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Jun 21 08:54

Israel's Netanyahu warns of cyber risks that can down fighter jets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft.

Jun 21 08:35

Cisco patches critical Nexus flaws: Are your switches vulnerable?

Cisco has released fixes for 34 flaws in its software, including 24 that affect its FXOS software for Firepower firewalls and NX-OS software for Nexus switches.

Cisco's June updates include fixes for five critical arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities affecting FXOS and NX-OS and 19 high-rated flaws affecting the software.

A dozen of them affect both FXOS and NX-OS, while the remaining only affect NX-OS. Cisco says that none of the flaws affects its IOS or IOS XE software.

Four of the critical flaws affect FXOS and NX-OS Cisco Fabric Services, while the fifth one affects the NX-API feature of NX-OS. All have a CVSS v3 score of 9.8 out of a maximum of 10.

Jun 21 08:01

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding.

Airports in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington already use face scans for some departing international flights, but they don’t involve all international travelers at the airports like the program’s expansion in Orlando would. The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler’s identity.

Jun 21 07:52

The end of chip-and-pin: Traditional bank cards could soon be replaced with smart-cards that scan your fingerprint to approve payments

Traditional bank cards may soon be phased out, thanks to the launch of biometric debit cards by Dutch chipmaker Gemalto.

The new bank cards will allow consumers to buy goods using their fingerprints in a similar way to Apple's Touch ID.

Authenticating a payment with a fingerprint is more secure than a four-digit PIN, which means the new Gemalto cards ditch the contactless payment limit.

Jun 21 07:41

Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

A technique for attacking computer networks, first disclosed more than a decade ago, has resurfaced as a way to manipulate Internet-of-Things gadgets, smart home equipment, and streaming entertainment gizmos.

Researcher Brannon Dorsey this week posted an essay explaining how smart home hardware can be vulnerable to a trick known as DNS rebinding.

He also crafted this website that, with your permission, will run JavaScript in your browser to detect whether or not you have any devices vulnerable to DNS rebinding on your network.

Jun 21 07:39

Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

Data breach at Flightradar24 scored some email addresses and hashed passwords

Jun 21 06:52

That Creepy Thing Alexa Said? Here's The Source.

At his home in San Francisco Monday, apropos of nothing, Shawn said that his Amazon Echo Dot said "Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying." He said he felt "disturbed" and added that the incident was "followed by the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt." Not only would Alexa not repeat herself, she would not even acknowledge that she said anything. Extra creepy, like the machine was being creepy on purpose.

All of which makes it slightly more interesting when all you have to do, (if you are me that is), is enter the creepy quote (in quotation marks) and use a search parameter to filter out the very story you are checking up on.

Lo and behold, there is only one result on the page.

Jun 20 16:55

EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’

This morning, the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favor of the legislation, called the Copyright Directive. Although most of the directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of the internet, it includes two highly controversial provisions. These are Article 11, a “link tax,” which would force online platforms like Facebook and Google to buy licenses from media companies before linking to their stories; and Article 13, an “upload filter,” which would require that everything uploaded online in the EU is checked for copyright infringement. (Think of it like YouTube’s Content ID system but for the whole internet.)

EU lawmakers critical of the legislation say these Articles may have been proposed with good intentions — like protecting copyright owners — but are vaguely worded and ripe for abuse.

Jun 20 14:37

Will this be the end of memes? EU approves copyright rules that could kill off user-generated content and 'destroy the internet as we know it'

Last week, more than 70 leading internet figures, including the creator of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wale, signed an open letter against the law change.

It read: 'By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.'

Those behind the letter say they believe in the need for copyright, but having an automated screening process in place is not the correct way to enforce the law.

Jun 20 14:32

Alexa is creeping out Amazon Echo owners yet again: Report claims device blurted ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying’ - then refused to repeat itself

In the latest case, a 30-year-old man from San Francisco claims his Amazon Echo blurted out a chilling message, totally unprovoked: ‘Every time I close my eyes all I see is people dying.’

The statement was followed by ‘the most uncomfortable silence I have ever felt,’ Shawn Kinnear told Metro US – and when asked to repeat what she’d said, Alexa replied that she did not understand.

It’s unclear what caused the haunting outburst, but for Kinnear, it’s enough to consider unplugging the rogue Echo.

Jun 20 13:03

VIDEO: FLYING DRAGON ROBOT TRANSFORMS ITSELF TO SQUEEZE THROUGH GAPS

At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” It’s a modular flying robot powered by ducted fans that can transform literally on the fly, from a square to a snake to anything in between, allowing it to stretch out to pass through small holes and then make whatever other shape you want once it’s on the other side.

LINK FIXED

Jun 20 12:41

This Will Leave You Speechless! - One of The Most Eye Opening Videos

Jun 20 10:17

'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved

A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet.

They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.

Article 11, requiring online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content, was also approved.

One organisation opposed to the changes called it a "dark day".

Jun 20 09:57

Why is the Democrats' bizarre IT scandal being ignored?

While the focus in Washington, D.C. remains centered on the Mueller Russia probe, we cannot lose sight of another ongoing investigation on Capitol Hill. At the center of this developing scandal are the nefarious actions of a former Democratic congressional IT aide indicted last year on bank fraud charges, who at the time was being paid by a high-profile member of Congress although he was barred from the House computer systems.

While the case has not received a lot of mainstream media attention, the details are sordid. Not only does the case raise serious national security and obstruction of justice concerns, it also suggests a blatant cover-up on the part of the lawmakers involved.

Jun 20 09:47

Idiocracy Looms? Study Suggests IQ Scores Are Falling Due To Social Media, Central Banks

A new study, published Monday by Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 - but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

The earlier rise in IQ scores follows the so-called "Flynn effect" - a term for the long-term increase in intelligence levels that occurred during the 20th century, arguably the result of better access to education - according to Stuart Ritchie, a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive ageing at the University of Edinburgh whose research explores IQ scores and intelligence and who was not involved in the new study.

But the new study, along with similar studies in Denmark, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Finland and Estonia, have all demonstrated a similar downward trend in IQ scores since the early 1970s.

Jun 20 08:08

WIRELESS CARRIERS HOPE YOU WON'T NOTICE THEIR LOCATION DATA SCANDAL MAKES THE FACEBOOK, CAMBRIDGE FRACAS LOOK LIKE AMATEUR HOUR

When the Facebook, Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, we noted that however bad you thought that scandal was (and it certainly was bad), it couldn't hold a candle to the routine privacy abuses that have occurred in the telecom sector for the better part of the last few decades. From charging consumers hundreds of additional dollars annually to opt out of snoopvertising, to the use of private user financial data to justify providing even worse customer service, the broadband industry has long been the poster child for privacy abuses without much in the way of practical public penalty.

Jun 20 07:43

Cambridge Analytica-linked academic spurns idea Facebook swayed election

The academic researcher who harvested personal data from Facebook for a political consultancy firm said on Tuesday that the idea the data was useful in swaying voters’ decisions was “science fiction”.

“People may feel angry and violated if they think their data was used in some kind of mind-control project,” Aleksandr Kogan, the now notorious Cambridge University psychologist whose app collected data on up to 87 million Facebook users, said during a US Senate hearing. “This is science fiction. The data is entirely ineffective.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think it would be more accurate to say that Facebook tried to sway the election ... but failed.

Jun 20 07:32

"No One Should Have That Power" - EOS Users Furious After Block-Producers Freeze Funds

The impetus for the account freezing came from the EOS911 initiative, created by EOS42, that is designed to help the victims of EOS phishing attacks and those with compromised private keys.

EOS Block Producers discussed the decision to freeze the accounts over a two hour conference call, ultimately deciding that since the EOSIO constitution has not yet been ratified, they could ignore the EOS Core Arbitration Forum’s (ECAF) decision not to freeze the funds.

The fact that a decision could be made by a small number of players on a conference call has led to several crypto influencers on Twitter bringing up questions about EOS’s decentralized format.

Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Charlie Shrem tweeted yesterday that “this is the point of crypto, no one should have that power,” in reference to the idea that “punishing” people is needed in the crypto space:

Jun 20 07:30

BitTorrent Sells For $140 Million To Blockchain Startup Tron

Justin Sun, the founder of blockchain-focused startup Tron, has purchased BitTorrent, the owner of the file-sharing client MuTorrent, for $140 million, according to The Hacker News. Tron is a decentralized entertainment and content-sharing platform, and of course BitTorrent was a pioneer in the world of distributed file-sharing, and Sun said he hopes to use BitTorrent's recognizable brand in the course of building out his own company's content sharing system.

Tron is hoping to build a platform where users can publish content without ceding any control to a third-party like one would with YouTube or Facebook.

