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Aug 01 09:24

DOJ AND FBI SHOW NO SIGNS OF CORRECTING PAST UNTRUTHS IN THEIR NEW ATTACKS ON ENCRYPTION

SOURCE: ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data. You should not spend any of your time listening to them.

Don’t be mistaken; the threat to encryption remains high. Australia and the United Kingdom already have laws in place that can enable those governments to undermine encryption, while other countries may follow. And it’s definitely dangerous when senior U.S. law enforcement officials talk about encryption the way Barr and Wray did.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with giving government "back doors" through all computer entities is, that the bad guys already have this security already in place and evolving, and the good people may well be encrypting their business methods, to protect themselves against unfair competition.

And secondly, and most importantly, this government has proven, time and time again, that they are not to be trusted with anything more important than a receipt for a pizza!!

Aug 01 09:19

PENTAGON: NEW LASER TECH CAN MAKE PEOPLE HEAR VOICE COMMANDS

ZAPPY BRAIN
The Pentagon is working on a weapon that uses lasers and plasma to transmit sound files, even human speech, directly to individual people at great distances.

That’s according to a story by the Military Times newspaper, which reports that military researchers are working on ways to use lasers and plasma to control crowds. The story is short on technical details — but, at the same time, a troubling glimpse of the military’s desire to control people using next-gen tech.

FRIKKIN LASERS
It’s not clear how the tech works.

And for now, the Military Times reports that the Pentagon’s scientists haven’t yet built a speech-transmitting laser capable of passing through a wall — though officials believe it could be ready to deploy in as little as five years.

HEARING VOICES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but upon reading this, the hair on the back of my head suddenly started to break dance!!

Aug 01 09:13

THE PENTAGON SPENT MILLIONS ON VULNERABLE CHINESE TECH IN 2018, WATCHDOG SAYS

SOURCE: NEXTGOV
The Pentagon last year purchased thousands of Chinese tech products that contained known cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and officials have yet to enact policies to stop it from happening again, an internal watchdog found.

In 2018, the department bought more than 9,500 commercial printers, computers and cameras despite warnings that adversaries could use the products to infiltrate networks and spy on personnel, according to an inspector general audit. The procurements, which totaled roughly $33 million, expose significant shortcomings in the department’s supply chain security policies that persist to this day, auditors said in a redacted report published Tuesday.

Specifically, the Army and Air Force purchased more than 8,000 printers from Lexmark and 1,500 computers from Lenovo, two Chinese companies that national security officials previously linked to the Communist Party’s espionage operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I have to ask, is why did this keep happening, when the Pentagon knew that there were known vulnerabilities in this equipment?!?

What's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody Everything!!!

Aug 01 08:47

Proxyclick: Customers Will Be Impressed When Businesses Use Facial Recognition To Identify Them

By MassPrivateI

Leave it to facial recognition companies to make up a totally bogus claim that makes me want to slam my foot in a door.

The access management company Proxyclick claims that businesses who use their ID Match (facial recognition) will impress customers...

Jul 31 18:53

Cambridge Massachusetts to Consider Facial Recognition Ban

By Michael Maharrey

Last night, Cambridge, Massachusetts Mayor Marc McGovern proposed a measure to ban facial recognition technology in the city.

Cambridge could become the fourth U.S. city to ban facial recognition technology. Oakland, San Francisco, and Somerville, Massachusetts, have all passed ordinances to prohibit active use of facial recognition technology by city departments and barring the use of data or evidence produced by facial recognition software systems in criminal investigations or legal proceedings...

Jul 31 16:15

Whistleblower Matt DeHart To Be Released From Prison In October

By Elizabeth Vos

Former U.S. Air National Guard intelligence analyst and online activist Matt DeHart is set for release on October 3rd, after eight years’ imprisonment. He was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of soliciting child pornography but has maintained that the FBI told him they knew he was innocent of the charges and that evidence supporting the charges was fabricated. DeHart is incarcerated in Ashland, Kentucky...

Jul 31 13:22

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

By Andrew Crocker

Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data. You should not spend any of your time listening to them.

Don’t be mistaken; the threat to encryption remains high. Australia and the United Kingdom already have laws in place that can enable those governments to undermine encryption, while other countries may follow. And it’s definitely dangerous when senior U.S. law enforcement officials talk about encryption the way Barr and Wray did...

Jul 31 11:07

Oh, How I Loathe the TSA

By Michael Maharrey

Oh, I know there are greater threats to my liberty. I should hate the IRS more. Or maybe the NSA. Perhaps the Pentagon. But the TSA — I guess that it’s just such a tangible violation of my rights and the Constitution. I can literally feel it running up and down my leg...

Jul 31 10:50

Are You Ready To Have Elon Musk’s Artificial Intelligence Chip, Neuralink, Inserted Into Your Brain? Trials Start 2020 For The ‘Robotization’ Of Humankind

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Are you ready to be chipped and robotized?

As almost always, conspiracy theories and/or “fake news” turn out to be factual, but propagandized so as to make “useless eaters” feel they are ‘safe’ from surveillance and becoming robots or ‘bots’...

Jul 30 10:44

When Cash Is Banned, Centralized Cryptos Are Not Going to Save You

By Graham Smith

Australia is now moving forward with its proposed legislation to ban cash purchases over 10,000 AUD ($6,900) for business purposes. According to the treasury website: “The Black Economy Taskforce recommended this action to tackle tax evasion and other criminal activities.” While many Aussies are celebrating Bitcoin’s exclusion from this clause, others find the move away from hard cash somewhat chilling. After all, if this finally goes through, banks and the state will be given sole power to deny or approve any and all purchases above this limit. Crypto is not yet affected, but when cash is erased, and the control grid is tightened, be sure that centralized shitcoins are not going to save anyone, either...

Jul 30 08:48

Expensive 5G Phones Overheat and Switch Back to 4G; “Remedies” Include Ice Packs and Cranking A/C

By B.N. Frank

A few weeks ago, new warnings started being reported that 5G is causing phones to overheat.

Here’s another one, including some very unfriendly solutions for the environment...

Jul 30 08:05

100 million Americans and 6 million Canadians caught up in Capital One breach

Capital One has disclosed that it has suffered a data breach impacting 100 million people in the United States, and 6 million in Canada.

The company said in a statement that data between 2005 and 2019 was accessed and related to information on consumers at the time when they applied for a credit card.

"This information included personal information Capital One routinely collects at the time it receives credit card applications, including names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income," the company said.

"Beyond the credit card application data, the individual also obtained portions of credit card customer data, including: Customer status data, e.g., credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information; Fragments of transaction data from a total of 23 days during 2016, 2017 and 2018."

Jul 30 08:01

Amazon & Google Use Secret Police Deals and Freebies To Spy On Everyone

By MassPrivateI

Amazon and Google are using secret police agreements and free giveaways to spy on everyone.

Amazon and law enforcement are enticing residents to join Amazon’s “Neighbors” network by giving out corporate freebies. They're essentially offering first-time home buyers $5,000 worth of surveillance devices so they can monitor everything they do...

Jul 30 07:33

Libra is Just the Beginning of Corporate Cryptocurrencies, Says Blockchain Researchers

Moving from a world where the development of economic frameworks are no longer at the helm of governments and countries, Facebook will soon have around 2.2 billion of its users with access to a crypto wallet.

But while Libra’s success is an unknown, one certainty is that Facebook won’t be the only corporation rolling out such technology according to RMIT’s Professor Jason Potts from the University’s Blockchain Innovation Hub...

Jul 29 18:12

5G Is Bad For Bees. California Video Provides Sad Evidence.

By B.N. Frank

Last month a new one-page flyer was released to provide information about how bees are harmed by exposure to 5G and other sources of cell phone and wireless radiation.

This new video posted on YouTube seems to document that 5G cell towers are causing bees to die underneath them...

Jul 29 16:31

Surveillance state: 1 in 2 American adults is already in the FBI’s facial recognition database

To American patriots still thinking inside the box, granting ICE access to such data might seem like nothing but a good thing, seeing as how at least 22 million illegal aliens are currently living in America without permission. But once this pandora’s box of privacy is breached in the name of fighting illegal immigration, it can very quickly be abused as a means to violate the privacy rights of all Americans.

Jul 29 16:12

DDoS Attack Explained

Jul 29 08:30

Lack of Diverse Media Ownership Leads to Censorship in Pakistan Says New Report

By Waleed Tariq

Aided by lax legal restrictions, Pakistan is a “high-risk country” in terms of media pluralism as more than half of mass media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few — a model which has resulted in closure of businesses, a fall in journalism standards and rise in censorship, says a new research study.

