Feb 15 08:21

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

In short, the team have discovered new ways for malware to extract sensitive information, such as passwords and other secrets, from a vulnerable computer's memory by exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre design blunders in modern processors. The software mitigations being developed and rolled out to thwart Meltdown and Spectre attacks, which may bring with them performance hits, will likely stop these new exploits.

Crucially, however, changes to the underlying hardware probably will not: that is to say, whatever Intel and its rivals are working on right now to rid their CPU blueprints of these vulnerabilities may not be enough. These fresh exploits attack flaws deeply embedded within modern chip architecture that will be difficult to engineer out.

Feb 15 08:11

Salon Using Some Reader’s Spare Computing Power to Mine Cryptocurrency

Salon is now using their reader’s spare computing power to mine cryptocurrency.

Salon, a popular progressive website, has introduced a new feature that harnesses the spare computing power of its reader’s devices to mine cryptocurrency. Salon’s cryptocurrency of choice is Monero, a coin that is popular for its focus on anonymity.

When visiting Salon’s website, readers are now presented with the option to either turn off their ad blocker or to “suppress ads,” which means handing over your spare computing power to mine Monero.

Mining is a process that involves the solving of complex mathematical problems exist to help complete other transactions that are being sent on the network.

An explainer on the Salon website describes how the mining process helps the publication earn revenue in the absence of advertisements.

Feb 15 08:00

Soros & Vestager Versus The Free Internet

With his investments, Soros has become a billionaire. Unfortunately for many years he interferes in the political and demographic developments in Europe and financially supports the ethnic exchange. Now he turns against CSU, Facebook and Twitter because they endanger his leftist revolution.

Feb 14 15:33


Just a few years ago, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals removed Judge Garaufis from a racial discrimination case against the NYFD, after Garaufis called the Department “a stubborn bastion of white male privilege,” thereby revealing his own bias in favor of the plaintiffs. Predictably, Garaufis’ remark raised all sorts of ethics questions, and the city argued he should be removed from the entire case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the NSA isn't watching us all, or they would have known this kid was dangerous.

Feb 14 10:41

How We Got To The Point That Hollywood Is Trying To Attack The Internet Via NAFTA

Last week we announced our new site, featuring stories from many different creators of music, books, movies and more about how important the internet and fair use have been to their creations. As we noted, the reason for the site is that the legacy copyright gatekeepers at the MPAA and the RIAA have been using the Trump-requested NAFTA renegotiations to try to undermine both fair use and internet safe harbors by positing a totally false narrative that the internet has somehow "harmed" content creators.

Feb 14 10:34

Top Dem Senator Continues to Push Russian Election Hacking Hoax – Investigators Still HAVE NOT Inspected DNC Servers

On Tuesday, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) continued to push the Russian election hacking hoax at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats, yet investigators still have not inspected the DNC servers to confirm Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails.

Feb 14 10:20

Leftists at Google Caught Trying to Pull Ad Revenue from Conservative Giant

Russia reportedly spent $100,000 on online ads during the election, much of it on pro-Hillary ads. Facebook admitted the Russian ads comprised only .004% of their newsfeed during the election. Liberals want you to believe this flipped the election. That is a lie.

During the election conservatives fled the corrupt mainstream media and went online to get their news from trusted websites.

Feb 14 09:55

Aliens could trigger apocalypse on Earth without even visiting by sending a message hiding malicious AI that could shut down global power systems

Aliens could trigger apocalypse on Earth without even visiting our planet.

That's according to a new study by scientists in Hawaii that claims ET could send humanity a message hiding malicious AI.

We should consider deleting messages from aliens without reading them to avoid havoc on Earth, the researchers claim.

Feb 14 09:38

Bitcoin mining SHOCK: GPU shortage is hindering search for ALIEN LIFE

BITCOIN mining is taking a heavy toll on the teams of dedicated scientists scanning the universe for signs of intelligent life. Leading UFO hunters have now blasted the crypto craze as it has led to a severe shortage in available GPU cards.

