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Oct 16 07:03

DHS Wants Wearables to Track Employee Health at Work and at Home

The Homeland Security Department wants to build a tech solution to monitor the health and stress levels of its employees to help identify when workers need assistance—due to physical or mental weariness—and optimize “human performance and resiliency” among the workforce.

The department issued a call for proposals looking for solutions that incorporate biometric technologies to monitor employees’ health and “psychosocial information” entered into the software by the user. That data will be supported by algorithms that can alert employees to oncoming physical and mental health issues and suggest actions that can be taken to avert those breakdowns.

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Oct 16 06:47

Video: Gruesome Warfare and Artificial Intelligence: Robot Dogs with Assault Rifles

The modern battlefield is rapidly changing, mostly thanks to emergent technologies such as robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Not too-long-ago, infantry had to look for their adversaries on a battlefield, be it in a forest, city or even a cave. Now, troops can simply send in their machines with mounted weapons do their dirty work.

Ghost Robotics is a company known for developing military dog-like robots for several years now. The concept was mostly popularized by Boston Dynamics and their numerous robots.

But at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association of the United States Army, between October 11th and 13th, they took things up a notch and showcased their brand-new robot.

The four-legged robot called Q-UGV (quadrupedal uncrewed ground vehicle) had a rifle mounting on top of it.

Oct 16 06:39

'Technology to automatically scan all iPhones threatens democracy', researchers warn

Fourteen of the world's most respected information security experts have warned that client-side scanning "is a dangerous technology" that threatens democracy.

The cryptographers and engineers, whose careers have laid the groundwork for the internet's fundamental security protocols, have authored a paper titled "Bugs in Our Pockets" to explain their concerns,

They say that introducing the technology - recently proposed by Apple as a method of pre-emptively scanning all iPhones for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) - "would be an extremely dangerous societal experiment" that risks handing governments enormous surveillance powers.

Oct 15 13:01

Flight of the Concord Drones

By Kenny Gutierrez, EFF Bridge Fellow

The City Council of Concord, California, is tone deaf to community concerns regarding a proposed police Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS) system – commonly referred to as drones. In a city where the police department is responsible for nearly 60% of the city budget, this should come as no surprise. The UAS program, however, will strangely be funded by Marathon Petroleum, which has no offices or facilities in Concord. EFF, ACLU, and 15 other Contra Costa community organizations opposed this action. We also demanded police oversight and ample safeguards to protect civil liberties and civil rights if the program were to be adopted.

Privacy and police accountability are a massive issue with UAS systems, and are both high priority issues for California voters, as evidenced by the passage of California Consumer Privacy Act and police accountability legislation...

Oct 15 10:42

Malicious Chrome ad blocker injects ads behind the scenes

The AllBlock Chromium ad blocking extension has been found to be injecting hidden affiliate links that generate commissions for the developers.

This extension is still available on Chrome's Web Store and promotes itself as an ad blocker that focuses on YouTube and Facebook to prevent pop-ups and speed up browsing.

However, according to researchers at Imperva, the extension is actually conducting a deceptive ad-injection campaign that causes legitimate URLs to redirect to affiliate links controlled by the extension's developers.

Oct 15 10:38

New Windows 10 KB5006670 update breaks network printing

Windows 10 users and administrators report widescale network printing issues after installing the KB5006670 cumulative update and other updates released this week.

On Tuesday, Microsoft released Windows updates to fix bugs and security vulnerabilities as part of the October 2021 Patch Tuesday.

These updates include KB5006674 for Windows 11, KB5006670 for Windows 10 2004, 20H1, and 21H1, KB5006667 for Windows 10 1909, and KB5006714 for Windows 8.

Since installing the KB5006670 update, users are reporting that they cannot print to network print servers, with some users receiving 0x00000709 or 'Element not found' errors when attempting to print.

Oct 15 06:06

Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website

On Tuesday, a reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch alerted the state that Social Security numbers of school teachers and administrators were vulnerable to public exposure due to flaws on a website maintained by Missouri’s department of education.

The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected the private information of teachers around the state.

But by Thursday, Gov. Mike Parson was labeling the Post-Dispatch reporter a “hacker” and vowing to seek criminal prosecution.

“The state does not take this matter lightly,” Parson said Thursday at a hastily called press conference. He refused to take questions afterward.

Parson said he had referred the matter to the Cole County Prosecutor and has asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate.

Oct 14 10:16

What it costs to hire a hacker on the Dark Web

The Dark Web is home to a smorgasbord of illegal and criminal products and services up for sale. And that certainly encompasses the area of cybercrime. From website hacking to DDoS attacks to custom malware to changing school grades, you can buy one of these services from a hacker for hire. But just how much do these types of items cost? A blog post published Tuesday by consumer website Comparitech examines the types of hacking services available on the Dark Web and scopes out their prices.

Oct 14 10:15

This new ransomware encrypts your data and makes some nasty threats, too

Cyber criminals are distributing a new form of ransomware in attacks against victims in which they not only encrypt the network, but also make threats to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and to harass employees and business partners if a ransom isn't paid.

Dubbed Yanluowang, the ransomware was uncovered by cybersecurity researchers in Broadcom Software's Symantec Threat Hunter team while they were investigating as attempted cyberattack against an undisclosed large organsation.

While the attempted attack wasn't successful, the investigation revealed a new form of ransomware. It also provided insight into how some cyber criminals are attempting to make attacks more effective – in this case, with the threat of additional attacks.

Oct 14 07:44

"Into The Trash It Goes": Snowden Slams CIA-Funded 'Encrypted' App Wicker

In 1999, the CIA created In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit investment firm that invests in high-tech startup companies focused on increasing the capacity of US intelligence agencies. The fund has been notable for funding Google and Palantir at very early stages, bringing us to the latest possible investment into encrypted messaging platform Wickr.

Vice's Motherboard was first notified by Jack Poulson, executive director of Tech Inquiry, about In-Q-Tel's From 990 filed in the fiscal year ending in March 2020. The form details compensation paid to outside contractors and mentions a $1.6 payment to Wickr but doesn't explain if it was an investment or a purchase order.

But deeper within the form, a section reads: "The hallmark of IQT's strategic an agile model is the development effort—aka work program—where the company collaborates with the startup to tailor a company's technology to specific government requirements and invests funds towards that work program."

Oct 14 06:47

‘Terrifying Terminator s**t’: Robotics firm equips ‘robo dog’ with night-vision SNIPER RIFLE

A robotics firm and a gun manufacturer have joined forces to produce what amounts to an animatronic ‘dog’ with a sniper rifle for a face, managing to terrify more than a few netizens after unveiling the new device at an Army expo.

Dubbed SPUR – or the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle – the robotic canine packs a gun where its head should be, chambered for 6.5mm Creedmoor rounds, as was first reported by the Drive. The system was developed by rifle producer SWORD International and Ghost Robotics, a Philadelphia-based firm founded in 2015, and made its first-ever appearance this week at the main annual convention for the Association of the US Army in the nation’s capital.

Oct 13 18:54

[Video] Stew Peters Show - NHS App Update Tracks a LOT MORE Than "COVID" Status!

WATCH OUT! These globalists want to know EVERYTHING about YOU! They're tracking very sensitive information as the elitists try to learn your most intimate details!

Oct 13 08:12

OH GREAT THEY’RE PUTTING GUNS ON ROBODOGS NOW

So hey they’ve started mounting sniper rifles on robodogs, which is great news for anyone who was hoping they’d start mounting sniper rifles on robodogs.

At an exhibit booth in the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting and exhibition, Ghost Robotics (the military-friendly competitor to the better-known Boston Dynamics) proudly showed off a weapon that is designed to attach to its quadruped bots made by a company called SWORD Defense Systems.

Oct 13 00:12

Facebook's 'Dangerous Individuals' List Leaks, Lists Right-Wing Activists Alongside Islamic Terrorists

Facebook's secret "dangerous individuals and organizations" blacklist, which the Big Tech giant uses to silence dissenters as though they're on par with Islamic terrorists, has been leaked in full by The Intercept.

Webmaster addition: Dang! I didn't make the list!

Oct 12 20:20

Why Is PayPal Denying Service to Palestinians?

By Jillian C. York

For many years, Palestinian rights defenders have championed the cause of Palestinians in the occupied territories, who are denied access to PayPal, while Israeli settlers have full access to PayPal products. A recent campaign, led by Palestinian digital rights group 7amleh, calls on PayPal to adhere to its own code of business conduct and ethics, by halting its discrimination against residents and citizens of Palestine. 7amleh has also published a detailed report on PayPal’s actions in Palestine.

This is not the first time PayPal has denied service to a vulnerable group; the company routinely cuts off payments to those engaged in sex work or the sale of sexually explicit content, and last year, PayPal division Venmo was sued for blocking payments associated with Islam or Arab nationalities or ethnicities...

Oct 12 10:27

Photo editor Android app STILL sitting on Google Play store is malware

An Android app sitting on the Google Play store touts itself to be a photo editor app. But, it contains code that steals the user's Facebook credentials to potentially run ad campaigns on the user's behalf, with their payment information.

The app is called "Blender Photo Editor-Easy Photo Background Editor" and has been installed over 5,000 times to date.

Last week, similar malicious apps with over 500,000 installs were also found on the Play Store.

Oct 12 10:26

Olympus US systems hit by cyberattack over the weekend

Olympus, a leading medical technology company, was forced to take down IT systems in the Americas (U.S., Canada, and Latin America) following a cyberattack that hit its network Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Oct 12 10:25

Study reveals Android phones constantly snoop on their users

A new study by a team of university researchers in the UK has unveiled a host of privacy issues that arise from using Android smartphones.

The researchers have focused on Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, and Huawei Android devices, and LineageOS and /e/OS, two forks of Android that aim to offer long-term support and a de-Googled experience

The conclusion of the study is worrying for the vast majority of Android users .

With the notable exception of /e/OS, even when minimally configured and the handset is idle these vendor-customized Android variants transmit substantial amounts of information to the OS developer and also to third parties (Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) that have pre-installed system apps. - Researchers.

Oct 12 10:22

Cyberattack shuts down Ecuador's largest bank, Banco Pichincha

Ecuador's largest private bank Banco Pichincha has suffered a cyberattack that disrupted operations and taken the ATM and online banking portal offline.

The cyberattack occurred over the weekend, causing the bank to shut down portions of their network to prevent the attack's spread to other systems.

The shut down of systems has led to widespread disruption for the bank, with ATMs no longer working and the online banking portals showing maintenance messages.

Oct 12 10:21

Digital Signature Spoofing Flaws Uncovered in OpenOffice and LibreOffice

The maintainers of LibreOffice and OpenOffice have shipped security updates to their productivity software to remediate multiple vulnerabilities that could be weaponized by malicious actors to alter documents to make them appear as if they are digitally signed by a trusted source.

Oct 12 10:05

50 Key Stats About Freedom of the Internet Around the World

Almost every part of our everyday lives is closely connected to the internet – we depend on it for communication, entertainment, information, running our households, even running our cars.

Not everyone in the world has access to the same features and content on the internet, though, with some governments imposing restrictions on what you can do online. This severely limits internet freedom and, with it, the quality of life and other rights of the affected users.

Internet freedom is a broad term that covers digital rights, freedom of information, the right to internet access, freedom from internet censorship, and net neutrality.

To cover this vast subject, we’ve compiled 50 statistics that will give you a pretty clear picture about the state of internet freedom around the world. Dig into the whole thing or simply jump into your chosen area of interest below:

Oct 12 09:07

U.S. cybersecurity official resigns because 'we have no competing fighting chance against China'

A former top information technology official at the Department of Defense says he quit because the U.S. has all but lost the upcoming cyberwar with China.

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” Nicolas Chaillan told the Financial Times in an interview published Sunday.

Chaillan resigned last month, saying the Pentagon put "laggards” in charge of cyberprojects for which they had no expertise.

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"But those laggards were non-white! That's gotta count for something!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 12 07:47

Go Update Your iPhone and iPad Right Now

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, better update those suckers right now. Apple has just announced a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability affecting droves of the company’s phones and tablets—the likes of which may be seeing “active exploitation” by hackers.

The patch comes with the company’s most recent updates to its phone and tablet lines, iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2. An emergency security announcement put out Monday says the vulnerability affects the following devices: “iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).”

Oct 11 06:47

WhatsApp’s Security Breach: Made in Israel, Implemented Worldwide

Bibi Netanyahu at a Cybertech conference freely boasted that Israel’s “NSA, called unit 8200, is the second largest in the world and is the Second Eye of the Five Eyes.” That’s a rather astonishing claim for a nation with only 8.7 million people.

Netanyahu goes on explain that all the major I.T. companies have major research centers in Israel. This includes virtually all of the heavy handed social media censorship venues.

