Doxing attack against media: Germany hit by global trend

first_imgNews The arrest of a 20-year-old student from the central German state of Hesse suspected of carrying out the data breach seems to confirm that in the German case it was not foreign intelligence agencies that were at work, but a single perpetrator. The analysis of the data cache also suggests that the attacker did not have very advanced technology at his disposal, but simply invested a great deal of time in searching for private data and preparing it for publication. However, the accounts of certain journalists were also hacked, providing access to details from address books and chats and other personal information. GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Several cases of doxing attacks against media outlets have also come to light in Brazil. At the end of last year, RSF Germany trained a reporter working for the online magazine Vice Brazil in digital security as part of its Berlin Scholarship Programme for empowering journalists in the digital field. She became the target of doxing in her country after attracting the unwelcome attention of far-right trolls with her intensive coverage of illegal sex work in Brazil and feminist issues. Although the trolls openly supported Brazil’s new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, according to research by RSF Germany they had no direct ties to either the president or his party. However, they had been stirred up by Bolsonaro’s fierce rhetoric against the media and saw themselves as supporters of his movement. The journalist was first bombarded with hate posts, then she and her family were doxed. RSF GERMANY LAUNCHING DIGITAL HELP DESK RSF_en One of the biggest doxing attacks on a media outlet to date took place in the US in June 2018 against journalist Luke O’Brien and other Huffington Post staff members. The trigger was a report by O’Brien in which he identified the person behind the infamous Twitter account @AmyMek. At the time, the account had over 230,000 followers and was known for spreading far-right propaganda, crude conspiracy theories and vocal support for US President Donald Trump. After five years of anonymity O’Brien revealed, on the basis of extensive research, that the account was operated by a 45-year-old New Yorker named Amy Jane Mekelburg. June 2, 2021 Find out more © AFP RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum DATA THEFT REVEALS INFORMATION ON DOZENS OF JOURNALISTS According to an analysis by the US-based Digital Forensic Research Lab a movement comprising hundreds of users who regarded O’Brien’s article as doxing then formed on social media and right-wing platforms. O’Brien and his colleagues at the Huffington Post were bombarded with hate posts on social media and at the same time the digital mob gathered all the information available about the editorial staff and compiled it into extensive lists of personal information such as phone numbers and home addresses. Frequent calls were also made for the information to be used for further action against the journalists, for example threatening phone calls or personal “visits”. RSF analysed the data and came to the conclusion that contrary to initial media reports of a major “hack” against media companies, this was more a targeted doxing of journalists and other individuals in the public eye. This is the first time German journalists have been doxed on a large scale, meaning that a trend that media workers in other countries have had to contend with for some time has now arrived in Germany. THE US: DOXING ATTACKS FOLLOWING STORY ABOUT RIGHT-WING TWITTER TROLL News to go further GermanyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources News Help by sharing this information “The doxing of journalists is not a trivial offence, but an attack against the integrity and freedom of the media in general,” said RSF Germany’s Executive Director Christian Mihr. “The current ‘hack’ shows clearly that media can protect themselves against such partisans with simple measures. We urge all journalists to take these measures promptly to protect their own data and those of their colleagues.” Follow the news on Germany BRAZIL: BOLSONARO’S ANTI-MEDIA RHETORIC ENCOURAGES DIGITAL MOB Germany ranks 15th out of 180 states on Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index. GERMANY: FAR-RIGHT “PARTISANS” EXPECTED TO POSE A THREAT On Friday, January 4th, it came to light that links to the private data of politicians, satirists, actors and journalists had been published daily on the Twitter account @_0rbit since the beginning of December as a kind of advent calendar. But it was only on the January 4th, when various media outlets analysed and reported on the leaks, that this became known to the general public. Among others, employees of the German public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and their web service for youths and young adults, “funk”, were affected by the leaks. Even before the current doxing attack RSF had already begun work on setting up a digital help desk that is to be launched in March. It will provide journalists with information on cybersecurity and behaviour strategies, and from April on will also offer online seminars on a regular basis. In addition to the “classic” threats such as state surveillance of communications the service will focus on new, “softer” types of attack, on how to deal with hate speech, and on account management. In addition, the attention this data theft has received in the media is likely to encourage copycats. As a result, we can expect doxing attacks to become more frequent in Germany. RSF therefore also recommends that in future media outlets refrain from reporting on such cases until they have thoroughly examined the material. The amount of attention this case has attracted in Germany is unwarranted in view of the quality of the data. Entrepreneur Luciano Hang also made headlines in Brazil when he posted the mobile phone number of journalist Ricardo Galhardo on Twitter after the latter raised questions about his support for Bolsonaro’s election campaign. According to the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI), Galhardo received hostile text and WhatsApp messages for days as a result. RSF also takes a critical view of the various political reactions to the case, which included calls for intelligence agencies to be given more powers. It is highly questionable whether increased powers would enable the already well-equipped agencies to better protect the online activities of millions of citizens. Rather, the population needs to be sensitized to the dangers of doxing, and steps should be taken to ensure that citizens significantly increase their own security through simple measures. The case shows how vulnerable journalists can be even vis-à-vis supposedly harmless attackers if they don’t follow the basic rules of cybersecurity. RSF recommends that after this incident everyone who works in the media sector revise their own security standards. Journalists, in particular, should use stronger passwords, avoid using the same password for different purposes, and always secure their accounts with two-factor authentication. This applies not only for work-related profiles, but also for private ones and those of persons close to them, such as family members and friends. In an extensive report, RSF documented a number of similar cases from around the world in the summer of 2018 and published a list of 25 recommendations for ensuring that journalists are better protected against cyberattacks. May 31, 2021 Find out more German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom March 30, 2021 Find out more News After the recent cyberattack on German politicians, celebrities and journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) observes with great concern that following various incidents in other countries journalists in Germany are now also confronted with “doxing” attacks, a practice in which personal information is published with the aim of damaging the reputation of the targeted persons. RSF expects this dangerous practice to become more commonplace in Germany, posing a risk to journalists’ personal safety and their sources. Receive email alerts February 2, 2019 Doxing attack against media: Germany hit by global trend WARNING AGAINST EXCESSIVE COVERAGE AND INAPPROPRIATE POLITICAL REACTIONS Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

