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Oct 16 17:21

Is Trump Backpedaling on 5G? No Federal Spending for R&D. Are All The Warnings Finally Sinking In?

By B.N. Frank

Is it possible that the Trump administration is paying attention to the rising tide against 5G?

A 5G Proponent website published an article last month that certainly makes it seem like the insane “Race for 5G” may not be as much of a priority anymore...

Oct 16 15:43

Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed

Users won't be able to upload new content to the site after October 21 and have until December 14 to archive their content, Yahoo said in an announcement.

Oct 16 14:55

Massive Verizon outage across the US as data, texting and calls fail - and no word about when the issue will be resolved

America’s ‘most reliable’ network has gone down.

Verizon appears to be out across the entire US, with the most recent reports coming in from New York City, Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

The outage appears to be effecting data, payments, calls and texting for customers -- no official statement has been given by the communications and Technology Company yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not good, particularly in light of how dependent our lives have become on these gadgets.

Oct 16 10:15

Worn-Out Flash Memory Is Suddenly Bricking Tesla Cars

Some older Teslas are spontaneously bricking because their embedded flash memory is wearing out, according to three independent Tesla repair professionals who have studied the issue.

The issue is with a flash storage chip called the eMMC that is embedded on a board called the MCU1. According to experts who have studied the problem, Teslas are writing vehicle logs to this flash storage chip so much that it eventually goes bad. The issue has been known in the Tesla community since at least May, when Tesla repair YouTuber Rich Benoit spoke to another Tesla repair professional named Phil Sadow about it in a video.

“Tesla’s got a problem. They create so many logs in the car, they write to [the chip] so fast that it basically burns them out. They have a finite amount of writes,” Sadow said in the video. “When this burns out, you wake up to a black screen [in the car’s center console.] There’s nothing there. No climate control. You can generally drive the car, but it won’t charge.”

Oct 16 10:01

Phorpiex botnet made $115,000 in five months just from mass-spamming sextortion emails

Check Point says that since April, they've seen the botnet send out multiple spam campaigns with a "sextortion" lure -- claiming to have compromising images or videos of the email recipient, and requesting a ransom demand.

According to a report shared with ZDNet last week, some of these mass-mailed sextortion waves peaked at 27 million emails per campaign, with some of the Phorpiex-infected computers sending out up to 30,000 sextortion emails per hour -- when the botnet was maxing out.

In the five-month period Cheak Point tracked Phorpiex's sextortion campaigns, victims sent more than 14 bitcoin (~$115,000) to the Bitcoin addresses spotted inside the sextortion emails, Check Point researchers told ZDNet in an email.

These profits would be more than enough to cover the botnet's operation costs, Alexey Bukhteyev, Reverse Engineer at Check Point, told ZDNet.

Oct 16 09:46

Are Secret Human Experiments Advancing Brain Chip Tech?

By Daniel Taylor

A doctor from Peru claims that recent advancements in brain chip technology could be due to “secret, forced, and illicit human experimentation” by a consortium of transnational tech companies and governments operating outside of the law.

A 2016 paper published in the Egyptian Journal of Internal Medicine warned that “secret, forced, and illicit human experimentation” could be happening in Latin America, where poverty stricken masses are routinely recruited for medical trials...

Oct 16 07:21

Britain's porn ban is SCRAPPED: Plans to make users prove they are over 18 to view adult content are scrapped amid backlash from websites and privacy fears

Plans to introduce the world's first online porn law designed to stop children accessing pictures and videos were shelved by the government today.

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that a new law forcing people to prove they are 18 or over to access content would not be going ahead.

The legislation had already been delayed twice, including in July, after organisations including the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) questioned how effective it would be.

Oct 16 06:38

YouTube, Google, Facebook and Vimeo are complicit in the massive polio outbreak cover-up: It’s all caused by vaccines

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also now sounding the alarm about vaccine-induced illness, warning that polio vaccines have the potential to infect people with polio. But if you say the very same thing on your Vimeo account, you can expect to be shadow-banned or removed from the platform entirely.

It’s a strange dichotomy where everyday people are not allowed to say things online that are “off-script” from the globalist narrative. But when the globalists themselves decide to spill the beans, even subtly, the mainstream media reports it matter-of-factly as if there’s nothing to see here, so just move right along, now.

What this all proves, of course, is that the mainstream media is in cahoots with mainstream medicine, parroting its lies and censoring the truth as it suits the agenda – even when children’s lives are put at risk.

