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Apr 19 08:13

Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

Scientists in Belgium have tested the security of a wireless brain implant called a neurostimulator – and found that its unprotected signals can be hacked with off-the-shelf equipment.

And because this particularly bit of kit resides amid sensitive gray matter – to treat conditions like Parkinson's – the potential consequences of successful remote exploitation include voltage changes that could result in sensory denial, disability, and death.

Apr 19 08:11

Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us!

Cisco has patched a serious vulnerability in its WebEx software that lets an attacker remotely execute code on target machines via poisoned Adobe Flash files.

Switchzilla is today advising all users running WebEx Business Suite or WebEx Meetings (both client and server) to update their software in order to patch CVE-2018-0112.

Apr 19 08:10

Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff

For users, Facebook Login looks like a boon: they only need to use their Facebook password to log into multiple sites or apps. That, however, puts a very strong onus on Facebook to make sure the whole process is secure.

What Englebardt discovered is simple: “when a user grants a website access to their social media profile, they are not only trusting that website, but also third parties embedded on that site.”

The third parties were able to grab Facebook user ID, e-mail, name, and other profile information including (in one case) gender.

“We found seven scripts collecting Facebook user data using the first party’s Facebook access”, he wrote. The practice isn't yet widespread, thankfully: scripts to gather this user information were only found on 434 of the Alexa top million sites, including “fiverr.com, bhphotovideo.com, and mongodb.com”.

Apr 18 11:42

Facebook Will FORCE All Users To Accept Being TRACKED Around The Internet

Facebook has finally responded to requests to stop tracking users for advertising. But they aren’t going to. Instead, Facebook is going to force all of those who continue to use their social media service to accept being tracked around the internet.

“People can choose to not be on Facebook if they want,” said Facebook Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman. Or, they will be forced to opt into being tracked everywhere they go, and that’s just the way it is. This decision was not made in the interest of the users of Facebook, but explicitly to keep the company’s business model “intact,” reported the Independent.

Some had suggested that the site will have to make major changes once a new European Union privacy law comes into effect. Many parts of those new regulations seem in direct conflict with Facebook’s business, including new rules about what information can be harvested about users. But that’s exactly why Facebook will explicitly demand that you opt into being tracked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's it; I will be quitting Facebook shortly.

Apr 18 10:16

Apple REFUSED to Fix our iMac Pro

Apr 18 10:07

THEC64 Mini review: Commodore's '80s classic reborn

Now, no doubt encouraged by the success of Nintendo's miniature NES and SNES consoles, British company Retro Games has put together a cute Commodore-shaped machine packed with dozens of old games — 64 for them to be precise — that you can play on modern TVs in HD.

And though THEC64 Mini doesn't wholly capture the spirit of the original — it is, ultimately, similar to emulating the games on a PC but in a plug-and-play format — the machine represents a fine effort with a few good modern conveniences.

Apr 18 09:56

These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between "surveillance and what we do." "The difference is extremely clear," a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. "On Facebook, you have control over your information... the information we collect you can choose to have us not collect."

But not a single member of the committee pushed the billionaire CEO about surveillance companies who exploit the data on Facebook for profit. Forbes has uncovered one case that might shock them: over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed.

Apr 18 09:45

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.

Apr 18 09:42

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, citing British authorities’ investigation into his former company’s alleged misuse of data from millions of Facebook accounts in political campaigns.

Committee Chairman Damian Collins announced Nix’s decision a day before his scheduled appearance but flatly rejected the notion that he should be let off the hook, saying Nix hasn’t been charged with a crime and there are no active legal proceedings against him.

“There is therefore no legal reason why Mr. Nix cannot appear,” Collins said in a statement. “The committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if there is a charge, in British law, of contempt of Parliament?!?

Obviously, Nix believes himself to be above the law here. There is no legal reason wny Nix should NOT appear.

Apr 18 09:39

RUSSIA THREATENS TO BLOCK FACEBOOK

Facebook has until the end of 2018 to comply with Russia's data storage law, or be banned like messenger service Telegram or professional networking website LinkedIn.

The law requires all social networks to move data on Russian users to Russia. Facebook is also obliged to remove all prohibited information, according to the head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor, Aleksandr Zharov.

"If none of [the steps are taken by Facebook] or some of this is not fulfilled, or the Russian state is not informed of the intention to do so, then obviously there will be a question of blocking," Zharov told Izvestia daily.

