Facebook Chief Operating Officer Suggests Like Attack On ISIS

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wants us to use make love and not war when it comes to dealing with pro-ISIS users on Facebook. This message comes as Facebook admits defeat in the effort to stop the tide of Islamic State accounts and propaganda that is appearing on the social media network lately.

It isn’t like Facebook isn’t trying to combat this hate coming from these terrorists, they simply can’t keep up with the sheer amount of posts and accounts being created. This was revealed at the World Economic Forum in Davos where it was said that Facebook is “doing everything it can to prevent extremist content being published”, but it’s just a drop in the ocean. “When you take one down, another pops up”.

While this technically sounds like a defeat, it isn’t. It just means that the tactics have to change and it also means that the social aspect of the site is needed. Facebook is proposing that everyone ‘like’ ISIS posts, which in itself sounds ludicrous. But there is deeper thought behind this and this tactic has worked in the past. The method that Sandberg calls a “like attack” is simple and it aims to defeat negative posts by clicking the like button and then flooding that page with positive messages.

Sandberg went on to explain that this action in no way is a sign of support for this kind of hate speech, but rather a way to stand united against the enemy. A single branch is easy to break, but when you got a whole stack of branches together, then you got something close to unbreakable. The same tactic was used a while ago against the german NPD, the far-right National Democratic Party, where over 100,000 people “liked” that page that actually didn’t like the message. Instead of posting hate and defamatory posts, they simply flooded the page with messages of tolerance and hope instead.

The effect is simple, right now it’s Facebook that is trying to catch up by banning people and deleting posts. The suggested method would turn it all around and put the ISIS supporters on the defense. They’ll be so busy themselves trying to delete all the positive messages that they won’t have time to spread their hate.

Whether people will accept this proposal and whether it will work, that’s something only time will tell. But I think we all can agree on one thing: The faster we get rid of this plague, the better off we are and the entire planet too for that matter. What is your opinion on this strategy, let us know in the comments.

Would-Be Bomber Found Guilty After Asking Twitter for Target Advice

 

The impression of terrorists in the current age as shady types who make use of encryption and anonymizing services to meticulously plan devastating attacks. In the case of Mohammed Rehman and his wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, this was not true. The couple was arrested and found guilty in the Old Bailey court on counts of preparing an act of terrorism. These plans of terrorism were uncovered by an undercover police investigator who saw Rehman posting publicly on Twitter asking for advice on what location in London he should target.

Mohammed Rehman and his wife had planned to commemorate the 7/7 attacks in London, 10 years on, by executing an attack on either the London Underground or Westfield Shopping centre. Either of this attacks would have had the potential for massive casualties. He seemed to make no effort to hide his online activities, with evidence found of him searching Youtube for footage of the London bombings and searched for information on his ‘beloved predecessor’ Shehzad Tanweer, one of the 7/7 bombers. Neither Rehman nor his wife made use of encryption or tools such as the dark web to plan their attack.

Rehman went under the Twitter name “Silent Bomber”, with the handle “@InServiceToGodd”. The profile even went one step further, with the bio reading: “Learn how to make powerful explosives from the comfort of ones’ bedroom.” Back in May, Rehman used the account to post to his followers “Westfield shopping centre or London underground?” he asked. “Any advice would be appreciated greatly.” He also included a link to an Al-Quida press release regarding the 7/7 attacks from 2005. He seemed to make no secret of his plans for terrorism, telling one Twiter user “Why don’t you head to the London Underground on the 7th July if you got the balls.” The account has since been suspended by Twitter.

What makes this case interesting is that it seems to directly oppose the growing claim from governments and security agencies that easy access to encryption and the dark net is blinding intelligence agencies. All of the information needed to discover this potential attack was fully public, and thankfully in this instance was found and acted upon by the correct authorities.

While it seems like a lot of the terrorism and fear in the world right now stems from IS and similar sinister groups, this case seems to imply that this is less true than we have been led to believe. This case was one of seven that David Cameron used as a justification for military actions in Syria, but it turns out that while the instigators may have idolized parts of IS’ ideals, they were in fact lone idiots trying to imitate.

If more of the 6 remaining foiled plots come to light as similarly careless and foolish, it risks undermining both military action and pushes for infringements on the privacy and freedom imposed on the British people with tools like the Snooper’s Charter.

