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Sep 28 14:31

YouTube “Heroes” Program Makes Censorship Into A Role-Playing Game

YouTube is shamelessly incentivizing censorship by involving its users in a new program called “YouTube Heroes,” wherein creators and consumers are awarded points and exclusive perks for reporting negative videos and policing negative community content.

Sep 28 10:22

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.

Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless internet connection."

Worse than the clear effort to price-gouge people trying to file stories, however, was the fact that the university decided that only its wireless access points were allowed to be used, and even sent someone around with a Wi-Fi signal detector apparently threatening to throw out anyone who was using an "unauthorized" access point.

Sep 28 09:07

Hillary Clinton Slyly Reminded America of the Stuxnet Attack

“With respect to Iran, when I became secretary of state, Iran was weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb. They had mastered the nuclear fuel cycle under the Bush administration. They had built covert facilities. They had stocked them with centrifuges that were whirling away.”

At first glance, it’s an innocuous descriptor of Iran’s nuclear program, which Clinton later said the U.S. was able to tame through diplomatic and economic sanctions. But that last line — “stocked them with centrifuges that were whirling away,” is pure shade. Because Stuxnet’s primary target was the centrifuge system in the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Sep 28 09:06

President Obama Becomes Entangled In Clinton Email Scandal Following FBI Document Release

FBI Documents from the Clinton email investigation reveal that Obama used a pseudonym when communicating with the former-Secretary of State's private email server.

Sep 28 08:01

Beware who you search for! Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity online as hackers use stars' names to target internet users

Hackers use the fascination with celebrity news to entice unsuspecting fans to visit sites that can download viruses onto their computers and steal passwords or personal information.

Sep 28 07:12

Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

Try this workaround if you're frozen out

Sep 27 09:55

WhatsApp banned from sharing data with Facebook in Germany

WhatsApp’s hugely controversial data-sharing deal with Facebookis now officially banned in Germany.

The two companies announced last month that WhatsApp would start handing over data about its users to Facebook. Facebook would then use that data to help its ads, generating more information about the people using it.

Sep 27 07:47

152k cameras in 990Gbps record-breaking dual DDoS

The world's largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been clocked from the same network of 152,463 compromised low-powered cameras and internet-of-things devices which punted a media outlet off the internet.

Sep 27 07:45

No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

Akamai CSO laments pisspoor security design practices

Sep 26 16:40

Security man Krebs' website DDoS was powered by hacked Internet of Things botnet

The huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which wiped security journalist Brian Krebs' website from the internet came from a million-device-strong Internet of Things botnet.

"Attack appears to include numerous IoT devices, including security cameras. Still itemizing them," an Akamai spokesman told El Reg by email.

The attack "included substantial shaped traffic (traffic directly controlled by that botnet operator), rather than merely reflected, amplified unshaped traffic," he added.

Sep 26 15:40

Documents Reveal Widespread Abuse of Social Media Spying Tools by California Cops

By Derrick Broze

The release of thousands of pages of documents has revealed that California law enforcement have secretly acquired social media monitoring tools that focus on activists.

The American Civil Liberties Union of California has obtained thousands of pages of documents pertaining to California law enforcement agencies secretly purchasing social media surveillance software. The ACLU of California filed open records requests with 63 police departments, sheriffs, and district attorneys across California and found that at least 20 agencies across California are in possession of social media monitoring tools...

Sep 26 14:25

FBI Docs: Sec. Clinton IT employee labeled his work - - "Hillary coverup operation"

Clinton Campaign can't answer why staffers referred to 'Hillary Cover-up'

Sep 26 12:19

YouTube “Heroes” Program Makes Censorship Into A Role-Playing Game

YouTube is shamelessly incentivizing censorship by involving its users in a new program called “YouTube Heroes,” wherein creators and consumers are awarded points and exclusive perks for reporting negative videos and policing negative community content.

Sep 26 09:01

ISP explains data caps to FCC: Using the Internet is like eating Oreos: "You have to pay extra for double-stuffed," cable company Mediacom tells FCC.

If you were worried that the debate over Internet data caps would get bogged down in technical mumbo-jumbo, fear no more—it's actually much simpler than you think.
Mediacom, a US cable company with a little over 1.1 million Internet subscribers in 22 states, has put the matter to rest by explaining to the Federal Communications Commission that its customers shouldn't get unlimited data because using the Internet is just like eating Oreos.

Sep 26 08:42

UPDATED ~~ MORE IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ FACEBOOK DELETES PALESTINE YET AGAIN

Sep 26 08:27

America the Banana Republic – Most of Clinton’s Recovered Emails Will Be Released After Election Day

America, this is how little your government thinks of you.

Gotta keep the public as ignorant and stupid as possible until election day.

Sep 26 06:27

Your vibrator isn’t the only thing spying on you: Welcome to the Internet of everything

Nevertheless, before physical devices were connected to the Internet, the damage hackers could cause was confined to financial ruin, damaged reputations and nuisance. Now it could prove deadly.

Last summer, a pair of hackers took control of a Jeep Cherokee over the Internet during a demonstration for Wired magazine, leading to a recall of 1.4 million vehicles. Hackers have also reported finding vulnerabilities in connected drug infusion pumps and pacemakers that could allow them to deliver lethal doses of medication or stop hearts.

With that in mind, a snooping vibrator starts to sound pretty tame.

Sep 26 05:44

Apple Weakens iOS 10 Backup Encryption; Now Can Be Cracked 2,500 Times Faster

With the latest update of its iPhone operating system, it seems the company might have made a big blunder that directly affects its users' security and privacy.

