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Nov 18 13:32

SIDEWALK LABS' QUIET PLAN FOR CANADA'S BANKS TO MANAGE A NATIONAL DIGITAL ID FOR MEANS-TESTING AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

. In this piece, Radovac reveals the buried plan for a finance-sector managed, all-surveilling National ID card buried in the latest massive wedge of largely unread documents from Google spin-out Sidewalk Labs (previously) that is building a controversial, privatized city-within-a-city in Toronto

Nov 18 12:51

A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time

For more than a decade, museums around the world have been making high-quality 3D scans of important sculptures and ancient artifacts. Some institutions, such as the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Denmark, have forward-thinking programs that freely share their 3D scans with the public, allowing us to view, copy, adapt, and experiment with the underlying works in ways that have never before been possible. But many institutions keep their scans out of public view.

Nov 18 09:25

Apple finally admits iPad Pro won't replace your PC

Apple kept insisting.

For quite some time, indeed, Cupertino plagued people with the message that the iPad Pro wasn't just a computer, but the only computer you need.

Two years ago, Apple presented an ad in which a young woman, devoted to her iPad Pro, claimed not to even know what a computer was.

The year before, the company insisted iPad Pro was a computer and appealed to users to merely imagine what that computer could do. Microsoft burst out laughing. Yes, publicly.

Nov 18 09:23

Drones with flamethrowers are a thing you can buy now

As if drones weren't frightening enough, now they can be equipped with fire-spitting flamethrowers? Oh gawd.

Throwflame's TF-19 WASP drone attachment is capable of shooting targets with flames from 25 feet away. Every gallon of fuel capacity will get you 100 seconds of firing time.

Nov 18 07:04

Remembering Y2K: The disaster that never happened (free PDF)

In the end, nothing happened. Except plenty of great Y2K parties and merchandise sales.

Here’s a recap of TechRepublic’s vintage Y2K coverage from back in the day. Our writers covered the topics with a measured dose of wisdom and concern with just a bit of mirth.

Nov 18 07:03

Why are weather apps still so unreliable?

You are undoubtedly familiar with the plethora of weather apps available. Services like AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, Dark Sky, WeatherBug and any number of others all promise to provide you with an accurate forecast. But if you check those apps separately, you'll sometimes see that they can't even agree on a forecast. That's because while these apps all ostensibly do the same thing, they rarely pull their data from the same sources. Eric Floehr, founder of ForecastWatch, tells Mic that each app gets its forecast from different places, utilizing different prediction models and relying on different meteorologists to interpret the data. "The big weather apps like AccuWeather, The Weather Channel and Dark Sky all create their own forecasts," Floehr explains. Some of those services also sell their forecasts, which apps like Yahoo's weather service and WeatherBug repackage in their own app — but that doesn't guarantee agreement, either.

Nov 18 05:43

BANNON WANTED ERIC CIARAMELLA KICKED OFF NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL AMID CONCERNS OVER LEAKS

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a Friday interview that in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella from the National Security Council over concerns about leaks.
"When I was in the White House there was a number of people in the National Security Council — the named individual eventually got let go, I believe because people were suspicious, not me, but other people around him were suspicious about his leaking, and that’s why he was let go," Bannon told VICE in an interview which published Friday.

Bannon served in the White House until August 2017, while Ciaramella - who became former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s personal aide in June 2017, was called out as a leaker by journalist Mike Cernovich that same month.

The whistleblower, who is reported to be a CIA analyst, filed a complaint on Aug. 12 accusing President Donald Trump of abusing his office in his dealings with Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to suggest that Republicans force Eric Ciaramella to testify, and get this done before what is left of his staff has prepared a list of countries with which the US has no extradition treaty for him to review.

Because, if not, the guy will most certainly skip town, big-time, if he has the opportunity.

Nov 18 05:39

AFTER REMOVING UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR SHOKIN, OBAMA’S STATE DEPARTMENT PLOTTED WITH WHISTLEBLOWER ERIC CIARAMELLA IN WHITE HOUSE – THEN PUSHED STEELE DOSSIER TO FBI

SOURCE: THE GATEWAY PUNDIT
The Obama Administration coerced the Ukrainian government into removing the prosecutor investigating Ukrainian firm Burisma and its ties to Obama’s Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Next they plotted with whistleblower Eric Ciaramella in the White House and then pushed the Steele dossier to the FBI.

