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Oct 04 19:20

Hack attack puts health details of one million New Zealanders at risk

A mass hack has placed in jeopardy the medical details of a million people.

The Ministry of Health is in the dark over what - if anything - was taken in the cyber attack on a two months ago.

It has admitted the hack attack revealed previous cyber intrusions going back to 2016 with data back to 2002 at risk.

The hack attack appears to have come from a hacker or hackers dubbed Vanda The God, which this morning tweeted about the exploit saying: "Yes I'm Have 1 million datas PHO Zealand."

The tweet came with an offer to sell information.

Oct 04 18:43

Attackers exploit 0-day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones

While the vulnerability reported on Thursday is serious, vulnerable Android users shouldn’t panic. The chances of being exploited by attacks as expensive and targeted as the one described by Project Zero are extremely slim. Just the same, it may make sense to hold off installing non-essential apps and to use a non-Chrome browser until after the patch is installed.

Oct 04 18:40

Here’s what quantum supremacy does—and doesn’t—mean for computing

Google’s achievement is significant, but quantum computers haven’t suddenly turned into computing colossi that will leave conventional machines trailing in the dust. Nor will they be laying waste to conventional cryptography in the near future—though in the longer term, they could pose a threat we need to start preparing for now.

Here’s a guide to what Google appears to have achieved—and an antidote to the hype surrounding quantum supremacy.

Oct 04 17:28

FBI softens stance on ransomware: it's (sort of) okay to pay off crims to get your data back

The FBI is easing up a bit on its hardline stance against paying ransomware demands.

The Bureau has posted an updated version of the guidance it offers for companies on how to handle ransomware demands with a section discussing the option of paying the hackers to get data decrypted.

In short, the FBI still says that companies should not cave to hacker demands and pay to have their data unlocked, but the bureau acknowledges that paying is an option.

Oct 04 16:28

New 0-Day Flaw Affecting Most Android Phones Being Exploited in the Wild

Though Google will release a patch for this vulnerability in its October's Android Security Bulletin in the coming days and also notified OEMs, most affected devices would not likely receive the patch immediately, unlike Google Pixel 1 and 2.

Oct 04 16:19

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

However, a report published by the Financial Times yesterday said PayPal had begun distancing itself from the project amid increasing regulatory scrutiny. The company reportedly signaled its intention to skip a meeting in Washington, DC scheduled for today, and the FT reports that at least one primary concern for PayPal has been the lack of attention Facebook executives have paid to Libra’s considerable backlash. Another key concern is how the platform will combat money laundering activity.

Oct 04 16:15

Netflix viewing eats up world's data

Video streaming service Netflix is the world's most data-hungry application, consuming 15% of global net traffic, according to research from bandwidth management company Sandvine.

Video in general accounts for more than half of net traffic, it suggests.

Other media streaming such as embedded video on websites accounts for 13.1%, YouTube, 11.4% and web browsing, 7.8%.

The report also found that gaming and file-sharing are becoming a significant force in traffic volume.

Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

Oct 04 10:44

Do I Need ID to Ride a Train?

By Edward Hasbrouck

We’ve been trying for years to find out what the real story is with respect to ID requirements for travel by train, especially on Amtrak.

Amtrak and Greyhound ID policies and practices are of paramount importance to the mobility of undocumented people and people who, whether or not they are eligible for or have chosen to obtain government-issued ID credentials, don’t want to show their papers to government agents as a condition of exercising their right to freedom of movement.

Amtrak and Greyhound policies and practices will become even more important if the government and/or airlines further restrict air travel by people who don’t have, or don’t show, ID credentials that comply with the REAL-ID Act.

The latest responses to our requests for federal and state public records reveal more about passenger railroad policies and practices, but still don’t give a clear answer...

Oct 04 07:30

'Ditch Facebook to be happy': Scientists find people who switch off the social network become less depressed, more productive and better with money

Economist Roberto Mosquera of the Universidad de las Américas, Ecuador and colleagues studied 1,765 Facebook-using students at the Texas A&M university.

Researchers split the participants into two groups — one who took a week's break from Facebook, and the other who stayed on the platform.

They found that the students who went off Facebook were more productive, reported feeling less depressed, engaged in healthier activities and even made fewer impulse purchases and ate out less.

Oct 04 06:51

Short Video: Doctor Explains How LED Screens Affect Your Mental State and Sleep Quality

By B.N. Frank

According to Dr. Leland Stillman’s Facebook page, he is a physician with an interest in how the environment affects human health. Last month he posted a 4 ½-minute video about 2011 research on how LED light affects our minds and our sleep.

Because blue light from LED screens can keep us awake and stimulated, some people really like it. Unfortunately, it can also prevent us from sleeping well. Many health experts have warned about this especially in regard to how LED light from screens affects children...

Oct 04 03:50

CHINESE INTERNET USERS MUST PASS A FACIAL-RECOGNITION TEST TO USE WEB

SOURCE: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK
China has stepped up its internet censorship by demanding its citizens pass a facial-recognition test to be able to use web services.

People who want to have the internet installed at home or on their phones must have their faces scanned by the Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to a new regulation.

The rule, which will take effect on December 1, is said to be part of the social credit system which rates the Chinese citizens based on their daily behaviour.

At present, a Chinese citizen will need to show his or her ID card while applying for a landline or the internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you don't think this kind of draconian surveillance isn't coming to the US, just wait a year of so, if it takes that long.

Oct 04 03:47

14 BILLION POLICE LICENSE PLATE DATABASE THAT KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE IN REAL-TIME

SOURCE: MASS PRIVATE I

Forget everything you have ever heard about police license plate readers and public safety, because it is all a lie.

Three major automatic license plate reader (ALPR) companies have created a mind-boggling database of 14 billion license plates that allows law enforcement to track anyone in real-time.

The Digital Recognition Network (DRN) has a database of over 8 billion license plates and boasts about sending customers (law enforcement) live vehicle location alerts.

"If you think there is nothing you can do to automatically detect vehicles, think again. DRN’s Live Alerts, part of the DRNsights for Insurance solution, uses vehicle location data gathered from over 8 billion nationwide sightings plus the 160,000 million gathered each month, to provide alerts when vehicles are detected."

Vigilant Solutions webpage has a database of over 5 billion license plates and collects a little less than DRN daily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our general movements are so dull and boring, that we both think that surveillance on this little family of 2, is "punishment duty" for whoever in whatever "alphabet soup" agency, is surveilling us.

Oct 04 03:42

FORMER GOOGLE CEO ERIC SCHMIDT ON BIOLOGY: “SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DIGITALLY MANIPULATED

It’s easy to laugh at the barking insanity of these monsters, but at the same time, you probably know someone who spent their hard earned money to buy a “smart speaker” surveillance platform for their home.

Via: CNBC:

Brain inserts and carbon-absorbing bacteria aren’t just the fantasies of Silicon Valley’s richest executives, they’re also a part of a larger hope to advance artificial intelligence and computing efforts.

“Biology will undoubtedly fuel computing” in coming years, former Google CEO and current technical advisor Eric Schmidt said at a conference called SynBioBeta in San Francisco Monday. “Taking biology, which I’d always viewed as squishy and analog, and turning it into something that can be digitally manipulated, is an enormous accelerator.”

Schmidt’s comments come as Silicon Valley’s seeming obsession with biology attempts to move beyond fascinating projects and into more serious investments that could help modernize tech processes.

Oct 03 19:22

Yes, computers really are taking jobs from humans — especially in banking

Study shows automation and artificial intelligence will cut 10% of banking jobs alone

Oct 03 19:14

‘Nuclear weapon of bad ideas’: US, UK & Australia demand Facebook give backdoor access to WhatsApp & other encrypted messengers

US Attorney General William Barr and other western officials are calling on Facebook to provide authorities backdoor access to its encrypted messenger platforms, used by hundreds of millions of people around the world every day.

In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Barr and his British and Australian counterparts will argue that law enforcement requires access to encrypted applications, effectively asking the company to hand over the keys to the private communications of 300 million daily WhatsApp users, as well as 1.5 billion who log into Facebook every day. The letter is dated Friday, but An advance copy was seen by the New York Times.

“Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes,” the officials wrote.

Oct 03 17:18

The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption

By Andrew Crocker and Joe Mullin

Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook’s plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company’s messaging products and instead promise that it will “enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format.”

This is a staggering attempt to undermine the security and privacy of communications tools used by billions of people. Facebook should not comply...

Oct 03 17:07

Livestrong.com and Cardiologist Promote Apple Watch Despite Known Cardiac Risks From Electromagnetic Radiation and WiFi

By B.N. Frank

Telecom companies have been warning shareholders for many years that they may eventually be held liable for their devices and transmitters. Insurance companies won’t cover their devices or transmitters because it’s too risky. Regardless, many health organizations still promote wearable tech as beneficial even though boatloads of research has determined that exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) aka “Electrosmog” (including WiFi) is biologically harmful. Symptoms and severity from exposure varies and includes cardiac issues.

A quick search on Livestrong.com indicates they regularly promote wearable tech. More nonsense was posted recently which includes a recommendation from a cardiologist for Apple Watch wearers...

Oct 03 10:43

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

San Francisco—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached an agreement with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under which the police and sheriff’s departments will turn over license plate data they indiscriminately collected on millions of law-abiding drivers in Southern California.

