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Apr 09 12:59

WAL-MART IS ROLLING OUT THE ROBOTS AFTER RAISING MINIMUM WAGE

Offering yet another lesson in how raising the minimum wage can destroy jobs, particularly for the most poorly compensated workers whom activists had intended to help, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Wal-Mart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year, while also expanding into new services like grocery delivery.

Wal-Mart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called "autonomous floor scrubbers" will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is amazing technology; but what happens after humans have been let go, and there is no money to pay for goods and services they desperately need, because they are out of work ?!?

We must stop, as a nation, looking for short term solutions, which shackle us to the past, and look for intelligent, long-term solutions to issues like unemployment caused by the use of AI.

Apr 09 12:57

U.S. Day of Action Demanding Telecoms Suspend 5G Installation Since No Studies Show 5G Exposure is Safe

By B.N. Frank

It’s a shame that 5G has already been installed and continues to be installed in many American communities.  Last summer, Dr. Naomi Wolf reported about 5G being installed in New York City but only after residents and their pets became sick.

Overseas, the first 5G court case was won in Gateshead, England last year - but not until after it had been installed, residents became sick, and some women delivered stillborn babies...

Apr 09 10:26

Hackers Remotely Steer Tesla Model S Using Autopilot System

Researchers at Tencent Keen Security Lab have successfully comprised the autopilot system of a Tesla vehicle, taking control of the vehicle according to a newly published paper that extensively details their research.

The researchers had previously demonstrated their findings at the Black Hat USA 2018 security conference, posted a video online showing the hacks. The new report describes three ways they were able to take control of the vehicle’s autopilot by exploiting several flaws in the Tesla’s electronic control unit (or ECU).

Apr 09 10:17

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Even when your account is deactivated, the social network continues collecting data about your online activities. All that data gets sent back to Facebook and is tied to your account while it's in this state of limbo. It's as if you'd changed nothing.

Facebook says it only removes all of your data if you permanently delete your account.

Apr 09 09:19

'Exodus' spyware that steals your contacts, audio recordings, photos, videos and even your LOCATION spreads to iPhone from Android

Malicious surveillance software previously spotted targeting android phone users in Italy now has an iPhone counterpart, security experts warn.

It looks like a helpful support application from a mobile telecom provider but, once installed, it raids your private information.

The spyware app covertly steals your contacts, audio recordings, photos and videos, along with other sensitive device information like real-time location tracking data.

The app can also be remotely activated to directly listen in on your conversations using your smartphone or tablet's microphone, researchers say.

Apr 09 08:46

This server was online for under a minute before hackers were trying to crack it

It can only take seconds before cyber criminals start attempting to hack into newly connected cloud devices and services, as attackers relentlessly pursue new avenues to exploit for malicious purposes.

Researchers at security company Sophos set up honeypots in ten of the most popular AWS data centre locations around the world -- California, Ohio, Sao Paulo, Ireland, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney -- and connected them to the internet with common configuration errors, such as using default credentials or insecure passwords.

Each of the honeypot sites simulates a Secure Shell (SSH) remote access service, designed to allow users to connect remotely to the device and access files. If attackers can bypass the SSH, they can gain the same level of access as the owner -- and in some cases, gain more control over the device that was ever intended.

Apr 08 12:37

Multiple Chinese Boeing 787s Grounded After GPS Rollover Glitch

On Friday we reported that this weekend, on April 6th, the world was facing another mini "Y2K" event, this time on GPS devices, as they roll over from “week 1024” to “week 1.” If you have a Garmin or a TomTom on which you rely for navigating, you could run into trouble.

Ahead of the big day, navigation technology manufacturer TomTom NV told users on its website that there was “no need to worry” if you frequently update your device, but said those who don’t may find “navigation impossible” among other problems. Separately, GDP nav giant Garmin said its testing had shown the “vast majority” of its GPS devices would handle the rollover without issue, and those that were affected would see an incorrect date and time displayed but “the positioning accuracy will not be affected.”

Apr 08 09:52

How China tried and failed to win the AI race: The inside story

Chances are you've seen the stories, with headlines like "AI-driven technologies reshape city life in Beijing" or "Robots serving up savory food at Chinese artificial intelligence eateries" splashed across the page, a photo of a robot ominously beckoning you to believe one message: China is winning the artificial intelligence (AI) race in its quest to become the global superpower.

You would be wrong.

Apr 08 09:37

Maduro Exposes U.S Sabotage On Electric System Used Chile And Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Saturday that cyber attacks against Venezuela’s electricity system, had come from U.S actors through channels in Colombia and Chile.

“The latest report showed new results of virus introduction into Venezuela’s electrical systems in the computerized system, which points to another type of attack … From Chile and Colombia, they carried out attacks supported by the United States government,” said Maduro during a demonstration in Caracas.

Apr 08 08:19

Dad is locked out of his iPad for 10 MONTHS seconds after his son, 3, tried to enter the wrong password

An author was accidentally locked out of his iPad by his three year old son for 25,536,442 seconds after the toddler repeatedly keyed in the wrong password.

