Sunday, July 31, 2011










Anyone Can Access Microsoft’s Massive Location Database and See Where Your Laptop and Smartphone Have Been

 

Microsoft has been going around and building a database of publicly broadcast MAC addresses (along with their corresponding street address) for location services purposes. That might include those of your phones and laptops. Problem is, Microsoft didn't secure the database.
According to a report from Cnet's Declan McCullagh, Microsoft is gathering data from Windows 7 handsets that connect to wi-fi networks, along with cars that go around sniffing out hotspots, and logging it all here. But because they're being lax in protecting that database, anyone can get access to the data. Cnet entered in various MAC addresses into the database themselves and had very specific location data returned to them.
Here's how it works: iPhone and Android devices automatically change their Wi-Fi MAC address when acting as an access point. Android devices appear to choose a MAC address beginning with 02:1A.
Google's database doesn't include the MAC address 02:1A:11:F2:12:FF. But Microsoft's does, and reports that it is located in the Embassy of Montenegro on New Hampshire Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Why is this bad? If Microsoft has logged the MAC address of your network (along with its location), anyone who has that MAC address could run it through Microsoft's database and potentially find out where you live. That's not good. Furthermore, Microsoft hasn't said whether or not they collect data on the devices connected to a network. If they log the MAC address your laptop or phone, someone with that info can track your location on Microsoft's map. That's really not good.
Cnet also got an official statement on the matter from Microsoft:
Reid Kuhn, a program manger with Microsoft's Windows Phone Engineering Team, sent CNET this statement: "To provide location-based services, Microsoft collects publicly broadcast cell tower IDs and MAC addresses of Wi-Fi access points via both user devices and managed driving. If a user chooses to use their smartphone or mobile device as a Wi-Fi access point, their MAC address may also be included as a part of our service. However, since mobile devices typically move from one place to another they are not helpful in providing location. Once we determine that a device is not in a fixed location, we remove it from our list of active MAC addresses."
What's disconcerting is that there doesn't appear to be any sort of opt out ability for those who don't want their MAC address included. If you're worried about whether or not your information is stored in the database, you can enter the MAC address for any devices you may have at this website created by Stanford researcher Elie Bursztein (if you don't know your MAC address, Use this site for finding out how). And while you won't be able to remove your info, maybe you can yell at Microsoft





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7000 law enforcement officers details leaked by Anonymous Hackers


 Because of FBI’s actions against Anonymous and Lulzsec including
several arrests, Now AntiSec supporters have targeted 77 law
enforcement domains and walked away with everything on them. 77
domains were hosted on the same server. Few weeks before AntiSec
targeted Arizona police departments, leaking personal information and
other sensitive data, in response to immigration laws passed by the
state. This time however, the latest law enforcement raid by AntiSec
is in response to actions taken by the FBI.

77 US law enforcement institutions were attacked including 

20jdpa.com, adamscosheriff.org,
admin.mostwantedwebsites.net,alabamasheriffs.com,
arkansassheriffsassociation.com,bakercountysheriffoffice.org,
barrycountysheriff.com,
baxtercountysheriff.com,baxtercountysherifffoundation.org,
boonecountyar.com, boonesheriff.com,cameronso.org,
capecountysheriff.org,
cherokeecountyalsheriff.com,cityofgassville.org, cityofwynne.com,
cleburnecountysheriff.com,coahomacountysheriff.com, crosscountyar.org,
crosscountysheriff.org,drewcountysheriff.com, faoret.com,
floydcountysheriff.org, fultoncountyso.org,georgecountymssheriff.com,
grantcountyar.com,
grantcountysheriff-collector.com,hodgemansheriff.us,
hotspringcountysheriff.com,
howardcountysheriffar.com,izardcountyar.org, izardcountysheriff.org,
izardhometownhealth.com,jacksonsheriff.org,
jeffersoncountykssheriff.com, jeffersoncountyms.gov,jocomosheriff.org,
johnsoncosheriff.com, jonesso.com,
kansassheriffs.org,kempercountysheriff.com, knoxcountysheriffil.com,
lawrencecosheriff.com,lcsdmo.com, marioncountysheriffar.com,
marionsoal.com, mcminncountysheriff.com,meriwethercountysheriff.org,
monroecountysheriffar.com,
mosheriffs.com,mostwantedgovernmentwebsites.com,
mostwantedwebsites.net,newtoncountysheriff.org,
perrycountysheriffar.org, plymouthcountysheriff.com,poalac.org,
polkcountymosheriff.org,
prairiecountysheriff.org,prattcountysheriff.com,
prentisscountymssheriff.com, randolphcountysheriff.org,rcpi-ca.org,
scsosheriff.org, sebastiancountysheriff.com,
sgcso.com,sharpcountysheriff.com, sheriffcomanche.com,
stfranciscountyar.org,stfranciscountysheriff.org,
stonecountymosheriff.com, stonecountysheriff.com,talladegasheriff.org,
tatecountysheriff.com,
tishomingocountysheriff.com,tunicamssheriff.com, vbcso.com,
woodsonsheriff.com

In 77 law enforcement domains were attacked, resulting in the theft of
5-10GB worth of sensitive documents. Some of the data lifted in the
AntiSec raids includes training files, and the personal information
like names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security Numbers,
usernames, and passwords of more than 7,000 officers from dozens of
police departments.
“[The compromised data] also contained jail inmate databases and
active warrant information, but we are redacting the name/address info
to demonstrate how those facing the gun of the criminal injustice
system are our comrades and not our adversaries. On the other hand, we
will be making public name and contact information about informants
who had the false impression that they would be able to ‘anonymously’
snitch in secrecy.”

“We demand prosecutors immediately drop all charges and investigations

against all ‘Anonymous’ defendants,” Attacker said.

“To law enforcement: your bogus trumped-up charges against the Anonymous PayPal

LOIC attacks will not stick, nor will your intimidation tactics stop
us from exposing your corruption. While many of the recent ‘Anonymous’
arrestees are completely innocent, there is no such thing as an
innocent cop, and we will act accordingly.”

“To our hacker comrades: now is the time to unite and fight back

against our common oppressors. Escalate attacks against government,
corporate, law enforcement and military targets: destroy their systems
and leak their private data.”

Sheriff Montgomery’s , of Baxter County, Arkansas, website is among

the 77 recently targeted by AntiSec.
As of Saturday evening, baxtercountysheriff.com remains offline. A
mirror of the site’s defacement by AntiSec is here. Additionally,
cityofgassville.org
, was offline as well. It too is listed as one of
the 77 sites targeted by AntiSec.






 
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Facebook Blind Date Leads To Supermarket Robbery


A Belgian supermarket was robbed this week after the stores manager was duped into a scheme that led him right into the hands of the stores would be robbers.
According to reports the manager received a friends request in February from a young female named Katrien Van Loo and they began an online relationship, when he was invited to her apartment it turned out she didn’t exist and instead he was instead blindfolded and gagged by two men who stole his supermarket keys and the keys to his apartment.
The keys were then given to a third accomplice who entered the store, accessed the locations safe and made off with the stores cash.
The two men who kidnapped the store owner were also caught on CCTV footage (the footage appears at the 1m50sec mark):
 





This newest attack isn’t the first and surely won’t be the last Facebook attack on an unsuspecting Facebook user. Not a day goes by where I don’t read about another home that was robbed because a Facebook status was posted in which the user said they were going out of town and didn’t realize the friend request they accept was from a criminal looking for some quick scores in their area.
As a general precaution to Facebook users, it’s always a good idea to know who your accepting into your friends network before you accept their requests. If you don’t remember them as an old high school or college buddy or a co-worker it’s probably smart to deny the friends request until you have a better understanding of who you’re accepting into your network.
It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep certain messages isolated to only your most trusted friends by creating a “trusted friends” list in Facebook and then posting your private messages, such as vacation information only to those friends using the “lock icon” under your Facebook status message before posting.
Finally, when meeting friends in public who you haven’t seen in a long time or perhaps you met through the social network, meet them in public until you get to know them better, after all it’s always smart to be safe instead of sorry.





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Button won Hungary GP before World Cup Leader Vettel

 

The British driver Jenson Button won Sunday's Formula 1- Grand- Prix ​​of Hungary.

 Second win of the season for the former world champion


The McLaren Pilot sat down after 70 laps due partly rainy at the Hungaroring, near Budapest in Mogyorod ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel to Red Bull and celebrated the eleventh win of his F1 Career, the second this season in Canada. Third was Ferrari Star Fernando Alonso.

Vettel is building championship Further guidance from

Vettel in the World Cup expanded his lead further. The German is now 85 points ahead of his Australian team mate Mark Webber, who in the eleventh World Cup Content running behind the Englishman Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren with fifth had.

Final standings after 70 rounds:

Final standings after 70 rounds:
1.
Jenson Button
GBR
McLaren

2.
Sebastian Vettel
GER
Red Bull
+ 3,588
3.
Fernando Alonso
ESP
Ferrari
19,819
4.
Lewis Hamilton
GBR
McLaren
48,338
5.
Mark Webber
OFF
Red Bull
49,742
6.
Felipe Massa
BRA
Ferrari
1:23,176
7.
Paul di Resta
GBR
Force India
1 lap
8.
Sebastien Buemi
SUI
Toro Rosso
1 lap
9.
Nico Rosberg
GER
Mercedes
1 lap
10.
Jaime Alguersuari
ESP
Toro Rosso
1 lap
11.
Kamui Kobayashi
JPN
Clean
1 lap
12.
Vitaly Petrov
RUS
Lotus Renault
1 lap
13.
Rubens Barrichello
BRA
Williams
2 laps
14.
Adrian Sutil
GER
Force India
2 laps
15.
Sergio Perez
MEX
Clean
2 laps
16.
Pastor Maldonado
VEN
Williams
2 laps
17.
Timo Glock
GER
Virgin
4 rounds
18.
Daniel Ricciardo
OFF
Hispania
4 rounds
19.
Jerome d'Ambrosio
BEL
Virgin
5 laps
20.
Vitantonio Liuzzi
ITA
Hispania
5 laps
Out: Michael Schumacher (GER / Mercedes), Nick Heidfeld (GER / Renault), Heikki Kovalainen (FIN / Team Lotus), Jarno Trulli (ITA / Team Lotus)
Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa (BRA / Ferrari) 1:23,415





































































































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Saturday, July 30, 2011










Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can’t Be Dodged

 Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net’s most popular sites are using a tracking service that can’t be evaded — even when users block cookies, turn off storage in Flash, or use browsers’ “incognito” functions.

In this screenshot provided by U.C. Berkeley's Chris Hoofnagle, the IDs numbers for all three cookies are exactly the same.

The service, called KISSmetrics, is used by sites to track the number of visitors, what the visitors do on the site, and where they come to the site from — and the company says it does a more comprehensive job than its competitors such as Google Analytics.
But the researchers say the site is using sneaky techniques to prevent users from opting out of being tracked on popular sites, including the TV streaming site Hulu.com.
The discovery of KISSmetrics tracking techniques comes as federal regulators, browser makers, privacy activists and ad tracking companies are trying to define what tracking actually is. The FTC called on browser makers to add a “Do Not Track” setting that essentially lets users tell websites not to leave them alone — though it doesn’t block tracking on its own. It’s more like a “privacy, please” sign on a hotel door. One of the big questions surrounding Do Not Track is about web analytics software, which sites use to determine what’s popular on their site, how many unique visitors a site has a month, where users are coming from, and what pages they leave from.
In response to inquiries from Wired.com, Hulu cut ties with KISSmetrics on Friday.
UPDATE 5:00 PM Friday: Spotify, another KISSmetrics customer named in the report, said that it was concerned by the story:
“We take the privacy of our users incredibly seriously and are concerned by this report,” a spokeswoman said by e-mail. “As a result, we have taken immediate action in suspending our use of KISSmetrics whilst the situation is investigated.” /UPDATE
“Hulu has suspended our use of KISSmetrics’ services pending further investigation,” a spokeswoman told Wired.com. “Hulu takes our users’ privacy very seriously. We have no further comment at this time.”
KISSmetrics is a 17-person start-up founded in 2008 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founder Hitten Shah confirmed that the research was correct, but told Wired.com Friday morning that there was nothing illegal about the techniques it was using.
“We don’t do it for malicious reasons. We don’t do it for tracking people across the web,” Shah said. “I would be having lawyers talk to you if we were doing anything malicious.”
Shah says KISSmetrics is used by thousands of sites to track incoming users, and it does not sell or buy data about those visitors, according to Shah. After this story was published, the company tweeted a link that explains how its tracking works.
So if a user came to Hulu.com from an ad on Facebook, and then later, using a different browser on the same computer, visited Hulu.com from Google, and then at some point signed up for the premium service, KISSmetrics would be able to tell Hulu all about that user’s path to purchase (without knowing who that person was). That tracking trail would remain in place even if a user deleted her cookies, due to code that stores the unique ID in places other than in a traditional cookie.
The research was published Friday by a team UC Berkeley privacy researchers that includes veteran privacy lawyer Chris Hoofnagle and noted privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani.
“The stuff works even if you have all cookies blocked and private-browsing mode enabled,” Soltani said. “The code itself is pretty damning.”
The researchers were reprising a study from 2009 which discovered that some of the net’s biggest sites were using technology from online ad tracking firms Clearspring and Quantcast to re-create users’ cookies after users deleted them. The technique involved using a little known property of Flash to hold onto unique ID numbers. Then, if a user deleted her cookies, the companies would check in the secondary stash for the user ID, and use it to resurrect the traditional HTML cookies.
That finding led to inquiries from regulators and a class action lawsuit alleging that websites and the tracking companies were unfairly monitoring users. That suit was settled for $2.4 million in cash and a promise by Clearspring and Quantcast not to use that method again.
One of the sites named in that suit was Hulu, but its part of the settlement only required that the company tell users if it was using Flash to store cookies and provide a link in the policy that would show users how to turn off Flash data storage. However with KISSmetrics running, even knowing how to do that wouldn’t have saved a user from persistent tracking.
This go-round the researchers’ report found only two sites that were recreating cookies after users deleted them — and Hulu.com was the only one doing so for tracking users across the entire site.
The researchers dug into Hulu.com’s tracking code and discovered the KISSmetrics code. Using it, Hulu was able to track users regardless of which browser they used or whether they deleted their cookies. KISSmetrics used a number of methods to recreate cookies, and the persistent tracking can only be avoided by erasing the browser cache between visits.
They also say that Shah’s defense that the system is not used to track people around the web doesn’t hold up.
“Both the Hulu and KISSmetrics code is pretty enlightening,” Soltani told Wired.com in an e-mail. “These services are using practically every known method to circumvent user attempts to protect their privacy (Cookies, Flash Cookies, HTML5, CSS, Cache Cookies/Etags…) creating a perpetual game of privacy ‘whack-a-mole’.”
“This is yet another example of the continued arms-race that consumers are engaged in when trying to protect their privacy online since advertisers are incentivized to come up with more pervasive tracking mechanisms unless there’s policy restrictions to prevent it.”
They point to their research that found that when a user visited Hulu.com, they would get a “third-party” cookie set by KISSmetrics with a tracking ID number. KISSmetrics would pass that number to Hulu, allowing Hulu to use it for its own cookie. Then if a user visited another site that was using KISSmetrics, that site’s cookie would get the exact same number as well.



