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Jun 02 06:32

Clinton tech aide plans to take the Fifth at deposition

A former information technology adviser to Hillary Clinton plans to exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a deposition next week and wants to prevent any video recording being made of the session.

Lawyers for former State Department tech specialist Bryan Pagliano said in a court filing Wednesday that there's no valid reason to make an audio or video recording of the session since Pagliano doesn't plan to answer any of the questions he's asked by the conservative group Judicial Watch, which is pursuing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to Clinton's private email server. The group is scheduled to take Pagliano's deposition on Monday.

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Jun 01 16:42

The TSA’s Answer to Long Lines Is… Wait for It… “More Security”

Though the TSA has never been effective at catching or reducing terrorism, it has become very good at inconveniencing Americans.

Problem. Reaction. Solution.

Now, Secretary Johnson is using the 2016 travel crisis to push for more sign-ups in its Pre-Check program, in which applicants undergo a rigorous background check and pay an $85 fee for speedy TSA screenings. Johnson dubbed it “the E-ZPass of airports.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jun 01 16:14

Fail: New York Assembly Committee Guts Bill to Limit Automatic License Plate Readers

By Shane Trejo

A bill introduced in the New York Assembly to put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state was drastically altered in committee. The new version of the bill only applies restrictions to private individuals.

Introduced by Asm. Jeffrey Dinowitz on Feb. 13, Assembly Bill 5233 (A5233) was originally intended to ban law enforcement in the state from using ALPRs as a general location-tracking tool of millions of drivers, and would have banned the sharing of legitimately-obtained license plate data with outside sources. It would have also prohibited their use by non-law enforcement agencies...

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Jun 01 15:21

Judge Nap: Hillary's Top Aide Gave a 'Devastating' Answer About Her Emails

The Fox News senior judicial analyst explained on America's Newsroom that Cheryl Mills, whose deposition from last Friday was made public yesterday, spoke at one point about who would have had access to Clinton's account in the event that an email needed to be released as part of a FOIA request.

From the transcript:

Attorney: Okay. Did they have access to the Secretary’s e-mail account so they could search her e-mails in response to the FOIA request?

Mills: To my knowledge, they did not have access to her e-mail account. To my knowledge, the information where her e-mail was — if there was a topic that would have been related, would have been in the communications that she would have either had on paper, communications that she would have had in other materials that she received, or in exchanges that she had with e-mail with individuals on their State account.

Jun 01 15:12

Hillary Clinton On Same Sex Marriage In Her Own Words

Hillary - In Her Own Words - Fact or Fiction? - Email Statements. Contradictions? Hillary Email Scandal? Did she break the rules? Is She Trustworthy?

Jun 01 14:20

NATO likely to declare cyberspace a warfare domain at Warsaw summit – German general

The upcoming NATO summit in Poland is likely to enter the history books as the event where cyberspace was officially declared an operational warzone, according to the military official in charge of building Germany’s cyber command.

All 28 NATO member states are likely to agree to the proposal during the Warsaw summit, to be held in the Polish capital on July 8-9, Major General Ludwig Leinhos announced at the Berlin Air Show this week, Reuters reports.

Jun 01 10:57

Hillary Clinton Email Controversy: In New Poll, Half Of Voters Say Private Server Was Illegal

By now, most of the United States has heard something — via a news report, a Facebook post or an opining father-in-law — about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email scandal. And half of them think her decision to use a private account and server while secretary of state was illegal, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Jun 01 10:44

Wikileaks Asks If This Is The "Smoking Gun" Email That Will Bring Down Hillary

All along Hillary Clinton has pled that when it comes to her violation of Federal regulations, she was at worst naive, hardly malicious and - as of recently - merely doing what each of her state department predecessors has done; and she has been very careful to make it clear that she never purposefully and intentionally "stripped" confidential data in order to send it through her unsecured server as such an act would imply not only a breach of email retention policy, but a willful abuse of confidential documents.

Well, moments ago Wikileaks unveiled what it believes may be the FBI's "smoking gun" in its case against Hillary. In a tweet, Wikileaks highlights one specific email and asks "Is this email the FBI's star exhibit against Hillary Clinton ("H")? "

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Jun 01 08:45

Obama Makes HUGE News To Keep Hillary OUT OF PRISON!

As the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) gets closer to filing a criminal indictment against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Obama White House just intervened to protect Hillary.

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Which means that if I am right, and Hillary was selling secrets using her private email server and charitable foundation, then President Obama has just become an accessory to espionage, as well as obstructing justice!

Jun 01 08:24

Windows 10: less than 15 per cent of those who can upgrade have bothered

Overall, more of us are using Windows. Just not Windows 10

Jun 01 08:02

EXPOSED: Hacker Who Got Hillary’s Emails Drops Bombshell About What He Found

Lehel stated that he had access to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s personal email server. He saw that it was an easy target and described it as “an open orchid,” basically stating that the security surrounding the server was easily bypassed.

Lehel, who spoke via a translator, said that Clinton’s server was unprotected and that he had total access to the server. Her email server to him, an experienced hacker, “was like an open orchid on the Internet, as many such servers are.”

During the interview, McFadden added that Lehel told her he had downloaded things from the server but he could not provide those materials because he was in prison.

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Jun 01 07:39

Best broadband deals revealed: Sneaky catch means BT will cost you 33% more next year

A sneaky catch buried in the small print of BT’s basic broadband deal means customers will be hit with a 33 per cent price hike after one year.

BT’s standard package is currently advertised at £13 a month, with a price rise scheduled for July 3 taking the monthly cost to £15.

But hidden in the terms and conditions it says that after a year the price will rise even further to £20 a month. On top of this there is a monthly £18.99 charge for line rental.