We know that Obama State Department Victoria Nuland was involved in numerous activities in the Obama White House while working for John Kerry. Nuland first was noted when she was caught lying to reporters about Obama’s Benghazi talking points. Nuland then came to light in 2014 when she was caught on tape saying “F**k the EU”.

We also know that Obama’s State and Justice Departments assisted billionaire and Democrat donor George Soros in an attempt to control Ukraine’s oil and gas industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, President Obama was supposed to have been our "cool President"; but looking at these allegations, if they are proven true, means that his "WOW factor" just gotten overridden by this "OW! Factor", in terms of plotting to overthrown a duly elected President and Congress.

And now, irony of ironies, the Demoncratic Party has taken the same page from their own failed playbook, to attempt to destroy President Trump.

I would like to politely suggest, that this is doomed to go "just as well" as did the "anointing" of Ukraine's "election" of Poroshenko, who just drove the corruption in this failed nation-state deeper, and faster, than anyone could have anticipated.

Nov 17 14:33

Exposing The Brennan Dossier: All About A Prime Mover Of Russiagate

Authored by Aaron Maté via RealClearInvestigations.com,

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. intelligence community produced a report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had tried to swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

The January 2017 report, called an Intelligence Community Assessment, followed months of leaks to the media that had falsely suggested illicit ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin while also revealing that such contacts were the subject of a federal investigation. Its release cast a pall of suspicion over Trump just days before he took office, setting the tone for the unfounded allegations of conspiracy and treason that have engulfed his first term.

What was Brennan's motive? Among the possibilities is hostility within his camp toward Michael Flynn (foreground), Trump's future reform-minded national security adviser.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Nov 17 14:31

Assange's Judge Out After Military/Intel-Linked Conflicts Of Interest Exposed

Via ConsortiumNews.com,

Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate enmeshed in a conflict of interest, will no longer be presiding over the extradition proceedings of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, said WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson, at an event in Sydney on Friday night .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be cold comfort, but those who support Assange understand that this may be a minor miracle in the case; But Assange is going to need many more not to either get assassinated at Belmarsh, or held in captivity in the US, for the rest of his life, after a kangaroo jury convicts him.

Nov 16 15:12

Google Faces Antitrust Probes By 48 States And DOJ -- Use Presearch

By Aaron Kesel

Google is facing an antitrust violation investigation into its practices of its search and Android software in all 48 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC by their respective attorneys general, CNBC reported.

The states investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust probe beyond the company’s advertising business to its search and Android businesses.

The attorneys general will write up subpoenas known as civil investigative demands, or CIDs, to support the ongoing investigation into Google’s practices. According to CNBC, “states will carry out the investigations of search and Android separately, the people said. It wasn’t clear which states would look at those businesses, however.”...

Nov 16 08:02

Amazon’s Ring Doorbells App Leaks Customers’ Wi-Fi Username and Password. Report

oday, Cyberscoop reported a major security vulnerability in Amazon’s Ring doorbell app. Amazon’s Ring doorbells, which have already raised significant privacy and civil liberties concerns, have now been shown to be deeply insecure, exposing users Wi-Fi passwords to hackers.

With this Wi-Fi information, hackers can access customers’ personal home networks. It only gets scarier from there as hackers could use customer’s webcams to spy on them and their children, gain access to their bank accounts, and retrieve personal information necessary for identity theft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; was this signed off on by Amazon, KNOWING that these security problems existed, or did they exist to serve a particular government surveillance need?!?

Nov 16 05:34

HOW SURVEILLANCE AND PROPAGANDA WORK IN ‘THE FREE WORLD’

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation

A Bloomberg report of October 22 was concise and uncompromising in declaring Russia to be a surveillance state. Harking back to the good old days of the Cold War, as is increasingly the practice in much of the Western media, Bloomberg recounted that “The fourth of 10 basic rules Western spies followed when trying to infiltrate Russia’s capital during the Cold War — don’t look back because you’re never alone — is more apt than ever. Only these days it’s not just foreigners who are being tracked, but all 12.6 million Muscovites, too. Officials in Moscow have spent the last few years methodically assembling one of the most comprehensive video-surveillance operations in the world. The public-private network of as many as 200,000 cameras records 1.5 billion hours of footage a year that can be accessed by 16,000 government employees, intelligence officers and law-enforcement personnel.”

Nov 16 05:12

NOW: DIGITAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE TO SCAN THOUSANDS OF FACES IN WASHINGTON, DC, “SEARCHING” FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LOBBYISTS, AND THE PRESS

SOURCE: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE
“THIS SHOULD PROBABLY BE ILLEGAL,” FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE ACTION WILL SHOW WHY FACE SURVEILLANCE SHOULD BE BANNED
Digital rights group Fight for the Future is currently conducting live facial recognition surveillance in Washington, DC, using Amazon’s commercially available Rekognition software to scan thousands of people’s faces and cross-check them with a database to track down members of Congress, Amazon lobbyists, and members of the press. The whole fiasco is being livestreamed at ScanCongress.com, which will show a live count of the number of faces scanned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good, amd well done!!

Nov 15 18:42

Don’t get ‘juice jacked’! Officials warn not to plug your phone into public USB chargers to avoid being hacked

Officials have warned about the growing threat of malware being transmitted through public USB charging stations.

As these charging stations have become more common—in hotels, airports, train stations, and even on some city sidewalks—hackers have developed a new set of hacking techniques to take advantage of them.

Commonly known as ‘juice jacking,’ hackers can send malware programs from their own phones or laptops and into the charging station hardware through the USB port, after which the stations effectively become a distribution hub for viruses.

Nov 15 18:41

Google 'DOES blacklist sites, has targeted conservative news sites and changes its algorithms to favor big businesses,' claims new report - despite the tech giant's denials

Google is secretly blacklisting certain sites to prevent them appearing in search results - despite publicly denying doing so - according to an investigation.

The Wall Street Journal report claims that the search giant has been blacklisting certain spam sites since the early 2000s, as well as those featuring child abuse or copyright infringement, to prevent them appearing in search results.

The newspaper also reported that conservative publications have been blacklisted in Google News, and said that it had seen documents to support this claim, fuelling cries of political bias.

Right-wing websites The Gateway Pundit and The United West included on a list of hundreds of websites that wouldn't appear in Google News or featured products - although they could appear in organic search results, it said.

Nov 15 18:40

Long-dead singer Roy Orbison is spotted on Capitol Hill by facial recognition software while activists scan thousands of random faces to protest against the technology's surveillance capabilities

Privacy advocates used Amazon’s facial recognition to scan thousands of random faces around Capitol Hill in Washington DC to highlight the dangers of this technologies surveillance capabilities.

While walking around, the team found the facial recognition successfully identified a congressman, but also claimed to spot Roy Orbison – an American singer who died in 1988.

The demonstration was a message to Congress to ban the technology, there’s no law preventing people from scanning your face without your consent anytime you step out in public.

Nov 15 11:44

UK: Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks

The husband of Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate overseeing WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US, has financial links to the British military establishment, including institutions and individuals exposed by WikiLeaks.

It can also be revealed that Lady Arbuthnot has received gifts and hospitality in relation to her husband, including from a military and cybersecurity company exposed by WikiLeaks. These activities indicate that the chief magistrate’s activities cannot be considered as entirely separate from her husband’s.

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former defence minister, is a paid chair of the advisory board of military corporation Thales Group, and was until earlier this year an adviser to arms company Babcock International. Both companies have major contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

The US/UK are out for blood on this one; To be brutally honest, Assange will, most probably, not survive his imprisonment at Belmarsh, and may well die of a conveniently weaponized disease, which leaves no trace in the human body shortly after its toxicity has murdered him.

Nov 15 10:57

Google Chrome experiment crashes browser tabs, impacts companies worldwide

According to hundreds of reports, users said that Chrome tabs were going blank, all of a sudden, in what's called a "White Screen of Death" (WSOD) error.

The issue was no joke. System administrators at many companies reported that hundreds and thousands of employees couldn't use Chrome to access the internet, as the active browser tab kept going blank while working.

Nov 15 10:55

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

When you buy an Android smartphone, it’s rarely pure Android. Manufacturers squeeze in their own apps or give it a fresh coat of interface. Carriers do it too. The resulting stew of preinstalled software and vanilla Android sometimes turns out to be rancid, putting flaws and vulnerabilities on the phone before you even take it out of the box. For proof of how bad it is, look no further than the 146 vulnerabilities—across 29 Android smartphone makers—that have just been simultaneously revealed.

Nov 15 10:54

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

One IT admin that alerted The Verge to the issue said “we felt that this is a shady thing that Google can update Chrome silently without announcing anything and can impact 100,000+ people on a whim.” Those concerns are mirrored by hundreds of replies on Google’s support forum, the bug tracker thread, and on Twitter and Reddit.

