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Feb 28 17:24

Health firm gets £200k slap after IVF patients' data leaks online

A private health firm has been fined £200,000 after fertility patients’ confidential conversations leaked online.

The £200,000 monetary penalty was levied following an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) investigation into the way the Lister Hospital in London was transferring, transcribing and storing recordings of IVF appointments.

Problems were discovered in April 2015 after a patient discovered that transcripts from interviews recorded with Lister Hospital IVF patients could be freely accessed by searching online.

Feb 28 17:14

Google censorship of Natural News: Statement from the Health Ranger

After six days of being blacklisted by Google, the NaturalNews.com website has been restored to Google’s search results. The action by Google follows the largest and most vocal backlash against Google’s de-listing of any website in the history of the company, and it has sparked many new discussions and debates about search engines, censorship and free speech.

All of us at Natural News — as well as our many millions of fans — are grateful for Google’s decision to restore the NaturalNews.com website, but we are also deeply troubled by the unjustified blacklisting of Natural News and what it means for free speech across the ‘net.

Feb 28 16:22

Late last night, Google reinstated Natural News after a massive backlash by outraged readers.

Google reinstates Natural News... read statement from H.R.

Late last night, Google reinstated Natural News after a massive backlash by outraged readers.

The problem is, Google can still censor anyone at any time for any reason, without explanation or justification.

Google's totalitarianism has become a threat to our society.

Feb 28 14:54

Petition to Ban Google's Blatant Suppression of Free Speech

Google, which controls 67.5% of internet searches in the United States is attempting to silence any voice that doesn't coincide with their political views. This incidentally targets some of the biggest voices in alternative media, such as NaturalNews.com and Infowars.com.

This week Google wiped 140,000 Naturalnews.com articles from its database, prohibiting individuals from viewing the sites webpages if searched. Google sent no prior warning. Natural News has stated that they follow all Google terms of service rules and that they do not condone or endorse any techniques that may manipulate Natural News in the search engines.

This censorship of the Independent Media is a blatant attack on the first amendment rights of users.

Please sign and share this petition.

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35,000 to go!

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Feb 28 14:53

Google censorship of Natural News: Statement from the Health Ranger

After six days of being blacklisted by Google, the NaturalNews.com website has been restored to Google’s search results. The action by Google follows the largest and most vocal backlash against Google’s de-listing of any website in the history of the company, and it has sparked many new discussions and debates about search engines, censorship and free speech.

Click here to sign the White House petition demanding an end to Google censorship.

All of us at Natural News — as well as our many millions of fans — are grateful for Google’s decision to restore the NaturalNews.com website, but we are also deeply troubled by the unjustified blacklisting of Natural News and what it means for free speech across the ‘net.

Feb 28 14:32

It’s not just you: Massive internet outage is sweeping the East Coast

If it seems like your internet browsing is hitting more walls than possible today, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not your computer. A massive Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is striking down lots and lots of web pages, leading to huge hiccups on a number of domains. Amazon is reporting the issue on its AWS dashboard, citing “Increased Error Rates,” which is a fancy way of saying that something is seriously broken.

Feb 28 14:14

Scott Adams: Nothing to See Here, Folks

I recently tweeted a link to my blog post that is unflattering to the proponents of climate science. I have 138,000 Twitter followers. My traffic from Twitter to my blog in a recent minute was only 14 people, while overall traffic from other sources was its usual robust self. For non-controversial topics, my Twitter-driven traffic for a tweet to my blog would be 200-300 per minute in the half-hour after a tweet. On this topic, it hovered between 10-14.

Feb 28 12:33

While U.S. Targets Illegal Immigrants, Spain “Jails 65 Illegal Bankers”

While the Trump Administration is cracking down on immigration, and scoring big populist points for being tough on foreign criminals and undocumented families, he holds in his administration a who’s who of Wall Street’s banking elite, the very leaders of the mega-banks that caused the 2008 economic crisis, and who continue to drag the economy dangerously close to repeat disaster as the atmosphere of predatory financial dealings continues…

Read more at SHTF

Feb 28 10:06

Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

The technology industry has hit back at proposed plans by France and Germany to force EU member states to backdoor encryption for the police.

Last week, Thomas de Maizière and Bruno Le Roux, respectively the German and French ministers of the interior, sent a letter to the European Commission calling for measures to stem what they see as a tide of terrorism sweeping the land.

These proposed measures include allowing the greater sharing of people's personal information between nations' police forces to fight crime; more reliance on biometrics; and – depressingly predictable these days – demands for technology companies to come up with impossible encryption systems that are secure, strong, and yet easily crackable by law enforcement on demand.

Feb 28 07:26

Raspberry Pi Zero W: The smart person's guide

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the tiny $10 computer, the latest from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Feb 28 07:12

OPEN LETTER CONCERNING WIKIPEDIA SUPPRESSION OF SOUTHFRONT INFORMATION

A few days ago Wikipedia announced intention to remove its entry on SouthFront (more here), explaining an issue by the pro-Russian position of the project and, by way of issuing an official reason, that the information about the project mostly cites the SouthFront site.

Feb 27 16:31

Tim Hwang on bots that cause chaos

Until recently, the psychological operations (psyops) conducted by governments and political organizations were mostly analog: dropping leaflets from airplanes, blasting radio messages across frontiers, planting stories with journalists, and dragging loudspeakers through city streets.

Now, like some other forms of publishing, the practice of psyops is contemplating an online, AI-driven future in which swarms of carefully targeted bots disseminate information instantly. Compared to traditional psyops, AI-driven bots are highly scalable, offer sophisticated targeting capabilities, and are cheap to deploy—accessible to one-person organizations as well as great-power governments.

