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Aug 20 10:15

Hillary Clinton Campaign Says Classified Emails Were on Server

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that emails on the private server she used when she was secretary of state contained material that is now classified, the clearest explanation thus far of an issue that has roiled her bid for the presidency.

At the same time, the campaign sought to play down the disclosure by saying the material had been retroactively classified out of an abundance of caution by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now here is a real problem for Hillary. When information becomes classified, those people known to be officially in possession of that information are notified of the change in status. So either Hillary ignored the change of status, or had copies of the information outside normal channels.

Another point; much if not most of the information the Secretary of State deals with is classified. When Hillary set up her own server, there is no way she could assume no classified information would not land on it. So, weak security, NO encryption, set up by as company not cleared by DSS, both management and the company itself in serious legal trouble.

And, while Hillary may try to deflect the scandal by saying the information was not classified when she received it (unlikely) it certainly was classified when it was deleted, by Hillary personnel without the necessary security clearances to destroy classified information.

One more point. Nobody is going to believe that the United States Secretary of State isn't handling classified material. That is why Hillary has the security clearance, after all. So, if Hillary did not use her private email server to handle classified information ... what server DID she use for classified material? Certainly none provided for her use by the US Government!



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Aug 20 09:22

FLASHBACK - Clinton Approves Technology Transfer to China

President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.

The certification was the first such notice to Congress under the law, which was passed in the aftermath of a Congressional uproar last year over the transfer of sensitive missile technology to China.

Mr. Clinton's notification also follows by less than a week the release of a report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which concluded that lax monitoring of the launching of American-made satellites aboard Chinese rockets had enhanced the accuracy of China's ballistic missile arsenal.

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As Judicial Watch later uncovered, the Clintons were well rewarded for allowing China access to this technology, repaid with campaign donations funneled in through people like John Huang, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

So ...

What if Hillary's weak server was their delivery system for more sold secrets, a far better solution than having to tape packages of documents underneath a bridge (Robert Hanssen's preferred method).

Aug 20 08:23

Drawing a blank: Devices from Clinton, aides wiped clean

The web of investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that held classified information and her inner circle's dealings is being hampered by revelations that their computer devices have been wiped clean or destroyed -- despite the Democratic presidential candidate claiming earlier this week she doesn't know "how it works digitally at all."

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Aug 20 07:41

Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so funny! I would love to see a statistical breakdown of the data; how many are Republican or Christian, for example. :)

Aug 20 07:32

Do YOU trust your partner? Millions of suspicious spouses crash websites set up to find names of Ashley Madison 'cheaters' as map reveals locations of men and women registered with the adultery website

Millions of panicked Ashley Madison members and their suspicious spouses have crashed websites hosting the 'cheat sheet' of 37million users worldwide including more than a million Britons.

Several searchable databases of names and sexual fantasies linked the data hack had to shut down within minutes of going live because they could not cope with demand, MailOnline can reveal.

A series of world maps plotting where the Ashley Madison members live have also been plotted and posted online.

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Aug 19 10:27

State Department destroyed Clinton aides’ BlackBerrys

The State Department destroyed the BlackBerry devices issued to two top aides of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and never issued Mrs. Clinton a device at all, officials told a federal court Wednesday.

The filing came a day before officials will have to appear in court to detail the steps they took to try to track down Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and whatever computers or other devices she may have used to send them.

Aug 19 10:21

Clinton pulls plug on testy presser over server questions

Asked if the server, which has been turned over to the Department of Justice, had been wiped clean, Clinton initially shrugged and later joked, "Like with a cloth or something?

"I don't know how it works digitally at all," she added.

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Aug 19 10:19

David Petraeus Prosecutor on Hillary’s Tail

One of the federal prosecutors who helped bring down former general David Petraeus is now leading the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email use.

Of the two prosecutors in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division tasked with investigating Clinton’s emails, one of them worked on the Petraeus case, according to the Washington Post. Petraeus, pled guilty to giving his biographer and mistress classified information.

Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, has turned over thumb drives containing Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of State. The thumb drives are now in the possession of the Department of Justice, which is just one part of an inter-agency government task force, including the FBI, that is investigating Clinton’s emails.

Aug 19 09:33

Probe of Clinton's private server could find more than just emails, including hints of hacking

A forensic examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private computer server could unearth more details than what she put in her emails. It could answer lingering questions about the security of her system, who had access to it and whether outsiders tried to crack its contents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are a little behind the times. A famous hacker who calls himself "Guccifer" already released emails he got from breaking into Hillary's server!

Aug 19 09:31

Microsoft issues emergency patch for all versions of Windows

Microsoft has released an emergency out-of-band patch for a "critical"-rated security vulnerability, affecting all supported versions of Windows.

The software giant said in an advisory Tuesday that users visiting a specially-crafted website can lead to remote code execution on an affected machine.

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Once again the NSA strikes out!

Aug 19 09:28

In contentious exchange, Clinton insists anything she did with email server was 'legally permitted'

In a contentious exchange with reporters after a Las Vegas Town Hall event Tuesday, Hillary Clinton insisted anything she did with her email server was "legally permitted" and said the media were the only ones asking about it.

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P.S. Hanging traitors who give American weapons to Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria while we are in a state of war on terrorists is also legally allowed!

Aug 19 08:36

How to remove the Windows 10 GWX upgrade nonsense

The story goes as follows. Several days ago, on one of my Windows 7 boxes, I did some updates. Cool beans, Then, a couple of days later, I suddenly noticed a Windows 10 like icon in my system tray. Turns out, this one belongs to a process called GWX.exe, and it is a part of Windows update KB3035583, which is deceptively labeled as an important one and preselected, intended to give Windows 7 and 8.X users an option to freely upgrade to Windows 10. Well, so far so good.

But then, I decided I was not interested. However, removing this thing off proved to be a very difficult task.

Aug 19 08:29

Theft of Unencrypted Laptop Exposes 100,000 Social Security Numbers

Background check provider SterlingBackcheck recently began notifying 100,000 people that their names, birthdates and Social Security numbers may have been exposed when an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employee's car on May 29, 2015, CBS46 News reports.

Aug 19 08:26

Google loses data as lightning strikes

Google says data has been wiped from disks at one of its data centres in Belgium - after it was struck by lightning four times.

