Internet Activists, Pirates And Anonymous Call For Protests Throughout Europe Against ACTA 2

Following over 4 million people signing a petition delivering it to EU Parliament, activists have now decided to organize protests for January 19th, 2019 across Europe against proposed Articles 11, 12 a and 13.

According to Torrent Freak, European Parliament is expected to finalize the final text of Article 13, which is part of the EU’s copyright reform law by Monday.

Those that support the idea of Anonymous, Pirates and Internet Rights Activists have all joined forces once again to combat what many are calling the fight against Acta 2. These Articles will have multiple legal implications that will destr0y the Internet as we know it. Not only will they include an “upload filter” if passed to block copyrighted (or unwanted) content from being uploaded on the Internet, it will also be impossible to link to source material, including educational content and even memes. That’s right the EU is coming or your memes! Hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your memes because the EU’s coming for them all.

This will affect all YouTubers and independent content creators, commenters et al distilling innovation. The copyright directive will ultimately cause loss of content for millions of creative minds throughout Europe and the EU will likely push those laws transnational into the Americas and elsewhere.

Further, under article 11 every link posted, you will be charged under what’s being called a link tax. Fight with us against this censorship.

Articles like 12a, for example, will make it illegal to upload any personal video from a sporting event because the copyright will be fully to those hosting or sponsoring the event.

Article 13 is intended to make website proprietors responsible for the content that users post on their websites, effectively forcing the owners to move behind an upload filter to protect themselves against huge claims by copyright owners and agencies that work on their behalfs like the MPAA and RIAA.

Pirate Parties International MEP Julia Reda notes that users will be responsible and liable for any copyright infringements they make on Internet platforms.

“The negotiators have reached agreement on the core of Article 13, which will change the internet as we know it: They want to make internet platforms directly liable for any copyright infringements their users commit,” Reda notes.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warns that the proposed policies will increase censorship and surveillance throughout Europe creating a stasi state. The digital rights organization specifically calls on people from Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Luxembourg, to speak out.

“Your national government depends on your goodwill to win the votes to continue its mandate. This is a rare moment in European lawmaking when local connections from citizens matter more than well-funded, international corporations,” EFF writes.

This is something that “will destroy our internet, And we cannot accept it. So we are fighting back. Activists, hacktivists and pirates are now uniting under the banner of StopACTA2,” Anonymous Bites Back writes.

Anonymous Bites Back further expresses that the radio show hosted by Anons is in “full support of the (street) protests against these Orwellian moves to censor the internet. We have had several episodes about this subject already, and we plan to join the protesters on the street and broadcast live to our network.”

The StopACTA2 movement, coordinated by the Polish StopACTA2 crew and the crew of Anonymous Worldwide and many others including Pirate Parties International with its co-chair Bailey Lamon and board member Raymond Johansen urge everyone to do everything in your power to support Stop ACTA2 through social media and on the ground actions.

Supporters of the fight against ACTA 2 include wolnemediaSoMee.Social, Bitchute, Presearchblogmedia24Anonymous Bites BackwykoppolskapartiapiratowPirate Parties International,  kontestacjaHackread.cominsproStowarzyszenie LibertarianskieAnonymous Info Army Poland, and Anon Ops Poland according to the StopActa2.org website.

For now, we have obtained partial victory with Creative Sectors calling for a suspension of negotiations on Article 13 with 14 organizations calling for its halt according to Creative Refresh.

The first wave of street protests in at least 20 different cities in 15 countries are being planned and prepared for January 19, 2019 all across Europe.  Share this article, organize together amongst one another and send a message, show the powers-that-be that the Internet belongs to the people and not the corporations or the power-hungry elites that seek to profit off of the free sharing of information.

On social media, supporters are using the following hashtags for digital protests — #stopACTA2, #CopyrightDirective, #SaveYourInternet, #SaveTheInternet, #Article11, #Article13, #UploadFilters, #LinkTax, #Filternet, #ACTA2 #Anonymous.

You can find out more information by visiting StopActa2.org a website being run to support operation Stop Acta 2. The website will be kept up to date with a full list of the existing protest locations. Are you an experienced organizer who wants to help organize in Europe for protesting against ACTA 2? Then contact info@stopacta2.org for any information, or if you want to start your own protest. Continue tuning into Hacknews.eu where we will keep you up to date with all proceeding actions regarding Stop ACTA 2.

