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Aug 09 14:41

Google Employees Protest China Censorship Plans

By Aaron Kesel

Just a few hundred of Google’s massive 88,000 employees were briefed on the project known as “Dragonfly” prior to the revelations, which triggered massive blowback against the company in a move seen as capitulating to the Chinese Communist government and censorship...

Aug 09 11:39

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PLATFORMS FOR 2018

No-one at 12160 is affiliated to or has been paid / rewarded for promotion of these services - this is simply a list of alternatives if you are sick of the increasing censorship and lock down.

YOU decide if you want to patronize / use these services ...or not.

Moaning and complaining won't change anything.

STOP FEEDING THE BEAST.

GO ELSEWHERE!

Let's make Facebook, Twitter and YouTube OBSOLETE!

REMEMBER THE MORE OF US USE THESE PLATFORMS, THE MORE OTHERS WILL, THE MORE INFO IS SPREAD, THE MORE WE DO - WE WIN

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top

Aug 09 10:55

Researchers Developed Artificial Intelligence-Powered Stealthy Malware

To demonstrate this scenario, security researchers at IBM Research came up with DeepLocker—a new breed of "highly targeted and evasive" attack tool powered by AI," which conceals its malicious intent until it reached a specific victim.

According to the IBM researcher, DeepLocker flies under the radar without being detected and "unleashes its malicious action as soon as the AI model identifies the target through indicators like facial recognition, geolocation and voice recognition."

Describing it as the "spray and pray" approach of traditional malware, researchers believe that this kind of stealthy AI-powered malware is particularly dangerous because, like nation-state malware, it could infect millions of systems without being detected.

Aug 09 10:05

Honeytrap: Spies hacked RAF airwoman’s Tinder profile to tease out F-35 jet fighter secrets

An RAF airwoman had her Tinder profile hacked, and spies attempted to match her with colleagues and sweet-talk them into revealing secrets about Britain’s new F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.

After hacking the airwoman’s profile in July, the spies - posing as the woman - matched her up with colleagues, hoping to find at least one who worked with the F-35. After the spy extracted some trivial details out of a smitten serviceman, the woman noticed her profile had been hacked and informed her bosses immediately, reported the Daily Mail.

The incident set alarm bells ringing within the RAF. While nobody caught in the trap actually worked with the F-35, and no information of consequence was leaked, top brass issued a memo warning RAF personnel to be vigilant for any attempts at social engineering by Britain’s adversaries.

Aug 09 08:50

VIDEO: Expert, “If Trump Doesn’t Bust Up Monopolies, They’ll Bust Him”

Ezra Levant, CEO of Rebel Media, joins Paul Joseph Watson to discuss the escalating net-censorship, and he issues a dire warning to President Trump with Former President Theodore Roosevelt in mind.

Aug 09 08:36

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable To Hacking: Researchers

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphones contain a microchip security flaw, uncovered earlier this year, that has put tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers looking to spy on their users, researchers told Reuters.

The Galaxy S7 and other smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> were previously thought to be immune to a security vulnerability known as Meltdown, which researchers said earlier this year was present in most of the world’s PCs, smartphones and other computing devices.

But researchers from Austria’s Graz Technical University told Reuters they have figured out a way to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability to attack Galaxy S7 handsets.

Samsung said it rolled out security patches to protect Galaxy S7 handsets from Meltdown in January, followed by a further software update in July.

Aug 09 08:16

GOVERNMENT ETHICS WATCHDOGS FEAR AMAZON’S WEB OF INFLUENCE MAY HAVE TAINTED PENTAGON’S $10 BILLION JEDI CLOUD DEAL

A former senior adviser to Secretary of Defense James Mattis was receiving payments from her sale of a consulting firm she founded that worked with Amazon’s cloud computing arm, while the Pentagon simultaneously crafted a $10 billion contract that many say is tilted in favor of the tech giant, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

Sally Donnelly’s financial disclosure filings do not clearly state that she was receiving payments from the purchaser of her firm during her stay at the Pentagon, nor did she file a written recusal from involvement with the Department of Defense’s cloud computing contract. Government ethics experts say those factors taint the landmark deal with the specter of impropriety.