These findings, coupled with the ruling party’s increasingly hostile attitude towards journalists who are critical of government institutions, have led to the deterioration of the country’s once-vibrant media environment and paved the way for continued threats to press freedom...

Jul 29 08:19

Australia to Start Policing Facebook’s and Google’s Algorithms

By Sean Walton

Australia’s antitrust watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has announced that it plans to set up an office that is dedicated to nothing else other than policing the algorithms tech giants like Facebook and Google use to generate their income, reports Reuters.

This is part of reforms designed to rein in the U.S. technology giants, potentially setting a precedent for global lawmakers...

Jul 29 07:48

GitHub confirms it has blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea

The impact of U.S. trade restrictions is trickling down to the developer community. GitHub, the world’s largest host of source code, is preventing users in Iran, Syria, Crimea and potentially other sanctioned nations from accessing portions of the service, chief executive of the Microsoft-owned firm said.

Jul 28 17:31

Where Does It End? New “Monarch” Brain Device Approved for ADHD

By Truthstream Media

Featuring Dr. Peter Breggin [The Minds of Men] For more on SPAC, visit Breggin.com.

Dr. Breggin discusses the sordid history behind experiments done on children, and looks at some of the latest developments in what is planned for kids who supposedly have ADHD.

Jul 28 17:25

Crypto Is Part of Free Speech, and Free Speech Is Everything

By Graham Smith

On July 23, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a speech demanding big players in the tech industry work with government agencies in providing backdoor entry points for encrypted devices and software. Per his reasoning, certain devices and messaging services pose a safety threat by providing a secure, third-party-inaccessible area where crime can rapidly proliferate. He didn’t note that this “warrant-proof encryption” also protects journalists, researchers, and individuals in areas of political unrest living under corrupt governments. Secure encryption also protects and verifies the financial assets and transactions of cryptocurrency holders everywhere. If strings of code — ideas, in essence — are now being made illegal, it would appear that a brand new battle for humanity’s free expression is just beginning...

Jul 28 16:00

STOP THIS BS : Senate moves bill with up to $15,000 fines for sharing memes online

In other words, the Congress wants to make it easier to sue people who send a meme or post images that they didn’t create themselves, essentially a giveaway to lawyers who sue unsuspecting suckers for a living.

Jul 28 12:09

Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes Crypto

By Kai Sedgwick

When we think of the unbanked, we envisage citizens of developing nations who lack the means and documentation to obtain access. But you don’t have to be a Mongolian goat herder to find yourself financially excluded. In the West, relatively affluent citizens are having their banking services withdrawn suddenly and without warning. Their ‘crime’? Buying and selling bitcoin.

The story of my banking blockade isn’t tragic or deserving of sympathy. But it warrants telling nonetheless, for it will be familiar to a number of readers who have bought or sold bitcoin. If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone...

Jul 28 10:05

5 of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency

By Kai Sedgwick

Crypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as ETH and BTC is a matter of some debate, what’s indisputable is that digital currencies can now be used for more than merely paying for goods and services. Here are five use cases for crypto assets that demonstrate the extent of the fintech revolution taking place...

Jul 27 08:53

10,000 American Cryptocurrency Owners Will Receive Warning Letters From the IRS

By Jamie Redman

On July 26, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax agency has started sending letters to American cryptocurrency owners advising them to pay their taxes. According to the organization, three types of letters will be sent to more than 10,000 taxpayers by the end of August. The news follows the recent IRS taskforce slide that shows alarming recommendations on how tax agents should investigate digital currency users...

Jul 27 08:42

“Human Rights Activists” Celebrate Facebook-Twitter Censorship

Op-Ed by Joseph Thomas

All Facebook and Twitter accounts associated with Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci have been deleted. The extent to which both American-based tech companies went to target Cartalucci could be seen in a recent Reuters article reporting on it...

Jul 27 08:37

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

Apple’s Siri AI assistant sends audio of sexual encounters, embarrassing medical information, drug deals, and other private moments recorded without users’ knowledge to human ‘graders’ for evaluation, a whistleblower has revealed.

Recordings from Apple’s Siri voice assistant are fed to human contractors around the world, who grade the AI based on the quality of its response and whether its activation was deliberate, according to an anonymous contractor who spoke to the Guardian. They claimed accidental activations are much more frequent than Apple lets on, especially with Apple Watch users – and wants the company to own up to the problem.

