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General Discussion / Diner Beta Sites
« Last post by Reverse Engineer on June 05, 2015, 06:50:25 am »
I have created the new Diner Beta Blog to go with the Diner Beta Forum

As of yet, not a whole lot of Content in either location.

The Beta Forum mostly contains messages about our various crashes over time, and likely will not have a whole lot more than that ever.  I'm not gonna try and copy over posts from this Forum to that one, not enough hours in the day for that one.  LOL.

On the Beta Blog, I will paste over just Text from Blogs on the Diner from the Native Diners.  No Cross Posting Bloggers.  No multimedia, maybe some pics if they paste easy, haven't tried it yet.  At 5/day, I should get them all pasted over in 6 months or so, maybe less.

Because it is FREE on Google, this Blog will stay up just about as long as the net does.  :icon_sunny:

Since several Diners suffered Withdrawal Symptoms when the Diner crashed today (including me!), this is INSURANCE you can get your Diner Fix even on Crash Days by hitting either of the above links, I am sure to be posting on the latest Collapse issue for the Diner there if I am still above ground.  I suggest BOOKMARKING them for real Diner Addicts.

The first Article is UP on the New Diner Blog, which you can read by clicking on the Link above.

As far as all the Audio goes, with each account you make on Spreaker you get 10 hours of FREE Audio Storage space! You can make such an account with any legit email account you have to validate it.  Just on FREE accounts on Google and Yahoo you guys would not believe how many I have.  LOL.  I can also make UNLIMITED new email accounts on the Diner as long as I have it running, and once validated you don't really need it anymore.  So I can essentially get unlimited FREE Audio storage this way.

Far as the Rants go, they average around 9min and I have around 140 of them for 1260 total minutes, or a little over 20 hours.  I can fit them all on 3 Google or Yahoo email IDs I have EZ, without even making more email addys on the Diner!  To get all the Interviews up on FREE space, I would need to use more email addys.

For the Vids, they are ALREADY on FREE YouTube space!  :icon_sunny:

So once I get the material moved to all these FREE spaces, it stays up until either these websites/companies collapse, or the Internet Goes DarkTM

If/When the Diner goes down AGAIN, we jump to the FREE space!  No down time for Diner Addicts this way!  :icon_sunny:

I am going to be the most Resilient Web Junkie on the Net!  They will not shut me up until they pry my cold dead fingers off the **** keyboard!  :icon_mrgreen:


P.S.-I am reposting this to the Beta Forum!  :icon_sunny:
General Discussion / Re: Hacked - US Office of Personnel Management
« Last post by Palloy on June 04, 2015, 08:23:17 pm »
NSA and FBI fight back my monitoring everything that enters/leaves the US on the internet.
Snowden leak: NSA uses warrantless web surveillance to watch cyberattacks
June 04, 2015

Classified documents from the trove of former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now reveal that the United States National Security Agency secretly had its powers expanded under Pres. Obama to go after hackers.

A report published on Thursday this week by journalists with the New York Times and ProPublica shows that sensitive NSA documents disclosed by Snowden detail how the Department of Justice agreed in 2012 to give the spy agency new authorities with regards to monitoring cyberattacks unfolding on US-linked networks.

That year, the joint report reveals, two previously secret memos authored by the DoJ lawyers gave NSA analysts the go ahead “to begin hunting on internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad,” according to the journalists.

Although the Justice Dept. ultimately agreed only to let the NSA monitor attacks believed to be stemming from foreign government involvement, the documents show that the agency wanted to have the power to target hackers even in instances where a link couldn’t be established.

“It should come as no surprise that the US government gathers intelligence on foreign powers that attempt to penetrate US networks and steal the private information of US citizens and companies,” Brian Hale, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the reporters, adding that “targeting overseas individuals engaging in hostile cyber activities on behalf of a foreign power is a lawful foreign intelligence purpose.”

Two years ago this week, the first news articles to make use of pilfered NSA documents from the Snowden trove surfaced in the press, paving the way for a discussion on the US intelligence community’s use of previously unpublicized surveillance tools and tactics. Yet while the first spy program exposed through those leaks – the bulk collection of millions of phone records on a regular basis by the NSA – was reined in to a degree as recently as this week, other endeavors revealed through the Snowden leak concerning the agency’s operations remain well in effect.

US law authorizing the NSA’s activities prohibits the agency from targeting American citizens. As with past programs unveiled through the Snowden disclosures, though, critics say the broad powers provided to the government nevertheless raise questions about whether or not the privacy of innocent Americans is being compromised.

