Wednesday, March 07, 2012

More Bad News for Anonymous

Hot on the heals of 25 Anonymous members being arrested come new arrests of members of a group within Anonymous called LulzSec.  LulzSec is part of the hardcore of Anonymous and the group has just been decapitated.  These top members were caught after their leader (who was arrested last June) made a deal and cooperated with the FBI in exposing and tracking them down.

I wonder what the rank and file of Anonymous are thinking right now?  Maybe, "Am I next?" or "Should I move to Antarctica?"  The way things are going, Antarctica is probably the only place they could go to avoid arrest.

Exclusive: Infamous international hacking group LulzSec brought down by own leader

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

More Anonymous criminals get busted

After their DDOS spree on the heals of the Megaupload piracy operation being shut down, dozens of Anonymous members all over the globe have been tracked down and arrested.

While the arrests aren't directly connected to the Megaupload tantrum, here's hoping those idiots who joined in the twisted criminal crusade, not only gave away their banking information but also their IP addresses.

Hey! I know what you could try next - launch DDOS attacks against the web sites of the prisons your members are incarcerated in.  Oh, but wait, do prisons even have web sites?  Are steel bars affected by DDOS attacks?  Or better still, get arrested so you can go join them.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Anonymous hackers become hackees

This is funny!  Apparently there is no "honor amongst thieves" or in this case "criminals".
After a pirating operation called Megaupload was put out of business, the criminals at Anonymous decided to launch attacks on various targets they thought should pay for enforcing the law, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, RIAA, etc.

So some unknown member (aren't they all?) put out a list of attack tools called "Idiot's Guide to Be Anonymous".  And the criminal geniuses downloaded and installed. 

Now here is the funny part - It turns out that one popular attack tool, called "Slowloris", was actually malware.  Someone had inserted the "Zeus" Trojan into it.  So while the happy little Anons attacked their preferred targets, their email account data, bank account data and more was being stolen.  "Idiot's Guide to Be Anonymous" - how very appropriate.

Of all the things I've seen read about this, my favorite is definitely:

So congratulations script kiddies, I'm sure the satisfaction of knocking a few websites offline for a couple of hours in that online tantrum was totally worth opening your collective wallets to the Internet. I'm equally sure that whichever slick sumbitch that inserted the Zeus and effortlessly exploited your blind, slavering, eagerness to be part of the crowd shares your high-minded ideals about IP protection policies.  (from Gizmodo)

Anonymous supporters attacked, their bank data vulnerable

Anonymous Members Hacked During Their Own DDoS Attacks

Friday, February 24, 2012

Would you like suicide with your fries?

You have to wonder at our culture when a restaurant uses as its main method of marketing, the fact that its food is not just unhealthy but actually dangerous.

Seriously, the "Heart Attack Grill" in Las Vegas doesn't just pretend that it's food is fine (like McDonalds pretends) but it actually promotes the fact that it is serving dangerous foods and warns you that its food will kill you.  Their slogan is "Taste Worth Dying For."

It's all very funny and of course no one takes it seriously.  Until a customer has a heart attack while eating the "Triple Bypass Burger".  If that doesn't give you some idea of how unhealthy their food is then how about the fact that their 29 year old, 575 lb spokesperson died last year.

"But I don't eat that kind of food," I hear you say.  Well, if you are living in North America or Western Europe, then I have an 90% chance of being right if I say - "Yes you do."  Perhaps you don't eat an 8,000 calorie (that's about 4 days worth of calories for an average person) "Quadruple Bypass Burger" everyday, but you probably regularly eat what goes into one.

If you are interested in building a healthy future for yourself and don't want to end your days like 90% of others in the West, with a heart attack, cancer or from the side-effects of diabetes or the many other degenerative diseases caused by our diets then read this book: Eat to Live."

And if you don't care then good luck, and remember to think the same thought as the WWI soldiers as they ran towards the machine guns: "I'll be okay, it's the other guys who'll get mowed down."

(Thanks to Emily Boller for drawing my attention to the article.)

Monday, July 04, 2011

FTC launches investigation of Google

More scrutiny for Google. I hope it starts to filter through to people sometime soon that Google is a publicly traded corporation that is just like any other profit making entity. First and foremost they are there to make a profit for their shareholders and they will do whatever they need to to make that profit.

They are as ethical/unethical as any other such corporation. So keep that in mind when you use their services.

Here is the story: FTC launches investigation of Google.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to get healthy

Great video on the health and bad-health effects of food and how to improve your diet:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Google Monopoly Under More Pressure to Obey the Law

Google lost an important case related to their continuing effort to violate more copyrights than any entity in the history of the world: Judge echoes Google critics in digital book ruling.

You'd think they would have gotten the message by now that people don't want their books put online without their permission, but Google just doesn't seem to get it.

Clearly, part of the drive to put all books online is the intention to drive more people to Google's site and bump up their advertising revenue. But that's not something you'll hear from Google. Oh, no. All you hear from them is how philanthropic the whole effort is. Yeah right.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Blowing the Whistle on Big Pharma

This is an awesome video! An ex-pharmaceutical drug rep tells you the truth about the intentions of big pharma: