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Feb 08 11:05

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their data sharing methods to protect you against terrorism and child abuse, according to Facebook. Seriously.

Feb 08 11:02

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

Security researchers have found thousands of exposed internet-connected industrial refrigerators that can be easily remotely instructed to defrost.

More than 7,000 vulnerable temperature controlled systems, manufactured by U.K.-based firm Resource Data Management, are accessible from the internet and can be controlled by simply plugging in its default password found in documentation on the company’s website, according to Noam Rotem, one of the security researchers who found the vulnerable systems.

Many of these vulnerable units are found in industrial refrigerators in restaurants, hospitals and supermarkets and grocery stores from the U.K., Ireland and as far away as Sweden, Germany and China. The researchers also found a pharmaceutical company in Malaysia and a cooling facility in Germany.

Feb 08 06:38

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a 'secret phone tracking service' for years, bombshell report finds

A shocking new report has found hundreds of bounty hunters had access to highly sensitive user data - and it was sold to them by almost every major U.S. wireless carrier.

The practice was first revealed last month and, at the time, telecom firms claimed they were isolated incidents.

However, a Motherboard investigation has since discovered that's far from the case. About 250 bounty hunters were able to access users' precise location data.

In one case, a bail bond firm requested location data some 18,000 times.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint sold the sensitive data, which was meant for user by 911 operators and emergency services, to location aggregators, who then sold it to bounty hunters, according to Motherboard.

Feb 07 18:43

Android Phones Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a PNG Image

Using an Android device?

Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps.

Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of Google's mobile operating system, ranging from Android 7.0 Nougat to its current Android 9.0 Pie.

Feb 07 13:36

Is Harmful 5G Technology Being Installed Near Your Home and Throughout Your Community? Link Provides Current 5G State Laws.

By B.N. Frank

Since 2017, over 200 doctors and scientists have demanded a moratorium on 5G installation due to biological and environmental risks. Additionally, citizens, environmentalists and organizations in the U.S. and around the world are fighting harmful 5G being installed near their homes and throughout their communities...

Feb 07 12:10

Gov’t App Wants to Track Every Homeless Person in San Francisco — While Citizen-Run App Was Sued For Wanting To Feed The Homeless

By Aaron Kesel

San Francisco app developers are working with government to give homeless people a tap on the shoulder of Big Brother, tracking their every move … for their benefit, of course!...

Feb 07 12:01

Google DENIES it's to blame for recent Nest camera hacks but warns owners to reset passwords after numerous devices were taken over remotely

Google is telling Nest camera owners that it's not to blame for a recent string of creepy security incidents.

The search giant, which owns Nest, sent an email to owners of its security devices telling them to reset their passwords and enable stronger account authentication settings in light of an uptick in hacked cameras.

Last month, users began reporting a number of bizarre cases, where hackers appeared to take over their Nest security cameras to hurl insults at them, spy on their sleeping baby and even tell Amazon's Alexa to play 'Despacito' by Justin Bieber.

Feb 07 10:59

Trojan malware: The hidden cyber threat to your PC

Cyber criminals are always looking for brand new ways of making money and causing destruction — or, even better, both at once.

The last 12 months have seen a boom in malicious cryptocurrency mining whereby cyber attackers secretly hijack the processing power of computers, servers and even IoT devices and use it to mine for cryptocurrency. While it might not be rapidly lucrative for the crooks involved, it's stealthy and can be sustained over a long period of time — and most users don't even know their machine's processor is being used to line someone else's pockets.

Feb 07 10:32

Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone’s iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy of San Bernardino Terrorists

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Feb 07 09:55

A SCAMMER USED YOUTUBE’S COPYRIGHT SYSTEM TO RANSOM CREATORS

A scammer was found to be manually abusing YouTube’s automated copyright system in an effort to hold YouTube channels ransom.

By submitting multiple fake copyright “flags” on videos, the scammer was able to bring at least two YouTube accounts to the brink of automatic deactivation under YouTube’s “three strikes” policy, even getting past YouTube employees who double-checked the suspicious claim.

“We striked you. Our request is $150 PayPal or $75 [Bitcoin],” read one message received by ObbyRaidz, a small gaming channel with fewer than 8,000 subscribers. “Once we receive our payment we will cancel both strikes on your channel.”

