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Jun 18 15:10

Tesla Severance Packages Set To "Chill Valid Employee Complaints" About Safety Issues

Tesla is trying to silence former employees from speaking out about workplace safety issues, it appears from language being included in new severance packages.

Bloomberg reported today that Tesla is trying to curb former employees from speaking out about safety issues that they may have incurred on the job, and it is doing so by including new language in severance packages that it is issuing to 9% of its employee workforce that it is laying off.

Those employees who are accepting severance packages are being asked to give up certain rights as it relates to speaking publicly about workplace safety issues. The Bloomberg article noted:

Language in a confidential severance agreement Tesla Inc. is using as part of the biggest job cut in its history is likely to deter dismissed employees from going public with worker safety concerns, according to employment-law experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this severance package language is Draconian in a truly lousy way, and does Elon Musk not care about the optics here?!?

He's making things worse by inserting this language, and one has to understand that he is making himself look as though he is suppressing safety issues in the cars he is designing.

Jun 18 07:25

Hacker Breaches Syscoin GitHub Account and Poisons Official Client

A hacker gained access to the GitHub account of the Syscoin cryptocurrency and replaced the official Windows client with a version containing malware.

The poisoned Syscoin Windows client contained Arkei Stealer, a malware strain specialized in dumping and stealing passwords and wallet private keys. This malware is also detected as Trojan:Win32/Feury.B!cl.

Syscoin developers are now warning Syscoin users who downloaded version 3.0.4.1 of the Syscoin client between June 09th, 2018 10:14 PM UTC and June 13th, 2018 10:23 PM UTC that their systems might be infected with malware.

Jun 18 07:23

Rootkit-Based Adware Wreaks Havoc Among Windows 10 Users in the US

When it was released back in 2015, one of the main perks of Windows 10 was the improved security features that made it harder for rootkits to get a foothold on Microsoft's new OS.

But three years later, security researchers from Romania-based antivirus vendor Bitdefender have detailed the operations of an adware strain named Zacinlo that uses a rootkit component to gain persistence across OS reinstalls, a rootkit component that's even effective against Windows 10 installations.

In fact, researchers say that 90% of all Zacinlo's recent victims are Windows 10 users, showing that crooks intentionally designed their "product" to work against Microsoft's latest OS.

Jun 18 07:22

New MysteryBot Android Malware Packs a Banking Trojan, Keylogger, and Ransomware

Cybercriminals are currently developing a new strain of malware targeting Android devices which blends the features of a banking trojan, keylogger, and mobile ransomware.

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ThreatFabric says the current versions of MysteryBot it spotted until now have been disguised as a Flash Player app for Android.

"In general, the consumer must be aware that all of the so called 'Flash Player (update) apps' that can be found in and outside the various app stores are malware," ThreatFabric told Bleeping Computer.

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Experts recommend that users avoid side-loading (installing) apps from outside the Play Store, and avoid granting apps access to the Accessibility service, which in the vast majority of cases is used mostly by malware.

Jun 17 10:01

Kaspersky Lab halts European cybercrime work

Computer security firm Kaspersky Lab has halted all cyber-crime collaboration with European agencies and organisations.

The decision is in protest against a European Parliament motion which called its software "malicious".

Kaspersky Lab said the accusation was "untrue" and demonstrated a "distinct lack of respect".

The row comes after the US and UK took steps to remove Kaspersky software from some government systems.

Jun 16 17:52

UN's freedom of expression top dog slams European copyright plans

The campaign against a key aspect of new European copyright legislation has picked up a significant backer: the United Nations' freedom of expression expert.

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur, has sent a lengthy letter to the European Commission outlining his concerns about Article 13 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, which would require large internet platforms to introduce automated upload filters that remove copyrighted content.

Earlier this week, 70 internet luminaries including Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales warned that the proposal risked damaging "the free and open Internet as we know it" by shifting legal liability from users to platforms.