The data, which has been deidentified to protect drivers’ privacy, will allow EFF and ACLU SoCal to learn how the agencies are using automated license plate reader (ALPR) systems throughout the city and county of Los Angeles and educate the public on the privacy risks posed by this intrusive technology. A weeks’ worth of data, composed of nearly 3 million data points, will be examined.

ALPR systems include cameras mounted on police cars and at fixed locations that scan every license plate that comes into view—up to 1,800 plates per minute...

Oct 03 10:25

How to Create an Anonymous Digital Identity Using Cryptocurrency

By Kai Sedgwick

If you could go back in time and do the internet all over again, what would you change? Would you think twice about joining Facebook, decline to upload those fancy dress photos from ‘09 and delete that rhetoric-laden blog post instead of hitting ‘Publish’? It’s too late to undo the mistakes of the past, but it is possible to start afresh by creating a new online identity using privacy tools and cryptocurrency. Here’s how...

Oct 03 08:01

14 Billion License Plate Image Database That Knows Where You Are In Real-Time

By MassPrivateI

Forget everything you have ever heard about police license plate readers and public safety, because it is all a lie.

Three major automated license plate reader (ALPR) companies have created a mind-boggling database of 14 billion license plate images that allows law enforcement to track anyone in real-time.

One company says it "provides vehicle type, make, and color, something the competitors cannot do." ...

Oct 03 07:26

FaceFirst and Amazon Want To Influence Facial Recognition Laws; Motorola Joins The Push For A Surveillance State

By Aaron Kesel

FaceFirst is another company with something to lose if facial recognition regulation bans the technology. They have now entered the lobbying ring to attempt to influence laws for the Orwellian biometric technology.

Vested interests writing laws, what could go wrong? ...

Oct 03 05:07

We Finally Understand How Destructive Negative Interest Rates Actually Are

Submitted by Tuomas Malinen is a Chief Economist of GnS Economics and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Helsinki.

We are in the midst of a strange economic experiment. Vast quantities of negative-yielding debt are currently sloshing around the global economy. While the amount of negative-yielding bonds has dropped recently from a mind-boggling number in excess of $17 trillion, reinvigorated central bank easing across the globe ensures that this reduction is only temporary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The most logical thing individual consumers, with a brain, can do, is get out of as much credit card debt as is humanly possible.

And please, at the risk of sounding like a chipped CD (and as a musician and composer, I HATE when that happens!!) please have only enough money in the bank to pay the bills; keep the rest under your personal control.

Start looking at investing in silver and gold, which are, in an of themselves, mediums of financial exchange. And with the silver, you are looking for "melt value"; not numismatic value (that is a pretty, artsy-looking coin, but has no real value, other than its melt value, to most collectors.)

Learn the "little cheats" that can make a real difference in your financial stability; and I am talking about the little things which eat up money every month, and should not. "Brown bagging" it for lunch, and bringing your own coffee/ latte to the office or to the workspace?!? This is an amazing help.

Learning to "slow-cook" meats in the oven, or crock pot?!? Another way to insure your family (even if it is a family of 1), has good healthy food, and you can freeze portions of it for later.

And to our ladies and gents out there, who are still purchasing clothing with the tags "dry clean only", please STOP IT; dry cleaning is, generally, not great for the environment, and is a money hog for your budget. If you still have a lot of stuff like this, it may be time to hold a yard sale, and then, only look for those nice bits of clothing which survive washing and drying well.

Oct 03 04:39

"This Is A Major Risk": France Rolls Out New Facial Recognition Technology

Is this how French President Emmanuel Macron is choosing to celebrate 70 years of Communist rule?

In a plan that sounds eerily similar to China's 'social credit score' system, Macron and the French Interior Ministry are pushing ahead plans to launch a national facial-recognition program, arguing that it "will make the state more efficient."

According to Bloomberg, the ID program, known as "Alicem", is set to be rolled out in November, after the launch was moved forward from an end-of-year timeline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have mentioned that this kind of Orwellian software would soon be unleashed by Western governments against their own people; it 's just that France decided to be "ahead of the curve", by rolling it out, just after after the Chinese celebrateD the 70th year of the Communist takeover here.

And one of two things are possible here; either Macron has done this as a a gesture of defiance against those who are legitimately, logically, and peacefully, protesting elements of his regime for which they do not care; or this was absolutely timed to coincide with the Chinese Communist 70th anniversary of their having taken over the country, to say to France's people "We can do to you what the Communists have done to the people of their country who DON'T LIKE US!!."

Oct 02 18:19

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

Updated As if the internet isn’t already a complicated cesspool full of trolls, AI engineers have gone one step further to build a machine learning model that can generate fake comments for news articles.

Oct 02 17:07

US hospitals turn away patients as ransomware strikes

Three US hospitals have been forced to temporarily close their doors to "all but the most critical new patients" following a ransomware outbreak.

"A criminal is limiting our ability to use our computer systems in exchange for an as-yet unknown payment," said DCH Health System.

DCH operates the three affected hospitals in Alabama.

One cyber-security expert said the groups using ransomware were becoming increasingly well organised.

Computers at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Fayette Medical Center and Northport Medical Center were infected with ransomware.

The incident was first reported on 1 October.

Oct 02 16:26

Robots are hurting American wages: Study finds the national income has dropped to 56% as workers fear asking for raises in case they are replaced by automation

The study suggests that employees that employees feel they have lost their bargaining power when it comes to asking for a raise out of fear they may be replaced by a robot.

'Businesses have more options to automate hard-to-fill positions now than in the past,' the study authors write. 'With rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, robots can perform more jobs and tasks that required human skills only a few years ago.'

Most would think that a strong labor market in the US would mean a boom in wages, but as the use of robotics rises, the lower the national income becomes.

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that there has been a decline from about 63 percent in 2000 to 56 percent in 2018, as first reported by Bloomberg.

Oct 02 15:19

Google to face mass action over claims it accessed 4 MILLION iPhone users' data

The Court of Appeal in London has given the go-ahead for mass action against Google over claims it illegally accessed the data of over 4 million iPhone users, overturning an earlier high court ruling against redress.
In their legal action, claimants accused Google of accessing internet browsing data on Apple iPhones by bypassing Safari’s privacy settings between June 2011 and February 2012.

Mishcon de Reya, the legal firm acting for one of the representative claimants, described the appeals court move as “groundbreaking” as it “confirms a number of important legal principles under Data Protection law,” and could even mark the beginning of a new procedural framework “for the conduct of mass data breach claims.”

Their client Richard Lloyd hailed the decision for sending “a very clear message to Google and other large tech companies: you are not above the law.”

Oct 02 15:18

FDA Warns Again About Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities That May Put Medical Devices and Hospital Networks at Risk for Remote Attack

By B.N. Frank

In 2017, the FDA recalled almost ½ million pacemakers due to hacking fears. This is why it makes NO sense that the FDA continues to approve the use wireless medical devices and implants anyway...

Oct 02 10:07

Google goes full-throttle with health censorship, doubles down on Big Pharma drugs and disease

Google has gone all-in with Big Pharma to push drugs and disease, while simultaneously blocking access to life-saving health information. Gone are the days when people could easily find information on nutrition, supplements, natural remedies and alternative therapies. But Google’s not stopping at censorship for health and wellness — the tech giant is also pushing pro-Big Pharma propaganda on their search engine. From trying to cover-up the opioid epidemic and Big Pharma’s death toll, to discrediting and silencing the natural health community, Google’s evil truly knows no bounds. For a company that once boasted the motto, “Don’t be evil,” things have surely gone downhill fast.

Oct 02 09:39

Ohioans Pay 8x More For Electricity Than 11 Years Ago Thanks to Riders, Subsidies, Smart Meters, etc.

By B.N. Frank

How is your electric bill these days? Everything is supposed to be more efficient, so it should cost less for better service. True for you? Doesn't seem to be the case in Ohio, according to a report by Cleveland's The Plain Dealer...

Oct 02 07:24

Windows 10 1903 KB4522016 Cumulative Update Breaks Printing

Microsoft acknowledged a new issue leading to intermittent issues when printing or completely breaking the printing capabilities of Windows devices after installing cumulative updates issued during late September.

"The print spooler service may intermittently have issues completing a print job and may result in a print job being canceled or failing," says Microsoft in the known issue's description on the Windows Release Health Dashboard.

"Some apps may close or error when the print spooler fails and you may receive a remote procedure call error (RPC error) from some printing utility or printing apps," also adds Microsoft.

Oct 01 15:14

Tesla's New Smart Summon Feature Is a Disaster So Far

Tesla just released an insanely cool feature, but it might not actually be ready for people to use.

The new feature, called Smart Summon, reverses the Tesla out of a parking space and navigates the car toward you, if you’re holding your smartphone and purchased the full self-driving package for your Tesla. But like many technological achievements that sound amazing on paper, there have been some unintended consequences. Namely that the car doesn’t seem to know when it’s approaching an obstacle, and has no sense of when another car is crossing its path.

Oct 01 11:39

Watch as New WiFi Method Sees Through Walls and Identifies People from Video Footage

By Kevin Samson

Several years ago, I wrote an article titled “How WiFi Will Be Used to Erase Civil Liberties.” At that time, announcements in the UK and in New York City demonstrated that governments had been working with private corporations to blanket entire cities with WiFi connectivity.

Now that 5G is rolling out to far wider audiences, WiFi has only become more pervasive and, with it, the surveillance capabilities of this technology.

Today, researchers claim to have a new method for taking this one step further: once a person is located, they can then be properly identified by matching any available video footage of that individual. Apparently, our unique gait and movement gives us away...

Oct 01 09:08

School Districts Use “Gaggle” To Monitor Students’ Free Speech And Social Media Posts

By MassPrivateI

Today, I give you a frightening story about free speech censorship and watchlists just in time for the countdown to Halloween.

A recent article in The Tennessean reveals how the Williamson County School District (WCS) is monitoring students’ free speech and social media posts.

The WCS recently implemented a “threat surveillance program” called Gaggle, that is so invasive and frightening one would be hard pressed not to call it a “gag” program that limits students’ free speech...

Oct 01 08:32

British employees are deliberately sabotaging workplace robots over fears the machines will take their jobs, new study claims

UK workers are sabotaging and assaulting workplace robots in an attempt to stop them taking their jobs, finds study.

It's a common science fiction depiction of the future, artificial intelligence overthrows the human race.

But for some manual workers they have found their own ways of stopping the robots' rise to world domination - by confusing them.

Oct 01 08:11

Hacking 2020 voting systems is a ‘piece of cake’

On Thursday, Voting Village organizers went to Capitol Hill to release their findings, in an event attended by election security funding boosters Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Jackie Speier.

In a nutshell: in August, hackers easily compromised every single one of the more than 100 machines to which they were given access, many with what they called “trivial attacks” that required “no sophistication or special knowledge on the part of the attacker.” They didn’t get their hands on every flavor of voting system in use in the country, but every one of the machines they compromised is currently certified for use in at least one voting jurisdiction, including direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines, electronic poll books, Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs), optical scanners and hybrid systems.

Oct 01 08:01

Trump Burns Google Before Supreme Court In Copyright Dispute

Oracle said Google impermissibly copied its computer code to build its Android operating system, which services more than 2 billion smartphones. Google is facing a damages award that could total $8 billion.

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to stay out of a long-running copyright dispute between Google and Oracle Corp., dealing a considerable blow to Google’s efforts to avoid an $8 billion damages award.

Oct 01 07:56

Ransomware incident to cost Danish company a whopping $95 million

Demant, one of the world's largest manufacturers of hearing aids, expects to incur losses of up to $95 million following what appears to be a ransomware infection that hit the company at the start of the month.

This marks one of the most significant losses caused by a cyber-security incident outside of the NotPetya ransomware outbreak -- known to have incurred companies like shipping giant Maersk and courier service FedEx losses of over $300 million, each.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such huge losses and nobody does anything? This has to be a nation-state behind it all!

Oct 01 07:44

Quantum Supremacy Doesn’t Mean Blockchain Is Doomed

By Sean Stein Smith

According to a recent report, Google has recently achieved quantum supremacy by creating a quantum computer that is able to solve previously impossible mathematical problems and calculations.

Why does that matter?

It matters because, if taken to its logical conclusion, the rollout of quantum computing at a sustainable commercial scale could destroy two other fast-growing areas of the technology economy; blockchain and cryptoassets. However, the reality is far more nuanced...

Sep 30 18:43

ZDNet: Study Reveals IoT Vulnerability to Cyberattacks Is Increasing and Includes Gas Pumps and Smart Meters

By B.N. Frank

Internet of Things (IoT) has a 74% failure rate.  Security experts have been warning for many years that installing it could cause catastrophic results including death.

The technology is still optional for personal use like when consumers want to install it in their homes.  Unfortunately, it sounds like anyone with a car may soon be forced to use IoT-equipped gas pumps. 

Here’s more bad news from ZDNet on how IoT is putting us at even greater risk for cyberattacks...

Sep 30 18:28

FCC Keeps Losing Court Cases, but 5G is Still Being Installed In U.S. Communities — Probably Even Yours

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed protect the public by regulating the Telecom Industry. It is NOT a health or environmental agency even though its decisions affect public health and the environment. Unfortunately, employees have a long history of not protecting the public and the “Race for 5G” has made this more dangerous. The Telecom Industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many experts say it isn’t and for a variety of reasons.

Businesses, communities, and organizations have filed lawsuits against the FCC because of forced 4G and 5G small cell installation There have been lawsuits filed against the FCC for other unscrupulous actions as well...

Sep 30 10:31

Octopus PROMIS: The Conspiracy Against INSLAW Software, And The Murders To Cover Up A Scandal Bigger Than Watergate

Massive article from Aaron Kesel at Activist Post covering this little-known history.

This article has been months in the making working with several sources to tell the tales buried in history of “The Octopus” — the INSLAW PROMIS software scandal and those killed in the wake of its tentacles. For the first time ever, new details will be revealed on the decade-old murders of two journalists: a CIA intelligence operative and an NSA whistleblower; and the imprisonment of another CIA whistleblower, in this series aptly titled: “Octopus PROMIS"...

Sep 30 08:48

Linux to get kernel 'lockdown' feature

New Linux kernel "lockdown" module to limit high-privileged users -- even root -- from tampering with some kernel functionality.

