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Jan 31 11:56

Chaos Erupts Inside Facebook HQ As Employees Blocked From Opening Apps On Their iPhones

It has been a tumultuous day for Facebook and its investors after Apple revoked the company's iOS enterprise developer certificates due to damning revelations about Facebook bribing teens into supplying the company with reams of personal data, which it is believed to have used to improve its ad microtargeting and keep tabs on its rivals. This news, and the slight hit to FB stock that followed, was soon followed by a solid earnings report, which sent FB shares higher in after-hours trading.

Jan 31 11:26

Report: Former U.S. Government Operatives Helped UAE Hack iPhones

Former U.S. government intelligence operatives reportedly helped the United Arab Emirates hack into the iPhones of “rival foreign leaders,” diplomats, and others — even gaining access to “compromising” sexual photos of targets according to a report by Reuters.

According to Reuters, the team of “former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help of a sophisticated spying tool called Karma, in a campaign that shows how potent cyber-weapons are proliferating beyond the world’s superpowers and into the hands of smaller nations.”

Reuters reported that the tool allowed the UAE “to monitor hundreds of targets beginning in 2016, from the Emir of Qatar and a senior Turkish official to a Nobel Peace laureate human-rights activist in Yemen, according to five former operatives and program documents reviewed by Reuters.”

Jan 31 10:49

TWITTER SUSPENDS JARED BECK, ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFFS IN DNC FRAUD LAWSUIT

Earlier today, Twitter suspended the account of Jared Beck, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit. Disobedient Media has consistently covered the ongoing litigation of the suit, which has resulted in questions regarding a number of deaths, bizarre phone calls, and other unusual occurrences.

The historical significance of the Beck’s suit against the DNC and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz cannot be overstated, as it confronts the heart of the actual election-rigging from which the entire Russiagate scandal was constructed to deflect. Despite this – or because of it – the lawsuit has gained remarkably sparse corporate media coverage.

The suit has forced the DNC’s counsel to admit a number of shocking stances, including statements suggesting that the party had every right to choose candidates in back rooms, and even that election-rigging is protected by the first amendment. DNC counsel had the gall to argue:

Jan 31 10:47

GOOGLE TAKES ITS FIRST STEPS TOWARD KILLING THE URL

IN SEPTEMBER, MEMBERS of Google's Chrome security team put forth a radical proposal: Kill off URLs as we know them. The researchers aren't actually advocating a change to the web's underlying infrastructure. They do, though, want to rework how browsers convey what website you're looking at, so that you don't have to contend with increasingly long and unintelligible URLs—and the fraud that has sprung up around them. In a talk at the Bay Area Enigma security conference on Tuesday, Chrome usable security lead Emily Stark is wading into the controversy, detailing Google's first steps toward more robust website identity.

Jan 31 10:18

Future of home security or creepy surveillance tool? Panasonic's smart lamp has an in-built 'secret' camera

Panasonic is working on a floor lamp which incorporates a security camera with a floor lamp.

The device is designed to allow homeowners to monitor their properties without having to install obvious, wall-mounted cameras.

But it has raised privacy concerns with the potential use by landlords or AirBnB owners to spy, record and exploit unknowing tenants.

Jan 31 10:13

Now Apple faces ANOTHER security problem! Expert claims iCloud bug 'lets strangers see your private iPhone notes – and the breach was hushed-up'

Experts believe a now-resolved iCloud bug allowed complete strangers to read the notes stored on another person's iPhone.

Worse still, the flaw was allegedly hushed-up by bosses in California, who discreetly fixed the issue before it became public knowledge.

The news comes just days after it was revealed that a FaceTime glitch allowed the video-calling software to eavesdrop on users.

Jan 31 09:52

Google shuts down iPhone data-gathering app: 'This was a mistake, and we apologize'

Google has removed its audience-research app Screenwise Meter from Apple's program for enterprise customers to test iOS apps internally, after Apple yesterday revoked Facebook's certificate over a similar research app that violated the program's policies.

Unlike Facebook, which invited users aged 13 to 35 years to install the Facebook Research app, Google only invited adults to use the Screenwise Meter app. Both companies' apps offered rewards in exchange for users agreeing to share data from their apps and devices.

Nonetheless, just like Facebook, Google used Apple's program for testing apps internally with employees to distribute an app to consumers.

Jan 30 15:43

New Microsoft censorship tool “NewsGuard” gives favorable ratings to sites that falsely accused and attacked Convington Catholic High teens

Regardless of what Microsoft says publicly about this tool, it’s not meant to be a “fake news” filter because if it was, several news sites with a history of publishing fake news, especially in the Trump era, wouldn’t be green-checked. -- No, NewsGuard’s primary function is to serve as a Big Tech censorship tool aimed at discrediting legitimate news sources that the political establishment simply cannot tolerate.

Jan 30 13:46

NewsGuard: A Neoconservative Contrivance Which Promotes an Establishment View

So who gets the endorsement from NewsGuard? Those who toe the line on U.S. policy and the establishment globalist/interventionist agenda. It would be interesting to know what NewsGuard’s staff of analysts is really looking for when it researches a site or media outlet. As the examples cited above demonstrate, NewsGuard has nothing to do with taking pains to report the news accurately, nor is there any evidence of real accountability. It is all about who pays the bills and who is in charge. They give the orders and one either falls in line or goes out the door. That is the reality of today’s mainstream media.

Jan 30 11:39

FBI Arrests 2nd Chinese National For Stealing Trade Secrets From Apple

Nothing puts a damper on trade talks like another indictment accusing a Chinese national of doing the exact thing (corporate espionage and stealing US trade secrets) that senior Trump Administration officials have been warning would be a deal-breaking for future negotiations.

Days after the US filed a sweeping indictment against Huawei that included charges its engineers stole trade secrets from T-Mobile (allegations that were also the subject of a civil suit) and mere hours after the beginning of high level trade talks in Washington, NBC Bay Area reported that the FBI has arrested another Chinese national working for Apple's secretive self-driving car project - code-named "Project Titan" - for stealing trade secrets. That's the second such arrest in six months (readers can find our report on the earlier arrest, which happened in July, here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc, double face palm, upon reading this.

Please remember that trade wars have a way of morphing into shooting wars, which I hope to heck will not happen, giving the dramatic escalation of events this last two weeks.

Jan 30 11:04

REVEALED: Arizona mom tells how her 14-year-old son discovered FaceTime eavesdropping glitch while playing 'Fortnite' and that Apple IGNORED her for a WEEK when she tried to claim a 'bug bounty' reward of up to $200k

A teenager from Arizona uncovered a bug that turns iPhones into eavesdropping devices while trying to play a game of 'Fornite' with his friends.

Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student in Tucson, wanted to chat with friends when he discovered a major bug in Apple's popular Group FaceTime feature.

Thompson called his friend Nathan using FaceTime, but Nathan didn't pick up on January 19.

Thompson then swiped up and added another friend, a move that instantly connected him with Nathan, whose phone was still ringing.

Jan 30 10:18

YouTube Strikes Now Being Used as Scammers’ Extortion Tool

In a terrible abuse of YouTube's copyright system, a YouTuber is reporting that scammers are using the platform's "three strike" system for extortion. After filing two false claims against ObbyRaidz, the scammers contacted him demanding cash to avoid a third - and the termination of his channel.

Jan 30 10:08

Apple CEO on iPhone sales drop: 'Yes, I do think that price is a factor'

We had already been treated to a preview of Apple's financial earnings report for Q1'19 back on January 2, when the company issued its first profits warning since 2002. The bad news had already had time to settle, and for the market corrections to happen. But what was really interesting is that the iPhone sales drop happened at what was otherwise a strong quarter. Another thing that was noteworthy is that Apple CEO Tim Cook is finally ready to acknowledge that iPhone pricing may have played a part in the decline.

Jan 30 09:52

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:48

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, that protection appears to be getting erased from conscious memory more and more, by a government which wants us to forget it ever existed.

Jan 30 09:15

Toggle navigationWALGREENS, NESTLE, COORS AND MORE USE IRIS-TRACKING CAMERAS TO SPY ON SHOPPERS

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens, food and alcohol distributors want to spy on shoppers who purchase items from refrigerated coolers.

"Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers."

"Around 15 large advertisers have signed up to test the Cooler Screens platform, including Nestlé SA, MillerCoors LLC and Conagra Brands Inc."

Cooler Screens, a company funded by Microsoft, uses face-detection technology to allegedly only detect a person's age and gender. But as you will see, Microsoft is doing much more than just funding Cooler Screens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but understanding what is being done, without my knowledge and clear expression of consent, is an absolute abomination, against which I am (theoretically) protected by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.

Jan 30 08:29

Facebook is paying children as young as 13 to install a social media research app that harvests their data - despite fact Apple has already banned it

Facebook has admitted to paying young people to install a 'social media research' app which monitors their web activity, according to reports.

The social media giant, who have been harangued for privacy breaches in recent months, recruited people aged from 13-35 to download the app on their devices.

Apple decided to ban the app, formerly known as Onavo VPN, from the app store because it violated its data collection policies.

But according to an investigation by TechCrunch, Facebook has sidestepped the App Store and paying users up to $20 a month, plus referral fees.

Jan 30 07:50

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 30 07:40

CALIFORNIA COPS CONTINUE TO PRETEND NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW ALLOWS THEM TO ERASE YEARS OF PAST MISCONDUCT FROM THE RECORD

On January 1st, a California law went into effect turning long-shielded police misconduct records into public records. Prior to its enactment, at least one law enforcement agency executed a mass purge of older records, preemptively stunting the law's effectiveness.
The law has also faced legal challenges from California police unions and law enforcement agencies seeking a declaration that the law is not retroactive and PDs should only have to release misconduct records created past the date of the law's effectiveness. The state Supreme Court declined an invitation to review the law, but three police unions in Contra Costa County have managed to secure a temporary restraining order while this aspect of the law is sorted out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be some pretty awful situations, to make Cali police believe that they have better expunge some of this records, and quickly.

Jan 29 18:10

Digital Freezers with Iris-Tracking Cameras Now Spy On Shoppers for Nestlé, Walgreens, Coors and More

Corporate profits are slowly turning brick-and-mortar stores into mini-surveillance centers.

Jan 29 13:59

Technology: Distracting, Disturbing, Deceiving & Deluding Ourselves to Death

That is why our society is now devolving towards Orwell’s vision of the future. Battle lines began to be drawn when Snowden, Assange and other selfless patriots of freedom revealed the level of deception, disinformation, and criminality of the state and those supporting the state. Technology is now becoming the boot stomping on our faces forever.

Jan 29 10:03

Impotence, substance abuse, brain tumors? New docs reveal ultra-creepy Google ad tracking

Google and other online advertising platforms engage in disturbing privacy violations through the categories they use to target internet users, according to a new filing that reveals just how creepy this data collection can get.

Google and other online ad companies use intimate personal information like political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, and even diseases and disabilities to target users for advertising, according to new evidence filed by digital rights organizations in Poland, Ireland and the UK. Their complaint takes aim at real-time bidding (RTB), online ad auctions in which highly sensitive information about users gleaned from their browsing history is traded by thousands of third-party companies which use these behavioral profiles to target ads.

Jan 29 09:40

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

You might want to disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac until Apple patches this bonkers bug.

Folks have confirmed it is possible to call someone via FaceTime, and secretly listen in on their iThing or Mac's microphone before they accept or reject a call. It's a handy, creepy way to find out what someone's up to before they answer. We're told iOS 12.1 and 12.2, and macOS Mojave are vulnerable at least.

There's no indication, on screen or otherwise, that this eavesdropping is happening to your victim. It's even possible to snoop on the video camera.

Jan 29 08:20

New Exploit Threatens Over 9,000 Hackable Cisco RV320/RV325 Routers Worldwide

If the connectivity and security of your organization rely on Cisco RV320 or RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN routers, then you need to immediately install the latest firmware update released by the vendor last week.

Cyber attackers have actively been exploiting two newly patched high-severity router vulnerabilities in the wild after a security researcher released their proof-of-concept exploit code on the Internet last weekend.

