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Another Human Rights Farce

Posted in America, Britain, England, Hackers, Human Rights, Insanity, UK, USA with tags , , , on 19/10/2012 by floroy1942

Once again the Human Rights Act has been used to circumvent the law of the land and allow someone to get away with a crime that they should have been locked up for. In this particular case I am referring to Gary McKinnon, who has just escaped extradition to the USA for hacking into government computers and causing $700,000 worth of damage.

Asperger’s syndrome doesn’t seem to have effected his speech or mind judging by this interview!

His defence team cited medical reports that he suffered from asperger’s syndrome and depression and if he were to be shipped off to America to face justice there he would likely commit suicide.

The Home Secretary

After eight long years of trying to get the courts to agree to extradition, the Home Secretary Theresa May has finally changed her mind and quashed the extradition order on humanitarian grounds. Personally, I don’t give a damn if he has asperger’s syndrome or any other syndrome, the one thing that comes to mind is the old saying: “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!”

If his medical state is not 100% then I am sure the American justice system would have taken that into account and he would receive whatever medical treatment he needs. They would not be able to do otherwise with an English prisoner in an American jail. If anything happened to him while in prison there the political fallout would be great.

The One That Got Away

I am quite convinced that McKinnon knew full well what he was doing when he hacked into the American Defence Department and NASA computers. You don’t just stumble into such systems by accident, it takes planning. It is not something just anyone can do, it takes a huge amount of computer knowledge to get past sophisticated security systems in such places. Let’s face it, you or I wouldn’t stand a chance! So I just don’t believe all this hogwash that he was ‘looking for evidence of UFO’s’ and didn’t know what he was doing.

But now after an eight year long struggle he has finally achieved his aim of avoiding extradition, but the question still remains if he will face justice on the charges in a UK court. For that we will have to wait and see. Actually it is more likely he will be hired at a grossly exaggerated salary by some computer firm as has happened to hackers before. Sometimes I despair!

Roy.

‘The Cloud’ Scares The Hell Out Of Me!

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Hackers, Muslim, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 09/08/2012 by floroy1942

The recent experiences of Matt Honan in the USA have highlighted a major problem with ‘The Cloud’ that in my opinion is only going to get worse. Over the last few days we have heard about Matt’s case where his entire digital life was erased by a hacker who got into his account via the Apple Tech Assistance. This is just the first of what I am sure is going to be a sustained attack by hackers to get at people’s private data.

Everything Is Connected – Everywhere

Until now, all my private data was kept on my hard-drive in my computer and with the proper anti-virus software and a good firewall I have been able to keep hackers out, but now? With the introduction of this ‘Cloud’ thingamy I am no longer master of my own data. It will in the future be stored somewhere in cyberspace because all computer companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are going ‘Cloud’. If I wish to keep up with the latest technology I have no choice but to go along with it, whether I wish to or not. To me this is setting a very dangerous precedent, and the day will come when the whole thing comes crashing down.

If He Doesn’t Trust It Neither Do I

I am certainly not the only one with this opinion, for Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple has also said in public that he sees ‘horrendous problems’ in the future as cloud-based computing takes hold. He said.”I really worry about everything going to the cloud, I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.” He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to. I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.” Well! For my money, he should know better than most of us.

Sure, its nice to be able to transfer information between my iPhone, tablet and computer, but at what cost. My data will never have been more vulnerable! All the experts talk of their security arrangements for the cloud with encryption and passwords and all that other baloney, but hackers are not as stupid as the presuppose. The United States government and defence systems are among the most secure on the planet, but that hasn’t stopped hackers getting in time and time again. So what chance do we have with the ‘Cloud’.

The Tip Of The Iceberg, And They Are Not The Real Criminals

You can bet your last dollar that at sometime in the near future someone is going to get in again and create havoc. Just imagine, the passwords, bank details, e-mail addresses, correspondence and all the rest of the data you and I, and tens of millions of others wish to keep to ourselves will be available to the first low-life who gets in. The experts can rabbit on forever about how ‘safe’ it all is but they will never convince me, and they should not convince you with all their glib talk.

Its always the same old story, when someone comes along with an idea that will be a  huge benefit to the world, there is always someone who will use it for personal profit. Criminals hack into our computers looking for bank passwords and the like, and the Spam, market is growing day by day. Imagine if someone managed to get into the Cloud! Of course, I know everyone has protected their data with a personal password etc. and there must be millions in the Cloud, but that will not stop these nasty individuals from creating havoc once they have penetrated the outer defences, and as we saw last week, they are easy to breach.

