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Feb 07 07:49

Researcher Claims Hotspot Shield VPN Service Exposes You on the Internet

If you are using the popular VPN service Hotspot Shield for online anonymity and privacy, you may inadvertently be leaking your real IP address and other sensitive information.

Developed by AnchorFree GmbH, Hotspot Shield is a VPN service available for free on Google Play Store and Apple Mac App Store with an estimated 500 million users around the world.

The service promises to "secure all online activities," hide users' IP addresses and their identities and protect them from tracking by transferring their internet and browsing traffic through its encrypted channel.

However, an 'alleged' information disclosure vulnerability discovered in Hotspot Shield results in the exposure of users data, like the name of Wi-Fi network name (if connected), their real IP addresses, which could reveal their location, and other sensitive information.

Feb 06 17:42

Hacker Lauri Love Wins In UK High Court, Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S.

By Derrick Broze

On Monday, after a five-year legal battle against extradition, activist Lauri Love was told he would not be extradited to the United States to face a trial for his suspected hacking of computer networks maintained by the U.S Army, Federal Reserve, NASA, FBI, and Department of Defense...

Feb 06 16:55

NSA Exploits Ported to Work on All Windows Versions Released Since Windows 2000

A security researcher has ported three leaked NSA exploits to work on all Windows versions released in the past 18 years, starting with Windows 2000.

The three exploits are EternalChampion, EternalRomance, and EternalSynergy; all three leaked last April by a hacking group known as The Shadow Brokers who claimed to have stolen the code from the NSA.

Feb 06 10:35

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not To

By Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But this threat is not limited to Fitbits and similar devices. My group’s recent research has shown how mobile phones can also track their users through stores and cities and around the world – even when users turn off their phones’ location-tracking services...

Feb 06 08:39

ADB.Miner worm is rapidly spreading across Android devices

Updated: The malware is targeting and compromising thousands of devices to mine cryptocurrency.

Feb 06 07:48

Critical Flaw in Grammarly Spell Checker Could Let Attackers Steal Your Data

A critical vulnerability discovered in the Chrome and Firefox browser extension of the grammar-checking software Grammarly inadvertently left all 22 million users' accounts, including their personal documents and records, vulnerable to remote hackers.

According to Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who discovered the vulnerability on February 2, the Chrome and Firefox extension of Grammarly exposed authentication tokens to all websites that could be grabbed by remote attackers with just 4 lines of JavaScript code.

In other words, any website a Grammarly user visits could steal his/her authentication tokens, which is enough to login into the user's account and access every "documents, history, logs, and all other data" without permission.

Feb 06 07:47

Watch Out! New Cryptocurrency-Mining Android Malware is Spreading Rapidly

Now, security researchers at Chinese IT security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab discovered a new piece of wormable Android malware, dubbed ADB.Miner, that scans wide-range of IP addresses to find vulnerable devices and infect them to mine digital cryptocurrency.

According to the researchers, ADB.Miner is the first Android worm to reuse the scanning code programmed in Mirai—the infamous IoT botnet malware that knocked major Internet companies offline last year by launching massive DDoS attacks against Dyndns.

ADB.Miner scans for Android devices—including smartphones, smart TVs, and TV set-top boxes—with publicly accessible ADB debug interface running over port 5555 and then infects them with a malware that mines Monero cryptocurrency for its operators.

Feb 05 17:30

Trump Administration to Test Biometric Program to Scan Faces of Drivers and Passengers in Vehicles

By Derrick Broze

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects...

Feb 05 10:39

Bitcoin Bloodbath Builds - Now Among Biggest Crashes Ever

Bitcoin's collapse has continued through the morning to a low price of $7141...

Feb 05 10:33

The £999 phone you CAN'T answer: Apple says it is looking into reports of an ongoing glitch that causes nothing to appear on an iPhone X screen when it rings

Apple says it is 'looking into' reports that some iPhone X users can't answer incoming calls.

According to the reports, £999 ($999) handsets with the bug begin ringing when an incoming call takes place.

However the screen does not turn on for a short period of time - sometimes longer than 10 seconds.

The problem prevents iPhone X users from selecting the Accept or Decline buttons to take or reject a call.

Feb 05 10:26

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

This is no joke – chap seems to have cracked Amazon’s latest toy

Feb 05 10:20

Unpatched DoS Flaw Could Help Anyone Take Down WordPress Websites

A simple yet serious application-level denial of service (DoS) vulnerability has been discovered in WordPress CMS platform that could allow anyone to take down most WordPress websites even with a single machine—without hitting with a massive amount of bandwidth, as required in network-level DDoS attacks to achieve the same.

