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Apr 16 11:36

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZUELA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL AND BEN NORTON

We often think of video games as fiction, but the US government has weaponized them to advance its agenda around the globe.

SIMULATING VENEZUELA INVASION IN “CALL OF DUTY”
Venezuelan citizen journalists Orlenys Ortiz and Sancocho Power have drawn attention to the similarity between the plot of a 2013 first person shooter game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and alleged acts of US sabotage against the country this March.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is set in a dystopian future after the Middle East is nuked. A Venezuelan general comes into power, establishing a socialist style federation that spreads across Latin America like a disease, uniting all oil producing nations and expelling US citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere, in this big, wide world of computer games, there need to be a few, which bring the concepts of cooperation, personal responsibility, free thought, and the taking care of others need to rule the day; otherwise, I am deeply concerned that our world will become just as dystopian as is this game.

Apr 16 11:17

SHOCKING LEAK REVEALS FACEBOOK LEVERAGED USER DATA TO REWARD FRIENDS, PUNISH ENEMIES

As traders focused on bank earnings and the outlook for global growth, NBC News wrested the market's attention back toward Facebook by publishing a report on what appears to be the largest leak of internal documents since the data privacy scandal that has dogged the company for more than a year erupted with the first reports about Cambridge Analytica's 'improper' leveraging of Facebook user data to influence elections.

Some 4,000 pages of documents shared with the network news organization by a journalist affiliated with the ICIJ, the same organization that helped bring us the Panama Papers leaks, revealed that Facebook had employed sensitive user data as a bargaining chip to attract major advertisers and close other deals between 2011 and 2015, when the company was struggling to cement its business model following its botched 2012 IPO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development

Apr 16 11:13

Police Use Drones To Spy On Suspicious People At “Potential Crime Scenes”

By MassPrivate I

For years, law enforcement has been claiming that drones will only be used for natural disasters, crime scene investigations, car accidents and rescue operations. That is the bill of goods being sold to the public, but it is all a lie...

Apr 16 10:14

New EU internet copyright laws will give US web giants a huge financial advantage and subject Europeans to mass surveillance, data privacy expert warns

Yesterday the EU has adopted copyright reforms championed by the media despite opposition from Google and campaigners saying it restricts internet freedom.

The reform, which got final approval from the European Council on Monday, was loudly backed by news publishers and artists who want protection over their content being shared.

But German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber, who is also a computer scientist, warned before the measure passed that its Article 13 will exacerbate the problem of market concentration in the tech sector, and expose Europeans to particular risk of online surveillance and manipulation.

Apr 16 09:59

How GPS tracking devices designed to protect children 'can be used by STALKERS to follow their every move'

A GPS tracking device has temporarily shut down its service after researchers found a flaw that would allow anyone to track a user's location.

TicTocTrack alerted customers it would suspend its service on Tuesday afternoon until it can confirm the 'validity' of the flaws and subsequently fix them.

In an email alerting the company, computer researchers Ken Munro and Troy Hunt said they discovered the software failed to 'correctly check that the person logged into the account is the person authorised to access that data,' The Age reported.

'As a result, anyone can access anyone else's data,' the email said.

Apr 16 09:02

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

THE US MILITARY AND CIA LAUNDER COUP PROPAGANDA THROUGH POPULAR FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAMES LIKE CALL OF DUTY, SIMULATING ASSASSINATIONS OF VENEZEULA’S SOCIALIST LEADER AND SABOTAGE OF ITS ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

Apr 16 08:35

UNSEALED AFFIDAVIT TRIES TO PUT WIKILEAKS IN CAHOOTS WITH THE TALIBAN, BIN LADEN

On Monday a federal judge in Virginia unsealed the original 2017 affidavit and criminal complaint on which Assange's extradition request to the US is based, offering new details including chat logs between Assange and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, which attempt to support a single count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” which may or may not have succeeded.

The US alleges Assange actively sought for and encouraged Manning to crack a password to access classified information on a Defense Department network; the affidavit claims details related to this charge, for instance chat log discussions between the pair over how to crack a password, though the affidavit notes that "it remains unknown whether Manning and Assange were successful in cracking the password," related to the conspiracy charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry folks, but the US Department of Justice (now known as just-US!!)has well and truly jumped the proverbial shark on this one.

And the attempt to describe "collusion" between Wikileaks, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda working together?!? Please, don't get me started!!
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I am hoping and praying that Assange has an absolute "dream team" working for him, to get these charges dropped.

Apr 16 08:00

In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, digital scans offer hope for restoration

The recently-deceased Prof. Andrew Tallon finished the painstaking work of laser scanning Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, creating rich raw data that could potentially help in reconstruction efforts.

Apr 16 07:55

NOW THEY’RE SHUTTING DOWN EVEN INDEPENDENT SERVERS

For the last 25 years, the only reliable source of news has been the Internet.

Without it, we wouldn’t know even 1% of what we know.

We’ve seen all kinds of attacks on content on social medias platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

Now they’re coming after people who run their own INDEPENDENT web servers

“They’re making it up the rules as they go along”

Apr 16 07:38

The Fake Charge Against Julian Assange Proves That the US Government Has No Integrity

Let’s be sure that we understand that Assange is not charged with anything related to Russia or Russiagate or even with breaking a law. Assange is charged with being in a conspiracy with Manning “to commit computer intrusion.” The charge is not that Assange succeeded in hacking a government computer and obtaining classified information. It merely says that Assange discussed the possibility with Manning and had an intention to hack a computer. Most likely, even this noncrime is an invention of prosecutors instructed to indict Assange in the absence of any evidence. It is all that they could come up with.

Apr 15 19:04

5 Social Networks to Use in 2019 Instead of Facebook

By Jake Anderson

In recent years, the tide of public opinion has slowly but surely turned against the intrusive actions of Big Tech companies. People are tired of corporations mining their personal information and censoring or manipulating their content online and, as a result, the biggest social networks, like Facebook and YouTube, are beginning to see a noticeable exodus of users.

Until recently, fleeing users had nowhere else to go. But the advent of decentralized, encrypted technologies has ushered in a new generation of social platforms that prioritize privacy, transparency, and free speech, allowing users more control over their posts and content. There are now dozens of social applications operating on peer-to-peer or blockchain-based networks...

Apr 15 15:23

Internet Explorer hit by exploit that lets hackers steal users' data - even for those who don't use the browser

A security researcher has discovered a critical exploit in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that could let hackers steal files from your system.

What's worse, even if you no longer use the archaic web browser, you could still fall prey to the attack.

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Microsoft was notified of the flaw last month, but chose not to issue an urgent patch for it, adding that it will release a fix in a future version 'of this product or service,' Page said, according to ZDnet.

Apr 15 13:51

VIDEO: HOW THE PENTAGON AND CIA PUSH VENEZUELA REGIME-CHANGE PROPAGANDA IN VIDEO GAMES

We often think of video games as fiction, but the US government has weaponized them to advance its agenda around the globe. Nowhere is this more clear than in Venezuela, where the US military has laundered regime change propaganda through some of the world’s most popular first-person shooter games. This March, amid a US-backed right-wing coup attempt overseen by the Donald Trump administration, Venezuela experienced a sudden collapse of its electrical infrastructure, plunging the country into darkness.

Apr 15 08:55

ASSANGE USED EMBASSY FOR 'SPYING', SAYS ECUADOR PRESIDENT

The Ecuadoran president has defended his decision to withdraw Julian Assange's asylum status, saying that the WikiLeaks founder had tried to set up a "spying centre" from the diplomatic mission in London.

"It is unfortunate that, from our territory and with the permission of authorities of the previous government, facilities have been provided within the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interfere in processes of other states," Lenin Moreno told The Guardian newspaper on Sunday.

"We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its door to become a centre for spying. Our decision is not arbitrary but is based on international law."

On Thursday, UK police announced the arrest of Assange following the Ecuadoran government's "withdrawal of asylum".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND... of course, his "proof"... is non-existent.

So here is the hard, unvarnished truth:Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion – Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange

The article goes on to state: "Correa said that there is evidence of the agreement and that Moreno, whom Correa selected at his successor, has promised to “hand over” Assange in a 2017 meeting with Paul Manafort, former US campaign chief to Donald Trump.

Former President Correa, who broke with Moreno, also commented on visits to Ecuador by US Vice President Mike Pence.

At these times, Moreno would have promised to “help isolate Venezuela, leave the Chevron oil corporation, a company that destroyed half of the Amazon rainforest, unpunished, and to deliver Assange.”

