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Jan 27 16:11

South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable

New guidelines will require the industry to allow smartphone users the option to delete unnecessary pre-loaded applications, to rectify unreasonable practices and reduce inconvenience.

Jan 27 16:09

We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Being treated as lab rats for algorithms is not an option, says the German justice minister in a response to Mark Zuckerberg and explains how Facebook must be regulated.

Jan 26 16:35

1984: YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm -- A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought

By Aaron Kesel

YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending conspiracy videos such as those claiming the Earth is flat, or promoting alternative theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks...

Jan 26 12:16

US FOLLOWS UKRAINE, SYRIA ROADMAP IN VENEZUELA REGIME CHANGE PUSH

Since the decision of the Trump administration on Wednesday to recognize a member of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, as an unelected “interim president,” the situation in the South American country has become increasingly tense, with efforts to force the current government of Venezuela — led by Nicolás Maduro — out of power having grown in intensity over the past few days.

Despite the enormous pressure his government faces from both local and international sources, Maduro has managed to maintain his position thanks to a combination of factors. These include the loyalty of the country’s well-armed military, in addition to popular support from Venezuelans who recently voted for Maduro, as well as Venezuelans who may not like Maduro but prefer him to a politician hand-picked and foisted upon them by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On that last statement, you can bet your sweet bippy it will happen, if this regime change attempt does not go as planned!

China and Russia have extensive investments in, and in co-sponsorship of, many projects in Venezuela.

Do you believe that they won't protect those assets, if they see a move toward regime change in Venezuela? I'm afraid that the short answer here, is "HELL yes!"

Jan 26 10:31

Privacy at Risk: Security Expert Warns “Smart Device” Users to Beware

Smart Homes — with features powered by Internet-connected devices — are all the rage in some circles and the trend is growing. But is the convenience of being able to control everything from lights to sprinklers, from thermostats to door locks, from refrigerators to security cameras worth the accompanying risks? Warnings from an expert at IBM Security indicate that the answer is “No.”

That expert, Charles Henderson, was quoted in two articles for the New York Times earlier this week. Henderson is the global head of X-Force Red, a professional hacking team at IBM Security. He told the Times that convenience is the major selling point of turning a home into a Smart Home powered by Internet of Things (IoT) devices. “Consumers don’t just want this convenience, they expect it — they demand it.” The result is that too often, common sense and security — especially where privacy is concerned — take a back seat to that convenience. Many people seem never to consider the risks involved.

Jan 25 12:19

TERENCE MCKENNA EXPLAINS WHY TELEVISION IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ADDICTIVE DRUG IN SOCIETY

People have become totally obsessed with their own beliefs, opinions and biases that their behavior is going completely unexamined. Their reactions to the latest news item are automatic and predictable. The late iconoclast Terence McKenna pointed out that obsessive and unexamined behavior in pursuit of familiar stimulus (such as what we see with each moment of media outrage) is what drug addiction is about.

McKenna went a step further to say that television was the greatest drug ever introduced into society. What else could persuade people spend an average of 5-7 hours a day sitting in front of the TV? All the while consuming, in hypnotic states of mind, the scientifically crafted messages of corporate and government propagandists?

Here, McKenna expounds on the idea that television is a drug that is having negative consequences on individuals and on society at large:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen, brother, amen!!

Jan 25 09:42

Chinese tech companies pose ‘mortal danger’ & can’t be allowed to dominate – George Soros

Artificial intelligence and machine learning pose a grave threat when they are controlled by authoritarian states, according to billionaire George Soros. He has called for a crackdown on Chinese tech companies.

Talking to journalists and executives attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said on Thursday the use of such technologies by the Chinese government is a “mortal danger.”

The businessman said that the United States should apply more pressure to Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE, which have been labeled national security threats by some US officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about market share, and I think Soros just let us know that much of his fortune is invested in US tech companies!

Jan 25 09:22

Julian Assange Sues Trump Administration To Reveal Charges Against Him; WikiLeaks Associates Being Interrogated

By Aaron Kesel

Last year in November the U.S. accidentally revealed sealed charges it had against WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange. Now Assange and his lawyers are suing to find out what those “sealed charges” are pertaining to, The Guardian reported.

Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to demand the Trump Administration unseal the charges it has secretly filed against Assange.

