Dec 04 10:20

Thousands of AT&T customers in the US infected by new data-stealing malware

Thousands of networking devices belonging to AT&T Internet subscribers in the US have been infected with newly discovered malware that allows the devices to be used in denial-of-service attacks and attacks on internal networks, researchers said on Tuesday.

The device model under attack is the EdgeMarc Enterprise Session Border Controller, an appliance used by small- to medium-sized enterprises to secure and manage phone calls, video conferencing, and similar real-time communications. As the bridge between enterprises and their ISPs, session border controllers have access to ample amounts of bandwidth and can access potentially sensitive information, making them ideal for distributed denial of service attacks and for harvesting data.

Researchers from Qihoo 360 in China said they recently spotted a previously unknown botnet and managed to infiltrate one of its command-and-control servers during a three-hour span before they lost access.

Dec 04 08:45

NSO spyware said used to hack phones of State Department officials working in Uganda

Israeli spyware firm NSO Group’s software was reportedly used by an unknown assailant to hack the cell phones of at least nine United States State Department employees, in what — if confirmed — would be the first time the embattled company’s technology was used to target American officials.

The hack targeted State Department workers in Uganda or those specializing in the East African country, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

All of the American staff targeted were using iPhones. Last week, Apple announced that it was suing the NSO Group for targeting the users of its devices, saying the firm at the center of the Pegasus surveillance scandal needs to be held accountable.

Dec 03 13:19

Robot shocks with how close it is to human (VIDEO)

A new humanoid robot has made a huge step towards crossing the ‘uncanny valley,’ with the machine filmed displaying a whole range of almost realistic human facial expressions.
‘Ameca’ has been described by its British developers at Engineered Arts as “the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction.”

The footage, which captured the terrifyingly real robot in action, proves that the company’s bold statement isn’t much of a stretch.

The grey-colored machine, which vaguely resembles the characters from the 2004 movie ‘I, Robot,’ offers a whole range of human emotions, coupled with realistic eye movement.

Dec 03 10:15

Microsoft Edge will now warn users about the dangers of downloading Google Chrome

If you're a Google Chrome user setting up a new Windows PC, the most important feature of Microsoft Edge is the ability to download Chrome. Microsoft is apparently aware of this behavior and is doing something about it: Neowin has spotted new Edge pop-ups that specifically try to dissuade users from downloading and installing Chrome, a change that I promise I didn't know about when I wrote about Microsoft's annoying promotion of Microsoft Edge literally yesterday.

Dec 03 10:09

Nika uses Esper Hand. By Esper Bionics

Dec 03 10:03

Password-stealing and keylogging malware is being spread through fake downloads

Cyber criminals are using online adverts for fake versions of popular software to trick users into downloading three forms of malware – including a malicious browser extension with the same capabilites as trojan malware – that provide attackers with usernames and passwords, as well as backdoor remote access to infected Windows PCs.

The attacks, which distribute two forms of seemingly undocumented custom-developed malware, have been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Cisco Talos who've named the campaign 'magnat'. It appears the campaign has been operating in some capacity since 2018 and the malware has been in continuous development.

Over half of the victims are in Canada, but there have also been victims around the world, including in the United States, Europe, Australia and Nigeria.

Dec 03 06:51

US Officials Confirm Israel Behind Cyberattack On Iranian Gas Stations

Citing unnamed US military officials, The New York Times reported Saturday that Israel was responsible for a recent cyberattack against civilian infrastructure in Iran that targeted gas stations.

The report said Israel was behind an October 26th hack of Iran’s fuel distribution system that caused gas pumps to stop working across the country. Gas pumps displayed a digital message telling customers to blame the problem on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran provides a certain amount of subsidized fuel to each citizen for a discounted price, and the report said it took the Oil Ministry two weeks to get the system back up and running. The idea was to get Iranians angry at the government and to create unrest, but it never materialized.

Dec 02 12:29

Hackers are turning to this simple technique to install their malware on PCs

Nation state-backed hacking groups are exploiting a simple but effective new technique to power phishing campaigns for spreading malware and stealing information that's of interest to their governments.

Cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint say advanced persistent threat (APT) groups working on behalf of Russian, Chinese and Indian interests are using rich text format (RTF) template injections.

While the use of RTF text file attachments in phishing emails isn't new, the technique being used by hackers is easier to deploy and more effective because it's harder for antivirus software to detect – and many organisations won't block RTF files by default because they're part of everyday business operations.

Dec 02 07:10

Israel authorizes spy agency to access private cell phone data to track Omicron variant

Israelis who have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will have their movements and personal contacts tracked by the country’s domestic spy agency at least until Friday, the New York Times reported.

The move comes after Israel launched a daylong “war-game” scenario earlier this month to come up with strategies for addressing “a new, lethal, COVID-19 variant,” in which they simulated the implementation of new lockdowns, curfews, and booster jab campaigns.

“We have indeed reached a point at which we do need a ‘Big Brother’ keeping track of where we go,” said criminology professor Limor Yehuda in a Monday piece published in Maariv, an Israeli newspaper.

According to the Times, Israel’s intelligence agency, Shin Bet, was temporarily given access to the private phone data of Israeli citizens when the nation’s cabinet voted Sunday to authorize the move under emergency legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Omicron is the excuse. Tracking everyone everywhere is the real goal.

