Apr 06 11:52


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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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


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.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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


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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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


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 ( 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.

    Apr 04 20:14

    Hackers have taken down dozens of 911 centers. Why is it so hard to stop them?

    When news broke last week of a hacking attack on Baltimore’s 911 system, Chad Howard felt a rush of nightmarish memories.

    Howard, the information technology manager for Henry County, Tennessee, faced a similar intrusion in June 2016, in one of the country’s first so-called ransomware attacks on a 911 call center. The hackers shut down the center’s computerized dispatch system and demanded more than $2,000 in bitcoin to turn it back on. Refusing payment, Howard’s staff tracked emergency calls with pencil and paper for three days as the system was rebuilt.

    “It basically brought us to our knees,” Howard recalled.

    Nearly two years later, the March 25 ransomware attack on Baltimore served as another reminder that America’s emergency-response networks remain dangerously vulnerable to criminals bent on crippling the country’s critical infrastructure ? either for money, or something more nefarious.

    Apr 04 19:39

    We work for Google. Our employer shouldn't be in the business of war

    In this open letter to Google’s CEO, over 3,000 employees urged the company not to work on a Pentagon ‘AI surveillance engine’ used for drone warfare

    Apr 04 19:31

    Bitcoin price ‘SLUMP’: Cryptocurrency PLUNGES 10% in a day - should investors be worried?

    Cryptocurrency price tracker Coinbase shows the staggering decline in the last day.

    Bitcoin is trading at $6,680.02 (£4,742) at the time of writing.

    However in the last day a whopping $734.99 (£521) has been shaved from its value.

    The downward spiral of Bitcoin is not limited to just the recent 24 hours.

    In the last month the cryptocurrency has almost eclipsed half of its value - over $4,500 (£3,194) has plunged from its price.

    The horrific market decline marks a drop of 40.72 per cent.

    Apr 04 16:14

    iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

    Mobile device management (MDM) vendor Jamf is warning admins to hold off on installing the iOS 11.3 update on iPhones and iPads until it can fix a bug in its software that was causing devices to become unresponsive.

    The developer says that it is working on an update to Jamf Pro 10.3 that will fix a problem caused when the management tool tries to install the latest version of iOS onto Apple devices, but instead ends up crashing them every time the device restarts.

    "Devices upgraded to iOS 11.3 are returning a new response that does not match Apple’s documented protocol," explains Jamf product manager Michael Devins.

    "This response will cause the device to remain in a failed loop, which prevents it from receiving further commands."

    Apr 04 13:46

    Privacy outrage after Google users discover Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers without telling them

    Google users are sharing their shock at discovering Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers.

    Chrome Cleanup Tool, a browser component added in 2014 to scan and remove malicious or resource heavy software, is behind the outcry.

    It was originally an optional add on for Chrome, letting users get rid of malware and bloatware they may have unintentionally installed.

    In October 2017, the Mountain View firm re-branded it and made it a compulsory part of the Chrome installation - without users' knowledge.

    Apr 04 13:42

    Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook scans the contents of ALL your private Messenger texts in the latest blow to the scandal hit firm

    Facebook scans the contents of messages that people send each other on its Messenger app blocking any that contravene its guidelines, it has emerged.

    The scandal-hit firm, still reeling from revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, checks images and texts to ensure they are in line with its community standards.

    While the intentions behind the practice may be well-meaning, the news is likely to add to users' concerns over what the social network knows about them.

    Apr 04 12:58

    Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data from as many as 87 million people

    Cambridge Analytica may have had data from more unwitting Facebook users than originally thought.

    Facebook now says that the data firm, which collected data about users without their permission, may have collected data on as many as 87 million people. Original reports from the New York Times pegged that number at closer to 50 million people.

    “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the U.S. — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica by apps that they or their friends used,” Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

    Facebook says it will begin alerting those users that their data may have been part of this batch on Monday, April 9.

    Apr 04 12:54

    Critical flaw leaves thousands of Cisco Switches vulnerable to remote hacking

    Security researchers at Embedi have disclosed a critical vulnerability in Cisco IOS Software and Cisco IOS XE Software that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, take full control over the vulnerable network equipment and intercept traffic.