Jul 27 08:36

‘This is the endgame’: Instagram users vent after site culls meme-posting accounts

Instagram has suspended scores of popular ‘meme’ accounts that collectively have tens of millions of followers, during a mass purge of the platform. The move was met with shock and anger by users.

The cull was carried out on Friday with no warning to users other than an email to tell the account holders that they had been suspended. One, @Finest.Inventions, claimed more than 13 million followers alone.

Jul 26 20:29

Google Takes Position in Controversial Vaccine Safety Debate

Google has recently (June 2019) used their power to manipulate public opinion in favor of the Pro Vaccine Argument!

Jul 26 15:49

Who ISN'T listening? Report claims Apple contractors often hear private conversations picked up by Siri, after similar accusations against Amazon and Google

As is the case with other similar programs from Google and Amazon, however, a whistleblower says the program has inadvertently swept up audio data that most might find confidential.

Those include, according to an unnamed source in the report, conversations between patients and doctors, sex, criminal activity, and official business talk.

In a statement to The Guardian, Apple admitted to its previously unreported practice.

'A small portion of Siri requests are analyzed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID,' said the company.

'Siri responses are analyzed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.'

Jul 26 14:12

Media BLACKOUT: If Senate Bill 1273 passes you could be fined $15,000 for sharing memes on social media

Here we go America! -- Whether you share an LOL cat or a picture of AOC trying to use a garbage disposal, it may not matter. -- If someone holds a copyright to the photo you are sharing, they can take you to court and you can be forced to pay up to $15,000 ……if this bill passes.

Jul 26 13:59

The window of “allowable speech” is collapsing, and the Dark Age of internet censorship has arrived

The evil, authoritarian tech giants are obliterating any remaining shred of free speech, a universal human right. At first, they targeted Trump supporters and conservatives. Then the censorship targeted Christians and people quoting Bible scripture. Now, they’re censoring all speech about vaccines, GMOs and natural cancer cures.

Jul 26 11:19

Top University Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of “Technical Flaws” In Pre-Crime Police Systems

By Nicholas West

It is unfortunate that citizens and experts alike are finally waking up to the threat of artificial intelligence being used by law enforcement when the genie is already out of the bottle. It is especially troubling to see the high-level institutions that have been behind the creation of these systems beginning to warn of potential miscalculations due to rolling out artificial intelligence before it is properly understood. But, as they say, better late than never.

A new paper released by MIT entitled “Technical Flaws of Pretrial Risk Assessments Raise Grave Concerns” has been signed by some of the highest level university experts in the field of A.I. and law...

Jul 26 09:45

Military Will Use Facial Recognition Goggles to Help Soldiers Identify People Through Weapons Systems

By Nicholas West

Public resistance in the U.S. has finally begun to mount against the use of facial recognition systems due to privacy issues as well as documented inaccuracies. Even police departments have begun to dump the use of biometrics, particularly in the area of pre-crime algorithms that also have demonstrated the failures of artificial intelligence to be accurate enough for use in law enforcement.

Nevertheless, the military is firmly embracing both uses as the Army aims to roll out facial recognition goggles that would enable soldiers to “see through the eyes” of any weapons system and highlight people for further investigation … and presumably to be targeted for elimination...

Jul 26 08:41

Texas Power Company Admits to Regularly Overcharging Customers Because of “Smart” Technology Data Collection Errors

By B.N. Frank

Original utility analog meters lasted on average 40 years. Not “Smart” Meters and their grids. They have SO many issues associated with them including data collection errors. This often lead to customers paying higher bills. Another example of this was recently reported in Texas...

Jul 26 08:26

How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders

By Graham Smith

A New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Green isn’t alone. With tighter and tighter crypto regulations being imposed worldwide, entrepreneurs, small startups, and even unsuspecting hobbyists are being indicted and threatened by the “crypto cop” dragnet...

Jul 25 17:40

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it

On the one hand, Wray wants to crack encryption so he can snoop on, unmask, and break down the door of, among other scumbags, hackers. And yet, he wants to crack encryption in such a way that, er, hackers can snoop on and unmask citizens by exploiting deliberately introduced weaknesses. In his pursuit of hackers across the nation to protect citizens, he's potentially tearing down the walls that keep hackers out of citizens' private spaces.

Jul 25 17:32

Your Android Phone Can Get Hacked Just By Playing This Video

The critical RCE vulnerability (CVE-2019-2107) in question resides in the Android media framework, which if exploited, could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted device.

