I wonder how I missed this one...
Patriot Act Bypasses Facebook Privacy
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Tuesday July 11, @03:34PM from the if-you-don't-want-it-published dept. Privacy The Internet
Geoffreyerffoeg writes "An article from the National Association of Colleges and Employers contains yet another horror story about a prospective hire's Facebook being checked — with a different twist. The interviewee had enabled privacy on his profile, '[b]ut, during the interview, something he was not prepared for happened. The interviewer began asking specific questions about the content on his Facebook.com listing and the situation became very awkward and uncomfortable. The son had thought only those he allowed to access his profile would be able to do so. But, the interviewer explained that as a state agency, recruiters accessed his Facebook account under the auspices of the Patriot Act.' How can a 'state agency' use the Patriot Act to subpoena a Facebook profile?"
Has this company been used in the US?
File-swappers' identities protected by Dutch court
By Jan Libbenga Published Friday 14th July 2006 13:11 GMT
A Dutch appeals court has thwarted attempts by the Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN to get the identities of file-sharers from five ISPs, including Wanadoo and Tiscali.
The court found that the manner in which IP addresses were collected and processed by US company MediaSentry had no lawful basis under European privacy laws. A lower court in Utrecht had reached a similar conclusion last year.
The court also argued that the software MediaSentry uses can't properly identify users or provide evidence of infringement.
Last year, expert witnesses at Delft University of Technology criticised MediaSentry's software for being too limited and simplistic. For instance, MediaSentry took filenames in Kazaa at face value. More importantly, the software scans all the content of the shared folder on the suspect's hard disk. In that process, it breached privacy laws.
The Dutch Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN) represented 52 media and entertainment companies and has been investigating 42 people suspected of swapping song files. Nine file-sharers decided to settle with BREIN.
BREIN says it will go to a higher court, but lawyer Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, who represented the ISPs, sees the decision as an important victory.
It's not nice to mock the ignorant, even if they are politicians...
Dance to senator saying 'Net is 'series of tubes'
Ted Stevens remarks catalyze a flurry of parodies
By Grant Gross, IDG News Service July 14, 2006
Commentary is spreading across the Web after U.S. Senator Ted Stevens described the Internet as a "series of tubes" during a debate on net neutrality June 28.
Stevens, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, was speaking perhaps metaphorically during a rambling argument against a net neutrality amendment to a broadband bill. Stevens' apparent point: The Internet could be easily clogged with junk, and broadband providers should be able separate their own content from streaming video and huge personal e-mail files.
In part, Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said: "The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."
Stevens continued: "And if you don't understand that those tubes can be filled, and if they're filled when you put your message in it, it gets in line, it's gonna be delayed by anyone who puts into that tube enormous amounts of material." Stevens went on to say that his staff sent him an "Internet" that was apparently delayed by 'Net congestion. (He may have meant that his staff sent him an e-mail.)
On an 11-11 vote, the committee rejected the amendment, which would have prevented broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. from charging extra based on the type of content transmitted by Internet-based companies.
Stevens' underlying point hasn't stopped a series of parodies from popping up on the Internet. Earlier this week, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart broadcast Stevens' remarks. Stevens, who is noted for making impassioned arguments in the Senate, is a frequent target of Stewart jokes, and Stewart suggested this week Stevens doesn't understand the Internet.
Stewart's riff on net neutrality is on YouTube.com. (Warning: Stewart uses a bit of off-color humor, as usual for him.)
Stevens is also parodied in a techno dance mix making the rounds on the Internet.
A bit of controversy erupted this week when the blog and community Web site MySpace.com, owned by conservative businessman Rupert Murdoch, pulled another song parody, but the folk-music tribute to Stevens was back on the site as of Thursday.
If that's not enough political parody for you, do a Google search on Ted Stevens and "series of tubes" and find out what the bloggers are saying.
A Stevens spokesman didn't have an immediate comment on the parodies.
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White supremacist jailed for nine months
TORONTO — An unabashed neo-Nazi who defied an court order to stop spreading hated over the Internet was arrested Thursday after being sentenced to nine months in jail for contempt, a punishment his lawyer called harsh.
Posted on Fri, Jul. 14, 2006
FBI computer consultant spared jail time in hacking case
WASHINGTON (AP) - An FBI computer consultant who pleaded guilty to hacking the secret passwords of Director Robert Mueller and others will not serve any time in prison, a federal judge has ruled.
Joseph Thomas Colon of Springfield, Ill., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to six months of home detention and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the FBI.
Colon pleaded guilty in March to four misdemeanor counts of intentionally exceeding his authorized computer access.
Original Footage of the Hindenburg Disaster
Grovulent submitted by Grovulent 15 hours 34 minutes ago (via http://www.infectiousvideos.com/index.php?p=showvid&sid=0562&o=140&idx=3&sb=daily&a=playvid )
With the famous commentary - Oh the humanity!
...because it's inexpensive, lets you feel like you are doing something, and has (a minuscule) chance of causing real damage.
Israeli Web Sites Attacked
Fighting along Israel’s border has led to hacker attacks against hundreds of sites.
July 13, 2006
The fighting along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon has brought with it an upsurge in attacks on Israeli-related web sites in the past 24 hours, Israeli web sites reported Thursday.
Could we make this argument in this country? Note they they are not offering to stop using the cameras until the law is amended...
Number plate cameras may be illegal
HAMISH MACDONELL SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR
POLICE cameras which use automatic number plate recognition could breach human rights legislation, a leading surveillance expert has warned.
Sir Andrew Leggatt, Chief Surveillance Commissioner, [Interesting title... Bob] urged ministers in Edinburgh and London to bring forward legislation swiftly to ensure the equipment is in line with privacy laws and police are not prevented from using the cameras to provide evidence in court.
... The piece of legislation which is the focus of his concerns if the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). Most of it covers the whole of the UK, although there is a separate law for Scotland dealing with devolved issues as well.
Together, they require police and local authorities to obtain authorisation for any operation involving intrusive surveillance. Authorisation is generally granted in relation to operations against specific suspects.
But Sir Andrew said that if an ANPR camera was set up to record any of the large number of vehicles which may have been entered on police computers as being suspect - and particularly if the system was linked to Highways Agency computer records - it was "unlikely" that the operation could be authorised under the terms of RIPA.
NTFS-3G - Full NTFS read / write support for Linux
copperkidd submitted by copperkidd 8 hours 55 minutes ago (via http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=23836054&forum_id=2697 )
Finally, a read-write ntfs driver, capable for unlimited file creation and deletion.
If true, this is a major escalation. If someone is giving these guys the weapons needed to reach Tel Aviv, Israel will stop dealing with the symptom and try to kill the source.
One dead after Hizbullah hits Israeli warship
By Emma Charlton AFP Published July 15, 2006
An Israeli sailor was confirmed dead and three remained missing on Saturday after Hizbullah struck a warship off the Lebanese coast in a dramatic display of the Shia guerrilla group's military capabilities.
... An army spokeswoman denied media reports that it had been struck by an explosives-laden drone [Hard to imagine that an unguided ballistic missile could hit anything 10 miles away. Bob]- but the strike was set to raise questions about the full extent of Hizbullah's strike capacity.
... According to Israeli media, the warship was 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the Beirut coast at the time of the attack and was hit in the stern. The army refused to confirm either detail.
... A foreign civilian vessel, believed to be Egyptian, was also hit and set on fire, its passengers and crew rescued by a third boat, according to an army spokeswoman, who gave no details of casualties on the ship. [Poor target identification? Bob]