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Raw Video: Isaac Being Felt in Florida

Forecasters say a hurricane watch has been extended to include the New Orleans metro area as Tropical Storm Isaac makes its way toward the Florida Keys. (Aug. 26)

FBI net shut off has ‘limited’ impact on victims

More than 300,000 people, including many in the US and UK, may have lost net access as the FBI shuts down servers used by cyber thieves.

The FBI seized the servers in November 2011 during raids to break up a hi-tech gang who used the DNS Changer virus to infect more than four million victims.

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Victims’ web searches were routed through the servers so they saw adverts that led to the gang being paid.

Many machines still harbour the gang’s malicious code.

Global clean up

Since the computers were seized the FBI has kept them going with the help of Californian company ISC.

Over the last few months, the FBI has worked with many ISPs and security firms to alert victims to the fact that their PC was infected with DNS Changer. Online tools are available that let people check if they are infected.

The servers were finally switched off at 1201 EDT (0401 GMT) when the court order the FBI won to keep the computers going expired.

The result could be that people have lost net access because PCs that are still victims of DNS Changer now have nowhere to go when they need to look up the location of a particular domain such as bbc.co.uk.

Top 10 DNS Changer infections

  • US – 69,517
  • Italy – 26,494
  • India – 21,302
  • UK – 19,589
  • Germany – 18,427
  • France, 10,454
  • China – 10,304
  • Spain – 10,213
  • Canada – 8,924
  • Australia – 8,518

However, it might take some time for the problems to become apparent, said Sean Sullivan, a security researcher at F-Secure.

“Initially some domains will be cached which will mean web access will be spotty,” he said. “People will be confused about why some things work and some do not.”

Other security experts said the remaining infected machines may harbour the malware for some time to come.

“Reaching victims is a very hard problem, and something we have had issues with for years,” said Johannes Ullrich, a researcher with the Sans security institute.

He expected the impact to be “minimal” because many of these systems were no longer used or maintained.

Early reports suggest the turn off had not caused any problems. South Korea was one of the first geographies that could have suffered the effects.

“The impact will be limited,” said Lee Sang-hun, head of network security at the country’s Communications Commission. Statistics gathered by the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) suggest only a few thousand machines were at risk of losing access in Korea.

The DCWG said the largest group of machines still harbouring the infection were in the US but many other nations, including Italy, India, the UK and Germany, had substantial numbers checking in with the ISC servers.

Some ISPs in the US put in place “technical solutions” in place that would direct people towards sources of aid.

At its height, DNS Changer racked up more than four million victims. This has been whittled down to just over 300,000, said the DCWG.

The gang racked up more than $14m (£9m) by hijacking web searches and forcing victims to see certain adverts. They managed to do this because their servers were taking over a key web function known as domain name look-up.

Domain names are the words humans use, such as bbc.co.uk, for websites. These are converted into the numerical values that computers use by consulting domain name servers (DNS).

When a person types a name into a browser address bar, often their computer will consult a DNS server to find out where that website resides online.

FBI net shut off has ‘limited’ impact on victims

Exposed by ‘Digital Trail,’ Fox News Mole Tweets Termination Letter

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The Fox News mole that Gawker found inside the conservative cable TV station has been outed and fired. He posted his termination letter to Twitter on Thursday for the world to see.

Joe Muto (right) began working for Fox News in 2004, and was an associate producer for hit show The O’Reilly Factor since 2007.

Since being exposed earlier this week, Muto has used his personal Twitter account to fill out the story, promise more inside info and playfully lament his downfall. Here’s the photo he posted Thursday morning after being canned:

Muto’s first anonymously written post for Gawker appeared Tuesday. He detailed working conditions inside the controversial company and posted video footage not meant for the broadcast. But his clandestine glory didn’t last long.

By Wednesday, Fox News claimed to have identified the leak. Muto responded with a short, taunting Gawker post titled “I Am the Fox Mole, And I’m Still Here.”

Just several hours later, he wrote another Gawker post titled “Hi Roger. It’s Me, Joe: The Fox Mole,” referring to Fox News president Roger Ailes.

Just delivered to my front door via messenger. Very polite of them actually. pic.twitter.com/Mq5i1c9P

In the latter post, Muto said “it was the digital trail that gave me away.” He wrote that he used his personal computer login to access video footage, which made him the prime suspect in the leaks. It was just a matter of time, he said, before his jig was up.

