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Aug 16 08:56

If Google and Facebook are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will drive America to open warfare in the streets

The echo chamber of the illogical, irrational and enraged Left — the liberal mob — is magnified by the selective censorship of internet gatekeepers like Google and Facebook, all of which are engaged in the most outrageous distortions and censorship imaginable, deliberately silencing all conservative voices while amplifying left-wing channels and (fake) news sources, no matter how dishonest or hypocritical they are. This is all part of a deliberate scheme to silence open debate and suppress the voices of conservatives, heterosexuals, White people or Christians in order to favor lunatic left-wing culture that’s rooted in delusional thinking, anti-science “biology” and intense racism, bigotry and hatred toward anyone who doesn’t bow down to their totalitarianism cult.

Aug 16 08:49

Red Ice Websites Hacked - Someone Really Hates Us

Aug 16 08:04

Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

Microsoft's Bing fell over on Tuesday morning, Pacific Time, causing a ripple effect that crippled other search engines.

Visitors to Bing were hit with HTTP 503 error messages. We note that, while Bing appears to be working again as we write this, it's feeling a little slow. (Reg readers also dropped us tips that status.bing.com and portal.microsoft.com both appear busted, but these aren't websites folks can use.)

The Bing outage prevented DuckDuckGo, the privacy-centric engine that aggregates results from the Microsoft search engine, from returning useful links to queries. Searching for, say, "CMOS," returned zero results.

DuckDuckGo said its problems with both Bing and Yahoo! were slowing its own operations. It should be back to normal by the time you read this.

Aug 16 07:57

Backdoor Found in Popular Server Management Software used by Hundreds of Companies

Recently, cyber crooks managed to infiltrate the update mechanism for a popular server management software package and altered it to include an advanced backdoor, which lasts for at least 17 days until researchers discovered it.

Dubbed ShadowPad, the secret backdoor gave attackers complete control over networks hidden behind legit cryptographically signed software sold by NetSarang—used by hundreds of banks, media firms, energy companies, and pharmaceutical firms, telecommunication providers, transportation and logistics and other industries—for 17 days starting last month.

Important Note — If you are using any of the affected product (listed below), we highly recommend you stop using it until you update them.

Aug 16 07:55

8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8 Million Users

According to the latest report published by the researchers at Proofpoint on Monday, the expanded list of compromised Chrome Extensions are as below:

Chrometana (1.1.3)
Infinity New Tab (3.12.3)
CopyFish (2.8.5)
Web Paint (1.2.1)
Social Fixer (20.1.1)

Proofpoint researcher Kafeine also believes Chrome extensions TouchVPN and Betternet VPN were also compromised in the same way at the end of June.

In all the above cases, some unknown attackers first gained access to the developers' Google web accounts by sending out phishing emails with malicious links to steal account credentials.

Once the attackers gained access to the accounts, either they hijacked their respective extensions and then modified them to perform malicious tasks, or they add malicious Javascript code to them in an attempt to hijack traffic and expose users to fake ads and password theft in order to generate revenue.

Aug 16 07:49

If you believe in liberty, you should be using the BRAVE browser (not chrome)… here’s why

As the United States begins to resemble the fictional world created by George Orwell in his famous novel 1984, more and more companies are being forced to find ways to continue developing new technology while simultaneously respecting the privacy rights of their customers. One such company is Brave, a relatively new Internet browser founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. According to Brave’s official website, the company “aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.”

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I just installed this, and it works really well!

Aug 16 07:48

CENSORSHIP ALERT: Mozilla planning “kill shot” for entire independent media by blocking all non-approved news in the FireFox browser

In November of 1737, decades before America officially declared its independence from the king of England, a young Benjamin Franklin published an essay in The Pennsylvania Gazette entitled, “On Freedom of Speech and the Press.” In it, Franklin wrote, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the Constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” Franklin went on to write, “An evil magistrate entrusted with power to punish for words, would be armed with a weapon the most destructive and terrible.”

Aug 15 16:45

Google Cancels Neo-Nazi Website’s Registration Over Terms Of Service Violation

Already dropped by another webhost, white supremacist website Daily Stormer lasted only hours with Google Domains. The bloodshed in Charlottesville brought attention to the neo-Nazi site, which remains online, despite GoDaddy and Google refusing registration.

Aug 15 16:05

Pale Moon: The Web Browser Made For You

So these are the points which defines the capability and major difference of Pale Moon browser from rest. In my experience, if you want a browser with fast speed & efficiency then this browser is the choice for you. Most of its feature will fulfill your daily need. It’s main aim is to provide fast browsing with stability.

But if you want more advanced feature than its better to go for any other modern web browser. But I recommend you to give this Firefox-based browser a try. You will surely become its fan.

Aug 15 13:41

US Government Demands Data On Visitors Of Anti-Trump Website

The US Justice Department has requested information on some 1.3 million visitors of a so-called resistance website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents.

Aug 15 12:15

"The Goolag Echopeligo"

Warning: SLL is about to put forth two propositions that are so obvious they’re undoubtedly controversial. Readers offended by the obvious but controversial are advised to stop reading.

Proposition one: If Group A and Group B are competing for the same jobs and standards are lowered for Group B but not Group A, on average the members of Group B will not be as good at the jobs as members of Group A.

