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Women have been extremely helpful and generous with me and put up with me, assisting me in my work, caring for me, loving me and so on. “But if its management is operating in a responsive way there will be resignations,” he said, without giving details about the material. WikiLeaks has enraged Washington by releasing thousands of US diplomatic cables and US Vice President Joe Biden described Assange as a “hi-tech terrorist”. “We don’t want the bank to suffer unless it’s called for,” Assange told The Times. Assange also confirmed that WikiLeaks was holding a vast amount of material about Bank of America which it intends to release early next year. “I don’t need to be at the beck and call of people making allegations,” he said. AFP As a result, he said, the women had gone to the police for advice “and then the police jumped in on this and bamboozled the women”. “I’ve never had a problem with women. Assange said he was used to attention from women but would not reveal how many women he had slept with. Shares in Bank of America have fallen amid speculation that it was a WikiLeaks target. “I don’t need to go back to Sweden. Sweden wants Britain to extradite the 39-year-old Australian to face questioning over allegations from two women that he raped one of them and sexually assaulted the other in Stockholm in August. US officials are believed to be considering how to indict Assange for espionage. have certain rights, and these rights mean that I do not need to speak to random prosecutors around the world who simply want to have a chat, and won’t do it in any other standard way.”

He said that one account of what occurred in August was that after having discovered they had each had sex with him, they had got into a “tizzy”, or a panic, about the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases. That’s what I’m used to.”

Assange claimed that the Swedish authorities had asked that his Swedish lawyer be “gagged”, adding that his offers to be interviewed by video link or by Swedish officials in Britain had been rejected. “There are some serious problems with the Swedish prosecution,” he said in an interview from the mansion of a wealthy supporter in eastern England where he must stay as part of his bail conditions. “A gentleman certainly doesn’t count,” he said. In an interview with The Times on Tuesday, Assange compared WikiLeaks’ “persecution” to that endured by Jews in the US in the 1950s. The law says I…

Assange told the BBC that one account of what happened in August – the month at the centre of allegations against him – was that the two women had panicked when they found out they had both slept with him and went to police who “bamboozled” them. He insisted he was fighting a Swedish extradition warrant because he believes “no natural justice” would occur in Sweden. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the Swedish women who have accused him of sexual assault had got into a “tizzy” about the possibility they had caught a sexually transmitted disease from him.

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Bradley Manning, was charged in July with leaking classified material, including video posted by WikiLeaks of a 2007 U.S. AP “We have received these documents … The Pentagon denies the claim. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has not been charged in connection with leaked documents but was jailed in England this month after two women in Sweden accused him of sex crimes, including rape. Managing editor Ole Erik Almlid said Aftenposten has no restrictions on how to use the material, and will be publishing articles about the US documents that it finds relevant in its online and paper editions. He was freed on bail last week and is confined to a supporter’s country estate in Britain while he fights extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him in the sex crimes inquiry. The documents are also being published by The New York Times, France’s Le Monde, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the German magazine Der Spiegel. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Manfred Nowak, the U.N.’s top anti-torture envoy, said Nowak was looking into a complaint that Manning, who visitors say spends 23 hours a day alone in a cell, has been mistreated in custody. A US solider, Pfc. Manning is now in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. “We never reveal our sources.”

Earlier this year, WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of classified US military documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not known who sent the US documents to WikiLeaks. without restrictions and without paying anything for it,” Almlid said, declining to say exactly how the paper obtained the material. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver. So far WikiLeaks has released about 1,900 of the more than 250,000 State Department documents it claims to possess, many of them containing critical or embarrassing US assessments of foreign nations and their leaders. Aftenposten will also post parts of some of the original documents on its website, redacting sensitive information such as names if needed, Almlid told The Associated Press.
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It’s a clear breach of human rights. This is farcical. An absolutely, shameless disgrace IMO. It’s disappointing and confusing that the authorities can get away with holding him in jail, when he is innocent, and has not been proven guilty.
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Photo: AFP “I just want to thank everyone who’s turned up to show their support and who’s taken an interest,” she said. “I told him how people all over the world, in all sorts of countries, were standing up with placards and screaming out for his freedom and justice and he was very heartened by that,” she said. Ms Assange said that she had spoken to her son in prison. Click for more photos