According to this week’s report, the Justice Dept. gave the NSA approval in 2012 to query unique “cybersignatures” and internet addresses linked to attacks against American computer networks. The Snowden documents show that the DoJ interpreted a previous secret surveillance court ruling involving the monitoring of foreign governments to justify the decision, yet ensured restrictions were in place to rule out the collection of US-specific information.

“That rule, the NSA soon complained, left a ‘huge collection gap against cyber threats to the nation’ because it is often hard to know exactly who is behind an intrusion,” the journalists wrote. “So the NSA, in 2012, began pressing to go back to the surveillance court and seek permission to use the program explicitly for cybersecurity purposes. That way, it could monitor international communications for any ‘malicious cyber activity,’ even if it did not yet know who was behind the attack.”

At the same time, their report continues, the FBI began to benefit from an arrangement that allowed them to use the NSA’s system to monitor traffic going through internet “chokepoints operated by US providers through which international communications enter and leave the United States.”

Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity scholar at Stanford Law School, told the Times and ProPublica reporters that the revelations put the activities of NSA, an organization tasked with international intelligence gathering, “smack into law enforcement land.”

“That’s a major policy decision about how to structure cybersecurity in the US and not a conversation that has been had in public,” he said.

In the aftermath of one of the biggest single acts of intelligence gathering reform in modern American history, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California), a critic of the NSA’s surveillance operations, told the Guardian that the revelations suggest further changes are still needed, and needed urgently.

Contrary to those who hailed the USA Freedom Act, the NSA reform bill passed earlier this week, Lofgren said the Times and ProPublica report exemplifies the fact that passage “did not end bulk collection of communications and data.”

“To add insult to injury, under this program victims of cybercrime are doubly harmed when their government collects and searches their private stolen communications and data,” she said.
General Discussion / Hacked - US Office of Personnel Management
« Last post by Palloy on June 04, 2015, 08:10:54 pm »
Don't worry, you're not the only one.
US govt agency hacked, 4 million federal workers affected
June 04, 2015
Reuters / David McNew

Hackers breached the system of the US government agency responsible for gathering personnel information on federal employees and granting security clearances, potentially affecting the data of 4 million people, officials said.

It is not known who is responsible for the breach, but officials told Reuters that a foreign government or entity is to blame. The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal cited unnamed government officials who blamed Chinese hackers.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also said Chinese hackers are believed to be behind the attack, according to the Associated Press.

The security breach was revealed Thursday by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is also the affected agency. However, the attack itself occurred in April.

In a press release, OPM said it will contact roughly 4 million people whose personally identifiable information may have been compromised.

“Protecting our Federal employee data from malicious cyber incidents is of the highest priority at OPM,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta in a statement. “We take very seriously our responsibility to secure the information stored in our systems, and in coordination with our agency partners, our experienced team is constantly identifying opportunities to further protect the data with which we are entrusted.”

An unnamed US official told the Associated Press that the hack could potentially affect every federal agency.

Striking the OPM is particularly notable, since the department is responsible for more than 90 percent of all federal background checks, the AP reported.

According to the Washington Post, the attackers may have accessed information such as peoples' job assignments, work evaluations. and training.

“Certainly, OPM is a high value target,” said OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour to the newspaper. “We have a lot of information about people, and that is something that our adversaries want.”

Meanwhile, the FBI announced it is looking into the situation.

"The FBI is working with our interagency partners to investigate this matter," it said in a statement. "We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

Since the attack, OPM said it has implemented new security measures, such as restricting access and powers of remote administrators, and utilizing anti-malware software for further protection. A review of all connections to the network was also initiated.

General Discussion / Re: On Losing the Diner
« Last post by Palloy on June 04, 2015, 05:59:53 pm »
I should add that allowing Guest to post is a GHASTLY idea security-wise.  It should be switched off.

When I joined the Register User process was switched off and I had to contact RE directly.  This would be a big turn-off to most people.  Can Register User be turned back on?
General Discussion / Re: On Losing the Diner
« Last post by Palloy on June 04, 2015, 05:26:23 pm »
I think this forum is powered by PHPBB3

I mean SMF.

In case people haven't seen my last pearl of wisdom on the ASO site:
Now I have some deep and meaningful questions about the main folders/directories on the site.
Why is there a blog AND a forum?- they seem to be the same thing really.
Why is Sun4Living a separate thing? - it seems to have its own WordPress and SMF
What is ? - it seems to have its own WordPress and "forum"
Folders, excelgymllc, grmtest, petero, sandbox all seem to be empty - are they dead?
Folder backup is inside public_html, when it doesn't belong there, it should be one level higher up, accessible only by FTP.

So there seems to be 3 copies of WordPress floating around in there, and quite a few robots.txt files as well - and no robots.txt at the top level, which is the only place it can do any good.