The Australian activist’s lawyers are further asking the Commission to compel Ecuador to cease its espionage activities against Assange, to stop the isolation imposed on him and to protect Assange from U.S. extradition...

Jan 25 09:21

Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1088813863125086210

Jan 25 08:36

Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money

Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission – something the social media giant called “friendly fraud” – in an effort to maximize revenues, according to a document detailing the company’s game strategy.

Sometimes the children did not even know they were spending money, according to another internal Facebook report. Facebook employees knew this. Their own reports showed underage users did not realize their parent’s credit cards were connected to their Facebook accounts and they were spending real money in the games, according to the unsealed documents.

For years, the company ignored warnings from its own employees that it was bamboozling children.

Jan 25 08:33

YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find

Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.

After years of criticism that YouTube leads viewers to videos that spread misinformation, the company said it was changing what videos it recommends to users. In a blog post, YouTube said it would no longer suggest videos with “borderline content” or those that “misinform users in a harmful way” even if the footage does not violate its community guidelines.

Jan 25 07:51

GandCrab ransomware and Ursnif virus spreading via MS Word macros

Both attacks start from phishing emails containing an attached Microsoft Word document embedded with malicious macros and then uses Powershell to deliver fileless malware.

Ursnif is a data-stealing malware that typically steals sensitive information from compromised computers with an ability to harvest banking credentials, browsing activities, collect keystrokes, system and process information, and deploy additional backdoors.

Discovered earlier last year, GandCrab is a widespread ransomware threat that, like every other ransomware in the market, encrypts files on an infected system and insists victims to pay a ransom in digital currency to unlock them. Its developers ask payments primarily in DASH, which is more complex to track.

Jan 24 13:51

Clinton's 2016 Strategy Revealed: Overwhelm FBI With Trump-Russia Narrative Until Something Stuck

As it became clear during the 2016 US election that Donald Trump had a mountain of support underneath him, nervous Democrats connected to the Hillary Clinton camp reached out to US officials over a half-dozen times, "each tapping a political connection to get suspect evidence into FBI counterintelligence agents' hands," according to The Hill's John Solomon, citing internal documents and testimonies he has reviewed, along with interviews Solomon conducted.

Each contact by a Clinton crony was unsolicited, according to Solomon's FBI sources, in what they described as a "classic case of information saturation" meant to inject toxic and unverified opposition research into the agency's counterintelligence apparatus that should have known better than to eventually bite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jan 24 12:58

Malvertisers target Mac users with steganographic code stashed in images

Clever HTML5 coding helps a blitz of malicious ads slip past scanners.

Jan 24 12:39

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.

Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices can now just click one button to enable its “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29. Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to go Linux.

Jan 24 12:35

Millions of bank loan and mortgage documents have leaked online

A trove of more than 24 million financial and banking documents, representing tens of thousands of loans and mortgages from some of the biggest banks in the U.S., has been found online after a server security lapse.

The server, running an Elasticsearch database, had more than a decade’s worth of data, containing loan and mortgage agreements, repayment schedules and other highly sensitive financial and tax documents that reveal an intimate insight into a person’s financial life.

But it wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access and read the massive cache of documents.

Jan 24 12:11

Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Bonus broadcast!

Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1088459598678224902

Jan 24 10:41

Government shutdown impacts .gov websites, puts Americans in danger

If you are in the United States, then you likely already know that we are on our 24th day of a government shutdown. While it is considered a “partial” shutdown, there are still plenty of government workers who are furloughed, which impacts the services they run—both online and off.

Last week, TechCrunch posted a concerning story about the shutdown, which covered the findings of NetCraft, a UK Internet service company, who discovered that numerous US government websites are now inaccessible due to expired security certificates.

This is a quick post to explain what happened, and more importantly, how cybercriminals will use this situation to their advantage.

Jan 24 08:50

Artificial intelligence will become the next new human right

Food, water, shelter, artificial intelligence? If the predictions of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff prove to be true, the latter will one day become a new human right.

What are considered to be human rights vary across different countries, societies, and cultures. In the West, however, it was back in 2016 that the United Nations decreed Internet access should be considered a basic right.

While a non-binding premise, the UN still considers deliberate Internet disruption as a human rights violation.

Jan 23 18:42

Chrome API update will kill a bunch of other extensions, not just ad blockers

The biggest of these categories would be extensions developed by antivirus makers and meant to prevent users from accessing malicious sites and for detecting malware before it's being downloaded.

