Mar 21 15:03

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Launches Massive Facial Recognition Program

By Derrick Broze

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently announced they have adopted a massive biometric system in an effort to fight crime.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has made public a partnership with NEC Corporation of America (NEC) which will allow the department to utilize NEC’s award-winning facial recognition program. According to a press release, the Sheriff’s Department originally made the switch on January 7, but the announcement has only now been made public. The arrangement grants the Sheriff’s Department access to NEC’s Integra ID 5 Multimodal Identification Biometric Solution (MBIS). The MBIS will be managed by the Los Angeles County Regional Identification System (LACRIS) Unit...

Mar 21 14:18

US officials: Kaspersky “Slingshot” report burned anti-terror operation

A malware campaign discovered by researchers for Kaspersky Lab this month was in fact a US military operation, according to a report by CyberScoop's Chris Bing and Patrick Howell O'Neill. Unnamed US intelligence officials told CyberScoop that Kaspersky's report had exposed a long-running Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operation targeting the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

The malware used in the campaign, according to the officials, was used to target computers in Internet cafés where it was believed individuals associated with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda would communicate with their organizations' leadership. Kaspersky's report showed Slingshot had targeted computers in countries where ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other radical Islamic terrorist groups have a presence or recruit: Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mar 21 12:54

Delete Facebook

Mar 21 11:24

Child Pornography That Researchers Found in the Blockchain Could Threaten Bitcoin's Very Existence

The researchers write, “our analysis shows that certain content, e.g., illegal pornography, can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal.” According to the paper, 112 countries prohibit the possession of child pornography and of those countries, many have other restrictions that prohibit the distribution of that kind of material.

Mar 21 11:20

'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

Mar 21 09:21

Exclusive: Mark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook’s Data Leak Damage Control Session

Facebook employees gathered to discuss the widening scandal over the 2016 election. But company chiefs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were nowhere to be found.

Mar 21 08:46

Facebook Sent Auditors to Ensure Cambridge Analytica Wasn't Hiding User Data. The U.K. Said 'Get Out'

Facebook failed in an attempt to get a handle on the Cambridge Analytica scandal Monday, after British authorities ordered its auditors to vacate the political consultancy’s offices.

Over the weekend, reports claimed that Cambridge Analytica had bought data on tens of millions of Facebook users that had been extracted from the social network by an academic named Aleksander Kogan. Kogan did so using a personality quiz app, and claimed at the time that the data would just be used for academic purposes, not for targeting voters with tailored messaging.

Facebook apparently knew about the data abuse in 2015, and said it had gained assurances from Cambridge Analytica that the data had been deleted. The weekend reports stated that this was not the case, so Facebook on Monday said it was sending its auditors to Cambridge Analytica’s offices.

Mar 21 08:43

Facebook's stock drops AGAIN as thousands vow to quit the social network amid Cambridge Analytica row which saw 51 MILLION users profiles harvested without their knowledge - but Zuckerberg is nowhere to be seen

Facebook's stock plummeted again on Tuesday as the row over how Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, obtained the data of 51 million users by harvesting profiles on the social network without their knowledge.

The social network's stock opened on the NASDAQ at $167.47 on Tuesday marking a decrease of 2.8% since Monday's close.

It climbed back up to $170 on Tuesday throughout trading but closed at 4pm at $168.15 after dropping as low as $162 per share during the day, its lowest in 2018.

Zuckerberg's own stocks - of which there are 400 million - fell by $6billion in market value as a result of the scandal, dropping from $74billion to $68billion.

Until Friday, Facebook's shares were worth $185.09 each. The company is valued at $488 billion.

Mar 21 08:29

Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook MI6 Psyop

If ever there was smoking gun evidence as to who is behind the constant manipulation of global geopolitics, it is the emerging scandal involving Facebook & Cambridge Analytica. The case unravels the Gordian knot which binds British and Israeli intelligence in the service of the City of London bankers.

I have long contended that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is an Israeli Mossad intelligence operation designed to gather a dossier on every person on the planet while destroying both the social fabric necessary to challenge banking hegemony via disinformation, division and conflict creation; and the emotional well-being of humanity through cleverly orchestrated psychological warfare.

