Friday, October 31, 2014
Yesterday the famous Paypal 14 hacktivists were sentenced: all their felony charges were dropped, leaving them with misdemeanors and a bill for restitution. The Cryptosphere correspondent Douglas Lucas was the only journalist actually present at the sentencing. Since the conditions of their probation have now changed, this article marks the first media opportunity for a full half of the PayPal 14 to speak out without fear of ending up with a felony charge in return.
Click here for reading the article
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Mission: 7 billion people to 1,400 billionaires is 5,000,000 to 1
What is The ‘Million Mask March’?
Last year thousands of people worldwide joined Million Mask March rallies organized by the amorphous Anonymous movement. Rallies, both peaceful and confrontational, protested austerity, surveillance, corporate greed and corrupt governments.
In a mass demonstration of people power, crowds in 450 cities around the world filled the streets wearing Guy Fawkes masks. “The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us” – under this motto protesters united in a global mass-march to deliver various messages.
From Sydney to Los Angeles, from Johannesburg to London – thousands came forward to make their voices heard. Among key ideas which virtually connected all different protests were anti-capitalist idealism and the rejection of NSA surveillance. Some rallies had a sense of carnival, where whole families with kids marched in protest, while other gatherings – like in London and Washington – turned more intense, with people not hiding their rage.
You Want To Participate This Year In The Million Mask March 2014 with thousands of others all around the world?
Here is all information you need for 2014:
HOW TO USE THE MAP
Make sure you have the latest version of Google maps.
Go to: MillionMaskMarch.com/map. (.com, .org & .net lead to the same place). Once you start zooming in, city names/event pages and the search option will appear. As a protective measure, copy this link for safekeeping in case anything ever happens to this web site: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zcw0ZYrLl5RQ.khgYCnHItPbY
HOW TO ADD YOUR EVENT TO THE MAP
1. We add events to the map that you create.
2. If you only see a 2013 event, contact the group, ask if they’ll update it to 2014 and email us here or on Facebook with the link so we can add it to the map. Posting links on our FB discussion threads as the only way of informing us is discouraged.
3. If you don’t hear back from 2013 MMM event page admins (don’t wait more than 24 hours), trying searching for: “Million Mask March Facebook Wednesday (your city)” to see if a 2014 event has already been created. If you find an event, message us the link so we can add it to the map.
4. If you can’t update a 2013 event and don’t find a 2014 event, create a new event page for 2014, we’ll add it to the map and reference last year’s page. Set privacy settings to public.
5. If you think any of event pages are hijacked duds, make another one and we’ll add it the map. Yes, you have power and choices.
Please allow 24 hours for updates.
eMail: map@MillionMaskMarch.org and info@MillionMaskMarch.org.
Christine Ann Sands, MMM Domain Owner
Tel: 860-888-3127 – Washington, DC
Defend the right to truth always: Free Julian Assange today.
Masks are permitted since no harm is intended.
WHERE TO GET MASKS
Tell them Million Mask March or Anonomobile sent you (in the notes section with your order) and you’ll get a FREE Million Mask March package (stickers) with your order.
In the spirit of ending tyrannical rule with civil disobedience, it is hereby recommended nobody obtain permits. Please, however, be courteous to other groups who may have events planned in places you wish to gather.
Bring pepper spray decontamination wipes just in case.
Use Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and posters.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as ”citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
With millions of unique visitors every day, The Pirate Bay has a well-deserved place within the top 100 most visited websites on the web. The BitTorrent site has powered on through years of persecution from authorities around the globe, evading shut down requests and aggressive threats, and bouncing back from police raids and prison sentences.
Created in 2003, the torrent site successfully avoided authorities until 2006. It was then the U.S. and Swedish Governments’ work with Hollywood film association MPAA led to a raid. Servers and piles of equipment were seized and three were questioned by police, although they were later released.
In 2009, the website’s luck eventually ran out. Four individuals were found guilty of breaching copyright law in Sweden, including co-founder Peter Sunde, who has maintained his belief that file-sharing for personal use should be legal. After a moderately successful appeal their prison sentences ranged between four and ten months, with a hefty $4.8 million fine. Remarkably, though, the content exchange site remained live through all of this.
11 years since its creation, the Pirate Bay is still going strong. Despite occasional downtime, the website has bounced between .org and country code top-level domains such as .sx (Sint Maarten), .pe (Peru), .gy (Guyana), .gl (Greenland) and .se (Sweden), and also hopped between multiple hosts.
Countries and ISPs have blocked access to the Bay across the globe, but even that hasn’t deterred its millions of regular users. It has become common knowledge that these restrictions can be easily circumvented by VPNs and mirror and proxy sites.
Last month, it was revealed how the elusive Pirate Bay has managed to avoid detection in recent years. It’s all down to a monumental change to cloud hosting, using numerous providers around the world. As traffic goes through a load balancer, none of the hosts know that it’s The Pirate Bay using their services, keeping IP addresses safe.
The Pirate Bay currently has 21 virtual machines (VMs); a form of virtual hardware used to run the operating system remotely. Eight of these are used to serve web pages, six to handle search queries and two to run the database. The others are used for the proxy site, torrent storage, the controller, load balancing and statistics. If the website’s cloud servers are closed by police, the VMs can be moved quickly and relatively easily.
While other torrent websites have succumbed to their setbacks, The Pirate Bay is still standing. Its ability to shift shape, combined with a striking determination, has achieved a victory for file-sharing for what looks like many years to come.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis, Darren Martyn and Ryan Ackroyd appeared together publically for first time since being convicted for computer hacking on the Royal Court Theatre stage, in conversation with Academic and Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman.