4chan’s Moot Joins Google

4chan founder Christopher Poole, aka Moot, has announced that he has joined Google, tasked with helping the tech giant to “[build] online communities”.

“Today I’m excited to announce that I’ve joined Google,” Poole wrote on his blog.

“When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others. I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems.”

“I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company,” he added.

Last year, Poole sold 4chan to Hiroyuki Nishimura, the owner of 2channel, which served as the inspiration for the anonymous social site when Poole created it at the age of 15 back in 2003.

“Hiroyuki is a pioneer in the world of anonymous communities, and can be thought of as the great-grandfather of 4chan,” Poole wrote at the time. “His creation of 2channel in 1999 sparked an era of anonymous-centric web culture in Japan that led to the creation of Futaba Channel, the site that inspired 4chan. None of us would be using 4chan today—or potentially any anonymous image board—if it weren’t for him.”

Google has confirmed to Business Insider that Poole has joined the company, and will work directly under Bradley Horowitz, Vice President of Google Photos and Streams, the new division born from the ashes of Google+.

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4chan Message Board Sold

The influential and controversial message board 4chan has been sold to Japanese web entrepreneur-turned-magazine editor Hiroyuko Nishimura for an undisclosed sum, it was announced yesterday.

Revelling in its reputation as the filthy, sweaty engine-room of the internet, 4chan was the originator and hub of a crazy amount of internet subculture including “LOLcats” and the practice of “Rickrolling”, in which an unsuspecting user is tricked into clicking on a link which takes them to the YouTube video of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up – a practice which re-booted Astley’s career.

It was also the place where Anonymous, the online hackers collective began and was also at the center of the nude celebrity leak, dubbed as “The fappening” last year. The website currently gets 22 million new visits every month and a million posts per day.

In January 4chan’s founder, Chris Poole – who goes by the username Moot –announced he was stepping down as administrator of the site, and in a news post on Monday he announced the sale of the site to Nishimura. He said that he and Nishimura were “fast friends” who had bonded “over our shared passion for creating and managing online communities”.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the site, I guess we’ll find out!

Thanks to Forbes for providing us with this information.

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Moot Sells 4Chan to 2Channel

Christopher ‘Moot’ Poole, founder of the infamous 4Chan message board, has, after twelve years and two billion posts, sold the site to Japanese messaging culture pioneers 2Channel. Control of the site will pass from Moot – who effectively retired from running the site at the start of this year – to 2Channel owner Hiroyuki Nishimura.

Moot made the following announcement on the 4Chan news section:

“Today I’m pleased to announce that Hiroyuki Nishimura, best known as the founder of 2channel, has taken my place as the owner of 4chan.

Hiroyuki is a pioneer in the world of anonymous communities, and can be thought of as the great-grandfather of 4chan. His creation of 2channel in 1999 sparked an era of anonymous-centric web culture in Japan that led to the creation of Futaba Channel, the site that inspired 4chan. None of us would be using 4chan today—or potentially any anonymous image board—if it weren’t for him.

I met Hiroyuki in 2011 and we became fast friends, bonding over our shared passion for creating and managing online communities. He is one of few individuals with a deep understanding of what it means to provide a digital home for tens of millions of people for more than a decade. There is nobody more qualified than Hiroyuki to lead 4chan, and I can’t think of a person better suited for the task.

4chan sits on the eve of two great milestones—its 2 billionth post and 12th birthday. It has been a great privilege to serve as 4chan’s founder and steward for almost twelve years, and I can’t wait to see what lays in store under Hiroyuki’s experienced leadership.”

Neither party has disclosed how much the 4Chan sale cost, but the site had no venture capital nor any full-time employees.

Thank you The Next Web for providing us with this information.

