2.8GB of Scientology Emails Leaked by Anonymous Australia

TAnonymous Leaked Scientology Emails Guy Fawkes Maskhe Australian branch of the amorphous hacktavist group Anonymous leaked more than 2.8 GB of emails today. The pludered data is a pretty complete catalogue of all the external and internal communications of members of the Church of Scientology in Australia. The contents of the leaked emails is seedy at best, as there are some communications between ‘higher ranked’ officials from the church discussing sensitive matters.

The information has been separated into 5 files ranging from 299MB to 1.5GB. They have been uploaded to multiple file lockers and can be downloaded by anyone. The adresses to the download links can be found on the original Pastebin publication from Anonymous Australia. You can also read a sample of the communications in two lists on PWNY.biz here and here.

From the few that we’ve read, many are in German so get ready ready for alot of Google translator copy-pasting. Several are PGP encrypted communications so they will probably never be publicly legible. Otherwise there is lots of incredibly poorly written English emails with plenty of jargon and of little interest. We’ll keep digging and let you know if we can come up with anything cool. If you find anything interesting, please let us know in the comments!

Anonymous Attacks Facebook (not actually)

anon atttack on fb

The hacktavist group Anonymous is said to be currently attacking Facebook. This is part of the response to the shuttering of Megaupload, the webs most popular file locker, on January 17 2012. Anonymous has been on a Denial of Service spree these last few days, causing service outages for a number of worldwide government agencies, companies and organizations that were implicated or condoned the Megaupload raids. The validity of the reports are questionable though.

So far the attack (if its actually happening) has yielded few results, Facebook was reported to be running slowly by a few twitter users. Some of the Facebook applications and games were also either slow or inaccesible. The DDoS attempt will probably be unsuccessful on a site of this size, as Facebook has numerous counter-measure to this type of harassment.

Because of the amorphous structure of Anonymous, it’s not certain that the attack is actually taking place. Some members or subgroups may be acting alone or may not have been able to drum up enough support from other members. Some anonymous mouthpieces on Twitter are claiming Facebook is under attack while others (like the one pictures below) are denying it.

anonymous attacks facebook tweet

Facebook’s connection to the Megaupload raids is not immediately clear, and some question why it is a target. The motivation is mostly to spread awareness about the harm of censorship and the ACTA bills. The anons posit that the recent pro copyright holder legislation that has been put forward around the world is not being met with enough public backlash and that they need a “wakeup call”.

Update 9:15PM EST
It looks like it was not Anonymous that caused the outage after all. Trolled indeed.

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Anonymous takes down Universal Music, DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and more

Anonymous responds to Megaupload takedown
In response to both the takedown of Megaupload today and the SOPA/PIPA bills that are being mulled over in the United states the hacktavist group Anonymous has responded by taking down several websites with a distributed denial of service attack. Both the Universal Music and American Department of Justice websites were taken offline by the attack.

4chan, the ‘homebase’ of anonymous is in frenzy over closure of one of “their sites” and are seeking revenge with LOIS, an open source DDoS ableing software. Some of the anons have posted a Javascript version of the tool to help the effort, it’s available on pastebin. The next plausible targets seems to be the FBI site or the RIAA website as many lasers are already “pointed” at them.

That said, even when the number of LOIC attackers is high, it still would not be enough to take down these types of high profile websites. Anynymous must have access to a bot net and/or is pooling resources with other groups to carry out and sustain such effective attacks.

Anonymous Takedown Catalogue

Updated as of 8:00PM EST January 22 2011
Most Site are now back up and running but, with fewer numbers, the attack continues on a few sites. The Brazilian arm of anonymous seems to still be hard at work. They are continuing the DDoS on a broad spectrum of websites, the hit list of 114 websites all with .br TDLs has been posted on pastebin. We’ve included some of the most notable downed sites on the list below.

lulzy anonymous takedown tweet

Page 4 of 366 – Twitter Trend Explained

page 4 of 366The twitter keyword Page 4 of 366 is trending today and there is little explanation on twitter as to what it actually means.

Pretty much it’s just a chronicling of days in 2012 as if they were pages from a book (ie today is the 4th day of 2012, so page 4 of 366 days in 2012). The explanation seems pretty straight forward but may people were thrown off by the 366 figure rather then the much recognizable 365 number. The 366 is accurate as 2012 is a leap year so there is one extra day in February. Yesterday, the term page 3 of 366 made it to the trend board in some areas so you’ll probably see the Page N of 366 phrase a lot at least in the next few days.

9gag down | 9gag.com down by 4chan with DDoS attack December 21

The popular image posting website is going down sporadically tonight due to a 4chan led denial of service attack. The login, search registration and voting features are also failing on 9gag.com and no posts posts have been recorded since 17 hours ago. This was presumably to keep 4chan users from uploading obscene images and up-voting them to appear on the front page.

It appears that 4chan users, specifically residents of the /b/ section, are fed up with their content being re-published and shared on 9gag. The attack is also in retaliation to yesterday’s 9gag.com DDoS attack that brought down 4chan’s homepage. The image bellow, originally posted on 4chan.org, sums up their beef succinctly.

4chan ddos 9gag

Devout channers are using an open source DDoS application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) as well as it’s successor High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC) and directed their packets towards 9gag’s domain and DNS servers. The call to arms was initiated on 4chan.org/b/ and instructions were issued on pastebin.

A few 9gag users posted this in response to the attack

9gag ddos by 4chan

Top 5 Reasons to Root Your Android Phone

Normally I’m not one to take risks at the risk of damaging or voiding the warranties on my expensive gadgets, but recently I finally decided to go through the trouble of rooting my Samsung Charge. I had been going back and forth about the idea for the past couple months because I didn’t want to brick my phone.

Warning: Attempting to root your Android phone will most likely void your warranty, runs the risk of breaking your contract with your carrier, and may have the potential to render your phone useless (i.e. “brick” your phone). Be careful to research documented risks and consequences that others have had in attempting to root your phone model, and be sure, if you decide to root, that you root your phone in the safest method possible.

What ultimately led me to root my phone was the fact that the Charge was receiving little developer support from either the manufacturer or carrier (I’m not sure who is responsible) in terms of Android OS updates. These updates often help the performance and battery life of the phone, and I had read multiple accounts of the new Gingerbread leak (available only through root) had made major differences in phone performance.

  1. Getting Updates

    As I mentioned above, carriers and phone manufacturers are often slow to update their phones because they have more of an incentive to sell new devices rather than update devices already owned by customers. For some phones, such as my Samsung Charge, carriers have made no indication that they will update to new versions of the Android OS at all. These updates can often improve bugs and phone performance.

  2. Better Performance

    I’ve already stated that upgraded Android ROMs can improve the performance of your phone, but you can also improve your phone’s performance through using custom kernels. Many custom kernels (including the one now running on my phone) will run faster filing, conserve battery life, overclock your CPU (allowing your phone to run faster, and will run less superfluous background tasks such as indexing.

  3. Can Finally Remove Bloatware

    Remember in the old PC days when you would purchase a computer with Windows on it, and the manufacturer would add a whole slew of affiliate programs and bloatware that you will never use? Well at least then you could uninstall the bloatware. With an unrooted phone, most carriers and manufacturers have made it impossible to remove their bloatware, so it just sits there taking up storage space and even memory resources. Rooting your phone will let you remove these.

  4. Easier Screenshots and Free Tethering

    Before rooting, getting a screenshot from your Android device could be surprisingly tedious. Once rooted, you will find apps that make this an incredibly simple process. Free tethering to other computers is nothing to scoff at either. While it seems like a trivial benefit, this can really come in handy if you ever have any issues with your internet service provider at home. Now you will always have a failsafe plan.

  5. It’s All About the Apps

    Rooting your phone gives you more control over your phone which consequently give you access to a whole host of apps you otherwise couldn’t use. Best of all, you can find most of these apps in the Android Market, so you don’t have to worry about shady spyware on your phone (like jailbroken iPhone users). With these new apps, you can save the state of your phone and recover to it anytime, freeze or remove any app, tether wirelessly to other devices (without having to pay more for this feature like you would with a rooted phone), and a whole bunch of useful things that would otherwise be off limits.

Tornado Watch for Waterloo 2011 August 24

tornado watch waterloo
I can’t remember anything like this ever happening before in Kitchener Waterloo! Tornado watch not warning!

The watch was issued at 11am for a large chunk of Onatrio. Full list:

  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Essex
  • Chatham
  • Kent
  • Sarnia
  • Lambton
  • Elgin
  • London
  • Middlesex
  • Huron
  • Perth
  • Wellington
  • Dufferin
  • Innisfil
  • Grey- Bruce
  • Barrie
  • Orillia
  • Midland
  • Parry Sound
  • Muskoka

If you are in any of these areas, stay indoors and be mindful of the weather.

Things to Look for in Your HDTV

One of the most provocative ways to lure customers is by flaunting esoteric, technical terms in their faces and then by proving that these really matter to the customer, so that they feel the need and desire to buy that item. Some of these features and characteristics may be relevant, but mostly there is little reason for a host of factors being flaunted. For an average consumer looking to buy something, these factors can often be rather confusing and challenging, in that they make taking a decision harder than before. This could of course be avoided by being prepared when you go to buy something, because you already know what you are looking for.