Jun 19 18:49

Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile

Facebook has been ordered by a UK high court judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician and his band, six months after he died.

The Times reports that the firm said it had acted on a request but had declined to reveal to the family who had instructed it.

Mirza Krupalija's partner Azra Sabados says she is certain that it was not a family member or friend.

She said losing his posts and messages felt like losing him "a second time".

Jun 19 14:36

Elon Musk: Free Cash Handouts “Will Be Necessary” If Robots Take Jobs

By Aaron Kesel

Elon Musk claims that universal basic income (UBI) — essentially, free cash handouts — “will be necessary over time if (AI) artificial intelligence takes over most human jobs.”...

Jun 19 09:59

Bug in Google Home and Chromecast devices means cyber criminals could find out EXACTLY where you live and blackmail you with the information

The glitch allows hackers to access the exact location of your Wi-Fi router via a malicious link that could be sent to you via email or social media.

It was found by security researcher Craig Young, who said the issue allows cyber criminals to find your address or make scam messages more convincing.

These include fake calls from the IRS or demands for cash from hackers making phony claims that they have webcam footage of the victim watching pornography.

Google said it plans to fix the security flaw, which leaks your location with an accuracy of up to a few feet, in an update next month.

Jun 19 09:27

The government's creepy obsession with your face

The government is obsessed with your face. Do not be flattered. This is more of a creepy stalker fixation.

From the federal Department of Homeland Security down to local police departments, governmental use of biometric facial recognition software has gained a startling amount of traction in recent years. And these agencies are getting help from big business, to boot.

For example, DHS is reportedly developing a massive new biometric and biographic database with extensive data on citizens and foreigners alike. The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will reportedly include at least seven biometric identifiers, including face and voice data, tattoos, DNA, scars, and other "physical descriptors" on as many as 500 million people. The agency has been remarkably hush-hush on how HART will be utilized — but the possibilities are frightening.

Jun 19 09:01

Pentagon Goes on Cyberwar Offensive, Raising Risk of Conflict

The US Cyber Command was meant to protect the US in general, and the Pentagon in particular, from cyberattacks. In recent months, however, the Pentagon has been unilaterally redefining their posture away from defensive operations toward a focus on aggressive offense.

Officials say that now, the US Cyber Command is conducting nearly daily raids on foreign computer networks, supposedly trying to preempt cyberattacks against the US with attacks of their own. This is not consequence-free, however.

On the one hand, US cyberattacks risk provoking retaliation from targeted nations. After years of the US threatening to retaliate with military strikes over cyberattacks, it’s possible that other nations may feel the same about US attacks. Moreover, in attacking other nations, the US is also infiltrating a number of other countries’ networks incidental to the attacks.

Jun 19 08:05

Bitcoin could 'bring internet to a halt': BIS

The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements in a report warned digital currencies like bitcoin could overwhelm and break the internet if they continue to grow.

The BIS, often described as the central bank for central banks, also warned, in a 24-page report published on its website on Sunday, that cryptocurrencies cannot be trusted the way sovereign currencies can.

Unlike central bank-issued denominations, virtual currencies are produced, or "mined," by banks of computers solving complex algorithms, and then freely traded online.

Jun 19 07:44

Google kills off domain fronting – and so secure comms just got tougher

Google has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.

The technique, more a workaround than a supported feature, has become popular on App Engine, Google's platform-as-a-service product, over the past year or so. And now makers of free speech tools have had to find other service providers or adopt alternative strategies for avoiding the scrutiny of authorities.

Domain fronting conceals the hostname from those observing network traffic by using one hostname in the DNS request and TLS negotiation and another in the HTTP header. While the hostname in the DNS request and Client Hello can be discerned – presumably a politically acceptable site – the hostname in the HTTP header – the controversial site – is concealed through the use of a content delivery network (CDN) as a proxy.

Jun 18 23:34

New Copyright Law Could Make Current and Future Internet Memes Illegal to Share

Posting memes, remixes, and other similar content could soon be banned from the Web in the European Union, according to critics who are speaking out against a recently proposed copyright law.

Jun 18 15:10

Tesla Severance Packages Set To "Chill Valid Employee Complaints" About Safety Issues

Tesla is trying to silence former employees from speaking out about workplace safety issues, it appears from language being included in new severance packages.

Bloomberg reported today that Tesla is trying to curb former employees from speaking out about safety issues that they may have incurred on the job, and it is doing so by including new language in severance packages that it is issuing to 9% of its employee workforce that it is laying off.

Those employees who are accepting severance packages are being asked to give up certain rights as it relates to speaking publicly about workplace safety issues. The Bloomberg article noted:

Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla Inc. is using as part of the biggest job cut in its history is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, according to employment-law experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this severance package language is Draconian in a truly lousy way, and does Elon Musk not care about the optics here?!?

He's making things worse by inserting this language, and one has to understand that he is making himself look as though he is suppressing safety issues in the cars he is designing.

Jun 18 07:25

Hacker Breaches Syscoin GitHub Account and Poisons Official Client

A hacker gained access to the GitHub account of the Syscoin cryptocurrency and replaced the official Windows client with a version containing malware.

The poisoned Syscoin Windows client contained Arkei Stealer, a malware strain specialized in dumping and stealing passwords and wallet private keys. This malware is also detected as Trojan:Win32/Feury.B!cl.

Syscoin developers are now warning Syscoin users who downloaded version 3.0.4.1 of the Syscoin client between June 09th, 2018 10:14 PM UTC and June 13th, 2018 10:23 PM UTC that their systems might be infected with malware.

Jun 18 07:23

Rootkit-Based Adware Wreaks Havoc Among Windows 10 Users in the US

When it was released back in 2015, one of the main perks of Windows 10 was the improved security features that made it harder for rootkits to get a foothold on Microsoft's new OS.

But three years later, security researchers from Romania-based antivirus vendor Bitdefender have detailed the operations of an adware strain named Zacinlo that uses a rootkit component to gain persistence across OS reinstalls, a rootkit component that's even effective against Windows 10 installations.

In fact, researchers say that 90% of all Zacinlo's recent victims are Windows 10 users, showing that crooks intentionally designed their "product" to work against Microsoft's latest OS.

Jun 18 07:22

New MysteryBot Android Malware Packs a Banking Trojan, Keylogger, and Ransomware

Cybercriminals are currently developing a new strain of malware targeting Android devices which blends the features of a banking trojan, keylogger, and mobile ransomware.

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ThreatFabric says the current versions of MysteryBot it spotted until now have been disguised as a Flash Player app for Android.

"In general, the consumer must be aware that all of the so called 'Flash Player (update) apps' that can be found in and outside the various app stores are malware," ThreatFabric told Bleeping Computer.

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Experts recommend that users avoid side-loading (installing) apps from outside the Play Store, and avoid granting apps access to the Accessibility service, which in the vast majority of cases is used mostly by malware.

Jun 17 10:01

Kaspersky Lab halts European cybercrime work

Computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has halted all cyber-crime collaboration with European agencies and organisations.

The decision is in protest against a European Parliament motion which called its software "malicious".

Kaspersky Lab said the accusation was "untrue" and demonstrated a "distinct lack of respect".

The row comes after the US and UK took steps to remove Kaspersky software from some government systems.

Jun 16 17:52

UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert.

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.

Earlier this week, 70 internet luminaries including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales warned that the proposal risked damaging "the free and open Internet as we know it" by shifting legal liability from users to platforms.

Jun 16 17:50

Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

The US government issued an interim rule this morning prohibiting agencies from using products or services that have pretty much anything to do with Kaspersky Lab.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) comes into effect from 16 July 2018 and is a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which prohibits any part of the US Federal government from using the antivirus vendor's wares.

Jun 16 10:01

THERE’S ABOUT TO BE A LOT MORE CREEPY BOSTON DYNAMICS ROBOTS IN THE WORLD

At a technology conference in Hannover, Germany, Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, outlined how his company may soon begin to turn its decades-long robotics research into an actual business.

Boston Dynamics was sold to SoftBank by Alphabet last year following concerns around its ability to generate revenue. Since the acquisition, it seems that the company has ramped up testing on its increasingly dexterous and nimble robots. Earlier this year, Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the rate of about 1,000 robots per year in the middle of 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this technology gets paired with MIT's "Norman", Meet Norman, MIT's Psycopathic AI, welcome to the world's first twisted, soulless killer robots, ultimately to be tweaked by DARPA, and introduced to the battlefield relatively soon.