So that makes it possible, the researchers say, for any two sites using KISSmetrics to compare their databases, and ask things like “Hey, what do you know about user 345627?” and the other site could say “his name is John Smith and his email address is this@somefakedomainname.com and he likes these kinds of things.”
Shah did not respond to a follow-up e-mail seeking clarification on his first answers.
KISSmetrics is used by a number of prominent websites, which Wired.com is not naming until we have time to contact them.
Berkeley researcher Soltani, who consulted for the Wall Street Journal’s reporting on privacy, notes that the code includes function names like “cram cookie.”
One of the techniques used involves using something called ETags in the browser cache, a once-theoretical technique that’s never before been seen in the wild on a major site, according to the researchers.
The research also found that many top websites have adopted new ways to track users using HTML5 and that Google tracking cookies are present on 97 of the top sites, including government sites such as IRS.gov.







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Adorable odd couple: Chimp's maternal instincts awakened as she feeds milk to a baby tiger


They are humans' closest relative, sharing a similar genetic make-up and displaying behaviour not unlike our own.
Now this little chimpanzee is showing off a motherly instinct to rival even the most maternal of mankind.
These adorable images reveal the close bond that has formed between a two-year-old chimpanzee called Do Do and a two-month-old tiger cub called Aorn.


Scroll down to see a video of the chimp and tiger cub playing together

 Maternal instinct: A two-year-old chimpanzee called Do Do feeds milk to Aorn, a two-month-old tiger cub

Completely at ease in each other's company, the ape's motherly instincts take over as she attentively bottle feeds the baby tiger.
Aorn gratefully laps up the milk as Do Do tenderly holds the tiger in her arms.
At one point, Do Do puts the bottle in her own mouth - almost mimicking the actions of a human mother checking to see if the milk is suitable for her offspring to consume.
For some unexplained reason Do Do is wearing a pair of denim shorts - perhaps to protect her thighs from Aorn's claws.
They were photographed at Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

 Bonding: The animals both live at Samut Prakan 
Crocodile Farm and Zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok

The crocodile farm, used as a tourist attraction, houses some 80,000 crocodiles and is the largest in Thailand.
Its owners claim to hold the largest captive crocodile, measuring an astonishing six metres long and weighing 2,465lbs.
Regular crocodile shows are staged during which zookeepers place their heads inside the reptiles' mouths.
However, the farm doesn't just contain crocodiles.
As you'd expect from these pictures, monkeys and tigers also live there, alongside elephants, lions, horses and hippopotamuses.

 Heat test: Do Do drinks some of the milk, perhaps 
to make sure the temperature is okay for the tiger cub












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Battling the heat wave in the Moscow Zoo

Moscow has been in a heat wave with temperatures hovering above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for almost two weeks and the wild animals at the Moscow Zoo are trying to cool themselves as best they can.










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Hungary GP: Vettel is back in pole position

 World champion Sebastian Vettel takes the formula- 1- Grand- Prix ​​of Hungary on Sunday from pole position in attack.

 

World Champion with an impressive personal best

The World Cup Leader reported on Saturday with an impressive best time in qualifying at the Hungaroring back. Hag pointed at the Red Bull in 1:19,815 minutes McLaren Driver Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to take two and three. This gives Red Bull also won the eleventh race of the season, the best starting position.

23rd in total Vettel on pole

For Hag It is the 23rd Pole of his career, the eighth this season. Least twice a team-mate Mark Webber was standing up front, in Hungary, the Australians had to settle for sixth place behind the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. In the World Cup Standings, six-time winner season Hag after ten races, 77 points ahead of Webber.