Mar 21 08:22

EU proposes new digital tax for US tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon

The special tax is the latest measure by the 28-nation European Union to rein in Silicon Valley giants and could further embitter the bad-tempered trade row pitting the EU against US President Donald Trump.

European Union officials unveiled Wednesday proposals for the levy which could heap more problems on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world.

EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici presented his proposals in Brussels aimed at recovering billions of euros from mainly US multinationals that shift earnings around Europe to pay lower tax rates.

This current legal vacuum is creating a serious shortfall in the public revenue of our member states,' France's Moscovici told a press conference in Brussels.

'We estimate this could generate at least five billion euros a year if the tax is imposed at three percent.'

Mar 21 08:20

Brian Acton, the WhatsApp co-founder who Mark Zuckerberg helped make a billionaire, urges everyone to DELETE their Facebook profile - but it will take 90 days to wipe

Mark Zuckerberg may have helped make him a billionaire, but that hasn't stopped Brian Acton from turning against Facebook.

The co-founder of Whatsapp has taken to Twitter to urge everyone to delete their Facebook profiles tweeting: 'It is time. #deletefacebook'.

It takes 90 days for a user's data to be wiped from the site after deleting it.

The hashtag has been trending amid outrage over Facebook's links to controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica and its handling of personal data.

Mar 21 08:16

Creaking Chromebooks getting Meltdown protection soon

Chrome OS 66 to protect older Intel units, still working on ARM

Mar 21 08:13

Windows Remote Assistance Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Sensitive Files

A critical vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's Windows Remote Assistance (Quick Assist) feature that affects all versions of Windows to date, including Windows 10, 8.1, RT 8.1, and 7, and allows remote attackers to steal sensitive files on the targeted machine.

Mar 21 08:12

Britain Planning Secret Cyberattack on Russia?

US-dominated NATO is waging political and economic war on Russia, things potentially heading for somethings far more serious because the Kremlin fails to take effective countermeasures.

Diplomacy doesn’t work with Washington and its rogue allies. Pursuing it is a sign of Russian weakness, not strength, encouraging the West to push harder against Moscow – a dangerous situation worsened by the US/UK-orchestrated Skripal affair.

Is cyberattacking Russia the next shoe to drop? According to an unnamed high-level UK official, Theresa May-led Tories may launch a secret cyberattack against Moscow in response to the alleged poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter the Kremlin had nothing to do with – a joint operation with Washington if initiated.

America calls the shots. Britain and other NATO countries follow its lead, going along with its imperial agenda, including Cold War 2.0 hostility toward Russia.

Mar 21 08:12

Expedia's Orbitz Says 880,000 Payment Cards Compromised in Security Breach

Chicago-based online travel booking company Orbitz, a subsidiary of Expedia, reveals that one of its old websites has been hacked, exposing nearly 880,000 payment card numbers of the people who made purchases online.

The data breach incident, which was detected earlier this month, likely took place somewhere between October 2016 and December 2017, potentially exposing customers' information to hackers.

According to the company, hackers may have accessed payment card information stored on a consumer and business partner platform, along with customers' personal information, including name, address, date of birth, phone number, email address and gender.

Mar 21 08:11

AMD Acknowledges Newly Disclosed Flaws In Its Processors — Patches Coming Soon

AMD has finally acknowledged 13 critical vulnerabilities, and exploitable backdoors in its Ryzen and EPYC processors disclosed earlier this month by Israel-based CTS Labs and promised to roll out firmware patches for millions of affected devices ‘in the coming weeks.’

According to CTS-Labs researchers, critical vulnerabilities (RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout, and Chimera) that affect AMD's Platform Security Processor (PSP) could allow attackers to access sensitive data, install persistent malware inside the chip, and gain full access to the compromised systems.

Although exploiting AMD vulnerabilities require admin access, it could help attackers defeat important security features like Windows Credential Guard, TPMs, and virtualization that are responsible for preventing access to the sensitive data from even an admin or root account.