Dec 02 06:54

US Officials Say Israel Was Behind Recent Cyberattack in Iran

Citing unnamed US military officials, The New York Times reported Saturday that Israel was responsible for a recent cyberattack against civilian infrastructure in Iran that targeted gas stations.

The report said Israel was behind an October 26th hack of Iran’s fuel distribution system that caused gas pumps to stop working across the country. Gas pumps displayed a digital message telling customers to blame the problem on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran provides a certain amount of subsidized fuel to each citizen for a discounted price, and the report said it took the Oil Ministry two weeks to get the system back up and running. The idea was to get Iranians angry at the government and to create unrest, but it never materialized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the documentary "Zero Day" which I mentioned on the radio show. It's long; almost 2 hours and while I normally do not link to long videos, this is the story of how one of many cyber weapons, Stuxnet, became public knowledge when it was made too aggressive and broke free of its intended target Iran, wrecking systems around the globe.

Dec 02 06:49

UK-Israel deal: Why spyware scandals won't stop cybersecurity partnership

Israel will officially become a “tier-one cyber partner for the UK”, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Monday in a newspaper article announcing a new trade and defence deal between the countries.

However, experts say cyber security efforts between the two countries - largely intelligence and knowledge sharing - have run deep for years: back in 2018, British officials were already describing Israel as “a first order partner” on cyber security.

Even then, according to a research paper from the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (Bicom) lobby group, several major British banks and other financial institutions were protected by Israeli cyber security companies and technologies.

Dec 01 11:31

Video: Some Swedes Are Getting Vaccine Passports On IMPLANTABLE MICROCHIPS

Footage out of Sweden shows people willingly having COVID vaccine passports placed onto implantable microchips in their hands.

Yes, really.

The chips started out as a convenience fad. Those with an implant can open doors without keys, pay without cash, carry gym memberships and ID without cards and wallets.

And so naturally, why not have their precious COVID vaccination status applied to the implantable chip too, so they can participate in society.

One of Sweden’s most popular daily newspapers, Aftonbladet, reports “Get your Covid certificate in a chip in your hand or elsewhere under the skin. It is increasingly popular to insert a chip into the body with different types of information and now you can also insert your Covid certificate in the chip.”

Dec 01 11:02

I deleted all my social media apps. This is what happened

Lots of people talk about deleting their social media accounts. I actually did it.

Deleting Facebook and Instagram made me social media app-less, aside from LinkedIn, which I don’t tend to doomscroll on anyway. I’d been considering the idea for months, and I’m honestly not sure what pushed me to do it.

I only intended to try it for a week to see how things went. But here we are, three weeks later, and I still haven’t re-installed either app—and don’t plan to. Here’s why.


For the first couple hours after I deleted the apps, I found myself in the land of muscle memory. I’d wake my phone, go to tap the place where the apps used to be, and see that they weren’t there. I’d remember why, set my phone down, and move on with my day.

I did this four times.

Dec 01 07:56

FBI Document Says the Feds Can Get Your WhatsApp Data — in Real Time

As Apple and WhatsApp have built themselves into multibillion-dollar behemoths, they’ve done it while preaching the importance of privacy, especially when it comes to secure messaging.

But in a previously unreported FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone, the bureau claims that it’s particularly easy to harvest data from Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage services, as long as the FBI has a warrant or subpoena. Judging by this document, “the most popular encrypted messaging apps iMessage and WhatsApp are also the most permissive,” according to Mallory Knodel, the chief technology officer at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Nov 30 11:14

Over 300,000 Android users have downloaded these banking trojan malware apps, say security researchers

Over 300,000 Android smartphone users have downloaded what turned out to be banking trojans after falling victim to malware that has bypassed detection by the Google Play app store.

Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at ThreatFabric, the four different forms of malware are delivered to victims via malicious versions of commonly downloaded applications, including document scanners, QR code readers, fitness monitors and cryptocurrency apps. The apps often come with the functions that are advertised in order to avoid users getting suspicious.

In each case, the malicious intent of the app is hidden and the process of delivering the malware only begins once the app has been installed, enabling them to bypass Play Store detections.

Nov 30 09:50

Estonia: NATO flagship cyber warfare exercise includes Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland

Estonia is home to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence which is used to spy on independent news sites (like this one) around the world.

NATO’s flagship cyber defence exercise kicks off in Estonia

Cyber Coalition 21, one of the world’s largest annual exercises in cyber defence, starts on Monday (29 November 2021), and will run through Friday. Cyber defenders from all NATO Allies, as well as partners Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, are taking part, alongside participants from industry and academia. Overall, some 1,000 people will train in this year’s event, which is taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, as well as remotely, from national capitals and other locations.

The exercise tests and trains cyber experts in their ability to defend NATO and national networks….

Nov 30 09:40

'Grinch Bots' Are Here To Ruin Your Holiday Shopping

Consumers may think they're avoiding the crush this holiday season by shopping online, unaware that as they're trying to get through the digital doors, so too are hordes of bots. And they're throwing elbows. From a report:

Nov 30 09:31

MI6 must partner with tech giants to keep foreign adversaries at bay – even if it means stepping out of the shadows to do it, secret service boss says in first public speech

Britain's intelligence agencies must be prepared to work with tech giants to develop world-class technologies that will keep foreign adversaries at bay, the chief of MI6 is warning.

