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Dec 16 10:58

The Enemy Within – Justin Raimondo

It’s called the “intelligence community”

Of course it was the purest coincidence that no less than three major media outlets got the Trump email story wrong. Yes, those “multiple sources” sure were busy.

It’s absurd to think that this episode is a case of simply getting it wrong: this was undoubtedly a deliberate lie, planted in the media by the same rogue “intelligence community” that invented Russia-gate. It didn’t matter that the truth would eventually come out: look at how many times the original story was tweeted and retweeted over social media, and then consider how many people don’t know it’s been debunked.

Dec 15 16:33

The Great Twitter exodus of 2017 begins December 18th

Twitter’s strict new enforcement rules will be going live on December 18th. Twitter will be judging user behavior both on and OFF of their website. This means that if you visit another website that they don’t like or show “support” for groups they don’t like, you can get banned.

"This unprecedented level of censorship and blacklisting of groups from the public square is unlike anything in history and will be a huge opportunity for Gab."

Dec 15 16:22

New York City Wants to Audit the Powerful Algorithms That Control Our Lives

New York City will be among the first cities in the US to earnestly tackle black box algorithms, the automated decision-making systems that are rarely made public, but have greater and greater influence over lives.

Dec 15 13:49

GOOGLE’S TRUE ORIGIN PARTLY LIES IN CIA AND NSA RESEARCH GRANTS FOR MASS SURVEILLANCE

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online.

Dec 15 08:49

The secret to being a great spy agency in the 21st century: Incubating startups

What happens when a top secret intelligence agency turns to entrepreneurs to help build new tools to protect a nation from cyberattacks? GCHQ found out.

Dec 15 07:51

UK Tribunal Court Validates WikiLeaks as ‘Media Organization'

A UK tribunal court ruled Thursday that the 11-year-old WikiLeaks, which has caused so much controversy in its short existence, is in fact a "media organization."

Dec 15 07:06

OK FACEBOOK ….. YOU WIN!

Finally gave in and activated my FaceBook account. Seems it’s the only way to communicate with LAZY people who don’t check their email!

BTW …. don’t try to ‘Friend’ me, except if you know me already.

Dec 15 07:06

TRITON Malware Targeting Critical Infrastructure Could Cause Physical Damage

Security researchers have uncovered another nasty piece of malware designed specifically to target industrial control systems (ICS) with a potential to cause health and life-threatening accidents.

Dubbed Triton, also known as Trisis, the ICS malware has been designed to target Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers made by Schneider Electric—an autonomous control system that independently monitors the performance of critical systems and takes immediate actions automatically, if a dangerous state is detected.

Researchers from the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye published a report on Thursday, suggesting state-sponsored attackers used the Triton malware to cause physical damage to an organization.

Neither the targeted organization name has been disclosed by the researchers nor they have linked the attack to any known nation-state hacking group.

Dec 15 06:59

There Are Lots of Good Reasons to Kill Net Neutrality; Also, to Keep It

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So let’s reduce the issue to its simplest form and try to explain why both options are bad.

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Dec 15 05:21

The FCC Officially Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

Yes, Net Neutrality Is Being Stolen From Us in a "F"-ed Up, Undemocratic Heist

Dec 15 04:05

Will The Globalists Use The New Net Neutrality Rules To Shut Off Access To Alternative News Websites?

Many are applauding the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, but I believe that this is a huge mistake.  Hopefully the worst case scenarios will not play out, but if they do we could be looking at the end of the Internet as we know it today.

Dec 14 18:33

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string.

The connection reached speeds of 3.5 Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold engineer who conducted the experiment.

The point of the experiment appears to have been purely to see if it was achievable.

Dec 14 16:16

BOMB THREAT JOLTS FCC AS INTERNET RULES ROLLED BACK Regulators abolish 'net neutrality' rules in heated hearing that was stopped because of a BOMB threat as protesters rallied outside

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that intended to ensure a free and open Internet, as protesters gather to oppose the change.

The 3-2 ruling sets up a court fight over a move that opponents fear will recast the digital landscape.

Dec 14 14:58

YouTube threatens to shut down Health Ranger channel over this podcast that discusses the FBI’s routine obstruction of justice and forensic science fraud

Seven weeks after the posting of a podcast that examines the FBI’s corruption and cover-up regarding the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas, YouTube has threatened to censor the Health Ranger channel for obvious political purposes. It’s part of the worsening pattern of censorship of political speech by YouTube, which is owned and operated by Google, the police state surveillance giant of the ‘net. (Last year, Google de-listed the entire NaturalNews.com domain for six days for a completely fabricated technical reason, by the way.)

Dec 14 12:59

SAN FRANCISCO SPCA USES A ROBOT TO CHASE AWAY HOMELESS PEOPLE, BECAUSE CRUELTY TO HUMANS IS JUST FINE

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bought a "security robot" to harass homeless people at its Mission District offices, a move that the city has banned and threatened $1,000/day fines for.

Dec 14 11:56

Net neutrality vote: FCC repeals Obama-era Internet rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, a move that has triggered protests from consumer groups, Internet companies and Democratic lawmakers.

The repeal passed on a 3-2, party-line vote.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, announced plans in November to eliminate the rules, calling for a “light-touch regulatory approach” to the Internet. A longtime opponent of the regulations, Pai had signaled plans to undo the rules since taking over as chairman of the FCC this year.

Dec 14 09:58

FISC ASSURANCES ON SPYING LEAVE TOO MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions from the House Judiciary Committee about how his department is implementing one of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools. Despite repeated bipartisan requests, Director Wray refused to tell the Members of the Committee how many Americans have been impacted by Section 702, enacted as part of the FISA Amendments Act. This isn’t the first time the FBI has refused to answer to Congress.

EFF has long held that Section 702 is being used to violate the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. Section 702 authorizes the acquisition of foreign intelligence information; however, because many Americans communicate with foreign persons outside the United States every day, our communications are also being captured and read without a warrant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the head of the FBI lies to Congress about the 2016 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the United States v. Mohamud case regarding backdoor searches, you have to know something stinks to high heaven here.

Dec 14 09:52

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse

The real story of online deception isn’t about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. government’s own internet troll program.

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the “Five Eyes” alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia–basically Oceania from 1984–get together to spy on each other’s citizens. That’s how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens.

The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I do not spend a lot of time on social media, and everything I post is generally vanilla, because I understand that the trolls are out there, in order to create narrative to further the agenda of the American Deep State.

And that agenda most generally comes down to war, and defending war as the only way in which the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika can acheive their geopolitical goals.

Dec 14 09:28

Are you buying your child a paedophile spycam for Christmas? How hackers are able to seize control of six top-selling gifts and tap into their video streams and microphones

The toys tested were the Q50 Smart Tracking Watch, Mass Effect: Andromeda NOMAD ND1 RC Car, Sky Viper v2400 HD Streaming Drone, AirHogs FPV High Speed Race Car, Cognitoys Dino and the Star Wars BB-8 Droid.

All Wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled toys are vulnerable to attack and there's no way of preventing according to the researchers.

Hackers are able to tap into the devices, because the toys each have their own hotspots, without any form of security or privacy settings.

Where phones, laptops and tablets have options to set passwords for the user to secure their device, the toys don't - leaving them vulnerable to anyone who wants to log in.

Dec 14 09:18

Zero-Day Remote 'Root' Exploit Disclosed In AT&T DirecTV WVB Devices

Security researchers have publicly disclosed an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in the firmware of AT&T DirecTV WVB kit after trying to get the device manufacturer to patch this easy-to-exploit flaw over the past few months.

The problem is with a core component of the Genie DVR system that's shipped free of cost with DirecTV and can be easily exploited by hackers to gain root access and take full control of the device, placing millions of people who've signed up to DirecTV service at risk.

Dec 14 09:05

Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public

from the dysfunction-junction dept
So by now we've pointed out how 200 engineers, internet legends, nearly 1000 startups, countless internet companies, 30 small ISPs, and millions of American consumers have told the FCC its plan to repeal net neutrality is extreme and will harm competition, innovation, and the health of the internet. But we've also pointed out repeatedly how this makes absolutely no difference at Trump's FCC, which appears mindlessly dedicated toward one singular purpose: pleasing entrenched telecom duopolies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is peace...idiocy is intelligence...free speech is terrifying, and, therefore, must be censored.

