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Apr 11 07:41

Something Stinks with the Facebook Fallout

Watching Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg answer questions yesterday by a congressional inquiry and saying he is open to regulations on his company is like watching my long-time suspicions play out in real-time, on live T.V.

Facebook may just become the de facto Real I.D. of a Satanic Beast System. No Joke. How you may ask, well let’s look at that.

Google, Youtube, Facebook, Amazon, etc. have not only become the online gateways to accessing the internet, they have actually become the internet itself.

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But a baker who refuses to make a wedding cake for gays gets driven out of business!

Apr 11 06:31

Imagine you're having a CT scan and malware alters the radiation levels – it's doable

WannaCry was a wake-up call for healthcare, but the sector is still terribly vulnerable to attack

Apr 10 17:07

Facebook puts ads on pages illegally selling animal parts

Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations along with content from group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth.

Apr 10 14:10

Ted Cruz Takes Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to the Woodshed

Texas Senator Ted Cruz just asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg what millions of Americans have been begging to ask: Does Facebook censor conservatives?

During Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, Cruz brought up reported conservative censorship on Facebook. First Cruz laid the trap, asking Zuckerberg if he thought Facebook was a neutral public forum:

Apr 10 13:34

Zuckerberg: I'm 'Optimistic' AI Bots Will Flag 'Hate Speech' Immediately Within 5-10 Years

During his testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he's "optimistic" that "artificial intelligence tools" will be able to flag "hate speech" immediately within five to ten years.

Apr 10 10:00

UBER ACQUIRES ELECTRIC BIKE SHARE COMPANY THAT TRACKS PEOPLE IN REAL-TIME

Yesterday, it was announced that Uber acquired Social Bicycles Inc., or Jump Bikes an electric bike share company from New York.

What's wrong with Uber acquiring an electric bike share company you ask?

Jump Bikes is much more than an electric bicycle company.

Jump Bikes tracks customers calories burned and the miles they traveled and lets people share or view other bicyclists personal information, encouraging them to post their results on Twitter and Facebook.

"You may also share your own trip maps and statistics via certain third-party sites such as Facebook or Twitter or by email."

Uber plans to put their electric bikes in smart cities everywhere.

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I can tell you this; you would never get me on one of those bikes for love or money!!

Apr 10 09:49

California state senator who pushed vaccine mandate now seeks to CRIMINALIZE “fake news” about medicine, politics and government

In the latest stunning assault on the freedom to think, California state senator Richard Pan — known as the “Mercury Joker” super villain for pushing mandatory vaccines into law via SB 277 — now wants to criminalize all bloggers and independent journalists who dare question the official narratives on vaccines, medicine, politics and government.

The quest for absolute authoritarian control never seems to end with these left-wing zealots. And California looks more and more like North Korea with each new law. (Is Richard Pan the long-lost cousin of Kim Jong-Un?)

Ever seeking to limit public debate, crush independent journalism and control all speech, Richard Pan has a new thought control bill entitled, “SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.” While the title seems to target social media websites, the language of the bill clearly applies the law to all blogs, news websites, video sites and podcasts. From the proposed law itself:

Apr 10 08:51

Colorado to deploy roadside sensors to tap directly into your car's onboard computer

New Colorado State Department of Transportation roadside sensor network will keep in constant communication with all newer model cars' onboard computers in order to spy on when drivers use their windshield wipers, brake, crash, and more.

Apr 10 08:35

New Zealand Caught Up in Facebook Data Breach Scandal

While scandal-hit Facebook is busy tightening controls over third parties’ access to its users' data, people have begun to worry about the threat the wider issue of data harvesting may pose to their personal privacy.

Facebook is alerting New Zealanders, who downloaded an app on its platform that they could have exposed tens of thousands of their compatriots who had their data improperly harvested by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

“For New Zealand, we estimate a total of 63,724 people may have been impacted – 10 [people] are estimated to have downloaded the quiz app with 63,714 friends possibly impacted,” Facebook's head of communications for Australia and New Zealand Antonia Sanda said.

Apr 09 18:29

First Soros and Rothschilds, Now Rockefellers: Global Elite Entering Crypto Market

This week, it was reported that multiple high profile banking interests were moving into the cryptocurrency space—most notably, George Soros, the Rockefellers, and the Rothschild dynasty.

Apr 09 18:26

Artificial Intelligence – The Biggest Hope Or The Greatest Threat To Humanity?

AI technologies are already here. When you browse Facebook or use Google to search for anything, AI algorithms try to bring you the most relevant content.

Apr 09 17:39

Security researchers uncover new 'jackpotting' bug that causes ATMs to spit out cash like a slot machine

A new kind of malware has been discovered that forces ATMs to spit out huge wads of cash.

Called ATMJackpot, the malware appears to have originated from Hong Kong and may still be under development, according to California-based software company Netskope.

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Although, unlike similar software, ATMJackpot has a smaller system footprint and a 'very simple' graphical user interface, Netskope said.

To install the malware, thieves often require physical access to the ATM machines.

Hackers only need access to the ATM's motherboard, which is protected by a door and key that's easily opened.

From there, they'll insert a USB flash drive that contains the malware and the ATM will start freely spitting out some cash.

However, it's unclear how ATMJackpot is deployed or whether criminals are installing it physically or remotely.

Apr 09 16:14

Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

In case you needed another reason not to open Adobe Flash or Microsoft Office files from untrusted sources: ThreadKit, an app for building documents that infect vulnerable PCs with malware when opened, now targets a recently patched Flash security bug.

This means less-than-expert hackers can use ThreadKit to craft booby-trapped Office files, and fling them at victims in emails or downloads, so that when they are viewed on unpatched systems, malicious code within the files is executed via the Flash security hole.

Exploit code samples started showing up in the wild a few days ago.

Adobe issued a patch for CVE-2018-4878 in February, warning that an exploit for the vulnerability was circulating via Microsoft Office documents with embedded malicious Flash content

Apr 09 10:52

Diamond & Silk: Facebook Says We're "Unsafe

This is a hilarious rant on Fox news.

"We ain't laying out in the street, we ain't no thugs, we don't belong to no gangs, so how are WE unsafe??!!... it's offensive, it's appalling, it taints our brand, it taints us, as women ... Facebook is supposed to be an entity that wants equality, equality for women. Well why are you censoring two women? two women of color?"

Apr 09 10:32

Chinese Government Forces Residents To Install Surveillance App With Awful Security

Last year, authorities told residents of a Muslim-populated part of China to install JingWang, an app that scans for certain files. Now, researchers have found it transfers the collected data with no encryption.

In Xinjiang, a part of western China that a Muslim minority population calls home, the government forces residents to install an Android app that scans devices for particular files. Now, cybersecurity researchers have found that the so-called JingWang app has horrendous security practices for transferring data, and uncovered more details on what exactly the app does to phones.

China experts say the app is a continuation of China’s surveillance and oppression of the some 11 million-strong Uighur ethnic group, in an area fraught with some of the most broad human rights violations in the world.

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IF you believe that this kind of intrusive surveillance cannot possibly come to the United States in some form or another, then you need to think again.

Apr 09 09:25

AS BANKS EMBRACE BIOMETRIC TRACKING OF CUSTOMERS, CYBERTHEFT EXPLODES IN MEXICO

Criminal organizations in Mexico have branched out into a lucrative new market and revenue stream: big data. They have developed innovative practices to obtain sensitive user information by lifting data from the databases of government agencies such as Condusef, Consar and Buró de Crédito. They call bank customers and spoof on the caller ID screen the phone number of the bank they claim to represent. To gain the target’s trust, they give the credit card security code to the target and ask if it matches what they see on the back of their card. And it goes from there. Now, they’re about to be gifted an invaluable cache of data: the biometric identifiers of Mexican bank customers.

