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Feb 10 16:45

CIA boss flips out when Ron Wyden reminds him that CIA spied on the Senate

Remember when it looked like the Senate committee that oversees the CIA was writing the notorious CIA Torture Report, and caught the CIA searching their Senate bosses' files to find out what they knew?

Apparently, CIA Director John Brennan doesn't. At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday, Brennan pitched a tantrum when Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR], who sits on the Committee, asked him to account for spying on his bosses. The Director snarls at his boss, insisting that nothing bad happened, that Wyden shouldn't be talking about it, and so on -- saying everything, in fact, except, "Sorry, it won't happen again."

Feb 10 16:18

Twitter Unveils In-House "Ministry Of Truth"

The Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, is one of the most important agencies of the government, for an uninformed or misinformed populace can be confused, deceived, and directed easily by controlling powers. So, in order for users to feel confident expressing themselves "freely and safely," Twitter is debuting a new advisory group dubbed the "Trust & Safety Council." But a quick glance at its membership roster suggests the council is almost as Orwellian as it sounds - and overwhelmingly biased in favor of speech suppression.

Feb 10 16:12

How Smart Devices Could Take Out Power Grid: Hack “Air Conditioners Turn On/Off Repeatedly”

“You shouldn’t be able to do this.” But you can. It may be one of the most dangerous flaws in technology to date.

A hacker could cut air conditioners during a heatwave—creating a potentially fatal condition for the elderly and sick—or turn air conditioners on during peak energy periods, causing a surge that creates a widespread blackout.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 10 12:44

Right to privacy should form ‘backbone’ of mass surveillance laws

Tory Home Secretary Theresa May’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill fails to provide sufficient protections for the right to privacy, a senior parliamentary committee has warned in a highly critical report.

Feb 10 10:48

Opera Gets $1.2 Billion Buyout Offer From Chinese Consortium That Includes Qihoo 360

Opera confirmed Tuesday night it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The offer, from Kunlun and Qihoo 360, backed by the investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, values Opera at about 10.4 billion Norwegian kroner, a premium of 53 percent above where it was trading prior to speculation of a buyout bid. Opera’s board is unanimously recommending shareholders approve the takeover.

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Feb 09 15:42

UK Internet bill fails to protect privacy

Concerns about the consequences of the UK government’s internet bill have spread to the parliament of the country.

British lawmakers in charge of scrutinizing the intelligence agencies say there are not enough privacy safeguards in plans to strengthen the government’s powers to spy on the Internet.

Feb 09 15:24

Hacker dumps data on nearly 30K federal agents ‘for Palestine’

An anonymous hacker has released the details of 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel online.

The so-called cybercriminal had earlier threatened to take the measure, Motherboard, which had received a copy of the data, reported Monday.

Feb 09 14:19

UK nukes could be hacked

A newly-published report has cast serious doubts about the security of the UK’s nuclear weapons.

A study for think tank the European Leadership Network (ELN) suggests that Britain’s nuclear weapons can never be fully protected against a cyber attack.

Feb 09 09:37

HOW TO HACK THE POWER GRID THROUGH HOME AIR CONDITIONERS

THERE ARE many ways we know of to cause a blackout. You could hack industrial equipment to spin a generator out of control. You could hijack operator machines and remotely open breakers. Or you could launch a sniper assault on substations and shoot out transformers. Now researchers have found another way to take down the power grid: by remotely manipulating home and office air conditioners to create a surge.

Feb 09 09:26

Hillary Clinton Just Got The Worst News Possible Before The New Hampshire Primary!

I am actually starting to believe that this may lead to an indictment. I hope that FBI Director Comey stands up to the bureaucracy in this administration. It would restore a lot of the trust that is missing in America..

The FBI has finally confirmed what has been suspected by most people for many months now – there is a formal, federal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Feb 09 09:14

New Java bug leads to "complete compromise" of PC, warns Oracle

Oracle has released yet another Java patch for Windows to fight a flaw that leads to “complete compromise” of a victim's computer.

An attacker would have to trick the victim into visiting an infected website before performing an installation of Java 6, 7 or 8, but would then find themselves with full control of the target system.

Feb 09 07:54

The Internet is Becoming a Safe Space

Internet trolls, be gone! Popular publications and social media sites are stepping up their censorship of interactive spaces, shielding the delicate eyes of the common commenter from every kind of digital taboo, from spam to hate speech.

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Feb 08 16:38

Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero Rating”

Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program. The decision marks a major victory for grassroots activists in India and around the world who have been calling for such a ban, and a setback for companies like T-Mobile and Verizon, who have been pushing similar practices in the U.S., claiming that they do not violate net neutrality.

Feb 08 15:23

The Army Has Made a Robot Cockroach

Why does the military need roboroaches? Put aside your feelings of revulsion toward periplaneta americana and consider for a moment the design miracle that is the American cockroach. Ever seen a cockroach scurry from the light into an incredibly tight crevice? The American cockroach is about stands 12.52 mm tall but can squeeze itself down to as small as 3 mm in height, about two stacked pennies, when it has to find cover. That shape change doesn’t even slow the bug down when it runs.

Feb 08 13:36

Hacker promises dump of data from 20K FBI and 9K DHS employees

A hacker has told Motherboard that they have extracted 200GB of data from the US government, including confidential records pertaining to 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 DHS employees.

The hacker says that they compromised the email of a Department of Justice employee, then called up the DoJ's tech support office and tricked them into providing broad access to the DoJ's systems.

Motherboard has seen some of this data and its initial investigation suggests that it is genuine,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, good. Now they know how we feel about the NSA snooping on us!

Feb 08 11:17

Police issue warning after 'fraud lab' discovered near Bloor and Parliament

Toronto police are warning residents about the discovery of a "fraud lab" after an investigation into several mail and identity thefts at local Money Marts in Toronto.

Police say they found a number of items and computers at a lab in the Bloor Street East and Parliament Street area.

Investigators say the items that can be found in these types of labs include:

Feb 08 11:16

Submarine cable cut lops Terabits off Australia's data bridge

Another of the submarine cables connecting Australia to the world, for data, has broken.

PPC-1, which stretches from Sydney to Guam and has 1.92 terabits per second capacity, is out of service until at least March 7.

TPG's announcement says the fault is around 4,590 km from the cable's Guam landing, which means it's around 3,000 metres below the surface.

The fault notice says engineers first logged a report that “alarms indicated that a submarine line card had lost its payload”, and the company is trying to establish when a repair ship can be dispatched to the location.

Feb 08 11:14

Alibaba security fail: Brute-force bonanza yields 21m logins

'Crack security team' didn't notice attempt to log in 99 million times

Feb 08 11:14

Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

Yes, Java fixes are a dime a dozen. But this one prevents 'total compromise' of machines

Feb 08 10:14

Twitter In MELTDOWN As Entire Userbase Revolts

Twitter has taken another step towards the abyss. According to an article on BuzzFeed, the company plans to take control of its users’ news feeds, with a Facebook-style computer algorithm determining what content appears on their timelines. But Twitter’s users won’t take it lying down — they’ve been raising hell throughout the day.

Feb 08 09:59

Police are using license plate readers in shopping malls, tow trucks, garbage trucks to spy on us

Across the country, DHS/Police are profiting from privately owned license-plate readers (LPR's) in parking lots, shopping malls etc. Mall of America works with police to scan your license plate as soon as you enter their parking lot, and Repo companies are using LPR's in parking lots across the country. Private companies such as parking lots and universities use "3M," "Autovu," and "Vivotek" to spy on our license plates. Click here, here & here to find out more about LPR's on campuses.

Feb 08 09:54

British spies want to be able to suck data out of US Internet giants

As the UK government passes increasingly far-reaching surveillance laws that bind companies to capture, store and share data on their customers' activities, US tech giants like Facebook and Google are caught in a dilemma: much of what the UK government demands of them, the US government prohibits. A leaked draft of an agreement between the UK and the US would allow British spy agencies to require the US companies to turn over their records -- the private data of Britons, Americans and citizens and residents of other nations.

Feb 08 09:31

Windows 10 subscriptions aren't happening. Here's why

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Feb 08 08:35

Maryland Attorney General: If You Don't Want To Be Tracked, Turn Off Your Phone

The state attorney general of Maryland is taking an alarmingly aggressive stance on the use of controversial cell phone trackers known as cell site simulators, or StingRays, arguing in court that a suspect volunteered to be tracked simply by leaving his phone on.

Feb 08 07:42

Are YOUR Skype chats being watched? T9000 malware steals files, records calls and can 'hide' from anti-virus software

A malicious computer program is targeting Skype users and listening in to their conversations, security experts have warned.

The Trojan, called T9000, was spotted by experts at Palo Alto Networks, who call it 'backdoor malware'.

The researchers also warned it is so sophisticated, it can hide from even the most popular anti-virus software, making it extremely difficult to detect.

Feb 07 12:25

Everyone in Hillary’s Inner-Circle Lawyers-Up; FBI Quickly Closing In on Hillary

Here’s the problem with Hillary's most recent version of the story… which is about the 12th version by the way: Senior officials at the FBI came out today and said the FBI does NOT even conduct “security reviews.” They conduct CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS!

As you’ll see in the video below, adding to Hillary’s nightmare is the fact that the FBI recently contacted all the members of her ‘inner, inner circle’ about her emails; every single one of them lawyered up. Current FBI Director James Comey has already threatened to take the evidence against Hillary public if Loretta Lynch at the Department of Injustice does not indict Clinton, and thus far the FBI has been silent, so that suggests even though there hasn’t been an indictment yet, the FBI still believes one to be forthcoming…

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Feb 06 14:10

Hillary misleading about email probe during debate, former FBI agents say

In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out.”

Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.