“It sounds that she was not fully paid off, which would be a violation of conflicts of interest if she took any official action that affected that business,” government affairs lobbyist Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a liberal watchdog, told TheDCNF.

Aug 09 08:11

YouTube will now place Wikipedia entries about global warming below videos 'refuting evidence of rising temperatures'

YouTube is fighting back against climate change deniers by implementing a fact-checking box below user-uploaded videos on the controversial topic.

The system will surface information from Wikipedia or Britannica Encyclopedia to display factual information in bitesize chunks below videos on climate change.

Aug 09 07:58

Warning over 'panic' hacks on cities

Security flaws have been found in major city infrastructure such as flood defences, radiation detection and traffic monitoring systems.

A team of researchers found 17 vulnerabilities, eight of which it described as "critical".

The researchers warned of so-called "panic attacks", where an attacker could manipulate emergency systems to create chaos in communities.

The specific flaws uncovered by the team have been patched.

“If someone, supervillain or not, were to abuse vulnerabilities like the ones we documented in smart city systems, the effects could range from inconvenient to catastrophic,” wrote Daniel Crowley, from IBM’s cyber research division, X-Force Red.

Aug 08 16:28

WhatsApp users beware! New bug allows hackers to send fake messages pretending to be you – and there's nothing you can do to stop them

A newly-discovered WhatsApp bug allows hackers to infiltrate and message your group chats and private conversations.

If combined with other existing glitches, the vulnerability could allow cyber criminals to impersonate you and send fake messages to your friends and family, security experts have warned.

Researchers who unearthed the bug believe it is of the 'utmost importance' WhatsApp fixes the problem – as it could be used to quickly spread misinformation.

The Facebook-owned company says it is aware of the flaw but has no plans to patch the problem as the exploited vulnerability forms a core part of the app's design.

Aug 08 16:23

Time to clear your browser history? Firefox is testing a new feature that suggests articles based on EVERY website you've ever visited

Dubbed Advance, the feature uses AI to find common themes in the list of websites you've visited and uses these to recommend new articles in a designated sidebar.

For example, if you've recently clicked on a lot of websites, articles and social media posts about football — the bot may recommend a news story about a key transfer.

But those who frequent adult or not-safe-for-work sites may have to be careful, as the technology will publish sites of a similar ilk in the sidebar.

Aug 08 15:49

SMART METERS RAISE HEALTH, PRIVACY AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS

Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.

Aug 08 14:55

The Social Media Purge

The state and its cronyist friends have built a world that seeks to silence our perspectives. We must recognize that arguments and content mean nothing if conduits for disseminating them are shut down.

Aug 08 08:32

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Aug 08 08:30

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Aug 08 07:56

Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

IBM has big plans for how its Watson artificial intelligence software could change the medical industry. But a number of hospitals have ended their experiments with the platform, arguing that it doesn't help diagnose or treat diseases.

Aug 08 07:44

New Wi-Fi attack cracks WPA2 passwords with ease

A new way to compromise the WPA/WPA2 security protocols has been accidentally discovered by a researcher investigating the new WPA3 standard.

The attack technique can be used to compromise WPA/WPA2-secured routers and crack Wi-Fi passwords which have Pairwise Master Key Identifiers (PMKID) features enabled.

Security researcher and developer of the Hashcat password cracking tool Jens "Atom" Steube made the discovery and shared the findings on the Hashcat forum earlier this month.

Aug 08 06:14

Delete these Android apps NOW! Google says 150 Play Store downloads have hidden malware designed to infect your computer when you plug in your smartphone

The apps – some of which were downloaded hundreds of times – have now been removed from the Play Store, but could still lurk on the gadgets of unsuspecting users.

The malicious software, also known as malware, does not affect Android devices but could farm your private data if an infected gadget is plugged into a Windows PC.

Once inside a computer, the virus can track keystrokes, revealing credit card numbers, account passwords and even social security numbers.

Aug 07 23:43

Twitter Suspends Libertarian Accounts, Including Ron Paul Institute Director

One day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose various social media accounts were banned or suspended in a matter of hours, the crackdown against alternative media figures continued as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.

