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Oct 24 10:43

MX-19 “patito feo” released!

MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities, using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

https://mxlinux.org/

Oct 24 10:40

Distribution Release: Tails 4.0

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project has released a new version, Tails 4.0, which is the first version to be based on Debian 10 "Buster".
Download
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Oct 24 10:29

GOOGLE COULD USE INTERNAL SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO MONITOR WORKER DISSENT AND LABOR ORGANIZING, EMPLOYEES WARN

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Workers at Google say the company is developing an internal surveillance system that could be used to monitor the behavior of employees, and thwart dissent and labor organizing.

The company says they’re only trying to make it easier for workers to manage their internal Google calendars and manage meeting spam.

The allegation underscores tensions between employees and Google leadership, reports Ryan Gallagher at Bloomberg News:

Google employees are accusing the company’s leadership of developing an internal surveillance tool that they believe will be used to monitor workers’ attempts to organize protests and discuss labor rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, look at how hard and how quickly, Google is attempting to enforce a small, in-house "social credit" scheme on their own workers, just as China is doing right for theirs right now.

It will be ... interesting to see how this unfolds, and if the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika will decide to have a version created by Google just for its own purposes with those irascible citizens who still believe that the "Contract with America consists of the Constitution and Bill of Rights!!

Oct 24 10:24

WHITEWASHING NEOLIBERAL REPRESSION IN CHILE AND ECUADOR

SOURCE: FAIR.ORG
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, people are rising up against right-wing, US-backed governments and their neoliberal austerity policies.

Currently in Chile, the government of billionaire Sebastian Piñera has deployed the army to crush nationwide demonstrations against inequality sparked by a subway fare hike.

In Ecuador, indigenous peoples, workers and students recently brought the country to a standstill during 11 days of protests against the gutting of fuel subsidies by President Lenin Moreno as part of an IMF austerity package.

One might expect these popular rebellions to receive unreservedly sympathetic coverage from international media that claim to be on the side of democracy and the common people. On the contrary, corporate journalists frequently describe these uprisings as dangerous alterations of “law and order,” laden with “violence,” “chaos” and “unrest.”

Oct 24 10:22

EDUCATIONAL SPYWARE COMPANY TO SCHOOL BOARDS: HIRE US TO SPY ON YOUR KIDS AND WE'LL HELP YOU SABOTAGE TEACHERS' STRIKES

SOURCE: BOING BOING
Gaggle is one of a handful of creepy companies that sell surveillance software to school districts, which monitor every keystroke and click on school networks -- they’re the latest evolution in spy-on-kids tech, which started off by promising that they’d stop kids from seeing porn, then promised they could end bullying, and now advertise themselves as a solution for school shootings, under the banner of being a "Safety Management Platform."

Gaggle has plenty of competition from the likes of Securely and Goguardian. The whole sector has undergone a massive buzzword-compliance overhaul and added "AI" to their products, using algorithms to decide which student keystrokes are worthy of being flagged as suspicious.

Oct 24 10:20

ZUCKERBERG GRILLED OVER LIBRA, FALSE POLITICAL ADS, AND MORE

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users’ data and privacy. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Democrats challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a number of issues Wednesday at a hearing focused primarily on the company's efforts to develop cryptocurrency—putting the social media executive on the defensive regarding Facebook's position on the limits of free speech in political advertising, its labor practices, and critics' claims that the company supports housing discrimination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of COURSE, he believes he is "ABOVE THE LAW"; however, this thought is nothing new for our alleged Congressional Representatives in DC, who claim that they work for the American People, when they are actually reach to amass more political and financial fealty for themselves.

Oct 24 10:14

GOOGLE CONFIRMS 'QUANTUM SUPREMACY' - COMPLETES 10,000 YEAR CALCULATION IN 200 SECONDS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
Google has officially confirmed that they’ve achieved quantum supremacy.

While the breakthrough leaked last month, the company provided new details with the publication of a new article in the scientific journal, Nature.

The company says that their 54-qbit Sycamore processor was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds which would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years.

Unsurprisingly, IBM, the company that operates the supercomputer that Google claims to have beaten, and a key quantum computer competitor, is disputing Google’s claims. In a blog post published pre-emptively on Monday, the company said that the same task could be performed on a classical system in just 2.5 days, rather than the 10,000 years that Google is claiming. IBM says that Google “failed to fully account for plentiful disk storage” when estimating how long its traditional supercomputer would take to perform the calculation. -The Verge

Oct 24 10:03

FACE-SCANNING AI HIRES BASED ON YOUR FACIAL MOVEMENTS, WORDS AND VOICE

SOURCE: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

Your resume may not be the only deciding factor in landing your next job – it could be an 'employability score' created by artificial intelligence that has the final vote.

More than 100 big name firms are using HireVue's AI-driven assessment, which is technology that ranks candidates based on their facial movements, choice of words and speaking voice.

Although employers can pursue any candidate, some have told The Washington Post that they usually focus on those the computer system liked best -- leading some experts to question how bias the process may be.

HireVue's technology is employed by many large name companies such as Hilton Hotels, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, according to The Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HireVue could well be contributing to some really bad luck for some of us who don't come off as both beautiful, and clever; I certainly would get a "pass" on most valuations it considers critical for a hiring reference.

Oct 24 09:54

Educational spyware company to school boards: hire us to spy on your kids and we'll help you sabotage teachers' strikes

Gaggle is one of a handful of creepy companies that sell surveillance software to school districts, which monitor every keystroke and click on school networks -- they're the latest evolution in spy-on-kids tech, which started off by promising that they'd stop kids from seeing porn, then promised they could end bullying, and now advertise themselves as a solution for school shootings, under the banner of being a "Safety Management Platform."

Gaggle has plenty of competition from the likes of Securely and Goguardian. The whole sector has undergone a massive buzzword-compliance overhaul and added "AI" to their products, using algorithms to decide which student keystrokes are worthy of being flagged as suspicious.

Oct 24 09:48

ONLY COWARDS AND SADISTS SUPPORT THE PERSECUTION OF ASSANGE

SOURCE: CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

Former British ambassador Craig Murray has published a very disturbing account of Julian Assange’s court appearance yesterday which I recommend reading in full. There have been many reports published about Assange’s case management hearing, but the combination of Murray’s prior experience with torture victims, his familiarity with British courts, his friendship with Assange, and his lack of reverence for western power structures allowed for a much more penetrating insight into what happened than anyone else has been able to provide so far.

Here is a small excerpt:

Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Learned helplessness", is a form of torture developed by CIA psychological consultants, and has been used extensively in places like Gitmo; and Abu Ghraib.

I am quite certain that some of our British counterparts have at least "observed" these procedures done by the Yanks; and perhaps other sub-contractors have been hired, particularly if # 10 Downing Street, wanted "culpable deniability" in terms of not wanting to be duly accused of ordering this series of hits to Assange's body, and mind.

That being said, what has been done to Assange is morally, and legally, outrageous.

I would not be surprised if the man dies of some weaponised disease long before he stands trial for standing up for the truth, and embarrassing the hell out of the US government.

Oct 24 09:45

Twitter shares plunge as ad bugs see profit fall short

Twitter shares tumbled 17% in early trading as quarterly profits came in at less than a quarter of what analysts had predicted.

The company said it made $37m (£28.7m) profit in the third quarter.

Product bugs and unusually low demand over the summer hampered advertising sales.

Revenues were 9% higher than the previous year at $824m, but still at the lower end of Wall Street forecasts.

Oct 23 17:28

American Google Searches for CBD Eclipse All Other Health Topics

Google searches from 2004 through April 2019 were used to measure U.S. public interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical component of marijuana.

Searches from the United States that mentioned “CBD” or “cannabidiol” were stable from 2004 through 2014 before substantial increases in search volumes of almost 126% in 2017 compared with 2016 and 160% during 2018 compared with 2017...

Oct 23 17:12

ATTK of the Pwns: Trend Micro's antivirus tools 'will run malware – if its filename is cmd.exe'

A flaw in the Trend Micro Anti-Threat Toolkit can be exploited by hackers to run malware on victims' Windows computers.

Bug-hunter John "hyp3rlinx" Page took credit for uncovering CVE-2019-9491, an arbitrary code execution flaw in the security tool.

In short, the Trend software can be tricked into executing any old piece of software under the sun, including malware, when it is scanned, provided the filename is cmd.exe or regedit.exe. No, really.

Oct 23 17:05

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack

The partial downtime started about 10 hours ago, or around 0900 US East Coast time, and AWS's DNS servers are still, at time of writing, under siege. This affects more than just S3: it will hamper any connections to Amazon services that rely on external DNS queries, such as the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), Simple Queue Service (SQS), CloudFront, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). These are services countless sites and applications rely on to handle visitors and process customer information.

Oct 23 10:10

A “Free Market” Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces: A Techno-Fascist History of Neo-Eugenic Transhumanism

By John Klyczek

Buyer beware: if you’re thinking about “plugging in” to human-machine interfaces linked to the “internet of everything,” you might change your mind after considering the techno-fascist history of eugenics and social engineering that has fueled the corporatist development of human-computer interfaces...

Oct 23 09:40

The Deep State Is Assassinating Julian Assange

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange appeared in court to fight his extradition to the United States, sluggishly reciting his name and date of birth in a zombie-like state — displaying signs of either sleep deprivation, torture or poisoning — but quickly recovered to state the rigged case against him to the judge when he was asked if he understood what he was facing.

Oct 23 07:55

MPs ask Facebook's Nick Clegg why social media giant has decided to exempt political statements from fact-checking – removing all bars on political candidates lying in paid ads

MPs have demanded Facebook explain why political adverts will be exempt from a new fact-checking system - a move which opens the door to politicians and parties lying to the electorate via the social media platform.

Nick Clegg, former deputy Prime Minister and now Facebook's vice-president for global affairs and communications, has received a letter from MPs demanding answers, calling the change 'particularly concerning'.

Oct 23 07:40

Amazon and Google unwittingly approved smart-speaker apps designed to eavesdrop on users and steal their passwords

Researchers successfully sneaked malicious apps behind the defenses of two major smart speaker companies in a test on their security practices.

Experts at Security Research Labs say the apps were design to target personal data like voice-recordings and passwords of both Google Home and Amazon Echo users by posing as software that reads horoscopes through voice-commands.

The apps were only removed once researchers made the company aware of their test.

All eight of the apps designed by the researchers were able to bypass Amazon and Google defenses and were approved by the companies' moderation teams - a lapse that experts say invites even greater scrutiny on smart devices' privacy and safety standards.

Oct 23 07:08

‘Deep state controls social media to control you’: Kim Dotcom slams Twitter for 'shadowbanning' pro-Assange tweets

Tech entrepreneur and activist Kim Dotcom has once again blasted Twitter for shadowbanning his tweets, this time in reference to the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is fighting US extradition.

“Twitter just shadowbanned my Julian Assange tweets, again. You should know that Twitter is not on your side,” Dotcom tweeted, railing against the platform’s murky censorship practices.

“If you want to read my free speech and that of many other censored voices you have to visit our Twitter profiles. The deep state controls social media to control you.”

Oct 22 18:47

Proposal to Modernize Campgrounds at National Parks Includes Providing Environmentally Harmful WiFi to Visitors

By B.N. Frank

Environmentalists are already fighting cell towers at national parks because of known risks and harm caused by exposure to RadioFrequency (RF) Radiation. Now businesses are proposing to install equally environmentally unfriendly WiFi for visitors to use. These parks are supposed to be environmentally protected places. WiFi would accommodate visitors at the expense of nature and wildlife. Fingers crossed the Interior Department will NOT approve this.

There is government as well as independently funded peer reviewed research that has confirmed that WiFi is ecologically harmful. The department even wrote a letter in 2014 about the impact of Electromagnetic Radiation on birds...

Oct 22 18:35

IBTimes Publishes “The Dangerous Push for More Technology in Schools.” Silicon Valley Parents Still Sending Their Kids to Low-Tech or No-Tech Schools

By B.N. Frank

For many years now Silicon Valley parents – including Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs – have been sending their own kids to private low-tech or no-tech schools AND limiting their use of it in their homes while tech companies have been convincing everybody else that their kids will benefit from using tech at home and in school. Did you know that?

Today’s Silicon Valley parents seem to be even more concerned about their kids’ exposure to tech. This includes making their nannies sign “no screens” contracts and spying on them to make sure they don’t break these contracts. Does it seem like they know something that most of us don’t?

Oct 22 17:31

The House Votes in Favor of Disastrous Copyright Bill

By Katharine Trendacosta

It’s Not Too Late: The Senate Can Still Stop the CASE Act

The House of Representatives has just voted in favor of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) by 410-6 (with 16 members not voting), moving forward a bill that Congress has had no hearings and no debates on so far this session. That means that there has been no public consideration of the serious harm the bill could do to regular Internet users and their expression online.

The CASE Act creates a new body in the Copyright Office which will receive copyright complaints, notify the person being sued, and then decide if money is owed and how much. This new Copyright Claims Board will be able to fine people up to $30,000 per proceeding. Worse, if you get one of these notices (maybe an email, maybe a letter—the law actually does not specify) and accidentally ignore it, you’re on the hook for the money with a very limited ability to appeal...

Oct 22 12:28

U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things

By Nicholas West

Similar to its civilian counterpart, The Internet of Things, the military has been trying to increase the integration between physical objects, data collection, data analysis and autonomous decision making into The Internet of Battlefield Things.

Now, they are flat-out stating that the Quarterback A.I. will "select the most appropriate strategy" for how to wage war...

Oct 22 09:45

Rejecting Challenge to No Fly List, Federal Appeals Court Leaves Men Charged With No Crime “In an Indefinite Kafkaesque Nightmare”

By Andrea Germanos

A ruling by a federal court Monday drew the ire of the ACLU after siding with the U.S. government and rejecting a challenge brought by four U.S. citizens over their inclusion on the No Fly List, thus leaving the men, according to the civil liberties group, “in an indefinite Kafkaesque nightmare.”

Inclusion on the secret database—which represents part of the government’s terrorism watchlisting system—means a person is blacklisted as a suspected terrorist and banned from flying into, within, and from the United States...

Oct 22 09:29

Corporations Use “Money USA 20/20” Event To Expand Facial Recognition Worldwide

By MassPrivateI

Forget the Bilderberg Group meetings and how the world’s power elite meet in secret to help shape governments. Because Rise Up’s Money 20/20 events puts them to shame...

