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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Security experts claim that if you're carrying a laptop or a smartphone in Chicago this week, you might come under a cyber attack because people may think you're part of the NATO summit   (suntimes.com ) divider line
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2012-05-17 11:05:56 AM  
Don't most people already know these things?
 
2012-05-17 11:13:31 AM  
Well I guess it's better than being stabbed in the anus with a rusty steak knife, but I still maintain that kids these days are pussies.
 
2012-05-17 01:43:42 PM  
or borrowed by free-loaders

Um, no. Get a farking job and buy your own.
 
2012-05-17 01:44:18 PM  
If you're using a car phone or a pager, people might think you're a VIP, too.
 
2012-05-17 01:45:53 PM  
Btw, notice how they subtly lumped "war opponents" right in with "terrorist groups," "anarchists," and "criminal groups" in this obvious scare piece?
 
2012-05-17 01:46:16 PM  
Does the average Chicagoan not own a smartphone? Why would this make a NATO rep stand out?
 
2012-05-17 01:46:47 PM  
You may also come under actual attack if the police believe you are a protester or a member of the press reporting on how they are treating protesters.
 
2012-05-17 01:48:59 PM  
Ya know, with 4G service you might be able to upload the footage of abuse before they smash your phone and skull.
 
2012-05-17 01:50:18 PM  
I defy you to walk down Michigan Avenue and find someone NOT carrying a smartphone.
 
2012-05-17 01:51:35 PM  
See that guy? That guy over there with the laptop? Let's cyber attack him.
 
2012-05-17 01:52:07 PM  
What if they're behind seven proxies?
 
2012-05-17 01:52:53 PM  
"The reality of location-based apps like Foursquare is that, in this day and age of Web 3.0 and information readily available on your profile and your location, people should treat cyberspace as a dangerous and hostile neighborhood. Use it selectively. Don't trust in the fact you think it's benevolent," Kellermann said.

OK, this guy has something to sell. Clearly.
 
2012-05-17 01:54:15 PM  
www.lolwut.com
 
2012-05-17 01:56:25 PM  
BE AFRAID!!
 
2012-05-17 01:57:08 PM  
www.suntimes.com

What a cyber attacker might look like
 
2012-05-17 01:58:30 PM  

IrateShadow: You may also come under actual attack if the police believe you are a protester or a member of the press reporting on how they are treating protesters.


^^^

THIS.
 
2012-05-17 01:58:38 PM  

naz-drala: [www.suntimes.com image 240x360]

What a cyber attacker might look like


You forgot their CPD badge.
 
2012-05-17 02:01:53 PM  
The warmongers are fearmongers too!

/Live and work in downtown Chi ... not too worried about it. At all.
 
2012-05-17 02:05:17 PM  
Sounds like a good cover story when the DHS hacks into everyone's gadgets.
 
2012-05-17 02:08:10 PM  

sweet-daddy-2: Sounds like a good cover story when the DHS hacks into everyone's gadgets.


Yep. NSA at work with your tax dollars.
 
2012-05-17 02:08:37 PM  
How about the real risk of finding your cell and wifi networks jammed or the cell network just summarily disconnected by the government?

Unlike what protestors may or may not be saying or planning, the government *downplays* this sort of talk.
And they're already talking about it. So it's a safe bet they'll do *at least* exactly that.
Particularly since no-one seemed to notice or care when they dropped a few hints about maybe jamming everything with an antennae for 'security'.
 
2012-05-17 02:09:50 PM  

naz-drala: [www.suntimes.com image 240x360]

What a cyber attacker might look like


Good luck with that. Considering where his leverage is focused hes going to need another monitor.
 
2012-05-17 02:10:32 PM  

sandbar67: The warmongers are fearmongers too!

/Live and work in downtown Chi ... not too worried about it. At all.


Ditto (the living and working part) - I am not afraid for my own wellbeing, but feel something extremely stupid will happen which will cause people to get hurt (like the idiotic clown thing)
 
2012-05-17 02:12:43 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: naz-drala: [www.suntimes.com image 240x360]

What a cyber attacker might look like

Good luck with that. Considering where his leverage is focused hes going to need another monitor.


And we all know how scarce those are!
 
2012-05-17 02:13:41 PM  

libranoelrose: Wicked Chinchilla: naz-drala: [www.suntimes.com image 240x360]

What a cyber attacker might look like

Good luck with that. Considering where his leverage is focused hes going to need another monitor.