Feb 14 08:40

Facebook’s Use of Personal Data Ruled Illegal by German Court

Reuters reports that a German court has ruled that Facebook’s use of user personal data is illegal as the company did not sufficiently secure consent from users. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZVB) that Facebook’s terms of service and its default user settings breached consumer law. Heiko Duenkel, the litigation officer at VZVB stated: “Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register.”

Feb 14 08:24

AI will be 'billions of times' smarter than humans and people must merge with it to survive, claims expert

Artificial intelligence could evolve to be 'billions of times smarter' than humans.

That's according to Ipswich-based 'futurist' Ian Pearson who claims that people will need to merge with machines in order to survive.

'The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,' Pearson said.

'So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up.'

Feb 14 06:03


Yesterday, an article from CNBC highlighted comments from leading futurists and businessmen at the recent “World Government Seminar” in Dubai. The leading topic was the idea that humans will need to merge with computers in order to keep up with the rapid development of artificial intelligence. As many economists and trend watchers have pointed out, gaping societal divides will inevitably ensue with the further development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The political divides of the future could be between “naturals” – those who refuse to merge their minds and bodies with machines – and “ESI’s” – individuals who have enhanced themselves with technology.

Feb 13 16:05

Even underpaid Foxconn workers are losing their jobs to robots

Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of an aggressive robot takeover. Innolux, Foxconn’s LCD-display arm is said to bear the brunt of the lost jobs. According to Honorary Chairman Tuan Hsing-Chien:

We will reduce our total workforce to less than 50,000 people by the end of this year, from the 60,000 staff at the end of 2017.

This just days after Foxconn Chairmain Terry Gou reported the company would invest some $342 million into processes and equipment to make better use of artificial intelligence in its manufacturing process.

Feb 13 16:01

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

Microsoft has back-ported its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) antivirus tool from Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1.

The release will allow those holding out with older versions of the OS to get some of the same exploit and malware-infection prevention and event reporting features it offers on Windows 10, particularly when used with Windows Defender.

For enterprises, the extension to Windows 7 and 8.1 will, more importantly, allow admins to bring their older machines under the same security management and administration tools they use for Windows 10 PCs.

Feb 13 16:00

Blockchain tokens and ICOs: An open letter to the SEC

Web pioneer, author, and serial entrepreneur David Siegel challenges the SEC's stance on digital currencies and consideration of tokens as securities.

By David Siegel
Updated February 5, 2018 10:38 GMT

The goal of the SEC is to keep retail investors safe. On January 25th, Jay Clayton of the SEC and J. Christopher Giancarlo of the CFTC published an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal (ungated here), in which they wrote:


Feb 13 15:59

Skype can't fix a nasty security bug without a massive code rewrite

A security flaw in Skype's updater process can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer.

The bug, if exploited, can escalate a local unprivileged user to the full "system" level rights -- granting them access to every corner of the operating system.

But Microsoft, which owns the voice- and video-calling service, said it won't immediately fix the flaw, because the bug would require too much work.

Feb 13 15:56

Facebook lost around 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 last year. 2018 won’t be much better.

Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.

The digital measurement firm predicted last year that Facebook would see a 3.4 percent drop in 12- to 17-year-old users in the U.S. in 2017, the first time it had predicted a drop in usage for any age group on Facebook.

The reality: The number of U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, eMarketer found, or about 1.4 million total users. That’s almost three times the decline expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year.

Feb 13 15:54

Amazon's streaming service Twitch is pulling in as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC

Amazon's $970 million bet on game streaming service Twitch continues to pay off — the service is now averaging more viewers than some major cable networks.

In January, 962,000 people was the average viewership on Twitch. Sometimes there was more, sometimes there was less — but in general, nearly a million people were watching Twitch at any given point.

That puts Twitch viewership on par with the likes of MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and ESPN.

