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Aug 09 12:03

The Truth About The Google ‘Diversity’ Memo

Conservatives ruthlessly PURGED for daring to have a different opinion.

Aug 09 11:53

Insiders Speak Out: 'I Helped Create A Monster' - Describes Google/Facebook's 'Brain Hacking' Techniques

A set of articles caught my eye this morning, where we see from industry insiders exactly how "Silicon Valley" has not only taken over journalism, but how the methods being utilized by both Google and Facebook which mimics the methods used on smartphones to addict users, dubbed "brain hacking" is not only unethical, but is also dangerous to public health, with one insider stating "I invested early in Google and Facebook and regret it. I helped create a monster."

Aug 09 11:37

REVEALED: AI is turning RACIST as it learns from humans

In parts of the US, when a suspect is taken in for questioning they are given a computerised risk assessment which works out the likelihood of the person reoffending.

The judges can then use this data when giving his or her verdict.

However, an investigation has revealed that the artificial intelligence behind the software exhibits racist tendencies.

Reporters from ProPublica obtained more than 7,000 test results from Florida in 2013 and 2014 and analysed the reoffending rate among the individuals.

Aug 09 10:39

Google CEO Says 'People Must Feel Free To Express Dissent' After Firing Dissenter

Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a letter to Google employees Tuesday saying "people must feel free to express dissent" just one day after he fired dissenter James Damore.

Aug 09 09:21

These 42 Disney Apps Are Spying On Your Kids, Lawsuit Claims

The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies - Upsight, Unity and Kochava - alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate "commercial exploitation."

The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of children on the Web.

Aug 09 08:48

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger

With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude.

Aug 09 07:59

Estonia's driverless buses have already encountered several 'near misses' on a busy intersection, eye witnesses claim

Driverless buses in Estonia have had a number of close calls, including ignoring a speeding police car's emergency lights.

The vehicles were introduced in the capital Tallinn in recent weeks as part of the Baltic state's presidency of the European Union.

Eyewitnesses have reported a few near misses since, including ignoring a red light, but no 'major incidents'.

Aug 08 12:50

Google Employee Fired Over Email Challenging Gender Equality In Tech

More negative press is plaguing Google, as an employee who distributed a politically incorrect internal memo has been fired, sparking a gender equality debate in the tech industry.

James Damore, the engineer at Google who composed the memo, has confirmed that he has been fired in an email. He states that he was dismissed due to “perpetuating gender stereotypes,”according to Bloomberg.

Aug 08 10:57

The Strange Case of Imran Awan

The Imran Awan case is certainly of considerable interest not only for what the investigation eventually turns up but also for what it reveals about how things work in Congress. One might well ask how foreign-born IT specialists are selected and vetted prior to being significantly overpaid and allowed to work on computers in congressional offices. And the ability of those same individuals to keep working even after the relevant congressmen have been warned that their employee was under investigation has to be explained beyond Wasserman-Schultz’s comment that Awan had not committed any crime. And how does “bankrupt” Imran Awan wind up with a high-priced lawyer to defend him who is associated with the Clintons? Finally, there are the lingering concerns about the unfortunately well-established Russiagate narrative.

Aug 08 09:55

Researchers Trick Self-Driving Cars into Ignoring Stop Signs

Researchers have found a simple way to trick self-driving cars into misidentifying street signs, a vulnerability that could put drivers in harms way.

The group’s research paper, entitled Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models, outlines how simple alterations to both a “stop sign” and “right turn sign” can fool a vehicle’s onboard computer.

“We physically realized and evaluated two attacks, one that causes a Stop sign to be misclassified as a Speed Limit sign in 100% of the testing conditions, and one that causes a Right Turn sign to be misclassified as either a Stop or Added Lane sign in 100% of the testing conditions,” the paper says.

Aug 08 09:52

Cov fe'fe With Dave #149 - Largest Lawsuit in Internet history

Aug 08 08:46

Violent shooter video games really DO rot your brain: Frequent players have less gray matter, study reveals

Researchers at the University of Montreal got around 100 people to play a range of popular 'shooter' games such as Call Of Duty, Killzone and Borderlands 2 for a total of 90 hours.

They also gave them copes of non-violent games from the Super Mario series.

By the end of the study, they found that people who habitually played action games had fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory center in the brain.

However, those who played non-violent games ended the study with more essential gray matter in their brains.

Aug 08 08:15

A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

We're really, really, really big fans of this one. Oh yes

Aug 08 08:14

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

Worryingly, it is claimed the service forces ads and JavaScript code into people's browsers when connected through Hotspot Shield: "The VPN has been found to be actively injecting JavaScript codes using iframes for advertising and tracking purposes."

"Hotspot Shield tells customers that their privacy and security are 'guaranteed' but their actual practices starkly contradict this," said Michelle De Mooy, Director of CDT’s Privacy & Data Project, in a statement. "They are sharing sensitive information with third party advertisers and exposing users’ data to leaks or outside attacks."

Aug 08 08:09

Critical Flaws Found in Solar Panels Could Shut Down Power Grids

Willem Westerhof, a cybersecurity researcher at Dutch security firm ITsec, discovered 21 security vulnerabilities in the Internet-connected inverters – an essential component of solar panel that turns direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC).

According to Westerhof, the vulnerabilities leave thousands of Internet-connected power inverters installed across Europe vulnerable.

Westerhof demonstrates that it is possible for hackers to gain control of a large number of inverters and switch them OFF simultaneously, causing an imbalance in the power grid that could result in power outages in different parts of Europe.