And we all know how scarce those are!


yes yes, too true. Its just an idiotic picture though.
 
2012-05-17 02:16:25 PM  

cgraves67: Does the average Chicagoan not own a smartphone? Why would this make a NATO rep stand out?


No, we generally get along with smoke signals and semaphore.
 
2012-05-17 02:17:02 PM  

mithras_angel: What if they're behind seven proxies?


Unnecessary unless you need to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2012-05-17 02:18:14 PM  
A Cyber attack?

i582.photobucket.com

/NATO == Torchwood?
 
2012-05-17 02:18:16 PM  

koder: Btw, notice how they subtly lumped "war opponents" right in with "terrorist groups," "anarchists," and "criminal groups" in this obvious scare piece?



They all scare corporations equally. That's why they're grouped together. All can cause corporations harm, so the government, an extension of the corporation, views them as the biggest threats.
 
2012-05-17 02:19:22 PM  
And don't wear a tie, or they might think you are an ambassador.
 
2012-05-17 02:22:03 PM  

p the boiler: sandbar67: The warmongers are fearmongers too!

/Live and work in downtown Chi ... not too worried about it. At all.

Ditto (the living and working part) - I am not afraid for my own wellbeing, but feel something extremely stupid will happen which will cause people to get hurt (like the idiotic clown thing)


Aside from minor asshattery down at McCormick Place or doing some marching in the Loop, the scenario I see as most likely is a few protesters (and it would only take a few) fearing that they are not getting enough attention from the public and decide to truly disrupt things by walking on the L tracks. The CTA won't mow them down; they'll shut off power to the relevant sections until cops can haul the jackasses away. A few staggered incidents like this without warning would suddenly bring the L to a grinding halt, right at a time when people will be relying on it more because of the road closures.
 
2012-05-17 02:25:46 PM  

koder: Btw, notice how they subtly lumped "war opponents" right in with "terrorist groups," "anarchists," and "criminal groups" in this obvious scare piece?


Calm down. It's just a list of people that hate America.
 
2012-05-17 02:26:48 PM  

Holfax: And don't wear a tie, or they might think you are an ambassador.


Or an evil banker or corporate lawyer. I don't have any hearings today or tomorrow, but I've got one on Monday morning and have then run across the street for filings in a couple of other cases, so I'm giving myself extra time in case of L problems.


blazemongr: A Cyber attack?
[i582.photobucket.com image 505x408]
/NATO == Torchwood?


I was thinking more along the lines of UNIT.

Nightsweat: cgraves67: Does the average Chicagoan not own a smartphone? Why would this make a NATO rep stand out?
No, we generally get along with smoke signals and semaphore.



The Chicago Shakespeare Company will perform Julius Caesar on Aldus lamps.
 
2012-05-17 02:26:57 PM  

intelligent comment below: koder: Btw, notice how they subtly lumped "war opponents" right in with "terrorist groups," "anarchists," and "criminal groups" in this obvious scare piece?


They all scare corporations equally. That's why they're grouped together. All can cause corporations harm, so the government, an extension of the corporation, views them as the biggest threats.


The quote is from some guy at Trend Micro. He doesn't care if it's a bunch of script kiddies or North Korea - a security breach is a security breach. It's very true that anyone with a political aim would become more active during a large political event. Actually, "criminal groups" is the one most out of place in that sentence because their presence is more closely tied to the large availability of targets, not the nature of the targets themselves. It's a completely legitimate statement and a "hacktivist" is still a hacker as far software security is concerned.

Or it could be some sort of huge government-industrial-complex conspiracy. I mean, I guess that makes just as much sense.
 
2012-05-17 02:30:23 PM  
This is a completely useless article. I have absolutely zero concern about this

/live and work in downtown chicago
 
2012-05-17 02:30:49 PM  
27.media.tumblr.com

\who knew you could make money by scaring people
\\besides the GOP, that is
 
2012-05-17 02:33:32 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Or it could be some sort of huge government-industrial-complex conspiracy. I mean, I guess that makes just as much sense.


It's a perfectly acceptable opinion when you see how governments treat left wing protesters as more dangerous than right wing violent extremists.
 
2012-05-17 02:33:48 PM  

CheapEngineer: [27.media.tumblr.com image 480x356]

\who knew you could make money by scaring people
\\besides the GOP, that is


The news papers.
TV news
The anti-virus companies.
Hollywood.
bums
clowns
 
2012-05-17 02:36:12 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Ave


This.
 