"For comparison, 2017 total day viewership for Fox News Channel and ESPN was ~1.5 million, MSNBC was 885,000, and CNN was 783,000," Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter points out in a recent note, "putting Twitch squarely among the most-watched US cable channels."

Feb 13 15:51

Cryptocurrency startup LoopX pulls exit scam after raising $4.5M in ICO

Another day, another exit scam: an emerging cryptocurrency startup more commonly known as LoopX has suddenly vanished out of thin air along with millions worth of its investors’ savings.

The sketchy investment platform, which promised to earn backers’ money with its proprietary trading algorithm, has abruptly gone dark after raising $4.5 million in a series of initial coin offerings (ICO). The company has since also pulled its website and deleted its social media fingerprint, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram accounts.

Feb 13 15:49

Salon is using adblocking readers’ CPU power to mine cryptocurrency

It seems popular online magazine Salon is the latest company to hop onto the cryptocurrency mining bandwagon. The publication has updated its website to require users to disable their ad-blockers for the right to read articles – or alternatively, lend their CPU power to mine cryptocurrency.

Visitors are now prompted to either turn off ad-blockers altogether or select the new ‘Suppress Ads’ option to “block ads by allowing Salon to use your unused computing power.”

According to a clarification on its website, opting to lend your “unused processing power” will only happen “when you are browsing” The other options are to switch ad-blockers off, or pay for their ad-free apps on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Fire.

Feb 13 09:41

It’s All Fun and Games Until Your Wireless Products Malfunction, Catch Fire or Explode – Apple AirPods The Latest

By B.N. Frank

As James Colon was listening to a dance mix at an LA Fitness Tampa Bay, the right earbud of his Apple AirPods started to smoke.

He took it out of his ear, placed it on some workout equipment, and went for help. When he came back, it was charred and blown to bits...

Feb 13 09:02


Today, we delivered a petition to the U.S. Copyright Office to keep copyright’s safe harbors safe. We asked the Copyright Office to remove a bureaucratic requirement that could cause websites and Internet services to lose protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). And we asked them to help keep Congress from replacing the DMCA safe harbor with a mandatory filtering law. Internet users from all over the U.S. and beyond added their voices to our petition.

Under current law, the owners of websites and online services can be protected from monetary liability when their users are accused of infringing copyright through the DMCA “safe harbors.” In order to take advantage of these safe harbors, owners must meet many requirements, including participating in the notorious notice-and-takedown procedure for allegedly infringing content. They also must register an agent—someone who can respond to takedown requests—with the Copyright Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To other independent blogs out there, please; keep aware of the ever-changing nature of these laws on the net, engineered to destroy the independent media, and keep us from telling the truth as we see it.

Feb 12 16:14

Seattle to Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash

By Derrick Broze

After rejecting a massive network of surveillance cameras and tracking devices, Seattle residents are now being forced to pay for the removal of the invasive equipment.

Following years of resistance from citizens, the city of Seattle has decided to completely remove controversial surveillance equipment – at a cost of $150,000. In November 2013, Seattle residents pushed back against the installation of several mesh network nodes attached to utility poles around the downtown area. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and privacy advocates were immediately concerned about the ability of the nodes to gather user information via the Wi-Fi connection.

Feb 12 15:44

Court Rules Facebook Violates Users' Rights With Illegal Default Privacy Settings and Data Sharing

By Aaron Kesel

A German court has ruled that Facebook is breaching data protection rules with privacy settings that “over-share” by default and by requiring its users to give their real names, a consumer rights organization said, AFP reported.

According to German law, one’s own personal information can only be stored and used by a company who has an agreement from the individual...

Feb 12 13:09

Meet the Israeli Spies Injecting Fake News Into Facebook's Newsfeed

This means that for the last two years a former intelligence officer has been running Israel’s global war against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Feb 12 10:55

German court rules Facebook is using personal data ILLEGALLY as consumer rights group claims the site 'hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly'

A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.

The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising.

