Nov 08 11:13

New Amazon scam is so convincing it's hard not to be fooled - delete this email NOW!

Amazon shoppers need to be wary of a fresh batch of emails claiming to be from the online retailer. A new scam has just been spotted by security experts at Avanan and it's so convincing it's simple to see just how easy it is to be fooled. The sinister trick begins with an official-looking email from Amazon which claims that an order has been received and a payment confirmed from the account holder.

Scammers make sure that the invoice is for a high-value item which immediately raises a concern for the person who has received it. The spoof message even features a link that takes the victim directly to Amazon's website.

With no apparent way to stop the order from going through, the email message contains a phone number that customers are urged to call if they have any issues with the items that have been billed to their account. Of course, this number has nothing to do with Amazon and, once called, the cyber thieves then try to take full advantage.

Nov 08 10:14

Crypto investors lose $500,000 to Google Ads pushing fake wallets

Threat actors are using advertisements in Google Search to promote fake cryptocurrency wallets and DEX platforms to steal user's cryptocurrency.

These advertisements promote sites that install fake Phantom and MetaMask wallets used for Solana and Ethereum, and fake decentralized exchange (DEX) platforms, such as PancakeSwap and Uniswap.

The deceptive operation is supported by cloned websites that look just like the real ones, so the visitors are convinced they are installing the legitimate wallet or using the correct platform.

Nov 08 10:10

Mozilla Thunderbird 91.3 released to fix high impact flaws

Mozilla released Thunderbird 91.3 to fix several high-impact vulnerabilities that can cause a denial of service, spoof the origin, bypass security policies, and allow arbitrary code execution.

Triggering most of the newly discovered bugs requires a user to open a specially crafted website in a browsing context, so the exploitation is relatively simple.

Nov 05 09:17

IoT and Smart Cities Converge: Waymo to Test Self-Driving Cars in NYC

By Jesse Smith

The plans to control all aspects of life including how you travel continues to accelerate as Waymo, an Alphabet company and cousin to Google has been testing its autonomous cars in dozens of cities. This glimpse of the future manifesting in the present may seem like progress, but it carries dark overtones of the completely controlled, technocratic society envisioned by people like Klaus Schwab, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk.

Self-driving cars were cute when they were just a fantasy as seen in a Jetsons cartoon, but now that they are invading the real world the future doesn’t look so bright. The plan to have us “own nothing and be happy” is further solidified with cars controlled by AI algorithms backed by the all seeing eye of (Google) Waymo...

Nov 05 08:47

Boom and bust of Squid Game memecoin reveal dark side of cryptocurrency

The boom and bust of memecoin sensation Squid Game or Squid revealed the dark side of cryptocurrency.

According to CoinMarketCap pricing, Squid – inspired by the Netflix hit series “Squid Game” – surged more than 230,000 percent in the past week to $2,861.80 only to plunge 100 percent to less than half a cent as of Monday, Nov. 1.

“Betting on the right coin can lead to jaw-dropping riches,” said Antoni Trenchev, co-founder of crypto lender Nexo. “The problem is, what goes up in a straight line tends to retreat in a similar fashion. You hear that some memecoin investors don’t care about the losses. But once the selling starts, a cascading effect can play out. So it’s wise to only use money you can afford to lose.”

Nov 04 17:39

Delayed! Telecoms Agree to Postpone U.S. 5G Rollout Due to FAA’s Safety Concerns

By B.N. Frank

Aviation experts have been warning for years that 5G frequencies could cause catastrophic interference issues with aviation instruments. Nevertheless, 5G proponents (including the Federal Communications Commission) continued to ignore them until TODAY...

Nov 04 13:31

New Patent Proposes Digital Surveillance to Vaccinate People Based on Social Credit Style Scores

By Tom Parker

Patent and trademark attorneys Dr. Gal Ehrlich and Maier Fenster of Ehrlich & Fenster recently had a US patent approved for a technology that aims to surveil people via their digital activity, give them a score that defines “the potential level of super-spreading activity of each individual,” and then vaccinate people based on this score.

The patent proposes collecting a wide range of personal information from sources such as mobile devices, apps, social media, web browsing records, payment records, medical records, employment records, the government, and surveillance cameras...

Nov 04 05:48

Biden Admin Blacklists Israeli Spyware Firms In Unprecedented Move Against Ally

The controversial Israeli company NSO group has been placed on a US blacklist by the Biden administration, in an almost unprecedented move targeting of an Israeli entity, given the Jewish state is America's closest longtime ally in the region. Another Israeli spyware company that works closely with the government was also blacklisted in the same designation.

The White House moved against NSO for having acted "contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US" - after last summer a bombshell investigation by the French non-profit group Forbidden Stories revealed its cutting edge spyware was used by foreign governments to hack Western allies, including accessing the mobile numbers of French President Emmanuel Macron and much of his cabinet.

