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045349&cid=40973979 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3046181&cid=40978835 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3046211&cid=40979293 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3050711&cid=41002319 [slashdot.org]
http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3118863&cid=41341925 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3131751&cid=41397971 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429005 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3146511&cid=41469199 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3146549&cid=41469495 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509255 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555261 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832417 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41846971 [slashdot.org]
http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861263 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228787&cid=41866351 [slashdot.org]
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228683&cid=41866627 [slashdot.org]
http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41866737 [slashdot.org]
http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41868513 [slashdot.org]
http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41868567 [slashdot.org]
http://bsd.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869275f [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229765&cid=41872927 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939773 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972349 [slashdot.org]
http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981835 [slashdot.org]
http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42988415 [slashdot.org]
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3500483&cid=43026797 [slashdot.org]
http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028205 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43033535 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3504883&cid=43040365 [slashdot.org]
http://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044767 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3507727&cid=43048175 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3507873&cid=43049019 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051385 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3509683&cid=43054221 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43056879 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063711 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43066627 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43066843 [slashdot.org]
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094323 [slashdot.org]
http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521669&cid=43094855 [slashdot.org]
http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521797&cid=43096277 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43096733 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097179 [slashdot.org]
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522851&cid=43101761 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3523181&cid=43103421 [slashdot.org]
http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43109809 [slashdot.org]
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526893&cid=43114659 [slashdot.org]
http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115059 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528811&cid=43116535 [slashdot.org]
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216155 [slashdot.org]
http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569095&cid=43234975 [slashdot.org]
AND MANY MORE

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Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts I practice.

password (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235563)

I knew we shouldn't have used '88C' as the password.

Seriously? (3, Insightful)

coniferous (1058330) | about a year ago | (#43235593)

>in an apparent protest at what it sees as reports which don't show the Syrian regime in the best light

Yes, because hacking people makes you look that much better. /s

Re:Seriously? (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43235741)

Also, if Assad wanted balanced coverage, maybe he should have let reporters into the country to cover things. Stonewalling and only providing "official reports" makes it look like you have something to hide.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236113)

To me the tweets don't look like what you'd expect a hardline regime to post. It looks false flag, but not even serious false flag, just someone doing a prank pretending to be pro-Assad. Look at the tweets quoted from the linked BBC article:

Alongside the standard tweets from the weather feed such as "'last night was chilly" some more bizarre comments began emerging.

They included: "Saudi weather station down due to head-on collision with camel."

Another read: "Chaotic weather forecast for Lebanon as the government decides to distance itself from the Milky Way."

Not in the best light? (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43235683)

You want to be shown in a better light? How about you stop murdering civilians, oppressing those that don't support you (pretty much anyone outside your sect/tribe), or using chemical weapons. If you don't do bad things, then the BBC won't report on you doing bad things.

Re:Not in the best light? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236107)

The irony is in how much of what you said applies to the rebel forces in Syria.

Glad I packed an umbrella (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43235731)

Though I did think a forecast of partly Jewish with a chance of showers from the cut throat of the infidel was a little odd for this time of year.

BBC Quality? (-1, Troll)

F.Minusia (748125) | about a year ago | (#43235827)

Given the poor quality of falsehoods and propaganda from the BBC and like-minded western media, it is good news. E.g. http://www.countercurrents.org/vltchek170313.htm [countercurrents.org] It is a good thing that the BBC account got hacked. It would be better if the BBC shuts down completely.

Re:BBC Quality? (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43237041)

The BBC is usually neutral in most matters, they can usually be trusted.

But when it comes to anything military they push the government line aggressively even when that line is inconsistent or makes no sense. CNN is much the same in that regard.

Re:BBC Quality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43239071)

Neutral? They are virulently anti-Israel, since they want to win over the Arab/Muslim market, which they stand a better chance of doing by echoing their views on Israel

No. The cat doesn't have my tongue. (3, Funny)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year ago | (#43235845)

"A series of tweets about fake weather conditions in Middle Eastern countries began appearing on Thursday afternoon."

It seems like they must have hacked my Weather Channel app quite some time ago, too.

