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Sep 11 06:55

Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

With the DefCon bods showing some machines shared a single hard-coded password, Virginia directed the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) to audit the machines in use in the state (the Accuvote TSX, the Patriot, and the AVC Advantage).

None passed the test. VITA told the board “each device analysed exhibited material risks to the integrity or availability of the election process”, and the lack of a paper audit trail posed a significant risk of lost votes.

Local outlet The News Leader notes that many precincts had either replaced their machines already, or are in the process of doing so.

The election board's decision will force a change-over on the 140 precincts that haven't replaced their machines, covering 190,000 of Virginia's ~8.4m population.

Sep 11 06:54

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

Any unpatched Android phone running a version older than Oreo is going to need patching fairly soon, with researchers turning up a class of vulnerability that lets malware draw fake dialogs so users “okay” their own pwnage.

Sep 11 06:47

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits SPEX ON THE BREACH

The impact of the Equifax breach in the UK remains unclear days after the disclosure of a breach that could potentially affect up to 44 million British consumers.

The credit reference agency and its UK subsidiaries provide services for UK companies including BT, Capital One and British Gas. Customers of these companies might therefore be affected by the attack despite not having signed up for Equifax's services.

Sep 11 06:45

Researcher Discloses 10 Zero-Day Flaws in D-Link 850L Wireless Routers

A security researcher has discovered not one or two but a total of ten critical zero-day vulnerabilities in routers from Taiwan-based networking equipment manufacturer D-Link which leave users open to cyber attacks.

D-Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers are vulnerable to 10 security issues, including "several trivial" cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws, lack of proper firmware protection, backdoor access, and command injection attacks resulting in root access.

If successfully exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow hackers to intercept connection, upload malicious firmware, and get root privileges, enabling them to remotely hijack and control affected routers, as well as network, leaving all connected devices vulnerable to cyber attacks as well.

Sep 10 09:12

Rohrabacher Calls For Hearings On Clinton Foundation Collusion With Russia

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher released a statement on Thursday calling for hearings regarding possible collusion between the Clinton Foundation and Russia. Rohrabacher sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce on Wednesday.

Disobedient Media previously reported on Rohrabacher’s meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, with Rohrabacher alleging in the wake of the visit that information may be forthcoming which could completely disprove Russian hacking claims. CNN reported Rohrabacher’s desire to brief Trump personally on the issue, though it remains unclear when or if such a meeting will take place.

In the wake of his meeting with Assange, Rohrabacher also alluded to the possibility that Assange could receive a pardon and could finally have an opportunity to leave the Ecuadorian embassy after over five years arbitrary confinement.

Sep 10 09:11

Media Takes Advantage Of Irma—Silences Wikileaks Latest Data Dump—Wait Until You See What It Is

Sep 10 09:10

Day 324.4 Imran's Dirty Dozen Fake Employees

Sep 10 08:23

Woman Sues Background Check Site After Husband Uses Site To Catch Her Cheating

Mary from Dallas Texas filed a lawsuit against background check site Persopo.com this month in court. In her lawsuit, she alleges Persopo.com provided her husband with “confidential” information about her. Her husband divorced her based off this information and she wants Persopo.com to pay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The woman was cheating on her husband, apparently with multiple men, and the husband found out through Persopo.com. The woman, whom I suspect is a liberal, blames the website and not her own behavior.

Sep 09 15:57

Credit Agency Equifax Threatened To Pay Up In Bitcoin Or Else

By Aaron Kesel

Credit reporting agency Equifax was hacked, potentially endangering 143 million Americans’ social security numbers, birth dates, and other private information. Unless, according to the alleged hackers who hacked them, Equifax pays the 600 BTC ransom (2.6 million dollars) by September 15th, according to a Darkweb onion site.

The supposed hackers note that they won’t publicly post credit card numbers of the credit agency, suggesting they may pawn them on Darkweb carding forums...

Sep 09 11:52

F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

'I see you're trying to land. Please reboot the flight control system to continue'

Sep 09 11:48

Mexican tax refund site left 400GB of sensitive customer info wide open

Mexican VAT refund site MoneyBack exposed sensitive customer information online as a result of a misconfigured database.

