Archive for December, 2005

Oh Oh Trojan Alert…

Trojan Alert Over Unpatched Windows Flaw

Hackers have created a range of Trojan programs which exploit a dangerous new Windows Meta File vulnerability. The vulnerability is rated critical, and so far, no patch has been issued.

The WMF vulnerability exists in computers running Microsoft Windows XP with SP1 and SP2, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and stems from a flaw in a utility used to view picture and fax files. The security flaw might be exploited by inducing victims to view maliciously constructed sites, particularly where IE is used as a browser, or when previewing *.wmf format files with Windows Explorer. More @ The Register

While you’re at it watch out for Spy Axe

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Home Depot Jihad

Crash Into Store Was A Personal Statement

Ali R. Warrayat hadn’t slept in days, planning this moment down to the last detail. Now, his face was void of any expression. A store employee jumped out of the car’s path. To drown out the man’s yells, Warrayat reached over to his car radio and blasted Arabic music before crashing through the front doors.

The scene was only the beginning of a violent rampage through the Chandler store on Dec. 18. For the 24-year-old Arizona State University student, the motives behind the attack were personal.

He told Chandler police he was angry at Home Depot, where he worked as a paint stocker, about not getting a proper raise. He was mad at the United States for proposing a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border.

He wanted to make America “more free.” More @ East Vally Tribune

Via Jihad Watch

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Recommended Listening For The Week

Incredible Shrinking Dickies
The Dickies

Released in 1979, including a 90 mph version of Paranoid. Get It.

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When In Doubt, Make It Up

Federal agents’ visit was a hoax
Student admits he lied about Mao book

The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for “The Little Red Book” by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.
The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account.
Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.
But on Thursday, when the student told his tale in the office of UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Robert Pontbriand to Dr. Williams, Dr. Pontbriand, university spokesman John Hoey and The Standard-Times, the student added new details.
The agents had returned, the student said, just last night. The two agents, the student, his parents and the student’s uncle all signed confidentiality agreements, he claimed, to put an end to the matter.
But when Dr. Williams went to the student’s home yesterday and relayed that part of the story to his parents, it was the first time they had heard it. The story began to unravel, and the student, faced with the truth, broke down and cried.
It was a dramatic turnaround from the day before. More @ The Standard Times

Via Neale News

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Khadr Family Not Deported Yet?

Abdullah Khadr bought weaponry to kill Americans abroad, affidavit alleges

The oldest son in a Canadian family long dogged by accusations it had close ties to al-Qaida admitted his involvement in a plot to kill Americans and the prime minister of Pakistan, an affidavit unsealed Monday alleges.

While in a Pakistani prison in July, Abdullah Khadr confessed to American authorities he bought weapons two years earlier for al-Qaida to use against United States forces in Afghanistan, Corp. Richard Jenkins of the RCMP said in the sworn affidavit.

During a six-month period in 2003, Khadr bought about $20,000 worth of AK-47 rounds, rocket-propelled grenades, rockets and mortar rounds, Jenkins said in the document supporting Khadr’s extradition to the U.S.

“In addition, he confessed that he provided explosive components, namely hydrogen peroxide, to make mines for al-Qaida’s use,” said Jenkins, a member of a national security enforcement unit which investigates criminal extremism in Canada. More @ National Post

See Also:

Khadr was dealing in missiles, affidavits: ‘Admitted’ al-Qaeda ties – National Post

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Recommended Listening For The Week

It Ain’t EasyLong John Baldry

Jimmy Horowitz:Exe.Producer, Mike Bobak:engineer, Elton John:producer/piano, Rod Stewart: producer/vocals, Long John Baldry:vocals/12 string, Maggie Bell:vocals Roger Pope:drums, Caleb Quaye:guitar, Ray Jackson:mandolin, Sam Mitchell:guitar/steel, Ian Armitt:keyboards, Ian Duck:vocals/harp, Dave Glover:bass, Ron Wood:guitar Al Skidmore: sax

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Send Him South

Mounties Arrest Abdullah Khadr

Abdullah Khadr, the eldest son of a reputed Canadian Al Qaeda financier, was arrested by the RCMP yesterday on terrorism-related charges at the request of American authorities.

The 25-year-old Canadian recently returned from Pakistan where he was held for 14 months without charge. He was arrested last night after agreeing to meet an RCMP officer at a McDonald’s near his Scarborough apartment, his relatives said last night. More @ TorontoStar

Via NealeNews

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Senate Kills Patriot Act

U.S. Senate rejects Bush on extending Patriot Act for terror investigations

In a stinging defeat for President George W. Bush, Senate Democrats blocked passage Friday of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism at home, depicting the measure as a threat to the constitutional liberties of innocent Americans.

Republicans spurned calls for a short-term measure to prevent the year-end expiration of law enforcement powers first enacted in the anxious days after Sept. 11, 2001. “The president will not sign such an extension,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and legislators on each side of the issue blamed the other for congressional gridlock on the issue.

The Senate voted 52-47 to advance a House-passed bill to a final vote, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome the filibuster backed by nearly all Senate Democrats and a handful of the 45 Republicans.

“We can come together to give the government the tools it needs to fight terrorism and protect the rights and freedoms of innocent citizens,” said Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), arguing that provisions permitting government access to confidential personal data lacked safeguards to protect the innocent.

“We need to be more vigilant,” agreed Senator John Sununu, a Republican from New Hampshire, where the state motto is Live Free or Die. He quoted Benjamin Franklin: “Those that would give up essential liberty in pursuit of a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.”

But Frist likened the bill’s opponents to those who “have called for a retreat and defeat strategy in Iraq. That’s the wrong strategy in Iraq. It is the wrong strategy here at home.” – More @ CP

Patriot Act Not Extended, CAIR Pleased – LGF

U.S. Senate Fails to Renew Patriot Act, Restores Conditions That Led to 9/11 – Rush Limbaugh

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NY Times Fraud

Timing of NY Times “U.S. Spy” Article Tied to a New Book Release

This morning’s New York Times article, “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” has certainly created a huge buzz in the media that has taken some focus away from the good news concerning yesterday’s highly successful elections in Iraq: “Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.”

The Drudge Report, in an exclusive, just announced that this story by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau is just “one of many ‘explosive newsbreaking’ stories that can be found — in [Risen’s] upcoming book — which he turned in 3 months ago!” Yet, “The [Times] failed to reveal the urgent story was tied to a book release and sale.” More @ NewsBusters.org

NY Times Lies to Undermine War on Terror, Bush Didn’t “Secretly” Allow Spying on Anyone – Rush Limbaugh

NYT Puts Sales Ahead of National Security – LGF

Anti-Bush article tied to book release
Times reporter claims NSA spy story delayed 1 year for additional reporting – WND

Red Alert: Chicken Littles On The Loose – Michelle Malkin

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Recommended Listening For The Week

Fish Out of Water – Chris Squire

The Yes bassist’s sole solo album. Originally released in 1975. Check it out.

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