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Feb 07 20:38

How to Make Windows 10 Secure

Feb 07 06:23

"BRIEF CAM" ALLOWS POLICE TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE BY WHAT THEY ARE WEARING AND CARRYING

SOURCE: MASS PRIVATE I

In the span of two years, law enforcement's ability to identify the public using BriefCam has gone from disturbing to frightening.

A recent article in Twin Cities Pioneer Press revealed how the St. Paul Police Department uses Briefcam's to identify people, cars, and physical objects.
"If they’re looking for a blue car or a man wearing a white shirt, for example, algorithms can pinpoint when those objects appear in videos from particular locations and times."
Law enforcement uses BriefCam to look for more than just a single blue car or a single person wearing a white shirt, it will identify every blue car and person wearing a white shirt.
"If, for example, police are told a suspect was a male wearing a hat and backpack at a particular intersection, technicians can enter the terms “hat” and “backpack” to search CCTV videos for people with those objects."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is truly, staggeringly frightening to me, to the degree to which, in this post 9/11 era, this country has lurched, and violently backslid, from the bedrock presumption of innocence until proven guilty, to the Code Napoleon notion that the accused was considered guilty until proven innocent.

Feb 07 05:55

THE MYTH OF INCOMPETENCE: DNC SCANDALS ARE A FEATURE, NOT A BUG

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

The Iowa caucus scandal has continued to get more egregious by the hour, with new revelations routinely pouring in about extremely suspicious manipulations taking place which all just so happen to disadvantage the campaign of Bernie Sanders in the first Democratic electoral contest of 2020. By the time you read this article, there will likely have been more.

Following the failure of an extremely shady app developed by vocally anti-Sanders establishment insiders which reportedly was literally altering vote count numbers after they were entered, Black Hawk County supervisor Chris Schwartz shared the election results in his county on Facebook so the public could have some idea of what’s going on as the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) slowly trickles out the results of the caucuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pretty awful, if this is, in fact the case; and unfortunately, completely predictable.

Feb 07 04:02

James Woods Finally Returns To Twitter, Immediately Begins Trolling

Conservative actor James Woods finally returned to Twitter late on Thursday after taking a 10-month break from the platform and wasted no time doing what he does best: trolling.

Feb 06 17:11

Bitbucket Abused to Infect 500,000+ Hosts with Malware Cocktail

Attackers are abusing the Bitbucket code hosting service to store seven types of malware threats used in an ongoing campaign that has already claimed more than 500,000 business computers across the world.

Systems falling victim to this attack would get infected with multiple payloads that steal data, mine for cryptocurrency, and culminate with delivering STOP ransomware.

Feb 06 17:08

Cisco Patches Critical CDP Flaws Affecting Millions of Devices

Five critical vulnerabilities found in various implementations of the Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) could allow attackers on the local network to take over tens of millions of enterprise devices as discovered by IoT security company Armis.

CDP is a proprietary Layer 2 (Data Link Layer) network protocol used by Cisco devices for discovering info on other Cisco equipment on the local network, with the end goal of mapping Cisco products within the network.

This protocol is enabled by default in practically all Cisco products including routers, switches, and IP phones and cameras, with a vast majority of them not being able to work properly without using CDP. Many of these vulnerable devices also do not provide users with the ability to turn CDP off as a workaround.

To underline the seriousness of this discovery, more than 95% of all Fortune 500 companies and over 200,000 customers use Cisco Collaboration solutions according to Cisco's stats.

Feb 06 17:03

Ransomware Exploits GIGABYTE Driver to Kill AV Processes

As these attacks cannot take place without a network first being compromised, the best way to protect yourself is to make the network less vulnerable.

This includes performing phishing recognition training, making sure security updates are installed, and removing access to Internet exposed services like Remote Desktop Services.

Feb 06 09:39

Oscar Nominated Movies Featured in Phishing, Malware Attacks

Attackers are exploiting the hype surrounding this year's Oscar Best Picture nominated movies to infect fans with malware and to bait them to phishing websites designed to steal sensitive info such as credit card details and personal information.

This method is the perfect way to get around movie fans' defenses seeing that many of them are willing to take down their defenses for a chance to get a free preview, especially given that the 92nd Academy Awards ceremonies are just around the corner on February 9th.

High-profile TV shows and films are frequently used as lures in social engineering attacks promising early previews either in the form of fake streaming sites or via malicious files disguised as early released copies.

Feb 06 08:30

Illuminati PyOp - Discredit 2020 Election in Advance

How Government and Media Are Prepping America for a Failed 2020 Election. Russia, China and Iran are already being blamed for using tech to undermine the 2020 election. Yet, the very technologies they are allegedly using were created by a web of companies with deep ties to Israeli intelligence.