At minute 00:04:53 in the following video, he goes on to describe why this is happening — namely, because they have a defense industry; and, specifically, military intelligence [at 00:12:12] used to leverage these I.T. industries. Accordingly, Israel is now No. 2 in the “cyber security industry,” which is a defacto intel operation that’s publicly funded and privately operated.

Oct 11 06:24

A Notorious Spyware Firm Claims It Won't Help Hack UK Phones Anymore

NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware vendor, will no longer allow its clients to hack citizens of the United Kingdom, sources close to the company told The Guardian this week. The changes have been “hard-coded” into NSO’s infamous malware, Pegasus, and will make future targeting of UK-based phone numbers impossible, the sources claim.

Oct 09 10:59

Kenyan Government’s Use of Surveillance Technologies to Tackle COVID-19 Raises Human Rights oncerns

By Cecilia Maundu

In August this year, misconfigured power apps from Microsoft led more than a thousand web apps to mistakenly expose 38 million records on the open internet, including data from a number of COVID-19 contact tracing platforms, vaccination sign-ups, job application portals, and employee databases. Many people’s phone numbers and COVID-19 vaccination status were visible due to the leak.

This recent sensitive information exposure comes months after a joint report by Article 19, Kickanet and Pollicy revealed that in an effort to curb COVID-19, the Kenyan government used various contact tracing apps, digital surveillance technologies, and biometric technologies to track and trace citizens without regard for due process. The report further confirms that despite the heavy use of these technologies, there was limited impact or effectiveness in curbing the spread of the virus...

Oct 08 08:55

How to Block JavaScript on Your iPhone or Android (and When You Should)

Much of the modern web would be vastly different if not for JavaScript, the programming language that’s allowed for interactive elements to be added to your favorite websites. Features like chat boxes, audio and video players, and infinite scrolling are just a few examples of what JavaScript has added to our lives.

When should you disable JavaScript?

Not everyone wants to run websites with JavaScript enabled. The dark side of these features is additional tracking, auto-playing videos, many annoyances that change scrolling behavior, and more. By disabling JavaScript, you can disable infinite scrolling on most websites, which is a big deal if you’re trying to cut screen time. Other benefits of disabling JavaScript include reduced tracking, blocking ads, and bypassing paywalls so you can read articles online for free.

Oct 07 14:56

Face Recognition Isn’t Just Face Identification and Verification: It’s Also Photo Clustering, Race Analysis, Real-time Tracking, and More

By Bennett Cyphers, Adam Schwartz, and Nathan Sheard

Governments and corporations are tracking how we go about our lives with a unique marker that most of us cannot hide or change: our own faces. Across the country, communities are pushing back with laws that restrain this dangerous technology. In response, some governments and corporations are claiming that these laws should only apply to some forms of face recognition, such as face identification, and not to others, such as face clustering.

We disagree. All forms of face recognition are a menace to privacy, free speech, and racial justice. This post explores many of the various kinds of face recognition, and explains why all must be addressed by laws.

What Is Face Recognition?

At the most basic level, face recognition technology takes images of human faces and tries to extract information about the people in them.

Here’s how it usually works today...

Oct 07 07:05

Facebook Crisis

Oct 07 05:17

NASA woke up a robot 'Queen' on the ISS, and it's there to help

Have we learned nothing from Star Trek? After all the trouble the alien Borg collective caused Captain Picard and his crew, you might think NASA would shy away from "queen" and "hive" nomenclature when it comes to real-life robots. Well, a "Queen" robot is now awake on the International Space Station and it's part of a "hive."

But not to fear, the ISS robot collective consists of three cube-shaped (for realsies) floating robots that just want to help humans conduct research and experiments up in orbit.

Oct 06 19:12

Controversial Report Exposes 16 Utilities That Accepted COVID Relief Funds While Continuing Shutoffs. Is Yours One of Them?

By B.N. Frank

Utility companies behaving badly seemed to be the norm pre-COVID. A new report claims the COVID Crisis gave them yet another opportunity to take advantage of Americans.

From Utility Dive:

16 utilities took $1.2B in COVID relief while continuing power shutoffs: report

- 16 utilities received $1.25 billion in tax benefits from the government’s Covid-19 economic relief package, the CARES Act, while also shutting off customer power almost 1 million times from July 2020 to June 2021, according to a report published Thursday by the Center for Biological Diversity and BailoutWatch.

- NextEra Energy shut off power most frequently, the report concluded, while receiving $41 million from the federal stimulus. During the pandemic, its Florida Power & Light (FPL) subsidiary shut off customer power more than 470,000 times, according to the report.

Oct 06 11:53

Surveillance on Campus: Universities Give Students Tools to Report on Each Other’s COVID Violations or “bias incidents”

By Katelynn Richardson

Many universities supply tools that allow students to report their peers for incidents involving speech or COVID-19 protocols.

Several American colleges also use digital technology to track students’ social media activity and COVID-19 testing frequencies.

Michigan State University provides students with reporting system to achieve what the school describes as a “safe and supportive environment” for its community members.

The school’s Culturally Inclusive College Sharing System (CIC) is an online submission form allows the university to “track and respond to behaviors and situations that work to support or detract from [its] goals of a safe and supportive environment.”...

Oct 06 10:46

“Historic Moment”: EU Approves Call for Sweeping Ban on Facial Recognition Surveillance

By Andrea Germanos

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a call to ban facial recognition surveillance—a development heralded by the technology’s foes as a “big win for human rights.”

The vote on the resolution was 377-248. While the measure is nonbinding, the EUObserver reported Wednesday that its passsage means “Parliament now has for the first time an official position advocating for a ban on biometric mass surveillance, which sends a strong signal for negotiations of the first-ever EU rules on AI systems.”

“Fundamental rights are unconditional,” MEP Petar Vitanov, a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party who backed the resolution, said in a statement...

Oct 06 10:23

Ex-google employee recalls “Terminator” moment; fears company is “creating God”

A former Google employee reveals that the company is building an artificial intelligence (AI) machine that looks like something straight out of a sci-fi thriller.

Mo Gawdat, a former chief business officer who joined the company in 2007, says that the mysterious Google X department is developing a machine that can quickly learn. In particular, he has seen a robotic arm pick up a ball and show it to developers. Within days, the robotic arm has mastered picking up anything.

Gawdat recalls that they had those robots for a week, and that they were able to do many things that will take children months or even years to learn. “It hit me that they are children. But very, very fast children,” he says.

