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British start-up OnData.io has spent the last year designing and fine-tuning an algorithm that detects ISIS propaganda at scale, in real time.

And now the impressive online content filtering tool believes its platform can identify those at risk of radicalisation based solely on their Internet history.

Unlike traditional Internet monitoring tools which rely either on lists of bad websites or simple decision rules to flag undesirable content, OnData.io uses advances in artificial intelligence to infer intent, the London firm claims.

This is crucial in the fight against terrorism, as jihadi content is often fast changing and ambiguous in nature, OnData.io has confirmed.

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Iran sentences woman to death by stoning

A criminal court in Irans northern province of Gilan sentenced a woman to be executed by stoning for alleged complicity in the murder of her husband Arash Babaieepour Tabrizinejad.

The stoning penalty of the woman, who was only identified by the initials A.Kh, was first reported on the Persian-language Iranian website LAHIG on Saturday.

According to the LAHIG report, the court imposed the stoning penalty on the woman along with lashings and a 25-year prison sentence. The criminal court in the city of Rasht in Gilan issued the sentence.

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, a leading Canadian-Iranian human rights activist based in Toronto who tweeted about the stoning on Wednesday, told The Jerusalem Post, The rate of executions in Iran has not decreased in the last few years, it has increased. Although stoning has become more rare in Iran, such sentences are still being issued by Iranian judges. The probability of a stoning sentence to be carried out is slim due to the international sensitivity of the issue, there is a great chance her sentence may be lsquo;converted to death by hanging.

Nayeb Yazdi, who runs the translation blog Persian2English and works with the international NGO Iran Human Rights, added We need to note that an official Iranian website released the stoning sentence news, and we should question the regimes motives for doing so. The stoning sentence is an indication of the Iranian regimes continued war against women in Iran. Arbitrary executions in Iran must be on top of the agenda in any dialogue between Iran and the West.

Julie Lenarz, Executive Director of the Human Security Center in the United Kingdom, told the Post, Whether or not one supports the nuclear deal with Iran, it is astonishing that the West cultivates an ever-closer alliance with a theocratic regime widely known for its abysmal human rights record and aggressive behavior in the region. They hang men for the lsquo;crime of writing poems; or engaging in peaceful protest; or loving someone of the same sex.

She noted, Women are stoned for being raped and Iranian law even allows for juvenile executions. Iran is averaging three hangings per day at the moment and remains a pariah state with no regard for human life. In a despicable form of moral myopia, the gold rush for business, as the international sanctions regime begins to unravel, has made Western governments blind to the suffering of ordinary Iranians at the hands of the Ayatollahs.

Separately, The Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday on a communications technology meeting between Finland and Iran.

ICT cooperation between Iran and Finland will increase in the areas of software as well as research and development,Mahmoud Vaezi, Irans minister for Information and Communications Technology, said following his meeting with Finlands Foreign Trade Minister Lenita Toivakka

According to the IRNA report, He welcomed Finlands achievements in the field of ICT including the Nokia company and expressed the hope that Iran can use the experiences to develop its ICT sector.

In 2008, the Post reported that the then joint Finnish-German company Nokia-Siemens sold surveillance technology to Irans government. The technology was used a year later to stifle internet, Twitter and mobile communications among demonstrators during widespread protests against a reportedly fraudulent presidential election.

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2009 the Nokia-Siemens technology was used to track communications among the Iranian democrats protesting the regimes repression and election irregularities.

A Nokia-Siemens representative said at the time we do not provide any web or internet monitoring or filtering. We do provide the capability for millions of Iranians to communicate via mobile networks, and as part of this provide voice call lawful intercept capability.

Iranian consumers called for a boycott of Nokia-Siemens in 2009.

The Finish Foreign Ministry website for wrote Toivakka will make a Team Finland visit to Iran on 710 December 2015. She will be accompanied by a delegation of 70 representatives of Finnish companies. The members of the delegation represent companies in the fields of bioeconomy, environmentally clean technologies, ICT and construction.

The visit offers an excellent opportunity for us to present leading-edge Finnish expertise in several sectors on the emerging Iranian markets, Toivakka said

The ministry listed the Nokia Corporation as part of the delegation in Iran.

Vaezi added, It was decided that private sectors of the two countries will meet during the on-going visit of the 100-member delegation from Finland.