The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) said that Facebook's default settings and some of its terms of service were in breach of consumer law, and that the court had found parts of the consent to data usage to be invalid.

Feb 12 08:12

Bitcoin exchange COLLAPSES as cryptocurrency platform ‘obsolete because of Ethereum’

A BITCOIN platform has announced it will be shutting down over claims its technology is “obsolete” following the rise of ethereum.

The Dublin-based Coinprism, a wallet service founded in 2014, will close on March 31.

Users of the exchange platform have been urged to withdraw funds and redirect them to another wallet.

Feb 12 07:38

Cryakl ransomware antidote released after servers seized

The decryption utility was developed by security experts after the Belgian Federal Computer Crime unit located and seized a command-and-control server, allowing the recovery of decryption keys. Kaspersky Lab provided technical expertise to the Belgian authorities.

The decryption tool allows the file decryption of most – but not all – versions of Cryakl. White hat group MalwareHunterTeam told The Register that all infection versions newer than CL 1.4.0 resist this antidote.

Feb 12 07:37

Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

Netflix chap predicts streamer will cop slowdown between 0.1% and 6%

Feb 12 07:27

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said.

This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland's homes, according to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson.

He said many potential customers were keen to get in on the act.

"If all these projects are realised, we won't have enough energy for it," he told the BBC.

Feb 11 18:58

UK ICO, Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin hacked

Thousands of websites around the world – from the UK's NHS and ICO to the US government's court system – were today secretly mining crypto-coins on netizens' web browsers for miscreants unknown.

The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for blind or partially sighted people.

This technology was compromised in some way – either by hackers or rogue insiders altering Browsealoud's source code – to silently inject Coinhive's Monero miner into every webpage offering Browsealoud.

Feb 11 08:57


The 44-year-old German national is accused of industrial-scale online piracy via his Megaupload empire, which US authorities shut down when the raid took place.

Feb 10 23:35

$150 Million Worth of Nano Allegedly Stolen From Cryptocurrency Exchange BitGrail

$150 million worth of Nano, formerly known as RaiBlocks, were stolen from BitGrail, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Italy, merely two weeks after Coincheck experienced the largest cryptocurrency hacking attack in history.

In an official statement, the Nano core team stated that Francesco “The Bomber” Firano, the owner and operator of BitGrail, notified the Nano team about the unauthorized movement of funds from the wallets of BitGrail to external wallets.

Feb 10 12:50

‘Some Are Ready To Talk’: FBI Officials In Clinton Email Probe May Have Mishandled ‘Extremely Sensitive & Classified’ Intel

Hearing from sources that SES senior managers of the FBI,some who were involved in the Hillary email investigation,may have exchanged extremely sensitive & classified information over unclassified devices.Concern is growing about an audit & some are ready to talk,” tweeted Bongino

Feb 10 12:49

Breaking: Peter Strzok KNEW Hillary Camp Used Bleachbit to Delete Emails – The Week They Were Deleted

In March 2016 Hillary Clinton’s staff deleted thousands of emails on her personal server with Bleachbit.

This was AFTER Congress issued a subpoena for the emails on March 4, 2016.

Feb 10 12:47

Shock: News Corp CEO Wants The Alternative Media Censored So Mainstream Media Companies Can Control The Flow Of Information, Make More Money

In a shocking admission by a high-level mainstream media operative, the CEO of News Corp. has revealed that major media corporations are pushing the likes of Google and Facebook to censor the alternative media despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans have little to no trust in the establishment press.

The comments, made by the CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s publishing arm, Robert Thompson, were revealed in an AFP article about the so-called “dysfunctional” online environment which in reality actually refers to a free internet where independent reporters can reach the masses themselves.

Feb 10 12:06


One journalist went all-in on connecting her apartment to the internet, but her experiences might make you think twice about doing the same

Feb 10 10:33

Chrome WARNING: Security experts unmask new scam that ONLY affects Google browser users

According to security company Malwarebytes, attackers are abusing code within the web browser to create windows that users are unable to close.