Jan 29 08:18

Europol Now Going After People Who Bought DDoS-for-Hire Services

Launched in 2015, Webstresser let its customers rent the service for about £10 to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against their targets with little to no technical knowledge, which resulted in more than 4 million DDoS attacks.

According to the Europol announcement published on Monday, the agency gained access to the accounts of over 151,000 registered Webstresser users last year when it shut down the service and have now uncovered a "trove of information" against some users that could help the agency track them down.

Europol said more than 250 users of Webstresser and other DDoS-for-hire services will soon face potential prosecution for the damage they have caused.

Jan 29 07:28

Fears of 'deepfake' videos rise as experts warn 'the moment is coming' where deceptive clips will be WEAPONIZED to sway elections or 'spark violence'

If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don't adjust your television set -- you may just be witnessing the future of 'fake news.'

'Deepfake' videos that manipulate reality are becoming more sophisticated due to advances in artificial intelligence, creating the potential for new kinds of misinformation with devastating consequences.

As the technology advances, worries are growing about how deepfakes can be used for nefarious purposes by hackers or state actors.

Jan 28 16:46

'Twitter, Do Your Thing': Twitterati Target Elderly 'Racist White Lady' Who Appears to Have Dementia

After their attack on the young boys of Covington Catholic High School failed, the Twitterati have picked a new target.

Twitter activist Simar Ahluwalia, who describes himself as "USC alum" and the "Child of [Indian] Immigrants" on Sunday shared a 37 second video -- devoid of all context -- of a black woman filming a random old white lady who appears to be suffering from dementia stammering out something "racist" (while literally struggling to speak).

Knowing full well the power the "systematically oppressed" Twitterati have to destroy people (who do not enjoy the same systemic power) through their hysterical lynch mobs, Simar Ahluwalia wrote, "Twitter, do your thing & expose this woman for the racist that she is" and encouraged the mob to target her "grandkids [sic], friends, old coworkers, & extended family."

Jan 28 16:44

Twitter: Telling Fired Journalists 'Learn to Code' is 'Targeted Harassment,' Bannable Offense

Telling a laid off journalist to "learn to code" may get you permanently banned from Twitter as they've reportedly now begun classifying it as "targeted harassment."

Jan 28 16:43

'They Ruined YouTube': Mark Dice Shows How YouTube Rigged Their Search Algorithm to Suppress AltMedia

Mark Dice demonstrated over the weekend how all his most popular videos are now buried thanks to YouTube's new rigged search algorithm.

Jan 28 11:28

YOUTUBE TO CURB RECOMMENDING CONSPIRACY VIDEOS

In a blog post posted Friday, YouTube said it will begin to reduce recommending "borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways – such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11."

The most high-profile conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, was banned by YouTube in 2018, along with Apple, Stitcher, Facebook and others over concerns about his content, including videos that questioned whether the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were real.

So, if YouTube viewers were searching for news accounts of an event like Sandy Hook, they could have seen InfoWars pop up after a string of videos from CBS, ABC and the like. The YouTube algorithm picks videos based on your viewing and search histories in an auto play mode, with suggestions for others videos to watch as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is happening faster than almost anyone is realizing.

As I noted in a previous post this morning, there is a chilling historical anecdote to this, and that is, What did Adolph Hitler do before the first shots of World War II were fired?!?

He made absolutely certain that he had total control over the media, so that whatever went out was to be observed as both official and true, leaving no space for a logical, reasonable criticism or rebuttal, of what he was doing.

And if you would like some insight into an organisation this government, You Tube, and Google hate, with a passion I cannot begin to describe, it is this:
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Here is their website:

https://www.ae911truth.org/

These people are the polar opposite of illogical, or having the proverbial "axe to grind"; these are educated, responsible professionals who have a very powerful, scientific presentation of an alternative description of what happened when Building 7 went down.

And what they believe, and have very much documented with very hard science, is that Building 7 was levelled by a controlled demolition, which had been planned - then executed on 9/11.

