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Jun 07 03:40

US SPYING ON "ALLIES" SPOILS BIDEN'S SET-PIECE VISIT TO EUROPE

SOURCE: STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG
American President Joe Biden flies to Europe next week for a series of major summits in what was being billed as a happy revival for the transatlantic alliance. Four years of bitter and divisive chaos under Trump were supposed to be sutured by the new president declaring the importance of a strong U.S.-European partnership and “shared values”.

Unfortunately for Biden, the scandal over U.S. spying on European governments looks like casting a shadow on the “happy family reunion”. What’s more, this American president is fully implicated in the illicit snooping.

The timing also upsets Biden’s attempt to burnish America’s image as a defender of “rules-based order” and “shared Western values” when he meets Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva for their first face-to-face presidential summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing!!!

Jun 07 03:03

Smugglers Openly Advertise Illegal Border Crossings On Facebook

Authored by Petr Svab via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Human smugglers along the southern border are openly advertising their services on Facebook and the social media company has fallen short on removing such content.

A plethora of user accounts have posted offers to facilitate illegal border crossings on the platform. Some even directly advertise how much they charge for the service. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), who took office in January, repeatedly alerted Facebook to the issue in general and to a number of specific posts of this kind, but most of them haven’t been removed, she said.

Facebook has so far failed to accommodate Cammack’s request for an in-person meeting to discuss the issue, she told The Epoch Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the stench of "techpocrisy" (high tech hipocrisy) in the morning!!!!

Jun 07 02:11

Daimler Trucks Is Short Of Workers Across The Board, CEO Says

By Alan Adler of FreightWaves,

Production workers. Service technicians. Parts depot staff. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is short of all of them, exemplifying how hard it is to keep up with a hot economy following a pandemic, recently named CEO John O’Leary said.

“It’s really a problem end to end,” O’Leary told FreightWaves on Wednesday.

“We have difficulty getting workers to build trucks and to work in our parts warehouses. Our dealers have difficulty getting techs to work on trucks. Our customers have difficulty getting drivers and service techs in their shops.

“So, it’s really a problem that is very widespread, and I know it’s not unique to our industry.”

Jun 06 20:22

Amazon to share your Internet with neighbors on Tuesday - How to opt out

If you do not want your devices to be part of Amazon Sidewalk, you can disable the service at any time.

For Amazon Echo devices, you can disable Amazon Sidewalk by following these steps:

Open your Amazon Alexa App.
Select the More option in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
Go to Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk.
Set the Amazon Sidewalk toggle to disabled.
Close the Amazon Alexa app.

For Ring devices, you can disable Amazon Sidewalk by following these steps:

Open the Ring app.
Tap the three-lined icon to open the menu and go to Control Center > Amazon Sidewalk.
Set the Amazon Sidewalk toggle to disabled.
Close the app.

Once you disable Amazon Sidewalk, Amazon will not enable it again without your permission.

Jun 06 20:01

Twitter Censors Nigerian President, Nigerian President Censors Twitter, Twitter Cries 'Censorship'

Twitter is working together with the State Department to overthrow the democratically elected President of Nigeria the same way they worked to overthrow the President of the United State of America.

The big difference is the President of Nigeria is actually fighting back rather than choosing to "monitor the situation."

Jun 06 11:27

Cyberattack shuts down all JBS beef plants in the US, showing food supply vulnerability to hacking attacks

All beef plants operated by JBS in the United States have been shut down due to a cyberattack that targeted some of the company’s servers over the weekend. The attack, which the dishonest corporate media has blamed on Russian hackers, also shut down some of the company’s operations in Australia and Canada as well.

The attack threatens the U.S.’s food supply due to JBS’ size. The world’s largest beef supplier, JBS controls about a quarter of the U.S. beef market. Should the company’s plants not be able to operate over a sustained period, shortages may develop, causing prices to spike.

Jun 06 11:20

Samsung Shutting Down SmartThings Hub and Apps; Company No Longer Interested in Making SmartThings Hardware

By B.N. Frank

Over the years, there have been countless warnings by privacy and security experts about “Smart” home appliances. The media has reported many horrifying incidents. This still hasn’t stopped people from wanting to buy these products and install them in their homes.

Since last fall, there has been much focus on Amazon automatically opting in all customers’ home devices into their Sidewalk program. In the meantime, Samsung has been dismantling its SmartThings Ecosystem...

Jun 06 07:08

Meet Corrupt Professor Ferguson The Scumbag Who First Claimed This Was A Pandemic, And The Idiot Presidents And Prime Ministers Who Believed His Computer Predictions

Buying, for the moment, the official story about the “pandemic,” there were two basic choices:

Let people go about their lives and develop, through contact, natural immunity to the disease; or imprison populations in their homes.
Why was the second choice made?

This is my second article about Neil Ferguson (first article, here), the UK professor whose computer model of COVID-19 changed the world and drove that second choice.

Ferguson’s model predicted a worst-case estimate of 510,000 deaths in the UK, and 2.2 million deaths in the US.

At that point, anybody who was anybody stood up and saluted.

Both heads of government, Trump and Johnson, radically changed course. Instead of allowing people to go about their lives and develop natural immunity, they took the lockdown approach, devastating their economies.

Jun 05 10:41

Amazon is about to start sharing Alexa owners’ bandwidth with their neighbors

The tens of millions of Americans that own Amazon smart devices like Alexa, Echo and Ring only have a few days left to opt out of a company experiment that will severely compromise their personal privacy and security.

On June 8, Amazon will launch the Amazon Sidewalk, a new shared mesh network that will help its devices work better and remain connected to the internet. It will do this by automatically connecting to other Amazon smart devices, or what it calls “Sidewalk Bridge devices.”

Sidewalk will use these Bridge devices to siphon off a “small amount” of bandwidth from the owner’s internet and broadcast the Sidewalk network to nearby neighbors and their Amazon devices. This process then repeats until all Amazon devices in a certain area are connected to each other.

Jun 05 04:27

SURVEILLANCE CITY: NYPD CAN USE MORE THAN 15,000 CAMERAS TO TRACK PEOPLE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION IN MANHATTAN, BRONX AND BROOKLYN

BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation, tagging 15,280 surveillance cameras at intersections across Manhattan (3,590), Brooklyn (8,220) and the Bronx (3,470). Combined, the three boroughs account for almost half of the intersections (47%) in New York City, constituting a vast surface area of pervasive surveillance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SO GLAD to be living in rural Indianna right now!!

Jun 04 14:20

What $10M in daily thefts tells us about crypto security

If you’re among the growing number of people interested in cryptocurrencies, you may be interested to know that nearly 7,000 people lost more than $80 million between October 2020 and March 2021 — a 1,000% increase from a year ago, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The scams include fake currency exchanges and phony “investment” websites selling the currency. More recently, more than $10 million was stolen in various cryptocurrencies in the days leading up to Elon Musk’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

And here’s the rub: You have no way to protect your accounts from any theft. In the world of cryptocurrency, there are no guarantees. Unlike the traditional banking world, there is no equivalent to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to cover any losses on your account. If your assets are stolen, you’re out of luck.

Jun 04 14:05

McDonald's Is Testing This New Tech That Could Change the Way You Order

The McDonald's drive-thru experience may soon come without one aspect customers have counted on for decades: human interaction. And while we're still a ways away from robots handing you your food, the order-taking part may soon be handled entirely by an automated system that can understand what you're saying.

Business Insider reports that McDonald's is rolling out voice recognition systems at about a dozen drive-thrus, all in the Chicago market, that will serve as the first test case for an AI-based ordering process. The company's CEO Chris Kempczinski stated that the new technology is currently accurate in how it receives an order about 85% of the time, with a few cases still needing the assistance of an actual human employee. The AI systems could eventually lead to a better customer experience as well as lower labor requirements. But a national rollout of this technology won't happen any time soon

Jun 04 10:35

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

Computer chips have advanced to the point that they're no longer reliable: they've become "mercurial," as Google puts it, and may not perform their calculations in a predictable manner.

Not that they were ever completely reliable. CPU errors have been around as long as CPUs themselves. They arise not only from design oversights but also from environmental conditions and from physical system failures that produce faults.

But these errors have tended to be rare enough that only the most sensitive calculations get subject to extensive verification if systems appear to be operating as expected. Mostly, computer chips are treated as trustworthy.

Lately, however, two of the world's larger CPU stressors, Google and Facebook, have been detecting CPU misbehavior more frequently, enough that they're now urging technology companies to work together to better understand how to spot these errors and remediate them.

Jun 04 10:33

Google to Let Android Users Opt-Out to Stop Ads From Tracking Them

Google is tightening the privacy practices that could make it harder for apps on Android phones and tablets to track users who have opted out of receiving personalized interest-based ads. The change will go into effect sometime in late 2021.

The development, which mirrors Apple's move to enable iPhone and iPad users to opt-out of ad tracking, was first reported by the Financial Times.

Once the revised policy goes live, Google is expected to completely cut off developers' access to the so-called "Advertising IDs," showing a "string of zeros" in its place. The Google Advertising ID (AAID), analogous to Apple's IDFA, is a unique device identifier that can be used by app developers to track users as they move between apps to target ads better and measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Jun 04 10:31

FreakOut malware worms its way into vulnerable VMware servers

A multi-platform Python-based malware targeting Windows and Linux devices has now been upgraded to worm its way into Internet-exposed VMware vCenter servers unpatched against a remote code execution vulnerability.

The malware, dubbed FreakOut by CheckPoint researchers in January (aka Necro and N3Cr0m0rPh), is an obfuscated Python script designed to evade detection using a polymorphic engine and a user-mode rootkit that hides malicious files dropped on compromised systems.

FreakOut spreads itself by exploiting a wide range of OS and apps vulnerabilities and brute-forcing passwords over SSH, adding the infected devices to an IRC botnet controlled by its masters.

The malware's core functionality enables operators to launch DDoS attacks, backdoor infected systems, sniff and exfiltrate network traffic, and deploy XMRig miners to mine for Monero cryptocurrency.

Jun 04 10:13

Exclusive-U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism, official says

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters.

Internal guidance sent on Thursday to U.S. attorney’s offices across the country said information about ransomware investigations in the field should be centrally coordinated with a recently created task force in Washington.

“It’s a specialized process to ensure we track all ransomware cases regardless of where it may be referred in this country, so you can make the connections between actors and work your way up to disrupt the whole chain,” said John Carlin, principle associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.

Jun 04 09:17

iPhone Sound Recognition: How to make your iPhone recognize sounds

With every new software update, Apple has been making its smartphones more inclusive. The brand has been adding features and functions that aim to make the iPhone experience more accommodating, making it easier for people with different needs to interact with technology. Because smartphone experience, in general, depends very heavily on a couple of senses, these diverse features turn out to be game-changers. Not just for many with impaired senses, but also for general users – remember how the “Live Listen” feature on the AirPods was designed to be a hearing aid but was also used by people in noisy areas?

Jun 04 09:15

LiDAR will no longer be just a Pro feature with iPhone 13

Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup might still be a few months away but we are getting new rumors and information about the upcoming devices every now and then. It is tipped that a 120Hz display is finally making its way to the iPhone 13 lineup later this year. Apple is rumored to employ the LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) tech instead of LTPS to achieve the high refresh rate numbers. The series is said to have a bigger camera bump as well. Now, more information regarding the cameras has emerged online.

Jun 04 09:15

Ransomware will now get priority treatment at the Justice Department

The Justice Department has created a task force to centrally track and coordinate all federal cases involving ransomware or related types of cybercrime, such as botnets, money laundering, and bulletproof hosting.

“To ensure we can make necessary connections across national and global cases and investigations … we must enhance and centralize our internal tracking of investigations and prosecutions of ransomware groups and the infrastructure and networks that allow the threats to persist,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told US attorneys throughout the country on Thursday. She issued the directive in a memo that was first reported by Reuters. Investigators in field offices around the country would be expected to share information as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they will deal with it just as effectively as they dealt with election fraud!

Jun 04 09:12

It’s Far Too Easy For Abusers To Exploit Smart Toys And Trackers

By Saheli Datta Burton, UCL and Madeline Carr, UCL

The wearable technology market is booming, with half a billion wearables sold globally in 2020. Apps on these devices, or the devices themselves, often claim to monitor our health to spot illnesses, track our workouts to help us reach our fitness goals, or keep an eye on our children’s whereabouts to enhance their safety. They also track location...

Studies have also found fitness trackers to be too inaccurate and misleading to be used by medical professionals, and that, because they’ve been rushed to market, wearables of all kinds are an insecure “Wild West” region of technology...

Smart toys are of particular concern...

Jun 04 09:07

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags a Little Less Scary

Apple’s AirTags are effective little Bluetooth trackers, but the thing that makes them work so well—leveraging Apple’s extensive Find My network of devices that are constantly pinging each other—also makes them extremely problematic because you can be tracked without your knowledge in what is essentially real-time. Apple made some effort to prevent stalking when AirTags launched, but in our testing, the devices didn’t go far enough to alert people that they were being tracked. Today, the company is rolling out an update that slightly improves those features.

Jun 04 08:52

Supreme Court Issues Radical New Reading of Anti-Hacking Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said a Georgia police officer had not violated the country’s main anti-hacking law by improperly accessing a government database for financial gain, a decision likely to curtail prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of individuals who misuse computer systems to which they have legal access.

The police officer, Nathan Van Buren, was arrested and charged under the 1986 law after accepting payment from an FBI informant to search a law enforcement database of license plate information. The government charged Van Buren with violating the CFAA, which prohibits people from knowingly “exceeding” their “authorized access” to a computer system.

