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Sep 15 09:45

Julian Assange discusses 'WikiLeaks' US Senate intelligence bill

@RonPaul conference in Virginia

CIA head declares WikiLeaks "an enemy of the United States."

Sep 15 09:31

Caught giving cops a fake server, Xavier Becerra clams up

California's illegal alien-supporting attorney general, Xavier Becerra, has been curiously silent about that fake server he handed over to cops to obstruct their Imran Awan investigation, according to a new report from the Daily Caller. The broader scandal was outlined in this piece by Thomas Lifson yesterday.

Becerra's role is worth noting because he is considered top Democratic talent, a Democratic Party star, with many Democratic leadership positions, including a seat on the House Ways and Means committee, chairmanship of the House Democratic Caucus (now at the center of the Imran Awan secret server scandal) and lately a post as the California state attorney general, where he is leading the state's effort to stop President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order.

Sep 15 09:07

Malvertising Campaign Mines Cryptocurrency Right in Your Browser

Malware authors are using JavaScript code delivered via malvertising campaigns to mine different cryptocurrencies inside people's browsers, without their knowledge.

Crooks are currently deploying this technique on Russian and Ukrainian websites, but expect this trend to spread to other regions of the globe.

The way crooks pulled this off was by using an online advertising company that allows them to deploy ads with custom JavaScript code.

The JavaScript code is a modified version of MineCrunch (also known as Web Miner), a script released in 2014 that can mine cryptocurrencies using JavaScript code executed inside the browser.

Sep 15 09:02

Another Day, Another Voter Database Exposed Online

The Kromtech Security Center has discovered a misconfigured database that contained info for 593,328 US citizens (Alaska voters) and it was exposed to the public Internet due to the misconfiguration of CouchDB instance.

Records appeared to be a part of the VoterBase, one of the market’s leading national voter file, containing the contact and voting information of over 191 million voters, and 58 million unregistered, voting age consumers, compiled and provided by TargetSmart, a leading provider of political data and technology.

Sep 15 08:51

Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

VMware's given vAdmins a busy Friday by disclosing three nasties to patch.

One's a video nasty dubbed CVE-2017-4924 and impacts VMware ESXi, and the desktop hypervisors Workstation & Fusion. This one's “an out-of-bounds write vulnerability in SVGA driver device*” , an old virtual graphics card toolkit. The bug “may allow a guest to execute code on the host.”

There's a critical patch for ESXi 6.5, and a call to upgrade Workstation 12.x to version 12.5.7. Fusion 8.x users should get to version 8.5.8 as a matter of urgency. ESXi 6.0 and 5.5 don't have the problem.

Sep 15 08:31

Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

Google has had to pull 50 malware-laden apps from its Play Store after researchers found that virus writers had once again managed to fool the Chocolate Factory's code checking system.

The malware was dubbed ExpensiveWall by Check Point security researchers because it was found in the Lovely Wallpaper app. It carries a payload that registers victims for paid online services and sends premium SMS messages from a user's phone and leaves them to pick up the bill. It was found in 50 apps on the Play Store and downloaded by between 1 million and 4.2 million users.

Sep 15 08:27

Nearly half of Hawaii could be affected by data breach

"Initially, when people would go to the website they might have been alerted their identity was not involved. Equifax has now found some of the people in that case were actually involved," said Hawaii's Better Business Bureau Director of Marketing Jason Kama.

Why is important to find out for sure at: "www.equifaxsecurity2017.com"?
Because the information exposed wasn't credit card numbers, instead it was all the information thieves need to get lines of credit under victim's names.

"This breach involves people's social security numbers, addresses , names all things people would use to apply for a credit card or perpetuate credit fraud," said Kama.

Experts recommend those affected put a freeze on their credit. It adds an additional hurdle to opening new credit or loans, but also makes it more difficult for thieves with your personal information to do the same.

Sep 15 08:23

Equifax data breach: Find out if you were one of 143 million hacked

Equifax has set up its own program to help people find out if they were one of the millions affected in the hack. It includes a tool that lets you check to see if you were affected and a program, Trusted ID, that may help prevent identity theft. But, be aware: the checker that lets you know if you were hacked might be broken and -- per the above note -- enrolling in the program might prevent you from participating in a class-action lawsuit against the company. Finally, on Sept. 11, ZDNET reported that Equifax's credit fraud alert sign-up site is vulnerable to hacking and has been left un-patched.

Because of these circumstances, we recommend that, for now, anyone with a credit history should assume they were affected by the hack. We also recommend supplementing Trusted ID with your own due diligence.

Sep 15 08:05

Why I'm skipping the iPhone X

The downsides, unknowns and potential productivity hits outweigh the upsides.

Sep 15 07:12

LONDON TUBE EXPLOSION: DONALD TRUMP SAYS INTERNET MUST BE 'CUT OFF' TO STOP FURTHER TERROR ATTACKS

Donald Trump says that the internet must be "cut off" to stop further terror attacks.

Responding to the terror incident at Parsons Green Tube station, he said that the internet was a terrorist "recruiting tool".

"Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner," he wrote. "The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!"

Sep 15 07:08

Facebook to Clamp Down on Who Can Cash In on Ads to Fight ‘Fake News’

Facebook said on Wednesday it would introduce tougher rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it makes it too easy for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

With immediate effect, the world’s largest social network will launch new standards to provide clearer guidance on which publishers are eligible to earn money on Facebook and with what content, Senior Vice President for Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson said in a blog post.

Sep 14 17:53

China sets up first 'hack-proof' commercial quantum network

China has set up its first “commercial” quantum network in its northern province of Shandong, state media said, the country's latest step in advancing a technology expected to enable “hack-proof” communications.

China touts that it is at the forefront of developing quantum technology. In August it said it sent its first “unbreakable” quantum code from an experimental satellite to the earth. The Pentagon has called the launch of that satellite a year earlier a “notable advance”.

Now the country's “first commercial quantum private communication network” has been setup for exclusive use by more than 200 government and official users in Shandong's provincial capital Jinan, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Tuesday.

It did not elaborate on how the system would be commercially operated.

Sep 14 17:48

Here are 6 old technologies Apple wants you to think are revolutionary

We know, we know. Apple takes its time to do new technologies “right,” not “first.” But if you watched Apple’s September 12 announcements for the iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3, you might be wondering just how long it takes to perfect an animated 3D turd.

While Apple acolytes inside the newly minted Steve Jobs Theater breathlessly applauded new “features” paraded on stage by Apple VPs, the rest of us were feeling a wave of déjà vu. OLED screens, wireless charging, 4K … haven’t we seen this stuff before?

Yup. Even by its own standards, Apple dredged up some almost embarrassingly dated technologies for its latest round of refreshes.