Since the company has denied patching the issue, the vulnerability (CVE-2018-6389) remains unpatched and affects almost all versions of WordPress released in last nine years, including the latest stable release of WordPress (Version 4.9.2).

Feb 05 10:01

UBC psychologist alarmed by Facebook's new Messenger Kids app.

Target users, children aged 4-12, 'not ready to take on the challenges of social media:' developmental expert

Feb 05 09:50

SECRET HOUSE MEMO RELEASED: THE FALLOUT, THE LIES, AND THE BIGGER PICTURE

That’s a lot more spying than three warrants granted by a FISA court to surveil the Trump team. But you’re supposed to look at the warrants and how they were obtained, and not look at the wall-to-wall spying on every American.

You’re supposed to get embroiled in the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee vs. the Democrat members, as they fling accusations at each other.

You’re not supposed to realize the NSA already has thousands of Trump-related documents, illegally obtained over a long period of time, as well as Obama-related documents, and documents on anybody and everybody who communicates electronically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The use of this false information was engineered to create a coup d'etat, and topple the legitimately elected President of the United States, utilizing weaponized disinfo, courtesy of the (alleged) DOJ (Democrat's Office of Juggernauts and FBI. (the Federal Bureau of Political Intrigue).

Thinking Americans should be outraged and disgusted at this travesty, and how it came to be.

The FBI and DOJ should be collectively sacked and reconstructed through the appointment of people who do not allow their political bias affect their work, period, end of discussion.

Feb 05 08:19

Lauri Love case: Hacking suspect wins extradition appeal

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love has won his High Court appeal against his extradition to the US.

Mr Love, 33, from Stradishall, Suffolk, was first arrested in October 2013 on suspicion of hacking into FBI, US Central Bank and Nasa systems.

Appeal judges said extradition would be "oppressive by reason of his physical and mental condition".

They urged the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prosecute Mr Love, who has Aspergers syndrome, in England.

Feb 05 08:17

Microsoft is about to kill off its weirdest Windows 10 experiment

If the rumors are true, Microsoft is about to ditch Windows 10 S. After struggling with this unmanageable operating system recently, I say good riddance.

Feb 02 15:10

Lawsuit Exposes Internet Giant’s Internal Culture of Intolerance

“It’s good to be periodically reminded, given how popular Dilbert is amongst us geek-folk, that the creator of Dilbert is…a paranoid sexist dickbag” (Exhibit 50)

Also: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/959535412598337536

Feb 02 09:59

NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

In this update, dated Monday, the American space agency said “observations from all five sites were consistent with the radio frequency characteristics expected of IMAGE. Specifically, the radio frequency showed a spike at the expected centre frequency, as well as side bands where they should be for IMAGE.”

The Goddard boffins next need to undertake what the agency called “significant reverse-engineering” to capture and analyse the probe's communications.

“The challenge to decoding the signal is primarily technical,” the announcement explained. “The types of hardware and operating systems used in the IMAGE Mission Operations Centre no longer exist, and other systems have been updated several versions beyond what they were at the time.”

In other words, it doesn't have the electronics and software to hand that are compatible with whatever the bird is transmitting and expecting to receive.

Feb 02 09:47

“Israel, Trump & the GoogleGestapo”

Special guest Robert Steele joins me to discuss: pedo takedown, Trump, Israel, false flag in Hawaii, rise in censorship, emerging police state, the question of Jerusalem, FISAMEMO, democratic play in 2020, culture of death we live in, next false flag is?, message of Fatima and MUCH more!

>>>

Feb 02 09:44

The Size of iPhone’s Top Apps Has Increased by 1,000% in Four Years

As the minimum storage capacity of iPhone continues to increase—it sits at 32 GB today on the iPhone 7, double the the iPhone 5S’s 16 GB circa 2013—it’s not surprising that the size of apps themselves is getting larger. In fact, Apple raised the app size cap from 2 GB to 4 GB in early 2015. What’s surprising is how much faster they’re increasing in size compared to device storage itself.

According to Sensor Tower’s analysis of App Intelligence, the total space required by the top 10 most installed U.S. iPhone apps has grown from 164 MB in May 2013 to about 1.9 GB last month, a 12x or approximately 1,100 percent increase in just four years.

Feb 02 09:21

Erica, the creepy robot that is so life-like she appears to 'have a soul', will replace a Japanese TV news anchor in April

Very few details have been revealed about Erica's new job, however Dr Ishiguro said she will use AI to read news put together by humans.