Oct 15 17:48

Concerns About 5G Worsening India’s 3 Million Ton E-Waste Mess

By B.N. Frank

According to an opinion piece in the Hindu Businessline, India already has 3 million tons of E-Waste which will more than likely increase due to the introduction of 5G.

5G E-Waste concerns have been reported before. Let’s not forget also that E-Waste is a huge problem already without 5G.

So what will happen to all the increasing sources of E-Waste if there is ever a global ban on sending it to developing countries?...

Oct 15 17:15

French NGOs Demand Moratorium on 5G Due to Its “Out of Control” Consequences On Society

By B.N. Frank

Telecom Industry executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t. People and their pets are already becoming sick where it’s installed.

Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and more are also warning that 5G isn’t worth ALL the risks associated with it. Opposition is increasing worldwide. So are lawsuits and legislation against forced installation. French NGOs are now asking for a moratorium on 5G at least until there can be a public debate on it...

Oct 15 15:59

Alexa, warn our guests that you're eavesdropping on them: Google chief says people should warn visitors of smart speakers in their homes

One of Google’s top bosses says people should warn their guests if they have smart speakers operating in their home.

Voice assistants – such as the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices – work by listening to what is being said around them and responding when addressed.

Asked whether homeowners should make visitors aware that technology could be eavesdropping on them, Rick Osterloh, senior vice-president of devices at Google, said: ‘Gosh, I haven’t thought about this before in quite this way.’

He told the BBC: ‘I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.

'We have to consider all stakeholders that might be in proximity.’

Oct 15 10:41

Windows 10 Start menu problems: We'll fix them in late October, says Microsoft

Microsoft says it will fix a lingering broken Start menu problem that's been affecting Windows 10 users over the past few weeks.

Oct 15 07:46

911 Dispatchers To Monitor 30+ Million CCTV Cameras In Real-Time

By MassPrivateI

911 dispatchers are about to join the ranks of District Attorneys (DA) using CCTV cameras to monitor the public.

Last week, CentralSquare Technologies announced that they are working with Genetec, Inc. to turn 911 dispatchers into an arm of the surveillance state by giving them real-time access to more than 30 million CCTV cameras...

Oct 14 18:07

Massachusetts Utility Regulators Order Investigation into the Management of One of Their Largest Electric Providers. When Will Yours?

By B.N. Frank

Americans everywhere seem to be grumbling about their increasing electric bills due to “technology upgrades”. Since 2009 the federally mandated installation of EXPENSIVE, exceptionally problematic, environmentally unfriendly, and exceptionally vulnerable “Smart” Meters and Grids are a huge part of this for all utility customers regardless of which company is providing them.

Digital or wireless “Smart” Meters were NOT necessary for solar power in the past. Regardless, many environmentalists continue to be loyal to “Smart” Meters + Solar Power marketing promises even though these meters have never worked right and customers have been forced to pay higher bills for them anyway. Now Massachusetts utility regulators have been pressured to investigate why one of their utility companies is not keeping its promises on solar power, electric vehicles, and cybersecurity despite significant customer rate increases...

Oct 14 14:46

How to Make Windows 10 Pause Updates for a Period of Time

Windows 10 Home with May 2019 Update lets you pause updates for up to 7 days and you can pause updates for more than 35 days if you use Windows 10 Pro.

Oct 14 07:04

Facebook's digital currency dealt another blow

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency must not go ahead until the firm proves it is safe and secure, according to a report by the G7 group seen by the BBC.

In a blow to the social media giant, the world's biggest economies warned cryptocurrencies such as Libra pose a risk to the global financial system.

The draft report outlines nine major risks posed by such digital currencies.

It warns that even if Libra's backers address concerns, the project may not get approval from regulators.

Oct 14 04:37

A Mayan Archaeologist Has Discovered 27 Previously Unknown Ancient Sites—All Without Ever Leaving His Computer

A resourceful archaeologist has made the stunning discovery of 27 new ancient Mayan sites—all without ever leaving his desk.

Takeshi Inomata, an researcher at the University of Arizona, made his discoveries using freely accessible light detection and ranging maps (LiDAR for short) published in 2011 by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography in Mexico, according to the New York Times.

The organization created the map, which surveys 4,400 square miles of land in the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, with an eye toward serving businesses and researchers. An even though the imagery is low resolution, it still suited Inomata’s needs, especially considering it was free. (Inomata recently spent $62,000 on a less fruitful LiDAR map, and even then the price reflected a steep discount.)

