Easy tiger ... the Kellogg s mascot has had a tough few days on Twitter.If you think your Thursday was bad, just bear this in mind: someone woke up, went to their job where they pretend to be Kellogg s Frosties mascot Tony the Tiger on the internet, and had to ask people to stop sending them anthropomorphic animal porn.The clearly heartfelt plea to keep things gr-r-reat came about after an emotional few days for the furry community on Twitter.The definition of the term furry is contested, even among furries themselves, but it usually refers to the fandom of people who identify with, roleplay as, and usually wear fursuits to mimic, anthropomorphised cartoon animals.Basically, if the suave Disney version of Robin Hood – who is a literal fox – spoke to you on a romantic level, you may appreciate where they re coming from.Of course, as an anthropomorphised cartoon animal, Tony the Tiger is the daddy of all furries, and so there s a fair amount of artwork featuring him.
An attempt to reduce the numbers of visitors smuggling drugs, mobile phones and USB sticks heaving with pornography into a prison has been roundly mocked, with Chelmsford Prison's installation of 7ft cardboard policemen in its car park branded an insult to the security staff who actually work there.The pretend cops were stuck to the walls in the car park in some sort of attempt to psychologically undermine the smuggling plans of visitors, visitors bosses presumably think stupid enough to see a flat cardboard thing and think it might actually be real.The car park is already fitted out with CCTV cameras to keep an eye on visitors walking funny because of all the slimline feature phones they've got shoved up their bottoms in freezer bags, so the 2D law enforcement officers are clearly quite redundant anyway.Francis Crook, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, has officially branded the poster police a bit silly too, explaining: "I think it's insulting to staff.Having cardboard cut-outs of coppers outside is insulting."Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
District Judge Robert Bryan declined to intervene in the ongoing case against a suspect called Jay Michaud, who is one of 137 people now facing charges in the US in relation to the FBI's probe into Playpen, an illicit website formerly hosted on the Tor network.As Mozilla noted in its initial court filing, Tor, which is used to anonymise internet browsing, is partly based on the same open-source code used in its popular Firefox browser.However, in the wake of a plea from the US Justice Department citing "national security" Judge Bryan reversed his decision on Monday 17 May and said prosecutors no longer had to make any bug disclosure to Michaud's defence team.Thousands of people around the world are under investigation as a result of the case, however law enforcement recently encountered issues after two defendants secured rulings that declared their warrants invalid.These setbacks were largely due to "jurisdictional issues" that surround the FBI's use of malware to snare the suspects.During the period it was under its control, the agency used a court-ordered malware technique in an attempt to identify as many of the website's 214,898 members as possible.
The creator of the BitTorrent protocol would like to remind the world once again that its main reason for existing isn't so you can steal all the Batmans and most of the pornography off the internet -- it has proper, serious, real-world applications too.To wit, it has revealed BitTorrent Live, a method of allowing everyone to leverage the distributed sharing method to live-stream whatever video game they're playing or whichever patch of fresh paint is drying, using a P2P solution the developer says might lessen some of the lag that interrupts other live video streaming options.The announcement has details of a free tier of programming that includes such delights as Clubbing TV and Filmbox Arthouse, with plenty of premium options also in the pipeline.The makers say that "subscription based, ad supported, and Pay Per View premium tiers" should also appear at some point in the future, should people notice its existence in such a quantity to make it all worthwhile for the content makers of the world to bother setting up the relevant torrents.BitTorrent Live via Ars Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
The Queen speaking during the State Opening of Parliament on May 18, 2016All sites containing "pornographic material" will be hidden behind age-verification blocks, the government has confirmed in the Queen's speech.Similar criticisms have been made of current ISP-level adult content filters, which can be dodged using basic techniques such as VPNs or even Google Translate.A blanket age-block on all pornographic material online would be a major escalation of existing systems.At the time the government said it wanted to create a "family friendly" internet free from pornography, gambling and extreme violence.In December 2014 it emerged thanks BT, Sky and Virgin Media had been hijacking people's web connections to force customers to make a decision.In January 2015 Sky started blocking all adult websites by default for all customers who had failed to decide.
