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Twitter Exposes WikiLeaks Court Order

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 13, 2011

Twitter, Consciousness and Oneness

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 2, 2010

“I see Twitter as a collective consciousness, or a personal Google. When you ask Google a question it tells you where to go to find the answer. When you ask twitter a question you get a personal response from a human.”

“Think about the slight but powerful shift here – to appear in Google a person has to write their content on a webpage, but to appear on Twitter search all you have to do is have a conversation. People don’t need to be publishers to contribute to this latent knowledge sink, all they have to do is talk to their friends and post their status and the tools will do the rest.” Ross Hill, Blogger said.

I think one of the most significant contributions Twitter is bringing to the evolution of Connected Consciousness (for lack of a better term – the new collective or common consciousness created by the mass connection of humans to the network.) For the first time in the history of our species, it is possible to massively communicate with massive numbers of human beings about pretty much anything. We are starting to realize the power of connecting human beings; well, we’ve always known that there is strength in numbers, but there’s magic in the network!

Twitter helps human beings feel the Unity and Oneness over Internet more than ever before. Distances don’t matter anymore.

Those of us who understand the Oneness Blessing and the impartation of the Spirit of Wholeness or Holy Spirit must be strong, honest, and even creative as we share our information, gifts and talents in ways which promote oneness.  For as long as we see ourselves as separate from the ONE, we will always see ourselves separate from ALL-that-is.

Britain needs cyber attack capability

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 10, 2010

Britain should have an offensive ability to launch computer attacks to deter aggressors as part of a growing emphasis on cyber warfare, a British minister said — and potential enemies should know its capabilities were already “considerable.”

Despite broad cuts to government spending, including on defense, cyber security will receive greater funding. Britain announced a 650 million pound ($1.05 billion) program last month, labeling it a key priority.

As computer systems become more vital in the control of essential services, from power grids to banking, computerized attacks are seen as becoming as important a part of nations’ arsenals as conventional or nuclear weaponry.

“We face a variety of threats in the cyber domain,” armed forces minister Nick Harvey told Reuters on Tuesday after giving a speech on cyber policy at London think tank Chatham House.

“In every other domain (of warfare) you have the concept of deterrence and … in the fullness of time we would expect to get into a position where people understood our capabilities.”

He said: “I don’t think other countries who know anything about this are in any doubt that we have considerable capabilities in this field.

“If they have paid any attention to our security and defense review, they will have seen the signs of clear intent to remain well placed in this domain.”

In his speech, Harvey had said the ability to electronically “turn out the lights” of a potential adversary would provide policymakers with wider options than simply a conventional military attack.

Experts say the Stuxnet computer worm identified mostly this year and widely suspected to have been built by a state intelligence agency to attack the Iranian nuclear program — shows the increasing sophistication of cyber weaponry.

The so-called Iranian Cyber Army, a group of hackers with alleged links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is reportedly getting into the botnet business.

The group, which hacked Twitter and Chinese search engine Baidu last year, has been offering its services on the cyber black market by renting access to its botnet, PCWorld reports. Last month, the group took credit for cyber attacking TechCrunch’s European website.

Elephants never forget!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 28, 2010

The Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), known for defacing websites, appears to be diversifying. Security researchers now say the group is responsible for a powerful, recently discovered botnet containing more than 400,000 infected computers, and adding new ones at the rate of 14,000 every hour.

“It appears reasonable to assume that the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ group has decided to move from simple defacement warnings to actual cybercrime activities,” said Seculert, the threat management service that discovered the botnet. In fact, the botnet may have already infected 20 million machines, though Seculent said that number was an estimate.

“What really matters here is what the ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ can do with such power,” said the firm. “For now, what they do is lease part of their botnet to other groups, which then install on these controlled machines different types of malware.” That malware includes Zeus, Gozi, and Bredolab. (While Dutch police took down a number of Bredolab servers early this week, TrendMicro noted that at least one command-and-control server, located outside the Netherlands, is still active, and there may be more.)

Seculert has already traced multiple attacks to the Iranian Cyber Attack’s botnet, including the September 2010 attack against the TechCrunch Europe blog site. After the attack, the TechCrunch website redirected users to a crimeware website that exploited known vulnerabilities to automatically install malware on the visitor’s computer.

The exact identities of the Iranian Cyber Army are in some dispute, though news reports suggest that the group was formed and reinforced by Iranian authorities in the wake of mass protests — physical and cyber — following the disputed June 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

After Stuxnet, Islamic Republic actually decided to retaliate the attack with any means possible and because Americans underestimate their capabilities to do so, it even makes them more motivated to get revenge.

The Iranian Cyber Army and Botnets

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 25, 2010

A group of malicious hackers who attacked Twitter and the Chinese search engine Baidu are also apparently running a for-rent botnet, according to new research.