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All of this is taking place in the pinpoint glare of headline news across the globe. The blatant bias shown by the authorities in this case is breathtaking. Are the powers that be so confident in their dominion over us that they believe they can pursue this abuse of power as if it was legitimate?? In the same week, a murder suspect is granted bail and allowed to walk out the door. Assange was going to have to be confined to a specific address and wear a GPS tracker.
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The quicker we divorce Oz from Big Brother across the Pacific the better off we’ll be. This has torn it all down in two weeks and I’m ashamed to ever having been associated with what appears to have become a “secret society” controlled by America. I lived in Stockhom (Solna) for a number of years completely taken in by the openness of Swedish society.
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At least we now know for sure that these accusations are really an attempt to silence Assange. Swedish prosecutors are appealing the bail decision, which has strict tracking and reporting conditions (flight risk is minimised or eliminated).
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  He will now be held there for another 48 hours while Swedish prosecutors, who want to extradite him to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, mount a High Court appeal against the decision.   Mr Assange’s legal team, led by Australian born QC, Geoffrey Robertson, offered a total of £240,000 ($380,000) in surety, and agreed he wear GPS satellite tracking tags, report to police every day and adhere to strict curfews while the extradition case, set down for next month, goes ahead.   This decision had to be made within two hours of the 3.20pm (British time) decision to grant bail – and now requires the appeal case to be heard in the British High Court within a 48-hour deadline.


Mr Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens said his client’s relief at the bail decision had already evaporated, calling it “unfortunate” that “the Swedes won’t abide by the umpire’s decision”.   Mr Assange, 39, looked impassive as Mr Riddle made his decision, but raised an eyebrow and smiled almost imperceptibly when Gemma Lindfield, acting for the Swedish authorities, flagged the possibility of an appeal. “This is really turning into a show trial.” “They clearly will not spare any expense but to keep Mr Assange in jail,” Mr Stephens told journalists outside the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London.   The magistrate, Howard Riddle, said he was satisfied that Mr Assange’s release to Captain Henry Vaughan Smith, owner of London’s Frontline Club, and his restriction to the 10-bedroom, 600-acre country estate in Suffolk would ensure he was not a flight risk. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been returned to London’s notorious Wandsworth prison despite winning bail from a British Court.
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  Mr Assange is accused of having unprotected sex with a woman, identified only as Miss A, when she insisted he use a condom. Mr Assange claims the charges are politically motivated and designed to discredit him and his site’s publication of thousands of diplomatic cables between the US and its embassies. During the  hearing, Mr Robertson said the man whose “face had launched a thousand quips” had been held in a virtual bubble, unable to use the internet, to receive telephone calls or to receive normal mail – even a copy of Time magazine with his picture on the cover, but being given by prison authorities only the envelope it was sent in. “As a mother, I’m asking the world to stand up for my brave son.”

There was some confusion last night about who was contributing the bail money – £200,000, with another two lots of £20,000. However, she retracted claims that he had entered Britain illegally, saying that this report to the court last week was not correct. – with wires

