Jan 05 19:41


Point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser. Use it to block scripts, iframes, ads, facebook, etc.

I use this permanently. It works superbly when set up.

An excellent explanation and setup guide.

Jan 05 17:25

Intel’s processor flaw is a virtualization nightmare

And here’s the kicker: AMD has minimal if any exposure and said so, despite Intel saying it is at risk. Even though AMD came up with 64-bit extensions, which Intel licenses, the two firms implemented their 64-bit architectures in completely different ways.

The difference is AMD’s chips don’t do speculative loads if there is the potential for memory access violations. They don’t load data beyond the branch point, so no predicting is done. Intel does the exact opposite. It’s more aggressive in its use of branch prediction and it bit them.

Jan 05 16:38

Critical flaws revealed to affect most Intel chips since 1995

One example of a worst-case scenario is a low-privileged user on a vulnerable computer could run JavaScript code on an ordinary-looking web page, which could then gain access to the contents of protected memory.

Jan 05 16:36

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

The severe design flaw in Intel microprocessors that allows sensitive data, such as passwords and crypto-keys, to be stolen from memory is real – and its details have been revealed.

On Tuesday, we warned that a blueprint blunder in Intel's CPUs could allow applications, malware, and JavaScript running in web browsers, to obtain information they should not be allowed to access: the contents of the operating system kernel's private memory areas. These zones often contain files cached from disk, a view onto the machine's entire physical memory, and other secrets. This should be invisible to normal programs.

Thanks to Intel's cockup – now codenamed Meltdown – that data is potentially accessible, meaning bad websites and malware can attempt to rifle through the computer's memory looking for credentials, RNG seeds, personal information, and more.

Jan 05 16:33

Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: Fix for Intel CPU flaws could slow down PCs and Macs

Again, the CPU exploits in play here are extremely technical, but in a nutshell, the exploit allows access to your operating system’s sacrosanct kernel memory because of how the processors handle “speculative execution,” which modern chips perform to increase performance. An attacker can exploit these CPU vulnerabilities to expose extremely sensitive data in the protected kernel memory, including passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photos, emails, or any other data on your PC.

Meltdown is the more serious exploit, and the one that operating systems are rushing to fix. It “breaks the most fundamental isolation between user applications and the operating system,” according to Google. This flaw most strongly affects Intel processors because of the aggressive way they handle speculative execution, though a few ARM cores are also susceptible.

Spectre affects AMD and ARM processors as well as Intel CPUs, which means mobile devices are also at risk.

Jan 05 12:38

Processor flaw exposes 20 years of devices to new attack

All week, the tech world has been piecing through rumors of a potentially catastrophic flaw in an entire generation of processors — but with all developers subject to a non-disclosure agreement, there were few hard facts to go on.

Now, new details have emerged on how severe and far reaching the vulnerability truly is. ZDNet and the New York Times are reporting that two critical vulnerabilities — dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre” — affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. The result, one researcher told ZDNet, is that "an attacker might be able to steal any data on the system.”

Jan 05 10:50

Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

In August of this year, a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack injured around 20 people and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The violent clashes that weekend shocked Americans, among them Emily Crose, who wanted to be there to protest against the white supremacists but couldn’t make it. A friend of hers was there, and was attacked and hurt by neo-Nazis.

Jan 05 10:48

Toshiba Dumps Westinghouse For $4.6B

Toshiba has sold its U.S. nuclear power business, Westinghouse, for US$4.6 billion to a group of investment companies led by Brookfield Asset Management. The deal puts an end to a major headache for the Japanese conglomerate, which last year warned that it might have trouble surviving if it didn’t find a buyer for the nuclear power plant constructor, which it acquired in 2006 for US$5 billion.

Jan 05 10:00

HP is forced to recall laptops yet AGAIN over risks their batteries could burst into flames: Here's how to check if you're affected

Issue affects devices sold worldwide from December 2015 to December 2017

Jan 05 09:59

Intel says its security updates will make 90% of modern PCs and phones IMMUNE to bugs that could expose billions of people's private data to criminals (but experts warn the flaws are 'unfixable')

Intel expects to provide automatic security updates via partner companies for most processors created within the past five years.