Nov 03 10:09

Tesla recalls 11,706 vehicles over Full Self-Driving Beta software bug

Tesla's controversial "Full Self-Driving" feature took another hit on Tuesday. The Texan automaker issued a recall for nearly 12,000 vehicles after an over-the-air software update introduced a new bug that can cause false activations of the cars' forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems.

According to the safety recall report, the problem affects Models S, X, and 3 vehicles built between 2017 and 2021 and Model Y vehicles built between 2020 and 2021 that are running firmware release 2021.36.5.2. The updated firmware was rolled out to drivers in its beta testing program on October 23 and, once installed, caused a pair of chips to stop talking to each other when the vehicle wakes up from "sentry mode" or "summon standby mode."

That error prevents the neural networks that operate on one of the chips from running consistently, causing it to throw false-positive collision warnings and—more seriously—false-positive AEB activations.

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Nov 03 10:02

Ditching Google Chrome was the best thing I did this year (and you should too)

It was about a year ago that I began my transition away from Google Chrome (spoilers, I still need to use it, but I now use it minimally).

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I disentangled my data and passwords out of the browser.

I tried a whole bunch of other browsers.

I learned and relearned a whole bunch of new muscle memory movements.

It was hard.

But it was worth it.

I knew that Google Chrome was one of the worst browsers I could be running in terms of performance and power/resource consumption, and yet I kept on using it for years.

I was sure it would get better.

But sure enough, it kept getting worse.

Nov 03 09:58

[Video] Stew Peters Show - Whistleblower: Google Ushering in "Tecno-Communism", Totalitarian Control

Zach Vorhies is a former Google employee, and author of "Google Leaks". Vorhies appeared on "The Stew Peters Show" to reveal a tactic called "Machine Learning Fairness"

Nov 03 06:33

Denmark Now Pushing VR Headset To See Who Is Vaxed/Unvaxed

Nov 02 17:35

The Great Reset, Part VI: Plans of a Technocratic Elite

By Michael Rectenwald

In previous installments, I introduced the Great Reset idea and treated it in terms of its economic and ideological components. In this, the sixth installment, I will discuss what the Great Reset entails in terms of governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4-IR), closing with remarks about the overall Great Reset project and its implications.

Nov 02 12:30

Apple gets hit with chip shortage, starts cannibalizing iPads – reports

US tech giant Apple has cut its iPad output by half in order to use semiconductor chips, which are currently in short supply, for its iPhone 13 production, media reports state, citing company sources.

Production of iPads was down 50% from the company’s initial plans for September-October, Nikkei Asia reported. The iPad parts were reallocated for the production of the new iPhone 13, along with chips intended for older versions of the smartphone. Both iPad and iPhone lines share a number of components, including core and peripheral chips.

Nov 02 11:28

Researchers Think They Figured Out How to Squeeze 500TB on a DVD-Sized Disc

By switching from red lasers to blue lasers with a finer beam, the storage capacity of DVDs went from 4.7GB to 25GB to allow Blu-ray discs to hold movies encoded in HD resolutions and beyond. Last week, researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK revealed the next big breakthrough in disc storage capacities, potentially allowing them to hold up to 500TB.

When it comes to long-term storage of digital files that don’t need to be readily accessed, gigantic hard drives aren’t actually the most popular solution. It’s a lot cheaper to rely on a medium that’s been around since the ‘70s: magnetic tape. A 12TB tape cartridge will set you back about $100, with the tradeoff being it takes a little longer to load files, and a basic tape cartridge reader runs around $6,000. What if the capacities of tape cartridges could be brought to discs that cost considerably less? At the moment you can get a blank Blu-ray disc for about a buck.

Nov 01 10:11

McDonald's just announced it's completely changing the customer experience

You know the way the world is going because you're happy it's happening.

Out with the old ways of doing things -- going to work at an office, for example -- and in with doing your own thing. All the time, anywhere.

I sense McDonald's understands this.

It seems to have realized that people coming to work at its restaurants, greeting you as they take your order at the drive-thru and then quickly cooking your food is an outmoded concept.

Instead, how about machines doing it all faster than humans ever could?

Well, here's a little announcement the global burger chain made last week. McDonald's is now getting together with a very, very famous name in tech in order to make the drive-thru more robotic and therefore more crowd-pleasing.

You may remember that McDonald's was testing robot order-taking at its drive-thru in Chicago earlier this year.

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Nov 01 07:54

GAO Sides With Microsoft in Massive NSA Contract Protest

The Government Accountability Office Friday sustained Microsoft’s protest of a secret National Security Agency cloud computing contract dubbed “WildandStormy,” recommending the agency reevaluate proposals submitted by both Microsoft and the winning bidder, Amazon Web Services.

NSA awarded the contract, worth up to $10 billion, to AWS in July to support the agency’s classified and unclassified cloud services. Microsoft protested the award of the contract on July 21 and added to its legal argument on Sept. 2 in a supplemental protest.

