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Strauss-Kahn supporters look for a new presidential candidate

Supporters of Dominique Strauss-Khan are now looking for a new presidential candidate. We take a look at the series of cyber-attacks recently carried out by Hacker group Lulzsec. And artist Spencer Tunick is asking for web users’ help in financing his next project.

Strauss-Kahn supporters looking for a new presidential candidate

Génération DSK’ is about to change its name. This collective which backed Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s candidacy for France’s 2012 Presidential Elections will soon be closing down their website. The former IMF chief’s supporters have been plunged into turmoil because of the charges he is facing. They had already begun preparing his return to the French political scene online.

In addition to the former poll leader’s official communication, numerous online initiatives had been set up in recent months. One group of campaigners created the site “DSK dans le texte”, a collection of statements and speeches made by the socialist, who was more or less a definite for the presidential race.

Other supporters had created a site called “Vrai et Faux” meaning true or false, to help put a stop to rumours and lies started by opponents. The site suspended its activity following Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest.

The ‘Club DSK’ continues to back him through this difficult period. Founded in 2010, this was the first group set up to support his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election. And according to its founders, there has been a recent increase in orders for these T-shirts: a play on words using Barack Obama’s famous 2008 slogan.

But it looks highly unlikely DSK will be running for president, and his supporters must decide who to support in October’s socialist primaries. Strauss-Kahn supporter the Mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb, is concerned the ballot will turn into a fratricidal war. On his blog he asks the candidates to come to an agreement and present a unified front.

 

Hacker group Lulzsec behind a series of cyberattacks

A group of hackers are spreading fear on the web. Over the past few days, the Sony Pictures and Nintendo web sites have been victims of cyber-attacks. A hacker group called Lulzsec has claimed responsibility for these attacks on its web site, saying they did it for fun.

These invasions expose weaknesses in security systems for multi nationals. This is the second time Sony has been attacked in just a few weeks. The latest attack led to information from millions of users’ private accounts being posted online, and a great many musical files and money off vouchers were also published and shared on the Internet.

Last week, the group attacked the web site of the American public television network, PBS. The hackers notably posted an article on the welcome page, claiming Tupac, the famous rapper killed in 1996, was alive and well and living in New Zealand. Lulzsec, which denies any links to the hacker group Anonymous, said they did not like a PBS report on Wikileaks.

The latest cyber-attack for which Lulzsec has claimed responsibility involved hacking into the servers of an FBI related organization. The collective says this was in response to Barack Obama’s new cyber security policy, in which cyber-attacks are now considered as acts of war.

The group’s Twitter account has over 400 000 followers and in just several weeks, Lulzsec has become one of the web’s most famous hacker groups. And the FBI is actively looking for the pirates and is currently carrying out investigations to identify them.

 

Spencer Tunick finances new project with Internet fundraising campaign

American artist Spencer Tunick is famous for his photographic compositions of hundreds of naked people amid magnificent scenery, and he has asked web users to help finance his new project via the site “Kicker Starter”. He has raised around 115 000 dollars online to help finance a work called “Naked Sea”, using Israel’s Dead Sea and of course scores of nudes.

 

The Museum of Me

A virtual exhibition created from the information you post on social networks. This site was launched by a famous computer manufacturer. It compiles all the messages, photos and favourite things you share online to exhibit them in a digital museum. The application provides an interesting retrospective on a web user’s online presence and the amount of data he or she entrusts to social networks.

 

Video of the day

This section of road in Braives, Belgium, is currently causing a buzz online. Over a distance of 5 km, this road has no less than 250 roads signs and twenty or so traffic islands to slow traffic down. To highlight the absurdity of this layout, one disgruntled motorist uploaded this video accusing the Minister of Public Works of being responsible, who in turn is defending himself, demanding the web user withdraw the video, which has stirred up even more controversy over this surreal road.
 

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