Feb 27 16:27

MWC 2017: '22,000 hackable webcams in Barcelona'

A leading security company says it has discovered 22,000 hackable internet-connected baby monitors and other types of webcam in Barcelona.

Avast carried out the check to coincide with the first day of the Mobile World Congress trade show in the city.

In addition, it said it had found more than 470,000 other types of vulnerable smart devices.

The firm warned that unsuspecting owners could be spied upon as a consequence.

Feb 27 16:25

Boat relying upon an iPad for navigation crashes into a ferry after Wi-Fi goes out

Things started out smoothly enough, but as relayed via a recent report in the Metro, navigation became tricky if not downright impossible once Carlin's iPad dropped its Wi-Fi signal.

From there, a comedy of errors ensued as Carlin's boat, completely devoid of direction, blindly entered the UK's busiest shipping lane where it promptly crashed into a cargo ferry. From there, Carlin's boat was a goner and began to sink. Ultimately, Carlin had to make a Mayday call and wait for rescuers to help him out.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the entire ordeal.

Feb 27 16:17

Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Bluecoat security

Flawed TLS 1.3 takes down Chromebooks, PCs

Feb 27 15:07

Google & Microsoft Sign Pact To Clamp Down On Illegally-Streamed Sports

Illegally streamed sporting events and films will be increasingly difficult to find online under an anti-piracy agreement between Google and Microsoft which will hide the sites in question further down the list of search results.

Feb 27 10:39

Amazon argues AI assistant Alexa has free speech rights in murder trial

'Modern "smart" electronic devices contain a multitude of data that can "reveal much more in combination than any isolated record"

Amazon has argued that the voice of Alexa, the artificial intelligence assistant used in its range of Echo speakers, has First Amendment rights.

The company is fighting an order to hand over recordings from an Amazon Echo used by James Andrew Bates, who is on trial for allegedly murdering his friend Victor Collins in Arkansas in November 2015.

Amazon has filed a 90-page document, which is available to read on Forbes, contesting the warrant demanding the audio covering the 48-hour period from 21-22 November 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is eerie; over the weekend, Mike and I were watching an episode of "Humans", where an AI device, looking strikingly human, was asking to be tried as a human being for a murder it committed, and the British legal machine was attempting to determine how that might play out, and what kind of consciousness the replicant actually possessed.

But the last time I checked, First Amendment rights applied to humans; not to the computer systems which comprise AI. But is Amazon attempting to "stretch the window" on such definition, or is it simply trying to prevent people from peering too deeply into its proprietary technology?!?

Only time will tell.

Feb 27 10:25

Petition to Ban Google's Blatant Suppression of Free Speech

Google, which controls 67.5% of internet searches in the United States is attempting to silence any voice that doesn't coincide with their political views. This incidentally targets some of the biggest voices in alternative media, such as NaturalNews.com and Infowars.com.

This week Google wiped 140,000 Naturalnews.com articles from its database, prohibiting individuals from viewing the sites webpages if searched. Google sent no prior warning. Natural News has stated that they follow all Google terms of service rules and that they do not condone or endorse any techniques that may manipulate Natural News in the search engines.

This censorship of the Independent Media is a blatant attack on the first amendment rights of users.

Please sign and share this petition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top. Already more than 1/2 of the way there, and we have until March 25th to reach 100,000 signatures. Please post this to all your social media and send to your friends who value honest discussions and freedom of speech.

Feb 27 09:29

NOTHING IS NO LONGER SACRED IN THE HOLY LAND

From the guys who brought you US Bee where malware causes a regular USB thumb drive to emit particular electromagnetic waves that another computer with a simple antennae can pick up and decode, comes LED-It-Go.

The system is outlined and contextualized in an article by Wired, but essentially, the malware convinces the blinking LEDs common to Windows system computers to blink super-fast and to reveal information to a drone with a video camera that is as far away as video contact can be effectively established.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that it is the Israelis who spend so much time and effort figuring out how to break into computers that do not belong to them!

Feb 27 08:57

Google refuses to provide any evidence to justify blacklisting of Natural News… webmaster guidelines a “black box of total bulls##t”

We’re now five days into Google’s total blacklisting ban of the entire NaturalNews.com website, and Google still won’t provide us with any real evidence of why we’ve been banned.

Sign the White House petition NOW and join 52,000+ other people who denounce Google’s outrageous censorship of Natural News.

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Feb 27 08:44

Obamascare: 60% of online Obamacare defenders 'paid to post' hits on critics

A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are "paid to post," according to a digital expert.

"Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time," said Michael Brown. "They were paid to post."

Feb 26 12:22

THIS EXPERT JUST REVEALED AMAZON’S WORST NIGHTMARE - YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

Millions use Amazon to shop and many are used to receiving emails from the company, but the ABC 7 I-Team investigated emails that look like they could be from Amazon, but are not. Studies show phishing attacks are on the rise.

Feb 26 11:46

The 'human-like' bots that have been arguing on Wikipedia for TEN years

A new study has found that humans aren't the only one's fighting about Wikipedia revisions.

Researchers have discovered that software robots designed to improve articles on the site were 'fighting' over content and undoing each other’s edits for 10 years.

Feb 26 09:19

The Wireless World of Health Harms

By Catherine J. Frompovich

January 30, 2017, Olga Sheean presented an opus-like, 57-page report “Setting the standard for a wireless world of harm,” a call for action and accountability [1] to the United Nations for whom she worked at one time until, unfortunately, she became electromagnetically hypersensitive (EHS). She worked at UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS under a contract with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ms. Sheean’s impressive report highlights frustrating topics surrounding microwave technology: Industry Infiltration; Intentional Ignorance; Denial of Science; Disregard for Humanity and What Needs to Happen...

