Saturday, February 19, 2011

Anti-sec - group of hackers to keep security

Anti-sec is the group of underground hackers; and they are here with the cause. They say big no to promoting Hacking related open materials and making it a child’s play. This is probably the revulsion to combat evil trends in cyber arena and control over this deservedly elite occupation which has been encroached by larger commercial groups such as virus creators, antivirus producers, that the movement is more a rebellion against that. This group came in lime light after hacking “imageShack’ one of the most popular image hosting service in the cyber world. Anti-Sec Movement, staunchly dedicated to the eradication of “full disclosure” hacked this world’s largest image hosting site, played around with their own ideas and they replaced the images uploaded by users with that of their own, which is supposedly the image of the manifesto of ‘their movement’. The entire visual display was rounded off with the message “no images were harmed in the making of this.. Image.”

Anyways nobody could deny their abilities after the attack of milw0rm. Anti-secs want to keep security - in particular, exploits - private. In way they are right because inj3ct0rs were getting bad name because of open display of exploits. There are evidences that the exploits were used by antinationalist for elicit purpose. Milw0rm is their nemesis. There's a discernible political bent to their writings and ratings. While we see a general shift on the internet towards the idea that "information just wants to be free", the anti-sec people don't agree with this when it comes to matters of security. From a white-hat point of view, they're saying that full disclosure actually causes more damage than if only a select few, capable, and not necessarily malevolent, people were to know about any particular exploit. So far it’s not clear that there's a tad of immaturity and insecurity in these people or they really want to work in the interest of cyber security, and one should appreciate that. The common claim of the Movement is that “full disclosure is the disclosure of exploits publicly - anywhere.” the security industry for making profit due to “full-disclosure” with “scare tactics” that were intended to make the public purchase anti-virus software and firewalls. Well, with their daring “heist”, the members surely have managed to across loud and clear the gist of their intention.

In other terms you can say this movement is kind of fight or crusade against the traditional for-profit computer security industry. They think that publicizing security holes and those hole's exploits causes more pain than it helps. They also seem to be kind of anti-capitalist and are very talented security researchers. Antisec are the kind of amazing group of hackers who don't want profit from fear. Generally Hackers are known for creating deterrence, fear and penetrations. Here is this group to sabotage such intentions of Dark side of cyber world. There are so many myths and misconceptions about them but the fact is that they at least have credibility. These guys are sticking to their guns and keeping the hacking underground just that, underground. Anti-sec is a response to the fear-mongering era of 1998 - 2004 when every hanger-on wannabe computer guy became a security researcher and started publishing "advisories". Between dotcom bubble eras to 9/11, everybody was a security guy, and not only that, but the "security guy" was pointing the finger at the hacker community every time a script kiddie defaced some web page. Those most sec guys are snake-oil salesmen and absolutely deserve no sympathy. If they're gonna bad-mouth hackers and promise protection to everyone then let them protect themselves from the real Hackers; by and large, they're out-gunned and out-skilled.

There are many so called security ( tech or defense agencies) minting money over suing the tag of Hacker, they have made it business, every year thousand of hackers are (youngsters) manufactured in their so called industry but still nation lacks hundreds of security personals towards national security. This is irony and here is need of someone to stop these ‘manufacturers of hackers’, I think hackers like Anti sec are the proper takers on these morons. Anti-sec doesn't go after civilians, by the way. The another biggest threat today is there are hundreds of exploit writers around the globe, One group publishes exploits and carries out mayhem for fun so make such high profile hacks were attempted just because of open display of these exploits. It doesn't matter what they are or what they do and why they do the most important thing is they are here with the Cause, and that is nothing but the security at large.
The Anti Security Movement or popularly written as Anti-sec is a popular movement opposed to the computer security industry. It attempts to censor the publication of information relating to but not limited to: software vulnerabilities, exploits, exploitation techniques, hacking tools, attacking public outlets and distribution points of that information. Movement followers have cited websites such as Security Focus, Security team, Packet Storm Security, and milw0rm to be targets of their cause, as well as mailing lists like "full-disclosure", "vuln-dev", "vendor-sec" and bugtraq, as well as public forums and IRC channels. The start of most public attacks in the name of the anti-security movement started in around 1999 and 2000. The "anti-security movement" as it is understood today was coined by the following document which was initially an index on the website. The purpose of this movement is to encourage a new policy of anti-disclosure among the computer and network security communities. The goal is not to ultimately discourage the publication of all security-related news and developments, but rather, to stop the disclosure of all unknown or non-public exploits and vulnerabilities. In essence, this would put a stop to the publication of all private materials that could allow script kiddies from compromising systems via unknown methods.