Jan 28 11:26

Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong

As machine-learning algorithms, big data methods and artificial intelligence are increasingly used in the toolkit of U.S. law enforcement agencies, many are worrying that the existing biases of the criminal justice system are simply being automated – and deepened.

Jan 28 10:51

HOW FACEBOOK TRAINS CONTENT MODERATORS TO PUT OUT ‘PR FIRES’ DURING ELECTIONS

This piece is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on Facebook's content moderation strategies. You can read the rest of the coverage here.

Leading up to an election, Facebook becomes a battleground. Russian troll farms have flooded the platform with misinformation and memes designed to sow discord, and political campaigns are increasingly targeting voters on Facebook as well. Before the US midterms, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the platform is doing more to fight hate speech particularly during elections: “We will all need to continue improving and working together to stay ahead and protect our democracy,” he wrote in a lengthy blog post explaining the steps Facebook is taking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Zuckerberg, a word, please: what we have, at this point in our nation's history, is anything BUT "democracy"; what we have, sir, is a kelptocracy, of the monied, by the monied, and for the monied, period, end of discussion.

Our alleged representatives in Congress are nothing more than corporate/foreign governmental assets, figuring out how to keep the money flowing to them and their clients.

Americans are given the illusion that they really have a choice, during national and state-wide campaigns, when they have utterly no choice whatsoever.

And I say that because by the time names are on ballots, corporations, the US Deep State, and the military have thoroughly vetted those candidates, to make sure that they will get "the best buy" for their campaign donations, both overt and covert.

Critical thinking is frowned up, by the monetary elite, because it may truly unmask the reasons why such an obscene amount of money is spent on defence, and at the end of the day, what our military has in the field underperforms; doesn't even begin to live up to the hype, in terms of capabilities; and the cost over-runs are horrific.

Critical thinking might explain why the US has invaded so many countries around the world.

And trust me, Mr. Zuckerberg, these wars are not about freedom, honor, or whatever is called "the American way of life". When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in their origin", he was, and has been proven devastatingly correct, time and time again.

These wars are solely engineered to pursue the expropriation of resources to which the US government has zero moral right, making sure that post-invasion, that country's leadership is US-centric; that only companies with which the US government has friendly relations, be allowed to develop those resources; and that said resources be sold only in the American dollar.

The war in Afghanistan? This has been fought for control over the pipelines, rare earth minerals, and of course the poppy fields, which budget "off the shelf, "black ops " for some of the US's alphabet soup agencies.

War in Iraq?!? This was fought over for control over the Iraqi pipelines, and to balkanize the country, which is what Israel wanted to see happen.

The war against Libya?!? This was fought to prevent the late President Gaddafi from instituting a new currency, the gold dinar, which would have been tremendously attractive to a world over the US dollar, which is backed by...absolutely nothing tangible.

The war in Somalia?!? This was fought over vast stretches of the country with as of yet untapped resources in this country. The Google entry on that subject says the following:

Somalia has untapped reserves of numerous natural resources, including uranium, iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt and natural gas. Due to its proximity to the oil-rich Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the nation is also believed to contain substantial unexploited reserves of oil.

The horrific war against the people of Yemen by the Saudi military, which no one wants to talk about, where US troops are aiding and abetting Saudi troops in war crimes?!? This is being fought for control of Yemen's natural resources, which are are oil and natural gas as well as agriculturally productive land in the west.

The coming wars against Iran, and potentially Russia and China?!? These will be fought to prevent these countries from moving forward, both in terms of financial, and military prowess. And in the case of Iran, to expropriate its oil revenue; have it balkanized, and its current governmental structure thoroughly destroyed.

The coming "regime change" in Venezuela?!? This will be fought for control over its huge stockpile of oil surpluses.

Stir; rinse; repeat.

And sir, because you are terrified of even an intelligent question, or criticism coming up at your platform, you have aligned yourself with those forces which are great for the monied, but really lousy for We the People.

And so your choice, after having decided to align with these forces, has translated into the reality that thoughtful, responsible, logical people are not left with "a place at the table" at Facebook.

When Hiram Johnson, a Progressive Republican senator in California, made the statement that "The first casualty, when war comes, is truth", he could not possibly have imagined how that would be played out in the 21st century, in terms of the act of deplatforming people with an alternative, albeit logical, view of the world.

