Oct 23 10:12

American vigilante hacker sends Russia a warning: An American vigilante hacker -- who calls himself "The Jester" -- has defaced the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in retaliation for attacks on American targets.

An American vigilante hacker -- who calls himself "The Jester" -- has defaced the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in retaliation for attacks on American targets.
On Friday night, the Jester gained access to the Russian government ministry's website. And heleft a message: Stop attacking Americans.

Oct 22 23:34

Debunking Hillary in 140 Characters PropagandaDebunker.ShameTheClintonShills() – WikiLeaks Podesta Emails

?This 140 character tweet has garnered some attention on Twitter, but despite the humor it is real code that will be used to debunk Hillary's shills. See below.

MSM Journalists (cough hacks) already outed as colluding with Clinton in the Podesta Emails keep claiming WikiLeaks is conspiring with Russia.

As proof they keep pointing out that RT keeps publishing the Podesta Emails before WikiLeaks tweets about them.
Here's 45 lines of code I will use to Tweet Batch 16 before anyone else.

Oct 22 19:52

US investigating massive attack on internet as 3rd DDoS wave stops

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating who is behind the DDoS attack that took down much of the internet, including Twitter and Spotify, on Friday. The White House called it a “criminal act,” according to Reuters.

Oct 22 13:39

The DDOS Attacks Are Most Likely A FALSE FLAG By The Clinton Camp To Blame RUSSIA And WIKILEAKS, But WIKILEAKS Is Strangely Blaming Supporters (WTF).

Webmaster addition: It may be someone hacked Wikileaks' twitter feed to shift the blame onto supporters, but it doesn't make any sense for Wikileaks' supporters to hack the DNS for the very social media platforms Wikileaks uses to transmit their information, no more than it did when they claimed Russia did it!

Oct 22 10:17

SOPA False Flag? Alleged ‘Hack’ on Netflix, Twitter, Amazon – US ready to blame Russia

Yesterday, a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks hit some of the top online companies websites including Amazon, Netflix, Twitter and Reddit. One cannot rule out the very real possibility that this a staged-managed event, especially when you consider The New York Times was listed among those affected. If recent US media and political themes are anything to go by, you can expect a cascading chorus of blame directed at Russia.

In this age of America’s new and improved trial by media format, you can expect a litany of unfounded accusations, along with the usual anti-Russia hyperbole and waving fingers at Washington’s new go-to scapegoat – Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Oct 22 09:57

Google’s ad tracking is as creepy as Facebook's. Here’s how to disable it

Users that don’t want to be tracked in this way can visit the activity controls section of their account page on Google, unticking the box marked “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites and apps that use Google services”.

Oct 22 09:51

Internet of Things Scanner

Check if your internet-connected devices at home are public on Shodan. If they are, this means they are accessible to the public, and hackers.

Oct 22 09:49

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

Oct 22 09:06

Internet denied: What’s behind the massive DDoS attacks

An attack on a major DNS service provider literally broke the internet Friday, impacting more than 80 popular websites, including PayPal, Reddit and Twitter. Here’s how a group of hackers is suspected to have pulled off the takedown.

Oct 22 08:31

Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

El Reg has been banging about IoT security for ages: Mirai is now targeting cellular gateways. Not enough is being done to patch insecure gadgets. Do gizmos need some sort of security-warning labels? The blame here is not with Dyn. It is not even with the owners of the hijacked devices.

It lies with the botnet operators – and, perhaps more crucially, the dimwit IoT manufacturers who crank out criminally insecure hardware that can be compromised en masse. Particularly China-based XiongMai Technologies, which produces vulnerable software and hardware used in easily hijacked IP cameras, digital video recorders and network-attached video recorders. These crappy devices were at the core of today's attacks, according to Flashpoint.

Until there is a standards crackdown, and vulnerable devices are pulled offline, this will continue on and on until there is no internet left.

Oct 22 08:28

John Podesta Wasn't 'Hacked,' He Fell For An Email Phishing Scam

John Podesta didn't have his email "hacked," he fell for a phishing scam.

Podesta had a Gmail account. Gmail's servers were at no point hacked into or compromised. Podesta's password was not guessed in some sort of brute force attack. He clicked a shady link sent to him in an email and then typed his password into a phishing site.

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"No! It was Russia. It was RUSSIA!
RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!!!!!" -- Shrillery

Oct 22 08:27

Internet of Things botnets: You ain’t seen nothing yet

The malware relied on factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords to compromise vulnerable IoT devices such as insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and the like.

PenTestPartners, the UK security consultancy behind numerous hack on Iot devices ranging from Wi-Fi enabled kettles to cars, said that the botnet finally illustrates the consequences of IoT vendors cutting the corners on security.

“We’ve said many times previously that IoT would make for the perfect botnet: Easy to compromise, hard to patch and the owner likely won’t ever have a clue that they’re part of the botnet,” PenTestPartners notes.

Oct 22 08:24

Hackers Wrecked the Internet Today Using DVRs and Webcams

Building a botnet can be a painstaking process. There are plenty of vulnerable computers in the world, but also plenty of people who take reasonably good care of their trusty phone or laptop, protecting it from infection. However, over the past five years or so, the Internet of Things has introduced millions upon millions of newly internet-connected devices—like DVRs and cameras and smart fridges and thermostats—that hackers can add to their swarms with terrifying ease.

The potential problem has been bubbling up for months, but reached a peak earlier this month when the source code for something called the "Mirai" botnet was released onto the web. Designed to target the Internet of Things specifically, Mirai can scoop up connected devices and add them to a botnet simply by attempting to log into them with their factory-default username and password. Have you changed the password on your smart fridge lately? I thought not.

Oct 22 08:15

Elite’s War on Free Speech, Free Press, Free Internet and the Truth

By Joachim Hagopian
October 22, 2016
“A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.”

Journalist Chris Hedges

As the ruling elite pushes its rigged election, forcibly cramming crime boss Hillary down our gullets against the people’s choice or will, so goes suppression of information rapidly shutting off the truth spigot, leaving Americans high and dry, starved of honesty by their oligarchic owned and controlled crime cabal government. Signs that the globalists are panicking are visible every day as they aggressively provoke World War III timed with the collapse of their morally and financially bankrupted global economy. And with two-thirds of Americans living from paycheck to paycheck, the future does not look bright.