It has left IT admins angry that they’ve wasted valuable resources and time on trying to fix issues in their environment, and questions over why Google decided to make a silent change to Chrome in the first place. “I am stunned by your response,” said one IT admin in response to Bienvenu’s confirmation on the issues. “Do you see the impact you created for thousands of us without any warning or explanation? We are not your test subjects. We are running professional services for multi million dollar programs.”

Nov 15 09:41

Google Chrome experiment crashes browser tabs, impacts companies worldwide

According to hundreds of reports, users said that Chrome tabs were going blank, all of a sudden, in what's called a "White Screen of Death" (WSOD) error.

The issue was no joke. System administrators at many companies reported that hundreds and thousands of employees couldn't use Chrome to access the internet, as the active browser tab kept going blank while working.

Nov 15 09:07

Don't fall for it! Scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security office have skyrocketed and they are after your personal information

Fraudsters pretending to be agents from the Social Security Administration has skyrocketed this year, a new study has found.

This rising scam topped the long-running fake IRS calls that were the number one complaint among Americans for the past three years.

Experts warn these criminals will use strong-armed tactics during calls, which include threatening to arrest victims, suspending their bank accounts or garnishing benefits if they are not given what they want.

Nov 15 06:35

PBS Frontline's "In The Age of AI" Exposes Big-Tech's Ongoing Abuse Of Public Trust

Authored by B.N.Frank via AcivistPost.com,

You won’t see cell phones or personal computers much in movies or TV shows until the late 1990s because most people didn’t own them. Of course most people didn’t need them either. If you couldn’t afford a “home phone” – pay phones usually weren’t hard to find. Anyone who needed to be “on call” – like doctors – wore pagers.

People who grew up without new technology know firsthand that it has made the world better in some ways.

We also know that it has made it worse in others. People who never knew the world without new technology have been conditioned to believe that all of it is necessary as well as beneficial. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. 5G is very dangerous (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Artificial Intelligence (AI) is associated with many risks as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reminded by the gushing, gooey sweetness of this review, of a comment made by Marie Curie; nothing is to be feared; it is only to be understood."

I have to wonder if this "scare" about 5g is more financially motivated, than health motivated, as to who profits from it first and best. I think I will ask Mike to record it, so I can have some reasonable understanding of what it is trying to "sell" to its public.

Nov 15 06:35

PBS Frontline's "In The Age of AI" Exposes Big-Tech's Ongoing Abuse Of Public Trust

Authored by B.N.Frank via AcivistPost.com,

You won’t see cell phones or personal computers much in movies or TV shows until the late 1990s because most people didn’t own them. Of course most people didn’t need them either. If you couldn’t afford a “home phone” – pay phones usually weren’t hard to find. Anyone who needed to be “on call” – like doctors – wore pagers.

People who grew up without new technology know firsthand that it has made the world better in some ways.

We also know that it has made it worse in others. People who never knew the world without new technology have been conditioned to believe that all of it is necessary as well as beneficial. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. 5G is very dangerous (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Artificial Intelligence (AI) is associated with many risks as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reminded by the gushing, gooey sweetness of this review, of a comment made by Marie Curie; nothing is to be feared; it is only to be understood."

I have to wonder if this "scare" about 5g is more financially motivated, than health motivated, as to who profits from it first and best. I think I will ask Mike to record it, so I can have some reasonable understanding of what it is trying to "sell" to its public.

Nov 14 18:11

Google Has Its Eyes On Our Health and Banking Data — Project Nightingale and Project Cache

By Aaron Kesel

There has been serious backlash against Google for hoarding health data of 50 million Americans through Project Nightingale. The once social media giant is now shifting focus from just a search engine and video platform with its subsidiary YouTube, to a megalithic corporation seeking to monopolize our daily lives in not only health and technology but banking as well...

Nov 14 12:28

Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

Last week, a series of smart home gadgets became dumb again. On November 6, Best Buy pulled the plug on its line of Insignia Connect products, including a convertible freezer/fridge, two kinds of smart plugs, a smart light switch, and a Wi-Fi–connected camera. Best Buy offered people who purchased the gadgets partial gift cards, not full refunds. Most of the items still have some functionality, but are no longer equipped with the smart features that led people to choose them in the first place. The Wi-Fi camera, however, ceased to function altogether.

The incident is a salient reminder that when you buy an internet-connected device, you're betting the company behind it will continue supporting its corresponding software in the future.

Nov 14 12:21

Windows & Linux get options to disable Intel TSX to prevent Zombieload v2 attacks

Disclosure of new Zombieload v2 vulnerability prompts OS makers to react with ways to disable Intel's TSX technology.

Nov 14 10:36

Intel failed to fix dangerous 'ZombieLoad' flaw affecting chips in MILLIONS of devices made by Apple, Microsoft, and Google

In a public announcement on Tuesday, security experts at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam said a variant of previously documented RIDL and ZombieLoad flaws continue to expose Intel chips' internal architecture and jeopardize sensitive information like passwords and other personal data.

Those flaws have persisted despite multiple patches issued by Intel, who has claimed that the issues had been fully rectified.

Researchers say flaws discovered last year that expose sensitive information on millions of devices have persisted despite claims by Intel that they would be fixed

In May researchers say they informed Intel that their patch fell short of addressing several vulnerabilities but chose to remain silent on the shortcomings with the promise that Intel would fully patch them.

After six months, however, those flaws have persisted.

Nov 14 10:26

Disney+ Launched and Pirates Love It, Especially Mandalorian

When Disney confirmed that the initial rollout would be limited to the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the piracy lure only became stronger. Star Wars fans in most parts of the world currently can’t watch the highly anticipated Mandalorian series, unless they pirate.

With this in mind, we kept a close eye on the official Disney+ launch this week. There was an enormous amount of media coverage which, undoubtedly, led to a lot of legitimate subscriptions. But, at the same time, pirate sites were buzzing too.

Shortly after Disney+ opened shop the first pirated releases started to spread. First through private communities and then over at public torrent sites, cyberlockers, and not-so-legal streaming platforms. After a few hours, pirated copies of the Mandalorian were everywhere.

Nov 14 08:43

2015 Natural History of Science Video “Mineral Dependence: Gemstones to Cellphones” More Relevant During the “Race for 5G”

By B.N. Frank

You may have heard of “Blood Diamonds.” But have you heard of “Conflict Minerals?” Manufacturers need them to make cellphones and other new technology.

The “Race for 5G” and all of its applications – including the Internet of Things (IoT), Automated Vehicles, and more – require A LOT of “Conflict Minerals.” Acquiring them is an ugly business...

Nov 14 08:39

Mayor Wants Ban On Public Surveillance Lifted, Claims It Limits Ability To Fight Crime

By MassPrivateI

What should be headline news across the country is relegated to a single local newspaper fighting back against illegal government surveillance.

Over the past two years, Memphis, Tennessee Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Police Department have claimed that a 1978 consent decree barring them from conducting political surveillance limits their ability to fight crime...

Nov 14 08:33

Microsoft: If you're on Windows 10 version 1803, you'll be automatically upgraded

With support for Windows 10 1803 now ended for Home and Pro, Microsoft says it will automatically update anyone on those editions to a new version. But users will have the ability to choose when that move will occur.

Microsoft says Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update, "Keeping those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health".

Nov 14 07:18

500+ COMBAT ROBOTS SET TO STRENGTHEN INDIAN ARMY DEFENSES IN KASHMIR – MEDIA

SOURCE: RT
The Indian Army will soon reinforce its strength in Kashmir with hundreds of combat robots capable of lobbing grenades, overcoming obstacles, and carrying out search-and-rescue raids, local media report.
The Defense Ministry is looking for around 550 “robotic surveillance units,” each with a 25-year lifespan, according to Indian media, citing military sources. “These robots should be capable enough for water fording with minimum 20 cm depth,” an unnamed officer told Livemint.

Once acquired, the robots will be sent to the Rashtriya Rifles, the Indian Army’s counter-insurgency force. The unit will use them in built-up areas to gather intelligence on terrorists’ movements.

Aside from collecting imagery intelligence, the unmanned vehicles will be armed and capable of firing “suitable munitions at the intended target, for example, throwing grenade at places where the terrorists are holed up,” the source explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What could possibly go wrong with these robots, other than the cold, hard
reality that they have no morality to tell them whether they are aiming at a bad guy, or attempting to shoot an infant out of its mother's arms?!?

I very much fear, that these robots will become instruments of mass genocide against every possible Muslim Kashmiri, and Pakistani non-combatant possible; children; women; infants; and the medically fragile elderly.

(Sigh) I have no magic wand to wave at this situation; I can only hope (and pray) that the "adults in the room" of global geopolitics (and guys, you know who you are), start working the phones like crazy between Islamabad and New Dehli, and attempting to ratchet the tension here down.