Jun 16 09:33

U.S. PROSECUTORS PULL ENCRYPTED MESSAGES FROM PHONES SEIZED IN COHEN RAIDS

With regard to any application that claims to provide privacy: “The simple fact is that the platforms on which it runs are compromised from the operating systems down to the silicon.”

I’m not saying to not encrypt. Encryption can prevent your data from falling into the hands of thieves, Google and maybe the local police. What I’m saying is that, “If you are specifically targeted by a state intelligence agency, you are going to have a very, very hard time defeating that.” (From the post linked above.)

Via: Reuters:

Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything I communicate via cellphone, either text or actual voicemail, is pure vanilla, with nothing of real importance or significance attached.

Privacy, which used to be guaranteed under the Bill of Rights in this country, has been thoroughly eviscerated, in post 9/11 Amerika, and the more you understand this, the more you will simply not put yourself at risk by communicating in any other way than simple platitudes, which have no real meaning or significance.

Jun 16 08:59

U.S. PROSECUTORS PULL ENCRYPTED MESSAGES FROM PHONES SEIZED IN COHEN RAIDS

With regard to any application that claims to provide privacy: “The simple fact is that the platforms on which it runs are compromised from the operating systems down to the silicon.”

Jun 15 13:31

WSJ Columnist: Hey, The ‘No Bias’ Claim In DOJ IG Report Is Not What It Seems

Mr. Combetta is one of at least two people who were given immunity by the Justice Department as part of the investigation. The other was Bryan Pagliano, a former campaign staff member for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, who was granted immunity in exchange for answering questions about how he set up a server in Mrs. Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., around the time she became secretary of state in 2009.

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According to the F.B.I. documents, Mr. Combetta told the bureau in February that he did not recall deleting the emails. But in May, he told a different story.

In the days after Mrs. Clinton’s staffers called Platte River Networks in March 2015, Mr. Combetta said realized that he had not followed a December 2014 order from Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers to have the emails deleted. Mr. Combetta then used a program called BleachBit to delete the messages, the bureau said.

Jun 15 12:59

IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices

According to the Inspector General, FBI agents found Huma Abedin deleting classified/Hillary Clinton emails from her Yahoo account but failed to subpoena her devices.

Huma forwarded State Department passwords and classified emails to this Yahoo account before it was hacked by foreign agents and the FBI did nothing. Let that sink in.

Jun 15 09:15

Inspector General’s Report: FBI May Have Covered up Weiner Laptop to Help Clinton

Democrats have long complained that then-FBI Director James Comey’s announcement in late October 2016 that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails cost them the presidential election.
But the report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, released Thursday, shows that the FBI may actually have neglected an investigation into emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in an effort to stop Donald Trump from winning.

The report notes the FBI, working together with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), had begun investigating Weiner in September 2016. They realized as early as Sep. 26 that his computer had hundreds of thousands of emails, many of which were from Clinton-related or State Department domains. They informed FBI headquarters in D.C., but no one did anything for four weeks until a prosecutor in SDNY complained.

Jun 15 09:12

Court Sets Hearing on Motion to Compel Email Testimony from Hillary Clinton

Judicial Watch announced a federal court ordered a hearing for Thursday, October 11, 2018, on a motion to compel testimony about the email practices of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The order was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

The development comes in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit, which seeks records regarding the authorization for Abedin to engage in outside employment while employed by the Department of State, was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Jun 15 09:11

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails -- including at least one email classified as “secret” -- according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.

Fox News obtained the memo prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which lays out key interim findings ahead of next week’s hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The IG, separately, is expected to release his highly anticipated report on the Clinton email case later Thursday.

The House committees, which conducted a joint probe into decisions made by the DOJ in 2016 and 2017, addressed a range of issues in their memo including Clinton's email security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jun 15 08:57

Do NOT update your iPhone: Frustrated Apple users are complaining that iOS 11.4 is killing their batteries

If you haven't updated your iPhone to iOS 11.4 yet, you may want to hold off a bit longer.

Frustrated Apple users are complaining that the software update is killing their batteries.

One angry user wrote on Reddit that it caused their battery to drain up to 25% faster, while others say they are constantly having to charge their phone.

Apple has not yet revealed what is causing the problem or how to fix it.

Jun 15 08:11

Top Russian Finance and Tech Firms in Major Push With Gov't to Make Russia Digital Superpower

Russia’s newly inaugurated president Vladimir Putin has tasked the government with making Russia a top-five global economy by 2024 the day he was confirmed in office for the fourth time. Several of Russia’s largest tech and financial companies have teamed up to deliver on that promise and completely transform the Russian online market.