But experts warn the bugs result from a 'design flaw' which is 'unfixable'.

They say such patches are simply a temporary fix, and a more permanent solution will have to be physically built into future microprocessors.

Jan 05 09:57

Apple reveals ALL iPhones, iPads and Macs are at risk from devastating Intel and ARM chip 'design flaws' that could expose billions of people's personal data to hackers

Every iPhone, iPad and Mac device could be at risk of being hacked.

Apple has confirmed that almost all of its devices are affected by Intel and Arm chip 'design flaws' that could expose billions of people's personal data to cyber criminals.

The flaws leave the devices open to the devastating 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' bugs, discovered by security researchers.

The tech company has warned its customers to only download software for its platforms from trusted sources, like the App Store.

Jan 05 08:51

Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips

Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed.

Jan 05 07:59

The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal confidential information including passwords.

"I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPU's, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed," Torvalds wrote in a sharply worded email sent to a Linux list on Wednesday.

"Or is Intel basically saying 'we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything'?" Torvalds continued.

Jan 05 07:56

Intel was aware of the chip vulnerability when its CEO sold off $24 million in company stock

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold off a large portion of his stake in the company months after Google had informed the chipmaker of a significant security vulnerability in its flagship PC processors — but before the problem was publicly known.

Jan 04 16:55

Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown.

Jan 04 16:35

Google 'optical illusion' stickers that trick AI into seeing something that's not there could help hackers fool self-driving cars

'Optical illusion' stickers that trick artificial intelligence into seeing something that's not there have been created by Google researchers.

The team designed a pattern that fools AI software into thinking it is looking at a toaster instead of a different object.

Images such as these could be used to 'attack' image recognition systems, including those used in self-driving cars to avoid collisions.

Hackers could use a sticker on a road sign to fool a vehicle's AI system into thinking it has seen a stop signal on a high-speed road.

A mask or pair of glasses fitted with certain patterns could help people slip past AI security systems designed to recognise faces.

Jan 04 16:34

The robots that are coming for your job: LG reveals trio of 'friendly' droids that are set to replace workers in airports, hotels and supermarkets

New robots designed to replace workers in airports, hotels and supermarkets have been announced by LG Electronics.

The firm is showcasing a trio of robots designed to carry your suitcase, shopping and drinks at the global Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

Tech companies are racing to create automated machines capable of carrying out service industry tasks, threatening the jobs of up to 800 million workers worldwide.

Jan 04 16:32

Violent video games like Call of Duty change young people's brains to make them less empathetic

Violent games often have a bad reputation with many claiming they fuel aggressive and anti-social behaviour.

Now it seems the reality could be even worse with researchers uncovering evidence that games such as Call of Duty affect our brain's ability to process basic human emotions.

As a result, chronic violent gameplay could make people 'cool, callous and in control' in disturbing situations, researchers warned.

Jan 04 16:24

Billions of people worldwide are at risk from hackers: How your smartphone, baby monitor, TV and computer could expose your personal data to criminals after shocking scale of 'design flaw' in Intel, AMD and Arm chips is revealed

Two massive security flaws could put billions of people worldwide at risk of being hacked, in a shocking lapse affecting nearly all devices.

Meltdown and Spectre could let cyber criminals steal passwords and other data from nearly every gadget containing chips from Intel, AMD and Arm, thanks to 'design flaws' in their manufacture.

The bugs affect desktops, laptops, servers, smartphones and tablets, as well as smart devices like baby monitors, smart cars and thermostats, powered by processors from these firms.

Patches have been created by a number of device manufacturers to try and plug the huge security holes, but fixing the underlying issue will be extremely difficult.

Jan 04 15:51

Homeland Security Data Breach Exposed Over 240,000 DHS Employees In "Unauthorized Exfiltration"

Over 240,000 current and former Department of Homeland Security employees had their personal details compromised in a data breach discovered in May, 2017, while conducting an ongoing criminal investigation, in what the agency is calling a "privacy incident." DHS listed a workforce of 229,000 in 2017, so we assume the breach affected most or all current employees.