How much was Muto’s from-the-belly-of-the-beast info worth to Gawker? $5,000, according to Forbes. Lawyers for Fox News, meanwhile, say Muto’s “admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing” and that the company “will pursue its rights and remedies in the appropriate legal forums.”

Muto, for his part, doesn’t seem all that shocked his mission came to such an abrupt end. On Wednesday evening he posted this tweet:

Who could have guessed that my bulletproof plan would go awry so quickly? Oh, that’s right. EVERYONE.

Do you support Joe Muto? Do you think the risk he took was worth $5,000?


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The amusing reality of Google’s new goggles?

Well, perhaps it’s a virtual reality. But a video posted to YouTube shows just how much fun Google’s Project Glass might (not) be.

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Do they come in prescription versions? That was the first crazed, but enraptured thought that struck me after hearing about Google’s Project Glass.

It’s always enchanting when a tech company offers a new way of looking at the world — and behaving in it. I could barely sleep for imagining the possibilities.

Then along comes this YouTube video from Tom Scott — who’s just one of those people who does interesting things.


My eyes well with gratitude for TechCrunch for discovering Scott’s vision — one in which Google’s new goggles create all sorts of navigational and mental issues, some of which will test human equilibrium.

Scott asks what it will be like to waft down the street and face messages that strike you in the face. Not like billboards and bus shelter ads that sit there quietly, only noticeable if you turn your head and choose to notice.

No, like billboards and bus shelters that fly in noisily and make you bump into people larger than yourself, as you contemplate why the police would like access to your lifelog.

It’s easy for some to wonder why Google would think that these goggles would be relevant to one’s daily life. It’s even easier to imagine that Google — so often a designer of products that excite the people who work at Google — finds it very exciting.

As Scott’s charming video points out, the first people to benefit from this invention may well be insurance company execs.

The amusing reality of Google’s new goggles?

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New Orleans Police Get Decades in Prison in Katrina Killings

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Allen Johnson Jr

Four New Orleans police officers were sentenced to 38 to 65 years in prison for convictions including violating the civil rights of two people killed a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt in New Orleans sentenced a fifth officer today to six years for covering up the crimes.

A federal jury in August convicted officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso of opening fire on unarmed black civilians on the city’s Danziger Bridge and conspiring with others to cover up their actions. The fifth, homicide detective Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, was convicted of conspiring to make the shootings appear justified.

“We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in an e-mailed statement. “The officers who shot innocent people on the bridge and then went to great lengths to cover up their own crimes have finally been held accountable for their actions.”

The civil rights violations caused the deaths of James Brissette and Ronald Madison, the jury found, which meant that the four officers directly involved faced a maximum punishment of life in prison. Bowen was sentenced to 40 years, Faulcon to 65, Gisevius to 40, Villavaso to 38, and Kaufman to six.

After Katrina

The shootings took place on Sept. 4, 2005, one week after Katrina flooded most of New Orleans and one day after stranded evacuees were airlifted and bused to safety.

A July 2010 indictment accused Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso of firing on a family on the east side of the Danziger Bridge, killing James Brissette, 17, and wounding four other people. The defendants said they were responding to a policewoman’s radio call of officers and rescue workers in danger.

The U.S. accused Faulcon of shooting Ronald Madison, a 40- year-old man with mental disabilities, on the other side of the bridge. The jury said Faulcon’s actions didn’t amount to murder.

Kaufman, the homicide detective, was charged with joining the officers in a conspiracy to conceal what happened at the bridge. Kaufman was convicted on 10 counts including obstruction of justice and fabrication of evidence.

Engelhardt said at the sentencing hearing today that he was restricted by federal guidelines or would have imposed shorter prison terms. He noted that Faulcon’s son was born after Katrina.

‘See His Father’

“He will never see his father outside a prison wall under this sentencing scheme,” Engelhardt said.

The judge said that five other police officers who pleaded guilty received much lower sentences. “One can only be astonished and deeply troubled by the plea bargains allowed in the Danziger Bridge matter,” he said.

At the time of the trial, Bowen, Gisevius and Villavaso were still on the force. Faulcon had left the department, and Kaufman was retired.

Attorneys for the four accused shooters depicted their clients at trial as dedicated officers who refused to abandon their posts, rescuing residents from Katrina’s floodwaters both before and after the shootings.

Responding to Gunfire

The defendants claimed they were responding to gunfire and that they believed the shooting victims were a danger to themselves and others. They also denied involvement in a cover- up.

The U.S. said at trial there was no evidence that any of the civilians had guns.

