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‘Spamhaus mafia tactics – main threat to Internet freedom’: CyberBunker explains largest cyber-attack

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2013

Spamhaus is a major censorship organization only pretending to fight spam, a CyberBunker spokesman said in an RT exclusive. Sven Olaf Kamphuis claimed that as a constant bully of Internet service providers Spamhaus has only itself to blame for the attack.

In a Skype interview with RT, Kamphuis denied that CyberBunker was the organization behind the historical attack, pointing the finger at a large collective of internet providers around the globe called Stophaus.com.

Spamhaus has blackmailed a number of internet service providers and carriers into disconnecting clients without court orders or any legal process, Kamphuis says. Basically, he accuses them of claiming people are spammers when they are not.

“They do it on a regular basis,” Kamphuis said. “If people do not comply with their demands they just list the entire internet provider.”

Kamphuis claims they use “mafia tactics” and have a list of internet users that they do not like, which features a lot of users from China and Russia because they allegedly believe that a lot of spammers and criminals in these two countries use the internet to facilitate crime.

Spamhaus first reported massive DDoS attacks on March 20. At one point Spamhaus servers were flooded with 300 billion bits per second (300Gbps) of data, making it the largest registered attack of this kind in the history of the internet, according to Kaspersky anti-virus giant’s experts.

Image from cyberbunker.com
Image from cyberbunker.com

“The data flow generated by such an attack may affect intermediate network nodes when it passes them, thus impeding operations of normal web services that have no relation to Spamhaus or CyberBunker,”corporate communications manager at Kaspersky, Yuliya Krivosheina, wrote in a statement for RT.“Therefore, such DDoS attack may affect regular users as well, with network slowdown or total unavailability of certain web resources being typical symptoms.” Read the rest of this entry »

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US could put Assange to death if it gets him – former senior NSA official

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 10, 2012

If America gets its hands on the WikiLeaks founder, they may go as far as execute him, a known National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake told RT, adding that in the US, security has become a state religion.

An expert on electronic eavesdropping, Drake sacrificed his career to blow the whistle on perceived wrongdoings within the NSA. He was charged under the Espionage Act, though the charges were dropped only last year.

He told RT that in America’s ‘soft tyranny’, everyone is subject or suspect in terms of surveillance.

RT: What was the potential harm of the program that you challenged while working with the NSA?

Thomas Drake: There was a very large flagship program called Trailblazer that was designed to catapult the NSA into the twenty first century to deal with the vast amounts of data generated by the digital age. Given the massive fraud and abuse that the NSA had created with the Trailblazer program, as well as the super secret surveillance program, the NSA completely violated the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment. In particular, the stature called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was the first commandment at the NSA: you did violate Americans’ privacy without a warning, and if you did – there is a criminal penalty for doing so. And I found this out to my horror and shock, that shortly after 9/11, the NSA entered a secret agreement with the White House in which the NSA would become the executive agent for this secret surveillance program. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 Ways China Is Changing The World

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2012

Over the past 20 years, China has experienced incredible growth.It is now the second largest economy in the world.  Despite its recent slowdown, it continues to be one of the fastest growing economies the world.

Experts expect the country to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in the next 15 years.

Obviously, its size is having tremendous ripple effects across the world.

What’s more, it sets on vast resources that have the ability to tilt the entire global commodities markets.

Finally, the country also has a reputation for engaging in large-scale shady practices that have forced the rest of the world to rethink how they manage security and protect intellectual property.

We put together some of the key ways in which China is impacting the global economy, politics and culture.

China’s massive shale gas boom could cause gas prices to plunge, which could derail American’s energy boom

Earlier this year PetroChina announced a shale gas discovery in the southern Sichuan province. And late last year state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. announced the discovery of shale gas reserves in at least 20 locations, with each able to produce over 10,000 cubic meters of gas per day.China is believed to have 1,300 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas, the biggest known reserves, and compared with the 827 trillion cubic feet in the U.S..

Impact: This could be a game changer because it could do away with the need for a pipeline that Canadians were hoping to build to send China their excess gas, it could cause gas prices to plunge and kill the American energy boom, according to Andrew Snyder at Resource Investor.

China’s dominance in rare earths commodities is disrupting the supply chain for hi-tech products

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Cyber war and peace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2012

Greater dependence on networked computers and communication leaves the US more vulnerable to attack than others.

Cyber warfare is the one of the most dramatic potential threats to be faced [EPA]

Cambridge, MA – Two years ago, a piece of faulty computer code infected Iran’s nuclear programme and destroyed many of the centrifuges used to enrich uranium. Some observers declared this apparent sabotage to be the harbinger of a new form of warfare, and United States Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta has warned citizens of the danger of a “cyber Pearl Harbour” attack on the US. But what do we really know about cyber conflict?

The cyber domain of computers and related electronic activities is a complex man-made environment, and human adversaries are purposeful and intelligent. Mountains and oceans are hard to move, but portions of cyberspace can be turned on and off by throwing a switch. It is far cheaper and quicker to move electrons across the globe than to move large ships long distances.


Political shift

The costs of developing those vessels – multiple carrier task forces and submarine fleets – create enormous barriers to entry, enabling US naval dominance. But the barriers to entry in the cyber domain are so low that non-state actors and small states can play a significant role at low cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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FBI: Cyber attacks – America’s top terror threat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 2, 2012

AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown

AFP Photo / Frederic J. Brown

Organized cyber crime is replacing terrorism as the number one threat to the American nation, says the FBI chief. The bureau is preparing to battle internet-based aggressors with recently created cyber-squads policing the web.

The Cyber Crime section of the FBI website pledges that the bureau is ready to defend America from the cyber space threat. This vow, however, did not help much when the bureau’s website went down after a massive attack by Anonymous hacktivists on January 20.

Over the last few months, the Anonymous hacker community attacked the websites of the White House, CIA, FBI, Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security, Universal Music Group, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America.

Just as the internet is not a boys’ toy anymore, hackers are no longer boys, either. Nowadays, previously “isolated hackers have joined forces to form criminal syndicates,” FBI boss Robert Mueller said at the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Thursday. These syndicates are often international, so this poses additional difficulties because it takes close work with foreign security agencies to achieve a result in the material world, while the internet knows neither borders nor boundaries, Mueller explained.

“We are losing money, we are losing data, we are losing ideas,” he added. “Together we must find a way to stop the bleeding.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Cyberwar Real or Just Hype?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 10, 2011

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Online security risks have become increasingly prevalent with the likes of Anonymous and LulzSec continuing to expose the sorry state of corporate network security, and policymakers are clamoring to “do something” to address the threat. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in Washington to employ the rhetoric of war when talking about cybersecurity, which is a very dangerous tendency.

For example, in a Washington Post op-ed today, Senators Lieberman, Collins and Carper argue for cybersecurity legislation, saying, “The alternative could be a digital Pearl Harbor — and another day of infamy.”

Their comments are not unique.

At his confirmation hearing last month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the “next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber-attack.” Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin has said that “cyberweapons and cyberattacks potentially can be devastating, approaching weapons of mass destruction in their effects.” And Bush administration cybersecurity chief Michael McConnell has famously warned that the United States “is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Pentagon Commander: U.S. Unprepared To Face Cyber Attacks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 18, 2011


Could be even though US will be alert.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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