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Oct 01 10:58

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

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

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

Oct 01 10:30

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

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

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

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

Oct 01 10:12

London’s Blueprint For Technocracy

By Matt

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

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

Oct 01 07:07

YouTube Blacklists Ron Paul Institute

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

Sep 30 19:53

How US Techno-nationalism Spawned a Global Electronic Kraken

By Mathew Maavak

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

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

Sep 30 13:29

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

By B.N. Frank

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

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

Sep 30 12:32

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

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

Sep 30 10:22

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

By Karen Gullo

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

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

Sep 30 06:49

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

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

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

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

Sep 30 06:48

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

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

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

Sep 30 06:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 29 12:53

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

By B.N. Frank

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

Sep 29 10:11

Amazon Astro: What If Wall-E but Evil?

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

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

Sep 29 10:10

Samsung Wants To 'Copy And Paste' The Human Brain

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

Sep 29 08:44

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 28 13:20

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

By B.N. Frank

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

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

Sep 28 11:26

iPhone Bluetooth traffic leaks phone numbers -- in certain scenarios

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 28 11:16

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

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

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

In a statement on Friday morning, Apple told TechCrunch:

Sep 28 10:51

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

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

Sep 28 10:26

Millions of smart devices to stop working from Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 28 07:44

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

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

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

Sep 27 17:19

YouTube conspires with UK NHS to push coronavirus vaccination propaganda

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

Sep 27 08:02

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

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

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

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

Sep 27 08:00

You Should Probably Stop Using ExpressVPN

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

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

Sep 27 06:29

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

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

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

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

Sep 27 06:22

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

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

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

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

Sep 27 06:09

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

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

Sep 25 11:40

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

By Cara Gagliano and Katharine Trendacosta

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

Sep 24 10:18

Cyber Attacks on Our Food Systems are Gaining Steam

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

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

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

Sep 24 09:47

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

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

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

Sep 24 09:40

Telosa: A Technocratic City In The Making

By Matt

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

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

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

Sep 24 09:04

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

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

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

Sep 23 07:48

Internet users stressed out by cyberattack news: Kaspersky

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

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

Sep 22 06:14

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

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

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

Sep 21 18:14

[Video] DELETED World Economic Forum about cyber warfare

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

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Sep 21 16:43

Stop Military Surveillance Drones from Coming Home

By Matthew Guariglia

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

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

Sep 21 08:17

UN Warns Artificial Intelligence May Pose "Negative, Even Catastrophic" Threat To Human Rights

The United Nations has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) systems may pose a “negative, even catastrophic” threat to human rights and called for AI applications that are not used in compliance with human rights to be banned.

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Sept. 15 urged members states to put a temporary ban on the sale and use of AI until the potential risks it poses have been addressed and adequate safeguards put in place to ensure the technology will not be abused.

“We cannot afford to continue playing catch-up regarding AI—allowing its use with limited or no boundaries or oversight and dealing with the almost inevitable human rights consequences after the fact,” Bachelet said in a statement.

Sep 21 07:00

Israel: communications company hit by major cyberattack

An unidentified hacker, known only as Deus, has revealed on an internet forum that he has hacked into the systems of the giant Israeli communications firm Voicenter and stolen 15 terabytes of data, local media reported on Monday. The hacker put the information up for sale, posting hundreds of examples of the private data that he has taken.

Ynet News said that the major cyberattack hit Voicenter on Saturday. The attack paralysed the communications systems of a number of firms that receive services from the company. It added that software giant Check Point, mobile network operator Partner, Mobileye, Expon, we4G, SimilarWeb, AllJobs, and Gett are among the companies that work with Voicenter.

The company sent SMS messages to its clients on Sunday, saying that the perpetrators of the attack were "hackers from abroad." However, Voicenter claimed that the attack did not affect its work. "As far as we know, the incident did not entail any information leaks."

Sep 21 06:59

Israel's economy not ready to deal with Iran cyberattacks

Commenting on Russian-Iranian cooperation on cybersecurity, founder and CEO of Israeli cyber consultation firm Konfidas Digital Ltd, Ram Levi, said Israel's economy is not ready for Iranian cyberattacks, Rai Al-Youm reported yesterday.

The UAE-based online newspaper reported Levi telling the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the Russian-Iranian deal would largely reinforce Iran's protection from cyberattacks, as well as Iran's ability to carry out cyberattacks.

According to Levi, the deal would give Iran abilities it did not have before. "What is worrying for us is that Russia and Iran will at a certain point have intelligence cooperation and how to carry out attacks. This will strengthen Iran."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What goes around comes around.

Sep 21 06:32

Gov. Ned Lamont eyeing digital COVID-19 vaccine passport system in Connecticut for admission to entertainment venues, restaurants that require proof

Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday said the state is considering a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport similar to the one incorporated recently in New York to ease admission to venues where vaccination is required.

“In terms of [a] mandate, one of the things I’ve been talking to [chief operating officer] Josh Geballe about is … to make it easier for businesses, maybe we ought to have some sort of a validation system,” Lamont said. “The Excelsior is what they’re using in New York City, New York State, that would allow restaurants, bars … employers a little easier way to verify that people who say they’re vaccinated are vaccinated.”

Sep 20 10:01

Recently reported Microsoft zero-day gaining popularity with attackers, Kaspersky says

A recently reported security vulnerability in Microsoft's MSHTML browser engine is being found all over the world, and Kaspersky said it "expects to see an increase in attacks using this vulnerability."

MSHTML is the under-the-hood browser engine that is found in every single currently available version of Windows, both server and PC. As such, this vulnerability affects everyone with a Windows machine of any kind, meaning this is a serious threat.

Sep 20 07:11

Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

Over the last few decades, technology has given drivers remarkable improvements in both safety and convenience — but it has also turned cars into data-gathering machines. What information is collected, and where it ends up, is not always clear to car owners.

That's a potential privacy disaster waiting to happen.

As Jon Callas, the Electric Frontier Foundation's director of technology projects, explained to Mashable, newer cars — and Teslas in particular — are in many ways like smartphones that just happen to have wheels. They are often WiFi-enabled, come with over a hundred CPUs, and have Bluetooth embedded throughout. In other words, they're a far cry from the automobiles of even just 20 years ago.

Sep 19 11:43

Flashback: Bill Gates Crytocurrency Patent Edging Us Closer to Dystopian Society and Mark of the Beast

Patent #WO2020060606 is described as a “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data.” Microsoft has partnered with VeriChip manufacturer Digital Angel Corporation since 2008.

Sep 19 11:32

Orwell’s authoritarian surveillance state is finally here: Amazon to release new TVs that feature constant spying on everything you say

Fans of Amazon are sure to be receptive to the online e-tail behemoth’s latest technology, Fire TVs, because they will simply make streaming the company’s video offerings, programs and movies that much easier.

What the company isn’t telling the owners of those new TVs, which start shipping in October, is that they will literally be inviting in the government surveillance state that visionary author George Orwell warned about in his prophetic book “1984.”

Sep 19 04:50

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE NOW BUYING PERSONAL CELL PHONE DATA FROM COMMERCIAL BROKERS WITHOUT WARRANTS

A meaningful debate is starting to brew about law enforcement's use of commercially available cell phone data for purposes of criminal investigations across the country.
The data, called open-source intelligence by those who advocate for it, used to only be prepared and sold by brokers, generally to marketers and advertisers.

Information is sent daily from "phones, cars and other connected devices" to commercial brokers, The Wall Street Journal wrote this week. That data is then widely used in "finance, real-estate planning and advertising".

But recently, these brokers have created products specifically for law enforcement. The products have "increasingly been used to screen airline passengers, find and track criminal suspects, and enforce immigration and counterterrorism laws," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Agencies that are using the data, or considering use of the data, include the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI.

Sep 18 14:56

New Documentary Film on Cell Phone Radiation Features Interviews with Scientists

By B.N. Frank

Research has determined that exposure to sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is biologically harmful. It can increase cancer risk, disrupt the blood-brain barrier and so much more.

Several documentary films have been produced about exposure risks from various sources including utility “Smart” Meters. A new one will be released later this month.

Sep 17 13:22

Russian Online Voting System Suffers DDoS-Attack Coming From US, German, Ukrainian IPs

The Russian authorities previously summoned the US ambassador to demand that Washington stop interfering in the general election in the country taking place between 17 and 19 September.

The online voting system in Russia suffered denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on 17 September coming from IP addresses registered in the US, Germany, and Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media has stated. The attacks came as both in-person and online general election voting kicked off in Russia.

