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If anyone finds they can't access Wikipedia's site on Wednesday, it's not been hacked by malware... rather,

Wikipedia (English languarge version) will shut down access from midnight Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday night until midnight Wednesday, to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in the US Congress.

http://news.yahoo.com/wikipedia-blacked-over-anti-piracy-bill-033057102.html

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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 07:53:20 am »
According to the news last night, it appears that SOPA is dead, the President has said he will veto the bill, and now it looks like it might not even be brought to a vote in either house of Congress.
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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 04:57:13 pm »

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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 06:35:34 pm »
According to what is flying on Twitter today, the death of SOPA has been greatly exaggerated. Mark up will continue in the House Judiciary Committee in February.

Related article: http://consumerist.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-far-from-dead-despite-concerns-of-white-house-and-changes-to-bills.html


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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 11:08:24 pm »

Beware of SOPA Scams


Tomorrow, on January 18, 2012, dozens of popular websites covering a diverse range of subjects will be blacking out their home pages in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  Some of these websites are well-known, such as the English language web site for the encyclopedic Wikipedia and quirky news site Boing Boing, while others may be familiar to gamers (Red 5 Studios and Rock, Paper, Shotgun), social media cognoscenti (the Cheezburger Network, Imgur and Reddit) and other special interest websites.  A fairly complete listing of striking websites can be found at the SOPA Strike web site provided by Fight for the Future.

Of course, not all companies who oppose SOPA will be blacking out their websites.  eBay, Google, Twitter and Yahoo! are amongst some of the companies whose web properties will remain open during the strike, as will ESET.

While the SOPA blackout may not be affecting websites you visit on a daily basis, it has become big news.  Like other newsworthy events these days, it is likely to generate attempts by organized criminals to promote malicious websites by manipulating search engine results through black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) technique, which we frequently discuss in the ESET Threat Blog.


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http://blog.eset.com/2012/01/17/beware-of-sopa-scams


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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 07:58:56 pm »
Lawmakers Rush to Drop Piracy Bills As Websites Go Dark

Support for two controversial online-piracy bills began to crumble Wednesday in the face of protests from thousands of websites, including tech titans Google and Wikipedia.

The unprecedented online demonstration against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — epitomized by a black censorship bar plastered over the Google logo — spurred a rush for the exits on Capitol Hill as lawmakers rapidly withdrew their support for the legislation.

Senate Republicans reacted quickly to the Web blackout, which exposed hundreds of millions of Internet users to the piracy bills for the first time.


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http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/205023-lawmakers-rush-to-drop-bill-as-websites-go-dark


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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 08:05:14 pm »
I heard today that they are going to try and write a new bill that goes after the revenue streams for sites that have pirated content instead of trying to censor the internet, just as they did with the online gambling. I have not been able to find anything in writing about this though, it may be rumor.

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Re: Wikipedia (English version) will be offline Wednesday 1/18/12
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 12:19:58 pm »
Video overview:
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html

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A most excellent informed video, I was more than happy to share my Facebook post here.  

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Ars probably had the best coverage during the SOPA protest, there we others. I'd give Wired Mag & El Reg mentions, too.

 
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Off Topic - I see there is active post pruning, I do not condone such behaviour anywhere as would apply here.

If my posts are going to be pruned cosmetically or for the overall reputation of Spyware Hammer, I will take my business elsewhere.

Those that participated in the post pruning are aware of who they are and this is directed at you.

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I am not sure about the post you are referring to , but there are few reasons posts get edited or removed. They get edited if you post personal information, or if for some reason your post interferes with the forum (doesn't happen often) or if there is certain words used or it is just commercial spam. As for deleting them, if there is a possible legal issue. Basically if you follow the Site Policy and Forum Rules your post will be left alone, even if it is a beef with the site or the staff.

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