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Nov 18 08:23

US Military Quietly Bought User Location Data From Popular Muslim App 

According to Motherboard, a Muslim prayer smartphone app with tens of millions of downloads has severed ties with a location company that reportedly sold its user data to the US military.

Dubbed the "most popular Muslim app in the world," Muslim Pro has been downloaded more than 98 million times in 200 countries. The app provides users with Muslim prayer times and shows them the direction of Mecca.

Motherboard released the report Monday that said Muslim Pro sold user location data to a company called X-Mode, which collects location data directly from the app and then sells it to contractors or the military.

Nov 17 14:19

UN Announces Biometric Digital ID Wallet

By Spiro Skouras

Recently, the United Nations had some big announcements that went largely unnoticed, including the rollout of a biometric digital wallet and an announcement that one of its specialized agencies The International Civil Aviation Organization is one step closer to a internationally recognized digital travel credential.

As reported by Biometric Update, this particular UN biometric digital wallet is intended for UN employees and it can be used for data related to human resources, medical status, travel, payroll and pensions.

I hope you see where this is going, every aspect of our lives will be centralized digitally using biometrics and in many cases the blockchain, AI and 5G...

Nov 17 09:39

Microsoft hits the brakes on Windows 10 updates in December 2020

Microsoft has told Windows 10 owners and IT admins not to expect any Windows 10 preview updates in December to give them a break when staffing levels are low over the holiday season.

December will be a break from the usual schedule of Windows 10 updates each month, which include optional previews that arrive after the mandatory Patch Tuesday security updates in the second week of every month.

"Because of minimal operations during the holidays and the upcoming Western new year, there won't be any preview releases for the month of December 2020," Microsoft said in a support note.

Nov 17 09:38

Hands-on with the Raspberry Pi 400: Pleased and impressed

Well, first of all, hello – and I'm glad to be back. I've spent the past two and a half years teaching at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). I initially thought that I would be able to keep up this blog while doing that, but it didn't take long for me to realize how impractical that was. Now that I am done at the AUAS, I am very pleased to be writing here again.

What better way to resume than with a brand new Raspberry Pi system? To me, this one confirms that the people at Raspberry Pi Towers really are a bunch of hard-core geeks who came of age with computers at about the same time that I did.

In the 1980s, the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX were the stuff of geeky dreams, and are still a source of nostalgia for those of us who remember them. So a Raspberry Pi in a keyboard brings huge smiles to a lot of old faces.

Nov 17 07:58

Obama: The internet is “the single biggest threat to our democracy”

Back in 2008, Barack Obama famously harnessed the internet and social media to help win the White House. He kept up the embrace once he got there.

Now he worries that the internet and social media have helped create “the single biggest threat to our democracy.”

Obama has been saying a version of this for four years — since he left the White House — but his words are getting steadily more pointed. He’s clearly sounding an alarm, but it’s not exactly clear what he thinks we should do about it.

His latest critique comes in a new interview between Obama and Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, and before we go any further we should put it in full context: Obama was discussing a media landscape dominated not just by Facebook but by Fox News that allows Americans to choose their own distorted reality. Which means, he says, we no longer have a shared set of facts.

Nov 16 21:13

Parler CEO Predicts Free Speech Platform Can Outgrow Twitter Within One Year

The CEO of free speech social media platform Parler predicted Sunday that the Big Tech alternative can outgrow Twitter’s use base within a year.

John Matze made the ambitious prediction in an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Elisha Krauss.

“A year from now, I think we will have knocked Twitter to be second place, I think,” Matze predicted. “It sounds crazy, but it’s going to happen. We have the momentum, and now, they’ve given us an inch, and we’re going to take a full mile.”

Nov 16 20:10

GitHub reinstates YouTube-dl, promises to overhaul DMCA reviews

GitHub has announced today that YouTube-dl's repository was reinstated after reversing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown from last month.

YouTube-dl is a command-line program that helps users download multimedia content from YouTube and several other sites.

The utility is also used by journalists for various reporting tasks including downloading press releases, videos, and audio transcriptions.

Nov 16 14:26

Scammers are spoofing bank phone numbers to rob victims

It can be a very convincing trick…

“You can check the number in your display online sir. You’ll see I’m really calling from your bank.”

That is, of course, if you are unaware that phone numbers can be spoofed. Then again, they wouldn’t be successful scammers if they weren’t convincing. If you suggest calling them back, they’ll tell you it’s impossible to call their extension directly and you would have to go through the operator in the head office. Which could take a while and because of the urgency that is not really an option now, is it?

Nov 16 12:34

Researchers develop world's first all-silicon optical transmitter at 100Gbps

Silicon photonics researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have demonstrated the first all-silicon optical transmitter at 100Gbps and beyond without the use of digital signal processing.

The optical modulator almost doubles the maximum data rate of current state-of-the-art devices, demonstrating the potential for low power low-cost all-silicon solutions that avoid complicating fabrication processes with new materials that are not CMOS compatible.

Nov 16 06:53

US – UK Intelligence Agencies Declare Cyber War on Independent Media

In just the past week, the national-security states of the United States and United Kingdom have discreetly let it be known that the cyber tools and online tactics previously designed for use in the post-9/11 “war on terror” are now being repurposed for use against information sources promoting “vaccine hesitancy” and information related to Covid-19 that runs counter to their state narratives.

A new cyber offensive was launched on Monday by the UK’s signal intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which seeks to target websites that publish content deemed to be “propaganda” that raises concerns regarding state-sponsored Covid-19 vaccine development and the multi-national pharmaceutical corporations involved.

Nov 16 06:38

CIA-owned encryption company jeopardised Swiss neutrality: report

The CIA and German intelligence jeopardised Switzerland's historic reputation for neutrality by using a Swiss company as a platform for a global espionage operation for decades, according to a report by members of the Swiss Parliament.

Investigators concluded that Swiss authorities were aware of, and at times complicit in, an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA covertly owned and controlled a Swiss company, Crypto AG, that secretly sold rigged encryption systems to foreign governments.