Feb 05 09:59

Flaw in Philips Hue smart bulbs opened up home networks to being being HACKED, research finds

Though the process is fairly involved, researchers say their work shows how seemingly mundane IoT devices can expose more crucial aspects of someone's home network and beyond.

'Many of us are aware that IoT devices can pose a security risk, but this research shows how even the most mundane, seemingly ‘dumb’ devices such as light bulbs can be exploited by hackers and used to take over networks, or plant malware,” said Yaniv Balmas, Head of Cyber Research, Check Point Research.

Feb 04 10:38

Twitter admits state-backed hackers in Malaysia, Iran and Israel may have stolen up to 17million phone numbers linked to Android user accounts

The breach came to light after a cyber security researcher found a flaw in the microblogging site's 'Contacts Upload' feature back in December.

In a statement on Monday, Twitter said it had identified a 'high volume of requests' to use the feature coming from IP addresses in in Malaysia, Iran and Israel.

The cyber-security researcher who discovered the flaw previously showed that it could be exploited it to match 17million phone numbers with user accounts.

Feb 04 08:24

Anti-Fake News Center Leads to Two Arrests In Thailand For “Spreading Fake News” About Coronavirus

By Aaron Kesel

The Bangkok Post is reporting that two individuals were arrested under Thailand’s new “Anti-Fake News Center” for spreading false information about the coronavirus which authorities have said has “induced panic.”

This is part of a wider trend to begin cracking down even more on the spread of information not approved by governments around the world...

Feb 03 16:16

U.S. Army Funds 'Fully Automated Microaggression Detector' to 'Catch Implicit Bias' In The Workplace

The US Army Research Laboratory gave a $1,500,000 three-year grant to two associate professors to develop what's being called a "fully automated luxury microaggression detector" Alexa-like device to "catch implicit bias" in workplaces across America.

Feb 03 11:12

Coronavirus Phishing Attacks Are Actively Targeting the US

Ongoing phishing campaigns use the recent coronavirus outbreak as bait in attacks targeting individuals from the United States and the United Kingdom, impersonating the US CDC and virologists, warning of new infection cases in their area, and providing 'safety measures.'

Feb 03 10:43

World Health Organization reveals Google is ensuring its advice comes top of searches to stop the spread of misinformation about coronavirus

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the opening of WHO's executive board meeting on Monday that social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tencent and TikTok have also taken steps to limit the spread of misinformation and rumors about the virus and outbreak that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has now spread to 23 other countries.

Feb 01 12:56

Iran's Fars News Knocked Off Web By US Treasury Order

Iran's well-known state media outlet Fars News Agency says US sanctions have knocked it off the internet. As of Friday and into early Saturday the en.farsnews.com domain remained inaccessible while the outlet says it quickly alternately established English content on https://en.farsnews.ir/, which remains live.

Iran says the US Treasury Department shut down international access to its English news site due to new regulations related to US sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other "canary in the proverbial coal mine", is presstv.com, another English-language Iranian blog; I would encourage thinking Americans to check it out, even if you don't agree with much of anything these people have to say.

Having said that, you might just be surprised, on those issues where you think that they are making one heck of a lot of sense. :-)

But I always encourage our readers and listeners to read the foreign press in English; it just might give you a better clue as to what your government is up to, rather than bathing yourself in the codswallop the Presstitutes dish out, which is generally some kind of support for a US-government agenda.

IF presstv.com goes down as well, something nasty this way comes, in terms of Iran.

Feb 01 05:25

U.S. ARMY FUNDS 'FULLY AUTOMATED MICROAGGRESSION DETECTOR' TO 'CATCH IMPLICIT BIAS' IN THE WORKPLACE

The US Army Research Laboratory gave a $1,500,000 three-year grant to two associate professors to develop what's being called a "fully automated luxury microaggression detector" Alexa-like device to "catch implicit bias" in workplaces across America.

Despite the growing adoption of implicit bias training, some in the field of human resources have raised doubts about its effectiveness in improving diversity and inclusion within organizations.

But what if a smart device, similar to the Amazon Alexa, could tell when your boss inadvertently left a female colleague out of an important decision, or made her feel that her perspective wasn't valued?

Feb 01 05:21

LONDON POLICE MOVES FORWARD WITH FULL-TIME DEPLOYMENT OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH THAT CAN’T ACCURATELY RECOGNIZE FACES

The London Metropolitan Police sure loves its facial recognition tech. But it’s an unrequited love. The tech doesn’t appear to have done anything for the Met during its past deployments.

Documents obtained by Big Brother Watch in 2018 showed the Met’s deployments had rung up a 98% false positive rate in May of that year. Nothing improved as time went on. Subsequent documents showed a false positive rate of 100%. Every "match" was wrong. Not exactly the sort of thing you want to hear about tech capable of scanning 300 faces per second.