Last month, the IMF announced approval of a $4.2 billion loan to Ecuador. The first installment, of $652 million, has already been paid.

Correa suspects that the Ecuadorian president made the decision to withdraw Assange’s asylum after WikiLeaks published documents about Moreno’s alleged relationship with a failing company, INA Papers.

The former president pointed out that the company INA Papers was registered in 2012, when Moreno was still its vice president."

Timing of such acts are never, ever "coincidence".

Apr 15 06:52

4 MYTHS ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE DEBUNKED

The indictment, and some of the commentary it engendered, also makes much of the fact that Assange offered to try to crack a computer password for Manning. The Department of Justice claims that this action amounted to Assange engaging in a “hacking” conspiracy. Even some independent commentators have suggested that it went beyond the bounds of legitimate journalism—and the protections of the First Amendment.

But did it? On Thursday, my colleague Raffi Khachaturian, who has written extensively about Assange, pointed out that, as of now, it looks like Assange didn’t do much, if anything, to crack the password once Manning sent the encrypted version. Khachaturian also pointed out that federal prosecutors have known about this text exchange for many years, and yet the Obama Administration didn’t bring any charges. “As evidence of a conspiracy,” Khachaturian writes, “the exchange is thin gruel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Assange is convicted, it will be a death-knell for responsible, independent journalism everywhere.

And please remember; there has never been an article disproven which Assange leaked to the public. What he did was "an embarrassment" to the people in power, and that, is was unforgivable sin.

Addressing that issue, was a marvelous article, yesterday, by zerohedge.com:

Julian Assange is Guilty of Only one thing: revealing the evil soul of US Imperialism.

Apr 13 14:07

Scott Adams: Sanctuary City Persuasion, Climate Change Solutions

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1117070529255460864

White House considers shipping illegals to sanctuary cities
Phase 2: Why won’t sanctuary cities accept them?
Phase 3 Kill Shot: “How many illegal immigrants will you take”
Our government is so broken it can’t act on things both sides agree on
Nobody “shakes the box” better than President Trump
Side Note: AOC also “shakes the box” effectively
Small floating cities are essentially aircraft carriers
Aircraft carriers are nuclear powered, Gen IV applicable
Green Peace supports Gen IV SAFE nuclear power
Why aren’t FOX or CNN discussing, covering SAFE Gen IV nuclear
BOTH sides of congress support SAFE Gen IV nuclear power
Dems want to say GOP isn’t doing anything about climate change
SAFE Gen IV solves climate change, it’s being developed
5G isn’t just faster internet
5G is civilization changing

Apr 13 13:05

Thought Bites: Julian Assange Arrested!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video really says all that must be said, about the jailing, and further demonizing of Julian Assange.

Apr 12 19:13

WikiLeaks Bitcoin Donations Soar Following Assange Arrest

By Jeffrey Gogo

WikiLeaks’ bitcoin address has received a deluge of support following founding editor Julian Assange’s arrest. Donations have reached nearly $32,000 on Friday, 60% more than was raised the day before, when Assange was taken into custody...

Apr 12 10:11

Popular Video Editing Software Website Hacked to Spread Banking Trojan

If you have downloaded the VSDC multimedia editing software between late February to late March this year, there are high chances that your computer has been infected with a banking trojan and an information stealer.

The official website of the VSDC software — one of the most popular, free video editing and converting app with over 1.3 million monthly visitors — was hacked, unfortunately once again.

According to a new report Dr. Web published today and shared with The Hacker News, hackers hijacked the VSDC website and replaced its software download links leading to malware versions, tricking visitors into installing dangerous Win32.Bolik.2 banking trojan and KPOT stealer.

Even more ironic is that despite being so popular among the multimedia editors, the VSDC website is running and offering software downloads over an insecure HTTP connection.

Apr 12 09:30

HOW YOU CAN BE CERTAIN THAT THE US CHARGE AGAINST ASSANGE IS FRAUDULENT

This charge is premised on a fraudulent and manipulative distortion of reality, and you may be one hundred percent certain of it. Let me explain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly will be utterly astonished if Assange actually does make it to a US court to testify; there are way too many people who would love to see him dead.