Jan 04 12:18


"From the start," warned journalist Glenn Greenwald on Thursday in response the proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron, the phrase "fake news" has been used as a "rhetorical term with no definition, ensuring abuse. First, Trump appropriated it to attack journalism. Now Macron is exploiting it to obtain government control over the internet. Terms that lack definition are propaganda."

Jan 04 11:13


Let us start with an historical fact. Treason and betrayal by the highest levels is a common feature of history, whether it is Judas vs Jesus, Brutus vs Julius Caesar, Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs, Jonathan Pollard, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen. It is just a fact of life. It does happen.

Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

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Jan 04 09:15

"Everyone Is Affected": Why The Implications Of The Intel "Bug" Are Staggering

Earlier today, we reported that according to a press reports, Intel's computer chips were affected by a bug that makes them vulnerable to hacking. Specifically, The Register said the bug lets some software gain access to parts of a computer’s memory that are set aside to protect things like passwords, and making matters worse, all computers with Intel chips from the past 10 years appear to be affected. The news, which sent Intel's stock tumbling, was later confirmed by the company.

Jan 04 08:47

Windows Meltdown-Spectre patches: If you haven't got them, blame your antivirus

Microsoft has warned users that its patches for the dangerous Meltdown CPU bug won't reach them if their third-party antivirus hasn't been updated to support this week's Windows security update.

By now Windows users should have received the patches Microsoft released yesterday to plug the widespread Meltdown bug and its companion Spectre, which expose most computers and phones to speculative execution side-channel attacks that affect chips from Intel, AMD, and Arm.

Jan 03 15:46

Rotten Apple

It’s all just part of Apple’s tried-and-true sales method of treating its customers like rats to condition them to always buy the newest, i.e., more expensive, products.

Apple claimed in its “apology” for its battery software update that “we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

Yeah. Right. So why did Apple deliver this “feature” in such an underhanded way?

Computerworld’s Evan Schuman, a longtime Apple fan, analyzed Apple’s “apology” for its battery shenanigans in great detail and found it sorely lacking. Apple’s offering a cheaper battery replacement doesn’t cut it for him. Instead, “How about offering a free battery for those impacted? How about changing the warranty terms to support it for five years? How about using much longer-lasting batteries?” Darn good questions!

Jan 03 15:37

Verizon, Samsung Will Team Up to Bring Faster 5G to California

Verizon’s 5G network will launch in the second half of this year in Sacramento, Calif., before adding the service in other U.S. markets.

Jan 03 15:29

Yes, Your Amazon Echo Is an Ad Machine

Did a loved one buy you an Amazon Echo over the holidays? Sorry about that. But now, in addition to well-founded fears about surveillance and security, you’ve got a new problem: ads.

CNBC reports that Amazon is in discussions with huge companies that want to promote their goods on Echo devices. Proctor & Gamble as well as Clorox are reportedly in talks for major advertising deals that would allow Alexa to suggest products for you to buy. CNBC uses the example of asking Alexa how to remove a stain, with Alexa in turn recommending a Clorox product. So far it’s unclear how Amazon would identify promoted responses from Alexa, if at all.

Jan 03 15:28

German hate speech law tested as Twitter blocks satire account

A German satirical magazine’s Twitter account was blocked after it parodied anti-Muslim comments, the publication said on Wednesday, in what the national journalists association said showed the downside of a new law against online hate speech.

Titanic magazine was mocking Beatrix von Storch, a member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who accused police of trying “to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men” by putting out a tweet in Arabic.

Twitter briefly suspended her account and prosecutors are examining if her comments amount to incitement to hatred.

Jan 03 13:29

Dangers of Government Control … Especially to the internet

The United States has been the world leader in the development of internet technology precisely because it has been relatively unfettered by federal and state regulation. The best thing that the U.S. Congress can do for internet entrepreneurs and internet consumers is to send the FCC out to pasture as it did with the Civil Aeronautics Board, which regulated the airline industry, and the Interstate Commerce Commission, which regulated the trucking industry. When we got rid of those regulatory agencies, we saw a greater number of competitors, and consumers paid lower prices. Giving the FCC the same medicine would allow our high-tech industry to maintain its world leadership position.

