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June 11 2012

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"The fact that the Flame group shared their source code, their intellectual property, with the Stuxnet group proves that there is an actual link," Roel Schouwenberg , a senior researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said during an online press conference. (...)

The Flame code was found in a platform component that was included in earlier versions of Stuxnet that were collected in 2009,(...)

Some of the Flame code included in resource 207 contained a "special trick" to infect USB drives by manipulating the "autorun.inf" configuration file used to automatically launch applications when they're inserted into Windows PCs. It also contains code that exploits a privilege-escalation vulnerability designated as MS09-025. Microsoft didn't release an update patching the bug until June of 2009.

Discovery of new “zero-day” exploit links developers of Stuxnet, Flame | Ars Technica

June 08 2012

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Robert Grenier, former CIA official, says that Obama's lax approach to drone bombings against unidentified targets is only making more enemies.

The US is attacking people who come to rescue the victims of a drone bombing.

This tactic was used by other terrorists too.

Drone bombings make more enemies. Stallman archives
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May 29 2012

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(((A school of thought has arisen that says that “Flame” isn’t technically a “cyberweapon” because “Flame” doesn’t blow stuff up. Flame is just espionage, and not cyberwarfare, in other words. Well, I can take the point there, but Stuxnet DID blow stuff up, or at least ruin atomic centrifuges beyond repair; and Flame is apparently built by the same weapon shop. Furthermore, the Iranians claim that big heaps of their data have been mysteriously erased by a nifty plug-in module of “Flame,” aka “Flamer,” aka “Skywiper.” I don’t think the Iranians much wanted their data to be “Skywiped.” Imagine if you were, say, France, and you woke up one morning to find out that the networks of some nuclear military contractor had been “skywiped.” You wouldn’t call that “espionage,” would you? Let’s not be disingenuous.)))
'Flame,' a cyberweapon that makes Stuxnet look cheap | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
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March 07 2012

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Obama Budget: Grow Prisons and Keep Gitmo.

Over half of federal prisoners are prisoners of war — the War on Drugs. In other words, they are political scapegoats, imprisoned to keep drug profits high.

2012: January - April Political Notes - Richard Stallman
Tags: war drugs Obama

February 26 2012

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A sound art composition about the use of viral media to bypass the war on drugs in Mexico

Warscape Sonata is a sound art production that remixes information related to the current drug war in Mexico. RSS news channels, microblogging hashtags, and viral videos are used as sources for an electronic registry of the historic moment of militarized Mexico.

The information obtained from these sources is manipulated using GNU/Linux software to extract sound archives which are then used to create a noise musical structure that places aesthetic emphasis on the media aspect of the war.

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This sound art composition also highlights the way in which Mexico’s civilian population experiments with information technologies to confront propaganda, social control and fear.

This social experiment with mass media is generating new forms of pop culture charaterized by intense human drama.

Warscape Sonata is a work in progress by Vlax, a digital artist and multimedia journalist based in Southern Mexico.

We believe that new cultural an economic spheres can be generated promoting collective returns in favor of Free Culture and social development.
Warscape Sonata is based in collective return

You want to participate? Visit the Goteo crowdfunding campaing:

http://www.goteo.org/project/warscape-sonata

Warscape Sonata :: dyne.org
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January 13 2012

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Postings of popular songs about drug traffickers are the most prevalent cartel-related content found in YouTube, the third most-visited social networking website in Mexico. Direct threats among cartels are less prevalent but hold a significant following, while videos honoring police killed in action register a low viewing record. Some sectors of Mexican society have also turned to the video-sharing site to express their anger at the violence brought by the ongoing drug war

More references: http://publicintelligence.net/tag/mexican-drug-cartels/
(U//FOUO) Open Source Center Mexico YouTube Drug War | Public Intelligence

January 11 2012

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Many drones, by virtue of their design, their size, and how high they can fly, can operate undetected in urban and rural environments, allowing the government to spy on Americans without their knowledge. And even if Americans knew they were being spied on, it’s unclear what laws would protect against this. (...)