He notes that machines, even at their very basic level of intelligence, have the potential to learn quickly. “The reality is, we’re creating God.”

Oct 06 10:20

Twitter now “fact checking” OBITUARIES of people killed by vaccines in effort to bury vaccine-induced deaths

When 37-year-old Jessica Berg Wilson of Seattle passed away from covid vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) on September 7, her family published a loving obituary that was ripped to shreds by the “fact checkers” at Twitter.

According to reports, Jack Dorsey’s empire disgraced Wilson’s life and disrespected her family by claiming that Wilson’s obituary is “misleading” and contains “misinformation” about the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injections brought to the world under “Operation Warp Speed.”

Twitter insists that it is impossible for anyone to die from a Fauci Flu shot, even though it was confirmed that Wilson died from VITT, which was caused by the injections she received that were supposed to help keep her “safe” and “protected” against the virus.

Oct 06 08:14

“It’s A Trap” – They Are Making Frances Haugen Into A Superstar For A Reason

All of a sudden, Frances Haugen is one of the most famous people in America.  But does she deserve to be?  Of course not.  As you will see below, Haugen is a far left activist that has donated money to Democrats dozens of times.  She is being advised by Obama’s former deputy press secretary, and her political views would place here squarely within the radical fringes of the progressive movement.  But now people all over America are talking about her, and many are regarding her as some sort of a hero. -- Don’t fall for that trap.

Oct 06 06:14

It Begins: Federal Investigators Are Issuing Warrants for Google to Turn Over Anyone Typing in Certain Search Terms

It begins.

The federal government is issuing warrants from compliant Google to turn over anyone typing in certain search terms.

But they assure the American public that they can be trusted. Just like the federal government assured Americans they would not abuse the secret FISA courts to spy on innocent Americans!

We now know that crooked feds were spying on Donald Trump, his family, his campaign and his presidency using the secret courts to obtain warrants.

This is your brave new world. Get used to it.

Oct 05 09:50

Facebook's giant outage: This change caused all the problems

Facebook blamed its six-hour outage on Monday on a faulty configuration change that affected its vast social media platforms and internal systems.

Facebook, alongside WhatsApp and Instagram, suffered a global outage on Monday, October 4 that began at approximately 11:44 EDT and dragged on well into the afternoon.

The social media giant's services were back online as of 17:28 EDT.

SEE: A cloud company asked security researchers to look over its systems. Here's what they found

In a subsequent blog post, Facebook's VP of infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, said the outage had been caused by a technical issue affecting its Border Gateway Protocol (BCP) routing system, which had "a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt."

Oct 05 09:04

Clearview AI to Use More Advanced Artificial Intelligence to Scan More Than 10 Billion Internet Collected Images

By Will Knight

Clearview AI has stoked controversy by scraping the web for photos and applying facial recognition to give police and others an unprecedented ability to peer into our lives. Now the company’s CEO wants to use artificial intelligence to make Clearview’s surveillance tool even more powerful.

It may make it more dangerous and error-prone as well.

Clearview has collected billions of photos from across websites that include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and uses AI to identify a particular person in images. Police and government agents have used the company’s face database to help identify suspects in photos by tying them to online profiles...

Oct 05 08:29

Now That You Have Survived The Facebook “Mini Apocalypse”, Are You Ready For A Real One?

Where were you when Facebook and Instagram went down for six hours?  For many Internet addicts, the trauma of the “mini apocalypse” that Facebook and Instagram experienced on Monday will linger for quite some time to come.  Millions of users suddenly cried out in terror when they tried to log into their accounts and the sites were seemingly gone.  Before too long, the entire world was in an uproar and everyone wanted to know when Facebook and Instagram would finally be restored.  Of course Twitter was still up, and so hordes of social media denizens quickly rushed over there to share what they were feeling…

Oct 05 07:25

Nightmarish iOS 15 bug deletes saved photos from your iPhone

No software update is flawless, but iOS 15 is shaping up to be one of Apple’s most bug-filled releases ever. One of the worst bugs is causing iPhone users to lose their photos. As reported by MacRumors, a number of iPhone owners with devices running iOS 15 claim that when they delete a thread from their Messages app, a bug is causing any photos they saved from that text thread to be removed from the photo library as well the next time that they perform an iCloud Backup on the device.

iOS 15 bug deleting photos from Messages
Clearly, this isn’t working as intended. Countless iPhone owners are saving photos to the iCloud Photo Library, but the photo vanishes once they delete their original Messages conversation and perform an iCloud Backup. Here are the steps you’d need to take to replicate the bug on your device:

Oct 05 07:22

Mark Zuckerberg Loses BILLIONS As Facebook Sees Worst Shutdown In Over A Decade

It has been said to be one of the longest downtimes Facebook has seen in years. If you attempt to connect to Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp right now you’re met with a "site can’t be reached" error.

Cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs backed what’s said to be the primary culprit explaining the outage at the social media giant. "The DNS records that tell systems how to find Facebook.com or Instagram.com got withdrawn this morning from the global routing tables."

Oct 05 06:55

What’s going on? Banks around the world experiencing power outages, leaving millions of customers stranded from their cash, assets

The IT systems of banks around the world are being hit with denial-of-service attacks, and it’s unclear why or how long they will persist. But one thing is certain: When these outages occur, customers are cut off from their cash and assets, and that’s never a good thing.

According to a report by Naked Capitalism, 20 banks in six countries — one of which is on COVID lockdown — on five continents recently experienced these DDOS attacks, and collectively, millions of bank customers have been affected.

Oct 05 05:23

Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

Facebook and its family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, were inaccessible for hours on Monday, taking out a vital communications platform used by billions and showcasing just how dependent the world has become on a company that is under intense scrutiny.

Facebook’s apps — which include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus — began displaying error messages around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, users reported. Within minutes, Facebook had disappeared from the internet. The outage lasted over five hours, before some apps slowly flickered back to life, though the company cautioned the services would take time to stabilize.

Oct 04 16:04

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go DOWN worldwide for FOUR hours and counting in catastrophic outage - as experts suggest internal error is to blame and staff 'are locked out of offices at California HQ'

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are down for users around the world, with the first report of problems coming in this afternoon.

According to DownDetector, the issues started at around 16:44 BST (11:44 ET), with nearly 80,000 reports for WhatsApp and more than 50,000 for Facebook.

NetBlocks, which tracks internet outages and their impact, estimate the outage has already cost the global economy $160m (£117 million), and sent the Facebook share price down by more than five per cent.