As a nerd, I am thoroughly offended (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year ago | (#43235945)

"Increasingly experts are now calling for Twitter to step up security and offer two-factor authentication, essentially a disposable, single-use password for its users.

Jesus Christ BBC. Get some "experts" who know the difference between a One Time Password and Two-Factor Auth; I am thoroughly offended by your reporting.

Re:As a nerd, I am thoroughly offended (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43237113)

"Increasingly experts are now calling for Twitter to step up security and offer two-factor authentication, essentially a disposable, single-use password for its users.

Jesus Christ BBC. Get some "experts" who know the difference between a One Time Password and Two-Factor Auth; I am thoroughly offended by your reporting.

I also LOL at the BBC's lack of security knowledge. I'll bet they got h4k0r3ed because they had a dictionary word password.

It's embarrassing for them but it can be fixed with no lasting harm done.

I think I speak for most of us... (1)

hazah (807503) | about a year ago | (#43236043)

Only one message for this from me: Go fuck yourself, Assad. We know what you're up to.

Re:I think I speak for most of us... (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43236945)

Only one message for this from me: Go fuck yourself, Assad. We know what you're up to.

Only we don't. We only know what's been reported by the mainstream media and so far that's been reports of Syrian rebels getting all kinds of aid from various places to help them attack their government. We really don't know who these rebels are or why they are attacking their governments.

This is the same kind of reporting that had far too many people convinced that Iraq had WMDs that could destroy half of Europe within 30 minutes of Saddam giving the order.

Re:I think I speak for most of us... (1)

hazah (807503) | about a year ago | (#43237033)

You may not want to see it, but you do. After some time on this planet it becomes appearant without the need to be spoon fed information. This is history repeating itself, and non of this is really that exotic.

Re:I think I speak for most of us... (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43237265)

I like the details. Who is involved in this and what do they want?

I could assume the details but I don't know enough about Syria to make a reasonable guess.

Re:I think I speak for most of us... (1)

hazah (807503) | about a year ago | (#43237321)

Have you ever lived anywhere in that region? I have. Same shit, different pile.

Western propaganda (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236123)

Nothing but western propaganda. According to western media, no rule is allowed to defend itself and the rest of the country from an uprise, because fighting back is equal to murdering civilians. The FSA and the western backers are the real terrorists in this case.

Re:Western propaganda (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43236975)

Nothing but western propaganda. According to western media, no rule is allowed to defend itself and the rest of the country from an uprise, because fighting back is equal to murdering civilians. The FSA and the western backers are the real terrorists in this case.

Where is the neutral reporting of the facts of this 'uprising'? All I see is transparent propaganda trying to justify giving all kinds of aid to the rebels.

Scam != Hack (1)

tech.kyle (2800087) | about a year ago | (#43236167)

I get plenty of e-mails at work about my $4,000 Verizon bill or a confidential, registered e-letter that I must respond to that ends in ".pdf.exe". Tricking someone in to opening those isn't hacking.

Yes, I know I'm picking nits, but still.

Re:Scam != Hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43237039)

So social engineering is not hacking. Riiiiight.

Too bad they didn't hack www.ibtimes.co.uk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236245)

Who the HELL has TWO videos auto load and start playing. I right clicked the link and open in background (with 2 other links) and I found and shut off the video on the top of the http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ page, and tried to hunt for the page playing the other video/ad.. ends up it was on the SAME http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ page but at the VERY BOTTOM.

That type stuff just pissed me off

Re:Too bad they didn't hack www.ibtimes.co.uk (1)

ddd0004 (1984672) | about a year ago | (#43236887)

I don't know, that "the more the merrier" attitude worked for myspace.

All the best propoganda money buy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236309)

The Syrian rebels are Al Qaeda supporters trying to establish a Saudia-style theocracy. It is funny now how the US supports al Qaeda in Syria yet opposes them elsewhere.

It is also funny how the ignorant US citizenry also latched on to the bs about Saddam Hussein looting incubators from hospitals, shredding tortured victims and building weapons of mass destruction. There is only one thing worse than the vile bipartisan US imperial machine and that is the stupid US citizens who enable it.