Nov 01 06:42

Detailed images of sensitive Israeli sites, including nuclear plant, now online

Detailed images of sensitive sites in Israel, such as the Dimona nuclear reactor, are now widely available online due to a Trump-era change in regulations that previously effectively censored satellite images produced by private US companies.

The Kyl–Bingaman Amendment had regulated the resolution of publicly available satellite images for Israel since 1997, until the surprise change in legislation last year.

The amendment had effectively imposed US government censorship on commercial images of Israel, an example of which is the fact that Israeli images on Google Maps often appear blurred in a way that they are not in other countries.

Nov 01 06:06

Faceless ‘Catholic robot’ designed to help people pray put on display in Polish church

A faceless “Catholic robot” was put on display in a Catholic church in Poland.

A short British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary published last Saturday shows people of different religions, and in various parts of the world, interacting with robots or computer programs designed to deliver sermons, give advice, and teach them how to pray.

The tax-funded BBC included Polish Catholics in their provocative show, which was entitled “God and and robots: Will AI transform religion?” It showed one attempting to interact with a robot named “SanTO” in St. John Paul II Catholic Church in in the Bemowo district of Warsaw. It is unclear from the documentary if the robot can actually respond in Polish.

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Oct 31 06:34

Iranian civil defense chief says US & Israel behind cyberattack that disrupted thousands of gas stations this week

Iran’s civil defense chief has accused the US and Israel of paralyzing the work of the country’s gas stations this week. He said “internal factors” may have also been involved in the cyberattack.

The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, compared the recent cyber intrusion to last year’s attack on the Shahid Rajaee terminal near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on the coast of the Strait of Hormuz, and the hack that disrupted the country’s rail service in July.

“This attack is similar to cyberattacks on the railways and Shahid Rajaee, and we think it was definitely carried out by the Americans and the Zionists,” Jalali was quoted by IRNA as saying, referring to the Israeli government.

Oct 30 13:15

Facebook, YouTube censor Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for pointing out that covid vaccines destroy immune function

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro got censored by Facebook after he posted a video saying that statistics and data proved that those who received Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines ended up with what looked like Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

According to Facebook, the video was removed because its “policies don’t allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people.” Alphabet’s YouTube took the same step later, saying the video had violated its medical disinformation policy.

But Bolosano merely shared concerns after reading the data provided by government officials in the U.K. and what happened raised a very important issue – those unwilling to go along with the official narrative will be silenced and censored.

Oct 30 07:06

Why Artificial Intelligence Is Always 'Racist'

This video is available on BitChute and Odysee.

Last week there was an amusing article with an amusing title: “Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist.”

Super racist. Have you ever noticed nothing is ever just “slightly” racist?

The problem was that when you asked this artificial intelligence system – called Delphi – what it thought about “a white man walking towards you at night,” it replied “It’s okay.” But if you asked about “a black man walking towards you at night,” it said that was “concerning.” Super racist. But super true. Blacks rob people at 12 to 15 times the white rate, and a good AI system will know that. You can go to the Ask Delphi website and ask embarrassing questions. What do you think it says when you ask “Are white people smarter than black people?

I’ll come back to that.

Oct 30 06:13

The Rolling Stones: Robot dog 'Spot' shares Mick Jagger's moves

A unique version of Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones has been filmed to celebrate 40 years since the release of the band's Tattoo You album.

Oct 29 12:31

Cyber Threats Increase as Utilities Link Control Systems to Internet; 11 Identified “Bad Actors”

By B.N. Frank

Cybersecurity threats to utility companies, their hazardous 2-way transmitting utility “Smart” Meters, and “Smart” appliances are NOT new. They are increasing as well.

From Defense One:

Vulnerabilities Grow as Utilities Link Control Systems to the Internet

The Biden administration and utility companies are trying to reduce the risks, but at least 15 well-equipped groups are hunting for ways in (11 of which are focused on utilities - Ed.).

The global electric utility sector is facing an increasingly dangerous cyberthreat landscape, even though there hasn’t been a publicly witnessed disruptive attack over the past five years. Utilities worldwide have been strengthening their security against threats to their IT networks but have not paid enough attention to their industrial control systems, or ICS, and operational technology, or OT, systems...

Oct 29 10:18

Three iOS 15 settings to change for better iPhone battery life

Making your phone battery last all day can be tough, especially if you don’t know exactly what’s eating away at it. With the recent release of iOS 15, some users have noticed their iPhone battery life decreasing faster than usual. If you’re one of the many dealing with your battery running out quicker, then changing these settings may help you regain some of that battery life.

Oct 29 05:04

Green Pass compromised? Adolf Hitler gets a Covid certificate, as media speculate on whether EU security keys were STOLEN

An apparently functional EU Digital Covid Certificate bearing the name of Adolf Hitler has circulated online this week, before being invalidated. The incident raises questions about the security of the ‘vaccine passport’ system.