Proposition two: Men and women are different.
This, when you wade through James Damore’s excruciatingly diplomatic Google memorandum is the crux of what he said.

SLL can say it but Damore couldn’t; Google fired him for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

Aug 15 11:48

Silicon Valley Tightens Its Grip On Free Speech

In a chilling oped published in The New York Times on July 14, Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, argued that so-called “hate speech” is the same thing as physical violence because it may possibly cause emotionally fragile individuals stress — and should be made illegal.

Thankfully, the First Amendment prohibits the federal government from following such advice, but online companies are taking it upon themselves to stamp-out so-called “hate speech,” strangling free speech and the free exchange of ideas in the process.

A number of troubling actions by internet companies — Google most prominent among them — are making it increasingly clear that some in Silicon Valley have proclaimed themselves defenders of the progressive, politically correct faith, and that those firms will silence any and all heretics who challenge those beliefs.

Aug 15 10:08

Diamond And Silk Talk To Alex Jones About Suing YouTube

Aug 15 09:54

How Just Opening A Malicious PowerPoint File Could Compromise Your PC

A few months back we reported how opening a simple MS Word file could compromise your computer using a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Office remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2017-0199) resided in the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) interface for which a patch was issued in April this year, but threat actors are still abusing the flaw through the different mediums.

Security researchers have spotted a new malware campaign that is leveraging the same exploit, but for the first time, hidden behind a specially crafted PowerPoint (PPSX) Presentation file.

According to the researchers at Trend Micro, who spotted the malware campaign, the targeted attack starts with a convincing spear-phishing email attachment, purportedly from a cable manufacturing provider and mainly targets companies involved in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Aug 15 07:33

Google insiders warn “outright censorship” of the internet is Google’s top priority… and everyone has been intimidated into silence

With liberal censorship running rampant in the mainstream media, in Hollywood, on college campuses and across the Internet, our country needs pro-First Amendment voices now more than ever. Once the freedom of speech is gone, it is only a matter of time before an all-powerful authoritarian state is established and individual liberty in America ceases to exist.

Aug 15 07:00

SEA-US undersea cable system bringing broadband speeds to Hawaii is ready for service

Honolulu-based telecommunications company Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ: HCOM) announced that the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) undersea cable system is complete and ready for commercial service. The 9,000-mile submarine fiber-optic cable system covers a route that bypasses congested, earthquake-prone regions, and will link Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and California, according to Hawaiian Telcom.

The $250 million undersea fiber cable system will meet increasing demand for internet service. Providing 100-Gbps broadband speeds to Hawaii, the SEA-US cable has a 20-Tbps capacity, and will accommodate greater capacities as technology advances, says Hawaiian Telcom, part-owner and operator of the long-haul submarine network.

Aug 15 05:52

The Elite Move Ahead With Their Agenda, The Chaos Has Just Begun

YouTube is going after all those videos that expose the deep state. Trump warns Venezuela that the US has a military option.

Aug 14 15:14

Survey Finds Strong Majority Of Google Employees Oppose James Damore Firing

A new survey found a strong majority of Google employees oppose the firing of diversity manifesto author James Damore.

From The Daily Caller:

BLIND, AN ANONYMOUS CORPORATE NETWORKING APP, SURVEYED ITS USERS FROM OVER 4,000 DIFFERENT COMPANIES ON THEIR THOUGHTS REGARDING GOOGLE’S FIRING OF SOFTWARE ENGINEER JAMES DAMORE, ACCORDING TO BUSINESS INSIDER.

Aug 14 10:30

YouTube’s ‘Extremist-Tackling’ Technology Misses Mark By Removing Wrong Content

YouTube and parent company Google’s efforts to crack down on extremist content has resulted in embarrassment after its technology targeted videos from monitors, journalists and Syrian opposition, amongst others.

Aug 14 09:42

Former MI5 director becomes the latest ex-spy chief to back encrypted messaging

Jonathan Evans, a former head of MI5, has pledged his support for encrypted messaging in an interview with the BBC.

He told Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning that the technology is a critical tool in maintaining the country’s cyber security.

While acknowledging that encryption had made it difficult for spies to access messages between extremists, he added:

I’m not personally one of those who thinks we should weaken encryption because I think there is a parallel issue, which is cyber security more broadly.

While understandably there is a very acute concern about counter-terrorism, it is not the only threat that we face. The way in which cyberspace is being used by criminals and by governments is a potential threat to the UK’s interests more widely.

Aug 14 08:58

The U.S. FCC Is Asleep At The Switch Regarding RF Safety Standards And Protecting The Public

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has dropped the ball regarding safety standards for radiofrequency (RF) limits in the United States. Furthermore, no risk assessment studies have been performed to my knowledge regarding how consumers use RF-emitting devises, e.g., hours on cell phones; working or being exposed to Wi-Fi at work or in school for a good part of their days; all the electronic games and other devices consumers use with no regard as to what harm they are encountering from non-thermal radiation waves...

Aug 13 16:10

Male prostitute, 26, dies of meth overdose at Hollywood home of high-profile Democrat donor

A 26-year-old man was found dead at the home of a well-known Democratic party donor late last month of a drug overdose. The incident occurred on July 27 around 7.22pm at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a high-profile political activist and wealthy contributor to the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

Aug 13 11:56

U.S. Foreign Sanctions Mandates That Governments Monitor Cryptocurrency To Combat Terrorism

President Trump signed a new controversial foreign sanctions bill into law that had a hidden mandate for the foreign governments of Iran, Russia, and North Korea to monitor cryptocurrency circulations as a measure to combat “illicit finance trends” in an effort to “combat terrorism.”

