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+ - Spying Company Gamma Possibly Violates LGPL in its FinFisher Trojan->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet (1630793) writes "According to analysis and report by CitizenLab of the Gamma FinFisher trojan spyware used against dissidents in the middle east and around the world, the FinFisher codebase uses a LGPL component of the The GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library, possibly without adhering to its restrictions.

This could spur an interesting avenue of fighting surveillance software used against the populations around the world, especially with Mozilla now taking legal action against the same firm, Gamma, because it distributed a Trojan with Firefox's brand and trademark."

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+ - Blogger Sued by Restaurant for Bad Review->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet (1630793) writes "A recently opened Benihana branch in Kuwait sued 248am.com, a well known Kuwaiti blog, for posting a bad restaurant review about its food, asking for the blog to be shut and more than $17,500 in damages (5000 KD).
Kuwaiti bloggers everywhere have announced their support for the reviewing blogger; even though it is highly unlikely the restaurant will get anything from the court, since journalists are almost always favored in libel cases in Kuwaiti courts.
It seems Benihana hasn't heard of Cooks source magazine."

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Comment: Re:Joke Time (Score 1) 640

by Voulnet (#34994048) Attached to: Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport
There are many places in which Muslims are defending their countries, and there are many places where Muslims are, like any other nation, defending their rights of liberation.
However, there are other groups that either use religion as a cover or bait (to bait recruiters, you all know how easy it is) to hide their own agenda and selfish needs. There are also groups who flat-out misunderstand their religion.
For me to decide on these places you mention, I have to inspect the conflict's history thoroughly, because it would be a big mistake to just judge with little information. Just because there are Muslims involved (1/6 of the world) doesn't mean Islam is the reason in it. Many of the conflicts, in Sudan for example, have reasons of tribal warfare, fighting over resources, as well as external hands playing into the scene.
If a government of an Islamic country ignores its religion's teachings and takes money from the people and preventing them the sweat of their brows, then it's not a religious issue anymore; for example.

Comment: Re:Joke Time (Score 1) 640

by Voulnet (#34986288) Attached to: Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport
Quran tells you about events that happened in the past to learn from, including asserting your right to defend yourself. There is a lot of context in these verses, including the early Muslims's patience in face of murder and oppression for more than 13 years, and this is where these verses come into context, marking the first time early Muslims used military force to defend themselves.
One's failure to learn a context of a story; any story is not a problem of the storytelling medium.

Comment: Re:Joke Time (Score 1) 640

by Voulnet (#34986016) Attached to: Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport
9:5 and 9:29? Way to miss context. These verses are talking about certain events in history in which people of Quraish were killing/torturing/robbing early Muslims for more than a decade, until them the Muslims were given the light to fight back and defend themselves. If you don't know Arabic, it isn't my fault you take your translations or (mis)interpretations for wrong sources. What is the point of reading something without knowing its context?

Comment: Re:Glyn Moody is just trolling again (Score 1) 500

by Voulnet (#34680036) Attached to: Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux
I am not a simpleton who believes USA GOOD RUSSIA BAD, so I have no reason to think that the Russian gov't can actually make good use of FOSS, even if it doesn't support all of its ideals.
Is there a memo I missed that says any prime minister in the world can't possibly be supportive of some FOSS ideas such as ridding one's self from Microsoft's crap systems?
No matter the ulterior motives; wanting to get rid of Microsoft's systems is always a good thing.

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 1) 614

by Voulnet (#34492286) Attached to: US To Host World Press Freedom Day
I'm more worried about them insisting it is still confidential although it is available for the entire world. Will they, for example, prosecute an employee for accessing classified info if they find trails of WikiLeaks in his browser history?
One can hope that this is just a facade, and that people will not prosecuted for accessing info that is publicly available on the web.

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 3, Interesting) 614

by Voulnet (#34492074) Attached to: US To Host World Press Freedom Day

As far as I know, they just "asked" them not to. Voluntarily. Have they prosecuted or arrested anyone for doing so?

Whether or not somebody has been prosecuted for it is as far as I know unknown as of yet, but a google search will show you many of the news about the military censor of WikiLeaks, amongst which is this.
A memo from the US Marines says this:USMC Personnel (Marines/Civilians/Contractors) are hereby cautioned and directed to NOT access the WIKILEAKS website from a personally owned, publically owned or US Government computer system. By willingly accessing the WIKILEAKS website for the purpose of viewing the posted classified material - these actions constitute the unauthorized processing, disclosure, viewing, and downloading of classified information onto an UNAUTHORIZED computer system not approved to store classified information. Meaning they have WILLINGLY committed a SECURITY VIOLATION.
Obviously committing a security violation as an employee of the US Marines is, well, not a laughing matter.

Which .com domain have they seized and blocked access to? Sorry if I've missed something here.

You might find more info here.

Yes, governments can, have always, and always will try to control anything and everything and suppress citizen rights. What I am saying is that in the case of Wikileaks, I don't think they have succeeded yet, whereas the statement "censoring websites from the entire world" suggests they have.

In fact I have, as a non-US citizen living outside of the US, have seen one of the results of this censor when trying to access one of the censored sites, getting a warning page with a FBI DVD-like warning. The problem with censoring the domain name itself is that the website can be hosted outside of the US, and yet they'd have power to censor it.

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