And how you may know that this is about to happen, is that there will be rumors floating around about "how depressed he is", and "doesn't want to see anyone, even his legal team".

Of course, his death will be "pitched to the public" as a suicide, just as was that of Gary Webb; and the atrocious thing about all of this, that the US government just expects this to be believed whole, as though there was no critical thinking possible from its people.

Just look at the drizzle of bovine excrement the American people, and the world, at the following; I mean, how completely stupid did the the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office believe the American people are?!? Just look at the following:

Facing a barrage of calls from the media and the public, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office issued a statement Tuesday confirming that former investigative reporter Gary Webb committed suicide with two gunshots to the head.

“The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head,” the coroner’s statement said.

“Information and evidence gathered at the scene of death, including a handwritten note indicating an intention on the part of the decedent to take his own life, resulted in ‘suicide’ as the determined manner of death.

“The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated additional six to eight weeks to complete.”

Would some of our medical professionals who read and enjoy WRH, please explain to me how, after firing one bullet into the brain, how the person both has the reflexes and mental acuity, after the first shot, to fire a second?!? And in the back of the head, no less?!? And with the handgun presented as the "suicide weapon"?

I can bet that you won't even get Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, formerly staring in the series Mythbusters, to want to touch this with a 30 foot poll; the twisted logic presented here, which has utterly no grounding in reality, is complete, and utter, bovine excrement, and thinking people understand this.

But remember; this is how completely stupid the US government believe you to be; and if Assange winds up becoming the victim of some "wetwork" pitched as "suicide" you will know that the Deep State has been successful in silencing another voice for truth.

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Apr 11 14:04

Scott Adams: My Assange Prediction

Bonus broadcast!

CNN, FOX not yet sure if it’s better for their team to love or hate Assange
Assange + Trump more likely to make a deal than any other POTUS
What does Assange know, that nobody else knows?
Assange previously offered juicy info that benefits Trump
Legal ploy and no jail time for Assange, in exchange for info?

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1116383908520534016

Apr 11 13:50

Scott Adams: Assange, Kerry vs Massie on Climate Change, Barr on Spying

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1116340231530139648

Newsweek, most despicable headline in history?
Candace headline in landscape versus portrait mode
Oliver Stone tweets his support for SAFE Gen IV Nuclear Power
Stone says wind and solar doesn’t have same potential
Julian Assange arrested
Obama commuted his co-conspirator, Chelsea Manning
Does Pro-Trump Assange have juicy info?
Kim Kardashian wants to become a lawyer, pursue activism
Huge respect for her as a hard working, good person
Like Kanye, she’s a VERY hard worker, deserves respect
“Predicated” reasons for the spying, was spying justified?
We’re past the question of whether or not spying happened
Cringe-worthy climate change testimony
MIT Engineer Rep. Massie’s weak climate change challenge
Kerry’s answer wasn’t so smart or informed either, embarrassing

Apr 11 09:23

Alexa IS listening to your conversations: Web giant ADMITS clips are analysed by Amazon workers - including your most intimate moments

Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech.

The company has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.

As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which do not bear any obvious indication that they are run by Amazon.

Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.

Apr 11 09:15

Alexa IS listening to your conversations: Web giant ADMITS clips are analysed by Amazon workers - including your most intimate moments

Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech.

The company has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.

As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which do not bear any obvious indication that they are run by Amazon.

Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.

The revelations once again raise thorny ethical questions over the future of AI smart assistants in the home, how tech companies like Amazon are gathering personal information and just what they are - and should - be doing with it.

Apr 11 09:13

UK's plans for internet regulation would make 'China's state censors proud' and could limit lawful speech of millions, civil rights groups warn

Signatories of the letter include Antonia Byatt, director of the English PEN, the worldwide writers’ association; Silkie Carlo of Big Brother Watch; Thomas Hughes, executive director of free speech group Article 19; Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group and Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship.

In it, they said: 'The lawful speech of millions of people would be monitored, regulated and censored.

'The result is an approach that would make China’s state censors proud. It would be very likely to face legal challenge.

'It would give the UK the widest and most prolific internet censorship in an apparently functional democracy.'

Apr 11 08:55

Assange charged with helping Manning crack password to leak classified US docs – DOJ statement

The US indictment against Julian Assange alleges that the whistleblower engaged in “conspiracy” with US Army soldier Chelsea Manning in 2010, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

The statement said Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleged attempts to break the password for a classified US government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Assange did that (and he had a past as a hacker prior to WikiLeaks), then the Nixon v WP/NYT does not apply and he is in a lot of trouble.