The so-called Iranian Cyber Army also took credit last month for an attack on TechCrunch’s European website. In that incident, the group installed a page on TechCrunch’s site that redirected visitors to a server that bombarded their PCs with exploits in an attempt to install malicious software.

Researchers with a security startup called Seculert have traced the malicious server behind those attacks and found indications that the Iranian Cyber Army may also be running a botnet.

There are many computer crime gangs that create botnets, or networks of compromised computers, that can then be rented to other players in the cybercrime industry, such as spammers.

The Iranian Cyber Army is believed to be behind the botnet since the administration panel showed the same e-mail address that was displayed after the Twitter and Baidu defacement attacks. Also, a page displaying statistics on the number of infected machines showed the group’s name in its HTML source code, according to screenshots posted by Seculert.

The statistics page showed that as many as 14,000 PCs were being infected per hour. Since the server has been active since August, Seculert estimates it may have successfully infected as many as 20 million PCs.

The botnet has been used to distribute some of the more notorious malicious software programs including Zeus, which is used to hack into online banking accounts, and the data-stealing Trojans called Gozi and Carberp, Raff said.

An e-mail address links the botnet to earlier attacks claimed by the Iranian Cyber Army.

When Twitter was attacked in December 2009, users were direct to a different website bearing a green flag and the message “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army,” along with the group’s supposed e-mail address.

As I wrote in my last article, (Cyber Army and Stuxnet in a Cyber war) Iran’s regime like to retaliate with a cyber attack against Israel or the West and I think that’s what they’re doing now.


Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 16, 2010

The popular social media website Twitter has turned into the world’s greatest cocktail party, and no one has to clean up afterward, or even pay the tab. It’s the new electronic campfire we sit around to talk and campaign for Human Rights and laugh and even sing. It’s an endless conversation like no other, and it’s just starting to pick up steam. We’ve all heard about how news breaks on Twitter before it hits any of the traditional journalistic outlets, and how it’s being used by emergency responders in difficult situations around the world. But the potential overall cultural impact of Twitter is just beginning to be glimpsed.

This social network we call “Twitter” is not about an international announcement or your less than 100 followers how you slept last night or what your dog ate for breakfast, though that is certainly permitted. And it’s not just about high profile persons, or who can attract the most followers the quickest. It’s about building a new form of community. It’s about learning. It offers support, inspiration, and daily motivation. And it’s also about fun. But the most important aspect of Twitter may be that, if you do things right, you begin to surround yourself with an incredible group of people eager to share their best questions and insights about life. They’re all seeking new wisdom and hope. Twisdom is has evolved from it.

There is a debate in social networking about quality versus quantity of connections, followers and friends. We think there is quality in quantity and therefore like to grow our online networks.  The more people you can connect with, the greater the content will be and more varied the prospective to learn from.

Birth of Twitter is almost like another birth (rebirth) of Internet and the communication concepts. Still lots of us don’t know about the power of Twitter and its capabilities, but as you start using it, you will recognize and experience them through the time.

I really believe blogging and Twitter can save the world.

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 8, 2010

This data is also worthwhile just to know.  More than 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002 and around 77% of Internet users read blogs according to Universal McCann.  It’s clearly a vital medium to comprehend for anyone looking to spread ideas.

  • For most bloggers (81%), even if the economic downturn has disrupted lifestyles or lives it has not changed the kind of topics or themes they write about.
  • 63% of respondents say that blogging has led them to become more involved with things they’re passionate about as a result of blogging.

Respondents report that blogging has had chiefly positive impacts on their personal lives; just 6% say that relationships with friends or family members have suffered as a result of blogging.

  • One in five bloggers report updating on a daily basis.
  • The most common rate of updating is 2-3 times per week.
  • The majority of blogs use tags (85%).

Bloggers are very familiar with the technology they use to publish on the Internet – only 2% of all respondents say that they don’t know how their blog was built.  (This data confirms “geeks” are the new influencers.)

  • 59% of respondents use a free third party hosting service.
  • 82% of respondents say that they post photos to their blog, making images the most popular form of multimedia.
  • 20% of all users report having updating their blog or adding content from their mobile device.
  • Fewer than 10% of bloggers say they don’t know the traffic to their blogs.
  • 89% believe that it is important that the advertising placed on their blogs align with their values.
  • Iran is the third-largest country of bloggers in the world after the United States and China. With more than 700,000 Persian blogs, mostly based in Iran, the Persian language is ranked as the second-most-popular language in the entire blogosphere.
  • At least one journalist and one blogger have died at Evin Prison in the last six years under circumstances that have not been fully explained.

Blogs with greater than 100 page views a day received on average .83% of their page views from Twitter referrals. This referral percentage was constant as the audience size of the blog increased.