Apr 09 09:09

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User's Private Email Account

This is the story of how, in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the email accounts of two Harvard Crimson reporters using data obtained from TheFacebook.com'ss. The details are drawn from a broader investigation of the origins of Facebook, the sourcing of which is described here.

Apr 09 08:10

Avoid Windows 10 crapware: How to get rid of Candy Crush and all the rest

If you're staring at that assortment of apps on a business PC and thinking it looks a lot like crapware, I'm not going to argue with you.

Those apps are preinstalled for purely financial reasons, with the app developers and Microsoft banking on the fact that some percentage of Windows 10 customers will run each app and pay for some sort of extra, like a Spotify music subscription. Microsoft, of course, gets a piece of the action.

Apr 09 07:53

Digital occupation: What's behind Israel's social media in Arabic

Adraee's Twitter and Facebook pages are among several mushrooming social media accounts in Arabic by Israeli military and government officials that target Arab citizens.

According to Fidaa Zaanin, an outspoken Palestinian critic of these accounts, they have one unified objective, which is to penetrate the ranks of Arabic-speaking world.

"By conversing with them in their mother tongue, these Israeli officials are opening communication channels, and disseminate lies and propaganda with the aim to normalise the Israeli occupation and to whitewash the image of the Zionist entity," Zaanin, who is from Gaza but now lives in Berlin, told Al Jazeera.

Apr 09 07:11

YouTube could be fined BILLIONS for 'illegally collecting data on children under 13' and allowing adverts to target them

YouTube is being accused of violating laws designed to protect children’s privacy online.

A complaint to the Federal Trade Commission is set to be filed today by a coalition of nearly two-dozen campaign groups.

They claim YouTube is in breach of the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act because is collecting personal data to target advertising to those aged under 13.

YouTube could be fined billions of dollars if the complaint is upheld.

Apr 08 10:45

Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens

Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday.

“The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

The statement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday.

Apr 08 10:40

Hours after Zuck deletion scandal, Facebook announces new unsend feature

How stupid does Facebook think we are?

Apr 08 09:32

Well, Well, Well… Google and Hillary Just Caught In a New Shocking Scandal Targeting Trump

“Epstein discussed his work surrounding the power of tech companies on elections and their influence on voters saying, “I have been studying for more than five years with controlled experiments around the world, four national elections, tens of thousands of people. I’ve been studying exactly how many votes or opinions Google can change, Google can shift, just by them manipulating those search results when we type in a search term and they give us a list.”

Apr 08 09:18

The real Facebook scandal revealed

Did you know that Facebook gave the Obama campaign millions of dollars worth of free data services…and didn’t report it?

That and other criminal acts by the world’s top surveillance company revealed in this hard hitting interview with Karl Denninger.

We’re not fans of Robert Mercer, Cambridge Analytica, and the money laundering scheme that allowed Mercer to pour millions of dollars into political campaigns around the world surreptitiously, but at least he made a halfhearted to cover his tracks.

Facebook just flat out disregarded the law.

Apr 08 08:14

AS BANKS EMBRACE BIOMETRIC TRACKING OF CUSTOMERS, CYBERTHEFT EXPLODES IN MEXICO

Criminal organizations in Mexico have branched out into a lucrative new market and revenue stream: big data. They have developed innovative practices to obtain sensitive user information by lifting data from the databases of government agencies such as Condusef, Consar and Buró de Crédito. They call bank customers and spoof on the caller ID screen the phone number of the bank they claim to represent. To gain the target’s trust, they give the credit card security code to the target and ask if it matches what they see on the back of their card. And it goes from there. Now, they’re about to be gifted an invaluable cache of data: the biometric identifiers of Mexican bank customers.

Apr 08 08:02

ADL Applauds Google and YouTube in Expanding Initiative to Fight Online Hate

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed progress announced by Google and YouTube in blocking and removing extremist content on YouTube. Google recently started using machine learning technology, which has allowed it to remove more than 75 percent of violent extremism videos during the past month.

