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Israli army tweets entire war in ‘livetime’

The Israli Defence Forces (IDF) are tweeting an entire war in what it is calling ‘livetime’ – the same as realtime.

Anyone worried about the possible fallout can take refuge (these are some appalling war puns for which I must apologise) in the fact that the war in question ended 45 years ago.

What is happening is that the IDF is tweeting key events from the Six Day War, that took place from June 5 to 10, 1967.

“In response to repeated provocations by Egypt, the State of Israel and the IDF are going to war. We will not sit idly as the enemy forces tighten the noose around our necks,” the first tweet on Wednesday said.

You can follow the action here.

Anonymous crowdsourcing? Using twitter account to get loadsamoeny for website?

The hacker collective Anonymous seem to be crowdsourcing the costs of building a new, offical-looking home on the internet for themselves.

The group haven’t had an official website till now, but that looks likely to change.

Apparantly, the @YourAnonNews twitter account, which has been heavy linked with the group, has succeeded in raising over $55,000 through a crowdsourcing campaign on the Indiegogo website.

The money is to be used to create a website that aims:

“to collect breaking reports and blog postings from the best independent reporters online. We’ll provide feeds for citizen journalists who livestream events as they are taking place, instead of the 10-second sound bites provided by the corporate media.”

North Korea orchestrated massive cyber attack on South Korea – and Japanese city mistweets missile strike

Tensions in South East Asia are high at the moment, due to North Korean posturing, and recent events show that the internet is very much becoming part of the simmering conflict between the dictatorship and the surrounding nations.

One incident that shows this is the revelation that North Korea was behind a powerful cyber attack last month that targeted broadcasters and banks in South Korea.

According to the South Korean Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) the attack came from the North Korean military intelligence agency.

“It was a premeditated, well-planned cyber attack by North Korea”, a KISA spokesman said.

KISA said that the attack had been prepared for at least eight months and identified the origin of the attack as six computers in North Korea.

The North Korean attack used malware, which infected computers and wiped the contents of their hard drives.

According to KISA, 48,700 machines, including PCs, automatic teller machines at banks and servers were affected by the malware.

Some people might think that it’s a good thing that South Korea isn’t a member of NATO. The organisation recently saw the release of the Tallinn Manual on how nations can/should react to cyber attacks. And it’s more than likely, that the recent North Korean malware attack would be ample reason for South Korea to launch missiles at the location of the six North Korean computers.

A bit further to the East, officials in the Japanese city Yokohama must be holding their heads in shame these days.

In what might go down in the history books as one of the biggest mistweets of the seven-year history of Twitter, the official Twitter account of Yokohama erroneously reported that North Korea had launched a missile attack on Japan. The tweet stayed up for 20 minutes, giving Yokohama’s 42,000 followers plenty of time to get heart attacks, frantically sign wills and do whatever people do, when they think their world is about to end.

Yokohama later released an apology for the tweet on its website, saying that it had prepared the tweet just in case.

If you’re Doug Olenick, you’re probably surprised that the world is still standing.

Anonymous hacks official North Korean social media accounts – moves world closer to nuclear war????

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Photo by: Abode of Chaos

The official North Korean accounts on the social(ist) (sorry) media sites Twitter and Flickr have looked a little odd recently – the reason being that the hacking community Anonymous have managed to break into them and change the content just a little.

And according to some media pundits, the hack is bad, bad, bad news for the South Koreans who should be running for the bomb shelters.

True or false?

Well, let’s take a quick look at the evidence. For example, I’m pretty sure this picture from the North Korean Flickr account is from Anonymous:

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Tweets on the North’s Twitter account said “Hacked” – instead of the usual steady stream of praise for the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

While some parts of the Internet have been smirking at the lulz – certain parts of the news media have been lashing out at Anonymous, claiming the collectives’ actions brings international armed conflict that much closer.

One of those worried of the (nuclear) fall-out of the hacks is Huffington Post’s Doug Olenick.

“I don’t think I am overstating the situation when I say lives could have been lost by this bit of online tomfoolery,” he said in a recent blog piece on Huffington.com.

He then goes on to stipulate that the hacking of North Korea’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts might be the final straw that brakes the camel’s back, making North Korea launch missiles at South Korea or other enemies.

“Exactly what would it take to push Kim Jong Un over the edge and decide to further up the ante? Perhaps a small bit of international embarrassment?,” he asks, rhetorically.

Doug Olenick goes on to say that North Korea ‘routinely attacks its southerly neighbour’ and that Anonymous’ attack came at a ‘a particularly inopportune time’ because of the current tension in the region.

If you look at the list of attacks by North Korea on South Korea, you see that they certainly live up to the following definition of routinely: ‘A prescribed, detailed course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure.’

However, as Doug Olenick as admits in his blog piece, the attacks are usually carried out to ‘extract concessions from others’.

So on one hand Olenick is saying that Anonymous have struck a blow against a volatile regime at a really, really bad time. The defacing of Twitter and Flickr might, in other words, push it over the edge and see it launch a spontaneous attack on South Korea.

To prove this is a likely scenario, he refers us to the fact that North Korea have a history of attacking South Korea, and then tells us that these attacks are always premeditated and carried out in order to get something from someone.

So it’s a bad time for the cyber attacks, because North Korea are almost always about to launch attacks on South Korea and the cyber attacks might push North Korea into launching a spontaneous attack on a country they routinely carry out premeditated attacks on?

Apart from this – seemingy faulty, logic, my big(gest) problem with a piece like this is that it should be in the dictionary as the definition of the pot calling the kettle black.

Because if North Korea and Kim Jong Un are really that easily swayed, then what is more likely to make him press the big red button, labelled ‘fire’? A cyber attack defacing something that only a few people in his country actually has access to, or international media companies going on about how an attack like this damages his reputation or how he, based on prior evidence, is likely to launch an attack in order to gain something?

Companies that he knows his entire diplomatic core and military leaders will be listening to.

I mean, if he actually saw the Flickr picture above (which was more than likely kept far, far from Kin Jong Un by people who will have been afraid of what would happen to them and their families should the great leader actually see it), then what? More likely than not, he’d be thinking about actually getting that tattoo of Mickey Mouse…

And when talking about bad timing – then what about the Arab Spring? Wasn’t that people inside and outside various countries using social media to generate regime change at a time where the actions might have triggered a country like Libya to launch attacks on its neighbours?

It might be a weak argument, but I’m happy being the kettle if Doug Olenick and other voices in the media landscape will own up to being pots….