'We're going to replace one of the newscasters with the android,' said Dr Ishiguro, who is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University.

Feb 02 09:12

Twitter followers are vanishing by the MILLIONS from celebrity and influencer accounts as feds open probe into social media 'black market' for bots

Celebrities and social media influencers are watching their Twitter followers dwindle by the millions after it was revealed that many are guilty of paying for fake accounts to follow them.

Singer Clay Aiken, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, reality TV star Lisa Rinna, British rowing Olympic champion James Cracknell, as well as actor John Leguziamo were all revealed to have purchased fake followers.

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood even went so far as to delete his Twitter account in shame after it was discovered that he bought roughly 600,000 of his Twitter followers.

Feb 02 09:05

Google's parent company in talks to build massive data hubs in Saudi Arabia – report

Alphabet Inc. is reportedly negotiating a major deal with Saudi Arabia. The tech giant recently cracked down on RT in the name of democracy, but seems to be OK with Riyadh’s systematic human rights violations, at home and abroad.

Senior executives of Alphabet, which owns Google, have reportedly been negotiating “for months” with representatives of the Saudi state oil giant Aramco, as well as Saudi government officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The potential deal envisages Alphabet building major data centers in the Kingdom.

Details of the project remain scarce, including the date when the agreement will be finalized, the purpose of the tech hubs and who would control them. Sources familiar with the developments told the WSJ, however, that the size of the potential joint venture could be big enough to list on Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange.

Feb 02 09:04

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Infected Over Half-Million PCs Using NSA Exploit

Several cybersecurity firms are reporting of new cryptocurrency mining viruses that are being spread using EternalBlue—the same NSA exploit that was leaked by the hacking group Shadow Brokers and responsible for the devastating widespread ransomware threat WannaCry.

Researchers from Proofpoint discovered a massive global botnet dubbed "Smominru," a.k.a Ismo, that is using EternalBlue SMB exploit (CVE-2017-0144) to infect Windows computers to secretly mine Monero cryptocurrency, worth millions of dollars, for its master.

Active since at least May 2017, Smominru botnet has already infected more than 526,000 Windows computers, most of which are believed to be servers running unpatched versions of Windows, according to the researchers.

Feb 02 09:02

Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars

Mercedes' driverless cars need human intervention approximately every 2.08km (1.3 miles), and other makes are totally reliant on frequent switching to manual, according to figures from the Californian Department for Motor Vehicles.

Feb 02 09:01

Smart sex toy fails penetration test

Security researchers have found multiple vulnerabilities in smart sex toys that create the potential for all sorts of mischief by hackers.

The Vibratissimo Panty Buster and its associated services from German company Amor Gummiwaren were riddled with flaws that create all manner of privacy risks, the researchers said.

A database containing all the customer data (explicit images, chat logs, sexual orientation, email addresses, passwords in clear text, etc) was openly accessible on the internet. Enumeration of users' explicit images was possible because of predictable numbers and missing authorisation checks.

Feb 02 07:51

The Federal Government is Using Tracking Tech to Monitor License Plates Nationwide

By Derrick Broze

In another example of the growing use of surveillance technology by the United States government, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency now has access to a nationwide license plate recognition database...

Feb 01 09:20

A giant botnet is forcing Windows servers to mine cryptocurrency

The Smominru miner has infected at least half a million machines - mostly consisting of Windows servers - and spreads via the EternalBlue exploit

Jan 31 10:45

Robots Will Soon Be Punishing Humans: Ford Files Patent For Robotic Police Cars

By Nicholas West

In October of last year, I reported on the network of autonomous police vehicles being deployed in Dubai that included hoverbikes and fleets of mini police surveillance vehicles that look like electric cars. The vehicles are part of a citywide initiative of embedding artificial intelligence to patrol with biometric and conventional surveillance tools. I commented at the time that these measures were fairly easy to dismiss by readers accustomed to a constitutional republic, since Dubai is ruled by an absolute monarchy under Sharia Law that has free rein to rapidly implement new forms of governance. Nevertheless, I warned that Dubai was playing host to the World Expo 2020 where they would be featured as a model for any large city of the future.

Apparently, stalwart all-American company – Ford – is prepared to help usher in the technocratic police state to the (diminishing) land of the free...

Jan 31 10:24

How Long Before Artificial Intelligence Makes Humans Redundant?

With all of the recent advances in artificial intelligence, are you starting to get worried? You really have to wonder how long it will be before human beings become redundant.