This followed an earlier report covering a test run by the South Wales Police at a handful of public events. In comparison, the South Wales tests were a success: a mere 92% of its matches were false positives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When a technology has not matured to the point of being reliable, it is pathologically insane to deploy it until it is.

Feb 01 04:34

Zuckerberg says Facebook’s new approach ‘is going to piss off a lot of people’

The Facebook cofounder and CEO said his company’s aim for a long time was to not do anything that would be deemed as “too offensive,” but he is now changing that approach in the face of what he deems as excessive censorship.

“Increasingly we’re getting called to censor a lot of different kinds of content that makes me really uncomfortable,” Zuckerberg said, while acknowledging Facebook’s responsibility to purge its platforms of content related to terrorism, child exploitation and incitement to violence.

“We’re going to take down the content that’s really harmful, but the line needs to be held at some point,” he added.

Jan 31 13:32

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

A new bill would reduce legal protections for apps and websites, potentially jeopardizing online encryption. The draft bill would form a “National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention” to establish rules for finding and removing child exploitation content. If companies don’t follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability over users’ posts.

Jan 31 13:10

Coronavirus infects the INTERNET: Beware suspicious links about the killer Wuhan virus which hackers are using to hide malware designed to steal personal information

Hackers are using the media coverage of coronavirus to lure people into accidentally downloading malware.

Cyber security experts warn that some malicious links posing as innocent articles or videos about the outbreak of the killer Wuhan virus actually contains code designed to pilfer personal information.

Hackers are spreading articles, posts and videos masked as legitimate file formats, such as PDFs or MP4s, to hide their true nature.

If clicked on and downloaded onto a phone or computer, hackers can gain access to the user's stored information and can destroy, block or copy data at will.

Jan 31 08:38

FBI probes use of Israeli firm’s spyware in personal and government hacks

The FBI is investigating the role of Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group Technologies in possible hacks on American residents and companies as well as suspected intelligence gathering on governments, according to four people familiar with the inquiry, Reuters reports.

The probe was underway by 2017 when Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were trying to learn whether NSO obtained from American hackers any of the code it needed to infect smartphones, said one person interviewed by the FBI then and again last year.

NSO said it sells its spy software and technical support exclusively to governments and that those tools are to be used in pursuing suspected terrorists and other criminals. NSO has long maintained that its products cannot target US phone numbers, though some cybersecurity experts have disputed that.

Jan 31 08:36

FBI Probing Israeli Firm That Could Have Supplied Tools to Spy on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – Report

The US-based advisory firm that investigated the hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone concluded that it was likely compromised through a WhatsApp chat with an account allegedly used by the Saudi Crown Prince. They also suggested that the malware that targeted Bezos came from an Israeli company. Both Saudi Arabia and the Israeli company denied any role.

Jan 31 08:16

A Well Known Liberal Professor Who Is Expert on Digital Matters Says Google and Social Media Can Easily Throw Elections to the Candidates Preferred by the Elite

Dr. Robert Epstein, a Hillary Clinton supporter who happens also to be an honest expert, told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday that Google and social media can manipulate votes by using tools that they have at their disposal exclusively. In the absence of regulation, no one can counteract Google and social media or even know that they have reversed an election outcome.

Epstein warned Senator Cruz of big tech election meddling during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” on Tuesday.

Dr. Epstein said that Google and social media were confident of Hillary’s win in the last election and did not use their power to throw the election her way. It will be different in 2020, Dr. Epstein predicted.

Jan 31 08:11

New Thought Police NewsGuard Is Owned by Big Pharma

NewsGuard is a self-appointed internet watchdog that sells a browser plugin to rate websites on nine criteria of credibility and transparency
NewsGuard received much of its startup funds from Publicis Groupe, a giant global communications group

Publicis Groupe’s health subsidiary, Publicis Health, names Lilly, Abbot, Roche, Amgen, Genentech, Celgene, Gilead, Biogen, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi, Bayer and other Big Pharma giants as clients

Jan 31 08:01

Brexit scam emails you shouldn't open at any cost

Scammers are never slow to use world events to try to deceive us and the Brexit result in the EU referendum is no exception to that rule.

The latest con sees an email arrive in your inbox with some variation on the subject line: ‘Brexit causes historic market drop’.

Open the email and inside there are links supposedly taking you to articles that explain the market turmoil and how you can avoid it.

Instead, your computer is infected with malware that criminals can use to spy on your internet activity and steal your personal and financial data.

Jan 31 04:54

Authored by Derrick Broze via TheMindUnleashed.com,Recent reports indicate that data gathered by automakers and tech companies could be the next front in the battle over digital privacy.

Authored by Derrick Broze via TheMindUnleashed.com,

Recent reports indicate that data gathered by automakers and tech companies could be the next front in the battle over digital privacy.