The market for unmanned aircraft in the United States is expanding rapidly, and companies, public entities, and research institutions are developing newer, faster, stealthier, and more sophisticated drones every year. According to a July 15, 2010 FAA Fact Sheet (pdf), “[i]n the United States alone, approximately 50 companies, universities, and government organizations are developing and producing some 155 unmanned aircraft designs.” According to one market research firm, approximately 70% of global growth and market share of unmanned aircraft systems is in the United States (pdf). In 2010 alone, expenditures on unmanned aircraft “reached more than US $3 billion (pdf) and constituted a growth of more than 12%.” The market for these systems is only expected to increase: over the next 10 years the total expenditure for unmanned aircraft “is expected to surpass US $7 billion.” And some have forecast that by the year 2018 there will be “more than 15,000 [unmanned aircraft systems] in service in the U.S., with a total of almost 30,000 deployed worldwide.”

Are Drones Watching You? | Electronic Frontier Foundation

November 29 2011

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Ríodoce is one of the few publications to cover crime and drug trafficking in Mexico.

Executives at Ríodoce, based in the city of Culiacán, in Sinaloa state, told CPJ that on Friday, they received an email from a representative from their host server DreamHost that said the newspaper's website had been the victim of a "large" distributed denial-of-service

Mexican weekly goes offline after cyberattack - Committee to Protect Journalists

September 22 2011

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If you want to make a war film and need a fleet of F-22s, a crowd of Marines, or a Navy aircraft carrier, just call up the Department of Defense’s entertainment media office and they’ll tell you if the Army can spare that M1A1 Abrams tank you’ve always wanted for a day or two of filming.

“The scripts we get are only the writer’s idea of how the Department of Defense operates,” Vince Ogilvie, deputy director of the Defense Department’s entertainment liaison office, told Danger Room. “We make sure the Department and facilities and people are portrayed in the most accurate and positive light possible.”

CIA Pitches Scripts to Hollywood | Danger Room | Wired.com
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September 21 2011

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September 15 2011

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Twitter has become deadly serious in Mexico, where two people were allegedly murdered for denouncing a drug cartel on the social network.

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge by their hands and feet. An examination of the bodies showed signs of torture, and the pair is thought to have been beaten and killed by a powerful local drug gang, then displayed to send a message to citizens who might want to publicly renounce the group.

Attached to the bodies were two signs, one of which read “This happens for… denouncing,” according to CNN. One of the notes also had the names of two blogs, Al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco.

References also in:  http://neglectedwar.com/blog/archives/6843

Killed for Tweeting: Mexico’s Drug War Has Two More Casualties
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September 02 2011

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August 23 2011

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Words and, especially, images can be used to prepare the worst crimes. In this case, the intoxication by CNN, France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera constitute "crimes against peace." They should be considered as being more serious than the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by NATO in Libya and by Western intelligence agencies in Syria insofar as they precede and make them possible
Journalists who engage in war propaganda must be held accountable [Voltaire Network]

August 15 2011

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The National Security Agency is hiring about 1,500 people in the fiscal year which ends Sept. 30 and another 1,500 next year, most of them cyber experts. With a workforce of just over 30,000, the Fort Meade, Maryland-based NSA dwarfs other intelligence agencies, including the CIA. (...)  But at Defcon, the NSA and other "Feds" will be competing with corporations looking for hacking talent too.  (...) Jeff Moss, a hacker known as Dark Tangent (...) founded Defcon and the companion Black Hat conference for security professionals and is now a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council, which advises the government on cyber security.

U.S. government hankers for hackers | Reuters

August 11 2011

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Washington - The United States is expanding its role in Mexico’s bloody fight against drug trafficking organizations, sending new C.I.A. operatives and retired military personnel to the country and considering plans to deploy private security contractors in hopes of  turning around a multibillion-dollar effort that so far has shown few results
US Expands Its Presence in Mexico, Ramping Up Drug War | Truthout

July 21 2011

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More than 9,300 people have been gunned down, mutilated and beheaded in the grim industrial powerhouse south of El Paso, Texas, since early 2008 when the rival Juarez and Sinaloa cartels began an all-out war for rich trafficking routes.

(...)The Mexican military and federal police sent to curb the mayhem are also blamed by many residents for killings and other abuses.

Amid the violence, asylum requests from Mexico reached a record 5,551 last year, according to U.S. government figures, more than a third up on 2006 when President Felipe Calderon took office and sent the military to crush the cartels. Just 165 asylum requests were granted in 2010.

Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com

June 15 2011

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June 08 2011

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Narcotank atelier in Mexico-USA border
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