Sep 14 17:34

BlueBorne threatens almost every connected device with Bluetooth-based attacks

"The BlueBorne attack vector has several qualities which can have a devastating effect when combined. By spreading through the air, BlueBorne targets the weakest spot in the networks’ defense – and the only one that no security measure protects. Spreading from device to device through the air also makes BlueBorne highly infectious. Moreover, since the Bluetooth process has high privileges on all operating systems, exploiting it provides virtually full control over the device."

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Users can help protect themselves against attacks like Blueborne by patching their devices of all (available) software updates. They should also not leave Bluetooth enabled all the time. Whenever they're not using the protocol, they should disable it.

Sep 14 17:28

Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

Law enforcement is rapidly increasing use of facial recognition; one in two American adults are already enrolled in a law enforcement facial recognition network, and at least one in four police departments have the capacity to run face recognition searches . But until now, co-opting consumer platforms hasn’t been an option. While Facebook has a powerful facial recognition system, it doesn’t maintain the operating systems that control the cameras on phones, tablets, and laptops that stare at us every day. Apple’s new system changes that. For the first time, a company will have a facial recognition system with millions of profiles, and the hardware to scan and identify faces throughout the world.

Sep 14 17:23

'Your Windows Has Been Banned' malware makes an unwelcome return

"Your Windows Has Been Banned" is a nasty of piece of malware that first surfaced in 2016. It locks your computer screen and displays a message stating "This PC has been banned for terms of use violations."

It doesn’t go into specifics for the ban -- because, obviously, it’s not a real ban -- but simply says that your PC has been locked in order to "protect the Windows service and its members," adding "Microsoft does not provide details about specific PC bans."

In order to unlock the system, the malware originally stated the victim should call technicians purporting to be from Microsoft and buy a code to unlock the screen, and purchase a new Windows license.

Sep 14 12:47

The Self-Driving Vehicle Future Will Be The End of Privacy

By Derrick Broze

Will the ongoing transition to self-driving cars come at the cost of passenger privacy?

On September 6 the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill which spurs on further development of autonomous vehicles, but civil liberties advocates fear the further erosion of privacy. The so-called “SELF DRIVE Act” has been hailed as an opportunity to improve traffic safety and reduce vehicle deaths. If the bill passes the Senate and becomes law it would prevent states from passing certain laws to regulate the technology. The Hill reports the bill would also “allow car manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving cars a year that don’t meet normal safety standards. In the first year, however, that number will be capped at 25,000.”...

Sep 14 12:33

GOOGLE’S DEPRESSION TOOL FUNDED BY PFIZER

Google’s screening tool that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, one expert has warned. Last month, the tech giant released a self-assessment quiz, called the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which pops up as a result for the search query ‘Am I depressed?’ on a computer or cell phone.

Sep 14 11:44

What an iCon! Outrage as fans ask why Apple's new iPhone X costs £250 MORE in Britain than in America

The iPhone is now substantially more expensive for UK buyers, following the launch of Apple's latest model.

The firm's 64GB iPhone X costs $999 in the US, which works out at £750 at the current exchange rate – almost £250 less than the official UK price of £999.

Sep 14 10:21

Bill in US Congress to Fund CIA and NSA with a View to Outlawing Wikileaks

SEC. 623. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON WIKILEAKS.

It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States.

Sep 14 10:13

France shocked at iPhone X costing exactly French minimum wage

After Apple unveiled its shiny new iPhone X to the world, French media noted with wonder and consternation that the hi-tech gadget cost almost exactly the same as a worker on France’s minimum wage earns for a month’s labour.
"Is the iPhone X worth a SMIC?" asked a headline in Le Parisien newspaper, using the French abbreviation for the monthly minimum wage that is legally fixed at €1,149 after tax.

The cheapest version of the iPhone X, unveiled on Tuesday at Apple’s new "spaceship" headquarters in California, will be sold in France from November 3 priced at €1,159.

The newspaper marvelled at the new product’s technology, but rather snootily noted that buying it for that price was like buying a Porsche for a short commute to work when a low-cost Dacia car would do the job just as well.

Sep 14 09:58

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server

A secret server is behind law enforcement’s decision to ban a former IT aide to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the House network.

Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a secret server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The falsified image is what ultimately triggered their ban from the House network Feb. 2, according to a senior House official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra. Police informed Becerra that the server was the subject of an investigation and requested a copy of it. Authorities considered the false image they received to be interference in a criminal investigation, the senior official said.

Sep 14 09:43

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We’ll Listen to your Bitcoin “Prediction”

By Charles Hugh Smith

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.

Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitative, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.

Jamie, if you answered “all of them,” you’re correct...

Sep 14 08:46

The Crushing of Equifax, Most Hated Company in America

Banks, credit card companies, and other Equifax customers squeal. Consumers (the product) squeal. Congress squeals. Investors squeal.

Sep 14 08:16

New iPhone face unlocking tech sparks fears owners could be forced to open their phones against their will

Experts warned that the new technology has the potential be abused by thieves, forcing iPhone X owners to unlock their phones to steal information and wipe them to sell, or even an abusive partner wanting to look through their spouses' messages.

It could also potentially allow police to unlock phones of suspects to find incriminating evidence, without having to get a court to try and force them to hand over their passcode.

Sep 14 07:52

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

As the Apache Foundation pointed out earlier this week, it reported CVE-2017-5638 in March 2017. Doubt us? Here's the NIST notification that mentions it as being notified on March 10th.

Equifax was breached in “mid-May” 2017, realised it in July and got around to telling the world in Early September. If we take “mid-May” as the 15th of the month, Equifax had nine working weeks in which to apply the patch.

Sep 14 07:52

Equifax had 'admin' as login and password in Argentina

The credit report provider Equifax has been accused of a fresh data security breach, this time affecting its Argentine operations.

Cyber-crime blogger Brian Krebs said that an online employee tool used in the country could be accessed by typing "admin" as both a login and password.

He added that this gave access to records that included thousands of customers' national identity numbers.

Sep 14 06:19

Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Software Is Ordered Off US Government Computers

The federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible links to Russian security services.

(*I lifted this submission from AntiWar .com , but it comes from The NYTimes , so it may digest easier with one (1) grain of salt)

Sep 13 16:41

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

A premium works only when you have two things: the technology that drives the demand, and a sufficient number of willing buyers in the market. It isn't clear the £999 X (64GB) or the £1,149 (256GB) fulfils either.

The iPhone was unique because it could do one or two things (web and maps, but not much else) much better than the competition at the time. The best mobile web experience at the time was on Windows Mobile or Nokia tablets, and it was very clunky. Even without apps or 3G, the first iPhone hinted at greater things to come.

Does the X astonish in the same way? Does it have the same lustre? You must be kidding.

Sep 13 16:36

Apple bumps up price on iPad Pro as flash costs climb

Apple has raised the price on much of its iPad Pro tablet line.

The Cupertino giant did not say why it was bumping up the price for the 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models by $50. A Wi-Fi only 256GB iPad Pro now costs $649 for the 10.5-inch model and $799 for the 12.9-inch one.

