The Grid http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21683/all en Jeb Boone http://www.globalpost.com/bio/jeb-boone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biofirstname"> <div class="field-label">First Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biolastname"> <div class="field-label">Last Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jeb Boone is a GlobalPost correspondent and blogger at The Grid. Jeb reported on Yemen's uprising in 2011 for GlobalPost as well as for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, the Independent and the Sunday Telegraph.</p> <p>During the revolution's down time, Jeb could be found at Sana'a LAN centers, tinkering with computers or playing computer games with Yemeni friends.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-biophoto"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/me_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=24479">me.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-info"><legend>Social Media</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-facebook-url"> <div class="field-label">Facebook URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> https://www.facebook.com/OGGJeb.of.Arabia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-twitter-handle"> <div class="field-label">Twitter handle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JebBoone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-google-plus"> <div class="field-label">Google Plus:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 100219976621871855797 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-bioglobalblog"><legend>Global Blog</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-bioblogenable"> <div class="field-label">Enable:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-syndication"><legend>Syndication</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-striphtml"> <div class="field-label">Strip HTML:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/bio/jeb-boone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Grid Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5634035 at http://www.globalpost.com The Grid http://www.globalpost.com/internal/blog-config/the-grid <!--paging_filter--><p> The digital world, explained.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-section-about-block"> <div class="field-label">About This Section block contents:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><div id="blog_block"> <div id="blog_block_title"> ABOUT THIS BLOG</div> <div id="blog_description"> <p> Everything you need to know about the tangled digital web we weave. By GlobalPost correspondent Jeb Boone.</p> </div> <div id="blog_correspondents"> <div id="bc_header"> <h2 id="gp3_bloggers"> Correspondents</h2> </div> <div id="gp3_the_bloggers"> <div class="a_blogger"> <div class="blogger_bio"> <div class="blogger_bio"> <h3 class="blogger_name"> <a href="/bio/jeb-boone">Jeb Boone</a></h3> <p> GlobalPost correspondent. <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/bio/jeb-boone/articles">read more</a></p> </div> </div> <!--<div class="blogger_image"><img src="/sites/all/themes/globalpost_3/images/blog_bio_1.gif" /></div>--><!--<div class="blogger_image"><img src="/sites/all/themes/globalpost_3/images/blog_bio_1.gif" /></div>--><div class="blogger_bio"> <h3 class="blogger_name"> &nbsp;</h3> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--/the_bloggers--><!--/the_bloggers--></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sectionheaderimage"> <div class="field-label">Header Banner Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/banners/grid_header_670x170.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=39170">grid_header_670x170.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-singlecol-headerimage"> <div class="field-label">Single-column header image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_singlecol_headerimage" width="300" height="188" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/grid_single_300x200.jpg?1337085939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Thumbnail Art:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="260" height="138" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/grid_hp_260x140.jpg?1337085951" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> The Grid Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5691679 at http://www.globalpost.com Anonymous hackers target Bahrain, US munitions manufacturer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/anonymous-hackers-target-us-munitions-manufacturer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In support of the Arab Spring revolutions, Anonymous strikes again. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The infamous hacker collective Anonymous has affixed its digital crosshairs on Jamestown, Pennsylvania based chemical munitions manufacturer Combined Tactical Systems on the anniversary of Bahrain&rsquo;s protest movement that began one year ago.</p> <p> The twitter account @YourAnonNews, which has become the mouthpiece for alerting those outside of the IRCs (internet relay chat, simply an independent online chatroom) to Anon&#39;s various operations, announced that the company&#39;s website was being attacked. After the initial announcement, the account tweeted a series of statements calling attention to Bahrain&#39;s &quot;forgotten&quot; protest movement in conjunction with a destributed denial of service attack on Bahrain&#39;s official website <a href="http://www.bahrain.bh/wps/portal/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3g3E0cj0wAXIwMDvwBXAyNLbw8jkxBXI3dzA_1wkA6zeGd3Rw8Tcx8DAwsXNwsDIydTM89AAxcDA09TiLwBDuBooO_nkZ-bql-QnZ3m6KioCAB9ljK8/dl3/d3/L0lDUmlTUSEhL3dHa0FKRnNBL1lCUmZ3QSEhL2Fy/">bahrain.bh</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120104/sopa-reddit-paul-ryan-web-activism">Has the internet become an interest group?