Maybe you should be concerned. In many cases, robots can easily replace humans in the manufacturing industry, the medical system, and even food service. Some theories suggest that offering universal basic income is the first step toward ushering in a world in which robots have all the jobs and humans live off the goodness of the government…for as long as that lasts.

But losing jobs isn't the only reason for concern...

Jan 31 08:50

ATMs Hit By Malware “Jackpotting” Attacks That Dispense All Cash In Minutes

$1 million has been stolen from ATMs across the United States by hackers in a new hacking approach known as ‘jackpotting’. Using malware and an endoscope hackers are able to force cash machines to spew out their entire holding of cash.

Once the machine has been emptied the malware, known as Plotus. D, has handed over complete control to the hackers and displays an ‘Out of Service’ message.

This week a memo was leaked from the US Secret Service regarding this discovery. It stated that it was only a matter of time that the US became a target for this type of hacking, given it has already been seen in both Europe and Asia.

Jan 30 15:34

Quantum Encryption even NSA Cannot Break!

Webmaster addition: Heck, NSA couldn't break my codes!

Jan 30 14:02

Facebook To Prioritize Local News Over ‘Divisive’ National Issues

Facebook will prioritize local news sources in people’s news feeds in an effort to avoid “divisive” media and promote civic engagement, according to Mark Zuckerberg.

“Starting today, we’re going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in [your] news feed.”

Jan 30 12:33

Pornhub Will Know Everything About You Under New Rules For Sex-Streaming Sites

MindGeek – the biggest internet pornography company in the world – will collect information, including users’ addresses and ages, under new age-verification laws.

The new Digital Economy Act means that anyone accessing porn must prove they are old enough – over 18 in the UK. Firms are currently scrambling to figure out how they will verify ages and could demand the collection of card data or ID documents.

Jan 30 08:11

'Did I Read This Right?' James Damore Stunned As YouTube, Google CEOs Echo His Memo Exactly

Diversity memo author James Damore expressed shock Monday after YouTube CEO Susan Wojicicki and Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended of their industry's lack of so-called "diversity" by echoing nearly the exact same statements he was fired for.

"Did I read this right? Susan Wojicicki said that women find 'geeky male industries' (as opposed to 'social industries') 'not very interesting' and Sundar cites research on gender differences," Damore tweeted.

Jan 29 16:16

Google Home Knows Mohammed & Buddha, But Not God Or Jesus

Internet users are posting videos that show Google products refusing to answer questions about Christian figures, when the same products have no problem answering similar question about other religions and deities.

Jan 29 10:01

PROPOSAL FOR NATIONALIZED 5G NETWORK TRIGGERS BLOWBACK FROM REGULATORS, INDUSTRY

Last night, Axios dropped a bombshell on the week's already brimming news cycle when it published a report and PowerPoint deck created by a National Security Council staffer outlining the necessity of building a nationalized 5G network to guard against cyberthreats.

But while the PowerPoint portrayed a nationalized 5G network as essential for national security, Axios said Monday that the report is generating a fair amount of blowback.

According to Axios, those sounding alarm bells range from those who fear it could lead to greater surveillance to those who see it as an unwarranted encroachment on free enterprise. Still others worry that government control of key communications networks could threaten free speech.

Both the FCC and CTIA issued statements this morning opposing the idea. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai opposes the idea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such an act by the US government would completely nullify and destroy any essence of any freedom of communication which still survives in this country.

This feels like desperation on the cusp of madness, courtesy of a government terrified of its own people.

Jan 29 09:07

Windows emergency patch: Microsoft's new update kills off Intel's Spectre fix

Microsoft has released an emergency Windows update to disable Intel's troublesome microcode fix for the Spectre Variant 2 attack.

Not only was Intel's fix for the Spectre attack causing reboots and stability issues, but Microsoft also found it resulted in the worse scenario of data loss or corruption in some circumstances.

To justify the out-of-band update, Microsoft highlights a comment in Intel's fourth-quarter forward-looking statements that mentions for the first time that mitigation techniques potentially lead to data loss or corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just gets worse and worse.

Jan 29 08:18

Fitness Tracking App Accidentally Reveals Secret US Military Bases, CIA "Black" Sites

An interactive online fitness tracking map published in November of 2017 which compiles a running history of the location and routes of 27 million fitness-device users has unwittingly revealed the location, staffing, patrol routes and layout of U.S. and foreign military bases around the world.