A common misconception is that if groups or individuals keep exploits and security secrets to themselves, they will become the dominators of the "illegal scene", as countless insecure systems will be solely at their mercy. This is far from the truth. Forums for information trade, such as Bugtraq, Packetstorm,, and vuln-dev have done much more to harm the underground and net than they have done to help them. This was one of the first anti-security hacktivist groups. The group waged war on the security industry with their popular assault known asAnti-Sec. In a nutshell, this group doesn't like websites that promote security. If a website provides different methods for safety then Anti-Sec wants to blank their site. They want to take away the ability of organizations to sell their services.

No one knows about this group so far, they don’t have any sort of forum or website or any traces where the members can be located, and if someone clames about knowing them, then It can subject to doubt. The kinds of hacks they have performed and beguile they blown against bigwigs are not in a mood to spare them, maintaining anonymity is compulsion for them. Still it’s very much interesting and leaves the reason to think about their agenda and activities. Bravo guys..

Read in details ,soon to be published “Cat Techie”………………….

Friday, February 18, 2011

Anonymous -internet-based super consciousness

In the recent past this group of hackers have done marvelous job, and the way they displayed their protest against all sort of atrocities was worth appreciating. I wish even Indian hackers have this much of unity and determination amongst them. Earlier it was a myth a social worker, or leader or some patriot can bring revolution and change the entire system, can get freedom for the country or protect against injustice. But these warriors have refuted all those claims by setting new trends in internet world.

The name Anonymous itself is inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users post images and comments on the Internet. Usage of the term Anonymous in the sense of a shared identity began on image boards. A tag of Anonymous is assigned to visitors who leave comments without identifying the originator of the posted content. As the popularity of imageboards increased, the idea of Anonymous as a collective of unnamed individuals became an internet meme.. The secretive organisation is being investigated in several countries over strikes on Visa, PayPal and others. The group retaliated overnight by breaking into the company's website and hijacking his Twitter account. Anonymous, known for being a loosely-knit group, has been involved in a number of high profile online protests and attacks in recent months. In December, the group launched a campaign in support of Wikileaks that disrupted services at MasterCard, Visa and other companies that had withdrawn support the whistle-blowing website. The strike led to police investigations around the world, and a number of arrests in Britain and the Netherlands. Whatever, but no one could stop them doing whatever they are determined to do. I feel proud of these hackers because they have that strength to change wrong equations of so called supreme power by gaining control of all the company's e-mail, erased its files, taken down their phone systems and placed copies of many internal documents online.

Anonymous, which started as an offshoot of the notorious 4Chan internet messageboard, has been linked to a number of virtual and real-world protests over recent years. As well as the Wikileaks attacks, it also orchestrated strikes on government services in Tunisia and Egypt in support of popular protests in those countries. It has also launched vociferous protests for the right to uncensored access to pornography online and taken action against an anti-piracy firm hired by Bollywood studios. It is involved in a long-running battle with the Church of Scientology, amid claims that the religious group stifles dissent. The group has previously claimed it has no real leadership, although some individuals have come forward from time to time to explain their motives.