Qualifying Results for the formula- 1- Grand- Prix ​​of Hungary:

  1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1:19,815 min
  2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes 1:19,978
  3. Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes 1:20,024
  4. Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1:20,350
  5. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1:20,365
  6. Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1:20,474
  7. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:21,098
  8. Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India 1:21,445
  9. Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 1:21,907
  10. Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber no time in Q3
  11. Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India 1:22,256
  12. Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Lotus Renault 1:22,284
  13. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1:22,435
  14. Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault 1:22,470
  15. Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams 1:22,684
  16. Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso 1:22,979
  17. Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams no time in Q2
  18. Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso 1:24,070
  19. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Team Lotus 1:24,362
  20. Jarno Trulli (ITA) Team Lotus 1:24,534
  21. Timo Glock (GER) Marussia- Virgin 1:26,294
  22. Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Hispania 1:26,323
  23. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Hispania 1:26,479
  24. Jerome D'Ambrosio (BEL) Marussia- Virgin 1:26,510

 

 







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Icelanders hand in draft of world's first 'web' constitution

 
REYKJAVIK — A group of 25 ordinary citizens on Friday presented to Iceland's parliamentary speaker a new constitution draft, which they compiled with the help of hundreds of others who chipped in online.
The group had been working on the draft since April and posted its work on the Internet, allowing hundreds of other citizens to give their feedback on the project via the committee's website and on social networks such as Facebook.
"The reaction from the public was very important. And many of the members were incredibly active in responding to the comment that came through," Salvor Nordal, the head of the elected committee of citizens from all walks of life, told reporters.
Katrin Oddsdottir, a lawyer who had shared her experience on the committee through micro-blogging site Twitter, said she believed the public's input was "what mattered the most" in preparing the draft.
"What I learned is that people can be trusted. We put all our things online and attempted to read, listen and understand and I think that made the biggest difference in our job and made our work so so so much better," she said.
Iceland's constitution was barely adapted from Denmark's when the island nation gained independence from the Scandinavian kingdom in 1944.
"Since then, a holistic re-examination of the constitution has always been on the agenda, but always halted because of political infighting in the parliament," committee member Eirikur Bergmann, a political science professor at Iceland's Bifroest Unioversity who also tweeted his way through the committee's work, told AFP.
But after Iceland's economic collapse in 2008, which triggered massive social movements, pressure mounted for a revamp of the constitution and for the process to be led by ordinary citizens, he said.
The committee's website (www.stjornlagarad.is, in Icelandic and English) quickly became an incubator for comments, with more than 1,600 propositions and comments on the suggested text.
Moreover, the council was present on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, allowing Iceland -- and the world -- to follow its progress.
Most of the suggestions had to do with an economic model for the island nation of 320,000, committee member Silja Omarsdottir told AFP.
"The other proposals ... that form a noticeable trend have to do with the Internet, web neutrality, transparency and freedom of access to the Internet," she said.
Some citizens also gave specific suggestions.
"It would be be more natural that a parliamentarian would have to resign from parliament should he take on the position of a minister," Bjarni Kristinn Torfason suggested on the council's webpage.
Helgi Johann Hauksson thought the council should be more specific: "who we 'all' are needs to be defined when it is written 'all of us are equal in the eyes of the law," he posted.
The comments of international observers ranged from admiration to the occasional bizarre idea.
"Iceland, you are truly a BIG small country! You bring hope to the hearts of people who are gathering on the squares and streets of Europe these days," said Greek university student Charalampos Krekoukiotis, while others from abroad suggested Iceland "kill all capitalists" or "legalise marijuana."
"It is messy. It is completely messy," Bergmann said of ploughing through the public's comments.
"But take your average legislation in your average parliament in your average country," he said. "That's messy as well."
Parliament's speaker Asta Ragnheidur Johannesdottir said the draft would be examined by a parliamentary committee starting October 1.
"I'm grateful for your work," she told the members. "It is my hope, that in time, Icelanders won't only have a constitution that they accept, but one which they are proud of," she added.





