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Jul 23 08:41

Jacksons Convenience Stores Use Cop-Run Facial Recognition Cameras To Identify Customers

By MassPrivateI

Two years ago, I wrote about the dangers of a cop-run company that profits from installing facial recognition cameras in retail stores. But few people took notice.

Blue Line Technology’s (BLT) “about” page makes no effort to hide the fact that a bunch of former police and military professionals want to put facial recognition in retail stores across the country...

Jul 22 19:30

Anti-vaxxers / Ex-vaxxers: The New Blacklisted

By Catherine J. Frompovich

It is with great respect and honest admiration I salute Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), for her remarks about what’s been going on regarding our loss of freedoms relative to self-determination in health issues for us and our children, especially with regard to vaccines and vaccinations, the unsafe prophylaxis ‘preventive healthcare’...

Jul 22 19:04

Telehealth Services Grew Nearly 1,400% With Rapid Urban Expansion

From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393 percent, according to a new white paper on telehealth from FAIR Health, a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. The study draws on data from FAIR Health’s comprehensive repository of over 29 billion private healthcare claim records–the largest in the country...

Jul 22 18:14

LooCipher Ransomware Decryptor Gets Your Files Back for Free

A decryptor for the LooCipher Ransomware has been released by Emsisoft that allows victims to decrypt their files for free. If you were infected with LooCipher, do not pay the ransom and instead follow the instructions below.

Jul 22 18:11

Does Facial Recognition Technology Make You Grimace? New Website Offers Map of Where It’s Being Used by Law Enforcement and How to Get It Banned.

By B.N. Frank

Think law enforcement using facial recognition technology to catch criminals isn’t a big deal? You may want to review new website – Ban Facial Recognition – and reevaluate your position.

unsettling information is provided at the website as well as a U.S. map of where this technology is being used by law enforcement. Kudos to San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Somerville, MA for already passing local ordinances banning it...

Jul 22 18:02

Too hot to handle? Raspberry Pi 4 fans left wondering if kit should come with a heatsink

It is no surprise that the Pi 4 gets hotter than its predecessor, it is marketed as a viable general-purpose PC, after all.

There is an issue though: if it frequently overheats in normal use, users are not getting full performance. Longevity of the components may also be affected. We advised in our original review that "things got quite warm" when using the Pi for a few days.

Software engineer Martin Rowan has looked in detail at Pi 4 temperatures and concluded that it is "too hot to use enclosed". One of his complaints is that the official case "remains a fan-less design. Sadly this doesn't work out well with the increased thermal load." According to his measurements: "Compared to the Pi 3, the new Raspberry Pi 4 is running 80 per cent hotter and more than 100 per cent hotter when the new 4K display support is enabled."

Jul 22 17:59

5G Is Millimeter Wave Technology. How The ACLU Weighs In On “Directed Energy Devices.”

By B.N. Frank

Millimeter wave technology can be weaponized as used as “directed energy devices.” The ACLU doesn’t seem to look upon this favorably. They aren’t alone...

Jul 22 17:39

Verizon Charges $650 Upfront and $85 Monthly for a 5G Hotspot Despite Anticipating Lawsuits, Few Subscribers, Bad Reviews, Widespread Opposition

By B.N. Frank

Since there is research that has already determined that exposure to all sources of wireless radiation is harmful, telecoms have been warning investors they may eventually be held liable for harm. That’s probably why insurance companies won’t cover them anymore, but Verizon isn't deterred...

Jul 22 15:52

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

"Facebook is embedding tracking data inside photos you download," Edin Jusupovic claimed on Twitter, explaining he had "noticed a structural abnormality when looking at a hex dump of an image file from an unknown origin only to discover it contained what I now understand is an IPTC special instruction." The IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) sets technical publishing standards, including those for image metadata.

Jusupovic described this as a "shocking level of tracking," adding that "the take from this is that they can potentially track photos outside of their own platform with a disturbing level of precision about who originally uploaded the photo (and much more)."

Jul 22 10:31

Pampers Joins Huggies in Selling “Smart” Diapers Despite Health Warnings, Privacy and Security Issues

Activist Post reported about Huggies’ “Smart Diapers” in May. Now Proctor & Gamble has announced they will start selling their own “Smart” diapers in the fall. Unlike the Huggies line, their diapers will only track pee (not poo) but they will also track babies’ sleep patterns.

The Lumi by Pampers line, which Pampers says has a waitlist ahead of its US launch this fall, includes an activity sensor that secures to a “landing” on the front of a baby’s diaper. It comes with a baby monitor and a 10-day supply of diapers. The sensor works with a corresponding app to log the kid’s pee and identify patterns. Additional packs of Lumi by Pamper diapers will be sold separately. Pricing has not been finalized.

Parents using the Lumi diapers will in theory not have to worry about checking any of that because they’ll get smartphone alerts. The app will display one of three diaper statuses: dry, wet, very wet.

Jul 22 09:56

MAJOR: Israeli Spy Program To Steal Personal Data From Apple, Google And Facebook

Israeli technology company NSO Group was in the spotlight when it was revealed that its software products would have been used to hack WhatsApp and spy on Android and iOS phones.

The spy program developed by NSO Group can gain access to user data from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft servers, writes The Financial Times.

While the Israeli firm has consistently rejected allegations of hacking or spying, it has never denied the development of such technologies, raising many questions among the experts.

Jul 22 09:14

Huawei reportedly helped North Korea build its wireless network

Huawei worked with the North Korean government to build and maintain a commercial wireless network, The Washington Post reported based on people familiar with the situation and internal documents.

The documents show that Huawei partnered with Chinese state-owned firm Panda International Information Technology on several projects over eight years, according to the Post, though it is unclear what role Huawei played. The Post said it obtained work orders, contracts and spreadsheets from people who believed they would be of public interest, including a former Huawei employee.

Jul 22 08:28

NSA Whistleblower Speaks About Julian Assange & The “Shadow Government”

By Arjun Walia

The Facts: Longtime high-ranking NSA employee William Binney shares his thoughts on the arrest of Julian Assange and who is really in control.

Reflect On: Why do we continue to believe that a president can make changes? Why do we continue to elect and vote without addressing the real issue behind decisions made in politics? Why not address the secret government and its stranglehold on politics?...

Jul 21 18:26

“Energy News” Reports Low-income Utility Customers in Illinois Could Be Paying More For Their Smart Meters. Why This Could Be Happening Elsewhere.

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post regularly reports about the many issues associated with utility Smart Meters. This includes fires and explosions, rate increases for installation and frequent replacement, and the additional energy use for 24/7 customer data collection being passed on to customers.

Repeat – unlike original analog meters, Smart Meters allow utility companies to collect, store, and analyze customers’ utility use 24/7. Some even share (or sell) this data with 3rd parties. Creepy, right? The irony in Illinois is that because of this 24/7 data collection, a study determined that low-income customers are subsidizing higher-income consumers...

Jul 21 18:15

Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle vaccine disinformation

Redirection tool that confronts anti-vax theories under development by UK’s Moonshot

Jul 21 12:55

Crypto Bullishness Spreads on Capitol Hill

By Kevin Helms

U.S. Congress has shown that it is starting to care about cryptocurrency as a number of lawmakers spoke up in favor of it this week. “The world Satoshi Nakamoto had envisioned is an unstoppable force” and “there’s no capacity to kill bitcoin” are some of the comments made by lawmakers. Meanwhile, the Fed chair said bitcoin is a store of value like gold and admitted that an era of many different currencies could return with the wider adoption of cryptocurrency...

Jul 21 10:58

Jeffrey Epstein Allegedly Bankrolled Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s Tech Startup, Israel Media Reports

Ehud Barak, who defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in a 1999 election to become Israel's prime minister, has been linked to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Less than three weeks after announcing that he will come out of political retirement to challenge Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister in the upcoming Israeli elections, as YNet News reported, former prime minister Ehud Barak is facing allegations that he is financially tied to convicted sex offender and shadowy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a sexual offense with a 14-year-old girl, and was arrested again on July 6 on new sex trafficking charges. Barak, a former lieutenant general in Israel’s army, served as Israel’s 10th prime minister from 1999 to 2001, after defeating Netanyahu, who was then serving his first term as Israeli PM.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the "Epstein Sludgeomania" continues to ooze out into every orifice of Israel's political consciousness, courtesy of this Prime Minister's alleged contacts with Epstein.

Jul 21 10:33

HACKERS BREACH FSB CONTRACTOR, EXPOSE TOR DEANONYMIZATION PROJECT AND MORE

SOURCE: ZDNET.COM
Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

The breach took place last weekend, on July 13, when a group of hackers going by the name of 0v1ru$ hacked into SyTech's Active Directory server from where they gained access to the company's entire IT network, including a JIRA instance.

Hackers stole 7.5TB of data from the contractor's network, and they defaced the company's website with a "yoba face," an emoji popular with Russian users that stands for "trolling."

Hackers posted screenshots of the company's servers on Twitter and later shared the stolen data with Digital Revolution, another hacking group who last year breached Quantum, another FSB contractor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The larger question is, to what country is this hacker's group going to sell or share this data?!?

