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Feb 14 08:10

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises to investigate the 'abhorrent' Saudi Arabian app that allows men to track women

Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged to get to the bottom of a Saudi government app hosted on the App Store, which was labelled "abhorrent" by a US Senator for helping men control where women travel.
Cook spoke to National Public Radio (NPR) on Tuesday and was asked about Absher, a mostly-benign government app which has been criticised for features letting Saudi men control where women travel.

Feb 13 15:41

We are now living in a “Dark Age” of internet censorship due to dishonest tech giants

What was once a free and open web of information, much of the internet has since been deconstructed into a Leftist “utopia” of rampant censorship and mind control, warns Dennis Prager of PragerU – so much so, in fact, that we’ve now entered a “dark age” of near-total Leftist propaganda online, he says.

Feb 13 12:23

Scott Adams: Talking to @Naval Ravikant About All the Important Stuff

Bonus broadcast!

Trusting experts and science
Fusion power’s future
Crypto, here to stay?
Turn-around specialists for countries (like Venezuela)
A retirement plan for the entire U.S. legal population
What will the future of news look like?
Who currently holds the most power in the U.S.?
Who’s thumb is on the scale?
Twitter will become an unbiased protocol or…
…democracy won’t stand for its control and power
Is Universal Basic Income and Socialism the future?
What form will future educational systems have?
What are life’s biggest illusions?
Thoughts on The Simulation
Old problems were about scarcity, now they’re about abundance
Author recommendations

https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1095428576076152832

Feb 13 11:58

AT LEAST 70 CIVILIANS KILLED AS US COALITION POUNDS SYRIAN VILLAGE - REPORTS

Syrian media have repeatedly reported on US-led coalition strikes, which have led to countless civilian casualties and damage to crucial infrastructure in the Arab Republic. The coalition has been bombing targets in Syria since 2014 despite never obtaining a UN mandate and not obtaining Damascus’ approval.

At least 70 civilians were killed or wounded as a result of air strikes launched by a US-led international coalition on the Syrian village of Baghuz in the south-east of the country, Syria state television reported, citing local sources.

Syrian media have continually reported on the death of civilians which were killed in US-led coalition strikes. The coalition regularly carries out airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I love my country, but abhor its current leadership. And as a Christian Pacifist Activist, never advocate for violence.

And this is why, as completely and intelligently as possible, I have to channel my upset about these policies which create these endless wars, into articles which, hopefully and peacefully, will get other people reading and thinking about this, and talking to their alleged Congressional Representatives, as to why this country is bound up in so many military conflicts on this planet?

Is it because, in the long run, it is cheaper to destroy potential economic rivals than learn to compete against them?!?

Unfortunately, Mr. President, I am afraid that this is the path that the US Deep State - and the corporations they represent - have enforced upon you.

President Trump, you are so on the wrong side of history, to still be authorizing bombing strikes in Syria, and abetting and aiding the Saudis in their genocide of Yemen, I hardly know where to begin.

And where the hell is Congress on these immoral, unstoppable wars which, according to our Constitution, can only exist if Congress approves of them, and which, in the cases of both Syria and Yemen, they did not approve of these wars.

Your campaign rhetoric bears absolutely zero relationship with your actions of the last couple of years you have been in office.

Have you been subsumed by the mechanism of the American Deep State, that you are no longer running the country, but they are, and sometimes, in direct contradiction to what you have said is happening, or will happen?

Mr. President, color me very concerned about your foreign policy trajectory,
which could lead to a world war and total devastation of this planet.

Feb 13 11:35

IBM's AI loses debate to a human, but it's got worlds to conquer

The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater.

The answer, on Monday night, was no.

Feb 13 10:32

Cisco pushes silicon photonics for enterprise, webscale networking

Cisco says it's closed its deal to buy optical-semiconductor firm Luxtera for US$660 million bringing it the advanced optical technology customers will need for speed and throughput for future data-center and webscale networks.