World-Herald editorial: China’s eyeing military change

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Chinas Xi calls for cooperation on Internet regulation

In this photo released by Chinas Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen Town, east Chinas Zhejiang Province, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Xi called Wednesday for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression. Xis government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013. (Li Tao/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

Judge Questions Restrictions on Israel Spy

MANHATTAN (CN) – The US Parole Commission failed to demonstrate the need for extra government scrutiny on convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, a federal judge ruled Monday.
One day shy of his 30th year behind bars for using his job as a civilian intelligence contractor to supply classified information in suitcases to Israeli agents, Pollard became a free man last month on Nov. 20.
He immediately filed a federal lawsuit challenging the conditions of his parole, including a curfew and GPS and Internet monitoring.
Eliot Lauer, an attorney for the spy with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt amp; Mosele, noted that the Internet did not even exist when Pollard passed along hard copies of the information in 1985.
US District Judge Katherine Forrest appeared skeptical about the need for these restrictions at a roughly hour-long hearing Monday, but she gave the US Parole Commission another opportunity to make its case.
The commission spent just one page explaining its desire to keep a close eye on Pollard.
Assistant US Attorney Rebecca Sol Tonio noted that the top-secret and secret classification of the documents Pollard passed on, by definition, means the disclosure of that information could pose exceptionally grave or serious damage to the government.
For Lauer, however, that risk is long gone, if it was ever a factor at all.
Former US National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane and former Senate Intelligence Committee member Dennis DeConcini both submitted sworn declarations on Pollards behalf finding that this information is of no value to anyone today.
The prosecutor disputed this by saying that much of the information remains classified. Ironically, however, the Parole Commission lacks security clearances to understand why.
When Pollard first filed his lawsuit, he pointed to his severe diabetes as a reason why his bracelet was a burden. Now he asserts that as an observant Jew the bracelet imposes a religious burden because he has to recharge its batteries on the sabbath.
Pollard also says curfews forcing to be home between before 7 am and after 7 pm prevent him from attending religious services and events, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Tonio countered that parole officials swapped his monitoring with another that keeps a charge for 40 hours to address the first issue.
One probation officer who submitted a declaration for the defense told the court that Pollards case is only the third that he has encountered involving monitoring.
As for the computer monitoring, Pollard claims that this restriction is burden for his attempt to land a job in the finance industry.
Judge Forrest said that she was reluctant to make any changes to the terms of his parole without giving the Parole Commission another chance to explain their findings on remand.
If I were wrong, I would be treading in an area that is quite serious, she said.
Pollard and his attorneys declined to comment outside the courtroom.

Xi calls for cooperation on Internet regulation

Chinese President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression.

Mr. Xi’s government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013.

Helping fight online crime

Speaking at a government-organized conference attended by executives of global and Chinese Internet companies, Mr. Xi called for creating a global governance system to reflect the wishes and interests of all countries. He said that would help fight online crime and terrorism and promote healthy development of the Internet.

Mr. Xi’s comments reflect the growing assertiveness of China’s ruling Communist Party in promoting its own vision for how to regulate global finance, technology, news media and other matters.

Second such conference

Wednesday’s gathering was the second annual World Internet Conference in the south-eastern city of Wuzhen in Zhejiang province, where Xi once was provincial party secretary. It was organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Cabinet agency that enforces Internet controls.

Organizers said some 2,000 people were due to attend including representatives of Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Lenovo Group and Baidu Inc., President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan and officials from Russia and Kazakhstan.

Amnesty’s appeal

On the eve of the conference, the human rights group Amnesty International appealed to technology companies to resist Chinese initiatives that might curb freedom of expression or worsen human rights abuses.

Under the guise of sovereignty and security, the Chinese authorities are trying to rewrite the rules of the Internet so censorship and surveillance become the norm everywhere, said the group’s East Asia research director, Roseann Rife, in a statement. This is an all-out assault on Internet freedoms.

Blocks obscene, subversive material

The Communist Party promotes Internet use for business and education but tries to block material deemed obscene or subversive. It tries to prevent users in China from seeing foreign websites run by human rights groups and news outlets, the Google search engine and social media such as Facebook.

Early this year, Chinese academics and entrepreneurs complained Beijing had tightened filtering to unusually high levels, preventing them from seeing materials abroad needed for work.

Fighting online terrorism

On Wednesday, Mr. Xi called for cooperation to fight crime and terrorism online.

Cyberspace shouldn’t be a battlefield, Mr. Xi said. There should be no double standards in safeguarding network security.