The 64GB models for both tablets will remain the same price.

While Apple hasn't given the reason behind the price increase, speculation is that the rising cost of NAND memory chips, driven by an ongoing shortage expected to last until next year, is behind the decision.

Sep 13 16:34

Linux Subsystem on Windows 10 Allows Malware to Become Fully Undetectable

Last year, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing the arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, which brings the Linux command-line shell to Windows, allowing users to run native Linux applications on Windows system without virtualization.

However, security researchers from security firm Check Point Software Technologies have discovered a potential security issue with the WSL feature that could allow malware families designed for Linux target Windows computers—undetected by all current security software.

Sep 13 16:33

Immediately Patch Windows 0-Day Flaw That's Being Used to Spread Spyware

Get ready to install a fairly large batch of security patches onto your Windows computers.

As part of its September Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released a large batch of security updates to patch a total of 81 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, on all supported versions of Windows and other MS products.

The latest security update addresses 27 critical and 54 important vulnerabilities in severity, of which 38 vulnerabilities are impacting Windows, 39 could lead to Remote Code Execution (RCE).

Affected Microsoft products include:

Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Windows
.NET Framework
Skype for Business and Lync
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Office, Services and Web Apps
Adobe Flash Player

Sep 13 15:51

A Contagious Bluetooth Flaw Makes ALL Your Connected Devices Hackable

Do you have a Bluetooth device running Windows, IoS, Android, or Linux?

If you do, a new flaw has been discovered that means it's vulnerable to a cyber-attack. A hacker can take control of everything on the device, including bank accounts and personal information. Here's what you need to do. And it's contagious, meaning it can spread to other connected devices.

Sep 13 11:27

New White House Comms Director "Suspended" From Twitter One Day After Appointment

Following a coordinated alt-left attack targeting Hope Hicks' account, Twitter has suspended the new White House Communications Director's account after a mass-reporting.

Sep 13 08:38

FORMER CITI CEO PANDIT SAYS AI WILL REPLACE 30 PERCENT OF BANKING JOBS WITHIN 5 YEARS

Banks have already started to roll out automated systems.

While Vikram Pandit’s prediction is bad news for back-office employees, banks have already begun to use AI and machine learning in a big way.

From stock picking quants such as those currently under development by iBankCoin (to be rolled out in Exodus), to “robo-advisors” which handle client portfolios deemed too small to justify a costly human broker, to high frequency trading (HFT) algos, to intelligent fraud detection systems which detect and adapt to fraudulent behavior – banks are becoming increasingly reliant on automated systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer is, the recent law school grad with $150,000 in debt cannot compete.

College counselors need to be looking at future job trends for at least 20 years into the future, in terms of guiding students toward careers that will actually exist when they graduate, and that is just the hard truth.

Sep 13 08:21

Apple iPhone X: Everything the pros need to know

Mostly notably, the iPhone X includes a nearly bezel-less OLED display with 1125x2436 resolution (compared to a 1080x1920 LCD on 2016's iPhone 7 Plus). That enables the iPhone X to have a larger 5.8-inch screen (compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus) while having a smaller form factor that is actually closer in size to the iPhone 7 with its 4.7-inch screen.

But, the thin bezels also cause the iPhone X to lose its home button and its fingerprint scanner. As a result, Apple is replacing Touch ID with Face ID, which will create a 3D map of your face and use that to unlock the device. The challenge—judging by the face-scanning software of the past from Google and others—is that it may not be as fast and accurate as a fingerprint scanner.

There's also a natural security concern about Face ID being spoofed, but Apple says its new "True-Depth Camera System" takes a 3D mathematical model of your face and that it cannot be faked out by photos or even prosthetic masks.

Sep 13 07:54

BEX ALERT - North Korea’s hackers are reportedly targeting bitcoin exchanges

North Korea’s hackers have been linked with many attacks, including the 2014 Sony hack, but it looks like the totalitarian state is now targeting bitcoin, and crypto coin exchanges in particular, with its hacking teams.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The SONY "hack" turned out to be an internal leak which North Korea had nothing to do with. But any lie will suffice on the path to war!

Sep 13 07:26

iPhone X: How outrageous is that $999 price tag?

The iPhone X starts at $999 for 64 gigabytes of storage, with that price rising to $1,149 for those who want 256 gigabytes of storage. Is this price tag justifiable or is it outrageous?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For that much money, the thing should be able to rotate my tires and take my weights up to the attic!

Sep 13 07:05

KILL THE PASSWORD: A STRING OF CHARACTERS WON’T PROTECT YOU

This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter.

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Sep 12 17:04

Social cooling: Does the fear of surveillance make you self-conscious about what you click on?

You're on social media, scrolling for something to capture your attention, and you pause.

There's an image or link that looks interesting. But if you were to click and others — your friends, your family, your employer — were to find out, would that be embarrassing?

While the internet and social media have made us more interconnected than ever, it's also meant constant surveillance by companies — in other words, the feeling that on the internet, we are always being watched. Our clicks are logged, categorised, interpreted and rated.

It's leading to what Tijmen Schep, a Dutch technology critic, calls "social cooling" — a society of increasing social conformity and rigidity, in which we self-censor or second guess what we do online for fear of repercussions.

Sep 12 16:56

How your home Wi-Fi security could end up in hot water

It no longer applies to any iKettles that London-based Smarter is producing or to its updated app, according to Michael Hutchison, a company spokesman.

The outdated kettle had a hard-coded password of "000000," a security flaw common to many IoT devices, Hart noted.

Once the first-generation kettle was hijacked, Hart was able to control it without any other permissions. He started boiling the water without permission. But obviously worse things can happen.

"The attacker could use the kettle itself to gain access to your home Wi-Fi," Hart said. "Someone could come along and extract your home Wi-Fi remotely, and then use it against your network."

Smarter sells into 27 countries, but the iKettle has never been available in the US.

Sep 12 16:47

Our entire credit bureau system is broken

It’s bad to have your Social Security number and birthday stolen because criminals can use that information to apply for credit in your name. Why make that data so useful in the first place? There’s nothing magical about a Social Security number. We only use them for credit reporting because every US citizen has one, and they’re all supposedly secret. But those numbers haven’t been truly secret for a long time. Before the Equifax breach, there was the Experian breach, the Anthem breach, and the OPM breach. For millions of people, authentication by Social Security number no longer works. So why are we still using a credit system that relies on breachable data?

The credit bureau system is broken, and it’s been broken for a long time.

Sep 12 16:43

PSA: no matter what, Equifax may tell you you’ve been impacted by the hack

So then I decided to test the system with a different last name and six random numbers. I used the more popular English spelling of my last name for this purpose, entering “Burr” instead of “Buhr” and entered six random numbers I don’t even remember now.

Sure enough, this made-up person had also been impacted. I tried it over and over again and got the same message. The only time I did not get the message I’d been impacted was when I entered “Elmo” as the last name and “123456” as my Social Security number.