 

Anonymous Attacks French Government, AnonOps #OpFrance Owner “AnonKiller” Exposed Logging IPs

Anonymous has declared war on the French government after protests have resulted in the bloodshed of protesters. While, one of the main admins named “AnonKiller” on Anon Ops IRC #OpFrance, has been exposed logging IPs in the channel.

Accounts associated with Anonymous, have been seen on Twitter attacking the French government resulting in several cyber attacks including database hacks and DDoS attacks of the French government in support of the Yellow Vests protesters on the ground. Dozens of hacktivists are participating in the operation against the French government codenamed #OpFrance.

A press release for the Anonymous operations against France can be seen below acquired from Anon Files.

According to a thread on Twitter by the same account that posted a hack of Ministry of Defense officials, known to be associated with Anonymous operations CgAn_Doemela, an anon going by “AnonKiller’ is being accused of being a snitch for logging IPs inside IRC.

Although, AnonKiller argues that it’s because the far-right “demos” (demosophy) is involved in the operation against France and the “extreme right cannot reflect the image of Anon.” Others are calling the user a potential informant or provocateur within the collective.

IRC LOGS according to CgAn_Doemela:

**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Sat Dec  8 20:47:11 2018
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Now talking on #opfrance
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Topic for #opfrance is: www.facebook.com/AnonFr2.0 // www.anonops.fr // www.twitter.com/AnonFrOfficiel // Nous dementons toute opération dite en notre nom en soutient au mouvement des gillets jaunes!
Dec 08 20:47:11 *        Topic for #opfrance set by anonkiller (Fri Dec  7 09:10:52 2018)
Dec 08 20:48:19 <anonkiller>        hello because this group is orchestrated by the demos, just look at what is being finished
Dec 08 20:48:53 <anonkiller>        the extreme right can not reflect the image of the anon
Dec 08 20:49:17 <anonkiller>        this group is orchestrated by demosophy
Dec 08 20:50:29 <Cogitabundus>        You do realize that calls into question your capacity to run a channel.
Dec 08 20:50:40 <Cogitabundus>        Since we’ve very anti-IP harvesting.
Dec 08 20:50:47 <cookie>        article from 2015 mind you
Dec 08 20:51:29 <anonkiller>        they were identified behind telegram channels and other media
Dec 08 20:53:05 <anonkiller>        I removed the post for ip but you can inquire there demosophy well behind
Dec 08 20:59:05 <anonkiller>        you can also look at their pads, the consistency of the sites listed relative to the target that was determined
Dec 08 20:59:48 <cookie>        so you’re attacking anons because you don’t agree with the targets?
Dec 08 21:01:33 <anonkiller>        no because the extreme right is behind
Dec 08 21:01:54 <anonkiller>        extreme right it’s not anon
Dec 08 21:02:25 <Cogitabundus>        What’s Anon or not isn’t really something easy to determine.
Dec 08 21:02:34 <cookie>        hmmm they may be trying to hide behind anon. but most of those target were chosen by legit anons
Dec 08 21:02:36 <Cogitabundus>        When it’s such a loose thing.
Dec 08 21:02:41 <cookie>        its a coordinated attack
Dec 08 21:05:07 <anonkiller>        legitimate people yes because at the beginning we also help the yellow vests but since the movements of etreme was behind many of their groups, it was released, the fight is part of a fair cause but was diverted and become dangerous
Dec 08 21:05:37 <anonkiller>        I would stay out if you want to do this operation go there but I do not care
Dec 08 21:06:06 <anonkiller>        I prefer to track terrorism, which is a priority for me
Dec 08 21:07:54 <cookie>        so to you the anons on cgan are terrorists?
Dec 08 21:09:14 <anonkiller>        I did not say that
Dec 08 21:09:44 <cookie>        you say you prefer tracking terrorism
Dec 08 21:09:47 <anonkiller>        I said that I do not interfere anymore and that I went back to track terrorists like daesh
Dec 08 21:09:50 <cookie>        and you have screenshots from cgan
Dec 08 21:10:39 <anonkiller>        yes i have a nice screenshot where they talk about demosophy ..
Dec 08 21:11:34 <anonkiller>        but carrefour and saint gobain are government sites for you?
Dec 08 21:12:57 <cookie>        well anyone could make a pad. just because someone is spamming a pad in a channel doesnt mean it is an official target
Dec 08 21:13:07 <cookie>        we keep official things in official/hidden chans
Dec 08 21:16:39 <cookie>        well i gtg more stuff for op; also anonkiller if i find out you’re working with @zataz or @Damien_Bancal for some counter intel shit or for the FR gov. I will stop at nothing to financially fuck you then maybe drop your info for some local angry protestors to pay you a visit. 🙂 dont fuck with Anons kkbye
Dec 08 21:16:47 *        You have left channel #opfrance (Leaving)
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Sat Dec  8 21:16:47 2018

