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Aug 22 10:23

THIS IS YOUR KIDS’ BRAINS ON INTERNET ALGORITHMS: A CHILLING CASE STUDY SHOWS WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE INTERNET TODAY

Multimedia artist and writer James Bridle has a new book out, and it’s terrifying—appropriately so, I would say—in its analysis of “the dangers of trusting computers to explain (and, increasingly, run) the world,” as Adi Robertson writes at The Verge.

Aug 22 09:04

A free Photoshop alternative: No, it's not GIMP

Many users don't see the point in purchasing Photoshop when there are free alternatives for photo editing, such as GIMP. But Photopea could be a better choice if you're look for a free Photoshop alternative.

Aug 22 08:12

Windows 10 alert: All versions get new Intel patches for Spectre, Foreshadow bugs

Microsoft releases Intel's microcode updates, including one to address the recently revealed Foreshadow flaw.

Aug 21 15:05

Google facing lawsuit over its tracking of users after firm admits it DOES still track users' location even if they turn the setting off

A new lawsuit alleges that it illegally tracked the movements of millions of iPhone and Android users even when they use a privacy setting to prevent it.

According to a complaint filed late Friday, Google falsely assures people they won't be tracked if they turn the 'Location History' feature on their phones to 'off,' and instead violates their privacy by monitoring and storing their movements.

It alleges that Google is in violation of California's Invasion of Privacy Act.

Aug 21 15:03

Hackers steal $1 MILLION from the world's economy every 60 seconds with 1,861 people falling victim to cyber attacks each minute

Cyber security researchers found 1,861 people fall victim to cyber attacks each minute, with cybercriminals costing the global economy $600 billion (£470bn) last year alone.

Aug 21 14:59

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of every user to crack down on 'bad actors' (but it won't tell you how you score)

Facebook is secretly rating users based on their 'trustworthiness' to try and cut down on fake news on its platform.

The social media giant plans to assign users a reputation score that ranks them on a scale of from zero to one, according to the Washington Post.

It marks Facebook's latest effort to stave off fake news, bot accounts and other misleading content on its site.

But the idea of a reputation score has already generated skepticism about how Facebook's system will work, as well as criticism that it resembles China's social credit rating system.

Aug 21 14:23

Memo reveals Soros-funded social-media censorship plan Plotted with Google, Facebook to eliminate 'right wing propaganda'

A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trump by working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate “right wing propaganda and fake news” was presented in January 2017 by Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with about 100 donors, the Washington Free Beacon reported at the time.

On Monday, the Gateway Pundit blog noted the memo’s relationship with recent moves by Silicon Valley tech giants to “shadow ban” conservative political candidates and pundits and remove content.

The Free Beacon obtained a copy of the memo, “Democracy Matters: Strategic Plan for Action,” by attending the retreat.

Aug 21 13:42

‘Faith-based attribution': Microsoft unable to identify those behind pre-midterm hacking – experts

Microsoft’s claim that it had identified an entity behind a recent phishing attack as a Kremlin-linked group is most likely hollow, as the tech-giant couldn’t have adequately verified the hacker’s identity, experts have told RT.
Any evidence Microsoft could get about the identity of the hacker, who it said attempted to launch a hacking attack by creating “spear-phishing” websites mimicking such pages as the Senate website or the International Republican Institute, would be circumstantial at best, technology and cybersecurity analysts said, adding that the claims made by the company in its recent blog are nothing more than mere assumptions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Microsoft is creating allegations with which to push its products, with zero proof whatsoever.

Aug 21 13:15

Internet Buzzing After Julian Assange's Mother Implicates Seth Rich In DNC Leak

The internet is buzzing with theories after Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's mother, Christine Assange, tweeted - and then deleted - what many believe to be a suggestion that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich "leaked docs proving corruption."

In response to the question "why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?" Christine Assange replied "Its the duty of media to inform citizens about corruption," adding "a #DNC #Bernie supporter disgruntled with rigging leaked docs proving corruption."

"What should Wikileaks should have done? Hold on to them till after the election to advantage #Hillary?" she continued, adding "You are shooting the messenger!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the DNC is not above eating - or assassinating - its own.

Aug 21 12:13

Internet Buzzing After Julian Assange's Mother Implicates Seth Rich In DNC Leak

The internet is buzzing with theories after Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's mother, Christine Assange, tweeted - and then deleted - what many believe to be a suggestion that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich "leaked docs proving corruption."

In response to the question "why did Julian publish damning docs against Hillary at such a crucial time which gave Humpty Dumpty Trump the upper hand?" Christine Assange replied "Its the duty of media to inform citizens about corruption," adding "a #DNC #Bernie supporter disgruntled with rigging leaked docs proving corruption."

"What should Wikileaks should have done? Hold on to them till after the election to advantage #Hillary?" she continued, adding "You are shooting the messenger!"

Aug 21 12:00

MICROSOFT PROMOTES RUSSIA SCARE TO GAIN INSIDER ACCESS TO CAMPAIGN INFORMATION

The software behemoth Microsoft Corp wants to gain an insider view on candidates and election campaigns at the federal, state and local level. The Seattle based company now offers a "special cybersecurity protection" to those candidates and campaigns that use its Office 365, Outlock or Hotmail cloud services. Those who take up the offer will put their emails, internal strategy papers and financial records onto Microsoft owned and administrated servers where Microsoft personal will have a special eye on them.

The company hopes that a large amount of such data will enable it "to collect critical feedback" into developing political dangers and will allow it to "to address the specific needs of eligible organizations". This could, for example, be done by directing or withholding campaign contributions in line with its corporate interests. The acquired material will also be of interest to various national intelligence agencies and might be of value for future political trades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: should any computer company be allowed to have this much power, in exchange for access?!?

My short answer is, "Hell, no!!"

Aug 21 11:56

New “Humanitarian” Tech Program In Syria “Invented” By Former State Dep’t, Arab Spring Participants

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been a few months since mainstream media has presented its audience with a State Department super hero acting as a “humanitarian” in Syria. But, never to disappoint, Andrew Gold of Wired as well as a host of other writers (at the same time) have been extolling the virtues of three new tech heroes who have designed an app to allegedly protect Syrian civilians from becoming victims of airstrikes...

Aug 21 10:59

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails - they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for 'disgusted' Democratic insiders

A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia.

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.

'Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,' said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.'

His account contradicts directly the version of how thousands of Democratic emails were published before the election being advanced by U.S. intelligence.

Aug 21 09:54

MICROSOFT PROMOTES RUSSIA SCARE TO GAIN INSIDER ACCESS TO CAMPAIGN INFORMATION

The software behemoth Microsoft Corp wants to gain an insider view on candidates and election campaigns at the federal, state and local level. The Seattle based company now offers a "special cybersecurity protection" to those candidates and campaigns that use its Office 365, Outlock or Hotmail cloud services. Those who take up the offer will put their emails, internal strategy papers and financial records onto Microsoft owned and administrated servers where Microsoft personal will have a special eye on them.

Aug 21 09:30

'No evidence', but Russian Fancy Bears are doing it again (p.s. here's our new product) - Microsoft

In language strikingly similar to comments made repeatedly by concerned members of congress, Microsoft said that “foreign entities” were launching cyber attacks to “disrupt elections” and “sow discord” among the American public. “Some governments,” it said, were attempting to “steal and leak information” and “spread disinformation”.

Despite its obvious passion for defending democracy, the software company did not, however, give any update on US government hacking efforts to “sow discord” or “spread disinformation” in other parts of the world where Microsoft operates.

Luckily for Microsoft, the company could also used the very unfortunate hacking incident to advertise its new ‘AccountGuard’ software, which it plans to offer to congressional candidates and campaigns free of charge as part of its ‘Defending Democracy Program’.

Aug 21 08:33

Web giants ordered to delete extremist material within an hour or face fines, under Brussels plans

Under the new rules, the sites would have an hour to take down things such as videos uploaded by members of Islamic State or posts inciting violence by extremist groups.

If they are not removed within the time period, companies will be fined.

The proposals will be set out in draft regulation due to be published next month, according to The Financial Times.

Aug 20 17:42

Censorship is the New Front in the War on Consciousness

At its core, consciousness is the awareness of being aware. Which is extraordinarily relevant to today’s conversation about the internet censorship being openly carried out by big tech and big government.

Aug 20 15:11

CUCKFEST: Egotistical woman tricks dozens of guys on Tinder to go on "date" with her, they unwittingly show up to discover a 'Hunger Games style televised contest-

- She arrogantly ejects Trump Supporters- Others leave in anger, some actually grovel to her demands

Aug 20 14:30

Social Media Censorship—Here Are The Deep Basics

The obvious answer staring us in the face is: Google and Facebook and You Tube, for example, the largest social media corporations, are not “free companies.” -- They’ve been in bed with the intelligence community for a long time, and they favor wall to wall surveillance of the population. They favor the “liberal” version of a policed State, where correct opinions are let in the door and incorrect opinions are shut down.

Aug 20 12:10

Wisconsin Company is Injecting RFID Microchips Into Hands of Employees – “They Love It”

The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is also found in credit cards, debit cards, key fobs, and smartphones

Aug 20 10:07

FACEBOOK SUSPENDED A LATIN AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK AND GAVE THREE DIFFERENT REASONS WHY

it was unexpected when Telesur English blinked out of existence on the 13th, and even stranger when Facebook struggled to explain its own actions. At the time of its suspension, Telesur received this boilerplate message from Facebook:

Hello,

Your Page “teleSUR English” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorised individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

The Facebook Team

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a two word remedy for this kind of behaviour from Facebook: abandon Facebook!!

There are media platforms which do not do this; find them, use them, and avoid Facebook as though it were the plague.

Aug 20 10:01

State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA

Michigan has become the first state to ban the National Security Agency’s intrusive data collection practices by passing a law that prohibits law enforcement and state agencies from turning over personal data to the federal government without due process.

The Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act, or HB4430, will go into effect next month after it passed the Michigan state legislature with overwhelming support and only one “no” vote.

The text of the bill states that its purpose is “to prohibit this state and certain other governmental agents, employees, and entities in this state from assisting a federal agency in obtaining certain forms of data without a warrant; and to prohibit certain uses of certain data collected without a warrant.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Enforcement may be a problem.

Aug 20 09:05

How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location .

Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address, a numeric designation that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times.

Aug 20 08:47

Hackers Steal $13 Million from Bank ATMs in 28 Countries

Just days after an FBI warning of the prospect of a worldwide mass hacking plot that could have millions withdrawn from bank accounts, Hackers managed to steal $13 million from ATMs across 28 countries.

The cybercriminals infected cash machines of India-based Cosmos Bank with malware, which allowed them to approve transactions and access client accounts, reports Yahoo News. Fake credit cards were used to drain the cash from the machines.

In a confidential alert issued last Friday, the FBI had warned American banks of an imminent “cashout” attack on cashpoints around the globe.

The agency was concerned of a highly choreographed fraud scheme known as an ATM “jackpotting,” essentially describing exactly what had happened to the ATMs of Cosmos Bank.

Aug 20 08:36

Another Reason to Quit Facebook

The Trump administration is demanding Facebook open up its encrypted messaging software and let law enforcement snoop on conversations.

The effort is being kept secret, according to Reuters.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

The move will prompt more people to flee the platform.

Aug 20 07:56

Lockheed Martin receives bloody images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign

Lockheed Martin’s social media appeal to send them the best photos of its products went horribly awry, as unimpressed Twitterati responded with gruesome images of the horrors of war.