"In addition to ad blocking this seems to affect also security software that rely on extension capabilities of dynamically blocking https traffic that is rated as malicious or otherwise harmful for user," said Jouni Korte, Senior Software Engineer for Finnish antivirus maker F-Secure.

"This includes pages spreading mal/spy/whateverware, but also for example parental control type of functions, i.e. protecting (child) user from content categorized as harmful/unwanted for him/her," he said.

Jan 23 17:13

Shutdown Woes Deepen As 800,000 Federal Workers To Miss Second Paycheck; IRS Employees Bail

With negotiations behind the partial government shutdown showing no signs of a breakthrough, an estimated 800,000 government employees are set to miss a second paycheck on Friday.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees are working without pay, while around 380,000 have been furloughed amid the longest shutdown in US history, according to CNBC.

With negotiations behind the partial government shutdown showing no signs of a breakthrough, an estimated 800,000 government employees are set to miss a second paycheck on Friday.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees are working without pay, while around 380,000 have been furloughed amid the longest shutdown in US history, according to CNBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I is obvious to me that Pelosi's "agenda" is to make sure that utterly President wants to get n done in the next two years, she is going to attempt
to thwart him in every way possible.

Jan 23 16:00

Daily Mail demands browser warning U-turn

The Daily Mail is calling for a web browser alert that criticises its journalism to be changed.

The NewsGuard plug-in currently brings up a warning that says the newspaper's website "generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability".

It has given this advice since August.

But the matter came to prominence last week, after Microsoft updated its Edge browser app for Android and iOS devices and built in NewsGuard.

This prompted several other media outlets to report the story.

"We have only very recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible," said a spokesman for Mail Online.

Jan 23 13:59

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.
Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices can now just click one button to enable its “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29. Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, I'm insulted that WRH didn't even make the list!!!!

Jan 23 10:46

Orwell’s ‘Facecrime’ is Here in Insane America

Be careful that you don’t get caught engaging in Facecrime in insane America.

Jan 23 09:28

Look Out, Porn Users: AZ Legislator Has Unique Idea For Funding The Wall

The funds accrued would be deposited in a fund titled the “John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Fund." The money would fund the border wall as well as physical and mental health services, temporary and permanent housing placements, and the prevention and protection of victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, prostitution, divorce, child abuse, and sexual assault.

Jan 23 08:54

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers.

Adblock Plus will most likely not be affected, though similar third-party plugins will, for reasons we will explain. The drafted changes will also limit the capabilities available to extension developers, ostensibly for the sake of speed and safety. Chromium forms the central core of Google Chrome, and, soon, Microsoft Edge.

In a note posted Tuesday to the Chromium bug tracker, Raymond Hill, the developer behind uBlock Origin and uMatrix, said the changes contemplated by the Manifest v3 proposal will ruin his ad and content blocking extensions, and take control of content away from users.

Jan 23 08:53

BIG DATA MEETS BIG GOV'T: NEW IRS SPY SOFTWARE

One of the reasons identify theft is considered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to be the crime of the century is because of the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service makes growing demands for information about people’s businesses and private lives every day. There is no such thing as personal privacy these days. That the IRS sends citizens a so-called “Privacy Act Notice” in all its mailings is a farce. The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any other federal, state or local government agency claiming an interest, including foreign governments.

A river of data

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With so much data, how does one make it meaningful and intelligent to pursue, and how does one know what is actually worth pursuing?!?

Jan 23 08:47

EXPECT AN INCREASED SMEARING OF AMERICANS AS RUSSIAN ASSETS

SOURCE: THEMINDUNLEASHED.COM
After WikiLeaks documents provided irrefutable evidence that the Democratic National Committee had violated its charter by rigging its primary for Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders, what should have happened is this:

The DNC apologizing profusely to the public for violating the promises it had made to the electorate.
Massive, sweeping changes to bring transparency and public accountability to the DNC’s inner workings, including a complete overhaul of staff and leadership.
If at all possible, a complete do-over of the primary vote.
A dedication to attacking Trump’s right-wing policies from the left, showing the public that a progressive approach works better than a conservative one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Speaker Pelosi, a word, please.

Primary rigging,just in case this is a foreign concept for you, us utterly immoral, because at the end of the day, the People do not get a chance to fully express their political preferences, because at the end of the day, those preferences will be well and truly flushed by the DNC's vote rigging.

