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Funny stuff in the papers; hidden away from view…

April 3, 2009

Some interesting tidbits I’m musing over:

Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

Addressing what intelligence officials describe as a gaping vulnerability, the legislation also calls for the appointment of a White House cybersecurity “czar” with unprecedented authority to shut down computer networks, including private ones, if a cyberattack is underway, the officials said.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), was drafted with White House input.

“People say this is a military or intelligence concern, but it’s a lot more than that,” Rockefeller, a former intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview. “It suddenly gets into the realm of traffic lights and rail networks and water and electricity.”

Last week, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told reporters that one agency should oversee cybersecurity for government and for the private sector. He added that the NSA should be central to the effort.

Funny how the NSA is taking a key role here – and this is ticking people off in Washington…
Cybersecurity Chief Resigns

Mr. Beckstrom’s National Cybersecurity Center, created last March to coordinate all government cybersecurity efforts, answered to the secretary of homeland security.

In reality, “NSA currently dominates most national cyber efforts,” Mr. Beckstrom wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday. “While acknowledging the critical importance of NSA to our intelligence efforts, I believe this is a bad strategy on multiple grounds.”

He added that “the threats to our democratic processes are significant if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization (either directly or indirectly).” That echoed the view of some privacy advocates who worry about a government agency having too much information on individuals.

Ambrose has figured it out – The G20 moves the world a step closer to a global currency

A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,” it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.

Nice one Ambrose ROFL – love the last sentence there!

Pity that was the only real mention of the SDRs in today’s papers.

The headline on the Independent, The Guardian and the Daily Mail all shout out – The “New World Order” is here; although they each differ as to whether it is Obama, Brown or Sarkozy who is responsible. The Mail even repeats Gordon Brown’s claim that “the end of the recession is in sight.” Oh dear, here we go down a very bumpy hill!

For some humour: Canadian Prime Minister denies being in toilet during official photo

Mr Harper faced some light-hearted joshing from US President Barack Obama when he returned.

The BBC claimed Canada’s prime minister was “in the loo” but a spokesman for Mr Harper insisted he was getting briefed by his officials on the finer points of the draft G20 communique.

Asked if summit officials could use the computer programme Photoshop to insert an image of him, an aide laughed: “That’s a good question.”

TheSpartaCat went to the city, and all she brought back was this?

April 2, 2009

TheSpartaCat went to the G20 protests with one mission – to get ppl to wake up!

Climate Camp – Footage of the G20 Meltdown at Bishopsgate London 1 April 2009

And to do it peacefully.. unlike what we all saw on the MainStream Media. Some people actually care where we are going!

Nice work girl!

Conficker at work…

April 2, 2009

So a funny story on this whole Conficker worm

The in-house IT “expert” at our office sent round an email saying “I think it’s all a big hoax – but to be safe, update your anti-virus”.

Well, it would appear he didn’t take his own advice… our email server keeps getting blocked on my firewall… seems to be trying to connect to my machine on port 135 (Which is not a port it should be using LOL – but it is a port that Conficker uses to tunnel via RPC to spread)

So, I guess we have it “in-house”…

I suppose I should notify the ‘expert’ in the office eh?

Later – giggle… “It’s all a hoax”; uh huh..

From Canada’s Globe and Mail today – Conficker worm lies low on April Fool’s Day

Excerpt from the Article:

One of the most high-profile computer worms in recent history quietly activated yesterday, but showed no signs of causing havoc.

“Conficker should still be considered a serious threat …,” Dan Hubbard, chief technology officer at Websense, an internet security company, said in a statement. “There are millions of machines that are infected and the capability is definitely there for attackers to use the network for nefarious purposes.”

Computers infected with Conficker can be used to create a powerful botnet, which in turn could be used for everything from sending spam e-mails to mining for credit-card information. Computer users can protect themselves by downloading Microsoft’s security patches and updates – the worm only targets Windows-based machines. Microsoft has also offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the worm’s authors.

Some computer security experts believe the flood of attention Conficker garnered in recent weeks may have given its authors reason to lay low, and wait a few days to send further instructions to infected computers.

In another Canadian paper, however, we are being told it is no big deal, and more importantly, that it has stopped spreading. Dean Turner, director of Global Intelligence Network Symantec Security Response has stated:

The worm has stopped spreading. The writers of the virus seem to have removed the virus’s ability to replicate itself, which would suggest they believe they already have enough infected computers to accomplish whatever they are or were planning.

“Stopped spreading” – Yeah, sure – so why am I getting a firewall alarm every hour? When before today I never had? LOL!

Peace

UPDATE – hmm a whole raft of odd port connections now trying to come through! Guess it isn’t as dead as everyone thinks LOL.

April 1, 2009

Fantastic news report from France24 G20.

It’s amazing how the MSM will try to spin things… The protestors “WANT the NWO”? like WTF has she been smoking?

Well perhaps it is more a Real World Order – one we, the people, choose to support – and not the NWO the rich elite and ‘our’ political leaders would love to shove down our throats!

It has come time for a quiet revolution – one based on peaceful protest. Study Ghandi.

Gather together and simply sit in the middle of the street. Sit in the middle of the A4 in Knightsbridge; sit in the middle of Liverpool Street in the City (Although Commercial Street would be more appropriate).

It is not until access by road and rail is disrupted that the ‘City’ (a corporation, BTW) will pay attention. Hell – you should have been sitting in the Mall when they were off to see the Queen!

Can someone please plan the next 35,000 strong (or more) crwod to simply sit in the streets? It is far more effective! None of this march nonsense – if all the major roads into London were blocked the cost to the ‘corporations’ would be enormous…

Peace

March 31, 2009

G20 MELTDOWN

Mar 30 video update…

March 31, 2009

Don’t Panic! Conficker! Is it a Chinese cyber attack?

My update for Mar 30 on YouTube!

I’ll see about adding the links here…

Financial Times spoof generates interest!

March 29, 2009

There is a bunch of folks here in London who have done something really amazing to protest the G20 meetings. They’ve created a spoof of the FT from April 1, 2020… after the world as we know it has collapsed and been reformed into a giant socialist state – with pockets of resistance – like Texas 😉

I noticed this while reading the Guardian today – and I’m sure more people would enjoy this!

Find the website here http://www.ft2020.com/

There’s also a PDF available here so you can read it as it was printed.

There’s also a couple of YouTube videos of the production run of the paper!


And for really inspired folks, you can contact them for a print ready PDF – maybe for distribution in New York?