Jan 29 07:25

Cheap Raspberry Pi alternatives: 20 computers that cost less than the Pi 3

On its release in 2012, the $35 Raspberry Pi showed just how much computer you could get for a bargain-basement price.

But the cost of single-board computers has just kept dropping, with the Raspberry Pi Foundation releasing the tiny Pi Zero for just $5.

Today the Zero is one of several computers with a single-digit price tag, and if you're looking for a cheap as chips board you're spoiled for choice.

These are the single-board computers that you can pick up for less than a price of the $35 Pi 3.

Jan 29 07:11

Fake News: WIRED Magazine Presents Google’s Racist, Anti-Conservative Harassers as Victims, Smears Breitbart

WIRED, a leading leftist tech magazine, is terrified by the thought that corporate “diversity” protections might apply to conservatives and white males at Google.

The site published a piece interviewing a number of Google’s most notorious ideological witch-hunters and racists, including individuals who are repeatedly named among the company’s worst offenders in James Damore’s anti-discrimination lawsuit.

One of the employees interviewed, Liz Fong-Jones, is accused in Damore’s lawsuit of having “repeatedly discriminated against Caucasian males”. The lawsuit also provides evidence to back up the allegation, noting that Fong-Jones, who holds a managerial position at Google, publicly made a racist comment, saying she could “care less about being unfair to white men.”

Jan 29 05:53

White House planning to nationalize 5G network: Report

In a stunning – if accurate – report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.

Jan 28 05:52

Soros makes surprising statement about new threats to society

Billionaire George Soros, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that Facebook and Google pose a threat to society. "Social media companies deceive their users by manipulating their attention and directing it towards their own commercial purposes. They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide. This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents. There is a similarity between internet platforms and gambling companies. Casinos have developed techniques to hook gamblers to the point where they gamble away all their money, even money they don't have," the philanthropist said in Davos. Soros believes that Facebook and Google have created a monopoly on people's freedoms. "They have achieved monopoly power but at the same time they are also competing against each other. They are big enough to swallow start-ups that could develop into competitors, but only the giants have the resources to invade each other's territory," he said.

Jan 27 20:06

Canada testing ‘digital ID’ system that uses blockchain, biometrics to screen travelers

Canada testing ‘digital ID’ system that uses blockchain, biometrics to screen travelers

Launched at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the “Known Traveller Digital Identity” system aims to exploit an array of emerging technologies including biometrics, blockchain and artificial intelligence to boost cross-border security, reduce the threat of cyber-terrorism and streamline international travel, according to the WEF.

Jan 27 19:10

Lenovo’s fingerprint authentication app had bad bugs that made it easy to hack

This is pretty jarring. Lenovo has confirmed its in-house authentication software Fingerprint Manager Pro (version 8.01.86), which lets users unlock their devices using fingerprint recognition, was affected by a severe vulnerability which attackers could exploit to access to any system equipped with the app.

As per Lenovo’s disclosure, Fingerprint Manager contained a hard-coded password that made it accessible to all users with local non-administrative access. In addition to this, it stored sensitive information like Windows logon credentials and fingerprint data which were “encrypted using a weak algorithm.”

Jan 27 19:05

Voting-machine makers are already worried about Defcon

Last year, Defcon's Voting Village made headlines for uncovering massive security issues in America's electronic voting machines. Unsurprisingly, voting-machine makers are working to prevent a repeat performance at this year's show.

According to Voting Village organizers, they're having a tough time getting their hands on machines for white-hat hackers to test at the next Defcon event in Las Vegas (held in August). That's because voting-machine makers are scrambling to get the machines off eBay and keep them out of the hands of the "good guy" hackers.

Village co-organizer Harri Hursti told attendees at the Shmoocon hacking conference this month they were having a hard time preparing for this year's show, in part because voting machine manufacturers sent threatening letters to eBay resellers. The intimidating missives told auctioneers that selling the machines is illegal -- which is false.

Jan 27 18:58

Harvard Study Shows Community-Owned ISPs Offer Lower, More Transparent Prices

Again, these towns and cities wouldn't be getting into the broadband business if they were happy with the services being provided by the likes of Comcast. And again, Comcast could quickly nip these efforts in the bud by offering better, cheaper service. But time after time it's clear that Comcast, AT&T, and other incumbent ISPs would prefer to instead file lawsuits, spread disinformation, and buy laws banning communities from making their own decisions on local infrastructure. Whatever it takes to avoid having to directly compete.

Jan 27 18:51

Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

In 2015, infosec gurus Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated that they could take over and turn off a jeep from afar as it was being driven, a feat that magnified interest in car hacking.

