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Nov 13 12:28

Russia and China's 'attack on Google': Virtual wargame 'experiment' hits search giant with 'worst ever' internet hijack that intercepted search, cloud and business services

Google has been hit by the 'worst ever' internet hijack in the company's history, security experts say.

Information from users' Google searches, cloud-hosting services and the company's bundle of collaboration tools for businesses - known as G Suite - were all affected.

Data belonging to users across the globe was intercepted by servers in Nigeria, China and Russia - including those run by major state-owned telecoms providers.

Security experts suggested the hack was a 'wargame experiment' - meaning it may prelude similar, more wide-scale attacks from the nations involved in future.

Google is downplaying Monday's incident, saying it does not believe it was malicious, but has failed to allay fears that the personal data of millions of users may have been compromised.

Nov 13 11:43

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release

By Nicholas West

A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from data supplied by smart devices. The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution appears to be at stake.

A New Hampshire judge appears ready to demand that Amazon turn over recordings from the home where two women were allegedly stabbed to death by Timothy Verrill. Verrill has pleaded not guilty, and this appears to be the first case in the state of New Hampshire where a judge is willing to summon data from a smart device – an Amazon Echo speaker – as evidence that could be central to a trial. The implications of this have also been stated by legal experts...

Nov 13 10:35

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

The UK's Ministry of Defence is "actively" trying to create fully autonomous killer drones, according to a report (PDF) by a campaign group.

"Powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and computing, we are likely to see the development not only of drones that are able to fly themselves – staying aloft for extended periods – but those which may also be able to select, identify, and destroy targets without human intervention," said campaign group Drone Wars UK in its latest report, titled "Off The Leash: The development of autonomous military drones in the UK".

Nov 13 09:03

Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals and Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange is in dire need of health assistance, according to his mother in an emergency plea to the world uploaded to the Unity4J YouTube channel.

Christine Assange urged officials to allow access to medical attention for her son, and for the UK and Ecuador to end Assange’s illegal 8-year detainment...

Nov 13 05:27

It’s Spreading: Now the British Media Is Pushing Microchipping In The UK

The practice of microchipping "for your own good" or "for your convenience" is spreading across the Western world. Now it's being pushed in the UK by the British media.

Nov 12 18:51

Amazon asked to share Echo data in US murder case

A judge in the US has asked Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Amazon Echo which was in a house where two women died.

Their bodies were found under the porch of a home in New Hampshire with multiple stab wounds.

The man accused of their murder has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next year.

Amazon said it would not hand over any data about the device without a legally-binding instruction.

Nov 12 10:52

The Stories We Tell About Money - aantonop


Published on Apr 30, 2017
In this talk, Andreas recounts the history of Bitcoin and what it represents, building upon all the stories we've been told over the centuries about what "money" is, how we perceive its value, and why the old answers have changed as we adjust to this new world of digital peer-to-peer currencies. He also discusses global threats to economic stability and trust in the financial system, including demonetisation and wealth destruction through inflation.

Nov 12 10:49

GPS signals jammed: Norway, Finland warn pilots Russia may blind their navigation systems

In recent weeks, NATO conducted its largest military exercises in decades in the frigid waters and icy mountains of Norway. But something odd happened. The GPS signals guiding ships, aircraft, tanks, trucks and troops started to fail.

Civilian airliners, cars, trucks, cargo ships and smart phones operating in and around Norway and Finland experienced similar disruptions.

Why?

Russia is the chief suspect.

It was riled by the scale and location of NATO’s Trident Juncture manoeuvres — despite having itself conducted several massive military exercises in the Baltics recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia demonization, and absolutely no hard proof that Russia is, in fact, culpable here.

Nov 12 09:11

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

The Royal Navy is running Windows ME – and XP, and even an early version of Apple Macintosh. But all is not as alarmingly obsolete as it may appear.

Your correspondent, during a few days embedded aboard seabed survey ship HMS Enterprise, asked the crew what systems were in operation aboard the ship’s networks. The answer was a real mixture.