ADL is a select contributing member of YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, created in 2012 to enable organizations to notify the platform of content that violates their community guidelines. Google is a longstanding member of ADL’s Silicon Valley Anti-Cyberhate Working Group.

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Apr 07 14:28

Google Chrome Caught Scanning Files On People's Computers

On top of tracking all the websites you visit and sending it to Google's servers, Chrome web browser is now scanning all your private files in the interest of "safety."

Apr 07 08:23

INDIA'S BIG BROTHER: FINGERPRINT AND EYE SCANS REQUIRED FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE

Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones. Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it’s more like “big brother,” a term of endearment used by many Indians to address a stranger when asking for help.

Apr 07 06:53

Facebook suspends data firm hired by Vote Leave over alleged Cambridge Analytica ties

AggregateIQ, which played a pivotal role in the Brexit campaign, suspended after reports it may have improperly obtained user data

Apr 07 06:51

On Watch: IMPORTANT UPDATE on Awan Bros/Democrat I.T. Scandal

Apr 07 06:45

Social media users treated as 'experimental rats,' EU data watchdog says as he urges more changes from Facebook

Facebook revealed Wednesday that 87 million users were affected by the scandal which saw a quiz app scrape the data from profiles on the social network and pass them over to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Buttarelli criticized social media firms' data collection practices.

"There are days when you have the impression people are treated as battery animals or experimental rats. We are treated as a farm for data. We are in within a walled garden and every single action is monitored," Buttarelli said.

Apr 07 06:36

Russian civil servants’ careers now depend on internet reviews from citizens

The Russian government has changed the assessment criteria for civil servants – now their careers will depend on feedback from ordinary citizens, as well as their reactions to reviews posted on the internet.

The order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the government’s website on Friday, details the rules by which the work of heads of regional branches of various state agencies can be assessed by ordinary citizens. The document also describes how the assessments can impact the officials’ careers, including “the early dismissal of such heads of agencies from their posts.”

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We need that here!

Apr 07 05:41

Report: Facebook Donated to 46 of 55 Members on Committee that Will Question Zuckerberg

Facebook and political groups associated with it have reportedly donated to 46 of the 55 members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg next week.

According to a USA Today analysis, members on this year’s House Energy and Commerce Committee have received roughly $381,000 in Facebook-related contributions since 2007 with the average Republican getting $6,800 and the average Democrat getting $6,750. The report was based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) reportedly received $27,000 while Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NY) got $7,000 in Facebook-related contributions. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), the Bay Area Democrat whose district is reportedly home to many Facebook executives and employees, got the most contributions, receiving $51,050 in the last decade.

Apr 06 18:51

Furious Amazon Prime subscribers threaten to file class-action lawsuit after firm shut down THOUSANDS of accounts without warning

At least a thousand Amazon Prime customers are furious after they say the internet giant shut down their accounts with no warning.

And when the Prime subscribers reached out to Amazon to figure out why their account was closed, the firm gave them few details.

Now, disgruntled customers have been contacting one another to describe their experiences, stating that they may seek to file a class-action lawsuit if Amazon doesn't do anything about the issue.

Apr 06 18:50

How Siri can expose your personal information to STRANGERS: Twitter user reveals security flaw that allowed her to access iPhone owner's full name and address after finding lost device

A Twitter user recently gave a first-hand account of how simple it is to get access to a stranger's intimate data without them knowing.

Twitter user @afronomics_ discovered a lost iPhone in a bathroom and thought she might be able to return the locked device using Siri.

When she asked Siri 'What's my name?' and 'Who do I call most?', Apple's digital assistant promptly pulled up the device owner's recent calls.

What's more, even though the iPhone was password protected, @afronomics_ was able to find out the owner's first and last name, where she lives and even where her car is parked -- all from the device's notifications panel.