Oct 22 07:28

The brain chip that could turn you into a SUPERHUMAN: £80 million project will trial memory-boosting implants

The idea of implanting brain chips into people to give them superhuman memory might sound like the plot of the latest science fiction film. But one pioneering neuroscientist is ready to start trialling this futuristic technology in humans. The memory chips have already been successfully tested in rats, and could one day be a commercially available product to allow anyone to boost their memory.

Oct 21 17:16

WW3 Has Begun, And It Is Digital: “New World Hackers” Claim Cyber Attack That Took Down Major Sites

Get ready – it seems that this will be an October Surprise to remember.

At least two successive waves of online attacks blocked multiple major websites Friday, blocking users on the East Coast from Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Tumblr and Reddit. [...] Members of a shadowy hacker collective that calls itself New World Hackers claimed responsibility

[...] “Say, not to panic anybody, but what if the (attacks) today were practice for 11/8 ?” high-profile pundit Keith Olbermann tweeted.

Read more at SHTF

Oct 21 16:01

The massive DDoS cyber attack IS A FALSE FLAG to BLAME RUSSIA


Oct 21 15:16

Was Wikileaks Twitter Hacked? Tweet Implies DNS Mess Today Done in Support of Assange

WikiLeaks: Assange is still alive + is still publishing --- We ask supporters to stop taking down the US internet.

WikiLeaks: You proved your point.

Oct 21 14:58

BEXALERT: Wikileaks supporters 'are behind massive cyber attack on US': Website urges its supporters to stop 'taking down the US internet' because 'Mr Assange is still alive' amid massive ongoing cyber attacks

Their plan is obvious now. They took down Wikileaks,put up a fake site and laid the blame on Assange and his supporters!We know Anonymous has been infiltrated for years.The next move,indict Assange and supporters and extradite him from the Embassy to the US where they can shut him up. That's my hunch.

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks has forced hundreds of major websites from Amazon to Twitter offline across the globe - and WikiLeaks believes its supporters are to blame.

It urged its backers to 'stop taking down the US internet', saying 'Mr Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing'.

It then tweeted 'The Obama administration should not have attempted to misuse its instruments of state to stop criticism of its ruling party candidate.'

Oct 21 14:20

5 Utilities for Changing DNS Servers in Windows Reviewed

So those are five options for quickly changing your DNS settings on your Windows computer. Hopefully, you’ll be browsing faster, privately, and more securely using these DNS servers.

Oct 21 13:58

Scott Adams: How to Insult Me on Twitter

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are struggling to come up with creative ways to insult me on Twitter. As a public service, I will organize the common approaches in this post so people can insult me by number.

Oct 21 13:20

Julian assange exposes Hillary!... the hackers aren't russian, they are DNC party whistleblowers...

Oct 21 12:29

DDoS attack on Dyn DNS leaves internet crippled

According to a Politico report citing a White House source, the US Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into the cause of the global Dyn DNS DDoS attack.

Oct 21 12:29

US web host knocked offline in curiously timed attack

The barrage likely originated with a large amount of poorly secured devices like internet-connected cameras, routers, and digital video recorders, according to an analysis of the attack on Krebs's site. These devices, collectively referred to as the "Internet of Things", have been the source of an increasing number of attacks since early 2015, Flashpoint and Level 3 Threat Research Labs said in a report published last month.

Oct 21 12:28

Here are the sites you can’t access because someone took the internet down

Someone overwhelmed Dyn, which acts as the middleman between the URL you type into a browser and the actual, numerical address your computer needs to access the site you’re trying to reach, sending it overwhelming amounts of traffic, likely using hacked Internet of Things devices. Dyn seemed to have the attack under control late Friday morning, but then it resumed and spread. As of now Dyn is still working on the problem, and the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the attack.

Oct 21 12:17


When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literallycrossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

Oct 21 12:03

North America internet backbone outages

Oct 21 11:38

This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]

Update 12:28 PM EST: Dyn says it is investigating yet another attack, causing the same massive outages experienced this morning. Based on emails from Gizmodo readers, this new wave of attacks seems to be affecting the West Coast of the United States and Europe. It’s so far unclear how the two attacks are related, but the outages are very similar.

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At the moment I can still connect with RBN, but if we lose connection, I hope you will understand.

Oct 21 11:33

FLASHBACK - VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack US Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran or Syria or Russia or China (or at least to stop us saying bad things about Hillary)?

Such a cyber false-flag also gives the US Government the excuse to take total control of the internet so that those pesky truth-seeking bloggers don't give the slaves uppity ideas that this is just another war-starting hoax like the attack on the USS Liberty or 9-11 or the Boston bombing. At the very least, the government could return the dissemination of information back to the sole monopoly of the corporate media, so the independent media stops reminding the voters of Hillary Clinton's crimes and corruptions!

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I am reposting this because of the massive DDOS attack against a company that provides DNS services.

DNS is the system that takes a dmain name like and maps it to the physical IP of the server, such as (save this IP in case my domain stops responding).

There is nothing to be gained by attacking a DNS server other than maximizing confusion and generating headlines.

This could very well be a move by the US Government to frame Russia for a cyber-attack. The Pentagon is already on record saying a cyber attack is an act of war!

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Oct 21 11:09


FRIDAY MORNING IS prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard.

This morning’s attack started around 7am and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first bout was resolved after about two hours; a second attack began just before noon. In both cases, traffic to Dyn’s Internet directory servers on the East Coast of the United States was stopped by a flood of malicious requests disrupting the system. Still ongoing, the situation is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.

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I bet Hillary and Obama will blame Russia for this!

Oct 21 11:07


Oct 21 11:03

current Level3 outage map

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Recall my article about a Virtual 9-11?

Oct 21 10:57

BREAKING: Access to Podesta Emails Appears to Be Blocked on the Internet

It works from here. But with that DOS attack on the East Coast, some places cannot be reached from some other places. There is no reason to attack a DNS server other than to generate confusion and headlines.

