John Young is one of my heroes. In many ways he is the prototype WikiLeaks – less showy, less flamboyant, but as honest as a summer’s day in the Arctic is long. He’s like an old-fashioned editor before the money-men took over: publish and be damned, so long as it is true.
Jester is a pain in the backside. Jester is a self-righteous, self-proclaimed, self-promoting hacktivist for good.
Jester doesn’t seem to like the truth. He doesn’t seem to like government sins made public. He seems to think that American and other allied soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan and other theatres of war to protect the western politicians, regardless of how corrupt, or deceitful they may be. He seems to want to be the arbiter of what we are allowed to know. In short, he wants to defend a way of life that isn’t worth defending.
Needless to say, Jester doesn’t like John Young or his websites. He says that Cryptocomb leaked to Fox News the true name of the Navy SEAL who has authored a book due to be published next month on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Cryptocomb says, “The suggestion that Cryptocomb leaked a story to Fox News is simply crazy.” One is an inveterate liar and self-aggrandizing distorter of the truth, and the other is Cryptocomb. The Fox News story, incidentally, is here: Fox News Outs The Navy SEAL Who Wrote An Anonymous Book On The Bin Laden Raid.
But, true to character, Jester took the law into his own self-righteous hands and launched a successful denial of service attack on Cryptocomb. He tweeted:
A quick check on Cryptocomb did indeed show problems:
I’ll come back to that comment later. But then Jester tweets:
and Cryptocomb is back up. The only indication of any removed file from Cryptocomb that I can find is “th3j35t3r takes down Cryptocomb”. It’s gone. Can’t even find it on Google cache. Lucky I took a quick, sadly partial screenshot earlier:
I cannot be certain that this is the file that Jester refers to. It looks possible, and could be used to justify his second tweet; but it’s certainly not a file leaking a SEAL name to Fox News. Is this a victory for Jester? Well he’d certainly like us to think so; but it’s pretty meaningless either way since Cryptocomb still links to the full Fox News expose.
Let’s go back to Cryptocomb’s earlier comment. State sponsored attack? Well I’ve often wondered. Earlier today in the UK it became known that an arrested Facebook troll is actually a serving policeman. The victim commented, “When [Olympic diver] Tom Daley was trolled, within 24 hours someone was traced and arrested.” For her it took nine months and a high court judgement. On Tuesday the FBI arrested at least the ninth alleged member/associate of LulzSec. It seems self-evident that when law enforcement decides it wants or need to catch someone, it can and will. Consequently, it’s impossible to avoid the conclusion that the FBI is turning a blind eye to the antics of Jester. And if that’s the case, no amount of plausible deniability can change the fact that this was indeed a state sponsored attack by collusion if not direction.
GeneWatch UK today slammed the EU’s new draft rules for approving genetically modified (GM) insects, fish, farm animals and pets. The organisation warned that billions of GM insect eggs and caterpillars would be left in vegetables and fruit if UK company Oxitec’s GM moths and flies are approved by the EU under the new rules. Oxitec’s GM insects have been genetically engineered so their caterpillars die inside olives or tomatoes or on the leaves of cabbages. The company plans to release GM pests across the EU to mate with wild pests in an attempt to reduce their numbers. Millions of GM pests must be released each week to have any effect on wild populations.
GeneWatch UK PR: Billions of genetically modified bugs will spread in fruit and veg under new EU proposals
Jesus wept. Is there no end to the depth of our ethical depravity?
When we finally succeed, as we inevitably shall, in wiping mankind off the face of the earth, Gaia will breathe a sigh of relief.
Peter Hain, the political activist who dug up the Lords cricket pitch in an attempt to intimidate the cricket authorities into not playing cricket with the apartheid South Africa, got hacked by the Anonymous political activist collective – and he doesn’t like it.
It’s intimidation he said, adding, “I have had these attacks for 40 years, mostly from racists and fascists.” He’s got a point. Firstly it is intimidation, because the collective has threatened to unleash a film (V for Vendetta) on him. And secondly he’s right about fascists and racists using intimidation. Here’s another recent fascist (and racist) example:
You should be aware that there is a legal basis in the UK — the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act — which would allow us to take action to arrest Mr. Assange in the current premises of the embassy… We sincerely hope that we do not reach that point, but if you are not capable of resolving this matter of Mr Assange’s presence in your premises, this is an open option for us.
That is also intimidation. It says, “if you don’t do what we want, we can use force to come and get what we want.”
Hypocrisy, thy name is Hain (and Hague and Cameron and Clegg – otherwise known as the UK parliamentary collective).
Here’s a timely albeit co-incidental link between two of my stories on Infosecurity Mag today:
Ever since I read the article in InformationWeek about hackers and girlfriends, I’ve felt sorry for all those poor geeks (not all geeks, I hasten to add) who can’t get a girlfriend. Well, worry no more. Free enterprise to the rescue:
Well, as you know, I got in a bit of a mess over my BT password. All sorted now.
One of the reasons for choosing BT was to avail myself of the 3 million free WiFi hotspots it offers (and yes, when available in the right place, it’s a very, very good service). But, oh, those passwords again. My new BT account password didn’t work with BT WiFi. Nor was my BT account username recognised by BT WiFi.
So I contacted support. Let’s not go into all those recorded messages advising you to check their website for a solution to your problem (which is, of course, that you cannot check their website). No matter. Persist. There is a human being at the end of the monologue. He may not be in the same country, and he is almost certainly difficult to understand – but he exists and is polite so long as you don’t venture off the hymn sheet.
Turns out I needed a BT email address which I didn’t have. It’s OK, he said, I’ll give you one now. Which he did. And your password, he said, is…
Whoa, I said. Couldn’t you mail it to me? No. What about email, and I’ll change it as soon as I get it? No. What about security, I asked? This is secure, he said. What about eavesdropping, I said? It’s not possible, he said. This is secure.
OK. He didn’t actually know he was talking to me over a VoIP phone which I had on speaker in a crowded – but quiet – room. But, well…
This, he said, is your secure password: paris123.
Umm. If you don’t hear from me for a while it’s because our local terrorist or his file-sharing brother sniffed the details and used my account before I changed my brand new secure password.
HOORAY! I’m rich. I won.
But dear honoured friend, I live in the UK and have a philosophical dislike of the Euro. So, since you are a person of integrity, I believe I can trust you: and I’m offering you 50% – that’s nearly €500,000 – to convert my 50% to £Sterling.
All you have to do is send me your name and phone number and we can take it from there. I’ll get the full amount paid into your bank account, and you can than transfer my share to my account.
Anyone? Please? Email me…