B'nai Brith accuses Canadian website of promoting racial hate

24/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

 The Cana­dian branch of B’nai Brith (in Hebrew: Sons of the Covenant), the old­est continually-​operating Jews Ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion in the world, has recently filed a human-​rights com­plaint denounc­ing a Victoria-​based web­site and all its man­ag­ing staff of con­tribut­ing to the pro­mo­tion of hate “affect­ing per­sons iden­ti­fi­able as Jews and/​or as cit­i­zens of Israel”.

To the pub­lisher Alan Rycroft was imposed to imme­di­ately remove from the web site Peace, Earth and News eigh­teen arti­cles allegedly con­tain­ing anti-​Semitic mate­r­ial. O this pro­posal, an enquiry has been opened by the Cana­dian Human Rights Commission.

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Slovak secret agents revealed

23/05/2007 Written by Boris Mutina (minor)

Another embar­rass­ing inci­dent hap­pened last week­end in Slo­va­kia.
The announced post­ing of com­plete tele­phone book on pop­u­lar web­site Zoz​nam​.sk from all phone oper­a­tors dur­ing week­end turned to a seri­ous secu­rity inci­dent. One of the phone-​numbers-​databases pro­vided by T-​Mobile con­tained also num­bers that should have been clas­si­fied (on customer’s wish), and among them there were also more than 700 mobile phone num­bers of Slo­vak secret ser­vice SIS.

Slo­vak news­pa­per SME informed about this inci­dent dur­ing the week­end on his web edi­tion.

Cus­tomers, who found their clas­si­fied num­bers pub­lished, imme­di­ately called the oper­a­tor but, in spite of this, such num­bers had been acces­si­ble for more than 24 hours. Con­sid­er­ing the reac­tions of SIS offi­cials, it was clear they were sur­prised and aston­ished. Sure. How could they be less than sur­prised?

Not only Clas­si­fied mobile phone num­bers were revealed, but also secret ser­vice agents’ num­ber were dis­closed – this could be a real disaster.

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Law doesn’t speak computers’ language

17/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

In Der Prozess –The trial– , a mas­ter­piece by Franz Kafka, an esteemed busi­ness­man is processed and con­demned with­out under­stand­ing his own impu­ta­tions. Sim­i­lar dis­tress­ing, unfair sit­u­a­tions hap­pen every day all around the world but some­times it also hap­pens the exact con­trary: a judge who doesn’t under­stand the crime com­mit­ted by the defen­dants he is about to judge.

Accord­ing to Reuters news agency, a British judge admit­ted on Wednes­day that he couldn’t cope with terms like “web­site” or “forum” in a trial of three men accused of incit­ing ter­ror­ism via the Internet.

Judge Peter Open­shaw, 59, couldn’t under­stand in depth the dec­la­ra­tions of a wit­ness who was describ­ing the activ­i­ties car­ried out in a forum used by alleged Islamist radicals.

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Estonian cyber protests are not over…

16/05/2007 Written by Roberto Preatoni (SyS64738)

…And their con­se­quences could re-​echo far beyond national bor­ders: on Tues­day, one of the biggest Eston­ian banks, SEB Eesti Uhis­pank, had to block its online bank­ing ser­vice because of a dig­i­tal attack. Accord­ing to offi­cials, such “mas­sive cyber-​attack” was launched at noon and it blocked the access to the bank’s website.

As con­firmed by the head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the bank, Mr.Silver Vohu, “Access was restored at 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), but only for users in Esto­nia. Access from com­put­ers located out­side Esto­nia will con­tinue to be restricted for secu­rity rea­sons,” he said.

The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald reports that Mr. Vohu said the attacks on SEB bank’s Inter­net bank­ing ser­vice had “tried to over­load the web­site with var­i­ous requests so that nor­mal access would fail.” He then got on say­ing that as soon as they saw the prob­lem, bank’s secu­rity experts promptly set to work in order to restore the ser­vice and keep customer’s data safe.

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Mpack malware: 160.000 computers infected

15/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

Experts at Panda Labs detected the new Mpack mal­ware, a tool that can be used to down­load mali­cious soft­ware into remote com­put­ers. The prin­ci­ple is sim­ple: the attacker choose a mal­ware and use it to infect a num­ber of com­put­ers. Last sta­tis­tics reported by Panda Labs focus on a case of 160.000 machines that were infected through this Mpack mal­ware. Such data was obtained thanks to the “sta­tis­tics com­po­nent” of the tool itself.

The soft­ware is con­ceived to let cyber pranksters have the full con­trol of the attacked machines, indeed it allow to mon­i­tor data pass­ing through them. More­over, the attacker can group the com­put­ers affected by the mal­ware by oper­at­ing sys­tem or browser.

The tool can be pur­chased for $700 on on-​line forums. The price include one year’s free support.

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