The bill requires the governments to develop a “national security strategy” to combat the “financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.” ...

Aug 13 11:38

to care — and we might regret that

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone.

Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to.

Aug 13 10:00

“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to.

Aug 13 09:52

Bitcoin blasts through $4000 as new suckers buy into the “promised land” of digital fiat currency backed by nothing

Almost no one buying Bitcoin has any idea how it actually works. They’re just ejaculating money at it under the absurd premise that it will keep going up forever. Of course, none of them have stopped to think about the fact that Bitcoin “gains” aren’t real until you sell your Bitcoin. Before you sell it, all you’ve really bought is an entry on a shared digital ledger called the “blockchain.” And only a very tiny percentage of people can sell their Bitcoins without crashing the value of the entire market, which means — by definition — perhaps 98% of those who think they are getting rich are actually getting screwed in the end. They will be the ones left holding Bitcoin as it plunges toward zero one of these days.

Aug 13 07:59

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams. Uses CIA “Fire and Collect” framework.

Aug 12 17:03

Aussie researchers lift the lid on USB "crosstalk" vulnerability

Research carried out by the University of Adelaide has found that 90 per cent of computers and external USB hubs leaked information to external USB devices thanks to a kind of electronic "crosstalk" between connected components.

More than 50 different computers and external USB hubs were tested showing that sensitive information such as keystrokes can be captured.

The leak was identified through the use of a modified cheap novelty plug-in lamp with a USB connector to read every key stroke from the adjacent keyboard USB interface. The data was sent via Bluetooth to another computer.

According to research associate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science, Dr. Yuval Yarom, this "channel-to-channel crosstalk leakage" is analogous to water leaking from pipes.

Aug 12 16:48

“The Next WannaCry” Vulnerability is Here – Let’s Stop it before it’s too Late

This Tuesday, Microsoft released a security patch including 48 fixes, 25 of which are defined as “critical”. While Microsoft updates happen every month, this one reveals an especially dangerous vulnerability – CVE-2017-8620. Behind this dull name hides a severe flaw affecting all current versions of Windows, which enables attackers to spread a contagious attack between computers in the network.

It is not very often that such a volatile vulnerability, providing hackers with full control over entire networks, is discovered. The last time such a vulnerability was disclosed was in March 2017, when another Microsoft security patch fixed the “EternalBlue” exploit. Two months after this patch was released, the WannaCry campaign erupted, making use of the EternalBlue exploit to spread in one of the most infectious cyber-attacks we have ever seen.

Aug 12 16:46

Jailed Hacker Guccifer Says U.S. Govt Fabricated Guccifer 2.0 As An “Inside Job”

By Aaron Kesel

During his plane ride extradition from Romania to the United States, Guccifer told Fox News’ Pamela Browne that one of his handlers mentioned: “what would your opinion be if another Guccifer showed up?” He then went on to say that “Guccifer 2.0 is an inside job” by U.S. government agencies...

Aug 12 16:45

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Instart Logic describes itself as a content delivery service and much of that content happens to be advertising. The California-based biz is determined to help its clients present online ads despite the technical choices made by internet users to avoid that content – adverts bypassing ad blockers, in other words.

The company's technology disguises third-party network requests so they appear to be first-party network requests. This allows ad services used by website publishers to place cookies and serve ads that would otherwise by blocked by the browser's same-origin security model.

Raymond Hill, who maintains the popular uBlock Origin content blocker, on Wednesday updated his uBO-Extra add-on software to prevent Instart Logic's code from bypassing uBlock Origin.

https://www.ublock.org/

Aug 12 13:25

Report: Two Israeli Teens Arrested For Operating World's Largest DDoS-For-Hire Operation

Two Israeli teenagers, Yarden “applej4ck” Bidani and Itay “p1st” Huri, have been arrested in Israel for allegedly running the world's largest DDoS-for-Hire operation through the darkweb.

Aug 12 11:46

TalkTalk fined £100,000 for not protecting customers' personal data

Broadband provider found to have put 21,000 subscribers’ data at risk by allowing ‘rogue’ staff at Indian contractor access to it

Aug 12 11:28

Alternatives to YouTube?

Aug 12 09:27

First data transmission through terahertz multiplexer reported

Multiplexing, the ability to send multiple signals through a single channel, is a fundamental feature of any voice or data communication system. An international research team has demonstrated for the first time a method for multiplexing data carried on terahertz waves, high-frequency radiation that may enable the next generation of ultra-high bandwidth wireless networks.

Aug 12 08:50

SoundCloud Teeters on Collapse as Other Big Tech Hitters Also Stare Into Abyss

Music streaming service SoundCloud will collapse very soon, unless investors don’t offer a rescue funding round to the tune of $169.5 million. The company has stumbled from crisis to crisis in 2017, with 40 percent of staff laid off in July. If its financiers don’t stump up the cash, SoundCloud will be up for sale - or indeed closure.

Aug 12 08:01

Cell Towers On EVERY CITY Block

By Catherine J. Frompovich

California is going off the deep end, in my candid opinion.

