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Jan 19 12:07

Private Intelligence Contractors Emerge As An Influential Force Inside the United States

By Vin Armani

In this video, Vin Armani dives into the shadowy world of private intelligence contractors that are operating within the borders of the United States and selling their services to the highest bidder. Armani explains the danger of using mercenaries as first explained by Machiavelli.

Jan 19 11:26

Are hackers watching you and your children? Yet another flaw in Samsung's security SmartCam could let criminals spy on your home

Security researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in the SmartCam devices that could allow hackers to take control.

The researchers have alerted Samsung to the problem, but the firm is yet to make changes to rectify the problem for the millions of devices sold globally.

The SmartCam is designed to allow users to stream live video to their smartphone over the internet.

For example, it can be used as a baby monitor, or for home security.

But according to Exploitee.rs – a team of self-procliamed 'ethical hackers', a flaw in the camera's technology could let hackers take control.

This could allow hackers to turn the camera on remotely, and even lock you out of your account by changing your password details.

Jan 19 11:08

Facebook blocks RT from posting until after Trump inauguration

RT has been blocked from posting content to its Facebook page. The ban, according to the Facebook bot, will last until Saturday 10:55pm Moscow time (2:55pm EST) and will extend across US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

UPDATE: After about 20 hours, Facebook has restored RT's ability to post live streams, images, and videos to the over four million followers of its page on the social network.

Jan 19 10:36

CIA TORTURED CATS: CIA Implanted Microphones Into Cats to Spy on Russia

Webmaster addition: The only thing the CIA learned was that the Russian embassy had mice!

Jan 19 09:30

Trey Gowdy Joins Intelligence Committee Just in Time to Tackle Election “Hacking” Claims

The committee has been around for 4 decades and handles classified information that is also managed by 17 federal agencies. This means Gowdy will be front-and-center as Republicans get to the bottom of the “Russian hacking” claims made by Hillary Clinton’s campaign team to cover up their criminally incompetent email security.

Conservatives are thrilled about Gowdy’s new job!

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Jan 19 09:23

OBAMA PARTING SHOT AIMS AT BRENNAN, CLAPPER, CLINTON: "THE DNC EMAILS WERE LEAKED"

Three U.S. Intelligence Agencies (CIA, NSA and FBI) claim that IT-Systems of the Democratic National Committee were "hacked" in an operation related to the Russian government. They assert that emails copied during the "hack" were transferred by Russian government related hackers to Wikileaks which then published them.

President Obama disagrees. He says those emails were "leaked".

Wikileaks had insisted that the emails it published came from an insider source not from any government. The DNC emails proved that the supposedly neutral Democratic Party committee had manipulated the primary presidential elections in favor of the later candidate Hillary Clinton. This made it impossible for the alternative candidate Bernie Sanders to win the nomination. Hillory Clinton, who had extremely high unfavorable ratings, lost the final elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Leaked" and "hacked" are two entirely different processes.

And right now, I am infinitely more inclined to believe Assange when he says that they were leaked , and that the Russians had utterly nothing to do with this.

Jan 19 09:18

BEX ALERT - How social media is crippling democracy, and why we seem powerless to stop it

Tech-assisted gaslighting is destroying truth, justice and the American way. Can anything be done?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Social/Independent media has actually restored Democracy by bringing back the open sharing of ideas and diverse viewpoints. This is a threat to the corporate media, whose job it is to maintain the status quo while assuring us that we are still a democracy despite the obvious election fraud that took place during the Democratic primaries and the general election, and to the political elites, whose lies, frauds, and deceptions (such as Saddam's weapons of mass destruction) are being exposed.

Read the other comments to this article. The public isn't buying the idea that social/independent media is a threat to democracy.

Jan 18 13:03

An insidious new Gmail phishing attack is tricking even the most careful of users

A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence, the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker.

Jan 18 09:54

JIM STONE UPDATE: UNILATERALLY BANNED ON ALL FORUMS AND COMMENT SECTIONS - Because they are going to pull something HUGE....

This morning, I discovered that I was suddenly unilaterally banned on ALL, not just 1 or 2, I mean ALL forums and comment sections. This is not just GLP, which locks everyone of positive influence out leading up to important events, I mean it is ALL OF THEM. I have never been banned anywhere before. I don't post stuff from this web site anywhere and play it cool everywhere. If anyone else has been banned everywhere, it needs to be news. And I noticed that everything was totally dry, with little to no support for Trump anywhere, when there is usually huge support.

Jan 18 09:50

The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us

“A writer,” the journalist Martha Gellhorn told the second congress, “must be a man of action now . . . A man who has given a year of his life to steel strikes, or to the unemployed, or to the problems of racial prejudice, has not lost or wasted time. He is a man who has known where he belonged. If you should survive such action, what you have to say about it afterwards is the truth, is necessary and real, and it will last.”

Jan 18 09:33

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC security update installs Chrome spyware

The latest version of the venerable (and oh-so-holey) PDF viewing routine, Acrobat Reader DC 15.023.20053, released this week, looks for information about your Google Chrome surfing habits. Without your knowledge or consent, the security patch installs a Chrome browser extension that's spyware, pure and simple.

The situation's a little more complex, but for most people using Adobe Acrobat Reader, Chrome spyware comes along for the ride.

If you haven't looked at the Adobe Acrobat Reader lately -- I haven't used it in years, due to security concerns -- this latest privacy twist warrants your attention. Unfortunately, there are three distinct versions of Acrobat Reader making the rounds, and this spyware "feature" affects only one of them.

Jan 18 08:40

1995 - The Net - Trailer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How prophetic this movie was! The only thing they got wrong is that the villain is the government itself.

Jan 18 08:38

New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87 percent of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.'” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

Jan 18 08:36

What's big and red and needs 270 security patches?

Oracle software, that's what

Jan 17 17:07

Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Receives New York BitLicense

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has awarded cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase a formal license to do business in the state...

Jan 17 12:12

Donald Trump Mistakes Ivanka from England for His Daughter

Majic has taken advantage of her moment on the global stage by urging Trump to both take more care in his tweets and accept the scientific consensus about manmade climate change, which Trump challenged during his campaign.

Jan 17 12:05

Unidentified Hackers Attempt to Disrupt Probe Into Park Geun-hye’s Scandal

A special prosecution team investigating the political scandal maelstrom surrounding President of South Korea Park Geun-hye has implemented enhanced security measures after a hack attack on the team’s intranet.

Jan 17 11:05

Fwd: Facebook to Flag and Filter Fake News in Germany

The federal elections in Germany are just around the corner and Facebook aims to put a stop to false rumors circling around. The fake news played a major role in the US election too and this kind of media influence can make a huge impact on voters. To prevent that, the biggest social media website in the world will start testing out a fake news filtering tool in Germany.

Jan 17 10:35

Talk radio hosts and bloggers may benefit from White House press move

Trump team proposal for new venue which may allow more to ask questions follows president-elect’s latest outbursts against mainstream reporters

Jan 17 10:32

Ransomware brutes smacked 1 in 3 NHS trusts last year

A third (30 per cent) of NHS trusts have been infected by ransomware, with one – the Imperial College Healthcare in London – suffering 19 attacks in just 12 months.

According to results of a Freedom of Information-based study, none of the trusts reported paying a ransom or informed law enforcement. All preferred to deal with the attacks internally.

Additionally, of the 15 trusts who were able to provide further information about the origin of the attacks, 87 per cent reported that the attacker gained access through a networked NHS device, with 80 per cent targeted by a phishing scheme.

Jan 17 09:35

Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos

Jan 17 05:58

ALERT: FACEBOOK JUST PARTNERED WITH THIS FOREIGN MILITARY TO SHUT DOWN DISSENT

Facebook is helping the Thai military junta cover up criticism of the nation’s new king, as part of its repressive system of censorship.

Jan 16 15:05

Radical Left Group Plot Violence at Trump Inauguration: “Chemical Attack With Butyric Acid”

Will there be widespread riots and less-than-peaceful protest on January 20th? If the statements caught on tape are any indication, there could be something much bigger going on… things could even spiral out of control.

Undercover counter-provacateur James O’Keefe staged yet another video investigation via Project Veritas and exposed one of the radical left’s plans to disrupt the inauguration, using:

“If you had a pint of butyric acid, I don’t care how big the building is, it is closing…” says Luke Kuhm. “And this stuff is like very efficient, it’s very very smelly and it lasts a long time.

Read more at SHTF

Jan 16 13:05

Putin: CIA Performing Massive Cyberattack Against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US intelligence services of performing a massive cyberattack against Russia.

Jan 16 11:49

Trump Won't Use POTUS Twitter Account

President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t plan to stop using his personal Twitter account in favor of POTUS profile.

Jan 16 08:23

Zuckerberg Thinks Telepathic Social Networks Could Soon Be Reality

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks we’ll eventually be able to send each other thoughts directly and is developing the capability to do so at a hardware division in California focused on brain computer interface technology.
Thank you, no. I already have enough trouble with the government inside my desktop and phone; I don;t need them wired into my brain!

Jan 16 08:11

Virginia bill would effectively ban city-run broadband

Now that the FCC can't prevent states from blocking municipal broadband, telecom-backed politicians are doing their best to shut down these government-run networks. Virginia House Republican Kathy Byron has put forward a bill that would make municipal internet virtually impossible. Towns couldn't offer internet service so long as there's at least one private provider offering 10Mbps downloads and 1Mbps uploads to 90 percent of customers in the area -- and that's pretty easy to find in Virginia. Those towns that do clear this hurdle would have to both conduct a "comprehensive" assessment and give private ISPs 6 months to come up with solutions that are potentially less expensive.

Jan 16 07:34

WhatsApp Vulnerability Leaves Backdoor Open To Snooping

The hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp has a vulnerability that allows third-party snooping on its encrypted platform.

Jan 16 07:30

When anti-malware vendors get into a slap fight, users lose

No one should disable another vendor's protection, regardless of reason

Jan 16 07:21

US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

The head of the US Marines wants to recruit about 3,000 troops skilled in online warfare and espionage to make sure the Corps is ready for 21st-century battle.

Jan 16 07:19

Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

The security industry's ongoing efforts to educate users about strong passwords appears to be for naught, with a new study finding the most popular passwords last year were 123456 and 123456789.

Keeper Security wonks perused breached data dumps for the most popular passwords when they made the despondent discovery.

Some 1.7 million accounts used the password "123456", or 17 per cent of the 10 million hacked accounts the firm studied.

Jan 16 07:17

Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

An newly-detected Gmail phishing attack sees criminals hack and then rifle through inboxes to target account owners' contacts with thoroughly convincing fake emails.

The new attack uses the file names of sent attachments and applies that name into new attachments that appear to be PDFs but are actually images that, when clicked, send victims to phishing pages.