In early January, companies at the CES 2020 displayed their plans for making use of the surprising amounts of data gathered by newer model vehicles. Amazon, Intel, Qualcomm, and Blackberry were among the companies seeking partnerships with automakers who are also searching for methods to monetize the data gathered by their vehicles.

Bloomberg reports that “modern cars roll out of factories packed with cellular connections, powerful processors and growing suite of sensors, including cameras, radar and microphones. That’s turning them into the next information goldmine, rivaling the data-creating capabilities of smartphones.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For that reason, when our Hondai dies, Mike and I will probably, get a slightly older car, without all those bells and whistles, thank you very much.

Jan 30 18:40

Mission incapable? Pentagon review finds gun on F-35 fighter jet can’t hit targets & 800+ software glitches – report

The fifth-generation stealth fighter is struggling to meet combat readiness, with some 873 outstanding software issues – including cyber security vulnerabilities – and 13 other “must fix” problems affecting safety and performance which must be addressed before the plane can advance to its next stage of upgrades.

"I've got the commie in my sights! What the..."

Jan 30 17:51

Anti-virus company Avast 'winding down' subsidiary that sold millions of users' sensitive web data to companies like Google, Microsoft, Home Depot and Pepsi

Anti-virus company Avast says it will shut down a subsidiary that was harvesting sensitive web data from users, including what they clicked on and even what porn they searched for.

In a statement on Thursday, Avast announced its decision to wind won 'Jumpshot', a subsidiary that drew public scrutiny following a report by Motherboard and PCMag revealing how it tracked users data.

Jan 30 11:40

Wawa's massive card breach: 30 million customers' details for sale online

On Monday, hackers put up for sale the payment card details of more than 30 million Americans and over one million foreigners on Joker's Stash, the internet's largest carding fraud forum.

This new "card dump" was advertised under the name of BIGBADABOOM-III; however, according to experts at threat intelligence firm Gemini Advisory, the card data was traced back to Wawa, a US East Coast convenience store chain.

A month before, in December 2019, Wawa disclosed a major security breach during which the company admitted that hackers planted malware on its point-of-sale systems. Wawa said the malware collected card details for all customers who used credit or debit cards to buy goods at their convenience stores and gas stations. The company said the breach impacted all its 860 convenience retail stores, of which 600 also doubled as gas stations.

Jan 29 17:16

Facebook's 'Clear History' Tool Doesn't Clear Shit

Zuck’s use of the phrases “control your off-Facebook activity” and “clear this information from your account” is misleading—you’re not really controlling or clearing much of anything. By using this tool, you’re just telling Facebook to put the data it has on you into two separate buckets that are otherwise mixed together. Put another way, Facebook is offering a one-stop-shop to opt-out of any ties between the sites and services you peruse daily that have some sort of Facebook software installed and your own-platform activity on Facebook or Instagram.

The only thing you’re clearing is a connection Facebook made between its data and the data it gets from third parties, not the data itself.

Jan 29 15:19

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be 'shut down immediately' over privacy concerns

An Amazon engineer criticized the home-security camera company Ring, saying it should be "shut down immediately."

"The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society," Max Eliaser, an Amazon software-development engineer, said in a post published on Medium on Sunday. "The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck. Ring should be shut down immediately and not brought back."

Eliaser's comments are striking because Ring is owned by Amazon, whose corporate employees rarely speak out against the company.

Jan 29 15:12

Emotet Uses Coronavirus Scare to Infect Japanese Targets

A malspam campaign is actively distributing Emotet payloads via emails that warn the targets of coronavirus infection reports in various prefectures from Japan, including Gifu, Osaka, and Tottori.

To scare the potential victims into opening malicious attachments, the spam emails — camouflaged as official notifications from disability welfare service provider and public health centers — promise to provide more details on preventative measures against coronavirus infections within the attachments.

Jan 29 10:39

Amazon's Ring app is handing over user data to Facebook, Google and other third-parties without permission, reveals a new report

Amazon's Ring is under fire yet again after security experts discovered that the Android app is sending customer information to third parties.

The names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers and sensor data were discovered in the exchange with Facebook and Google, among others.

The report also found that some Ring users whose identity was shared with Facebook do not have an account with the social media network.

Jan 29 06:14

ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE HARVESTS “EVERY SEARCH, EVERY CLICK, EVERY BUY, ON EVERY SITE”

SOURCE: MOTHERBOARD | VICE
An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world's biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found. Our report relies on leaked user data, contracts, and other company documents that show the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is in many cases supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have you ever noticed, that your browsing history comes sideways at you, when you least expect it, through various ads for related products?!?

I certainly have.

I like shopping for clothing on line, and have a couple of favorite sites to go to, when I do; then, suddenly, the webpage I am visiting will be deluged with ads for clothing similar to what I have looked at.

Most likely, Jumpshot is the culprit here.