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Friday, July 29, 2011










#OpPaypal Prepare For Phase 2

 










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 Message from Anonymous to Buenos Aires People

 Dear People from Buenos Aires, this is Anonymous. On Sunday you have the power to vote. You may terminate a government that illegally spied on you. The same happened with Murdoch should happen to Macri. You can do Justice with vote. Don´t let govern a person that hits poor (UCEP). Don´t let govern a person that does not govern for the people, but does so for economic power.

 

Macri is a U.S. lackey - Read about this Wikileaks leak proving this.


You have the power. USE IT WELL TOMORROW!


We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us Buenos Aires!

 




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Anonymous says hacked U.S. government cyber supplier

  

(Reuters) - Hackers with the loose-knit group Anonymous said on Friday they had broken into the network of U.S. government contractor Mantech International Corp and posted some NATO-related correspondence online.

Anonymous, tweeting as AnonymousIRC, offered the correspondence between Mantech and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as proof of the breach. Two involve NATO contracting offices, and one discusses deploying staffers to an unnamed "NATO Theater of Operations" for what appears to be tech services.
Mantech, which claims the U.S. Defense, State and Justice Departments among its clients, declined to comment. It offers cyber security among its services.
Hackers associated with Lulz Security and Anonymous have claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Senate, Sony Corp websites and the website of Murdoch's British newspaper group, News International, among others.
Authorities made some arrests in connection with the breaches, including a teenager detained at a house in the remote Shetland Islands, off Scotland's northeast coast.
There have also been other arrests in Britain and in the United States.
The group has urged supporters to boycott eBay Inc's PayPal electronic payment service, or to close existing accounts. It has previously attacked PayPal to show opposition to the service's refusal to process payments to WikiLeaks, the website founded by Julian Assange that published copies of secret U.S. government diplomatic cables.






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Hamilton dominated Hungary Practice

 

Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his current form after winning last weekend at the Nurburgring. The ex- World Champion was on Friday in both free practice sessions for the Formula 1- Grand- Prix ​​of Hungary, the fastest. On the afternoon of the day's best of British pointed with 1:21,018 minutes Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari and his McLaren- Team mate Jenson Button to take two and three.

The Red- Bull Drivers Mark Webber and WM Leader Sebastian Vettel came out with about half a second slower than the ranks of four and not five. Here, the "cops" had been considered whether the characteristics of the track at the Hungaroring as favorites. The definitive starting grid for the qualifying is on Saturday from 14.00 clock on the Program.








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Terror in Norway: Breivik apparently was planning further attacks

 

Defender Anders Behring Breivik, Geir Lippestad.


In the Oslo Police Headquarters detectives interrogate the second time in detail the alleged right-wing assassins Anders Breivik Behring to murder 76 people a week ago.

Had, according to his lawyer at the Attacks in Norway further terrorist targets in sight, and should, also "Very concrete"Island Utöya be buried. Plans have been. Meanwhile, the police announced that there were no other missing people more. Friday should be the first victims of the massacre on the
Of the second interrogation of the 32 - Olds are, however, no new information to be expected, a police spokesman. Investigators would only go through the minutes of the first interrogation over the weekend after the arrest, the report said. Breivik has brought at least early in the under tight security in an armored black Jeep from the Ila prison in the Norwegian capital. The panes of the cars were covered to protect against a photographer with a plastic tarp.

"He took drugs to accomplish what he has done"

As defenders Breivik, Geir Lippestad the newspaper "Aftenposten", told his client should "Several plans at different scale," have had. Except for the bomb in the government district of the Norwegian capital and the massacre of Island Utöya have Breivik plans two more buildings "Bombing". The lawyer said that Breivik I stood in front of his attacks on drugs: "He took drugs to accomplish what he has done since."