Whistleblower Who Posted Sensitive Materials to 4Chan Not Taken Seriously

A former employee of Australia’s Department of Defense, who held fellow countryman Julian Assange up as an idol, posted sensitive materials he stole from the workplace to 4chan, where no one took him seriously (and called him “newf*g”, presumably). 21-year-old Michael Scerba uploaded documents related to the Five Eyes spying program – which is an initiative that combines the surveillance powers of the NSA (US), GCHQ (UK), CSEC (Canada), ASD (Australia), and GCSB (New Zealand) and has existed since the end of the Second World War – to 4chan in October 2012. The post had only 14 replies, described by Scerba as “a bunch of ‘fake and gay’ remarks”. Classy guy, sounds like he would have fit in well there.

At the time, Scerba said of his leak, “I release(sic) what I feel should be in the media: bombings, civilian deaths, actions of the ‘terrorists’ that just aren’t reported in the media.” As his 4chan post didn’t hit in quite the way Scerba has hoped, it was unlucky for him that one of the few people to see it was an employee of Australia’s intelligence service, who then alerted authorities.

Scerba’s materials were genuine, though, and the now 25-year-old is facing a Supreme Court trial in Australia for accessing and leaking confidential information. Since the trial will feature confidential information as evidence, making at least some of the process private, with documents related to the case to be destroyed 28 days after the end of the hearing, which has stirred civil rights activists into quite the frenzy.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

4Chan Anon Developing Emoji Programming Language

Emojis, a collection of ideagrams born out a unique brand of shorthand born out of the electronic communications, has fast become the universal language of the internet, so was only a matter of time before the character set was implemented as one of tech’s sub-languages, programming code.

A resourceful member (as much as one can be a member) of 4Chan has developed a coding language using emojis. Dubbed FourMan (or ), the language is still in embryonic form, but it currently exists as a token list, sample code, a C++-based lexer, and an emoji reader. It is described on its GitHub page as:

FourMan is an easy-to-use programming language made entirely of emojis.

FourMan aims to create a clear, understandable, and powerful programming language.

FourMan is for both beginner and expert programmers.

FourMan makes use of emojis to create a universally understandable syntax.

Beginner programmer, ready for a first language? Novice programmer, want another language under your belt? Expert programmer, looking for something a little more powerful? Give FourMan a shot!

Later iterations of the code will add a compiler and what is described as “awesome libraries”, while adding an IDE app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, and IDE, keymapping software, custom keycaps, and custom keyboards for desktops.

FourMan is currently available for download from GitHub.

Thank you The Next Web for providing us with this information.

Apparently Microsoft has Never Heard of 4chan

It’s not uncommon for the business world and popular culture to clash, more often than not, it ends in hilarious consequences, but Microsofts’ latest gaff may be one of the best ones yet. It seems that no one at Microsoft has ever heard of a little thing called 4chan, legendary for its on going thread of chaos known as /b/.

With the Microsoft Build 2015 event upon us, Microsoft has tried to come up with some smart branding to try and simplify things, but I’m guessing they don’t see the confusion, or the funny side of calling Build 2015 by the name /b

This isn’t going to end well for Microsoft, they’re practically inviting themselves to get trolled into oblivion by 4chan members and it’s only a matter of time before they start getting laughed at on twitter.

Oh wait, it’s already happening, told you it wouldn’t take long!

It’s obviously too late for Microsoft to do anything about it, they’ve clearly already printed books, leaflets, banners, T-shirts and every other bit of material for the event with the /b logo. So if you see someone walking around sporting this branding, be sure to ask them which they support, Microsoft or 4chan?

Don’t Trust the Internet

From time to time we like to keep things mellow here at eTeknix. We bring you the latest news from around the world, so let’s take a seat and let the internet entertain us. This time, in the form of never trusting photoshop users on the internet. Photoshop is a powerful image editing tool from Adobe; its main use is to edit images in ways that would otherwise be impossible to achieve by a camera alone.

