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COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

May 26 09:43

Zuckerberg set up fraudulent scheme to 'weaponise' data, court case alleges

Mark Zuckerberg faces allegations that he developed a “malicious and fraudulent scheme” to exploit vast amounts of private data to earn Facebook billions and force rivals out of business.

A company suing Facebook in a California court claims the social network’s chief executive “weaponised” the ability to access data from any user’s network of friends – the feature at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

A legal motion filed last week in the superior court of San Mateo draws upon extensive confidential emails and messages between Facebook senior executives including Mark Zuckerberg. He is named individually in the case and, it is claimed, had personal oversight of the scheme.

May 25 09:07

Facebook and Google could be fined BILLIONS after being accused of ignoring GDPR rules and 'forcing' users to give them their private data

Facebook and Google may already have fallen foul of European privacy laws which took effect today, in a move that critics say could cost the companies billions.

As of today, firms that collect or process personal information online must now comply with new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules.

Companies should be informing their customers about the new regulations and giving them the choice of whether to continue giving them access to their data - but still be able to use their sites if they don't.

Campaigners say that Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp are breaking the terms of GDPR by threatening customers and suggesting they will be unable to use their sites unless they agree to share their data.

Campaign group NOYB.EU says it has filed legal complaints about this behaviour.

May 25 08:50

Family Removes Alexa Devices After a Stranger in Another Town Heard Everything They Were Saying

“My husband and I would joke and say I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,” Danielle said, noting that they never imagined the smart device would record their private conversations and then make them public.

After unplugging all of the devices, Danielle said she called Amazon multiple times before she received a response. When an Alexa engineer finally looked into Danielle’s claims, she said he acknowledged that the device had recorded conversations inside her home and emailed them to a random contact, and he then apologized profusely.

“They said ‘our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened, and we’re sorry.’ He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!” Danielle said.

May 25 08:49

This Is How Amazon's Alexa Records And Shares Private Conversations Without Your Permission

Amazon explained the series of events that triggered the episode in an emailed statement. The Echo woke after hearing a word in the couple’s conversation that sounded like "Alexa" -- the usual trigger to begin recording. The speaker later heard "send message" during the conversation, at which point the device asked, "to whom?" The pair continued talking in the background and the Echo’s system interpreted part of the chat to identify a name in the couple’s contact list. Alexa then asked aloud if they wanted to send a message to that contact and heard "right" in more background conversation.

May 25 08:41

Self-driving Uber 'saw mother-of-two pedestrian but did not brake before it hit her and killed her', NTSB report finds

An autonomous Uber car spotted a pedestrian about six seconds before fatally hitting her but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, US federal investigators said.

In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while Uber's cars are under computer control 'to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior'.

Instead, Uber relies on a human backup driver to intervene but the system is not designed to alert the driver.

May 24 18:07

Putin on cyberwarfare: Action causes reaction, you don’t like reaction – let’s talk rules

Nations that don’t like being the targets of cyberwarfare have the incentive to work on common rules of cyberspace the same way rules for nuclear weapons were negotiated, said the Russian president.

Vladimir Putin made the comparison in response to a journalist's question about the latest accusation in the US that Russia used its cyber capabilities to interfere with the 2016 election during a joint conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“This is what I can say about cyberattacks or war of words in the press and other issues. Action always causes reaction. Always. If one does not want to get a reaction he does not like, rules for actions need to be set,” he said. “When the humanity invented nuclear weapons, everyone realized how dangerous it is and agreed on rules, which were aimed at preventing a tragedy. It’s obvious that cyber now is a most important field affecting millions of people. Let’s agree on how we work in it."

May 24 17:38

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

It's time to break out your "Alexa, I Told You So" banners – because a Portland, Oregon, couple received a phone call from one of the husband's employees earlier this month, telling them she had just received a recording of them talking privately in their home.

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now," the staffer told the couple, who did not wish to be fully identified, "you're being hacked."

At first the couple thought it might be a hoax call. However, the employee – over a hundred miles away in Seattle – confirmed the leak by revealing the pair had just been talking about their hardwood floors.

May 24 15:42

Mark Zuckerberg is accused of 'weaponizing' Facebook user data and conducting 'mass surveillance by gathering information from texts, photos and microphones'

A former California startup has accused Mark Zuckerberg of 'weaponizing' user data to earn Facebook billions and force rivals out of business.