When Cisco announced the deal in December, Rob Salvagno, Cisco vice president of Corporate Business Development, said, “As system port capacity increases from 100GbE to 400GbE and beyond, optics plays an increasingly important role in addressing network infrastructure constraints, particularly density and power requirements.”

The combination of Cisco’s and Luxtera’s capabilities in 100GbE/400GbE optics, silicon and process technology will enable customers to build future-proof networks optimized for performance, reliability and cost, Salvago stated.

Feb 13 10:19

Regardless, utility “Smart” Meters are going to be installed in homes of dementia patients in the UK so they can be monitored and tracked.

Issues associated with them include fires, explosions, malfunctioning appliances, measurement errors, and inflated bills. None of that is obviously good for dementia patients or anyone else really. They also emit harmful wireless WiFi radiation. Research has determined that exposure to wireless radiation can disrupt the blood-brain barrier which may cause it to leak. This can also kill brain cells. Regardless, utility “Smart” Meters are going to be installed in homes of dementia patients in the UK so they can be monitored and tracked. As if these dementia patients didn’t already have enough problems…

They will flag up any sudden change in behaviour which could indicate an illness, a fall or a decline in their mental state. The meters will be able to send alerts to family members or carers, who can pop round to check if the patient is all right.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, if Britain's NHS is hoping that the installation of these meters will hasten the demise of their dementia patients, rather than give them the best possible quality of life before they pass on.

And the issue of what happens to the data, after it is collected, will most probably be a real challenge for security network people, in keeping this data secure.

Feb 13 09:59

America Relies on Big Tech as Trump Enters AI Arms Race

By Daniel Taylor

Trump issues executive order on AI.

Trump’s statement says that AI “…must also be developed in a way that does not compromise our American values, civil liberties, or freedoms.”

As President Trump takes the United States on its first steps into the artificial intelligence arms race, it is depending on advice and assistance from the very entities that threaten freedom worldwide...

Feb 13 09:57

Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence, a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China.

The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to "devote the full resources of the federal government" to help fuel AI innovation.

"Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and international leaders in AI," a White House statement said.

"However, as the pace of AI innovation increases around the world, we cannot sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed."

Feb 13 08:58

Google Offers Media, Campaigns Free DDoS-Protection Ahead of European Elections

Google said Tuesday it was offering journalists, politicians, election monitoring groups, campaigns, and other important actors free protection against DDoS attacks ahead of the European Parliament elections slated for May.

"Journalists, campaigns and political parties, NGOs and election monitoring groups ensure people can stay informed during election periods… Project Shield uses Google’s infrastructure to protect independent news sites from distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) and from today, Jigsaw will be offering strong, free DDoS-protections to the organizations across Europe that are vital to free and fair elections", Lie Junius, Director of EU Public Policy and Government Relations at Google, said in a post on the US company's blog.

Feb 13 08:57

‘Effectively Gone': Hackers Wipe VFEmail Servers of ‘All Data in the US'

Email provider VFEmail revealed this week that it endured a major setback in which an unknown hacker gained access to its US servers and proceeded to wipe years worth of data and backups within just a few hours.

VFEmail founder Rick Romero confirmed the attack on Tuesday. "Yes VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return. I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they'd want to completely and thoroughly destroy it," he wrote on Twitter.

The service, which aimed to offer users a better email experience by scanning messages and attachments for malware before they arrived in one's inbox, saw the beginning stages of its downfall on Monday, when Romero first noticed that several data centers were down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, the purveyors of malware would want such a service destroyed.

Feb 13 08:19

Hacker hiding in Israel faces French trial in man’s death

French prosecutors are asking a court in Paris to proceed with the trial of the Zionist hacker Ulcan in connection with the death of the father of a journalist who had reported on his attacks on pro-Palestinian websites.

Ulcan, whose real name is Grégory Chelli, is a French citizen who has lived in Israel since 2010, and is the subject of an extradition request and an arrest warrant issued by a French judge in 2015.

On 31 January, according to the French news agency AFP, the Paris prosecutor asked a judge to order that Chelli stand trial for “acts of violence causing an unintended death” – a charge carrying up to 15 years in prison – death threats, false statements and other acts.

