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Jun 09 06:08

Linux Foundation readies Global COVID Certificate Network

When the coronavirus vaccines first started arriving many assumed that most people would get a vaccine. But thanks to a shortage of supply in many countries, misinformation, and paranoia, even in the United States, only just over half of the population has been vaccinated. Easily imitated paper vaccinated certificates are almost useless for proving vaccination status. So, there's been lots of talk, but not much action, on a reliable, easily accessible vaccination record, aka a vaccination passport. Until now. The Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPN) is getting the Global COVID Certificate Network (GCCN) ready for deployment.

There are many needs for a secure vaccination record. For example, some states, such as Texas, want to forbid employers from firing potentially unvaccinated employees. However, employers usually have the right to discharge employees who deliberately put the lives of their coworkers and customers in jeopardy.

Jun 08 23:08

Ohio files lawsuit to declare Google a public utility

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare Google a public utility, which would subject the Silicon Valley giant to government regulation.

Yost’s complaint, filed in Delaware County Court, alleges Google has used its dominance as a search engine to prioritize its own products over “organic search results” in a way that “intentionally disadvantages competitors.”

“Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products--that's discriminatory and anti-competitive,” Yost said in a statement. “When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access."

Jun 08 13:32

Lawsuit Accuses Digital Recognition Network of Secretly Collecting Billions of License Plates

By Derrick Broze

A recently filed lawsuit accuses Digital Recognition Network of covertly collecting vehicle data on millions of Americans and selling it for a profit.

On May 26, several vehicle owners sued the company Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for using its fleet of unmarked surveillance vehicles to collect data on Americans. The plaintiffs claim that DRN has driven its vehicles around United States and covertly gathered data on unsuspecting Americans while reaping profits.

Jun 08 11:44

Amazon’s US customers have until today to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk, or Amazon will start sharing your bandwidth with nearby devices in other people’s homes

Amazon’s customers in the United States have until June 8 to opt out Amazon Sidewalk, a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the country into a shared wireless network.

Amazon Sidewalk is part of the company’s plan to supposedly fix connection problems for its smart home devices. When it rolls out on June 8, it will use these devices as a springboard to build city-wide mesh networks that help simplify the process of setting up new devices. By doing so, it will effectively keep the devices online even if they’re out of range of home wifi, as well as extend the range of tracking devices such as those made by Tile.

Jun 08 11:30

FLASHBACK - NSA has CPU backdoors and everything is a lie

So a few researchers from the Russian cybersec firm, PT Security, recently found secret instructions inside Intel CPUs that allow them to disassembler and modify the microcode inside the chips. This is an extremely technically impressive hack that is about as low level as you can get. But it is not inventing a new hack, it is discovering undocumented backdoors that Intel have put into their own chips going back decades.

Suddenly, BAM! The US Treasury Dept puts PT Security on the Sanctions List and accuses them of being a FSB/GRU front company--a claim that cannot be disproven, so PT Security is now in the double jeopardy situation of having no way to clear their own name.

What a coincidence amirite?

Jun 08 11:20

Biden reveals plan to solve crippling shortages of computer chips, batteries, and medicine

Biden recommended Congress spend at least $50 billion on researching, developing, and manufacturing critical semiconductors within the US. The chips are used in everything from vehicles to kitchen appliances, and a global shortage has held back supply just as reopening boosted demand. The spending is a key element of a bill slated for a Senate vote that aims to boost competitiveness against China

Jun 08 11:05

Canadian Border Agency Urgently Developing Biometric Vaccine Certificates

(Canadian Security) OTTAWA — Canada’s border agency is urgently looking to hire a global technology firm to help develop a biometric strategy in response to rapidly evolving issues including COVID-19.

The Canada Border Services Agency issued a notice of procurement today inviting 15 firms to submit proposals for immediately setting up an Office of Biometrics and Identity Management.

The agency also wants a strategy and road map for digital solutions using biometric-related technologies to address issues flowing from the pandemic and other priorities...

Jun 08 10:55

Apple 'pays millions of dollars in compensation' to 21-year-old student after repair techs copy explicit images from her iPhone and post them online

Apple has agreed to pay 'millions of dollars' in compensation to a 21-year-old student after iPhone repair techs posted personal explicit images and videos of her to social media.

The settlement, first reported by The Telegraph, notes that a 21-year-old student in Oregon took her phone to a repair center in California in 2016, operated by Apple contractor Pegatron.

A pair of techs working on repairing the device subsequently posted '10 photos of her in various stages of undress and a sex video' to Facebook, making it seem as if she posted them.

The images were later deleted only after the woman's friends told her about them.

The breach happened at a repair facility in a suburb of Sacramento, California

Apple was not named in the lawsuit, only referred to as a 'customer' to keep the matter private.

Jun 08 10:12

Massachusetts School Committee Allows Real-Time Crime Center To Monitor Students Live

By MassPrivateI

How does a school committee respond to a year of remote student learning? How will the Springfield, MA School Committee respond to post-COVID schooling?

Now that public schools are reopening (just in time for summer vacation) what are officials worried about? Is it face-to-face learning? Is it in-person interactions with students? Nope, it is mass surveillance and how to let Real-Time Crime Centers (RTCC) monitor students under the guise of public safety.

The school committee took a half hour to decide that the best way to make students and faculty feel safe is to allow Big Brother to monitor them in real-time...

Jun 08 10:03

Apple iOS 15 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know

The latest version of Apple's operating system for mobile devices, iOS 15, was announced on June 7, 2021, at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference. The beta version of iOS 15 was released the same day to developers, with a public beta expected in the summer of 2021.

This new version of iOS includes many new features relevant to consumers and developers alike, including: an emphasis on communication changes, the ability to focus on specific aspects of your life, on-device intelligence and exploring the world.

Apple is expected to release iOS 15 to the public in Fall 2021.

Jun 08 09:59

Apple and TSA Team Up to Create Digital ID for Air Travel

By Jesse Smith

Apple is continuing to push forward with the digitization of all things by teaming up with the TSA to allow users to scan drivers’ licenses or state IDs in its Wallet app. Much more is planned...

Jun 08 09:36

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 preview builds ahead of 'Windows 11' event

With the big 'Windows 11' event in the wings, Microsoft has paused the release of new Windows 10 preview builds in order to test its servicing pipeline with cumulative updates.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Insider preview build 21390 to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel on May 26 and has now released a cumulative update in the form of build 21390.1000. It contains no new features and no fixes for known issues in build 21390.

The company updated its original blogpost for build 21390 to inform Insiders that it won't be doing the usual weekly release of new builds, but rather will be packing cumulative updates on build 21390 purely to test its servicing pipeline.

Jun 08 07:47

How the FBI and AFP accessed encrypted messages in TrojanShield investigation

Over a three-year period, law enforcement agencies around the world jointly decrypted messages of criminals to foil various activities, such as plans to ship tonnes of cocaine.

The US Department of Justice has unsealed a warrant detailing how law enforcement agencies accessed and used the encrypted communications of criminals as part of its TrojanShield investigation, a global online sting operation.