The social media company is also accused of allegedly conducting mass surveillance through its apps by gathering information from texts and photos of users and their friends, as well as smartphone microphones.

The allegations are from the lawsuit filed against Facebook by Six4Three - a former California startup that was behind the failed app Pikinis, which allowed users to scan their Facebook friends for bikini photos.

May 24 15:33

Number of sextortion victims TRIPLES in two years: 'Tens of thousands at risk' of blackmail by internet gangs who trick victims into being secretly filmed carrying out sex acts online

Sextortion involves organised criminal groups using fake dating profiles to befriend victims and encourage them to live stream sex acts.

Victims are often contacted through dating websites and believe they are in a genuine relationship, and are then persuaded to perform sex acts online.

These are recorded by the criminal gangs who then threaten to share the footage with the victim's friends and family unless they are paid.

The NCA estimates the number of people who have suffered sextortion is much higher than their figures show, with victims failing to report the crimes to police.

May 24 15:31

YouTubers are hiding PORN videos in fake diamond and luxury car adverts despite the site's promise to crack down on sexually explicit content

YouTube users have been hiding softcore porn videos behind fake diamond and luxury car adverts for years, despite the site's promise to crack down on sexually explicit content.

Videos usually open with budget diamond adverts but then after a few minutes suddenly cut to shaky close-ups of of scantily-clad women stimulating themselves.

There are thousands of videos hidden under variations of the title 'Best Diamonds in the Sky', some of which are hours long, the report revealed.

May 24 15:25

Hundreds of Android devices including phones from controversial Chinese firm ZTE are shipping with malware ALREADY installed on them, report finds

Hundreds of brand new Android phones are being sold already preloaded with malware, it has been claimed.

Avast Threat Labs said it has found adware pre-installed on several hundred different Android device models and versions, including devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone.

The malware displays ads, and is also believed to send user data to servers.

May 24 15:23

Australia calls off controversial Facebook trial which asked users to send NUDE photos of themselves to fight revenge porn

Facebook will no longer be able to carry out a controversial trial that asked users to send in naked pictures of themselves so the site can protect them from revenge porn attacks.

The trial was first announced in Australia several months ago and, if successful, would have been extended to the US, UK and Canada.

But Australia's online safety watchdog has now called off the trial, saying it presents data privacy concerns, particularly in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

May 24 13:02

"Unplug Your Alexa Devices Right Now... You're Being Hacked"

That was the disturbing message that a Portland family received just weeks after installing the Amazon listening devices throughout their home.

As KIRO7 reports, Danielle, who did not want us to use her last name, contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa, and that the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.

"My husband and I would joke and say I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying," said Danielle.

After receiving the call above from one of her husband's employees - who was in the family’s contact list - Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NEVER have these devices in your home, period, end of discussion.

May 24 12:59

Wikipedia:Bypass your cache

To speed things up and conserve communications bandwidth, browsers attempt to keep local copies of pages, images, and other content you've visited, so that it need not be downloaded again later. Occasionally this caching scheme goes awry (e.g. the browser insists on showing out-of-date content) making it necessary to bypass the cache, thus forcing your browser to re-download a web page's complete, up-to-date content. The rest of your cache is not affected.

When you encounter strange behavior, first try bypassing your cache. In most cases you can use the simple instructions shown to the right, or see the complete browser-specific instructions below. If this is not enough, you can try performing a "purge" of Wikipedia's server cache (see instructions below). If problems persist, report them at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The RBN podcasts have been fixed for a week now. If you are still getting the "page will not load" you need to either clear or bypass your browser cache.

May 24 11:48

Someone Has Infected At Least 500,000 Routers All Over The World And No One Knows Why

Unknown hackers have reportedly infected at least 500,000 routers and other network devices all over the world with sophisticated and potentially destructive malware—and the Ukrainian government believes Russian hackers may use this botnet in an attack ahead of the Champions League soccer final this week in Kiev.

On Wednesday, Cisco’s subsidiary Talos warned of this new malware campaign, dubbing it “VPNFilter” because that’s the name of the folder where the malware creates and installs itself on the infected devices. Talos researchers wrote that VPNFilter’s most dangerous feature is that it can make the devices it lives on completely unusable thanks to a “kill” command.

