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Nov 04 16:56

Biometric ID For Travel Goes Global With New CBP Tourism Partnership

By Nicholas West

According to a new announcement from the World Travel & Tourism Council, it appears that the roll out is set to accelerate and begin a much louder PR push to prepare the public for a new world of integrated biometrics for every phase of travel. A new public-private partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seems to widen the scope of the U.S. government mandate that is 15 years in the making to require biometric ID...

Nov 04 16:26

The true evil of online blackmail: Father's anguish for the son who took his own life after email ransom demands

Craig Simpson was last seen alive leaving home in the middle of March this year. The 56-year-old's body was pulled out of the nearby River Lugg in Herefordshire a week later.

Police discovered messages on his mobile phone revealing that he had recently been blackmailed into making Bitcoin payments to stop criminals sharing his private information with family and friends, despite nothing on his phone or computer showing he had ever visited an adult website.

He had been a victim of 'ransomware' – a cruel attack by computer criminals who blackmail their victims by threatening to spread lies that they have been watching online porn.

Nov 04 10:09

Tim Cook loses $11m as Apple's shares plunge more than 6% after firm announces it will STOP reporting how many iPhones it sells

Apple shares plummeted more than 6 percent today after Apple announced it will stop breaking out exactly how many iPhones it sells in its financial results.

The 'jaw dropping' decision caused frustration and fear among investors, with one analyst seeing the move as evidence that the tech giant has 'something to hide.'

The stock's plunge caused Apple to briefly dip below its $1 trillion valuation - a historic milestone it reached in August before closing at $207.48 a share, a drop of 6.63% in a day.

The losses hit CEO Tim Cook's wallet to the tune of more than $11 million through the 878,425 Apple shares he owns, according to the firm's latest SEC filing.

Nov 04 10:05

New Intel CPU Flaw Exploits Hyper-Threading to Steal Encrypted Data

A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading feature enabled.

The vulnerability, codenamed PortSmash (CVE-2018-5407), has joined the list of other dangerous side-channel vulnerabilities discovered in the past year, including Meltdown and Spectre, TLBleed, and Foreshadow.

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The simple fix for the PortSmash vulnerability is to disable SMT/Hyper-Threading in the CPU chip's BIOS until Intel releases security patches. OpenSSL users can upgrade to OpenSSL 1.1.1 (or >= 1.1.0i if you are looking for patches).

Nov 04 10:00

Massive double standard: Twitter never acted on hundreds of death threats from mail bomber while Gab singled out for synagogue shooting

You may have heard recently that a nut job named Cesar Sayoc, an alleged supporter of POTUS Donald Trump, sent phony bombs to prominent Democrats and the most dishonest cable news outlet on the air today, CNN.

It turns out that Sayoc was quite a prolific Twitter user, as he used the platform to post in excess of 240 threats to 50 different people and without any penalty whatsoever. The media’s reaction to Twitter? Tepid at best.

Less than a week later, after a rabid anti-Semite (and Trump opponent) walked into The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people while wounding four police officers, the same disgustingly dishonest “mainstream” media essentially forced social platform Gab offline because the alleged shooter, Robert Bowers, posted anti-Semitic material on his Gab account.

Nov 03 12:21

Facebook Illegally Obtained Your Medical Records – Major Lawsuit Underway

Facebook has been getting quite a bit of bad press lately, with the Cambridge Analytica debacle, the data breach that affected 50 million users, and most recently, taking down the pages of a triple-amputee vet who paid the social media giant over $300,000 for advertising.

Now, according to the Sokolove law firm, Facebook was given the medical records of many Americans by hospitals & healthcare facilities. That is illegal & is a violation of state privacy laws!

Nov 03 02:58

Smart Security Cameras Lack Brains to Stay Safe

Today we will address the topic of video surveillance cameras. A lot of them have plenty of security vulnerabilities. In addition, user guides and manuals have gaps and fail to present all those security controls that manufactures managed to put into their devices.

It is impossible to describe all vulnerabilities of all security cameras out there so we will focus on one camera that represent a vivid example of the poor state of security around video surveillance devices.

The subject of this article is the Hanwha SNH-V6410PN camera from Techwin. This company was previously owned by Samsung. Although the company changed its owners several years ago, they produced the mentioned cameras with the Samsung logo till 2017. And you can still find these cameras on sale.

Nov 02 09:08

Researchers Warn Hackers Could Target Memories Of Those With Brain Chip Implant

By Aaron Kesel

Scientists and security experts are warning of the potential for a person’s brain to be hacked, who have had “brain implants” to treat Parkinson’s disease, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group...

Nov 02 08:07

Microsoft claims Windows 10 file-deletion bug has been FIXED, but it still hasn’t released new update

The tech giant has made a new Windows 10 update available to testers after pulling the 10 October 2018 version.

But despite claiming the latest patch resolves the deletion issues, additional glitches are preventing Microsoft from releasing the new update to the public.

Nov 02 08:00

Two New Bluetooth Chip Flaws Expose Millions of Devices to Remote Attacks

Security researchers have unveiled details of two critical vulnerabilities in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chips embedded in millions of access points and networking devices used by enterprises around the world.

Dubbed BleedingBit, the set of two vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code and take full control of vulnerable devices without authentication, including medical devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers, as well as point-of-sales and IoT devices.

Discovered by researchers at Israeli security firm Armis, the vulnerabilities exist in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Stack chips made by Texas Instruments (TI) that are being used by Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba in their enterprise line of products.

Nov 01 12:10

FEDS ALSO USING 'REVERSE WARRANTS' TO GATHER LOCATION/IDENTIFYING INFO ON THOUSANDS OF NON-SUSPECTS

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects Because nearly everyone carries a tracking device on their person these days, it's become a whole lot easier for the government to find out where everybody's been. It's Tin Eye but for people, and it appears to be a new go-to tool for law enforcement. What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.

Nov 01 12:07

FORMER CIA EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF LEAKING TO WIKILEAKS DESCRIBES INHUMANE TREATMENT IN DETENTION

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Josh Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking “Vault 7” files to WikiLeaks, claims the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York has put him in solitary confinement. He says officials will not allow him to contact his attorney or work on his defense.

He was charged on June 18 with thirteen offenses that included allegedly violating the Espionage Act by stealing classified information from the CIA. It also included a prior charge involving child pornography.

A handwritten letter [PDF] from Schulte to Judge Paul Crotty was publicly filed on October 29 and then removed.

He describes how his days consist of “nothing but attempted meditation. My fellow slaves constantly scream, pound, and claw at the cages attempting to get attention for basic needs to be fulfilled. I count myself lucky to be able to eat.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, where people can be locked away indefinitely, only on an accusation, but not with any trial by a jury of their peers.

This is the polar opposite of the concept of "innocent until proven guilty", which used to be the bedrock of United States jurisprudence; but now, apparently, Government judges and attorneys can do this with impunity, while sharpening their legal knives for the purpose of getting a real conviction, no matter is the person being held is innocent... or not.

Nov 01 11:02

A super-fast 'quantum internet' for everyone is one step closer to reality as British researchers make a major breakthrough

British scientists believe they have made a key breakthrough in the pursuit of an ultra-fast and hyper-secure quantum internet.

They claim to have 'tamed' one of the biggest issues plaguing the development of the field.

Quantum entanglement is the scientific theory behind the new internet and it is highly sensitive to environmental interference that can easily disrupt a signal.

This has stunted the growth of quantum computing but Sussex University researchers believe that microwave technology can be used to insulate the devices and protect them from this issue.

A quantum computer would be able to do calculations that would take current supercomputers billions of years to carry out.

Nov 01 11:01

DARPA SEEKS FAA APPROVAL FOR MILITARY DRONES OVER AMERICAN CITIES

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population.

According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by the DARPA-directed military apparatus. As new forms of autonomous aircraft take to the skies such as the latest Blackhawk helicopter drones that could be ready by 2019, DARPA and aircraft developers want permission to fly over large cities as needed. Utilizing a new artificial intelligence system that is literally called MATRIX, developers see an opportunity for more flexibility in potential use. Of course, surveillance isn’t mentioned among those uses:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will lead to 24/7 surveillance on every man, woman, and child in this country; and possibly, if the government doesn't particularly like and individual and what they have to say, these units can be perfectly outfitted for extrajudicial assassinations.

When it comes to law, such a surveillance system can be ruthlessly lawless; no judge; no jury; no presumption of innocence; just death, for the outspoken and those with alternative facts and/or opinions.

Nov 01 10:37

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

A series of research projects, patent filings, and policy changes indicate that the Pentagon wants to use social media surveillance to quell domestic insurrection and rebellion.

Nov 01 10:37

Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet

Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.

The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.

Nov 01 10:30

Ambassador Dermer: After Pittsburgh, U.S. Must Follow Israel's Lead and Monitor Social Networks

There is no connection between Trump's actions and the rise in anti-Semitism in America, says Israel's envoy in remarks about synagogue killings in Pittsburgh

Nov 01 10:10

COMING TO A CHECKPOINT NEAR EU: TRIALS OF AI LIE-DETECTOR BORDER GUARD UNDERWAY IN THREE EU STATES

Trials are underway of an EU-funded scheme where AI lie-detector systems will be used to scan potentially dodgy travelers coming from outside the bloc. Too Orwellian? Or just the latest step towards smoother travel?

Commencing from November 1, the iBorderCtrl system will be in place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside EU. It aims to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers while weeding out potential criminals or illegal crossings.

Like all AI technologies in their infancy, the system is still highly experimental and with a current success rate of 76 percent, it won’t be actually preventing anyone from crossing the border during its six month trial. But developers of the system are “quite confident” that accuracy can be boosted to 85 percent with the fresh data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but how in heaven's name can a 98% "false positive rating" ever possibly be interpreted as "a good thing" for London police?!?

Nov 01 10:05

U.S. Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

After nearly four years of research and development, the U.S.military is closer to helicopters that can fly themselves through unpredictable terrain and execute difficult missions with virtually no human input. It’s part of the Pentagon’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or ALIAS, program. Helicopter maker Sikorsky passed a key test earlier this month during an experiment at Fort Eustis, Virginia, involving an S-76B helicopter. The test demonstrated that Sikorsky’s software, called MATRIX, could take off, fly in difficult winds and at low altitude, avoid wires and other obstacles, and even make determinations about whether or not it is safe to land in one place or another. The goal, now, is to integrate the technology onto a Black Hawk helicopter next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As awesome as this technology has to be, I wish our country were more capable of creating AI systems which heal, rather than shoot to kill, or maim, which is most probably how these systems will be advanced.

Nov 01 09:52

How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security | VICE on HBO

Nov 01 09:15

Father of the Web says tech giants Facebook and Google may have to be split because they are becoming more powerful than 'most sovereign states'

Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, said he was disappointed with the current state of the internet following scandals over the abuse of personal data and the use of social media to spread hate.

Silicon Valley tech firms may need to be split unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, he said.

Nov 01 08:18

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Nov 01 00:40

(NZ) ASB, Greenlea claim blockchain first with meat export deal

ASB is claiming a first with a new blockchain-based service used to organise a meat export trade deal.

The bank says Greenlea used its new "single trade window" service to process a deal with a large Korean importer.

ASB's GM Global Transaction Banking Greg Beehre said the transaction was a landmark because the blockchain-based service meant digital payment and paperwork for the deal were wrapped up in an hour - compared to the two to four days it would take to process using more traditional means.

Trade is currently paperwork-heavy, Beehre says, making it susceptible to fraud or human error.

Oct 31 11:46

Sophia The Robot That Wanted To “Kill All Humans” First Machine Granted Visa

By Aaron Kesel

The robot named Sophia that once creepily responded it wanted to “destroy all humans,” will take its place as the first robot to be granted a Visa, Yahoo reported.

Sophia traveled to Azerbaijan as part of a world tour promoting robotics and met the country’s president, Ilham Aliyev, who greeted the droid...

Oct 31 11:44

Judge: State Dept provided false statements to derail Clinton lawsuits about email server and Benghazi

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has accused the State Department officials of telling lies and signing false affidavits in hopes to derail lawsuits that sought information about Hillary Clinton's private email server and how she handled the Benghazi terror attack in 2012.

This took place during a hearing in Washington, D.C.

The judge said he was "shocked" to learn that Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, had been granted immunity by the FBI during their investigation of Clinton's private email server.

In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing "clearly false" affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Oct 31 11:20

The 4 biggest reasons people are creeped out by AI

While artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the enterprise, many people find AI more creepy than helpful, according to an Interactions survey released on Tuesday. AI is designed to make a user's life more convenient and efficient, but the amount of information AI retains can be startling.

The report surveyed more than 2000 American adults and found that many people overlook the benefits of AI, focusing instead on the "creepiness factor." Security around AI is a big topic of discussion, and for good reason, as most people's concerns involve how much AI knows about the user, said the report.

