January 31, 2004

Texas Terrorists

East Texas terror fears: Three texans are in jail after investigators discovered an enormous cache of weapons in the East Texas town of Noonday, including the makings of a sophisticated sodium cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands. Also discovered were anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-government books and pamphlets, according to the FBI affidavit.

``If the defendants in this case had been people with foreign backgrounds, or Muslims, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft himself would have announced the arrests and the guilty pleas.``

Remember the Oklahoma City bombing? A horrible tragedy carried out by domestic terrorists.

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January 25, 2004

RIAA goes after DJs

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) has launched a new campaign against DJs in an attempt to control copyright infringement.

``The dance scene relies upon these ‘illegal’ ways to survive, and it seems that the only people who actually care about this particular copyright infringement are not the artists themselves but the record companies – who are only involved in the dance scene for profit.``

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Watergate 2004

Infiltration of files seen as extensive: ``From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password.``

OK, so it wasnt' a hack. It was an open hole. But they knew that they shouldn't be reading those documents and didn't bother to point ot the security holes to anyone.

``A technician hired by the new judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, apparently made a mistake that allowed anyone to access newly created accounts on a Judiciary Committee server shared by both parties -- even though the accounts were supposed to restrict access only to those with the right password.``

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January 18, 2004

Chris Toshok Raided, all his hardware seized

Chris Toshok Raided and all his comptuers seized for suspicion of stealing the code to HalfLife 2.

Allegedly one of the IP from the block of static ip's speakeasy assigned to him up in a connection log of a valve software machine. It might have been the same compromised machine from which the HafLife 2 source was stolen, but Chris says "They didn't tell me, and I didn't ask."

Here's some history of the HalfLife 2 software leak.

Moral of the story: if you have a machine on the net that might get exploited and used to attack another site, YOU COULD BE HELD LIABLE.

If you have an IP address range that COULD BE SPOOFED (and they call can) then YOU COULD BE HELD LIABLE.

And the worst thing is that you can have all your computer hardware seized without even being charged. If they find any evidence of anything illegal - talking about getting stoned, or downloading copyrighted music from a p2p system - they can keep your hardware as long as they want.

What was I just saying about the 4th Amendment?

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More airlines give passenger data to Government

Confidential Passenger Data Used for Air Security Project: according to the Washington Post, yet another airline turns over their collected passenger data to the US Government. The worst part is that they origionally sald that this didn't happen"

``The nation's fourth-largest carrier publicly asserted in September that it "did not provide that type of information to anyone." But Northwest acknowledged Friday it had already turned over three months of reservation data to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center by that point.

Now they're admitting they did, but claim it did not violate their privacy policy!

``"Our privacy policy commits Northwest not to sell passenger information to third parties for marketing purposes," the company said in its statement Friday . "This situation was entirely different, as we were providing the data to a government agency to conduct scientific research related to aviation security and we were confident that the privacy of passenger information would be maintained."

Since they're only saying that they won't sell our passenger data to companies for marketing purposes, they are implying that they can do anything else with it. What's next - GIVING the data to criminals? Hey, it doesn't violate their privacy policy if they do!

Just a reminder - Amendment IV of the US Constitution says : ``The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Anyone who flew Northwest during that time (or any of their codeshare partners) had their papers violated.

And we already know that transit authorities are using "Fast Pass" or other electronic toll tracking systems for other vehicle tracking statistice.

1984 arrived about 20 years late and we weren't paying attention.

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January 17, 2004

What is success?

At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.

At age 12 success is having friends.

At age 16 success is having a drivers license.

At age 20 success is having sex.

At age 35 success is having money.

At age 50 success is having money.

At age 60 success is having sex.

At age 70 success is having a drivers license.

At age 75 success is having friends.

At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants.


(seen circulating in email lately)

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January 13, 2004

Internet Pharmacy Scams

AND HOLDINGS PTY LTD is a company that operates an online pharmacy called RX-MART.com. This pharmacy has advertised on google.com keywords (but no longer is advertising this site) and appears to be a scam. While they're happy to return email, they never deliver their products.

The scam is that they charge your credit card, and then claim they've shipped, make you wait 30 days, offer to re-ship, claim they did, make you wait another 30 days. Meanwhile, the time limit for contesting a fraudulent credit card transaction has passed.

I only post this message because doing a web search on them and didn't find anything. If you've ordered from them and haven't gotten product, post a comment here.

They also run a site called valium-pharmacy.com and quite a few others. You can tell by swapping some parts of their URL like this: http://www.rx-mart.com/cgi-bin/valium/index.html and see the other site come up.

PharmacyShack.com is another of AND HOLDINGS PTY LTD's sites. They also did business in the past under "EWP Pharmacy" but that site now redirects to PharmacyShack.

PharmacyExports.com is another one of their fronts.

I'm sure if I kept looking I could find even more of their false storefronts.

More details if it helps from the headers in the email message:

ryancruz.propagation.net ([66.221.193.55]) is their mail server and the messages show in the headers that they come from BITCH (dsl-202-173-163-159.wa.westnet.com.au [202.173.163.159])

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January 05, 2004

Limited Free Speech Zones

Quarantining dissent / How the Secret Service protects Bush from free speech: ``The local police, at the Secret Service's behest, set up a "designated free-speech zone" on a baseball field surrounded by a chain-link fence a third of a mile from the location of Bush's speech.``

This is nothing new, it's been going on for a while now, but the mainstream media is finally taking notice of it.

The article talks about 65-year-old retired steel worker Bill Neel, who was there to greet the president with a sign proclaiming, "The Bush family must surely love the poor, they made so many of us."

When he refused to go to the designated free speech area, he was ``arrested for disorderly conduct; the police also confiscated his sign.``

Just like Iraq.

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