Suitable subject lines stolen from sent emails are applied to the new phishing emails, making the mischievous messages more legitimate.

Even the URL to which the attachments point is crafted to appear legitimate, bearing the google.com domain, says WordFence chief executive officer Mark Maunder who reported the attacks.

Jan 16 07:12

Talk radio hosts and bloggers may be included in White House press briefings

Trump administration’s proposal for new venue and inclusion of non-traditional media follows president-elect’s latest outbursts against mainstream reporters

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You know where to reach me, Donald! :)

Jan 15 20:26

Official: Google makes change, results are no longer in denial over ‘Did the Holocaust happen?’

Google’s been under intense pressure to alter its results after it was found a week ago to be listing a Holocaust-denial site first for a search on “Did the Holocaust happen.” Now, that’s finally changing.
The change is primarily a result of Google altering its algorithm. In a statement it gave to Search Engine Land several hours after this story was written, it said:
Google was built on providing people with high-quality and authoritative results for their search queries. We strive to give users a breadth of diverse content from variety of sources and we’re committed to the principle of a free and open web. Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right.
This kind of propaganda is why I switched to the Yandex search engine.

Jan 15 11:15

Los Angeles To Use Drones For Extreme Threats, NOT Public Surveillance, Sheriff Claims

By Nicholas West

Since the first known deployment of a domestic drone to aid in police work made headline news in 2011, civil liberties advocates have been warning of the slippery slope upon which we’ve descended...

Jan 15 09:00

Artist Creates Fabric That Can Fool Facial Recognition Tech

By Derrick Broze

A German artist has revealed a new technology that he hopes will make it easier for individuals to avoid the growing Surveillance State.

Adam Harvey is an artist and “technologist” based in Berlin, Germany who is well known for using his artistic prowess to create art and fashion that could potentially disrupt the capability of facial recognition technology. Harvey has been profiled in the past for his elaborate ideas on styling hair and makeup in a way that prevents faces from being recognized by surveillance cameras outfitted with facial recognition software...

Jan 15 08:18

Netflix users targeted in email scam that sees crooks steal personal information including credit card details

Cyber-security firm FireEye is warning Netflix subscribers to be vigilant after scammers have been targeting subscribers through email trying to obtain credit card data and other personal information.

Jan 14 21:17

The NSA can now share unfiltered surveillance data with other intelligence agencies

Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America’s 16 intelligence organizations access to raw communications data from the NSA’s surveillance efforts.

The New York Times reported that on January 3 Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed new regulations that permit the 16 divisions — which include the army, navy, coastguard, CIA and FBI — access to “raw signals intelligence information.” In the past, information passed on by the NSA was filtered so that an agency would only receive information deemed relevant to their request for data. Now, they will gain access to the full content stash brought in by the NSA’s surveillance dragnet, assuming that their request is accepted.

Analysts can later apply filters to focus on the more pertinent data, but the government has enacted this change to give its analysts access to more atoms of data.

Jan 14 19:25

Facebook says WhatsApp government snooping “backdoor” is “excepted behavior”

A University of California security researcher has uncovered a WhatsApp 'backdoor' that can be used to intercept and snoop on private encrypted communications sent using the mobile messing service.

Jan 14 17:41

Your private medical data is for sale – and it's driving a business worth billions

Although information is anonymized, data miners and brokers can build up detailed dossiers on individual patients by cross-referencing with other sources.

Jan 14 14:01

Physicists 'squeeze' light to cool below quantum limit

Researchers have demonstrated a new technique that could be used to cool objects to absolute zero which would allow quantum computers to compute without distortion.

Jan 14 13:45

Quantum Leap: Researchers see the quantum future... literally

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to “see” the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality.

Jan 14 12:44

The Social Media Exodus Has Begun. Here's Where Everybody's Going.

10 years ago, everybody was on MySpace. 10 years from now, the Twitters and Facebooks and YouTubes of today will be dinosaurs, abandoned by users sick of censorship and centralized control. Thankfully, the alternatives to these social media dinosaurs are already here, and they're blockchain-based, torrent friendly, decentralized and censorship resistant.

Jan 14 12:30

Snowden: NSA ‘Unchained’ – Obama Grants Unprecedented Spy Powers

Whistleblower Edward Snowden warns President Obama has just ‘Unchained’ the NSA by granting the agency unprecedented spying powers through executive order just before President-elect Trump takes office.

Jan 14 11:33

Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

Canada's Competition Bureau has administered what it thinks is a stinging fine for Amazon, but it's unlikely that CEO Jeff Bezos will be losing much sleep over it.

The bureau ruled that Amazon was misleading Canucks by comparing its prices with a so-called list price to illustrate what savings could be had. But the list price was submitted by the manufacturers and bore no relation to actual prices people could find, making Amazon prices look way better than they actually were.

Jan 14 11:30

Obama Gifts Donald Trump Expanded Surveillance Powers

In its final days, the Obama administration has gifted the incoming Trump administration the power to intrusively invade the privacy of American citizens by lifting the limits on what NSA can do with collected data.

Jan 14 08:00

Internet Predicted To Shut Down For 24 Hours In 2017

A cyber security firm has predicted that millions of internet users will be blocked for 24 hours from the global network this year.

Jan 14 00:40

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Jan 14 00:36

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Jan 14 00:33

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Jan 14 00:31

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Jan 14 00:28

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Jan 13 17:22

BBC To Help Facebook ‘Crackdown’ On Alternative News

The BBC are to spend millions of pounds of taxpayers money in setting up a new ‘fact checking’ team tasked with debunking and eliminating alternative media websites from social media.