The warrant [PDF] reveals that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2018 commenced the investigation after it recruited a confidential human source to provide access to Anom, an encrypted communications product used by transnational criminal organisations (TCOs).

The confidential human source also distributed Anom devices to their already existing network of distributors of encrypted communications devices, which all had direct links to TCOs.

Jun 08 07:41

FBI Possesses "Private Key" to Colonial Pipeline Hackers' Bitcoin Account, "Recovers" $2.3M Ransom Payment

The FBI just so happens to possess the private key to the alleged Colonial Pipeline hackers' bitcoin account.

UPDATE: Dilanian is now saying the FBI "may" have seized a server which possessed the private key. Odds are very high the private key would still be encrypted, so I don't know if this clarifies much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A more likely explanation is that the NSA has backdoored the bitcoin system and has EVERYONE'S private keys!

Jun 08 07:31

Germany warns: AI arms race already underway

An AI arms race is already underway. That's the blunt warning from Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas.

"We're right in the middle of it. That's the reality we have to deal with," Maas told DW, speaking in a new DW documentary, "Future Wars — and How to Prevent Them."

It's a reality at the heart of the struggle for supremacy between the world's greatest powers.

"This is a race that cuts across the military and the civilian fields," said Amandeep Singh Gill, former chair of the United Nations group of governmental experts on lethal autonomous weapons. "This is a multi-trillion dollar question."

Jun 08 06:55

StackOverflow, Twitch, Reddit, others down in Fastly CDN outage

As noticed by BleepingComputer, sites currently impacted by this outage include:

Amazon
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
CNN
Debian.org repos (https://deb.debian.org/)
GOV.UK
GitHub
Heroku (https://dashboard.heroku.com/)
PyPI.org
Reddit
RubyGems.org
Shopify
StackOverflow
TechRadar
The Verge
TomsGuide

This is not an exhaustive list as many reports are surfacing on the internet with users struggling to access prominent websites.

Jun 08 06:31

The day the internet broke: Hundreds of websites worldwide go DOWN - with UK government, Spotify, Netflix and Amazon all affected

The problem was caused by the US firm Fastly, a content delivery network (CDN) company which helps users view website content more quickly.

The aim of CDNs is to reduce latency – the delay from the moment a user makes a request to the exact instant they receive a response. The higher the latency, the worse the user experience.

But if the service suffers a failure, as Fastly's did today, it prevents the companies that use it from operating on the net at all.

Many of the world's biggest websites run on the 'edge cloud' platform's network, hence the mass outage.

Fastly first posted an error message at 10.58 BST (05.58 ET), saying it was 'investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services'.

It later tweeted shortly after midday UK time: 'We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs globally and have disabled that configuration.

'Our global network is coming back online.'

Jun 08 06:22

Major websites go down worldwide

Multiple websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, CNN and Bloomberg News were down across the globe on Tuesday.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network was also affected. France’s Le Monde newspaper started showing error messages that appeared on the website at approximately 10:00 GMT.

Jun 08 06:05

Developing | Major media websites go down worldwide after brief outage at cloud service company

Multiple outages hit social media, government and news websites across the globe on Tuesday morning, with reports pointing to a glitch at US-based cloud computing services provider Fastly.

High traffic websites including Reddit, Amazon, Twitch, CNN, PayPal, Spotify and The New York Times were listed as experiencing problems by outage tracking website Downdetector.com, although several appeared to be coming back up.

The United Kingdom’s attorney general tweeted that the country’s main gov.uk website was down, providing an email for queries.

Fastly, one of the world’s most widely-used content delivery network providers, said “the issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been getting emails from readers commenting on all the Error 503 messages they have been getting.

Jun 08 04:06

FBI encrypted phone app leads to hundreds of global underworld arrests

Hundreds of criminal gang members around the world were tricked into using a phone encryption app operated by the FBI to plan their heinous crimes, leading to their arrests, according to authorities.

Law enforcement officers in Australia and New Zealand began to unveil the scope of what is known as Operation Trojan Shield late Monday.

Authorities in Europe were scheduled to make their own announcement early Tuesday, with the FBI’s San Diego field office doing the same at noon.

Antipodean authorities credited the scheme with the arrest of more than 250 individuals and the seizure of more than 100 illegal firearms and other weapons, as well as millions of dollars in cash, drugs and other assets.

In addition, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters that the app helped thwart 21 murder plots, including one that would have targeted a family of five.

Jun 08 03:57

This might be the mother of all password leaks, with billions of credentials exposed

Basically, there’s been another huge data leak, this time exposing several billion passwords in what just might be the biggest dump of passwords online ever.

This news comes via the team at CyberNews, which reports that a 100GB text file containing a staggering 8.4 billion password entries was just leaked on a popular hacker forum. This data set presumably combines passwords stolen via previous data breaches and leaks, and it’s been dubbed the “RockYou2020” password leak on that hacker forum. That name was apparently chosen, per CyberNews, as a nod to the RockYou data breach from back in 2009, “when threat actors hacked their way into the social app website’s servers and got their hands on more than 32 million user passwords stored in plain text.”

Jun 07 17:48

Maryland and Montana Pass the Nation’s First Laws Restricting Law Enforcement Access to Genetic Genealogy Databases

By Jennifer Lynch

Last week, Maryland and Montana passed laws requiring judicial authorization to search consumer DNA databases in criminal investigations. These are welcome and important restrictions on forensic genetic genealogy searching (FGGS)—a law enforcement technique that has become increasingly common and impacts the genetic privacy of millions of Americans...

Jun 07 17:27

Ring Changed How Police Request Door Camera Footage: What it Means and Doesn’t Mean

By Matthew Guariglia

Ring’s small reforms invite bigger questions: Why does a customer-focused technology company need to develop and maintain a feature for law enforcement in the first place? Why must Ring and other technology companies continue to offer police free features to facilitate surveillance and the transfer of information from users to the government? ...

Jun 07 14:58

Here’s why TSMC and Intel keep building foundries in the Arizona desert

Two of the world's leading chip manufacturers—Intel and TSMC—are increasing their US-based manufacturing presence by building new plants in Arizona.

Chip foundries are critically dependent on water, and Arizona is one of the driest states in the nation. Arizona gets only 13.6 inches of annual rainfall (compared with 50-60 inches in most of the Deep South, or 30.3 inches average for the USA as a whole). But as Forrester research director Glenn O'Donnell told CNBC, chip-fabrication plants are similar to indoor swimming pools—"you need a lot to fill it, but you don't have to add much to keep it going."

Counterintuitively, the famously thirsty industry can even improve the local water supply due to a focus on reclamation and purification—Intel has funded 15 water restoration projects in the Grand Canyon State with a goal of restoring 937 million gallons per year, and it expects to reach net positive water use once the projects are completed.

Jun 07 14:05

Congressman tweets photo of his laptop and it sure looks like he shared a password, too

No one has ever accused politicians of being the most technically savvy, but this one takes the cake.

Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama, accidentally shared what appears to be his Gmail password or username and an unidentified PIN number with the world on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. Mashable has blurred the PIN and added the red arrow to the photo below.

