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Feb 12 08:02

Spies Reportedly Tried to Discredit Critics of Controversial Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Group

Undercover operatives allegedly approached and tried to discredit critics of controversial Israeli spyware company NSO Group, the Associated Press reported.

NSO Group’s smartphone hacking software allegedly helped Saudi Arabia track and ultimately kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mexico allegedly used the same software to monitor human rights lawyers and government critics.

Six people targeted in the undercover operations say they believe the efforts were an attempt to get information that could be used to discredit them. The people include two cybersecurity experts who have research NSO’s software, three lawyers involved in lawsuits targeting NSO either in Israel of Cyprus, and a London-based journalist who has written about the litigation.

Feb 11 19:38

MX-18.1 Continuum Official Release (iso refresh)

This is a new distribution and it has become very popular.Using it now.
Based on Debian Linux (Stable)

We are pleased to offer MX-18.1 Official Releases iso for your use.

MX-18.1 is a refresh of our MX-18 release, consisting of bugfixes and application updates since our original release of MX-18.
Note: Existing users do not need to reinstall. All bugfixes and additions will come through the regular update.

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Downloads
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Feb 11 17:32

PC BS (British Style) : Woman Arrested for Calling A Trans Woman A Man

A British woman was arrested in front of her children and held in police custody for 7 hours after calling a transgender woman a man online. -- Kate Scottow was detained following an argument on Twitter with a transgendered woman. She was charged with “harassment and malicious communications.” -- Presently, this could never happen in the US, although I'm sure that trans activists would love to lock up those who don't agree with them. Given the attitudes toward the First Amendment by many millenials, it's probably only a matter of time before the activists get their wish.

Feb 11 14:30

YouTube Algorithm Gone Haywire? Gaming Video Struck Down With No Explanation

Op-Ed by Joe Wright

Readers might remember an article at Activist Post from October 26, 2017 entitled, “YouTube Terminated Our Unblemished Channel Without Warning.” It's not only alt-media on the chopping block...

Feb 11 12:34

NewsGuard is a globalist-funded “news ratings” front to protect pro-war NeoCon interests while silencing all independent media

NewsGuard is nothing but a globalist-funded front to protect military adventurism and to prop up corporate-controlled narratives on complex topics such as vaccine safety and choice, the causes of cancer, the perils of modern medicine, among other hot topic issues that affect people’s lives.

Feb 11 10:25

RUSSIA TO DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET AS PART OF A PLANNED TEST

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

In addition, Russian telecom firms would also have to install "technical means" to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russia's telecom watchdog.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin knows what is coming and, as usual, is at least 30 chess moves ahead of his American counterpart; he is doing everything possible to insure the survival of the Russian people, should there be some form of aggression against Russian assets, anywhere in the world.

Feb 11 10:15

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences.

The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally.

A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year.

The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set.

Feb 11 10:06

Apple and Google Accept Saudi Smartphone App Which Tracks Women’s Movements

Apple and Google are facing criticism for hosting a Saudi Arabian smartphone app on their platforms which allows men to track women’s movements and “stop them leaving the country.”

According to Insider, the app, named Absher — which is available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store — is “a government web service which allows men to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders, and to get close to real-time SMS updates when they travel.”

Feb 11 09:47

AUSTRALIA CALLED TO ACT AGAINST CHINESE DETENTION OF UIGHURS

Melbourne, Australia - Members of the UighurMuslim community in Australia are renewing calls for action from the government amid reports that a number of Australian permanent residents are effectively trapped in China's Xinjiang province.

The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 17 Australian residents are being held under house arrest, in prison or detained in so-called "re-education" centres in the far western region of Xinjiang, also referred to by some Uighurs as East Turkistan.

They are thought to have been detained while on trips to visit relatives in China and some have family members who are Australian citizens.