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I call upon Kevin Rudd to act now, regardless of what Gillard or Mclelland think about the situation, and to prevent a huge backlash and outcry against the Australian, Swedish and American government. Julian Assange hasn’t even been charged with anything, he is only wanted for questioning, so the behaviour by the Swedish prosecutor is totally disproportionate to the alleged crime, which does more to confirm the political motives rather than dispel them.If Assange were unknown, there probably wouldn’t even be an Interpol arrest warrant, let alone an appeal against his bail.By any standards this is a travesty of justice, and an abuse of human rights. This is a show trial indeed. We can only assume that the US has put so much pressure on Sweden to do their dirty work for them, that they don’t care about the repercussions. Unless this is done, Julian Assange cannot be assured a fair hearing by the Swedish, and can expect to be denied his legal and human rights by being jailed unfairly and/or being handed over the the US government. It is ironic that Sweden should have one of the highest ranking in terms of freedom of the press, but chooses to abuse its position with this persecution of Assange.It is time for the Australian government to take a stronger stand, and make a formal protest to Sweden & demand that it conduct Assange’s questioning in the UK under consulate supervision to ensure a fair hearing. The Australian people will not allow another Australian to be abused by the Americans and its allies.
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he has not even been charged, but they have issued an arrest warrant and applied for extradition. As someone said – they are conducting a fishing expedition and as a result the guy is deprived of his liberty.I cancelled my Visa card..People need to stand up and be counted on this – its not just about JA its about the rights and freedoms which we should all have, and how ‘democratic’ govts and mega corporations are eroding and abusing them. So much for everyone being equal before the law.Additionally the Swedes are abusing the EU extradition system …. Now they ‘withdraw’ that claim. ANYONE else would have got bail the first trime. So on the extradition application the prosecutor claimed he had entered the UK illegally?Presumably that was a factor taken into consideration when bail was denied him. Absolutely unbelievable. Clearly he is being pursued and dealt with in an exceptional manner.
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Just 40 people were allowed into the courtroom. Photo: AFP Julian Assange arrives in a police vehicle for his court appearance. Supporters who entered the court included Bianca Jagger, human rights lawyer and friend Baroness Helena Kennedy and London caterer and restaurant designer Sarah Saunders, who told the court she had staked “everything” she was worth to help find the minimum £200,000 in bail required by the court. Ms Saunders described Mr Assange, as “warm, sensitive and trustworthy”, things his lawyer said were not often written about him.


Mr Assange’s mother, Christine Assange, looked tired, but was in the public gallery throughout and her son, dressed in a black suit and white collared shirt without tie, shot glances over to her as if in reassurance.
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Standing on the dock City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court at LondonTrying to get to Holland or FranceThe Swedes Said, “You’ve gotta go back”You know, they didn’t even give us a chanceChrist, you know it ain’t easyYou know how hard it can beThe way things are goingThey’re gonna crucify meHopefully Julian doesn’t get knocked off, the world needs brave men, that are not just greedy primates
First Ammendment may talk the talk, but us Brtis walk the walk…Good luck wrestling this man off their protection USA and Sweden, as I think you’re about to learn what a Bulldog’s grip is like!
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The Prime Minister and the Attorney General gave the go ahead to deprive his human rights by the comments that they have made. Rudd, although blasted in the cables, and although by most accounts whats written in the cables are correct has come off much better looking than the PM and the AG in this farce. Mr. What else do you expect when your own country’s Chief legal officer and your own Prime Minister denounces you even before you are charged? The signals given were that legal authorities overseas could do whatever they liked to Julian Assange.What happened to fair go, Ned Kelly admiration etc and everything that what considered quintessentially Australian?
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“The goal was really just to get rid of keys and to try to minimise the amount of clutter one would have in their pockets,” he said. Photo: Supplied Since the surgery in June, performed while he was still awake and posted on his website, Mr Wooller has endeavoured to uncover as many ways to use the chip as possible. “RFID, apart from it being technical, it was an interesting sort of project. So I had a look around; there were a number of people out there who had already put implants in their hands and I haven’t seen any real side effects yet,” he said. The chip going in.
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Curious ot know how Joe’s experiment will extend the knowledge developed when Kevin Warwick (kevinwarwick.com/Cyborg1.htm) did moreorless the same thing back in the late 1990′s.
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I’ve always wanted to go with prox cards on my house (like I have at work), but since I’m still renting the keys will have to do for now. While RFID tags under the skin looks like a promising step forward, it also creates a road for abuse, with people putting bluetooth memory cards or other devices under the skin and then using them to smuggle or leach content from sensitive areas. Interesting yes, but I think the step from physical key, to prox key is enough of a leap for me…
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Fed up with carrying his keys around, Joe Wooller, 28, decided it was time for an implant. This year, the father of two from Perth had a microchip, which uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, implanted in his right hand. His passive RFID chip does not require batteries, can last for many years and communicates with receivers attached to doors, for instance, via a magnetic field.
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Implanted? If he needed to have the chip removed, he could do so as it was not permanent, he said. Asked about the difference between having physical keys and an RFID implant, Mr Wooller said he had received a bit of criticism. You don’t really need it but it’s just another wanky little thing to do I guess.”