The report marks the culmination of a Swiss investigation launched after the history of the Crypto operation was revealed earlier this year by The Washington Post in collaboration with German public television ZDF and Swiss broadcaster SRF.

Nov 15 13:36

If you think online censorship is bad now, it will get far worse if Joe Biden is installed

Biden also plans to use his task force to crack down on “disinformation and hate speech,” which as we have seen over the years includes just about anything that upsets leftists and makes them feel angry or upset.

Nov 15 10:33

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

IN 2018, AAYUSH Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing. As he detailed the team’s approach to indistinguishability obfuscation (iO for short), one audience member raised his hand in bewilderment.

Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research develop­ments and trends in mathe­matics and the physical and life sciences.

“But I thought iO doesn’t exist?” he said.

Nov 14 12:27

Who Funds Facebook Fact Checkers?

Social media fact-checking organizations are not the independent public health watchdogs they're made out to be. Fact checkers for Facebook are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given more than $250 million in grants to steer media outlets.

Nov 14 12:18

Facebook security warning: Thousands of passwords stolen

Stolen social media accounts are a hot commodity on Dark Web marketplaces. The average Facebook account sells for about $74.50, making the social network a priority target for phishing scams and cybercriminals.

Phishing campaigns make it easy to steal large quantities of login credentials at once. All scammers need to do is create a fake login page and trick victims into signing in. Tap or click here to see a copyright notice phishing scam targeting Facebook users.

If cybercriminals aren’t careful with their stolen data, they can easily blow their entire operation. A group of cybercriminals learned this the hard way after hosting hundreds of thousands of Facebook logins on an unprotected database. Cybersecurity isn’t just for the good guys, after all.

Nov 14 09:27

Court Ruling Allows Utility Customers to Refuse “Smart” Meters

By B.N. Frank

People worldwide DO NOT WANT “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all their problems – electrical issues, fires, explosions, measurement errors, serious cybersecurity risks, and more.

Unlike original analog meters, “Smart” Meters are 2-way transmitting which causes them to emit very high levels of harmful electromagnetic radiation that can make people and animals sick. They DO NOT save meaningful amounts of energy and customer rates are usually increased for their installation and frequent replacement.

Now Pennsylvania utility customers finally have the right to refuse them...

Nov 14 08:37

Video: Are Phone Networks Now Censoring Links About Election Fraud?

A video posted to Twitter shows a woman attempting to send a URL about alleged vote fraud to an iPhone but the message going undelivered, prompting claims that phone networks are now censoring links.

“BREAKING: Messages about election fraud are being censored via text message,” claims the woman. “Here is 100% proof! GEyesgle Green apple or Verizon or all are the culprit. More testing is needed to figure out which company(s) is censoring text messages about the fraud! We have hit peak level censorship!”

The clip shows her sending normal text messages from an Android phone to an iPhone, but when she attempts to send a link about alleged vote fraud from thedonald.win website, the message is not delivered to the iPhone, despite the Android phone saying it had been delivered.

Nov 14 04:29

South Korea showcases two-seater drone taxi in downtown Seoul

"...South Korea's transport ministry and Seoul City conduct a test-run of a drone taxi, which is capable of carrying two people with a demonstration in Seoul, ahead of the country's Urban Air Mobility (UAM) service launching in 2025.

A vertical take-off and landing of drone 'EH216' from China's EHang company, carrying 80kg of rice bags instead of a passenger, flew over downtown Seoul at an altitude of 50 meters for about seven minutes, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government..."

Nov 14 04:23

South Korea showcases two-seater drone taxi in downtown Seoul

"...South Korea's transport ministry and Seoul City conduct a test-run of a drone taxi, which is capable of carrying two people with a demonstration in Seoul, ahead of the country's Urban Air Mobility (UAM) service launching in 2025.

A vertical take-off and landing of drone 'EH216' from China's EHang company, carrying 80kg of rice bags instead of a passenger, flew over downtown Seoul at an altitude of 50 meters for about seven minutes, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government..."

Nov 13 08:21

WHY US ELECTION VOTES WERE COUNTED BY BANKRUPTED SPANISH COMPANY SCYTL

Days after it was revealed how 2020 US Elections were rigged by Canadian Crown Agent Dominion Voting Systems through a so-called “glitch”, now GreatGameIndia has found involvement of another dubious foreign company in US Election meddling.

Nov 13 08:04

“Shredding The Fabric Of Our Democracy”: Biden Aide Signals Push For Greater Censorship On The Internet

"Information Clearing House" - We have been discussing the calls for top Democrats for increased private censorship on social media and the Internet. President-elect Joe Biden has himself called for such censorship, including blocking President Donald Trump’s criticism of mail-in voting. Now, shortly after the election, one of Biden’s top aides is ramping up calls for a crackdown on Facebook for allowing Facebook users to read views that he considers misleading — users who signed up to hear from these individuals. Bill Russo, a deputy communications director on Biden’s campaign press team, tweeted late Monday that Facebook “is shredding the fabric of our democracy” by allowing such views to be shared freely.

Nov 13 07:43

YOUTUBE was Down; Massive "Crash" or Shut Down of Stolen Election Info? UPDATE: GIGANTIC INTERNET CRASH TOO

The largest video streaming service in the world, Youtube, suffered a massive outage Wednesday evening. Hundreds of thousands of reported to DOWNDETECTOR: Videos won't play.

Outages like this are so rare the number of times they've happened can be counted on one hand. Yet, it happened.

People are openly wondering if this is some type of deliberate situation because the veritable Tsunami of U.S. ELECTION FRAUD videos showing the brazen, widespread and utterly corrupt theft of the US Presidency is simply overwhelming the tech-thought-police ability to purge them?

Are we seeing, in real time, a situation where, if they can't keep the information suppressed, then crash all information until they can catch up?

Nov 13 07:04

Pope Francis Urges Catholics To Pray For 'Ethical Robots'

In November's monthly prayer intention, Pope Francis called on all the good Catholics of the world to "pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind."

The pope's monthly prayer intentions, published on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' website, was also featured in a short video clip on YouTube via Vatican News.

In his message, the pope said artificial intelligence was "at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing," and that robotics could empower the world if harnessed for good. He said, "if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress. Future advances should be orientated towards respecting the dignity of the person."

Nov 12 16:12

POTUS: Dominion Voting System “Deleted” 2.7 Million Trump Votes

Was the fix baked right into the system?

President Trump on Thursday tweeted out information from One America News Network (OANN) claiming that Dominion, the voting system that experienced several glitches favorable to candidate Joe Biden, “deleted” 2.7 million votes for him, and, in Pennsylvania, switched 221,000 Trump votes to Biden, swinging the election.

“REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN,” the president tweeted.

Nov 12 11:47

Data deep dive on Dominion Voting Systems offers incontrovertible proof of election hack

The devil may be in the details, but the angels are in the data. That’s what we’re learning very quickly as we examine the work of a dedicated Trump-supporter who appears to have uncovered all of the proof necessary to dispel this myth that Joe Biden won the presidential election.

A post on TheDonald.win by user TrumanBlack has sparked a little attention, though not nearly enough. It needs a lot more because within the data sorted and examined is the smoking gun the Trump campaign can use to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the election was hacked. Massive amounts of votes were changed from President Trump to Biden. Other votes were removed altogether without reason. This “cyber coup” is much bigger than most of us realized. While we’ve been focused, and rightly so, on analog voter fraud, there is technological fraud on a gargantuan scale that happened. More importantly, it has been proven.

Nov 12 11:26

Listen up, iPhone users: Apple smartphones are emitting TWICE the reported radiofrequency radiation

Many of us use our smartphones more than we’d like, but if you thought being in a constant state of stress was the main danger of these devices, we have some bad news for you. An investigation carried out by the Chicago Tribune found that the radiofrequency radiation that is emitted by several popular smartphones, including several models of Apple’s iPhone, exceeded the legal limits put in place by the FCC.

The report was carried out using accredited lab tests designed to mimic human tissue. In addition to the iPhones, they also tested phone models from Motorola and Samsung.

The FCC’s current radiation standards for cell phones have a limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram when averaged over 1 gram of tissue. Nearly all of the phones that were tested by the Tribune were well over that amount at 2 millimeters – which is approximately the distance that a person’s phone would be situated away from their body while placed inside their pocket.

Nov 12 02:48

FORENSIC EVIDENCE: How Voting Software STOLE the Presidency for Biden

The Presidential Election held in the United States on November 3 was literally STOLEN by computer software deigned to do exactly that. We have the forensic evidence and the manufacturer's actual software PROVING these facts.

What you are seeing in all of this, is deliberate criminal theft of a US Presidential election.

There is more. Much more. It will be published.

The mass-media outlets ALL have access to this same info, but NOT ONE is yet reporting it. ABC, NBC, CBS, they all have this. CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX NEWS, they ALL have it. Not one report.

The mass media is concealing this election fraud.

Nov 11 12:23

Raspberry Pi 400: the $70 desktop PC

"Raspberry Pi 400: a complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard." (Cool!)

Nov 11 09:46

Inside the new Mac mini: Does Apple's M1 architecture really leave Intel behind?

The new M1 Mac mini is... hmm. It's not a slam dunk, but neither is it a complete WTF. It's ready enough for prime time for some tasks, and carries the Apple Silicon question mark for other tasks. It's worth buying, but not for everyone or every workload.

No, we're not talking about the money supply or a tank (other common uses of "M1"). Instead, our subject is the new CPU Apple introduced at this week's Apple Event. The M1 is an all-Apple design based on their mobile chips and the Arm architecture. And, yeah, it has potential.

With high-performance and efficiency workload cores, with a deep commitment to on-silicon machine learning, and with an onboard GPU that shows some potential, this could be an architecture that leaves Intel behind.

Nov 10 07:45

New Developments: Hammer And Scorecard, The Plot To Steal The Presidency

What is Hammer and Scorecard?

In the tense aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, there are massive amounts of information circling around. One of the hot topics that people are talking about is the ‘Hammer and Scorecard’ software. What is this software? Where did it come from and why is it important?

Dennis Montgomery a former CIA/DOD/DHS/NSA/FBI contractor turned whistleblower designed and built the software called “The Hammer.” According to an article by The American Report in 2019, this software was designed as a “foreign surveillance tool” with many safeguards in place in order to prevent it from being used as a domestic spy tool. However, the “whistleblower tapes” leaked in 2015 cover 47 leaked hard drives and testimony that reveal this software was in fact used to spy and surveille U.S. citizens, namely President Donald Trump a “zillion times.”

Nov 10 07:44

Sweden Halts 5G Auction After Court Allows Huawei to Build 5G Network

While a report estimated the maximum price tag to totally exclude Huawei at $4 billion, Swedish Digitalisation Minister Anders Ygeman argued that the cost of building the 5G network on an uncertain basis would be significantly higher.

Following a ruling by a Swedish administrative court to allow Chinese firm Huawei to participate in the expansion of the country's 5G network, Swedish telecoms regulator PTS halted the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions.

Earlier on Monday, the administrative court of Stockholm temporarily lifted the ban on the Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE to participate in the expansion of the 5G network in Sweden, which Swedish Radio reporter Sven Carlsson described as a "partial victory" for Huawei.

Nov 09 10:56

Windows 10: Microsoft starts forcing Windows 10 1903 PCs up to version 1909, not 20H2

With support for Windows 10 version 1903 coming to an end on December 8, Microsoft has started pushing 1903 users to Windows 10 version 1909.

As reported by Neowin, Microsoft is taking the unusual step of automatically upgrading users on version 1903 to 1909, rather than to the latest version of Windows 10, the October 2020 Update (20H2), or even its predecessor, Windows 10 2004.

