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Jun 07 10:39

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE: these are the vendors newly-named by Cisco's Talos Intelligence as being exploited by the VPNFilter malware, and the software nasty has been spotted hitting endpoints behind vulnerable kit.

As well as the expanded list of impacted devices, Talos warned that VPNFilter now attacks endpoints behind the firewall, and sports a “poison pill” to brick an infected network device if necessary.

When first discovered, VPNFilter was spotted in half a million devices – but only SOHO devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and QNAP storage kit.

As well as the six new vendors added to the list, Talos said this week more devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link are affected. Talos noted that, to date, all the vulnerable units are consumer-grade or SOHO-grade.

Jun 07 10:36

1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded because of botched IT migration

TSB's boss Paul Pester admitted that 1,300 people have been defrauded as a result of the bank's botched IT upgrade in April, in a second hearing in front of MPs.

The Treasury Select Committee heard how some customers had tens-of-thousands of pounds drained from their accounts, while others had to wait up to nine hours on the phone to resolve issues.

Pester said the levels of fraudulent attacks increased 70 times, with scammers sending phishing calls, emails and texts purporting to be TSB and asking them to verify their bank details.

Financial Conduct Authority head Andrew Bailey, said there had been about 10,600 fraudulent attempts relating to the IT meltdown. TSB said it will compensate customers for any fraud they suffered.

Jun 07 10:32

It's not paranoia, your phone really IS listening to EVERYTHING you say and using your private conversations to target ads, security expert warns

These smartphone models are constantly listening out for the designated wake word or phrase, with everything else discarded.

However, one researcher claims that keywords and phrases picked-up by the gadget can be accessed by third-party apps, like Instagram and Twitter, when the right permissions are enabled.

This means when you chat about needing new jeans, or plans for a holiday in Senegal, apps can plaster your timeline with adverts for clothes and deals on flights.

Dr Peter Henway, a senior security consultant for cybersecurity firm Asterisk, told Vice: 'From time to time, snippets of audio do go back to [apps like Facebook's] servers but there's no official understanding what the triggers for that are.

'Whether it's timing or location-based or usage of certain functions, [apps] are certainly pulling those microphone permissions and using those periodically.

Jun 06 15:02

Update Google Chrome Immediately to Patch a High Severity Vulnerability

You must update your Google Chrome now.

Security researcher Micha? Bentkowski discovered and reported a high severity vulnerability in Google Chrome in late May, affecting the web browsing software for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Jun 06 10:07

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

Years-old security issues mostly stamped out in enterprise technology remain in maritime environments, leaving ships vulnerable to hacking, tracking and worse.

A demo at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London by Ken Munro and Iian Lewis of Pen Test Partners (PTP) demonstrated multiple methods to interrupt the shipping industry. Weak default passwords, failure to apply software updates and a lack of encryption enable a variety of attacks.

Jun 06 06:55

Facebook gave access to personal data about its users to Huawei, a Chinese electronics firm flagged by US intelligence as a 'national security threat'

The social network acknowledged the handset makers — Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL — were among the 60 companies it had shared data with as early as 2007.

Huawei was singled-out by the FBI director earlier this year, who said he was 'deeply concerned' its handsets have the 'capacity to conduct undetected espionage' on behalf of the Chinese government.

Facebook allowed Huawei and other manufacturers access to user data to enable social media features, like Facebook Messenger, on their devices.

These Facebook 'experiences' were used as a stop-gap until the social network could build a designated mobile app for the manufacturers' operating system.

Facebook will now wind down its dealings with Huawei, the Californian company confirmed in a statement to The New York Times.

Jun 05 17:26

DNA testing service reveals 92mn user accounts have been breached

Genealogy and DNA testing service My Heritage has revealed that the details of more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach.

Emails and hashed passwords of users who registered for the service, up to and including October 26, 2017 - the date of the breach, were found on a private server, the company confirmed Monday.

Jun 05 15:21

The Government Might Take Back Control Of Internet Domain Names

The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet's administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago.