A CouchDB database featuring half a million customers' passport details, credit card numbers, travel tickets and more was left publicly accessible, security firm Kromtech reports. More than 400GB of sensitive information could be either downloaded or viewed because of a lack of access controls before the system was recently secured.

The data includes 455,038 scanned documents, including 88,623 unique passport numbers, related to people who were claiming a tax refund for goods purchased south of the border. Passports identified included those held by citizens of the US, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Italy, and many more. Data from 2016 and 2017 featured in the exposure.

Sep 09 11:46

Hackers Can Remotely Access Syringe Infusion Pumps to Deliver Fatal Overdoses

Medical devices are increasingly found vulnerable to hacking. Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after they were found vulnerable to hackers.

Now, it turns out that a syringe infusion pump used in acute care settings could be remotely accessed and manipulated by hackers to impact the intended operation of the device, ICS-CERT warned in an advisory issued on Thursday.

An independent security researcher has discovered not just one or two, but eight security vulnerabilities in the Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump, which is manufactured by Minnesota-based speciality medical device maker Smiths Medical.

The devices are used across the world for delivering small doses of medication in acute critical care, such as neonatal and pediatric intensive care and the operating room.

Sep 09 09:59

REPORTER BARRETT BROWN JAILED 5 YEARS FOR JOURNALISM JUST LAUNCHED NEW SYSTEM TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION

The Pursuance Project, billed as the “world’s first comprehensive framework for process democracy,” was conceived with mass online collaboration in mind. Brown, who served five years in federal prison for leaking information as part of the PM Project — which sought to make transparent the abuses of the surveillance state — believes the full promise of the Internet is yet to be realized. The Pursuance Project, which he calls a “civic collaboration network,” will leverage online tools and relationships to create “a vast and formidable ecosystem of opposition to institutionalized injustice.”

Barrett Brown learned many lessons from his years of harassment at the hands of the Department of Justice. One of these lessons, it seems, was most certainly not backing down from the fight. And he sees net-driven mass collaboration as the most important arsenal in an information war that is already well underway.

Sep 09 08:39

Best Buy stops sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products

Best Buy Co, the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, is pulling Kaspersky Lab’s cyber security products from its shelves and website, amid concerns that the Moscow-based firm may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Sep 09 07:07

Case study of LAPD and Palantir's predictive policing tool: same corruption; new, empirical respectability

UT Austin sociologist Sarah Brayne spent 2.5 years conducting field research with the LAPD as they rolled out Predpol, a software tool that is supposed to direct police to places where crime is likely to occur, but which has been shown to send cops out to overpolice brown and poor people at the expense of actual crimefighting.

Sep 09 05:21

Equifax Lobbied To Kill Rule Protecting Victims Of Data Breaches

If you want to know if you were one of the 143 million people whose data was breached in a hack of Equifax’s data, the company has a website you can use to find out — but there appears to be a catch: To check, you have to agree to give up your legal right to sue the company for damages. The outrage that clause has now generated could complicate the company’s efforts — backed by Republican lawmakers — to block an imminent rule that would ban companies from forcing customers to agree to such provisions.

Sep 09 05:20

Is Equifax Data On The Dark Web? Not Yet, But It Will Be

Following the security breach of credit reporting firm Equifax that resulted in the personal information of an upwards of 143 million Americans being stolen, researchers are searching to find who executed the hack and where the stolen data will end up—though thus far the clues have been sparse.

With any data breach, but especially one the size of the Equifax incident, it seems inevitable that the stolen information will end up on the dark web—either sold off to the highest bidder or in bits and pieces that allow black market buyers to purchase and use stolen information.

In the case of the Equifax hack, there is plenty of personal information to go around. The credit reporting firm said Thursday the credit card numbers of approximately 209,000 consumers in the United States were accessed by an unauthorized source. It also confirmed the hackers gained access to the personally identifying information of 182,000 U.S. consumers.

Sep 09 05:16

Equifax Hit With $70 Billion Lawsuit After Leaking 143 Million Social Security Numbers

One day after Equifax announced (more than one month after it itself had learned) that its systems had been hacked, resulting in up to 143 million social security numbers, names, addresses, driver’s license data, birth dates, some credit card numbers and pretty much all other critical personal data being leaked and currently for sale somewhere on the dark web, the company whose job is, ironically, to protect the credit and personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans has been hit with a monster class-action lawsuit seeking as much as $70 billion.