Jul 20 19:17

Russia's Spy Agency Hit In Massive Hack; 7.5 TB Of Data Stolen In 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly the KGB) was hit by a massive hack - after 7.5 terabytes of data was extracted from a major contractor.

The breach exposed several secret FSB projects, including efforts to de-anonymize the Tor browser, scrape social media, and help Russia to sever its internet from the rest of the world, according to Forbes.

Jul 20 12:55

Pampers Joins Huggies in Selling “Smart” Diapers Despite Health Warnings, Privacy and Security Issues

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post reported about Huggies’ “Smart Diapers” in May. Now Proctor & Gamble has announced they will start selling their own “Smart” diapers in the fall...

Jul 20 11:30

Watch As Police Commissioner Is Arrested For Questioning City’s Use Of Facial Recognition

By Jack Burns

Imagine a day when police can randomly, actively, and at lightning speeds search databases for active search warrants using only a camera and facial recognition technology. That day is here. And despite the objections of high-ranking members in policing circles, the very real threat of losing our 4th and 14th Amendment rights is upon us. And, as the following case illustrates, those who speak out against it — even from within the system — are subject to being silenced...

Jul 20 08:45

Mainstream Media Coverage of LED Lights That Blind, Fry, and Spy On Us

By B.N. Frank

Unfortunately, just because these LED bulbs supposedly use less energy to operate doesn’t mean they are harmless – biologically or environmentally. Their surveillance capabilities have been reported as well...

Jul 20 07:36

Amazon Facial Rekognition Software Trial In Orlando Canceled After 15 Months

By Aaron Kesel

Orlando’s pilot program of Amazon’s facial Rekognition software has ended with unsuccessful results after 15 months of technical issues with accuracy, bandwidth issues and controversy over the face-scanning technology...

Jul 19 17:49

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

We don’t just support encryption for its own sake. We fight for it because encryption is one of the most powerful tools individuals have for maintaining their digital privacy and security in an increasingly insecure world.

And although encryption may be the backbone, it’s important to recognize that protecting digital security and privacy encompasses much more; it’s also about additional technical features and policy choices that support the privacy and security goals that encryption enables...

Jul 19 09:21

How mobile phones CAN interfere with plane navigation systems on some jets even in 'flight mode'

Mobile phones still pose a real risk to the safety of planes even when in the supposedly flight-safe 'airplane mode'.

The feature found on most handsets disables all external signals from a phone but the device can still use WiFi, which interferes with some faulty screens still in use.

A vulnerability was discovered in 2014 that caused cockpit screens in Boeing 737 Next Generation and 777 airliners to suffer with interference from WiFi signals.

In 2014 the US Government promptly issued a deadline for all operators to replace or fix the fault by November 2019, but some are still believed to still be in use.

Jul 19 09:08

How to Earn or Get Free Bitcoins?

Recently, new services related to Bitcoin cryptocurrency have started to appear very widely. There is no more need to use long chains of intermediaries to perform simple transactions, losing interest at each stage. This article is more focused on newbies who have difficulty starting to work with Bitcoins.

So, let's begin. Before you start receiving the cherished Bitcoins, you need to prepare storage first. There are several ways for that. You can use third-party online services called online wallets, or a get a Bitcoin wallet on your computer. You can also keep your Bitcoins on cryptocurrency exchanges, on a hardware wallet, or even on paper.

Jul 19 08:42

Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account In Response To Backlash

By Caitlin Johnstone

After a week of vocal protests from online supporters of Julian Assange, Twitter has reversed its unjust removal of the prominent pro-Assange activism account @Unity4J.

After the account was suspended without any explanation being presented to its operators, Assange supporters drew a clear line in the sand against internet censorship and began making a big noise that couldn’t be ignored. The account’s suspension drew condemnations from high-profile Assange supporters ...

Jul 19 08:22

Bitcoin Mining And Money Laundering

By Vin Armani

I have developed significant patience for dispelling myths about “Bitcoin as a currency of crime” when in conversations with nocoiners (those who have never participated in the cryptocurrency world), but I was quite shocked recently to hear individuals who called themselves Bitcoiners being quite vocal about Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, being used as a tool for money laundering. It gave me pause and got me thinking about whether Bitcoin could, in fact, be used as a vehicle for money laundering. It turns out that Proof Of Work cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can indeed be used for money laundering, but not at all in the way that was being claimed...