The world’s largest defense contractor and one of the top defense manufacturers posted a tweet last week, asking Twitter users to send them an “amazing photo” of a Lockheed Martin item.>>>

Aug 20 00:52

Survey Says 66% of Americans Don’t Want to Live in “Smart Cities” Due to Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns. So How Many Don’t Want to Be Exposed to Hundreds of Small Cell Towers, Wireless Sensors, etc.?

According to an August 13, 2018 guest post on SmartCitiesDive.com, 66% of Americans don’t want to live in a “Smart City” because -- Americans like their communities -- Americans are worried about cyberattacks -- Americans are deeply concerned about the mass collection of personal data collection

Aug 20 00:34

The Technocratic Global Government Of The Future Is Here

Enter the futuristic space kingdom of Asgardia, endorsed by NASA, and preaching a familiar message of one world government run by elite technocrats … all for the common good and “social justice” of course. But since it’s a kingdom, who will be the monarch? What does this new constitution say about individual rights under technocracy?

Aug 19 07:19

Trump Admin Moves Against Facebook: Files Formal Complaint Over 'Discriminatory' Policies

When President Trump said Saturday morning that his administration was going to fight back against Big Tech's discriminatory policies, he had already taken the first step.

Aug 18 23:32

If You Want to Survive this Election with Your Mental Health Intact, Turn Off the “News” and Social Media Now

If you want to preserve your sanity and avoid unhappy derangement, turn off all corporate and social media from now to Thanksgiving. -- Since elections are extremely profitable for traditional media / social media corporations, your sanity will gleefully be sacrificed in the upcoming election–if you are gullible enough to watch the “news” and tune into social media. Elections are extremely profitable because candidates spend scads of cash on media adverts. -- The greater the discord and derangement, the higher the media profits. The more outraged you let yourself become, the more time you spend online, generating insane profits for the corporations that own whatever platforms you’re addicted to.

Aug 18 21:38

Facebook 'censors' conservative education page, says it was a mistake, but few are convinced

Facebook says it had mistakenly deleted videos and limited the reach of US conservative educational organization PragerU. The content has now been restored, but PragerU supporters don't think it was an accident.

PragerU (short for Prager University, after its founder Dennis Prager) says nine of its posts reached none of its three million-odd followers, and at least two videos were deleted for "hate speech," in what many conservatives see as part of Facebook's ongoing censorship campaign. Facebook has now apologized and restored the content, but has offered no explanation beyond "we're looking into it."

Aug 18 17:05

Prenda Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Pirate Bay Honeypot Case

Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has pleaded guilty to mail, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, where Hansmeier and his colleague were found creating and uploading porn movies to file-sharing sites to extract settlements from alleged pirates.

Aug 18 11:23

TRUMP: "SOCIAL MEDIA IS TOTALLY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST CONSERVATIVE VOICES"

Following the crackdown against Alex Jones and various other pundits on Twitter and other social media outlets, on Saturday morning President Trump joined the big tech censorship debate, and accused social media of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices", claiming that the Trump administration "won't let that happen", and arguing that the platforms should allow both "good and bad" content online amid an escalating debate over social media’s growing censorship and role in policing content online.

"Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others," Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I have no patience for people advocating death, even for people whose life track record (in this case, that of Senator Mc Cain, who has never encountered any potential war he didn't love) has been one of creating misery for third world people who were simply "in the way" of resources the US wanted or wants to expropriate.

I thoroughly believe in documenting the truth as I see it; then letting people decide where they stand on the issue.

That is what, I believe, a true journalist does, even if it is on a blog, like this one.

This is also why I refuse to be silent on the US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, as well as other war crimes, such as those committed against Palestinians by the Israelis.

In reading what Johnstone wrote, I feel that she should have documented the specific acts in which McCain engaged, in terms of his support for these endless, unrelenting wars for resources, rather than advocating for his death; but should Twitter have electronically shunned her for this, when there is much more objectionable content in many of the tweets which are allowed to go forward?!?