Oct 31 10:24

What Happens When Telecom Companies Search Your Home for Piracy

Adam Lackman ran TVAddons, a site hosting unofficial addons for Kodi media player. A legal team representing powerful telecom and media companies—Bell and Rogers included—searched his home and sued him for piracy. Now, he's fighting to make it to trial.

Oct 31 10:22

DARPA Seeks FAA Approval For Military Drones Over American Cities By 2030 – At The Latest

By Nicholas West

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population.

According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by the DARPA-directed military apparatus. As new forms of autonomous aircraft take to the skies such as the latest Blackhawk helicopter drones that could be ready by 2019, DARPA and aircraft developers want permission to fly over large cities as needed. Utilizing a new artificial intelligence system that is literally called MATRIX, developers see an opportunity for more flexibility in potential use...

Oct 31 08:06

New iPhone Passcode Bypass Found Hours After Apple Releases iOS 12.1

It's only been a few hours since Apple releases iOS 12.1 and an iPhone enthusiast has managed to find a passcode bypass hack, once again, that could allow anyone to see all contacts' private information on a locked iPhone.

Oct 31 07:57

Apple Watch owners asked to return devices for repair after update glitch

Apple has pulled an update for its smartwatches after some owners complained the software had caused their devices to stop working.

The problem appears to have baffled the firm's repair staff, and there appears to be no way at present for owners to restore the products themselves.

Several have said they have been told they need to send in the devices for a fix.

Apple said it intended to release a revised update soon.

Those affected reported that their watches had become stuck in a state showing the Apple logo - but nothing else - on their screens.

Oct 31 07:43

MD “Blows Lid Off” Microwave Industries Not Measuring Cumulative EMFs/RFs Before Initiating 5G At Michigan’s 5G Small Cell Tower Legislation Hearing

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period. This is no longer a subject for debate when you look at PubMed and the peer-review literature. These effects are seen in all life forms; plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans, we have clear evidence of cancer now: there is no question. We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects…5G is an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful; we know it from the science. In academics, this is called human subjects research.-- Dr. Sharon Goldberg...

Oct 31 07:25

Study warns popular children's apps are filled with 'intrusive and potentially manipulative' ads

A stunning 95 percent of commonly downloaded apps that are marketed to or played by children age five and under contain at least one type of advertising, according to a new report in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Perhaps the most insidious ads are the ones you need to click a little 'x' to get rid of, Radesky said.

'The little 'x' doesn't show up for about 20 seconds. If you're a 2- or 3-year-old you might think the ad is a part of the game,' Radesky explained.

And you don't know what to do. You might click on the ad and that could take you to the app store.

'Many of these ads require you to do things before the 'x' will appear,' she added.

Some ads are for products that aren't appropriate for kids, Radesky said.

Oct 30 12:46

Gab Banned By GoDaddy, Shopify, Medium; AG Plans Investigation; Founder Inundated With Death Threats

The free speech social network Gab has been taken offline after being banned by web domain registrar GoDaddy, shopping cart service Shopify, PayPal, payment processor Stripe, web host service Joylent and even blog site Medium since being blamed by the media for the mass shooting in Pittsburgh.

Oct 30 11:09

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAN IDENTIFY EVERYONE BY "TALKING TO THEIR CELLPHONES"

“This system basically allows surveillance cameras to talk to the public through their individual phones,” Purdue Univeristy doctoral student Siyuan Cao said.

As the above video illustrates, soon no where will be safe from Big Brother's prying eyes.

Purdue University's SIMBA Labs has developed a camera-to-human surveillance program called PHADE otherwise known as Private Human Addressing. The name of this new program, seems appropriate as everyone's privacy will soon phade fade away. (Pun intended.)

Before I discuss PHADE I would like to point out a few important facts.

Purdue University is also known as "Purdue Homeland University (PHU)." PHU's mission is to "enhance Homeland Security.and validate Homeland Security technology."

DHS/PHU also has an entire section devoted to giving threat assessments of K-12 grade students, "we have created a threat assessment tool that schools can use for an all-hazards approach." You cannot make this stuff up.

Oct 30 11:05

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAN IDENTIFY EVERYONE BY "TALKING TO THEIR CELLPHONES"

“This system basically allows surveillance cameras to talk to the public through their individual phones,” Purdue Univeristy doctoral student Siyuan Cao said.