The strikes resulted in permanent data loss in a small fraction of Google Compute Engine (GCE) storage systems.

Some affected disks later became recoverable. But some hardware which is more susceptible to power failure suffered irreversible data loss.

Aug 19 08:15

SHIPMENT NOTICE – safilo.com – fake PDF malware

SHIPMENT NOTICE pretending to come from serviceuk@safilo.com with a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

Aug 18 19:10

MasterCard trials selfie payments in the Netherlands and US

MasterCard is embarking on two pilots, one in the US and one in the Netherlands, which use facial recognition technology for payment verification. The card giant is working with International Card Services (ICS) on a trial that will see 750 ABN Amro credit card users ditch passwords, PINs and confirmation codes and instead pay online through fingerprint and facial recognition.

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Aug 18 15:11

Windows 10 still contacts Microsoft even when told to stop

Even if you have privacy options disabled, Internet-based services like Cortana, OneDrive, the News and Weather apps in the Start menu, and others still send telemetry data back to Microsoft. Information like what buttons were clicked, where, and how often isn't so bad, but the fact that the machine ID of the system is sent is a little concerning.

Microsoft tracks network use and processor time of specific network-oriented services. The accuracy of this tracking is another matter. Open up the Task Manager, go into full view, then go to the App History tab, and you can see the metrics. On my machine, with two days of uptime, Cortana has used 29.2MB of network traffic even though it is disabled, while the Store app has used 14.7MB even though I never used it.

Aug 18 15:08

Microsoft issues emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The zero-day flaw (classified as CVE-2015-2502) works by exploiting a flaw in how Internet Explorer handles objects in memory. If successfully exploited, an attacker could "gain the same user rights as the current user," the advisory said. Those running administrator accounts are particularly at risk, it said.

Simply put: this flaw could allow an affected Windows machine to be taken over by an attacker.

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Aug 18 12:51

THE US WILL MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE WORLD’S INTERNET (FOR NOW)

The US Commerce Department has announced it would keep its hold on the global internet domain system for at least another year. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling wrote in a blog post Monday that the US government would renew its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) until September 30, 2016.

Aug 18 12:46

EVEN WHEN TOLD NOT TO, WINDOWS 10 WON’T STOP TALKING TO MICROSOFT

For example, even with Cortana and searching the Web from the Start menu disabled, opening Start and typing will send a request to www.bing.com to request a file called threshold.appcache which appears to contain some Cortana information, even though Cortana is disabled. The request for this file appears to contain a random machine ID that persists across reboots.

Aug 18 12:36

Economists Brace for September: “Building Up to Catastrophe of Historic Proportions”

An outright panic has taken hold over many who see September 2015 as a convergence of ominous events. RT profiled several who are bracing for next month’s signposts of doom:

Jeff Berwick, Canadian entrepreneur and editor of The Dollar Vigilante, recently told Gordon T. Long in an interview: “There’s enough going on in September to have me incredibly curious and concerned about what’s going to happen.”

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Doug Casey, [head of Casey Research said] “With these stupid governments printing trillions and trillions of new currency units,” Casey, describing the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program, “it’s building up to a catastrophe of historic proportions.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Aug 18 11:22

Watergate journalist compares Hillary Clinton's emails to Nixon's tapes

Watergate journalist Bob Woodward thinks Hillary Clinton's private email account controversy shares some similarities with Richard Nixon's infamous Watergate scandal. Woodward, who was one of the Washington Post reporters who helped break the story that eventually led to President Nixon's resignation, compared Clinton's emails to the Nixon tapes in an interview Monday, as Nixon thought that the tapes he kept documenting conversations were "exclusively his."

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Aug 18 10:55

New Clinton email count: 305 documents with potentially classified information

More than 300 of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails — or 5.1 percent of those processed so far — have been flagged for potential secret information, the State Department reported to a federal court Monday as the political furor continued to grow for the Democratic presidential candidate and her aides.

Aug 18 09:38

Hillary's email firm was run from a loft apartment with its servers in the BATHROOM, raising new questions over security of sensitive messages she held

The IT company Hilary Clinton chose to maintain her private email account was run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet, Daily Mail Online can reveal.

Daily Mail Online tracked down ex-employees of Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado, who revealed the outfit's strong links to the Democratic Party but expressed shock that the 2016 presidential candidate chose the small private company for such a sensitive job.

One, Tera Dadiotis, called it 'a mom and pop shop' which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just gets better and better!

Aug 18 08:29

Windows 10 Warning: Latest Updates Are Crashing PCs

Welcome to some unwanted deja vu. Last week Microsoft MSFT +0.01% released a cumulative bug fix for Windows 10 which caused endless crash loops. Now Microsoft has released a cumulative bug fix to address it and guess what? Yes, it is also causing Windows 10 computers to crash over and over again…

Aug 18 08:20

Anti-privacy unkillable super-cookies spreading around the world – study

At least nine telcos around the world are using so-called super-cookies to secretly monitor citizens' online behavior, according to a new study.

A super-cookie is a token unique to each subscriber that is injected into every HTTP request made through a telco's cellphone networks. They can't be stripped by the user: every time a subscriber visits a website from his or her smartphone, the telco's system places the super-cookie in the HTTP headers, so that the site's servers can identify the visitor.

This super-cookie allows ad networks and media publishers to follow people across the internet even if they clear their cookies. It allows the networks to build up profiles on users' habits, and pitch them targeted advertising, while the telcos take a cut.

Aug 18 08:17

You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years legal eagles warn UK govt

The UK government plan to jail online copyright pirates for up to 10 years has been attacked by legal boffins in a public consultation that ended yesterday.

The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA), said the idea was “unacceptable, infeasible and unaffordable”.

Aug 18 08:00

IRS Underestimated By 200% The Number Of Taxpayer Victims Of Identity Theft By Hackers Who Gained Access To Tax Returns Through IRS Website

Three months ago, the IRS disclosed that hackers gained access on the IRS website to tax returns for 100,000 taxpayers (more here). Yesterday, the IRS disclosed that the true number is 330,000.

Aug 18 07:06

Donald Trump calls out Mark Zuckerberg on immigration

Donald Trump has a new target for his criticism of the nation's immigration policies - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg is one of the leading tech executives who has called for a more open immigration policy. Specifically, he wants to make more H-1B visas available to tech employers so they can hire foreign skilled workers.

Trump said he wants to require employers to pay H-1B workers much more money, which he said would discourage companies from hiring them and boost job prospects for Americans. He also wants to have tech jobs offered to unemployed Americans before they can be filled by workers with H-1B visas.

Aug 17 15:30

Boom! Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton Should Be Going to Prison For What She's Done

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The man is fearless, and telling the truth, which is why he is leading in the polls.

Aug 17 15:28

Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

According to security company Rapid7, Google needs to rethink how it patches Android in the wake of initial botched attempts to resolve the Stagefright vulnerability.

The criticism comes as Google itself confirmed users of its Nexus devices – who are the first to get security fixes – won't be fully protected until September.

The Stagefright vulnerability for Android phones creates a means to infect devices simply by sending a booby-trapped MMS message. An estimated 950 million devices that run Android versions 2.2 through 5.1 are at risk. Version 4.1 and later have defences that mitigate, without eliminating, the possibility of a successful attack.

Aug 17 15:18

FLASHBACK - Hillary Clinton's 'hacked' Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE

On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias “Guccifer.”

Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified.

The purported memos appear to contain sensitive information regarding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as well the January 2013 hostage crisis in In Amenas, Algeria.

Blumenthal has been refraining from comments so far. RT reached Blumenthal's son Max, who confirmed that his father will not be making any remarks about the leak.

Aug 17 15:16

EXCLUSIVE: Jailed hacker Guccifer boasts, "I used to read [Clinton's] memos... and then do the gardening"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so we have a confirmation Clinton's email server was hacked and classified information exposed.

Aug 17 15:15

Chicago, Los Angeles Police Departments Have Been Using 'Stingrays On Steroids' For Over A Decade

More evidence has surfaced showing local law enforcement agencies are using high-powered surveillance equipment -- equipment originally designed for the military and highly-recommended by the NSA. Ali Winston and the Center for Investigative Reporting have obtained documents showing both Chicago and Los Angeles have used "dirt boxes" (DRT -- Digital Receiver Technology "boxes:" high-powered cell site simulators) since 2005.

Aug 17 13:28

Was a Major Air Traffic Control Center Near Washington Just Hacked?

Just yesterday, The New York Times reported that a “technical problem” an an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Virginia near Washington was responsible for 462 flight delays and 476 cancellations at airports all over the East Coast this weekend.

The Air Route Traffic Control Center is one of 22 in the country. According to Wikipedia, this particular center covers the Washington/Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas just to name a few. It handles some five million flights a year and is the third busiest air traffic control center in the U.S.

Throughout the story, NYT continually refers to the “problem”. Other outlets covering the story called it a “malfunction” or a “glitch”. The FAA’s official Facebook page referred to it as an “automation problem” to be more specific.

At the time of writing this, they are still “continuing to diagnose the cause” of the “problem”.

So… is it another hack?

Aug 17 12:40

IT firm hired by Hillary Clinton: It's 'highly likely' there's a backup of emails she deleted

The IT firm hired by Hillary Clinton to oversee her private server has told ABC it is "highly likely" a backup copy of the server was made, meaning any emails Clinton deleted before she handed the server over to investigators may still be accessible.

Being able to access the deleted emails via a backup server would most likely make investigators' job much easier, cybersecurity expert Alex McGeorge of Immunity Inc. told Business Insider on Friday.

"The reason you back up a server is fairly straightforward, and it would be standard practice to do so," McGeorge said.

Aug 17 12:37

Report: State officials hiding extent of classified info on Clinton servers

State Department officials tasked with screening Hillary Clinton's emails for release under the Freedom of Information Act are using exemptions in the transparency law to mask the extent of classified information they encounter.

Intelligence community officials who were brought into the FOIA review process amid concerns over potentially classified material have alerted their inspector general that State FOIA officers are altering classification decisions, according to a report by the Washington Times.

After intelligence officials have flagged parts of emails as classified, State Department employees have instead redacted those same passages under one of nine exemptions permitted under FOIA.

Aug 17 12:34

State Dept. uncovers 17,000 missing emails

State Department officials have uncovered 17,855 emails sent between a former Hillary Clinton spokesman and reporters that the agency long claimed did not exist.

The trove was among more than 80,000 emails belonging to Philippe Reines, a Clinton aide, that were discovered on his State Department account, officials said in court filings Aug. 13.

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As it turns out, the State Department is sanitizing these emails before turning them over!

Aug 17 10:41

Hillary Clinton violated her own husband's executive order

As each new day brings to light another aspect of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's alleged email shenanigans, during Sunday morning's cavalcade of news shows a story that was reported and analyzed was Mrs. Clinton's entrusting her email server, that allegedly contained classified emails, to an IT firm that was never vetted or cleared to access or handle classified materials. What makes the report even more disturbing to those in the military, intelligence and law enforcement communities is the fact that Mrs. Clinton may have violated a regulation created by her own husband when he was President and she was the First Lady.

Aug 17 10:41

Police Using Biometrics on Americans… Without Consent in Unaccountable Database

Aaron Dykes, Guest
Waking Times

Biometrics are designed for use in mass populations here in America and throughout the Western world, not just war torn locales.

Aug 17 09:58

Some Germans Are Microwaving Their ID Cards to Stifle Surveillance

Ever since 9/11, most Americans have become quite complacent in regards to surveillance. We’re so used to being spied on by corporations and our government, that we’ve accepted it as an unavoidable fact of life. But in countries like Germany, there is still a deep-seated and widespread cultural fear of being spied on.

This became apparent in 2010, when the German government issued microchiped ID cards, which was widely protested at the time. Despite claims that these cards can’t be used to spy on someone, many Germans are still very wary of the device. This fact was demonstrated earlier this week, when a 29-year-old man was arrested at the Frankfurt airport, after it was discovered that he had microwaved his ID card to destroy the microchip (according to German law, ID cards are government property, and can’t be destroyed).