Jan 29 06:07

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO INSTALL LOCATION TRACKING APP

SOURCE: THE MIND UNLEASHED
According to a new report from the Kansas City Star, the University of Missouri (MU) has started using an app called SpotterEdu to track students to determine attendance in classes.

Individual professors will choose whether or not to use the app. If they choose to use it, students in those classes will be unable to opt-out and therefore forced to install the software on their mobile phones.

The unprecedented Orwellian move requires students to install the app with no option to opt-out of the potential privacy-invasive software. “A student will have to participate in this recording of attendance,” Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies at MU said in a statement to the Kansas City Star.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I even thinking about attending this university, I would have to decline, due to this student surveillance app, and I would let both Jim Spain and Dr. Mun Choi, its President, understand why, in no uncertain terms.

And folks; this is precisely what this app is; a way of "grooming" students to accept more and more surveillance in their lives, as the "new normal".

Jan 28 09:42

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers

Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.

An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.

Jan 28 09:21

Revealed: Anti-virus company Avast has been selling data from its 435 million users to companies including Google, Microsoft, Home Depot and Pepsi including their web history, location and porn searches

According to a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag, Avast, which claims to have more than 435 million users, has been using a subsidiary called Jumpshot to sell user data to companies including Google, Microsoft, Home Depot, Pepsi and more.

Documents and leaked user data obtained in the investigation reveal that information collected by Avast on tens of millions of its users include details that most consider to be sensitive, such as web browsing history, and that some of that data is granular enough to track individual clicks on a web page.

In addition to search histories, location histories, and which videos a user watched on YouTube, documents show that Avast tracked visits to porn sites like PornHub or YouPorn and in some cases logged the time a user visited the site and which specific video they watched and queries they entered.

Jan 27 15:59

Microsoft's IE Zero-day Fix is Breaking Windows Printing

Microsoft's temporary fix for a recently disclosed Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability is causing numerous problems in Windows, including breaking printing for some users.

Jan 27 15:41

Intel Is Patching the Patch for the Patch for Its ‘Zombieload’ Flaw

Intel's made two attempts to fix the microprocessor vulnerability it was warned about 18 months ago. Third time’s the charm?

Jan 26 10:44

Best free VPNs: 5 reasons why there are no such things

Take your privacy and security seriously enough to avoid the malware, ad tracking and slow connections that free VPNs entail.

Jan 26 10:32

Cisco Warns of Critical Network Security Tool Flaw

A critical Cisco vulnerability exists in its administrative management tool for Cisco network security solutions. The flaw could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain administrative privileges on impacted devices.

The flaw exists in the web-based management interface of the Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC), which is its platform for managing Cisco network security solutions, like firewalls or its advanced malware protection service. Cisco has released patches for the vulnerability (CVE-2019-16028), which has a score of 9.8 out of 10 on the CVSS scale, making it critical in severity.

Jan 24 17:19

Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law

Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU.

Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed.

EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms, but the UK will have left the EU by then.

The UK was among 19 nations that initially supported the law.

That was in its final European Council vote in April 2019.

Jan 24 08:01

Cybercriminals were using a fake Citibank website to steal debit card and social security numbers in order to access bank accounts

An email scam, claiming to be from the American bank, included a link to what appears to be an authentic-looking website with 'update-citi .com' as the domain address.

The fraudulent site was tricking victim's into entering their online banking credentials and then request their personal information - the site was found on Wednesday and immediately shutdown.

Users are asked to provide their full name, address, date of birth, last four digits of this social security number, their debit card number and other card information that is typically requested like security codes, according to BleepingComputer.

Jan 24 08:00

Google is accused of conning users after it makes paid-for ad links look almost identical to organic search results

Google's changes, which were rolled out last week, label advertisements using an icon called a 'Favicon' located to the left of a result to indicate that it's promoted.

While the icon, which is two bold black letters that spell out 'Ad', clearly signifies where the result comes from, many have pointed out that with the addition of icons next to every single search result, the promoted results end up visually blending with the rest of the results.

Jan 24 07:53

Secret Court Issuing Website “Takedown” Orders in America, Targeting “Vaccine Truth” Sites

Take note, all independent media publishers and vaccine skeptics: A Natural News investigation has discovered the existence of a “secret court” in America which is run by the vaccine industry and is currently issuing takedown orders to tech companies and hosting infrastructure companies to cause targeted disruptions (sabotage) of independent media websites that question any official vaccine narrative.

Natural News has learned that these secret court orders are hidden inside sealed, terminated court cases which are being laundered through the federal bankruptcy courts but have nothing to do with bankruptcies. They are hidden from public view and assigned a secret code that indicates their real purpose; to disrupt and sabotage the independent media by ordering tech companies to remove websites, de-platform channels or disrupt indy media operations.

