Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: 'My days of hacking are done' Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating to the private intelligence firm Stratfor, has denounced his prosecution and lengthy prison sentence as a “vengeful, spiteful act” designed to put a chill on politically-motivated hacking. Hammond was sentenced on Friday at federal court in Manhattan to the maximum 10 years in jail, plus three years supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) flowing from his 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc, known as Stratfor. In an interview with the Guardian in the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York, conducted on Thursday, he said he was resigned to a long prison term which he sees as a conscious attempt by the US authorities to put a chill on political hacking.
Free Speech's Weak Links Under Internet Blacklist Bills The Internet Blacklist bills — the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) — would have a disastrous effect on online freedom of speech. In order to understand the ways a site placed on the blacklist could be denied a chance to connect with an audience, we’ve used our Free Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Link chart. The Internet Blacklist bills would subject non-domestic platforms and webhosts to the possibility of court injunctions that could require to payment interruptions or even DNS blocking in the U.S. Preparing for and responding to this legal action would be expensive, and would create an incentive for those platforms to impose more restrictions on user uploads. Further, platforms that haven't yet been developed will have more difficulty getting off the ground without a legal team. Under the Internet Blacklist Legislation search engines would be required to remove blacklisted sites from their results.
Freedom To Innovate For something like seventeen years, I have been investing in entrepreneurs who have had the freedom to innovate on the Internet. It has been a powerful life lesson for me. These people imagine something, they create it, and they are off and running building a business, hiring employees, generating cash flow. How to Explain Teaching Scientific Concepts & Problem Solving by Dr. Bitcoin: FBI Admits To Engaging In Infiltration, Disruption and Dismantling of Competing Currencies In a March 18, 2011 press release regarding the Liberty Dollar case, the FBI admitted to waging a secret war against any private currency system that competes against the US Dollar. In the press release, the FBI equates the use of sound money to an act of domestic terrorism. The FBI states that it uses methods of infiltration and disruption against private citizens engaged in the use of voluntary currencies. The FBI writes: “Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country [ie. unconstitutional Federal Reserve notes] are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict.
Anonymous Hackers ‘Attack’ ISIS Terrorists, Political Correctness About Islam Is Their Weapon The Anonymous hackers group may be claiming they are taking on the ISIS terrorists with the so-called “Operation ISIS,” but so far the diverse people involved in Anonymous seem to be channeling President Barack Obama by straying into the realm of political correctness rather than actual cyber warfare. In a related report by the Inquisitr, when ISIS terrorist leader Abu Omar al-Shishani was interviewed by a talk show host he was specifically asked whether or not Islam is a religion of peace. The Islamic State leader responded by saying that their enemy is anyone who opposes Islam. Obama administration joins the ranks of SOPA skeptics The Obama administration has joined the ranks of skeptics of the Stop Online Piracy Act. In an online statement released Saturday, three senior White House officials wrote that the administration "will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." The statement was made in response to a petition on the White House's "we the people" site asking the president to veto SOPA if it reached his desk. The officials—IP enforcement coordinator Victoria Espinel, CTO Aneesh Chopra, and cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt—did not commit the president to vetoing SOPA. However, they laid out criteria for an anti-piracy bill that seems to clearly rule out SOPA and the Senate's Protect IP Act in their current form.
BENOIT MANDELBROT (1924-2010) THE FATHER OF LONG TAILS HANS ULRICH OBRIST: I wanted to ask you when your interest in science actually started, if one can localise the beginnings. BENOIT MANDELBROT: I had the fortune and the misfortune of being the nephew of a very well known mathematician. When I was thirteen, my uncle became professor at the Collège de France, and so I always knew that becoming a scientist was an option. Is Bitcoin the most dangerous open source project ever? Bitcoin "can be really dangerous to social news ecosystem" So you agree with the article, but you don't want people to talk too much about it on HN? I think it is a very weird position to hold. 10 arguments for and against WikiLeaks Is WikiLeaks a whistleblower or a spy? Is transparency more important than privacy? Jaime Henriquez looks at both sides of the issues that have emerged in the wake of WikiLeaks' actions and provides a poll for you to share your opinions. The recent release of more than half a million confidential documents from the U.S.
Under voter pressure, members of Congress backpedal (hard) on SOPA The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act seems to have gotten so loud that even members of Congress can hear it. On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions. He said he changed his mind after he "heard from a number of Vermonters" on the issue. On Friday, several Republicans started backpedaling as well. SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced that he would be pulling the DNS-blocking provisions from his own bill.
Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive) Getty Kanye West In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing service. However, the lawsuit is not quite over just yet. On Friday, Megaupload's lawyers filed a notice in California federal court to dismiss the claims against UMG without prejudice, but also told the judge that that the claims against anonymous John Does who participated in the takedown of the viral video continues. Megaupload also wants to pursue further discovery in the case and is attempting to get Google to cooperate on this front by preserving records.