Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, says he sought the job with Booz Allen Hamilton to gather evidence on the agency's data collection networks.
In a June 12 interview with the South China Morning Post published Monday, Snowden, who previously worked as a CIA technician, said he took the position with the intention of collecting information on the NSA.
“My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he said. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.”" Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama. “I like him better," said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad". Only problem was, it was a story from The Onion. Not only that, they took credit for it! The Onion responded by stating that "Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s"." Link to Original Source top
Calif. Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password
J053 writes "California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of privacy bills making it illegal for employers and colleges to demand access to social media accounts.
Brown announced on Thursday that he signed AB1844 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, a Democrat from San Jose. The bill prohibits employers from demanding user names and passwords from employees and job applicants.
J053 writes "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requiring you to decrypt your data is "evidentiary", and therefore covered by the 5th Amendment. "The government's attempt to force this man to decrypt his data put him in the Catch-22 the 5th Amendment was designed to prevent – having to choose between self-incrimination or risking contempt of court," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann." Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "Engadget reports that Canonical will end support for Kubuntu after 12.04. They are only ending their paid support, but the writing appears to be on the wall. Curse you, Unity!" Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "The Humble Indie Bundle #3 has been released. As with the previous bundles, you can pay whatever you think they're worth, and have any portion of your payment go to either the EFF or to Childs's Play." Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "Wired Magazine reports that Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano's excuse for being a day late with his explanation as to why the litigation factory made “dishonest statements to the court” was that his web browser upgraded and he could no longer attach PDF fiiles to his submissions. Yeah, right..." Link to Original Source top
<350J>" rel="nofollow">J053 writes "BurstNet, hosting provider for over 73,000 blogs at Blogetry, has been shut down at the request of law enforcement — and the ISP claims they are not allowed to say why. If one (or even several) of the hosted sites contained copyrighted materials, why shut them all down?
J053 writes "The New York Times reports that "Turkish hackers Thursday defaced the official sites of the international organizations that oversee the Internet's critical routing infrastructure and regulate domain names, researchers said Friday.
A group calling itself "NetDevilz" claimed responsibility for the hack, which Thursday morning temporarily redirected visitors to the sites for IANA ( Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ) and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
Users who tried to reach iana.com, iana-servers.com, icann.com and icann.net were shunted to an illegitimate site." top
J053 writes "PC World reports that Wikileaks is back in business after a Federal judge reversed his ruling that shut the domain down. Seems that the Julius baer & Co. bank had not shown they did any business in the US." Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "Information Week has the story: Spamming itself is not illegal, but an appeal to protect false message routing information may take Jeremy Jaynes' case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld the felony conviction of Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, North Carolina, for illegal spamming, rejecting his claims that falsifying message headers is protected under the First Amendment right of free speech." Link to Original Source top
J053 writes "The AP reports: Several companies lost access to their own files when Amazon.com Inc.'s pay-as-you-go data storage system went down Friday morning.
Amazon said computers that power its Simple Storage Service were unreachable at one of three data centers for about two hours. By 7 a.m. Pacific Time, most users' problems were resolved." top
J053 writes "The Nielsen company, along with Digimarc, are planning to offer their digital watermarking technology to web content providers. According to Information Week, the system will provide "a way to quickly discover unauthorized content on sites. To do that, the system would leverage Nielsen's existing watermark technology, which is used on more than 95% of TV programming distributed today. The watermarks are used by the meters installed in people's home to identify the programs they watch."" Link to Original Source
J053 writes | about 10 years ago
After watching the US political process for more years than I care to think about, I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way for the People to take back their government - and that is to fire all executives, legislators, and judges (if they are elected). It has been my voting strategy for several years now to vote against all incumbents and, wherever possible, for female candidates.
It is more important to vote out the incumbents than to vote in women, but a combination approach could yield a crop of representatives who are not locked in to the system. This can only be a good thing.