The ministry said there have been two waves of attacks: the first targeted the election monitoring system and was launched at 8:00 a.m. local time (5:00 GMT), while the second targeted the voting authentication system and was spotted at 10:36 a.m. local time (7:36 GMT).

Sep 17 12:52

The new warrant: how US police mine Google for your location and search history

It was a routine bike ride around the neighborhood that landed Zachary McCoy in the crosshairs of the Gainesville, Florida, police department.

In January 2020, an alarming email from Google landed in McCoy’s inbox. Police were requesting his user data, the company told him, and McCoy had seven days to go to court and block its release.

McCoy later found out the request was part of an investigation into the burglary of a nearby home the year before. The evidence that cast him as a suspect was his location during his bike ride – information the police obtained from Google through what is called a geofence warrant. For simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, McCoy was being investigated and, as a result, his Google data was at risk of being handed over to the police.

Sep 17 08:28

Update Chrome NOW! Google issues urgent warning to all internet users

Anyone using Chrome must make sure their browser is fully updated to the most recent version without delay. That's the latest warning from Google who has just begun pushing out an important upgrade to its hugely popular software in a bid to stop a known threat from targeting its billions of users.

The latest patch, called 93.0.4577.82, fixes a total of eleven security vulnerabilities which is bad enough. However, what makes this upgrade vital is that two of the bugs found within Chrome have been give a zero-day rating.

Zero-day warnings are every gadget owners worst nightmare. That's because zero-day means it's possible – and highly likely – the issue is known to hackers and is being actively exploited right now. That's why Google has rushed to release the patch so quickly.

Sep 17 08:15

1.5 Billion Attacks on Internet of Things (IoT)/Smart Devices during First Half of 2021; Smart Watches, Home Accessories, etc.

The first half of 2021 saw 1.5 billion attacks on smart devices, with attackers looking to steal data, mine cryptocurrency or build botnets.

The first six months of 2021 have seen a more than 100-percent growth in cyberattacks against internet-of-things (IoT) devices, researchers have found.

According to a Kaspersky analysis of its telemetry from honeypots shared with Threatpost, the firm detected more than 1.5 billion IoT attacks – up from 639 million during the previous half year, which is more than twice the volume.

Sep 16 12:31

“Science and Technology Think Tank” Supports AR/VR for K-12 and Higher Ed Despite Known Health Risks

By B.N. Frank

Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can cause behavioral changes, balance issues, cognitive problems, eye problems (soreness, vision changes), headaches, and other discomforts.

Research has also determined that children absorb 2-5 times more harmful radiation than adults while wearing VR headsets. Despite all of this, tech companies and their supporters continue to promote VR technology for educational purposes including for children...

Sep 16 11:36

Israeli spy tech firm exploited vulnerability on ALL IPHONE devices to implant ‘Pegasus’ malware – report

Digital rights group CitizenLab has discovered a vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware company NSO Group to implant its Pegasus malware onto virtually every iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch device.

CitizenLab revealed the vulnerability on Monday, a week after discovering it by analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist that had been infected with the malware. The discovery was announced to the public shortly after Apple rolled out an update to patch the vulnerability.

The vulnerability allowed the NSO Group’s clients to send malicious files disguised as .gif files to a target’s phone, which would then exploit “an integer overflow vulnerability in Apple’s image rendering library” and leave the phone open to the installation of NSO Group’s now-infamous ‘Pegasus’ malware.

The exploit is what’s known as a ‘zero-click’ vulnerability, meaning that the target user would not have to click a suspicious link or file to allow the malware onto their device.

Sep 16 06:08

LICENSE PLATE READERS USE FOOTAGE FROM RING, SMARTPHONES AND ATMS TO ID VEHICLES

Flock Safety's license plate readers can now ID vehicles from any camera source. Basically, Flock Safety has turned every camera in the country into potential license plate readers.

Two years ago CBS News revealed, that America is nearly as bad as China when it comes to spying on its citizens.

In 2019, the U.S. trailed only China in the number of surveillance cameras per-person, with at least 70 million surveillance cameras or one surveillance camera for every 4.6 people.