Jul 19 07:32

Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto

By Graham Smith

For the uninitiated, voluntaryism is a philosophy based on consent. In the simplest terms it says: “If it’s not voluntary, it’s not moral.” This basic statement is often countered with “Yes, but not everyone agrees on that, some people use violence to get what they want.” This is 100% true. And this is why voluntaryists are not pacifists, but believe in and support self-defense. Self-defense as per voluntaryism is defined as protecting one’s property, which begins with the self. As such, the philosophy and its adherents have taken a remarkable interest in bitcoin, thanks to the non-violent nature of peer-to-peer, decentralized currency...

Jul 19 07:28

Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline

By stalkerware, we mean applications scumbags can install on their spouse's or partner's device, or dodgy bosses on staffers' handhelds, to silently track their whereabouts, web browsing, messaging, and other activities. It can also be installed on kids' gadgets by watchful parents.

The mobile research team at Avast Threatlabs told The Register on Wednesday it believes as many as 130,000 people already downloaded the Android tools, which allow snoops to quietly hoover up contacts, texts, and call histories, and other private details, from devices they are installed on.

As of yesterday morning, four of the surveillanceware applications had been taken down after Avast tipped off Google; the rest have since been pulled. The apps are being pitched under the names "Track Employees Check Work Phone Online Spy Free," "Spy Kids Tracker," "Phone Cell Tracker," "Mobile Tracking," "Spy Tracker," "SMS Tracker," and "Employee Work Spy."

Jul 18 17:29

A Bad Copyright Bill Moves Forward With No Serious Understanding of Its Dangers

By Katharine Trendacosta

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act, aka the CASE Act. This was without any hearings for experts to explain the huge flaws in the bill as it’s currently written. And flaws there are.

During the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was once again stressed that the CASE Act—which would turn the Copyright Office into a copyright traffic court—created a “voluntary” system. “Voluntary” does not accurately describe the regime of the CASE Act...

Jul 18 17:15

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

By Nathan Sheard

Earlier this week, Oakland’s City Council voted unanimously to ban local government use of face surveillance. The amendment to Oakland’s Surveillance and Community Safety Ordinance will make Oakland the third U.S. city to take this critical step toward protecting the safety, privacy, and civil liberties of its residents.

Local governments like those in San Francisco, CA; Somerville, MA; and now Oakland, CA are leading the way in proactively heading off the threat of this particularly pernicious form of surveillance...

Jul 18 16:30

Passive Facebook Use Correlated with Depressive Symptoms

Great holiday, fantastic party, adorable children, incredible food: everyone shows their life in the best light on social networks. Those who take a look around on such sites can find that their self-esteem takes a hit as it seems as though everyone is better than them.

Users who use social networks passively, i.e. do not post themselves, and tend to compare themselves with others are in danger of developing depressive symptoms. This is what a team of psychologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) led by Dr. Phillip Ozimek discovered...

Jul 18 11:29

Google kills 'Project Dragonfly' China search engine project

Google's VP of public policy, Karan Bhatia, today told the US Senate the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its localized search engine project for China.

“We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Bhatia said of the search app for people in China that Google was reported to be working on in 2018.

Bhatia was responding to Republican senator Josh Hawley's questions about Google’s business with China.

Davey Alba at BuzzFeed News writes the company didn't rule out the possibilities of doing other projects for China, now or in the future.

Jul 18 09:44

FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names, And Users Are Angry

By Amanda Froelich

Before you download an app or a PDF, do you read the Terms and Conditions? If not, you may be unintentionally signing up for trouble, like millions of users have after agreeing to the Terms of Service of FaceApp. The viral app allows people to change facial expressions, looks, and their age. But in exchange, the company owns all the rights to the images...

Jul 18 08:31

Drupal Patches Critical Bug That Lets Hackers Take Over Sites

The Drupal CMS team has released a security update to address a critical severity access bypass vulnerability in the CMS' core component that could allow attackers to take control of impacted sites.

Only a limited set of websites running on the Drupal CMS are affected according to the security advisory given that the security issue only affects the Drupal 8.7.4 version, with Drupal 8.7.3 and earlier, Drupal 8.6.x and earlier, and Drupal 7.x not being affected.

Jul 18 07:40

DARPA To Put Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Detectors In Public Venues

By MassPrivateI

Can you imagine living in a country that puts surveillance devices in every city and public venue? What would be the first country that comes to mind? China or the United Kingdom, right? What if I told you that the United States has joined their ranks?

A recent news release by the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) and Homeland Security reveal that they are installing nuclear, biological and chemical sensors everywhere...

Jul 17 17:58

Get Ready, Because Flamethrower Drones Are Going on Sale Very Soon

By Elias Marat

What could possibly go wrong by releasing a fully functional flamethrower unit that can be attached to flying drones?

