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Sep 28 07:52

ex-NSA Hacker Discloses macOS Mojave 10.14 Zero-Day Vulnerability

The same day Apple released its latest macOS Mojave operating system, a security researcher demonstrated a potential way to bypass new privacy implementations in macOS using just a few lines of code and access sensitive user data.

Sep 28 06:45

Loss Of Internet Forces Assange To Step Down From Wikileaks Editor Role

Julian Assange has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Wikileaks because he is unable to access the internet.

His team indicated that a lack of communications leaves his position as editor of the organisation, which publishes secret information, untenable, although he remains its “publisher”.

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Sep 27 18:10

Google Chrome browser gives “Critical Error” notice when you play Project Veritas videos EXPOSING crooked deep-state “Democratic” communists

About half way into certain Project Veritas videos, Google Chrome abruptly interrupts the video and projects a “Critical Error” message enveloping your smart device screen. Coincidence? We think not. The only critical error being made is by the deep state communists working for the DSA anarchists.

Sep 27 17:55

TSA Bosses Covered Up Internal Sexual Harassment; What Does That Mean For The Public Cases?

By Aaron Kesel

The Transportation Security Administration, the agency always fingered for groping allegations of passengers boarding airplanes, has reportedly had bad bosses for quite some time who covered up internal sexual harassment, fueling the culture...

Sep 27 17:15

Another Recall: Burn Baby, Burn — Fitness Tracker Inferno!

By B.N. Frank

Just announced! ANOTHER Fitness Tracker recall! This time it’s due to burn risk.

"Portland-based Provata Health has recalled around 30,000 fitness trackers following reports of burns due to overheating issues...The Chinese manufactured devices come with a digital display, accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor and Bluetooth technology. They are offered in three colors: black, blue and mint green."...

Sep 27 14:33

Elon Musk Sued By SEC For Securities Fraud, Tesla Stock Tumbles: Full Complaint

Update: from the SEC press conference:

MUSK'S STATEMENTS HAD NO BASIS IN FACT, SEC'S AVAKIAN SAYS
NONE OF MUSK'S STATMENTS PRECLEARED BY ANYONE ON TESLA: SEC
TESLA INVESTOR RELATIONS TOOK MUSK TWEETS AT FACE VALUE: SEC
MUSK'S TWEETS WERE `SIMPLY NOT TRUE,' SEC'S PEIKEN SAYS
And the punchline:

MUSK'S TWEET ON $420 PRICE WAS TIED TO MARIJUANA CULTURE: SEC
MUSK THOUGHT HIS GIRLFRIEND WOULD FIND PRICE HUMEROUS: SEC
Oops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Musk is a genius; but a genius who needs to be paired with a "hard-headed" pragmatic business partner who will not let his empire spiral out of control.

Sep 27 13:31

The Bitcoin Psyop - corbettreport


TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/bitcoinpsyop/
Yes, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. Yes, bitcoin is Tulipmania 2.0. Yes, cryptocurrency is a nail in the coffin of the bankster parasites. Yes, digital currency is a tool of the totalitarian tyrants. No, these statements are not contradictory. But don’t worry if you think they are. You’re just a victim of "The Bitcoin Psyop."

Sep 27 12:47

DETAILED LOOK AT GOOGLE'S SECRET, CENSORED, SPYING CHINESE SEARCH TOOL

Jack Poulson is one of several googlers to quit the company over Project Dragonfly, the company's secret plan to launch a Chinese search tool that will incorporate state surveillance and censorship on behalf of China's authoritarian government.

Now, Poulson has sent a letter to the US Senate detailing the internal workings of Project Dragonfly, confirming that the tool is designed to block such queries as "student protest" and "Nobel prize," and to facilitate tracking users whose search history reveals an interest in politically sensitive topics.

Google confirmed that this product has been developed, but insisted that the product is "not close to launch."

The letter alleges Google is working on:

* A prototype interface designed to allow a Chinese joint venture company to search for a given user's search queries based on their phone number

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; that unholy triumverate of Google, Facebook, and Twitter are also working as arms of US government propaganda right now, by their deplatforming algorithms, and such a system not too far from what Google is developing for China will most probably shortly be in operation right here in the good old Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Sep 27 12:20

“Historic Judgment” As India’s Nationwide Biometric ID Database Ruled Constitutional

By Nicholas West

As the march toward a cashless (and privacy-less) society accelerates forward, a new high watermark has been reached.

India first introduced its concept for a nationwide biometric ID database more than 7 years ago, which they touted as a necessary “social welfare” program to assist the millions of India’s unbanked...

Sep 27 11:33

Edible Robot Caterpillar Designed to Deliver Drugs Inside Human Body

By Nicholas West

High-tech drug delivery systems continue to be researched. I’ve extensively covered the move toward nanorobotics that can do everything from deliver drugs to laying down labels for genetic marking that could one day connect the human brain to computers or rewire it completely.

The latest offering is a bit more direct than that – it involves eating a robotic caterpillar and having it swim through your insides to distribute medication, as you can see in the video...

Sep 27 09:51

How to Have Power Over the Big Tech Companies (And Still Use Their Products)

Governments are coming for the big tech companies.