“If it suited their goals, this command could be executed on a broad scale, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of devices unusable, disabling internet access for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide or in a focused region where it suited the actor's purposes,” the Talos report read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient; just when Russian/US governmental relations could hardly get any worse, it appears that Russia is going to get accused of a "cyber 9/11" against Ukraine and potentially beyond.

Now is the time to make sure your router is secure, and if you have not changed your default password, do it now.

May 24 09:45

One U.S. State Takes Steps to Hold the NSA Accountable for Warrantless Surveillance

In less than a month, a Michigan state law will take effect and ban any state or local government from aiding the National Security Agency’s controversial program that gathers data on Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

May 24 07:46

Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide

"Working with our partners, we estimate the number of infected devices to be at least 500,000 in at least 54 countries. While the list may not be complete, the known devices affected by VPNFilter are Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link networking equipment in the small and home office (SOHO) space, as well at QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices."

Talos says that in addition to being able to listen in on traffic and steal website credentials, the malware can listen in on Modbus SCADA device traffic (for things like industrial controllers). The malware also has destructive capabilities that would allow the attacker to damage or outright brick the infected device if they so desire.

Researchers do not yet know precisely how the malware is infecting so many machines, but Talos notes that all of the infected devices were known to have publically available exploits.

May 24 07:42

ISP TalkTalk's Wi-Fi passwords Walk Walk thanks to Awks Awks router security hole

A years-old vulnerability continues to menace the security of some home Wi-Fi networks in the UK.

The WPS feature in TalkTalk's Super Router can be compromised to steal the gateway's wireless network password, according to folks at software development house IndigoFuzz. The British ISP and telco was warned of the shortcoming in 2014, but seemingly nothing has been done about it.

According to IndigoFuzz's advisory on Monday, the routers provide a WPS pairing option that is always turned on. Because that WPS connection is insecure, an attacker within range can exploit it using readily available hacking tools, and thus extract the router's Wi-Fi password.

In other words, if you're near a TalkTalk Super Router, you can probe it for the Wi-Fi password via the wonky WPS feature, and hop onto the wireless network.

May 24 07:25

Amazon defends giving its Big Brother-style facial recognition tool to police claiming 'our quality of life would be much worse' without AI watching our movements

Amazon has defended giving its Big Brother-style facial recognition tool to police following an outcry from civil rights groups.

The response comes just hours after it emerged Amazon's facial recognition tool, dubbed 'Rekognition', is being used by law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Florida.

However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warns Rekognition could be misused to identify and track innocent people in real-time.

It claims the software guide for the AI 'reads like a user manual for authoritarian surveillance'.

May 24 06:36

NY Schools to install facial recognition tech used by police and military

Amid the highly-publicized spate of mass shootings in America, one public school district is set to impose unprecedented police state tactics to ensure “security” and safety for students.

May 24 06:20

The Judge just opened a huge can of worms for Twitter

Robert Barnes: Technically, Trump blocks nobody; Twitter performs the blocking function based on its app. If Trump cannot block people w/o violating First Amendment, how can Twitter block people w/o violating First Amendment?

May 23 16:28

PENTAGON WORKED WITH “PRIVATE-SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS” ON PLAN TO VERIFY IDENTITY WITH MOBILE PHONES

The Defense Department is funding a project that officials say could revolutionize the way companies, federal agencies and the military itself verify that people are who they say they are and it could be available in most commercial smartphones within two years.

May 23 14:40

Judge's Ruling That Trump Can't Block Twitter Trolls Could Be A Huge Win For Right-Wingers

A liberal federal judge's ruling against President Donald Trump in favor of liberal Twitter trolls could be a major win for right-wingers who've been censored and banned from social media.

May 23 11:47

More Police State Surveillance: Courtesy of the Pentagon

There was an article by Joseph Marks of Nextgov published on 5/16/18 that was neither picked up by the larger news networks nor kept in view for long. The article is entitled The Pentagon Has a Big Plan to Solve Identity Verification in Two Years, and here is a portion of it:

May 23 09:59

AMAZON PUSHES FACIAL RECOGNITION TO POLICE, PROMPTING OUTCRY OVER SURVEILLANCE...

Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not.

It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements almost instantly.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail — a common use of such technology around the country — while the Orlando Police Department in Florida is testing whether it can be used to single out persons-of-interest in public spaces and alert officers to their presence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The horrific possibilities outlined in the film "Minority Reporty" are, apparently, already with us, courtesy of Amazon.

May 23 09:58

Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems: Users struggle with mystery 'black screen'

Windows 10 users over the past two days have begun reporting serious glitches after updating to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

As per an account on Reddit, after installing the update the computer appears to boot but then gets stuck with a black screen and no icons. There's also an error message that the Desktop file could not be accessed.

Users on Microsoft's forums have been reporting similar black-screen problems since May 14 after updating to the latest version of Windows 10. However, more reports have flowed in over the past two days.

May 22 19:13

ASRock Z370 Taichi Firmware with Intel Management Engine Disabled

This is simply 1.80 "Instant Flash" firmware for the Z370 Taichi straight from ASRock stock unmodifed (minus some sig checks disabled) other than the Intel Management Engine firmware being scrubbed/disabled/neutered with the available me_cleaner tools from github. The effect is the management engine and all it's features no longer function.

May 22 17:03

A.I. Takes Over Hospital Jobs In London, Implantable Smart Devices In Soldiers, And Growing Organs

By Aaron Kesel

University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Alan Turing Institute aim to bring ‘game-changing’ benefits of artificial intelligence to NHS patients and replace some workers, The Guardian reported.

The tasks traditionally performed by doctors and nurses, from diagnosing cancer on CT scans to deciding which A&E patients are seen first, will now be able to be conducted by A.I...

May 22 12:11

Russian-made smartphones using domestic OS to go on sale in 2019

Sales of smartphones made in Russia and based on the mobile operating system Sailfish OS will begin in 2019, President of the Russian communications services provider Rostelecom Mikhail Oseevsky told TASS on Monday.

In March, Rostelecom took control of the developers of the mobile operating system Sailfish OS and Sailfish Mobile OS Rus. The company signed the purchase and sale agreements on the acquisition of 75% of the shares in Open Mobile Platform LLC and 75% in Votron LLC.

When asked by TASS when the smartphone sales will start Oseevsky said:

"In 2019. They are in production already, now they are being tested in a number of ministries and departments. They already exist. This solution is primarily aimed at ensuring the country’s information sovereignty and data protection."

May 22 12:08

Twitter suffers brief outage across Europe & US

Social media users have reported a major Twitter outage across Europe and the US on Tuesday.

Downdetector received reports of an outage from Egypt to Washington DC before the social media site returned to its former working glory.

Outage Report, another site dedicated to monitoring the internet’s systematic malfunctions, received over 1,400 reports of a Twitter outage in 20 minutes

May 22 10:50

AMAZON PUSHES FACIAL RECOGNITION TO POLICE, PROMPTING OUTCRY OVER SURVEILLANCE...

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to "easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone."

May 22 10:48

The IRS Doesn’t Know Who’s Accessing Its Most Sensitive Data

The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t accurately cataloged all the components of its highest value hardware and software systems and doesn’t have a clear count of who has privileged access to those systems, according to an audit released Monday.

The IRS also likely isn’t patching software vulnerabilities on its highest value assets within the 30-day timeframe required for federal agencies, according to the audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Because the agency doesn’t maintain historical data about patching, however, it’s difficult to say for certain how long vulnerabilities are going unpatched, the audit states.

The term “high-value assets,” as used by federal cybersecurity professionals, essentially refers to software and hardware systems that contain the most sensitive information, including personally identifiable information about taxpayers or employees.

May 22 10:15

VERIZON BEGINS 'TESTING' DSL USAGE CAPS IT REFUSES TO CALL USAGE CAPS

For years now broadband providers have used a lack of competition to impose all manner of obnoxious additional fees on the backs of broadband consumers. That includes arbitrary and obnoxious usage caps and overage charges, which not only raise rates on captive customers, but quite intentionally make using streaming video competitors more expensive and cumbersome. Once caps are in place, large ISPs often exempt their own content from usage caps while still penalizing streaming competitors (aka zero rating).

ISPs used to claim that such limits were necessary to manage network congestion, but as that argument was increasingly debunked (caps don't actually help manage congestion) they've shifted their justifications to more flimsy alternatives. These days, ISPs usually offer no justification at all, or issue vague declarations that they're simply trying to help users "better understand their consumption habits."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With these kinds of usage fees being places on internet services, consumers need to fight back, but that is difficult when a company has a monopoly in specific areas, and there are no other services from which to chose.