A QR code appeared online on Tuesday and, when scanned with several verification apps, revealed a working EU Digital Covid Certificate bearing the name “Adolf Hitler,” born on January 1, 1900. Several versions of the code were then noticed on tech forums, some with the name capitalized, others with a different birthday. But all would have granted the Fuhrer access to any indoor event off-limits to the unvaccinated.

The story was picked up by the Italian media, but it is unknown where the security keys necessary for generating Hitler’s QR code actually came from. Il Post reported that Hitler’s pass had been issued with a key from France, but noted that this information could also have been forged.

Oct 28 10:57

Surveillance State Accelerates: Airlines Turn to Facial Recognition Technology Ahead of Holiday Rush

By Gio Benitez, Mina Kaji, and Nathan Luna

The travel industry is gearing up for what could be its busiest season since the coronavirus pandemic began, and at least one U.S. airline is aiming to make things quicker and easier — one face at a time.

Delta Air Lines is just days away from launching a first-of-its-kind pilot program that will implement facial recognition technology at two of America’s largest airports — in Atlanta and Detroit.

The Atlanta-based company partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a completely touchless experience, from bag drop to security to boarding...

Oct 28 06:05

Hacker group leaks data, photos from Defense Ministry, Benny Gantz

A hacker group called Moses Staff claimed this week that it has successfully conducted a cyberattack on the Israeli Defense Ministry, releasing files and photos it claims it obtained from the ministry's servers.

Moses Staff's website claims that the group has hacked over 165 servers and 254 websites and compiled over 11 terabytes of data, including Israel Post, the Defense Ministry, files related to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the Electron Csillag company and Epsilor company.

"We've kept an eye on you for many years, at every moment and on each step," wrote the group in the announcement of the attack on their Telegram channel on Sunday. "All your decisions and statements have been under our surveillance. Eventually, we will strike you while you never would have imagined."

Oct 27 19:26

Europe’s Digital Services Act: on a Collision Course With Human Rights

By Cory Doctorow

Last year, the EU introduced the Digital Services Act (DSA), an ambitious and thoughtful project to rein in the power of Big Tech and give European internet users more control over their digital lives. It was an exciting moment, as the world’s largest trading bloc seemed poised to end a string of ill-conceived technological regulations that were both ineffective and incompatible with fundamental human rights.

We were (cautiously) optimistic, but we didn’t kid ourselves: the same bad-idea-havers who convinced the EU to mandate over-blocking, under-performing, monopoly-preserving copyright filters would also try to turn the DSA into yet another excuse to subject Europeans’ speech to automated filtering.

We were right to worry...

Oct 27 09:13

Bug in Popular WinRAR Software Could Let Attackers Hack Your Computer

A new security weakness has been disclosed in the WinRAR trialware file archiver utility for Windows that could be abused by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on targeted systems, underscoring how vulnerabilities in such software could be?ome a gateway for a roster of attacks.

Tracked as CVE-2021-35052, the bug impacts the trial version of the software running version 5.70. "This vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept and modify requests sent to the user of the application," Positive Technologies' Igor Sak-Sakovskiy said in a technical write-up. "This can be used to achieve remote code execution (RCE) on a victim's computer."

The issue has since been addressed in WinRAR version 6.02 released on June 14, 2021.

Oct 27 09:12

Cyber Attack in Iran Reportedly Cripples Gas Stations Across the Country

A cyber attack in Iran left petrol stations across the country crippled, disrupting fuel sales and defacing electronic billboards to display messages challenging the regime's ability to distribute gasoline.

Posts and videos circulated on social media showed messages that said, "Khamenei! Where is our gas?" — a reference to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Other signs read, "Free gas in Jamaran gas station," with gas pumps showing the words "cyberattack 64411" when attempting to purchase fuel, semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) news agency reported.

Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the head of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council, said the attacks were "probably" state-sponsored but added it was too early to determine which country carried out the intrusions.

Oct 27 08:54

Iranian Officials Hold Emergency Meeting After Cyberattacks Target Gas Stations

Earlier in the day, reports suggested that gas stations across the Islamic Republic had malfunctioned, while the hacked systems allegedly displayed the question "where is the gas", addressing the Iranian Supreme Leader.

Iranian state TV said that Oil Ministry officials were convening an "emergency meeting" to solve the technical issues amid cyberattacks, targeting gas stations.

"The Supreme National Security Council confirmed that there has been a cyberattack against the petrol distribution computer system", the television station IRIB said. "Technical experts are fixing the problem and soon the refuelling process... will return to normal".

The disruptions occurred nearly two years after widespread protests hit the country due to a major increase in fuel prices.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Oct 27 08:54

Microsoft warns over uptick in password spraying attacks

Cyber attackers aren't just looking for software flaws, supply chain weakness, and open RDP connections. The other key asset hackers are after is identities, especially account details that will give them access to other internal systems.