Waiting For An Opportunity

If we the people allow this travesty we will have no-one to blame but ourselves when the muck hits the fan. I just bought a new iPhone 4S yesterday, but you can bet your life I did not activate the ‘Cloud’ function and I am sure I never will. Hopefully, Apple, Google and Microsoft will give users the option of joining the ‘Cloud’ just like the 4S phone, otherwise I will be very annoyed at being forced to use something I do not consider safe.

If there was a movement to counter the introduction of the ‘Cloud’ I would be the first to sign up. I feel safer with my old P.C. hard-drive and I would willingly enter the ‘Cloud’ like I would enter the fires of Hell.

Roy.

Gamers Beware – The Hidden Spy in Battlefield 3

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Hackers, Human Rights, UK, USA with tags , , , on 02/11/2011 by floroy1942

Some computer programme manufacturers are getting more cheeky by the day, but currently, EA Games are the champions. I ordered their new game Battlefield 3 in high hopes of a great gaming experience, only to find that if I installed it on my computer, I was allowing EA access to ALL my private data, to be used as they wish!!!!

Maybe A Great Game - BUT BEWARE!

Needless to say, I flatly refuse to allow my personal data to be used by anyone, and have returned the game to the sales point. I will seriously consider not buying any more games from EA if this is the way things are going, and I am sure these sentiments are shared by anyone else who read the Terms and Conditions of Battlefield 3.

The following is an excerpt from their Terms and Conditions:

“You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address), operating system, Application usage software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services” It’s not over yet – “EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you.”

Origin Engine

You must accept these conditions, which are found on the game engine called Origin, before you can install the game. It would seem from the latest news that sales of this long-awaited game have gone through the roof, but I bet most buyers never bothered to read the Agreement but just clicked on OK!

This is outrageous! How can any company be so blatant about helping themselves by sifting through all the files on your computer and then ‘selling’ the data to third parties whenever they feel like it. This has to be one of the worst cases of invasion of privacy ever to come from a computer programme company, and personally, I wonder if its even legal! Surely we have privacy laws to protect us from this kind of outrage? If that is the case, then someone should start enforcing them!

Keep Your Sticky Fingers OFF!

EA Games have made some of the finest games in the business, and to my mind rank among the very best (not including their after sales service), but, and its a big but, this goes way above anything anyone has tried to get away with before. Yes, some companies do like to gather information from users for use in marketing and such, but nothing on this scale.

It seems that these days, it is absolutely essential to read carefully the fine print when purchasing a game, if you wish to keep anything private on your computer that is. I feel sorry for those gamers, of which there must be many, who just click ‘Yes’ when they get to the Terms and Conditions. This whole episode shows clearly how dangerous that can be!

Roy.

More “Asperger’s Syndrome” Sufferers Arrested

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Extradition, Hacker, Hackers, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, Police, Prison, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 20/07/2011 by floroy1942

Nice to hear that more than twenty hackers have been caught. The arrests took place in the USA, Great Britain and the Netherlands in a joint operation by police.

All are said to be members of two troublesome hacking groups, Lulzsec and Anonymous, who have been terrorizing the internet for some time.  

Of the sixteen arrested across America, fourteen are said to be from the group Anonymous that tried to shutdown PayPal after it closed down all links with Wikileaks.

The group has of course been guilty of intrusions into other computer networks like the Church of Scientology. They also created havoc with MasterCard and Visa, which let’s face it, impacted millions of people across the globe.

Cleary - Ducking Justice

One arrest was made in the UK, but to be honest, I can never see him facing trial, for he is sure to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome like the other two hackers awaiting justice, Gary McKinnon and Ryan Cleary.

McKinnon - May Never Come To Trial?

McKinnon has managed to evade extradition to the USA for nine years because of his ‘sickness’, while Cleary, arrested last week, claims the same defence.

Dutch police have arrested a further four who have been linked to either Anonymous or Lulzsec. There can be little doubt that the suspects arrested in America and the Netherlands will have little opportunity to use Asperger’s Syndrome as a defence – Thank Goodness.

Their justice systems are not as lame as ours! So go ahead boys, lock ’em up and throw away the key!!!

Roy.

The UK’s Two-Faced Stance On Cybercrime

Posted in Britain, England, Extradition, Government, Hacker, Hackers, Health, Insanity, MP's, Police, Prison, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/07/2011 by floroy1942

I couldn’t help but laugh when I read an article about the Home Office stance on cyber-crime last week, when Crime and Security Minister James Brokenshire said at the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance launch that “there should be no safe havens for cyber-criminals”! He called for  ‘international treaties, bilateral treaties, and common agreements between nations to make sure miscreants active outside their home country can be prosecuted when scams and hacks take place’.

