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Aug 02 18:01

Mark Of The Beast Pushed Here In America

Alex Jones premieres John Bowne's report on the newly unveiled microchips that are being implanted into peoples' hands between the thumb and index finger.

Aug 02 13:33

NEW BATCH OF HILLARY EMAILS SHOW ABUSE OF CLASSIFIED INFO, DONOR FAVORS

A new batch of Hillary Clinton emails released through a Judicial Watch lawsuit provide further evidence that top aide Huma Abedin sent classified information through a non-secure account.

The emails, among 1,606 pages of documents from the U.S. State Department, also confirm that donors to the Clinton Foundation regularly obtained special favors from Clinton’s staff.

Judicial Watch said the documents included 91 Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department. At least 530 emails now are known to have not been part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department.

Aug 02 09:21

VENEZUELAN ELECTION TURNOUT FIGURES MANIPULATED BY 1 MILLION VOTES, SAYS ELECTION COMPANY

Turnout figures in Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up by least 1 million votes, Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, said on Wednesday. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said at a news briefing in London.

Aug 02 09:10

Gallery: How to erase yourself from the internet

Fed up with social media? Sick and tired of hiding from identity thieves? It's not easy to eliminate your online presence, but it can be done if you're willing to put in the legwork.

Here are some tools, tips, and strategies for getting rid of your internet footprint.

Aug 02 09:04

'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

Top tip: Don't fetch and install dodgy Flash updates from random websites

Aug 02 08:58

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter: FBI Report Shows It Was Seth Rich – Not Russians – Who Gave DNC Emails to Wikileaks

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who revealed in 1974 that the CIA was spying on Americans, who broke the story of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandal – said in a recent phone interview linked by WikiLeaks:

[The DC police took Seth Rich’s computer, but couldn’t get past his password.] So they call the FBI cyber unit.

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The Feds get through [the password-protection on Rich’s computer], and this is what they find. This is accoring to the FBI report.

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What the report says is that – some time in late spring or early summer – he [Rich] makes contact with WikiLeaks. That’s in his computer.

Aug 02 08:58

Whatever Is On Imran Awan’s Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered

Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide.

Aug 02 08:44

Dangerous Mobile Banking Trojan Gets 'Keylogger' to Steal Everything

Security researchers have discovered that one of the most dangerous Android banking Trojan families has now been modified to add a keylogger to its recent strain, giving attackers yet another way to steal victims sensitive data.

Kaspersky Lab's Senior malware analyst Roman Unuchek spotted a new variant of the well-known Android banking Trojan, dubbed Svpeng, in the mid of last month with a new keylogger feature, which takes advantage of Android's Accessibility Services.

Yes, the keylogger added in the new version of Svpeng takes advantage of Accessibility Services — an Android feature that provides users alternative ways to interact with their smartphone devices.

This change makes the Svpeng Trojan able not only to steal entered text from other apps installed on the device and log all keystrokes, but also to grant itself more permissions and rights to prevent victims from uninstalling the Trojan.

Aug 02 08:07

Public Utility Consumer Abuse For Refusing AMI Smart Meters, PECO Style

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) main surveillance device, the AMI Smart Meter, has caused much grief, fright, concerns and actual bodily harms from non-thermal microwaves emitted by the ZigBee radios in all smart meters in every state. Those harms are called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), plus any of a roster of symptoms that can/may contribute to or exacerbate numerous chronic diseases.

As an EMF/RF science data researcher, I hear from people all over the globe offering personal tales of woe how electric companies, particularly in the USA, have done some nasty things to cause much grief for customers from whom utilities had received no previous problems, not even unpaid bills. But why such rather callous treatment? Well, it all revolves around the retrofitting of AMI Smart Meters on to electric, natural gas and water utility services...

Aug 02 07:49

It turns out the iPad was just too expensive after all

It seems that people love everything about Apple's tablet -- except the price.

Aug 02 07:43

They Did It – Deleted Benghazi Emails Recovered!