Jan 03 08:33

Passport System Collapses: Holiday Travelers Paralyzed in All U.S. Airports As Customs & Border Patrol Computers Fail

We are getting reports that all international travelers in the United States are weathering horrendous lines as the computer system for passports operated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has failed late Monday night.

On one of the busiest travel nights of the holiday season.

Jan 03 08:24

Huma Abedin Forwarded Top Secret Passwords To Yahoo Account Hacked By Russian With Odd Clinton Connection

Huma Abedin forwarded a trove of sensitive emails to her personal Yahoo account, including passwords to government systems - before every single Yahoo account was affected by a massive hack conducted by a Russian security expert employed by the same Moscow bank former President Bill Clinton gave a $500,000 speech to in 2010, according to Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller.

Jan 03 08:19

Social media: Can we take back power from the tech giants and their government overlords?

Almost 70 years ago, George Orwell wrote a nightmare into our language when, in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he imagined a future in which 'Big Brother' scrutinises an enslaved society with an all-seeing eye.

More recently, civil libertarians have warned ubiquitous CCTV and Government surveillance, born out of the fight against terrorism, have begun to fulfil Orwell's prophesy.

Yet both the fictional fantasies and daily realities pale into insignificance alongside the threat posed by social media.

Jan 03 08:05

Your phone really IS spying on you: Hundreds of Android apps covertly use your handset's microphone to listen in on your TV habits

Hundreds of Android apps covertly use your phone's microphone to listen in on your TV habits, a new report has found.

More than 250 games on the Google Play Store, some of which are for children, were found to use software that documents the TV adverts and shows you watch.

The information is collected even when the apps are not running and is sold on to advertisers for ad targeting and analysis.

Jan 03 08:01

AMD Soars After Rival Intel Reveals Processor Flaw

AMD shares surged as much as 7.2 percent to $11.77 Wednesday. Intel fell as much as 3.8 percent, the most since April, to $45.05. An Intel spokesman declined to comment.

Jan 03 07:56

Report: All Intel Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw

There’s small screwups and big screwups. Here is tremendously huge screwup: Virtually all Intel processors produced in the last decade have a major security hole that could allow “normal user programs—from database applications to JavaScript in web browsers—to discern to some extent the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas,” the Register reported on Tuesday.

Essentially, modern Intel processors have a design flaw that could allow malicious programs to read protected areas of a device’s kernel memory (memory dedicated to the most essential core components of an operating system and their interactions with system hardware). This flaw could potentially expose protected information like passwords. Since the error is baked into the Intel x86-64 hardware, it requires an OS-level overwrite to patch—on every major operating system, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Jan 03 07:55

Intel's CEO Just Sold a Lot of Stock

Since Krzanich was appointed Intel CEO in May of 2013, he'll need to have 250,000 shares by May 2018 -- or about five months from now.

What's interesting, then, is that before Krzanich made any of the transactions that he reported in his most recently filed Form 4, he held 495,743 shares.

After the options exercises and subsequent sales (which left Krzanich's position unchanged at 495,743 shares), Krzanich then made two more transactions: a sale of 242,830 shares and a sale of 2,913 shares, with each transaction happening at an average price of $44.555, per the filing.

Those two transactions left Krzanich with exactly 250,000 shares -- the bare minimum that he's required to hold as CEO.

Jan 02 19:13

Popular Chrome extension with over 105,000 users found secretly mining cryptocurrency

Now, a popular Chrome extension with over 105,000 users has been found running the in-browser cryptocurrency miner Coinhive that covertly hijacks visitors' CPU processing power to mine Monero.

According to Bleeping Computer, Archive Poster — an extension that allows Tumblr users to reblog or report from other websites — was found running Coinhive with a number of users reporting significant spikes in their CPU usage.

Jan 02 19:11

Windows 10 SHOCK - Security risk warning as PC users lag behind in one key area

NetMarketShare’s figures for the whole of last year show that Windows 7 was the most popular browser in 2017.