Feb 26 08:47

Google lawsuit could be a fatal setback for Uber's self-driving dreams

Accusations that an ex-Google engineer stole trade secrets and took them to Uber may pose an existential threat in the race to get self-driving cars on the road

Feb 25 10:55

Lady de Rothschild Tweet’s: Hillary lost because Podesta was “arrogant” and “out of touch”

A tweet made by the host of Showtime’s The Circus John Heilemann garnered an unanticipated response from a well-known elite Wednesday.

Feb 25 09:07

GE, Intel, AT&T team up to put cameras, mics in San Diego

General Electric will put cameras, microphones and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of “smart city” tools GE says can help monitor traffic and pinpoint crime, but raising potential privacy concerns.

Feb 25 08:55

Here Are The Passwords You Should Change Immediately

If you have or had accounts on Fitbit, Uber, OkCupid, Medium, or Yelp, you should probably change your passwords. In a blog post published on Thursday, the web performance and security company Cloudflare said it had fixed a critical bug, discovered over the weekend, that had been leaking sensitive information such as website passwords in plain text from September 2016 to February 2017. Over 5.5 million websites use Cloudflare, including Fitbit, Uber, OkCupid, Medium, and Yelp.

Feb 25 08:46

With outrageous censoring of Natural News, Google now becomes the internet’s #1 BULLY and pusher of hate speech… #SaveNaturalNews

Google’s outrageous censorship of Natural News continues, all part of a coordinate campaign to assassinate my character, silence the Natural News website and empower the voices of those pharma-funded critics who have been relentlessly attempting to shut down Natural News for years.

SIGN THIS WHITE HOUSE PETITION NOW to demand a federal government investigation into the anti-trust violations of Google, which now functions as an Orwellian, monopoly disinfo organization that deliberately eliminates entire websites from search results simply because they don’t like the content.

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Feb 24 20:09

More sweary Trump banter with Alexa

I wonder who Bezos wanted in the White House...

Feb 24 18:34

Arkansas Police Want To Force Amazon To Release Private Audio From Echo

By Derrick Broze

Prosecutors in Arkansas are attempting to set a dangerous precedent by forcing Amazon to release audio gathered by the Echo device.

Since its June 2015 release, civil liberties activists have been concerned with the dangers associated with Amazon’s Echo device. The device responds to either “wake,” “Alexa,” or “Amazon,” and records audio automatically. Echo is also capable of voice interaction and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information...

Feb 24 16:03

‘How to Cancel Spotify Premium’ Is Now a Trending Search Term

Company executives worked to make Spotify’s IPO attractive. Yet, the company now sits atop a $1.5 billion debt pile after failing to show Wall Street a ‘path to profitability.’

The company has also yet to secure long-term, stable music licensing deals that make economic sense. Yet, two weeks ago, the New York Times tried to aid the streamer. Following 276,000 digital subscriptions added in the fourth quarter of 2016, NYT offered Spotify Premium. The $6.25 a week NYT All Access subscription gave unlimited access to ad-free Spotify. The strategic partnership aimed to broaden both companies’ audience.

However, that plan may have burst in an oddly unexpected way. This morning, DMN discovered ‘How to Cancel Spotify Premium’ had become a trending topic. According to search engine tracker SEMrush, searches for that exact phrase have more than doubled in just three months.

People are not only trying to get out, they’re banging on DMN’s door for help.

Feb 24 13:58

Uber Accused Of Stealing Its Driverless Car Technology From Competitor In Federal Lawsuit

Uber’s hopes of moving toward a completely autonomous fleet of vehicles may be dashed, if Waymo, a self-driving car company owned by Google-parent Alphabet, Inc. convinces a federal court it was a victim of “calculated theft.”

Feb 24 13:50

Man in Hiding Confesses to Illegal Fundraising for the Clintons: “Fears Untimely Death”

It is little surprising, though certainly alarming, that this story has surfaced of a Chinese-American businessman who is living in hiding and who felt compelled to make an ‘insurance policy’ video detailing his involvement in the Clinton admin’s “Chinagate” which involved laundered funds from high powered Chinese businessmen...

Read more at SHTF

Feb 24 10:14

DuckDuckGo not blocking NaturalNews.com

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A lot of people suggested this as an alternative to Google.

Feb 24 10:08

Perspective Or Censorship? Google Shares AI Designed To Fight Online Trolling

Google has released to developers the source code to Perspective, a new machine tool designed to flag “toxic comments” online. Its creators hope the AI will clean up internet debate, but critics fear it will lead to censorship instead.

Feb 24 09:59

The Deep State Just Made It's Move & You Are Not Going To Believe Their Plan

Mexico prepares to ditch US corn imports. DHS begins deportation but they are not using an army. Infowars and NaturalNews have been hit by Google, the deep state is slowly getting rid of the alternative media.

Feb 24 09:37

Behold the censorship machine!

In an effort to make websites more “advertiser friendly” some media outlets have taken to eliminating comment sections where, without considerable effort from moderators, they are unable to control the direction of reader conversations. But a Google-funded algorithm could change that via censorship.

Feb 24 09:03

How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

Big corporations are abusing the system for taking down files and links to copyright-infringing content by sending millions of fake links, according to Google.

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), online providers are given legal protection from having illegal content on their servers if they respond to requests from the copyright owners to take down specific files.

It has never been a watertight system, but a recent filing [PDF] from Google to a formal study looking at the process (section 512 in the lingo) shows that in recent years it has become widely abused, with companies filing millions of bogus requests in an effort to shut down specific websites.

Feb 24 08:58

Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

Cloudflare revealed a serious bug in its software today that caused sensitive data like passwords, cookies, authentication tokens to spill in plaintext from its customers’ websites. The announcement is a major blow for the content delivery network, which offers enhanced security and performance for more than 5 million websites.