“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”

Feb 06 12:49

Another Cop Treats Sexting Teens Like Child Pornographers

A Three Rivers, Michigan, teenager is both the victim and perpetrator of a sex crime. He might land on the sex offender registry, and face criminal charges, all because he took an inappropriate photo—of himself. The boy is unnamed in local news reporters, which note that he is under 15 years of age. He allegedly took a nude photo of himself on a girl’s cell phone. That girl sent the picture to another girl, who sent it to another. Preliminary charges are pending for all three—the boy was charged with manufacturing child porn, and the girls with distributing it. A prosecutor is still weighing whether to pursue the charges.

Feb 06 11:14

IDF CLAMPING DOWN ON BLOGGERS

About 30 bloggers and webmasters receive order to submit articles to the military censor for approval before publication.

Feb 06 09:43

The Half Dozen Biggest Reasons Why the Iowa Caucus Turned into a Voter Fraud Circus

The second even more blatant evidence that the Iowa state caucus and entire Democratic Party presidential election process has been rigged is that mega-giant corporation Microsoft founder Bill Gates is now in charge of counting both the Democratic and Republican votes in this year’s state primary elections.

Tech savvy Betanews journalist Brian Fagioli recently had this to say about Microsoft counting votes:

Closed source technologies from companies like Microsoft could, in theory, contain backdoors or vulnerabilities that hackers and evildoers could exploit. Even worse, Microsoft or its employees could purposely alter voting software to influence outcomes.

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Feb 06 08:13

6 links that will show you what Google knows about you

Here are 6 links that will show you some of the data Google has about you.

Feb 06 07:53

Facebook's War On Freedom Of Speech

It was only a few weeks ago that Facebook was forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings. Now one of the most sinister stories of the past year was hardly even reported. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook at a UN development summit in New York. As they sat down, Chancellor Merkel's microphone, still on, recorded Merkel asking Zuckerberg what could be done to stop anti-immigration postings being written on Facebook. She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.

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Feb 05 15:42

Serious flaw discovered in Avast's security-focused SafeZone browser

Several antivirus vendors have taken the open-source Chromium browser and created derivatives that they claim are more privacy-friendly and secure. Yet, at least two of them were recently found to have serious flaws that don’t exist in Chromium.

The latest example is the Avast SafeZone browser, internally known as Avastium, which is installed with the paid versions of Avast’s antivirus and security suites. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy found a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of Avastium when opening an attacker-controlled URL in any other locally installed browser.

By exploiting the flaw, an attacker could remotely read “files, cookies, passwords, everything,” Ormandy said in a report that he sent to Avast in December and which he made public Wednesday. “He can even take control of authenticated sessions and read email, interact with online banking, etc.”

Feb 05 15:32

Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has admitted that hackers who broke into its systems may have snaffled the personal details of more than 60,000 staff and students.

The breach, discovered in early January but only made public on Thursday, exposed the social security numbers and other private information of 63,000 students, former students and faculty/staff members at the institution, which is a half-an-hour's drive away from Disney's Epcot Center.

Credit card numbers, medical records, financial records and grades are all thought to have being unexposed by the hack, according to the Orlando-based university.

Feb 05 14:41

Apple to pay over $600 million in patent lawsuit

Apple is being forced to pay VirnetX Holding Corp more than $625 million for violating patents related to FaceTime and other live communication technology. The jury determined that Apple had infringed on every patent claim from VirnetX.

Feb 05 13:51

"Hillary for Prison" movement sweeps the nation

On newsstands across the country now, magazines are featuring Hillary stuck behind prison bars – right where she belongs – with the words “treason, bribery perjury, fraud, espionage and embezzlement.”

As the latest batch of private emails from the State Department further expose the presidential hopeful, the likelihood of criminal charges continue to increase exponentially.

Will Hillary be brought to justice or will she use her power, influence and backing from the White House to subvert the rule of law?

Feb 05 13:11

Global Patriot Act? UK Seeks Authority to Serve Warrants in America

Britain has been negotiating a plan with the United States which would allow the UK to directly serve wiretap warrants on American communications companies for national security and criminal proceedings.

Considering how many threats they’ve known about and been able to actually thwart, this surely isn’t about further chipping away at everyone’s privacy along with American Constitutional protections as well as national sovereignty at all... (that was sarcasm)

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Feb 05 10:21

More Clinton emails to be labeled 'top secret,' lawmaker says

A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee warned on Wednesday that the Obama administration will declare that additional emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server during her time as secretary of State have been classified at the highest level.

“The press has reporting there’s been 22 emails. There’s actually more than that," Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday.

“They do reveal classified methods. They do reveal classified sources and they do reveal human assets,” he added. “I can't imagine how anyone could be familiar with these emails, whether they’re sending them or receiving them, and not realize that these are highly classified.”

Feb 05 09:19

Mysterious spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors

It's still not clear how, but a disproportionately large number of websites that run on the WordPress content management system are being hacked to deliver crypto ransomware and other malicious software to unwitting end users.

In the past four days, researchers from three separate security firms have reported that a large number of legitimate WordPress sites have been hacked to silently redirect visitors to a series of malicious sites. The attack sites host code from the Nuclear exploit kit that's available for sale in black markets across the Internet. People who visit the WordPress sites using out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Silverlight, or Internet Explorer can then find their computers infected with the Teslacrypt ransomware package, which encrypts user files and demands a hefty ransom for the decryption key needed to restore them.