Jun 07 13:46

Why You Should Disable ‘Amazon Sidewalk’ on All Devices Before June 8

On June 8, Amazon will activate Amazon Sidewalk, a mass wireless sharing network. Users of all Amazon smart devices will be automatically enrolled, without consent, unless they opt out by disabling the network settings.

Amazon Sidewalk will connect all Amazon devices, such as Alexa, Echo speakers and Ring security cameras — including tile trackers, Ring spotlight and floodlight cameras, smart lights and smart locks — to a local “mesh wireless network.” For a complete list of devices that will be activated, review Amazon’s FAQ.

The Amazon Sidewalk network will allow shared internet use up to within about a half-mile radius of the Amazon device. In effect, this network is part of the creation of “smart cities.” The more devices connected, the stronger the network will become, according to Amazon.

Jun 07 12:10

Video Sharing App TikTok Which Is Owned By Communist China Will Start Collecting Biometric Data Of Users Including Face And Voice Prints

TechCrunch reports that a change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday added a new section that says the app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from users’ content which includes “faceprints and voiceprints.” The statement is quite vague and doesn’t specify whether it’s considering federal law, state law, or both. It also does not explain why TikTok needs this data. It doesn’t define terms such as “faceprints,” or “voiceprints.” It also doesn’t explain how it would seek the “required permissions” from users.

Jun 07 11:11

Apple shut down my iCloud account for five days, no warning, no explanation, no excuse

It began subtly, in the way that computer problems can often creep up on you. I was trying to erase and restore an iPad Pro, the memory of which had gotten full. Never buy a 64-gigabyte anything, it's a constant disappointment.

I've become practiced at this maneuver, having done it several times in the two-plus years of owning the iPad. And so the predictable set of steps was what I expected to encounter. Imagine my surprise, then, when I wasn't able to erase the iPad because my Apple I.D. password suddenly wasn't being accepted.

I went to Apple's iCloud site in the Safari browser on my MacBook to verify that I wasn't having a senior moment about my password, a distinct possibility. I was greeted with a message I'd never seen before: "iCloud encountered an error while trying to connect to the server."

Jun 07 10:50

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

Coincidentally, it's the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 massacre in Beijing

Jun 07 09:49

Global Law Enforcement Convention Weakens Privacy & Human Rights

By Katitza Rodriguez and Tamir Israel

The Council of Europe Cybercrime Committee’s (T-CY) recent decision to approve new international rules for law enforcement access to user data without strong privacy protections is a blow for global human rights in the digital age. The final version of the draft Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) widely adopted Budapest Cybercrime Convention, approved by the T-CY drafting committee on May 28th, places few limits on law enforcement data collection. As such, the Protocol can endanger technology users, journalists, activists, and vulnerable populations in countries with flimsy privacy protections and weaken everyone’s right to privacy and free expression across the globe...

Jun 07 09:14

App Store scams continue to rake in millions

Apple’s walled garden, curated approach to the App Store improves quality control — but it doesn’t filter out all of the spammy, scammy content. According to a report by the Washington Post, scam apps represent close to 2 percent of the App Store’s top grossing apps.

While that might not sound all that much, it’s a sizable amount when you consider that the App Store has in the region of 1.8 million apps. These scam apps have reportedly cost users in the vicinity of $48 million.

What constitutes a scam app varies. In one case, it refers to a QR code reaper app which charges $20 per month for functionality that is carried out for free by the iPhone’s Camera app. Some apps claim that they are official apps from companies like Samsung and Amazon. In reality, they are nothing of the kind. Yet others, the report notes, get users to download and pay for them after the user receives a fake message online telling them that their iPhone has been infected by a virus.

Jun 07 09:09

WhatsApp is getting a crafty new way to verify your identity

WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will make logging into the encrypted messaging service less of a hassle and even more secure.

Currently, when creating a new account or reregistering an existing one, WhatsApp users are required to provide a six-digit code delivered either via SMS or phone call.

However, the company is developing a new feature, called Flash Calls, that uses information in the call log to expedite this process. The addition is expected to complement the upcoming multi-device support feature, which will allow WhatsApp accounts to be accessed across up to four devices.

With Flash Calls activated, WhatsApp will place a call to the user’s phone number and then hang up automatically. The purpose is to verify that the last number in the phone’s call log matches the number that would usually deliver the six-digit code.

Jun 07 09:03

Google fined $268M by France for unfair online ads treatment

PARIS — France’s anti-competition watchdog decided Monday to fine Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the online advertising business, an unprecedented move, the body said.

Jun 07 07:55

Nearly 2% of the 1,000 highest grossing apps on Apple's App Store are SCAMS that have conned consumers out of an estimated $48 MILLION, report warns

Nearly two per cent of the 1,000 highest grossing apps on Apple's App Store are scams, new analysis has found.

The offending apps have conned customers out of an estimated $48 million (£34 million), according to market research firm Appfigures, and Apple profits from them because it takes up to 30 per cent commission on App Store transactions.

Last month the US tech giant revealed it had rejected or removed more than one million malicious apps from its App Store and stopped more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020.

But the latest analysis, carried out by The Washington Post, suggests that scammers are still a major problem.

Jun 07 07:49

Hackers Breached Colonial Pipeline Using Compromised VPN Password

The ransomware cartel that masterminded the Colonial Pipeline attack early last month crippled the pipeline operator's network using a compromised virtual private network (VPN) account password, the latest investigation into the incident has revealed.

The development, which was reported by Bloomberg on Friday, involved gaining an initial foothold into the networks as early as April 29 through the VPN account, which allowed employees to access the company's networks remotely.

The VPN login was unused but active at the time of the attack, the report said, adding the password has since been discovered inside a batch of leaked passwords on the dark web, suggesting that an employee of the company may have reused the same password on another account that was previously breached.

Jun 07 06:57

CPU Manufacturers Are Pushing the Boundaries of CMOS and Starting to Pay For It

CPUs almost never fail. Out of all the components in a given PC, the CPU has historically been one of the least likely to suffer a failure. This has not yet changed — but there’s troubling evidence suggesting that as process nodes shrink, reliability is becoming tougher for AMD and Intel to guarantee.

Google researchers have published a paper describing what they call “mercurial” cores. Mercurial cores are cores that are subject to what Google calls “corrupt execution errors,” or CEEs. One critical component of CEEs is that they are silent.

We expect CPUs to fail in some noticeable way when they miscalculate a value, whether that results in an OS reboot, application crash, error message, or garbled output. That does not happen in these cases. CEEs are symptoms of what Google calls “silent data corruption,” or the ability for data to become corrupted when written, read, or at rest without the corruption being immediately detected.

Jun 07 06:21

US Official Warns Cyberattacks Are 'Here To Stay'

The US commerce secretary appealed Sunday for vigilance from the private sector in the face of increasingly serious cyberattacks, saying the threat is "here to stay" and may even worsen.

"I think the first thing we have to recognize is this is the reality, and we should assume -- and businesses should assume -- that these attacks are here to stay and if anything will intensify," Gina Raimondo said on ABC's "This Week."