Scammers are exploiting this feature to freeze Google Chrome while simultaneously surfacing a bogus security warning.

“Your PC has alerted us that it has been infected with a virus and spyware,” the fraudulent warning tells users.

The dialogue box also contains a fake Microsoft support line number.

Since users are unable to close the window, attackers hope they’re more likely to be convinced by the security alert and call the hotline.

Malwarebytes says the scam is being targeted at Windows users running the latest version of Google Chrome, build 64.0.3282.140.

Those running alternative operating systems should not be affected by this scam.

Feb 10 10:21

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

A Florida man claims one of his Apple AirPods blew up as he worked out at the gym.

Jason Colon, of Tampa, said on Thursday he noticed white smoke coming out of the painfully trendy headphone bud, set the gizmo down on his workout machine, and went off to get an LA Fitness staffer for help. When he came back, Colon says, one of the pods had ruptured and was a charred mess.

"I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear,” he told US East Coast news station WFLA. “But I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe.”

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Feb 09 16:00

CoinText Announces SMS Bitcoin Cash Wallet To Transact BCH Without Internet

What if setting up a cryptocurrency wallet was as easy as sending a text to grandma?

What if you could send Bitcoin Cash to any mobile phone in the world without Internet?

What if the unbanked could connect to the global economy using a feature phone?

What if they could protect their savings from failing national currencies, bank bail-ins and thieves?

Today CoinText announced the launch of a private beta test that began on February 6th 2018 for its new Short Message Service (SMS) wallet that allows users to send and receive Bitcoin Cash (BCH) without Internet using simple text commands...

Feb 09 15:55

Google patents creepy Big Brother-style system that uses cameras and sensors to watch your kids and tell them off when they've been misbehaving

Google could be making Big Brother-style smart home technology to discipline your children so you don't have to.

A dystopian patent filed by the company suggests smart homes of the future could monitor naughtier members of the household with cameras, microphones, motion sensors and thermal imaging.

The Google Home system could use this real-time information to decide if the person in question is misbehaving and needs telling off.

In another patent Google described a device that would give advice to parents for 'areas of improvement' such as spending more time with their children at supper.

Feb 09 15:53

Is YOUR smart TV at risk of being hacked? Consumer Reports warns MILLIONS of Samsung and Roku devices have 'easy-to-find security flaws'

Millions of popular smart TVs can be easily controlled by hackers, product review magazine Consumer Reports has found.

Unsophisticated hackers can easily access smart TVs and play graphic content, turn up the volume and change channels on them.

They can do this over the web from the comfort of their own home, which could be thousands of miles away, according to the experts.

The findings detailed which products are the most vulnerable to hacking, including devices from Samsung and TCL.

Feb 09 12:54

Russian nuclear weapons engineers caught ­­­­minting blockchange with supercomputer

Russia's Interfax News Agency reports that engineers at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC-VNIIEF)—the Russian Federation Nuclear Center facility where scientists designed the Soviet Union's first nuclear bomb—have been arrested for mining cryptocurrency with "office computing resources," according to a spokesperson for the Institute. "There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining," said Tatyana Zalesskaya, head of the Institute's press service.

Zalesskaya did not say how many people were detained, and the Federal Security Service (FSB) has not issued a statement on the arrests or criminal charges pending. But reports indicate that the group was caught trying to harness the lab's supercomputer to mine cryptocurrency.

Feb 09 12:47


This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that diminishes the data privacy of people around the world.

The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act expands American and foreign law enforcement’s ability to target and access people’s data across international borders in two ways. First, the bill creates an explicit provision for U.S. law enforcement (from a local police department to federal agents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to access “the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information” about a person regardless of where they live or where that information is located on the globe. In other words, U.S. police could compel a service provider—like Google, Facebook, or Snapchat—to hand over a user’s content and metadata, even if it is stored in a foreign country, without following that foreign country’s privacy laws.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senators, Hatch, Graham, and Coons, I would like to politely suggest that you collectively re-read the opening statements to the the Bill or Rights, particularly the 4th Amendment:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things ..."