“We’re 5-10 years behind the rest of the world,” said one, only half-joking. Enterprise was built in 2003 and most of the IT infrastructure aboard her dates back to then, with new OSes and mission software installed and patched as required.

Nov 12 08:20

Excessive social media use and constantly posting selfies DOES turn people into narcissists, researchers warn

Researchers from Swansea University and Milan University studied the personality changes of 74 individuals aged 18 to 34 over a four-month period.

They also assessed the participants' usage of social media – including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – during the period.

Those who used social media excessively, through visual postings, displayed an average 25% increase in such narcissistic traits over the four months of the study.

Nov 11 10:16

Trump Warns: Dems Are Sending "Their Best Election-Stealing Lawyer" To Florida

Is Florida gearing up for Bush vs. Gore redux?

It's starting to look that way.

As Fox News reports, lawyers are arriving in Democratic strongholds in Florida as the state prepares for a recount in Broward County, the epicenter of the vote-counting controversy that led to Bush vs. Gore, and Palm Beach County. Both are Democratic strongholds that have been extremely slow to deliver final ballot totals for Tuesday's election.

To try and push for a hand recount, defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson has hired Democratic attorney Marc Elias of law firm Perkins Coie to help plead his case and point out suspicious "inconsistencies" with the vote count in Broward, where more than 20,000 voters voted in down-ballot races but left out their votes for governor's race, in which Nelson's Democratic ally, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, has already conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top!

Nov 11 08:56

We want to believe: ‘Russian hacking’ memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin

A newly-out memo containing the Obama admin’s talking points about “Russian hacking” in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to Kremlin by saying it’s “consistent” with what they think Russia does.

The seven-page document was contained within the 49 pages published on Friday by BuzzFeed, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in late October. At the root of it is a November 29 letter by several Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, asking then-President Barack Obama to declassify documents concerning “Russian Active Measures.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version: The Russian hacking claim was a lie.

Nov 10 09:37

JUDICIAL WATCH SUES DOJ FOR RECORDS OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE AWAN BROTHERS, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRAT IT SCANDAL

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for all records of communications relating to the investigation into former Democratic information technology (IT) staffers Abid Awan, Imran Awan, Jamal Awan and Hina R. Alvi (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-02563)).

Imran Awan and his family were banned from the House computer network in February 2017 after the House’s top law enforcement officer wrote that Imran is “an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems,” and that a server containing evidence had gone “missing.” The inspector general said server logs showed “unauthorized access” and procurement records were falsified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Exempt from disclosure", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is just more manipulation and legerdemain, courtesy of the FBI, Which is covering for Clinton, Wasserman Schultz, and the Democratic Party in general.

Nov 10 09:02

APPLE'S WAR ON REPAIR CONTINUES: AMAZON NOW BANS REFURB APPLE PRODUCTS FROM THIRD PARTIES

Apple has long understood that hardware products that last a long time result in falling unit sales, as customers opt to keep their old machines instead of buying the latest models; that's part of why the company led the charge that killed every single Right to Repair bill introduced last year -- less repairs leads to more "recycling," which is Applespeak for dropping used units into giant shredders without harvesting any usable parts first.

Every year, refurbishers rescue thousands of used Apple products from the e-waste streams, and every year, Apple finds new ways to frustrate their efforts.

The latest wrinkle: Apple has gotten Amazon to agree to ban the sale of refurbished Apple products except those that come from Apple directly.

Aaron Perzanowski, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and coauthor of The End of Ownership, told me in an email that this decision is a dangerous infringement of ownership rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just what America needed in this rapidly tightening economy; a gigantic, dystopian corporation, ready to cause Americans as much fiscal pain as possible by refusing the right of owners to refurbish.

Nov 09 19:15

Buchanan: The War For The Soul Of America

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now.

This is a fight to the finish.

A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished” — was ancient history by nightfall.

With the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his replacement by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, the long-anticipated confrontation with Robert Mueller appears at hand.