Jun 16 17:50

Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

The US government issued an interim rule this morning prohibiting agencies from using products or services that have pretty much anything to do with Kaspersky Lab.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) comes into effect from 16 July 2018 and is a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which prohibits any part of the US Federal government from using the antivirus vendor's wares.

Jun 16 10:01

THERE’S ABOUT TO BE A LOT MORE CREEPY BOSTON DYNAMICS ROBOTS IN THE WORLD

At a technology conference in Hannover, Germany, Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, outlined how his company may soon begin to turn its decades-long robotics research into an actual business.

Boston Dynamics was sold to SoftBank by Alphabet last year following concerns around its ability to generate revenue. Since the acquisition, it seems that the company has ramped up testing on its increasingly dexterous and nimble robots. Earlier this year, Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the rate of about 1,000 robots per year in the middle of 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this technology gets paired with MIT's "Norman", Meet Norman, MIT's Psycopathic AI, welcome to the world's first twisted, soulless killer robots, ultimately to be tweaked by DARPA, and introduced to the battlefield relatively soon.

Jun 16 09:33

U.S. PROSECUTORS PULL ENCRYPTED MESSAGES FROM PHONES SEIZED IN COHEN RAIDS

With regard to any application that claims to provide privacy: “The simple fact is that the platforms on which it runs are compromised from the operating systems down to the silicon.”

I’m not saying to not encrypt. Encryption can prevent your data from falling into the hands of thieves, Google and maybe the local police. What I’m saying is that, “If you are specifically targeted by a state intelligence agency, you are going to have a very, very hard time defeating that.” (From the post linked above.)

Via: Reuters:

Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything I communicate via cellphone, either text or actual voicemail, is pure vanilla, with nothing of real importance or significance attached.

Privacy, which used to be guaranteed under the Bill of Rights in this country, has been thoroughly eviscerated, in post 9/11 Amerika, and the more you understand this, the more you will simply not put yourself at risk by communicating in any other way than simple platitudes, which have no real meaning or significance.

Jun 16 08:59

U.S. PROSECUTORS PULL ENCRYPTED MESSAGES FROM PHONES SEIZED IN COHEN RAIDS

With regard to any application that claims to provide privacy: “The simple fact is that the platforms on which it runs are compromised from the operating systems down to the silicon.”

Jun 15 13:31

WSJ Columnist: Hey, The ‘No Bias’ Claim In DOJ IG Report Is Not What It Seems

Mr. Combetta is one of at least two people who were given immunity by the Justice Department as part of the investigation. The other was Bryan Pagliano, a former campaign staff member for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, who was granted immunity in exchange for answering questions about how he set up a server in Mrs. Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., around the time she became secretary of state in 2009.

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According to the F.B.I. documents, Mr. Combetta told the bureau in February that he did not recall deleting the emails. But in May, he told a different story.

In the days after Mrs. Clinton’s staffers called Platte River Networks in March 2015, Mr. Combetta said realized that he had not followed a December 2014 order from Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers to have the emails deleted. Mr. Combetta then used a program called BleachBit to delete the messages, the bureau said.

Jun 15 12:59

IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices

According to the Inspector General, FBI agents found Huma Abedin deleting classified/Hillary Clinton emails from her Yahoo account but failed to subpoena her devices.

Huma forwarded State Department passwords and classified emails to this Yahoo account before it was hacked by foreign agents and the FBI did nothing. Let that sink in.

Jun 15 09:15

Inspector General’s Report: FBI May Have Covered up Weiner Laptop to Help Clinton

Democrats have long complained that then-FBI Director James Comey’s announcement in late October 2016 that he was re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails cost them the presidential election.
But the report of the Department of Justice Inspector General, released Thursday, shows that the FBI may actually have neglected an investigation into emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in an effort to stop Donald Trump from winning.