Some members of that state’s legislature think cell towers on every block or in front of individuals’ homes are the way to go in order to have faster Wi-Fi or what I think may be an undercover strategy, comprehensive surveillance!

Those of us, who are researching electromagnetic frequencies including radiofrequencies and the newer terahertz frequencies, are wondering if science has lost its marbles and is acting as if it were the ‘supreme, ultimate, consummate’ deciding factor in how humans live our lives...

Aug 11 19:26

Is Russia developing a GPS spoofing system? Ships in the Black Sea may have been misdirected by a new cyber weapon, experts claim

Last month, the US Maritime Administration filed a bizarre report, in which at least 20 Russian ships appeared on trackers to be in the same spot 20 miles (32 kilometres) inland, despite being at various positions in the Black Sea.

While this initially appeared to be a glitch, experts now suggest that Russia may have been testing a new system for spoofing GPS.

If this is the case, it could be a worrying first step towards electronic warfare in which movements can't be traced.

Aug 11 19:07

Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

Hardware biz Lockstate has managed to brick hundreds of internet-connected so-called smart locks on people's front doors with a bad firmware update.

The upshot is you can't use the builtin keypad on the devices to unlock the door. Lockstate's smart locks are popular among Airbnb hosts as it allows them to give guests an entry code to get into properties without having to share physical keys. Lockstate is even a partner with Airbnb.

Earlier this week, though, new software was automatically sent out to folks' $469 Lockstate 6000i locks – one of the upstart's top residential smart locks – which left the keypad entirely useless. The crashed locks – which connect to your home Wi-Fi for remote control and monitoring as well as firmware updates – are now going to be out of action for at least a week.

Aug 11 12:46

Can Silicon Valley Survive?

Back in March, I asked in my Taki’s Magazine column “Diversity Versus Debate”:

DOES THE INCREASING CAMPUS HYSTERIA AND ANTIRATIONALITY PORTEND BAD NEWS FOR SILICON VALLEY? IF STUDENTS INCREASINGLY GROW UP IN A CULTURE IN WHICH THE PERSON WITH THE MOST WOUNDED FEELINGS RULES, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO CODE EMOTIONLESS COMPUTERS AS WELL AS IN THE PAST?

With the tech industry already immense, and soon to attempt to take over the auto industry with self-driving cars, those are trillion-dollar questions.

Aug 11 10:52

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.

Aug 11 10:27

Google is the Engine of Censorship

Late last year, search engine giant Google announced its plans to protect users from the horrors of ‘fake news’ by changing the way it presents search results. According to corporate officials, they hope to shelter readers by limiting access to what the company deems as “low-quality” information – while promoting what it calls ‘established’ mainstream sources. Critics believe that the company, which now has a virtual monopoly on internet traffic, is now playing god over the info-sphere.

Aug 11 09:56

More than 1,000 Spyware Apps Found On Android App Stores

If you think you are downloading apps from Google Play Store and you are secure, then watch out!

Someone has managed to flood third-party app stores and Google Play Store with more than a thousand malicious apps, which can monitor almost anything a user does on their mobile device from silently recording calls to make outbound calls without the user’s interaction.

Dubbed SonicSpy, the spyware has been spreading aggressively across Android app stores since at least February and is being distributed by pretending itself to be a messaging app—and it actually offers a messaging service.

Aug 11 07:52

Mozilla Joins George Soros’s Efforts In Launching A Strike Against “Fake News”

Mozilla, the non-profit organization which runs the Firefox internet browser, said Wednesday it was launching an effort against “fake news,” as fact-checking software backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and George Soros got its first run-out in public to shape our Orwellian nightmare of future truth arbiters.

Mozilla said it was “investing in people, programs and projects” in a new initiative to “disrupt misinformation online” calling for a “Mozilla Information Trust Initiative,” or MITI for short, Business Insider reported.

They further stated the “internet’s ability to power democratic society suffers greatly” because of fabricated stories, such as the “Pope endorsing Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency” or a “dead FBI agent killed in a mysterious fire with information on former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton” – just two examples of stories that turned out to be bogus.

Aug 10 19:39

I WON'T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER

I'm done with YouTube....for now.

Aug 10 15:20

Could Trump Be Forced To Unblock Twitter Users?

A police officer, a songwriter and a surgeon who were blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump after writing critical posts are among a group suing the President.

Aug 10 13:55

New Arizona Law Prohibits Warrantless Stingray Spying

By Michael Maharrey

Yesterday, a new Arizona law that in most situations bans the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant went into effect. The new law will not only protect privacy in Arizona, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state...

Aug 10 13:08

Google Censors Block Access to CounterPunch and Other Progressive Sites

Under its new so-called anti-fake-news program, Google algorithms have in the past few months moved socialist, anti-war, and progressive websites from previously prominent positions in Google searches to positions up to 50 search result pages from the first page, essentially removing them from the search results any searcher will see. Counterpunch, World Socialsit Website, Democracy Now, American Civil liberties Union, Wikileaks are just a few of the websites which have experienced severe reductions in their returns from Google searches. World Socialist Website, to cite just one example, has experienced a 67% drop in its returns from Google since the new policy was announced.

Aug 10 12:56

AMD Threadripper 1950X review: Better than Intel in almost every way

If Ryzen was a polite, if firm way of telling the world that AMD is back in the processor game, then Threadripper is a foul-mouthed, middle-finger-waving, kick-in-the-crotch "screw you" aimed squarely at the usurious heart of Intel. It's an olive branch to a part of the PC market stung by years of inflated prices, sluggish performance gains, and the feeling that, if you're not interested in low-power laptops, Intel isn't interested in you.

Where Intel charges $1,000/£1,000 for 10 cores and 20 threads in the form of the Core i9-7900X, AMD offers 16C/32T with Threadripper 1950X. Where Intel limits chipset features and PCIe lanes the further down the product stack you go—the latter being ever more important as storage moves away from the SATA interface—AMD offers quad-channel memory, eight DIMM slots, and 64 PCIe lanes even on the cheapest CPU for the platform.

Aug 10 12:47

Leaked Internal Messages Reveal Co-Worker Support For Fired Google Engineer’s Controversial Memo

James Damore, now a former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious.

Aug 10 10:53

Mozilla Joins George Soros’s Efforts In Launching A Strike Against “Fake News”

By Aaron Kesel

Mozilla, the non-profit organization which runs the Firefox internet browser, said Wednesday it was launching an effort against “fake news,” as fact-checking software backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and George Soros got its first run-out in public to shape our Orwellian nightmare of future truth arbiters...

Aug 10 10:05

Scientists hack a computer using DNA: Malware encoded in strands of genetic code takes 'full control' of a machine in a world first

Scientists have synthesised a strand of DNA that can be used to hack computers in a world first.

The malware was encoded into a gene and used to take over a computer that analyses DNA code.

Scientists warn that cyber criminals could one day use faked spit or blood samples to steal information from police forensics labs, hack into university computers, or infect genome files shared by researchers.

Aug 10 10:04

Consumers Reports pulls Microsoft laptop recommendation after survey finds Surface models plagued by start-up and freezing problems

Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices.

The consumer advocacy group said Thursday that it can no longer recommend Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor reliability compared to other brands.

Aug 10 09:45

‘Censorship Is For Losers’: Assange Offers Fired Google Engineer Job At WikiLeaks

Julian Assange is offering the Google engineer fired over a controversial memo, deemed to be in breach of the company’s diversity code, a job at WikiLeaks.

The WikiLeaks founder and chief tweeted, “Censorship is for losers,” before adding that there was a job for fired Google software engineer James Damore at his whistleblowing organization.

Aug 10 08:37

SMOKING GUN! Secret Memo From David Brock (Soros-Funded Media Matters) Implicates Google And Facebook In Takedown Of Trump And Right Wing Blogosphere

We in the right wing blogosphere discuss among ourselves, and while we are specific that we have been the targets of liberal weenie Silicon Valley giants Google and fascistbook facebook over the past several months, we have been unable to prove it. Right now we have a smoking gun, hard proof, if not evidence.

Below is Brock’s confidential memo. Pay specific attention to Page 12, “Collaborating with social media.” I believe the word “collaborating” should be changed to “conspiring.”

I also think that this raises significant antitrust and First Amendment concerns and begs for a class action lawsuit, and that George Soros should be arrested for sedition and his assets frozen.

David Brock, the seasoned liberal operative and Clinton loyalist who started Media Matters, huddled with more than 100 donors (within hours of President Trump’s inauguration) at the swanky Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. to map out how Democrats will “kick Donald Trump’s ass.”

Aug 10 07:59

JP MORGAN LAUNCHES NEW HIGH FREQUENCY TRADING ALGORITHM

The disconnect between genuine human market activity and that created by machines proceeds apace, for JP Morgan has just launched a new algorithmic high frequency trading algorithm, as this article from Zero Hedge, spotted and shared by Mr. B.H., states:

JPM Develops A.I. Robot To Execute High Speed Trades, Put Humans Out Of Work

The motivation, as usual, is the "bottom line," and maximizing profits while minimizing costly (human) labor overhead:

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Aug 10 05:41

USA TODAY PREDICTS: ‘YOU WILL GET CHIPPED – EVENTUALLY’

In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate. Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.

Aug 09 17:11

Pennsylvanians Are Taking On AMI Smart Meters Big Time

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The horrific harassment and health issues utility customers across the USA and elsewhere have to deal with can be exemplified in what the good folks of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been dealing with regard to what seems to be skullduggery at state capital administrative agency, and possibly at one legislator’s level, who just happens to be Chairman of the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee.

Several groups are becoming extremely proactive and vocal now that a set of three AMI Smart Meter Opt-out bills have been introduced into the 2017-18 legislative session and don’t want those bills to be subjected to the same treatment and routes previous opt-out bills have taken over the course of the last six years...

Aug 09 16:32

LAPD Still Trying to Launch Police Drones Despite Public Outcry

By Nicholas West

The general concern over police spying has been addressed vigorously by the Los Angeles public for many years. As I covered in early 2015, public concern heightened even further when the LAPD acquired drones from the Seattle PD and began to discuss guidelines for implementation. After a period of quiet, the debate is heating up again...

Aug 09 13:20

The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time

We’ve all been forced to do it: create a password with at least so many characters, so many numbers, so many special characters, and maybe an uppercase letter. Guess what? The guy who invented these standards nearly 15 years ago now admits that they’re basically useless. He is also very sorry.