The professional network website LinkedIn has already been banned in Russia for refusing to comply. The popular messenger Telegram was blocked in Russia after refusing to provide Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) with keys to decrypt its messages.

Apr 18 09:35

AUTONOMOUS DRONES WILL SOON DECIDE WHO TO KILL

The United States Army wants to develop a system that can be quickly integrated and deployed into its weaponized drone fleet to automatically Detect, Recognize, Classify, Identify (DRCI) and target enemy combatants and vehicles using artificial intelligence (AI). This is an impressive leap forward, whereas humans still operate current military drones, this technology could foster a new era of autonomous drones conducting operations in hybrid wars — without human oversight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do not think, for one moment, that this technology will not be used domestically against peaceful dissidents in this country, who have the nerve to question this government's agendas or motives.

Apr 18 09:26

Alexander Nix: Suspended Cambridge Analytica boss faces official summons after refusing to appear before MPs

The suspended boss of Cambridge Analytica is facing an official summons after refusing to appear before a committee of MPs investigating the Facebook data breach scandal.

The committee’s chair reacted angrily after Alexander Nix claimed an investigation by the information commissioner meant the controversy was sub judice.

Damian Collins said: “We have taken advice and he is not charged with any criminal offence and there are no active legal proceedings.

Apr 18 09:23

Embassy: Moscow's "Involvement" in Cyberattacks on London Anti-Russia Campaign

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom has responded to numerous allegations of cyberthreats allegedly emanating from Moscow and added that London is just seeking to get money from taxpayers.

"If the UK government had really wanted to clarify its relations with our country in the area of cybersecurity at the expert level, it would have agreed on the proposal… to hold relevant consultations among experts in order to remove concerns of London, if any… As we see, there are no concerns, there is simply a wild anti-Russian campaign that fits into the overall anti-Russian policy of the conservative government and the desire to wring money from UK taxpayers for new costs," the spokesperson said.

Apr 18 09:11

Social media now being used by police and intelligence agencies to collect biometrics

Amid the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle over their general surveillance and misuse of users’ private data, there is an emerging trend that is infinitely more disturbing.

Apr 18 09:07

ALGORITHM TO FIND PHONY USERS ON MANY SOCIAL NETWORKS

A new generic method to detect fake accounts on most types of social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, has been developed by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba and the University of Washington in Seattle.

According to a study just published in Social Network Analysis and Mining, the new method is based on the assumption that fake accounts tend to establish improbable links to other users in the networks.

Apr 18 08:37

Cambridge Analytica’s Alexander Nix ducks fake news inquiry… so will Parliament summon him?

The suspended bigwig of notorious data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, has ducked the UK government’s fake news inquiry – for now.

MPs are faced with the decision whether or not to summon the slippery CEO.
Nix had been asked back to the inquiry for a second time to clarify inconsistencies in the evidence he provided the first time around. Now, Nix’s lawyers have told the inquiry that he will not – and cannot – “give evidence [on Wednesday] as a consequence of him having been served with an information notice and being the subject of a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office,” committee chair Damian Collins told his fellow members.

Apr 18 07:42

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.

Apr 18 07:04

Virtual personal relationships

One of the most familiar themes that children are taught is that mankind is a social being. From the earliest age, the process of socialization is integrated into every learning experience or social contact. Getting along with one’s peers is preached as a primary objective for each succeeding generation.

Apr 17 18:25

Facebook still allowed apps to access data from users' private friends lists until just two weeks ago

In the weeks since the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, Facebook has insisted that apps could no longer access the data of users’ friends in the ways that allowed the firm to collect millions of people's information without their knowledge.

But, that doesn’t mean your friends lists were completely off limits.

While Facebook says it made changes to ‘dramatically limit the data apps could access’ back in 2014, including detailed data about a person’s friends, developers could still access ‘taggable friends’ lists until just two weeks ago.

This would reveal names and profile pictures of those friends, according to the Telegraph.

Apr 17 16:42

Social Media Now Being Used by Police and Intelligence Agencies to Collect Biometrics

By Nicholas West

Amid the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle over their general surveillance and misuse of users’ private data, there is an emerging trend that is infinitely more disturbing...

Apr 17 15:53

Facebook Facing Class Action Suit Over Facial Recognition

A US federal judge has ruled that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations of violating users’ privacy.