Sep 09 05:16

Equifax Data Breach is a 10 out of 10 Scandal

The hacking of consumer credit reporting giant Equifax, and the company's 'cynical' handling of it, is a far-reaching disaster that borders on criminal, says financial regulation expert Bill Black

Sep 09 05:13

Equifax data breach: Find out if you were one of 143 million hacked

Editor's note, September 8: We recommend that anyone with a credit history assume they were affected by the hack, as Equifax's hack-checker tool proved unreliable in our tests.

Also, Equifax will suggest you enroll in Trusted ID, which includes a Terms of Service agreement that waives your rights to a class-action lawsuit against the company. CNET is investigating the issue and is not yet sure if these terms will hold up in court.

Sep 09 04:53

Top US Electronics Retailer Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Lab Software

Best Buy reportedly will stop selling Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity software due to fears that the company has links to the Russian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another reason not to shop at Best Buy!

Sep 08 15:44

What Is DTube? - Why It Can Replace YouTube! (FULL Report)

https://dtube.video/

Published on Aug 20, 2017Josh Sigurdson breaks down the new streaming video platform "DTube" and how it can actually break down the barriers so many YouTube creators face today.

DTube is a decentralized streaming video platform linked to Steemit (the decentralized social media) which allows users to upload videos easily and make money (or cryptocurrency) via the upvotes or likes on their post. As YouTube brings in the Anti-Defamation League to demonetize content and label it as "hate speech", DTube couldn't have come at a better time.

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Sep 08 13:33

Here are all the ways the Equifax data breach is worse than you can imagine

Another day, another massive data breach. Except this one involves Equifax, one of the credit-monitoring companies you might expect to be ultrasensitive to the importance of safeguarding your personal information from hackers.

Instead, the company revealed on Thursday, the personal data of 143 million U.S. consumers in its care — nearly half the country — was potentially compromised. The data now at large includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and driver’s license numbers, all of which can be used fraudulently to validate the identity of someone trying to open a bank or credit account in another person’s name.

In some cases, Equifax says, the security questions and answers used on some websites to verify users’ identity may also have been exposed. Having that information in hand would allow hackers to change their targets’ passwords and other account settings.

Sep 08 11:41

URGENT: SOUTHFRONT’S WORK IS FULLY BLOCKED ON YOUTUBE

The project’s YouTube channel received two community guidelines strikes over the past 48 hours. With two community guidelines strikes, SouthFront cannot upload new videos on YouTube. Work on YouTube is now fully blocked.

Sep 08 09:33

AMD is gaining ground on Intel faster than analysts had thought

In March, Intel processors represented 72.4% of total unit sales. Ryzen launched on March 2, giving AMD a full month of ramp time. The company was able to capture 27.6% of the market. AMD sales rose every month since then, hitting 48.7% in July and 56.1% in August, overtaking Intel for the first time in nearly a decade.

Sep 08 09:28

Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Equifax Inc. late Thursday evening, shortly after the company reported that an unprecedented hack had compromised the private information of about 143 million people.

In the complaint filed in Portland, Ore., federal court, users alleged Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack.

Sep 08 09:26

Bug in Windows Kernel Could Prevent Security Software From Identifying Malware

Malware developers can abuse a programming error in the Windows kernel to prevent security software from identifying if, and when, malicious modules have been loaded at runtime.

The bug affects PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, one of the low-level mechanisms some security solutions use to identify when code has been loaded into the kernel or user space.

The problem is that an attacker can exploit this bug in a way that PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine returns an invalid module name, allowing an attacker to disguise malware as a legitimate operation.

Sep 08 09:24

Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever

The breach Equifax reported Thursday, however, very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. By providing full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers, it provided most of the information banks, insurance companies, and other businesses use to confirm consumers are who they claim to be. The theft, by criminals who exploited a security flaw on the Equifax website, opens the troubling prospect the data is now in the hands of hostile governments, criminal gangs, or both and will remain so indefinitely.

Hacks hitting Yahoo and other sites, by contrast, may have breached more accounts, but the severity of the personal data was generally more limited. And in most cases the damage could be contained by changing a password or getting a new credit card number.