Because if a calming of tensions does not happen, we are looking, potentially, at a full-scale hot war, between two nuclear armed adversaries.

Nov 13 15:40

As 5G Rolls Out, Troubling New Security Flaws Emerge

The researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa are detailing 11 new design issues in 5G protocols that could expose your location, downgrade your service to old mobile data networks, run up your wireless bills, or even track when you make calls, text, or browse the web. They also found five additional 5G vulnerabilities that carried over from 3G and 4G. They identified all of those flaws with a new custom tool called 5GReasoner.

Nov 13 15:24

Google wants to be your bank: It will soon offer checking accounts

Google (GOOGL) plans to offer checking accounts to customers starting next year, a source familiar with Google's plans told CNN Business. Google is partnering with Citigroup (C) and a credit union at Stanford University for the initiative. The Wall Street Journal first reported Google's entry into checking accounts.

Nov 13 15:10

Facebook bug shows camera activated in background during app use

When you're scrolling through Facebook's app, the social network could be using your camera, concerned users have found. Multiple people have found and reported that their iPhone cameras were turned on in the background while they were looking at their feed.

The issue came to light through several posts on Twitter. Users noted that their cameras were activated behind Facebook's app as they were watching videos or looking at photos on the social network.

After people clicked on the video to full screen, returning it back to normal would create a bug in which Facebook's mobile layout was slightly shifted to the right. With the open space on the left, you could now see the phone's camera activated in the background.

Nov 13 15:09

Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn’t know we already had [Updated]

Update: The Google/Ascension project is now being investigated by the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Wall Street Journal reported in an update last night. The office said it "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented." Google said it is "happy to cooperate with any questions about the project," and that "We believe Google’s work with Ascension adheres to industry-wide regulations (including HIPAA) regarding patient data, and comes with strict guidance on data privacy, security, and usage."

Nov 13 11:37

Latest Intel CPUs Affected by New TSX Speculative Attack

A new speculative vulnerability called ZombieLoad 2, or TSX Asynchronous Abort, has been disclosed today that targets the Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) feature in Intel processors.

Using this vulnerability, local attackers or malware can steal sensitive data from the operating system kernel or other processes.

Nov 13 11:20

Is Facebook WATCHING you? Users discover their cell phone cameras mysteriously switch on without permission when they open the iOS app and Facebook is investigating the issue

Facebook has yet again come under fire for invading its member's privacy.

The app is activating iPhone cameras without the user's knowledge while they are scrolling through the platform.

The issue seems to only plague smartphones that are operating on iOS 13.2.2 and occur when a user swipes 'rapidly' through the app.

Nov 13 11:17

Google enlists help of THREE cyber security firms to scan all new Android apps for viruses in a desperate bid to stop malware-riddled software infiltrating the Play Store

Google has recruited three cyber security companies to help it scan new Android apps that are submitted to the Play Store for viruses and other malware.

The newly formed 'App Defense Alliance' - which includes security companies Zimperium, ESET and Lookout - will use scanning and threat detection tools to evaluate all new apps submitted to Google Play before they go live.

This is designed to cut down on the amount of malware-riddled software infiltrating the Play Store, after Google admitted that the number of apps being uploaded was too large for it to handle alone.

Nov 13 09:58

MRI Study Associates Screen Time Exposure In Children To Lower Brain Development

By John Vibes

The research team found that white matter in the brain was less developed in children who spent more time in front of screens. White matter is important to thought processing, speech and literacy...

Nov 13 08:49

Feds Launch Investigation Into Google's Secretive "Project Nightingale"

Big Tech can't seem to go one month without becoming involved in some new data privacy scandal, but this time, Google parent Alphabet has outdone itself.

Yesterday, WSJ broke a story about a deal between Alphabet and Ascension Health System, a Catholic non-profit that operates hospitals and nursing homes in 21 states and Washington DC. Ascension has more than 2,600 facilities, but its data - including critical patient data - is presently spread across 40 data centers in more than a dozen states.

But thanks to a deal between the two organizations that spawned Google's "Project Nightingale", all of that data are being moved into Google's cloud, and Google engineers are working on a system that they say could revolutionize how doctors use patient health data to make diagnoses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF caught having done this, in absence of HIPAA protections, every single person whose data was shared, would have one heck of a base for a class-action lawsuit against Google.

