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Jun 17 05:07

'Most dangerous' hackers targeting U.S. utilities — report

Some of the world's most dangerous hackers have zeroed in on the U.S. power sector in recent months, according to a nonpublic alert issued by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. this spring and new research.

The grid regulator sounded the alarm on March 1 with the industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos Inc. over a notorious hacking group known as "Xenotime" in the report. Xenotime has been spotted hitting U.S. electric utilities with "reconnaissance and potential initial access operations" since late last year, the alert said.

Jun 16 10:01

Axing America’s Android: Huawei files to trademark own mobile operating system worldwide

Chinese technology giant Huawei is in the process of launching its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) to replace Google’s Android OS, the firm’s vice president of public affairs and communications Andrew Williamson, has said.

Huawei was blacklisted last month by US President Donald Trump’s administration which accused the company of spying for the Chinese government. The world’s biggest maker of telecoms network gear was barred from doing business with US tech companies, including Alphabet’s Google, whose Android OS is used in Huawei’s phones.

Jun 16 06:15

THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE BETWEEN DNA SITES AND FACIAL RECOGNITION

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM

BY DAGNY TAGGART

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and outrage) about that technology as well.

Genealogy sites have been making the news of late, mainly for concerns over how our personal data is used – and who has access to that information.

ENGINEERS ARE FIGURING OUT HOW TO MATCH DNA TO FACES IN A DATABASE.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Humankind is, swiftly, falling down into the " digital rabbit hole", where any dystopian government can use this kind of information to tar an innocent person, make it appear that they were at a crime scene, and did the crime, to shut them up, and shut them off, if their narrative or questions did not meet the precise narrative of that government.

This... is truly chilling.

Jun 16 05:43

The Unholy Alliance Between DNA Sites and Facial Recognition

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Jun 16 05:41

Social media erupts as Target checkout registers malfunction across the country

# TargetDown was trending on social media after Targets across the country were hit with outages, leading to headache for customers trying make purchases on Saturday.

Target said in a statement that it was working to resolve the issue as hundreds of people remained trapped in long lines, some abandoning ship and leaving their grocery-laden carts strewn about at many of the company’s 1,800-plus stores in the U.S.

“We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible,” Target said over social media.

Jun 16 05:22

Hack away! NYT says US planted CYBER KILL SWITCH in Russian power grid… media shrugs

The best defense is a good offense: the US seems to have taken this maxim to its logical conclusion, and has “aggressively” hacked Russia’s power grid, according to a new report. God forbid the shoe were on the other foot.

An in-depth report in the New York Times on Saturday lays out an alleged ongoing US operation to penetrate and implant malware in Russia’s power grid, partly as “a warning” to Moscow, and partly to stake out the high ground should competition between the two powers one day spill over into outright cyber warfare.

Jun 16 05:18

US ramps up attacks on Russian power grid

The Pentagon is intensifying its attacks on Russia’s power grid in the latest sign of a growing cyber war between the U.S. and the Kremlin.

The U.S. has infiltrated Russia’s electric power grid among other unnamed targets, inserting American malware into the systems in response to heightened Russian cyber aggression and political meddling, including efforts to influence recent U.S. elections, according to the New York Times.

Although the Times provided few specific details on the attacks, officials said U.S. malware has the potential to cripple Russia’s electric infrastructure and is unprecedented in terms of its reach and aggressiveness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish to remind everyone that the US has set a policy that a cyber attack on infrastructure would be considered an act of war.

Jun 15 12:12

Scott Adams: Who Will Win Democrat Debates, Odds of War With Iran, Foreign Influence

Comments at:

President Trump is schooling America on how to be smart
Russian citizen offers you information, what’s your objective?
Iran should “trust their God” and allow their people internet access
MAJOR healthcare news…and it wasn’t reported by ANY network
Mexico can’t admit the cartels control their northern border area
Mexico can’t do anything about the cartels
Comparing social media traffic across platforms…topic related censoring?
Democrat debates:
Who is capable of breaking out as a star?
Who will see their poll numbers drop after the debates
“Poortown” concept for cheap water, cheap energy, improved homes
New standards to improve quality of life

Jun 15 11:09

Thousands Sign Petition Calling for 5G Ban at Glastonbury Festival. No Scientific Evidence 5G is Safe.

By B.N. Frank

In February, telecom industry representatives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they could provide no scientific evidence that 5G technology is safe. Plenty of research has determined it’s not safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that increasing levels of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) could lead to increased health issues for 30% of the population. Experts have warned about this before. Other health experts – including the American Academy of Pediatrics – have been warning for years now that children are more affected by exposure than adults.