"As soon as they arrive, their passport is taken away because they're holding a Chinese passport, even though they have permanent residency," Nurgul Sawut, the Uighur-Australian activist who provided The Guardian with the details of the 17 affected, told Al Jazeera.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I part of this group, I wouldn't hold my breath that Australia will do anything for the cause of the Uighurs in Western China. The reason?!?

Australian Trade with the Worlds was up 11 - to 763

The article goes on to state: "China valued at $183 billion (up 16% on 2016), accounting for 24% of total trade. China remained Australia's largest two-way trading partner, export market and import source."

Unfortunately, trade tends to "rub out" human rights considerations, and this is why we will not hear a peep out of Canberra, regarding possible Uighur human rights offenses by the Chinese.

Feb 11 09:30

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

Feb 11 09:24

REDDIT GETS $150 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM CHINESE CENSORSHIP COMPANY

Reddit, which censors dissidents in America, is now being funded by Tencent, a multi-billion dollar company which censors dissidents in China.

From NewsBusters, "Chinese Censorship Company Invests Millions in Reddit":

What happens when the front page of the internet is funded by the company that made the Great Firewall in China?

Reddit, the internet forum for communities, posts, and news, is currently fundraising to keep itself afloat, with a $300 million goal. Half of that goal has already been met, thanks to a massive investment of $150 million from Chinese censorship company Tencent. The company is in charge of blocking, blacklisting and preventing internet access to certain groups, sites, and information in China. Ironically, Tencent is responsible for the banning of Reddit in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like we don't have entities in the US doing precisely the same thing, by deplatforming, and making it all but impossible to find a post with a negative view of these perpetual wars?!?

The unholy Triumvirate of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, do this kind of work the US government wants them to do; so why blame China for doing the same thing?!?

Feb 11 08:31

ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN ROGER WATERS CALLS ON PEOPLE TO DEMONSTRATE IN AUSTRALIA TO DEFEND JULIAN ASSANGE

World-acclaimed musician and song-writer Roger Waters has sent the following endorsement of the demonstrations that the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia has called in March to demand that the Australian government immediately act to secure the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The rally in Sydney will be addressed by respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.

Roger Waters, 9th February 2019

Switzerland

Julian Assange is a national Australian treasure. He is a brilliant, brave, honest, humane, relevant, genuine, journalist and publisher of immense influence and significance on the world stage. He has shown himself to be an enormous power for good in a world that is sadly, with some notable exceptions, (Yes John Pilger, I mean you among others,) starved of his ilk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have precisely four words with which to respond to Roger Waters' call here; and these are, "God Bless you, sir!!"

Feb 10 11:39

Shady “NewsGuard” organization aims to censor all independent media so that false narratives of establishment media can no longer be challenged

A shady organization of intelligence operatives, propagandists, and their pawns have come together to become the official judge and jury over the internet’s 7,500 most influential websites. This organization, called NewsGuard, will rate each and every news site and warn consumers about “untrustworthy” independent news sites. NewGuard propagandists analyze each site and stereotype its content by either writing an article to promote the site or writing a hit piece to demonize the site.

Feb 09 14:27

Orwellian Smartphones Tracking Govt Employees Could Become the Pentagon’s New Employee Access Cards

By Aaron Kesel

The government wants a phone for its employees that uses an algorithm to track their location, the way they talk, type and even walk, Nextgov reported.

A New York-based company called TWOSENSE.AI and the Defense Department are working together on building a software-as-a-service, a B2B hybrid SAAS product to replace the infamous government Common Access Card (CAC) used by active-duty uniformed service personnel, selected reserve, DOD civilian employees and eligible subcontractors...

Feb 09 10:45

The Zombification Of America Accelerates - 45% Of Teens Are Online "Almost Constantly"

Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online 'almost constantly', according to the latest Pew Research Center poll, increasing concerns, about what The Atlantic's Jean Twenge calls the most crucial question of our age... "have smartphones destroyed a generation?"