Feb 13 08:15

Bezos' personal privacy concerns raise questions about privacy of Amazon's customers

Feb 12 18:20

SEC’s Action Against Decentralized Exchange Raises Constitutional Questions

By Rainey Reitman

A recent public statement from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission implied that those engaged in writing and publishing code might need to worry about running afoul of securities laws. In its statement about the cease and desist order against the co-founder of decentralized cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta, the SEC indicated that someone who simply “provides an algorithm” might be found to be running a securities exchange...

Feb 12 18:02

Stop ACTA 2: Protests, Internet Blackouts and Hacktivist Actions To Lead Up To Final Vote On Dystopian Articles 11 and 13 In EU

By Aaron Kesel

After a short delay, European Union lawmakers are continuing their journey to censor the Internet and have agreed on changes to the text of Articles 11,12 and 13, The Independent reported. Meanwhile, Anonymous and Pirates are planning on-the-ground and online actions against the proposed Copyright Directives.

Germany and France agreed on a horrendous “compromise” version of Article 13 following heated debated, which claims to protect small businesses. However, in the fine print of the law, it almost protects no website as Julia Reda points out...

Feb 12 09:04

I like Windows 7: Why should I pay to move to Windows 10?

With Windows 7 security upgrades about to go poof in less than a year, there are still some Windows 7 diehards who refuse to upgrade. Here we explain that free Windows 10 upgrades are still available, counter some upgrade objections, and provide a great list of resources for upgrading your machines to Windows 10.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What about our Win7 applications which will not run under Win10?

Feb 12 08:36

Samsung Acquires Israeli Smartphone Camera Developer Corephotonics

Samsung has signed a deal to acquire Tel Aviv-based smartphone camera company Corephotonics Ltd. on Sunday, according to the Israeli law firms representing both companies.

Feb 12 08:17

Trump orders US agencies to turbocharge AI research and ensure American dominance

President Donald Trump has compelled federal agencies to step up research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) with a new order, calling the US lead in AI of “paramount importance” to America’s national security.

A new executive order signed by Trump on Monday warns the US government against falling behind its strategic competitors in the race for AI supremacy. The order says that “continued American leadership” in the high-tech sector is of “paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security” of the US and it is the Trump administration policy to “sustain and enhance” it.

Feb 12 08:15

Meet the man behind a third of what's on Wikipedia

Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. It's earned him not only accolades but almost legendary status on the internet.

The online encyclopedia now boasts more than 5.7 million articles in English and millions more translated into other languages – all written by online volunteers. Pruitt was named one of the most influential people on the internet by Time magazine in part because one-third of all English language articles on Wikipedia have been edited by Steven. An incredible feat, ignited by a fascination with his own history.

Pruitt is deeply obsessed with history, and his love of opera inspired his Wikipedia username: Ser Amantio Di Nicolao, his favorite opera character.

Feb 12 08:02

Spies Reportedly Tried to Discredit Critics of Controversial Israeli Spyware Firm NSO Group

Undercover operatives allegedly approached and tried to discredit critics of controversial Israeli spyware company NSO Group, the Associated Press reported.

NSO Group’s smartphone hacking software allegedly helped Saudi Arabia track and ultimately kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mexico allegedly used the same software to monitor human rights lawyers and government critics.

Six people targeted in the undercover operations say they believe the efforts were an attempt to get information that could be used to discredit them. The people include two cybersecurity experts who have research NSO’s software, three lawyers involved in lawsuits targeting NSO either in Israel of Cyprus, and a London-based journalist who has written about the litigation.

Feb 11 19:38

MX-18.1 Continuum Official Release (iso refresh)

This is a new distribution and it has become very popular.Using it now.
Based on Debian Linux (Stable)

We are pleased to offer MX-18.1 Official Releases iso for your use.

MX-18.1 is a refresh of our MX-18 release, consisting of bugfixes and application updates since our original release of MX-18.
Note: Existing users do not need to reinstall. All bugfixes and additions will come through the regular update.