Feb 06 20:14

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

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

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

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

Feb 06 16:37

Microsoft really, really, really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019

Microsoft launched a new ad campaign for its Office suite today. Usually, that’s not something especially interesting, but this one is a bit different. Instead of simply highlighting the features of Word and Excel, Microsoft decided to pitch Office 365 and Office 2019 against each other (as an extra gimmick, it used twins to do so, too). But here’s the deal: Microsoft really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019, and the ads make that abundantly clear.

The reason for that is obvious: Office 365 is a subscription product while Office 2019 (think Office Home & Student or other SKUs) comes with a perpetual license, so that’s a one-time sale for Microsoft.

Feb 06 16:36

Firefox Fission aims to thwart nasty Spectre-style attacks

The "massive" project's first milestone should be complete this month.

Feb 06 16:32

Programmer finds ridiculous ATM flaw that let him withdraw $1 million in cash

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: an unsatisfied bank programmer discovers the perfect scheme for making an ATM spit out free money.

But apparently, this story is true: The South China Morning Post and China’s Daily Economic News report that 43-year-old Qin Qisheng managed to withdraw over 7 million yuan (upwards of $1 million USD) from ATMs operated by his employer, Huaxia Bank — all by exploiting a crazy flaw.

According to the reports, the bank’s system didn’t properly record withdrawals made around midnight — effectively spitting out cash without removing the total from a user’s account. Normally, that might send up a red flag that a transaction had failed, but Qisheng allegedly inserted scripts into the system that suppressed those alerts.

Feb 06 16:29

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year

For organizations already subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year of updates will cost an additional $25 per device. This doubles to $50 for the second year and $100 for the third year. Organizations can't skip a year, either; previous years must be paid for to obtain the year two and year three support. For companies sticking with Windows 7 Pro instead of subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year will cost $50 per device and will double each subsequent year to $100 and then $200.

Feb 06 16:26

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.

You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks and financiers, that don’t ask or make it clear — if at all — that they know exactly how you’re using their apps.

Worse, even though these apps are meant to mask certain fields, some inadvertently expose sensitive data.

Feb 06 16:24

New Mac Hack Can Steal Your Passwords: What to Do Now

First reported by technology publication Heise Online, the vulnerability opens a door to steal all passwords in your Mac’s “login” and “System” keychain, which leaves you wide open to attack even if you have security measures like Access Control Lists and System Integrity Protection using Apple’s latest T2 security chip.

The KeySteal exploit was discovered and announced by security researcher Linus Henze, a self-declared macOS and iOS fan who has a record of discovering other vulnerabilities in the past. He is also a member of Sauercloud, a German computer security team that participates in hacking Capture The Flag competitions. In other words: his exploit is most probably not made up, but very real.

The only way to protect your computer’s keychain is to lock the login keychain with an extra password, which will result in macOS asking you for that password each time you try to do almost anything with your computer.

Feb 06 13:59

DID A CRYPTO CEO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH? THE GREAT QUADRIGA CONSPIRACY, DAY 6

Almost immediately, ripped off Quadriga customers suggested that Cotten had faked his own death, like a modern-day D.B. Cooper. Whether they’re right or wrong, the debacle shows that more than a decade after a pseudonymous coder released Bitcoin, the blockchain space remains a Wild West of cons, hustles and conspiracy.

Feb 06 12:49

Here’s How You Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve Never Used Social Media

The days of having a fully (or even mostly) private life are long gone, it seems, and social media is largely to blame. -- Even if you have deactivated all of your social media accounts – or never had any in the first place – your privacy is not guaranteed.

Feb 06 09:21

Robo-journalism on the rise in race to break stories, cut costs

Media outlets the world over are increasingly utilizing artificial intelligence in the race to break stories at a faster, cheaper rate than their competitors.

With several robo-journalism options available and firms edging for market share, the increasing capabilities of machines are encroaching further on the territory of human editors and reporters across all platforms.

What are the details?

Software-generated reports are heavy utilized in areas where quick figures are needed such as in financial journalism, sports statistics, and analyzing polling or other data. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg News uses automated technology in roughly a third of its content, racing against Reuters and even hedge funds to compete in delivering the latest business news.