Apr 17 11:06

55 INFOSEC PROFESSIONALS SIGN LETTER OPPOSING GEORGIA’S COMPUTER CRIME BILL

In a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, 55 cybersecurity professionals from around the country are calling for a veto for S.B. 315, a state bill that would give prosecutors new power to target independent security researchers.

This isn’t just a matter of solidarity among those in the profession. Georgia represents our nation’s third largest information security sector. The signers have clients, partners, and offices in Georgia. They attend conferences in Georgia. They teach and study in Georgia or recruit students from Georgia. And they all agree that S.B. 315, which would create a new crime of "unauthorized access," would do more harm than good.

Read the letter from the 55 information security specialists in opposition to S.B. 315.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is really horrifically written legislation, which means that the Georgia legislature will, most probably, pass it anyway.

Apr 17 08:54

US Facebook users could get up to $5,000 compensation for EVERY picture tagged by the company's photo-scanning AI as judge rules the app stole biometric data

Facebook will face a class action law suit in the wake of its privacy scandal, a US federal judge has ruled.

Allegations of privacy violations emerged when it was revealed the app used a photo-scanning tool on users' images without their explicit consent.

The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users.

Under Illinois state law, the company could be fined $1,000 to $5,000 (£700 - £3,500) each time a person's image was used without consent.

Apr 17 08:44

Secret surveillance software created by EX-SPIES is harvesting Facebook photos to create a huge facial recognition database that could be used to monitor people worldwide

Secret surveillance software created by a former Israeli intelligence officer is harvesting Facebook photos.

The firm behind it is taking profile images from the social network, YouTube and other sites to build a huge facial recognition database.

Its creators say the software could lead to the identification of terror suspects, captured in promotional and other material posted online.

News of the controversial service is causing alarm among privacy activists as Facebook scrambles to deal with its ongoing data scandal.

Apr 17 08:30

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook.

The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his senate and Congressional hearings.

It's no real surprise that someone using their Facebook Login to sign in to other sites is tracked, but the post by product management director David Baser goes into (a little) detail on other tracking activities – some of which have been known to the outside world for some time, occasionally denied by Facebook, and apparently mysteries only to Zuck.

When non-Facebook sites add a “Like” button (a social plugin, in Baser's terminology), visitors to those sites are tracked: Facebook gets their IP address, browser and OS fingerprint, and visited site.

Apr 17 08:28

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

Yes, this is the same France that wants not-backdoors for the rest of us

Apr 16 10:52

GOOGLE IS PURSUING THE PENTAGON’S GIANT CLOUD CONTRACT QUIETLY, FEARING AN EMPLOYEE REVOLT

Last August, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis made a journey to the West Coast and met with Google founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai. Over a half day of meetings, Google leaders described the company’s multi-year transition to cloud computing and how it was helping them develop into a powerhouse for research and development into artificial intelligence. Brin in particular was eager to showcase how much Google was learning every day about AI and cloud implementation, according to one current and one former senior Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cloud computing is neither, at this moment in its infancy, inherently sound nor secure; I would like to hope that US military leadership understands this, and that, at this moment, data can disappear from the cloud, never to be recovered again.

What happens when data gets lost in the cloud?!?

8 reasons to fear cloud computing

The Cons of Cloud Computing

Data breaches in the cloud; who's responsible?!?

A Wake-up call for the cloud

Apr 16 08:21

Cybercriminals Hijack Router DNS to Distribute Android Banking Trojan

Security researchers have been warning about an ongoing malware campaign hijacking Internet routers to distribute Android banking malware that steals users' sensitive information, login credentials and the secret code for two-factor authentication.

In order to trick victims into installing the Android malware, dubbed Roaming Mantis, hackers have been hijacking DNS settings on vulnerable and poorly secured routers.

DNS hijacking attack allows hackers to intercept traffic, inject rogue ads on web-pages and redirect users to phishing pages designed to trick them into sharing their sensitive information like login credentials, bank account details, and more.

Apr 16 08:19

Hackers Have Started Exploiting Drupal RCE Exploit Released Yesterday

Hackers have started exploiting a recently disclosed critical vulnerability in Drupal shortly after the public release of working exploit code.

Two weeks ago, Drupal security team discovered a highly critical remote code execution vulnerability, dubbed Drupalgeddon2, in its content management system software that could allow attackers to completely take over vulnerable websites.