Evan Osnos, a New Yorker staff writer posted the picture of the baffling error from his iPad on Twitter, the equivalent of being locked out for 10 months.

The message read: 'iPad is disabled try again in 25,536,442 seconds minutes.'

Apr 08 08:01

GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GIVE STATE POWER TO BAN WEBSITES

Last week Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced he was appointing Amal Clooney as the UK’s envoy on media freedom. Today Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has put out a government White Paper on ‘Online Harms’ which includes proposals for a regulator which will have the power to ban the websites of non-compliant companies from being accessed in the UK at all. Someone tell Amal quick!

You would think that the likes of Facebook and Twitter would be up in arms – they are not because as Dom Hallas, Executive Director of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), says

Apr 08 07:54

IoT botnet targeting your enterprise? Nope. Just a kid with an ExploitDB account

Headlines like "IoT botnet targets enterprise devices" sound very scary, but the reality is that many of these botnets are the work of kids playing around with random exploits they found online, and many of these botnets die out in a matter of weeks as the authors get bored or move on to other projects.

Apr 08 07:44

Major Browsers to Prevent Disabling of Click Tracking Privacy Risk

Newer versions of Chrome, Safari, and Opera will no longer allow you to disable hyperlink auditing, which is a concern for those seeking maximum privacy. While some of these browsers previously allowed you to disable this feature, newer versions are going in the opposite direction.

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Of all the browsers I tested, only Brave and Firefox currently disable it by default and do not appear to have any plans on enabling it in the future.

Apr 08 07:41

Planetary Ransomware Decryptor Gets Your Files Back For Free

A decryptor for the Planetary Ransomware family was released by Emsisoft this week that allows victims to decrypt their files for free. This ransomware family is named Planetary because it commonly uses the names of planets for the extensions added to encrypted file's names.

Apr 08 07:39

UK Wants to Hold Companies Liable for Harmful Online Behavior

The UK government announced today a set of online safety laws designed to hold the companies behind social media platforms liable for the harmful behavior spreading through their platforms.

As detailed in the Online Harms White Paper joint proposal published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the UK Home Office, the law package "comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups."

Apr 08 07:34

UK govt trying to control online free speech is ‘very serious and sinister’ – analyst to RT

Plans by the UK government to regulate the internet with an independent watchdog, apparently due to widespread concerns over harmful content, should be a worrying wake-up call for advocates of free speech, an analyst tells RT.

John Wight, a writer and political commentator, argues that the mainstream media and their governments in the West do not want to take responsibility for creating the conditions for public cynicism. He claims they are ostensibly trying to curb dissent with this controversial intervention on freedom of expression.

Apr 08 05:07

Russiagate: A Moral Reckoning Is Due

Authored by Renee Parsons via Off-Guardian.org,

With Russiagate, the Democrats created some powerful karma to answer for; especially for the likes of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, (D-Calif.), both of whom persist in the mindless search for the Holy Grail.

After cheating Bernie out of the nomination in 2016, the Dems had not yet learned their karmic lesson when they lost the Presidential election. The Mueller Report is but the latest of that karmic reckoning.

There is no pride in being one of those who “got it right” that there was no evidence, not a scintilla of material fact to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and the dastardly Russians. As the country has been torn asunder by a two year politically tainted investigation begun with no evidentiary standard and no probable cause, there is little satisfaction to be gained.

Apr 08 04:25

AMERICAN INTERNET COMPANIES ARE PRIVATIZED INSTRUMENTS OF AMERICAN GEOPOLITICAL POWER, AND THEY’RE NOT EVEN HIDING IT

Perhaps the one positive thing that’s come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley’s global utopianism anymore.
BY YASHA LEVINE
Originally published at Yasha Levine’s Influence Ops

I was in the New York Public Library recently doing research in the archives when I stumbled on a 1944 pamphlet from Western Electric, the old American techno-telephone monopolist. It’s called “Circuits for Victory” and its 40 glossy, slickly produced pages are dedicated to one thing: celebrating all the ways that the company’s telecommunication technology helps the United States government fight and win wars.

The pamphlet is a historical document, but if you squint at it right and replace “Western Electric” with, say, “Facebook” or “Google” or “Amazon,” you actually get an accurate sense of what Silicon Valley monopolies are today: privatized extensions of American Empire.

Apr 07 08:38

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Can See Automation Liberating Americans. Don’t Bet on It.

Recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent figures in the Democratic Party, weighed in with remarks that garnered a great deal of attention.

“We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in,” Ocasio-Cortez said, putting the anti-1-percenter firmly on the side of the optimistic 52 percent of technologists.

But something else she said got less attention, and spoke more to the pressing issue: The “reason we’re not excited by it is because we live in a society where if you don’t have a job, you are left to die. And that is, at its core, our problem.”