This law absolutely does not conform to the protections afforded American citizens under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which constitute the real, and only, "Contract with America" and the hearings on this legislation should be abandoned.

But sadly, in this portion of the 21st century, this is precisely the kind of thinking one must expect from those in the Bowels of Power in DC; this is
the kind of legislation which can only come from a government deeply fearful of its own people.

Because of all the ugly Federal Government revelations moving now at breakneck speed, Americans are going to start get angry at what has been done by a broken and corrupt system.

I would like to hope that they will use that anger in the most peaceful, calm, calculated way possible, which gets the b*astards who have put the US in its current state, voted out of office, never to return to a position of public trust or power, which they no longer deserve.

Feb 09 12:22

Trump Administration to Test Biometric Program to Scan Faces of Drivers and Passengers in Vehicles

True, Organic and Free

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

Feb 09 09:44

“Fake News” Is Fake News

The people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. They’re billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world.

But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about “fake news”. Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff. That didn’t last too long at all before the company announced that it wasn’t “comfortable” deciding which news sources are the most trustworthy in a “world with so much division”. We all could have told them that, couldn’t we?

Facebook’s previous efforts to ask its users to determine the accuracy of news did not turn out any better. Last year, the company launched a feature that allowed users to flag news stories they felt were inaccurate. The experiment was shuttered after nine months.

Feb 08 22:19

Leaked iOS source code may be biggest leak in history

A skilled anonymous hacker leaked the source code for Apple's ultra-secret iBoot software on Wednesday, raising fears that almost any iPhone might be vulnerable to hackers.

Feb 08 21:44


In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

Feb 08 16:36

Boston Police Waste Taxpayer Money Violating Law Through Illegal Surveillance Of Citizenry

By Aaron Kesel

Boston Police effectively broke the law by illegally surveilling social media users for years to conduct online surveillance in 2014, 2015, and 2016, without telling the city council, and violating civilians right to free speech, a new blog post by the ACLU alleges.

In December 2016, the Boston City Council held a hearing to discuss the Boston Police Department’s plan to spend $1.4 million on a social media surveillance system called Geofeedia...

Feb 08 12:17

Spectre reboot problems: Now Intel replaces its buggy fix for Skylake PCs

Intel has released new microcode to address the stability and reboot issues on systems after installing its initial mitigations for Variant 2 of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

The stability issues caused by Intel's microcode updates resulted in Lenovo, HP, and Dell halting their deployment of BIOS updates last month as Intel worked to resolve the problems.

Intel initially said unexpected reboots were only seen on Broadwell and Haswell chips, but later admitted newer Skylake architecture chips were also affected. Microsoft also said it had also seen Intel's updates cause data loss or corruption in some cases.

Feb 08 10:27

Hackers Can Now Steal Data Even From Faraday Cage Air-Gapped Computers

A team of security researchers—which majorly focuses on finding clever ways to get into air-gapped computers by exploiting little-noticed emissions of a computer's components like light, sound and heat—have published another research showcasing that they can steal data not only from an air gap computer but also from a computer inside a Faraday cage.

Feb 08 10:06

Jim Carrey urges Facebook users to DELETE their accounts in protest over Russian interference in the US election

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey is urging people to stop using Facebook, saying it has 'profited with Russian interference' in the 2016 US election.

The star of 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' and 'The Mask' announced on Twitter that he's deleting his page after saying the company is not doing enough to stop Russian interference.

He is also selling his Facebook shares and has urged other people to do the same.

Reports suggested as many as 126 million Americans saw posts related to Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Feb 08 08:50

FLASHBACK JANUARY - Awan Judge Appointed by Obama Delays High-Profile Imran Trial Yet Again; Swamp Running Scared

Now it is five months of delays and bad excuses.

