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Monday, September 1, 2014

Why Are The Chinese Spying On Caribbean Children?



This Article From Caribbean News Now

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following several articles previously published on the issue of spyware programs hidden in computers supplied to Caribbean governments and agencies by foreign governments or companies, an amateur radio organisation in Trinidad and Tobago has tested Chinese-supplied computers and confirmed the presence of such malicious software.

In a 
letter on Saturday to the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), Julien Dedier, chairman of the board of directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio League (TTARL) stated that TTARL’s intelligence group has investigated and tested of several of the computers given to schoolchildren in Trinidad and Tobago by the government during the period 2012 to 2014.

“In layman’s language, the children are being spied upon and at the same time being used as gateway for spying purposes. The compromised computers were sending back information via a backdoor protocol, which is normally used by government spy agencies around the world,” Dedier explained.

He said that his own daughter, who attends a government secondary school, had a computer given to her that was compromised by spyware, something that is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago under the country’s Interception of Communication Act.

Students entering Form One at government schools in Trinidad and Tobago are entitled to a brand new laptop computer with preinstalled and configured software and, in 2011, the government switched from Hewlett Packard (HP) to Lenovo computers from China at a concessionary price. 

Furthermore, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh revealed last year that 3,300 of the latest purchase of 21,500 Lenovo Thinkpad laptops by the People’s Partnership government were to be shipped to Saint Lucia as part of a government-to-government agreement. 

According to Gopeesingh, the 3,300 laptops would be distributed to fourth form students in Saint Lucia, the cost to be repaid at some point by the government of Saint Lucia.

As at the end of 2013, some 70,000 laptops have been distributed to secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago from Form One to Form Four. Gopeesingh said that all principals at primary and secondary school levels and school supervisors have also received laptops. 

Gopeesingh said that Trinidad and Tobago’s laptop programme had ranked the country among top countries integrating information technology (IT) with education. 

However, British and Australian intelligence services have in the meantime discovered that malicious Lenovo circuitry modifications, in addition to other inserted hardware exploits, allow a third party to access a device remotely without the user's knowledge.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A mistake, and 298 potential FB friends gone

Another example of man's inhumanity to man.  .

Will it ever stop? 

This should never have happened. Man seem to have an intrinsic desire to destroy each other we are like spectators at the arena, the lucky ones.  Lucky to be here and not there. 

But it comes home, where ever we call home, we read, hear and learn about incidents like this and it hurts hearts everywhere.  We know that genuine human beings, people who could be our friends, could justify these action. 

 They really meant to hurt others, not these people.



 
We understand weapons of mass destruction, total annihilation because what our belief is different from another man, country or race.  Beliefs changes, this is an a perfect example of taking permanent action because of a temporary belief. The reality is that we are not in charge. 

Call Him what you want, it does not matter if you never call Him, He has no religion and it does not matter what you believe; He is in charge. 

In charge, meaning He is responsible.  Our little minds will love to change the world, to seek some sense of comfort, happiness, peace.  Instead we get this, we get killings justified in the name of a belief.  In Gaza, Nigeria, Ukraine, Sudan; men killing men, women, and children. 

We are the lucky ones until it hits home, our family and friends.  Social media has added a new dimension of pain.  It hurts even if they were merely FB friends.

Our little minds, all of us, the perpetrators and the spectators cannot understand it.  It transcend our realm of imagination and understanding. 

We can all rest assured that because we know He is in charge, all is in Divine Order, things are the way they should be.  We need not understand, we do have to accept. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Internet Threat – Cyber Bill for Trinidad & Tobago



Revise the Cyber Bill Now
 
Isn’t it ironic that the only T&T government administration that was ever accused of what is known here as “emailgate”  is piloting a Cyber Crime Bill.  

The law enforcement agency charged with investigating that incident is still investigating and in the meanwhile the man who was originally given the assignment has retired from the service and now occupies another government cushy job. 

People on the ground are saying that the proposal for this bill suddenly popped up after the government accused the opposition of hacking into their email accounts.   Almost as if the government is making a move to protect itself.  

The proposal, still to be debated in parliament, made international news because it is so unsual for a country like T&T to consider a cyber bill.  An article in the Epoch Times had the headline "Trinidad and Tobago's Cyber Crime Bill May Be the Beginning of an Already Failed Quest"

Failed before we start they say.  Can they be right?  They say it will cost billions of dollars with no appreciable rewards.  Here are the 3 main reasons they gave;
1.   Most technology companies are very secretive with user information; they would not even share it with the US Government.  Why will they share it with the T&T government? 

2.   98 percent of our cyber infrastructure is foreign based like Google and Yahoo.  (Initially, in the emailgate scandal, the police publicly stated they were stymied by Google.  The never said anything about why they could not access the TSTT accounts.)

3.   The country’s cyber infrastructure can be accessed from as far away as Russia, China or India where our laws are meaningless.

The article quoted the expert as saying that: “…too many preceding cases have cost other countries hundreds of millions of lost dollars in their efforts to extradite accused cyber criminals from uncooperative jurisdictions; – since it is a quest that often fails”
Read the article here. 

The fact is that this country does needs defensive cyber security.  The bill as it is proposed intends to spend millions of dollars to identify and prosecute cyber criminals.  