Throwflame’s TF-19 WASP is a new fiery appendage that will allow any commercial-grade lightweight lift drone with a payload capacity of five pounds to spit fire as far as 25 feet away. The TF-19 will also be equipped with a one-gallon fuel tank capable of streaming out a steady jet of fire for up to 100 seconds, ensuring that anything targeted by the WASP will be burned to oblivion...

Jul 17 17:28

Electrical Engineering Team Brags About “Beyond 5G” Wireless Transceiver

By B.N. Frank

So a group of inventors are psyched and bragging about their new “beyond 5G”wireless transceiver that will utilize higher frequencies and boost speeds, despite grave concerns that exist about current 5G...

Jul 17 16:39

Liberal Professor Warns: Google Manipulating Voters ‘on a Massive Scale’ (VIDEO)

Dr. Robert Epstein told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday that Google can manipulate votes by using tools that they have at their disposal exclusively, and that no one can counteract them. Epstein warned the senator of big tech election meddling during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” on Tuesday.

Jul 17 12:42

Elon Musk Announcement: Let’s Merge Human Brains To “Achieve A Symbiosis With AI”

By Mac Slavo

Elon Musk finally admitted late Tuesday that Neuralink’s (Musk’s brain-machine interface startup) official goal is to eventually merge human brains with artificial intelligence. The ultimate ending would be to “achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”

Musk plans to begin human trials on an early version of Neuralink intended to treat brain injuries next year, and he says that by “merging with AI,” humans will be able to keep up with AI...

Jul 17 09:08

TO ATTACK JULIAN ASSANGE, CNN TWISTS EMBASSY SURVEILLANCE RECORDS THAT WERE FIRST COVERED BY SPANISH NEWSPAPER

Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS reported on July 9 that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was spied on by a Spanish private defense and security firm called Undercover Global S.L., when he lived in the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom.

The report was based on “documents, video, and audio material” that was “used in an extortion attempt against Assange by several individuals.” In May, Spanish police arrested journalist José Martín Santos, who had a record of fraud, and a computer programmer for their alleged involvement in an “attempt to make €3 million from the sale of private material.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These trumped up charges are very ridiculous; they were simply items that embarrassed the Democrats, and were most likely coming from Seth Rich., who was very concerned about the tenor - and the direction - the Democratic party was taking, to attempt to insure victory in 2016, and that there was no other outcome possible.

Jul 17 08:46

The Dollar, Not Crypto, Is a National Security Issue

By Peter C. Earle

Everything that Mnuchin attributed to Bitcoin — for one thing, that it has been used in concert with such “illicit activity [as] cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion … illicit drugs, and human trafficking” — can be said, and to degrees an order of magnitude or more larger, about the U.S. dollar. It’s an argument suitable for children...

Jul 17 08:41

Data of 'nearly all adults' in Bulgaria stolen

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country's tax agency.

According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised.

Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

Among the stolen data were names, addresses and even some details of personal income, local media reported.

Jul 17 08:24

FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier

Some in the news media have tried in recent days to rekindle their long-lost love affair with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his now infamous dossier.

But lest anyone be tempted to think Steele’s 2016 dossier is about to be mysteriously revived as credible, consider this: Over months of work, FBI agents painstakingly researched every claim Steele made about Trump’s possible collusion with Russia, and assembled their findings into a spreadsheet-like document.

The over-under isn’t flattering to Steele.

Multiple sources familiar with the FBI spreadsheet tell me the vast majority of Steele’s claims were deemed to be wrong, or could not be corroborated even with the most awesome tools available to the U.S. intelligence community. One source estimated the spreadsheet found upward of 90 percent of the dossier’s claims to be either wrong, nonverifiable or open-source intelligence found with a Google search.

In other words, it was mostly useless.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Dementocrats are going to try to hold this over President Trump's head, right though to the next election.

However, in light of the reality that he has done everything for big business, and the military industrial complex he possibly could do, with the wars continuing, and looking to get "hotter" in various areas of the world, I seriously doubt that the Dems can come up with a candidate who can carry the next election on their shoulders.

Jul 17 08:17

Trump promises to probe China’s alleged ‘infiltration’ of Google

Donald Trump has said his administration will probe accusations that Google has been infiltrated after working with China’s military, days after billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel called for the tech giant to be investigated.

The US president tweeted on Tuesday that he would “take a look” at Thiel’s assertion that Google was in cahoots with Beijing and should face a federal investigation. During a speech on Sunday, the co-founder of PayPal urged the FBI and CIA to take action, suggesting that Google may be “thoroughly infiltrated” by Chinese intelligence. Thiel failed to provide evidence when pressed further about his incendiary claims, stressing that he was simply “raising questions” about Google’s relationship with Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks that Google.... has chosen to "mess with the wrong President"!! on this issue.

