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Oct 15 19:18

US global assassination campaign kills numerous unreported civilians

A former National Security Agency executive and whistleblower says the US assassination campaign has killed far more civilians than has been reported.

Thomas Drake told the Sputnik news agency on Thursday that America’s mass assassination program - that has mostly stayed in the dark over the years - has led to untold number of civilian casualties.

"We [the United States] have mass surveillance and we have a mass assassination program," Drake said. "It is two sides of the same coin."

Oct 15 18:29

Windows 10 upgrade nags become more aggressive, offer no opt-out

It seems that Microsoft is desperate to get laggards who are still running Windows 7 and Windows 8 onto Windows 10, but there's a fine line between being enthusiastic about a new operating system and behaving like you own every PC running Windows, and I think that in this case that line has been crossed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey Microsoft. I will upgrade to Windows 10 if you promise to pay for every piece of current software I own that breaks and has to be upgraded. Deal?

Do you not understand that (setting aside your partnership with an illegal and illegitimate government) that we regular folks do not have Bill Gates' kind of money and cannot simply replace all of our software applications whenever YOU feel like it!

Oct 15 17:17

UK crime rate rises as cybercrimes, fraud included in statistics

A new report suggests the crime rate in the United Kingdom has risen to more than 11.6 million offences in the one year to June 2015.

Oct 15 15:06

Richard Hanna and the GOP are handing Hillary Clinton a Benghazi hearing win before it even starts

Hillary Rodham Clinton won't appear before the House select committee tasked with investigating the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, until next Thursday. But, thanks to House Republicans, she's already got a major leg up, politically speaking.

First came House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's career-killing comment that the Benghazi committee deserved credit for dragging down Clinton's poll numbers. Now we have Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.) who told a local radio station this week that "this may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton." Hanna added: “I think that’s the way Washington works. But you’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, once may be a goof, but twice? It is obvious that the politicians are circling the wagons around Hillary's email server and a major scandal still hidden behind it, such as the US running guns from Libya to ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria!

Oct 15 14:19

How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

For years, privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, virtual private network apps, and other cryptographic software to adopt the Diffie-Hellman cryptographic key exchange as a defense against surveillance from the US National Security Agency and other state-sponsored spies. Now, researchers are renewing their warning that a serious flaw in the way the key exchange is implemented is allowing the NSA to break and eavesdrop on trillions of encrypted connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a flaw, It is a back-door!

Oct 15 12:08

Google leaves St. Petersburg

Closure of Google’s development center in St. Petersburg is "optimization," press service of the Russian representative office of the corporation told TASS on Thursday. "This is a common optimization process taking place not only in Russia but also, for example, in Finland, Sweden, and the United States," Google said. Former employees of the closed development center "continue working on projects in other offices," the company said. It was reported earlier the staff of the closed development center worked on such projects as Google Toolbar for Firefox browser and Google Code Search.

Oct 15 11:51

New Huma Abedin E-mail Address Discovered ahead of Benghazi Committee Appearance

A previously unknown e-mail address used by Huma Abedin was discovered on Thursday, just hours before the top Hillary Clinton aide prepares to testify in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Conservative watchdog group Citizens United discovered the address in an e-mail exchange that shows Clinton Foundation CEO Robert Harrison forwarding a speaking invitation for then-Secretary of State Clinton to both Abedin’s State Department account and an unfamiliar Abedin address on November 6, 2012. “I tried to send this to your ‘clintonemail.com’ address, but it bounced back as undeliverable, so here it is again,” Harrison wrote.

Oct 15 10:54

Customs computers crash at airports across US

Problems and outages affecting Customs and Border Protection computers -- and the Department of Homeland Security's terrorist watch list -- were reported at multiple American airports on Wednesday. The cause of the problem is unknown.

Oct 15 09:44

World’s First Cashless Nation is On Track in Sweden

By Nicholas West

The full emergence of a cashless society has been a plan long in the making and taking place on many fronts. We are currently seeing an array of new tech that is intended to make cash seem like an antiquated, clumsy way to transact business. Why not pay via identity tech such as vein scanners, facial recognition, voiceprints, iris scans – even tears? Purchases will just be so much safer and more convenient with your new Zwipe biometric credit card.

Simultaneously, we are witnessing legislation and internal banking policies that make it – or will make it – virtually impossible to use cash unless you want to be investigated for money laundering or ties to terrorism. We have begun to hear an increasing chorus from central banks, lackey politicians and of course the United States IRS who are openly declaring a war on cash. So what will the new economic world look like?...

Oct 15 08:13

Bernie Sanders Gave a Helluva Defense of Hillary’s Email Scandals at the Debate. There Are 32 Problems With It.

But before everybody moved on, Sanders weighed in. "I think the secretary is right," he said. "And that is, I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." Clinton smiled and thanked him, and the crowd roared its approval.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we have on display the spectacle of a candidate for President dismissing THE issue which could remove his top rival for the Democratic nomination. I doubt Sanders did that for no reason.

In politics, there are two kinds of secrets. There are the little secrets; the sex scandals, the bribes, which are the fodder for political infighting. Then there are the great secrets, secrets so terrible they would bring down the entire government, such as the truth behind the JFK assassination, the truth behind 9-11, and so forth. Sanders' dismissal of Hillary's email scandal was not done to protect Hillary, but possibly because Sanders knows that if pursued, the public will learn that behind the server itself lurks far larger scandals, such as government-sanctioned gun-running from Libya to ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria (using that Consulate in Benghazi), and whether the weak private email server holding US secrets, coupled with a "charitable foundation" legally allowed to accept money from foreign sources, signals a repeat of the 1996 Clinton "China-gate" secrets-for-donations scandal!

Oct 15 08:00

White House: Hillary ISN'T in the clear - when president said servergate wasn't a national security risk, that might change

The White House had to play clean up this week for President Barack Obama after he asserted in an interview Hillary Clinton's use of a private server hadn't 'endangered' national security.

'The President was making an observation about what we know so far,' White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a clever bit of propaganda. Obama knows that most of the people who heard him say Hillary had not endangered National Security will not see the White House retraction, and will go on believing what he said (assuming they believed him the moment he said it).

However, it was a rather reckless comment by Obama, and suggests that Obama is worried about a far larger scandal lurking behind Hillary's emails, such as US-backed gun-running to ISIS and Al Qaeda from Libya to Syria, and whether the weak private email server holding US secrets, coupled with a "charitable foundation" legally allowed to accept money from foreign sources, signals a repeat of the 1996 Clinton "China-gate" secrets-for-donations scandal!

