Daily Archives: May 22, 2018

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Watch “Things Meghan Markle Can’t Do After She Marries Prince Harry” on YouTube

With all eyes on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials, it’s pretty easy to forget about all the things that will take place after the big day. Marrying into British royalty is a bit different than becoming a Disney princess. By that we mean there are rules. Here are some things that Markle will be barred from doing after she says “I do” at St. George’s Chapel in the spring of 2018…

No more autographs | 0:21
Voting is out | 1:11
No bare legs for Meg | 2:02
New bedtime | 2:36
No more acting | 3:09
Traveling solo is a no-go | 3:48

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Today’s Holiday: National Maritime Day

Today’s Holiday:
National Maritime Day

It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who first proclaimed May 22 as National Maritime Day in 1933. Since that time, observations of this day have grown in popularity, particularly in American port cities. Ships are opened to the public, maritime art and essay contests are held, and parades and band concerts are common. Environmentalists sometimes take advantage of the attention focused on the country’s maritime heritage on this day to draw attention to pollution and deterioration of maritime environments, particularly in large commercial ports like New York City. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Mary Cassatt (1844)

Today’s Birthday:
Mary Cassatt (1844)

Cassatt was an American figure painter and etcher. As a young art student, she moved to Paris, where she was inspired by the work of Edgar Degas, with whom she developed a friendship. She allied herself with the Impressionists early in her career, but, in the late 1880s, she began experimenting with other styles and techniques. Many of Cassatt’s best-known works are intimate depictions of mothers and children. What cause did she take up when cataracts put a stop to her painting career? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Nuclear Submarine USS Scorpion Sinks, Cause Unknown (1968)

This Day in History:

Nuclear Submarine USS Scorpion Sinks, Cause Unknown (1968)

On May 21, 1968, the crew of the US Navy’s Scorpion submarine engaged in communications with land stations. Six days later, the submarine was reported overdue. After an unsuccessful search, the Scorpion and its crew were “presumed lost.” However, in October, a Navy research ship located sections of the submarine’s hull in approximately 10,000 feet (3,048 m) of water about 400 miles (644 km) southwest of the Azores. What are some theories about how the Scorpion may have sunk? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote of the Day:

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that … imitation is suicide.

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Article of the Day: Coke or Pepsi?

Article of the Day:

Coke or Pepsi?

The rivalry between soft drink manufacturers PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company—epitomized by a series of marketing campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s—is simply known as the Cola Wars. In their ongoing battle for supremacy in the soft drink market, the two companies have employed several different tactics, including commercials featuring pop stars, programs to reward loyal customers with free merchandise, and even revisions of their signature products, including what controversial changes? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:

no one in his/her/their right mind would (do something)

No one who is sane would consider doing something; someone would have to be crazy to do something. (In this case, “their” is used as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: harebrained

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Very foolish.
Synonyms: insane, mad
Usage: She devised a harebrained scheme to get her money back, but it ended up landing her in jail.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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The Wayback Machine is Deleting Evidence of Malware Sold to Stalkers – Motherboard


The Wayback Machine is Deleting Evidence of Malware Sold to Stalkers
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is a service that preserves web pages. But the site has been deleting evidence of companies selling malware to illegally spy on spouses, highlighting the need to diversify digital archives.

Joseph Cox
May 22 2018, 5:37pm

Image: Shutterstock / Remix: Jason Koebler

This story is part of When Spies Come Home, a Motherboard series about powerful surveillance software ordinary people use to spy on their loved ones.

The Internet Archive’s goal, according to its website, is “universal access to all knowledge.” As part of that mission, the non-profit runs the Wayback Machine, an online tool that anyone can use to digitally preserve a snapshot of a website. It provides an important public service, in that if a company tries to quietly change its policy, or perhaps a government tries to scrub a position from its website, the Wayback Machine can provide robust proof of the switch.

But the Internet Archive has been purging its banks of content related to a company which marketed powerful malware for abusive partners to spy on their spouses.

The news highlights the broader issue of the fragility of online archives, including those preserving information in the public interest.

“Journalists and human rights defenders often rely on archiving services such as the Wayback Machine as tools to preserve evidence that might be key to demand accountability,” Claudio Guarnieri, a technologist at human rights charity Amnesty International, told Motherboard in an online chat.

