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Tony Krvaric, San Diego Republican Party chairman and head of the party's state budget committee, "is the co-founder of Fairlight, a band of software crackers which later evolved into an international video and software piracy group that law enforcement authorities say is among the world's largest such rings," says the online news website Raw Story in today's (April 29) edition. The story was written by Miriam Raftery, a senior investigative reporter for the site who lives and writes in East County. She had been working on the story for several months when she came upon an anonymous email that went to conservatives titled "The Secret Life of Tony Krvaric." It alleged that Krvaric, using the alias "Strider," founded a company named Fairlight PC "to illegally crack and distribute copyrighted software." In her narrative, Raftery explains how Krvaric, born in Sweden, came to the U.S. in 1992 and brought along his favorite slogan: "Kill a Commie for Your Mommie." In 1992, after some people were arrested for credit card fraud, Krvaric abandoned the PC business, but set up Fairlight Trading, according to Raftery. That firm concentrated in trading computer parts, but was in "a legal gray area," says Raftery, In late 1997, Krvaric left that business and went into securities. However, in 2004, a Fairlight PC co-founder said Krvaric was still in charge of Fairlight PC, according to the article. Raftery notes that when she asked Republican headquarters where to find Krvaric, a worker told her to go to [email protected], an address he lists with the Registrar of Voters. Krvaric wouldn't respond to Raftery's questions, but sent an email to fellow Republicans, saying, "Apparently there is a hit piece floating around on me, 'exposing' my wild high school, teenage years." He describes the computer club of his youth and his later business "selling computer and video game chips and accessories." He blames the publicity on "the democrats, labor or someone else."

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Don Bauder May 1, 2008 @ 9:50 p.m.

Response to post #26: I like the coined word "scampaign" to modify Sanders ads. The U-T continues to lose market penetration, combined online and paper and ink, according to Scarborough research. Paper and ink circulation continues to drop, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations. Best, Don Bauder

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paul April 29, 2008 @ 3:54 p.m.

This is some interesting reading:

http://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/FairLight

"Strider (Tony Krvaric, founder mainorg code crack, ex No.1/WCC, 04/87-02/88)."

"FairLight are a legendary Swedish demo and cracking group, born in april 1987 by two members of the West Coast Crackers (WCC), No.1 and Galahad. They decided they wanted new names, and thus became known as Strider and Black Shadow, respectively. "

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paul April 29, 2008 @ 4:28 p.m.

BTW,

The author should do more than just type in www.fairlight.com. The site is not dead, and has more if you go past the front page.

For instance, you might find this page interesting: http://www.fairlight.com/files/CityAttorneySurveyPressRelease041408.pdf

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Don Bauder April 29, 2008 @ 5:45 p.m.

Response to post #1: Pontus Berg was the co-founder who said in 2004 that Krvaric was still in charge of Fairlight PC, according to Raftery's excellent story in Raw Story today. Her story also mentions Black Shadow. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 29, 2008 @ 5:50 p.m.

Response to post #2: Yes Krvaric puts his name on Republican Party press releases. Fairlight.com was not functioning when I checked, but I will check again. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 May 1, 2008 @ 1:02 a.m.

Response to post #21:

"Relevant? Who knows?" Come on Professor Bauder, you've been teaching us how to interpret these systemic breakdowns of our body politic due to overwhelming cancer of corruption for decades now.

Relevant indeed, the "Black Hats" just keep on winning, causing San Diego to continue to crash and burn politically, economically and socially.

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paul April 29, 2008 @ 6:29 p.m.

Don,

Web addresses are a little like computer directories. Just because they put up a page that says "coming soon" at www.fairlightcom doesn't mean that you cannot access a subdirectory such as I listed. You just need to type in the whole path.

Another site of interest is http://www.fairlight.to

If you go directly to http://www.fairlight.to/past/ you get a history of Bacchus, one of the key fairlight people.

I also thought it was interesting that the internet country code top level domain is "to". I hadn't heard of "to" before, so I looked it up. Nope, it's not Sweden, it's ....(drum roll)..Tonga! (?)

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Don Bauder April 29, 2008 @ 6:48 p.m.

Response to post #5: You are obviously a cracker jack researcher with real computer savvy. These addresses should be helpful to those looking into Krvaric's past. Best, Don Bauder

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fredjones2005 April 29, 2008 @ 8:46 p.m.

Here are the links from the original story that was circulated on the net.

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Don Bauder April 29, 2008 @ 9:08 p.m.

Responses to posts #7 and #8: Someone sent me the anonymous email piece that was sent to conservatives. It would have taken a lot of digging by me or anybody else fresh to the topic. Happily, Miriam Raftery had been working on it for several months. When she learned about the email, she published her excellent piece. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas April 29, 2008 @ 10:43 p.m.

Other Story Related Links http://voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2007/08/11/news/01krvaric081107.txt ==============================

Oh brother. Thanks Fred, I just threw up after reading that VoSD article and the Republican garbage this clown spewed out........