According to the new May Decrees published on the Kremlin’s website, the Russian government must ensure that the country’s economy is “among the five largest by the end of 2024, with economic growth rates exceeding those of most countries and inflation at a level not above 4%.”

Jun 15 06:58

USE A PHONE? YOUR PRIVATE LIFE HAS SUDDENLY EXPLODED

Evidence surfaced recently -- proof -- that each of us, that every one of us with a cellphone, might as well have a corresponding dot moving and blinking in real time, geolocated on a map somewhere.

Jun 14 18:25

'Naggy' Tesla Autopilot update following fatal crash leaves owners 'confused and frustrated' by telling them to hold the wheel every 30 seconds

Tesla is updating its Autopilot software to make it clearer when drivers need to have their hands on the wheel.

In the wake of a fatal Tesla crash in California, the electric car maker began flashing warnings in cars every 30 seconds that 'nag' users to 'hold the wheel.'

But many were annoyed and confused when the warnings didn't go away, even after applying a 'white knuckle death grip.'

Now, Tesla boss Elon Musk says Tesla will update the system so it's not so naggy.

Jun 14 18:23

AMAZON HAS ALREADY BEGUN AUTOMATING ITS WHITE-COLLAR JOBS

Algorithms have usurped Amazon’s retail decision-makers.

Jun 14 18:23

Urgent scam warning issued to Fortnite players

The creators of the wildly popular video game Fortnite have issued a stark warning to players about scam websites.

Epic Games, the developers of the hit game, have reportedly warned players about scam sites that offer free or heavily-discounted V-Bucks, the game’s virtual currency.

The scam sites are thought to primarily target unsuspecting younger players, drawing them in with the promise of V-Bucks for little to no cost before stealing their login credentials and money.

Jun 14 18:20

ELON MUSK’S BORING CO. ASKED TO BUILD CHICAGO HIGH-SPEED TRANSIT BETWEEN O’HARE AND DOWNTOWN

Elon Musk's Boring Company has been tapped to build a futuristic transportation system using high-powered electric “skates” to carry passengers between O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.

Jun 14 14:41

YouTube Won't Host Our Homemade Gun Video. So We Posted It on PornHub Instead.

Reason has a new video out today explaining how to put together a homemade handgun using some very simple tools and parts you can buy online. But

Jun 14 12:04

Update Windows 10 NOW: Major Microsoft security flaw could let hackers use Cortana to bypass your password and access private files your computer

The cyber attack leverages a vulnerability in digital assistant Cortana.

The Microsoft voice assistant is built into every version of Windows 10 and is designed to schedule calendar appointments, check the weather, set reminders, send emails, and more.

However, the new security flaw could enable hackers to browse files, install a virus, and even reset your password – locking you out of your own machine.

Jun 14 11:32

CHINA'S SURVEILLANCE STATE IS USING RFID CHIPS TO TRACK CARS' MOVEMENTS

China, the world's most populous country, continues to devise new methods of keeping tabs on its 1.4 billion citizens. And after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week about a powerful new spy camera devised by a team of researchers at Duke University who had, incidentally, received funding from the US government, America's business newspaper of record is back Wednesday with another stunning report, this time about how China is establishing a new system to track cars using electronic tags. Indeed, WSJ describes the plan to "improve public security", which will also purportedly help ease extreme congestion in the largest Chinese cities.

The plan, which is set to be rolled out by July 1, will rely on chips that can be identified thanks to their unique radio frequency signature. Compliance will be voluntary at first, but it will become mandatory for all new vehicles by Jan. 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for such technology to be implemented in American cars, most probably as voluntary compliance at first, but mandatory, at a later point in time.

Jun 14 09:39

US Intelligence Developing Better Storage To HOARD YOUR DATA Based On Human DNA

Since the United States insists on spying its own people and saving massive amounts of personal data, the government is running out of storage space. So now, they are developing a new and improved data storage system based on human DNA.

It’s obvious the spying isn’t going to stop, and the US is no longer making it a secret that they want every scrap of data available on you stored. The Molecular Information Storage program, run by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is recruiting scientists to help develop a system for storing huge amounts of data on “sequence-controlled polymer,” molecules with a similar makeup and structure to DNA.