Jul 17 07:42

New US Campaign Calls for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Surveillance

By Julia Conley

“Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons. That’s the moment in history we’re in right now with facial recognition.”

Pushing back against businesses and government calling for mere “regulations” on facial recognition surveillance, digital rights group Fight for the Future on Tuesday launched a nationwide campaign to demand a complete ban on the technology, which which critics warn is already violating civil liberties across the country...

Jul 17 07:18

‘TECHNICAL INCIDENT’ PUTS EUROPE’S GPS SYSTEM FULLY OFFLINE FOR DAYS

SOURCE: RT
A major technical error has caused Europe’s satellite navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken, the EU’s space agency has said.
Europe’s Galileo system was built to replace the US’ GPS system but, since the outage, users are automatically being switched back to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had caused the problem.

The incident led to the “temporary interruption” of the Galileo services since Friday, with the exception of the Search and Rescue (SAR) service, which locates people in distress situations at sea or on mountains, GNSS said.

The agency said its experts are working to restore operations “as soon as possible” and that an ‘Anomaly Review Board’ has been set up to analyze the “exact root cause and to implement recovery actions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; sabotage, per chance?!?

And then, cui bono?!? Who benefits from this interruption of services?

Jul 17 06:31

TOP FBI, DOJ OFFICIALS USE DRUG-CARTEL-STYLE BURNER PHONES TO DODGE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS, LAWMAKERS

TOP FBI, DOJ OFFICIALS USE DRUG-CARTEL-STYLE BURNER PHONES TO DODGE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS, LAWMAKERS.

Members of the FBI and Justice Department’s top brass at their Washington D.C.headquarters and other field offices are now using burner phones to stay under the radar of federal investigators and lawmakers, according to FBI insiders.

The shocking revelations come on the heels of news that the FBI deleted thousands of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents before investigators could review their content.

While that is disturbing on one level, FBI and DOJ hierarchy employing the telecom habits of drug cartel bosses reaches a new low for the once-heralded federal law enforcement agency and the DOJ. And breaks federal laws as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jul 17 05:47

CITY HALLS USE FACIAL RECOGNITION TO BLACKLIST AND BAN RESIDENTS

SOURCE: BLOGSPOT.COM

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no valid reason to do so.

A recent article in the Idaho Statesman and in the video above, prove that local governments are using facial recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings.

The Boise city council claimed that they need facial recognition cameras to protect public employees from disgruntled or unwelcome residents.

Wow, there must be a lot of disgruntled or unhappy residents for the city council to justify putting facial recognition cameras in Boise City Hall and City Hall West, right?

Would you believe both city halls have banned just one single resident because he opposed using city funds to pay for an NBA developmental league team.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very unwelcome development, and a harbinger of other nasty deplatforming, and side-lining still to come.

I am a Christian pacifist activist; I am not here to create any tension, or upset; I just work with the facts, the best I can, to encourage our government to be responsible and transparent in what it does.

I am sure that every government "alphabet soup" agency is reading my contributions to WRH, and are feeling very exasperated, because I never support violence of any kind. So... peace be with you, my brothers and sisters!! :-)

Jul 16 18:16

LA Horror Story: More Parents Horrified Over 5G Cell Towers Near Schools

By B.N. Frank

There’s a lot of information and misinformation being reported about health risks from exposure to 5G technology. So if you can only remember one thing about 5G and health risks, this would be it: The telecom industry has provided NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

If you can remember two things: There is research that says it IS NOT safe...

Jul 16 18:06

Windows 10 1903 Bug May Show Black Screen in Remote Desktop

Microsoft has added a new bug to the list of known issues in Windows 10 1903 about Remote Desktop connections displaying a black screen when connecting to devices using older graphic drivers.

According to the bug report, when a user connects via Remote Desktop to device with certain older GPU drivers, including drivers the Intel 4 series of integrated GPUs, a black screen will be shown.

Jul 16 18:04

Unofficial Telegram App with 100K Installs Pushed Malicious Sites

An app styling itself as a more feature-rich unofficial version of Telegram was installed over 100,000 from Google Play only to provide minimum messaging services and to promote malicious websites.

Named MobonoGram 2019, the app used code from the legitimate Telegram messenger and added a few scripts that ran in secret on the infected device to help with persistence and with loading URLs received from the command server.

By the time security researchers found the malicious app, its developer - RamKal Developers, had already pushed five updates to the official Android store.