I am betting a plugged Turkish Lyra Obama is going to blame the Russians for this.

Oct 21 09:31

Operation Stop Soros - #StopSoros

"I made a startling discovery last week. When it came out that the Voting Machines were compromised by Soros in 16 different states, I decided to call my Governor's office to see if my state could invoke their conflict of interest clause in their voting machine contract and fall back to a manual voting process/paper ballots.

When I informed them of this conflict of interest, they bounced me around a few times until someone at the Board of Elections said that I would have to contact each county's individual, local Board of Elections, as each county has its own fallback process in place.

Repeat this for 16 different states..."

Hmm..., I wonder if the denial of service in the UK and US are related to Mr Soros stealing the election with his electronic voting machines?

Oct 21 09:31

Secretary of State Held Secret Negotiations with Ecuador to Make WikiLeaks Stop Publishing Hillary Clinton’s Corruption!

The folks at WikiLeaks are reporting that the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, held secret negotiations with Ecuador in an effort to get Ecuador to force WikiLeaks to stop publishing information on Hillary Clinton’s lawlessness. The conversations apparently took place during the height of Colombia’s negotiations with the communist rebels at FARC (who are friendly with Ecuador) in what must have been our government’s attempt to make it seem as if Kerry were simply contacting Ecuador to be kept abreast of the negotiations.

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What moron actually thought that cutting Assange's internet at the embassy was going to have any effect on the document dump?

Oct 21 09:27

NSA Contractor Stole 500Mln Pages of US Secrets Over 20 Years

The US Department of Justice stated in a court filing that Harold Martin III, a former National Security Agency contractor stole half-a-billion pages of US government records over 20 years, including details of secret military activities.

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And NSA thinks we law-abiding private citizens are the problem!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 21 09:26

This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.

Oct 21 08:36

This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today 

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My prediction is that Obama and Hillary will claim Russia is doing this.

Oct 21 08:12

Major internet problems reported after cyberattack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Been there. Done that. Didn't buy the T-shirt! :)

Oct 21 07:57

Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos

Samsung appears to have filed copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset.

Many gamers have showcased a modification to video game Grand Theft Auto V, in which sticky bombs were switched with exploding Samsung phones.

But some have reported that their videos have been blocked on YouTube following a copyright complaint.


Some viewers warned that Samsung was at risk of invoking the Streisand Effect - a term used to denotes increased publicity as a result of attempts to remove embarrassing online content.

Oct 21 07:43

WikiLeaks: ‘Corrupt Ruling Power Factions’ Are Going To Win The Election

WikiLeaks suggested in several tweets Thursday that the 2016 election for president of the United States is rigged.

In response to criticism from blogger Dan Gillmor that WikiLeaks recent leaks have outed it as picking a side and playing partisan politics in the presidential election, WikiLeaks tweeted back, “You are not a fan of publishing true information about corrupt ruling power factions who will take power on Jan 20?”

WikiLeaks then hinted that the outcome of the election was obvious from the outset: “What election? It has been clear from the beginning who is going to win. This is, in effect, a power consolidation exercise.”

Oct 21 07:41

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system.

Dubbed Dirty COW, the privilege-escalation vulnerability potentially allows any installed application, or malicious code smuggled onto a box, to gain root-level access and completely hijack the device.

The programming bug gets its name from the copy-on-write mechanism in the Linux kernel; the implementation is so broken, programs can set up a race condition to tamper with what should be a read-only root-owned executable mapped into memory. The changes are then committed to storage, allowing a non-privileged user to alter root-owned files and setuid executables – and at this point, it's game over.

Oct 21 07:37

Hack us and you're basically attacking America, says UK defence sec

Britain is splurging £265m on military cyber security – and that includes offensive capabilities, according to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

Oct 21 07:37

Major DDoS attack knocks Twitter, Reddit, Spotify offline

A major cyberattack rendered websites and online services inaccessible across the East Coast on Friday morning.

Dyn, a company that manages Domain Name System (DNS) servers for a slew of popular sites and services—Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Netflix, and many more—said it was experiencing a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that rendered its customers' sites inaccessible for millions of users.

Oct 21 05:28

Unrest and Martial Law? Leaked Military Drill Anticipates “No Rule of Law” After Election Results

According to an unnamed source, an unannounced military drill is taking place Oct. 30th through 30 days after the election.

The system is gearing up to handle the possibility that the people of the United States may become very dissatisfied with the outcome.

1st Phase: NROL (No Rule of Law) – drill involving combat arms in metro areas (active and reserve). Source says active duty and reserve service members are being vaccinated as if they are being deployed in theatre.

2nd Phase: LROL (Limited Rule of Law) – Military/FEMA consolidating resources, controlling water supply, handing out to public as needed.

3rd Phase: AROL (Authoritarian Rule of Law) – Possible term for “Martial Law”. Curfew, restricted movements, basically martial law scenario.

Read exclusive report at SHTF

Oct 20 19:26

Obama’s Secret Email: Accommodating the Financial Elite

Hillary Clinton just received more incentive to deal harshly with self-exiled whistleblower Julian Assange when she makes it to the White House. She previously said it would take a drone attack to silence him.

One of the more revealing emails shows how Team Obama in 2008 concluded its candidate was the winner and prepared to get the administration up to speed prior to the election.

Oct 20 17:26

New Report Warns of Growing Biometric Surveillance State

By Derrick Broze

Georgetown Law University’s Center for Privacy and Technology has released a new report detailing how law enforcement is using facial recognition software without the knowledge or consent of the people...

Oct 20 16:03

Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

Branch buffer shortcoming allows hackers to reliably install malware on systems

Oct 20 12:06

Prosecutors say NSA contractor's alleged theft was "breathtaking" in scope

The alleged theft of classified documents by a former NSA contractor from Glen Burnie was "breathtaking" in its scope, federal authorities said in a new court filing Thursday — spanning information produced over two decades that detailed some of the country's most sensitive intelligence operations.

Harold T. Martin III was quietly charged in August with stealing government documents, but the new filing lays out a much more expansive case against the Navy veteran.

