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June 17, 2010

LOL! Legendary troll weev V&; arrested for drugs, Goatse Security member implicated in iPad address thefts

weev has boasted of lots of evil doings. PC World: iPad Hacker Arrested on Drug Charges After FBI Search | Man once bragged he was on acid while delivering a security conference presentation.
Computerworld - One of the hackers in the group that snatched more than 100,000 iPad owner e-mail addresses from AT&T's servers was arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges after the FBI searched his Arkansas home. Andrew "Escher" Auernheimer was arrested by Fayetteville, Ark., police and was booked into the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon, where he is being held on bonds totaling $3,160. Auernheimer, 24, faces four felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor drug charge. According to CNET News, which first reported the arrest, police found drugs that included cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and Schedule 2 and 3 pharmaceuticals when they searched his home. Auernheimer, who also goes by the hacker nickname "weev," is one of 10 members of Goatse Security, a hacking group that used an automated script to collect 114,000 iPad e-mail addresses from AT&T through a public feature of the carrier's Web site.

June 08, 2010

BP fails Fucking Booming 101

Of unknown provenance, but sounds pretty legit, and is quite entertaining. As heard on Harry Shearer's May 30 broadcast of Le Show. Scoot ahead to 1:55. YouTube - BP Fails Booming School 101 Gulf Oil Spill (MIRROR)

May 31, 2010

Facebook to Undergo Judiciary Committee Probe

Facebook to Undergo Judiciary Committee Probe
Despite recent changes to its personal privacy settings interface, Facebook is still under fire for past privacy-related mistakes. This time, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is getting involved. In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, committee chair John Conyers (pictured right) wrote, “We would appreciate a detailed explanation of the information about Facebook users that your company has provided to third parties without the knowledge of the account holders — particularly in circumstances in which the users did not expressly opt for this kind of information sharing.” The letter goes on to request an explanation of prior policies as well as details on how Facebook’s recent round of changes have altered these policies. This isn’t the first time Facebook has come up in a negative light in Washington. About one month ago, Sentaor Charles Schumer asked the FTC to investigate Facebook’s newer features built around the Open Graph API. The FTC has been reviewing Facebook’s privacy policies and those of other social networks, as well.

May 25, 2010

Government inspectors partied meth on oil rigs as the industry ghost-wrote inspections

This is how the empire falls, with a whimper, not a bang Center for Biological Diversity Response to Inspector General's Investigative Report on Minerals Management Service Corruption
:The Inspector General report released today highlights the ongoing failures of the Minerals Management Service, which is riddled with illegal drug use, bribery, and, worst of all, falsification of inspection reports crucial to ensuring the safe operation of drill rigs in our waters. ...“MMS safety inspectors taking drugs on oil platforms is bad enough, but falsifying reports and allowing the industry to ghostwrite their inspections is completely outrageous.

May 20, 2010

Australian government confiscates Wikileaks' founders' passport

WikiLeaks founder has his passport confiscated - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
This is a reminder that one can't run around exposing the secrets of the most powerful governments, militaries and corporations in the world without consequences (h/t):
The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week. ... Last year Wikileaks published a confidential list of websites that the Australian government is preparing to ban under a proposed internet filter -- which in turn caused the whistleblower site to be placed on that list.
The Australian document was so damaging because the Australian government claimed that the to-be-banned websites were all associated with child pornography, but the list of the targeted sites including many which had nothing to do with pornography. That WikiLeaks was then added to the list underscores the intended abuse.

Everything is Terrible: The Mark of the Beast

Mark of the Beast from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.