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Oct 06 09:51

TSA Facial Recognition Experiment Receives 85% Accuracy Rate

The TSA is using facial recognition technology with a “biometric confirmation” rate of 85% for testing purposes at airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to complete a 30-day test next month testing the use of facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, the LA Times reported.

The DHS, (Department of Homeland Security) desires to use facial recognition technology to better track and record approximately 1 million foreign travelers who each year enter and exit the United States, with a rough estimate of 300,000 traveling by plane.

During test programs at Boston, Houston, New York, and Atlanta, travelers were photographed as they prepared to board planes. The cameras then used facial recognition technology to match up the passengers’ faces with data collected by the federal government on each foreign national who entered the country.

Oct 06 09:50

The NSA Wouldn't Let Us in This Building (But We Found Out What's Inside)

Oct 05 17:53

California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords

Under the new law, all new internet-connected devices made or sold in California with a default password will be required to make that password unique and secure for every single device. That means no more devices shipped with username/password combos of “admin/admin,” for example. It’s far from a panacea—and really, why aren’t you using a password manager already—but it’s a step towards at least a minimal baseline of security in our internet-of-things addled future.

Oct 05 16:55

#4 on PROJECT CENSORED’s Top 25 List: “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe”

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post and many others have already reported about The Nation’s February 2018 article, “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe.” It received so much attention that there were follow-up interviews with Mark Hertsgaard...

Oct 05 15:07

Facebook user who uploaded pirated copy of ‘Deadpool’ sentenced

A California man who uploaded a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool to Facebook has been sentenced to three weeks prison. The film was shared to the social media network, shortly after it premiered, where it was viewed 6,386,456 times. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation last year and previously pleaded guilty.

Oct 05 11:16

Could An Artificial Intelligence Be Considered A Person Under The Law?

By Roman V. Yampolskiy, University of Louisville

Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corporations have been given rights of free speech and religion. Some natural features also have person-like rights. But both of those required changes to the legal system. A new argument has laid a path for artificial intelligence systems to be recognized as people, too – without any legislation, court rulings or other revisions to existing law...

Oct 05 11:00

TSA Facial Recognition Experiment Receives 85% Accuracy Rate

By Aaron Kesel

The TSA is using facial recognition technology with a “biometric confirmation” rate of 85% for testing purposes at airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to complete a 30-day test next month testing the use of facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, the LA Times reported...

Oct 05 10:39

Cyber Criminals Can Buy Passports On The Dark Web For As Little As $15, Study Finds

Are you a convicted felon who has dreams of traveling abroad? Or a cybercriminal looking to set up a legitimate bank account into which you can deposit your ill-gotten funds? Then buying a passport off the dark web is an option that you should consider!

But while in the past forged or stolen passports would fetch a hefty sum on the black market, thanks to the modern marvel that is the dark web, prices have fallen significantly. Last month, Comparitech analyzed listings on a handful of illicit marketplaces to try and determine exactly how much a passport or passport scan can fetch in the seediest corners of the Internet. Their analysts scoured marketplaces like Dream Market, Berlusconi Market, Wall Street Market and Tochka Free Market, among others.

During their search, they discovered that passport scans, which are often enough for a scammer or criminal to set up a bank account in another person's name, can be purchased for as little as $15.

Oct 05 08:53

Frankfurt used as remote hacking base for the CIA: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks released a trove of CIA documents on Tuesday that it claimed revealed details of its secret hacking arsenal.

The release included 8,761 documents that it claimed revealed details of "malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized 'zero day' exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation."

The leaks purportedly revealed that a top secret CIA unit used the German city of Frankfurt am Main as the starting point for numerous hacking attacks on Europe, China and the Middle East.

Oct 05 08:40

Lawyer for Clinton campaign and DNC gave FBI documents for Russia probe, sources say

A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony.

The FBI official who was contacted, James Baker, revealed the exchange to congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition Wednesday. He said Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking. The sources said Baker described the contact as unusual and the “only time it happened.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these charges are determined to be true, we could begin to see a great unraveling in DC.

But I am not holding my breath that anyone will be prosecuted, even if these charges prove true.

