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AT THE POLLS: A soldier stood guard as women lined up to vote in San’a, Yemen, Tuesday. Yemenis turned out for a symbolic vote to elect their next leader. Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, a former general and Saleh aide, was the only candidate on the ballot. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

SAMBA SPECTACLE: Dancers performed at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)

DRAINED: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker attended a meeting in Brussels Tuesday. Euro-zone finance ministers agreed on a €130 billion deal that calls for Greece’s private creditors to waive 53.5% of their principal under a debt swap. (Olivier Hoslet/European Pressphoto Agency)

QURAN UPROAR: Charred copies of Qurans were on display as Afghans protested at Bagram Airfield near Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. The U.S. commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan issued a televised apology after soldiers mistakenly brought religious items to an incinerator. (Shah Marai/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BY THE NECK: A police officer detained an activist from the opposition movement ‘Another Russia’ during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow Tuesday. Mr. Putin is the leading candidate in the presidential election scheduled for March 4. (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)

NEWLY SHORN: Men trimmed the coat of a donkey along a roadside in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT…AGAIN: Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at a police station in Lille, France, Tuesday. He is being questioned regarding ‘complicity in a prostitution network’ and ‘aiding and abetting in the misappropriation of company assets,’ an official said. (Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency)

MOTHER AND CHILD: Tourists riding on elephants photographed a rhinoceros with her calf at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India, Tuesday. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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August was dominated by news of the fall of Tripoli, rioting in Britain, the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the famine in the Horn of Africa. This selection of our top photos of the month includes these news stories alongside the IAAF championships in Daegu, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s release and Thailand’s election of their first female prime minister. Warning: Graphic content

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Patrick Gray of the Risky Business security podcast wrote a funny rant about why many who work in computer security are secretly chuckling at the antics of hacker/cracker/prankster entity Lulzsec.

"They're posting proprietary developer code. They're bringing back Tupac and Biggie. They're advising Nintendo on more secure httpd configurations. And they're issuing funny press releases via Twitter and Pastebin," Patrick writes.

But more to the point, professional consultants have been trying to teach the I.T. world these fundamental lessons about security for ages—now, thanks to LulzSec, the world is finally listening.

It might be surprising to external observers, but security professionals are also secretly getting a kick out of watching these guys go nuts.

I wrote my first article on information security around May 2001. It was about the Sadmind worm and it ran on the letters page of the IT section of The Age newspaper in Melbourne.

"Geez," I thought to myself. "If awareness isn't raised about the unsuitability of these computamajiggies for srs bizness, we could encounter some problems down the track."

So for the last ten years I've been working in media, trying to raise awareness of the idea that maybe, just maybe, using insecure computers to hold your secrets, conduct your commerce and run your infrastructure is a shitty idea.

No one who mattered listened. Executives think it's FUD. They honestly think that if they keep paying their annual AV subscriptions they'll be shielded by Mr. Norton's magic cloak.

Security types like LulzSec because they're proving what a mess we're in. They're pointing at the elephant in the room and saying "LOOK AT THE GIGANTIC FUCKING ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ZOMG WHY CAN'T YOU SEE IT??? ITS TRUNK IS IN YR COFFEE FFS!!!"

There is no security, there will be no security. The horse has bolted, and it's not going to be the infrastructure that's going to change, it's going to be us.

"Why we secretly love LulzSec: Elephant in room visible. Cans open. Worms everywhere." (


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MAIDS UNITED: New York hotel workers were bused in by their union Monday to demonstrate outside a courthouse where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to accusations he tried to rape a hotel maid on May 14. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)

RESTING UP: Firefighter Brian Quimby, of Eagle River, Alaska, rested after battling a fire in Eagar, Ariz., Sunday. The fire grew to 301 square miles Monday. Several mountain communities have been evacuated and about 2,300 firefighters were at the scene. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

HAPPY DAY: A boy sprayed foam as demonstrators celebrated the departure of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Still, a cease-fire was unraveling as pro-Saleh forces fired on protesters, killing at least six people in San’a, Yemen, Monday. (Mohammed Al-Sayaghi/Associated Press)