So in closing this rather gentle rant, I have a question for you, Mr. Zuckerberg: do you believe that George Orwell's classic "1984" was a cautionary tale... or a how-to manual?!?

Unfortunately, it appears to me that you have embraced this as a "how-to" manual.

There is a chilling historical antecedent regarding your deplatforming, and it comes to us from the days right before World War II. Do you remember what Adolf Hitler made absolutely certain he controlled, before one shot was fired?!?

He took total control over all information coming in or out of Germany, to insure that there was not one alternative voice left to criticize what he was doing with the German government, or military.

Sorry, sir; but the shoe does fit.

Jan 28 10:38

FACEBOOK TO MERGE INSTAGRAM, WHATSAPP AND MESSENGER

Technology giant Facebook has announced plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

The merger is intended to create "the best messaging experiences" for the billions of users around the world who use the Facebook-owned apps.

The apps will remain distinct from each other, although the underlying messaging infrastucture would be unified, according to people familiar with the matter.

A spokesperson for Facebook said the merger would deliver a messaging platform that was fast, simple, reliable and private, though data experts have warned it could have an impact on people's privacy.

Jan 28 09:08

What Cops Can & Can’t do with your Cellphone

Jan 27 19:01

UNDERCOVER AGENTS TARGET CYBERSECURITY WATCHDOG CITIZEN LAB FOR EXPOSING DETAILS IN JAMAL KHASHOGGI’S CASE

The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found.

Jan 27 16:12

Make Sure to Download Your Flickr Photos This Weekend

If you have over 1,000 photos uploaded to Flickr, then you should download them now or risk losing them forever.

Back in April of last year, Yahoo sold Flickr to the company SmugMug. In November SmugMug announced it planned to end the free unlimited image storage that Flickr offered users in January, and instead limit users to 1,000 photos worth of storage for free.

Jan 27 16:11

South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable

New guidelines will require the industry to allow smartphone users the option to delete unnecessary pre-loaded applications, to rectify unreasonable practices and reduce inconvenience.

Jan 27 16:09

We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Being treated as lab rats for algorithms is not an option, says the German justice minister in a response to Mark Zuckerberg and explains how Facebook must be regulated.

Jan 26 16:35

1984: YouTube Will Demote Conspiracy Videos In Its Recommendation Algorithm -- A Scary Prospect For Freedom Of Thought

By Aaron Kesel

YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending conspiracy videos such as those claiming the Earth is flat, or promoting alternative theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks...

Jan 26 12:16

US FOLLOWS UKRAINE, SYRIA ROADMAP IN VENEZUELA REGIME CHANGE PUSH

Since the decision of the Trump administration on Wednesday to recognize a member of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaidó, as an unelected “interim president,” the situation in the South American country has become increasingly tense, with efforts to force the current government of Venezuela — led by Nicolás Maduro — out of power having grown in intensity over the past few days.

Despite the enormous pressure his government faces from both local and international sources, Maduro has managed to maintain his position thanks to a combination of factors. These include the loyalty of the country’s well-armed military, in addition to popular support from Venezuelans who recently voted for Maduro, as well as Venezuelans who may not like Maduro but prefer him to a politician hand-picked and foisted upon them by the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On that last statement, you can bet your sweet bippy it will happen, if this regime change attempt does not go as planned!

China and Russia have extensive investments in, and in co-sponsorship of, many projects in Venezuela.

Do you believe that they won't protect those assets, if they see a move toward regime change in Venezuela? I'm afraid that the short answer here, is "HELL yes!"

Jan 26 10:31

Privacy at Risk: Security Expert Warns “Smart Device” Users to Beware

Smart Homes — with features powered by Internet-connected devices — are all the rage in some circles and the trend is growing. But is the convenience of being able to control everything from lights to sprinklers, from thermostats to door locks, from refrigerators to security cameras worth the accompanying risks? Warnings from an expert at IBM Security indicate that the answer is “No.”