Image caption How the government plans to implement the age checks is not clearThe UK government will require pornographic sites to verify users are over 18 as part of a raft of measures announced in the Queen's Speech.It also pledged more protection for consumers from spam email and nuisance calls, by ensuring direct consent is obtained for direct marketing.The details of how this will work are not yet clear, and security expert Dr Gilad Rosner, who is a member of the Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advocacy Group, said the government may struggle to implement the plan on free pornographic sites.Other plans include:Pushing further with the development of fast broadband and mobile networksChanging the way the government uses data to deliver public servicesIntroducing a Universal Service Obligation for broadband, with minimum speeds of at least 10MbpsNew powers for Ofcom to release data such as customer complaints and broadband speedsNew measures to make switching providers easier for consumersLast week the government confirmed that the Universal Service Obligation for broadband would be delivered "on request"."Whilst it is a step in the right direction for the rural areas not yet benefitting from mobile connectivity, investment in digital infrastructure is not just about reducing these connectivity blackspots.""Over 23 million people have now signed up to 4G and existing networks but even in major cities these networks will soon be overwhelmed by the demand for data, Solving this issue not only requires a bold, long-term vision, it requires leadership and collective effort by industry, government, local authorities, regulators and the public."
New rules will see those visiting porn sites forced to prove they are aged 18 or aboveWatching porn online in the UK mainly for underage viewers is going to get tough as the government is set to implement age-based restrictions.In a bid to protect children from online harassment and cybercrime, the UK government's Digital Economy Bill will compel pornographic sites to verify that users are over 18.The regulations have been discussed in the past and mulled over but the mention of the bill in the Queen's recent speech indicates the government is quite determined to go through with the checks.So far, no details have emerged on how this will happen but some reports say credentials such as one's mobile phone operator, Post Office identity proof, NHS identity proof or the Department for Work and Pensions number can be asked from the potential viewer.The real issue, however, will arise when it comes to free pornographic content being widely available on sites like PornHub, which don't require any registrations.The government will also undertake some telecom related reforms under the bill like development of fast broadband and mobile networks and simplifying the way the government uses data to deliver public services.
Eric NorrisA US federal judge in Tacoma, Washington has put himself in a Catch 22: ruling a man charged with possessing child pornography has the right to review malware source code while also acknowledging that the government has a right to keep it secret.As Ars has reported previously, since defense lawyer Colin Fieman filed his third motion to compel discovery in January 2016, there have been two other judges overseeing related cases in different states that have ruled to suppress evidence found as a result of the NIT.Earlier this month, a defense attorney in West Virginia filed a new motion to withdraw a guilty plea based on these other rulings.You can t have it both waysBrian Owsley, a former federal judge who is now a law professor at the University of North Texas, said that such a conundrum is "not that uncommon."He pointed to a 1957 Supreme Court decision, Jencks v. United States, which involved an undercover informant and an alleged Communist who demanded government records from the investigation.Ahmed Ghappour, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings, came to a similar conclusion.
A judge in a high-profile child pornography case, in which a website called Playpen was accessible only through Tor, is trying to decide whether the FBI should disclose the NIT"s source code to the defendant.Judge Robert Bryan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington wrestled with the competing interests in a case status order he issued in the U.S. v. Michaud case this week."What should be done about it when, under these facts, the defense has a justifiable need for information in the hands of the government, but the government has a justifiable right not to turn the information over to the defense?"The FBI's strategy with NIT-aided investigations appears to involve hiding its use of hacking tools, and, in some cases, pressing for guilty pleas before defendants and their lawyers question the investigative techniques, said Nathan Freed Wessler, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.The FBI has defended NITs, saying their use is limited.In the Michaud case, the defendant's lawyer had agreed earlier to view the source code using FBI-approved security measures, but the FBI backed away from that compromise.
IT giant Microsoft has adopted a new policy aimed weapon at what the company describes as "terrorist content". Search Engine Bing is not covered by the new policy, then the company in this case refers to freedom of expression. Nätjättar previously adopted the same policy, Google, Facebook and Twitter. According to Microsoft's post is "terrorist content" such as published by or in support of the organizations of the United Nations terrorist list and that depict violence, inciting violence, supports terrorist organizations or acts of terrorism, and calls for the connection of terrorist groups. Terrorism is not the only thing that nätjättarna blocked in recent years. Google and Microsoft's search engines do not link to child pornography and there have also been several attempts to stop the internet hate.