Aug 17 09:56

The Life & Death of GADDAFI’S LIBYA – A Study of the Libya That No Longer Exists (1969 – 2011)…

In 2008 or 2009, the BBC made a documentary on life inside Libya: I remember it because I watched it at the time of its broadcast. Up until the beginning of 2011, that video was available on You Tube.
Once the international community had made up its mind – after years of back and forth – that Gaddafi was ‘evil’ and a war had to be waged on Libya, all versions of the documentary were removed from the web.

Aug 17 09:19

Fears Windows 10 will blow data caps

Consumer groups have slammed Microsoft for its policy of forced updates for Windows 10, which is hitting customers in remote locations with massive bill shocks by blowing out their data caps.

But they warn bill shock may affect many more customers, regardless of where they are located. And, with many customers yet to receive their monthly internet bills, the full extent of the problem may not yet be apparent.

Maureen Hilyard, an internet user in the Cook Islands, an autonomous region associated with New Zealand, claims she faces a bill as much as $NZ600 ($A532) for the month of August, thanks to Windows 10 automatic updates.

Aug 17 09:15

VIRGINIA FINALLY DROPS AMERICA'S 'WORST VOTING MACHINES'

If you voted in a Virginia election any time between 2003 and April of this year, your vote was at serious risk of being compromised by hackers. That’s the assessment reached by Virginia’s board of elections, which recently decertified some 3,000 WINVote touchscreen voting machines after learning about security problems with the systems, including a poorly secured Wi-Fi feature for tallying votes.

Aug 17 08:00

Tablets are fast becoming the next tech dinosaur

A while back I wrote about how I inherited my son's Kindle Fire and the joys of accessing my digital newspaper subscription on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. While it was a novelty to have two tablets to play with, I quickly found it was a burden keeping my documents on both devices and switched largely to using the newer, more modern Galaxy Tab. Even that has somewhat fallen by the wayside; as I've gone on several trips this summer I've found I rely almost exclusively on my laptop - which has the full physical keyboard I prefer - and smartphone, which is always with me thanks to its portability.

Aug 17 06:44

No One Is Better at Twitter Than Trump

According to PolitiTrends data, Trump has been the most tweeted-about candidate by a wide margin for the last month, frequently becoming the subject of 70,000 tweets per day while his competitors flounder in the 20,000 range. He has 3.43 million Twitter followers, surpassed by Hillary Clinton’s 3.97 million, but according to an analysis by Vocativ he has a much higher percentage of authentic, non-robot Twitter followers (90 percent) than the Democratic front-runner (65 percent). The Talkwalker report provided to The Daily Beast also shows that he has been retweeted 1.86 million times since he first stepped off of that escalator on June 16.

Aug 16 22:44

Exposed: Big Brother's 'Unique and Productive' Relationship with AT&T

Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents show that the U.S. government's relationship with telecom giant AT&T has been considered "unique and especially productive," according to a joint investigation by the New York Times and ProPublica published Saturday.

Aug 16 16:38

Hackers can access EVERY call and message you send: The moment computer expert shows just how easy it is for them to eavesdrop on your smartphone

Hackers are able to spy on smartphone users anywhere in the world.

In one of the biggest threat to privacy breaches the world has ever seen, Australians may have their names, addresses, bank account details and medical data stolen due to a security vulnerability.

Channel Nine's 60 Minutes has uncovered a security hole in modern telecommunications that enables cyber criminals to listen in on phone conversations and read text messages.

The program reveals just how easy it is for German hackers, who are based in Berlin, to be able to intercept, steal data and geo-track someone's location by using a signalling system, known as SS7.

Criminals, commercial spies and suspected terrorists are allegedly exploiting the security loophole for their own benefit by accessing the system, which is being used by major Australian providers.

Aug 16 16:11

175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 support ended a month ago today, but there are still 175 million websites on the public internet – about one in five – that are powered by the operating system.

Plenty of the machines also run Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, a version of Redmond's web server that has primitive security compared to its successors.

The 175 million number comes from Netcraft's regular count of the world's websites and the web servers behind them. The company's August survey found 874,408,576 sites running on 5,391,301 web-facing computers. Of those, the company is satisfied that 609,000 are running Windows Server 2003. And of those, 73 per cent are running IIS 6.0.

Aug 16 12:33

Hillary's emails WERE backed up to another server – and it may still exist – as the FBI works to figure out how well the data was scrubbed

Tens of thousands of emails once housed on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private computer server were moved to another device after a Colorado company took possession of the device in 2013, leaving open the possibility that copies of messages Clinton later chose to delete might still exist.

The FBI seized the server this week in a stunning move, signaling a new intensity in the investigation into whether Clinton knowingly send or received top-secret classified information through her private address while she was America's top diplomat.

Bloomberg reported Thursday night that Barbara Wells, an attorney for Platte River Networks, Inc., confirmed that while the server hardware now controlled by the FBI 'is blank and does not contain any useful data,' its contents could still be safe and sound elsewhere.

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The mere fact that Hillary's people blanked the disk shows an intention to destroy evidence.

Aug 16 12:30

Amazon takes workplace surveillance to the next level by incentivizing employees to report on each other

Amazon's corporate offices encourage white collar employees to use an electronic reporting tool to tell their managers how their colleagues are doing on the job. Unsurprisingly, this practice results in some bad outcomes for workers.

Aug 16 10:31

Siri "Butt Dial" Saves Murfreesboro Man's Life After Truck Falls on Him

iPhone users know "Siri" can do plenty of things at the touch of a button. Add saving a life to the list.

18-year-old Sam Ray was working under his truck on July 2nd when the jack gave way, sending the nearly 5,000 pound truck crashing down on top on him. With his arms trapped, Ray yelled for help, but nobody was able to hear him.

That's when he heard the familiar Siri activation coming from his phone that was in his back pocket. Realizing it was a chance for help, the man was able to "push up on his hip" to activate Siri and requested a 911 call. He finally heard dispatchers on the line and received the help he needed.

Aug 16 10:12

TOP EXECUTIVE AT HILLARY'S SERVER COMPANY WAS SUED FOR 'FRAUD' AFTER 'RECEIVING PROCEEDS' FROM $500M PONZI SCHEME RUN BY BACKSTREET BOYS IMPRESARIO

A top executive at the Internet company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email server is an alleged fraudster who was an executive for one of the most notorious Ponzi fraudsters in recent history.