May 31 17:08

New Surveillance Tool Could Give Law Enforcement Access to All Public Cameras

By Derrick Broze

Computer scientists at Purdue University have created a new tool which could potentially allow law enforcement to access any camera that is not password protected.

Researchers with Purdue University are developing a system which could soon allow law enforcement officers to access any public camera system. The tool is designed to help law enforcement determine where and how to respond to crime...

May 31 15:51

Former State Dept. watchdog debunks central Clinton email claim

The State Department’s former top watchdog, in an interview with Fox News, rejected Hillary Clinton’s repeated claims that her personal email use was in line with her predecessors’ – while saying he would have immediately opened an investigation if he caught wind of a secretary of state using such an account.

Howard Krongard, a George W. Bush administration appointee who served as the State Department inspector general from April 2005 to January 2008, cited his own experience in challenging Clinton’s insistence that her practices were nothing out of the ordinary.

“Certainly to my knowledge at least, Secretary [Condoleezza] Rice did not have a personal server. I certainly never either sent an email to one or received an email from one,” said Krongard, who served during Rice’s tenure.

May 31 15:31

Lawyers for Clinton aide block questioning on IT specialist who set up server

Lawyers for senior Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, during a nearly five-hour deposition last week in Washington, repeatedly objected to questions about IT specialist Bryan Pagliano’s role in setting up the former secretary of state’s private server.

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Why? What is wrong with asking how the email server was set up ... if it was just a simple email server?

Hillary's lawyers have just telegraphed that there was something "non-starndanr" about how the server was set up.

Remember China-gate from 1996? Then President Bill Clinton authorized the sale of sensitive US technology to China and Chinese money was donated to his re-election campaign!

Was Hillary playing the same game, selling US secrets delivered via a private server with weaker security than the Ashley Madison website in exchange for "donations" to her "charitable" foundation?

It is time to look past the server itself to what may be the biggest spy scandal in US history!

More at http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/hillarythespy.php

May 31 14:20

AI Struggles With Mirror Selfies As Facebook Scientists Try To Instill New Skills

Advances in artificial intelligence have led to the development of machine-learning algorithms that can recognize cats in photos and translate websites into different languages. Now, Facebook’s researchers are fathoming how to teach computers to ‘see.’

Larry Zitnick, lead researcher at the CoCo project (Common Objects in Context) at Facebook says people should not worry “about AI taking over the world” in the near future as they are still struggling to recognize whether a picture has an actual person in it or contains someone standing in front of a mirror taking a selfie.

May 31 12:55

Obama Administration Files Motion In An Effort To Protect Clinton

The Obama administration is stepping in to prevent Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being deposed in a legal case dealing with her use of a private email server for classified information.

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This is a flashing neon sign blinking, "COVER-UP! COVER-UP! COVER-UP! COVER-UP!"

May 31 12:12

How State Department IG's Report On Clinton's Emails Could Lead To Joe Biden Becoming Democratic Nominee

THE THOROUGH and devastating report by the State Department’s Inspector General concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails has blasted away all the former Secretary of State’s excuses and rationales. For instance, Clinton never received legal permission of any sort for what she did. She knowingly jeopardized national security. She and her aides tried to stonewall the investigation. By the way, the IG was appointed by President Obama, so Clinton can’t claim these findings were politically motivated by a GOP holdover.

Other officials have faced serious charges for offenses far less serious.

The Clinton campaign is counting on public indifference and confusion to blunt any lasting fallout. Unstated also is perhaps the belief that the egregiously politicized Obama Justice Department will make sure the ongoing FBI investigation ends up going nowhere, with, at worst, a homogenized finding of unintentional carelessness.

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May 31 12:10

Inspector general's report on Clinton emails no less scathing for being old news

The State Department's inspector general released a report this week concluding that Hillary Clinton is a breathtakingly brazen and consistent liar.

No, that's not a direct quote. Bureaucrats don't talk that way under the best of circumstances — and this IG, Steve Linick, is an Obama appointee whose report is about the apparent Democratic nominee for president.

So it's all the more shocking, then, that the report confirms nearly everything Clinton's critics have been saying. By setting up a secret email server in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., without proper authorization from any legal or security official, Clinton displayed a cavalier disregard for national security and an outrageous desire to hide her doings from Freedom of Information Act requests, government archivists, Congress, the press and, ultimately, the American people.

May 31 11:20

Israel Demands World Internet Censorship

The Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has unveiled plans to censor the Internet’s worldwide social media platforms with the building of an “international coalition” to counter criticism of Israel.

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Israel proves once again they are the enemy of the First Amendment! On that one point alone they should receive no more of our tax money.

May 31 10:53

MINISTRY OF TRUTH: FACEBOOK SIGNS EUROPEAN UNION PLEDGE TO SUPPRESS LOOSELY DEFINED ‘HATE SPEECH’ AND PROMOTE ‘COUNTER NARRATIVES’

The European Commission has today announced a partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft in order to crack down on what it classes as “illegal hate speech” while “criminaliz[ing]” perpetrators and “promoting independent counter-narratives” that the European Union favours.

A press release from the Commission this morning claims the new initiative has been set up “to respond to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally”.

The move has been branded “Orwellian” by Members of the European Parliament, and digital freedom groups have already pulled out of any further discussions with the Commission, calling the new policy “lamentable”.

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Forgive me, but you have to know where this is going; to tell the truth in the EU, by any electronic method, is going to be deemed "illegal".

And these alleged "trusted reporters"; who are they, except those pushing the EU agenda, and removing anything which could possibly not be in sync with that agenda, even if what they are removing about potential negative aspects of the EU happens to be the truth?!?

George Orwell, the author of "1984" was not only a great writer; Unfortunately, in the 21st century, he has also been proven to be a prophet as well.