Their statistics show the eight year-old software as having a 45.07 per cent share of the OS market.

In comparison Windows 10, released two and a half years ago, has a 27.36 per cent market share.

Since November 2017, Windows 7 has seen its OS market share only drop by 0.04 per cent.

While Windows 10 saw its market share during the same period grow by 0.98 per cent.


It was recently claimed that Microsoft have been patching out security bugs in Windows 10 but NOT immediately rolling those out to Windows 7 and 8 users.

This lag in updates leaves potentially hundreds of millions computers at risk of an attack.

Jan 02 19:01

Should I Change My Spotify Password? Cracker Hacking Tool Compromising Thousands Of Accounts

A security researcher has discovered a hacking tool that groups of hackers are using to compromise Spotify accounts, International Business Times has learned.

The discovery of the tool, made by Collective Labs CEO Ryan Jackson, coincides with a recent increase in reports on social media of Spotify accounts being hacked — though Spotify itself has not suffered a direct security breach, according to the company.

The tool, called “Spotify Cracker v1,” was described by Jackson as a brute force hacking tool that allows hackers to hijack large numbers of Spotify accounts. Jackson shared with IBT a video of the tool in action, in which it appeared to identify several accounts and revealed the passwords in plaintext.

Jan 02 18:43

'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.

Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.

Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products. The effects are still being benchmarked, however we're looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down, depending on the task and the processor model. More recent Intel chips have features – such as PCID – to reduce the performance hit.

Jan 02 18:40

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

You won't have a $700 smart lock to kick around any more, as Otto (no, not that one) shut down and sacked its staff just before Christmas – without ever delivering a product.

Otto, whose sole gizmo was to be an internet-connected finger-scanning front-door lock, said it ran out of money, and will not be able to ship its gear to customers just four weeks before it had planned to do so.

In a post to Medium, Otto CEO and founder Sam Jadallah insisted the upstart's failure was not a rejection of the notion of paying $699 to complicate something the local hardware store sells for $15, but rather was the work of a nefarious bait-and-switch by an unnamed corporation.

Jan 02 11:32

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Jan 02 11:18

Do YOU save passwords on your browser? Major security flaw in autofill tool means your personal details and online habits could be revealed to hackers

Passwords stored on web browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari aren't as secure as you think, according to new research.

Advertising firms are stealing information from browser password managers without the permission of users, a new study shows.

This security loophole could be used to access people's passwords, the researchers said, raising concerns that hackers could exploit the fault.

Jan 02 11:11

Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

The grace period for tech firms failing to meet Germany's strict new hate speech law has ended.

The network enforcement act – Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, or NetzDG if that doesn't roll off the tongue for you – was passed by the government back in June.

It gives companies with more than 2 million users just 24 hours to remove or block criminal content, or seven days for more complex issues.

Jan 02 11:09

Critical Flaw Reported In phpMyAdmin Lets Attackers Damage Databases

A critical security vulnerability has been reported in phpMyAdmin—one of the most popular applications for managing the MySQL database—which could allow remote attackers to perform dangerous database operations just by tricking administrators into clicking a link.

Jan 02 10:02

Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts?

Facebook is being accused of censoring Palestinian activists who protest the Israeli occupation. This comes as Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked reportedly said in December that Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to Facebook over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed “incitement,” and said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.

Jan 01 13:49

Google Hiring 10,000 Certified Morons to Further Throttle Free Speech

Google is escalating its campaign of internet censorship, announcing that it will expand its workforce of human censors to over 10,000, the internet giant announced on December 4. The censors’ primary focus will be videos and other content on YouTube, its video-sharing platform, but will work across Google to censor content and train its automated systems, which remove videos at a rate four times faster than its human employees.

Jan 01 10:10

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063

Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC.

Jan 01 10:07

Forever 21 Confirms Security Breach Exposed Customer Credit Card Details

First notified in November of a data breach incident, popular clothing retailer Forever 21 has now confirmed that hackers stole credit card information from its stores throughout the country for several months during 2017.