Using the technology, Inomata—who specializes in the origins of Mayan civilization and its links to the early Olmec people—identified ceremonial sites never before seen by scholars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to this gentleman and for what he has achieved; discoveries like this, add to the richness of our understanding of human history on this earth.

Oct 13 17:11

Phonegate Alert: 9 Out of 10 Mobile Phones Fail When Safety Tested in Real Use Conditions. Manufacturers Knowingly Overexposed Us to RF Radiation

By B.N. Frank

It’s not a big surprise that we can’t trust phone manufacturers.  For many years they have been warning their shareholders – not the public – that they may eventually be held liable for causing harm with their products and transmitters.  Perhaps that’s why insurance companies haven’t been covering them.

In August the Chicago Tribune reported that 11 smartphone models exceeded federal Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation limits which led to Fegan Scott law firm filing class action lawsuits.

Since 2018, Phonegate Alert has been reporting about RF safety issues with phones and more.  Earlier this month, they published this update...

Oct 13 17:03

Apple iTunes and iCloud for Windows 0-Day Exploited in Ransomware Attacks

Watch out Windows users!

The cybercriminal group behind BitPaymer and iEncrypt ransomware attacks has been found exploiting a zero-day vulnerability affecting a little-known component that comes bundled with Apple's iTunes and iCloud software for Windows to evade antivirus detection.

The vulnerable component in question is the Bonjour updater, a zero-configuration implementation of network communication protocol that works silently in the background and automates various low-level network tasks, including automatically download the future updates for Apple software.

To be noted, since the Bonjour updater gets installed as a separate program on the system, uninstalling iTunes and iCloud doesn't remove Bonjour, which is why it eventually left installed on many Windows computers — un-updated and silently running in the background.

Oct 13 13:50

Attackers Create Elaborate Crypto Trading Scheme to Install Malware

Attackers have created an elaborate scheme to distribute a cryptocurrency trading program that installs a backdoor on a victim's Mac or Windows PC.

Security researcher MalwareHunterTeam discovered a scheme where an attacker has created a fake company that is offering a free cryptocurrency trading platform called JMT Trader. When this program is installed, it will also infect a victim with a backdoor Trojan.

Oct 13 08:21

iPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to branch out from iOS 13 with an iPad-specific operating system.

FURTHER READING
2018 iPad Pro review: “What’s a computer?”
Just one year later, that’s exactly what Apple has done with iPadOS, which launched for modern iPads a few days after iOS 13 hit the iPhone and iPod touch. While iPadOS does not actually signify that big of a change under the hood, its new nomenclature is a statement of intent by Apple.

Oct 12 02:21

How to Download Torrent Files Safely

When downloading files, it’s difficult to know for sure whether or not they are safe. Files we receive via email or download from websites may contain viruses, Trojans, worms, or other malicious programs that can infect our computer system.

Data exchange using P2P protocols and torrent sites is hugely popular. Torrent trackers provide access to a vast number of books, movies, TV shows, software, and so on. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to securely download files from torrent trackers.

  1. Update your antivirus

Often (but not always) when downloading a dangerous file, an antivirus alerts you and blocks infected files. It is good to regularly update your antivirus signature database to stay on top of new malware outbreaks.

  1. Update your torrent client
Oct 11 17:22

Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra suffers another setback as eBay, Mastercard and Stripe all pull their support amid pressure from lawmakers

EBay, Stripe, and Mastercard all announced their intention to leave which marks the second major rebuke of Libra after Paypal exited the group just last week.

Oct 11 17:20

Yahoo may owe you up to $358 due to a class action settlement over security breaches between 2012 and 2016

If you had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016 you may be eligible for damage payment resulting from a class-action lawsuit filed against the tech giant.

Some users will be eligible for credit monitoring and identity recovery assistant services from AllClearID, paid for by Yahoo.

Others will be eligible for a cash payment of up to $358.80 to reimburse for credit monitoring services paid out of pocket.

Oct 11 17:12

Nemty 1.6 Ransomware Released and Pushed via RIG Exploit Kit

The RIG exploit kit is now pushing a cocktail of malware that includes a new variant of the Nemty Ransomware.

First spotted by exploit kit researcher mol69, a malvertising campaign is redirecting users to the RIG exploit kit to target enterprise users who are still utilizing Internet Explorer and Flash Player.

If a user running these outdated programs are redirected to the exploit kit landing page, the malicious scripts will attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in the browser to install a variety of malware including the Nemty 1.6 ransomware.