Apr 06 09:23

Hackers keep North Korea’s weapons program running

One of the key elements of any deal to denuclearize North Korea will be easing the many-layered sanctions regime that the United Nations and countries around the world have placed on the North. On paper, these sanctions impose restrictions on financial transfers, seafood imports, oil and gas trading, and a host of other activities. In reality, North Korea has found a lot of ways to make money. One of those methods? Wired reports that an elite hacking team comprising fewer than 20 individuals pilfered $1 billion in 2018 alone.

Apr 06 09:21

A TOP PROGRESSIVE CONSULTING FIRM IS DOING PR FOR AN ISRAELI SPY COMPANY

A PROMINENT POLITICAL communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world.

NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tries to turn around its marred image.

The hiring, which was first reported by FastCompany, is the latest example of how SKDKnickerbocker is anything but progressive, despite the way it markets itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'HEY, AFAB! (anything for a buck!)" Official Israeli software company souse.

Apr 06 07:56

Information Clearing House . Info ***UPDATE

Please forgive the interruption in service. It has been necessary to relocate our website to a more secure hosting provider.

The migration may take a couple of days and I ask for your patience as we strive to restore service.

Peace and joy
Tom Feeley
Last updated on: April 5, 2019 14:25 EDT

Apr 06 01:10

Hospital Viruses: Fake Cancerous Nodes in CT Scans, Created by Malware, Trick Radiologists

Researchers in Israel created malware to draw attention to serious security weaknesses in medical imaging equipment and networks.

Apr 05 13:14

Leaked Emails Suggest Google Is A Leftist Cult

Google can't even buy off the Heritage Foundation without their cult-like leftist employees having conniption fits!

Apr 05 11:43

AUSSIE SENATE RUSHES THRU BILL THAT WOULD FINE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES FOR NOT TAKING DOWN 'ABHORRENT' CONTENT FAST ENOUGH

Following the Christchurch mosque shooting, the New Zealand government swiftly declared footage and photos of the shooting illegal and started rounding up citizens who violated the censorship body's new declaration. The government of its closest neighbor has responded to the tragedy in a similar fashion, outlawing the sharing of "abhorrent violent material."

Tragedies make for bad laws. And Australia -- while relatively short on tragedy -- has been crafting some supremely bad laws lately. The national security flag was waved around a bit to justify encryption-breaking mandates. Now, the government has rushed through a bill targeting content like the Christchurch shooter's livestream of his violent act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sorry; but how will this law define "not taking down quickly enough", in a moment when the horrific images are live-streamed?!?

My deepest sympathies for those who got killed or maimed in this brutal assassination; but there is something about this which just doesn't pass the
smell test for me, and I am not quite sure what.

But here is a companion piece about this legislation:

After Christchurch shooting, Australia doubles-down on being stampeded into catastrophically stupid legislation.

Apr 05 11:33

Study: Right-Wing 'Dominates Online Political Debate'

The right is crushing it on social media, according to a new study.

Naturally, the media is calling for mass censorship as a result and labeling said right-wingers as "far right."

Apr 05 11:24

MAJOR VULNERABILITY POTENTIALLY IMPACTED 150 MILLION SMARTPHONE USERS WORLDWIDE

Researchers have discovered multiple vulnerabilities in a pre-installed app on phones made by one of the world’s biggest smartphone vendors that potentially impacted the privacy and security of more than 150 million Android users worldwide.

According to security researchers at Check Point Research, the vulnerabilities were found in an app pre-installed on smartphones made by Xiaomi, the biggest mobile phone manufacturer in China and India, and the fourth biggest by market share in the world.

The app in question was a self-proclaimed security app dubbed “Guard Provider,” which promised to protect Xiaomi users from malware. But Check Point found that the app’s failure to encrypt virus database updates opened Xiaomi users to man in the middle attacks (MiTM) when users connected to public WiFi hotspots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THAT... is an industrial strength "oops there!"

Apr 05 10:50

TSA PLANS TO PUT NEW LYING SIGNS IN AIRPORTS

According to a press release issued today by the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA plans to start posting signs as shown above in airports throughout the USA, claiming that “ID Requirements Are Changing” and that “Beginning Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID compliant license or another acceptable form of ID, such
as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the U.S.”

According to today’s TSA press release:

REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

These signs and this and similar press releases are lies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As some of you may know, my late Dad, Spencer, was an aircraft instrument mechanic, with whom his employer always had what I would describe as a "love/hate relationship", because dad NEVER signed off on the air-worthiness of an instrument before it went back on a plane, unless the instrument calibrated out perfectly.

That meant that the place's departure would be delayed, which infuriated his employer,but Spencer wanted to make sure that every instrument on which he signed off, was perfect.

When I was a kid, I used to love to fly, because I believed that every aircraft instrument mechanic took his job as seriously as did my Dad.

But since the TSA got its talons around air travel, I absolutely dread it.

Terrorist, me?!? NO ONE in their right mind would ever have that opinion of me, if they got to know me.

As a Christian pacifist activist I want to see the ending of wars as a means of settling international disputes, not more of them, thank you very much.

But this has been a paradigm shift in American culture, that when one travels, one is presumed "guilty until proven innocent", harking back to Code Napoleon.