Mar 21 07:54

New Documents Reveal FBI Spied on Black Activists, Declared Them 'Threat Actors'

Two U.S.-based civil rights groups, Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights, have obtained some heavily redacted FBI documents.
A new report published by the Intercept has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) not only spied on the Black activists but has actively surveilled the anti-racism activists since 2014.

The report is based on heavily redacted FBI documents accessed through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by two U.S.-based civil rights groups, Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights, in July of 2016. The files contain FBI emails and intelligence reports from 2014 tracing the U.S. agency's steps to monitor social media activities of some Black activists also associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mar 21 07:53

US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media

Imagine if someone could scan every image on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, then instantly determine where each was taken. The ability to combine this location data with information about who appears in those photos—and any social media contacts tied to them—would make it possible for government agencies to quickly track terrorist groups posting propaganda photos. (And, really, just about anyone else.)

That's precisely the goal of Finder, a research program of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's dedicated research organization.

Mar 21 07:26

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: Act fast to delay this big upgrade

Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.

Mar 20 12:51

Is this the world's smallest computer? IBM chip is no bigger than a grain of salt

IBM will today reveal what it claims is the world's smallest computer.

The processor is designed to help track goods and combat fraud in the global supply chain, and while it won't be doing heavy lifting or have much in common with what most people consider a computer, IBM claims it will be capable of monitoring, analyzing and sorting data, thanks to having access to about as much power as a 1990s x86 processor.

Mar 20 12:45

Flashback: Maxine Waters Confirms Obama Has ‘Database’ with ‘Information on Every Individual’

Earlier today, we reported on a former staffer for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign who admitted that the campaign had harvested mass amounts of Facebook data for targeted campaigning. In a 2013 interview, California congresswoman Maxine Waters revealed that Barack Obama possessed a “kind of database that no-one has ever seen before,” with “information about everything, on every individual.”

Waters confirmed that the database was linked to Organizing For America (now Organizing for Action), the 501(c)4 “community organizing” network that was built on the back of Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Mar 20 12:10

Let's Talk Search Engines

Mar 20 10:47

Steven Crowder Interviews Paul Joseph Watson About Silicon Valley Deciding Elections Now

Mar 20 10:27

Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with sensitive, unlawful or malicious data, raising potential legal problems in most of the world, according to boffins based in Germany.

In a paper [PDF] presented at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security conference on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao – "A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Arbitrary Blockchain Content on Bitcoin" – researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Goethe University identified 1,600 files added to the Bitcoin blockchain, 59 of which include links to unlawful images of child exploitation, politically sensitive content, or privacy violations.

The researchers suggest Bitcoin's blockchain can also be loaded with malware, something Interpol warned about three years ago but has not yet been documented in the wild.

Mar 20 10:23

Leading by example:'s secure server setup is patchy at best

Many .gov websites 'broken, misconfigured or insecure'

Mar 20 10:22

Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training

The police force covering the base of the UK's electronic spy agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham, England, has admitted that it has spent nothing at all on cybercrime training over the past few years.

Gloucestershire Police, whose patch, ironically, covers the sigint specialists' headquarters, said it had just 11 trained cybercrime cops and spends nothing on cybercrime training.

Across the country, police forces have spent just £1.3m on cybercrime training courses over the past few years, according to a survey by the Conservative-leaning think tank Parliament Street.

Mar 20 09:25

Michigan Governor Signs Bill Banning Material Support or Resources for Warrantless Federal Spying

Yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that bans all “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs.

The new law effectively prohibits state cooperation with agencies like the NSA when they engage in warrantless spying.

Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) sponsored HB4430. The bill passed both houses of the Michigan legislature by overwhelming margins.

"This reform safeguards the fundamental rights of all Michigan residents, who are guaranteed protection of their property and privacy rights by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,“ Howrylak said. “Michigan will not assist the federal government with any data collection unless it is consistent with the Constitution."

Mar 20 08:10

For $15,000, GrayKey promises to crack iPhone passcodes for police

This palm-sized box can break your iPhone's password, giving police full access to a device's file system -- messages, photos, call logs, browsing history, keychain and user passwords, and more.