Sessions had recused himself from the oversight role of the special counsel’s investigation into Russiagate. Whitaker has definitely not.

Before joining Justice, he said that the Mueller probe was overreaching, going places it had no authority to go, and that it could be leashed by a new attorney general and starved of funds until it passes away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen to that, Pat Buchanan, Amen!!

Nov 09 15:04

Ed Snowden Live In Israel - 6.11.18

Snowden scorns and gorges Israeli occupation & Israeli spy and espionage agencies in a live interview with Mossad; Quote "Fugitive NSA leaker lambastes Israel’s NSO Group as ‘the worst of the worst,’ is rebuked by former Mossad official who now works in the surveillance industry" According to source: Times of Israel

Nov 09 13:16

UK Government Goes Full Orwellian. DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons. DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

The excuse to be used, as ever, will be national security or terrorism, despite the huge fall in fatalities from terrorism and terror-related incidents since the 1970s.

Apart from crime-fighting, the Home Office also proposes in its long-awaited report that it will use the centralized database for vetting migrants on the streets and borders of Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the government of the UK is not considering "1984" as a cautionary tale, but as a how-to manual.

Nov 09 11:33

The Amazon fraud epidemic: How furious customers are losing thousands after being charged for orders they HAVEN'T made

Amazon shoppers who fall victim to fraud are being routinely fobbed off, Money Mail can reveal.

In the worst cases customers are losing thousands of pounds after being charged for orders they have not made.

It comes after we revealed last month how one reader was billed for £80 worth of goods he didn't order.

When readers complain the online retail giant promises to investigate, then fails to act on their calls and emails.

Nov 09 10:20

WITH NEW PATENTS FACEBOOK BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSE TO A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was a patent for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and so can therefore assess what mood we are in at any given time-happy or anxious for example. This can be done either by a webcam or through a phone cam. The technology is relatively straight forward. Artificially intelligent driven algorithms analyses and then deciphers facial expressions, it then matches the duration and intensity of the expression with a corresponding emotion. Take contempt for example. Measured by a range of values from 0 to 100, an expression of contempt could be measured by a smirking smile, a furrowed brow and a wrinkled nose. An emotion can then be extrapolated from the data linking it to your dominant personality traits: openness, introverted, neurotic, say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens when these algorithms get something horrifically wrong?!?
Where is the evaluating human "common sense" factor in working with these predictors?!?

Are we now looking at "trial by expression" as we try to get on our way, by every public transport, trains, buses, and plains?!?

Mike and I live here on Oahu, so must use planes to get anywhere on the mainland.

My late Dad was an aircraft instrument mechanic, and I used to love to fly, because I naively thought that every other instrument mechanic paid as much attention as my Dad did to insuring that an instrument calibrated out perfectly before he signed off on it.

Now, I hate the experience, and the arrival of the "Grope-Nazis" (allegedly for our "protection"), has made travel off-island a singularly unpleasant experience.

And remember; the people who invented the whole "terror, terror, terror" mentality in the Bush era, like good old Michael Chertoff, the co-author of the US Patriot Act, and the 2nd Director of US Homeland Security, rarely have to take public transportation, and now make a killing, selling the equipment through which one has to pass through to in order to get on the aircraft, or bus, or train.

Nov 09 10:15

O no!!! @TechCrunch is turning into a political news site!! Why?!!

There are tons of other websites to get this garbage!! Please stay with tech and entrepreneurial news!!

@TechCrunch
White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban

Nov 09 09:13

Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark

If Microsoft wants to treat Windows 10 as a service, it has a responsibility to its customers to provide accurate information about problems with that service. Over the last month, the company has failed miserably in that regard.

Nov 08 17:18

TSA Testing Terahertz Devices To Replace Radiated Full Body Scanners

By Aaron Kesel

After years of using full-body scanner devices that emit radiation, the TSA is testing a new technology dubbed terahertz to screen multiple airport passengers at the same time, from a distance of up to 25 feet away, LA Times reported.

