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+ - NSA is Collecting Lots of Spam. 1

Submitted by wiredog
wiredog (43288) writes "Lots of it. Overwhelming amounts, perhaps. From The Washington Post

when one Iranian e-mail address of interest got taken over by spammers. The Iranian account began sending out bogus messages to its entire address book. ... the spam that wasn't deleted by those recipients kept getting scooped up every time the NSA's gaze passed over them. And as some people had marked the Iranian account as a safe account, additional spam messages continued to stream in, and the NSA likely picked those up, too....Every day from Sept. 11, 2011 to Sept. 24, 2011, the NSA collected somewhere between 2 GB and 117 GB of data concerning this Iranian address.

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+ - Why is the IRS targeting free software?->

Submitted by wiredog
wiredog (43288) writes "From the IRS "be on the lookout" list that listed "Tea Party", among others, as suspicious entities:

Open Source Software
These organizations are requesting either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) exemption in order to collaboratively develop new software. The members of these organizations are usually the for-profit business or for-profit support technicians of the software.

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+ - Storm brewing over Weather Channel's bid for ".weather" TLD->

Submitted by wiredog
wiredog (43288) writes "From the Capital Weather Gang blog comes the story of the various people and organizations objecting to the Weather Channel's attempt to grab ".weather" for themselves.

I don't know why they would try, since they don't actually do weather forecasting anymore. Just one reality show after another."

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+ - Tracking Chinese Cyber-Espionage Botnets->

Submitted by wiredog
wiredog (43288) writes "From Brian Krebs, reporting on a large scale Chinese cyber-espionage operation:

the infrastructure that frames these these spy machines generally points in one of two directions: one group’s infrastructure points back to Shanghai, the other to Beijing.

“There have to be hundreds of people involved, just to maintain this amount of infrastructure and this much activity and this many spear phishes, collecting so many documents, and writing this much malware,” Stewart said

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