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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy 144

Posted by timothy
from the and-you'd-trust-this-because dept.
First time accepted submitter turkeydance (1266624) writes "The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online. Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser (the address for Grams is: grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) but fills a niche for anyone seeking quick access to sites selling drugs, guns, stolen credit card numbers, counterfeit cash and fake IDs — sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site."

Comment: Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by ShaunC (#46792265) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Yes, parody is protected in the US, and parody against public figures has a long history of protection. However, once you piss off a politician, you can expect to be raked over the coals no matter what your rights. It's going to be expensive unless you can get the EFF or someone similar on board.

Now wait, did I just hear that some guy named Ardis likes to slob knobs in a McDonald's restroom?

Comment: Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (Score 1) 33

by ShaunC (#46784669) Attached to: In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

Mail order? If I remember correctly, he went up to Canada ostensibly on business, and used his city credit card at the dildo store; that particular trip was what broke the scandal wide open. D'oh! If he'd just paid cash...

As for the quality of Canadian dildos, I have no idea.

Comment: DevOps (Score 1, Insightful) 225

by ShaunC (#46763701) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.

"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.

Crime

Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms 132

Posted by timothy
from the post-bolsheviks-in-the-washroom dept.
v3rgEz (125380) writes "It sounds like a scare from 1970s Cold War propaganda or a subplot from the popular TV series "The Americans," but the FBI says the threat is real: Russian investment firms may be looking to steal high-tech intelligence from Boston-area companies to give to their country's military. Many of the firms under scrutiny are in the Boston area, including those partnered with a number of area biotech companies and with ties to MIT." And while the FBI says this could be happening, as the article points out, this pronouncement seems to be based on plausibility rather than specific incidents of such theft. One relevant excerpt: "The FBI warning comes as the Obama administration has increased pressure on Russia for its annexation of the former Ukrainian territory of Crimea by levying sanctions on some business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin. In March, the US Commerce Department banned new licenses for the export to Russia of defense-related products and “dual-use” technologies that could have military applications."

Comment: Re:Self-policing doesn't work (Score 2) 78

by ShaunC (#46607525) Attached to: FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.

They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.

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