As a thinking Christian, and someone who cares about the future trajectory of both US foreign and domestic policies, I abhor this shift in American values.

Apr 05 10:31

ASSANGE 'WILL BE' ARRESTED IN 'HOURS TO DAYS,' WIKILEAKS SAYS

WikiLeaks has quoted a “high-level” Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him.

WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder “will be expelled within ‘hours to days'” from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested.

President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a “high level source” in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Brits get Assange, I am quite sure they will hand him over to American authorities, who want to make, probably, a very messy example of what happens to people who tell the truth, but are "an embarrassment" to the Power Structure here in the US.

Apr 05 08:03

Quack “skeptic” Stephen Barrett exposed as agent provocateur working to discredit natural medicine on Wikipedia

Over the past year, Richard Gale and his team of sleuths from the Progressive Radio Network (PRN) put many hours’ worth of legwork into digging up every detail they could find about Barrett and his fellow anti-truth cronies, as well as their ongoing collusion with Wikipedia. They then compiled what they uncovered into 24 separate investigative stories, unveiling a treasure trove of truth about Big Tech and Big Pharma’s relentless war against natural medicine.

In its piece on Barrett and Wikipedia specifically, PRN revealed that the “skeptics” have basically hijacked editorial control over all of the Wikipedia entries associated with things like chiropractic, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), homeopathy, naturopathy, and many other forms of natural medicine, and altered them with descriptions basically pegging them as unsubstantiated “quackery.”

Apr 05 07:48

Satnavs and even power grids could go haywire due to a ‘GPS rollover’ bug that will strike this weekend, experts warn

Motorists, sailors and pilots using GPS technology could all be affected on Saturday at 1am GMT - with the risk greatest with older models of satnav.

But GPS is also used in many other applications, including the electricity grid, which could also be hit, experts warned.

The warning has been issued by the National Physical Laboratory in the UK as well as satnav makers TomTom and Garmin.

The problem is that the timing system on many older models is due to reset - or ‘rollover’ - this weekend.

The NPL said the effects of the ‘GPS rollover’ were ‘truly unpredictable’.

But it could mean the time and date - as well as the estimated time of arrival at destination - going wrong in your car’s satnav, with a software update needed to fix it.

Apr 05 07:33

Hacker group has been hijacking DNS traffic on D-Link routers for three months

Other router models have also been targeted, such as ARG, DSLink, Secutech, and TOTOLINK.

Apr 05 07:30

Microsoft's eBook store: When this closes, your books disappear too

There’s bad news for users of Microsoft’s eBook store: the company is closing it down, and, with it, any books bought through the service will no longer be readable.

To soften the blow, the company has promised to refund any customers who bought books through the store (a clue that there may not have been that many of them, hence the closure. Microsoft did not offer further comment).

But just think about that for a moment. Isn’t it strange? If you’re a Microsoft customer, you paid for those books. They’re yours.

Except, I’m afraid, they’re not, and they never were - when you hand over money for your “book”, what you’re really paying for is access to the book. That access, per the terms and conditions of every major eBook store, can be taken away at any moment.

Apr 05 07:26

Beware of Calls Saying Your Social Security Number is Suspended

A common phone call scam that people have been receiving states that your Social Security number is suspended for suspicious activity. It then prompts you to speak to a government agent in order to receive help resolving the issue.

This scam has been going on for over a year, if not longer, and are robocalls that pretend to be from a government official who states that suspicious or fraudulent activity associated with your social security number has been detected. The robocall then prompts you to call back or speak to an agent in order to resolve the issue.

As the FTC notes, Social Security numbers cannot be suspended, so any calls stating that they are is simply a scam. The attackers are just trying to trick you into providing your birth date, bank account numbers, social security numbers, and other sensitive information.

Apr 05 05:11

This Weekend Is Y2K for GPS Systems: Experts Warn the Grid, Finance, & Transportation Are at Risk

This weekend, on April 6th, we're having another Y2K. This one is on GPS devices, as they roll over from "week 1024" to "week 1."

Best case? Nothing happens.

Not so great case? If you have a Garmin or a TomTom on which you rely for navigating, you could run into trouble.

Worst case? Some experts warn that the power grid, transportation, and the financial system could be affected.

Here's what you need to know.

Apr 04 19:08

Facebook Got Caught Phishing For Friends

By Bennett Cyphers and Jason Kelley

Once again, Facebook is in the news for bad security practices, dark design patterns, and secretly reappropriating sensitive data meant for “authentication” to its own ends. Incredibly, this time, the company managed to accomplish all three in one fell swoop...

Apr 04 13:59

AFTER CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTING, AUSTRALIA DOUBLES DOWN ON BEING STAMPEDED INTO CATASTROPHICALLY STUPID TECH LAWS

Australia leads "developed democracies" in the adoption of poorly thought-through, dangerous tech laws, thanks to its ban on working cryptography, rushed through in late 2018; now, with no debate or consultation, the Australian Parliament has passed a law that gives tech companies one hour to remove "violent materials" from their platforms with penalties for noncompliance of up to 10% of annual global turnover.