The vulnerabilities affect solar panel electricity systems, also known as photovoltaics (PV), made by German solar equipment company SMA, which if exploited in mass, could result in electrical grids getting knocked offline.

Aug 08 08:08

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Spying On Its Users' Web Traffic

If you are using popular free virtual private networking service Hotspot Shield, your data could be at a significant risk.

A privacy advocacy group has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against virtual private networking provider Hotspot Shield for reportedly violating its own privacy policy of "complete anonymity" promised to its users.

The 14-page-long complaint filed Monday morning by the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a US non-profit advocacy group for digital rights, accused Hotspot Shield of allegedly tracking, intercepting and collecting its customers' data.

Aug 07 16:32

AMI Smart Meter Politics: Can Pennsylvania Pass Into Law An Opt-Out Bill Just Introduced?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The good people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been deprived of their U.S. and State Constitutional rights regarding the forced imposition along with aggravated harassment by utility companies of those who stood their rights for refusing an AMI Smart Meter because the law enacted (Act 129 of 2008) was written as an Opt-In bill/law.

However, many people are chomping at the bit about what’s going on in Pennsylvania and there’s been a new set of bills affecting AMI Smart Meters introduced in to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Below is an overview of what’s happened in the past so previous bills wouldn’t be enacted, plus information why there has to be an investigation into the chairman of that committee...

Aug 07 14:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you; but this article just makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

That everything I say and do can be surveilled, then used against me?!?

Thank you, no; I think I will pick up an abacus, and get away from computers and the phones, if this is the reality now.

Aug 07 12:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

Imagine Google Earth with Real Time Capabilities Able to Search Anyones Location By a Click of a Mouse

Aug 07 10:41

New Graphene Electronic Tattoo for Tracking Internet of Things and Biometric IDs

By Nicholas West

New biometric tracking methods seem to be rolled out by the day for policing, travel, banking, medical applications, and beyond...

Aug 07 09:50

Former Facebook exec warns society will collapse into chaos and conflict within 30 years as robots put half of humans out of work (and he's living as a recluse in the woods to avoid it)

Antonio García Martinez, a former Facebook product manager and Silicon Valley author, became terrified of technology and quit his job to live a life as a recluse with a bucket toilet and assault weapon in the woodlands north of Seattle.

'You may not believe it but it's coming, and it's coming in the form of a self-driving truck that's going to run you over,' he told the BBC in an upcoming two-part BBC documentary 'Secrets of Silicon Valley'.

Aug 07 09:02

Google And YouTube Target “Conspiracy Theories” in New Quality Control Update

By Aaron Kesel

Google continues to make George Orwell’s book 1984 a reality by censoring free speech and free flow of information.

On July 27, 2017 Google updated their quality raters guidelines...

Aug 07 08:18

Cyberwar: A guide to the frightening future of online conflict

Cyberwar is still an emerging concept, but many experts are concerned that it is likely to be a significant component of any future conflicts. As well as troops using conventional weapons like guns and missiles, future battles will also be fought by hackers manipulating computer code.

Aug 06 16:01

China launches internet crackdown to make it harder for people to avoid its 'Great Firewall'

China has launched an internet crackdown to stop users bypassing the country's "Great Firewall" - a sophisticated censorship system that blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among other sites. Luxury hotels in Beijing have announced they will stop providing Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that allow visitors to log on to banned sites.

Aug 06 11:09

Weather-based MIND CONTROL: Mobile app advertisers check the weather in your area to decide what ads will influence you the most

According to a recent study published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, certain weather conditions have a significant effect on how consumers respond after seeing an advertisement. For example, the study found that on sunny days, consumers respond to mobile promotions 73 percent faster and at a rate 1.2 times higher than they normally do. By contrast, response to mobile promotions during raining conditions was .9 times lower and 59 percent slower than the response to advertisements during cloudy weather.

Strangely enough, the consumer response to advertisements on cloudy days with isolated moments of sunshine was extremely positive. People were far more likely to interact with an ad when there were a few bursts of sunshine scattered throughout the day than they were when the weather was dark, gloomy and rainy.

Aug 06 10:33

Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation

There’s a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren’t enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation.

Don’t let its name fool you: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693) wouldn’t help punish sex traffickers. What the bill would do (PDF) is expose any person, organization, platform, or business that hosts third-party content on the Internet to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability if sex traffickers use their services. For small Internet businesses, that could be fatal: with the possibility of devastating litigation costs hanging over their heads, we think that many entrepreneurs and investors will be deterred from building new businesses online.

Make no mistake: sex trafficking is a real, horrible problem. This bill is not the way to address it.

Aug 06 10:28

Meet ‘Spoofy’. How a Single entity dominates the price of Bitcoin.

This story is about a trader, or a group of traders, or possibly even Bitfinex themselves manipulates the price of Bitcoin. The past few months I’ve slowly collected screenshots of a trader I like to call ‘Spoofy’. You’ll see evidence of spoofing, wash trading, a sketchy scheme associated closely with Bitfinex known as ‘Tether’ among other shenanigans.

Spoofy makes the price go up when he wants it to go up, and Spoofy makes the price go down when he wants it to go down, and he’s got the coin… both USD, and Bitcoin of course to pull it off, and with impunity on Bitfinex.

Aug 06 09:27

Marcus Hutchins “MalwareTechBlog” Pleads Not Guilty, Released on Bail

By Aaron Kesel

The hacker arrested for his alleged involvement in creating and selling a banking trojan who infamously stopped the WannaCry malware attack may have been falsely accused according to an associate. “Marcus Hutchins’ arrest may be a misunderstanding,” Ryan Kalember, the senior vice-president at the security firm Proofpoint told CBC.ca.

