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Dec 14 09:11

Uber Employees Use Customer Logs to Track Individuals without Consent

While Uber is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to hail a cab, it’s not the safest place if you’d like to preserve your privacy.

Dec 14 08:09

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

“We released an update on December 13 that will automatically install and resolve connectivity difficulties reported by some customers," a Microsoft spokeswoman told The Register.

"To receive the update, customers may need to first restart their PCs by selecting Start on the taskbar, clicking the Power button, and choosing Restart (not Shut down). Additional guidance can be found on our support forum here."

As we were just about to publish this article, Microsoft updated its website to confirm KB3206632 is the patch you need to install to cure the networking connectivity headache, provided you follow the above steps. So, after some not-so-gentle persuasion by El Reg this week, there's finally a solution in sight: get KB3206632.

Dec 13 14:43

70% Of London Open To Hackers And Cyber Attacks

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that almost 70% of London boroughs are wide open to security breaches.

London councils are ill-prepared to deal with hacks and cyber attacks as it has emerged that 69% are using outdated software, including Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005, and Windows Server 2000.

Dec 13 12:13

Retired officer rejects hack theory: Trump win gives Russia 'no upside'

A retired Army intelligence officer on Monday dismissed the idea that Russia was working to ensure Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, and said that theory makes no sense because Russia doesn't gain anything from a Trump victory.

"The Russians would not benefit from a President Trump," said retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, on WMAL radio Monday. "There's no upside for a President Trump in the Russian influence in the world."

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Dec 13 12:10

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence” when it has the capability for hard evidence, say U.S. intelligence veterans.

Dec 13 11:33

Turn off NetGear router - it could put you at risk of being HACKED

Users of one of the world's most popular internet router products have been warned to ditch their router after warnings it may be leaving them open to a cyber attack.

Security experts have warned that certain Netgear routers have a major vulnerability that could leave users open to being hacked.

Now Netgear has been left scrabbling to release a fix to the issue as quickly as possible.

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The flaw would allow attackers to gain access to a user's network by inserting malicious code onto the router itself.

This code would most likely try and trick the victim into clicking on a link that directs them to a malicious website.

However doing so could allow hackers to gain control over the router, which would then let them see all the content being processed - possibly including information such as log in details, email addresses and card numbers.

Dec 13 11:25

Trump’s Showdown With the CIA

The American public have become more attuned to how the Deep State operates through its fake news media conduits in order to propagandize and manage perception. US President-elect Donald Trump rubbished the Central Intelligence Agency as “ridiculous” for making claims that Russian hackers helped get him elected.

Over the last week, the spy agency was quoted by both the Washington Post and New York Times as having informed anonymous government officials that there was “high confidence” that Russian-sponsored hackers had interfered in the US presidential election in favor of Trump over his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

Dec 13 10:48

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA SHOULD PREPARE TO BECOME TARGETS OF COVERT CYBER WARFARE

The United States Senate pulled a fast one. On December 8, it passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act was added to the authorization bill.

Dec 13 09:14

PwC sends 'cease and desist' letters to researchers who found critical flaw

A security research firm has released details of a "critical" flaw in a security tool, despite being threatened with legal threats.

Munich-based ESNC published a security advisory last week detailing how a remotely exploitable bug in a security tool, developed by auditing and tax giant PwC, could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access to an affected SAP system.

The advisory said that an attacker could "manipulate accounting documents and financial results, bypass change management controls, and bypass segregation of duties restrictions," which could result in "fraud, theft or manipulation of sensitive data," as well as the "unauthorized payment transactions and transfer of money."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, security researchers find a flaw that allows people to make unauthorized transfers of money and instead of fixing the flaw the makers of the software send legal threats?

Did someone WANT to make unauthorized transfers of money?!?

Dec 13 08:08

University Police Departments Use “Secret” Cell Phone Detectors To Spy On Students And Faculty

By MassPrivateI

A recent article in the News Gazette, reveals how the University of Illinois police tracked a stolen cell phone to a specific classroom.

How did the police, track a stolen cell phone to a specific classroom, you ask?

Police across the country are using cell phone detectors, like the “Wolfhound-PRO” or the “PocketHound” that can track cell phones from 150 feet away indoors and up to one mile outdoors (line-of-sight)...

Dec 12 20:16

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

I had a call from a Guardian journalist this afternoon. The astonishing result was that for three hours, an article was accessible through the Guardian front page which actually included the truth among the CIA hype:

The Kremlin has rejected the hacking accusations, while the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has previously said the DNC leaks were not linked to Russia. A second senior official cited by the Washington Post conceded that intelligence agencies did not have specific proof that the Kremlin was “directing” the hackers, who were said to be one step removed from the Russian government.

Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who is a close associate of Assange, called the CIA claims “bullshit”, adding: “They are absolutely making it up.”

“I know who leaked them,” Murray said. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.

Dec 12 17:29

Twitter Drops Ban Against White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer

Twitter has reinstated the account of white nationalist and leader of the so-called ‘alt-right movement’ Richard Spencer, just under a month after allegedly cracking down on accounts identified for hateful content.

Spencer’s Twitter account was reactivated on Saturday and its verified status reinstated. Verification confirms users are who they say they are.

Dec 12 16:57

Facebook was accidentally reposting old photos and people are flipping out

Over the past several days, many Facebook users have been complaining that old photos and posts they published years ago are suddenly being reposted all on their own, creating a bit of panic over potentially hacked accounts.

The old posts, which don’t carry any of the original comments, likes, or shares that the original post had, appear as though they were just posted, complete with current timestamps. Because of this, they also appear in friends’ news feeds, leading to a whole bunch of confusion on the part of the user, who may have no idea why an old photo is suddenly popular again.

According to PCMag, Facebook has acknowledged the problem, meaning that it’s not hackers; it’s just Facebook being Facebook.

Dec 12 16:25

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

A broken software update for Windows 8 and 10 is knackering internet connectivity for users of several ISPs in the UK, Europe and quite likely beyond.

Virgin Media in Blighty is the latest provider to confirm the dodgy code is knocking a number of its customers offline. Proximus in Belgium also says a Windows 10 update is breaking network access.

The problem emerged last week, when BT and Plusnet in the UK admitted that computers running Microsoft's latest patches are losing network connectivity due to what appears to be a problem with their Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) clients.

