Fukushima: Reactor 4 -Cooling Suspended-


Japan has restarted its other nuclear plants, despite the ongoing emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was very badly damaged on March 11, 2011 by the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, (stuxnet and co.?) and failure of the plants operators to contain the situation 500 days later.

Tepco has stopped the cooling system supplied to the badly damaged Reactor 4 at Fukushima.  They cannot activate a backup cooling system and they are looking into the cause.  On June 25, Tepco removed an upper portion of reactor 4 and it is suspected they damaged the pipes of the cooling system.

Expect an announcement to be made very soon about their plans for the destruction of reactor 4.

If Reactor 4 experiences a complete meltdown then Japan will be over.  Then the northern hemisphere and finally the world.

By July 5, the temperature could reach 100 C.

Meanwhile reactor 1 is releasing  radiation at over 260 times “normal” amounts, due to a leak in the basement.  This is further hampering efforts to slow down the release of the nuclear fuel.

The annual allowed dose for workers at the stricken site is reached in only 20 seconds.

It’s time for Tepco to step aside and take an offer from someone else to clean up this mess as much as possible.  The one thing Tepco has done well is show the world that they are incompetent.  What do you do with radioactive waste?  Nuclear power has no long term benefit for this planet.

http://takedanet.com/2012/04/32015331_272e.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://fukushima-diary.com/

http://fukushimaupdate.com/

Facebook Buys Facial Recognition Face.com


In a move to open up opportunities, the social network site, Facebook.com bought Face.com, an Israeli company, that specializes in facial recognition software.

Face.com has already released 2 facebook apps, the first, called photo finder, scans untagged pictures of themselves and friends and photo tagger,  which allows a user to tag pictures in bulk.

Although the apps may seem convenient to some, facial recognition software has raised flags with privacy groups and other people that don’t want their privacy invaded and potentially fall into the hands of those who could abuse it, like corporations or the state.  Matching a face to a name and then a person’s entire background could be used to achieve a society under complete surveillance every time they leave their home and a camera picks up their image, in a store, on the street, or in this instance, where they were and who they were with, when a photo was taken.   As this technology advances, expect to see more and more law enforcement agencies using it to track every citizen, associate you with other people and associate the people within a certain area of a crime that’s taken place.

This is especially troubling because Facebook recently bought the popular app called Instagram, which allows users to take photos with their phones, add filters to achieve certain effects, tag people, geotag the location of the photograph and then share the photograph with other Instagram users (which boasted 30 million accounts in April, before the Android app was available).

Face.com is backed by Yandex NV, Russia’s most-used search engine, and investing firm Rhodium.

Alas, Facebook is not the first to use facial recognition technology.  Google‘s Picasa, Apple’s iPhoto,  Sony’s Picture Motion Browser and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery already use similar software.

Facebook’s stock rose 4.7 percent in trading today, but still falling 17 percent short of it’s projected value.

And don’t bother deleting your pictures from any of these services, they’ve already been crawled most likely and if not the FBI has been using this technology for awhile.

 

The image above represents a study done by Adam Harvey in which makeup is used to disguise ones face.  The faces with red square are ones that were identified by facial recognition software.  This may be out of date.  read more: http://gajitz.com/about-face-defeat-face-recognition-software-with-makeup/

 

Link Found Between Stuxnet and Flame!


Kaspersky Labs have found a unique piece of code that appeared in both the Stuxnet virus and Flame virus.  An earlier article in The New York Times, reports that the virus’s were most likely, created in tandem, by the U.S.A. and Israel to undermine the nuclear facilities of Iran. The two teams of developers seem to have ended their joint involvement in development of  the malware sometime in 2010.   Both governments (u.s. and israel) have denied participation.

I am slightly surprised that they made such undetectable, highly sophisticated malware/spyware, but failed to notice they had used the same piece of coding in both virus’s.  Big fail.  And an even bigger fail is that they were trying to sabotage the iranian nuclear enrichment facility.  They could have caused a meltdown!!  Or were they trying to cause a meltdown in order to justify another war?  The world does not need another 3 mile island, chernobyl or fukushima.

http://news.yahoo.com/proof-links-flame-stuxnet-super-cyber-weapons-researchers-150951902–abc-news-topstories.html

The Flame Virus.