Instead of calling this Project Nightingale The Brit reformer who invented the profession of modern nursing, this project SHOULD have been named "Project Nightmare"; because the ripples of repercussions as to how this data got shared, is only just beginning.

Nov 13 08:19

Malware attacks on hospitals are rising fast, and the problem is about to get a lot worse

The healthcare industry stores some of the sensitive personal information there can be about people: hackers know this and are looking to exploit what they view as an easy target.

Nov 13 07:02

How Israeli spy tech reaches deep into our lives

"Information Clearing House" - Israeli software used on Palestinians is producing new cyber weapons that are rapidly being incorporated into global digital platforms

Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being repurposed for much wider applications – against Western populations who have long taken their freedoms for granted.

Israel’s status as a “startup nation” was established decades ago. But its reputation for hi-tech innovation always depended on a dark side, one that is becoming ever harder to ignore.

A few years ago, Israeli analyst Jeff Halper warned that Israel had achieved a pivotal role globally in merging new digital technologies with the homeland security industry. The danger was that gradually we would all become Palestinians.

Nov 12 12:10

New Home “Amazon Experience Centers” Are Really Amazon Home Surveillance Centers

By MassPrivateI

For those of you who miss the good old days when government spies used to bug people’s homes, I give you “Amazon Experience Centers”: new homes pre-equipped with a mind-boggling array of listening devices.

Amazon’s ‘Experience Centers’ tagline, “Try smart home devices in person and see how Amazon can simplify your everyday” is less about simplification and more about home surveillance.

As NPR notes, builders like Lennar Homes have pre-installed Amazon smart devices in at least 45,000 new homes this year alone...

Nov 12 10:25

The case of the disappearing snow: A stormy week — for the computers

The Philadelphia region might see its first snowflakes on Tuesday. But what happened to that threat of a major snowfall? How did it devolve into a prosaic forecast of harmless white fireflies appearing in the air?

The alleged offender is a familiar one, particularly as winter nears: the computer. While last week represented a welcome respite from the traumas of tornadoes and mass power outages, it was a wild one in the world of long-range virtual weather.

Nov 12 10:22

iOS 13.2.2 causes battery havoc

iOS 13.2.2 might fix the bug that broke multitasking on the iPhone and iPad, but it appears to introduce a new bug that severely limits productivity when on the move.

Nov 12 10:11

No, YouTube Won't Cancel Accounts That Don't Generate Revenue

A new update to the YouTube Terms of Service has users concerned that Google will cancel their account if they are deemed to be not "commercially viable". Google says this is not true and that this section of the agreement only applies towards Google services and not user accounts.

On November 10th, 2019, Google released an updated YouTube Terms of Use in order to make it easier to read and to make sure they are up to date.

"We made some changes to our Terms of Service in order to make them easier to read and to ensure they’re up to date. We’re not changing the way our products work, how we collect or process data, or any of your settings," a YouTube spokesperson told BleepingComputer.com.

Unfortunately, a part of the "Account Suspension & Termination" section of the updated Terms of Use is not clearly written and states that Google can terminate your access or your Google account's access to YouTube if it is not "commercially viable".

Nov 12 04:16

NATIONAL REAL ID CARDS CREATE ‘INTERNAL PASSPORTS’ THAT WILL ENABLE ORWELLIAN SURVEILLANCE STATE

The official deadline for states to comply with the REAL ID Act is Oct. 1, 2020. The legislation was passed in 2005, and implementation has been stalled for years due to state-level resistance. After playing the waiting game, the feds have settled on next year to enforce their unconstitutional legislative mandate.

Analyst Peter Earle of the American Institute for Economic Research explains that state-level efforts to resist REAL ID are futile, and all will be forced to comply due to federal aid being tied to implementing the onerous scheme. Earle believes these “internal passports” are another step toward the destruction of privacy rights by Big Brother.

Nov 11 13:44

Google running Orwellian project to secretly hoover up health records of millions of Americans across 21 states – WSJ

Google is teaming with one of the country’s largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents.

The data involved in Project Nightingale includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth.

Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Nov 11 13:42

YouTube now banning doctors for daring to question transgenderism… Trannies the new “untouchables” who can never be questioned

“See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm, you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.”

Those are the words of Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician with many years’ experience and the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatricians, in a Daily Signal video published in 2017.

It’s a sentence YouTube will not allow the doctor to say about children and gender identity issues.

Talk about rational; Cretella is spot-on. But no; the Left-wing speech Nazis at YouTube will not allow anyone to question the wisdom of self-mutilation over what really only amounts to gender confusion.