Mar 19 18:04

Uber Halts Nationwide Testing Of Self-Driving Vehicles Following Death of Pedestrian

By Nicholas West

Even as robotics experts, universities and tech luminaries sound the alarm about the potential for a future filled with killer robots powered by artificial intelligence, this technology already has arrived … minus the stringent ethics.

Fox News is reporting that a Tempe, Arizona woman was struck and killed near a crosswalk by an Uber vehicle that was in full autonomous mode at the time of the accident, despite having a human inside the vehicle. Fox stated that this is "an incident believed to be the first of its kind."

While strictly correct that this is the first pedestrian killed, regular readers of Activist Post might recall that in July, 2016 I warned about some disturbing indications that this would be inevitable...

Mar 19 12:57

U.S. Military Working To Deploy Robot Ground Vehicles For Urban Combat By 2020

By Nicholas West

“Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.” — John Spencer, West Point scholar and former Ranger Instructor

The change referred to above by John Spencer appears to be rushing in upon us. There has been increasing urgency coming from the military in recent years about how to field troops in the unconventional terrain of where they expect future warfare to take place...

Mar 19 11:17

Uber CEO Halts All Autonomous Car Tests After Deadly Crash

"Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened."

Mar 19 00:37

Russian Central Election Commission Comes under Cyberattack

There is an ongoing cyberattack on Russia’s Central Election Commission, targeting its information center, according to the body’s secretary. The commission’s website earlier came under a DDoS attack from 15 countries.


Mar 17 18:42

The terrifying bug that could allow hackers to access your MacBook WITHOUT a password

Google Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to access their desktop via another computer or smartphone.

If the Mac has guest access enabled, then this can provide a back-door to get hold of password-protected information.

CPR's analyst noticed that by signing in as a guest user, hackers can jump into other sessions, including those started by an administrator account.

For it to work, guest access must be enabled on Mac by the main account holder – the feature is not switched on by default.

Mar 17 18:36

Driverless cars could be stopped in their tracks by solar storms, experts say

Scientists say driverless cars, if designed in a way that’s too reliant on GPS, may suffer complications during powerful space weather events, making it difficult to carry out their functions as intended.

According to Scott McIntosh, director of the high-altitude observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, engineers must prepare driverless cars for changes in solar activity.

If they’re too reliant on GPS to get to their destinations, they’ll be unable to do so if a solar storm disrupts the connection, causing them to all have to pull over and wait it out, the expert told Bloomberg.

Magnetic particles from coronal holes could also cause disruptions.

Mar 17 12:11

Pentagon and DARPA Seek Predictive A.I. to Uncover Enemy Thoughts

By Nicholas West

I’ve recently been covering the widening use of predictive algorithms in modern-day police work, which frequently has been compared to the “pre-crime” we have seen in dystopian fiction. However, what is not being discussed as often are the many examples of how faulty this data still is...

Nevertheless, according to an article in Defense One, the Pentagon wants to use these potentially flawed algorithms to read enemy intentions and perhaps even to take action based on the findings...

Mar 17 10:51

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

Currys PC World today apologised for forcing customers to pay an extra £40 for pre-configuration on their laptops that they didn't request – a dodgy practice brought to light by consumer charity Which?

Since 2015 more than a hundred customers have complained to Which? about the aggressive sales tactic.

Despite ordering online or going to a store after seeing an advertised price, customers were told that only laptops already loaded with an operating system, etc remained in the shop, which meant they had to pay more.

One punter was ordered to pay an extra £40 or she'd be sold a blank laptop, Which? said. When another refused to cough and drop the extra cash, the staff member said they would have to charge them £20 for the USB stick.

Mar 17 10:45

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.

At the end of a week of meetings hosted by domain-name overseer ICANN, the US-based organization's proposed interim model lies in tatters, and there is no sign of a forthcoming solution before the May 25 deadline, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect.

Industry insiders fear that, without agreement, the Whois service, which publicly lists full contact details of domain-name registrants, will effectively shut down in order to avoid fines and possible lawsuits under the Euro rules.

That would leave law enforcement and intellectual property lawyers, among others, unable to access registrant details, and potentially give cybercriminals a larger window to carry out crimes.

Mar 17 10:44


I’m happy to report some good news coming out of New Orleans thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Ali Winston with The Verge.

As I reported two weeks ago, Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive policing program that had been ongoing for 6 years by the New Orleans PD in cooperation with CIA-connected Palantir Technologies. The program had been designed to operate behind the cover of a philanthropic partnership orchestrated by political operative James Carville so as to avoid having to disclose the details to citizens and even to their elected representatives in the city council. Now it appears that the intrepid reporting of Ali Winston has led to the abrupt cancelling of the program just a short time after the initial article was published.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is investigative reporting, done right; bravo, Mr. Wilson, bravo!!

Mar 17 10:06


The UN has decided it's possibly Facebook's fault things are going so badly in Myanmar. Muslims have been fleeing the country in droves thanks to Myanmar security forces engaging in widespread acts of violence (including rape) against them, urged on by hardline nationalist monks.

For all intents and purposes, Facebook is Myanmar's internet. Loosening of restrictions on social media access has resulted in a large portion of the population getting all their news (along with all the hate speech the UN is complaining about) via the social media giant. The UN is looking into genocide accusations but has decided to speak up against Facebook first.

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters that social media had played a “determining role” in Myanmar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Instead of wiping out logical opinions which differ from that of the "official narrative" in this country, perhaps Facebook should be focused on wiping out true hate speech against the Rohingyas on line in Myanmar.

And speculatively, was some kind of "financial arrangement"created by the government of Myanmar with Facebook to insure that the hate speech against the Rohingyas stayed up, and did not get self-censored?!?

Just curious.

Mar 16 12:40

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

The company's fifth transparency report reveals more customer data was handed to US law enforcement in the first-half of last year than ever before.

Mar 16 09:59

Bitcoin Miners Now On The Verge Of Losing Money

A recent report by Fundstrat’s Tom Lee notes that Bitcoin (BTC) mining earnings are currently almost breaking even, as the activity has temporarily become less profitable the midst of the current decline in the markets, CNBC reported yesterday, March 15.

Lee notes in the report that the current figure for the cost of mining one bitcoin is $8,038, while BTC is trading marginally higher than that at press time.

Mar 16 09:52

How Israel is becoming the world’s top cyber superpower

Although Israel makes no cars of its own, the world's top auto-security companies are all Israeli. The country also receives roughly one-fifth of the world's global private investment in cyber security. As independent and state-sponsored hackers wreak havoc, Israel continues to revolutionize its military and lead the way in the field.

To start, the Israeli Defense Force recruits the best and brightest coders and hackers as teens, to funnel them into their elite cyber warfare units.

“Because going to the service is compulsory, you can look at the Israeli army as the largest HR organization in the world,” said Roni Zehavi, the CEO of CyberSpark, a government initiative that serves as an innovation incubator.

Mar 16 09:50


While they always stopped short of official allegations in the past, US officials have, since 2016, repeatedly insinuated that Russia had been trying to hack the US electrical grid. Thursday say the Trump Administration directly making those allegations for the first time.

This new report appears to be timed to come out with new US sanctions against Russia, which cited “malicious cyberattacks” as one of their justifications. The allegations, however, stem from accusations which have been out since the Obama Administration-era, and have long since been discredited.

The report itself is largely just a whitepaper on how hacking in general works, with scant mention of what Russia is even alleged to have done. The report dates the incidents to “since 2016,” however, and the description clearly mirrors the much vaunted Burlington Electric hack in Vermont in 2016.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that the Trump administration has "jumped the proverbial shark" with this accusation, which absolutely cannot be proven.

IF this was a trial balloon to get the American public to buy in to an actual shooting war with Russia, it was way too weighted down with the lead of illogic and massive inconsistencies to succeeed.

That the Administration would actually think the American people would buy in to this, is more than a little terrifying.