Analysts say the hackers behind a series of recent cyberattacks -- targeting a major US oil pipeline, a global meatpacking giant and even the Irish health service -- are likely based in Russia.

Aides say President Joe Biden will raise the issue during an upcoming European trip, first at a G7 meeting of leading democracies beginning Friday in Britain, then with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Likely based in Russia." Meaning they don't actually know, but let's not miss another opportunity to demonize the Russians!

Jun 07 05:24

Karma? Mark Zuckerberg Blasts Whistleblowers Who Expose Facebook's 'Censorship'… in Leaked Video

The news comes almost two weeks after two insiders revealed Facebook has allegedly been testing an algorithm on its users that demoted, buried, and hid comments, describing "potentially or actually true" events or facts.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has criticised company employees who expose the social media giant's "alleged" censorship programme. Ironically, he made the remarks during a video chat, later leaked by a Facebook insider. The video was subsequently posted online by a non-profit investigative media outlet, Project Veritas.

During the conversation with high-ranking Facebook officials, Zuckerberg stressed that the tech giant should be good "at rooting out people, who are leaking stuff", lamenting that the company had suffered from numerous whistleblowers last year.

"I've been clear that we have a number of efforts to find people and we terminate people and pursue the recourse that we have when we identify them", Zuckerberg said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Zuck; a "scorched earth" policy against people who have the courage to tell the truth, has a tendency to BITE the rear of the person instituting that policy, BIG-TIME!!!!

Jun 07 03:46

THE NOTORIOUS LONDON SPY SCHOOL CHURNING OUT THE WORLD’S TOP JOURNALISTS

LONDON — In a previous investigation, MintPress News explored how one university department, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, functions as a school for spooks. Its teaching posts are filled with current or former NATO officials, army officers and intelligence operatives to churn out the next generation of spies and intelligence officers. However, we can now reveal an even more troubling product the department produces: journalists. An inordinate number of the world’s most influential reporters, producers and presenters, representing many of the most well-known and respected outlets — including The New York Times, CNN and the BBC — learned their craft in the classrooms of this London department, raising serious questions about the links between the fourth estate and the national security state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this country, with rare exceptions like WRH, the "Fourth Estate" and the "National Security State"... are simply one entity, period, end of discussion, each there to support the other seamlessly in the creation of officially sanctioned narrative.

Jun 07 03:40

US SPYING ON "ALLIES" SPOILS BIDEN'S SET-PIECE VISIT TO EUROPE

SOURCE: STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG
American President Joe Biden flies to Europe next week for a series of major summits in what was being billed as a happy revival for the transatlantic alliance. Four years of bitter and divisive chaos under Trump were supposed to be sutured by the new president declaring the importance of a strong U.S.-European partnership and “shared values”.

Unfortunately for Biden, the scandal over U.S. spying on European governments looks like casting a shadow on the “happy family reunion”. What’s more, this American president is fully implicated in the illicit snooping.

The timing also upsets Biden’s attempt to burnish America’s image as a defender of “rules-based order” and “shared Western values” when he meets Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva for their first face-to-face presidential summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing!!!

Jun 07 03:03

Smugglers Openly Advertise Illegal Border Crossings On Facebook

Authored by Petr Svab via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Human smugglers along the southern border are openly advertising their services on Facebook and the social media company has fallen short on removing such content.

A plethora of user accounts have posted offers to facilitate illegal border crossings on the platform. Some even directly advertise how much they charge for the service. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), who took office in January, repeatedly alerted Facebook to the issue in general and to a number of specific posts of this kind, but most of them haven’t been removed, she said.

Facebook has so far failed to accommodate Cammack’s request for an in-person meeting to discuss the issue, she told The Epoch Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the stench of "techpocrisy" (high tech hipocrisy) in the morning!!!!

Jun 07 02:11

Daimler Trucks Is Short Of Workers Across The Board, CEO Says

By Alan Adler of FreightWaves,

Production workers. Service technicians. Parts depot staff. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is short of all of them, exemplifying how hard it is to keep up with a hot economy following a pandemic, recently named CEO John O’Leary said.

“It’s really a problem end to end,” O’Leary told FreightWaves on Wednesday.

“We have difficulty getting workers to build trucks and to work in our parts warehouses. Our dealers have difficulty getting techs to work on trucks. Our customers have difficulty getting drivers and service techs in their shops.

“So, it’s really a problem that is very widespread, and I know it’s not unique to our industry.”

Jun 06 20:22

Amazon to share your Internet with neighbors on Tuesday - How to opt out

If you do not want your devices to be part of Amazon Sidewalk, you can disable the service at any time.

For Amazon Echo devices, you can disable Amazon Sidewalk by following these steps:

Open your Amazon Alexa App.
Select the More option in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
Go to Settings > Account Settings > Amazon Sidewalk.
Set the Amazon Sidewalk toggle to disabled.
Close the Amazon Alexa app.

For Ring devices, you can disable Amazon Sidewalk by following these steps:

Open the Ring app.
Tap the three-lined icon to open the menu and go to Control Center > Amazon Sidewalk.
Set the Amazon Sidewalk toggle to disabled.
Close the app.

Once you disable Amazon Sidewalk, Amazon will not enable it again without your permission.

Jun 06 20:01

Twitter Censors Nigerian President, Nigerian President Censors Twitter, Twitter Cries 'Censorship'

Twitter is working together with the State Department to overthrow the democratically elected President of Nigeria the same way they worked to overthrow the President of the United State of America.

The big difference is the President of Nigeria is actually fighting back rather than choosing to "monitor the situation."

Jun 06 11:27

Cyberattack shuts down all JBS beef plants in the US, showing food supply vulnerability to hacking attacks

All beef plants operated by JBS in the United States have been shut down due to a cyberattack that targeted some of the company’s servers over the weekend. The attack, which the dishonest corporate media has blamed on Russian hackers, also shut down some of the company’s operations in Australia and Canada as well.

The attack threatens the U.S.’s food supply due to JBS’ size. The world’s largest beef supplier, JBS controls about a quarter of the U.S. beef market. Should the company’s plants not be able to operate over a sustained period, shortages may develop, causing prices to spike.

Jun 06 11:20

Samsung Shutting Down SmartThings Hub and Apps; Company No Longer Interested in Making SmartThings Hardware

By B.N. Frank

Over the years, there have been countless warnings by privacy and security experts about “Smart” home appliances. The media has reported many horrifying incidents. This still hasn’t stopped people from wanting to buy these products and install them in their homes.

Since last fall, there has been much focus on Amazon automatically opting in all customers’ home devices into their Sidewalk program. In the meantime, Samsung has been dismantling its SmartThings Ecosystem...

Jun 06 07:08

Meet Corrupt Professor Ferguson The Scumbag Who First Claimed This Was A Pandemic, And The Idiot Presidents And Prime Ministers Who Believed His Computer Predictions

Buying, for the moment, the official story about the “pandemic,” there were two basic choices:

Let people go about their lives and develop, through contact, natural immunity to the disease; or imprison populations in their homes.
Why was the second choice made?