Oct 05 08:19

MATTIS SAYS RUSSIAN GRU CAUGHT RED-HANDED HACKING OPCW, VOWS CYBER SUPPORT TO ALLIES

Russia is facing new multiple wide-ranging charges of hacking as Western officials on Wednesday alleged its intelligence agencies conducted four high profile cyber attacks, including an attempt to spy on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the independent body responsible for investigating chemical attacks in Syria and in the UK.

The OPCW is headquartered the Netherlands, and according to breaking reports a group that the Dutch government has alleged are Russian operatives may have been caught red-handed in the act.

Moscow has dismissed the charges as but more "Western spy mania" while leveling its own accusations that the Pentagon is conducting an illegal and dangerous germ and bio-weapons research program near Russia's borders.

The four suspects identified by Dutch officials had diplomatic passports and included two IT experts and two support agents, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the leveling of these charges, coupled with the very clumsy way in which the evidence was left out for US, Dutch, and NATO operatives to find, and hurtle down the "J'accuse!" was just too cute.

And please remember this; this happened just 24 hours after Mattis had told NATO that he would give them the best of the US's spycraft, if they wanted and needed it.

Things appear to be moving, geopolitically, between Russia, NATO, and the US which is going to lead to war, unless someone mans up, and draws these geopolitical competitors away from the abyss of war. This article from SouthFront, datelined June of this year, demonstrating what NATO and the West's plans are for Ukraine, and what has been done to move that agenda along:

US Involvement in Ukraine: NATO expansion through proxy war

There is a chance, growing exponentially, that NATO and the US are planning to test Moscow with attacks on the breakaway republics, like Donbass, which do not want to submit again to Ukrainian control.

An article appearing in Tass just yesterday seems to confirm this, in a very jarring manner:

Kiev moving air defense systems to contact line in Donbass — Russian OSCE envoy

The timing of this move, I think, may well be gravely significant, and augur
badly for peace in the region.

Then, we have current developments in Syria, which require serious consideration and attention.

This morning, courtesy of blacklistednews.com, we have the following headline:

US Sends Marines into Eastern Syria to join major battle. The article goes on to state:

"US Marines are now being sent into the area to join the ground offensive. Previously, the US was offering only air support. This is the first ground troop deployment of this latest military push.

So we now have documented evidence of US boots on the ground in Syria; it is only a matter of time before we have Russian and Syrian troops tangling with US troops, and there appears to be no deconfliction area for where these troops are fighting.

So, we have one potential theatre of war in and around Ukraine, with the other in Syria, where Israel has vowed to strike again against any Iranian units on the ground might be, in spite of Russia having installed their truly capable S-300 defensive system for the Syrians.

What could possibly go wrong?!?

Bloody everything!!!

Oct 05 07:55

BEX? - 'Intrusion Truth', The Mysterious Group Doxxing China's Hacking Army

An anonymous group calling itself Intrusion Truth has exposed members of APT10, an elite Chinese hacking unit that has targeted aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing firms to steal trade secrets, including from the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are anonymous. Trust us! It's the Chinese!"

Oct 05 07:52

Sudden, unexpected demise of Rethink Robotics shakes up automation industry

Boston-based Rethink Robotics, one of a handful of pioneering companies that led the charge to move industrial robots out of cages and alongside human workers, announced Wednesday it was ceasing operations. The news was largely unexpected and has sent shock waves through the robotics industry, where Rethink has been held up as a model of the new industrial automation paradigm.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Rethink was in the final stages of a deal to stave off closure by selling itself to an unnamed buyer. Ultimately, that deal fell through and the robotics firm had no alternative but shut its doors.

Oct 05 05:48

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

As well as the usual complaints from overenthusiastic users reporting freezes during setup and mysteriously vanishing files or apps, a low rumble of dissatisfaction could be heard regarding battery life. One Redditor reported a markedly decreased time between charges while another chimed in with similar woes.

The culprit, according to a support article, could be a compatibility issue with a bunch of Intel Display Audio drivers that can end up sending CPU usage skyrocketing and battery life plummeting.

As such, Microsoft has now put a block on afflicted machines being offered the Windows 10 update, although users can push things through if they really want to. A particularly stunning bit of interface design means that clicking "Confirm" on the warning screen will actually cause the update to install regardless.

Oct 04 18:43

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 18:42

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 18:12

“PC Magazine” Fires Author and Relocates Article Citing Health Effects of 5G

By B.N. Frank

On August 22, 2018, PC Magazine published John Dvorak’s article, “The Problem with 5G” which cites health risks as a major concern with this technology. On August 26, 2018 Activist Post published an article about John’s article. Unfortunately, John was fired on September 20 and PC Magazine replaced this article’s link with an article written by someone else. They also relocated John’s article to a different link...

