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Nov 09 08:22

File-encrypting ransomware starts targeting Linux Web servers

Ransomware authors continue their hunt for new sources of income. After targeting consumer and then business computers, they've now expanded their attacks to Web servers.

Malware researchers from Russian antivirus vendor Doctor Web have recently discovered a new malware program for Linux-based systems that they've dubbed Linux.Encoder.1.

Once run on a system with administrator privileges it starts traversing the whole file system and encrypting files in specific directories, including the user's home directory, the MySQL server directory, the logs directory and the Web directories of the Apache and Nginx Web servers.

Nov 09 07:42

Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

Andra Zaharia of Denmark-based Heimdal Security says Cryptowall 4.0 is employing "vastly improved" communications and better code, so it can exloit more vulnerabilities.

"Cryptowall 4.0 still includes advanced malware dropper mechanisms to avoid antivirus detection, but this new version possesses vastly improved communication capabilities," Zaharia says.

"It includes a modified protocol that enables it to avoid being detected, even by second generation enterprise firewall solutions.

"This lowers detection rates significantly compared to the already successful Cryptowall 3.0 attacks."

For example, the nasty-ware now alters filenames as well as file contents, so it's harder for victims to work out what's been encrypted.

Nov 08 18:09

Hidden Cameras Being Used to Measure and Manipulate Political Views Around the World

By Nicholas West

It is no longer controversial to say that the world depicted in the fictional creation Minority Report is now our reality. Many mainstream outlets have admitted as much with their coverage of a range of technologies which center around tracking consumers’ biometrics for targeted marketing, predictive policing, predictive health algorithms, and interactive programs that make the real world seem more like a virtual reality simulation.

However, a new application of Minority Report-style tracking and analysis is beginning to trouble even those who are in the business of data mining. A new field has emerged out of research and advancements made in the area of neuroscience (the study of the brain and nervous system) – it is being dubbed Neuropolitics...

Nov 08 09:59

The TPP is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History: It's worst than any of us feared

A proposed ballot initiative that would lower the minimum legal drinking age in the state from 21 to 18 has been cleared to begin collecting signatures, according to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Nov 08 09:01

New Comcast plan charges $30 more for the Internet you already get

Chances are that you current Internet plan charges you a flat free for unlimited access to the Internet and services like Netflix and HBO Go.

That kind of plan could soon become a thing of the past.

Comcast is quietly expanding a new plan that will charge customers for using more than 300 gigabytes of data. Households that want to avoid the cap can do so for a $30 surcharge.

Nov 08 08:40

TPP: "If U.S. Congress signs this agreement despite its blatant corruption, they'll be signing a death warrant for the open Internet and putting the future of free speech in peril."

As expert analysis of the long-shrouded, newly publicized TransPacific Partnership (TPP) final text continued to roll out on Thursday, consensus formed around one fundamental assessment of the 12-nation pact: It's worse than we thought.

Nov 07 09:26

Governments and NGOs: Germany Spied on Friends and Vatican

Efforts to spy on friends and allies by Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, were more extensive than previously reported. SPIEGEL has learned the agency monitored European and American government ministries and the Vatican.

Nov 07 07:35

NSA uses most of the software vulnerabilities it finds before telling companies about them

The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about vulnerabilities in computer software, thereby leaving U.S. companies open to cyber attacks, said last week that it tells U.S. technology firms about the most serious flaws it finds more than 90 percent of the time.

Nov 06 15:50

The Next Big One? White House Prepares for EMP That Would “Wipe Out Power, Render Cellphones and Internet Useless”

Nearly everyone admits such an event would take out the grid, and leave the masses starving, rioting and desperate.

The U.S. government are preparing for a catastrophic solar flare which could wipe out power across the world for months.

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In the U.S, alone researchers estimate the cost on the fragile economy would be up to $2.6 trillion, according to a 2008 National Academy of Sciences study.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Nov 06 12:06

MI5 'secretly collected phone data' for decade

MI5 has secretly been collecting vast amounts of data about UK phone calls to search for terrorist connections.

The programme has been running for 10 years under a law described as "vague" by the government's terror watchdog.

Nov 06 08:19

Microsoft: Windows 10 Reports on Users; Can't Be Stopped

With recent admissions from the Redmond, Washington, software giant, however, it is now clear that those reports were accurate and that Windows 10 — as an operating system — is spyware.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two of the URLs Windows 10 sends your data to are vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com. These are forwards that map to two other domains, OneSettings-bn2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net and VORTEX-cy2.metron.live.com.nsatc.net. These are operated by Level3 systems, which is accused of spying for the NSA!

Nov 06 08:13

Google gives new meaning to 'Orwellian' - Becomes Ministry of Truth

"THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free 'news' stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix -- rank websites according to their truthfulness." (Story by Jon Rappoport, republished from ActivistPost.com)

Great idea, right?

Sure it is.

The author of the article lets the cat out of the bag right away with his comment about "anti-vaccination" websites.

These sites will obviously be shoved into obscurity by Google because they're "garbage"...whereas "truthful" pro-vaccine sites will dominate top ranked pages on the search engine.

This is wonderful if you believe what the CDC tells you about vaccine safety and efficacy. The CDC: an agency that opens its doors every day with lies and closes them with more lies.

Nov 05 16:50

US presidential candidate websites easy to hack, says report

"If our presidential candidates don't take security seriously, how can we expect anyone else to?" the report says.

Nov 05 16:45

New ransomware program threatens to publish user files

Ransomware creators have taken their extortion one step further: In addition to encrypting people's private files and demanding money before releasing a key, they now threaten to publish those files on the Internet if they're not paid.