But governments use big tech’s data too… So obviously they aren’t going to solve the biggest privacy concerns.

This is a problem because the main issue with Amazon, Google, and Facebook is how they interact with governments.

I talked about this yesterday… the real reason the government won’t hold big tech accountable.

We only need to look to China’s dystopian social credit scores to see how Google and Facebook data is used by governments.

And the CIA seems to be pretty happy with their deal with Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

Why would we expect the government to protect our privacy when the government profits from the intrusion into our privacy?

Sep 27 09:18

Is a “Social Credit” Program Coming to America? Or Is It Already Here?

Have you heard about China’s dystopian new “social credit” program? If you haven’t, there’s a terrifying infographic from Bored Panda that I’ll be referencing throughout this article.

The good news is that this is happening in China, where we all know a Communist government has long been crushing freedom for the residents of the nation. You may think this doesn’t affect you because you’re in America, gosh-dang-it, but we’ve seen over and over again how a “great idea” in another country, no matter how dystopian, can spread like a viral contagion.

The bad news is that it is incredibly close to happening here. Heck, it is happening here.

Don’t believe it’s already happening? Let’s take a look.

Sep 27 08:27

More Schools Are Converting Back to Safer Wired Internet. Free Documentary “Wi-Fried” Details Why.

By B.N. Frank

There is still no safe level of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation exposure that has been scientifically determined for children and pregnant women. This is why an increasing number of schools in the U.S. and overseas are replacing wireless (WiFi) internet with safer wired internet. Many doctors have been recommending this for a while now. Regardless, this is not coming easily everywhere...

Sep 26 10:53

The Real Reason the Government Won’t Hold Big Tech Accountable

Clearly, China is not going to prohibit Google and Facebook from providing them with incriminating information on citizens.

Is the CIA going to make sure the money they give Bezos doesn’t influence the Washington Post, which Bezos owns?

Are elected officials going to get Facebook out of elections, or are they going to make sure Facebook helps them win the next election?

Is the government going to protect your privacy from Google, when the government is only too happy to subpoena incriminating evidence against you from the search giant?

The government already teamed up with these companies!

And that’s, like, most of the problem!

The government is going to focus on regulating the wrong things.

Sep 26 10:06

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans

The letter alleges Google is working on:

  • A prototype interface designed to allow a Chinese joint venture company to search for a given user's search queries based on their phone number
  • An extensive censorship blacklist developed in accordance with Chinese government demands. Among others, it contained the English term "human rights", the Mandarin terms for 'student protest' and 'Nobel prize', and very large numbers of phrases involving 'Xi Jinping' and other members of the CCP
  • Explicit code to ensure only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be returned in response to Chinese users' search

    Mr Poulson said the sum of these efforts amounted to a "catastrophic failure" of Google's internal policies on privacy - as well as going against assurances made to the US trade regulator regarding data protection measures in its products.

  • Sep 26 07:05

    Spotify launches controversial customised 'heritage playlists' based on your DNA in new partnership with genetics firm Ancestry

    Spotify claims to be able to create a 'heritage playlist' based on the results of a £79 ($99) AncestryDNA kit.

    Since the partnership launched last Thursday, more than 10,000 people are believed to have signed up.

    However, not everyone is convinced, with some saying that everyone's playlist will end up playing 'Africa' by Toto.

    Sep 26 04:30

    HERE’S HOW CHINA’S ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE’ PUNISH AND REWARD CITIZENS, AND IT’S TERRIFYING

    George Orwell’s 1984, Black Mirror S03E01, Psycho Pass, The Orville and many others have all theorised how technology can make our lives better… or worse.

    Sep 25 12:20

    ‘Resistance’ Hero Brian Krassenstein Admits to Being Paid for Hijacking Trump’s Twitter Feed in Secret Recording

    In a secret recording published by Los Angeles-based political activist Currie Dobson, “Resistance” hero Brian Krassenstein admits to being paid for his excessive anti-Trump tweets.

    The purpose of this is, he admits, is to spam the president’s feed and prevent positive commentary from being visible at the top when people scroll through the responses.

    When asked if being a member of the “Resistance” is a job for him, Krassenstein begins by stating that he has several businesses and that it’s just what he enjoys spending his time doing. He quickly goes on to admit that he also happens to be paid for it.

    Sep 25 11:42

    Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent

    By Nicholas West

    Anyone who is looking to understand exactly what the term “mission creep” means and why privacy advocates warn of its negative impact, here is another case study.

    Greece is apparently battling a “black economy” in one of its most popular tourist attractions: the island of Santorini. According to tax authorities, the area has become a hotbed of tax evasion, primarily by day trip organizers who are not properly recording their income. They have turned to drones...

    Sep 25 10:53

    Your Elected Officials Received How Much $$ From AT&T, Verizon and Comcast??

    By B.N. Frank

    There’s no doubt that technology can be wonderful. Anyone experiencing car trouble will tell you that having a cell phone can literally be a life saver. But it’s actually not necessary for millions more cell towers to be installed in front of homes and everywhere else so we can all have cell phone service. Unfortunately, this may happen anyway thanks to The Federal Communication (FCC) and many U.S. elected officials due to their unrelenting push to pass legislation in order to win the ridiculous and the highly risky “Race for 5G”...