Oct 04 17:45

Construction and Farmer Robots Are The Latest A.I. Coming For Human Jobs

By Aaron Kesel

If Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute has its way, human construction workers might not be needed anymore. Meanwhile, a robot named Angus is being billed the farmer of the future...

Oct 04 10:34

Netflix viewing eats up world's data

Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

That is putting huge pressure on networks around the world and that pressure is likely to get worse, according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

"The numbers for video are going to get higher as more and more content goes high definition and users turn more to 4K," said vice-president of marketing Cam Cullen.

During peak evening hours, when networks are under "the most stress", Netflix can be accounting for 40% of all download traffic in the US, according to the report.

Oct 04 09:03

Facebook hit with ANOTHER privacy issue as FTC complaint by advocacy groups accuses firm of harvesting data on children in Messenger Kids app

Facebook has been illegally collecting data on children in its Messenger Kids app, according to a coalition of child and consumer advocacy groups.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate the kid-centric messaging app for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The groups argue Facebook has violated federal law by collecting kids' information without obtaining consent from their parents.

Oct 04 09:01

Could YOU get a payout from Facebook following 'worst ever' hack? EU regulators begin investigation under tough new GDPR rules that could see firm hit with $1.63bn fine as users across the globe launch lawsuits

Facebook could be facing a massive fine following its 'biggest ever' hack that affected 50 million users, it has been claimed.

Tough new GDPR data protection regulations, which came into force earlier this year, could allows affected users in the EU to file a civil claim, while in the US, the first class action lawsuits have already been filed by users.

Oct 04 08:55

Check Out John McAfee's (Educated) Warning About The Dark Side of That Presidential Alert Sent to Your Phone

Yesterday, the first Presidential Alert was sent to phones all across the country. Theories and screenshots just about broke the internet shortly thereafter.

But one of these theories, in particular, comes from a source that is especially credible with regard to cybersecurity: John McAfee.

Let’s take a quick look at these theories.

Oct 04 08:01

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating, promising the kind of long-term, stealth access that spy agencies are willing to invest millions of dollars and many years to get.

Oct 04 07:58

Windows 10 October update problems: Wiped docs, plus Intel driver warning

Some Windows 10 users have learned the hard way that even if upgrades have gone smoothly in the past, it's still wise to back up files before updating the OS.

Microsoft this week kicked off the Windows 10 1809 rollout, and now some users have found the update is wiping important files, including photos and music, reports MSPoweruser.

Several early adopters of the Windows 10 1809 update have reported vanishing file problems on Reddit, Twitter and Microsoft's Community forum.

One poor Windows 10 1809 user, Robert Ziko, claims to have lost 220GB of data after updating.

Oct 04 07:50

US Charges 7 Alleged Russian Military Intel Officers Over Hacking OPCW, WADA

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands stated that the United States was going to announce charges against some "Russian intelligence agents." Moscow has yet to comment on the US charges.

The US Justice Department has announced charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officials it accuses of hacking doping agencies and other international organizations.

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activites against the United States and its allies," Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters.

According to the DOJ, WADA, the OPCW, USADA, Westinghouse nuclear power company, which provides power to Ukraine, at least 250 athletes and sports figures from different countries were allegedly targeted by Russian intelligence officers; they also ostensibly targeted a Canadian anti-doping agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the United States, the presumption of innocence is paramount to the judicial process.

But why would these people be doing this now?!? There is something not right about the timing, and linking this all together, as a further demonization of Russia.

What is the US going to claim next, accusing Russia of having a "death star"?!?!?

It is almost as though, with the thorough demonization of Russia, China, and Iran, that the US Deep State is trying to find the most popular "villain" the American people would not mind having a war against, and this is a really lousy way to run foreign policy.

Oct 04 07:32

CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime

Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.

Oct 04 07:16

You now have to log in with your cable provider to watch C-SPAN.

They finally did it. You have to have a cable subscription now to see live congressional hearings on C-SPAN. Can't watch the live Kavanaugh vote debate on the floor yesterday.

Oct 04 07:15

Residents to council on sex robot brothel: 'It's bad for Houston'

A vote concerning the controversial opening of a sex robot brothel in Houston is set to take place Wednesday at city hall.

