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West Virginia “Vote Flipping” Caught on Tape

Video the Vote went to Jackson County, WV, in response to numerous reports of machine vote flipping. The local county clerk showed us the machines in question, but the demonstration left us with serious questions, as the machine continued to malfunction even after it was calibrated. (more…)

Presidential biometric identifcation by body language

Presidential biometric identifcation by body language

The GreenDot Project aims to train software to recognize a person by the unique fingerprint of body language. New York University computer science professor Chris Bregler tells me that the GreenDot Project "is DOD funded for some biometrics application, but we also applied it to lots of public figures, including the current Presidential [...]

Al-Jazeera Reports At A Sarah Palin Rally In Rural Ohio

Holy shit, this is intense. It takes Al Jazeera to do some real journalism in the US. Kinda makes you wonder if American media institutions get stuff like this on tape all the time, but "filter it out" before it makes to to the end-consumer. (more…)

Bush signs controversial anti-piracy law

Bush signs controversial anti-piracy law

President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on how to better protect copyrights both domestically and internationally. The Justice Department had argued [...]

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

Panel finds Palin abused power; Judge orders email from her private accounts be preserved

In Alaska, a legislative panel investigating vice-presidential Sarah Palin has issued a report finding the governor unlawfully abused her authority by firing the state’s public safety commissioner. Also, remember that hacked Yahoo Mail account she used to hide correspondence from subpoenas? Snip from NYT: In another setback for Ms. Palin, [...]

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has indicted the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate [...]

Bill O’Reilly on Sarah Palin Yahoo email hack

Looks like Bill O'Reilly skipped the First Amendment section of Journalism 101. He thinks owners of websites (4chan is NSFW) that posted Sarah Palin's hacked emails should be prosecuted along with the hacker who broke into her account. When a Fox news anchor attempts to explain why the websites can't be prosecuted, he refuses to accept it, arguing [...]

“How I hacked Sarah Palin’s email account”

“How I hacked Sarah Palin’s email account”

I decided to spare everyone's eyes and not post this hax0r's photo on the front page. His photo is after the jump. Instead I present hot chicks. :) "The son of a US state politician has reportedly been revealed as the hacker who broke into Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email account. Democratic state representative [...]

John McCain gets hacked (read: rick-rolled) by Barack Obama

Russia in legal bid to ban “extremist” U.S. cartoon

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series "extremist" after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday. South Park, a cartoon aimed at adults and featuring a group of nine-year olds in a Colorado ski town, has courted controversy from its 1997 [...]

Joe Biden’s pro-RIAA, pro-FBI voting record: Biden’s legislation is the reason PGP was invented. He wanted to make it a federal felony to have your computer run “unauthorized programs.”

Joe Biden’s pro-RIAA, pro-FBI voting record: Biden’s legislation is the reason PGP was invented. He wanted to make it a federal felony to have your computer run “unauthorized programs.”

The Democratic Party is pro-regulation. Why does this come as a surprise? By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET's Technology [...]

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

Denver: Police told to watch for stockpiles, from pipes to bikes

This kind of overreacting is what makes the United States so 'different' from the rest of the planet. Ugh... "Denver Police have issued an internal bulletin for all officers to be on the lookout for anyone stockpiling potential weapons that may be deployed during next week's Democratic National Convention, including items like maps and [...]

Londoner videos his bullshit anti-terror stop-and-search

A Londoner was stopped by a London Transport Police officer under S.44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and had the presence of mind to whip out his video camera and record the officers tearing through his stuff. They officers admitted that they had no suspicion of him, no reason to search him and told him he'd be arrested if he refused. They riffle [...]

EFF clobbers Boston transit’s gag order on MIT students’ research

EFF's Coders' Rights project had a big win for free speech when a judge ruled that the gag order against MIT student security researchers should be lifted. Right on! Today, a federal judge lifted an unconstitutional gag order that had prevented three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students from disclosing academic research regarding [...]

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

Nine American Eagle aircraft were grounded today at Chicago O'Hare after they were damaged by a TSA inspector according to ABC News. TSA spokesperson Elio Montenegro confirmed the incident occurred when an inspector was conducting an overnight security check and decided to see if he could climb on top of parked aircraft in order to gain entry into [...]

“They’re lying. Diebold is lying. There is no system electronic in the world that cannot be hacked. I’ve spent my entire life building or hacking electronic systems.”

The whole thing baffles me... What's the benefit of electronic voting machines? It's convenience, and speed of tabulation. We (at least our media) are obsessed with having results the night of the election and having it over with. All so that the news networks can donate an entire day to watching the results come in and announce it that night [...]

TSA adds 16,500 people to terror watchlist for forgetting ID, then reconsiders

The TSA maintains a list of "suspicious" fliers who do things like forget to take their sewing scissors out of their knitting bags before boarding a flight. To this list, they have added 16,500 fliers who forgot to bring ID to the airport, though they say that forgetting your ID will no longer brand you forever as a potential terrorist. Forgetting [...]

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Lulz, if you guys think Boston's MTA cards are easy to hack you should take a swipe at Philly's SEPTA cards... Ohh and here's the DefCon Subway Presentation for all you lazy people. "A federal judge in Boston today refused to lift a temporary restraining order preventing three MIT students from publicly discussing details of several security [...]

US Agents Can Seize Laptops at Border

US Agents Can Seize Laptops at Border

In a move sure to agitate privacy advocates, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed last week that federal agents have now been given the power to seize and detain laptops and certain other electronics without any suspicion of wrongdoing during a border search. In addition, agents can hold these devices for unspecified [...]

The Minimum Security Prison of America (aka “Fun Times at the Canadian Border!”)

The Minimum Security Prison of America (aka “Fun Times at the Canadian Border!”)

You know when your country is in an economic downturn and your currency is tanking? One of the best ways to make the most of the situation is to make sure you appeal to foreign visitors to take advantage of your low, low prices. Tourism is brilliant for keeping the money flowing when the locals aren't spending. Now, if you were really, really [...]

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