Mar 16 09:47

Trojanized BitTorrent Software Update Hijacked 400,000 PCs Last Week

A massive malware outbreak that last week infected nearly half a million computers with cryptocurrency mining malware in just a few hours was caused by a backdoored version of popular BitTorrent client called MediaGet.

Dubbed Dofoil (also known as Smoke Loader), the malware was found dropping a cryptocurrency miner program as payload on infected Windows computers that mine Electroneum digital coins for attackers using victims' CPU cycles.

Mar 16 09:46

Pre-Installed Malware Found On 5 Million Popular Android Phones

To check if your device is being infected with this malware, go to Android system settings? App Manager, and then look for the following possible malware package names: (????)
com.changmi.launcher (????) (??WIFI??)

If any of above is in the list of your installed apps, simply uninstall it.

Mar 16 08:34

“Internet Bill of Rights” concept gains traction…

Webmaster addition: We don;t need an internet Bill or Fights. We need the original Bill of Rights to be respected by the US Government!

Mar 16 08:33

New Orleans Cancels Secret Pre-Crime Police Program After Media Exposure

By Nicholas West

I’m happy to report some good news coming out of New Orleans thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Ali Winston with The Verge.

As I reported two weeks ago, Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive policing program that had been ongoing for 6 years by the New Orleans PD in cooperation with CIA-connected Palantir Technologies. The program had been designed to operate behind the cover of a philanthropic partnership orchestrated by political operative James Carville so as to avoid having to disclose the details to citizens and even to their elected representatives in the city council. Now it appears that the intrepid reporting of Ali Winston has led to the abrupt cancelling of the program just a short time after the initial article was published...

Mar 16 07:18

How Facebook protects Israel

The Israeli authorities are exerting pressure on Facebook to comply with more of their demands.

Earlier this month, members of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, discussed how to suppress content of which they disapproved on the social media website.

One objective was to get Facebook to ban pictures of Ahmad Nasser Jarrar, a Palestinian extrajudicially executed by the Israeli army in February. Human rights groups have concluded that the military sought to kill, rather than arrest, Jarrar, a suspect in the shooting death of an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank.

Uri Maklev, an Israeli lawmaker, claimed there is a “correlation between social networks and terror operations,” and that “Facebook is responsible for what is being done on its platform” and must do “everything to remove such content.”

According to Israel’s state attorney office, the Israeli government requests an average of 12,000 cases of content to be removed from Facebook each year.

Mar 16 06:57

Confirmed: Facebook’s Recent Algorithm Change Is Crushing Conservative Sites, Boosting Liberals

Facebook’s much-publicized demotion of publishers’ content in users’ news feeds has negatively impacted conservative-leaning publishers significantly more than liberal-leaning outlets, an analysis by The Western Journal has revealed.

Liberal publishers have gained about 2 percent more web traffic from Facebook than they were getting prior to the algorithm changes implemented in early February.

On the other hand, conservative publishers have lost an average of nearly 14 percent of their traffic from Facebook.

This algorithm change, intentional or not, has in effect censored conservative viewpoints on the largest social media platform in the world. This change has ramifications that, in the short-term, are causing conservative publishers to downsize or fold up completely, and in the long-term could swing elections in the United States and around the world toward liberal politicians and policies.

Mar 16 06:50

BEX ALERT - In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid

The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The computers that control critical systems like power stations are NOT connected to the global internet.

We had a power outage here on Oahu yesterday afternoon, and everyone was laughing and saying, "It's the Russians! It's the Russians!"

Mar 15 18:11

Pump & dump? Crypto market crashes in suspiciously delayed reaction

The cryptocurrency market crashed on Thursday with bitcoin plunging to a five-week low. The broad sell-off followed Google's plan to ban cryptocurrency advertising the day before.


However, the Thursday’s fall in cryptocurrencies has shown that the market reacts on bearish news either belatedly or it acts independently from the news at all. There has been speculation that a small number of big investors are colluding on manipulating prices.

Under the so-called pump-and-dump strategy, a specific asset is pushed hard and investors are promised large returns. After prices peak, the owners and early investors quickly sell as many shares as possible, while the others lose. This is not illegal since the cryptocurrency market is not regulated.