Although the company did not yet specify the total number of its customers affected by the breach, it did confirm that malware was installed on some point of sale (POS) systems in stores across the U.S. at varying times between April 3, 2017, and November 18, 2017.

According to the company's investigation, which is still ongoing, the malware was designed to search for and likely steal sensitive customer credit card data, including credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and, in some cases, cardholder names.

Jan 01 06:47

Saudi Intelligence Agency Offers Unsolicited Aide to US against Iran's IRGC

The documents released by the Yemen Cyber Army after it hacked the Saudi Foreign Ministry in May show that Riyadh has persuaded the US to place more Iranian IRGC commanders under its sanctions list.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
"WikiLeaks released over 60,000 documents on Friday and vowed to release the rest in coming weeks, but we plan to release the documents in separate news items since many of them contain the names of foreign nationals who have demanded visit to Saudi Arabia, for example for Hajj pilgrimage, and their names have been mentioned among the Saudi agents. Thus releasing the list of names and documents might hurt innocent individuals who have done nothing, but applied for visa at a Saudi embassy for doing Hajj pilgrimage," FNA English Editor-in-Chief Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm said.


Dec 31 09:58

How Facebook will infiltrate national elections and rule the world in less than 10 years — unless…

How Facebook will infiltrate national elections and rule the world in less than 10 years?—?unless we stop it. What do NATO, private military contractors, giant arms manufacturers, wine merchants, the NSA, Trump, British property tycoons, Russian oligarchs, and Big Oil have in common? The world’s largest social network

Dec 31 09:56

The DHS has illegally stuffed America's airports full of $1B worth of shitty, malfing facial-recognition tech

More than a dozen major US airports are now covered in facial-recognition cameras, installed by the DHS to scan people departing on international flights without the legally mandated federal review process. The cameras suck, too: "the systems erroneously reject as many as 1 in 25 travelers using valid credentials." At that rate, 1,632 people flying out of JFK alone every day would be falsely flagged as potential criminals and subjected to additional screening.

Dec 30 11:16

Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli Government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constitute “incitement.” The meetings – called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, its pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked – came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

Dec 30 11:10

Classified Huma Abedin Emails Found On Anthony Weiner's Laptop Discussing Hamas, Israel And Palestinian Authority

The classified emails date from 2010-2012, and concern discussions with Middle East leaders, including those from the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas - which was declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice in July. Large portions of the 2,800 page release were redacted prior to release by the State Department.

According to the Daily Mail, three of the emails were sent either to or from an address called "BBB Backup," which one email identifies as a backup of a Blackberry Bold 9700 - presumably belonging to Abedin.

As a civilian, Weiner - though once a congressman, was unlikely to have possessed the proper clearance to view or store the classified documents on his laptop.

Dec 30 10:53

Kidnapped Crypto Exchange Executive Reportedly Paid $1 Million Ransom in Bitcoin

Here’s one piece of evidence to suggest that cryptocurrency remains an extremely hot commodity despite recent crashes in the price of Bitcoin: Armed gang members kidnapped a top executive at U.K.-registered cryptocurrency exchange Exmo Finance this week and only released him after they were paid a $1 million equivalent ransom in bitcoins, the Financial Times reported.

Dec 29 17:13

Russia Planning National Biometric Database For Banking Next Year, Expanding Worldwide Trend

By Aaron Kesel

Russia is to start a biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the Central Bank of Russia said in a statement.

The system, although not mandatory, will extend access to banking by letting customers open accounts without having to visit a banking branch. This is all in an effort to “digitize” financial services. The regulator noted that data would only be stored with a person’s consent.

However, what the biometric database will include is worrying to say the least...

Dec 29 12:37

DHS Announces Program to ILLEGALLY Scan Our Faces—And They’re Forcing Us to Pay For It

As TSA agents continue to prove their incompetence in the “War on Terror,” the Department of Homeland Security is now allocating $1 billion in taxpayer funding to create a facial recognition program that will illegally scan Americans’ faces.

Dec 29 12:23

Border control has my IMEI number and a lot of my social media information, what can I do to protect myself now?