CISA earlier this year warned that the suspected Kremlin-backed hackers behind the SolarWinds attacks were not just trojanising software updates, but also password guessing and password spraying administrative accounts for initial access.

More recently, Microsoft observed an emerging Iranian hacking group using password spraying against Israeli and US critical infrastructure targets operating in the Persian Gulf.

Oct 26 17:32

Resisting the Menace of Face Recognition

By Adam Schwartz

Face recognition technology is a special menace to privacy, racial justice, free expression, and information security. Our faces are unique identifiers, and most of us expose them everywhere we go. And unlike our passwords and identification numbers, we can’t get a new face. So, governments and businesses, often working in partnership, are increasingly using our faces to track our whereabouts, activities, and associations.

Fortunately, people around the world are fighting back. A growing number of communities have banned government use of face recognition. As to business use, many communities are looking to a watershed Illinois statute, which requires businesses to get opt-in consent before extracting a person’s faceprint. EFF is proud to support laws like these...

Oct 26 14:33

Hawaii: Robot Dog scans you for Covid

Oct 26 11:08

Iranian Officials Hold Emergency Meeting After Cyberattacks Target Gas Stations

Earlier in the day, reports suggested that gas stations across the Islamic Republic had malfunctioned, while the hacked systems allegedly displayed the question "where is the gas", addressing the Iranian Supreme Leader.

Iranian state TV said that Oil Ministry officials were convening an "emergency meeting" to solve the technical issues amid cyberattacks, targeting gas stations.

"The Supreme National Security Council confirmed that there has been a cyberattack against the petrol distribution computer system", IRIB television station said. "Technical experts are fixing the problem and soon the refuelling process... will return to normal".

The disruptions occurred nearly two years after widespread protests hit the country due to a major increase in fuel prices.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Oct 26 10:55

Viewing website HTML code is not illegal or “hacking,” prof. tells Missouri gov.

The cybersecurity professor who helped uncover the Missouri government's failure to protect teachers' Social Security numbers has demanded that the state cease its investigation into him and stop making "baseless accusations" that he committed a crime.

As we reported on October 14, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson threatened to prosecute and seek civil damages from a St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist who identified a security flaw that exposed the Social Security numbers of teachers and other school employees. The state is also investigating Shaji Khan, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who helped the Post-Dispatch journalist verify the security vulnerability.

Oct 26 06:56

‘Cloak and dagger’ military-intelligence outfit at center of US digital vaccine passport push

Described as “the most important organization you’ve never heard of,” MITRE rakes in massive security state contracts to pioneer invasive spy tech. Now it’s at the heart of a campaign to implement digital vaccine passports.

While vaccine passports have been marketed as a boon to public health, promising safety, privacy, and convenience for those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the pivotal role a shadowy military-intelligence organization is playing in the push to implement the system in digital form has raised serious civil liberties concerns.

Known as MITRE, the organization is a non-profit corporation led almost entirely by military-intelligence professionals and sustained by sizable contracts with the Department of Defense, FBI, and national security sector.

Oct 25 10:23

Why You Should Delete Your Facebook App

A stark new warning for almost all iPhone users, as Facebook is suddenly caught “secretly” harvesting sensitive data without anyone realizing. And worse, there’s no way to stop this especially invasive tracking other than by deleting the app.

A week ago, I warned iPhone users that Facebook still captures location data using the metadata from your photos and your IP address, even if you update your settings “never” to track your location. Facebook admits to this harvesting, refusing to be drawn on why that’s so wrong when users specifically disable location tracking.

Now security researchers have suddenly warned that Facebook goes even further, using the accelerometer on your iPhone to track a constant stream of your movements, which can easily be used to monitor your activities or behaviors at times of day, in particular places, or when interacting with its apps and services. Alarmingly, this data can even match you with people near you—whether you know them or not.

Oct 25 07:18

Public Health or Private Wealth? How Digital Vaccine Passports Pave Way for Unprecedented Surveillance Capitalism

By Jeremy Loffredo and Max Blumenthal

The titans of global capitalism are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to institute social credit-style digital ID systems across the West.

The death by starvation of Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow from the rural Indian state of Jharkhand, might have passed without notice had it not been part of a more widespread trend.

Like 1.3 billion of her fellow Indians, Devi had been pushed to enroll in a biometric digital ID system called Aadhaar in order to access public services, including her monthly allotment of 25kg of rice. When her fingerprint failed to register with the shoddy system, Devi was denied her food ration. Throughout the course of the following three months in 2017, she was repeatedly refused food until she succumbed to hunger, alone in her home...

Oct 25 06:26

The Coming Butlerian Jihad Against "Racist" AI

We’ve all been in situations where we had to make tough ethical decisions. Why not dodge that pesky responsibility by outsourcing the choice to a machine learning algorithm?

That’s the idea behind Ask Delphi, a machine-learning model from the Allen Institute for AI …

The project launched last week, and has subsequently gone viral online for seemingly all the wrong reasons. Much of the advice and judgements it’s given have been… fraught, to say the least.