Nov 08 22:50

These Smart Contact Lenses Overlay Info Without Obscuring Your View

The lenses use a tiny projector to send information to your retinas. The one the company demonstrated last year had a stunning 14,000 pixel-per-inch resolution and measured a total of .5 mm across.

Nov 08 17:58

Developing: Nancy Pelosi’s Chief of Staff Is Chief Executive and Feinstein’s Husband a Major Shareholder at Dominion Ballot Counting Systems

Maria Bartiromo: I’ve also seen reports that Nancy Pelosi’s longtime Chief of Staff is a key executive of that company. Richard Bloom, Senator Feinstein’s husband is a significant shareholder of this company.

Nov 07 14:32

Facebook bans “Stop the Steal” page with 350,000 followers trying to expose election fraud

A Facebook group with more than 350,000 members that existed to protect America’s elections against fraud was removed and banned by Facebook the other day for allegedly spreading “misinformation.”

Created by Women for America First, “Stop the Steal” was established in response to the many reports of voter fraud coming out of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, and a number of other far-left urban centers in highly contested swing states.

Founder Amy Kremer tweeted that Facebook removed the group less than 24 hours after it was created for supposedly affecting “real-world events” in an unapproved way.

Nov 07 10:12

Twitter Censors Pres. Trump's Tweets On Democrats' 'Illegal' Voting Shenanigans

Twitter on Saturday censored all of President Trump's tweets speaking out against Democrats' blocking GOP poll watchers and warning that "illegal" and "bad things" took place behind the scenes.

Nov 07 09:16

Rahm Emanuel: Biden White House Should Tell Laid-Off Retail Workers to Learn to Code

Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Friday on ABC that a Biden White House should tell folks laid off from retail stores like JC Penney to learn to code.

Nov 05 14:50

The COMPLETE OPPOSITE of a MacBook - System 76 Oryx Pro


"The Apple of the Linux world". -- Anthony Young, presenter of the video.

Nov 05 13:21

Privacy-focused Brave browser grew over 130% in the past year

Brave Browser, the privacy-focused web browser, announced today that it grew in usage by over 130% in its first year of the release of its 'Stable' version.

On November 13th, 2019, Brave Browser released its first Stable version after it had already accumulated 8.7 million monthly active users (MAU) and 3 million daily active users (DAU) during its Beta period.

Over the past year, Brave Browser saw an incredible 130% growth to reach 20.5 million monthly active users (MAU) and 8.7 daily active users (DAU) as of November 2020.

Nov 05 13:20

Windows 7 won't die, still second most popular operating system

The data analysts firm NetMarketShare revealed that Windows 10 has seen another uptake in users and it went up to 64.04% from 61.26% last month. Linux (multiple distros) went from 1.14% to 1.65% and Ubuntu now holds a market share of 0.51%

The market share of Windows 7 has also dropped, but many users are still actively using outdated Windows 7, which could be due to its huge number of enterprise users.

According to NetMarketShare, Windows 7 saw a drop from 22.77% to 20.41% last month. The report shows that 20.41% of desktops still use Windows 7. Even worse, some are still using Windows XP, according to the report.

Nov 04 12:04

US Cyber Command, NSA Undertook Ops Against Iran Prior to US Election - Report

The head of US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and the National Security Agency (NSA) told reporters Tuesday the US had carried out cyber ops against Iran to ensure it did not interfere with the US elections.

US Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both CYBERCOM and the NSA, told reporters Tuesday he was “very confident in actions” taken against Iran “over the past several weeks and the past several months to make sure that they’re not going to interfere in our elections,” the Washington Post reported.

However, the cyber chief gave no specific information about the operations.

Nakasone said that while they were watching for interference in the US election, “I just don’t see the levels that we had seen” in 2018. During that election, too, the wild claims about planned interference by Russia failed to materialize, leaving the media strangely silent during the November day of decision.

Nov 04 11:11

Yahoo Mail reads all outgoing mail, blocks messages that contain “misleading” info

Ben Garrison from GrrrGraphics.com wrote a piece for Zero Hedge all about what he encountered when trying to send an email about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to a friend in Germany. Because Garrison questioned the official narrative about the plandemic, his email was kicked back to him as “undeliverable.”

“For many years I traded occasional emails about classical music and culture with him,” Garrison writes. “This time I typed an email concerning the corona virus and I expressed some doubt about what our ‘authorities’ had been asserting.”

“I sent the email and a few minutes later it got kicked back to me by Yahoo,” he adds. “They said my mail had been censored for spreading ‘misinformation.’ That’s hard core censorship. It was as if the Post Office had opened my private mail, and returned it as undeliverable because the post master didn’t agree with my opinion.”

Nov 04 11:09

Spike in Emotet activity could mean big payday for ransomware gangs

There's been a massive increase in Emotet attacks and cyber criminals take advantage of machines compromised by the malware as to launch more malware infections as well as ransomware campaigns.

The October 2020 HP-Bromium Threat Insights Report reports a 1,200 per cent increase in Emotet detections from July to September compared to the previous three months in which deployment of the malware appeared to decline.

Since emerging in 2018, Emotet regularly sees surges in actively then seemingly disappears only to come back again, something which researchers suggest is going to continue well into 2021.

Emotet often gains a foothold into networks via phishing emails and those behind it have been seen to use thread hijacking in an effort to make the emails look more legitimate – people are more likely to download an attachment if it looks to come from a colleague or someone else they know.

Nov 04 09:05

Censorship? BitChute deplatformed on Election Day

The independent BitChute video streaming platform was taken offline by its hosting service this morning, leaving behind no content other than an ominous “Error 525” message.

While BitChute access appears to have been restored as of this writing, at least partially, users earlier in the day were unable to find any of the independent content that used to be there, and very little is known at this point about what happened.

Interestingly, BitChute has long branded itself as avoiding the types of corporate web hosting platforms that engage in what some are speculating to be a form of political censorship. So was this all just a fluke?

Nov 03 15:59

BitChute Deplatformed On Election Day As Big Tech Move to Silence All Opposition

The rapidly-expanding YouTube alternative BitChute, which has been surging in popularity as a result of YouTube banishing nearly all right-wing dissidents off their platform ahead of the election, has been kicked offline on election day.

Nov 03 14:24

Street lamps that wirelessly charge phones installed in central China

Street lamps that can wirelessly charge phones have been installed on the streets of Wuhan in central China.

In the video, a smartphone was put on a lamp and started charging.

According to a worker from the local construction bureau, more than 60 lamps which can be used as a wireless charging stations have been installed. The lamps can also monitor pedestrian flow and alarm.

Nov 03 11:58

Twitter and Google's head of A.I. just backed a new VC fund — here's why

LONDON – A 32-year-old venture capitalist’s new fund has caught the eye of Twitter, Google execs and the billionaire founder of Clash of Clans maker Supercell.

Nathan Benaich, founder and general partner of boutique VC firm Air Street Capital, announced last week that he has raised a new $17 million fund from a host of big names to invest in start-ups in the U.S. and Europe that have artificial intelligence at their core.

But who is this investor and why are people in Silicon Valley and beyond so keen to back him?

Benaich has straddled the worlds of venture capital and artificial intelligence for almost a decade. Unlike many VCs, he is known for having a firm grasp on the latest developments in AI and which companies are behind them.

Nov 03 06:45

It's an urgent plea this Election Eve: Don't click on ransomware disguised as political ads

With the election looming, businesses need to be more diligent than ever to keep unsuspecting employees from being led into a phishing attack through election-themed social media content.

Even after the election, there's a huge risk for the enterprise as this new evolving threat landscape threatens businesses as employees are hungry for news on election results and updates. Fortunately, there are steps that businesses can take to protect themselves, and their employees.

Nov 02 13:49

Sender of False DMCA Takedown Notices Ordered to Pay £370K in Damages

An individual who filed false copyright complaints with platforms including Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram in order to damage a rival's business has been heavily punished by a court. In a default judgment handed down this week, the defendant was ordered to pay almost $370k for abusing the DMCA.

Court DamagesEvery day millions of DMCA takedown notices are sent to major online platforms including Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The aim is to remove content that infringes third-party copyrights and the majority succeed in that goal. However, some people see the takedown provisions of the DMCA either as a tool for censorship or one to be abused in order to seize an advantage over a competitor or rival.

Nov 02 08:15

SpaceX's Starlink internet public beta is giving some users blistering download speeds of more than 160 Mbps, including in rural Montana

November 2,2020 09:05 ET
SpaceX tried to lower expectations when it launched its Starlink satellite internet beta on October 26 — but some users say they're already hitting download speeds of more than 160 megabits per second, which is faster than 95% of US connections, according to speed test provider Ookla.

One West-Coast user posted a screenshot of their 161 Mbps speed test to the Starlink Reddit community, and is one of many to share their speed in recent days.

Another user, in rural Montana, said their download speed was 174 Mbps, and that their upload speed was 33 Mbps. "Starlink will forever change the game," they said.

Nov 02 08:06

The Raspberry Pi 400 is the extra PC you never knew you needed

The Raspberry Foundation has been making affordable personal computers for years. The Raspberry Pi devices started at just $35, offering tinkerers a cheap PC that could be used for various DIY projects. But the Pi computers evolved tremendously in the past few years, becoming even more user friendly in the process. The Raspberry Pi 4 isn’t just a lot more powerful than the former generations; it also comes in ready to use packages that anyone can turn into fully working PCs ready to support basic productivity apps, internet browsing, and media playback. Add to that the whole 2020 coronavirus pandemic factor, and the Raspberry Pi might be exactly the kind of additional computer for the home in a year where more people have to work or study from home.

Nov 02 07:03

National Security Threat: Hunter's Laptop Had Sensitive Info And Only This Stupid Password

The British Mail Newspaper on Sunday revealed that the son of the man expected by many to be America's next President abandoned a laptop containing a treasure trove of top-secret material, including his father's private emails and mobile phone numbers.

In an astonishing lapse, Hunter Biden chose to protect his MacBook Pro computer – crammed with what an IT expert last night described as a 'national security nightmare' and 'classic blackmail material' – with a single, simple password: Hunter02.

Its existence was revealed by the New York Post last month, but the staggering scale and sensitivity of its contents – easily accessible to a hacker with a modicum of skill – is only revealed for the first time today.

Nov 01 08:12

Hunter Biden has a second laptop seized by the authorities following raid on office of celebrity psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow

A second laptop owned by Hunter Biden was seized by the U.S. government, it emerged on Friday - adding another layer of intrigue to an already complex case.

Biden's first laptop was handed over to the FBI in 2019 from a repair shop in Delaware, near the home of his father Joe. The owner has said he was suspicious about the contents, without elaborating.

That laptop has become the source of much speculation regarding his business dealings, and whether his father was involved and profiting.

Nov 01 07:55

EXCLUSIVE: National security nightmare of Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop containing phone numbers for the Clintons, Secret Service officers and most of the Obama cabinet plus his sex and drug addictions - all secured by the password Hunter02

The son of the man expected by many to be America's next President abandoned a laptop containing a treasure trove of top-secret material, including his father's private emails and mobile phone numbers, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In an astonishing lapse, Hunter Biden chose to protect his MacBook Pro computer – crammed with what an IT expert last night described as a 'national security nightmare' and 'classic blackmail material' – with a single, simple password: Hunter02.

Remarkably, the 50-year-old businessman and self-confessed drug addict took the machine to a back-street IT store in Delaware in April 2019 to get it repaired – yet never returned to collect it.

Oct 30 12:31

Election Larceny: Trump Campaign Hack Was Ruse For Elaborate Scheme, This Much Stolen

The Wisconsin Republican Party reported that hackers stole $2.3million from the party’s account which was being used to help President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt told the Associated Press on Thursday that the party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and proceeded to contact the FBI immediately the following day.