May 31 09:19

Facebook using people’s phones to listen in on what they’re saying, claims professor

Facebook is listening in on people’s conversations all of the time, an expert has claimed.

The app is using people’s phones to gather data on what they are talking about, it has been claimed.

Facebook says that its app does listen to what’s happening around it, but only as a way of seeing what people are listening to or watching and suggesting that they post about it.

May 31 09:15

MINISTRY OF TRUTH: FACEBOOK SIGNS EUROPEAN UNION PLEDGE TO SUPPRESS LOOSELY DEFINED ‘HATE SPEECH’ AND PROMOTE ‘COUNTER NARRATIVES’

The European Commission has today announced a partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft in order to crack down on what it classes as “illegal hate speech” while “criminaliz[ing]” perpetrators and “promoting independent counter-narratives” that the European Union favours. A press release from the Commission this morning claims the new initiative has been set up “to respond to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally”. The move has been branded “Orwellian” by Members of the European Parliament, and digital freedom groups have already pulled out of any further discussions with the Commission, calling the new policy “lamentable”.

May 31 09:13

Critical flaws on HP, Dell, Acer, Asus and Lenovo laptops let hackers take over in 10 minutes

All the laptops come with automatic updaters developed by the computer's manufacturer to update system drivers or the BIOs, as well as the bloatware, and the researchers discovered that every single manufacturer's updater had security vulnerabilities that put millions of consumers at risk.

May 31 09:11

Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV

If you're Samsung and you want to wring additional cash out of your television business, what do you do? Add annoying advertisements to TVs that people already have in their homes, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is readying the European expansion of an initiative it started in the United States last June: adding interactive advertisements to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. The impact isn't going to be limited just to customers buying new Samsung televisions, either, as the company reportedly plans to use software updates to retroactively bring the ads to older models that people already have in their homes.

May 31 09:06

Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

The fix? Kill features or replace

May 31 09:02

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10.

The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade.

That’s nearly a year after Microsoft released Windows 10 and with a month to go until its successor – Windows 10 Anniversary Update – lands.

May 31 08:20

TO BLINK OR NOT TO BLINK, THAT IS THE QUESTION!

In the early days of HTML, if one wanted text to blink, it was handled as...

<BLINK>Text</BLINK>

Pretty simple.

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May 31 08:02

New UK Vehicle Mass Surveillance Database and 1984 Action Day

By Charles Farrier

UK roads mass surveillance database contract awarded to subsidiary of arms manufacturer involved in fraud prosecution. What could possibly go wrong? If only there was a day of action against such things…

For almost a decade UK police have been operating a vehicle mass surveillance system that stores the details of vehicle movements in a centralised police database for at least two years.

Now the police/Home Office have decided to replace the database and data mining tools behind the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera mass surveillance network...

May 31 07:53

Fearing forced Windows 10 upgrades, users are disabling critical updates instead

Some Windows 7 and 8 users would rather chance a malware infection than an involuntary Windows 10 upgrade.

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Plus the fact that of late, Microsoft patches seem to break more than they fix!

May 31 07:04

Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours

U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.

Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is a need to ensure such activity by Internet users is “expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,” the companies and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

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Winston Smith, white courtesy phone. Winston Smith, white courtesy phone! :)

May 31 05:40

Again, Snowden fails to acknowledge that tens of thousands of targeted Americans are already on a “kill list”

On May 30, 2016 Edward Snowden tweted that former CIA Director Michael Hayden verified that their was indeed a “Kill List.”

May 30 10:17

The New State Department Report on Hillary’s Email, and Why it Matters

What’s in the IG Report

— Neither Clinton nor any of her senior staff would participate in the IG’s investigation.

— Clinton never sought approval, legal or technical, for her unprecedented private email system.

— IT staffers and others at State warned her against it.

— Had she sought approval, the State Department would not have granted it.

— Clinton violated Federal Records laws.

— Clinton did not turn over all of her work-related emails. Several (unclassified) were quoted in the IG report that had never been released.

— Clinton violated State Department policies and guidelines in place at the time, even as the State Department enforced those on the rank-and-file.

— IT staff at the State Department who raised concerns internally were falsely told the server was approved and ordered to not discuss it further.

May 30 09:45

Google wipes Palestine off the map

The only "Palestine" Google knows is a town in Texas

May 30 08:43

Google's upcoming Allo messaging app is 'dangerous', Edward Snowden claims

Snowden said Google's decision to disable end-to-end encryption by default makes it 'unsafe'

May 29 14:53

Utility Smart Meters – A Probable Terrorist Connection Unveiled?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

All throughout the USA—plus globally—informed and concerned citizens are refusing AMI smart meters for electric, natural gas, and municipal water utility services, which are provided using a Marxist-draconian-like edict and rollout by utility companies that want to cash in on the funding they can receive from the feds to institute what amounts to an apparent ‘first leg’ push for the global smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT is designed to track everyone’s every interaction at all times—in your car (transponders and E-Z Pass); on your computers—specifically Windows 10 backdoors that apparently allow the feds access to your computer; through your ‘smart’ home appliances—especially TVs; plus a human RFID microchip surgically imbedded somewhere inside your body to enforce a cashless society, tracking, and an obvious ultimate control mechanism over every human...

May 29 09:09

Microsoft uses malware tactics to foist Windows 10 on more PCs

To avoid Windows 10 you now need to study that pop-up closely and use the "Click here to change the upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade". This might change again – Microsoft clearly can't be trusted – so if you're determined to avoid Windows 10 then I'd recommend using the free Never10 tool to block it.

May 29 08:51

Why Is Our Government Still Using Floppy Discs?

May 29 08:48

Edward Snowden Demonstrates How To "Go Black"

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first exposed the world to just how easily the government could compromise their technology and spy on them, many immediately sought ways to secure their data and protect their gadgets.

