Monthly Archives: January 2011

Internet forensics on the Zuckerberg hack

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Charles Arthur’s superb Guardian post on trying to track down who hacked Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account is an excellent example of Internet forensics. Here’s an extract:

[W]e might be able to find the hacker if we can find out who changed the Wikipedia page. Unfortunately, it wasn’t done by a registered user. But because of Wikipedia’s clever tracking system, you can see the IP of non-registered users: there it is at the top of the edit page in the screenshot: 131.74.110.168. You can also see what articles machines at that IP address have edited – a very mixed bag–- and also how edits from that IP have been increasingly smacked down by Wikipedia editors (latest on that page coming from October 2009: “Please stop your disruptive editing. If you continue to vandalise Wikipedia, as you did at Lyoto Machida, you will be blocked from editing.”

So who’s behind 131.74.110.168? A quick whois query tells you that it… the US department of defence in Williamsburg. [FULL ARTICLE]

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Internet censorship & surveillance

Beautifully presented map, graphics and stats on Internet surveillance and censorship, by Yui You.

#2 in 2010

And lo, it seems that my Europe Without Hotels piece for the NYT was their second most read travel article in 2010. Chuffed.

NYC – Mindrelic Timelapse

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Vanity Fair on Assange & The Guardian

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Fantastic piece in Vanity Fair on the behind-the-scenes relationships between Julian Assange, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the various players involved in the recent WikiLeaks revelations. An extract:

[Assange and Guardian journalist Nick Davies] laid plans to set up a research bunker in The Guardian’s offices. They agreed that they wouldn’t talk about the project on cell phones. They agreed that, in two days, Assange would send Davies an e-mail with the address of a Web site that hadn’t previously existed, and that would exist for only an hour or two. Assange took a paper napkin with the hotel’s name and logo and circled various words. At the top he wrote, “no spaces.” By linking the words together, Davies had his password. Full story

• Related: Should Julian Assange have remained anonymous himself?

Waking up around the world

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