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August 02 2011

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Concerning the recent uploaded yt-video by Anonymous Germany "Deutschland mach deine Augen auf" (Germany close up your eyes)

The Kennedy speech on press liberty and  information transparency, which is used now by Anonymous Germany in one of its latest videos is based on another Youtube video (only concerning the part which includes J.F. Kennedy's statement) also with German subtitles, which has IMHO the advantage being less overloaded with emotionalizing background music.
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Eine Geschichte aus einer möglichen Zukunft: Sie sitzen in der U-Bahn einem interessanten Menschen gegenüber. Wie heißt er? Wo arbeitet er? Wofür interessiert er sich? Sie halten kurz ihr Smartphone hoch, fotografieren unauffällig das Gesicht ihres Gegenübers und nach ein paar Sekunden erscheinen auf ihrem Handy all diese Details.

Ferne Zukunft? Im Prinzip wäre das technisch schon sehr bald möglich, sagen die Forscher Alessandro Acquisti und Ralph Gross von der Carnegie Mellon University. Die Wissenschaftler haben in mehreren Experimenten Belege dafür gefunden, dass die Technik funktioniert. Es ist möglich, Menschen nahezu in Echtzeit per Software zu identifizieren - anhand von im Internet frei verfügbaren Fotos.

Acquisti und Gross stellen ihre vorläufigen Forschungsergebnisse in den kommenden Tagen vor, unter anderem auf der Black Hat Konferenz, einem der wichtigsten Treffen von IT-Sicherheitsforschern. 

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Bilderkennung: Ich weiß, wer du bist | SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Netzwelt - 2011-08-02
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Morocco: Militant Website Sustains DDoS Attack

The Moroccan militant website Mamfakinch! has come under a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack this Sunday blocking the access to its main platform for several hours. The website is now back online. What is Mamfakinch! and why has it been attacked?

Mamfakinch!

In the wake of the Arab revolutions, a couple of Moroccan online activists launched a militant website on February 17, 2011. They called it Mamfakinch!, which in Moroccan Arabic means “We won't give up!”.

In its 6 months of existence Mamfakinch! has attracted a record audience of over a million unique visitors across its two main outlets which comprise an online news portal and a blog. The site's goal, according to its members, is to provide a platform for free expression for opposition voices and pro-democracy activists.

Against the backdrop of the Arab revolutions, Mamfakinch! set about to aggregate, curate and disseminate citizen media material, emulating the work of similar outlets in the region, notably the celebrated Tunisian news portal Nawaat.org.

But as Mamfakinch! readers and supporters grew in number, so has its detractors. “The website has gained a lot of popularity in the Moroccan activist blogosphere but we had also attracted a lot of enemies. Attacks against the website have started very early on but they are becoming increasingly aggressive” says this site's co-manager who also explains that the platform is receiving regular threats and countless derogatory comments.

One video recently surfaced on the internet purporting to show an attack against Mamfakinch!. The site was quick to publish an article [Fr] in which it (very sarcastically) dismissed the alleged attack as “a miserable spoof”.

The Attack

This Sunday, while the website was securing the exclusive live coverage of the pro-democracy marches and demonstrations held across the kingdom, access to its main portal was denied. The blockade lasted for several hours before the site was again accessible late in the evening.

According to the site administrators, Mamfakinch! came under a large-scale DDoS attack. “The attack seems to originate from thousands of dynamic IPs localted in Saudi Arabia (!)” says the website's webmaster. The site's server has, in the matter of a few hours, became overloaded with the amount of new automated IPs' requests.

“The site is now up and running and we have taken measures to insure that such attacks don't happen in the future… although no one can be absolutely sure” says this co-founder of the site who adds that his colleagues, “for obvious security reasons, prefer not to disclose details of the steps taken to secure access to the site.”

Like in Ben Ali's Tunisia

Before the revolution in Tunisia, Morocco was praised for the relative freedom enjoyed by its internet users. But the country knows now a surge in attacks against online dissidents, several of whom have had their Facebook or email accounts hacked into. Phishing techniques were probably used by usurpers to harvest those accounts' passwords.

DDoS attacks, infiltration techniques and blockage of dissident domain names were common during the Ben Ali era in Tunisia. Those types of attacks are increasingly becoming common place in Morocco. The site of the irreverent magazine Demain Online has not yet recovered from an attack it suffered over a month ago. The website 20Fevrier.com, believed to be related to the pro-democracy movement in Morocco, also came under attack several weeks ago. It has been offline ever since.

“The more they attacks us, the more we learn!”

Paradoxically, in the Arab world, the most experienced activists usually come from the most repressive environments. After a long confrontation with their governments, Tunisian and Egyptian activists have become experts in circumvention tools. This expertise is now being transferred to other countries in the region where militants are learning each day as they struggle against attempts to censor their voices online. This statement from a member of Mamfakinch! sums up the situation quite well: “The more they attacks us, the more we learn! Let them come!”

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Der Text tauchte unlängst auch auf Diaspora auf - hier meine kommentierenden Anmerkungen.

  • oAnth – Die Parabel lässt m.E. unberücksichtigt, dass es sich bei der angenommenen Schuldenfreiheit bestenfalls um den Zahlungsausgleich in den Bilanzen der Staatsbanken handelt, aber zu dem Preis der finanziellen Auszehrung der Unter- und Mittelschicht, will sagen, dass die fiskalpolitischen Auswirkungen hierin nicht dargestellt werden - die 100 Euro kommen demnach nicht aus der Tasche eines wohlhabenden Touristen, sondern aus den ungleich verteilten Steuerbelastungen und Einkommensverhältnisse mit einhergehender ökonomischer Lähmung genannter sozialer Schichten. Die Frage sollte doch vielmehr lauten, in wessen Interesse es ist, wenn Staaten finanztechnisch gesehen schuldenfrei sind, die überwiegende Mehrheit der Bürger indes ohne Kapital? Was sich in Europa - mittlerweile unter de facto Oberaufsicht des IWF - abspielt, ist eine gewaltige finanzielle Ausblutung der europäischen Nationalökonomien unter Aussparung einer denkbar kleinen Oberschicht. Das geht einher mit den Interessen globaler Gläubigerkonsortien, vorrangig amerikanischer Großbanken, die nach Bereitstellung ihrer finanziellen Resourcen zur Kreditvergabe im IWF und der Weltbank nach ihrem Gutdünken den politischen Akteuren in den Schuldnerländen unter Umgehung der jeweiligen staatlichen Souveränität wirtschafts- und sozialpolitische Austeritätsmaßnahmen abverlangen.
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Israelis Chant: "Mubarak, Assad, Bibi Netanyahu"



Tens of thousands of Israelis in nine cities pour onto the streets, demanding Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu resign


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//oAnth

cf. Al Jazeera - 2011-07-30
Mass protests in Israel over high prices
In the largest show of support since the movement began two weeks ago, massive demonstrations take place across country.

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