Feb 09 10:35

Microsoft killing off Internet Explorer 10 early, advises enterprises to upgrade

Microsoft has told the remaining users of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) that it will cut off support years earlier than promised, saying it would end security updates for the browser in January 2020.

IE11 will replace IE10 on systems running Windows Server 2012.

"Starting in the spring of 2019, commercial customers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard can begin using IE11 in their test environments or pilot rings," wrote Suchithra Gopinath, a Microsoft program manager, in a 28 January post to a company blog.

"You will have until January 2020 to complete the transition from IE10 to IE11. After this, we will not release any security or non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content changes for IE10."

Feb 09 10:27

CHASE BANK SHUTS DOWN PROUD BOYS LEADER'S PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT

Enrique Tarrio, who is the Chairman of the Proud Boys fraternal organization, had his personal Chase bank account shut down abruptly earlier this week.

In a letter obtained exclusively by Big League Politics, the bank informs him that he must shut down all of his accounts by April 1st, 2019, without giving a reason.

This comes just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes. The website, 1776.shop, is most known for selling the famous “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was spotted in during the late-night arrest at his home.

Tarrio has been facing months of backlash for his affiliation with the Proud Boys, first getting onto the radar in an article published on The Daily Beast, which asserts that people of color are joining white supremacist organizations. Tarrio is both Cuban, and black, and was profiled in that article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happens so frequently as to barely really create a ripple in the codswallop which passes for "corporate news" in the US, but this club of deplatforming is being held over the heads of all who do not accept the current government "Propagenda", (That is, the US government's propaganda, which forwards its agenda, which is nearly exclusively martial in its trajectory.)

The US government is currently conducting failed, endless wars in Afghanistan; Yemen; Somalia; Libya; Iraq; but not content with these military disasters the US government is now trying to achieve regime change in Russia; Iran, and Venezuela.

One would have to guess that the "logic" among those in the bowels of DC is, "We can't compete with emerging economies, like Russia and China, so let's just blow them up to smithereens, so that they will have to start all over again."

And as ugly and immoral as this might seem, the actions of the US government telegraph to me that this is precisely where it is going, into a round of other endless wars for conquest and profit.

I do not know what odds the bookies in Vegas have put on the resurrection of the draft in this country; but were I a betting woman, I would bet that it will not be long before this happens.

To all our readers on the Mainland and beyond, if you have not already picked a point to run to should things get horrific where you are living, now is the time to scope someplace out where you, your family, and your supplies will be safe, at least for a little while; this is as necessary for your prepping as is making sure your kit is current, and you are well provisioned.

Feb 09 10:17

Firefighters battling inferno at Ocado's high-tech warehouse were forced to dodge robots that continued to move while flames raged for three days

Firefighters tackling a blaze at an Ocado warehouse had to doge independently moving robots to find the one that started the fire.

Around 300 firefighters and 20 engines tackled the blaze which broke out in Andover, Hampshire at 2.44am on Tuesday morning and spread overnight, damaging around 10% of the business's capacity.

The fire was contained before it escalated again on Wednesday - forcing firefighters to set up a 500m exclusion zone over fears that a three-tonne cylinder of toxic ammonia gas in the building might explode.

The 'customer fulfilment centre' has 1,110 battery-powered robots that sort and package groceries for delivery and the section in which the blaze broke out has 600, some of which continued to move on their metal grids as firefighters worked around them.

Feb 08 11:05

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their data sharing methods to protect you against terrorism and child abuse, according to Facebook. Seriously.

Feb 08 11:02

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

Security researchers have found thousands of exposed internet-connected industrial refrigerators that can be easily remotely instructed to defrost.

More than 7,000 vulnerable temperature controlled systems, manufactured by U.K.-based firm Resource Data Management, are accessible from the internet and can be controlled by simply plugging in its default password found in documentation on the company’s website, according to Noam Rotem, one of the security researchers who found the vulnerable systems.

