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Mar 26 22:48

Flashback: The Founding Fathers of the Internet Plead With EU to Squash Its Bad Copyright Bill

What makes this more ridiculous is that it’s not even necessary. The EU spent $400,000 on its own study to measure the negative impact of online copyright violations on legitimate sales. It concluded that, with the exception of “recent top films,” the results did not “show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.”

And as the authors of the letter point out, algorithms are shit. YouTube is as invested in the algorithmic identification of content as any company on the planet, and it still requires an army of beleaguered humans to review content that violates its policies. What’s more, the bill doesn’t punish copyright trolls who abuse the system. Anyone could theoretically upload someone else’s work to a copyright filtering system, claim it as their own, and the true owner would potentially have to go to court to work it out.

Mar 26 12:23

PENTAGON SAYS ALL OF GOOGLE’S WORK ON DRONES IS EXEMPT FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

IN SEPTEMBER 2017, Aileen Black wrote an email to her colleagues at Google. Black, who led sales to the U.S. government, worried that details of the company’s work to help the military guide lethal drones would become public through the Freedom of Information Act. “We will call tomorrow to reinforce the need to keep Google under the radar,” Black wrote.

According to a Pentagon memo signed last year, however, no one at Google needed worry: All 5,000 pages of documents about Google’s work on the drone effort, known as Project Maven, are barred from public disclosure, because they constitute “critical infrastructure security information.”

One government transparency advocate said the memo is part of a recent wave of federal decisions that keep sensitive documents secret on that same basis — thus allowing agencies to quickly deny document requests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now we know, incontrovertibly, that the unholy triumverate, Google, Twitter, and Facebook, have become the "4th arm" of the US government, and that is the arm named "surveillance".

Mar 26 10:55

Senators Question DOJ’s Surveillance of Americans’ Cell Phone Location Records

A bipartisan group of senators questioned the Justice Department this week regarding how the government’s treatment of cellphone-generated location data in national security cases has changed in lieu of the Supreme Court decision in Carpenter v. United States last June.

The Carpenter case addressed the application of the Fourth Amendment to cell-site location information, or CSLI, which are geolocation records produced by users’ cell phones communicating with cell towers and stored by wireless providers. The court held that because CSLI provides “an intimate window into a person’s life,” police must obtain a warrant to collect it.

Mar 26 09:37

Detroit To Become America’s Second Chinese-Style Surveillance City

By MassPrivateI

The push to turn America’s cities into Chinese-style surveillance networks has found a new partner in Detroit, Michigan.

The only difference between what is happening in San Diego and what is happening in Detroit is, they are not using the same smart street lights to spy on everyone. Detroit uses Intellistreets a company known to have strong ties to Homeland Security.

What started out as a ‘voluntary’ police-cam share program in Saginaw, Michigan has morphed into a massive 1000 surveillance camera network which includes 500 businesses in Detroit...

Mar 26 08:57

South Africans Threatening to Camp Until Cell Tower Was Removed Led to Its Removal from School Property

By B.N. Frank

There seems to be no shortage of people in the U.S. and around the world protesting cell towers on school property. It’s hard to blame them considering there is still no “safe” level of wireless radiation exposure that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.

Hats off to these South Africans who were willing to take off work and camp out overnight in bad weather to protect their children...

Mar 26 08:33

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

By Danny O’Brien

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protesters this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety...

Mar 26 08:18

Asus Software Update Platform Hacked, Used to Spread Malware – Kaspersky Lab

The virus, distributed from the tech maker’s official website, could potentially affect 1 million computers, the cybersecurity firm says.

The software update service for Taiwan-based tech manufacturer Asus was hacked and exploited to disseminate malware from June to November 2018, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab says. The firm discovered the "chain attack" in January 2019.

The malware was signed with the official Asus digital certificate and in general appeared to be a genuine software update, one marked as "critical," at that, the Kaspersky Lab said, Motherboard reported Tuesday.

It appears that, despite being distributed globally, the malware was targeted at a relatively small pool of some 600 machines with specific media access control (MAC) addresses. Should the malware discover the MAC it was looking for, it would then open the door for more malicious programs to further compromise the system.

Mar 25 21:29

SCANDAL: Today, Europe Votes On A Law That Could Change The Internet -- Sold Out For A Russian Pipeline

By Aaron Kesel

European MEPs meet inside the European Parliament today to vote on a law that will forever change the World Wide Web ... and that vote was bribed for access to an oil pipeline, Tech Dirt reported.