Security experts say China is the biggest source of hacking attacks aimed at governments and companies. Last year, US prosecutors charged five Chinese military officers with stealing secrets from American companies.

Xi-Obama deal

In September, Mr. Xi and American President Barack Obama agreed to refrain from conducting or supporting online theft of trade secrets or competitive business information.

On Wednesday, Mr. Xi also called on other governments to respect network sovereignty, a reference to efforts by leaders of China, Russia, Iran and some other nations to enforce controls over once-borderless cyberspace.

At last year’s Wuzhen conference, organizers tried unsuccessfully to persuade global Internet companies to endorse a call for the world community to respect Internet sovereignty and spread positive energy.

Pakistan to develop ICT infrastructure to bridge digital divide: Mamnoon

BEIJING: President Mamnoon Hussain, speaking at the second annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, on Wednesday, said Pakistan is pursuing a vision of accelerated digitisation in order to transform itself into a knowledge-based economy, Radio Pakistan reported.

Our focus remains on development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, he said, with special emphasis on serving marginalised segments of society and bridging the digital divide.

Mamnoon said the government realises the potential of ICT for socio-economic growth, and considered it a key enabler to achieve self-sufficiency, transparency, good governance and empowerment of the people.

The information revolution has fundamentally altered perceptions of reality, time and space, Mamnoon said, adding that Information Technology is rapidly reshaping identities, geo-politics and the security dynamics of the 21st century, as well as other paradigms.

The conference was held in the southeastern city of Wuzhen in Zhejiang province, where Chinese President Xi Jinping once was provincial party secretary. It was organised by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Cabinet agency that enforces internet controls.

Organisers said some 2,000 people were due to attend, including representatives of Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Lenovo Group and Baidu Inc and officials from Russia and Kazakhstan.

Cyberspace shouldnt be a battlefield

Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the conference, called for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use and fighting crime and terrorism online, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression.

Xis government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013.

The Chinese president called for creating a global governance system to reflect the wishes and interests of all countries.

He said that would help fight online crime and terrorism and promote healthy development of the Internet.

Xis comments reflect the growing assertiveness of Chinas ruling Communist Party in promoting its own vision for how to regulate global finance, technology, news media and other matters.

Cyberspace shouldnt be a battlefield, Xi said. There should be no double standards in safeguarding network security.

On Wednesday, Xi also called on other governments to respect network sovereignty, a reference to efforts by leaders of China, Russia, Iran and some other nations to enforce controls over once-borderless cyberspace.

At last years Wuzhen conference, organisers tried unsuccessfully to persuade global Internet companies to endorse a call for the world community to respect Internet sovereignty and spread positive energy.

All out assault on Internet freedoms

On the eve of the conference, the human rights group Amnesty International appealed to technology companies to resist Chinese initiatives that might curb freedom of expression or worsen human rights abuses.

Under the guise of sovereignty and security, the Chinese authorities are trying to rewrite the rules of the Internet so censorship and surveillance become the norm everywhere, said the groups East Asia research director, Roseann Rife, in a statement. This is an all-out assault on Internet freedoms.

The Communist Party promotes Internet use for business and education but tries to block material deemed obscene or subversive. It tries to prevent users in China from seeing foreign websites run by human rights groups and news outlets, the Google search engine and social media such as Facebook.

Early this year, Chinese academics and entrepreneurs complained Beijing had tightened filtering to unusually high levels, preventing them from seeing materials abroad needed for work.

Security experts say China is the biggest source of hacking attacks aimed at governments and companies. Last year, United States (US) prosecutors charged five Chinese military officers with stealing secrets from American companies.

In September, Xi and US President Barack Obama agreed to refrain from conducting or supporting online theft of trade secrets or competitive business information.

How meeco designs and develops its solar energy storage solutions

Solar energy is a clean and reliable power source. But unfortunately the sun does not shine 24 hours a day and therefore access to sunlight is limited in the morning and in the evening and of course at night. In order to offset this drawback,The meeco Group – a Swiss-based clean energy provider – deployed its solar energy management solution sun2safe, a system pairing solar power with solar storage technology, guaranteeing the stability of the electricity supply and thus solving the issue coming from intermittent sunshine.

Using his distinct engineering background for evaluating and working on advancedenergy storage methods, Claudio Alberti – Director ofmeeco Services Italia Srl. – is in charge of the worldwide power conversion and energy storage projects at meeco. In parallel, his position includes the local supervision and management of the international operations of the Italian subsidiary, which has been already established in 2008.