Apple has downgraded the hashing algorithm for iOS 10 from "PBKDF2 SHA-1 with 10,000 iterations" to "plain SHA256 with a single iteration," potentially allowing attackers to brute-force the password via a standard desktop computer processor.

Sep 26 05:39

Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information.

So let's open this week's BSOD Watch with not one, but three BSODs readers spotted at London's aviation paradise, Heathrow Airport.

Sep 25 19:08

Microsoft's Windows 10 has caused us 'nothing but trouble' say users

Computer users have faced major technical issues with Microsoft's new Windows 10 software since its launch in July last year, according to research by U.K. consumer charity Which.

"We've received well over 1,000 complaints about Windows 10, as well as plenty of comments ... with PC users telling us that this software update has brought them nothing but problems," Andrew Laughlin, a senior researcher at the consumer association, said in a blogpost on Thursday.

Consumers in the U.K. have told the company about being "nagged" by Microsoft to install the operating system update and, despite declining advances, have experienced the Windows 10 software installing itself anyway.

Various problems, once it is installed, have included printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working, as well as instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing, according to Which.

Sep 25 11:44

Scary Microsoft patent would have Windows watch everything you do, send it to Bing, for better search results

The patent, “QUERY FORMULATION VIA TASK CONTINUUM”, published yesterday (22/9/2016), notes that efficient searching is enhanced if more information is available regarding the user intent, giving the example of somewhat doing a school report on dancing, and noting that despite the user having done some work already, when they hit the browser to search the search engine would not have any idea what the user is working on except for what they have typed into the search bar.

Sep 25 07:47

Facebook apologizes for disabling Palestinian journalists’ accounts

Facebook says it made a mistake in disabling the accounts of journalists who administer the pages of two of the most widely read Palestinian publications on the Internet.

“The pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate,” a Facebook spokesperson has told The Electronic Intifada. “Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And when was the last time Facebook "accidentally" deleted the accounts of Israel journalists?

Sep 25 07:26

Obama implicated in Clinton email scandal – New FBI docs

During the interview with Huma Abedin, who served as deputy chief of staff under Clinton, the FBI reportedly presented her with an email exchange between Clinton and a person she did not recognize. The FBI then revealed the unknown person’s name was believed to be a pseudonym used by Obama. Abedin reacted by saying, “How is this not classified?”

This exchange could expose Obama as having mislead the public on the issue, given his 2015 statement that he found out about Clinton’s use of a private email server "the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports."

Sep 25 07:18

Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama had told CBS he heard about Hillary's private server from "press reports."

Sep 24 09:46

Massive web attack hits security blogger

One of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been aimed at a security blogger after he exposed hackers who carry out such attacks for cash.

The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the website of industry expert Brian Krebs.

At its peak, the attack aimed 620 gigabits of data a second at the site.

Text found in attack data packets suggested it was mounted to protest against Mr Krebs' work to uncover who was behind a prolific DDoS attack.

Sep 24 08:47

The FBI recommends you cover your laptop's webcam, for good reason

FBI director James Comey recently recommended that we all cover our webcams with tape for security reasons. Comey believes that doing so is a simple step for people to "take responsibility for their own safety and security."

Sep 24 08:17

YOUTUBE TO ‘FIGHT TROLLS’ BY HIRING ARMY OF TROLLS TO DELETE VIDEOS THEY DISAGREE WITH

YouTube is set to ‘fight the trolls’ by giving an army of trolls the power to mass flag and delete content with which they disagree, opening the door to brazen political censorship in a move that has been slammed by numerous prominent YouTubers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, let's give them something to hate! This video received the most down-votes of all the videos we have posted. Music as usual by the lovely lady Claire!

Sep 23 16:38

Hillary Emailgate: How One Twitter User Proved The "Intent" That The FBI Missed After Months "Investigating"

Earlier this week, a twitter user named "Katica" seemingly proved the "intent" of the Hillary campaign to destroy and/or tamper with federal records by revealing the Reddit thread of Paul Combetta (aka the "Oh Shit" guy; aka "stonetear"). But what's most crazy about this story is that "Katica" was able to discover the greatest "bombshell" of the entire Hillary email scandal with just a couple of internet searches while the FBI, with unlimited access to government records, spent months "investigating" this case and missed it all. The only question now is whether the FBI "missed" this evidence because of gross incompetence or because of other motivating factors?

Now, courtesy of an opinion piece posted on The Daily Caller, we know exactly how "Katica" pieced her "bombshell" discovery together...the folks at the FBI may want to take some notes.

Sep 23 14:14

First Click: North Korea's internet is as depressing as you'd think

On Tuesday, North Korea reconfigured its nameserver to reveal — apparently by accident — a full list of its .kp domain names. The discovery was made by security engineer Matt Bryant, who published the leaked data on Github, and first reported by Motherboard. According to the data, the country has just 28 registered domains.

Motherboard puts that number in perspective. There are more than 140 million .com and .net domains in the world, and millions more for each country code top level domain, like .fr for France and .cn in China. Writing on the North Korea Tech blog, Martyn Williams notes that the list doesn’t include domains for North Korea’s intranet, which is available to a select few in the country and inaccessible from the global web.

But the leak nevertheless offers a fascinating look at online life under a totalitarian regime. Among the 28 domains is a site for recipes, a travel website, and what looks like a social network.

Sep 23 14:08

Uni student cuffed for 'hacking professor's PC to change his grades'

A student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia is accused of hacking into his professor's computer to improve his grades.