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Downloads
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Feb 11 17:32

PC BS (British Style) : Woman Arrested for Calling A Trans Woman A Man

A British woman was arrested in front of her children and held in police custody for 7 hours after calling a transgender woman a man online. -- Kate Scottow was detained following an argument on Twitter with a transgendered woman. She was charged with “harassment and malicious communications.” -- Presently, this could never happen in the US, although I'm sure that trans activists would love to lock up those who don't agree with them. Given the attitudes toward the First Amendment by many millenials, it's probably only a matter of time before the activists get their wish.

Feb 11 14:30

YouTube Algorithm Gone Haywire? Gaming Video Struck Down With No Explanation

Op-Ed by Joe Wright

Readers might remember an article at Activist Post from October 26, 2017 entitled, “YouTube Terminated Our Unblemished Channel Without Warning.” It's not only alt-media on the chopping block...

Feb 11 12:34

NewsGuard is a globalist-funded “news ratings” front to protect pro-war NeoCon interests while silencing all independent media

NewsGuard is nothing but a globalist-funded front to protect military adventurism and to prop up corporate-controlled narratives on complex topics such as vaccine safety and choice, the causes of cancer, the perils of modern medicine, among other hot topic issues that affect people’s lives.

Feb 11 10:25

RUSSIA TO DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET AS PART OF A PLANNED TEST

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

In addition, Russian telecom firms would also have to install "technical means" to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russia's telecom watchdog.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin knows what is coming and, as usual, is at least 30 chess moves ahead of his American counterpart; he is doing everything possible to insure the survival of the Russian people, should there be some form of aggression against Russian assets, anywhere in the world.

Feb 11 10:15

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences.

The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally.

A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year.

The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set.

Feb 11 10:06

Apple and Google Accept Saudi Smartphone App Which Tracks Women’s Movements

Apple and Google are facing criticism for hosting a Saudi Arabian smartphone app on their platforms which allows men to track women’s movements and “stop them leaving the country.”

According to Insider, the app, named Absher — which is available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store — is “a government web service which allows men to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders, and to get close to real-time SMS updates when they travel.”

Feb 11 09:47

AUSTRALIA CALLED TO ACT AGAINST CHINESE DETENTION OF UIGHURS

Melbourne, Australia - Members of the UighurMuslim community in Australia are renewing calls for action from the government amid reports that a number of Australian permanent residents are effectively trapped in China's Xinjiang province.

The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 17 Australian residents are being held under house arrest, in prison or detained in so-called "re-education" centres in the far western region of Xinjiang, also referred to by some Uighurs as East Turkistan.

They are thought to have been detained while on trips to visit relatives in China and some have family members who are Australian citizens.

"As soon as they arrive, their passport is taken away because they're holding a Chinese passport, even though they have permanent residency," Nurgul Sawut, the Uighur-Australian activist who provided The Guardian with the details of the 17 affected, told Al Jazeera.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I part of this group, I wouldn't hold my breath that Australia will do anything for the cause of the Uighurs in Western China. The reason?!?

Australian Trade with the Worlds was up 11 - to 763

The article goes on to state: "China valued at $183 billion (up 16% on 2016), accounting for 24% of total trade. China remained Australia's largest two-way trading partner, export market and import source."

Unfortunately, trade tends to "rub out" human rights considerations, and this is why we will not hear a peep out of Canberra, regarding possible Uighur human rights offenses by the Chinese.

Feb 11 09:30

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

Feb 11 09:24

REDDIT GETS $150 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM CHINESE CENSORSHIP COMPANY

Reddit, which censors dissidents in America, is now being funded by Tencent, a multi-billion dollar company which censors dissidents in China.

From NewsBusters, "Chinese Censorship Company Invests Millions in Reddit":

What happens when the front page of the internet is funded by the company that made the Great Firewall in China?