The attack was discovered less than two weeks before Election Day as both President Trump and Joe Biden made their final push to win Wisconsin and its 10 monumental electoral votes.

In 2016, Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes and planned his third visit in seven days on Friday.

Oct 30 09:12

Mailchimp Issues New Terms of Service Banning All ‘Misleading’ Content ‘in Their Sole Discretion’

The popular email service, Mailchimp has released new terms of service that call for the banning of any “misleading” content “in their sole discretion,” particularly when it pertains to narratives not approved by the official media.

“We’ve updated our language to further clarify our Rules (Section 17 of STOU), which state that Mailchimp does not allow the distribution of Content that is, in our sole discretion, materially false, inaccurate, or misleading in a way that could deceive or confuse others about important events, topics, or circumstances,” the new terms of service read.

Oct 30 09:07

Big Tech now censoring all posts that question face coverings

At the request of Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the three major tech platforms – Facebook, Google and Twitter – will now be censoring all posts and content that questions the safety and effectiveness of the almighty face mask.

A full-fledged believer in the power of face masks to cure the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), Duckworth wants Big Tech to “counter domestic disinformation that spreads the dangerous lies such as ‘masks don’t work’” by preventing it from being shared online.

In other words, face masks are so safe and effective, according to Duckworth, that people cannot be allowed to express any free speech to the contrary because it might deter people from putting their faith in the religion of COVID-19.

Oct 30 07:22

EXCLUSIVE: NY Post’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Hunter Biden Email 100% Authentic, Forensic Analysis Concludes

An email Hunter Biden received in April 2015 from a Burisma executive discussing an introduction to then-Vice President Joe Biden, which lies at the heart of a New York Post investigation, is unquestionably authentic, a cybersecurity expert told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday.

The DCNF obtained a full copy of Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday. The DCNF provided Robert Graham, the founder of the cybersecurity firm Errata Security, with a copy of the email and its metadata for forensic analysis.

Oct 29 08:45

Blackmail Or Meddling: Trump's Twitter Hacked By These People, Or Was It Something Else?

Donald Trump’s campaign website was briefly gripped by hackers Tuesday who claimed to have evidence that "completely discredits" him as a president and proves his "criminal involvement" in the manipulation of the 2020 election.

A message reading, "this site was seized" appeared briefly on the "About" and "Events" pages of DonaldJTrump.com, before the website was brought down completely just after 7:20pm.

Oct 29 08:37

NSA Reportedly ‘Stonewalls’ Questions About 'Back-Door’ Encryption in Tech Products

According to disclosures by former contractor Edward Snowden, the US National Security Agency has pursued various routes to access tech equipment, sometimes via commercial deals inducing companies to insert back-door encryption, and in other cases by ‘manipulating standards’ so firms unknowingly adopt software the agency experts can break.

The US National Security Agency is reportedly stonewalling attempts by a leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate whether it is continuing the controversial practice of installing "back doors" into commercial technology products, reports Reuters.

The back-door encryption has been touted by the NSA as a means of scanning large amounts of traffic without the hassle of a warrant and, accordingly, making it easier to gather vital intelligence, including interception of terrorist communications.

Oct 29 06:23

Microsoft now has control over a global botnet system that can be used to disrupt elections and target pro-Trump sites with DDoS attacks

Instead of working to dismantle one of the world’s largest botnets, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia granted Microsoft full control over the Trickbot botnet. Trickbot is a special kind of malware that gleans financial and personal data from unsuspecting recipients. Hackers use Trickbot to install malicious software onto infected systems. This network of botnet computers, now in the possession of Microsoft, is one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. The Trickbot has at least one million infected computers in its reach and another two million could be covertly infected in its network. According to cybersecurity experts, there are 19 identified Trickbot command and control servers that are currently active around the world.

Oct 29 05:52

VERIZON ADMITS 5G IS MORE ABOUT AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND “SMART CITIES” THAN SPEED - EXPERTS WARN ALL ARE UNSAFE

Experts continue to warn that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are NOT safe (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). There have been multiple reports about Teslas crashing and/or catching fire. Telsa owners have reported additional life-threatening situations as well.

In regard to 5G, the majority of scientists oppose deployment until there are studies that show it’s safe. Doctors and scientists have asked for moratoriums on Earth and in space (see 1, 2). American opposition includes federal agencies and other credible experts who warn 5G threatens jobs, national security, public safety, and weather forecasting accuracy (see 1, 2, 3, 4). French telecom employees want to stop 5G deployment due to health and economic concerns. Cities AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit 5G installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums on deployment.

Oct 29 05:14

FBI warns of "imminent" ransomware attacks on hospital systems

Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking.

In a joint alert Wednesday, the FBI and two federal agencies warned that they had "credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers." The alert said malicious groups are targeting the sector with attacks that produce "data theft and disruption of healthcare services."

The cyberattacks involve ransomware, which scrambles data into gibberish that can only be unlocked with software keys provided once targets pay up. Independent security experts say it has already hobbled at least five U.S. hospitals this week and could impact hundreds more.

Oct 28 10:15

SpaceX Reveals Monthly Cost Of Starlink Internet In Its ‘Better Than Nothing Beta’

The pricing for SpaceX’s Starlink beta service in the U.S. appears to have been revealed, after potential users received emails inviting them to sign up to the service.

According to an email posted on Reddit, and confirmed by CNBC, Elon Musk's company will charge users $99 a month initially to use its Starlink service. They will also need to pay $499 for a small satellite dish, mounting tripod, and router from the company.

Oct 28 10:10

Calculator Hacked for Cheating Includes a Secret OLED Screen, Wifi, and Even a Chat Function

To discourage cheating, high schools and colleges limit what gadgets can be brought into an exam, and they require students to use very basic calculators if math is involved. But that doesn’t mean cheating is impossible, it just requires considerably more effort, like upgrading a dumb Casio calculator with a secret screen, wifi, and even messaging functionality.