Apr 04 09:49

Ethiopian Investigators Demand Review Of Boeing 737 Max Flight Control System: Full Report Released

Update (1205ET): Boeing issued the following statement regarding the release today of the preliminary investigation report of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 by the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

"I'd like to reiterate our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the accident," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister.

"We thank Ethiopia's Accident Investigation Bureau for its hard work and continuing efforts. Understanding the circumstances that contributed to this accident is critical to ensuring safe flight. We will carefully review the AIB's preliminary report, and will take any and all additional steps necessary to enhance the safety of our aircraft."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sorry, but all the apologies and excuses claptrap Boeing is trying to sell here, will be of very cold comfort to those who have lost friends and family because of a known flaw in the plane's system.

All the Boeing executives who knew this flaw existed, but hurried its development out the door while crossing their collective fingers, should be tried by jury, and if found guilty, should be doing hard time at a NON "Club Fed."

This should never happen again, period, end of discussion.

Apr 04 08:49

Facebook left hundreds of MILLIONS of users' private data exposed to the public on Amazon's cloud servers, report claims

The data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users is being stored in plain sight on Amazon's cloud servers, security researchers have found.

Highly sensitive data was posted for the public to see and download, ranging from passwords, email addresses, account names and identification numbers to comments and reactions.

The storage servers weren't password protected, meaning anyone could view or download the data on them.

Researchers at cybersecurity firm UpGuard discovered the data exposure, according to Bloomberg.

It marks the latest in a litany of privacy debacles at Facebook, many of which have erupted in the past few months.

Apr 04 08:48

Hackers crack online defences and gain access to 'high value' data in just TWO HOURS during a test of UK universities' resilience to cyber attacks

Hackers were able to gain access to 'high-value' data within just two hours during a test of universities' defences against cyber attacks.

The tests were carried out by 'ethical' hackers from Jisc, a Government-funded agency which provides universities and colleges with digital support.

Within the time-frame, they had a 100 per cent track record of penetrating their defences and accessing personal data, according to the report.

They were able to reach personal information from both students and staff, override financial systems and access research databases.

Apr 04 08:42

Windows 10 1809's second update finally arrives, trailing 1803's patch by 2 weeks

Microsoft finally released the second cumulative update for Windows 10 1809 this week, two weeks after the corresponding updates for earlier supported versions of Windows 10 were delivered.

As noted by Ghacks, the second cumulative update for version 1803 arrived on March 20. The delay could be because Microsoft is doing more testing before releasing cumulative updates to Windows 10 1809 after all the problems it's faced with this version and subsequent updates.

This update, KB4490481, bumps up version 1809 to Build 17763.404 and comes as Microsoft gears up to release Windows 10 version 1903, the first major feature update for Windows 10 in 2019.

Apr 04 08:37

Facebook paying UK newspaper the Telegraph to publish glowing coverage amid scandals – report

Facing an onslaught of negative headlines and critical press coverage, Facebook has begun paying UK paper the Daily Telegraph to run admiring stories about the “positive impact” the social media giant can have on people’s lives.

The partnership has seen the Telegraph run 26 stories defending Facebook over the last month, dismissing “technofears” about the company, while dealing with issues of key importance, including terrorist content, online safety and cyberbullying, Business Insider reported.

Apr 04 08:33

Think Tank Proves Mass Censorship of Internet Worldwide. The Role of Search Engines. What are the Solutions

“The only legitimate role of search engines is to provide relevant search results, to facilitate public access to information. The only legitimate role of social media platforms is to facilitate public access to communications. … Content carriers have no legal nor moral authority to be self-appointed censors, nor to be self-proclaimed arbiters of Fact or Truth.” – Prince Judge Matthew of Thebes

At the request of the international Judiciary, the Council on Alternative Policy Studies (CAPS), an inter-governmental university think tank, has issued a ground-breaking exposé report proving the shocking reality of full-scale mass censorship of the Internet worldwide, and giving practical solutions for individuals to gain open access to uncensored Internet resources.

The 30-page think-tank report, entitled “How to Break Free From Internet Censorship Now”, concludes that

Apr 03 16:38

After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn't Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters

Riester also suggests that France may be the first to transpose the Directive into French law, meaning that it may be implemented long before required under the Directive. As he said: "there is no time to lose on this subject." If you're a site that has any user-generated content in France, good luck. Your government just sold you out. Of course, if you're a company selling filters, I guess send your lobbyists over to Paris quick and cash in.

Apr 03 16:33

Researcher prints 'PWNED!' on hundreds of GPS watches' maps due to unfixed API

A German security researcher has printed the word "PWNED!" on the tracking maps of hundreds of GPS watches after the watch vendor ignored vulnerability reports for more than a year, leaving thousands of GPS-tracking watches --some of which are used by children and the elderly-- open to attackers.

Apr 03 16:32

Israeli group says network of bots is stumping for Netanyahu

An Israeli watchdog group said Monday that it found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s elections.

Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam, two researchers operating the Big Bots Project, said in a report that they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts spreading messages in support of Netanyahu’s Likud party and smearing his opponents. Likud denied the allegations.

Adam said his project discovered a network that included a number of real people, along with hundreds of Twitter accounts that appeared to be fake or duplicate.

“One person might be operating tens or hundreds of accounts at the same time,” he told The Associated Press.

Apr 03 16:21

Boeing delays 737 MAX software fix delivery

Delivery of Boeing’s promised fix to the flight system software at the center of two 737 MAX crash investigations has been pushed back several weeks after an internal review by engineers not connected to the aircraft raised additional safety questions. The results of the “non-advocate” review have not been revealed, but the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on April 1 that the software needed additional work.

Apr 03 12:00

Apple hardware problems: iPad Pro users report stuttering screen, unresponsive keys

After apologizing for the MacBook's lingering butterfly keyboard problems, Apple is now facing a growing number of complaints about the soft keyboard and the screen on its premium iPad Pro tablets.

MacRumors reports a recent uptick in complaints from owners of Apple's 2017 and 2018 iPad Pro tablets about the reliability of the pricey tablet's screen.

Users on the MacRumors forum and the Apple Support communities forum are complaining about iPad Pro devices failing to register touches, stuttering when scrolling and missing key taps when typing.

An owner of the $1,749 iPad Pro with 1TB of storage and 6GB or RAM running iOS 12.1.3 explained that the problems with the screen started a few weeks ago.

Apr 03 11:27

How Robinhood Makes Money

Apr 03 08:14

Aibo's dark side: Why Illinois bans Sony's robot dog

The $2,900 pup is a companion robot, one Sony claims "learns its environment and develops relationships with people." Aibo even enlists a camera in its nose to scan faces and determine who's who so it can react to them differently.

Because of our office pet's face-detecting capabilities, Sony doesn't sell Aibo in Illinois. The state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) regulates the collection of biometric data, including face scans.

So Aibo's out in the land of Lincoln, but the story doesn't stop with Sony's quirky robot. Illinois also limits access to facial recognition in home security cameras, a feature that's becoming increasingly prevalent in the consumer security market. Let's take a closer look at BIPA, the growth of biometric tech in consumer products -- and how other states in the US treat your biometric info.

Apr 03 08:11

THE U.S. MILITARY IS HIRING HACKERS TO KILL SMALL DRONES

The U.S. Navy is hiring a new team of hackers, engineers, and scientists to find ways to stop swarms of commercial drones.

Drones are causing problems for militaries around the world, and the Navy wants to make sure it can prevent more issues as the technology gets more sophisticated, according to Defense One — a chilling glimpse of the future of counter-insurgent warfare.

ARMS RACE
Off-the-shelf drones can already disrupt airports and be used as makeshift bombs, and the military has taken note of the threat, developing lasers and digital tools to counter the emerging threat.

The Navy is now joining forces with the Army on an anti-drone project called JYN (named after, yes, a “Star Wars” character). According to a memo reviewed by Defense One, Navy leadership sees anti-drone efforts as a crucial step to stay on top of new technological weaponry.

KEEPING PACE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sounds as though the US military is squarely behind in the development of this anti-drone technology, and - yet again - in spite of the massive budgets it receives, is having to play "catch-up" here.

Apr 03 08:10

Government Collecting Everything You Do

(*it's Captal "O"
with an Underscore, then a Capital "L"
doors open , don't bother to "kick" !)

Apr 03 08:06

AMERICAN IDIOCRACY: 50 YEARS LATER, WE’RE STILL STRANDED IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”—Rod Serling

Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?

Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” we’re trapped in a topsy-turvy, all-too-real land of corruption, brutality and lies, where freedom, justice and integrity play second fiddle to political ambition, corporate greed, and bureaucratic tyranny.

It’s not merely that life in the American Police State is more brutal, or more unjust, or even more corrupt. It’s getting more idiotic, more perverse, and more outlandish by the day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Serling was not just an incredible writer; he was a prophet, on that issue.

Apr 03 07:57

ECUADOR PRESIDENT THREATENS TO DECIDE ASSANGE’S FATE OVER SCANDAL

Ecuador’s president is threatening to soon decide on Julian Assange’s refuge after his government falsely accused WikiLeaks of publishing files about a scandal that threatens to bring the president down, as Elizabeth Vos reports.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Tuesday he would decide “in the short term” the fate of Julian Assange after claiming that WikiLeaks had “repeatedly violated” the terms of Assange’s asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy by commenting on a scandal linking a Panamanian investment company with Moreno and his family.

Those conditions, or protocol, were imposed by Ecuador on Assange in March 2018 and bar him from commenting publicly on political matters in exchange for being allowed to remain a refugee in the embassy. Assange never agreed to the protocol, which contradicts international refugee law guaranteeing freedom of expression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Moreno is simply setting the stage for remanding Assange into US custody, and is hoping the scandal will blow over, and be forgotten, before Assange arrives in the US, most likely in shackles and leg irons.