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A new study of more than 1 million websites found that news sites that rely heavily on online advertising are sprinkling the most digital markers on their visitors.Since the advent of the Web, digital advertisers have been in a cat-and-mouse game with users over tracking their movements, even deliberately circumventing privacy settings.This study, purportedly the largest and most detailed measurement of online tracking to date, offers more detail of which sites are most aggressively targeting users and new methods of tracking users.When it comes to following visitors around the Web, news, arts and sports sites lead the pack, even more than pornography sites, the Princeton researchers found.Sites such as non-profits and universities track visitors much less.The researchers speculate why news sites are tracking more:The top five most common tracking tools are owned by Google, such as Google Analytics and Doubleclick, MIT Technology Review points out.Visitors who don t want to be tracked have two main methods for throwing off their digital scent, the cookie-blocker in one s browser and privacy extensions.But do they work?The researchers found that Firefox s blocking was effective.Add-on extension Ghostery was also effective at limiting cookies.What s trickier are new techniques used by small companies that work on how browsers process audio.Dubbed fingerprinting, the tracker attaches an audio signal that then follows a device around the Web.Since Google and Facebook control most of the common trackers, there may be hope of creating standards and controls in this space.One of the researchers, Arvind Narayanan, told the MIT Technology Review:Photo: The Google logo.AP/Mark Lennihan Tags: cookies, facebook, Google, Google Analytics, news sites, tracking
Utah Senator Todd Weiler has proposed a bill to rid the state of porn by adding Internet filters and anti-porn software on all cell phones and requiring citizens to opt-in before viewing porn online.However, it looks like England s Internet porn laws have backfired, with some programs blocking rape crisis centers, sex-ed sites for children and sites actually offering help to people with a porn addiction.The Chinese government has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into censorship and have failed at restricting what their people can see.The state also seems hyper-focused on pornography, compared to other states, with advertisements and groups taking up arms against porn.Billboards offering help and counseling to those with a porn addiction line the major metro areas along the freeway from Ogden to Provo.Kids will find things you don t want them to — both online and off.
The FBI used NIT to identify and arrest thousands of child pornographers on the dark webThe FBI used its Tor exploiting malware, titled Network Investigative Technique NIT , to identify and bring down the members of a child pornography website called Playpen, on the dark web in January.In the case of US vs Jay Michaud, FBI special agent Daniel Alfin provided testimony, in which he stressed that NIT, which was used to identify the activities of Michaud and thousands of others who used Playpen, is not malware as the FBI had a warrant to use it and because NIT caused no security damage to Michaud's computer.Although security experts are yet to reach an agreement on how best to define malware, it is commonly accepted that it is a code that is surreptitiously installed in systems and runs without the knowledge of the owner and in most cases, gains access to data within the system.In this regard, the NIT could be classified as a malware, given that it was covertly installed onto the systems of anyone using the Playpen website, which could only be accessed using the Tor browser.However, the FBI's interpretation of malware does not align with its generally understood meaning.However, Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill, the Stop Mass Hacking Act, which would prevent the FBI from mass hacking with just a single warrant, like it did in the Playpen case.
Last week we reported on the EU's plans to regulate streaming services in the same way that it currently regulates national broadcasters but requiring them to devote at least 20% of their catalogues to European television and film content.Now the plans have been published, revealing the exact size and scope of the proposed regulation.More European contentCurrently national broadcasters dedicate around half of their viewing time to European works, and the commission wants streaming services to move further in this direction.Currently broadcasters are limited to 20% of their content being advertising between the hours of 7am and 11pm and this isn't set to change.Age verification for mature contentThe commission also wants to better protect minors from pornographic and violent content by using features such as age verification and parental control systems.However providers have consistently faced problems implementing such regulations, since all pornography is not categorized as such, and there is a large amount of overlap between pornographic content and the wider internet.