Jun 05 12:07

More Evidence of Political Coverup in Dem IT Security Scandal

More evidence has surfaced about the disturbing political coverup of grave national security violations committed by the Pakistani who ran House Democrats’ information technology. His name is Imran Awan and last year he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. while trying to flee to his native Pakistan. Even after getting fired by some members of Congress for stealing computers and data systems, Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, kept him and let him have access to her emails and files as well as the password to the electronic device she used for DNC business. At one point, Awan had access to the computers of dozens of members of Congress, including those on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Judicial Watch has launched an investigation and is pursuing public records.

Jun 05 12:02

Edward Snowden: 'The People Are Still Powerless, But Now They're Aware'

Snowden has no regrets five years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the U.S. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his revelations of mass surveillance have rocked governments, intelligence agencies and major internet companies.

Jun 05 11:50

Apple CEO Takes Swipes At Facebook Over Data Collection (Just Don't Mention Modern Day Slavery)

Apple CEO Tim Cook took multiple swipes at Facebook on Monday over apparent differences in company practices, as the head of the smartphone manufacturing giant seems committed in trying to keep the negative attention on its Silicon Valley rival.

Jun 05 11:36

The EU is About to Destroy The Internet

Jun 05 11:11

Google Bribes Newspaper To Print Fake News

The London Evening Standard has found itself surrounded by controversy after it was revealed that the paper sold “favorable news coverage” to six major companies, including Uber and Google, in exchange for £3 million, or just over 4 million U.S. dollars.

Jun 05 08:35

Conservatives Fight Back Against Scandalous Facebook And Twitter Censorship

The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, took to Fox News to explain that conservatives aren’t content any longer to sit back and take the censorship of political thought and speech from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 05 06:41

5G Mini Cell Towers – ‘Junk Yards On A Pole’ – Will Affect Your Lifestyle More Than You Know

How would you like this ‘mini’ cell tower parked outside your front door or your bedroom window or on a pole in your backyard? And you cannot have it removed, thanks to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission!

Jun 04 19:20

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

Philips' Hue smart-home lighting has had an embarrassing outage with its API going offline for four hours on Thursday, preventing customers from accessing the system remotely.

On the same day that the company launched its new service – where its lights will respond automatically to streaming music and games – the system died for anyone trying to activate the hardware while outside their house, or using voice control. In-home control was unaffected.

The loss of remote control mirrors a similar outage with Nest earlier this month where customers were unable to use the Nest app remotely to unlock doors or turn off/on its security alarm.

Jun 04 19:12

US Navy reveals plans for autonomous 'robot battleships' that can launch killer drones into the air and sea

The US Navy and researchers from Florida Atlantic University have revealed plans to develop autonomous robotic 'drone battleships' that can launch underwater and aerial attacks in order to protect US coasts.

Last month, FAU was awarded $1.25 million by US Navy for research for unmanned marine vehicle platforms.

Jun 04 19:04

Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

Apple will attempt to frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users, within the next version of its iOS and Mac operating systems.

"We're shutting that down," declared Apple's software chief Craig Federighi, at the firm's developers conference.

He added that the web browser Safari would ask owners' permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity.

The move is likely to add to tensions between the two companies.

Jun 04 09:59

Steam SHOCK: Hackers could have taken control of YOUR PC thanks to this vulnerability

Steam fans are being warned about a vulnerability that experts say has existed for 10 years.

Cyber security experts have put Steam users on alert about the remote code execution vulnerability.

Context Information Security said this backdoor affected all 15 million active Steam clients.

In a blog post online, the cyber security firm said the vulnerability allowed hackers to carry out remote code execution attacks.

Leveraging this, it was possible for hackers to control a victim’s machine.

Jun 04 09:49

IF YOU OWN A PHONE THIS MEANS YOU: AND IT IS SO VERY MUCH WORSE THAN THE FACEBOOK SCANDAL

I am publishing below an excerpt (called the 'main point') from my post with exhaustive links called YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED. The rest of the post and a complete bibliography of links is at the source.

YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED.

Evidence surfaced recently -- proof -- that each of us, that every one of us with a cellphone, might as well have a corresponding dot moving and blinking in real time, geolocated on a map somewhere. Did I say might as well? I mean does. (Yes that map is real.)

Find links below.

Let that sink in. THAT GIANT MAP IS REAL. It is a map of all connected devices. If you have a phone, or laptop, or tablet, or router for that matter, you are on it. I mean that absolutely literally.

If you own a cell phone, this means you.

[snip]

First we learned that our private location information may be, and is, easily retrieved, without a warrant, or our informed consent, and with little to no oversight, at the will, or even whim of almost any police officer in America...

Then, we learned that, until recently, your location information could be retrieved by absolutely anyone with your phone number.


I repeat, up until may 17th, 2018, it was trivially easy for absolutely anyone to locate absolutely anyone else's phone WITH ONLY THE NUMBER…

… and it very probably still isn't that hard.

Jun 04 09:34

Why Microsoft is buying GitHub: It's all about developer relationships

Microsoft's move to acquire GitHub isn't all that surprising given that the company is a top contributor and has worked well with developers in recent years. Now can it keep GitHub the Switzerland of code?

Jun 04 09:33

REVEALED: Facebook let SIXTY companies, including Apple and Amazon, have 'deep access personal data about users and their friends - and the controversial deals are STILL in place'

Facebook gave at least 60 device makers broad access to its users' information, potentially in conflict with what the company told Congress, a new report has revealed.

Many of the partnerships, with companies such as Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, remain in effect even after Facebook began to quietly unwind them in April, according to a lengthy report in the New York Times.

Under some of the agreements, device makers could access the data of users' friends, even if they believed that they had barred sharing, the Times reported citing company officials. The latest revelation affects every Facebook user worldwide.

Jun 04 07:26

Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick, Say Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.

The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.

How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?

Jun 03 06:38

Conservatives Fight Back Against Scandalous Facebook And Twitter Censorship

The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, took to Fox News to explain that conservatives aren’t content any longer to sit back and take the censorship of political thought and speech from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 02 14:29

Facebook "Bias Investigation" Is A Crock Of Shit

Facebook's controversial Trending section has fallen out of fashion and will be removed next week, along with products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API.

Jun 02 10:29

The Disturbing Rise Of Social Media Manipulation & Censorship

Independent journalist Lisa Haven joins us for a great segment covering a number of important issues. From the arrests and sentencing of Tommy Robinson to the latest methods from Google to control human behavior.

Jun 02 09:51

Google Refuses To Accept Responsibility For GOP 'Nazi' Label

Google blamed “vandalism” at Wikipedia for inaccurate search results on their platform, which claimed the California GOP promotes Nazism, however Google failed to note that they prioritize results from Wikipedia as an authoritative source of information.

Jun 02 09:32

Amazon’s Rekognition Surveillance Tool Will Grant Police Even More Surveillance Power

By Derrick Broze

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly 40 other organizations have joined together to demand that Amazon cease providing law enforcement access to surveillance technology. The organizations signed onto a letter to Amazon which condemns the company for developing new facial recognition tools that allow real-time surveillance using police body cameras and the ever growing interconnected network of cameras in most major American cities...

Jun 02 07:02

Tech Companies Heading Towards Monopoly Status

A new column the Wall Street Journal argues that companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are heading towards monopoly status in their respective industries.

Jun 01 15:47

Trump Supporter? Careful, Google Might Label You A “BIGOT”

Trudy Wade is a Republican state senator from North Carolina and an enthusiastic supporter of President Trump.

But if you search “Trudy Wade” on Google, the search giant displays an old photo in the “knowledge panel” of its search results with “BIGOT” superimposed in big red letters.

Jun 01 15:17

Zuckerberg Denies Bias Against Conservatives Despite Overwhelming Evidence

At Facebook’s recent shareholder meeting, CEO Mark Zuckerberg again faced allegations that the platform is inherently biased by the prevailing liberal ideology at its California headquarters.

While he has previously acknowledged the partisan proclivity among a majority of Silicon Valley residents, Zuckerberg challenged the perception of one attendee during Thursday’s meeting in Menlo Park.

Jun 01 15:15

EU Law Would "Destroy The Internet As We Know It"

The European Union proposed a copyright regulation that Save Your Internet, a digital rights campaign, said would “destroy the internet as we know it,” and it’s not the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The EU is considering legislation, first proposed in 2016, that would force all content uploaded on the internet to pass through a content filter that would automatically block content potentially violating pre-existing copyrights, giving the European Union a watchful eye over nearly everything on the internet.

Jun 01 14:54

Facebook kills off trending topics in battle to stop 'fake news'

Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated 'trending' news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.

The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular.