Oct 04 15:22

Scraped data of 1.5 BILLION Facebook users offered for sale on the dark web – reports

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all down, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg has another headache: The personal data of 1.5 billion customers, scraped from his platform, is reportedly being offered for sale on the dark web.

User IDs, real names, email addresses, phone numbers, and locations are among the data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook customers that’s up for sale, according to a report on the cybersecurity news outlet Privacy Affairs on Monday. The going price has been quoted as $5,000 for a million names.

Oct 04 12:25

SCARY: British Army Now Spying on Social Media To Detect ‘Thought Crimes’ By Its Citizens

The UK Ministry of Defence has unveiled their intentions to spy on social media platforms in order to uncover ‘thought crimes’ perpetrated by British people.

The military will begin “automated scanning of social media platforms” to detect “changes in population sentiment,” according to a MoD Data Strategy for Defence paper.

There’s nothing frightening about that… nothing at all.

Oct 04 10:36

Global Internet Freedom is in Decline, According to New Report

By Arzu Geybullayeva

Freedom House, a human rights watchdog, released the newest edition of its Freedom on the Net report on September 21. The report concludes that “internet freedom declined globally for the 11th consecutive year.” The report assesses the situation of human rights in the digital space across 70 countries...

Oct 04 10:17

Millions of certificates voided under updated regulations

Oct 04 10:10

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp all go down in major outage

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage. -- The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working.

Oct 03 18:13

Lawsuit Filed by Grieving Mother Against U.S. Hospital Disabled by Cyberattack

By B.N. Frank

Cyberattacks can cause catastrophic and sometimes deadly results no matter who or what is targeted. The threat is particularly dangerous when hospitals and/or medical devices are compromised. Recently a lawsuit was filed alleging that a cyberattack led to the death of a newborn in a U.S. hospital...

Oct 03 11:17

NYC’s Times Square Gets 5G Tech for “mobile crowd gaming”

By B.N. Frank

American opposition to 5G deployment has been ongoing due to a variety of concerns including cybersecurity, public safety, health, economic and environmental risks. In fact, lawsuits have been filed against deployment on Earth and in space. Additionally, reviews have indicated that 4G service is still more private, reliable and secure than 5G.

New Yorkers were already reporting health issues from 5G activation in 2018. Nevertheless, 5G deployment and activation has continued there and throughout the U.S. ...

Oct 03 08:11

How Autonomous Weapons Could Be More Destabilizing Than Nukes

Autonomous weapon systems – commonly known as killer robots – may have killed human beings for the first time ever last year, according to a recent United Nations Security Council report on the Libyan civil war. History could well identify this as the starting point of the next major arms race, one that has the potential to be humanity’s final one.

Autonomous weapon systems are robots with lethal weapons that can operate independently, selecting and attacking targets without a human weighing in on those decisions. Militaries around the world are investing heavily in autonomous weapons research and development. The U.S. alone budgeted US$18 billion for autonomous weapons between 2016 and 2020.

Oct 03 08:08

Banks Around World Are Suffering Big Outages, Leaving Millions Of Customers In Lurch At Worst Possible Time

Twenty banks (some suffering repeated outages), six countries (one in lockdown), five continents, tens of millions of unhappy customers.

There’s never a good time for your bank’s IT system to go down. But few can be worse than in the middle of a lockdown. It’s difficult to leave home, your local branch may not be open, and as a result you are more reliant than ever on digital banking services. In New Zealand, now in its seventh week of nationwide lockdown, one of the country’s largest lenders, Kiwibank, went down on Tuesday, leaving many of its customers in the lurch. It is one of a string of IT outages the bank has suffered over the past three weeks, after a DDoS attack on New Zealand’s third largest Internet provider caused IT crashes at a number of lenders, including Commonwealth Bank and Anz Bank.

Oct 03 06:40

Beethoven's 10th symphony is finished 194 years after his death - by artificial intelligence that used just 250 surviving bars of notes

Beethoven’s 10th symphony has been completed 194 years after his death ... by artificial intelligence.

Using a mere 250 surviving bars of notes left behind by the composer, AI completed his final masterpiece.

And it did such a good job that musicians listening to Symphony No 10 could not tell where Beethoven ended and the computer began.

Oct 02 06:00

NATO preparing for robotic warfare

The Robotic Experimentation Prototyping augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems exercise took place on the Portuguese southwest coast, near the Setubal peninsula, from September 13th to 24th, 2021.

The 2021 edition took place in the Portuguese Exercise Areas and at the Portuguese Navy’s Operational Experimentation Centre. Organised by the Portuguese Navy, the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation and the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative, the exercise had the participation of 17 Navies, 15 Research and Development companies, 1 University and 6 NATO entities Headquarters and Centres of Excellence.

Oct 01 14:53

Google Doodle Promotes Ethno-Nationalist Boasting About His 'Pure Blood' And Refusal to Assimilate

Google's doodle on Friday "celebrated" ethno-nationalist La Raza activist Rodolfo Gonzales boasting about his "pure blood" and refusal to assimilate into America.

Oct 01 10:58

A Hospital Hit by Hackers, a Baby in Distress: The Case of the First Alleged Ransomware Death

When Teiranni Kidd walked into Springhill Medical Center on July 16, 2019, to have her baby, she had no idea the Alabama hospital was deep in the midst of a ransomware attack.

For nearly eight days, computers had been disabled on every floor. A real-time wireless tracker that could locate medical staff around the hospital was down. Years of patient health records were inaccessible. And at the nurses’ desk in the labor and delivery unit, medical staff were cut off from the equipment that monitors fetal heartbeats in the 12 delivery rooms.

Oct 01 10:30

Researchers Find Locked iPhones With Visa Cards Connected to Apple Pay Can Be Hacked

British computer scientists have discovered a way to remotely hijack contactless Visa payments on a locked iPhone. Proper delivery of the exploit could allow a savvy hacker to make hefty financial transactions via the locked device without ever touching it or even being nearby.

The exploit was discovered by researchers at the University of Birmingham and the University of Surrey and takes advantage of “Express Transit,” an Apple Pay feature for commuters, the BBC reports. “Express,” which lets users make quick, contactless Visa payments at ticket barriers and other travel kiosks, essentially allows you to stick your locked phone out of the car window, pay, and go.

The attack, which exploits this useful application, is admittedly pretty complex and a little bit hard to follow but, in theory, you can imagine it being used in some sort of high-stakes, cyber-heist type scenario—potentially one targeting a wealthy individual.