Sep 08 08:03

Credit company warns 143mn people may be affected in data breach

Equifax Inc. says a breach of their system may affect 143 million people in the US. About 209,000 credit card numbers were also compromised, marking one of the worst breaches in US history due the scope and importance of information exposed.

The Equifax breach is different than other situations where data is compromised, due to the possibility that consumers may not be aware they are customers of the company. This occurs because Equifax obtains its data from credit card companies, retailers, banks and lenders which report on credit activity of individuals to credit reporting agencies, CNN reported Thursday.

Sep 08 07:52

Security firm Mandiant said to be helping Equifax in hack aftermath

Equifax earlier on Thursday revealed a massive data breach of 143 million consumers.

Sep 08 07:51

Three Equifax execs sold $1.8million of stock days after massive data breach - which wasn't revealed to the public for more than six weeks

Equifax says that three company executives who sold stock just days after the company discovered a major security breach were not aware of the hack at the time.

On Thursday, the company disclosed a cyberattack that ran from mid-May to July. The attack exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of about 143 million Americans.
Equifax said it detected the hack on July 29.

On August 1 and August 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8million in stock.

Sep 08 07:43

New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions

Sep 08 07:13

Shadow Brokers Leaks Another Windows Hacking Tool Stolen from NSA’s Arsenal

The Shadow Brokers, a notorious hacking group that leaked several hacking tools from the NSA, is once again making headlines for releasing another NSA exploit—but only to its "monthly dump service" subscribers.

Dubbed UNITEDRAKE, the implant is a "fully extensible remote collection system" that comes with a number of "plug-ins," enabling attackers to remotely take full control over targeted Windows computers.

Sep 08 07:12

Equifax Hack Exposes Personal Info of 143 Million US Consumers

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting firm in the US, admitted today that it had suffered a massive data breach somewhere between mid-May and July, which was discovered on July 29.

However, it's unknown why Equifax waited 6 weeks before informing their millions of affected customers about the massive security breach.

Stolen data includes consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates for 143 million Americans, and in some instances, driving licence numbers and credit card numbers for about 209,000 citizens.

The company said that some personal information for Canadian and British residents was also compromised.

Sep 08 07:08

Digital walkie talkie app becomes top download thanks to Hurricane Irma with one million downloads in 24 hours

Zello differs from other messaging or voice apps by allowing the user to hold down a button and broadcast to other users logged into a specific channel - just like a traditional walkie talkie.

False rumors circulating on Facebook have implied that Zello works even when internet and cell service are out, which the company has said is not true.

'If there is no WiFi and no cellular data service, communication apps (including Zello) WON'T WORK,' Gavrilov said in the statement.

However, he added: 'Text messaging apps and Zello use a fraction of bandwidth of phone calls and will often work when phone calls won’t get through.'

Sep 07 17:50

Photographer: Simon Dawson/BloombergThree Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Trio didn’t know about the intrusion when selling, firm says
Shares tumbled in late trading after company disclosed breach
Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers.

The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said.

The credit-reporting service said late Thursday in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Plodder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10 b5-1 scheduled trading plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these men did not know about about the breach, why, precisely, did they unload these stocks at about precisely the same time?!?

And Ms. Gurzmer, a word, please: If you think that the American people are going to believe this tripe, I would refer you to President' Bush's lie about "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."

Look at the timing of the transactions; 29 July; and 2 August; there is no way that the breach would not have been the reason for the selling of these shares.

Your cleverly concocted bit of codswallop will be swallowed whole by anyone; Equifax, once highly respected, will now be eschewed, as though all of your employees had instantly become antibiotic-resistant plague-carriers.

Sep 07 15:00

Exclusive: Police Report Indicates Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Planted Computer For Investigators To Find

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

Sep 07 14:30

Digital walkie talkie app becomes top download thanks to Hurricane Irma with one million downloads in 24 hours

A digital walkie talkie app has become the top downloaded app as Hurrican Irma threatens Florida and the southern Atlantic seaboard.

Zello was the top free download in both Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Thursday, after gaining fame as the top communications tool of the 'Cajun Navy' Harvey rescuers in Houston.