Sep 15 20:07

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Sep 15 18:39

The Federal Government Just Can’t Get Enough of Your Face

By Chao Liu

There are more federal facial recognition technology (FRT) systems than there are federal agencies using them, according to the U.S. General Accounting Office. Its latest report on current and planned use of FRT by federal agencies reveals that, among the 24 agencies surveyed, there are 27 federal FRT systems. Just three agencies—the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Justice—use 18 of these systems for, as they put it, domestic law enforcement and national security purposes.

Sep 15 12:29

Lessons From History: Afghanistan and the Dangerous Afterlives of Identifying Data

By Matthew Guariglia

As the United States pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after a 20-year occupation, byproducts of the prolonged deployment took on new meaning and represented a new chapter of danger for the Afghan people. For two decades, the United States spearheaded the collection of information on the people of Afghanistan, both for commonplace bureaucratic reasons like payroll and employment data—and in massive databases of biometric material accessible through devices called HIIDE.

HIIDE, the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, are devices used to collect biometric data like fingerprints and iris scans and store that information on large accessible databases...

Sep 15 07:54

New book tracks Hunter Biden's three laptops amid crack binges and flings with prostitutes

A new book tracks three laptops owned by President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and their various chains of custody amid the younger Biden's benders and dalliances with prostitutes.

Fox News has obtained an exclusive excerpt from POLITICO national political correspondent Ben Schrekinger's new book, "The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power."

The excerpt from Chapter 1, "Czechov’s Laptop," details how the younger Biden's trio of laptops ended up in Delaware, and how the one left for "data recovery" at John Paul Mac Isaac’s computer repair shop in the state stirred international controversy.

Sep 15 06:34

Former US intelligence officials admit to hacking for UAE at hearing in Virginia

Three former US intelligence agents admitted in a Virginia court on Tuesday to taking part in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) hacking operation aimed at enemies and rivals of the Gulf nation.

Marc Baier, 49, Ryan Adams, 34, and Daniel Gericke, 40, agreed to pay a cumulative $1.7m in penalties, the amount they earned while working for the UAE, to resolve charges of violating US export controls, computer fraud and illegal use of other people's computer access.

The federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia agreed to defer prosecution for three years in the complex case, which highlighted the global market of government's seeking highly trained computer security experts to spy on perceived enemies and threats.

Sep 15 05:25

Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO “Vaxx-Certificate Passport”: Towards a World War III Scenario

What is the Infamous Agenda ID2020?

Behind its development is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with support of the Rockefeller Foundation – and others belonging to the sinister all-digitization, depopulation and eugenics agenda.

It is an alliance of public-private partners, including UN agencies and civil society.

It’s an electronic ID-program that uses generalized vaccination against Covid-19 as a platform for digital identity.

It is an all-electronic ID – linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, criminal, banking, personal and private, etc.), being managed by a state agency or in extremis, by the private sector. – Imagine – an insurance company or bank handling your private records, converted into an electronic and eventually “chipped” ID.

Sep 15 05:21

NHTSA Asks 12 Competing Automakers To Help With Its Broad Investigation Of Tesla's Autopilot

The wide-ranging NHTSA probe into Tesla's Autopilot just got a little more "wide-ranging".

That's because today it was reported that the NHTSA has asked for help from 12 major competitors other automakers in its probe of crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

General Motors, Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen were among the names contacted by the NHTSA as the regulator starts to conduct a "comparative analysis" with other "production vehicles equipped with the ability to control both steering and braking/accelerating simultaneously under some circumstances," Reuters reported Tuesday.

The NHTSA is seeking out information on any crashes in which an advanced driver system was operating "anytime during the period beginning 30 seconds immediately prior to the commencement of the crash," the report said.

Sep 14 13:33

Israel Unveils New Armed Robot Amid Outcry Over 'Death Machines'

Israel unveiled a new remote-controlled killer robot Monday at a major weapons fair in the U.K. that human rights advocates are criticizing as an event to sell "death machines" and tools of abuse.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Rex MK II is a four-wheeled vehicle mounted with two machine guns to carry out remote attacks. According to a press statement from the state-owned company announcing the release, the robot has already been sold to global customers.

Sep 14 10:16

How to Remove Location Data From Your iPhone Photos Before Sharing Them

Every time you take a picture with your iPhone, the exact location where it was taken is saved along with the photo. This feature is called geotagging, and it’s useful because your iPhone lets you search for photos by location. It’s less useful when you want to share photos without sharing everything about where they were taken.