Many of these vulnerable units are found in industrial refrigerators in restaurants, hospitals and supermarkets and grocery stores from the U.K., Ireland and as far away as Sweden, Germany and China. The researchers also found a pharmaceutical company in Malaysia and a cooling facility in Germany.

Feb 08 06:38

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a 'secret phone tracking service' for years, bombshell report finds

A shocking new report has found hundreds of bounty hunters had access to highly sensitive user data - and it was sold to them by almost every major U.S. wireless carrier.

The practice was first revealed last month and, at the time, telecom firms claimed they were isolated incidents.

However, a Motherboard investigation has since discovered that's far from the case. About 250 bounty hunters were able to access users' precise location data.

In one case, a bail bond firm requested location data some 18,000 times.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint sold the sensitive data, which was meant for user by 911 operators and emergency services, to location aggregators, who then sold it to bounty hunters, according to Motherboard.

Feb 07 18:43

Android Phones Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a PNG Image

Using an Android device?

Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps.

Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of Google's mobile operating system, ranging from Android 7.0 Nougat to its current Android 9.0 Pie.

Feb 07 13:36

Is Harmful 5G Technology Being Installed Near Your Home and Throughout Your Community? Link Provides Current 5G State Laws.

By B.N. Frank

Since 2017, over 200 doctors and scientists have demanded a moratorium on 5G installation due to biological and environmental risks. Additionally, citizens, environmentalists and organizations in the U.S. and around the world are fighting harmful 5G being installed near their homes and throughout their communities...

Feb 07 12:10

Gov’t App Wants to Track Every Homeless Person in San Francisco — While Citizen-Run App Was Sued For Wanting To Feed The Homeless

By Aaron Kesel

San Francisco app developers are working with government to give homeless people a tap on the shoulder of Big Brother, tracking their every move … for their benefit, of course!...

Feb 07 12:01

Google DENIES it's to blame for recent Nest camera hacks but warns owners to reset passwords after numerous devices were taken over remotely

Google is telling Nest camera owners that it's not to blame for a recent string of creepy security incidents.

The search giant, which owns Nest, sent an email to owners of its security devices telling them to reset their passwords and enable stronger account authentication settings in light of an uptick in hacked cameras.

Last month, users began reporting a number of bizarre cases, where hackers appeared to take over their Nest security cameras to hurl insults at them, spy on their sleeping baby and even tell Amazon's Alexa to play 'Despacito' by Justin Bieber.

Feb 07 10:59

Trojan malware: The hidden cyber threat to your PC

Cyber criminals are always looking for brand new ways of making money and causing destruction — or, even better, both at once.

The last 12 months have seen a boom in malicious cryptocurrency mining whereby cyber attackers secretly hijack the processing power of computers, servers and even IoT devices and use it to mine for cryptocurrency. While it might not be rapidly lucrative for the crooks involved, it's stealthy and can be sustained over a long period of time — and most users don't even know their machine's processor is being used to line someone else's pockets.

Feb 07 10:32

Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone’s iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy of San Bernardino Terrorists

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Feb 07 09:55

A SCAMMER USED YOUTUBE’S COPYRIGHT SYSTEM TO RANSOM CREATORS

A scammer was found to be manually abusing YouTube’s automated copyright system in an effort to hold YouTube channels ransom.

By submitting multiple fake copyright “flags” on videos, the scammer was able to bring at least two YouTube accounts to the brink of automatic deactivation under YouTube’s “three strikes” policy, even getting past YouTube employees who double-checked the suspicious claim.

“We striked you. Our request is $150 PayPal or $75 [Bitcoin],” read one message received by ObbyRaidz, a small gaming channel with fewer than 8,000 subscribers. “Once we receive our payment we will cancel both strikes on your channel.”