As the above video illustrates, soon no where will be safe from Big Brother's prying eyes.

Purdue University's SIMBA Labs has developed a camera-to-human surveillance program called PHADE otherwise known as Private Human Addressing. The name of this new program, seems appropriate as everyone's privacy will soon phade fade away. (Pun intended.)

Before I discuss PHADE I would like to point out a few important facts.

Purdue University is also known as "Purdue Homeland University (PHU)." PHU's mission is to "enhance Homeland Security.and validate Homeland Security technology."

DHS/PHU also has an entire section devoted to giving threat assessments of K-12 grade students, "we have created a threat assessment tool that schools can use for an all-hazards approach." You cannot make this stuff up.

Oct 30 10:32

Gab.com says it expects to be back online by this weekend

Gab.com, the website where the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman posted anti-Semitic views, said on Monday it could be back online by this weekend after being asked by its domain provider, GoDaddy Inc, to move to another registrar.

"Spoke with our engineering team and new hosting provider. A conservative estimate is getting Gab.com back online by this weekend," it said on Twitter bit.ly/2CPl2fK, adding that it was aiming to do so even earlier than that.

Oct 30 09:30

AI 'deep fake' software that can be used to make bogus news videos that 'threaten democracy' is being funded by a UK government research body

AI 'deep fake' software that can be used to make bogus videos that 'threaten democracy' is being funded by a UK government research body.

The AI technology - which has been described as a 'propaganda weapon' - can mimic facial expressions and make it look like someone is saying something they're not.

People are concerned it could be used to create fake news clips that falsely put words into the mouths of politicians or other powerful figures.

Oct 29 17:09

Decentralized Truth - aantonop


Published on Dec 16, 2017
In this talk, Andreas explores the confusion and instinctive disbelief from newcomers about how open, decentralized cryptocurrencies can scale and grow in value without the finality of approval from authorities. He also emphasises the importance of "don't trust, verify" and why we should become accustomed to uncertainty, so that we may individually discover authenticity and truth. Markets are emergent aggregations of subjective decisions.

Oct 29 14:18

WashPo: "Silicon Valley is Trying to Help Democrats Capture Congress in 2018"

Silicon Valley is not biased against right-wingers!

It's just a coincidence that they're pouring millions of dollars into the Democrats' coffers and dedicating entire teams to work on their behalf (while giving next to nothing to Republicans)!

Oct 29 09:48

Porn-Watching Employee Infected Government Networks With Russian Malware, IG Says

An Interior Department watchdog recommended the U.S. Geological Survey ratchet up internet security protocols after discovering its networks had been infected with malware from pornography sites.

The agency’s inspector general traced the malicious software to a single unnamed USGS employee, who reportedly used a government-issued computer to visit some 9,000 adult video sites, according to a report published Oct. 17.

Many of the prohibited pages were linked to Russian websites containing malware, which was ultimately downloaded to the employee’s computer and used to infiltrate USGS networks, auditors found. The investigation found the employee saved much of the pornographic material on an unauthorized USB drive and personal Android cellphone, both of which were connected to their computer against agency protocols.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay.

First off, anyone who does not understand that visiting porn sites is like rolling out the red carpet for malware IS AN IDIOT!

Second, I question the claim that malware is Russian. If the government could actually track where malware comes from we would see arrests for malware here in the US. But we do not. Hence, the US government cannot track where malware comes from. Hence, the claim that this malware is Russian is just more gratuitous Russia-bashing.

Third, this USGS employee is an idiot.

Oct 28 19:01

Administrative UK Site-Blocking Should Be Accompanied By Absolute Transparency

This week the UK Government announced that it's considering options for 'pirate' site-blocking without rightsholders having to go to court to obtain an injunction. While there are undoubtedly plenty of pitfalls to consider before implementing this kind of system, absolute transparency should be the minimum standard. Without it, confusion reigns.

Oct 28 08:35

Facebook gets maximum fine over its big data scandal. It won't even notice

UK authorities have hit Facebook with the maximum possible fine over its Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the penalty is tiny.
The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office announced the £500,000 ($645,000) fine on Thursday, saying that Facebook failed to safeguard user data and was slow to contain the leak.