TRASH PILE: A boy dumped a case of cucumbers onto a pile to be disposed of in Popeşti-Leordeni, Romania, Monday. German authorities are hunting for the origin of an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and infected at least 2,200 since May in Europe. (Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency)

SIFTING THROUGH GARBAGE: A boy who collects items to earn a living for his family searched through dirty water in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, World Environment Day. (PPI/Zuma Press)

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A dog shows off her acrobatic skills in Madison Square, a pilot soars over Long Island, and more in the week’s best photos from across Greater New York.

Georgia acrobatically retrieved tennis balls thrown by her owner Ronny Deaza in Madison Square Park on an overcast Monday. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Lt. Col. John Klatt of the Air National Guard flew his AirGuard Extra 300L in formation over Long Island’s South Shore Tuesday in preparation for this weekend’s New York Air Show, which will be held at Jones Beach. (Benjamin Norman for The Wall Street Journal)

The scene where a marine was hit by a car and killed while crossing 12th Avenue at 48th Street during Fleet Week. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

The STREB Extreme Action Company performed at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building on Gansevoort Street in Lower Manhattan Tuesday. The 200,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in 2015. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

Angela, left, and Carmine Marino, ages 2 and 4, played at Orchard Park Beach in the Bronx Friday afternoon, one day before the season’s official opening for New York City beaches. The Bronx Parks and Recreation Commission marked the 75th anniversary of the Bronx Riviera Friday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

On Governor’s Island, ‘Figoulu’, is part of the exhibition ‘Mark Di Suvero at Governor’s Island.’ (Jacopo Quaranta for The Wall Street Journal)

Waxy Monkey Frogs perched on a branch in their enclosure at the American Museum of Natural History. The museum previewed a new exhibit called ‘Frogs: A Chorus of Colors’ Thursday. The exhibit features over 200 frogs and interactive educational displays. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

Performers with Cirque du Soleil presented a segment called ‘Banquine’ at a preview for their latest show, ‘Zarkana,’ at New York’s Radio City Music Hall Tuesday. The show will run June 9-Oct. 8. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Monitor Galalau and Monitor Quebrada at P.S. 142, where the New York Capoeira Brasil group staged its annual event. The five-day gathering ends in a ‘batizado,’ or christening, in which new members are initiated into capoira. (Barbara Saric for The Wall Street Journal)

Sailors stood on the deck of the USS New York as it passed the Statue of Liberty Wednesday to mark the start of the city’s Fleet Week celebrations, which run through Memorial Day. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A delivery man brought balloons and a inflatable shark to the house where former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held under house arrest in Lower Manhattan Friday. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Police officer Ken Moreno, center, and co-defendant Franklin Mata, right, spoke to the media outside Manhattan criminal court. Messrs. Moreno and Mata were acquitted of rape, but convicted of official misconduct. (Louis Lanzano/Associated Press)

‘Splotch 15’ is one of several large sculptures unveiled Tuesday in City Hall Park as part of a retrospective of the work of American artist Sol LeWitt. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

Tony Godino of Bedford, N.Y., left, paid his respects with a handful of dirt at the end of a ceremony Wednesday to rebury the mysterious 19th-century regional wanderer known as The Leatherman. His remains were moved from a roadside grave to more peaceful surroundings. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)

The New York Transit Museum’s antique train near the 167th St. Station in the Bronx, part of a nostalgia ride aboard antique IRT ‘Lo-V’ cars built between 1916 and 1925. (Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal)

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MOURNING: An unidentified Kashmiri woman cried over the body of suspected militant Mohammed Imran Khan at his funeral procession in Keller, 50 miles south of Srinagar, India. Thousands attended the funeral of two suspected rebels Friday, a day after they were killed in a gunbattle with government forces. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