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The arrest was kept secret while the corporate media kept telling you the theft was by Russia!

Oct 20 06:39

#PodestaEmails13: WikiLeaks releases new batch from Clinton campaign chief

An email chain from October 2015 between Podesta and Clinton supporter and ad agency owner Roy Spence discussed how the Clinton servers scandal should be addressed.

Spence writes, “As we try and close the Benghazi Chapter and the email drip drip. Is there ever a moment in time not to defend the decision but layout the fact… HRC servers were not hacked.”

Podesta responds that he was “reluctant to go there,” adding that it “makes it seem like she consciously went to the home server for security reasons which would fall apart under scrutiny.”

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Oct 19 18:36

Julian Assange: ‘No Proof Whatsoever’ Russians Are Behind DNC Hack

During an interview with NBC’s Richard Engel, Julian Assange said that “there is no proof whatsoever” that Russian intelligence sources are responsible for hacking thousands of Democratic National Committee emails. The emails were posted by WikiLeaks over the weekend. The FBI is investigating the hack. Three cybersecurity experts told the DNC that the emails were hacked by Russian intelligence.

‘There is no proof of that whatsoever. We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign. That’s a meta-story. The real story is what these emails contain and they show collusion. The very top of the Democratic party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is now being forced to resign,”Assange said during the interview.

“And other people from the party, which is meant to be neutral, subverting the process in order to make sure Hillary Clinton won the campaign,” he added.

Oct 19 18:04

Appeals Court Affirms NSA Surveillance Can Be Used To Investigate Domestic Criminal Suspects

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirms what's already known about the NSA's domestic surveillance: it's not just for terrorism. The NSA collections -- done in the FBI's name -- are supposed to only gather info related to international terrorism. But that requirement has been phased out. The NSA "tips" a certain amount of data to the FBI for its own use and it has been shown in the past to do the same for the DEA, which it then instructs to obscure the origin of its info.

Oct 19 15:26

Why Is Obama Threatening Russia With World War 3 Right Before The Election?

It sure seems like an odd time to be provoking a war with Russia. As I write this, we stand just a little bit more than three weeks away from one of the most pivotal elections in U.S. history, and Barack Obama has chosen this moment to strongly threaten the Russians. As I wrote about on Friday, Reuters is reporting that Obama is contemplating “direct U.S. military action” against Syrian military targets, and the Russians have already indicated that any assault on Syrian forces would be considered an attack on themselves. The rapidly deteriorating crisis in Syria has already caused tensions with Russia to rise to the highest level since the end of the Cold War, but now Obama is adding fuel to the fire by publicly considering “an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia”. Apparently Obama believes that Russian hackers are interfering in the election and so he wants payback.

Oct 19 15:07

Twitter Shadowban Test

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Oct 19 10:14

The Video That Puts Hillary in Jail!

Oct 19 08:32

It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for your home routers

Cybercrooks are increasingly targeting routers in consumers’ homes.

Fortinet reports that attacks of this type have regularly figured as entries in its daily top 10 IPS (intrusion prevention system) detection list over the last three months since July. The security vendor reckons that home routers have become a favoured target for cybercriminals.

Hackers are hunting for unknown but unpatched flaws in Netcore, D-Link and Asus devices, in particular. Hacking into routers allows miscreants to break into the networks and devices behind them. Vulnerable routers were also among the components of the Mirai botnet, which became the springboard for massive DDoS attacks against the cybercrime blogger Brian Krebs and others in late August.

Oct 19 08:10

Possible problems at Facebook

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As of this morning I can no longer post to either of my Facebook pages. When I go to Facebook, it just cycles in an endless loop and I cannot get past the opening page to my actual Facebook timelines. I do not think this is a coincidence.

UPDATE: I found a way around the blockage.

Oct 18 15:12

Leaked Emails Prove That A Shadow Gov Rules: Hillary Aims to “Make Soros Happy”

The fact that Hillary can have all this come out and remain standing is clear proof that she has crossed the Rubicon, and the republic has been sold to an elite pack of Caesars. Emperors and gods on earth, or whatever.

“I would only do this for political reasons (ie to make Soros happy),” Mook tells Abedin. […] “She is having dinner with George Soros tonight,” Abedin responds.

For all those rushing to the polls to vote against the Shadow Government, and vexed about “vote rigging” but still putting their token of compliance into the vote count anyway, do so, but don’t hold your breath for the “change” and “hope” rope-a-dope again. The votes have been rigged for some time now.

Read more at SHTF

Oct 18 13:47

Vice President Biden Makes Silent Threat Against Russia: “Sending Putin A Message”

Vice President Joe Biden is now making the rounds to indicate that the U.S. is “sending a message” to Vladimir Putin – supposedly in response to Russia’s election meddling. The desperation on the part of the establishment reeks…

Biden: “He’ll know it, and it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact. Their [Russia’s] capacity to fundamentally alter the election is not what people think. And I tell you what, to the extent that they do, we will be proportionate in what we do. And um–”
Chuck Todd: “So a message is going to be sent. Will the public know it?”

Biden responds cryptically, “I hope not.”

Read more at SHTFplan

Oct 18 12:39


Let us start with an historical fact. Treason and betrayal by the highest levels is a common feature of history, whether it is Judas vs Jesus, Brutus vs Julius Caesar, Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs, Jonathan Pollard, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen. It is just a fact of life. It does happen.

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Reposted in light of the FBI's discovery of files from Hillary's server in Romania!

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Oct 18 11:40

Israel Arresting Palestinian Children For Facebook Posts

As Facebook gives the Israeli government more access to posts deemed as “incitement,” occupation forces have been raiding the homes of Palestinians children and detaining them for months over posts on the social media site, a report by the Defense for Children International-Palestine said Monday.

Oct 18 10:34

Hillary's Server Hacked After All? FBI Docs Reveal A File From Hillary's Server Was Found In Romania

The latest document release by the FBI, which contains a further 100 pages of "302s" or summaries from interviews conducted with various parties close to Hillary's private server, reveals a troubling fact: according to an interview conducted on June 6, 2016 with an unnamed employee working for a US defense contractor specializing in the areas of "missile, space and intelligence", classified documents linked to Hillary Clinton's private server were discovered in Romanian during a broader search for confirmation whether Clinton's private server had been breached from the outside.