To gain full control of the device, all an attacker needs to do is tricking the user into playing a specially crafted video file with Android's native video player application.

Though Google already released a patch earlier this month to address this vulnerability, apparently millions of Android devices are still waiting for the latest Android security update that needs to be delivered by their respective device manufacturers.

Jul 25 17:18

Venezuelan Government Accused of Using Bitcoin to Bypass US Sanctions

By Jamie Redman

Nicolás Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela have been accused of circumventing financial blockades imposed by the U.S. government. According to local reports, Maduro’s regime evades sanctions with cryptocurrency alongside an airline application called Jetman Pay. Allegedly, Jetman Pay collects airline taxes from travelers who purchase tickets from Maiquetía International Airport and the Venezuelan government agency Sunacrip converts the tax money into BTC and sends the funds to regime accounts in Russia, China, and Bulgaria...

Jul 25 11:11

Ransomware Attack Rocks City Power, Johannesburg, South Africa

A ransomware attack has crippled City Power, the electric utility for Johannesburg, South Africa. That grid is particularly important since it powers South Africa’s financial district, Reuters notes.

It’s the latest in a growing list of malware attacks that specifically target cities, municipalities and government agencies worldwide.

Jul 24 15:53

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

By Adam Schwartz

EFF is disappointed by the terms of the settlement agreement announced today between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook. It is grossly inadequate to the task of protecting the privacy of technology users from Facebook’s surveillance-based system of social networking and targeted advertising.

This settlement arises from the FTC’s 2012 settlement order against Facebook, concerning the company’s deceptive statements about user privacy. Facebook violated the 2012 FTC order through its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which violated the privacy rights of millions of Facebook users...

Jul 24 15:01

After being exposed by Project Veritas for censoring pro-Trump voices ahead of the 2020 election, Google CENSORS the video exposing them

What do you do when you’re the world’s most powerful Internet and technology company and someone just exposed you for nefarious, and possibly illegal, behavior?

You do what tyrants, thugs, dictators, and authoritarians have done for centuries: You get rid of the evidence.

In the 21st century, that can be accomplished by simply censoring the content — making it unavailable on your near-monopoly search platform, especially when that video exposes your company for…censorship.

Jul 24 14:58

Google employees label notable conservatives Dennis Prager, Jordan Peterson, and others as “Nazis” in latest malicious smear stemming from left-wing bias

Documents from tech giant Google that were leaked to investigative journalism organization Project Veritas show that the company refers to popular leading conservatives such as PragerU founder Dennis Prager and Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, as “Nazis.”

A report published by Project Veritas on Monday notes that internal documents leaked to the organization show that a Google employee and member of the tech giant’s “transparency-and-ethics” group called Peterson, Prager, Ben Shapiro, and other leading conservative voices “Nazis.”

As Breitbart News noted, the email document comes from internal communications within Google’s “transparency-and-ethics” group and strongly suggests that any content that PragerU, Peterson, and Shapiro publish ought to be removed from the “suggestion feature.”

Censored, in other words.

Jul 24 13:35

LEAKED PAPER: EU Online Crackdown Even WORSE Than We Thought

By Corbett Report Extras

Writer and journalist Glyn Moody joins us today to discuss his recent TechDirt article, “EU Looking To Regulate Everything Online, And To Make Sites Proactively Remove Material.”

We discuss the recently-passed EU copyright directive, including the imposition of upload filters, and the recently-leaked working paper on the EU Digital Services Act.

We also remember some of the successes that protesters have had in the wake of internet-killing copyright legislation in the past.

Jul 24 12:48

Google whistleblower says the company IS politically biased and says bosses' claims that they are neutral are 'ridiculous' as he warns 'algorithms don't write themselves'

Coppola said that there were a 'small number' of people whose jobs were dedicated to promoting certain news sites over others and that the bias is left-leaning, favoring CNN and The New York Times.

'A small number of people do work on making sure that certain new sites are promoted. And in fact, I think it would only take a couple out of an organization of 100,000, you know, to make sure that the product is a certain way,' he said.

Coppola added: 'I think it’s, you know, ridiculous to say that there’s no bias.

'I think everyone who supports anything other than the Democrats, anyone who’s pro-Trump or in any way deviates from what CNN and the New York Times are pushing, notices how bad it is,' he said.