    Sep 25 09:39

    Former Google bigwig launches AI “church” that positions technology as GOD

    Former Google executive Anthony Levandowski has filed IRS paperwork to establish an official religion devoted to technology. Not only will this bizarre religion worship scientific progress, but it will also worship artificial intelligence and create a “godhead.”

    According to his filing, this new non-profit religious organization, which will be known as “Way of the Future,” will “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead [to] contribute to the betterment of society.”

    Sep 25 08:58

    The UN Accidentally Exposed Passwords And Sensitive Data To The Entire Internet

    The U.N. accidentally released passwords, internal documents, and other sensitive details when it failed to properly secure its accounts on Trello, a popular workplace project management website.

    According to The Intercept, “[a]ffected data included credentials for a U.N. file server, the video conferencing system at the U.N.’s language school, and a web development environment for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.” It was made available to anyone who had the links to the material as opposed to specific users granted access.

    The security slips were first identified by Security researcher Kushagra Pathak back in August after he conducted Google searches, which led him to public Trello pages that also linked to Google documents and Jira pages. Jira is an “issue tracking app,” as noted by The Intercept.

    Sep 25 08:55

    Three Phases of Surveillance to Totalitarianism: It is Happening Now

    Over the past year and a half, I’ve written many pieces on the surveillance state and how we are one step away from the inculcation of technological “omniscience” pertaining to control. The objective is not simply “control,” as they have already obtained that for the most part: limiting cash withdrawals from the bank, restricting your movements and business outside of the country, and new laws being created by the day. This latter part is akin to a “tag team” event of WWF: what the feds can’t or won’t do, they “tag” off for the states to accomplish, with local governments following suit.

    The objective is total control: over everything you read, hear, and watch in the (so-called) media, and an eyeball on you in every facet of your life.

    Sep 25 08:33

    Confirming Assange's Assertion That WikiLeaks' Source Was The DNC Itself

    Authored by Elizabeth Vos via DisobedientMedia.com,

    Disobedient Media has closely followed the work of the Forensicator, whose analysis has shed much light on the publications by the Guccifer 2.0 persona for over a year. In view of the more recent work published by the Forensicator regarding potential media collusion with Guccifer 2.0, we are inclined to revisit an interview given by WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange in August of 2016, prior to the publication of the Podesta Emails in October, and the November US Presidential election.

    This author previously discussed the possibility that Assange’s current isolation might stem in part from the likelihood that upon expulsion from the embassy, Julian Assange could provide evidential proof that the DNC emails and Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks were not sourced from Russia, or backed by the Kremlin, all without disclosing the identity of their source.

    Julian Assange told RT:

    Sep 25 08:29

    The UN Accidentally Exposed Passwords And Sensitive Data To The Entire Internet

    The U.N. accidentally released passwords, internal documents, and other sensitive details when it failed to properly secure its accounts on Trello, a popular workplace project management website.

    According to The Intercept, “[a]ffected data included credentials for a U.N. file server, the video conferencing system at the U.N.’s language school, and a web development environment for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.” It was made available to anyone who had the links to the material as opposed to specific users granted access.

    Sep 25 08:26

    Cryptos Crash After "Mt.Gox" Tokyo Whale Renews Bitcoin Liquidation

    Cryptocurrencies are crashing once again following reports that the trustee liquidating the defunct exchange Mt. Gox has offloaded another 25.98 billion yen ($230 million) of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash...

    Sep 25 08:24

    Facebook Sued By PTSD-Stricken Moderator Over "Rape, Torture, Bestiality, Beheadings, Suicide And Murder"

    Selena Scola moderated content for Facebook as an employee of contractor Pro Unlimited, Inc. between June 2017 and March of this year, according to her complaint.

    "Every day, Facebook users post millions of videos, images, and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder," the lawsuit reads. "To maintain a sanitized platform, maximize its already vast profits, and cultivate its public image, Facebook relies on people like Ms. Scola – known as “content moderators” – to view those posts and remove any that violate the corporation’s terms of use."

    "You’d go into work at 9am every morning, turn on your computer and watch someone have their head cut off. Every day, every minute, that’s what you see. Heads being cut off," one content moderator recently told the Guardian.

    Sep 25 08:14

    3 WAYS FACEBOOK IS INCREASINGLY BECOMING AN ARM OF THE US GOVERNMENT

    Facebook has lately announced a series of major steps it would take to combat fake news and the global spread of misinformation that it says could influence elections, but the more we learn about just who it is Facebook is partnering with in this endeavor, the clearer it becomes that these initiatives are not at all designed to foster independent thought and discourse, but to ultimately ensure that public online discourse doesn't stray too far from official state narratives.

    Mark Weisbrot, a co-director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, recently slammed Facebook’s decision to work with US government-funded organizations as "Orwellian" — especially given the fact these organizations themselves "specialize in overseas propaganda."

