sterlingda writes: As if our country isn't already galloping toward tyranny, now The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agencyââs computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a âÅ"controversial opinion,âÂ according to an internal email obtained by CBS News. The new rules came into force on July 1, and prevent TSA employees from accessing such content, though what is deemed âÅ"controversial opinionâÂ is not explained.
sterlingda writes: The associated press reports that Austin police arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, on Wednesday, charging him with felony breach of computer security. Ramos-Lopez used a former colleague's password to deactivate starters and set off car horns, police said. Several car owners said they had to call tow trucks and were left stranded at work or home. "He caused these customers, now victims, to miss work," Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Aguinaga said. "They didn't get paid. They had to get tow trucks. They didn't know what was going on with their vehicles."
sterlingda writes: Wired writer, Ryan Singel says the biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it’s Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence. And Infowars.com points to the cybersecurity bill (HR 4061) that has passed the U.S. House and is now in the Senate under the direction of the renown internet hater, senator Jay Rockefeller. It would pave the way for requiring that websites be registered with the Federal Government in order to operate, essentially obliterating the free speech pillar of freedom that allows for dissent. The software standardization provision (section 3.1) would require that all software would have to go through the cybersecurity panel, with oversight by NIST, which cooked the books in its report blaming fire as the cause of Building 7 of the WTC collapsing at free-fall speed on 9/11, defying the laws of physics they are supposed to champion. Watch Alex Jones and Jason Bermas discuss the various draconian aspects of the bill, reading from it and commenting [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]. I can't imagine any slashdotter supporting this bill if they knew its contents. How did it pass the house with such a strong margin? With your help, maybe we can stop it in the Senate.