Jan 13 16:58

Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F--k You’

A mysterious hacking group has been bedeviling the U.S. intelligence community for months, releasing a tranche of secret National Security Agency hacking tools to the public while offering to sell even more for the right price. Now with barely a week to go before Donald Trump’s inauguration, the self-styled “Shadow Brokers” on Thursday announced that they were packing it in.

“So long, farewell peoples. TheShadowBrokers is going dark, making exit,” the group wrote on its darknet site. “Continuing is being much risk and bullshit, not many bitcoins.” The message was accompanied by a parting gift, described by the group as a “final fuck you”: an apparently complete NSA backdoor kit targeting the Windows operating system. The kit is comprised of 61 malicious Windows executables, only one of which was previously known to antivirus vendors.

Jan 13 16:57

WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages

A security vulnerability that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.

Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.

Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be secure.

Jan 13 16:09

VIVA AMIGA: THE STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL MACHINE

1985: An upstart team of Silicon Valley mavericks created a miracle: the Amiga computer. A machine made for creativity. For games, for art, for expression. Breaking from the mold set by IBM and Apple, this was something new. Something to change what people believed computers could do.

Jan 13 13:03

Circuit Court Issues Edict Demanding 70-Year-Old Blogger Remove Content- He Gives Them The Preverbial Finger

70-year-old blogger Gary Hunt has posted a very intruiging update to his situation regarding a circuit court judge's ruling regarding his website on Thursday, January 12th.

Basically the court is trying to say that they have the authority to demand Hunt take down certain content on his blog- regarding information pertaining to confidential federal informants (snitches) in the Bundy Oregon refuge case- but Hunt ain't buying it. Hunt has court documents which were presented in discovery in the cases of the seven remaining defendants who will be tried this February. He has been very clear, explaining in his very lengthy and detailed blog posts that he has not and will not post the actual documents, but rather has only excerpted from them.

Jan 13 10:50

Facebook down worldwide for many users

Facebook users in parts of the world are experiencing a social media blackout, according to reports online.

Website Down Detector suggests Facebook problems are being experienced in parts of Central Europe and the west and east coasts of the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 13 09:43

FEDS MAY LET PLAYPEN CHILD PORN SUSPECT GO TO KEEP CONCEALING THEIR SOURCE CODE

Rather than disclose the source code that the FBI used to target a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington recently dropped their appeal in United States v. Michaud.
The case is just one of 135 federal prosecutions nationwide involving the Tor-hidden child porn website Playpen. The vast effort to bust Playpen has raised significant questions about the ethics, oversight, capabilities, and limitations of the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Child porn is sick, at every level; that being said, however, the Federal Government can never, ever be allowed to behave as though they are above the law in cases like this.

Jan 13 07:58

ISC squishes BIND packet-of-death bugs

BIND administrators, get patching: there are three irritating flaws you need to splat.

The denial-of-service vulnerabilities in question are CVE-2016-9131, CVE-2016-9147, and CVE-2016-9444.

Jan 13 07:58

It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.

Jan 13 07:45

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

Security gurus are right now tearing strips off Trump's cyber-wizard pick. Top hacker Dan Tentler was first to point out the severely out-of-date Joomla! install.

"It speaks volumes," Tentler told The Register, referring to Giuliani's computer security credentials, or lack of, and fitness for the top post.

"Seventy-year-old luddite autocrats who often brag about not using technology are somehow put in charge of technology: it's like setting our country on fire and giving every extranational hacker a roman candle – or, rather, not setting on fire, but dousing in gasoline."

Jan 12 19:12

Obama gives US intelligence greater access to warrantless data on foreigners

Barack Obama, in one of his final acts on national security, has permitted US intelligence and law enforcement agencies far greater access to raw communications data warrantlessly collected on foreign targets, a move that has alarmed privacy advocates.

Under an executive order, the CIA, FBI and other security agencies will be able to access unfiltered surveillance aimed at foreigners abroad, before information identifying or revealing Americans they may be in contact with gets censored out.

Jan 12 16:20

I, ROBOT TURNS REAL! EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMM. ADOPTS SAME RULE IN MOVIE.

A dark world is in the making. Robots are being already being rolled out, but now more rapidly, and they will replace humans in every industry, not only blue collar, but white collar jobs.

Jan 12 12:43

Why websites will probably know your card details without you telling them

WE'VE ALL been there. Card lost or stolen, and suddenly you have to update every website with your new details.

Except now, some websites are actually updating your card information for you, before you've even got the replacement card.

Mastercard and Visa have both introduced services which offer websites details of customers' replacement cards automatically, and while it's no secret, it seems cardholders aren't always aware that the likes of Amazon might know your card details before they do.

Jan 12 12:28

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Update Installs Chrome Browser Extension

Adobe released yesterday Acrobat Reader DC 15.023.20053 that included fixes for 29 security issues. Along with the security fixes, this update package also silently installs the Adobe Acrobat extension into the user's Chrome web browser.

The installation process is covert, but the next time users open their Chrome browser, they'll be notified by Chrome's security systems that a new extension has been added.

Jan 12 12:18

NASA Reveals Vast Hole in the Sun That Could “Cripple Power Supplies”

NASA has released a graphic showing a rip in the fabric of the sun, so to speak, that is leaking solar radiation through a hole in its surface.