May 29 03:00

4 Awful Secrets No One Is Telling You About Windows 10

You may have heard talk of Windows 10 switching on a keylogger that tracks your every keystroke and that Cortana, the Windows 10 digital assistant, is watching everything you do. It's been found that switching most of these features off does diddly-squat; your Windows 10 is still talking to Microsoft about what you've been up to. So, as long as you don't like using the Internet or typing or even speaking while around your computer, Windows 10 should be a home run for you.

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May 28 09:27

Criminal Hillary: State Department DESTROYS 6 Clinton Lies About Her Email Server

The State Department Investigator General released an 83 page report on Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 – and ripped her over and over again for corrupt practices and lies.

Here are six of those lies, debunked:

May 28 08:28

FLASHBACK - ‘Like inviting spies over to dinner’: Cyber experts are stunned by the companies Hillary Clinton hired

After she left the State Department in 2013, Clinton — now under fire for using a personal email account for work-related correspondences while serving as America’s top diplomat — hired at least three different private firms to manage different aspects of her server.

The firms included Platte River Networks, a Denver-based firm that hosted her server; SECNAP, which sold her a firewall program known as CloudJacket SMB to detect hackers; and Datto, Inc., a cloud storage company that backed up Clinton’s emails in case her server crashed.

The companies, which are relatively unknown, have been described by some cyber security experts as odd choices for such a high-level public figure.

“I’ve never heard of SECNAP or CloudJacket SMB, which says a lot right there,” Michael Borohovski, CEO and founder of TinFoil Security, told Business Insider. “But the ‘SMB’ in ‘CloudJacket SMB’ means Small Medium Business, which Hillary Clinton is not.”

May 27 18:08

Massachusetts House Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

By Mike Maharrey

A Massachusetts House committee has passed a bill that would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by law enforcement agencies using Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

The Joint Committee on Transportation created House Bill 4322 (H.4322) after considering several bills that would limit the use of ALPRs. The legislation would restrict the use of ALPRs to specific law enforcement functions, and place strict limits on the storage and sharing of any data collected by such systems...

May 27 15:56

FOURTH bank hit by SWIFT hackers

A fourth bank, this time in the Philippines, has been attacked by hackers targeting the SWIFT inter-bank transfer system.

Security researchers at Symantec reckon the same group blamed for the infamous $81m Bangladesh central bank mega-heist back in February also mounted an earlier assault in the Philippines last year, itself part of a growing litany of assaults.

The same hacker group was also blamed for the theft of $12m from an Ecuadoran bank, Banco del Austro SA. Related strains of malware featured in attacks against these various banks, suggesting that the same group is behind multiple assaults, as Symantec explains.

May 27 15:51

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Whenever the system goes to sleep for a few hours or more, chances are it’s not going to wake up. These long sleep periods, such as overnight, usually result in system crashes. The start of my work day, almost every day, involves bringing my Surface Book back from an unplanned full shutdown. If I attend a few meetings then come back, it might be dead. Catch a flight to the East Coast? The laptop won’t make it.

In the three months I’ve been trying to solve this problem, I’ve found it’s so common it has a name. Sleep of Death has plagued Surface users, particularly on Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, since early this year.

May 27 15:49

First "Shocking" Deposition In Clinton Email Case Reveals She Did Not Use A Password

Q: Do you know if this setup would have been any different from the setup of other employees?
A: Yes, this would have been different.
Q: How would it have been different?
A: My understanding is that most of the employees’ computers in the State Department are connected through the State Department’s OpenNet e-mail system …
Q: So this would have been separate from the OpenNet system?
A: Correct.

He was asked why he had proposed this solution, and he said it was “For ease of access” and, “as far as I knew, there was no requirement for her to be connected to our system” (even though he had earlier said that her having an email address assigned to her in the State Department’s system, the OpenNet system, was “required”). He said that the “ease of access” would be because of there being “fewer passwords.”

May 27 15:42

Chinese users criticize Microsoft's push for Windows 10 upgrade: Xinhua

Posts critical of Microsoft on microblog site Weibo relating to the Windows 10 upgrade, which Microsoft users must switch to, have grown to over 1.2 million in number, it said.

"The company has abused its dominant market position and broken the market order for fair play," Xinhua quoted Zhao Zhanling, a legal adviser with the Internet Society of China, as saying.

He said users or consumer protection organizations had the right to file lawsuits against the company as Microsoft had not respected users' right to know and choose, and may eventually profit from the unwanted upgrades.

May 27 15:35

Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet

Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike.

May 27 15:22

First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released

Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the State Department’s executive secretariat. The transcript is available here. Amb. Lukens was deposed last week as part of the discovery granted to Judicial Watch by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, non-government email system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Lukens is the first of seven depositions of former Clinton top aides and State Department officials that Judicial Watch has scheduled over the next four weeks. Also to be deposed are Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.

May 27 15:01

Feds fight to prevent Clinton deposition in email case

The Obama administration is trying to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being deposed in an ongoing open records case connected to her use of a private email server.

Late Thursday evening, the Justice Department filed a court motion opposing the Clinton deposition request from conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch, claiming that the organization was trying to dramatically expand the scope of the lawsuit.

May 27 14:51

Supreme Court to illegal music downloaders: Ignorance is no defense

Think you can get away with illegally downloading music if you didn’t know you were breaking the law? Nice try. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a Texas teenager who was making that argument, effectively shutting it down for the foreseeable future.

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So, Hillary's claim that she didn't know she was breaking the law with her private email server is not a defense!

May 27 14:27

Five Facebook Posts That Will Get You 'Unfriended'

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6. Re-posting links from WhatReallyHappened.com!

May 27 13:36

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Surface Book detachable-tablet laptop.