Wonder if liberals will boycott Super Bowl

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIsn’t it ironic with all the nonsense going on in this country that the two teams going to the Super Bowl are named the Patriots and the Eagles. I wonder if the liberals are going to boycott the game, claiming it discriminates against teams that don’t have bigger, faster and smarter players. Just asking. Bob ManginoFt. Lauderdale, FloridaThe writer is a Schenectady resident.last_img read more

Wembley ‘best place’ for football, says Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham are playing at Wembley while they wait for their new stadium to be completed © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Mauricio Pochettino says Wembley is the “best place in the world” to play football despite the frustrations of Tottenham’s long wait to move into their new stadium.Spurs full-back Danny Rose this week voiced his frustration at the club’s extended tenure at the national stadium and many Tottenham fans seem to agree, with just over 33,000, rather than the permitted capacity 51,000, turning up to watch the midweek win over Southampton. But Pochettino, who played at the old Wembley for Argentina in 2000, has launched a passionate defence of the club’s temporary home.“If you ask me, I am so, so happy to play at Wembley,” he said. “I was born in Argentina. When I heard about England for the first time it was with all the problems in the Falklands.“Then when I arrived in Europe, when I played in the World Cup against England, when we arrived in Southampton six years ago, of course I changed completely my mind in the way I saw and now see this country.”Pochettino, whose side are third in the Premier League, said it was always a dream to play at Wembley.“We say ‘one game more, how lucky we are’,” he said. “For me, it’s the best place in the world to play football.“Of course after we’ll share that with our new stadium — they’re going to be the two best places to play, our new stadium White Hart Lane, and Wembley.”Kieran Trippier will miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester after aggravating a groin problem that forced him off against Southampton.The England full-back suffered the injury during the World Cup semi-final but still played in the third-fourth place play-off a few days later.Pochettino will take no such risks, saying: “For me a player that asked to come off the pitch, it’s common sense that after three days it’s impossible to play because, if not, there’s something wrong in that situation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dark Energy May Be an Optical Illusion

first_imgCosmologists can get rid of the burden of their worst imponderable substance, dark energy, if they are willing to jettison the Copernican Principle.  Science Daily reported thinking by a team of Oxford physicists who make the apparent acceleration of the universe an artifact of our viewing position.  When distant galaxies are viewed without the assumption that earth occupies no privileged position, dark energy becomes unnecessary.    How radical is this suggestion?  It replaces one outrageous belief with one even more so: “Although dark energy may seem a bit contrived to some, the Oxford theorists are proposing an even more outrageous alternative,” the article said.  “They point out that it’s possible that we simply live in a very special place in the universe – specifically, we’re in a huge void where the density of matter is particularly low.  The suggestion flies in the face of the Copernican Principle, which is one of the most useful and widely held tenets in physics.”  This suggestion may “shock many scientists.”  The Oxford team hopes to test the idea.  See also the 03/15/2008 story about another team that called the Copernican Principle into question.It’s always error-prone to try to rescue a theory with ad hoc appeals to imponderable substances.  The Oxford team may be off the wall, but their off-the-wallness is only a matter of degree from the consensus theory of dark energy.  This article also points out that astronomers don’t know as much as they claim they do.  The uniform distribution of matter and the Copernican Principle are shown to be assumptions – not observations.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zimbabwe moves forward