Reddit, the internet forum for communities, posts, and news, is currently fundraising to keep itself afloat, with a $300 million goal. Half of that goal has already been met, thanks to a massive investment of $150 million from Chinese censorship company Tencent. The company is in charge of blocking, blacklisting and preventing internet access to certain groups, sites, and information in China. Ironically, Tencent is responsible for the banning of Reddit in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like we don't have entities in the US doing precisely the same thing, by deplatforming, and making it all but impossible to find a post with a negative view of these perpetual wars?!?

The unholy Triumvirate of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, do this kind of work the US government wants them to do; so why blame China for doing the same thing?!?

Feb 11 08:31

ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN ROGER WATERS CALLS ON PEOPLE TO DEMONSTRATE IN AUSTRALIA TO DEFEND JULIAN ASSANGE

World-acclaimed musician and song-writer Roger Waters has sent the following endorsement of the demonstrations that the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia has called in March to demand that the Australian government immediately act to secure the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The rally in Sydney will be addressed by respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.

Roger Waters, 9th February 2019

Switzerland

Julian Assange is a national Australian treasure. He is a brilliant, brave, honest, humane, relevant, genuine, journalist and publisher of immense influence and significance on the world stage. He has shown himself to be an enormous power for good in a world that is sadly, with some notable exceptions, (Yes John Pilger, I mean you among others,) starved of his ilk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have precisely four words with which to respond to Roger Waters' call here; and these are, "God Bless you, sir!!"

Feb 10 11:39

Shady “NewsGuard” organization aims to censor all independent media so that false narratives of establishment media can no longer be challenged

A shady organization of intelligence operatives, propagandists, and their pawns have come together to become the official judge and jury over the internet’s 7,500 most influential websites. This organization, called NewsGuard, will rate each and every news site and warn consumers about “untrustworthy” independent news sites. NewGuard propagandists analyze each site and stereotype its content by either writing an article to promote the site or writing a hit piece to demonize the site.

Feb 09 14:27

Orwellian Smartphones Tracking Govt Employees Could Become the Pentagon’s New Employee Access Cards

By Aaron Kesel

The government wants a phone for its employees that uses an algorithm to track their location, the way they talk, type and even walk, Nextgov reported.

A New York-based company called TWOSENSE.AI and the Defense Department are working together on building a software-as-a-service, a B2B hybrid SAAS product to replace the infamous government Common Access Card (CAC) used by active-duty uniformed service personnel, selected reserve, DOD civilian employees and eligible subcontractors...

Feb 09 10:45

The Zombification Of America Accelerates - 45% Of Teens Are Online "Almost Constantly"

Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online 'almost constantly', according to the latest Pew Research Center poll, increasing concerns, about what The Atlantic's Jean Twenge calls the most crucial question of our age... "have smartphones destroyed a generation?"

Feb 09 10:35

Microsoft killing off Internet Explorer 10 early, advises enterprises to upgrade

Microsoft has told the remaining users of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) that it will cut off support years earlier than promised, saying it would end security updates for the browser in January 2020.

IE11 will replace IE10 on systems running Windows Server 2012.

"Starting in the spring of 2019, commercial customers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard can begin using IE11 in their test environments or pilot rings," wrote Suchithra Gopinath, a Microsoft program manager, in a 28 January post to a company blog.

"You will have until January 2020 to complete the transition from IE10 to IE11. After this, we will not release any security or non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content changes for IE10."

Feb 09 10:27

CHASE BANK SHUTS DOWN PROUD BOYS LEADER'S PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT

Enrique Tarrio, who is the Chairman of the Proud Boys fraternal organization, had his personal Chase bank account shut down abruptly earlier this week.

In a letter obtained exclusively by Big League Politics, the bank informs him that he must shut down all of his accounts by April 1st, 2019, without giving a reason.

This comes just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes. The website, 1776.shop, is most known for selling the famous “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was spotted in during the late-night arrest at his home.