Re:All the best propoganda money buy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236571)

They also supported Al Qaeda in Yugoslavia in the '90s.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43236341)

The mouth of Sauron says his views on human genocide are misunderstood.

It's the BBC (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about a year ago | (#43236485)

Half the passwords are "godsavethequeen" and the other half are "wanker".

Just to let the Syrian Electronic Army know,

Huffington Post passwords are usually "iheartzlolcatz" and "password"

Fox News passwords are ALL "nra4ever"

CNN passwords are usually "imarriedlarryking"

What's going on in Syria? (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#43236857)

Does anyone actually have any idea what's actually happening with Syria?

I don't believe anything reported by the mainstream media on this, it stinks of the same type of transparent lies they spewed to get the public on side for the Iraq invasion.

Re:What's going on in Syria? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43239313)

Does anyone actually have any idea what's actually happening with Syria?

I don't believe anything reported by the mainstream media on this, it stinks of the same type of transparent lies they spewed to get the public on side for the Iraq invasion.

It's a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood with the intention of genociding the Alawites and Christians. Control of mosques and schools was leveraged to create a fifth-column "youth" movement, just as in Somalia and Afghanistan. Many, if not most of the fighters are foreigners; obedience to the Wahhabi sect is more important than actually being Syrian, and obedience to the people with the money and guns is more important than being an observant Muslim. The Muslim Brotherhood is openly using al-Qaeda forces, marching under the black al-Qaeda banner, as its shock troops. They number somewhere between five thousand and twenty thousand in country, while the total number of Muslim Brotherhood forces may be as many as a hundred thousand.

Somebody is paying for all of this. The Muslim Brotherhood forces are better financed than the Syrian government, and armed well enough to regularly destroy Syrian army forces in engagements and capture manned army bases. Turkey is openly supporting the MB forces, and Qatar has been named in news reports as doing so. Other likely suspects include the Saudi kingdom, Malaysia, Egypt, Tunisia, and private donations; the Muslim Brotherhood has a strong fundraising network throughout mosques worldwide. People donate to "charity" to help war orphans and the money goes instead to create more war orphans. They may be skimming money from humanitarian aid -- at least one camp refused Israeli donations, showing that the Muslim Brotherhood controls what goes in and out -- or running the aid groups directly, as al-Qaeda used to do. We also found out recently that Europe covertly put about $100 million into the Muslim Brotherhood's conquest of Mali by paying ransoms for kidnapped businessmen, and that the MB controlled cocaine traffic into Europe; something similar could be taking place to fund the invasion of Syria.

From the US perspective, Syria was part of an alliance with Iran and so weakening Syria will weaken Iran. From the Arab perspective, socialist Syria doesn't give a damn about the jihad against Israel but an Islamic Syria would happily participate in the next war. From the Islamist perspective, Syria is a secular state and therefore Muslims have a religious duty to invade and conquer it. From the Russian perspective, Syria was a loyal buyer of Russian arms and a point of Russian influence into the Middle East. From the Iranian perspective, they have been allied with both sides in the recent past but Assad would give them more influence in the region and access to the Mediterranean via a smuggler-friendly northern Iraq.

Europe and the US are acting as if their foreign ministries are under the control of Muslim Brotherhood moles. After it became obvious that this was a war of aggression and genocide that would benefit forces openly at war with Europe and the US, the ministries are still pressuring their governments to send the Brotherhood more guns and money. The media are saying what the governments tell them to. Syria banned entry to all foreign journalists after seeing how badly the media distorted Israel's fight with the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza, so they couldn't do any investigative journalism if they wanted to. All Western reports from Syria have been from journalists embedded with the Muslim Brotherhood or a few brave people who snuck into the country. The BBC makes a news story out of everything that one guy with a blog tells them; that guy is probably a Muslim Brotherhood press officer, making the BBC a Brotherhood mouthpiece.

BBC bans all coverage of Palestinian Hunger-strike (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43237061)

The BBC is better know as the Israeli Broadcasting Company. In reality, it was set up of the propaganda arm of what would later be casually known as MI5 (MI5 is actually a basket of security service departments). During WW2, when Churchill was to drunk to stand, let alone speak, the BBC used a voice impersonator for all of his famous radio speeches (none of which he wrote himself, of course).