But if Tuesday's public discussion on the matter was any indication, an ordinance vote that would effectively ban it appears poised to pass.

During the discussion, city council members heard from several people who believe the business is bad for Houston and will promote sex trafficking.

If the ordinance passes, no business could allow a sexual act to take place with a robot at the proposed Galleria-area site.

Oct 04 06:12

NEW FCC RULING GIVES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF 5G ROLLOUT

On Monday October 1st, Sacramento, Houston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles became the first cities to gain access to Verizon’s 5G Wireless service.

The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact in what is known as “The Internet of Things”. The move towards the smart grid was hastened last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a rule that will limit the role of local authorities regarding the build of 5G networks, specifically the amount city officials can charge telecommunication companies (“Big Tech”).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Human health is of no consequence to this government, if money is to be made, and there has been no real, serious vetting of this technology before it is being rolled out.

Oct 03 14:18

Gab.com Is Being Targeted By Payment Processors

GAB ---In the last two weeks both of our payment processors have threatened to or have frozen our service

Oct 03 12:04

America’s Offensive Cyber Strategy

On September 20, 2018 the White House released the US National Cyber Strategy, which was signed by President Donald Trump.

It probably delighted both hawks and Democrats. The former were pleased that the strategy includes new components that clearly indicate an expansionist momentum. And the latter were gratified by the Trump administration’s renewed interest in the subject of cyberspace, since Donald Trump eliminated the position of White House cybersecurity coordinator after his election and significantly reduced spending in this area. But the president now seems to have reconsidered, as indicated by the fact that the 40-page document is in many respects a rehash of efforts from the Obama era.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen noted in her statement that “[t]oday’s National Cyber Strategy — the first in fifteen years — strengthens the government’s commitment to work in partnership with industry to combat those threats and secure our critical infrastructure.”

Oct 03 10:08

Feds Force Child Porn Suspect To Unlock Smartphone With His Face

By Aaron Kesel

According to a new report by Forbes, for the first time in the U.S. and possibly the world, law enforcement have accessed a suspect’s phone by using their face to unlock the smart device using Face ID...

Oct 03 10:07

FEMA's Presidential Alert Test Will Last for 30 Minutes at 2:18 PM EST On October 3rd

Oct 03 09:41

Three New Yorkers suing to stop test of presidential alert system on Wednesday

Three New Yorkers are attempting to halt a scheduled test of a system that will allow President Trump and future presidents to send alert messages to the phones of all Americans.

J.B. Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky, and Liana Nikitovich filed a lawsuit last week to a U.S. District Court in Manhattan, which argues that the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, violates free speech rights and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices, Politico reports.

A test of the system is scheduled to take place Wednesday. The first test was originally planned for Sept. 20, but it was delayed due to Hurricane Florence, which made landfall over the Carolinas in the middle of the moth.

The plaintiffs are worried that the system will turn into "government loudspeakers," which would allow presidents to send propaganda, according to the suit.

Oct 03 09:11

Israeli spyware used against Saudi Arabian dissident in Canada — report

A Saudi dissident living in Canada was likely spied on by Israeli phone-hacking technology, according to a Monday report.

The Herzliya-based NSO Group uses its controversial Pegasus spyware program to turn smartphones into listening devices. It has been accused of selling the technology to countries, including Saudi Arabia, who use it to spy on dissidents, journalists, and others.

The Citizen Lab, a group of academics from Toronto University, said it has “high confidence” that the Israeli technology was used to spy on 27-year-old Omar Abdulaziz, an outspoken Saudi dissident who sought asylum in Canada.

Oct 03 08:28

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us.

Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Indeed, every dystopian sci-fi film (and horror film, for that matter) we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science and technology, Big Business, and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful—but not without help from the citizenry.

On a daily basis, Americans are relinquishing (in many cases, voluntarily) the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to navigate an increasingly technologically-enabled world.

Oct 03 08:17

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: How to get it, how to avoid it

Microsoft will soon begin delivering the official release of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update. If you do nothing, it will arrive via Windows Update some time in the next few months. Here's how to take more control over the process.

Oct 03 00:20

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. -- Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Oct 02 12:24

WHY YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT FIVE EYES HAVING ACCESS TO EVERY ELECTRONIC DEVICE

According to an article in the National Post the Five Eyes intelligence network is demanding tech companies provide a backdoor into all their electronic devices.