Typical talking points, that is until they need a Bear Sterns type bail out from their high leverage, high risk business gambling.......errrr...I mean "business practices"!

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Anon92107 April 30, 2008 @ 2:38 a.m.

Don, it is most obvious that we must vote republican legislators out of office for betraying American Democracy and the American Middle Class.

What is not so obvious is how to get typically brain-dead democratic legislators to make the right things happen even when they have a majority?

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 7:33 a.m.

Response to post #10: Yes, that Voice article was pretty bad, especially in light of the piece sprung yesterday by Raw Story, as well as the anonymous email that earlier went out to conservatives. Question: why does a young man who is an expert in cracking computer software rise quickly to the top in American politics? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 7:36 a.m.

Response to post #11: Yes, but can we VOTE the black hats out of office? Think about it. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas April 30, 2008 @ 8:06 a.m.

Question: why does a young man who is an expert in cracking computer software rise quickly to the top in American politics?

That is a pretty puzzling question, I mean the guy isn't even local!

Where are the Gordon Luce's when you need them........

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 10:12 a.m.

Response to post #14: Remember that there has been controversy about new personnel in the County Registrar's office. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 10:17 a.m.

Response to post #16: Yes, quite a contrast. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 April 30, 2008 @ 11:20 a.m.

Response to post #13: History proves that "Black Hats" will always be with us, it's up to We The People to vote to keep their sycophants from getting elected.

And it's up to The Fourth Estate to expose them loud and clear over and over again with headlines on front pages/covers that no one can avoid seeing.

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 11:39 a.m.

Response to post #18: Good points. In a greed-smitten age such as this one, the black hats are multiplying much faster than the white hats. Best, Don Bauder

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MiriamRaftery April 30, 2008 @ 4:59 p.m.

Those new personnel Don refers to in the Registrar's office are Registrar Debra Seiler, former Diebold computerized voting machine sales rep, and Assistant Registrar Michael Vu, who oversaw elections in Cuyahoga County Ohio where two of his employees were convicted of felony election-rigging in the 2004 presidential recount.

Interestingly, one of Krvaric's family members was posting messages in a Cuyahoga County geneology forum not too long before then. Surely just coincidence?

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Don Bauder April 30, 2008 @ 5:45 p.m.

Response to post #20: Yes, that is the correct information. In re the Cuyahoga County forum: interesting. Relevant? Who knows? You're the digger on this one. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 1, 2008 @ 7:06 a.m.

Response to post #22: Maybe I didn't make myself clear. When I said, "Relevant?" I was only referring to the fact that a Krvaric family member was posting messages on a Cleveland geneaology forum. I was not questioning the relevancy of the two Clevelanders (one a former Diebold employee and another whose employees were convicted of election rigging) getting named to election posts in San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 May 1, 2008 @ 11:09 a.m.

Response to post #23: Ooops! I'll pay better attention.

Two interesting coincidental articles this morning that give a clear definition of

“insufficient evidence” = refusal to search for evidence

as business as usual in our corrupt city-state:

1) State RE agency covered up the NTC “lottery” scam by McMillan/RE special interests, and

2) Dumanis/judical never-ending cover-up of Sunroad as business as usual for a DA and our judiciary who never bother to look for and demand complete searches for evidence when they are ordered to protect political corruption.

The next election can’t come soon enough.

Can you give us a list of Davies puppetjudges? The U-T gives us the lists we need of puppeticians in their Ballot Recommendations but we need a list of Davies' judges.

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Don Bauder May 1, 2008 @ 12:28 p.m.

Response to post #24: Yes, the decision on the NTC lottery and Dumanis's refusal to pursue the Tom Story case are reprehensible. The Dumanis case is the worst. The evidence is quite clear; I have seen the emails Story sent to people at the Development Services Department during the period in which he should not have been contacting them. He was clearly contacting them on behalf of the Sunroad project. The argument that he was not specifically involved in the project or its predecessor projects while he worked for the City is specious; emails show he was aware of it. Also, he had a high post with Murphy; he couldn't have avoided it. This is typical San Diego justice: only Aguirre will pursue bureaucrats who go to work for developers and get involved in stunts like the Sunroad project. Indeed, only Aguirre will pursue developers who are out of line. Dumanis must be booted out of office. The AG's office cannot be trusted in such matters. Best, Don Bauder

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fredjones2005 May 1, 2008 @ 9:57 p.m.

Krvaric finally figured out how to get the web archive to block his old sites the only problem is I have complete downloads of every one of the pages.

Krvaric looks like he is going to try to stick around and fight this is going to be interesting.

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Don Bauder May 2, 2008 @ 7:02 a.m.

Response to post #29: I don't know if Dumanis is a Davies judge. It would figure. You have asked in the past for a list of so-called "Davies judges." I don't know that such a list could realistically be put together. The Tom Story disgrace is a classic example of San Diego justice: law enforcement will not touch somebody from the real estate development industry, which runs the city. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 May 1, 2008 @ 12:47 p.m.