And there is a very interesting related article, dated February 2019, which asks the question; Equador; turning right?!?

The next Presidential election happens in Ecuador in 2021, but Moreno is putting his "ducks in a row", so that most Ecuadorian voters will have forgotten about this; there is also a tantalizing bit of business from the Mueller investigations, dated last December, which makes it very clear that Moreno wanted Assange out of the country's embassy, and quickly; Ecuadorian President talked with Manafort about removing Assange from embassy

The article goes on to state:

"The New York Times was first to report that President Lenin Moreno and his aides had expressed their desire to have Assange leave the embassy in at least two meetings with Manafort in exchange for concessions from the US like debt relief, citing three people familiar with the talks. Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy, since 2012."

So, I have to wonder; what will President Trump's "quid pro quo" be, as this evolves?!?

Apr 03 07:23

FACEBOOK CAUGHT ASKING FOR NEW USERS' EMAIL PASSWORDS

Facebook users are being interrupted by an interstitial demanding they provide the password for the email account they gave to Facebook when signing up. “To continue using Facebook, you’ll need to confirm your email,” the message demands. “Since you signed up with [email address], you can do that automatically …”

A form below the message asked for the users’ “email password.”

“That’s beyond sketchy,” security consultant Jake Williams told the Daily Beast. “They should not be taking your password or handling your password in the background. If that’s what’s required to sign up with Facebook, you’re better off not being on Facebook.”

At this point, the most unsettling thing about Facebook is that it keeps churning out the apologies and promises as it descends to abuses that would have seems impossible to get away with even a few years ago. It's a wolf with a tiny, creepy sheep mask balanced on its snout that far too many journalists feel bound to respect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have zero respect for what started out as a great platform, but got "absorbed into the borg" of surveillance for the US government.

Apr 02 17:53

Signed as Law: Utah Bans Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud

By Michael Maharrey

Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that requires police to get a warrant before accessing data stored in the “cloud.” The new law will not only increase privacy protections in Utah; it will also hinder the federal surveillance state.

Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) sponsored House Bill 57 (HB57). The new law prohibits law enforcement agencies from accessing electronic information or data transmitted to a “remote computing service” without a warrant based on probable cause in most situations. In effect, it will prohibit police from warrantlessly accessing information uploaded into the “cloud.”...

Apr 02 17:45

Your Fourth Amendment Rights Should Not be Limited by Terms of Service

By Jennifer Lynch

Last week, we filed an amicus brief in U.S. v. Wilson, a federal appellate case, in which we argued that email providers’ terms of service can’t limit your Fourth Amendment rights. This is the second brief we’ve filed in less than a year addressing this important point.

Email and other electronic communications can contain highly personal, intimate details of our lives. As one court noted, through emails, “[l]overs exchange sweet nothings, and businessmen swap ambitious plans, all with the click of a mouse button.” In an age where almost all of us now communicate via email, text, or some other messaging service, electronic communications are effectively no different from letters, which the Supreme Court held were protected by the Fourth Amendment way back in 1878...

Apr 02 16:39

NZ tech company discovers major Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox bug

Aura, a government-owned tech company, has discovered what it is calling a "very big" software flaw in the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers.

The bug allows a user's private photos and sensitive documents such as passports, driver licenses and other identifying content to be uploaded to websites, and to be obtained by malicious hackers.

The bug was discovered by Alex Nikolova, a security analyst based in the company's Wellington office, and at the time of discovery had affected up to one in 10 browsers worldwide, or more than 300 million users.

Nikolova first found the vulnerability in February and notified Mozilla and Google (the two companies who develop the web browsers).

Apr 02 12:03

US hackers helped UAE spy on Al Jazeera chairman: Reuters

A group of American hackers who once worked for United States intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against Qatar, a Reuters investigation has found.

The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence programme that spied on dissidents, fighters and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven's existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed US journalists.

Apr 02 09:48

Report: FBI doesn’t warn hacking victims of their rights

Americans caught up in international cyberespionage campaigns are routinely being left in the dark by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department’s watchdog said in a report published Monday.

The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General said that advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in “national security cyber cases,” echoing a 2017 Associated Press report that found the FBI was routinely failing to warn targets of Russian hackers that their personal emails were under threat.

The inspector general quoted the FBI’s Office of Victim Assistance saying that out-of-date guidelines were among the problems that kept American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice.

Apr 02 09:32

GOOGLE HELPS GOVERNMENT CONDUCT WARRANTLESS SEARCHES, ALLEGES EPIC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”), a civil liberties group based in Washington D.C., filed an amicus brief in the United States vs. Wilson case concerning Google scanning billions of users’ files for unlawful content and then sending that information to law enforcement agencies.

BYPASSING THE FOURTH AMENDMENT
EPIC alleges that law enforcement is using Google, a private entity, to bypass the Fourth Amendment, which requires due process and probable cause before “searching or seizing” someone’s property.