Aug 18 11:00

FEDS ASK COURT TO FORCE FACEBOOK TO BREAK MESSENGER'S END-TO-END VOICE ENCRYPTION FOR MS-13 GANG PROBE

In secret court proceedings, the U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to help wiretap Messenger. Facebook has declined, so the Justice Department is asking a judge for an order of contempt.

From the Reuters story:

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is surprising to me here, is that the Department of Justice, for all the money thrown at it annually, to keep its communications capabilities current, has no better tools for surveillance here other than Facebook Messenger; and my question here is, why?!?

Aug 18 10:43

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Aug 18 00:23

A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018

The crisis of Internet censorship in the West is unfolding now and just now coming into view. It appears that government agencies are heavily influencing these policies, along with monolithic tech companies who are now demonstrating the willingness to allow the political beliefs of executives to influence the business services they provide. Given that these are businesses, it stands to reason that it won’t be long before these companies suffer substantial backlash for crossing the line into censorship and thought control.

Aug 18 00:02

Censorship is the New Front in the War on Consciousness

When a group of people gets together and conspires to deliberately restrict access to points-of-view, opinions, ideas, personalities and information, then those people are engaged in a struggle to control other’s perception of the world. -- Their aim is to control awareness of the diversity of possibilities in how the world is perceived. To shut down imagination. -- To control your consciousness of the world we all share.

Aug 17 15:24

Mozilla removes 23 Firefox add-ons in security clampdown

Following the removal of Web Security, Firefox users suggested a number of other add-ons that should also be removed because they conducted similar activities. All of the add-ons removed by Mozilla have been listed by ID number and some of the more popular ones include Browser Security, SmartTube, DirtyLittleHelpers, YTTools and Quick AMZ.

After the add-ons in question were inspected by engineers, it was revealed that while they all have different names, a number of add-ons all have the same code used in Web Security.

The questionable add-ons are no longer available to download and existing users will notice that they have been disabled in their browser.

Aug 17 11:06

A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018

We are seeing today what the ‘kill switch’ really looks like. It really is more of corporate/government affair that targets unwanted information. This is the true form of the internet kill switch as it appears in 2018.

Aug 17 11:04

The 3 Trigger Terms Being Used to Stop Critical Thinking

Today, we find that thinking is a diminishing art, and in its place, sound bites and stop-thought terms are used to put the brakes on the mind. These terms are widely used as signals to prevent minds from looking too deeply at a topic or issue.

Aug 17 09:23

‘Too Big to Fail’: RussiaGate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism.

Aug 17 06:50

Has YOUR Twitter account been affected? Social media site continues to cull users in a bid to clean up the platform

Twitter has started banning a huge amount of accounts, with many users taking to the site to bemoan the loss of hundreds of followers in a single day.

The cull started yesterday and had such an impact on numbers that the 'Twitterverse' was swept with the hashtag #TwitterPurge.

The firm is ruthlessly removing accounts, with those who have been previously suspended or banned most likely to see their account deactivated.

Aug 17 00:07

Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

It’s time to dump Firefox. Like all the other tech giants, Mozilla is going to abuse and exploit its position of market dominance to control what you read, watch and hear. That’s pure evil, and it’s the kind of evil we’ve all now come to expect from Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Now you can add Mozilla to that list.

Aug 17 00:01

Modern Censorship Is Voluntary

Censorship is an enormous problem that the internet temporarily freed us from. Now we’re seeing the State leverage the tech giants to once again control the flow of information. All of us that are aware of this problem have the solution in our hands. Instead of worrying about it and complaining about it we should migrate off the websites that are being used as blinders and discover new platforms that are building a business around privacy and openness. These tools are available and the more quickly we all migrate to them the move value we will all receive from them. It’s time we all did our part. Just be prepared to read, see and hear ideas that one might not like.

Aug 16 17:56

RAND PAUL “I think that he (Julian Assange) should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying”..

