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Oct 20 10:18

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Haaretz investigation spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps and record conversations

Oct 20 08:05

iPhone users are being targeted by a new scam that uses fake Spotify and iTunes emails to steal your login details and access your PICTURES (2 Pics)

Scammers are trying a new way of deceiving people in a bid to steal Apple login information.
The phishing email appears to be from Spotify and says the user has purchased a year's Premium subscription for $150.99 (£115).
A hyperlink in the email is labelled as 'review your subscription' and takes the user through to an official-looking site branded with Apple logos.

Oct 19 14:26

Trial: Facial Recognition Technology To Be Used In UK At Select Self-Checkouts

By Aaron Kesel

Facial recognition technology will be tested in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of citizens buying alcohol and cigarettes at special self-checkout machines later this year...

Oct 18 18:28

Weaponizing the Frequencies: the Coming Tidal Wave

Psychotronic millimeter wave weaponry is coming to a street near you, with the potential to unleash disease on a mass scale. Welcome to the new fifth generation of wi-fi called 5G, where the speed to send full-length, high-definition movies to your ipad is ten times faster.

Oct 18 15:01

Google Is Aiding China’s War On Muslim Uighurs And Its Citizens

By Aaron Kesel

Google will more than likely have to facilitate speech suppression for Muslims within "Project Dragonfly." This is due to new laws passed this week on how to crack down on the ethnic minority...

Oct 18 11:17

Exclusive: Women's March target of elaborate Facebook scam run from Bangladesh

In all, there were 1,700 separate Facebook pages designed to look like they were run by local Women's March organizers, a source familiar with Facebook's investigation into the issue told CNN.

While the vast majority of the pages and events had no followers or attendees, some of the fake events promoting the wrong march date became popular.

Fake events for Philadelphia and Chicago received more than 10,000 RSVPs; the event posted for Seattle picked up more than 20,000. (As ever with numbers on social media sites, it is possible that at least some of the RSVPs came from fake accounts used to make a page seem more popular).

The network of fake pages highlights the increasing challenges facing both American activists and companies like Facebook as bad actors, both foreign and domestic, use social media platforms to tap into the highly charged and partisan nature of American politics for financial or political gain.

Oct 18 11:15

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation.

Oct 18 11:08

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download a copy of all the personal data Apple holds on them that's linked to an Apple ID.

Under GDPR, EU residents have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them.

They can also withdraw previously given consent for a company to collect data about them and request that collected data be deleted. And consumers have the right to take data to another service, as well as to know how a company is processing it.

Oct 18 10:16

BEX ALERT!: Why AI and advertisers should team up to fix fake news

Pathetic piece advocating censorship! GRRRR!!!

Fake news is as old as the written word, and probably older, but it’s technology that’s created the insidious version of fake news we know today. Now, the question is whether technology, and artificial intelligence in particular, can also be the foil that will prevent the eventual fakenewspocolypse.

Oct 18 08:22

Facebook is accused of luring advertisers with 900 percent inflation of video numbers and hiding it for a year

According to fresh claims from a group of advertisers who are suing the social media giant, engineers knew about a discrepancy in the metrics measuring tool for a year before it was publicly disclosed in 2016.

The flaw was down to the fact that Facebook was only counting videos which had been viewed for three seconds or longer when it presented the companies with statistics about how long users were watching their ads.

Because it only factored in these clips and did not count all of the videos which people watched for three seconds or less, the average watch-time was drastically inflated to indicate that users were habitually watching videos for longer than they actually were.

The advertisers say it prompted them to spend more and more often than they would have had they known the real figures.

Oct 17 13:54

Security Robots Invade NYC, and An Education Droid Speaks At UK Parliament

By Aaron Kesel

Security robots have invaded NYC and are now patrolling the streets, while diplomatic robots are roaming around UK parliament floors.

Robots are becoming more prevalent and relevant in society and, like it or not, the androids are here to stay. This technology will only exponentially increase as time passes, as Boston Dynamics has showcased over the years.

Now thanks to that little idea of creating robotic cretins there are security cyborgs patrolling in the tri-state area...

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 11:36

YouTube users question sanity, reality as service goes dark worldwide

YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster.
The video-sharing website experienced a service disruption across the northeastern United States, as well as parts of the West and East Coasts.

Users in Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the EU have also been affected, according to thousands of reports on the Down Detector monitoring site. YouTube videos began returning errors around 9pm EST. The site infrastructure was still loading for users, but the videos themselves did not play and were replaced by error messages imploring users to “please try again later.”

Oct 17 10:12

Twitter has barred hundreds of accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists. #triggered #Npc #blueflush

Pathetic: the NYT considers the NPC meme and other satire and humor that they dislike "voter suppression" and "intentionally misleading election-related content"

Oct 17 09:16

Plague of 'sneaky subscriptions' on Apple's App Store tricks users into paying hefty recurring fees by promising 'free trials' that expire in DAYS

The 69 Top Grossing app is raking in around $14.3 (£10.84) million per year for its document scanning utility, according to Sensor Tower data.

It has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, leading most customers to believe this is a good and trustworthy app.

But when you look through the critical reviews, you'll see some valid complaints.

In the app you'll be constantly prompted to subscribe to a subscription ranging from $3.99 (£3.02) a week to $4.99 (£3.78) per month, or start a free trial. But the subscription following the free trial kicks in after only 3 days — something that's detailed in the fine print, but often missed.

Oct 17 09:10

Google to start charging European smartphone makers to use its app store and apps to 'offset lost revenue' after record $5bn EU antitrust fine

The tech giant will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU antitrust order.

Oct 17 09:07

Would you let Facebook put a camera on top of your TV? 'Ripley' project revealed as firms admits its cameras DO collect data about users to target ads

Facebook has only just announced Portal, its first camera-equipped device for the home.

But it appears the social media giant already has its sights set on the $200 video chat device's successor - an effort that's currently being kept under wraps as part of a project codenamed 'Ripley,' according to Cheddar.

That reportedly encompasses a camera-equipped device that connects to the television for video chats and for streaming content.

The move comes as a new report confirms that Facebook could use data collected from Portal to serve up targeted ads - heightening privacy concerns around the device.

Oct 16 17:44

WikiLeaks Releases A Detailed List Of All Amazon Web Services Data Centers Ahead Of DoD Decision

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks has published an alleged “highly confidential” document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers called Amazon Atlas.

The international whistleblowing organization claims to have published the document as an attempt to shed light on the “largely hidden” locations of cloud-based servers...

Oct 16 16:36

Digital Free Speech Zones are Here

An empire of lies requires popular devotion to its founding illusions, lest it will collapse under the weight of its own hubris.

Oct 16 08:49

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

Boffins have devised a way to make eavesdropping smartwatches, computers, mobile devices, and speakers with endearing names like Alexa better aware of what's going on around them.

In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, and Chris Harrison describe a real-time, activity recognition system capable of interpreting collected sound.

In other words, a software that uses devices' always-on builtin microphones to sense what exactly's going on in the background.

Oct 15 17:36

'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used by Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything

“Do Not Track,” as it was first imagined a decade ago by consumer advocates, was going to be a “Do Not Call” list for the internet, helping to free people from annoying targeted ads and creepy data collection. But only a handful of sites respect the request, the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium. (Pinterest won’t use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who’s elected not to be tracked, while Medium won’t send their data to third parties.) The vast majority of sites, including this one, ignore it.

Yahoo and Twitter initially said they would respect it, only to later abandon it. The most popular sites on the internet, from Google and Facebook to Pornhub and xHamster, never honored it in the first place.

Oct 15 17:03

TSA Announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

Homeland Security was explicit in their 18-page memo from June 2017 that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” Now, according to a new “Biometric Roadmap” from the TSA, detailed by The Identity Project, we can see the level of commitment to accelerating incremental enforcement for all domestic and international air travel (“notional phased approach” in TSA-speak). Of course when it comes to the TSA, airports may not be the final destination. Biometric ID is already spreading from planes, to trains, to events and to conferences...

Oct 15 11:23

THE FBI DOESN’T WANT USERS TO KNOW WHO HACKED FACEBOOK

The FBI has asked Facebook not to reveal who may be behind a recent hack that exposed highly sensitive personal information of 14 million users, according to a Facebook security update Friday.

A hack on Facebook, which originally was reported to have affected 50 million users, now has been confirmed to have only affected 30 million. That said, the hack “appears to be the worst hack in Facebook’s 14-year history,” according to Business Insider’s Rob Price. (RELATED: Sources: China Hacked Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server)

Hackers took advantage of an intersection of three different and distinct bugs in Facebook’s website to gain “access tokens” to users’ accounts, according to Guy Rosen, the vice president of product management at Facebook.

“We’re cooperating with the FBI, which is actively investigating and asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack,” Rosen wrote in a post entitled “An Update on the Security Issue.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder the reason the FBI does not want the hacker named; could it have been a foreign entity, with the money, motive, and opportunity to make this happen?

But... we'll never know, because that such a hack could have been done, indicates that the FBI, DHS, and various other alphabet soup agencies would be shame-faced, were the culprit(s) named and shamed in broad daylight.

Oct 15 11:18

Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone's Identity, Researchers Say

The researchers behind the study were inspired by the recent case of the alleged Golden State Killer.

Earlier this year, Sacramento police arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo for a wave of rapes and murders allegedly committed by DeAngelo in the 1970s and 1980s. And they claimed to have identified DeAngelo with the help of genealogy databases.

Erlich and his team wanted to see how easy it would be in general to use the method to find someone’s identity by relying on the DNA of distant and possibly unknown family members. So they looked at more than 1.2 million anonymous people who had gotten testing from MyHeritage, and specifically excluded anyone who had immediate family members also in the database. The idea was to figure out whether a stranger’s DNA could indeed be used to crack your identity.

For Erlich, the findings are both reassuring and frightening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are huge possibilities for abuse of this technology, and Erlich is absolutely right to be concerned about how it may be used.

Oct 15 11:02

Welcome To The Smart Home Government Snitch Program

By Nicholas West

The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution appears to be at stake as the data from our personal tech devices increasingly is open for scrutiny ... even if that data comes from within the four walls of our home...

Oct 15 10:12

BEX ALERT - Hunt for Russian sleeper agents 'planning a series of attacks to bring down Britain's internet' after GRU whistleblower, 53, exposes plot

Police are allegedly hunting two Russian sleeper agents who are waiting to 'bring down Britain's internet' with cyber attacks.

It is feared the agents are in disguise working for an Internet Service Provider or a university with access to 'super computers' and are ready to spring into action when Putin gives the word.

They have reportedly been tasked with disrupting trade after Brexit by bringing the internet to a halt in Britain.

Oct 15 08:44

Watchdog exposes Pentagon's cyber struggles

Defense experts are seizing on a stunning federal report highlighting cyber vulnerabilities in U.S. weapons systems, calling it an embarrassing wake-up call for the Pentagon.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week found that nearly all of the weapons systems it tested had extensive cyber flaws. The report warned that the Department of Defense (DOD) “likely has an entire generation of systems that were designed and built without adequately considering cybersecurity.”

Experts said the alarming report was shining a light on the Pentagon's systematic failure to consider cyber threats in building the country's most powerful weapons.

Oct 15 07:53

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

Probably because Microsoft has accidentally disabled your audio

Oct 15 07:29

THE PENTAGON’S PUSH TO PROGRAM SOLDIERS’ BRAINS

DARPA’s developing capabilities still hover at or near a proof-of-concept stage. But that’s close enough to have drawn investment from some of the world’s richest corporations.

Oct 14 09:48

Google tells US lawmakers it is mulling options on China services

It is still unclear whether Google would move forward with a search engine in China said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet Inc`s Google unit has told U.S. lawmakers it was considering "a variety of options" to offer additional services in China, but declined to detail plans for addressing Chinese censorship. The company has come under criticism after reports it was considering re-entering China`s search engine market and would comply with its internet censorship and surveillance policies.

Oct 13 18:37

Hackers hide cryptocurrency mining malware in Adobe Flash updates

Cryptocurrency scammers have gotten extra creative and are now hiding mining malware in legitimate updates of Adobe Flash Player.

Researchers from cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks discovered a fake Flash updater which has been doing the rounds since early August. While it claims to install a legitimate Flash update, the malicious file sneaks in a cryptocurrency mining bot called XMRig (which mines privacy coin Monero).

The fact the scam actually installs a genuine Flash update serves to distract the user from the deceitful goings-on. Many users may be unaware their CPU is now running at full tilt, mining cryptocurrency for someone else.

Oct 13 18:35

Why missing Saudi journalist’s Apple Watch is an interesting, but unlikely, lead

But even if Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate wearing that model, a third-generation Apple Watch does not support cellular connections in Turkey, effectively ruling out any chance that his health data synced either with his iPhone outside or Apple’s servers.

It’s also unlikely that the watch connected to a known Wi-Fi network inside the consulate, or that the watch was within close enough range to sync with his iPhone outside using Bluetooth.

In any case, if health data from Khashoggi’s watch was transmitted over the air to Apple’s iCloud where it could be synced with his iPhone, the data is end-to-end encrypted with his passcode.

Not even Apple — and therefore law enforcement — can access this data, meaning any evidence of his whereabouts will be on his iPhone.

Oct 13 11:19

Pentagon Reveals Cyber Breach of Travel Records

The Pentagon on Friday said there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel.

According to a U.S. official familiar with the matter, the breach could have affected as many as 30,000 workers, but that number may grow as the investigation continues. The breach could have happened some months ago but was only recently discovered.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the breach is under investigation, said that no classified information was compromised.

Oct 13 10:52

Husband Divorces Wife After Spotting Her on Google Maps with Another Man

This couple's story, however, isn't a heartwarming one like Denise's. Unless you count a dude discovering that his wife was cheating on him with another man thanks to one of Google's automobiles heartwarming, that is.

That's exactly what happened to this Peruvian dude when he was trying to discover the best way to get to a bridge in the country's capital city of Lima. While browsing Google street view, he noticed someone familiar: his wife.

That's right, she's sitting there on a park bench with some strange dude's head in her lap, stroking his hair. What tipped him off at first was the outfit she was wearing and then after zooming in he noticed that it was her.

When he confronted his wife with the photos, which were dated back to 2013, she admitted to having an affair. He filed for divorced after she confirmed what he clearly saw in the pictures. Thankfully, she didn't try saying that she was stroking the dude's head in a "friendly" fashion.

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