'Over 1 million people have joined in the last day, with most coming from Puerto Rico and Florida,' Zello CTO Alexey Gavrilov said in a statement.

Sep 07 13:52

Identical twins denied driving licence after baffling facial recognition computer system

The computer system in Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) runs on facial recognition.

As Alicia and Alicen Kennedy appear to have the same face, the computer is finding it tough to tell them apart.

Sep 07 12:47

35 False Matches and 1 Erroneous Arrest As Police Secretly Test Facial Recognition Technology

By Nicholas West

All things biometric are sweeping across the world at warp speed now, from security on planes and trains to check-ins at conferences and events, banking systems, etc. But the use of facial recognition tech in policing is being touted as the next big thing to keep the public safe. In fact, facial recognition technology is already working on the next level of development with researchers constructing new algorithms that supposedly can penetrate the most simple method of avoidance: wearing a mask.

However, a recent event in Britain should cause those who are high on this technology to rein in their enthusiasm. According to a Sky News report, a recent carnival in Notting Hill was treated as a testing ground for police facial recognition systems. The results were troubling...

Sep 07 10:47

The “Internet of Things” Is Sending Us Back To The Middle Ages

Op-Ed by Joshua A.T. Fairfield Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though often software designers and advertisers are involved...

Sep 07 10:08

10 apps to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster

Sep 07 09:44

Google is NSA

Google wants to be Big Brother’s eyeballs on you. All us Internet gurus knew this since before the NSA was found out spying on everybody. But now the Mountain View boys are more determined than ever to filter your information, and to obliterate any semblance of truth reaching people.

Sep 07 09:21

Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

Which of Google, Apple and Microsoft think a content security bypass doesn't warrant a browser patch?

Thanks to Cisco Talos security bod Nicolai Grødum, who found the cross-site scripting bug that affects older Chrome and Safari plus current versions of Edge, we know the answer is "Microsoft".

Grødum posted news of Microsoft's attitude here, explaining that if you use Chrome 57.0.2987.98 or later, you're already protected against CVE-2017-5033. Ditto users of iOS later than 10.3 and Safari later than 10.1, who are spared the ravages of CVE-2017-2419. However, Talos writes, “Microsoft stated that this is by design and has declined to patch this issue”.

Sep 07 09:16

.UK domains left at risk of theft in Enom blunder

Thousands of UK companies were at risk of having their .uk domain names stolen for more than four months by a critical security failure at domain registrar Enom.

The security lapse allowed .uk domains to be transferred between Enom accounts with no verification, authorisation or logs.

Any domains hijacked would have been “extremely hard or impossible” to recover, according to The M Group, the security firm that discovered the flaw.

The M Group said it reported the issue to Enom on 2 May, but the problem was only addressed on 1 September.

Sep 07 07:49

The Importance of Drudge, Quayle, Rivero, and Rense

Mike Rivero has an interesting background that spans from NASA to Hollywood. Rivero stumbled into the alternative media after questioning the death of Vince Foster which ultimately resulted in the end of his Hollywood career. Luckily for us, it led to the birth of Whatreallyhappened.com. WRH, as known by its members, can generate up to 10,000 referrals a day, which makes his site another important piece of the independent media. Mike and his wife Claire have logged thousands of hours in a fight for truth and freedom.

Sep 06 18:24

Deutsche Bank plans to automate a 'big number' of jobs because its workers are already 'behaving like robots'

Deutsche Bank - one of the world's largest financial institutions - is gearing up to replace a large chunk of its workforce with robots.

CEO John Cryan warned today that a 'big number' of people will lose their jobs at the firm as it automates to embrace its 'revolutionary spirit.'

The Frankfurt, Germany-based company employs 100,000 people globally, but it's unknown how many will be laid off and replaced by machines or when the overhaul will occur.

Sep 06 14:41

The REAL Agenda Behind YouTube Censorship

What’s the real reason behind YouTube’s lurch towards censorship?

Paul Joseph Watson talks with Styxhexenhammer666 about free speech and the culture war.

Sep 06 12:01

Why Facebook says its ads can reach more people in the US than live there

Facebook may have messed up on its math again. Or maybe not.