"Canada joined its intelligence allies recently in demanding that technology companies co-operate with law enforcement agencies in allowing access to encrypted communications."

Although similar requests for co-operation have been made in the past, that “is the most aggressive call we’ve seen,” said Tamir Israel, a lawyer at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

The big change, according to Israel, is that governments are now saying “fix it for us or we will fix it for you.” That’s led to concerns among privacy experts that the government will try to legislate a requirement for tech companies to build backdoors for law enforcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't do or say anything which could possibly be construed as a threat to this government on any of my electronic devices. As a Christian pacifist activist, I never condone, or encourage, violence of any kind; but it still bugs the heck out of me that 5 Eyes believes me to be such a threat, as to demand access to my electronic devices 24/7.

The only reason the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika could find me dangerous, is that I constantly advocate for knowledge and facts to be the foundation of both domestic and foreign policies for this country, and would suggest, both very politely, and very strongly, that logic, and the governance of this country, have been greatly estranged for far too long right now.

So, 5 Eyes, do you want to know my typical Thursday afternoon is like, before I conduct two church choir rehearsals at a local Methodist church in the evening?!? I text a couple of my singers with toddlers, to validate whether or not they will need our nursery care that the church provides singers, free of charge, while they are rehearsing.

THERE! MY "THURSDAY SECRET"..... IS OUT!!!!

So, 5 Eyes and all of the alphabet soup agencies out there keeping tabs on me; don't you actually feel more than a little sheepish that you are doing so?!?

If you want to know what I think, read my contributions to Mike's blog; if you want to know what I am doing, come to church and hear my choirs sing. AND IF YOU COME TO CHURCH, AND I THINK YOU CAN CARRY A NOTE, I WILL, SO HELP ME HEAVEN, TRY TO RECRUIT YOU FOR MY CHOIRS!!:-)

Webmaster addition: Rivero challenges the NSA

Oct 02 11:52

“Digital Strip Searches” Increasing at Borders; Refusal Could Lead to $5K Fine

By Nicholas West

Apparently the era of “digital papers please” is upon us. Earlier this year, in March, I reported on allegations that travelers on domestic flights within the United States had received warrantless requests to inspect their digital devices. The allegations led to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Northern California against the TSA. Now, however...

Oct 02 09:38

Humanoid Robot

Oct 02 09:30

The Rise Of Facial Recognition Technology Is Now Inevitable

By Aaron Kesel

For the past few months, this writer has focused on facial recognition technology. From Amazon helping law enforcement with its Facial Rekogntion software, DHS wanting to use it for border control, to the Olympics wanting to use the tech for security. Now, NY toll booths will be equipped...

Oct 02 09:09

Biggest ever Facebook hack that affected 50 million users ALSO left people's Tinder, Spotify and Instagram accounts exposed

Facebook's biggest ever hack that affected 50 million users also left peoples' Tinder, Spotify and Instagram accounts exposed.

In a follow-up conference call with reporters, the firm revealed that hackers may have been able to access any service which a person used their Facebook logins to access.

This could mean many other major companies who use Facebook's login service will have to reveal if they have been exposed to malicious activity.

Oct 02 09:08

Video games really DO make children violent: Teenagers who play Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Manhunt are more likely to get into fights at school

The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, were concluded from 24 studies across Canada, Germany, Japan and the USA.

'Although no single research project is definitive, our research aims to provide the most current and compelling responses to key criticisms on this topic,' said lead author of the study, Jay Hull, associate dean of faculty for the social sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

'Based on our findings, we feel it is clear that violent video game play is associated with subsequent increases in physical aggression.'

Oct 02 09:07

Kim Kardashian is the 'most dangerous' celebrity to search for online: Hackers plant more malicious links in search results for the reality TV star than for any other famous figure

McAfee said cybercriminals are known to use the allure of celebrities to try to trick internet users into clicking on links which lead to malicious sites used to install malware or steal personal information and passwords.

Oct 02 05:25

How the Guy Who Invented the Internet Plans to Take Back the Web for All of Us

It’s not news to anyone who has read this website and others in the same niche for very long that the internet is a place of bias, manipulation, and prejudice. Website owners and outspoken people who go against the status quo are swiftly “punished” by the powers that be, effectively making it so that only one opinion can be heard.

