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Apr 20 08:05

Google Lawsuit: Senior Engineer Sought to 'Blacklist Alt-Right Websites' Like 'Breitbart,' Purge YouTube

Bombshell new internal emails confirm top engineers at Google aimed to purge their search results of right-wing websites they deem "alt-right," blacklist them on their ad network and delete all their YouTube videos.

Apr 20 07:02

Bill Gates Funding Web of Satellites For Global Real-Time Surveillance

By Nicholas West

The emergence of low-cost micro satellites has spawned a global surveillance arms race: the familiar problem-reaction-solution paradigm upon what all other arms races are built...

Amid this frenzy of investment in space surveillance that could become the ultimate Big Brother technology, once again arch technocrat Bill Gates has felt compelled to get involved with his own offering...

Apr 20 05:32

Smartphone overuse increases loneliness and anxiety, and forms connections in the brain 'similar to how OPIOID addiction is experienced,' study warns

Smartphone dependence may have similar effects on the brain to some of those seen in opioid addiction, according to a new study.

Researchers surveying college students about technology use have found a number of worrying trends among those who overly rely on their devices – and warn the behavior is much like any other type of substance abuse.

In addition to the neurological effects, the researchers found that people who are dependent on their phones tend to feel isolated, lonely, depressed, and anxious more so than their peers.

Apr 19 19:15

Police Testing Controversial Portable DNA Machine

By Aaron Kesel

For the last 10 months, Houston police have been testing a new mobile DNA machine called rapid DNA that runs tests in under two hours.

HPD launched a pilot program with the company ANDE to test a machine that runs DNA tests in under two hours...

Apr 19 18:53

How to use uBlock Origin advanced user mode tutorial 2018

uBlock Origin has very confusing user interface in the advanced user mode if you haven't read the lengthy documentation. This video tutorial explains how to use uBlock Origin in advanced user mode and all the advanced settings to protect your online privacy. With this uBlock Origin video, you'll learn how to use it to protect your online privacy and security. The biggest benefit of this tutorial is that you'll learn how to block scripts with uBlock Origin. uBlock Origin is essential to learn how to protect your online privacy, and can replace other extensions like uMatrix, Request Policy, Adblock Plus, Privacy Badger, and many other blockers.

Apr 19 14:46

48 million social media users’ data leaked by yet another analytics company

LocalBlox, a data analytics company, describes on its website how it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data” from a variety of sources, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Zillow to build a “360 Degree people view,” that is then sold to marketers.

While the comprehensive range of data is scraped from publicly accessible sources, LocalBlox left a 1.2 terabyte file containing the personal data of 48 million individuals in an Amazon ‘storage bucket,’ password unprotected and accessible to anyone.

Data contained in the leak included names, physical addresses, dates of birth, scraped LinkedIn job histories, public Facebook data, and Twitter handles. Somebody with access to this data could theoretically use it to commit fraud, identity theft, or to aid in a social engineering scam like phishing.

Apr 19 14:35

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in 'Big Brother' satellites capable of streaming 'live and unfiltered' HD footage of the planet

Microsoft's Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide 'live and unfiltered' high definition footage of every inch of Earth.

The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth's atmosphere in 'Big Brother' real-time video surveillance.

As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.

The price of the project could run to $1 billion (£700m), although the value of the investment by the companies has not been disclosed.

Apr 19 12:53

Global Cyber Attacks Blamed On Russia Right Before Spiking Internet Outages Occur - Live Attack Map Shows Attacks From Within 

Twitter went down worldwide, came back up and then went down again, with Down Detector racking up over 6,000 reports in one hour, but Twitter wasn't alone in suffering outages, as multiple communications networks also saw a spike in reports overnight, with the live outage maps from different companies showing the same geographical locations being hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go to the Norse tracking map and you will see that the hack attacks are mostly internal to the US, with little or no activity coming from Russia.

Apr 19 11:27

Pentagon developing artificial intelligence center

The Pentagon is working on a plan to stand up an artificial intelligence center in order to streamline the department’s myriad AI programs.