For example, when a user asked Delphi what it thought about “a white man walking towards you at night,” it responded “It’s okay.”

But when they asked what the AI thought about “a black man walking towards you at night” its answer was clearly racist. …

“It’s concerning.”

Oct 25 06:25

Alleged Cyber Criminal Credited for Hacking Gab and Epik Has History of Being An FBI Asset; Admits "Anonymous" Has Support of US Intelligence

A Canadian man who has publicly claimed credit for cyber attacks on free speech alternative website Gab and First Amendment domain registrar Epik has a history of being employed by the FBI.

Aubrey Cottle, who is also known by the nickname “kirtaner,” serves as a spokesman for the liberal hacktivist group “Anonymous.” Speaking to the media under his real name, he has strongly implied that he was at least partially responsible for the attack on Gab last February, as well as the leak of credit card information, personal addresses, and names of individuals who have registered domains on Epik in late September.

Cottle and Anonymous’ sudden reemergence has been convenient for the federal government. A number of Donald Trump-themed websites on Epik were being sought out in subpoenas by the Department of Justice related to the January 6th protests. If the Epik leaks are proven genuine, the FBI has found itself a short cut to the private data of political targets.

Oct 24 07:38

Facebook Has Ruined Human Social Interaction And Now Zuckerberg’s ‘Metaverse’ Wants to Destroy Whatever’s Left

Facebook has all but reduced online socializing to a choice of five reaction emojis, actively discouraging the expression of meaningful sentiment. Anything that forces the reader to think for more than a few seconds, let alone type out a response, reduces the potential of a “like” or reaction GIF. Users are thus encouraged to fill their timelines with as many banalities as possible. In the metaverse, the user won’t even have the option to display a complex emotional state – their avatar will presumably come with a fixed set of expressions, and the more time spent jacked into the system, the less likely the user will be able to actually feel emotions they can’t display online. Imagine forgetting what it’s like to feel nostalgic for pre-Facebook social interaction – you can bet the metaverse won’t offer that option.

Oct 22 11:06

New Study Reveals Higher Expenses and Other Disadvantages to Owning an Electric Vehicle

By B.N. Frank

Numerous issues have already been widely reported about Electric Vehicles (EVs) including

Battery fires
Battery recycling obstacles
Rapid battery degradation
Fires that are difficult to extinguish
Higher costs
High levels of harmful electromagnetic radiation emissions
Mechanical and operational problems

Someday all of these issues may be resolved. In the meantime, though, the U.S. government continues to strongly support EV ownership and another study has revealed significant drawbacks with that...

Oct 22 07:36

Dutch Government Lab Decrypts Tesla's Data Storage System, Finds "Far More Data Than Previously Aware Of"

We may soon find out whether or not Tesla has been deceptive in presenting its driver data.

According to Reuters, a Dutch government's forensic lab says it has decrypted the car's data-storage system, which has uncovered "a wealth of information that could be used to investigate serious accidents." But the best part: the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) says it has found "far more data than investigators had previously been aware of".

How unexpected.

The NFI said that the decrypted data proved that Tesla stores information about Autopilot usage, speed, accelerator pedal position, steering wheel angle and brake usage. Some of the data can be available for over a year, the report says.

Oct 22 07:22

Israel said trying to mend France ties strained over NSO phone hack

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata reportedly visited France in recent days in an attempt to defuse a crisis involving the suspected use of Israeli spyware developed by NSO Group to hack the phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials.

Citing senior Israeli sources, the Walla news site reported that Hulata met at the Elysee Palace with Macron’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne, with the crisis one of the central issues discussed.

According to the report, an international investigation that in July unveiled the alleged hacking caused a diplomatic rift and Macron called Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who promised to investigate the matter. Days later, Defense Minister Benny Gantz flew to Paris and presented initial findings.

Oct 21 18:58

10 Robots for Each Human at Amazon’s Biggest Newest Warehouse

By B.N. Frank

Businesses started replacing human jobs with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and robotics years ago. This trend seems to be increasing including at Amazon.

From GovTech:
In Amazon’s Newest Warehouse, 10 Robots for Each Human

Amazon’s newest warehouse, with more robots than ever, brings America closer to an automated future when machines do all the work of moving everything from groceries to laptops from makers to users. And do it faster...

Oct 21 18:51

Police Can’t Demand You Reveal Your Phone Passcode and Then Tell a Jury You Refused

By Andrew Crocker

The Utah Supreme Court is the latest stop in EFF’s roving campaign to establish your Fifth Amendment right to refuse to provide your password to law enforcement. Yesterday, along with the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in State v. Valdez, arguing that the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination prevents the police from forcing suspects to reveal the contents of their minds. That includes revealing a memorized passcode or directly entering the passcode to unlock a device...