YouTube’s Neutrino realized that the small solar panel that helped power his Casio fx-991MS scientific calculator was roughly the same size as a tiny OLED display, which looked more or less like a solar cell while it was powered off. But instead of just cracking open the device to upgrade it with a second screen, they took the hack several steps further, adding an ESP8266 wifi module and a rechargeable battery without modifying the physical appearance of the Casio itself.

Oct 28 09:45

THE BORDER PATROL IS MONITORING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CELLPHONES INSIDE THEIR HOMES

The Feds are using the pandemic as an excuse to ID and track millions of innocent American's cellphones inside their homes.

This past August, a Motherboard article revealed the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had signed a $476,000 contract with Venntel, a cellphone data mining corporation.

Motherboard went on to explain why the Feds signing a contract with Venntel is so troubling.
"The news highlights how law enforcement agencies continue to buy data that may in some cases require a warrant or court order to obtain."
What Motherboard is saying is that the CBP is using Venntel to monitor American's cellphones without a warrant.

"This new contract raises even more concerns about the cozy and ongoing relationship between the federal government and these data brokers, which operate in the shadows and can amass mountains of sensitive personal data without any restrictions," Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said.

Oct 28 09:36

New Windows 10 update permanently removes Adobe Flash

Microsoft has released a Windows update that removes Adobe's Flash Player before it reaches end of support on December 31, 2020.

Update KB4577586 is part of Microsoft's effort to follow through with plans it announced along with Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Mozilla in 2017 to end support for Flash by December 2020.

The Flash-removing update is available for all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server, as well as Windows 8.1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I liked FLASH. I used it to animate fake computer displays for TV shows like LOST, Off The Map, etc.

Oct 28 09:06

Internet “kill switch” activated by Twitter on ALL TOPICS related to the election

After getting caught censoring HunterGate while propping up the Rudy Giuliani Borat prank, Twitter has decided that the easiest way to deal with any more uncomfortable news about the Biden Crime Family is to simply flip the kill switch on all topics related to Election Day.

In an announcement, a Twitter spokesperson explained that it will now be showing all users from the United States special “prompts” pertaining to “topics that are likely to be subject of election misinformation” – meaning anything that could hurt Biden’s chances of winning.

“We’re guessing it can include literally anything that would be detrimental to Democratic nominee Joe Biden, while negative press and conspiracies about President Trump are allowed to run amok at will,” is Zero Hedge‘s take.

Oct 28 09:02

Facebook and Twitter continue to completely blacklist all links from NaturalNews.com or Brighteon.com, waging a war on independent platforms that support Trump

As we approach the most critical election in the history of this nation, we remind everyone that both Facebook and Twitter have, for at least the last six months, completely blacklisted the sharing of any links from NaturalNews.com or Brighteon.com, the free speech video platform.

This means that even people who wish to share important news stories or videos from these two sites are unable to do so on Facebook or Twitter. Google has also blacklisted both domains from nearly all search results.

Through this malicious censorship, Zuckerberg and Dorsey are deciding what the American people are allowed to see and share, and they are targeting pro-Trump, pro-America free speech sites for their most aggressive censorship tactics, utterly stripping away the basic human right of freedom of speech.

Oct 28 05:15

NEW REVELATIONS SHED LIGHT ON BRITISH HAND BEHIND FIVE EYES

In recent weeks, a fascinating confluence of events has increasingly moved to shed light on various aspects of the British hand running the Five Eyes Global intelligence apparatus spread across the Trans Atlantic.

In Luxembourg, the Court of Justice took a stand against Britain’s GCHQ’s practices of mass surveillance and bulk data collection on October 6 deeming it a “serious threat to national security”. Legal Director Carline Wilson Palow stated: “Today’s judgment reinforces the rule of law in the EU. In these turbulent times, it serves as a reminder that no government should be above the law. Democratic societies must place limits and controls on the surveillance powers of our police and intelligence agencies.”

Only weeks earlier, the U.S. National Security Agency and British Intelligence were both revealed to have been illegally tapping into the strategic Danish communications hub for decades (Denmark is a strategic control point for all European and Eurasian communications).

Oct 27 13:05

Black Cube CEO suspected of running crime organization. Revealed: The Romania interrogation

At the beginning of April 2016, two employees of Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube were arrested in a raid on the Bucharest Marriot by members of Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism.

The two - David Geclowicz and Ron Weiner - were caught with computers used hours prior to hack into the computers of family members and other confidants of Romania’s Laura Codruta Kovesi, then a state prosecutor heading the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), charged with leading the country’s anti-corruption efforts.

Oct 27 11:32

New Chrome 0-day Under Active Attacks – Update Your Browser Now

Google released Chrome version 86.0.4240.111 today to patch several security high-severity issues, including a zero-day vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild by attackers to hijack targeted computers.

Tracked as CVE-2020-15999, the actively exploited vulnerability is a type of memory-corruption flaw called heap buffer overflow in Freetype, a popular open source software development library for rendering fonts that comes packaged with Chrome.

Oct 27 11:09

Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network

Oculus users, already fuming at Facebook chaining their VR headsets to their Facebook accounts, have been warned they could lose all their Oculus purchases and account information in future if they ever delete their profile on the social network.

The rule is a further binding of the gaming company that Facebook bought in 2014 to the mothership, and comes just two months after Facebook decided all new Oculus users require Facebook accounts to use their VR gizmos, and all current Oculus users will need a Facebook account by 2023. Failure to do so may cause apps installed on the headsets to no longer work as expected.

The decision to cement together what many users see as largely unrelated activities – playing video games and social media posts – has led to a wave of anger among Oculus users, and a renewed online effort to jailbreak new Oculus headgear to bypass Facebook’s growing restrictions.

Oct 27 09:34

Hacker steals $24 million from cryptocurrency service 'Harvest Finance'

A hacker has stolen roughly $24 million worth of cryptocurrency assets from decentralized finance (DeFi) service Harvest Finance, a web portal that lets users invest cryptocurrencies and then farm the price variations for small profit yields.