This is getting ridiculous.

Why does Obama-Crony judge keep postponing the Imran Awan trial? To allow him to flee to Pakistan, where co-defendant and wife Hina Alvi has already fled, with the blessing of the FBI?

It is beyond rare for a federal criminal ‘bank fraud’ case to be granted this many delays and continuances.

The Monday trial date has now been bounced to March. We stopped counting how many continuances this is. Four? Five? Six?

The Swamp is running scared and U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan is helping to provide the cover.

Chutkan, who is presiding over the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud case, was appointed to the federal bench by Obama after she kicked thousands in campaign donations to his presidential campaign when he was a U.S. Senator in Illinois, records confirm.

Obama also appointed Chutkan’s husband, Peter Krauthamer, a judge to the bench in the District of Columbia Superior Court in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are already reasons to suspect that Hillary Clinton was engaged in espionage while Secretary of State, using her weak private email server to deliver US secrets to foreign interests and the Clinton Foundation to collect and launder the payments. But there is no reason to think the espionage stopped with Hillary herself. What if Hillary was the ultimate driving force behind the hiring of Imran Awan, whose IT company was caught breaking into the computers of members of Congress and stealing secrets?

Feb 07 20:32


Someone just posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve.

Feb 07 09:26


A woman who was chatting with her nephew in the Facebook Messenger app was horrifically surprised when she noticed someone watching her inside the app.

A concerned woman has brought her deeply disturbing story to the Free Thought Project after an incident occurred while she was using Facebook Messenger. While she was playing in the app with her nephew, a random stranger appeared on her screen who seemed to be watching her and her nephew.

“So, I’m taking pics of my nephew through FB messenger while talking to my sister through messenger as well, suddenly a video of a man appears sent instead of the picture I was currently taking,”Courtney explained to the Free Thought Project.

“I believe someone was watching me through my messenger,” Courtney said, noting that she has “now covered my cameras with tape.”
Courtney sent TFTP proof of her claims in the form of screen caps as well as the actual video of the random stranger.

Feb 07 09:24

Show Me The Money! How Much Telecom Companies Donated To Your Elected Officials May Determine If You Get Small Cell Towers All Over Your Neighborhood

By B.N. Frank

The Verge published an article in December 2017 regarding net neutrality. In it included several tables and pie charts which include how much U.S. elected officials received in donations from telecom and ISP companies.

"… the industry’s attempt to gain favor with lawmakers is not partisan. Entrenched telecommunications companies liberally spread money and attention to everyone who holds office. Sometimes that influence comes in the form of lavish parties with Olympic athletes and lobbyists, but consistently it comes in the form of contributions to campaigns."

Wow. Let the good times roll!

Telecom companies seem to have no shortage of cash – or influence...

Feb 07 08:00

Two friends beat million-to-one odds to crack the facial recognition on the £999 iPhone X after finding it accepted BOTH their faces

Two friends have cracked the facial recognition on the £999 ($999) iPhone X after discovering it accepted both their faces.

Joe Clayton, 23, was shocked when best friend Brad Butcher, 22, unlocked Apple's most expensive phone just by looking at it, beating one in a million odds.

The construction site manager had set up the gadget so only his face appearing in front of the camera would unlock the screen.

But the phone will also give Mr Butcher access - allowing him to make contactless payments, send messages and make calls - despite Apple claiming the chances of a mix up are one in a million.

Feb 07 07:52

Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on customers' web domains willy-nilly

Namecheap has admitted it let customers set up and control subdomains for domain names belonging to other customers, allowing miscreants to distribute malware from strangers' websites.

These hijacked sites were subsequently flagged up as malicious by Google's search engine, blocking netizens from visiting them, and piling further misery on webmasters.

Feb 07 07:51

Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

Religiously turning off location services might not save you from having your phone tracked: a paper from a group of IEEE researchers demonstrates tracking when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.

And, as a kicker: at least some of the data used in the attack, published this week on arXiv, can be collected without permission, because smartphone makers don't consider it sensitive.