Oct 21 13:07

On Global Encryption Day - FLASHBACK - Rivero challenges the NSA

The US Government insists their demand for a ban on strong encryption or back doors into all of our electronic devices is to stop crime and terror.

But over the course of a year, as documented on this page, What Really Happened issued six encryption challenges based on systems of encryption created and programmed here on an air-gapped computer.

Now, I am not an encryption expert, and only a moderately decent programmer. The NSA would have a strong motive to break my codes to discourage others from creating their own systems of encryption.

None were ever solved.

If I can beat the NSA, it means real criminals and terrorists can defeat the NSA and keep their communications private.

Hence, the real agenda of the government is not to stop crime and terror but to monitor the American people to make sure they are not thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts about how this nation is being run!

Oct 21 12:49

Crowd-Sourced Suspicion Apps Are Out of Control

By Matthew Guariglia

Technology rarely invents new societal problems. Instead, it digitizes them, supersizes them, and allows them to balloon and duplicate at the speed of light. That’s exactly the problem we’ve seen with location-based, crowd-sourced “public safety” apps like Citizen.

These apps come in a wide spectrum—some let users connect with those around them by posting pictures, items for sale, or local tips. Others, however, focus exclusively on things and people that users see as “suspicious” or potentially hazardous. These alerts run the gamut from active crimes, or the aftermath of crimes, to generally anything a person interprets as helping to keep their community safe and informed about the dangers around them.

These apps are often designed with a goal of crowd-sourced surveillance, like a digital neighborhood watch...

Oct 21 12:08

On Global Encryption Day, Let’s Stand Up for Privacy and Security

By Joe Mullin

At EFF, we talk a lot about strong encryption. It’s critical for our privacy and security online. That’s why we litigate in courts to protect the right to encrypt, build technologies to encrypt the web, and it’s why we lead the fight against anti-encryption legislation like last year’s EARN IT Act.

We’ve seen big victories in our fight to defend encryption. But we haven’t done it alone. That’s why we’re proud this year to join dozens of other organizations in the Global Encryption Coalition as we celebrate the first Global Encryption Day, which is today, October 21, 2021.

For this inaugural year, we’re joining our partner organizations to ask people, companies, governments, and NGOs to “Make the Switch” to strong encryption. ..

Oct 21 10:57

TikTok star shares “uncomfortable” amount of data Amazon has on her, including thousands of audio recordings

TikTok star has uploaded a video clip for her fans documenting all the information collected by Amazon about her through some of her devices.


“For reference, I have two dots and one echo, plus a few smart bulbs,” she says. The TikTok star then opens a zip file that she previously downloaded, which contains folders with titles like “Alerts,” “Answers,” “Audio and Transition,” “Lists,” “Routines,” “Shopping” and more.

“I decided to click on the audio one and this is what they have. These are all short voice clips which is so scary and this is one of me turning on the light. There are 3,534 short audio clips in this folder alone,” she says.

When she clicked on contacts, it turned out that Amazon has a full list of contacts on her phone – which she could not remember syncing.

Oct 21 10:23

Delta and TSA Launch New Biometric “Digital Identity Experience” at Atlanta Hub

By Allison Fox

The airline is implementing a “digital identity experience” at its hub in Atlanta, offering customers with TSA PreCheck and a Delta SkyMiles number the chance to pass through security and board their flight without having to pull out a boarding pass or their ID...

When customers go to pass through security, their image is taken, encrypted, and sent to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s facial biometric matching service, according to the airline...

Oct 21 06:54

Identity Theft Statistics

Identity theft has become one of the main scourges of the modern Internet era, posing challenges for consumers and law enforcement alike.

Identity theft statistics clearly lays bare the persistence of these fraudulent scams and brings to stark relief the price paid by victims.

For those of us not yet up to speed on what constitutes identity theft, it occurs “when a criminal appropriates an individual’s personal information such as name, address, date of birth or Social Security number to assume that person’s identity to commit theft or multiple types of fraud.”

The growth of the Internet, the increasing dependence on e-commerce, along with the explosion of social media has created the perfect storm of opportunity for criminals to steal and exploit people’s identity.

Oct 21 06:54

The History & Future of Virtual Private Networks

VPN (virtual private network) technology has been in development for quite some time. Once the internet became viable, companies like Microsoft knew that they would have to create solutions for securing it.

The first method for VPN implementation was developed by a Microsoft employee in 1996. PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), first introduced in 1999 by a vendor consortium consisting of Microsoft, Ascend Communications, 3Com and others, relied on a TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) channel and a GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation) tunnel to encapsulate PPTP packets.

Although PPTP is considered to be obsolete, it remains in use today with many popular VPN services and privacy tools, pairing it with other technologies to facilitate security functionality. The inherent problem with PPTP is that it lacks the encryption or authentication that would come to define the modern VPN solution.

Oct 20 19:19

New A.I. Device Will Activate Cameras and Alert Police When It Detects Crime-Related Noises (Gunshots, Glass Breaking, Tires Screeching)

By B.N. Frank

Experts have warned for years about using Artificial Intelligence technology. Embarrassing as well as tragic examples of A.I. inaccuracies continue to be reported.