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According to security firm Tesorion, Nemty 1.6 also modified their encryption algorithm to use the Windows cryptographic libraries instead of their own custom AES implementation.

This was most likely done to break the decryptor created by Tesorion, which didn't go as plan as Tesorion's decryptor can still decrypt Nemty 1.6 victims for free.

Oct 11 17:04

Telecoms Want to Hide Detailed 5G Installation Maps from The Public AND The Feds

By B.N. Frank

The role of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry. Unfortunately, they’ve been doing the exact opposite for many years now.

Now telecoms don’t even want the FCC to know where they are installing 5G...

Oct 11 10:12

Attackers exploit an iTunes zeroday to install ransomware

Attackers exploited a zeroday vulnerability in Apple's iTunes and iCloud programs to infect Windows computers with ransomware without triggering antivirus protections, researchers from Morphisec reported on Thursday. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this week.

The vulnerability resided in the Bonjour component that both iTunes and iCloud for Windows relies on, according to a blog post. The bug is known as an unquoted service path, which as its name suggests, happens when a developer forgets to surround a file path with quotation marks. When the bug is in a trusted program—such as one digitally signed by a well-known developer like Apple—attackers can exploit the flaw to make the program execute code that AV protection might otherwise flag as suspicious.

Oct 11 08:18

A Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In More Than 100 Published Studies

Scientists in Hawai?i have uncovered a glitch in a piece of code that could have yielded incorrect results in over 100 published studies that cited the original paper.

The glitch caused results of a common chemistry computation to vary depending on the operating system used, causing discrepancies among Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The researchers published the revelation and a debugged version of the script, which amounts to roughly 1,000 lines of code, on Tuesday in the journal Organic Letters.

“This simple glitch in the original script calls into question the conclusions of a significant number of papers on a wide range of topics in a way that cannot be easily resolved from published information because the operating system is rarely mentioned,” the new paper reads. “Authors who used these scripts should certainly double-check their results and any relevant conclusions using the modified scripts in the [supplementary information].”

Oct 11 08:16

Florida is scooping up huge amounts of data on schoolchildren, including security camera footage and discipline records, and researchers are worried

Aspen Institute researchers are raising concerns about a Florida initiative meant to collect and collate huge swaths of data on schoolchildren, according to a report released Thursday.

Florida schools are now required to collect, store and crunch data on students in the name of predicting a school shooting.

The initiative comes at a time when social media companies and app developers have encountered withering criticism over their collection of children's data and possible violations of students' privacy.

Oct 11 07:18

Revealed: Facebook paid just £28m tax despite £1.6billion earnings in UK and a 50% surge in profits

Facebook has generated a record £1.6billion in British sales and its profits are also up 50 per cent but they only paid £28million in UK corporation tax last year, new figures revealed today.

Mark Zuckerberg's social media behemoth increased its UK revenues by almost a third in 2018 - up around £300million - from £1.3billion.

But profits only increased by £36million to £97million - meaning the Treasury only received £28million in corporation tax - with a £356million research and development bill and a £431million wage and pension bill blamed.

Oct 11 07:11

Trolls for hire: Investigation finds online smear campaigns can be bought for as little as $8 for a post or $1,500 for two week campaign

A new report shows how easily and cheaply trolls can be hired to spread disinformation online.

Researchers created a fictional company and hired the services of two different disinformation providers, one to spread positive stories and social media posts about the company and another to publicly undermine it.

The services range from $8 for social media posts to $1,500 for SEO services that ensure disinformation posts rank higher in searches.

Oct 11 07:06

'Movie Idiocracy is a reality!' Google gets to chug millions of gallons of drinking water from dwindling aquifer to cool servers

Google has been given the go-ahead to pump some 550 million gallons of clean drinking water per year to cool servers at its sprawling data center in South Carolina, sparking outrage and fears the company will deplete the supply.

After months of wrangling over the tech giant’s request, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) gave its approval for the company to draw water from a major aquifer for its data center in Berkeley County, so long as it complies with the terms of the permit, in particular caps on the amount it can use.

While Google insists it strives to “build sustainability” into all of its projects, critics have slammed the move for putting Big Tech ahead of South Carolinians, arguing the aquifer in question is drying up and that its remaining supply should be preserved for residents.