Essentially, the PCs cannot automatically pick up their LAN-side IP address, router address and DNS settings from their broadband routers, causing them to drop off the internet and disappear from other devices on their network.

Dec 12 15:30

Intelligence Officer Who Personally Met the Democratic Email Leaker Confirms He Was with the American Intelligence Services … Not Russia

The former intelligence analyst, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and chancellor of the University of Dundee, Craig Murray, wrote yesterday:

As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians. As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two.

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I know who leaked them. I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.

In other words, Murray – a close friend of Julian Assange – says he knows for a fact that there were no hacks at all … instead, an American insider leaked the information to Wikileaks.

Dec 12 15:13

A “Soft Coup” Attempt: Furious Trump Slams “Secret” CIA Report Russia Helped Him Win

The Washington Post reports a secret anonymous CIA assessment claims Russia tried to help Trump win the election . The Post falsely claimed there is a consensus in the CIA while Lawmakers briefed on the report say there is no direct evidence of Russian involvement, the evidence is circumstantial and not all agents agreed on the assessment.

Dec 12 15:12

DHS Caught Hacking U.S. Election System

The U.S. DHS has been caught trying to hack Georgia’s election system after weeks of blaming Russia.

Dec 12 11:11

HEY HILLARY, IT WASN’T RUSSIA THAT HACKED YOU, IT WAS OUR OWN NSA [VIDEO]

Fox News’ Judge Napolitano weighed in on the misinformation that Hillary Clinton is spitting out about the DNC, John Podesta, Barack Obama and her own personal email hacks. The Judge lets Hillary know intermediately she is wrong. The hacks are coming from inside the USA and it appears that the from our very own National Security Agency.

Dec 12 09:36

The political fight behind Facebook and Google’s new terrorist content database

This week, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter announced a new database for images and videos that promote terrorism. The database, which is hosted by Facebook, is designed as a defense against propaganda videos and imagery by terrorist groups — a tactic ISIS has aggressively embraced. Flag a single image on a single service, and any of the participating companies will be able to find and remove copies, potentially erasing it from the most popular places on the web in a single stroke.

Dec 12 09:27

Homeland Security tied to attempted hack of Georgia's election database: Report

An attempted hack into Georgia's voter registration database was traced back to the Department of Homeland Security, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

A third-party security firm working for the state detected the unsuccessful breach and linked it to an IP address associated with DHS, the report said. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reportedly sent a letter to Homeland Security asking the department to confirm whether an attempt was made.

In his letter, The Wall Street Journal reported, Kemp asked the department to confirm whether a scan attempt was made, who authorized the scan and whether the department was scanning other state systems without authorization.

Dec 12 09:19

Amazon customers warned of scam email aimed at stealing bank card details

Cyber criminals have targeted Amazon customers with a “convincing” new phishing scam that aims to steal shoppers’ bank details.

A spoof email has been sent to thousands of people in the UK, US, and Australia saying their "Amazon.com order cannot be shipped" — just as a larger number of people than usual log on to the site to make purchases in the run-up to Christmas.

According to consumer rights groups, the message claims there is a problem processing the recipient's order, adding that they will not be able to access their Amazon account or place any other orders until they confirm their information by following a link

The link leads to an “authentic-looking” page, which asks the victim to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Dec 12 08:55

Yahoo smears competition, Gab!

Squeezed out of Twitter and other social media websites cracking down on hate speech, far-right activists are finding a home on a new platform that promises never to censor content.

Launched in August, Gab has become known as a safe haven for the "alt-right" movement dominated by the white supremacists who are helping fuel America's deepening polarization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Gab is not a haven for "white supremacists." It is a haven for those who favor free speech over censorship!

Dec 12 08:45

Former US Ambassador to the UN, Head of NSA’s Global Surveillance Program and British Ambassador Say DNC Hacks May Have Been By AMERICAN Insider

The NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”) – says that Russia probably would not have used a “known” hacking method to gather and then leak DNC emails to sway the election.

Instead – if it were Russia – they probably would have used a different, covert method, so people couldn’t see their fingerprints (like the U.S. did with the Stuxnet hack).

Dec 12 08:45

GOP lobbyist adds $5K to reward for info on murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich

Jack Burkman, a GOP lobbyist, added $5,000 to an existing reward Monday for information on the murder of former Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich.

Burkman previously offered a $100,000 reward in addition to a $25,000 offer from Metropolitan Police, according to PR Newschannel. In August, WikiLeaks offered it's own $20,000 reward for information on Rich's murder. The extra $5,000 brings the reward total to $150,000, which is the highest reward ever offered for a murder in Washington, D.C.

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The incident happened shortly before Wikileaks released emails which sparked the resignation of several party leaders on the eve of the Democratic Convention.

Dec 12 08:41

No, Julian Assange is NOT dead!

Julian Assange’s public disappearance shortly after the U.S. election prompted a wild internet frenzy igniting a number of viral rumors and conspiracy theories on social networks and online chat boards that Julian Assange had been captured and killed by the C.I.A..

Dec 12 08:18

DNC hack blamed on Russia may have been Obama’s false flag operation – former US ambassador Bolton

Speaking to Fox News’ Eric Shawn on Sunday, former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said “we have to know the facts here, and it’s not at all clear to me, just viewing this and from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the RNC (Republican National Committee) computers was not a false flag operation.”

Recalling what FBI director James Comey said regarding Hillary Clinton’s “home-brewed server,” Bolton noted that while the bureau found no direct evidence of that foreign intelligence services had breached the system, he hadn’t expected them to.

Bolton said this means that a “really sophisticated foreign intelligence service would not leave any cyber fingerprints, and yet people say they did leave fingerprints in the hacks regarding our election.”

“So the question has to be asked: Why did the Russians run their smart intelligence service against Hillary’s server, but their dumb intelligence service against the election?”

Dec 12 07:20

Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

The ransomware variant "Popcorn Time", unrelated to the popular Bittorrent client by the same name, first tells users they have a week in which to pay one one bitcoin (US$770) in order to have their files decrypted.

The menace, spotted by the MalwareHunter group, also offers victims the chance to infect two other users to avoid payment.

Friends are confirmed as having been infected using a referral link and must both pay the ransom for the first victim to receive their decryption key for free.

Dec 12 07:17

DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

Law enforcement bods at Europol have arrested 34 users of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack tools and interviewed and cautioned 101 suspects in a global crackdown.

Unsurprisingly, the users identified by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) were mainly young adults under the age of 20.

Dec 11 15:01

IT BEGINS: JAPAN STARTS TAGGING THE ELDERLY THAT HAVE DEMENTIA WITH QR CODES FOR INSTANT IDENTIFICATION

A JAPANESE CITY HAS INTRODUCED A NOVEL WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF SENIOR CITIZENS WITH DEMENTIA WHO ARE PRONE TO GETTING LOST — TAGGING THEIR FINGERS AND TOES WITH SCANNABLE QR CODES.

Dec 11 10:47

BACKFIRE: NEW ADVERTISERS IMMEDIATELY CAME FORWARD AFTER KELLOGG’S DROPPED BREITBART

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is a 'Kellogg?' :)

Dec 11 09:56

Former Icelandic minister claims US sent 'planeload of FBI agents to frame Julian Assange' during mission to the country in 2011

The former minister claims the FBI was seeking Iceland's 'cooperation in what I understood as an operation set up to frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks'.
Jonasson said he immediately told the FBI agents to leave the country.

Dec 11 09:52

How To INSTANTLY Tell If Russia Hacked the Election

In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.

The Trump transition team dismissed the findings in a short statement issued Friday evening. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again,’?” the statement read.

Trump has consistently dismissed the intelligence community’s findings about Russian hacking.

“I don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, “could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it could be the Department of Homeland Security, which was CAUGHT hacking into Georgia's voter information system.

Dec 11 09:41

Senators say cyberattacks 'have cut to the heart of our free society'

A bipartisan group of senators said early Sunday that reports of Russian interference in U.S. elections should “alarm every American,” adding that recent cyberattacks “have cut to the heart of our free society.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But two months ago, when the talk was of US cyber attacks against Russia, everyone thought it was a great idea!

Dec 10 22:54

'Jessica Alba leaked sextape' - DON'T attempt to watch this film on Facebook

If your Facebook feed gets an invitation to watch a fake celebrity sex tape featuring Jessica Alba - don't be tempted to click on it.

A recent scam has been discovered which tricks Facebook users into downloading malware onto their computers.

Once installed, the malicious software then forces web browsers to display aggressive advertising including sites with nudity and fake lotteries.

Dec 10 13:18

CIA Says Russia Hacked Emails To Help Trump Win Election – Trump Says Not True – AMERICA, Who Do You Trust?

Today the CIA announced they believe (take that with a grain of salt) Russia hacked the DNC, Hillary, and Podesta to help Trump win the election.

Dec 10 12:39

Sheriff David Clark on the Birth of Fake News

The left is hopin’ mad that they lost the election. And the reason they did is that the MSM ain’t what it used to be – that is, no longer controls the information flow.
So, instead of trying to actually fix something – no – they are embarking on a years-long program to go after the new social-media-based news operations that have thrived on YouTube and Facebook.

Dec 10 11:43

Samsung's Note7 kill-switch is deeply disturbing, whether you own one or not

The world—and our devices—are growing more and more interconnected, enabling incredible experiences, some borderline magical. But the Note7 saga shows the ugly underbelly of that connectivity: that your rights as an "owner" of a product are nothing when stacked against the power of the platform it runs on.

And depending on the whims of executives in Seoul or Cupertino, Mountain View or Redmond, that power can shift in a heartbeat.

Dec 10 10:55

PropOrNot: Evidence of a CIA Psychological Operation

In early 2008, Cass Sunstein, a Harvard scholar and later the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration, wrote a paper with colleague Adrian Vermeule titled simply “Conspiracy Theories.” Sunstein and Vermeule argue the existence of conspiracy theories “may create serious risks, including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law.”

In addition to proposing outright censorship of information the government considers“extremist theories,” Sunstein and his co-author suggest using “cognitive infiltration” of groups and networks.

Instead of a covert operation resembling the FBI’s Operation COINTELPRO using physical infiltration to disrupt and discredit political groups, Sunstein proposed attacking targeted groups in cyberspace.

Dec 10 09:41

Washington Post claims secret CIA assessment shows Russia directly helped Trump win election

In a sort of Friday night disinfo surprise, the Washington Post, already reeling from publishing a now totally debunked article on fake news, has released a bombshell report that claims a secret CIA assessment shows that Russia directly sought to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Dec 10 09:19

Time to Fight Back: Here’s How to Flag MSM Content As “Fake News” On Social Media

A total war has begun on the 1st Amendment. This is a war we MUST win…

Start by finding a “Fake News” Facebook post from the MSM.

Dec 10 08:16

John Podesta’s New Global Order – The Role Of ICANN And The Lost Internet.

I knew the censorship of free speech, which is presently a concern on the Internet had to have something to do with the loss of US control of the Internet and ICANN.

Dec 09 18:40

Facebook admits to miscalculating more of its advertising metrics

Facebook said in a blog post on Friday that it has been miscalculating more of its viewership metrics for advertisers.

One miscalculation is a discrepancy between the number of likes and shares Facebook shows for web links through its Graph API for advertisers and through its mobile search field.

Facebook has also been miscalculating the number of likes and reaction emojis that page owners see for their live videos.

This is the third time Facebook has admitted to misleading advertisers since September, when it was revealed that the social network had for years been inflating a key video-viewing metric.

Dec 09 15:42

Obama Has More Damage To Do Before He Leaves Office - He Orders A Full Review Of The 2016 Election Cyberattacks.

President Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the cyberattacks during the 2016 election before he leaves office, White House homeland security adviser said.

Dec 09 15:29

Amazon Go: The Creepy Stuff They’re Not Telling You

Amazon Go has been lauded over by the corporate media, presumably so Amazon doesn’t reduce their advertising spend in said media.

Dec 09 08:45

Russian telecom giant repels DDoS attacks on country’s 5 largest financial institutions

Russian telecom giant Rostelecom has thwarted DDoS-attacks on the five largest banks and financial institutions in the country, the company said in a statement.

All the attacks were recorded on December 5, 2016, the longest of them lasting for over two hours, Rostelecom said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like someone is throwing a tantrum! And given Joe Biden's comments about cyber attacks against Russia a few months back, I think we know who!

Dec 09 08:05

Site smeared as ‘Russian Propaganda’ demands Washington Post retraction

The progressive finance and economics website Naked Capitalism has demanded a retraction and apology from the Washington Post for its “astonishingly lazy report” smearing independent news outlets as “Russian propaganda.”