Oct 21 18:17

Bad for Business: How KYC/AML Makes Everyone a “Terrorist”

By Graham Smith

Two reports from risk solutions group Lexisnexis assert that anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) policies can negatively affect a business’s bottom line and customer service significantly. A recent trip to the local post office for a money order certainly had a negative effect on my own experience, thanks to the same regulations, which make paying customers feel like they are suspected terrorists just for doing business.

Everyone’s a Suspect

A recent visit to my local post office here in Japan, to get a simple USD money order for a passport, opened my eyes to just how far the KYC/AML freight train has already progressed...

Oct 21 17:58

NBC News Thinks Getting Microchipped Sounds Super-Convenient

A while back, Brandon Turbeville wrote about the UK’s pro-microchipping coverage. And now, NBC News published a pro-microchipping video, gushing over the “convenience” of having your keys, your money, and your ID all placed in your hand in a device about the size of a grain of rice.

Are we literally at a place in humanity in which carrying a wallet is too much trouble? Heaven help those who feel that way if they ever have to acquire their own food and water.

Oct 21 10:23

Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are

Tomorrow the House of Representatives has scheduled to vote on what appears to be an unconstitutional copyright bill that carries with it life altering penalties. The bill would slap $30,000 fines on Internet users who share a copyrighted work they don’t own online.

Supporters of the bill insist there’s no problem, because $30,000 isn’t that much money. They even laughed about it. We know the reality: when nearly half of this country would struggle to afford an emergency $400 expense, the penalties in this bill are deadly serious. What’s worse, they’ll be imposed not by an experienced judge, but instead by a committee of unaccountable bureaucrats.

Oct 21 10:01

Ready to Pay $30,000 for Sharing a Photo Online? The House of Representatives Thinks You Are.

By Ernesto Falcon

Tomorrow the House of Representatives has scheduled to vote on what appears to be an unconstitutional copyright bill that carries with it life altering penalties. The bill would slap $30,000 fines on Internet users who share a copyrighted work they don’t own online.

Supporters of the bill insist there’s no problem, because $30,000 isn’t that much money. They even laughed about it. We know the reality: when nearly half of this country would struggle to afford an emergency $400 expense, the penalties in this bill are deadly serious. What’s worse, they’ll be imposed not by an experienced judge, but instead by a committee of unaccountable bureaucrats...

Oct 21 06:44

The War on Truth: How Israel’s social media trolls conquered Facebook

On October 9, the social media platform, Facebook, deleted the page of the popular Palestinian news website, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC). This act, which was carried out without even contacting the page administrators, confirms that Facebook’s war on pro-Palestine voices is continuing unabated.

PIC had nearly five million followers on Facebook, a testament to its popularity and credibility among a large cross section of Palestinians and their supporters internationally. For Israel’s trolls on social media, PIC was simply too effective to be allowed to spread its message. As usual, Facebook obliged.

Oct 20 15:03

Stake-out at the Steakhouse: Outback Says They Are Installing A.I. Tech to Improve Customer Service

By B.N. Frank

According to one survey, 82% of Americans think Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more harmful than helpful. The company that owns the Outback Steakhouse chain either doesn’t know this or doesn’t care...

Oct 19 21:49

‘Dismal’ Bitcoin Volumes Could Signal A Perfect Storm

Bitcoin trading volume among the top ten biggest bitcoin and crypto exchanges has fallen to under $200 million a day, according to bitcoin and crypto data company Messari, down 20-fold from a peak of $4 billion per day just a few months ago.

"Across all crypto venues, volumes are dismal," eToro's senior market analyst Mati Greenspan wrote in a Twitter thread, sparking industry concern.

"This is a giant lull in crypto volumes across the board."

Oct 19 19:20

More Research Suggesting Blue Light Might Be Making You Age Faster (In Addition to Causing Anxiety, Insomnia, Macular Degeneration, and Blindness)

By B.N. Frank

Research has determined that exposure to blue light from LED light bulbs and screens can cause a multitude of health issues. Unfortunately, despite this research, the reality is that exposure is now very difficult – if not impossible to avoid.

American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics have warned that exposure to blue light from screens is particularly hard on children. The American Medical Association and other medical experts have also been warning about the health impacts to all of us from LED streetlights.

A recent article from Fast Company supports similar depressing research about exposure – it may also age us faster...

Oct 19 17:36

Pentagon ‘Dumps’ 1970s Floppy Disks Securing Nuclear Missile Launches

Oftentimes in the military, the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” becomes hard to argue. And in a world where threat actors from enemy nation states probe for any and every weakness, replacing a system that has been glitch and breach free for decades is a tough ask. So it is with the U.S. military’s decision to shift its Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) from 1970s tech to something more contemporary. As reported by defense news site C4isrnet, the highly secure U.S. military messaging services has finally “dumped the floppy disk.”