David DeCamillis is said to have been paid $1.5 million as a director of a company run by Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who discovered The Backstreet Boys and NSync.

DeCamillis was accused of 14 counts of fraud and one count of unjust enrichment when Pearlman’s business was exposed as a $500 million scam.

DeCamillis then got a job at Denver, Colorado, based Platte River Networks as their vice president of sales and marketing whilst Pearlman began serving a 25 year jail term.

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This guy was obviously more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

And that brings to mind two questions; how could Hillary, or her staff, NOT have done the "due diligence" to recognise how crooked this guy was, or did they know, and feel he would be "perfect" as the manager for Hillary's email accounts?!?

Either way, having to ask these questions of a woman running for President is troubling, indeed.

Aug 16 09:19

AT&T Helped NSA Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic

he National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

Aug 16 03:38

Microsoft Stands Accused

Microsoft stands accused of deleting Windows 10 Insider feedback it doesn't like

Aug 15 20:54

Firefox stealthily loads webpages when you hover over links -- here's how to stop it

Pre-fetching or caching of web pages is a technique used by many web browsers to improve perceived performance -- it's nothing new. But Firefox takes a slightly sinister and stealthy approach. Simply hover your mouse over a link and the browser fires off requests to the associated website in the background.

While this sounds potentially helpful, it is also something of a privacy and security concern -- not to mention a waste of bandwidth. You might hover over a link simply to check out the destination in the status bar; if there is a link to a malicious or unsavory website, you probably don’t want these stealthy connections being made in the background. If you're worried about your security or privacy, or just want to be back in control of your web connection, there are steps you can take.

Aug 15 20:50

AT&T helped U.S. NSA in spying on Internet traffic: N.Y. Times

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T Inc (T.N) has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing newly disclosed NSA documents.

The newspaper reported that the company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer.

The documents date from 2003 to 2013 and were provided by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Times reported.

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Aug 15 17:11

Hillary's emails WERE backed up to another server – and it may still exist – as the FBI works to figure out how well the data was scrubbed

Tens of thousands of emails once housed on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private computer server were moved to another device after a Colorado company took possession of the device in 2013, leaving open the possibility that copies of messages Clinton later chose to delete might still exist.

The FBI seized the server this week in a stunning move, signaling a new intensity in the investigation into whether Clinton knowingly send or received top-secret classified information through her private address while she was America's top diplomat.

Bloomberg reported Thursday night that Barbara Wells, an attorney for Platte River Networks, Inc., confirmed that while the server hardware now controlled by the FBI 'is blank and does not contain any useful data,' its contents could still be safe and sound elsewhere.

Aug 15 10:46

Top executive at Hillary's server company was sued for 'fraud' after 'receiving proceeds' from $500m Ponzi scheme run by Backstreet Boys impresario

A top executive at the Internet company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email server is an alleged fraudster who was an executive for one of the most notorious Ponzi fraudsters in recent history.

David DeCamillis is said to have been paid $1.5 million as a director of a company run by Lou Pearlman, the disgraced music impresario who discovered The Backstreet Boys and NSync.

DeCamillis was accused of 14 counts of fraud and one count of unjust enrichment when Pearlman’s business was exposed as a $500 million scam.

DeCamillis then got a job at Denver, Colorado, based Platte River Networks as their vice president of sales and marketing whilst Pearlman began serving a 25 year jail term.

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The story gets even better. Platte River Networks is in legal trouble for stealing US Government phone numbers and in some cases actually interfering with the phone lines themselves, suggesting an espionage operation! Possibly as a means to reduce their own legal difficulties, Platte River Networks has informed officials that the Clinton email server had a clone, to which the entire contents of the server in Clinton;s house were copied before the "sanitation" and deletions began.

Aug 15 10:00

Poll: Majority believe Clinton lied about emails

A majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton lied about having sensitive national intelligence on her private email server, a new poll finds.

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Aug 15 09:15

Windows 10 Sucks - UPDATED!

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And updated, and updated , and updated ...

Aug 15 08:01

CHINA SENDS IN CHEMICAL WARFARE TROOPS, ORDERS TIANJIN BLAST SITE EVACUATION AFTER TOXIC SODIUM CYANIDE FOUND

“Right now, we don’t know anything,” said Sun Meirong, 52, an office cleaner who descended 13 flights of stairs with her 1-year-old grandson after the explosions blew in her apartment windows and front door.

… According to the Tianjin Tanggu Environmental Monitoring Station, calcium carbide was one of several toxic industrial chemicals stored by the company. The others included sodium cyanide, which can produce hydrogen cyanide, a volatile and flammable liquid; and toluene diisocyanate, which can also react violently in the presence of water.
We were quite skeptical the Chinese government can maintain the charade for long: unlike radiation whose effects take years to materialize, and thus afforded the Japanese government free reign to lie to the people with impunity for years, the effect of the Chinese toxic gases manifest themselves quickly, and usually with a combustible or deadly outcome.

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The Chinese government did the right thing in ordering the evacuation, but they will have to come clean with the Chinese people as to how this happened in the first place.

Intelligent chemical storage has be underpinned with a real protocol, so that this kind of accident (if it was, in fact an "accident") doesn't happen again.

Aug 14 17:47

My browser visited Weather.com and all I got was this lousy malware (Updated)

The malvertising campaign worked by inserting malicious code into ads distributed by AdSpirit.de, a network that delivers ads to Drudge, Wunderground, and other third-party websites, according to a post published Thursday by researchers from security firm Malwarebytes. The ads, in turn, exploited security vulnerabilities in widely used browsers and browser plugins that install malware on end-user computers. The criminals behind the campaign previously carried out a similar attack on Yahoo's ad network, exposing millions more people to the same drive-by attacks.

Update: A few hours after Ars published this article, Malwarebytes updated the blog post to say the campaign had moved to yet another ad network, which happens to be associated with AOL. Visitors to eBay were among those who were exposed to the malicious ads distributed through the newly discovered network.

Aug 14 17:12

VW Has Spent Two Years Trying to Hide a Big Security Flaw

Thousands of cars from a host of manufacturers have spent years at risk of electronic car-hacking, according to expert research that Volkswagen has spent two years trying to suppress in the courts.