The report notes the FBI, working together with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), had begun investigating Weiner in September 2016. They realized as early as Sep. 26 that his computer had hundreds of thousands of emails, many of which were from Clinton-related or State Department domains. They informed FBI headquarters in D.C., but no one did anything for four weeks until a prosecutor in SDNY complained.

Jun 15 09:12

Court Sets Hearing on Motion to Compel Email Testimony from Hillary Clinton

Judicial Watch announced a federal court ordered a hearing for Thursday, October 11, 2018, on a motion to compel testimony about the email practices of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The order was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

The development comes in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton. The lawsuit, which seeks records regarding the authorization for Abedin to engage in outside employment while employed by the Department of State, was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Jun 15 09:11

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails -- including at least one email classified as “secret” -- according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.

Fox News obtained the memo prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which lays out key interim findings ahead of next week’s hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The IG, separately, is expected to release his highly anticipated report on the Clinton email case later Thursday.

The House committees, which conducted a joint probe into decisions made by the DOJ in 2016 and 2017, addressed a range of issues in their memo including Clinton's email security.

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Jun 15 08:57

Do NOT update your iPhone: Frustrated Apple users are complaining that iOS 11.4 is killing their batteries

If you haven't updated your iPhone to iOS 11.4 yet, you may want to hold off a bit longer.

Frustrated Apple users are complaining that the software update is killing their batteries.

One angry user wrote on Reddit that it caused their battery to drain up to 25% faster, while others say they are constantly having to charge their phone.

Apple has not yet revealed what is causing the problem or how to fix it.

Jun 15 08:11

Top Russian Finance and Tech Firms in Major Push With Gov't to Make Russia Digital Superpower

Russia’s newly inaugurated president Vladimir Putin has tasked the government with making Russia a top-five global economy by 2024 the day he was confirmed in office for the fourth time. Several of Russia’s largest tech and financial companies have teamed up to deliver on that promise and completely transform the Russian online market.

According to the new May Decrees published on the Kremlin’s website, the Russian government must ensure that the country’s economy is “among the five largest by the end of 2024, with economic growth rates exceeding those of most countries and inflation at a level not above 4%.”

Jun 15 06:58

USE A PHONE? YOUR PRIVATE LIFE HAS SUDDENLY EXPLODED

Evidence surfaced recently -- proof -- that each of us, that every one of us with a cellphone, might as well have a corresponding dot moving and blinking in real time, geolocated on a map somewhere.

Jun 14 18:25

'Naggy' Tesla Autopilot update following fatal crash leaves owners 'confused and frustrated' by telling them to hold the wheel every 30 seconds

Tesla is updating its Autopilot software to make it clearer when drivers need to have their hands on the wheel.

In the wake of a fatal Tesla crash in California, the electric car maker began flashing warnings in cars every 30 seconds that 'nag' users to 'hold the wheel.'

But many were annoyed and confused when the warnings didn't go away, even after applying a 'white knuckle death grip.'

Now, Tesla boss Elon Musk says Tesla will update the system so it's not so naggy.

Jun 14 18:23

AMAZON HAS ALREADY BEGUN AUTOMATING ITS WHITE-COLLAR JOBS

Algorithms have usurped Amazon’s retail decision-makers.

Jun 14 18:23

Urgent scam warning issued to Fortnite players

The creators of the wildly popular video game Fortnite have issued a stark warning to players about scam websites.

Epic Games, the developers of the hit game, have reportedly warned players about scam sites that offer free or heavily-discounted V-Bucks, the game’s virtual currency.

The scam sites are thought to primarily target unsuspecting younger players, drawing them in with the promise of V-Bucks for little to no cost before stealing their login credentials and money.

Jun 14 18:20

ELON MUSK’S BORING CO. ASKED TO BUILD CHICAGO HIGH-SPEED TRANSIT BETWEEN O’HARE AND DOWNTOWN

Elon Musk's Boring Company has been tapped to build a futuristic transportation system using high-powered electric “skates” to carry passengers between O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.