Oct 10 19:59

The Best Linux VPNs for 2019

For ultra-nerds and people who are serious about desktop security, Linux is the operating system (OS) of choice. But even if you're a penguin user, you still need to protect your data once it leaves your device. This is where Linux-compatible virtual private networks (VPNs) can help. We test 10 of the best so you can find the best one for you.
By
Daniel Brame
October 9, 2019 4:39PM EST

Oct 10 19:47

15 Most Secure Linux Distros for Privacy and Security Concern Users

Here is the list of the Most Secure Linux Distros which are ’Specially Focused on Linux security.’ That means this article is done especially by focusing on Sharp Security that a Linux user is more concern about.

Oct 10 19:44

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Oct 10 19:42

Best Linux laptops of 2019: the top open-source notebooks

For some people, going with the best Linux laptops is the way to go, contrary to popular opinion that Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s macOS are the only options for a notebook operating system. With this guide, we’re going to dive into the best laptops that are specifically built for the open-source operating system.

There aren’t any mainstream notebook vendors, beyond Dell at least, that offer Linux as a base OS option on a new laptop. This leaves us with other smaller manufacturers, which can carve out a niche for themselves with the best Linux laptops.

Plus, you can still install Linux on pretty much any laptop, even though some manufacturers lock down their products, making installing Linux kind of a pain.

We picked out five of the best Linux laptops on the market right now, all of which have been fine-tuned to run some of the best Linux distros (like Ubuntu, for instance). That means they’re guaranteed run the open-source OS out of the box without any tinkering.

Oct 10 18:17

China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall

By Danny O’Brien

Those outside the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are accustomed to thinking of the Internet censorship practices of the Chinese state as primarily domestic, enacted through the so-called “Great Firewall”—a system of surveillance and blocking technology that prevents Chinese citizens from viewing websites outside the country. The Chinese government’s justification for that firewall is based on the concept of “Internet sovereignty.” The PRC has long declared that “within Chinese territory, the internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty.”

Hong Kong, as part of the “one country, two systems” agreement, has largely lived outside that firewall: foreign services like Twitter, Google, and Facebook are available there, and local ISPs have made clear that they will oppose direct state censorship of its open Internet.

Oct 10 17:41

Bots Evolving to Better Mimic Humans – May Prove Harder to Detect in 2020 Elections

USC Information Sciences Institute (USC ISI) computer scientist, Emilio Ferrara, has new research indicating that bots or fake accounts enabled by artificial intelligence on social media have evolved and are now better able to copy human behaviors in order to avoid detection.

Oct 10 17:21

Nemty Ransomware Decryptor Released, Recover Files for Free

Victims of the Nemty Ransomware finally have something to be happy about as researchers have released a decryptor that allows them to recover files for free.

Oct 10 17:13

Amazon employees 'watch home security footage from Cloud Cams including video of owners having sex'

Amazon employees are reportedly watching video taken from inside people's homes on the tech giant's Cloud Cam and have even seen customers having sex.

The security camera, which links up to the Alexa voice assistant, allows people keep an eye on what's happening in their home 24/7.

But, according to anonymous insiders, human workers at the company are watching up to 150 20 to 30 second clips per day, some of which are intended to be private.

In some instances, the employees said, staff are faced with footage of intimate moments inside people's houses.

The company insists footage is only reviewed if it's sent in voluntarily because of a problem and that customers are 'in control' of their videos.

Oct 10 11:20

“Opting out” is a myth

Consider a day in the life of a fairly ordinary person in a large city in a stable, democratically governed country. They are not in prison or institutionalized, nor are they a dissident or an enemy of the state, yet they live in a condition of permanent and total surveillance unprecedented in its precision and intimacy.

As soon as they leave their apartment, they are on camera: while in the hallway and the elevator of their building, when using the ATM outside their bank, while passing shops and waiting at crosswalks, while in the subway station and on the train—and all that before lunch. A montage of nearly every move of their life in the city outside their apartment could be assembled, and each step accounted for. But that montage would hardly be necessary: Their mobile phone, in the course of its ordinary operation of seeking base stations and antennas to keep them connected as they walk, provides a constant log of their position and movements.

Oct 10 11:04

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

The FBI routinely misused a database, gathered by the NSA with the specific purpose of searching for foreign intelligence threats, by searching it for everything from vetting to spying on relatives.

In doing so, it not only violated the law and the US constitution but knowingly lied to the faces of congressmen who were asking the intelligence services about this exact issue at government hearings, hearings that were intended to find if there needed to be additional safeguards added to the program.

That is the upshot of newly declassified rulings of the secret FISC court that decides issues of spying and surveillance within the United States.