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What this means is not only are none of the last names tied to your Social Security number, but there’s no way to tell if you were really impacted.

It’s clear Equifax’s goal isn’t to protect the consumer or bring them vital information. It’s to get you to sign up for its revenue-generating product TrustID.

Sep 12 11:08

Chinese government sources tell the WSJ they're about to shut down all domestic Bitcoin exchanges

China's "economic miracle" has been accompanied by mass-scale looting, creating a class of super-rich, corrupt millionaires and billionaires to rival the US or Russia; these 1%ers know that their wealth is subject to the whims of the Politburo, which is why they are so anxious to acquire second passports, and to exfiltrate their cash through baroque schemes, anodyne scams, and runaway property speculation.

Sep 12 10:06

Why Nobody Can Trust Facebook

But time and again Facebook has undermined its credibility by making claims that are easily proven to be false, and then defended these claims with statements that are absurd.

This week it was reported that Facebook was claiming to reach 41 million Americans between the ages of 18-24. If Facebook reached every American between 18 and 24 they'd still be 10 million short. There are only 31 million of them.

Sep 12 09:53

Why hotel WiFi connections are a hacker's dream come true - explained

With your feet up at the end of a long day and with the tiny kettle boiling, it can be very tempting to log into your hotel's WiFi connection and have a scroll through social media. You may quickly log in to your online banking, download some podcasts or even send some work emails.

But have you ever stopped to consider the hotspot you are connected to – which is probably using the name of the hotel followed by the word 'Guest' – is actually a trap?

That your usernames, passwords and other sensitive information may be flowing directly into the hands of a hacker? You should, cybersecurity experts warn.

Sep 12 09:47

We’re all Equif*cked

It used to be that getting hacked or breached meant you had to change all your passwords. Attackers hit tech-first companies that at least had a basic understanding of security, and a limited amount of your immutable personal information. The Yahoo breaches from 2014 and 2015 that impacted over 1 billion users were huge, but not nearly as harmful as what happens now.

Today, the hacks and breaches are hitting banking and credit companies, government databases, voting machines, and public utility infrastructure. That stolen data can’t always be changed, like your date of birth. Unless the government decides to reissue everyone a new social security number, once it’s stolen, it’s permanently vulnerable to exploitation.

Sep 12 09:36

Trump Administration Urges Congress To Renew Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is urging Congress to “promptly” reauthorize section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) scheduled to expire at the end of this year...

Sep 12 09:23

Decision Makers Have Been Informed Of Evidence Against Russia Hack

Adam Carter has published a new article which states that important authorities including Robert Mueller and Jeff Sessions have been personally informed of the latest information debunking the Russian Hacking narrative. Pretended ignorance on the matter would be unacceptable.

Disobedient Media has previously reported on the extensive work conducted by the independent analyst known as Adam Carter. For months, Carter has been on the forefront of debunking the Russian hacking narrative by dismantling the Guccifer 2.0 persona and its contradictory claims. Carter’s work has been instrumental in creating the impetus and grounds for the analysis of the Forensicator, and in corroborating the efforts of Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity (VIPS).

Sep 12 09:17

Private Company Surveilling People Online, Selling Info to Law Enforcement, Govt Agencies

A private company is turning a profit by surveilling people online and then selling valuable information to law enforcement and government agencies.

According to The Washington Post, the company, Babel Street, offers “a subscription called Babel X” which trawls through “some 40 online sources, scooping up data from popular sites such as Instagram and a Korean social media platform as well as inside ‘dark Web’ forums where cybercriminals lurk.”

The Pentagon was the subscription’s first customer, and some users pay more than $20,000 a year to use the service.

Sep 12 09:15

Maryland Judge Demands Bar Investigation Of Hillary Aides Who Helped Destroy Private Emails

Last week the FBI denied Ty Clevenger's FOIA request for Hillary Clinton's emails due a supposed "lack of public interest." No really...once you've manage to stop laughing, you can read our prior post on the topic here: FBI Denies FOIA Request For Hillary Documents Due To "Lack Of Public Interest".

Alas, Clevenger isn't the type to give up so easily and managed to find a judge in Maryland who seemingly agrees that the willful destruction of evidence subject to a Congressional subpoena might not be just a "frivolous" issue that suffers from an overwhelming "lack of public interest." As the Washington Times points out today, Maryland judge Paul Harris Jr. has ordered the Maryland state bar to investigate former Hillary aides David Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson for their efforts in allegedly helping Hillary "destroy evidence."

Sep 12 09:11

Google Drive down in parts of US

Google Drive services are down in parts of the US. The outage has been confirmed by Google, which says it’s working on resolving the issues.

G Suite services stated at 17:48 GMT that they were investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. At 18:04 it said the problem should have already been resolved.

Users across the US however are still reporting issues with the service on Downdetector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I like keeping my data here at home and not on someone else's server!

Sep 12 08:36

Security flaws put billions of Bluetooth phones, devices at risk

A set of vulnerabilities affecting "almost every" Bluetooth-connected desktop, mobile, and smart device on the market has been revealed.

Eight separate flaws, known collectively as "BlueBorne" by researchers at security firm Armis, affect devices with the Bluetooth short-range wireless protocol.

The more serious flaws allow an attacker to gain control of affected devices and their data, and steal sensitive business data from corporate networks. Malware exploiting the attack vector may be particularly virulent by passing peer-to-peer and jumping laterally, infecting adjacent devices when Bluetooth is switched on, said the researchers.

A single infected device moving through a busy office past dozens of people with phones, tablets, or computers with Bluetooth switched on could cause a rapid infection across networks -- leading to network infiltration, ransomware attacks, or data theft.

Sep 12 08:32

Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax in small claims court, potentially letting you avoid hiring a lawyer for advice.

Even if you want to be part of the class action lawsuit against Equifax, you can still sue Equifax for negligence in small claims court using the DoNotPay bot and demand maximum damages. Maximum damages range between $2,500 in states like Rhode Island and Kentucky to $25,000 in Tennessee.

The bot, which launched in all 50 states in July, is mainly known for helping with parking tickets. But with this new update, its creator, Joshua Browder, who was one of the 143 million affected by the breach, is tackling a much bigger target, with larger aspirations to match. He says, “I hope that my product will replace lawyers, and, with enough success, bankrupt Equifax.”

Sep 12 08:26

Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

Innovation, fetishized by Silicon Valley companies and celebrated by business boosters, no longer provides the economic jolt it once did.

In order to maintain Moore's Law – by which transistor density doubles every two years or so – it now takes 18 times as many scientists as it did in the 1970s.

That means each researcher's output today is 18 times less effective in terms of generating economic value than it was several decades ago.

On an annual basis, research productivity is declining at a rate of about 6.8 per cent per year in the semiconductor industry. In other words, we're running out of ideas.