Ever since, the Italian team has contributed and supported the realization of over 200 MWp worldwide via technical and advisory services as well as supervision and construction of over 70 MWp. This successful achievement of particularly large-scale solar photovoltaic power projects owe their existence to the subsidiary headed by Claudio Alberti.

You are responsible for the development of energy storage systems. Could you reveal the launching of The meeco Group’s solar energy management systemsun2safe?

I realized the first power management system model in 2009. At that time, the purpose was to apply the concept of hybrid cars to stationary energy systems powered by a diesel generator, in order to save fuel and reduce the engine wear by supplying solar energy and storing the excess power for the period of time when photovoltaic power was not available. The system paid back in a very short time and gave me the idea to go deeper, enhance it and convert it into an all-in-one converter/inverter central energy management system. After determining the selection of top-tier components and making a further refinement of the original concept, we now already brought the third sun2safe generation to market. This has a strengthened performance in Internet monitoring and devices, which ensures returns on investment in an even shorter period of time. The sun2safe hybrid converters are currently in operation inItaly,Pakistan,Mauritius,Zimbabwe andIndia providing the users with virtual energy independence from the grid or diesel generators. Ireland and the Caribbean Islands will be our next targets through the deployment of several sun2safe installations.

Italy, Pakistan, Mauritius, India… meeco – as a global company – is present all over the world. How many languages do you speak and do you have to face issues regarding intercultural differences?

I am a native Italian speaker, but I am using English everyday workplace activities, as this language is the key for global communication. I understand Spanish and French as well. Since we are present in more than 15 countries, cultural differences and culture-l inked points of view represent a real challenge to face. Experience has shown that people from different countries and therefore from different cultures approach one and the same issue in a completely diverse way.

What are your main responsibilities and daily missions as the Country Manager ofmeeco Services Italia Srl.?

Managers’ tasks include everything that is needed for the well being of the company. Reactivity and multitasking should therefore be in their DNA. Personally, I constantly strive to use those skills, as I have to coordinate all operations related to the subsidiary’s activities and the clients projects, such as preparing quotations, supporting the operational team technically, following the installation of our renewable energy solutions and finally interacting with the customers.

What was the project you enjoyed the most working on?

The project I probably enjoyed the most was Carlino, a 25 MWp project commissioned in 2011 and based on a single-axis tracking system. This project ranks among the biggest solar projects in Europe and is the largest PV park built where meeco was the critical driving force so far. The installation is still showing remarkable performance, with an actual yield well above the designed amount. The solar module implemented was aSunCarrier tracked grid-connected energy solution, achieving at least 30 percent additional performance versus a standard fixed installation. My tasks included the setting-up of the agreement with the developers and the entire project validation procedure from a technical, legal and economic point of view. By the same token, interfacing with the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) company and preparing brochures for the investors have been equally important in order to ensure the fulfillment of the mission. Further, I followed from close the licensing process, witnessing the meetings at the Regional authority. Finding a reliable supplier for the steel constructions and guiding the construction together with the developers have been assignments carried out under my responsibility as well. However, those tasks implied severe obstacles, which could have jeopardized the project’s successful execution. In order to achieve the project objectives and provide the client with the best services and custom-made solutions that properly achieve the intended outcomes, I had to employ my many years’ market experience – and far beyond these – I and learned a lot in fields I was not particularly familiar with.

Do you currently have a project going on?

A lot of new projects are launching, especially the engineering and supply of hybrid converte rs. At the moment, my most challenging and most important task is the implementation of the new generation of the portable solar power system sun2go and the energy management system sun2safe in India. Those important launches imply travelling back and forth for meetings with local partners, technical evaluation, project reviews, manufacturing process checks, training local engineers to our standards and needs for the worldwide market. For this particular mission, I am closely working with my colleague Tarun Munjal – the Managing Director of the subsidiarymeeco India Pvt. Ltd. Together, we have recently supported alocal schoolin India achieving the goal of independence from diesel through the environmentally friendly use of renewable resources.

Solar energy is booming in emerging markets such as India or Pakistan, but what future opportunities will arise for the solar energy sector in the Italian market?

The current legislative context in Italy does not facilitate the development of the photovoltaic solar energy sector. In fact, retroactive tariff reductions have been recently implemented and therefore harm new private investment. This is why, I am currently mainly working on hybrid projects focused on international expansion and especially conducted in developing countries, where populations are facing looming energy scarcity.