    Thus while claiming to fight Russian, Iranian, and other propaganda these very groups will strictly enforce an official establishment Washington and NATO view of world events.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Consider Facebook the moral and electronic equivalent to "Big Brother", and you will have the correct image in mind as to what this company has become.

    This is why the Independent Media is more critical than ever in evaluating if your government is seriously busy, taking care of We the People... or Those, the Monied.

    Unfortunately, most decisions this government makes in this part of the 21st century, are informed/pressed for by the later group.

    Sep 25 08:08

    New Apple connection problem? iPhone XS users report subpar cell and Wi-Fi reception

    Eight years after Apple's iPhone 4 Antennagate fiasco, we are seeing complaints from iPhone XS and XS Max users that Wi-Fi and cellular reception and performance isn't living up to expectations. FCC lab test results appear to lend credence to these concerns.

    Sep 25 07:49

    Generation Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free

    This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.

    Sep 25 07:22

    UK INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ADMITS UNLAWFULLY SPYING ON PRIVACY INTERNATIONAL

    Press release from Privacy International
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    The UK’s domestic-facing intelligence agency, MI5, today admitted that it captured and read Privacy International’s private data as part of its Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD) programmes, which hoover up massive amounts of the public’s data. In further startling legal disclosures, all three of the UK’s primary intelligence agencies – GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 – also admitted that they unlawfully gathered data about Privacy International or its staff.

    The intelligence agencies have repeatedly denied that their BPD and BCD programmes are tantamount to mass surveillance of people not suspected of any wrongdoing. Documents published today demonstrate that Privacy International, an international NGO, has been caught up in MI5’s investigations because its data was part of the UK intelligence agencies vast databases.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Prime Minister May, you have some explaining to do!!

    Sep 25 07:18

    SEPTEMBER 25TH IS "NATIONAL PANIC DAY" A DAY WHERE AMERICANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SPY ON EACH OTHER

    Today, September 25th. is Homeland Security's "National Panic Day."

    What is "National Panic Day"?

    Officially, today is known as "National Awareness Day" not "National Panic Day." For the reasons stated below, I am calling it "National Panic Day" which coincides with DHS reissuing their National Terrorism Bulletins this month.

    DHS and law enforcement have created a national day that glorifies spying on your family, neighbors, coworkers, classmates and much more.

    "Across the country, in our communities, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, family, coworkers, and friends. We go to work or school, the grocery store, or the gas station. It's easy to overlook these routine moments, but as you’re going about your day if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something. By being alert and reporting suspicious activity to your local law enforcement you can protect your family, neighbors, and community."

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable for this country's government, governing a country which should be renamed as the "Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika."

    Sep 25 06:25

    Is Google Chrome tracking what YOU'RE doing? Browser is now logging people in WITHOUT their permission and 'syncing' user data, professor warns

    Until recently Google Chrome users have been able to use the browser without logging in.

    However, now when people log into a service such as Gmail they are automatically logged in without their consent.

    Sep 24 18:05

    FCC Wants to Give $2B to Wireless Carriers on September 26

    By B.N. Frank

    According to a recent article in ARS Technica, this FCC proposal will also force cities and towns to act on small cell tower and wireless infrastructure applications within 60 or 90 days. It will be voted on September 26, 2018 and statements are still being accepted.

    Numerous U.S. municipal governments, organizations, medical professionals and environmentalists are extremely ticked off...

    Sep 24 15:51

    Less Talk, More Texting

    Sep 24 13:54

    Wendy's Sued For Violating Illinois Law Against Biometrics

    By Aaron Kesel

    A class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois against a fast food restaurant chain of the Wendy’s franchise. The suit accuses the company of violating state laws for the way the business stores its employees’ fingerprints...

    Sep 24 11:10

    Google secretly logs users into Chrome whenever they log into a Google site

    Google has made an important change to the way the Chrome browser works, a move the company did not advertise to its users in any way, and which has serious privacy repercussions.

    According to several reports [ 1, 2, 3], starting with Chrome 69, whenever a Chrome user would access a Google-owned site, the browser would take that user's Google identity and log the user into the Chrome in-browser account system --also known as Sync.

    This system, Sync, allows users to log in with their Google accounts inside Chrome and optionally upload and synchronize local browser data (history, passwords, bookmarks, and other) to Google's servers.

    Sep 24 08:11

    New Malware Combines Ransomware, Coin Mining and Botnet Features in One

    According to the researchers from security vendor Palo Alto Networks, who uncovered the malware, XBash is an all-in-one malware that features ransomware and cryptocurrency mining capabilities, as well as worm-like ability similar to WannaCry or Petya/NotPetya.

    In addition to self-propagating capabilities, XBash also contains a functionality, which is not yet implemented, that could allow the malware to spread quickly within an organization's network.

    Sep 24 08:08

    Hackers Steal Customers' Credit Cards From Newegg Electronics Retailer

    The notorious hacking group behind the Ticketmaster and British Airways data breaches has now victimized popular computer hardware and consumer electronics retailer Newegg.

    Magecart hacking group managed to infiltrate the Newegg website and steal the credit card details of all customers who entered their payment card information between August 14 and September 18, 2018, according to a joint analysis from Volexity and RiskIQ.

