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Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HACK! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.

Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.

Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.

Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes :: Read the full article »»»»

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USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HACK! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

CHINAThe second largest economy on the planet – and arguably the most powerful – China, has launched a venomous attack on the United States, labelling it an “espionage villain” after former US spy Edward Snowden raised new allegations on the far-reaching US cyber-surveillance program, PRISM.

Snowden’s latest allegations have the US spy-program directed squarely at  Chinese targets.

The US is seeking to extradite the 30-year-old technician from Hong Kong, where he is holed up after leaking details of secret US intelligence programs to international media outlets.

Snowden’s leaks revealed that the National Security Agency – NSA – has access to vast amounts of internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video under a government program known as PRISM. The South China Morning Post says documents and statements by Snowden show PRISM also hacked major Chinese telecom companies to access text messages and targeted China’s top Tsinghua University.

US privacy proponentss have blasted Prism as unconstitutional government surveillance, they’ve called for a review of the program. The US Centre for Constitutional Rights says it believes PRISM to be the broadest surveillance order issued in American history. The Bashing China has received over the past decade on civil liberty, internet censorship and human rights now looks like COMPLETE hypocrisy. The scale of PRISM is daunting, it’s flow-on affect for US allies is likely to haunt us for the foreseeable future, ironically.

In an absolutely ironic twist, Snowden’s revelations come just weeks after US president Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held meeting on the subject of China/US relations where the US president took the Chinese leader to task on hacking charges :: Read the full article »»»»


BOB KATTERS AUSTRALIAN PARTY THE MUSICAL

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on BOB KATTERS AUSTRALIAN PARTY THE MUSICAL

OK, the dust has settled on the Queensland election, seems that Queenslander’s don’t take as much notice of Television Ads as Bob Katter had hoped . . .

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Mr Katters Australian Party didn’t exactly get whitewashed, infact for a first-time-at-the-polls-party, they did admirably. Katters Australian Party Polled a nudge over 11.5% of the state vote, half that of the outgoing ALP’s 26% None of these dull numbers is actually what this post is about. A few weeks ago we ran Mr Katters Anti Gay Marriage TV ad (above), The youtube video went slightly ballistic, the comments however, are off the Richter! Read the full article »»»»


The Year of Twitter

Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blogging, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Social Media, Social Network Sites, Twitter, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Year of Twitter

Digital marketing agency Zeta Interactive, has released its annual rankings of social networks. They are categorized by “buzz” a ranking calculated by volume and tone – percentage positive ranking – of all the sites. This year, Twitter topped the list followed by LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.

Google+ did not make the top 10, partially due to its June launch – data starting from January 2011 was used to calculate the scores.

Minna Rhee, CEO of Zeta Interactive, declared 2011 “The Year of Twitter” and told Mashable, “For culture, breaking news and celebrities it is the social network.” Indeed, among the social networks, Twitter is the go-to for breaking news, and also has generated a lot of hype for its role in protests around the world. Combined with the sheer amount of mentions it gets from other websites, it jumped up two places from last year’s rankings. Facebook, which is much larger in terms of number of users, had the most negative buzz among the top 10 (although their negative buzz decreased compared to last year) Read the full article »»»»


University of Melbourne Has Developed Algorithm Explaining Viral Video

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on University of Melbourne Has Developed Algorithm Explaining Viral Video

University of Melbourne Has Developed Algorithm Explaining Viral VideoA marketing professor at the University of Melbourne says he has developed an algorithm to explain what makes an internet video go viral. YouTube has only existed for six years, but already there are more than 20 videos that have each been viewed by more than 100 million people. Videos that go viral often depict funny or amusing situations captured by everyday people – like ‘Charlie bit my finger’, featuring a young boy complaining of his baby brother’s toothy habits, which has exceeded 100 million views. Until now no-one has had a real theory about what makes a video go viral, but University of Melbourne marketing professor Dr Brent Coker thinks his algorithm can explain the success of viral videos. READ MORE