Do you have a personal motto that drives you in the execution of your daily work?

“Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” – Thomas A. Edison. Constant perseverance and patience are essential in order to prosper and to spur yourself to overcome barriers and achieve performance targets. Hard work is the only source of success.

Spring Grove man admits to possessing child pornography

Edward C. Marshall, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the felony charges, and with his guilty plea all other charges were dismissed. His plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer.

In addition to the probation, Marshall must register for life as a sex offender. He must continue with alcohol counseling, submit to random drug and alcohol screens and register for Internet monitoring. He also must pay a $1,250 fine.

According to Assistant States Attorney Kate Lenhard, Marshall possessed computer images of children in lewd positions. He was arrested by McHenry County Sheriffs deputies in July 2014.

#x2013; Chelsea McDougall

Xi Jinping encourages freedom of ideas at World Internet Conference

No country should pursue cyber hegemony, interfere in other countries internal affairs or engage in, connive at or support cyber activities that undermine other countries national security, the president added. Some countries should not seek security at the expense of others, let alone sacrifice others security to seek absolute security. Social-media postings can be deleted and search terms blocked, and websites including Facebook and Google have withdrawn from the country or been barred from operating. Xis government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013.

During Xis state visit to the USin September, he and President Barack Obama agreed that neither side will conduct or knowingly support cyber theft of intellectual property or commercial trade secrets.

Addressing the opening ceremony of Second World Internet Conference attended by executives of global and Chinese cyber companies, Xi lashed out at double standards in safeguarding cyber security and called for governments to cooperate in regulating Internet use. But the only world leaders in attendance were from Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, countries presumably sympathetic to Chinas view of how the internet should be governed.

China will keep its Internet sector open to the world while maintaining cybersecurity according to the countrys laws, the head of Chinas Internet regulatory body said on Tuesday. Its increasingly become a key component of Chinas political governing mechanism.

He said the principle of mutual respect and mutual trust held paramount importance in governance models particularly as they related to the Internet.

The 13 root name servers – the first step in translating readable host names into IP addresses – were under United States control, which rendered Chinas and other countries interests vulnerable, Wang said. We are willing to strengthen cooperation with others to develop e-commerce, build information economy pilot zones, in an effort to push global digital economic growth.

The Guardian adds that Xi also stressed the need to respect citizens right to exchange ideas online.

Two days before Xi took to the podium, Pu Zhiqiang, one of Chinas most celebrated human rights lawyers, stood trial over just seven microblog posts critical of the ruling Communist Party that could earn him up to eight years behind bars. Pu denied the charges.

China is a huge market, and it knows it, said Bandurski.

In a nod to Chinas argument that the US has too much influence on how the internet is run, Mr Xi said no country should dominate cyberspace.

#Anonymous Stands Up for Higinio Ochoa aka w0rmer of #Cabin Cr3w

One of my first posts on Twitter was that I am not here for drama, and I plan to stick to that the best that I can.

That was before the drama came for him.

So said Higinio Ochoa, formerly better known as w0rmer of swashbuckling hacktivist crew CabinCr3w, in a drama-decrying Twitlonger message October 22. The convicted hacker had regained internet access as of September 30th as a part of his parole conditions, having served his 27-month sentence for hacking into police websites and an FBI database, seeking to expose institutional bigotry and corruption.

Hes just posted another Twitlonger message. And hes not thrilled about it, either.

Humiliating as it may be, I need your help.

Please Donate
https://www.youcaring.com/higinio-ochoa-s-family-442177

It is now the 29th of October and this month has been a long one. I have applied to over 100+ positions and so far I have only one company which seems to be willing to hire me.

The problem I face is simply that I am a felon.

Having the unique mix of skills that I do wont help me get where I need to be since all of the companies I have applied for want that big government money check. That means I have to get a security clearance which is hard if not impossible to get with a felony. Not to mention the time and expense needed to acquire one.

Kylie and I have made it so far with the love and support of friends and family plus a little bit of luck thanks to our last drive. With Kylie now working we have the money to buy the little things like diapers, wipes, formula, and basic food but until I am hired on or this contract goes through we are still very much walking a thin line. We managed to pay our electricity and keep our phones on, but have had to let the restitution and other bills pile up since moving forward depends strongly on them being active.

