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Oct 24 16:21

Facebook wants NYU researchers to stop sharing the political ad data it keeps secret

Facebook isn't happy with New York University.

It's because of NYU Ad Observatory, a newly launched research project from the university's engineering school that aims to show how different election campaigns are spending their ad money on the site, and what kinds of voters they're targeting. The research is gathered with help from a data-collecting browser extension.

Facebook let NYU know that the project, which is being driven by the work of more than 6,500 volunteers, runs afoul of the social network's terms of service provision barring bulk data collection. Word of the Oct. 16 letter comes via a Wall Street Journal report that ran late Friday.

Oct 24 09:52

VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT ALLOWS POLICE TO USE LICENSE PLATE READERS AS MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO TRACK DRIVERS

In a blow to privacy that extends the government’s authority to create a web of surveillance, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that state and local police are free to use Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to collect data about the travel and movement of persons throughout the state.

Oct 23 10:55

Phishing groups are collecting user data, email and banking passwords via fake voter registration forms

Days ahead of the US Presidential Election, spam groups are hurrying to strike the iron while it's still hot and using voter registration-related lures to trick people into accessing fake government sites and give away their personal data, sometimes with the group being so bold to ask for banking and email passwords and even auto registration information.

These campaigns have been taking place since September and are still going on today, while the lures (email subject lines) are still relevant.

Spotted by email security firms KnowBe4 and Proofpoint, these campaigns are spoofing the identity of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the US government agency responsible for managing voter registration guidelines.

Subject lines in this campaign are simple and play on the fear of US citizens that their voter registration request might have failed.

Oct 23 06:59

Fort Bragg Deletes Twitter Account After Posting Sexually Explicit Messages

As of early Thursday morning Fort Bragg's verified Twitter account has been deactivated after what the famous and sprawling US Army base in North Carolina initially said was a hack.

Just before the account was deleted (presumably temporarily), the base posted a message saying that sexually explicit messages posted Wednesday were “not the work of our admins.” The statement said, “As many of you may know, there were a string of explicit Tweets from our account this afternoon...”

Oct 23 06:28

Huawei "Outhustles Trump" By Successfully Stockpiling Enough Chips For 5G Rollout

As fully expected and predicted it's now confirmed that that Huawei has successfully thwarted Trump's sanctions by stockpiling chips to ensure their global 5G rollout runs smoothly with no expected major hitches. Bloomberg writes Thursday that it has effectively "outhustled Trump":

Huawei Technologies Co. quietly spent months racing to stockpile critical radio chips ahead of Trump administration sanctions, ensuring it can keep supplying Chinese carriers in their $170 billion rollout of 5G technology through at least 2021.

Oct 22 10:15

Mike Cernovich: It’s time to declare Big Tech to be terrorist organizations and seize their servers to shut them down

The lock downs of 2020 actually began in 2016, when Big Tech started shutting out “non-essential” voices on the internet and censoring their pages, videos and monetization strategies. Big Tech has destroyed lives with their lock downs and have been caught, over and over again, aiding and abetting criminal operations. Because of this, they are nothing more than domestic terror organizations.

Oct 22 06:06

DHS BIOMETRICS PROPOSAL REPRESENTS ‘UNACCEPTABLE ESCALATION OF GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE,’ SENATORS SAY

A group of prominent progressive senators is urging the Homeland Security Department to withdraw its proposal to expand the biometric information collection practices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf Friday urging the agency to abandon its biometrics proposal due to privacy concerns, calling biometric data collection “invasive.”

“Expanding biometric-data collection in this manner would chill legal immigration, be inconsistent with our privacy values, and pose disproportionate risks to individuals of color,” the letter reads. “The scope, sensitivity, and invasiveness of the proposed DHS biometric data collection program would amount to an unacceptable escalation of government surveillance.”

Oct 21 12:30

YouTube confirms it will immediately ban all videos that question the “official” vaccine narrative promoted by the corrupt WHO and vaccine companies

YouTube just confirmed they will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove any videos that question the official vaccine narrative promoted by vaccine companies.

The Stalinist WHO has become nothing more than a Big Pharma front group, advancing the interests of vaccine makers. The WHO has made Big Tech its echo chamber, selling Big Pharma’s immunosuppressants, which includes a long list of vaccines that damage cellular immunity. There is no longer a shred of transparency surrounding vaccine science because the WHO is strategically eliminating any dissent about vaccination online.

Oct 20 23:33

The Justice Department just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple

The US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, kicking off a potentially yearslong battle to more heavily regulate the tech giant.

The lawsuit accuses the company of unlawfully maintaining monopolies in search and search advertising. It alleges that Google has used unfair practices to stymie competition, such as paying Apple billions of dollars a year to be the dominant search engine on its devices.

Google is the first tech giant to see major antitrust action since the US government went to battle with Microsoft in the late '90s. It's also not the only company being probed over antitrust concerns. Earlier this month, House Democrats concluded a yearslong investigation, accusing four of the biggest tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google's parent company, Alphabet — of monopoly power.Advertisement

Oct 20 11:06

Justice Department Sues 'Monopolist Google' For Violating Antitrust Laws

The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced they filed a much-needed antitrust lawsuit against "monopolist Google" for dominating the search and search advertising markets online.