Specifically, the FBI specifically was trying to determine "if there was an intrusion into Clinton's server and, if so, whether exfiltrated data fell into the hands of a foreign power."

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Next question: Did whoever had that document in Romania make a "donation" to the Clinton Foundation!

As an aside, Guccifer claimed to be Romanian, but Hillary and the media insisted the hack was from Russia.

Oct 18 09:14


A breathtaking new report from the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School finds that one in two American adults is in a face recognition database. The numbers are so huge in large part because states are increasingly allowing the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to use drivers license databases as “perpetual lineups,” the report says. Face recognition technology is spreading like wildfire throughout the United States, without the necessary public debate, legal restrictions, and policy guidance to ensure it can be used without violating the civil rights and civil liberties of millions of people not suspected of serious crimes.

Oct 18 08:15

US general guilty in Stuxnet false statements probe

A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stuxnet did indeed wreck Iran's nuclear power infrastructure, then broke into the wild and caused damage to industrial facilities around the world, including potentially the safety systems at Fukushima, which used the same Seimens controllers. But then no price is too high to get those gosh darned Iranians, right?

Oct 18 07:31

EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source

However, Twitter isn’t merely targeting spammers. For weeks, users have been reporting that tweets from populist conservatives, members of the alternative right, cultural libertarians, and other anti-PC dissidents have disappeared from their timelines.

Among the users complaining of shadowbans are sci-fi author and alt-right figurehead Vox Day, geek culture blogger “Daddy Warpig,” and the popular pro-Trump account Ricky Vaughn. League of Gamers founder and former World of Warcraft team lead Mark Kern, as well as adult actress and anti-censorship activist Mercedes Carrera, have also reported that their tweets are not appearing on the timelines of their followers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to crowdfund new social media platforms that respect the Bill of Rights.

Oct 17 21:36

EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source

With shadowbans now confirmed by an inside source, there is little room for doubt that the platform is intent on silencing conservatives. Furthermore, it has demonstrated a complete lack of regard for transparency, concealing its shadowbanning system from users and hiding its political bias behind a veneer of opposition to online abuse. (In reality, the site turns a blind eye to abuse from left-wingers.)

Oct 17 21:28

Is Twitter Shadowbanning You?

Twitter has lately angered thousands who complain of being shadowbanned, often attributing it to political or cultural bias by the platform’s operators.

Apparently Twitter has shadowbanned my @CyberDurden account:

Oct 17 18:50

Hacked Republican website skimmed donor credit cards for 6 months

A website used to fund the campaigns of Republican senators was infected with malware that for more than six months collected donors' personal information, including full names, addresses, and credit card data, a researcher said.

The storefront for the National Republican Senatorial Committee was one of about 5,900 e-commerce platforms recently found to be compromised by malicious skimming software, according to researcher and developer Willem de Groot. He said the NSRC site was infected from March 16 to October 5 by malware that sent donors' credit card data to attacker-controlled domains.

Oct 17 12:03

WikiLeaks - The Podesta Emails. Clintons loaded spyware on staff computers

that Ilya physically saw/caught Justin a couple of days ago reading his bberry and loading the same spyware onto his computer that he loaded onto Bari's computer

Oct 17 09:12

Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

A legal challenge against the British government's secret surveillance activities has won in court, with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal judging the collection of bulk personal data—conducted by GCHQ and MI5 between 1998 and 2015—to have been illegal.

Oct 17 08:15


Oct 17 08:13

Assange's internet link intentionally severed by state party - WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has activated “contingency plans” after its co-founder’s internet service was intentionally cut off by a state actor, the media organization said in a tweet.

Oct 17 07:18

Breaking - FBI releases Clinton probe documents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has published another set of documents from their probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while heading the US Department of State.

The 100-page collection of documents can be read here.

Oct 16 22:58

Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party - WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has activated contingency plans after their co-founder’s internet link was intentionally cut off by a state party, WikiLeaks has said in a tweet.
WikiLeaks ? @wikileaks
Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.
10:33 PM - 16 Oct 2016
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Oct 16 14:15

Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck In Traffic

Drivers stuck in traffic in Mexico City lately have found themselves being buzzed by a fleet of sign-toting drones. “Driving by yourself?” some scolded in Spanish. “This is why you can never see the volcanoes”—a reference to the smog that often hovers over the mega-city and obscures two nearby peaks.

Oct 16 12:30

NSA whistleblower says DNC hack was not done by Russia, but by U.S. intelligence

On Aaron Klein’s Sunday radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” (broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM), US government whistleblower William Binney threw his hat into the DNC hack ring by stating that the Democratic National Committee’s server was not hacked by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker.

The motivation of the hacker…concern over Hillary Clinton’s disregard of national security secrets when she used a personal email and consistently lied about it.

Binney was just getting started with revelations we are sure no main stream media news site will dare to cover. The “Putin did it” fairytale is just to easy for the sheep to follow.

Oct 16 10:35

Europe Launches Largest "Cyber Wargame" In History As Threat Of Cyber Terrorism Looms

EU launches largest cyber war game in history to prepare for cyber attacks designed to "manipulate stock markets, leak sensitive information, tamper with customer data, and sabotage critical infrastructure."

Oct 16 10:31

Podesta Emails: Evidence Democrats Steal Elections

More evidence Donald Trump is right. Democrats fix elections. The evidence is contained in the Podesta emails released by WikiLeaks. John Podesta was Clinton’s campaign manager in 2008. In an email message, Podesta mentions two “old friends of the Clintons,” James Lyons and Michael Driver. They were responsible for “caucus protection, election protection and to raise hard $” for the 2016 Colorado caucus.

Oct 16 07:43

FACEBOOK - No thumbnail image when I share a link?!

