lothos writes: Fyodor of nmap fame has published today an expose on CNet's Download.com bundling malware with legitimate downloads.
From the site: In August 2011, Download.com started wrapping legitimate 3rd party software into their own installer which by default installs a wide variety of adware and other questionable software on users machines. It also does things like redirect user search queries and change their Internet home page.
lothos writes: "Go Daddy has managed to effectively gag its fiercest critics by acquiring and then shutting down the high-ranking Go Daddy gripe site: NoDaddy.com.
NoDaddy's owners announced the closure of the site on 1 July. They wrote:
"What started to document the improper suspension of SecLists.Org grew to cover dozens of other GoDaddy scandals including shill bidding on their own domain auctions, improperly blocking users from transferring domains to other registrars, sexual harassment, constant objectification of women, killing elephants for promotional purposes, etc. We're hopeful that GoDaddy's new owners will stop these shenanigans.""
lothos writes: China has shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year and arrested 5,000 people as it steps up a campaign against obscene material. Beijing has run a highly publicized drive against lewd online content which it claims is overwhelming the country’s internet and mobile phones and threatening the emotional health of children. Critics have accused the Chinese government of deepening the crackdown, launched last December, and said censorship had blocked many sites with politically sensitive or even user-generated content.
lothos writes: DynaDot is reportedly facing pressure on the wikileaks.org domain. DynaDot released a statement to Domain Name Wire:
Yes, wikileaks.org is still registered at Dynadot. As you can tell from the whois lookup, we have taken no action against the domain. And yes we are experiencing significant pressure regarding the domain, both to keep it up and to take it down.
DynaDot has taken no action on the wikileaks.org domain name at this time. The domain name is not suspended or seized in any way.
The continued downtime of the wikileaks.org website is due to EveryDNS.net terminating DNS services for the domain.
It’s not clear at this time why the Wikileaks organization hasn’t updated their nameservers with DynaDot. Perhaps the person with access to the DynaDot account is simply unavailable. Perhaps, with the “Operation In Our Sites v2.0 government seizure of domains, wikileaks is transitioning to different country code top level domains (ccTLD) which should be harder to take down.
lothos writes: PayPal has released a statement on their blog: “PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We’ve notified the account holder of this action.”
This move comes right on the heels of Amazon cutting off hosting for wikileaks.org and EasyDNS.net terminating DNS services for wikileaks.org.
lothos writes: Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) asked the Obama administration yesterday to “determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization.” If the State Department adds WikiLeaks to the terror list, one effect would be to prohibit U.S. banks from processing payments to the group. It would also make it a felony to provide donations, material support or resources.
lothos writes: A federal lawsuit accuses a suburban Philadelphia school district of spying on students at home through school-issued laptop webcams. The lawsuit alleges the cameras captured images of Harritan High School students and their families as they undressed and in other compromising situations. Families learned of the alleged webcam images when an assistant principal spoke to a student about inappropriate behavior at home.