The technology, described as “passive terahertz” screening, is said to be "radiation-free," according to Kevin Gramer, vice president of Thruvision Americas, the producer of the new invasive technology...

Nov 08 17:05

Three (3) Reasons Why Elections Don’t Matter by Doug "Uncola" Lynn

n so many ways, elections in America have become just another manifestation of bread and circuses; like watching a reality TV show when your house is on fire. It’s why this article was almost named:

“The Inevitableness of Reality Requires Honesty and Acceptance”

Of course, the 2018 Midterm Elections will be analyzed ad nauseam, with other writers and pundits parsing it better than this blogger. However, suffice it to say: There was no Blue Wave and Trump has now solidified leadership of his Republican Party; at least more so than during the last two years of his administration.

In a raucous press conference the day after, Trump claimed victory and said his party “defied history to expand our Senate majority”. The president also said his focus in the days prior to the election remained on the senate and pointed out that most of the candidates for whom he campaigned had won their respective races.

Nov 08 16:26

Why MX Linux Is the Windows Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

There is nothing quite like breathing new life into a desktop or laptop that’s been sitting in the closet or basement, collecting dust.

Linux has always had the potential to do this. But MX Linux takes it a step further and brings a brand new OS about as close to a Windows environment as you could ask for, at zero cost.

In fact, if you’re looking at buying a new computer, you could save a small fortune by buying one without any OS installed. Simply install MX Linux to get a lightning-fast computer without the learning curve of taking on an entirely new OS.

Hands-on with MX Linux: A pleasant, easy-to-install Linux distribution
https://www.zdnet.com/article/hands-on-with-mx-linux-a-pleasant-easy-t...

Nov 08 14:45

The CIA’s Latest Greatest Failure

Communicating is the most vulnerable element in any foreign agent operation, particularly as counter-intelligence services commit major resources to cracking the systems used to link an agent in the field with his case officer or handler, who might be in the same country under diplomatic cover but just as easily might be in another nearby country or halfway around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jean-luc Picard face-palm, at velocity, upon reading this.

Nov 08 14:40

First AI newsreader

Nov 08 11:02

UK's Unwillingness to Cooperate Over Belgacom Hack is Scandalous – IT Journo

Britain's unwillingness to launch a thorough investigation into the alleged hacking of Belgacom exposed in 2013 amounts to nothing less than an international scandal, IT specialists told Sputnik, suggesting that European nations need to form an open alliance for defence and intelligence to mitigate risks and reduce reliance on other nations.

"That Belgacom, an EU member state-owned telecommunications company, is alleged to have been targeted for monitoring/hacking by GCHQ spies is staggering enough, but the fact that the UK is seemingly not interested in cooperating with the Belgian government to get to the bottom of this is downright scandalous," Robin Wauters, European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, Belgium, told Sputnik.

Nov 08 10:56

Robot surgeon 'spiralled out of control' after hitting nurse while doctors shouted at each other during pioneering operation that went catastrophically wrong and led to death of father of three, inquest hears

A surgeon has described the tense atmosphere in an operating theatre as a pioneering robotic heart operation went catastrophically wrong.

At one point one of the assisting medics had his arms knocked by the robot which was being used to repair retired music teacher and conductor Stephen Pettitt's heart valve, an inquest was told.

Communication between lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair and his assisting surgeon Thasee Pillay was difficult because of the 'tinny' sound quality coming from the robot console being operated by Nair.

Nov 08 10:35

Where is Litecoin Going?

I’ve been a fan of Litecoin since I first learned about it in 2013. The coin has many good fundamentals to it and I believe that Charlie Lee, the coin’s creator did things right as far as how he created the coin and how he worked to develop it. Towards the end of 2017 he tried to divest himself of his Litecoin holdings by selling off his stake in the coin. This resulted in many people and analysts attacking him for it, some even saying his action was reminiscent of a “pump and dump” scheme...

Nov 08 10:30

Windows 10 WARNING: More bad news for Microsoft fans after October 2018 update delay

As reported in a post by How To Geek, a “strange bug” has been discovered in Windows 10.