first_imgThe new Zimbabwe: (from left) PresidentRobert Mugabe new, Prime Minister MorganTsvangirai and deal negotiator SouthAfrica’s president Thabo Mbeki.Image: Department of Foreign Affairs MorganTsvangirai has high hopes forthe future of Zimbabwe.Image: IrinnewsKhanyi Magubane A landmark power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe signed on 15 September 2008 will formally establish a government of national unity in that country.After several weeks of hard talking, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, Zimbabwe will finally move forward in what potentially signals the end of political and economic instability in the southern African country.According to the agreement, Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF) remains president of Zimbabwe; Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to become prime minister and MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara will hold the post of deputy prime minister.President Mbeki was tasked by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mediate talks between Zimbabwe’s three main political leaders.When the three leaders attended the signing ceremony at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, they received a standing ovation.In attendance were hundreds of party members, diplomats and African Union (AU) and SADC representatives. There were cheers all around when the leaders signed the agreement, which has been eagerly awaited, not only on the African continent, but around the world.Under the new deal, the MDC, along with another MDC breakaway faction, will together have 16 seats, while President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF will hold the remaining 15.Mbeki told the delegates they had travelled a long road to reach such a stage. He was thanked by the leaders present at the signing, for his patience and effort in seeking to bring together the country’s political bigwigs after they had a major falling out in the contentious presidential election earlier this year.The Southern African Development Community’s chairman for Organ of Politics, Defence, Security and Co-operation, Swaziland’s King Mswati thanked him for his part in successfully clinching the peace deal.“Mbeki has worked tirelessly to make this day possible and it is for this reason that the parties must make this government of national unity work.”The agreement ends a six-month deadlock that followed elections on 29 March.While Tsvangirai won the March elections, he did not win more than 50% needed to avoid a second round.Run off-elections were then scheduled for June 2008. Due to what Tsvangirai termed as insurmountable political intimidation by state police on him and his party members, he withdrew from the elections, leaving Mugabe as the only candidate. Several leaders in Africa and further abroad rejected his “one man” victory.Bringing Zimbabwe back from the edgeThe signing of the agreement is widely seen as a historic moment in African politics, as less than three months ago in June, political tension in Zimbabwe had reached a boiling point and the country was on the brink of collapse.In August startling figures were released by that country’s Central Statistical Office, which revealed that inflation was at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world.As a result of poor living conditions, millions of Zimbabweans fled the country to find employment in other countries. A third of its 12 million citizens no longer live in the country, and those who remain live below the breadline, some surviving on mealie-meal (corn) porridge.The economic crisis, which severely dropped the value of the Zimbabwean dollar, made it almost impossible for Zimbabweans to buy basic commodities, electricity, fuel and medicines.Commenting on the signing of the historic deal, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said, “What we see today is Zimbabweans finding a solution for themselves.“It shows that Africans can find their own solutions, and as South Africa, we call on the international community to join in, support and help rebuild Zimbabwe.”Other leaders who have praised the deal signed between the political parties includesChairman of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, who described it as further inroads made at achieving stability on the African continent.“The accord marks a turning point in the efforts aimed at promoting reconciliation, stability and fostering conditions conducive for the recovery of their country.”Ping also called on the international community to support the implementation of the agreement.Shortly after the signing, Mutumbara, Tsvangirai, and Mugabe addressed delegates in attendance.Tsvangirai, the country’s new prime minister, said he was pleased with the process leading up to the signing of the deal, “The truth is that we are facing a crisis, and we will have to work together to resolve It … and yes, we will face challenges but we are ready for them.”Tsvangirai added that the most urgent need right now was to rebuild Zimbabwe to its former glory and beyond.“We need electricity, water, petrol for our vehicles; we need to access our cash from banks,” he said.Deputy Prime Minister Mutumbara, also addressed delegates, where he admitted that it was a painful compromise that the parties had to make to reach an agreement.“We must make sure the healing is cascaded right from the top to the villages … our country has gone through a painful experience and we have to heal from the top to the bottom.”Taking to the podium and delivering a lengthy address, President Mugabe remained defiant.“Zimbabwe is a sovereign country, only the people of Zimbabwe have the fundamental right to govern it. They alone will set up government, they alone will change it.”People will want to see if what we promise is indeed what we strive to do … We are committed, I am committed, let us all be committed.”Mapping a way forward for ZimbabweThe 31-page agreement signed by the three parties, detail the way forward for Zimbabwe, from issues concerning the economy, food stability and land restitution.According to the Declaration of Commitment section of the agreement, the parties agreed to, gave their commitment to, “work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.”The deal stipulates in detail, how the country aims to undertake restoration of economic stability and growth. Under this section, the parties commit themselves to urgently addressing the issue of food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation.A National Economic Council (NEC) will also be established with representatives from the country’s manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, commerce, financial, labour and academia sectors.The main objective of the NEC will include advising government on economic issues and formulating economic plans and programmes to be approved by the government.Under land redistribution, the agreement states that while parties disagree on the methodology used in the acquisition and redistribution of land in Zimbabwe, they agree that it was necessary to have a land reform programme.Moving forward on the land issue, the parties have now taken a number of agreements including the need to conduct a comprehensive and transparent land audit for the purpose of eliminating multiple farm ownerships by one individual.The parties have also agreed to secure international support and finance for the land reform programme in a bid to compensate the former landowners and support the new farmers.The parties have also agreed there is a need for women to access and control land in their own right as equal citizens.A new constitution is also underway for Zimbabwe.A Select Committee of Parliament (SCP) will set up subcommittees chaired by a member of parliament and composed of members of parliament and representatives of civil societies as may be necessary to assist the Committee in performing its mandate.Public hearings will be held in a bid to include public consultation over the making of a new constitution.A draft constitution is expected to be tabled three months after the Select Committee of Parliament has held all the necessary consultations. The draft constitution will then be tabled in parliament.After it’s debated in parliament, the necessary changes will be made and a referendum to approve the constitution will be held. If it receives the thumbs up, it will then be gazetted within one month of the referendum.Under the new agreement, the freedom of political activity, which in the past led to many deaths and the torture of hundreds of citizens, is now protected.Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane on [email protected] articlesNew Zimbabwe deal in sight Talks sound hope for Zimbabwe UN,AU strive for peace in Africa Leaders condemn Zim violence Useful linksGovernment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe – biographyMDCSouth African presidencylast_img read more