“Keyless” car theft, which sees hackers target vulnerabilities in electronic locks and immobilizers, now accounts for 42 percent of stolen vehicles in London. BMWs and Range Rovers are particularly at-risk, police say, and can be in the hands of a technically minded criminal within 60 seconds.

Security researchers have now discovered a similar vulnerability in keyless vehicles made by several carmakers. The weakness – which affects the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) transponder chip used in immobilizers – was discovered in 2012, but carmakers sued the researchers to prevent them from publishing their findings.

Aug 14 15:17

Is Microsoft snooping on your computer? Analysts claim Windows 10 sends identifiable information to tech giant EVEN when told not to

Microsoft has previously said it does not collect data without users' consent, but work by Ars Technica could be interpreted as contradicting the statement.

The technology website's report seems to show that Windows 10 still contacts Microsoft even when certain internet-reliant features such as Bing and its Cortana personal assistant are are turned off.

While this is partly to test for an internet connection, OneDrive data seemed to be transmitted even when the feature is not active, said Ars Technica.

Data sent and requested from Microsoft to its OneDrive cloud storage service has a user ID attached,The Guardian reported.

The experts used a local login to Windows 10 rather than a Microsoft account and had every privacy protecting setting switched on.

'Windows 10 seems to transmit information to the server even when OneDrive is disabled,' Peter Bright writes.

Aug 14 15:16

State Dept. confirms Clinton aides had other unreported email accounts

Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top aides, used personal email accounts to conduct government business in addition to a State Department email and an account on the controversial server Mrs. Clinton kept at her New York home, the State Department confirmed to a federal court Friday.

The State Department admitted to the judge that it doesn’t have control over those documents, and can’t be sure it has all of the records from their time in the administration.

Aug 14 15:03

American cops wonder why Clinton not indicted for alleged email fraud

The allegations against Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she had at least two top-secret classified information emails stored on her private server are the latest in a long and tedious process involving the Clinton family and their depiction of themselves as being victimized by Republicans, according to a growing number news reports on Thursday. And many American law enforcement officers are wondering why the Justice Department is dragging its feet to investigate and indict Mrs. Clinton when they regularly imprison Americans for the same types of alleged offenses.

Aug 14 13:56

Government Wants to “Implant Recipients of Welfare Assistance with Satellite-Tracked Chips”

Sold on public fears, an RFID chipped population could only be years away.

Otherwise the "terrorists" will win. Oh my!

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Aug 14 13:45

Turns Out Personal Assistants Siri and Cortana Aren't As Personal As You Think

Whatever you say to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) personal assistants Siri and Cortana may not be as private as you think.

Both companies store data input into their voice assistants including voice commands, location information, and, well, basically everything you say. Apple explains its recording and storage policy in its privacy policy for OS 8.1. The policy, which is easy enough to find if you are looking for it, but nothing anyone would ever stumble across if you aren't, spells out every manner in which your interaction with your phone is used by Apple, but bolds the following in order for it to stand out:

By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple's and its subsidiaries' and agents' transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and dictation functionality in other Apple products and services.

Aug 14 11:59

Where did Hillary's personal emails go?

The Denver company tasked with managing Clinton's controversial email system believes there is "no useful data" left on the server it helped wipe clean, according to Barbara Wells, an attorney representing the firm.

"Platte River Networks does not have any data from the old server that is available on any of the servers or devices that they currently have in their control," Wells told the Washington Examiner.

But that data was "migrated" — or transferred electronically — onto another server around the summer of 2013, Wells noted. That server has not yet been identified.

Aug 14 11:07

Top secret Clinton emails include drone talk

The two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that an auditor deemed "top secret" include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner or merely reflect information collected independently, U.S. officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press.

The sourcing of the information in the emails could have significant political implications as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, agreed this week to turn over to the FBI the private server she used as secretary of state, and Republicans in Congress have seized on the involvement of federal law enforcement as a sign that she was either negligent with the nation's secrets or worse.

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Remember how Kenneth Starr distracted America from the real Whitewater scandal of government-sanctioned drug running with Monica Lewinsky and the stained blue dress?

That is what all this talk about satellites and drones is about, the "blue dress" to distract America from what happened at the Consulate in Benghazi, which is the reason Congress demanded Hillary's emails in the first place!

Aug 14 09:50

Klintonerdämmerung

Aug 14 09:29

Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers'

The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House.

Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers.

It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government.

Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines for White House military support desks, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, a lawsuit claims.

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A phone-tapping operation that went bad? Can anyone think of another reason for an ISP to commandeer telephone lines?

Aug 14 09:07

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up… Hillary Email Shows She Asked to Borrow Book with Chapters on ‘Email That Can Land You In Jail’ and ‘How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted’

The latest batch of Hillary emails released by the U.S. State Department show that Clinton used email to ask a contact to borrow a book titled “Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better,” by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.

Seems innocent enough right? Wrong… Pantsuit was requesting the book likely due to the beautiful chapters covering “The Email That Can Land You In Jail” and “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”

Aug 14 07:39

Mexico Government Gives Free TVs to Millions of Poor… With High Definition Social Programming

Movies warned that TV would be used for mind control... They Live, Videodrome and others.

Now, the Mexican government is giving out free HD flat screen TVS to 10 million poor people... so they can upgrade to the digital standard. But why?

Read full article at Truthstream Media.com

Aug 14 07:36

Police Using Biometrics on Americans… Without Consent in Unaccountable Database

Biometrics are designed for use in mass populations here in America and throughout the Western world, not just war torn locales. According to the NY Times:

Facial recognition software, which American military and intelligence agencies used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal suspects. But because it is being used with few guidelines and with little oversight or public disclosure, it is raising questions of privacy and concerns about potential misuse.

The potential for abuse is obvious.

Read full article at Truthstream Media

Aug 13 20:21

FBI Dedicates New 360,000 Sq Ft Biometric Technology Center in West Virginia

Government spying hasn’t been curbed in the least since Snowden’s leaks came out. It’s more just about having it rubbed in our faces every other five minutes than anything else.

