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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

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Indiana Jones and the Stolen Set Photos

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There was a break-in at the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull production offices on the Universal lot, which resulted in the loss of 2,500 production photos (including close-ups of all the props including the Crystal skulls and many more spoiler filled photos),the 400-page production budget for the film, and possible scripts and hard drives.

The thief tried to offer the goods to a couple online entertainment websites for a reported cost of $2000. If the massive amounts of spoilers were to hit the internet, it could have been EXTREMELY damaging to this upcoming blockbuster sequel. Who knows what kind of effect it could have had on the film’s bottom line.

It is believed that TMZ may have been involved in a deal as they were promoting a “Indy 4 Budget Revealed” story on their website early Tuesday. The story mysteriously disappeared from their “Tonight on TMZ” preview video, leading many to believe that they dropped the story after being contacted by Paramount Lawyers.

As for the stolen goods, the police may be saying that the investigation is still ongoing, but it has been reported elsewhere around the internet that the FBI was able to obtain the thief and all the stolen materials with the cooperation of an unnamed online reporter/blogger. Apparently the thief was arrested during a sting operation on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Many of the online sites and some of the major newspapers have already weighed in on this news (you can see a bunch of the links below), but I would like to direct you to Neil’s post at Film School Rejects has a very interesting take on this situation.

And I also think it’s very interesting that the online movie journalist community gets such a bad rep in the industry, especially when it comes to leaks and spoilers. But it was one of our own who helped aid in this investigation. And while a blogger did the right thing, a professional news website/television show owned by a HUGE media company might have actually paid a thief for seriously stolen goods (again, this is all unsubstantiated speculation).

I wonder what someone like Variety honcho Peter Bart might think of this situation. He usually disparages online journalists and bloggers for their lack of effort and ethics every chance he gets.

Oh my… On the one hand I would love to see these..on the other…Why spoil it? *ponders entering “crystal skull” into the emule….

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2007/10/05 at 20:09

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Indiana Jones and the Stolen Set Photos

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There was a break-in at the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull production offices on the Universal lot, which resulted in the loss of 2,500 production photos (including close-ups of all the props including the Crystal skulls and many more spoiler filled photos),the 400-page production budget for the film, and possible scripts and hard drives.

The thief tried to offer the goods to a couple online entertainment websites for a reported cost of $2000. If the massive amounts of spoilers were to hit the internet, it could have been EXTREMELY damaging to this upcoming blockbuster sequel. Who knows what kind of effect it could have had on the film’s bottom line.

It is believed that TMZ may have been involved in a deal as they were promoting a “Indy 4 Budget Revealed” story on their website early Tuesday. The story mysteriously disappeared from their “Tonight on TMZ” preview video, leading many to believe that they dropped the story after being contacted by Paramount Lawyers.

As for the stolen goods, the police may be saying that the investigation is still ongoing, but it has been reported elsewhere around the internet that the FBI was able to obtain the thief and all the stolen materials with the cooperation of an unnamed online reporter/blogger. Apparently the thief was arrested during a sting operation on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Many of the online sites and some of the major newspapers have already weighed in on this news (you can see a bunch of the links below), but I would like to direct you to Neil’s post at Film School Rejects has a very interesting take on this situation.

And I also think it’s very interesting that the online movie journalist community gets such a bad rep in the industry, especially when it comes to leaks and spoilers. But it was one of our own who helped aid in this investigation. And while a blogger did the right thing, a professional news website/television show owned by a HUGE media company might have actually paid a thief for seriously stolen goods (again, this is all unsubstantiated speculation).

I wonder what someone like Variety honcho Peter Bart might think of this situation. He usually disparages online journalists and bloggers for their lack of effort and ethics every chance he gets.

Oh my… On the one hand I would love to see these..on the other…Why spoil it? *ponders entering “crystal skull” into the emule….

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2007/10/05 at 20:09

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Army says Durkin KIA… Then OOPS our bad, One bullet to the head on the air base in Bagram…

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Pat Tillman killed ba rabid insurgents!… Uhh oops..our bad… It was friendly fire…

Ciara Durkin KIA in Afghanistan… Oops, our bad… It was a single bullet to the head in a green zone.

Rumsfeld says; “Shit happens”

Yeah….

Kin say soldier hinted at concerns
Senators, Delahunt ask for Defense Department probe

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman, Globe Staff | October 3, 2007

The Massachusetts National Guard soldier from Quincy who died Friday in Afghanistan asked her relatives to press for answers if anything happened to her while she was deployed, according to her family.

“She did say to us that she had concerns about things she was seeing when she was over there,” Ciara Durkin’s sister, Fiona Canavan, said in an interview with WGBH-TV. “She told us if anything happened to her, that we were to investigate it.”

