Chrono-tm.org fires back

Farid Tukhbatullin, head of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR), of which the Chronicles of Turkmenistan (chrono-tm.org is the press service, has sent the following statement to journalists: On 18 July in the morning the website of the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” was hacked. The website has been operating for about six years. Throughout these years it has posted thousands of articles, news casts and photos from Turkmenistan — the country where it is extremely difficult to obtain unbiased information. During the days when the arms depot explosions occurred near Ashgabat, our website remained the…

Turkmen human rights website attacked, activist threatened

Readers need to understand how nasty my nation’s regime is, how much it cannot emotionally and intellectually tolerate criticism and how far it is willing to go to protect its fragile sense of self. It’s heartbreaking to see, because everyone suffers — patriots, normal people, activists, everyone. Here’s more evidence of how much state-narcissism has skewed the priorities of my nation. Following up on Berdimuhammedov’s now notorious speech about reviving the KGB legacy to attack independent media and other real and imagined threats to Turkmenistan’s totalitarian regime, there comes this worrying news from EurasiaNet:

Kazakhstan: Internet Regulation Amendments Adopted in First Reading

Yesterday the Kazakh Parliament’s lower chamber has approved the first reading of the draft law on online regulation, which is meant to equate all websites (including blogs, social networks, chatrooms, forums and even online shops) with mass media. On the other hand of this law, the authorities will be granted the right to block any local or foreign website for “violation of the national legislation”. The decision to block it would be issued by the general prosecutor, and approved by the city court of Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. Many bloggers believe that the government wants a legal tool…

On April 1 hackers could attack.

A billion of computers infected by the Conficker virus on April 1 could behave themselves unexpectedly.  The first Conficker virus emerged on November last year. A second, more aggressive strain followed in December and a third this month. According to IT experts, the virus initially was programmed go deep to PC’s Windows operating system and steal users’ password and personal information including bank details. But, the latest version of Conficker has been programmed to instruct infected computers to do something on April 1, although internet experts have not been able to figure out what.    More that nine million computers…

Uzbekistan is an enemy of the Internet

The country was called an ‘enemy of the Internet’ in recently published survey done by Reporters Without Borders, and we present it to our readers: Reporters Without Borders today issued a report entitled “Enemies of the Internet” in which it examines Internet censorship and other threats to online free expression in 22 countries. “The 12 ‘Enemies of the Internet’ – Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam – have all transformed their Internet into an Intranet in order to prevent their population from accessing ‘undesirable’ online information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “All…

Hackers VS. Ferghana.Ru and Livejournal.Com

Web-sites of the popular independent online agencies are being under massive attack of cyber-hackers for almost a week with temporary wins and losses by both sides. Among these web-portals there are Moscow-based Ferghana.Ru information agency, Kazakhstani “Respublika” and Zona.Kz, Azerbaijani Day.Az . For a little period of time – approximately for 2 hours – access to Livejournal.Com, the world’s most popular portal for the bloggers was also banned particularly in Uzbekistan. Daniil Kislov, Ferghana.Ru Editor-in-chief, considers attacks and banning on his information agency web-site and Livejournal.Com as a unique plan of hackers acting by someone’s money order. “On February 18…

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