I appreciate this has all evolved over time, but it is a real mess at the moment.  I don't actually see the need for WordPress at all, but I could be wrong.
General Discussion / Re: On Losing the Diner
« Last post by Palloy on June 04, 2015, 05:05:20 pm »
I was just trying to go on the Diner a few moments and the site gives me the message: "This Account Has Been Suspended".

I'm getting the same problem and FTP is running but isn't logging in.
Since RE would have switched the DNS pointers for the "" domain to here if he had turned the ASO site off, I guess ASO did it.

The malicious code came from the plug-in that RE used for the human extinction survey.

I don't think we know that for certain.  The lack of updating of WordPress from 4.0.5 to 4.2.2 is also a likely candidate.  There are definitely hackers that attack sites via known errors in WP.

Either way, we now have WP 4.2.2 and Harry said he had unplugged all the plugins, but we still seem to have a problem.  It is possible that something is lurking in the background of the webspace, probably a .php script.   Since there are 3 copies of WP (for /blog , / and / anything could be going on.

I think this forum is powered by PHPBB3
General Discussion / Re: On Losing the Diner
« Last post by monsta666 on June 04, 2015, 03:04:29 pm »
Quote from: Surly
I still have the malicious overwrite of the ht. access thingie lodged in my brain. Specifically, how did it get there and where did it come from?

The malicious code came from the plug-in that RE used for the human extinction survey.

I was just trying to go on the Diner a few moments and the site gives me the message: "This Account Has Been Suspended". Anyone know what is going on?
General Discussion / Re: On Losing the Diner
« Last post by Surly1 on June 04, 2015, 06:05:24 am »
Not to worry or obsess. To the extent that problems can be defined, they can be solved.

I still have the malicious overwrite of the ht. access thingie lodged in my brain. Specifically, how did it get there and where did it come from?
Just a hunch, but that could be the string that unravels the whole sweater.
General Discussion / On Losing the Diner
« Last post by Reverse Engineer on June 04, 2015, 05:46:24 am »
It is Thursday Morning June 4, 2015, 2AM AK Time.

As of right now, all the material on the Doomstead Diner, thousands of pages put up by myself and other Diners is currently lost and inaccessible on the web.

There is apparently now a problem with MySQL on our server host  the Code Jockeys are working to fix, and hopefully they will succeed.

Doomer Support took a backup copy of the Diner yesterday, so hopefully the material will all be retrieved at some future date on some server.

However, I have have always known this is all time limited, and really about nobody goes back and looks at archives in a Blog anyhow.  What you write on a Blog only lasts a few days to a month before nobody ever reads it again.

So if it all is gone for good, so be it.  Some people read the stuff when it was fresh and first came off my keyboard.  That is good enough.

In terms of keeping the Doomstead Diner going, I will give it a week or so, and if the Code Jockeys at ASO and Doomer Support cannot resurect the Diner, then I will simply start over, first here and then with a Blogspot or free WP Blog, and point the and this way.

I'm not going to quit writing about collapse on the net until I croak.  I'm not going to quit ranting either, and at least last I checked Diner Soundcoud was still running.  If/When it collapses, I'll find other free cloud storage for mp3s and drop them on there.

Today's project will be setting up a new Doomstead Diner Beta Blog on Blogspot or Wordpress.  I won't switch the URL pointer to that for at least a week or so.  I think Doomer Support and the Code Jockeys at ASO will get this fixed here, so I'm not going to prematurely jump the gun and flip the switch over on the URL yet.

No matter what occurs here, the Doomstead Diner has been a Great Adventure for me over these last few years, and I do know that what I wrote reached many people.  That is good enough.  The internet will not last forever, probably not more than another 20 years IMHO.  About Nobody goes back to read the old stuff anyhow.  What I wrote, what I thought does exist somewhere, and will for all eternity.  It cannot be destroyed, it cannot be hacked.

Tomorrow is another day I will carry on here, and spend my day chatting with support to fix the Diner.  I am not worried about this though one way or the other.  I will keep writing and ranting no matter what until I Buy My Ticket to the Great BeyondTM.

General Discussion / Diner Down 6/4/2015
« Last post by Reverse Engineer on June 04, 2015, 03:53:38 am »
Well, after a couple of weeks of non-stop headaches with our own software packages of WP and SMF, tonight the server itself crashed and MySQL went down across the board on all sites.

According to support on ASO, it's not a related problem, but it is an awfully bizarre coinkidink.

Harry does have copies of everything however, so eventually we should be OK.

We need to get a Beta Site up to flip on when we lose the main site.

That is all I have for Updates so far tonight.  The Code Jockeys are working to resolve the server issues far as I know.

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