This could have allowed anyone who noticed the error to collect a variety of very personal information that is typically encrypted or obscured.

Remediation was complicated by an additional wrinkle. Some of that data was automatically cached by search engines, making it particularly difficult to clean up the aftermath as Cloudflare had to approach Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines and ask them to manually scrub the data.

The leak may have been active as early as Sept. 22, 2016, almost five months before a security researcher at Google’s Project Zero discovered it and reported it to Cloudflare.

Feb 24 08:56

Smart Saw

The mechanism is so simple you can put it together by yourself in no time. Usually woodcarving machines like the Smart Saw cost tens of thousands of dollars. But if you follow this simple step by step guide you'll build a DIY Smart Saw right from the first try even if you never held a hammer before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This struck me as really cool. Now, what they are selling are just the plans to make a computer-driven wood milling table. I contacted them and they do not provide actual parts, but do include a list of suppliers the components can be purchased from. Were I living a life of leisure, I would want to play with this!

Feb 24 08:40

Music Industry Wants Piracy Filters, No Takedown Whack-a-Mole

A group of prominent music groups including the RIAA has asked the Copyright Office to help solve the "broken" and "ineffective" DMCA law. The current takedown provision results in a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, they say, arguing that automated piracy filters are the way forward.

What could possibly go wrong...

Feb 24 08:34

Security lapse exposed New York airport's critical servers for a year

The files included gigabytes of emails, sensitive government files, and a password list, which researchers say could give hackers 'full access' to the airport's systems.

Feb 23 16:23

RED ALERT: Fascist Google begins PURGE of pro-Trump websites

In a Communist China-style crackdown on free speech, Google has launched a PURGE to take down sites supportive of President Trump.

Yesterday, the entire NaturalNews.com website was delisted by Google, removing 140,000+ pages of content covering disease prevention, nutritional therapies, scientific investigations into environmental contamination, dangers of prescription medications and more. The internet is in an uproar over the obvious assault on free speech, with Natural News coverage of the Google censorship going wildly viral on social media, radio interviews and article coverage across the independent media.

Natural News was targeted, we believe, because we not only publicly predicted President Trump’s victory well before it happened, we also openly support Trump’s policies to protect America, drain the swamp and restore the Republic.

Feb 23 12:43

Brit arrested over Deutsche Telekom hack

A 29-year-old British citizen suspected of involvement in a cyberattack that left nearly one million Deutsche Telekom customers without services has been arrested.

Britain's National Crime Agency arrested the unidentified Briton on Wednesday at an airport in London, Germany federal police said.

The hacking attack in November targeted internet routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom, disrupting connections for some 900,000 customers in Germany, the government said earlier.

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When the hack happened, everyone was blaming Russia!

Feb 23 12:42

Florida Teacher “Reassigned” After Facebook Post Praising Trump On Immigration

A Florida computer lab teacher, Veronica Fleming, at the predominately Latino Parkside Elementary School in Naples, Florida, had her job “reassigned” after she made the mistake of publicly supporting Trump’s immigration policies over Facebook.

Feb 23 09:50

At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead

For more than six years, the SHA1 cryptographic hash function underpinning Internet security has been at death's door. Now it's officially dead, thanks to the submission of the first known instance of a fatal exploit known as a "collision."

Feb 23 08:54

Why Mainstream Media Websites Are Censoring & Removing Comment Sections

News that Google has developed a new AI system that “identifies abusive comments” to clamp down on “hate speech” reminds us why mainstream media websites are censoring and removing comment sections altogether – because studies show they have more influence over the opinion of the reader than the article itself.

Feb 23 08:50

Beyond fake news… How Google just became FAKE SEARCH by blacklisting independent journalism

Google censored NaturalNews.com via a human decision, not an algorithm. This means that some “decision maker” at Google can, based on nothing more than their own opinion, banish any website they choose with the flick of a switch.

In this way, Google has raised digital book burning to a whole new level of efficiency only dreamed of by fascists of the Third Reich. Now, an entire library of human knowledge can be obliterated in an instant, with no justification, no warning and no recourse. By blacklisting all NaturalNews.com content, Google has just proven it is a de facto Orwellian Ministry of Truth which shall decide the fate of entire organizations based on nothing more than the internalized hatred, bigotry, biases or corruption of its own employees.

Feb 23 08:35

Muslim IT Trio Paid $500K Possibly Leaked Congressional Secrets, Emails : 2/12/2017

Feb 23 07:59

Use Google Chrome to browse the web? Shocking MALWARE scam targeting every user

The Google Chrome scam poses a serious risk to users with criminals able to inject infected script into poorly-protected web pages.

According to cyber experts the virus-filled script rewrites the compromised website on the victim’s browser.

This makes the page unreadable, with a fake pop-up then used to try and convince users into downloading a patch to solve the issue.

The popup reads, “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t found,” - and, if you see this warning, DON'T download the suggested update.

It's thought the problem is currently affecting Chrome users on Windows-powered machines.

Feb 23 07:37

Linux kernel gets patch for 11-year-old local-root-hole security bug

DCCP code cockup lay unnoticed since 2005

Feb 23 07:34

Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

That roll of tape you use to cover the Webcam? Better use some of it on your hard-drive LED, because it can be a data exfiltration vector.

Exfiltration experts from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Cyber Security Research Center have added to previous techniques like fan modulation, GSM transmissions, or listening to the RF from USB2 transmissions, have now created malware to control hard drive LEDs.

The team led by veteran exfiltrator Mordechai Guri flashes the LED at atound 5,800 on/off cycles per second as a data channel, good enough for 4 Kbps of transmission.

That performance also depends on what you use as the receiver: it might be a Digital SLR or high-end security camera (15 bps), a GoPro-level camera (up to 120 bps), a Webcam or Google Glass Explorer (also 15 bps), or a smartphone camera (up to 60 bps).

