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Aug 10 08:06

Drug Overdose Deaths In New York Rose 66 Percent In 2010-15: Report

Health authorities in New York say deaths from drug overdoses catastrophically surged by 66 percent over a span of five years in the US city between 2010 and 2015.

Aug 10 08:06

‘Drunkorexia’: Brits Skipping Meals For Guilt-Free Binge Drinking

Britons are regularly skipping meals so they can binge on booze without gaining weight, a new study into the nation’s health has revealed.

Aug 10 08:05

Deleted Clinton emails might remain secret until after election

None of Hillary Clinton's work-related emails discovered by the FBI after being deleted from her private server have been released, raising questions about whether any will be seen in public before Election Day.

Aug 10 08:02

Bullion Investors Versus the Machines

Aug 10 08:01

Hundreds of Royal Marines to join the SAS to train New Syrian Army and fight ISIS

Britain will deploy hundreds of elite troops to the Middle East to train Syrian rebel forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), it has emerged.

In a bid to break the deadlock in the war-torn nation, Royal Marines will join the SAS to provide the New Syrian Army (NSA) with advanced training in neighboring Jordan.

After the training has finished, NSA fighters will return to battle alongside SAS forces in Syria.

Aug 10 08:01

Police Scotland to cough 0.001% of annual income for unlawful RIPA spying

Police Scotland has been ordered to pay a Scottish policeman-turned-novelist £10,000 in damages after being found guilty of abusing surveillance powers to hunt down sources who blew the whistle on a bungled murder enquiry.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal published its judgment yesterday. Although five people filed claims against the force, just one was awarded damages.

The damages award is one hundred thousandth of the police force's £1,000,000,000 income for financial year 2015/16, as noted in the Scottish Police Authority's accounts.

Aug 10 08:00

Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

Vehicle manufacturers are making many of the same security mistakes as each other, creating scores of vulnerabilities in the process.

Not very reassuringly, half of the vulnerabilities discovered by security researchers at IOActive could result in "complete or partial loss of control" of a vehicle.

IOActive’s study is based on real-world security assessments with the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, covering three years’ worth of data and active vulnerabilities. An alarming 71 per cent of the vulns uncovered during the research could be exploited without much difficulty, or are almost certain to be exploited.

Aug 10 07:58

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

These silos of your personal information don't run themselves for free, folks

Aug 10 07:56

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder.

These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android.

What's more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft to fully revoke the leaked keys.

And perhaps most importantly: it is a reminder that demands by politicians and crimefighters for special keys, which can be used by investigators to unlock devices in criminal cases, will inevitably jeopardize the security of everyone.

Aug 10 07:55

Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

For the first time, retired US Air Force officers have published [PDF] an account of an incident on May 23, 1967 when a solar storm nearly fooled American high command into thinking that a Soviet nuclear attack was on the way.

On that day, the US military nuclear command went into panic mode when signals from all three of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) sites in the far northern hemisphere (one apiece at Alaska, Thule in Greenland, and a base in the UK's county of Yorkshire) shut down simultaneously.

These BMEWS stations were positioned over the most likely routes for Soviet ICBMs to come visiting the Land of the Free, and some thought the USSR had worked out a jamming technology that would blind the US ahead of an attack.

Aug 10 07:52

Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

The ransomware appears to be a test variant put together by unskilled coders, as a blog post by IT help site Bleeping Computer explains.

“It does not encrypt any files at all. Instead this malware will remove the extension for all of the files under various directories, display a lock screen, and then show a one hour countdown as shown in the lock screen below.

After that hour it will crash the victim's computer, and on reboot, delete all of the files under the [use profile] of the victim,” it adds.

German language text found within an embedded batch file associated with the malware states “Das ist ein Test” (“This is a test”).

Aug 10 07:52

Rearming Riyadh: US Approves $1.15bn Tank Sale To Saudi Arabia

Washington has approved the sale of 133 tanks and 20 recovery vehicles to Saudi Arabia, citing the kingdom’s role as a “leading contributor of political stability and economic progress” in the Middle East, even as Saudi aircraft resumed bombing Yemen.

The US State Department gave its green light for the sale, estimated at $1.15 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notice to Congress on Tuesday. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was named as the primary contractor.

Aug 10 07:49

Bank Of England Suffers Stunning Failure On Second Day Of QE: "Goodness Knows What Happens Next Week"

Simply stated, the Bank of England just encountered an offerless market. "It is a bit of a surprise that this went uncovered in the first week of the operation, goodness knows what happens next week."

Aug 10 07:48

What We Now Have Is Anarchy – By The Rich And Powerful

In July 2014, Darren Head eloquently told of his anguish via an article in The Guardian as someone who was living in the twilight zone of unemployment and homelessness in Britain. In an excerpt from that piece he wrote “There were benefits sanction due to a mix-up about Work Programme courses I should have attended as a condition of receiving out-of-work benefits.

Aug 10 07:46

Latest Hillary Email Scandal Reveals State Department "Favors" To Clinton Foundation

In Hillary's latest email scandal, newly released emails, many of which were not disclosed to the FBI, show that requests for "favors" from the Clinton Foundation started to roll in just 3 months after Hillary was confirmed as Secretary of State.

Aug 10 07:46

Deutsche Bank Unexpectedly Found To Have Massive Capital Gap, Larger Than Its Entire Market Cap

After the ECB concluded its latest annual stress test, which as expected found no problems with Europe's largest banks, yesterday in an unexpected outcome, German economic research institute ZEW found that Deutsche Bank had the highest potential capital shortfall, as much as €19 billion in a study of 51 European banks using U.S. Federal Reserve stress test methods. The capital gap is greater than DB's entire market cap.

Aug 10 07:45

Parents who force a vegan diet on to their children would face prison under a new law proposed in Italy.

Parents who force a vegan diet on to their children would face prison under a new law proposed in Italy.
Elvira Savino, of centre-right party Forza Italia, has proposed legislation under which parents who provide children aged 16 and under with a "diet lacking essential elements for an healthy growth" face up to two years of prison.

Aug 10 07:45

Woman accidentally killed during ‘shoot, don’t shoot’ training exercise at police department

A woman was shot to death during a “shoot or don’t shoot” training exercise Tuesday at the Punta Gorda Police Academy, according to police.

Aug 10 07:32

Voters Really Want to See Donald Trump's Tax Returns

Including a large chunk of independent voters.

Releasing tax returns has become de rigueur for presidential candidates, but so far Donald Trump has resisted the clarion call to release his returns.

Webmaster addition: Trump will release his tax returns the moment Hillary releases her medical records!

Aug 10 07:30

Speeders want $3M back from New Miami's traffic cameras; 40 percent of money collected went to traffic company

The operative number in the New Miami speed camera case has always been $1.8 million, but now the speeders are requesting the village pay more than $3 million.