Sep 12 05:39

Cyber Experts Prove the American Power Grid Has Been Hacked

A report by internet security experts, Symantec, says that a hacking group called Dragonfly 2.0 has gained access to 20 power company networks. The American power grid has been hacked, but for some reason, the culprits restrained themselves from taking down the power like they did in Ukraine recently.

While we were all focused on the natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes looming over us, this report went all but unnoticed by the mainstream and alternative media alike.

A power grid attack could shut down commerce and destroy our already precarious financial system. It could take down our medical system. If the damage was long-lasting, chaos would erupt and it wouldn't take long for the death toll to skyrocket, so dependent are we on power at the flip of a switch.

Sep 11 11:57

WELCOME TO 1984: BIG BROTHER GOOGLE NOW WATCHING YOUR EVERY POLITICAL MOVE

Google has taken the unprecedented step of burying material, mostly from websites on the political right, that it has deemed to be inappropriate. The problem, however, is that the world's largest search engine is a left-leaning company with an ax to grind.

Let's face it, deep down in our heart of hearts we knew the honeymoon wouldn't last forever. Our willingness to place eternal faith in an earth-straddling company that oversees the largest collection of information ever assembled was doomed to end in a bitter divorce from the start. After all, each corporation, just like humans, has their own political proclivities, and Google is certainly no exception. But we aren't talking about your average car company here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer, if you do not want your life surveilled by Google, is to use alternative search engines which are censorship free, like Yandex, or DuckDuckGo, while you still can.

Sep 11 11:30

COULD THIS BE THE BIGGEST BIOTECH BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR?

Someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Globally, 15 million people suffer a stroke every year. It’s debilitating physically and financially—but one little-known company has developed a medical device that hopes to challenge that deadly statistic.

It’s been quietly developing this new technology for 10 years. Now it’s released updated preliminary clinical trial results, and signed a manufacturing deal which could make a significant impact in the medical device industry.

After a decade of painstaking development, we’re now nearing the end of the long road to validation, and for investors who understand this industry, this could be the critical juncture.

The little-known company is CVR Medical (TSX:CVM.V; OTC:CRRVF), and its potentially life-saving device is the Carotid Stenotic Scan (CSS)--a technology designed to detect stenosis within arteries, or Ischemia, which is the leading indicator of strokes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed; this technology could, potentially, save a lot of lives.

Sep 11 09:24

Do You Trust Snopes? You Won’t After Reading This.

The big players in the GMO and agrochemical industry – Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Syngenta, DuPont – are engaging in an extensive public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaigning to make sure that genetically engineered crops (GMOs), and the chemical pesticides they require, continue to proliferate in the U.S.

To improve their public image, they are attempting to manipulate everything we see and hear about GMO crops and pesticides in the media and on TV, the internet and print articles – using propaganda-laden commercials, “mommy-blogger” articles, farmer endorsements, hired operatives to change Wikipedia, and front group websites. The biotech industry is feeling threatened, and their profits hang in the balance. They are trying to silence the truth!

We now have evidence that the website Snopes.com is being manipulated by the industry too. But first, let’s examine what Snopes really is…

Sep 11 07:07

Facebook is fined £1.1m by Spanish watchdog for failing to stop its users' data being tapped by advertisers

Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of £1.1 million (1.2 million euros/$1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook has collected personal data from its users in Spain without obtaining their 'unequivocal consent' and without informing them how such information would be used, the Spanish Data Protection Agency said in a statement.

'Facebook collects data on ideology, sex, religious beliefs, personal tastes or navigation without clearly informing about the use and purpose that it will give them,' the statement said.

Sep 11 06:55

Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

With the DefCon bods showing some machines shared a single hard-coded password, Virginia directed the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) to audit the machines in use in the state (the Accuvote TSX, the Patriot, and the AVC Advantage).

None passed the test. VITA told the board “each device analysed exhibited material risks to the integrity or availability of the election process”, and the lack of a paper audit trail posed a significant risk of lost votes.

Local outlet The News Leader notes that many precincts had either replaced their machines already, or are in the process of doing so.

The election board's decision will force a change-over on the 140 precincts that haven't replaced their machines, covering 190,000 of Virginia's ~8.4m population.

Sep 11 06:54

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

Any unpatched Android phone running a version older than Oreo is going to need patching fairly soon, with researchers turning up a class of vulnerability that lets malware draw fake dialogs so users “okay” their own pwnage.

Sep 11 06:47

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits SPEX ON THE BREACH

The impact of the Equifax breach in the UK remains unclear days after the disclosure of a breach that could potentially affect up to 44 million British consumers.

The credit reference agency and its UK subsidiaries provide services for UK companies including BT, Capital One and British Gas. Customers of these companies might therefore be affected by the attack despite not having signed up for Equifax's services.

Sep 11 06:45

Researcher Discloses 10 Zero-Day Flaws in D-Link 850L Wireless Routers

A security researcher has discovered not one or two but a total of ten critical zero-day vulnerabilities in routers from Taiwan-based networking equipment manufacturer D-Link which leave users open to cyber attacks.

D-Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers are vulnerable to 10 security issues, including "several trivial" cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws, lack of proper firmware protection, backdoor access, and command injection attacks resulting in root access.

If successfully exploited, these vulnerabilities could allow hackers to intercept connection, upload malicious firmware, and get root privileges, enabling them to remotely hijack and control affected routers, as well as network, leaving all connected devices vulnerable to cyber attacks as well.

Sep 10 09:12

Rohrabacher Calls For Hearings On Clinton Foundation Collusion With Russia

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher released a statement on Thursday calling for hearings regarding possible collusion between the Clinton Foundation and Russia. Rohrabacher sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce on Wednesday.

Disobedient Media previously reported on Rohrabacher’s meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, with Rohrabacher alleging in the wake of the visit that information may be forthcoming which could completely disprove Russian hacking claims. CNN reported Rohrabacher’s desire to brief Trump personally on the issue, though it remains unclear when or if such a meeting will take place.

In the wake of his meeting with Assange, Rohrabacher also alluded to the possibility that Assange could receive a pardon and could finally have an opportunity to leave the Ecuadorian embassy after over five years arbitrary confinement.

Sep 10 09:11

Media Takes Advantage Of Irma—Silences Wikileaks Latest Data Dump—Wait Until You See What It Is

Sep 10 09:10

Day 324.4 Imran's Dirty Dozen Fake Employees

Sep 10 08:23

Woman Sues Background Check Site After Husband Uses Site To Catch Her Cheating

Mary from Dallas Texas filed a lawsuit against background check site Persopo.com this month in court. In her lawsuit, she alleges Persopo.com provided her husband with “confidential” information about her. Her husband divorced her based off this information and she wants Persopo.com to pay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The woman was cheating on her husband, apparently with multiple men, and the husband found out through Persopo.com. The woman, whom I suspect is a liberal, blames the website and not her own behavior.

