The News of the World hacking scandals are still at the top of the headline, grabbing my attention. What they did was inexcusible, from hacking a phone of a murdered girl giving the impression to family members that she was still alive to potentially listening to the phones of 9/11 victims. It was truly atrocious.
So it was with glee that I woke this morning to find that a Murdoch owned newspaper had been hacked in turn. Last night LulzSec took control of the Sun’s servers and redirected people to a spoof article detailing Murdoch’s death. There was an intrepid pitch battle between IT staff and intrepid hackers with LulzSec briefly winning a battle to redirect people to its Twitter account before the forces of Murdoch prevailed and they were locked out. Cool huh?
Another Social Network?
For those who are not yet on Google Plus, why not? Even if you join just for the hangout feature, this is a great tool. Don’t tell anyone but I’m going to be hosting my book group on it!
Combining the last two articles beautifully, a hacker group have announced that they will be creating their own social network. I’m not trying to be funny but would you trust your personal details to a hacker group, however ethical their hacks appear to be? I don’t really trust Google, I’m going to have a hard time trusting a hackers social network!
Before I move on, the reason I don’t one hundred percent trust Google is that I used to have a Google AdSense account. This account ran for years. I mean seriously this thing took ages to collect money. I just reached $99 or something like that (I had set it to send me money at $100) when Google closed it down without any reason that I could see and no correspondence was entered into, if you know what I mean. So Google managed to profit from my site giving lots of hits to its advertisers and I got nothing so I don’t feel guilty at all about the free services I use. I reckon I paid for them.
At the end of each rambling I like to mention a few of my favourite up-and-coming authors from my publishers Fantasy Island Book Publishers.
Fantasy Island Publishing
Here is the current lists of authors and books available on the Fantasy Iskand Book Publishing website.
Terps by Elaine Gannon
HarBinGer by Anabell Martin
The Rose Tower by Connie J. Jasperson
Don’t Feed the Fairies by Eileen Gormley
After Ilium by S. M. Swartz
Heather’s Heart by Douglas A. Sanburn
Whatever Became of the Squishies by Claire Chilton
Children of the Elementi by Ceri Clark
Emeline and the Muntant by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Miranda Warning by Marilyn Rucker Norrod
Sofia’s Story, The Shattered Seeds by Clu Gallagher
Brother, Betrayed by Danielle Raver
Ednor Scardens by Kathleen Barker
Land Of Nod, The Artifact by Gary Hoover
Losing Beauty by Johanna Garth
The King Of Egypt by J. J. Makins
The Last Good Knight by Connie J. Jasperson
The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca
Black Numbers by Dean Frank Lappi
The Time Weaver by Thomas A. Knight
The Lollipop Club by J. Darroll Hall
Vist them now, you won’t be disappointed!