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Submission + - Snowden Sought NSA Job In Order To Leak->

J053 writes: The HuffPo reports:

Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, says he sought the job with Booz Allen Hamilton to gather evidence on the agency's data collection networks.

In a June 12 interview with the South China Morning Post published Monday, Snowden, who previously worked as a CIA technician, said he took the position with the intention of collecting information on the NSA.

“My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he said. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.”

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Politics

Submission + - Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story-> 2

J053 writes: "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama. “I like him better," said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad". Only problem was, it was a story from The Onion. Not only that, they took credit for it! The Onion responded by stating that "Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s"."
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Privacy

Submission + - Calif. Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password->

J053 writes: "California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of privacy bills making it illegal for employers and colleges to demand access to social media accounts.

Brown announced on Thursday that he signed AB1844 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, a Democrat from San Jose. The bill prohibits employers from demanding user names and passwords from employees and job applicants.

A companion bill applies to colleges and universities."

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Your Rights Online

Submission + - 11th Circuit: You Do Not Have To Decrypt Your Data->

J053 writes: "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requiring you to decrypt your data is "evidentiary", and therefore covered by the 5th Amendment. "The government's attempt to force this man to decrypt his data put him in the Catch-22 the 5th Amendment was designed to prevent – having to choose between self-incrimination or risking contempt of court," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann."
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Submission + - RightHaven Lawyer: My Browser Ate My Homework->

J053 writes: "Wired Magazine reports that Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano's excuse for being a day late with his explanation as to why the litigation factory made “dishonest statements to the court” was that his web browser upgraded and he could no longer attach PDF fiiles to his submissions. Yeah, right..."
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Submission + - 73,000 blogs taken offline. ISP remains silent.

<350J>" rel="nofollow">J053 writes: "BurstNet, hosting provider for over 73,000 blogs at Blogetry, has been shut down at the request of law enforcement — and the ISP claims they are not allowed to say why. If one (or even several) of the hosted sites contained copyrighted materials, why shut them all down?

http://gadgetsteria.com/2010/07/16/73000-blogs-taken-offline-isp-remains-silent/?sms_ss"
Security

Submission + - Turkish Hackers Hijack IANA, ICANN

J053 writes: "The New York Times reports that "Turkish hackers Thursday defaced the official sites of the international organizations that oversee the Internet's critical routing infrastructure and regulate domain names, researchers said Friday.
A group calling itself "NetDevilz" claimed responsibility for the hack, which Thursday morning temporarily redirected visitors to the sites for IANA ( Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ) and ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
Users who tried to reach iana.com, iana-servers.com, icann.com and icann.net were shunted to an illegitimate site."
Spam

Submission + - Va. Supreme Court: No 1st Amendment Right To Spam->

J053 writes: "Information Week has the story: Spamming itself is not illegal, but an appeal to protect false message routing information may take Jeremy Jaynes' case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld the felony conviction of Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, North Carolina, for illegal spamming, rejecting his claims that falsifying message headers is protected under the First Amendment right of free speech."
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Data Storage

Submission + - Amazon S3 Cloud Outage

J053 writes: "The AP reports: Several companies lost access to their own files when Amazon.com Inc.'s pay-as-you-go data storage system went down Friday morning. Amazon said computers that power its Simple Storage Service were unreachable at one of three data centers for about two hours. By 7 a.m. Pacific Time, most users' problems were resolved."
Media

Submission + - Nielsen To Offer Web Copyright Protection System ->

J053 writes: "The Nielsen company, along with Digimarc, are planning to offer their digital watermarking technology to web content providers. According to Information Week, the system will provide "a way to quickly discover unauthorized content on sites. To do that, the system would leverage Nielsen's existing watermark technology, which is used on more than 95% of TV programming distributed today. The watermarks are used by the meters installed in people's home to identify the programs they watch.""
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