Feb 05 09:10

‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6

Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.

Relatively few people outside the tech world are aware of the so-called “error 53” problem, but if it happens to you you’ll know about it. And according to one specialist journalist, it “will kill your iPhone”.

The issue appears to affect handsets where the home button, which has touch ID fingerprint recognition built-in, has been repaired by a “non-official” company or individual. It has also reportedly affected customers whose phone has been damaged but who have been able to carry on using it without the need for a repair.

Feb 05 09:07

Most Windows security flaws mitigated by 'removing admin rights'

Almost nine-out-of-ten vulnerabilities targeting Windows last year could have been prevented by removing accounts with administrative rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On Windows 7, you can't do anything without administrative rights! Even WITH administrative rights, I never could get 3D Studio MAX to install! Windows 7 is so secure even I can't use it!

Feb 05 07:58

Interior Ministry: Hackers’ attack against Russian banks in 2015 affected Visa, MasterCard

An attack against the Russian banking system made by hackers last year compromised Visa and MasterCard international payment systems, representative of the Cybercrime Department of the Russian Interior Ministry Alexander Vurasko said on Thursday.

"The specificity of that [hackers’] ring was that they managed to compromise the largest international payment systems, including Visa and MasterCard. It made possible for them to attack processing center, modified transmitted information, and attack interbank exchange systems," the official said.

Feb 05 07:51

GPS error caused '12 hours of problems' for companies

A USAF spokeswoman confirmed that the error had been pushed to the satellites by "ground system software".

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Another quality US product!

Feb 04 18:49

Windows 10 Solitaire requires a subscription to remove ads

Windows 10—which is out now, by the way—comes, as it used to in the pre-Win8 days, with Solitaire preinstalled. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, in fact, which bundles the classic Klondike with other familiar variants like Freecell and Spider Solitaire, tracks stats and logs achievements, and will even have leaderboards at some point. It also has ads.
You can make the ads go away, but, as you may have guessed, it'll cost you, and not just once: The Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition is effectively a subscription service that goes for $1.50 a month, or $10 for a year.

Feb 04 15:32

Rep Issa Clinton Indictment Soon

Feb 04 15:17

Autodesk announces 925 layoffs — 10% of its workforce — as part of restructuring plan

Design-focused software firm Autodesk has announced a “restructuring plan” as the company looks to expedite its transition to the cloud and a “subscription-based business model.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I could care less. I never did get my 3D Studio Max to install under Windows 7. As far as I am concerned, Autodesk and their subscription model can go to hell!

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Feb 04 09:56

FLASHBACK - Proof of corrupt election software

Feb 04 09:10

PGP co-founder: Ad companies are the biggest privacy problem today, not governments

Think about the biggest tech companies going today: Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. These tech titans have more data on you than anyone or anything else out there -- even governments. (Why do you think they are served a near constant stream of warrants for user data?) In most cases, you serve up your data voluntarily, from emails to text messages, photos and documents, and social networking data.

But there's a growing divide between Silicon Valley companies about what they do with your data.

Feb 04 08:54

FORMER DHS BOSS PUTS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES UNDER SECRET SURVEILLANCE

Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano -- who once stated she "doesn't use email" (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) -- is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to "use email": someone might be reading them over their shoulders.

UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.

The installation of the third-party monitoring software was so secretive that even the university's campus information technology committee was forbidden from discussing it with other staff. The committee has now decided to go public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not quite know what the University of California's execs were thinking when they hired Napolitano, given her history as the DHS head, but they had to know what they were getting in hiring her; someone with absolute, complete contempt for civil liberty; academic freedoms; personal privacy; the Constitution; and the Bill of Rights.

Feb 04 08:21

FORMER DHS BOSS PUTS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES UNDER SECRET SURVEILLANCE

Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano -- who once stated she "doesn't use email" (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) -- is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to "use email": someone might be reading them over their shoulders. UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.

Feb 04 08:02

Breaking: IRS Just Made Huge Announcement That Could Affect Many Taxpayers

As Americans prepare their tax returns ahead of April’s deadline, the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced a “hardware failure” within its computer system had prevented taxpayers from digitally submitting their applicable records.

Feb 03 16:18

eBay has no plans to fix “severe” bug that allows malware distribution [Updated]

eBay has no plans to fix a "severe" vulnerability that allows attackers to use the company's trusted website to distribute malicious code and phishing pages, researchers from security firm Check Point Software said.

The vulnerability allows attackers to bypass a key restriction that prevents user posts from hosting JavaScript code that gets executed on end-user devices.

Feb 03 16:17

Google to Show the “Wrong” Search Results to Possible Terrorists

There is a very dangerous path that tech companies are going to have to negotiate between helping authorities with anti-terrorism and infringing upon the rights of citizens.

