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Anonymous take down Vatican website, declares WAR ON CHRISTIANITY

Posted in Anonymous, Anti-Christian Bigotry, Church Security, Church Violence with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by saynsumthn

Hackers group Anonymous take down Vatican website

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian branch of the hackers group Anonymous took down the Vatican’s website on Wednesday, saying it was an attack on the Roman Catholic Church’s scandals and conservative doctrine.

The Vatican website http://www.vatican.va was inaccessible. A spokesman said he could not confirm that the crash was the work of the hackers group but said technicians were working to bring it back up.

A statement on the Italian website of the loosely-knit cyber-activists group accused the Church of being responsible for a long list of misdeeds throughout history, including the selling of indulgences in the 16th century and burning heretics during the Inquisition.

“Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world,” the website said.

It also accused the Vatican of being “retrograde” in its interfering in Italian domestic affairs “daily.”

Anonymous, along with another group LulzSec, has taken credit for a number of high-profile hacking actions against companies and institutions, including the CIA.

‘Anonymous’ hacks church websites, declares ‘War on Christianity’

‘Anonymous’ Hackers Call Religion a ‘Sickness,’ Declare War on Christianity?

Members claiming to be part of the formless Internet hacker group “Anonymous” took down three church websites on March 2, replacing their main pages with a clip from evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and posting a statement that branded all religion as a “sickness.”

“Let us be clear from the start: any kind of religion is a sickness to this world. A sickness that creates hate and intolerance, a sickness that brings people to wage war on their fellow people, a sickness that has come to this world long time ago, when mankind wasn’t educated, a sickness that brought false hope and suppression to those who believed and often even more terror and suppression to those who dared not to believe,” the message by Anonymous begins and continues to accuse religion and Christianity as being a source for most of the wars that have occurred throughout history.

It also identifies religion, along with the world’s governments, as being the main source of oppression and a force that keeps most people down while giving power to the select few.

It is difficult to ascertain if the attackers really were from the Anonymous group, who have no recognized form of leadership and do not adhere to a membership code of conduct. The group has previously shut down the FBI and Recording Industry Association of America websites in support of content-pirating websites, such as The Pirate Bay, and have been a driving force behind the “Occupy” movement.

A 30-minute long YouTube video, “Richard Dawkins: An Atheist’s Call to Arms,” was posted on the websites of Bethel Outreach International Church, Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries, all from North Carolina but seemingly chosen at random, in which Dawkins encourages non-believers to unite and stick up for their belief.

Anonymous dOes have a Twitter account, however, which has over 276,783 followers, and it announced the church attack in a tweet on Friday that read: “HACKED Reason:religious idiocy and foh dah lulz #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ROOTED #DAWKINS.”

According to Digital Journal – WebProNews reports that the AnonymousIRC Twitter account announcd to its 276, 783 followers on Friday, attacks on three church websites. IB Times reports the first message, sent out at around 10 a.m. EST, read: “http://www.betheloic.org HACKED Reason:religious idiocy and foh dah lulz #Anonymous #AntiSec #OWS #ROOTED #DAWKINS.”
Two other tweets followed the first, announcing attacks on two other churches.

The hackers said religion is a sickness and left a message on the hacked websites that said:

Greetings fellow pirates,
Let us be clear from the start: any kind of religion is a sickness to this world. A sickness that creates hate and intolerance, a sickness that brings people to wage war on their fellow people, a sickness that has come to this world long time ago, when mankind wasn’t educated, a sickness that brought false hope and suppression to those who believed and often even more terror and suppression to those who dared not to believe.
Religions are authoritarian hierarchies, designed to dominate your free will. Religions are mind control.They’re power structures that aim to convince you to give away your power for the benefit of those who enjoy dominating people. When you subscribe to a religion, you enroll in a mindless minion training program. Religions don’t market themselves as such, but this is essentially how they operate. In case you ever wondered why religious teachings are invariably mysterious, confusing, and incongruent? This is no accident — it’s intentional.
We see religion pretty much the same way as we see many governments. Fear mongering and making lots of money,so a small group of ppl will become insanely rich, while the believing masses can eat dirt. As long as they are afraid that “omgomg god will come and strike great vengeance upon me” all is good.
To quote Encyclopedia Dramatica (bringing you answers to life, the universe and everything since last Thursday) on this issue:
»Religion is a severe mental illness created over 9000 years ago, at the
same time as the Earth. Since then, religion has been one of the biggest sources of drama, f—-try, and unwarranted self-importance in the world today, secondary only to the internet. It is responsible for such insanity as Christf-gs believing that beating someone half to death with a 2,000 year old book will heal them and Muslims believing that if they blow themselves up they will get 72 virgins. Even atheists are not immune to the psychotomimetic effects of religion; the mere mention of religion is enough to send any atheist into hours of butthurt sh-tfits.«
So people of the world, don’t let religion control your life. Don’t fight against each other for contrary beliefs.This world and our life can be a wonderful adventure, where you have the unique chance to help mankind and your fellow citizens. Where we can all work together to make this earth a better place for ourselves,our children and all those generations who will come after us. ^(;,;)^

Anonymous allegedly declared War on America in a recent YouTube here

Opinions mixed about White House’s online identity plan

Posted in Big Brother, biometrics, New World Order with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by saynsumthn

Angela Moscaritolo
June 29 2010
Critics of the White House’s proposed national internet identity authentication plan, intended to improve online privacy and security, say the strategy may do just the opposite.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), unveiled on Friday by White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president Howard Schmidt, is intended to enable individuals to voluntarily obtain a secure credential, such as a smart identity card, from public and private sector providers. Under the plan, this credential would be used for online authentication when banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email and making online purchases.

“No longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to log into various online services,” Schmidt wrote in a White House blog post Friday.

But the focus of this plan is not where it should be, said John Pescatore, vice president and research fellow at Gartner.

“The real issue why there’s successful cybercrime is because we are still using reusable passwords [as opposed to one-time passwords or other strong authentication methods], and that’s the only choice people have,” Pescatore told SCMagazineUS.com on Tuesday. “If you really want to address cybercrime and identity theft, you address what the government can do to minimize the use of reusable passwords versus putting together a complicated framework which will rely on passwords all over again.”

One of the primary goals of the plan is to develop and foster what is referred to as an “identity ecosystem” where users can be confident about the security of their online transactions, while trusting the identity of each other and the infrastructure on which the transaction is running. Under this plan, members of the public would be able to use their multifactor, interoperable credential to authenticate themselves online for various transactions.

A website has been set up where individuals can provide public comment on the draft strategy.

According to a review of the comments, many worry the plan could actually hinder the security of online transactions because it seeks to enable individuals to have a single, centralized identity. This is less secure than multiple identities, many say, as it creates a “single point of failure.”
“This effort will be counterproductive at best and has the potential to cause problems that are orders of magnitude worse than current identity theft issues,” one commenter wrote.

Many others have expressed similar concerns.

“Now, if a black hat hacker hacks this universal access method, they get universal access,” another commenter wrote.

However, one of the plan’s developers, Craig Spiezle, said there has been some confusion as to how the plan is intended to work.

An individual’s identity would be made up of multiple attributes, not all of which would be used for authentication with every transaction, he explained. For example, an individual may have 50 attributes associated with his or her identity, only a fraction of which would be used to complete a transaction with a particular organization. Also, under the plan, identity solutions should be resilient and capable of being restored if compromised.

“It’s not just having a single identity and password – that would be ineffective,” Spiezle, executive director and CEO of the Online Trust Alliance, told SCMagazineUS.com on Tuesday. “Yes, there’s room for improvement, but I think it’s a step in the right direction to address some of the ills we have in the standard username and password.”

Other supporters believe the plan will have a positive impact on cybersecurity.

“Finally we have before us a proposal that can move society forward in protecting individual privacy, and simultaneously create a secure and trustworthy infrastructure with enough protections to be resistant to insider attacks,” Kim Cameron, chief architect of identity in Microsoft’s identity and security division, said in a blog post Sunday.

Meanwhile, Christopher Burgess, senior security adviser at Cisco, told SCMagazine US.com on Tuesday that the plan is a positive step forward and presents a good vision for the future of online transaction security.

“Putting control of an individual’s data in the hands of the individual is an absolute right step,” Burgess said. “It’s really going to have an impact on online crime. When you raise the cost of doing business for criminal elements, then you reduce criminal activity.”

The proposed plan calls for the federal government and private industry to deploy the identity authentication solutions and encourage the deployment of authentication protocols, such as Domain Name Security (DNSSEC), Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), and Border Gateway Protocol Security (BGPSEC), the White House said in a fact sheet about the plan.

Additionally, according to the fact sheet, the plan calls for the federal government to strengthen privacy protections for users of the “ecosystem,” which may be achieved through the passing of new laws. The government would also create a national awareness campaign to promote the importance of cybersecurity and the trusted identities plan.

“A hill they will have to get over is in the education,” Cisco’s Burgess said. “I think that’s going to be one of the most important parts – educating the citizen on the value – if they expect citizen participation.”

For the plan to be successful, citizens must have assurance that their information is under their control and is secured in a reliable manner, he added.
Finally, to manage the identity ecosystem, the government would establish an office to oversee the strategy and an industry advisory council to ensure the long-term success of the ecosystem, the White House said.

The plan was developed collaboratively among government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, along with private-sector businesses and privacy advocates.

The White House plans to release a final version in the fall.

Hacked Off ? Think ‘Climate-Gate’ Is Nonevent? Think Again

Posted in Climategate with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by saynsumthn

By John Lott – FOXNews.com

The big question is whether universities have too much at stake, both ideologically and financially, to impartially investigate what has happened with Climate-gate

President Obama’s climate czar, Carol M. Browner, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs might think that Climate-gate is a nonevent, but on Monday Pennsylvania State University announced that it was launching an investigation into the academic conduct of Michael Mann, the school’s Director of the Earth System Science Center. And Tuesday, Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain’s University of East Anglia, announced that he would stand aside as director while his university conducted an investigation.

Dozens of researchers at other institutions could soon face similar investigations. While Dr. Jones has been the center of much of the discussion because the e-mails were obtained from the server at his university, Mann is named in about 270 of the over 1,000 e-mails, many of which detail disturbing and improper academic behavior.

Last week, Mann told USA Today that the controversy over the leaked e-mails was simply a “smear campaign to distract the public from the reality of the problem and the need to confront it head-on in Copenhagen” next week at the climate summit.

Take one of Mann’s e-mail exchanges with Jones. In an e-mail entitled “IPCC & FOI” (referring to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Freedom of Information Act) Jones, head of the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, wrote Dr. Mann: “Mike: Can you delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith [Briffa] re [the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report]? Keith will do likewise. . . . Can you also e-mail Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new e-mail address. We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.”

Mann acknowledges that he received the e-mail, but he claims that neither he nor anyone else actually deleted any e-mails to hide information from a Freedom of Information Act request on how the U.N.’s IPCC report was written. Yet, his response is quite damning as it seems that he goes along with Dr. Jones. Far from criticizing the request, Dr. Mann wrote back: “I’ll contact Gene about this ASAP. His new e-mail is: generwahl@yahoo.com. talk to you later, Mike.”fter the first week of revelations of academic fraud and intellectual wrongdoing, the University of East Anglia denied there was a problem. Professor Trevor Davies, the school’s pro vice chancellor for research, issued a statement on Tuesday claiming: “The publication of a selection of the e-mails and data stolen from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) has led to some questioning of the climate science research published by CRU and others. There is nothing in the stolen material which indicates that peer-reviewed publications by CRU, and others, on the nature of global warming and related climate change are not of the highest-quality of scientific investigation and interpretation.

The move to investigate the destruction of information requested under the Freedom of Information Act is a big change. In Britain, the destruction of such documents is a criminal offense and the e-mails indicate that Jones had been warned at least once against destroying such information.

On Monday, Mann tried to justify the damaging e-mails by telling the Penn State college newspaper: “Someone being constantly under attack could be what causes them to make a poor decision.” On the one hand, he denies that anything improper happened, but he then seems to accept that improper actions did occur. Regarding pressure, possibly, Mann should ask what the academics, who Mann and others involved in Climate-gate tried to prevent them from publishing in academic journals, think about these events. The e-mails discussed above involve the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s controversial assessment report and raise additional questions about what subterfuge might have been involved in its production.

The big question is whether universities have too much at stake, both ideologically and financially, to impartially investigate what has happened with Climate-gate. Given the amount of taxpayer money at stake, Congress should follow Sen. Inofe’s suggestion and investigate these charges issues of destroyed documents and data as well as the general unwillingness to share the raw data paid for by taxpayers.

John R. Lott, Jr. is a FOXNews.com contributor. He is an economist and author of “Freedomnomics.”

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In Canada, a determined activist interrupted a CBC broadcast with a message demanding the news network report on the climategate story. His message and act should be repeated here in the United States and around the world.