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Internet Service Providers in India are blocking torrent, file sharing and some video sharing websites due to court orders. Movie distribution and production house Reliance Entertainment has obtained John Doe orders that were upheld by the courts and ISPs are filtering these websites. Close on the heels of discussions on Internet censorship, this move is being seen as a move against freedom of speech, in my opinion, that's too dramatic.
Diplomats from around the globe gathering May 20-21 in Chicago for the 2012 NATO Summit were met with protestors lining the streets to express disagreement with the organization’s policies. Many reports claim the physical protests, which resulted in many arrests, have been accompanied by virtual protests as well. A news report by Reuters, as well as an article on Huffington Post , stated that malicious hackers affiliated with Anonymous successfully took the websites of the city of Chicago, as well as the Chicago Police Department, offline for a time on Sunday, May 20. A short video on Cyber War News featuring a representative outfitted in attire now closely associated with “hacktivist” group Anonymous states that the group is “actively engaged in actions against the Chicago Police Department,” encouraging others to follow suit. But the Chicago Police Department told Government Technology , via email, that news reports got it wrong, asserting that their online presence was unaffected.
After being the victim of a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by an unknown party , The Pirate Bay has returned (and by the way, so has Wikileaks ). While the torrent site has yet to reveal the details of who it believes was behind it all, it did post the following triumphant message on Facebook today: We're back in full effect! Show your support by adding this badge to your profile picture! If you wanna add it manually, it's here: http://www.picbadges.com/badges-assets/976/14362714_1336391025.png The news not only follows yesterday's revelation that a massive DDoS attack has kept The Pirate Bay down in many countries across the globe, but also the hacktivist group Anonymous' denial of responsibility for it , which was then confirmed by The Pirate Bay.
Chicago - It wasn't only the physical protesters targeting Chicago yesterday. Anonymous-related hacktivists also did their part by taking down the CPD's website and the City of Chicago's website. RT reports that authorities are looking into whether the City of Chicago website was taken down in yesterday's cyber strike. The Anonymous-related hacktivists have claimed to have taken down the website of the Chicago Police Department in relaliation for police violence against peaceful protesters during the anti-NATO protests. The group state on their Twitter page that they "do not claim to represent Anonymous or AntiSec as a whole, for we are one small piece to the puzzle."
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-31063" title="anonymous" src="http://c7.valuewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/anonymous.jpg" alt="anonymous" width="400" height="396" /> The US House of Representatives voted to pass CISPA- Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act today amidst uproar in the cyber world. Today, the United States House of representatives voted in to pass the controversial CISPA bill that most people argue will be the end of privacy. The bill is meant to give the federal government and businesses protection in law so that they can be able to share threats in the cyber world in an effort to forestall attacks online. The bill is supported by over 100 members of the House of Representatives and is set to be discussed by the end of the week. CISPA will be the first bill that faces a vote in Congress after the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) was voted in January.
A few years ago the Anonymous movement was unknown outside of the murkiest corners of the internet. Today their commitment to a number of worthy causes, notably censorship and human rights violations, and their brash refusal to stand down from these causes has brought the faceless organization into the public eye. Time Magazine ranked Anonymous the 36th most influential person in the world after the group came in first place in Time's 2012 online poll .
The trailer for upcoming dystopian shooter videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was available yesterday online following news that Activision would release the game on Nov. 13. The live-action synopsis portrays a future in which the United States' military forces have been hacked by either enemy nations or terrorists, bringing war to a 21st century Los Angeles. Included in the trailer is a single shot of an unidentified person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, the unofficial symbol of Anonymous, shown while the narrator explains that the enemy can be anywhere and can be anyone. The brief reference to the online hacktivist collective which has made a name for itself by fighting censorship and human rights abuse online but also for simply hacking websites for the lulz, had self-proclaimed Anonymous members responding almost immediately. Anons quickly took to Twitter to voice their reactions to the news that they might be an enemy in the latest Call of Duty title.
Sure, we can all get on our tin foil hats and say that big business is targetting Anonymous in this big targeted attack by demonizing the masks. But bear with me here a moment. Isn't one of the main issues the "core" group of Anonymous been facing lately, and arguably since its inception, that anyone can claim to be part of the collective/organization/whatever you want to call it, without necessarily sharing the more "benevolent" beliefs most internet savvy folks associate with Anon?
A contemplative Anon (Artwork by Mar - sudux.com) By Josh Corman & Brian Martin If you are new to this series, please begin with Part 0 and the index. NOTE: We will post each installment here for the security industry to garner feedback for about one week prior to posting to Forbes.com and a more mainstream and business readership. Please comment toward improving/clarifying the content. Acknowledgements
Two Toronto groups are exhorting Canadian workers to call in sick en masse next Tuesday, on May Day, as a protest against "the attacks of the one per cent." Members of the groups wearing yellow smiley-face masks unfurled a nine-metre-wide banner Tuesday morning from a bridge over Toronto's Gardiner Expressway, telling motorists that next Tuesday, observed in dozens of countries as a workers' holiday, is "a good day to be sick." An accompanying news release says "people are suffering with Harperitis and have serious headaches from Fordotrophy," referring to right-wing Toronto mayor Rob Ford, "which makes it really hard to work and make a living.
By JESSICA FIRGER New York City police and financial institutions are bracing themselves for a citywide protest Tuesday that many see as a test of whether Occupy Wall Street's strength and popular appeal will reignite after a dormant winter. Occupy organizers say they plan to "shut the city down" with pickets throughout Midtown and a union-backed march that is expected to draw thousands.
Over the last few weeks, the hacker collective Anonymous has shifted its attention to China. On March 30, Anonymous China defaced the first five of what would soon be hundreds of business and a few minor official websites, warning the Chinese government that it is "not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall." The Who's "Baba O'Riley" (commonly known as " Teenage Wasteland ") played on many of the sites, and Chinese netizens were directed to a link that explained how to get around Internet controls. Another hacker associated with the group LulzSec told Reuters that he breached the China National Import & Export Corporation, a defense contractor, and downloaded company documents to several file-sharing websites. The group is apparently not based in China, and appears to rely on translation tools to work through Chinese networks. So far Anonymous China hasn't exposed anything particularly damaging.
Time magazine today revealed its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Anonymous got the popular vote, but the hacktivist group didn't win in the end. Jeremy Lin was picked instead. Time's 2012 poll closed last week, and as you can see in the screenshot above, Anonymous was the clear winner with 395,793 positive votes, over 100,000 votes more than second place.
Anonymous: 10 Facts About The Hacktivist Group (click image for larger view and for slideshow) Anonymous, together with a group known as the Peoples Liberation Front, Tuesday announced the immediate availability a new website for hacktivists to dump their stolen ("doxed") data. Dubbed AnonPaste, the website has been created as an alternative to Pastebin and other websites that allow people to anonymously upload large amounts of text, the two groups said in a joint press release . Shared content can be set to expire after 10 minutes, an hour, a day, a month, a year, or never.
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