The Jester’s Website Seized by the DHS ICE

Jester Seized

Popular Patriot Hacker seems to have had his website seized by the Government. Anyone surfing to his website today (http://www.jesterscourt.cc/) were greeted with the message above.

According to the notice, the website was seized by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – Homeland Security Investigations division.

According to their website:

“The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.”

That sounds pretty odd, but you would think the next paragraph would seem more pertinent:

“HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.”

But the kicker is the message about “Willfull copyright infringement”. That is rather odd. Not sure how that corresponds to his website, other than he was selling “Jester” themed merchandise from it through the Zazzle store.

Going to the Zazzle store and clicking on any of the Jester Shirts produces an error message saying the shirts are no longer available or have been deleted:

Jester Zazzle

Haven’t seen any mention of the seizure on the Jester’s Twitter page, though it seems from his posts that he is currently at the Black Hat conference in Vegas.

Wow, copyright infringement, how odd. Not at all how I imagined the feds coming after the Jester.

** Update ** Jester’s Page back online, Questions remain

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With Government Spying is the US Becoming a Police State?

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News of the US PRISM government spying program was made public by whistle blower Edward Snowden. Yesterday the House voted to reject an amendment that would remove the authority for the government to collect phone use records of US citizens. With all of this monitoring and spying on its civilians, one would have to wonder, is the US becoming a police state?

According to information leaked by Snowden, which included 41 PowerPoint slides, industry leaders who participated in the program included Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype and Apple. The government program that, “extracts e-mail, audio, video, photos, documents, search history and logs” was started as early as 2007.

AlexanderPortraitOn Tuesday, General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, urged Capitol Hill lawmakers to oppose the amendment that would defund the NSA phone collection program.

“We oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a late-night statement. “This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open or deliberative process.”

Republicans and Democrats were divided amongst themselves on the issue. Some thinking the program necessary while others thought it a violation of constitutional rights.

“Have 12 years gone by and our memories faded so badly that we forgot what happened on Sept. 11?” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) chairman of the Intelligence committee.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., founder of the bill amendment, “told the House that his effort was to defend the Constitution and ‘defend the privacy of every American.'”

I find it odd that WH Press secretary would complain about the move to “hastily dismantle” part of the NSA’s data collection program, and that it was a “blunt approach” that was not “informed, open or deliberative.”

Many NY citizens were enraged over these same issues when in a secretive and hurried over-night session, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the NY SAFE act. One of the toughest gun control programs in the US. A law that is still opposed by many Upstate NY citizens and law enforcement officials as being unconstitutional.

Privacy and Civil Rights groups were also upset about how the citizens of Boston were treated when Law Enforcement groups were looking for the two Boston Bombers. Images of heavily armed military looking police units flooding the streets and performing mandatory door to door searches caused quite a stir.

Some think the searches were illegal, though there is an exception to the rule, exigent circumstances:

“An exigent circumstance, in the American law of criminal procedure, allows law enforcement to enter a structure without a search warrant, or if they have a “knock and announce” warrant, without knocking and waiting for refusal under certain circumstances. It must be a situation where people are in imminent danger, evidence faces imminent destruction, or a suspect will escape.”

Courts look at it differently when there’s a threat of public safety than if the police just want to search,” said Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, in a phone interview with The Atlantic Wire.

Many seem to think that the monitoring of US citizens is necessary to prevent another 9/11 type terrorist attack. Many too are very upset and concerned about the erosion of American’s constitutional rights and privacy, with some thinking that the US is heading very rapidly to becoming a police state.

What do you think?

Facebook Graph Search shows ‘Married Men who like Prostitutes’

Last week Facebook revealed a new search feature to help people find others who are interested in the same things. Sounds all well and good, but a new website shows some search results that may not be quite what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind.

Facebook Graph Search seems interesting enough, for example you could search for people who are into cycling that are from your home town. Or People who like knitting who are in Washington, DC. Very helpful when you are trying to connect with others.