Also, when they took my phone they randomly sent a text just saying "Hamas" to one of my group chats (a group full of Muslim guys). Even if searching my phone is legal, there's no way that posting sketchy stuff from it is right?

Dec 29 09:13

Facebook is censoring people the US government sanctions

Sam Greene, the director of Kings College London’s Russia Institute, pointed out that the move has serious implications for freedom of speech:

As happy as I am to see Kadyrov disappear from the ether, this is an atrocious policy. Allowing the US gov't to determine who can and cannot be visible online is censorship, and it undermines the ability of the existing net infrastructure to be a truly neutral global platform.

— Sam Greene (@samagreene) December 28, 2017

Failure to stand up to this opens the door for any government to demand the closure/blocking of an account and is another step towards the creation of 'sovereign' national networks and the dismantling of the internet as a global public good. (tagging @zeynep, @emilydparker)

— Sam Greene (@samagreene) December 28, 2017

Dec 29 08:52

Web Trackers Exploit Flaw in Browser Login Managers to Steal Usernames

Princeton privacy experts are warning that advertising and analytics firms can secretly extract site usernames from browsers using hidden login fields and tie non-authenticated users visiting a site with their profiles or emails on that domain.

This type of abusive behavior is possible because of a design flaw in the login managers included with all browsers, login managers that allow browsers to remember a user's username and password for specific sites and auto-insert it in login fields when the user visits that site again.

Experts say that web trackers can embed hidden login forms on sites where the tracking scripts are loaded. Because of the way the login managers work, the browser will fill these fields with the user's login information, such as username and passwords.


At the time of writing, all major browsers except Brave appear to be vulnerable to this type of attack, coughing up usernames and passwords from the hidden login fields.

Dec 29 07:02

Russian hackers plan to 'RULE WORLD' using Ukraine as 'training ground' for UK attack

Vladimir Putin is believed to be using Ukraine as a “training ground” to learn how to attack other countries as part of his bid to “control the world”.

Ukraine has fallen victim to a number of cyber infringements over the last two years, including an attack in June that cut all power in houses and rendered vital public services such as the post office and ATMs unusable for days.

Dec 28 11:52

US ISP to 1 million internet subscribers: if you are accused of piracy, you may lose the ability to control your smart thermostat

Armstrong Zoom, a northeastern US ISP with about a million subscribers, has sent its customers warnings that they have been accused of copyright infringement, and that subsequent accusations would lead to having their network connections slowed to the point of uselessness, which could impair their ability to control their internet-connected thermostats.

Dec 28 11:49

FCC Announces National Roll Out Of Amber Alerts But For Cops

The FCC has done away with Net Neutrality. In its place, we get videos of Ajit Pai mocking his opponents, served up in a melange of mishandled memes. We also, apparently, get this: a future where our lives are interrupted by push notifications that treat grown-ass police officers like kidnapped children.

Dec 28 10:08

Could hackers take control of YOUR home speakers? Warning over Sonos and Bose smart systems

A study on the Sonos Play:1 and Bose SoundTouch speakers revealed a number of security ‘gaps’ that could give anyone access to the device from a remote location.

The researchers found they could play sounds through the speakers, view email addresses linked to streaming sites, and determine the approximate location – along with patterns that reveal if the owner is awake, asleep, or out of the house.

Dec 28 10:03

Hackers could crack your PIN number in just THREE attempts using data from motion and light sensors installed on smartphones

The sensors built into your phone could help a hacker correctly guess your PIN in just three attempts.

Researchers have built a new algorithm that reveals a person's passcode using data from six smartphone sensors.

This data allows hackers to study the tilt of the phone and how much light is being blocked by the user's fingers, helping reveal a four-digit pin number.

The technique has been shown to unlock Android smartphones with a 99.5 per cent accuracy within three tries, when trying to guess the 50 most common PIN numbers.

Dec 28 08:37

The 20 worst passwords of 2017: Did yours make the list?

Despite all of the year's major hacks, people still can't seem to let passwords like 'admin' and '123456' go.