Feb 06 20:14

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

Feb 06 16:37

Microsoft really, really, really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019

Microsoft launched a new ad campaign for its Office suite today. Usually, that’s not something especially interesting, but this one is a bit different. Instead of simply highlighting the features of Word and Excel, Microsoft decided to pitch Office 365 and Office 2019 against each other (as an extra gimmick, it used twins to do so, too). But here’s the deal: Microsoft really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019, and the ads make that abundantly clear.

The reason for that is obvious: Office 365 is a subscription product while Office 2019 (think Office Home & Student or other SKUs) comes with a perpetual license, so that’s a one-time sale for Microsoft.

Feb 06 16:36

Firefox Fission aims to thwart nasty Spectre-style attacks

The "massive" project's first milestone should be complete this month.

Feb 06 16:32

Programmer finds ridiculous ATM flaw that let him withdraw $1 million in cash

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: an unsatisfied bank programmer discovers the perfect scheme for making an ATM spit out free money.

But apparently, this story is true: The South China Morning Post and China’s Daily Economic News report that 43-year-old Qin Qisheng managed to withdraw over 7 million yuan (upwards of $1 million USD) from ATMs operated by his employer, Huaxia Bank — all by exploiting a crazy flaw.

According to the reports, the bank’s system didn’t properly record withdrawals made around midnight — effectively spitting out cash without removing the total from a user’s account. Normally, that might send up a red flag that a transaction had failed, but Qisheng allegedly inserted scripts into the system that suppressed those alerts.

Feb 06 16:29

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year

For organizations already subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year of updates will cost an additional $25 per device. This doubles to $50 for the second year and $100 for the third year. Organizations can't skip a year, either; previous years must be paid for to obtain the year two and year three support. For companies sticking with Windows 7 Pro instead of subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year will cost $50 per device and will double each subsequent year to $100 and then $200.

Feb 06 16:26

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.

You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks and financiers, that don’t ask or make it clear — if at all — that they know exactly how you’re using their apps.

Worse, even though these apps are meant to mask certain fields, some inadvertently expose sensitive data.

Feb 06 16:24

New Mac Hack Can Steal Your Passwords: What to Do Now

First reported by technology publication Heise Online, the vulnerability opens a door to steal all passwords in your Mac’s “login” and “System” keychain, which leaves you wide open to attack even if you have security measures like Access Control Lists and System Integrity Protection using Apple’s latest T2 security chip.

The KeySteal exploit was discovered and announced by security researcher Linus Henze, a self-declared macOS and iOS fan who has a record of discovering other vulnerabilities in the past. He is also a member of Sauercloud, a German computer security team that participates in hacking Capture The Flag competitions. In other words: his exploit is most probably not made up, but very real.

The only way to protect your computer’s keychain is to lock the login keychain with an extra password, which will result in macOS asking you for that password each time you try to do almost anything with your computer.

Feb 06 13:59

DID A CRYPTO CEO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH? THE GREAT QUADRIGA CONSPIRACY, DAY 6

Almost immediately, ripped off Quadriga customers suggested that Cotten had faked his own death, like a modern-day D.B. Cooper. Whether they’re right or wrong, the debacle shows that more than a decade after a pseudonymous coder released Bitcoin, the blockchain space remains a Wild West of cons, hustles and conspiracy.

Feb 06 12:49

Here’s How You Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve Never Used Social Media

The days of having a fully (or even mostly) private life are long gone, it seems, and social media is largely to blame. -- Even if you have deactivated all of your social media accounts – or never had any in the first place – your privacy is not guaranteed.

Feb 06 09:21

Robo-journalism on the rise in race to break stories, cut costs

Media outlets the world over are increasingly utilizing artificial intelligence in the race to break stories at a faster, cheaper rate than their competitors.

With several robo-journalism options available and firms edging for market share, the increasing capabilities of machines are encroaching further on the territory of human editors and reporters across all platforms.

What are the details?

Software-generated reports are heavy utilized in areas where quick figures are needed such as in financial journalism, sports statistics, and analyzing polling or other data. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg News uses automated technology in roughly a third of its content, racing against Reuters and even hedge funds to compete in delivering the latest business news.