Dec 14 09:03

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

While the Army's mission is generally to "attack and destroy," the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team.

"Not everything is destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?" he told reporters.

The cyber soldiers have been integrated for six months in infantry units, and will tailor operations according to commanders' needs, said Colonel William Hartman of the Army's Cyber Command.

Dec 14 08:32

Consumer Watchdog warns personal digital assistants could spy on you

Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are two of the biggest sellers this holiday season, but the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog is warning the public after obtaining documents that reveal the companies’ future plans.

At a press conference in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog revealed they had obtained patent applications for the Amazon Echo and Google Home which reveal the companies plan to keep tabs on you and even your kids, all in the interest of selling information about you to advertisers.

“This is a home invasion, it’s not a holiday gift,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “I think this is the creepiest type of privacy problems we’ve ever seen from Google or Amazon.

The concerns stem from permit applications that the watchdog group obtained.

Dec 14 07:59

Wi-Fi at Starbucks hijacked computers to mine cryptocurrencies

Coffee giant Starbucks has confirmed that the free Wi-Fi in at least one of its Argentina stores has been infecting its customers’ electronic devices with a malicious code to mine cryptocurrencies.

The issue was initially reported early in December by an executive of a New York-based technology company, who noticed that while he got coffee in a Starbucks store in Buenos Aires, his laptop received a malicious crypto-currency mining code.

Dec 14 06:18

Trump Signs Into Law US Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. From a report:

The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that civilian agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. The law applies to both civilian and military networks. "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue," said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen>>>

Dec 13 12:18

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the “Five Eyes” alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia–basically Oceania from 1984–get together to spy on each other’s citizens. That’s how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens.

The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.

Dec 13 11:16

CONGRESS TOOK $101 MILLION IN DONATIONS FROM THE ISP INDUSTRY — HERE’S HOW MUCH YOUR LAWMAKER GOT

The FCC is about to give massive internet service providers the power to divide the internet. It is at risk of becoming unrecognizable. A vital global utility that has been a boon to creative and economic freedom for people around the world may be turned into a twisted land of tolls and corporate control.

The stakes are high. The internet now touches every town, every city, and every single one of us — whether we use it or not. Those who control the network control the future.

Dec 13 10:43

Brrr! It's a snow day and someone has pwned the chuffin' school heating

Britain's freezing weather has reanimated the issue of insecure building control systems.

Security researchers at Pen Test Partners have discovered that the web interfaces of heating controllers in many schools are accessible on the public internet and fundamentally insecure. The problem largely stems from lax installers who have disregarded installation advice rather than kit manufacturers, according to PTP.

Dec 13 10:40

Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

Security experts claim four extremely popular video-streaming websites have been secretly loaded with crypto-currency-crafting code.

According to AdGuard, the massive Monero-mining operation was discovered when ad-blocking plugin developer was fine-tuning its ad blockers to catch and block sites that attempt to hijack web surfers' spare CPU cycles for mining.

"While analyzing the first complaints, we came across several VERY popular websites that secretly use the resources of users' devices for cryptocurrency mining," AdGuard cofounder Andrey Meshkov explained this week.

"According to SimilarWeb, these four sites register 992 million visits monthly. And the total monthly earnings from crypto-jacking, taking into account the current Monero rate, can reach $326,124.85."

AdGuard says the sites – openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo, and OnlineVideoConverter – are often linked for other pages as embedded players, increasing their reach over hundreds of millions of visitors.

Dec 13 10:35

Password Stealing Apps With Over A Million Downloads Found On Google Play Store

Even after so many efforts by Google like launching bug bounty program and preventing apps from using Android accessibility services, malicious applications somehow manage to get into Play Store and infect people with malicious software.

The same happened once again when security researchers discovered at least 85 applications in Google Play Store that were designed to steal credentials from users of Russian-based social network VK.com and were successfully downloaded millions of times.

The most popular of all masqueraded as a gaming app with more than a million downloads. When this app was initially submitted in March 2017, it was just a gaming app without any malicious code, according to a blog post published Tuesday by Kaspersky Lab.

However, after waiting for more than seven months, the malicious actors behind the app updated it with information-stealing capabilities in October 2017.

Dec 13 08:33

The most damaging hacks and data breaches of 2017, so far

Criminals set their sights high in 2017, leading to the theft of personal information for millions and serious financial losses. Here are the attacks that wreaked the most havoc.

Dec 13 08:08

Two major cryptocurrency exchanges suffer outages

Cryptocurrency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex have been experiencing technical problems in the two seemingly unrelated incidents.

Coinbase’s website, as of 17:00 GMT Tuesday, showed “service unavailable,” flashing a message that said it was down for maintenance. Its exchange, the gdax.com, appeared to be operational, stating, however, that it was experiencing “minor service outage.”

Dec 11 11:01

CNN Glorifies ‘White Allies’ Who Want To Police Your ‘Insensitive’ Facebook Comments

CNN published a glowing and totally uncritical article Wednesday on a group that aims to be “your white allies on Facebook.”

Dec 11 10:32

THE NSA EMPLOYEE LIKELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHADOWBROKERS LEAK – AND BY EXTENSION THE WANNACRYPT NHS HACK – HAS BEEN CAUGHT AND PLEADS GUILTY.

The trove of exploits and data that he retrieved were then stolen from his home computer, allegedly through a hack by Russian agents who gained access through a backdoor in the software Kaspersky. A mysterious internet collective who call themselves the Shadowbrokers have been releasing a collection of hacked NSA exploits since last summer, and whilst that breach hasn’t officially been linked to of Pho’s arrest, the timing and an analysis which suggests that Shadowbrokers have had access to a TAO insider can hardly be dismissed as coincidental.
This story errs in blaming the Russians. The NSA guy had a pirated copy of Microsoft Office on his machine and that was the leak.

Dec 11 10:31

FORMER FACEBOOK EXEC SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA IS RIPPING APART SOCIETY

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

Dec 11 09:41

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency

With that as a starting point, it’s now becoming increasingly evident that Bitcoin may be a creation of the NSA and was rolled out as a “normalization” experiment to get the public familiar with digital currency. Once this is established, the world’s fiat currencies will be obliterated in an engineered debt collapse, then replaced with a government approved cryptocurrency with tracking of all transactions and digital wallets by the world’s western governments.

What evidence supports this notion? First, take a look at this document entitled, “How to make a mint: The cryptography of anonymous electronic cash.” This document, released in 1997 — yes, twenty years ago — detailed the overall structure and function of Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Who authored the document? Try not to be shocked when you learn it was authored by “mathematical cryptographers at the National Security Agency’s Office of Information Security Research and Technology.”

Dec 11 07:06

Are you aware? Comcast is injecting 400+ lines of JavaScript into web pages

I just learned of this dispicable Comcast practice today and I am livid. Comcast began injecting 400+ lines of JavaScript code in to pages I requested on the internet so that when the browser renders the web page, the JavaScript generates a pop up trying to up-sell me a new modem. When you call the number in the popup, they're quick to tell you that you need a new modem, which in my case is not true. I later verified with level-2 support that my modem is pefectly fine and I don't need to upgrade. As deceptive as that is however, my major complaint is that Comcast is intercepting web pages and then altering them by filling them with hundreds of lines of code. Even worse is that I've had to speak to 7 different supervisors from all areas of Comcast and they have either never heard of the process, or those who were aware of the practice don't know how to turn it off.

Dec 11 07:03

Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

For the second time this year, HP has had to patch its laptops after a security researcher found a driver-level keylogger – and this time, other laptop-makers might have to check their own products.

The debug trace was in the Synaptics Touchpad driver used almost across-the-board in HP laptops, and while it is turned off by default, a registry entry could turn it on. While few home users would be likely to turn it on, it would be a tasty exploit for RAT (remote access trojan) herders.

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