Tarrio has been facing months of backlash for his affiliation with the Proud Boys, first getting onto the radar in an article published on The Daily Beast, which asserts that people of color are joining white supremacist organizations. Tarrio is both Cuban, and black, and was profiled in that article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happens so frequently as to barely really create a ripple in the codswallop which passes for "corporate news" in the US, but this club of deplatforming is being held over the heads of all who do not accept the current government "Propagenda", (That is, the US government's propaganda, which forwards its agenda, which is nearly exclusively martial in its trajectory.)

The US government is currently conducting failed, endless wars in Afghanistan; Yemen; Somalia; Libya; Iraq; but not content with these military disasters the US government is now trying to achieve regime change in Russia; Iran, and Venezuela.

One would have to guess that the "logic" among those in the bowels of DC is, "We can't compete with emerging economies, like Russia and China, so let's just blow them up to smithereens, so that they will have to start all over again."

And as ugly and immoral as this might seem, the actions of the US government telegraph to me that this is precisely where it is going, into a round of other endless wars for conquest and profit.

I do not know what odds the bookies in Vegas have put on the resurrection of the draft in this country; but were I a betting woman, I would bet that it will not be long before this happens.

To all our readers on the Mainland and beyond, if you have not already picked a point to run to should things get horrific where you are living, now is the time to scope someplace out where you, your family, and your supplies will be safe, at least for a little while; this is as necessary for your prepping as is making sure your kit is current, and you are well provisioned.

Feb 09 10:17

Firefighters battling inferno at Ocado's high-tech warehouse were forced to dodge robots that continued to move while flames raged for three days

Firefighters tackling a blaze at an Ocado warehouse had to doge independently moving robots to find the one that started the fire.

Around 300 firefighters and 20 engines tackled the blaze which broke out in Andover, Hampshire at 2.44am on Tuesday morning and spread overnight, damaging around 10% of the business's capacity.

The fire was contained before it escalated again on Wednesday - forcing firefighters to set up a 500m exclusion zone over fears that a three-tonne cylinder of toxic ammonia gas in the building might explode.

The 'customer fulfilment centre' has 1,110 battery-powered robots that sort and package groceries for delivery and the section in which the blaze broke out has 600, some of which continued to move on their metal grids as firefighters worked around them.

Feb 08 11:05

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their data sharing methods to protect you against terrorism and child abuse, according to Facebook. Seriously.

Feb 08 11:02

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

Security researchers have found thousands of exposed internet-connected industrial refrigerators that can be easily remotely instructed to defrost.

More than 7,000 vulnerable temperature controlled systems, manufactured by U.K.-based firm Resource Data Management, are accessible from the internet and can be controlled by simply plugging in its default password found in documentation on the company’s website, according to Noam Rotem, one of the security researchers who found the vulnerable systems.

Many of these vulnerable units are found in industrial refrigerators in restaurants, hospitals and supermarkets and grocery stores from the U.K., Ireland and as far away as Sweden, Germany and China. The researchers also found a pharmaceutical company in Malaysia and a cooling facility in Germany.

Feb 08 06:38

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a 'secret phone tracking service' for years, bombshell report finds

A shocking new report has found hundreds of bounty hunters had access to highly sensitive user data - and it was sold to them by almost every major U.S. wireless carrier.

The practice was first revealed last month and, at the time, telecom firms claimed they were isolated incidents.

However, a Motherboard investigation has since discovered that's far from the case. About 250 bounty hunters were able to access users' precise location data.

In one case, a bail bond firm requested location data some 18,000 times.

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint sold the sensitive data, which was meant for user by 911 operators and emergency services, to location aggregators, who then sold it to bounty hunters, according to Motherboard.

Feb 07 18:43

Android Phones Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a PNG Image

Using an Android device?

Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps.

Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of Google's mobile operating system, ranging from Android 7.0 Nougat to its current Android 9.0 Pie.

Feb 07 13:36

Is Harmful 5G Technology Being Installed Near Your Home and Throughout Your Community? Link Provides Current 5G State Laws.

By B.N. Frank

Since 2017, over 200 doctors and scientists have demanded a moratorium on 5G installation due to biological and environmental risks. Additionally, citizens, environmentalists and organizations in the U.S. and around the world are fighting harmful 5G being installed near their homes and throughout their communities...

Feb 07 12:10

Gov’t App Wants to Track Every Homeless Person in San Francisco — While Citizen-Run App Was Sued For Wanting To Feed The Homeless

By Aaron Kesel

San Francisco app developers are working with government to give homeless people a tap on the shoulder of Big Brother, tracking their every move … for their benefit, of course!...

Feb 07 12:01

Google DENIES it's to blame for recent Nest camera hacks but warns owners to reset passwords after numerous devices were taken over remotely

Google is telling Nest camera owners that it's not to blame for a recent string of creepy security incidents.

The search giant, which owns Nest, sent an email to owners of its security devices telling them to reset their passwords and enable stronger account authentication settings in light of an uptick in hacked cameras.

Last month, users began reporting a number of bizarre cases, where hackers appeared to take over their Nest security cameras to hurl insults at them, spy on their sleeping baby and even tell Amazon's Alexa to play 'Despacito' by Justin Bieber.

Feb 07 10:59

Trojan malware: The hidden cyber threat to your PC

Cyber criminals are always looking for brand new ways of making money and causing destruction — or, even better, both at once.

The last 12 months have seen a boom in malicious cryptocurrency mining whereby cyber attackers secretly hijack the processing power of computers, servers and even IoT devices and use it to mine for cryptocurrency. While it might not be rapidly lucrative for the crooks involved, it's stealthy and can be sustained over a long period of time — and most users don't even know their machine's processor is being used to line someone else's pockets.

Feb 07 10:32

Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone’s iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy of San Bernardino Terrorists

Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event, the company has given the office of the Special Counsel complete access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, reports Apple Insider.

According to the Washington Post, Apple objected to giving the federal government backdoor access to the shooters iPhones, claiming it would “set a dangerous precedent.”

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

Feb 07 09:55

A SCAMMER USED YOUTUBE’S COPYRIGHT SYSTEM TO RANSOM CREATORS

A scammer was found to be manually abusing YouTube’s automated copyright system in an effort to hold YouTube channels ransom.

By submitting multiple fake copyright “flags” on videos, the scammer was able to bring at least two YouTube accounts to the brink of automatic deactivation under YouTube’s “three strikes” policy, even getting past YouTube employees who double-checked the suspicious claim.

“We striked you. Our request is $150 PayPal or $75 [Bitcoin],” read one message received by ObbyRaidz, a small gaming channel with fewer than 8,000 subscribers. “Once we receive our payment we will cancel both strikes on your channel.”

Feb 06 20:14

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

Feb 06 16:37

Microsoft really, really, really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019

Microsoft launched a new ad campaign for its Office suite today. Usually, that’s not something especially interesting, but this one is a bit different. Instead of simply highlighting the features of Word and Excel, Microsoft decided to pitch Office 365 and Office 2019 against each other (as an extra gimmick, it used twins to do so, too). But here’s the deal: Microsoft really doesn’t want you to buy Office 2019, and the ads make that abundantly clear.

The reason for that is obvious: Office 365 is a subscription product while Office 2019 (think Office Home & Student or other SKUs) comes with a perpetual license, so that’s a one-time sale for Microsoft.

Feb 06 16:36

Firefox Fission aims to thwart nasty Spectre-style attacks

The "massive" project's first milestone should be complete this month.

Feb 06 16:32

Programmer finds ridiculous ATM flaw that let him withdraw $1 million in cash

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: an unsatisfied bank programmer discovers the perfect scheme for making an ATM spit out free money.

But apparently, this story is true: The South China Morning Post and China’s Daily Economic News report that 43-year-old Qin Qisheng managed to withdraw over 7 million yuan (upwards of $1 million USD) from ATMs operated by his employer, Huaxia Bank — all by exploiting a crazy flaw.

According to the reports, the bank’s system didn’t properly record withdrawals made around midnight — effectively spitting out cash without removing the total from a user’s account. Normally, that might send up a red flag that a transaction had failed, but Qisheng allegedly inserted scripts into the system that suppressed those alerts.