Richard Moore says the pace of technological advance, from artificial intelligence to quantum computing, means the agencies can no longer simply devise their own solutions to meet the challenges.

In a rare public address, he will acknowledge this has meant a 'sea change' in the culture of his organisation which has traditionally prioritised secrecy above all else.

Nov 30 07:49

US Officials Say Israel Was Behind Recent Cyberattack in Iran

Citing unnamed US military officials, The New York Times reported Saturday that Israel was responsible for a recent cyberattack against civilian infrastructure in Iran that targeted gas stations.

The report said Israel was behind an October 26th hack of Iran’s fuel distribution system that caused gas pumps to stop working across the country. Gas pumps displayed a digital message telling customers to blame the problem on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran provides a certain amount of subsidized fuel to each citizen for a discounted price, and the report said it took the Oil Ministry two weeks to get the system back up and running. The idea was to get Iranians angry at the government and to create unrest, but it never materialized.

Nov 29 06:34


AsAs June came to an end, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees about an ambitious new initiative. The future of the company would go far beyond its current project of building a set of connected social apps and some hardware to support them. Instead, he said, Facebook would strive to build a maximalist, interconnected set of experiences straight out of sci-fi — a world known as the metaverse.

The company’s divisions focused on products for communities, creators, commerce, and virtual reality would increasingly work to realize this vision, he said in a remote address to employees. “What I think is most interesting is how these themes will come together into a bigger idea,” Zuckerberg said. “Our overarching goal across all of these initiatives is to help bring the metaverse to life.”

Nov 28 07:05

Israel and Iran Broaden Cyberwar to Attack Civilian Targets

Millions of ordinary people in Iran and Israel recently found themselves caught in the crossfire of a cyberwar between their countries. In Tehran, a dentist drove around for hours in search of gasoline, waiting in long lines at four gas stations only to come away empty.

In Tel Aviv, a well-known broadcaster panicked as the intimate details of his sex life, and those of hundreds of thousands of others stolen from an L.G.B.T.Q. dating site, were uploaded on social media.

For years, Israel and Iran have engaged in a covert war, by land, sea, air and computer, but the targets have usually been military or government related. Now, the cyberwar has widened to target civilians on a large scale.

In recent weeks, a cyberattack on Iran’s nationwide fuel distribution system paralyzed the country’s 4,300 gas stations, which took 12 days to have service fully restored.

Nov 26 07:06

'Clock is Ticking': US Experts Fear China's 'EMP Attacks' Could Lead to Doomsday Scenario

Lately, the hysteria over China's increased military capabilities – for example, in the field of hypersonic weapons – have been ramped up in the American media, with US officials emphasising the need to "catch up" with Beijing.

The US power grid and electronic infrastructure remain vulnerable to the threats posed by new unconventional weapons developed by China, particularly those capable of "electromagnetic pulse" (EMP) attacks, The Washington Times reported, citing American experts.

Among these experts who assembled at a major virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation was Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

According to him, China possesses so-called "super-EMP" weapons – designed to carry out attacks via bursts of energy – and could put them to use against the US, possibly even combining them with other modern unconventional military tactics.

Nov 25 09:54

US government warns of increased ransomware threats during Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is an occasion for most people in the United States to enjoy time at home with family and friends. But it's also a prime opportunity for cybercriminals to attack, knowing that offices are closed and that security professionals are away from work. An alert issued Monday by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI urged organizations to be on guard for ransomware attacks that take advantage of worker downtime during Thanksgiving.

Launching cyberattacks during a holiday or even a weekend is hardly a new strategy for criminals. For example, ransomware attacks have occurred in the past on Independence Day and Mother's Day weekends. But the surge in high-profile ransomware incidents raises more of a red flag than ever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sorry we can't go after the cybercriminals, but we are too busy terrorizing parents who oppose CRT and gay porn in the schools!" -- FIB

Nov 24 11:10

Israeli Spyware Firm Behind Pegasus Faces Risk of Default After US Blacklisting

In early November, Israeli spyware company NSO Group, which is behind "Pegasus," was sanctioned by the United States over its alleged involvement in activities that pose a threat to American national security.

NSO Group appears to be on the verge of defaulting on half-a-billion dollars' worth of debt, as estimated by credit agency Moody's.

The agency has also downgraded NSO Group by two levels to Caa2, which is eight levels below investment grade.

The estimation comes shortly after the United States blacklisted the firm earlier in November, arguing that the company had been engaging in activities that threaten American national security.

The US sanctions were slapped on NSO in the wake of the Pegasus scandal, which centred around spyware used by Israel to track terrorists but then revealed to have been used to track thousands of political dissidents, journalists, rights activists, and businesspeople.

Nov 24 07:00

Southeast Asia’s largest bank brought to its knees

Singapore’s DBS Group, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, has faced two consecutive days of mass disruption in its online banking services.

Technical problems with access control servers caused disruptions of DBS’ payments app, with thousands of customers complaining online that they couldn’t log in to their accounts and threatening to switch banks on Tuesday.

Hours after a fix to the first outage was announced, the second outage hit the app.

Nov 23 11:39

Global Organization Attempts to End Free Speech Worldwide

If you suspected censorship was being coordinated on a global scale, you’d be right. The International Grand Committee on Disinformation1 (IGCD) consists of “an international array of legislators, policy advisers, and other experts” who work together “to forge international alliances that bring shared, effective strategies into the battle against online disinformation.” What could possibly go wrong?