But one man has a plan to take back the web.

And it isn’t just some yahoo with a go-fund-me account. This guy has street cred like no one else.

He’s Tim Berners-Lee, also known as “the Father of the World Wide Web.” He was the person who invented the internet back in 1989. (Sorry, Al Gore.)

Oct 02 04:36

SAUDI STATE SPIES ON DISSIDENTS IN CANADA USING SOFTWARE BUILT BY ISRAELI FIRM

The government of Saudi Arabia is spying on expatriate dissidents in Canada using commercially available software designed by an Israeli company, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. This is alleged in a new report published on Monday by the Citizen Lab, a research unit of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, which focuses on information technology, international security and human rights. The report’s authors say they have “high confidence” that intrusive surveillance software is being deployed to target the electronic communications of Saudi dissidents, including Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist who has been living in Canada’s Quebec province for nearly 10 years.

Oct 01 12:02

DOJ Sues To Block California Net Neutrality Law

Barely an hour after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed what's widely believed to be the toughest net neutrality law ever enacted in the US, the US DOJ announced that it would sue California to invalidate the new law, setting up yet another showdown between the federal government and the largest state in the union.

According to the Washington Post, California has become the largest state to adopt its own rules requiring Internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to treat all web traffic equally. State lawmakers wrote their law after the FCC scrapped nationwide protections last year, citing the regulatory burdens they had caused for the telecom industry. The lawsuit opens yet another legal showdown between Brown and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Recently, a federal judge threw out most of the DOJ's challenge to California's sanctuary state laws.

Oct 01 11:59

Military and U.S. Law Enforcement Establishing Joint Communication Network for Biometric Databases

By Nicholas West

Does anyone remember that it used to be considered a conspiracy theory to warn people about biometric databases? Well, now that it is an accepted reality, we should be looking even farther down the slippery slope for new signposts indicating even greater plans to track, trace and database all human beings.

Apparently it is neither sufficient — nor efficient — to have the myriad databases currently at the disposal of agencies like the Department of Defense, FBI or Homeland Security. According to a release from Biometric Update, these agencies currently use different computer languages that have difficulty communicating with each other as seamlessly as the U.S. government desires...

Oct 01 11:21

RON PAUL: VENEZUELA'S SOCIALISM...AND OURS

This week we witnessed the horrible spectacle of Nikki Haley, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, joining a protest outside the UN building and calling for the people of Venezuela to overthrow their government.

“We are going to fight for Venezuela,” she shouted through a megaphone, “we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone.”

This is the neocon mindset: that somehow the US has the authority to tell the rest of the world how to live and who may hold political power regardless of elections.

After more than a year of Washington being crippled by evidence-free claims that the Russians have influenced our elections, we have a senior US Administration official openly calling for the overturning of elections overseas.

Imagine if President Putin’s national security advisor had grabbed a megaphone in New York and called for the people of the United States to overthrow their government by force!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, President Trump has made some astonishingly bad choices in the people he has appointed to represent the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and Nikki Haley is one hysterically horrific example of Trump's taste in officials, second only to that of Gina Haspel's nomination to - and leadership of - the CIA.

Please don't get me wrong; I would love to see centrist women with impeccable credentials get nominated, and approved, for leadership roles in this country. But somehow, this just doesn't happen under President Trump's watch.

Sadly, both of these ladies are just to the extreme right of Attila the Hun when it comes to both human rights, and national, peaceful self-determination when it comes to countries which do not conduct themselves as the US government would wish (and are sitting over huge oil reserves, as is Venezuela).

Haley is the Neocons' consummate wet dream, when it comes to advocating for regime change in countries sitting over vast fortunes in oil or other resources, like Iran; Venezuela; Russia; or China.

But she has a couple of problems with publicly calling out Venezuela for regime change.

First and foremost, China has just given Venezuela 5 billion dollars as a loan last month with which to create a lifeline for its battered economy last month. China to give Venezuela a 5 billion dollar loan, as Maduro visits Beijing.

And secondly, at least for the moment, Venezuela's military are still on his side, particularly those 16,900 military Maduro "promoted" last July: Maduro "promotes" 16,900 members of his military for "loyalty"

And there is utterly no guarantee, if the US goes in with the usual bovine excrement rationale of "attack to protect the people" of Venezuela, that the outcome will be to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika's liking.