Feb 06 09:08

Tech giants, social media now run by “left-wing journalist mafia,” warns Bokhari… radical Leftism now controls nearly all “allowed” speech online

The establishment media is now using social media to artificially increase their standing and maintain their gate-keeper status in all things news. The most blatant example of this effort is the launching of NewsGuard, a shadow company run by the media to discredit independent journalism and push establishment propaganda.

Feb 06 08:27

Scammer groups are exploiting Gmail 'dot accounts' for online fraud

Cyber-criminal groups are exploiting a Gmail feature to file for fraudulent unemployment benefits, file fake tax returns, and bypass trial periods for online services.

The trick is an old one and has been used in the past. It refers to Gmail's "dot accounts," a feature of Gmail addresses that ignores dot characters inside Gmail usernames, regardless of their placement.

For example, Google considers john.doe@gmail.com, jo.hn.doe@gmail.com, and johndoe@gmail.com as the same Gmail address.

Regular users have been using this feature for years to register free trial accounts at online services using the same email address, but spelled out in different ways.

Feb 06 06:15

Here’s How YOU Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve NEVER Used Social Media

An alarming new study shows how "a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person--think political party, favorite products, religious commitments—from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or deleted their account."

In other words, no matter how careful you have been about privacy, the people with whom you associate create a picture of you for Big Data.

Feb 05 11:43

THIS APP WANTS TO TRACK EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN SAN FRANCISCO

On paper, it looks as if San Francisco shouldn’t have a homelessness problem. There are as many permanent housing beds as people who need them. The city spends hundreds of millions of dollars to help get people off the streets, and last year voters approved a measure to raise $300 million annually to tackle the issue by taxing local companies. Yet there are about 7,500 homeless in the city because of soaring rents and the difficulty of treating substance abuse, mental illness, and other health concerns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the City of San Francisco is, collectively, very myopic, in its drive to assess the symptoms of homelessness, rather than the root cause.

The state of Utah also had a challenging homeless situation; here is how they resolved it, at least, partially:

Utah reducedc its cvhronic homlessness by 91%: here's how:

Feb 05 10:46

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

Others still can't even get that far

Feb 05 10:44

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

Honeywell's remote-control "smart" thermostat platform has been down for a week, leaving thousands of customers fuming.

The unironically named Total Connect Comfort platform allows home and business users to set the thermostat's temperature from their smartphones via the internet. However, for the past week, customers in both the UK and US have been informed that the service is offline, and frustration is growing.

Beyond being told that the service is "undergoing maintenance" the company behind the service – Resideo – has failed to provide any information about the outage.

Feb 05 10:41

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of California-based PRB Logics Corporation, has pleaded guilty to selling fake branded semiconductor chips from China, some of which made their way into US military systems.

The 44-year-old resident of Orange County, Cali, accepted four charges in a thirty-count indictment: one count of trafficking in counterfeit military goods, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, and one count of wire fraud.

From July 2009 through around May 2016, according to the indictment, Vasquez acquired old, used or discarded chips that had been altered to appear as new from sources in China, and then proceeded to sell those integrated circuits (ICs) to subcontractors who resold them to customers in the US, including defense contractors.

Feb 05 10:39

Whatever you've got to say about Google, it can't hear you over the sound of it banking $85m a day in pure profit

Costs on the rise but still added $99m a day to its bottom line in Q4 2018

Feb 04 10:15

Rostec Launches Sales of Russia's Cryptophone Immune to Hacking, Wiretapping

Sales of a mobile phone with crypto-protection technology Kruiz-K, which is immune to hacking and wiretapping, have started in Russia, the press service of Russian state corporation Rostec told Sputnik on Sunday, specifying that the price of the device amounted to around 85,000 rubles ($1,298).