If the numerous blatant mafioso tricks by EPP Group and other political parties involved in the copyright directive or ACTA 2, such as attempting to change the voting date, intimidating politicians by threatening them, and changing the article numbers wasn't enough, a report by a German publication has revealed that the real reason Germany caved to France in February is because the country was bribed in negotiations to get approval for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia...

Mar 25 12:16

After 8 Cancer Diagnoses and 2 Years of Protest, Sprint Finally Agrees to Remove Cell Tower from California School Property

By B.N. Frank

Congratulations for Ripon, California parents who finally convinced Sprint to remove a cell tower from school property...

Mar 25 09:34

Massive Android ad fraud scam drains your phone battery and lets advertisers make money by running hidden video ads, report finds

A new report has uncovered a massive advertising fraud scheme that made scammers serious cash, fooled marketing companies and killed users' smartphone batteries.

The scheme operated via fake banner advertisements that were secretly hidden behind legitimate banner ads in Android apps, according to BuzzFeed News.

Mar 25 09:30

Homeland Security warns of worrying flaw that could let hackers easily take over cardio defibrillators after they've been implanted and rewrite the commands

Homeland Security has issued a security warning for Medtronic's implantable cardiac devices that makes them vulnerable to hacking.

The Department of Homeland Security said the critical flaw could allow hackers to use radio communications to hijack defibrillators and issue commands for them after they're implanted in a patient.

Mar 25 09:28

Warning: ASUS Software Update Server Hacked to Distribute Malware

Remember the CCleaner hack?

CCleaner hack was one of the largest supply chain attacks that infected more than 2.3 million users with a backdoored version of the software in September 2017.

Security researchers today revealed another massive supply chain attack that compromised over 1 million computers manufactured by Taiwan-based tech giant ASUS.

A group of state-sponsored hackers last year managed to hijack ASUS Live automatic software update server between June and November 2018 and pushed malicious updates to install backdoors on over one million Windows computers worldwide.

Mar 24 13:17

INTERNET DATING | Redonkulas.com

Profanity and Butts!

Popp lays down all his tips for how NOT to go about dating on the internet. Since just about everyone does this nowadays, listen closely and try not to get too offended. This one is brutal.

Mar 24 09:54

The Dark Net isn't what you think. It's actually key to our privacy

Mar 24 09:52

Dockworkers Protest Driverless Cargo Trucks at Port of L.A., Triggering Project’s Delay

A fierce struggle over automation has erupted at the Port of Los Angeles, as local union officials representing some 12,000 dockworkers demand that one of the world’s largest shipping firms abandon a plan to introduce driverless electric cargo trucks.

Shouting, whistling and jeering, more than 1,200 union members, local business owners and community activists packed a four-hour hearing Thursday before the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The board voted to postpone a construction permit for the automated system after an offer by Mayor Eric Garcetti to mediate the dispute.

“The decision before the board may have far-reaching impacts on the pace of automation at our port and could define how the port will compete and sustain jobs into the foreseeable future,” Garcetti wrote in a letter unveiled at the hearing.

Mar 24 09:49

Trump's CIA Now Unbound And Back To Its Traditional Hijinks

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Under the directorship of torture and black site maven Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s Central Intelligence Agency has returned to its traditional roots of conducting “black bag” operations and disrupting electrical grids through cyber-attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been profoundly disappointed in Haspel's having been nominated, and confirmed, as head of the CIA; President Trump knew what an "interesting piece of work she was", professionally, yet put her name into consideration, and she got confirmed anyway.

Taking down Venezuela's electricity grid, if in fact the US did it (and at this point, given the lust for Venezuela's oil reserves our leaders want to control, I think it points to a US plot) is absolutely an act of war.

Unfortunately, however, I am concerned that the mayhem may continue in many other formats, until the current Maduro government resigns, and Gaido's US puppets are "anointed" as Venezuela's "true government"

Russia has stated, incontrovertibly, that they will "protect their interests" in Venezuela.

At the worst of it, we may see war break out between Russia and the US government forces, at some time in the near future, which would be horrific in the extreme; and I say this, because at this point in their history, the American military doesn't have the weaponry; the manufacturing, the money, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome in such a war.

Mar 24 09:10

Tens of Thousands of Germans Take to Streets to Protest EU Copyright Reform

The planned changes would require, in part, that tech giants such as Facebook and YouTube take responsibility for copyright materials users upload to their platforms. Though the measure is claimed to be aimed at protecting copyright holders, many note that it can easily be used to restrict freedom of speech.

Mar 23 10:41

Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

By Jamie Redman

The cryptoconomy means many things to many people. For example, since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009, some individuals have used digital currencies as a form of agorism otherwise known as counter-economics. These people believe that using bitcoin as a tool to avoid State harassment is one of the technology’s key features with the potential to reduce the manipulation and civil abuses perpetrated by government bureaucracy...

Mar 23 10:08

  PODCASTS                 SPLC IMPLODES: PRESIDENT AND LEGAL DIRECTOR RESIGN AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SCANDAL

The Southern Poverty Law Center - the "vicious left-wing attack dog" used by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon to identify "hate groups" - is unraveling.

A week after co-founder Morris Dees was ousted over sexual misconduct claims - with two dozen employees signing a letter of concern over "allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism," the head of the SPLC, Richard Cohen, as well as the organization's legal director, Rhonda Brownstein, resigned on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the way SPLC treated Mike and WRH over the years, color me incapable of crying one tear for this wretched tool of the left to demonize, and attempt to destroy, any blogger or site who was not in lock-step with their views.

Mar 23 10:05

2.3 MILLION AT RISK OF IDENTITY THEFT DUE TO FEMA NEGLIGENCE

FEMA mishandled the personal information of 2.3 million people driven out of their homes by wildfires in 2017 and hurricanes, an Inspector General report released Friday found.

During our ongoing audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, we determined that FEMA violated the Privacy Act of 19741 and Department of Homeland Security policy by releasing to [contractor] the PII and SPII of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that even so long after Katrina, FEMA is still pathologically incapable of getting anything right!!

Mar 23 09:04

5 Important Stories We’re Paying Attention To

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Last week we started a new feature in Notes from the Field – a Friday roll-up of bizarre, often overlooked stories that my team and I think are worth following with great interest.

Based on the positive feedback we received from last week’s article, we thought we’d continue the trend. So here are a few important stories that we’re paying close attention to:

1 - The City of Chicago Paid $113 million in police misconduct cases last year...

Mar 23 09:04

How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security

Mar 23 08:22

2.3 Million At Risk of Identity Theft Due to FEMA Negligence

By Sean Walton

FEMA mishandled the personal information of 2.3 million people driven out of their homes by wildfires in 2017 and hurricanes, an Inspector General report released Friday found...

Mar 22 13:49

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

By Cory Doctorow

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we’re told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That’s why today’s announcement by Poland’s Platformy Obywatelska—the second-largest party in the European People’s Party (EPP) bloc—is so important...

Mar 22 07:34

Wikipedia pages across Europe go 'dark for a day' and block all access in protest to new EU copyright laws - as Reddit and Twitch warn users to email MEPs to stop Article 13

Several websites across Europe including Wikipedia were switched off today as part of a mass protest against contentious copyright laws being proposed by the European Union.

A number of popular sites across the web are 'going dark' and blocking access in parts of Europe for 24 hours in a last ditch attempt to stop new 'web censorship' rules ahead of a final vote on March 26.

Mar 21 18:54

Don't have a heart attack but your implanted defibrillator can be hacked over the air (by someone who really wants you dead)

Medical gear maker Medtronic is once again at the center of a hacker panic storm. This time, a number of its heart defibrillators, implanted in patients' chests, can, in certain circumstances, be wirelessly hijacked and reprogrammed, perhaps to lethal effect.

On Thursday, the US government's Dept of Homeland Security issued an alert over two CVE-listed vulnerabilities in Medtronic's wireless communications system Conexus, which is used by some of its heart defibrillators and their control units. Conexus exchanges data between implanted devices and their control units over the air using radio-waves, with a range of roughly 25 feet without any signal boosting.

Mar 21 18:22

An Outage is Bad for Facebook, but Great for PornHub

Last Wednesday, Facebook had a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues." This led to a global outage that prevented users from properly using Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp for an extended period of time.

While this was bad for Facebook, PornHub found that there was not only a dramatic increase in viewers during the outage, but a pretty interesting rise in particular keyword searches.

During the 1 PM lunch time break, PornHub received a 10% increase in viewers. When people were relaxing after work, viewership increased by 19%. For a site as large as PornHub, this would increase their viewership by millions of views and cause a large bump in revenue due to the outage.

Mar 21 12:45

European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

Websites and businesses across Europe today are protesting controversial changes to online copyright being introduced by the European Union.