Jun 14 14:41

YouTube Won't Host Our Homemade Gun Video. So We Posted It on PornHub Instead.

Reason has a new video out today explaining how to put together a homemade handgun using some very simple tools and parts you can buy online. But

Jun 14 12:04

Update Windows 10 NOW: Major Microsoft security flaw could let hackers use Cortana to bypass your password and access private files your computer

The cyber attack leverages a vulnerability in digital assistant Cortana.

The Microsoft voice assistant is built into every version of Windows 10 and is designed to schedule calendar appointments, check the weather, set reminders, send emails, and more.

However, the new security flaw could enable hackers to browse files, install a virus, and even reset your password – locking you out of your own machine.

Jun 14 11:32

CHINA'S SURVEILLANCE STATE IS USING RFID CHIPS TO TRACK CARS' MOVEMENTS

China, the world's most populous country, continues to devise new methods of keeping tabs on its 1.4 billion citizens. And after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week about a powerful new spy camera devised by a team of researchers at Duke University who had, incidentally, received funding from the US government, America's business newspaper of record is back Wednesday with another stunning report, this time about how China is establishing a new system to track cars using electronic tags. Indeed, WSJ describes the plan to "improve public security", which will also purportedly help ease extreme congestion in the largest Chinese cities.

The plan, which is set to be rolled out by July 1, will rely on chips that can be identified thanks to their unique radio frequency signature. Compliance will be voluntary at first, but it will become mandatory for all new vehicles by Jan. 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for such technology to be implemented in American cars, most probably as voluntary compliance at first, but mandatory, at a later point in time.

Jun 14 09:39

US Intelligence Developing Better Storage To HOARD YOUR DATA Based On Human DNA

Since the United States insists on spying its own people and saving massive amounts of personal data, the government is running out of storage space. So now, they are developing a new and improved data storage system based on human DNA.

It’s obvious the spying isn’t going to stop, and the US is no longer making it a secret that they want every scrap of data available on you stored. The Molecular Information Storage program, run by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is recruiting scientists to help develop a system for storing huge amounts of data on “sequence-controlled polymer,” molecules with a similar makeup and structure to DNA.

Jun 14 08:03

AT&T – TimeWarner Merger: A Disaster for Consumers when Combined with Net Neutrality Repeal

The argument that this merger, which will create one of the world’s largest media giants, is not anti-competitive lacks all basis in reality, says Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org and FAIR

Jun 14 08:00

Comcast: We've stopped throttling speeds for heavy internet users, for now

Comcast says it's ended its practice of slowing traffic for heavy internet users but reserves the right do it again.

Jun 13 17:17

Bitcoin’s skyrocketing growth was ‘fraud and manipulation’ – report

Griffin, who has 10 years of experience in detecting financial fraud, examined millions of transactions on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. In his paper, Griffin says that the US dollar-pegged cryptocurrency tether was used to buy bitcoin at the times that the latter was falling, which helped “stabilize and manipulate” the cryptocurrency's price.

“Fraud and manipulation often leave footprints in the data and it's nice to have the blockchain to track things,” Griffin told CNBC. Whenever bitcoin fell, tether was used to buy it to prop up the price of the leading crypto.

“It was creating price support for bitcoin and, over the period that we examined, had huge price effects,” Griffin said. “Our research would indicate that there are sophisticated people harnessing investor interest for their benefit.”

Jun 13 17:06

Children are left distressed after adverts for HORROR FILMS showing screaming women and clawed monsters appear on YouTube videos aimed at kids

Trailers for the thriller Insidious: The Last Key - rated 15 in the UK and PG-13 in the US - were shown before videos about Lego and the Disney film Frozen.

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The ASA has now banned the pre-rolls following three complaints it received from concerned parents whose children saw the clips, the agency announced this week.

YouTube blamed the film's advertiser Sony for the mix-up, while Sony claimed the video sharing platform's algorithms were at fault.