GETTING HELP: A Lebanese Red Cross worker helped a wounded Italian U.N. peacekeeper in his vehicle in Remaily, Lebanon, Friday. A bomb blew up a U.N. vehicle on a busy highway, killing one Italian peacekeeper and wounding four others, security sources and a Reuters photographer said. (Sharif Karim/Reuters)

HUMAN CHAIN: Riot police scuffled with demonstrators who had gathered to protest government austerity measures at Barcelona’s Plaza de Catalunya Friday. Dubbed “los indignados” (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain’s cities since May 15. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

CELEBRATION TIME: A U.S. Naval Academy graduate celebrated after receiving his diploma during graduation ceremonies Friday in Annapolis, Md. In his final graduation speech as defense secretary, Robert Gates told graduates that “real leadership is a rare and precious commodity” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET: A cleaning woman vacuumed a red carpet at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw Friday in preparation for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama on Friday honored the memories of those slain in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis. (Bartlomiej Zborowski/European Pressphoto Agency)

IN THE SHADE: Tourist police found a cooler spot to sit along a road leading to the Coptic area of Cairo Friday. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

TOWNHOUSE ARREST: A New York City police officer stood guard Friday outside the Franklin Street townhouse where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

HANDS UP: Protesters chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Friday. Fighting spread beyond the capital as Yemeni tribesmen opposed to Mr. Saleh attacked a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left dozens dead. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press)

MOUNTAIN VIEW: An Afghan policeman kept watch in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. Insurgent attacks killed three NATO service members Friday in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said, as Taliban-led fighters pressed a spring offensive that began at the start of this month. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

DETENTION: Afghani asylum seekers shouted from a bus in Serang, Indonesia, as they prepared to be moved to Jakarta Friday. Around 100 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran were detained by Indonesian police off the Sunda Strait. They had been headed to Australia’s Christmas Island. (Tubagus/European Pressphoto Agency)

SIDEWAYS: Rene Crete looked over damaged cars at Buy Right Auto Friday in East Montpelier, Vt. Streets were torn up and rivers pushed over their banks when intense thunderstorms stalled over central Vermont, bringing heavy rain and flooding. About 200 people were forced from their homes. (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)

GRIEVING FOR A CHILD: An unidentified woman grieved over the body of Mohsin Ali Sheikh, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy killed in clashes between rebels and Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, as the child was prepared for funeral in Misrata, Libya, Friday. (Missam Saleh/European Pressphoto Agency)

STRANGE SWIM: Men swam with inflatable dolls during the Barracudas 2011 race on the river Neris, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday. About 20 men raced down the half-kilometer river course floating on blow-up sex dolls. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)

NUMBER ONE: A soccer supporter posed behind the UEFA Champions League Cup, on display in Hyde Park, London, Friday. Spanish club Barcelona FC and English team Manchester United FC will play the Champions League final in Wembley Stadium Saturday. (Felipe Trueba/European Pressphoto Agency)

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A LITTLE LEVITY: A sign read “Have water, need beer” in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., Wednesday. The death toll climbed to 125 from Sunday’s tornado there. Meanwhile, at least 14 people were killed in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma in new storms Tuesday night. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

BEACH PATROL: Mounted police checked a beachgoer’s documents Wednesday as part of security checks ahead of the G8 summit in Deauville, France. (Wu Wei/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

MUSIC THERAPY: A newborn rested and listened to music at a hospital in Košice, Slovakia, Wednesday. The hospital uses music as therapy for newborn babies when they are separated from their mothers. (Petr Josek/Reuters)

GRADUATION DAY: U.S. Air Force Academy cadets arrived at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday. More than 1,000 graduates were scheduled to receive their graduation degrees. (John Moore/Getty Images)

CAMPING OUT: Journalists camped out Wednesday at the Manhattan building where Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund boss charged with sexual assault and attempted rape, is staying while out on bail in New York. Mr. Strauss-Kahn insists he is innocent. (Peter Foley/Bloomberg)

PASSENGERS REST: Passengers slept outside a railway station while waiting for a train in Vadodara, India, Wednesday. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)

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