Sony Profiteering Off Whitney Houston’s Death

Think Progress

Stay classy, Sony. According to the Guardian, after Whitney Houston’s death, her label raised the price of at least one of her albums to take advantage of the immediate spike in sales:

The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99. Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday.

It seems like it ought to have been enough for Sony to privately enjoy the revitalization of an album from its back catalogue: Houston was years away from her peak selling potential at the time of her death, which sent The Ultimate Collection to the top of the iTunes charts. A move like this may be strategic from a business perspective, but it looks impressively greedy. Given how hard the content industry is pushing to sell the public on the idea that they’re only acting in the best interests of creators in pushing for stronger copyright protections, profiting off a dead artist is decidedly off-message.

LulzSec releases classified data of ‘racist’ Arizona law enforcement

Democratic Underground

The group of rogue and jocular hackers known as Lulz Security – or LulzSec – released data Thursday night it claims belongs to Arizona law enforcement in a campaign dubbed “Operation Chinga La Migra.”

“We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement,” the group said on their website.

LulzSec is targeting the state’s law enforcement because they are against SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law and called Arizona a “racial profiling anti-immigrant police state.”

LulzSec announced Tuesday that it would team up with hacker activist group Anonymous, as the manhunt for people involved with both groups continues. LulzSec has also claimed responsibility for the Sony hack that compromised millions of peoples’ personal information, as well as several government hacks. The group burst onto the public radar with a well-publicized hack of PBS NewsHour’s website in early June.

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Hackers Attack Senate Website

We live in an advancing technological age.   Sadly, it seems that internet privacy may truly be a thing of the past. 

The irony is that the U.S. Government doesn’t believe in privacy for its citizens (due to the war on terror) but reacts quite defensively when exposed for its hypocrisy through breaches of its security apparatus. 


The Daily Beast

The U.S. Senate website was the latest target in a string of cyberattacks from Lulz Security, the hacker group that had previously compromised PBS and some Sony sites.

The hackers got into the servers’ public side but were not able to penetrate the firewall to reach private information, such as senators’ contact information.

“We don’t like the U.S. government very much,” Lulz Security said in its release of the information it obtained. “This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from—is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?”

 The reference is to a report that the U.S. government may consider cyberattacks acts of war; however, the report referred specifically to attacks from foreign governments, not loose-knit hacking groups like Lulz Security.

Read it at Reuters