'I'm very concerned to see big tech and big media merge basically with a political party, with the Democrat party. I know how algorithms are.

'They don't write themselves. We write them to do what we want them to do,' he said.

Jul 24 09:52

ANYONE can be re-identified from ‘anonymous data’, researchers claim & let you TEST it

Online services that claim to anonymize users’ personal data aren’t as secure as we think, according to researchers who found over 99 percent of people can be identified from a handful of supposedly anonymous data points.

Doubters will be quickly silenced with the online tool the researchers developed to accompany their paper, published in Nature Communications on Tuesday. Using just three commonly-requested demographic attributes – birthdate, zip code, and gender – the program is able to successfully identify users about 83 percent of the time. And with 5 and more data points the machine-learning model gets it right over 99 percent of the time.

Jul 23 18:29

Privacy Is a Human Right Worth Fighting For

By Kai Sedgwick

Privacy is a basic human right. It’s there in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence.” Attaining that right in an era of dragnet surveillance, mass data breaches, state-sponsored hacks and big tech overreach, however, is a Herculean task. As the digital privacy fight heats up, crypto protocols are emerging as a new battleground where the right to anonymity will be won and lost...

Jul 23 17:09

Beware cryptocurrency scams: Warning as dozens of fake accounts claim to be selling Facebook's new Libra currency at a discount

Dozens of fake accounts purporting to sell Facebook's unreleased cryptocurrency, Libra, have cropped up on the platform in a concerted scamming effort.

A report from the Washington Post details dozens of accounts, pages, and groups, across both Facebook and Instagram claiming to be official outlets for buying the currency sometimes at a discount.

The accounts, reports the Post, are often times disguised using Facebook's official logos and other marketing materials, making them fairly convincing to unsuspecting users.

Targets of the scams are sometimes redirected to third-party sites such as BuyLibraCoins.com which, like the fraudulent Facebook accounts, bare the same official-looking branding and marketing materials of the platform.

The Washington Post notes that other sham websites include the almost indiscernibly similar Calìbra.com, which uses a special character instead of the 'i' in Facebook's official Libra website, Calibra.com.

Jul 23 15:49

Sharpening Our Claws: Teaching Privacy Badger to Fight More Third-Party Trackers

The latest release of Privacy Badger gives it the power to detect and block a new class of evasive, pervasive third-party trackers, including Google Analytics.

Most blocking tools, like uBlock Origin, Ghostery, and Firefox’s native blocking mode (using Disconect’s block lists), use human-curated lists to decide whether to block or allow third-party resources. But Privacy Badger is different. Rather than rely on a list of known trackers, it discovers and learns to block new trackers in the wild. It works using heuristics, or patterns of behavior, to identify trackers.

Last week, we updated Privacy Badger with a new heuristic to help it identify trackers that have flown under its radar in the past.

Jul 23 15:39

World's best facial recognition AI systems STILL struggle to tell black people apart - particularly women

Evidence continues to mount that facial recognition systems - some of which are already deployed by police forces worldwide - struggle to tell black people apart.

Research conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US tested AI software from more than 50 companies across the globe.

Experts from the government agency found up to a tenfold difference in error rate when it came to correctly identifying black women compared to white females.

White men were found to present the least challenge when it came to correct identification.

The finding builds on previous studies that have also noted serious discrepancies in facial recognition tools when it comes to images of people with darker skin tones.

Jul 23 11:19

None Dare Call It Sedition

So follow the damning chain of evidence and culpability. If Google was conceived, funded and directed by the CIA, and Google funded Crowdstrike, the so-called “experts” behind the Russian hackers story, how complicit does that make the top echelon of the CIA in this series of lies and duplicity in fomenting the attempted coup against Donald Trump?

Jul 23 10:38

Voice AI: Dawn of the Reduction of Human Thinking

By Makia Freeman

Voice AI is becoming a normal part of life for many people. Whether it’s a little cylinder of circle on your countertop (Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home/Google Assistant) or activated purely through your computer/smartphone (Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana), the Big Tech cartel is encouraging us to use voice AI for anything and everything. They want these voice AI devices to become your one-stop shop for all information – your little circle of omniscience. Since voice AI is hands-free and voice-activated, many people use it on the go. It’s all about convenience. It lends itself even less than other forms of AI to fact-checking, since how likely are users to fact-check its answers when that would defeat the point of the convenience? Are we entering into a world of intellectual passivity, where human thinking will be drastically reduced or even eliminated?...

