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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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...

Oct 25 11:46

Has someone contacted you saying they’ve got webcam video of you? Don’t pay them.

Add another one to the list of scams soldiers should be looking out for. Apparently now internet grifters are pretending to have hacked your computer’s camera and taken videos of you or your family, and they’re threatening to release them unless you pay up.

Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning soldiers and families to beware of this “hijacked webcam” scam, according to a Thursday release from the Army.

“This is a scam. Do not send any payment to the blackmailer even if you receive an email specifically addressed to you,” CID Special Agent Daniel Andrews, with the Computer Crime Investigative Unit, said in the release. “Sometimes the email includes one or more of your real usernames and seems to directly target you.”

Oct 25 11:09

Technology giants are 'weaponizing deeply personal information against us with military efficiency', Apple chief Tim Cook warns as he calls for tough privacy laws in US and Europe

The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant's commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being 'weaponized' against users.

Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law this year and said the iPhone maker fully supports a U.S. federal privacy law.

Cook's remarks, along with comments due later from Google and Facebook top bosses, in the European Union's home base in Brussels, underscore how the U.S. tech giants are jostling to curry favor in the region as regulators tighten their scrutiny.

'We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,' Cook said. 'And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them.'

Oct 25 11:06

San Francisco’s New App ‘SnapCrap’ Lets Users Report Public Feces

The city of San Francisco now has a new app that allows users to report poop in public places. The city, under complete totalitarian leftist control, has a large homeless population thanks to unaffordable housing and the high costs of living in the city.

Created by a tech-savvy resident, the SnapCrap app allows users to take photos of errant public human feces and send those photos to city management using the city’s 311 information hotline, which serves as San Francisco’s official “poop-reporting” phone number. According to the Daily Wire, Sean Miller, the app’s creator, told NBC‘s local affiliate that he was “inspired” to launch the poop-reporting system after moving to San Francisco and finding himself forced to step over human waste lying in the middle of city sidewalks, a phenomenon he hadn’t experienced in his home state of Vermont.

Oct 25 10:16

TIM COOK: PERSONAL DATA COLLECTION IS BEING 'WEAPONIZED AGAINST US WITH MILITARY EFFICIENCY'

Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted Silicon Valley tech companies and their abuse of user privacy in a keynote address at a privacy conference in Brussels Wednesday, saying personal information is being "weaponized against us with military efficiency."

"Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations. Our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams," Cook said. "These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold."

"Your profile is then run through algorithms that can serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into hardened convictions," Cook said.

Apple and its chief executive have long touted personal privacy, distancing themselves from recent, growing scandals among tech companies — but the comments from Cook are some of the strongest to date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have 6 words on this; never use Facebook or Google again.

Oct 25 09:50

APPLE REPORTEDLY BLOCKED POLICE IPHONE HACKING TOOL AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.

It’s still unclear what exact change could have been made to shut GrayKey out. Previous reporting has told us that the tool uses a workaround to brute force its way in by guessing a users’ password until it gets it right. Apple has protections in place to stop that kind of tactic and GrayShift’s methods are a closely held secret. Not much is known about the company. In March, Forbes reported that GrayShift counts at least one ex-Apple security engineer as part of its team. You can’t even view its website without a login given to members of law enforcement, though there have been indications that it works with private entities in some capacity as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what Apple sacrificed in terms of other "back doors" in smart phones, now demanded of them by police and federal agencies.

Oct 25 09:30

Data-sharing by free apps is ‘out of control’ with almost 90% of free apps on Google Play sharing your details with companies, Oxford University study finds

The harvesting and sharing of data by mobile phone apps is out of control, researchers have warned.

They found that almost 90 per cent of free apps on the Google Play store shared data with Google parent company Alphabet.

More than 40 per cent could transfer information about users to businesses ultimately owned by Facebook.

Oct 25 08:06

Thousands Are VOLUNTEERING to Be MICROCHIPPED

Thousands of people are volunteering to be microchipped in Sweden "for convenience." Can the rest of the world be far behind?

Oct 24 12:08

‘JUST THE BEGINNING’: TOP NEOCON INSIDER CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FACEBOOK PURGE, SAYS MORE TO COME

Purge of alt-media by FB is ‘us pushing back, just a beginning’ – censorship insider.

An employee of a leading Washington DC think tank has reportedly taken credit for the resent purge of alternative media by Facebook and Twitter, claiming it to be necessary to fight against ‘fake news’ from Russia and China.
In the latest act of apparent censorship of political speech online, US-based tech giants this month shut down hundreds of user accounts. Some belonged to well-established alternative media outlets with hundreds of thousands of followers, like The Free Thought Project or The Anti Media. A senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a leading think tank advocating US global supremacy, seems to have at least partially taken credit for this.

“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” Jamie Fly said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, just how much of Jamie Fly's portfolio is focused on defense stocks; I would be willing to think, quite a bit. So in this next global war, he is probably going to make quite a killing, literally and figuratively.

Folks, this is NOT about "Russia and China"; it is those in the very bowels of power in DC, who do not want you to know any reality, other than the codswallop they push down your throat, and expect you to swallow, whole.

It is their narrative they want listened to and followed, as an agenda which demands specific action; this is the reason they are attempting to sensor the Net, because when the next Big War comes, they are going to want you to just sleepwalk into it, with no complaints, and will, again come for your sons, but this time will come for your daughters, after a new military draft is installed.

Folks, we are already in the final phases of a new world war, with Iran, Russia, and China being demonized as the reason the war had to happen. But those at the top of the food chain understand that without a new war, the economy in this country will collapse like a deck of cards, under the weight of Washington's gross negligence, mismanagement, and corruption.

Use other alternative media, like the ones Daisy Luther suggested, and talk to your friends and your family. That unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Google need to be put into the fiscal hell of not being used, period, end of discussion.

Oct 24 10:51

Cryptocurrency giants Coinbase and Circle form joint venture to boost adoption of dollar-backed digital coins

Two of the largest cryptocurrency companies, Coinbase and Circle, are joining forces to establish more ground rules in the quickly evolving asset class.

The start-ups announced a joint-venture known as the "CENTRE Consortium" on Tuesday, which they say aims at speeding up adoption of cryptocurrencies backed by actual government currencies like the U.S. dollar.

"Coinbase and Circle share a common vision of an open global financial system built on crypto rails and blockchain infrastructure, and realizing this vision requires industry leaders to collaborate to build interoperable protocols and standards," Circle co-founders Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville said in a news release Tuesday.

Oct 24 10:37

YAHOO TO PAY $50M AND GIVE FREE CREDIT MONITORING TO VICTIMS OF 2016 HACK

Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million US in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history.

The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late Monday in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to hold Yahoo accountable for digital burglaries that occurred in 2013 and 2014, but weren't disclosed until 2016.

It adds to the financial fallout from a security lapse that provided a mortifying end to Yahoo's existence as an independent company and former CEO Marissa Mayer's six-year reign.

Yahoo revealed the problem after it had already negotiated a $4.83-billion deal to sell its digital services to Verizon Communications. It then had to discount that price by $350 million to reflect its tarnished brand and the spectre of other potential costs stemming from the breach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ugly stuff, and may well have created economic havoc for those whose information got stolen.

Oct 24 10:34

"COLONIZING EXPERIMENT IN SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM": PRIVACY EXPERT RESIGNS FROM GOOGLE-BACKED SMART CITY PROJECT OVER SURVEILLANCE CONCERNS

A privacy expert tasked with protecting personal data within a Google-backed smart city project has resigned as her pro-privacy guidelines would largely be ignored by participants.
“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in a resignation letter to Google sister company Sidewalk Labs.

“I felt I had no choice because I had been told by Sidewalk Labs that all of the data collected will be de-identified at source,” she added.

Cavoukian was an acting consultant involved in the plan by Canada’s Waterfront Toronto to develop a smart city neighborhood in the city’s Quayside development. She had created an initiative called Privacy by Design that aimed to ensure citizens’ personal data would be protected.

Once it became apparent that citizen privacy could not be guaranteed, Cavoukian decided it was time to leave the project:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I consider Ms. Cavoukian a very brave woman, to have walked away due to principals of conscience; she knows that walking away from a Google-related company could be hazardous to her professional health, and that there might be hell to pay in her next job search, but she went public with her concerns anyway.

Bravo, Ms. Cavoukian, well done!!

Oct 24 10:26

THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA: ALTERNATIVES TO FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, TWITTER, AND OTHER BIG TECH PLATFORMS

HERE ARE SOME SOCIAL MEDIA ALTERNATIVES TO CHECK OUT.

Before we get into the alternatives, please understand that all of them will start small. None of them will be able to take on Big Tech without a lot of help and support. We’ve gotten used to free social media because the companies with whom we’ve dealt have virtually raped us, reading our so-called “private” messages, and pillaging our date to sell to the highest bidders. So really, it isn’t that free after all.

You probably won’t find your parents, your best friend from kindergarten, and your Aunt Suzie on these platforms – not yet, anyway. But what you WILL be able to do is speak without fear of censorship. You’ll be able to find your favorite alternative media sources there and find answers that simply aren’t supported by the mainstream.

The only way to change this dystopian atmosphere is to actually make changes ourselves. Go where the freedom is!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Daisy Luther is a prepper for whom Mike and I have the highest respect.

Please check these alternatives out, and see for yourself!!

Oct 24 09:47

Is Google News costing YOU a fortune? The Android app uses several gigabytes of data when running in the background - and users are completely unaware

While Google try to reconfigure the app to avoid the issue, users can protect their dat by turning off background data usage.

This feature is located under Settings and Connections and will stop all use of mobile data when an app is not in use.

Alternatively, deleting the app from the phone completely is a drastic solution to the persistent problem.

Oct 24 08:01

It's time for Microsoft to bring Windows 10 Mobile back from the dead

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It has been the primary driving force behind all the major film and television releases in the last 10 years, such as with the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises.

ZDNet's parent company, CBS, is no exception. It's been making quite a go of it -- taking advantage of that nostalgia trend by re-casting familiar iconic characters on Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access. In CBS prime time, the revival of Hawaii Five-O is renewed for its 9th season. And now, so has Magnum, P.I., as if it was back from the dead, sans Tom Selleck's mustache.

A BOUT OF NOSTALGIA
A fondness for reviving old brands is happening with tech as well. Palm seems to think that people have the same attachment to tech legacies as we do stuff like Luke Skywalker and Mister Spock. But I digress.

Oct 23 20:33

1984: Twitter Removing Accounts That Tweet Infowars Material

By Aaron Kesel

Twitter confirmed a CNN report stating the permanent suspension of 18 accounts, in part due to attempts to aid Infowars, as well as Jones circumventing the ban put in place...

Oct 23 15:47

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki warns the EU 'meme ban' threatens the open internet as we know it

Article 11 and 13 of the Copyright Directive were approved in June by officials in Brussels in an attempt to change online copyright law.

The regulations may have dire implications for meme-lovers as well as YouTube users as websites will now be obligated to screen user-generated content, including text, audio, photos and video to protect copyrighted works.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 in a recent blog post and said: '[Article 13] threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people — from creators like you to everyday users — to upload content to platforms like YouTube.'

She added that 'hundreds of thousands of jobs' will be at-risk following the implementation of Article 13.

Oct 23 11:58

Google does not fall under news aggregators bill, says regulatorMore:http://tass.com/economy/1027256

Google is not covered by the draft law intending to limit foreign participation in news aggregators, Deputy Head of the Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin told TASS on Monday.

"Traffic at the time of considering the issue regarding its inclusion into the register of news aggregators was insufficient," Subbotin said. "It is not included into the register of news aggregators now," he noted.

Google "is not covered" at present by the submitted draft law in case it is approved, Subbotin added.

Authors of the draft law say in the explanatory note that "restrictions are offered for the purpose of preventing the threat to public order in Russia and creating thereby comfortable conditions for development of the civil society." Provisions of the bill stipulate a six-month term to bring constituent documents of companies in compliance with new rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Google's Russian attorneys got around this one.

Oct 23 10:10

Countless Studies Show 5G Frequencies Cause Harm but the National Rollout is Here

5G wireless service has just been launched by Verizon in the first 4 cities on the planet: Sacramento, California, Houston, Texas, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Los Angeles, California. Verizon launched it on October 1, offering free 5G to users for three months.

Oct 23 09:08

China’s Internet Gatekeeper Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Lu Wei, once the gatekeeper of the internet for the entire population of China, pleaded guilty on Friday to abuse of power and accepting what amounted to US$4.6 million in bribes over the span of his 15-year career.

Lu Wei also made a final statement to the court, and admitted guilt and expressed regret,” Xinhua said.

Wei became the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), in 2014, after a career in which he rose to become the director of the state news agency Xinhua, then worked at the Beijing municipal party committee, and the party’s Central Publicity Committee.

As head of the CAC, Wei controlled China’s notorious regime of internet censorship—which included blocking access to Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and introducing criminal charges against citizens who posted banned content.

Oct 23 08:23

The apps that can track you even after you've uninstalled them

If you thought deleting an app meant that was the last you'd ever see of it, think again.

Developers have figured out a way to determine which users have deleted an app and swiftly serve them up a bevvy of ads in a bid to get them to return.

A variety of firms have signed up as customers of these app tracking companies, which include Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics and CleverTap, among others, according to Bloomberg.

Oct 23 08:17

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.

Oct 23 06:55

REAL.video announces new name: Brighteon.com

Our legal counsel urged us to switch to a new, unique name, warning that if we didn’t, we could easily spend $500K in legal bills over the next five years attempting to defend the Real.video name. We checked with several trademark and intellectual property attorneys, and they all agreed with the assessment.

Switching to a completely new name now allows us to spend our resources on new features rather than fighting legal battles involving trademarks. This is why we made the decision: So that we can focus on building new features and growing Brighteon.com into an increasingly popular pro-liberty online video community.

Oct 23 03:31

The NEW Social Media: Alternatives to Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and Other Big Tech Platforms

If you are looking for a social media outlet that is less censored and manipulated, check out some of the alternatives to Big Tech.

Oct 22 09:07

NYPD suspends body cameras for cops after device explodes

The New York Police Department has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras after one exploded, leaving some of the city’s police force unrecorded for the foreseeable future. According to studies, not much will change.
An NYPD officer noticed smoke rising from his camera on Saturday, and took it off before it exploded. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the department instructed all officers equipped with Vievu LE-5 body cameras to return them to their precincts.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority,” read a statement from the NYPD. The department believes that a battery malfunction caused the device to explode.

Oct 22 08:39

'Pay the ransom - or watch me wreck your life': Chilling new fraud email that says you've been filmed on an adult website

Tankard says: 'Wording usually goes as follows, "While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a remote viewer having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. After that, my software program obtained all your contacts."

'Then, "Well, in my opinion, $1,000 is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin."

'An additional message might read, "I know that you have read through this email. If I do not receive the Bitcoins I will send your video recording to all of your contacts, including close relatives and colleagues."'

Aware of the scam, Tankard ignored the threat sent to him and did not reply – and suggests that others targeted should do this too.

Oct 22 06:03

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

Miscreants are using a trio of NSA hacking tools, leaked last year by the Shadow Brokers, to infect and spy on computer systems used in aerospace, nuclear energy, and other industries.

This is according to Kaspersky Lab, whose researchers today said the American snooping agency's DarkPulsar cyber-weapon – along with a pair of toolkits called DanderSpritz and Fuzzbunch that can remotely control infected machines – have been used by hackers to commandeer Windows Server 2003 and 2008 boxes in Russia, Iran, and Egypt.

The infected vulnerable servers are used in some 50 organizations within industries including aerospace and nuclear energy, particularly those with large IT and R&D departments.

Oct 20 10:18

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Haaretz investigation spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps and record conversations

Oct 20 08:05

iPhone users are being targeted by a new scam that uses fake Spotify and iTunes emails to steal your login details and access your PICTURES (2 Pics)

Scammers are trying a new way of deceiving people in a bid to steal Apple login information.
The phishing email appears to be from Spotify and says the user has purchased a year's Premium subscription for $150.99 (£115).
A hyperlink in the email is labelled as 'review your subscription' and takes the user through to an official-looking site branded with Apple logos.

Oct 19 14:26

Trial: Facial Recognition Technology To Be Used In UK At Select Self-Checkouts

By Aaron Kesel

Facial recognition technology will be tested in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of citizens buying alcohol and cigarettes at special self-checkout machines later this year...

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