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Hackers Post One Million Account Details

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Website ‘Hellfire’: Hackers release 1m accounts

“Hacktivist group GhostShell claims to have released one million account details from websites, in a project under the alias “Hellfire”.

The hacktivists, working with groups MidasBank and OphiusLab, posted online on Saturday what appears to be accounts and records gleaned from banks, government agencies, consulting firms, law enforcement and the CIA.” Read more

Today’s Geekspeak Translation: “Hacktivist” = Hacktivism is the act of hacking, or breaking into a computer system, for a politically or socially motivated purpose. (doing evil for what they think/believe is “good cause”.)(And I guess “gleaned” is the new “stolen”.)

Yippee yahoo.

Banks.
Government agencies.
Law enforcement.
And the CIA.

You’d like to think those guys have top-notch computer security.. wouldn’t you?

I mean.. like, bulletproof security.

Sigh.

Rather Important: Don’t let the UN steal the Internet

If the UN seizes control of the Internet, they’ll take the Internet from the voices of freedom and give it to nations who’d prefer to either kill it or refashion it into another tool of state control.” Read more..

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August 30, 2012 Posted by | computers, hackers, Internet, News | , , | Leave a comment

Internet Explorer 10 is Here? | More..

Saturday Bits & Tech News

Internet: Loyal readers have heard me say that this tech stuff is evolving at an exponential rate, and never stands still — you got to keep up — keep learning. Seems to me, Microsoft’s new version of Internet Explorer (#9) got here just last month, and here I see that a limited “test drive” (pre-release) version of IE 10 is now available for download.
I am sorry, I cannot tell you much about IE 10, except that you can get it/read about it here. (Not sure it’s something you want to do, but.. now you know.)

Tablets: If you believe everything you read, tablets are how we are going to compute. Apple’s iPad has “changed everything”, and now companies are scrambling to bring you their versions. Android is a game changer. Blah blah blah.
I think it’s still much too early to buy a tablet, but I am keeping an eye on developments.

This week’s tablet hullabaloo and ‘press frenzy’ is a new player in this fast-shifting game: Review: HP TouchPad is the productivity tablet

“HP’s webOS tablet, the TouchPad, has landed. It’s not the entertainment powerhouse that the iPad is, but there’s a lot to like for business professionals. Here’s a look. READ FULL STORY..

(Catch that? “Entertainment powerhouse”? The iPad?! That’s too funny. I am not knocking the iPad, but know this – no tablet is a “powerhouse”. You have to keep your thinking caps on, people. Tech Paul lives in the Playboy Mansion. Wrong. Just because it’s there in black and white, doesn’t mean it’s true.)

Hacktivism: If you read sites like this one, you probably have read about about LulzSec, a group of politically motivated vandals. I cannot print my thoughts on this subject (there really is no such thing as true “free speech”; and this is a “public forum”) but I can say that the story does underscore just how vulnerable to mischief the technology we built this “web” (and “smart grid”) on is, and, if you want to learn more: 50 Days of Mayhem: How LulzSec Changed Hacktivism Forever

“LulzSec didn’t invent hacking, let alone hacktivism, but the merry group of digital outlaws showed how a tight-knit operation and canny PR can take the world by storm.” READ FULL STORY..

(Ahem. “Merry group of digital outlaws“??? What, these guys are modern-day Robin Hoods? Wow. How out of touch is that? A very good article, though.)

More Internet: The Internet’s Thirty Second Rule.

(Also a very good article.)

HP, or DELL? My recommendation on that question has been sought several times this week. Fortunately, I could just refer them to this: Which is Better, HP or Dell?

Summertime Odds are good it is a nice day there where you are. Turn off your computer. Go outside. Stay there all day. Find a chair, and one of those really old-fashioned things that people used to call “paperbacks”, (Dashiell Hammett is a good choice) or better yet, take a hike. Stretch your legs. Leave the smart phone home — look up, and around.
There’s a whole ‘nother world out there.

(Thanks for reading this, though. Now get outside!)

Today’s thot:Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein

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July 2, 2011 Posted by | Android, computers, free software, gadgets, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments