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COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Oct 27 13:05

Black Cube CEO suspected of running crime organization. Revealed: The Romania interrogation

At the beginning of April 2016, two employees of Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube were arrested in a raid on the Bucharest Marriot by members of Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism.

The two - David Geclowicz and Ron Weiner - were caught with computers used hours prior to hack into the computers of family members and other confidants of Romania’s Laura Codruta Kovesi, then a state prosecutor heading the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), charged with leading the country’s anti-corruption efforts.

Oct 27 11:32

New Chrome 0-day Under Active Attacks – Update Your Browser Now

Google released Chrome version 86.0.4240.111 today to patch several security high-severity issues, including a zero-day vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild by attackers to hijack targeted computers.

Tracked as CVE-2020-15999, the actively exploited vulnerability is a type of memory-corruption flaw called heap buffer overflow in Freetype, a popular open source software development library for rendering fonts that comes packaged with Chrome.

Oct 27 11:09

Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network

Oculus users, already fuming at Facebook chaining their VR headsets to their Facebook accounts, have been warned they could lose all their Oculus purchases and account information in future if they ever delete their profile on the social network.

The rule is a further binding of the gaming company that Facebook bought in 2014 to the mothership, and comes just two months after Facebook decided all new Oculus users require Facebook accounts to use their VR gizmos, and all current Oculus users will need a Facebook account by 2023. Failure to do so may cause apps installed on the headsets to no longer work as expected.

The decision to cement together what many users see as largely unrelated activities – playing video games and social media posts – has led to a wave of anger among Oculus users, and a renewed online effort to jailbreak new Oculus headgear to bypass Facebook’s growing restrictions.

Oct 27 09:34

Hacker steals $24 million from cryptocurrency service 'Harvest Finance'

A hacker has stolen roughly $24 million worth of cryptocurrency assets from decentralized finance (DeFi) service Harvest Finance, a web portal that lets users invest cryptocurrencies and then farm the price variations for small profit yields.

The hack took place earlier today and was almost immediately confirmed by Harvest Finance administrators in messages posted on the company's Twitter account and Discord channel.

According to these messages, a hacker invested large quantities of cryptocurrency assets in its service and then used a cryptographic exploit to siphon the platform's funds to their own wallets.

In total, the hacker stole $13 million worth of USD Coin (USDC) and $11 million worth of Tether (USDT), according to a transaction ID singled out by Harvest Finance administrators in a subsequent post-mortem investigation.

Oct 27 09:34

Adware found in 21 Android apps with more than 7 million downloads

Google has removed 15 of 21 Android applications from the official Play Store over the weekend following a report from Czech antivirus maker Avast.

The security firm said the apps were infected with a type of malware known as HiddenAds.

Discovered in 2019, this Android adware strain operates by showing excessive and intrusive ads and by opening mobile browsers on ad-heavy or promotional pages.

In a report published today, Avast malware analyst Jakub Vávra said the apps mimicked popular games, and the criminal group behind this operation relied on social media ads and marketing to draw users to their Play Store pages.

Once users installed any of these apps, the HiddenAds malware would hide the app's icon (to make it difficult for users to delete the app in the future) and then start bombarding users with ads.

Oct 27 09:32

Ransomware vs WFH: How remote working is making cyberattacks easier to pull off

The unique conditions of 2020 mean businesses are more reliant on being digitally connected than ever before. Cyber criminals know this, which is why ransomware attacks have become even more pervasive – and effective during the course of this year.

Hackers are breaking into networks of organisations ranging from tech companies to local governments and almost every other sector; encrypting servers, services and files with ransomware before demanding a bitcoin ransom that can be measured in hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Part of the reason for the upswing in successful ransomware attacks is the huge growth of remote working as a result of the pandemic.

Oct 26 09:10

Microsoft will forcibly open some websites in Edge instead of Internet Explorer

Big changes are coming to Internet Explorer.

Starting next month, users trying to access certain websites will see IE refuse to load the URL and automatically open the site in Edge instead.

This forced IE-to-Edge behavior is part of Microsoft's Internet Explorer deprecation plans.

Microsoft has been gradually rolling out the feature for testing purposes for some Windows users since the release of Edge 84 this summer.

However, with the release of Edge 87, scheduled for next month, Microsoft plans to enable the forced IE-to-Edge action for all IE users.

Oct 26 08:03

GERMANY IS ON THE BRINK OF MODIFYING IT’S CONSTITUTION, TO ALLOW ALL 19 SECRET SERVICES TO HACK ANYONE AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASONS, SECRETLY

The federal government has just decided to allow all 19 secret services to use state Trojans. The cabinet has adopted the draft law to adapt the constitutional protection law, which brings it to the Bundestag.

Oct 26 05:06

Beyond Parody: CNN Warns Conservatives Are Seeking to 'Discredit' Facebook & Big Tech Ahead Of Election

Big Tech seizing control of our entire election apparatus, banning right-wing dissidents en masse, rigging search results, giving billions-worth of in-kind contributions to Democrats and tens of millions directly to get-out-the-vote campaigns in Democratic strongholds, and censoring news stories to protect Joe Biden and help defeat Donald Trump is nothing to worry about -- the real threat is conservatives complaining about it online!

Oct 25 10:39

How to Clean Up Your Digital History

ONCE YOU POST something to the internet, it's there forever unless you take steps to remove it (and even then, you may not be successful.) While keeping your digital history around in perpetuity can have its advantages—digging out those tax emails from 2006, looking back on vacations from half a decade ago—it's also worth keeping some parts of our online trails as short as we can.

First, it means nothing from our past can come back and embarrass us. Second, it makes it harder for advertising companies to keep track of what we're up to online. And third (in the case of files and emails at least), it frees up space for new stuff.

If you've decided that you'd rather not have decades worth of tweets and emails hanging around, there are ways to put limits on your digital baggage. Note this is slightly different to stopping sites and networks from tracking you as you make your way around the web, though the two are definitely linked.

Oct 25 10:22

Texting scams are on the rise: report

Scammers are getting serious about texting.

Over the past few months, cybercriminals have launched a large-scale “smishing” (SMS-based phishing) campaign, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows.

In the samples analyzed by Digital Shadows, the scammers masqueraded as major brands including Amazon, USPS, FedEx, Cash App, Netflix, as well as adult entertainment services, unnamed delivery services and payment card or financial services. The SMS messages primarily originated from spoofed U.S. numbers, including 917, 765, 646, 470, 347 or 332 area codes.

Oct 25 07:00

US sanctions Russian CHEMICAL research institute, saying it’s ‘connected’ to Triton computer malware used in foreign cyber attacks

A Moscow research institute involved in developing high-tech S-300 air defense missiles has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department over alleged “connections” to malware used “against US partners in the Middle East.”

The Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM, or ??????) is “connected to the destructive Triton malware,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared on Friday, accusing it of “building customized tools that enabled” the cyber-attack on “a petrochemical facility in the Middle East” that allegedly took place in August 2017.

Oct 25 06:48

Researchers develop new way to detect strokes with iPhone

A group of researchers has created a new way to use Apple's iPhone, the latest iteration of which is now for sale, to diagnose strokes.

Scientists at Penn State University have teamed up with Houston Methodist Hospital to identify the debilitating medical episodes based on abnormalities in a person's speech and facial movements detectable with the iconic smartphone.

Oct 25 06:01

VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT ALLOWS POLICE TO USE LICENSE PLATE READERS AS MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO TRACK DRIVERS

In a blow to privacy that extends the government’s authority to create a web of surveillance, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that state and local police are free to use Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to collect data about the travel and movement of persons throughout the state. Denouncing the fact that Americans cannot even drive their cars without being tracked by the government, The Rutherford Institute had asked the Court to rule in Fairfax County Police Department v. Neal that the use of ALPRs violated a Virginia law restricting government collection of personal information. Mounted next to traffic lights or on police cars, ALPRs photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database.

Oct 24 16:21

Facebook wants NYU researchers to stop sharing the political ad data it keeps secret

Facebook isn't happy with New York University.

It's because of NYU Ad Observatory, a newly launched research project from the university's engineering school that aims to show how different election campaigns are spending their ad money on the site, and what kinds of voters they're targeting. The research is gathered with help from a data-collecting browser extension.

Facebook let NYU know that the project, which is being driven by the work of more than 6,500 volunteers, runs afoul of the social network's terms of service provision barring bulk data collection. Word of the Oct. 16 letter comes via a Wall Street Journal report that ran late Friday.

Oct 24 09:52

VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT ALLOWS POLICE TO USE LICENSE PLATE READERS AS MASS SURVEILLANCE TOOL TO TRACK DRIVERS

In a blow to privacy that extends the government’s authority to create a web of surveillance, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that state and local police are free to use Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to collect data about the travel and movement of persons throughout the state.

Oct 23 10:55

Phishing groups are collecting user data, email and banking passwords via fake voter registration forms

Days ahead of the US Presidential Election, spam groups are hurrying to strike the iron while it's still hot and using voter registration-related lures to trick people into accessing fake government sites and give away their personal data, sometimes with the group being so bold to ask for banking and email passwords and even auto registration information.

These campaigns have been taking place since September and are still going on today, while the lures (email subject lines) are still relevant.

Spotted by email security firms KnowBe4 and Proofpoint, these campaigns are spoofing the identity of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the US government agency responsible for managing voter registration guidelines.

Subject lines in this campaign are simple and play on the fear of US citizens that their voter registration request might have failed.

Oct 23 06:59

Fort Bragg Deletes Twitter Account After Posting Sexually Explicit Messages

As of early Thursday morning Fort Bragg's verified Twitter account has been deactivated after what the famous and sprawling US Army base in North Carolina initially said was a hack.

Just before the account was deleted (presumably temporarily), the base posted a message saying that sexually explicit messages posted Wednesday were “not the work of our admins.” The statement said, “As many of you may know, there were a string of explicit Tweets from our account this afternoon...”

Oct 23 06:28

Huawei "Outhustles Trump" By Successfully Stockpiling Enough Chips For 5G Rollout

As fully expected and predicted it's now confirmed that that Huawei has successfully thwarted Trump's sanctions by stockpiling chips to ensure their global 5G rollout runs smoothly with no expected major hitches. Bloomberg writes Thursday that it has effectively "outhustled Trump":

Huawei Technologies Co. quietly spent months racing to stockpile critical radio chips ahead of Trump administration sanctions, ensuring it can keep supplying Chinese carriers in their $170 billion rollout of 5G technology through at least 2021.

Oct 22 10:15

Mike Cernovich: It’s time to declare Big Tech to be terrorist organizations and seize their servers to shut them down

The lock downs of 2020 actually began in 2016, when Big Tech started shutting out “non-essential” voices on the internet and censoring their pages, videos and monetization strategies. Big Tech has destroyed lives with their lock downs and have been caught, over and over again, aiding and abetting criminal operations. Because of this, they are nothing more than domestic terror organizations.

Oct 22 06:06

DHS BIOMETRICS PROPOSAL REPRESENTS ‘UNACCEPTABLE ESCALATION OF GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE,’ SENATORS SAY

A group of prominent progressive senators is urging the Homeland Security Department to withdraw its proposal to expand the biometric information collection practices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf Friday urging the agency to abandon its biometrics proposal due to privacy concerns, calling biometric data collection “invasive.”

“Expanding biometric-data collection in this manner would chill legal immigration, be inconsistent with our privacy values, and pose disproportionate risks to individuals of color,” the letter reads. “The scope, sensitivity, and invasiveness of the proposed DHS biometric data collection program would amount to an unacceptable escalation of government surveillance.”

Oct 21 12:30

YouTube confirms it will immediately ban all videos that question the “official” vaccine narrative promoted by the corrupt WHO and vaccine companies

YouTube just confirmed they will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove any videos that question the official vaccine narrative promoted by vaccine companies.

The Stalinist WHO has become nothing more than a Big Pharma front group, advancing the interests of vaccine makers. The WHO has made Big Tech its echo chamber, selling Big Pharma’s immunosuppressants, which includes a long list of vaccines that damage cellular immunity. There is no longer a shred of transparency surrounding vaccine science because the WHO is strategically eliminating any dissent about vaccination online.

Oct 20 23:33

The Justice Department just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple

The US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, kicking off a potentially yearslong battle to more heavily regulate the tech giant.

The lawsuit accuses the company of unlawfully maintaining monopolies in search and search advertising. It alleges that Google has used unfair practices to stymie competition, such as paying Apple billions of dollars a year to be the dominant search engine on its devices.

Google is the first tech giant to see major antitrust action since the US government went to battle with Microsoft in the late '90s. It's also not the only company being probed over antitrust concerns. Earlier this month, House Democrats concluded a yearslong investigation, accusing four of the biggest tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google's parent company, Alphabet — of monopoly power.Advertisement

Oct 20 11:06

Justice Department Sues 'Monopolist Google' For Violating Antitrust Laws

The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced they filed a much-needed antitrust lawsuit against "monopolist Google" for dominating the search and search advertising markets online.

Oct 20 07:08

WATCH: Province to expand digital services with new action plan

The Ontario government released an action plan today which it states is a roadmap to make public sector services more digitally accessible.

In a press release issued today, the government explained "One of the projects identified in the Action Plan is developing a digital identity, based on digital wallet technology. Starting in January 2021, the government will consult with industry on how the province could introduce a secure digital identity for Ontarians by the end of 2021, allowing citizens to safely verify their identity, online or in person. A digital identity will make life easier and more convenient, while protecting people's data and helping to combat identity fraud."

Oct 20 06:54

Ransomware gang donates part of ransom demands to charity organizations

A ransomware gang has donated a part of the ransom demands it extorted from victims to charity organizations.

Current recipients include Children International, a non-profit for sponsoring children in extreme poverty, and The Water Project, a non-profit aiming to provide access to clean and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa.

Each organization received 0.88 bitcoin (~$10,000) last week, according to transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain [1, 2].

The sender was a ransomware group going by the name of Darkside.

Active since August 2020, the Darkside group is a classic "big game hunter," meaning it specifically goes after large corporate networks, encrypts their data, and asks huge ransom demands in the realm of millions of US dollars.

Oct 19 12:36

Starlink Internet vs. Other Satellite Providers: How It Compares

SpaceX's Starlink internet is now in beta testing, and promises speeds and performance that rival even the best cable and fiber internet plans.

But how does Starlink measure up to its other satellite broadband internet brethren? We put Starlink satellite internet up against its two U.S. competitors, HughesNet and Viasat Exede, to look at their speeds, data, prices, and network performances. Here's how they compare.

Oct 19 12:25

China And Russia To Join Forces In Space, Set Up A New Satellite Internet Network

China and Russia have started the realization of a joint space program aiming to set up a network of low-orbit satellites for the purpose of making high-speed Internet available to as many users as possible, Maksim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, said in a statement.

Oct 19 08:35

Twitter Silences Top Trump COVID Task Force Expert

Social media companies and mainstream media outlets are on a crusade, censoring anyone who challenges the "official" science and narrative behind the COVID-19 virus. It was only last week when Twitter removed New York Post's bombshell stories about Hunter Biden. Then later in the week, Amazon purged political writer James Perloff's latest book, "Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled," from its platform for "violating content guidelines."

With America descending deeper into an Orwellian state - Twitter has yet again banned another tweet, this time on Saturday, from Stanford professor and now White House advisor Scott Atlas.

Atlas tweeted Saturday morning that masks do not work to prevent the spread of the virus...

Oct 19 07:33

Cancel culture invited to PlayStation: Sony enables RECORDING of game chats & lets players TATTLE on each other for hate speech

Just months after getting woke on hate speech, Sony has updated its PlayStation system to record players' game-chat conversations and enable users to snitch on each other for saying things that violate the firm's code of conduct.

A software update launched this week for the PlayStation 4 video-game system included an alert, warning users that “voice chats may be recorded for moderation” and that “by joining, you agree to being recorded.” A separate “safety” notice explained that gamers would be able to send recordings of chat conversations to Sony when alleged violations of the “community code of conduct” occur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't own a Playstation, and now I never will!

Oct 19 07:21

Three npm packages found opening shells on Linux, Windows systems

Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the npm portal on Thursday for containing malicious code.

According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript libraries opened shells on the computers of developers who imported the packages into their projects.

The shells, a technical term used by cyber-security researchers, allowed threat actors to connect remotely to the infected computer and execute malicious operations.

Oct 19 06:15

Smoothie Robot In Walmart Signals Continued Rise Of Automated Fast Food Workers

A robot that makes smoothies was showcased at a Walmart in California signaling the rise of automated workers.

The Mind Unleashed has previously reported on how automated robots were beginning to take over various different jobs, including flipping burgers with Miso Robotics’ Flippy. Now, Walmart has partially got involved in the trend. A new start-up company called, “Blendid” showcased its product at the Fremont Walmart in California this week opening a kiosk, Yahoo News reported.

The stall is open seven days a week and is pitched as a way for customers to place contactless orders for a smoothie. Customers place their orders for a 12-ounce delicious drink and then an autonomous robot whips it up. What’s more, the drink is made in just 3 minutes or less from the time it’s placed.

Oct 18 18:14

Zoom Finally Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption, But You Have To Enable It

Zoom announced Wednesday that, starting next week, it will finally make end-to-end encryption available for all users — both paid and free. This is a huge step toward securing its users' calls, and brings Zoom more in line with end-to-end encrypted competitors like FaceTime and Signal. Of course, there's a rather large catch: You have to turn the feature on yourself.

Oct 18 13:17

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against two people that accuses them of defrauding people out of $1.6 million in debt collection scams. The scammers are accused of using fake phone numbers to pose as lawyers and law e

A married couple in Phoenix, Arizona, is being sued by the state's attorney general in a consumer fraud case where they are accused of defrauding potentially thousands of people out of more than $1.6 million.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Mark Anthony Smith and Deborah Ann Butler of impersonating authorities and using fake phone numbers that appeared to come from courthouses, jails, and sheriff's offices for debts they weren't authorized to collect on.

Smith and Butler threatened to freeze bank accounts, suspend driver's licenses, garnish wages, take away tax returns for possibly thousands of unpaid debts, according to a criminal complaint. They have also been accused of masking their real phone numbers with those of courthouses and sheriff's offices more than 65,800 times to convince people that the calls were legitimate.

Oct 17 17:56

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Oct 17 17:47

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Oct 17 15:26

Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon. Yes, really.

Soon, astronauts on moon missions won't have any excuse for not answering their texts.

NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.

Oct 17 08:54

Playstation Will Record Private Voice Chats So Players Can Be Snitched On For Mean Words

Sony has announced that it will allow Playstation users to record in-game voice chats so players can snitch on each other for mean words said during private conversations.

Yes, really.

The game console’s latest update forces users to waive their privacy rights, allowing others to report them and get their accounts banned for speech violations.

“Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded,” Sony announced. “Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them for moderation review. The pop up you’re seeing on PS4 right now is to let you know that when you participate in a chat with a PS5 user (post-launch), they may submit those recordings from their PS5 console to SIE.”

Oct 16 11:56

BLATANT CENSORSHIP: THE GREAT YOUTUBE PURGE

Here is the list of the channels that we know about that were removed just today:

Destroying the Illusion
Redpill78
PrayingMedic
Joe M
IPOT
X22 Report
Edge of Wonder
SGT Report
Spaceshot76
WokeSocieties
Amazing Polly
Truth & Art TV
PatriotsSoapbox
Dustin Nemos
InTheMatrixxx
AndWeKnow
Stroppy Me
JustInformed Talk
MouthyBuddha
Know_More_News
The Last American Vagabond
Titus Frost
Dollar Vigilante
World Alternative Media

Try to find as many of these as you can on Bitchute or Steemit.

Oct 15 17:41

Robert Brockman: US tycoon charged over historic tax fraud scheme

A US software tycoon has been charged over the biggest alleged tax evasion scheme in American history.

Robert Brockman, chief executive of Reynolds and Reynolds, is alleged to have hidden $2bn (£1.5bn) in income from tax authorities over two decades, using a network of offshore companies.

He was also charged over an alleged fraud scheme involving debt securities.

Mr Brockman appeared by teleconference at a federal court in Houston, Texas, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Oct 15 17:02

U.S., UK and other countries warn tech firms that encryption creates ‘severe risks’ to public safety

Lawmakers from countries within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance have urged tech firms to develop backdoors that allows them to access encrypted messages.

In an open statement, seven nations said that unbreakable encryption technology “creates severe risks to public safety.”

While citizens benefit from additional privacy, law enforcement agencies see end-to-end encryption as a barrier to their investigations.

Oct 15 16:30

How one family’s nightmare illustrates the growing threat of real estate wire fraud

KEY POINTS
Aaron and Lindsey Fisher and their children found their dream home in Northern California. They were all set to close when everything went wrong. They were hit with what is known as real estate wire fraud.
In the growing scheme, hackers infiltrate legitimate email conversations and send fake wiring instructions.

The FBI says the crime is on the rise and criminals have set their sights on high end homes and expensive markets, like New York, Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

According to the FBI, consumers have lost more than $220 million in schemes like this thus far in 2020, a 13% increase from the same period last year.Documents compiled by the Fishers show the fraudsters emailed digital copies of the real closing documents and wire instructions that looked real from the fake email account

Oct 15 14:08

After Partnering With ADL, PlayStation Releases Update to Spy On Users' Voice Chat For 'Violations'

PlayStation's latest update allows users to snitch on fellow players by recording their voice chat so they can be punished for speech "violations."

Oct 15 12:34

YouTube Bans All Q-Anon Channels Ahead Of Election

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki began purging Q-Anon channels en masse on Thursday morning, effectively banning one of the last vestiges of pro-Trump accounts left on the site just days out from the election.

Oct 15 11:46

'Tech oligarchs' are trying to 'rig the election by denying access to truth'

Sky News host Cory Bernardi says “tech oligarchs” are trying to rig the election by denying access to truth as they refuse to link a story which reveals Joe Biden is a “phony”.

Oct 15 11:35

Twitter Suspends President Trump's Campaign Over Biden Ad

Twitter on Thursday suspended President Donald Trump's campaign just 19 days out from the election for sharing an ad on the New York Post's bombshell report on Joe and Hunter Biden's shady dealings in the Ukraine.

Oct 15 11:27

Cryptography vs. Big Brother: How Math Became a Weapon Against Tyranny

"Large bureaucracies, with the power that the computer gives them, become more powerful," said New York Times reporter David Burnham in a 1983 C-Span interview about his book The Rise of the Computer State. "They are escaping the checks and balances of representative democracy."

Burnham warned that the integration of computers into every aspect of daily life could lead to a "level of automated surveillance unknown in any previous age." For society to change course, Burham argued, citizens would need to rise up through the democratic process and demand new legal protections to safeguard their privacy.

"There are ways to deal with it," Burnham told C-SPAN. "We have done it. And all I hope is that we're on our toes enough and alert enough to see them and go after them."

"This is just political jawboning," retorted Timothy C. May to the idea that politics could keep the computer state in check.

Oct 15 05:26

New York remastered: YouTuber uses AI to restore footage from 1896 showing the busy intersection of Broadway and Exchange Alley in glorious color

A YouTuber has used artificial intelligence to restore old footage from New York in 1896 and show the city in glorious color.

Using publicly available neural networks, filmmaker Denis Shiryaev upgraded the short film's resolution and sharpness as well as adding color

Oct 14 21:10

Big Tech Tyrants Cross The Rubicon

Big Tech spent the last three years systematically purging every last independent media outlet which helped President Trump win in 2016 from Alex Jones to Stefan Molyneux while getting little if any pushback from the GOP.

Rather than object to the wholesale censorship and move against the social media tyrants the same way they've moved against TikTok (simply for being Chinese-owned), the GOP responded by demanding Twitter and Facebook ban "anti-Semites" like Louis Farrakhan and censor the government of Hamas.

Oct 14 17:03

How To Keep a White Woman Happy

Popular search engines do not necessarily show us the information that best matches our searches. Instead, we are often shown whatever matches their political slant as they attempt to propagate cultural Marxism.

Oct 13 14:35

Block political texts and ads on your phone. Here's how

Election Day is 22 days away and political ads are bombarding your Facebook feed, mailbox and now your text message inbox. Unfortunately, there isn't a Do Not Text registry that applies to texting the same way it does to phone calls. There is, however, still a way you can attempt to stop political ads from swarming your phone.

If you're wondering how the organization got your number in the first place, it's because all states allow access to voter data for election purposes -- so if you're a registered voter, your information is on file.

Here's how to stop the unwanted political texts.

Oct 13 06:13

Yahoo Groups to shut down for good on December 15, 2020

Yahoo Groups, one of the last vestiges of the old Yahoo web properties, will shut down on December 15, 2020, when Verizon plans to take the groups.yahoo.com website offline for good.

Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, announced the decision today in emails sent to Yahoo Groups users and a message posted on the Yahoo Groups website.

Today's announcement marks the end of the road for one of the internet's largest message board systems of its time.

Nonetheless, despite its long-tenured history, the Yahoo Groups service, which launched 19 years ago in 2001, had fallen to the wayside across the years and slowly lost most of its once-massive userbase to newer services like Reddit, Google Groups, and Facebook Groups.

Oct 13 05:49

AI will become Earth's 'dominant life-form' and keep humans 'like we keep plants'

Artificial intelligence (AI) will one day keep human beings around in the same way we keep plants, a scientist has claimed.

James Lovelock, the veteran environmentalist best known to the wider public for his influential Gaia theory, says that while Artificial Intelligence will inevitably become the dominant form of life on Earth, AIs will want to keep us around “like we keep plants in gardens.”

In his latest book Novacene, Lovelock predicts that the thinking machines of the future “will have designed and built themselves from the artificial intelligence systems we have already constructed".

These self-replicating artificial intelligences will quickly evolve until they become "thousands, then millions of times more intelligent than us,” he adds.

Oct 12 09:48

2020 DuckDuckGo Charitable Donations: $750,000 to Organizations Around the World

$150,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
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"Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development."

Oct 12 07:53

Apple iPhone 12 lineup could lead to 5G 'supercycle'

Apple's iPhone 12 launch with 5G will complete the smartphone equation to make speedier wireless access a reality in the US. And coverage with broader price points will spur upgrades into 2021.

Analysts are expecting the iPhone 12 family--iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max--to all feature 5G. The models are rumored to cover a wide range of price points including the $400 to $700 range where the growth will be.

Now Android devices have been all over 5G, but Apple represents the 46% of the market in the US, according to Counterpoint Research. In addition, 5G devices have typically been reserved for the premium market until recently.

Oct 12 06:46

PC maker to boost use of Phytium processors

China Greatwall Technology Group Co Ltd, a domestic personal computer maker, revealed an ambitious plan to manufacture up to 4 million units of PCs with a homegrown independent Phytium central processing unit and a Kylin operating system by the end of this year.

"The new PCs are set to aid the optimization of China's cyberspace security," Song Liding, the president of the company, said at an event marking the first unit of the Greatwall PC with the domestically produced Phytium CPU and Kylin operating system to roll off the production line in the city of Tianjin in late July.

The domestic computer market has been dominated by the Windows CPU and Intel operating system. Local governance and cybersecurity have no threshold for those foreign brands.

Oct 12 06:45

This Chinese CPU designer has grandiose plans: 128 cores, 7nm and 5nm incoming

Chinese microprocessor designer Phytium, which recently introduced its new 64-core processor for servers, this week disclosed its ambitious roadmap that spans till 2022. The company intends to expand its product lineup and the list of its production partners.

Phytium was originally established as a designer of server and HPC processors as China could not obtain modern CPUs from AMD and Intel due to export restrictions on high-performance parts. Throughout its history, the company also designed processors for client PCs, but those were byproducts of its server business.

However going forward, multi-core server processors will remain the Phytium’s primary objective, but the company also plans to release new lineups of SoCs for desktop and embedded applications that will be presumably made by SMIC or UMC.

Oct 10 06:50

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

There are few things as revealing as a person's search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.

In August, police arrested Michael Williams, an associate of singer and accused sex offender R. Kelly, for allegedly setting fire to a witness' car in Florida. Investigators linked Williams to the arson, as well as witness tampering, after sending a search warrant to Google that requested information on "users who had searched the address of the residence close in time to the arson."

Oct 10 06:09

Pelosi & husband invest up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, tech firm that launched Russiagate – report

Newly-filed financial disclosures show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband have invested up to $1 million in CrowdStrike, American cybersecurity technology company and the originator of ‘Russian hacking’ claims.

Financial disclosures show Pelosi (D-California) and her husband Paul buying CrowdStrike shares on September 3, according to a RealClearInvestigations report by journalist Aaron Mate. Since then, the stock went from $129.25 a share to $142.97.

Oct 09 11:49

Windows 10: Microsoft fires shot at Apple with new principles for treating developers right

Microsoft's latest move in its war on Apple's App Store rules is a list of 10 principles outlining what the Redmond company will and won't do to developers who publish apps for Windows 10 and distribute them on the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft says it will not block competing app stores on Windows and will not block apps because of a developer's business model, such as whether an app's content is installed on a device or streamed from the cloud.

Oct 09 04:54

Skynet Does The Office: Citrix Says By 2035, Workers With Implanted Chips Will Have "Labor Market Advantage"

Just when you thought things couldn't get more dystopian this year, American multi-national software company Citrix has quietly released into the internet ethos that it expects workers to have "implanted chips" by the year 2035.

Citrix has joined names like Zoom and Slack as popular talking points during the coronavirus pandemic, as more Americans work from home. The trend, while it may reverse course post-pandemic, is still widely considered to be secular in nature as software and technology has made it easier than ever to work from home.

But just how easy should we be making it? Citrix seems to think that Americans should willingly start turning themselves into cyborgs - a decision that, as champions of liberty we are fine with if people want it - but at the behest of their corporate overlords.

Oct 08 19:15

Deal with the devil: Monsanto PAID Google to CENSOR search results, discredit journalists

If you’ve ever wondered why there isn’t more outrage over the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, even as environmental consciousness seems to be rising, the answer is simple: Manufacturers like Monsanto have entire departments devoted to discrediting journalists who expose their corrupt ways and paying off Google to censor search results.

A report from The Guardian exposed how Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, operated what was known as a “fusion center” to gather intelligence on journalists who dared to speak the truth about their products. One of their biggest targets was Reuters journalist Carey Gillam, who has done some excellent reporting on the links between Monsanto/Bayer weedkiller Roundup over the years. She now works as a research director for U.S. Right to Know, another target of Monsanto investigations.

The firm reportedly paid Google to promote search results criticizing her work when people searched terms such as “Monsanto glyphosate Carey Gillam.”

Oct 08 12:33

NHS contact-tracing app is STILL sending out phantom 'Covid-19 exposure' alerts from Apple and Google causing widespread alarm among users

Apple, Google and the UK Department for Health have still not fixed a glitch in the NHS Covid-19 app, which is resulting in thousands of users receiving phantom 'exposure notifications'.

The alerts have been popping up on both iOS and Android devices since last week, with the title: 'Possible COVID-19 exposure', 'COVID-19 EXPOSURE LOGGING' or 'COVID-19 Exposure Notifications'.

The notifications appear to be triggered by the NHS Covid-19 app, but tapping on the notification causes it to disappear, and when you open the app itself there is no reference to the alert.

Oct 08 10:51

SECRETIVE HHS AI PLATFORM TO PREDICT US COVID-19 OUTBREAKS WEEKS IN ADVANCE

A new AI-powered module known as HHS Vision has been added to the controversial and secretive HHS Protect system for amassing data related to Covid-19. By year’s end, this opaque, yet increasingly influential, system is set to predict Covid-19 outbreaks without traditional testing.

Oct 08 10:38

Mysterious Robot Spy Vessel Found Near UK Submarine Base

A mysterious autonomous surface vessel recently washed ashore on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland, not far from the UK's nuclear submarine base at Faslane, reported Forbes.

The local HM Coastguard Rescue Team shared three pictures of the vessel on their Facebook page on Sept. 28, urging anyone with information about the "object's origin and owner" to contact them:

The team were called today to reports of an object in the water, once on scene we secured the item. We are currently trying to find out some more information as to the origin and owner of the object. If anyone has any information please get in touch. Remember if you see something out of place on the coast please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. - HM Coastguard Rescue Team's Facebook page

Oct 08 09:42

Microsoft cloud outages continue as Office and Outlook customers report problems

Microsoft's cloud services problems are continuing this week with more Azure and Microsoft 365 services issues for some customers. Here's what's happened and why.

Oct 08 06:13

Tesla Says "Operations Disrupted" Last Month After "Malicious Sabotage" Attempt At Fremont

In what we would guess is likely a harbinger of less than stellar operating results to come, Tesla has announced that it has caught yet another pesky "malicious saboteur" at its Fremont factory.

A memo was circulated about two weeks ago at the $400 billion company that the rogue employee was fired last month, according to The Daily Mail.

"Operations at the facility were disrupted briefly," the company's VP of legal, Al Prescott, said. Meanwhile, it appears Prescott is commenting because Tesla still does not have a General Counsel.

Tesla said they got to the issue quickly. A company e-mail stated: "Two weeks ago, our IT and InfoSec teams determined than [sic] an employee had maliciously sabotaged a part of the Factory. Their quick actions prevented further damage and production was running smoothly again a few hours later."

Oct 07 11:04

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The House and Senate are both pushing forward with the so-called “EARN IT” Act, a bill that will undermine encryption and free speech online. Attorney General William Barr and the DOJ have demanded for years that messaging services give the government special access to users’ private messages. If EARN IT passes, Barr will likely get his wish—law enforcement agencies will be able to scan every message sent online.

Oct 07 10:59

UK, French, Belgian blanket spying systems ruled illegal by Europe’s top court

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) announced on Tuesday that legislation passed by all three countries that allows the government to demand traffic and location data from internet and mobile providers in "a general or indiscriminate way" breaks EU data privacy laws - even when national security concerns are invoked.

“The directive does not authorise the Member States to adopt, inter alia for the purposes of national security, legislative measures intended to restrict the scope of rights and obligations provided for in that directive, in particular the obligation to ensure the confidentiality of communications and traffic data, unless such measures comply with the general principles of EU law, including the principle of proportionality, and the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Charter,” the court decided.

In layman’s terms that means that a government can’t build a massive database of what everyone does and then query it later while investigating a case.

Oct 07 10:39

I'm a data security expert and I will NEVER download the NHS tracking app COMMENT

THIS week's ‘Excel error' that led to 16,000 missing COVID-19 cases (putting 50,000 people at risk) has confirmed what we all knew deep down: this Government seemingly cannot and should not be trusted with our data.

That’s one of the reasons why I, a data privacy consultant with 10 years’ experience, refuse to download the ‘NHS’ tracking app. I put NHS in quote marks because it’s not really run by our treasured health service - it’s run by Serco, a £3 billion company whose largest shareholder is Cintas, an American uniform maker. I don’t blame them for asking the NHS if they could borrow their logo. American businesses it seems are doing rather better out of the Covid fiasco than British patients.

Oct 06 07:29

The Police Are Requesting Data from People’s Smart Speakers at an Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate.

If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 06 07:24

Top programming languages: C reigns supreme but third-ranked Python gains on Java

In the latest index, C remains in the top spot with a rating of 16.95% representing a positive 0.77% change over October 2019. C continued its reign at the top from last month when the programming language held a rating of 15.95%. In October of 2019, C was ranked number two according to the TIOBE index.

Java remains the runner-up in the latest rankings with a 12.56% rating. Overall, Java had a negative 4.32% change since last October; the largest swing (negative or positive) in the top 50. Python remains in the third position with an 11.28% rating. The index notes this is Python's highest position since 2001. Python recorded a positive 2.19% change since last October; the largest uptick registered in the top 50. In order, C++, C#, Visual Basic, and JavaScript round out the remaining top seven.

Oct 05 15:17

The Police Are Requesting Data from People’s Smart Speakers at an Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate. -- If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 05 10:22

Poll results: Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7

Last week, after looking at this site's server logs and some open source data from the United States Government's Digital Analytics Program, I discovered that nearly 10% of the many millions of visitors to these sites are still using Windows 7. Why are so many people continuing to use this operating system, long after Microsoft ended support for it?

Our ZDNet poll drew more than 3200 replies, along with 50 or so emails. The results are fascinating.

Let's start with the two easiest questions.

Oct 05 10:04

If Your iPhone’s Battery Is Evaporating With iOS 14, You Are Not Alone

Apple’s new iOS 14 has brought iPhone users a trove of wonders. But one cannot have wonders without some bugs. So if you recently noticed that your iPhone seems to suffer massive battery drain after upgrading to iOS 14, we want you to know it’s not just you. And rest assured, there’s a way to fix it, but it’ll require patience.

Oct 05 06:48

The Police Are Requesting Data From People's Smart-Speakers At An Alarming Rate

Remember all those conspiracy theorists and Luddites who told you they didn’t want Echo or Alexa devices in their home because those gadgets were spying on them? Well, they were right. That’s not even up for debate.

If you were one of those friends who mocked them and called them crazy, you were wrong. Just admit it.

Oct 04 07:09

Autonomous Indoor Serving Robots Set To Invade Restaurants Near You

Before readers know it, restaurants of the future will have their entire front-end automated, nevertheless, the backend where the food is prepped will be operated by robot chefs.

For years we've spoken about the automation wave that is set to sweep across the food industry, but it wasn't until the virus pandemic when demand for automation, producing a contactless environment between patron and employee, absolutely erupted.

Two companies making robots for restaurants are Bear Robotics, a robotics and artificial intelligence company, and SoftBank Robotics Group, a robotics manufacture. They have jointly designed a new robot named Servi that will be sold to foodservice and hospitality companies.

Oct 04 06:55

JUDGE UPENDS VALLEJO’S USE OF A STINGRAY

Cops in Vallejo have put their controversial cell-phone surveillance tool back in the box, after a judge released a tentative ruling (which the judge might or might not later finalize or amend) that they'd acquired it in violation of state law. The case was brought by Oakland Privacy, the EFF Pioneer Award Winning organization and Electronic Frontiers Alliance member. They allege that the city of Vallejo, California, may not use its cellular surveillance tool (often called a cell site simulator or stingray) because the police failed to get explicit approval from the city council, following input from residents, of an adequate privacy policy governing its use. According to the tentative ruling (again, it is not final), police must acquire from Vallejo City council a “resolution or ordinance authorizing a specific usage and privacy policy regarding that technology and meeting the requirements” of the state statute.

Oct 03 16:14

Tesla’s total network outage is why you shouldn’t own any car or appliance that relies on a central server to function

Proving once again that centralized functionality is a really bad idea, Tesla reportedly experienced a “complete network outage” the other day that left its entire fleet of “smart” cars as dumb as a pile of metal.

Fred Lambert, Editor-in-Chief of Electrek, tweeted on Sept. 23 that all of Tesla’s “[i]nternal systems” were down, which left Tesla car owners unable to access their vehicles via Tesla’s mobile apps.

“On the customer side, I can’t connect to any of my cars and website is not working,” Lambert lamented. “What about you?” he further asked, to which many responded that they were experiencing the same problems.

All we know is that Tesla’s global network “inexplicably crashed,” leaving millions of customers without the full functionality of their vehicles. News of the failure sent Tesla’s shares tumbling, and this was on top of Wall Street reacting poorly to Tesla’s so-called “Battery Day” the day prior.

Oct 02 12:19

Ransomware: Gangs are shifting targets and upping their ransom demands

Ransomware attacks continue to grow, according to data from IBM, which also suggests that ransomware gangs are upping their ransomware demands and getting more sophisticated about how they calculate the ransom they try to extort.

The number of ransomware attacks IBM's Security X-Force Incident Response team were called in to deal with tripled in the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, and accounted for a third of all security incidents it responded to between April and June 2020. "Ransomware incidents appeared to explode in June 2020," said a report by the company's security analysts.

Oct 02 12:01

The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor

The heart monitoring feature on the Apple Watch may lead to unnecessary health care visits, according to a new study published this week. Only around 10 percent of people who saw a doctor at the Mayo Clinic after noticing an abnormal pulse reading on their watch were eventually diagnosed with a cardiac condition.

The finding shows that at-home health monitoring devices can lead to over-utilization of the health care system, said study author Heather Heaton, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in an email to The Verge. That may be expensive for patients and for the system as a whole, and it may take up doctor and patient time unnecessarily.

Oct 02 06:22

Meet the Biden-Supporting General Deploying Military Grade Information Warfare Tools Against Trump Supporters

General Stanley McChrystal delighted the left and the war-loving neoconservatives today by joining his name to the ranks of military-industrial complex “national security” professionals supporting Joe Biden.

Oct 01 13:45

Better Font

Many websites set to display Mac fonts like Helvetica and Helvetica Neue for their content as default. Windows doesn’t have any of them, so it will try to display another fonts instead. The bad part is, it selects the not-so-good ones for substitution.

This extension will do the fonts replacements in the background one-by-one. It's supposed to make web pages look a lot better in Windows system. The example ones are GMail Inbox, many subreddits, BBC, JIRA, and many more.

What makes this extension special is the way it replaces fonts. The other extensions will replace ALL the fonts on the page with the ONE font you configure, so the page displays with that one font.

On the other hand, this extension will replace just the fonts in the 'ugly' list with the better ones from their families.

I'm really impressed with this Chrome extension.

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