Oct 20 07:08

WATCH: Province to expand digital services with new action plan

The Ontario government released an action plan today which it states is a roadmap to make public sector services more digitally accessible.

In a press release issued today, the government explained "One of the projects identified in the Action Plan is developing a digital identity, based on digital wallet technology. Starting in January 2021, the government will consult with industry on how the province could introduce a secure digital identity for Ontarians by the end of 2021, allowing citizens to safely verify their identity, online or in person. A digital identity will make life easier and more convenient, while protecting people's data and helping to combat identity fraud."

Oct 20 06:54

Ransomware gang donates part of ransom demands to charity organizations

A ransomware gang has donated a part of the ransom demands it extorted from victims to charity organizations.

Current recipients include Children International, a non-profit for sponsoring children in extreme poverty, and The Water Project, a non-profit aiming to provide access to clean and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa.

Each organization received 0.88 bitcoin (~$10,000) last week, according to transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain [1, 2].

The sender was a ransomware group going by the name of Darkside.

Active since August 2020, the Darkside group is a classic "big game hunter," meaning it specifically goes after large corporate networks, encrypts their data, and asks huge ransom demands in the realm of millions of US dollars.

Oct 19 12:36

Starlink Internet vs. Other Satellite Providers: How It Compares

SpaceX's Starlink internet is now in beta testing, and promises speeds and performance that rival even the best cable and fiber internet plans.

But how does Starlink measure up to its other satellite broadband internet brethren? We put Starlink satellite internet up against its two U.S. competitors, HughesNet and Viasat Exede, to look at their speeds, data, prices, and network performances. Here's how they compare.

Oct 19 12:25

China And Russia To Join Forces In Space, Set Up A New Satellite Internet Network

China and Russia have started the realization of a joint space program aiming to set up a network of low-orbit satellites for the purpose of making high-speed Internet available to as many users as possible, Maksim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, said in a statement.

Oct 19 08:35

Twitter Silences Top Trump COVID Task Force Expert

Social media companies and mainstream media outlets are on a crusade, censoring anyone who challenges the "official" science and narrative behind the COVID-19 virus. It was only last week when Twitter removed New York Post's bombshell stories about Hunter Biden. Then later in the week, Amazon purged political writer James Perloff's latest book, "Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled," from its platform for "violating content guidelines."

With America descending deeper into an Orwellian state - Twitter has yet again banned another tweet, this time on Saturday, from Stanford professor and now White House advisor Scott Atlas.

Atlas tweeted Saturday morning that masks do not work to prevent the spread of the virus...

Oct 19 07:33

Cancel culture invited to PlayStation: Sony enables RECORDING of game chats & lets players TATTLE on each other for hate speech

Just months after getting woke on hate speech, Sony has updated its PlayStation system to record players' game-chat conversations and enable users to snitch on each other for saying things that violate the firm's code of conduct.

A software update launched this week for the PlayStation 4 video-game system included an alert, warning users that “voice chats may be recorded for moderation” and that “by joining, you agree to being recorded.” A separate “safety” notice explained that gamers would be able to send recordings of chat conversations to Sony when alleged violations of the “community code of conduct” occur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't own a Playstation, and now I never will!

Oct 19 07:21

Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems

Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the npm portal on Thursday for containing malicious code.

According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript libraries opened shells on the computers of developers who imported the packages into their projects.

The shells, a technical term used by cyber-security researchers, allowed threat actors to connect remotely to the infected computer and execute malicious operations.

Oct 19 06:15

Smoothie Robot In Walmart Signals Continued Rise Of Automated Fast Food Workers

A robot that makes smoothies was showcased at a Walmart in California signaling the rise of automated workers.

The Mind Unleashed has previously reported on how automated robots were beginning to take over various different jobs, including flipping burgers with Miso Robotics’ Flippy. Now, Walmart has partially got involved in the trend. A new start-up company called, “Blendid” showcased its product at the Fremont Walmart in California this week opening a kiosk, Yahoo News reported.

The stall is open seven days a week and is pitched as a way for customers to place contactless orders for a smoothie. Customers place their orders for a 12-ounce delicious drink and then an autonomous robot whips it up. What’s more, the drink is made in just 3 minutes or less from the time it’s placed.

Oct 18 18:14

Zoom Finally Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption, But You Have To Enable It

Zoom announced Wednesday that, starting next week, it will finally make end-to-end encryption available for all users — both paid and free. This is a huge step toward securing its users' calls, and brings Zoom more in line with end-to-end encrypted competitors like FaceTime and Signal. Of course, there's a rather large catch: You have to turn the feature on yourself.

Oct 18 13:17

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against two people that accuses them of defrauding people out of $1.6 million in debt collection scams. The scammers are accused of using fake phone numbers to pose as lawyers and law e

A married couple in Phoenix, Arizona, is being sued by the state's attorney general in a consumer fraud case where they are accused of defrauding potentially thousands of people out of more than $1.6 million.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Mark Anthony Smith and Deborah Ann Butler of impersonating authorities and using fake phone numbers that appeared to come from courthouses, jails, and sheriff's offices for debts they weren't authorized to collect on.

Smith and Butler threatened to freeze bank accounts, suspend driver's licenses, garnish wages, take away tax returns for possibly thousands of unpaid debts, according to a criminal complaint. They have also been accused of masking their real phone numbers with those of courthouses and sheriff's offices more than 65,800 times to convince people that the calls were legitimate.