Ahead of a final vote on the legislation next Tuesday, March 26th, a number of European Wikipedia sites are going dark for the day, blocking all access and directing users to contact their local EU representative to protest the laws. Other major sites, such as Twitch and PornHub, are showing protest banners on their homepages and social media.

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The law in question is the EU Copyright Directive, a long-awaited update to copyright law. Although the directive mostly contains common-sense changes for the internet age, two provisions have been singled out by critics as potentially dangerous.

These are Article 11, which lets publishers charge platforms if they link to their stories (the ‘link tax’), and Article 13, which makes platforms legally responsible for users uploading copyrighted material (the so-called ‘upload filter’).

Mar 21 12:25

Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here

Be that as it may, if there were a modern version of the Rothschild comment it might go something like this: “Give me control of the internet and no one will ever more know what is true.” The internet, which was originally conceived of as a platform for the free interchange of information and opinions, is instead inexorably becoming a managed medium that is increasingly controlled by corporate and government interests. Those interests are in no way answerable to the vast majority of the consumers who actually use the sites in a reasonable and non-threatening fashion to communicate and share different points of view.

Mar 21 10:19

AFTER BLOCKING ZERO HEDGE AND OTHERS, NZ TELCOS DEMAND BIG-TECH CENSORSHIP SURGE TO “PROTECT CONSUMERS”

People are emailing me about these bans.

I just now browsed (on a remote machine under my control) ZeroHedge, Gab and Dissenter without any problems on Spark, the largest ISP in NZ. Also, my small, regional ISP has not blocked any of these sites.

Whatever is happening with regard to sites being blocked in NZ, it’s definitely not consistent for everyone here.

Since I’m not experiencing any bans, I can’t say how to bypass this for sure, however, it might be as simple as changing your DNS settings to use any of several public DNS services. I recommend CloudFlare’s public DNS.

If you’re more technically adept, or if your ISP is using a transparent DNS proxy and won’t let you use an alternate DNS, you might want to check out DNSCrypt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the New Zealand and other potential censors; I have utterly no need to be "protected", and will ultimately find a away to watch what I want to, thank you very much.

I am a logical human, who does not get swayed, or influenced by anything other than facts.

Mar 21 10:13

New Zealand mass shooting now being used to justify banning all chat boards, consolidating speech in the hands of the “authoritative” media giants

In the wake of the revelation that the mass shooting that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand may have actually been a contrived act of terrorism committed by an attention-seeking nihilist intentionally trying to “troll” the public, some on the Left are now calling for chat boards like 4chan to be completely shut down as the solution to what they perceive as the “problem” of online free speech.

Mar 21 10:06

Facial recognition technology means you could soon be BANNED from going into shops anywhere in the world even if you’ve done nothing wrong, civil liberties experts suggest

Walking around without being constantly identified by AI could soon be a thing of the past, legal experts have warned.

The use of facial recognition software could signal the end of civil liberties if the law doesn't change as quickly as advancements in technology, they say.

Mar 21 10:04

1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Live Streamed to 4,000+ Subscribers

Four individuals from South Korea were detained for secretly recording, live streaming, and selling spy cam videos of 1600 motel guests between November 24 and March 2, with two of them being arrested and facing a maximum of five years in jail.

The South Korean spy cam group used a setup of wireless IP cameras hidden in "42 motel rooms at 30 motels in 10 cities in the North and South Gyeongsang and Chungcheong Provinces" according to a report from Korea Herald.

As detailed by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cyber investigation unit, the minuscule cameras with 1-millimeter lenses were planted within TV media boxes and power sockets among many other spots around the bugged motel rooms.

Mar 21 10:03

Fake CDC Emails Warning of Flu Pandemic Push Ransomware

A new malspam campaign is being conducted that is pretending to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a new Flu pandemic. Attached to the emails are a malicious attachment that when opened will install the GandCrab v5.2 Ransomware on the target's computer.

First discovered by MyOnlineSecurity, these emails are being sent from email addresses that are impersonating the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" and have a subject line of "Flu pandemic warning". These emails state that there is a flu pandemic and that recipients should read the attach document to help prevent its spreading.

Mar 21 10:02

Facebook Employees Could Access Unencrypted Passwords for Millions of Users

As part of a seemingly never-ending stream of security blunders, Facebook disclosed today that the passwords of hundreds of millions of Facebook and Instagram users were stored in plain text for years on internal data storage systems.