May 22 08:57

CUSTOMGROW420 AND MANY OTHER CANNABIS CHANNELS DELETED FROM YOUTUBE

Joel Hradecky, also known as Customgrow420, is a popular online video-maker and was the biggest weed-tuber on YouTube, which is currently the world’s leading video platform.
He’s also a legal cannabis patient living in Washington in the US.

Shockingly we found out on 18th April 2018 that Customgrow420’s YouTube account has been deleted from the platform. He had 1.5million subscribers and 193 million video views.

The source of this news came from other Weedtubers like Strain Central expressing their shock on Twitter:

May 22 04:54

THE U.S. ARMY IS TURNING TO ROBOT SOLDIERS

Pentagon Spends $1 Billion To Acquire More War Robots

May 22 04:31

The Microsoft cyber attack

A fascinating documentary exploring how the WannaCry exploit effected the EU, why Windows remains the dominant OS in European Governments, and the shady (slightly illegal) politics surrounding its use.

May 21 16:48

Google Removes “Don’t Be Evil” From Its Conduct As Employees Quit In Droves Over Project Maven

By Aaron Kesel

Google has removed the phrase “Don’t be evil” from its Code of Conduct; this comes as at least 4,000 employees have expressed outrage over the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon’s Project Maven and amid a leaked video called the “Selfish Ledger” exposing internal Google dialogue to create a dystopia run by the big social giant...

May 21 09:33

Google removes 'Don’t be evil' from its code of conduct 

Google has removed most instances of its famous “Don’t be evil” motto from its code of conduct, 18 years after it was first introduced.

The alteration to its charter, which the tech giant distributes to its employees, took place at some point in late April or early May, according to archives hosted by the Wayback Machine website.

The phrase “Don’t be evil” has been adopted into the company’s code of conduct since 2000, as well as it being used as its unofficial motto.

The expression is ingrained into the company’s culture, with it even acting as a Wi-Fi password on the buses that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters in California, sources told Gizmodo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hardly surprising, given current revelations as to how Google data is mined, manipulated, and sold.

May 21 09:30

REPORT CONFIRMS DEEP FLAWS OF AUTOMATED FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE IN THE UK, WARNS ITS USE IN THE US IS SPREADING

Techdirt has written many stories about facial recognition systems. But there's a step-change taking place in this area at the moment. The authorities are moving from comparing single images with database holdings, to completely automated scanning of crowds to obtain and analyze huge numbers of facial images in real time. Recently, Tim Cushing described the ridiculously high level of false positives South Wales Police had encountered during its use of automated facial recognition software. Before that, a post noted a similarly unacceptable failure rate of automated systems used by the Metropolitan Police in London last year.

The UK situation is fairly well known. There's been less coverage of automated facial recognition systems in the US, and the Big Brother Report offers some comments from experts about what is happening there. For example, Clare Garvie from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, writes:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only a society whose leadership is terrified of open rebellion, uses, and evolves technology like this; one could say, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that this is the case in both the US and the UK.

It was almost impossible to estimate what the estimate of last weekend's royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Wessex cost the royal family, plus UK taxpayers; and yet, homeless people within the vicinity of of the venue, were swept off the streets, with their sleeping bags (if they had them) removed, theoretically, until after the festivities had ended.

How does a society continue, with standards of living so disparate, until that society winds up cracking apart at the seams?!?

I would have welcomed the opportunity for those images of the homeless, trundled off so as not have been embarrassing to the royal family, to have been Meghan and Harry's "Buddha on the Road" moment, but I don't seriously think that it had any real effect on either of them, nor will it in the future.

The elite always believe, as an article of faith, that poverty is caused by a lack of individual will and courage, and is never the cost, or result, of economic policies put in place, to make the rich of a country, more rich.

May 21 08:42

NEARLY EVERYONE IN THE U.S. AND CANADA JUST HAD THEIR PRIVATE CELL PHONE LOCATION DATA EXPOSED

A company by the name of LocationSmart isn't having a particularly good month.

The company recently received all the wrong kind of attention when it was caught up in a privacy scandal involving the nation's wireless carriers and our biggest prison phone monopoly. Like countless other companies and governments, LocationSmart buys your wireless location data from cell carriers. It then sells access to that data via a portal that can provide real-time access to a user's location via a tailored graphical interface using just the target's phone number.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The existence of this service demonstrates, incontrovertibly, that the 4 th Amendment to the Constitution, forbidding unreasonable search and seizure, is well, and truly, dead.