Intagrammer Sid Frisjes loves to take ridiculously bad photos while on holiday and leaving them with the hashtag “#Nailedit”. On a recent trip to Paris, Frisjes took another standard photo of trying to touch the top of the Eiffel Tower yet failing once again. Someone then borrowed the image and put it on the dubious 4Chan forums asking for help off some professional photoshoppers to move his finger to the top; you already know the result. Here are just a samples of the amazingly edited images, you can really tell many hours of effort went into these.

Oh internet, how you amuse us so. Do you have an internet folly you’d like to share? Why not go across to our forums and let us in on your secrets.

Thank you to Mashable for providing this information.

4chan Founder ‘Moot’ Leaves the Site

Founder of 4chan Christopher Poole, better known under the pseudonym ‘Moot’, has said farewell to the site he started 11 years ago. He said his goodbyes in a live broadcast on YouTube, watched by over 400,000 people.

‘Moot’ announced his departure in a front page post on 4chan on Wednesday, saying, “This is it for me. This is goodbye,” adding that it had been “a long time coming”.

“The journey has been marked by highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, but ultimately immense satisfaction. I’m humbled to have had the privilege of both founding and presiding over what is easily one of the greatest communities to ever grace the web,” he said.

No stranger to controversy, 4chan had a busy year, not least due to the infamous hack of celebrity iCloud accounts that revealed a number of nude photos, crudely nicknamed ‘The Fappening’. He concedes, “It took a toll. We had close to a billion page views that month. I was completely overwhelmed.”

As a parting message to the more notorious element of his old site, Moot said, “For people who are angry on the internet, I hope that one day you find the beauty in things.”

Source: The Guardian

Lizard Squad’s DDoS Tool Used to Take Down 4chan

A for-hire DDoS tool, run by Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for the Christmas attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, has been used to take down infamous den of depravity, 4chan.org.

Lizard Squad made the DDoS tool, which they call Lizard Stresser, available to use by anyone who wants to pay for the service earlier this week. The Lizard Stresser system uses 2400GB/s of data to facilitate its DDoS attacks, double the level of the Xbox and PSN attacks.

The 4chan website went down on the morning of 3rd January. The content of a now-deleted tweet seemed to confirm the involvement of Lizard Stresser:

Someone is hitting 4chan with our booter, loling irl

— R.I.U. Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) January 3, 2015

There is no indication as to who is responsible for hiring Lizard Stresser to take down 4chan.

Source: TechWorm

There was no ‘Leak’ to the iCloud – Apple Proclaims

We’re sure you’ve seen the above image by now. In recent days, an apparent Apple iCloud hack has seen numerous A-list celebrities have naked pictures and videos leaked all over the internet – stemming from popular image board website 4chan. Some people seem to think they may have even found the original perpetrator in this case.

Apple has now come to their own defence, claiming that it was not in fact an iCloud ‘leak’ but these celebrities have had their personal accounts hacked individually. Apples Natalie Kerris explained:

“We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.” Business Wire

So although technically not a leak, Apple are claiming that these stars have fallen victim to “social engineering”. Although this is quite possibly true, Apple has already had some serious damage dealt to their reputation surrounding iCloud as a whole since this story surfaced just a few short days ago.

Moral of the story once again? If you’re going to take these kinds of photos, don’t store them anywhere on, at or near the internet!

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more information as it develops.

Image courtesy of 4chan

The Main Suspect behind the Celebrity Nude Leak Denies All Accusations

The leak of hundreds of erotic and nude photos of celebrities quickly got the interest of most of the internet and has dominated the news headlines for the past day already. As it is with every leak, people start to wonder where it came from and who could be behind it. Like before, the users of reddit and 4chan started their own investigation and also got some results quite fast.

They started the claim that the 26-year old web developer Bryan Hamade was behind the hack and leak. This was based on the posted screenshots that appeared online that showed a series of names that could be connected to the web development company Southern Digital Media. At first however they thought it was the 15-year old intern that was the culprit, but quickly changed their target towards the server administrator.