Hutchins is being accused by the FBI of creating and selling the Kronos banking trojan between 2014 and 2015...

Aug 05 21:55

U.S. Army Abruptly Bans Chinese-Made Drones Over ‘Cyber Vulnerabilities’

The U.S. Army abruptly banned its members from using drones produced by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd Wednesday due to “cyber vulnerabilities.”

An August 2 memo signed by Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, published online by drone blog sUAS News and later confirmed by Reuters, orders service members to “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.”

“Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products,” the memo reads. “This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.”

Aug 05 12:18

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

Aug 05 10:05

5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Recently, I came across one of the most comprehensive articles about 5G and the problems it will create for humankind (and all of creation) if and/or when 5G is rolled out across nations around the globe, which I thought my readers ought to know about...

Aug 05 07:59

IT disruption panics Gaza’s new Internet entrepreneurs

No Internet?

Hussain Mahdi, 24, looked shocked. “Our lives would be paralyzed,” the young T-shirt designer said.

He has cause for concern. On 11 July, the Palestine Telecommunications Company, Paltel, announced that its main generator had broken down because of high loads and long power cuts. Tens of thousands of landline customers and some 8,000 Internet subscribers lost service because, as the company explained on its Facebook page, it was not able to import parts for its backup generators or bring in new, better ones.

Aug 04 12:55

Facial Recognition ID Moves from Planes and Trains to Conferences and Events

By Nicholas West

The use of biometric identification is becoming a real-time case study in how the public is incrementally conditioned to accept the total erosion of privacy for supposed convenience and security...

Aug 04 10:33

Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms

An intensive review of Internet data has established that Google has severed links between the World Socialist Web Site and the 45 most popular search terms that previously directed readers to the WSWS. The physical censorship implemented by Google is so extensive that of the top 150 search terms that, as late as April 2017, connected the WSWS with readers, 145 no longer do so.

These findings make clear that the decline in Google search traffic to the WSWS is not the result of some technical issue, but a deliberate policy of censorship. The fall took place in the three months since Google announced on April 25 plans to promote “authoritative web sites” above those containing “offensive” content and “conspiracy theories.”

Because of these measures, the WSWS’s search traffic from Google has fallen by two-thirds since April.

Aug 04 08:09

CHINA UNVEILS EMERGENCY DRILL TO "SHUT DOWN HARMFUL WEBSITES"

China's 19th National Congress of the Communist Party - the quinquennial confab where the party selects new members of the Politburo, its ruling council - is expected to begin this fall (official dates have not yet been publicly announced). And in an effort to guarantee that the leadership reshuffle goes off without a hitch, President Xi Jinping is tightening the government’s grip on the internet to help protect the official narrative that Xi's "Chinese Dream" remains intact.

According to Reuters, China held a drill on Thursday with internet service providers to practice taking down websites deemed harmful.

“Internet data centers (IDC) and cloud companies - which host website servers - were ordered to participate in a three-hour drill to hone their "emergency response" skills, according to at least four participants that included the operator of Microsoft's cloud service in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF "harmful information" translates into "truthful information" for the Chinese government, you should be prepared to see these kinds of shut downs start to happen right here in the good old Unhinged, Surveilled States of America.

In fact, Google has been on the keening edge of this kind of censorship for well over a year now.

The New Censorship: "How did Google become the internet's censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?!?

Aug 04 07:36

Dictionary.com app under fire for 'bug fix' update that lets it track users

Dictionary.com is under fire after updating its its free and premium apps to 'spy' on user's phones.

The new permissions authorize the apps to access your exact location, retrieve running apps, pair with wifi and Bluetooth devices as well as read your phone status and ID.

It appears the company first disguised the update as 'bug fixes' before eventually being truthful about the updates, which it is believed will help to company sell ads and data about users.

Aug 04 07:32

New York Police to Implement “Textalyzer” to Monitor Cellphone Use While Driving

By John Vibes

Police in the “Empire State” of New York have reportedly proposed the implementation of a new device that would be able to detect when drivers are using their cell phones. The device has become known as the “textalyzer,” and although it will not be ready for several months, New York drivers can likely expect to have their cellphone usage monitored to a degree that drivers have never experienced before...

Aug 04 07:31

Rogue chatbots are taken offline in China after criticising the ruling Communist Party

The two 'chatbots', BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence to carry out chats online with humans.

According to posts circulating online, BabyQ, one of the chatbots developed by Chinese firm Turing Robot, responded to questions on the messaging service with a straightforward 'no' when asked whether it loved the Communist Party.

In other images of a text conversation online, which Reuters was unable to verify, one user declares: 'Long live the Communist Party!'

The sharp-tongued bot responds: 'Do you think such a corrupt and useless political (system) can live long?'

Aug 04 06:46

LastPass Doubles the Price of Its Premium Service

LastPass has doubled the price of its Premium password manager. This 100 percent price hike has happened without warning, and has understandably upset existing Premium users. And LastPass Free users aren’t faring any better, with two key features being moved from Free to Premium.

If you’re the sort of person who needs a password manager then you can’t really go wrong with LastPass. It’s widely regarded as one of the best password managers out there, despite recent security scares. Unfortunately, it’s rejigging its products and prices, and it isn’t going well.