The irony is, the maximum sentence he faces is less time than he spent in that embassy. Had he been tried 7 years ago instead of seeking asylum, he would have been out free by now.

Apr 10 18:19

iOS and Android Devices Targeted by Long-Time Well-funded Surveillance Operation with Data Possibly Sold to Law Enforcement and Governments

By B.N. Frank

According to ArsTechnica.com, this operation was carefully designed and included multiple stages. Audio, contacts, location, and more was stolen for years. The article reads like an intricate suspense-thriller plot. Smartphone owners may feel a little creeped out – even if they haven’t been arrested.

Unfortunately, even non-smartphone users are being subjected to involuntary surveillance...

Apr 10 16:24

NZ Privacy Commissioner deletes Facebook 'pathological liars' tweet

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has deleted two of his anti-Facebook posts on Twitter, saying they had become a distraction.

On Sunday night, Edwards tweeted:

"Facebook cannot be trusted. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions."

"[They] allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target 'Jew haters' and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm. They #DontGiveAZuck."

Apr 10 09:46

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Ride Tracking Pilot is Out of Control

By Nathan Sheard

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is about to make a bad privacy situation worse, and it’s urgent that Los Angeles residents contact their city council representatives today to demand they put the brakes on LADOT’s irresponsible data collection. The agency plans to scoop up trip data on every single e-bike and scooter ride taken within the city and, left unchecked, it will do so in the absence of responsible and transparent policies to mitigate the privacy risks to Los Angeles riders...

Apr 10 09:13

Intel Officials Fear China Will Target Globe's Underwater Internet Cables

A new op-ed in Bloomberg Quint has noted what the United States should really be worried about regarding Beijing's intentions after a year of tense China-US Navy encounters in the South China Sea. This potential threat, which is "far harder to discern," involves the world's some 380 underwater cables carrying more than 95% of all data and voice traffic between the continents. Could China be stealthily hacking them? It is certainly now in a better position to do so.

The piece details how the Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies — already at the center of a broader US-China dispute over theft of trade secrets and unlawful dealings with sanctioned regimes like Iran — now has contracts to construct or improve nearly 100 submarine cables globally.

Apr 10 08:43

Ancestry Websites Giving FBI Access to DNA Data; WikiLeaks Reveals CODIS Database Gifted To Other Countries; DHS Rolling Out Rapid DNA Nationwide

By Aaron Kesel

The FBI is abusing ancestry genealogy websites by tapping into their DNA data. What’s worse, these companies are giving up users’ data under presumed consent that is buried in their terms and conditions, according to several reports. FamilyTreeDNA is the first company known to be cooperating directly with the FBI to give its agents access to its genealogy database.

The company also seems to admonish those who opt out by suggesting that it could be a "moral responsibility" to give up private health info to the FBI...

Apr 10 08:11

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT PUSHES FAKE NEWS LAW WHICH WILL GIVE IT MORE OPTIONS TO SHUT DOWN CRITICS

Fake news laws aren't harmless. They don't protect the public. They're useless. And they lend themselves to censorship. Given these factors, it's tough to believe any of the proponents of fake news laws are proceeding in good faith but blinded by good intentions and fuzzy logic.

Anywhere they've been put in place, they've lead directly to governments taking action against political opponents, dissidents, and activists. Excuses are made about national security and protecting the public, but in the end, it's the public that ends up short on protection.

Singapore's new fake news bill is no exception. Legislators began pushing this bill last year, using their own fake news to claim the proposal had widespread support from the country's residents. The committee behind the legislation heavily editorialized the feedback it received at a public hearing, presenting a vocal opponent's comments as being supportive of instituting a fake news law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When legitimate, peaceful, and logical criticism are smothered, as they are going to be in Singapore, it is signalling to the world, that the censoring country is sliding toward fascism, at a very rapid "fall rate."

Apr 10 07:55

The House’s White Nationalist Hearing Farcical—But Disturbing

Except for a few brief moments of sanity, the whole hearing was a farce—but it revealed our political Establishment’s mounting and ominous obsession with censorship.

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

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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!"

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