Asked if any of his family members had yet come around to the idea of getting themselves an implant, he said: “What? “I’ve only really allowed it to open the door and you still have to enter a code to disarm the alarm. “They’re still pretty keen but a lot of my friends rent still so they kind of can’t really do much to their houses,” he said. yet.”

As for what he’s wiring up next, he said he was getting into home brewing and was in the process of designing a fully automated rig for that. One of those people was former head of the Linux Australia community group Jonathon Oxer. This reporter is on Twitter: @bengrubb According to the RFID Journal, exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) below the limits recommended in internationally adopted guidelines “has not revealed any known negative health effects”. This was one of the reasons, Mr Wooller said, that he was cautious not to scan his hand on RFID readers on the outside of buildings, as they could read his code. It’s more just an easability [sic] thing. “People aren’t very interested in it any more. Since he had the chip implanted, Mr Wooller said that it had lost its novelty. It was rather interesting watching,” he said. The process of getting the chip implanted was fairly simple once he had the equipment required, Mr Wooller said. So that’s been good.”

Although keen at first to emulate him, many of his colleagues are yet to follow in his footsteps. “There’s a little bit of a scar there and the chip has moved a little bit since I got it implanted and it moves around a little bit from time to time but it’s not really noticeable.”

He said it could be seen if he flexed his hand a certain way but if you were not looking for it you would not know it was there. So far, Mr Wooller can open two doors to his house, start his motorbike and open his car’s doors – all with just a swipe of his hand. “Perhaps I could use my RFID to turn that on and start a brewing process or something. “People said: ‘When someone’s stolen your keys you know about it and you can change locks [and] if someone reads your RFID tag they can then get in [and you don't know about it].’” He said the “tech is out there” for people to read his hand and steal the code embedded in the chip, “but not a lot of people would carry it around with them and the range is [so small] that it would be quite obvious if someone came up and tried to read it”. It’s saved me from locking myself outside a couple of times. As for his house, he still relies on an alarm to keep the place secure. Essentially when I take the dog for a walk I don’t have to take the keys with me.”

Asked if life had become easier with the chip implanted, he said there had been no “major impact”, “but it’s definitely something that, you know, you go out, say you water the garden, your door slams behind you or whatever and it’s locked. “You can rip it out if you want.”

And if he ever decided to move house he would just need to take the RFID readers to his new home. The only problem is that he still needs a key to take the fuel cap off his motorbike. No, definitely not. It’s done now. “But just being able to jump on it and go for a ride [without keys] is pretty good,” he said. “I was lucky enough for my doctor to do it who gave me a local [anaesthetic] – so it was fine; it didn’t hurt at all. God no. So until I’ve actually nutted out the encryption side of things or the sort of [authentication] side of things, I’m trying to keep it separate,” he said. You go up, you swipe, you open. You’ve achieved something in that respect, albeit very little but it’s still kind of cool. My daughter still wants to do it, she thinks it’s pretty cool but yeah, no, not until she’s older.”

On the topic of health risks, he said he was not aware of any side effects. You can’t lock yourself out now. “A lot of them are looking at them for projects with the car and what not but I don’t think they’ve really delved in as much as I have …
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hmmm i wonder if you could get close to him with a RFID reader and get the info and take his bike for a ride.
Seems a bit extreme, couldn’t you just get fingerprint scanners Joe?
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RFID technology is old and out-of-date, so I think he’s wasted his time. He could have used biometrics like finger scanning – far more secure, and very hard to duplicate.
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He said malware that surreptitiously turns PCs into “zombies” that can be remotely directed by hackers to attack targets was “now recognised as the most pressing and concerning aspect of cyber crime to emerge in the last decade”. The measures are set to go live on December 1 but Coroneos said 78 Australian ISPs were already partly or fully compliant. “In some cases the governments are clearly condoning this behaviour, clearly benefiting from it in some ways, and there needs to be a message not just to the guys who are writing this code and shipping it around but to the government,” Dr Winter, in Sydney this week, said in a phone interview. “The sooner you can isolate infected machines and get them cleaned out and back online the better it is for the internet and for the user,” he said. “We levy sanctions on countries for terrorist issues, we levy sanctions on countries for other kinds of misbehaviour, so why not levy sanctions on countries for this kind of misbehaviour.”