Oct 15 07:49

WH: On Second Thought, We Don't Know Whether Hillary's Emails Harmed National Security

Sunday gave us the presidential assertion. Tuesday gave us the official walk-back. When President Obama stated that Hillary Clinton's improper, unsecure private email server didn't pose a national security problem, some observers wondered how he could comment so confidently on the unresolved subject of an ongoing federal investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was a rather reckless comment by Obama, and suggests that Obama is worried about a far larger scandal lurking behind Hillary's emails, such as US-backed gun-running to ISIS and Al Qaeda from Libya to Syria, and whether the weak private email server holding US secrets, coupled with a "charitable foundation" legally allowed to accept money from foreign sources, signals a repeat of the 1996 Clinton "China-gate" secrets-for-donations scandal!

Oct 15 07:30

US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

The US Navy discontinued celestial navigation courses in 1998 because GPS made the old style of navigating redundant. Working out your position the old-fashioned way needs a clear sight of the stars or sun, an accurate watch, and a serious amount of math work to get your position within a couple of miles, whereas GPS can instantly pinpoint a ship to within metres.

"We went away from celestial navigation because computers are great," Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rogers, deputy chairman of the Naval Academy's department of seamanship and navigation told the Capital Gazette.

"The problem is there's no backup. We know there are cyber vulnerabilities. In the event that we had to go into a national emergency, we would probably have to shut the GPS down because it can be used by potential enemies."

Oct 14 20:15

Apple could face $1.17 billion bill after losing patent lawsuit against university

You would think a Corporation that sues competitors for making rectangular products with rounded corners would have secured the core patents for it's technology first.

Oct 14 17:11

Rise of the Nanobots - The World of Molecular Machines

By Nicholas West

One of the more controversial concepts in the area of nanotech is what has come to be known as The Singularity. Essentially, it is the mission to transcend biology. There are many ways The Singularity could ultimately come about, but one of them is molecular control via nanobots.

The latest video from the American Chemical Society and the University of Nebraska lays out just how pervasive this technology is set to become...

Oct 14 16:02

AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

Security software firm AVG has defended changes in its privacy policy, due to come into effect on Thursday (15 October), allowing it to collect and resell users’ anonymised web browsing and search history.

AVG argues that it has no immediate plans to monetise users’ browsing habits. However, independent security experts remain critical, arguing that the firm is putting user privacy and even trust in security firm more generally at risk.

AVG let users know beforehand that it may sell “non-personal” customer data to third-party advertisers in order to bankroll its freemium security software products. This non-personal data, including browsing and search history, advertising IDs, applications on a device and ISP used, are previously reported. The revised privacy policy is due to come into effect on 15 October.

Oct 14 16:00

Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

Apple's A7 processors in iPhones and iPads infringe a patent held by the University of Wisconsin, a court has ruled.

A jury, sitting in a US District Court in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of patent infringement late yesterday afternoon. While the damages in the case have yet to be determined, Judge William Conley previously set the possible payout to the college as high as $862m. Apple declined to comment on the case.

Oct 14 15:39

New Flash Player Zero-Day in The Wild

The vulnerability which has been assigned as CVE-2015-7645 is rated critical and affects Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.207 and earlier versions.

This means that even if you are running the latest version of this program, you are still vulnerable and can get infected by simply browsing the web, even on sites that you trust.

Oct 14 15:34

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri From 16 Feet Away

A pair of researchers at ANSSI, a French government agency devoted to information security, have shown that they can use radio waves to silently trigger voice commands on any Android phone or iPhone that has Google Now or Siri enabled, if it also has a pair of headphones with a microphone plugged into its jack. Their clever hack uses those headphones’ cord as an antenna, exploiting its wire to convert surreptitious electromagnetic waves into electrical signals that appear to the phone’s operating system to be audio coming from the user’s microphone. Without speaking a word, a hacker could use that radio attack to tell Siri or Google Now to make calls and send texts, dial the hacker’s number to turn the phone into an eavesdropping device, send the phone’s browser to a malware site, or send spam and phishing messages via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Oct 14 15:31

Google degenerates into Ministry of Truth; all knowledge must now be pre-approved by search algorithm

What this all means for sites like NaturalNews, InfoWars, and the many other independent news outlets that regularly challenge the status quo is that our content may soon be declared "inaccurate" by Google and forced down to a lower ranking as a result. Even though our collective readership is exploding because people are tired of the lies from the mainstream media, Google's new algorithm threatens to stifle this growth by hiding the truth from search results.

"It could make it more difficult for bright young people to bring about the next revolution in science," says University of Maryland professor Jim Purtillo about the plan. "After all, most of today's established science came about because someone challenged the herd mentality of yesterday."

Oct 14 14:26

University of Cambridge study finds 87% of Android devices are insecure

It's easy to see that the Android ecosystem currently has a rather lax policy toward security, but a recent study from the University of Cambridge put some hard numbers to Android's security failings. The conclusion finds that "on average 87.7% of Android devices are exposed to at least one of 11 known critical vulnerabilities."

Oct 14 12:59

Eavesdropping virus ‘stealing millions’ from UK bank accounts – NCA

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned internet users to protect themselves from cyber-attacks which have seen hackers harvest online banking details and steal millions from UK bank accounts.

Oct 14 11:32

Private server used by Hillary Clinton while secretary of state was vulnerable to hacking: report

The private email server running in Hillary Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders.

Oct 14 11:31

Hillary’s Private Server Was Extremely Vulnerable to Hacking — AP Confirms

Obama turned down opportunities from interviewer Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes to defend Clinton, instead describing the controversy as “legitimate”. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of USA government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders. Yet he also says criticism has been “ginned up” because of politics.

Oct 14 11:29

Lost in debate news – Obama walks back Hillary server defense

Hillary Clinton supporters understandably are happy after last night’s debate. The motley crew of challengers on stage were incapable of stringing sentences together, much less taking on Clinton directly. Bernie Sanders’ demand that the media leave Hillary alone on her server also was a boost to her narrative of “nothing to see here, move along.”

But that good night masked the fact that in the real world, the server is a serious problem legally and politically.

When Obama was interviewed on 60 Minutes last Sunday, he seemed to be signaling there was nothing to Hillary’s server problem, Obama pretty much signaled Justice to lay off Hillary:

Oct 14 10:47

Open doors, no checkpoints and a dumpster waiting to be rifled through - security farce at 'data fortress' run by company that held Hillary Clinton's emails

Wide open with no checkpoints and no perimeter fence, this is one of the data storage sites run by the company that backed up Hillary Clinton's emails.

The facility owned by Datto Inc was part of the network that stored classified messages from the private email server the Democratic presidential candidate used as Secretary of State.

But unlike most government buildings, it is possible to walk to the front door without being challenged.

Daily Mail Online also saw employees from inside the building emptying trash into a dumpster that was kept open and unattended.

Oct 14 08:18

Here are 13 more reasons to kick Adobe Flash to the curb

Flash, used by just 9.9 percent of all websites, remains one of the biggest headaches for system administrators and security professionals alike. As we see every month, it's continually riddled with security vulnerabilities. It's also a resource hog that slows down your computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On Firefox, the freezing of the browser coupled with the message "The shockwave player has crashed" has become a constant occurrence. I don't use flash inside WRH any more.

Oct 14 08:15

Apple loses patent lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, faces hefty damages

Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices.

Oct 14 07:53

In 2015, your Windows PC can be owned by opening a spreadsheet

Patch your Microsoft and Adobe software today – like, right now

Oct 14 06:31

GCHQ given green light to spy on MPs, court rules

GCHQ is legally allowed to collect and read the private communications of MPs and Lords, a court has ruled, overruling a decades old rule which forbade snooping on Westminster politicians.

In a surprise decision, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) said the ‘Wilson doctrine’ did not preclude the bulk collection of data through programs such as Tempora, as exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who brought the issue to court alongside Baroness Jenny Jones, called the ruling a “blow for parliamentary democracy.”

Established by former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1966, the rule forbids the interception of communications between MPs and their constituents by police or intelligence agencies.

Oct 14 06:27

Snowden a hero or traitor? 2016 Democratic hopefuls declare what to do with whistleblower

Is former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden a hero for revealing the American government’s massive surveillance program or a traitor who betrayed his own country?

That was the question posed to all of the Democratic presidential candidates during the party’s first debate on Tuesday. The answers ran the gamut from bringing him home to imprisoning him for leaking classified information. But who said what? . . .

. . . "He broke the laws of the United States. He could have been a whistleblower," she said. "He could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower. He could have raised all of the issues that he has raised. And I think there would have been a positive response to that."

But Clinton went on to say that Snowden “stole very important information that has, unfortunately, fallen into a lot of the wrong hands … I don’t think he should be brought home without facing the music.”

Oct 14 05:26

NYPD has super-secret X-ray vans

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton won’t let the NYCLU — or anyone else — bully him for details on the NYPD’s super-secret X-ray vans. The top cop was asked Tuesday about the counter-terror vehicles, called Z Backscatter Vans, in light of the NYCLU’s request to file an amicus brief arguing that the NYPD should have to release records about the X-ray vans.

Webmaster update: Claire and I spotted one when we were in New York for the 9-11 Tenth Anniversary. We realized something was hinky because this "UPS" truck stayed parked there all day long; something real UPS trucks do not do. This one was parked just down the street from the conference I spoke at.

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Oct 13 19:01

Warning to Internet banking users after hackers snatch £20m from UK accounts after using 'particular virulent' virus to infect thousands of computers

Computers become infected with the virus when users receive and open documents in seemingly legitimate emails, the NCA said.

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Oct 13 15:28

Amazon to help Americans buy more toxic poisons for their home with the touch of a button

Logistics innovator Amazon, which last year announced a robotic drone concept that cuts out the delivery middleman by shipping goods directly from Amazon warehouses to people’s homes via drone, has come up with yet another novel, futuristic concept that will allow people to instantly order the consumer products they need with the quick touch of a button.

Oct 13 12:13

Sacred Cow BBQ- Jewish Supremacy and Racial Violence

NSA Whistleblower Frederick C. Blackburn and street savvy martial artist Dutchman discuss Jewish Supremacism and the incitement of other races against Whites in their plan for world domination.

Oct 13 09:38

Hillary’s Email Server Was a Hack Risk

Hillary Clinton’s personal email server was connected to the Internet in a way that made it vulnerable to hacking risks, according to an AP investigation. The report found that Clinton’s server, which she used to handle both personal and State Department email while she was Secretary of State, "appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely" and did not use additional protective measures, the AP reported. On top of that, two other devices run on Clinton’s home network in Chappaqua, N.Y., were also accessible from the Internet.

Oct 13 09:37

‘Total amateur hour’: AP reports on new vulnerabilities discovered on Hillary Clinton’s email server

The AP has a new report out this morning that sheds new light on Hillary Clinton’s home-brew email server, none of it good. The system, according to the AP, lacked even basic protections to prevent a hacker from accessing information through Microsoft’s remote desktop product:

Oct 13 09:36

A ‘Cancer’ on the Clinton Candidacy

Clinton’s frustration with her own campaign staff was striking. So was her refusal for much of the year to characterize the escalating email controversy as anything other than a failure of communications, messaging or the vast right-wing-and-media conspiracy. Both complaints were consistent with what other campaign advisers told us in dozens of interviews for this story—except some of them laid equal blame on the candidate herself.

Indeed, from the minute news of Clinton’s secret personal email server broke this past March, she had reacted by lashing out at her enemies—and repeatedly demanding of her inner circle, “How do we get past this?” Neither the campaign nor the candidate have definitively answered that question, and the months of indecision, uncertainty and mounting legal threat have left Clinton, for the second time in her two presidential campaigns, a deeply vulnerable front-runner.

Oct 13 08:56

How Russia’s leading search engine beat Google in court

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has found Google guilty of violating the Russian law on competition, in response to a complaint filed by Russia’s leading search engine Yandex. Now Google has until Nov. 18 to authorize manufacturers of Android devices to pre-install applications of its competitors, including Yandex.

Oct 13 08:45

Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

They aren't connected with the government, intelligence, or homeland security. They are private citizens who have no security clearances in any western country.

They use the free OSINT software found on the internet to find or decide who is a terrorist. Many of them enjoy the feeling of power they get from getting people fired from their jobs and put on terrorist investigation lists.

They are freelancers with no oversight or rules. They are only accountable to themselves and their employers. These freelancers thrive on their ability to remain hidden from the public eye. In reality, they could be any of your socially inept, angry neighbors down the street who is afraid of their own shadow in person. But give them a keyboard and they'll take your job, your bank account and your freedom.

Oct 13 08:10

Microsoft Re-Issues Windows 7 Updates Forcing Windows 10 Upgrade, Enabling Data Collection

Microsoft has a goal of bringing Windows 10 on a total of 1 billion devices by 2017, and in order to achieve this, the company knows that most, if not all of those on Windows 7 need to upgrade as soon as possible.

So to do this, Microsoft offered some patches prompting users to upgrade, and it turns out that the company has recently re-released these to make sure that, even if Windows 7 consumers blocked them, they still show up on their computers.

Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld writes that a total of six patches have been re-released, and these include not only updates that are supposed to encourage the upgrade to Windows 10 but also bulletins that were previously used to enable data collection on Windows 7.

Oct 12 14:55

Is The End Of Independent News In Sight?

Is the end of the news aggregator, independent news and websites of bloggers in sight?

According to Matt Drudge it is. He is an American political commentator and the creator and editor of the Drudge Report, an online news aggregator.

Oct 12 10:47

Facebook paid £4,327 of UK corporation tax in 2014

Social network giant Facebook paid just £4,327 ($6,643) in corporation tax in 2014, its latest UK results show.

Oct 12 08:15

Obama defends Clinton over private email server, blames controversy on politics

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State “is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered,” President Obama said in an interview Sunday, adding that although Clinton “made a mistake,” he believes the controversy over the matter has “been ginned up … in part because of politics.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama cannot possibly know for a fact if National Security was compromised. If anyone is playing politics it is Obama, trying to protect the Democrats, and quite possibly protect a far worse scandal hidden behind the server, such as running guns to our enemies ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria. And given the 1996 China-gate scandal, Obama knows the Clintons have sold US secrets for donations in the past. The combination of a weak outside server and a "charitable" foundation accepting payments from foreign sources strongly suggests Hillary is repeating an old family pattern, which makes Obama's blanket declaration that National Security was not compromised even more ridiculous on the face of it!

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Oct 12 06:52

Flashback - LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Linked to NSA

According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.

Oct 11 13:40

Private NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

In the first part of this article series, the post 9/11 rise of a private NSA was detailed. Some started in reaction to the twin tower attack. They aren’t connected with the government, intelligence, or homeland security. They are private citizens that have no security clearances in any western country.

Oct 11 10:16

Leaked (final?) TPP Intellectual Property chapter spells doom for free speech online

Under the terms of the text, countries in the TPP can force each other to suspend legal proceedings if the trial would cause embarrassing information -- information "detrimental to a party’s economic interests, international relations, or national defense or national security" -- would come to light. That would be the Wikileaks/Snowden clause.

Oct 11 08:28

In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government

The Chinese government has quietly arrested a handful of hackers at the urging of the U.S. government — an unprecedented step to defuse tensions with Washington at a time when the Obama administration has threatened economic sanctions.

The action came a week or two before President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington late last month. The hackers had been identified by U.S. officials as having stolen commercial secrets from U.S. firms to be sold or passed along to Chinese state-run companies.

Oct 10 14:21

Incompetent or indifferent: Clinton burns CIA Libya contact

On March 18, 2011, Blumenthal wrote to Clinton about a conversation he had had with Tyler Drumheller, a former CIA official, who divulged the name of the contact. When the email was released to the Select Committee on Benghazi, the name was redacted.

"Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA," Blumenthal wrote, "who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods]."

It is bad enough that Drumheller, who had business interests in Libya along with Blumenthal, was able to learn so much from intelligence officers in the field. It is worse that he was so indiscreet as to tell Blumenthal, who had no business knowing and certainly no business sending email from his AOL account. But worst of all, this information reached Clinton in a way that left it open to anyone with the right computer skills.

Oct 10 10:56

The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

The severity of the earlier language on trade secrets protection has not been abated in the final text. It continues to criminalize those who gain “unauthorized, willful access to a trade secret held in a computer system,” without any mandatory exception for cases where the information is accessed or disclosed in the public interest, such as by investigative journalists or whistleblowers.

There is no evident explanation for the differential treatment given to trade secrets accessed or misappropriated by means of a computer system, as opposed to by other means; but it is no surprise to find the U.S. pushing such a technophobic provision, which mirrors equivalent provisions of U.S. law that have been used to persecute hackers for offenses that would otherwise have been considered much more minor.

Oct 10 08:47

White House won’t ask for encryption backdoor law - may seek 'back window' later

The Obama Administration said that it won’t support legislation forcing firms to decode encrypted messages. But this didn’t provide much solace for privacy advocates, since the administration says it will pursue other means to get people’s data.

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Oct 10 07:19

The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

By Jeremy Malcolm

Today’s release by WikiLeaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn’t survive to the end of the negotiations...

Oct 09 14:43

BOMBSHELL: EVIDENCE SHOWS CLINTON RAN A PARALLEL, OUTSOURCED STATE DEPT.

The real scandal surrounding Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s private email system may be that she was running, in concert with a private consulting firm tied closely to George Soros, an outsourced and parallel State Department answerable only to her and not President Obama, the Congress, or the American people.

Oct 09 12:20

Clinton Email Naming Top CIA Source Called ‘Unauthorized Disclosure Of Sensitive Information’

The revelation that Hillary Clinton forwarded an email containing the name of one of the CIA’s top Libyan intelligence assets has triggered a scathing response from two former CIA officials.

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Oct 09 12:17

Trey Gowdy: Clinton Emails Name CIA Source, Push Action in Libya

Hillary Clinton's confidant Sidney Blumenthal names a CIA source and pushes action in Libya, partly to promote business interests, Trey Gowdy says in a letter about new emails his committee plans to release.

The House Benghazi Select Committee plans to release the emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prior to her testimony later this month.

Oct 09 12:15

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said.

In his letter to Cummings, Gowdy also revealed that many of the emails in question involve Sid Blumenthal.

Oct 09 12:13

Gowdy says new emails show Clinton confidant naming CIA source, pushing Libya interests

Longtime Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal allegedly sent her an email with the name of a CIA source, further casting doubt on her claim she never sent or received classified information on her private email address, according to the Republican chairman of the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nonsense. The job of Secretary of State involves a great deal of classified information. If Hillary was not using her official government email, and insists there was no classified emails on her private server, then what server DID she use for the classified information and why hasn't it been surrendered to the Benghazi investigation?

Oct 09 12:08

BEX ALERT - Judge says Hillary Clinton’s server is private

A federal judge ordered the State Department Wednesday to request former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton not delete any government business emails she may still have, but said he doubts he can force her to do anything.

Judge Reggie B. Walton said since Mrs. Clinton used her own BlackBerry and computer devices, and kept her email server at her home, he doesn’t have authority over the records she created on those.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wrong, your dishonor; the emails in question were not created by Hillary but by US Government agencies, and hence are the property of the public. In point of fact the judge does have the authority to order Hillary to turn them all over, just as judges have been ordering ordinary Americans to turn over their PRIVATE data from their phones and tablets. The hypocrisy on this is stunning, to say the least, and further reinforces the public perception of yet another high-level government cover-up!

Oct 09 10:13

Purdue deletes video of author’s academic talk on NSA after federal order

“Universities are not secret agencies,” Barton Gellman bluntly stated in a blog post after a video of his presentation on the National Security Agency at Purdue University was ordered destroyed by US national security authorities.

Oct 09 10:02

Hacker uses Ashley Madison files to seek revenge on prosecutors

A hacker who spent time in prison -- some say unfairly -- is threatening to exact revenge by exposing federal prosecutors around the country who he claims had accounts on the dating site Ashley Madison.

Ashley Madison, a dating site for married people who want to cheat, was recently hacked. Anyone smart enough to find the files could search through its users. Some people signed up using their government email accounts. Some of those included police chiefs, government bureaucrats -- and federal prosecutors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally, a hacker doing something GOOD! :)

Oct 09 08:26

Australian Prime Minister runs private email server

Any hacker capable of sinking a tinnie of Fosters will be trying to crack it as you read

Oct 09 08:18

Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany

At least five cyberattack tries were apparently blocked by a "threat monitoring" product that was connected to her network in October 2013, eight months after she left office. But for more than three months earlier that year, her system was not protected by the security product because it had not been installed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP TO THE TOP

And just to make it easier for you to post to the comments sections on corporate media websites, here are two text versions for you to cut and paste, depending on how much room you are allowed.

Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

At the same time Bill Clinton was transferring this technology to China, huge donations began to pour into his re-election campaign from the US companies allowed to sell the technology to China, and from American citizens of Chinese descent. The fact that they were US citizens allowed them to donate to political campaigns, but it later emerged that they were acting as conduits for cash coming in from Asian sources, including Chinese Intelligence Agencies! The scandal became known as China-gate!

This establishes a history of the Clintons treating US secrets as their own personal property, selling them to raise money for campaigns.

Now then, let us consider a private email server with weak security, at least one known totally open access point, no encryption, and outside the control and monitoring systems of the US government, on which are parked many of the nation's most closely guarded secrets! It is already established that Hillary's email was hacked. One hacker named Guccifer provided copies of emails to Russia Today, which published them. Another hacker is reported to be offering 32,000 of Hillary's emails for the sum of $500,000. Security experts agree that Hillary's server had worse security than the Ashley Madison website!

Now, consider a charitable foundation owned by the Clintons (which actually does very little charitable work). Being a charitable foundation, it is allowed to accept "donations" from foreign sources, and roughly 40% of the cash that has poured into the Clinton Foundation has come from foreign sources. Many of those foreign sources received preferential treatment from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sufficient for attorney Larry Klayman to file a RICO lawsuit against the foundation (which as of last report was thrown out of court by a Clinton-appointed judge who refused to recuse himself over the obvious conflict of interest)!

Easy means of delivering secrets. Easy means of accepting payment! And now there is confirmation that Hillary did have a private "off the books" spy network, centered on Sidney Blumenthal, while she was secretary of state!

This is a perfect setup to repeat the 1996 selling of secrets for cash. In other words, a perfect espionage operation, running out the US State Department, with the weak email server providing the secrets and a charitable foundation to accept and launder the payments! Hillary doesn't have to physically steal the files, the way Jonathan Pollard did. Hillary doesn't have to scratch an X on a mailbox, the way Aldrich Ames did. Hillary doesn't have to tape bundles of stolen documents underneath a park bridge, like Robert Hannsen did!

It is time to look past the small scandal of the private email server at what may be a far larger scandal hidden behind it!

And the longer the government and corporate media avoids this question, the more complicit they look!

(smaller) ---------------

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

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

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

Oct 09 06:40

'Pics or didn’t happen': Internet reacts to ‘Russian missiles crash in Iran’ report

It looks like it was a challenging task for MSM outlets to make bloggers believe that four Russian missiles sent from the Caspian Sea to take out ISIS dens in Syria fell in Iran. While CNN, Sky and Reuters rushed to publish reports based on unnamed US officials, many readers trolled the media to check the validity of the sources and the allegations.

(Note: It looks like no one is buying this story from the Jewish Media)

Oct 08 19:23

DuckDuckGo CEO: 'Our search engine is actually profitable! It's a myth you need to track people to make money in web search'

The CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo has revealed that the privacy-focused search engine is making a profit despite not tracking its users' online activity and search history. Gabriel Weinberg took to YCombinator's Hacker News to conduct an AMA (ask me anything) on 7 October, making a dig at Google and other major search engines by claiming that privacy does not need to be sacrificed for profitability.

Oct 08 15:38

Google buys domain abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com

After Google officially became a subsidiary of Alphabet last Friday, the company literally bought the alphabet by acquiring the rights to the domain containing all 26 letters. According to domain search site who.is, the domain name abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com was created in 1999 and was updated on Wednesday. The purpose of the domain is unclear and it was unavailable as of Thursday evening. On August 11, Google announced a major restructuring; its divisions, along with Google, were united under the Alphabet brand. Currently Alphabet is the second largest company in the world by market capitalization. “We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about,” said Google co-founder Larry Page.

Oct 08 10:11

Apple's iPhone 6s 4K camera shoots better video than $3,000+ Nikon DSLR, test finds

The iPhone 6s shoots 4K video that, when downscaled, is superior to the 1080p video from a Nikon D750 DSLR setup costing between $3,000 and $4,000, according to a recent comparison.

Oct 08 10:06

In China, every citizen is being assigned a credit score that drops if a person buys and plays video games, or posts political comments online “without prior permission," or even if social media "friends" do so.

Gamer? Strike. Bad-mouthed the government in comments on social media? Strike. Even if you don’t buy video games and you don’t post political comments online “without prior permission,” but any of your online friends do….strike. The strikes are actually more like dings, dings to your falling credit score that is.

Oct 08 09:47

Banning data encryption is “moronic”: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, has launched scathing criticism at governmental plans to ban data encryption, arguing that encryption is both impossible to prevent and a direct result of overreaching digital surveillance.

Speaking at the IP Expo Europe event in London today, he referred to comments made earlier this year by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who asked: “in our country, do we want to allow a means of communication we cannot read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”

“Too late, David,” Wales retorted. “It is not possible in any sense of the word for the UK to ban encryption. More to the point, it’s a moronic thing to do.”

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Oct 08 08:53

Minority Report PreCrime Test Claims Success; Seeks Expansion Worldwide

By Nicholas West

Well, it sounds like PreCrime policing is officially set to expand across the nation, and perhaps the world.

The pace of technological advancement is now quickening to the point where the gap between science fiction and reality is being greatly reduced. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of PreCrime in his short story “The Minority Report” in 1956, but it wasn’t until Steven Spielberg offered it on the big screen as Minority Report in 2002 that the audience got a true look at a potential day-to-day existence under corporate and government data management and control.

The problem is that it can’t be called fiction if it’s actually happening; and among the vast array of surveillance and Big Brother intrusion nothing will likely affect the average person as much as the concept of PreCrime taking hold in modern policing...

Oct 08 08:30

Major security flaw 'leaves 100 car models at risk of being stolen'

Among the makes of car at risk are Audi, Honda, Skoda, Citroen, Fiat and Volvo - as well as top of the range sports cars produced by Porsche and Ferrari

Oct 08 08:29

''Psychic'' Robot Will Know What You Really Meant To Do

By Jean Galatzer-Levy

What if software could steer a car back on track if the driver swerves on ice? Or guide a prosthesis to help a shaky stroke patient smoothly lift a cup?

