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Apr 26 10:23

Police Facial Recognition DUI Kiosks Coming to a City Near You

By MassPrivateI

Breathalytics and Precision Kiosk Technologies are trying to convince courtrooms, probation officers and police to purchase self-service biometric DUI kiosks...

Apr 26 10:00

Tech Moguls Concerned about Massive Job Loss From Automation Recommend Universal Basic Income (UBI) — Some Plan for “Doomsday”

By B.N. Frank

Many of us have loved ones who are victims of Age Discrimination. Some have been forced out and replaced with younger employees. Some never find work again. This has been going on for decades.

Automation has also contributed to job loss. According to many sources, including the Progressive Populist, this is going to get much worse. That’s why tech inventors have proposed a Universal Basic Income (UBI)...

Apr 26 09:34

World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world’s biggest DDoS marketplace", webstresser.org, Europol confirmed today.

Europol said Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and four million attacks measured by April 2018, targeting online services from banks, government institutions, police forces and the gaming world.

Apr 26 09:26

Release of PoC Exploit for New Drupal Flaw Once Again Puts Sites Under Attack

Only a few hours after the Drupal team releases latest updates to fix a new remote code execution flaw in its content management system software, hackers have already started exploiting the vulnerability in the wild.

Announced yesterday, the newly discovered vulnerability (CVE-2018-7602) affects Drupal 7 and 8 core and allows remote attackers to achieve exactly same what previously discovered Drupalgeddon2 (CVE-2018-7600) flaw allowed—complete take over of affected websites.

Although Drupal team has not released any technical details of the vulnerability to prevent immediate exploitation, two individual hackers have revealed some details, along with a proof-of-concept exploit just a few hours after the patch release.

Apr 25 16:30

Has YOUR kid's data been stolen? More than 1 million US children were victims of identity theft or fraud in 2017, study finds

It seems that no one is too young to become a victim of identity fraud.

Over 1 million US children had their identities stolen in 2017, according to a new study released Tuesday by Javelin Strategy & Research.

Even more worrisome, two-thirds of child identity fraud victims are younger than eight years old.

The fraud resulted in more than $2.6 billion losses, with families paying a staggering $540 million in out-of-pocket costs because of the identity theft.

Apr 25 14:42

HOMELAND SECURITY FACIAL PASSENGER SCANS FOR U.S. AIRPORTS MAY GO NATIONWIDE

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has processed travelers with facial recognition scans at many U.S. airports, part of pilot programs during the past year that the government now believes it’s ready to roll out nationwide. That’s the view of Isabel Hill, director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, who spoke at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday about the future of secure and seamless travel.

Apr 25 14:41

AFTER TOO MANY SHOTS MISSED, FALL RIVER, MASS., ENDS DEAL WITH SHOTSPOTTER

The Fall River, Mass., Police Department and ShotSpotter, the $120,000-a-year gunshot detection system, have officially parted ways. The California-based company decided it could no longer offer its service to the city for free after police and administration officials balked at funding a system that they said worked less than 50 percent of the time and even missed all seven shots that were fired when a man was killed two months ago in downtown Fall River.

Apr 25 12:09

Research Shows Google’s Search Manipulations Tried To Rig Election For Hillary

This is not a coincidence, especially when considering Google was the Clinton campaign’s largest corporate contributor. Google employees, including at least six high-ranking executives, donated more than $1.3 million to Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Call it censorship or manipulation, but the truth is…Google attempted to rig the election for Hillary Clinton by manipulating searches and suggestions, and therefore, voters minds.

Apr 25 11:50

Hackers built a 'master key' for millions of hotel rooms

Security researchers have built a master key that exploits a design flaw in a popular and widely used hotel electronic lock system, allowing unfettered access to every room in the building.

The electronic lock system, known as Vision by VingCard and built by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy, is used in more than 42,000 properties in 166 countries, amounting to millions of hotel rooms -- as well as garages and storage units.

These electronic lock systems are commonplace in hotels, used by staff to provide granular controls over where a person can go in a hotel -- such as their room -- and even restricting the floor that the elevator stops at. And these keys can be wiped and reused when guests check-out.

It turns out these key cards aren't as secure as first thought.

Apr 25 09:38

UK BANK’S TECH CHAOS BLOCKS CUSTOMERS FROM THEIR FUNDS: DAY 5

As bank IT system revamps go, few have been as disastrous as UK bank TSB’s latest system upgrade, which began on Friday, was supposed to be up and running by Monday morning, but is still down on Tuesday evening. It’s now Day Five of the crisis and an estimated 1.9 million TSB customers still cannot use the bank’s online service. According to customer testimonials featured on The Guardian, some cannot even withdraw cash with their ATM card or their credit cards.