To address this vulnerability the company immediately released updated versions of Drupal CMS without releasing any technical details of the vulnerability, giving more than a million sites enough time to patch the issue.

Apr 15 17:17

Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

Facebook’s advertising platform is riddled with loopholes that can help miscreants obtain private information on individual users, according to a recent study.

Personally identifiable details – such as someone's email address, full name, date of birth, and home address – are used with their likes and dislikes to slot them into categories for targeted adverts. That means advertisers can zero in on their products' ideal buyers, and, say, sling expensive pet food ads at rich dog owners. However, these systems can also be exploited by scumbags to potentially slurp sensitive records.

Apr 15 08:48

UK could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russia if infrastructure targeted

Britain would consider launching a cyber attack against Russia in retaliation if Russia targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed security sources.

Britain's relations with Russia are at a historic low, after it blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, prompting mass expulsions of diplomats.

Russia has denied involvement, and on Saturday also condemned strikes against Syria by Western powers, which Britain took part in.

Cyber security has become a focal point of the strained relations. On Thursday, a British spy chief said that his GCHQ agency would "continue to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behavior", adding there would be increasing demand for its cyber expertise.

Apr 15 08:39

Facebook Launches Censorship Campaign Against Invaluable Alt-Media Outlet, South Front

This is hugely alarming. South Front is a valuable member of the alt-media family but its output is somewhat unique. Where the rest of us are tend to be very opinionated and specialize in commentary, South Front sticks to wire-agency style updates. Their output are dry news updates from around the world's conflict zones. If even such a matter-of-fact site is not safe from censorship no one is.

Apr 15 08:12

Fighting Sex Traffickers – FOSTA Laws and Freedoms

President Trump has signed into law two bills that are hugely contentious not just for the Left/Right divide, but also for Conservatives and Libertarians. The FOSTA and SESTA bills seek to eliminate the options for child sex traffickers having a “safe space” to connect with other deviants, but the bills also have wider ramifications on internet freedoms.

Apr 15 07:36

HOW ISRAEL HARDWARE BACKDOORED - EVERYTHING

Apr 14 10:21

The NSA Wants a Skeleton Key to Everyone’s Encrypted Data

By Gavin Hanson

Like it or not, you are your data. In this day and age, your receipts, social media activity, public records, GPS data, and Internet search history are the proof of who you are. And while you may have thought you had secrets, the Federal Government would like the rest of them. It's called "exceptional access"...

Apr 14 09:47

Elon Musk admits Tesla's autopilot will 'never be perfect' at preventing accidents after driver is killed in smash with highway barrier

Billionaire hi-tech mogul Elon Musk admitted on Thursday that the autopilot program his automotive company is working on will 'never be perfect' at preventing accidents.

Speaking with CBS News on Thursday, Musk said that the system is not designed to replace human control of a vehicle but instead aid motorists with driving tasks like staying within a lane.

'Well what's the purpose of having autopilot if you still have to put your hands on the wheel, Elon?' Gayle King, co-host of 'CBS This Morning,' asked the famed inventor during their interview.

Apr 14 08:45

Google Chrome WARNING - Beware of FAKE updates that will fill your computer with malware

Malwarebytes researcher Jerome Segura in a blog post explained how CMS systems of legitimate websites had been hacked to spread the malicious files.

He explained the CMS hack affected thousands of sites that used the WordPress, Squarespace and Joomla platforms.

Segura said visitors to affected sites were redirected to a fake update page for their relevant browser.

So Chrome users were presented with a bogus Google update page and Firefox fans saw a fake Mozilla download site.

The victims were told their software was out-of-date and that they needed to update to the latest version.

Clicking on the update button prompts users to download a JavaScript file hosted on Dropbox, which then infects a victim's computer with malware.

Apr 14 03:02

New California Bill Would Eliminate Free Speech, Require ‘Online Fact Checkers’

California Senator Richard Pan, the infamous fascist who forced a mandatory vaccination law through in order to rake in money from big pharma, has decided there should no longer be free speech for anyone other than the government. Pan’s new bill proposes to require “online fact checkers” to verify content before anything can be posted on the internet.

