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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.

May 20 10:31

Angel-faced Youtuber, 18, is kicked off the site after sharing racist views and singing Happy Birthday to Hitler - with swastika CUPCAKES

A racist vlogger has been booted off YouTube after she sang happy birthday to Hitler and called black people ''n*****' in her videos

The woman, known as Evalion, caused outrage by calling Hitler a 'brilliant' and 'compassionate man and condemning Jewish people.

Her true identity isn't known but she is believed to be 18, living in Canada and well spoken.

Evalion's channel was suspended after a profilic YouTuber, called Leafyishere uploaded a video about her entitled 'The Most Racist Girl On The Entire internet'.

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May 20 08:16

NEW ROBOT BEE MAY SOON BE A SPY'S SECRET WEAPON

A team of Harvard University researchers proved this axiom when they found the solution to extending tiny robot flight is by mimicking the way small bugs alight on walls and ceilings. The applications for such a robot are wide-ranging, from small spying devices that can conduct surveillance missions while suspended from a ceiling to research drones that can allow scientists to take measurements where no other sensors can physically go.

May 20 08:16

FOX ‘STOLE’ A GAME CLIP, USED IT IN FAMILY GUY & DMCA’D THE ORIGINAL

This week's episode of Family Guy included a clip from 1980s Nintendo video game Double Dribble showing a glitch to get a free 3-point goal. Fox obtained the clip from YouTube where it had been sitting since it was first uploaded in 2009. Shortly after, Fox told YouTube the game footage infringed its copyrights. YouTube took it down.

May 19 11:45

Elon Musk Funds $1B Project To Stop Human Destruction From “Demon” of Artificial Intelligence

By Brianna Blaschke

Elon Musk’s contributions to society know no bounds: his latest scheme is intended to save humanity from being destroyed by artificial intelligence (AI).

The billionaire, known for garnering a massive amount of wealth and attention with his revolutionary projects of PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, has consistently warned against AI, recently calling it humanity’s greatest existential threat...

May 19 10:15

The FBI Wants to Keep the National Biometric Database a Secret

By Derrick Broze

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is attempting to suppress information about a massive database which contains fingerprints, palm prints, iris, voice, and face scans, as well as other biometric data, of millions of Americans.

In early May the U.S. Department of Justice released a proposal which would exempt the FBI’s biometric database from public disclosure. Specifically, the proposal would exempt the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System from provisions of the federal Privacy Act, which “requires federal agencies to share information about the records they collect with the individual subject of those records, allowing them to verify and correct them if needed.” The proposal is open for public comment until June 6, 2016...

May 19 08:38

Ex AG Mukasey - Hillary Disqualified From Holding Fed Office

Word for word from the Cornell Law Library for those of us who do not have United States Code committed to memory, here's what it says:

(a)
Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b)

May 19 08:24

Government Argues That Indefinite Solitary Confinement Perfectly Acceptable Punishment For Failing To Decrypt Devices

Recently, we covered the ongoing jailing of a former Philadelphia police officer for his refusal to unlock encrypted devices for investigators. "John Doe" is suspected of receiving child porn but the government apparently can't prove its case without access to hard drives and Doe's personal computer. So far, it's claiming the evidence it's still seeking is a "foregone conclusion" -- an argument the presiding judge found persuasive.

The "foregone conclusion" is based on an interview with Doe's estranged sister, who claims she once saw something resembling child porn on Doe's computer -- although she can't say for sure whether it involved the devices the government seeks access to -- and its own expert, who says it's his "best guess" that child porn can be found on the devices.

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"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." -- The Fifth Amendment

May 18 18:43

117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords from a 2012 hack just got posted online

A LinkedIn hack from back in 2012 is still causing problems for its users. The company announced this morning that another data set from the hack, which contains over 100 million LinkedIn members’ emails and passwords, has now been released. In response to this new data dump, LinkedIn says it’s working to validate the accounts and contact affected users so they can reset their passwords on the site.

May 18 17:22

New magnetic storage technique gives six bits per memory cell

The researchers from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and New York University in the US found that by arranging a magnetic film into three crossing ellipses, the overlapping region gave rise to six different magnetic states.

Memory storage is an active area of research. This is not the first time that researchers have made multi-level memory cells with more than two states. IBM recently revealed a memory microchip that could store three bits per memory cell. Some flash drives can hold four bits per cell.

A magnetic storage system has advantages over current electronic storage systems. They consume less power, allow memory to be written and read at a quicker pace, and last longer.

May 18 17:20

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Not 'Namey McNameface' pleads Burke

May 18 17:17

Patch now: Google and JetBrains warn developers of buggy IDE

Google has emailed Android developers advising them to update Android Studio, the official Android IDE, to fix security bugs. Other versions of the JetBrains IntelliJ IDE, on which Android Studio is based, are also affected.