Take the new state-of-the-art FBI biometrics facility opening in West Virginia.

“Tuesday started a new era for fighting crime and protecting our country with the dedication of the new FBI Biometric Technology Center in Clarksburg,” local West Virginia WDTV 5 reported.

Uh huh. Sure. Just like the $3 billion NSA spy hub sitting out in Bluffdale, Utah, right? For “fighting crime and protecting our country”? (Against us, the enemy?)
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Aug 13 15:45

Google FLUBS patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

Google's security update to fix the Stagefright vulnerability in millions of Android smartphones is buggy – and a new patch is needed.

Aug 13 14:45

From $1,300 Tiger Penis To $800K Snipers: The Complete Black Market Price Guide

"Voluntary" or not, failing to include the illicit activities which drive the world’s shadow economies could lead to material miscalculations. And besides, even if one wants to argue that illegality is impossible to measure, surely making an honest attempt to come up with an accurate representation of economic output is preferable to the BEA's now standard practice of simply "adjusting" the real data in order to get a goalseeked outcome. As WSJ put it last June, "if drug sales aren't counted in a place where people spend half their income on drugs, one could conclude, wrongly, that the population saved half its money." The U.N. made a similar argument back in 2008 when it contended that "accounts as a whole are liable to be seriously distorted" if governments refuse to include all transactions.

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Aug 13 14:00

Judge orders Clinton to preserve all records; she misses deadline to certify compliance

One federal judge has now ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her top aides to preserve all of records from their time in the administration, while another judge is trying to get to the bottom of how the government is deciding what classified information was included in those messages.

A flurry of court filings over the last week have only heightened the political perils to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the practical problems President Obama’s team faces as it tries to grapple with the mess Mrs. Clinton’s unique email arrangement left behind.

Aug 13 12:27

CIA ACCIDENTALLY RELEASES APOLOGY LETTER IT WROTE, BUT NEVER SENT TO THE SENATE FOR ILLEGALLY SPYING ON IT

Jason Leopold -- terrorizer of FOIA staffers throughout the US government -- has again obtained documents many would have expected to remain out of reach for years to come. Certainly, the CIA thought one of the documents would remain its little secret for the rest of whatever.

Aug 13 08:58

Russian Developers Claim They Have an NSA-Proof, Secure Encrypted Phone

Great! Here at RI, we are tired of having to put our phones in the refrigerator before voicing what we really think.

Aug 13 07:17

Your BMW or Benz Could Also Be Vulnerable to That GM OnStar Hack

IF YOU THOUGHT your pricey Benz or Bimmer had escaped the rash of recent hacks affecting Chrysler and GM cars, think again.

When security researcher Samy Kamkar revealed a bug in GM’s OnStar service last month that allowed a hacker to hijack its RemoteLink smartphone app, he warned that GM wouldn’t be the only target in an increasingly internet-connected auto industry rife with security flaws. Now Kamkar’s proven himself correct: He’s found that the internet services of three other carmakers suffer from exactly the same security issue, which could allow hackers to unlock vehicles over the internet, track them in some cases, and even remotely start their ignitions.

Aug 13 07:03

Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft

It's no wonder that privacy activists are up in arms.

Aug 13 06:15

Lenovo CEO: We will axe 3,200 workers as our profits shrink to nowt

There’s no room for sentiment or emotion in business, as Lenovo showed today when it reported an 80 per cent crash in pre-tax profits and plans to axe 3,200 jobs across the group.

Aug 13 06:05

THE SPY SATELLITE SECRETS IN HILLARY’S EMAILS

After months of denials and delaying actions, Hillary Clinton has decided to turn over her private email server to the Department of Justice. As this controversy has grown since the spring, Clinton and her campaign operatives have repeatedly denied that she had placed classified information in her personal emailwhile serving as Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term. (“I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” she said last month.) Her team also denied that she would ever hand over her server to investigators. Now both those assertions have been overturned.

Aug 12 19:29

Security chiefs demanding private details about Twitter users every DAY amid fears site is being used by ISIS to direct attacks

Britain's security agencies are demanding personal information about people on Twitter every day, amid growing fears that the site is being used by ISIS fanatics to attract new recruits.

Authorities, including the police, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, asked Twitter for private details on just under 300 occasions in the last six months alone, the website has revealed.

This was more than double the number of snooping requests made in the previous six months and means authorities were asking for information more than 10 times a week.

Aug 12 16:04

Attackers are hijacking critical networking gear from Cisco, company warns

The significance of the advisory isn't that the initial firmware can be replaced. As indicated, that's a standard feature not only with Cisco gear but just about any computing device. What's important is that attackers are somehow managing to obtain the administrative credentials required to make unauthorized changes that take control of the networking gear. The advisory doesn't say how the attackers are obtaining the credentials.

Aug 12 16:02

Microsoft Moves Toward Open Source as Linux Fills Its Cloud

IN A PERFECT world, says Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich, everyone would run Windows. But he’s playing for laughs.

Sure, Russinovich wants people to run Windows. As a Microsoft Fellow, he helped build the company’s flagship computer operating system. But like the rest of the rapidly evolving Microsoft, he also realizes that so much of the world now runs Linux, the Windows alternative built by a vast community of open source software coders. In fact, Russinovich says, Linux now drives about 25 percent of the activity on Azure, the Microsoft cloud computing service where businesses can run websites and other software applications without setting up their own computer servers. That’s up from 20 percent in the fall.

Aug 12 15:54

A Traffic Analysis of Windows 10

Some Czech guy did a traffic analysis of data produced by Windows 10, and released his findings the other day. His primary thesis was that Windows 10 acts more like a terminal than an operating system -- because of the extent of the "cloud" integration, a large portion of the OS functions are almost dependant on remote (Microsoft's) servers. The amount of collected information, even with strict privacy settings, is quite alarming.

If you're thinking of installing Win10 you need to read this.

Aug 12 15:43

Windows 10 service agreement stirs espionage fears in Russian Communists

In his letter, the politician claims that the end-user service agreement distributed with Windows 10 reads that the operating system (OS) will collect and store users’ web history, access points, passwords and other personal data, including physical location, emails and other messages and information about phone calls. Microsoft also reserves the right to share this data with special services, use it in research, publish or use it in any other way it sees fit.

