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BrusselsLeaks the European Union leaks website

A Wikileaks alternative with the same aspirations to publish the leaking of confidential documents to promote the freedom to know targets that Wikileaks has but this time aimed at exposing what goes on inside the European Union.

With their server located in Iceland, a country with very strong press protection laws and currently outside the European Union, although Iceland has applied to join the EU the process it is likely to take quite a few years and BrusselsLeaks has said that they will review their server location when that happens.

BrusselsLeaks describes itself as a self-funded group of activists, journalist, Non Governmental Organisation workers and public relations sector workers based in Brussels (Belgium), who want to expose what goes on behind closed doors during the decisions that are taken in the European Union.

BrusselsLeaks logo
BrusselsLeaks

They claim that no personal data is stored when you submit documents through their online form but do not explain in detail how they achieve this, their site is using a RapidSSL digital certificate which is a good thing for privacy but does nothing for anonymity.

I kept wondering if their server has any special set up to routinely wipe connection logs, nothing of this is mentioned in their security section, data encryption is mentioned but this only goes so far and my main concern would be their submission server being seized with the IP logs still inside, however unlikely it is always better not to leave anything unconsidered and I would make sure to be using a proxy if I had to submit any documents .

According to the EUObserver, BrusselsLeaks will not be publishing anything itself but will instead check the documents authenticity and pass them on to selected media. BrusselsLeaks is willing to take your material of ethical, political, diplomatic, economic or historical significance but not opinions or documents which have already been published elsewhere.

UPDATE 2012: Project ceased to exist! Link erased. 

How Google dirtballs attempted to get money out of my girlfriend

My girlfriend Viviana got a nice letter from Google Adsense today, they offered her free money, this free money, Google Adsense charlatans said, was in the form of free advertising to promote her sites using their Adsense program, this promotion was worth €75 (aprox. $100).

As soon as Viviana said the words Google the scam alert activated in my mind and I looked at the letter carefully, at the back of letter I found some tiny writing, I got my magnifying glass out of the drawer to be able to read the text properly, it started by saying “terms and conditions”, this is what I found.

  • Google Adsense breaking Google Webmaster spamming rules

A well known con artist trick used by spammers is to stuff a website with keywords using white coloured font on a white background, this way nobody can read the text except the search engine, Google has banned this practise and penalized such sites, Google Adsense terms and conditions are written using difficult to read grey ink printed on a white background.

To top it up, Google Adsense wrote the terms and conditions using a teeny-weeny font, if Google Adsense terms and conditions were to be a written on a website instead of a letter it probably would be blacklisted and flagged as spam.

 

Google Adsense terms and conditions
Google Adsense terms and conditions 
  • Google Adsense Marketing manager Christina Wire fake signature

The letter comes signed in blue ink by Google Marketing manager Christina Wire, on a closer look you will notice that this blue ink has in reality been printed, Christina Wire never signed your letter in person,  Google has been clever enough to choose blue ink for this part of the letter, it might look to some people as if she signed it herself  but the signature has in reality been machine printed.

  • Google Adsense demands payment upfront

While Google claims to give you €75 worth of free advertising, if you choose the easy to manage Adsense prepaid mode you will need to pay Google €5 first “to activate your account”, their credit card payment processing system requires a minimum €10 payment, in the end you end up having to pay €10 upfront for their “free present”.

There is an option to choose the “automated” Google Adsense management with no upfront payment but that method is much more likely to incur in accidental over budget expenses afterwards, whichever way you choose, Google always wins.

  • Google Adsense helpline premium number

Google Adsense free money letter clearly prints its phone help number on the front, what it isn’t so clear to read is the tiny terms and conditions at the back pointing out that this is not a a free call and it will cost you €0,67 minute plus a connection fee.

  • Google Adsense wants you to hurry up to secure the “free money” offer

Google free money/present offer is only valid for a set period of time, the longer it takes for you to sign up with them, the less “free money” you will get, after a month this “free money” offer is reduced by €25 and one month later the offer is finished.

What the Sicilian Mafia could learn from Google

There is no need to break the law to get wealthy, while I can not call Google fraudsters because they have terms and conditions that can be read by people with very sharp eyesight and others using a magnifying glass, I can certainly call Google Adsense dirtballs because honest and transparent businesses do not use degenerate marketing strategies in order to get my girlfriend’s hard earned money.

I have said it before on this blog and I will say it again until they leave us alone.

FUCK YOU GOOGLE!

Fuck Off Google!
Fuck Off Google!

Wikileaks alternative: OpenLeaks

new Wikileaks alternative has just opened for business, it is called Openleaks and their target is to help whistleblowers spread leaked documents and information. Openleaks has a contact phone number (with a German country code), fax, email address (with corresponding PGP encryption key) and Skype.

Using Skype for communications does not seem too bright for someone who is a Government target, Skype is owned by eBay and it is closed source software, I can easily envision an scenario where a US Court forces eBay to insert a backdoor in Skype for the FBI to tap into the communications.