This is my second article about Neil Ferguson (first article, here), the UK professor whose computer model of COVID-19 changed the world and drove that second choice.

Ferguson’s model predicted a worst-case estimate of 510,000 deaths in the UK, and 2.2 million deaths in the US.

At that point, anybody who was anybody stood up and saluted.

Both heads of government, Trump and Johnson, radically changed course. Instead of allowing people to go about their lives and develop natural immunity, they took the lockdown approach, devastating their economies.

Jun 05 10:41

Amazon is about to start sharing Alexa owners’ bandwidth with their neighbors

The tens of millions of Americans that own Amazon smart devices like Alexa, Echo and Ring only have a few days left to opt out of a company experiment that will severely compromise their personal privacy and security.

On June 8, Amazon will launch the Amazon Sidewalk, a new shared mesh network that will help its devices work better and remain connected to the internet. It will do this by automatically connecting to other Amazon smart devices, or what it calls “Sidewalk Bridge devices.”

Sidewalk will use these Bridge devices to siphon off a “small amount” of bandwidth from the owner’s internet and broadcast the Sidewalk network to nearby neighbors and their Amazon devices. This process then repeats until all Amazon devices in a certain area are connected to each other.

Jun 05 04:27

SURVEILLANCE CITY: NYPD CAN USE MORE THAN 15,000 CAMERAS TO TRACK PEOPLE USING FACIAL RECOGNITION IN MANHATTAN, BRONX AND BROOKLYN

BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation, tagging 15,280 surveillance cameras at intersections across Manhattan (3,590), Brooklyn (8,220) and the Bronx (3,470). Combined, the three boroughs account for almost half of the intersections (47%) in New York City, constituting a vast surface area of pervasive surveillance.

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SO GLAD to be living in rural Indianna right now!!

Jun 04 14:20

What $10M in daily thefts tells us about crypto security

If you’re among the growing number of people interested in cryptocurrencies, you may be interested to know that nearly 7,000 people lost more than $80 million between October 2020 and March 2021 — a 1,000% increase from a year ago, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The scams include fake currency exchanges and phony “investment” websites selling the currency. More recently, more than $10 million was stolen in various cryptocurrencies in the days leading up to Elon Musk’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

And here’s the rub: You have no way to protect your accounts from any theft. In the world of cryptocurrency, there are no guarantees. Unlike the traditional banking world, there is no equivalent to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to cover any losses on your account. If your assets are stolen, you’re out of luck.

Jun 04 14:05

McDonald's Is Testing This New Tech That Could Change the Way You Order

The McDonald's drive-thru experience may soon come without one aspect customers have counted on for decades: human interaction. And while we're still a ways away from robots handing you your food, the order-taking part may soon be handled entirely by an automated system that can understand what you're saying.

Business Insider reports that McDonald's is rolling out voice recognition systems at about a dozen drive-thrus, all in the Chicago market, that will serve as the first test case for an AI-based ordering process. The company's CEO Chris Kempczinski stated that the new technology is currently accurate in how it receives an order about 85% of the time, with a few cases still needing the assistance of an actual human employee. The AI systems could eventually lead to a better customer experience as well as lower labor requirements. But a national rollout of this technology won't happen any time soon

Jun 04 10:35

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

Computer chips have advanced to the point that they're no longer reliable: they've become "mercurial," as Google puts it, and may not perform their calculations in a predictable manner.

Not that they were ever completely reliable. CPU errors have been around as long as CPUs themselves. They arise not only from design oversights but also from environmental conditions and from physical system failures that produce faults.

But these errors have tended to be rare enough that only the most sensitive calculations get subject to extensive verification if systems appear to be operating as expected. Mostly, computer chips are treated as trustworthy.

Lately, however, two of the world's larger CPU stressors, Google and Facebook, have been detecting CPU misbehavior more frequently, enough that they're now urging technology companies to work together to better understand how to spot these errors and remediate them.

Jun 04 10:33

Google to Let Android Users Opt-Out to Stop Ads From Tracking Them

Google is tightening the privacy practices that could make it harder for apps on Android phones and tablets to track users who have opted out of receiving personalized interest-based ads. The change will go into effect sometime in late 2021.

The development, which mirrors Apple's move to enable iPhone and iPad users to opt-out of ad tracking, was first reported by the Financial Times.

Once the revised policy goes live, Google is expected to completely cut off developers' access to the so-called "Advertising IDs," showing a "string of zeros" in its place. The Google Advertising ID (AAID), analogous to Apple's IDFA, is a unique device identifier that can be used by app developers to track users as they move between apps to target ads better and measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Jun 04 10:31

FreakOut malware worms its way into vulnerable VMware servers

A multi-platform Python-based malware targeting Windows and Linux devices has now been upgraded to worm its way into Internet-exposed VMware vCenter servers unpatched against a remote code execution vulnerability.

The malware, dubbed FreakOut by CheckPoint researchers in January (aka Necro and N3Cr0m0rPh), is an obfuscated Python script designed to evade detection using a polymorphic engine and a user-mode rootkit that hides malicious files dropped on compromised systems.

FreakOut spreads itself by exploiting a wide range of OS and apps vulnerabilities and brute-forcing passwords over SSH, adding the infected devices to an IRC botnet controlled by its masters.

The malware's core functionality enables operators to launch DDoS attacks, backdoor infected systems, sniff and exfiltrate network traffic, and deploy XMRig miners to mine for Monero cryptocurrency.

Jun 04 10:13

Exclusive-U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism, official says

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters.

Internal guidance sent on Thursday to U.S. attorney’s offices across the country said information about ransomware investigations in the field should be centrally coordinated with a recently created task force in Washington.

“It’s a specialized process to ensure we track all ransomware cases regardless of where it may be referred in this country, so you can make the connections between actors and work your way up to disrupt the whole chain,” said John Carlin, principle associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.

Jun 04 09:17

iPhone Sound Recognition: How to make your iPhone recognize sounds

With every new software update, Apple has been making its smartphones more inclusive. The brand has been adding features and functions that aim to make the iPhone experience more accommodating, making it easier for people with different needs to interact with technology. Because smartphone experience, in general, depends very heavily on a couple of senses, these diverse features turn out to be game-changers. Not just for many with impaired senses, but also for general users – remember how the “Live Listen” feature on the AirPods was designed to be a hearing aid but was also used by people in noisy areas?

Jun 04 09:15

LiDAR will no longer be just a Pro feature with iPhone 13

Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup might still be a few months away but we are getting new rumors and information about the upcoming devices every now and then. It is tipped that a 120Hz display is finally making its way to the iPhone 13 lineup later this year. Apple is rumored to employ the LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) tech instead of LTPS to achieve the high refresh rate numbers. The series is said to have a bigger camera bump as well. Now, more information regarding the cameras has emerged online.

Jun 04 09:15

Ransomware will now get priority treatment at the Justice Department

The Justice Department has created a task force to centrally track and coordinate all federal cases involving ransomware or related types of cybercrime, such as botnets, money laundering, and bulletproof hosting.