2012-05-17 02:37:08 PM  
i674.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-17 02:40:23 PM  

redmid17: This is a completely useless article. I have absolutely zero concern about this

/live and work in downtown chicago


This explains why I have you favorited as "TSA loving @ssclown" (I couldn't remember)

\former Down-stater
\\would be at the Chicago city limits doing this in an *instant* V

bobcesca.com
 
2012-05-17 02:40:57 PM  

IrateShadow: You may also come under actual attack if the police believe you are a protester or a member of the press reporting on how they are treating protesters.


Stolen from elsewhere:

"Pixiq reports on how the DOJ is forcefully responding to a situation in Baltimore where law enforcement had been finding loopholes to avoid complying with an earlier letter from the DOJ reminding them that stopping people from filming law enforcement violates the Constitution.

The DOJ sent a letter concerning a case where police went after a guy who recorded them and deleted the contents of his phone. In the letter, they state that any injunction has to include clear training:

It is the United States' position that any resolution to Mr. Sharp's claims for injunctive relief should include policy and training requirements that are consistent with the important First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights at stake when individuals record police officers in the public discharge of their duties. These rights, subject to narrowly-defined restrictions, engender public confidence in our police departments, promote public access to information necessary to hold our governmental officers accountable, and ensure public and officer safety.

The letter then goes on to detail guidelines for what such training should entail. The full letter, embedded below, is worth reading. I'll admit that given many of the other DOJ actions we've talked about here, I'm a bit cynical when it comes to that operation. However, this seems like a case where it's actually standing up for the public and against the way many in law enforcement seem to view the law."
 
2012-05-17 02:41:12 PM  
I'm still waiting for someone to give me a valid reason why you would protest the NATO summit.

I suppose if you were an arms dealer you would, or if you liked chaos and violence you would, but if you are "anti-war" why the hell would you protest an organization that has prevented war in Europe for almost 70 years?

Of that's right. Because your a farking moron.
 
2012-05-17 02:41:15 PM  
Cyberattacks? On the Information Superhighway?
 
2012-05-17 02:41:29 PM  

ringersol: How about the real risk of finding your cell and wifi networks jammed or the cell network just summarily disconnected by the government?

Unlike what protestors may or may not be saying or planning, the government *downplays* this sort of talk.
And they're already talking about it. So it's a safe bet they'll do *at least* exactly that.
Particularly since no-one seemed to notice or care when they dropped a few hints about maybe jamming everything with an antennae for 'security'.


"In addition, Internet, wireless voice and even electrical outages are possible, and workers and residents should back up their devices."
 
2012-05-17 02:44:42 PM  
Meh. Bet I could stroll through Chicago with one of my laptops and not have any problems.

/It's a Bondwell B310+
//Same model used for the smartgun controllers in 'Aliens'.
 
2012-05-17 02:44:54 PM  
Hannibal ante portas!
 
2012-05-17 02:46:02 PM  

CheapEngineer: redmid17: This is a completely useless article. I have absolutely zero concern about this

/live and work in downtown chicago

This explains why I have you favorited as "TSA loving @ssclown" (I couldn't remember)

\former Down-stater
\\would be at the Chicago city limits doing this in an *instant* V

[bobcesca.com image 320x198]


I hope the TSA loving assclown note is sarcasm. There's probably no organization I less respect for than them. At least scientology has some competency. they do not
 
2012-05-17 02:49:35 PM  

what_now: I'm still waiting for someone to give me a valid reason why you would protest the NATO summit.

I suppose if you were an arms dealer you would, or if you liked chaos and violence you would, but if you are "anti-war" why the hell would you protest an organization that has prevented war in Europe for almost 70 years?

Of that's right. Because your a farking moron.


Prevent?

*Cough* Kosovo, *cough*

Frowns
www.parsnackle.com
 
2012-05-17 02:54:33 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: what_now: I'm still waiting for someone to give me a valid reason why you would protest the NATO summit.
I suppose if you were an arms dealer you would, or if you liked chaos and violence you would, but if you are "anti-war" why the hell would you protest an organization that has prevented war in Europe for almost 70 years?
Of that's right. Because your a farking moron.

Prevent?
*Cough* Kosovo, *cough*
Frowns



I think you just proved his point.

Kosovo was a local skirmish, kept local and ultimately put down by NATO.

Back in the days before NATO, disputes in the Balkans didn't stay in the Balkans, and millions died.
 
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