Nov 23 10:30

Police caught using online spy tool to plot “pre-crimes”

Tech startup Voyager Labs helps law enforcement agencies use what you post on social media and who you interact with to predict whether you have or “plan to” commit a crime. It is one of a growing number of companies that claim they can use social media analysis to help predict and solve crimes and has opened many questions about privacy.

Non-profit organization Brennan Center obtained documents through freedom of information requests that revealed the strategies Voyager uses violate the first amendment protections. For instance, the software uses posts about Islam and social media usernames indicating Arab pride as signs of potential inclination towards extremism. But they can also be used to target any group.

Additionally, according to the documents, obtained by The Guardian, the company uses questionable processes to access data on social media, and even enables law enforcement officers to infiltrate groups and private accounts using fake personas.

Nov 22 11:24

Hackers used this software flaw to steal credit card details from thousands of online retailers

Over 4,000 online retailers have been warned that their websites had been hacked by cyber criminals trying to steal payment information and other personal information from customers.

In total, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified a total of 4,151 retailers that had been compromised by hackers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities on checkout pages to divert payments and steal details. They alerted the retailers to the breaches over the past 18 months.

The majority of the online shops that cyber criminals exploited for payment-skimming attacks were compromised by known vulnerabilities in e-commerce platform Magento. Most of those affected and alerted to the compromises and vulnerabilities are small and medium-sized businesses.

Nov 19 20:11

“Privacy-Crushing” Connected Device List Identifies 47 Products with “problematic privacy practices”

By B.N. Frank

Wireless wearables are notorious for their capability of being privacy invasive. Ditto on other wirelessly connected (aka “smart”) appliances and devices. Of course, manufacturers aren’t bragging about this. Thanks again to Mozilla researchers for creating their latest edition of its *Privacy Not Included shopping guide...

Nov 19 07:41

Unregulated Israeli spyware is a global threat, experts warn

Israel's surveillance of Palestinians and the hacking of several aid workers' phones have highlighted the transnational threat of unregulated Israeli spyware, experts said on Thursday.

During a panel hosted by the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), experts and digital rights advocates noted that the case of targeting Palestinians is not unique and that spyware created by Israeli software companies has been used by a number of countries around the world.

"All of the news surrounding the NSO group, since 2016, but especially in the past few months, has really demonstrated - for people who are paying attention to it - the complete lack of international regulation on the use of so many of these surveillance technologies," said Sophia Goodfriend, a researcher at the Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, known as 7amleh.

Nov 18 23:28

Big Tech Unleashes a Sophisticated New Weapon in Their War on Online Anonymity

After years of steadily accumulating power, 2021 is the year that Big Tech well and truly flexed its muscle. Gone are the days of banning mere Twitter pundits and demonetizing YouTube channels. In 2021, Big Tech silenced the sitting US president. They stopped the elected chief executive of the world’s largest economy and most powerful military from communicating with the American people. He lost the ability to tweet, post videos, or even send out a mass email. -- The past year has shown that no celebrity or official is so powerful they are beyond the reach of the tech ban hammer.

Nov 18 12:35

YouTube Suspends Sen. Johnson’s Channel Over Video Featuring Doctors, Scientists Who Question COVID Vaccine Safety

YouTube suspended Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) account for one week over a video of a panel discussion on COVID vaccines. The panel featured doctors, scientists and people injured by the vaccines.

Nov 18 11:44

Microsoft now has one of the world's fastest supercomputers (and no, it doesn't run on Windows)

A Microsoft Azure supercomputer dubbed 'Voyager-EUS2' has made it into the rankings of the world's 10 fastest machines.

Microsoft's supercomputer, with a benchmark speed of 30 Petaflops per second (Pflop/s) is still well behind China's Tianhe-2A and the US Department of Energy's IBM-based Summit supercomputer, but it's the only major cloud provider with a supercomputer ranked in the top 10 in the high performance computing (HPC) Top500 list.

Nov 18 07:56

From Pegasus to Blue Wolf: How Israel’s ‘Security’ Experiment in Palestine Became Global

The revelation, a few years ago, that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans has re-ignited the conversation on governments’ misconduct and their violation of human rights and privacy laws.

Until recently, however, Israel has been spared due criticism, not only for its unlawful spying methods on the Palestinians but also for being the originator of many of the technologies which are now being heavily criticized by human rights groups worldwide.

Even at the height of various controversies involving government surveillance in 2013, Israel remained on the margins, despite the fact that Tel Aviv, more than any other government in the world, uses racial profiling, mass surveillance and numerous spying techniques to sustain its military occupation of Palestine.

Nov 18 06:51

Apple decides you should be able to repair your own device, after all

No, that dot in the sky outside your window isn't a flying pig: Apple has truly thrown in the towel in its fight against the right to repair with a press release announcing its new Self Service Repair program.

Beginning with the iPhone 12 and 13 series of devices, Apple said it plans to make Self Service Repair available early next year in the U.S., and plans to expand to additional countries throughout the year. The types of parts available will also start small, with common components like displays, batteries and cameras available for replacement at first, and less common components made available later. Apple said it plans to expand the program to M1 Macs soon after iPhone 12 and 13 devices.