Response to post #25:

Wonder what impact Sanders' latest scampaign ads will have, interesting that they look like Kittlerants which have worked far too often in favor of U-T establishment corruption.

Makes one wonder if the U-T publishes scamcampaign literature for their puppeticians, that is in addition to Ballot Recommendations/lists of corrupt San Diegans.

I sure hope you are right about the decline and fall of the U-T, and hope they get taken over by The Reader before the next Ballot Recommendations/deranged Kittlerants are scheduled. Far too many living dead U-T readers consider the U-T to be marching orders from their god.

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Anon92107 May 2, 2008 @ 2:43 a.m.

Response to post #27:

Based on your columns and Blog Dumanis was obviously a Davies judge who proved to be corrupt enough to be promoted to U-T Establishment DA, following in the footsteps of her role model Murphy for being so dedicated to aiding and abetting San Diego’s corrupt political machine as San Diego’s most corrupt judge and mayor.

Much more needs to be exposed about the corrupt San Diego court system as a result of the continuous overthrow of the Rule of Law to serve the interests of McMillan, Sunroad, Davies et al. proving that far too many San Diego judges are subservient to establishment rule.

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Don Bauder May 2, 2008 @ 6:56 a.m.

Response to post #28: You were astute to save those pages. I agree: this is going to get very interesting. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 May 3, 2008 @ 1:49 a.m.

Response to post #30:

Interesting that the Kittle's Rantitorial yesterday demonized Aguirre again to cover-up for the Dumanis and the judge who are the real villains who failed to honor the Rule of Law again, refused to search for evidence again, etc.

The corruption of Davies/U-T puppeticians and puppetjudges continues unabated to overthrow justice in the evolving third world village of San Diego.

And the next firestorm season is about to begin, how many more will die and how much more property will be immolated as a direct consequence of U-T/Davies machine corruption!?

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Don Bauder May 3, 2008 @ 11:58 a.m.

Response to post #32: Yes, Kittle's editorial was pathetic. It made Tom Story look like a civic hero who had been wronged. Anybody who has seen the evidence would agree the truth is the reverse of what was written. Unfortunately, that is often the case with U-T editorials. Best, Don Bauder

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fredjones2005 May 4, 2008 @ 6:24 p.m.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/krvaric/1752282827/

http://www.fedbar.org/dc.html

Silvio Krvaric who was "Aaron of Fairlight" is now the President of the Washington D.C. -Federal Bar Association. Look at the pictures with the Judges and Federal District Attorney.

This is looking really weird.

Just google aaron and fairlight. http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&q=aaron+fairlight&btnG=Google+Search

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Don Bauder May 5, 2008 @ 5:52 a.m.

Response to post #34:As far as I know, he is Tony Krvaric's brother. Best, Don Bauder

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fredjones2005 May 5, 2008 @ 3:36 p.m.

Some of the photos that Tony Krvaric doesn't want anyone seeing. Dig a little deeper and it really gets weird.

http://www.sid.fi/~grue/strider.jpg

Fairlight Nazi Demo (a demo is a computer music video of the 80's) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91wS1xkaUrQ

This is a copy of the magazines that he had archived on his website (fairlight.com and fairlight.org)(Note:they have been taken down). you can read about strider and the Fairlight gang.

http://www.df.lth.se/~triad/triad/ftp/Illegal/illeg28.txt

Below is the kind of stuff these "kids" (18-19) were into.

WANTED: We want VIDEOS now! We especially want pornos that contain: [email protected]#$ing of children, [email protected]#$ing of dead bodies, [email protected]#$ing of animals, and where people get killed for real!!! We will give rewards to anyone who can supply these vids, or latest movies. LAZER of NEW BENCOR BROS

Warning if you go to the site. There will be no @#$ in any of the words.

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Don Bauder May 6, 2008 @ 3:02 p.m.

Response to post #36: Wow. All I can say. Best, Don Bauder

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fredjones2005 May 22, 2008 @ 10:31 a.m.

http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/afb/archives/023422.html

Looks like the Union Tribune may be on to this story. Krvaric was asked to be interviewed for the "Hot Seat" he was sent the following questions about FAIRLIGHT and he said he would not answer the questions.

Here are the three questions he doesn't like:

  1. The U.S. Department of Justice has indentified an organization known as FairLight as one of the leading pirates of computer software, games and DVDs in the world. A 2002 New York Times report said FairLight specialized in breaking safety codes of computer games. You use a FairLight.com address for one of your e-mails and have been identified in an Internet report as a founder of FairLight. What is your association with the group?

  2. Is the Department of Justice wrong when it describes FairLight as being in some ways a criminal enterprise? Was it wrong, for example, to have successfully prosecuted Seth Kleinberg of Pasadena, a FairLight member, for piracy?

  3. Others associated with organizations such as FairLight have described cracking computer codes as an intellectual challenge -- sort of a lark. The U.S. government, software makers and entertainment companies say such activities amount to multibillion-dollar theft. Do you think it is a lark or theft?

I wonder if the Union Tribune will report that he would answer the following quesstion?

Tony should take the fifth while he can.

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