“To ensure we can make necessary connections across national and global cases and investigations … we must enhance and centralize our internal tracking of investigations and prosecutions of ransomware groups and the infrastructure and networks that allow the threats to persist,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told US attorneys throughout the country on Thursday. She issued the directive in a memo that was first reported by Reuters. Investigators in field offices around the country would be expected to share information as well.

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And they will deal with it just as effectively as they dealt with election fraud!

Jun 04 09:12

It’s Far Too Easy For Abusers To Exploit Smart Toys And Trackers

By Saheli Datta Burton, UCL and Madeline Carr, UCL

The wearable technology market is booming, with half a billion wearables sold globally in 2020. Apps on these devices, or the devices themselves, often claim to monitor our health to spot illnesses, track our workouts to help us reach our fitness goals, or keep an eye on our children’s whereabouts to enhance their safety. They also track location...

Studies have also found fitness trackers to be too inaccurate and misleading to be used by medical professionals, and that, because they’ve been rushed to market, wearables of all kinds are an insecure “Wild West” region of technology...

Smart toys are of particular concern...

Jun 04 09:07

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags a Little Less Scary

Apple’s AirTags are effective little Bluetooth trackers, but the thing that makes them work so well—leveraging Apple’s extensive Find My network of devices that are constantly pinging each other—also makes them extremely problematic because you can be tracked without your knowledge in what is essentially real-time. Apple made some effort to prevent stalking when AirTags launched, but in our testing, the devices didn’t go far enough to alert people that they were being tracked. Today, the company is rolling out an update that slightly improves those features.

Jun 04 08:52

Supreme Court Issues Radical New Reading of Anti-Hacking Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said a Georgia police officer had not violated the country’s main anti-hacking law by improperly accessing a government database for financial gain, a decision likely to curtail prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of individuals who misuse computer systems to which they have legal access.

The police officer, Nathan Van Buren, was arrested and charged under the 1986 law after accepting payment from an FBI informant to search a law enforcement database of license plate information. The government charged Van Buren with violating the CFAA, which prohibits people from knowingly “exceeding” their “authorized access” to a computer system.

Jun 04 08:50

Is JBS cyberattack a dry run?

A Russia-based hacker group victimized JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat producer, in a ransomware hack this week, according to the FBI.

Other hackers, based in Russia and elsewhere, struck the Colonial Pipeline and other infrastructure, water-treatment plants, small businesses, Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and even hospitals.

With easily accessible hacking tools and hard-to-trace financing amid the rise of cryptocurrency, cybercrime is soaring around the world, experts say.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said as much last month, adding that ransomware attacks cost victims a combined $350 million last year.

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"It's Russia. Really! Or maybe China. Or Iran. We don't have any proof, but we just KNOW it has to be one of them!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Jun 04 08:48

Hacker group DarkSide operates in a similar way to a franchise, New York Times reporter says

DarkSide, the hacker group behind the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, has a business model that’s more familiar than people think, according to New York Times correspondent Andrew Kramer

“It operates something like a franchise, where individual hackers can come and receive the ransomware software and use it, as well as, use DarkSide’s reputation, as it were, to extract money from their targets, mostly in the United States,” Kramer said in an interview that aired Wednesday night.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that’s designed to block access to a computer system. Hackers demand a ransom payment in return for restoring access. Colonial reportedly paid a $5 million ransom to DarkSide.

Kramer told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that the franchise business model enables hackers to have significantly less computer knowledge than they once needed, because they’re given ready-made software from DarkSide.

Jun 04 08:46

Fake Android Apps Use Imitation To Spread Malware: What You Need To Know

A slew of popular Android apps are being used as carriers for a fairly popular form of malware targeting banks. The method is, of course, not unheard of. Various malware over the years have disguised their true intentions using the names of beloved and trusted services, with this latest malware simply the most recent example. Here's what you need to know.

Jun 04 08:44

Autonomous checkout is only the beginning of a brick-and-mortar revolution

If you've ever been in one of Amazon's Go stores, you know the strange and somewhat magical feeling of checkout-free shopping. Walk in, grab your stuff, walk out. A receipt shows up on your phone a few minutes later. End of interaction. For Amazon, Go offers a chance to bring some of the convenience of online shopping to the real world. It also gives Amazon more insight into how people shop, what they look for and how stores themselves work. That data can be invaluable.

Jun 04 08:07

Surveillance City: NYPD Can Use More Than 15,000 Cameras to Track People Using Facial Recognition in Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn

By Amnesty International

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has the ability to track people in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx by running images from 15,280 surveillance cameras into invasive and discriminatory facial recognition software, a new Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world participated in the investigation, tagging 15,280 surveillance cameras at intersections across Manhattan (3,590), Brooklyn (8,220) and the Bronx (3,470). Combined, the three boroughs account for almost half of the intersections (47%) in New York City, constituting a vast surface area of pervasive surveillance.

“This sprawling network of cameras can be used by police for invasive facial recognition and risk turning New York into an Orwellian surveillance city,” says Matt Mahmoudi, Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International.

Jun 04 07:55

Twitter suspends vaccine skeptic group after it claims it obtained another 3,000 pages of Fauci emails in FOIA request

A vaccine skeptics group was temporarily locked out of its Twitter account after claiming that it acquired thousands of new emails from White House Covid-19 adviser Anthony Fauci, with the site labeling the post “disinformation.”

The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the upcoming release of 3,000 pages of Fauci emails it said it obtained in a Freedom of Information request, after media outlets published a massive trove of the health adviser’s correspondence earlier this week.

“The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) is dropping 3,000 new pages of FOIA’d Fauci emails TODAY, providing further insight into Anthony Fauci’s actions on Covid, vaccine safety and more,” the group said in the now-deleted post, which was preserved in a screenshot shared by conservative activist Michelle Malkin.

Jun 03 14:51

"Slaughterbot" Autonomous Killer Drones | Technology

Jun 03 14:47

Amazon US customers have one week to opt out of mass wireless sharing - The Gaurdian

Critics raise transparency fears over plan to turn all smart home devices into ‘mesh network

Alex Hern Technology editor
@alexhern
Tue 1 Jun 2021 10.55 EDT

Amazon customers have one week to opt out of a plan that would turn every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the US into a shared wireless network, as part of the company’s plan to fix connection problems for its smart home devices.

Jun 03 13:09

Why is iOS 14 so bad?

I've been watching iOS releases closely since, well, the operating system was called iPhone OS, and iOS 14 looks like it's the worst release to date.

Why is iOS 14 so bad?

First, let's wind back a bit. iOS 14 released in September 2020, a release that followed months of developer and public beta testing. Right out of the gate, iOS 14 had its fair share of bugs. There were performance issues, battery problems, user interface lags, keyboard stutters, crashes, glitches with apps, and a bunch of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity troubles.

iPadOS was also affected, seeing similar issues and more, including weird charging problems.

Jun 03 12:37

Hackers Actively Exploiting 0-Day in WordPress Plugin Installed on Over 17,000 Sites

Fancy Product Designer, a WordPress plugin installed on over 17,000 sites, has been discovered to contain a critical file upload vulnerability that's being actively exploited in the wild to upload malware onto sites that have the plugin installed.

