Aug 18 14:42

Purge Begins: Cloudflare Terminates Service to Cody Wilson’s GhostGunner Website

By Activist Post

A day after Cloudflare removed service to the Daily Stormer, it has now terminated service to Cody Wilson’s website, Wilson announced on Twitter...

Aug 18 12:24

Inheritance scams

A scammer may contact you out of the blue to tell you that you can claim a large inheritance from a distant relative or wealthy benefactor. You may be contacted by letter, phone call, text message, email or social networking message.

The scammer usually poses as a lawyer, banker or other foreign official, and claims that the deceased left no other beneficiaries.

Sometimes the scammer will say you are legally entitled to claim the inheritance. Alternatively, they might say that an unrelated wealthy person has died without a will, and that you can inherit their fortune through some legal trickery because you share the same last name.

Aug 18 10:55

Breaking: Google removes Gab's Android app from the Google Play Store for "hate speech."

Aug 18 09:04

KIM DOTCOM: Mr. Mueller, the heat is on

Assange tells congressman Russia wasn’t source of Dem emails

Aug 18 08:45

USB connections exposed as 'leaky' and vulnerable

TESTS on USB connections have shown they are highly susceptible to information “leakage”, making them less secure than previously thought.

Aug 18 08:38

Cloudflare CEO admits that removing neo-Nazi site because he's in a 'bad mood' is a slippery slope

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince's decision to terminate protection of neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer because he "woke up in a bad mood" could be dangerous to the future of free speech on the internet, he admitted.

"Literally, I woke up in a bad mood and decided someone shouldn't be allowed on the Internet," Prince wrote in an internal memo to employees obtained by Gizmodo and published on Wednesday. "No one should have that power."

Prince further explained his decision to remove the Daily Stormer in an official blog post after the site claimed that Cloudflare held "secret support" for its beliefs. But he reiterated his view that policing content online is a slippery slope.

Aug 18 08:35

Don't panic, Chicago, but an AWS S3 config blunder exposed 1.8 million voter records

A voting machine supplier for dozens of US states left records on 1.8 million Americans in public view for anyone to download – after misconfiguring its AWS-hosted storage.

ES&S says it was notified by UpGuard researcher Chris Vickery of the vulnerable database that contained personal information it collected from recent elections in Chicago, Illinois. The records included voters' names, addresses, dates of birth, and partial social security numbers. Some of the records also included drivers' licenses and state ID numbers.

"The backup files on the AWS server did not include any ballot information or vote totals and were not in any way connected to Chicago's voting or tabulation systems," ES&S said in a statement on Thursday.

Aug 18 08:26

Android Trojan Now Targets Non-Banking Apps that Require Card Payments

Dubbed Faketoken.q, the new variant of mobile banking trojan is being distributed using bulk SMS messages as their attack vector, prompting users to download an image file that actually downloads the malware.

Once downloaded, the malware installs the necessary modules and the main payload, which hides its shortcut icon and begins monitoring everything—from every calls to launched apps—that happens on the infected Android device.

When calls are made to or received from certain phone numbers on the victim's device, the malware begins to record those conversations and sends the recordings to the attacker's server.

Moreover, Faketoken.q also checks which apps the smartphone owner is using and when detects the launch of an app whose interface it can simulate, the Trojan immediately overlays the app with a fake user interface.

Aug 18 08:22

Two Critical Zero-Day Flaws Disclosed in Foxit PDF Reader

Security researchers have discovered two critical zero-day security vulnerabilities in Foxit Reader software that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on a targeted computer, if not configured to open files in the Safe Reading Mode.

Aug 18 08:21

Unpatchable Flaw in Modern Cars Allows Hackers to Disable Safety Features

Initially developed in 1983 and put into production in 1989, the CAN standard manages the majority of the electrical subsystems and control units found in a significant number of modern smart cars.

If exploited, the vulnerability could eventually allow attackers to turn off crucial safety functions of a vehicle, such as airbags, power-steering, parking sensors, and the anti-lock brakes—or almost any computerised component that's connected to the car's CAN bus.

Since the CAN standard is being used in "practically every light-duty vehicle currently in circulation today," the fundamental security flaw affects all modern, internet-connected vehicles, rather than just a particular vendor.

Aug 18 07:48

Government Agents Admit Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins Seized By U.S. Marshals

Two rogue U.S. Secret Service agents, Shaun Bridges and Carl Mark Force, were caught and sentenced to prison for stealing Bitcoin funds that were seized in the Silk Road raid in 2015.

According to reports, Shaun Bridges plead guilty on August 15th for the theft of 1,600 bitcoins in federal custody in addition to funds confiscated after raiding the Darknet marketplace ran by “Dread Pirate Roberts,” now known to be Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road...

Aug 17 18:48

Eye Spy: Facial Recognition Tech Gets Govt Cash Boost Despite Claims It’s Illegal

Britain’s Home Office is ready to invest more in facial recognition technology for police forces despite claims it infringes civil liberties.

The technology, which matches images of people’s faces with a police database, could be in breach of the right to privacy.

Aug 17 18:18

Salon: Russians Didn't Hack the DNC

The July 5th download is thought by some to have been done by DNC data administrator, Seth Rich. The investigators found that on that day 1,976 megabytes of data were downloaded in 87 seconds.

What does that mean? It means that far exceeds an internet capability for a remote hack – much less a transoceanic one.

As Skip Folden told The Nation:

“Based on the data we now have, what we’ve been calling a hack is impossible.”

Aug 17 16:39

Instagram Admits It Banned Lauren Southern For… ‘Fat Shaming’ Hedgehogs?!

Leftist social media giants hate Lauren Southern. Mostly because she’s a meddling conservative with a large following (see Watch Lauren Southern Make a SJW Cry… with WORDS!). Instagram took a shot at Southern by banning her account yesterday morning. They had their reasons. For instance, Lauren violated their terms of service. Her crime? Poking fun at one of her portly hedgehog companions. Someone call Tess Holliday!

Aug 17 15:50

LA Metro Begins Pilot Program for Full Body Scanners Funded by Bill Gates

By Nicholas West

Once again it appears that airports are a test bed for nearly everything that will eventually trickle out into the general public. Whether it’s TSA VIPR teams on trains, or the emergence of biometric ID, the continuous reinforcement of an imminent and pervasive threat has people scrambling to give up their freedom for their ever-elusive security.

Although airport body scanners have been much maligned for their negative health effects from millimeter wave technology, as well as their thoroughly intimate invasion of privacy, it’s not stopping Los Angeles from rolling out a pilot program of the $60,000-per-unit scanners which began on Wednesday...

Aug 17 12:20

Pedophile Hunters Dark Justice Report Online Grooming ‘Epidemic’

Pedophile hunters ‘Dark Justice’ say the number of men targeting children online has reached “epidemic” levels, with predators lurking on Justin Bieber Facebook pages and live video apps to find victims.

Aug 17 12:19

Anonymous & More Tech Companies Knocking White Supremacy Groups Offline

In the wake of the Charlottesville protests, hate groups are being suspended or losing their accounts with major crowdfunding services and other tech companies, while the hacking group Anonymous continues to target their websites.

Aug 17 07:49

LambdaLocker ransomware victim? Now you can decrypt your files for free

As part of the No More Ransom initiative, Avast Antivirus have released a tool that decrypts files locked by LambdaLocker ransomware.

Aug 17 07:35


AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Smart Meters (AMI SMs) are being forced on to everyone’s home, apartment, condo and businesses in the United States with total disregard for numerous legal aspects, with one specifically-egregious issue experiencing total abandonment or disregard for the U.S. Constitution, plus individuals’ rights under their respective home states’ constitutions.

So, what am I talking about? Privacy and the right to be secure in your home! The Search and Seizure aspects found and shielded in the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are not being respected nor enforced by state public utility commissions and utility companies, most of who are harassing customers!

AMI SMs are nothing but “surveillance computers”!

Let me say that again. AMI SMs are nothing short of “surveillance computers”. They are built and intended to

Aug 16 18:58

Oopss! HBO Itself Accidentally Leaked 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Episode 6

HBO doesn't need hackers to leak its widely watched "Game of Thrones" episodes, as it is sufficient enough to leak them by its own.

In what seems to be a terrible blunder, HBO Spain appeared to have accidentally broadcast the next episode—Episode 6—of Game of Thrones season 7 five days before its official premiere.

And as expected, the GoT episode 6 quickly began circulating online.

Aug 16 18:07

PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

PayPal has vowed to pull its online payment services from sites linked to hate, violence and intolerance in wake of the weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The company defended its acceptable use policy following a separate report by the Southern Poverty Law Centre yesterday, which claimed organisers of the deadly rally raised money with PayPal.

Aug 16 17:58

Disgraced US Secret Service agent coughs to second Bitcoin heist

An ex-Secret Service agent who stole Bitcoins from the Silk Road dark web drugs bazaar he was supposed to be investigating has admitted stealing even more sacks of the digital currency.

Shaun Bridges, who is already serving a six-year sentence for nicking Bitcoins from the underground souk, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing a further 1,600 Bitcoin (worth $359,005 at the time and approximately $6.6m today) during a separate investigation.

Aug 16 17:56

10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

The smash-hit, "A a a a Very Good Song" by New York-based reporter Samir Mezrahi, is in fact a rather clever trick to get around one of the more annoying bugs in the way iTunes syncs up with cars via Bluetooth. Drivers and passengers have found that once an iPhone is paired with and connects to the car's entertainment system, it will play songs automatically, usually the first alphabetical title in the handset's library.

To counter that, Mezrahi created and published an audio file that consisted entirely of ten minutes of silence and then gave it the "A a a a" title so it will automatically become the first song in most libraries. Thus, when someone gets into their car and the phone connects to the dashboard and begins automatically playing music, you get silence and about ten minutes to turn it off or pick whatever track you really want.

Aug 16 17:55

NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

"In the last week of the quarter we were hit by a cyber-attack, which mainly impacted Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco," CEO Soren Skou said in a statement today.

"Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July and as a consequence, our Q3 results will be impacted. We expect that the cyber-attack will impact results negatively by USD 200-300m."

Admittedly Maersk is massive – it's responsible for around 15 per cent of the world's entire shipping network – but that kind of financial damage is close to a record for such an attack. Then again, the company's entire network was down for days, Skou told the Financial Times.

Aug 16 16:37

Champions Of Net Neutrality Ban Far-Right Website The Daily Stormer

Net Neutrality advocates Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare have banned the far-right website The Daily Stormer from using their services.

Google and GoDaddy dropped the site from their DNS services earlier this week and Cloudflare has dropped them from their DDoS protection services.

Aug 16 12:01

Trump Retweets, Then Deletes, Image Of Train Running Over CNN Logo

US President Donald Trump retweeted the image of a train with the president’s name on it running over the CNN logo, but quickly deleted it after the meme sparked blacklash.

Aug 16 10:13

Massive nationwide #MarchOnGoogle August 19th … join the protest against techno tyranny and ‘Goolag’ dictators

Frustrated with Google’s continued efforts to silence free speech and control the content that shows up on people’s internet searches, protesters from all across the country are planning a multi-locale “March on Google” on August 19 to make their voices heard. The nationwide event will reportedly take place at ground zero, Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Kirkland, Washington (near Seattle).

Dubbed as a coordinated effort to challenge Google’s “silencing (of) dissenting voices,” the protest was sparked after the recent firing by Google of James Damore, a company employee who wrote a memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Some news outlets have described the memo as being “anti-diversity,” but in reality, it simply challenges Google’s discriminatory policies that cater to LGBT people, for instance, at the expense of everyone else.

Aug 16 09:57

EXPOSED: Vodafone adds sneaky £1-a-month charge to contracts of a million mobile phone users

Vodafone has added a sneaky £1-a-month charge to more than one million customers' mobile phone contracts, we can reveal.

The new fee — which will net the telecoms giant millions of pounds a year — has been added to every new monthly contract taken out since February.

Vodafone says the service offers customers extra protection against any harmful websites users may visit while surfing the internet.

The so-called 'Secure Net' software is included on monthly contracts and is advertised as a 'free three-month trial' in Vodafone's promotional material.

But customers claim they are not told they have been opted in and will be charged £12 a year when the free trial ends. It is impossible to remove the extra software at the time of purchase and it cannot be cancelled until at least 24 hours later.

Aug 16 09:40

This locator tracks men who send unwanted pictures of their penis

If you send unsolicited and unwelcome pictures of your penis then you may be about to get your comeuppance, so to speak.

There is now a website that is tracking the location of men who send unsolicited dick pics.

The rather aptly titled DickPicLocator, scans data on the unsolicited image to find out the GPS coordinates of where it was taken.

Aug 16 09:17

A Patent Exists To Provide Home Surveillance Using AMI Smart Meters

By Catherine J. Frompovich

AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Smart Meters (AMI SMs) are being forced on to everyone’s home, apartment, condo and businesses in the United States with total disregard for numerous legal aspects, with one specifically-egregious issue experiencing total abandonment or disregard for the U.S. Constitution, plus individuals’ rights under their respective home states’ constitutions...

Aug 16 08:56

If Google and Facebook are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will drive America to open warfare in the streets

The echo chamber of the illogical, irrational and enraged Left — the liberal mob — is magnified by the selective censorship of internet gatekeepers like Google and Facebook, all of which are engaged in the most outrageous distortions and censorship imaginable, deliberately silencing all conservative voices while amplifying left-wing channels and (fake) news sources, no matter how dishonest or hypocritical they are. This is all part of a deliberate scheme to silence open debate and suppress the voices of conservatives, heterosexuals, White people or Christians in order to favor lunatic left-wing culture that’s rooted in delusional thinking, anti-science “biology” and intense racism, bigotry and hatred toward anyone who doesn’t bow down to their totalitarianism cult.

Aug 16 08:49

Red Ice Websites Hacked - Someone Really Hates Us

Aug 16 08:04

Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

Microsoft's Bing fell over on Tuesday morning, Pacific Time, causing a ripple effect that crippled other search engines.

Visitors to Bing were hit with HTTP 503 error messages. We note that, while Bing appears to be working again as we write this, it's feeling a little slow. (Reg readers also dropped us tips that and both appear busted, but these aren't websites folks can use.)

The Bing outage prevented DuckDuckGo, the privacy-centric engine that aggregates results from the Microsoft search engine, from returning useful links to queries. Searching for, say, "CMOS," returned zero results.

DuckDuckGo said its problems with both Bing and Yahoo! were slowing its own operations. It should be back to normal by the time you read this.

Aug 16 07:57

Backdoor Found in Popular Server Management Software used by Hundreds of Companies

Recently, cyber crooks managed to infiltrate the update mechanism for a popular server management software package and altered it to include an advanced backdoor, which lasts for at least 17 days until researchers discovered it.

Dubbed ShadowPad, the secret backdoor gave attackers complete control over networks hidden behind legit cryptographically signed software sold by NetSarang—used by hundreds of banks, media firms, energy companies, and pharmaceutical firms, telecommunication providers, transportation and logistics and other industries—for 17 days starting last month.

Important Note — If you are using any of the affected product (listed below), we highly recommend you stop using it until you update them.

Aug 16 07:55

8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8 Million Users

According to the latest report published by the researchers at Proofpoint on Monday, the expanded list of compromised Chrome Extensions are as below:

Chrometana (1.1.3)
Infinity New Tab (3.12.3)
CopyFish (2.8.5)
Web Paint (1.2.1)
Social Fixer (20.1.1)

Proofpoint researcher Kafeine also believes Chrome extensions TouchVPN and Betternet VPN were also compromised in the same way at the end of June.

In all the above cases, some unknown attackers first gained access to the developers' Google web accounts by sending out phishing emails with malicious links to steal account credentials.

Once the attackers gained access to the accounts, either they hijacked their respective extensions and then modified them to perform malicious tasks, or they add malicious Javascript code to them in an attempt to hijack traffic and expose users to fake ads and password theft in order to generate revenue.

Aug 16 07:49

If you believe in liberty, you should be using the BRAVE browser (not chrome)… here’s why

As the United States begins to resemble the fictional world created by George Orwell in his famous novel 1984, more and more companies are being forced to find ways to continue developing new technology while simultaneously respecting the privacy rights of their customers. One such company is Brave, a relatively new Internet browser founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. According to Brave’s official website, the company “aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just installed this, and it works really well!

Aug 16 07:48

CENSORSHIP ALERT: Mozilla planning “kill shot” for entire independent media by blocking all non-approved news in the FireFox browser

In November of 1737, decades before America officially declared its independence from the king of England, a young Benjamin Franklin published an essay in The Pennsylvania Gazette entitled, “On Freedom of Speech and the Press.” In it, Franklin wrote, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the Constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” Franklin went on to write, “An evil magistrate entrusted with power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible.”

Aug 15 16:45

Google Cancels Neo-Nazi Website’s Registration Over Terms Of Service Violation

Already dropped by another webhost, white supremacist website Daily Stormer lasted only hours with Google Domains. The bloodshed in Charlottesville brought attention to the neo-Nazi site, which remains online, despite GoDaddy and Google refusing registration.

Aug 15 16:05

Pale Moon: The Web Browser Made For You

So these are the points which defines the capability and major difference of Pale Moon browser from rest. In my experience, if you want a browser with fast speed & efficiency then this browser is the choice for you. Most of its feature will fulfill your daily need. It’s main aim is to provide fast browsing with stability.

But if you want more advanced feature than its better to go for any other modern web browser. But I recommend you to give this Firefox-based browser a try. You will surely become its fan.

Aug 15 13:41

US Government Demands Data On Visitors Of Anti-Trump Website

The US Justice Department has requested information on some 1.3 million visitors of a so-called resistance website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents.

Aug 15 12:15

"The Goolag Echopeligo"

Warning: SLL is about to put forth two propositions that are so obvious they’re undoubtedly controversial. Readers offended by the obvious but controversial are advised to stop reading.

Proposition one: If Group A and Group B are competing for the same jobs and standards are lowered for Group B but not Group A, on average the members of Group B will not be as good at the jobs as members of Group A.

Proposition two: Men and women are different.
This, when you wade through James Damore’s excruciatingly diplomatic Google memorandum is the crux of what he said.

SLL can say it but Damore couldn’t; Google fired him for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

Aug 15 11:48

Silicon Valley Tightens Its Grip On Free Speech

In a chilling oped published in The New York Times on July 14, Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, argued that so-called “hate speech” is the same thing as physical violence because it may possibly cause emotionally fragile individuals stress — and should be made illegal.

Thankfully, the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from following such advice, but online companies are taking it upon themselves to stamp-out so-called “hate speech,” strangling free speech and the free exchange of ideas in the process.

A number of troubling actions by internet companies — Google most prominent among them — are making it increasingly clear that some in Silicon Valley have proclaimed themselves defenders of the progressive, politically correct faith, and that those firms will silence any and all heretics who challenge those beliefs.

Aug 15 10:08

Diamond And Silk Talk To Alex Jones About Suing YouTube

Aug 15 09:54

How Just Opening A Malicious PowerPoint File Could Compromise Your PC

A few months back we reported how opening a simple MS Word file could compromise your computer using a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Office remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2017-0199) resided in the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) interface for which a patch was issued in April this year, but threat actors are still abusing the flaw through the different mediums.

Security researchers have spotted a new malware campaign that is leveraging the same exploit, but for the first time, hidden behind a specially crafted PowerPoint (PPSX) Presentation file.

According to the researchers at Trend Micro, who spotted the malware campaign, the targeted attack starts with a convincing spear-phishing email attachment, purportedly from a cable manufacturing provider and mainly targets companies involved in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Aug 15 07:33

Google insiders warn “outright censorship” of the internet is Google’s top priority… and everyone has been intimidated into silence

With liberal censorship running rampant in the mainstream media, in Hollywood, on college campuses and across the Internet, our country needs pro-First Amendment voices now more than ever. Once the freedom of speech is gone, it is only a matter of time before an all-powerful authoritarian state is established and individual liberty in America ceases to exist.

Aug 15 07:00

SEA-US undersea cable system bringing broadband speeds to Hawaii is ready for service

Honolulu-based telecommunications company Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ: HCOM) announced that the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) undersea cable system is complete and ready for commercial service. The 9,000-mile submarine fiber-optic cable system covers a route that bypasses congested, earthquake-prone regions, and will link Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and California, according to Hawaiian Telcom.

The $250 million undersea fiber cable system will meet increasing demand for internet service. Providing 100-Gbps broadband speeds to Hawaii, the SEA-US cable has a 20-Tbps capacity, and will accommodate greater capacities as technology advances, says Hawaiian Telcom, part-owner and operator of the long-haul submarine network.

Aug 15 05:52

The Elite Move Ahead With Their Agenda, The Chaos Has Just Begun

YouTube is going after all those videos that expose the deep state. Trump warns Venezuela that the US has a military option.

Aug 14 15:14

Survey Finds Strong Majority Of Google Employees Oppose James Damore Firing

A new survey found a strong majority of Google employees oppose the firing of diversity manifesto author James Damore.

From The Daily Caller:


Aug 14 10:30

YouTube’s ‘Extremist-Tackling’ Technology Misses Mark By Removing Wrong Content

YouTube and parent company Google’s efforts to crack down on extremist content has resulted in embarrassment after its technology targeted videos from monitors, journalists and Syrian opposition, amongst others.

Aug 14 09:42

Former MI5 director becomes the latest ex-spy chief to back encrypted messaging

Jonathan Evans, a former head of MI5, has pledged his support for encrypted messaging in an interview with the BBC.

He told Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning that the technology is a critical tool in maintaining the country’s cyber security.

While acknowledging that encryption had made it difficult for spies to access messages between extremists, he added:

I’m not personally one of those who thinks we should weaken encryption because I think there is a parallel issue, which is cyber security more broadly.

While understandably there is a very acute concern about counter-terrorism, it is not the only threat that we face. The way in which cyberspace is being used by criminals and by governments is a potential threat to the UK’s interests more widely.

Aug 14 08:58

The U.S. FCC Is Asleep At The Switch Regarding RF Safety Standards And Protecting The Public

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has dropped the ball regarding safety standards for radiofrequency (RF) limits in the United States. Furthermore, no risk assessment studies have been performed to my knowledge regarding how consumers use RF-emitting devises, e.g., hours on cell phones; working or being exposed to Wi-Fi at work or in school for a good part of their days; all the electronic games and other devices consumers use with no regard as to what harm they are encountering from non-thermal radiation waves...

Aug 13 16:10

Male prostitute, 26, dies of meth overdose at Hollywood home of high-profile Democrat donor

A 26-year-old man was found dead at the home of a well-known Democratic party donor late last month of a drug overdose. The incident occurred on July 27 around 7.22pm at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a high-profile political activist and wealthy contributor to the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Aug 13 11:56

U.S. Foreign Sanctions Mandates That Governments Monitor Cryptocurrency To Combat Terrorism

President Trump signed a new controversial foreign sanctions bill into law that had a hidden mandate for the foreign governments of Iran, Russia, and North Korea to monitor cryptocurrency circulations as a measure to combat “illicit finance trends” in an effort to “combat terrorism.”

The bill requires the governments to develop a “national security strategy” to combat the “financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.” ...

Aug 13 11:38

to care — and we might regret that

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone.

Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to.

Aug 13 10:00

“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to.