Facebook claims that its ads can reach more people in the US than the number of people who live in the US. Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser picked up on the discrepancy after checking potential audience estimates provided by Facebook’s self-serve ad-buying tool and comparing Facebook’s estimates with estimates calculated last year by the US Census Bureau.

According to Wieser’s digging — and confirmed by my own checking of Facebook’s and the US Census Bureau’s numbers — Facebook estimates that its ads (running across Facebook, Instagram and its Audience Network ad network of third-party publishers) can reach 10 million more 18- to 24-year-olds and 15 million more 25- to 34-year-olds in the US than live in the US, per Census data.

Obvious question: Why would Facebook tell advertisers it can show their ads to 25 million more people in the US than actually live here? Maybe not-so-obvious answer: It’s not.

Sep 06 10:09

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week.

The issue appears to have been going on for more than a year. Some customers said the fraudsters knew their personal details.

One reader got in touch to report that his father-in-law has been having problems with his BT broadband, which he contacted the company about.

This week he got a call from someone asking for him by name, talking about his broadband problems. This individual claimed he had malware on his computer and said he need to access his machine via a third-party client.

"Within the hour he had over £1,000 in two payments from his bank account. Fortunately Lloyds stepped in on the second larger payment and stopped it progressing," said his son-in-law, who asked not to be named.

Sep 06 08:53

This tiny Windows 10 PC that fits in your pocket will ship in November

The Sirius A—a desktop PC crammed into a device not much bigger than a phone—will begin shipping from November 20th.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in addition to being useless, it is also difficult to use!

Sep 06 08:09

SPIES, COPS, AND CORPORATE ‘SECURITY’ PROFITEERS TO GATHER IN WASHINGTON

On September 11, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, thousands of spies, police officers, prosecutors, and surveillance profiteers will gather in Washington D.C. for a spying technology extravaganza known as ISS World Americas. On its website, the event organizers describe ISS World Americas as

the world’s largest gathering of Americas Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Defense, Public Safety and other members of the Government Intelligence Community as well as Telecom Operators responsible for cyber threat intelligence gathering, DarkNet monitoring, lawful interception and cybercrime investigations.

ISS World Programs present the methodologies and tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Government Intelligence Communities in the fight against drug trafficking, cyber money laundering, human trafficking, terrorism and other criminal activities conducted over today’s Telecommunications networks, the Internet and Social Networks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Orwellian, with all the contemporary bells and whistles!!

Sep 06 07:46

Intensifying Russia Probes: Why? It's A Proven Fact That Russia Did Not Hack DNC Computers

Politico reports Russia probes kick into high gear. CNN says Intensifying Russia probes could pit Hill against Mueller. Esquire says All These Trump Associates Will Testify About Russia This Fall.

There is only one angle in the Russia story worth investigating: Hillary’s role, the CIA’s role, and the FBI’s role in the Russia blame game.

Sep 06 04:12

Red Sox accused of using Apple Watches to steal pitching signs from Yankees

The allegations stem from a Red Sox vs Yankees series at Fenway Park in mid-August when, according to the New York Times, staff members and Red Sox players used Apple Watches as a way to share the signals.

Sep 05 16:02

UK Police Test Facial Recognition Tech At Carnival, Rack Up 35 Bogus 'Hits' And One Wrongful Arrest

UK law enforcement has proudly been using facial recognition for tech for a few years now. As is the case with any new law enforcement tech advancement, it's being deployed as broadly as possible with as little oversight as agencies can get away with. As of 2015, UK law enforcement had 18 million faces stashed away in its databases. Presumably, the database did not contain 18 million criminals and their mugshots. Concerns were raised but waved away with promises to put policies in place at some point in the future and with grandiose claims of 100% reliability. The latter, naturally, came from the police inspector who headed the facial recognition department. Caveat: this had only been tested on a limited set using "clear images."

Sep 05 14:52

Twitter Bans Christian Mom for Calling Out Teen Vogue’s Push of Underage Sodomy

The Twitter police have suspended a popular Christian blogger for criticizing a Teen Vogue editor who published an article encouraging teens to have anal sex.

Sep 05 13:55

More Melania Fashion Outrage From The Traumatized Left

...While Simultaneously Asking What She Plans To Do About CyberBullying

Sep 05 12:12

It's Official: This Is Straight out of Orwell's 1984...

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