Photograph: PA

Anonymous’ “War” Against ISIS Isn’t Going Well

Following the attacks on Paris by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS), online activist collective Anonymous declared war on ISIS/IS/Daesh (for the fourth time in 18 months, by my count). However, Operation ISIS – which is targeting ISIS’ online presence on Twitter and Telegram – has so far been a bust, with many of the 20,000 Twitter accounts taken down by Anonymous entirely unrelated to the Islamic State.

The Twitter accounts alleged to be associated with the Islamic State were posted to pastebin, with the majority of them now down. But a blog post by hacker th3j35t3r, a vocal critic of Anonymous and its methods, claims on his Jester’s Court blog that a “comedy of errors” led Anonymous to taking down accounts with no affiliation to ISIS as part of a publicity stunt, which was then seemingly confirmed in a report by The Daily Dot.

The @OpParisOfficial Twitter account even admitted as such in a now-deleted tweet (courtesy of Ars Technica):

On top of that, the FBI said of a supposed proposed attack on US soil by ISIS – a WWE event in Atlanta, Georgia last night – that “we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time.”

While Anonymous’ most famous previous declaration of war against ISIS came after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January this year, it did so again two months later, and even the previous year, following an IS attack in Baghdad. At this rate, Anonymous declares war on ISIS at an average of around every six months, so we should “expect” them again around April next year.

Drones Could Be The Next Weapon Of Choice For ISIS

With each new tech invention arrives the phenomenon of how quickly it can be weaponised, from servers to self-driving cars; there is always a fixation with causing harm to others from certain sections of society. As Drones are becoming more popular with the mainstream, so have the coined IS or ISIS or whatever David Cameron insists on calling them, have reportedly noticed.

An unnamed counter-terrorism source told the Express that terror groups had beentrying to launch a drone-borne bomb attack for some time, as these machines are getting more hi-tech every year.” This has echoed a report which was published In March by the House of Lords EU Select Committee which highlighted some of the risks derived from the rapid increase in the use of commercial and civilian drones for services including photography and land surveillance.

So is the threat which is stated within the report genuinely authentic? Possibly, Drones are a convenient way to have your very own miniature air weapon. But one aspect which frustrates me is the use of the phrase “Unnamed counter-terrorism source” If the threat is substantial then we the public need to be correctly informed by a well-known and respectable official, an Unknown Source could lead to an individual with an agenda that has no reliable facts.

Thank you RT for providing us with this information

WiFi Explained – Dude, Where’s My Signal?

How come my neighbour can steal my internet, but I can’t browse YouTube while on the toilet?

The age old question of signal issues irks most of us, it was also a problem for PhD Physics student, Jason Cole. Unlike the rest of us, he was determined to find out why – putting his knowledge to good use, he mapped out his apartment, assigning refraction values to the walls and applied ‘Hamholtz equations’ to model the electromagnetic waves.

Interested in the nitty gritty full information? If so, you can find it all listed in his blog which reaches a seemingly obvious solution. If you want the best signal for your house, put your wireless emitting device in the middle.

The basic findings of his research found that the centre is best, but putting your router in the corner of the apartment might be suitable – although signal was only achieved by “judiciously shifting around your laptop” as explained by Engadget.

What’s the tl;dr? If you want the best signal for your home wireless solution – put your router in the middle of the house.

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Image courtesy of Jasmcole.com

Android News Casters Hitting the Scene in Japan

Japan recently facilitated the ‘Andriod: What is Human?’ exhibition which brought to the table some exciting new advancements in lifelike technology.

In the future, it is quite possible we’ll be read the news by Android robots closely resembling those pictured above. Not only do these ‘robots’ provide a pretty face, they can interact with humans, read news headlines, tell jokes and read out Tweets – basically anything a regular news presenter is tasked to do.

The two Androids shown on Tuesday are called Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, they’re designed to mimic gestures and movements of humans whilst upkeeping a lifelike appearance.

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To show off the full capabilities of their creations, the scientists interacted with the androids and displayed their news reading functionality. Kodomoroid was heard making fun of Hiroshi Ishiguro stating “You’re starting to look like a robot!” after she had delivered her news piece to the audience as seen in the video above. Otonariod unfortunately caught stage fright, and after a quick reboot said “I’m a little bit nervous” – which is understandable in such a large crowd of stunned journalists.

These Androids will be held at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in a bid to interact with visitors and help Ishiguro collect research information on human reactions to his creations.

Ishiguro also proudly stated:

“You can take my androids on planes. The torso in the suitcase and the head in carry-on” Breitbart

Will we see these more in the future? The answer is likely yes. Should we be worried about losing all of our jobs to ‘the machine’? That is for you to decide!

Image courtesy of Breitbart