That expert, Charles Henderson, was quoted in two articles for the New York Times earlier this week. Henderson is the global head of X-Force Red, a professional hacking team at IBM Security. He told the Times that convenience is the major selling point of turning a home into a Smart Home powered by Internet of Things (IoT) devices. “Consumers don’t just want this convenience, they expect it — they demand it.” The result is that too often, common sense and security — especially where privacy is concerned — take a back seat to that convenience. Many people seem never to consider the risks involved.

Jan 25 12:19

TERENCE MCKENNA EXPLAINS WHY TELEVISION IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ADDICTIVE DRUG IN SOCIETY

People have become totally obsessed with their own beliefs, opinions and biases that their behavior is going completely unexamined. Their reactions to the latest news item are automatic and predictable. The late iconoclast Terence McKenna pointed out that obsessive and unexamined behavior in pursuit of familiar stimulus (such as what we see with each moment of media outrage) is what drug addiction is about.

McKenna went a step further to say that television was the greatest drug ever introduced into society. What else could persuade people spend an average of 5-7 hours a day sitting in front of the TV? All the while consuming, in hypnotic states of mind, the scientifically crafted messages of corporate and government propagandists?

Here, McKenna expounds on the idea that television is a drug that is having negative consequences on individuals and on society at large:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amen, brother, amen!!

Jan 25 09:42

Chinese tech companies pose ‘mortal danger’ & can’t be allowed to dominate – George Soros

Artificial intelligence and machine learning pose a grave threat when they are controlled by authoritarian states, according to billionaire George Soros. He has called for a crackdown on Chinese tech companies.

Talking to journalists and executives attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said on Thursday the use of such technologies by the Chinese government is a “mortal danger.”

The businessman said that the United States should apply more pressure to Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE, which have been labeled national security threats by some US officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about market share, and I think Soros just let us know that much of his fortune is invested in US tech companies!

Jan 25 09:22

Julian Assange Sues Trump Administration To Reveal Charges Against Him; WikiLeaks Associates Being Interrogated

By Aaron Kesel

Last year in November the U.S. accidentally revealed sealed charges it had against WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange. Now Assange and his lawyers are suing to find out what those “sealed charges” are pertaining to, The Guardian reported.

Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to demand the Trump Administration unseal the charges it has secretly filed against Assange.

The Australian activist’s lawyers are further asking the Commission to compel Ecuador to cease its espionage activities against Assange, to stop the isolation imposed on him and to protect Assange from U.S. extradition...

Jan 25 09:21

Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1088813863125086210

Jan 25 08:36

Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money

Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission – something the social media giant called “friendly fraud” – in an effort to maximize revenues, according to a document detailing the company’s game strategy.

Sometimes the children did not even know they were spending money, according to another internal Facebook report. Facebook employees knew this. Their own reports showed underage users did not realize their parent’s credit cards were connected to their Facebook accounts and they were spending real money in the games, according to the unsealed documents.

For years, the company ignored warnings from its own employees that it was bamboozling children.

Jan 25 08:33

YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find

Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.

After years of criticism that YouTube leads viewers to videos that spread misinformation, the company said it was changing what videos it recommends to users. In a blog post, YouTube said it would no longer suggest videos with “borderline content” or those that “misinform users in a harmful way” even if the footage does not violate its community guidelines.

Jan 25 07:51

GandCrab ransomware and Ursnif virus spreading via MS Word macros

Both attacks start from phishing emails containing an attached Microsoft Word document embedded with malicious macros and then uses Powershell to deliver fileless malware.

Ursnif is a data-stealing malware that typically steals sensitive information from compromised computers with an ability to harvest banking credentials, browsing activities, collect keystrokes, system and process information, and deploy additional backdoors.

Discovered earlier last year, GandCrab is a widespread ransomware threat that, like every other ransomware in the market, encrypts files on an infected system and insists victims to pay a ransom in digital currency to unlock them. Its developers ask payments primarily in DASH, which is more complex to track.