    The stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2018-0171) resides due to improper validation of packet data in Smart Install Client, a plug-and-play configuration and image-management feature that helps administrators to deploy (client) network switches easily.

    Embedi has published technical details and Proof-of-Concept (PoC) code after Cisco today released patch updates to address this remote code execution vulnerability, which has been given a base Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 9.8 (critical).

    Apr 04 12:52

    Intel Admits It Won't Be Possible to Fix Spectre (V2) Flaw in Some Processors

    As speculated by the researcher who disclosed Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel processors, some of the Intel processors will not receive patches for the Spectre (variant 2) side-channel analysis attack

    In a recent microcode revision guidance (PDF), Intel admits that it would not be possible to address the Spectre design flaw in its specific old CPUs, because it requires changes to the processor architecture to mitigate the issue fully.

    The chip-maker has marked "Stopped" to the production status for a total 9 product families—Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown Xeon, Jasper Forest, Penryn, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale, and Yorkfield.

    These vulnerable chip families—which are mostly old that went on sale between 2007 and 2011—will no longer receive microcode updates, leaving more than 230 Intel processor models vulnerable to hackers that powers millions of computers and mobile devices.

    Apr 04 11:19


    Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes.

    Apr 04 10:07

    WOW! Homeland Security Discovers Rogue Cellphone Site Simulators In Washington Used By Foreign Spies

    For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.

    The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now.

    In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation’s capital. The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Let's narrow this down. Which foreign nation has absolutely unfettered access to come and go as they please inside the United States? (Hint: The same nation that was caught running the largest foreign spy ring ever inside the US)

    Apr 04 09:59

    Most Americans think Big Brother is spying on them

    If you think Big Brother is watching you, you’re not alone.

    An astonishing 82 percent of Americans believe the United States has become an Orwellian dystopia in which the government spies on our every move, a new poll has found.

    The report, released Monday by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, also found that nearly three out of four Americans believe in the existence of a shadowy “deep state” cabal that secretly runs the government.

    Apr 04 09:40

    How to ditch Google: Start using these Framasoft online apps instead

    The hostile takeover of much of the web by tech giant Google has many people uneasy about the future of online free speech, especially as Google has increasingly engaged in rogue censorship tactics against independent media outlets that threaten the status quo. But the good news is that there are viable alternatives out there, at least as far as online apps and software are concerned.

    One of these alternatives is Framasoft, a robust educational network created back in 2001 that promotes the enrichment of humanity by procuring it with free software. We’re talking vast libraries of books, videos, and music, as well as translators, organizers, and collaboration tools – all made available for free, and all without the “Big Brother” invasiveness that characterizes Google these days.

    Apr 04 08:32

    Report: Trump to Host Peter Thiel to Talk Regulation of Big Tech

    Is it finally happening? Will tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel explain to President Trump how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google are censoring the hell out of right-wingers on every front?

    Apr 03 17:41

    Appeals Court Rules NYPD Can Hide Surveillance of Two Muslim Men

    By Derrick Broze

    New York's highest court of appeals has ruled the NYPD may use a little-known legal tactic called the Glomar doctrine to conceal the truth of whether or not the department had two Muslim men under surveillance...

    Apr 03 16:03

    It’s Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It

    By Laura Y. Cabrera, Michigan State University and Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Michigan State University

    Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes.

    The link between the two? Both Mr. B and Mr. X received deep brain stimulation (DBS), a procedure involving an implant that sends electric impulses to specific targets in the brain to alter neural activity. While brain implants aim to treat neural dysfunction, cases like these demonstrate that they may influence an individual’s perception of the world and behavior in undesired ways.

    Mr. B received DBS as treatment for his severe obsessive compulsive disorder. He’d never been a music lover until, under DBS, he developed a distinct and entirely new music preference for Johnny Cash. When the device was turned off, the preference disappeared...

    Apr 03 15:43

    Spies could listen to your calls in D.C. admits Department of Homeland Security as it reveals existence of 'Stingray' fake cell towers in the capital

    For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.

    The use of such cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies - which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves - have been silent on the issue until now.

    In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation's capital.

    The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where.