Oct 17 17:56

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Oct 17 17:47

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Oct 17 15:26

Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon. Yes, really.

Soon, astronauts on moon missions won't have any excuse for not answering their texts.

NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.

Oct 17 08:54

Playstation Will Record Private Voice Chats So Players Can Be Snitched On For Mean Words

Sony has announced that it will allow Playstation users to record in-game voice chats so players can snitch on each other for mean words said during private conversations.

Yes, really.

The game console’s latest update forces users to waive their privacy rights, allowing others to report them and get their accounts banned for speech violations.

“Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded,” Sony announced. “Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit those recordings from their PS5 console to SIE.”

Oct 16 11:56

BLATANT CENSORSHIP: THE GREAT YOUTUBE PURGE

Here is the list of the channels that we know about that were removed just today:

Destroying the Illusion
Redpill78
PrayingMedic
Joe M
IPOT
X22 Report
Edge of Wonder
SGT Report
Spaceshot76
WokeSocieties
Amazing Polly
Truth & Art TV
PatriotsSoapbox
Dustin Nemos
InTheMatrixxx
AndWeKnow
Stroppy Me
JustInformed Talk
MouthyBuddha
Know_More_News
The Last American Vagabond
Titus Frost
Dollar Vigilante
World Alternative Media

Try to find as many of these as you can on Bitchute or Steemit.

Oct 15 17:41

Robert Brockman: US tycoon charged over historic tax fraud scheme

A US software tycoon has been charged over the biggest alleged tax evasion scheme in American history.

Robert Brockman, chief executive of Reynolds and Reynolds, is alleged to have hidden $2bn (£1.5bn) in income from tax authorities over two decades, using a network of offshore companies.

He was also charged over an alleged fraud scheme involving debt securities.

Mr Brockman appeared by teleconference at a federal court in Houston, Texas, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Oct 15 17:02

U.S., UK and other countries warn tech firms that encryption creates ‘severe risks’ to public safety

Lawmakers from countries within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance have urged tech firms to develop backdoors that allows them to access encrypted messages.

In an open statement, seven nations said that unbreakable encryption technology “creates severe risks to public safety.”

While citizens benefit from additional privacy, law enforcement agencies see end-to-end encryption as a barrier to their investigations.

Oct 15 16:30

How one family’s nightmare illustrates the growing threat of real estate wire fraud

KEY POINTS
Aaron and Lindsey Fisher and their children found their dream home in Northern California. They were all set to close when everything went wrong. They were hit with what is known as real estate wire fraud.
In the growing scheme, hackers infiltrate legitimate email conversations and send fake wiring instructions.

The FBI says the crime is on the rise and criminals have set their sights on high end homes and expensive markets, like New York, Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

According to the FBI, consumers have lost more than $220 million in schemes like this thus far in 2020, a 13% increase from the same period last year.Documents compiled by the Fishers show the fraudsters emailed digital copies of the real closing documents and wire instructions that looked real from the fake email account

Oct 15 14:08

After Partnering With ADL, PlayStation Releases Update to Spy On Users' Voice Chat For 'Violations'

PlayStation's latest update allows users to snitch on fellow players by recording their voice chat so they can be punished for speech "violations."

Oct 15 12:34

YouTube Bans All Q-Anon Channels Ahead Of Election

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki began purging Q-Anon channels en masse on Thursday morning, effectively banning one of the last vestiges of pro-Trump accounts left on the site just days out from the election.

Oct 15 11:46

'Tech oligarchs' are trying to 'rig the election by denying access to truth'

Sky News host Cory Bernardi says “tech oligarchs” are trying to rig the election by denying access to truth as they refuse to link a story which reveals Joe Biden is a “phony”.

Oct 15 11:35

Twitter Suspends President Trump's Campaign Over Biden Ad

Twitter on Thursday suspended President Donald Trump's campaign just 19 days out from the election for sharing an ad on the New York Post's bombshell report on Joe and Hunter Biden's shady dealings in the Ukraine.

Oct 15 11:27

Cryptography vs. Big Brother: How Math Became a Weapon Against Tyranny

"Large bureaucracies, with the power that the computer gives them, become more powerful," said New York Times reporter David Burnham in a 1983 C-Span interview about his book The Rise of the Computer State. "They are escaping the checks and balances of representative democracy."

Burnham warned that the integration of computers into every aspect of daily life could lead to a "level of automated surveillance unknown in any previous age." For society to change course, Burham argued, citizens would need to rise up through the democratic process and demand new legal protections to safeguard their privacy.

"There are ways to deal with it," Burnham told C-SPAN. "We have done it. And all I hope is that we're on our toes enough and alert enough to see them and go after them."

"This is just political jawboning," retorted Timothy C. May to the idea that politics could keep the computer state in check.

Oct 15 05:26

New York remastered: YouTuber uses AI to restore footage from 1896 showing the busy intersection of Broadway and Exchange Alley in glorious color

A YouTuber has used artificial intelligence to restore old footage from New York in 1896 and show the city in glorious color.

Using publicly available neural networks, filmmaker Denis Shiryaev upgraded the short film's resolution and sharpness as well as adding color

Oct 14 21:10

Big Tech Tyrants Cross The Rubicon

Big Tech spent the last three years systematically purging every last independent media outlet which helped President Trump win in 2016 from Alex Jones to Stefan Molyneux while getting little if any pushback from the GOP.