Wordfence's threat intelligence team, which discovered the flaw, said it reported the issue to the plugin's developer on May 31. While the flaw has been acknowledged, it's yet to be addressed.

Fancy Product Designer is a tool that enables businesses to offer customizable products, allowing customers to design any kind of item ranging from T-shirts to phone cases by offering the ability to upload images and PDF files that can be added to the products.

Jun 03 12:35

FUJIFILM shuts down network after suspected ransomware attack

Today, FUJIFILM announced that their Tokyo headquarters suffered a cyberattack Tuesday night that they indicate is a ransomware attack.

"FUJIFILM Corporation is currently carrying out an investigation into possible unauthorized access to its server from outside of the company. As part of this investigation, the network is partially shut down and disconnected from external correspondence," FUJIFILM said in a statement.

Jun 03 12:33

Windows 10's package manager flooded with duplicate, malformed apps

Last week, Microsoft released the first stable version of its Windows 10 package manager, Winget, which enables users to manage apps via command-line.

Much like package managers available on other platforms, Winget lets Windows users automate app management when it comes to installing, configuring, upgrading, and uninstalling applications.

But, over the weekend, multiple users flooded Winget's software registry with pull requests for apps that are either duplicate or malformed, thereby raising concerns about the integrity of the Winget ecosystem.

Jun 03 12:24

Twitter launches its first subscription service, Twitter Blue, with exclusive perks for power users

The service, launching first in Canada and Australia, is Twitter's first attempt at diversifying its revenue streams with a subscription business model.

Twitter's long-running effort to better monetize its platform is finally taking shape, with the company announcing Thursday that it's launching a subscription service called Twitter Blue.

With Twitter Blue, Twitter offers power users access to exclusive features including an Undo Tweet option that allows users to correct mistakes on a tweet before it's published, as well as Reader Mode for a cleaner way to read long threads.

Jun 03 12:00

Scientists have found a way to identify cartographic deepfakes

A new model has emerged that detects satellite imagery fakes. This will help identify maps that can confuse air defense systems and unmanned vehicles.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Oregon explained that the problem of satellite map counterfeiting will become urgent over the next few years. They have now described a mechanism that can detect false satellite images.

The scientists added that maps are used in many of the modern services found in national defense and even autonomous vehicles, a technology that is still under development. AI has had a positive impact on this field through the development of Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI), which uses machine learning to extract and analyze geospatial data. But these same techniques can be used to spoof GPS signals, location information on social media posts, and more.

Jun 03 11:24

“So Sue Us”: Amazon Responds To 75,000 Customers Who Say Alexa Spied On Them

After receiving more than 75,000 individual complaints that its Alex-powered Echo devices were spying on them, Amazon has abandoned its policy that such complaints must be resolved outside the court system via secretive arbitration proceedings, and will instead allow customers to file lawsuits, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In other words, ‘so sue us.’

Jun 03 11:20

Danish ISP temporarily blocked access to BitChute over “coronavirus misinformation”

Danish citizens are reporting that some ISPs were displaying a National Police Cyber Crime Center (NC3) message on the Bitchute.com domain, blocking access to free speech video sharing platform BitChute on the grounds that it contains “dangerous information” and “misinformation” related to COVID-19.

Users of the providers Stofa and Telmore were temporarily unable to access BitChute and were presented with a message noting that the platform has been blocked by NC3.

Jun 03 11:03

Australian health authority wants to refer “fake vaccine theories” on Facebook to law enforcement

The governing body in charge of all things “medicine” in Australia is planning to start referring all “anti-vaccine” social media posts to the police for prosecution under the country’s criminal code.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), making “false” claims about Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injections on Facebook or Twitter should be illegal because some unvaccinated people might read them and decide to not get jabbed, which would upset Anthony Fauci and other medical fascists.

The TGA is particularly offended that some social media users are warning others that Chinese Virus needles could kill them, this is based on data cited in the official government database.

Jun 03 09:07

Cyber Polygon: Will The Next Globalist War Game Lead To Another Convenient Catastrophe?

By Brandon Smith

Back in April I published an article titled ‘Globalists Will Need Another Crisis In America As Their Reset Agenda Fails’. In it I noted an odd trend which many of us in the liberty media have become aware of over the years – Almost every major man-made catastrophe in the US and in many other parts of the world in the past couple decades has been preceded by a government or globalist “exercise”. These exercises and war games tend to mimic the exact disaster that would eventually strike the public only days or weeks later. Sometimes the mock disaster exercises and the real events happen at the same time.

The covid pandemic was no exception. It’s quite miraculous…

Jun 03 06:57

MSM Unwittingly Admits MRNA Truth & The Expected “Cyber Pandemic” Domestic Terrorism COVID Crossover

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (6/1/21).

As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth is, or claiming they have the answer, is likely leading you astray, for one reason or another. Stay Vigilant.

Jun 02 19:18

King County Washington Bans Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

SEATTLE, Wash. (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition technology. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles was the lead sponsor of the ordinance. The new law prohibits county administrative offices and executive departments, including the sheriff’s department, from acquiring or using facial recognition technology or facial recognition information. It also bans county agencies from issuing any permit or entering into any agreement which authorizes any third party to use facial recognition technology or obtain facial recognition information on behalf of the county.

Jun 02 11:46

Telegram Becoming the Next Dark Web Because of the Activities That Were Unveiled

Remember just how a few months ago, Telegram along with Signal became the most downloaded online messaging platform when WhatsApp was boycotted by the public because of the new policy they launched. Well, from the looks of it, it now seems that Telegram would want to check what goes on their platform before they announce how safe their platform is. Why is that, keep on reading below.

Telegram which appears to be generally a safe and encrypted messaging platform from the outside, just got busted because of the atrocities that goes in it. It has been revealed through some investigations that was conducted by cybersecurity researchers which enlightens us that Telegram is being used as a platform for hackers and cybercriminals where they can easily share data of millions of people on the groups and channels of the platform.

Jun 02 10:51

JBS Says "Significant Progress" After Ransomware Attack, Sets To Reopen Meat Plants Wednesday 

JBS SA, the world's largest meat producer, released a statement in the overnight session stating "significant progress" has been made to resolve a ransomware attack that paralyzed its US operations and some plants in other countries.

"Our systems are coming back online, and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat," JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira said in a statement.

"Given the progress, our IT professionals and plant teams have made in the last 24 hours, the vast majority of our beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods plants will be operational Wednesday", Nogueira said.

The cyberattack forced the shutdown of all JBS' US beef plants, which account for almost a quarter of American supplies.

"On Sunday, 30 May, JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems", JBS said at the time.

Jun 02 10:26

If you’re worried about privacy, delete these 5 smartphone apps right now

Just a few days ago, we told you about a new Apple ad released as part of its “Privacy. That’s iPhone.” ad campaign. In this particular spot, which you can watch below, viewers follow a man going about his daily routine, and in each “scene” he’s using a common app that facilitates everything from a coffee shop order to hailing a taxi ride. As the ad progresses, a growing number of people (who represent creepy, privacy-flouting apps) squeeze in beside and around him, creeping on him, and spying on what he’s doing. Until, one by one, the protagonist of the ad uses Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature to erase all of them from existence, Thanos finger-snap style.