But as the Actual Facebook Graph Searches website shows, social searches can be used to retrieve information that some may not want revealed.

For example, what would happen if you searched for “Married Men who like Prostitutes”

Funny Facebook Graph Searches

Or, what about “Current Employers of people who like Racism”

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Some others include:

  • Current Tesco Employees that like Horses
  • Mothers of Catholics from Italy that likes Durex
  • Spouses of Married People who like Ashley Madison

These are all humorous, but some searches could be used by certain countries who have repressive governments, where religious liberties are restricted, to find people who have beliefs that may not jive with the government.

For example the search “Family Members of people who live in China and like Falun Gong” could cause some issues:

Facebook Graph Searches 2

Or even “Islamic Men interested in men who live in Tehran, Iran” could cause issues, as Iran has very strict laws concerning homosexuality.

Social Media is a great tool to keep in touch and meet new people online. And as these examples show, some humorous things can be found by social media searches.

But as we have seen from the security world, Social Media can also be manipulated to provide information that some may not want revealed to the public, or information that could be misused.

NY Gun Ban to include 3D Printed High Capacity Magazines

Sorry New Yorkers, but the dream of bypassing New York’s stifling new gun control laws by simply printing high capacity mags is currently just that, a dream. New York Democratic Congressman Steve Israel announced yesterday that he will introduce legislation to ban 3D printed and other non-metallic magazines.

According to a Forbes article, the gun enthusiast group Defense Distributed worked for 5 months to create a 3D printed magazine in an effort to bypass expected gun control laws. They successfully created and tested an AR magazine using 3D printers – see video clip above. The group also posted blueprints for the magazine and other gun related Makerbot files on their website.

Some in New York thought this might be a way to bypass New York’s new gun control law.

In a overnight, behind closed door session, Governor Cuomo forced through a new gun ban on numerous semi-automatic firearms and reduced allowed magazine size from 10 to 7. Effectively making New York State have the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.

It is comprehensive. It is sound,” Governor Cuomo was quoted saying in an upstate New York Newspaper. “It addresses the multifaceted problem that we’re dealing with. It protects, I believe, hunters and sportsmen, et cetera, and legitimate gun owners.”

But the moved infuriated the majority of Upstate New York law abiding citizens (hunters, sportsmen and patriots) who live outside the New York City area that see the move as nothing more than a violation of 2nd Amendment rights and believe will do nothing to curb gun violence.

Numerous Senators have also come forward voicing opposition to the the law. “I don’t agree with the governor in regard to where he’s going, in regard to the banning of certain weapons and certain ammunition clips,” US Representative  Tom Reed, said during a call with reporters Monday. “I think that’s a path that goes down that slippery slope that I’m concerned about — in restricting our freedoms.

Too many legislators attempted to seize this politically powerful moment to push through parts of a long-held, liberal, extreme gun control agenda that will not make New Yorkers safer,” State Senator Tom O’Mara said. “Those of us who have long opposed this agenda successfully rejected a number of the most extreme proposals and ensured that this measure will at least include important, practical and common sense initiatives in mental health, illegal firearms, school safety, first responder safety and other areas that we believe can help keep the focus on where and how these terrible crimes and criminals can and should be confronted. These actions can make a difference going forward, but they should have been even stronger.”

But will it help make children in New York schools any safer? Not necessarily so.

New York Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss told an upstate newspaper, “Gun legislation and buyback programs statistically have been shown to have no effect. If they are looking to deter individual acts such as Connecticut and Aurora, Colo., I think it’s going to be ineffective. It will affect law-abiding citizens that already go through the process and pay fees. I think it’s somewhat of a feel-good application.”

Legal moves are already being made to fight the new gun law. New York Senator Kathleen A. Marchione has created an online petition that can be signed to repeal and replace the restrictive gun control measures. And Attorney James Tresmond of Buffalo is leading a group of lawyers in petitioning the Federal Court to examine the new law to determine its constitutionality.