Can’t Touch Me-I’ve Got Asperger’s!

I definitely agree with the statement, but I couldn’t help feeling it was two-faced considering the case of Gary McKinnon, who was arrested in Britain in 2002 for hacking into Pentagon and NASA computer systems. He caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage and is still wriggling his way out of deportation to the States for trial after nine years. The US government has been trying to have him extradited since 2002 when the FBI and British police tracked him down. Initially, his defence stated he was looking for evidence of UFO’s, but when that didn’t seem to work they suddenly found out he was suffering from Aspeger’s Syndrome. How convenient!

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The sad thing is, as the case drags on people are now feeling sorry for him and want him released. It’s ridiculous! They seem to have totally forgotten that he is a criminal and deserves punishment. It’s people like him that cause misery, expense, and often despair among computer users across the globe.

It is worthy to note that Asperger’s Syndrome did not appear to have any impact McKinnon’s ability to answer questions or explain himself during this interview. In fact, he came across as a perfectly normal person and much more intelligent than the two fawning interviewers who did nothing to hide their sympathy and support for him. To me, this man’s ‘defence’ is the weakest I have ever heard!

Ryan Cleary-That’s Funny So Have I!

Ryan Cleary, who is alleged to be a member of the now defunct Lulzec Group was caught a couple of weeks ago. Cleary, who is said to be highly intelligent, is going down the same road as McKinnon by claiming he too suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, and if these two stick to their stories they may never face trial.

Report on arrest of Ryan Cleary:

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“Asperger’s Syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, by stereotyped and restricted patterns of behavior, activities and interests, and by no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or general delay in language. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody, and physical clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.” Quote from Wikipedia.

What this says in a nutshell is that a sufferer does not mix with others well, and suffers excessive concentration and attention on a single subject. It however goes on to say there is no significant impairment of cognitive development (i.e. relating to the process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception) or general delay in language (i.e. no speech or understanding impairment).

Now to me, this does not mean these two have any excuse for ducking the legal process, or for that matter, deportation when required by another government. They may not be functioning the full 100%, but close enough to it to face their comeuppance.

So this whole scenario makes the statement by Brokenshire somewhat of a barefaced lie. You cannot go around asking other countries to stop being a haven for cyber-criminals when we ourselves do just that. Every hacker, spammer, and cyber-criminal who gets caught can just claim to have Aspergers Syndrome and walk free!

Do As You Would Be Done By?

But there again, why not? Stranger things have happened within the British justice system! It seems the Home Office have forgotten the old saying: “If you wish to lead, lead by example!”

Roy.

Yet Another Debacle With English Law!

Posted in Britain, England, Hacker, Hackers, Insanity, Justice, Prison, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 26/06/2011 by floroy1942

Are many court doctors in the pay of the defence lawyers or what?!!!

I could not believe my eyes when I read that the lastest towrag to be caught for computer hacking, this time into the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, has Asperger’s Syndrom! Now where have I heard that before?????

That is the same defence used by the other s.o.b. Gary Mckinnon, who has been successfully evading extradition to the USA for hacking into US Military systems for nine years!

Please Don’t Send Me To Jail – I Have ‘Asparagus’ (sic)

Apparently this latest git, Ryan Cleary, who is said to be highly intelligent, is supposed to be a member of the LulzSec group that has been creating chaos on the web over the past few weeks. He has it seems been evaluated by a ‘psychiatrist’ who has diagnosed him with Aspergers Syndrome. It makes me wonder how long this ‘psychiatrist’ has been practicing, and if he is competent to diagnose a raving lunatic!

I have to ask: In the eyes of the Law are all hackers autistic?

Fooled Them Again Did You Gary?

I simply cannot believe this to be true. Gary McKinnon has been in and out of court since his arrest in 2002 and still hasn’t been handed over to the US Authorities for trial. It’s got to the stage where people are actually feeling sorry for him. If this sort of thing doesn’t make a complete ass of British Law I don’t know what does! You can bet your life this Cleary character is going to do his best to squirm out of the clutches of our justice system just like McKinnon.

I don’t really care if this pair of lowlifes  have two heads or half a brain between them, they broke the law and created misery and chaos with their actions, and should pay the price. It doesn’t interest me if they have Asperger Syndrome, don’t tell me they didn’t know what they were doing. You do not learn to use all the sophisticated equipment necessary to hack into government programmes without a great deal of intelligence. You do not learn how to get past sophisticated security systems that protect such sites unless you have a considerable amount of know-how.

Thanks A Bunch – Bastards!

