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Anonymous Comrade writes: "Microsoft's lobbyists goofed by faking a grass roots campaign
against the government's antitrust case - including sending
letters from deceased people.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff received
approximately 300 letters in July asking him to leave
Microsoft alone, including two from deceased people, whose
names had been crossed out by family members."

"The year 1984 gets a red-letter write up in technology lore not for delivering on George Orwell's prophesized Big Brother, but for the arrival of the small, underground 'zine, 2600. Seventeen years since it began, http://www.2600.com/ remains a focal point of a subculture hated and feared by Microsoft, the military and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Although there have been other publications catering to hackers -- most notably the more aggressive and arguably more technical online zine, Phrack -- 2600 stands as the only print publication openly and unapologetically catering to hackers."


Louis Lingg writes: "Niels Ferguson is a professional cryptographer living in the Netherlands. He recently broke Intel's High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) system. HDCP is a cryptographic system that encrypts video on the DVI bus.

He found that "HDCP is fatally flawed...The flaws in HDCP are not hard to find. As I like to say: 'I was just reading it and it broke.'"

Fear of prosecution by the U.S. Justice Department under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is preventing Niels from publishing his findings. In Censorship in action: why I don't publish my HDCP results he explains why, and discusses flaws in the DMCA and its adverse impact on academic freedom and freedom of speech."

Stop the G8: Online Demonstration Scheduled

Stop the G8 is a new website dedicated to the international struggle against
the G8, WTO and all other major neo-liberal, capitalist institutions around
the world.

A number of conspiracy theories are evolving in the aftermath of the recent code-red worm that infected Windows NT web servers this past week.

"A large group of individuals in the Global
Internet Community have set out to bring attention to the communications
monitoring system known as ECHELON."

Two years ago, when this idea was launched, the existence of ECHELON was
denied by all of the participating agencies. Now with the recent issuing of
the report by the "Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System"
its existence and invasive practices are no longer in doubt.

We are urging all persons who utilize any form of global communication to
inform their circle of friends regarding ECHELON and its monitoring of all
email, telephone and fax communications in Europe. Along with this we are
urging the inclusion of as many 'trigger words' within those communications
as possible.

To this end, we have established a primary web site at:
http://cipherwar.com/echelon and numerous mirror sites around the world to
help educate people about ECHELON and what it really means to the Global
community at large.

Jungle Association of Autonomous Astronauts writes: "


Wednesday 22 August

At the American Consulate in Amsterdam, Museumplein 19, 3 o'clock.

Organized by the Jungle Association of Autonomous Astronauts

The National Missile Defence system (NMD), which the American government is planning to built in order to defend themselves against miniature 'rogue-states' like North-Korea proves once again the high amount of slapstick present in the rhetoric of George W. Bush. He may be evil but he is still a lousy Darth Vader. Darth Vader, for all his sins, expressed himself in an intelligible manner, looked a great deal better and even posessed of a more coherent ideology. The missile system, however, is nothing more than sentimental machismo from frustrated cowboys: Bush bragging to Vladimir Putin he has got the largest (rocket).

Anonymous Comrade writes: "On 16 July 2001, Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His crime: pointing out major security flaws in Adobe
PDF and eBook software.

Sklyarov was in Las Vegas to present a paper at a
convention on eBooks Security: Theory and Practice. In
this paper, he disclosed that Adobe's security features
in their eBook and PDF software was woeful.
According to Sklyarov's paper, Adobe charges
upwards of $3,000.00 to secure
documents in this shoddy and
insecure manner.

Rather than thanking Dmitry
Sklyarov and sending him and his
company a healthy-sized check,
Adobe instead decided to call in the FBI to prosecute
him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or

Find out more at www.boycottadobe.com
or check out photos of today's demo in NYC."

UPDATE 7/24: In the wake of worldwide criticism, Adobe Systems agreed Monday to withdraw from a case charging a 27-year-old Russian programmer with violations of the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Louis Lingg writes: "Found an interesting link on cryptome.org: high-end military surveillance, surveying, and reconnaissance equipment for gun laying and artillery positioning and troop and material deployment. Some of this Leica-manufactured equipment can interface with GPS systems. You can check it out at: http://www.cartome.org/geosystems.htm."

A new Carnegie Endowment working paper finds that, contrary to conventional
wisdom, the Internet does not necessarily spell the demise of authoritarian
rule. Examining the cases of China and Cuba, Shanthi Kalathil and Taylor C.
Boas, two Carnegie information revolution experts, show that authoritarian
regimes can actually maintain control over the Internet s political impact
and benefit from the technology. Read the full text at:


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