Nov 05 16:42

PC Support Reps Tell Users to Uninstall Windows 10

Microsoft may be gung-ho about upgrading your PC to Windows 10, but some of the company's partners aren't quite as enthusiastic about the new OS, at least if you ask their tech-support reps. While going undercover for our annual Tech Support Showdown — in which we test each laptop vendor's phone, social and Web support — we spoke with several agents who either actively discouraged us from upgrading to Windows 10 or failed to understand core features of the new OS.

Phone-support reps from Dell and HP told us they discourage users from upgrading to Windows 10. An HP rep even tried to help us roll back to Windows 8.1 during one of our support calls.

Nov 05 16:27

TalkTalk hack - new details emerge

So how could the group find the hole in TalkTalk's website? The short answer is - by using Google.

It's possible to use Google to find flaws in websites - you enter in some code, and it throws up a list of vulnerable sites.

Its really low level stuff, such tactics shouldn't work against a big company's site. Even the hackers were surprised.

One hacker said; "I was shocked".

The same hacker claimed he tried to warn the company: "I tweeted TalkTalk about an hour before everything happened and they weren't interested, so I thought f*** them, their security is their problem".

Nov 05 15:31

Prepping for "Hybrid War" with Russia: NATO Holds Biggest Military Exercise in 13 Years

Ya know, due to all the supposed "Russian aggression" and what not...

Interestingly, they focused in part on cyber warfare, such as propaganda, and the use of online trolls to spread disinfo.

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Nov 05 13:20

Snowden condemns Britain’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has voiced his opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by the British government, saying ministers are “taking notes on how to defend the indefensible.”

His remarks come as Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that UK spy agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ secretly collected communications data for decades to protect “national security.”

Nov 05 13:13

British Reality TV Star Is Facing Jail Time for Making a Nasty Comment on Facebook

While hardly anyone (except jerks like Richard Dawkins) would likely agree with Presgrave's nasty sentiments, the idea that posting a snotty, awful comment like that on Facebook for attention automatically equals someone getting snitched on to police, having personal property seized and searched, and being charged with a crime that could end in six months of jail time is... kind of insane, is it not?

And it's a slippery slope for sure.

Not only is free speech being thrown out the window these days, but can you imagine a society where any time you say something offensive online, someone can call the cops on you and have you possibly thrown in jail for it?

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Nov 05 11:56

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has already happened!

Nov 05 10:36

The Gig for Hillary May Be Coming To an End

News reports tonight reveal that Jim Comey – FBI Director is personally heading up the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. It has been revealed charges could come at any time and at a minimum there are two
particular charges with multiple violations. The charges are obstruction of Justice which by itself is an extremely serious charge and brings with it potential federal prison time.

Additionally, there is the charge of Gross Negligence Handling Classified Documents. It has been confirmed that at least one count of
mishandling documents applies to the highest top secret level. Contrary to Clintons claim that the documents were not marked at the time of her handling, this has no standing and this argument simply will not work as a defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will believe it when I see it! Remember, the FBI covered up for the Clintons in the murder of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, faking their interview report with the widow to claim that the dark blued steel revolver found with the body was the "silver colored" gun Vince inherited from his father! I have every expectation the FBI will cover for the Clintons again and declare their investigation has found nothing wrong, both to maintain their proud tradition of Clinton cover-ups and to conceal the far greater scandal that Hillary may have used her weak server and the Clinton Foundation in a repeat of the Clintons' 1995 China-gate secrets-for-donations scandal!

Nov 05 10:23

THE SECRET PENTAGON PUSH FOR LETHAL CYBER WEAPONS

With nearly $500 million allotted, military contractors are competing for funds to develop the next big thing: computer code capable of killing. Under a forthcoming nearly half-billion-dollar military contract, computer code capable of killing adversaries is expected to be developed and deployed if necessary, according to contractors vying for the work and former Pentagon officials. U.S. troops would have the power to launch logic bombs, instead of traditional explosive projectiles, which essentially would direct an enemy’s critical infrastructure to self-destruct.

Nov 05 09:55

Pentagon Farmed Out Its Coding to Russia

The Pentagon was tipped off in 2011 by a longtime Army contractor that Russian computer programmers were helping to write computer software for sensitive U.S. military communications systems, setting in motion a four-year federal investigation that ended this week with a multimillion-dollar fine against two firms involved in the work.

The contractor, John C. Kingsley, said in court documents filed in the case that he discovered the Russians’ role after he was appointed to run one of the firms in 2010. He said the software they wrote had made it possible for the Pentagon’s communications systems to be infected with viruses.

Nov 05 09:48

New Android adware hits thousands of apps, can't be removed

Researchers have found a new type of Android malware found in thousands of apps, posing as popular titles -- including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and more.

Making matters worse, it's almost impossible to remove, forcing a user to replace their device entirely.

Nov 05 09:47

U.K. Government Proposes More, Not Less, Electronic Snooping

The government will also create a new “regime” that will be granted authority to “interfere” with “electronic equipment” — basically to hack into devices and insert malware in order to covertly access information about the device or the user during an investigation of “serious crimes.”

Currently, the secretary of state approves the technique for intelligence or military agencies, while a chief police officer or “chief constable” authorizes a request made by law enforcement to hack. With the new bill, a judicial commissioner would also have to approve.

The U.S. government, including the FBI, also uses malware to access suspects’ devices, but the practice is much more secretive and unclear. Most warrants granted to law enforcement agencies to hack are sealed, making it hard to determine how often it happens.

Nov 05 09:23

YouTube starts purging anti-Hillary videos

Nov 05 08:36

UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

A secret database of citizens' personal lives and habits isn't explicitly spelled out in the UK's latest surveillance law. No, instead, it's described as a set of "request filters."

The term is buried in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), which was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday. Turn to page 254 of the 299-page document [PDF], and you'll find it under "Clause 51: Filtering arrangements for obtaining data."

Such arrangements, the proposed law states, will be implemented by the Secretary of State, and no mention is made of any judicial oversight.

The request filters are ways in which the authorities can, without a court warrant, search for and organize information on citizens from their "internet connection records," which are held for 12 months, presumably stored by the ISPs

Nov 05 08:33

The spy in your pocket: Researchers name data-slurping mobe apps

Here are the kinds of sharing that happen:

  • Name and e-mail address – each shared by 73 per cent of Android apps tested, compared to 16 per cent of iOS apps.
  • Location – iOS apps were worse, with 47 per cent of the apps sharing location data versus 33 per cent of Android apps.
  • Health – three out of 30 "medical, health and fitness" apps shared search terms and user inputs with third parties.

    Google and Facebook are the favourite recipients for data harvested from Android apps, the research found. The most promiscuous Android apps – those that connected to the most third-party domains – were Text Free (free calls and text over Wi-Fi, 11 domains), Glide (video messaging, 8 domains), Map My Walk (9 domains), and Drugs.com (7 domains).

    In the iOS world, Apple, Yahoo! and the SalesForce Marketing Cloud-operated exacttargetapis.com were the big-three recipients of personal data.

  • Nov 05 08:08

    You Know That Big Data Problem? Get Off Facebook NOW!

    So you post pictures of bongs, buds, beers, your local bar, or say "wasted" eh?

    Then you go to buy a car. Or a house. Or a computer. Or you want a credit card. Or you just want to open a bank account. Or you want a quote on car insurance.

    The first thing that happens is that the institution pulls your credit.

    FICO is now testing "enhancements" to their scoring algorithm that takes into account your social media profile.

    Nov 04 10:18

    Surveillance bill includes internet records storage

    The internet activity of everyone in Britain will have to be stored for a year by service providers, under new surveillance law plans.

    Police and intelligence officers will be able to see the names of sites people have visited without a warrant, Home Secretary Theresa May said.

    But there would be new safeguards over MI5, MI6 and the police spying on the full content of people's web use.

    Mrs May told MPs the proposed powers were needed to fight crime and terror.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    No, they are not. Real criminals and terrorists have long ago abandoned the open internet, or developed their own encryption which governments cannot break (as we proved was very easy to do at my website). All these spy laws are the embodiment of George Orwell's totalitarian state, constant surveillance of the people by government that has grown terrified that the people no longer trust them.

    Nov 04 09:47

    Microsoft needs to fit Windows 10 with a data collection 'off switch'

    Microsoft is collecting telemetry from PCs running Windows 10 and I'm OK with that, but what I'm not OK with is the fact that there's no off switch. In fact, I can't understand why Microsoft wants to get into a privacy brawl with Windows 10 users at such a critical time.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Even if Microsoft announces an off switch, I would not trust it to actually do anything.

    Nov 04 09:37

    Chinese Hackers? US Propagandists Should Look in the Mirror

    How is it that despite all the revelations of Edward Snowden regarding US intelligence and military snooping capabilities across the globe, Americans still cannot accept the culpability of their own government and corporate interests – the two work hand in hand – in global cyber-espionage? Even if they explicitly or implicitly know about the NSA, CIA, DIA, and Pentagon programs (among many others), their instinctive reaction is to blame China. Why?

    Nov 04 09:26

    Theresa May unveils UK surveillance measures in wake of Snowden claims

    New surveillance powers will be given to the police and security services, allowing them to access records tracking every UK citizen’s use of the internet without any judicial check, under the provisions of the draft investigatory powers bill unveiled by Theresa May.

    It includes new powers requiring internet and phone companies to keep “internet connection records” – tracking every website visited but not every page – for a maximum of 12 months but will not require a warrant for the police, security services or other bodies to access the data. Local authorities will be banned from accessing internet records.

    Nov 04 07:53

    Bill Gates at 60: Ten defining failures

    On October 28th, 2015 Bill Gates turned 60 years old. As one might suspect, the mainstream media has been filled with tributes and retrospectives of his life and career. These tributes of course center around Gates’ alleged revolutionary developments in technology and his “philanthropic efforts” across the globe.

    Nov 03 16:53

    Anti ad-block firm PageFair becomes cyberattack victim, distributes malware

    PageFair is an anti-adblock firm which provides analytics to publishers who wish to see how much revenue they are losing due to ad-blocking software impacting these networks. Perhaps ironically, the company's free analytics mimicked ad networks which distribute malware over the weekend -- through its use by a cybercriminal to propel Trojans through websites using the software and towards visitor devices.

    "If you are a publisher using our free analytics service, you have good reason to be very angry and disappointed with us right now," PageFair CEO Sean Blanchfield said.

    Nov 03 16:30

    Apple May Have To Stop Selling iPhone In The UK If Surveillance Law Passes

    Here’s the deal. The UK government is trying to pass legislation that will prevent anyone from using strong encryption. What it means is “any encryption we can’t break is banned”. So Apple AAPL +0.82%, which has great security and makes it quite clear that it doesn’t want to see users data, will have to make a decision.

    The options for Apple and WhatsApp, Facebook FB -0.98%, Snapchat and any other service that encrypts user chats will be the following:

    Let the UK government in through a back door
    Do not use encryption for messaging

    Nov 03 16:17

    FLASHBACK: Linux makers release patch to thwart new 'Ghost' cyber threat

    Old bug. Fixed about 10 months ago.

    Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.

    The previously undisclosed vulnerability, dubbed "Ghost," is deemed critical because attackers could exploit it to covertly gain complete control of a targeted Linux system, according to cyber security firm Qualys, which uncovered the bug.

    Nov 03 14:46

    Verizon Begins CENSORING Customer E-mails

    Verizon has begun censoring emails SENT by customers; ANY email containing ANY hyperlink, is auto-rejected as "SPAM" even if it is related to your business dealings or research!

    It began on or about October 27, 2015 when a customer of Verizon FiOS tried to send an email reply to someone as part of an ongoing conversation. In the e-mail was a link to a story on the Internet that the Verizon FiOS customer had previously been discussing with his client. Strangely, the e-mail was rejected seconds later, when the customer received an email saying:

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    Nov 03 11:23

    Audi, Porsche join VW scandal: EPA finds more emission cheating software

    Audi and Porsche have been pulled into Volkswagen’s emission-cheating scandal. The US environmental regulator has broadened its investigation and found that the Porsche Cayenne and five Audi models also have software cheating federal pollution standards.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended its list of affected vehicles to include a new 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the yet-to-come 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. It also includes the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg.

    Nov 03 11:06

    Free Ransomware Decryption Tool — CoinVault and Bitcryptor

    How to Decrypt CoinVault and Bitcryptor Ransomware:

    Step 1: Note down the Bitcoin wallet address mentioned by the malware.
    Step 2: Get the encrypted file list from the ransomware interface.
    Step 3: Then download an effective antivirus and remove CoinVault Ransomware.
    Step 4: Open https://noransom.kaspersky.com and download the decryption tool released by Kaspersky Labs.
    Step 5: Install additional libraries and Decrypt your files.

    However, there's only one catch:

    "If you get infected by this ransomware in the near future, you are out of luck."

    Nov 03 10:48

    GHOST, a critical Linux security hole, is revealed

    This security hole, which impacts many older versions of Linux and some current ones, should be patched as soon as possible.

    Nov 03 10:29

    Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

    Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped.

    Nov 03 09:39

    At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

    Office 365 OneDrive plans slashed after some folk upload 76TB apiece

    Nov 03 09:38

    Technology, the Internet, and Race: Tool for Liberation or Oppression?

    Experts in information technologies, surveillance and media gathered for this panel at the 25th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in Washington, DC October 14, 2015.

    Nov 03 09:38

    Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

    The UK government is apparently going to ask Apple, Google, and other American tech giants to give it the skeleton keys to their encryption systems.

    Based on our experience here in the US, the response is going to be a firm: "Fsck off."

    Nov 03 09:36

    Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

    The new browser by Opera founder and ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner is available as a beta today, after ten months in preview. You can grab it for Windows, Mac and Linux – and he’s promised that a mobile version will follow.

    Nov 03 09:34

    Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

    A Spanish town got lips smacking in anticipation last week after the municipal website announced a forthcoming "Clitoris Festival".

    The powers that be in As Pontes, Galicia, had intended to trumpet the annual Feira do grelo, or "Rapini Festival", in honour of the leafy delicacy.

    However, while the original description in local lingo galego (Galician) was perfectly innocent, by the time Google had its evil linguistic way in providing a Castillian Spanish translation, it had rendered grelo as clítoris.

    "The clitoris is one of the typical products of Galician cuisine," delighted punters were informed.

    Nov 03 08:31

    FCC fines Hilton Hotels $25,000 for stonewalling their inquiries into Hilton's jamming of customer's mobile wifi hotspots, instead forcing customers to pay $500 for Hilton's wifi services.

    The Federal Communications Commission has proposed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. be hit with a $25,000 fine for reportedly obstructing a probe into whether it was jamming guests’ WiFi hotspots. In addition, the FCC has ordered Hilton to “immediately provide essential information” detailing its WiFI practices, and has threatened to increase the penalties if the company delays or obstructs the process in any way.

    Nov 02 15:16

    Five ways Microsoft plans to get you to upgrade to Windows 10

    Microsoft wants Windows 10 on one billion devices by 2018 - and its tactics for hitting that ambitious goal are about to get more aggressive.

    From next year, Microsoft will be more direct in pushing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to its latest OS, in an attempt to bolster the 110 million-strong Windows 10 userbase.

    Here's how Microsoft is about to crank up the pressure to make the switch.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Windows 10 will open us all to more surveillance, possibly break older applications forcing us to buy upgrades which we cannot afford, take hours of time to install and configure, and based on Microsoft's history, will come with thousands of bugs which will cut into our productivity in the coming years. Microsoft hasn't given anyone a reason to go through all that other than that is what Microsoft wants! They can't GIVE their product away any more!

    Nov 02 14:46

    UK Government fears encryption so much it will become illegal

    We’ve known for decades that the British Government wants your data, but now under the guise of protection from ‘terrorists, paedophiles and criminals’, the Investigatory Powers Bill will ban technology companies from providing end-to-end encryption services.

    Nov 02 12:35

    Suspicions about the Russian Plane Crash

    The October 31 crash of the Russian Metrojet passenger aircraft in the Sinai Desert, near the border of Egypt and Israel, raises some well-founded suspicions of foul play being involved in the downing of the plane. Although it is too early to say what caused the crash, there are some clear indications that suggest the plane was remotely sabotaged - via its connection to the Internet.

    Nov 02 08:21

    Fortran, assembly programmers ... NASA needs you – for Voyager

    With its last generation of space-race engineers hanging up their slide-rules, NASA is looking for someone fluent in Fortran and other Cold War-era languages.

    In an interview with Popular Mechanics, the manager of NASA's Voyager program Suzanne Dodd said the retirement of the last original crew member has left the space agency with a shortage of people capable of communicating with the 40-year-old craft.

    Webmaster addition: I remember Fortran! :)

    Nov 02 08:19

    Kaspersky announces 'death' of Coinvault, Bitcryptor ransomware

    The Coinvault and Bitcryptor ransomware are officially dead according to Kaspersky: the alleged authors have been arrested, and all 14,000 decryption keys released allowing victims to avoid paying ransoms to unlock their files.

    The ransomware variants infected thousands of machines locking up valuable files and demanding victims pay attackers hundreds of dollars in Bitcoin to have the attack reversed.

    Two alleged Coinvault and Bitcryptor authors were arrested 14 September in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

    Webmaster addition: Crucify these clowns live on the internet. If they are in good health it will take them a week to die, and that will probably discourage others from engaging in this sort of behavior. Meanwhile, note that the Netherlands could do what the NSA could not!

    Nov 02 08:05

    Windows 10 growth sluggish as Windows 7/8.x users stick with their OS

    The monthly desktop operating system usage share figures are in from NetMarketShare and they show that Windows 10 growth is slowing down as Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users stick with their operating system.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Windows 10 will open us all to more surveillance, possibly break older applications forcing us to buy upgrades which we cannot afford, take hours of time to install and configure, and based on Microsoft's history, will come with thousands of bugs which will cut into our productivity in the coming years. Microsoft hasn't given anyone a reason to go through all that other than that is what Microsoft wants! They can't GIVE their product away any more!

    Nov 02 08:01

    The Extinction of Privacy and Personal Security Via Biometrics and the Cashless Society

    In a survey of 1,000 UK shoppers by the retail personalisation company RichRelevance, respondents were asked to rate a suite of in-store shopping technologies as either “cool” or “creepy”, and facial recognition fell decidedly on the creepy end of the scale.

    Nov 02 07:22

    The Extinction of Privacy and Personal Security Via Biometrics and the Cashless Society

    By Graham Vanbergen

    In a survey of 1,000 UK shoppers by the retail personalisation company RichRelevance, respondents were asked to rate a suite of in-store shopping technologies as either “cool” or “creepy”, and facial recognition fell decidedly on the creepy end of the scale.

    In this survey it was found that companies will soon be using a range of technical tools to achieve sales via personalised product recommendations and promotions, screens displaying their products, possibly utilising an image of you and even getting assistants to bring products, say clothes, and automatically unlock dressing room doors.

    Of course, the only way they can do this is by using facial recognition systems. As soon as you walk in store, your mobile gives you away...

    Nov 01 17:37

    The UN Plans To Implement Universal Biometric Identification For All Of Humanity By 2030

    By Michael Snyder

    Did you know that the United Nations intends to have biometric identification cards in the hands of every single man, woman and child on the entire planet by the year 2030? And did you know that a central database in Geneva, Switzerland will be collecting data from many of these cards?...

    Nov 01 10:25

    UK POLICE WILL BE ABLE TO READ EVERYONE’S INTERNET SEARCH HISTORY UNDER NEW PLAN

    UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the Internet search history of every single person in the country. Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”

    Nov 01 10:15

    RoboBrain: Robots Begin to Develop ''Culture'' by Learning From Each Other

    By Nicholas West

    Machine learning continues to advance with new artificial intelligence systems that are beginning to acquire and share knowledge in very human ways...

    Nov 01 10:06

    Bombshell! Europe Drops Charges Against Edward Snowden, Offers Asylum And Protection

    This week, the European Parliament voted to offer Edward Snowden asylum and protection and drop all criminal charges against him. When at one time most of the world was bullied by the US government into pressing charges against Snowden and forcing him into exile, the entire European continent has now officially given him a pass.

    Thursday’s 285 – 281 vote officially recognized Snowden as an “international human rights defender” and ensured that he would be free from arrest within European borders.

    Nov 01 09:29

    How to avoid the curse of ransomware — software that forces you to pay money to unlock your computer

    Every file on Danielson’s computer was replaced with a ransom note explaining his files were no longer his and if he wanted them back, he’d have to follow the provided link where he could pay to get the key to unlock his files.

    His only thought? “Damn it. I’m screwed,” which was about the same advice he received from an IT expert he used for work, and Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

    Both essentially told him, “pay up or wipe your computer clean.” The ransom note even told him not to bother buying anti-malware software because his computer was beyond saving.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The NSA claims they cannot find these guys. Can't they follow the ransom? And the FBI's official recommendation (no kidding) is to pay up. Which raises the suspicion that ransomware, like civil forfeiture and traffic ticket quotas, are just another device by which a desperately broke US Government loots the people!

    Nov 01 08:43

    Hillary’s email subject read ‘GUNMEN try to ASSASSINATE head of Libyan army’ but that’s NOT what she WROTE about…

    Another tranche of Hillary’s State Department emails were released on Friday, and while all the “journalists” just guffawed at all the charming ways in which Granny Cankles wrote about emojis, conservatives found an email showing just how little she cared about security in Libya.

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    Oct 31 16:51

    As Benghazi inquiry fades, Clinton still faces legal questions about emails

    Hillary Clinton appears to have overcome an investigation of her role in the 2012 deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but she still faces a months-long FBI inquiry into the handling of sensitive information while she was secretary of state.

    The FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, which opened its review this summer after classified information was found in emails transmitted over Clinton’s private email server, is under pressure to act quickly, as Clinton is in the midst of running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is all feeling like theater. 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).

    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 31 12:35

    Google and YouTube now engaging in wholesale censorship of content they don’t want the public to see

    GooYouTubegle, and its popular video sharing platform YouTube, are quickly becoming purveyors of propaganda, censoring material that could expose and question the status quo. These popular internet platforms are following in the footsteps of oppressive government regimes that punish whistle blowers and go after anyone who asks questions, seeks answers and reports on the most atrocious abuses of the day.

    Recent “changes” at YouTube now allow their technocratic management to remove monetization from videos they don’t want people to hear or see. Independent media source, All News Pipeline, has had to appeal eight videos that were stripped of monetization for censorship reasons.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Google refuses whatreallyhappened.com for any advertising or video monetization.

    Oct 31 11:27

    Instagram Joins Trend of Social Media Surveillance

    By Nicholas West

    A whole host of reasons are being given to justify the increased surveillance and data mining of social media: terrorism, suicide prevention, precrime detection of violence and other illegal acts … and now teenage alcohol abuse...

    Oct 31 10:24

    It’s OK to hack your own car, US copyright authorities rule

    Automakers including General Motors and other vehicle manufacturers such as Deere & Co opposed the rules. They said vehicle owners could visit authorized repair shops for changes they may need to undertake.

    Oct 31 09:57

    NEW PROBE REVEALS NSA TARGETED ENTIRE STAFFS OF EU GOVERNMENTS

    A German government-sanctioned special investigation has exposed a "clear breach" of intelligence-sharing agreements—including illegal surveillance of European authorities—between the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its German counterpart, known as the BND.

    According to Sputnik International:

    Nearly 70 percent of the screened selectors concerned the authorities of EU countries, says the report.

    "Whole staffs of European governments were the target of American spying. Nearly 16 percent of the selectors were related to telecommunications subscribers in Germany, which are protected by the Basic Law against spying through their own intelligence services," [Der Spiegel] reported.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Smooth move, NSA; you have just destroyed the European market for any Apple or Microsoft products, because of the fears of US surveillance back doors, hard-wired into them.

    Europeans are smart people; they will figure out a way to avoid this kind of surveillance to a point where the NSA will not be able to reverse engineer it.

    Oct 31 09:57

    CryptoWall Ransomware raised $325 Million in Revenue for Its Developer

    The Creators of the notorious CryptoWall ransomware virus have managed to raise more than $325 million (£212 million) in this past year alone.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The NSA says they cannot cannot find these guys. The official FBI recommendation is to pay up.

    Is ransomware just another US Government device to loot the people?

    Oct 31 09:38

    New Probe Reveals NSA Targeted Entire Staffs of EU Governments

    A German government-sanctioned special investigation has exposed a "clear breach" of intelligence-sharing agreements—including illegal surveillance of European authorities—between the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its German counterpart, known as the BND.

    The news magazine Der Spiegel reported (German) the development on Friday, after having seen a copy of the 300-page report from former federal judge Kurt Graulich, who was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel in July to investigate the NSA's activities within Germany. Graulich is due to formally submit the report next week to the German Parliament.

    Oct 31 09:04

    Snapchat just reserved the rights to store and use all selfies taken with the device

    The beauty of Snapchat is that the photos only last for a few seconds, unless your friend decides to screenshot them.

    Even then, you get a notification, so can know exactly which photos of you are owned by someone else.

    However, now, the app has changed its terms and conditions so it owns every single photo taken using the app.

    Not only this, but if you use it, you're consenting to the app doing whatever it likes with your photographs.

    Oct 31 08:28

    Windows 10 will automatically download on to Windows 7 or 8 PCs

    Microsoft’s efforts to entice users to upgrade to Windows 10 will soon see it automatically downloaded on to users computers without their knowledge.

    The company announced that Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” starting next year, which means anyone with Windows 7 or 8 that has automatic updates activated – the default and the best way to keep a computer protected against security bugs – will have Windows 10 automatically downloaded without asking.

    What’s more, the installer for Windows 10 will start once it has been downloading, presenting users with a popup. Users will be able to decline the update, once the installer has started, or prevent the update from being downloaded by manually blocking it in Windows update.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I think everyone who gets updated to Windows 10 and has their win7 applications stop working ought to file a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft so that Microsoft pays for all the needed software updates! And don't forget that win7 has an XP mode, which is not on win10, meaning even more costly updates to software! And we should include the cost of our time for the hours and hours we will spend on tweaks and fixes to get our computers back to where they are right now!

    Oct 31 08:04

    Net ‘Duality’ In EU: Parliament Votes In Favor Of Tiered Internet

    The European Parliament has rejected a series of amendments to a regulation intended to safeguard and strengthen net neutrality in the EU. The rejected amendmentsincluded proposals that would have ensured there was no network discrimination, all Internet traffic would be treated equally, ISPs would not be allowed to become gatekeepers, and ISPs would have only been allowed to manage traffic when it was congested. According to the Commission, “the new rules protect the right of every European to access the content of their choice, without interference or discrimination”. The new legislation, “aimed to safeguard the open Internet”, however, allows the creation of Internet fast lanes for “specialized services” and lets Internet service providers (ISPs) offer so-called “zero-rating” products —apps and services that don’t count toward monthly data allowances — without restrictions.

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    Oct 30 15:18

    British authorities demand to snoop on citizen’s internet surfing history

    The British Government and security services plan to dramatically increase their investigatory powers, in an attempt to revive the Draft Communications Data Bill, resulting in a deepening of the surveillance state.

    Oct 30 15:02

    Latest installment of 4,432 emails from Hillary's secret server contains 272 classified messages – that's 1 out of 16 – but State Department aide says 'we have better things to do' than catalog them

    The State Department released 4,432 emails on Friday that once lived on the secret server in Hillary Clinton's upstate New York home.

    In all, the messages fill more than 7,000 pages, bringing the total released to more than 27,000.

    State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Friday's installment contains between 200 to 300 messages that were deemed 'classified' by intelligence analysts. Those messages were censored in part or completely.

    A preliminary count shows that 272 of the messages released Friday include the words 'declassify' and 'reason' – an indication that they were given a classification designation by an intelligency agency.

    That's a total indicating that one out of every 16 messages contained information too sensitive to be released publicly.

    Oct 30 12:44

    US Senate Passes CISA, a "Cybersecurity" Bill Critics Say Will Expand Mass Surveillance

    The US Senate passed the so-called Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act - or CISA - Tuesday evening by a wide 74-21 margin.

    The overwhelming Senate support for the bill gave little indication that concerns from tech companies, information security experts and civil liberties advocates were seriously considered. Shannon Young reports.

    Oct 30 11:02

    Verizon Routing blocking certain sites? Anyone else having this problem?

    I'm off from work this month. Since Thursday of last week (July 12th), my work website (through which our email and all of our other web portals are accessed) has been coming up as a "Website Not Available". Same message came up on my laptop, my wife's laptop, and on my tablet. At the time, I thought perhaps the techies at work were doing some type of server updating and that was the cause of it.

    Same thing happened Friday. That was odd.

    Then Saturday.

    Monday rolled around the same message came up. No way it would be down for this long. I called my boss and he said: Nope, nothing was wrong on his end. I contacted our tech services. Nope, they hadn't been doing anything.

    On a lark, I disconnected my smartphone from my WiFi and used my 4G to connect, and voila!, the website worked! Back on the WiFi, and no dough: Website Not Available. It was something on my router's end.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I am posting this because I received an email from a reader that her new Verizon router is blocking whatreallyhappened.com. Not Verizon itself, the ROUTER!

    Oct 30 09:11

    Police to be granted powers to view your internet history

    Police are to get the power to view the web browsing history of everyone in the country.

    Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the plans when she introduces the Government's new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

    The Telegraph understands the new powers for the police will form part of the new bill.

    It would make it a legal requirement for communications companies to retain all the web browsing history of customers for 12 months in case the spy agencies or police need to access them.

    Oct 29 18:29

    How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

    Windows 10 already appears as a free "optional" update for some Windows 7 and 8.1 systems, and soon this will be widened to all machines running a genuine copy of Win 7 and 8.1.

    Then early next year, Windows 10 will become a free "recommended" update – meaning it will be immediately downloaded by any PC or device that automatically installs "important" and "recommended" updates.

    Windows 10 will therefore find its way onto potentially millions more machines because Microsoft recommends that people always install "important" and "recommended" updates automatically.

    Oct 29 15:43

    ‘Game-changer’: European Parliament votes in favor of ‘dropping charges’ against Snowden

    The majority of European Parliament members have voted in favor of asking constituent states to grant protection to whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has described the move as a ‘game-changer’ and a ‘chance to move forward’.

    MEPs have urged EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender,” a European Parliament press release stated.

    Oct 29 14:51

    MI5 Chief Claims ISIS Is About to Attack Britain

    It is being reported that Britain’s top spy chief has warned ISIS is planning mass casualty attacks in the UK.

    “In a range of attacks in Europe and elsewhere, this year we have seen greater ambition for mass casualty attacks. All of this means that the threat we are facing today is on a scale and at a tempo that I have not seen before in my career,” MI5 director-general Andrew Parker said here on Wednesday evening.

    So, he needs expanded surveillance powers to ward off the terror, of course...

    “We do not seek sweeping new intrusive powers in that legislation, but rather a modern legal framework that reflects the way that technology has moved on, and that allows us to continue to keep the country safe,” he said.

    (read more)

    Oct 29 14:39

    WiFi Can See You Through Walls: “Even Within Your House, Where You Go Can Reveal a Lot”

    WiFi signals can be reflected and used to see through walls and locate movements, people or objects in the room.

    Using a wireless transmitter fitted behind a wall, computer scientists have developed a device that can map a nearby room in 3D while scanning for human bodies... The device is called RF Capture and it was developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).

    Read more at SHTFplan.com

    Oct 29 08:41

    British Gas data leak is third major UK security breach in a week

    British Gas contacted 2,200 of its customers today, to warn them that their email addresses and account passwords were posted online in an unexplained data leak.

    The breach is the third significant one involving a British company in a week, following those involving Marks & Spencer and TalkTalk.

    Oct 29 07:37

    SENATE PASSES CISA, THE SURVEILLANCE BILL MASQUERADING AS A CYBERSECURITY BILL; HERE’S WHO SOLD OUT YOUR PRIVACY

    After rejecting all the good privacy amendments to CISA, the Senate has now officially passed the legislation by a 74 to 21 vote. About the only “good” news is that the vote is lower than the 83 Senators who voted for cloture on it last week. Either way, the Senate basically just passed a bill that will almost certainly be used mainly for warrantless domestic surveillance, rather than any actual cybersecurity concern.
    If you’d like to know which Senators voted for greater domestic surveillance, here’s your list:??

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    One has to wonder just WHAT kind of dirt the NSA, CIA, and the FBI had on those senators who voted for this abomination.

    Oct 29 06:46

    EVEN THE IRS HAS SPIED ON AMERICAN CITIZENS

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the latest federal agency known to use electronic cellphone surveillance equipment, according to a new report. Invoices obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Guardian show that the IRS purchased cellphone tracking technology in 2009 and 2012. The equipment, manufactured by Harris Corporation and known as a Stingray, mimics a cell tower and can collect metadata about a call and sometimes even content from calls connected through them.