Jan 24 07:51

How the Vaccine Deep State Unleashed a “KILL SWITCH” Against Natural News Using Corrupt California Courts

It turns out that any website in America can now be ordered completely shut down through a secret court process that completely violates due process and the rule of law. This “kill switch” was tested on NaturalNews.com, where it wreaked havoc for 48 hours. We have since recovered and we’re posting new content, which is why you are able to read this story.

Our investigations reveal that a shadowy group that we label the “vaccine deep state” is behind it all, and they are conspiring with the corrupt courts to issue utterly illegal, unconstitutional “takedown” orders to key internet infrastructure providers.

In an upcoming article, Natural News will release the names of the other infrastructure providers who have been hit with these secret court orders. We may also release the name of the judge in an upcoming article, once we file with the DOJ or other law enforcement authorities.

Jan 24 07:22

On the 70th anniversary of Orwell’s death: The danger of third parties “curating” and “fact checking” our info

It is a dangerous practice: Government, corporations, universities, news outlets and “experts” curating our information so that we cannot access, see or believe that which they determine we should not access, see or believe.

If anyone had suggested to Orwell, or the American founders, that we would invite this sort of manipulation and control of our information, they wouldn’t have believed it.

The idea was first introduced on the national stage by President Obama in October of 2016 right before the presidential election. He insisted that somebody needed to step in and “curate” our information in the “Wild, Wild West” internet environment.

Nobody had been clamoring for any such thing.

So the challenge for those who came up with this bright idea– in my opinion in an effort to control news and information– was to convince the public to accept something very un-American: their information being shaped and censored by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do shudder and despair, at the degree to which Orwell's "1984" has been embraced as a "How-To manual", by those who want to control the narrative, rather than the cautionary tale it was meant to be.

Jan 23 11:48

Natural News Hacked & Attacked — Founder Mike Adams Reveals the Culprit

After two days of investigations involving several lawyers and a private investigator, we have identified the source of the attacks on Natural News. It turns out our original fears were not quite right. Rather than “cyber warfare,” it turns out that Natural News was the target of industry sabotage.

The source of the sabotage is the vaccine deep state, a secretive, fascist cabal of operators with ties to both Big Pharma and the pro-vaccine branches of the federal government (NIH, CDC, FDA).

Natural News has now learned that this vaccine deep state has gained control over a federal court and is now issuing secret, extrajudicial orders to tech companies that order them to disrupt or deplatform so-called “anti-vax” publishers and news organizations.

Jan 23 10:23

Iran’s attack on Iraq shows how precise missiles have become

9 meters to 3 meters CEP.

SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS of Ain al-Asad, an air base in western Iraq currently used by American forces, showed the aftermath of an Iranian ballistic-missile strike on January 8th. They were pictures of precision. Iran had struck at the heart of the sprawling base, in an area packed with planes, helicopters and buildings. The precision, however, was paradoxical. The missiles scored six direct hits, but against evacuated aircraft hangars.

Jan 22 11:02

Authorities advise Swedish citizens to save banknotes in case of a cyber attack or war

In a few years, Sweden may become the world’s first cashless society. But is the Scandinavian country and its people truly ready to ditch cash for digital currency?

Swedish government officials have recently warned its citizens to stockpile banknotes and coins before the country completes its transition from conventional cash to virtual currency. They explained that a cyber attack or a disaster might take out the banks, thereby eliminating the primary provider of digital payments.

Jan 22 10:59

Final Windows 7 Update Breaks Desktop Wallpaper Functionality

According to many reports on Reddit [1, 2] and in the Microsoft Forums, users have found that after installing the Windows 7 KB4534310 and restarting the computer, their desktop wallpaper would no longer be shown.

After experimenting, users were able to determine that the issue is caused by the 'Stretch' setting when configuring the desktop background.

It appears that this setting is no longer honored after installing the KB4534310 update and any configured wallpapers that use it, will just show a blank black screen.

Jan 20 10:28

Google critic, 66, who testified that the tech giant's 2016 'election meddling gave 2.6m votes to Hillary Clinton' now suggests his wife's fatal car crash was NOT an accident

A high profile critic of Google, who accused the search engine of meddling in the 2016 election, has now suggested his wife's fatal car crash was not an accident.

Robert Epstein, 66, said in July the internet giant's methods 'gave' millions of votes to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

In December he announced that his wife, Misti Dawn Vaughn, 29, died after her car spun out of control along a road in California and into the path of a tractor-trailer.

Jan 20 10:16

Researchers find serious flaws in WordPress plugins used on 400k sites

Attention users of InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule, and WP Database Reset: It's time to patch.

Jan 20 10:13

Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service

Charter is killing its home-security service and telling customers that security devices they've purchased will stop working once the service is shut down on February 5.

The impending shutdown and customers' anger at Charter—a cable company also known by the brand name "Spectrum"—has been widely reported over the past month. Over the years, some customers have spent large sums on products that will no longer work.