Aug 07 23:36

Now That Facebook, YouTube And Apple Have Come For Alex Jones, They Will Start Coming After The Rest Of Us

We were supposed to understand that if they can do this to Alex Jones, they can do it to any of us, and so we better shut up and fall in line. I can’t even begin to tell you how sick I feel right now. The big tech giants have made it abundantly clear how they feel about all of us, and there is no future for alternative points of view on any of their platforms.

Aug 07 18:18

Banned by YouTube and Facebook, InfoWars videos are now available on REAL.video

Since yesterday’s coordinated purge of Alex Jones / InfoWars content off all the major tech platforms, REAL.video has been inundated with requests for Infowars videos.

Perhaps anticipating the coming purge, InfoWars began uploading videos to REAL.video 10 days ago, and their official channel is:

REAL.video/channel/infowarsnetwork

Aug 07 15:52

The InfoWars app is now ranked fourth for “news” in Apple’s App Store

But InfoWars, whose reach has been severely limited by these moves, still has a prominent platform with Apple: the InfoWars app is today (Aug. 7) ranked fourth among all free news apps on the company’s App Store. On Monday (Aug. 6), it was ranked 37th.

This doesn’t mean it’s the fourth-most downloaded news app, since the App Store’s algorithm takes other factors into account, but it does give InfoWars a significant boost. Visibility is key to success on the App store—the higher the app is ranked, the more people get to see it.

Aug 07 15:46

The hypocrisy of the Alex Jones purge shows Facebook is morally spineless

When Facebook removed the page of Alex Jones, InfoWars host and king of conspiracy theories, it violated a value it called "fundamental" less than one month ago — and it perfectly illustrates how the tech titan has no backbone or moral leadership.

"We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech," Facebook said when asked by CNN's Oliver Darcy why Infowars still had a presence on the site after it stated it would clamp down on fake news in mid-July.

"I think part of the fundamental thing here is that we created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice. And different publishers have very different points of view," John Hegeman, the head of Facebook's News Feed told Darcy at the time.

In removing Jones yesterday, Facebook betrayed its "fundamental" belief that "different people can have a voice" that express "very different points of view."

Aug 07 12:26

Eerie Censorship Precedent: Big Tech Proves Alex Jones’ Motto Correct - Mac Slavo

The banning of Alex Jones’ YouTube channel has just set a dangerous precedent for free speech. Big tech has just proven they are no friend of free speech, by censoring those with whom they disagree while simultaneously proving Jones correct.

Jones had a large following on YouTube, about 2.5 subscribers. The owner and creator of InfoWars has often been derided by establishment media as a conspiracy theorist. Yet on Monday, Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook has actually proven the motto of his show correct: “There’s a war on for your mind!” By blocking or deleting InfoWars accounts from their platforms, saying he allegedly engaged in “hate speech” and violated their “community standards,” they’ve proven that they prefer the government approved official narrative to free thinking and free will.

Apparently, people don’t get to decide what information they are exposed to, Big Tech will do it for us.

Aug 07 11:27

Kim Dotcom Message To Twitter, Facebook & Google

Twitter, Facebook, Google, you betray your users by helping the Deep State to spy on all, you politicize your platforms to manipulate public opinion, you shadowban, censor and attack free speech. Your tech is easy to replace and your users will leave you. Your days are numbered.

Aug 07 11:27

Alexa claims Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster

Aug 07 10:21

Youtube Uses Banned Alex Jones Channel to Advertise Establishment Media

Upon visiting the URL of the purged Alex Jones channel, the user is met with a brief “tombstone engraving” – as Alex Jones put it.

“This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” reads the official channel.

But right beside that epitaph is a “related channels” column that traditionally allows users to view similar content in the absence of the originally desired channel.

But this column is populated with distinctly mainstream or pro-establishment channels, many of which are known for their anti-Alex Jones rhetoric.

Aug 07 09:59

West Virginia set to allow smartphone voting for those serving overseas

West Virginia plans to allow voters serving overseas in the military to cast their midterm election ballots via a smartphone app this November.

The first-ever mobile phone voting app for federal elections uses a person’s registered photo from their government-issued identification and submits a video of their face, CNN reported Monday.