View photosMoreEuropean Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, left, speaks during a media conference in Brussels on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.The quota would match one that already exists for TV networks in European countries and aims to protect the film industry, culture and national languages of the EU's 28 states in an increasingly globalized world dominated by programs in English and from the U.S."Cultural quotas are outdated and unnecessary — video-on-demand providers are already investing heavily into European local content," said James Waterworth, vice president of Europe operations for the CCIA computer and internet industry association.Officials from the European Commission, the EU executive branch that made the proposal Wednesday, note that Netflix's library is already made up of 21 percent European content, while other providers have up to 30 percent."These percentages are not going to represent a major effort," said Guenther Oettinger, the commissioner responsible for Europe's digital market.The EU measures also aim to better protect minors from content like pornography or violence and crack down on incitement to hatred.
Judges in at least two related cases in other states have also ruled in favor of defendants, on the grounds that the Virginia-issued warrant to deploy the NIT network investigative technique malware was invalid from the start.Those judges found that the warrant to search their computers in other parts of the country couldn t have had force of law in other states as issued by the Virginia magistrate judge.During that period, with many users Tor-enabled digital shields down—revealing their true IP addresses—the government was then able to identify and arrest the 135 child porn suspects.This judicial order comes two weeks after the defendant s lawyer, Colin Fieman, forcefully argued that the government must provide him and his client, Jay Michaud, access to the source code of the FBI s NIT—which the government has done in other cases."The interesting thing about the government s setback in this case is that the suppression does not turn on a technicality, and will not be fixed by a subsequent rule change," Ghappour added."It looks like the judge decided to suppress the fruits of a hacking operation on due process grounds, reasoning the defendant s right to a fair trial would be compromised if the evidence was used without disclosure of the source code."
Symantec boffin Satnam Narang says some 2500 Twitter accounts, including those of journalists and other notables, have been compromised and used to sling pornography and links for dating sites.The accounts include those of a Telegraph journalist, a CNN correspondent, the National Post editor-in-chief, WKYT weekend anchor, CNBC television show OptionAction.Attackers changed the Twitter account pictures and biographies to material plugging the sexual services sites."It s likely that the attackers earned money by redirecting users to these sites through affiliate programs," Narang says."Rather than tweeting or direct-messaging users, the attackers used these compromised accounts to like tweets and follow other users, hoping to capitalise on users being curious enough to investigate their Twitter profiles."Narang estimates the scammers would earn a healthy US$4 for each user who clicks shortened URLs embedded into the compromised profiles and signs up for an account on the adult sites.
The FBI used NIT to identify and bring down members of a child pornography websiteThe FBI and its Tor manipulating hacking tool, which it calls Network Investigative Technique NIT , have come under the spotlight, thanks to an ongoing trial that involves the prosecution of an alleged member of a child pornography website.In April the FBI was ordered to reveal the code for NIT, but the agency resisted by filing a sealed motion, requesting the judge to reconsider the demand.FBI agent Daniel Alfin also recently testified, stressing that NIT could not be considered malware and was a legitimate method of accessing data, given that it was sanctioned by a court and that it did not alter the security of the subject's computer.He was arrested in July 2015 after the FBI successfully deployed the NIT onto the computers of suspected Playpen members and identified thousands of miscreants.In his statement, Alfin argued that revealing details about the NIT would in no way help the defence in determining how it worked once it was deployed onto Michaud's computer.Although judge Robert Bryan ruled that the FBI's hacking evidence be excluded from the trial, he mentioned that the case should not be dismissed entirely.
IntroductionIt's hard to imagine anything less child-friendly than an uncensored internet.Software can't do everything, of course, but it can help to make parents' lives much easier.Protect your kids on Windows, OS X and mobile devices with Qustodio's free appThe free version is limited to one user and one device, but if you want to control multiple devices the paid-for version isn't too steep at US$44.95/£29.95 about AU$61 per year for up to five devices higher-end plans are available for larger families .Its raft of features and support for a wide range of platforms make Qustodio our top recommended parental control software, but there are many other excellent free programs available, some of which may be better suited to your individual needs.Read on for more of the best tools to keep your kids safe online.It automatically blocks domains that OpenDNS has flagged under the headings "tasteless, proxy/anonymizer, sexuality, or pornography".FamilyShield can run on your home router, applying filters to every device on your Wi-Fi networkOne of the big pluses here is that while FamilyShield can run on PCs and mobile devices, you can also apply it to your network router and filter all the traffic that passes through it - it's just a matter of changing the DNS server numbers in your control panel, and that has the happy benefit of improving DNS lookup speeds on some ISPs.