Remember Libya, and just how brilliantly well that went, after the assassination of Qaddafi?!? Talk about a "mammary glands up" outcome!

Ambassador Haley behaves as though she is a Miss Cleo wannabe, declaring that she can see the outcome of events before they unfold; for example, the accusation, made as late as August of this year, that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program Nikki Haley warns that Iran could become "The Next North Korea", taking a phrase right out of Bibi Netanyahu's playbook

And remember, this was done right before the IAEA's statement that the P5+1 agreement was still being honored by the Iranians.IAEA states that Iran is still acting in accord with the P5+1 agreementThe article went on to state the following:
"Mogherini further pointed to the 12th report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certifying that Iran is still complying with all its nuclear related commitments in accordance with the JCPOA and said, "This is good news."

Acting upon what is not there, does not make for good states craft; it is unfortunate that Ms. Haley appears to be dancing to the tune of Neocon delusional thinking, and that there is no equivalent in the US Constitution of the 25th Amendment, for removal of a US representative who is no longer physically, or intellectually fit, to represent this country.

Oct 01 10:44

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

Python creator Guido van Rossum retired as "benevolent dictator for life" in July, but like Michael Corleone in The Godfather III, he's been pulled back in to resolve a debate about politically incorrect language.

Like other open source communities, Python's minders have been asked whether they really want to continue using the terms "master" and "slave" to describe technical operations and relationships, given that the words remind some people of America's peculiar institution, a historical legacy that fires political passions to this day.

Last week Victor Stinner, a Python developer who works for Red Hat, published four pull requests seeking to change "master" and "slave" in Python documentation and code to terms like "parent," "worker," or something similarly anodyne.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly!

Oct 01 10:31

VIDEO: A SHORT HISTORY OF U.S. MEDDLING IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS

MEDDLING IN FOREIGN elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that.

And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned.

Here’s the problem, though: U.S. politicians and pundits cannot credibly object to Russian interference in U.S. elections without also acknowledging that the United States doesn’t exactly have clean hands. Or are we expected to believe that Russian hackers were the first people in human history to try and undermine a foreign democracy?

In this video, I examine the ways in which the United States has, in fact, spent the past 70-odd years meddling in elections across the world.

Oct 01 10:29

TRAVELERS TO NEW ZEALAND WHO REFUSE A DIGITAL STRIP SEARCH WILL BE FINED $5000

New Zealand's Customs and Excise Act 2018 went into effect today. That means travelers who refuse to give their phone or laptop password to customs officials will be fined NZ$5000. In addition, their devices will be confiscated and forensically searched.

Customs Minister Kris Faafoi said these digital strip searches are necessary because "A lot of the organised crime groups are becoming a lot more sophisticated in the ways they're trying to get things across the border. And if we do think they're up to that kind of business, then getting intelligence from smartphones and computers can be useful for a prosecution."

But Thomas Beagle of Council for Civil Liberties pointed out that organized criminals are smart enough not to keep incriminating files on their devices.

From Radio NZ:

[Customs spokesperson Terry Brown] said the law struck the "delicate balance" between a person's right to privacy and Customs' law enforcement responsibilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New Zealand may be a beautiful place to visit; however, there are other beautiful places to visit which haven't gone full black-belt fascist; color this off my destination for any tourism whatsoever, and I can guarantee you that any laptop with which I may travel is totally "vanilla" in terms of content.

Oct 01 10:17

More Evidence of Political Coverup in Dem IT Security Scandal

More evidence has surfaced about the disturbing political coverup of grave national security violations committed by the Pakistani who ran House Democrats’ information technology. His name is Imran Awan and last year he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. while trying to flee to his native Pakistan. Even after getting fired by some members of Congress for stealing computers and data systems, Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, kept him and let him have access to her emails and files as well as the password to the electronic device she used for DNC business. At one point, Awan had access to the computers of dozens of members of Congress, including those on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Judicial Watch has launched an investigation and is pursuing public records.

Oct 01 10:03

World wide web has become a Frankenstein's monster: Creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee admits his brainchild is now 'an engine of inequity and division' as he launches audacious bid to fix it

The inventor of the world wide web has admitted that he's become disillusioned by his creation because it has become 'an engine of inequity and division.'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the web in 1989 with the idea that the sharing of information would benefit all mankind – but now, he says it is 'swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.'