Oct 10 09:26

ABC Affiliate Asks If 5G Cell Towers Will Impact Pacemakers

By B.N. Frank

In 2007, former Vice President Dick Cheney was so worried that someone would try to murder him by hacking his wireless pacemaker that he had the antenna turned off. He wasn’t wrong to worry. Over the years, the potential for pacemaker hacking has been reported by many experts. In 2017, the FDA recalled almost ½ million pacemakers due to hacking concerns.

It makes NO sense that the FDA continues to approve wireless medical devices and doctors continue to prescribe them. Electromagnetic Interference(EMI) seems to be a possibility with cell phone radiation – even the FDA says so...

Oct 10 09:16

Devices with hidden cameras or microphones will be forced to carry warning labels if new bill is passed in bid to stop tech firms snooping on people

A new Senate bill would require tech companies to label internet-connected devices equipped with either a camera or microphone.

Introduced by Cory Gardner, a Republican senator from Colorado, the Protecting Privacy in our Homes Act is intended to enhance consumer privacy as more and more tech devices come equipped with surveillance tools that aren't always obvious.

The Federal Trade Commission would be responsible for creating the specific language for the label and for determining and enforcing penalties for non-compliance.

The bill would exclude devices marketed specifically as cameras or microphones.

Oct 09 19:16

Beware of Fake Amazon AWS Suspension Emails for Unpaid Bills

In this article we take a look at a phishing campaign that pretends to be an Amazon AWS suspension notice for unpaid bills that looks good enough to trick many users.

A billing notice from a vendor, especially one like Amazon, that states that your account has been suspended for unpaid bills, may confuse a user enough to click on the email link.

Attackers are capitalizing on this confusion by sending emails that pretend to be from Amazon AWS Support at postmaster@amazon.com and that use a subject of "Your service has now been suspended".

Oct 09 18:29

Chinese citizens must pass a facial-recognition test to use the internet as part of Beijing's social credit system

China has stepped up its internet censorship by demanding its citizens pass a facial-recognition test to be able to use web services.

People who want to have the internet installed at home or on their phones must have their faces scanned by the Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to a new regulation.

The rule, which will take effect on December 1, is said to be part of the social credit system which rates the Chinese citizens based on their daily behaviour.

Oct 09 16:22

Twitter “Unintentionally” Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

By Gennie Gebhart and Jacob Hoffman-Andrews

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: you give a tech company your personal information in order to use two-factor authentication, and later find out that they were using that security information for targeted advertising.

That’s exactly what Twitter fessed up to yesterday in an understated blog post: the company has been taking email addresses and phone numbers that users provided for “safety and security purposes” like two-factor authentication, and using them for its ad tracking systems, known as Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences...

Oct 09 09:34

You Gave Your Phone Number to Twitter for Security and Twitter Used it for Ads

After exposing private tweets, plaintext passwords, and personal information for hundreds of thousands of its users, here is a new security blunder social networking company Twitter admitted today.

Twitter announced that the phone numbers and email addresses of some users provided for two-factor authentication (2FA) protection had been used for targeted advertising purposes—though the company said it was 'unintentional.'

Oct 09 08:57

Amazon Is Becoming One Of America’s Biggest Military Giants

By Aaron Kesel

Amazon is on its way to becoming one of the U.S. military’s biggest security giants, with a pending $10bn JEDI cloud computing deal that the company could win, MIT Technology Review reported.

In August the Pentagon halted the controversial contract deal, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), an initiative to “aggressively accelerate the Department’s adoption of cloud architecture and services, with a focus on commercial solutions.”...

Oct 09 07:35

Researchers Attempt to Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin may be limited by its astronomical electricity consumption. A nearly zero-energy alternative sounds too good to be true, but as School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) Professor Rachid Guerraoui explains, it all comes down to our understanding of what makes transactions secure...

Oct 08 17:57

U.S. Hospitals Turning Away Patients and Canceling Surgeries Due to Ransomware Attacks

By B.N. Frank

Being targeted by cybercriminals is no laughing matter – especially for health care facilities. Non-payment of ransomware puts lives at immediate risk.

Thanks to Threatpost for providing details about recently targeted hospitals, as well as plans being discussed to reduce risks...

Oct 08 14:49

Brighteon.com video platform rolls out huge new features next week: Channel subscribes, video categories, video likes and more

Brighteon.com, the free speech alternative to YouTube, rolls out huge new features next week. We’ve been working diligently for months to re-structure the site with improved data structure, browser compatibility and multiple features. Testing is complete and the R&D team is preparing for a new deploy.

