Tuesday, August 28, 2012


AnHacker makes Anwar ‘apologise’ to Najib
The flamboyant Ellison had also taken the stand during the course of the trial. — Reuters pic
We have heard a lot of wonderful things about cloud computing and a world where everything is perpetually connected to the web. In fact, as someone who deals with new technology services and gadgets daily, I have seen and used some of this stuff. And it is indeed wonderful.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s blog was hacked late last night and defaced with a fake post that portrayed him as an apologist for the Zionist regime in Israel.
It also included an apology to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as part of the opposition leader’s message ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration tomorrow.
The de facto PKR head has accused cybertroopers from political foe Umno of mounting the assault on his blog in a bid to defame him and destroy his credibility among Netizens, minutes after the opposition leader ended an Internet live chat session on Google Hangout.
Screen capture of the fake post on Anwar’s blog.
“Puak umno godam blog dan fitnah! (Umno tribe hacked blog and defame!)” Anwar posted in his Twitter account ‏@anwaribrahim early this morning, in reply to another user on the social microblogging site identified as @anuarazizi who wanted to know if the apology in the special message was true.
The allegedly defamatory post by anonymous hackers has since been removed from Anwar’s blog.
In its place is a message from the website administrator informing visitors that the blog was hacked at about 11.50pm and a fake post about a “special message” attributed to Anwar had been uploaded.
“We understand a screen capture of the posting had been successfully recorded and is now being spread by Umno cybertroopers with the intention to discredit and defame Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” the blog administrator said.
Malay daily Sinar Harian reported that the hackers had uploaded a message from Anwar, claiming he felt ashamed for his party’s “sinful extremist position chasing after the prime minister’s office to the extent of defaming Najib and the latter’s family”.
“Saya ingin mengajak rakan-rakan saya dan jentera pakatan supaya membuat perubahan dengan menghormati institusi kePerdana Menterian yang sekian lama kita warisi. Jawatan Perdana Menteri adalah khas untuk orang Melayu dan Islam sahaja, bukannya untuk bangsa lain. (I would like to invite my colleagues and the Pakatan machinery to make changes by respecting the prime ministerial institution that we have long inherited. The post of the Prime Minister is special to the Malays and Muslims only, not for any other race),” hackers had uploaded on Anwar’s blog.
“Kepada umat Islam di Malaysia, saya turut ingin memohon maaf atas keterlanjuran saya menyokong Israel tempoh hari. Sesungguhnya saya tidak mampu untuk menghalang kehadiran mereka dalam hidup saya, maka dalam keterpaksaan saya perlu mengikuti kemahuan, desakan dan asakan bertubi-tubi mereka. (To Muslims in Malaysia, I also apologise for going overboard in my support of Israel the other day. Truly I am unable to prevent their presence in my life, therefore I am obligated to follow their wishes and repeated pressures.)
The hacking, on the eve of Aidilfitri, appears to be the second cyber assault against Anwar, Sinar Harian reported today.
It reported that a fake Twitter account had been created two weeks ago carrying a series of tweets made to look like they originated from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact chief.
While no one has owned up to the hacking, PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad told The Malaysian Insider the party was confident the job was carried out by Umno’s cybertroopers.
“We are confident that this is the work of Umno and its cybertroopers. Who else can we blame? No one else would do such a thing,” he said when contacted.
“The message posted was about Datuk Seri Anwar’s ties with Israel, among other things,” Nik Nazmi said, adding that the website team managed to remove the offensive postings about midnight.
The Seri Setia assemblyman said the hackers had taken advantage while attention was focused on Anwar’s chat with Netizens over the “Borak Bersama Anwar (Chat With Anwar)” session, which kicked off at about 10.30 last night and lasted for an hour.
While Anwar has seized on the Internet to deliver his message after being shut out of the mainstream media, his online presence is still less than his rival Najib.
A check with the social media monitoring site socialbakers.com on August 8 showed Najib has 1,135,529 “likes” on Facebook and 801,833 followers on Twitter against Anwar’s 379,612 “likes” on Facebook and 179,830 following him on Twitter.
But his followers hope the Google Hangout will expand his appeal to Internet-savvy young voters, who are said to make up three million of the country’s 12 million-strong electorate.
The PR opposition pact has always been seen as having the upper hand in cyberspace presence over Barisan Nasional, but in recent months the ruling coalition has expanded its online presence with several pro-BN news portals and a rising number of supporters taking to Twitter.
US President Barack Obama and Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard have also used Google Hangout to engage their citizens, with the former using it as part of his re-election campaign.
But there is another side to it. Do you remember writing an essay titled ‘Technology a boon or bane…’ at school? Yes, technology always has two sides to it. Even if it is as wonderful as cloud computing, which powers services like Google’s Gmail, Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox, etc.
I am talking about the dangers that cloud computing and a connected world pose to our private lives. Or, rather, the risk to all our data that we, as digital natives, hoard in hard drive after hard drive, believing that a six-character password is going to keep it all safe.
Technology journalist Mat Honan learned it the hard way last week, when he lost all data in three of his devices after hackers gained access to his Apple account. You can read his tale here. Hackers cracking one of your passwords is something that may not turn out to be too damaging. But what really made the life of Honan hell was the fact that his gadgets — MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad — were connected to Apple’s iCloud and could be partially controlled remotely. Also, his Gmail was connected to iCloud and his Twitter to Gmail. The end result was that Honan not only lost his data but also temporarily lost control on the services through which he talks to the world.
Then there is Steve Woz — the other Steve of Apple — who recently sounded an alarm on cloud computing. Here is what he said:
I really worry about everything going to the cloud. I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years. With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away… I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it
Woz is a little old-fashioned geek. And I say that in a positive way. Old-fashioned geeks, the folks who kick-started the computer revolution in 70s, are different compared to the generation brought up on Facebook and Twitter. These people value their private information and keep it close to their heart. They also value open systems, machines on which they have control, and have a healthy disregard for any company that aims to ‘simplify’ a gadget or digital service by taking away the control from a user. What Woz says about cloud computing is very true. The risk is real.
Now, I am not a luddite. I love my Gmail. Or the fact that I can save my important files to Dropbox or some other digital locker so that even if I lose them on my local machine, they are safe somewhere. But you should be very, very cautious while using cloud services. Here are some handy tips that may help you keep your data safe. I follow some of them. They may be of help to you.
1-   Never use a password twice. This means every time you create a new account or sign up for a new service, use a new password. Preferably use a password that is alphanumeric.
2-   Before you post something on Facebook or Twitter, think twice. Honan’s iCloud account was hacked with not some tech wizardry but with social engineering. The hacker collected information about Honan from the web and called up Apple support impersonating him. He told Apple support that he required a new password for iCloud and managed to convince the staff that he was Honan by telling them private information about the guy.
3-   As far as possible, do not connect important accounts. This means, prize your primary email address. Maybe, create a generic email ID, preferably with a pseudonym, and provide it to services that require an email ID.
readmorehttp://lawmattersjournalmalaysia.blogspot.com/2012/08/israel-agent-najibs-hacker-apologise-to.html court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.
Corrie’s family had accused Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter, launching a civil case in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after a military investigation had cleared the army of wrong-doing.
In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident”, but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation.
At the time of her death, during a Palestinian uprising, Corrie was protesting against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
“I reject the suit,” the judge said. “There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”
He added that the soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site. “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.”
Corrie’s death made her a symbol of the uprising, and while her family battled through the courts to establish who was responsible for her killing, her story was dramatized on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book “Let Me Stand Alone.”
“I am hurt,” Corrie’s mother, Cindy, told reporters after the verdict was read.
Few Israelis showed much sympathy for Corrie’s death, which took place at the height of the uprising in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and hundreds of Israelis died in suicide bombings.
Corrie came from Olympia, Wash., and was a volunteer with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.
Senior U.S. officials criticized the original military investigation into the case, saying it had been neither thorough nor credible. But the judge said the inquiry had been appropriate and pinned no blame on the army. (Writing by Crispian Balmer, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)
An Israeli court has ruled in a civil case that the Israel army was not at fault in the bulldozer death of American pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie nearly 10 years ago.
Corrie was 23 years old when she went to the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip as part of a group of activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
They were acting as human shields to try to stop the Israeli army demolishing Palestinian homes and clearing land around Rafah.
“I reached the conclusion that there was no negligence on the part of the bulldozer driver,” Judge Oded Gershon said, reading out his verdict on Tuesday at the Haifa District Court in northern Israel.
 Cindy Corrie speaks to Al Jazeera 
“I reject the suit. There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”
The Corries had requested a symbolic $1 in damages and legal expenses.
Gershon said Israeli soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site.
“The deceased put herself into a dangerous situation, she stood in front of a giant bulldozer in a place where the operator could not see her. She did not distance herself as a reasonable person would have done,” he said.
“Her death is the result of an accident she bought upon herself.”
He also said that a 2003 israeli military police investigation – which found Rachel Corrie had been killed by falling earth as a result of her own irresponsible behaviour and which had been criticised by senior US officials – had been properly conducted.
Family ‘hurt’
The civil case is the latest in a series brought forward by Rachel Corrie’s parents.
Cindy and Craig Corrie, who once again made the trip to Israel from the US to pursue their case, were upset after the ruling was read out.
“I am hurt,” Cindy Corrie said after the verdict was read.
Life Of Rachel Corrie
 Was a student at Evergreen State College in her local town of Olympia in Washington state.
 Went to Rafah, in Southern Gaza as part of  the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in 2003.

 Was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in March 2003.

 Died in hospital on March 16, 2003, from injuries sustained. She was 23.
 Her story was dramatised on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book Let Me Stand Alone.
“We are, of course, deeply saddened and deeply troubled by what we heard today from Judge Oded Gershon.”
Al Jazeera’s Cal Perry, reporting from Haifa, said: “The family are disappointed that there was no criticism at all towards the Israeli army.
“Israel is known for not giving an inch in cases like this at all.”
Corrie was a committed peace activist even before her arrival in the Gaza Strip in 2002.
She arranged peace events in her home town in Washington state and became a volunteer for the ISM.
Pictures taken on the day Corrie died – March 16, 2003 – show her in an orange high-visibility jacket carrying a megaphone and blocking the path of an Israeli military bulldozer.
Witnesses said Corrie was hit by a bulldozer which was razing Palestinian homes.
The army said the operation was needed to deny guerrillas cover.
Israel’s far-right Yisrael Beitenu party, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, heralded the verdict, calling it “vindication after vilification.”
In its inquiry, the army suggested that the fatal blow came from a falling slab of concrete.Corrie’s death made her a symbol of the uprising.
While her family battled through the courts to establish who was responsible for her killing, her story was dramatised on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book Let Me Stand Alone.
An aid ship intercepted by the Israeli military in 2010 while trying to break the blockade of Gaza was named after her

Dropped calls the responsibility of telcos, NOT ME - Rais

Rais: Ha.Cam tu. U boleh membantu polis. Wheelchair guy (thinking): Hahahahaha…saya rasa gembira bab Raja Lawak ni datang. Red shirt guy: Yes, my sifu will volunteer. White shirt guy (thinking):  What a tokkok fler this is. A Wednesday funny! We have not really had very many of these. Not because Wednesday is a particularly UN-funny … Read more
We live in a rotten country where all these cronies monopolized the everyday businesses, with rotten worst- than- 3rd world delivery system AND they are demanding rakyat to pay 1st class fees.
Phone services sucks especially recent years, God knows why. You will find yours calls comes with interruption or unclear conversation all the time. Got cutt off easily. Sometimes can even hear someone else voice on the phone. Our bill is more expensive than other countries. Singapore need zero registration fees, sometimes they even give you a new handphone. In Malaysia, the ask you to fly kite. You want you sign and pay, don’t want you use a milk can to talk.
Cars. While your cars is subject to farking serious wear and tear problems with those rotten 3rd world streets, potholes, uneven roads etc. Consumption of fuel is dammmm high coz we continue to be stucked in the traffic. Parking in towns are hard to find, so either you pay for the crazy parking fees or try your luck if you are in an emergency by parking your car at a not-designated parking area. At one’s home, many continue to struggle everyday trying to get a parking when coming home from work especially those with more than 1 car in the family EVEN in terrace houses owners.
Houses are expensive and the quality sucks big time!! Almost all housebuyers comes out frustrated with the unit they bought. Always shortchanged. What to do? Go to the court with all those redtapes, kautim-kautim? You pay all your lifetime savings and then you are most likely to get these blardy houses. The worst part is the authorities continue approving projects by those rogue developers. Take the developer Mayland for example. You see fantastic advertisements, nice photos, wonderful brochures, great taglines when they are selling but hold your horses….. Farking poor condominiums, irresponsible developer. The Hong Kong owner a Dato smilling all the way to the bank and thinks, stupid Malaysians, corrupted govt…easy to duped.
Our water is so dirty. Nowadays every house uses a water filter. Try take off the cover and see the dirt in the filter. You might not have appetites to eat for the rest of the day.
Electricity. You realize the bill has gone up extremely high since 2 years back. And we continue getting blackouts in some areas.
Food – sugar, bread, fast food chains, junk food and all those commercialize food stuff. Look at it carefully. What is the difference 10-15 years ago and now? Has the quality drops. The thickness of the bread shrinked. The content lessen. The taste deterioted. But we pay much higher, more than the inflation rate tells us.
There you go. Malaysia Boleh. Is anything I said NOT TRUE???? I didn’t even started on the police, the govt, the ministries, the court, the MACC. Stand up la Malaysians, fight for our rights!!!!
The incident sparked angry protests across the country which left a number of people dead [Reuters]
Six US army soldiers and three marines have escaped criminal charges for burning copies of the Quran and urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, but have received administrative punishments, according to US military officials.
A military investigation concluded on Monday that miscommunications, poor guidance and soldiers’ decisions to take “the easy way instead of the right way” resulted in the burning of Quran copies and other religious books at a US base in Afghanistan early this year.READMOREhttp://themalay-chronicle.blogspot.com/2012/08/rachel-corrie-born-in-usa-murdered-by.html

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