The bugs are related to the built-in web server in the IDE. A cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaw means that if the IDE is running and the developer visits a malicious web page in any browser, scripts on the malicious web page could access the local file system.

Another bug relates to what JetBrains calls "over-permissive CORS [Cross Origin Resource Sharing] settings." This allows attackers to get access to data saved by the IDE or open a project without permission.

May 18 17:16

Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

Leaving the EU could mean UK universities lose a whopping £1bn research funding, according to report released by Digital Science today.

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May 18 15:42

US Presidential Campaigns Targeted By Hackers: Clapper

Hacking attacks targeting US presidential campaigns and their related organizations have surged, says US National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

“As the campaign intensifies we’ll probably have more” attacks, the spymaster said at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington on Wednesday, adding “we’ll probably have more.”

May 18 14:31

Windows 10 Users May Pursue Class-Action Against Microsoft

Microsoft Windows 10 is liked by some, but many hate the new OS. Despite the mixed reviews, it’s no secret that there are several problems with the new version of Windows. Therefore, many PC users that upgraded to this version, either willingly or unwillingly, are now exploring the possibility of a class-action lawsuit against the tech firm, says a report from Softpedia.

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Count me in!

May 18 14:17

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus gets $92 million severance after 2.5 years on the job

The sale of Time Warner Cable to Charter Communications is completed today, and former TWC customers (including me) can probably look forward to a whole new era of crappy service, Netflix throttling, and horrible customer service experiences under our new broadband overlords. But the deal worked out pretty well for TWC's outgoing CEO Rob Marcus, who “didn’t exactly endear himself to customers and employees during his short tenure,” reports Fortune. In part, because of his behavior to employees as CEO. And in part, because he will be receiving $92 million in severance after working at the company for a total of two and a half years. Pretty sweet deal.

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May 18 12:22

BOSTON POLICE DEPT. USES CONTROVERSIAL SOCIAL MEDIA SPY TOOL MADE BY CIA-LINKED FIRM

According to publicly available budget records, the Boston Police Department contracts with a social media monitoring company that received start-up funding from the CIA’s venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. The company, Geofeedia Inc., sells its software to police departments nationwide, as well as to media companies. The organization LittleSis, which documents connections between powerful companies and government actors, has published documents from the Austin, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Philadelphia police departments revealing contracts with the company.

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May 18 09:12

D’oh! Candidate for Congress leaves open porn tabs in Facebook photo

A Virginia Republican running for the US Congress unintentionally revealed his porn tastes to the world when he shared a screenshot of a website on his campaign’s Facebook page ? unaware he still had two pornography site tabs open.

Mike Webb, who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 8th District, was trying to illustrate a point about employment when he made the blunder.

May 18 08:22

French Student Group Sues Twitter (Again) For $50 Million (Again) Over Tweets It Doesn't Like

Three years ago, we wrote about a crazy story in which the Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) was suing Twitter for $50 million, claiming that the fact that an anti-semitic hashtag started trendng violated some sort of anti-hate speech law in France. Twitter, somewhat ridiculously, actually agreed to remove the tweets in question, saying they were offensive. Even after that, UEJF demanded that Twitter also reveal the identities of everyone who tweeted the hashtag... and won (not the money, but Twitter was told to hand over the user info)! Yeah, France is not a big supporter of free speech, we get it, but this is still ridiculous.

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I have a solution. Twitter should just cut off France entirely!

May 18 07:52

'Come and get it': Marine Le Pen dares fraud inspectors to retrieve mobile phone from cleavage

According to l’Express magazine, when inspectors arrived, Ms Le Pen started filming the scene with her mobile. After repeated requests to stop filming, fraud officers lunged for the phone only to see it disappear down Ms Le Pen’s ample cleavage.

May 18 07:48

Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrades are getting even more sneaky-pushy

Instead of simply giving you the option to install its latest operating system (or not), Microsoft now automatically schedules a date and time to update your PC to Windows 10. If you don't want the software update or if you want to change the installation date, you have to take deliberate action: manually click a link in the message, then choose to reschedule it or cancel it altogether.

Kinda sneaky, isn't it? Especially compared with the messages you've been seeing. If you click the OK button, thinking you're just getting rid of the message, the automatic update is scheduled. You'll then find Windows 10 on your PC sometime over the next several days without realizing that you agreed to it.

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Time to move to a MAC or Linux.

May 18 05:59

#FreeSpeechForEvalion (UPDATE: Her Channel Has Been Terminated by YouTube)

Time for some YouTube drama. Onision has started a public campaign of mass flagging and reporting of another YouTuber, an 18-year-old Canadian girl called Evalion (who happens to have a much smaller channel).