So what Americans have, at the end of the day, are two very carefully culled and chosen candidates who will continue the wars, make sure that the dictats issued by their corporate masters, are obeyed; that the military complex will be worshipped, with obscenely "fat" contracts, and change utterly nothing for
We the People, except to throw more regulative barriers in our way; 24/7 surveillance; and a tax code which virtually guarantees our continued poverty.

At this point, the American political process is a highly ritualized, Kabuki-like process where the monied get everything they want from the government, because that government represents only those are already monied, leaving you and me, my friends, thrown under the proverbial bus, without any meaningful choice in leadership, or true representation.

Jan 23 08:18

Someone Hacked PHP PEAR Site and Replaced the Official Package Manager

Beware! If you have downloaded PHP PEAR package manager from its official website in past 6 months, we are sorry to say that your server might have been compromised.

Last week, the maintainers at PEAR took down the official website of the PEAR (pear-php.net) after they found that someone has replaced original PHP PEAR package manager (go-pear.phar) with a modified version in the core PEAR file system.

Though the PEAR developers are still in the process of analyzing the malicious package, a security announcement published on January 19, 2019, confirmed that the allegedly hacked website had been serving the installation file contaminated with the malicious code to download for at least half a year.

Jan 22 13:04

Arizona Lawmaker Wants to Tax Internet Porn to Pay for Border Wall

Arizona state Senator Gail Griffin, a Republican, has introduced a new bill that would force computer and phone retailers to install porn-blocking software, which could only be removed for a fee of at least $20. The weirdest part? The money that was collected by the state would be used to help build President Donald Trump’s infamous wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, among other things.

First reported by the Arizona Mirror, the bill would require retailers to install porn-filter software on all new internet-capable devices sold in Arizona. The filter would only be removed if the customer asked for it, they could prove that they were at least 18 years old, and paid at least $20. The $20 fee would be sent to the state, but retailers would be allowed to charge more on top of that.

Jan 22 11:41

Hotel fires half its robot staff for sucking at their jobs

Humans worried about the robot revolution threatening their jobs can relax. Japan's Henn na Hotel prided itself on its all-robot staff, but it turns out they weren't up to the job.

Henn na's robot staff was first employed in 2015 with the aim of becoming "the most efficient hotel in the world." But four years later, it seems that the 243 robots are less of a novelty and more of a nuisance. As a result, the Henn na Hotel has fired half of them, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Jan 22 11:37

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously

By Kai Sedgwick

Buying bitcoin is not a revolutionary act. Nor should it be. And yet the way statists, apparatchiks and politicians bang on, you’d think the mere act of acquiring digital currency was akin to receiving the keys to a Pandora’s box in which lurks every illicit artifact known to man. One day, these dinosaurs will begrudgingly concede that buying bitcoin is no more seditious than buying a soda with a $20 bill. But until then, you’ll want to preserve your privacy when acquiring cryptocurrency...

Jan 22 11:32

Huawei or the West's way: Which kind of spying comes with your phone?

Keeping in mind that there is actually no definitive proof against Huawei at this point, phone owners are left to ponder whether they want a cheaper Chinese phone which could possibly be used to spy on them, or a more expensive Western made one which definitely will be.

If Edward Snowden, Cambridge Analytica and Jennifer Lawrence have taught us one thing, it's that if you're the proud owner of a smartphone, or have ever used a WiFi network (I'm told they've grown quite popular), someone can get you if they want to.

Jan 22 11:30

Downdetector - Whatsapp

Whatsapp is having issues since 1:17 PM EST. Are you also affected? Leave a message in the comments.

Jan 22 11:29

Whatsapp down: Messenger not working across the world on Iphone and Android

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just now breaking.

Jan 22 10:52

Critical RCE Flaw in Linux APT Allows Remote Attackers to Hack Systems

Since APT is being used by many major Linux distributions including Debian and Ubuntu, who have also acknowledged and released security patches for the vulnerability, it is highly recommended for Linux users to update their systems as soon as possible.

Jan 22 09:20

BIG DATA MEETS BIG GOV'T: NEW IRS SPY SOFTWARE

One of the reasons identify theft is considered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to be the crime of the century is because of the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service makes growing demands for information about people’s businesses and private lives every day. There is no such thing as personal privacy these days. That the IRS sends citizens a so-called “Privacy Act Notice” in all its mailings is a farce. The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any other federal, state or local government agency claiming an interest, including foreign governments.

A river of data

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with data is, without a real capability to sort and identify what your "data streams" pull in, you become awash with data which makes no sense, and cannot be intelligently, interpreted.

Jan 22 08:55

Windows 7 versus Windows 10: Here comes the final showdown

Microsoft is certainly keen for businesses to upgrade, touting the security of Windows 10 over Windows 7 as a good reason to make the move. It's also keen to get as many users onto Windows 10 as possible because that will help it build momentum behind Windows-as-a-Service, which means regular feature updates rather than massive upgrade projects every few years.

But enterprises, which are often cautious about new technology, will have noted Microsoft's buggy recent Windows 10 upgrades and will worry about the impact on their infrastructure.

So what happens now?

Jan 22 05:25

Zimbabwe court says internet shutdown illegal as more civilians detained

Zimbabwe’s government exceeded its mandate in ordering an internet blackout during civilian protests last week, a court ruled on Monday, as authorities pressed on with rounding up opposition figures blamed for the unrest.

In his interim ruling, High Court Judge Owen Tagu told mobile operators to immediately and unconditionally resume full services. The biggest, Econet Wireless, compiled with the order late on Monday, it said in a message to subscribers.

The sporadic blackout began on Tuesday following the start of protests against a rise in fuel prices that turned violent.

With evidence growing that the country is slipping back into authoritarian rule, critics of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government had accused it of shutting off the internet to prevent a security clampdown being broadcast to the world.

Mnangagwa was due back in Zimbabwe late on Monday after cutting short a foreign trip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like it is only a matter of time before the current government of Zimbabwe cannot hold this country together.

Jan 22 04:36

Death Of Russiagate? Mueller Team Tied To Mifsud's Network

In April last year, Disobedient Media broke coverage of the British involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, asking why All Russiagate Roads Lead To London, via the quasi-scholar Joseph Mifsud and others.

The issue was also raised by WikiLeaks's Julian Assange, just days before the Ecuadorian government silenced him last March. Assange's Twitter thread cited research by Chris Blackburn, who spoke with Disobedient Media on multiple occasions covering Joseph Mifsud's ties to British intelligence figures and organizations, as well as his links to Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign, the FBI, CIA and the private cyber-security firm Crowdstrike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate press should be standing for the people, not for those elements of the government it primarily represents; the American deep state lives, breathes, and moves, and if there was ever a more glaring example of that, it was the "Russiagate" Fiction, which has gobbled up time, money, and expense from the American people, and still has nothing to show for it, I would like to find it!!

Jan 21 17:53

Websites can steal browser data via extensions APIs

Malicious websites can exploit browser extension APIs to execute code inside the browser and steal sensitive information such as bookmarks, browsing history, and even user cookies.

The latter, an attacker can use to hijack a user's active login sessions and access sensitive accounts, such as email inboxes, social media profiles, or work-related accounts.

Furthermore, the same extension APIs can also be abused to trigger the download of malicious files and store them on the user device, and store and retrieve data in an extension's permanent storage, data that can later be used to track users across the web.

Jan 21 17:47

'There's no place to hide': Shocking study reveals how Twitter and Facebook learn private information about you - even if you DON'T have an account

'There's no place to hide in a social network,' study co-author Lewis Mitchell said in a statement.

From political affiliation to purchasing practices and favorite television series, information shared online by friends and contacts could potentially be used to deduce many aspects of a person's life, Bagrow said.

'Information is so strongly embedded in a social network that, in principle, one can profile an individual from their available social ties even when the individual forgoes the platform completely,' the researchers wrote in the study.

Jan 21 17:35

New Android Malware Apps Use Motion Sensor to Evade Detection

Even after so many efforts by Google for preventing its Play Store from malware, shady apps somehow managed to fool its anti-malware protections and get into its service to infect Android users with malware.

Two such Android apps have recently been spotted on the Google Play Store by security researchers with the Trend Micro malware research team, infecting thousands of Android users who have already downloaded them with banking malware.

The apps in question masquerade as a currency exchange app called Currency Converter and battery saver app called BatterySaverMobi, and are using motion-sensor inputs of infected Android devices to monitor them before installing a dangerous banking Trojan called Anubis.

Jan 21 17:23

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

As the today’s Apple continues to push its prices ever higher, the company might want to look at its own past as well as the present for the consequences.

Jan 21 15:51

France hits Google with $57 million fine for violating EU’s new consumer privacy rules

French regulators on Monday hit Google with a $57 million penalty—the first fine targeting a U.S. technology giant under Europe’s strict new data privacy rules.

Jan 21 12:11

Study: On Facebook And Twitter Your Privacy Is At Risk—Even If You Don’t Have An Account

By University of Vermont

A new study shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you.

Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy. If you don’t want to be on Facebook, you can leave or not sign up in the first place. Then your behavior will be your own private business, right?

The new study presents powerful evidence that the answer to that question is no...

Jan 21 10:19

Bitcoin Mass Adoption Through Chaos and Order

By Vin Armani

In this article – the first in a two-part series – I will explore the ways that the Bitcoin community can leverage the adoption strategies of existing digital payment networks, through profit-seeking, to incentivize mass adoption. My next article, part two, will explore the communication standards, known as Payment Protocols, that I believe hold great promise for delivering profits to those companies most highly incentivized to increase global use of Bitcoin as peer-to-peer electronic cash...

Jan 21 10:09

Is Labour’s anti-Semitism row fuelled by pro-Israel online ‘guerrilla warriors’?

The Labour Party in Britain has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism ever since Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the 2015 leadership contest. The crisis has since threatened to tear the party apart. Now, though, what appears to be an organised campaign to fuel the row has been uncovered, raising concerns that the party is being targeted by a network of social media trolls with the intent of harming Britain’s democratic process.

An investigation by the Electronic Intifada discovered fake online accounts being used when the crisis was at its peak. A report by the online publication documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters and issuing virulent anti-Semitic posts. The accounts are said to share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them, in what appears to be an organised campaign to discredit Corbyn and smear Labour as an anti-Semitic party.

Jan 21 09:06

REVEALED: Facebook 'deliberately duped' children into racking up bills into the thousands playing online games - even referring to them as 'whales'

Facebook has been ordered to unseal a trove of documents related to a 2012 lawsuit against the social media giant in which children, often unwittingly, racked up massive bills on their parents accounts playing games on the site.

The United States District Court on Monday gave Facebook ten days to file unredacted documents in response to a request from Reveal, the news agency of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Announcing its victory last week, Reveal wrote: 'A glimpse into the soon-to-be-released records shows Facebook's own employees worried they were bamboozling children who racked up hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars in game charges.

'And the company failed to provide an effective way for unsuspecting parents to dispute the massive charges, according to internal Facebook records.'

Jan 21 08:58

Google is hit with $57 MILLION fine by France’s data watchdog for its murky use of personal information

France's data watchdog slapped a 50m Euro ($57m) fine on search giant Google today, using the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules for the first time.

Google was handed the record fine from CNIL for failing to provide transparent and easily accessible information on its data consent policies, a statement said.

They said Google had made it too difficult for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used, in particular with regards to targeted advertising.

Jan 20 11:13

Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim

By Nicholas West

People of the future will apparently be no more significant than zebrafish and flies, according to new studies in tracking and surveillance being conducted on those species...

Jan 20 10:37

This Is The Reason Smart TVs Are So Cheap 

A significant reason why a smart TV, or perhaps a new 65-inch 4K smart TV with HDR capability, can be purchased for about $500, is because some manufacturers are harvesting data from users.

Vizio’s Chief Technology Officer, Bill Baxter, outlined the strategy to The Verge during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada last Monday.

Jan 20 10:11

TECHNOLOGY EXPERT CLAIMS HUMANS WILL DOWNLOAD THEIR SOULS ONTO MICROCHIPS SO THEY CAN ‘LIVE FOREVER’

Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK.

Jan 19 09:41

Rock Pi 4: A closer look at the new Raspberry Pi challenger

This is the Rock Pi 4, the latest rival to the Raspberry Pi in the low-cost computing space.

Check out TechRepublic's full review to find out how the Rock Pi 4 measures up to the Raspberry Pi, and why the Rock Pi isn't a necessarily a better choice, despite its superior specs.

This is the 4GB of the Rock Pi 4 Model B, a board whose $75 price tag is more than twice that of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

Jan 19 09:28

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