Watch for mid-season pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer and new to northern Ohio the Western bean cutworm. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions.If you are in continuous corn, watch for Western corn rootworm. This pest has reappeared in areas of the central Corn Belt in continuous corn situations, apparently overcoming the Bt insect protection trait. Let us know if you see unexpectedly lodged corn later this summer.Last year we had Northern corn leaf blight and Gray leaf spot appear later than normal and then get slowed by dry weather. With our wet weather, I think I am seeing gray leaf spot already on susceptible hybrids. The watch in soybeans is Frogeye leaf spot. We have too many bean-on-bean acres so look for this disease and read these comments from Anne Dorrance: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-53.Watch the Crop Observation & Recommendation Network newsletter for reports of disease and insect appearance across the state: http://corn.osu.edu.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement For those who are adept at playing an instrument but not as comfortable manipulating technology, this idea might seem a bit daunting. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s truly easy and the benefits can be huge. Broadcasting live is a valuable tool that all forward-thinking 21st-century musicians should be aware of. There’s really no reason not to do it. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Platforms for broadcasting live gigs include Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube, YouNow, ConcertWindow, StageIt, and Gigee. They are not all created equal.If you perform live music, chances are you’ve broadcast yourself or participated in a live broadcast online. The speed of smartphone technology and the quality of the audio/video available to iPhone/Android users are pretty amazing — especially for those of us who have been professional musicians since before the tech existed. There are more streaming platforms and apps available than ever before, and the audio and video quality of the broadcasts gets better all the time with each new phone and software update.In my own experience, broadcasting my gigs regularly has led to new fans and a deeper connection with my existing audience. I have people who tune in for every broadcast! Very gratifying when you are playing to an empty restaurant; as long as there’s WiFi, I have a crowd online. And I made an extra $500 just from broadcasting in 2017 with very little promotion or effort beyond posting a tip jar link. My goal for 2018 is to improve that number with promotion, more targeted broadcasts aimed at my core audience, and more merch options. But that was still $500 I didn’t have before! That’s practically three weeks of groceries in the slow gig times. Twitterlast_img read more