    Magecart hackers used what researchers called a digital credit card skimmer wherein they inserted a few lines of malicious Javascript code into the checkout page of Newegg website that captured payment information of customers making purchasing on the site and then send it to a remote server.

    Sep 24 08:07

    Flaw in 4GEE WiFi Modem Could Leave Your Computer Vulnerable

    A high-severity vulnerability has been discovered in 4G-based wireless 4GEE Mini modem sold by mobile operator EE that could allow an attacker to run a malicious program on a targeted computer with the highest level of privileges in the system.

    The vulnerability—discovered by 20-year-old Osanda Malith, a Sri Lankan security researcher at ZeroDayLab—can be exploited by a low privileged user account to escalate privileges on any Windows computer that had once connected to the EE Mini modem via USB.

    This, in turn, would allow an attacker to gain full system access to the targeted remote computer and thereby, perform any malicious actions, such as installing malware, rootkits, keylogger, or stealing personal information.

    Sep 24 06:32

    ORWELLIAN: Apple monitors your phone calls and emails, then calculates a “trust score” just like the communist Chinese government… it’s happening NOW, in America

    Apple has gone full-blown authoritarian with its latest initiative to crack-down on freedom. The corporate behemoth says that the “trust ratings,” which were added quietly in the latest iOS update, are benevolent in nature; supposedly these ratings will “help” with fraud prevention. Despite Apple’s insistence that the company is “fully committed to transparency,” and that the scores are “privacy-preserving,” how monitoring people’s phone calls and emails will prevent fraud (or preserve privacy) is never explained.

    In fact, Apple hasn’t even provided a single scenario in which the trust score would prevent fraud.

    Users can’t even see their own “trust scores,” unless they contact Apple directly and ask for their data.

    Sep 24 06:17

    Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then

    Website admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software.

    Researchers at Malwarebytes say miscreants don't appear to be targeting any one specific bug, but rather a full array of flaws in older versions of WordPress and its various plugins.

    "During the past few days, our crawlers have been catching a larger-than-usual number of WordPress sites being hijacked," noted MalwareBytes researcher Jérôme Segura on Thursday.

    "One of the most visible client-side payloads we see are redirections to tech support scam pages. Digging deeper, we found that this is part of a series of attacks that have compromised thousands of WordPress sites since early September."

    Sep 23 08:59

    Judicial Watch Uncovers Five More Clinton Emails Containing Classified Material on Her Unsecure, Non-‘State.gov’ Email System

    Judicial Watch today released two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system. Five emails contain classified information.

    Sep 22 22:06

    Twitter warns direct messages were exposed

    Twitter has told an undisclosed number of users their private messages may have been leaked to third-parties for more than a year.

    The software “bug”, which has since been fixed, involved direct messages between users and businesses that offer customer services via Twitter.

    Affected users are being notified via a message that appeared when opening the app or logging on to Twitter's website.

    "The issue has persisted since May 2017," Twitter said.

    The company said it had resolved the issue immediately upon discovering it, on 10 September.

    Sep 22 10:44

    British Spies Hacked Belgian Telecom Firm on UK Government Orders - Reports

    Belgian prosecutors' report supported previous claims made by Edward Snowden that British GCHQ had been intercepting communications at NATO HQ and key European institutions for at least two years.

    The operation had a codename “Operation Socialist” and was conducted by the British intelligence service GCHQ, the Guardian reported. Belgian Justice minister, Koen Geens, has confirmed that he received the report from the prosecutors and would discuss it with country’s national security council, led by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

    Sep 22 10:43

    GOVERNMENT CAN SPY ON JOURNALISTS IN THE U.S. USING INVASIVE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PROCESS

    THE U.S. GOVERNMENT can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents.

    Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show.

    In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out “procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.” The guidelines say the attorney general, the deputy attorney general, or their delegate must sign off before the bureau can bring an application to the secretive panel of judges that approves monitoring under the 1978 act, which governs intelligence-related wiretapping and other surveillance carried out domestically and against U.S. persons abroad.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    How completely typical for the 21st century's Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika!!

    The Constitution and Bill of Rights has just been thrown under the proverbial bus by a succession of Amerikan governments, and are truly no longer any thing more than a couple of pieces of paper.

    Americans now live under the illusion of being citizens in a democratic republic; but that no longer exists.

    The very wealthy and monied buy the government policies they want, like Sheldon Adelson, having outsourced US Middle East policy to Israel, by funding President Trump to the hilt.

    Sep 22 10:31

    Trump’s new cyber strategy seeks global dominion over internet

    Setting the global standard for online behavior, preserving American dominance, political and economic interests, punishing ‘malicious actors’ like Russia and China: these are the ambitious goals of the new US cyber-strategy.
    The White House published the 40-page document on Thursday afternoon, the first comprehensive cyber strategy in 15 years. The strategy’s core assumption is that the US created the internet and that Washington must maintain the dominant role in defining, shaping and policing cyberspace in much the same way as it does the globe.