Luckily, most social media sites strip location data from photos before they’re uploaded, but it’s a good practice to remove it yourself before sharing photos via another method, as some messaging apps, cloud storage services, and file sharing services (including AirDrop) retain that location data. Here’s how you can remove it quickly.

Sep 14 08:05

Google as the Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth’: Tech giant admits it’s preventing Australians from seeing certain videos that veer from accepted ‘facts’

If visionary writer George Orwell, author of “1984,” which gives a dystopian vision of the future, were alive today, he would be amazed at how utterly correct many of his predictions were about all-powerful central governments.

Such as the existence of a “Ministry of Truth,” whereby bureaucrats decide what the public can and cannot know in terms of ‘established facts’ — namely, no truths are permitted that run afoul of the central government’s narratives, even if they’re false.

Take what’s happening in newly authoritarian Australia as an example.

According to reports, Google officials have admitted preventing Australians from seeing certain videos because the platform’s engineers have adjusted algorithms to prevent those videos from showing up in searches.

Sep 14 07:38

Apple fixes flaw exploited by Israeli firm’s Pegasus spyware

Apple Inc. said it patched a security flaw in the Messages app after security researchers determined that Israel-based NSO Group used it to “exploit and infect” the latest devices with spyware.

The flaw, disclosed Monday by Citizen Lab, allowed a hacker using NSO’s Pegasus malware to gain access to a device owned by an unnamed Saudi activist, according to security researchers. Apple said the flaw could be exploited if a user on a vulnerable device received a “maliciously crafted” PDF file.

Sep 14 07:37

Texans can now sue Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter for censorship

A new law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott allows Texans whose free speech rights have been infringed by Big Tech to sue for damages.

Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are no longer immune to lawsuits in the Lone Star State when they silence or otherwise violate the free speech rights of Texans.

“We will always defend the freedom of speech in Texas,” Abbott announced while signing the legislation into law.

“Social media websites have become our modern-day public square. They are a place for healthy public debate where information should be able to flow freely – but there is a dangerous movement by social media companies to silence conservative viewpoints and ideas,” he added. “That is wrong, and we will not allow it in Texas.”

Sep 14 07:15

Apple Issues Urgent Software Update To Patch Spyware Vulnerability

Apple users are being encouraged to update their devices after researchers discovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install spyware without targets knowing.

The company on Monday released an emergency patch to the vulnerability flaw that allowed advanced spyware to be installed into users’ Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.

It comes after security researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto last month uncovered the security flaw that they believe has been used by government clients of Israeli spyware company NSO Group to secretly hack into devices since February.

Sep 14 06:45

The ‘Pegasus’ Saga: All iPhone Devises Were Exploited by Israeli Spy Tech Firm, Report Indicates

The digital rights group CitizenLab has discovered a vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware company NSO Group to implant its Pegasus malware onto virtually every iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch device.

CitizenLab revealed the vulnerability on Monday, a week after discovering it by analyzing the phone of a Saudi activist that had been infected with the malware. The discovery was announced to the public shortly after Apple rolled out an update to patch the vulnerability.

The vulnerability allowed the NSO Group’s clients to send malicious files disguised as .gif files to a target’s phone, which would then exploit “an integer overflow vulnerability in Apple’s image rendering library” and leave the phone open to the installation of NSO Group’s now-infamous ‘Pegasus’ malware.

The exploit is what’s known as a ‘zero-click’ vulnerability, meaning that the target user would not have to click a suspicious link or file to allow the malware onto their device.

Sep 13 15:51

Israel Unveils New Armed Robot Amid Outcry Over “Death Machines”

By Andrea Germanos

Israel unveiled a new remote-controlled killer robot Monday at a major weapons fair in the U.K. that human rights advocates are criticizing as an event to sell “death machines” and tools of abuse.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Rex MK II is a four-wheeled vehicle mounted with two machine guns to carry out remote attacks. According to a press statement from the state-owned company announcing the release, the robot has already been sold to global customers...

Sep 13 07:48

China Is Trying To Control Rising Semi Prices By Fining Auto Chip Manufacturers

China is taking a page out of the Keynesian central banking playbook on how to micromanage an entire economy and is now reportedly fining auto chip sales companies for driving up prices.

