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June 27, 2006

How to defeat the Great (Fire)Wall of China…

Writing about web page http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/06/ignoring_the_gr.html

A group of intrepid H4X0rz have discovered how to easily bypass the Chinese governments censorship of words like “democracy”. It seems that the routers are scanning all the data which attempts to pass if a censored word is in those packets, rather than stopping the data which would take a crazy amount of time and power to do on the fly, they simply send TCP reset packets to the computers concerned telling them to close the connection. This has the effect of confusing the computers concerned into obeying (because they believe that they are genuine requests).

Importantly the original data is left completely fine and passes through without a problem. Simply setting by setting up some firewall rules. As usual governments are finding out that they can think that they are smarter than anyone in the world; but the net belongs to the “l33t–est”, and here, that's not the government.

As a side note, if you are considering travelling to China and still wish to be able to freely access information on democracy, remember: use this, get a proxy (set your IP address to the ol' chestnut 127.0.0.1) and change your MAC address, ideally every time you go on the computer.

I'll close with a comment which was posted on the web site which is linked to above…
“Instead try to realize the truth."
"What truth?"
"There is no wall.


June 02, 2006

Pirate Bay update

Writing about web page http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/02/piratebay_seeks_compensation/

By way of a follow up to a story Scott posted about the PirateBay being closed down I found this article on the register: link . It seems that the Swedish police have shot themselves in the foot over this – arresting people before they even know any crime was committed. The Bay has said that if their actions are deemed to be legal – and there is some evidence that it is – they will seek compensation. A legal expert said that this was “silly” but I would hope that they would get compensation for having dozens of police storm their offices and houses seizing their computers and servers for an act which is at best in a legal gray area.

If your annoyed by this seemingly unfounded attack from the police against the Bay then you might be happy to hear that a denial of service attack against the Swedish police website took it off line and other attacks were made on Sony BMG and Warner Music… those pesky pirates!

UPDATE (to the update): It looks like support for the Pirate Bay was bigger than I thought there's a demonstration planned in Stockholm today. As well as that it has been suggested that the act was carried out because of orders from the US (which came from the RIAA/MPAA) – if true this will be the end of the line for Thomas Bodstrom and his political life (he's the minister of justice). With elections in September this could well be the best thing to ever happen to the Pirate Party.


May 31, 2006

Won't somebody think of the children!!!

Writing about web page http://www.fox9.com/news/investigators/story.asp?1653685

I found this page as I was wondering round the internet and thought that it deserved being put up. Fox is running a story about how the evil PSP is practically FORCING our dear, sweet, innocent children to look at porn. I know – moral outrage all around. I've never heard of "the internet" before so I was glad that they helped me understand that children can:

"use [the PSP] to capture pornographic images out of thin air"

I better not be breathing this air. Still at least someone is taking charge, one no good punk (a child of 14 years) took this depraved filth into school!!! still, the intrepid local authorities were on hand to safe guard the children:

" Last month a 14–year old boy in Bismark, North Dakota got caught bringing porn into school on his PSP. The local authorities decided to make an example of the boy and charged him with a felony."

Yep, the highest category of offense. And I say good – if they didn't do this the parents might have had to sit down with their child and explain to him why his behavior wasn't appropriate and maybe even discipline him themselves!


ThePirateBay.org closed down this morning

According to Indymedia UK, and backed up by a visit to The Pirate Bay, the swedish based offices of the BitTorrent hosting site have been raided this morning.

To say it's a massive turning point in illegal internet sharing is somewhat of an understatement.

On the bright side (or dark side, depending on your point of view) the owners have promised to relocate in order to get round the law…again..

Read the story here.


May 30, 2006

Amnesty's new campaign.

Writing about web page http://www.Irrepressible.info

Ah, my first post here; I was almost temped to go with a post–troll. Instead I'm going with Amnesty International (which might be tantamount to the same thing). Amnesty is launching a campaign aimed at highlighting the way repressive governments use control of the Internet to control their citizens. The obvious example here is China, who have been using the latest spy tech and good ol' fashioned repression in person to keep people from discussing anything dangerous (that means “democracy” or “what happened at Tienanmen square?”). The most scary thing about China is how effective they've been being at it. Hackers are good at what they do but for the most part the government is wining.

One thing which is good to see on their website which has been set up as part of this effort (Irrepressible.info) is that they mention the man who was arrested after “yahoo!” handed over information on which evil decenter was discussing democracy (how dear he do so on a yahoo account)... he's now spending 10 years at the pleasure of the Chinese government.

Well, they are getting together a petition, as they do, which will be given to the UN. This will do absolutely nothing. Still, if it can raise awareness then at least we can… well… do nothing. Simple facts of the matter is that we can't do anything to stop China doing this to its people – neither can our government. The security council countries just need to keep in each others good books too much; so trying to change their domestic politics is out… I don't want to sound cynical but our government won't do anything about this for the same reason they didn't ask China to put more pressure on in the latest talks about Sudan (where they carry a lot of influence) – we're saving up all the good will just in case we want to go after Iran – and we'll need the Chinese support (or at least acquiescence) for that one.

Oh well, just my take on it.


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