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China spy network

Posted by Charles II on March 28, 2009

Paul Harris, Guardian:

A mystery electronic spy network apparently based in China has infiltrated hundreds of computers around the world and stolen files and documents, Canadian researchers have revealed.

The network, dubbed GhostNet, appears to target embassies, media groups, NGOs, international organisations, government foreign ministries and the offices of the Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan exile movement. The researchers, based at Toronto University’s Munk Centre for International Studies, said their discovery had profound implications.

“This report serves as a wake-up call… these are major disruptive capabilities that the professional information security community, as well as policymakers, need to come to terms with rapidly,” said researchers Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski.

After 10 months of study, the researchers concluded that GhostNet had invaded 1,295 computers in 103 countries, but it appeared to be most focused on countries in south Asia and south-east Asia, as well as the Dalai Lama’s offices in India, Brussels, London and New York. The network continues to infiltrate dozens of new computers each week.

Such a pattern, and the fact that the network seemed to be controlled from computers inside China, could suggest that GhostNet was set up or linked to Chinese government espionage agencies. However, the researchers were clear that they had not been able to identify who was behind the network, and said it could be run by private citizens in China or a different country altogether. A Chinese government spokesmen has denied any official involvement.

A massive network operating from within China without the government’s knowledge.

I don’t think so.

Posted in China, computers and software | 8 Comments »

Dorkwad State Legislator Outs Blogger Who Dared Pick On Him

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2009

Seems that Mike Doogan, a Democratic state representative and ally of Sarah Palin, has an obsession with outing anonymous bloggers, especially those that point out uncomfortable truths about him.

This has touched off a firestorm in the world of Alaskan politics, and Doogan’s been receiving hundreds if not thousands of outraged e-mails and phone calls. But the most effective way to get a message into his thick head is probably this way:

If you want to really express your outrage, you should write an email to the Democrats with the real power, the Minority Leader and Minority Whip. There email addresses are rep.beth.kerttula@legis.state.ak.us,
rep.david.guttenberg@legis.state.ak.us .

Here’s the email I sent:

Dear Minority Leader Kerttula and Minority Whip Guttenberg,

You may or may not be aware of this but a fellow member of the Democratic Caucus, Rep. Mike Doogan, has taken it upon himself to trample upon the privacy of a citizen of Alaska. Rep. Doogan recently unilaterally and maliciously revealed the identity of a anonymous female blogger who writes the site Mudflats. Rep. Doogan’s actions were reprehensible and will involuntarily expose this poor woman and her family to the harsh light of the public media spotlight.

Please find below my email to Rep. Doogan complaining about his deplorable actions. I hope that you will take this matter under advisement and consider how poorly these actions by Rep. Doogan tarnish the image of the Democratic Party in Alaska.

If you want to really spread the word, you should email the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Their emails are Representative_John_Coghill@legis.state.ak.us,
Representative_Berta_Gardner@legis.state.ak.us,
Senator_Gary_Stevens@legis.state.ak.us,
Senator_Thomas_Wagoner@legis.state.ak.us .

Here’s the email I sent:

Dear Reps. Coghill and Gardner and Sens. Stevens and Wagoner,

You may or may not be aware of this but a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Doogan, has taken it upon himself to trample upon the privacy of a citizen of Alaska. Rep. Doogan recently unilaterally and maliciously revealed the identity of an anonymous female blogger who writes the blog Mudflats. Rep. Doogan’s actions were reprehensible and will involuntarily expose this poor woman and her family to the harsh light of the public media spotlight.

Please find below my email to Rep. Doogan complaining about his deplorable actions. As members of the Alaska legislature’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, I hope that you will take this matter under advisement and consider how poorly these actions by Rep. Doogan tarnish the image of the Alaska legislature.

You know what to do.  (By the way: As noted above, Doogan has made his political bed with Sarah Palin, which with the big blowup (and not just the Mount Redoubt volcano) going on right now was probably not a wise move. He could try switching parties, but since he represents the Anchorage district, that would put him in an even worse electoral spot.)

Posted in blogs and blogging, blowback, eedjits, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | Tagged: | 8 Comments »

Mexico, March 27th, 2009

Posted by Charles II on March 28, 2009

Translation at Narconews from an item in Por Esto:

NO to Intervention

Posted by Kristin Bricker – March 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm by Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Mexico City. March 25, 2009

Mrs. Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
Government of the United States of America

Esteemed Mrs. Clinton:

From our point of view, the problems of insecurity and violence in our country have arisen from the prevailing corruption and impunity, and because there hasn’t been economic growth for 26 years and millions of youths have been marginalized from education and haven’t had work opportunities.

You surely know that all of this began when a group of about 30 traffickers of influence and corrupt politicians, using the cover of so-called neoliberal economic policies, took control of the Mexican State, as well as a good part of national and so-called public goods. And these policies of pillaging that has enriched a minority in an exaggerated and obscene manner, in a way that has not occurred in any other part of the world, has condemned the Mexican people to exile and survival.

That is why we believe that it is an error to want to confront the problems of insecurity and violence with only an iron fist, with soldiers, with prisons, with tougher laws, and with stiffer penalties. The solution to the scourge of criminality lies in rescuing the State, in changing the current economic model, and in guaranteeing the people better living and working conditions. It can’t be forgotten that peace and tranquility are fruits of justice.

….

Sincerely,

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Legitimate President of Mexico

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UPS Does It By Bike (In Oregon And Hawaii, Anyway)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2009


UPS Delivery By Bike! Salem, Oregon from nwduffer on Vimeo.

UPS trucks typically deliver between one hundred and one hundred fifty packages per day. When the United Parcel Service started its holiday-season bike-delivery program in New Hampshire, Maine, California, Washington, Oregon, and Tennessee a few months ago (after a pilot run in New Hampshire and Maine in 2007), they expected that each rider would deliver between twenty-five and fifty packages. However, at least one rider in the Salem, Oregon area, Tina Brubaker, got nearly sixty packages delivered on her first day and can do nearly a hundred on a good day. A UPS truck drops off packages at her garage, which serves as a mini-hub where she goes to pick up more packages (and to change into dry clothes if it’s been raining, as it tends to do in Portland in the winter). Seems to be a pretty efficient system!

UPS also tried it in Hawaii, using bikes to deliver packages to three military bases on Oahu. UPS delivery person Tyrone Bellamy finds he can make seventy-five stops a day, which approaches the number of stops a truck can make at a fraction of the cost. (He’s also lost several pants sizes in the bargain, becoming quite trim and fit.)

I suspect that deliveries by bike would work well in high-density downtown areas, where truck parking is often problematic. My main concern is that the bike trailer should have a topper that can be locked down so as to make its contents less tempting to thieves.

Posted in bicycling, environment, Good Things, sustainability | 4 Comments »

 
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