Feb 23 07:31

More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

Rentokil man tells BBC it calls them automagically, so that clearly explains the price

Feb 23 06:38

EXCLUSIVE: House Dem IT Guys In Security Probe Secretly Took $100K In Iraqi Money

Rogue congressional staffers took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to court documents examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Feb 22 22:41

Subprime auto lender facing FTC inquiry over GPS-tracking kill switches

The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating an auto lender that often requires subprime borrowers to have so-called GPS starter-interrupter devices enabled on purchased vehicles.

The so-called kill switches, which can monitor a vehicle's constant whereabouts, also have the remote ability to shut a car off and to prevent a car from starting. This makes it easy for lenders to repossess the car for missed payments. But this modern-day version of the repo-man raises both safety and privacy concerns.

Feb 22 09:45

France Is Forcing Its Employees to Power Down: Will It Work?

The year was 1998. I had just graduated from college and was working as an entry-level account coordinator in a large PR agency in New York City. I worked hard, but my days ended at 6PM when I left the office. Within the next year, though, Ethernet access at home had become a reality. Suddenly, I was expected to be on call for my boss for any and all client needs. I was irate. I felt I did not make enough money for this. I had experienced the freedom of a solidly eight-hour workday, and I wanted that freedom back.

It would never happen. Over the next several years, diffuse working hours would become so pervasive that France – as a country – felt the need to strike back. In this post, we’ll talk about France’s brand new law limiting required employee communication outside of designated work hours.

Feb 22 08:47

Beware of Fraudulent EuroControl Payment Email Messages

The email message below with the subject: "Euro Control Payment," is a fake. The fraudulent email message was sent by cybercriminals to steal EuroControl clients’ account information. Therefore, recipients of the fraudulent email message are asked to delete it, and should never follow the instructions in it.euroControl, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, is an international organisation working to achieve safe and seamless air traffic management across Europe.

Feb 22 08:28

Hacking group RTM able to divert bulk financial transfers with malware

Cybercrime group RTM is deploying complex malware based in the Delphi programming language to target Remote Banking Systems (RBS), a type of business software used to make bulk financial transfers.

The problem was severe enough to warrant an advisory from FinCERT, a Russian CERT responsible for fighting cybercrime targeting Russian financial institutions in late 2016.

RTM is using its malware to spy on victims in a variety of ways such as monitoring keyboard strokes and smart cards inserted in the system, according to security software firm ESET. Malicious software allows all-time monitoring of banking-related activities as well as the possibility to upload files from the compromised system to its Command and Control (C&C) server.

"The malware actively searches for export files common to popular accounting software mainly used in Russia," said Jean-Ian Boutin, a malware researcher at ESET.

Feb 22 08:26

Researchers offer simple scheme to stop the next Stuxnet

One of the world's oldest programming styles, the ladder logic that runs on industrial programmable logic controllers, remains dangerously vulnerable to attack, according to boffins from Singapore and India.

The researchers – Naman Govil of the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad; and Anand Agrawal and Nils Ole Tippenhauer of the Singapore University of Technology and Design – explain that for all the attention paid to attacks like Stuxnet, there's a dearth of work looking at what's going on at the control logic level.

They write that while industrial control systems are getting better protection from malicious or buggy firmware, the ladder logic that controllers run is less defended.

Feb 22 08:23

How's your online bank security looking? The Dutch studied theirs and... yeah, not great

The Dutch banking industry is doing a terrible job of online security, according to the company that runs the country's .nl internet domains.

In a new report published Tuesday, the internet registry SIDN was surprised to find that just six per cent of banks using .nl internet addresses have the security protocol DNSSEC in place to protect their digital assets and their customers.

"Banks should be the main users of DNSSEC security," said SIDN CEO Roelof Meijer, "but they scored – for the second time in a row – the worst of all investigated domains."

He also pointed out that with online banking becoming ever more important, it was contingent on the industry to adopt the latest security standards.

Feb 22 07:09

The Cloud? Apple's iOS can't handle the Cloud

iOS's integration with 3rd-party cloud services stinks. What does Apple need to do to make iOS a best-in-class cloud citizen? Or is Android too far ahead?

Feb 21 14:17

Reddit Censors Pro-Trump Content In New Crackdown

Reddit is banning the vast majority of pro-Donald Trump posts from appearing on its “most popular” page frequented by new users.

The online discussion site announced it was clamping down on what would appear as “popular” by showing visitors only popular posts from handpicked categories, which would apparently exclude anything from pro-Trump subreddits.

Feb 21 14:05

Samsung: Smart TVs Are Recording Your Private Conversations

Samsung has updated its privacy policy this week, reaffirming to its users that Smart TVs secretly listen and record customers’ conversations.

Feb 21 12:07

Boeing Used Potatoes Instead of People To Test Its Wi-Fi

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Here’s one for the record books, that’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not edition, if it’s still in print.

According to a December 2012 BBC news report, “Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi.”

I wonder what those potatoes in sacks had to say about how their brains reacted. Oh, sorry! ...

Feb 21 11:22

B.C. man convicted of promoting hatred against Jews loses constitutional challenge

Arthur Topham's lawyer argued in B.C. Supreme Court in Quesnel that his client's communication on his website was justified in a free and democratic society and that in this Internet age, the same viewpoints are available in many places.

The Crown noted that the arguments were based on an erroneous assumption that Topham only republished material written by others on his website — which wasn't the evidence put before the jury during his trial in November.

Feb 21 11:03

There's Snowden - then there are THE REST OF YOU

Edward Snowden committed the highest crime in US government - to tell the truth.