Apr 13 07:50

Exclusive — Marsha Blackburn: Mark Zuckerberg Admitted Facebook ‘Subjective in How They Manipulate These Algorithms’ to Censor Conservatives

Blackburn described Zuckerberg as unprepared to discuss certain issues during his testimony. She said, “One of the things that struck me was that [Mark Zuckerberg] seemed really unprepared on issues of legislation, about the Federal Trade Commission consent decrees that [Facebook] had entered into in 2011 and the implications of that. He seemed uninformed about the lawsuits that they had settled and was questioned on. A couple of my Democrat colleagues and I were talking after the hearing, and we had expected him to come before us and be conversant in those issues. … We were surprised that he did not have information to respond to the questions he was asked.”

Apr 13 06:59

Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

Chase Bank is the target of a class action lawsuit accusing the bank of overcharging customers who bought cryptocurrencies with their credit cards.

A class-action complaint [PDF], filed this week in a New York US district court, accuses Chase of failing to warn customers it would be classifying cryptocurrency purchases as cash-advance transactions that were subject to higher interest rates than regular purchases.

The plaintiffs say that, in January of this year, Chase changed its policy on cryptocurrency buying without warning. This, in turn, meant that purchases previously subject to the standard interest rates and payment schedules were now given interest rates as high as 30 per cent and that theses were immediately applied, rather than at the end of the billing period.

This, the suit claims, is a violation of the US Truth in Lending Act.

Apr 13 06:55

Popular Android Phone Manufacturers Caught Lying About Security Updates

Android ecosystem is highly broken when it comes to security, and device manufacturers (better known as OEMs) make it even worse by not providing critical patches in time.

According to a new study, most Android vendors have been lying to users about security updates and telling customers that their smartphones are running the latest updates.

In other words, most smartphone manufacturers including big players like Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Sony, HTC, LG, and Huawei are not delivering you every critical security patch they're supposed to, a study by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell of German security firm Security Research Labs (SRL) revealed.

Apr 13 06:52

Google trains its AI to pick out voices in a noisy crowd to SPY on your secret conversations

Google has developed an AI that can pick out someone's voice in a noisy room.

By looking at people's faces when they're speaking, the firm has trained a machine to spot individual people as they talk and isolate their voice against background noise.

Technology such as this could easily be used to spy on secret conversations.

However, Google claims its applications are likely to be in clearing up speech in video calls and boosting the power of hearing aids.

Apr 12 16:23

Study finds 1 in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook accounts after Cambridge Analytica scandal, as it's revealed the firm is now the least trusted major tech company

A new survey of 1,000 American Facebook users found that 9% deleted their account due to privacy concerns in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a study from tech research firm Techpinions.

Meanwhile, 17% said they deleted the Facebook app from their phone, while 11% deleted it from other devices.

What's more, about 59% of respondents said they would not be willing to pay for an ad-free version of Facebook like the firm's executives have suggested in recent days.

Apr 12 10:55

MASSIVE LODE OF RARE-EARTH METALS FOUND IN JAPANESE WATERS

The world is dependent on a steady supply of rare-earth elements such as yttrium, europium, terbium, dysprosium. They go into computers, phones, electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and electronic equipment. China is the world's biggest supplier of rare-earth elements, and uses its monopoly position as an effective bargaining chip. But Japan just announced that it has discovered a massive lode of rare earth materials that could satisfy the world's requirements on a "semi-infinite basis" (love that term).

Apr 12 10:51

HIGHLANDS FORUM: THE DOD FOUNDED THE FORUM TO BE ITS OWN INVESTMENT FIRM

The DOD founded the Forum to be its own investment firm. It invests in everything from technology, training, and ideas. It's most successful venture has been being an initial investor in Google. It was so successful that the CIA created their own investment firm called In-Q-Tel

Apr 12 10:43

A new target for hackers? Satellites

Government and commercial satellite operators are increasingly the target of hackers, who are looking for inexpensive, but effective ways to limit space capabilities, according to a new report from the Secure World Foundation.

“A growing number of non-state actors are actively probing commercial satellite systems and discovering cyber vulnerabilities that are similar in nature to those found in non-space systems,” the report read. “This indicates that manufacturers and developers of space systems may not yet have reached the same level of cyber hardness as other sectors.”

The report, released April 10 and titled “Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment,” points, among other vulnerabilities, to backdoors in Chinese electronics and Russian software packages used in the aerospace supply chain.