Bioengineers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a mathematical algorithm that can “see” your intention while performing an ordinary action like reaching for a cup or driving straight up a road — even if the action is interrupted...

Oct 08 08:25

DuckDuckGo CEO: 'It's a myth you need to track people to make money in web search'

The CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo has revealed that the privacy-focused search engine is making a profit despite not tracking its users' online activity and search history.

Oct 08 08:15

New mystery Windows-smashing RAT found in corporate network

Malware man Yotam Gottesman has found a somewhat mysterious remote access Trojan on a corporate network that sports highly capable evasion techniques.

The Ensilo researcher says the Trojan, dubbed Moker, is not known to antivirus databases and can bypass and disable Windows security measures.

Bypassed security systems includes antivirus, user access control, and virtual machines.

"As opposed to more common malware such as bank Trojans, ransomware, and PoS scrapers, this advanced persistent threat hooked into the operating system in order to appear as a legitimate OS process and to access system-wide settings," Gottesman says.

Oct 08 07:06

The FBI’s Investigation Of Hillary Just Had A Major New Development That Can’t Be Good For Her

One Platte River employee wrote to another employee that he was “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) s—.”

“I just think if we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and that we can go public with our statement saying we have backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30days (sic), it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better,” the unnamed employee continued.

Oct 08 06:26

Why Are Julian Assange, Snowden, and Kim Dotcom All Being Assigned the Same Prosecutor in Virginia?

Julian Assange says US authorities have assigned the same prosecutor for him, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom in Virginia in an example of what he describes as “lawfare” – an attempt to universally apply American law in places where the military can’t reach.

The US goes about conducting “lawfare” as much as warfare, Assange said. He believes it is no coincidence that the cases of Edward Snowden, Kim Dotcom and his own are all being tried in Alexandria, Virginia, by the same prosecutor.

Oct 08 04:09

TPP: The Secret Deal to Destroy the Last Vestiges of Freedom

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was finalized on October 5th. Now Obama is going to do his best to ram it through the US Congress, which could be deliberating for months. Although some alarm is being raised, particularly by pissed off Americans who loathe the political elite that has repeatedly sold them out, it is likely Democrats and Republicans will cave and do the bidding of the international jewish elite per usual.

Of course we have no idea what is actually contained in this secret deal, proving yet again that our “democracy” is a complete sham wherein only the moneyed elite are able to determine policy, which often completely contradicts the country’s Constitution.

Oct 07 20:05

Google rebuffs reports that Android Auto collects copious car data

On Tuesday we reported that Motor Trend claimed the 2017 Porsche 911 would not include Google's Android Auto because the mobile infotainment add-on gathered too much data for the German automaker's comfort. It reportedly sent back to Google data measurements of several essential vehicle operations, including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine rev data — every time the system was activated.

In a statement Wednesday morning, tech giant Google rebuffed these claims in a prepared statement: "Android Auto needs to know whether the car is in Park or Drive to determine whether it should show a keyboard for searches or rely on voice input. Similarly, it needs to know whether it is day or night time so that Android Auto is optimized for daytime or nighttime viewing of the screen."

The statement concluded, "we take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims."

Oct 07 19:01

Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned

A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday.

But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system.

Oct 07 14:46

FLASHBACK - Hillary had second secret email address

The email address, published by The New York Times, was used in exchanges between Clinton and longtime adviser Sydney Blumenthal, and is from the same private email server that was uncovered earlier this year.

“Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered,” Clinton wrote Blumenthal from the ­email address HRod17@clintonemail.com.

The two were discussing strategies to help the opposition rebels oust Moammar Khadafy in Libya as that country descended into chaos in 2011.

Clinton’s office insisted just two months ago that the only private email address used by the former secretary of state during her tenure was hdr22@clintonemail.com.

Oct 07 13:04

Carl Bernstein: Hillary Email Server ‘Solidified the Impression’ as Someone ‘Who Can’t Tell the Truth’

Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” veteran journalist Carl Bernstein weighed in on the controversy surrounding Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Host Chris Cuomo asked Bernstein if Clinton was evading the truth more than other politicians, to which Bernstein said, “Politicians lie.”

“We don’t know except in terms of judging individual candidates,” Bernstein replied. “Politicians lie. Hillary Clinton has been around public life for almost 40 years now and what we see is whenever she is in any kind of trouble, she is unwilling to open up and be transparent. It has dogged her for years and years, and right now it’s the biggest problem with her campaign.”

As for the server, Bernstein argued it “solidified the impression” she was dishonest, as some polling as indicated.

Oct 07 12:22

Internet under attack: Hidden clause in TPP to limit free speech, journalism, online

One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing “through a computer system”. Experts have pointed out that the wording is very vague, and could lead to whistleblowers being penalized for sharing important information, and lead to journalists stopping reporting on them.

Others require that online content providers — such as YouTube and Facebook — must take down content if they receive just one complaint, as they are in the US. That will be harmful for startups looking to build such businesses since they’ll be required to have the resources to respond to every complaint, experts have pointed out.

Oct 07 09:33

Employees at company working with Clinton email server expressed concerns

Johnson indicates that a "Clinton family company," Clinton Executive Service Corp., paid for the back-up services, operated through a device called the Datto SIRIS S2000, and that the purchase was made by Platte River Networks when the server was moved from her private residence to a New Jersey-based data center in 2013.

In the letter, Johnson quotes from emails sent by and to employees at Platte River Networks, which indicate there was discussion about how the duration of data backups could be reduced, apparently at the direction of the Clinton Executive Service Corp.

Then this past August, a Platte River Networks employee wrote to a coworker that he was, "Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) s**t."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Hillary told the back-up company to not save the backups past thirty days!

Oct 07 09:30

FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe

The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The four servers, which were located at the State Department’s headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton’s private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation.

State Department spokesman John Kirby referred questions about the computer servers to the FBI. An FBI spokeswoman, Carol Cratty, declined to comment.

Oct 07 09:27

Hillary's emails WERE backed up Homeland Security committee reveals - and IT firm she used feared they were involved in 'shaddy s***'

Some of Hillary Clinton's emails may still exist on the 'cloud' thanks to a technical hiccup.

A letter by Ron Johnson, head of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, sent to the head of a company tasked with the storage, Datto Inc. of Norwalk, Connecticut, revealed that information from Clinton's private server was accidentally transferred to an off-site server and it may still be there.

The letter, first obtained by McClatchy, also indicates that in February Clinton's team directed a company responsible for the primary care of Clinton's server, Platte River Networks, to cease saving sent emails after 30 days.

In August, around the time that the Federal Bureau of Investigations took possession of the Clinton server, an employee of Platte River, mentioned the 30-day directive in an internal email and said, 'Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy s***.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all feeling like theater. Why is the FBI and DoJ running around to various computer companies trying to scavenge Hillary's emails. Doesn't the NSA already have them? Hillary's server, being outside the government, would have been wide open to NSA, right? NSA built all those costly data centers to copy and store all Americans' emails, right?

So one of two conclusions may be drawn from this.

1. The FBI and DoJ are putting on a dog and pony show of being thorough in investigating Hillary's email, at the end of which they will declare nothing was found (a repeat of what they did during the investigation into murdered White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster).

Or...

2. The NSA spying on Americans is a total bluff, to scare us into silence.

Take your pick.

Meanwhile...

Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

At the same time Bill Clinton was transferring this technology to China, huge donations began to pour into his re-election campaign from the US companies allowed to sell the technology to China, and from American citizens of Chinese descent. The fact that they were US citizens allowed them to donate to political campaigns, but it later emerged that they were acting as conduits for cash coming in from Asian sources, including Chinese Intelligence Agencies! The scandal became known as China-gate!

This establishes a history of the Clintons treating US secrets as their own personal property, selling them to raise money for campaigns.

Now then, let us consider a private email server with weak security, at least one known totally open access point, no encryption, and outside the control and monitoring systems of the US government, on which are parked many of the nation's most closely guarded secrets! It is already established that Hillary's email was hacked. One hacker named Guccifer provided copies of emails to Russia Today, which published them. Another hacker is reported to be offering 32,000 of Hillary's emails for the sum of $500,000. Security experts agree that Hillary's server had worse security than the Ashley Madison website!

Now, consider a charitable foundation owned by the Clintons (which actually does very little charitable work). Being a charitable foundation, it is allowed to accept "donations" from foreign sources, and roughly 40% of the cash that has poured into the Clinton Foundation has come from foreign sources. Many of those foreign sources received preferential treatment from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sufficient for attorney Larry Klayman to file a RICO lawsuit against the foundation (which as of last report was thrown out of court by a Clinton-appointed judge who refused to recuse himself over the obvious conflict of interest)!

Easy means of delivering secrets. Easy means of accepting payment! And now there is confirmation that Hillary did have a private "off the books" spy network, centered on Sidney Blumenthal, while she was secretary of state!

This is a perfect setup to repeat the 1996 selling of secrets for cash. In other words, a perfect espionage operation, running out the US State Department, with the weak email server providing the secrets and a charitable foundation to accept and launder the payments! Hillary doesn't have to physically steal the files, the way Jonathan Pollard did. Hillary doesn't have to scratch an X on a mailbox, the way Aldrich Ames did. Hillary doesn't have to tape bundles of stolen documents underneath a park bridge, like Robert Hannsen did!

It is time to look past the small scandal of the private email server at what may be a far larger scandal hidden behind it!

And the longer the government and corporate media avoids this question, the more complicit they look!

Oct 07 09:09

GROUPS ISSUE WARNING: PRO-CORPORATE TPP COULD KILL THE INTERNET

Digital rights groups warn that TPP "will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money." (Photo: Getty)

The "disastrous" pro-corporate trade deal finalized Monday could kill the Internet as we know it, campaigners are warning, as they vow to keep up the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

"Internet users around the world should be very concerned about this ultra-secret pact,"said OpenMedia's digital rights specialist Meghan Sali. "What we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship. It will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money. This deal would never pass with the whole world watching—that’s why they’ve negotiated it in total secrecy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nature abhors a vacuum, and I am reasonably certain that some of our more bright "netizens" will find a way around the censorship, as has happened with The Great Firewall of China.

But that people are most likely to have to jump through hoops to tell the truth means that in the United States, the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be completely circumvented by this treaty.

Oct 07 08:51

CHINA LOOKS TO QUELL DISSENT WITH 'CITIZEN SCORES,' A NUMBER THAT TRACKS PURCHASES, OPINIONS AND SOCIAL CIRCLES

China's plan to control the hearts, minds and internet connections of its citizens continues unimpeded. That's the great thing about authoritarian regimes: rollout of mandatory programs is usually only a problem of logistics, not opposition. The Chinese government has mandated a rating system for all of its connected citizens. It looks like a credit rating but goes much deeper than just tying a measurement of financial risk to a number. It's a way of defining who someone in terms of the government's desires and aims. And its desires aren't all that honorable

Oct 07 08:13

With Surface Book, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Declared War On Apple (And The Entire Windows PC Industry)

Microsoft on Tuesday left little doubt it plans to remake itself in the mold of archrival Apple, introducing a number of sleek, artfully crafted devices that rival and, in some cases, surpass the best Tim Cook and company have produced this year, including the iPhone 6S and iPad Pro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can I buy one without the NSA spyware pre-installed? No? Then forget it.

Oct 07 08:11

Cisco shuts down million-dollar ransomware operation

Security researchers have disrupted an online criminal operation they estimated drew $30 million per year pushing ransomware on unsuspecting people browsing the Internet.

The takedown was performed by investigators from Cisco Systems' Talos security unit, which was researching the Angler Exploit kit. The hack-by-numbers tool is sold in underground crime forums to people who don't want to go through the hassle of developing and testing exploits themselves. Angler is one of the most potent of the exploit kits available, with the ability to successfully infect an estimated 40 percent of the end users it targets using attack code that surreptitiously exploits vulnerabilities in browsers and browser plugins. In most cases, the security flaws have already been patched, but, in some cases, the kits exploit zero-day vulnerabilities for which there is no currently available fix.

Oct 07 07:57

Clinton Server Firm Employee Worried They Were ‘Covering Up Some Shady Sh*t’

According to emails obtained by congressional Republicans, at least one employee of the data firm hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private server was concerned the company was taking part in a cover-up.

Oct 07 05:56

Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

What would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up? One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity.

Oct 06 20:06

Top European Court Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Unsafe For Data

snip: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had a suggestion: reform U.S. surveillance law.

The decision is disastrous for U.S. companies, Wyden said in a statement. “By striking down the Safe Harbor Agreement, the European Union Court of Justice today called for open season against American businesses,” he said. “Yet, U.S. politicians who allowed the National Security Agency to secretly enact a digital dragnet of millions of phone and email records also bear responsibility. These ineffective mass surveillance programs did nothing to make our country safer, but they did grave damage to the reputations of the American tech sector.”

Wyden called on Congress to “start taking the next steps on surveillance reform now, and not wait for the expiration of section 702 of the FISA statute in December 2017 to get started.”

Oct 06 15:43

Hillary Email Scandal: Has Another Private Account Been Found?

Last week, Patrick F. Kennedy, the State Department's under secretary of state for management, told Clinton's lawyer in a letter that she had better get busy providing more emails.

"To the extent her emails might be found on any internet service and email providers," he wrote, "we encourage you to contact them."

Kennedy's letter raises another issue beyond possible perjury from a presidential candidate. Is he suggesting that there is possibly another private email account used by Clinton while at State that we don't know about?

So far we know that Clinton used hdr22@clintonemail.com and HRod17@clintonemail.com during her tour at the State Department. If she turned over all her relevant emails from these known accounts, as she says she has, then what is Kennedy referring to? More from those same accounts? Or emails from another not-yet-identified account? The wording "on any internet service and email providers" leaves the request wide open for interpretation.

Oct 06 13:32

Civilian GPS required to Shut Down above certains speeds and altitudes

Whether it’s your windshield mounted Garmin or your pocket slung smartphone, your GPS device is programmed to disable itself under certain conditions.

If it’s travelling faster than 1200 MPH or above 65,000 feet in altitude, the GPS function will shutdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that anyone able to build anything that travels above 65,000 feet at 1200 MPH isn't going to be using civilian GPS in the first place!

Oct 06 12:00

Best Buy Introduces Robot Sales Force

By Jason Erickson

Experimentation with robots in the workforce continues to expand. The industry has been logging record results in North America and there appears to be no sign of a slowdown.

Whereas most robots thus far have been of the industrial type, people are now beginning to encounter robotic sales people more frequently at some of their top consumer locations...

Oct 06 10:53

Hillary Clinton kept in touch with key donors, emails show

The note to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from liberal financier George Soros demanded “urgent attention from the highest levels of the U.S. government.” Clinton swiftly alerted a top aide to what she described as a “very forceful message which is good — and needed.”

The email exchange, in which Soros warned of growing unrest in Albania, illustrates how Clinton interacted with major donors to her family's causes during her tenure at the State Department, staying in touch with her political network before her 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination. And the messages show how these donors, some of them with interests before the federal government, gained high-level access to press policy concerns inside the Clinton-led State Department.

Oct 06 10:51

State Dept. tells Hillary Clinton to search for more emails

The State Department has instructed former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton go back to her Internet companies and try to recover email messages from any personal email accounts that she used during her time in government, saying it appears she didn’t turn over all of her documents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means Hillary committed perjury before Congress.

Oct 06 09:27

FLASHBACK - Rivero challenges the NSA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The dictatorship is demanding open access to all of our communications "to protect us from terrorists." This is nonsense. They really want to make sure we are not thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts about the government, steal our business secrets, and load up their whacking-off libraries with naked pictures of our spouses and children! And the claim that spying on law-abiding Americans will let the government find terrorists is nonsense, firstly because we now know that the big terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda actually work for the US Government, and second, as we demonstrated in this article, creating new systems of encryption which can defeat the NSA is actually rather easy.

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Oct 06 09:23

Snowden: US, UK Spies 'Want to Own Your Phone'

merican and British spy agencies have been aggressively developing tools to hack smartphones, government leaker Edward Snowden told BBC’s “Panorama” in an interview aired Monday night.

But intelligence officials aren’t necessarily interested in monitoring private communications on the phone. They want to use the device to take photos or eavesdrop.

"They want to own your phone instead of you,” Snowden said.

And smartphone owners have “very little” they can do to stop these officials from cracking their device.

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Oct 06 08:42

No Joke: Apple Tries to Patent Smart Ring

How exactly a smart ring would benefit a user is unclear, but its utility may improve significantly if Microsoft supplies a version of Office and Adobe supplies Photoshop. The tiny screen would likely enable complex graphics editing of images that are roughly four pixels square (we might coin the term ultra-low definition, or ULD), and input would involve use of the thumb for precision targeting. Reading might involve up to two or three characters at a time on the display, enabling users to consume one tweet about every three or four minutes.

Oct 06 08:17

So Long Safe Harbor: EU/US Data Sharing Deal Suspended

Big Internet companies like Facebook and Amazon are scrambling to overhaul their business models after Europe’s top court rules transatlantic system for sharing data is "invalid".

Oct 06 08:08

No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined US Tech and Europeans' Privacy

The spread of knowledge about the NSA's surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.

Oct 06 06:57

Watch activists airdrop flyers onto an NSA base urging agents to quit their jobs

On Friday, a drone-like device dropped fliers over a key NSA intelligence facility that advised employees to quit their jobs on ethical grounds. The effort is the most recent attempt by privacy advocates to chip away at the power of the surveillance state using direct action campaigns.

Oct 05 16:51

California Mayor Detained by Homeland Security, Forced to Hand over Electronics

Stockton, California happens to be one of most economically troubled cities in America, with an explosive crime rate, high unemployment, and a city government that had to file for bankruptcy not too long ago. That’s why Stockton’s mayor, Anthony R. Silva, took a trip to China last week; in the hopes of drumming up more business for the financially destitute city.

Oct 05 12:41

Top Hillary Aide Used — and Lied About — Personal Email Too

Details are emerging today via Gawker in regards to the email practices of Philippe Reines, who was a Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton and later became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

After Gawker reported in March this year that Reines has used a personal gmail account to correspond with journalists and reporters, Reines responded with a sprawling note of his own, denying any wrongdoing. One quote from that Reines’ email read, “If your lying liar pants on fire source worked with me at a federal agency as you and they contend, did you ask them to provide even a single email exchange with my using that account?”.

Oct 05 12:39

Report: Clinton Legal Adviser Urging Hillary to Hire Criminal Defense Lawyer

A longtime legal adviser to Hillary and Bill Clinton has been allegedly telling the former secretary of state to hire a criminal defense lawyer as the FBI investigates her personal email server, but the presidential candidate has balked at his recommendations.

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Hillary knows the fix is in at the FBI!

Oct 05 11:04

Going Once, Going Twice: Stolen Data Being Sold on the Dark Web

Experian is one of the world's largest data brokers, tracking, collecting, and compiling swathes of personalized data to sell to the highest bidder. "This morning they saw listings go up for "FULLZ" data that matches the same types of information that just came out of the Experian hack," Trustev told tech website VentureBeat. "Fullz" is slang for a full package of an individual's personal identity information. According to the data broker's website, "there were no credit card numbers or account numbers contained in the file accessed, based on our investigation to date." But the threat posed by this latest hack attack is the potential for the personal data to be cross-referenced with other data sets, for example health records, exposing a fuller picture of personal information that could be sold on the dark net and bought by cyber criminals.

Oct 05 09:52

Hillary: Questions about my e-mail are “beyond the pale”

Give NBC’s Savannah Guthrie credit, though, for not just leaving it at that. She asks Hillary, “Do you get how bad this looks?” Hillary’s response: Hey, I’m the most transparent government official “in American history“! It’s just bad form to actually check up on it, apparently:

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