May 21 08:39

FACEBOOK SUPPORT GROUPS PACKED WITH PREDATORY MARKETERS

Looking to Facebook for help with addiction? Take care: the social network is full of predators, and they know where to find vulnerable people. They're sleazy marketers, brokering questionable self-help and inpatient treatment options.

A stranger named Garrett Hall sent Couch a Facebook message. “Hey Lauri [sic], I saw your name on the Affected By Addiction support group, and I had this weird/strong impulse to just reach out,” Hall wrote to Couch. “[A]re you doing ok?” ...

Couch soon got a call from Meghan Calvert, a paid marketer for a treatment center called Pillars Recovery. It’s owned by Darren Orloff, who is part of Affected by Addiction’s volunteer leadership team. Couch, who has a background in sales, knew a sales pitch when she heard it. She told Calvert off for taking advantage of desperate people. ... After the call, Couch was surprised to find that she could not log back in to Affected by Addiction. In fact, she came to realize, she’d been banned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many reasons to leave Facebook, permanently; this is just one of them.

May 20 09:48

Thousands In Sweden Have Implanted Microchips Under Their Skin

More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, instead of stealing your wallet and keys, thieves just chop off your hand! That's PROGRESS!

May 20 09:36

Why the net giants are worried about the Web 3.0

The birth of blockchain spawned a movement which is set to disrupt the entire tech industry. Blockchain and crypto enthusiasts are calling it the Web 3.0 and it’s looking to make all traditional business models defunct. This is because, in short, the technology will facilitate the decentralization of the World Wide Web, thereby equalizing control and ownership back from the grasp of profit hungry corporations.

The Web 3.0 ecosystem already consists of over 3000 variegated crypto coins and over 900 decentralized apps or DApps (a single DApp can mean a team of up to 50 members, each dedicated to disrupting a specific industry). And even though the industry is still in its infancy, the market cap has already exceeded 800 billion.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

May 20 07:51

POTENTIAL SPY DEVICES WHICH TRACK CELLPHONES, INTERCEPT CALLS FOUND ALL OVER D.C., MD., VA.

Basically if you’re walking or driving around any of the interesting bits of Washington DC metro your cell phone is probably being tracked, by someone, at least some of the time.

May 20 07:33

"ALARMING": FACEBOOK TEAMS UP WITH THINK-TANK FUNDED BY SAUDI ARABIA AND MILITARY CONTRACTORS TO "PROTECT" DEMOCRACY

In a new project Facebook insists is a completely objective and nonpartisan effort to root out what it deems "disinformation," the social media giant announced on Thursday that it is partnering with the Atlantic Council—a prominent Washington-based think-tank funded by Saudi Arabia, major oil companies, defense contractors, and Charles Koch—to prevent its platform from "being abused during elections."

May 19 11:44

Britain warned it must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies or risk 'falling behind' in modern warfare

Britain must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies or risk “falling behind” in modern warfare, the head of defence intelligence has warned.

Air Marshal Phil Osborn warned that online offensives could have “nationally crippling effects in minutes”, with the UK already being hit by hackers in Russia, North Korea and Iran.

“We can see numerous examples: unprecedented industrial espionage activity against the UK and allies, private security contractors being used in high-end capability warfare in Syria, cyber attacks against national infrastructure and reputation across Europe, information operations that attempt to pervert political process and frustrate the rule of law, and attempted assassinations,” he said in a lecture to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

May 19 09:46

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THINK TANK CONNECTED TO NATO, MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Facebook has announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank with close ties to the Military Industrial Complex and Defense Department.

On Thursday Facebook announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank which officially claims to provide a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders. The social media giant said the partnership is aimed at preventing Facebook from “being abused during elections.” The press release promotes Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news by using artificial intelligence, as well as working with outside experts and governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Facebook will, henceforward, be weaponizing all information on it, for the benefit of the DOD and military industrial complex.

If there was EVER a reason to run, not walk from, Facebook, it is this moment, in its evolution, to abandon it permanently.

May 18 17:27

Facebook Announces Partnership with Think Tank Connected to NATO, Military Industrial Complex

By Derrick Broze

On Thursday Facebook announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank which officially claims to provide a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders. The social media giant said the partnership is aimed at preventing Facebook from “being abused during elections.” The press release promotes Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news by using artificial intelligence, as well as working with outside experts and governments...

May 18 14:03

Rogue Spying Devices Found In U.S. States Cause Call For Concern

By Aaron Kesel

Rogue unknown cell-site simulators are being actively used in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia according to News4 I-Team who worked with a mobile security expert to determine the usage of the devices.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it had seen activity in Washington, D.C., of what appear to be rogue surveillance devices that could be used to hijack cellphones, listen to calls and read texts...

May 18 11:16

Sacramento Residents Outraged By Secret Drone Program Spying on Neighborhood

By Nicholas West

A group of residents from Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood are expressing their disgust with a secret drone program that has been exposed in the last month.

As reported by Sacramento’s CBS local affiliate, John Mattox was the first to notice a low-flying drone in the late-night and early morning hours hovering over his neighborhood...

May 18 08:10

Samsung mocks Apple again: This time it's poking fun at iPhone's throttling troubles

Samsung has released a new ad poking fun at the iPhone ahead of the launch of 128GB and 256GB editions of the Galaxy S9.

Samsung's marketers appear to figure that the most likely group of iPhone owners to upgrade to a Galaxy S9 instead of an iPhone X are iPhone 6 owners, who feel cheated by Apple's iPhone slowdown controversy.

The ad, which uses the same music as last year's creepy Notch guy ad, homes in on the performance of the iPhone 6, which constantly lets its owner down, causing her stress, suffering, and envy.

May 18 05:59

Google's disturbing vision of TOTAL data collection: Leaked video reveals a Black Mirror-style future in which technology could be used to control the behaviour of entire populations

Google already knows far more about you than you may realise.

Now, an internal Google video has leaked that provides an unnerving glimpse into how the firm could use that wealth on information to control your behaviour.

The video sets the scene for a Black Mirror-style future in which machines know your needs even before you do, and are able to manipulate you to follow their own agendas.

Google admits the video is 'disturbing', but stresses that it's simply a thought experiment.

However, with the misuse of private data at the forefront of people's minds following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the concepts outlined in the footage are likely to raise concerns.

May 17 17:42

Experts warn new 'Superspectre' bug uses the chip flaw to gain access to 'all the secrets' stored on a machine

If you though the Spectre vulnerability was bad, look out - something even worse could be on the way.

Security researcher Yuriy Bulygin, who was until last year Intel's chief threat researcher, says hackers can exploit the infamous chip flaw to gain access to 'all the secrets' stored on a machine.

The new attack is able to use the Spectre flaw to access a computer's high level firmware, and get access to its most sensitive information.

'The firmware has access to basically all the secrets that are on that physical machine,' he told Bloomberg.

May 17 14:32

To ‘protect democracy,’ scandal-fearing Facebook teams up with ‘unbiased’ Atlantic Council

Would you like a think tank advocating acts of terrorism, war and suppression of the media working with Facebook to protect democracy and elections worldwide? If so, great news!

Facebook is “excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems,” Katie Harbath, Facebook’s director for global politics and government outreach, announced on Thursday.

“Experts” from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRL) will work closely with Facebook’s “security, policy and product teams” to offer “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world,” Harbath added.

May 17 14:17

An Interview With Anonymous On OpRussia Against The Death Of Anonymity And Censoring Of Encryption

By Aaron Kesel

On May 10th, 2018, the hacktivist group Anonymous attacked the official website of Russia’s Federal Agency for International Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) by hacking and defacing its subdomain against the ongoing censorship in the country, citing the recent ban on the encrypted messaging app Telegram...

May 17 10:58

Propaganda instead of truth: Lawyer tells RT how fake news becomes fake evidence in court

Producers of manipulative digital content are quite sophisticated and know many tricks that make forensic analysis of such images difficult, he said. For example, original content is usually uploaded from an anonymous account to social media before being distributed, which among other things strips metadata. Imbuing the “fake evidence” with credibility is a multi-staged process, during which first some purported expert vouches for it, then mainstream media pick it up and report it as fact, and only later does it make its way into a courtroom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a solution: Have such media adhere to the "chain of custody" rules that apply to physical evidence.

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