Oct 19 17:34

Microsoft 365 Authentication Outage, Users Unable to Login

"Users may not receive authentication requests via phone call, SMS or within their authenticator app," says Microsoft on the Microsoft 365 Service health status page. "This issue could potentially affect any of your users if they are routed through the affected infrastructure."

Microsoft 365 is a software offering that bundles the Windows 10, Office 365, and EMS (short for Enterprise Mobility + Security) products, and provides customers with a secure online productivity platform.

Since Microsoft 365 is an online platform, it also comes with its downsides, one of them being that issues affecting one of the services offered as a cloud product will be experienced by most if not all customers.

Oct 19 16:25

U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide

By Aaron Kesel

A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report.

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for data being collected, during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Security on the use of biometric tech, Nextgov reported...

Oct 19 13:58

Hacker Using Nest Camera Threatened to Kidnap Baby — Father Learns This Happens Frequently

By B.N. Frank

A recent opinion piece from Mercury News reveals more of the same – hackers continue to use wireless devices to threaten people and this happens a lot. In this case – the hacker used a Nest camera.

"It was an unremarkable Wednesday afternoon when our nanny texted my wife and me asking if we were speaking through one of the Nest cameras in our house. We both replied that we were not."

In April, Mercury News published a similar article about a hacker using a Nest camera to threaten a child...

Oct 19 10:35

To Think Or To Work? That Is The Question

By John Klyczek

On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America’s public education system. Right-wing “school choice” proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school programs with workforce-training curriculums. Left-wing “community schooling” advocates, such as Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Julián Castro, push “lifelong-learning” programs with school-to-work curriculums. Both “conservatives” and “liberals” concur: the purpose of public education is workforce development.

Oct 19 05:03

State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations

State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.

The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents.

The investigation concluded Sept. 6, and the report was issued Sept. 13.

The investigation sought to determine if the exchange of emails on Clinton’s server “represented failure to properly safeguard classified information” and whether any individuals at State were culpable for any of the failures. (RELATED: State Department Reboots Hillary Clinton Email Probe)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NO PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE...." MY ASTROLABE!!

This "alleged" inquiry was stage managed from the get-go, and a desired conclusion was reached in precisely the way the Clintonistas wanted it to be reached, which translated as absolutely no charges could, or would, be levelled against her.

Oct 19 02:14

Twitter War Breaks Out Between "Russian Asset" Tulsi Gabbard And "Warmongering Queen" Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - who like Trump was quickly put in the crosshairs of the military industrial complex, the deep state and the pro-war Atlantic Council for her de-interventionist foreign policy - fired back at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being behind a "concerted campaign" to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton floated a conspiracy theory that the Russians are "grooming" the Hawaii congresswoman to be a third-party candidate in 2020, while claiming 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein is "also" a Russian asset.

“Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton,” Gabbard tweeted late on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU GO, TULSI!!

Although I seriously doubt that Representative Gabbard will receive the Democratic nomination for President (and trust me; the Military Industrial Complex will see to that!) ,I am continually amazed at her courage.

Speaking out like this against one of the main purveyors of "geopolitical toxic shock syndrome spreaders", like the Clintons, takes... male attributes to the max.

Oct 18 18:28

DeepMind AI beats humans at deciphering damaged ancient Greek tablets

Artificial intelligence is learning to decipher damaged ancient Greek engravings. The AI seems to be better than humans at filling in missing words, but may be most useful as a collaborative tool, where researchers use it to narrow down the options.

Oct 18 09:48

Huawei Moving on Without Google?

Huawei’s flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, launched without Google products being available on it due to US restrictions against Chinese companies (and specifically against Huawei itself).

Contrary to what many have speculated, Huawei has not developed its “own operating system” for its phones but is instead simply using an open source version of Google’s Android. This means that Android applications will still be available to Huawei users and they will still use their phones as normal, but they will have to acquire applications through Huawei’s AppGallery rather than through Google Play.

Oct 18 09:27

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

By the time Google deletes your activity data, it’s already extracted most of the advertising value.

Oct 18 08:05

Windows 10 KB4520062 Update May Break Microsoft Defender ATP

Microsoft says that Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) might stop running on Windows 10, version 1809 devices after installing the KB4520062 Cumulative Update.

Oct 18 08:04

STOP Ransomware Decryptor Released for 148 Variants

A decryptor for the STOP Ransomware has been released by Emsisoft and Michael Gillespie that allows you to decrypt files encrypted by 148 variants of the infection for free.

While the decryptor can recover files for 148 variants, it needs to be noted that anyone who was infected after August 2019 cannot be helped with this service. With that said, it may be possible to decrypt using an offline key, so even with these variants there may be some success.

Oct 18 08:01

Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock works if eyes are shut

Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone's Face Unlock system can allow access to a person's device even if they have their eyes closed.