The ASA said the horror clips, which were unskippable for the first five seconds, were 'irresponsibly targeted' and 'unduly distressing'.

Jun 13 17:02

Is YOUR Fire Stick secretly mining bitcoin? Malware worm attacking Amazon's TV addons uncovered

A new crypto-mining virus has been worming its way into Amazon's Fire TVs and Fire Sticks, according to AFTVnews.

The malware, dubbed ADB.miner, attaches itself to devices that run the Android operating system as an app called 'Test' with the package name 'com.google.time.timer.'

And once it's installed, it starts using your device to mine cryptocurrency.

It's not currently known which apps contain the malware, but it can also spread to other Android-based devices.

Chances are many users' Fire TV and Fire Sticks won't be affected by the malware, as it requires that you have a developer feature turned on.

However, some users turn the feature on so that they can sideload apps onto their Android devices.

Jun 13 10:01

Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach after hackers access 5.9 million customer bank card details - five months after firm was fined £400,000 for ANOTHER cyber attack in 2015

The owner of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse today revealed hackers grabbed the details of 5.9million customers cards and 1.2million personal records.

The major data breach involved shoppers at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel but bosses insist there is no sign of any related fraud.

Access was also gained to non-financial personal data, such as addresses, names and email information.

It comes just months after the company was fined £400,000 for a 2015 cyber attack which exposed the personal data of more than three million customers.

Jun 13 09:10

UK SECURITY MINISTER SAYS ONLY A DRIVERS LICENCE FOR THE INTERNET CAN BRING BACK ONLINE CIVILITY

A bad idea that continues to persist is a favorite of many government officials. The problem with the internet is anonymity, according to them. Wouldn't we all be better off if we were forced to identify ourselves before using social media platforms? The theory is people won't say mean, stupid, or regrettable things if their posts and comments are linked to their real names. Several years of Facebook-only commenting systems has proven this wrong.
And yet the idea continues to be pushed by European politicians and DHS officials. The latest to call for an internet drivers license is UK security minister Ben Wallace. His theory is the use of real names and verifiable info will inflict mass civility on the internet, which is currently home to roving bands of ruffians and Wild West content. [Paywall ahead.] [Alternate link to article provided by Alec Muffet, who has helpfully taken a screenshot of the print edition.]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will fail, because it fails to protect legitimate, reasoned, and logical dissent, done in a very intelligent way, for anyone who does not agree with any specific government agenda.

Jun 13 08:36

How Israel became a hub for surveillance technology

Israel’s cyber sector is the star of its economy, and boasts an abundance of surveillance companies that sell “intrusive” products around the world. Many of the leaders in the field originally trained with Unit 8200, a top Israeli intelligence unit, and credit the sector’s success with their local “testing laboratory,” the occupied Palestinian territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at the very top of the article's photo.

Jun 13 08:29

US sanctions Israel firms that took part in Russia cyber attack

The US State Department announced the imposition of sanctions on two Israeli companies that the authorities claim cooperated in a Russian cyberattack against American authorities.

The companies, Embedi and ERPScan were founded by Elia Medvedovski who serves as the general manager of both companies which have offices in Russia.

According to an official memorandum which has been issued by the US Treasury Department in Washington, the companies helped the Russian government carry out cyberattacks against large American institutions, including vital energy networks.

Jun 13 08:05

Windows security: Here's why we don't fix some bugs right away, Microsoft reveals

The criteria revolve around two key questions: "Does the vulnerability violate a promise made by a security boundary or a security feature that Microsoft has committed to defending?"; and, "Does the severity of the vulnerability meet the bar for servicing?"

If the answer to both questions is 'yes', the bug will be patched in a security update, but if the answer to both is 'no', the vulnerability will be considered for the next version or release of the affected product or feature.

Jun 13 03:34

Google’s Evil Anti-Gun Censorship Fails

Online firearms retailer Brownells over the weekend had their popular YouTube channel terminated by the video hosting service owned by Google. Brownells’ YouTube channel was in service as of Sunday evening with some 22 million views logged across all videos.

