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Sep 07 07:39

Sneaky Gugi banking trojan sidesteps Android OS security barricades

Gugi, a bank-account-raiding trojan for smartphones, has been retooled to bypass Android 6's security features designed to block phishing attempts and ransomware infections.

The modified malware forces users into giving it the ability to overlay genuine apps, send and view SMSes, make calls, and more. The software nasty is distributed through social engineering, usually with a spam SMS that encourages users to click on a malicious link.

The Gugi trojan is geared toward stealing users' mobile banking credentials by overlaying their genuine banking applications with counterfeit apps. The malware also attempts to seize credit card details using much the same trick of overlaying the Google Play Store app with hacker-controlled code.

Sep 07 07:36

Mr Chow plates up sticky ransomware

Popular Chinese food chain "Mr Chow's" has been caught plating up ransomware from its website.

The fine dining restaurant chain boasts sites in London and across the US and was hacked by attackers injecting the pseudo Darkleech malicious scripts to redirect users.

Victims were served a malware money bag through the Neutrino exploit kit, the new top dog in ready-to-eat p0wn packs since the demise of rival Angler.

The attack follows an old recipe; a script and invisible iframe redirects users to temporary or hacked domains where exploits kits seek out un-patched and occasionally zero day vulnerabilities through which a nastyware payload can be delivered.

Sep 07 07:34

When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

One in five firms that pay ransom fail to get their data back, according to new research from Trend Micro.

A poll of IT managers at 300 UK businesses sponsored by Trend Micro found that 44 per cent of UK businesses have been infected by ransomware in the last two years.

The study also found that around two-thirds (65 per cent) of UK companies confronted with a ransomware infected end up paying out in the hopes of getting their data back.

The average amount of ransom requested in the UK was £540, although 20 per cent of companies reported ransoms of more than £1,000. The majority – 57 per cent of companies – reported having been given under 24 hours to pay up.

Organisations affected by ransomware estimate they spent 33 person-hours on average fixing the problem.

Sep 07 07:27

YouTube Destroys Itself With Enraging New Guidelines

Sep 06 15:41

EmailGate and the Mystery of the Missing GAMMA

Last week’s Federal Bureau of Investigation release of materials relating to their investigation of Hillary Clinton has reignited the political firestorm surrounding EmailGate. How the Democratic nominee mishandled her emails while she was secretary of state is again front-page news, which is bad news for Hillary. Particularly because the FBI’s data dump demonstrates clearly that Clinton is either dumb or dishonest—and perhaps both.

Sep 06 12:59

Governments’ Fury Reflects Success Of Telegram App’s Privacy Features

While everyone gives lip-service to protecting customers’ privacy these days, many major US tech companies are known to be in bed with the NSA on wholesale surveillance. It’s tough to know, then, how seriously to take security promises from such companies.

A good rule of thumb, however, might be derived from Telegram, an open-sourced private messaging application with a soaring user base. While government officials sort of pooh-pooh anything that seems too private, the reaction to Telegram is downright apoplectic.

Sep 06 09:32

Oops! FEMA Emergency Alert System “Wrongly Orders Evacuation” Of Congested, Isolated Long Island

A false alarm issued by incompetents manning the FEMA alert system nearly panicked millions of people into fleeing Long Island – with nearly 2 million residents and an already clogged with traffic system.

Federal officials in New York are investigating an emergency alert system after a mistakenly truncated message about storm system Hermine wrongly advised TV watchers on Long Island of an ordered evacuation, authorities said Sunday.

Read more at SHTF

Sep 06 09:26

Drone Speedboats to be Tested in Massive Military Drill “Unmanned Warrior 2016”

By Nicholas West

Now that the air is filled with automated weapons of war, the next part of the drone matrix is being built in earnest...

Sep 06 07:23

I don’t like being force-fed Windows 10

The boys from Redmond won’t support Windows 7 — or Windows 8.1, for those who care — on Intel’s forthcoming Kaby Lake or AMD’s Zen chips. Only Windows 10 will be supported on the next generation of CPUs.

Bad enough that I had to fight to keep Windows 10 off my Windows 7 PCs; now I can’t install it on new processors! Not fair, Microsoft, not fair at all.

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Sep 06 07:06

THE NSA’S BRITISH BASE AT THE HEART OF U.S. TARGETED KILLING

For years, journalists and researchers have speculated about what really goes on inside Menwith Hill, while human rights groups and some politicians have campaigned for more transparency about its activities. Yet the British government has steadfastly refused to comment, citing a longstanding policy not to discuss matters related to national security.

Now, however, top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept offer an unprecedented glimpse behind Menwith Hill’s razor wire fence. The files reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) These extrajudicial assassinations have absolutely no place whatsoever in the basis of American law. And in President Obama's having so favored this technique, seeming to move this country away from due process internationally (which is at the heart and core of American jurisprudence), I have to wonder just how soon the US government and judicial system will move away from due process here at home.

I think this a fair, and legitimate, question.

What these assassinations seem to be very good at accomplishing, however, is encouraging more jihad, because they kill not only the target, but potentially the target's mom, kids, and fragile elderly uncles.

Perhaps this is the real point of extrajudicial assassinations; creating a state of perpetual war, which causes the military industrial complex to thrive.

Unfortunately, this is what our country has become; a fiscally bankrupt, geopolitical monster, hungry for the blood of foreign wars which brings obscene wealth to the warmongers and weapons makers.

I used to think I understood this country; not any more.

Sep 06 06:49

Chaos at airports worldwide as ANOTHER British Airways IT glitch causes heavy delays at check-in desks for passengers across the globe

Passengers travelling with British Airways today face significant delays after an IT glitch caused serious problems with the airline's check-in systems around the world.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3775475/British-Airways-passen...
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"THE RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! THE RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT! THE RUSSIAN HACKERS DID IT!!!" -- Shrillery

Sep 05 19:00

#HackingHillary trending Facebook and on twitter too !

Clinton Has Yet Another Coughing Fit on Plane Ride from Ohio to Iowa

Mysterious Black Doctor Spotted on Plane

Sep 05 18:53

Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Happy Labor Day, US sysadmins. Everyone else, you know what to do

Sep 05 18:38

Is your rental car spying on you? FTC warns drivers over smartphone connections

It is usually the first thing anyone does in a rental car - plug in their smartphone.

However, government experts have warned that users could be accidentally reveal everything from their text messages to their address.

FTC officials today urged renters to always delete their personal information when they return a car - and explained how they can do it.

Sep 05 09:04

Paypal users targeted in new angler phishing scam, Proofpoint report

Paypal users are being lured into clicking on a malicious link embedded in a tweet that appears to come from the financial transaction service, according to a report from Proofpoint.

Messages are arriving from two different fraudulent social media customer service accounts in a phishing attack technique dubbed angler phishing, based on the predation characteristic of the anglerfish, which uses a fleshy protuberance on its head to lure in prey.

Sep 05 08:43

FBI Report on Hillary Even Worse Than Expected

On Friday, the FBI released 58 pages of notes to the public, all of them in relation to the now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Those notes show that FBI Director James Comey was actually holding back when he described Clinton’s behavior as “extremely careless.” In reality, she’s either incompetent or cunningly deceptive.

