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ANONYMOUS EXPOSES 75,000 CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

Anonymous versus Stratfor. “Project Mayhem”. Tonight, New Year eve, Anonymous says there will be a new attack. Target is law enforcement agencies, but part of the game appears to be to demonstrate how insecure web passwords and companies are, which is a tradition of these groups.

UNDER OBAMA, AN EMERGING GLOBAL APPARATUS FOR DRONE KILLING

Anything used for counter-terrorism ends up being used against organised crime, now that the latter is a matter of national security, not a matter of due process…so these will be used against drug cartels in Mexico, Colombia etc. Metropolitan Police already buying them for surveillance purposes, apparently [well a couple of UK newspapers say so.] Legal framework for use? Murky, to say the least. accountability? Transparency?

Are they vulnerable to a Stuxnet-type of worm?

COMMENT IS FREE STOP LOOKING FOR THE NEXT AL-QAIDA

I dont think he’s right, in that new threats really do exist. though of a different type. Where he is correct is in saying that the academic pursuit of grants can be seen as part of a new counter-terrorism industry, and is allied to rather unpleasant people who wish to maintain draconian anti-civil rights legislation in place while makking money out of dubious technological “solutions”.

But then, I suppose I’m part of the industry!

CYBER COLD WAR RHETORIC HAUNTS THE US AND CHINA

Nice piece from al Jazeera. Warns against the interests of “security contractors” exaggerating events in order to drum up business. Also points out the dangers of using metaphors from a previous era. finally points out that the US isn’t an innocent party in all of this curious manouvring on the world Wide web.

WHY CAN’T NIGERIA DEFEAT BOKO HARAM?

BBC piece on the origins and development of the group behind the Church blasts and other explosions. Also the wrong reaction from the government: a mixture of incompetence and intransigence, apparently.

PLYMOUTH DRUGS TRIAL

Details of a network linking Plymouth and Manchester. 30 people have been on trial and convicted.

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