Jun 14 08:03

AT&T – TimeWarner Merger: A Disaster for Consumers when Combined with Net Neutrality Repeal

The argument that this merger, which will create one of the world’s largest media giants, is not anti-competitive lacks all basis in reality, says Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org and FAIR

Jun 14 08:00

Comcast: We've stopped throttling speeds for heavy internet users, for now

Comcast says it's ended its practice of slowing traffic for heavy internet users but reserves the right do it again.

Jun 13 17:17

Bitcoin’s skyrocketing growth was ‘fraud and manipulation’ – report

Griffin, who has 10 years of experience in detecting financial fraud, examined millions of transactions on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. In his paper, Griffin says that the US dollar-pegged cryptocurrency tether was used to buy bitcoin at the times that the latter was falling, which helped “stabilize and manipulate” the cryptocurrency's price.

“Fraud and manipulation often leave footprints in the data and it's nice to have the blockchain to track things,” Griffin told CNBC. Whenever bitcoin fell, tether was used to buy it to prop up the price of the leading crypto.

“It was creating price support for bitcoin and, over the period that we examined, had huge price effects,” Griffin said. “Our research would indicate that there are sophisticated people harnessing investor interest for their benefit.”

Jun 13 17:06

Children are left distressed after adverts for HORROR FILMS showing screaming women and clawed monsters appear on YouTube videos aimed at kids

Trailers for the thriller Insidious: The Last Key - rated 15 in the UK and PG-13 in the US - were shown before videos about Lego and the Disney film Frozen.

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The ASA has now banned the pre-rolls following three complaints it received from concerned parents whose children saw the clips, the agency announced this week.

YouTube blamed the film's advertiser Sony for the mix-up, while Sony claimed the video sharing platform's algorithms were at fault.

The ASA said the horror clips, which were unskippable for the first five seconds, were 'irresponsibly targeted' and 'unduly distressing'.

Jun 13 17:02

Is YOUR Fire Stick secretly mining bitcoin? Malware worm attacking Amazon's TV addons uncovered

A new crypto-mining virus has been worming its way into Amazon's Fire TVs and Fire Sticks, according to AFTVnews.

The malware, dubbed ADB.miner, attaches itself to devices that run the Android operating system as an app called 'Test' with the package name 'com.google.time.timer.'

And once it's installed, it starts using your device to mine cryptocurrency.

It's not currently known which apps contain the malware, but it can also spread to other Android-based devices.

Chances are many users' Fire TV and Fire Sticks won't be affected by the malware, as it requires that you have a developer feature turned on.

However, some users turn the feature on so that they can sideload apps onto their Android devices.

Jun 13 10:01

Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach after hackers access 5.9 million customer bank card details - five months after firm was fined £400,000 for ANOTHER cyber attack in 2015

The owner of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse today revealed hackers grabbed the details of 5.9million customers cards and 1.2million personal records.

The major data breach involved shoppers at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel but bosses insist there is no sign of any related fraud.

Access was also gained to non-financial personal data, such as addresses, names and email information.

It comes just months after the company was fined £400,000 for a 2015 cyber attack which exposed the personal data of more than three million customers.

Jun 13 09:10

UK SECURITY MINISTER SAYS ONLY A DRIVERS LICENCE FOR THE INTERNET CAN BRING BACK ONLINE CIVILITY

A bad idea that continues to persist is a favorite of many government officials. The problem with the internet is anonymity, according to them. Wouldn't we all be better off if we were forced to identify ourselves before using social media platforms? The theory is people won't say mean, stupid, or regrettable things if their posts and comments are linked to their real names. Several years of Facebook-only commenting systems has proven this wrong.
And yet the idea continues to be pushed by European politicians and DHS officials. The latest to call for an internet drivers license is UK security minister Ben Wallace. His theory is the use of real names and verifiable info will inflict mass civility on the internet, which is currently home to roving bands of ruffians and Wild West content. [Paywall ahead.] [Alternate link to article provided by Alec Muffet, who has helpfully taken a screenshot of the print edition.]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will fail, because it fails to protect legitimate, reasoned, and logical dissent, done in a very intelligent way, for anyone who does not agree with any specific government agenda.

Jun 13 08:36

How Israel became a hub for surveillance technology

Israel’s cyber sector is the star of its economy, and boasts an abundance of surveillance companies that sell “intrusive” products around the world. Many of the leaders in the field originally trained with Unit 8200, a top Israeli intelligence unit, and credit the sector’s success with their local “testing laboratory,” the occupied Palestinian territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at the very top of the article's photo.