Nov 17 11:18

Nation’s First Real-Time CCTV Camera Network Managed By A Cable Television Company

By MassPrivateI

One of the oldest parks in Nevada, Baker Park in Las Vegas was remodeled for a staggering $7.3 million dollars. But concerns over homeless people made the city of Las Vegas do something no other city in the country has ever done before.

“I went to that middle school,” said Aleah Hildebrandt. “I use to come here and hang out with friends, but there were no homeless people out. I don’t think so; maybe a few but that’s it.”

“I’d come back with my niece and my whole family, said Pauline-Bishop. “We’d come, but we don’t come because of the homeless people, but if that were to be changed, we would definitely come back.”

In what is being billed as the “nation’s first city-led managed private network” managed by a cable television company; Cox Communications has effectively created a Cable Television Public Surveillance Network (CTPSN)...

Nov 17 10:51

German media reveals jail terms for fake Covid certificates

Those making and knowingly using fake vaccination certificates in Germany could soon face up to five years behind bars, as the country’s likely future coalition government is looking to tighten the screws.

Coming under the same category are also fake test results and Covid recovery certificates, with similar penalties for the counterfeiters and the holders. Everything envisaged in the new guidelines was drafted by the Social Democrats, along with the Free Democratic and Green Parties. The three are currently in coalition talks and expected to form a new government as early as next week.

The German Parliament will decide on the regulations this Thursday, though a draft has already been seen by the media outlet DPA.

Nov 17 08:48

Beware on HACK Friday! Thousands of smart tech products including wireless cameras and alarms are on sale on Amazon, eBay and AliExpress that could leave users exposed to cybercrooks, report reveals

Thousands of cheap electronics being sold online on Black Friday could leave us exposed to cyber criminals, a new report shows.

Consumer group Which? is warning of a flood of smart products sold on online marketplaces, including Amazon, eBay and AliExpress, in the run-up to the annual sales event, which falls on November 26 this year.

Which? found more than 1,800 smart tech products for sale that use apps with 'inadequate security protection', which could leave users exposed to hackers or 'infringement of their data privacy'.

Offending products – which include smart doorbells, wireless cameras, alarms and tablets – tend to be cheap imitations of reputable brands.

Nov 16 21:40

The Big Antivirus Lie in 2021

Do you need an Antivirus? Surprisingly, my answer is an emphatic NO. I lay out the problems with Antivirus software and how in 2021, they actually detract from security and privacy and not enhance it.

We will also talk about alternate solutions for cyber security that does not require paying for any antivirus.

Nov 16 13:22

30K Websites Down After Google Cloud Outage 

Update (1330ET): Internet tracking website NetBlocks confirms the widespread internet outage is "due to a Google Cloud Networking technical fault; incident not related to country-level internet disruptions or filtering."

Nov 16 13:22

Google, Spotify, Snapchat, Discord, other platforms suffer outage – Downdetector

Hundreds of major websites returned ‘404: not found’ errors after an apparent problem with Google Cloud. Alphabet said the problem was “partially resolved” after about ten minutes, but it will take time for everything to update.
The site Downdetector began showing a spike in reports of outages starting at 12:40pm Eastern time on Tuesday, affecting Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Discord, Spotify, and TikTok, as well as e-commerce sites Target, Etsy, Shopify, and Home Depot, among others.

Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Cloudflare were also affected.

Google’s Status Dashboard reported an unspecified “issue” with the Cloud service starting at 10:10 Pacific, which was causing users to encounter errors when accessing websites.

Nov 16 09:45

Researchers uncover software flaws leaving medical devices vulnerable to hackers

Researchers say they have found more than a dozen vulnerabilities in software used in medical devices and machinery used in other industries that, if exploited by a hacker, could cause critical equipment such as patient monitors to crash.

The research, shared exclusively with CNN, points to the challenges that hospitals and other facilities have had in keeping sensitive software updated as the resource-absorbing coronavirus pandemic continues. It's also an example of how federal agencies are working more closely with researchers to investigate cybersecurity flaws that could affect patient safety.

Nearly 4,000 devices made by a range of vendors in the health care, government and retail sectors are running the vulnerable software, according to cybersecurity firms Forescout Technologies and Medigate, which discovered the issue.

Nov 16 09:37

World Economic Forum Embraces Metaverse Future

The author concludes that the metaverse is “the next major computing platform” and is “expected to have a strong connection with the real-world economy – and eventually become an extension of it”. Virtual reality, extended reality and immersive reality will warp human ability to comprehend actual reality.

Nov 16 09:02

Facebook and Google "listening" is more pervasive than you think

This past weekend, my mother-in-law came for a visit. During her stay, something happened to cause her great concern.

Let me set the stage.

Everyone was gathered around the dining room table, having a grand time. One of the kids brought out a new product she uses at her salon. My mother-in-law, being a stylist herself, asked me to look up the price for the product, so I snatched up my phone and commenced to look it up. With the task complete, I put down my phone and didn't think twice about it.

The next morning, my mother-in-law found herself quite disturbed when she opened Facebook on her Samsung Galaxy phone to see an advertisement for that very product in her feed. At breakfast, she was convinced either (both?) Facebook or Google was listening to her the previous night. After all, how would either have known she was curious about the product? She didn't search for it on her phone.

