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Bank of America Seizes E-Commerce Funds of Online Gun Parts Retailer, Says They ‘Shouldn’t Sell’ Guns

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

‘It seems that gun bias is deepening in some sectors of American society, even enticing some firms to break the law – or, at the very least, abuse the law – in order to pursue their anti-Second Amendment agenda.

That certainly seems to be the case with Bank of America, which has reportedly seized the e-commerce funds of a legitimate gun maker for no reason other than to oppose the fact that the company sells firearms and ammunition online.’

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‘Operation Free Assange’: Anonymous take down Interpol website


27 August, 2012

Interpol

Interpol

Hactivist group Anonymous claims to have taken down the websites of Interpol and a British police force as part of a campaign calling for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Several Twitter accounts associated with the loose-knit Anonymous collective have announced that the website of International Criminal Police Organization was taken down. The site was unavailable as of 9:18 pm GMT on Sunday but resumed functioning soon after.

The hackers also claim to have taken down the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a UK police unit responsible for operations against serious and organized crime.

 Read more: http://rt.com/news/anonymous-interpol-free-assange-607/

‘Operation Free Assange’: Anonymous take down UK government websites

August 21, 2012 1 comment

August 21, 2012,

 AFP Photo / Joel Saget

AFP Photo / Joel Saget

Several British governmental websites, including the Ministry of Justice, have been attacked by hacktivists in retaliation for Britain’s handling of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Under the campaign, which was branded “#OpFreeAssange,” Anonymous undertook a mission to take down justice.gov.uk and number10.gov.uk, the official site of the British Prime Minister’s Office. The websites are now operating normally once again.

Several Twitter accounts associated with the loose-knit Anonymous collective have acknowledged that the UK Ministry of Justice and the PM Office’s websites had been targeted with a distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attack.

“#OpFreeAssange: TANGO DOWN! http://www.justice.gov.uk/ [500 Internal Server Error] [#Anonymous #WikiLeaks],” reads one tweet sent from the @Anon_Central Twitter account.

The hackers also claim to have taken down the website of another British government department – the Department of Work and Pensions. “Gov. of UK Expect Us!” reads a related tweet by Anonymous.

Assange, the founder and editor of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has been ordered by Swedish authorities to be extradited from the UK where he had been under house arrest. Two women from Sweden have accused Assange of sex crimes, although he has yet to be charged.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/anonymous-uk-justice-site-down-157/

Skype Goes Big Brother, Allowing Police to Monitor Text Chats


Wednesday, 01 August 2012

‘Long sought and used as a communications tool beyond the reach of Big Brother’s probing eyes, Skype has recently announced the company plans more cooperation with police, to include sharing of text chats.

While surveillance of the audio and video feeds of the online phone service remains impractical – even when courts issue warrants – that barrier, too, could eventually be dismantled as Skype transforms into one of the globe’s premier forms of telecommunication, The Washington Post reported recently.’

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PC malware hits Iranian nuclear facilities: Report


Jul 26, 2012

PC malware hits Iranian nuclear facilities: Report
Iranian nuclear facilities have reportedly been stuck by a computer worm that plays AC/DC’s hit song Thunderstruck repeatedly, and at full volume.

TEHRAN: Iranian nuclear facilities have reportedly been stuck by a computer worm that plays AC/DC’s hit song Thunderstruck repeatedly, and at full volume.

There has been no confirmation of the attack from Tehran, but the evidence stems from a series of e-mails purporting to be from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran.

An unnamed Iranian scientist e-mailed Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish Internet security firm F-Secure, saying that the facilities at Natanz and Fordo, near Qom, were hit by a worm, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, the malware not only disables the automated network at both sites, but also seemed to have an interesting side effect of blaring out AC/DC at any given moment.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/enterprise-it/security/PC-malware-hits-Iranian-nuclear-facilities-Report/articleshow/15159105.cms

Facebook Banking on a Cashless Society


Monday, 16 July 2012

‘As if the current methods of evaporating privacy and pushing a world toward the Cashless Society were not moving fast enough, Facebook is now developing and beta testing an app that would allow users to “pay their utility bills, balance their checkbooks, and transfer money at the same time they upload vacation photos to the site for friends to see.”

Essentially, the new application which is currently in beta phase with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, allows for interactions regarding banking and financial services over alleged secure and private connections.’

Read more: Facebook Banking on a Cashless Society

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