These are things British Law should be taking into account when dealing with this scum. This autism defence is in my opinion for the birds, and no court in the land should take any notice. Such a thing is so easy to simulate after you have done a little reading on the internet. Its just like all those slackers who cheat the Benefits System by complaining of back pain! Get them in court and throw the book at them, and as for Mckinnon, send him to America and let it be a warning to all of his kind that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. End of rant!

Roy.

How Safe Will ‘The Cloud’ Be?

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Hacker, Hackers, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 09/06/2011 by floroy1942

It seems nothing can stop the march of technology, with Steve Jobs of Apple this week proclaiming the PC is on the way out because ‘the cloud’ is coming. Personally, I have my doubts!

Soon To Be A Relic Of The Past?

The advent of smart phones and tablets have no doubt changed computing from what we are all used to, now we can do it all on the move. No need to sit behind a desk and punch the keyboard, just flick your fingertips over the screen and its ‘job done’. A nice innovation, and no doubt a boon to busy business people who find it hard to sit still for more than a few minutes. As for the rest of us, I don’t see it having a major impact for some time to come, although it will eventually.

What is more worrying to me as a normal user, is the arrival of ‘the cloud’ and all it promises, and doesn’t promise.

Everythings In The Cloud

It does promise the possibility to transfer data, music or what have you from one piece of equipment to another without having to connect them together with a USB cable. This is because all information will be stored on ‘the cloud’ instead of your Pc’s hard-drive, i.e. there will one huge ‘hard-drive’ in the sky as it were, and everyone will store their data there. You will be able to connect to it with your Ipod, tablet or phone any time you want, providing you have an internet connection that is, and download or upload data as you choose.

Cloud Computing Explained:

What is doesn’t promise you in my mind, is total security of your information should you wish to use ‘the cloud’. Recent events, such as the hacking of Sony and many governments, have left me extremely wary of placing all my data, not to mention private stuff like bank details etc, on some ‘cloud’ over which I have no control whatsoever.

What If He Gets In The Cloud?

To me it seems like a hackers paradise, and you can bet your life that right now some foul despicable low-life is trying to get into the cloud to steal personal data. With the introduction of massive hard-drives in cyberspace, accessible to anyone, hackers must think they have died and gone to heaven.

Past experience has shown quite clearly that no matter how sophisticated the security on a computer system is, it can, and will be hacked. You can hardly imagine a system more secure than the U.S. Defence Department, but its been hacked on more than one occasion.

Everyone’s There

I know that I will not be storing all my data on one of these clouds once they are up and running, but part of the problem is, some of my data is in the hands of, for example,  companies I have dealt with in the past, my bank, government departments and the like. It has already been stated that many companies and institutions are intending to use ‘the cloud’ for their data storage, and coincidentally, along with it my information.

‘Cloud’ Providers:

The sad thing is, I have no control over this, in fact, I will not even know it is being done.

There is little doubt that unless a catastrophe occurs, like the whole cloud suddenly blowing away and everyone’s data being lost, we will not have much choice in the matter. Such an event would no doubt put the brakes on the whole thing, and possibly cause a rethink.

Future Winners In The Cloud Market?

There are new ‘clouds’ coming on line every day as people like Google and Microsoft etc get in on the act, and for sure there will be a ‘battle of the clouds’ in the future as each one tries to get your business. Naturally enough, (you knew there would be a downside) it will cost you. No-one is going to give you your own little ‘hard-drive on the net’ without you having to pay for it. What its going to cost I have no idea, but there will be a subscription fee, probably determined by how much you use the facility. Ouch!

Internet Speed Comparison – You Will No Doubt Notice That Spain Is Not Even Listed!

The one thing that will be essential, not only for businesses but also the private user, is fast, dependable internet. While many countries like Britain are moving to get fast internet connections to every household, Spain where I live, is still in the middle ages. The best speeds in my area are a lowly 3mb and with my current provider I am getting only 0.8mb. Not only that, but the internet went down five times in the last week. Truely laughable when you consider what other countries are getting. When cloud computing takes off people are going to be demanding a much better internet service from their provider, and that is going to be a major problem.

New Mac Tablet PC?

But time waits for no man as the saying goes, and you can bet your last dollar that in a few years PC’s with a hard-drive will be a relic. As progress marches on, we, the ordinary consumer have little to say in the matter, and will eventually be forced to accept the new data storage system because that will be all there is.

Intel’s Vision Of ‘The Clouds’ Future:

From my perspective, it would seem we are once again diving into uncharted waters, but there again, it won’t be the first time. I for one will test the waters thoroughly with my toe before diving in.

Roy.

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