16 March 2017

Freeview ads littering the airwaves to zombify your children

There has been a recent re-emergence of ads depicting a so called 'Freeman' family (see, who said there were no 'Free men' in Australia) who apparently are subscribers to  a service called Freeview.

Business must not be that good (for Freeview) if they need to let people know about their product, otherwise it would be selling like hotcakes or maybe they should just close down and actually start a  hotcakes business instead.

So what are they actually showing you?

Well, that you can watch the same junk over and over again on whatever portable internet connected device you have, totally oblivious to your surroundings where over a period of time you could develop tunnel vision from watching their crap;

1).  On the bus

2). At School

3). In the car

4). At Dan's house

So, the burgeoning questions could be; Who's Dan? Is she a cheater? A possible candidate for Jerry Springer trash tv?

It may seem they are promoting your child to be glued to their device where if you're 'addicted to your device / 'free tv' and you are getting of a bus / tram / other public transport, and NOT aware of your surroundings you may get killed. 

Or another opinion could be that they are teaching the children of the cannon fodder to be nice little subservient corporate slaves, BRILLIANT idea Freeview peoples.

Here's what others wrote about this 'Freeview' farce, just in case you missed it;

An article from 10 Mar 2009 from gizmodo.com.au of the headline:

Did Freeview Pull Down That Parody Ad? (UPDATED: Yes, They Did)

What started out as a funny, accurate and refreshing take on the farce that is Freeview in Australia has grown into something much uglier. UPDATED.Last week, after we showed you the parody ad by comedian Dan Ilic and Triple J presenter Marc Fennell, advertising publication Adnews reported that Freeview were considering legal action against the duo. That was quickly updated, but not before a heap of publications like Crikey, The Australian, and TechWiredAU picked up on it. Of course, when they were questioned about threatening legal action against the video's makers, Freeview responded with a clear and concise, "No".

So, you'd think that would be the end of it. But no. Hours after Freeview denied threatening legal action, YouTube pulled the video for allegedly violating terms of use. Asher Moses over at the SMH is convinced that the only way that could have happened is if Freeview requested YouTube to pull the clip down, while Freeview has explicitly denied any such action to Margaret Simons over at Crikey.

The end result of all of this, of course, is that a funny video that would have only lasted a few days in the eyes of the Internet has now received mainstream coverage for five days or so, amplifying the message that Freeview is a joke.

So who's telling the truth? Ultimately, it doesn't matter, because as any online evangelist will tell you, once something goes online, you can never take it back. The original parody, although pulled from YouTube, has shown up on several other sites, expanding its audience even further. The real question is whether Freeview is actually going to learn from the experience - my heart hopes it does, but my gut knows it won't...

UPDATE:Turns out those bastards at Freeview did have the clip pulled down. In an email to Margaret Simons at Crikey, Google spokeman Rob Shilkin said:

I wanted to confirm that we received a DMCA notice for lawyers acting on behalf of Freeview Australia Limited to remove the video in question.

So, essentially the Freeview lawyers (and the people who pay them) are lying douchebags. Kind of makes me glad I have Foxtel, really.

An article from 9 Mar 2009 from smh.com.au of the headline:

YouTube yanks Freeview parody clip

A screen grab from the Freeview ad.

Responding to a copyright violation claim, YouTube has removed a parody video which mocked the free-to-air television networks' Freeview marketing campaign.

Freeview is the free-to-air TV industry's marketing group for its 15 "new" digital TV channels. The campaign has been widely criticised because although 12 of the channels are already available, they only contain a smattering of new content.

Critics have dubbed Freeview a marketing ploy designed to stem the flow of viewers towards pay TV and convince people to switch from analog to digital television.

Dan Ilic, a freelance filmmaker and comedian, and Triple J presenter Marc Fennell, distilled many of the criticisms into a satire video that used footage from Freeview's ads but with a different voice over.
"With up to 15 digital channels, you can watch the same thing on up to four different channels ... you can watch sports you've never heard of , news you can't understand and even question time!" it says.

The video attracted almost 12,000 views in just a few days before it was removed from the site.

However, Freeview's attempts to quash its momentum are likely to backfire as new versions of the clip have already been published on YouTube and other video sharing sites such as FunnyorDie.com, Dailymotion.com and Break.com.

"I think Freeview pulled down this video as one last ditch effort in an attempt to combat new media and I think it's only the first battle in a war that they're going to lose," said Ilic.

"Now i'm going to tell my friends to download the original version [of the satire video] and put it on YouTube, so hopefully there'll be a few hundred more versions of the video on YouTube and other sites by the end of the day."

Ilic said he and Fennell made the clip for a stand up routine called Massage My Medium, which they will be performing during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival between April 21 and 26. He said the show was "all about the death of television".

Freeview did not return calls requesting comment, however, it is understood the satire video was removed from YouTube following a copyright violation claim from the company.

Google, which owns YouTube, will only remove YouTube videos on the basis of copyright if it is satisfied that the objection has been lodged by the original owner of the copyrighted material.

So where's this ad they're all on about?

It's called:

Freeview: More of the Same Sh#t

available for download at:

15 March 2017

Obama attacks on 'belief' rather than evidence

A question to anyone who went to law school (which also pertains to 'facebook' lawyers as they should be more qualified / learned) is:

What is one of the most important actions in bringing a criminal prosecution against a 'person'?

If you thought / said /muttered / belched;
the collection of evidence and documentation of 'facts' or something along those lines,
you would be on the right track, to a doctorate in law.

