Sunday, November 30, 2014

Browser Hijackers and digital DNA

I would like to bring the dangers of browser hijackers and dangers of the Internet to people’s attention. Browser hijackers may redirect Internet users to border criminal web sites against their will. They may also write questionable links to Internet browser favorites. Very often they redirect users to porn web sites.
In the year 2004 there was an article published in Wired News.

The name of this article was ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining lives’ and the topic was computer spyware and how dangerous it may be. Some parts of this article were written from an interview with me. The article described Browser Hijackers as some type of spyware written by computer criminals. Also article in Wired News described individual sent in jail because of Browser Hijacker.
Recently there were 2 very serious articles published, one in the Homeland Security Wire web site and another from Fox News web site. They have links to the article in Wired News ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining lives’ written in 2004. They describe again the same criminal case of porn possession, 8 years later.
You can read in article “Digital DNA the new DNA” in the Homeland Security Wire web site:

‘With the increasing ubiquity of computers, smart phones, and other electronic devices comes a torrent of “digital DNA,” which can be used to record an individual’s every move and even convict them of a crime. In one case from 2002, an individual was sent to jail after police found pornographic images on his computer, but security experts later said law enforcement officials had mishandled the digital evidence.’
I think Homeland Security Wire is a very serious web site, and this is a very serious “mishandling the digital evidence” accusation.
The experts explained that a “browser hijacker” could have been used to remotely plant the pornographic images on the suspect’s computer without their knowledge.
There was also an article in Fox News ‘Fighting crime with digital DNA’. There is also a link to the Wired article ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining lives’
Fox News Editor Jeremy Kaplan wrote,
‘Attorneys are very good at taking digital evidence out of context and then convincing a jury of the guilt of someone based on it. In 2002, “Jack” was sent to jail after police found pornographic images on his home computer. Security experts later told Wired News that the digital data had been mishandled: They suggested it could have been put on his computer remotely through what’s called a “browser hijacker” — a malicious bit of software that changes browser settings and can easily be built to store data on a PC’
You may understand that this is all very serious. Minnesota Hennepin County Law Enforcements mishandled digital evidence in 2002-2004. And you may remember who was District Attorney in this county from 2002 to 2004: Amy Klobuchar, now a US Senator. I do not understand why they published this 8 years later. I may tell you that I am still surprised to what degree law enforcements did not care about any evidence from 2002 to 2004. They just wanted to convict people. I just think if the Fox News and Homeland Security Wire web sites wrote about this 8 years later, many others may be interested. In 2004 article ‘Browser Hijackers ruining lives’ was read by many millions of people in different countries. Too many people remember this.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ban the box law in Minnesota

Here is recent article in Star Tribune after interview with me. I do not think it will have effect, but I still unemployed for 12 years, and my chances to find any job is zero. So much for my past as a refugee on human rights.
While the new law enjoyed wide support, at least one ex-con who lives in Minnetonka said it hasn’t made it easier for him to get a job. The 55-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his nickname, Fima, said he came to the United States from the former Soviet Union as a political refugee.
Fima said he worked for Mitsubishi until he was fired in 2002 when the company found pornography on his laptop. Court documents show there were more than 1,000 images of minors on the hard drive. He disputes how the images got there but out of fear of losing at trial pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of pornographic work involving a minor. He said he hasn’t been able to get a job since.
Box still there
Recently, Fima did an informal Skype interview with Robert Half Technology, which then sent him an e-mail with two attachments. One was an employment application with the box on it, although instructions state not to answer the question if applying in Hawaii, Indiana, Newark N.J., Massachusetts or Philadelphia.
Also attached was a one-page form for Minnesota with the question. The form makes clear that when applicants complete their interview, they’ll be asked about prior criminal convictions, but it says not to fill out the form until after an in-person interview or submitting an application.
Robert Half spokeswoman Jamie Carpen said the application was outdated and should have listed Minnesota as one of the no-box states. Carpen said she doesn’t think the application was sent to anyone else and called it a “clerical error.”
Fima said that to him the message was clear: Despite a delay in questions about his conviction, he would continue to be hobbled by his past. “I feel that I’m worthless,” he said.

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