Questions surrounding Durkin’s death prompted US Senators John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy and US Representative William D. Delahunt yesterday to call for the Defense Department to thoroughly investigate the death of Durkin, a Quincy resident.

In a letter, Kerry urged Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates “to deploy your staff on this matter immediately, so that the answers and circumstances around Specialist Durkin’s death are uncovered, expeditiously and thoroughly.”

Delahunt, a Quincy Democrat, said his staff met yesterday with Army officials to find out how Durkin died. Kennedy’s office said he had spoken to Army Secretary Pete Geren yesterday to relay the family’s concerns.

The Defense Department says it is investigating Durkin’s death, which it described as a “non-combat-related incident.” Durkin’s family says Army officials have told them she was found with a single bullet in her head, lying near the church where she worshipped on the secure Bagram Airfield.

The Army has not publicly disclosed whether a weapon was found near her body.

The Massachusetts National Guard initially reported that Durkin was killed in action, though a Guard spokesman later said the term meant only that Durkin was serving in Afghanistan at the time.

“When confusing information comes in, which is contradictory, it raises the level of anxiety during a very difficult time,” Kerry said in an interview yesterday. “It’s very important to know what the facts are.”

Canavan said yesterday that the family is trying to be patient as the Army investigates. An Army liaison has met with the family every day, Canavan said.

Yesterday, the military told the family that investigators have interviewed every member of Durkin’s unit “all day, every day.”

Canavan expressed gratitude to Kerry, a Vietnam veteran, saying, “We feel like somebody’s got her back.”

“It’s just a matter of when are you going to let us know if somebody accidentally killed her or purposefully killed her,” Canavan said. “We’re not letting it go. . . . We’re not for one minute accepting anything at face value.”

Canavan said the family was wondering whether someone might have targeted Durkin because she was gay.

“Ciara was a lesbian, and that’s bound to come out,” Canavan said. “It is possible that someone over there found that out, and, you know, maybe they were very homophobic.”

The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Major General Joseph C. Carter, pledged his support for the family.

“It is my focus to support the family by seeking the answers they need regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Specialist Durkin,” Carter said in a written statement. “Along with the Durkin family, we are anxious for answers and are anticipating the conclusion of the investigation.”

Durkin, the eighth of nine siblings, was born in Ireland and moved to Massachusetts at age 9. After working in information technology for a healthcare company, she enlisted in the Guard two years ago.

Her family says she admired military discipline and wanted to serve her country.

Kerry said the Durkin family desperately needs answers to three questions:

Why has the Army not responded to the Durkin family’s request for an independent autopsy?

Why, after not responding to the family’s request for an independent autopsy, did the Army fail to contact the Durkin family with the Army’s autopsy results? The family was told to be available to receive a phone call between 1 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 1, and the Army never called.

Why has the Army refused to make Durkin’s will and paperwork available to her family, so they can respect her wishes as they plan her funeral and burial?

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Withington, a Defense Department spokesman, said yesterday that Gates had not received Kerry’s letter but that the Pentagon would respond.

“We do feel there’s a great lack of information but we’re trying to be patient with them,” Canavan said of the military. “They keep telling us they’re taking time so they get it right.”

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2007/10/05 at 18:11

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Leggo my steggo!

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Many observers that monitor the Internet suggest that due to the effects of intensified counterterrorism efforts worldwide,Islamic extremists are gravitating toward the Internet, and are succeeding in organizing online where they have been failing in the physical world. Terrorist
groups increasingly use online services for covert messaging, through steganography, anonymous e-mail accounts, and encryption

CRS RL33123 Report for Congress Jan, 2007

Last site I downloaded the jpg files off of contained about 200 jpeg files that fit the 50-500K size requirements I set. Out of those so far, I have washed approximately 60 through stegdetect. So far I have 4 “high” probability jphide stegged images.

Hmmmmm……

Uhh Niels, what was it you were saying about not finding that the Jihadists were using steg?

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2007/10/05 at 11:45

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Leggo my steggo!

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Many observers that monitor the Internet suggest that due to the effects of intensified counterterrorism efforts worldwide,Islamic extremists are gravitating toward the Internet, and are succeeding in organizing online where they have been failing in the physical world. Terrorist
groups increasingly use online services for covert messaging, through steganography, anonymous e-mail accounts, and encryption

CRS RL33123 Report for Congress Jan, 2007

Last site I downloaded the jpg files off of contained about 200 jpeg files that fit the 50-500K size requirements I set. Out of those so far, I have washed approximately 60 through stegdetect. So far I have 4 “high” probability jphide stegged images.

Hmmmmm……

Uhh Niels, what was it you were saying about not finding that the Jihadists were using steg?

Written by Krypt3ia

2007/10/05 at 11:45

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