Oct 01 10:12

London’s Blueprint For Technocracy

By Matt

Last week we covered Telosa, a technocratic metropolis slated to be home to 5 million people by 2060. Previously, we’ve investigated plans to turn Nevada into a hub of technocracy. These stories need telling but if we only look into the future we can miss sight of the fact that the technocratic city is already here.

For better or worse, London has long been considered one of the world’s great cities. It has produced many of the world’s great artists, writers, and thinkers. Many of the world’s most renowned museums are here, housing priceless historical artifacts and works of art. London’s palaces, parks, gardens, and squares make it an architect’s playground.

Oct 01 07:07

YouTube Blacklists Ron Paul Institute

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, the organization set up by former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Dr. Ron Paul, has been blacklisted by Google-owned YouTube. After this article was published, Google reinstated the institute’s account, blaming a “mistake” for banning it.

Sep 30 19:53

How US Techno-nationalism Spawned a Global Electronic Kraken

By Mathew Maavak

We may have enjoyed a more equitable and decentralized international system today if not for US intervention on behalf of Microsoft. Big Tech thereafter ushered in a series of techno-social function creeps at the expense of fundamental freedoms.

It was the 1980s. A resurgent Japan was colonizing one civilian market after another through sheer diligence and ingenuity. In terms of quantity and quality, Japanese manufacturers were bankrupting a variety of industrial strongholds, ranging from Swiss watchmakers to US auto giants to Indian textile plants. Whether they be school stationeries, household appliances or nylon saris, quality-with-affordability could only be Made in Japan. America was particularly in deep trouble...

Sep 30 13:29

“Havana Syndrome” Attack on American Intelligence Officer Reported from New Country

By B.N. Frank

“Havana Syndrome” is still frequently described as “mysterious” even though its cause – exposure to microwave energy – has been identified by some experts already.

Reports of Americans experiencing symptoms continue to make headlines, now from Serbia...

Sep 30 12:32

YouTube purges Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dr. Joseph Mercola and a wide range of experts who aren’t afraid to tell the truth about vaccines

YouTube is targeting several prominent video channels that speak up for families that are injured by vaccines. YouTube took down the channel of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Joseph Mercola because their videos are too truthful and are slowing vaccination rates across the country. This new wave of YouTube censorship will eliminate hundreds of scientific studies showing how vaccines cause autoimmune issues, allergies, life threatening reactions, infertility, cancer, autism, cardiovascular events and neurodevelopmental disorders. YouTube is being pressured by the federal government to eliminate any information that does not fall in line with the current vaccine dogma.

Sep 30 10:22

EFF Stands With #SaveAlaa, Calls for Release of Alaa Abdel Fattah, Activist and Friend

By Karen Gullo

My conditions are but a drop in a dark sea of injustice. – Alaa Abdel Fattah, November 7, 2019, at State Security Prosecution

EFF is profoundly concerned about our friend, Egyptian blogger, coder, and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, who has been jailed for more than two years at a maximum-security prison in Tora, 12 miles south of Cairo. Media reports have cited his attorney saying Fattah was considering suicide because of the dire conditions under which he is being held. The lawyer, Khaled Ali, said at a Sept. 13 court hearing in his case—to determine whether Fattah would continue to be held prior to trial—that his client spoke of the terrible conditions he faces. “I can’t carry on,” he quoted Fattah as saying.

Sep 30 06:49

Notorious ‘joker virus’ that subscribes you to paid services back on Android devices, Belgian police warn

Belgium’s federal police have released a stark warning of a malware known as the ‘joker virus’ once again cropping up on Android. The police report the virus can automatically subscribe hacked devices to paid services online.

Belgium’s Police Fédérale released a statement on Friday morning warning people that the joker virus is back for Android. The announcement reported the malware has been spotted on eight different apps on Google Play Store.

The police say Google has since deleted the infectious apps from the Play Store but warned Belgium citizens that if they had downloaded one of them already, to delete it as soon as possible.

Sep 30 06:48

Russian cybersecurity firm boss arrested on ‘high treason’ charges in secret police raid after allegedly spying for foreign nation

The founder and CEO of Russia’s Group-IB digital security firm has been detained by authorities and charged with high treason, reportedly for passing on secret information to foreign spies in yet another cloak and dagger drama.
On Wednesday, a Moscow court ordered that Ilya Sachkov can be detained in custody for two months while prosecutors prepare a case against him. Details related to the arrest of the 35-year-old entrepreneur are classified, with the court saying only that he has been held over allegations of high treason.

However, an anonymous security source told TASS that Sachkov is suspected of passing on secret information to foreign intelligence services. The tech firm chief is said to have denied all the accusations.

Sep 30 06:28

Israel’s Pegasus: Is your phone a ‘24-hour surveillance device’?

The hackings were revealed in a new report from Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which has studied Pegasus extensively along with related nefarious modern phenomena.

As the Guardian notes, Pegasus is “perhaps the most powerful piece of spyware ever developed” and can turn a mobile phone into a “24-hour surveillance device” – harvesting messages, passwords, photos, internet searches, and other data and seizing control of the camera and microphone.

This can all be done via “zero-click” technology, meaning that one does not have to click on a compromised link or do anything else for one’s phone to become infected.

As if Bahraini human rights campaigners didn’t already have enough on their plates in a torture-happy kingdom before, you know, the full obliteration of the right to privacy.

And yet the Citizen Lab report is merely the latest episode in the dystopian science fiction thriller that we are presently inhabiting on earth.

Sep 29 12:53

Tesla Sued by 5 Police Officers Badly Injured by Vehicle Operating in Autopilot

By B.N. Frank

Various dangerous and deadly issues and incidents have been reported about Tesla vehicles. In fact, last month the U.S. announced it is investigating problems associated with the autopilot feature. A situation in Texas is likely part of that investigation...

Sep 29 10:11

Amazon Astro: What If Wall-E but Evil?

Tech companies are certain that you want a personal robot for your home, despite all evidence to the contrary. Amazon is giving it a shot with a bot named Astro who finally answers the question: “What if Wall-E were real, evil, and knew how to beatbox?”

Astro is a tiny home assistant robot that Amazon executives menacingly described during the event as “our first robot, not our last,” which makes sense, given that this thing is so small and has so little utility that we likely still have at least three or four increasingly sinister iterations to go until we arrive at the cyborg assassins from Terminator.