Voatz, the Boston-based company that developed the app the state, uses facial recognition software to compare the government ID with the selfie-style video to ensure it is the same person.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what happens if the phone's camera is pointed at a PHOTOGRAPH of someone whose vote is being stolen?

Aug 07 09:07

InfoWars App Surges Past CNN After Orwellian Deplatforming

The InfoWars official app surged in popularity Monday evening, and surpassed CNN, following the Orwellian deplatforming of the outlet by multiple tech giants.

The app was already beating the New York Times, ABC, BBC, WSJ, NPR, CNBC, CBS, USA Today, Reuters, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post before they bounded ahead of CNN on Tuesday evening.

Aug 07 08:36

Democrats Circulate Plans to Take Control of Internet Including Regulations on Political Speech

A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in “our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets,” it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including “comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation” of the sort enacted in the E.U.

Titled “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when “the Soviets tried to spread ‘fake news’ denigrating Martin Luther King” (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT’S DIFFERENT, because technology.

Aug 07 08:29

FCC Fabricated DDoS Attack During Net-Neutrality Fight

No net-neutrality rooted attack on FCC servers. For a second time, David Bray, former chief information officer for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), seems to have been caught fabricating stories about distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) on FCC servers. Bray's most recent fable came in May 2017, as John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight was asking viewers to flood FCC comments with support for "net neutrality" legislation, and is the subject of an upcoming Office of Inspector General's report.

"Bray had previously leaked baseless claims that the FCC was struck by a cyberattack in 2014," Gizmodo discovered.

The inspector general's report has not yet been made public, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have both commented on its contents.

"The Inspector General Report tells us what we knew all along: the FCC's claim that it was the victim of a DDoS attack during the net neutrality proceeding is bogus," said Rosenworcel.

Aug 07 00:46

InfoWars Ban: CNN, Democrats Successfully Lobby Big Tech to Censor Their Critics (UTTER BS)

I don't always agree with alex jones or infowars, but this is Absurd. SOLID PROOF today that the liberal media, including social media, are THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE who are engaged to silence the opposition for political purposes. Sad.

Aug 06 18:09

Facebook denies claims it's after users' financial data after report reveals the firm has been asking US banks to share information, including account balances and card transactions

Facebook is weighing partnerships with U.S. banks to offer services on Messenger.

The social media giant has approached JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and U.S. Bancorp in the past year about sharing customers' financial data, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources close to the situation.

Data would reportedly include things like users' card transactions and checking account balances.

However, Facebook has since denied that it's interested in obtaining consumers' financial data. Instead, it hopes enhance its payment and commerce features within Messenger.

Aug 06 15:16

Google is funding a campaign group that spams policymakers and newspapers in an attempt to influence key decisions that affect the tech giant

The group OpenMedia encourages members of the public to sway the opinion of influential politicians and media figures by sending them automated messages.

But the site is used to amplify the extent of public support for policies that benefit Silicon Valley, an investigation by The Times suggests.

Its tools, which include one-click links to automatically tweet and email key policy figures, were recently used to send a barrage of messages to MEPs pushing them to reject a proposal for tighter EU copyright laws.

The bill was thrown out of the European parliament last month following an intense lobbying campaign led by Facebook and Google.

Aug 06 11:57

Flashback --Undercover audio from Twitter:

"Every single conversation is going to be rated by a machine and the machine is going to say whether or not it's a positive or negative thing..."

"... it's going to ban a way of talking."

Aug 06 10:29

Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in protest crackdown

Students in Bangladesh say they wanted a peaceful protest, but rubber bullets and tear gas have ended that.

The eight day of protests over road safety have turned more violent with the recent deaths of two students, as police used tear gas break up the demonstrations in Dhaka. Activists say at least four people have been injured.

Bangladesh authorities have shut down mobile internet across the country, in an effort to contain the violence and what they is misinformation online.

Aug 06 08:15

Who’s Leading the Western Response to Russia’s Warbots? Estonia

A European leader in robotic autonomy turns its attention to the battlefield.