Their wireless attack was conducted on an active vehicle. But it turns out the engine doesn't have to be running. This is separate from hacks that unlock doors wirelessly – we're talking about commandeering the engine control system potentially over the air, here.

Code boffins from the University of Michigan, in the US, have demonstrated that cars with Electronic Control Units (ECUs), common in recent model vehicles, can be compromised when the engine is off.

Jan 27 18:49

Someone Stole Almost Half a BILLION Dollars from Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange

Coincheck, a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange, has suffered what appears to be the biggest hack in the history of cryptocurrencies, losing $532 million in digital assets (nearly $420 million in NEM tokens and $112 in Ripples).

In 2014, Mt Gox, one of the largest bitcoin exchange at that time, filed for bankruptcy after admitting it had lost $450 million worth of Bitcoins.

Apparently, the cryptocurrency markets reacted negatively to the news, which resulted in 5% drop in Bitcoin price early this morning.

In a blog post published today, the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange confirmed the cyber heist without explaining how the tokens were stolen, and abruptly froze most of its services, including deposits, withdrawals and trade of almost all cryptocurrencies, except Bitcoin.

Jan 27 11:56

Facebook Deals Shocking Blow to RussiaHoaxers - 'Peak Cognitive Dissonance' Looms

"a knowledgeable source says that Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo"

Jan 27 11:38

‘US hacks and meddling quite unlike China & Russia’s hacks and meddling’ – ex-Pentagon chief

One could almost see the proverbial pots and kettles on Friday, when ex-Pentagon chief Ashton Carter informed us that America’s cyber operations and election meddling are entirely dissimilar to the activities of China and Russia.

The panel, held as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, was dedicated to state cyberwarfare, the risks of cyber operations spiralling out of control, and ways to rein in the emerging threat – from making better software and incentivizing people to update it, to establishing international rules for states to voluntarily observe.

Jan 27 06:25

SOVIET-STYLE CENSORSHIP: Left-wing traitors in the Dept. of Defense now blocking entire websites from being viewed by members of the military

When the government has enough power to determine which citizens are allowed to access certain content on the Internet and which citizens are not, we are no longer living in a free society; we are living under an emerging totalitarian state, quite similar to the old Soviet Union.

Jan 26 16:29

SIX REASONS WHY THE NSA IS USELESS AND MUST BE DISMANTLED.

The NSA was started by executive order under the Administration of President Harry Truman at the start of the cold war with the Soviet Union. President Trump can dismantle and shut down the NSA by the same executive actio

Jan 26 10:49

DOWNTIME OF A TOP CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER COULD COST U.S. ECONOMY $15 BILLION

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days. A new study finds that if a top cloud provider went down, manufacturing would see direct economic losses of $8.6 billion; wholesale and retail trade sectors would see economic losses of $3.6 billion; information sectors would see economic losses of $847 million; finance and insurance sectors would see economic losses of $447 million; and transportation and warehousing sectors would see economic losses of $439 million.

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days.

Lloyd’s, in partnership with the risk modeler, AIR Worldwide, on Tuesday released a new report, Cloud Down: The impacts on the U.S.economy, which analyzes the financial impact of the failure of a leading cloud provider in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why in the name of heaven would anyone want to put ANYTHING on the cloud, knowing the potential downside, particularly when product or service liability doesn't exist for the computer industry?!?

The sad state of software liability

The article goes on to state:

"Software license agreements are typically crammed with boilerplate language freeing the software provider from virtually all forms of liability while binding the commercial user to severe use restrictions. Unhappy with that? Too bad. Anyone who has ever installed software after “consenting” to the terms of the accompanying clickwrap, shrinkwrap or browsewrap understands that the disgruntled user has exactly two choices when it comes to mass market license agreements: take it or leave it.

Jan 26 09:57

Mastercard Pushes Biometrics, Banks Follow

Biometric authentication “will be of great benefit to everyone.”

Jan 26 08:37

Apple's iPhone battery 'slowdown' to be optional

A software update will let iPhone owners switch off the "battery saver" feature that slows down some models, Apple has confirmed.

The option to switch off the feature will appear on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus models.

Jan 26 08:19

Russian agents created 129 US election events: Facebook to Congress

Facebook Inc said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 US election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia`s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters.

Facebook, in a written statement to US lawmakers, released on Thursday and dated Jan 8, said that 338,300 different Facebook accounts viewed the events and that 62,500 marked that they would attend. The company said it did not have data about which of the events took place.

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