Fortunately, the person was able to locate her lost iPhone and recover it from the Twitter user.

Apr 06 15:17

Flashback: Facebook apologises for psychological experiments on users

Facebook’s second most powerful executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has apologised for the conduct of secret psychological tests on nearly 700,000 users in 2012, which prompted outrage from users and experts alike.

Apr 06 14:46

Energy Hogs: Can World’s Huge Data Centers Be Made More Efficient?

The biggest, covering a million square feet or more, consume as much power as a city of a million people. In total, they eat up more than 2 percent of the world’s electricity and emit roughly as much CO2 as the airline industry. And with global data traffic more than doubling every four years, they are growing fast.

Apr 06 14:32

Elon Musk Worries That AI Research Will Create an 'Immortal Dictator'

Imagine your least-favorite world leader. (Take as much time as you need.)

Now, imagine if that person wasn't a human, but a network of millions of computers around the world. This digi-dictator has instant access to every scrap of recorded information about every person who's ever lived. It can make millions of calculations in a fraction of a second, controls the world's economy and weapons systems with godlike autonomy and — scariest of all — can never, ever die.

This unkillable digital dictator, according to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, is one of the darker scenarios awaiting humankind's future if artificial-intelligence research continues without serious regulation.

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Apr 06 14:27

Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data

The proposal never went past the planning phases and has been put on pause after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal raised public concerns over how Facebook and others collect and use detailed information about Facebook users.

"This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analyzed anyone's data," a Facebook spokesperson told CNBC.

But as recently as last month, the company was talking to several health organizations, including Stanford Medical School and American College of Cardiology, about signing the data-sharing agreement.

Apr 06 14:23

Facebook wiped Zuckerberg's conversations from people's inboxes

Facebook recently paid for full-page newspaper adverts claiming that it had a "responsibility to protect your information," adding that if it couldn't, it didn't "deserve it." It is, therefore, slightly unfortunate that just weeks later, the site has been forced to admit that it bent its own rules for the benefit of its leaders.

TechCrunch saw evidence that the company had wiped messages from Mark Zuckerberg and other high-ranking executives from recipients' inboxes. That's not a power available to the rest of us, who can't delete messages we regret sending from other people's archives.

One user in particular contacted our sister site, showing evidence of a message they received from the CEO back in 2010. But when they downloaded their Facebook archive and went looking for the same message, it had gone missing.

Apr 06 11:52

SANDBERG: FACEBOOK USERS WOULD HAVE TO PAY TO OPT OUT OF SHARING DATA

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that while Facebook doesn't sell or give away its users' information (it just allows third party apps to do that), the company still "depends on your data," and if users wanted to completely opt out of all of the platform's data-driven advertising, they would have to pay for it.

Sandberg made the comments in an interview with Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie in an interview set to air Friday morning.

So "we don't have an opt-out at the highest level," she acknowledged. "That would be a paid product." -NBC News

The Today interview was one of many Sandberg gave on Thursday as part of a massive damage control and image rehabilitation campaign in the wake of a massive data harvesting scandal.

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It is very interesting that Ms. Sandberg did not quantify what the cost for leaving Facebook would be.

How incredibly hubristic; this person may be a female of the species, but appears to also have been endowed with titanium "male attributes", which click when she walks (that ... has to be at least a little disconserting to her corporate colleagues!! :-))

Apr 06 11:24

NEW SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SOFTWARE ALLOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO IDENTIFY GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN REAL-TIME

Imagine walking down a public street on your way to dinner with your family, now imagine police knowing exactly who you are and the names and ages of every family member.

But wait it gets worse, because the surveillance doesn't stop there.

Once you have entered the restaurant, police can use Project Green Light, Project Nola or any other police cam-share program to spy on you while you are eating.

The above video warns everyone that police smartphones could store up to one million faces and their laptops could have access to 50 million faces. (To find out more about police facial recognition smartphones click here.)