Sep 29 10:10

Samsung Wants To 'Copy And Paste' The Human Brain

With the goal of creating a next-generation artificial intelligence, Samsung is working on neuromorphic engineering that seeks to copy the fundamental neuron connectivity of a mammalian brain on a system of memory networks. Samsung is not the only major player in the field, as companies like Intel and IBM are also working on similar projects and have even demonstrated neuromorphic systems in the past decade. The core idea behind neuromorphic engineering is to somehow mimic the activity of neurons — nerve cells that are building blocks of the human brain — and employ it on computing chips, taking their performance and energy efficiency to the next level.

Sep 29 08:44

Portpass app may have exposed hundreds of thousands of users' personal data - CBC

Sarah Rieger · CBC News · Posted: Sep 28, 2021 11:22 AM MT

Vaccine passport app has more than 650,000 registered users, according to its CEO

Private proof-of-vaccination app Portpass exposed personal information, including the driver's licences, of what could be as many as hundreds of thousands of users by leaving its website unsecured.

NOTE: The Bio-Security State has created a free-for-all field day for hackers and other cyber-criminals!

Sep 28 13:20

25 American Small Towns Accept Grants for Public Wi-Fi Despite Health and Environmental Risks from Wi-Fi

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has catered to telecom and cable industries at Americans’ expense for decades. Lawsuits have been filed against the agency for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of cell phone and WiFi radiation, 5G on Earth, in space and for also allowing telecom and cable companies to overcharge Americans for decades.

Last month, a federal court ruled in favor of organizations and petitioners that claim the agency has NOT been adequately protecting the public. Despite all of the above, American legislators who aren’t opposed to saturating their communities with radiation continue to invite telecom companies to do so...

Sep 28 11:26

iPhone Bluetooth traffic leaks phone numbers -- in certain scenarios

Security researchers say they can extract a user's phone number from the Bluetooth traffic coming from an iPhone smartphone during certain operations.

The attack works because, when Bluetooth is enabled on an Apple device, the device sends BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) packets in all directions, broadcasting the device's position and various details.

This behavior is part of the Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), a protocol that can work either via WiFi or BLE to interconnect and allow data transfers between nearby devices.

Previous academic research has revealed that AWDL BLE traffic contains device identification details such as the phone status, Wi-Fi status, OS version, buffer availability, and others.

However, in new research published last week, security researchers from Hexway said that during certain operations these BLE packets can also contain a SHA256 hash of the device's phone number.

Sep 28 11:16

Apple delays plans to roll out CSAM detection in iOS 15 after privacy backlash

Apple has delayed plans to roll out its child sexual abuse (CSAM) detection technology that it chaotically announced last month, citing feedback from customers and policy groups.

That feedback, if you recall, has been largely negative. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said this week it had amassed more than 25,000 signatures from consumers. On top of that, close to 100 policy and rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, also called on Apple to abandon plans to roll out the technology.

In a statement on Friday morning, Apple told TechCrunch:

Sep 28 10:51

Apple's PLAN To SCAN Your Photos [Hidden Motive]

David & David discuss Apple's plan to scan everyone's iCloud Photos for CSAM, or child sexual abuse material. It's a complicated issue.

Sep 28 10:26

Millions of smart devices to stop working from Thursday

Internet connectivity for old devices within your home could be coming to an end on Thursday.

A digital certificate that was widely used in electronic devices prior to 2017 will expire on September 30.

It’s estimated that millions of gadgets worldwide will be affected and won’t be able to install updates of newer digital certificates to allow for continued connectivity to the internet.

Devices that could run into trouble include older MacBooks and iPhones that haven’t (or can’t) be updated with the latest software, some gaming consoles like PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS as well as smart TVs, set-top boxes and IoT devices within your home.

Anything that requires a secure connection to a particular server could stop working. Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Stan, Binge and 7plus require users to have this secure connection. It may also affect any website that requires a user to log in, such as email inboxes and banking sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This whole certificate business has not stopped the cyber-criminals, just made life harder for us end users.

Sep 28 07:44

Google is now BLOCKING Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube on some older Android phones

If you're still carrying around an older smartphone – running a very old version of Android – unfortunately, it's probably time to upgrade. That's because Google will block all users from signing-in with their Google Account on these ageing devices this week, starting September 27. This change is set to cause a slew of popular apps, from Google Maps to YouTube, to immediately stop working. WhatsApp won't be impacted by the change since it abandoned the ageing version of Android last year.

So who needs to worry about these essential smartphone apps breaking tomorrow morning? Well, anyone with a smartphone powered by Android 2.3 will be impacted by the change, Google has confirmed.

Sep 27 17:19

YouTube conspires with UK NHS to push coronavirus vaccination propaganda

Video streaming platform YouTube has partnered with the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) for the latter’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination campaign. The Let’s Not Go Back campaign encourages Britons 35 years old and below to get immunized against COVID-19. The campaign, which will run on YouTube and other avenues, comes amid the U.K. opening up vaccinations for younger people.

Sep 27 08:02

Illinois man ran business telling clients how to launch computer attacks: DOJ

An Illinois man ran a successful computer takedown service until the feds stepped in.

The man, Matthew Gatrel, 32, of St. Charles, was found guilty by a federal jury for running websites that "allowed paying users" to launch distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks, according to the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California.

A distributed denial of service attack can bring a computer network to its knees by flooding it with malicious traffic and — in the worst cases — shutting it down.

Sep 27 08:00

You Should Probably Stop Using ExpressVPN

For years, ExpressVPN has been one of the most popular and widely used privacy products of its kind on the market. It’s often ranked highest on top 10 VPN lists; a recent Tom’s Guide review called it the “hands-down best” VPN available. In the past, if you wanted to stay anonymous on the web, Express would’ve likely been the way to go.

However, all of this has been called into question following the revelation that ExpressVPN Chief Information Officer Daniel Gericke previously worked as a hacker-for-hire at DarkMatter—a cybersecurity firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Between 2016 and 2019, Gericke helped to hack systems and devices all over the world as part of “Project Raven,” a secretive operation designed to help the UAE monarchy track and surveil critics of its regime, including activists, journalists, and some individuals based in the U.S.

Sep 27 06:29

Phones of 5 French ministers said infected with malware from Israel’s NSO Group

The mobile phones of at least five French ministers and a diplomatic advisor to President Emmanuel Macron were infected by the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware, sources told AFP on Friday, confirming a report by the Mediapart investigative website.