</a></strong></p> <p> The group also <a href="http://pastebin.com/DaauwSzQ">released a statement on pastebin.com</a>, where they traditionally post what are essentially press releases for the general public. In this statement the collective dicussed the motivation behind the attack on Combined Tactical Systems and their continued support for Arab protesters.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;From the streets of Oakland to Tahrir Square, to Palestine, Greece, Bahrain and Syria, your sinister instruments of torture and brutality have been used by the vile swine enforcers of the rich ruling classes to repress our revolutionary movements,&rdquo; read the statement.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/anonymous-hackers-target-us-munitions-manufacturer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anonymous Arab Spring Bahrain Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Occupy movement Protests Syrian uprising The Grid Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:21:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5691832 at http://www.globalpost.com After victory over SOPA, the internet is back on the defensive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/after-victory-over-sopa-the-internet-back-the-defensive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The FBI has made arrests in New Zealand and the Netherlands, shutting down one of the internet's most popular file sharing sites. A war of words ensues while the internet strikes a defensive posture. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> After the widely criticized Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was tabled in the US House Judiciary Committee, US authorities and the recording industry have launched a crackdown on file sharing sites across the globe. In this battle between the internet and US copyright law, there have been casualties on both sides.</p> <p> The Recording Industry of America (RIAA), with the FBI on their side, is reaching across international borders to bring down file sharing sites and the internet is beginning to take heavy losses. The RIAA has also set out to bring down one of the world&rsquo;s most popular BitTorrent file sharing websites, The Pirate Bay, after an opening salvo of arrests that took place last January.</p> <p> &quot;A blatantly illegal file-sharing site, proud that it&#39;s an online bazaar of every conceivable U.S. copyrighted work, found criminally responsible by its own country&#39;s legal system and who has been ordered by courts in at least seven European countries to be blocked by ISPs, has publicly acknowledged changing its domain name to escape U.S. laws,&quot; wrote RIAA Senior Executive Vice President Mitch Glazier in a <a href="http://www.riaa.com/blog.php?content_selector=riaa-news-blog&amp;blog_selector=Foreign-Rogue-Websites-Effectively-Addressed&amp;news_month_filter=2&amp;news_year_filter=2012">blog post</a>, beginning a war of words between these internet privateers and the industry interests trying to force them to harbor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/after-victory-over-sopa-the-internet-back-the-defensive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anonymous FBI SOPA The Grid Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:54:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692223 at http://www.globalpost.com Minecraft livestreams video game design marathon for charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/minecraft-mojang-livestream-charity-game-design-marathon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang, creators of Minecraft, live stream a 60 hour marathon of game design for charity. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lY2nffjfRvI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> Always the Good Guy Gregs, the creators of Mincraft &mdash; Mojang &mdash; will be livestreaming the creation of a new game for charity. <a href="http://www.humblebundle.com/?mojam">The stream</a>, which will be live until Sunday, will show the magnanimous Swedes creating a new game while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity during a 60 hour marathon. Those who would like to purchase the game can choose to donate any amount of money to the <a href="https://www.eff.org/">Electronic Frontiers Foundation</a>, <a href="http://www.childsplaycharity.org/">Child&#39;s Play</a>, <a href="http://www.charitywater.org/">Charity: Water</a>, and <a href="http://www.redcross.org/">the American Red Cross</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/minecraft-mojang-livestream-charity-game-design-marathon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Sweden The Grid Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:26:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692245 at http://www.globalpost.com Who will the internet vote for in November? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/who-will-the-internet-vote-november <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In standing against SOPA, the internet has become a political force to be reckoned with. Now who will the internet support in the 2012 presidential election? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Rick Santorum has set himself out to become the Republican Party&rsquo;s culture war candidate, decrying President Barack Obama&rsquo;s plan to require insurers to provide free birth control, even if the insured is employed by a religious institution that is opposed to the use of contraceptives.</p> <p> The comments <a href="http://memegenerator.net/instance/14839644?urlName=Scumbag-Rick-Santorum&amp;browsingOrder=New&amp;browsingTimeSpan=AllTime">earned Santorum &ldquo;scumbag&rdquo; status across the liberal internet</a>, a reference to the &ldquo;Scumbag Steve&rdquo; meme that depicts a young man with a grimy expression wearing an obnoxious looking sideways fitted cap.</p> <p> Reserved for the most hated of public figures, notable internet scumbags include former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Pope Benedict XVI. One is declared a scumbag by placing Steve&rsquo;s hat on the subject&rsquo;s head flanked by text highlighting the subject&rsquo;s observed hypocrisy on the top and bottom of the photo.&nbsp;</p> <p> Such memes, usually born from the primordial, digital chaos of 4chan&#39;s /b/, may be thought of by Republican strategists as the benign creation of a few neckbeards. However, as the US Congress learned last January, the political will of the internet can be brought to bear on the politicians and legislation that it loathes.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/who-will-the-internet-vote-november" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Elections anonymous Rick Santorum Ron Paul The Grid Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:16:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692501 at http://www.globalpost.com The Penny Arcade Report goes live http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/the-penny-arcade-report-goes-live <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The internet's favorite webcomic starts a gaming news blog, the Penny Arcade Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Penny Arcade, the father of nerd webcomics, has launched the <a href="http://penny-arcade.com/report">Penny Arcade Report</a>, the website&#39;s first foray into gaming journalism.&nbsp;</p> <p> Any hardcore gamer reads the Penny Arcade webcomic religiously. Now the famous Gabe and Tycho have commisioned a gaming news blog, attempting to fix gaming journalism, a field they&#39;ve determined to be &quot;broken&quot;. The blog hopes to focus on gaming culture in the long form rather than breaking the big stories.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/the-penny-arcade-report-goes-live" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Grid Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:39:13 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692522 at http://www.globalpost.com Can video games cure cancer? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/can-video-games-cure-cancer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Technological advancement is often driven by the hardware demands of new video games. Now researchers say that such advancements are aiding in cancer research. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The biggest motivation for the advancement of computer technology is, more often than not, the hardware demands of new video games. As hardcore gamers run out to buy the latest pieces of hardware for their Skynet level computers, the cost for top of the line equipment is driven down.</p> <p> A <a href="http://scienceblog.com/52182/cancer-cure-may-owe-thanks-to-gamers/">report</a>&nbsp;on Wake Forest University gives a glimpse into the lab of biophysicist Samuel Cho, where he uses advanced GPUs (graphics processing units), to simulate cellular life. In the simulations, Cho can see the hidden states in the folding and unfolding of the RNA molecule in human telomerase enzyme found in cancerous cells, giving scientists a more accurate view of how the cellular molecule functions for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/who-will-the-internet-vote-november">Who will the internet vote for in November?&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p> &ldquo;If it wasn&rsquo;t for gamers who kept buying these GPUs, the prices wouldn&rsquo;t have dropped, and we couldn&rsquo;t have used them for science,&rdquo; Cho says in the report.</p> <p> Researchers hope to develop a new drug that would stop the human telomerase enzyme from adding onto the DNA of the cell, so the tumor dies.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/can-video-games-cure-cancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> cancer cancer research UK Gaming Technology news The Grid Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:10:15 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692655 at http://www.globalpost.com China and Russia are pushing for greater internet control, via the United Nations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/un-regulate-the-web-international-scale <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talks begin in late February that could crimp internet freedoms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> After the battle over SOPA in the US House of Representatives, &ldquo;internet governance&rdquo; is a term that carries with it heavy weight and emotion among online activists and casual users alike.</p> <p> But later this month, a UN diplomatic process will begin that some countries &mdash; notably China and Russia &mdash; hope will result in stiff internet restrictions, according to an <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577229074023195322.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion">op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal</a>, written by Robert M. McDowell, a commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission.</p> <p> McDowell points out that the new system would &quot;upend the Internet&#39;s flourishing regime&quot; which protects the web from economic and technical regulation. Countries like Brazil and India, are &quot;particularly intrigued&quot; by the proposals, McDowell writes; he warns that opting out of the current governance regime, established in 1988, could result in a &quot;balkanized&quot; internet. &nbsp;</p> <p> Traditionally, the internet has thrived and evolve as a space for free expression and the sharing of ideas, especially where it is free from government regulation and censorship. The current initiative would expand international governance of into areas currently unregulated.&nbsp;</p> <p> Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, one of the proposed treaty&#39;s most enthusiastic backers, has stated the need to establish &ldquo;international control over the internet.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/un-regulate-the-web-international-scale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Internet SOPA United Nations The Grid Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:19:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692698 at http://www.globalpost.com Bioshock Infinite: A video game that takes on US politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/bioshock-infinite-video-game-politics-tea-party-occupy-wall-street-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bioshock Infinite, a fantasy video game, addresses issues related to the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Just as gamers were getting a grip on the near farcical amount of incredible titles released last year, 2012 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in gaming. At the top of this year&#39;s most anticipated games sits Diablo III, Blizzard&#39;s next installment in the beloved Diablo franchise that has been 12 years in the making.</p> <p> Other titles set to launch in 2012, like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Halo 4, Borderlands 2, and Mass Effect 3 are, simply put, some of the most highly-anticipated releases of the last two decades. In the case of Counter-Strike: GO and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, these games will be played in international tournaments, from Seoul to Helsinki, for millions of dollars in prize money.&nbsp;</p> <p> Yet during this election year in the United States, one release may pique the interest of politicians, voters, and gamers alike.&nbsp;</p> <p> BioShock Infinite, the third installment of the controversial first-person shooter franchise developed by Irrational Games is a title that values its politically relevant narrative just as much as gameplay mechanics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/bioshock-infinite-video-game-politics-tea-party-occupy-wall-street-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 US Elections Gaming Elections The Grid Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:35:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692913 at http://www.globalpost.com Another website falls in global crackdown against online piracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/skyload-net-megaupload-online-piracy-crackdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> German file-hosting site skyload.net is next website brought down for online piracy, following Megaupload and Btjunkie. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> German authorities have raided and shut down popular file-hosting site skyload.net, arresting the sites owner along with another individual who helped provide hosting services to the website, reported German news outlet <a href="http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/GVU-Weitere-Festnahmen-im-Fall-Kino-to-1438003.html">Heise Online</a>.</p> <p> Skyload.net, along with several other sites accused of internet piracy and copyright violations have undergone increased pressure from authorities following the shutdown of Megaupload and the arrest of the site&rsquo;s employees last month.</p> <p> Both men have been charged with copyright-related offenses and face up to several years in prison if they&rsquo;re found guilty.</p> <p> These new arrests were part of ongoing legal actions directed against the moving streaming portal Kino.to which was raided and shut down in June of last year, resulting in the arrest of more than a dozen people in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands, according to file-sharing advocates <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/police-raid-file-hosting-site-arrest-operator-and-isp-120221/">torrentfreak.com</a>&nbsp;and Heise Online.</p> <p> Skyload.net and Megaupload.com have so far borne the brunt of the increased international efforts to stop online piracy and copyright violation. In addition, torrent hosting website The Pirate Bay recently switched its US-based &quot;.org&quot; domain for Sweden based &quot;.se,&quot; fearing a crackdown by US authorities. Btjunkie.org, another wildly popular torrent hosting website, voluntarily closed its doors earlier this month after eight years in operation, fearing legal reprisals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/skyload-net-megaupload-online-piracy-crackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Internet SOPA Germany The Grid Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:47:21 +0000 Jeb Boone 5692967 at http://www.globalpost.com iPhone Foxconn factory workers demand change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/iphone-factory-workers-demand-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two workers at a Foxconn factory, the makers of the iPhone, are demanding reforms and pleading for help. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The makers of the iPhone, the actual workers who assemble the phones for sometimes 18 hours a day, have released an open letter to the American public demanding better working conditions.</p> <p> In the letter, released to the SumOfUs organization, the workers said that a mass poisoning took place at the factory when laborers used the n-hexane chemical to clean iPhone screens. They claim that n-hexane has caused some workers to suffer neurological damage.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/foxconn-protests">Foxconn protests: workers reportedly threatened suicide</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/iphone-factory-workers-demand-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China foxconn human rights iPhone China The Grid Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:10:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5693125 at http://www.globalpost.com Porn password heist puts millions of users at risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/you-porn-hack-password-anonymous <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouPorn was hacked in one of the largest breaches of online security ever. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In one of the largest porn password heists in the history of the internet, up to one million users&rsquo; email addresses and passwords from YouPorn, one of the most popular websites on the internet, were hacked and made accessible to the general public.</p> <p> While the size of the security breach was originally unknown, cyber security specialist Anders Nilsson <a href="http://static.eurosecure.com/youporn/millions.html">suspects</a> that it left the personal information of &ldquo;well over a million&rdquo; users open and accessible until the YouPorn server was eventually shut down yesterday.&nbsp;</p> <p> YouPorn blames a third party adult chat service that was hosted on their website for failing to make user data secure.&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;YouPorn continues to ensure that all appropriate measures and tools are in place to maintain the security of its infrastructure, and to safeguard the privacy of its users,&quot; said Kate Miller, spokesperson for YouPorn&rsquo;s parent company and porn giant Manwin Holding SARL.</p> <p> An <a href="http://pastebin.com/YCYbJyaD">analysis</a> of the passwords showed that perhaps a hack wasn&rsquo;t even necessary, with the majority of passwords being 123456, followed by the second-most common password: 123456789.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/you-porn-hack-password-anonymous" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anonymous Security The Grid Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:40:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5693157 at http://www.globalpost.com In child pornography trial, court allows suspect to refuse to decrypt hard drive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/child-pornography-trial-hard-drive-encryption-fifth-amendment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In 2010 child pornography investigation, court upholds suspect's right to refuse to open up his hard drive. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In an appeal of a 2010 child pornography investigation, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals may invoke their Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination when refusing to decrypt hard drives that have been confiscated by police.</p> <p> The implication of the court&rsquo;s decision may affect any number of federal investigations against child pornography, terrorism, or any other case involving the use of a computer. The decision may also affect US citizens returning from overseas travel where they are often demanded to allow Homeland Security agents to examine their hard drives.</p> <p> In March of 2010, a YouTube account was flagged for videos that were suspected of explicitly depicting underage girls. Police from Florida&rsquo;s Santa Rosa Country Sheriff&rsquo;s office obtained several IP addresses linked to the YouTube account and determined that some of the IPs belonged to a hotel. Upon further investigation, the suspect in the case, referred to as John Doe, was found after investigating hotel records.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/child-pornography-trial-hard-drive-encryption-fifth-amendment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Grid Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:49:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5693267 at http://www.globalpost.com Wikileaks and Anonymous release "global intelligence files" from Stratfor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/wikileaks-stratfor-anonymous <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wikileaks and Anonymous release 5 million emails from a global security firm. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeb Boone </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Wikileaks, the internet&rsquo;s home for whistle-blowing and classified dumps, has begun publishing over five million emails from the &ldquo;global intelligence&rdquo; firm Stratfor. The emails were most likely obtained from when hacker collective Anonymous gained access to the Statfor&rsquo;s servers last December in an unprecedented cooperation between the two whistle-blowing organizations.</p> <p> Wired.com&rsquo;s Threat Level blog has also <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/02/wikileaks-anonymous-partners/">reported</a> that sources within Anonymous have stated that the hacker collective did indeed turn the hacked emails over to Wikileaks because the site was &ldquo;more capable of analyzing and spreading the leaked information than Anonymous would be.&rdquo;</p> <p> On Monday morning, twitter account @AnonymousIRC began publishing a number of tweets linking Wikileaks to the hacker collective as the source of the hacked emails.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/wikileaks-stratfor-anonymous" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anonymous Julian Assange play Wikileaks The Grid Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:42:00 +0000 Jeb Boone 5693653 at http://www.globalpost.com