However, current Russian law demands that such gathering and processing of personal information is only permissible by companies included in the National Register of Personal Data Operators, Solovyov noted. As Microsoft is not included on this register, the distribution of Windows 10 on Russian territory becomes illegal, he wrote.

Aug 12 15:26

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware on Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

Lenovo has sold laptops bundled with unremovable software that features a bonus exploitable security vulnerability.

If the crapware is deleted, or the hard drive wiped and Windows reinstalled from scratch, the laptop's firmware will quietly and automatically reinstall Lenovo's software on the next boot-up.

Built into the firmware on the laptops' motherboard is a piece of code called the Lenovo Service Engine (LSE). If Windows is installed, LSE is executed before the Microsoft operating system is launched.

Aug 12 13:59

Judge Napolitano, Trey Gowdy: Hillary Could Face Email Criminal Prosecution

Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and the FBI's role in the Benghazi investigation indicate the probe could result in criminal prosecutions, conservatives warned.

Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that the same prosecutors who investigated former CIA Director David Petraeus are investigating Clinton's email issues.

Gowdy said Clinton wanted to control information about the workings of her office while she was secretary of the State Department.

"She wanted to control access to the public record and she almost got away with it," Gowdy said.

Aug 12 13:18

Hillary Clinton Keeps Making Untrue Claims About Her Use of a Private Email Server

The most important thing to understand about the continuing scandal over Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while serving as the Secretary of State is that almost everything she has claimed about the matter has turned out to be not true.

After questions arose about the unusual arrangement, which was in violation of State Department rules requiring employees to use only official government email accounts for both security and records retention purposes, Clinton held a press conference in March to address the matter. During the conference, she claimed, among other things, that there was no classified information on the account.

"I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material," she said.

The statement was clear and unequivocal. It was also not true.

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And those were the four that Hillary's "sanitation crew" missed!

Aug 12 12:52

LOCAL POLICE TAKE THE EYE OF BIG BROTHER AND SPY ON AMERICANS

“What we often see is police departments or local law enforcement agencies grabbing technologies without any policies in place for it, not asking anybody’s permission, just sort of getting it, [and] starting to implement it,"

Aug 12 12:30

Top 5 Bitcoin Common Myths Exposed and Debunked

By Evander Smart

Plenty of people out there don’t understand Bitcoin. This is understandable, as Bitcoin is not a concept that is easily understood by the layman. The problem is people tend to fear and dismiss things they don’t understand, which creates a caldron of myths and half-truths that are designed to wither away that thing they wish into the cornfields. Bitcoin also has no direct marketing team or leadership to defend its name against such barbs, so it is fairly vulnerable.

So today, I’ll step to its defense against common attacks from those outside of the ecosystem looking to throw stones through Bitcoin’s decentralized and transparent windows. Most arguments have a layer of truth covering a thin argument at best. Here are some common issues disseminated from the anti-Bitcoin position, and then I can provide the pro-Bitcoin side of the digital ledger if you will...

Aug 12 12:17

WikiLeaks Announces €100,000 Bounty For Secret TTIP Documents

By Star Fox

Wikileaks on Tuesday launched a crowd-funded campaign to raise €100,000 to be used to reward the person or group that leaks the secretive documents that make up the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

As of Wednesday afternoon (ET) the campaign has already raised 47% of its goal...

Aug 12 11:42

Windows 10 Sucks

Aug 12 09:35

Clinton turns over private server to Justice Dept. amid report it contained 'top secret' emails

There is no evidence Clinton used encryption to shield the emails or her personal server from foreign intelligence services or other potentially prying eyes. Kendall has said that Clinton is "actively cooperating" with the FBI inquiry.

Aug 12 09:22

Clinton email disclosures creating Washington firestorm among GOP, OPSEC pros

The updated inspector general's report stated, according to Grassley, that two of the four emails that were previously classified as being “above Secret” were actually Top Secret/SCI level which is a higher classification with a limited number of people authorized to access it. According to the inspector general, the other two emails, which intelligence community officials said were classified by the State Department at the time they were sent, are being reviewed by the State Department to determine what the current appropriate level of classification should be.

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Aug 12 09:10

VIDEO: EAGLE KNOCKS DRONE OUT OF SKY

Flying on the outskirts of Melbourne, drone hobbyist Adam Lancaster says he noticed the bird of prey circling right before it attacked. “We first saw the eagle circle us, but it disappeared,” Lancaster told Buzzfeed. “Then it came back into our direction and the next minute it flew out of the tree and took me out.”

Aug 12 09:06

CHINESE MILITARY TRAINS STUDENTS TO CONTROL MACHINES WITH THEIR MINDS

Forget joysticks and exoskeletons, the future of warfare could see robot armies controlled using just a commander’s mind. China has been training students at a military academy to use headsets that detect and interpret the brain activity of the wearer, allowing them to control the machines.

Aug 12 09:03

Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

A design flaw in Intel's processors can be exploited to install malware beneath operating systems and antivirus – making it tough to detect and remove.

"It's a forgotten patch to a forgotten problem, but opens up an incredible vulnerability," said Christopher Domas, a security researcher with the Battelle Memorial Institute, who revealed the hardware bug at the Black Hat conference in Vegas last week.

The blunder was introduced in 1995, in the Pentium Pro. It is hardwired into the silicon, and has been staring kernel-level programmers in the face for years.

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"Design flaw" my ASCII!!! This is no doubt one of the NSA's mandated "back doors" which is why it has been left untouched for 16 years.

Aug 12 08:46

Scientists make robot -- that can have babies!

Webmaster addition: CALL PLANNED PARENTHOOD NOW! (I need some spare parts for my computer.)

Aug 12 08:26

Clinton giving up server amid concerns about classified data

Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign casts her decision to turn over her personal email server to the Justice Department as cooperating with investigators. Her Republican critics suggest that the move and new revelations about classified information points to her malfeasance as secretary of state.

Two emails that traversed Clinton's personal system contained information that had been designated "top secret" and "Sensitive Compartmented Information," one of the government's highest classification ratings, U.S. officials said.

Federal investigators have begun looking into the security of Clinton's email setup after the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence agencies said that classified information may have passed through the system.

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