“We believe Flame was written by a different team of programmers but commissioned by the same larger entity,” Roel Schouwenberg, a security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, said.

From my previous post, we must assume Flame is the work of the United States and/or Israel. Nations that have the skill to commit cyber espionage of this complexity are mainly the U.S.A., Israel, Russia, and China.

Flame has infected thousands of systems and stolen data across the middle east.  Iran has confirmed infections on several high ranking officials computers.

At 20 megabytes in size, the Flame virus is huge, much, much larger than Duqu or Stuxnet.  They also believe that it Flame could be older than 2007 and it’s been hiding in plain sight the whole time.  Flame is different than Duqu or Stuxnet because it operates much like a smart phone, they can add or take off programs or “apps” designed to do different tasks.

If Flame is older than 2007, what is out there now, that no one has found yet?  and if these programs are taking information from abroad, how long have they been taking and using data from citizens computers of the United States?

All along is obviously the answer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/technology/researchers-link-flame-virus-to-stuxnet-and-duqu.html

Stuxnet: Created by the U.S. and Israel


An article from the New York Times has confirmed the Stuxnet virus was made by the United States and Israel to break the hardware used in the Iranian centrifuge equipment.  The U.S. and Israel had hoped to set back Iranian progress on their nuclear capabilities and the U.S. wanted to hopefully prevent Israel from preemptively striking Iran.

The program which was authorized by former president George W. Bush was only supposed to operate inside of Iran’s Natanz facility.  It worked quite well, mapping out the network connections within Natanz and sending information back to the NSA.  Soon, labs all over the U.S. were working on bits and pieces of the code, not knowing the specific details.  They were trying to find the right set of commands to break into the centrifuges.. they succeeded.  How the malicious code was introduced into the facility is not known.

The program continued under President Obama.  But then in 2010, Stuxnet escaped from the facility, perhaps on a laptop, where it was free to spread…

“We think there was a modification done by the Israelis,” one of the briefers told the president, “and we don’t know if we were part of that activity.”

Mr. Obama, according to officials in the room, asked a series of questions, fearful that the code could do damage outside the plant. The answers came back in hedged terms. Mr. Biden fumed. “It’s got to be the Israelis,” he said. “They went too far.”

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/confirmed-us-israel-created-stuxnet-lost-control-of-it/?comments=1#comments-bar

Anonymous Leaks 1.7GB of Justice Department Info


The group “Anonymous” has just released 1.7GB of Justice Department(statistical) data on The Pirate Bay in what they are calling Monday Mail Mayhem.

“Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump.

We Lulzed as they took the website down after being owned, clearly showing they were scared of what inevitably happened.”

Personally I have become very skeptical of these leaks because they coincide directly with the U.S. government‘s plan to tighten their control on the world’s internet.    Anonymous has not released terribly damning evidence, instead they’ve released information to informants, presumably unknowingly, onto servers that the government had control over.  For example, the Stratfor leaks earlier this year were compromised after they entered the hands of informant hacker “Sabu“.  The FBI perhaps then had time to sift through and delete anything sensitive, alter or add to the information.  It was then compromised data.

I do not know what is in this round of leaks, but if its nothing shocking, I will be more convinced that the group claiming to be Anonymous is actually the government staging a false flag operation to speed up their control of the internet, information and freedom in general.  It is crime statistic data supposedly, so I cannot imagine it is very interesting.  The Department of Justice has already admitted that security was breached, don’t you think they would have tightened it since they got hacked last, right after Megaupload was shut down?

Facebook Tool: Who Are You Looking At?


I came across an interesting little tool that tells you who you are searching for most on your facebook.  From the tests that I did the results seem pretty accurate.  I mean, you probably have an idea of who’s name you type in the search bar most, but still its a fun little trick.

Basically, you make sure https browsing is turned off. Then you take this little bookmarklet and drag it up to your toolbar.  It should say “facebook friends”.  Then you go to your facebook page and just click on the link you moved into your toolbar.  Your most searched for friends will be at the top.

http://thekeesh.com/2011/08/who-does-facebook-think-you-are-searching-for/

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