I wonder why Openleaks didn’t choose a Jabber based instant messenger based on XMPP, the open standard for instant messaging, Gajim and PSI would be two good choices, they both support end to end encryption with SSL and do not belong to any big US corporation open to subpoenas.

Differences between OpenLeaks and Wikileaks

Openleaks will not publish any leaked information themselves they pass it on to third parties, they define themselves as a complementary project to Wikileaks, not a competitor.

There are ways for someone to anonymously send confidential information to a third party (tor proxy, remailers, etc) but that needs time and knowledge, Openleaks will make it easy to send leaked documents, acting as a middle man in between the leaker and the publisher, the more proxies you have, the harder it becomes tracking down the source.

The only doubt in my mind is, who will dare to post the next stolen top secret documents in a censorship free media without fear of consequences? I can only think of WikiLeaks, maybe Openleaks can be used to send documents to Wikileaks. :)

In fairness Openleaks claims to be on an alpha stage and it is still too early to judge them, I hope they succeed in their endeavours, I hope they change the Skype thing too.

Visit OpenLeaks homepage

OpenLeaks website
OpenLeaks website

How to hide your phone number and still receive phone calls

If you want to sell something on Craiglist, eBay or Amazon your possible customers might want to speak with you. If you mention your phone number on the advert, it might stay posted there for ever and a quick Internet search for your personal phone number will find it easily together with the text which carries personal information about what you do/sell/think.

Telemarketers could also gather your phone number and annoy you with nuisance calls attempting to sell you garbage, the reasons why your phone number should never be made public are many.

Babble.ly hidden phone number
Babble.ly hidden phone number

A free service called Babble.ly will hide your phone number providing you with a disposable weblink, in order for someone to call you the user needs to click on the link and Babble.ly will then connect both calls while keeping your real phone number private. Once the phone call finishes you can erase your unique URL and create a new one.

Google Voice can also be used to hide your phone number using a Google number to receive calls but it can not be used as a disposable weblink like Babble.ly does and Google Voice does not allow for a link to be directly posted to a website, in order to connect the calls Google Voice uses a hard to embed flash based widget.

Anonymous caller gossiping
Anonymous caller gossiping

Babble.ly is still in beta and only available to US and Canadian residents, maximum call length is 10 minutes, I wouldn’t bet too much on Babble.ly still being free after they get out of beta.

If you want to use extra features like custom caller greetings or number blocking, there is another similar paid for service named LetsCall.me.

Visit Babble.ly homepage

Chinese J20 stealth fighter jet photos leaked

First disclosed by US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in 1997 as XXJ, J-20 is the 5th generation multi-role fighter to enter the service between 2015 and 2018. Chinese aviation fans says they have been taking photographs of the jet during recent high speed taxi tests from outside a fence at the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institutes’s airfield in south western China.

Chengdu J20 Chinese fith generation figther jet
Chengdu J20 Chinese fith generation figther jet

The Chinese have been busy working their own designs for a twin-engine multi-role heavy fighter with stealth capability and manoeuvrability comparable to the American F-22. It took 15 years for the US military to develop the F-22, which costs around $150 million per unit, its production was terminated after President Barack Obama signed the country’s 2010 defence bill that included huge spending cuts.

Chinese Chengdu J20 stealth fighter
Chinese Chengdu J20 stealth fighter

China air force J20 fighter jet
China air force J20 fighter jet

China’s aviation industry has made rapid progress in recent years but still relies heavily on imported technology, Russian engines are still used on China’s homemade J-10 fighter jets and the J-11, a copy of Russia’s Sukoi-27 fighter jet. The prototype features a pair of all-moving tailfins and Russian 1.44 style ventral stabilizing fins, which shield the engine nozzles.

China's J20 secret stealth fighter jet
China’s J20 secret stealth fighter jet

Stealth technology is difficult to master because it relies on systems to hide the presence of the plane while equipping the pilot with enough information to attack an enemy. Emissions must be hidden and the plane’s fuselage sculpted to avoid detection by radar and infrared sensors.

Ex-ALF prisoner and FBI tipster working for Mozilla Firefox

When you watch the latest Firefox4 browser promotional video you will notice someone called Justin Samuel there telling you that Firefox is “the most secure browser out there”, what he won’t tell you in the video is that he was an FBI informant in the past and helped the FBI out convicting a fellow Animal Liberation Front member in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

 

Justin Samuel Mozilla Firefox
Justin Samuel Mozilla Firefox video

 

Some question for Mozilla about Firefox

  1. How can you trust Firefox browser when one of your employees was an FBI snitch in the past?
  2. Has Mozilla Firefox made sure that Justin Samuel collaboration with the FBI has stopped before hiring him?
  3. Whose idea was it to ask a former FBI informant to state in the video that Firefox is the “most secure browser”?
  4. Are Mozilla Firefox employees encouraged to snitch others in order to get a reduced prison sentence?

Visit Justin Samuel development website

News Source: Animal Liberation Frontline Movement