    Sep 22 10:15

    THE GAMIFICATION OF TYRANNY

    It looks like we’re headed for a brave new world where all citizens are rated on their loyalty to the state and are punished for wandering from its narrative.
    Call it the gamification of repression.

    In China, the supposedly communist state—in fact, it is an advanced form of crony capitalist authoritarianism that Marx would have disapproved—is busy setting up a rating system for all citizens. According to a paper written by an academic at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, scores are based on professional conduct, corruption, type of products bought, peers’ own scores, and tax evasion.

    The author left something out, however. This social credit system will also be used to marginalize and stigmatize those who criticize the state.

    China’s nominally communist government says the system and its massive database will allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    AND... such a "social credit scoring system" is already happening here in the US, courtesy of Apple.

    Sep 22 09:46

    GOOGLE SUPPRESSES MEMO REVEALING PLANS TO CLOSELY TRACK SEARCH USERS IN CHINA

    GOOGLE BOSSES HAVE forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
    The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.

    The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    How Google does this here in the US is, for the moment, far more subtle, by using a combination of algorithms which can get a blog pushed so far down in search results, that it becomes deplatformed.

    Couple that with a monetary service which used to take contributions for various blogs, like Pay Pal, but suddenly refuses to do so, and you have a website devoid of both viewers and operational cash.

    Sep 21 14:44

    Facebook Wants A Facial Recognition Smart Home Device For Its Users

    By Aaron Kesel

    Facebook is planning to announce a new home assistant device called “Portal” with a controversial facial recognition camera. This is significant because not even Amazon’s Echo or Google’s own Smart Home device has a facial recognition camera built in...

    Sep 21 11:50

    The UK Government Is Planning To Set Up A Regulator For The Internet

    BuzzFeed News has obtained details of plans being drawn up by ministers that also include a compulsory code of conduct and age verification for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Sep 21 11:42

    West Virginia high school counselor is charged with fraud for 'changing her daughter's grades to get the girl more than $10,000 in college scholarships'

    A West Virginia high school counselor is accused of using a school computer program to raise her daughter's grades in order for the teen to obtain college scholarship money.

    Mellissa Krystynak, 49, of Stuart, Florida, has been indicted on six counts of mail fraud.

    The mother worked as a counselor from 2011 until 2017 at Greenbrier West High School in Charmco, West Virginia.

    Two of Krystynak's children also attended the school.

    US Attorney Mike Stuart said in a news release that Krystynak used her administrative access to change more than 35 of her daughter's grades.

    Sep 21 10:37

    First U.S. Airport “Biometric Terminal” Set For Rollout This Year

    By Nicholas West

    Biometric identification at U.S. airports has quietly been rolling out at various locations around the world. In some cases, it has been sprung upon the general traveling public without warning, leaving some to question how optional all of this will be as travelers becomes acclimatized to the new boarding process.

    Despite many privacy groups warning about the type of incremental “mission creep” we have seen across the spectrum of technological tracking and surveillance, Delta Airlines is taking the lead in bringing about what they call the future of global air travel...

    Sep 21 10:22

    Turkey Fines Google $15Mln Over Breaches of Competition Law

    The Turkish Antimonopoly Committee decided to make Google pay a 93-million-lira fine (some $15 million) over breaches of competition legislation in the sphere of software for mobile phones, the committee said on Thursday in a statement.

    "It was decided to fine the companies of Google, Google International and Google Reklamcilik that will have to pay 93 million Turkish liras over the violation of the legislation on competition in the sphere of sales of software for mobile phones. These companies must remove the violations within six months and restore the effective competition on the market," the statement said.

    Sep 21 10:08

    Cryptojackers use YouTube ads to mine digital currencies

    Hackers have been harnessing the computer processing power of YouTube viewers to mine cryptocurrencies. The malware attack, known as ‘cryptojacking’, was found to have targeted users through Google’s advertising service.

    The issue first surfaced last week after social media users reported that YouTube ads were triggering their anti-virus software, according to Ars Technica. These ads were found to contain mining code called CoinHive that covertly used up to 80 percent of visitors’ central processing units to generate digital currency for anonymous hackers.

    Sep 21 09:39

    After riches and jail, Belarusian ex-hacker's life lesson? 'Don't steal from Americans. Ever'

    Notorious hacker Sergey Pavlovich, who was charged with stealing credit-card data from Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, and Forever 21 in 2008, has recently published the English version of his book, How to steal a million: The memoirs of a Russian hacker.

    He spent a total of 10 years in prison in Belarus following several investigations conducted by US agents. "The total losses from my fraudulent activity for US banks was over $36m," he tells ZDNet.

    Pavlovich, who's now based in Moscow, Russia, and tries to make money by selling handmade boxes in the shape of US dollars, was known as PoliceDog, panther[757], Fallen Angel, and diplomaticos, back in the day.

    Sep 21 07:49

    CHINA’S CHILLING ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM’ IS STRAIGHT OUT OF DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI, AND IT’S ALREADY SWITCHED ON

    China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the “gamification of trust”.