Aug 09 12:21

Facebook declares WAR on CHILDREN: Censors independent science that tries to protect infants from medical harm

As part of Facebook’s war against truth and reality, the social media Ministry of Truth just blocked 100 percent of all posts from Natural News, one of the internet’s most trafficked sites on independent science, natural medicine and disease prevention. Having attracted over 2.2 million Facebook likes over the last decade, Natural News is relied upon by millions of people for independent science and medicine reporting that blows the whistle on dangerous prescription medications, vaccine adverse events and toxic pesticides and herbicides.

Aug 09 12:03

The Truth About The Google ‘Diversity’ Memo

Conservatives ruthlessly PURGED for daring to have a different opinion.

Aug 09 11:53

Insiders Speak Out: 'I Helped Create A Monster' - Describes Google/Facebook's 'Brain Hacking' Techniques

A set of articles caught my eye this morning, where we see from industry insiders exactly how "Silicon Valley" has not only taken over journalism, but how the methods being utilized by both Google and Facebook which mimics the methods used on smartphones to addict users, dubbed "brain hacking" is not only unethical, but is also dangerous to public health, with one insider stating "I invested early in Google and Facebook and regret it. I helped create a monster."

Aug 09 11:37

REVEALED: AI is turning RACIST as it learns from humans

In parts of the US, when a suspect is taken in for questioning they are given a computerised risk assessment which works out the likelihood of the person reoffending.

The judges can then use this data when giving his or her verdict.

However, an investigation has revealed that the artificial intelligence behind the software exhibits racist tendencies.

Reporters from ProPublica obtained more than 7,000 test results from Florida in 2013 and 2014 and analysed the reoffending rate among the individuals.

Aug 09 10:39

Google CEO Says 'People Must Feel Free To Express Dissent' After Firing Dissenter

Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a letter to Google employees Tuesday saying "people must feel free to express dissent" just one day after he fired dissenter James Damore.

Aug 09 09:21

These 42 Disney Apps Are Spying On Your Kids, Lawsuit Claims

The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies - Upsight, Unity and Kochava - alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate "commercial exploitation."

The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of children on the Web.

Aug 09 08:48

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger

With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude.

Aug 09 07:59

Estonia's driverless buses have already encountered several 'near misses' on a busy intersection, eye witnesses claim

Driverless buses in Estonia have had a number of close calls, including ignoring a speeding police car's emergency lights.

The vehicles were introduced in the capital Tallinn in recent weeks as part of the Baltic state's presidency of the European Union.

Eyewitnesses have reported a few near misses since, including ignoring a red light, but no 'major incidents'.

Aug 08 12:50

Google Employee Fired Over Email Challenging Gender Equality In Tech

More negative press is plaguing Google, as an employee who distributed a politically incorrect internal memo has been fired, sparking a gender equality debate in the tech industry.

James Damore, the engineer at Google who composed the memo, has confirmed that he has been fired in an email. He states that he was dismissed due to “perpetuating gender stereotypes,”according to Bloomberg.

Aug 08 10:57

The Strange Case of Imran Awan

The Imran Awan case is certainly of considerable interest not only for what the investigation eventually turns up but also for what it reveals about how things work in Congress. One might well ask how foreign-born IT specialists are selected and vetted prior to being significantly overpaid and allowed to work on computers in congressional offices. And the ability of those same individuals to keep working even after the relevant congressmen have been warned that their employee was under investigation has to be explained beyond Wasserman-Schultz’s comment that Awan had not committed any crime. And how does “bankrupt” Imran Awan wind up with a high-priced lawyer to defend him who is associated with the Clintons? Finally, there are the lingering concerns about the unfortunately well-established Russiagate narrative.

Aug 08 09:55

Researchers Trick Self-Driving Cars into Ignoring Stop Signs

Researchers have found a simple way to trick self-driving cars into misidentifying street signs, a vulnerability that could put drivers in harms way.

The group’s research paper, entitled Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models, outlines how simple alterations to both a “stop sign” and “right turn sign” can fool a vehicle’s onboard computer.

“We physically realized and evaluated two attacks, one that causes a Stop sign to be misclassified as a Speed Limit sign in 100% of the testing conditions, and one that causes a Right Turn sign to be misclassified as either a Stop or Added Lane sign in 100% of the testing conditions,” the paper says.

Aug 08 09:52

Cov fe'fe With Dave #149 - Largest Lawsuit in Internet history

Aug 08 08:46

Violent shooter video games really DO rot your brain: Frequent players have less gray matter, study reveals

Researchers at the University of Montreal got around 100 people to play a range of popular 'shooter' games such as Call Of Duty, Killzone and Borderlands 2 for a total of 90 hours.

They also gave them copes of non-violent games from the Super Mario series.

By the end of the study, they found that people who habitually played action games had fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory center in the brain.

However, those who played non-violent games ended the study with more essential gray matter in their brains.

Aug 08 08:15

A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

We're really, really, really big fans of this one. Oh yes

Aug 08 08:14

Hotspot Shield VPN throws your privacy in the fire, injects ads, JS into browsers – claim

Worryingly, it is claimed the service forces ads and JavaScript code into people's browsers when connected through Hotspot Shield: "The VPN has been found to be actively injecting JavaScript codes using iframes for advertising and tracking purposes."

"Hotspot Shield tells customers that their privacy and security are 'guaranteed' but their actual practices starkly contradict this," said Michelle De Mooy, Director of CDT’s Privacy & Data Project, in a statement. "They are sharing sensitive information with third party advertisers and exposing users’ data to leaks or outside attacks."

Aug 08 08:09

Critical Flaws Found in Solar Panels Could Shut Down Power Grids

Willem Westerhof, a cybersecurity researcher at Dutch security firm ITsec, discovered 21 security vulnerabilities in the Internet-connected inverters – an essential component of solar panel that turns direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC).

According to Westerhof, the vulnerabilities leave thousands of Internet-connected power inverters installed across Europe vulnerable.

Westerhof demonstrates that it is possible for hackers to gain control of a large number of inverters and switch them OFF simultaneously, causing an imbalance in the power grid that could result in power outages in different parts of Europe.

The vulnerabilities affect solar panel electricity systems, also known as photovoltaics (PV), made by German solar equipment company SMA, which if exploited in mass, could result in electrical grids getting knocked offline.

Aug 08 08:08

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Spying On Its Users' Web Traffic

If you are using popular free virtual private networking service Hotspot Shield, your data could be at a significant risk.

A privacy advocacy group has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against virtual private networking provider Hotspot Shield for reportedly violating its own privacy policy of "complete anonymity" promised to its users.

The 14-page-long complaint filed Monday morning by the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a US non-profit advocacy group for digital rights, accused Hotspot Shield of allegedly tracking, intercepting and collecting its customers' data.

Aug 07 16:32

AMI Smart Meter Politics: Can Pennsylvania Pass Into Law An Opt-Out Bill Just Introduced?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The good people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been deprived of their U.S. and State Constitutional rights regarding the forced imposition along with aggravated harassment by utility companies of those who stood their rights for refusing an AMI Smart Meter because the law enacted (Act 129 of 2008) was written as an Opt-In bill/law.

However, many people are chomping at the bit about what’s going on in Pennsylvania and there’s been a new set of bills affecting AMI Smart Meters introduced in to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Below is an overview of what’s happened in the past so previous bills wouldn’t be enacted, plus information why there has to be an investigation into the chairman of that committee...

Aug 07 14:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you; but this article just makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

That everything I say and do can be surveilled, then used against me?!?

Thank you, no; I think I will pick up an abacus, and get away from computers and the phones, if this is the reality now.

Aug 07 12:55

POLICE RECEIVE GOD’S EYE TECHNOLOGY, GOOGLE EARTH WITH REAL TIME TIVO CAPABILITIES

Imagine Google Earth with Real Time Capabilities Able to Search Anyones Location By a Click of a Mouse

Aug 07 10:41

New Graphene Electronic Tattoo for Tracking Internet of Things and Biometric IDs

By Nicholas West

New biometric tracking methods seem to be rolled out by the day for policing, travel, banking, medical applications, and beyond...

Aug 07 09:50

Former Facebook exec warns society will collapse into chaos and conflict within 30 years as robots put half of humans out of work (and he's living as a recluse in the woods to avoid it)

Antonio García Martinez, a former Facebook product manager and Silicon Valley author, became terrified of technology and quit his job to live a life as a recluse with a bucket toilet and assault weapon in the woodlands north of Seattle.

'You may not believe it but it's coming, and it's coming in the form of a self-driving truck that's going to run you over,' he told the BBC in an upcoming two-part BBC documentary 'Secrets of Silicon Valley'.

Aug 07 09:02

Google And YouTube Target “Conspiracy Theories” in New Quality Control Update

By Aaron Kesel

Google continues to make George Orwell’s book 1984 a reality by censoring free speech and free flow of information.

On July 27, 2017 Google updated their quality raters guidelines...

Aug 07 08:18

Cyberwar: A guide to the frightening future of online conflict

Cyberwar is still an emerging concept, but many experts are concerned that it is likely to be a significant component of any future conflicts. As well as troops using conventional weapons like guns and missiles, future battles will also be fought by hackers manipulating computer code.

Aug 06 16:01

China launches internet crackdown to make it harder for people to avoid its 'Great Firewall'

China has launched an internet crackdown to stop users bypassing the country's "Great Firewall" - a sophisticated censorship system that blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among other sites. Luxury hotels in Beijing have announced they will stop providing Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that allow visitors to log on to banned sites.

Aug 06 11:09

Weather-based MIND CONTROL: Mobile app advertisers check the weather in your area to decide what ads will influence you the most

According to a recent study published in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, certain weather conditions have a significant effect on how consumers respond after seeing an advertisement. For example, the study found that on sunny days, consumers respond to mobile promotions 73 percent faster and at a rate 1.2 times higher than they normally do. By contrast, response to mobile promotions during raining conditions was .9 times lower and 59 percent slower than the response to advertisements during cloudy weather.

Strangely enough, the consumer response to advertisements on cloudy days with isolated moments of sunshine was extremely positive. People were far more likely to interact with an ad when there were a few bursts of sunshine scattered throughout the day than they were when the weather was dark, gloomy and rainy.

Aug 06 10:33

Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation

There’s a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren’t enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation.

Don’t let its name fool you: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693) wouldn’t help punish sex traffickers. What the bill would do (PDF) is expose any person, organization, platform, or business that hosts third-party content on the Internet to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability if sex traffickers use their services. For small Internet businesses, that could be fatal: with the possibility of devastating litigation costs hanging over their heads, we think that many entrepreneurs and investors will be deterred from building new businesses online.

Make no mistake: sex trafficking is a real, horrible problem. This bill is not the way to address it.

Aug 06 10:28

Meet ‘Spoofy’. How a Single entity dominates the price of Bitcoin.

This story is about a trader, or a group of traders, or possibly even Bitfinex themselves manipulates the price of Bitcoin. The past few months I’ve slowly collected screenshots of a trader I like to call ‘Spoofy’. You’ll see evidence of spoofing, wash trading, a sketchy scheme associated closely with Bitfinex known as ‘Tether’ among other shenanigans.

Spoofy makes the price go up when he wants it to go up, and Spoofy makes the price go down when he wants it to go down, and he’s got the coin… both USD, and Bitcoin of course to pull it off, and with impunity on Bitfinex.

Aug 06 09:27

Marcus Hutchins “MalwareTechBlog” Pleads Not Guilty, Released on Bail

By Aaron Kesel

The hacker arrested for his alleged involvement in creating and selling a banking trojan who infamously stopped the WannaCry malware attack may have been falsely accused according to an associate. “Marcus Hutchins’ arrest may be a misunderstanding,” Ryan Kalember, the senior vice-president at the security firm Proofpoint told CBC.ca.

Hutchins is being accused by the FBI of creating and selling the Kronos banking trojan between 2014 and 2015...

Aug 05 21:55

U.S. Army Abruptly Bans Chinese-Made Drones Over ‘Cyber Vulnerabilities’

The U.S. Army abruptly banned its members from using drones produced by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd Wednesday due to “cyber vulnerabilities.”

An August 2 memo signed by Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, published online by drone blog sUAS News and later confirmed by Reuters, orders service members to “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.”

“Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products,” the memo reads. “This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.”

Aug 05 12:18

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

Aug 05 10:05

5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Recently, I came across one of the most comprehensive articles about 5G and the problems it will create for humankind (and all of creation) if and/or when 5G is rolled out across nations around the globe, which I thought my readers ought to know about...

Aug 05 07:59

IT disruption panics Gaza’s new Internet entrepreneurs

No Internet?

Hussain Mahdi, 24, looked shocked. “Our lives would be paralyzed,” the young T-shirt designer said.

He has cause for concern. On 11 July, the Palestine Telecommunications Company, Paltel, announced that its main generator had broken down because of high loads and long power cuts. Tens of thousands of landline customers and some 8,000 Internet subscribers lost service because, as the company explained on its Facebook page, it was not able to import parts for its backup generators or bring in new, better ones.

Aug 04 12:55

Facial Recognition ID Moves from Planes and Trains to Conferences and Events

By Nicholas West

The use of biometric identification is becoming a real-time case study in how the public is incrementally conditioned to accept the total erosion of privacy for supposed convenience and security...

Aug 04 10:33

Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms

An intensive review of Internet data has established that Google has severed links between the World Socialist Web Site and the 45 most popular search terms that previously directed readers to the WSWS. The physical censorship implemented by Google is so extensive that of the top 150 search terms that, as late as April 2017, connected the WSWS with readers, 145 no longer do so.

These findings make clear that the decline in Google search traffic to the WSWS is not the result of some technical issue, but a deliberate policy of censorship. The fall took place in the three months since Google announced on April 25 plans to promote “authoritative web sites” above those containing “offensive” content and “conspiracy theories.”

Because of these measures, the WSWS’s search traffic from Google has fallen by two-thirds since April.

Aug 04 08:09

CHINA UNVEILS EMERGENCY DRILL TO "SHUT DOWN HARMFUL WEBSITES"

China's 19th National Congress of the Communist Party - the quinquennial confab where the party selects new members of the Politburo, its ruling council - is expected to begin this fall (official dates have not yet been publicly announced). And in an effort to guarantee that the leadership reshuffle goes off without a hitch, President Xi Jinping is tightening the government’s grip on the internet to help protect the official narrative that Xi's "Chinese Dream" remains intact.

According to Reuters, China held a drill on Thursday with internet service providers to practice taking down websites deemed harmful.

“Internet data centers (IDC) and cloud companies - which host website servers - were ordered to participate in a three-hour drill to hone their "emergency response" skills, according to at least four participants that included the operator of Microsoft's cloud service in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF "harmful information" translates into "truthful information" for the Chinese government, you should be prepared to see these kinds of shut downs start to happen right here in the good old Unhinged, Surveilled States of America.

In fact, Google has been on the keening edge of this kind of censorship for well over a year now.

The New Censorship: "How did Google become the internet's censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?!?

Aug 04 07:36

Dictionary.com app under fire for 'bug fix' update that lets it track users

Dictionary.com is under fire after updating its its free and premium apps to 'spy' on user's phones.

The new permissions authorize the apps to access your exact location, retrieve running apps, pair with wifi and Bluetooth devices as well as read your phone status and ID.

It appears the company first disguised the update as 'bug fixes' before eventually being truthful about the updates, which it is believed will help to company sell ads and data about users.

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