I've given up asking, complaining, and trying to debug debugger! I asked them to explain what I needed to do - no answer. I can only conclude, my dear friends, it's not us - it's them. We can only wait it out while they get things settled down with the whole new News Feed bumble. Hope we all get our thumbnails back soon. My blog has seen a definite slow down since I've been posting information without a thumbnail. People really are drawn to posts with a visual image. Arrrrgh! FIX IT Facebook! *sigh* Thank you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my case, the images that fail to show a preview/thumbnail are inevitably the humorous images I do about Hillary, so it is intentional, and it is politically motivated.

If Trump overcomes the vote fraud and gets the White House, it will be time to crowd-fund a new social media platform that respects the First Amendment.

Oct 15 14:10

5 Wikileaks Revelations That Should've Tanked Hillary's Campaign

Wikileaks has now dumped over 10,000 of Hillary campaign chairman John Podesta's emails and the insane amount of corruption and lies coming out of her camp in this election continues to ooze out in big fat slimy piles by the day... Here are five leaks that came out just this week about Hillary, any *one* of which in a sane world with fair elections (instead of rigged ones run by psycho elites) would have been enough to end her entire campaign for president by now.

Oct 15 09:37

How To Find Out Which Political Label Facebook Has Given You

In this video, Rachel Blevins covers how Facebook creates a political label—conservative, moderate or liberal—for its users based on the posts they share and the pages they like.

Oct 15 09:33

Obama Tells CIA To Prepare For Cyber War With Russia

In what is looking more and more like a season finale of the HBO series "House of Cards" with each passing day, the Obama administration is now literally threatening a cyber war with Russia over allegations it was behind the hacking of Clinton's emails.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oct 15 09:26

Russia Slams "Unprecedented, Insolent" US Cyber Threats, Vows Retaliation

Why haven’t we sent a message yet to Putin,” Chuck Todd, host of the “Meet the Press” show on NBC, asked Joe Biden.

“We are sending a message [to Putin]… We have a capacity to do it, and…”

"He’ll known it?” Todd interfered.

“He’ll know it. It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact,” the US vice president replied.

The NBC sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. "Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin", NBC added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have met the enemy, and us.

And if, in fact, the US government was going to initiate such a move, why in the name of heaven would they publicize it so intensely, as to have Biden make such a statement in an interview?!?

Right now, in the eyes of the world, the US government is appearing fractured and unstable; and creating this sense of instability is the absolute opposite of what the US government should be doing now.

Oct 15 08:05


In what is looking more and more like a season finale of the HBO series "House of Cards" with each passing day, the Obama administration is now literally threatening a cyber war with Russia over allegations it was behind the hacking of Clinton's emails. According to an exclusive NBC report, the Obama administration "is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action" (though it's unclear how exactly it's covert if Biden is announcing it to the world via an interview with Chuck Todd) against Russia, in "retaliation for alleged" interference in the American presidential election, and has asked the CIA to draft plans for a "wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should President Obama sign off on this, because he is desperate for the leaks to stop because they paint a very true picture of who and what Hillary Clinton is, it can only be interpreted as desperation on the cusp of madness.

Oct 15 07:46

Judicial Watch Releases Clinton’s Unrevealed State Department Emails

Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton’s previously unreleased State Department emails show mishandling of classified information on Afghanistan through an unsecured email server.

About 200 pages of U.S. State Department documents, including Clinton’s messages, were revealed by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch on Oct. 13. The documents include seven Clinton email exchanges that were not previously handed over to the State Department during the investigation on her use of a private email server.

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Oct 15 07:26


What do you do if your ailing internet giant has been outed for losing, and then keeping silent about, 500 million user accounts, then letting American spy agencies install a rootkit on its mail service, possibly scuttling its impending, hail-mary acquisition by a risk-averse, old economy phone company? Just cancel your investor call and with it, any chance of awkward, on-the-record questions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's an industrial-strength , corporate "Oops there!", if ever I saw one!!

Oct 14 18:13

Air Force Investigates Outage Of Secret Computer Network At Its Major Drone Base – Report

The US Air Force is reportedly looking into a computer system outage at a base it uses to operate armed drones over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The failure could be linked to a number of fatal battlefield incidents days after it was revealed.

Oct 14 16:13

Claim: America “Plotting Secret Attack on Syria” With 9,000 ISIS Fighters From Mosul

Sneaky, and begging for more blowback.

If the account is to be believed, U.S. and British troops will use the pretext of ‘retaking Mosul’ in Iraq – which is currently held by ISIS – to give ISIS troops escape into Syria under cover of being attacked.

THOUSANDS of ISIS fighters are to be given safe passage out of Iraq to fight in Syria, Russian military leaders claim. Under the supposed agreement – allegedly brokered by Saudi Arabia – the US-led coalition will only bomb targets agreed with the militants in advance…


“More than 9,000 ISIS fighters will be transferred to the eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation...”

Read more at SHTF

Oct 14 12:33

FBI Claims Russia Behind Clinton Campaign Chairman Email Hacks

There’s no publicly available evidence to substantiate the claims, but if a hack happens against anyone related to the Clinton campaign, there’s a good bet the Obama Administration is going to blame Russia. That’s as true today as it was during the campaign convention, with the FBI now saying the hacking of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails are suspected to be Russia’s doing.

Once again, the Clinton campaign is taking this many steps farther, with Podesta himself openly claiming that the fact his emails were hacked “can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump,” adding that Trump is “continuing to side with the Russians.”

Clinton’s campaign has repeatedly claimed Russia is conducting a systematic hacking campaign to try to get Trump elected, and members of her campaign have accused Trump of secretly being in Russia’s pocket. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in any hacking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is absolutely correct on this; it is the substance of these leaks which needs to matter here, and that is what Americans need to pay attention to right now.

Oct 14 12:21

Cyber Warfare? Air Force Kept Silent on Possible Russian Attack Against “Secret Drone Support Network”

The Air Force’s secret computer network, SIPRNet, which serves as a support network for classified intelligence on drone targets, as well as target location data, was interrupted. And during the time period when the system interference occurred, a number of drone strikes went wrong.

The problem was only noticed after-the-fact, but was later attributed to several operational failures throughout the Middle East region – including Syria.

The Air Force posted a bid on FedBizOpps, the government’s primary tender market, on October 7, saying that “the SIPRNet system currently in operation at Creech AFB failed and critical services were impacted.”