Despite its popularity, the future of Surface — particularly the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book — may depend on Microsoft’s ability to address a reliability issue now known colloquially by an alarming number of users as “Sleep of Death.”

May 27 13:23

BOMBSHELL: Hillary Clinton Doesn't Know How To Use A Computer

Daily Caller

From the start of her term in January 2009, State Department officials grappled with Hillary Clinton’s ignorance of the use of basic computers. In a January 2009 email from Lukens to the department’s Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy, the foreign service officer said Clinton didn’t know how to use a computer for emails.

Citing a conversation Lukens had with Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, he wrote, "She says the problem is Hillary does not know how to use a computer to do emails — only Blackberry."

Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha asked Lukens if State Department policy barred the use of personal cell phones in the Secretary’s official office suite, which is one of the most tightly secured facilities in government. The National Security Agency even rebuffed multiple attempts by Clinton to carry her Blackberry into her office.

Lukens explained the prohibition:

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This looks like the start of a "She was just stupid" defense for Hillary.

"She didn't commit espionage. She is an idiot, and she made honest mistakes, that only LOOK like she was selling secrets. Shoulda, coulda, woulda; what difference does it make at this point?" :)

Can't use a computer?

May 27 12:35

SECURITY RESEARCHER DISCOVERS GLARING PROBLEM WITH PATIENT DATA SYSTEM, FBI STAGES ARMED DAWN RAID

Justin Shafer was roused from his bed this week by thunderous knocking at his North Richland Hills, Texas home, and when he opened the door, found himself staring down the barrel of a 'big green' assault weapon, wielded by one of the 12-15 armed FBI agents on his lawn. Shafer, a dental computer integrator and security researcher, had previously helped Databreaches.net to document failings in Henryshein Dental's widely used Dentrix software, which had been exposing sensitive patient data, despite the company's claims that they encrypted this data (they didn't).

May 27 12:09

State Dept IG Finds Hillary Clinton Violated Government Records Act and Refused to Speak to Investigators

Politico reports that the State Department inspector general has concluded that Hillary Clinton violated State’s record keeping protocols. The finding is contained in a much anticipated report provided to Congress today.

Significantly, the report also reveals that Clinton and her top aides at State — Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, Huma Abedin, and possibly others — refused to cooperate with the IG’s investigation despite the IG’s requests that they submit to interviews.

The report is devastating, although it transparently strains to soften the blow. For example, it concludes that State’s “longstanding systemic weaknesses” in record keeping “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State.” Yet, it cannot avoid finding that Clinton’s misconduct is singular in that she, unlike her predecessors, systematically used private e-mail for the purpose of evading record keeping requirements.

May 27 11:56

#Crooked Hillary Caught Lying Again - Latest Trump Attack Ad

Trump nails Hillary for being caught in 4 lies following the release of the IG report on Hillary's illegal use of a private email server that broke several laws and compromised national security

May 27 11:06

Liar, liar! Clinton KNEW email was hacked

The State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) delivered a sharp rebuke to Hillary Clinton yesterday, in a report that heavily criticized her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

But the report included more than evidence of Clinton’s bad judgment.

It proved she has been lying about her emails for months.

Despite repeated denials from Clinton that her emails were compromised, the OIG report concluded that she likely knew her server was hacked — and went to lengths to keep from reporting it.

Already, Clinton faces questions about her trustworthiness, with months of polling showing voters give her low marks for integrity.

May 27 09:21

Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet

Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike.

May 27 09:00

Hillary has a NEW excuse on why she used her own private email server

Hillary told Chuck Todd today that she used her own personal email (she keeps saying ‘personal email’ because she’s spinning. It’s not just personal email, it’s her own private personal emails server! And no Secretary of State did that!) because of technical problems with her State.gov email or something. Yeah, that’s the new excuse.

May 27 08:51

What Hillary Knew about Libya

In Official Washington’s propaganda world, the U.S. government and its “allies” are always standing for what’s right and good and the “enemies” are the epitome of evil doing the vilest things. But some emails to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton depicted a far different reality, writes Robert Parry.

May 27 08:03

Is There Ample Evidence To Indict Hillary? This Judge Thinks So

After the latest State Department announcement that Hillary Clinton violated government rules, Judge Andrew Napolitano definitively says there is now ample evidence to indict. Sadly, he is much less certain on whether or not the indictment will actually come.

May 27 08:03

Email Scandal Won’t Affect Presidential Campaign: Clinton

US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has defended using a private email server while serving as secretary of state, saying the email controversy will not affect her White House bid.

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Clinton insisted her actions were no different than that of her predecessors, and claimed that she would not allow the issue to dog her election campaign.

May 27 07:47

It's Over: Even MSNBC Turns On Hillary - "Stop Lying, Stop Digging"

To say that Hillary did not react properly to the damning State Department Inspector General report which yesterday found that she broke numerous government rules by setting up her own email server, would be a gruesome understatement.

As a reminder, Hillary's kneejerk response was to plead ignorance and claim that she was merely doing what her predecessors had done before, a claim that was promptly refuted, which was followed by her spokesman Brian Fallon appearing on CNN and saying that the Obama appointed IG had an "Anti-Clinton" bias by releasing the report.

Things however turned decidedly worse for Hillary when even the rabidly pro-Clinton channel MSNBC decided to tear Hillary apart for what is now an insurmountable mountain of lies.

It took place early today when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed Hillary Clinton, calling on the Democratic presidential front-runner to "stop lying" about her personal email account.

May 26 15:59

California Assembly Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

By Mike Maharrey

On Monday, the California Assembly passed a bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk introduced Assembly Bill 1820 (AB1820) on Jan. 22. The legislation would prohibit state and local law enforcement from using a drone to conduct surveillance over private property without obtaining a warrant or getting the owner’s express permission in most cases. The bill also includes a blanket prohibition on weaponized drones...