French security services detected the software while inspecting the phones, with the intrusions believed to have taken place in 2019 and 2020, according to the report from Mediapart on Friday.

Pegasus, made by the Israeli firm NSO Group, can switch on a phone’s camera or microphone and harvest its data, and was at the center of a storm in July after a list of about 50,000 potential surveillance targets worldwide was leaked to the media.

Sep 27 06:22

Former Apple engineer says the button on iPhones asking apps not to track you is a 'dud' that gives users a 'false sense of privacy'

Johnny Lin, a former Apple engineer and co-founder of the software company Lockdown Privacy says Apple's "Ask App Not To Track" button is a "dud" that gives users "a false sense of privacy," according to a Washington Post report.

Even if users request apps not to collect their activity across other companies' apps and websites, popular iPhone apps like Subway Surfers still collect personal data, a new study by Lockdown Privacy determined.

"We found that App Tracking Transparency made no difference in the total number of active third-party trackers," the study says. "We further confirmed that detailed personal or device data was being sent to trackers in almost all cases."

Sep 27 06:09

These Countries Have an INTERNET KILL SWITCH (and They Admit It)

Does the US have an internet kill switch? What do you think would happen if the President deemed it necessary, for "national security," to flip that switch?

Sep 25 11:40

SHOP SAFE Is Another Attempt to Fix Big Tech That Will Mostly Harm Small Players and Consumers

By Cara Gagliano and Katharine Trendacosta

Congress is once again trying to fix a very specific problem with a broad solution. We support the SHOP SAFE Act’s underlying goal of protecting consumers from unsafe and defective counterfeit products. The problem is that SHOP SAFE tackles the issue in a way that would make it incredibly difficult for small businesses and individuals to sell anything online. It will do little to stop sophisticated counterfeiters and will ultimately do consumers more harm than good, by obstructing competition and hindering consumers’ ability to resell their own used goods.

Sep 24 10:18

Cyber Attacks on Our Food Systems are Gaining Steam

(Malware News) – Recent ransomware attacks against U.S. grain cooperatives and a farm data platform are raising the specter of food supply chain disruptions while highlighting the economic and physical security risks of reliance on increasingly sophisticated systems to feed the world.

America’s farms have led the way in real-world applications of innovations, from self-driving vehicles to satellite imagery, so much so that many farmers are already living in the future: They rely on farm platforms that can connect information from their tractors, drones, satellites, soil samples, and public sources to map out plans for planting, which herbicides or pesticides to use, and harvests.

“Everything is connected,” explained Auburn University Professor Robert Norton, who studies food safety...

Sep 24 09:47

Apple May Be Forced to Embrace USB-C for Future iPhones

The European Union refuses to give up on the dream that one day, all of us will use the same damn charger for all our devices. Today, the European Commission announced it plans to force all smartphones—and several other types of electronics—to use USB-C as the one true charging standard.

The proposed plan has four parts. The first is that “USB-C will be the common port” so that consumers can charge their devices with the same charger, “regardless of device or brand.” The European Commission says it aims to prevent different companies from capping charging speeds, and companies will also be required to provide consumers with information about charging performance, as well as whether a device supports fast charging. The idea here is to educate consumers so they know whether their existing chargers will work with a new device. Lastly, the European Commission wants chargers to be unbundled from new devices, so you can buy a new smartphone without yet another charger included in the box.

Sep 24 09:40

Telosa: A Technocratic City In The Making

By Matt

One of the great myths of the modern age is that of the beneficent billionaire. The tale is simple and told in just two acts. In the first act these men and women rise from humble beginnings to amass inordinate amounts of wealth, power, and influence over society. Their second act begins when they are reborn as philanthropists whose only purpose in life is to save the planet.

This is the story of many of the world’s wealthiest individuals. Variations of it apply to the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, and Pierre Omidyar.

Joining their ranks is entrepreneur and former CEO of e-commerce at Walmart, Marc Lore. His first act is just like those of the other beneficent billionaires. Lore was just a normal kid from Staten Island who would go on to found and then sell several successful companies which already amassed him an enormous fortune before joining Walmart...

Sep 24 09:04

Apple turns post-lawsuit tables on Epic, will block Fortnite on iOS

Weeks after Epic's apparent "win" against Apple in the Epic Games v. Apple case, Apple issued a letter denying Epic's request to have its developer license agreement reinstated until all legal options are exhausted. This effectively bans Fortnite and any other software from the game maker from returning to Apple's App Store for years.

Epic was handed an initial victory when the US District Court for Northern California issued an injunction on September 10 ordering Apple to open up in-game payment options for all developers. At the time, the injunction was something of a moral victory for Epic—allowing the developer to keep its in-game payment systems in its free-to-play Fortnite intact while avoiding paying Apple a 30 percent fee that had previously covered all in-app transactions.

Sep 23 07:48

Internet users stressed out by cyberattack news: Kaspersky

A new Kaspersky survey found that internet users in the US and Canada increasingly believe the internet is stressful. The findings coincided with a more general increase in internet usage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its "Dealing with a new normal in our digital reality" report, Kaspersky researchers found that almost 70% of the 2,500 consumers surveyed said they find news about data breaches to be stressful.

Sep 22 06:14

iPhones to detect depression, cognitive decline & anxiety in users... problems it could cause in the first place, reports say

Apple is allegedly working with UCLA and pharmaceutical firm Biogen to try to detect depression and other mental illnesses in iPhone users. However, the smartphone itself has also been blamed for such conditions.

The tech giant is working with the University of California, Los Angeles to determine if its algorithms can detect stress, anxiety, and depression among iPhone users. The partnership with Biogen is also focused on studying mild cognitive impairment among users, according to several unnamed Apple employees who spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

Sep 21 18:14

[Video] DELETED World Economic Forum about cyber warfare

https://twitter.com/ditch_crawler/status/1402932315291009024

The World Economic Forum has unlisted this video

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Sep 21 16:43

Stop Military Surveillance Drones from Coming Home

By Matthew Guariglia

A federal statute authorizes the Pentagon to transfer surveillance technology, among other military equipment, to state and local police. This threatens privacy, free speech, and racial justice.

So Congress should do the right thing and enact Representative Ayanna Pressley’s amendment, Moratorium on Transfer of Controlled Property to Enforcement Agencies, to H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA22). It would greatly curtail the amount of dangerous military equipment, including surveillance drones, that could be transferred to local and state law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense’s “1033 program.” It has already placed $7.4 billion in military equipment with police departments since 1990...

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