FBI investigators recovered 30 emails from Hillary Clinton’s wiped server which discussed Benghazi, government lawyers said in federal court. The disclosure was made during a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta in a case involving a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Aug 02 07:39

Germany starts testing face recognition surveillance amid criticism

Germany has test launched a new face recognition surveillance system at one of Berlin’s railway stations. Security officials say the system would contribute to anti-terrorism efforts while data protection bodies warn against human rights violations.

Three CCTV cameras, each equipped with different face recognition software, have been installed at the Berlin’s Suedkreuz railway station as part of the test project run jointly by the German federal police, the interior ministry and German Railways.

Aug 02 07:39

Disney hopes new face-reading tech will tell them what the audience wants

Facial recognition technology has been tested by the Walt Disney Company to determine whether audience members are enjoying a film or thinking about walking out.

Disney, the makers of the latest episodes of Star Wars and hit franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, are gearing up to better understand what their audience wants by monitoring facial expressions while they watch the screen.

Aug 02 06:59

GCSB ‘HAD NO IDEA’ SPY GEAR WAS STILL TARGETING KIM DOTCOM

THE GCSB lost control of its surveillance technology and wasn’t aware its systems continued spying on Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from the spy bureau.

It claimed that it turned off all surveillance systems targeting Dotcom and others but found out more than a year later that surveillance continued without its knowledge.

The details in the documents have led Dotcom to state that there is now evidence the United States’ National Security Agency was carrying out surveillance on him.

Dotcom, who should have been protected from GCSB surveillance as a New Zealand resident, said the GCSB did not know because its equipment was being used by the NSA, which was “directly involved”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...lost control of its surveillance technology...", MY ASTROLABE!!

Aug 02 04:23

‘CHIP PARTY’: US COMPANY CELEBRATES IMPLANTING MICROCHIPS IN EMPLOYEES (VIDEO)

A Wisconsin company has implanted microchips into its employees at a symbolic ‘chip party’, a first for the US. Now the ‘chipped’ employees can open doors, login to computers, use copy machines and even buy chocolate bars with a wave of their hands.

Aug 01 16:36

UK Threatens Tech Companies Over Message Encryption ‘Problem’

The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the “problem” or face stricter laws.

Aug 01 15:38

U.S. Virgin Islands being turned into a police state by a former NYPD police officer

Former NYPD policeman and Virgin Island Governor Kenneth Mapp, is turning a beautiful vacation destination into a police state that will rival NYC. Mr. Mapp has sent local police to train with the NYPD to spy on everyone. This month, the NYPD commissioner is going to vacation, sorry I meant visit Mr. Mapp and the Virgin Island Police Department (VIPD) police to 'mentor' them.

Aug 01 15:16

Google’s New Program To Track Shoppers Sparks A Federal Privacy Complaint

A prominent privacy rights watchdog is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

Aug 01 12:10

Judge Napolitano: Awans Had Access To 'Virtually Everything' In House of Representatives, Sold Information

While the rapidly unfolding case against Debbie Wasserman Schultz's apparent Pakistani IT spy ring already had huge implications for National Security, we now learn that the investigation into the the Awan family encompasses more than just the House Democrats they were working directly for.

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Network on Monday where he dropped a new bombshell: not only did the Awans had access to the emails of every member of the House of Representatives, Imran Awan reportedly sold information to still unknown parties, which the FBI is currently investigating.

Aug 01 11:59

Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS

With Microsoft's sometimes capricious and occasionally obnoxious treatment of Windows users, here's why you might want to give Windows 10 a miss.

Aug 01 10:11

Amazon finally suspends sales of $60 Blu Android phones after discovering they STILL secretly send user data to China eight months after the firm first claimed spyware was a mistake

Ultra-cheap Chinese-made Android phones which sell for as little as $60 have been banned from Amazon after they were found to be sending data about users to a Chinese server.

The handsets, branded Blu, were pulled by Amazon due to a 'potential security issue.'

Last week, security firm Kryptowire discovered the software that comes pre-installed on the devices has been automatically sending user data to China without alerting users.

Aug 01 09:35

UK threatens tech companies over message encryption ‘problem’

The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the “problem” or face stricter laws.

Aug 01 09:29

Why Amber Rudd's anti-WhatsApp encryption spiel is 'technologically illiterate rubbish'

If UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd listened to any cybersecurity expert for 10 minutes she would quickly come to understand how nonsensical her "incompetent, illiterate meddling" against strong encryption technology has come to be, experts warn.

