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  1. As far as the hardware is concerned I think you might be referring to the Arduino. If you are interested in hardware stuff, check out Make:. They have fun projects for arduino, POV, circuit bending for audio. It is not just for electronics though. They will tell you how to make a spud gun.
  2. I think keeping civilian casualties to a minimum, so to speak, is a fair limit. However as with any revolution you have to place to blame with the action. What I mean by this is that if the regime cracks down on the citizens of the country as a result of the actions of hackers the blame lies with the regime. It could be argued that the hackers caused problems for everyday people that would not have happened if they had not acted. This is sort of like a man who beats his wife saying "I wouldn't be forced to beat her if she would just learn to listen", which is obviously BS. Word from Iran is that they are asking people to not engage in dDOS attacks if they don't know what they are doing because it has caused some network problems.
  3. You are absolutely right hacking networks to cause damage is malicious. So is shooting a bunch of protesters in a public square. Is it that you believe violent action is unacceptable under any circumstance, because this just sounds like white hat dogma under peaceful conditions? A revolution however wouldn't necessarily have the same proscriptions once you have chosen a side. The last argument is again another pragmatic argument that doesn't address the ethics of the question. Though it is valid. FWIW, I think you are all making good points.
  4. To continue on with the Iran example, the people (at least some) are revolting and taking action. They just need help because they don't have as much power as the state, revolutionaries rarely do. The American Revolution would never have succeeded without the help of the French, even if they were acting in their own self interest against a long-time rival. However, my question isn't about whether the US gov't has a right to blindly impose it's will on other nations. The question is whether it is ethical to come to the aid of foreign revolutionaries against an oppressive regime by performing "cyberattacks". Let's not get into the semantics of "hack" ;)
  5. I think this is a very valid, pragmatic argument. I think this also goes along with the argument that Western hackers helping the Iranian dissidents actually hurts the cause as it provides the regime with the argument, "This is not the will of the Iranian people but western elements sowing the seeds of insurrection." However, I don't think either of those arguments addresses the ethics of the situation even though I think they are very important arguments. Also, while I don't like the idea of an angry Iran (aren't they perennially angry with the US anyway). I don't think we should feel any obligation to make them happy either. There has been more information coming out about the different ways that people are lending assistance. Obviously, there is the dDOS that is linked above, but there are other more subtle ways that people have been helping. Some have set up proxy servers to help hide the activists' activities, while others are making the regime's job harder by setting their Twitter timezone to Iran thus dilluting an easy search field.
  6. From the article... emphasis mine. I am not fully versed in the politics of Iran, and we have to be skeptical about any information we hear from any closed state. This makes it sound as though the young Iranian activists are glad for the assistance. Have they specifically made calls for assistance? I don't know. But then I am not trying to be evangelical about running to their aid. I am only playing the devil's advocate to try to understand other people's position on this and like issues. It was asserted that it is wrong to hack another country's websites as it is none of our business. This leads us into interesting territory. If you saw a man beating a child to a bloody pulp on his own property, would you help the child even if he/she couldn't ask for your help? Why or why not? It could be argued that it is not your property and it is none of your business. This would then be countered with the argument that this is you community and as such you have a vested interest in what occurs in your community or you can't sit idly by while a person's human rights are violated, etc. If either of those are valid, then it will lead to a semantic argument over what constitutes "community". Does community mean your neighborhood, city, country, or can it be expanded to include the entire world? It seems as though this is a movement in Iran. They are physically in the streets. The Iranian government is actively trying to hunt down tweeters. I can see the argument that the crack call is from outside sources since it is cited as being from pro-democracy movements. That still isn't very specific though. The pro-democracy movement could be from Iran or outside Iran. The people making the calls could be Iranian expat activists who fled after the fall of the Shah. Maybe the Iranians are contacting the extra-Iranian pro-democracy groups because it is difficult for groups in Iran to get their message out because of government control of media. There is obviously something going on in Iran being backed by Iranians, so I don't think the American Revolution analogy was that far afield. disclaimer: Once upon a time I was a debater in high school. So I just really like to argue.
  7. That is a good point, but what if the revolutionaries ask you to participate as they apparently have in this case? Then you are not imposing your views on an unwilling populace. But then again, the American Revolution was started by a small minority against the popular will of the majority of English colonists, so I suppose that joining any minority revolution would be an imposition upon an unwilling populace. hmmm....
  8. This is a pretty interesting blog entry about radical twittering. Cyberwar guide for beginners
  9. Yeah, after I posted I realized the title of the thread might cause some confusion where some might think the question is hacking for the Iranian government. Sorry. Everyone please read the poll question to prevent misunderstanding. That is all...
  10. Activists Launch Hack Attacks on Tehran I thought it might be interesting to get this community's opinion on this issue.
  11. N1LL0

    help me - please

    once you have a clean install, make sure to create a disk image so that it will be super easy to rebuild the install in the future.
  12. Right on miT, good to see someone from SoCal. Let's hear it for the 213.
  13. How about a sheevaplug with usb wireless? Sheevaplug It should be easy to hack to make it seem innocuous.
  14. N1LL0

    help me - please

    after Backup your favorites folder in c:\documents and settings\"your user id"
  15. I just recently went back and dloaded the first 3 seasons. I have to say that although I enjoyed s1 they seemed really young and inexperienced. Some may call this raw, but I appreciate the fact that they have just become better onscreen personalities. Keep up the technical info guys.
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