And, like central banks will soon find out, we expect China to find out the hard way that you can't print, fine or tax your way to productivity.

The price increases are likely a normal result of a shortage of supply in semiconductors, which has plagued auto manufacturers for the better part of the last year.

China's State Administration for Market Regulations said it had fined three local companies a total of 2.5 million yuan, according to a report in Automotive News Europe.

The companies fined included Shanghai Chengsheng Industrial, Shanghai Cheter and Shenzhen Yuchang Technologies.

Sep 10 19:36

The Other 20-Year Anniversary: Freedom and Surveillance Post-9/11

By Cindy Cohn and Matthew Guariglia

The twentieth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2021 are a good time to reflect on the world we’ve built since then. Those attacks caused incalculable heartbreak, anger and fear. But by now it is clear that far too many things that were put into place in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, especially in the areas of surveillance and government secrecy, are deeply problematic for our democracy, privacy and fairness. It’s time to set things right.

Sep 10 18:21

The Dubious History of U.S. Wireless Radiation Safety Limits; No Update Since 1996 Despite Research and Lawsuits

By B.N. Frank

The FCC is supposed to protect Americans from the telecom and cable industries. Instead, the regulatory agency has catered to these industries for decades. Lawsuits have been filed against it for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of cell phone and WiFi radiation, 5G on Earth, in space and also for allowing telecom and cable companies to overcharge Americans for decades.

Last month, a federal court ruled in favor of organizations and petitioners that claim the agency is not adequately protecting the public from harmful wireless radiation exposure.

Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for creating and posting this tell-all timeline...

Sep 10 12:45

Geofence Warrants Threaten Civil Liberties and Free Speech Rights in Kenosha and Nationwide

By Matthew Guariglia, Mukund Rathi, Houston Davidson, and Jennifer Lynch

In the days following the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, 2020, hundreds of protesters marched in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Federal law enforcement, it turns out, collected location data on many of those protesters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) used a series of “geofence warrants” to force Google to hand over data on people who were in the vicinity of—but potentially as far as a football field away from—property damage incidents. These warrants, which police are increasingly using across the country, threaten the right to protest and violate the Fourth Amendment.

Sep 10 11:08

The top keywords used in phishing email subject lines

In recent months, hacking groups have brought critical aspects of U.S. infrastructure to a halt, and phishing is a popular tool in cybercriminal's seemingly ever-expanding armamentarium of attack methods. On Wednesday, Expel released a report, highlighting the top keywords used in phishing attempt subject lines. Based on the findings, employees may need to be particularly wary of the seemingly innocuous emails in their inboxes.

"Attackers are trying to trick people into giving them their credentials. The best way to do this is to make the email look legitimate, prompt one clear action and lace it with emotion - urgency or fear of loss are the most common," said Ben Brigida, director, SOC Operations, at Expel. "The actions are as simple as 'go to this site' or 'open this file,' but the attacker wants you to be moving too fast to stop and question if it's legitimate."

Sep 10 10:28

Yandex is battling the largest DDoS in Russian Internet history

Russian internet giant Yandex has been targeted in a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that started last week and reportedly continues this week.

A report in Russian media says that the assault is the largest in the short history of the Russian internet, the RuNet, and that it was confirmed by a U.S.-based company.

RuNet is the Russian segment of the internet, created to function independently of the worldwide web. Its purpose is to maintain the unified country-wide communication infrastructure running in case of a cyber attack from a foreign adversary.

Sep 10 10:27

Windows MSHTML zero-day defenses bypassed as new info emerges

New details have emerged about the recent Windows CVE-2021-40444 zero-day vulnerability, how it is being exploited in attacks, and the threat actor's ultimate goal of taking over corporate networks.

This Internet Explorer MSHTML remote code execution vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-40444, was disclosed by Microsoft on Tuesday but with few details as it has not been patched yet.

The only information shared by Microsoft was that the vulnerability uses malicious ActiveX controls to exploit Office 365 and Office 2019 on Windows 10 to download and install malware on an affected computer.

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Since the release of this vulnerability, security researchers have taken to Twitter to warn how dangerous it is even though Microsoft Office's 'Protected View' feature will block the exploit.

Sep 10 08:50

Skynet Went Live June 8! Attn: Alexa Echo and Ring Owners

On June 8, 2021 Skynet went LIVE. If you have an Amazon Alexa Echo or an Amazon Ring Camera then your devices have now been recruited with a default opt-in to support the Amazom SideWalk.

