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18th May 2019

Revenge porn laws ‘not working’, say victim groups (bbc.co.uk).

Selfie-style caracature of woman playing with herself

Experts suggesting the so-called revenge porn law introduced in England and Wales in April 2015 (Pick of the Week Oct. 2014) is “not fit for purpose” and coming after 19 police forces in England and Wales revealed police investigations have doubled in the last four years but that the number of charges has fallen, and on the same day that it was shamefully revealed that nearly 1,500 accusations of serious sexual misconduct have been made against police officers in England and Wales over six years (theguardian.com) and a week after after two Essex detectives were jailed for scuppering abuse investigations out of laziness (bbc.co.uk).

Research by the University of Suffolk found 95% of police officers who took part in a survey in 2017 said they had not had any training on revenge porn legislation.

With a manager for the Revenge Porn helpline saying that:

“It’s all very well changing the law and making these things illegal, but if the frontline services don’t understand what the law actually means then you’ve only done half the job.”

The main issue being that revenge porn is currently categorised as a “communications crime” rather than a sex crime, meaning victims are not granted anonymity and either perhaps suggesting Inspector Knackers solution to revenge porn outrage has been little more than lip service or that as with defined sex crimes the need to examine the extend of our virtual world to get a fair trial and prosecution is the issue: UK police want rape survivors to hand over their phones (gizmodo.com, Apr. 2019).

Updated 19th May 2019

And while ministers in Theresa’s zombie cabinet defend saying that campaigners and victims were consulted, it gives Comrade Corbyn’s lot a change of opposition topic and scene, inter party Brexit talks having collapsed after realising it really was just involving all watching the PM in her chamber siting on her throne failing again to dislodge the terrible tortoise head impasse:

Over 80 Labour MPs urge Theresa May to offer anonymity to revenge porn victims (independent.co.uk).

Some 87 Labour MPs have written the prime minister calling for her to make it a specific sexual offence to share intimate images and videos without a person’s consent, which would offer the victim lifelong anonymity, in line with other sex crimes.

The letter saying that:

“It cannot be right that victims of image-based sexual abuse, who have already had their privacy violated in a disgusting betrayal of trust, face having their identity made public when seeking to pursue charges.”

And, emboldened by the recent “upskirting” bill (Blog, updated 12th Apr. 2019), a growing number of cross-party MPs calling for it to be made a sexual offense too.

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17th May 2019

Sammi Hanratty, Slytherin & Stagecoach tongue (celebritytonguedigest.blogspot.com)

Sammi Hanratty poking her tongue out in a lacy camisole

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16th May 2019

Jeff Koons’ Rabbit sculpture breaks record for living artist (bbc.co.uk).

Jeff Koons “Rabbit”
A sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons has sold for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the record price for a work by a living artist.

The “sculpture” being a just over 3ft high mirror polished stainless steel cast of an inflatable titled “Rabbit” created in 1986 by the Neo-pop artist as one of his banal objects representing American consumerism and described as one of the most iconic works of 20th-century art (christies.com).

It is one of Jeff Koons’ most well-known pieces. The US artist’s sculptures have provoked controversy for decades after he emerged as a leading figure in New York’s art scene in the 1980s.

And reclaiming the record for a single artwork by a living artist from David Hockey (Latest Picks 16th Nov. 2018) he formally had with his Balloon Dog (Orange) steel sculpture (independent.co.uk, Nov. 2013).

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14th May 2019

WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack (bbc.co.uk).

WhatsApp
Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

The “vulnerability” being ability to exploit a buffer overflow in WhatsApp VOIP to allow surveillance trojans to be secretly installed.

It involved attackers using WhatsApp's voice calling function to ring a target’s device.

Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software could be installed. According to the FT report, the call would often disappear from the device’s call log.

Said “hackers” being termed “an advanced cyber-actor” in the form of the NSO Group, an Israeli company that has been referred to in the past as a “cyber-arms dealer”.

NSO’s flagship software, Pegasus, has the ability to collect intimate data from a target device, including capturing data through the microphone and camera, and gathering location data.

In a statement, the group said: “NSO’s technology is licensed to authorised government agencies for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror.”

And ending up being used to fight the crime of reporting and to bring terror to journalists and activists living under authoritarian and corrupt regimes.

Amnesty International, which said it had been targeted by tools created by the NSO Group in the past, said this attack was one human rights groups had long feared was possible.

With WhatsApps saying its too early to know how many users had been affected but that those affected were likely “highly-targeted”, so its doubtful they are particularly interested in where you had your thumb while sending dick pics to your boo.

WhatsApp hack: have I been affected and what should I do? (theguardian.com).

Users are strongly advised to check for updates manually through the Apple App Store on an iPhone, Google Play or similar on an Android device, the Microsoft Store on Windows Phones and the Galaxy app store on Tizen devices.

And to give peace of mind to most:

If you haven’t received any WhatsApp voice calls or dropped calls from unknown parties then you have probably not been targeted. But if you happen to be a lawyer or work in sensitive industries and use WhatsApp, even for personal correspondence, you should be especially vigilant.

At least until, like the allegedly stolen NSA source repurposed for the National Health Service ransomware attack (thisisnocave.blogspot.com, 13th May 2017) and the likely American\Israeli built Stuxnet worm used to target Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2015, variations of the exploit end up traded on the Dark Web black market (Wikipedia).

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13th May 2019

Doris Day, Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97 (bbc.co.uk).

Doris Day

Her films, which included Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and That Touch of Mink, made her known around the world.

But she never won an Oscar and was nominated only once, in 1960, for Pillow Talk, the first of her three romantic comedies with [Rock] Hudson.

A screen partnership from an icon who’s career spanned 80 years that was “one of the best-known in the history of romantic movies” but Day maintaining a mythical wholesome, girl-next-door image which at times invited ridicule:

Day herself said her “Miss Chastity Belt” image was “more make-believe than any film part [she] ever played.”

In reality having had married four times, divorcing three and windowed by the third, film producer Martin Melcher, with whom she shared a belief in Christian Science having been introduced to its belief that sickness is an illusion that can be corrected by prayer alone (Wikipedia) by her trombonist first husband Al Jorden during a brief reconciliation, and also having a mental breakdown and severe financial troubles after Melcher had squandered her money (heavy.com).

In the 1970s, she turned away from performing to focus her energies on her animal foundation.

Her last husband Barry Comden, maître d'hôtel at one of her favorite restaurants, having said as their marriage unraveled that she “cared more for her ‘animal friends’ than she did for him“.

#RIPDorisDay (Instagram).

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