Jun 02 10:24

Here are 6 hidden iPhone features you’re going to love

Given that we’re already on the 14th iteration of iOS, there’s a good chance that Apple’s mobile OS is teeming with hidden and useful features that you had no idea existed. Hardly a surprise, Apple for whatever reason doesn’t always advertise some of the more useful features in iOS and, instead, leaves it to reviewers and users to discover on their own.

Well, we decided to make things a bit easier for you and compile some of the best iOS 14 features lurking in the shadows. Whether you’re a new iPhone convert or a seasoned user, there’s a strong chance you’ll find something surprising and useful in the list below.

Jun 02 10:11

PayPal Shuts Down Long-Time Tor Supporter with No Recourse

By Rainey Reitman

Activist Post Editor’s Note: We empathize; PayPal shut down Activist Post after 10 years in good standing, and froze funds for 180 days, including other related personal accounts – the only reason given was “potential risk.”

Larry Brandt, a long-time supporter of internet freedom, used his nearly 20-year-old PayPal account to put his money where his mouth is. His primary use of the payment system was to fund servers to run Tor nodes, routing internet traffic in order to safeguard privacy and avoid country-level censorship. Now Brandt’s PayPal account has been shut down, leaving many questions unanswered and showing how financial censorship can hurt the cause of internet freedom around the world.

Brandt first discovered his PayPal account was restricted in March of 2021. Brandt reported to EFF...

Jun 02 09:57

Dumping Google Chrome: Three things you need to do if you're serious about it

Shifting away from Google Chrome is hard.

Regular readers will know that I've been engaged in a drawn-out process of dumping Google Chrome for several months. My last month of living and working off-grid while on my travels in Scotland made that more urgent because of how power-inefficient Google Chrome is when running on my laptops. When you're relying on a battery power station and solar panels, getting an extra 90 minutes or so of runtime makes all the difference.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably using Google Chrome as your default browser. It’s hard to fault Google’s record on security and patching but privacy is another matter for the online ad giant.

The problem is that Google Chrome is less a browser and more a mini operating system that does so much. It's also a repository for a lot of data that are needed to function in the modern world.

Jun 02 07:36

Another Mega Group Spy Scandal? Samanage, Sabotage, And The SolarWinds Hack

The devastating hack on SolarWinds was quickly pinned on Russia by US intelligence. A more likely culprit, Samanage, a company whose software was integrated into SolarWinds’ software just as the “back door” was inserted, is deeply tied to Israeli intelligence and intelligence-linked families such as the Maxwells.

In mid-December of 2020, a massive hack compromised the networks of numerous US federal agencies, major corporations, the top five accounting firms in the country, and the military, among others. Despite most US media attention now focusing on election-related chaos, the fallout from the hack continues to make headlines day after day.

The hack, which affected Texas-based software provider SolarWinds, was blamed on Russia on January 5 by the US government’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group. Their statement asserted that the attackers were “likely Russian in origin,” but they failed to provide evidence to back up that claim.

Jun 02 07:01

‘They Could Have Their Whole Bank Account Taken Away:’ Cybersecurity Expert Warns Of New Phone Scam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a new scam going around that involves claiming to be a major local bank.

Scam text messages are hitting phones claiming issues with PNC Bank accounts and one cybersecurity expert was targeted by this one and immediately knew it was a scammer.

“My reaction immediately was, ‘oh my god I can’t believe they’re trying to do this’,” said Albert Whale, founder of IT Security Solutions.

How did Whale know immediately that this was a fraud?

“I don’t have an account with PNC,” he said.

So, when the message came to his phone, the red flags immediately went up.

“Then I looked at the number to call, and there it was a 412 number,” he recalled.

While it was not a phone number associated with any PNC Bank branch or any part of the bank, he decided to give it a call anyway.

“Please key in your nine-digit social security number followed by the pound sign,” The automated message prompted.

Jun 02 06:22

Suspected Russian Cyberattack Wipes Out One-Fifth Of U.S. Beef Production Capacity: Report

TOPLINE
A cyber attack of the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, that the White House said Tuesday likely originated from Russia has wiped out one-fifth of the U.S.’s beef production capacity, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

KEY FACTS

  • Bloomberg, based on information from labor unions and employees, calculated five of JBS’s biggest beef plants in the U.S. halted processing after the weekend ransomware attack.
  • The crippling of these plants—which altogether handle over 22,000 cattle a day—means the U.S. has lost about one-fifth of its beef production capacity, the news outlet tallied, as JBS accounts for roughly a quarter of the country’s beef processing.
  • Though the full impact of the attack globally is still being tallied, slaughter operations in Australia were also shut down on Monday and one of Canada’s largest beef plants has also been shuttered since the start of this week.
Jun 02 06:01

NVIDIA Expects Its New Cryptocurrency GPU to Make $400 Million in Fiscal Q2

This is having a real-world impact on some businesses. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a prime example. It launched new hardware designed specifically for crypto mining (the process in which digital assets are created and managed) just a few months ago, and sales are skyrocketing.

A $400 million windfall

NVIDIA announced the launch of a new chip lineup called the CMP (cryptocurrency mining processor) in Feb. 2021. CMPs are off to a hot start.

NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress said on the first-quarter fiscal 2022 earnings call (NVIDIA's current fiscal year ends in Jan. 2022) that CMP sales totaled $155 million. Pretty impressive for a fresh product launch that's only been available for a couple of months, even from a semiconductor industry leader like NVIDIA.

Jun 02 04:46

JBS Shutters All US Meat Plants As Cyber Attack Jeopardizes Food Supply 

Update (2002 ET): The USDA has released an important update about the Biden administration's steps to mitigate potential supply constraints and price surges following JBS' ransomware attack.

As noted earlier today by the White House, USDA is aware of the ransomware attack against JBS, which is affecting the company's operations, including its facilities in the United States. USDA continues to work closely with the White House, Department of Homeland Security, JBS USA and others to monitor this situation closely and offer help and assistance to mitigate any potential supply or price issues. As part of that effort, USDA has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation, encouraging them to accommodate additional capacity where possible, and to stress the importance of keeping supply moving.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look. Governing is choosing. Governing is prioritizing, and right now getting you to hate white people is a high priority than securing the nation's computers, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 01 13:23

The Vaccine Divide and Emerging Segregation Society

By Jesse Smith

The push to get everyone to take a COVID-19 injection may be the greatest social engineering project the world has ever witnessed. Governments, Big Pharma, corporations, celebrities, health professionals, and the media have been able to convince millions of people to take experimental “vaccines” based on technology never before used in humans. The FDA and CDC declared they were safe (minus a few expected minor side effects) after only a few months of clinical trials and rushed them to market well before the expected 18-month timeline. The tricks used to fast-track these vaccines for widespread use would make even David Copperfield green with envy.

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