Feb 03 15:22

The Global Conspiracy to Ban Cash: “Regulated, Restricted and Phased Out” Of Existence

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a world where bankers hold all the power, not just over money but over people too, then you have a lot to look forward to.

They have planned the future in secret, and cash is not in the plan.

It is already happening in dozens of advanced countries around the world.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

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Feb 03 13:22

DHS Official Thinks People Should Have To Give Up Their Anonymity To Use The Internet

Apparently, the only way to stop terrorists from hating us for our freedom is to strip away those offensive freedoms.

Erik Barnett, the DHS's attache to the European Union, pitched some freedom-stripping ideas to a presumably more receptive audience via an article for a French policy magazine. Leveraging both the recent Paris attacks and the omnipresent law enforcement excuse for any bad idea -- child porn -- Barnett suggested victory in the War on Terror can be achieved by stripping internet users of their anonymity. You know, all of them, not just the terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this is more about finding whistle-blowers than finding terrorists.

Feb 03 12:56

Crypto flaw was so glaring it may be intentional eavesdropping backdoor

An open source network utility used by administrators and security professionals contains a cryptographic weakness so severe that it may have been intentionally created to give attackers a surreptitious way to eavesdrop on protected communications, its developer warned Monday.

Socat is a more feature-rich variant of the once widely used Netcat networking service for fixing bugs in network applications and for finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities. One of its features allows data to be transmitted through an encrypted channel to prevent it from being intercepted by people monitoring the traffic. Amazingly, when using the Diffie-Hellman method to establish a cryptographic key, Socat used a non-prime parameter to negotiate the key, an omission that violates one of the most basic cryptographic principles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another gift from the NSA?

Feb 03 12:05

Grassley probes Clinton aide's refusal to cooperate with investigators

A top aide to Hillary Clinton "refused" to cooperate with investigators looking into whether the Clinton team suppressed a 2012 records request that could have exposed their private email use years before a separate congressional inquiry did so, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman raised concerns about the role Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Clinton, played in blocking a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton's email use in a pair of letters to the State Department and the agency's inspector general Monday.

Feb 03 11:02

?Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

Linux Mint 17.3 is the best Linux desktop operating system and it might be the best PC operating system, period, for you.

Feb 03 10:54

FLASHBACK - Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections

Feb 03 10:17

Microsoft To Automatically Install Windows 10 On Older Computers

Windows update will soon start automatically upgrading older machines to Windows 10 if the update is not turned off.

Slash Gear reports:

Not long ago, Microsoft started issuing notifications twice per day, telling users that they should upgrade their system. Apparently that’s not been effective enough, as the company has decided to go ahead and make Windows 10 a “recommended” upgrade, through Windows Update. This means that if you haven’t upgraded yet, you’re going to go ahead and start the process.

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Feb 03 08:46

Windows 10 is now a 'recommended update' that starts automatically

Operating system upgrade will download automatically if automatic updates are turned on

Feb 03 08:44

John Kerry Hopes to Become US President if Hillary Clinton Arrested - Trump

US Secretary of State John Kerry believes he can run for US president if Hillary Clinton is forced to withdraw from the race or is jailed for breaking security procedures, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary should have been arrested already for her June 17, 2011 email instructing Jacob Sullivan to strip the classification markings from a document and send it non-secure. It doesn't matter by how much the document was classified or whether Sullivan actually did it or not; the issuing of the order itself by Hillary is a violation of Title 18, Section 793, and is a FELONY!

Why hasn't Hillary been arrested and charged for this crime?

Feb 03 08:05

Google's Project Zero reveals update flaws in Malwarebytes' antivirus software

Malwarebytes is struggling to fix flaws in its antivirus software that were highlighted by Google’s Project Zero security research team.

Google’s bug-seeking division found that updates for Malwarebytes' software were not signed or downloaded over a secure HTTP channel.

This left the updates vulnerable to hackers in between the client and Malwarebytes' servers, and could allow virus-ridden updates to be piped to customers.

Feb 03 07:59

Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

Google security boffins have thrown the book at Comodo for turning off Chrome security.

As explained in this advisory today, users who install Comodo Internet Security may not realize that their Chrome installation is replaced with Comodo's own browser, Chromodo.

That little bit of crapware isn't secure at all: it's set as the default browser, and "all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links and all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome. They also hijack DNS settings, among other shady practices," Google's Tavis Ormandy notes.

Feb 03 07:37

Yahoo to cut its workforce by 15%

The job cuts will reduce the number of its employees to about 9,000 by the end of 2016.

The announcement came as Yahoo reported a $4.3bn (£3bn) loss for the year.

Feb 03 06:58

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life

Facebook’s Android app negatively impacts performance and battery life, even when it’s only running in the background, users find.

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Feb 02 15:37

Google testing secretive drone project that can beam 5G internet – report

Google is reportedly testing a new internet connectivity program called Project Skybender. The project involves solar drones that use millimeter radio waves to allow the transmission of gigabits of data.