This is sending a bombardment of particles towards earth that could interfere with the electric grid...

Read more at SHTF

Jan 12 11:04

ELECTRONIC PERSONS? European Parliament Committee Votes In Favor Of Granting Human Rights For Robots

A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE HAS VOTED IN FAVOR OF A DRAFT REPORT THAT PROPOSES GRANTING LEGAL STATUS TO ROBOTS, CATEGORIZING THEM AS ‘ELECTRONIC PERSONS’.

Jan 12 09:50

FLASHBACK - HILLARY THE SPY?

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.

Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

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Jan 12 09:34

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

IN JANUARY, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

Jan 12 09:34

Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

Key software for the troubled F-35 fighter jet has been repeatedly delayed, causing problems for the British armed forces as they wait for Americans to iron out the bugs.

The F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is the heart of the support offering bundled with the F-35 by its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

The latest version of ALIS – version 2.0.2 – has been delayed by at least six months and counting, according to the US Department of Defense’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), and units are instead stuck with version 2.0.1.3.

Jan 12 09:10

The Privacyless, Freedomless, Cashless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering Us Into

Well here’s a fat bag of crazy for you, courtesy of the elites over at Davos ahead of their 2017 meeting.

Jan 11 16:10

Ministry of Truth: Facebook Launches ‘Journalism Project’ to ‘Improve Media’

Facebook has launched its so-called ‘Journalism Project’ as a way for the social media giant to further bolster its position as a news media organization and promote what it determines to be real news.

Jan 11 15:47

Careful, your fun peace sign selfie may lead to identity theft

The fingerprint sensor on your phone is the key to revealing all the private information stored on the device, and it does a good job of keeping it secure. However, if a thief were to get hold of your fingerprint and your phone, it wouldn’t provide much protection anymore. Think that’s unlikely? The National Institute of Informatics in Japan has warned that photos posted online in which the “peace sign” is flashed, may be all that’s need to hack the system.

Professor Isao Echizen says smartphone camera technology is now so great, and the images taken so full of detail, fingerprints can be copied simply by showing your fingertips to the camera. It’s not just super close-ups that are the problem, as his experiments showed data could be grabbed from photos taken up to three meters away. Unless you’re very bizarrely shaped, or have a particularly long selfie stick, that covers pretty much every selfie you’re likely to take.

Jan 11 15:39

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

Reuters reports Seagate is closing its Suzhou disk drive manufacturing plant in China, shedding a whopping 2,217 jobs.

The 1.1 million ft2 plant was formerly owned by Maxtor; Seagate having bought Maxtor for $1.9bn in May, 2006. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers puts the closure in the context of Seagate wanting to lower its quarterly cost base, given the overall decline in disk drive sales.

Jan 11 15:38

Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

Xiongmai, the vendor behind many Mirai-vulnerable DVRs, has earned the consternation of security watchers once again.

The vendor's 2017 list of superuser passwords for certain DVRs – designed only for CCTV installers to access customer installations – appears to have leaked online.

"If the creds are what we think they are, they may be enough to remotely take over certain CCTV systems," Ken Munro, a director at UK security consultancy Pen Test Partners (PTP), told El Reg. "[It's] a bit like Mirai, but the consequence is remote viewing of people's CCTV cameras."

Jan 11 13:08

Get Rid of Social Network Surveillance

The bottom line is that if you can live without Facebook or other social media networking sites, by all means don’t use them. If you do decide to use them, keep the information you post to a minimum. For instance, the only photo I have posted on Facebook is more than a decade old. I log on once weekly to answer messages from my family. I don’t accept “friends” whom I don’t already know personally. If you use Facebook or other social media sites, I suggest you take similar precautions.

Jan 11 10:59

RT Responds To US Intel Report It Helped Trump Defeat Hillary

Russia Today responds to the U.S Intel report on Russia hacking report claim pointing out most of the “Intel” in the report is from 2012 and in no way influenced the election.

Jan 11 10:44

Bitcoin plunges on Beijing plan to bring cryptocurrency exchanges to heel

The price of the bitcoin digital currency plummeted more than eleven percent on Wednesday after China's central bank announced plans to investigate cryptocurrency exchanges over fears of capital flight...

Jan 11 10:40

FBI Paid Multiple Best Buy Employees After Finding Illegal Content On Computers

As we told you last spring, lawyers for a California doctor accused of possessing child pornography claimed that the FBI had paid a Best Buy employee as an informant. Recently released court documents confirm that multiple Best Buy/Geek Squad staffers received money from the agency after telling the FBI about finding illegal content on customers’ devices.

• A California doctor is currently facing charges of child pornography after Best Buy Geek Squad staffers found what appears to be illegal content on his computer.

• Sworn statements from employees and FBI agents have revealed that the FBI paid multiple Best Buy staffers after they reported illegal content to the agency.

• Additionally, some Best Buy managers were named “confidential human sources” by the FBI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate the notion of child pornography; but what I hate almost as much is the US government turning computer repair people into snitches about what is found on private computers.

This is just so...former East German Intelligence behaviour, I don't know where to start.

Jan 11 10:18

Obama Stutters and Stammers Accusations Against Russia During His Final Push For War

By Brandon Turbeville

As Obama’s days as U.S. President draw to a close, both the Obama administration and the mainstream corporate media are attempting to provoke a greater conflict with nuclear-armed Russia on the basis of something that never actually happened; at least on the basis of something that they have yet to prove has actually happened. Still, the hype and hysteria being piped from the halls of the White House, intelligence community, and the mouthpiece of the establishment, the corporate media, is incessant. According to the media and the President, the Russians hacked the DNC (never mind the fact that the DNC was acting inappropriately and rigging the elections themselves) and put American democracy at risk...