The single most revealing part of the report shows that Hillary’s emails vanished only two weeks after the New York Times broke the news about her private email account last March. That story was published on March 2; a Clinton associate told the FBI he had “an oh shit moment and sometime between March 25-21, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from PRN server and used BleachBit to delete the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton’s emails.”

Sep 05 08:40

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

Users of Sophos’s security software were confronted with a black screen on starting up their Windows PC over the weekend as the resulted of a borked antivirus update.

The botched update meant that the Windows 7 version of winlogon.exe was incorrectly labelled as potentially malicious, resulting in chaos and confusion all around.

The problem was limited to users running a specific version of 32-bit Windows 7 SP1, according to Sophos.

Sep 05 08:39

Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

Microsoft has updated its family filters to block some rival browsers and says it's done so to think of the children.

The changes are part of its bid to end the compatibility clashes caused when non-Microsoft browser barons push updates, breaking the restrictive Windows 10 family settings.

The Reg understands that clashes allowed Chrome, Firefox, and others to access blocked sites. But Microsoft's not named the browsers kids won't be able to run any more, saying only that "Most commonly used browsers don't have web filtering. To keep your children safer, we'll automatically block these browsers on their devices."

Sep 05 08:12

FACEBOOK PULLED THIS VIDEO.. Please fight back for the truth witnessed freely

For those who missed this.. Look at the way she holds all of American lives in personal contempt, as the way she slams the gavel.. Then look at the truly demonic celebrities on American TV, that had only this to go on.. where they claimed Bernie supporters were acting unruly.. PLEASE THINK. Do right, support our rise to popular acclaim, demanding fair say here, as counted by paper ballots only.. The truth wins.

Sep 04 20:59

HOMELAND SECURITY ELECTION TAKEOVER? AGENCY ITSELF WAS HACKED

As the Department of Homeland Security contemplates taking possibly unconstitutional power over the U.S. election system due to the threat of hackers, citizens should consider the fact that the agency itself was the victim of a major cyber intrusion that stole sensitive personal information of thousands of its employees, contends a former DHS officer.

Sep 04 18:46

CLINTONS PURGED SUBPOENAED DOCS?

The incomplete records of the Hillary Clinton email investigation released by the FBI raise questions about the conduct not only of Clinton but of her top aides and the staffers working under their direction. Perhaps the most serious is whether the Clinton team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators.

Sep 04 18:01

Want "Unlimited Access To A Target's Mobile Devices... Leaving No Trace"? Ask NSO Group

For the affordable price of $650,000, Israeli company NSO Group will enable you to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge. The cost is a little higher for Blackberry users (5 for $500,000).. and there is a 17% maintenance fee every thereafter to ensure "leaving no traces whatsoever." Welcome to the new world of private companies selling surveillance tools to the 'average joe'...

Sep 04 16:06

Warner Bros. Flags Its Own Website as a Piracy Portal

Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

Sep 04 15:18

Meet the mastermind behind Clinton’s massive email coverup

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. -- “The FBI saw massive document destruction and clear intent to withhold material evidence,” he added, “and they just ignored that obstruction, and even let her sit in on the interview.”

Sep 04 09:47

Trump or Clinton? Why CafePress' sales might be the most accurate presidential poll

Which presidential candidate is leading in the polls — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

That depends on what poll you're looking at, and some of them are likely more accurate than others. But while most rely on simply asking people which candidate they prefer, CafePress Inc. CEO Fred Durham says it might be better to look at people who vote with their dollar.

Sep 04 08:31

Colin Powell reportedly warned Hillary Clinton against using BlackBerry

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly warned Hillary Clinton about using a BlackBerry to conduct official business during her first few days in President Obama's cabinet.

Sep 04 08:20

Clinton told FBI she had no training on how to handle classified documents

During her consequential July interview with the FBI, Hillary Clinton displayed a slim grasp of the fine points for handling classified information and often expressed little recall for specific emails containing sensitive information that transited through a private server during her tenure as secretary of State.

Clinton, who could not remember receiving "any briefing or training'' for handling such information, later acknowledged to agents that she did not recognize a common document marking used to identify it as classified information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get out the hip-waders; the bovine excrement has hit the flood stage!

Anyone who has ever dealt with classified materials and held a security clearance knows that the training in the handling of classified materials is mandatory and must be completed before access to such materials is allowed.

Colin Powell used a personal email account for his personal business, not for state department business and has rejected Hillary's claim that he told her to use a private server for State Department business. Condeleeza Rice, who was present at the conversation where Hillary says Powell told her to use a private server for state department business, agrees with Powell's recollection that he made no such statement. In any event, as Powell correctly points out, Hillary's private email server was already in operation at the time Hillary alleges Powell told her it was permissible.

FBI Director James Comey declined to press charges on the excuse that Hillary did not intend to do wrong. But Title 18 Sec. 793 states clearly that exposure of national secrets through negligence is punishable by up to ten years in prison, as well as permanent disqualification to hold public office. Either Comey does not know the law or he hopes the American people don't. As to Comey's motives to let Hillary skate, maybe he just doesn't want to die under mysterious circumstances like Seth Rich or John Ashe, or maybe he was restrained by his entanglement with the HSBC scandal.

For those not paying attention, HSBC was caught laundering drug cartel money while James Comey was on the board, but got a sweetheart deal from then US Attorney for New York Loretta Lynch to keep the case from going to trial in exchange for a wrist-slap fine. HSBC is a donor to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton's political fortunes track back to the Iran-Contra CIA gun and drug running operation into Nicaragua out of Arkansas under then-governor Bill Clinton. The operation to aid the Contras, illegal under the Boland Amendment and the Logan Act, was funded by smuggling cocaine back along the gun-running pipeline, and everyone involved got very rich in the process. It is not unlike Prohibition when Joe Kennedy launched the Kennedy family fortune through rum-running, and made enough money to buy his sons' way into the highest levels of the US Government! But I digress.

Hillary is thinking like a lawyer and trying to make a case that she did not know she was breaking the law, but as any judge will tell you, ignorance of the law is no excuse. In the process, Hillary is being portrayed as mentally incapable of being President. She is reckless and careless (FBI) gets confused a lot (Huma Abedin) and gets "brain short-circuits" (Hillary herself). Not exactly the sort of person we should have holding the keys to the nuclear weapons, especially with her recent talk of wars with Iran and Russia!

Sep 03 16:33

YouTube To Become One Giant Safe Space?

Google-owned YouTube is of course a private company and can enforce any rules it likes, but with the advent of such corporations becoming so large (more powerful than countries in some cases), in addition to them insisting on being treated as a public utility, the move is a massive stab in the back for the content creators who helped build the platform in the first place. YouTube will retain the right to demonetize any videos that contain… “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown.”

Sep 03 08:55

Scientists just found an advanced form of malware that's been hiding for at least 5 years

Security researchers have announced the discovery of an advanced malware platform that has operated undetected for at least five years.

According to experts, "ProjectSauron" is so advanced and well designed that it's likely the work of a state-sponsored hacking group – ie. backed by a government intelligence organisation.

The malware has been active since at least 2011, targeting high-profile networks in Russia, China, Sweden, and other countries.

Sep 03 08:13

The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena

Undisclosed PRN Staff Member has “oh shit” moment and realizes he forgot to wipe Hillary’s email archive from the PRN server back in December…which he promptly does using BleachBit despite later admitting he "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton's e-mail data on the PRN server."

Sep 03 07:56

YOUTUBE DECLARES WAR ON POLITICALLY INCORRECT OPINIONS

A new “advertiser friendly” policy introduced by YouTube will punish those who express politically incorrect opinions or dare to offend viewers by de-monetizing their content.

The new rules have sparked an outcry from the YouTube community because they are so incredibly restrictive.

YouTube will now retain the right to demonetize any videos that contain, “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube has never allowed me to monetize any of our videos.

Sep 03 07:21

FBI Report: Clinton Staffer Put Emails in Someone’s Gmail Account, Lost Backups

This centered around former Clinton aide Monica Hanley being given an Apple MacBook from the Clinton Foundation, and talked through the process of backing up the contents of the private email server both to the laptop and to a thumb drive.

The laptop and thumb drive were to be stored at Clinton’s residence, but Hanley “forgot” to hand them over. In 2014, she was contacted about it, and tried to transfer the email archive by way of an IT company. After that failed the emails were “transferred to an unnamed person’s personal Gmail account.”

This “unnamed person” then deleted the emails from the laptop, and put it in the mail. It was never seen again, and neither Hanley nor this person, whose name is repeatedly redacted, have any idea where either the laptop or the thumb drive ended up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that while the files were deleted, the hard drive and thumb drive were not wiped, and thus all that classified information is still recoverable!

Sep 03 06:52

Hillary Clinton 'couldn't recall' answers to FBI questions about secret server because of CONCUSSION - and didn't know what 'classified' markings were, agency reveals

Hillary Clinton told the FBI she could not recall answers to some of their questions about her secret server scandal because she had been concussed in 2012.

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Sep 02 15:31

Apple issues urgent security update after hack turns Mac computers into spying devices

Apple warned that visiting a "maliciously crafted website" in the Safari web browser could lead hackers use a similar method to install spy software on a computer.

Clicking the link on a phone or computer activates a piece of espionage software called "Pegasus" that can take advantage of a memory vulnerability in the iOS and OS X software to run two further exploits that can locate the kernel, the core of the operating system, and gain access to it.

Once inside the kernel, a malicious actor could read a users messages, access their bank details and track their location, among other things.

Israeli surveillance company NSO Group Technologies, which sells spying software to governments, is suspected of having created the exploit.

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To update your software on your computer go open the App Store -> Updates -> install Security Update 2016-001 10.11.16.

Sep 02 14:56

FBI Says a Laptop That Held Clinton’s E-Mails Has Gone Missing

A personal laptop computer used to archive Hillary Clinton’s e-mails when she was secretary of state went missing after being put in the mail, according to the FBI’s report on its investigation into her use of a private e-mail system.

E-mails that Clinton sent and received through her private server during her tenure were archived on the laptop in 2013 by a person who was an assistant to former President Bill Clinton, the FBI said in its heavily redacted investigative report released Friday.

Someone whose name was redacted in the FBI report told the agency that he later deleted the e-mails from the laptop but didn’t wipe its hard drive. A computer technician can often recover such e-mails that have been deleted but not permanently erased from a laptop’s memory.

The FBI sought the laptop as part of its investigation, but it’s whereabouts remain unknown, the bureau said: The last time the laptop was seen was when it was put in the mail.

Sep 02 11:08

President Putin on hacking allegations

Sep 02 10:45

Report: FBI Found Ample Evidence That Clinton Violated Federal Records Act

FBI investigators compiled enough evidence during their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s rogue email server to show that the former secretary of state violated federal records-keeping laws.

She was also informed in 2009, her first year in office, that she had an obligation under the Federal Records Act to forward her State Department work emails to the agency’s record preservation system. But, according to the news website Circa, Clinton opted against that option because she wanted control over “sensitive” messages.

Sep 02 09:35

Putin on DNC hack: Let’s talk content, not hackers’ identity

“I wouldn’t know anything about it. You know, there are so many hackers today and they work with such finesse, planting a trail where and when they need. Not even their own trail but masquerade their actions as those of other hackers acting from other territories, nations. It’s difficult to trace, if even possible,” Putin said.

“Anyway, we certainly don’t do such things on the state level,” he added.

Putin suggested that the debate over who hacked election-related computer networks in the US draws attention away from the nature of the leaked documents.

“The important thing here is what the public was shown. That is what the discussion should focus on. One shouldn’t draw the public attention from the core of the issue by replacing it with secondary details like who did it,” the Russian president suggested.

Sep 02 09:00

Got Windows 10? Intel Kaby Lake And AMD Zen Processors Won’t Support Windows 7, 8

We know that Microsoft desperately wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. To push the number of installations, Redmond has employed different tactics in the past and became critics’ target. To push Windows 10 even more, Microsoft has made clear that the latest (and future) processors from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm won’t support Windows 7 and 8.

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Sep 02 08:43

Watch Out That Your Rental Car Doesn't Steal Your Phone Data

Here’s something to think about the next time you plug your phone into a rental car: The vehicle may be slurping up and recording all sorts of data, including your location, personal contacts, and even your text messages and web browsing.

That warning comes via a Federal Trade Commission blog post this week, which highlights a downside of so-called “connected cars.” The gist of it is that, today, a strange car is just like a strange computer, and consumers should be careful how them connect to them.

Sep 02 08:30

Microsoft's new business model for Windows 10: Pay to play

In the Windows 10 era, as Microsoft's licensing revenue drops, the company's finding creative ways to squeeze extra money out of customers, especially businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I warned you this was the reason Microsoft was working so hard to get you all onto Windows 10!

Sep 02 08:24

Make Controversial YouTube Videos? They're Going To Kill Your Revenue

YouTube content creators are up in arms over the video website removing their ability to earn money through advertisements. Many are also confused as to why their work is no longer considered “appropriate.”

Beginning late Wednesday night, the Google subsidiary began removing monetization from many videos as part of a decision to better enforce its community guidelines, including what content is considered inappropriate for advertising.

Webmaster addition: YouTube has blocked monetization of all of our videos all along.

Sep 01 15:27

Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

To install the fix on an afflicted machine, you'll either have to log in using a second administrator account and pull in the latest OS updates, or use the Recovery Console or Settings app from Safe Mode to roll back the anniversary edition and then reinstall the upgrade with the included fix.

Sep 01 11:07

Apple Ordered to Pay $14 Billion in Europe for Dodging Taxes

Apple is facing a huge tax bill in Ireland. The multi-billion dollar company was ordered this week to pay a record-breaking €13bn in back taxes to Ireland.

The European Commission made the ruling after a three-year investigation that found Apple had only paid $55 in taxes for ever $1.12 million it made in European profits. That essentially made its tax rate 0.0005 percent for the year 2014. The usual rate for corporation tax in Ireland is 12.5%. The €13bn owed equates to roughly $14.5 billion USD.