Sep 09 15:57

Credit Agency Equifax Threatened To Pay Up In Bitcoin Or Else

By Aaron Kesel

Credit reporting agency Equifax was hacked, potentially endangering 143 million Americans’ social security numbers, birth dates, and other private information. Unless, according to the alleged hackers who hacked them, Equifax pays the 600 BTC ransom (2.6 million dollars) by September 15th, according to a Darkweb onion site.

The supposed hackers note that they won’t publicly post credit card numbers of the credit agency, suggesting they may pawn them on Darkweb carding forums...

Sep 09 11:52

F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

'I see you're trying to land. Please reboot the flight control system to continue'

Sep 09 11:48

Mexican tax refund site left 400GB of sensitive customer info wide open

Mexican VAT refund site MoneyBack exposed sensitive customer information online as a result of a misconfigured database.

A CouchDB database featuring half a million customers' passport details, credit card numbers, travel tickets and more was left publicly accessible, security firm Kromtech reports. More than 400GB of sensitive information could be either downloaded or viewed because of a lack of access controls before the system was recently secured.

The data includes 455,038 scanned documents, including 88,623 unique passport numbers, related to people who were claiming a tax refund for goods purchased south of the border. Passports identified included those held by citizens of the US, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Italy, and many more. Data from 2016 and 2017 featured in the exposure.

Sep 09 11:46

Hackers Can Remotely Access Syringe Infusion Pumps to Deliver Fatal Overdoses

Medical devices are increasingly found vulnerable to hacking. Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after they were found vulnerable to hackers.

Now, it turns out that a syringe infusion pump used in acute care settings could be remotely accessed and manipulated by hackers to impact the intended operation of the device, ICS-CERT warned in an advisory issued on Thursday.

An independent security researcher has discovered not just one or two, but eight security vulnerabilities in the Medfusion 4000 Wireless Syringe Infusion Pump, which is manufactured by Minnesota-based speciality medical device maker Smiths Medical.

The devices are used across the world for delivering small doses of medication in acute critical care, such as neonatal and pediatric intensive care and the operating room.

Sep 09 09:59

REPORTER BARRETT BROWN JAILED 5 YEARS FOR JOURNALISM JUST LAUNCHED NEW SYSTEM TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION

The Pursuance Project, billed as the “world’s first comprehensive framework for process democracy,” was conceived with mass online collaboration in mind. Brown, who served five years in federal prison for leaking information as part of the PM Project — which sought to make transparent the abuses of the surveillance state — believes the full promise of the Internet is yet to be realized. The Pursuance Project, which he calls a “civic collaboration network,” will leverage online tools and relationships to create “a vast and formidable ecosystem of opposition to institutionalized injustice.”

Barrett Brown learned many lessons from his years of harassment at the hands of the Department of Justice. One of these lessons, it seems, was most certainly not backing down from the fight. And he sees net-driven mass collaboration as the most important arsenal in an information war that is already well underway.

Sep 09 08:39

Best Buy stops sale of Russia-based Kaspersky products

Best Buy Co, the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, is pulling Kaspersky Lab’s cyber security products from its shelves and website, amid concerns that the Moscow-based firm may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Sep 09 07:07

Case study of LAPD and Palantir's predictive policing tool: same corruption; new, empirical respectability

UT Austin sociologist Sarah Brayne spent 2.5 years conducting field research with the LAPD as they rolled out Predpol, a software tool that is supposed to direct police to places where crime is likely to occur, but which has been shown to send cops out to overpolice brown and poor people at the expense of actual crimefighting.

Sep 09 05:21

Equifax Lobbied To Kill Rule Protecting Victims Of Data Breaches

If you want to know if you were one of the 143 million people whose data was breached in a hack of Equifax’s data, the company has a website you can use to find out — but there appears to be a catch: To check, you have to agree to give up your legal right to sue the company for damages. The outrage that clause has now generated could complicate the company’s efforts — backed by Republican lawmakers — to block an imminent rule that would ban companies from forcing customers to agree to such provisions.

Sep 09 05:20

Is Equifax Data On The Dark Web? Not Yet, But It Will Be

Following the security breach of credit reporting firm Equifax that resulted in the personal information of an upwards of 143 million Americans being stolen, researchers are searching to find who executed the hack and where the stolen data will end up—though thus far the clues have been sparse.

With any data breach, but especially one the size of the Equifax incident, it seems inevitable that the stolen information will end up on the dark web—either sold off to the highest bidder or in bits and pieces that allow black market buyers to purchase and use stolen information.

In the case of the Equifax hack, there is plenty of personal information to go around. The credit reporting firm said Thursday the credit card numbers of approximately 209,000 consumers in the United States were accessed by an unauthorized source. It also confirmed the hackers gained access to the personally identifying information of 182,000 U.S. consumers.

Sep 09 05:16

Equifax Hit With $70 Billion Lawsuit After Leaking 143 Million Social Security Numbers

One day after Equifax announced (more than one month after it itself had learned) that its systems had been hacked, resulting in up to 143 million social security numbers, names, addresses, driver’s license data, birth dates, some credit card numbers and pretty much all other critical personal data being leaked and currently for sale somewhere on the dark web, the company whose job is, ironically, to protect the credit and personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans has been hit with a monster class-action lawsuit seeking as much as $70 billion.

Sep 09 05:16

Equifax Data Breach is a 10 out of 10 Scandal

The hacking of consumer credit reporting giant Equifax, and the company's 'cynical' handling of it, is a far-reaching disaster that borders on criminal, says financial regulation expert Bill Black

Sep 09 05:13

Equifax data breach: Find out if you were one of 143 million hacked

Editor's note, September 8: We recommend that anyone with a credit history assume they were affected by the hack, as Equifax's hack-checker tool proved unreliable in our tests.

Also, Equifax will suggest you enroll in Trusted ID, which includes a Terms of Service agreement that waives your rights to a class-action lawsuit against the company. CNET is investigating the issue and is not yet sure if these terms will hold up in court.

Sep 09 04:53

Top US Electronics Retailer Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Lab Software

Best Buy reportedly will stop selling Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity software due to fears that the company has links to the Russian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another reason not to shop at Best Buy!

Sep 08 15:44

What Is DTube? - Why It Can Replace YouTube! (FULL Report)

https://dtube.video/

Published on Aug 20, 2017Josh Sigurdson breaks down the new streaming video platform "DTube" and how it can actually break down the barriers so many YouTube creators face today.

DTube is a decentralized streaming video platform linked to Steemit (the decentralized social media) which allows users to upload videos easily and make money (or cryptocurrency) via the upvotes or likes on their post. As YouTube brings in the Anti-Defamation League to demonetize content and label it as "hate speech", DTube couldn't have come at a better time.

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Sep 08 13:33

Here are all the ways the Equifax data breach is worse than you can imagine

Another day, another massive data breach. Except this one involves Equifax, one of the credit-monitoring companies you might expect to be ultrasensitive to the importance of safeguarding your personal information from hackers.