Nov 16 07:26


Mexico’s government wants the biometrics of all its citizens. Given the fragility of its institu

Nov 15 12:17

Things to Consider Before You Buy Wireless Wearables for Yourself or Loved Ones

By B.N. Frank

Wireless wearables (activity trackers/watches, earbuds, hearing aids, rings, VR headsets, etc.) have been associated with cyberattacks, fires, explosions, overheating and various health issues.

Nevertheless, companies keep making and marketing them because it’s not illegal and because people keep buying them...

Nov 15 10:35

Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?

In less than four years, Microsoft will draw the final curtain on Windows 10 after a 10-year run.

That news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The end date is defined as part of Microsoft's Modern Lifecycle Policy, and it's documented on the Microsoft Lifecycle page: "Microsoft will continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025."

When a Windows version reaches its end-of-support date, the software keeps working, but the update channel grinds to a halt:

[There] will be no new security updates, non-security updates, or assisted support. Customers are encouraged to migrate to the latest version of the product or service. Paid programs may be available for applicable products.

Ho-hum stuff, right? I mean, this sort of thing has happened before, and the world didn't come to an end. Windows XP got a multi-year support extension before it was allowed to die with dignity at the ripe old age of 13.

Nov 15 09:43

Why the chip shortage drags on and on… and on

The semiconductor industry lives at the cutting edge of technological progress. So why can’t it churn out enough chips to keep the world moving?

Nearly two years into pandemic-caused disruptions, a severe shortage of computer chips—the components at the heart of smartphones, laptops, and innumerable other products—continues to affect manufacturers across the global economy.

Automakers have been forced to halt production in recent months as sales decline because they can’t make enough cars. The shortage has affected industries from game consoles and networking gear to medical devices. In October, Apple blamed chip scarcity for crimping its financial results, and Intel warned that the drought will likely stretch to 2023.

Nov 15 09:03

Apple Making Taxpayers Pay for Rollout of Digital ID Card in Some States

By Hugh Son

Apple is making U.S. states foot part of the bill and provide customer support for its plan to turn iPhones into digital identification cards, according to confidential documents obtained by CNBC.

The company requires states to maintain the systems needed to issue and service credentials, hire project managers to respond to Apple inquiries, prominently market the new feature and push for its adoption with other government agencies, all at taxpayer expense, according to contracts signed by four states...

Nov 12 11:07

Apple quietly files patents for new unannounced product

Apple has filed multiple patents which describe a method of connecting small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to various wireless controllers – and has seemingly tried to keep its research project a secret.
The US Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications from the Silicon Valley company on Thursday.

In an apparent bid to keep the project secret, Apple initially filed its patents in Singapore, according to Patently Apple, a blog that tracks the firm’s IPs. One of the patents is titled ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Tracking and Control’ and was filed in Singapore in March 2020.

That document outlines “a system and method for tracking and/or controlling... UAVs in a cellular network system,” suggesting that Apple has developed a method of connecting a drone to a wireless device like an iPhone.

Nov 12 09:17

The Metaverse Is Big Brother In Disguise: Freedom Meted Out By Technological Tyrants

Welcome to the Matrix (i.e. the metaverse), where reality is virtual, freedom is only as free as one’s technological overlords allow, and artificial intelligence is slowly rendering humanity unnecessary, inferior and obsolete.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, sees this digital universe—the metaverse—as the next step in our evolutionary transformation from a human-driven society to a technological one.

Yet while Zuckerberg’s vision for this digital frontier has been met with a certain degree of skepticism, the truth—as journalist Antonio García Martínez concludes—is that we’re already living in the metaverse.

The metaverse is, in turn, a dystopian meritocracy, where freedom is a conditional construct based on one’s worthiness and compliance.

Nov 12 09:11

Why YouTube Is Removing Dislikes, A Compendium.

Here's a look back at why YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has decided to remove all dislikes from public view.

Nov 12 08:29

Big Tech Unleashes a Sophisticated New Weapon in Their War on Online Anonymity

After years of steadily accumulating power, 2021 is the year that Big Tech well and truly flexed its muscle. Gone are the days of banning mere Twitter pundits and demonetizing YouTube channels. In 2021, Big Tech silenced the sitting US president. They stopped the elected chief executive of the world’s largest economy and most powerful military from communicating with the American people. He lost the ability to tweet, post videos, or even send out a mass email.

The past year has shown that no celebrity or official is so powerful they are beyond the reach of the tech ban hammer.

Nov 12 06:43

Earth Could Face 'Internet Apocalypse' Due to 'Cannibal Solar Storms', Scientists Warn

The phenomena named by the scientists "space weather" can affect Earth in a variety of ways: from creating fascinating light shows like auroral displays, to actually causing damage to satellite infrastructure.

Earth can brace itself for solar storms "cannibalising" one another to hit the planet in the upcoming four years, scientists have estimated.

"The last several years really we've had very little activity, as is the case during solar minimum, but now we're ramping up and ramping up quite fast into the next solar cycle maximum, which we expect in 2025", Bill Murtagh, a programme coordinator at the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told Space.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So when the government shuts down all "unofficial" websites, they will blame the sun!

Nov 11 19:55

I'm worried about humanity's future.

How Technology and companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla, are changing our world, and why I'm worried about what lies ahead.

Nov 11 18:56

Government Increasingly Is Asking Citizens to Turn Each Other In. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous.