Aug 13 09:52

Bitcoin blasts through $4000 as new suckers buy into the “promised land” of digital fiat currency backed by nothing

Almost no one buying Bitcoin has any idea how it actually works. They’re just ejaculating money at it under the absurd premise that it will keep going up forever. Of course, none of them have stopped to think about the fact that Bitcoin “gains” aren’t real until you sell your Bitcoin. Before you sell it, all you’ve really bought is an entry on a shared digital ledger called the “blockchain.” And only a very tiny percentage of people can sell their Bitcoins without crashing the value of the entire market, which means — by definition — perhaps 98% of those who think they are getting rich are actually getting screwed in the end. They will be the ones left holding Bitcoin as it plunges toward zero one of these days.

Aug 13 07:59

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

Aug 12 17:03

Aussie researchers lift the lid on USB "crosstalk" vulnerability

Research carried out by the University of Adelaide has found that 90 per cent of computers and external USB hubs leaked information to external USB devices thanks to a kind of electronic "crosstalk" between connected components.

More than 50 different computers and external USB hubs were tested showing that sensitive information such as keystrokes can be captured.

The leak was identified through the use of a modified cheap novelty plug-in lamp with a USB connector to read every key stroke from the adjacent keyboard USB interface. The data was sent via Bluetooth to another computer.

According to research associate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science, Dr. Yuval Yarom, this "channel-to-channel crosstalk leakage" is analogous to water leaking from pipes.

Aug 12 16:48

“The Next WannaCry” Vulnerability is Here – Let’s Stop it before it’s too Late

This Tuesday, Microsoft released a security patch including 48 fixes, 25 of which are defined as “critical”. While Microsoft updates happen every month, this one reveals an especially dangerous vulnerability – CVE-2017-8620. Behind this dull name hides a severe flaw affecting all current versions of Windows, which enables attackers to spread a contagious attack between computers in the network.

It is not very often that such a volatile vulnerability, providing hackers with full control over entire networks, is discovered. The last time such a vulnerability was disclosed was in March 2017, when another Microsoft security patch fixed the “EternalBlue” exploit. Two months after this patch was released, the WannaCry campaign erupted, making use of the EternalBlue exploit to spread in one of the most infectious cyber-attacks we have ever seen.

Aug 12 16:46

Jailed Hacker Guccifer Says U.S. Govt Fabricated Guccifer 2.0 As An “Inside Job”

By Aaron Kesel

During his plane ride extradition from Romania to the United States, Guccifer told Fox News’ Pamela Browne that one of his handlers mentioned: “what would your opinion be if another Guccifer showed up?” He then went on to say that “Guccifer 2.0 is an inside job” by U.S. government agencies...

Aug 12 16:45

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Instart Logic describes itself as a content delivery service and much of that content happens to be advertising. The California-based biz is determined to help its clients present online ads despite the technical choices made by internet users to avoid that content – adverts bypassing ad blockers, in other words.

The company's technology disguises third-party network requests so they appear to be first-party network requests. This allows ad services used by website publishers to place cookies and serve ads that would otherwise by blocked by the browser's same-origin security model.

Raymond Hill, who maintains the popular uBlock Origin content blocker, on Wednesday updated his uBO-Extra add-on software to prevent Instart Logic's code from bypassing uBlock Origin.

Aug 12 13:25

Report: Two Israeli Teens Arrested For Operating World's Largest DDoS-For-Hire Operation

Two Israeli teenagers, Yarden “applej4ck” Bidani and Itay “p1st” Huri, have been arrested in Israel for allegedly running the world's largest DDoS-for-Hire operation through the darkweb.

Aug 12 11:46

TalkTalk fined £100,000 for not protecting customers' personal data

Broadband provider found to have put 21,000 subscribers’ data at risk by allowing ‘rogue’ staff at Indian contractor access to it

Aug 12 11:28

Alternatives to YouTube?

Aug 12 09:27

First data transmission through terahertz multiplexer reported

Multiplexing, the ability to send multiple signals through a single channel, is a fundamental feature of any voice or data communication system. An international research team has demonstrated for the first time a method for multiplexing data carried on terahertz waves, high-frequency radiation that may enable the next generation of ultra-high bandwidth wireless networks.