One security expert said it was a significant problem that could allow unauthorised access to the device.

By comparison, Apple's Face ID system checks the user is "alert" and looking at the phone before unlocking.

Oct 17 10:57

EFF on Why Fiber-to-the-Home is “Vastly Superior” to Cable and 5G, and How Greed Is Dictating That Americans Don’t Get It

By B.N. Frank

Although Fiber Optics with a wired internet connection has been touted by some as being completely safe, there are Americans still experiencing adverse health effects after it has been installed in their homes and neighborhoods. A wired internet connection using a copper landline still seems to be the biologically safest option; however, this isn’t available everywhere anymore.

Fiber-to-the-Home WITHOUT small cells attached is definitely a safer option to fiber with small cells attached. However, this option is more expensive for telecoms to provide so they don’t want to do it. Unfortunately, the embarrassingly corrupt FCC along with many American elected officials are still catering to the Telecoms despite increasing 5G lawsuits, opposition and warnings.

Thanks to EFF for acknowledging that it doesn’t have to be this way...

Oct 17 09:35

WAV audio files are now being used to hide malicious code

Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code.

The technique is known as steganography -- the art of hiding information in plain sight, in another data medium.

In the software field, steganography -- also referred to as stego -- is used to describe the process of hiding files or text in another file, of a different format. For example, hiding plain text inside an image's binary format.

Oct 17 07:34

US Officials Confirm Secret Cyber Attack on Iran After Saudi Oil Refineries Hit

US officials have told Reuters that in response to the attacks on a pair of Saudi oil refineries in mid-September, the US carried out a cyber attack against Iran, damaging physical hardware in the process.

Such an attack has been alleged before, and these officials are only confirming on condition of anonymity, and even then are refusing to provide any details on what was actually attacked.

The Pentagon said they don’t discuss any of their cyber attacks, and so they are neither going to confirm or deny if they did it. Iran denied that they were attacked, suggesting the officials “must have dreamt it.”

Oct 17 07:07

Samsung: Anyone's thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone

A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung.

It promised a software patch that would fix the problem.

The issue was spotted by a British woman whose husband was able to unlock her phone with his thumbprint just by adding a cheap screen protector.

When the S10 was launched, in March, Samsung described the fingerprint authentication system as "revolutionary".

Oct 16 17:21

Is Trump Backpedaling on 5G? No Federal Spending for R&D. Are All The Warnings Finally Sinking In?

By B.N. Frank

Is it possible that the Trump administration is paying attention to the rising tide against 5G?

A 5G Proponent website published an article last month that certainly makes it seem like the insane “Race for 5G” may not be as much of a priority anymore...

Oct 16 15:43

Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed

Users won't be able to upload new content to the site after October 21 and have until December 14 to archive their content, Yahoo said in an announcement.

Oct 16 14:55

Massive Verizon outage across the US as data, texting and calls fail - and no word about when the issue will be resolved

America’s ‘most reliable’ network has gone down.

Verizon appears to be out across the entire US, with the most recent reports coming in from New York City, Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

The outage appears to be effecting data, payments, calls and texting for customers -- no official statement has been given by the communications and Technology Company yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not good, particularly in light of how dependent our lives have become on these gadgets.

Oct 16 10:15

Worn-Out Flash Memory Is Suddenly Bricking Tesla Cars

Some older Teslas are spontaneously bricking because their embedded flash memory is wearing out, according to three independent Tesla repair professionals who have studied the issue.

The issue is with a flash storage chip called the eMMC that is embedded on a board called the MCU1. According to experts who have studied the problem, Teslas are writing vehicle logs to this flash storage chip so much that it eventually goes bad. The issue has been known in the Tesla community since at least May, when Tesla repair YouTuber Rich Benoit spoke to another Tesla repair professional named Phil Sadow about it in a video.

“Tesla’s got a problem. They create so many logs in the car, they write to [the chip] so fast that it basically burns them out. They have a finite amount of writes,” Sadow said in the video. “When this burns out, you wake up to a black screen [in the car’s center console.] There’s nothing there. No climate control. You can generally drive the car, but it won’t charge.”

Oct 16 10:01

Phorpiex botnet made $115,000 in five months just from mass-spamming sextortion emails

Check Point says that since April, they've seen the botnet send out multiple spam campaigns with a "sextortion" lure -- claiming to have compromising images or videos of the email recipient, and requesting a ransom demand.

According to a report shared with ZDNet last week, some of these mass-mailed sextortion waves peaked at 27 million emails per campaign, with some of the Phorpiex-infected computers sending out up to 30,000 sextortion emails per hour -- when the botnet was maxing out.

In the five-month period Cheak Point tracked Phorpiex's sextortion campaigns, victims sent more than 14 bitcoin (~$115,000) to the Bitcoin addresses spotted inside the sextortion emails, Check Point researchers told ZDNet in an email.

These profits would be more than enough to cover the botnet's operation costs, Alexey Bukhteyev, Reverse Engineer at Check Point, told ZDNet.

Oct 16 09:46

Are Secret Human Experiments Advancing Brain Chip Tech?

By Daniel Taylor

A doctor from Peru claims that recent advancements in brain chip technology could be due to “secret, forced, and illicit human experimentation” by a consortium of transnational tech companies and governments operating outside of the law.

A 2016 paper published in the Egyptian Journal of Internal Medicine warned that “secret, forced, and illicit human experimentation” could be happening in Latin America, where poverty stricken masses are routinely recruited for medical trials...

Oct 16 07:21

Britain's porn ban is SCRAPPED: Plans to make users prove they are over 18 to view adult content are scrapped amid backlash from websites and privacy fears

Plans to introduce the world's first online porn law designed to stop children accessing pictures and videos were shelved by the government today.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that a new law forcing people to prove they are 18 or over to access content would not be going ahead.

The legislation had already been delayed twice, including in July, after organisations including the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) questioned how effective it would be.

Oct 16 06:38

YouTube, Google, Facebook and Vimeo are complicit in the massive polio outbreak cover-up: It’s all caused by vaccines

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also now sounding the alarm about vaccine-induced illness, warning that polio vaccines have the potential to infect people with polio. But if you say the very same thing on your Vimeo account, you can expect to be shadow-banned or removed from the platform entirely.

It’s a strange dichotomy where everyday people are not allowed to say things online that are “off-script” from the globalist narrative. But when the globalists themselves decide to spill the beans, even subtly, the mainstream media reports it matter-of-factly as if there’s nothing to see here, so just move right along, now.

What this all proves, of course, is that the mainstream media is in cahoots with mainstream medicine, parroting its lies and censoring the truth as it suits the agenda – even when children’s lives are put at risk.

Oct 15 17:48

Concerns About 5G Worsening India’s 3 Million Ton E-Waste Mess

By B.N. Frank

According to an opinion piece in the Hindu Businessline, India already has 3 million tons of E-Waste which will more than likely increase due to the introduction of 5G.

5G E-Waste concerns have been reported before. Let’s not forget also that E-Waste is a huge problem already without 5G.

So what will happen to all the increasing sources of E-Waste if there is ever a global ban on sending it to developing countries?...

Oct 15 17:15

French NGOs Demand Moratorium on 5G Due to Its “Out of Control” Consequences On Society

By B.N. Frank

Telecom Industry executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t. People and their pets are already becoming sick where it’s installed.

Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and more are also warning that 5G isn’t worth ALL the risks associated with it. Opposition is increasing worldwide. So are lawsuits and legislation against forced installation. French NGOs are now asking for a moratorium on 5G at least until there can be a public debate on it...

Oct 15 15:59

Alexa, warn our guests that you're eavesdropping on them: Google chief says people should warn visitors of smart speakers in their homes

One of Google’s top bosses says people should warn their guests if they have smart speakers operating in their home.

Voice assistants – such as the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices – work by listening to what is being said around them and responding when addressed.

Asked whether homeowners should make visitors aware that technology could be eavesdropping on them, Rick Osterloh, senior vice-president of devices at Google, said: ‘Gosh, I haven’t thought about this before in quite this way.’

He told the BBC: ‘I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.

'We have to consider all stakeholders that might be in proximity.’

Oct 15 10:41

Windows 10 Start menu problems: We'll fix them in late October, says Microsoft

Microsoft says it will fix a lingering broken Start menu problem that's been affecting Windows 10 users over the past few weeks.

Oct 15 07:46

911 Dispatchers To Monitor 30+ Million CCTV Cameras In Real-Time

By MassPrivateI

911 dispatchers are about to join the ranks of District Attorneys (DA) using CCTV cameras to monitor the public.

Last week, CentralSquare Technologies announced that they are working with Genetec, Inc. to turn 911 dispatchers into an arm of the surveillance state by giving them real-time access to more than 30 million CCTV cameras...

Oct 14 18:07

Massachusetts Utility Regulators Order Investigation into the Management of One of Their Largest Electric Providers. When Will Yours?

By B.N. Frank

Americans everywhere seem to be grumbling about their increasing electric bills due to “technology upgrades”. Since 2009 the federally mandated installation of EXPENSIVE, exceptionally problematic, environmentally unfriendly, and exceptionally vulnerable “Smart” Meters and Grids are a huge part of this for all utility customers regardless of which company is providing them.

Digital or wireless “Smart” Meters were NOT necessary for solar power in the past. Regardless, many environmentalists continue to be loyal to “Smart” Meters + Solar Power marketing promises even though these meters have never worked right and customers have been forced to pay higher bills for them anyway. Now Massachusetts utility regulators have been pressured to investigate why one of their utility companies is not keeping its promises on solar power, electric vehicles, and cybersecurity despite significant customer rate increases...

Oct 14 14:46

How to Make Windows 10 Pause Updates for a Period of Time

Windows 10 Home with May 2019 Update lets you pause updates for up to 7 days and you can pause updates for more than 35 days if you use Windows 10 Pro.

Oct 14 07:04

Facebook's digital currency dealt another blow

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency must not go ahead until the firm proves it is safe and secure, according to a report by the G7 group seen by the BBC.

In a blow to the social media giant, the world's biggest economies warned cryptocurrencies such as Libra pose a risk to the global financial system.

The draft report outlines nine major risks posed by such digital currencies.

It warns that even if Libra's backers address concerns, the project may not get approval from regulators.

Oct 14 04:37

A Mayan Archaeologist Has Discovered 27 Previously Unknown Ancient Sites—All Without Ever Leaving His Computer

A resourceful archaeologist has made the stunning discovery of 27 new ancient Mayan sites—all without ever leaving his desk.

Takeshi Inomata, an researcher at the University of Arizona, made his discoveries using freely accessible light detection and ranging maps (LiDAR for short) published in 2011 by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography in Mexico, according to the New York Times.

The organization created the map, which surveys 4,400 square miles of land in the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, with an eye toward serving businesses and researchers. An even though the imagery is low resolution, it still suited Inomata’s needs, especially considering it was free. (Inomata recently spent $62,000 on a less fruitful LiDAR map, and even then the price reflected a steep discount.)

Using the technology, Inomata—who specializes in the origins of Mayan civilization and its links to the early Olmec people—identified ceremonial sites never before seen by scholars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to this gentleman and for what he has achieved; discoveries like this, add to the richness of our understanding of human history on this earth.

Oct 13 17:11

Phonegate Alert: 9 Out of 10 Mobile Phones Fail When Safety Tested in Real Use Conditions. Manufacturers Knowingly Overexposed Us to RF Radiation

By B.N. Frank

It’s not a big surprise that we can’t trust phone manufacturers.  For many years they have been warning their shareholders – not the public – that they may eventually be held liable for causing harm with their products and transmitters.  Perhaps that’s why insurance companies haven’t been covering them.

In August the Chicago Tribune reported that 11 smartphone models exceeded federal Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation limits which led to Fegan Scott law firm filing class action lawsuits.

Since 2018, Phonegate Alert has been reporting about RF safety issues with phones and more.  Earlier this month, they published this update...

Oct 13 17:03

Apple iTunes and iCloud for Windows 0-Day Exploited in Ransomware Attacks

Watch out Windows users!

The cybercriminal group behind BitPaymer and iEncrypt ransomware attacks has been found exploiting a zero-day vulnerability affecting a little-known component that comes bundled with Apple's iTunes and iCloud software for Windows to evade antivirus detection.

The vulnerable component in question is the Bonjour updater, a zero-configuration implementation of network communication protocol that works silently in the background and automates various low-level network tasks, including automatically download the future updates for Apple software.

To be noted, since the Bonjour updater gets installed as a separate program on the system, uninstalling iTunes and iCloud doesn't remove Bonjour, which is why it eventually left installed on many Windows computers — un-updated and silently running in the background.

Oct 13 13:50

Attackers Create Elaborate Crypto Trading Scheme to Install Malware

Attackers have created an elaborate scheme to distribute a cryptocurrency trading program that installs a backdoor on a victim's Mac or Windows PC.

Security researcher MalwareHunterTeam discovered a scheme where an attacker has created a fake company that is offering a free cryptocurrency trading platform called JMT Trader. When this program is installed, it will also infect a victim with a backdoor Trojan.

Oct 13 08:21

iPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to branch out from iOS 13 with an iPad-specific operating system.

FURTHER READING
2018 iPad Pro review: “What’s a computer?”
Just one year later, that’s exactly what Apple has done with iPadOS, which launched for modern iPads a few days after iOS 13 hit the iPhone and iPod touch. While iPadOS does not actually signify that big of a change under the hood, its new nomenclature is a statement of intent by Apple.

Oct 12 02:21

How to Download Torrent Files Safely

When downloading files, it’s difficult to know for sure whether or not they are safe. Files we receive via email or download from websites may contain viruses, Trojans, worms, or other malicious programs that can infect our computer system.

Data exchange using P2P protocols and torrent sites is hugely popular. Torrent trackers provide access to a vast number of books, movies, TV shows, software, and so on. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to securely download files from torrent trackers.

  1. Update your antivirus

Often (but not always) when downloading a dangerous file, an antivirus alerts you and blocks infected files. It is good to regularly update your antivirus signature database to stay on top of new malware outbreaks.

  1. Update your torrent client
Oct 11 17:22

Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra suffers another setback as eBay, Mastercard and Stripe all pull their support amid pressure from lawmakers

EBay, Stripe, and Mastercard all announced their intention to leave which marks the second major rebuke of Libra after Paypal exited the group just last week.

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