    Apr 03 09:02

    Billion-dollar Facebook investor tells Mark Zuckerberg to quit as chairman

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg should quit as chairman of the company, according to an investor with a $1 billion (£712 million) stake in the technology giant.

    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees the city’s pension fund, told CNBC that there needed to be more independent board oversight at Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

    Mr Stringer said revelations that the UK-based data analytics firm harvested personal information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts in the build up to the 2016 US elections represented “a risk to our democracy” and highlighted major issues within Facebook.

    Apr 03 08:59

    Linux 4.16 arrives, erases eight CPUs and keeps melting Meltdown

    Kernel’s now 450,000 lines lighter after ditching chip architectures nobody used

    Apr 03 08:45

    Britain's keyless car crime epidemic: Thefts triple in the worst hit areas as thieves exploit the technology now used in family cars

    After more than a decade of decline, car thefts have surged in the past three years – up by 189 per cent in Warwickshire, 59 per cent in Hampshire, 57 per cent in West Yorkshire and 56 per cent in Norfolk.

    It comes as keyless technology, once the preserve of expensive high-end vehicles, has become commonplace among more affordable family cars.

    Earlier this week, Cleveland Police said it had received 90 reports of keyless cars being stolen since December, and half of them were Ford Fiestas – the country’s best-selling vehicle of the past decade.

    Apr 03 08:12

    Free APNIC, CloudFlare tool prevents ISPs from selling your internet history

    APNIC and CloudFlare announced the free DNS resolver service, which is intended as a drop-in replacement to protect your privacy from providers.

    Apr 03 06:48

    U.S. Visa Applicants Could Have To Disclose 5 Years Of Social Media Usage

    By Aaron Kesel

    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.

    The new suggested requirement is broader than previous filings, which had made social media disclosure voluntary and applied to only a portion of visa applicants entering the U.S. when scrutiny was warranted...

    Apr 02 18:20

    Google's Waymo denies 'masterplan' to harvest data from driverless cars

    GOOGLE has “no master plan” to ­harvest the mass of data that will be generated by its self-driving cars arm.

    The assurance from John Krafcik, the chief executive of Waymo, comes in the wake of the Facebook scandal, where millions of users’ details were shared with other businesses.

    Mr Krafcik said access to the ­information generated by those travelling in cars using Waymo’s autonomous driving technology was not a priority for the company, which is owned by Google parent, Alphabet.

    Apr 02 18:18

    DNS Resolvers Performance compared: CloudFlare x Google x Quad9 x OpenDNS

    A couple of months ago I did a performance comparison between some of the top free DNS Resolvers available. It was just after Quad9 had launched and I was trying to decide which one to use and recommend to families and friends. Google, OpenDNS, Quad9, .. some many options… I love options …

    And things just got better. CloudFlare, one of the companies that know the most about Internet performance recently launched their own free DNS resolver. It supports DNS over TLS and DNS over HTTPS by default, which makes it even more interesting.


    Global Average

    #1 CloudFlare: 4.98 ms
    #2 Google: 16.44 ms
    #3 Quad9: 18.25 ms
    #4 CleanBrowsing: 19.14 ms
    #5 Norton: 34.75 ms
    #6 OpenDNS: 46.51 ms
    #7 Comodo: 71.90
    #8 Yandex: 169.91

    Apr 02 17:29

    Just one in 100 crimes on the web ends with a conviction and 99% of crooks escape justice as police commissioner says systems 'couldn't cope' if all reports were passed on

    Only one in ten cases of cyber crime is investigated by police and 99 per cent of crooks escape justice, shocking statistics revealed last night.

    It came as the country’s top anti-fraud cop, City of London police commissioner Ian Dyson, conceded: ‘We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.’

    Mr Dyson said the explosion in fraud and cyber crime means it is impossible to haul all the culprits before the courts, adding: ‘You are more likely to have money taken from you online than you are in the street.’

    The officer, who has been a victim of card fraud, also said some online scams were so simple to set up, he questioned why criminals would bother to rob a bank.

    Apr 02 15:57

    Victim’s Apple Watch data used as evidence in murder trial

    Forensic investigators, using the watch’s heart rate data, were able to narrow the moment Myrna Nilsson was attacked to the moment she died in a seven-minute window.

    The prosecutor, Carmen Matteo, told the court that the watch’s data showed a high burst of heavy activity — consistent with someone being attacked — to a period of slow activity, which was likely when Myrna Nilsson lost consciousness. The watch stopped recording the heart rate shortly after.

    “The prosecution accumulates those timings and the information about energy levels, movement, heart rate, to lead to a conclusion that the deceased must have been attacked at around 6:38 p.m. and had certainly died by 6:45 p.m.,” Matteo said, according to

    She added that if the timings were accepted as accurate, Caroline Nilsson’s story that her mother-in-law had argued with her attackers for over 20 minutes does not hold up.

    Apr 02 09:48

    How to Make Your Internet Faster with Privacy-Focused DNS Service

    Cloudflare, a well-known Internet performance and security company, announced the launch of—world's fastest and privacy-focused secure DNS service that not only speeds up your internet connection but also makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history.

    Apr 02 09:38

    44 Dems, Including Wasserman Schultz, Exempted Pakistani IT Aides From Background Checks

    Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.

    Apr 02 07:13

    "The Longer It Goes, The Worse It Gets" - Nearly 2 Weeks Later, Atlanta Still Reeling From Crippling Ransomware Attack

    It has been nearly two weeks since the City of Atlanta's municipal government was hit with a crippling ransomware attack that wiped millions of government files and left the city's police and first responders relying on paper record-keeping.

    So far, the city has made almost no progress in recovering its files. Police still don't have access to vital databases and investigative files. The town's auditor says the city's books have been destroyed, aside from whatever's left in the paper record. And top city officials are scrambling through a holiday weekend to piece together bits of city projects from personal computers and email addresses that weren't affected by the hack. Almost every government department was affected by the hack - though fortunately 10 of the 18 machines in the city auditor's office somehow avoided the hack.

    Apr 02 06:53

    REVEALED: Tesla involved in crash that killed driver WAS on autopilot after victim's family say he complained about the technology veering toward VERY SAME safety barrier he smashed into

    Tesla says the vehicle in a fatal California crash was operating on autopilot, the latest accident to involve self-driving technology.

    The automaker says 38-year-old Walter Huang, who was killed in the accident on March 23, did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash.

    But according to Huang's family, the Mountain View resident complained 'before' the accident about the car's autopilot feature.

    His brother, Will, alleged that Walter raised concerns that '7-10 times the car would swivel toward that same exact barrier during autopilot.'

    Apr 02 06:51

    Google and Amazon patent creepy SPY systems that use cameras and sensors in your home to know everything from your mood to your medical conditions

    Amazon and Google really do want to watch your every move.

    A series of patents filed by the firms 'outline an array of possibilities' for how their smart speakers could be used to better listen in on users.

    They suggest their always-on Google Home and Amazon Echo devices could know everything from a user's mood to their medical condition, and target advertising based on this data.

    Apr 01 18:06

    Desperate Facebook Now Pleading With Users to Come Back

    Facebook is not having a good month. In a short matter of time, the famous social network has faced questions about political bias and its handling of users’ personal data… and now the online giant is spending its own money to try to win back people it has alienated.

    Over the last several days, online users have noticed something that was once unimaginable. Facebook has apparently begun a paid ad campaign to woo the public back to the site. Banner advertisements have been spotted on many third-party sites, clearly paid for by the social media outlet as part of a user retention push.

    “See the latest from friends and family on Facebook!” one ad pleaded.

    Apr 01 15:44

    Hackers are selling stolen data from more than FIVE MILLION credit and debit cards used by customers at Saks Fifth Avenue, OFF 5TH and Lord & Taylor stores

    Information from a set of more than five millions credit and debit cards used by shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor stores has been posted for sale on the dark web by hackers.

    The hacker syndicate believed to be responsible goes by 'Fin7,' according to Gemini Advisory, the cybersecurity firm that first announced the breach of the retailers owned by Canadian retail business group Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) on Sunday.

    The 'attack is amongst the biggest and most damaging to ever hit retail companies'' according to the firm.

    The firm said approximately 125,000 records have been released for sale on the dark web as of Sunday, with the rest anticipated to be made available for purchase within months.