Aug 04 06:41

Georgia To Roll Out Tens Of Thousands Of CCTV Cameras With Real-Time Facial Recognition Capabilities

Surveillance using CCTV cameras is old hat these days, even for locations outside the world's CCTV capital, London. But there's an important step-change taking place in the sector, as operators move from simply observing and recording, to analyzing video feeds automatically using facial recognition software. Techdirt has written about this area a few times, but these examples have all been fairly small-scale and exploratory. News from Georgia -- the one in the Caucasus, not the State -- shows that things are moving fast in this field

Aug 03 16:08

Hacker Who Turned Off WannaCry Arrested By FBI For Allegedly Running Kronos Banking Trojan

By Aaron Kesel

A hacker known online by his alias “malwaretechblog,” Marcus Hutchins, 22, who was able to infamously turn off the WannaCry ransom virus which encrypted its victims’ computers, has been arrested after DEF CON by the FBI for allegedly “masterminding” Kronos, a “banking trojan,” and charged on 6 counts according to a court indictment document...

Aug 03 15:59

Bombshell - Guccifer 2 0 Was An Obama Tech Guy,

Aug 03 15:36

Hollywood's favorite video-editing tools arrive in a free app

If you're serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood's go-to editing company, just played a wild card by releasing Media Composer First, a limited version of its pro software, for the hard-to-resist price of "free."

Aug 03 15:11

Facepalm: Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs won't work with today's motherboards

Why this matters: The vast majority of new CPU sales are in new systems, and they likely won’t be impacted by the incompatibility. However, there’s also a very large and very vocal crowd of builders and upgraders who still swap out older, slower CPUs for newer, faster CPUs to maximize their investment. An upgrade-in-place doesn’t sell an Intel chipset, but it at least keeps them on the Intel platform. If consumers are forced to dump an existing Z270 motherboard for a newer Z370 to get a six-core Coffee Lake CPU, Intel risks driving them into the arms of AMD and its Ryzen CPUs.

Aug 03 15:00

Rohrabacher Cites Ex-Intel Report Denying Russian Hacking

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher today drew the attention of members of Congress to a report of “major significance in the debate over Russia’s involvement in the last election.”

The report, drawn up by intelligence community veterans, concluded that the so-called hacking of the Democratic National Committee before last year’s elections could not have been done by Russians, but was instead an inside job made to look like Moscow’s handiwork.

Aug 03 14:47

YouTube Will Isolate Offensive Videos That Do Not Violate Policies

YouTube has been working on ways to manage offensive and extremist content that do and do not violate its policies, and some steps it has taken include AI-assisted video detection and removal as well as input from more experts. Today, in a blog post, the company provided more detail about its ongoing efforts.

Aug 03 14:33

YOUTUBE TAKES CONTROVERSIAL STEPS TO CENSOR NON-LEFTISTS

Stating that the content is “controversial,” not the censorship itself, YouTube has taken the first few steps to censor dissenting views. But it gets worse. YouTube will also begin to censor your searches and fill the results with propaganda while on its website.

Last night, YouTube took to its “Official Blog” to more or less announce that they would be taking steps to censor content they determined to be “controversial,” even if that content didn’t break any laws or violate the site’s user agreement. The message made a pledge to be part of an effort to “fight terror content online.” But the move was rightly met with widespread skepticism among YouTuber’s as nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.

Aug 03 13:13

YouTube Collaborates With The Anti-Defamation League

According to the Guardian, YouTube has stated that it has had begun working with 15 more NGOs and institutions, including the Anti-Defamation League, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in an effort to improve the system’s understanding of issues around hate speech, radicalisation and terrorism to better deal with objectionable content.

Aug 03 13:09

GOOGLE’S BLUETOOTH BEACONS IN MASSDOT TUNNELS AND YOUR PRIVACY

If you’ve ever driven in Boston, you know how notorious the roads are, and how confusing it can be even with GPS navigation. One of the most frustrating parts of driving in Boston is navigating the tunnels under the city. Locals and commuters alike know what happens when you enter the belly of the metropolis: you lose your cell service, and with it, your GPS directions.

Aug 03 12:22

FBI arrests WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins in Las Vegas over malware claims

A young cyber expert who stopped the WannaCry global cyber attack has been arrested in the US for allegedly conspiring to advertise and sell a malicious software that targeted bank accounts.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, who saved the NHS from cyber criminals, was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested by the FBI.

An indictment released by the US Department of Justice revealed that he faces six counts of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking Trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015.

Aug 03 10:21

HBO hack is 'SEVEN times larger than the Sony breach of 2014' and 'personal details of a top executive could have been exposed' by the cyber attackers

Stunning new details about the HBO hack have revealed seven times the amount of data stolen in the infamous Sony attack of 2014 was potentially exposed.

It was reported hackers broke into the cable company's servers earlier this week and made off with a script for this week's Game of Thrones episode, as well as unreleased episodes of Ballers, Room 104, and Insecure.

The show Barry, a comedy not set to hit screens until 2018, also had two episodes stolen.

...

Further new details, published by Variety, indicate the hack could have gone much deeper than originally thought, and that information regarding a top HBO executive could have been be exposed.

Aug 03 09:31

IT BEGINS: YOUTUBE TO HIDE “CONTROVERSIAL” CONTENT

Videos will be hidden or demonetized if flagged

Aug 03 08:36

Hackers display swastikas, ‘Shariah message’ and Pepe on Welsh city billboard (IMAGES)

Offensive images including a picture of a swastika and a message referring to Shariah law were displayed on a digital billboard in the city of Cardiff, Wales after an alleged hacking.

Aug 03 08:17

Google’s Tracking Of Offline Spending Sparks Call For Federal Investigation

Google recently announced a suite of new tools for advertisers, allowing them to link a customer’s offline credit card purchases with the things they look at online. Shockingly, some privacy advocates think this sort of tracking goes too far and have called on the federal government to investigate.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center this morning filed a complaint [PDF] with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to investigate Google’s Store Sales Management consumer profiling technology and stop the company from tracking customers’ in-store purchases.

According to EPIC, Google’s system, which can allegedly track 70% of all credit and debt card transactions in the U.S., puts the personal information — including product searches, location searches and payment information — of shoppers and Internet users at risk of hacks or other data breaches.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cyber-spying on individuals by large corporations, like Google, has just reached epidemic proportions, and needs to be stopped.

Aug 03 08:14

WIKILEAKS RELEASES DOCS ON ‘DUMBO’ CIA TOOL ALLOWING CONTROL OF WEBCAMS

WikiLeaks released new documents on Thursday within the Vault 7 documents, which contain information on CIA’s hacking tools from the Dumbo project.

“Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations,” WikiLeaks said in a press release.

The tool allows for the identification, control and manipulation of the monitoring and detection systems, like webcams and microphones, on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system. It requires a direct access to the computer as it is run from an USB stick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, here's the deal with me: I am a Christian Activist Pacifist, who never advocates violence, but implores her country to engage in logical, moral, hard-won negotiations as the way to resolve the US government's geopolitical differences.

I blog, and I do my level best to be fact-centric.

So how in the name of heaven, please, does this make me a "threat" to this government?!?

Aug 03 08:00

Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter: FBI report shows it was Seth Rich, not Russians, who gave DNC emails to Wikileaks

We’ve noted for many months that the DNC emails were leaked by an insider, not hacked by the Russians. . .

Aug 03 08:00

Mozilla’s Send is basically the Snapchat of file sharing

Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. The site is called Send, and it’s basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a file has been downloaded once, it disappears for good.

That might sound like a gimmick, but it underscores what the site is meant for. It’s designed for quick and private sharing between two people — not for long-term hosting or distributing files to a large group.

Aug 03 07:57

Chrome web dev plugin with 1m+ users hijacked, crams ads into browsers

A popular Chrome extension was hijacked earlier today to inject ads into browsers, and potentially run malicious JavaScript, after the plugin's creator was hacked.

Chris Pederick, maker of the Web Developer for Chrome extension, is urging anyone who uses his programming tool to update to version 0.5 or later. That's because miscreants apparently phished his Google account, updated the software to version 0.4.9, and pushed it out to its 1,044,000 users.

That booby-trapped build fetched JavaScript code from the web and ran it within people's browsers: the code forcibly slapped ads on pages, and may have done worse. If you installed v0.4.9, you should upgrade to the clean v0.5 replacement immediately, and consider changing passwords or nullifying login tokens and cookies used on sites visited while using the infected extension.

Aug 03 07:34

This is How CIA Disables Security Cameras During Hollywood-Style Operations

WikiLeaks has just unveiled another classified CIA project, dubbed 'Dumbo,' which details how CIA agents hijack and manipulate webcams and microphones in Hollywood style "to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations."

The Dumbo CIA project involves a USB thumb drive equipped with a Windows hacking tool that can identify installed webcams and microphones, either connected locally, wired or wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Once identified, the Dumbo program allows the CIA agents to:

  • Mute all microphones
  • Disables all network adapters
  • Suspends any processes using a camera recording device
  • Selectively corrupted or delete recordings
  • Aug 03 06:50

    GOOGLE’S TRACKING OF OFFLINE SPENDING SPARKS CALL FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION

    Google recently announced a suite of new tools for advertisers, allowing them to link a customer’s offline credit card purchases with the things they look at online. Shockingly, some privacy advocates think this sort of tracking goes too far and have called on the federal government to investigate.

    Aug 03 06:36

    ANONYMOUS WEB BROWSING DATA IS NOT ANONYMOUS, RESEARCHERS SHOW

    Two German researchers bought “anonymous” web browsing data on millions of Germans. It didn’t take long for them to identify those people by looking through their web browsing history.

    Aug 02 18:01

    Mark Of The Beast Pushed Here In America

    Alex Jones premieres John Bowne's report on the newly unveiled microchips that are being implanted into peoples' hands between the thumb and index finger.

    Aug 02 13:33

    NEW BATCH OF HILLARY EMAILS SHOW ABUSE OF CLASSIFIED INFO, DONOR FAVORS

    A new batch of Hillary Clinton emails released through a Judicial Watch lawsuit provide further evidence that top aide Huma Abedin sent classified information through a non-secure account.

    The emails, among 1,606 pages of documents from the U.S. State Department, also confirm that donors to the Clinton Foundation regularly obtained special favors from Clinton’s staff.

    Judicial Watch said the documents included 91 Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department. At least 530 emails now are known to have not been part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department.

    Aug 02 09:21

    VENEZUELAN ELECTION TURNOUT FIGURES MANIPULATED BY 1 MILLION VOTES, SAYS ELECTION COMPANY

    Turnout figures in Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up by least 1 million votes, Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, said on Wednesday. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said at a news briefing in London.

    Aug 02 09:10

    Gallery: How to erase yourself from the internet

    Fed up with social media? Sick and tired of hiding from identity thieves? It's not easy to eliminate your online presence, but it can be done if you're willing to put in the legwork.

    Here are some tools, tips, and strategies for getting rid of your internet footprint.

    Aug 02 09:04

    'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

    Top tip: Don't fetch and install dodgy Flash updates from random websites

    Aug 02 08:58

    Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter: FBI Report Shows It Was Seth Rich – Not Russians – Who Gave DNC Emails to Wikileaks

    Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who revealed in 1974 that the CIA was spying on Americans, who broke the story of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandal – said in a recent phone interview linked by WikiLeaks:

    [The DC police took Seth Rich’s computer, but couldn’t get past his password.] So they call the FBI cyber unit.