Somewhere in December there was an interview on BBC of someone known as Coldblood, he said in that interview that "thousands" of people had joined the protests to support Wikileaks' right to publish the US government's classified diplomatic cables. "We are trying to keep the internet open and free but in recent years governments have been trying to limit the freedom we have on the internet," he said at the time. Coldblood confirmed that he was among five people arrested across the UK last month as part of the police investigation into the Wikileaks protests. Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the term cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition, and instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities.Hackers from Anonymous, best-known for attacks on Scientology and Wikileaks detractors, Operation Payback" attacks against Mastercard and Visa in December; brought the name to Anonymous as an organized crime syndicate.

Anonymous are utterly democratic mass of untraceable Internet users who come and go as they please. And this group has thousands of members and big fan fallowing across the globe. . As an Internet meme it represents the concept of many on-line community users, or the on-line community itself, acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a goal. They are also labeled as hacktivists who undertake protests and other actions under the notional title "Anonymous," which derives from the same meme. It is generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures.
Although not necessarily tied to a single on-line entity, many websites are strongly associated with Anonymous. This includes notable imageboards such as 4chan and Futaba, their associated wikis, Encyclopædia Dramatica, and a number of forums. Anonymous broadly represents the concept of any and all people as an unnamed collective. Definitions tend to emphasize the fact that the term cannot be readily encompassed by a simple definition, and instead it is often defined by aphorisms describing perceived qualities. Anonymous is the first internet-based super consciousness.

When it comes to big statements then this group is termed as a group of "hacktivists" who crippled websites in revenge for cutting off services to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks are warned they will continue their "digital sit-in" in a campaign for total internet freedom. But this is a group of individuals who get together to decide they want to do something. One of the main goals of Anonymous is keep the internet free and open for everyone to use and not to censor data or anything that goes through the internet. It probably has angered some of the public but that it's a necessary evil.

At last I can get only one thing they are none other than a computer hacker, a tech savvy personas. Anonymous is made up from people everywhere. They have got people from all walks of life who are participating in it. But that does not mean it's going to turn into an all out cyber war. It's maybe one battle in a very, very long uphill struggle. Anonymous works on a day by day basis. People throw idea out there, and they like it enough and it sticks, the idea becomes reality.

Long live Anonymous

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Move over Marx, Twitter is here

Revolution is no longer the long-drawn process it once was. If the events that took place in what is the most backward region on Earth last month are any indicator, we have just seen the birth of a new hero in the fight for justice: Social Networking. Opposition supporters talk near graffiti referring to the social networking site "Twitter" in Tahrir Square in Cairo Consider this: One slap to one vendor in some forgotten alley in Tunisia, his resulting suicide, a Tweet, and one page on Facebook, sparked off a movement on a scale never seen in modern times. Some call it the 'Butterfly Effect' - about how the fluttering wings of a butterfly can set off a tsunami half a world away - but for the Africans, cause and effect were very much in the same country, city and square. Egypt, Jordan and Yemen are on the verge of collapse, indeed, civil war. The agent of change: Social networking.

There are reports that spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter and the likes lead to people getting prone to eating disorders and often ruin their social life: How Hosni Mubarak, Samir Rafai and Ali Abdullah Saleh would wish this were true of the Arab world. In the UK, the Britain Police inspection body is only too aware of the efficiency of social networking sites in organising protests. Authorities will have to move faster to help contain the increasing number of protests, an Inspectorate of the Constabulary report said. "Large numbers of protesters can be organised in hours and change their focus in minutes through the use of social media and mobile phones," the report said. "Those responsible for commanding events must plan with this adaptability in mind." An opposition supporter lifts a placard at the front line near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

The report singled out UK Uncut, a protest group organised literally overnight by Twitter users upset at the government's plans to slash public spending and perceived tax avoidance by major British companies. The group has used social networking sites to help coordinate their actions, including a live mapping service intended to help protesters dodge police cordons.
The report said that police forces -- many of whom have long been working to expand their online presence -- would have to consider how best to communicate with tech-savvy protesters.
All said, police forces the world over have been reduced to playing the catch up game with a people determined to not remain quiet anymore. Voices, hitherto lacking confidence and hence considered unimportant, have begun to be heard, and the internet is the loudspeaker.
How? Social networking sites, if nothing else, are accessible, and, above all, affordable. There is no cost of printing pamphlets, no problems about 'reaching the people' and thousands can be mobilised with one click of the mouse. They are a far cry from the European and Marxist traditions of organising demonstrations that are prevalent in the subcontinent.