Oct 27 20:30

Shadow Banning Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: We’re All Digital Ghosts Now

Should Facebook, Google et al. reassure us we haven’t been ghosted, why should we believe them? Since the entire apparatus of censorship is operated by private, for-profit corporations in complete secrecy, on what basis would their assurances be credible or verifiable?

Oct 27 20:23

Murder in Pittsburgh and the Targeting of Alternative Social Media

The elite are exploiting a gullible Left to advance their long-term agenda: a one world government and an all encompassing surveillance state that will make real resistance—not the kind imagined by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—all but impossible.

Oct 27 18:32

Gab blamed for synagogue shooting, kicked off PayPal

Gab, a social media platform used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, has been kicked off PayPal and pressured into releasing an apologetic statement for the shooter's anti-Semitic rants.

In the letter it sent to Gab, PayPal does not elaborate on how the platform violated its user agreement, explaining that it is PayPal's right to terminate service at any time for any reason – a provision hidden in many online contracts.

The alleged shooter, Michael Bowers, had accounts on Twitter and Facebook as well, but it was Gab – the (alt-)Right's favorite platform – that took all the heat for hosting Bowers' anti-Semitic rants. Gab, meanwhile, says it provided Bowers' used data to the FBI immediately when it heard of his identity, archiving his account before suspending it.

Oct 27 11:58

Brain Scan Passwords Touted As Latest in Cybersecurity

AP Editor’s Note: We’ve reported extensively on U.S. government investment in neuroscience (mind control) via its BRAIN initiative, as well as its European counterpart called the Human Brain Project. Arguably, some of the research being done is well-intentioned. However, as Truthstream Media has extensively documented in their new full-length film THE MINDS OF MEN, the origins of U.S. government and military research into the human brain has been anything but benevolent.

Moreover, we are continuously reassured about how secure the latest technology is; yet, strangely, the newest technology makes a point to highlight the failings of the old — in this case biometrics — even as the last generation is still in use and is rolled out in ever-more invasive ways.

Oct 27 09:58

Shadow Banning Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg: We’re All Digital Ghosts Now

If you do a search of shadow banning, you’ll find sites that claim to help you identify whether Twitter or Instagram has shadow banned your account. The basic idea of shadow banning is to spoof the shadow-banned user into believing their public posts are visible to all while in reality the posts are visible only to the user or in some cases to the users’ followers.

Oct 27 08:41

What You Are Not Being Told About Google's Leaked Document "The Good Censor" | FULLTEXT DOWNLOAD PERMALINK

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

-- John Perry Barlow, "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace," quoted in "The Good Censor," Google's leaked internal document, about which there is still something more to be said.

Oct 26 13:07

HAS AMERICA BECOME A DICTATORSHIP DISGUISED AS A DEMOCRACY?

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America - privileged, progressive and free - is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and “freedom,” such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I absolutely see the disconnect, being pushed at us; but I, like a number of my brother and sister Americans, have awoken, and are not buying it.

Oct 26 13:03

DHS WANTS TO LET POLICE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES TALK TO YOUR CAR

It seems like not a week goes by that I am not warning everyone about another government surveillance program.

Sadly, this story is no different and this one might send shivers down your spine. (Happy Halloween.)

Government spying on the public is out of control, and perhaps nothing says that more than the latest revelation about DHS's plan to allow first responders to send digital alerts to every vehicle. All in the name of public safety of course.

Two days ago, an article in NexGov, revealed that DHS is giving the Heedful Audio Alert System $1.1 million to let police, firefighters, and paramedics talk to your car via the Waze app.

The HAAS Alert system will allow first responders to send notifications to everyone's vehicle and phone.

Why would first responders need to talk to our cars?

For their safety of course. DHS and first responders are trying to convince the public that the "Move Over" law is ineffective and does not protect them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing short of insanity, and could wind up creating crashed due to distracted driving, when someone is receiving a text or call from the DHS.

Oct 26 13:00

GOOGLE WANTS TO BE YOUR MEDIA MOMMY

Google might soon add its terms of service to the First Amendment. A leaked document from the tech giant argues that because of a variety of factors, including the election of Donald Trump, what we call the “American tradition” of free speech may no longer be viable. The report lays out how Google can serve as the world’s “Good Censor,” a stern mommy figure protecting us from harmful content and, by extension, dangerous behavior, like electing the wrong president again.