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May 26 14:44

Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

Bill 74 has passed almost without notice (the casino industry being the notable exception) and will see the government agency in charge of lotteries in the province, Loto-Québec, draw up a list of online gambling sites that they will then send to ISPs.

ISPs will be required to block access to those sites within 30 days or face a $100,000 fine.

May 26 12:19

FLASHBACK - EX-DOJ OFFICIAL: OBAMA SIGNALING FBI TO BACK OFF HILLARY

President Obama tried to downplay the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for handling some of the government’s most sensitive information, but a former top Justice Department official says Obama’s comments ignore the law and are an obvious attempt to convince the FBI not to recommend charges against Clinton.

On Fox News Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace asked Obama if he was convinced that national security was not compromised by Clinton’s handling of sensitive information.

“Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” Obama said.

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Victoria Toensing is appalled by that explanation.

“Doesn’t this former constitutional law professor know the law?” she asked.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/ex-doj-official-obama-signaling-fbi-to-back...

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That is obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offence!

May 26 11:33

You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

The attack features tainted ads from websites including dailymotion.com, vodlocker.com, answers.com and legacy.com. Fraudulent advertisers are posing as legitimate retail or legal businesses in order distribute "conditional" malvertising, which then redirects to the Angler exploit kit, although that only happens if certain conditions are met.

Angler is using a very recently patched Flash Player exploit (CVE-2016-4117) in an attempt to infect the Windows PCs of surfers with the CryptXXX ransomware.

May 26 11:18

Judicial Watch Statement on State Department OIG Report on Hillary Clinton’s Email Practices

It was Judicial Watch’s litigation that almost certainly forced the State Department to publicly disclose Hillary Clinton’s secret email account that is now the subject of a scathing Inspector General Report. A statement by the State Department in a February 2, 2015, status report in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was the first notice to the public and the court that State had failed to thoroughly search all of Clinton’s email records: “[The State Department] has discovered that additional searches for documents potentially responsive to the FOIA must be conducted.” That statement was the first acknowledgement of Clinton’s secret email. And now, nearly a year and a half later, the State Department’s own Inspector General is confirming the gravity of Clinton’s end run around the law. Judicial Watch already uncovered much of the information cited in this report.

May 26 11:05

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Could use Subscription-based Model

As an alternative of going through the typical model, Microsoft’s intended new release of Windows 10 could use subscription-based model. As hinted by Microsoft that Windows 10 is going to release next year, a subscription model can allow people to buy the agreement where they have to pay a certain amount of money every month to keep on using the windows and can enjoy updates for free. Another way this subscription model can be implemented is by giving away the basic version to everyone for free and then charging for any extra feature that the consumer use.

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Told ya!

May 26 10:05

Liar, liar! Clinton KNEW email was hacked

Despite repeated denials from Clinton that her emails were compromised, the OIG report concluded that she likely knew her server was hacked — and went to lengths to keep from reporting it.

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May 26 10:03

U.S. Army to Test Convoy of Driverless Vehicles on Public Roadways

By Joseph Jankowski

The U.S. Army is set to send a convoy of vehicles along a stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

The vehicles will be testing a piece of equipment that is critical to the development of driverless technology.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held a public information session on Monday in eastern Michigan to talk about the testing...

May 26 09:17

Government Report on Clinton Email Scandal Much Worse Than Expected

Hillary Clinton and her top aides failed to comply with U.S. State Department policies on records by using her personal email server and account, possibly jeopardizing official secrets, an internal watchdog concluded in a long-awaited report (pdf) on Wednesday.

Clinton also never sought permission from the department's legal staff to use the server, which was located at her New York residence, a request which—if filed—"would not" have been approved, the report by the agency's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) states.

"At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," it continues.

May 26 08:42

Hillary Clinton's shrinking email defense

While an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server continues, the State Department's Office of Inspector General has raised the stakes with the release of a remarkable report finding that Clinton's actions violated State Department policies and were inconsistent with federal record-keeping laws.

The report also discloses new details relevant to Clinton's motives and her assertion that the use of a private server was simply a matter of convenience. While criminal charges still remain highly unlikely, the inspector general's report is significant and unquestionably damaging to Clinton's public defense.

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Feel free to forward! :)

May 26 08:40

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Redmond assumes closing nagware dialog means 'yes', says that's by design

May 26 07:47

The death of privacy in America — Part 1

The NSA has raked up all of the communications, of all Americans, and those of eighty percent of the rest of the world’s population, for at least a decade and a half

May 26 07:31

NSA and DARPA using patented brain-computer interface technologies that can read your thoughts!

Subsequently on February 28, 2016, The Telegraph from the U.K. announced that “DARPA has successfully tested a brain modem on an animal subject, and the device will [also] let the brain communicate directly with computers.”

May 25 17:09

U.S. Military Uses 8-inch Floppy Disks to Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations

Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too?!

May 25 16:28

Clinton Tech Says Hillary’s Private Email System Was ‘Attacked’ Forcing Server Shutdown

Wednesday morning a scathing audit of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s email usage (along with the email use of Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and others) was released. Investigators with the State Department Inspector General’s Office found that Clinton likely violated federal record keeping rules when she maintained the private server at her New York home. However, buried in the 83-page audit report may be an even more significant new piece of information. A tech advisor servicing the Clinton private email system reportedly notified Clinton’s staff that someone was trying and then had possibly “attacked” her server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, here is where the story gets interesting. This admission in the State Department's IG report puts the lie to Hillary's claim that there is no evidence her server was compromised.

So ...

Hillary's server was attacked to the point of a shut down. At that point, the responsible and prudent thing to do would have been to stop using her unprotected private server and use the secure email system provided by the US Government.