Jan 11 10:09

BREAKING – FBI Reveals ‘Foreign Hacking’ Bombshell, It Points STRAIGHT To Hillary

One of those 302 emails Hillary Clinton did not turn over, as mandated, was classified as secret. We don’t know what the classified email said, but apparently some other country does!

The FBI released the Hillary Clinton documents without even issuing a press release about the material now being publicly available, much less the shocking particulars contained inside. During the latter days of the presidential race, the DOJ and FBI stated repeatedly there was no proof any foreign entity had garnered access to the emails, but now suddenly they know a non-American bad actor had gotten a peek?

The amount of classified information a hostile foreign government could now have in their hands because of Hillary Clinton’s secretive private server is terrifying.

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Jan 11 10:02

Chuck Schumer’s Twitter Blooper: ‘Don’t #MakeAmericaGreatAgain’

Senate Democrats are working to restore their social media dominance as the dawn of the Donald Trump administration approaches, but a recent blooper on Twitter suggests that they have a long way to go.

Jan 11 09:08

Netflix users are targeted in another email scam that tricks customers into handing over credit card details

A phishing scam is placing Netflix users' credit card and personal information at risk.

The scam sends users an email, appearing to be from Netflix, which asks them to update their membership details.

The email includes a link that shows a fake log-in page and asks them to input details such as payment information.

Another page then appears requesting users to reveal their name, date of birth and address.

That's all hackers need to access cash from user banks accounts.

Once all the private details have been handed over, the scam redirects to the real Netflix page - which means many users are none the wiser.

Jan 11 08:23

‘Would You Attack Humans If You Could?’ Asks Google Home AI Bot

NY Mag is live streaming an two Google Home AI bots talking to each other and one just asked if the other ‘Would you attack humans if you could?’

Jan 11 08:23

Windows 10 Creators Update to rejig privacy settings in a move unlikely to please anyone

New controls are arguably an improvement, but data collection remains mandatory for most.

Jan 11 08:21

Why you shouldn't trust Geek Squad ever again

And it seems the geeks are making a few extra bucks. The Orange County Weekly reports that the company's repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that could earn them $500 reward as FBI informants.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is about as blatant a case of unconstitutional search and seizure as it gets.

Jan 11 08:18

Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

Over to North Dakota, US, now and a new front in the war against cyber-smut has opened up.

A proposed law will force porno-blocking filters onto computers and smartphones sold in the conservative state – with a charge to remove the censorship.

Bill 1185 [PDF] will require laptops, cellphones and other internet-capable devices to be sold with a "digital blocking capability" that will bar the gadgets from displaying "obscene" material or performances, as well as websites that promote prostitution or human trafficking. It won't be applied retroactively to hardware already in people's hands, but will apply to all new devices sold after August 1 this year, if passed.

Jan 11 08:15

How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

Stop right now and make sure you've configured it correctly

Jan 11 08:15

Kremlin Denies Having Explicit Information on Trump, President-Elect Reacts on Twitter

After the news broke out that Kremlin is in possession of “dirt” on Donald Trump including his sex life info, Russians are forced, again, to deny having any involvement in such claims.

Jan 11 08:12

Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

An unspecified glitch at Lloyds Bank Group prevented customers from logging into their accounts via a browser or app this morning.

Services were unavailable for several hours during the outage, though the company kept mum on Twitter about the causes.

“We are aware that some customers may have experienced issues logging on to Internet Banking this morning across all Lloyds Banking Group brand. This service is now working normally and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” a mouthpiece at the firm told us.

El Reg asked about the cause of the downtime but the Lloyds rep candidly said that she “wouldn’t be able to provide [the reason for the outage], even if we had one”.

Jan 11 07:23

Inauguration 2017: Road Closures, Protests, Checkpoints and 90 Minute Parade Route

The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees announced the Joint Transportation Plan for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Events and activities celebrating the Inauguration, a designated National Special Security Event, will take place from Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Jan 11 07:22

The families of American victims of Islamic State terrorist attacks in Europe have sued Twitter, charging that the social media giant allowed the terror group to proliferate online

The families of American victims of Islamic State terrorist attacks in Europe have sued Twitter, charging that the social media giant allowed the terror group to proliferate online, according to Business Insider.

The lawsuit prepared by Israeli legal NGO Shurat HaDin was filed Sunday in a New York federal court on behalf of the relatives of three US nationals who were killed by ISIS in Belgium and Paris.

Jan 10 17:10

Tired of Waiting for the Internet Repairman? Just Be Glad You’re Not in the Marshall Islands

An Internet blackout in the normally well-connected Marshall Islands has been extended indefinitely as maintenance workers attempt to repair an underwater fiber optic cable that services the Pacific archipelago.

The small island country has been mostly offline for more than 10 days now, and users have reportedly suffered “Internet withdrawals” since the government forced them to quit social media “cold turkey” to save what little bandwidth has been left available during the maintenance.

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Work on the cable was originally supposed to wrap up by Jan. 8, ABC reports, but engineers have encountered setbacks.

“I’ve been told that locating the repair site is like finding a pin head in a 3-mile stretch of cable,” National Telecommunications Authority chief Tommy Kijiner Jr. said on Radio Australia, according to ABC.

