Archive for January 2013

Chinese Hackers Attack The New York Times   3 comments


 

 

Chinese Web Users Gasp—in Code—as NYT Cyber Attacks Exposed

The Atlantic

After the New York Times published an article detailing the four months during which the venerated publication was the subject of hacking attacks traced to China, the news spread on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter. Despite internal censorship measures and the blocking of some sensitive keywords, some users nevertheless found a way to comment on the article.

Popular Weibo user and vocal critic @假装在纽约, whose handle means “Pretending to be in New York,” posted a screenshot of the Times article in English, with the simple Chinese tagline, “For 4 months, Chinese hackers with government backgrounds launched fierce attacks against that New York paper.” He then translated several key points from the article for his followers, including information supporting the piece’s argument that the hackers were likely affiliated with the Chinese military.

In response to his post, a number of users simply posed a rhetorical question: “Lanxiang?” The term is an abbreviation for Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School, an institution of higher learning known to produce hackers employed by the Chinese government . One user warned “Pretending to be in New York,” “Better not get on the bad side of the People’s Liberation Army,” while another speculated, “I bet your account is going to be deleted.”

 

This looks like a battallion of Chinese Army Hackers.   The 3rd Shocktroop battallion of the 95th Regiment of Special Hacker Forces.

 

 

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Since the Times published an expose on the wealth accumulated by Premier Wen Jiabao’s family last year, its website has been intermittently blocked and its content selectively censored; the media outlet’s Chinese name has been temporarily censored on various microblogging platforms, as have several homonyms for the paper, forcing Chinese Web users to get creative when referring to it. Posts related to the Times’ most recent offending piece were also censored, according to Twitter user @MissXQ.

As for the post by “Pretending to be in New York,”  it garnered 80 comments and 207 retweets in the first hour before being deleted by censors. The Weibo critic had wasted little time in devising a back-up plan in the event his entire account were to be excised. He had thought ahead, though:. “If this account is ever gone,” he wrote a week earlier, “Please follow @假耳朵.”

 

What a society, always having Big Brother watching over you.

 

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Posted January 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Posted January 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Iranian Space Monkey has left hand amputated for theft?   Leave a comment


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Iran has apparently sent a live monkey into space in a capsule, which was later retrieved intact.

 

 

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There is however, a somber end to this story.  Iranian Monkey Astronaut One grabbed a banana from the V.I.P. bowl while he was being transferred to the interrogation room.  Under Iranian Sharia Law this is a Amputatable Offense (“the goat that steals the extra carrot must have a hoof chopped off”, (Mohammad-book 12-verse 8958- paragraph 4- line 2- word 8).  The leading Iranian beheader and amputator, Moschsa Allibadallmohamid, performed the amputation of Monkey One.   He had to be hounded by the Sharia Mullah to find the time, Moschsa was busy executing 19 men and 4 women for offenses varying from jaywalking to heroin trafficking.

 

 

The Iranians have never mentioned the conditionof Monkey One. Doesn’t look good for that simian.

Are those Iranian devils developing an intercontinental ballistic missile for their nuclear warheads!!?

Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Garrett McNamara surfs ‘highest ever’ wave off Portugal   Leave a comment


 

An American man has ridden what may be the highest wave ever caught by a surfer.

 

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Garrett McNamara surfed the wave on Monday off the coast of Portugal, in the same spot where he surfed the current world-record wave of 78ft (24m) in November 2011.

Experts will now have to certify the new record.

The giant wave formed above an underwater canyon famous for being the world’s biggest wave generator.

Some reports say the wave may have been as high as 100ft (30m), although this is yet to be confirmed.

“You are just going so fast,” McNamara told ABC television. “It’s really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains.

“And you’re just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain. Your brain is getting rattled. Your whole body is getting rattled.”

He said he was relieved to have avoided a rocky section of the coast.

McNamara began surfing at 11 and turned professional six years later.

 

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Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Snapshots   1 comment


 

 

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Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Nation of Zimbabwe has just 217 dollars in the bank   Leave a comment


 

 

Robert Mugabe, the lifelong dictator of Zimbabwe, took his country from being a prosperous nation to a basket case during his 40 year rule.

 

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Zimbabwe Has Just $217 In The Bank, Finance Minister Says

There’s a lot you can buy with $200 if you’re one person. There’s not whole lot you can do with it if you’re one nation, however.

Zimbabwe has just $217 in the bank after paying civil servants last week, Agence France Presse reports. While the amount is a stunningly low balance for an entire nation, it was somewhat expected.

The African nation has been struggling to recover from hyperinflation that stretches back a decade. In the past few years, flagging diamond exports as well as salary hikes have compounded the nation’s financial woes, according to the Globe and Mail.

The country finds itself in particularly dire straits now as it appears to be short on funding for its upcoming national elections. Zimbabwe is aiming to double exports of diamonds this year but that likely won’t be enough to bail itself out.

“We will be approaching the international community [for financial assistance],” Finance Minister Tendai Biti told the AFP.

 

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The country couldn’t afford 2 tickets to a Jets game.

 

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Posted January 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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United States military lifts ban on women in combat   Leave a comment


 

 

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As a matter of fact the U.S. Air Force has had women combat pilots for 20 years.  The Navy and Marine Corps also have women combat pilots.  Below are F-15 Eagle fighter pilots based in Alaska.

 

 

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Posted January 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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