The document, which Google has officially characterized as research, is infuriatingly vague about whether any decisions have been made or action has been taken. So think of all this as a guidepost, like the Ghost of Christmas Future showing us potential doom ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, folks, is the red warning flag that this country has turned/is turning into a high-tech dictatorship, and I am sincerely encouraging those who can, to get the hell out of this country right now!!

Oct 26 12:53

DIGITAL BOOK BURNERS

Jamie Fly, a former high-ranking Bush era neocon, believes you shouldn’t have the right to post on social media.

“Fly went on to complain that ‘all you need is an email’ to set up a Facebook or Twitter account, lamenting the sites’ accessibility to members of the general public. He predicted a long struggle on a global scale to fix the situation, and pointed out that to do so would require constant vigilance,” write Jeb Sprague and Max Blumenthal.

This attitude shouldn’t come as a surprise. Neocons believe they are a special breed, the chosen few of an intellectual crème de la crème, and the rest of us are merely bread and circus spectators on the sidelines as they forge our collective history (and increasingly possible ruin).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to tell you, folks, as a Christian Pacifist Activist, when I read codswallop like this, from a gentleman who probably never encountered a US-sponsored war which he absolutely hated, I find his "ubermench" mentality just too hard to swallow. (and please remember; this was a core concept for Germany under Hitler, a German concept for "Beyond-Man", "Superman", "Overman", "Superhuman", "Hyperman", "Hyperhuman"; taken from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.)

I completely, and rationally, reject his concept that there should not be a lot of honest, individual voices out there in Netland; and attempting to shut down these honest voices (of which, I am convinced, WRH is one) means shutting down any and all peaceful, logical resistance to the agenda of the Federal Government, when it is absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly morally wrong.

And there is another disturbing parallel in Fry's thinking which very much reminds me of the ascent of Hitler in Germany, and that is the following:
How did Hitler control the Media: Hitler imposed censorship of the media and drastic penalties for criticizing the Nazi regime.

It appears, from his evangelical fervor, that he is hell-bent on total media control, so that the government propaganda is all that we hear, and that he is looking for a means, motive, and opportunity to completely shut down honest, fact-based discussions of various governmental issues, both foreign and domestic.

I would politely suggest that there are two documents inherent to both the founding, and continued success, of the US, with which Mr. Fry needs to
re-acquaint himself: those are the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Oct 26 12:12

Study: Normal 2.45 GHz Wi-Fi Damages Fertility – What is Verizon’s 35 GHz, 5G Doing?

If we’re going to understand Verizon’s 4-city rollout of 5G and the 23 city AT&T deployment, we have to understand what frequency WiFi currently operates at, and the consequences we’ve already been suffering from that.

Oct 26 10:19

Robots Are Serving Spicy Soup at Haidilao’s Hotpot Restaurants

In Haidilao International Holding Ltd.’s hotpot restaurants, robots are replacing chefs and waiters.

Asia’s biggest listed restaurant chain by market value is partnering with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. to open what the two companies say is the world’s first eatery with a fully automated kitchen Oct. 28 in Beijing. At the new Haidilao restaurant, robots will take orders, prepare and deliver raw meat and fresh vegetables to customers to plop into soups prepared at their tables.

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Oct 26 08:24

Worst Windows 10 version ever? Microsoft's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad October

Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on October 2, then pulled it days later. Now, with November fast approaching, the update has still not been re-released. Where's the problem? And will it happen again?

Oct 25 19:08

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

The unauthorised access was first suspected in March this year and following initial investigations, it was confirmed by May that data had been exposed.

Data accessed included passenger names; nationalities; dates of birth; phone numbers; email addresses; physical addresses; 860,000 passport numbers; 245,000 Hong Kong ID card numbers, frequent flyer programme membership numbers; customer service remarks; and historical travel data.

In and among the haul, some 403 expired credit card numbers were accessed, and 27 active credit card numbers were accessed – but with no CVV numbers, it assured the world. Cathay Pacific said the combination of data leaked "varies for each" passenger.

Oct 25 19:06

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

£500k legal max penalty under old Data Protection Act

Oct 25 17:32

Seattle Private School To Use Facial Recognition Technology SAFR For Doors and Gates

By Aaron Kesel

Also, if a parent’s face is recognized by the system, the door/gate will open, reducing the need for someone inside the school to answer a buzzer. However, it’s worth noting that could be dangerous if the shooter was a parent...

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