What makes this video truly frightening is how it reveals that a police department's server could have access to a staggering one billion faces! There aren't even close to one billion people in the U.S., so why would a police department need access to that many faces? (Look for the answer below.)

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IF any governmental, or policing, website, wants to know what I am thinking, they only have to read my posts on Mike's blog! :-)

I am a Christian Pacifist Activist, meaning that I am constantly, gently, exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical differences with moral, rational, hard-won negotiations, rather than through war.

But I have to ask; since when has my position on this....someone who tries to tell the truth as she sees it, advocates logic, and never, ever advocates violence...caused me to be viewed as any kind of a criminal, or enemy of the state to my government?!?

That, my friends... is where this surveillance starts to get really scary.

Neither Mike nor I would willingly hurt a brother or sister human being. So why would we be targets of such surveillance?!? Because we cannot, logically, go along with a government narrative that promotes war as the only answer to this country's problems, at all costs?!?

Sadly, the short answer to the last rhetorical question I have asked, is most certainly, yes.

Apr 06 11:11

DHS CONFIRMS PRESENCE OF CELL-SITE SIMULATORS IN U.S. CAPITAL

The Department of Homeland Security has finally confirmed what many security specialists have suspected for years: cell-phone tracking technology known as cell-site simulators (CSS) are being operated by potentially malicious actors in our nation's capital.

DHS doesn't know who's operating them or why, or whether these fake cell towers are installed elsewhere in the country. While EFF has its hunches, one thing is certain: the federal government and cell-service providers have been sitting on their hands for far too long. Now is the time to fix the underlying problems with our worldwide cellular communications infrastructure.

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And the DHS and NSA are impotent to identify these alleged "malicious actors" and stop this?!?

THEN SACK THE LOT, AND RIGHT THE HECK NOW!! There are people in this country far more qualified, and capable, and patriotically motivated, to keep this country safe from this kind of nonsense, and they should be allowed that opportunity

Apr 06 09:52

REVEALED: The Nato bunker deep in Netherlands forest where hackers 'almost brought down world's internet in biggest every cyber-attack'

This is the ex-Nato bunker where hackers almost brought down the world's internet in a sustained revenge attack.

It comes after a bitter feud between two online companies - a group which aims to block unwanted emails known as ‘spam’ and a firm accused of sending them - erupted.

Spam-fighting organization Spamhaus says it's being subjected to a massive cyber-attack, apparently from groups angry at being blacklisted by the Geneva-based group.

Apr 06 09:33

Sandberg: Facebook Users Would Have To Pay To Opt Out Of Sharing Data

"we don't have an opt-out at the highest level," she acknowledged. "That would be a paid product."

Apr 06 08:33

Marines cyber forces to grow

The Marine Corps’ main cyber war-fighting organization will soon be growing.

Maj. Gen. Lori Reynolds, commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, said her force doesn’t have the depth to do what the Army is doing in experimenting with integrated offensive and defensive cyber effects at the tactical edge with full brigades.

Apr 06 08:28

Facebook backs off its creepy plans to secretly access private medical records and match the data to user profiles

Facebook has been in talks with high profile US hospitals in an attempt to obtain patient data about illnesses and prescriptions.

The project was being led by a Stanford cardiologist called Freddy Abnousi who claims to lead 'top-secret projects' on his LinkedIn.

The project aimed to build profiles of people that combined their medical conditions - gathered from the hospitals - and their social and economic status - gleaned from their information on Facebook.

According to the company, the goal was to match this medical data and Facebook user data in order to help hospitals work out which patients might need special care.

However, the creepy proposal has been put on pause after the Cambridge Analytical scandal raised concerns about how much data the company takes from users.

Apr 06 08:26

What is Mark Zuckerberg hiding? Facebook uses secret tool to delete founder's private messages from other people's inboxes

Facebook has deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg's private messages over fears sensitive data could be leaked.

Three sources claim old Facebook messages from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their inbox.