Sep 29 18:30

American Families Are Rejecting Hi-Tech School Curriculums and Their Zombifying Effect

By B.N. Frank

For many years, Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools and limiting their use of tech, whereas other American families are being told that providing “high tech” educations is what’s best for their kids. An increasing number of experts and studies continue to warn that this is definitely NOT best for kids, and it’s not just about eye damage from excessive screen use.

When students at a private school in Australia were given a choice between a high-tech education or no-tech education, they chose no-tech. When American families aren’t given a choice, some are removing their kids from schools...

Sep 28 17:21

Duke Energy Reported 650 Million Attempted Cyberattacks in 2017. Damn “Smart” Meters and Grids…

By B.N. Frank

According to a recent report issued by The U.S. Dept of Energy, cyberattacks are on the rise – to put it mildly.

"Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the nation serving 7.6 million customers reported more than 650 million cyberattacks in 2017."

Experts have warned that utility companies who install “Smart” Meters and Grids are putting themselves at greater risk for them. Some companies sell software to try to prevent these attacks – however – they offer no guarantee that it will actually work...

Sep 28 07:59

New Amazon Alexa Spy Products Include Glasses, Rings And Earbuds; Bezos Wants To Write Facial Recognition Laws

By Aaron Kesel

Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, whom this writer has previously referred to as emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, wants to write his own laws on facial recognition technology amid a release of a slew of new products that will each cause various privacy concerns.

Earlier this year, Amazon published its draft guidelines that it feels that U.S. lawmakers should adopt for facial recognition technology

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house...

Sep 28 05:35

9/11 HIJACKERS: SAUDI 'DON'T ASK, DON'T SEE' POLICY REVEALED

ith the US renewing its controversial “alliance” with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with oil production in the Kingdom under siege, and talk of war against Iran ramping up, the thorny issue of the Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks remains uncomfortably in the background.

For 18 years now, investigative journalists have faced daunting obstacles in seeking answers about the 9/11 attacks. Of the 19 hijackers, 15 were Saudi citizens. Perhaps the greatest hurdle comes when asking about connections between the hijackers and high-ranking Saudi Arabian officials.

Redactions, delays, denials, misdirection, and conflicting statements show a pattern — all of it in one direction and, intentionally or not, to the benefit of the Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is also interesting to note, that Prince Bandar bin Sultan. died in July of this year; of course, there were the requisite condolences from various heads of state, etc., but there is very little said, about how the man actually died.

I would tend to politely suggest, that his death was not a "family affair" where close family were quietly ushered into a clean, caring hospice environment, with all the modern "bells and whistles" existed, to usher him into the next "kingdom" with prayer. The net is rife with speculation on this, but there are is a reasonable possibility which may, in retrospect, make sense, looking at how he had positioned himself both personally, and professionally, both within the government of the House of Saud, and as one very familiar with those who ascended the very top Tier in the Bowels of Power in the US: The Bush Dynasty.

Some say that he was assassinated by the Syrians, for having attempted a regime change in Damascus. Syria eliminates Bandar bin Sultan in retaliation for Damascus bombing

The following link is also useful:

Saudi Aravbia Intelligence Headquarters and Saudi Deputy Intelligence Killed as Payback.

However it happened, the death last July renders him "conveniently incapable" of testifying or adding anything more to the class action suit, brought against him by families of 9/11 victims.

Sep 27 18:44

The FISA Oversight Hearing Confirmed That Things Need to Change

By India McKinney

Section 215, the controversial law at the heart of the NSA’s massive telephone records surveillance program, is set to expire in December. Last week the House Committee on the Judiciary held an oversight hearing to investigate how the NSA, FBI, and the rest of the intelligence community are using and interpreting 215 and other expiring national security authorities...

The NSA previously reported it had deleted all the information it received from the 215 program since 2015. Morgan confirmed that part of the reason the NSA chose to mass delete all the records was because not all the information was accurate or allowed under the law.

Sep 27 12:17

Utah Committee Hold Hearing on Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

Last week, a joint Utah legislative committee held a hearing on facial recognition technology, and legislators plan to consider at least two bills addressing the invasive surveillance technology during the upcoming legislative session.

The interim Government Operations Committee hearing was prompted by a recent report by the Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and reported by the Washington Post revealing that Utah was one of several states running facial recognition on its drivers’ license photos. According to the report, the FBI and ICE have turned state DMV databases into the “bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.”...

Sep 27 07:54

Microsoft Warns of a New Rare Fileless Malware Hijacking Windows Computers

Watch out Windows users!

There's a new strain of malware making rounds on the Internet that has already infected thousands of computers worldwide and most likely, your antivirus program would not be able to detect it.