One TSB customer was reportedly given access to another customer’s £35,000 savings account, £11,000 Isa, and a business account when he logged onto his online banking account on Monday night — an allegation the bank denies. “There’s been no data breach whatsoever. I can categorically say that customers’ data is safe,” said the bank’s CEO, Paul Pester. Judging by the tone of some of their tweets and comments, the customers are not wholly convinced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS is why....one only has as much money in the bank as is needed to pay your bills.

Apr 25 09:19

AUSTRALIAN GOV'T SCOOPED UP TONS OF CELL SITE LOCATION DATA TO TRACK CITIZENS' MOVEMENTS

A couple of years after it happened, Australian citizens are finally being (indirectly) informed their government harvested cell site location info to track their daily activities. This isn't the work of an intelligence agency or a secretive law enforcement effort. Instead, it's an (unannounced) partnership between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (which handles the Australian Census) and a cellphone service provider. The provider apparently willingly turned over cell site info without a court demand, government mandate, or consultation with its customers. Asher Wolf has the details at Medium:

The ABS claims population estimates have a “major data gap” and so they’ve been a busy bee figuring out a way to track crowd movement. Their solution? Mobile device user data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Never say anything on a cell phone you don't want to be tracked; keep your Facebook/Messenger/Emails vanilla.

Citizens of technologically advanced countries nowhave no rights to prevent this astonishing level of surveillance, and the datamining which follows.

Apr 25 09:18

Democrats Slapped With Demand To Preserve Evidence As Roger Stone Goes After DNC Servers

The gloves are off in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and several other parties including the Russian government, alleging an illegal conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 election in a "brazen attack on American Democracy."

Many have suggested the lawsuit is a tactical error by the DNC, as it may expose or confirm claims against the organization - such as whether they rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders, the level of coordination between the DNC and the Clinton Campaign, and the details surrounding the funding of the "Steele dossier," paid for in part by both the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Apr 25 08:43

HOW FAR DOWN THE BIG DATA/'PSYCHOGRAPHIC MICROTARGETING' RABBIT HOLE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

Anyone claiming they are impervious to this sort of analysis and delivery of "content" is deluding themselves.

Maybe you've seen a notice like this when you log into your Facebook account:did you read it carefully? Please read the one I received:

Protecting Your Information

We understand the importance of keeping your data safe, because we sell it for billions of dollars to anyone with cash. We are making it easier for you to believe that you control which apps you share information with.

You can go to the Apps and Websites section of your settings anytime to see the apps and websites you've used Facebook to log into. You can also remove the ones you don't want connected to Facebook anymore. None of this makes any difference in how much data we collect about you, but we understand it makes you feel better to maintain the illusion of control.

Apr 25 07:40

Pillar Project Governance Call


(yup, thats me in that bunch ;D )
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about the project. The WRH community is a perfect fit imho! Sign on to the mattermost community and get directly involved! :D
https://community.pillarproject.io/signup_email

Apr 24 17:38

Facebook Teams Up with Shady DARPA Exec to Scan Your Brain and Augment Your Reality

In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is quickly becoming one of the world’s least trusted companies. A survey from the Ponemon Institute, a research group focused on data privacy and information security, shows that trust in Facebook has fallen 66 percent to where now only 28 percent of users believe the company is “committed to privacy.”

Apr 24 16:50

World’s First Bank Entirely Run By Robots Opens Up In China

By Aaron Kesel

China’s second-largest lender by assets, China Construction Bank (CCB), has opened a Shanghai branch run entirely by robots that greet customers and manage accounts, Mirror reported.

The bank doesn’t just utilize robots; it’s packed full with new technology including virtual reality, artificial intelligence and facial recognition...

Apr 24 12:39

Kogan Exposes "Hypocrite" Zuckerberg: "Tens Of Thousands" Of Data Harvesting Apps Out There

Aleksandr Kogan, the computer scientist at the center of the Facebook data harvesting scandal, said Mark Zuckerberg is "totally" a hypocrite in a Monday CNBC interview. Kogan made headlines in March after the New York Times and The Guardian reported that political data firm Cambridge Analytica bought data on as many as 87 million Facebook users - harvested by Kogan's personality app, thisismydigitallife.

The Moldovan-born researcher from Cambridge University says he's being used as a scapegoat, and that there are "tens of thousands" of other apps do the same thing, Kogan said. "It's certain"

"In reality, I think, the truth is we’ve got tens of thousands of over apps that did the same thing, probably on a much bigger scale than me," Kogan told CNBC's Power Lunch. "And they’re all out there and Facebook has no accounting for it."

Apr 24 11:00

EX-FACEBOOK EXECUTIVE: ‘YOU DON’T REALIZE IT BUT YOU ARE BEING PROGRAMMED’

Several months ago, one of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker, voiced his regret regarding helping create social media in the form we know it today, saying:

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,”…

”God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Parker says the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More and more, I am finding myself less and less in love with social media, because it takes away time from real work I need to do.

Apr 24 10:41

Ex-Facebook Executive: "You Don't Realize It But You Are Being Programmed"

Several months ago, one of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker, voiced his regret regarding helping create social media in the form we know it today, saying:

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,”…

”God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Parker says the social networking site exploits human psychological vulnerabilities through a validation feedback loop that gets people to constantly post to get even more likes and comments.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology,” he said.

Apr 24 10:26

THE FBI'S WAR ON ENCRYPTION IS PERSONAL, ACCORDING TO COMEY'S NEW BOOK

Part of the move to device encryption was due to pressure from legislators that phone companies "do more" to protect customers whose devices had been stolen. And some of it was probably backlash to the flow of Snowden leaks, showing the government had assembled a massive surveillance apparatus following the 9/11 attacks, turning tech companies into unwitting accomplices of the surveillance state.

As Comey sees it, the tech sector fails to comprehend the consequences of encrypted communications and devices because it only deals with the positive side of human connections.

The leaders of tech companies don't see the darkness the FBI sees. Our days are dominated by the hunt for people planning terrorist attacks, hurting children, and engaging in organized crime. We see humankind at its most depraved, day in and day out…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As Mike proved with his NSA challenge, and he would characterize himself only as "a modestly decent programmer", encryption which is pretty darn near unbreakable can be created.

Our "alphabet soup" agencies will never be able to hack through it all.

But there should be a damned good reason for ANY Federal agency to want to see what is on someone's phone, coupled with a specific warrant.

Apparently, Comey is blissfully unfamiliar with the 4th Amendement to the Constitution of the United States, which used to, allegedly, guarantee law-abiding Americans freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of their properties.

Apparently, Comey has, all by himself, reverted to Code Napoleon Law, in which every suspect was considered guilty until proven innocent; and just in case he has forgotten this (or never really wanted to understand it), this is not at all the way the US Constitution and Bill of Rights work, at all!!

Apr 24 10:11

Facebook explored unpicking personalities to target ads

Facebook has considered profiling its users' personalities and using the information to target adverts.

A patent filed by the social network describes how personality characteristics, including emotional stability, could be determined from people's messages and status updates.

The firm is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal over the use of its data by a political consultancy.

Facebook says it has never used the personality test in its products.

Apr 24 09:33

Experts Say AI Could Raise the Risks of Nuclear War

Artificial intelligence could destabilize the delicate balance of nuclear deterrence, inching the world closer to catastrophe, according to a working group of experts convened by RAND. New smarter, faster intelligence analysis from AI agents, combined with more sensor and open-source data, could convince countries that their nuclear capability is increasingly vulnerable. That may cause them to take more drastic steps to keep up with the U.S. Another worrying scenario: commanders could make decisions to launch strikes based on advice from AI assistants that have been fed wrong information.

Apr 24 09:27

“Smart City” Projects are Really Police Cam-Share Programs in Disguise

By MassPrivateI

A recent article in the Erie-Times, revealed that ‘Secure Smart City’ (SSC) projects are really police cam-share programs in disguise.

The article boasts that the city of Erie will soon get fast, public Wi-Fi as well as a video surveillance system that can alert law enforcement of potential threats...

Apr 24 09:00

More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads

Almost a year after app developer SilverPush vowed to kill its privacy-threatening software that used inaudible sound embedded into TV commercials to covertly track phone users, the technology is more popular than ever, with more than 200 Android apps that have been downloaded millions of times from the official Google Play market, according to a recently published research paper.

Apr 24 08:07

Never miss a parcel again: Amazon begins delivering packages directly to customers' CARS across the US

Amazon now offers free delivery straight to the boot of your unattended car.

The company announced today that it has begun delivering packages in 37 US cities to Prime members who own newer General Motors or Volvo vehicles.

Packages will be placed in the trunks of cars parked in publicly accessible areas like a customer's home or workplace, and then secured.