It doesn’t make sense that despite all of this (and more) 5G is still being promoted and unleashed around the world. Opposition is growing, though – including in the town of Glastonbury, England whose council has voted against installing it there for now...

Jun 15 09:50

The Unholy Alliance Between DNA Sites and Facial Recognition

By Dagny Taggart

Technology that was once only seen in dystopian science fiction is rapidly infecting real life. Two means of collecting personal data – DNA databases and facial recognition software – are forming an unholy alliance, and the privacy implications could be devastating.

Privacy concerns surrounding DNA and facial recognition aren’t anything new. As the popularity of DNA genealogy websites like Ancestry DNA and 23andMe increase, so do questions over who has access to that data and how it will be used. The use of facial recognition and other biometric data technology is on the rise, and people are expressing concerns (and outrage) about that technology as well...

Jun 15 05:57

IN COURT, FACEBOOK BLAMES USERS FOR DESTROYING THEIR OWN RIGHT TO PRIVACY

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before members of both houses of Congress and told them his company respected the privacy of the roughly two billion people who use it. “Privacy” remained largely undefined throughout Zuckerberg’s televised flagellations, but he mentioned the concept more than two dozen times, including when he told the Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees, “We have a broader responsibility to protect people’s privacy even beyond” a consent decree from federal privacy regulators, and when he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “We believe that everyone around the world deserves good privacy controls.” A year later, Zuckerberg claimed in interviews and essays to have discovered the religion of personal privacy and vowed to rebuild the company in its image.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing!!

Jun 15 05:41

RUSSIA TO BAN VPN PROVIDERS THAT REFUSE TO AID CENSORSHIP

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Back in 2016 Russia introduced a new surveillance bill promising to deliver greater security to the country. Of course, as with so many similar efforts around the world the bill actually did the exact opposite -- not only mandating new encryption backdoors, but also imposing harsh new data-retention requirements on ISPs and VPN providers. As a result, some VPN providers like Private Internet Access wound up leaving the country after finding their entire function eroded and having some of their servers seized.
Last March Russia upped the ante, demanding that VPN providers like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish, and HideMyAss help block forbidden websites that have been added to Russia's censorship watchlist. Not surprisingly those companies balked at the request, and now Russia's moving on to what was the goal from the start: banning these companies from doing business entirely.

Jun 14 15:03

Mark Zuckerberg Wants His Own Currency — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

This new “ecosystem” may well be a benefit to new and existing crypto-markets and will certainly be a benefit to Zuckerberg’s burgeoning bank account. But will consumers be any safer when their finances are tracked, their purchases monitored, and their lives further centralized by a company that has such a poor record of protecting personal data and a willful disregard for privacy?

Jun 14 10:15

Instagram goes down for an hour AGAIN: Social media app crashes for users around the world for second time in days

Instagram has been hit by a major global outage, preventing users around the world from accessing the Facebook-owned social media app.

The app began experiencing problems around 2:30 p.m. (ET), preventing Instagram users from the United States to Australia from refreshing their feeds.

Many have also complained that they cannot post photos, send messages to other users or login.

Jun 14 10:14

Aircraft Parts Maker ASCO Severely Hit by Ransomware

Belgium-based aircraft parts maker ASCO Industries has been severely hit by a ransomware attack that started last week.

Founded in 1954, ASCO has four manufacturing plants in Belgium, the US, Canada and Germany, and it employs 1,500 people. The company’s products are used by most aircraft manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ASCO was taken over last year by US-based Spirit AeroSystems.

According to media reports, ASCO’s machines were infected with an unidentified piece of ransomware on Friday and the company has been having trouble restoring operations.

The incident has reportedly disrupted the company’s ability to supply products to customers and impacted roughly 1,000 employees, which have been placed on temporary leave.

SecurityWeek has reached out to ASCO for clarifications, but the firm has yet to respond. ASCO representatives said the attackers don’t appear to have stolen any information.

Jun 14 08:15

Apple: iPhone batteries are wearing out too quickly, and iOS 13 will offer a possible solution

It seems that Apple is aware of this battery wear issue, and is building a new feature into iOS 13 that will try to mitigate some of the damage that the regular charging does to the lithium pack.

The new feature, called "Optimized battery charging," will be turned on by default on devices.

Jun 14 06:56

Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others: WSJ

Facebook has secured the backing of over a dozen companies for its upcoming Libra cryptocurrency set to be announced next week, The Wall Street Journal reports. These companies include major financial organizations like Visa and Mastercard, and internet darlings like PayPal, Uber, Stripe, and Booking.com. Each will invest around $10 million to fund development of the currency, and will become part of the Libra Association, an independent consortium that will govern the digital coin independently of Facebook.

The involvement of major financial firms like Visa and Mastercard is interesting, because cryptocurrencies are typically seen as providing a cheaper alternative to these payment networks. The WSJ speculates that these companies want to get involved so they can monitor Facebook’s payment ambitions, as well as benefit from the popularity of the currency should it take off with Facebook’s 2.4 billion monthly active users.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, these reports are true, this will very much be an economic game-changer.

Jun 14 06:17

Obama Admin Purged 12 Years of ICE Speeches on Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Inauguration

Hours before President Trump took office, the Obama administration scrambled to purge 12 years worth of transcripts spanning hundreds of speeches from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website, according to the Daily Caller‘s Jason Hopkins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How like him: the "Cheat in Chief", down to the last minute of his Presidency!!

Jun 13 19:39

MailChimp blocks sending of all emails about vaccine awareness; here’s what to use instead

Multiple sources are now telling Natural News that MailChimp, an online hosted email list sending service, is blocking all emails that seek to inform recipients about vaccine safety issues. This is affecting dozens of local vaccine awareness organizations who had built email announcement lists using the MailChimp subscription engine. Now they cannot send emails to their own lists.

Even worse, MailChimp is reportedly preventing email list owners from exporting their email lists, meaning that MailChimp is, according to our sources, holding email lists “hostage” as a kind of economic punishment for those who dared challenge the medical status quo and question the safety of any vaccine.

Effectively, MailChimp is now operating as a branch of the CDC’s “vaccine deep state,” enforcing its speech police to prevent anyone from questioning the official narrative on vaccines.

Jun 13 15:06

YouTube Bans Right-Wing Commentator Black Pigeon Speaks With Half Million Subscribers & No Strikes

Google-owned YouTube forged onward in their quest to purge all right-wing influencers in advance of the 2020 election by banning popular commentator Black Pigeon Speaks, who had nearly 500,000 subscribers and "no strikes" against his channel.

Jun 13 15:05

YouTube Censors Project Veritas Video Exposing Pinterest's 'Anti-Christian Censorship'

Google-owned YouTube decided to censor Project Veritas' viral video exposing Pinterest for allegedly censoring "pro-life and Christian content" by pulling the video down for "privacy violations."

Jun 13 12:51

Scientists Getting Closer to “Smart Dust” Brain Implants That Communicate Via Wireless Network

By Nicholas West

Scientists believe that they have crossed a new threshold toward making the concept of smart dust a reality that would offer a far wider scope than originally envisioned. At the recent IEEE Conference, researchers from Brown University, Qualcomm and the University of California San Diego announced that they are the first to have achieved a wireless transfer of information from an implanted neural device to an external computer that interpreted the data received. This is also something that DARPA has taken note of...

Jun 13 11:14

COLLUSION: Project Veritas suspended from Twitter for revealing Pinterest’s censorship of conservatives

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe revealed today that his organization was suspended from Twitter for tweets revealing Pinterest’s mass censorship of conservative websites and individuals on its platform.

Jun 13 11:13

The Answer to the Social Media Conundrum Will Not Come From Government

By Alexandra Hudson

This week, YouTube chose to ban the channel of right-of-center comedian Steven Crowder. This situation is the same as when Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos or Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan. In other cases, YouTube is not deleting accounts but simply demonetizing them so that creators can no longer support themselves.

Large-scale platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have, however inadvertently, sowed the seeds of their own destruction and incentivized the creation and ultimate decentralization of media. On one hand, the algorithms of the biggest players favor sensational and bombastic users who play on people’s baser instincts. Yet the moment those same users test the limits of our public discourse, social media platforms are criticized for being the arbiters of what is and is not acceptable.

However, it’s a mistake to think that the policies of technology companies will fix these problems. The problems are much deeper than that...

Jun 13 10:40

Critical Flaw Reported in Popular Evernote Extension for Chrome Users

Cybersecurity researchers discover a critical flaw in the popular Evernote Chrome extension that could have allowed hackers to hijack your browser and steal sensitive information from any website you accessed.

Evernote is a popular service that helps people taking notes and organize their to-do task lists, and over 4,610,000 users have been using its Evernote Web Clipper Extension for Chrome browser.

Discovered by Guardio, the vulnerability (CVE-2019-12592) resided in the ways Evernote Web Clipper extension interacts with websites, iframes and inject scripts, eventually breaking the browser's same-origin policy (SOP) and domain-isolation mechanisms.

According to researchers, the vulnerability could allow an attacker-controlled website to execute arbitrary code on the browser in the context of other domains on behalf of users, leading to a Universal Cross-site Scripting (UXSS or Universal XSS) issue.

Jun 13 10:35

MIT Scientists Psyched About Harmful 5G and 6G Wireless, Dangerous AI and IoT Applications, and Their Laser That Remotely Beams Audio Into People’s Ears

By B.N. Frank

Why are MIT scientists so psyched about unleashing biologically and environmentally harmful technology that also creates tremendous public safety and cybersecurity risks? Is it because exposure to wireless radiation has saturated their brains so deeply that impulse control and common sense has been severely compromised? Because they seem to be acting like the mad scientists portrayed in every book, comic strip, movie, and TV show in their enthusiasm to make us all guinea pigs for known-to-be dangerous technology.

Activist Post reported in January about how MIT scientists created a new laser to transmit audio directly into people’s ears. That was freaky enough, but here comes 6G...

Jun 13 09:38

Researchers: bitcoin’s carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

Jun 12 21:56

Google Stadia in 4K might push you past your home-Internet data cap

Google Stadia will bring 4K game streaming to customers in November, but the new service could be costly for users who face home-Internet data caps and want to play games at the highest possible settings.

Google says you'll need 35Mbps to play at maximum settings—that's 4K resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), and 60 frames per second (fps) with 5.1 surround sound. As PC Gamer noted last week, that adds up to 15.75GB per hour, which would use up an entire 1TB monthly data allotment in 65 hours of game time.

Jun 12 15:11

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

Virtually every modern enterprise is in some way or another collecting data on its customers or users, and that data is stored, sold, brokered, analyzed, and used to train AI systems. For instance, this is how recommendation engines work—the next video we should watch online, the next purchase, and so on, are all driven by this process.

At present, when data is sucked into this complex machinery, there’s no efficient way to reclaim it and its influence on the resulting output. When we think about exerting the right to be forgotten, we recognize that reclaiming specific data from a vast number of private businesses and data brokers offers its own unique challenge. However, we need to realize that even if we can succeed there, we’ll still be left with a difficult question—how do we teach a machine to “forget” something?

Jun 12 15:03

Google Says It Isn't Killing Ad Blockers. Ad Blockers Disagree

Elsewhere, the Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi browsers upped the drama this week even more by saying that they would continue supporting the old Web Request API for ad blockers and other extensions regardless of what Google has in the official Chromium code base.

Jun 12 14:59

CERN Ditches Microsoft to ‘Take Back Control’ with Open Source Software

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, and also known as home of the Large Hadron Collider, has announced plans to migrate away from Microsoft products and on to open-source solutions where possible.

Why? Increases in Microsoft license fees.

Microsoft recently revoked the organisations status as an academic institution, instead pricing access to its services on users. This bumps the cost of various software licenses 10x, which is just too much for CERN’s budget.

Jun 12 14:51

Facebook launches controversial 'Study' app that will pay users to let it track what they do on their phone and claims it WON'T sell the data to advertisers

Facebook will now pay you to hand its market researchers otherwise out-of-reach data on what you do on your phone.

In a new program it announced this week, called 'Facebook Study,' the company says it will compensate users in exchange for an array of data points about exactly how and when they use apps their phones.

That data will include which apps are installed on a users phone, the amount of time spent using those apps, where the user is located, what device they're using and the type of network, as well as unprecedented, detailed insight into exactly which features are being used within those apps.

A spokesperson declined to share how much users will be compensated for their participation.

Jun 12 14:50

Google Autocomplete Blocks "It's Ok To Be White"

"It's ok to be white" is not okay, according to the search engineers at Google.

Jun 12 14:48

Facebook shares drop after internal emails reveal Mark Zuckerberg may have known about firm's controversial privacy dealings

Mark Zuckerberg may have known more about Facebook's controversial privacy practices than the company previously let on.

A number of internal emails uncovered by Facebook show Zuckerberg's connection to potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources close to the situation.

The emails surfaced as part of Facebook's effort to respond to a continuing federal privacy investigation.

News of the emails caused Facebook shares to drop sharply by 2.5 percent to $173.64 on Wednesday afternoon.

Jun 12 11:42

'THIS IS A BOMBSHELL': FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA COLLECTED BY US CUSTOMS AGENCY HACKED

One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown actors.

"This incident further underscores the need to put the brakes on these efforts and for Congress to investigate the agency's data practices. The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain it in the first place."

Jun 12 11:35

AI Listened to People's Voices. Then It Generated Their Faces.

Have you ever constructed a mental image of a person you've never seen, based solely on their voice? Artificial intelligence (AI) can now do that, generating a digital image of a person's face using only a brief audio clip for reference.

Named Speech2Face, the neural network — a computer that "thinks" in a manner similar to the human brain — was trained by scientists on millions of educational videos from the internet that showed over 100,000 different people talking.

From this dataset, Speech2Face learned associations between vocal cues and certain physical features in a human face, researchers wrote in a new study. The AI then used an audio clip to model a photorealistic face matching the voice.

Jun 12 10:35

NSA WARNS MICROSOFT USERS OF POSSIBLE FAR-REACHING DAMAGE

SOURCE: THE DEEP STATE BLOG

Americans who use outdated versions of Microsoft Windows on their personal and work computers may be in danger of a “wormable” defect that could cause “devastating” and “wide-ranging impacts” according to a cybersecurity advisory from the National Security Agency.

This comes on the heels of a ransomware attack on the city of Baltimore which disrupted some municipal services. The attack was believed to have originated with spyware stolen from the NSA.

Following many warnings by Microsoft leaders, the NSA is warning users who have unpatched versions of Windows on their devices to make sure any cyber holes are able to keep out malicious actors from penetrating individuals’ devices and wreak havoc on their systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, perchance, is this notice coming now, because people don't like Microsoft's pricing structure, or the service, on new Microsoft products, so they are keeping their software a little longer before they upgrade?!?

Jun 12 10:31

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCREASE TRANSPARENCY ABOUT CONTENT REMOVAL REQUESTS, BUT MANY KEEP USERS IN THE DARK WHEN THEIR SPEECH IS CENSORED, EFF REPORT SHOWS

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report.

How users are supposed to challenge content removals that they’ve never been told about is among the key issues illuminated by EFF in the second installment of its Who Has Your Back: Censorship Edition report. The paper comes amid a wave of new government regulations and actions around the world meant to rid platforms of extremist content. But in response to calls to remove objectionable content, social media companies and platforms have all too often censored valuable speech.

Jun 12 10:29

The Future Is Here: Watch Robot Cop Pull Over Driver And Issue Ticket 

Engineer Reuben Brewer and SRI International, a nonprofit scientific research institute based in California, developed a police robot for traffic stops. This new robot is expected to act as a buffer between the officer and motorist during an encounter, reported The Washington Post.

Jun 12 10:06

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT SURVEILLANCE TECH COULDN’T GET ANY MORE ORWELLIAN…

SOURCE: THEORGANICPREPPER.COM
BY GRAYWOLF

One of my favorite TV shows was Person of Interest. In that show, a genius programmer was hired by the government to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) computer to tap into and analyze communication feeds and predict activities that may pose a threat. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, things spun out of control; the system that was designed to benefit society was not always beneficial to citizens.

As amusing as it is to watch escapist fiction such as this, it’s not so enjoyable when you realize it’s no longer fiction. China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to take action against those observed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You might be laughing at the above scenario; but rest assured, there are systems like this coming to the US government, which can, and will, be just as abusive as is the Chinese system right now.

Jun 12 09:58

JULIAN ASSANGE: US SUBMITS FORMAL EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR WIKILEAKS FOUNDER

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT UK
The US Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange, making further US charges against the WikiLeaks founder unlikely.

A US official who spoke on background to discuss a sensitive matter said the request was sent on Thursday.

The United States’ treaty with Britain required that the request be sent within 60 days of Assange’s 11 April arrest at Ecuador’s Embassy in London.

The same treaty bars the United States from prosecuting Assange for any alleged crimes beyond those outlined in the extradition request, unless those acts occur after his extradition.

In an 18-count indictment filed last month, prosecutors charged Assange with violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Espionage Act carries the possibility of a death sentence against Assange

I would like to hope that the DOJ will not be so draconian as to suggest it; but it is still something the US government could potentially use, depending on how deeply the Deep State is offended by what Wikileaks brought into the open sunlight, and into the arena of public discussion.

Please remember: nothing Wikileaks revealed, has never, ever been proven wrong.

Jun 12 00:03

Megaupload would have made pre-internet copyright pirates 'green with envy' - the US case for Kim Dotcom extradition

Megaupload would have made copyright infringers of an earlier age "green with envy" through its ability to exploit the internet for money, the Supreme Court has been told.

Barrister Kieran Raftery QC, representing the United States, said the internet had no geographical boundaries and in this environment Megaupload had flourished.

"When it comes to copyright infringement, the advent of the internet has changed the landscape considerably."

He said Megaupload had harvested 180 million registered users during its existence.

"That is the sort of figure that would have made copyright infringers of the 19th and 20th century all green with envy."

Jun 11 21:14

Megaupload just like Dropbox and YouTube, Kim Dotcom's lawyer tells Supreme Court

Kim Dotcom's lawyer aligned Megaupload with online services such as Dropbox and YouTube, telling the Supreme Court there was little difference in how they worked.

Ron Mansfield said those businesses all offered a service on the internet which was given specific protection when the New Zealand law of copyright was rewritten to account for the online age.

The argument goes to the heart of the appeal by Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

The Court of Appeal upheld their extradition to the United States partly on the basis of ruling they were criminally liable under the Copyright Act for movies and music identified on the Megaupload website.

Jun 11 21:12

Prove there is a copyright breach - lawyer in Megaupload case lays down challenge over FBI claim

There was no evidence put forward by the FBI the movies or music found on the defunct Megaupload site were actually covered by copyright, the Supreme Court has been told.

Instead, it was told the decision to extradite Megaupload's Kim Dotcom, and three others, was made on the assumption the works over which copyright was claimed were actually covered by United States copyright law.

Grant Illingworth, QC, told the Supreme Court in Wellington a serious criminal charge resulting in possible decades of prison time required the key evidential link to be shown.

It should not have been assumed, he said, because it was a core fact in the allegation of offending.

Jun 11 15:54

More U.S. millennials subscribe to video games than traditional pay TV: survey

About 53% of people born between 1983 and 1996 now pay for gaming services, versus 51% who pay for television, according to a survey from the accounting and professional services firm Deloitte.

That is compared with Deloitte’s survey last year, in which paid subscriptions among millennials were 44% for video games and 52% for television.

Paid television through cable, satellite or fiber - for instance Comcast Corp’s Xfinity, Dish Network Corp or AT&T Inc’s U-verse TV - has been challenged by changing viewer habits, particularly the rise of direct-to-consumer streaming services.

At the same time, video games and e-sports have soared in popularity, giving rise to an industry of competitive professional and amateur games watched in person and online by fans, alongside more casual gaming on mobile phones.

Jun 11 15:46

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill. The problems started unexpectedly: suddenly, no one could seem to access the system to file documents. “It wasn’t working,” says Rachel Gallegos, a senior staff attorney with the civil legal aid organization Community Legal Services. “I thought it was my computer.”

As Baltimore deals with a devastating malware attack, the Philadelphia court shutdown is raising similar questions about how cities can respond when crucial services are suddenly lost. The outage has now stretched on for weeks, forcing attorneys to use paperwork filed in person and raising difficult questions about who is slipping through the cracks of the broken system.

Jun 11 15:45

Mozilla Confirms Premium Firefox Browser With Security Features

Mozilla Corporation is launching a premium version of the Firefox browser that will tout improved security features such as virtual private network and secure cloud storage, according to CEO Chris Beard.

In a Friday interview with German media publication T3N, Beard said that the premium service, with a monthly subscription plan, is currently being developed and will be launched in the fall, potentially as soon as October. Mozilla confirmed the premium service in an email to Threatpost but did not detail pricing, availability or any features.

Jun 11 15:43

Radiohead Get Hacked for Ransom, Release All Stolen Material to Donate to Climate Change Protests

Experimental rock band Radiohead has released 18 hours of material that was stolen from lead singer Thom Yorke's archived MiniDiscs by an unknown hacker.

The group announced on its social media platforms today that the archive—consisting mostly of unfinished music and clips from the mid-90s—had been stolen last week. The hacker, or hackers, demanded $150,000 to keep it from being released to the public, Radiohead said.

In response, the band decided not only to ignore the ransom demand but release the entire trove of music to Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion, the new climate change movement.

Jun 11 15:40

'This Is a Bombshell': Facial Recognition Data Collected by US Customs Agency Hacked

"Even if you 100% trust the US government with your biometric information (which you shouldn't) this is a reminder that once your face is scanned and stored in a database, it's easily shared across government agencies, stolen by hackers, other governments, etc."

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