According to the commission, Apple and Irish tax authorities entered into an illegal tax deal that was allowing Apple to pay a minimum tax rate of just 1%. The deal violated rules on state aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Will you take it in iPhone 6'es???"

Sep 01 10:14

Want a Win10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

Delivery Optimisation was introduced in the Windows 10 November Update and had allowed you to get updates from fellow Windows 10 users on your local network.

Now, however, the circle has grown: you can now get updates from PCs on the broader internet.

With Delivery Optimisation, your PC might also send software updates that you have downloaded to others running Windows 10.

The new feature is turned on by default but can be switched off.

Aug 31 19:29

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

How about f**k off – is that adult enough?

Aug 31 18:22

Your Tax Dollars at Work: FBI Took Over Child Porn Website, Increased Traffic

When the FBI busted a child porn website, you would think they'd shut it down. Instead, they kept running it on the taxpayer's dime and increased the page views to 50k per week.

Aug 31 15:44

Facebook's editorial purge has completely backfired

So over the course of a single weekend, Facebook’s attempts to reorient one of its most prominent news products backfired in a big way. In its efforts to rely more heavily on algorithms, the company exposed a central vulnerability in its approach to news. All it took was 72 hours, and a false news story in the heat of a polarizing US election season, to show how fallible its algorithms can be.

Aug 31 12:37

Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept.

Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.

On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.

But the email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, was heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.

The markings on the email state it will be declassified on May 28, 2033, and that information in the note is being redacted because it contains “information regarding foreign governors” and because it contains “Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.”

The email from Clinton was sent from the email account — hrod17@clintonemail.com — associated with her private email server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the problem. On leaving the State Department, Hillary was required BY LAW to return all classified documents to the State Department or other originating agencies. She was not supposed to still be in possession of those classified documents as a private citizen, let alone send the information to anyone else!

There is your intent to do wrong, Mr. Comey!

Aug 31 09:33

Rumor Drives US Accusations That Russia Is Rigging Their Election

As a means of avoiding making the content of the emails a story, the DNC quickly shifted the narrative to claims that this was a Russian government hack, and assorted conspiratorial speculation that Russia was secretly in league with the Republican nominee.

The “evidence” of Russia’s involvement in the DNC hack was virtually non-existent, centering on a few IP addresses in the middle of a complex hack that spanned the globe. Yet the story itself gained traction, as one official would misquote reports in the media as “proof” of Russia being behind the plot, and the media could report this quote as the proof itself. Bouncing around in this echo chamber, it quickly became a general consensus.

Aug 31 09:20

Alex Jones’ Infowars site hacked — 50,000-plus user’s info now available in digital underground

According to Motherboard, the Alex Jones-founded site gives paying subscribers access to extra stories, media and information. The accounts for those paid subscribers were hacked and the email addresses, usernames and their passwords are being offered on the digital underground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other side loves to play dirty.

Aug 31 09:07

Google refuses to patch faulty login page that can be used to serve up malware

Google refuses to fix a vulnerability that can be found on its login page which can be exploited by attackers to serve up malware, according to Aidan Woods, a security researcher.

Woods found that login pages on Google allows an app or service to redirect to another page, right after the user signs in. He argues that through this, attackers could trick a user into clicking a Google link that points to a malicious file.

But upon making Google aware of the problem, and after a lengthy conversation with them, the company decided to do nothing about the problem, deciding not to track it as a security bug.

The search giant argues that the redirect page has to be under "google.com" domains, thus limiting any impact.

Aug 31 09:01

Why your home theater PC still can't stream 4K Ultra HD video

Although several online video services now support 4K Ultra HD playback, including Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu, they’ve yet to extend 4K streaming to the PC. That means home theater PC owners are stuck with inferior movie and TV show quality compared to much cheaper streaming boxes such as the Amazon Fire TV, Roku 4, and Nvidia Shield Android TV.

The reasons why streaming services like Netflix and Amazon support 4K (and the emerging HDR format) on PC are complicated; but in large part, they trace back to copy protection and Hollywood’s desire to keep 4K locked down at all costs. And while premium 4K content is coming to the PC soon, you’ll probably need new hardware to see it.

Webmaster addition: I'm just not going to bother! Thery've made it more trouble than it is worth.

Aug 31 08:22

I Get Paid To Write Fake Reviews For Amazon

Whether you need to find a motel in Winnipeg that doesn't reek of despair (good luck!) or track down the cheapest possible Chinese food in El Paso, internet reviewers have got your back. But some businesses have become so desperate for that elusive fifth star that they're paying for positive reviews online, a crime filthier than the rats running around that El Paso Chinese place. We spoke with Jessica Carson, a paid online reviewer, and she told us ...

Aug 31 08:06

Facebook Just Got A Whole Lot Creepier

While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends—and she had no idea why.

“I haven’t shared my email or phone contacts with Facebook,” she told me over the phone.

The next week, things got weirder.

Most of her patients are senior citizens or people with serious health or developmental issues, but she has one outlier: a 30-something snowboarder. Usually, Facebook would recommend he friend people his own age, who snowboard and jump out of planes. But Lisa told me that he had started seeing older and infirm people, such as a 70-year-old gentleman with a walker and someone with cerebral palsy.

Aug 31 08:02

This malware sold to governments could help them spy on iPhones, researchers say

The malware, which the researchers said came from an Israeli company called NSO Group that was bought by the U.S. private equity firm Francisco Partners in 2014, was used to target journalists and activists in some cases, according to Citizen Lab, a group focused on the intersection of technology and information security.

Apple released a fix for the problems on Thursday. "We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits," the company said in a statement.

Aug 31 07:53

State: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI

The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.

Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.

Aug 31 07:49

Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

Peripherals builder Anker has issued a recall after researchers found that one of its USB-C cables could potentially cause serious damage to connected hardware.

Researcher Nathan K found that the Anker PowerLine USB-C cables (model A8185011) used an improper method of identifying themselves, presenting as a device. This, in turn, can allow the cables to send a higher-than-intended voltage when plugged in as a charger, resulting in damage to connected devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Aug 31 07:47

Everything We Know About NSO Group: The Professional Spies Who Hacked iPhones With A Single Text

But for the last six years, their everyday routine has been nothing less than extraordinary: create the world’s most invasive mobile spy kit without ever exposing their work. Now, though, they’ve been busted exploiting iPhones in some of the most astonishing attacks yet seen in the world of private espionage. The company, according to analyses from Citizen Lab and Lookout Mobile Security, discovered three previously-unknown and unpatched iOS vulnerabilities (known as zero-days) were exploited by the firm, with just one click of a link in a text required to silently jailbreak the phone. This allowed its malware, codenamed Pegasus, to install on the phone, hoovering up all communications and locations of the targeted iPhones. That includes iMessage, Gmail, Viber, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype communications, amongst other data. It can collect Wi-Fi passwords too.

Aug 31 07:46

Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

Running out of bog rolls or prophylactics and can’t be bothered to hot foot it to the local shops? Fear not lazy 21st century human for Amazon has found a solution to a problem that - for most of us - doesn’t exist.

The almighty US retailer has imported the Dash button to the UK, Germany and Austria: a W-Fi connected plastic device that allow consumers to order a specific household product at the touch of a…you’ve got it.

There are around 40 buttons at launch including one for Ariel, Nerf, Olay, Playdoh, Kleenex and Durex.

Orders take 24 hours to be delivered so customers entertaining some love-making that evening will either need to pop to the shops to buy condoms in the traditional way or take a cold shower.

Aug 31 06:31

Judicial Watch: Court Hearing Tuesday, August 30

After admitting in an August 23 court filing that it found documents that “satisfied the [Benghazi-related] search terms” of the new Clinton emails, the State Department proposed a rolling production schedule, “under which State would make its first production of any non-exempt responsive records subject to FOIA on September 30, 2016, and complete production no later than October 31, 2016.” Judicial Watch then asked the court that State make known the volume of documents remaining to be reviewed before it accepts whether the production schedule is reasonable.

Aug 31 05:47

Facebook destroys 'Pravda' in act of information war

We have never had any illusions about Facebook's excessive Russian-language advertising in all contextual advertising networks, or why the social network restricts the rights of those users, whose thoughts differ from the opinions of Facebook Ukraine, let alone US shareholders.

Aug 30 19:41

OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

Password attic OneLogin has been breached, and it's bad, because the service that suffered the breach is one often used by people to store credentials like admin password and software keys.

The online credential manager says a its Secure Notes facility was breached, allowing the intruder to read in cleartext notes edited between 2 June and 25 August this year.

Some 12 million customers use OneLogin.

It could be a dangerous breach for those affected. OneLogin suggests Secure Notes can be used to hold "information such as license keys and firewall passwords" making the stolen data a gift for network exploitation and lateral movement, should IT folks heed the advice and store sensitive credentials in the service.

Aug 30 18:14

Flashback: Secret Board Resolution Paved Way In ICANN Internet Globalization Agenda

Philip Corwin, Founding principal of Virtualaw LLC, and ICANN watchdog for the Internet Commerce Association, spoke out recently at the 49th ICANN meeting. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is in charge of assigning domain names and IP addresses on the internet. Until now, the United States has had contractual oversight for the organization. Singapore hosted the historic ICANN meeting, which discussed the future of internet governance after the United States ceded control. Singapore has a poor track record of internet freedom. Terence Lee writes in a paper for Surveillance and Society that internet regulation in Singapore “… hinges on an ideology of control with the sole aim of producing law-abiding, self-regulated and therefore, economically productive, docile and compliant citizens.”

Aug 30 15:38

Microsoft Services To Crack Down On 'Hate Speech'

The end may be nigh for trolls on Skype and Xbox. Microsoft is launching a customer support service that allows users to report hate speech. Conversely, the new system also includes an appeals forum to reinstate contested content.

For hate mongers on the internet, Microsoft would become judge, jury and executioner. On Friday, the software conglomerate rolled out a new system for airing grievances regarding hate speech posted on Microsoft-hosted services.

Aug 30 15:22

How Canvas Fingerprint Blockers Make You Easily Trackable

As many know, canvas fingerprinting is the most recent development in web tracking. In the past, the easiest way to prevent web tracking was to block out the method of tracking entirely. For example, to prevent cookie tracking, you simply disable cookies in your browser.

But when it comes to canvas fingerprinting, things are not so cut-and-dry. In fact, believe it or not, using a canvas fingerprint blocker can actually make you more trackable than if you weren’t using one.

Aug 30 15:09

BitTorrent Client Transmission Again Victimized by OS X Malware

Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first "ransomware" ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered OS X malware.

Researchers at security website We Live Security have discovered the malware, called OSX/Keydnap, was spread through a recompiled version of Transmission temporarily distributed through the client's official website.

OSX/Keydnap executes itself in a similar manner as the previous Transmission ransomware KeRanger, by adding a malicious block of code to the main function of the app, according to the researchers.

Aug 30 15:07

FBI director: 'There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America'

Welcome back, hope you had a great summer, let's get right back to our regularly scheduled cyber programming: A global war over encryption.

FBI Director James Comey, who has spent the last six months itching to get back into a public debate over the spread of encryption and mandated special backdoor government access to data, took to a spotlighted stage on Tuesday to pointedly criticize tech companies who offer default strong encryption on devices, saying he was preparing for the argument to extend into 2017 and beyond.

Aug 30 13:58

FBI Recovers 30 Benghazi Emails Deleted By Hillary

With Hillary Clinton continuing her run of days without a press conference, the nation is growing increasingly concerned as day after day more headlines - from even the mainstream media - cast shadows over her actions as Secretary of State. With more records reported to be released tomorrow, AP reports another nail in the coffin of Clinton honesty today as The State Department is forced to admit that The FBI has discovered dozens of emails related to Benghazi that Clinton failed to hand over.

Aug 30 13:15

Array of Things Allow Chicago To Spy On Entire City: “Wake Up And Realize We’re Just Servants”

Chicago is launching a creepy new campaign to blanket the mega-city in more surveillance through its Array of Things, creating a network of (at least) 500 sensors devices that will be shared in a growing Big Data cloud.

The data will be publicly ‘released’ and also shared with city officials, “policy makers”, scientists/experts, law enforcement and (surely) government agencies, all of whom will process and analyze the data.

[…] the fact is virtually every piece of electronic equipment (including appliances) can be controlled via apps and Internet-based systems. It is for this reason that Petraeus stated that the CIA will be able to read these devices via the Internet and even radio waves outside of the home.

Read more at SHTF

Aug 30 12:59

Blueprint for an Orwellian future? Chicago tests new data collection technology

The Array of Things project could be life changing. By using cameras, sound level monitors and air quality sensors, the network digitizes city living. But privacy experts fear potential problems with the program.

Aug 30 06:31

BEX ALERT - Russian hackers said to have targeted Arizona election system

Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russian hackers were behind the assault on the election system in that state.

The bureau told Arizona officials that the threat was “credible” and severe, ranking as “an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10,” said Matt Roberts, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.

As a result, Secretary of State Michele Reagan shut down the state voter registration system for almost a week.

It turned out that the hackers did not succeed in compromising the state system or even any county system, but rather had managed to steal the user name and password for one Gila County elections official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is John McCain laying the groundwork to contest his electoral defeat by blaming Russia? And given that the official FBI recommendation for dealing with ransomware is to pay the ransom, I seriously doubt their ability to identify the voting system hackers.

Aug 29 19:02

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

Apple is being sued by a class of former iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who accuse the company of failing to address a design problem that caused the handset's touchscreen to malfunction.

A complaint [PDF] filed in the Northern California US District Court accuses Apple of violating both California state and US federal laws for selling and refusing to repair out-of-warranty handsets afflicted with an issue that causes the iPhone's touchscreen to become unresponsive or fail completely.

Aug 29 18:58

Tim Cook trousers $135m in Apple shares

CEO celebrates five years by getting even richer

Aug 29 16:21

Meet USBee, the malware that uses USB drives to covertly jump airgaps

In 2013, a document leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden illustrated how a specially modified USB device allowed spies to surreptitiously siphon data out of targeted computers, even when they were physically severed from the Internet or other networks. Now, researchers have developed software that goes a step further by turning unmodified USB devices into covert transmitters that can funnel large amounts of information out of similarly "air-gapped" PCs.