Instead, the company revealed on Thursday, the personal data of 143 million U.S. consumers in its care — nearly half the country — was potentially compromised. The data now at large includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and driver’s license numbers, all of which can be used fraudulently to validate the identity of someone trying to open a bank or credit account in another person’s name.

In some cases, Equifax says, the security questions and answers used on some websites to verify users’ identity may also have been exposed. Having that information in hand would allow hackers to change their targets’ passwords and other account settings.

Sep 08 11:41

URGENT: SOUTHFRONT’S WORK IS FULLY BLOCKED ON YOUTUBE

The project’s YouTube channel received two community guidelines strikes over the past 48 hours. With two community guidelines strikes, SouthFront cannot upload new videos on YouTube. Work on YouTube is now fully blocked.

Sep 08 09:33

AMD is gaining ground on Intel faster than analysts had thought

In March, Intel processors represented 72.4% of total unit sales. Ryzen launched on March 2, giving AMD a full month of ramp time. The company was able to capture 27.6% of the market. AMD sales rose every month since then, hitting 48.7% in July and 56.1% in August, overtaking Intel for the first time in nearly a decade.

Sep 08 09:28

Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Equifax Inc. late Thursday evening, shortly after the company reported that an unprecedented hack had compromised the private information of about 143 million people.

In the complaint filed in Portland, Ore., federal court, users alleged Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack.

Sep 08 09:26

Bug in Windows Kernel Could Prevent Security Software From Identifying Malware

Malware developers can abuse a programming error in the Windows kernel to prevent security software from identifying if, and when, malicious modules have been loaded at runtime.

The bug affects PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, one of the low-level mechanisms some security solutions use to identify when code has been loaded into the kernel or user space.

The problem is that an attacker can exploit this bug in a way that PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine returns an invalid module name, allowing an attacker to disguise malware as a legitimate operation.

Sep 08 09:24

Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever

The breach Equifax reported Thursday, however, very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. By providing full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver license numbers, it provided most of the information banks, insurance companies, and other businesses use to confirm consumers are who they claim to be. The theft, by criminals who exploited a security flaw on the Equifax website, opens the troubling prospect the data is now in the hands of hostile governments, criminal gangs, or both and will remain so indefinitely.

Hacks hitting Yahoo and other sites, by contrast, may have breached more accounts, but the severity of the personal data was generally more limited. And in most cases the damage could be contained by changing a password or getting a new credit card number.

Sep 08 08:03

Credit company warns 143mn people may be affected in data breach

Equifax Inc. says a breach of their system may affect 143 million people in the US. About 209,000 credit card numbers were also compromised, marking one of the worst breaches in US history due the scope and importance of information exposed.

The Equifax breach is different than other situations where data is compromised, due to the possibility that consumers may not be aware they are customers of the company. This occurs because Equifax obtains its data from credit card companies, retailers, banks and lenders which report on credit activity of individuals to credit reporting agencies, CNN reported Thursday.

Sep 08 07:52

Security firm Mandiant said to be helping Equifax in hack aftermath

Equifax earlier on Thursday revealed a massive data breach of 143 million consumers.

Sep 08 07:51

Three Equifax execs sold $1.8million of stock days after massive data breach - which wasn't revealed to the public for more than six weeks

Equifax says that three company executives who sold stock just days after the company discovered a major security breach were not aware of the hack at the time.

On Thursday, the company disclosed a cyberattack that ran from mid-May to July. The attack exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of about 143 million Americans.
Equifax said it detected the hack on July 29.

On August 1 and August 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8million in stock.

Sep 08 07:43

New AI can guess whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions

Sep 08 07:13

Shadow Brokers Leaks Another Windows Hacking Tool Stolen from NSA’s Arsenal

The Shadow Brokers, a notorious hacking group that leaked several hacking tools from the NSA, is once again making headlines for releasing another NSA exploit—but only to its "monthly dump service" subscribers.

Dubbed UNITEDRAKE, the implant is a "fully extensible remote collection system" that comes with a number of "plug-ins," enabling attackers to remotely take full control over targeted Windows computers.

Sep 08 07:12

Equifax Hack Exposes Personal Info of 143 Million US Consumers

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting firm in the US, admitted today that it had suffered a massive data breach somewhere between mid-May and July, which was discovered on July 29.

However, it's unknown why Equifax waited 6 weeks before informing their millions of affected customers about the massive security breach.

Stolen data includes consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates for 143 million Americans, and in some instances, driving licence numbers and credit card numbers for about 209,000 citizens.

The company said that some personal information for Canadian and British residents was also compromised.

Sep 08 07:08

Digital walkie talkie app becomes top download thanks to Hurricane Irma with one million downloads in 24 hours

Zello differs from other messaging or voice apps by allowing the user to hold down a button and broadcast to other users logged into a specific channel - just like a traditional walkie talkie.

False rumors circulating on Facebook have implied that Zello works even when internet and cell service are out, which the company has said is not true.

'If there is no WiFi and no cellular data service, communication apps (including Zello) WON'T WORK,' Gavrilov said in the statement.

However, he added: 'Text messaging apps and Zello use a fraction of bandwidth of phone calls and will often work when phone calls won’t get through.'

Sep 07 17:50

Photographer: Simon Dawson/BloombergThree Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed

Trio didn’t know about the intrusion when selling, firm says
Shares tumbled in late trading after company disclosed breach
Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers.

The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said.

The credit-reporting service said late Thursday in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Plodder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10 b5-1 scheduled trading plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these men did not know about about the breach, why, precisely, did they unload these stocks at about precisely the same time?!?

And Ms. Gurzmer, a word, please: If you think that the American people are going to believe this tripe, I would refer you to President' Bush's lie about "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."

Look at the timing of the transactions; 29 July; and 2 August; there is no way that the breach would not have been the reason for the selling of these shares.

Your cleverly concocted bit of codswallop will be swallowed whole by anyone; Equifax, once highly respected, will now be eschewed, as though all of your employees had instantly become antibiotic-resistant plague-carriers.

Sep 07 15:00

Exclusive: Police Report Indicates Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Planted Computer For Investigators To Find

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

Sep 07 14:30

Digital walkie talkie app becomes top download thanks to Hurricane Irma with one million downloads in 24 hours

A digital walkie talkie app has become the top downloaded app as Hurrican Irma threatens Florida and the southern Atlantic seaboard.

Zello was the top free download in both Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Thursday, after gaining fame as the top communications tool of the 'Cajun Navy' Harvey rescuers in Houston.

'Over 1 million people have joined in the last day, with most coming from Puerto Rico and Florida,' Zello CTO Alexey Gavrilov said in a statement.

Sep 07 13:52

Identical twins denied driving licence after baffling facial recognition computer system

The computer system in Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) runs on facial recognition.

As Alicia and Alicen Kennedy appear to have the same face, the computer is finding it tough to tell them apart.