Jun 12 23:56

More Ways Creepy Facebook Spies on You

The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress. They include tracking mouse movements, logging battery levels and monitoring devices close to a user that are on the same network. The 454-page report was created in response to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked during his appearance before Congress in April.

Jun 12 18:01

Net Neutrality Is Dead — What Now?

As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone. As far as the FCC is concerned, net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 17:16

U.S. Intelligence Community Wants To Use DNA For Data Storage

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. intelligence community wants to unlock more efficient ways to store troves of data humans generate every day, and it believes inside DNA is the storage area...

Jun 12 14:37

Top Gloomy Predictions Of Internet’s Near Future

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve heard about the impending death of net neutrality. Well, after much debate and consternation, that day has finally arrived. Net neutrality is dead.

Jun 12 12:17

Paul Craig Roberts: In The Western World, Truth Is An Endangered Species

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing the world has now, is the independent media; and we should hang on to that for dear life, right now.

IF the independent media is forced to close its doors, collectively, humankind will have nothing but the official government propaganda, and that... can be seriously hazardous to your health.

Jun 12 10:50

WILL BILDERBERG STILL BE RELEVANT AS THE FUTURE OF WAR IS TRANSFORMED?

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.

Jun 12 10:45

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? U.S. ARMY PLANNING TO DEPLOY AUTONOMOUS KILLER ROBOTS ON BATTLEFIELD BY 2028

United States Army Secretary Mark Esper recently revealed that the military has a strategic vision of utilizing autonomous and semi-autonomous unmanned vehicles on the battlefield by 2028.

“I think robotics has the potential of fundamentally changing the character of warfare. And I think whoever gets there first will have a unique advantage on the modern battlefield,” Esper said during a Brookings Institute event.

“My ambition is by 2028, to begin fielding autonomous and certainly semi-autonomous vehicles that can fight on the battlefield,” he added. “Fight, sustain us, provide those things we need and we’ll continue to evolve from there.”

In a preview of the U.S. Army’s strategic vision, released on June 6, Esper said the integration of these forces would become a critical strategic component, quoting from the document:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the creation of "Norman" by MIT, was a first step toward these killer robots; MIT and DARPA have a long, ongoing relationship.

Meet Norman, the world's first psychopathic artificial intelligence, unveilled by MIT

Jun 12 10:39

Over 2,300 suspected sex offenders arrested in nationwide operation

More than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders were arrested during a three-month nationwide operation conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, as well as 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or who were used in the production of child pornography, according to a DOJ statement.
The 61 ICAC task forces — located in all 50 states and comprising more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies — led the operation known as “Broken Heart” during March, April, and May.

The task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.

Jun 12 10:36

Senate Releases Facebook Hearing Responses: Willing To Write Own Regulations, Promises Not Spying On Users

After responding "let me get back to you on that" over 2,000 times during the marathon hearings at the House and Senate Committees in early April, Senator John Thune has just released the 229 page pdf tome of all the responses.

While there is plenty to shew through, a few things stood out things stood out:

First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t aware of allegations until March that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted Facebook user data obtained from Aleksandr Kogan’s app, according to June 8 letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Cmte.

Jun 12 09:05

There And Back Again: Facebook Hires Fake News Team Two Years After Firing It For Bias

After getting rid of its news trending team and switching to algorithms to combat fake news, Facebook seems to be back on track at hiring human news-checkers.

Jun 12 08:36

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.

In the survey, conducted in March and so before the excitement of the April 2018 Update, Which? reported users experiencing slow PCs and occasionally total failure. Forty-six per cent of users that suffered the latter condition ended up paying an average of £67 to get someone to fix their PC for them.

Half of users questioned experienced some sort of problem, with 21 per cent reporting programs behaving erratically or failing completely following a Windows 10 update. Sixteen per cent found hardware such as printers or speakers had stopped working.