One user posting on a DSLReports forum said they spent $1,200 on sensors and IP cameras, which will be essentially useless in a couple of weeks. The devices won't connect to other alarm-monitoring services, and Charter will no longer offer the ability to remotely manage the system and view security video.

Jan 20 08:10

Hacker leaks 500k passwords for servers, routers and IoT devices on Dark Web

A hacker has dumped a massive list of Telnet credentials and passwords for over 500,000 servers, routers, and so-called smart devices on the Dark Web, exposing the persistent vulnerability of cloud service providers.

The list, published on a popular hacking forum, includes IP addresses, usernames and passwords for the Telnet remote service, which is used on numerous Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the world.

Jan 19 07:16

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously, and provided it to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security.

His tiny company, Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As anyone "cursed" by the US's "alphabet agencies" in having to read this blog, you know that I am no threat; and as a Christian pacifist activist, simply an annoyance, because I advocate for logic-based, fact-based, moral domestic and foreign policies, and never advocate violence.

That having been said, the insidious surveillance which follows most of us these days, is obscene and obsessive, and once there is way too much data, it has a way of becoming so overwhelming, that it becomes... useless.

Jan 19 06:40

RCFP analysis: Court orders FBI to expunge website records under Privacy Act

In late November, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expunge certain records relating to Eric Garris, an editor of the website Antiwar.com, which describes itself as promoting “non-interventionism” and posts related news and opinions.

The move comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in September that federal law prohibits law enforcement agencies from maintaining records describing First Amendment activity, unless the record “is pertinent to and within the scope of an ongoing law enforcement activity.” The case marked the first time the Ninth Circuit has considered that question.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To our peace-centric brothers and sisters at antiwar.com, bravo, well done!!

Jan 18 09:42

The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech

By Aaron Kesel

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology which has raised massive privacy concerns over the years since its inception, risking us walking into George Orwell’s nightmare 1984.

The European Commission is considering a ban on all facial recognition technology in public places for three to five years, the BBC reported.

The Commission hopes to examine the technology during these years with “a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed,” the EC’s 18-page white paper on facial recognition writes...

Jan 18 09:41

The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech

By Aaron Kesel

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology which has raised massive privacy concerns over the years since its inception, risking us walking into George Orwell’s nightmare 1984.

The European Commission is considering a ban on all facial recognition technology in public places for three to five years, the BBC reported.

The Commission hopes to examine the technology during these years with “a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed,” the EC’s 18-page white paper on facial recognition writes...

Jan 18 05:57

Assange May Walk Free Thanks To CIA Bumbling: Former NYT General Counsel

Authored by James Goodale, op-ed via TheHill.com

A few days before Christmas, Julian Assange testified to a Spanish court that a Spanish security company, UC Global S.L., acting in coordination with the CIA, illegally recorded all his actions and conversations, including with his lawyers, and streamed them back in real time to the CIA.

He will, at the end of February, make a similar complaint to a British extradition court about the CIA’s alleged misbehavior.

Will such misbehavior, if proven, set Assange free?

The Daniel Ellsberg case may be instructive. You may recall that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “Pentagon Papers” case, Ellsberg was indicted under the Espionage Act for leaking Pentagon documents to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed for Assange on this one; and please remember that none of the information provided by wikileaks, was ever proven wrong.

Jan 18 04:35

HOW AN ISRAELI SPY-LINKED TECH FIRM GAINED ACCESS TO THE US GOV'T'S MOST CLASSIFIED NETWORKS

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS
If the networks of the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community and a slew of other U.S. federal agencies were running the software of a company with deep ties, not only to foreign companies with a history of espionage against the U.S. but also foreign military intelligence, it would — at the very least — garner substantial media attention. Yet, no media reports to date have noted that such a scenario exists on a massive scale and that the company making such software recently simulated the cancellation of the 2020 election and the declaration of martial law in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has bent over backwards to please the Fundies in this country, as well as the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who he describes as one of his BFFs in the Middle East; one has to wonder, with his sign-off, declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and the developing of a US/Israeli pact which commits the US to defend Israel, no matter if it started the fracas or not Netanyahu/Pompeo Push Forward with Defense Pactjust how much dirt does Mossad have on President Trump?!?

Jan 17 11:23

Iranian Tech Users Are Getting Knocked Off the Web by Ambiguous Sanctions

By Jillian C. York

Between targeted killings, retaliatory air strikes, and the shooting of a civilian passenger plane, the last few weeks have been marked by tragedy as tensions rise between the U.S. and Iranian governments. In the wake of these events, Iranians within the country and in the broader diaspora have suffered further from actions by both administrations—including violence and lethal force against protesters and internet shutdowns in Iran, as well as detention, surveillance and device seizure at the U.S. border and exacerbating economic conditions from U.S. sanctions. And to make matters worse, American tech companies are acting on sanctions through an overbroad lens, making it much harder for Iranian people to be able to share their stories with each other and with the broader world...