Chase Arthur Hughes, 19, was arrested and charged this week after allegedly raiding the university's computers in May. The teen made a number of alterations to his grades, and those of his friends, for two classes, it is claimed. He allegedly upgraded one of his grades from a B to an A, and changed two other people's grades from F to A and C to A.

Sep 23 14:07

If Linux won't install on your laptop, blame Intel not Microsoft

Intel's new power management features aren't supported on Linux.

Sep 23 09:52

Chaffetz: FBI Gave Immunity to Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills

A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells the Associated Press that Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that findings couldn't be used against her. Chaffetz says, "No wonder they couldn't prosecute a case. They were handing out immunity deals like candy."

Sep 23 08:54

Top Clinton aide headed for PRISON!?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email woes aren’t done yet.

Clinton’s previously tight-lipped former email chief Brian Pagliano, who set-up her controversial email server and refused to answer previous questions in public, may soon be facing a large fine — or even prison time — for ignoring a Congressional subpoena.

Could this threat of punishment finally motivate the email guru to spill the beans in public? Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump certainly hope so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has anyone seen this guy alive recently?

Sep 23 07:56

Facebook, Twitter Under Pressure After Reports Of Ad Data Rigging, Stock Downgrade

Social media shares are not "liking" their stock price this morning, with both Facebook and Twitter under pressure, the former on a WSJ report that the company has been inflating the amount of time users spend watching video ads by 60-80%, the latter on an RCB downgrade to "underperform" with a $14 price target.

Sep 23 07:06

Report: NSA hushed up zero-day spyware tool losses for three years

Sources close to the investigation into how NSA surveillance tools and zero-day exploits ended up in the hands of hackers has found that the agency knew about the loss for three years but didn’t want anyone to know.

Multiple sources told Reuters last night that the investigation into the data dump released by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers had determined that the NSA itself wasn't directly hacked and the software didn't come from exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden. Instead it appears one of the NSA staffers got sloppy.

It appears at this stage that the staffer, who has since left the NSA for other reasons, stashed the sensitive tools on an outside server – likely a bounce box – after an operation. Miscreants then found that machine, raided it and hit the jackpot.

Sep 23 07:01

Naughty Zuck: Facebook fudged its video ad numbers

Facebook has been caught miscalculating viewing numbers for those watching ads on the site.

The company admitted it had wrongly measured average viewing times for video ads by removing views of less than three seconds from its calculations, which helped to bump up the stats.

The mistake overstates median viewing times for video adverts by between 60 and 80 per cent, according to a letter sent by ad-buying behemoth Publicis to its clients, which was seen by the Wall Street Journal.

Sep 22 14:26

Tech Firms Distancing Themselves From Spies Thanks To Snowden – MI6 Chief

Spy chief Alex Younger says the leaks from Edward Snowden have undermined the relationship between tech firms and intelligence agencies.

The head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), otherwise known as MI6, made the comments at a conference on The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Sep 22 10:47

200 Million Yahoo User Accounts Hacked

The latest massive data breach, one which may or may not be blamed on Putin, came overnight when ReCode reported that Yahoo is poised to confirm that a hacker has exposed approximately 200 million user accounts.

Sep 22 10:36

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft has quietly excised Windows 10 free upgrade offers from Windows 7 and 8, aka the GWX.exe .

PCs running Windows 7 or 8.x and Windows Update will silently delete the nagware, thanks to a new update dubbed KB3184143.

“This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer that expired on July 29, 2016,” Microsoft's article says, advising that no action other than a restart will be required to do the deed.

Sep 22 10:32

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Microsoft has been given a roasting by consumer group Which? over Windows 10 woes reported by users, with the organisation calling for compensation for those who found their PCs bricked after auto-updates.

Which? said that it had surveyed its members for their experiences with the latest version of Windows, which was released just over a year ago.

The results make for interesting reading, with 12 per cent of those who installed Windows 10 reporting that they actually reverted back to their previous version of Windows, and half of those saying it was because the upgrade adversely affected their PC.

Sep 22 09:30

Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone

US film director Oliver Stone on Thursday accused President Barack Obama's administration of implementing a surveillance system worse than that of the feared Stasi secret police in East Germany.

Sep 22 08:49

Oversight orders Reddit to preserve deleted posts in Clinton investigation

The House Oversight Committee has ordered Reddit to preserve deleted posts believed to be written by an IT technician the committee suspects may have deleted Hillary Clinton emails that were under subpoena.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) confirmed that the committee has issued a preservation order and that Reddit is “cooperating.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Latest update: Reddit has been found in Fort Marcy Park, declared a suicide with three self-inflicted gunshots to the back of the head!

Sep 22 07:49

Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The ex-NSA contractor posted a series of Tweets to warn everyone away from the chat app, which he says will “record every message you ever send and make it available to police upon request”.

Sep 21 16:18

National Effort Launches to Fight Surveillance State on Local Level

By Derrick Broze

A coalition of seventeen organizations has launched an effort to combat the growing Surveillance State by supporting accountability measures in eleven cities across the United States...

Sep 21 10:38

YOU WON'T BELIEVE ALL THE PERSONAL DATA FACEBOOK HAS COLLECTED ON YOU

As much as consumers claim to have concerns around Facebook privacy issues, we sure don't mind handing our information over to them left and right.
Every single day, more than a billion active users share their thoughts, photos, news, videos, memes and more with friends and connections on Facebook.

Sure, we know we're sharing that content and the associated meta data that goes with it back to Facebook. Our sign-in and posting locations; where we took a certain photo; what events we attended and which artists we enjoy. We share all of this, much of it indirectly, without a second thought.

And yet some of us are still surprised when it seems like ads are following us around the web!

Have you ever searched for something, only to see that same product pop up in a sponsored post in your Facebook stream the next time you sign in?

Or read an article about a certain topic, then had ads about that topic appear in your Facebook newsfeed?

Sep 21 10:11

Facebook cracks down on Trump supporters with 'deplorable' names

The social media company is forcing users who include "deplorable" in their profile names to change t

Sep 21 09:48

Wiping Evidence? US Lawmakers Probe Hillary Clinton’s IT Guy’s Reddit Posts

The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post dug up by the site’s users, which appears to be from Hillary Clinton’s IT specialist, Paul Combetta, soliciting advice on how to delete evidence from a private email server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is your intent, Mr. Comey!

Sep 20 19:03

NSA hacking tools used against Cisco customers

Leaked NSA hacking tools are now being used on Cisco customers, according to the tech giant. The company published an advisory on Friday saying that NSA grade hacking tools are now being used against customers.

The authors wrote that the “Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is aware of exploitation of the vulnerability for some Cisco customers who are running the affected platforms.” Cisco have not yet identified those that have fallen prey to the exploit.

The vulnerability affects a variety of Cisco product and by extension, anyone who is using them including any Cisco PIX firewalls and Cisco products running affected releases of Cisco iOS software, iOS XE software and iOS XR software. However, the company are currently checking whether the vulnerability affects any more of their products.

Sep 20 18:57

Leaked Oversight Report Shows Illegal Surveillance, Massive Constitutional Violations By Germany's Intelligence Service

German website Netzpolitik might be headed for another treason investigation. The German government went after the site once for publishing leaked documents detailing mass surveillance operations and it may do so again after its latest publication.

The site has obtained a classified report from the country's intelligence oversight office that shows the BND (Germany's intelligence service) illegally collected and stored data and information obtained via its partnership with the NSA.

Sep 20 17:45

Inside Google’s Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Jigsaw, in other words, has become ­Google’s Internet justice league, and it represents the notion that the company is no longer content with merely not being evil. It wants—as difficult and even ethically fraught as the impulse may be—to do good.

(Note: So . .. Did Evalion's new YouTube channel get "Shoah'd" today by Google's new "Jigsaw AI Auto-Censoring" software after just one video posted?)

Sep 20 14:54

Oops: Hillary’s IT Specialist Caught Researching How to Strip Her Address from Her Emails on Reddit

For being an IT specialist, this guy sure left a breadcrumb trail more obvious than Hansel and Gretel.

Sep 20 13:37

‘Pedophile Playground’: Sexual Predators Targeting Increasing Number Of Children Online

The internet is increasingly a “playground” for predatory pedophiles, a charity warns, allowing them to groom children, view pictures, and even direct live sexual abuse online.

Sep 20 12:15

Here is where he (Combetta) reveals Hillary Clinton's email server

Sep 20 11:42

Hillary’s Broken Trust Is a Media Catastrophe

The fundamental issue regarding the Clinton’s behavior is not what they did but what is being regularly reported in the mainstream media. Trust when it comes to the mainstream media is plunging and much of that collapse is said to be among those who identify as Republican. The Clintons may or may not recover from Hillary’s latest evasive and arrogant behaviors but the mainstream media probably has less chance of doing so.

Conclusion: This is quite significant and means that those who control the mainstream media have virtually lost the “trust” of half of adult users of media. This will have significant, tumultuous and even bloody ramifications.

Sep 20 09:42

With Rule 41, Little-Known Committee Proposes to Grant New Hacking Powers to the Government

By Rainey Reitman

The government hacking into phones and seizing computers remotely? It’s not the plot of a dystopian blockbuster summer movie. It’s a proposal from an obscure committee that proposes changes to court procedures—and if we do nothing, it will go into effect in December...

Sep 20 09:25

Clinton’s Campaign Website Not Secure

Allows Immediate Access to Phone Numbers, Locations, and Full Names

Sep 20 09:19

Samsung to cripple recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones, preventing their batteries from charging

SAMSUNG will tomorrow force software to install on recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones in Australia, crippling the handsets and preventing their batteries from fully recharging.

The South Korean tech giant issued a warning about the unprecedented “mandatory” update today, revealing the software would “automatically download and install” itself on old Note7 smartphones and would stop its battery from charging more than 60 per cent.

Australians still using the smartphones, recalled due to faulty batteries and a risk of fire, will receive a warning message about the update, and will then be told “for safety concerns related to the battery, the maximum charge will be limited to 60 per cent from now on”.

Sep 20 09:01

Combetta Was The Cloth That Hillary Referred To

Paul Combetta, the IT guru from Platte River Networks (who was hired to maintain Clintons server AND her previous emails of Secretary of State) was found to be a reddit user. u/stonetear. He has since deleted his entire Reddit post history.

Two very interesting posts of his were found, one involving Combetta asking how to strip out a VIP senders information from an email archive and the other involving Combetta asking how to retain a 60 day retention policy on emails (all emails will be auto deleted after 60 days).

The second post involving the retention policy is interesting, as this finally tells us an approximate date of when the policy was put in place.

Sep 20 08:22

Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Chinese researchers control brakes, lights and mirrors with wireless attack

Sep 20 07:48

Apple’s new iPhone 7 cameras don’t live up to the hype: Consumer Reports

Still, this is what Consumer Reports found, or more appropriately, what it didn’t find: “So far, we’ve found no major leap in camera performance from the iPhone 6s models.”