This bug means file associations no longer work properly on Windows 10.

So, this means if you try to select certain applications as a default in Windows 10 then you won’t be able to.

Nov 08 09:47

StatCounter Analytics Code Hijacked to Steal Bitcoins from Cryptocurrency Users

Late last week an unknown hacker or a group of hackers successfully targeted a cryptocurrency exchange with an aim to steal Bitcoins by compromising the web analytics service it was using.

ESET malware researcher Matthieu Faou this weekend spotted malicious JavaScript code on up to 700,000 websites that were bundled with the traffic tracking code from the leading web analytics platform StatCounter.

However, after analyzing the code, the researchers found that hackers managed to compromise StatCounter and successfully replaced its tracking script with malicious JavaScript code primarily designed to target customers of the Gate.io cryptocurrency exchange.

Nov 08 09:37

Facebook admits its new $200 ‘Portal’ video-calling device DOES tune in to how you use it and says data will be used to create targeted ads

Facebook has defended its $200 Portal device, which goes on sale today in the US, saying it's not a 'data gathering operation' - despite admitting that it may use your call information to serve up targeted advertisements.

The firm claims it collects devise usage information to understand how Portal is being used and 'improve the product.'

However, the devices are also equipped with an AI-infused wide-angle camera that can follow users around the room and adjust the view accordingly - a feature that's already attracted the scrutiny of privacy advocates.

Nov 08 09:35

NEW YORK LAWMAKERS WANT SOCIAL MEDIA HISTORY TO BE INCLUDED IN GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS

Eric Adams, the president of Brooklyn Borough, and state Senator Kevin Palmer are currently writing the proposed legislation, which would give law enforcement authorities the power to check up to three years of an individual’s social media accounts and internet search history before they are allowed to buy a gun, WCBS Newsradio 880 reported. One of the main aims is to identify any hate speech shared by the users, as the politicians noted that such offensive comments are generally only discovered after mass shootings occur.

The facile explanation for this ridiculous piece of legislation is this: somehow the Pittsburgh shooter might have been prevented from buying a gun because he posted anti-Semitic content to a social media platform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this country is rapidly reverting to Code Napoleon law, where suspects were judged guilty until they were proven innocent.

Nov 08 09:26

UK GOVERNMENT BANS THE "FAKE NEWS" LABEL TO FACILITATE FURTHER CENSORSHIP

The motivation behind this move is that the government thinks that the word is too broad and is urging people to employ more specific phrases such as “disinformation” and “misinformation” instead.

The most troubling aspect about all of this, however, is that the British government could abuse this new stance to censor free speech on social media. The Telegraph reported that the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) Committee, whose inquiry prompted this policy, wrote in its interim report earlier this summer that “With such a shared definition, and clear guidelines for companies, organisations, and the Government to follow, there will be a shared consistency of meaning across the platforms, which can be used as the basis of regulation and enforcement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely like to remind those in the UK who came up with this codswallop, (and yes, that same country which gave the world the Magna Carta) that the novel "1984" is a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual.

Nov 08 08:40

NEW SATELLITES WILL USE RADIO WAVES TO SPY ON SHIPS AND PLANES

WHEN A COMPANY called HawkEye 360 wanted to test its wares, it gave an employee a strange, deceptive task. While the worker stood in Virginia, he held the kind of transceiver that ships carry to broadcast their GPS locations. Usually such a signal would reveal his true position to a radio receiver, but he’d altered the broadcast to spoof his GPS position, making it seem like he was in fact off the coast of Maine.

But his company’s instruments, which in this test were carried by Cessnas flying routes over East Coast waters, picked up on the chicanery. Now HawkEye 360, the satellite startup that made the detectors, plans to send its first three instruments into space later this month. Called Pathfinder, the cluster of satellites will work together to locate and make sense of radio emissions beamed up from the ground. With it, HawkEye 360 gains access to communications information that has mostly been controlled by governments.

Nov 07 19:08

HSBC bank confirms US data breach

HSBC has said some of its US customers' bank accounts were hacked in October.