Jun 12 08:34

UK! watchdog! slaps! Yahoo! with! £250k! fine! for! 2014! data! breach!

Despite evidence that the firm knew about the mega-hack soon after it happened at the end of 2014, Yahoo! kept quiet until September 2016. Since then, the fines and court cases have kept rolling in as various regulators get in on the action.

Today, the Information Commissioner's Office issued Yahoo! UK Services Ltd a £250,000 fine following an investigation that focused on the 515,121 UK accounts that the London-based branch of the firm had responsibility for.

Jun 12 08:16

Petaflops: US Regains World’s Fastest Supercomputer Title as ‘Summit’ Fires Up

After switching on the 340-ton Summit, the US has clawed back its title to producing the world’s fastest supercomputer, an honorific held by China for the past five years.

Although the brag has come to be acknowledged as merely symbolic, the location of the world's fastest supercomputer has long been a topic of national pride among a certain kind of politically-motivated tech nerd, as well as a jumping-off point for dark predictions of machine hegemony through the use or abuse of artificial intelligence and surveillance-based data gathering.

Jun 11 14:56

Is the internet as you know it about to change? End of 'net neutrality' means providers may soon start prioritizing their own content - and make services such as Netflix more expensive to use

With net neutrality rules gone, AT&T and Verizon can give priority to their own movies and TV shows, while hurting rivals such as Amazon, YouTube and startups yet to be born.

Jun 11 14:49

Hackers Stole Over $20 Million in Ethereum from Insecurely Configured Clients

Security researchers have been warning about cybercriminals who have made over 20 million dollars in just past few months by hijacking insecurely configured Ethereum nodes exposed on the Internet.

Qihoo 360 Netlab in March tweeted about a group of cybercriminals who were scanning the Internet for port 8545 to find insecure geth clients running Ethereum nodes and, at that time, stole 3.96234 units of Ethereum cryptocurrency (Ether).

However, researchers now noticed that another cybercriminal group have managed to steal a total 38,642 Ether, worth more than $20,500,000 at the time of writing, in past few months by hijacking Ethereum wallets of users who had opened their JSON-RPC port 8545 to the outside world.

Geth is one of the most popular clients for running Ethereum node and enabling JSON-RPC interface on it allows users to remotely access the Ethereum blockchain and node functionalities...

Jun 11 12:02

Russian Military Prepares For WW3 By Creating ‘Giant Cloud’

The Russian military is building a massive cloud which will serve as backup internet in the event of a war. The cloud will be ready in two years and will allow Russia to survive in wartime, even they are totally disconnected.

This new move is part of the country’s ongoing modernization drive, reported The Daily Mail. The intent is for Russia to survive during a major world war, one in which they’d be cut off from everyone else. The “war cloud” will connect to the Russian military’s vast internal network.

President Vladimir Putin’s top IT adviser Herman Klimenko has previously stated that during wartime the country could run on the military’s pre-existing internal network – called the Closed Transfer Segment. “Technically, we are ready for any action now,” he told Russian TV station NTV back in March.

Jun 11 11:50

Bitcoin falls after Korean exchange loses $40M following hack attack

Coinrail, a South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange has suffered a massive hack attack in which hackers have stolen over $40 million in tokens and altcoins on Sunday.

Jun 11 11:47

Bitcoin has lost more than half its value since last year’s all-time high

On Sunday, the price of Bitcoin continued to fall, losing 5 to 6 percent of its value.

According to CoinMarketCap, since an all-time high of near $20,000 per bitcoin on December 17, 2017, the cryptocurrency has lost more than half of its value, currently trading at around $7,200.

Jun 11 11:29

Google’s internal handbook instructs engineers to bury Natural News web pages from search results

Google should no longer be considered a search engine, a place where you can freely lookup information. Google does not truly honor your search terms and does not provide honest results from around the World Wide Web.