Jan 10 16:47

LibreOffice:The Document Foundation

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Jan 10 16:20

Terrorism Victims' Families Sue Twitter, Claiming It Helped ISIS Spread

The family members of three Americans killed in attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have taken Twitter to court, accusing the company of aiding the terrorist group by turning a blind eye to its tweets.

Jan 10 16:07

“Most Transparent Admin Ever”: Team Obama Busy Destroying Public Records Before Leaving Office

History is routinely made in the White House – and just as routinely destroyed as well.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the Obama administration is destroying public records in the final days in office.

Read more at SHTF

Jan 10 15:46

BackPage.com Shuts Down Adult Section Due to Government Pressure

Classified ad website BackPage.com, has shut down its adult section due to pressure from the US government. This action comes about seven years after the Craigslist closed its adult section as well, in 2010.

Jan 10 13:16

FDA Confirms St. Jude Heart Monitors Can Be Hacked, Abbott Labs To Release Patch

All medically implanted cardiac devices made by St. Jude have been deemed vulnerable to hackers by the FDA. This comes after the heart monitor maker was purchased for $25 billion by Abbott Laboratories.

“The FDA conducted an assessment of the benefits and risks of using the Merlin@home Transmitter, and has determined that the health benefits to patients from continued use of the device outweigh the cybersecurity risks,” the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Jan 10 10:17

Browser autofill used to steal personal details in new phishing attack

Chrome, Safari, Opera and extensions such as LastPass can be tricked into leaking private information using hidden text boxes, developer finds

Jan 10 10:08

What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

An insurance business has been fined £150,000 for its lax security practices after a hard drive containing customers' unencrypted information was stolen.

The hard drive disappeared from the offices of Royal & Sun Alliance insurance (ironically it prefers the abbreviation RSA) back in 2015.

It contained 59,592 customers' names, addresses and bank account details including account numbers and sort codes, and additionally held “limited credit card details of 20,000 customers, although CVC numbers and expiry dates were not affected.”

Jan 10 10:07

Because I'm bad, I'm bad, Shamoon: PC wiper tried to shut down Saudi snapshot defences

Security researchers have identified a second wave of Shamoon 2 PC-wiping attacks against a further target in Saudi Arabia last November. The new research shows hackers upping the ante and developing more sophisticated, multi-stage attacks.

The original Shamoon attack hobbled the network of Saudi Aramco in 2012.

Similar destructive attacks against a civil aviation agency and other Gulf state organisations in Saudi Arabia re-emerged in November 2016.

United States intel officials blame Iran for the Shamoon attacks, partly on the basis of geopolitical motives as well as the nature of the attack. The technical evidence isn't conclusive either way but certainly doesn't rule out Iran as a strong suspect.

Jan 10 09:48

'Clueless' US Intel Report on 'Russian Hack' Becomes a 'Laughingstock'

The report put certain US officials in a "trap of their own promises" because initially they promised to provide evidence to the allegations, in order to convince the establishment and public, according to Oleg Demidov, a cybersecurity specialist and expert at the PIR-Center think-tank.

"This goal was not achieved. Without the data from the classified version, the report is clueless. Of course, it quickly became a laughingstock. The gauntlet of criticism was run on this document," Demidov told RIA Novosti.

Jan 10 09:17

Prediction: Goodbye Democracy, Hello Technocracy

By Patrick Wood

A tectonic-level battle could soon take place over the fundamental structure of America, and hardly anyone sees it coming. Nevertheless, I am making a bold prediction for 2017.

With the Democrat party seemingly in total upheaval after the 2016 Presidential election, it boggles the mind at how fast political fortunes can change these days. Democrats, liberals, leftist and progressives have arguably realized that the current system of things political has become impenetrable to them, and that they will not move forward by gaming the existing political machinery any longer.

Instead, watch for a new mantra: “Since Democracy* is irrefutably broken, let’s just throw it under the bus and start afresh with… Technocracy.” In other words, if you can’t get rid of Trump, then get rid of the office altogether...

Jan 10 08:53

Blockchain for Mortgages: Compelling, But Premature?

If there's an industry that cries out for the efficiencies and data integrity that blockchain tech promises, it's undoubtedly the US residential mortgage business...

Jan 10 08:21

St. Jude Medical releases security patches for vulnerable cardiac devices

Reports that St. Jude Medical devices contained severe security flaws which led to a complicated legal battle between the healthcare equipment provider and MedSec have been vindicated, with the FDA supporting the security firm's findings and St. Jude finally releasing a patch to fix the flaws.

On Monday, St. Jude Medical announced a set of cybersecurity updates for the Merlin remote monitoring system which is used with implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices.

Jan 10 08:20

Fake email notices from prosecutors infect victims with ransomware and personal data-stealing DiamondFox malware.

Whoever is behind the Merry Christmas ransomware, they're distributing it via spam email claiming to be from one of two sources.

One of the campaigns claims the sender is from the Federal Trade Commission, telling the recipient that their company is under investigation for violating the Consumer Credit Protection Act, while the other claims to be a notice of court, informing the victim they've used illegal software and must attend trial.

In both cases the intended victim is sent a link, supposedly to the complaint against them, which when clicked will download an executable zip file disguised as PDF document.

Jan 10 08:16

49% of businesses fell victim to cyber ransom attacks in 2016

Ransom is the top motivation behind cyber attacks, according to a report from Radware, and IT professionals are most concerned about data loss.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cybercrime has become a major problem and a threat to the economy and still the US Government does nothing, which raises the possibility that, like police and civil forfeiture, cybercime is a government system to plunder the people.