Oct 08 10:47

News from The Constitution-Free Zone: Border Patrol Using Biometrics for “Citizenship Checks” in Maine

By Joe Wright

For a number of years now, I have been chronicling the ever-widening use of “The Constitution-Free Zone” by Border Patrol agents in the name of immigration enforcement...

For anyone who supports this type of invasion, you also should be comfortable with the fact that this exact type of screening has directly trickled down to the U.S. from Afghanistan where it was used by the U.S. military to screen the public there for potential links to terrorism...

Oct 08 10:43

Windows patch causes more pain: Start Menu, boot and printer problems surface

It's groundhog day for some Windows users. The required October 3 security update to plug an Internet Explorer flaw and a printing bug turns out to be causing more problems. And Microsoft has quietly reissued the updates for KB4524147 as October 4 updates.

Reports of issues with the latest update from Microsoft have been reported on numerous Windows-focused sites and tech-help blogs, including Microsoft's Answers forum, Reddit, Neowin, BornCity, AskWoody, BleepingComputer, Techdows, and Windows Latest.

Oct 08 10:38

FBI warns about attacks that bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA)

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent last month a security advisory to private industry partners about the rising threat of attacks against organizations and their employees that can bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions.

"The FBI has observed cyber actors circumventing multi-factor authentication through common social engineering and technical attacks," the FBI wrote in a Private Industry Notification (PIN) sent out on September 17.

Oct 08 08:57

Nix to the mix: Chrome to block passive HTTP content swirled into HTTPS pages

Google has announced forthcoming changes to the Chrome web browser that will prevent image, audio and video content from loading if they are served over HTTP.

Oct 08 07:33

Some targeted sanctions! Adobe cancels all subscriptions in Venezuela, no refunds will be allowed

Washington likes to claim that the sanctions it imposes against foreign nations are tailored to harm the rulers and spare the common folk. Well, here is Adobe banning all of its Venezuelan customers.

California based software giant Adobe Inc. is best known for its array of designer tools like Photoshop and Illustrator. Lately, the company has been switching to a subscription-based business model, which means clients pay regular fees to keep using its products rather than make a one-time purchase and own them. Later this month, all subscriptions in Venezuela will be canceled without refund, Adobe informed its clients in emails sent this week.

The company said it cannot offer its services in the South American country because in August, President Donald Trump issued an executive order which essentially bans almost all transactions between the two nations.

Oct 07 18:16

Timeline of Lawsuits, Legislation, Opposition, and Warnings Regarding Forced 5G Installation in the U.S. and Worldwide

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post regularly reports about increasing opposition to 5G in the U.S. and around the world. It’s difficult to keep up with it. In February, the telecom industry provided U.S. congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that it’s biologically safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t. Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and other credible sources have also described 5G as a recipe for disaster.

It’s ridiculous that 5G is still being forced on so many communities – especially since illness from exposure has already been reported...

Oct 07 17:37

Erin Brockovich Law Firm Joins Citizens’ Lawsuit Against 5G and Wireless Radiation

By B.N. Frank

Long before Ms. Brockovich became the subject of a blockbuster movie starring Julia Roberts, she was just another determined activist trying to stop a corrupt corporation from poisoning residents of an American community.

Unfortunately, corruption like this never seems to end...

Oct 06 18:14

House Resolution Submitted for the Recognition of October 7-11 as “Smart Cities Week” Despite Increasing U.S. Opposition and 5G Lawsuits

By B.N. Frank

According to an article published last August in Smart Cities Dive, 66% of Americans don’t want to live in “Smart Cities.” The article focused on privacy and cybersecurity concerns and ignored the biological and environmental risks and opposition associated with 4G and 5G small cell technology densification exposing residents to harmful radiation 24/7.

American opposition to smart cities and 5G has only increased since last August.

But none of this seems to matter at least to Ms. Clarke from New York who submitted this preposterous resolution...

Oct 06 11:17

Britain's first 'deep fake' fraud: Energy executive conned into handing over £200,000 to thieves who used software to fake their boss's voice

A British energy executive was tricked into paying more than £200,000 to cyber scammers who used artificial intelligence to fake his boss's voice.

In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, hoaxers used so-called 'deep fake' computer technology to defraud the multi-billion-pound energy firm.

In a chilling echo of BBC drama The Capture, the UK manager of the unnamed firm was duped into transferring the money after a phone call that appeared to come from his boss at the German parent company.

The fraudsters were able to use technology that imitated the German boss's accent and speaking style so convincingly that the manager had no reason to suspect his request for the transfer.