Feb 21 10:47

Sports Direct hacked last year, and still hasn't told its staff of data breach

Sports Direct has left its 30,000-strong workforce in the dark over a data breach in the autumn when a hacker accessed internal systems containing staffers' personal information.

The Register can reveal the UK's largest sports retail business was the subject of a digital break-in during September, when an attacker exploited public vulnerabilities affecting the unpatched version of the DNN platform that Sports Direct was using to run a staff portal.

An inside source with knowledge of the incident told The Register that employees' unencrypted data was stolen during the breach. Sports Direct's internal systems detected the intrusion in September, but it was not until December that the company learned of the data breach.

Feb 21 10:44

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

The EU’s top privacy body has been probing Windows 10, but isn’t satisfied, even after Microsoft agreed to tweak the consent settings.

Microsoft unveiled new privacy controls as part of its forthcoming “Creators Update” to Windows 10 due this spring. However, Reuters reports that the Article 29 Working Party, which represents the data protection commissioners of the EU member states, still has “concerns”. The Working Party first raised the issue of personal data processing in Windows 10 with Microsoft last year.

In a statement seen by Reuters, the Article 29 Working Party finds that the new consent screen presented to users during the installation process still doesn’t sufficiently inform them about what personal data was being collected, and what it was subsequently used for.

Feb 21 10:42

TeamSpy hackers get the crew back together after four-year hiatus

Cybercrooks have once again begun slinging malware that subverts elements of the legitimate TeamViewer remote control app to snoop on victims.

The tactic was previously seen in 2013. Attacks typically begin with booby-trapped emails harbouring malicious attachments that pose as eFax messages. If installed, the malicious code uses DLL hijacking to create a backdoor on compromised machines.

The method helps to camouflage spying as well as allowing hackers to snoop on encrypted comms, warns Danish security intelligence firm Heimdal Security.

Feb 21 10:40

$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

Yahoo! will be gobbled by Verizon for $4.48bn, $350m cheaper than the initial deal, apparently due to the damage done to the company's value by widely reported successful cyber-attacks.

Feb 21 09:08

"Windows as a service" means big, painful changes for IT pros

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging.

Feb 20 16:35

Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

On this occasion, the bug allows attackers to access memory using EMF metafiles, a tool implemented in the Windows Graphics Component GDI library (gdi32.dll) and which helps applications to use graphics. And once an attacker is in memory, things can get interesting.

Mateusz Jurczyk, the Google chap who found the bug and others like it in the past, writes that Redmond fixed similar messes he reported last year. But he also alleges that the fix for those flaws, MS16-074, didn't completely address issues that allow access to memory. So he told Microsoft about the issue on November 16th, 2016, and waited. And waited. And waited until last week's we-don't-call-it-patch-Tuesday-anymore came and went because Microsoft needed more time to get a new patch dump just right.

At which point the 90-day policy kicked in and Google pulled the trigger, revealing the flaw to the world.

Feb 20 16:34

Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

That means “about 13,000 commits”, among them support for Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Chipzilla's GVT graphics virtualization, which makes it easier to share GPUs, has also made it to the kernel. ATA Command Priority Support has slipped in, too, allowing orders-of-magnitude faster read request processing on supported drives.

This release also features a new maintainer for the Xen interface, namely a chap called Martin Schwidefsky.

Qualcomm's SnapDragon 808 and 810 also gain support. Both are 450Mbps-LTE-capable devices said to be ideal for streaming 4K video. Now on Linux.

Feb 20 12:21

Danish man charged with ordering rape of 346 children in ‘historic’ livestream sex abuse case

A 70-year-old Danish man has been charged with ordering numerous child rape and sex abuse livestreams from third-world countries, where each assault usually cost the predator no more than $40.

The man, who allegedly ordered sex abuse of children, predominantly Filipino, over the internet and had them streamed to his computer, was charged on Wednesday with 346 counts of participating in sexual assaults or rapes of minors.

Feb 20 09:41

Obama Appointed FEC Commissioner Behind Internet Censorship Forced To Resign

FEC Commissioner Wanted To Shut Down The Drudge Report

Feb 20 08:51

Hackers could take control of MILLIONS of smart cars through insecure Android apps

Many car manufacturers now supply proprietary apps which allow users to open doors and even start the car using only their phone.

But according to a report by Russian anti-virus and computer security firm Kaspersky, several flaws in such apps could be exploited by attackers.

Once successfully exploited, an attacker could gain control over the car, unlock the doors, turn off the security alarm and, even steal the vehicle.

As well as opening up cars to potential thefts, hackers using mobile apps could possibly get the GPS coordinates of a car, trace its route, open its doors, start its engine, and turn on its auxiliary devices.

Feb 19 15:43

Social Media Users Troll Trump Over Sweden Incident

Social media users trolled President Trump after he referred to an incident in Sweden to defend his travel ban that has baffled Swedes.

During his campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Trump pointed to incidents in Germany and Sweden in defense of his executive order on immigration and refugees — specifically referring to what happened “last night” in Sweden.

Feb 19 09:49

Could Your Fitbit Data Be Used To Deny You Health Insurance?

By Andrew Boyd, University of Illinois at Chicago

Wearing a fitness tracking device could earn you cash from your health insurance company. At first, this sounds lucrative for the people who participate, and good for the companies, who want healthier insurance customers. But it’s not quite so simple...

Feb 19 09:25

GAWKER MEDIA BANKRUPTCY NOWHERE NEAR DONE. IRS COMES AFTER GAWKER FOR EPIC POTENTIAL FRAUD

Expect a long battle. The Trump White House hates Gawker for the hundreds of attacks that Gawker ran against them. Prime Clerk staff say that this “..may be a record-breaking case”.
FOLLOW THE MONEY is the phrase to take notice of in this case…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gawker Media has been proven to have taken compensation for ending people's lives. Gawker ruined people by pushing horrific made-up defamation articles to billions of people and using server technology to force those billions of people to read those defamation movies, articles and fake blog posts. Gawker also paid third-parties to lock those "defamation impressions" in ahead of, and above, billions of other news stories, on the front pages of Google, forever!