In honor of World Press Freedom Day 2010, CIMA organized a discussion about threats to the safety of bloggers. For the first time, the number of online journalists in prison almost surpasses the number of jailed traditional print and broadcast journalists. At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are under arrest worldwide, constituting half of all journalists now in jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported in its 2009 prison census.

China, Egypt, and Iran are considered the most dangerous countries for journalism on the Internet. As online reporting gains influence in countries with repressive regimes, governments are increasing harassment and violence. Bloggers are more vulnerable than journalists in many ways.

Other countries that misbehave with Bloggers are Saudi, Burma, Syria, Vietnam, Egypt and Thailand.

Unfortunately, one way to assess the political importance of blogging around the world is through the growing number of blogger arrests.

That’s why dictators hate Twitter

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 25, 2010

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read messages with a 140-character limit. Twitter was thrust to the fore of international politics during the contested 2009 Iranian elections. During the huge protests that followed, the site played a pivotal role in mobilising protesters and facilitated a direct line of communication between demonstrators, news outlets and engaged people around the world. Maintaining its service in the face of a totalitarian regime, Twitter demonstrated how social networking can have a direct impact on the world stage.

Twitter was used as a powerful tool in protecting free expression in the UK when solicitors Carter-Ruck, acting on behalf of Trafigura, the multi-national oil company, tried to prevent the press from publishing details of a parliamentary question about a report into the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast. Within hours ‘#trafigura’ and ‘#carterruck’ were the site’s most popular topics.

In Venezuela the catalyst behind most of these protests is, of course, Twitter, which anti-Chavez activists have used to organize demonstrations and to spread their cause internationally. Dissidents have also taken to Facebook, where a group titled “Chavez esta PONCHAO!” (“Chavez, you struck out!”) is already 80,000 members strong. Chavez, not surprisingly has already “launched an army of Twitter users to bring down online networks and try to infiltrate student groups.”

A Haitian radio host who used Twitter to inform the world about the earthquake which ravaged his country was among the users of the micro-blogging service honored at a ceremony.

“I dedicate this to my country Haiti,” said Carel Pedre after receiving a special “humanitarian” award at the second annual “Shorty Awards” in New York, an event which recognize excellence on Twitter.

“May we continue to use Twitter to save lives and change the world,” said Pedre, who “tweets” as @carelpedre.

Twitter, effective source of information

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 18, 2010

An unprecedented analysis reveals that the micro-blogging service is remarkably effective at spreading “important” information.

Four researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have performed a multi-part analysis of Twitter. They conclude that it’s a surprisingly interconnected network and an effective way to filter quality information.

In a move unprecedented in the history of academic research on Demi Moore’s chosen medium for feuding with Kim Kardashian, Kwak et al. built an array of 20 PCs to slurp down the entire contents of Twitter over the course of a month. If you were on Twitter in July 2009, you participated in their experiment.

Earlier work suggested that the best way to get noticed on Twitter was to tweet at certain times of day, and Kwak et al.’s paper sheds some light on why this is the case: “Half of retweeting occurs within an hour, and 75% under a day.”

“67.6% of users are not followed by any of their followings in Twitter,” they report. “We conjecture that for these users Twitter is rather a source of information than a social networking site.”

Twitter started out like any other insanely successful startup.  It found a niche, raised money through several rounds of VC funding, found a clever way to market itself, and blew up.  Today (as of late February 2010) Twitter sees over 50 million tweets per day, which equates to 600 tweets per second, according to their blog.  Twitter got its start on the web, but it wasn’t long before independent companies started developing clients that interact with the social network.  Many of you probably use TweetDeck, Seesmic, Twicca, Touiteur or a number of other Twitter clients either on your desktop, mobile device, or both—which brings us to the point at hand.

A message in a bottle!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 15, 2010

Twitter is fast becoming the digital equivalent of a message in a bottle: Two years after James Karl Buck’s infamous “Arrested” tweet was sent from Egypt, Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka tricked his captors into letting him send a message to the Twitterverse to let people know he was alive and imprisoned.

Tsuneoka, 41, was captured by militants in April while reporting in northern Afghanistan. His Twitter account is rife with activity until March 31, after which it went silent. Then, on Friday, he tweeted, “I am still alive [sic], but in jail.”

The Israeli government has bought the Twitter account “@israel” from a porn site owner whose first name is Israel.

That’s according to The New York Times, which reports that the man, Israel Melendez, created the Twitter ID in 2007 but rarely used it because it was constantly flooded with anti-Semitic or anti-Israel postings.

“My account was basically unused because I was getting dozens of replies every day from people who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel,” Melendez told the paper.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the purchase, but neither a ministry spokesman nor Melendez would say how much money changed hands.