"The phone is already commercially available. Our concern Avtomatika is in charge of its serial production and deliveries. One can order it, and the terms of production will depend on the scope of the batch. The price of one device makes around 85,000 rubles. Individuals cannot purchase it in retail, while an entity can buy any amount, starting from one device… It is impossible to hack the phone and wiretap it," the press service said.

Rostec refused to reveal any details about the technologies that were used, but said that the operating system of the phone had been designed by Avtomatika. The real-time system was significantly stripped down for information security reasons.

Feb 04 09:45

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

Feb 03 17:10

Windows 10 WARNING: Users put on alert about FAKE error saying Microsoft OS is ‘damaged’

The scam shows an error message warning that ‘your Windows system is damaged’ and prompts users to click on an ‘update’ button.

However, eagle eyed Windows 10 users will spot that this message appears in an internet browser window.

And as users will know, this is not how the Microsoft OS sends official messages or prompts.

Windows 10 users that are tricked into clicking the ‘update’ button will just be prompted to download malicious software.

Feb 03 13:35

Security researchers discover new ways your internet browsing history is exposed

Computer hackers are always looking for ways to get their hands on your Internet browsing history. A Science Daily article reported on four new methods through which a hacker could sniff out what website you last went to. -- The “history sniffing” style of hacking is not a new concept. However, the new techniques are much faster and far more effective than their predecessors.

Feb 03 12:59

Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State

It is a telltale sign of a corrupt industry or company when they create a revolving door between themselves and the state. Just like Monsanto has former employees on the Supreme Court and Pharmaceutical industry insiders move back and forth from the FDA to their companies, we found that Facebook is doing the same thing. -- So there you have it. Facebook, who claims to be a private entity, is quite literally made up of and advised by dozens of members of government. We’re ready for a change, are you?

Feb 03 08:34

FACEBOOK DELETES HUNDREDS OF IRAN ACCOUNTS

Facebook has deleted hundreds of fake accounts, groups and pages which it claims are linked to Iran.

The head of Facebook’s cyber-security department, Tanil Glitscher, said in a letter earlier this week that the accounts were “engaging in false and covert activity on Facebook and Instagram,” which is owned by the social media giant. These accounts specifically targeted people around the world, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, Glitscher added.

The company added that the content of these accounts and pages was related to issues such as the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as the wars in Syria and Yemen. In some cases, the accounts’ content acted as “reorientation of the content of the Iranian government media”.

However, Facebook stressed that it had deleted the accounts because of their activities, rather than the content they were publishing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My two "canaries in the coalmine", regarding this issue, are:

www.presstv.com, and www.en.farsnews.com, both English-language versions of Iranian news in English.

I would very much suggest that our readers take a look at them, because even though living under their theocracy would be impossible for someone like me, you can at least get a pulse on how, and what ,they are thinking.

Also, they are doing some very interesting things with various science and research programs in Iran, which have absolutely nothing to do with blowing people up!!

When both of these entities go down simultaneously, look for something ominous on the geopolitical landscape to be about to happen, regarding Iran.

Feb 03 07:59

FCC STRUGGLES TO CONVINCE JUDGE THAT BROADBAND ISN’T “TELECOMMUNICATIONS”

A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges today as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry.

FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson struggled to explain why broadband shouldn't be considered a telecommunications service, and struggled to explain the FCC's failure to protect public safety agencies from Internet providers blocking or slowing down content.

Oral arguments were held today in the case, which is being decided by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Audio of the four-hour-plus oral arguments is available here.) Throttling of firefighters' data plans played a major role in today's oral arguments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Regarding these hearings, it would be wise to remember what Adolf Hitler did, right before starting World War II: he made absolutely certain that he had total control of the German media, so that nothing, other than what he and his party minions decided to communicated, got communicated in Germany and beyond.

Today, with Facebook, Youtube, and twitter, having nearly wiped out a great deal of conservative expression by deplatforming sites expressing differences of opinion from those of their owners, private money, plus politically correct thinking, primarily controls what is heard, and what is not.