Read more at SHTF

Oct 14 11:43

Did Google Rig Search Results for Hillary? Wikileaks Confirms Google CEO Eric Schmidt Met with Clinton Top Brass

It came out a few months ago that the owner of the number one most used search engine in the world Google might be manipulating search terms to favor of Hillary Clinton. For example, if someone types "Clinton Body" into Google to search for the Clinton body count, which at one point was huge a few months back after DNC staffer Seth Rich's suspicious death, Google tries to auto-finish the term with something else, like "body shop" or "body language" instead. For "Hillary Clinton Cri—" as in "crimes," it comes back with suggestions like "Hillary Clinton cried after Donald Trump." And we all know Schmidt himself has discussed how Google is supposed to be smart enough to finish people's sentences... and obviously they have a wealth of data about what people are talking about online... but somehow Google keeps getting things so wrong on searches about Hillary?

See how that works?

Oct 14 11:36

The antique computers that just won't quit

If Apple's marketing chief believes it's sad to use a PC that's older than five years, he'd be rendered speechless by the decades of service squeezed from these vintage machines.

These systems are relics, kept in use for years longer than the norm and still doing useful work at a time when their contemporaries are gathering dust.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My Commodore VIC-20 still works just fine.

Oct 14 10:39

Air Force investigates outage of secret computer network at its major drone base – report

The US Air Force is reportedly looking into a computer system outage at a base it uses to operate armed drones over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The failure could be linked to a number of fatal battlefield incidents days after it was revealed.

However, the Air Force has kept silent, refusing to publicly elaborate on either the outage or the possible impact it had.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"^$#%$^ Windows 10!!!!!!!!!"

Oct 14 08:42

Are all non-Enterprise Windows 10 users beta testers?

Considering that issues are reported regularly whenever new updates get released, it appears that these updates are not tested thoroughly enough. There is no indication that Microsoft is pushing out updates that it knows may cause issues for a small subset of users.

You could therefore consider Home and Pro users of Windows 10 beta testers as well to a degree. All those systems report back to Microsoft, and the company may use the information to make sure to fix them before they hit the bulk of the company's valuable Enterprise customers.

Oct 13 17:51

'Does not recall': Clinton dodges email questions in court submission

Hillary Clinton filed written responses this week to a conservative watchdog group's inquiries into the private and unauthorized email server she maintained when she was secretary of state, but nearly every one of her answers included the phrase "Secretary Clinton objects to Interrogatory" or "Secretary Clinton does not recall."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the woman who insists the recalls everything Donald Trump ever said!

Oct 13 16:10

“The Wikileaks Bombshell Never Discussed By Media” (How Hillary REALLY Feels About Us All)

The Trump phenomenon – of an unstoppable celebrity entertainment figure assuming the mold of actual leader – is quite dangerous indeed, and something that the Clinton campaign has accounted for and discussed in emails:

“As I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry.

The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly.”

Read more at SHTF

Oct 13 10:51

Battery Firmware Hacking

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was sent in with the suggestion that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the victim of sabotage. Now, I do not agree with that theory; lithium batteries have a terrible track record (see the 787 for example).

However, it does expose a serious potential problem with the internet of things; companies actively hacking and sabotaging their competitors' products to gain market share and profits. And you thought planned obsolescence was bad?!?

Oct 13 09:03

Will the spectacular failure of the Samsung Note 7 kill Android? A data-driven analysis

Oct 13 07:52

Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors

The Megyn Kelly incident was supposed to be an anomaly. An unfortunate one-off. A bit of (very public, embarrassing) bad luck. But in the six weeks since Facebook revamped its Trending system — and a hoax about the Fox News Channel star subsequently trended — the site has repeatedly promoted “news” stories that are actually works of fiction.

Oct 12 15:12

Putin Slams Russia Hacking Accusation: "Just A Ploy To Divert Attention From The Contents"

"They started this hysteria, saying that this (hacking) is in Russia's interests. But this has nothing to do with Russia's interests." Putin said the accusations were a ploy to divert U.S. voters' attention at a time when public opinion was being manipulated. "Everyone is talking about 'who did it' (the hacking)," said Putin. "But is it that important? The most important thing is what is inside this information."

Oct 12 14:59

Samsung slashes its quarterly profits estimate by $2.3 BILLION after Galaxy Note 7 recall disaster

Samsung has slashed its third-quarter profit estimate by a third - a drop of $2.3 billion - after scrapping its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

The South Korean electronics giant filed a revised operating profit estimate of 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion), compared to the 7.8 trillion won ($6.9 billion) it announced just last week.

Oct 11 13:58

Trouble For Trolls: Unleashing Online Abuse & Harassment May Now End In Jail Sentence

Internet trolls will face prosecution for certain types of online harassment and abuse, including posting degrading photoshopped images or creating derogatory hashtags, under new legal guidelines.

Oct 11 09:13


America paid about $16 billion to five companies last year for 80% of our contracted domestic and international surveillance: Leidos Holdings, CSRA Inc., SAIC, CACI International, and Booz Allen Hamilton, recently in the news following an employee arrest on cyberweapons theft charges.

Oct 11 08:31

Yahoo Turned Off E-Mail Forwarding Just When People Might Want To Leave

Whether it’s become of the breach of their account data, reports that the company built a tool for the U.S. government to monitor users’ e-mail, the pending sale (maybe) to Verizon, or because they’ve simply outgrown the service, a lot of users want to quit using Yahoo for their e-mail. Some of them already had quit, and then learned that automatically forwarding e-mail to a new address isn’t an option.

Oct 10 15:19

Germany Uses VR Model of Auschwitz-Birkenau to Catch Nazis

But now investigators, prosecutors and judges are able to rely on a new technological tool — one that allows them to essentially travel back in time to see for themselves.

German experts have constructed a detailed digital model of Hitler's Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where more than 1.1 million people were murdered during World War II.

Using virtual-reality googles, investigators can now walk around the camp in the shoes of former SS soldiers, analyzing the terrain through the eyes of the suspect.