Why? That's because, first, it's an advanced fileless malware and second, it leverages only legitimate built-in system utilities and third-party tools to extend its functionality and compromise computers, rather than using any malicious piece of code.

Sep 27 07:42

Ransomware Decryptors Released for Yatron, WannaCryFake, & FortuneCrypt

Security vendors released decryptors for three ransomware infections today that allow victims to recover their files for free. These decryptors are for the WannaCryFake, Yatron, and FortuneCrypt Ransomware infections.

Sep 26 18:47

Smart Meter Delays and Fixing Glitches Will Add to Already High Costs for Customers in Britain

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post reports regularly about all issues associated with utility “Smart” Meters – including fires and explosions. They are NOT SAFE and they are NOT saving customers money.

People all over the world are trying to prevent them from being installed on their homes and throughout their communities. They are also trying to get them removed from their homes and their communities...

Sep 26 18:00

Amazon to Install Microphones Into Rings and Glasses — They Aren’t Even The First

By B.N. Frank

How long before they are hacked? Never mind the privacy implications for anyone standing nearby.

Wearable tech has become very common and oh so fashionable. But like all wireless “smart” devices, these products also collect personal data on owners 24/7. Many companies analyze this personal data so they can try to sell more products to these customers. Sometimes they sell the data to 3rd parties to do God knows what with. This is referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.”...

Sep 26 17:17

A Couple’s Nest Smart Home Was Taken Over by Hackers, And Vulgar Music Was Involved

The couple returned home from work on September 17 only to find their home incredibly warm. Thinking it was a glitch with the Nest thermostat that controls the heating and cooling inside the home, the Westmoreland couple reset the thermostat to their preferred temperature and got on with life. But that was not it. Perhaps you may have seen this in movies, but the incident just kept repeating. The thermostat kept getting reset to incredibly warm temperatures. Eventually, a voice began speaking to them from the Nest camera installed in their home. And that wasn’t it—the hacker also started playing vulgar music.

Sep 26 10:44

Researchers Uncover Privacy Flaw in E-Passports

Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have discovered a flaw in the security standard used in biometric passports (e-passports) worldwide since 2004. This standard, ICAO 9303, allows e-passport readers at airports to scan the chip inside a passport and identify the holder...

Dr. Ross Horne, Prof. Sjouke Mauw, PhD candidate Zach Smith and Master student Ihor Filimonov tested the standard. They discovered a flaw which allows specific non-authorised equipment to access passport data...

Sep 26 10:01

The 5G Pushback Is Here

By Rosanne Lindsay, Naturopath

Individuals, scientists, and grassroots groups around the world are saying no to 5G, citing health, aesthetics, and FCC bullying. In Cincinnati, Michelle Krinsky, RN, is pushing back. She demanded to know who put the ugly towers up. She went to the village office, then to the County office, then to the State of Ohio, but “no one knew anything about it.” Homeowners were finally able to identify that the tower is on the US 50 right-of-way, not in the Village, so that local officials would not have to be consulted and the public would, therefore, be unable to consent.

Under new rules, the new tower is in compliance for 5G service that does not require permission from local, county, or State officials, under the Communications Act first introduced under President Obama...

Sep 26 09:28

Google admits Chrome update is responsible for shutting down computers across Hollywood and halting production of Modern Family and other TV series and films

The software company, Avid, is off the hook after Google admits that a software update inadvertently shut down computers across Hollywood studios this week.

In a statement on Wednesday, Google said that an update to its widely used Google Chrome web browser was sent out with a bug that conflicted with movie-editing software made by Avid.

'We recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on macOS machines with System Integrity Protection (SIP) disabled, including machines that do not support SIP,' the company said in a statement.

'We've paused the release while we finalize a new update that addresses the problem.'

Sep 26 07:13

Betrayed: District Attorneys Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks”

By MassPrivateI

The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorneys (DAs) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks.

According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one of the 22 definitions includes running a public surveillance network.

What is happening in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County is not an aberration, it is fast becoming commonplace...

Sep 26 04:26

Here's How We Are Silenced By Big Tech

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

This is how they silence us: your content has been secretly flagged as being "unsafe," i.e. "guilty of anti-Soviet thoughts;" poof, you're gone.

Big Tech claims it isn't silencing skeptics, dissenters and critics of the status quo, but it is silencing us. Here's how it's done. Let's start with Twitter. Twitter claims it doesn't shadow ban (Setting the record straight on shadow banning), which it defines as deliberately making someone's content undiscoverable to everyone except the person who posted it, unbeknownst to the original poster.

When you give up and just send Twitter Support a "report on spam," i.e. that your own site is wrongly being labeled spam, you get (of course) an automated response in which Twitter promises to do nothing and tell you nothing.