The rapidly evolving world of HDTVs is no different from the issues listed above.

The factors that need to be looked into before buying a HDTV are listed below to enhance understanding.

Contrast Ratio

One of the primary factors is the contrast ratio, which is listed almost universally, with all televisions. Essentially the contrast ratio delineates the maximum difference between the white and black pixels because a greater contrast ratio makes the picture look all the more realistic.

Response Time

Another important factor is the response time exhibited by the television. The response time reflects the total delay required for a pixel to turn from one color to another and is generally chosen as the transition from white to black or the other way around. However, there are certain television manufacturers who rate response time by reporting time required for a pixel to turn from one shade of grey to another. The transition between greys is generally faster than the transition between black and white. However, the lack of a unified standard means independent response time criteria for each manufacturer. However, response times for most televisions are advanced enough so that little differences exist.

Refresh Rate

Refresh rate is another important criterion that is often under reported for most televisions. There are vast differences in refresh rate levels with the most timid starting somewhere around 60 Hz for commercial applications. The next standard arrives at some 120 Hz while the fastest standard lies at 240 Hz. The difference in image clarity especially for moving images is vastly different for 60 Hz and 120 Hz with the latter being superior. However, as the refresh rate is increased, there is no guarantee of better image manipulation. In fact, at some 240 Hz the image manipulation is so catalyzed that a certain violent shaking is experienced. The resolution is often too fast for extended viewing periods with a comfortable viewing experience. Therefore, it is generally most suitable to watch out for refresh rates of some 120 Hz, as they tend to produce clear and crisp images that agree well with the human vision system.

Size of a Television Screen

Lastly, the size of a television screen is probably the single most important factor of all. Most people tend to buy the largest television that their budgets can afford but often the results are rather unexpected. Depending on the overall location and viewing environment of the television, it is often the case that larger television screens produce straight lines when viewed too closely. Only the right size tends to produce the perfect image quality.

About the author:
This guest post has been contributed by Calvin Scott. Calvin has a passion for gadgets and a love for Internet marketing. Visit his site for digitenne aanbieding or digitenne aanvragen.

Playstation Network Outage Update | PSN Up in the Next Few Days

Contrary to the Bloomberg estimate of the May the 31st, it looks like the company is on target to have the Playstation network back up and running by the end of the week. Mr. Seybold, Sr director of Corporate Media, posted today on Sony’s American Playstation blog that he could not give an exact date as to when  the network service would be restored. He did say that it would take “at least a few more days” leading us to believe that it will be up within the week.

The playstation network has been down since April 21st with a distributed denial of service attack. There have been a couple guesses to who is responsible for this, there were threats issued by Anonymous after Sony sued George Hotz, (aka geohot). Anonymous has now denied all responsibility for the attacks.

Get Nokia N8 to run on Fido Network | N8 on Fido

Here’s how to get an N8 working with your Fido SIM card

  1. Get the phone by either:
    • Buying an unlocked version on ebay.
    • Get someone you know who is a rogers customer to purchase the phone for you, slip your SIM card in and purchase a $7.99 unlock code from cellunlocker.net.
  2. We start by adjusting the Internet Settings so that we can browse the internet on the handset.
    • Go to Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations to display the network destination settings.
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido Internet”.
    • Select Internet on the Select destination prompt

    This should bring us back to the Network destinations screen. Select the “Internet” destination and from there, select our Fido Internet access point. Fill out the fields according to this:

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    • Connection name:Fido Internet
    • Data bearer: Packet Data
    • Access point name: internet.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password: fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: wap.fido.ca

    Press back and power the phone off and back on.

  3. Press menu and go to Web Browser > Settings > General and change Access point to Internet if it isn’t already selected. You should now be able to access the internet on your N8!
  4. Next we have to adjust the MMS settings so that we can send and receive text and media messages. Go back to the network destinations scream by following Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations and follow these steps to create an MMS access point:
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido MMS”.
    • Select Media Messaging on the Select destination prompt
  5. This should bring us back to the destinations screen, select Media Messaging and then Fido MMS. Fill in the fields according to this:
    • Connection name: Fido MMS
    • Data bearer: Packet data
    • Access point name: mms.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password : fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: http://mms.fido.ca
      • Now select Options on the bottom left and choose Advanced Settings
    • Network type: IPv4
    • Phone IP address: Automatic
    • DNS addresses: Automatic
    • Proxy Server address: 205.151.011.013
    • Proxy port number:0

    Press back twice and power the phone off then on.

  6. Finally, go to Menu > Messaging > Options > Settings > Multimedia message and change the “Access point in use” to “Fido MMS”. You can now send and receive text messages on your N8!