A number of conspiracy theories are evolving in the aftermath of the recent code-red worm that infected Windows NT web servers this past week.

Robert Cringly of PBS takes the position that microsoft is trying to undermine the open standards of the internet in order to replace it with a modified standard that they own

Another theory posted by Wayne Madsen at: considers it the internet version of the Reichstag Fire."


"A large group of individuals in the Global
Internet Community have set out to bring attention to the communications
monitoring system known as ECHELON."

Two years ago, when this idea was launched, the existence of ECHELON was
denied by all of the participating agencies. Now with the recent issuing of
the report by the "Temporary Committee on the ECHELON Interception System"
its existence and invasive practices are no longer in doubt.

We are urging all persons who utilize any form of global communication to
inform their circle of friends regarding ECHELON and its monitoring of all
email, telephone and fax communications in Europe. Along with this we are
urging the inclusion of as many 'trigger words' within those communications
as possible.

To this end, we have established a primary web site at: and numerous mirror sites around the world to
help educate people about ECHELON and what it really means to the Global
community at large.

Jungle Association of Autonomous Astronauts writes: "


Wednesday 22 August

At the American Consulate in Amsterdam, Museumplein 19, 3 o'clock.

Organized by the Jungle Association of Autonomous Astronauts

The National Missile Defence system (NMD), which the American government is planning to built in order to defend themselves against miniature 'rogue-states' like North-Korea proves once again the high amount of slapstick present in the rhetoric of George W. Bush. He may be evil but he is still a lousy Darth Vader. Darth Vader, for all his sins, expressed himself in an intelligible manner, looked a great deal better and even posessed of a more coherent ideology. The missile system, however, is nothing more than sentimental machismo from frustrated cowboys: Bush bragging to Vladimir Putin he has got the largest (rocket).


Anonymous Comrade writes: "On 16 July 2001, Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His crime: pointing out major security flaws in Adobe
PDF and eBook software.

Sklyarov was in Las Vegas to present a paper at a
convention on eBooks Security: Theory and Practice. In
this paper, he disclosed that Adobe's security features
in their eBook and PDF software was woeful.
According to Sklyarov's paper, Adobe charges
upwards of $3,000.00 to secure
documents in this shoddy and
insecure manner.

Rather than thanking Dmitry
Sklyarov and sending him and his
company a healthy-sized check,
Adobe instead decided to call in the FBI to prosecute
him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or

Find out more at
or check out photos of today's demo in NYC."

UPDATE 7/24: In the wake of worldwide criticism, Adobe Systems agreed Monday to withdraw from a case charging a 27-year-old Russian programmer with violations of the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Louis Lingg writes: "Found an interesting link on high-end military surveillance, surveying, and reconnaissance equipment for gun laying and artillery positioning and troop and material deployment. Some of this Leica-manufactured equipment can interface with GPS systems. You can check it out at:"


A new Carnegie Endowment working paper finds that, contrary to conventional
wisdom, the Internet does not necessarily spell the demise of authoritarian
rule. Examining the cases of China and Cuba, Shanthi Kalathil and Taylor C.
Boas, two Carnegie information revolution experts, show that authoritarian
regimes can actually maintain control over the Internet s political impact
and benefit from the technology. Read the full text at:

Surveillance Camera Players writes: "On Friday, 7 September 2001, a variety of groups from all over the world are collaborating on an international day of autonomous actions against the constant, indiscriminate and technologically sophisticated video surveillance of public places by both businesses and law enforcement agencies.

To read more, please visit"


Anonymous Comrade writes " is publishing the full text of an article published by the British Guardian in abbreviated form on July 3.

"Members of the European Parliament will vote to finalise a report that condemns the use of the British and American run "Echelon" international communications surveillance
system as a breach of privacy, sovereignty and human rights.


Louis Lingg writes: "The Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles is purchasing a face recognition system. "The state legislature authorized the technology during the last session. State officials won't disclose the cost of the system until they meet later this month with officials from Polaroid, one of the companies involved in making the system". The story can be found here."


Anonymous Coward writes: "I just saw this on

America's stealth bombers may be in danger of having their cover blown by a new type of radar that uses cell phone technology, researchers say...

The potential risk comes from the towers used by cell phone companies to draw in signal patterns. The new technology, called passive radar, watches signals from common cell phone transmissions. When a plane passes through, it leaves a hole in the pattern, giving away its location."

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