Mar 15 17:21

MSM Pushes for More Censorship Over Fear of Digitally Altered Video

By Phillip Schneider

As we are now deep into 2018, the war on free speech hasn’t gone away, but rather changed pace. In a recent article from CBS, the relatively new phenomenon of digitally altered video is to blame for a potential “global nuclear war.”

Riding off the back of the recent phenomenon of “Deep Fakes,” where celebrities heads were being pasted onto lewd and suggestive bodies to create videos which never really happened, we’re now seeing a wave of doctored political content aimed to poke fun at politicians like Trump and Putin. CBS has confirmed that socials media giants Facebook and Reddit have begun “looking for ways to regulate” altered content...

Mar 15 16:44

YouTube To Introduce Conspiracy Theory Debunking Information Boxes On Videos

By Aaron Kesel

YouTube has announced a crackdown on conspiracy themed videos, which will soon feature informative debunking boxes linking back to Wikipedia and other sources, Yahoo News reported.

In light of the recent conspiracy driven narratives after shootings, with many claiming mere minutes after an event that a situation was a false flag attack, YouTube has taken measures into its own hands...

Mar 15 13:13


US retail giant Walmart has filed a patent for robotic bees that it hopes will be able to pollinate crops just like their real-life counterparts. The ‘robo-bee’ could provide a solution to the ongoing decline of bee populations.

Mar 15 11:52

Smart baby monitors, security cameras and thermostats can be hacked in just MINUTES using a simple Google search

A number of internet-connected home gadgets can be hacked in minutes using a simple Google search.

'Smart' baby monitors, security cameras and thermostats were accessed by cyber security researchers who tracked down their access passwords online.

They said that the ease with which criminals or paedophiles can take control of devices in the home is 'truly frightening'.

Mar 15 10:53


Earlier this year, Valery Colong Nyiwung lost $10,000 in just three months — almost 10 times the annual per capita income of Cameroon. And it wasn’t from playing the ponies. The only bet the tech entrepreneur made seemed to have winning odds: co-founding ActivSpaces, one of Cameroon’s leading technology hubs and an enterprise — naturally — that’s heavily reliant on reliable internet service. Nyiwung’s bad luck was to establish his company in a West African country where the government “requests” that telecommunications companies shut down the internet whenever it wants to stifle political dissent in certain parts of the country.

Mar 15 10:47

FEC introduces proposal to change digital political ad requirements

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) introduced a draft proposal Wednesday that would amend regulations on online political advertising.

The two new proposals would change rules around internet communication disclaimers and change the agency’s definition of “public communication.”

“Both proposals are intended to give the American public easy access to information about the persons paying for and candidates authorizing these internet communications, pursuant to the Federal Election Campaign Act,” the draft proposal reads.

Currently, public communication is defined by the FEC as excluding internet communications, except for paid advertising on a website. The agency wants to expand this to reflect how the internet has changed and exists across platforms now across different types of apps on a range of devices like tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs.

Mar 15 08:31

Europe’s digital single market hits the Bulgarian rocks

When Mariya Gabriel became the EU’s digital czar last July, tech insiders gritted their teeth and hoped for the best.

Here was a young MEP from not-quite-wired Bulgaria, suddenly put in charge of Europe’s digital strategy. Her mandate was nothing less than completing the digital single market (DSM), a €415 billion plan to make the EU a global tech hub.

What could go wrong?

As it turned out, quite a lot. Nine months after Gabriel began, lobbyists and EU officials ticked off their reasons for being disappointed in her leadership: plans to lift audiovisual geo-blocking restrictions risk being heavily watered down; discussions on telecoms reforms are floundering, despite a recent spectrum compromise; and attempts to broker a copyright overhaul for the digital age are similarly stuck in the mud.

“It’s extremely difficult to change or shift [the DSM],” said Czech Liberal MEP Dita Charanzová of Gabriel’s work. “She doesn’t have political weight.”

