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Saturday
Jan262013

Anonymous Hijacks Federal Website, Threatens DOJ Document Dump

Fuse/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Activists from the hacker collective known as Anonymous assumed control over the homepage of a Department of Justice agency on Saturday morning.

In a manifesto left on the defaced page, the group demanded reform to the American justice system and what the activists said are threats to the free flow of information.

The lengthy essay largely mirrors previous demands from Anonymous, but this time the group also cited the recent suicide of Reddit co-founder and activist Aaron Swartz as has having “crossed a line” for the group. Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison on computer fraud charges.

Prosecutors said he had stolen thousands of digital scientific and academic journal articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of disseminating them for free.

Anonymous says Swartz was “killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.”

“There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused,” it reads, also mentioning recent arrests of Anonymous associates by the FBI.

In their statement, the hackers say they targeted the homepage of the Federal Sentencing Commission for “symbolic” reasons.

The group claimed that if their demands were not met they would release a trove of embarrassing internal Justice Department documents to media outlets. Anonymous named the files after Supreme Court justices and provided links to them, but the links yielded dead-ends of mostly offline sites.

The file names use an “.aes256″ suffix, denoting a common encryption protocol. The same system was used to encrypt the Wikileaks Afghan war documents before their release.

As of press time, the commission webpage had been taken down.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jul202012

Tim Pawlenty’s Website: ‘Coming Soon,’ ‘Please Come Back Later’

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Tim Pawlenty’s website appears to be getting a curiously timed facelift, raising questions about why and when this revamp began as the veepstakes world is reaching a fever pitch.

When users head to www.timpawlenty.com, which Pawlenty has used since 2009, according to a Facebook post, any semblance of a homepage is gone and instead is replaced with the words, “Please come back later.”  The tab on the browser reads, “Coming Soon page.”  Pawlenty lists this website on both his Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Pawlenty told ABC News the site was taken down because there is no longer a campaign or a PAC, but he said he “doesn’t know who wrote” “coming soon” up there.

Some bloggers are suggesting otherwise, speculating that this could indicate Pawlenty is preparing to receive the vice presidential nod.  It’s unclear when this reboot began.

Typing in www.timpawlenty.com into the Wayback Machine, an Internet archive site, shows Pawlenty’s webpage when it was fully functional -- back in July of last year when he was still conducting his own presidential bid.

Other potential VP contenders’ websites still link back to their original pages: www.robportman.com is still a site for Rob Portman’s 2010 senate campaign, and Marco Rubio’s website, www.marcorubio.com, directs to a page for users to look through Rubio’s senate campaign site or his Reclaim America PAC site.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Jul012012

Pelosi Health Insurance Mandate ‘Myth Buster’ Busted

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The health care section for the official website for Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi may need a little bit of an update.

The website still includes a posting from 2009 — when the House was in the middle of the intense debate over President Obama’s health care plan — that calls any effort to call the penalty on those who fail to buy health insurance a tax.

It was part of Pelosi’s “Daily Mythbuster” feature and it declared this:

“MYTH: Mandating health insurance coverage is like a new tax.”

Of course, the Supreme Court has now saved the health care law by declaring that the requirement to buy health insurance or pay a penalty is indeed a tax.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Pelosi acknowledged that President Obama’s solicitor general defended the constitutionality of the health care law by arguing that the insurance mandate is permissible under the government’s power to tax — in other words, that the penalty is a tax.

But Pelosi is still not quite ready to call it a tax.

“It’s a penalty,” Pelosi said. “It’s a penalty that comes under the tax code.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov182011

Obama Website Gets Makeover

BarackObama.com(WASHINGTON) -- Less than a year to Election Day, the Obama campaign on Friday refreshed the look of its website to more prominently promote its grassroots efforts in key states.

Gone is the opening “I’m in” page leading to the campaign’s blog.  The site now opens to an image-focused layout that highlights constituency outreach groups, fundraising incentives, and an expanded online campaign store where you can buy Obama-Biden-themed basketball jerseys, martini glasses, and Christmas ornaments.

Specific pages for each of the 50 states offer updates posted by field directors about activities and tweets from their volunteers.  

It also prominently features an “Obama’s record in brief” section that lists the president’s accomplishments in six areas: education, energy and environment, equal rights, health care, jobs and economy, and national security.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct202011

As Romney’s Anti-Perry Site Launches, Harshest Video Goes AWOL

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a soft launch Wednesday, the Mitt Romney campaign is out with a new website entirely dedicated to attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The website, Careerpolitician.com, features many of the attack web videos released this cycle by the Romney campaign.

One video that was posted and publicized by the campaign Wednesday titled, “Ready to Lead,” is mysteriously gone from the website.  The video was a montage of Perry’s poor debate performances.

The campaign hasn’t responded to repeated requests for an explanation on why the video was taken offline.

The new website is likely one of the domain names that was purchased by the campaign during the third quarter.  Public records show that nearly $3,000 was spent by the campaign on purchases from Internet domain company Godaddy.com.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep012011

White House Invites Petitions with New Website

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The right to petition the government is as old as the republic itself, but the White House has decided to use the concept as a 21st century way to get Washington’s attention.

The new official White House website, which is not live yet, will allow citizens to post petitions on any issue.  If they get enough online signatures, the petitions will be reviewed by White House policy staffers, and President Obama might even report back on what his administration is doing about the public concerns.

The site was announced in an email Thursday morning from senior adviser David Plouffe, who offers a video tutorial on the new endeavor.

It's worth noting that over the past two years, when the president has solicited issues over the Internet for townhall meetings, the biggest number of responses has always been in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar232011

GOP Group Launches Wikipedia-Style Website of Obama Records 

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- One of the country's largest and most powerful pro-Republican advocacy groups with ties to Karl Rove has launched an online clearinghouse for internal Obama administration documents to expose what it says is a failure by the president to be as transparent and open as promised.

The database at Wikicountability.org allows registered users to upload and search information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, much as they would at sites like Wikipedia or Wikileaks.

Thousands of pages of information already in the wiki reveal expenses incurred by the administration in promoting its health care overhaul, dozens of meetings between Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and union leaders, and the pay and travel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Elizabeth Warren. All the documents have been legally acquired.

The site also lists more than a half dozen outstanding FOIA requests, some dating to August 2010, despite a legal requirement that they be fulfilled within 20 days.

"President Obama's record on FOIA doesn't come anywhere near his lofty rhetoric," said Steven Law, president of Crossroads GPS, the Rove-backed nonprofit group that created the site.

Shortly after taking office in 2009, President Obama vowed to make his administration the most open and transparent in history and directed federal agencies to "usher in a new era of open government."

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama said at the time.

Two years later, several independent analyses show the administration has fallen short in meeting its goals.

A study released earlier this month by the National Security Archive at George Washington University and the Knight Foundation found that only about half of federal agencies had made changes in their FOIA procedures in response to Obama's directive.

"At this rate, the president's first term in office will be over by the time federal agencies do what he asked them to do on his first day in office," said Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation, which funded the study.

"Freedom of information laws exist to help all of us get the information we need for this open society to function. Yet government at all levels seems to have a great deal of trouble obeying its own transparency laws." The unveiling of the site comes as Crossroads GPS Wednesday sued the Department of Health and Human Services for its alleged failure to comply with a Jan. 7, 2011, request for information on procedures for granting waivers under the health care reform law, which was enacted one year ago.

"Until President Obama is willing to grant the entire country a waiver from Obamacare, his administration needs to come clean on how they decide who wins and loses in the waiver lottery," Law said. 

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