Sep 25 19:05

Hot and Creepy In Cleveland: 61,000 Smart LED Streetlights and 1000 Cameras Join 5G

By B.N. Frank

Cleveland, Ohio neighborhoods. Now the city’s streetlights have been upgraded to LED bulbs that blind, fry and spy on residents and visitors. At least they waited until the end of summer...

Sep 25 18:45

Facial Recognition for a Free Travel Ticket in China? Welcome To Orwell’s 1984

By Aaron Kesel

China wants to give its prisoners (populace) the ability to pay with their faces to ride subways; this will be combined with its social credit program — which already tracks the communist nation’s citizens traveling — and if points are too low, it prevents travel.

The new program, which must have been assembled from George Orwell’s apparent instruction manual 1984, is slowly rolling out throughout China in several cities, The Standard reported.

In Shenzhen, China, home of OnePlus, Huawei and internet giant Tencent, the city has released a new government system for elderly Chinese. This new program will allow residents of China over the age of 60 to register for free subway rides, using just their face as their ticket...

Sep 25 07:08

Detroit Activists Fighting for Ban on Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

A coalition of grassroots organizations is pushing to end the use of facial recognition technology in the city.

BYP100, Green Light Black Futures, We the People Michigan and Detroit Community Technology Project have banded together to fight what they call “hyper-surveillance and facial recognition technology.” A post on BYP100’s Facebook page proclaims, “We aim to dismantle Project Green Light and Facial recognition software used by police.”...

Sep 25 05:13

Humanitarian Crisis in Kashmir: India’s “Economic Opening” Has “Closed Off Kashmir”

Those many countries, including some leading Great Powers, value their trade ties with India over the human rights of the Kashmiris and respect for the same UN Charter that they all officially agreed to uphold.

The following is the speech that Andrew Korybko gave at the “Humanitarian Crisis In Kashmir: Paths To A Resolution” conference that was held in Moscow on 23 September.

We’re here today to draw attention to what’s been happening in Indian-Occupied Kashmir for the past month and a half, and from the little that we know, it’s extremely alarming. The 8 million people of the valley have been living in lockdown since early August, with a military-imposed curfew upheld by nearly one million Indian troops who have arbitrarily arrested thousands since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A genocide of Muslims in Kashmir, will most probably cause many Muslim countries and individuals to lend military and/or financial aid.

The status of Kashmir, has created a deep,and unhealing gash in the body politic in Kashmir; that the Indian government believes that such a state of things, can go on, unheeded and unhealed, unfortunately, is a really horrific mistake, which can, ultimately, wind up coming back to punish India for its tin ears, in a very awful way.

Sep 24 17:36

Hollywood movie production grinds to a halt after possible virus causes Mac computers to mysteriously shutdown sparking chaos

Mac computers running the movie-editing software, Avid, have been shutting down without explanation across movie studios in Hollywood.

The mass shut downs were first reported by Variety and may indicate the existence of a possible computer virus, though the cause still remains unclear.

Once the computers spontaneously shut down, users are reportedly not able to reboot the machines, meaning affected studios have seen post-production efforts come to a grinding halt.

Sep 24 17:30

Kids Preferred Books to Screens So School Bans iPads and Brings Back Textbooks

By B.N. Frank

More research and more experts warn that excessive screen use isn’t good for kids AND for a variety of reasons.

Silicon Valley parents (aka tech inventors) have been sending their kids to private low-tech schools for many years and limiting their use of tech in their homes.

Unfortunately, many public schools have become “high tech” - and that, of course, requires excessive amounts of screen time. Thanks to Healthy Food House for reporting about one private school in Australia that traded in their tech so students could learn happily ever after...

Sep 24 17:26

Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

Microsoft today issued a rare emergency security update for Internet Explorer to address a critical flaw in the browser that's being exploited right now in the wild.

Redmond says the vulnerability, a scripting-engine memory-corruption bug designated CVE-2019-1367, can be abused by a malicious webpage or email to achieved remote code execution: that means Windows PCs can be hijacked by viewing a suitably booby-trapped website, or message, when using Internet Explorer. Malware, spyware, and other software nasties can be injected to run on the computer, in that case.

Discovery of the flaw, and its exploitation in the wild by miscreants to commandeer systems, was attributed to Clément Lecigne of the Google Threat Analysis Group. The programming blunder is present in at least IE 9 to 11.

Sep 24 16:46

Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams

For those not familiar with this service, Google Alerts allows you to submit keywords that you wish to monitor. When new pages are found that match these keywords, depending on how you create the alert, Google will either send you an email or update an RSS feed.

I have been using Google Alerts for many years in order to track various malware and security topics. Over the past year, if not longer, I have noticed a trend where bad actors are injecting malicious sites into the Google search index in order to have them also appear in Google Alerts being sent to users.

When a user clicks on one of these alerts, they will then be sent to a page that then redirects them through a series of other pages until they finally land at a fake giveaway page, tech support scam, unwanted extension, or malware installers.

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