Jan 14 10:55

Amazon Admits Employees Have Secretly Watched Ring Camera Customers

By Joe Wolverton, II

In a letter to U.S. senators, tech behemoth Amazon admits that it has fired employees discovered to have been spying on customers using the company’s Ring cameras.

Although the Ring cameras were originally marketed as a way to see who’s standing outside the door before opening it, many users have installed the surveillance equipment inside the house.

Ring’s eight-page letter was a response to inquiries made by five U.S. senators regarding the company’s security policies and findings of the company’s internal audits. In November 2019 Senators Ron Wyden, Chris Van Hollen, Edward J. Markey, Christopher A. Coons, and Gary C. Peters co-signed the letter looking for answers to questions about stories of privacy breaches being reported in the media...

Jan 14 04:06

NYT claims Russian hackers successfully “breached” Burisma

Color us skeptical, alt-right, conspiracy-wonk, Putin-puppets; but the transparency and timing of tonight’s “bombshell” report from The New York Times of an ‘alleged’ hacking by ‘allegedly’ Russian hackers of Burisma – the Ukrainian energy firm that VP Biden’s crack-smoking, energy-ignorant son was paid $50,000 per month as a board member – reeks so strongly of foundational narrative-building for something “embarrassing” that is coming, it is stunning just how dumb the deep state must think the American public really is. Actually, maybe not all that stunning.

Jan 14 04:05

NYT claims Russian hackers successfully “breached” Burisma

Color us skeptical, alt-right, conspiracy-wonk, Putin-puppets; but the transparency and timing of tonight’s “bombshell” report from The New York Times of an ‘alleged’ hacking by ‘allegedly’ Russian hackers of Burisma – the Ukrainian energy firm that VP Biden’s crack-smoking, energy-ignorant son was paid $50,000 per month as a board member – reeks so strongly of foundational narrative-building for something “embarrassing” that is coming, it is stunning just how dumb the deep state must think the American public really is. Actually, maybe not all that stunning.

Jan 13 23:35

The Tractor Backlash

John Deere, like Ford and GM and all the rest, is forced by the government to build tractors as complicated as new cars – and just as impossible for the average owner to service.

But people still have the choice not to buy them.

Many are beginning to exercise this choice.

Jan 13 18:16

Card-Stealing Scripts Infect Perricone's European Skin Care Sites

Multiple European websites for the Perricone MD anti-aging skin-care brand have been compromised with scripts that steal customer payment card info when making a purchase.

Two MageCart groups were competing for the credit card data on Perricone MD websites in the U.K., Italy, and Germany, but current evidence shows that only one exfiltrated the details successfully.

Jan 13 18:15

Australia Bushfire Donors Affected by Credit Card Skimming Attack

Attackers have compromised a website collecting donations for the victims of the Australia bushfires and injected a malicious script that steals the payment information of the donors.

This type of attack is called Magecart and involves hackers compromising a web site and injecting malicious JavaScript into eCommerce or checkout pages. These scripts will then steal any credit cards or payment information that is submitted and send it off to a remote site under the attacker's control.

The Malwarebytes Threat Intelligence Team has discovered a legitimate web site collecting donations for the tragic bushfires in Australia that has been compromised by a Magecart script.

Jan 13 18:08

Greta Thunberg’s father caught making Facebook posts in her name, confirming she’s a puppet being run by her parents

Thanks to a software glitch at Facebook last week during a software update, anyone and everyone who wanted to see exactly who was posting under the accounts of public figures could do so.

As such, roughly 3 million followers of young Greta could have discovered that the posts accredited to her were actually being made by her father, Svantes Thunberg, as well as a climate change activist in India who is a delegate at the UN’s Climate Change organization, Adarsh Prathap.

So much for the teen’s ‘activism’ — though her ‘handlers’ still claim she is the author of the posts.

Jan 13 16:21

Millions of PCs will stop receiving security updates TOMORROW as Microsoft finally stops support for Windows 7

PCs running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates or security fixes.

The technology giant will use full-screen pop-up notifications on devices running the decade old system to try to convince users to switch to the newer Windows 10.

With a market share of more than 25 per cent, Windows 7 is still the second most used operating system after Windows 10 which has 55 per cent of the market.

Jan 13 16:08

Walmart welcomes the robot takeover by using machines to fulfill grocery orders and adding shelf-scanning devices to more than 650 stores in a bid to take on Amazon

Walmart is embracing a robot takeover in a bid to compete with Amazon.

The Arkansas-based firm is using robots to fulfill grocery orders in one of its Supercenters and is set to add shelf-scanning machines to 650 additional stores by the end of the summer.

The shift is aimed at reducing costs, improving store performance and gaining credibility in its battle against to reign supreme as the king of retail.

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