More recently, the extent of child abuse at the BBC has been revealed. Jimmy Savile, Britain's most prolific child abuser, was on the payroll of the BBC for more than four decades. During this time, he traveled to Israel, spoke in their parliament (Knesset), and demanded that they be even more brutal in the treatment of the Palestinian 'sub-Humans'. Savile was not a Jew, but all leading figures at the BBC are required to be committed Zionists.

Al Jazeera, the fake 'independent' Arab news service (that now runs from the British Intelligence bases in Qatar) was set up by MI6's propaganda arm, the BBC World Service. BBC simply converted its Arab desk into Al Jazeera.

Syria is a modern secular society with a popular regime. It has religious freedom, and excellent rights for women (certainly compared with horrors like Saudi Arabia- currently receiving official visits from the British government and royalty). Syria is being exterminated so the majority population can be placed under extremist Islamic rule, with Saudi judges implementing Sharia Law (Saudi judges operate in most Obama friendly Arab States).

Most recently, the BBC banned all mention of the hunger strike initiated to bring the depraved and sickening actions of the Israeli government to the attention of the world's public. I don't mean banned from headlines. I mean banned in any and all of the BBC's news services.

Syrians hacking the BBC propaganda outlets would be like Jews hacking Goebbels radio broadcasts during WW2.

Unlike the brain-dead Yanks who dribble "Obama is great" all day long, the public in Britain is well aware of the terrorist atrocities in Syria backed by Britain and the USA. Everytime it is possible for ordinary people to comment on anti-Syria propaganda in the British press (the BBC censors ALL comments on BBC sites, to ensure a pro-government line), the public makes it clear how disgusted they are about the destruction of Syria. Of course, Britain had the greatest public protest against the invasion of Iraq too.

Now watch as Slashdot's owners use the 'privilege' to rank this comment '-1' in a few minutes. If you care, go search Youtube for 'Syrian Girl'.

PS here's a little story for you about Al Jazeerra. Recently they showed a mosque exploding, and said their reporters on the ground had just watched the regimes air force bomb the site. One little problem. Obama's terrorists in Syria all have cell-phone cameras, and like the good little gang-bangers they are, they love to show off. A day later they uploaded video showing them wiring (courtesy of training and arms from the special forces of the UK, Israel and USA) up the site with explosives, and then retreating to safe ground to detonate the bombs.

It doesn't matter how many times news organisations like Al Jazeera are caught in blatant lies. Alphas (be they good guys or bad guys) already know the truth. Betas are far too thick, lazy, and conditioned to seek information beyond the government controlled mass media outlets. Betas, by definition, need to believe what their masters tell them. Look how many comments here repeat the Obama lie that the Syria regime are the bad guys. They know you are far too pathetic to find the truth out for yourselves.

Re:BBC bans all coverage of Palestinian Hunger-str (1)

AaronLS (1804210) | about a year ago | (#43237275)

Educate us, how is Britain and USA backing Syria?

Re:BBC bans all coverage of Palestinian Hunger-str (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43239105)

They aren't. There are training and arming the Al Qaeda supporters known as the 'Free Syrian Army' amongst other things (e.g. murderous religious nutjobs).

Attack BBC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43237189)

Yes, because that's going to: A) make people think that the regime isn't so bad after all, B) encourage the BBC to write reports that cast the regime in a more positive light.

A double fail Streisand Effect? Impressive.

Seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43237395)

Can we stop referring to someone guessing a password as hacking? Especially on slashdot?

As a journalist myself (1)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | about a year ago | (#43238353)

As a journalist myself, this made me curious because I really don't know the answer to the conundrum posed. The SEA is objecting to the way the BBC portrays the Assad regime, and that is their right to disagree. My question to them is how should the BBC portray the use of the leader of an a military outfit that uses chemical weapons on children and civilians? I can honestly say that I don't know how one would portray this in a good light. Can any SEA spokespeople enlighten me on this one?

Fighting fire with fire (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43238581)

That's one way to win the propaganda war.

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