NSA Installing Spyware

December 30, 2013

…h/t @NotALemming computer hacking is reportedly done with the cooperation of the FBI and CIA….

From Forbes:
According to the report, this operation is carried out by the NSA’s elite hacking unit, or TAO—not to be confused with the much less imposing Taoism—though there are few details on the scope or targets of the program.
The spy agency reportedly has backdoor access to numerous hardware and software systems from prominent tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, and Western Digital, among others. The NSA can even exploit Microsoft Windows error reports to find weak spots in compromised machines in order to install Trojans and other viruses.

Hajj Pilgrims to Wear Masks to Prevent Spread of Mers Virus

July 13, 2013

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Saudi Arabia has issued a series of rules to pilgrims travelling to Mecca for the Hajj that will ban the elderly and force others to wear respiratory masks to prevent the Mers coronavirus turning into an epidemic.

Health ministry regulations for the pilgrimage are the strictest in history as the government seeks to contain the spread of the new SARS-like condition which has affected 85 and killed 41.

Almost all those who have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) have been in Saudi Arabia or had contact with people who contracted it there. The first recorded Mers death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia.

(Tens of millions of Muslims from around the world are expected to take part in the Hajj this October. The emergence of the mysterious virus ahead of the pilgrimage has been described as the single biggest worldwide public health since the deadly Sars pandemic. )

Iranians hack into VOA website

February 22, 2011
It then listed more 90 websites of VOA it claimed has also been hacked.

Iranian computer hackers on Monday hijacked the website of the Voice of America, replacing its Internet home page with a banner bearing an Iranian flag and an image of an AK-47 assault rifle.
The group called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “hear the voice of oppressed nations.”
The banner stated that “we have proven that we can.”
The message called on the United States to “stop interfering in Islamic countries.”

A State Department spokesman could not be reached for comment.
An administration official said the group identified with the banner is known as the Iranian Cyber Army.
VOA operates a global network of news and information outlets that reflect official U.S. foreign policies. It broadcasts, through radio, television and the Internet to scores of nations around the world.

Little is known about the group. It was credited with hacking and defacing Twitter in December 2009, replacing the social networking site’s home page with a message that the site was hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.
Cyber security specialists have said there are suspicions that the Cyber Army is part of the Iranian government after the hacker group was critical of the pro-democracy Green Movement in Iran.
PBS’ “Tehran Bureau” reported in February 2010 that “a review of the political messages published by the Cyber Army in recent months and official statements in its defense made by a government administrator of Iran’s aviation industry prompt a closer examination of the group, which previous reports have claimed is composed of Russian hackers based outside of Iran.”
In January 2010, the group broke into China‘s main search engine known as Baidu and redirected users to a banner identifying the Iranian Cyber Army. China‘s official Xinhua News Agency said at the time that the Baidu was “tampered with, leading to inaccessibility.”
The hacking takeover of the website of VOA, voanews.com, followed the announcement last week by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, VOA’s parent agency, that it was canceling all shortwave radio broadcasts of the VOA’s Chinese-language service in favor of Internet broadcasting.
The switch from shortwave to Internet broadcast was criticized by current and former officials who said it would undermine VOA’s pro-democracy messages to such places as Tibet and Xinjiang, in western China, that rely on VOA for reliable information.
The cost-cutting measure to end VOA shortwave radio broadcasts was based on an internal assessment that radio listenership was declining and that web-based broadcast, despite its vulnerability to being blocked by Chinese censors, would reach more Chinese.

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she used to f#(% for a living and now she’s saved

November 19, 2010

…but so is the poor woman with venereal diseases and lesions…. she just doesn’t get the TV show

SECRET SERVICE: Annie Lobert left the sex trade five years ago. A new series records how she refused to leave others like her behind.