According to Pedro Canahuati, VP Engineering, Security and Privacy:

To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them. We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook predominantly used by people in regions with lower connectivity.

Mar 21 09:52

Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Guo Ping: The US attacks on Huawei betray its fear of being left behind

As a top Huawei executive, I’m often asked why the US has launched a full-scale assault on us. The Americans have charged us with stealing technology and violating trade sanctions and largely blocked us from doing business there. Mike Pence, US vice-president, recently told Nato of “the threat posed by Huawei,” and Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, warned allies that using our telecommunications equipment would make it harder for the US to “partner alongside them.”

On Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s largest trade show, a US delegation including Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission chair, repeated the call to keep Huawei out of global 5G networks.

Washington has cast aspersions on Huawei for years. A 2012 report by the House Intelligence Committee labelled us a threat. But, until recently, these attacks were relatively muted. Now that the US has brought out the heavy artillery and portrayed Huawei as a threat to Western civilization, we must ask why.

Mar 21 09:39

Facebook "Explains" Why It Failed To Remove Christchurch Shooter's Gruesome Livestream

Though Facebook's AI-powered censors managed to "mistakenly" flag Zero Hedge as a repeat violator of the social network's "community standards", when it comes to livestreamed videos depicting horrific and extreme violence, the company is still working out some kinks in its ability to immediately identify and remove livestreams depicting horrific acts of terror and violence like the video published Friday by the Christchurch Shooter.

In a blog post mea culpa published Thursday, Facebook's VP of Integrity Guy Rosen explained why the company failed to immediately remove the horrifying livestream of the attacks that the shooter, a 28-year-old Australian who also published a manifesto laying out his violent, islamophobic ideology, posted to Facebook Live, and which was viewed 4,000 times before being taken down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Facebook even HAS a "VP of Integrity"??!?

YOU'VE FLIPPING GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!

Mar 21 09:35

Amazon Goes After Google, Facebook With Mobile Ad Launch

In its quest for global, and galactic monopolistic domination, Amazon had focused mostly on legacy businesses with low margins which had little operational leverage, high debt and were losing market share to the online retail giant; one thing the world's richest man refused to do was to aggressively go after his online tech giant peers.

Until now.

In its quest to expand into yet another vertical and grab a piece of the $130 billion digital advertising market dominated by Google and Facebook, Amazon will start selling video spots on its smartphone shopping app.

Mar 20 13:18

If “slow wifi” causes “major stress”, how are young people going to make it when times get really tough?

You won’t believe some of the things that are causing “major stress” for young people in America today. According to a brand new survey that was just released, 58 percent of all American Millennials believe that “life is more stressful right now than ever before”. And so what is precisely making life so stressful for our young adults? Well, apparently their phones are a big part of the problem.

Mar 20 09:58

Uber used spyware to surveil and poach drivers from Australian rival service Gocatch

A senior source at Uber has confirmed to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners programme that Uber Australia illegally deployed an in-house piece of spyware called Surfcam in order to spy on drivers for a rival rideshare company called Gocatch; Uber was able to compile lists of drivers' emails, car registration numbers and other details and it used these to poach Gocatch drivers and turn them into Uber drivers.

Uber was previously caught using Surfcam illegally in Singapore. A company spokesperson reported that they have "conducted an audit of the use of Surfcam and it has been prohibited," and blamed the tool's use on the previous CEO, the disgraced and ousted Travis Kalanick.

Gocatch was notable for not launching until after the Australian government had created a regulatory framework for the lawful operation of rideshare systems; by contrast, Uber entered the market before the practice was legalized.

Mar 20 08:54

Raspberry Pi-style Jetson Nano is a powerful low-cost AI computer from Nvidia

Developers who want to use machine learning on homemade gadgets or prototype appliances just got a powerful new low-cost option, with Nvidia revealing the Jetson Nano.

The $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a board tailored for running machine-learning models and using them to carry out tasks such as computer vision.

Mar 20 08:30

FCC opens 95GHz to 3THz spectrum for ‘6G, 7G, or whatever’ is next

Commercial 5G networks are barely operational in the United States right now, but that hasn’t stopped engineers from thinking ahead to 6G — and the U.S. government wants to facilitate their experiments over the next decade. After a unanimous vote, the FCC is opening “terahertz wave” spectrum for experimental purposes, creating legal ways for companies to test and sell post-5G wireless equipment.