Nov 11 11:18

YouTube says it can delete your account if you’re not 'commercially viable'

YouTube’s new terms of service has some users and content creators very worried that the company could delete their account.

In the section titled “Account Suspension & Termination” with the subheader “Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes,” the site’s new terms, which are set to take effect on Dec. 10, adds the following:

“YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.”

In its most basic terms: if YouTube isn’t making money off you, the company can delete your account.

Nov 10 11:04

THOUGHT POLICE: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter all ban any mention of “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella as the Overton Window of allowable speech collapses

In order to achieve this Orwellian goal of complete secrecy and obfuscation of the facts, the tech giants are now aggressively de-platforming any channel that mentions the name “Ciaramella” in text, images or videos. This action is predicated on the coordinated liberal lie that falsely claims naming whistleblowers is somehow against the law.

It turns out it isn’t. That’s why the left-wing media itself routinely names whistleblowers if doing so is calculated to be able to harm President Trump, Kavanaugh or other prominent conservatives. (Remember the Christine Blasey Ford circus against Kavanaugh? Ford’s name wasn’t blacklisted from the internet…)

Nov 10 09:59

China Working on 6G Despite Opposition and Lawsuits Against 5G Increasing Worldwide

By B.N. Frank

According to many respected sources, 5G is already too risky. Regardless, China and other countries -- including the U.S. -- are working on 6G...

Nov 09 07:16

Facebook announced on Friday that it would be removing an posts which name alleged Trump-Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella

Facebook announced on Friday that it would be removing an posts which name alleged Trump-Ukraine whistleblower Eric Ciaramella.

"We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower’s name and will revisit this decision should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in the debate," Facebook said in a statement in which they claim it violates their "coordinating harm" policy which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activist.'

On Wednesday, the social media giant removed ads naming Ciaramella which had been viewed several hundred thousand times according to the Washington Post.

On Friday, Breitbart's Allum Bohkari reported that the news outlet's posts containing references to Ciaramella had been scrubbed from the site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Frankly, this is precisely what we can expect henceforward from the Zuk, the Malnificent's "Facebook"; since the 4th estate in this country has been defined as "journalism, or what passes for it in this country today", the 5th estate has become that of both the cybersurveillence, and cyber-scrubbing ordered by the US Deep State; folks, it is just that simple.

Zuk the Malnificent, through Facebook, is simply a tool of the US Deep State; nothing more and nothing less.

Nov 09 05:16

HACKERS CAN SILENTLY CONTROL YOUR GOOGLE HOME, ALEXA, SIRI WITH LASER LIGHT

SOURCE: THE HACKER NEWS
A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered a clever technique to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice-controlled devices — all just by shining a laser at the targeted device instead of using spoken words.

Dubbed 'Light Commands,' the hack relies on a vulnerability in MEMS microphones embedded in widely-used popular voice-controllable systems that unintentionally respond to light as if it were sound.

According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.

"By modulating an electrical signal in the intensity of a light beam, attackers can trick microphones into producing electrical signals as if they are receiving genuine audio," the researchers said in their paper [PDF].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more than scary; and if it can happen to civilian equipment, what about military equipment?!?

Nov 08 17:04

Some online retailers can now get the phone number of people who visit their sites and call them while they're still browsing

This week the online furniture retailer Wayfair confirmed the company is testing a new program that allows them to identify the phone number of some of their customers and call them to ‘assist them in the shopping process.’

According to Wayfair, the program is currently being tested with fewer than one percent of their customers, and everyone who receives a call is first sent an email to explain the program.

The program is part of a growing trend of online retailers who’ve begun calling customers visiting their sites to try and encourage them to go through with a purchase.

Nov 08 15:06

Facebook Communications Leaked Antitrust Behaviors, Admits 100 Developers Had Access To User Data

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook states that even after the company locked down its Groups’ application programming interface (API) last year, some app developers retained improper access to information about the site’s millions of members, according to a Facebook blog post.

Facebook notes that roughly 100 developers might have accessed user information since Facebook changed its rules in April of 2018, and at least 11 of those devs accessed member data in the last 60 days. Facebook now says it has cut all partners off from that data.

Facebook Group administrators are able to use third-party tools to manage their groups, giving apps information about its users’ activity. However, since the changes last year, developers shouldn’t be able to see individual members’ names, profile pictures, or unspecified other profile data...

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