Rather than object to the wholesale censorship and move against the social media tyrants the same way they've moved against TikTok (simply for being Chinese-owned), the GOP responded by demanding Twitter and Facebook ban "anti-Semites" like Louis Farrakhan and censor the government of Hamas.

Oct 14 17:03

How To Keep a White Woman Happy

Popular search engines do not necessarily show us the information that best matches our searches. Instead, we are often shown whatever matches their political slant as they attempt to propagate cultural Marxism.

Oct 13 14:35

Block political texts and ads on your phone. Here's how

Election Day is 22 days away and political ads are bombarding your Facebook feed, mailbox and now your text message inbox. Unfortunately, there isn't a Do Not Text registry that applies to texting the same way it does to phone calls. There is, however, still a way you can attempt to stop political ads from swarming your phone.

If you're wondering how the organization got your number in the first place, it's because all states allow access to voter data for election purposes -- so if you're a registered voter, your information is on file.

Here's how to stop the unwanted political texts.

Oct 13 06:13

Yahoo Groups to shut down for good on December 15, 2020

Yahoo Groups, one of the last vestiges of the old Yahoo web properties, will shut down on December 15, 2020, when Verizon plans to take the groups.yahoo.com website offline for good.

Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, announced the decision today in emails sent to Yahoo Groups users and a message posted on the Yahoo Groups website.

Today's announcement marks the end of the road for one of the internet's largest message board systems of its time.

Nonetheless, despite its long-tenured history, the Yahoo Groups service, which launched 19 years ago in 2001, had fallen to the wayside across the years and slowly lost most of its once-massive userbase to newer services like Reddit, Google Groups, and Facebook Groups.

Oct 13 05:49

AI will become Earth's 'dominant life-form' and keep humans 'like we keep plants'

Artificial intelligence (AI) will one day keep human beings around in the same way we keep plants, a scientist has claimed.

James Lovelock, the veteran environmentalist best known to the wider public for his influential Gaia theory, says that while Artificial Intelligence will inevitably become the dominant form of life on Earth, AIs will want to keep us around “like we keep plants in gardens.”

In his latest book Novacene, Lovelock predicts that the thinking machines of the future “will have designed and built themselves from the artificial intelligence systems we have already constructed".

These self-replicating artificial intelligences will quickly evolve until they become "thousands, then millions of times more intelligent than us,” he adds.

Oct 12 09:48

2020 DuckDuckGo Charitable Donations: $750,000 to Organizations Around the World

$150,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Logo for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
"Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development."

Oct 12 07:53

Apple iPhone 12 lineup could lead to 5G 'supercycle'

Apple's iPhone 12 launch with 5G will complete the smartphone equation to make speedier wireless access a reality in the US. And coverage with broader price points will spur upgrades into 2021.

Analysts are expecting the iPhone 12 family--iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max--to all feature 5G. The models are rumored to cover a wide range of price points including the $400 to $700 range where the growth will be.

Now Android devices have been all over 5G, but Apple represents the 46% of the market in the US, according to Counterpoint Research. In addition, 5G devices have typically been reserved for the premium market until recently.

Oct 12 06:46

PC maker to boost use of Phytium processors

China Greatwall Technology Group Co Ltd, a domestic personal computer maker, revealed an ambitious plan to manufacture up to 4 million units of PCs with a homegrown independent Phytium central processing unit and a Kylin operating system by the end of this year.

"The new PCs are set to aid the optimization of China's cyberspace security," Song Liding, the president of the company, said at an event marking the first unit of the Greatwall PC with the domestically produced Phytium CPU and Kylin operating system to roll off the production line in the city of Tianjin in late July.

The domestic computer market has been dominated by the Windows CPU and Intel operating system. Local governance and cybersecurity have no threshold for those foreign brands.

Oct 12 06:45

This Chinese CPU designer has grandiose plans: 128 cores, 7nm and 5nm incoming

Chinese microprocessor designer Phytium, which recently introduced its new 64-core processor for servers, this week disclosed its ambitious roadmap that spans till 2022. The company intends to expand its product lineup and the list of its production partners.

Phytium was originally established as a designer of server and HPC processors as China could not obtain modern CPUs from AMD and Intel due to export restrictions on high-performance parts. Throughout its history, the company also designed processors for client PCs, but those were byproducts of its server business.

However going forward, multi-core server processors will remain the Phytium’s primary objective, but the company also plans to release new lineups of SoCs for desktop and embedded applications that will be presumably made by SMIC or UMC.

Oct 10 06:50

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

There are few things as revealing as a person's search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.

In August, police arrested Michael Williams, an associate of singer and accused sex offender R. Kelly, for allegedly setting fire to a witness' car in Florida. Investigators linked Williams to the arson, as well as witness tampering, after sending a search warrant to Google that requested information on "users who had searched the address of the residence close in time to the arson."

Oct 10 06:09

Pelosi & husband invest up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, tech firm that launched Russiagate – report

Newly-filed financial disclosures show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband have invested up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, American cybersecurity technology company and the originator of ‘Russian hacking’ claims.

Financial disclosures show Pelosi (D-California) and her husband Paul buying CrowdStrike shares on September 3, according to a RealClearInvestigations report by journalist Aaron Mate. Since then, the stock went from $129.25 a share to $142.97.