Engelhardt voided convictions on some counts in an Oct. 20 ruling.

Bowen was charged with kicking and stomping Madison as he lay “on the ground, alive but mortally wounded,” according to the indictment. Bowen denied the allegation, contending the witness who accused him of kicking Madison lied.

Engelhardt threw out the conviction on this count, finding the witness wasn’t credible and the government failed to provide evidence supporting the claim. “In fact, the government offered no evidence whatsoever that any type of kick or stomp, by any person, caused any bodily injury whatsoever to Madison,” Engelhardt wrote.

The U.S. also alleged that the defendants conspired to “cover up what happened on the bridge” by filing charges against Jose Holmes, a civilian who was injured on the bridge, and Lance Madison, brother of Ronald Madison.

The judge threw out convictions against Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso on the accusation of attempting to implicate Holmes. Engelhardt found that “the government failed to prove that any of these defendants specifically identified Jose Holmes by name.” He also threw out convictions on evidence grounds against Bowen and Gisevius over claims they attempted to implicate Lance Madison.

He upheld the jury’s convictions on the other counts.

The case is U.S. v. Bowen, 2:10-cr-00204, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans).

New Orleans Police Get Decades in Prison in Katrina Killings

In the Eye of a Firestorm

By DAN BARRY, SERGE F. KOVALESKI, CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and LIZETTE ALVAREZ

Trayvon Martin’s body was found in this part of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla., where his father’s girlfriend lives.

SANFORD, Fla. — Once again, a river of protest raged through Sanford this weekend to demand justice in the name of an unarmed black teenager shot dead. It gathered strength in front of the historic Crooms Academy, the first high school for black students in Seminole County, surged through the streets, and formed a flood of grief and outrage just outside the Sanford Police Department.

Once again, thousands chanted the name of Trayvon Martin, 17, the youth killed with one bullet while returning to a home in a gated community where he was a guest. Once again, they cried for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watch coordinator who has claimed self-defense under a Florida law with the assertive name of Stand Your Ground.

With five weeks’ passage, the fateful encounter between a black youth who wanted to go to college and a Hispanic man who wanted to be a judge has polarized the nation.

And, now this modest central Florida community finds its name being mentioned with Selma and Birmingham on a civil rights list held sacred in black American culture, while across the country, the parsing of the case has become cacophonic and political, punctuated by pleas for tolerance, words of hatred, and spins from the left and right.

The racial divide that once partly defined Sanford, with U.S. 17-92 serving as the inviolable line separating black and white, has faded over the decades, leaving a casually integrated downtown. Yet the sense remains among residents of both races that the police department has not come as far as the city as a whole.

Velma Williams, its sole black city commissioner, calls Sanford “a small, friendly, good city.” But she said that a string of unsolved cases had raised questions over whether the police had a “cavalier attitude” whenever “a black male is murdered.” Nonsense, countered its acting police chief, Darren Scott, who is also black. “Everyone here in the city gets fair and equal treatment.”

That assertion of justice for all — in Sanford and throughout the United States — has been challenged, though, by a progression of events that began so innocently, so ordinarily: A teenage boy in a gray hooded sweatshirt leaves a 7-Eleven’s neon brightness with his purchase of some candy and an iced tea, and heads back into the wet Sunday evening of Feb. 26, back to a residential complex with a forbidding gate and a comforting name.

Trayvon Martin was more than welcome there; he was expected.

With his hood up as the rain came down, Trayvon made his way to one gated community among many, the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Past a dozen storefronts, four of them vacant. Past signs and billboards shouting “Now Leasing!” and “Rent Specials!” His was a tour of a post-bust stretch of Sanford.

For more than two years now, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, a truck driver from Miami, had been dating Brandy Green, a juvenile detention officer in Orlando. She lived at the Retreat with her 14-year-old son, Chad, and it was not uncommon for the Martins to drive up from Miami for overnight visits.

Over six feet tall and lanky, Trayvon was interested in girls, computer games, sports and the beat of the rap and hip-hop emanating from the ear buds of his smartphone. Sleeping in Miami Dolphins bedsheets, he was all teenage boy, and more.

He called himself “Slimm” on Twitter, and used a handle, @no_limit_nigga, that echoed a song by the rappers Kane & Abel. On Facebook, he expressed interest in everything from airplanes to “South Park,” from Bob Marley to LeBron James. On MySpace, he posted snapshots of his young life: admiring an airplane; fishing with his father; displaying a cake decorated with the words “Happy Birthday Tray.”