First victims of the attack on buried Utöya

In the town south of Nesodden Oslo met on Friday afternoon a large congregation of mourners to the funeral for the 18- year-old Bano Rashid. She was one of the victims on Utöya. The eulogy was Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr keep sturgeon. Bano Rashid had come as a four-year-old with her Kurdish parents to Norway and was actively involved in the youth organization at the Social Democrats. She had with about 600 other youngsters at the annual UP Summer camp on the island fjord Utöya involved in the attack Breivik with a rapid-fire rifle and a pistol.
In the afternoon was the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in a tribute to the victims in the Oslo-Jamaat Awl- -Sunnat Attend mosque. Among the mostly youthful Breivik victims are also a number of Muslim background.

Blogger: was "definitely an inspiration" for Breivik

In Britain, meanwhile, reported a blogger from the extreme right to speak to the Breivik to have had contact via the Internet. Paul Ray, who writes under the name "Lionheart" (Lion Heart), gives the "Daily Telegraph" According to Breivik may have inspired. The online Edition of the Norwegian newspaper "Aftenposten" but writes on Freita that Ray then denied it again. Ray was arrested in 2008 because of racist and Islamophobic remarks.
How "Aftenposten" reported Breivik will before the attack last Friday in his manifesto on his "Richard Mentor" to which he had good contact, have written. Several members of the English Defence League (EDL), which Breivik also was in contact, Paul Ray called those same mentor. Compared to the British newspaper "Telegraph" Ray said on Thursday that he "Definitely an inspiration" for Breivik could have been and apologized for it at the same time.

Schrecklickes massacre shocked Norway

Breivik had last Friday at 15.26 clock in front of the Oslo government Skyscraper detonate a car bomb, which killed eight people through. Two hours later he began on the island 40 kilometers away Utöya with a massacre of members of a social democratic youth camp. He killed there until his arrest 68 people. 

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Apple has more cash right now than the US Treasury

 

As Republicans and Democrats continue to work towards a compromise to the country’s debt ceiling crisis, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that Washington now has a total operating balance of only US$73.768-billion. Meanwhile, Apple currently boasts a cash reserve of US$75.876-billion, as of its most recent quarterly earnings report at the end of June.



New figures from the U.S. Treasury Department indicate that the government has a total operating cash balance of $73.768 billion, less than Apple's own war chest of $75.876 billion.


As noted by Matt Hartley of the Financial Post, the news comes even as Republican and Democrat lawmakers debate over the federal budget and debt ceiling. The government's $73 billion number actually represents the "financial headroom" that lawmakers have before reaching an arbitrary debt ceiling, according to the report.

Apple reported having nearly $76 billion in cash on hand as of June 25, 2011. That's an impressive increase of $10 billion from the
previous quarter, when the Cupertino, Calif., company had $65.8 billion in cash reserves.

Apple's war chest has grown quickly since 2005, when it had just $9 billion in reserves. As of the end of 2010, Apple's
$60 billion stockpile gave it more cash than any other non-financial company in the U.S.

Shares of Apple closed above $400 for the first time earlier this week, before settling down some, eventually closing at $391.82 on Thursday. The company's market capitalization stands at $363.25 billion, behind only Exxon Mobil, which boasts a market cap of $403.93 billion.

 
 
As Apple's cash reserves have soared, several analysts and investors have called for a dividend that would redistribute some of the company's profits to shareholders.

However, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has said that the company's cash hoard is being saved for
big moves. "We don't let the cash burn a hole in the pocket or make stupid acquisitions," he said last year. "We'd like to continue to keep our powder dry because we think there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future."

Patent acquisition may be one such strategic opportunity for Apple. The company recently paid
$2.6 billion to outbid rival Google, which had $39.1 billion in cash reserves at the end of June, for a collection of more than 6,000 patents from Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel. Apple teamed up with a consortium that included Microsoft, Research in Motion and Sony, pooling the group's resources in order to place the $4.5 billion winning bid.

Apple is also said to be
weighing a bid for Interdigital, a company with a portfolio of 8,800 patents. InterDigital CEO William Merritt claims his company's patents are "deeper and stronger" than Nortel's collection.





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