Oct 09 11:49

Windows 10: Microsoft fires shot at Apple with new principles for treating developers right

Microsoft's latest move in its war on Apple's App Store rules is a list of 10 principles outlining what the Redmond company will and won't do to developers who publish apps for Windows 10 and distribute them on the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft says it will not block competing app stores on Windows and will not block apps because of a developer's business model, such as whether an app's content is installed on a device or streamed from the cloud.

Oct 09 04:54

Skynet Does The Office: Citrix Says By 2035, Workers With Implanted Chips Will Have "Labor Market Advantage"

Just when you thought things couldn't get more dystopian this year, American multi-national software company Citrix has quietly released into the internet ethos that it expects workers to have "implanted chips" by the year 2035.

Citrix has joined names like Zoom and Slack as popular talking points during the coronavirus pandemic, as more Americans work from home. The trend, while it may reverse course post-pandemic, is still widely considered to be secular in nature as software and technology has made it easier than ever to work from home.

But just how easy should we be making it? Citrix seems to think that Americans should willingly start turning themselves into cyborgs - a decision that, as champions of liberty we are fine with if people want it - but at the behest of their corporate overlords.

Oct 08 19:15

Deal with the devil: Monsanto PAID Google to CENSOR search results, discredit journalists

If you’ve ever wondered why there isn’t more outrage over the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, even as environmental consciousness seems to be rising, the answer is simple: Manufacturers like Monsanto have entire departments devoted to discrediting journalists who expose their corrupt ways and paying off Google to censor search results.

A report from The Guardian exposed how Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, operated what was known as a “fusion center” to gather intelligence on journalists who dared to speak the truth about their products. One of their biggest targets was Reuters journalist Carey Gillam, who has done some excellent reporting on the links between Monsanto/Bayer weedkiller Roundup over the years. She now works as a research director for U.S. Right to Know, another target of Monsanto investigations.

The firm reportedly paid Google to promote search results criticizing her work when people searched terms such as “Monsanto glyphosate Carey Gillam.”

Oct 08 12:33

NHS contact-tracing app is STILL sending out phantom 'Covid-19 exposure' alerts from Apple and Google causing widespread alarm among users

Apple, Google and the UK Department for Health have still not fixed a glitch in the NHS Covid-19 app, which is resulting in thousands of users receiving phantom 'exposure notifications'.

The alerts have been popping up on both iOS and Android devices since last week, with the title: 'Possible COVID-19 exposure', 'COVID-19 EXPOSURE LOGGING' or 'COVID-19 Exposure Notifications'.

The notifications appear to be triggered by the NHS Covid-19 app, but tapping on the notification causes it to disappear, and when you open the app itself there is no reference to the alert.

Oct 08 10:51

SECRETIVE HHS AI PLATFORM TO PREDICT US COVID-19 OUTBREAKS WEEKS IN ADVANCE

A new AI-powered module known as HHS Vision has been added to the controversial and secretive HHS Protect system for amassing data related to Covid-19. By year’s end, this opaque, yet increasingly influential, system is set to predict Covid-19 outbreaks without traditional testing.

Oct 08 10:38

Mysterious Robot Spy Vessel Found Near UK Submarine Base

A mysterious autonomous surface vessel recently washed ashore on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland, not far from the UK's nuclear submarine base at Faslane, reported Forbes.

The local HM Coastguard Rescue Team shared three pictures of the vessel on their Facebook page on Sept. 28, urging anyone with information about the "object's origin and owner" to contact them:

The team were called today to reports of an object in the water, once on scene we secured the item. We are currently trying to find out some more information as to the origin and owner of the object. If anyone has any information please get in touch. Remember if you see something out of place on the coast please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. - HM Coastguard Rescue Team's Facebook page

Oct 08 09:42

Microsoft cloud outages continue as Office and Outlook customers report problems

Microsoft's cloud services problems are continuing this week with more Azure and Microsoft 365 services issues for some customers. Here's what's happened and why.

Oct 08 06:13

Tesla Says "Operations Disrupted" Last Month After "Malicious Sabotage" Attempt At Fremont

In what we would guess is likely a harbinger of less than stellar operating results to come, Tesla has announced that it has caught yet another pesky "malicious saboteur" at its Fremont factory.

A memo was circulated about two weeks ago at the $400 billion company that the rogue employee was fired last month, according to The Daily Mail.

"Operations at the facility were disrupted briefly," the company's VP of legal, Al Prescott, said. Meanwhile, it appears Prescott is commenting because Tesla still does not have a General Counsel.

Tesla said they got to the issue quickly. A company e-mail stated: "Two weeks ago, our IT and InfoSec teams determined than [sic] an employee had maliciously sabotaged a part of the Factory. Their quick actions prevented further damage and production was running smoothly again a few hours later."

Oct 07 11:04

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The House and Senate are both pushing forward with the so-called “EARN IT” Act, a bill that will undermine encryption and free speech online. Attorney General William Barr and the DOJ have demanded for years that messaging services give the government special access to users’ private messages. If EARN IT passes, Barr will likely get his wish—law enforcement agencies will be able to scan every message sent online.

Oct 07 10:59

UK, French, Belgian blanket spying systems ruled illegal by Europe’s top court

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) announced on Tuesday that legislation passed by all three countries that allows the government to demand traffic and location data from internet and mobile providers in "a general or indiscriminate way" breaks EU data privacy laws - even when national security concerns are invoked.

“The directive does not authorise the Member States to adopt, inter alia for the purposes of national security, legislative measures intended to restrict the scope of rights and obligations provided for in that directive, in particular the obligation to ensure the confidentiality of communications and traffic data, unless such measures comply with the general principles of EU law, including the principle of proportionality, and the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Charter,” the court decided.

In layman’s terms that means that a government can’t build a massive database of what everyone does and then query it later while investigating a case.

Oct 07 10:39

I'm a data security expert and I will NEVER download the NHS tracking app COMMENT

THIS week's ‘Excel error' that led to 16,000 missing COVID-19 cases (putting 50,000 people at risk) has confirmed what we all knew deep down: this Government seemingly cannot and should not be trusted with our data.

That’s one of the reasons why I, a data privacy consultant with 10 years’ experience, refuse to download the ‘NHS’ tracking app. I put NHS in quote marks because it’s not really run by our treasured health service - it’s run by Serco, a £3 billion company whose largest shareholder is Cintas, an American uniform maker. I don’t blame them for asking the NHS if they could borrow their logo. American businesses it seems are doing rather better out of the Covid fiasco than British patients.

Oct 06 07:29

The Police Are Requesting Data from People’s Smart Speakers at an Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate.

If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 06 07:24

Top programming languages: C reigns supreme but third-ranked Python gains on Java

In the latest index, C remains in the top spot with a rating of 16.95% representing a positive 0.77% change over October 2019. C continued its reign at the top from last month when the programming language held a rating of 15.95%. In October of 2019, C was ranked number two according to the TIOBE index.

Java remains the runner-up in the latest rankings with a 12.56% rating. Overall, Java had a negative 4.32% change since last October; the largest swing (negative or positive) in the top 50. Python remains in the third position with an 11.28% rating. The index notes this is Python's highest position since 2001. Python recorded a positive 2.19% change since last October; the largest uptick registered in the top 50. In order, C++, C#, Visual Basic, and JavaScript round out the remaining top seven.

Oct 05 15:17

The Police Are Requesting Data from People’s Smart Speakers at an Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate. -- If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 05 10:22

Poll results: Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7

Last week, after looking at this site's server logs and some open source data from the United States Government's Digital Analytics Program, I discovered that nearly 10% of the many millions of visitors to these sites are still using Windows 7. Why are so many people continuing to use this operating system, long after Microsoft ended support for it?

Our ZDNet poll drew more than 3200 replies, along with 50 or so emails. The results are fascinating.

Let's start with the two easiest questions.

Oct 05 10:04

If Your iPhone’s Battery Is Evaporating With iOS 14, You Are Not Alone

Apple’s new iOS 14 has brought iPhone users a trove of wonders. But one cannot have wonders without some bugs. So if you recently noticed that your iPhone seems to suffer massive battery drain after upgrading to iOS 14, we want you to know it’s not just you. And rest assured, there’s a way to fix it, but it’ll require patience.

Oct 05 06:48

The Police Are Requesting Data From People's Smart-Speakers At An Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate.

If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 04 07:09

Autonomous Indoor Serving Robots Set To Invade Restaurants Near You

Before readers know it, restaurants of the future will have their entire front-end automated, nevertheless, the backend where the food is prepped will be operated by robot chefs.

For years we've spoken about the automation wave that is set to sweep across the food industry, but it wasn't until the virus pandemic when demand for automation, producing a contactless environment between patron and employee, absolutely erupted.

Two companies making robots for restaurants are Bear Robotics, a robotics and artificial intelligence company, and SoftBank Robotics Group, a robotics manufacture. They have jointly designed a new robot named Servi that will be sold to foodservice and hospitality companies.

Oct 04 06:55

JUDGE UPENDS VALLEJO’S USE OF A STINGRAY

Cops in Vallejo have put their controversial cell-phone surveillance tool back in the box, after a judge released a tentative ruling (which the judge might or might not later finalize or amend) that they'd acquired it in violation of state law. The case was brought by Oakland Privacy, the EFF Pioneer Award Winning organization and Electronic Frontiers Alliance member. They allege that the city of Vallejo, California, may not use its cellular surveillance tool (often called a cell site simulator or stingray) because the police failed to get explicit approval from the city council, following input from residents, of an adequate privacy policy governing its use. According to the tentative ruling (again, it is not final), police must acquire from Vallejo City council a “resolution or ordinance authorizing a specific usage and privacy policy regarding that technology and meeting the requirements” of the state statute.

Oct 03 16:14

Tesla’s total network outage is why you shouldn’t own any car or appliance that relies on a central server to function

Proving once again that centralized functionality is a really bad idea, Tesla reportedly experienced a “complete network outage” the other day that left its entire fleet of “smart” cars as dumb as a pile of metal.

Fred Lambert, Editor-in-Chief of Electrek, tweeted on Sept. 23 that all of Tesla’s “[i]nternal systems” were down, which left Tesla car owners unable to access their vehicles via Tesla’s mobile apps.

“On the customer side, I can’t connect to any of my cars and website is not working,” Lambert lamented. “What about you?” he further asked, to which many responded that they were experiencing the same problems.

