On September 10, 1:48 PM EST, the sun released—amongst others—a solar flare of the highest intensity category (in order of low to high: A, B, C, M, X), which will make solar radiation rain down from space. Solar flares are the most explosive events in the solar system, with the two solar flares and two coronal mass ejections (CME) being the largest solar storm in years—including 2012’s solar storm that narrowly missed Earth, but would’ve costed two trillion dollars in damages were it to hit. The energy has already entered Earth’s atmosphere and we should see the effects in the next couple of days. The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a strong geomagnetic storm watch on Saturday September 13.
Israeli intelligence veterans of IDF Unit 8200 have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents.
The “patriotic hacker” known as “th3J35t3r” (the Jester), the Syrian Electronic Army, the group Anonymous and Iranians possibly affiliated with the government in Tehran are taking on the Islamic State (ISIS) online, taunting them, taking down Twitter accounts and allegedly jamming the group’s communications.
Every two minutes, the 15-second digital ad, consisting of two massive 45-foot by 45-foot screens, will show the free-fall descent of World Trade Center Building 7 to all pedestrians and drivers who pass by the intersection of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. For the vast majority of viewers, this will be the first time they see the destruction of the third skyscraper.
The billboard’s message will reach 100,000 people daily — for a total of 3 million viewings from September 8th to October 5th.
September 11th may be a part of history now, but some of the events that led to that horrible day remain veiled by the political considerations of the present. The intelligence community doesn’t want to light up its failures once again, and no doubt the Obama Administration doesn’t want to introduce additional strains on its relationship with the Saudis. In the meantime, the forces that led to catastrophe before are gathering strength once again.
More than 12,000 foreigners are believed by intelligence services to have traveled from across the planet to fight in extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. The volunteers come from at least 81 countries — around one quarter of them reportedly hold Western citizenship — but their backgrounds are so varied that it’s difficult to discern a single shared narrative driving their decisions. The flood of young men and women from all corners of the globe to join the Islamic State (IS) and other groups operating in the power vacuums of northern Iraq and Syria has prompted concerns among security agencies in their home countries over the potential threat they represent if and when they return.
Today—Netflix, ACLU, I Can Has Cheezburger, Digg, Etsy, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Reddit, Upworthy, Urban Dictionary, Vimeo, and WordPress, Pornhub, Redtube and Youporn have joined in to protest against “Team Cable” (AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon) and save Net Neutrality! They will add widgets to their sites that display the dreaded “loading” wheel one sees when trying to watch a video over a slow connection.
Note: The slowdown will only be simulated, not actual—the spinning “loading” icons you’ll see on those sites are entirely symbolic.
Despite the NSA denying continually that it does not spy for economic interests, Snowden documents reveal otherwise.
In a new report by The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald released a secret 2009 memo that advocated “technology acquisition by any means”, in this case, specifically to bolster the competitive advantage of American corporations. Detailed in the memo is a long-term plan that would take cyber espionage a step further, under the guise of a purely hypothetical situation, namely India and Russia teaming up for technological innovation. That plan is “a multi-pronged, systematic effort to gather open source and proprietary information through overt means, clandestine penetration (through physical and cyber means), and counterintelligence.”
The FBI finally says how It ‘legally’ pinpointed Silk Road’s server; They found a misconfiguration in an element of the Silk Road login page, which revealed its internet protocol (IP) address and thus its physical location. They typed “miscellaneous” strings of characters into the login page’s entry fields and found that one of the IP addresses returned didn’t match any of the Tor nodes. They then entered that IP address directly into a browser and Bingo! found the Silk Road server.
Oh Anonymous, like a kitten pawing at a lion, now wants to take on the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL). Having declared a “cyberwar" back in June, Anons everywhere are now aiming their lasers at the extremist giant that has taken control of two countries. Pew pew pew!
If Justice lifted her veil to look upon corruption with a bias stare, she would be astonished. In Pakistan, for example, most don’t consider all corruption as corruption. So corrupt the system has become, that they have become desensitized to corruption itself. Here’s Sundas Hoorain’s, a human rights lawyer and activist, opinionated candid insight into Pakistan’s corruption.