Meanwhile, the user’s Twitter account identified as @AnonOfFrance is calling on Anons to join their discord, which should be done at the sole discretion of the user. While it’s noted that Discord doesn’t log IPs if you choose to enter the server, be aware that malicious users could send – files, [if it’s enabled on the server] Ip logging links such as setup honeypots or use services that allow Ip tracking.

Stay safe, use proper OpSec and make sure you are behind a VPN, spoof your mac address and use TOR and a safe DNS, all that jazz. Remember you are responsible for your own actions. Sail safe.

Is Bitcoin a curse or is it the future? And should you invest in it?

Probably one of the most discussed subjects online in recent years is Bitcoin. What do we think of it, and is it smart to invest money in it?

Bitcoin created a shockwave through the financial world. Together with other crypto currencies it provided an alternative to the FIAT currency markets and created an entirely new economy. One that is global and does not care about the economic situations of the different countries around the world.

But what is it? In simple terms Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are blockchains. A chain that is comprised of all transactions that ever happened, an algorithm and a huge amount of code. Nothing very special to the common man, but to computer technicians it is probably one of the most impressive things that ever happened.

Should you put your money in it? Especially over the last year the value of a single Bitcoin has risen to thousands of dollars. If you invested in Bitcoin at the start, and you bought a serious amount, you are likely laughing right now, because you made those millions. You are officially a millionaire and you did not really have to work for it. But what is the real tangible value of it?

Really the blockchain is nothing more than digital code. The only thing that makes a difference is that there is a limited amount of coins available. You can mine the coins, but the total amount of Bitcoin is a pre defined number. For this reason, in a technical sense, it can only deflate. Meaning the value should become higher, always. The only thing that is needed for that is that it is used more. So as more stores start accepting it, the value will keep rising. As more miners arrive, and more buyers, the value will keep on increasing. Focu on hyping it, and collectively you are forcing the world to make you a millionare.

Both Bitcoin and the alternative coin Litecoin have now been embedded in to the CFD market. Respected internet brokers like Plus500 allow you to invest in it without actually buying the coins, you simply buy the CFD contracts on the market. Using just 500 bucks you can invest in up to 100.000 dollar worth of Bitcoin. It works with a leverage system. And when it grows you make a huge profit. Want to learn more? Just visit that website. Big business is doing it, so why wouldn’t you?

On the other hand, it is just digital code, and like FIAT currencies, there is not much difference there. It is not a real thing, like a house, or a golden ring. It exists in the digital world and nowhere else. No matter how sophisticated the system is, in a true sense, it is not much more than a number inserted in a digital database. Like credits on a Poker site, really. The big difference there is that the blockchain is managed by all its users, and is completely open. Meaning every single event that ever happened is visible In the blockchain. Every payment, every coin mined, yes, really all of it.

So there is a system that is owned by the users, not so much by a single entity. In the case of FIAT currencies, like the dollar or the euro, these are also just digital numbers. Everything is digitalized meaning banks can simply change the number in the database and you are dependent on what happens next. There are the financial watchdogs who make sure there is no abuse. But with the blockchain, every user is a watchdog.

How does it relate to previous metals like gold and silver? Traditionally these resources have been used as an alternative to FIAT currencies. Whenever the economy went bad, investors jumped on the metal market and gold and silver would rise in value. Because there are limited amounts as well, and those metals are tangible. You buy a silver coin, its a real coin, and it can be exchanged for money at millions of locations worldwide. Usually at a rate that is very close to the market value. But gold can be mined as well, like crypto currencies, and there is no real way of knowing how much gold actually exists in the ground. So should a big discovery be made, the value might drop. However, countries in the world choose to keep their reserves in gold and silver. And it is used in the industry, so there is something to say for that.