The small country of Estonia is leading the Western response to Russian ground robots. The tiny country of 1.3 million, known among tech enthusiasts for its innovative e-residency program and for hosting NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, last week announced a new initiative to bring ground robots to Europe’s militaries.

According to an Aug. 2 statement from the Estonian Ministry of Defense, the country is working with Finland and Latvia to develop an unmanned ground robot in the hope of creating a “European standard” for future such machines.

Aug 06 08:11

Chinese Government Critic Disappears in Middle of Interview Courtesy of Google’s Police State Technology

Imagine this….You are listening to an interview with a Communist Chinese government critic. All of sudden, he’s no longer there. Nobody has heard from him. How did the communists get to him so quickly? You can thank Google’s police state technology.. Here is the story.

Aug 06 08:06

How Israeli spyware tried to hack an Amnesty activist’s phone

NSO Group, which builds tools for breaking into some of the world’s most popular electronic devices, is one of many cybersecurity contractors that insist that its weapons be used only to enforce laws, to stop criminals and terrorists. But on Tuesday, the human rights nonprofit Amnesty International announced that one of its staff member’s phones had nearly been hacked by the company’s spyware in Saudi Arabia alongside that of another activist—two more in a string of NSO-enabled attacks that have targeted an estimated 174 activists, journalists, lawyers, and others in abusive ways.

Aug 06 06:41

iPhone shipments could be delayed after a virus hits one of the world's largest computer chip manufacturers

The computer virus outbreak tore through the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) factory, but is now being contained, analysts claim.

TSMC is the world's largest contract chipmaker and revealed over the weekend that the virus had infected a number of its computer systems and fab tools.

The firm has said it hopes to make a full recovery later today as it had safeguards in place for this exact scenario.

Aug 06 01:35

Auckland teen crowned the world's Microsoft PowerPoint champion

Fifteen-year-old Tristan Mona, an Avondale College student, beat over 760,000 competitors from more than 100 countries in a timed and graded exam to recreate a presentation put together by Certiport and Microsoft.

Aug 04 10:39

High Speed Internet Is Causing Widespread Sleep Deprivation, Study Finds

Sleep deprivation is an increasing problem in many developed countries, which can result in impaired cognition and a number of serious individual and societal consequences. Lack of sleep has been linked to billions of dollars in lost revenue, up to one sixth of all traffic accidents in the US, and increased risk of chronic disease. The reason for this chronic sleep shortage is due to a combination of factors. Longer work hours, stress, and interpersonal relationships have all been blamed for the widespread insomnia. Now a new study claims that high speed internet access is at least partly at fault.

The study, published Friday in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and funded by the European Research Council, suggests that high speed internet access is causing people to lose up to 25 minutes of sleep per night compared to those without high speed internet. It’s the first study to causally link broadband access to sleep deprivation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're never going to have to worry about this on Oahu; Spectrum bills us for 300 megabits per second, but only delivers 60 megabits per second, and claims that the problem HAS to be at our end.

Aug 03 15:09

Facebook DOWN: Uproar as users worldwide are left unable to load the social network and mock the outage with hilarious memes

Facebook has crashed for users across the world.

Social network users started to experience problems with the service from 17:15pm BST (12:15 ET).

Those who tried to access the social network on their internet browsers were met with an error message, reading: 'Sorry, something went wrong.

'We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.'

Forty-three per cent of users who complained about the problems affecting the service said they had experienced a 'total blackout'.

Aug 03 09:55

Want a Raspberry Pi-powered Mars rover designed by NASA? Here's how to build one

Seven years after Nasa launched the Mars Curiosity rover it's now possible to build your own mini-version, and for rather less than the $2.5bn cost of the original project.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Open Source Rover Project has published the designs and instructions for building a six-wheeled mini Curiosity rover.

JPL says open sourcing the project will give people a sense of what it takes to build a robot for extra-planetary exploration.

"Now students, hobbyists, and enthusiasts can learn about these skills and get a taste of what it is like to construct such a rover using plans and instructions from JPL's Open Source Rover Project," it states.

The rover is a faithful recreation of Curiosity, from its 6-wheel steering all the way to its Rocker-Bogie suspension that helps it keep steady when climbing.