The hack took place earlier today and was almost immediately confirmed by Harvest Finance administrators in messages posted on the company's Twitter account and Discord channel.

According to these messages, a hacker invested large quantities of cryptocurrency assets in its service and then used a cryptographic exploit to siphon the platform's funds to their own wallets.

In total, the hacker stole $13 million worth of USD Coin (USDC) and $11 million worth of Tether (USDT), according to a transaction ID singled out by Harvest Finance administrators in a subsequent post-mortem investigation.

Oct 27 09:34

Adware found in 21 Android apps with more than 7 million downloads

Google has removed 15 of 21 Android applications from the official Play Store over the weekend following a report from Czech antivirus maker Avast.

The security firm said the apps were infected with a type of malware known as HiddenAds.

Discovered in 2019, this Android adware strain operates by showing excessive and intrusive ads and by opening mobile browsers on ad-heavy or promotional pages.

In a report published today, Avast malware analyst Jakub Vávra said the apps mimicked popular games, and the criminal group behind this operation relied on social media ads and marketing to draw users to their Play Store pages.

Once users installed any of these apps, the HiddenAds malware would hide the app's icon (to make it difficult for users to delete the app in the future) and then start bombarding users with ads.

Oct 27 09:32

Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off

The unique conditions of 2020 mean businesses are more reliant on being digitally connected than ever before. Cyber criminals know this, which is why ransomware attacks have become even more pervasive – and effective during the course of this year.

Hackers are breaking into networks of organisations ranging from tech companies to local governments and almost every other sector; encrypting servers, services and files with ransomware before demanding a bitcoin ransom that can be measured in hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Part of the reason for the upswing in successful ransomware attacks is the huge growth of remote working as a result of the pandemic.

Oct 26 09:10

Microsoft will forcibly open some websites in Edge instead of Internet Explorer

Big changes are coming to Internet Explorer.

Starting next month, users trying to access certain websites will see IE refuse to load the URL and automatically open the site in Edge instead.

This forced IE-to-Edge behavior is part of Microsoft's Internet Explorer deprecation plans.

Microsoft has been gradually rolling out the feature for testing purposes for some Windows users since the release of Edge 84 this summer.

However, with the release of Edge 87, scheduled for next month, Microsoft plans to enable the forced IE-to-Edge action for all IE users.

Oct 26 08:03

GERMANY IS ON THE BRINK OF MODIFYING IT’S CONSTITUTION, TO ALLOW ALL 19 SECRET SERVICES TO HACK ANYONE AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASONS, SECRETLY

The federal government has just decided to allow all 19 secret services to use state Trojans. The cabinet has adopted the draft law to adapt the constitutional protection law, which brings it to the Bundestag.

Oct 26 05:06

Beyond Parody: CNN Warns Conservatives Are Seeking to 'Discredit' Facebook & Big Tech Ahead Of Election

Big Tech seizing control of our entire election apparatus, banning right-wing dissidents en masse, rigging search results, giving billions-worth of in-kind contributions to Democrats and tens of millions directly to get-out-the-vote campaigns in Democratic strongholds, and censoring news stories to protect Joe Biden and help defeat Donald Trump is nothing to worry about -- the real threat is conservatives complaining about it online!

Oct 25 10:39

How to Clean Up Your Digital History

ONCE YOU POST something to the internet, it's there forever unless you take steps to remove it (and even then, you may not be successful.) While keeping your digital history around in perpetuity can have its advantages—digging out those tax emails from 2006, looking back on vacations from half a decade ago—it's also worth keeping some parts of our online trails as short as we can.

First, it means nothing from our past can come back and embarrass us. Second, it makes it harder for advertising companies to keep track of what we're up to online. And third (in the case of files and emails at least), it frees up space for new stuff.

If you've decided that you'd rather not have decades worth of tweets and emails hanging around, there are ways to put limits on your digital baggage. Note this is slightly different to stopping sites and networks from tracking you as you make your way around the web, though the two are definitely linked.

Oct 25 10:22

Texting scams are on the rise: report

Scammers are getting serious about texting.

Over the past few months, cybercriminals have launched a large-scale “smishing” (SMS-based phishing) campaign, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows.

In the samples analyzed by Digital Shadows, the scammers masqueraded as major brands including Amazon, USPS, FedEx, Cash App, Netflix, as well as adult entertainment services, unnamed delivery services and payment card or financial services. The SMS messages primarily originated from spoofed U.S. numbers, including 917, 765, 646, 470, 347 or 332 area codes.

Oct 25 07:00

US sanctions Russian CHEMICAL research institute, saying it’s ‘connected’ to Triton computer malware used in foreign cyber attacks

A Moscow research institute involved in developing high-tech S-300 air defense missiles has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department over alleged “connections” to malware used “against US partners in the Middle East.”

The Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM, or ??????) is “connected to the destructive Triton malware,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared on Friday, accusing it of “building customized tools that enabled” the cyber-attack on “a petrochemical facility in the Middle East” that allegedly took place in August 2017.

Oct 25 06:48

Researchers develop new way to detect strokes with iPhone

A group of researchers has created a new way to use Apple's iPhone, the latest iteration of which is now for sale, to diagnose strokes.

Scientists at Penn State University have teamed up with Houston Methodist Hospital to identify the debilitating medical episodes based on abnormalities in a person's speech and facial movements detectable with the iconic smartphone.

Oct 25 06:01

VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT ALLOWS POLICE TO USE LICENSE PLATE READERS AS MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO TRACK DRIVERS

In a blow to privacy that extends the government’s authority to create a web of surveillance, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that state and local police are free to use Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to collect data about the travel and movement of persons throughout the state. Denouncing the fact that Americans cannot even drive their cars without being tracked by the government, The Rutherford Institute had asked the Court to rule in Fairfax County Police Department v. Neal that the use of ALPRs violated a Virginia law restricting government collection of personal information. Mounted next to traffic lights or on police cars, ALPRs photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database.

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