Mar 20 07:30

Merkel Speaks Out Against Banning China's Huawei Amid US Threats

Over recent months, the US has tried to steer Germany away from letting the Chinese tech giant participate in building the country’s next-generation 5G network infrastructure, citing security threats, and even threatened to downgrade intelligence sharing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed excluding the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the development of the country’s 5G mobile network, or any other company just because it is from a certain country while speaking at an annual Global Solutions Summit in Berlin. Besides this, she also spoke against public discussions of sensitive issues in what could be seen as a rebuke to Washington’s recent warning to cut sharing intelligence info if Berlin allows the Chinese company Huawei to develop its 5G network.

“There are two things I don’t believe in. First, to discuss these very sensitive security questions publicly, and second, to exclude a company simply because it’s from a certain country”, she said, as cited by Bloomberg.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 12:32

US government teams up with Intel and Cray on $500 million plan to build Project Aurora supercomputer capable of completing 1 quadrillion calculations PER SECOND

A U.S. government-led group is working with chipmaker Intel Corp and Cray Inc to develop and build the nation's fastest computer by 2021 for conducting nuclear weapons and other research, officials said on Monday.

The Department of Energy and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago said they are working on a supercomputer dubbed Aurora with Intel, the world's biggest supplier of data center chips, and Cray, which specializes in the ultra-fast machines.

Mar 19 10:30

Google+ Gives Final Warning to Backup Data Before It's Deleted

Google has started sending out a new round of emails warning users that they need to backup their Google+ data before April 2, 2019 or it will be deleted.

Mar 19 10:29

Ransomware Attack Forces Aluminum Manufacturer to Shutdown Systems Worldwide

One of the world's largest producers of aluminum has been forced to shut down several of its plants across Europe and the U.S. after an "extensive cyber attack" hit its operations, leaving companies' IT systems unusable.

According to a press release shared by Aluminum giant Norsk Hydro today, the company has temporarily shut down several plants and switched to manual operations, "where possible," in countries including Norway, Qatar, and Brazil in an attempt to continue some of its operations.

The cyber attack, that began in the U.S.,was first detected by the company's IT experts around late Monday evening CET and the company is working to neutralize the attack, as well as investigating to know the full extent of the incident.

Mar 19 10:22

Sextortion is a pack of lies! Delete messages threatening to release intimate footage and 'relax', says security expert

An online security expert has warned users not to be duped by 'sextortionists' claiming they have sexual footage of you which they intend to share widely.

A live streamed video blog from the cybersecurity company Sophos about sex-related online scams told internet users to 'relax', delete the email and move on.

There is nothing to be afraid of as it is almost certainly nothing more than a bluff, they said.

Mar 19 10:19

Privacy fears as report claims US government uses images of immigrants, abused children and dead people to train its facial recognition systems

A unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce has been using photos of immigrants, abused children and dead people to train their facial recognition systems, a worrying new report has detailed.

Mar 19 10:11

Christchurch Massacre Spurs Tech Totalitarians

Needless to say, Journofa/ politicians are demanding more tech censorship following last week’s tragic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The alleged killer, Brenton Tarrant, appears to have been a frequent 8chan user, he livestreamed his attack on Facebook, and his manifesto was quickly disseminated across a variety of platforms. So they must be shut down: “[T]he tech giants have a more profound responsibility than simply trying to censor offensive material after the event. They need to consider how the openness of their platforms allows the spread and reinforcement of racist hatred and violent ideologies,” editorialized the London Independent. [Tech giants must now use their power to fight racist hate online, The Independent, March 16, 2019]Big Tech censorship, combined with the rise of illiberal Cultural Marxist totalitarianism in the West’s intellectual elites, is the biggest threat to free speech, and immigration patriotism, in America.

Mar 19 09:13

DESCENT INTO TYRANNY: AUSTRALIAN TELCOS BLOCK ACCESS TO 4CHAN, 8CHAN, ZEROHEDGE, VOAT & LIVELEAK

Several websites including 4chan have been blocked by major Australian telcos for continuing to host footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack.Telstra on Tuesday blocked access to 4chan, 8chan and Voat, the blog Zerohedge and video hosting platform Liveleak.

Mar 19 08:25

Aluminum producer switches to manual operations after ransomware infection

Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, revealed today that it "became victim of an extensive cyber-attack" that crippled some of its infrastructure and forced it to switch to manual operations in some smelting locations. The cyber-attack was later identified as an infection with the LockerGoga ransomware strain, the company said during a press conference.