Jun 13 08:29

US sanctions Israel firms that took part in Russia cyber attack

The US State Department announced the imposition of sanctions on two Israeli companies that the authorities claim cooperated in a Russian cyberattack against American authorities.

The companies, Embedi and ERPScan were founded by Elia Medvedovski who serves as the general manager of both companies which have offices in Russia.

According to an official memorandum which has been issued by the US Treasury Department in Washington, the companies helped the Russian government carry out cyberattacks against large American institutions, including vital energy networks.

Jun 13 08:05

Windows security: Here's why we don't fix some bugs right away, Microsoft reveals

The criteria revolve around two key questions: "Does the vulnerability violate a promise made by a security boundary or a security feature that Microsoft has committed to defending?"; and, "Does the severity of the vulnerability meet the bar for servicing?"

If the answer to both questions is 'yes', the bug will be patched in a security update, but if the answer to both is 'no', the vulnerability will be considered for the next version or release of the affected product or feature.

Jun 13 03:34

Google’s Evil Anti-Gun Censorship Fails

Online firearms retailer Brownells over the weekend had their popular YouTube channel terminated by the video hosting service owned by Google. Brownells’ YouTube channel was in service as of Sunday evening with some 22 million views logged across all videos.

Jun 12 23:56

More Ways Creepy Facebook Spies on You

The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress. They include tracking mouse movements, logging battery levels and monitoring devices close to a user that are on the same network. The 454-page report was created in response to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked during his appearance before Congress in April.

Jun 12 18:01

Net Neutrality Is Dead — What Now?

As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone. As far as the FCC is concerned, net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 17:16

U.S. Intelligence Community Wants To Use DNA For Data Storage

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. intelligence community wants to unlock more efficient ways to store troves of data humans generate every day, and it believes inside DNA is the storage area...

Jun 12 14:37

Top Gloomy Predictions Of Internet’s Near Future

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve heard about the impending death of net neutrality. Well, after much debate and consternation, that day has finally arrived. Net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 12:17

Paul Craig Roberts: In The Western World, Truth Is An Endangered Species

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the world has now, is the independent media; and we should hang on to that for dear life, right now.

IF the independent media is forced to close its doors, collectively, humankind will have nothing but the official government propaganda, and that... can be seriously hazardous to your health.

Jun 12 10:50

WILL BILDERBERG STILL BE RELEVANT AS THE FUTURE OF WAR IS TRANSFORMED?

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.

Jun 12 10:45

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? U.S. ARMY PLANNING TO DEPLOY AUTONOMOUS KILLER ROBOTS ON BATTLEFIELD BY 2028

United States Army Secretary Mark Esper recently revealed that the military has a strategic vision of utilizing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles on the battlefield by 2028.

“I think robotics has the potential of fundamentally changing the character of warfare. And I think whoever gets there first will have a unique advantage on the modern battlefield,” Esper said during a Brookings Institute event.

“My ambition is by 2028, to begin fielding autonomous and certainly semi-autonomous vehicles that can fight on the battlefield,” he added. “Fight, sustain us, provide those things we need and we’ll continue to evolve from there.”

In a preview of the U.S. Army’s strategic vision, released on June 6, Esper said the integration of these forces would become a critical strategic component, quoting from the document:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the creation of "Norman" by MIT, was a first step toward these killer robots; MIT and DARPA have a long, ongoing relationship.

Meet Norman, the world's first psychopathic artificial intelligence, unveilled by MIT

Jun 12 10:39

Over 2,300 suspected sex offenders arrested in nationwide operation

More than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders were arrested during a three-month nationwide operation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, as well as 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or who were used in the production of child pornography, according to a DOJ statement.
The 61 ICAC task forces — located in all 50 states and comprising more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies — led the operation known as “Broken Heart” during March, April, and May.

The task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.

Jun 12 10:36

Senate Releases Facebook Hearing Responses: Willing To Write Own Regulations, Promises Not Spying On Users

After responding "let me get back to you on that" over 2,000 times during the marathon hearings at the House and Senate Committees in early April, Senator John Thune has just released the 229 page pdf tome of all the responses.

While there is plenty to shew through, a few things stood out things stood out:

First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t aware of allegations until March that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted Facebook user data obtained from Aleksandr Kogan’s app, according to June 8 letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Cmte.

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