Feb 02 15:17

Bombshell: Hillary’s unsecured emails contained names of CIA spies

Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne report for FoxNews, Feb. 1, 2016, that according to a U.S. government official who has reviewed the documents, the 22 emails are withheld because they contain “operational intelligence” — real-time information on intelligence collection, sources (informants on CIA’s payroll), the movement of assets, as well as names of CIA agents. The presence of that information on Hillary’s unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives”.

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Feb 02 15:06

IS THIS HOW RUBIO GOT 23%?

The Sanders campaign’s suggestion that Microsoft may have financial interests at stake in the outcome of the race is true for both parties.

As conservative columnist Michelle Malkin pointed out last month, “Microsoft, founded by leading H-1B/amnesty cheerleader Bill Gates, has been [Marco] Rubio’s No. 2 corporate donor the past five years.”

As Breitbart News has previously reported, according to Open Secrets, Microsoft is the second largest contributor to

Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign committee since 2011, donating $33,100.

Feb 02 14:56

Microsoft accused of Iowa Caucus voter fraud with hashtag #MicrosoftRubioFraud

Here's the deal, folks. As I said in a previous article, open source is a necessity when it comes to voting. I praised Bernie Sanders' campaign for questioning Microsoft's motives in providing the platform for the Iowa Caucuses. With that said, Microsoft was ultimately not the problem, closed source was.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, as could be expected, it is now being accused of voter fraud by apparent Donald Trump supporters. Since Ted Cruz won last night, you would think the claim is that the Windows-maker fraudulently boosted him. Nope. Actually, conspiracy theorists are claiming Microsoft increased the number of votes cast for Marco Rubio, who placed third. This movement is using the hashtag #MicrosoftRubioFraud.

Feb 02 14:20

Microsoft app used to tally votes at Iowa caucus fails in some areas

As Republican and Democratic caucus voters used new Microsoft tallying apps during the Iowa caucuses, some took to Twitter to say the sites were crashing

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Probably in the areas that favored Sanders!

Feb 02 14:11

Google testing secretive drone project that can beam 5G internet – report

Google is reportedly testing a new internet connectivity program called Project Skybender. The project involves solar drones that use millimeter radio waves to allow the transmission of gigabits of data.

Feb 02 13:34

‘Don’t Panic’: Study pours cold water on police fears over encryption

Criminals may run, but they can’t hide even with encryption, according to a new study from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. The findings show that law enforcement still has options to circumvent an emerging world of cybersecurity.

Feb 02 12:02

Revealed: John Kerry Sent Hillary a ‘SECRET’ Email From His iPad in 2011

Secretary of State John Kerry has been conspicuously quiet about his predecessor's email controversy, and perhaps now we know why.

One of the emails that the State Department released on Friday was sent by Kerry—from his iPad—to then-Sec. Clinton, and it has been determined that that email contained classified information.

This isn't the first time an email from Kerry has been found on her server—previous email releases have shown that she and her staff communicated with him on a number of occasions when he was a senator—but this is the first email that has been classified as "Secret."

Feb 02 11:59

Microsoft is now aggressively pushing Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft confirmed the change in a statement to The Verge. "As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10," says a Microsoft spokesperson.

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Translation: "We're gonna shove it down your throats whether you want it or not! This is a fascist country now, and yo do what the corporations tell you to do or bad things will happen to you! Microsoft, Microsoft, Uber alles!"

Download the GWX Control Panel HERE. This is a free tool that blocks the installation of Windows 10.

Feb 02 10:23

A GPS TRACKER FOR KIDS HAD A BUG THAT WOULD LET HACKERS STALK THEM

Thanks to the so-called Internet of Things, gone are the days when parents had to wonder where the hell their kids were. Now, parents can just easily track their children on their smartphone screens’ thanks to myriad internet-connected wearablegizmos. But what happens when those devices get hacked?

Feb 02 10:10

NEW APP TO SEARCH THE WEB FOR ANTI-SEMITISM (OR CREATE IT WHEN NECESSARY)

The World Zionist Organization (WZO) is expected to launch its Sniper app, which it says is a search engine for anti-Semitic content.

The Sniper system is set up to scan the internet using an algorithm that will identify certain keywords in different languages. A crew of WZO members will scan the results, confirm the cases that actually show real anti-Semitism, and respond with direct replies or contact authorities in the offending party’s country.

WZO emphasizes the fact that the app will be monitored and supervised, so that its use will be proper, and not aimed at shaming individuals or groups without proper evidence.

Feb 02 09:57

Israel launches electronic war against ‘global boycott movement’

The Israeli government has vowed to launch an “electronic war" against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, including monitoring, tracking and thwarting their activities in cyber space, as well as attacking it with "special sophisticated tools".

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This meets the definition of terror under the USAPATRIOT Act.

Feb 02 09:35

House panel opens new inquiry into Clinton’s email server

A second congressional committee has launched an investigation into the security of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent letters this week to four companies that played roles in maintaining and protecting the server.

“Understanding these companies’ roles in providing software and services to maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server is critical to improving government cybersecurity standards,” Smith said in a statement.