As a private entity, Google doesn’t have to abide by the Fourth Amendment as the government has to, so it can do those mass searches on its behalf and then give the government the results. The U.S. government has been increasingly using this strategy to bypass Fourth Amendment protections of U.S. citizens and to expand its warrantless surveillance operations further.

IMAGE HASHES VS. IMAGE MATCHES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That unholy triumverate of Google, Facebook and Twitter, now have extraordinary powers with which to punish innocent, ordinary citizens, and have collectively become 4th branch of the US government; these now include the Judiciary, Congress, the White House, and Surveillance.

Apr 02 09:29

Silicon Shtetl: These Haredi Startups Are Headed to New York

The ultra-Orthodox population is underrepresented in Israel’s booming technology ecosystem. According to a 2017 study by the Israeli Ministry of Finance, ultra-Orthodox Jews make up around 10% of the population but only 0.7% of those employed in the tech sector. This discrepancy is partially attributed to a focus on religious studies by many ultra-Orthodox men and to a network-based recruitment process that favors veterans of elite military units, leaving out Israel’s marginalized groups, including ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs with an Israeli citizenship.

Apr 02 09:20

HERE COMES THE SPLINTERNET: HOW THE EU IS HELPING BREAK APART THE INTERNET

...this latest effort is hamfisted in the extreme, and may have the effect of splintering the internet beyond what seemed possible even a few years ago. In the wake of GDPR’s passage, Europeans couldn’t visit the websites of some US publishers for months as new privacy frameworks were put into place. That sort of thing may be about to become a lot more common. The time has now come to speak of the internets, plural. And to get around, you might just need a passport.

Basically, as Newton notes, it just might not be worth it for many sites to serve EU visitors:

Apr 02 09:11

Hackers reveal how to trick a Tesla into steering towards oncoming traffic

A team of hackers has managed to trick the Tesla Autopilot feature into dive-bombing into the wrong lane remotely through root control and a few stickers.

Researchers from Tencent Keen Security Lab published a report this week (.PDF) on their findings, which shows how the Tesla Autopilot system engine control unit (ECU) can be abused through root security weaknesses in software version 18.6.1 to gain remote control of a Tesla Model S steering wheel.

The team was able to dynamically inject malicious code into controlling mechanisms to remotely take control of the steering wheel from a mobile device. This device was connected to a gamepad via Bluetooth for approximate steering.

Apr 02 09:05

FINGER VEIN VENDING MACHINES AND A GLOBAL BIOMETRIC POLICE DATABASE

Gone are the days when you could use a "slug" to purchase a can of soda, because today's vending machines will know who you are and your criminal record before you purchase an item.

American Green Vending Machine (AGM) uses finger vein readers to identify each customer.

"The American Green Smart System is an age verification system that allows the opportunity of merchandising and selling age restricted products. American Green’s technology interface is one of a kind and does some pretty cool things such as vein verification biometrics."

Customers must register their personal biometrics and information with AGM before they are allowed to purchase anything.

What makes this story so disturbing, is corporate America's rush to put biometric scanners everywhere.

Imagine in the not too distant future, your new car using a built-in TSA biometric scanner to identify you and your family before you even enter a sports stadium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that there is a database on all of us right now, but I have to wonder; at what point will these databases start to link up, and deny us access to the simplest, most innocent things we may want to buy?

Because I think that this will be happening sooner rather than later.

Apr 02 08:59

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Press Conference – The Science of Vaccines Forum

Apr 02 08:53

Netanyahu campaign boosted by slander bots calling opponent 'mentally ill', 'gay', 'rapist' – report

Ahead of parliamentary elections in Israel next week, a watchdog group claims to have exposed a network of fake accounts supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and slandering his opponents, including false rape accusations.

In a campaign already marred by pending corruption and bribery charges, Netanyahu's Likud party certainly does not need another scandal with eight days left before Israelis head to the polls. Nonetheless, a selectively released report by Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam of social-media watchdog group Big Bots Project claims that a nexus of hundreds of fake accounts has been disseminating messages of support for the ruling party, while maliciously attacking their opponents. While it is difficult to say exactly how many fake accounts were actually involved, the project identified at least 400.

Apr 02 08:52

Israeli watchdog finds fake social media accounts in support of PM Netanyahu ahead of elections

An Israeli watchdog has said that it found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week’s elections. Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam, two researchers operating the Big Bots Project, said in a report published on Monday that they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts spreading messages in support of Netanyahu’s Likud party and smearing his opponents. Israelis head to the polls in eight days, and Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term in office.

Apr 02 08:49

WHY THE DNC WAS NOT HACKED BY THE RUSSIANS by Binney and Johnson

The FBI, CIA and NSA claim that the DNC emails published by WIKILEAKS on July 22, 2016 were obtained via a Russian hack, but more than three years after the alleged “hack” no forensic evidence has been produced to support that claim. In fact, the available forensic evidence contradicts the official account that blames the leak of the DNC emails on a Russian internet “intrusion”. The existing evidence supports an alternative explanation--the files taken from the DNC between 23 and 25May 2016 and were copied onto a file storage device, such as a thumb drive.

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