The lender said that the perpetrators may have accessed information including account numbers and balances, statement and transaction histories and payee details, as well as users' names, addresses and dates of birth.

The BBC understands the firm believes that fewer than 1% of its American clients were affected.

It said it had already contacted those thought to have been exposed.

Nov 07 13:02

The Stupidity of Artificial Intelligence

This week, arch-technocrat and welfare tax-queen, Elon Musk, was caught fear-mongering on the specter of A.I again,

“He reiterated those fears in an interview published Friday with Recode’s Kara Swisher, though with a little less apocalyptic rhetoric. “As AI gets probably much smarter than humans, the relative intelligence ratio is probably similar to that between a person and a cat, maybe bigger,” Musk told Swisher. “I do think we need to be very careful about the advancement of AI.” (Vox.com)

What he didn’t mention is how he just received SEC approval to start raising millions in capital for his new start-up company Neuralink, a company that seeks to create Brain Chip Interfaces, “BCI’s” for human’s to interface with computers. Yes, $100 million dollars in first round funding to plug the human mind into future advanced systems that he constantly puts down and deems a threat to the species.

Nov 07 11:27

12 Examples That Show That America Is Far More Messed Up Than When You Were A Kid

What in the world has happened to our country? Most of us have very fond memories from when we were younger, and it is true that often our memories of “the good old days” can leave out the bad parts. None of us are perfect individually, and America has certainly never been without major problems as a nation. But have we ever witnessed the level of social decay that we are seeing around the country today? We are like a divorced, bloated, drug-addicted middle age man that has seen his life completely fall apart, and it would be nice to believe that we have hit rock bottom, but the truth is that we just keep on sinking even lower. The following are 12 examples that show that America is far more messed up than when you were a kid…

Nov 07 09:22

Planned Obsolescence of Health Under The 5G Grid

By Rosanne Lindsay, ND

When your stuff is designed to break down, that’s ‘planned obsolescence.’ In fourteen short years, we have gone from 2G wifi (2004) to 5G, from flip phone to smart phone. By design. Are we smarter? Healthier?

On September 26, 2018, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to implement its Wireless Infrastructure Order (dockets 17-79 and 17-84). The order preempts local control of the public rights-of-way. Wireless companies can now more easily install cell towers in front of your home without your consent...

Nov 06 18:17

Fox News Promotes RFID For Medical Purposes — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Take The Chip

By Aaron Kesel

Fox News is pushing RFID chip implants, encouraging people that the tech is safe and good for medical by stating it’s similar to getting a tetanus shot.

Recently in Sweden, thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted. Fox highlights this news expressing that a company called Biohax has already “installed” around 4,000 chips into “customers.”

The article then goes onto explain how awesome it is to have a chip in one’s hand, stating that those chipped can open secure doors, pay for tickets, and share emergency medical information...

Nov 06 17:10

Money Well-spent To Find Rats Should Not Use Cell Phones

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The recent NTP (National Toxicology Program) study confirmed rats exposed to microwave RFR (radiofrequency radiation) emitted by 2G and 3G broadband—not 4G, the current “top banana” generation microwave broadband used, soon to be replaced by 5G, were at increased risk for contracting cancer...

Nov 06 15:45

The app that could help Democrats win it all

A number of Republican political operatives are growing concerned that a voter app developed by former Obama aides will help the Democrats win the turnout war -- and the House majority.

“It just blew my mind when I saw it,” said a top Republican adviser of the phone app called VoteWithMe.

“This is the most ingenious and devious thing the Democrats have come up with and I bet you’ll be writing about it as the key to any victory if they win,” said another former party official.

Nov 06 12:00

A.I. Lie Detectors Being Tested To Replace Human Border Guards

By Nicholas West

The future of travel is clearly one where automation will play an increasingly significant role. The biometric roll out is well underway and is set to expand into every aspect of the travel experience.

According to a new report from Defense One, border security questioning also might transfer from human to robotic artificial intelligence as the security apparatus seeks more supposedly effective and efficient ways to screen travelers for their potential threat risk...