    Oct 28 15:09

    For science! US government says it's OK to hack your car, tablet or smart TV

    The Library of Congress just granted a set of copyright exemptions, giving the owners of smart TV sets and cars the ability to tinker with their devices without violating copyright law. This will allow the installation of third-party software.

    Oct 28 14:47

    FBI director says “viral videos” intimidating police in US

    In two recent speeches in Chicago, FBI Director James Comey has asserted that police anxiety in “the era of viral videos” is partially responsible for a rise in violent crime in many big US cities.

    At a University of Chicago Law School forum Friday night, Comey asked, “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime?”

    Oct 28 11:34

    New Drone Can Build Its Own 3-D Maps and Flight Plan

    By Ciara Byrne

    Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link.

    Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are making drones more independent. They have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment with minimal help from a human operator, and then plan its own routes around a space and its obstacles autonomously...

    Oct 28 11:10

    6 Reasons Why You Need to Pick Up the Phone Right Now and Tell Your Rep to Oppose CISA

    By Matt Agorist

    On Tuesday, the Senate passed one of the most damning blows to your privacy in the history of the police state. With a vote of 74-21 your elected leaders decided that your already intrusive government needs more help to spy on you...

    Oct 28 09:50

    Comcast’s data caps are ‘just low enough to punish streaming’

    If you’re a cord cutter who lives in an area where Comcast has implemented its data caps and you constantly find yourself running up against your monthly limit, there may be a good reason for that. The Associated Press recently published an interesting report on Comcast’s plan to meter the Internet through data caps and what really stuck out for me was a quote from one Comcast customer who pointed out that these caps are just the right size to discourage people from getting all their television through streaming services instead of through a traditional cable TV package.

    Oct 28 09:47

    How To Avoid Being DDoSed and Track A DDoS Attack!

    Oct 28 09:45

    Preventing DDoS Attacks by Identifer / Locator Separation

    Oct 28 09:34

    Unpatched browser weaknesses can be exploited to track millions of Web users

    With an endless stream of browser fingerprinting exploits, resistance may be futile.

    Oct 28 09:29

    Want Cash? Next-Gen ATMs Demand Biometric Verification: “Smartphone and Eye Scan To Dispense Money”

    Now that you've trusted Diebold with your vote... how would you like to trust them with your IRIS, your smartphone and your bank account?

    NBC News reports on the surprising changes – including biometrics – that could be fast approaching the cash machine you frequent around the corner or down the street:

    No card reader, no PIN pad, no touch-screen display — how you bank at your ATM could drastically change in the not-so-distant future. Citigroup is testing an automated teller machine made by Canton, Ohio-based Diebold that relies on your smartphone and perhaps an eye scan to dispense your cash.

    Read more at SHTFplan.com

    Oct 28 09:19

    Marks & Spencer website is shut down after furious customers log in only to find other people's personal details being displayed

    Marks & Spencer customers were left fuming last night after logging into their online accounts to find other users' personal details.

    The London-based retailer, which has more than 1,300 stores worldwide, temporarily suspended its website while the 'technical issue' is investigated - but strongly denied it had been hacked.

    Customers claimed they could see order histories, personal addresses and other details of different account holders online when they logged on to register new 'Sparks' reward cards.

    Oct 28 09:13

    Identities of 'tens of thousands' of British people are being sold on the 'dark web' for less than £20 after cyber hacks on companies

    Personal details of more than 600,000 customers were reportedly stolen from companies in the UK in the last year. The average cost of an individual's details is less than £20, it has been reported.

    Oct 28 08:52

    US Senate approves CISA cyber-spy-law, axes privacy safeguards

    The bill encourages tech giants and other companies to disregard existing privacy agreements and share citizens' personal information with the federal government in exchange for immunity from prosecution by angry customers.

    This will allow agents to pick out signs of criminality from the volunteered data, and use it to catch online crooks. In return, companies will get some advance intelligence on security vulnerabilities and upcoming cyberattacks.

    Opponents of the bill fear CISA will give the government a license to snoop on citizens under the broad umbrella of cybersecurity, and the immunity provisions will encourage companies to hand over people's private records. There are concerns that the bill would make it much harder to reach a data sharing agreement with Europe after the collapse of the safe harbor agreement.

    Oct 28 07:07

    Hacker Finds a Simple Way to Fool IRIS Biometric Security Systems

    In past years, Fingerprint security system, which is widely used in different applications such as smartphones and judicial systems to record users' information and verify person's identity, were bypassed several times by various security researches, and now, IRIS scanner claimed to be defeated.

    Don't worry! It's not like how they do it in movies, where an attacker needs to pull authorized person's eye out and hold it in front of the eye scanner. Instead, now hackers have finally found a simple way to bypass IRIS Biometric security systems using images of the victims.

    Oct 27 15:33

    FBI recommends that victims of ransomware pay up

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) advises companies that fall victim to hacks involving Cryptolocker, Cryptowall or other forms of ransomware to pay the ransom, said Joseph Bonavolonta, an assistant special agent with FBI, speaking at the Cyber Security Summit 2015 in Boston

    Noting that while the agency has their back, “the ransomware is that good,” the Security Ledger quoted Bonavolonta as saying. “To be honest, we often advise people just to pay the ransom" because efforts by the Bureau to defeat the encryption used have proved futile.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The FBI just admitted that the NSA exists only to spy on law-abiding citizens and cannot find real criminals or terrorists!

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    Oct 27 11:21

    Testing underway: Walmart’s future army of unmanned delivery drones, potential spy bots

    Walmart may be getting ready for a “drone army” and “applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission,” said N³’s Gary Fanchi.

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