Rudd believes that end-to-end encryption (E2E), used in apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, aids terrorism and as a result it is bad news. In an article in The Telegraph this week (1 August), Rudd claimed that "real people" don't expect security in their digital services.

Aug 01 09:00

Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign?

The “Russia hacking” flap has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with hacking. The story is basically a DNC invention that was concocted to mitigate the political fallout from the nearly 50,000 emails that WikiLeaks planned to publish on July 22, 2016, just 3 days before the Democratic National Convention. That’s what this is really all about. Russia didn’t hack anything, it’s a big diversion that was conjured up on-the-fly to keep Hillary’s bandwagon from going down in flames.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Congress and Trump have hit Russia with sanctions ... based on Hillary's fairy tale!

Aug 01 08:52

Don’t reply to any emails until you read this

Suspect every email.

That’s the only way to protect yourself from spear-phishing scams like the one that has reportedly hit White House officials. A U.K. prankster supposedly tricked members of the Trump Administration by posing as Washington insiders such as First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, and was even able to get Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert to reveal his personal email address, CNN reported.

The scammer even posed as ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to bait the recently-fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci – and got the Mooch to actually respond.

Aug 01 08:30

McAfee online scan used plain old HTTP to fetch screen elements

McAfee has moved to patch a bug that falls under the “didn’t you get the memo?” category: among other things, its free Security Scan Plus online tool retrieved information over HTTP – that is, in plain text.

The potential man-in-the-middle vector exists not in the operation of the free online scan, but in the house ads and UI design elements it serves.

Aug 01 08:20

Exposed IoT servers let hackers unlock prison cells, modify pacemakers

A researcher has found an often-misconfigured protocol puts sex toys, heart monitors, and even oil pipelines and particle accelerators at risk of attack.

Aug 01 07:55

ISRAELI SPYWARE FOUND MINING USER DATA ON GOOGLE PLAY

Security researchers at Google have discovered a highly sophisticated spyware specialized in stealing users’ data that appears to have been developed by an Israeli company.

Google said the spyware dubbed “Lipizzan” was developed by Israeli start-up Equus Technologies which claims that it provides “tailor made innovative solutions for law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and national security organizations”.

According to Google:

“Lipizzan is a multi-stage spyware product capable of monitoring and exfiltrating a user’s email, SMS messages, location, voice calls, and media.

We have found 20 Lipizzan apps distributed in a targeted fashion to fewer than 100 devices in total and have blocked the developers and apps from the Android ecosystem.

Google Play Protect has notified all affected devices and removed the Lipizzan apps.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised that the company which developed this is Israeli?!?

Jul 31 16:56

The life-saving £180 bracelet that gives tired drivers an ELECTRIC SHOCK if they begin to fall asleep at the wheel

The device records the wearers baseline heartbeat and skin conditions when it is first activated using 16 sensors.

If the heartrate drops by ten beats per minute, or skin conductivity is reduced by one unit, a gentle vibration and yellow warning light reminds the user to pay attention.

If these levels drop by a further three beats per minute and galvanic skin response decreases by another unit, an electric shock jolts the wearer and a red warning light will flash.

Jul 31 16:54

Netflix is more than $20 BILLION in the red and 'bleeding cash' thanks to hits such as Stranger Things

Global streaming giant Netflix is more than $20billion in the red and 'bleeding cash' thanks to producing original content like Stranger Things.

Netflix has more than doubled its spending this year and is expected to toss more than $6billion on its slate of programming in 2017, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Its negative free cash-flow of $258 million for the same quarter last year, and $423 million for the quarter ending March 30, increased to a company-record negative $608 million for the quarter ending June 30.

Jul 31 14:54

Facial Recognition ID Begins to Spread from Planes to Trains

By Nicholas West

The march continues to accelerate toward a future of biometric ID for all travel. The UK is announcing a plan for facial recognition cameras to be used to pay train fare...

Jul 31 14:27

Twitter Stock Tumbles Amid Crackdown On 'Trolls', As 2 Million Users Leave

Twitter said it failed to add any new monthly active users globally during its second quarter. Its user base declined to 68 million, from 70 million in the first quarter of 2017.