Winter compared it to the sanctions in place against Iran over its efforts to develop nuclear weapons technology. “Everybody can understand a nuclear weapon is a threat; people aren’t ready to understand that bad code is a threat but it’s pretty clear that it could do massive amounts of harm.”

The call comes amid growing concerns about politically-motivated cyber attacks on “critical infrastructure” around the world, such as banks, emergency services and utilities. The Department of Defence has investigated 250 “serious, sophisticated” cyber intrusions into Australian government networks in the first eight months of this year out of 1000 total cyber incidents. Last year, there were 2400 attempted intrusions and the government is now considering designating cyberspace as a fifth domain of warfare. The IIA earlier this year met US President Barack Obama’s cyber-security coordinator, Howard Schmidt, to discuss it as a potential model for the US to adopt. Winter, who is now the CTO for security solutions provider ArcSight, is under no illusions that implementing his idea to block countries from the internet would be an “enormously complex task”, as the kind of international authorities required to make it work have yet to be designed. Winter compared the approach to that taken in the public health arena, whereby quarantines and other restrictive processes are used to deal with highly infectious diseases. “If you look at all these kinds of shared environments whether it’s health or health care, air travel or even the use of highways – we get certain privileges in exchange for accepting certain liabilities and responsibilities.”

In June, a year-long parliamentary cyber-crime inquiry called on the ISP industry to go a step beyond quarantining infected machines. Security companies regularly finger countries in Eastern Europe and Africa as being havens for cyber criminals and spawning much of the internet security threats affecting internet users worldwide. In the first instance the ISP may simply send a letter to the user informing them that their computer is infected and showing them how to clean it up. Even global superpowers like China have been accused of sponsoring hackers to attack Western internet companies including Google. Winter said that when countries are consistently introducing cyber threats the global community should band together to effectively shut them out of the internet until their governments do something about it. IIA chief executive Peter Coroneos said “temporary quarantining” of Australians from the internet was just one measure built into the code that ISPs could adopt. A global survey released this week by Symantec found half of all companies running critical infrastructure systems worldwide say they have sustained politically motivated attacks. It recommended contractual obligations requiring people to install anti-virus and firewall programs on their computers in order to access the internet. But he said the Internet Industry Association’s moves to quarantine Australian internet users until they clean up their computers was a “tremendously important step” that should be adopted in other countries like the US. “Once your machine is compromised and it becomes an incubating ground for botnets and various other kinds of malware then it’s in everybody’s interest to get it cleaned up, and so a certain forcing function is necessary,” said Winter.
This is due to formally come into effect on December 1. While applauding this idea, Dr Prescott Winter, who left the NSA in February after a 27-year career there, including as its CTO, said governments and internet providers around the world could go a step further and target the source of many of the threats.. The Australian ISP industry is already one of the first in the world to develop an industry code that would see some infected Australian users effectively unable to access the open internet until they clean their computer of malware. Countries in Eastern Europe and Africa that harbour cyber criminals should be locked out of the global internet until their governments do something to reduce the threats, the former chief technology officer at the US National Security Agency says.