    ***

    The Feds get through [the password-protection on Rich’s computer], and this is what they find. This is accoring to the FBI report.

    ***

    What the report says is that – some time in late spring or early summer – he [Rich] makes contact with WikiLeaks. That’s in his computer.

    Aug 02 08:58

    Whatever Is On Imran Awan’s Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered

    Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide.

    Aug 02 08:44

    Dangerous Mobile Banking Trojan Gets 'Keylogger' to Steal Everything

    Security researchers have discovered that one of the most dangerous Android banking Trojan families has now been modified to add a keylogger to its recent strain, giving attackers yet another way to steal victims sensitive data.

    Kaspersky Lab's Senior malware analyst Roman Unuchek spotted a new variant of the well-known Android banking Trojan, dubbed Svpeng, in the mid of last month with a new keylogger feature, which takes advantage of Android's Accessibility Services.

    Yes, the keylogger added in the new version of Svpeng takes advantage of Accessibility Services — an Android feature that provides users alternative ways to interact with their smartphone devices.

    This change makes the Svpeng Trojan able not only to steal entered text from other apps installed on the device and log all keystrokes, but also to grant itself more permissions and rights to prevent victims from uninstalling the Trojan.

    Aug 02 08:07

    Public Utility Consumer Abuse For Refusing AMI Smart Meters, PECO Style

    By Catherine J. Frompovich

    Implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) main surveillance device, the AMI Smart Meter, has caused much grief, fright, concerns and actual bodily harms from non-thermal microwaves emitted by the ZigBee radios in all smart meters in every state. Those harms are called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), plus any of a roster of symptoms that can/may contribute to or exacerbate numerous chronic diseases.

    As an EMF/RF science data researcher, I hear from people all over the globe offering personal tales of woe how electric companies, particularly in the USA, have done some nasty things to cause much grief for customers from whom utilities had received no previous problems, not even unpaid bills. But why such rather callous treatment? Well, it all revolves around the retrofitting of AMI Smart Meters on to electric, natural gas and water utility services...

    Aug 02 07:49

    It turns out the iPad was just too expensive after all

    It seems that people love everything about Apple's tablet -- except the price.

    Aug 02 07:43

    They Did It – Deleted Benghazi Emails Recovered!

    FBI investigators recovered 30 emails from Hillary Clinton’s wiped server which discussed Benghazi, government lawyers said in federal court. The disclosure was made during a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta in a case involving a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

    Aug 02 07:39

    Germany starts testing face recognition surveillance amid criticism

    Germany has test launched a new face recognition surveillance system at one of Berlin’s railway stations. Security officials say the system would contribute to anti-terrorism efforts while data protection bodies warn against human rights violations.

    Three CCTV cameras, each equipped with different face recognition software, have been installed at the Berlin’s Suedkreuz railway station as part of the test project run jointly by the German federal police, the interior ministry and German Railways.

    Aug 02 07:39

    Disney hopes new face-reading tech will tell them what the audience wants

    Facial recognition technology has been tested by the Walt Disney Company to determine whether audience members are enjoying a film or thinking about walking out.

    Disney, the makers of the latest episodes of Star Wars and hit franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, are gearing up to better understand what their audience wants by monitoring facial expressions while they watch the screen.

    Aug 02 06:59

    GCSB ‘HAD NO IDEA’ SPY GEAR WAS STILL TARGETING KIM DOTCOM

    THE GCSB lost control of its surveillance technology and wasn’t aware its systems continued spying on Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from the spy bureau.

    It claimed that it turned off all surveillance systems targeting Dotcom and others but found out more than a year later that surveillance continued without its knowledge.

    The details in the documents have led Dotcom to state that there is now evidence the United States’ National Security Agency was carrying out surveillance on him.

    Dotcom, who should have been protected from GCSB surveillance as a New Zealand resident, said the GCSB did not know because its equipment was being used by the NSA, which was “directly involved”.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "...lost control of its surveillance technology...", MY ASTROLABE!!

    Aug 02 04:23

    ‘CHIP PARTY’: US COMPANY CELEBRATES IMPLANTING MICROCHIPS IN EMPLOYEES (VIDEO)

    A Wisconsin company has implanted microchips into its employees at a symbolic ‘chip party’, a first for the US. Now the ‘chipped’ employees can open doors, login to computers, use copy machines and even buy chocolate bars with a wave of their hands.

    Aug 01 16:36

    UK Threatens Tech Companies Over Message Encryption ‘Problem’

    The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the “problem” or face stricter laws.

    Aug 01 15:38

    U.S. Virgin Islands being turned into a police state by a former NYPD police officer

    Former NYPD policeman and Virgin Island Governor Kenneth Mapp, is turning a beautiful vacation destination into a police state that will rival NYC. Mr. Mapp has sent local police to train with the NYPD to spy on everyone. This month, the NYPD commissioner is going to vacation, sorry I meant visit Mr. Mapp and the Virgin Island Police Department (VIPD) police to 'mentor' them.

    Aug 01 15:16

    Google’s New Program To Track Shoppers Sparks A Federal Privacy Complaint

    A prominent privacy rights watchdog is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

    Aug 01 12:10

    Judge Napolitano: Awans Had Access To 'Virtually Everything' In House of Representatives, Sold Information

    While the rapidly unfolding case against Debbie Wasserman Schultz's apparent Pakistani IT spy ring already had huge implications for National Security, we now learn that the investigation into the the Awan family encompasses more than just the House Democrats they were working directly for.

    Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business Network on Monday where he dropped a new bombshell: not only did the Awans had access to the emails of every member of the House of Representatives, Imran Awan reportedly sold information to still unknown parties, which the FBI is currently investigating.

    Aug 01 11:59

    Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS

    With Microsoft's sometimes capricious and occasionally obnoxious treatment of Windows users, here's why you might want to give Windows 10 a miss.

    Aug 01 10:11

    Amazon finally suspends sales of $60 Blu Android phones after discovering they STILL secretly send user data to China eight months after the firm first claimed spyware was a mistake

    Ultra-cheap Chinese-made Android phones which sell for as little as $60 have been banned from Amazon after they were found to be sending data about users to a Chinese server.

    The handsets, branded Blu, were pulled by Amazon due to a 'potential security issue.'

    Last week, security firm Kryptowire discovered the software that comes pre-installed on the devices has been automatically sending user data to China without alerting users.

    Aug 01 09:35

    UK threatens tech companies over message encryption ‘problem’

    The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the “problem” or face stricter laws.

    Aug 01 09:29

    Why Amber Rudd's anti-WhatsApp encryption spiel is 'technologically illiterate rubbish'

    If UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd listened to any cybersecurity expert for 10 minutes she would quickly come to understand how nonsensical her "incompetent, illiterate meddling" against strong encryption technology has come to be, experts warn.

    Rudd believes that end-to-end encryption (E2E), used in apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, aids terrorism and as a result it is bad news. In an article in The Telegraph this week (1 August), Rudd claimed that "real people" don't expect security in their digital services.

    Aug 01 09:00

    Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign?

    The “Russia hacking” flap has nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with hacking. The story is basically a DNC invention that was concocted to mitigate the political fallout from the nearly 50,000 emails that WikiLeaks planned to publish on July 22, 2016, just 3 days before the Democratic National Convention. That’s what this is really all about. Russia didn’t hack anything, it’s a big diversion that was conjured up on-the-fly to keep Hillary’s bandwagon from going down in flames.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So, the Congress and Trump have hit Russia with sanctions ... based on Hillary's fairy tale!

    Aug 01 08:52

    Don’t reply to any emails until you read this

    Suspect every email.

    That’s the only way to protect yourself from spear-phishing scams like the one that has reportedly hit White House officials. A U.K. prankster supposedly tricked members of the Trump Administration by posing as Washington insiders such as First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, and was even able to get Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert to reveal his personal email address, CNN reported.

    The scammer even posed as ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to bait the recently-fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci – and got the Mooch to actually respond.

    Aug 01 08:30

    McAfee online scan used plain old HTTP to fetch screen elements

    McAfee has moved to patch a bug that falls under the “didn’t you get the memo?” category: among other things, its free Security Scan Plus online tool retrieved information over HTTP – that is, in plain text.

    The potential man-in-the-middle vector exists not in the operation of the free online scan, but in the house ads and UI design elements it serves.

    Aug 01 08:20

    Exposed IoT servers let hackers unlock prison cells, modify pacemakers

    A researcher has found an often-misconfigured protocol puts sex toys, heart monitors, and even oil pipelines and particle accelerators at risk of attack.

    Aug 01 07:55

    ISRAELI SPYWARE FOUND MINING USER DATA ON GOOGLE PLAY

    Security researchers at Google have discovered a highly sophisticated spyware specialized in stealing users’ data that appears to have been developed by an Israeli company.

    Google said the spyware dubbed “Lipizzan” was developed by Israeli start-up Equus Technologies which claims that it provides “tailor made innovative solutions for law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and national security organizations”.

    According to Google:

    “Lipizzan is a multi-stage spyware product capable of monitoring and exfiltrating a user’s email, SMS messages, location, voice calls, and media.

    We have found 20 Lipizzan apps distributed in a targeted fashion to fewer than 100 devices in total and have blocked the developers and apps from the Android ecosystem.

    Google Play Protect has notified all affected devices and removed the Lipizzan apps.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Why am I not surprised that the company which developed this is Israeli?!?

    Jul 31 16:56

    The life-saving £180 bracelet that gives tired drivers an ELECTRIC SHOCK if they begin to fall asleep at the wheel

    The device records the wearers baseline heartbeat and skin conditions when it is first activated using 16 sensors.

    If the heartrate drops by ten beats per minute, or skin conductivity is reduced by one unit, a gentle vibration and yellow warning light reminds the user to pay attention.

    If these levels drop by a further three beats per minute and galvanic skin response decreases by another unit, an electric shock jolts the wearer and a red warning light will flash.

    Jul 31 16:54

    Netflix is more than $20 BILLION in the red and 'bleeding cash' thanks to hits such as Stranger Things

    Global streaming giant Netflix is more than $20billion in the red and 'bleeding cash' thanks to producing original content like Stranger Things.

    Netflix has more than doubled its spending this year and is expected to toss more than $6billion on its slate of programming in 2017, according to The Los Angeles Times.

    Its negative free cash-flow of $258 million for the same quarter last year, and $423 million for the quarter ending March 30, increased to a company-record negative $608 million for the quarter ending June 30.

    Jul 31 14:54

    Facial Recognition ID Begins to Spread from Planes to Trains

    By Nicholas West

    The march continues to accelerate toward a future of biometric ID for all travel. The UK is announcing a plan for facial recognition cameras to be used to pay train fare...

    Jul 31 14:27

    Twitter Stock Tumbles Amid Crackdown On 'Trolls', As 2 Million Users Leave

    Twitter said it failed to add any new monthly active users globally during its second quarter. Its user base declined to 68 million, from 70 million in the first quarter of 2017.

    In a letter to shareholders, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was “strengthening our execution which gives us confidence that our produce improvements will continue to contribute to meaningful increases in daily active usage,”according to Variety.

    Jul 31 13:28

    YOUR BANKER IS ALWAYS IN: SWEDEN ROLLS OUT THE ROBOTS

    Aida is the perfect employee: always courteous, always learning and, as she says, “always at work, 24/7, 365 days a year.” Aida, of course, is not a person but a virtual customer-service representative that SEB AB, one of Sweden’s biggest banks, is rolling out. The goal is to give the actual humans more time to engage in more complex tasks.

    Jul 31 13:23

    FACEBOOK LOBBIES TO PREVENT STATE LIMITS ON FACIAL RECOGNITION

    When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the world’s largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names.

    Jul 31 09:56

    Inside Judicial Watch: The Clinton Email Scandal

    Jul 31 09:55

    Wasserman-Schultz And The Pakistani IT Scammers: "There's More Than Just Bank Fraud Going On Here"

    In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.

    Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

    Jul 31 09:48

    It Has to be Asked: Was Wasserman Schultz Having Affair with Criminal IT Staffer Imran Awan?

    Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
    Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.

    The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.

    Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies! (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.

    According to Redditt — Imran Awan is now released with an GPS ankle monitor until his preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.

    More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.
    Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.

    Jul 31 08:50

    Putin passes law that will ban VPNs in Russia

    Russia has banned VPNs and other technology that allows users to gain anonymous access to websites.

    The new law (link via Google Translate), signed today by President Vladimir Putin, goes into effect on Nov. 1 and represents another major blow to an open Internet. This weekend, news broke that Apple has removed most major VPN apps from the App Store in China to comply with regulations passed earlier this year that require VPN apps to be explicitly licensed by the Chinese government.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Forgive me, but doesn't Google serve the same function in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, and without legislation to back it up?!?

    Jul 31 08:14

    Could the Awan-Schultz Scandal Bring Down the Democratic Party?

    In what is quickly shaping up to become the biggest scandal for the Democratic Party since Hillary Clinton’s secret server and WikiLeaks’ release of the emails from John Podesta and the DNC, the investigation into the former DNC chairwomen’s IT workers may be the scandal that breaks the donkey's back.

    Jul 31 05:59

    AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

    Machine learning tools can create custom malware that defeats anti-virus software.

    In a keynote demonstration at the DEF CON hacking convention Hyrum Anderson, technical director of data science at security shop Endgame, showed off research that his company had done in adapting Elon Musk’s OpenAI framework to the task of creating malware that security engines can’t spot.

    The key to the system is to take legitimate-looking code and change just a few tiny parts of it to convert the software into attack code. Even changing small details can fool AV engines, he said, citing research by Google and others to show how changing just a few pixels in an image can cause a computer to mistake a bus for an ostrich.

    Jul 30 16:23

    Twitter reveals its latest attempt to make money with $99 subscription service to automatically promote tweets

    Twitter's financial stability came into serious question on Thursday after its latest earnings report indicated a horrific Q2, and now the company is looking into new ways to monetize.

    The company today confirmed it is testing a paid model targeted at businesses and advertisers that would cost $99 a month.

    The subscription would essentially be for an ad program that would automatically promote posts, up to 10 per day in addition to running month-long Promoted Account ads.

    Jul 30 09:17

    HUGE: Imran Awan is In Seth Rich Inquiry - Was With Rich NIGHT BEFORE...

    Jul 30 08:58

    Hackers break into voting machines in 90 minutes at competition

    Hackers at at a competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in just 90 minutes on Friday, illuminating glaring security deficiencies in America's election infrastructure.

    Tech minds at the annual DEF CON in Las Vegas were given physical voting machines and remote access, with the instructions of gaining access to the software.

    According to a Register report, within minutes, hackers exposed glaring physical and software vulnerabilities across multiple U.S. voting machine companies' products.

    Some devices were found to have physical ports that could be used to attach devices containing malicious software. Others had insecure Wi-Fi connections, or were running outdated software with security vulnerabilities like Windows XP.

    The Register reported that the challenge was designed by Jake Braun, the Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Global Advisors and Managing Director of Cambridge Global Capital.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Note the demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Iran....without a shred of evidence that these countries are complicit in changing the outcome of US elections!!

    Jul 29 17:41

    This creepy technology can read your emotions as you walk down the street

    If this Russian tech company has its way, emotion-reading recognition is the cool kid on the block right now. With serious consequences for everyone's privacy and personal data. NTechLab ignited a controversy last year after it released FindFace, an app that can track everyone on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Twitter, based on their profile.

    Jul 29 08:36

    ROOMBA WALKS BACK PLAN TO SELL MAPS OF YOUR HOUSE TO AMAZON AND GOOGLE

    Last week, Reuters published an interview with Irobot CEO Colin Angle, in which the Roomba-czar explained his plan to have his cleaning robots produce detailed maps of your house that the company would sell to Amazon and Google, something the company could do today, thanks to an exceptionally broad and one-sided terms of service that you "agree" to when you become an Irobot customer.

    Now, Angle has given another interview to Zdnet in which he simply denies having said anything about this plan to Reuters, whom, he claims fell victim to a "misinterpretation" of his remarks.

    Angle supports his claim by pointing out that Irobot products currently do not upload the requisite data to Irobot's servers. Such a feature would require an update to Irobot's software (something the company rolls out regularly). In 2015, Angle made a big announcement about his company's plans to incorporate a feature like this to his devices' software.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "Misinterpretation", MY ASTROLABE!!

    The guy got caught, and now is trying to walk back what he said, period, end of discussion.

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