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Hackers Use Web Sites, Ads to Infect PCs
Washington Post
by Brian Krebs
November 23, 2004

Hackers co-opted several popular Web sites including comedycentral.com over the weekend, using them to infect thousands of computers with a virus that can be used to steal passwords, bank accounts and other personal information.

Displaying an increasingly sophisticated approach to online theft, the hackers gained control of a German online advertising services firm and served up thousands of Internet ads designed to send visitors to one of several Web sites where the hackers had installed the virus. Hackers also can use the virus to plant programs on victims' computers that send out spam, flood monitors with pop-up advertising or attack other Web sites, said security researchers who analyzed the code.

Banner Ads Serving Up MyDoom
internetnews.com
by Sean Michael Kerner
November 22, 2004

New move in virus battle renders banner ads susceptible to MyDoom variant. A chilling turn in the war against viruses appeared over the weekend. It looks like viruses are now being spread unsuspectingly through Web sites via compromised ad servers.

The SANS Institute Internet Storm Center on Saturday reported that a 'high profile UK website' was among those that had been hit. On Sunday, The Register confirmed on a note on its site that, "early on Saturday morning some banner advertising served for The Register by third-party ad serving company Falk AG became infected with the Bofra/IFrame exploit."

The significance of one handwritten resignation letter
V Myths
by Rob Rosenberger
November 16, 2004

"I have Handwritten this [resignation] letter," U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft told the president on 2 November, "so its confidentiality can be maintained."

"Handwritten" to maintain "confidentiality." Ashcroft didn't even trust the security of his home PC, let alone the classified laptop he takes on road trips!

State electronic voting machine battle continues
The Herald-Mail Company (MD) - [Archive Subscription Required]
by Wanda T. Williams
October 18, 2004

TrueVoteMD, an election integrity group opposing the state's electronic touch-screen voting machines, is fighting the state's decision to not grant poll-watching credentials to group members for the Nov. 2 election.

"Electronic voting machines are vulnerable to human error and tampering," said Linda Schade, co-founder of the Tacoma Park, Md.-based group of approximately 3,000 members. "We're hoping to educate voters and document the problems that people have."

Bush v. the 2nd Amendment by Chris Powell
lewrockwell.com
by Chris Powell
September 11, 2004

Lately, Democratic presidential contender John Kerry has been making laughable attempts to appeal to gun owners, despite his very clear record in favor of gun control.

This would probably be funnier if it weren't for the fact that Bush, too, has a very clear record of undermining the Second Amendment. Most supporters of gun rights seem to be oblivious to this, or at best only dimly aware. Pointing out the failure by Bush to protect the right to bear arms nearly always brings out the question "So you think Kerry would be better?" Obviously only those who agree with Sarah Brady think Kerry would be better on guns, but it would take some considerable effort for Kerry to do worse, as Bush has attacked gun rights in his domestic agenda, by Administration actions in the courts, and in his foreign policy.

Chicago plans advanced surveillance
USA Today (IL)
by Debbie Howlett
September 9, 2004

A surveillance system that uses 2,000 remote-control cameras and motion-sensing software to spot crimes or terrorist acts as they happen is being planned for the city.

The high-definition, motorized cameras can rotate 360 degrees and include night-vision capability. They will be mounted on buildings and utility poles across the city. The city is also considering allowing private companies to join the network, for a fee. Officials said the system size is nearly limitless.

Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
by Tim Radford
September 7, 2004

Two of the seven million dollar challenges that have baffled for more than a century may be close to being solved

Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. If they are right - still a big if - and somebody really has cracked the so-called Riemann hypothesis, financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe.

Uncle Sam Mothballs Screening Program
Washington Post
by Cynthia L. Webb
July 16, 2004

The Bush administration has sent the embattled CAPPS II airline passenger screening program back to the hangar for a major overhaul, a decision that civil liberties advocates have applauded as a win for privacy rights.

The New York Times reported that the government "is pressing ahead with a new computer system that will rely on government databases."

Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos
news.bbc.co.uk
May 14, 2004

Mirror editor Piers Morgan is sacked as the newspaper concedes photos of soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.

In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to continue. The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures. Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated". Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime."

Voting Lesser of Two Evils Won't Save America
newswithviews.com
by Devvy Kidd
May 11, 2004

The issue of whether someone should vote for the "lesser of two evils" this November has become very contentious in recent months with friends and relatives clashing to the point of creating hard feelings.

Sadly, most Americans don't really recognize that they are being deliberately herded into this direction to keep them in line and "faithful" to either the Democrat or Republican parties. Sun-Tzu is considered one of the greatest military tacticians of all time. I have learned much from studying his strategies as well as Francis Marion aka The Swamp Fox. The herding technique is one of the most effective methods of manipulating those to be conquered into the right direction. I use a bull and cape metaphor on my web site to illustrate this, but basically, this is how it works...

     

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