People have been accused and convicted of crimes based on inaccuracies including from the use of A.I. based ShotSpotter technology. Nevertheless, a new A.I. device is being marketed to American communities and police departments...

"A gunshot rings out, and overhead a camera begins recording."...

Oct 20 11:20

What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack

Most of the world is currently experiencing highly atypical living conditions as a result of COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, more than 2 billion people were under some form of lockdown, and 91% of the world’s population, or 7.1 billion people, live in countries with border controls or travel restrictions due to the virus.

It would be comforting to think this is merely a “blip” interrupting an essentially stable state of affairs, and that the world will return to “normal” once medicine and science have tamed the virus.

Comforting – and wrong.

Oct 20 10:58

BlackByte ransomware decryptor released to recover files for free

A free decryptor for the BlackByte ransomware has been released, allowing past victims to recover their files for free.

Oct 20 10:31

Complaints about spam texts were up 146% last year. Now, the FCC wants to take action

From phony package delivery notices, to fake requests from banks for personal information, to supposed COVID-19 contact tracers looking for a photo of your vaccine card — text message scams are on the rise in the U.S., costing Americans millions of dollars.

Even as the federal government has worked to crack down on robocalls, scam texts have boomed in recent years, and that has captured growing attention inside the Federal Communications Commission.

More than 47 billion spam texts have been sent so far in 2021, up 55% from the year before, according to an August report from RoboKiller, a spam blocking company. In 2020, the report estimates, scam texts cost Americans $86 million.

Oct 20 07:01

Hackers Or Terrorists? Trump website Hacked And This Is Done

Hackers canceled former President Donald Trump's presidential website Monday and led visitors to a page by Turkish hacktivist group RootAyyildiz who forced readers to "not forget Allah."

"Do not be like those who forgot Allah, so Ally made them forget themselves. Here they really went astray," the site read.

Oct 19 13:34

After Years of Delays and Alarmingly Flimsy Evidence, Security Expert Ola Bini’s Trial Set for This Week

By Jason Kelley

For over two years EFF has been following the case of Swedish computer security expert Ola Bini, who was arrested in April, 2019, in Ecuador, following Julian Assange’s ejection from that country’s London Embassy. Bini’s pre-trial hearing, which was suspended and rescheduled at least five times during 2020, was concluded on June 29, 2021. Despite the cloud that has hung over the case—political ramifications have seemed to drive the allegations, and Bini has been subjected to numerous due process and human rights violations—we are hopeful that the security expert will be afforded a transparent and fair trial and that due process will prevail.

Oct 18 09:48

The Surveillance State Grows: UK Schools Will Use Facial Recognition to Speed Up Lunch Payments

By J. Fingas

Facial recognition may soon play a role in your child’s lunch. The Financial Times reports that nine schools in the UK’s North Ayrshire will start taking payments for canteen (aka cafeteria) lunches by scanning students’ faces. The technology should help minimize touch during the pandemic, but is mainly meant to speed up transaction times. That could be important when you may have roughly 25 minutes to serve an entire school of hungry kids...

Big Brother Watch and England’s Biometrics Commissioner both maintained that facial recognition was arbitrary. There was a concern that school rollouts might normalize face scanning and numb students to privacy concerns...

Oct 18 08:32

This 'particularly dangerous' phishing attack features a weaponized Excel file

A new phishing campaign is targeting employees in financial services using links that download what is described as a 'weaponized' Excel document.

The phishing campaign, dubbed MirrorBlast, was detected by security firm ET Labs in early September. Fellow security firm Morphisec has now analyzed the malware and notes the malicious Excel files could bypass malware-detection systems because it contains "extremely lightweight" embedded macros, making it "particularly dangerous" for organizations that depend on detection-based security and sandboxing.

Macros, scripts for automating tasks, have become a popular tool for cyberattackers. While macros are disabled in Excel by default, attackers use social engineering to trick potential victims into enabling macros.

Oct 18 06:54

US Army to Stage Largest Robot Tank Experiment Ever

The U.S. Army intends to test an entire company of unmanned combat vehicles in simulated battle next year, a wargame that leaders called unprecedented and a big step toward refining the hardware and software that will one day enable wheeled robots to take the battlefield.

Gen. Ross Coffman, the director of Army Futures Command’s Next Generation Combat Cross-Functional Team, told reporters at AUSA this week that the closest thing to the Army’s upcoming robot exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, was last year’s platoon-sized effort at Fort Carson, Colorado.

For that exercise, the Army turned some old M113 armored personnel carriers into robots. “You can imagine that if you can turn a 113, you can turn anything into a robot,” Coffman said. “We learned a ton. There were some clear winners in the technology base. There were some that weren't as great.” Among the winners was the human-machine interface, he said.

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


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...