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vik (17857) writes "The whole SSL process has been infiltrated by the NSA, GCSB and other n'er-do-wells. If governments want a man-in-the-middle certificate they simply issue a secret gagging order to the CA to make them issue one. Consequently "certified" SSL certificates can no longer be trusted. Ironically self-issued certificates are more secure, but not easily verified.
However, PGP/GPG keys can be trusted and independently verified. They are as secure as we can get for now. Why not replace the broken SSL CA system with GPG/PGP encryption keys? Make the NSA-infiltrated stuff obsolete, and rely on a real-world web of trust?" top
vik writes "As Megaupload's Kim Dotcom's megafarce trial continues, the New Zealand Herald reports that his alleged offence not only falls below the threshold for extradition, but also the warrant may not be properly served. "My understanding as to why they haven't done that is because they can't. We don't believe Megaupload can be served in a criminal matter because it is not located within the jurisdiction of the United States," says Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken.
vik writes "So Kimdotcom's goods were seized with a warrant that has been declared invalid by the court. Looks like Kiwis aren't very good at following instructions from the USA, eh?" Link to Original Source top
vik (17857) writes "A sysadmin of my acquaintance recently received a phone call from "Computer Maintenance" purporting to be on behalf of Microsoft, and smelt a rat. The scammers want you to visit supportvirtual.com ( or perhaps curingyourpc.com ) and want remote access to your computer, to install malware, your credit card or both. This is how he tracked Rajat Kumar Jain of JARS services to his lair." Link to Original Source top
vik writes "According to local media, multiple eye witnesses are reporting that a meteorite crashed into a warehouse in Auckland, New Zealand last night, setting it on fire. The warehouse roof was destroyed but no nearby buildings were damaged and there was only one minor casualty — a man who happened to be inside the building at the time. The fire service have not yet made an official announcement." Link to Original Source top
vik writes "A New Zealand peace group called Anzac Ploughshares attacked the Waihopai spy base, deflating one of the two large satellite domes with sickles. After disabling this part of the Echelon network, members — including a Dominican friar — "built a shrine and knelt in prayer to remember the people killed by United States military activity"." Link to Original Source
One aspect of North Korea's nuclear activity is being steadfastly ignored: you can use nukes to make more nukes.
Take lots of natural uranium - which North Korea has in abundance - and stack it up in a pile. Place a small nuclear device near it, preferably underground and let it off. Small is good as it spreads less debris and makes more neutrons. Underground is good because it catches the bits. Sound familiar?
Then, send a few expendable citizens in a few days later after the initial radioactivity has decayed off to recover the irradiated uranium. This is now loaded with plutonium, which can be separated using simple chemical techniques rather than all that tedious faffing around with centrifuges.
This is not a secret technique, and it would surprise the hell out of me if the Koreans weren't at least testing the concept. If they aren't, someone is likely to be shot for incompetence, and that's a powerful motivator. Could it be that - gasp - they're not complete imbeciles as the US administration would have us believe, and are in fact cunning bastards?
As I write, 2,740 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion started according to official figures. The 9/11 Trade Towers attack killed 2,752 people, and despite any link between the perpetrators and Iraq was widely used to justify its invasion. There are still no accurate figures for the number of Iraqis killed, and no exit strategies for the invaders. For some reason, I find this more disturbing than someone letting off a nuke in an abandoned mineshaft.
US Senators are claiming that the misguided US strike in Pakistan is justified by their faulty intelligence which, incidentally, is not going to help the case against Iran where is hard to spot any intelligence whatsoever from any party involved.
The "War on Terror" seems to be morphing into a "War of Terror", enacting the old cliche of the righteous becoming as bad as the ones they seek to eliminate. How else can one describe the bombing without warning of 18 innocent Pakistani villagers by remote control? Expect more irony as the US military death toll approaches 2,752 - the same number of people that died in the 9/11 attack.
G.W. Bush's actions need to be considered as desperate acts by a man who considers himself and his country above international laws and UN regulation, who regards his view of security as being more important than liberty, who invades other countries with falsified justifications, practices indefinite imprisonment without justice or Red Cross access, kidnaps foreign nationals, uses chemical weapons, and whose forces are committing acts of violence, torture and intimidation which are only serving to increase the threat of terrorism world-wide.
The US Special Operations Command is spending US$300 million on planting pro-American stories in the world's press - something which it has declared illegal to do in its own newspapers, but apparently is OK to do in the rest of the world. The funding is divided into three US$100 million contracts with the Lincon Group, Science Applications International Corp., and SYColeman. The former are currently under investigation regarding the paid articles in the Iraqi press.
This will make it very hard to take any pro-American news seriously.
New Zealand is suggesting that it will allow air "marshalls" to fly on planes headed to New Zealand. Now, I don't know about you but I don't much fancy the concept of state-sponsored terrorists being given a ticket to carry firearms into my country.
Since their inception they have killed more than they've saved and their tactics are indistinguishable from those of hijackers - even down to shooting unarmed passengers. Their training is to intimidate and threaten, then shoot those who do not comply.
Familiar tactics? They are either going to kill more innocents, or get themselves killed because Kiwis are certainly not going to put up with such behaviour on their aircraft.
Ms. Condoleezza Rice is asking the world to trust the US on its approach to fighting terrorism. This is rich, considering they are using weasel-words to bend international law to breaking point: It's not kidnapping, it's "extraordinary rendition"; it's not torture, its "innovative interrogation techniques"; they're not breaking US law, because they do it overseas.
Is this clever wording supposed to increase our sense of their trustworthiness? To make up for the falsehoods of Iraqi WMD, their bogus denials on the use of white phosphorous and napalm, their mass incarcerations without trial? No, it won't wash. It is past time for the braver countries of the world to tell the US bluntly that their trust quota is now in overdraft and further credit will be refused.