News of the cyber-attack broke earlier this morning in a message the company sent to investors and stock exchanges.

"Hydro became victim of an extensive cyber-attack in the early hours of Tuesday (CET), impacting operations in several of the company's business areas," the company said. "IT-systems in most business areas are impacted and Hydro is switching to manual operations as far as possible."

Mar 19 08:24

These are the 12 most common phishing email subject lines cyber criminals use to fool you

The most common subject lines used in phishing emails targeting businesses show how cyber criminals are exploiting urgency, personalisation and pressure in order to trick victims into clicking on malicious links, downloading malware or otherwise surrendering confidential or sensitive corporate information.

Cyber criminals are well aware that people respond to dozens if not hundreds of emails a day – and this is reflected in the most common subject lines used when conducting business email compromise attacks.

Mar 19 07:44

Have You Seen the Safety Warning Hidden Inside Your Cellphone?

Journalist Wendy Mesley investigates the safety of cellphones, focusing on a little-known warning from the manufacturer hidden within your cellphone manual that advises you to keep the device at a certain distance from your body to ensure you don’t exceed the federal safety limit for radiofrequency (RF) exposure.

Mar 18 15:33

MySpace Loses 12 Years’ Worth of Users’ Music, Photos in ‘Server Migration’

Social networking company MySpace, popular in the good old days of the early 2000s, has lost about 50 million songs that were uploaded to the platform by 14 million artists between 2005 and 2015, as well as a bunch of other files.

"As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from MySpace," the Los Angeles-based company said in a statement Monday.

"We apologize for the inconvenience."

Mar 18 12:55

Massive Blackout Hits Venezuela's Caracas Again, Reason Behind Outage Unknown

A massive power outage occurred again in various parts of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas and nearby localities, eyewitnesses of the incident told Sputnik on Monday.

The blackout is reported mainly by the inhabitants of East Caracas, namely the districts of Altamira, La Urbina, El Cafetal, El Rosal, Los Palos Grandes, and others.

In the municipality of Chacao, where a number of foreign embassies and large hotels are located, power outages were registered on Sunday evening. According to a Sputnik correspondent, as of 10.30 a.m. (14.30 GMT), there was no electricity in this part of the city either inside houses or on the street.

Mar 18 11:16

Beware of Bitcoin Investment Emails Pushing Clipboard Hijackers

A new malspam campaign is under that contains an attachment that when executed will install a Windows clipboard hijacker that attempts to steal Bitcoins from its victims.

This new campaign was discovered by security site My Online Security who received a series of Bitcoin investment related emails. These emails had subject line that included "FW: Review BTC" or "FW: Review Your New Bitcoin International Investment Update 2019" and contained a archive attachment.

Mar 18 11:14

Spam Warns about Boeing 737 Max Crashes While Pushing Malware

A new malspam campaign is underway that is trying to utilize the tragic Boeing 737 Max crashes as a way to spread malware on a recipient's computer. These spam emails pretend to be leaked documents about imminent crashes that the sender states should be reviewed and shared with loved ones to warn them.

This new campaign was discovered by 360 Threat Intelligence Center, a research division of 360 Enterprise Security Group, who posted about them on Twitter.

The emails are coming from an email address at info@isgec.com and have subject lines similar to "Fwd: Airlines plane crash Boeing 737 Max 8". They also contain a JAR file as an attachment with names similar to MP4_142019.jar.

Mar 18 11:08

UK code breakers drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex simulators onto the web for all to try

UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, celebrating its centenary, has released emulators for famed World War II-era cipher machines that can be run within its web-based educational encryption app CyberChef.

"We've brought technology from our past into the present by creating emulators for Enigma, Typex and the Bombe in #CyberChef," GCHQ said Thursday via Twitter. "We even tested them against the real thing! Try them out for yourself!"

Mar 18 11:06

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

Adtech trackers were found on 25 of the 28 member states' sites, with only Spain, Germany and the Netherlands clean of commercial cookies. There were 52 companies identified on France's government sites, 27 on Latvia's and 19 on Belgium's. Twenty cookies were identified on GOV.UK, of which 12 were marketing, and all belonged to one company – Google.

Indeed, the search giant is described as the "kingpin of tracking" within the report, present on 82 per cent of all the sites and accounting for three of the top five trackers: YouTube, DoubleClick and Google.

The report authors said this was of "special concern" because Google can cross-reference trackers with its first-party account details via its widely used consumer services such as Mail, Search and Android apps.