Oct 10 15:04

EpiPen goes from $300 to $30 to $3 with Opensource and 3D Printing

By Brian Berletic

Corporations will take as much as the public allows them to. It is ultimately up to the public to represent their own best interests, and unrealistic to expect corporations or the governments charged with reining in their behavior to keep abuse and overpricing in check.

While the US government held a hearing regarding Mylan’s EpiPen pricing in which a package containing two of the devices costs a whooping $600 ($300 per device), little appears to have been done except provide the public with the belief that “something” will eventually be done by what is a clear case of price gouging.

What perhaps was more effective than the expensive and ultimately superficial Congressional hearing, was a DIY biohacking group’s demonstration of turning an ordinary store-bought autoinjector into a functioning EpiPen, called an “EpiPencil.”...

Oct 10 14:56

Fake accounts, manufactured reality on social media

The parallelisms of the boiling frog syndrome with the lies being propagated, tolerated, and accepted are easy to see. Without doing anything, users of social media may find themselves no different from the desensitized frog slowly cooked in the heat and the fire.

The battle to preserve truth has shifted online and is no longer fought in the streets alone. Technology has created platforms of empowerment and self-expression, but without timely intervention, it could evolve into a monster that could devour and swallow us all.

Oct 10 14:44

In the UK, running a blog over HTTPS is an act of terrorism, says Scotland Yard

This is one of those cases where you do a double take. As reported by Ars Technica, UK’s Scotland Yard is charging a Cardiff person with preparing for terrorism – but the list of charges shows activities we associate with very ordinary precautionary privacy measures. “Developing an encrypted version of a blog” can be read as, and probably means, publishing it over HTTPS – such as this blog and many others, simply because it’s considered best practice.

He was also charged with having a flash drive in a cufflink with a bootable operating system, presumably Tails. Using open and free operating systems with the capacity for general-purpose encryption is now an act of terrorism?

Oct 10 12:42


Unblinking Eye, EFF's giant, deep research report (available in Spanish, English and Portuguese) on the state of surveillance law in latinamerica, reveals an alarming patchwork of overbroad powers given to police forces and government agencies. In the 1980s and 1970s, the military dictatorships of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil pooled their resources in something called "Operation Condor," which was used to effect mass kidnappings, torture, murders and disappearances. Today, less than a generation later, these countries and their neighbors are effecting surveillance dragnets that are one click away from totalitarianism. Following a military coup in one of these countries, the new generalissimos would be able to quickly crush their opposition and undertake mass arrests of all potential dissidents.

Oct 10 08:26

In the UK, running a blog over HTTPS is terrorism, says Scotland Yard

In a bizarre case, Scotland Yard is accusing a person for six separate acts of preparing terrorism. Those six acts include researching encryption, developing an “encrypted version” of his blog, and instructing others how to use encryption.

Oct 10 08:21

Now You Can Torrent (and Explore) The Galaxy… in Your Browser!

Have you ever wanted to explore an accurate 3D map of the galaxy from the comfort of your own home? Thanks to data from ESA's Gaia satellite, you can. Float through two million stars and explore the universe, in part powered by WebTorrent.

Oct 10 08:17

Internet of Things botnets: You ain’t seen nothing yet

Internet of Things (IoT) botnet "Mirai" is the shape of things to come and future assaults could be even more severe, a leading security research firm warns.

Mirai powered the largest ever DDoS attack ever, spawning a 620Gbps DDoS against KrebsOnSecurity. Source code for the malware was released on hacker forums last week.

The malware relied on factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords to compromise vulnerable IoT devices such as insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and the like.

PenTestPartners, the UK security consultancy behind numerous hack on Iot devices ranging from Wi-Fi enabled kettles to cars, said that the botnet finally illustrates the consequences of IoT vendors cutting the corners on security.

Oct 09 07:41

Booz Allen Hamilton: NSA’s ‘Digital Blackwater’ A Sign Of Deep Ties Between US Gov’t & Private Spies

Booz Allen Hamilton, a powerful government contractor at the heart of multiple leaks of classified material from the NSA, also spends big on D.C. lobbying, and its employees have given generously to presidential campaigns this election cycle. In light of Booz Allen Hamilton’s role in two major leaks of government surveillance secrets, the corporation’s lobbying efforts and its employees’ campaign contributions reflect the deep ties between private corporations and the U.S. government and its national intelligence apparatus. In August, the FBI quietly arrested Harold Thomas Martin, a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor, for stealing classified documents. News of his arrest finally surfaced last week. Martin may have been responsible for the leak of a suite of malware tools that the NSA uses to secretly access computers.

Oct 07 20:02

YouTube Takes Down European Parliament Video On Stopping Torture For 'Violating Community Guidelines'

Back in 2008, then Senator Joe Lieberman went on a ridiculous pro-censorship campaign, demanding that YouTube take down any "terrorist" videos. For reasons I still don't understand, YouTube complied. As a result, watchdogs documenting Syrian atrocities had them censored from YouTube, because YouTube determined them to be in "violation" of its guidelines in publishing "shocking and offensive videos."

That was a few years ago, and it seems like the problem has only gotten worse -- as have the ridiculous calls for YouTube and other platforms to be the giant censor in the digital sky. The latest victim? Would you believe it's the European Parliament itself? Marietje Schaake, a really wonderful Member of the European Parliament (and a Techdirt reader), tweeted that the video she had posted of a European Parliament debate on "anti-torture" was taken down for "violating community guidelines." Really.

Oct 07 15:49

The name and pay of every Hillary’s paid troll publicly listed on FEC website

Spender Recipient Disbursement date Amount
CORRECT THE RECORD STRIPE 06-30-2016 $1,450.30

Oct 07 15:48

BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

A recent screengrab of a customer attempting to use this function seen by The Register reads: “Sorry the delete feature is currently unavailable. This feature will become available by the end of September."

The customer said BT/Yahoo! had also made it impossible for BT customers to configure the forwarding of emails to a third party address from their BT Yahoo addresses.

He said: "BT is being about as communicative as Trappist monks about this."

He added: "BT refuse to acknowledge any contractual responsibilities to customers with regard to email as they see email as a freebie add-on to the broadband service."