Sep 07 12:47

35 False Matches and 1 Erroneous Arrest As Police Secretly Test Facial Recognition Technology

By Nicholas West

All things biometric are sweeping across the world at warp speed now, from security on planes and trains to check-ins at conferences and events, banking systems, etc. But the use of facial recognition tech in policing is being touted as the next big thing to keep the public safe. In fact, facial recognition technology is already working on the next level of development with researchers constructing new algorithms that supposedly can penetrate the most simple method of avoidance: wearing a mask.

However, a recent event in Britain should cause those who are high on this technology to rein in their enthusiasm. According to a Sky News report, a recent carnival in Notting Hill was treated as a testing ground for police facial recognition systems. The results were troubling...

Sep 07 10:47

The “Internet of Things” Is Sending Us Back To The Middle Ages

Op-Ed by Joshua A.T. Fairfield Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though often software designers and advertisers are involved...

Sep 07 10:08

10 apps to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster

Sep 07 09:44

Google is NSA

Google wants to be Big Brother’s eyeballs on you. All us Internet gurus knew this since before the NSA was found out spying on everybody. But now the Mountain View boys are more determined than ever to filter your information, and to obliterate any semblance of truth reaching people.

Sep 07 09:21

Microsoft won't patch Edge browser content security bypass

Which of Google, Apple and Microsoft think a content security bypass doesn't warrant a browser patch?

Thanks to Cisco Talos security bod Nicolai Grødum, who found the cross-site scripting bug that affects older Chrome and Safari plus current versions of Edge, we know the answer is "Microsoft".

Grødum posted news of Microsoft's attitude here, explaining that if you use Chrome 57.0.2987.98 or later, you're already protected against CVE-2017-5033. Ditto users of iOS later than 10.3 and Safari later than 10.1, who are spared the ravages of CVE-2017-2419. However, Talos writes, “Microsoft stated that this is by design and has declined to patch this issue”.

Sep 07 09:16

.UK domains left at risk of theft in Enom blunder

Thousands of UK companies were at risk of having their .uk domain names stolen for more than four months by a critical security failure at domain registrar Enom.

The security lapse allowed .uk domains to be transferred between Enom accounts with no verification, authorisation or logs.

Any domains hijacked would have been “extremely hard or impossible” to recover, according to The M Group, the security firm that discovered the flaw.

The M Group said it reported the issue to Enom on 2 May, but the problem was only addressed on 1 September.

Sep 07 07:49

The Importance of Drudge, Quayle, Rivero, and Rense

Mike Rivero has an interesting background that spans from NASA to Hollywood. Rivero stumbled into the alternative media after questioning the death of Vince Foster which ultimately resulted in the end of his Hollywood career. Luckily for us, it led to the birth of Whatreallyhappened.com. WRH, as known by its members, can generate up to 10,000 referrals a day, which makes his site another important piece of the independent media. Mike and his wife Claire have logged thousands of hours in a fight for truth and freedom.

Sep 06 18:24

Deutsche Bank plans to automate a 'big number' of jobs because its workers are already 'behaving like robots'

Deutsche Bank - one of the world's largest financial institutions - is gearing up to replace a large chunk of its workforce with robots.

CEO John Cryan warned today that a 'big number' of people will lose their jobs at the firm as it automates to embrace its 'revolutionary spirit.'

The Frankfurt, Germany-based company employs 100,000 people globally, but it's unknown how many will be laid off and replaced by machines or when the overhaul will occur.

Sep 06 14:41

The REAL Agenda Behind YouTube Censorship

What’s the real reason behind YouTube’s lurch towards censorship?

Paul Joseph Watson talks with Styxhexenhammer666 about free speech and the culture war.

Sep 06 12:01

Why Facebook says its ads can reach more people in the US than live there

Facebook may have messed up on its math again. Or maybe not.

Facebook claims that its ads can reach more people in the US than the number of people who live in the US. Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser picked up on the discrepancy after checking potential audience estimates provided by Facebook’s self-serve ad-buying tool and comparing Facebook’s estimates with estimates calculated last year by the US Census Bureau.

According to Wieser’s digging — and confirmed by my own checking of Facebook’s and the US Census Bureau’s numbers — Facebook estimates that its ads (running across Facebook, Instagram and its Audience Network ad network of third-party publishers) can reach 10 million more 18- to 24-year-olds and 15 million more 25- to 34-year-olds in the US than live in the US, per Census data.

Obvious question: Why would Facebook tell advertisers it can show their ads to 25 million more people in the US than actually live here? Maybe not-so-obvious answer: It’s not.

Sep 06 10:09

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week.

The issue appears to have been going on for more than a year. Some customers said the fraudsters knew their personal details.

One reader got in touch to report that his father-in-law has been having problems with his BT broadband, which he contacted the company about.

This week he got a call from someone asking for him by name, talking about his broadband problems. This individual claimed he had malware on his computer and said he need to access his machine via a third-party client.

"Within the hour he had over £1,000 in two payments from his bank account. Fortunately Lloyds stepped in on the second larger payment and stopped it progressing," said his son-in-law, who asked not to be named.

Sep 06 08:53

This tiny Windows 10 PC that fits in your pocket will ship in November

The Sirius A—a desktop PC crammed into a device not much bigger than a phone—will begin shipping from November 20th.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in addition to being useless, it is also difficult to use!

Sep 06 08:09

SPIES, COPS, AND CORPORATE ‘SECURITY’ PROFITEERS TO GATHER IN WASHINGTON

On September 11, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, thousands of spies, police officers, prosecutors, and surveillance profiteers will gather in Washington D.C. for a spying technology extravaganza known as ISS World Americas. On its website, the event organizers describe ISS World Americas as

the world’s largest gathering of Americas Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Defense, Public Safety and other members of the Government Intelligence Community as well as Telecom Operators responsible for cyber threat intelligence gathering, DarkNet monitoring, lawful interception and cybercrime investigations.

ISS World Programs present the methodologies and tools for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Government Intelligence Communities in the fight against drug trafficking, cyber money laundering, human trafficking, terrorism and other criminal activities conducted over today’s Telecommunications networks, the Internet and Social Networks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Orwellian, with all the contemporary bells and whistles!!

Sep 06 07:46

Intensifying Russia Probes: Why? It's A Proven Fact That Russia Did Not Hack DNC Computers

Politico reports Russia probes kick into high gear. CNN says Intensifying Russia probes could pit Hill against Mueller. Esquire says All These Trump Associates Will Testify About Russia This Fall.

There is only one angle in the Russia story worth investigating: Hillary’s role, the CIA’s role, and the FBI’s role in the Russia blame game.

Sep 06 04:12

Red Sox accused of using Apple Watches to steal pitching signs from Yankees

The allegations stem from a Red Sox vs Yankees series at Fenway Park in mid-August when, according to the New York Times, staff members and Red Sox players used Apple Watches as a way to share the signals.

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