Jun 04 08:50

Is JBS cyberattack a dry run?

A Russia-based hacker group victimized JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat producer, in a ransomware hack this week, according to the FBI.

Other hackers, based in Russia and elsewhere, struck the Colonial Pipeline and other infrastructure, water-treatment plants, small businesses, Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and even hospitals.

With easily accessible hacking tools and hard-to-trace financing amid the rise of cryptocurrency, cybercrime is soaring around the world, experts say.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said as much last month, adding that ransomware attacks cost victims a combined $350 million last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It's Russia. Really! Or maybe China. Or Iran. We don't have any proof, but we just KNOW it has to be one of them!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Jun 04 08:48

Hacker group DarkSide operates in a similar way to a franchise, New York Times reporter says

DarkSide, the hacker group behind the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, has a business model that’s more familiar than people think, according to New York Times correspondent Andrew Kramer

“It operates something like a franchise, where individual hackers can come and receive the ransomware software and use it, as well as, use DarkSide’s reputation, as it were, to extract money from their targets, mostly in the United States,” Kramer said in an interview that aired Wednesday night.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that’s designed to block access to a computer system. Hackers demand a ransom payment in return for restoring access. Colonial reportedly paid a $5 million ransom to DarkSide.

Kramer told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that the franchise business model enables hackers to have significantly less computer knowledge than they once needed, because they’re given ready-made software from DarkSide.

Jun 04 08:46

Fake Android Apps Use Imitation To Spread Malware: What You Need To Know

A slew of popular Android apps are being used as carriers for a fairly popular form of malware targeting banks. The method is, of course, not unheard of. Various malware over the years have disguised their true intentions using the names of beloved and trusted services, with this latest malware simply the most recent example. Here's what you need to know.

Jun 04 08:44

Autonomous checkout is only the beginning of a brick-and-mortar revolution

If you've ever been in one of Amazon's Go stores, you know the strange and somewhat magical feeling of checkout-free shopping. Walk in, grab your stuff, walk out. A receipt shows up on your phone a few minutes later. End of interaction. For Amazon, Go offers a chance to bring some of the convenience of online shopping to the real world. It also gives Amazon more insight into how people shop, what they look for and how stores themselves work. That data can be invaluable.

Jun 04 08:07

Surveillance City: NYPD Can Use More Than 15,000 Cameras to Track People Using Facial Recognition in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn

By Amnesty International

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation, tagging 15,280 surveillance cameras at intersections across Manhattan (3,590), Brooklyn (8,220) and the Bronx (3,470). Combined, the three boroughs account for almost half of the intersections (47%) in New York City, constituting a vast surface area of pervasive surveillance.

“This sprawling network of cameras can be used by police for invasive facial recognition and risk turning New York into an Orwellian surveillance city,” says Matt Mahmoudi, Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International.

Jun 04 07:55

Twitter suspends vaccine skeptic group after it claims it obtained another 3,000 pages of Fauci emails in FOIA request

A vaccine skeptics group was temporarily locked out of its Twitter account after claiming that it acquired thousands of new emails from White House Covid-19 adviser Anthony Fauci, with the site labeling the post “disinformation.”

The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the upcoming release of 3,000 pages of Fauci emails it said it obtained in a Freedom of Information request, after media outlets published a massive trove of the health adviser’s correspondence earlier this week.

“The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) is dropping 3,000 new pages of FOIA’d Fauci emails TODAY, providing further insight into Anthony Fauci’s actions on Covid, vaccine safety and more,” the group said in the now-deleted post, which was preserved in a screenshot shared by conservative activist Michelle Malkin.

Jun 03 14:51

"Slaughterbot" Autonomous Killer Drones | Technology

Jun 03 14:47

Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing - The Gaurdian

Critics raise transparency fears over plan to turn all smart home devices into ‘mesh network

Alex Hern Technology editor
@alexhern
Tue 1 Jun 2021 10.55 EDT

Amazon customers have one week to opt out of a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the US into a shared wireless network, as part of the company’s plan to fix connection problems for its smart home devices.

Jun 03 13:09

Why is iOS 14 so bad?

I've been watching iOS releases closely since, well, the operating system was called iPhone OS, and iOS 14 looks like it's the worst release to date.

Why is iOS 14 so bad?

First, let's wind back a bit. iOS 14 released in September 2020, a release that followed months of developer and public beta testing. Right out of the gate, iOS 14 had its fair share of bugs. There were performance issues, battery problems, user interface lags, keyboard stutters, crashes, glitches with apps, and a bunch of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity troubles.

iPadOS was also affected, seeing similar issues and more, including weird charging problems.

Jun 03 12:37

Hackers Actively Exploiting 0-Day in WordPress Plugin Installed on Over 17,000 Sites

Fancy Product Designer, a WordPress plugin installed on over 17,000 sites, has been discovered to contain a critical file upload vulnerability that's being actively exploited in the wild to upload malware onto sites that have the plugin installed.

Wordfence's threat intelligence team, which discovered the flaw, said it reported the issue to the plugin's developer on May 31. While the flaw has been acknowledged, it's yet to be addressed.

Fancy Product Designer is a tool that enables businesses to offer customizable products, allowing customers to design any kind of item ranging from T-shirts to phone cases by offering the ability to upload images and PDF files that can be added to the products.

Jun 03 12:35

FUJIFILM shuts down network after suspected ransomware attack

Today, FUJIFILM announced that their Tokyo headquarters suffered a cyberattack Tuesday night that they indicate is a ransomware attack.

"FUJIFILM Corporation is currently carrying out an investigation into possible unauthorized access to its server from outside of the company. As part of this investigation, the network is partially shut down and disconnected from external correspondence," FUJIFILM said in a statement.

Jun 03 12:33

Windows 10's package manager flooded with duplicate, malformed apps

Last week, Microsoft released the first stable version of its Windows 10 package manager, Winget, which enables users to manage apps via command-line.

Much like package managers available on other platforms, Winget lets Windows users automate app management when it comes to installing, configuring, upgrading, and uninstalling applications.

But, over the weekend, multiple users flooded Winget's software registry with pull requests for apps that are either duplicate or malformed, thereby raising concerns about the integrity of the Winget ecosystem.

Jun 03 12:24

Twitter launches its first subscription service, Twitter Blue, with exclusive perks for power users

The service, launching first in Canada and Australia, is Twitter's first attempt at diversifying its revenue streams with a subscription business model.

Twitter's long-running effort to better monetize its platform is finally taking shape, with the company announcing Thursday that it's launching a subscription service called Twitter Blue.

With Twitter Blue, Twitter offers power users access to exclusive features including an Undo Tweet option that allows users to correct mistakes on a tweet before it's published, as well as Reader Mode for a cleaner way to read long threads.

Jun 03 12:00

Scientists have found a way to identify cartographic deepfakes

A new model has emerged that detects satellite imagery fakes. This will help identify maps that can confuse air defense systems and unmanned vehicles.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Oregon explained that the problem of satellite map counterfeiting will become urgent over the next few years. They have now described a mechanism that can detect false satellite images.

The scientists added that maps are used in many of the modern services found in national defense and even autonomous vehicles, a technology that is still under development. AI has had a positive impact on this field through the development of Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI), which uses machine learning to extract and analyze geospatial data. But these same techniques can be used to spoof GPS signals, location information on social media posts, and more.

Jun 03 11:24

“So Sue Us”: Amazon Responds To 75,000 Customers Who Say Alexa Spied On Them

After receiving more than 75,000 individual complaints that its Alex-powered Echo devices were spying on them, Amazon has abandoned its policy that such complaints must be resolved outside the court system via secretive arbitration proceedings, and will instead allow customers to file lawsuits, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In other words, ‘so sue us.’

Jun 03 11:20

Danish ISP temporarily blocked access to BitChute over “coronavirus misinformation”

Danish citizens are reporting that some ISPs were displaying a National Police Cyber Crime Center (NC3) message on the Bitchute.com domain, blocking access to free speech video sharing platform BitChute on the grounds that it contains “dangerous information” and “misinformation” related to COVID-19.

Users of the providers Stofa and Telmore were temporarily unable to access BitChute and were presented with a message noting that the platform has been blocked by NC3.

Jun 03 11:03

Australian health authority wants to refer “fake vaccine theories” on Facebook to law enforcement

The governing body in charge of all things “medicine” in Australia is planning to start referring all “anti-vaccine” social media posts to the police for prosecution under the country’s criminal code.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), making “false” claims about Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injections on Facebook or Twitter should be illegal because some unvaccinated people might read them and decide to not get jabbed, which would upset Anthony Fauci and other medical fascists.

The TGA is particularly offended that some social media users are warning others that Chinese Virus needles could kill them, this is based on data cited in the official government database.

Jun 03 09:07

Cyber Polygon: Will The Next Globalist War Game Lead To Another Convenient Catastrophe?

By Brandon Smith

Back in April I published an article titled ‘Globalists Will Need Another Crisis In America As Their Reset Agenda Fails’. In it I noted an odd trend which many of us in the liberty media have become aware of over the years – Almost every major man-made catastrophe in the US and in many other parts of the world in the past couple decades has been preceded by a government or globalist “exercise”. These exercises and war games tend to mimic the exact disaster that would eventually strike the public only days or weeks later. Sometimes the mock disaster exercises and the real events happen at the same time.

The covid pandemic was no exception. It’s quite miraculous…

Jun 03 06:57

MSM Unwittingly Admits MRNA Truth & The Expected “Cyber Pandemic” Domestic Terrorism COVID Crossover

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/1/21).

As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth is, or claiming they have the answer, is likely leading you astray, for one reason or another. Stay Vigilant.

Jun 02 19:18

King County Washington Bans Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

SEATTLE, Wash. (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition technology. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles was the lead sponsor of the ordinance. The new law prohibits county administrative offices and executive departments, including the sheriff’s department, from acquiring or using facial recognition technology or facial recognition information. It also bans county agencies from issuing any permit or entering into any agreement which authorizes any third party to use facial recognition technology or obtain facial recognition information on behalf of the county.

Jun 02 11:46

Telegram Becoming the Next Dark Web Because of the Activities That Were Unveiled

Remember just how a few months ago, Telegram along with Signal became the most downloaded online messaging platform when WhatsApp was boycotted by the public because of the new policy they launched. Well, from the looks of it, it now seems that Telegram would want to check what goes on their platform before they announce how safe their platform is. Why is that, keep on reading below.

Telegram which appears to be generally a safe and encrypted messaging platform from the outside, just got busted because of the atrocities that goes in it. It has been revealed through some investigations that was conducted by cybersecurity researchers which enlightens us that Telegram is being used as a platform for hackers and cybercriminals where they can easily share data of millions of people on the groups and channels of the platform.

Jun 02 10:51

JBS Says "Significant Progress" After Ransomware Attack, Sets To Reopen Meat Plants Wednesday 

JBS SA, the world's largest meat producer, released a statement in the overnight session stating "significant progress" has been made to resolve a ransomware attack that paralyzed its US operations and some plants in other countries.

"Our systems are coming back online, and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat," JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira said in a statement.

"Given the progress, our IT professionals and plant teams have made in the last 24 hours, the vast majority of our beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods plants will be operational Wednesday", Nogueira said.

The cyberattack forced the shutdown of all JBS' US beef plants, which account for almost a quarter of American supplies.

"On Sunday, 30 May, JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems", JBS said at the time.

Jun 02 10:26

If you’re worried about privacy, delete these 5 smartphone apps right now

Just a few days ago, we told you about a new Apple ad released as part of its “Privacy. That’s iPhone.” ad campaign. In this particular spot, which you can watch below, viewers follow a man going about his daily routine, and in each “scene” he’s using a common app that facilitates everything from a coffee shop order to hailing a taxi ride. As the ad progresses, a growing number of people (who represent creepy, privacy-flouting apps) squeeze in beside and around him, creeping on him, and spying on what he’s doing. Until, one by one, the protagonist of the ad uses Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature to erase all of them from existence, Thanos finger-snap style.

Jun 02 10:24

Here are 6 hidden iPhone features you’re going to love

Given that we’re already on the 14th iteration of iOS, there’s a good chance that Apple’s mobile OS is teeming with hidden and useful features that you had no idea existed. Hardly a surprise, Apple for whatever reason doesn’t always advertise some of the more useful features in iOS and, instead, leaves it to reviewers and users to discover on their own.

Well, we decided to make things a bit easier for you and compile some of the best iOS 14 features lurking in the shadows. Whether you’re a new iPhone convert or a seasoned user, there’s a strong chance you’ll find something surprising and useful in the list below.

Jun 02 10:11

PayPal Shuts Down Long-Time Tor Supporter with No Recourse

By Rainey Reitman

Activist Post Editor’s Note: We empathize; PayPal shut down Activist Post after 10 years in good standing, and froze funds for 180 days, including other related personal accounts – the only reason given was “potential risk.”

Larry Brandt, a long-time supporter of internet freedom, used his nearly 20-year-old PayPal account to put his money where his mouth is. His primary use of the payment system was to fund servers to run Tor nodes, routing internet traffic in order to safeguard privacy and avoid country-level censorship. Now Brandt’s PayPal account has been shut down, leaving many questions unanswered and showing how financial censorship can hurt the cause of internet freedom around the world.

Brandt first discovered his PayPal account was restricted in March of 2021. Brandt reported to EFF...

Jun 02 09:57

Dumping Google Chrome: Three things you need to do if you're serious about it

Shifting away from Google Chrome is hard.

Regular readers will know that I've been engaged in a drawn-out process of dumping Google Chrome for several months. My last month of living and working off-grid while on my travels in Scotland made that more urgent because of how power-inefficient Google Chrome is when running on my laptops. When you're relying on a battery power station and solar panels, getting an extra 90 minutes or so of runtime makes all the difference.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably using Google Chrome as your default browser. It’s hard to fault Google’s record on security and patching but privacy is another matter for the online ad giant.

The problem is that Google Chrome is less a browser and more a mini operating system that does so much. It's also a repository for a lot of data that are needed to function in the modern world.

Jun 02 07:36

Another Mega Group Spy Scandal? Samanage, Sabotage, And The SolarWinds Hack

The devastating hack on SolarWinds was quickly pinned on Russia by US intelligence. A more likely culprit, Samanage, a company whose software was integrated into SolarWinds’ software just as the “back door” was inserted, is deeply tied to Israeli intelligence and intelligence-linked families such as the Maxwells.

In mid-December of 2020, a massive hack compromised the networks of numerous US federal agencies, major corporations, the top five accounting firms in the country, and the military, among others. Despite most US media attention now focusing on election-related chaos, the fallout from the hack continues to make headlines day after day.

The hack, which affected Texas-based software provider SolarWinds, was blamed on Russia on January 5 by the US government’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group. Their statement asserted that the attackers were “likely Russian in origin,” but they failed to provide evidence to back up that claim.

Jun 02 07:01

‘They Could Have Their Whole Bank Account Taken Away:’ Cybersecurity Expert Warns Of New Phone Scam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a new scam going around that involves claiming to be a major local bank.

Scam text messages are hitting phones claiming issues with PNC Bank accounts and one cybersecurity expert was targeted by this one and immediately knew it was a scammer.

“My reaction immediately was, ‘oh my god I can’t believe they’re trying to do this’,” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.

How did Whale know immediately that this was a fraud?

“I don’t have an account with PNC,” he said.

So, when the message came to his phone, the red flags immediately went up.

“Then I looked at the number to call, and there it was a 412 number,” he recalled.

While it was not a phone number associated with any PNC Bank branch or any part of the bank, he decided to give it a call anyway.

“Please key in your nine-digit social security number followed by the pound sign,” The automated message prompted.

Jun 02 06:22

Suspected Russian Cyberattack Wipes Out One-Fifth Of U.S. Beef Production Capacity: Report

TOPLINE
A cyber attack of the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, that the White House said Tuesday likely originated from Russia has wiped out one-fifth of the U.S.’s beef production capacity, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

KEY FACTS

  • Bloomberg, based on information from labor unions and employees, calculated five of JBS’s biggest beef plants in the U.S. halted processing after the weekend ransomware attack.
  • The crippling of these plants—which altogether handle over 22,000 cattle a day—means the U.S. has lost about one-fifth of its beef production capacity, the news outlet tallied, as JBS accounts for roughly a quarter of the country’s beef processing.
  • Though the full impact of the attack globally is still being tallied, slaughter operations in Australia were also shut down on Monday and one of Canada’s largest beef plants has also been shuttered since the start of this week.
Jun 02 06:01

NVIDIA Expects Its New Cryptocurrency GPU to Make $400 Million in Fiscal Q2

This is having a real-world impact on some businesses. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a prime example. It launched new hardware designed specifically for crypto mining (the process in which digital assets are created and managed) just a few months ago, and sales are skyrocketing.

A $400 million windfall

NVIDIA announced the launch of a new chip lineup called the CMP (cryptocurrency mining processor) in Feb. 2021. CMPs are off to a hot start.

NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress said on the first-quarter fiscal 2022 earnings call (NVIDIA's current fiscal year ends in Jan. 2022) that CMP sales totaled $155 million. Pretty impressive for a fresh product launch that's only been available for a couple of months, even from a semiconductor industry leader like NVIDIA.

Jun 02 04:46

JBS Shutters All US Meat Plants As Cyber Attack Jeopardizes Food Supply 

Update (2002 ET): The USDA has released an important update about the Biden administration's steps to mitigate potential supply constraints and price surges following JBS' ransomware attack.

As noted earlier today by the White House, USDA is aware of the ransomware attack against JBS, which is affecting the company's operations, including its facilities in the United States. USDA continues to work closely with the White House, Department of Homeland Security, JBS USA and others to monitor this situation closely and offer help and assistance to mitigate any potential supply or price issues. As part of that effort, USDA has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation, encouraging them to accommodate additional capacity where possible, and to stress the importance of keeping supply moving.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look. Governing is choosing. Governing is prioritizing, and right now getting you to hate white people is a high priority than securing the nation's computers, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 01 13:23

The Vaccine Divide and Emerging Segregation Society

By Jesse Smith

The push to get everyone to take a COVID-19 injection may be the greatest social engineering project the world has ever witnessed. Governments, Big Pharma, corporations, celebrities, health professionals, and the media have been able to convince millions of people to take experimental “vaccines” based on technology never before used in humans. The FDA and CDC declared they were safe (minus a few expected minor side effects) after only a few months of clinical trials and rushed them to market well before the expected 18-month timeline. The tricks used to fast-track these vaccines for widespread use would make even David Copperfield green with envy.

Jun 01 10:02

Think someone has hacked your iPhone to spy on you? Here's how to check and protect yourself

QUESTION: Is there a way to tell if someone has hacked my iPhone and is spying on me?

ANSWER: Apple has always been focused on making the iPhone as secure as possible, and with the release of iOS 14, the options for controlling and monitoring what’s happening with your phone have dramatically improved.

Despite all of these security features, there are a couple of ways that someone can gain access to your iPhone for spying purposes.

The first would require them to have access to your iPhone while it was unlocked so they can install a remote access tool on it.

Jun 01 09:09

Chip manufacturers' revenues are reaching a historical high as global shortage continues

With electronics manufacturers around the world scrambling to secure components in the midst of a global shortage of semiconductors, chip factories are working at full speed – and seeing the benefits of such a sudden boom in demand.

The combined revenue of the top ten foundries, which produce the silicon wafers that constitute the basis of finished semiconductors, has reached a record-high of $22.75 billion in the first quarter of 2021, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, in effect, the demand for semiconductors has sky-rocketed. Companies deployed laptops and smartphones to their newly-remote employees, schools and universities brought learning programs online, and users stuck at home turned to tablets, games consoles and TVs to busy themselves during months of lockdown.

Jun 01 08:47

Nearly 600 Arrested In Massive Cybercrime Bust

Last week, Interpol announced the successful conclusion of a seven-month operation into a massive cyber fraud ring operating. The perpetrators allegedly hijacked over $83 million in funds from victims during a their international crime spree.

The operation, dubbed HAECHI-I, began in September of 2020 and focused on financial cybercrime in Korea. As leads were followed over the next several months, the operation expanded to involve investigators from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Charges have been laid for a number of different crimes, ranging from online sextortion to business email compromises schemes. In one such incident a Korean company was targeted and eventually defrauded to the tune of $3.5 million.

Invoices with modified banking information were injected into a legitimate email thread with a contractor and a whopping $7 million was redirected to accounts in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Jun 01 08:43

No Water No Microchips: What Is Happening In Taiwan?

Water wars are no longer from apocalyptic imagery. Something as dramatic is already happening in Taiwan, where a drought is causing chip manufacturers to compete with locals for water use.

Starting on June 1, in fact, the country will cut water supply for the major chip making hubs of Hsinchu and Taichung. Meanwhile, in the absence of rain, the alert level is rising to its highest.

The economy minister Wang Mei-hua said: “We need to further tighten water use restrictions in response, in advance of a scenario when rainfall from the plum rain is falling short of expectation.”

Typhoons are an important source of water supply for Taiwan. As there hasn’t been any last year, the country got little rainfall last summer.

Jun 01 08:36

Raspberry Pi's new RP2040 chip is now on sale - for just $1

Raspberry Pi has kickstarted individual sales of the PR2040, the company's new custom CPU and the silicon beating heart of the recently launched Raspberry Pi Pico. And it's yours for just $1.

RP2040 chips are now available from Raspberry Pi's approved resellers in single-unit sales, allowing device-makers to build their own hardware projects on products using Raspberry Pi's diminutive, 2mm2 of 40nm silicon.

Jun 01 08:31

Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.

On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US."

Jun 01 08:20

Swansea University Developing Microneedle Smart Patch COVID Vaccine That Can Track Patient Reactions

Researchers at Swansea University are designing a first-of-its-kind, smart vaccine system that will deliver the COVID-19 vaccine and assess its effectiveness by tracking the patient’s associated reaction.

The research, which is being carried out by the Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies, will create the vaccine through microneedles to create a smart patch. By observing biomarkers in the skin, the device will concurrently measure a patient’s inflammatory response to the vaccination...

The Smart Vaccine Devices for Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccination project will be led by researchers with experience in using microneedle arrays for transdermal therapeutic drug delivery and diagnostic applications...

Jun 01 07:12

Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told to

Arnold Schwarzenegger could’ve seen this one coming.

After a United Nations commission to block killer robots was shut down in 2018, a new report from the international body now says the Terminator-like drones are now here.

Last year “an autonomous weaponized drone hunted down a human target last year” and attacked them without being specifically ordered to, according to a report from the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, published in March 2021 that was published in the New Scientist magazine and the Star.

The March 2020 attack was in Libya and perpetrated by a Kargu-2 quadcopter drone produced by Turkish military tech company STM “during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction led by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army,” the Star reports, adding: “The Kargu-2 is fitted with an explosive charge and the drone can be directed at a target in a kamikaze attack, detonating on impact.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That one note at the end, that it "required no human controller.." sent chills down my spine; when, in war, to we go from being "in control" of autonomous systems, to no longer in control, so these weapons can kill at will, what does that forshadow for humankind's future?!?

My short answer is, nothing particularly good.

Jun 01 06:44

Space Junk Damages Part Of International Space Station

Amid fears of increasing space junk in low Earth orbit, a robotic arm attached to the International Space Station (ISS) has been damaged by space junk.

In a blog post, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) said a routine inspection on May 12 uncovered a small, untrackable piece of space junk that struck Canadarm2, which is a Canadian robotic arm on ISS used to conduct station maintenance.

"Canadarm2 is continuing to conduct its planned operations," said the CSA. "The damage is limited to a small section of the arm boom and thermal blanket."

Jun 01 06:44

The Next Front Will Be Cyber And America Is Not Ready

On Sunday, Alexander said hacks from the two countries are "more blatant than" any he's ever seen during his "whole career." The former NSA boss said President Joe Biden's March 12 executive order, which was intended to support the country's response to cyberattacks through coordination with the private sector, is a step in the right direction, adding that more needs to be done.

“Both Russia and China are challenging us in this space, and it’s shown that we’re not ready," he told ABC's Martha Raddatz. "I think the executive order has some part of it, [but] we have to go faster. In my experience, the private sector is ready, they’re pushing forward.”

U.S. weak spots were exposed both during the Russian SolarWinds Hack last year and the Colonial Pipeline breach earlier in the month, which disturbed the country's supply of gasoline and created widespread shortages down the East Coast.

Jun 01 06:34

Shockingly Expected: US NSA & Danish Intelligence Spied On "EU Allies"

Via South Front,

The US National Security Agency (NSA), with assistance from Denmark’s foreign intelligence unit spied on senior officials of European countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, among others.

The findings are the result of an internal investigation in the Danish Defense Intelligence Service from 2015 into NSA’s role in the partnership, DR said, citing nine unnamed sources with access to the investigation.

This is unsurprising, as the fact that the US spies on its allies regularly has been known fact, for a while now.

The timeline in the investigation covers 2012-14, and then the NSA used Danish information cables to spy on senior officials in Sweden, Norway, France and Germany.

Asked for comment on the DR report, a spokesperson for the German chancellery said it only became aware of the allegations when asked about them by journalists, and declined to comment further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) shock!!

May 31 18:36

Big Cable and Big Telecom Lobby Groups Can’t Convince Anyone Outside Their Industry That Broadband Prices Have Dropped

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans from the telecom and cable industries. The agency has instead catered to these industries for decades. Various lawsuits have been filed against it because of this.

Big Cable and Big Telecom overcharging Americans for internet services many still don’t have has become embarrassingly obvious. Industry lobby groups still get paid to keep trying to convince everyone otherwise...

May 31 16:35

JBS global meat processing operations paralysed by cyber attack

"The world’s largest meat processor, JBS has been paralysed over the weekend by a major cyberattack on its global information technology systems.

The impact is already being seen in JBS’s Australian operations, where the company has canceled today’s (Monday’s) entire beef and lamb kills across the nation, in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania."

(Although there are numerous articles about this, Beef Central broke the story first with confirmation from the company's chief executive officer.)

May 31 13:08

STARLINK SNAG FORCES USERS TO BUILD ‘IDIOTIC CONTRAPTIONS’ TO ACCESS ELON MUSK’S SPACE INTERNET

Starlink says that a ‘single tree’ is capable of disrupting internet service, with users setting dishes high above their roofs to get around the problem

Elon Musk’s Starlink space internet is running into an unusual adversary: trees.

The SpaceX satellite internet service entered beta testing in June 2020 for areas in high latitudes such as Seattle, but some users have been experiencing issues.

“We want to get Starlink but the sky above our house is almost completely covered with trees over 40 feet tall”, one user posted on the r/Starlink subreddit. “Is it possible to get Starlink to work in our area or are we just out of luck?”

May 31 08:20

The IRS wants “reliable” tools to crack crypto wallets

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants access to tools that can crack crypto wallets of erstwhile digital tax evaders.