Oct 06 10:48

Windows 10 KB4524147 Update May Cause Boot and Printing Issues

Windows 10 1903 users have started reporting boot, printing, and Start Menu issues after installing the KB4524147 cumulative update that go away once the update is uninstalled. Microsoft has not acknowledged any of these issues as of yet, but the amount of reports indicate that there is something going on with this update.

As typical with Windows updates, some users are having problems after installing the Windows 10 KB4524147 update, while others, like myself, are not having any issues at all.

The reality is that this update is a hot mess of confusion, the description of what it fixes was worded poorly, and nobody has any idea whether this is a cumulative update with a security fix or primarily a security update with non-security fixes.

Regardless, once the KB4524147 update is installed, users are reporting issues that they did not previously have.

Oct 06 05:25

The government can now activate your phone camera to stream live video of whatever you are seeing

A New Jersey police department recently implemented new technology that allows 911 operators in the area to stream live video from callers’ smartphones with the touch of a button.

While callers will still have to give their consent to such monitoring, some media outlets have dubbed the technology a slippery slope towards automatic surveillance, whereby Big Brother will one day have immediate access to people’s smartphones without their consent.

Oct 05 12:19

Chinese Citizens Will Be Required To Scan Their Faces To Use The Internet

By Aaron Kesel

The Chinese government continues its Orwellian practices with the announcement that citizens will have to use facial recognition technology to access the internet (which is already highly fire-walled.)

This is all a part of China’s social credit system that will take effect on Dec. 1st. After the law is in effect, Chinese citizens who want to have the internet installed at their houses or on their smartphones will be required to undergo a facial recognition process by Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to the new regulation...

Oct 05 08:44

Danish Citizens Are Suing the Danish State Over Forced 5G Installation

By B.N. Frank

Worldwide opposition to forced 5G implementation increases every day. Now a group of Danish citizens have hired a lawyer and are suing Denmark for forcing its installation...

Oct 04 19:20

Hack attack puts health details of one million New Zealanders at risk

A mass hack has placed in jeopardy the medical details of a million people.

The Ministry of Health is in the dark over what - if anything - was taken in the cyber attack on a two months ago.

It has admitted the hack attack revealed previous cyber intrusions going back to 2016 with data back to 2002 at risk.

The hack attack appears to have come from a hacker or hackers dubbed Vanda The God, which this morning tweeted about the exploit saying: "Yes I'm Have 1 million datas PHO Zealand."

The tweet came with an offer to sell information.

Oct 04 18:43

Attackers exploit 0-day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones

While the vulnerability reported on Thursday is serious, vulnerable Android users shouldn’t panic. The chances of being exploited by attacks as expensive and targeted as the one described by Project Zero are extremely slim. Just the same, it may make sense to hold off installing non-essential apps and to use a non-Chrome browser until after the patch is installed.

Oct 04 18:40

Here’s what quantum supremacy does—and doesn’t—mean for computing

Google’s achievement is significant, but quantum computers haven’t suddenly turned into computing colossi that will leave conventional machines trailing in the dust. Nor will they be laying waste to conventional cryptography in the near future—though in the longer term, they could pose a threat we need to start preparing for now.

Here’s a guide to what Google appears to have achieved—and an antidote to the hype surrounding quantum supremacy.

Oct 04 17:28

FBI softens stance on ransomware: it's (sort of) okay to pay off crims to get your data back

The FBI is easing up a bit on its hardline stance against paying ransomware demands.

The Bureau has posted an updated version of the guidance it offers for companies on how to handle ransomware demands with a section discussing the option of paying the hackers to get data decrypted.

In short, the FBI still says that companies should not cave to hacker demands and pay to have their data unlocked, but the bureau acknowledges that paying is an option.

Oct 04 16:28

New 0-Day Flaw Affecting Most Android Phones Being Exploited in the Wild

Though Google will release a patch for this vulnerability in its October's Android Security Bulletin in the coming days and also notified OEMs, most affected devices would not likely receive the patch immediately, unlike Google Pixel 1 and 2.

Oct 04 16:19

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

However, a report published by the Financial Times yesterday said PayPal had begun distancing itself from the project amid increasing regulatory scrutiny. The company reportedly signaled its intention to skip a meeting in Washington, DC scheduled for today, and the FT reports that at least one primary concern for PayPal has been the lack of attention Facebook executives have paid to Libra’s considerable backlash. Another key concern is how the platform will combat money laundering activity.

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