Feb 06 16:29

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year

For organizations already subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year of updates will cost an additional $25 per device. This doubles to $50 for the second year and $100 for the third year. Organizations can't skip a year, either; previous years must be paid for to obtain the year two and year three support. For companies sticking with Windows 7 Pro instead of subscribing to Windows Enterprise, the first year will cost $50 per device and will double each subsequent year to $100 and then $200.

Feb 06 16:26

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.

You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks and financiers, that don’t ask or make it clear — if at all — that they know exactly how you’re using their apps.

Worse, even though these apps are meant to mask certain fields, some inadvertently expose sensitive data.

Feb 06 16:24

New Mac Hack Can Steal Your Passwords: What to Do Now

First reported by technology publication Heise Online, the vulnerability opens a door to steal all passwords in your Mac’s “login” and “System” keychain, which leaves you wide open to attack even if you have security measures like Access Control Lists and System Integrity Protection using Apple’s latest T2 security chip.

The KeySteal exploit was discovered and announced by security researcher Linus Henze, a self-declared macOS and iOS fan who has a record of discovering other vulnerabilities in the past. He is also a member of Sauercloud, a German computer security team that participates in hacking Capture The Flag competitions. In other words: his exploit is most probably not made up, but very real.

The only way to protect your computer’s keychain is to lock the login keychain with an extra password, which will result in macOS asking you for that password each time you try to do almost anything with your computer.

Feb 06 13:59

DID A CRYPTO CEO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH? THE GREAT QUADRIGA CONSPIRACY, DAY 6

Almost immediately, ripped off Quadriga customers suggested that Cotten had faked his own death, like a modern-day D.B. Cooper. Whether they’re right or wrong, the debacle shows that more than a decade after a pseudonymous coder released Bitcoin, the blockchain space remains a Wild West of cons, hustles and conspiracy.

Feb 06 12:49

Here’s How You Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve Never Used Social Media

The days of having a fully (or even mostly) private life are long gone, it seems, and social media is largely to blame. -- Even if you have deactivated all of your social media accounts – or never had any in the first place – your privacy is not guaranteed.

Feb 06 09:21

Robo-journalism on the rise in race to break stories, cut costs

Media outlets the world over are increasingly utilizing artificial intelligence in the race to break stories at a faster, cheaper rate than their competitors.

With several robo-journalism options available and firms edging for market share, the increasing capabilities of machines are encroaching further on the territory of human editors and reporters across all platforms.

What are the details?

Software-generated reports are heavy utilized in areas where quick figures are needed such as in financial journalism, sports statistics, and analyzing polling or other data. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg News uses automated technology in roughly a third of its content, racing against Reuters and even hedge funds to compete in delivering the latest business news.

Feb 06 09:08

Tech giants, social media now run by “left-wing journalist mafia,” warns Bokhari… radical Leftism now controls nearly all “allowed” speech online

The establishment media is now using social media to artificially increase their standing and maintain their gate-keeper status in all things news. The most blatant example of this effort is the launching of NewsGuard, a shadow company run by the media to discredit independent journalism and push establishment propaganda.

Feb 06 08:27

Scammer groups are exploiting Gmail 'dot accounts' for online fraud

Cyber-criminal groups are exploiting a Gmail feature to file for fraudulent unemployment benefits, file fake tax returns, and bypass trial periods for online services.

The trick is an old one and has been used in the past. It refers to Gmail's "dot accounts," a feature of Gmail addresses that ignores dot characters inside Gmail usernames, regardless of their placement.

For example, Google considers john.doe@gmail.com, jo.hn.doe@gmail.com, and johndoe@gmail.com as the same Gmail address.

Regular users have been using this feature for years to register free trial accounts at online services using the same email address, but spelled out in different ways.

Feb 06 06:15

Here’s How YOU Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve NEVER Used Social Media

An alarming new study shows how "a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person--think political party, favorite products, religious commitments—from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or deleted their account."

In other words, no matter how careful you have been about privacy, the people with whom you associate create a picture of you for Big Data.

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