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The system taps into your car's built-in unlock feature without ever giving the delivery person a pass code or other permanent access to the vehicle.

What could possibly go wrong?

Apr 24 07:55

Facebook teams up with shady DARPA exec to scan your brain and augment your reality

In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is quickly becoming one of the world’s least trusted companies. A survey from the Ponemon Institute, a research group focused on data privacy and information security, shows that trust in Facebook has fallen 66 percent to where now only 28 percent of users believe the company is “committed to privacy.”

Apr 24 07:32

Browser wars 2018: Microsoft Edge falls behind ... Internet Explorer?

Microsoft has made a substantial investment in its default browser for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge. In less than three years, Edge has improved dramatically, adding support for extensions and winning speed tests against entrenched competitors. But Microsoft's shiny new browser has struggled to achieve market share, mindshare, and positive reviews.

The cold hard numbers, as compiled by the U.S. Government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP) don't lie.

In the first three months of 2018, Microsoft Edge accounted for a paltry 8 percent of the 1.2 billion visits to government websites from consumer and business PCs and Macs.

Apr 23 15:44

Warning: This Netflix email requesting your info is a scam that will steal your money

The video streaming company said that it will never ask for personal information in an email – including payment information, Social Security number or account password.

But what makes this version of the scam so dangerous is that criminals know how much Netflix users rely on that content. So when they get an email about potentially getting locked out of their account, users are quick to update that info as soon as possible.

This is what makes this scam so successful in general — thieves are preying on consumers by leading them to believe they could lose access to some type of service or account that they rely on and use frequently.

Bottom line: Never let your guard down, regardless of how legit an email looks. If you get a request to update personal information, go to the company’s website directly — don’t click on any links sent in an email!

Apr 23 11:34

LAWMAKERS ASK FBI WHY IT ISN'T GETTING BUSY CRACKING ITS STOCKPILE OF SEIZED SMARTPHONES

Ever since the FBI began its "going dark" crusade, crucial questions have gone unanswered. Considering the budget and technical expertise the FBI has access to, why was it so necessary to get Apple to crack an iPhone's encryption for the Bureau? Turns out it wasn't. The FBI did have a solution, but the head of the division charged with cracking open the San Bernardino shooter's phone didn't want a technical solution. He wanted a courtroom solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FBI is just as critically fractionalized as is the rest of this government, and is collectively impotent to resolve this issue intelligently.

Apr 23 11:31

APPLE SUED AN INDEPENDENT NORWEGIAN REPAIR SHOP IN BID TO MONOPOLIZE REPAIR -- AND LOST

Apple's efforts in particular to monopolize repair run deep. The company has worked alongside the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to seize counterfeit parts in the United States and raid shops of independent iPhone repair professionals. FOIA efforts to obtain details on just how deeply rooted Apple is in ICE's "Operation Chain Reaction" have been rejected. The efforts to "combat counterfeit goods" often obscures what this is really about for Apple: protecting a lucrative repair monopoly and thwarting anybody that might dare repair Apple devices for less money.

And Apple's efforts on this front are a decidedly global affair. More recently, Apple has been harassing an independent repair shop owner in Norway named Henrik Huseby. After Norway customs officials seized a shipment of 63 iPhone 6 and 6S replacement screens on their way to Huseby's repair shop, Apple threatened to sue the store owner unless they agreed to stop using aftermarket screens and pay a hefty settlement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on this guy!!

Apr 23 11:02

CONNECTING THE DOTS OF BIG DATA, SOARING CORPORATE PROFITS, AND TRADE WARS

Here's how I'm connecting the dots of data collection/data mining and the new model for maximizing profitability: the entire model of "capitalism" (maximizing return on capital and labor) has shifted from getting rich making stuff/providing services to distributing/marketing goods and services in a cartel structure.

In this economy, the essential role is played by big data/data mining. Wal-Mart, Amazon, Facebook, Google et al have no interest in where the goods and services are made/generated; the big profits are in the distribution/marketing (i.e. exploiting large data sets) and gathering and selling these large data sets.

Let's stipulate that those corporations whose entire value proposition is manufacturing expertise will continue to extract profits from manufacturing. But this doesn't mean that this manufacturing remains exclusively in the domestic economy, or that Big Data isn't increasingly a core value-generator for manufacturers.

Apr 23 08:35

Facebook sells users as 'products' & lacks control over itself – Iceland's Pirate Party co-founder

The co-founder of Iceland's Pirate Party has told RT that there are "big problems" related to Facebook's selling of data, stressing that the social media giant is treating its users as products.

"You have companies that are forced, and they're so big, they're forced to give governments data and they also sell the data, or as you know they don't sell the data – they sell you. You're the product," Birgitta Jonsdottir told RT's Caleb Maupin.

Apr 23 08:34

US bank offers free identity protection... while admitting potential data breach of 1.5mn clients

While announcing details of free identity protection for clients, a US bank revealed that data belonging to up to 1.5 million customers may have been exposed and passed on to a criminal third party.

The revelation by SunTrust Bank was included in a press statement entitled ‘SunTrust to offer free identity protection.’ The bank made the admission in the second paragraph, writing, “The company became aware of potential theft by a former employee of information from some of its contact lists.”

“Although the investigation is ongoing, SunTrust is proactively notifying approximately 1.5 million clients that certain information, such as name, address, phone number and certain account balances may have been exposed,” the statement continued.

Apr 23 08:23

BEX ALERT - World War 3: Britain ‘WILL' be the victim of 'serious CYBER ATTACK' from Russia, says GCHQ

BRITISH spy agency, GCHQ, cannot offer “absolute protection” against Russia and it is a matter of “when not if” the UK faces a “serious cyber attack”.

Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency’s cyber defence unit said their focus was on building “resilience” in “the systems we care about the most”.

These are believed to be Britain’s power and water supplies, internet and transport networks, and health services.

Senior representatives from utility, transport and internet firms in addition to the NHS are believed to have attended intelligence briefings at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the specific methods being used by Russia to target Britain’s national infrastructure, following the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last month.

Mr Martin, the NCSC’s chief executive, confirmed GCHQ was on “heightened alert” for “follow-up activity” following the Salisbury attack.

Apr 22 17:13

A Looming Implication of Face Recognition: Private Photo Blacklists

Finally, let me note the very long history of private companies and government agencies working together to create databases and watch lists about people in the United States. During the labor, civil rights, antiwar, and other social justice movements of the 20th century, there were a number of private databases created by shady collections of right-wing vigilantes and super-patriots who took it upon themselves to compile dossiers on progressive activists. These private databases, such as the San Diego Research Library and the Western Goals Foundation, were often shared with police and government agencies and thus took on quasi-official roles in the efforts of police “intelligence” arms to combat those progressive movements, while remaining outside the normal checks and balances of government.

Apr 22 14:47

More than 3,300 Android apps are improperly tracking kids: study

Thousands of family-friendly apps from the Google Play Store potentially are violating federal law, according to a new large-scale study from North American and European universities and organizations.

The research, recently published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, showed that 3,337 Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting children’s data and potentially violating the United States Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which limits data collection for kids under age 13.

Apr 22 09:38

iPhone X is dead as consumers turn their backs on pricey smartphones – analyst

Apple is likely to stop producing iPhone X smartphones, according to Mirabaud analyst Neil Campling. The oversupply of chips and high prices are the reason, he says.

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The record inventories at TSMC show that Apple will not be producing more iPhone X models next year, the analyst said. "With the declines in iPhone X orders and the inventory issue at TSMC at record highs, which basically reflect a need to burn off inventory. Why? Because the iPhone X is dead," Campling wrote, as quoted by the media.

"The simple problem with X is that it is too expensive. Consumers are turning their backs on high-priced smartphones," he said. The device typically costs $999.

Apr 22 08:34

Fifteen Things To Know About Trump's "Pakistani Mystery Man" Imran Awan

The “Pakistani Mystery Man” is Imran Awan, who worked as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s email server administrator in the House of Representatives. Nearly his entire family then joined the payroll of other Democrats, until they worked for 1 in 5 House Democrats and had - as the House inspector general called it - the ‘keys to the kingdom‘ and ability to access any file.

1. Imran worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz since 2004 and had the passwords to her devices

A search of his name on WikiLeaks shows the DNC summoned Imran when they needed her device unlocked.

2. During the 2016 election, the House’s Office of Inspector General warned that Imran and his family were making “unauthorized access” to data

A September 30, 2016, presentation alleged Imran Awan and his family members were logging into the servers of members who had previously fired him, funneling data off the network, and that evidence “suggests steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”

Apr 22 08:31

DNC Sues Trump Campaign Over Russia ‘Hack’ – But Wouldn’t Allow FBI to Access Server to Verify

Alleging a far-reaching conspiracy that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and WikiLeaks.

The same DNC, however, refused to allow the FBI to access its server to verify the allegation that Russia carried out a hack during the presidential campaign. Instead, the DNC reached an arrangement with the FBI in which a third party company, CrowdStrike, conducted forensics on the server and shared details with the FBI.

As this reporter previously documented, CrowdStrike was financed to the tune of $100 million from a funding drive by Google Capital.

Google Capital, which now goes by the name of CapitalG, is an arm of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet, has been a staunch and active supporter of Hillary Clinton and is a longtime donor to the Democratic Party.

Apr 22 08:30

Donald Trump Announces Plan to Countersue Democrats for DNC Server

President Donald Trump reacted to the news that the Democrats had decided to sue his presidential campaign for an illegal conspiracy with the Russians to win the 2016 election.

“Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This can be good news in that we will now counter[sue] for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI.”

Despite the DNC claim that their emails were hacked by the Russians, they never turned over their server to the FBI for investigation.

Apr 22 08:15

Cry Bullies Block me on Face Book for 7 days

Well I have been a bad boy and have been kicked out of the sand box once again.

Update 4/22 8:45 central time they hit me with another one just now!

They are also blocking this article from being posted on my time line! Share this as much as you can!

I suppose for those of you who want to follow what I post, you can do so on Twitter or Gab. I post the same stuff there as I do on Facistbook!

Apr 21 22:38

NHS computers still run system attacked by WannaCry hack

The majority of NHS health boards in Scotland are still operating outdated computer systems despite last year’s crippling cyber attacks which exploited a flaw in the programme.

A total of 11 out of 14 authorities confirmed through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request that they still operate Windows XP, which was targeted by criminals using malicious ransomware software known as WannaCry.

Almost 3,000 out of 19,251 computers (15 per cent) across NHS Lothian continue to run Windows XP, making the health board the most vulnerable to a further attack.

Apr 21 22:33

Damning report finds despite WannaCry attack, NHS still not patching

It would seem despite the massive WannaCry attack that occurred almost exactly a year ago, the United Kindgom’s National Health Service (NHS) still has not learnt its lesson.

A damning government report has emerged that reveals the true state of affairs. The NHS recently assessed the cybersecurity level of 200 trusts and shockingly, every single trust failed the cybersecurity test - in some cases because they had failed to apply crucial patches to their systems, which is the what opened the doors to the WannaCry attack in the first place.

Apr 21 18:21

LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin could leak user data, secret fix failed

Facebook isn’t the only one in the hot seat over data privacy. A flaw in LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin that websites use to let you quickly complete forms could have allowed hackers to steal your full name, phone number, email address, ZIP code, company and job title. Malicious sites have been able to invisibly render the plugin on their entire page so if users who are logged into LinkedIn click anywhere, they’d effectively be hitting a hidden “AutoFill with LinkedIn” button and giving up their data.

Apr 21 17:35

A Recent Update from Google Could Severely Hamper Anti-Censorship Tools

The update in Google’s network architecture, first spotted by developers of privacy-minded web browser Tor and reported by The Verge, removes an approach counted on by services like encrypted messaging platform Signal, anti-Chinese censorship tool GreatFire.org, and VPN services offered by Psiphon.

Domain fronting is used to bypass censors by hiding the true endpoint of a connection. Instead of allowing a service to directly communicate with a server, allowing for the potential that state-level internet censors might identify and block the connection, the request is forwarded through an innocuous domain or IP address range—in this case, Google App Engine. This allows services that would otherwise have their traffic blocked skate under the censors by appearing to come from Google.

Apr 21 17:28

Over 20,000,000 of Chrome Users are Victims of Fake Ad Blockers

I have scanned other extensions on the WebStore and found four more using the very same approach. By the way, two of them are not fake ad blockers, and nothing pointed to them being malicious until I checked the code.

Here is the full list.

AdRemover for Google Chrome™ (10M+ users)
uBlock Plus (8M+ users)
Adblock Pro (2M+ users)
HD for YouTube™ (400K+ users)
Webutation (30K+ users)

We have reported these extensions to Google. Hopefully, they will be taken down soon.

Apr 21 17:21

Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

As Gizmodo first reported, Google is contracted with the DoD to provide artificial intelligence for Project Maven—a decision that many employees opposed because they did not think it was appropriate for Google to develop battlefield technology.

Now, the backlash against Pentagon contracts is spreading throughout the tech industry. The Department of Defense is currently seeking bids for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which will provide cloud services to the DoD. Major cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google are all expected to bid on the contract.

But employees at those companies say they don’t want to provide technology for war, and they’re launching a petition today to put pressure on Google to drop its work on Project Maven, and for major tech companies to agree to not take Pentagon contracts.

Apr 21 16:56

Feature in Apple’s latest software update is reportedly causing grief for iPhone 8 owners

A NEW feature in Apple’s latest iPhone software update is rendering certain phones unusable.

Apple released iOS 11.3 at the very end of March, and the update is reportedly killing touch functionality in iPhone 8s that have been repaired with third party screens.

So people who have managed to already break their iPhone 8 screen and went the cheaper route of getting it fixed by a non verified Apple repair shop are now at risk of having a useless phone.

Apr 21 13:01

Accidental FOIA Reveals Mind Control Documents; Here’s Further Evidence This Technology Exists

By Aaron Kesel

Journalist Curtis Waltman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Washington State Fusion Center (which is partnered with Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Antifa and white supremacist groups; instead of getting information on how the agency targets the groups, he got way more than the information he was looking for – Curtis was accidentally sent a mysterious file with the label “EM effects on human body.zip.” The file included methods of “remote mind control,” MuckRock reported...

Apr 21 09:57

IRS payment site crashes hours before Tax Day filing deadline

The "Direct Pay" page, where filers can wire money from a bank account to pay their tax bill, crashes on Tax Day.

The "Payment Plan" page, where filers can pay their tax bill in installments also appears to have crashed.

Apr 21 09:42

German Data Protection Watchdog Initiates Data Leak Probe Against Facebook

Hamburg Data Protection Authority, which is responsible for overseeing Facebook activities across Germany, has initiated an administrative case against the company in connection with Cambridge Analytica personal data leak scandal, the authority's head, Johannes Caspar, said Friday.

"We are currently examining a possibility to initiate proceedings against Facebook," Caspar said, as quoted by the Handelsblatt newspaper.

The US company is suspected of misusing the data of its users, he said, adding that the first step would be a hearing on the accusations.

Apr 21 09:37

Facebook Moves 1.5 Billion Users' Data Out Of Europe To Circumvent New Privacy Law

After Zuck suggested (but stopping short of promising) during testimony before Congress last week that he would treat all Facebook users' data as if it fell under the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation, Reuters and the Guardian are reporting that Facebook has quietly moved the data of more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law by transferring it from the company's European headquarters in Ireland to its global headquarters in California.

Apr 21 09:01

India’s grand data system: a greater disaster than Facebook?

Prime Minister Modi has enthusiastically campaigned to expand digital governance via the Aadhaar system. But millions of Indians are at risk because the system with all their personal ID leaks like a sieve and the govt response has been appalling

Apr 21 09:01

VISUALIZING THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY THAT MAKES ITS LIVING FROM YOUR DATA

In the ocean ecosystem, plankton is the raw material that fuels an entire food chain. These tiny organisms on their own aren’t that remarkable, but en masse, they have a huge impact on the world. Here on dry land, Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley notes that the massive volume of content and meta data we produce fuels a marketing research industry that is worth nearly $50 billion.

Apr 21 08:58

INDIA’S GRAND DATA SYSTEM: A GREATER DISASTER THAN FACEBOOK?

Given the size of its population, India is potentially very rich in what has been called the “new oil”: data. But who will benefit from that wealth, and who might be put at risk?

Apr 20 15:58

“Tamper-proof” cryptocurrency wallet just backdoored by a 15-year-old self-taught programmer

In the case of the 15-year-old would-be hacker, the target was the Ledger Nano S, a hardware wallet designed by France-based Ledger, a company which liked to boast about the capabilities of their specialized hardware when it comes to storing cryptocurrencies. Through its marketing materials and press releases, the company stated numerous times that their reliance on “cryptographic attestation” allowed their devices to use digital signatures that were impossible to forge, thereby letting only authorized code to run on their products.

But the work of one U.K. teenager named Saleem Rashid has exposed it as nothing more than smoke and mirrors, as he posted the details of how their technology could be entered and used for nefarious purposes on his own personal blog. Rashid’s proof-of-concept code allowed him to enter the company’s $100 hardware wallet, called the Ledger Nano S, through a backdoor that gave him full access to it.

Apr 20 10:40

Senators Call on Homeland Security to Release Info on D.C. Cell Phone Surveillance

By Derrick Broze

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on the federal government to release details related to covert cell phone surveillance taking place in the Washington D.C. area.

In early April the U.S. government acknowledged the existence of “rogue” cell phone surveillance devices in the Washington D.C. area which are potentially being operated by foreign spies or common criminals, or...