I know many of you are facing the very same hardships we are, and while the scenario may be different its undoubtedly just as scary. If all you can do is re-tweet this plea for help then please do that, any and all help will be greatly appreciated. The goal on the page is simply there so the limit wont be effected, in total $2000 is all we need to keep up our rent and pay the back bills just enough to not drown us. This is a last ditch effort to keep us in our home so that the company interested in hiring me has the time to do the paperwork and have the meetings that will lead to my employment. If there are any questions please feel free to DM, call, or msg me in anyway you feel and I will be happy to answer them for you.

Much love and Thanks,
Higinio, Kylie, and Brody Ochoa

Please Donate
https://www.youcaring.com/higinio-ochoa-s-family-442177

Welcomed back to the internet only a month ago, released from prison just over a year ago, Ochoa has already been through the proverbial wringer. As his wife Kylie detailed in her extensive interview with The Cryptosphere, the prison system made several last-minute and unexpected changes to his release conditions. Among other things, these changes forced the family to move from living rent-free in the Ochoa family home to Austin, Texas, where they knew no-one and had limited time to nail down a secure housing situation that would pass muster with the parole officer. At that time a fundraiser helped them meet the moving and rental expenses. Will the internet put out for them once again?

You bet it will.

After Ochoa posted the above Twitlonger, it was picked up by @YourAnonNews, one of the most powerful activist Twitter accounts in the world. After an hour and a handful of tweets that were picked up by followers and retweeted, the YouCaring fundraiser had almost doubled its donations, and now stands at $979; it had previously almost stalled at $500 for several weeks.

We spoke to Ochoa about his return to the internet and the events in his life which had led to the impassioned call for help.

Because felon is a lifelong label, convicted felons must disclose their status to potential employers, and if they are subsequently arrested for hacking crimes, the employers electronics may be subject to seizure as evidence, if the FBI considers them to have been involved in the case. Naturally, this has a chilling effect on the employment landscape for retired hacktivists.

Ochoa was fortunate enough to secure a software development gig that he was able to perform from home, although he had to put the code on a USB stick so his wife could then email it to his boss. September 29 he was laid off from his job. September 30, he was given official permission to get back online.

One of the first things he got to see was the fundraiser his wife had put up the very day before, scrambling to find money to pay their rent in the inflated Austin real estate market.

Kylie Ochoa is what is popularly termed a firecracker, previously had a successful career as a trainer in the Australian government, and it didnt take her long to find a job. She was hired October 21 at a minimum wage gig that the family prefers not to specify to avoid harassment.

Ironically, her first paycheque will come to her on November 5.

Higinio has also found work, although he hasnt started yet and because theres an NDA involved, he cannot speak specifically about the job itself. Its still in the field of software development, though, and the pay rate is encouraging, particularly compared to his previous gig.

The Cryptosphere: Can you give us some background on your former job?

Higinio Ochoa: The last company I worked for was a repo company, a PI company, and a car license plate reading company all in one.

[ed note: The ironic aspects of a former CabinCr3w member working in the surveillance industry threatened to shatter this reporters monitor for a moment, but we held it together]

I was Lead Programmer and Head of Research amp; Development. They did fail to pay me my last weeks pay, but overall they treated me well. I worked mostly developing software that interacted with the camera systems and coming up with platforms for the agents to work through.

Is the new job paid at the same rate or better? Is it full time? Are you comfortable giving me the name of the company? Whats the job, what kind of software?

I cant release the companys name because the NDA has NOT been signed. Doing so would almost guarantee that I not get the job. I will be making at least what I did [before]. I will now be working primarily with PHP, Python, and Objective C.

How much is your monthly rent? How much for food for everyone? Do you guys have a car, or are you reliant on the bus system?

My rent is $1,400+ , I have restitution [$14,062.17], heath insurance, internet, monitoring, phone, and of course, food. We decided to take foodstamps for me and Brody [the Ochoas son, 2] since Kylie (an Australian) isnt eligible for them. We do not have a car. We dont yet have a bus system in our part of town.

Ive been told theres some sort of government insurance or guarantee when hiring a felon.

I believe its actually $50k. And yes, when hiring a felon youre given a special coverage that if I, say, hack your system, steal your data, or whatever may be, that you would be covered for $50k. As you know, however, most threats would cost more than that, and in my case it has more to do with [having the skills where I could be] working for the government and not being able to.

Have you considered getting a job outside your field? Kylies already done so. What are your thoughts on that?