Jun 01 14:48

Coming Soon: Facebook Testing Imposing Their Version Of Sanitized News In Your Feed

Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.

The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn’t popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook’s later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world.

Jun 01 10:15

OMB Report Claims Federal Agencies At Risk Of Hacking

Most federal agencies are deemed to have poor cybersecurity systems and practices in place, according to a May report from the Office of Management and Budget, effectively showing how vulnerable key information is to hackers and foreign spies.

Jun 01 10:10

Leaked Emails Reveal Google Concerned Pentagon AI Contract Could Damage Reputation

Google employees were worried about what entrepreneur Elon Musk would think about the company’s artificial intelligence contract with The Pentagon, leaked emails from September 2017 revealed.

Jun 01 07:24

‘Save the Internet’ – EU Moves to Monitor Uploads, ‘Censor’ Memes, ‘Tax’ Website Links

The European Union (EU) is less than a month away from voting to introduce aggressive new online copyright laws and “widespread censorship” measures, which critics say could strangle new media websites and stifle satire and online meme culture.

Unelected European Commission bureaucrats have drafted legislation which detractors say could force online platforms to monitor and control all uploads to some platforms with “content recognition technologies”. They are also said to have proposed what has been termed a ‘link tax’, which could compel blogs and other websites to pay just to reference content.

The full effects of the legislation are still unclear, but critics allege that memes, remixes, and other types of user-generated content could be put at risk, as these could technically be seen as breaches of copyright — and so could sharing content on popular websites like Reddit, Tumblr, and Gab.

Jun 01 06:34

Google lied about size of Pentagon AI contract, tried to hide project – leaked emails

Diane Greene, the chief executive of the company’s cloud business unit, recently told employees that revenue from Project Maven – a Pentagon program under development which aims to use artificial intelligence to help drones identify human ground targets without the assistance of human operators – was “only” for $9 million. But internal company emails from September 2017 obtained by The Intercept suggest otherwise.

One message, said to be from Aileen Black, a member of Google’s defense sales team, noted that the deal would rake in $15 million over the next 18 months. The email also said that the budget for the program was expected to eventually expand to $250 million. Black’s assessment appears to have merit: According to The Intercept, one month after news of the contract broke, the Pentagon allocated an additional $100 million to Project Maven.

May 31 12:29

More Evidence of Political Coverup in Dem IT Security Scandal

More evidence has surfaced about the disturbing political coverup of grave national security violations committed by the Pakistani who ran House Democrats’ information technology. His name is Imran Awan and last year he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. while trying to flee to his native Pakistan. Even after getting fired by some members of Congress for stealing computers and data systems, Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, kept him and let him have access to her emails and files as well as the password to the electronic device she used for DNC business. At one point, Awan had access to the computers of dozens of members of Congress, including those on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Judicial Watch has launched an investigation and is pursuing public records.

May 31 10:52

OMB Report Claims Federal Agencies At Risk Of Hacking

Most federal agencies are deemed to have poor cybersecurity systems and practices in place, according to a May report from the Office of Management and Budget, effectively showing how vulnerable key information is to hackers and foreign spies.

May 31 10:34

Colorado Set To Become First in U.S. To Use “Smart Pavement” to Monitor Drivers in Real-Time

By Kevin Samson

Most people who are at least aware of The Internet of Things are inclined to believe that it is purely about connecting smart gadgets and appliances to a localized home network. However, The Internet of Things itself is just one component of a much larger move toward full-scale smart cities where all infrastructure is embedded with sensors that can track and manage all people and all movements...

May 31 09:17

Federation Council plans to invite Facebook's founder Zuckerberg to its plenary session

The Federation Council will invite Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to a plenary session, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.

"I think that the proposal [to invite Mark] Zuckerberg [to a session] is noteworthy. This issue is relevant now. Whether he will be able to come or not is a secondary issue, but I would support a proposal to invite him to one of our sessions. I issued an order, we sent an invitation and will try to organize his arrival," Matviyenko said.

May 30 15:22

Weed-killing robots are threatening giant chemical companies’ business models

Robots like the one created by ecoRobotix (shown above) will be able to roll through fields, using computer vision to target and spray individual weeds as they go. EcoRobotix claims its robo-brigade will decrease total herbicide use by a factor of 20. You might even be able to get a smaller Roomba-esque version for your home garden.

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