Aug 03 09:00

‘Profit before human rights’: NGOs slam Google’s reported plan to launch censored service in China

“Google risks abetting Chinese government abuses with a censored version of a search engine in China,” Maya Wang, China researcher at NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), told HKFP.

Aug 03 08:53

$50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers

AT&T and Verizon force copper customers to pay fiber-level prices.

Aug 03 08:47

Hackers Infect Over 200,000 MikroTik Routers With Crypto Mining Malware

Security researchers have discovered at least three massive malware campaigns exploiting hundreds of thousands of unpatched MikroTik routers to secretly install cryptocurrency miners on computers connected to them.

In all, the malware campaigns have compromised more than 210,000 routers from Latvian network hardware provider Mikrotik across the world, with the number still increasing as of writing.

The hackers have been exploiting a known vulnerability in the Winbox component of MikroTik routers that was discovered in April this year and patched within a day of its discovery, which once again shows people's carelessness in applying security patches on time.

Aug 03 08:45

Symfony Flaw Leaves Drupal Sites Vulnerable to Hackers—Patch Now

Drupal, the popular open-source content management system, has released a new version of its software to patch a security bypass vulnerability that could allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected websites.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-14773, resides in a component of a third-party library, called Symfony HttpFoundation component, which is being used in Drupal Core and affects Drupal 8.x versions before 8.5.6.

Since Symfony—a web application framework with a set of PHP components—is being used by a lot of projects, the vulnerability could potentially put many web applications at risk of hacking.

Aug 03 08:41

Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

A ransomware infection has cast the Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) back to the dark ages.

The malware was activated in mid-July, infecting 60 of the borough's Windows 7 PCs. As the IT department tried to clean the infection and reset passwords using a script, the malware started "attacking back", spreading to almost all of the 500 workstations and 120 of 150 servers.

Networked telephones and email went down, door-card entry was disrupted, and citizens could no longer make payments or access some services.

Aug 03 07:53

The death of the tablet? New figures reveal global shipments have slumped by more than 13% since last year

The tablet market is still going south.

New data out from IDC shows that the worldwide tablet market fell 13.5 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.

That means the tablet market has declined year-over-year for the past 15 consecutive quarters - casting a gloomy outlook on the state of tablet computer sales.

Aug 03 07:49

OUR CELLPHONE ADDICTION IS TURNING WIRELESS TECH INTO AN INVISIBLE WEAPON THAT’S DESTROYING WILDLIFE

There is growing evidence that our addiction to cellphones could be impacting brain functionalityand be the cause of stress, anxiety, insomnia and a lack of attention and focus. Now a new report has found that we're not the only living things to be affected by our increasing dependence on wireless technology. Mammals, birds, insects and even plants are likely being harmed by the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emanating from Wi-Fi, cellphone towers, broadcast transmitters and power lines, according to a new analysis of 97 peer-reviewed studies conducted by EKLIPSE, a biodiversity and ecosystem project funded by the European Union.

Aug 03 05:04

INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE COMPROMISED

Note To ICH Community

Our office network has been compromised, which has led to our being unable to update the website. We are working to restore service and should be able to publish Thursday, August 2nd. We apologize for the the disruption in our service.

(*UPDATE: Still Down as of 08:07AM EST FRI 08-03-2018)

Aug 02 14:33

US LIKELY TO PROSECUTE JULIAN ASSANGE AS AN ASSET OF RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

New reports from a host of mainstream sources are asserting that the U.S. government — in its long-standing efforts to arrest and prosecute WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange — may have changed its strategy in pursuing the journalist. While past efforts at targeting Assange focused on his role as a publisher, this new strategy would see Assange targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as an asset of Russian military intelligence.

As several recent reports at MintPress and other independent outlets have noted, the fate of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and the legal charges he is likely to face if extradited to the United States are likely to set several key precedents that could upend freedom of the press, citizen rights, and other cornerstones of modern democracy — that is, if he is prosecuted as a publisher of classified information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The extent to which the Wikileaks materials documented, time after time, the scope and degree to which this Government lies to its people, was unprecedented, so I can understand how furious the US Deep State must be at this point in time.