The recipients were not notified - raising concerns about what the Facebook CEO could be hiding.

Apr 06 07:40

Facebook Admits "Most" Of Its 2.2 Billion Users Exposed To Data Scraping, "Malicious Actors"

Facebook has admitted that "most" of its 2.2 billion users "could have had their public profile scraped" by third parties without their knowledge, and that the personal information of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, the company disclosed on Wednesday.

“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's Chief Technology Officer.

Apr 06 07:04

HERE’S WHY ZUCKERBERG WON’T LOSE HIS JOB ANY TIME SOON

Facebook duped the public and Cambridge Analytica duped Facebook, but who ultimately pays the price? Essentially, it’s the users. If this is any indication of what we can expect as our lives become increasingly interwoven with the fabric of social media, you might want to consider logging off.

Apr 05 17:58

Tesla driver using the car's Autopilot retraces the route of a fatal Model X accident in California - and almost crashes in the exact same spot

A Tesla on autopilot has nearly crashed in the same location where an Apple engineer, 38, died just weeks ago after his Model X crashed into a barrier.

A video of the terrifying incident shows the Tesla starting to veer to the left and into the divider - without warning the driver.

Apr 05 17:53

'Google should not be in the business of war': Over 3,000 employees pen letter urging CEO to pull out of the Pentagon's controversial AI drone research, citing firm's 'Don't Be Evil' motto

More than 3,000 Google employees have penned an open letter calling upon the internet giant's CEO to end its controversial 'Project Maven' deal.

Calling the deal 'business of war', they said Google boss Sundar Pichai should 'cancel this project immediately'.

It was revealed last month that Google is allowing the Pentagon to use some of its artificial intelligence technologies to analyze drone footage.

Google employees were reportedly outraged by the project from the beginning, but took their opposition a step further by publishing the open letter.

Apr 05 11:26

VIOLATED: Facebook’s very own VPN app under “Onavo Protect” keeps tracking users even when turned off

In revealing the details of his investigation, Strafach said that Onavo Protect periodically sends “the following data to Facebook (graph.facebook.com) as the user goes about their day:”

  • When user’s mobile device screen is turned on and turned off;
  • Total daily Wi-Fi data usage in bytes (even when VPN is turned off);
  • Total daily cellular data usage in bytes (even when VPN is turned off); and
  • Periodic beacon containing an “uptime” to indicate how long the VPN has been connected.

    Strafach does a good job of summarizing the short history of Onavo Protect, from its early days as an independent third-party security app in 2011, to its multi-million dollar acquisition deal with Facebook where it became an add-on feature to the official Facebook app. “Onavo Protect collects device information, network analytics, and ‘fact of’ certain events occurring,” he explained, referring to details of the data collection it performs.

  • Apr 05 09:57

    1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak

    Security researchers have uncovered 1.5 billion business and consumer files exposed online – just a month before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force.

    During the first three months of 2018, threat intel firm Digital Shadows detected 1,550,447,111 publicly available files across open Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets, rsync, Server Message Block (SMB), File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, misconfigured websites, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives.

    This included documents spanning payroll data, tax returns, medical records, credit cards and intellectual property. A staggering 64,176,425 files came from the UK alone.

    The trove amounts to more than 12PB (12,000TB) of exposed data – more than 4,000 times larger than the Panama Papers leak, which weighed in at a measly 2.6TB.

    Apr 05 08:41

    U.S. Visa applicants could have to disclose 5 years of social media usage

    The Trump administration is cracking down on your rights, employing more surveillance. A proposed State Department form would require all U.S. visa applicants, both immigrant and non, to disclose social media handles they have used from up to five years ago, as well as current and previous email addresses and phone numbers, Bloomberg reported.

    Apr 05 08:41

    Researchers boycott Korean university over 'killer robot' AI weapons lab

    Over 50 researchers from 30 countries will be boycotting all contact with South Korea's KAIST university once it opens an artificial intelligence weapons lab.

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