Jul 16 18:02

FBI Releases Master Decryption Keys for GandCrab Ransomware

In an FBI Flash Alert, the FBI has released the master decryption keys for the Gandcrab Ransomware versions 4, 5, 5.0.4, 5.1, and 5.2. Using these keys, any individual or organization can create and release their very own GandCrab decryptor.

Jul 16 17:57

American Express Customers Targeted by Novel Phishing Attack

A phishing attack using a novel technique to steal credentials from American Express customers was recently found in an email inbox protected using Microsoft’s Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) by Cofense Phishing Defense Center researchers.

The phishing campaign targeted both corporate and consumer cardholders with phishing emails full of grammatical errors but with a small but deadly twist: instead of using the regular hyperlink to the landing page trick, this one used the HTML element to hide the malicious URL from antispam solutions.

This allows the attackers to specify the base URL that should be used for all relative URLs within the phishing message, effectively splitting up the phishing landing page in two separate pieces. It also helps to hide it from the target since, on hover, the hyperlink will only show the end part of the malicious link, without the domain used to host the landing page.

Jul 16 17:13

At This Point, Twitter’s Basically A Democratic Party Super-Pac

A senior Twitter manager who has called for jailing and impeaching President Trump and slammed the White House social media chief with four-letter slurs is raising concerns that the platform isn’t serious about policing hate posts.

Jul 16 11:42

'Dumb' robot ants are alarmingly smart (and strong) working together

A team of Swiss researchers with bugs on the brain has created an army of simple robotic "ants" capable of some impressive feats. The takeaway from these 10 gram bots, which are inexpensive to make and surprisingly simple in design? Teamwork makes the dream work.

As described in a new paper in the journal Nature, the ants can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves, and complete complex tasks and overcome obstacles together. That means that while simple compared to much more complex autonomous agents, these origami-inspired robots can solve complex challenges, such navigating uneven surfaces or, yes, moving comparatively huge objects.

Jul 16 10:44

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.

An investigation by Motherboard earlier this year revealed that any cellphone user’s precise, real-time location could be bought for just $300...

Jul 16 10:32

The United Nations Agendas: A Totalitarian Map

Op-Ed by Rosanne Lindsay, Naturopath

If you connected all the dots to the various United Nations (U.N.) Agendas, would you create a map of mass regionalization and an eventual Totalitarian State?

Let us count the ways…

Jul 16 08:13

FBI to Ramp Up Surveillance of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

By Tyler Durden

The FBI plans to step up its efforts to gather information from social media – issuing a call last week for a new tool to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms “in a timely fashion.”

Citing the use of social media by terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal organizations and foreign intelligence services, the FBI “needs near real time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current information available,” according to the request for proposal...

Jul 16 07:34

City Halls Use Facial Recognition To Blacklist And Ban Residents

By MassPrivateI

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Local governments and private corporations are using facial recognition to secretly blacklist people, despite having no valid reason to do so.

A recent article in the Idaho Statesman proves that local governments are using facial recognition to ban residents from accessing city-owned buildings...

Jul 16 07:20

New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN

By Caitlin Johnstone

CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague unsubstantiated assertions and easily debunked lies to paint the WikiLeaks founder in a negative light.

And let’s be clear right off the bat, it is most certainly a smear piece...

Jul 15 18:43

Hawaiian Punch: Football Field Sized Drone Will Beam 5G Down at Hawaiian Islands — Urgent Action Needed

Thanks to Debra Greene, PhD for sending this alert out to her email list:

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.

5G transmitting from a football field sized drone flying around the Hawaiian islands beaming toxic 5G wireless radiation into the ocean, into marine life, into valleys, into homes, into our bodies, into off-grid hard to reach areas of our varied terrain...

Jul 15 15:53

“Technical Incident” Puts Europe’s GPS System Fully Offline For Days

By RT

A major technical error has caused Europe’s satellite navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken, the EU’s space agency has said.

Europe’s Galileo system was built to replace the US’ GPS system but, since the outage, users are automatically being switched back to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had caused the problem...

Jul 15 14:59

Knowing the “Value” of Our Data Won’t Fix Our Privacy Problems

By Hayley Tsukayama

Some lawmakers, seeking to hold companies accountable for the way they collect and profit from our personal information, are pushing a new idea: requiring companies to report a dollar value for the data they collect from us. Some frame this reporting as a first step towards requiring companies to share with consumers the wealth our personal information generates for these companies. Yet knowing how much your personal information is worth to a company doesn’t actually protect your privacy—and the “pay for privacy” schemes that would probably follow from valuation reporting would actually harm it...