In a letter to shareholders, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was “strengthening our execution which gives us confidence that our produce improvements will continue to contribute to meaningful increases in daily active usage,”according to Variety.

Jul 31 13:28

YOUR BANKER IS ALWAYS IN: SWEDEN ROLLS OUT THE ROBOTS

Aida is the perfect employee: always courteous, always learning and, as she says, “always at work, 24/7, 365 days a year.” Aida, of course, is not a person but a virtual customer-service representative that SEB AB, one of Sweden’s biggest banks, is rolling out. The goal is to give the actual humans more time to engage in more complex tasks.

Jul 31 13:23

FACEBOOK LOBBIES TO PREVENT STATE LIMITS ON FACIAL RECOGNITION

When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the world’s largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names.

Jul 31 09:56

Inside Judicial Watch: The Clinton Email Scandal

Jul 31 09:55

Wasserman-Schultz And The Pakistani IT Scammers: "There's More Than Just Bank Fraud Going On Here"

In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.

Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

Jul 31 09:48

It Has to be Asked: Was Wasserman Schultz Having Affair with Criminal IT Staffer Imran Awan?

Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies! (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

According to Redditt — Imran Awan is now released with an GPS ankle monitor until his preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.

More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

Jul 31 08:50

Putin passes law that will ban VPNs in Russia

Russia has banned VPNs and other technology that allows users to gain anonymous access to websites.

The new law (link via Google Translate), signed today by President Vladimir Putin, goes into effect on Nov. 1 and represents another major blow to an open Internet. This weekend, news broke that Apple has removed most major VPN apps from the App Store in China to comply with regulations passed earlier this year that require VPN apps to be explicitly licensed by the Chinese government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but doesn't Google serve the same function in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, and without legislation to back it up?!?

Jul 31 08:14

Could the Awan-Schultz Scandal Bring Down the Democratic Party?

In what is quickly shaping up to become the biggest scandal for the Democratic Party since Hillary Clinton’s secret server and WikiLeaks’ release of the emails from John Podesta and the DNC, the investigation into the former DNC chairwomen’s IT workers may be the scandal that breaks the donkey's back.

Jul 31 05:59

AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

Machine learning tools can create custom malware that defeats anti-virus software.

In a keynote demonstration at the DEF CON hacking convention Hyrum Anderson, technical director of data science at security shop Endgame, showed off research that his company had done in adapting Elon Musk’s OpenAI framework to the task of creating malware that security engines can’t spot.

The key to the system is to take legitimate-looking code and change just a few tiny parts of it to convert the software into attack code. Even changing small details can fool AV engines, he said, citing research by Google and others to show how changing just a few pixels in an image can cause a computer to mistake a bus for an ostrich.

Jul 30 16:23

Twitter reveals its latest attempt to make money with $99 subscription service to automatically promote tweets

Twitter's financial stability came into serious question on Thursday after its latest earnings report indicated a horrific Q2, and now the company is looking into new ways to monetize.

The company today confirmed it is testing a paid model targeted at businesses and advertisers that would cost $99 a month.

The subscription would essentially be for an ad program that would automatically promote posts, up to 10 per day in addition to running month-long Promoted Account ads.

Jul 30 09:17

HUGE: Imran Awan is In Seth Rich Inquiry - Was With Rich NIGHT BEFORE...

Jul 30 08:58

Hackers break into voting machines in 90 minutes at competition

Hackers at at a competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in just 90 minutes on Friday, illuminating glaring security deficiencies in America's election infrastructure.

Tech minds at the annual DEF CON in Las Vegas were given physical voting machines and remote access, with the instructions of gaining access to the software.

According to a Register report, within minutes, hackers exposed glaring physical and software vulnerabilities across multiple U.S. voting machine companies' products.

Some devices were found to have physical ports that could be used to attach devices containing malicious software. Others had insecure Wi-Fi connections, or were running outdated software with security vulnerabilities like Windows XP.

The Register reported that the challenge was designed by Jake Braun, the Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Global Advisors and Managing Director of Cambridge Global Capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Iran....without a shred of evidence that these countries are complicit in changing the outcome of US elections!!