Gawker Staff bragged about being "..the MS-13 of media" (Note: MS-13 is the street gang known for killing the most people in the USA). While the inventor of email and Hulk Hogan probably wish the real MS-13 would pay Gawker's Writers a visit, the IRS may prove to be nearly as deadly for Gawker and Univision!

Feb 19 08:39

The Huge Economic Issue that Washington Isn't Talking About

Within the next 10 years, there's a good chance that 50% of the jobs today will be gone.And no one in Washington is talking about what to do to deal with this likelihood.

The cause of this coming massive economic upheaval is artificial intelligence -- a catch-all term that encompasses everything from driverless cars to sex robots. Its impact is already being felt on the factory floor, where smart machines are making American manufacturers more competitive, more efficient, and more profitable, but without the mass number of workers that used to be the backbone of the American economy.

Donald Trump says he can change all this, that he can bring these jobs back from overseas, or prevent illegal immigrants from taking them. And the president isn't alone. The Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO still believe that a manufacturing Renaissance is possible.

Feb 18 21:21

Bill Gates says robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes

If robots are going to take over human jobs, that means fewer people will be working, which in turn means fewer people will be paying taxes.

And that’s a problem, since taxes fund things that are important, like schools and roads and fire departments.

Bill Gates has idea for solving this deficit: Have the robots that take human jobs pay their share in taxes.

Feb 18 21:17

Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

A marketer who used stolen email accounts to trouser more than a million dollars by spamming people has been sent down for four years.

Timothy Livingston, 31, was handed the 48-month term after he pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with computers and access devices, conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with electronic mail, and aggravated identity theft.

Feb 17 09:19

WARNING: Parents told to DESTROY talking doll because it could be used by PAEDOPHILES

PARENTS in Germany have been told to destroy a 'Big Brother' child's doll because it can be used for spying.

Officials fear the doll called 'My Friend Cayla' - which is linked to the Internet - can be easily hijacked by hackers or paedophiles.

Consumer watchdog officials say My Friend Cayla is equipped with an insecure Bluetooth device, which cyber-criminals could take over in order to steal personal data and listen and talk to the child playing with it.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets, now tells parents: "Destroy it immediately."

Feb 17 08:58

Dangerous: Judge Says It Was 'Objectively Unreasonable' For Cox To Claim DMCA Safe Harbors

From the very beginning, this case was a joke, and it's unfortunate that the court didn't realize that early on. The case was filed back in 2014, and we pointed out that it was really BMG (and another publisher, Round Hill Music) acting as a proxy for copyright trolling operation Rightscorp, testing out the wacky legal theory that the DMCA requires that ISPs kick repeat infringers entirely off the internet. No one has ever interpreted the DMCA in this manner. Yes, 512(i) requires a repeat infringer policy, but it had always been widely recognized that that referred to services that hosted content, not network providers (e.g., YouTube is required to have a repeat infringer policy that kicks users off YouTube if they keep posting infringing works, but your ISP shouldn't kick you off the internet for the same thing.)

Feb 17 06:41

Bug In Windows 10 Mobile Allows Access To Photos

Anyone with access to a phone using a Windows 10 Mobile OS can bypass the lockscreen passcode and access the photos in the device’s image gallery.

Feb 16 23:25

McCain Vows to Push for More Anti-Russian Sanctions in Phone Call With Prankster

Russia's notorious phone pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as Vovan and Lexus, made hoax phone calls to US Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell, speaking about sanctions and cyberattacks.

On Wednesday, Kuznetsov and Stolyarov told Sputnik that hoax phone calls were made to Graham, McCain and McConnell, promising to release the details later.

Feb 16 13:12

“They Are Taking Out Trump’s Lieutenants”: Deep State Intelligence Ops Sabotaging the White House?

If there was any doubt that the Trump era will eventually unfold into either a) revolution and total chaos, b) a police state under martial law or c) a coup or assassination against the leader of the free world, then it should be clear from this.

Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog spoke with the very insightful Catherine Austin Fitts about the palace intrigue and cloak-and-dagger inner-workings of the new administration, and the creatures of the establishment who resent their rival claim to power over U.S. policy. This is truly historical stuff going on:

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Feb 16 10:55

Chips in the hand to identify who we are

No bag, no keys, no wallet and no ID. A move of the hand simply opens doors.

Welcome to the future, or what is the present for a group of employees at NewFusion near Brussels.

Staff members at the marketing and technology company voluntarily agreed to have Radio Frequency Identification chips placed inside their hands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I see you are back to using old-fashioned keys, lefty!"

Feb 16 10:39

Twitter Continues Court Fight For Right To Disclose Government Surveillance Requests

Twitter attorneys told a federal judge that the US government restricted its First Amendment rights by barring the social media giant from publishing a transparency report on surveillance requests of its users. Twitter sued the US over the matter in 2014.

Feb 16 10:20

Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

Yahoo! is reminding folks that hackers broke into its systems, and learned how to forge its website's session cookies. That allowed the miscreants to log into user accounts without ever typing a password.

In warnings emailed out this week, the troubled web biz said accounts were infiltrated in 2015 and 2016 using forged cookies. It quietly admitted this security blunder back in December, although only now is drawing more attention to it.

Feb 16 09:56

RSA Conference: New ransomware could poison your town's water supply if you don't pay up

A new form of ransomware, created by cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was able to gain control of a simulated water treatment plant and threaten to shut off the water supply or poison it with increased amounts of chlorine.