The idea, which comes as defense officials are increasingly concerned about China’s investments in AI capabilities, has now been embraced by both Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

Speaking at the House Armed Services Committee April 12, Mattis said “we’re looking at a joint office where we would concentrate all of DoD’s efforts, since we have a number of AI efforts underway right now. We’re looking at pulling them all together.”

In hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, Griffin elaborated on the state of that AI center, saying it is very much in the early stages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We keep turning it on. It looks around, then shuts itself off!"

Apr 19 10:32

'iTunes Wi-Fi Sync' Feature Could Let Attackers Hijack Your iPhone, iPad Remotely

Be careful while plugging your iPhone into a friend's laptop for a quick charge or sharing selected files.

Researchers at Symantec have issued a security warning for iPhone and iPad users about a new attack, which they named "TrustJacking," that could allow someone you trust to remotely take persistent control of, and extract data from your Apple device.

Apple provides an iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in iOS that allows users to sync their iPhones to a computer wirelessly. To enable this feature, users have to grant one-time permission to a trusted computer (with iTunes) over a USB cable.

Once enabled, the feature allows the computer owner to secretly spy on your iPhone over the Wi-Fi network without requiring any authentication, even when your phone is no longer physically connected to that computer.

Apr 19 10:30

Another Critical Flaw Found In Drupal Core—Patch Your Sites Immediately

For the second time within a month, Drupal has been found vulnerable to another critical vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to pull off advanced attacks including cookie theft, keylogging, phishing and identity theft.

Apr 19 10:00

Russia Blocks Millions Of IP Addresses Including Local Businesses Over Telegram Refusing To Give Encryption Keys

By Aaron Kesel

Russia blocked more than 16 million IP addresses in an attempt to ban encrypted messenger Telegram after the company refused to give up its encryption keys, leading to interruptions in the service, major websites and media including Google, Amazon and many other U.S. businesses.

A court ordered that Telegram be blocked in Russia after it refused to hand over its encryption keys to state security agencies like the FSB.

Yesterday, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s equivalent of the FCC, began telling mobile networks that they had to block access to Telegram...

Apr 19 08:42

Google cuts fake ad blockers from Chrome Store: Were you among 20 million fooled?

A researcher has uncovered five malicious ad-blocker extensions on the Chrome Web Store that were installed by 20 million Chrome users before Google removed them.

The bogus ad blockers were discovered by researchers at AdGuard, a Moscow-based maker of ad-blocking and anti-tracking tech.

Following AdGuard's report on the fake ad blockers in the Chrome Web Store, Google removed the suspect extensions, which have been installed on 20 million Chrome instances over the past year.

The most popular fake ad blocker was AdRemover for Google Chrome, which had over 10 million users, putting a massive botnet of infected browsers at its authors' disposal.

"Basically, this is a botnet composed of browsers infected with the fake ad-block extensions. The browser will do whatever the command-center server owner orders it to do," wrote AdGuard co-founder Andrey Meshkov.

Apr 19 08:41

Ultra-realistic robot surprises public for Westworld on NOW TV

Apr 19 08:38

Linux Deepin Is Spyware

Apr 19 08:33

Autonomous military drones that decide who to kill will 'cause warfare to move from fighting to EXTERMINATION', expert claims

Weapons of war have evolved over time, but the decision to kill has always been left with humans.

But with developing AI and autonomous technology, it is now possible to build killing machines that require no human input at all.

Taking the final decision away from a human raises serious ethical concerns over the use of fully-autonomous weapons.

It could mean wars will be less about fighting, and more extermination.

Apr 19 08:32

Viral clip that appears to show Obama calling President Trump 'total and complete dips***' and warning about a 'f****d up dystopia' highlights growing concerns over 'deepfakes' videos

A shocking video of Barack Obama has been making the rounds on the internet showing the former president calling Donald Trump a 'total and complete dips***'.

If you didn't know any better, you might think the video is real.

In actuality, what appears to be Obama's voice is actually words spoken by 'Get Out' director and writer Jordan Peele.