Jul 15 12:22

AI Pores Over Old Scientific Papers, Makes Discoveries Overlooked By Humans

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory trained an AI called Word2Vec on scientific papers to see if there was any "latent knowledge" that humans weren't able to grock on first pass.

The study, published in Nature on July 3, reveals that the algorithm found predictions for potential thermoelectric materials which can convert heat into energy for various heating and cooling applications.

The algorithm didn’t know the definition of thermoelectric, though. It received no training in materials science. Using only word associations, the algorithm was able to provide candidates for future thermoelectric materials, some of which may be better than those we currently use. -Motherboard

"It can read any paper on material science, so can make connections that no scientists could," said researcher Anubhav Jain. "Sometimes it does what a researcher would do; other times it makes these cross-discipline associations."

Jul 15 01:02

Brighteon 2.0 is now LIVE and ready to host your free speech videos that are banned by the techno-fascists

Saturday, July 13, 2019 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) After months of R&D effort that required a complete re-work of our back-end infrastructure, Brighteon 2.0 is now live and functioning on our new platform.

Later this year, Brighteon will feature Twitter-like functionality, where content channel owners can post text messages to their followers or subscribers. Brighteon does not shadowban anyone. If you are a content channel owner, your messages and videos will reach 100% of your subscribers, every time, without exception. (You won’t get Zucked by Brighteon.)

Brighteon welcomes vaccine videos. In fact, Brighteon has rapidly become the go-to destination for vaccine truth videos that have been banned everywhere else. That’s why more people are leaving YouTube and coming to independent websites like Brighteon, where the truth can still be seen and shared.

Jul 14 16:59

5G is Making Phones and Modems Overheat, Bugs Overheat and People Sweat. How Not Cool Is That?

Now we’re hearing that overheating doesn’t just apply to living beings. Oh the irony…

From Ars Technica: "Hands-on report says “persistent overheating” issues plague 5G hardware..."

Jul 14 16:11

5G’s “Day Of Crisis Science” Recognition – Saturday, July 27, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, [2019] parents, grandparents, cancer survivors, victims of EHS, medical professionals and scientists from across the country will come together to express their science-based health objections to the rollout of 5G...

Jul 14 09:39

DETROIT COPS ARREST THEIR OWN POLICE COMMISSIONER AT HEATED MEETING OVER FACIAL RECOGNITION (VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT

A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city’s controversial facial recognition scheme.
Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

“If you throw me out of this office that I am duly elected to, this disenfranchises 100,000 votes that I represent in the 5th District,” Burton shouted as he was surrounded by three officers. “You must throw us all out!”He attempted to call out the board on the issue at Thursday’s meeting, but was told to be quiet by board chair Lisa Carter, who objected to him speaking for longer than his allotted time, and then asked that he be removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind both Detroit Police and their City Council, that "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a "how-to" manual.

And the real problem with facial recognition, is how frequently these systems are dead-wrong; here are a couple of articles I really wish the City of Detroit, and its chief of police, had the opportunity to read:

Why Is Facial Recognition Important? 3 Signs It's Too Big to Ignore Any Longer;it's the Wild Wild West out there."

Use of facial recognition tech 'dangerously irresponsible'


Technology
Facial recognition will soon be everywhere. Are we prepared?

The growing backlash against facial recognition tech

OK: I get that there is a lot of crime in Detroit.

So what causes high incidents of crime?!?

In my world, there are a lot of reasons for it, starting with grinding poverty, generally caused by educational systems which don't get students prepared for the real jobs which will be left after they graduate school; and the horrific combination of drugs, drug selling and addiction. And then, in some schools, there is nearly a school to prison pipeline, for kids who, for whatever reason, are seen as "acting out."

This is further exacerbated by parents who don't (or won't) give their kids love and structure; this is the kind of thing which makes a real difference in a kid's life, and particularly during their teen years.

I know that I was enormously lucky, to have been mentored by an incredible theatre teacher, Dr. Jack Vaughn, who knew I was a composer, long before I had any idea that I could do this.

But it has to be all parts of a kid's community, educationally and socially, working together (and yes, faith communities, that also means you!) to create an environment that produces people who can work intelligently at high-tech jobs; are numerate; literate; and who understand the crucial importance of critical thinking.

Without this, there will be no end to the cycle of failed human beings who turn to crime, because they know of no other way to stay alive; and that is going to negatively impact all of us.

If you have never seen the film, "Elysium", starring Jodie Foster, you need to find it, and watch it; the writer of the film paints an ugly, and and darkly dystopian future, with the elite and monied have everything they want, but the rest of the people are sick, starving, and tortured to do the "grunt work" which keeps their Elysium alive.

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