Feb 15 15:23

Is Snap Inc. Building a Wearable Face Recognition Device for the NSA?

But, the major issue with the notion that they’re not building hardware to exploit their facial recognition capabilities is how stupid it would be not to.

Yes?—?they’re not saying that they intend to do this. Similarly, Facebook never mentioned that they would be selling user information to advertisers.

Just as Facebook harnessed a database of personal details given to them willingly by users, Snapchat has accrued a database of facial profiles attached to names. They may now have an index of user’s’ facial data using a supervised machine learning technique

Even if they’re not mapping faces already, they easily could. It’s just a matter of running an algorithm on images they already have and processing the encoded data through a neural net.

Feb 15 09:17

Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in conference phone systems from Mitel that create a means for hackers to listen in on board meetings.

Boffins at Context Information Security managed to gain root access and take full control of a Mitel MiVoice Conference and Video Phone, potentially enabling them to listen to meetings without alerting the room's occupants. The flaws also created a way to plant a remote backdoor on to an enterprise network.

Feb 14 20:46

ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

Researchers in Europe have developed a way to exploit a common computer processor feature to bypass a crucial security defense provided by modern operating systems.

By abusing the way today's CPUs manage system memory, an attacker can discover where software components, such as libraries and RAM-mapped files, are located in virtual memory. With these locations in hand, malicious code can find and use particular instructions and data within these components to start hijacking a computer system.

Feb 14 20:37

Twitter Censoring Trump Supporters

Every single Tweet by President Trump has top comments that are 100% negative. Positive replies are simply not seen. Twitter is absolutely censoring Pro-Trump replies and Trump supporters from voicing their support of the President.

Feb 14 13:15

Gen. Flynn Ousted From Trump Cabinet, As Hillary Crony Cites “Revenge for Pizzagate”

Is it sweet revenge, or just desserts? Gen. Flynn just fell on his sword... But is there more to the inner-workings and behind stage schemes that led to his demise?

To answer that, you'd have to see the tweets from Hillary Clinton and her senior advisor who've been gunning for Flynn ever since he dared to discuss Clinton skeletons in the closet.

Read more at SHTF

Feb 14 12:47

Video: Big Cyber-Companies Teaming Up To Resist Hackers… Or Make Money?

In the wake of recent hacking hysteria, some big companies have teamed up in the fight against potential cyber threats.

Feb 14 11:05

‘TESLA’ CREATOR BILLIONAIRE ELON MUSK SAYS ‘HUMANS MUST MERGE WITH MACHINES’ TO SURVIVE

BILLIONAIRE ELON MUSK IS KNOWN FOR HIS FUTURISTIC IDEAS AND HIS LATEST SUGGESTION MIGHT JUST SAVE US FROM BEING IRRELEVANT AS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) GROWS MORE PROMINENT.

Feb 14 09:21

Google's AI chatbot ponders the meaning of life before giving THIS chilling response

GOOGLE’S AI chatbot has been mulling over the meaning of life, and concluded that its goal in life is to further the artificial intelligence cause.

Feb 14 09:19

Ransomware: Should you pay up?

The use of ransomware has spiked in recent years: Roughly 40 percent of all spam emails in 2016 contained ransomware, according to a recent IBM Security study.

Part of the reason is simply that it works: Nearly 70 percent of business victims surveyed by IBM said they paid hackers to recover data. The incentives of hackers are straightforward -- they're looking for a big payday -- but it's less clear whether their victims should cooperate.

"It's very simple in my mind," said Michael Duff, the CISO for Stanford University, on a ransomware panel at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Monday. "If you're not able to reconstitute a system in the timeframe you need, and you need it up and running, pay the ransom."

Neil Jenkins, of the Homeland Security Department's Enterprise Performance Management Office (EPMO), said that, "From the US government perspective, we definitely discourage the payment of ransom."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So why isn't the NSA tracking these ransomware writers down? Are they complicit? Or merely incompetent?

Feb 14 09:10

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

Online tracking gets more accurate and harder to evade.

Feb 14 09:08

Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

Bad batch of disks puts data at risk

Feb 14 09:04

Battle of the botnets: My zombie horde's bigger than yours

DDoS attacks more than doubled in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period the year before.

Although the infamous Mirai IoT botnets accounted for many of the most severe attacks, the biggest single assault came from a different zombie network, according to a new study by Akamai out Tuesday.

Attacks greater than 100Gbps increased 140 per cent in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015. The largest DDoS attack in Q4 2016, which peaked at 517Gbps, came from Spike, a non-IoT botnet that has been around for more than two years. Seven of the 12 100Gbps-plus attacks from the end of last year can be directly attributed to Mirai.

Feb 14 07:59

Click-Gate


In this video we cover a few articles that have gone largely unnoticed by the alternative news media concerning the corporate media manipulating not just view counts on Youtube but also apparently creating fake readers to cover up the collapse not just in sales but also in readership and credibility.

Mainstream media outlets are really desperate. They know that their “fake news” house of cards is built on a fake foundation. The collapse of the lame-stream media is not just big but also astonishing. The only way to win this information battle is to continue to expose the dishonest corporate media and to continue our online activism in the comments sections of these corporate liars.

Feb 13 08:53

AI WARNING: Google’s DeepMind becomes ‘highly aggressive’ when stressed warns search giant

GOOGLE’S artificial intelligence program has learned to become “aggressive” when it is in stressful situations, the search engine giant has warned.

Feb 13 08:27

Wordpress blogs defaced in hack attacks

A security flaw in the WordPress blogging software has let hackers attack and deface tens of thousands of sites.

One estimate suggests more than 1.5 million pages on blogs have been defaced.

The security firm that found the vulnerability said some hackers were now trying to use it to take over sites rather than just spoil pages.

WordPress urged site owners to update software to avoid falling victim.

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