By Hannah Cox

In the dystopian novel 1984, the government relied on the use of telescreens and informants to enforce its massive, repressive regime. And while that was fiction, events in our modern society are eerily similar to it.

There’s a troubling trend emerging: Americans are being encouraged and even incentivized to turn their fellow citizens in to the government for a myriad of reasons.

For one example, federal officials this week announced they plan to rely on informants in order to determine which companies are enforcing their new (unconstitutional) vaccine mandate. The Biden Administration has used the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a means of implementing the rule without Congressional approval. Essentially the order says that companies will be heavily fined by the agency should they not demand their employees be vaccinated. But even the administration recognizes there are limits to their ability to enforce such a rule...

Nov 11 13:23

European Parliament’s Plans Of A Digital Services Act Threaten Internet Freedoms

By Christoph Schmon

Edit Policy: Digital Services Act derailed in the European Parliament

It’s a familiar pattern in net politics – the EU Commission makes a proposal that threatens fundamental digital rights. Civil society then mobilizes for protests and relies on the directly elected European Parliament to prevent the worst. However, in the case of the EU’s most important legislative project for regulating online platforms – the Digital Services Act – the most dangerous proposals are now coming from the European Parliament itself, after the draft law of the EU Commission had turned out to be surprisingly friendly to fundamental rights.

Nov 11 08:22

New iPhone security patch in iOS 14.8: How to scan for Pegasus spyware on your phone

With iOS 14.8, Apple has released a critical update for your iPhone that looks to patch a flaw that the Pegasus spyware exploited.

The spyware can be remotely installed on a target's iPhone or iPad, granting the person or organization who installed it full access to the device and all the data it holds -- without the owner taking any action. That includes text messages, emails and even recording phone calls. Pegasus was originally designed, and is marketed by its creator the NSO Group, to monitor criminals and terrorists.

Nov 11 08:07

Pegasus: Israel designated Palestinian NGOs 'terrorist' to cover hacking tracks, report says

Israel rushed to designate six Palestinian human rights groups as "terrorist organisations" after learning that investigators had discovered NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on the phones of the group's staff members, Ynet has reported.

Israeli officials were also caught off guard last week when the US blacklisted the NSO Group, saying its activities were contrary to US national security interests.

Warned one hour before the US blacklisting was made public, the Israeli officials were forced to hold several urgent situation meetings, with one official reportedly blurting out in a meeting: "What the fuck?!"

The three incidents - the discovery of spyware on the Palestinian NGOs' phones, the designation of these NGOs as terrorist organisations, and the blacklisting of NSO Group - all happened within a three-week period and reflect brewing US-Israel tensions, according to the report by a Ynet senior military and political analyst.

Nov 11 07:22

US to deploy ‘cyber Marines’ on future battlefields

“Cyber Marines” could be deployed on battlefields in future to reshape conflict zones, using technological warfare to disrupt enemy activities and influence local populations, the US military has confirmed.

Speaking to C4ISRNET’s CyberCon, Colonel Brian Russell, the commander of the II MEF Information Group, claimed that the “cyber Marines” will be able to operate on the front lines of conflict to “adjust the software on sensors and systems in real time.”

This ability to react to the technological needs of warfare in the moment will be designed to ensure that military personnel can “reprogram” equipment in a way that will let them “achieve operational outcomes,” which previously might not have been possible.

Nov 10 14:56

YouTube Removing ALL Dislikes in Latest Effort to Prop Up Failing Media, White House

YouTube under CEO Susan Wojcicki announced Wednesday that they're going to remove "dislikes" entirely from public view.

They claimed in a statement that their intention is to "better protect our creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks."

"Creators" in this case means the failing media and the White House, all of whom are downvoted to hell on all their videos.

Nov 10 11:42

Comcast is back online after a three-hour outage left tens of thousands of users across the US without internet, phone or television service

The crash appeared to have started around 8:12am ET and is hitting costumers along the West Coast and Midwest and some reports are surfacing on the East Coast.

Xfinity, which is owned by Comcast, is the service provider for those impacted by the outage, which appeared to be restored around 12:30pm ET.

Nov 10 11:39

“Free” Interactive Kiosks Surveil Everyone While Scooping Up Their Personal Information

By MassPrivateI

It seems like no matter where you go ‘free’ smart interactive kiosks are being installed in cities everywhere.

It appears politicians across America can’t stop boasting about IKE’s free “Smart City” kiosks.

Smart interactive kiosks like IKE boast about offering free advertising to local businesses during the pandemic, so how do they make any money?...

Nov 10 11:29

Cheese Prices Crumble After Cyberattack Hits Top Wisconsin Dairy Producer 

A cyber attack disrupted dairy distribution in Wisconsin late last month, resulting in a big plunge in cheese prices.

A spokesman for one of the state's largest milk processors, Schreiber Foods, told local newspaper, Wisconsin Farmer, that a five days "cyber event" halted operations as hackers demanded a rumored $2.5 million in ransom.

The ransomware attack began on Saturday (Oct. 23) and limited the company from buying 500-pound barrels of cheese, which are turned into slices and sold at supermarkets.

In a recent statement, the company said, "we had a systems issue that impacted our plants and distribution centers. It did impact our ability to receive raw materials, ship product and produce product. We've made good progress in resolving the issue and our plants and distribution centers have begun to start up again."