Apr 20 08:05

Google Lawsuit: Senior Engineer Sought to 'Blacklist Alt-Right Websites' Like 'Breitbart,' Purge YouTube

Bombshell new internal emails confirm top engineers at Google aimed to purge their search results of right-wing websites they deem "alt-right," blacklist them on their ad network and delete all their YouTube videos.

Apr 20 07:02

Bill Gates Funding Web of Satellites For Global Real-Time Surveillance

By Nicholas West

The emergence of low-cost micro satellites has spawned a global surveillance arms race: the familiar problem-reaction-solution paradigm upon what all other arms races are built...

Amid this frenzy of investment in space surveillance that could become the ultimate Big Brother technology, once again arch technocrat Bill Gates has felt compelled to get involved with his own offering...

Apr 20 05:32

Smartphone overuse increases loneliness and anxiety, and forms connections in the brain 'similar to how OPIOID addiction is experienced,' study warns

Smartphone dependence may have similar effects on the brain to some of those seen in opioid addiction, according to a new study.

Researchers surveying college students about technology use have found a number of worrying trends among those who overly rely on their devices – and warn the behavior is much like any other type of substance abuse.

In addition to the neurological effects, the researchers found that people who are dependent on their phones tend to feel isolated, lonely, depressed, and anxious more so than their peers.

Apr 19 19:15

Police Testing Controversial Portable DNA Machine

By Aaron Kesel

For the last 10 months, Houston police have been testing a new mobile DNA machine called rapid DNA that runs tests in under two hours.

HPD launched a pilot program with the company ANDE to test a machine that runs DNA tests in under two hours...

Apr 19 18:53

How to use uBlock Origin advanced user mode tutorial 2018

uBlock Origin has very confusing user interface in the advanced user mode if you haven't read the lengthy documentation. This video tutorial explains how to use uBlock Origin in advanced user mode and all the advanced settings to protect your online privacy. With this uBlock Origin video, you'll learn how to use it to protect your online privacy and security. The biggest benefit of this tutorial is that you'll learn how to block scripts with uBlock Origin. uBlock Origin is essential to learn how to protect your online privacy, and can replace other extensions like uMatrix, Request Policy, Adblock Plus, Privacy Badger, and many other blockers.

Apr 19 14:46

48 million social media users’ data leaked by yet another analytics company

LocalBlox, a data analytics company, describes on its website how it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data” from a variety of sources, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Zillow to build a “360 Degree people view,” that is then sold to marketers.

While the comprehensive range of data is scraped from publicly accessible sources, LocalBlox left a 1.2 terabyte file containing the personal data of 48 million individuals in an Amazon ‘storage bucket,’ password unprotected and accessible to anyone.

Data contained in the leak included names, physical addresses, dates of birth, scraped LinkedIn job histories, public Facebook data, and Twitter handles. Somebody with access to this data could theoretically use it to commit fraud, identity theft, or to aid in a social engineering scam like phishing.

Apr 19 14:35

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in 'Big Brother' satellites capable of streaming 'live and unfiltered' HD footage of the planet

Microsoft's Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide 'live and unfiltered' high definition footage of every inch of Earth.

The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth's atmosphere in 'Big Brother' real-time video surveillance.

As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.

The price of the project could run to $1 billion (£700m), although the value of the investment by the companies has not been disclosed.

Apr 19 12:53

Global Cyber Attacks Blamed On Russia Right Before Spiking Internet Outages Occur - Live Attack Map Shows Attacks From Within 

Twitter went down worldwide, came back up and then went down again, with Down Detector racking up over 6,000 reports in one hour, but Twitter wasn't alone in suffering outages, as multiple communications networks also saw a spike in reports overnight, with the live outage maps from different companies showing the same geographical locations being hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go to the Norse tracking map and you will see that the hack attacks are mostly internal to the US, with little or no activity coming from Russia.

Apr 19 11:27

Pentagon developing artificial intelligence center

The Pentagon is working on a plan to stand up an artificial intelligence center in order to streamline the department’s myriad AI programs.

The idea, which comes as defense officials are increasingly concerned about China’s investments in AI capabilities, has now been embraced by both Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

Speaking at the House Armed Services Committee April 12, Mattis said “we’re looking at a joint office where we would concentrate all of DoD’s efforts, since we have a number of AI efforts underway right now. We’re looking at pulling them all together.”

In hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Griffin elaborated on the state of that AI center, saying it is very much in the early stages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We keep turning it on. It looks around, then shuts itself off!"

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