Hamade has given several interviews and is denying any and all allegations that he should be the hacker, saying “I only reposted one thing that was posted elsewhere and stupidly had my network folders visible.”

“I am not the original leaker. The real guy is on 4chan posting intermittently,” Hamade says. “He’s most likely the one behind it, but it does seem the photos passed around to multiple people before being leaked, so it may just be someone who has them and didn’t hack to get them. I’d never in a million years know how to hack into any of the accounts listed. 4chan just attacked me because they like to attack anyone in situations such as this.”

Hamade has also become the target of serious abuse in the wake of the accusations. It’s been a nightmare and he hasn’t slept for 34 hours, he said in a statement to BuzzFeed. He is being bombarded by email threatening him and to hack his websites and calling him at home to insult him only to hang up again. They even said they would hack his mothers website, so he took that down for now.

Hamade really regrets that he shared the photos, specially since he didn’t even get any Bitcoins out of it. “It’s the stupidest thing I’ve done and I hope it won’t ruin my life, though it probably will sine it’s the biggest news story.”

I honestly hope that this story won’t turn into another version of the CCTV investigation by the Reddit community on the Boston marathon bombings, where their identified suspect turned out to be an innocent homeless man, and was found dead. Vigilante actions aren’t the solution.

Apple is currently investigating the breach, but haven’t said anything definite about the attacks yet. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Some reports also indicate that the photos have been sold on black market sites for some time, but it wasn’t until they hit 4chan that the general population found out about it.

Thank you Business Insider for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Business Insider.

Don’t Count on GTA V for PC and Next Gen Any Time Soon

New rumours are starting to appear that we shouldn’t expect to play GTA V on our PC, Xbox One or Playstation 4 during the Christmas holidays as many had hoped for. Some point towards a 2015 release date while other suggest the project has been completely cancelled.

There are a lot of conflicting information at the moment, and in a way it seems unlikely that it would be cancelled after all the extra effort they put into the PC specific features. The lack of their presence at this years Gamescon on the other hand shows that something could be fishy in the Rockstar pond.

Users have let their rage over this out over at 4chan and their user-base has hacked the Rantic website leaving a message that reads “Dear Rockstar, Hacked by 4chan, Give us our GT5 for PC”. Rantic is a PR company and it’s founder who currently is  known as Brad is also an Rockstar North employee. Brad had shared concerns about the current state of the game on the Rantic website and the chairman backed up the rumours in an interview, saying they (Rockstar) never wanted to create a PC version and only did so due to their customers pressure.

It’s yet to be seen if we get our GTA V on PC and next gen consoles or not, but for now the user-base from 4chan has sent a solid signal to Rockstar. They want it, and they are willing to fight for it. I’m sure Rockstar will be forced to come with some sort of public statement now, something they usually don’t do at all.

Thank you gamersky for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Rockstar

 

A 4Chan Post Sold For $90,900 on eBay… Wait, What?

Everyone can sell literally anything on eBay nowadays. For example, this eBay seller has auctioned a simple 4Chan post and expected to get a lot of money for it.

The really interesting part is that the user actually made a fortune off the post. It is said that Artnet originally caught the post, a vendor known as “Artwork by Anonymous”, who turned the simple Chan post into a $90,900 masterpiece.

The post originally started at $500, which is still a lot of money for a common thing you find on the internet, only to end at the above mentioned bid price. Also, the lucky bidder is said to enjoy free expedite shipping for the product at hand.

Re/Code mentions that the bid reached the five digit count in just 36 hours, confirming that the auction is fake since it is pretty easy to inflate an eBay listing. Even so, people can just bid and not pay for it, a common practice found on the site.

Anyone who has missed the first auction can now enjoy a second listing of the Chan post, which seems to have a starting price of $500 as well. As for the eBay seller, it seems that art doesn’t have to be unique in order to get a heap of money out of it.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information
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