So, why didn't Hillary do the responsible and prudent thing?

May 25 14:53

Hillary Clinton failed to report several hacking attempts

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email to conduct official business broke a number of department policies, an inspector general concluded in a report sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday that also suggests she used the account to try to hide her communications from the public.

The 83-page report, obtained by The Washington Times, is devastating in its evaluation of Mrs. Clinton’s behavior, saying it can find no record of her getting approval from either security or legal staffers for her unique arrangement. The report also undercuts many of her campaign’s explanations for her use of the system, dismisses comparisons to her predecessors’ email use, and points to repeated hacking attempts that she failed to report.

May 25 14:52

Hillary Clinton failed to report several hacking attempts

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email to conduct official business broke a number of department policies, an inspector general concluded in a report sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday that also suggests she used the account to try to hide her communications from the public.

The 83-page report, obtained by The Washington Times, is devastating in its evaluation of Mrs. Clinton’s behavior, saying it can find no record of her getting approval from either security or legal staffers for her unique arrangement. The report also undercuts many of her campaign’s explanations for her use of the system, dismisses comparisons to her predecessors’ email use, and points to repeated hacking attempts that she failed to report.

May 25 14:32

Clinton expressed worries about exposure of personal emails at State Dept.

Hillary Clinton expressed concern in November 2010 about the risk of her personal emails becoming accessible after one of her top aides said they needed to discuss putting her on the State Department’s email system.

The revelation of the exchange between Clinton and Huma Abedin was included in a report from the State Department’s inspector general that was released to lawmakers on Wednesday.

The report concluded that Clinton violated the agency’s email rules when she chose to exclusively use a private email server during her four years at State Department and did not promptly turn over records after she departed the agency.

May 25 12:30

Anonymous Hits New York Stock Exchange, World Bank, The Fed, and Vatican — Total Media Blackout

By Jay Syrmopoulos

Amidst a global media blackout of Anonymous’ ongoing worldwide attacks on the “corrupt banking cartels,” the hacking collective has now taken down some of the most prestigious institutions in global governance. OpIcarus has recently taken offline the World Bank, the New York Stock Exchange, five U.S. Federal Reserve Banks and the Vatican.

After announcing a global call to arms against the “corrupt global banking cartel,” the hacker collective, known as Anonymous, in conjunction with Ghost Squad Hackers, have taken over 30 central banks offline, including striking many targets at the heart of the Western imperialist empire...

May 25 09:25

New York Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program

By Mike Maharrey

A bill working its way through the New York legislature would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step towards block a federal program in effect.

Asm. Michael DenDekker (D – East Elmhurst), along with a bipartisan coalition of four cosponsors, introduced Assembly Bill 4364 (A4354) in January. The legislation would allow New Yorkers to opt out of any utility company smart meter program with no penalty...

May 25 07:55

Windows 10 upgrade app breaks Microsoft's own guidelines

Microsoft's changes to its Get Windows 10 app could make it easier for users to unwittingly schedule an upgrade - and breaks its own rules on how developers should behave.

May 25 07:47

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review.

May 24 18:28

LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

'Linkedin'? 'P4ssw0rd'? '123456'? Come on, people

May 24 14:33

GWX Control Panel

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel and do much more. See the user guide at the Ultimate Outsider blog. You can still download GWX Control Panel as a standalone executable if you don't like installers. Please see the "GWX Control Panel Release Notes and Version History" post at the blog for MD5 and SHA-1 checksums of all official releases.

May 24 11:15

Guccifer may have Hillary emails stashed online

Lazar also claimed to have hacked into Hillary’s email server, but thus far has not offered any proof of doing so. It may be that Lazar has additional files on Google Drive or other web servers where he stored Hillary’s emails that he can now share with the FBI as part of the plea deal.

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May 24 10:24

Israeli Start-up to Provide DHS With Facial Recognition Tech That Digs Up Character Traits

By Joseph Jankowski

Further and further we go into the beyond-1984 nightmare of big brother technology.

An Israeli start-up claims that its technology can take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye...

May 24 10:22

Audit Shows Hillary Clinton Has the Most Fake Twitter Followers

The Washington Examiner reports an audit of the Twitter accounts for the 2016 presidential candidates found Hillary Clinton has the highest percentage of phony followers by far, a whopping 41 percent. This means that of the 4.65 million followers Clinton claims, 1, 906,500 of them might be fakes.

May 24 09:40

The Rise of the Meta-Criminal; Is the NSA Manipulating the Stock Market?

By Jon Rappoport

Trevor Timm of the Electronic Freedom Frontier dug up a very interesting nugget. It was embedded in the heralded December 2013 White House task force report on spying and snooping.

Under Recommendations, #31, section 2, he found this:

“Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate financial systems.”

Timm quite rightly wondered: why were these warnings in the report?...

May 24 09:36

Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade 'nasty trick'

Microsoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box now activates the upgrade instead of closing the box.

And this has caused confusion as typically clicking a red cross closes a pop-up notification

May 24 08:57

We need to know the algorithms the government uses to make important decisions about us

In criminal justice systems, credit markets, employment arenas, higher education admissions processes and even social media networks, data-driven algorithms now drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. These software systems rank, classify, associate or filter information, using human-crafted or data-induced rules that allow for consistent treatment across large populations.

But while there may be efficiency gains from these techniques, they can also harbor biases against disadvantaged groups or reinforce structural discrimination. In terms of criminal justice, for example, is it fair to make judgments on an individual’s parole based on statistical tendencies measured across a wide group of people? Could discrimination arise from applying a statistical model developed for one state’s population to another, demographically different population?