Jul 23 10:23

Siemens contractor pleads guilty to planting logic bomb in company spreadsheets

A former Siemens contractor has pled guilty last week to planting logic bombs inside spreadsheets he created for the company.

For his crimes, David Tinley, 62, from a city near Pittsburgh, now faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Jul 23 09:40

The Non-Hack That Hurt Hillary - On The 3rd Anniversary Of WikiLeaks Release Of The DNC Emails

Three years ago Monday WikiLeaks published a trove of highly embarrassing emails that had been leaked from inside the Democratic National Committee. As has been the case with every leak revealed by WikiLeaks, the emails were authentic. These particular ones, however, could not have come at a worse time for top Democratic Party officials.

The emails made it unmistakably clear that the DNC had tipped the scales sharply against Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders, giving him a snowball’s chance in hell for the nomination. The posting of the DNC emails is also widely seen as having harmed the the electoral prospects of Hillary Clinton, who could not escape responsibility completely, while a handful of the very top DNC officials were forced to immediately resign.

Jul 23 08:55

Fires and Electrical Problems From Smart Meters and Digital Utility Meters

By Nina Beety

Smart and digital meters are electronic devices which vary considerably from traditional analog electromechanical meters. Differences in design and function, including basic design flaws ignoring National Electrical Code rules, create an enormous fire and electrical hazard in every community. Deaths, injuries, and property damage have occurred in the U.S. and internationally as a result of these electronic meters.

This week I released a 50-page overview on the fire and electrical hazards of Smart Meters, ERTs, AMI, AMR, PLC and other digital utility meters used in the U.S. and Canada...

Jul 23 08:41

Jacksons Convenience Stores Use Cop-Run Facial Recognition Cameras To Identify Customers

By MassPrivateI

Two years ago, I wrote about the dangers of a cop-run company that profits from installing facial recognition cameras in retail stores. But few people took notice.

Blue Line Technology’s (BLT) “about” page makes no effort to hide the fact that a bunch of former police and military professionals want to put facial recognition in retail stores across the country...

Jul 22 19:30

Anti-vaxxers / Ex-vaxxers: The New Blacklisted

By Catherine J. Frompovich

It is with great respect and honest admiration I salute Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), for her remarks about what’s been going on regarding our loss of freedoms relative to self-determination in health issues for us and our children, especially with regard to vaccines and vaccinations, the unsafe prophylaxis ‘preventive healthcare’...

Jul 22 19:04

Telehealth Services Grew Nearly 1,400% With Rapid Urban Expansion

From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393 percent, according to a new white paper on telehealth from FAIR Health, a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. The study draws on data from FAIR Health’s comprehensive repository of over 29 billion private healthcare claim records–the largest in the country...

Jul 22 18:14

LooCipher Ransomware Decryptor Gets Your Files Back for Free

A decryptor for the LooCipher Ransomware has been released by Emsisoft that allows victims to decrypt their files for free. If you were infected with LooCipher, do not pay the ransom and instead follow the instructions below.

Jul 22 18:11

Does Facial Recognition Technology Make You Grimace? New Website Offers Map of Where It’s Being Used by Law Enforcement and How to Get It Banned.

By B.N. Frank

Think law enforcement using facial recognition technology to catch criminals isn’t a big deal? You may want to review new website – Ban Facial Recognition – and reevaluate your position.

unsettling information is provided at the website as well as a U.S. map of where this technology is being used by law enforcement. Kudos to San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Somerville, MA for already passing local ordinances banning it...

Jul 22 18:02

Too hot to handle? Raspberry Pi 4 fans left wondering if kit should come with a heatsink

It is no surprise that the Pi 4 gets hotter than its predecessor, it is marketed as a viable general-purpose PC, after all.

There is an issue though: if it frequently overheats in normal use, users are not getting full performance. Longevity of the components may also be affected. We advised in our original review that "things got quite warm" when using the Pi for a few days.

Software engineer Martin Rowan has looked in detail at Pi 4 temperatures and concluded that it is "too hot to use enclosed". One of his complaints is that the official case "remains a fan-less design. Sadly this doesn't work out well with the increased thermal load." According to his measurements: "Compared to the Pi 3, the new Raspberry Pi 4 is running 80 per cent hotter and more than 100 per cent hotter when the new 4K display support is enabled."