Feb 02 09:34

FLASHBACK - Ex-Pentagon chief: Iran, China or Russia may have gotten to Clinton server

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he believes foreign countries like Russia, China and Iran may have hacked the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of State.

“Given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high,” he said Thursday during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Gates said he agreed with former acting CIA Director Mike Morell’s claim that the server had probably been hacked by either Russia, China or Iran.

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Or Russia, China and Iran made a "donation" to the Clinton "Charitable" Foundation and got the password!

Feb 02 09:04

19 year old Scottish developer gets Windows 95 running in a web browser

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Why?

Feb 02 08:03

Uh-Oh: The Obama Admin Just Enraged The FBI And Justice Dept. By Doing This

When Earnest was asked whether Clinton would be indicted in this case, Earnest responded, “I know that some officials over there have said that she is not a target of the investigation, so that does not seem to be the direction it’s trending.”

Speaking on the On the Record with Greta Van Susteren show Friday, Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge said Earnest’s statements have FBI and Justice departments “super pissed off.”

Feb 02 07:46

University Of California Faculty Object To Monitoring Of Their Emails, Website Visits

UC Berkeley faculty members are buzzing over news that University of California President Janet Napolitano ordered the installation of computer hardware capable of monitoring all e-mails going in and out of the UC system.

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"We must make sure you are not thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 02 07:12

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Put Spies’ Lives at Risk

It's not the 'nothing-burger' Clinton allies have tried to portray -- lives are literally at stake

Feb 01 19:40

FBI's war on encryption is unnecessary because the Internet of Things will spy on us just fine

The war on encryption waged by the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies is total bullshit. That's the tl;dr on a “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate,” a study published today by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. The title references the government's argument that “encrypted communications are creating a 'going dark' crisis that will keep them from tracking terrorists and kidnappers,” as David E. Sanger explains in his coverage at the New York Times.

Feb 01 16:45

Cameron under pressure over Google deal

During a hot debate in the parliament, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged Cameron to defend the deal, which he said represented a tax rate of just 3 percent on 6 billion pounds ($8.5 billion) of profits that Google, now part of holding company Alphabet Inc, has earned in Britain since 2005.

Feb 01 15:17

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Put Spies’ Lives at Risk

Last Friday afternoon the State Department’s latest court-mandated release of Hillary Clinton’s emails from when she was Secretary of State caused a new political firestorm. While many more emails were released by Foggy Bottom, some with redactions due to classified materials they contained, twenty-two emails totaling thirty-seven pages of text were withheld entirely at the request of the Intelligence Community. Those twenty-two emails, deemed “unclassified” by Ms. Clinton and her staff, were judged to be Top Secret in reality.

Feb 01 14:20

MICROSOFT CALLS IOWA FOR HILLARY BEFORE IT HELPS COUNT THE VOTE

Microsoft’s Bing technology has called Iowa for Hillary Clinton, a result that has not gone unnoticed amongst Bernie Sanders supporters given that an app created by Microsoft will help tally the vote during tonight’s caucus.

Using, “data from polls, prediction markets, and anonymized and aggregated search-engine queries to predict its results,” Microsoft forecasts that Hillary will win three out of the first four Democratic primaries, taking Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, with Sanders taking New Hampshire.

Feb 01 13:51

Cameron under pressure over Google deal

Pressure is mounting on British Prime Minister David Cameron over a back tax deal agreed by Internet group Google.

Feb 01 13:37

Snoopers’ charter ‘expensive & confusing,’ say MPs

MPs have advised the government to make the taxpayer subsidize the costs of its expensive data-harvesting program under the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), while at the same slamming the legislation for lacking clarity.

Feb 01 13:17

FLASHBACK 2013 - NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

A secret memo provided by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden to the British Guardian newspaper reveals that the US spy agency is funneling raw intelligence data, including information from intercepted communications of US citizens, to Israeli intelligence.

“The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens,” the Guardian article by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill reports.

The undated five-page memo records an agreement reached between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart, the ISNU (Israeli Sigint National Unit), in March 2009, during the first months of the Obama administration.

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That means Israel gets EVERYTHING, about EVERYBODY!

Feb 01 13:08

Government officials alarmed by rapidly accelerating development of autonomous killer robots

It's difficult - particularly for observers of a certain age and cultural background - to resist drawing the obvious comparisons between science fiction and the reality which is now unfolding regarding the development of autonomous weapons systems, e.g. "The Rise of the Machines" and "Skynet."

Sci-fi references or not, it truly is a little spooky to live in a world with organizations (that are actually taken seriously) having names like the 'Campaign to Stop Killer Robots' - a name which, of course, sounds like it was lifted straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel.

Feb 01 10:16

Why Hillary’s EmailGate Matters

Every few days, another bombshell appears in the media illustrating just how poorly Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as our nation’s foreign policy boss, handled communications security. By now, we have a complex portrait of someone whose mishandling of our nation’s secrets, by herself and her staff, beggars belief for anyone versed in such matters. EmailGate isn’t going away, no matter how much Ms. Clinton’s supporters want it to.