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And a Sydney member of the pro-WikiLeaks cyber attackers has revealed he is disillusioned with the group, saying they “couldn’t organise a piss-up in a pub”. Assange lawyers say US preparing charges
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Dutch police have already arrested two teenagers over the attacks. A Sydney-based member of Anonymous, who spoke to this website last week, said today that the IRC server used by the group had been knocked offline by the Operation Fightback counter-attackers. “For the continued defense of our nations (sic) people & businesses,” the tagline of the new group’s Twitter page, @AnonymousDown, reads, above a link to a YouTube clip of “God Bless the USA”. Mr Rudd has blamed the diplomatic cable leaks on the US, saying it did not secure its systems. Efforts to stem the embarrassing leaks could be futile as, even if WikiLeaks is shut down, competing sites will spring up immediately to take its place. One site, Openleaks, staffed by WikiLeaks defectors, is due to launch this week. He said attacks on PayPal failed for the most part because PayPal had a sophisticated server farm that could not be knocked out by a DDoS attack, and the Anonymous members were hitting the wrong target. He said that, rather than being full-blown hackers, the Anonymous members were “script kiddies” who only knew how to download the LOIC program and run it. “Use misleading tags, everything from ‘Tea Party’ to ‘Bieber’. “They’re very unprofessional, illogical and irrational and very much their actions are based upon emotions,” he said. Ms Gillard and Mr McClellend have accused Mr Assange of undertaking illegal acts but have since been unable to specify exactly which laws he had broken. “It seems to be going to hell in a bucket,” he said in a phone interview. The man said that, in addition to attacking the Anonymous IRC servers, the Operation Fightback group had also been putting up fake targets to confuse Anonymous members and get them to attack the wrong IP addresses. One of his other lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, has said an indictment brought by the US under the Espionage Act, over separate allegations that Mr Assange unlawfully leaked hundreds of thousands of US State Department cables, was imminent. Change of strategy

While there is no central command structure to Anonymous and several splinter groups have formed, a statement put out over the weekend said Anonymous was changing tactics, abandoning its strategy of online attacks on organisations seen as hostile to WikiLeaks. “If they would’ve gone after PayPal’s domain name server [DNS] they would have been able to shut down PayPal entirely but they didn’t know enough about network technology to work that out,” he said. The Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, seemed to be at odds with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, when he said that, despite suggestions by Mr McClelland that Mr Assange’s passport may be cancelled, the final decision rested exclusively with him. “There are still people hanging around on the Operation Payback channel and trying to co-ordinate attacks and the last known target was Mastercard.com, but that seems to be falling apart because of both the DDoS on the IRC channel as well as people getting IP banned when they launch attacks against Mastercard.com,” he said. “For me, this is political theater, kabuki – entertaining and perhaps influential, but much less than war,” he said. The game has changed. Last week, a group of loose-knit cyber attackers dubbed Anonymous took down the websites of MasterCard, Visa and PayPal in retaliation for the companies’ refusal to process WikiLeaks-related transactions following pressure from US politicians. When the game changes, so too must our strategies,” said the blog post announcing “Operation: Leakspin”. This had prevented them from launching new attacks. – with wires “Malicious tactics being employed by the Anonymous movement will not be tolerated … “They don’t organise well, they don’t co-ordinate well and it’s a lot like CB radio back in the 1970s – people farting into the microphone. The Sydney Anonymous member said the group had also failed in similar attempts to attack Amazon, which last week refused to host WikiLeaks files. In an overnight blog post, Anonymous said it now aimed to publish parts of the confidential US diplomatic cables as widely as possible and in ways that made them as hard as possible to trace. “We have, at best, given them a black eye. These people couldn’t organise a piss-up in a pub.”

Contrary to the group’s name, Anonymous members who used the LOIC program to attack targets could easily be traced and identified, The University of Twente in Holland said in new research. Over the weekend Mr McClelland said it could be a year before the Australian Federal Police was able to determine whether WikiLeaks committed a criminal act. James Lewis, a specialist in cyber security at Washington think tank the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, played down the attacks, saying it was more like a “noisy political demonstration” than a cyber war as only websites were knocked out, not back-end systems. freedom of speech is one thing, personal and corporate infrastructure is another,” the operator of the Twitter page wrote. US charges imminent

Mr Assange is in isolation at London’s Wandsworth prison awaiting hearings related to Sweden’s request to extradite him to face sexual misconduct allegations. “Mastercard.com administrators appear to be actively monitoring incoming packets and they’re doing IP blocks on wherever an attack is coming from.”