Now a secret network has been enabled that powers devices on the steets without the need for a Wifi connection or an Internet connection. Amazon Echos and Rings all over will now provide the network architecture by passing the signals to and from devices on 900mhz through the Internet by sharing in the bandwidth of everyone with these Amazon devices.

However these devices are not under the control of the owner of the device. These network activities are encrypted and kept private between Amazon and the device so you don't even know what your device is doing, what other devices it is listening to or whether it is doing Remote control.

Welcome to Skynet.

Sep 09 10:38

Almost 75% of unvaccinated workers to quit if companies make vaccines required – survey

A survey found that almost three-fourths of unvaccinated employees would quit if companies require the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. According to the poll, only a measly 16 percent of unvaccinated workers would get the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey came amid different employers in the U.S. mandating the shot for their workers after Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine was granted full approval.

The poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News had 1,066 adult respondents. They were interviewed between Aug. 20 and Sept. 1, 2021. According to the WaPo–ABC News poll, only 16 percent of unvaccinated respondents would get the COVID-19 vaccine if their employer requires it. Meanwhile, 42 percent said they would quit their jobs while 35 percent said they would ask for an exemption on medical or religious grounds.

But in the case a medical or religious exemption is not available, 72 percent of respondents said they would resign.

Sep 09 09:51

Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

he Los Angeles police department (LAPD) has directed its officers to collect the social media information of every civilian they interview, including individuals who are not arrested or accused of a crime, according to records shared with the Guardian.

Copies of the “field interview cards” that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in “investigations, arrests, and prosecutions”, and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete.

The documents, which were obtained by the not-for-profit organization the Brennan Center for Justice, have raised concerns about civil liberties and the potential for mass surveillance of civilians without justification.

Sep 09 09:19

How to reset an iPhone that you don't have the password for

iPhones are notoriously difficult to break into. If you have a unique passcode set up, it's almost impossible for someone to get in without your permission.

But this also works the other way around. If you need to open an iPhone but don't have the password, or it's disabled, the only way to unlock it is to factory reset it.

Luckily, there are two ways to reset an iPhone without using its password.

Sep 09 09:13

Singapore is testing robots to patrol the streets for 'undesirable' behavior like smoking

Singapore is in the midst of a three-week trial for a pair of autonomous robots that patrol the public for "undesirable social behaviors" that include smoking in prohibited areas and violating COVID-19 gathering regulations.

The pair of robots, known as Xavier, are equipped with cameras that can provide 360-degree footage and sensors that allow them to navigate in public and analyze potential public safety violations.

According to a press release from the Home Team Science and Technology Agency , if Xavier detects an undesirable behavior, it will alert a public officer control center and officers can respond in person or remotely via the robot's interactive dashboard. Five Singaporean government agencies are involved in the testing of Xavier.

Sep 09 09:04

Is Apple Scanning Your iPhone Photos? Here’s What You Need to Know

Experts explain Apple's controversial new plan to scan your iPhone photos—and what it could mean for your privacy.

Apple has touted its top-notch user privacy standards for years, but its new plan to scan iPhone photos for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is raising alarms in the tech world. While everyone agrees on the importance of cracking down on sexually explicit content involving children, privacy experts warn that Apple scanning photos could have downsides.

“There are a lot of unintended consequences that this new CSAM policy could lead to,” says Karim Hijazi, CEO of cybersecurity company Prevailion. “This is just one of many ways that our privacy is being eroded on a daily basis.”

Sep 09 09:01

Apple confirms four new iPhones, and a nasty surprise for iPhone 12 owners

The filing also has RF testing data for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and these are all labeled at "legacy." This points to the likelihood of the 12 line being discontinued as soon as the iPhone 13 line is out (this wording on similar FCC filings in the past, as well as how Apple has refreshed the iPhone line in previous years).

It's possible that the iPhone 12 base model may take over from the iPhone 11 as a stop gap in the line, but there have been speculation that Apple is planning to tidy up and streamline the iPhone lineup in order to focus production on the newer handsets and keep the constraints mentioned in the last financial earnings call to a minimum.