Apple stock slumped 1% in afternoon trade Monday. It soared 11% last week, which was its best weekly performance in nearly five years, after wireless carriers announced stronger-than-expected demand for the new iPhone. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.28% fell about 38 points, or 0.2%, last week.

Sep 20 07:32

Hillary’s Server Guy Admits He Was Told To Hide Evidence From FBI

A major discovery that has dismantled Hillary Clinton’s lies to the FBI regarding her use of a private email server has been made, proving the Clinton team broke the law – and most crucially, that they had “intent.”

Sep 19 19:53

HOUSE PANEL LOOKING INTO REDDIT POST ABOUT CLINTON’S EMAIL SERVER

“The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill.

Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Combetta, an engineer with Platte River Networks. The Denver, Colo.-based firm managed Clinton’s private server.

The post, which has been deleted but can be read in images archived by Reddit users, coincides with the discovery of Clinton’s use of the server.

Sep 19 18:35

New cars ‘could be death traps’: Campaigners say touchscreen technology that allows drivers to check Facebook and Twitter at the wheel will lead to a rise in deaths

Special display screens that allow motorists to view their Facebook and Twitter sites have been branded a distraction and a 'potential death trap'.

Such screens are already available in models of Toyotas, Audis and Hondas, with Ford and Nissan set to follow suit next year.

Sep 19 17:43

BREAKING: @HillaryClinton’s Email-Deleter Found Online Asking How To Destroy Evidence, Then Destroys Evidence Of It

Hillary Clinton’s computer specialist Paul Combetta, who deleted her e-mails for her, was found on Reddit asking for tips on deleting evidence for a “VIP” in 2014.

Hours after this was found out today by Twitter user @GOPPollAnalyst, the email-deleter then deleted the Reddit posts that showed him asking for tips on deleting evidence.

Oh, the irony!

Sep 19 10:16

BREAKING: This is allegedly a post from Hillary's tech guy Paul Combetta asking for advice at r/exchangeserver on how to remove VIP email addresses from emails

NOW WE HAVE CAUGHT BRIAN FALLON IN A TOTAL LIE
"Mr. Fallon said, “neither Hillary Clinton nor her attorneys had knowledge of the Platte River Network employee’s actions. It appears he acted on his own and against guidance given by both Clinton’s and Platte River’s attorneys to retain all data in compliance with a congressional preservation request.”

Sep 19 09:24

HP printers start rejecting budget ink cartridges

Large numbers of HP printer owners found their printers stopped recognising unofficial printer ink cartridges on 13 September.

Dutch printer ink vendor 123inkt said it had received more than 1,000 complaints in one day.

HP said that during its last firmware update, settings had been changed so HP printers would communicate with only HP-chipped cartridges.

Sep 19 08:47

Snowden Film Shockingly Accurate, NSA Terrified!

Alex praises the courage of Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden when they released the Film “Snowden”

Alex cannot say enough good things about the film “Snowden” His mouth was hanging open when they showed the manufacturing microchips capable of shutting down systems all across the world.

Sep 19 08:09

The Solar Storm: Blackbird9 – Semitic Spying Operations

Kyle Hunt speaks with Frederick C. Blackburn of Blackbird9’s Breakfast Club about his experience training intelligence agents, what he learned about Israeli spying infrastructure and operations, his activities as a whistleblower, the Snowden revelations, internet censorship efforts, and current events related to the US presidential election and geopolitical turmoil in Syria.

Sep 19 07:46

UNIT 8200 IN YOUR iPHONE

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli software company founded in 2010 by Niv Carmi, Omri Lavie, and Shalev Hulio It is reported to employ around 200 people and is based in Herzliya near Tel Aviv Annual revenues were said to be around $40 million in 2013 and $150 million in 2015.It is involved in hacking hi tech supposedly secure mobile phones of private citizens

Its former chairman of the board of directors was retired general Avigdor Ben-Gal, previously head of Israel Aircraft Industries in the 1990s.The founders are ex-members of Unit 8200,(Israel’s equivalent of the American NSA) the Israeli Intelligence Corps unit responsible for collecting signals intelligence; The company’s start-up funding came from a group of investors headed by Eddy Shalev, a partner in the venture capital fund Genesis Partners. In 2014, the American private equity firm Francisco Partners bought the company for $130 million It was reported in 2015 to be seeking to sell the company for up to $1 billion.

Sep 19 07:36

Inside the scramble to cover up Clinton’s private email server

Computers from China and Russia tried to attack Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to never-released emails from the Denver company that set up and maintained the system.

And other internal emails show the IT executives fretted about being ordered to purge emails and scrambled to distance themselves from what they believed was the former first lady “covering up some shaddy [shady] s-?-t.”

In a gallows-humor message, one called it “Hillary’s coverup operation.”

Sep 17 21:38

So Google Records All The Microphone Audio All The Time, After All?

It seems Google does record audio from microphones all the time, despite attempts to play down the situation. The “hotword” searching – when you initiate a search by saying “Ok Google” – has been criticized before, when it was downloaded to open-source browsers running Chromium. However, major privacy concerns remain as Google doesn’t start recording when you say “Ok Google”; it was recording before you said the hotword.

Sep 17 09:02

Newly Leaked “Stingray” Manual Reveals Details on Surveillance Device

By Derrick Broze

Newly leaked manuals for “Stingray” surveillance provides a fresh look into how law enforcement and government agencies make use of the secretive device...