Anonymous members are just ‘script kiddies’

The Sydney Anonymous member has grown increasingly disillusioned with his colleagues over the weekend, saying today that they were “really just ordinary dumb shit kids” who do not know much about network technology. The attacks were named “Operation Payback” but now a group of American nationalists is counter-attacking Anonymous under the banner “Operation Fightback”. The activists are now encouraging supporters to search through leaked cables on the WikiLeaks site and publish summaries of ones that have been least exposed, labelling them so they are hard to find by any authority seeking to quash them. Some of Amazon’s European websites suffered a half-hour outage over the weekend but it was not clear whether this was caused by cyber attacks. Post snippets of the leaks everywhere,” the blog said, referring to the US grassroots conservative movement and the 16-year-old Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber. Using the same methods as Anonymous – distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which flood servers with millions of requests – the Operation Fightback group has been able to seriously disrupt Anonymous’s operations and prevent it from launching new attacks. Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, who is defending the Australian-born activist in the Swedish rape investigation, told Britain’s Daily Mail that he has seen secret police documents that prove he is innocent of rape claims made against him by two women in Stockholm. Anonymous members used a software application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to launch their attacks, which received its instructions on which targets to attack from an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel.
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Hundreds of Australians rally in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Sydney on Friday. Photo: AFP

Tweets shed light on our banking gripes

Researchers also found that people were far more likely to tweet about ANZ, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank than they were about National Australia Bank, with NAB the topic of only 9 per cent of messages. If somebody knows you’re out there and you’re listening they are going to be a little less negative and that’s an important thing for the brand.”

http://www.amsrs.com.au Not surprisingly, tweets about banks were most often negative, but researchers found important differences around what kind of messages people put on Twitter depending who they were addressing the tweets to. The study, by Christine Walker of Alliance Strategic Research, analysed more than 5000 tweets between January and May this year. This was also an area where there were big differences between the banks, with 85 per cent of ANZ’s commentary negative compared to an average for the other banks of 71 per cent. Ms Walker also analysed swearing in the bank tweets and found that Commonwealth Bank copped the highest proportion of messages including bad language. Ms Walker said the research showed that people did self-moderate their tweets depending on whom they were talking to. The breakdown of negative, positive and neutral comments was similar for each bank. It will be presented today at the Australian Marketing and Social Research Society conference in Melbourne. The issue most commented on for all banks was service. After service, the most commented-on aspect of banks was social media followed by brand image, location of branches and bank personnel. Classification of the tweets into themes revealed some hot spots for customers. Internet banking and bank websites were the subject of a lot of negative comments with typical complaints including running slow, login not working, site down and balances not shown. A study of five months’ worth of tweets about Australia’s big four banks has found that people dislike all banks about the same, but find different reasons to be fed up with each one. People were more strongly negative and more likely to swear in their banking tweets, if the message was not addressed to anyone specific. Ms Walker said there was a clear benefit in banks being on Twitter, in terms of managing the word-of-mouth about their brand and ensuring that comments were less negative. “It’s important that you [the banks] are in the conversation. She said at the time of the study, Westpac was the only bank actively engaging with people on Twitter and responding to comments.

YouTube’s new live streaming platform debuted featuring material from four content partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. AFP Siegel and Hamilton said in a blog post that the new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels. YouTube has featured live streaming of a number of events including White House speeches and press conferences, a concert by Irish rock megastars U2 and Indian Premier League cricket matches. “Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide,” YouTube product manager Joshua Siegel and product marketing manager Christopher Hamilton said. YouTube, in a move that highlights the Google-owned video-sharing site’s broadcasting ambitions, launched a two-day trial this week of a live streaming video platform. Broadcasters need to be equipped with a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. YouTube has been experimenting with more live events as Google seeks ways to turn the site it purchased for $US1.65 billion in 2006 into a money-making venture.
YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen. Photo: AP