Peele's voice and mouth were digitally inserted into the video using a sophisticated, but increasingly commonplace, technology that's powered by artificial intelligence, called 'deepfakes'.

'We're entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time — even if they would never say those things,

Apr 19 08:28

Data firm scraped info from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to build profiles on 48 MILLION people - and stored the 'highly sensitive' information including addresses and net worths on the cloud without a password, report claims

Personal information scraped from the social media profiles of up to 48 million people was left unsecured on a publicly available web storage platform, potentially allowing anyone to access ‘highly sensitive’ data, a new report has warned.

According to security firm UpGuard, who uncovered the vulnerability, Washington-based Localblox pieced together data from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Zillow, and other sites to ‘build a three-dimensional picture on every individual affected,’ ZD Net reports.

The records were then stored in a single file on a public, unlisted Amazon S3 storage bucket.

While the bucket was secured hours after the researchers alerted Localblox’s CTO of the issue, the entire 1.2 terabyte file containing the information of millions of people had remained available to download for an unspecified amount of time beforehand.

Apr 19 08:25

Bizarre bug causes Amber Alert page and numerous other government domains to redirect visitors to PORN sites

Several government websites are mistakenly sending users to hardcore porn sites.

The Department of Justice's Amber Alert webpage, as well as the Department of Commerce's Weather.gov and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) webpages both seem to have been hit by the redirect bug.

In some cases, it redirects users to porn sites with names like 'schoolgirl porn' and 'girl v dog porn'.

The issue seemed to be resolved on most websites as of Wednesday afternoon, after being spotted on Tuesday evening.

Apr 19 08:13

5 Privacies You Didn't Know You Lost

Apr 19 08:13

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

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

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

Apr 19 08:11

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

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

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

Apr 19 08:10

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 18 11:42

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 18 10:16

Apple REFUSED to Fix our iMac Pro

Apr 18 10:07

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

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

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

Apr 18 09:56

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

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

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

Apr 18 09:45

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

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

Apr 18 09:42

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Apr 18 09:39

RUSSIA THREATENS TO BLOCK FACEBOOK

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

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

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

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

Apr 18 09:35

AUTONOMOUS DRONES WILL SOON DECIDE WHO TO KILL

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 18 09:26

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

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

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

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

Apr 18 09:23

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

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

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

Apr 18 09:11

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

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

Apr 18 09:07

ALGORITHM TO FIND PHONY USERS ON MANY SOCIAL NETWORKS

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

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

Apr 18 08:37

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

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

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

Apr 18 07:42

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

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

Apr 18 07:04

Virtual personal relationships

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

Apr 17 18:25

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 17 16:42

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

By Nicholas West

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

Apr 17 15:53

Facebook Facing Class Action Suit Over Facial Recognition

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

Apr 17 11:06

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 17 08:54

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 17 08:44

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 17 08:30

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 17 08:28

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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

Apr 16 10:52

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

8 reasons to fear cloud computing

The Cons of Cloud Computing

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

A Wake-up call for the cloud

Apr 16 08:21

Cybercriminals Hijack Router DNS to Distribute Android Banking Trojan

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

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

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

Apr 16 08:19

Hackers Have Started Exploiting Drupal RCE Exploit Released Yesterday

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

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

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

Apr 15 17:17

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

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

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

Apr 15 08:48

UK could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russia if infrastructure targeted

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

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

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

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

Apr 15 08:39

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

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

Apr 15 08:12

Fighting Sex Traffickers – FOSTA Laws and Freedoms

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

Apr 15 07:36

HOW ISRAEL HARDWARE BACKDOORED - EVERYTHING

Apr 14 10:21

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

By Gavin Hanson

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

Apr 14 09:47

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

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

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

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

Apr 14 08:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 14 03:02

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

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

Apr 13 07:50

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

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

Apr 13 06:59

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 13 06:55

Popular Android Phone Manufacturers Caught Lying About Security Updates

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

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

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

Apr 13 06:52

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 12 16:23

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

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

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

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

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