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Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist

Aaron Swartz. The FBI also collected information from his Facebook and Linkedin profiles. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz.

Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright.

Wright was given 21 of 23 declassified documents, thanks to a rule that declassifies FBI files on the deceased. Wright said that he was told the other two pages of documents were not provided because of freedom of information subsections concerning privacy, “sources and methods,” and that can “put someone’s life in danger.”

Google results miss; shares dive after premature report

By Alexei Oreskovic and Edwin Chan

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s quarterly results fell well short of Wall Street’s expectations after its core advertising business slowed, stunning investors accustomed to consistently rapid growth from the Internet giant and wiping more than 9 percent off its market value.

The disappointing numbers on Thursday came hours ahead of schedule in a rare instance of premature filing. Google blamed the misfire on an unauthorized filing by its financial printers, RR Donnelley & Sons Co, and later confirmed the numbers’ accuracy.

The earnings report, which had not been expected until after the market close, revealed a weakening in Google’s core Internet advertising business and persistent losses at its recently acquired cellphone business, Motorola Mobility.

Shares of Google, the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine, finished Thursday’s regular trading session down 8 percent at $695 after a brief trading halt. Some analysts said the inadvertent results release spurred confusion and exacerbated its stock price decline.

If you see this warning, Big Brother is watching

By Dr. Mercola

Big Brother is watching. No kidding. And the warning is coming from none other than Google, which says government spies may be spying on you. Some believe the Google announcement may be related to the recent discovery of the data-mining virus named “Flame.” In a June 3 New York Times article, Andrew Kramer and Nicole Perlroth write1:

“When Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Europe’s largest antivirus company, discovered the Flame virus that is afflicting computers in Iran and the Middle East, he recognized it as a technologically sophisticated virus that only a government could create.

He also recognized that the virus, which he compares to the Stuxnet virus built by programmers employed by the United States and Israel, adds weight to his warnings of the grave dangers posed by governments that manufacture and release viruses on the internet.

“Cyberweapons are the most dangerous innovation of this century,” he told a gathering of technology company executives… While the United States and Israel are using the weapons to slow the nuclear bomb-making abilities of Iran, they could also be used to disrupt power grids and financial systems or even wreak havoc with military defenses.”

Obama quietly gives himself power to seize internet

By Todd Beamon
afternoon release from the White House — this one on how agencies should communicate with the public in emergencies — has Internet privacy advocates crying foul over a possible power grab.

The executive order — “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions” — was released last Friday in the late afternoon. The Friday before, the White House issued data showing that its payroll had increased 14.1 percent over the last year of the Bush administration.

President Barack Obama’s new order outlines procedures for government agencies to follow in preparing plans so they can communicate with “the public, allies, and other nations” should a national crisis occur, CNBC reports.

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

By Lolita c. Baldor, Associated Press
Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 64,000 still-infected computers are probably in the United States.

Google sees ‘alarming’ level of government censorship

Web giant says that in the past six months it received more than 1,000 requests from government officials for the removal of content. It complied with more than half of them. by Steven Musil

Google reports it has seen an “alarming” incidence in government requests to censor Internet content in the past six months.

The Web giant said it received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to remove items such as YouTube videos and search listings. The company, which said it complied with more than half the requests, released a catalog of those requests as part of its biannual Global Transparency Report.

‘Cyberterrorism could mark the end of the world as we know it’

Eugene Kaspersky, whose information security firm discovered Flame virus, speaks at Tel Aviv conference, warns against possible repercussions • Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Israel must be at the forefront of the global cyberarena.

ByIlan Gattegno

Israel is working to be a world leader in cybercapabilities, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday, speaking at a cybersecurity conference held by the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop at Tel Aviv University.

Barak said the defense establishment intends to push Israel to the forefront of the global cyberarena — both in terms of developing defense systems and in preparing civilian infrastructure against attack,” Barak said.

The feds are losing the cyberwar

By Bruce Sterling

*Nothing quite like a bracing admission of defeat.

*I don’t think this is happening because hackers are too smart; it’s because hackers are too Chinese. The cyber-infrastructures were never built to resist modern levels of assault by nation-states and large networks of activists. Spysat software was built to resist this level of assault, but it’s not good for much else besides spysats.

*Sooner or later we’ll see a change in strategic doctrine. This is like discovering that gunpowder defeats castle walls. It does, then you do something else.

House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet

House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet, Hillicon Valley reports.

The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.

It’s an unpopular idea with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and officials with the Obama administration have also criticized it.

Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said the measure would expose the Internet to “top-down regulation where it’s really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.”

At a hearing earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also criticized the proposal. He said China and Russia are “not exactly bastions of Internet freedom.”

Collapse of the Internet imminent?

Hacking group threatens March 31 shutdown By Steve Elwart

In the era of modern cyberwarfare, even some seemingly fantastic claims are being taken seriously. There is a new threat on the horizon that sounds unreal but is given serious attention by cyber specialists.

“Operation Global Blackout” is a movement by a group of cyber hackers to shut down the Internet by launching an attack on Root Name Servers, the machines that control the Internet.

The hackers, claiming to be the infamous hacktivist network Anonymous, said that they are going to shut down the Internet to protest “SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), Wallstreet (sic), our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs.”

The group claims its intent is not to destroy the Internet but to disable it to draw attention to their demands.