Wiki leaks played a major role in sorting out the trove of Clinton Campaign documents that were hacked During the 2016 Election and Senator Rand Paul has a Major offer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Paul suggests that Assange be given immunity in exchange for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

In an interview with the Gateway Pundit, Paul suggested that Assange likely has important information about the hack and that it’s unlikely he would agree to testify without immunity.

“I think that he should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying,” Senator Paul told the Gateway Pundit. “I think he’s been someone who has released a lot of information, and you can debate whether or not any of that has caused harm, but I think really he has information that is probably pertinent to the hacking of the Democratic emails that would be nice to hear.”

Aug 16 17:53

Google forced to update its help page to admit it DOES still track user's location even if they turn the setting off

Google has admitted that it tracks users' location history even after they turn off location sharing.

On Thursday, the search giant revised a help page that erroneously described how its 'Location History' setting works.

The page now clarifies that Google still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off.

Aug 16 17:50

Celebrities and 'influencers' probed by competition watchdog over paid-for social media posts

The competition watchdog has written to a string of celebrities and social media 'influencers' to find out whether they are disclosing their paid-for posts properly.

Businesses grappling to advertise their wares to the biggest audience possible often harness the popularity of social media stars to promote their latest must-have item.

Celebrities can be paid huge sums of money to post about a particular brand or product range.

The problem comes when consumers are left unclear about whether that celebrity has posted as part of a paid-for promotion or simply rates a particular product themselves.

Aug 16 14:58

Westpac NZ issues 30,000 replacement cards due to fraud risk linked to Ticketmaster security breach

About 30,000 Westpac NZ customers will receive replacement cards following a data security incident related to Ticketmaster in June.

Those who purchased, or attempted to purchase, tickets between September 2017 and June 23, 2018, were potentially at risk of fraud.

Tiffany Ryan, Westpac NZ head of financial crime and security, said while the risk of fraud was low, Westpac wanted to take an extra proactive step to protect customers.

"Westpac NZ is in the process of proactively replacing around 30,000 cards, where we have concerns that a customer's card details may have been compromised," Ryan said.

"We have strong fraud controls in place, but we wanted to take an extra proactive step to protect our customers and provide them with peace of mind around this issue."

Aug 16 14:54

2015 United Nations Paper Proposed Government Licensing To “Supervise Content” Online

In recent purge, globalists are following long existing plans to censor internet.
In 2015, the Washington Post warned that the United Nations was attempting to “…transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons“.

The warning came in response to a UN report titled “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls: A World-Wide Wake-up Call“.

The report was promptly withdrawn due to errors with “footnoting”.

Based on a campaign to promote “gender sensitive content” for women and prevent online harrassment and bullying, the report proposed a Chinese style system of government licensing.

Aug 16 10:14

A $2,000 iPhone: It's coming. It's inevitable

With Samsung pushing the envelope on the price of flagship smartphones with its $1,250 512GB Galaxy Note 9, it's only a matter of time before we have a $2,000 iPhone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The $1000 iPhone isn't selling so well and latest word is that the next iPhone will sell for just $500.

Aug 16 08:53

Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for EVIL… pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

Many of us sought out Firefox from Mozilla, an organization with a strong history supporting free speech and open access to information.

But now Mozilla has joined the dark side. They’re jumping in bed with pure evil, pushing an “Information Trust Initiative” that would block independent media sources at the browser level while favoring corporate media giants like CNN, a cesspool of deliberately fake news.

Aug 16 08:32

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

Privacy campaigners say Google's obsessive collection of location markers violates Europe's privacy laws - potentially exposing the Californian giant to punitive fines.

Several privacy watchers agree that as it stands, users are misled, and can't give informed consent. That exposes the company to financial penalty under GDPR rules: which could be 2 per cent or 4 per cent of turnover.