Apr 12 09:31

ESA set to run remote software update on its Mars Express orbiter to keep it stable as the craft approaches 15th year in operation

ESA said Wednesday four of Mars Express' six gyroscopes - used to measure the probe's rotation - are failing, which would end the mission in 2019.

So engineers decided to rewrite the spacecraft's computer code so it can orient itself using pictures of surrounding stars most of the time.

The code was uploaded last Sunday. A reboot is planned Monday.

While similar patches have been developed for other spacecraft, mission manager Patrick Martin said 'this is certainly the most complex and extensive software rewrite we've done in recent memory.'

Apr 12 07:47

Amazon patents 'voice-sniffing' algorithms

Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers' conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented "voice-sniffing" tech.

The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers' likes and dislikes.

Apr 12 07:29

Cryptocurrency-mining malware: Why it is such a menace and where it's going next

Cryptojacking is proving increasingly lucrative for cyber-attackers, and we're only at the beginning of this form of cybercrime -- here's how it has come to pose the threat it does and where it could go next.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where is the NSA in all of this cybercrime?

Apr 12 07:27

BEX ALERT - North Korean Destructive Malware Is Back, Says DHS Report

American intelligence analysts have discovered a destructive strain of North Korean malware not seen since the 2014 attack on Sony that crippled the company’s computer systems, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by Foreign Policy.

On Dec. 17, 2017, “advanced persistent threat actors” deployed “newly discovered destructive malware that shares a number of similarities to the destructive malware” used in the Sony attack, according to a restricted report issued late last year. “This is the the first known instance since 2014 that North Korea-tied destructive malware has been seen,” says the report, marked “For Official Use Only.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the so-called SONY hack turned out to be an internal leak.

Apr 12 07:19

Hey Zuck, ever sold data to the CIA?

A new name to pay attention to: Palantir.

Palantir’s clients include the CIA, DHS, NSA, the FBI and more.

Founded by Peter Thiel and very friendly with Facebook.

Here’s what the UK’s Guardian says about the company:

“It is all-powerful, yet no one knows it even exists. Palantir does not have an office, it has a ‘SCIF’ on a back street in Palo Alto, California. SCIF stands for ‘sensitive compartmentalised information facility’. Palantir says its building ‘must be built to be resistant to attempts to access the information within. The network must be ‘airgapped’ from the public internet to prevent information leakage.”

Apr 11 15:37

Google's File On You Could Be 10 Times Bigger Than Facebook's

With all the attention paid to Facebook in recent weeks over ‘data breaches’ and privacy violations, even though what happened with Cambridge Analytica is part of their standard business model, it’s easy to forget that there are four other Big Tech corporations collecting just as much - if not more - of our personal info.

Apr 11 13:59

Russia Insider Website Under DDoS Attack Since Tuesday Evening

Apparently we have been doing our job too well recently, and somebody REALLY doesn’t appreciate it!

Traffic on the site has exploded over the past few days, and is about 3X its usual level - until about an hour ago.

Our site was down for about 2.5 hours yesterday evening EST, and has been intermittent this afternoon, due to a sustained and relatively sophisticated DDoS (denial of service) attack.

It took me about an hour of trying to publish this article, and I still can't load an image with it. I've sent out this same message via our email newsletter list. If you haven't signed up for that yet, please do, it may be the only reliable way to stay in touch with you if they keep disrupting the site.
I've heard that other sites, Fort Russ, and Southfront have also been under attack.

Apr 11 13:06

Facebook I Deleted My Account, No Opting Out Of Off Line Spying Zuckerberg Says

Today Zuckerberg admitted they spy on people "For Security Reasons" Even when a user is not logged into Facebook. He also said there is no way for users to opt of of this activity.

Apr 11 11:38

Facebook Has DOZENS Of Former Obama And Hillary Staffers In Senior Positions - Mac Slavo

Mark Zuckerberg notably failed to mention the recent revelations about the Obama 2012 campaign’s exploitation of the platform’s weak pre-2014 data protections toharvest masses of data from non-consenting users. But when looking deeper at the number of former Obama staffers and former Hillary staffers in senior positions at the social media giant, it becomes a lot easier to see the “why” behind the obvious and glaring question.

It isn’t a secret that Facebook has been censoring anyone with a non-left political ideology. Even Diamond and Silk have had a run-in with censorship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hardly surprised by this.

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