Sep 16 13:21

International Campaign Renews Fight to Pardon Edward Snowden

By Derrick Broze

An international campaign has launched to pressure President Obama into pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden.

From the moment The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, and O Globo began publishing leaked government surveillance documents, Edward Snowden has been the subject of controversy...

Sep 16 09:23

FBI Agent Posing as Journalist to Deliver Malware to Suspect Was Fine, Says DOJ

In 2007, an FBI agent impersonated an Associated Press journalist in order to deliver malware to a criminal suspect and find out his location. According to a newly published report from the Department of Justice, the operation was in line with the FBI's undercover policies at the time.

Journalistic organisations had expressed concern that the tactic could undermine reporters’ and media institutions’ credibility.

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Too late!

Sep 16 08:42

FBI Director Says You Should Cover Your Webcam With Tape

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He's tired of watching you working all the time

Sep 16 07:37

Facebook And Israel Officially Announce Collaboration To Censor Social Media Content

By Whitney Webb

Following Facebook’s censorship controversy over a world famous photograph of the Vietnam War, Facebook has agreed to “work together” with Israel’s government to censor content Israeli officials deem to be improper. Facebook officially announced the “cooperative” arrangement after a meeting took place between Israeli government ministers and top Facebook officials on September 11th. The Israeli government’s frenzied push to monitor and censor Facebook content it deems inappropriate follows the viral success of BDS, or Boycott, Divest, Sanctions, a global non-violent movement that works to expose Israeli human rights violations...

Sep 16 07:35

FBI Director: US Could Be Retaliating Against Russia Secretly

Speaking today at an event in Washington DC, FBI Director James Comey rejected the idea that the US was not doing anything about “Russian cyber threats” and allegations of hacks by Russia against US interests, saying that the lack of public response doesn’t mean the US isn’t doing anything.

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Of course Russia, which knows they are not the hackers that embarrassed the DNC, will view any cyber-actions by the FBI as offensive provocations!

Sep 15 11:24

New Era: Hillary Loses Control of ‘Net Narrative

Her campaign recently bashed conservative/libertarian publishing group Breitbart and in a speech she directly attacked one of the most prominent alternative media groups, Alex Jones and his Infowars.

Cuban is expressing irritation at a single topic, Hillary’s health, but the larger issue is even more important:

Gradually elite propaganda is being undermined by ‘Net information watched by more and more people. Additionally, this information is obviously seen as credible or the audience would be shrinking not growing.

The influence of alternative ‘Net media is becoming overwhelming.

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Mea maxima culpa! :)

Sep 15 10:11

Everyone is still using their Galaxy Note 7 as Samsung fumbles its global recall

Nearly two weeks after Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 due to the risk of explosion, the device is still being used just as frequently by its owners. This is according to data from Apteligent, a mobile analytics company that claims "usage rate of the phone among existing users has been almost the exact same since the day of the recall."

It seems not even exploding batteries can tear users away from their smartphones, but the apparent reticence of users to get rid of their faulty devices is not being helped by Samsung's mismanagement of the recall process. Swapping 2.5 million smartphones is certainly no easy task, but the South Korean firm has not helped the situation by issuing confusing information to consumers. The longer the situation goes on, the more damage it does to the company's brand.

Sep 15 10:09

Amazon Echo: How 2016 tech is bringing us closer to 1984

It's not clever or original to compare modern technology to the dystopian surveillance devices imagined in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Thankfully, the UK launch of Amazon Echo earlier today means comparison is no longer necessary. The “constantly listening” smart speaker is not alike to Orwell’s Party-monitoring telescreen, it is it. Both devices are designed to simultaneously broadcast entertainment and listen in on your conversations. Yet one is the tyrannical tool of an authoritarian dictatorship and the other is available for £149.99 – plus £4.75 postage and packaging – on Amazon today.

Sep 15 10:00

YouTube Has Quietly Begun “Censoring” Journalists Who Criticize Government

Earlier this month, YouTube, the behemoth video-sharing website was accused of censoring users.

Claiming some of their videos had been barred from making money through the company’s ad services, YouTube hosts like Philip DeFranco spoke out against the policy, claiming over “a dozen of his videos had been flagged as inappropriate for advertising, including one dinged for ‘graphic content or excessive strong language.’“

In a video entitled “YouTube Is Shutting Down My Channel and I’m Not Sure What To Do,” DeFranco called YouTube’s policy “censorship with a different name,” since users touching on what the company considers to be controversial subjects end up losing money. “If you do this on the regular, and you have no advertising,” DeFranco added, “it’s not sustainable.”

Sep 15 09:39

Homeland Security Chair Claims He "Misspoke" - 'Russians' Did Not Hack RNC

As Politico reports, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul said Wednesday that Russian hackers have penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee.

"It’s important to note, Wolf, that they have hacked not only hacked into the DNC but also into the RNC,” McCaul (R-Texas) said in an appearance on CNN.

“So they are not discriminating one party against the others. The Russians have basically hacked into both parties at the national level and that gives us all concern about what their motivations are.”
But a top RNC official disputed McCaul.

"There has been no known breach of the RNC's cyber network," said Sean Cairncross, the RNC's chief operating officer.

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"They did, TOO!!!!" -- Grand Old Poops

Sep 15 08:45

Facebook ‘censors’ Dakota Access pipeline protest livestream – activists

An alternative media group’s live coverage of riot police clashing with protesters at a construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline was blocked by “Facebook’s automated censorship system”. However, the social network hasn’t been doing much about it.