A Trinamul Congress rally at Esplanade in Kolkata. In India, protests take days to organise: First, posters sprout up all over the city; next, an autorickshaw/handcart/Maruti 800 passes by in the narrow lanes blaring propaganda through rustic loudspeakers, making sure to mention the date and venue of said protest. And sure enough, on D-day, thousands turn up by the truckloads; rallies and flags would throng the streets; and by 6pm, after much sloganeering, everyone one dusts off, packs up, goes home and ponders over a day well spent.
In Egypt, it was Google executive Wael Ghonim's Twitter post, the day before he was whisked away by Cairo's police, that launched the Egypt uprising. One hundred and forty characters summed up three decades of angst: Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25. January 25, 2011. The day the internet ceased to be just a cache of information, and became the platform for the oppressed. A sign of better times. And for India, such a movement might just be waiting in the wings.

Source: India Syndicate

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Twitter's Trending Topics Reinforce User's Love Of Mainstream Media

Big media still rules when it comes to Twitter, it seems. Hewlett-Packard researchers have been looking into where Twitter's Trending Topics come from, and the answer may be somewhat depressing to those convinced that the internet is all about democraticizing information. According the HP report, Trending

Topics are all about the retweets, with as high as 31% of a TT consisting of retweets instead of original content. They're also shortlived, with the average length of time they remain popular being less than 40 minutes, and tend to come from mainstream media sources; in a 40-day period, 72% of the most popular - and retweeted - tweets came from media outlets like CNN, the New York Times and the BBC (which, to some degree, makes sense - People are still attuned to repeat what they consider comes from some voice of authority, such as media institutions), a finding that mirrors the recent GlobalWebIndex Wave report that suggested that the internet was turning users back into passive consumers, instead of producers in their own right. Obviously, Twitter needs to be stopped before it's too late.

Brands that want a little piece of that sweet Twitter action are going to have to pay a little extra in the future, if rumors about Twitter increasing the cost of "promoted trend" ads by tens of thousands of dollars are true. According to the All Things Digital blog, Twitter has started telling buyers that the price of a one-day stint at the top of the Trending Topics bar will go from between $70,000-$80,000 to $100,000-$120,000. Considering the spots have been continually selling out since their introduction last year, it's unlikely that the price bump will cause anyone to blink. But the news that the company is thinking of doing a similar increase for its less-successful Promoted Accounts program might. Looks like Twitter is serious about tripling its revenue this year, and potentially without its users - most of whom ignore Promoted Trends or Accounts quite easily - even noticing.

When actress Elizabeth Hurley tweets that she loves a specific Estee Lauder product, she could be getting paid the big bucks to say so. Since the actress has been the face of the brand for over 15 years, it seems like quite the coincidence that every once and awhile she gives Estee Lauder shout out. Although the FTC ruled late last year that endorsed tweets in the U.S. must be clearly labeled, no such mandate exists in Hurley's native England. Or at least, not yet. The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has begun cracking down on deceptive endorsed tweets, starting with its attack on PR company Handpicked Media. The OFT said in a statement that "online advertising and marketing practices that do not disclose they include paid for promotions are deceptive under trading laws."

This crackdown would put tweets like Hurley's in jeopardy of punishment, since the actress neither mentions the companies she endorses on her twitter page nor adds the hashtag #ad to her endorsed tweets.But full disclosure of endorsed tweets doesn't mean the end to twitter advertising. Stateside celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Snoop Dogg still rake in thousands (up to $10,000 and $3,000 respectively) to tweet about a product, even with the #ad hashtag.