Mar 14 18:49

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

Microsoft’s Tuesday patch-fest may have reacted quite negatively with Windows Server 2008 R2 running VMware, leaving servers offline and administrators scrambling to recover IP addresses.

Twitter user @Sikorsky78 noted the problem just after the patches hit:

It seems that the latest MS patches ate my vmxnet3 adapters on Windows 2008R2 :(. Any one else?#WindowsUpdates #Windows2008R2 #VMware
— Wouter Hindriks (@Sikorsky78) March 14, 2018

Before long, the forums were alive with harassed sys admins dealing with similar problems, with a number of Reddit threads springing up discussing the issue.

The problem appears to afflict machines configured with static IP addresses.

Mar 14 18:46

YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

In Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told the audience at the South by Southwest Interactive conference that the social video site plans to defuse conspiracy theory content by pairing it with corrective information culled from Wikipedia – a site editable by more or less anyone.

However, she neglected to inform Wikipedia, which on Wednesday reacted with bemusement.

Mar 14 14:13

London Mayor Tries To Justify Mass Censorship By Reading Mean-Tweets

London Mayor Sadiq Kahn read a list of half-dozen racist tweets about himself to a crowd at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, TX Monday.

"I say kill the mayor of London and you'll be rid of one Muslim terrorist," Khan quoted to the audience. "I'd pay for someone to execute Sadiq Khan."

Kahn, the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital, implored tech companies to censor "hate speech," - which has recently become a catchall from everything from death threats to opposing longstanding symbols of actual oppression, such as hijabs.

The London mayor said he didn't want to be "portrayed as a victim" or "ask for sympathy." Instead, he wants to tech companies to police people's feelings by going further in "making the internet free of hate speech."

"But ask yourself this: What happens when young boys and girls from minority backgrounds see this kind of thing on their timelines or experience this themselves?" said Khan.

Mar 14 13:04

ADL Creepy New Ad Promotes Censorship Under Online Hate Index

By Aaron Kesel

The ADL has released a creepy George Orwell 1984-esque video expressing that there is an increase of online hate and how to tackle it. The video shows bubbles that include labeling hate speech such as 9/11 truth, conspiracy, First Amendment, men’s rights and many more. Oh and ironically also the topic of this article – censorship...

Mar 14 12:30

Mobile license pilot study to allow police to 'ping' cellphone for a license

Delaware could be among the first states to use mobile driver's licenses.

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has launched a mobile driver's license pilot study that will run for six months, according to a release from the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The six-month pilot study will include about 200 state employees and stakeholders.

“Delaware is among the first states to test a mobile driver’s license, and we’re excited to help move this new technology forward,” said Gov. John Carney said in the release.

Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan believes the pilot will help the state how mobile driver's licenses work in real-world scenarios.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And how do they plan to keep hackers from pinging people's driver license info.

Mar 14 12:11

Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology on Trial in Florida Court

By Derrick Broze

A Florida appeals court is set to become the first court to determine whether police are legally allowed to use facial recognition software to find suspects.

Florida’s First District Court of Appeals will take on a case involving law enforcement use of facial recognition technology to catch a drug dealer. Specifically, the court will determine whether police are allowed to use the facial recognition software to catch suspects without notifying them of the technology...

Mar 14 11:50

Amazon’s Initiative: “Digital Assistants”, Home Surveillance and Data

Dolls connected to the internet; sex toys linked to the world wide web; and, of course, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos haunting you in the home with Alexa, a talking digital assistant connected with the speaker Echo. Alexa, this happy searching missionary, scouring and gathering intelligence for that weighty mother ship, Amazon, all used in the name of profit and customer experience.

For one thing, Alexa shows how sources of inspiration, entertainment and variety have shifted. Like the search-hungry connected doll, Amazon’s Alexa, after being woken from digital slumber via Echo, conveys material through Amazon’s servers, where the audio is analysed. The command is thereby sent back to the Echo device. Both the voice audio and the response, is stored and linked to the user’s account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would never have such a device in our home, although I understand that cell phones can still record, even when they are not in use, but I haven't quite figured out how to break my reliance on it as a business tool.