Well this may apply to the local constabulary, but that 'rule' does not apply to people in government especially those who have the resources of over 320 million slaves, where no one can hold them for their criminal actions.

It has been drummed into the people that drugs are bad. Yet drug (in Australia the term is pharmaceutical) companies flourish.

It has been drummed into the people that Russia is bad /evil / going to take over the world with communism etc etc.

So what does "Oh bummer" do?

He 'sanctions' a man and five others in another country on a 'belief' rather than any sort of evidence.

What [law instrument] gives YOU the authority to sanction a man in another country?

Apparently he was enrolled (does not mean he actually went to lectures) at Harvard Law School.

Are these the actions of an honest leader?

These mutts are in charge of collating and processing your metadata.

You can read the article from 14 Mar 2017 by news.com.au of the headline:

The Russian hacker with a $4 million bounty on his head

The 33-year-old is thought to be the mastermind behind arguably the most sophisticated cybercrime network the world has ever seen. Picture: Twitter user evgeniy mikhailovich

DRESSED in leopard-print pyjamas and wraparound sunglasses while proudly holding up a cat, Evgeniy Bogachev looks more like your eccentric uncle than the “most wanted cyber criminal in the world”. 
But for US intelligence agencies who have spent years pursuing the elusive Russian, that’s exactly what he is, reports The New York Times.

The 33-year-old is thought to be the mastermind behind arguably the most sophisticated cybercrime network the world has ever seen.

At his height, Mr Bogachev had control of more than a million computers around the world and was responsible for creating a network of infected computers that he used to siphon millions of dollars from the bank accounts of unsuspecting people and foreign businesses.

The US government has bounty of $US3 million ($4 million) on his head for any information that leads to his capture.

In December, the Obama administration announced sanctions against Mr. Bogachev along with five others in response to a belief that Russia used cyber hacking to influence the outcome of the latest presidential election.

It’s believed the US is currently tracking the whereabouts of Mr Bogachev, who the FBI says also uses the online monikers “lucky12345” and “slavik” in case he ventures outside his home country.

But even though he has previously travelled internationally using three fake Russian passports, it seems unlikely that he would tempt fate by leaving Russia — a place where he appears to be protected by Moscow.

US intelligence operative who spoke with the Times believe he is in cahoots with the Russian government who have happily turned a blind eye to his larceny and cyberfraud in order to boost their espionage capabilities.

Given his skills, the Russian government was apparently more than happy to let him steal money from bank accounts all over the world, while government officials piggybacked on his hacking exploits and searched the same computers for useful files and e-mails.

However the closest the US intelligence community has publicly come to proving collusion of this type was when they discovered a target of a cybercrime investigation had shared a picture of his passport with someone they believed to be a Russian government official.

The FBI's wanted poster for the 33-year-old Russian.Source:Supplied

Mr Bogachev’s hacking career began well over a decade ago, leading to the creation of a malicious software program famously known as GameOver Zeus.

It was this program that he, along with about half a dozen associates who called themselves “The Business Club” managed to hack into countless bank accounts and skim millions of dollars, strictly from foreign victims.

“It is believed GOZ is responsible for more than one million computer infections, resulting in financial losses of more than $100 million,” the FBI says on the wanted poster for Mr Bogachev.

In 2014, a joint sting shut down the network and liberated computers infected with the malware.

The group also ran ransomware attacks in which they took control of valuable files and demanded payment for their return.

To the considerable embarrassment of US law enforcement, one of the victims was a police station in Massachusetts, which had to pay the criminal syndicate to retrieve its database of mugshots.

In pictures of him circulated online, Mr Bogachev could almost be mistaken for Dr Evil from Austin Powers. At one point during his criminal spree he owned two large villas in France and had a fleet of cars scattered around Europe.

According to the Times, despite a history of being intensely secret, he now lives openly in his home town of Anapa, a run-down resort town near the Black Sea in southern Russia, where he owns a large apartment on the shore and enjoys taking his yacht out.

In 2014, using recently unsealed details from a US indictment, the UK’s Telegraph travelled to his last known address in Anapa and found he was thought of as somewhat of a hero.

When the paper told his neighbours why they were looking for him, the residents seemed impressed by his rap sheet.

“What a talented guy,” said Mikhail, 23, who recognised Bogachev’s FBI photo as the man he would see in the lobby with his wife and nine-year-old daughter, the Telegraph reported.

“Sitting at his computer at home, he broke into our enemies’ camp, but did not harm his fellow Russians,” he said.

“What a great dude,” added Vazgen Atanasov, a taxi driver. “Judging by what Americans do to other people, what Bogachev is said to have done to them serves them right.”

Photo posted by Twitter user claiming to be evgeniy mikhailovich.Source:Twitter

A large community of Russian-based hackers populate the dark web and Russian-language forums devoted to cyberfraud where they buy and trade credit card details and account passwords, as well as specifically designed malware to break into people’s systems.

It’s an online world where hackers swap secrets, malware codes and can buy a bunch of people’s credit card information for as little as $5 and then use it to help break into their bank accounts.

It’s also a world that has proved very lucrative for the likes of Mr Bogachev — whose case highlights the potential link between rogue hackers and the Russian government.

For Russia’s surveillance-obsessed intelligence community, Mr Bogachev’s exploits may have created an irresistible opportunity for espionage, US officials say. And according to them, a mutually beneficial arrangement ensued.

For its part, the FBI says it continues to pursue Mr Bogachev.