McAfee Labs predicts the decline of Anonymous Reply

arstechnica.com
Megan Geuss

Computer security firm McAfee Labs released its annual Threat Predictions report today, taking a look at what we’ll see (and hope not to see) on 2013’s deck of malware and viruses. Interestingly, McAfee’s analysis predicts a decline in Anonymous’ attacks, a rise in the frequency and sophistication of mobile malware, and a rise in large-scale attacks that aim to cause as much destruction as possible.

This time last year, McAfee’s report for 2012 predicted that “Hacktivism and Anonymous will reboot and evolve.” While this year didn’t see anything on the level of the hacks of Sony and HBGary from 2011, Anonymous did execute a number of high-profile attacks and threats. Now McAfee says that in 2013, hacktivisim will be conducted by more homogeneous, politically-motivated groups rather than Anonymous’ pantheon of personalities and pet causes. Still, McAfee suggests that Anonymous may be able to stage a few high-visibility attacks in the coming months despite its predicted decline. The report reads: More…

South Africa president: Pets are “white culture” Reply

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AP Photo/Denis Farrell

People walk their dogs outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Thursday, Dec. 27 2012.

People walk their dogs outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Thursday, Dec. 27 2012. / AP Photo/Denis Farrell

President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa, which was dominated by whites until apartheid was dismantled almost two decades ago, The Star newspaper reported Thursday. More…

Tennessee Is Considering A Plan To Secretly Arm Teachers Reply

Evan McMorris-Santoro
TPM

Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.

A member of the Republican-controlled legislature plans during its upcoming session to introduce a bill that would allow the state to pay for secretly armed teachers in classrooms so, the sponsor told TPM, potential shooters don’t know who has a gun and who doesn’t.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has said the idea will be part of his discussions about how to prevent a shooting like the one in Newtown from happening in the Volunteer State.

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The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby Reply

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Justin Raimondo

The anti-Hagel campaign reveals the psychopathology of radical Zionism

The campaign to demonize Chuck Hagel in the run up to his possible confirmation hearings as Secretary of Defense is going full swing. As I told my readers the other day, “get ready for a mudslide of smears and innuendo as the [Israel] Lobby homes in for the kill.” Twenty-four hours later, there are so many entrants into what appears to be a competition to see who can come up with the nastiest smears that one has a hard time deciding on a winner. After some deliberation, however, I have to give Bret Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s foreign affairs editor, the prize.

As I predicted, the “Jewish lobby” comment has taken center stage in this manufactured controversy, and Stephens is quick to jump on it: More…

On banning assault rifles Reply

According to the FBI’s uniform crime report, rifles are the least used class of weapon by any kind of killer in the United States. Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia reported ZERO killings by rifle in 2010.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10tbl20.xls

The state with the highest rifle killings in 2010 was California where assault rifles are banned. If you look at the data, every state in the US reported more killings by ‘knives or cutting instruments’ — with the exceptions of Alaska and Wyoming.

The FBI has yet to release 2011’s ‘by state, types of weapons’ report.

Gun sales surge after Connecticut massacre 1

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William La Jeunesse

The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre has set of a round of buying, as thousands of Americans head to their local gun store to secure the popular AR-15 — the model used by the school gunman — before potential government prohibitions on their purchase.

They are also buying the .223 ammunition used by the AR-15 and the type of high-capacity magazines covered under the last federal assault weapons ban, which Congress let expire without renewing. More…

Who Will Control The Guns? 1

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Jack Donovan

When people talk about guns in the aftermath of a public shooting tragedy, they argue about what “we” should do about guns in America.

“We should limit the capacity of magazines. No one needs the ability to fire off hundreds of rounds.”

 “We should ban assault rifles. No one needs that kind of gun. It was designed for the military.”

“We should stop people from buying body armor. No one needs that kind of protection.”

“We should prevent the ‘mentally unstable’ from getting access to guns.” More…

Okla. teen arrested in school shooting plot Reply

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager for allegedly plotting to attack his high school and trying to recruit classmates to help him.

Police in Bartlesville, a community about 40 miles north of Tulsa, arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez shortly before 5 a.m. Friday on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. He remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday on $1 million bond, and he is due in court Jan. 11.

Court documents didn’t list an attorney for Chavez, and calls to a number listed in court documents as his reached a recorded message saying the line wasn’t available. More…

NRA bombarded on Facebook and Twitter after Conn. shooting Reply

dailydot.com
Kevin Collier

For the overwhelming majority of Americans, there’s nothing to do in response to the horrific news of a gunman who killed 18 children in a Connecticut elementary school.

So, in what’s becoming an emerging trend in response to news of mass shootings, many gun control advocates are directing their horror at the National Rifle Association online.

As of press time, the NRA, the most visible pro-gun lobby in the U.S., hasn’t addressed this shooting on its social media sites. Its most recent announcement on both Facebook and Twitter is from early Friday morning, before news of the shootings broke: A contest to give away an unspecified “auto emergency tool.” More…