Dec 09 07:52

LinkedIn notifications in Windows will be a special kind of hell

As part of Microsoft’s finalized acquisition of LinkedIn, the Windows maker this morning outlined a series of goals it has for its new social network. One of those goals includes the implementation of LinkedIn notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center, so you will never again miss the note telling you that a complete and total stranger is trying to connect with you.

Dec 09 07:44

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

Malware writers whose wares are used by separate attackers to pop Russian national infrastructure could end up fined and in jail, if a new Russian bill become law.

The bill (Number 47571-7, Russian) reported by local media threatens those involved in the manufacture of malware subsequently used in damaging attacks against telecommunications, transport, or energy with up to a decade in jail, forced work for the state, or up to a million rubles (US$15,765, £12,526, A$21,145) fine.

Authors would not need to be directly responsible for attacks: merely having written "deliberately nefarious" tools required to pull off the hacks would be enough for a conviction.

Dec 08 16:13

Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

Vid Amid ongoing malware infections of IoT gadgets and armies of commandeered gizmos attacking server, glaring security holes in web-connected CCTV cameras are going unpatched.

So say researchers with Cybereason, who claim a pair of high-profile vulnerabilities they spotted in surveillance cams two years ago have been completely ignored by vendors – thus leaving the door wide open for miscreants to hijack potentially "hundreds of thousands" of devices and use them for attacks.

Dec 08 16:11

Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

A two-year long, highly sophisticated malvertising campaign infected visitors to some of the most popular news sites in the UK, Australia, and Canada including Channel 9, Sky News, and MSN.

Readers of those news sites, just a portion of all affected (since it also affected eBay's UK portal), were infected with modular trojans capable of harvesting account and email credentials, stealing keystrokes, capturing web cam footage, and opening backdoors.

The news sites are not at direct fault as they displayed the advertising; the ad networks and the underlying structure of high-pace and low-profit margins is what lets malvertising get its huge impact.

Users from the United States were ignored, for reasons unknown.

Dec 08 16:10

Need Xmas ideas? Try CVE-2015-7645, a Flash gift that keeps on giving

Who the hell needs zero days?

Dec 08 16:08

Mirai variant turns TalkTalk routers into zombie botnet agents

Hundreds of Mirai-infected home routers across the UK are currently acting as DDoS bots.

The vast majority (99 per cent) of these 2,398 Mirai-infected devices are TalkTalk routers, according to security researchers at DDoS mitigation firm Imperva Incapsula.

“The botnet devices’ geolocation is very uncommon for DDoS botnets and indicates a vulnerability in a locally distributed device, which allows for such a regional botnet to appear,” Imperva Incapsula warns.

“Without full access to the infected routers, it’s difficult to know with certainty whether the malware used to execute this attack was the same Mirai variant used against Deutsche Telekom or the one encountered by the BadCyber researchers.”

Dec 08 16:05

90 per cent of the NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

The NHS is still running Windows XP en masse, two and a half years after Microsoft stopped delivering bug fixes and security updates.

Nearly all of England NHS trusts – 90 per cent – continue to rely on PCs installed with Microsoft’s 15-year-old desktop operating system.

Dec 08 10:51

WiFi-Capable Brain Implants? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

If you thought the Apple Watch was a bit much, wait until you hear about this.

The next creation from Musk is “Neural Lace,” a computer interface implanted into the human brain.

What could possibly go wrong with that?

Dec 07 18:41

5200 Pentagon Employees Busted Buying Child Porn

Back when Anderson Cooper’s show was about “Keeping them honest” he reported on an undercover internet child pornography sting operation which was abruptly halted after 8 months when it was learned that 5,200 targets in the operation were actual pentagon employees.

Dec 07 15:09

Man Sees Humour In 'Racist' Facial Recognition Software

A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photo rejected by a government website when its facial recognition software registered his eyes as being closed.

Richard Lee was trying to renew his passport so he could return to Australia from New Zealand after Christmas on Monday but received an awkward error message when he submitted his picture to Internal Affairs’s online passport photo checker.

Dec 07 13:45

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT PUSHES NATIONAL BIOMETRIC DATABASE WITH CLAIMS OF SECURITY SUPERIORITY NOBODY THINKS ARE TRUE

There has been something of a push in recent years in different countries to build biometric databases of varying degrees. These efforts are typically marred by pushback and controversy, with countries like Argentina using these databases in order to have law enforcement chill its citizenry from protests in the streets, with our very own FBI rolling out its own biometric database that lacked the promised privacy oversight with which it had been billed. Despite the fact that you can nearly set your watch to the speed with which such lists will be abused, these previous efforts at least paid lip-service to the notion that the databases would focus only on criminals in their respective countries.

Dec 07 13:45

WITCH HUNT: “FAKE NEWS” SOFTWARE TOUTED BY CBS

One of most pernicious means underway to crush independent news sites is the release of software tools that brand them as unreliable. This means that hidden developers and the parties that fed them information are beyond any accountability, yet would serve as censors.

Dec 07 12:43

Journalists Struggle To Define ‘Fake News’ Even As They Declare War On It

In the weeks following Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in last month’s election, liberal journalists have launched an all-out assault on “fake news,” which some have blamed for the disconnect between political journalists and everyday Americans.

But many of those same journalists seem unable to agree on a consistent definition of what “fake news” is, oftentimes pushing leading conservative and alternative media organizations that provide ideological balance in the public forum under the same “fake news” umbrella alongside websites whose entire purpose is generating viral hoaxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those pushing the viral hoaxes are supporting the government and corporate media's campaign to demonize the Independent Media (poison the well).

As for struggling with a definition of "fake news", the problem is that the presstitutes and whorespondents cannot admit the real definition, which is anything contrary to the official US Government and corporate dogma!

Dec 07 10:02

Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage

When vendors tell you what to whitelist, crims are reading too

Dec 07 09:31

TalkTalk's wi-fi hack advice is 'astonishing'

TalkTalk's handling of a wi-fi password breach is being criticised by several cyber-security experts.

The BBC has presented the company with evidence that many of its customers' router credentials have been hacked, putting them at risk of data theft.

The UK broadband provider confirmed that the sample of stolen router IDs it had been shown was real.

But it is still advising users that there is "no need" to change their routers' settings.

Dec 07 08:52

gab.ai Traffic Statistics

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The new censor-free alternatives to Facebook, Google, and Twitter are really taking off!

Dec 07 08:52

Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reset loop

Epson Wi-Fi-connected printers are repeatedly crashing due to what looks like a combination of a firmware update gone wrong and Google Cloud Print.

Reg tipster Terry Bernstein says folks have found that their Epson WF?3520 printers have been sent into a constant loop of shutting down and restarting over the past day.

The issue appears to be related to a recent firmware update, as owners say they began seeing the problem after an upgrade was pushed to the printers by Epson. El Reg has asked Epson for comment on the matter, but has yet to hear back.

Dec 06 18:36

'Millions of Dailymotion account details taken'

Details of more than 85 million users of video sharing site Dailymotion have been hacked, according to Leakedsource.

The breach detection company said 85.2 million usernames and email addresses and 18 million scrambled passwords had been stolen on 20 October.

But the passwords were protected with the Bcrypt hashing algorithm, which should make it hard for hackers to access accounts.

Dec 06 17:50

New Botnet is Attacking the US West Coast with Huge DDoS Attacks

The content delivery network states in the blog post that the company has been observing the overflow of traffic from about two weeks. It seems to be coming from a single source. Seemingly, someone was firstly testing their abilities with a 9-to-5 attack schedule and then the attack pattern was shifted to 24 hours. This new botnet is either equal or superior to the Mirai botnet.

After observing the heavy attack traffic that literally peaked at 172MBPS, which means about a million data packets per second or 400 gigabits per second, CloudFlare concluded that the botnet was being turned on and off by some person who was busy with a 9-to-5 job.

Dec 06 17:37

Millions exposed to malvertising that hid attack code in banner pixels

The ads promote applications calling themselves "Browser Defence" and "Broxu" and targeted people who visited the news sites using Internet Explorer browsers. The script concealed in the pixels exploited a now-patched IE vulnerability indexed as CVE-2016-0162 to obtain details about the visitors' computers. Among other things, the script checked for the presence of packet capture, sandboxing, and virtualization software and a variety of security products. Machines that didn't exhibit signs of the software and contained a vulnerable version of Flash were then redirected to the exploit site, which would serve one of two families of malware. The Ursnif family is made up mainly of modules for stealing e-mail credentials, logging keystrokes, taking screenshots and videos, and acting as a backdoor. The Ramnit variety of malware offers most of the same capabilities and mainly targets the banking industry.

Dec 06 17:32

Man names Wi-Fi network “Daesh 21,” prosecuted under French anti-terror law

French media reported Friday that an 18-year-old man from Dijon was convicted for "praising terrorism" and was given a suspended sentence of three months in prison because the SSID of his Wi-Fi network was "Daesh 21."

Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State, and "21" in this context represents the number for the Côte d’Or, the French department, or province, where Dijon is located.

The unnamed man was prosecuted under a new French anti-terrorism law (Article 421-2-5) passed in November 2014 that makes it a crime to "directly provoke acts of terrorism or to publicly praise one such act." If convicted, offenders can be punished by up to five years in prison and a €75,000 ($83,000) fine.

Such penalties are raised to seven years and €100,000 ($111,000) if the crime was committed by using a "public online communication service."

Dec 06 16:51

FLASHBACK - Pennsylvania schools spying on students using laptop webcams, claims lawsuit

A suburban Philadelphia school district remotely activates the cameras in school-provided laptops to spy on students in their homes, a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday alleged.

According to the lawsuit filed by a high school student and his parents, the Lower Merion School District of Ardmore, Pa. has spied on students and families by "indiscriminate use of and ability to remotely activate the webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students by the School District."

Dec 06 15:52

Here It Comes: EU Threatens “Action” If Facebook Doesn’t Censor All “Fake News” and “Hate Speech” Within 24 Hours

Now the EU is threatening to escalate the situation up from “non-legislative” action if these companies don’t take action to censor “hate speech” and “fake news” within 24 hours.

And of course “hate speech” is very loosely defined here, so it can basically be used to censor free speech online. We all know what the phrase “fake news” has come to denote — and nearly the entire alternative media is encompassed within it.

It should be no surprise that the same “fake news” the EU wants to censor has been blamed for Brexit and the potential for other countries like Italy deciding to leave the EU as well.

Dec 06 14:59

The Future of Free Speech on Social Media Looks Grim

Social-media platforms are finding it harder to mouth free speech platitudes (and enjoy the corresponding cultural benefits) while at the same time actively curating a sanitized media feed. Yet to not curate or censor is to be accused of aiding and abetting a parade of horribles ranging from online jihadis to the "alt-right."

Dec 06 14:40

Hillary Clinton Loses 32,423 Votes in Day 5 of Wisconsin Recount

In the Wisconsin Day 5 Recount Update 32,423 votes for Hillary Clinton were erased resulting in a 28,830 vote net increase for Donald Trump.

Dec 06 14:26

WARNING: Google’s War Against “Truth” & “Fake” News!

Warning to woo-woo! Google aiming at Alt-right has hit woo-woo square in jaw!

Dec 06 13:30

This Is the Purge We All Knew Was Coming: “Shutting Down Extremist Content”

There have been murmurs about it all along.

Someday, they simply wouldn’t allow certain things to remain on the Internet any longer. The potential to reach a global audience with important information, and the idea that it could be in the hands of anyone is just too big.

So it is no surprise that many corporate giants from Silicon Valley are now putting forward a unified front to silence free speech on social media.

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Dec 06 13:17

Michigan Recount: Over 1/2 of Hillary Clinton's Detroit Vote Faces Disqualification

Michigan officials say they can not reconcile vote counts in 610 of 1,680 precincts, or 59% of the precincts, in Michigan’s largest county , Wayne County, which Hillary won by a margin of 2 to 1 over Donald Trump because the original vote counts in the poll books do not match the number of votes in the machine printout reports.

Specifically, the number of votes recorded by the voting machines were higher than the number of voters that were logged into to vote in these precincts.

Dec 06 12:44

Remove “Ads by AdsKeeper” adware (Virus Removal Guide)

If your web browser is randomly being redirected to the “Ads by AdsKeeper” advertisements then your computer is infected with an adware program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of my advertisers (and I will delete them when I figure out which one) is planting this adware on my readers. Repair instructions are here.

Dec 06 11:24

A Call To Develop Alternative Social Media and Search Engine Platform Competitors (That Aren’t Evil)

The successful election of President-Elect Donald Trump has proven this great and voracious demand from the People, all over the world.
It appears that the major search engine and social media platforms have either succumbed to (or are in the process of succumbing) to the awesome monetary and political power of the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Elite, in that they are either on their own, or under the pressure of others, engaging in a massive, wholesale, frontal attack on freedom of speech, censorship of views/opinions that they don’t like, terminating accounts of those that the Deep State deem to be antithetical to their interests, and overall, undermining democracy, freedom of speech and expression, competition, and undercutting legitimate debate and discourse.

Dec 06 09:11

Chinese media mocks Trump for 'running the country with Twitter'

Chinese media is taking aim at Donald Trump over the president-elect's Twitter outburst on the U.S. relationship with Beijing.
"Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency [and] build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?" Trump asked on Twitter late Sunday. "I don't think so!"

Dec 05 16:23

WAR ON WORDS: Facebook Censorship Widens, Website to Curate ‘Favored’ News

The US media’s neoMcCarthy-like witch hunt continues as social media giant Facebook creates a newly designed feature that allows the website to curate ‘favored news’ in its News Feed section.

Dec 05 16:11

SSD Prices Skyrocket As NAND Shortage Deepens, HDD Shortage Looms As Components Become Scarce

We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

To make matters worse, although HDDs unexpectedly had the biggest quarter-over-quarter recovery in seven years, according to Trendfocus, now the HDD industry is beginning to exhibit the early signs of "tightened" supply--which means there could be shortages and higher prices in that segment as well.

Dec 05 16:09

Lawyers: New court software is so awful it’s getting people wrongly arrested

Typically, when a judge makes a ruling—for example, issuing or rescinding a warrant—those words said by a judge in court are entered into Odyssey. That information is then relied upon by law enforcement officers to coordinate arrests and releases and to issue court summons. (Most other courts, even if they don’t use Odyssey, use a similar software system from another vendor.)

But, just across the bay from San Francisco, one of Alameda County's deputy public defenders, Jeff Chorney, says that since the county switched from a decades-old computer system to Odyssey in August, dozens of defendants have been wrongly arrested or jailed. Others have even been forced to register as sex offenders unnecessarily.

Dec 05 12:14

IIT-Kanpur student gets Rs 1.5-crore offer from Microsoft

A student of IIT-Kanpur who hails from Delhi has received a job offer of nearly Rs 1.5 crore per annum from Microsoft. This is the highest ever salary offer to a student of IIT-K, sources at the premier institute told TOI.

The student has been offered a position at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond. Sources said he will design a software, implement it and fix the bugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Microsoft didn't get the Trump memo about hiring Americans...

Dec 05 12:11

Internet Censorship in US and Europe Is Coordinated

Western governments are censoring speech in Europe and the US, an obvious pattern that clearly shows coordination.

In the US, there is a congressional effort to fund intel agencies that will investigate alternative media for ties to Russian propaganda. Such investigations , if they occur, will retard this sector and make further, free-reporting difficult.

In Europe, efforts to control speech and reporting are actually being aimed at American communication enterprises such as Google, YouTube and Microsoft.

Dec 05 11:34

TalkTalk wi-fi router passwords stolen

TalkTalk broadband customers' wi-fi passwords have been stolen following a malware attack that blocked their internet access last week.

The researcher who discovered the issue said other details had also been taken that would let attackers pinpoint where the equipment was being used, making more targeted hacks possible.

Pen Test Partners' Ken Munro is urging TalkTalk to replace lots of routers.

But a TalkTalk spokeswoman indicated that a recall would be unnecessary.

Dec 05 10:26

VIRGINIA STATE COPS HAVE BLOWN A FORTUNE ON USELESS CELLPHONE SPYING GEAR

Muckrock has been sending Freedom of Information requests to state police forces to find out how they're using "cell-site simulators" (AKA IMSI catchers/Stingrays), and they hit the motherlode with the Virginia State Police. The VSP documents show that the force bought a $585,265 phone-spying device -- which came with its own modified Chevy Suburban as a kind of mobile casemod -- that they used 12 times, and which failed 4 times, meaning that the Virginia taxpayers were spending $50,000/use for a tool that failed two thirds of the time.

Dec 05 08:54

Something SO BIG, Yet Hardly Any Attention! A Worldwide Event TAKING STORM!!

In case you haven't known, there have been reports up to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different "cyber attacks" in just this week alone — primarily this past weekend.

Dec 05 08:29

Cyber criminals could become mass murderers by hacking into every day 'smart' devices, warn security experts

Bruce Schneier, a veteran cybersecurity researcher and lecturer at Harvard University, expressed his concerns to two US House of Representatives subcommittees at the end of November.

'The internet now affects the world in a direct physical manner,' he said.

'The Internet of Things is bringing computerisation and connectivity to many tens of millions of devices worldwide.

'We are connecting cars, drones, medical devices and home thermostats.

'What was once benign is now dangerous.'

Mr Schneier said the market has prioritised fancy features and low costs over security, leaving devices vulnerable.

Dec 05 08:21

Mark Zuckerberg Loses $3.7 Billion Following Trump Election

Since November 8th, the date of the election, Zuckerberg’s worth has declined by as much as $3.7 billion, this figure is based on Facebook’s 7% decline in share price from November 8th until Friday the 2nd of December. This £3.7 billion loss hasn’t affected Zuckerberg’s financial standing massively, he is still currently ranked as the fifth richest person in the world according to Forbes real time rankings and still possesses approximately $49 billion.

Zukerberg has recently come under fire for promoting a narrative that claimed that “fake news” affected the presidential election. Both Google and Facebook took steps on November 14th to ban “fake news” content publishers from generating a cut of advertising revenues through Google AdSense and Facebook Audience Network, a move that “disproportionately impacted right-wing news sites.” Whether or not Zuckerburg’s financial loss is tied to this is unknown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The flood of people leaving the biased/censored social media and flocking to the new start-ups is obviously having a major effect.

Dec 04 15:00

End of the EU: NO Vote Leads 63% In Italy Exit Poll

After media warnings a “No” vote will collapse the EU and the Euro, early Italy exit polls show the no vote winning 63% to 37%.

Last week the corporate media ran numerous reports stating a”No” vote in Italy’s referendum vote today will unleash financial doomsday and lead to the collapse of the Euro and the EU itself.

Dec 04 11:32

There’s a new DDoS army, and it could soon rival record-setting Mirai

The as-yet unnamed botnet was first detected on November 23, the day before the US Thanksgiving holiday. For exactly 8.5 hours, it delivered a non-stop stream of junk traffic to undisclosed targets, according to this post published Friday by content delivery network CloudFlare. Every day for the next six days at roughly the same time, the same network pumped out an almost identical barrage, which is aimed at a small number of targets mostly on the US West Coast. More recently, the attacks have run for 24 hours at a time.

Dec 04 11:21

All modern color printers print a secret, nearly invisible code onto every page to allow governments to track the serial number and timestamps

The Electronic Frontier Foundation stated in 2015 that "the documents that we previously received through a (Freedom of Information Request)[2] suggested that all major manufacturers of color laser printers entered a secret agreement with governments to ensure that the output of those printers is forensically traceable....it is probably safest to assume that all modern color laser printers do include some form of tracking information that associates documents with the printer's serial number."

Dec 04 10:58

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

“My own story would not have been possible but for the democratizing force of Microsoft technology reaching me where I was growing up,” CEO Satya Nadella told shareholders this week.

But the price of that “democratizing force” is about to go up, with Britains uniquely singled out. Microsoft has reiterated to Azure customers that prices will go up by 22 per cent from January 1st.

The problem? The price rise is far greater than any exchange rate post-Brexit fluctuations might justify.

Dec 03 15:17

Hillary Clinton Loses 18,422 Votes in Day 3 of Wisconsin Recount

In the Day 3 recount update, Hillary Clinton has a net total loss of 18,422 votes in from the original count in areas that have been recounted so far.

In contrast, Donald Trump has a net total loss of 3,289 votes from the original count in areas that have been recounted so far.

The resulting total difference is a net change of 15,133 votes in favor of Donald Trump after the completion of the 3rd day of the recount.

Dec 03 13:39

MSNBC Debunks Their Own Anti-Trump Global Warming Segment

MSNBC shows a slick animation claiming Arctic ice is at all time lows when it, and the NASA data it cites, shows ice has increased since 2012.

Despite Chris Hayes sensationalist MSNBC “All In” segment tonight the actual NASA data he cites debunks his own report.

Dec 03 09:31

Google’s Biased Search Engine Exposed

Hillary Clinton’s ties to Google, CNN, PBS, and The New York Times illustrate the conspiracy among these organization who tried to help Hillary be crowned leader of the free world. New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has admitted that his paper was unconstitutionally biased and disgraced the very principle of the First Amendment. Sulzberger admits the paper was biased by saying they underestimated Donald Trump’s support among American voters. He then claimed they would “rededicate ourselves” to the newspaper’s standards of “honestly” reporting the news. At least he admitted they were rigging the game.

Dec 02 16:00

I can't tell you how bad this is. MASSIVE Samsung home bugging operation.

Technically Incorrect: Samsung's small print says that its Smart TV's voice recognition system will not only capture your private conversations, but also pass them onto third parties.

Dec 02 15:54

13 Charts of Obama’s Recovery that Trump Must Deal With

13 Federal Reserve charts outlining the accomplishments of Obama’s economic recovery that Donald Trump will have to deal with.

Dec 02 12:21

FBI Can Now Legally Hack Your Phone, PC, Or Any Device

As of December 1st, the FBI and other agencies can a obtain warrant from a judge that will allow them to remotely control any of your devices, opening up enormous potential for abuse by those in power.

Dec 02 10:07

A Hacker Is Giving Away A New Code That Turns Cars Into Self-Driving Machines. (I Am Horrified!)

This is bad news, and I cannot believe we as drivers are being faced with it. It is getting more dangerous in this world everyday, and the road is one place I am already uncomfortable in. Hackers are becoming a fear in our technology driven society, and I know it is only going to get worse.

Dec 02 10:04

US invites Russia for consultations on cybersecurity

In 2015 and 2016, Russia invited the United States to begin consultation on cybersecurity but these invitations remained unanswered, Lavrov reminded. "Both in May and in July of this year, I reminded Secretary of State John Kerry that we had sent such invitations and would like to hear an answer," Lavrov said at the Mediterranean Dialogues forum. "He said it was a very good proposal but he would like to discuss it with the department of justice. But, in the long run, having discussed it, he said they were not interested in it. And only now they have sent us an invitation to get back to this idea. Well, we are not against."

Dec 02 09:36

Criminals can guess Visa card number and security code in just six seconds, experts find

Criminals can work out the card number, expiry date and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have found.

Experts from Newcastle University said it was “frighteningly easy” to do with a laptop and an internet connection.

Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around security features put in place to stop online fraud, and this may have been the method used in the recent Tesco Bank hack.

Dec 02 08:07

Windows 10 upgrade - Microsoft's new software is STILL not winning users over

The latest operating system adoption figures from Netmarketshare show that Windows 10 still only has 23.72 per cent of the entire computer market.

This marks another month of slower growth for Windows 10, which appears to be waning as customers are now forced to pay for the software.

The Netmarketshare numbers, which include both Mac and PC devices, show that many consumers are still sticking to older versions of Windows software.

Top of the adoption list is the venerable Windows 7, with a 47.17 per cent share, with third place still clung on to by the ancient Windows XP, which was first released back in October 2001, which somehow still runs of 8.63 per cent of devices.

Dec 02 07:59

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

Hackers are destroying everything from the latest gaming systems, phones, and even cars with a dangerous circuit-frying USB device that could put critical systems at risk.

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The opportunity for serious harm extends far beyond wasting high end consumer products. USBKill's Russian creator, a chap known as "Dark_Purple" says unnamed car manufacturers have purchased his product to evaluate the susceptibility of vehicle USB ports.

The hardware hacker plugged USBKill into his own car of unspecified make and model, frying the dashboard head unit.

Chris Gatford, director of Sydney-based penetration testing firm HackLabs, says the threat posed by the devices is unlimited.

"USB ports are everywhere - in cars, in power sockets, in charging stations," Gatford says.

"And in planes."

Dec 01 17:28

Newsweek Admits They Didn’t Write Or Even Read “Madam President” Issue

Newsweek admits the Madame President was written by a 3rd party and went straight to the press without the magazine ever reading the issue.

Dec 01 15:11

Twitter Threatens Trump Ban After Claims of “Hate Speech Violations”

Twitter is monitoring Donald Trump and threatens to ban him for violating “harassment or hateful conduct” policies following allegations from the left.

The liberal wing of the corporate media is putting pressure on Twitter and Facebook to answer demands from liberal activists calling on Donald Trump to be banned from their social networks for what they claim to be violations of the hate-speech policies against harassment and hateful conduct.

Facebook has responded by saying that comments from the President-elect should be considered mainstream political discourse.

Twitter, following a purge accounts of outspoken conservative activists, has taken a more aggressive line stating not only are they considering banning Donald Trump but the they are watching his account and will ban him as soon as they feel Trump has crossed the line in violating their policies.

Dec 01 15:00

Pipe Dream? Trump Wants Apple to Move Production to US

Silicon Valley has enjoyed its relationship with Obama, but it is unclear how the world’s largest tech giants will fare under a Trump administration. For example, Donald Trump told Apple CEO that he was going to “get” the tech giant to start manufacturing its products in the United States. This happened when Trump received a post-election phone call from Tim Cook during which he said that if Apple built a big plant (or many) in the United States, it would be a real achievement. Cook said he understood that, and Trump went on to promise multiple incentives through tax breaks and reduced regulations.

Dec 01 12:57

Massive Cyber Attack Hits More Than 900k Routers In Germany

More than 900,000 routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany were not able to connect to the Internet due to an alleged cyber-attack.

Dec 01 12:41

FBI Expanded Its Hacking Powers, Unprecedented Authority To Hack Into Any Device

Trump says he will let go of businesses to concentrate on the country. Trump hires a Goldman Sachs banker and a Rothschild Central Banker to be on his team.Senate fails to block efforts of the FBI having the ability to hack into any device.

Dec 01 11:24

Sir Tim Berners-Lee slams the Snoopers' Charter as a 'security nightmare'

WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDER Sir Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out about the "undemocratic" Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill), which this week received royal assent and will soon become law.

The IP Bill, better known as the Snoopers' Charter, was waved through by the Queen on Tuesday, which means that the government's sweeping surveillance rules will now pass into law in 2017.

The Bill, described by Edward Snowden as "the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy", will require ISPs to store comprehensive records of websites visited and phone numbers called for 12 months, and to enable police, security services and multiple other public sector bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions and the Food Standards Agency, to access those records on demand.

Dec 01 11:14

TalkTalk and Post Office routers hit by cyber-attack

Thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office customers have had their internet access cut by an attack targeting certain types of internet routers.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office told the BBC that the problem began on Sunday and had affected about 100,000 of its customers.

Talk Talk also confirmed that some of its customers had been affected, and it was working on a fix.

It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack.

Dec 01 11:13

Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

A new strain of Android malware is infecting an estimated 13,000 devices per day.

The Gooligan malware roots Android devices before stealing email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. The tokens create a means for hackers to access users' sensitive data from Gmail accounts, security researchers at Check Point Software Technologies warn.

The malicious code creates a money-making sideline for crooks by fraudulently installing apps from Google Play and rating them on behalf of the victim.

Gooligan targets devices running Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) and 5 (Lollipop), collectively around 74 per cent of Android devices currently in use. Gooligan is installing at least 30,000 apps on breached devices every day, or more than 2 million apps since the malicious campaign began, according to Check Point.

Dec 01 11:06

YouTube is Not Being Honest with Us

Webmaster addition: We have seen our videos' view numbers going up, then suddenly knocked way back down again.

Dec 01 11:03

Boston Police Department Set to Join Trend of Using Internet Surveillance Tech

By Joe Wright

...Many police departments and the federal government have taken the position that what can be found on social media is information from participants released willingly into the public domain, so it’s fair game for analysis. However, these programs are being put in place without public notice, and the instances of abuse are already mounting … especially when it comes to monitoring dissent...

Dec 01 10:17

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

A global research team has hacked 10 different types of implantable medical devices and pacemakers finding exploits that could allow wireless remote attackers to kill victims.

Dec 01 10:14

Lenovo: if you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Lenovo server customers should disable Windows Update and apply a UEFI update to avoid Microsoft’s November security freezing their systems.

The world’s third largest server-maker advised the step after revealing that 19 configurations of its x M5 and M6 rack, as well as its x6 systems are susceptible.

Lenovo’s machines are crashing upon installation of Microsoft's Security Update MS16-140 for Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2 and 2012.

Dec 01 09:14

New Chrome Extension Changes 'Alt-Right' to 'White Supremacy'

A group opposing what it called normalization of white nationalism under the term "alt-right" has created a Google Chrome extension that changes the phrase to "white supremacy."

Dec 01 09:03

US JUDGES CAN NOW SIGN GLOBAL HACKING WARRANTS

On Thursday, changes to the rules around US search warrants came into effect, meaning that magistrate judges can now authorize the hacking of computers outside of their own district.

Legal experts have described the move as the broadest expansion of extraterritorial surveillance power since the FBI's inception, an agency that has already embarked on international hacking operations. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, has defended the changes, arguing they are crucial for policing crime in an age of anonymization technology such as Tor.

The move centers around Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which regulates when and under what particular circumstances judges can issues warrants for searches and seizures, including remote searches of suspects’ computers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is, the really bad guys have already encrypted their systems to the point that whatever wizbang software is available to these judges is so far behind the times, that locating real criminals will be difficult, if not impossible, even though magistrate judges now have the power to do so.

Dec 01 08:39

German intel agency gets €150mn to crack encryption of WhatsApp, other messaging services – reports

Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) wants to hack its way around encryption used by instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram, and has just been given €150 million ($160 million) to do so.

The BND has developed the Reconnaissance of Non-Standardized Communication in Internet project (ANISKI) to tackle encryption.

It aims to crack encryption methods used by popular messaging services as, at present, the BND can only access information sent in “less than 10” of the 70 popular communication services.

Dec 01 08:23

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Dec 01 07:57

Ransomware attack on San Francisco public transit gives everyone a free ride

San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency attacked by hackers who locked up computers and data with 100 bitcoin demand

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only 100 bitcoins?!? I suspect the real point was a demonstration of ability, not the cash.

Dec 01 07:42

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