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Panama Escape Artist

Internet & TechnologyThe Two Oceans Group has partnered with Escape Artist to offer a Panama portal named Panama Escape Artist. The portal was officially launched September 5, 2012. Panama Escape Artist promises to be a website focused on tourism, travel, nightlife, restaurants, housing, economy, resorts, wildlife, agriculture, culture and the history of the Republic of Panama.

CEO Ulrich Schwark of the Two Oceans Group had a vision of a website in Panama for both Panamanians and expatriates. Escape Artist offered such an opportunity. After a few months of negotiations and behind the scenes work on the portal, the site is officially open for business.

The Two Oceans Group was founded in 2007 by business partners Peter Stehling and Ulrich Schwark. They own and operate multiple companies within Panama which add to the Panamanian economy. Those companies include a bakery, a real estate company, metal investment sales, storage facility and the premiere Kempinski hotel project. The Two Oceans Group with the help of its marketing team have decided that there was a significant gap in Panama media. Panama has such a large English speaking community that it made sense to have a site which offered in depth analysis of living in Panama.

Escape Artist, the recognized internet authority on working, living, investing and retiring overseas, had exactly what the Two Oceans Group was looking for. Escape Artist has been in the internet travel and tourism media business since the mid 90’s. The Escape Artist site receives over 1,000,000 unique visitors a month and boasts a subscriber list of over 400,000 people. This will give advertisers in Panama the opportunity to reach a very large audience.

There will be a monthly newsletter going out to over 400,000 people worldwide talking about exclusively Panama. Panama Escape Artist is offering an unparalleled opportunity for advertisers and business owners alike.

You can also follow Panama Escape Artist on Facebook where you will see daily postings of the latest articles, videos and stunning photos from around Panama. People are welcome to comment and post on the Facebook page. This will be a community for all fans to enjoy. Make sure to stop by the page and click the Like button. Also if you are on Google Plus you can follow Panama Escape Artist there also.

The Republic of Panama continues to rank as one of the top destinations in the world for people to expatriate to and retire.

Panama offers a wide range of opportunities for retirees and for investors. Panama Escape Artist is hoping to bring you all the information that you desire concerning international living. The teams of Escape Artist and the Two Oceans Group are here to help you along your journey and keep you informed of everything that is happening in this beautiful country of Panama.

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Anonymous Hacked Sinaproc West Webpage

Internet & TechnologyThe approval of Law 510 seems to be very controversial for netizens. Hundreds of Twitter users have opined against, besides the artists. And in the midst of this controversy, at 5:00 pm the group Anonymous launched a tweet reporting: "The war has begun snpcpanamaoeste.com <- SINAPROC West Panama hacked by # Anonymous #OpLey510 in marching #NOLey510." The website is not the official page of Sinaproc, but is related to this security institution in the Western part of the province of Panama. (Mi Diario)

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Share Stuff On The Internet Using Dropbox

Internet & Technology By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This weekend we went on a whale watching trip, and I want to share my photos and videos with the other people who were on the boat, and they want to share theirs with me. My father took a bunch of photos in New York, and he wants to send them all to me. I have documents and data spread between my office computer, my laptop, and my cell phone. What's the best way to consolidate all of these things? Dropbox.

You can get a small 2 gb space on the Internet for free, or you can upgrade to a bigger space for a monthly fee. You just toss files into your Dropbox and you can access them from anywhere there's an Internet connection. You can create shared folders, and then specify the people who can see and access the contents using their email address.

Anyway, I just started using Dropbox today, and so far I'm pretty happy with it. If you sign up for an account using the links in this article, my account will get a free space upgrade. It seems to be a pretty handy way to share photos and files between specific groups. I hope you find it to be useful. And besides, it's free...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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New Law Would Protect Information From Cyber Criminals

Internet & TechnologyThe Public Ministry's hands are tied, in combating cyber crime, because for more than eleven months Bill 377 that seeks to criminalize 21 illegal conducts on cyber crime, has been stalled in the Government Commission of the National Assembly.

This initiative introduced by Representative Abraham Martinez and enriched by the Attorney General's Office, is seeking to pursue behaviors that currently can not be sanctioned by law, and it also provides protection to information from the personal, institutional and private sector, which is violated by third parties through electronic or computer means.

The document states that any person who enters an account or violates the password without authorization of its owner, who simulates an identity, or creates a name or identity to commit crimes in different applications that exist, will have a penalty of two to four years in prison.

Furthermore, it is considered as aggravating the fact that these actions undermine the integrity of minors or people with disabilities, and applies a maximum penalty of six years in prison.

The bill would also provide for penalties of two to four years, for those who wrongly report the contents of an e-mail message, or who removes, destroys or obstructs documentation through these means, and who possesses personal recordings, among other violations of the correspondence.

These amendments to the Criminal Code arise after registering consecutive violations of email accounts and social networks of institutions and senior government officials, including the former Minister of the Presidency Jimmy Papadimitriu, the former Director of Public Registry Luis Barria, and the computers of the Security Ministry.

For the special prosecutor against cyber crime, Nayra Fernández, these changes are necessary because the criminals are three steps ahead in technological progress, and what the justice system has to do is position themselves in the lead to counter them.

She explained that the project aims to meet international requirements in combating cyber crime.

"We have to see a law that is in harmony with the realities of the Panamanian infrastructure and protecting sensitive structures and systems, institutions such as the Panama Canal, the water system and electricity, in addition to the metro."

Fernandez said in the last year there was an increase in complaints related to these crimes. During 2011 a total of 20 cases presented to the Special Prosecutor for Computer Crime, while so far in 2012 a total of 34 complaints have been presented.

Given this increase, Fernandez felt the investigative police must be provided with the technical tools required to fight these types of crimes. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Let's see, can we think of anyone who is currently bragging about having a computer full of stolen email? Do you think this moron understands he's literally bragging about having broken the law? When this new law is passed, that will tack on an additional two to four years in prison, on top of what he's already facing for the dozens of complaints pending against him for other, similar crimes. I wonder if every email message would be considered a new "count" or crime. That would be nice. I don't like people who steal the contents of a hard drive in order to extort money from victims. This guy is just another serial criminal, and the justice system is slowly catching up with him. Sooner or later...

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Wireless Internet Service Turned Off Inside Of National Assembly - Information Blackout!

Internet & Technology The Deputy from the Nationalist Republican Liberal Movement (Molirena) Jose Alberto Rosas reported this Thursday, Sept. 6, that the wireless Internet service at the National Assembly building has been turned off. "Wireless Internet service has been suspended so the Deputies cannot report from the chamber," said Rosas through his Twitter account. (See: Definition of Irony below.) Amid the speeches being made by the Deputies, Rosas took the floor to ask why the Internet service had been suspended. He was informed they would make the relevant technical consultations, and the session continued. The action occurred when the Deputies were voting for and against the proposal to return the controversial Bill 508 on the proposed Electoral Reforms to committee. The proposal to return the Bill to committee was proposed by the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), but was rejected.

Later, Abraham Martinez, the First Vice President of the National Assembly, who at that time was the Chairman of the session, said there have been reports of technical problems with the Internet service for the past 15 days. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: I found it more than just a little ironic that Rosas used the data connection on his cell phone to report via the Internet and his Twitter account, that supposedly the wireless Internet service had been cut off, in order to prevent the Deputies to let the public know what was going on inside of the Chamber. Dude, you just did... Oh, maybe he just wants to use the free service, and not burn up his "minutes". Obviously this is a major scandal and an attempt to keep the public in the dark. Clearly. No doubt about it. It's an evil conspiracy. Sure. And it's working. Hey, what's that knock at the door? gurf(*&urmble,.00d**goons*^%^(send9087helpo.....

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Want Great Advice on Panama? Ask 5,700 People Who Live Here

Internet & TechnologyBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - People write to me directly all the time, asking for advice about moving to Panama, living here, or investing. I usually give them the same advice. It makes much more sense to ask the members of the Americans in Panama Yahoo email group the same question.

As of today, this group has 5,755 members, most of whom live in the Republic of Panama. You'll find everything from grizzled veterans to fuzzy toed newbies. Once you join the group, you can just send one email message to the group address - americans_in_panama@yahoogroups.com - and the message is distributed to all of the group's members. So it's a sort of like and automated email broadcast service. Then whoever answers the question also posts to the group address. It's a fantastic way to quickly and easily get an answer to even the most archaic question.

One word of warning - new members are expected to have done at least some basic research on their own, by searching through the group's archives or doing a simple Google search on the Internet first. If you jump on the net and ask "Is the US dollar accepted in Panama" as your first question - expect to get flamed. The resident experts know a lot of stuff, and they also have a good idea of what information is readily available on the Internet via basic search, and what isn't. Every now and then we get an "excellent question" moment.

The Rules are simple. Just be nice, help your fellow expat, and no personal attacks. I'm the group owner and Clyde is the moderator (bouncer) who keeps the trolls to a minimum. Please don't try to tell us how to run the group, because we've been doing it for ten years and our clue bags are pretty full. Business owners can post commercial advertisements "about once a month or so" because we like to try to help and support foreigners running businesses, as long as it doesn't get abusive, but occasional announcements are fine, and actually encouraged.

So anyway, consider joining the Americans in Panama Yahoo email group. Once you join, you can adjust your account on the group's home page, so if you don't want to flood your email inbox you can just receive a daily digest, for example. To each his own...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Researchers Say They Took Down World’s Third-Largest Botnet

Internet & TechnologyBy NICOLE PERLROTH - On Wednesday, computer security experts took down Grum, the world’s third-largest botnet, a cluster of infected computers used by cybercriminals to send spam to millions of people. Grum, computer security experts say, was responsible for roughly 18 percent of global spam, or 18 billion spam messages a day. Computer security experts blocked the botnet’s command and control servers in the Netherlands and Panama on Tuesday. But later that day, Grum’s architects had already set up seven new command and control centers in Russia and Ukraine. FireEye, a computer security company based in Milpitas, Calif., said it worked with its counterparts in Russia and with SpamHaus, a British organization that tracks and blocks spam, to take down those command and control centers Wednesday morning.

The researchers said they were able to vanquish the botnet by tracing Grum back to its servers and alerting Internet service providers to shut those computers down.

Technologists have taken the lead in combating digital crime rather than waiting for law enforcement authorities to act. Earlier this year, Microsoft employees assisted federal marshals in a raid on botnet servers in Pennsylvania and Illinois. Those servers were used by criminals to run Zeus, a botnet that siphoned people’s personal information, like online bank account passwords and credit card numbers, from infected computers. Almost simultaneously, a separate group of cybersecurity researchers in San Francisco were busy eliminating another botnet, called Kelihos.b, which was used to send spam.

While computer security companies are quick to publicize botnet takedowns, their gains tend to be temporary. The blocking of Kelihos.b lasted less than a week before a modified version of the botnet started infecting computers. Microsoft’s takedown of Waledac, another spam botnet in 2010, lasted only as long as the time it took its creators to modify its architecture slightly and create a new botnet.

So what’s to say Grum’s creators will not just run their botnet from a new command and control center tomorrow?

“It’s not about creating a new server. They’d have to start an entirely new campaign and infect hundreds of thousands of new machines to get something like Grum started again,” said Atif Mushtaq, a computer security specialist at FireEye.”They’d have to build from scratch. Because of how the malware was written for Grum, when the master server is dead, the infected machines can no longer send spam or communicate with a new server.”

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Martinelli Wants The UN To Take Over The Internet

Internet & TechnologyDuring his speech before the Connect the Americas Summit, taking place in Panama, President Ricardo Martinelli announced he would propose to the United Nations (UN) a global regulation of the IP numbers in publications for or against any person or organization through the Internet. Martinelli said there are people who are currently engaged in denigrating others through identity theft, without any control, and without the possibility of knowing who is responsible for those comments. "They are destroying the reputations of countries, individuals and families unfairly and necessary. It is very important that this wildness that exists in this moment, be controlled, such as child pornography," he said.

The Panamanian leader advocates that there be some mechanism that can identify those responsible for each post or comment made through the internet. He also proposed that each publication has a life span. "As global citizens we all have a responsibility to know who is speaking for and against in a mass medium like the Internet, and must have an expiration date for all things that are written for and against ... we will be guilty by omission if we don't do anything about it." (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Hoo boy. There's no doubt about, Ricardo Martinelli is a control freak. The one thing he can't control is the Internet. And if he knew anything at all about how IP addresses work, I would know two things. First of all, it's not controlled by the UN. Secondly, his plan won't work so by simply proposing such a thing it he looks woefully ignorant. The "expiration date" concept is interesting. Martinelli doesn't like the fact that once an article or element if information is published on the Internet, it's there forever. He apparently wants things to go away, so people will forget them. Yeah, controlling the minds of others. Controlling the Internet, Controlling the use of IP addresses. These are the things of dreams for control freaks. Wow. I mean, really. Is this the kind of stuff we can expect in the post-Papadimitriu world? Next, maybe a proposal to abolish the color orange? I hear he doesn't like orange...

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Connecting The Americas Summit Starts in Panama This Week

Internet & TechnologyFrom 17 to July 19 Panama will host the Connecting the Americas Summit, to be held at the Atlapa Convention Center, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Public Services Authority (ASEP). Ernesto Mendez Chiari, Deputy Director General of International Conferences of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is a very ambitious meeting which seeks to connect those who are not connected by 2015, across the continent.

He said in recent years Panama has proven itself to the be "home" of not only in logistics, shipping, and aviation, but also as one of the counties most open to change. "This drew the attention of the United Nations and that's why we were chosen to be the host this year," he told RPC Radio.

The event will involve heads of state and ministers of the region, who will address issues such as changing public policy in their countries to improve telecommunications and internal and external communications. The event offers leaders of public and private sectors, and those of international organizations of regional development and funding, the possibility of establishing direct contacts, and to and forge new partnerships to accelerate the adoption of broadband connectivity.

The formal opening is scheduled for 18 July, by the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, who will be accompanied by his counterpart from Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, among other authorities. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: It's all about spreading broadband connectivity.

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Twitter Has Crashed - They're Working On It

Internet & TechnologyTwitter went down for more than an hour on Thursday afternoon, with a system wide outage that started at 11:59 am. Service came back at about 1:00 pm, but then an hour later it crashed again. "Engineers are currently working to resolve the issue" said a Twitter spokesperson. Twitter updated its status blog at 1:42 saying "the issue has been resolved and all services are currently operational" -- but at 2:16, another update backtracked and said "the issue is on-going." As of right now, it's still down.
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