Feb 06 09:08

Tech giants, social media now run by “left-wing journalist mafia,” warns Bokhari… radical Leftism now controls nearly all “allowed” speech online

The establishment media is now using social media to artificially increase their standing and maintain their gate-keeper status in all things news. The most blatant example of this effort is the launching of NewsGuard, a shadow company run by the media to discredit independent journalism and push establishment propaganda.

Feb 06 08:27

Scammer groups are exploiting Gmail 'dot accounts' for online fraud

Cyber-criminal groups are exploiting a Gmail feature to file for fraudulent unemployment benefits, file fake tax returns, and bypass trial periods for online services.

The trick is an old one and has been used in the past. It refers to Gmail's "dot accounts," a feature of Gmail addresses that ignores dot characters inside Gmail usernames, regardless of their placement.

For example, Google considers john.doe@gmail.com, jo.hn.doe@gmail.com, and johndoe@gmail.com as the same Gmail address.

Regular users have been using this feature for years to register free trial accounts at online services using the same email address, but spelled out in different ways.

Feb 06 06:15

Here’s How YOU Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve NEVER Used Social Media

An alarming new study shows how "a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person--think political party, favorite products, religious commitments—from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or deleted their account."

In other words, no matter how careful you have been about privacy, the people with whom you associate create a picture of you for Big Data.

Feb 05 11:43

THIS APP WANTS TO TRACK EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN SAN FRANCISCO

On paper, it looks as if San Francisco shouldn’t have a homelessness problem. There are as many permanent housing beds as people who need them. The city spends hundreds of millions of dollars to help get people off the streets, and last year voters approved a measure to raise $300 million annually to tackle the issue by taxing local companies. Yet there are about 7,500 homeless in the city because of soaring rents and the difficulty of treating substance abuse, mental illness, and other health concerns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the City of San Francisco is, collectively, very myopic, in its drive to assess the symptoms of homelessness, rather than the root cause.

The state of Utah also had a challenging homeless situation; here is how they resolved it, at least, partially:

Utah reducedc its cvhronic homlessness by 91%: here's how:

Feb 05 10:46

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

Others still can't even get that far

Feb 05 10:44

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

Honeywell's remote-control "smart" thermostat platform has been down for a week, leaving thousands of customers fuming.

The unironically named Total Connect Comfort platform allows home and business users to set the thermostat's temperature from their smartphones via the internet. However, for the past week, customers in both the UK and US have been informed that the service is offline, and frustration is growing.

Beyond being told that the service is "undergoing maintenance" the company behind the service – Resideo – has failed to provide any information about the outage.

Feb 05 10:41

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of California-based PRB Logics Corporation, has pleaded guilty to selling fake branded semiconductor chips from China, some of which made their way into US military systems.

The 44-year-old resident of Orange County, Cali, accepted four charges in a thirty-count indictment: one count of trafficking in counterfeit military goods, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, and one count of wire fraud.

From July 2009 through around May 2016, according to the indictment, Vasquez acquired old, used or discarded chips that had been altered to appear as new from sources in China, and then proceeded to sell those integrated circuits (ICs) to subcontractors who resold them to customers in the US, including defense contractors.

Feb 05 10:39

Whatever you've got to say about Google, it can't hear you over the sound of it banking $85m a day in pure profit

Costs on the rise but still added $99m a day to its bottom line in Q4 2018

Feb 04 10:15

Rostec Launches Sales of Russia's Cryptophone Immune to Hacking, Wiretapping

Sales of a mobile phone with crypto-protection technology Kruiz-K, which is immune to hacking and wiretapping, have started in Russia, the press service of Russian state corporation Rostec told Sputnik on Sunday, specifying that the price of the device amounted to around 85,000 rubles ($1,298).

"The phone is already commercially available. Our concern Avtomatika is in charge of its serial production and deliveries. One can order it, and the terms of production will depend on the scope of the batch. The price of one device makes around 85,000 rubles. Individuals cannot purchase it in retail, while an entity can buy any amount, starting from one device… It is impossible to hack the phone and wiretap it," the press service said.

Rostec refused to reveal any details about the technologies that were used, but said that the operating system of the phone had been designed by Avtomatika. The real-time system was significantly stripped down for information security reasons.

Feb 04 09:45

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

Feb 03 17:10

Windows 10 WARNING: Users put on alert about FAKE error saying Microsoft OS is ‘damaged’

The scam shows an error message warning that ‘your Windows system is damaged’ and prompts users to click on an ‘update’ button.