At the moment I am writing this article the price of Bitcoin is close to 10.000 dollars for each coin. The real remaining question is, is something digital, something invented by some random guy on the internet, really worth the 10.000? I am not convinced of this. The hype is incredible and it is likely it will still grow bigger. So right now, yes, you can invest in it. Do not put all your hard earned money in it, but get at least a bit of Bitcoin. As it hits the mainstream markets now, it will surely increase more and you will make a profit. But for the long term? No. Make that profit and get something tangible with it. Buy a house, or a piece of land. Why? Because that is not created out of thin air by some internet guru, but it is something in the real world, and there is limited availability as well. And with real estate it is not a question of availability and demand, the demand will always increase in the long run, if the population grows.

Good luck!

The Antikythera Mechanism – The 2000 year old computer

Often when we study ancient cultures we automatically assume that we are way ahead of them, and that they were not much advanced. We treat them as “barbarians” without an evidence for it. However, sometimes an artifact is found proving quite the opposite. This article is about one of those artifacts, called the Antikythera Mechanism.

For many decades, scientific investigation failed to yield much data and relied more on imagination than the facts. However, research over the last half century has begun to reveal its secrets. The single most information-rich machine, dated as around the end of the 2nd century B.C., is the most sophisticated mechanism known in the ancient world. Nothing as complex is known for the next thousand years. The shoe-box size bronze mechanism had its inscriptions barely readable, and its 30 bronze gears bearing thousands of interlocking tiny teeth were calcified when it was uncovered from the shipwreck at Antikythera, Greece, in 1901. The underwater excavation revealed beautiful bronze sculptures, ropes of decadent jewelry and a treasure trove of antique coins.

The reconstruction of the Antikythera Machine

X-Ray analysis of  the Antikythera Machine made by ancient Greek scientists and increasingly looking like the “philosopher’s guide to the galaxy,” as the Associated Press described it, revealed a text of a long explanatory “label” which helped us to understand it was dedicated to an astronomical phenomena and operated as a complex mechanical “computer” which tracked the cycles of the Solar System. It had dials that counted the days according to at least three different calendars, and another that could be used to calculate the timing of the Olympics. In addition to two rectangular plates that could be called front and back dials, there was an inscription which showed annually repeating astronomical events relating to the Sun and to fixed stars. While lunar eclipse related text probably ran down one side of the plate, and that for solar eclipse prediction down the other.

The front dial was surrounded by two scales, one representing the zodiac, the other the Egyptian calendar year. Pointers representing the stars and planets revolved around its front face, indicating their position in relation to Earth. The back plate has two large spiral dials. A tiny, painted model of the moon rotated on a spindly axis, flashing black and white to mimic the real moon’s movements. On this face, the upper five-turn Metonic Dial which included ‘Games’ dial represented a 235-lunar-month calendrical cycle while the lower four-turn Saros Dial including Exeligmos Dial represented a 223-lunar-month eclipse prediction cycle. It was planned as a 76-year “Kallippic” calendrical cycle.  The Games dial alone shows six Olympic competitions. The machine clearly showed the motion of planetary systems, possibly including Venus and Saturn as well.

Before the discovery of the device, researchers thought such technology had not existed for 1,000 years after.

All known fragments of the Antikythera Mechanism are currently held for research at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Watch the documentary here:

Do you want to learn more about this amazing find? We recommend to read up on Wikipedia. There are also great articles about it that gives you a lot of information.

Find the wikipedia article here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

The official website about this subject can be found here:

http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/project/overview

The scientific definition of the article can be reached here:  http://www.hpdst.gr/publications/almagest/issues/7-1

Further reading:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/14/the-worlds-oldest-computer-is-still-revealing-its-secrets/?utm_term=.265401683740

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/world-s-oldest-computer-used-to-read-the-stars-and-tell-the-future-new-study-reveals-a7079616.html

http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/22/is-this-2000-year-old-tool-the-world-s-oldest-computer

Sources: Youtube, Wikipedia