Why should you care?

Everybody should have the right to free speech, especially on the internet. She has some quirky beliefs, but then again, everybody has some. It is better to have those beliefs out in the open so that they can be challenged publicly instead of secreting them away in a cabalistic echo chamber where they get only reinforced without opposition.

If you don’t agree with what she has to say, just don’t listen. Nobody is forcing you to. On the other hand, some people might be interested by what she has to say.

Who are you to decide for them what they should be allowed to listen to?

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May 17 15:35

FBI Has Secretly Hacked Americans For 20 Years: Report

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been spying on American citizens using various hacking techniques for two decades, yet many details about its data collection practices are still secret, a new report shows.

The hacking history is almost impossible to document, however, because the hacking happens mostly in secret, The Wired magazine reported.

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May 17 11:08

Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

Cross-platform nasty is simplicity itself to exploit, so get patching peeps

May 17 10:09

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Strikes the Heart of the Empire — Takes Down U.S. Federal Reserve Bank

After announcing a global call to arms against the “corrupt global banking cartel,” the hacker collective known as Anonymous, in conjunction with numerous other hacktivist groups, have taken over 20 central banks offline, including striking at the heart of the Western imperialist empire; the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Bank of England and the Bank of France.

May 17 09:45

6 free tools that stop Windows 10 from spying on everything you do

Below you’ll find six different apps covered, along with brief descriptions. Click on the name of any app to download it.

May 17 08:43

More Clinton Emails!

This week we received Department of State emails showing that, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Laura Pena, a top aide to Clinton, helped push through the political appointment of Bryan Pagliano, a former Hillary for President IT director, to a political position in the IT group at the State Department.

Yes, that’s a bit odd.

The newly released documents also show the involvement of Patrick Kennedy, under secretary for management, in Pagliano’s hiring.

The emails show that others in the State Department International Resource Management (IT division) in which Pagliano would work questioned why a political appointee was being placed in the office. And the emails reveal that a political appointee could not even report directly to a superior in the International Resource Management division, raising further questions among Pagliano’s supervisors.

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Bryan Pagliano is the man who set up Hillary's private server in her home, and now has an immunity deal in the FBI investigation.

May 17 08:36

Judicial Watch Seeks Hillary Clinton Testimony

Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a proposed order for discovery with a federal court that seeks the testimony of Hillary Clinton about her use of non-state.gov email account(s) for official State Department business. Judicial Watch’s discovery plan also seeks the testimony of Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff; and Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff, as well as other current and former State Department officials. Judicial Watch proposes the testimony take place over 12 weeks.

Today’s filing comes in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records and communications in the Secretary’s Office related to the since discredited talking points used by then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to describe the nature of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)).

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If they are also talking to Sullivan, then they are pursuing Hillary's violation of Title 18 Sec 793!

May 17 00:43

Facebook and Dominos Are More Reliable at Finding You than 9-1-1 in an Emergency

We teach little kids from the time that they are very small to dial 9-1-1 for an emergency. The sad part about this (besides possibly having your dog shot for no reason) is that, in an era where the majority of people are using cell phones, 9-1-1 can suffer an accuracy rate of just 10% on being able to correctly locate someone when they desperately need emergency services most.

Read more at TheDailySheeple.com

May 16 18:16

Facebook Courts GOP As Allegations Fly Over Its ‘Suppression’ Of Conservative News

Still stinging from allegations that Facebook “suppressed” right-leaning topics in its trending news feed, its tech-oriented leader is courting an unusual crowd for a face-to-face meeting – high-profile conservatives.

May 16 15:42

GCHQ joins Twitter and is immediately met with jokes about following people online

Welcome to Twitter @GCHQ . It's been nice having you listen to us all this time... :) https://t.co/j8rHri3R2g
— Mark Sabah (@MarkSabah) May 16, 2016
IT'S A TRAP! https://t.co/4QnRIqCGJd
— Christopher Hoult (@choult) May 16, 2016
Exposed as a massive apparatus of state surveillance? Concerned about your public image? Start a twitter account! https://t.co/BNhNNL35W7
— David Cullen (@humbleetc) May 16, 2016
In a reversal, lots of people on Twitter are now wondering why they are NOT being followed by @GCHQ -although it is following James Bond
— Gordon Corera (@gordoncorera) May 16, 2016
@GCHQ shoe is on the other foot now; we're watching you.
— 22% Less Alec (@Smokesniper) May 16, 2016
@GCHQ noted.. pic.twitter.com/pQzU38a9wG
— kristyan benedict (@KreaseChan) May 16, 2016

May 16 15:38

Hungarian government plans to enforce encryption backdoors

According to an action plan to fight terrorism being drafted by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior, a person using a service providing encrypted communication could be imprisoned for up to two years.