However, eagle eyed Windows 10 users will spot that this message appears in an internet browser window.

And as users will know, this is not how the Microsoft OS sends official messages or prompts.

Windows 10 users that are tricked into clicking the ‘update’ button will just be prompted to download malicious software.

Feb 03 13:35

Security researchers discover new ways your internet browsing history is exposed

Computer hackers are always looking for ways to get their hands on your Internet browsing history. A Science Daily article reported on four new methods through which a hacker could sniff out what website you last went to. -- The “history sniffing” style of hacking is not a new concept. However, the new techniques are much faster and far more effective than their predecessors.

Feb 03 12:59

Government to Facebook Pipeline Reveals a Corrupt Mix of Social Media and the State

It is a telltale sign of a corrupt industry or company when they create a revolving door between themselves and the state. Just like Monsanto has former employees on the Supreme Court and Pharmaceutical industry insiders move back and forth from the FDA to their companies, we found that Facebook is doing the same thing. -- So there you have it. Facebook, who claims to be a private entity, is quite literally made up of and advised by dozens of members of government. We’re ready for a change, are you?

Feb 03 08:34

FACEBOOK DELETES HUNDREDS OF IRAN ACCOUNTS

Facebook has deleted hundreds of fake accounts, groups and pages which it claims are linked to Iran.

The head of Facebook’s cyber-security department, Tanil Glitscher, said in a letter earlier this week that the accounts were “engaging in false and covert activity on Facebook and Instagram,” which is owned by the social media giant. These accounts specifically targeted people around the world, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, Glitscher added.

The company added that the content of these accounts and pages was related to issues such as the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as the wars in Syria and Yemen. In some cases, the accounts’ content acted as “reorientation of the content of the Iranian government media”.

However, Facebook stressed that it had deleted the accounts because of their activities, rather than the content they were publishing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My two "canaries in the coalmine", regarding this issue, are:

www.presstv.com, and www.en.farsnews.com, both English-language versions of Iranian news in English.

I would very much suggest that our readers take a look at them, because even though living under their theocracy would be impossible for someone like me, you can at least get a pulse on how, and what ,they are thinking.

Also, they are doing some very interesting things with various science and research programs in Iran, which have absolutely nothing to do with blowing people up!!

When both of these entities go down simultaneously, look for something ominous on the geopolitical landscape to be about to happen, regarding Iran.

Feb 03 07:59

FCC STRUGGLES TO CONVINCE JUDGE THAT BROADBAND ISN’T “TELECOMMUNICATIONS”

A Federal Communications Commission lawyer faced a skeptical panel of judges today as the FCC defended its repeal of net neutrality rules and deregulation of the broadband industry.

FCC General Counsel Thomas Johnson struggled to explain why broadband shouldn't be considered a telecommunications service, and struggled to explain the FCC's failure to protect public safety agencies from Internet providers blocking or slowing down content.

Oral arguments were held today in the case, which is being decided by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Audio of the four-hour-plus oral arguments is available here.) Throttling of firefighters' data plans played a major role in today's oral arguments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Regarding these hearings, it would be wise to remember what Adolf Hitler did, right before starting World War II: he made absolutely certain that he had total control of the German media, so that nothing, other than what he and his party minions decided to communicated, got communicated in Germany and beyond.

Today, with Facebook, Youtube, and twitter, having nearly wiped out a great deal of conservative expression by deplatforming sites expressing differences of opinion from those of their owners, private money, plus politically correct thinking, primarily controls what is heard, and what is not.

This is why sites like WRH are so critically important to the entire national, and international, dialogue, because the site strives to be both truth-centric, and anti-war.

Feb 02 10:04

Financial Blacklisting: NewsGuard Advises Advertisers to Avoid Pro-Trump Media

NewsGuard’s tactic is similar the one used by far-left smear peddlers Sleeping Giants, whose mission is to spread baseless accusations of racism and white supremacy to the advertisers of pro-Trump media outlets in order to put them out of business and silence their voice. Two of the sites on NewsGuard’s list, Breitbart News and the Daily Mail, are also prominent targets of Sleeping Giants.

Feb 02 08:20

Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts As Demands For Regime Change Escalate

On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that "all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table" regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts that it said were engaged in a "state-backed influence campaign", according to RT.

In a blog post, Twitter said it removed 1,196 accounts located in Venezuela which it deemed to "appear to be engaged in a state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences." The company also removed another 764 accounts, but said "we are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you haven't decided that electronic media is now the "4th Estate", attempting to control both outcomes, and a free flow of information, you just might want to explore that issue just a little more!

Feb 01 13:17

Defending the indefensible: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tries to claim teens 'consented' to creepy app that snooped on their phones as Apple ban on company's employee apps leaves Facebook in chaos

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been slammed for 'lying' after she defended the social media giant's controversial research app that was 'preying' on teenagers as young as 13 by paying them to supply data and have all their phone activity monitored.

In an interview Sandberg said the teens who took part in the 'research project' had 'consented' to share the information and therefore knew what they were getting into.

Facebook has come under fire from all sides for the latest in a series of privacy disasters, with pundits describing their actions as 'shameful' and comparing the firm to a 'criminal enterprise' in light of the latest revelations.

Feb 01 10:12

INSIDE THE UAE’S SECRET HACKING TEAM OF U.S. MERCENARIES

Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.

She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.

Stroud and her team, working from a converted mansion in Abu Dhabi known internally as “the Villa,” would use methods learnt from a decade in the U.S intelligence community to help the UAE hack into the phones and computers of its enemies.

Feb 01 08:58

Horrifying deepfake video blends Jennifer Lawrence and Steve Buscemi in latest example of the 'nightmare' technology

Experts have increasingly warned that the technique could soon fuel the spread of misinformation.

Deepfakes hobbyists have used the controversial video-editing technology to create short clips of world leaders, including Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Some experts have said the videos could be realistic enough to manipulate future elections and global political as soon as 2020.

Feb 01 08:55

Facebook's OWN safety advisor admits the social media giant has a 'lax' approach to child protection after creepy 'research' app that spied on teens in exchange for money which did NOT need parental permission

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute and a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board, says the firm's 'rather lax approach' was 'most concerning'.

Reports found the only child safeguard in place for the data pillaging app was a tickbox which could be selected by the teen without parental oversight.

The 'research' app, referred to in some ads as 'Project Atlas', was banned by Apple after the company said the app violated its privacy and data collection rules but is still operational on Android.

Tests conducted by a BBC journalist found youngsters were easily able to sign up without getting permission.

The alarming discovery has once again called into question whether Facebook is doing enough to protect its users - especially minors.

Jan 31 15:44

Defending the indefensible: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tries to claim teens 'consented' to creepy app that snooped on their phones as Apple ban on company's employee apps leaves Facebook in chaos

In an interview Sandberg said the teens who took part in the 'research project' had 'consented' to share the information and therefore knew what they were getting into.

Facebook has come under fire from all sides for the latest in a series of privacy disasters, with pundits describing their actions as 'shameful' and comparing the firm to a 'criminal enterprise' in light of the latest revelations.

The company took advantage of Apple's enterprise developer certificate, which enables companies to distribute apps internally, to create an app that paid users as young as 13 to share their phone activity with Facebook.

Among the data collected from teens by the app was all of their phone and web activity, information on apps they installed, when they used them and what they did on them.

It raises new questions over how much Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg knew about the firm's activities.

Jan 31 13:21

Beware of American Express Emails With Attached Phishing Form

A phishing campaign is underway that pretends to be from American Express and states that there is a security issue with your credit card. It then prompts you to open an attached HTML phishing form that will send the inputted information back to the scammers.

BleepingComputer first heard about this phishing scam from myonlinesecurity.co.uk, but when researching this further we have seen numerous variants being sent since October 2018. All of these variants utilize the same theme of there being a security review of your credit card that found issues that require you to send your information through an attached form and create a new online account.

Jan 31 12:09

NewsGuard browser plug-in claims to certify “real news” despite biased board of directors with history of deception and lies

Why would anyone want to entrust the selection of their online sources of information to these people? With an advisory board like this, NewsGuard cannot be the purveyor of truth it claims to be.

Jan 31 11:56

Chaos Erupts Inside Facebook HQ As Employees Blocked From Opening Apps On Their iPhones

It has been a tumultuous day for Facebook and its investors after Apple revoked the company's iOS enterprise developer certificates due to damning revelations about Facebook bribing teens into supplying the company with reams of personal data, which it is believed to have used to improve its ad microtargeting and keep tabs on its rivals. This news, and the slight hit to FB stock that followed, was soon followed by a solid earnings report, which sent FB shares higher in after-hours trading.

Jan 31 11:26

Report: Former U.S. Government Operatives Helped UAE Hack iPhones

Former U.S. government intelligence operatives reportedly helped the United Arab Emirates hack into the iPhones of “rival foreign leaders,” diplomats, and others — even gaining access to “compromising” sexual photos of targets according to a report by Reuters.

According to Reuters, the team of “former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help of a sophisticated spying tool called Karma, in a campaign that shows how potent cyber-weapons are proliferating beyond the world’s superpowers and into the hands of smaller nations.”

Reuters reported that the tool allowed the UAE “to monitor hundreds of targets beginning in 2016, from the Emir of Qatar and a senior Turkish official to a Nobel Peace laureate human-rights activist in Yemen, according to five former operatives and program documents reviewed by Reuters.”

Jan 31 10:49

TWITTER SUSPENDS JARED BECK, ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFFS IN DNC FRAUD LAWSUIT

Earlier today, Twitter suspended the account of Jared Beck, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit. Disobedient Media has consistently covered the ongoing litigation of the suit, which has resulted in questions regarding a number of deaths, bizarre phone calls, and other unusual occurrences.

The historical significance of the Beck’s suit against the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz cannot be overstated, as it confronts the heart of the actual election-rigging from which the entire Russiagate scandal was constructed to deflect. Despite this – or because of it – the lawsuit has gained remarkably sparse corporate media coverage.

The suit has forced the DNC’s counsel to admit a number of shocking stances, including statements suggesting that the party had every right to choose candidates in back rooms, and even that election-rigging is protected by the first amendment. DNC counsel had the gall to argue:

Jan 31 10:47

GOOGLE TAKES ITS FIRST STEPS TOWARD KILLING THE URL

IN SEPTEMBER, MEMBERS of Google's Chrome security team put forth a radical proposal: Kill off URLs as we know them. The researchers aren't actually advocating a change to the web's underlying infrastructure. They do, though, want to rework how browsers convey what website you're looking at, so that you don't have to contend with increasingly long and unintelligible URLs—and the fraud that has sprung up around them. In a talk at the Bay Area Enigma security conference on Tuesday, Chrome usable security lead Emily Stark is wading into the controversy, detailing Google's first steps toward more robust website identity.

Jan 31 10:18

Future of home security or creepy surveillance tool? Panasonic's smart lamp has an in-built 'secret' camera

Panasonic is working on a floor lamp which incorporates a security camera with a floor lamp.

The device is designed to allow homeowners to monitor their properties without having to install obvious, wall-mounted cameras.

But it has raised privacy concerns with the potential use by landlords or AirBnB owners to spy, record and exploit unknowing tenants.

Jan 31 10:13

Now Apple faces ANOTHER security problem! Expert claims iCloud bug 'lets strangers see your private iPhone notes – and the breach was hushed-up'

Experts believe a now-resolved iCloud bug allowed complete strangers to read the notes stored on another person's iPhone.

Worse still, the flaw was allegedly hushed-up by bosses in California, who discreetly fixed the issue before it became public knowledge.

The news comes just days after it was revealed that a FaceTime glitch allowed the video-calling software to eavesdrop on users.

Jan 31 09:52

Google shuts down iPhone data-gathering app: 'This was a mistake, and we apologize'

Google has removed its audience-research app Screenwise Meter from Apple's program for enterprise customers to test iOS apps internally, after Apple yesterday revoked Facebook's certificate over a similar research app that violated the program's policies.

Unlike Facebook, which invited users aged 13 to 35 years to install the Facebook Research app, Google only invited adults to use the Screenwise Meter app. Both companies' apps offered rewards in exchange for users agreeing to share data from their apps and devices.

Nonetheless, just like Facebook, Google used Apple's program for testing apps internally with employees to distribute an app to consumers.

Jan 30 15:43

New Microsoft censorship tool “NewsGuard” gives favorable ratings to sites that falsely accused and attacked Convington Catholic High teens

Regardless of what Microsoft says publicly about this tool, it’s not meant to be a “fake news” filter because if it was, several news sites with a history of publishing fake news, especially in the Trump era, wouldn’t be green-checked. -- No, NewsGuard’s primary function is to serve as a Big Tech censorship tool aimed at discrediting legitimate news sources that the political establishment simply cannot tolerate.

Jan 30 13:46

NewsGuard: A Neoconservative Contrivance Which Promotes an Establishment View

So who gets the endorsement from NewsGuard? Those who toe the line on U.S. policy and the establishment globalist/interventionist agenda. It would be interesting to know what NewsGuard’s staff of analysts is really looking for when it researches a site or media outlet. As the examples cited above demonstrate, NewsGuard has nothing to do with taking pains to report the news accurately, nor is there any evidence of real accountability. It is all about who pays the bills and who is in charge. They give the orders and one either falls in line or goes out the door. That is the reality of today’s mainstream media.

Jan 30 11:39

FBI Arrests 2nd Chinese National For Stealing Trade Secrets From Apple

Nothing puts a damper on trade talks like another indictment accusing a Chinese national of doing the exact thing (corporate espionage and stealing US trade secrets) that senior Trump Administration officials have been warning would be a deal-breaking for future negotiations.

Days after the US filed a sweeping indictment against Huawei that included charges its engineers stole trade secrets from T-Mobile (allegations that were also the subject of a civil suit) and mere hours after the beginning of high level trade talks in Washington, NBC Bay Area reported that the FBI has arrested another Chinese national working for Apple's secretive self-driving car project - code-named "Project Titan" - for stealing trade secrets. That's the second such arrest in six months (readers can find our report on the earlier arrest, which happened in July, here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc, double face palm, upon reading this.

Please remember that trade wars have a way of morphing into shooting wars, which I hope to heck will not happen, giving the dramatic escalation of events this last two weeks.

Jan 30 11:04

REVEALED: Arizona mom tells how her 14-year-old son discovered FaceTime eavesdropping glitch while playing 'Fortnite' and that Apple IGNORED her for a WEEK when she tried to claim a 'bug bounty' reward of up to $200k

A teenager from Arizona uncovered a bug that turns iPhones into eavesdropping devices while trying to play a game of 'Fornite' with his friends.

Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student in Tucson, wanted to chat with friends when he discovered a major bug in Apple's popular Group FaceTime feature.

Thompson called his friend Nathan using FaceTime, but Nathan didn't pick up on January 19.

Thompson then swiped up and added another friend, a move that instantly connected him with Nathan, whose phone was still ringing.

Jan 30 10:18

YouTube Strikes Now Being Used as Scammers’ Extortion Tool

In a terrible abuse of YouTube's copyright system, a YouTuber is reporting that scammers are using the platform's "three strike" system for extortion. After filing two false claims against ObbyRaidz, the scammers contacted him demanding cash to avoid a third - and the termination of his channel.

Jan 30 10:08

Apple CEO on iPhone sales drop: 'Yes, I do think that price is a factor'

We had already been treated to a preview of Apple's financial earnings report for Q1'19 back on January 2, when the company issued its first profits warning since 2002. The bad news had already had time to settle, and for the market corrections to happen. But what was really interesting is that the iPhone sales drop happened at what was otherwise a strong quarter. Another thing that was noteworthy is that Apple CEO Tim Cook is finally ready to acknowledge that iPhone pricing may have played a part in the decline.

Jan 30 09:52

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:48

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:15

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Jan 30 08:29

Facebook is paying children as young as 13 to install a social media research app that harvests their data - despite fact Apple has already banned it

Facebook has admitted to paying young people to install a 'social media research' app which monitors their web activity, according to reports.

The social media giant, who have been harangued for privacy breaches in recent months, recruited people aged from 13-35 to download the app on their devices.

Apple decided to ban the app, formerly known as Onavo VPN, from the app store because it violated its data collection policies.

But according to an investigation by TechCrunch, Facebook has sidestepped the App Store and paying users up to $20 a month, plus referral fees.

Jan 30 07:50

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 30 07:40

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 29 18:10

Digital Freezers with Iris-Tracking Cameras Now Spy On Shoppers for Nestlé, Walgreens, Coors and More

Corporate profits are slowly turning brick-and-mortar stores into mini-surveillance centers.

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