    Sep 21 07:30

    GOOGLE'S EX-CEO ERIC SCHMIDT SAYS THE INTERNET WILL SPLIT IN TWO BY 2028

    Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday predicted that the internet will split in two in the next decade, CNBC reports. Speaking at a private event in San Francisco, Schmidt said that he believes China will effectively split away and create its own internet.

    Sep 21 05:24

    White House authorises ‘offensive cyber operations’ to deter foreign adversaries

    US eases rules on cyberwarfare amid concerns about election interference in forthcoming midterm elections

    The White House has “authorised offensive cyber operations” against US adversaries, in line with a new policy that eases the rules on the use of digital weapons to protect the nation, National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Thursday.

    “Our hands are not tied as they were in the Obama administration,” Bolton said during a news briefing to unveil a new national cyber strategy.

    The Trump administration has eased rules for using digital weapons against foreign adversaries.

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    Sep 20 17:55

    Don’t share this! EU’s new copyright law could kill the free internet

    In free societies it should be up to internet users themselves to decide what articles and outlets they read, what Facebook groups they join (closed or otherwise), and what Twitter accounts they follow, and not Big Brother or any other kind of politically correct thought police. And the EU should be concerning itself not with trying to control the internet, through manufactured 'concerns' over copyright, but in solving the pressing problems affecting Europe's economies. Youth unemployment stood at around 43 percent in Greece, 33 percent in Spain and 32 percent in Italy, the last time I looked. What help will the Copyright Directive be to the young jobless?

    Sep 20 17:41

    ‘Our hands are not tied’ anymore: White House approves offensive US cyber strategy

    US President Donald Trump has signed off on a new offensive cyber strategy that outlines security priorities and threatens dire consequences for anyone who dares to challenge the US economically or “undermine” its democracy.

    “Today the president signed a national cyber strategy, the first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years,” National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters on Thursday. “The strategy takes effect today.”

    Sep 20 17:33

    Google admits it STILL allows apps to scan Gmail accounts for data and share the information - but doesn't say how many have violated its policies

    Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules.

    How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the world this year since Facebook revealed it had done little to monitor such relationships.

    Google said in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday that it relies on automated scans and reports from security researchers to monitor add-ons after launch, but did not respond to lawmakers' request to say how many have been caught violating the company's policies.

    Sep 20 11:37

    Life Insurance Company Will Add Fitness Tracking Data to ALL Policies Next Year

    By Nicholas West

    One of America’s oldest insurance companies, John Hancock, has its eyes set firmly on the future. With the arrival of Big Data and the now never-ending stream of information that is available to data brokers on individuals in nearly real time, the lure of using it for customer analytics and behavior modification has become irresistible.

    According to a recent announcement cited by Reuters, the company is taking the unprecedented step of “selling only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones.”...

    Sep 20 11:14

    The 'significant expansion' of Israeli spyware use in the Gulf and beyond

    A recent report showed that spyware produced by an Israeli-based cyber-warfare vendor, which only deals with governments, has witnessed “significant expansions” of usage in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

    Citizen Lab, a research and development organisation at the University of Toronto, said on Tuesday that it tracked the use of Pegasus, a mobile phone spyware suite produced by Tel Aviv-based NSO Group between August 2016 and August 2018.

    “Our findings paint a bleak picture of the human rights risks of NSO’s global proliferation. At least six countries with significant Pegasus operations have previously been linked to abusive use of spyware to target civil society,” said the report, naming the three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, as well as Morocco.

    Sep 20 11:13

    SECRET SCORES Apple gives you a TRUST rating – and it’s based on your phone call and email habits

    Apple's new system was revealed after the company updated its iTunes policy page on the official website.

    According to the iPhone maker, Apple builds a score based on the number calls and emails you send and receive – to help spot fraudulent transactions made using your device.

    "To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase," Apple explained.

    "The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers."

    Sep 20 11:12

    Students swipe faces to pay for meals in high school canteen

    A high school has launched a futuristic facial recognition system to allow students and staff to pay for their meals by scanning their faces.

    The , captured in the high school attached to Northwest Normal University on September 3, shows students lining up to scan their faces with a facial recognition machine to pay for their meals.

    According to reports, students and teachers have their campus cards connected with the facial recognition system.

    This canteen is the first to use the 'face-scanning payment' in Gansu Province and it only takes one second to perform the whole process.

    Sep 20 10:36

    FEMA puts off test of emergency system that lets Trump text every U.S. cellphone as Americans threaten to turn off their phones in protest because they fear he'll use it to carp about the Mueller probe

    The Trump administration plans to send a message to every U.S. cellphone to test a previously unused presidential alert system. But some adversaries of the president would rather shut off their phones than hear his dry-run warning about a national emergency.

    A test message from Donald Trump was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Now it's being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is focused on responding to Tropical Depression Florence.

    Opponents of the president are pledging to turn off their phones at the appointed time rather than receive the alert, which subscribers to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and other witreless carriers are unable to block.

    Sep 20 10:35

    Has The Era Of Autonomous Warfare Finally Arrived?