Easygoing, with a default mood set at “chillin’,” as one schoolmate, Suzannah Charles, put it. The kind of kid who made tiny cakes in an Easy-Bake Oven with his 7-year-old cousin; who spoon-fed a close uncle, Ronald Fulton, who is quadriplegic, when his nurse was unavailable; who was an integral part of a close-knit family — raised properly, family members say, by Mr. Martin and his ex-wife, Sybrina Fulton, who works for Miami-Dade County’s housing agency.

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Mom of 13-Year-Old Witness in Trayvon Shooting Speaks Out

*The mother of a 13-year-old eyewitness to the Trayvon Martin killing says a police investigator told her he didn’t buy shooter George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

Cheryl Brown, accompanied by her attorney Alisa Adamson, appeared on both MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to talk about what her son saw that night, and his questioning by police after the killing.

“The lead investigator from the Sanford Police Department stood in my family room and told me this was absolutely not self-defense and they needed to prove it,” said Brown. “He told me, and I’m paraphrasing this quote, ‘Read between the lines. There’s some stereotyping going on here.’”

Brown said police did not contact her son about his 911 call until five days after the shooting. And when they did question him, Brown said she thought the questions were “leading.”

“I think there were some tactics used to maybe suggest some things to him, leading him to say certain things,” she said.

Watch Cheryl Brown’s interview on “PoliticsNation” below.

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Republican Tax Plans Won’t Stop National Debt From Swelling: Study

* Front-runners’ tax cuts seen outweighing spending cuts

* Gingrich, Santorum’s plans would add most to national debt

* Paul’s plan could produce some cuts, but not significant

he U.S. national debt will continue to swell under the tax-cut plans floated by the top four Republican presidential candidates, according to an independent analysis of their fiscal policy proposals released on Thursday.

Plans put forth by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would pile up the largest increases in debt, while Mitt Romney’s would add a smaller amount of debt over the next decade compared with debt growth if tax policies implemented by former President George W. Bush are kept in place.

The report from U.S. Budget Watch, a project of the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, aims to apply a reality check to the claims being made on the campaign trail.

Republicans jockeying for their party’s nomination for the Nov. 6 election are promising to fuel growth with tax and spending cuts and bashing Democratic President Barack Obama’s calls to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“Are they making proposals that risk making the debt problem worse?” said Alice Rivlin, a former head of the Congressional Budget Office and Federal Reserve vice chairman who now serves on the group’s board. “On that score, all of these candidates fail. They all reduce the revenue that is available to the government over time.”

The group offered three scenarios for each candidate’s proposals – the most pessimistic gives them credit for all vague, non-specific spending cut percentage goals they have put forth. The most pessimistic excludes non-specific and politically unlikely proposals, while a middle scenario provides credit for some of these proposals for discretionary spending cuts.

ANALYSING THE PLANS

The group said the middle path for Gingrich would add $7 trillion to the national debt by 2021 versus the baseline, largely because he has proposed deep tax cuts for individuals and corporations, including an alternative 15 percent “flat tax.”

This would boost debt as a share of the overall economy to 114 percent in 2021 from the current level of about 70 percent, compared with an anticipated 2021 baseline level of 85 percent.

The middle scenario for Santorum’s plan would add $4.5 trillion to the debt, also due to tax cuts. The scenario excludes a pledge by Santorum “to commit to cut $5 trillion in federal spending within five years” because these cuts were not specified. The debt-to-gross domestic product ratio would rise to 104 percent under this plan.

Romney’s middle-path analysis would see a $250 billion increase in debt by 2021 as more of his spending cuts were specified, including deep federal workforce cuts and reducing the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor to a block grant program for the states. The debt-to-GDP ratio would end up at 86 percent under this plan, 1 percentage point above the baseline.

Ron Paul’s middle scenario was the only one to reduce debt compared with the baseline – by $2.2 trillion – largely due to deep spending cuts on benefit programs and elimination of five federal departments and many State Department programs.

But the more pessimistic program scenario for Paul shows that it would boost debt by $1.9 trillion. The 76 percent and 93 percent debt-to-GDP ratio under these two Paul scenarios would still be above the current level of 70 percent.

“Unfortunately we’re not at a place where we can balance the budget in the short term unless there is tremendous economic growth,” said Maya MacGuineas, the group’s president. She added that the goal should be to keep the rate of debt accumulation below the economy’s growth rate.

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