The IRS’s Criminal Division Forensics Unit released a request for information (RFI) looking for “reliable” tools and processes to crack the crypto wallets used by many to store their cryptocurrency fortunes.

“Though a few known cyber penetration testers have published vulnerabilities on specific devices, the process of decrypting the hardware devices to gain access to the wallets has been challenging,” the RFI states.

In addition to purchasing tools capable of cracking these wallets, the IRS also wants to help “mature the process” to “obtain reliable results.”

May 31 07:08

One buried Google Maps setting you need to change now

Remember the old GPS units we used to get around back in the day? Before that, maybe you printed directions from MapQuest or another site. And before that, we relied on actual maps that no one knew how to fold quickly.

Today, you open up your phone and click an app. It’s easy, sure, but you might not think much about how much information you’re giving away with every trip and every search.

Speaking of searches, it’s high time you cleared out your browser search history. If you don’t do this regularly, start now. Tap or click for steps in all the major browsers.

Before you use Google Maps to get somewhere, there’s one simple change you can make to take back at least a piece of your privacy.

May 30 11:59

Group Exposes How American Consumers Get Stuck Paying for Utility Corruption; No Examples of “Smart” Meter Boondoggles

By B.N. Frank

American utility companies received BILLIONS in federal stimulus money to install “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Utilities also usually increase customer rates for their installation and frequent replacement.

Plenty of examples of utility corruption have been provided by the Conservative Energy Network in this exposé. Unfortunately, there are no references to corruption relating to “Smart” Meters and Grids which at least 57% of Americans now have...

May 30 06:56

Apple’s massive success with CarPlay paves the way for automotive ambitions

Apple introduced CarPlay in 2014 as a way to integrate the iPhone and a car’s dashboard. Since then, it’s become ubiquitous in new cars.

Around the world, over 80% of new cars sold support CarPlay, Apple said last year. That works out to about 600 new models, including cars from Volkswagen, BMW, and Chrysler. Toyota, one of the longest holdouts, started including CarPlay in 2019 models.

It’s also a top feature for many drivers and car buyers. Twenty-three percent of new car buyers in the U.S. say they “must have” CarPlay and 56% percent are “interested” in having CarPlay when buying a new vehicle, according to a 2017 Strategy Analytics study. When Ford’s highly anticipated electric F-150 goes on sale, it will support CarPlay.

May 30 06:54

Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told to

After a United Nations commission to block killer robots was shut down in 2018, a new report from the international body now says the Terminator-like drones are now here.

Last year “an autonomous weaponized drone hunted down a human target last year” and attacked them without being specifically ordered to, according to a report from the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, published in March 2021 that was published in the New Scientist magazine and the Star.

The March 2020 attack was in Libya and perpetrated by a Kargu-2 quadcopter drone produced by Turkish military tech company STM “during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction led by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army,” the Star reports, adding: “The Kargu-2 is fitted with an explosive charge and the drone can be directed at a target in a kamikaze attack, detonating on impact.”

May 30 06:53

Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.

On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US."

May 29 09:16

Colombians “Save the Evidence” as They Denounce Social Media Censorship of Protests

By Isabella Barroso

Colombian protesters have denounced social media platforms’ censorship of their posts about the country’s “paro nacional” (“national strike”)—ongoing anti-government demonstrations. This includes internet disruption in Cali, one of the major sites of the protests. To strike back at this censorship, a number of initiatives have emerged that aim to preserve the memory of this historic moment; this is crucial as it guarantees the independence of the historical content from platforms’ servers and content moderation policies.

May 29 06:25

IDF brags of waging 'first AI war,' lending credence to view that Gaza serves as testing ground for Israel's fighting techniques

The 11-day flare-up between Israel and Hamas was dubbed the "first AI war" by Israel's military, which bragged about using advanced computing technologies to sift through the staggering amount of intelligence it collects on Gaza.

"For the first time, artificial intelligence (AI) was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy," a senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) Intelligence Corps said, as cited by Israeli media.

The elite intelligence Unit 8200 used programs called "Alchemist," "Gospel" and "Depth of Wisdom," to further boost an already overwhelming superiority that IDF has over militants in the blockaded Gaza enclave. AI-powered analysis was applied to vast amounts of data collected through satellite imaging, surveillance cameras, interception of communications and human intelligence, according to the Israeli military.

May 29 06:23

AI is the ‘one ring to rule them all’, but don’t worry about ‘killer robots’, UK general says

Mastering artificial intelligence would give the UK a decisive military edge, a top British general has argued, while stressing that the technology should be used to support, rather than threaten, human life.

Unlocking the potential of AI will be critical to the development of emerging military technology, and it would be “mad” for the UK not to try to become a leader in the field, General Sir Patrick Sanders, the head of Britain’s Strategic Command, told the Telegraph in an interview.

“Of all the new technologies, the one ring to rule them all is AI,” he told the paper.

Advanced machine learning would allow computers to quickly parse and react to information using minimal human intervention, technology that is particularly attractive to the military because it creates the possibility of “better decision making,” the general explained. He added that advanced AI technology also opens the door to “the opportunity to begin to develop autonomy.”

May 28 16:01

Alarm Industry Committee Warns AT&T 3G Shutdown Plans Put Tens of Millions of Americans in Danger

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this month, T-Mobile was asked to stop speeding up its “3G sunset” because it puts many Americans at grave risk. Now AT&T is being criticized for doing the same thing.

From Light Reading:

AT&T’s 3G shutdown plans are ‘harmful, even deadly,’ warns alarm industry

According to the Alarm Industry Communications Committee, there are fully 6 million alarms installed in homes and businesses around the US that rely in part on the 3G networks operated by AT&T and Verizon. And a large portion of those devices might not work starting next year...

May 28 14:59

Apple Says Malware Is A Problem On Macs. So How Bad Is It?

For decades, Apple built much of its marketing for its Macintosh computers around the idea that they’re safer to use than PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But in a remarkable appearance in court last week, Apple’s top software executive admitted that malware is a serious issue for Mac users, and that levels of malware on Macs are at “unacceptable” levels.

May 28 13:59

Twitter says it’s concerned with India intimidation, requests 3 more months to comply with new IT rules

Twitter called the recent visit by police to its Indian offices a form of intimidation and said it was concerned by some of the requirements in New Delhi’s new IT rules.

Speaking for the first time since a special squad of Delhi police made a surprise visit to two of its offices on Monday, Twitter said it is “concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve.”

The company also said that it joins many organizations in India and around the world that have “concerns with regards to the use of intimidation tactics by the police in response to enforcement of our global Terms of Service, as well as with core elements of the new IT Rules.”

May 28 10:52

Microsoft Warns That "1984" May Come True in Three Years Time

George Orwell's 1984 has made waves in the cultural world, even if it's someone comparing the dystopian novel to why they can't buy a breakfast meal after 11 am. However, Microsoft believes that real-life technology may soon replicate Big Brother's in the coming years.

Microsoft's Bold Claim for the Future of AI
Microsoft's president, Brad Smith, made the somewhat scary prediction on BBC Panorama. In it, the UK news giant explored how China uses artificial intelligence to keep an eye on its citizens.

Smith said that the government needs to keep up-to-date on how technology can spy on people and create laws to protect citizens' privacy as it develops. If it fails to do so, the technology runs the risk of "racing ahead," and once it gets a headstart, it will be "very difficult to catch up."

Smith is afraid of what might happen if things went unchecked:

May 28 05:13

When Will America Protect Itself Against EMP, Cyber, & Ransomware Attacks?

Authored by Peter Pry, op-ed via The Hill,

“A long-term outage owing to EMP could disable most critical supply chains, leaving the U.S. population living in conditions similar to centuries past, prior to the advent of electric power. In the 1800s, the U.S. population was less than 60 million, and those people had many skills and assets necessary for survival without today’s infrastructure. An extended blackout today could result in the death of a large fraction of the American people through the effects of societal collapse, disease and starvation. While national planning and preparation for such events could help mitigate the damage, few such actions are currently under way or even being contemplated.”

- Congressional EMP Commission (2017)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is disgustingly typical of the US government, to know precisely what problems exist; the magnitude of damage they can accomplish; and do absolutely nothing to protect against that potential damage.

May 28 04:34

Brain-Computer Interfaces: Don't Worry, It's Just A "Game"

Authored by Robert Wheeler via The Organic Prepper blog,

Valve, the company behind Life and Counter-Strike, has just announced that the video games giant is ushering humanity into a Brave New World. How so? By merely including new technologies called brain-computer interfaces in its games.

BCIs will work on our feelings by adjusting the game accordingly
The head of Valve, Gabe Newell, has stated that the future of video games will involve “Brain-computer interfaces.” Newell added that BCIs would soon create superior experiences to those we currently perceive through our eyes and ears.

Newell said he envisions the gaming devices detecting a gamer’s emotions and then adjusting the settings to modify the player’s mood. For example, increasing the difficulty level when the player is getting bored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The possibilities for abuse/dictatorial conditioning, are endless here.

And BTW, when data is "....collected by reading our brain signals", where please does that data go?!? DHI, FBI, CIA or another, at the moment, occult, alphabet soup US spying agency?!?

May 27 13:22

Children are increasingly selling explicit content on OnlyFans: Report

Teens are increasingly uploading their content onto OnlyFans, according to a troubling new report

Kids are using fraudulent personal details to sell explicit videos and imagery on OnlyFans.

A BBC News investigation has revealed a number of accounts launched by minors on the adult website, which boasts more than a million “creators” who share self-produced content to more than 120 million paid followers. In return, OnlyFans takes a 20% cut of all subscriptions.

Created in 2019, OnlyFans exploded in popularity last year, when many turned to the site as a financial lifeline during the pandemic.

The platform’s policy requires users to be over 18 years old and, in response to the BBC’s findings, insisted their verification process abides by regulatory requirements.

May 27 13:20

Scam alert: Indiana police warn of fake unemployment texts

INDIANA —Don't be fooled.

Indiana State Police put out a warning this week about a text going around that appears to be a scam.

They said there is a text phishing scam going around in reference to unemployment insurance fraud claims.

It asks the person who receives it to complete verification by clicking on a link.

"The Indiana Department of Workforce Development does not communicate via text messages, please be aware and do not click on links such as these," ISP said.

May 27 11:36

Canada Launches Digital Identity Strategy

(The Paypers) – Canada has launched a new strategy for its digital operations, which focuses on the need for trusted digital identities built in open standards for public and private sector interoperability.

The strategy also pays attention to upgraded authentication methods for citizens and government workers alike. The ‘Digital Operations Strategic Plan: 2021-2024’ outlines the context, strategy, and priorities of the government, emphasizing the importance of trusted digital identity to the country’s future delivery of government services...

May 27 10:15

UK Plans Single Digital Identity to Access all Services in an Expanding Government Website

(Biometric Update) – Gov.uk will continue to subsume other public-facing government sites as it creates user accounts and a digital identity solution that will allow a single sign-on for all services, from annual vehicle checks to child adoption.

A blog post by the CEO of the British Cabinet office division Government Digital Service (GDS) details a refreshed set of priorities for 2021 to 2024.

According to the post, in the decade since the GDS was formed and the government portal Gov.uk launched, the focus has been on bringing a plethora of government sites together (more than 2,000 so far), which had been developed separately by departments to suit their needs at the time...

May 26 17:59

European Court on Human Rights Bought Spy Agencies’ Spin on Mass Surveillance

By Katitza Rodriguez and Cindy Cohn

The Strasbourg highest human rights court this week affirmed what we’ve long known, that the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance regime, which involved the indiscriminate and suspicionless interception of people’s communications, violated basic human rights to privacy and free expression. We applaud the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, the court’s highest judicial body of the Council of Europe, for the ruling and for its strong stance demanding new safeguards to prevent privacy abuses beyond those required by the lower court in 2018.

Yet, the landmark decision, while powerful in declaring UK mass interception powers unlawful and failing to protect journalists and employ safeguards to ensure British spy agency GCHQ wasn’t abusing its power, imprudently bought into spy agency propaganda that suspicionless interception powers must be granted to ensure national security...

May 26 07:05

Could $52 Billion In Emergency Funding End The Automotive Chip Shortage?

The auto industry may have caught a break with a new bipartisan bill that has been assembled by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that calls for $52 billion in emergency funding for semiconductor chips.

The chip shortage has put a snag in the auto industry’s ramp up after being paused for several months due to the impact of the pandemic. As the COVID crisis ceased its nonessential production, chips were diverted to tech devices as consumers stayed home and needed computer equipment to support their remote work habits.

Now that automakers are back online, chip demand is in full swing, but suppliers are unable to meet the needs of the industry, forcing Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota, and others to temporarily shut down plants, delay deliveries, and cut production.

And in some instances, vehicles are being produced without the chips, decreasing their overall gas mileage.

May 24 14:10

“AI” is Being Used to Profile People From Their Head Vibrations – But Is There Enough Evidence To Support It?

By James Wright, Alan Turing Institute

Digital video surveillance systems can’t just identify who someone is. They can also work out how someone is feeling and what kind of personality they have. They can even tell how they might behave in the future. And the key to unlocking this information about a person is the movement of their head.

That is the claim made by the company behind the VibraImage artificial intelligence (AI) system. (The term “AI” is used here in a broad sense to refer to digital systems that use algorithms and tools such as automated biometrics and computer vision). You may never have heard of it, but digital tools based on VibraImage are being used across a broad range of applications in Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.

But as I show in my recent research, published in Science, Technology and Society, there is very little reliable, empirical evidence that VibraImage and systems like it are actually effective at what they claim to do...

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