The five-day ordeal triggered spot prices for cheese barrels traded in Chicago to plunge 19% in the last week or so.

Nov 10 11:23

Apple cutting iPhone Christmas production by 10 million units due to chip shortage – media

US tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to slash its iPhone production goals in 2021 amid growing shortage of semiconductors around the world. The news has triggered an immediate 1.2% drop in the company’s share value.

The Cupertino-based corporation expected to produce 90 million ?iPhone 13? models in the final three months of the current year, but had to reduce the target by as many as 10 million units due to the shortages of vital components, according to people with knowledge of the matter as quoted by Bloomberg.

Apple’s key suppliers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments, are facing challenges in delivering key components used in phones. The ?iPhone 13? models, launched this fall, are reportedly using a Broadcom AFEM-8215 front-end module and a Broadcom BCM59365 wireless power receiver, along with display power management IC, array driver, flash LED driver, and dual repeater from Texas Instruments.

Nov 10 08:11

Meet Blue Wolf, the app Israel uses to spy on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Cameras have long been an essential tool for Israel to monitor and watch Palestinians.

But these days, technology has advanced, with sophisticated facial recognition technology now used to screen Palestinians at military checkpoints.

But it's not just at checkpoints, according to a report in the Washington Post on Monday, which described a whole new level of surveillance in place across the West Bank called Blue Wolf.

Middle East Eye takes a look at this technology and what makes it different - more dystopian and more terrifying - when compared to what the Israeli military was already known to have in place.

Nov 10 08:07

An autonomous robot may have already killed people – here’s how the 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.

Nov 10 07:53

‘Organized State Terrorism’: Palestinians Condemn New Israeli Surveillance Revelations

Activists from Palestinian groups recently designated “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s government expressed outrage and resolve Monday following revelations that their phones were hacked with Pegasus spyware, and amid the exposure of a sweeping facial recognition surveillance campaign in the West Bank by Israeli occupation forces.

“It’s difficult to describe the feeling of invasion and intrusion into privacy,” Ubai Al-Aboudi – one of six Palestinian activists whose cellphones were found to be infected with Pegasus, a spyware manufactured by the private Israeli company NSO Group and used to target journalists and dissidents around the world – said in an interview with Haaretz.

Nov 09 11:36

Indonesian Court Allows Internet Blocking Amid Social Unrest

By Global Voices Southeast Asia

On October 27, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled that it is constitutionally acceptable for the Indonesian government to block and throttle the internet in times of social strife. The ruling ended a more than two-year-long dispute over the government’s decision to block internet access on the island of Papua amid protests and demonstrations. The decision is part of a larger pattern of Indonesia’s diminishing speech rights in recent years.

Activists say the ruling further erodes digital freedoms in the archipelago and sets a dangerous precedent for free speech in Southeast Asia. Reporters also note that the decision makes it difficult for journalists to report on conflict or spread relevant information...

Nov 09 08:01


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.

It also suggests collecting highly specific personal information via these sources such as:

Precise location data
The length of time people spend at the locations they visit
The ventilation rate of the places people visit
Images of people looking at the screen of their mobile phone
Sounds from the microphones in personal devices
Facial recognition data

Nov 09 07:52

Palestinian human rights activists target of Israeli spyware hack

Six Palestinian human rights activists were targeted by spyware from the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, a new report revealed on Monday, in the first reported instance of Palestinian activists being targeted by the surveillance company.

In a report from Frontline Defenders (FLD), the group revealed that six activists, who are members of the six civil society organizations recently branded “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, were targeted by the military grade Pegasus spyware.

According to FLD, 75 iPhones were investigated after the group was approached by Al-Haq, a Ramallah-based human rights organization and one of the six targeted NGOs, over concerns that one of their staff member’s phones was infected with spyware.

Nov 09 07:48

WhatsApp can sue Israeli firm NSO Group, US appeals court rules

A United States appeals court has ruled that the WhatsApp messaging service can move forward with a lawsuit against NSO Group, asserting that the immunity from civil litigation in US courts enjoyed by foreign governments does not extend to the private Israeli surveillance company.

WhatsApp is suing NSO Group over the alleged targeting of its servers in California with malware to gain unauthorised access to approximately 1,400 mobile devices in violation of US state and federal law.

Nov 08 16:09

Massive denial of service attack after posting U.K. privacy breach article

Our website, Redress Information & Analysis was subjected to a massive denial of service attack after posting an article about the mysterious privacy breach at the U.K. Labour Party (

The site is still partially down but we’ve managed to restore some of its pages slowly, including the above article. Work by our technical team is continuing.


Nov 08 11:20

Hibernating instrument on Hubble roused as engineers ponder message problem

Ever had a component spew garbage and had to bodge around it? Engineers appear to be faced with a similar issue as they continue work to rouse the science instruments of the Hubble Space Telescope from their Safe Mode slumbers.

The good news is that the team might be close to isolating the problem. The bad news is that the finger of blame is hovering over a bit of hardware in the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit. "Specifically," said NASA, "the team is analyzing the circuitry of the Control Unit, which generates synchronization messages and passes them onto the instruments."

Why bad news? Because if there is a hardware fault, there is no way to replace the failed component. Engineers will have to work around it using software, possibly with an update to check for the lost messages and compensate for them, thus avoiding other protection software throwing a hissy fit and sending the science instruments into safe mode.

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.”