This is why sites like WRH are so critically important to the entire national, and international, dialogue, because the site strives to be both truth-centric, and anti-war.

Feb 02 10:04

Financial Blacklisting: NewsGuard Advises Advertisers to Avoid Pro-Trump Media

NewsGuard’s tactic is similar the one used by far-left smear peddlers Sleeping Giants, whose mission is to spread baseless accusations of racism and white supremacy to the advertisers of pro-Trump media outlets in order to put them out of business and silence their voice. Two of the sites on NewsGuard’s list, Breitbart News and the Daily Mail, are also prominent targets of Sleeping Giants.

Feb 02 08:20

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that "all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table" regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a "state-backed influence campaign", according to RT.

In a blog post, Twitter said it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to "appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences." The company also removed another 764 accounts, but said "we are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you haven't decided that electronic media is now the "4th Estate", attempting to control both outcomes, and a free flow of information, you just might want to explore that issue just a little more!

Feb 01 13:17

Defending the indefensible: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tries to claim teens 'consented' to creepy app that snooped on their phones as Apple ban on company's employee apps leaves Facebook in chaos

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been slammed for 'lying' after she defended the social media giant's controversial research app that was 'preying' on teenagers as young as 13 by paying them to supply data and have all their phone activity monitored.

In an interview Sandberg said the teens who took part in the 'research project' had 'consented' to share the information and therefore knew what they were getting into.

Facebook has come under fire from all sides for the latest in a series of privacy disasters, with pundits describing their actions as 'shameful' and comparing the firm to a 'criminal enterprise' in light of the latest revelations.

Feb 01 10:12

INSIDE THE UAE’S SECRET HACKING TEAM OF U.S. MERCENARIES

Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.

She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.

Stroud and her team, working from a converted mansion in Abu Dhabi known internally as “the Villa,” would use methods learnt from a decade in the U.S intelligence community to help the UAE hack into the phones and computers of its enemies.

Feb 01 08:58

Horrifying deepfake video blends Jennifer Lawrence and Steve Buscemi in latest example of the 'nightmare' technology

Experts have increasingly warned that the technique could soon fuel the spread of misinformation.

Deepfakes hobbyists have used the controversial video-editing technology to create short clips of world leaders, including Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Some experts have said the videos could be realistic enough to manipulate future elections and global political as soon as 2020.

Feb 01 08:55

Facebook's OWN safety advisor admits the social media giant has a 'lax' approach to child protection after creepy 'research' app that spied on teens in exchange for money which did NOT need parental permission

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute and a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board, says the firm's 'rather lax approach' was 'most concerning'.

Reports found the only child safeguard in place for the data pillaging app was a tickbox which could be selected by the teen without parental oversight.

The 'research' app, referred to in some ads as 'Project Atlas', was banned by Apple after the company said the app violated its privacy and data collection rules but is still operational on Android.

Tests conducted by a BBC journalist found youngsters were easily able to sign up without getting permission.

The alarming discovery has once again called into question whether Facebook is doing enough to protect its users - especially minors.

Jan 31 15:44

Defending the indefensible: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tries to claim teens 'consented' to creepy app that snooped on their phones as Apple ban on company's employee apps leaves Facebook in chaos

In an interview Sandberg said the teens who took part in the 'research project' had 'consented' to share the information and therefore knew what they were getting into.

Facebook has come under fire from all sides for the latest in a series of privacy disasters, with pundits describing their actions as 'shameful' and comparing the firm to a 'criminal enterprise' in light of the latest revelations.

The company took advantage of Apple's enterprise developer certificate, which enables companies to distribute apps internally, to create an app that paid users as young as 13 to share their phone activity with Facebook.

Among the data collected from teens by the app was all of their phone and web activity, information on apps they installed, when they used them and what they did on them.

It raises new questions over how much Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg knew about the firm's activities.

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