But to characterise him as "...as an asset of Russian military intelligence"?!?

Come on, folks: should the US government actually try this, it will be a
"jumping the shark" moment in American jurisprudence, the likes of which we have never witnessed before.

I am hoping that a real "Dream Team" comes to his defense, when this trial starts.

Aug 02 10:31

Reddit's hack response causes concern

Social media site Reddit has suffered a data breach, but has refused to disclose its scale.

The site said it discovered in June that hackers compromised several employees' accounts to gain access to databases and logs.

They were able to obtain usernames and corresponding email addresses - information that could make it possible to link activity on the site to real identities.

The hackers were also able to access encrypted passwords from a separate database of credentials from 2007.

Aug 02 10:11

Fake Facebook Groups Orchestrated Real-Life Pro-DACA, Anti-Trump Protests

The group, called “Resistance,” successfully influenced thousands of demonstrators into attending a pro-DACA, anti-Trump protests in New York City for an event called “We Stand with DREAMers! Support DACA!” on Sept. 9, 2017,

Aug 02 09:25

Amnesty International targeted with Israeli spy software

Amnesty International says one of its staff was the target of an effort to spy on them with sophisticated Israeli-made malware that turns a person’s mobile phone into a powerful surveillance device.

In June, a staffer at the human rights group received a WhatsApp message purporting to be about a protest in support of political prisoners held by Saudi Arabia.

According to Amnesty International’s analysis, the message contained a link to a fake news website that if clicked would have installed sophisticated malware that would turn the user’s mobile phone into a spying device.

The malware, called Pegasus, is made by the Israeli cyber warfare company NSO Group and is only sold to governments.

Aug 02 09:17

Founder Of Four Thieves DIY Medicine Links To Leaked Chematica Database

By Aaron Kesel

The founder of the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, a network of tech-fueled anarchists and hackers taking on Big Pharma by introducing DIY medicine, linked to encrypted files to what rumor has it contain the Chematica database (which was acquired by Merck pharmaceuticals last year)...

Aug 02 08:18

Pentagon JEDI Program Likely to be Serviced by Amazon

Analysts and insiders told the Washington Times that Amazon is the military’s top choice to secure its contract for a cloud project called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), which is reportedly meant to revolutionize the way the Pentagon shares military data.

Bidding opened for contractors on the project last week, sparking interest throughout the technology sector, ranging from Microsoft to IBM. However, Amazon is reportedly the only company that meets the Defense Department's regulations on handling classified information.

Aug 01 18:33

Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here’s What They Can Do About It

With the advent of the internet and social media, participation in political discussion has become more open to the common citizen than ever before. This is apparently an intolerable side effect that corporate elites would like to do away with.

It is a slightly complex problem, so I’ll try to break it down point by point:

So then, what is the solution?

I would first advocate for the end of the legal protections afforded under “corporate personhood.” When a company like Facebook is sued or prosecuted for its trespasses and criminality, the company itself is treated as if it is a legal person. Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk are not punished: the company is punished. This usually ends in fines which amount to nothing more than pocket change.

Aug 01 18:21

US Tech Giants Are Too Big, Too Powerful, & Now Are Running Into Serious Trouble

Within Google, knowledge about Dragonfly has been restricted to just a few hundred members of the internet giant’s 88,000-strong workforce, said a source with knowledge of the project. The source spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to contact the media. The source said that they had moral and ethical concerns about Google’s role in the censorship, which is being planned by a handful of top executives and managers at the company with no public scrutiny.

“I’m against large companies and governments collaborating in the oppression of their people, and feel like transparency around what’s being done is in the public interest,” the source said, adding that they feared “what is done in China will become a template for many other nations.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coming to the backbone of computer networks in the US very soon: dragonfly II.

Aug 01 15:22

Microsoft Rolls Out "Election Defense Technologies"

Microsoft is piloting an enhanced cybersecurity program aimed at providing enhanced protection for political campaigns and election authorities. Launched at the end of July and first noted by Bleeping Computer, the "AccountGuard" program is being rolled out ahead of the 2018 US midterm elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh oh! Another liberal corporation with their finger in the election system.

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