Sep 15 08:07

Riot Police Begin Mass-Arrests At Dakota Access Pipeline, FB Censors Video

Unicorn Riot, which has been broadcasting live video of the tense standoff in North Dakota, says Facebook has been censoring their link from livestream.com.

Sep 14 18:15

DNI Declines Required Damage Assessment of Clinton’s Leaked Email Secrets

The U.S. intelligence community declined to conduct a required assessment of the damage to national security caused by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton sending and receiving secrets on a private email server. “ODNI is not leading an [intelligence community]-wide damage assessment and is not aware of any individual IC element conducting such formal assessments,” Joel D. Melstad, a spokesman for the of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said.

Sep 14 14:41

Inter-National-Net: Web Going Global To Delight Of Tech Giants, Against GOP Opposition

The US is prepared to end its monopoly on internet management, and technology heavyweights can’t wait. Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon have all signed a letter urging Congress to not delay the transition, which is scheduled for October 1.

The World Wide Web is about to become a very literal term as Congress looks to relinquish operating the database for .com and .net based domain names, as well as the corresponding numeric addresses that computers connect to.

Sep 14 13:53

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Responds to Shady Clinton IT Workers Pleading the Fifth

Sep 14 09:45

Popular websites fined $835,000 for tracking kids online

Sites owned by Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and JumpStart tracked kids' online activity, violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Sep 14 09:44

John McCain Wants to “Expose” Twitter for Refusing to Sell Your Twitter Data in Bulk to CIA

John McCain just had a hearing on cybersecurity. The primary point of the hearing seems to have been to get Admiral Mike Rogers to say the nation would be less safe if we split CYBERCOM Commander from Director of NSA (that is, if we split his job into two). That’s in apparent contradiction to what Rogers said at an industry conference last week.

McCain’s secondary point seems to have been to raise concerns that an unsuccessful attempt by hackers to access Arizona voting data might affect his re-election effort.

His tertiary point seems to have been to attack Apple and Twitter for making efforts to protect their customers. After getting a witness to comment about Twitter’s long-term refusal to let Dataminr to sell Twitter data to the CIA, he suggested perhaps the response should be to “expose” the company.

Sep 14 09:34

VMware Workstation's installer loads danger-junk, so patch it ASAP

It's 2016 and virtual printing can make a desktop hypervisor run almost anything

Sep 14 09:32

Top infosec vendors, cops, liberate thousands from ransomware

Warriors from industry and law enforcement collective No More Ransom have cleansed more than 2500 machines of ransomware by distributing free decryption keys and other tools to eradicate infections.

No More Ransom is an alliance of cops and anti-malware experts including McAfee and soon-to-be-former parent company Intel, Kaspersky Labs, Europol's EC3 cybercrime division, and Dutch police.

The group has uploaded thousands of decryption keys and tools to help users avoid paying ransom to net scum who use malware to encrypt precious files demanding cash to revert the damage.

Webmaster addition: Note that these private companies, with far less resources, are able to do the job that the US Government, with more resources, cannot or will no do!

Sep 14 09:23

A Disturbing Development: Interactive Brokers Implements Price Caps

In a rather stunning development, moments ago Interactive Brokers unveiled a previously unseen warning, one called a "Mandatory Cap Price", which warns traders that the brokerage may set a cap, a floor or outright cancel any order that would otherwise be marketable, due to a "price that is not consistent with a fair and orderly market."

Needless to say, for traders agreeing that they are willing to "trade" only based on what some arcane algorithm decides is a "fair and orderly market", or otherwise get kicked out, leads to numerous questions, chief among which is: just what does IB know about what may be about to happen, and why is the most basic function of a marketplace - the exchange between a willing buyer and seller - suddenly compromised?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm going to take a guess here and suggest that someone tried a cyber "pump and dump" on them.

Sep 13 18:42

EMAIL DRAMA INTENSIFIES

“Dumb. She should have done a ‘Full Monty’ at the beginning,” Powell wrote. He added: “I warned her staff three times over the past two years not to try to connect it to me. I am not sure HRC even knew or understood what was going on in the basement.”

Sep 13 15:15

Facebook Loses Bid To Block 14yo Girl’s Lawsuit Over Nude Image Posted On ‘Shame Page’

Facebook has lost a legal bid to prevent a 14-year-old girl from suing the social media giant over a naked photo that was posted on a “shame page.” The social network insists it is protected under European law.

A high court judge in Belfast rejected an attempt by Facebook to have the girl’s claim thrown out on Monday.

Sep 13 14:16

Witnesses decline to answer questions from Congress about Clinton’s email server

Two technicians who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server refused on Tuesday to answer questions posed by House lawmakers, citing their constitutional right to remain silent.

Sep 13 13:39

NATO’s Cyber Defense Evolution

NATO’s cyber defence is based on several serious problems which, taken, together, may act as a destabilizing factor for international security as a whole. Firstly, in its 2013 report, the UN Group of Governmental Experts stated “that international law and in particular the United Nations Charter, is applicable and is essential to maintaining peace and stability and promoting an open, secure, peaceful and accessible ICT environment.” However, there is still no answer to the question of how international law should be applied. NATO is preparing its answer to that question. The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare 2.0 is set for release in 2016; the manual is a revised version of the 2013 document.

Sep 13 13:33

FACEBOOKTWITTERGOOGLECNNBUZZFEEDNYT Coalition To ‘Improve’ News… (aka, censor it even further)

Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks.

Sep 13 11:17

EXAMINING PRESERVATION OF STATE DEPARTMENT RECORDS

Former State employee Bryan Pagliano defied a congressional subpoena and did not appear as a witness before the Committee.

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Sep 13 11:15

Judge Nap: Clinton Aide Had Access to All Hillary's Emails Without Security Clearance

Sep 13 09:38

WADA site hacked, American athletes medical data splashed over the internet

Russian hacking group Fancy Bears' Hack Team on Tuesday claimed to have accessed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database, alleging that American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and four-time Rio Olympics gold medallist gymnast Simone Biles have been allowed to consume banned substances.

The hacking site claimed to have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet, reports Sputnik.

The site claimed former No.1 Serena was allowed to take banned substances such as oxycodone, hydromorphone, prednisone and methylprednisolone in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

The hacking site also claimed that Simone Biles failed a doping test yet avoided disqualification.

Serena's sister Venus was allowed to take prednisone, prednisolone and triamcinolone among others in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The documents do not reveal the diagnoses of the athletes which led to WADA allowing them to take the substances.

Sep 13 09:12

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times.

Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are.

Amid complaints that Google Play is always switching on GPS, it appears Google has made it impossible to prevent the app store from tracking your whereabouts unless you completely kill off location tracking for all applications.

Sep 13 09:11

Top Hillary Search Terms: Seizure, Dead, Age

The top Hillary Clinton Google searches include the terms “seizure,” “dead,” and “age,” according to Google’s autocomplete function. In other words, people searching for Hillary Clinton are most interested by her recent seizure at the 9/11 memorial and if she’s even still alive.

Sep 13 09:00

Republicans Call Tech Experts to Testify on Clinton's Server

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight committee, on Monday escalated the GOP's battle with the FBI over its decision in July not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton for her use of the private email system by serving a top FBI official with a subpoena for the full case file.

The move by Chaffetz underscores mounting frustration within the GOP over what Republicans see as stonewalling by the FBI over the Clinton probe. Chaffetz and other Republicans on the panel said the bureau has withheld summaries of interviews with witnesses and unnecessarily blacked out material from documents sent last month.

"We decide what's relevant — not the Department of Justice, not the FBI," Chaffetz said. "We are entitled to the full file."

Dismissing the "emergency" hearing held late on a Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said: "As far as I can tell, the only 'emergency' is that the election is less than two months away."

Sep 13 09:00

Infected Android phones could flood America's 911 with DDoS attacks

A research trio has shown how thousands of malware-infected phones could launch automated distributed denial of service attacks to cripple the US emergency phone system "for days".

The attacks are a new area of research and exploit the need for emergency call services to accept all calls regardless of origin.

The theoretical attack uses malware to mask a phone's International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) showing only the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMSEI) numbers which cloaks the origin of attacks and frustrates identification and blacklisting efforts.

Negev Ben-Gurion University researchers Mordechai Guri, Yisroel Mirsky, and Yuval Elovici say the malware could place calls without alerting users.

Sep 13 08:59

Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

Microsoft's warned users of its StorSimple network-attached storage devices to update them ASAP, because they might not be finishing backups.

You had one job, Microsoft … one job. Now owners of the devices have an urgent and tricky job, because Microsoft says “The update is a disruptive update (requires reboot of the appliance) and should be applied during a planned downtime.”

Sep 13 08:59

AMERICA IS THE MOST INVASIVE SURVEILLANCE STATE THAT HAS EVER EXISTED

Film director Oliver Stone, was being interviewed about his new movie, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, warned America is the worst police state ever!

"We hope that Mr. Obama has a stroke of lightning and he sees the way, despite the fact that he's prosecuted vigorously eight whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, which is an all-time record in American history, (and he's created) the most extensive invasive surveillance state that ever existed Stone said"

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Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly; or when there is a massive transformation of the US's "deep government".

Sep 13 08:43

MySQL zero-day exploit puts some servers at risk of hacking

A publicly disclosed vulnerability in the MySQL database could allow attackers to completely compromise some servers.

The vulnerability affects "all MySQL servers in default configuration in all version branches (5.7, 5.6, and 5.5) including the latest versions," as well as the MySQL-derived databases MariaDB and Percona DB, according to Dawid Golunski, the researcher who found it.

Sep 13 08:00

Smart sex toy maker is sued for tracking users' intimate habits as experts warn such data may be hacked

A woman is suing a sex toy firm after discovering that the company was keeping tabs on its customer's intimate data.

The sex toy and its corresponding smartphone app enables users to customise setting to suit their preference.

Sep 13 07:35

Google Supports Hillary

Everything in America, including our Internet search engine, is corrupt. Progressive Stephen Lendman reports that Google has put its search engine in support of Hillary, a crazed warmonger with medical problems, as president of the US.

What is extraordinary is that the rest of the world’s governments have accepted US control of the Internet and relies on the United States, the tyrannical government of which despises every country that is not an American puppet state. Why militarily powerful countries such as Russia and China and rich countries such as China allow Washington to control the Internet is the mystery of our time.

The need is desperate for competing Internet systems and search engines available to all, or the Internet will become another censored provider of Washington propaganda.

Sep 13 07:34

Google staffers have had at least 427 meetings at the White House over course of Obama presidency - averaging more than one a week

Newly compiled data reveals Google and its affiliates have attended meetings at the White House more than once a week, on average, since President Barack Obama took office.

Numbers crunched by the Campaign for Accountability and the Intercept show 169 Google employees have met with 182 government officials in the White House.

The meetings took place at least 427 times. The data used spans from Obama's first month in office in 2009 until October 2015, and includes government meetings with representatives of Google-affiliated companies Tomorrow Ventures and Civis Analytics.

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