The company in question is FlexiSpy, a Thailand-based firm which offers desktop and mobile malware. The spyware can intercept phone calls, remotely turn on a device’s microphone and camera, steal emails and social media messages, as well as track a target’s GPS location. Previously, pages from FlexiSpy’s website saved to the Wayback Machine showed a customer survey, with over 50 percent of respondents saying they were interested in a spy phone product because they believe their partner may be cheating. That particular graphic was mentioned in a recent New York Times piece on the consumer spyware market.

In another example, a Wayback Machine archive of FlexiSpy’s homepage showed one of the company’s catchphrases: “Many spouses cheat. They all use cell phones. Their cell phone will tell you what they won’t.”

Now, those pages are no longer on the Wayback Machine. Instead, when trying to view seemingly any page from FlexiSpy’s domain on the archiving service, the page reads “This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.” (After Motherboard published a series of articles about the consumer spyware market, FlexiSpy purged its own website of content relating to illegal spying on spouses.)

Caption: A screenshot of a FlexiSpy survey previously available on the Wayback Machine.

“URLs are inherently unstable over time. Governments change, and so does their online presence. Companies go down, and so do their websites. Internet Archive URLs used to be rock-solid reliable. That does not appear to be the case any longer,” Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, told Motherboard in an online chat.

Many websites use so-called robot exclusion in an attempt to stop crawlers from archiving their content. Typically this will come in the form of a website owner uploading a simple text file called ‘robots.txt’, which tells bots to not collect data from this particular website.

“While we collect publicly available Internet documents, sometimes authors and publishers express a desire for their documents not to be included in the Collections (by tagging a file for robot exclusion or by contacting us or the original crawler group),” a section of the Internet Archive’s terms of use reads. The terms, however, do not say that the group will honor takedown requests, but that it might.

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“If the author or publisher of some part of the Archive does not want his or her work in our Collections, then we may remove that portion of the Collections without notice,” the terms add. The Internet Archive has previously said it will not respect robots.txt files from U.S. military and government domains, although it may still respond to related removal requests.

Michael Nelson from the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group at Old Dominion University told Motherboard in an email that “for the Internet Archive to remove something from its web archive, there must have been legal pressure involved.” Nelson also said that the Wayback Machine typically indicates when information has been removed due to robots.txt, and that FlexiSpy’s syntax in its robots.txt file is “non-standard if not wrong.”

Multiple members of the Internet Archive did not respond to requests for comment and clarification as to why it purged the FlexiSpy archives. Because of this, it is not totally clear which mechanism—legal threats or otherwise—led to the Internet Archive’s actions.

FlexiSpy, however, claimed in a recent tweet it had approached the Internet Archive, seemingly to ask to have the company’s content removed.

“We’ve already written to archive.org explaining that you are acting like an obsessed pest—and to respect our right to have content removed,” FlexiSpy tweeted last week, in reference to Motherboard’s investigative series on the consumer spyware industry. FlexiSpy did not respond to a Twitter direct message asking if the company would share a copy of this letter to the Internet Archive.

Caption: A screenshot of FlexiSpy’s recent tweet. Image: Screenshot
“Commercial spyware companies attempting to remove historical records is just one example of why we need resilient archiving solutions, or at the very least clarity over the expectation of integrity and durability people should set for these services,” Guarnieri said.

Not all archiving services may respect a robot exclusion or takedown request. At the time of writing, archive.is, for example, has no problems creating a snapshot of FlexiSpy’s website.

“This represents a fragility with having a single web archive. We need diversity in technology stacks, geographic locations (e.g., having the IA [Internet Archive] along the San Andreas Fault), organizations, and jurisdictions,” Nelson said.

“The Internet Archive is an amazing organization and resource, but it is constantly under threat, and those threats will only increase as the role of web archives expands into our public and political sphere,” he added.

This issue of disappearing or unreliable archives is part of why Motherboard created a tool called mass_archive. This basic Python script pushes a single webpage to multiple archive services at once, meaning that if, say, the Wayback Machine won’t make a copy, perhaps another digital library will.

“The notion that the internet does not forget is utter nonsense—the public internet forgets every single day, like knowledge quietly dropping off a cliff into the dark sea of time,” Rid said.


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