Feb 282011

Via:  techworld.com.au


Greens communications spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam on the new Federal Government’s Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill2010:

“[The bill] substantially broadens the scope of what ASIO and its agencies will be able to do, both in terms of their own motion, the kinds of information they will be able to share with other agencies, but also the fact they will able to be brought in other request of any other commonwealth agency to investigate, as far as I can tell, virtually anything at all,”

“The safeguards, which are in place to ensure that ASIO personnel operate within a lawful framework, are dependent on a clear articulation of ASIO’s functions. Those safeguards would be undermined by a provision which allowed ASIO personnel to pursue unrelated functions for other agencies.”

More at:  heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/terror-monitor-could-be-months-away/story-e6frf7kf-1226010832461

“Police now have power to enter a home without a warrant in certain circumstances.”

and http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/big-brother-size-of-asio-hq-questioned/2081748.aspx

Feb 282011

Oman:  protesters demanding political reforms blocked roads leading to a main export port and refinery on Monday as the death toll from Sunday clashes with police in the Gulf Arab sultanate rose to six.


“Technical Glitch” Takes Down Australian Stock Exchange


JP Morgan’s Digital Growth Fund is rumored to be in talks to acquire 10% of Twitter for $450 million, or a $4.5 billion valuation



Feb 282011

Via: jpost.com


“We’re going to be ready and prepared to offer any kind of assistance that anyone [in Libya] wishes to have from the United States,” Clinton added.


More at:  thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/25/obama_declares_national_state_of_emergency_over_libya

Feb 272011

Via:  informationclearinghouse.info


“From the point of view of Saudi Arabia, an empowerment of the Shia in Bahrain will likely energize their own Shia population, which is concentrated in the eastern province, which is an oil-rich area not too far from the border with Bahrain.”

Feb 272011

Via:  technewsdaily.com


Thunderbolt was developed by Intel with help from Apple and employs peer-to-peer functionality.

A device attached through the Thunderbolt port has full, unrestricted access to its host, and is configured to automatically trust any device connected to it.

It will also be interesting to see how easy RAM can be seen too.

More at erratasec.blogspot.com/2011/02/thunderbolt-introducing-new-way-to-hack.html


Feb 272011

Via:  politico.com


The US Justice Department  requires the attorney general to sign off on subpoenas issued for phone records of the press.

Federal investigators trying to find out who leaked information about a CIA attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program using fake nuclear blueprints.