Nov 06 11:18

SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE LAUNCHES 'MAGNA CARTA FOR THE WEB' TO SAVE INTERNET FROM ABUSE

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a "Magna Carta for the web", warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.

Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a "revolution" in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news.

The 63-year-old was speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" which asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms.

Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how "the web we know and love" is under threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck getting Twitter, Google, and Facebook to agree to that contract!

Nov 06 11:09

SNOWDEN FILES DECLARATION IN NSA SPYING CASE CONFIRMING AUTHENTICITY OF DRAFT INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT

EFF filed papers with the court in its long-running Jewel v. NSA mass spying case today that included a surprising witness: Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor. Mr. Snowden confirms that he remembers the document because it helped convince him that the NSA had been engaged in illegal surveillance.

Nov 06 08:47

States activate National Guard cyber units for US midterm elections

At least three US states have activated and put National Guard cyber-security units on standby for midterm elections. The three states are Washington, Illinois, and, more recently, Wisconsin.

According to officials, these cyber-security teams will be prepared to assist state election officials in the event of a cyber-security incident during the elections.

Nov 06 07:36

Check your apps! Warning over Android downloads 'loaded with malware' that can steal banking details

Security researchers have discovered a set of Android apps that contain sophisticated malware.

The 29 apps, which range from things like power management apps to horoscope apps, were found to be infected by Trojan malware that controls the app remotely after gaining access to the victim's phone, according to We Live Security, a blog run by IT firm ESET.

After ESET notified Google of the issue, the malicious apps were removed from the Play Store.

However, they are believed to have been installed by almost 30,000 users.

Nov 05 11:39

Iran foils apparent Israeli cyber attacks on communications infrastructure

Iran says it has successfully thwarted a wave of cyber attacks apparently staged by Israel to target the country's communications infrastructure, saying it will certainly follow up on the “hostile” scheme via international mechanisms.

Hamid Fatahi, CEO of Iran’s Telecommunications Company, took to Twitter on Monday to report an attempt by “an occupying regime” to launch “sporadic” cyber assaults against the Islamic Republic’s communications infrastructure, in reference to the regime in Tel Aviv.

All the attacks, he added, “were firmly foiled.”

“They showed to the Int’l community that their accusation against Iran for #CyberAttacks was just a ridiculous delusion. Remember Stuxnet,” Fatahi added in a consecutive tweet, saying defeating the attackers had been such an easy feat for Iranian experts.

Nov 04 16:56

Biometric ID For Travel Goes Global With New CBP Tourism Partnership

By Nicholas West

According to a new announcement from the World Travel & Tourism Council, it appears that the roll out is set to accelerate and begin a much louder PR push to prepare the public for a new world of integrated biometrics for every phase of travel. A new public-private partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seems to widen the scope of the U.S. government mandate that is 15 years in the making to require biometric ID...

Nov 04 16:26

The true evil of online blackmail: Father's anguish for the son who took his own life after email ransom demands

Craig Simpson was last seen alive leaving home in the middle of March this year. The 56-year-old's body was pulled out of the nearby River Lugg in Herefordshire a week later.

Police discovered messages on his mobile phone revealing that he had recently been blackmailed into making Bitcoin payments to stop criminals sharing his private information with family and friends, despite nothing on his phone or computer showing he had ever visited an adult website.

He had been a victim of 'ransomware' – a cruel attack by computer criminals who blackmail their victims by threatening to spread lies that they have been watching online porn.

Nov 04 10:09

Tim Cook loses $11m as Apple's shares plunge more than 6% after firm announces it will STOP reporting how many iPhones it sells

Apple shares plummeted more than 6 percent today after Apple announced it will stop breaking out exactly how many iPhones it sells in its financial results.

The 'jaw dropping' decision caused frustration and fear among investors, with one analyst seeing the move as evidence that the tech giant has 'something to hide.'