The researchers from Princeton University (student Arsalan Mosenia, IEEE members Xiaoliang Dai and Prateek Mittal, and IEEE fellow Niraj Jha) tracked smartmobes in an attack they dubbed PinMe, which combined data from the phone and non-phone sources to work out where the user is.

Feb 07 07:49

Researcher Claims Hotspot Shield VPN Service Exposes You on the Internet

If you are using the popular VPN service Hotspot Shield for online anonymity and privacy, you may inadvertently be leaking your real IP address and other sensitive information.

Developed by AnchorFree GmbH, Hotspot Shield is a VPN service available for free on Google Play Store and Apple Mac App Store with an estimated 500 million users around the world.

The service promises to "secure all online activities," hide users' IP addresses and their identities and protect them from tracking by transferring their internet and browsing traffic through its encrypted channel.

However, an 'alleged' information disclosure vulnerability discovered in Hotspot Shield results in the exposure of users data, like the name of Wi-Fi network name (if connected), their real IP addresses, which could reveal their location, and other sensitive information.

Feb 06 17:42

Hacker Lauri Love Wins In UK High Court, Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S.

By Derrick Broze

On Monday, after a five-year legal battle against extradition, activist Lauri Love was told he would not be extradited to the United States to face a trial for his suspected hacking of computer networks maintained by the U.S Army, Federal Reserve, NASA, FBI, and Department of Defense...

Feb 06 16:55

NSA Exploits Ported to Work on All Windows Versions Released Since Windows 2000

A security researcher has ported three leaked NSA exploits to work on all Windows versions released in the past 18 years, starting with Windows 2000.

The three exploits are EternalChampion, EternalRomance, and EternalSynergy; all three leaked last April by a hacking group known as The Shadow Brokers who claimed to have stolen the code from the NSA.

Feb 06 10:35

Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not To

By Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University

U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But this threat is not limited to Fitbits and similar devices. My group’s recent research has shown how mobile phones can also track their users through stores and cities and around the world – even when users turn off their phones’ location-tracking services...

Feb 06 08:39

ADB.Miner worm is rapidly spreading across Android devices

Updated: The malware is targeting and compromising thousands of devices to mine cryptocurrency.

Feb 06 07:48

Critical Flaw in Grammarly Spell Checker Could Let Attackers Steal Your Data

A critical vulnerability discovered in the Chrome and Firefox browser extension of the grammar-checking software Grammarly inadvertently left all 22 million users' accounts, including their personal documents and records, vulnerable to remote hackers.

According to Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who discovered the vulnerability on February 2, the Chrome and Firefox extension of Grammarly exposed authentication tokens to all websites that could be grabbed by remote attackers with just 4 lines of JavaScript code.

In other words, any website a Grammarly user visits could steal his/her authentication tokens, which is enough to login into the user's account and access every "documents, history, logs, and all other data" without permission.

Feb 06 07:47

Watch Out! New Cryptocurrency-Mining Android Malware is Spreading Rapidly

Now, security researchers at Chinese IT security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab discovered a new piece of wormable Android malware, dubbed ADB.Miner, that scans wide-range of IP addresses to find vulnerable devices and infect them to mine digital cryptocurrency.

According to the researchers, ADB.Miner is the first Android worm to reuse the scanning code programmed in Mirai—the infamous IoT botnet malware that knocked major Internet companies offline last year by launching massive DDoS attacks against Dyndns.

ADB.Miner scans for Android devices—including smartphones, smart TVs, and TV set-top boxes—with publicly accessible ADB debug interface running over port 5555 and then infects them with a malware that mines Monero cryptocurrency for its operators.

Feb 05 17:30

Trump Administration to Test Biometric Program to Scan Faces of Drivers and Passengers in Vehicles

By Derrick Broze

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to launch a pilot program to scan the faces of drivers and passengers at Anzalduas Port near McAllen, Texas.

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects...