Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
A short film by Paul Sullivan that chillingly breaks down the creepy tactics New York City police used to intimidate and harass protesters, and arrest them for expressing their first amendment rights in public space. In these examples, it seems they used "the momentum of arrests" to deter the spirit of the crowd--not because the individuals shown here actually posed a threat to the public, or had harmed anyone or done anything bad.
Fidel Salinas, Jr., a 27-year-old hacker apparently affiliated with the Anonymous subgroup AntiSec, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Texas.
According to a criminal complaint (PDF) filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on September 11, Salinas was arrested for “accessing, or attempting to access, a protected computer without authorization, and as a result of such conduct, recklessly causing damage.”
The charges stem from Salinas’s alleged hack, on January 5 of 2012, of co.hidalgo.tx.us, a website belonging to the Hidalgo County government in Texas and hosted by the company CivicPlus on a server in Kansas City, Kansas. Salinas allegedly used a brute force SQL injection attack to access the computer, registering 14,000 attempts before unlocking it.
According to court records, the attack “compromised sensitive human resources and emergency alert data, caused slowness and latency for users, and left administrators unable to access or manage the website for most of the day, according to an affidavit,” as SC Magazine wrote.