    By Nicholas West

    The global arms race for the latest weapons of war is a naturally escalating cycle of countries pursuing ways to dominate the battlefield of the future. Increasingly, that battlefield is a matrix of soldiers with traditional weapons, robots, drones and cyberweapons. Until this point, command over this matrix has ultimately been in the hands of humans. Now, however, many of the trends in artificial intelligence-driven autonomy are enabling data collection, analysis and potentially combat to be done by algorithms.

    Another key signpost has entered the roadmap toward a future of autonomous systems capable of engaging in combat without human oversight. The U.S. military announced the first ever successful unmanned aerial “kill” of another aircraft during a previously unreported training exercise...

    Sep 20 09:01

    WATCH A SPACE ROBOT CAPTURE A RUNAWAY SATELLITE WITH ITS NET

    What to do about a drifting satellite?

    When their missions are done, satellites are supposed to trash themselves—either burning up in the atmosphere, or flying into a parking orbit out of everyone else’s way. But older or malfunctioning satellites aren’t always able to take care of themselves. These can become dangerous obstacles to everything else in orbit, from other satellites to the International Space Station, as can other debris left in orbit by butter fingers.

    An experiment designed by the University of Surrey demonstrates one potential clean-up tactic: Use a net to ensnare the errant satellite; its extra weight and broader aerodynamic profile will pull the old satellite down into the atmosphere for incineration. This video shows the net in action:

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Very cool, University of Surrey; very cool indeed!!

    Sep 20 08:45

    MAJOR INSURANCE COMPANY TO ONLY SELL ONLY HEALTH-TRACKER BACKED LIFE INSURANCE

    A week ago, Apple announced a redesigned smartwatch that could track heart data, run EKGs, and even detect atrial fibrillation, promising that it would save lives. Today, one of America's biggest insurers killed its traditional life insurance policies, replacing them with "interactive" insurance that encourages users to use such devices and share the data with them to get perks.

    These are already available, but will soon be the only option on John Hancock's menu.

    Policyholders score premium discounts for hitting exercise targets tracked on wearable devices such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch and get gift cards for retail stores and other perks by logging their workouts and healthy food purchases in an app.

    Privacy and consumer advocates have raised questions about whether insurers may eventually use data to select the most profitable customers, while hiking rates for those who do not participate.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I predict that we will see insurance rates hike to the point of people not using devices like this not being able to afford health insurance whatsoever.

    So what's the next step, please; if the individual using such a tool takes a drop in their "insurance-worthiness", euthanasia?!?

    Sep 20 07:57

    Amazon Aims To Open 3,000 Cashierless Stores By 2021, Threatening Convenience Stores

    By Aaron Kesel

    Amazon is considering opening 3,000 cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021, Bloomberg reported.

    A move into retail by the online giant would threaten convenience stores and fast-food chains across the U.S. by selling items to customers cheaper and faster.

    Current existing Amazon Go stores sell prepared sandwiches, salads, yogurt, and granola bars. That’s a market that is mostly occupied by small mom-and-pop convenience stores...

    Sep 19 16:06

    Hackers mine bitcoin & other cryptos using leaked spy tool from US govt – report

    Bitcoin, monero and other popular cryptocurrencies are being mined by fraudsters who use EternalBlue, the US National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tool that was leaked last year, according to a recent report.

    The report, published by the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), says detected cases of illicit cryptocurrency mining have skyrocketed to 459 percent in 2018 compared to last year. The surge is linked to the leak of EternalBlue, a tool to exploit vulnerabilities in outdated Microsoft Windows-based systems, the report says.

    Sep 19 15:51

    Privacy fears as popular US government payment site leaks more than 14 MILLION customers' records, including names, addresses and credit card information

    Security investigator KrebsOnSecurity discovered that Government Payment Service Inc, or GovPayNet, was using outdated security practices that allowed anyone to easily access a customer's receipt data for anything from bail payments to traffic tickets.

    As a result, it would potentially expose a user's name, address, phone number and the last four digits of their credit card number.

    After a user pays for a bill on the GovPayNet website, they're directed to a confirmation page for each transaction, which includes a unique string of numbers at the end of the URL.

    KrebsOnSecurity found that users could simply type in different receipt numbers in the web address to view other people's bills.

    Sep 19 12:29

    HILLARY CLINTON CONTROLS 50,000 FBI ENCRYPTION KEYS—PROVES MUELLER’S WITCH HUNT IS TREASONOUS

    With these encryption keys, nothing in our digital lives is off limits to the Clinton's and their conspirators

    President Trump’s new executive order can be sabotaged with these keys; alternatively, he can use the order to prosecute these criminals

    Many foreign powers have conspired with the SES and their Queen’s Privy Council overlords since before 1993.

    Sep 19 11:37

    Child Protective Services Wants Artificial Intelligence To Predict Child Abuse

    By Nicholas West

    Predictive technology is exploding. The arrival of Big Data initiatives by government, as well as a massive industry of data brokers is not only putting privacy at risk, but is offering those with access to the information unprecedented ways to micromanage our lives. But predictive child abuse??? Various governments are working on it...

    Sep 19 11:14

    US police force ends use of Tiger Text self-deleting message app

    Long Beach Police Department suspends use of Tiger Text phone application following Al Jazeera investigation.

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