Mar 18 10:28

UK's upcoming 'porn ban' sparks privacy concerns over potential data leaks that could reveal intimate details of YOUR sexual fantasies

The UK's upcoming porn ban might provide hackers with the perfect opportunity to blackmail people, privacy advocates have warned.

They have raised concerns about the age verification procedure and said it provides ample ammunition for criminals.

A potential data leak could reveal names, emails and even ID documents such as drivers licences and passports used for age verification.

Mar 18 09:17

AAA Poll Reveals Almost 3/4 Americans Have Doubts About Self-Driving Cars

A new poll by AAA reveals most Americans have a negative impression of self-driving cars — almost three-quarters to be exact.

The survey shows public trust in autonomous vehicles has declined by 11 points over the last year.

“Whenever there are high-profile incidents involving self-driving vehicles or the testing of them, we see that consumers then…their level of fear as far as these vehicles are concerned, increases,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Last May, a driverless Uber hit and killed an Arizona woman crossing the street. And though incredibly rare, crashes like this have changed perceptions nationwide.

In Maryland, drivers have serious doubts about letting a computer take the wheel.

Mar 18 09:16

Police Department Report-Your-Neighbor Apps Proliferate Without Oversight or Community Input

Remember the good ol’ days when just Big Brother kept tabs on what you did and where you went? These days, thanks to the proliferation of report-your-neighbor cellphone apps, a coworker, resentful ex-husband or that woman with the yappy Pomeranian who thinks you take too many photos at the dog park might be using their phone to quietly drop a dime on you. Thus ensuring that your local police department doesn’t miss a chance to decide if your afternoon stroll with Fido warrants further investigation.

Mar 17 09:53

Complete Venezuela Comments From Zakharova: Electric Trouble Came From Outside

The situation in and around Venezuela continues to be extremely tense. Following the failed attempt at the end of February. of the so-called “humanitarian” invasion, and the unceasing provocative activity of the self-proclaimed “interim president,” this week a serious disaster came to Venezuela that has cost the lives of Venezuela’s citizens.

And it came about, unfortunately, the way we talked about during our previous briefing on March 7, through sabotage, just a few hours after our warning. Like the absolute majority of the troubles that have befallen independent Venezuela in recent years, this trouble came from outside. According to the legal Government of the country, led by President N.Maduro, as well as information from other reliable sources confirming this information, the Venezuelan power sector has been attacked from abroad.

Mar 16 09:20

Scott Adams: Vetos, White Nationalists, Bernie’s Head Injury, Beto the Hacker

Do CNN people believe their Charlottesville “fine people” hoax?
Is it a self-inflicted false memory they can’t see?
President Trump vetos congress rejection of National Emergency
Gotcha! question to President Trump about “white supremacists”
Either way he answered, enemy press would claim he’s racist
“Honeymooning alone”, vacationing and traveling alone
Two people who want to do the same thing, same time?
Beto has acknowledged being a hacker, a thief, when he was younger
Does Hollywood support a guy who pirated their work?
His hacker name was “psychedelic” something or other
The tell for people whom have done psychedelic drugs?
They think their barriers are artificial and can be overcome
The world around them is a construct of their own minds
The “Candace Owens Effect”
You’re an observer, a person talking about the news
Suddenly you’re part of the story

Mar 16 09:13

Backpack-Sized Robots on Their Way to Army Units

The U.S. Army recently awarded QinetiQ North America a contract worth up to $152 million for special robots that are light enough to be carried in a backpack into combat.

The Common Robotic System Individual, or CRS (I), is the Army's first "small-sized" robotic program of record, according to a recent press release from the service's Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate at Fort Benning, Georgia.

"CRS (I) is a remotely operated, highly mobile, unmanned ground vehicle that is light enough for a dismounted soldier to carry in a backpack," the release states.

Mar 16 08:44

Washington Accuses Huawei of Activities US Was Busted for by Snowden

The Trump administration has made it clear to Berlin that if it did not bar Huawei Technologies Co. from building Germany's 5G next-generation mobile networks, Washington would limit the country's access to US intelligence. Speaking to Sputnik, Patrick Berger, a spokesman for Huawei's German branch, commented on the US' campaign against the firm.

On 11 March, The Wall Street Journal reported that US Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell had written a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, warning him about the potential negative consequences of using Huawei equipment.

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded that Berlin would observe its own security standards.

"Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves," the chancellor emphasised.

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