Anonymous: CISPA Internet Blackout April 22nd
The internet is bracing itself for a blackout in protest against CISPA on Monday, as the controversial law makes its way to the US Senate. Hacktivist group Anonymous has urged for the blackout and is now storming Twitter with calls for action.
Official Unofficial CISPA Discussion Thread.
What is going on?
CISPA, or The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a bill that has just passed [...]
Feb 10, 2013
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws.
The House Intelligence Committee’s Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will attempt to breathe new life into CISPA on Wednesday.
The bill will be identical to the version [...]
Cyber-threats are the new pretext to justify expansion of power and profit for the public-private National Security State
January 28, 2013
As the US government depicts the Defense Department as shrinking due to budgetary constraints, the Washington Post this morning announces “a major expansion of [the Pentagon's] cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold.” Specifically, says the New York Times this morning, “the expansion would increase the Defense [...]
Now that it’s been over a year since the Occupy movement swept across the country, FOIA requests are being fulfilled, revealing uncomfortable details about how authorities viewed the protestors. One such request by the Partnership for Civil Justice came through this weekend, and the 112 heavily redacted pages reveal that theFBI approached the Occupy Wall Street protests as “criminal activity” — which is not terribly surprising — and investigated the groups as perpetrators of “domestic terrorism” — which is fairly unsettling. [...]
November 15, 2012
Now that Senate Republicans have killed Obama’s cybersecurity legislation, there is a good chance the president will sign an unconstitutional executive order implementing provisions of the failed legislation.
“Cybersecurity is dead for this Congress,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following the move.
Republicans blocked the legislation in August and again on Wednesday, saying it would lead to further business regulation. The final vote was 51-47, short of the 60 votes [...]
September 21, 2012
In a follow-up to a story posted on the neocon website FreeBeacon.com edited by Washington Post scribe Bill Gertz, NBC reports that national security officials believe Iran is responsible for cyber attacks on the commercial websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.
“One of those sources said the claim by hackers that the attacks were prompted by the online video mocking the Prophet Muhammad is just a cover story,” NBC reports.
September 20, 2012
Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano told a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday that a blatantly unconstitutional Obama administration executive order is “still being drafted in the inter-agency process” and “is close to completion depending on a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels.”
The latest Obama EO – he has issued 135 thus far – is a response to the failure of a cybersecurity bill [...]
July 20, 2012
Cyber-attacks pose the “most serious economic and national security” challenge America faces, said Barack Obama.
The US President spelled out the scale of the threat in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.
Foreign governments, crime gangs and individuals were probing America’s net defences every day.
“It would be the height of irresponsibility to leave a digital backdoor wide open to our cyber-adversaries,” he wrote in the newspaper’s editorial column.
June 24, 2012
OTTAWA — Online spying and other cyber threats have pushed the government to invoke a national security exemption on trade obligations, effectively banning foreign IT companies from working on a new federal telephone system in Ottawa.
It’s the first in a series of planned contracting restrictions intended to erect a “cyber perimeter” around the multibillion-dollar overhaul of the government’s vast and aging email, telecommunications, networking and data [...]
Most of the cadets who graduated on Saturday from West Point were in elementary school when hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and enrolled in the U.S. military academy with wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Vice President Joe Biden lauded the brave choices of the Class of 2012 – and their so-called “9/11 generation” – with a commencement address focused on the United [...]
The House on Thursday approved controversial cybersecurity legislation that the Obama administration has threatened to veto.
Members approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection (CISPA) act, H.R. 3523, in a 248-168 vote that split both parties somewhat. The bill was supported by 42 Democrats, while 28 Republicans opposed it.
The House approved the bill after making a number of changes aimed at limiting the way the government could use the information that [...]
Number:House Vote #192 [primary source: house.gov]Date:Apr 26, 2012 (112th Congress)Result:PassedRelated Bill:H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Introduced by Rep. Michael “Mike” Rogers [R-MI8] on November 30, 2011
Current Status: Reported by Committee
The US House of Representatives has just passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA (HR 3523) by a vote of 248 to 168. The bill passed mostly along party lines, backed by House Republicans. While the bill is [...]