Once again, this is democracy at work.  This is our elected government and what they say we need, we need.  The fact still remains that the country will lose millions if this bill passes.   

But who is complaining.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Pirates of The Caribbean

They May Not Be Who You Think?

The headline above was used by a political journalist" who ignores the reality of the day and writes one sided articles with no objectivity.

The article is written by Alexander Phillips and you an read what he said here.

Frankly, I think that this administration has lost touch with the people like the other one did.  No amount of propaganda will change what has been experienced in the last five years. 


Read my response to that article.

The writer hit the nail on the head about Jack. On Inshan, the jury is still out. Don't agree but that's not important. 

What really got me to write this response is when I ask why. Why the hell would anyone use history to explain away what's happening now?

For the people who don't know that was a great story, maybe even a good one sided history lesson. We can only write what we think we know. 

There must be a compelling reason for someone to totally ignore the crap that's happening now and focus instead on who stole or didn't steal ten years ago. Why stop there we are rich in that history. 

The funny thing is that now I am totally convinced that the writer has a political agenda. Not one word mentioned about, Anil, Sat, even our illustrious PM who just unleashed the Dogs of War on criminals. 

While the Police Commission sits quietly and says nothing about being called Dogs. I guess that is an improvement from Pigs. Nonsense all of it. Back to the point. 

I supported the PP government when the other PM was playing the ass with the country. That was wrong for the country then, and it's wrong now. 


Like going to court and telling the judge that people have been stealing for years so don't judge me cause I can tell you their names and where they thief. Bull, the judge will rightly say and send your ass where it belongs. 

Bull, send the writer to writer's jail. 

Two wrong never made anything right. 

The writer's point of view is bias, he attacks because he says that he is a "collector of history" Hopefully, everyone who knows can see through the veil, crafted to deflect mistakes and missteps of a failing government. 

More likely, he is collecting of dollars. Thinking of it, if I was paid well enough I would take a side. Writer make shit compared to government ministers.

Be real, how else can an intelligent Trinidadian get it all wrong like that. The simple answer is that he didn't get it wrong. 

He wants others to get it wrong. Nobody can use history to defend present corruption. 

Nuff said. Come to your own conclusions.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Free-Test Your Short Term Memory

 
 
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are aging too fast.

 
 
 This is a great test from the BBC
 
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You'll be shown 12 photos in the first part, 

You'll be shown another 
12 photos in the second part.  
  You'll be shown 48 photos in the third part and asked if you saw them in the first part, the second part - or never saw them at all.

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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad

Is This The Trinidad You Know?

Interesting perspective of Trinidad by Vice News an international news organization.  The police in person of Inspector Alexander blames it on the 1990 coup. A criminologist blames it on the government giving contracts to who she call community leaders who she identifies as gang leaders.  A gang leader who says that the money he gets goes back into the community.  Brings back memories of Dudus Coke and what happened in Jamaica.

Living in Trinidad I know that where I live it's not like what is depicted.   The only  truths comes directly from the  gangsters in the video.  According to them "behind the curtain" Mr. Big Fish hides and directs the show.

 Trinidad and Tobago is a small country but it is large enough that if you know where not to go you can be safe.  Spill overs occur but the way the video tells it there is only corruption, cocaine and murder here...


Take a look and leave a comment if you have an opinion...


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Will A Major Hurricane Hit The Caribbean in 2014?



The Colorado Hurricane Gurus Are Wrong 

Yes, one will. 
 
The Caribbean Blogger is predicting that at least one major hurricane will hit a Caribbean island in the 2014.  CB cannot predict which island but hoping that it’s not going to be Trinidad; it could be.
How could CB make such a outlandish prediction in the face of credentialed gurus? 

They predict that 2014 hurricane season will be “a very quiet”.  CB says it's too broad a prediction that could lead to complacency and the lack of preparation.

They  made the prediction in USA Today.  In the same article there is evidence to support CB prediction of a high potential of a hurricane.  The prediction that it will be a Caribbean islands is where CB went out on a limb.  Mind you the predictions were made by a team of metro logicians at Colorado State University.  Using logic they developed conclusions.  

The predictions rely primarily on the data that say that El Nino has been cooling in the last few months and will continue to cool.  The last few months they are talking about are the winter months that would normally cool the waters.  That data did not take into consideration global warming and its effects on El Nino. As such, it is not a very reliable predictor of future temperature. 

Statistical analysis by USA Today came up with the following conclusions

“The Colorado State team's seasonal forecasts are a mixed bag: Since 2000, the team has forecast fewer than the actual number of hurricanes four times, forecast more five times and been almost right — within two hurricanes — five times, a USA TODAY analysis shows"

Means that they have been wrong before.
 
Fact is that these meteorological academia projects are funded by a number of industries that rely on these predictions to evaluate potential losses and actuarial on the level of risk to expect.  It justifies higher premiums for insurance companies.  Billions of dollars are generated insuring transatlantic shipments of goods.  

The chances of the CB prediction being wrong are about the same as the meteorological guru’s claim of a quiet hurricane season.   After reading that article you may come to the same conclusion as CB the chances that a Caribbean island will be hit by a hurricane is “highly likely” in the 2014 hurricane season.

What do you think?