All we know is that Tesla’s global network “inexplicably crashed,” leaving millions of customers without the full functionality of their vehicles. News of the failure sent Tesla’s shares tumbling, and this was on top of Wall Street reacting poorly to Tesla’s so-called “Battery Day” the day prior.

Oct 02 12:19

Ransomware: Gangs are shifting targets and upping their ransom demands

Ransomware attacks continue to grow, according to data from IBM, which also suggests that ransomware gangs are upping their ransomware demands and getting more sophisticated about how they calculate the ransom they try to extort.

The number of ransomware attacks IBM's Security X-Force Incident Response team were called in to deal with tripled in the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, and accounted for a third of all security incidents it responded to between April and June 2020. "Ransomware incidents appeared to explode in June 2020," said a report by the company's security analysts.

Oct 02 12:01

The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor

The heart monitoring feature on the Apple Watch may lead to unnecessary health care visits, according to a new study published this week. Only around 10 percent of people who saw a doctor at the Mayo Clinic after noticing an abnormal pulse reading on their watch were eventually diagnosed with a cardiac condition.

The finding shows that at-home health monitoring devices can lead to over-utilization of the health care system, said study author Heather Heaton, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in an email to The Verge. That may be expensive for patients and for the system as a whole, and it may take up doctor and patient time unnecessarily.

Oct 02 06:22

Meet the Biden-Supporting General Deploying Military Grade Information Warfare Tools Against Trump Supporters

General Stanley McChrystal delighted the left and the war-loving neoconservatives today by joining his name to the ranks of military-industrial complex “national security” professionals supporting Joe Biden.

Oct 01 13:45

Better Font

Many websites set to display Mac fonts like Helvetica and Helvetica Neue for their content as default. Windows doesn’t have any of them, so it will try to display another fonts instead. The bad part is, it selects the not-so-good ones for substitution.

This extension will do the fonts replacements in the background one-by-one. It's supposed to make web pages look a lot better in Windows system. The example ones are GMail Inbox, many subreddits, BBC, JIRA, and many more.

What makes this extension special is the way it replaces fonts. The other extensions will replace ALL the fonts on the page with the ONE font you configure, so the page displays with that one font.

On the other hand, this extension will replace just the fonts in the 'ugly' list with the better ones from their families.

I'm really impressed with this Chrome extension.

Oct 01 13:32

Nationwide 911 outage traced back to Microsoft failures… why does Microsoft control 911 services across dozens of cities?

A nationwide 911 outage occurred on Monday that we have since learned was caused by a massive Microsoft Office 365 outage.

The Bill Gates-founded Microsoft corporation apparently runs America’s emergency service lines these days, as callers in Washington, Minnesota, Arizona, Delaware and elsewhere where the software is used by local police departments were met with busy signals upon trying to call 911.

Many police departments tweeted that day that those in need of emergency help should call the local fire department or another government agency as an alternative.

Oct 01 10:32

Smart plugs sold on Amazon, eBay and other popular online retailers are vulnerable to hackers and could start FIRES, consumer watchdog warns

Internet-connected 'smart' plugs let users turn standard appliances on and off remotely via an app on their smartphone.

But smart plug makers like TP-Link, Hive and Hictkon all have products open to vulnerabilities making them liable to hazards, and are on sale through retailers including Amazon Marketplace and eBay.

One plug made by Hictkon is so dangerous that it 'should not be sold' due to the fire risk it presents to people in the home, according to Which?.

Oct 01 09:36

Amazon Announces Mail Surveillance And Palm Scanner For Point Of Sale

Amazon has announced a new product for its Ring subsidiary company, a mail surveillance system. They also went a step beyond and released a new palm scanner point-of-sale system.

Amazon announced its rollout of Amazon One devices that use a customer’s palm prints for identification and payment at physical retail stores. The devices are presently available for use in Seattle locations for Amazon Go stores, and the company wants to expand it to any retailer willing to partner with the mega-giant.

Sep 30 23:20

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

Samsung brags to advertisers that "first screen ads", seen by all users of its Smart TVs when they turn on, are 100 per cent viewable, audience targeted, and seen 400 times per TV per month. Some users are not happy.

"Dear Samsung, why are you showing Ads on my Smart TV without my consent? I didn't agree to this in the privacy settings but I keep on getting this, why?" said a user on Samsung's TV forum, adding last week that "there is no mention of advertising on any of their brand new boxes".

As noted by TV site flatpanelshd, a visit to Samsung's site pitching to advertisers is eye-opening. It is not just that the ads appear, but also that the company continually profiles its customers, using a technology called Automatic Content Recognition (ACR), which works by detecting what kind of content a viewer is watching.

Sep 29 09:33

Office 365 outage with roll back failure ends after more than six hours

Microsoft is currently looking into an authentication error hitting its Office 365 systems.

"Starting at approximately 21:25 UTC, a subset of customers in the Azure Public and Azure Government cloud may encounter errors performing authentication operations for a number of Microsoft/Azure services, including access to the Azure Portals," the company said in a status post.

Also: 911 services go down in multiple US states

In another post, the company said users would be unable to access Office.com, Outlook.com, Teams, Power Platform, and Dynamics365.

"Existing customer sessions are not impacted and any user who is logged in to an existing session would be able to continue their sessions," Microsoft said.