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Over the last few days, whenever I try to comment about the question of Hillary spying to any media that uses Facebook for comments, the comment is blocked and the error message simply says "Oops!"

Is Facebook trying to protect Hillary from an espionage charge?

Please copy the below and comment it into every story you see about the emails!

 

Remember China-gate from 1996? Then President Bill Clinton authorized the sale of sensitive US technology to China and Chinese money was donated to his re-election campaign!

Was Hillary playing the same game, selling US secrets delivered via a private server with weaker security than the Ashley Madison website in exchange for "donations" to her "charitable" foundation?

It is time to look past the server itself to what may be the biggest spy scandal in US history!

Feb 01 10:00

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life

Facebook does not have the greatest track record with its Android app. Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.

Feb 01 09:04

Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?

Primary election rigging in the coming weeks and months is all but assured if American voters and candidates don't take steps to prevent it now. Evidence that US voting systems are wide open to fraud and manipulation should be taken seriously in light of the unprecedented high-stakes elections we're facing.

Not in recent history have American voters been presented with such radically polarized candidates, forcing a crucial choice for the direction of our future, and possibly upending long-established centers of power.

It's no secret that US primaries have been tightly controlled by the two ruling parties, usually to the benefit of their favored candidates. If this internal manipulation (some might call it rigging) is not publicly condoned, neither is it loudly condemned.

Feb 01 09:03

Got Entropy? Moar Cryptography and Security Hints for Beginners

My first post an introduction to cryptography leads us to this second post which will get into random numbers (wow, exciting!) which are absolutely essential to crypto. Most of what we see in computer programs and on calculators, as well as statistical programs is pseudo-random numbers from a pseudo-random number generator (PRNG). What is really needed to ensure randomness is a hardware random number generator (HWRNG). What is the difference between the two and sources of quality entropy is the topic addressed here.

Feb 01 08:59

Microsoft and mobile: The headache that won't go away

Microsoft's attempts to break through with its Lumia smartphones have not gone well, so where does it go next?

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"We will FORCE everyone to buy a Lumia, just like we will force them to use Windows 10! Microsoft, Microsoft, Uber Alles!" -- Microblorch

Feb 01 08:55

New “Tech Tattoos” Will Be Tied to Medical and Banking Information

By Nicholas West

Apparently a tech company called Chaotic Moon is looking to take advantage of the 20% of humans who already have a proclivity toward tattoos. For the rest? An appeal to safety and security, of course, and an assurance that a future offering could be a “Band-Aid-like package.”

Chaotic Moon’s dual-purpose tattoo is comprised of electro conductive ink embedded with sensors and microchips. Here is the reasoning why this product is so desirable for our medical and banking information according to one of the developers...

Feb 01 08:11

The State Department will not release damning emails until after New Hampshire primary!

A judge had ordered the department to release all of the emails by the end of January, but attorneys for the department said this week that they would miss the deadline, and requested another month.

That means the last of Clinton’s emails will not be released until the end of February — after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — and just before Super Tuesday, when voters in 11 states will cast ballots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary's online minions are already out there saying that nobody should even consider the email scandal when voting today, because the emails are being kept hidden, but I think this will backfire. To voters, this reeks of political cover-up, and we are justified imagining the very worst case in those remaining emails!

Feb 01 08:05

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life

Facebook’s Android app negatively impacts performance and battery life, even when it’s only running in the background, users find

Feb 01 08:03

UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

The first Parliamentary report into the UK's draft Investigatory Powers Bill, commonly referred to as the "Snoopers' Charter", says it has great potential to damage the nation's technology sector and the public should therefore pick up the tab for the £2bn (US$2.85bn) or so it will require to implement the data-harvesting legislation.

Feb 01 07:47

OBAMA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER, EXPANDS DATA COLLECTION ON AMERICANS FROM PRIVATE BUSINESSES

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Presidential Executive orders are not legally binding on private businesses nor American citizens.

Feb 01 07:41

Solution: Windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service

Under specific circumstances, I’ve encountered this message following a reboot on systems I am repairing/setting up:

Failed to connect to a Windows service

Windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service. This problem prevents standard users from logging on to the system. As an administrative user, you can review the System Event Log for details about why the service didn’t respond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I received an email from a Microsoft user saying that a patch issued over the weekend has locked standard users out of their own Windows 8 machines!

I am sure that Microsoft's recommended "solution" will be to upgrade immediately to Windows 10.

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Jan 31 13:36

PRE-CAUCUS REPOST! HILLARY THE SPY?

Remember China-gate from 1996? Then President Bill Clinton authorized the sale of sensitive US technology to China and Chinese money was donated to his re-election campaign!

Was Hillary playing the same game, selling US secrets delivered via a private server with weaker security than the Ashley Madison website in exchange for "donations" to her "charitable" foundation?

It is time to look past the server itself to what may be the biggest spy scandal in US history!

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Jan 31 13:11

MSNBC: Obama Admin Has Sent People To Jail For Mishandling Classified Information, Like Clinton Did

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