Jan 24 13:51

Clinton's 2016 Strategy Revealed: Overwhelm FBI With Trump-Russia Narrative Until Something Stuck

As it became clear during the 2016 US election that Donald Trump had a mountain of support underneath him, nervous Democrats connected to the Hillary Clinton camp reached out to US officials over a half-dozen times, "each tapping a political connection to get suspect evidence into FBI counterintelligence agents' hands," according to The Hill's John Solomon, citing internal documents and testimonies he has reviewed, along with interviews Solomon conducted.

Each contact by a Clinton crony was unsolicited, according to Solomon's FBI sources, in what they described as a "classic case of information saturation" meant to inject toxic and unverified opposition research into the agency's counterintelligence apparatus that should have known better than to eventually bite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this.

Jan 24 12:58

Malvertisers target Mac users with steganographic code stashed in images

Clever HTML5 coding helps a blitz of malicious ads slip past scanners.

Jan 24 12:39

No need to install: Microsoft has controversial fake news filter NewsGuard built into mobile browser

Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.

Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices can now just click one button to enable its “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29. Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to go Linux.

Jan 24 12:35

Millions of bank loan and mortgage documents have leaked online

A trove of more than 24 million financial and banking documents, representing tens of thousands of loans and mortgages from some of the biggest banks in the U.S., has been found online after a server security lapse.

The server, running an Elasticsearch database, had more than a decade’s worth of data, containing loan and mortgage agreements, repayment schedules and other highly sensitive financial and tax documents that reveal an intimate insight into a person’s financial life.

But it wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access and read the massive cache of documents.

Jan 24 12:11

Scott Adams: The Future of Online Education with VR, Apps and Hollywood Teams

Bonus broadcast!

Online learning works, the future is here (Whiteboard)
A Socialist vision of education, but with decreased cost
Learning can be tailored to how different people learn
VR learning possibilities include historical event immersion

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1088459598678224902

Jan 24 10:41

Government shutdown impacts .gov websites, puts Americans in danger

If you are in the United States, then you likely already know that we are on our 24th day of a government shutdown. While it is considered a “partial” shutdown, there are still plenty of government workers who are furloughed, which impacts the services they run—both online and off.

Last week, TechCrunch posted a concerning story about the shutdown, which covered the findings of NetCraft, a UK Internet service company, who discovered that numerous US government websites are now inaccessible due to expired security certificates.

This is a quick post to explain what happened, and more importantly, how cybercriminals will use this situation to their advantage.

Jan 24 08:50

Artificial intelligence will become the next new human right

Food, water, shelter, artificial intelligence? If the predictions of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff prove to be true, the latter will one day become a new human right.

What are considered to be human rights vary across different countries, societies, and cultures. In the West, however, it was back in 2016 that the United Nations decreed Internet access should be considered a basic right.

While a non-binding premise, the UN still considers deliberate Internet disruption as a human rights violation.

Jan 23 18:42

Chrome API update will kill a bunch of other extensions, not just ad blockers

The biggest of these categories would be extensions developed by antivirus makers and meant to prevent users from accessing malicious sites and for detecting malware before it's being downloaded.

"In addition to ad blocking this seems to affect also security software that rely on extension capabilities of dynamically blocking https traffic that is rated as malicious or otherwise harmful for user," said Jouni Korte, Senior Software Engineer for Finnish antivirus maker F-Secure.

"This includes pages spreading mal/spy/whateverware, but also for example parental control type of functions, i.e. protecting (child) user from content categorized as harmful/unwanted for him/her," he said.

Jan 23 17:13

Shutdown Woes Deepen As 800,000 Federal Workers To Miss Second Paycheck; IRS Employees Bail

With negotiations behind the partial government shutdown showing no signs of a breakthrough, an estimated 800,000 government employees are set to miss a second paycheck on Friday.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees are working without pay, while around 380,000 have been furloughed amid the longest shutdown in US history, according to CNBC.

With negotiations behind the partial government shutdown showing no signs of a breakthrough, an estimated 800,000 government employees are set to miss a second paycheck on Friday.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees are working without pay, while around 380,000 have been furloughed amid the longest shutdown in US history, according to CNBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I is obvious to me that Pelosi's "agenda" is to make sure that utterly President wants to get n done in the next two years, she is going to attempt
to thwart him in every way possible.

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