Sep 29 07:21

US & China: Emerging Technologies And The Race To Control The Future

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chairman Xi Jinping threw down the gauntlet to the U.S. in a May 2017 speech, where he outlined the plan for establishing a Chinese-supervised "Digital Silk Road." President Xi realizes that the information dimension of modern war is bound up with China's apparent overall objective of unseating the United States as the leader of the existing liberal democratic world order.

Xi seemingly wants to secure a commanding lead in the emerging hi-tech disciplines to create a sense of inevitability about China's rise to world domination. The U.S. still has the time, talent and resources to secure a victory over China in this contest for global leadership, provided that the U.S. has the will, self-discipline and flexibility to institute a total societal mobilization over decades.

Sep 29 07:16

911 outages reported nationwide

Law enforcement agencies across the country reported 911 outages Monday night, with many being restored in about an hour.

After 7 p.m. Eastern time, several law enforcement agencies across Minnesota, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Nevada said their 911 systems were not functional. Most of the agencies released updates saying the system was restored by about 8:15 p.m. EDT.

It was not immediately clear if the outages were related to a Microsoft system issue also reported Monday, NBC New York noted. Microsoft’s status page for its cloud services said “Any user may experience access problems for Microsoft 365 services.”

Sep 29 06:23

UK boasts of attacking and 'destroying' its enemies in cyberspace

A senior British military officer has claimed his forces are dealing with 60 “significant” cyber attacks on a daily basis, likening it to a modern “Blitz”.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, who is commander of Strategic Command, claims the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and its assets are under “constant attack” in cyberspace.

According to General Sanders at least 10 of these daily attacks can be attributed to “hostile state actors”.

Strategic Command plays a monitoring and to a lesser extent coordination role across the UK’s five military services, notably the classic sea, air and land forces in addition to the more recent space and cyber warfare services.

But the more interesting part of General Sanders’ discussion of cyber warfare issues centered around his claims on British offensive capabilities in this emerging domain.

Sep 28 09:17

Ransomware is your biggest problem on the web. This huge change could be the answer

Police always advise ransomware victims against paying off the criminal gangs that have encrypted their computer systems – and there are many good reasons for that.

At the most basic level, even after the companies have handed over the money, it's not always certain they will get their data restored. They are negotiating with crooks after all.

But even if they do get their data back, paying up is still a bad idea. It gives the crooks a big payday, which encourages further attacks – perhaps even on the same organisation again. And that big payoff means that gangs can invest in hiring more software developers and hackers to go after even bigger targets.

Sep 28 09:15

Ransomware is your biggest problem on the web. This huge change could be the answer

Police always advise ransomware victims against paying off the criminal gangs that have encrypted their computer systems – and there are many good reasons for that.

At the most basic level, even after the companies have handed over the money, it's not always certain they will get their data restored. They are negotiating with crooks after all.

But even if they do get their data back, paying up is still a bad idea. It gives the crooks a big payday, which encourages further attacks – perhaps even on the same organisation again. And that big payoff means that gangs can invest in hiring more software developers and hackers to go after even bigger targets.

Sep 28 08:39

New Google ChromeOS updates cause 100% CPU usage, heating issues

Recent ChromeOS updates cause a Google Play Store service to utilize 100% of the CPU, making devices hot and experience performance issues.

Since users began updating to ChromeOS 85.0.4183.108 and later, apps are running erratically, devices get hot, fans are running at high speed, and the battery is drained too quickly.

After users investigated the issue, it was found to be caused by the Google Play 'com.android.vending:download_service' suddenly utilizing 95-100% of the CPU for an extended period.

The com.android.vending:download_service service is used to download new updates from the Google Play Store when available.

Sep 28 06:02

PROSECUTORS’ PASSWORD-CRACKING CONSPIRACY THEORY AGAINST ASSANGE UNRAVELS AT EXTRADITION TRIAL

When the first indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was disclosed by the United States Justice Department, the response from some attorneys and advocates was mixed. It was viewed as “narrowly tailored” to avoid “broader legal and policy implications.”

Assange was charged with “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” and accused of “agreeing” to assist Pfc. Chelsea Manning in “cracking a password.”

At the end of the third week of an extradition trial, allegations related to this were entirely discredited by Patrick Eller, who was a command digital forensic examiner responsible for a team of more than 80 examiners at U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

Eller analyzed court martial records in Manning’s case that contained Jabber chat logs relevant to the allegations. He considered testimony from the U.S. military’s own forensic expert that contradicted presumptions at the core of this charge against Assange.

Sep 27 04:20

China Plans To Protect TikTok "At All Cost" Against "Mafia-Style Robbery" & US Threat To National Security

China's state-run Global Times is out with a new editorial Saturday indicating that Beijing will stick to protecting TikTok "at all costs". The theme of "compromised" national security is still being presented as the crux of the matter.

"China is prepared to prevent Chinese firm TikTok and its advanced technologies from falling into US hands at all cost," Global Times introduces.

This even if that should mean the hugely popular app "risks being shut down in the US, because allowing the US to seize the firm and its technology will not only set a dangerous precedent for other Chinese firms, but also pose a direct threat to China's national security, Chinese experts said on Saturday, a day ahead of a court battle in the US over a ban of the app."

Again, interestingly this seems to be the mirror image argument the Trump administration has harped on for much of the past year, especially on Huawei. GT's argument continues:

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I will be interesting to see how this situation moves forward.

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