Aug 29 15:54

Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy

Module pushes out false story about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story link about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich

Aug 29 15:23

Snooping Online: ‘Orwell’ Game Puts Users Into Shoes Of Data Collection Specialist

A new computer game is highlighting the extent to which governments can now snoop on us.

Aug 29 12:37

The iPhone 6 Is Falling Apart, Thanks To 'Touch Disease'

iPhone 6 owners are noticing a problem with their aging phones. The touchscreens are slowly getting less and less responsive until, suddenly, a grey bar starts flickering at the top and the touchscreen stops working altogether. It’s called ‘Touch Disease,” and it might be the ultimate fate of almost every iPhone 6.

The conspiracy-minded might note this problem is first appearing conveniently right when two years are up and a new iPhone is about to make its debut. We’ll take the high road and leave it there.

Aug 29 12:19

10 easy ways to prevent malware infection

One of the top delivery methods for malware today is by exploit kit. Exploit kits are sneaky little suckers that rummage around in your computer and look for weaknesses in the system, whether that’s an unprotected operating system, a software program that hasn’t been updated in months, or a browser whose security protocols aren’t up to snuff (we’re looking at you, Internet Explorer).

Here are some ways you can protect against exploits and shield your vulnerabilities:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still think the best idea is to catch just one cyber-scammer and crucify them live on national TV. If they are reasonably healthy it will take them a week to die. And that might dampen the enthusiasm of those who want to rip you off.

Aug 29 12:17

Parents, beware of this SMS scam

We’ve recently been alerted to a scam circulating within the UK and causing distress to parents or adults who knows someone by the name of “Sarah”.

The scam comes in the form of an SMS, which contains a message stating that “Sarah”, the purported sender, has been in a “small accident” and is asking the recipient to text back once they’ve received her message. The Teignmouth Police in Devon has shared the below tweet from someone who appears to have encountered the message himself:

SMS scams are not unheard of in the UK, and they use various social engineering tactics: some promise users with video games, glamour videos, and adult material, some simply wants to “catch up,” and some are designed to trick recipients into giving up their online account credentials, even two-factor verification codes. This particular scam is a great new addition to the SMS scam list in the UK, yet it’s not something we haven’t seen before elsewhere.

Aug 29 09:35

BREAKING: Leaked FBI alert, admits hackers penetrated US election systems

On Monday, an official FBI alert from August 18 was leaked to Yahoo News. The alert stated the FBI had uncovered evidence showing that at least two state election systems were penetrated by hackers in recent weeks. The FBI quickly issued warnings to election officials across the country to ramp up security on their systems.

Aug 29 09:21

LEAKED FBI ALERT, ADMITS HACKERS PENETRATED US ELECTION SYSTEMS

On Monday, an official FBI alert from August 18 was leaked to Yahoo News. The alert stated the FBI had uncovered evidence showing that at least two state election systems were penetrated by hackers in recent weeks. The FBI quickly issued warnings to election officials across the country to ramp up security on their systems.
It appears from the Flash Alert that the public was not supposed to know about it.

This FLASH has been released TLP: AMBER: The information in this product is only for members of their own organization and those with DIRECT NEED TO KNOW. This information is NOT to be forwarded on beyond NEED TO KNOW recipients.
The FBI then goes on to describe the nature of the attack and lists the IP addresses associated with the intrusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These hacks validate the urgent need for this country to go back to paper ballots and easily obtainable photo IDs for American voting.

But Hillary has her million dollar hacker squad, who are doing their level best to silence anyone in the least bit critical of her, her history, and her candidacy; if they are doing this, why would her "Clintonhackistas" be above hacking voting boards, machines, and processes?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't be, and rather than accuse a foreign country of doing this, the more logical reason for this may well be courtesy of her people.

Aug 29 09:15

Clinton Campaign uses ‘Snowden-approved’ encryption app to discuss Trump

The Clinton campaign has begun using a “Snowden-approved” encrypted messaging app in order to privately discuss Donald Trump.

Aug 29 09:09

Tesla patented the first drone and believed it could bring world peace

The invention would allow for self-propulsion of an unmanned vehicle for which he foresaw many potential uses

Aug 29 08:25

Ransomware: The smart person's guide

This guide covers the history of ransomware, the systems being targeted in ransomware attacks, and what you can do to avoid paying a ransom in the event of an attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The official FBI recommendation is to pay the ransom. Are they getting a piece of the action?

Aug 29 07:52

The ‘Intelligent’ Robot That Became Racist

Researchers from Princeton University found that artificial intelligence systems may show signs of racism. During the study, the robot found the names of white Americans “pleasant”, while considering the names of black Americans “unpleasant,” according to the study.

Aug 29 07:40

Leaked FBI Alert, Admits Hackers Penetrated US Election Systems

By Matt Agorist

On Monday, an official FBI alert from August 18 was leaked to Yahoo News. The alert stated the FBI had uncovered evidence showing that at least two state election systems were penetrated by hackers in recent weeks. The FBI quickly issued warnings to election officials across the country to ramp up security on their systems.

It appears from the Flash Alert that the public was not supposed to know about it...

Aug 28 10:59

BREAKING: Benghazi Documents FINALLY Found – Hidden In Hillary’s Deleted Email File

This week, the State Department was forced to admit in court filings it had “received positive hits” for Benghazi-related documents among the nearly 15,000 Clinton emails uncovered by the FBI during its more than year-long investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private server housed at her home during her tenure as President Obama’s first Secretary of State.

Judge Dimitrouleas gave the Department until September 13 to review the emails, in addition to other communications, and turn over responsive records, but Clinton’s former department claimed it cannot comply with the order by the deadline due to the large number of emails to be reviewed, estimating that it will take until well after the November 8 election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a solution. The State Department turns over the emails as they find them, so at least part of them are available for the voters to see!

Aug 28 07:19

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm seeing the same thing with an almost-2 neighbor child. I have talked about the problems with his mother and she is limiting his access to the pad (at which point he throws a tantrum). Too much of anything is a problem.

Aug 27 19:09

Google and Facebook could be forced to pay for news stories if they want to use publishers' content

The internet giants will have to reach deals with content providers, such as newspapers, before they can use excerpts of articles on their sites.

Officials at the European Commission in Brussels say the plans, which will be unveiled in September, are being drawn up to dilute the power of big online operators whose market share gives them an advantage in commercial negotiations.

Aug 27 19:08

Kindle crashes and broken PowerShell: Something isn’t right with Windows 10 testing

The reason that these things have broken is remarkable. The Cumulative Update doesn't include all the files it needed to. One missing file breaks DSC; a second missing file breaks implicit remoting. A revised package that includes these missing files will be released on August 30; although Microsoft recognizes that the problem exists, it isn't apparently important enough to rush out a fix, so it'll have to wait for the next Tuesday.

Once again, this speaks to an extraordinary lack of testing on Microsoft's part. Ensuring that a cumulative update includes all the files it's supposed to and doesn't break core PowerShell functionality is basic stuff.

Aug 27 12:54

Facebook News Team Fired – Was Breitbart Responsible?

Facebook has fired its Trending News team, responsible for curating the social media network’s “Trending News” list, after Breitbart Tech began to reveal their progressive biases last month. The team is set to be replaced by a team of engineers managing an algorithm.

Aug 27 11:56

Internet of things struggles as use of smart home gadgets flatlines

Figures from Deloitte show that the popularity of connected home gadgets has barely changed in the last year, despite manufacturers and retailers trying to boost sales.

Aug 27 11:46

WhatsApp is now sharing your phone number with Facebook - here's how to stop it

The first option to opt out is given when WhatsApp asks you to agree to its updated terms and conditions. Instead of tapping Agree selected "Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy".

In here there is a checkbox next to "Share my account info" that refers to the controversial new information sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. Uncheck this box to remove the permission to do so.

If you have already accepted the new terms without deselecting this box you have 30 days to revoke the permission. In the app go to Settings -> Account -> Share my account info and uncheck the box.

Aug 27 10:33

NSA Whistleblowers: NSA Hack Was Likely An Inside Job

The probability is that an insider provided the data.

I say this because the NSA net is a closed net that is continuously encrypted. Which would mean, that if someone wanted to hack into the NSA network they would not only have to know weaknesses in the network/firewalls/tables and passwords but also be able to penetrate the encryption.

So, my bet is that it is an insider. In my opinion, if the Russians had these files, they would use them not leak them or any part of them to the world.

Aug 27 09:44

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

As people move through a space with a Wi-Fi signal, their bodies affect it, absorbing some waves and reflecting others in various directions. By analyzing the exact ways that a Wi-Fi signal is altered when a human moves through it, researchers can “see” what someone writes with their finger in the air, identify a particular person by the way that they walk, and even read a person’s lips with startling accuracy—in some cases even if a router isn’t in the same room as the person performing the actions.

Aug 27 09:23

Harvard Professor Creates Blueprint for Ending Cash in US; Calls for Immediate Phasing Out of $20 Bills

The attack on cash has entered a new stage. Kenneth Rogoff, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is out with an essay this morning in the Wall Street Journal titled,The Sinister Side of Cash.

Aug 27 09:13

Hillary Clinton Enters The Media Wars

When I wrote the above, I had no idea that two days later Hillary Clinton would deliver a speech in Nevada specifically targeting a nebulous movement referred to as the “alt-right,” as well as several of the prominent websites associated with it. Never in a million years did I think Hillary herself would so publicly enter the Media Wars.

The speech itself was pretty bizarre. Although I found her effective on several fronts, I believe it will ultimately backfire by providing free publicity and fame to many of those she intended to demonize.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you -- then you win. -- Gandhi

Aug 27 09:08

Tech firm brags about blocking FBI from recovering Clinton emails

A technology company that provided the program Hillary Clinton's team used to scrub her private server of emails bragged on its website Thursday that it had prevented the FBI from accessing deleted records.

BleachBit, the publicly-available application that was used to deleted some of Clinton's emails ahead of an FBI investigation, said it had not yet been served a subpoena over its involvement in the destruction of potentially classified records.

A headline on the company's website read: "BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton."

Rep. Trey Gowdy brought the involvement of the program to light Thursday when he told Fox News that Clinton's emails were so fully deleted that "even God can't read them."

Aug 27 05:36

How to Hillary Clinton your own computer

If you aren’t an actual criminal like Clinton, more practical uses for the program range from cleaning out a computer you’re planning to sell to selectively deleting information that government agencies and corporations use to track your everyday web activity.

Aug 26 13:30

Facebook, Twitter & YouTube ‘Consciously Failing’ To Tackle Online Extremism – MPs

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others are “consciously failing” to combat extremist material promoting terrorism on their sites, an influential group of MPs claims.

The Home Affairs Select Committee have accused internet giants such as Google of “passing the buck” and allowing websites to become “recruiting platforms for terrorism.”

Aug 26 13:25

The Future of War Looks Like Hollywood: “Terminator-Like Machines to Fight in Battlefields”

The future might be unrecognizable, and the battlefield may soon become a place where humans don’t stand a chance.

The future of war will involve autonomous robots instead of humans, according to Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva, who warned enemies could build “Terminator”-like machines to fight in battlefields.

“I’m talking about a wholly-robotic system that decides whether or not, at the point of decision, it’s going to do lethal ops.”

Read more at SHTF

Aug 26 11:10

Europeans Are Escaping to 'Russian Facebook' to Avoid Censorship

Free speech in Germany has come under fire in recent months with an increasing amount of Germans being arrested jailed or fined for what the German state considers hate speech online. The German government has even enlisted the help of social media giants like Facebook to track down posts that are critical of Muslims or of mass migration. Now more German internet users are flooding to Russian Facebook equivalent VK network to avoid the censorship reports Die Welt. Once more known for being a favourite hangout for European political fringe groups, VK network has become the last bastion for many Germans who simply want to express their displeasure with the ongoing migrant crisis without fear of their comments being taken down or VK alerting police. While it is currently unknown how many Germans are using the service several high profile leaders in the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement like leader Lutz Bachmann and former member Tatjana Festerling, have accounts on the site.

Aug 26 10:14

BENGHAZI DOCUMENTS Found in Deleted Hillary Clinton Email Files: State Dept

The State Department revealed Benghazi related material was found in searches of the approximately 14,900 deleted Hillary Clinton emails recovered by the FBI that were sent to State as potentially work-related.

In March 2015 Hillary Clinton said she chose to delete only her personal emails:

Aug 26 10:13

Hillary Clinton Email about Benghazi NEVER TURNED OVER TO STATE DEPARTMENT!

Aug 26 09:43

Word Games: What the NSA Means by “Targeted” Surveillance Under Section 702

By Cindy Cohn

We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like “collect,” “conversations,” “communications,” and even “surveillance” have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity.

There’s another one to watch: “targeted” v. “mass” surveillance.

Since 2008, the NSA has seized tens of billions of Internet communications. It uses the Upstream and PRISM programs—which the government claims are authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act...

Aug 26 09:26

Apple Upgrades Security After Alleged Israeli Group’s Spyware Attack On Arab Activist

A botched hack attempt using “sophisticated spyware package” allegedly tailored by an Israeli group on the iPhone of an Arab activist has triggered Apple to issue an “important” security update for its mobile operating system, iOS.

The attackers tried to lure Ahmed Mansoor, a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based human rights activist, with text messages embedding a suspicious link to “secrets” about detainees tortured in Arab jails.

Aug 26 08:28

FBI ADMITS CLINTON USED SOFTWARE DESIGNED TO "PREVENT RECOVERY" AND "HIDE TRACES OF" DELETED EMAILS

South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News today and disclosed new details about the Clinton email scandal that seem to indicate intent to destroy evidence. Per the clip below, Gowdy reveals that Clinton used "BleachBit" to erase the "personal" emails from her private server.

For those not familiar with the software, BleachBit is intended to help users delete files in a way to "prevent recovery" and "hide traces of files deleted." Per the BleachBit website:

Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster.
During his appearance on Fox, Gowdy clearly indicates that Clinton's use of BleachBit undermines her claims that she only deleted innocuous "personal" emails from her private server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) surprise at this!!

Aug 26 08:18

BOMBSHELL Report: In Hillary’s Deleted Emails They Found THIS About BENGHAZI

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated, “It is astonishing that Hillary Clinton tried to delete and hide Benghazi emails and documents. No wonder federal courts in Florida and DC are ordering the State Department to stop stalling and begin releasing the 14,900 new Clinton emails.”

According to Rep. Trey Gowdy, it’d practically be a miracle if the emails had been recovered. He explained that the deleted emails were removed using a drastic cyber-measure called “BleachBit.”

“If she considered them to be personal, then she and her lawyers had those emails deleted,” Gowdy said, “They didn’t just push the delete button, they had them deleted so even God couldn’t read them.”

Aug 26 07:51

FBI Admits Clinton Used Software Designed To "Prevent Recovery" And "Hide Traces Of" Deleted Emails

South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News today and disclosed new details about the Clinton email scandal that seem to indicate intent to destroy evidence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most people concerned with privacy use similar tools. But here is Hillary's problem. All work-related emails are public records, and it is a crime to erase them. The FBI confirmed Hillary had not turned over all work-related emails to the State Department. So we are looking at yet another Title 18 violation on Hillary's part!

Aug 26 07:48

Federal spies suddenly intercepting 26 times more Canadian phone calls and communications

Interception of Canadians’ private communications by the federal electronic spy agency increased 26-fold last year, for reasons authorities won’t fully explain.

And despite commitments between Canada and its intelligence-sharing allies to respect the privacy of each nation’s citizens, the volume of information on Canadians collected by allied intelligence agencies and informally shared with Canada’s spies has grown to the point that it now requires a formal mechanism to cope with all the data.

Aug 26 07:33

A serious attack on the iPhone was just seen in use for the first time

Earlier this month, an Emirati human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor got a suspicious text. It promised new details of torture in the country’s state prisons, along with a link to follow if he was interested. If Mansoor had followed the link, it would have jailbroken his phone on the spot and implanted it with malware, capable of logging encrypted messages, activating the microphone and secretly tracking its movements.

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Citizen Lab linked the attack to a private Israeli spyware company known as NSO group, although it’s unclear how the exploits were first discovered.

Aug 26 07:24

A quarter of banks' data breaches are down to lost phones and laptops

Just 20 per cent were the result of hacking

Aug 26 07:24

‘Betrayal of trust'? WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook, corporations

The world’s most popular messenger, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will give its users’ personal information to its parent company and plans to make it easier for businesses to contact subscribers. WhatsApp claims the changes won’t endanger privacy.

WhatsApp, which is used by over 1 billion people each month, published a statement as part of a revision of its terms and privacy policy.

Aug 26 07:22

Update your iPhones, iPads right now – govt spy tools exploit vulns

Apple has pushed out an emergency security update for iPhones, iPads and iPods after super sophisticated spyware was found exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities.

The iOS 9.3.5 upgrade plugs three holes that, according to researchers, are being used right now by the Pegasus surveillance kit – a powerful commercial malware package sold to governments for snooping on dissidents and journalists.

Pegasus exploits the bugs to inject itself into iThings. A victim simply has to click on a bad web link to start an infection. Once installed, Pegasus can read messages and emails, listen to calls, monitor social network posts, pull out Wi-Fi passwords, and so on. It essentially has comprehensive access to a poisoned handheld.

Aug 26 07:02

Find out what Facebook thinks about your political views

Facebook knows way too much about all of us, including our political views even if we haven't expressly provided that information. Don't believe it? Read this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I checked mine and it didn't even have politics, and what they did have about me was in large part totally wrong!

Aug 25 10:32

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY INVOLVED IN DEA'S CALIFORNIA WIRETAP WARRANT MILL

A judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach after he failed to appear at a court hearing to answer questions about an eavesdropping operation so vast it once accounted for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps.
[...]
"He should have been there," said Jan Ronis, the attorney who subpoenaed Zellerbach. "But he just blew us off. We could have had court today."

Aug 25 10:05

NASA’s outsourced computer people are even worse than you might expect

Agency's CIO holds off signing the "authority to operate" for systems and tools.

Aug 25 09:55

SMOKING GUN POSTED BY JIM STONE ABOUT HIDDEN TEXT ON MRS. C's CAMPAIGN SITE THAT BRAGS ABOUT HACKING THE VOTE & ASKING FOR PROGRAMMING HELP

Go to Hillary Clinton's campaign web site and on the front page, view the page source. Above the head statement, there is Hillary's campaign logo in ASCII art and hidden text that appears to brag about rigging the election:

Aug 25 09:48

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed.

Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble started when people downloaded and installed the Anniversary Update, which arrived at the turn of the month. That's the same upgrade that has knackered millions of webcams and caused some systems to freeze up.

Aug 25 09:42

WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data.

While WhatsApp has been a separate service from Facebook since its acquisition for $16bn two years ago, the companies are now going to enjoy a cosier relationship.

If you’re a WhatsApp user you can expect the app to soon export more of your information to Facebook as the megacorp seeks to bleed some revenue from businesses by allowing them to advertise to you, without using third-party banner advertisements and spam.

Aug 25 09:34

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates.

Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to "September 2".

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The researchers claimed the problem is present in "approximately one-fifth of papers" that collated data in Excel documents.

The trio, writing for the Melbourne-based academic institute Baker IDI, scanned 3,597 published scientific papers to conduct their study.

They found 704 of those papers contained gene name errors created by Excel.

Aug 25 08:20

Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton set up email server with 'premedication'

Donald Trump intended to say Wednesday that Hillary Clinton's use of an email server during her tenure at the State Department was an act of "premeditation."

But when he flubbed the line and instead suggested it was due to "premedication," he embraced that possibility as well.

"Hillary Clinton created an illegal private email server -- deliberately, willfully and with total premedication -- premeditation," Trump said, correcting himself. He then added: "Could be the first way was right actually."

"You know, I might like the first way better. 'Premedication,' that's a very -- premedication, I think I like it. Wow," Trump continued as the crowd cheered him on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's one of Trump's qualities, he can think on his feet. He doesn't need a handler to whisper in his ear, "You're okay. Keep talking", the way Hillary does.

Aug 24 19:21

Use a VPN or Your Google Searches Are Public

Our research and development team recently stumbled onto something which puts the AOL search debacle to shame. The discovery we’ll describe should serve as a serious and urgent warning. If Google searches are not conducted through a VPN or Tor, you are running the risk that those searches are made public and linked to your IP address.

Aug 24 19:19

Germany, France demand golden key AND strong encryption just when you thought politicians had clued in to basic reality

In a new level of dumb, Germany and France are demanding strong encryption for all citizens at the same time as they demand this strong encryption to be breakable. They also demand messaging providers of end-to-end encryption to provide police with keys they don’t have, and for terrorists to stop using freely available strong encryption without a messaging provider. You really couldn’t sound dumber if you tried.

Aug 24 16:29

North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang

Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang.

In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously.

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