In a blog post, the 63-year-old spoke of how the public have developed a mistrust of apps that 'have an ulterior motive.'

In the wake of the breach of millions of people's Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, he revealed he has been working on a new online platform that would help users regulate the personal information they share online and how the data is stored.

Oct 01 08:04

Perils of the Part-Time Driver

BMW just publicly revealed their new camera-based driver monitoring system. It is called Extended Traffic Jam Assistant and will be available in the 2019 X5, the company’s best-selling mid-sized SUV.

The assistant is part of what’s styled Level 2 automated driving tech. The 2019 X5 can drive itself – including steer itself – without the driver touching anything – all the way up to just under 40 MPH. But for obvious reasons – including legal liability reasons – BMW doesn’t want to leave it entirely up to the X5 to drive itself.

Well, that’s not exactly accurate.
The driver is still expected to pay attention to his driving – even when he’s not the one actually driving the car.

But if the driver is supposed to pay attention to driving, shouldn’t he just . . . drive?

Oct 01 07:35

iPhone XS, XS Max charging problems: Strange issues surface on Apple's new phones

Some owners of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are reporting on Apple's community site that the devices aren't charging when plugged into a power supply via a Lightning cable.

Certain users are reporting that the iPhone XS will sometimes start to charge after reinserting an Apple-made cable. Others have noticed that if the device is not charging, picking it up or tapping the screen to wake up the device will cause it to charge.

"If I haven't interacted with the phone for some time, it becomes unresponsive to a charger being plugged in. But if I unplug then lift it and start using it, it will recognize the charger," wrote one iPhone XS owner.

Sep 30 20:05

Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”

Activists from the feminist and LGBTQIA+ communities have been trying to force the Linux project to join the Contributor Covenant since at least 2015. The Contributor Covenant is an agreement to implement a special Code of Conduct (frequently CoC from now on) aimed at changing the predominantly white, straight, and male face of programming. CC’s Code of Conduct is controversial particularly because it allows anyone to be banned from contributing code for any reason, usually with no mechanism for oversight or accountability.

On September 16 the pro-CoC side got their wish (how this happened is a very strange story of its own, read recent news about Linus Torvalds’ departure if you want to know more) — Linux had officially committed to implementing and obeying the CC Code of Conduct — and they immediately set about using it to remove top Linux coders.

PC could soon screw up the Linux kernel. Insanity.

Sep 29 08:49

ELECTION SECURITY REMAINS JUST AS VULNERABLE AS IN 2016

The ability to vote for local, state, and federal representatives is the cornerstone of democracy in America. With mid-term congressional elections looming in early November, many voices have raised concerns that the voting infrastructure used by states across the Union might be suspect, unreliable, or potentially vulnerable to attacks. As Congress considers measures critical to consumer rights and the functioning of technology (net neutrality, data privacy, biometric identification, and surveillance), ensuring the integrity of elections has emerged as a matter of crucial importance.

With mid-term elections in just two months, Secretaries of State should be pressed to do their jobs and increase security before voters cast their ballots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The electronic process, which we know can be hacked very easily, should be scrapped in favor of paper ballots, period, end of discussion.

Voters should be required to provide voter ID, either in terms of a state identification, or valid driver's license.

And if you have never seen the following Hacking Democracy, by Bev Harris, , treat yourself by ordering this documentary about how wildly unsafe and unsecure voting systems are in this country.

Sep 29 08:42

YOU GAVE FACEBOOK YOUR NUMBER FOR SECURITY. THEY USED IT FOR ADS

Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising.

A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Facebook’s latest deceptive practice works. They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

Two-Factor Authentication Is Not The Problem

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this company.

Please get off of this "infozilla for profit scam", and go with another service which does not rip off private information.

Sep 29 06:52

CIBC, A Huge Canadian Bank, Was Offline All Day, Proving Again The Dangers of a Cashless Society

It only took one day of the CIBC debacle to remind people of why digital transactions are at the mercy of the computers and those who control them.

Sep 29 00:25

Reddit Now “Quarantining” Users Who Question 9/11—Direct Users to Gov’t Site Instead

A highly popular subreddit devoted to posting information which proposed information outside the official narrative to 9/11 has been “Quarantined” by the Reddit Administrators. The community has effectively been cut off from the rest of the platform and anyone who wishes to view its contents are forced to go through a checkpoint while being redirected to a government website.

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