Jul 29 17:41

This creepy technology can read your emotions as you walk down the street

If this Russian tech company has its way, emotion-reading recognition is the cool kid on the block right now. With serious consequences for everyone's privacy and personal data. NTechLab ignited a controversy last year after it released FindFace, an app that can track everyone on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Twitter, based on their profile.

Jul 29 08:36

ROOMBA WALKS BACK PLAN TO SELL MAPS OF YOUR HOUSE TO AMAZON AND GOOGLE

Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company would sell to Amazon and Google, something the company could do today, thanks to an exceptionally broad and one-sided terms of service that you "agree" to when you become an Irobot customer.

Now, Angle has given another interview to Zdnet in which he simply denies having said anything about this plan to Reuters, whom, he claims fell victim to a "misinterpretation" of his remarks.

Angle supports his claim by pointing out that Irobot products currently do not upload the requisite data to Irobot's servers. Such a feature would require an update to Irobot's software (something the company rolls out regularly). In 2015, Angle made a big announcement about his company's plans to incorporate a feature like this to his devices' software.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Misinterpretation", MY ASTROLABE!!

The guy got caught, and now is trying to walk back what he said, period, end of discussion.

Jul 28 14:07

Local Politician Can’t Ban Constituents From Facebook Page – Judge

A federal court in Virginia has ruled that a politician violated a constituent’s free speech rights when she blocked him from her Facebook page. The ruling could impact a similar case involving President Donald Trump banning Twitter users.

Jul 28 08:29

Debbie Wasserman Schultz “Absolute Wreck – Barely Able to Function” Since Imran Awan Arrest

Debbie Wasserman Schultz “Absolute Wreck – Barely Able to Function” Since Imran Awan Arrest

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't tell us she is very depressed!

Jul 28 08:03

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites

The company said in a blog post that the central purpose of the change to its search algorithm was to give the search giant greater control in identifying content deemed objectionable by its guidelines. It declared that it had “improved our evaluation methods and made algorithmic updates” in order “to surface more authoritative content.”

Google continued, “Last month, we updated our Search Quality Rater Guidelines to provide more detailed examples of low-quality webpages for raters to appropriately flag.” These moderators are instructed to flag “upsetting user experiences,” including pages that present “conspiracy theories,” unless “the query clearly indicates the user is seeking an alternative viewpoint.”

Jul 28 07:20

Google Uncovers, Blocks Malware Possibly Used To Spy On Android Users

A team of security researchers at Google discovered and blocked a new family of Android malware developed by a cyber arms company that may have its roots in state-sponsored spying efforts.

The malware—known as Lipizzan—contained references within its code to an Israeli tech firm called Equus Technologies, which offers “tailor made innovative solutions for law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and national security organizations.”

In the Android Developers Blog, Megan Ruthven of Android Security and Ken Bodzak and Neel Mehta of Google’s Threat Analysis Group detailed the malicious software, which they called a “multi-stage spyware product.”

Jul 28 07:05

Amazon drones to scan your house while they're delivering?

Preparing for the future means preparing for every part of your life to be exposed to the world.

How far, though, might it go?

An Amazon patent filing that was granted on Tuesday offers a small, intrusive clue.

Jul 28 05:53

VIDEO: Fox Airs Allegations That Awans Aided Schultz With Voice Altered Phone Calls

Lt. Colonel Tony Schaffer alleged on Fox News this evening that the Awan brothers may have aided Debbie Wasserman Schultz in making bizarre voice modulated phone calls to the offices of attorneys currently pursuing a litigating a class action lawsuit against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC. If substantiated, the claims may have significance for the DNC fraud lawsuit proceedings, and add to the growing controversy surrounding the recent arrest of Imran Awan on bank fraud charges.

Jul 27 15:26

The Biggest Data Leak In Swedish History Was Also The Most Avoidable

It’s been described as “the biggest leak in Swedish history”, and it’s easy to see why.

Looking to cut costs, in 2015, the Swedish Transport Agency (STA) outsourced the management of its database and IT infrastructure to two companies — IBM in the Czech Republic, and NCR in Serbia.

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