The stock's plunge caused Apple to briefly dip below its $1 trillion valuation - a historic milestone it reached in August before closing at $207.48 a share, a drop of 6.63% in a day.

The losses hit CEO Tim Cook's wallet to the tune of more than $11 million through the 878,425 Apple shares he owns, according to the firm's latest SEC filing.

Nov 04 10:05

New Intel CPU Flaw Exploits Hyper-Threading to Steal Encrypted Data

A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading feature enabled.

The vulnerability, codenamed PortSmash (CVE-2018-5407), has joined the list of other dangerous side-channel vulnerabilities discovered in the past year, including Meltdown and Spectre, TLBleed, and Foreshadow.

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The simple fix for the PortSmash vulnerability is to disable SMT/Hyper-Threading in the CPU chip's BIOS until Intel releases security patches. OpenSSL users can upgrade to OpenSSL 1.1.1 (or >= 1.1.0i if you are looking for patches).

Nov 04 10:00

Massive double standard: Twitter never acted on hundreds of death threats from mail bomber while Gab singled out for synagogue shooting

You may have heard recently that a nut job named Cesar Sayoc, an alleged supporter of POTUS Donald Trump, sent phony bombs to prominent Democrats and the most dishonest cable news outlet on the air today, CNN.

It turns out that Sayoc was quite a prolific Twitter user, as he used the platform to post in excess of 240 threats to 50 different people and without any penalty whatsoever. The media’s reaction to Twitter? Tepid at best.

Less than a week later, after a rabid anti-Semite (and Trump opponent) walked into The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people while wounding four police officers, the same disgustingly dishonest “mainstream” media essentially forced social platform Gab offline because the alleged shooter, Robert Bowers, posted anti-Semitic material on his Gab account.

Nov 03 12:21

Facebook Illegally Obtained Your Medical Records – Major Lawsuit Underway

Facebook has been getting quite a bit of bad press lately, with the Cambridge Analytica debacle, the data breach that affected 50 million users, and most recently, taking down the pages of a triple-amputee vet who paid the social media giant over $300,000 for advertising.

Now, according to the Sokolove law firm, Facebook was given the medical records of many Americans by hospitals & healthcare facilities. That is illegal & is a violation of state privacy laws!

Nov 03 02:58

Smart Security Cameras Lack Brains to Stay Safe

Today we will address the topic of video surveillance cameras. A lot of them have plenty of security vulnerabilities. In addition, user guides and manuals have gaps and fail to present all those security controls that manufactures managed to put into their devices.

It is impossible to describe all vulnerabilities of all security cameras out there so we will focus on one camera that represent a vivid example of the poor state of security around video surveillance devices.

The subject of this article is the Hanwha SNH-V6410PN camera from Techwin. This company was previously owned by Samsung. Although the company changed its owners several years ago, they produced the mentioned cameras with the Samsung logo till 2017. And you can still find these cameras on sale.

Nov 02 09:08

Researchers Warn Hackers Could Target Memories Of Those With Brain Chip Implant

By Aaron Kesel

Scientists and security experts are warning of the potential for a person’s brain to be hacked, who have had “brain implants” to treat Parkinson’s disease, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group...

Nov 02 08:07

Microsoft claims Windows 10 file-deletion bug has been FIXED, but it still hasn’t released new update

The tech giant has made a new Windows 10 update available to testers after pulling the 10 October 2018 version.

But despite claiming the latest patch resolves the deletion issues, additional glitches are preventing Microsoft from releasing the new update to the public.

Nov 02 08:00

Two New Bluetooth Chip Flaws Expose Millions of Devices to Remote Attacks

Security researchers have unveiled details of two critical vulnerabilities in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chips embedded in millions of access points and networking devices used by enterprises around the world.

Dubbed BleedingBit, the set of two vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code and take full control of vulnerable devices without authentication, including medical devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers, as well as point-of-sales and IoT devices.

Discovered by researchers at Israeli security firm Armis, the vulnerabilities exist in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Stack chips made by Texas Instruments (TI) that are being used by Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba in their enterprise line of products.

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