According to the Google handbook, Google reserves the right to de-list pages “that directly contradict well established scientific or medical consensus for queries seeking scientific or medical information, unless the query indicates the user is seeking an alternative viewpoint.” The institutions and industries that influence Google can now use the search engine to censor out any contrarian or dissenting information that would dishevel their business interests. For instance, articles explaining the truth about chemotherapy or the dangers of psychiatric medication can be buried in Google’s “search engine” because the information “contradicts well established medical consensus.”

Jun 11 11:10

Russian military is building a giant 'war cloud' to serve as a back-up internet so the country could survive exile in future conflicts - and it will be ready in just two years

The Russian military is building a giant cloud that will function as a back-up internet, a new report has revealed.

The cloud, which is set to be completed by 2020, will connect to the military's vast internal network and would allow wartime Russia to survive even if it was disconnected from the internet.

The country could run commercial traffic using its own internal network, according to the source, which revealed the so-called 'war cloud' is a significant part of the country's 'ongoing modernisation drive'.

Jun 10 12:00

FACEBOOK ONLY PRETENDED TO SHUT DOWN ACCESS TO FRIENDS' DATA IN 2015, QUIETLY CONTINUED ACCESS FOR ITS FAVORED PARTNERS

Facebook opened up access to friends' data through its API in a bid to attract developers to its platform, but in 2015, it incurred those developers' wrathwhen it pulled the rug out from under them, killing the API calls that allowed apps to mine their users' friends' data.

Jun 10 07:14

HART: HOMELAND SECURITY’S MASSIVE NEW DATABASE WILL INCLUDE FACE RECOGNITION, DNA, AND PEOPLES’ “NON-OBVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART)database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

Jun 09 09:31

KEY EVIDENCE GOES MISSING: Server Belonging to Wasserman Schultz IT Worker Imran Awan Is Physically Stolen from Congress

Following a second briefing in late September 2016, in which the House inspector warned the House leadership of “continuing unauthorized access,” the investigation was moved to the Capitol Police in October.

It was not until months later, on Feb. 2, 2017, that the House sergeant at arms banned the IT workers from the House network.

The Democratic Caucus server, which had been identified by the inspector general as ground zero of the suspicious activity, had disappeared at that time.

Three senior government officials with knowledge of the situation told the Daily Caller News Foundation last year that it had been physically stolen.

Jun 09 08:14

WORSE THAN FACEBOOK SCANDAL: ANYONE CAN GEOLOCATE ANYONE REALTIME

First we learned that our private location information could be easily retrieved by almost any police officer in America. Without a warrant. Supposedly with, but in actuality without, informed consent. With little to no oversight.

Then [we found out that]... your location information could be retrieved by absolutely anyone with your phone number...

Jun 08 15:21

Israeli Company Is Selling Autonomous Surveillance Systems to Governments Around the World

By Derrick Broze

An Israeli company has announced plans to launch new “autonomous” surveillance products which are specifically designed to monitor large metropolitan areas.

On Thursday, Israeli surveillance technology company Jenovice announced a slew of new surveillance products aimed at monitoring Wi-Fi enabled devices in order to gain intelligence on targets. The announcement was part of a presentation – “Tactical Wi-Fi Interception – Identify, Acquire, Intercept”..

Jun 08 13:47

Still Waiting for Evidence of a Russian Hack

If you are wondering why so little is heard these days of accusations that Russia hacked into the U.S. election in 2016, it could be because those charges could not withstand close scrutiny. It could also be because special counsel Robert Mueller appears to have never bothered to investigate what was once the central alleged crime in Russia-gate as no one associated with WikiLeaks has ever been questioned by his team.

Jun 08 12:10

Real-Time Drone Surveillance System Is Being Programmed To Detect Violence

By Nicholas West

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life.

This week, drone surveillance has taken a new step in its scope and is finally encountering widespread media exposure and a fair amount of pushback.

The “Eye in the Sky” system is being developed by Cambridge University...

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