Jan 09 21:40

Does Trump Now Accept The Phony Russian Hacking Claim?

By Stephen Lendman
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Since his Friday intelligence briefing, he hasn’t refuted his earlier assessment, debunking the notion. I check his tweets daily to see what he’s saying.

No Russian hacking occurred. No evidence proves it. Yet on Fox News Sunday, his incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said otherwise, accepting the fake news report as factual.

Was he speaking for himself alone? Or was he also stating what Trump now believes? The president-elect hasn’t said either way since Friday so it’s unknown.

I tweeted him a number of times, this morning, saying: Hopefully you don't now buy the Russian hacking fake news story. Information was leaked, not hacked, Russia uninvolved.

Jan 09 16:11

Android banking Trojan malware disguises itself as Super Mario Run

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of Android users who are desperate to play Nintendo's wildly popular Super Mario Run mobile game, in order to spread the notorious Marcher banking Trojan malware.

Nintendo's iconic plumber made his much anticipated debut on mobile devices in December and is currently exclusive to Apple iOS users, who can download the game via the App Store.

But some desperate users are looking for ways to gain access to it on Android by attempting to download versions from third-party websites. And, much like they did when Android users wanted to download Pokemon Go before it was available, attackers are actively looking to exploit that demand by tricking users into downloading the bank information stealing Marcher Trojan.

Jan 09 16:10

Google patches severe Android boot mode vulnerability

Google has resolved a dangerous Android vulnerability which allowed attackers to reboot Nexus devices into custom boot modes, leading to spying and remote attacks.

Patched as part of Google's January Android security bulletin, the flaw, CVE-2016-8467, grants cyberattackers the ability to use PC malware or malicious chargers to reboot a Nexus 6 or 6P device and implement a special boot configuration, or boot mode, which instructs Android to turn on various extra USB interfaces.

Jan 09 15:54

Pirate Bay Offered to Help Catch Criminals But Copyright Got in the Way

The Pirate Bay is often portrayed by copyright holders as a site that has no respect for the law, but that overstates the truth. According to one of its original founders, when the torrent site offered to help the authorities catch some really serious criminals several years ago, the police were completely disinterested.

Watch this video:

Disinterest explained.

Jan 09 15:38

Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

Cybercrooks are targeting UK schools, demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware.

Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are cold-calling schools claiming to be from the Department of Education and asking for the head teachers’ email addresses. Crooks then send booby-trapped emails with infectious zip attachments supposedly containing sensitive information.

In reality, these files carry file-encrypting ransomware. Action Fraud is urging educational establishments to be vigilant.

Jan 09 15:32

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California

In October, three F/A-18 Super Hornet jets dropped an unusual payload into the air over the US Navy's China Lake weapons testing facility in California – more than 100 semi-autonomous drones.

The Perdix drones, 6- by 12-inch propeller-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), were fired out of the flare dispensers of the aircraft and then self-organized into a swarm. Ground controllers directed them to search a nearby road and the 103 drones headed over and sorted out the best way to do the job themselves.

"Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals – they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature," said William Roper, director of the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Strategic Capabilities Office, on Monday this week.

Jan 09 12:31

Is The Line Being Crossed When BEST BUY'S GEEK SQUAD Investigates Customer's Computers For The FBI?

First of all, I want to make it perfectly clear, I think anyone involved in pedophilia/child porn should be arrested and prosecuted. It is a growing problem in the world, and it must be dealt with.

Jan 09 11:48

“Putin’s Not On Our Team”: Obama Worried Americans Trust Putin More Than U.S. Gov

The people are no longer buying the lies. Period, end of sentence.

And it has outgoing-president Obama all worked up.

Vladimir Putin is an “adversary” who should never be trusted over the US intelligence community.

“If we get to a point where people in this country feel more affinity with a leader who is an adversary ... then we’re gonna have bigger problems.”

Read more at SHTF

Jan 09 11:31

Assange blasts 'embarrassing' ODNI report, says 'no evidence' given

During a press conference Monday, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange criticized the recent ODNI report describing it as "quite embarrassing to the reputations of the US intelligence services."

Jan 09 10:16

Apple is accused of profiting from people's misfortune after removing a £4 app that lets users find their lost £159 AirPods

When Apple unveiled its wireless AirPod earphones in October, there were concerns about how easy it would be to lose the tiny devices.

In a bid to help users keep track of their AirPods, an app called 'Finder for AirPods' was released, costing £3.99 ($3.99).

But Apple has now removed the app, deeming it was 'not appropriate for the App store', although the reason remains unclear.

Jan 09 08:49

Two Googles Homes Are Talking To Each Other And It Is The Start Of The Robot Apocalypse

If you have ever seen any science fiction movie you will no doubt know that robots will one day rise up and kill us all. Well, now we can safely report that that day is fast approaching.
Someone set up two Google Homes named Vladimir and Estragon to have a conversation. Vladimir sometimes forgets that he is a robot and Estragon thinks that she is both a machine and a mermaid.

Jan 09 08:43

#N**GerNavy: Internet Erupts Over Yahoo’s Spectacular Typo

Yahoo Finance’s social media manager has discovered just how harsh and unforgiving the internet can be after one small typo turned a routine story about the US Navy’s budget into a full-on meme monsoon.

The typo in question transformed the word ‘bigger’ into the N-word, sparking a Twitter frenzy.

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