"Burying its stalking settings, while distracting users with a deliberately crippled 'Location history' button, isn't just deceitful - it's unlawful," campaigner Phil Booth opined. "Without proper consent or legitimate purpose, Google is breaching the GDPR rights of every EU citizen it has been tracking.

"Under GDPR, such location data - associated with a Google account - is clearly personal data, breach of which could expose Google to a giant fine. The question is, will regulators act on this globalised prowling?"

Aug 16 08:25

Facebook news chief to media: ‘Work with Facebook or die’

The Australian reports that Facebook media relations chief Campbell Brown privately disclosed that Mark Zuckerberg is indifferent to publishers and offers the news media a simple choice: "Work with Facebook or die."

A senior Facebook executive has privately admitted Mark Zuckerberg “doesn’t care” about publishers and warned that if they did not work with the social media giant, “I’ll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a ­hospice”.

Aug 16 08:20

Firefox Add-On With 220,000+ Installs Caught Collecting Users’ Browsing History

A popular Firefox add-on is secretly logging users' browsing history, according to reports from the author of the uBlock Origin ad blocker and Mike Kuketz, a German privacy and security blogger.

The add-on in question is named Web Security and is currently installed by 222,746 Firefox users, according to the official Mozilla Add-ons Portal.

Aug 16 08:12

President Trump relaxes US cyber-attacks rules

President Trump has signed an order relaxing rules around the use of cyber-weapons, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It is a reversal of guidelines, drawn up under President Obama, which required a large number of federal agencies to be involved in any decision to launch a cyber-attack.

Specific details of what the new rules will be are classified information.

One official said the US was taking "an offensive step forward".

Aug 15 18:07

Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show it’s possible in nearly 30 states

Top computer researchers gave a startling presentation recently about how to intercept and switch votes on emailed ballots, but officials in the 30 or so states said the ease with which votes could be changed wouldn’t alter their plans to continue offering electronic voting in some fashion.

Aug 15 13:39

Big Tech Censorship: YouTube On The Verge Of Deleting Stefan Molyneux's Entire Channel

Philosopher and popular right-wing commentator Stefan Molyneux was hit with two strikes within 24 hours Wednesday on YouTube and now faces his entire channel being deleted.

"Within 24 hours, my @YouTube channel has received two community guidelines strikes - likely as a result of a mass flagging campaign - and is now on the verge of total deletion," Molyneux announced on Twitter. "Please respectfully contact @TeamYouTube and alert them to this injustice."

Aug 15 11:32

BBC Caught Cherry-Picking Anti-Privacy Computer Scientists for Segment

The BBC was caught red-handed engaging in manipulation after it declined to invite a potential guest for a segment on computer security, turning the expert down because he refused to state why it would be a good idea to put “back-doors” into cryptographic systems.

Aug 15 07:25

Hackers can take control of MILLIONS of brand-new Android smartphones because of vulnerabilities with pre-installed apps, experts warn

Most apps can't access protected files, but this is not the case with many pre-installed apps, which often have privileged access to the Android operating system.

Because there are so many manufacturers making hardware for Google's operating system, it's hard for the company and researchers to keep tabs on all pre-installed apps.

Many firms make sure that any apps that come pre-installed are as secure as possible, but that is not always the case.

Aug 15 07:19

Update your computer NOW: Intel reveals 'Foreshadow' flaws affecting its chips could put MILLIONS of devices at risk - just months after Spectre and Meltdown scares

An international team initially identified a type of attack dubbed Foreshadow that would allow hackers to steal information from a computer’s memory, including files, pictures, and passwords.

After researchers notified Intel of the issue earlier this year, the firm identified two more related variants that could have even more ‘devastating’ consequences, allowing attackers to access information stored on a third-party cloud.

Intel says its commonly used Core and Xeon processors were among the products that were affected, putting both personal computer users and data centers at risk.

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Intel says it began rolling out updates to the operating system and hypervisor software today to address the flaws, along with updates released earlier this year that are an ‘important component of the mitigation strategy,’ for all three iterations.

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