Jul 22 17:59

5G Is Millimeter Wave Technology. How The ACLU Weighs In On “Directed Energy Devices.”

By B.N. Frank

Millimeter wave technology can be weaponized as used as “directed energy devices.” The ACLU doesn’t seem to look upon this favorably. They aren’t alone...

Jul 22 17:39

Verizon Charges $650 Upfront and $85 Monthly for a 5G Hotspot Despite Anticipating Lawsuits, Few Subscribers, Bad Reviews, Widespread Opposition

By B.N. Frank

Since there is research that has already determined that exposure to all sources of wireless radiation is harmful, telecoms have been warning investors they may eventually be held liable for harm. That’s probably why insurance companies won’t cover them anymore, but Verizon isn't deterred...

Jul 22 15:52

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

"Facebook is embedding tracking data inside photos you download," Edin Jusupovic claimed on Twitter, explaining he had "noticed a structural abnormality when looking at a hex dump of an image file from an unknown origin only to discover it contained what I now understand is an IPTC special instruction." The IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) sets technical publishing standards, including those for image metadata.

Jusupovic described this as a "shocking level of tracking," adding that "the take from this is that they can potentially track photos outside of their own platform with a disturbing level of precision about who originally uploaded the photo (and much more)."

Jul 22 10:31

Pampers Joins Huggies in Selling “Smart” Diapers Despite Health Warnings, Privacy and Security Issues

Activist Post reported about Huggies’ “Smart Diapers” in May. Now Proctor & Gamble has announced they will start selling their own “Smart” diapers in the fall. Unlike the Huggies line, their diapers will only track pee (not poo) but they will also track babies’ sleep patterns.

The Lumi by Pampers line, which Pampers says has a waitlist ahead of its US launch this fall, includes an activity sensor that secures to a “landing” on the front of a baby’s diaper. It comes with a baby monitor and a 10-day supply of diapers. The sensor works with a corresponding app to log the kid’s pee and identify patterns. Additional packs of Lumi by Pamper diapers will be sold separately. Pricing has not been finalized.

Parents using the Lumi diapers will in theory not have to worry about checking any of that because they’ll get smartphone alerts. The app will display one of three diaper statuses: dry, wet, very wet.

Jul 22 09:56

MAJOR: Israeli Spy Program To Steal Personal Data From Apple, Google And Facebook

Israeli technology company NSO Group was in the spotlight when it was revealed that its software products would have been used to hack WhatsApp and spy on Android and iOS phones.

The spy program developed by NSO Group can gain access to user data from Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft servers, writes The Financial Times.

While the Israeli firm has consistently rejected allegations of hacking or spying, it has never denied the development of such technologies, raising many questions among the experts.

Jul 22 09:14

Huawei reportedly helped North Korea build its wireless network

Huawei worked with the North Korean government to build and maintain a commercial wireless network, The Washington Post reported based on people familiar with the situation and internal documents.

The documents show that Huawei partnered with Chinese state-owned firm Panda International Information Technology on several projects over eight years, according to the Post, though it is unclear what role Huawei played. The Post said it obtained work orders, contracts and spreadsheets from people who believed they would be of public interest, including a former Huawei employee.

Jul 22 08:28

NSA Whistleblower Speaks About Julian Assange & The “Shadow Government”

By Arjun Walia

The Facts: Longtime high-ranking NSA employee William Binney shares his thoughts on the arrest of Julian Assange and who is really in control.

Reflect On: Why do we continue to believe that a president can make changes? Why do we continue to elect and vote without addressing the real issue behind decisions made in politics? Why not address the secret government and its stranglehold on politics?...

Jul 21 18:26

“Energy News” Reports Low-income Utility Customers in Illinois Could Be Paying More For Their Smart Meters. Why This Could Be Happening Elsewhere.

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post regularly reports about the many issues associated with utility Smart Meters. This includes fires and explosions, rate increases for installation and frequent replacement, and the additional energy use for 24/7 customer data collection being passed on to customers.

Repeat – unlike original analog meters, Smart Meters allow utility companies to collect, store, and analyze customers’ utility use 24/7. Some even share (or sell) this data with 3rd parties. Creepy, right? The irony in Illinois is that because of this 24/7 data collection, a study determined that low-income customers are subsidizing higher-income consumers...

Jul 21 18:15

Anti-extremism software to be used to tackle vaccine disinformation

Redirection tool that confronts anti-vax theories under development by UK’s Moonshot

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