Sep 09 08:41

Before you die, decide who gets access to your online accounts and digital files

Have you given any thought as to what you want to happen to your accounts, files, photos, and the rest of your online life once you’re gone? If the number of calls and requests I am getting for help on my national radio show is any indication, do it now while you’re thinking about it.

In life, it’s hard enough to keep it all secure. That’s why I continually focus on the ever-changing steps to keep you safe. Tap or click for five smartphone security steps to take now to keep hackers and scammers out.

Your phone isn't the only target. A person with the right know-how can break into your router, your social media pages; you name it. Tap or click for a few quick privacy fixes you can do in about 10 minutes.

Let’s get your digital life in order for those you leave behind. Take a look at this list below and you may want to assign a person to be your “digital executor.” Ask your estate attorney about that.

Sep 09 06:27

Police to collect social-media info on everyone they stop

Los Angeles Police Department officers say they've been instructed by their chief to collect the social-media user names of everyone they stop, including people who are not arrested or accused of a crime.

The information is needed for investigations, arrests and prosecutions, according to a July 2020 internal memo from Police Chief Michel Moore.

Sep 08 08:47

Auto Industry Chip Shortage Could Go On For Years: Major Players Give Assessments

The auto industry may not get out from under the semiconductor chip shortage that has been plaguing it since the coronavirus pandemic started for a few more years, according to some industry experts.

The shortage of chips was the center of discussion Monday at the Munich Motor Show, with Ford, Volkswagen, and Daimler executives commenting on the challenges due to the short supply of the component.

The demand for chips has increased exponentially during the pandemic as consumers bought up tech products that also use the component as they stayed home for work and entertainment purposes.

The lack of chips to go around has forced automakers to reduce production shifts, temporarily close plants, and delay vehicles as they contend with the shortage of parts.

Volkswagen CEO Herber Diess told CNBC on Monday that the chip shortage is a “really big concern.”

Sep 08 07:28

ProtonMail removed “we do not keep any IP logs” from its privacy policy

This weekend, news broke that security/privacy-focused anonymous email service ProtonMail turned over a French climate activist's IP address and browser fingerprint to Swiss authorities. This move seemingly ran counter to the well-known service's policies, which as recently as last week stated that "by default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account."

After providing the activist's metadata to Swiss authorities, ProtonMail removed the section that had promised no IP logs, replacing it with one saying, "ProtonMail is email that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first."

Sep 07 11:55

Security Researchers Identify Billions of Bluetooth Devices from Popular Vendors as Vulnerable to Hackers

By B.N. Frank

Last month, the NSA sent a stern warning to employers that allowing their employees to use Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC connections was putting their businesses at risk for cybersecurity breaches. More recently, security experts cited specific Bluetooth software used in laptops, smartphones, industrial, and “smart” Internet of Things (IoT) devices as being vulnerable...

Sep 07 10:32

The Taliban are showing us the dangers of personal data falling into the wrong hands

The Taliban have openly talked about using US-made digital identity technology to hunt down Afghans who have worked with the international coalition – posing a huge threat to everyone recorded in the system. In addition, the extremists now also have access to – and control over – the digital identification systems and technologies built through international aid support.

These include the e-Tazkira, a biometric identity card used by Afghanistan’s National Statistics and Information Authority, which includes fingerprints, iris scans and a photograph, as well as voter registration databases. It also includes the Afghan personnel and pay system, used by the interior and defence ministries to pay the army and police.

Sep 07 07:35

European Nations Adopting National IDs Linked to Digital Wallets

By Katya Pivcevic

From Estonia’s long-time running national identity scheme to the Netherlands’s foundational ID, Europe will soon be conducting much of its digital identity authentication and vaccination verification via an EU-wide shared app.

Estonia’s national digital identity system has been established for many years, and now that the European Commission plans to bring in a European Digital Identity in the form of a mobile app, the country is well ahead and planning further...

Sep 06 08:36

Best tasks humans have offloaded to robotic helpers

Robots were once reserved for the pages of paperback pulp, but in recent decades, these bots have transformed from science fiction to everyday reality. Robotic interactions are a common part of the modern human experience as these increasingly nimble machines are designed with new skills and dexterity. During this time, robots have augmented human roles across industries from manufacturing to space exploration. From autonomous pizza delivery and bionic bartending to sports entertainment, here are some of the top tasks humans have offloaded onto our robotic assistants.

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