May 23 17:41

UK Cybercrime Prosecutions Rise 34% In 1 Year

The number of cyber criminals prosecuted in Britain rose by almost 34 percent in 2015 while prosecutions for white collar criminals also increased marginally, new figures reveal.

May 23 16:53

Beware of keystroke loggers disguised as USB phone chargers, FBI warns

Private industry notification comes 15 months after debut of KeySweeper.

May 23 15:34

The FBI’s secret biometrics database they don’t want you to see

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which contains fingerprint, face, iris, and voice scans of millions of Americans, from getting out to the public.

May 23 14:25

GWX Control Panel

This is a free tool that can remove and disable the 'Get Windows 10' notification area icon on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Recent versions can also disable 'Upgrade to Windows 10' behavior in the Windows Update control panel and do much more.

May 23 12:51

Intel Officials Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

snip: The contrast between the copious evidence – some of it self-admitted – of Secretary Clinton’s demonstrable infractions, on the one hand, and the very sketchy, circumstantial evidence used to convict and imprison Jeffrey Sterling, on the other, lend weight to the suspicion that there is one law for the rich and powerful in the United States and another for the rest of us.

Failing to take steps against a politically powerful presidential candidate and letting her off unscathed for crimes of her own making, while an institutionally unprotected Jeffrey Sterling sits in prison would be a travesty of justice not dissimilar to the gentle wrist-slap given Gen. David Petraeus for giving his mistress extremely sensitive information and then lying to the FBI about it.

May 23 10:24

Intel Officials Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

Last Wednesday Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 and Defense Secretary under President Bush-43, publicly commented that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “whole email thing … is really a concern in terms of her judgment,” adding, “I don’t know what originally prompted her to think that was a good idea.”

What originally prompted her does not matter. As your Secretary of State and your subordinate, she willfully violated laws designed to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure. It may be somewhat difficult for those not as immersed in national security matters as we have been to appreciate the seriousness of the offense, including the harm done in compromising some of the most sensitive U.S. programs and activities. This is why we write.

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May 23 08:28

UN Plots War on Free Speech to Stop “Extremism” Online

The United Nations Security Council wants a global “framework” for censoring the Internet, as well as for using government propaganda to “counter” what its apparatchiks call “online propaganda,” “hateful ideologies,” and “digital terrorism.” To that end, the UN Security Council this week ordered the UN “Counter-Terrorism Committee” — yes, that is a real bureaucracy — to draw up a plan by next year. From the Obama administration to the brutal Communist Chinese regime, everybody agreed that it was time for a UN-led crackdown on freedom of speech and thought online — all under the guise of fighting the transparently bogus terror war.

May 22 14:17

State to Allow Cops to Snatch Your Phone After Being Stopped and Search it Using a “Textalyzer”

By Justin Gardner

As government continues to expand, finding ever more ways to feed itself through taxation, it seeks to justify this burgeoning existence. Enter the Nanny State.

New York is a leader in developing laws and regulations to protect us from ourselves, perhaps most famously with the Big Apple’s attempt to ban large-size sugary drinks. The Empire State has the highest cigarette taxes in the nation, which fuels a black market, and it places heavy restrictions on other “sins.”

No one doubts that cigarettes and an excess of sugary drinks are bad for the health, but it is not the state’s responsibility to manage this behavior. The issue becomes trickier when bad behavior puts other people’s lives in danger...

May 22 09:09

Flashback 1972 - "FutureShock with Orson Welles"

'Future Shock' is a documentary film based on the book written in 1970 by sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler. Released in 1972, with a cigar-chomping Orson Welles as on-screen narrator, this piece of futurism is darkly dystopian and oozing techno-paranoia.

(Note: This used to be "standard policy" viewing in US Public Schools)

May 21 19:11

The TSA is failing spectacularly at cybersecurity

Five years of Department of Homeland Security audits have revealed, to the surprise of few and the dismay of all, that the TSA is as great at cybersecurity as it is at customer service.

The final report from the DHS Office of Inspector General details serious persistent problems with TSA staff's handling of IT security protocols. These issues include servers running software with known vulnerabilities, no incident report process in place, and zero physical security protecting critical IT systems from unauthorized access.

What we're talking about here are the very basics of IT security, and the TSA has been failing at these quite spectacularly for some time.

May 21 19:09

Think you're not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you

New research into web-tracking techniques has found some websites using audio fingerprinting for identifying and monitoring web users.

During a scan of one million websites, researchers at Princeton University have found that a number of them use the AudioContext API to identify an audio signal that reveals a unique browser and device combination.

"Audio signals processed on different machines or browsers may have slight differences due to hardware or software differences between the machines, while the same combination of machine and browser will produce the same output," the researchers explain.

The method doesn't require access to a device's microphone, but rather relies on the way a signal is processed.

May 21 19:02

An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet now infects almost 1M computers

The click-fraud botnet earns its creators money through Google's AdSense for Search program, according to researchers from security firm Bitdefender. The affiliate program, intended for website owners, allows them to place a Google-powered custom search engine on their websites to generate revenue when users click on ads displayed in the search results.

Instead of doing that, this botnet's operators intercept Google, Bing, and Yahoo searches performed by users on their own computers and replace the legitimate results with those generated by their custom search engine. They do this using a malware program that Bitdefender products detect as Redirector.Paco.

May 20 21:24

Russian Face Recognition App Promises to Destroy Public Anonymity

Waking Times

Mark Zuckerberg has hinted at the personally invasive future of social media. His new artificial intelligence technology doesn’t even need your face to determine who you are, but a new social media platform in Russia is launching that will make keeping your privacy in public nearly impossible – giving even Zuckerberg a run for his money.

May 20 16:44

Robert McChesney: Facebook’s Monopoly & Surveillance Antithetical To Free Press And A Free Society

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with top conservative media figures, including Glenn Beck.

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