May 16 15:36

Users seethe as Windows 10 arrives while their backs are turned

People report that they weren't given a chance to decline, that their PCs were crippled, that they can't use their systems until they submit to Windows 10

May 16 15:30

Warren Buffett and Dan Gilbert Unite in Bid to Acquire Yahoo

The two are joined in the second round by a range of other bidders, including Verizon Communications and private equity firms such as TPG Capital and a group that comprises Bain Capital and Vista Equity Partners, people briefed on the process have previously said. Several other strategic bidders are also in the second round.

May 16 15:29

Never10

IMPORTANT NEW v1.3 RELEASE REMOVES ~6.5GB OF WIN10 FILES

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3049996/windows-pcs/blocking-wind...

May 16 15:10

@GCHQ Joins Twitter With ‘Hello, World’ Greeting – Instantly Gets Trolled

Britain’s secretive electronic spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), joined Twitter on Monday, only to be met with a torrent of ridicule across social media.

@GCHQ announced its birth with the tweet: “Hello, World.”

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May 16 12:02

Hillary Clinton should be charged with espionage.

Her husband, while president, dealt with Enron! Enron, the largest energy scandal in history, took down creative accounting firm Arthur Anderson who shredded confidential information and in fact created the Sarbanes Oxley Act for records and information management,. she is fully aware she did something wrong

May 16 12:01

ESPIONAGE ACT INDICTMENT LOOMS OVER HILLARY CLINTON & HER CAMPAIGN

That is the term heard increasingly from sources adjacent to the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal that apparently now places her at considerable risk of facing a very serious federal espionage charge.

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May 16 11:43

MEGA PUKE-FACTOR 9.99 BEX ALERT - CIA ‘mistakenly’ destroys 6,700-page torture report

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has “mistakenly” deleted its only copy of a Senate report into the agency’s brutal interrogation techniques.

The CIA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the spy agency’s internal watchdog, told the Congress that the electronic copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report and a hard disk were destroyed last summer.

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May 16 11:08

REVEALED: Facebook Exec Sheryl Sandberg’s Wacky 1991 Feminist Thesis

Sheryl Sandberg’s senior thesis, overseen by former Clinton staffer Larry Summers, might suggest why Facebook has developed a problem with conservatives. It provides a rare insight into the psychology and politics of a senior executive at one of the most powerful tech companies in the world.

In the thesis, Sandberg uses bizarre, discredited statistics and fashionable but shaky arguments about the “pervasive influence of the patriarchy” to explain domestic violence.

May 16 10:42

File Hosting Service Mega Forced To Give User Data To US Court

Cloud storage site Mega, founded by Kim Dotcom, has been forced to hand over user details to a US court due to an alleged hack that compromised communications between the governments of Kazakhstan and the United States.

May 16 08:44

Origami Robot Heralds New Possibilities and Concerns For Ingestible Medicine

By Jason Erickson

Ingestible medicine continues to be a controversial, but quickly arriving technology. A recent video shows a product of researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology – a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound...

May 16 08:34

$130 Babel Fish-like gadget fits inside your ear to translate foreign languages in real-time

If trying to order dinner or find your hotel abroad fills you with fear due to your abysmal grasp of foreign languages, don't panic.

A forthcoming in-ear gadget is claimed to be able to translate speech like the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, or the Universal Translator gadget in Star Trek.

The system, dubbed the Pilot, comprises two earpieces to be worn by two people who do not speak the same language and uses an app so the duo can converse with ease.

May 16 08:24

Robot Revolution: China Plans To Replace Workers With AI

While in Hollywood films hi-tech robots are portrayed as a threat, Chinese engineers might be able to change your mind.

May 16 07:59

Glenn Beck, Anti-Trump Conservatives to Meet with Facebook’s Zuckerberg

On Wednesday, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg will hold a meeting with “leading conservatives,” embattled The Blaze head Glenn Beck, and former George W. Bush Administration official and co-host of Fox News Channel’s The Five Dana Perino, at the website’s Menlo Park headquarters to discuss Facebook’s conservative media suppression and censorship scandal.

Last week it was reported that “anonymous sources at Facebook’s news team have confirmed to Gizmodo that, in addition to suppressing conservative news sources, the company suppresses stories about itself while artificially promoting stories about the Black Lives Matter movement.”

May 16 07:51

Federal agents exposed for planting surveillance microphones in public

It seems that every rock overturned reveals a new depth to government spying on its own citizens – in this case, literally

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