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Jun 26 18:42

Victory: California Orders State Audit of Automated License Plate Readers

By Dave Maass

A California legislative committee today voted to direct the State Auditor to launch a probe into the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement agencies. The audit will include the first comprehensive statewide survey of which agencies use this surveillance technology and what vendors they use. It will also include a deeper audit into four specific jurisdictions across the state.

ALPRs are camera systems that scan the license plates of vehicles in order to track people in real-time and create search databases of drivers’ historical travel patterns...

Jun 26 17:49

PG&E to Pay $1B for CA Wildfires. But What About Lawsuits for Smart Meter Fires? Is There A Link?

By B.N. Frank

If you hadn’t heard, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has finally agreed to pay $1B in damages for starting several California wildfires.

But will we ever know for sure whether or not PG&E Utility Smart Meter fires and explosions played any role in those wildfires?...

Jun 26 11:53

Scott Adams: All the News, With Coffee

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1143881650389917698

Congress is incompetent and despicable…dead father and child
Reviewing Jared Kushner’s TOP SHELF persuasion techniques
Democrat debates tonight, I’ll be live tweeting it
Project Veritas video, Google person says VERY disturbing things
Is it time to regulate social media platforms?
My friend with a TERRIBLE case of TDS…he BELIEVES new accuser
He feels her accusation is credible…and he saw CNN interview
Balaji S. Srinivasan’s insight about the future of multiple identities
Brian Stelter confused why he can’t find credible pushback sources
Andrew Yang’s $1,000 per month offer…smart, efficient politicking
Erik Finman’s prediction that Bitcoin will jump up…and then it did
Erik calls out high potential of the WHEN

Jun 26 10:56

The History of Cellular Network Security Doesn’t Bode Well for 5G

By EFF Threat Lab

There’s been quite a bit of media hype about the improvements 5G is set to supposedly bring to users, many of which are no more than telecom talking points. One aspect of the conversation that’s especially important to get right is whether or not 5G will bring much-needed security fixes to cell networks. Unfortunately, we will still need to be concerned about these issues—and more—in 5G...

Jun 26 08:24

New Flyer and Website All About The Bees Being Harmed by 5G

By B.N. Frank

In February, telecom industry representatives gave congressional testimony that they have no scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many studies say it’s not. Regardless, 5G is being installed everywhere despite worldwide opposition and warnings from doctors, scientists, environmentalists and many other credible sources...

Jun 26 07:36

Facebook to Hand Over Users’ Info to French Govt For “Hate Speech” Prosecutions

By Chris Menahan

Facebook is going to work in concert with the government of France to rat out its own users so they can be prosecuted for “hate speech.”

The move comes just three months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged a “privacy-focused” overhaul of the social network...

Jun 25 15:48

“Surveillance Capitalism”: Toronto Urged to Abandon Google’s Smart City

By Derrick Broze

The “Smart City” Quayside project in Toronto, Canada continues to receive criticism from privacy advocates as well as current and former members of the project.

Quayside is a smart city located on 12 acres of waterfront property southeast of downtown Toronto, Canada. The city represents a joint effort by the Canadian government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc...

Jun 25 12:01

FLASHBACK - DC security robot quits job by drowning itself in a fountain

We don’t yet know the full story of what happened, but it appears the robot — a Knightscope K5 — ran itself right into a water fountain inside an office complex. No word on whether it survived its injury or why the incident occurred. Did it hate its job? Did it just overhear some horrifying news? Did it realize that the future is not, in fact, now?

Jun 25 11:24

Scott Adams: Thorium Reactors Saving the World, Border Funding

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1143519311794855941

Healthcare cost transparency EO (cost reduction) by President Trump
Whomever is willing to torture border children the longest…wins!
Solutions to REDUCE or ELIMINATE kids being tortured
CNN does multiple interviews of newest nutty accuser
Iran spokesman says “White House is afflicted by mental retardation”
President Trump asks…why are WE paying to protect others countries?
Guest: Kirk Sorensen, Nuclear and aerospace expert
Startup company, developing a thorium reactor
BENEFITS of a thorium reactor versus uranium
Follow Kirk: @KirkSorensen
Project Veritas has confirmed Google CAN affect things…if they want
In the long-run, algorithms WILL evolve to contain political bias
The problem with Bernie’s“free education” plan
Elizabeth Warren’s “gay reparations” plan based on prior tax policies

Jun 25 10:23

Duel 5G Antennas On Property Roof In Pennsylvania: Do You Want Them On Your House?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

How would YOU like to have apparent 5G antennas similar to the parallel arrays on the roof of this house in Downington, Pennsylvania? That may become an extremely scary reality IF and WHEN mass 5G rollouts spread across towns, boroughs, cities, counties and states across the USA...

Jun 25 09:52

RETAILERS ARE JUDGING CONSUMERS BY USING SECRET "SURVEILLANCE SCORES"

China isn’t the only country with a draconian “social credit score” system — there’s one quite a bit like it operating in the U.S. Except that it’s being run by American businesses, not the government. There’s plenty of evidence that retailers have been using a technique called “surveillance scoring” for decades in which consumers are given a secret score by an algorithm to give them a different price — but for the same goods and services.

Jun 25 07:34

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

ProPublica

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.

A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: “StressedVoice detected.”...

Jun 25 07:19

Gillette Stadium’s Facial Recognition Can Identify Fans Before They Enter The Stadium

By MassPrivateI

One of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the New England Patriots is using “Evolve Edge” millimeter wave/facial recognition scanners to identify fans before they enter Gillette Stadium.

According to Evolv Edge’s brochure, their scanners use facial recognition to identify everyone...

Jun 25 07:16

Hackers Hit Global Telcos, Steal Large Amounts of Personal and Corporate Data

By Sean Walton

Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers from a cyber security company said on Tuesday, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage campaigns.

Investigators at U.S.-Israeli cybersecurity firm Cybereason said the attackers compromised companies in more than 30 countries and aimed to gather information on individuals in government, law enforcement and politics...

Jun 25 06:31

Why I Refuse to Stay Home Despite Terrorists, Mass Shooters, Invasive Airport Security, and Other Villains

By Daisy Luther

I like to travel to foreign lands and go to concerts. There are certain films I want to see at the theater with a giant tub of popcorn in my lap. (Some movies are just so much better on the big screen!) To me, Disneyworld really is the happiest place on earth. I love going alone to places I’ve never been and exploring on foot for hours. I like to eat out at restaurants and have you actually visited a place if you haven’t partaken in some local street food?

I have the soul of a nomad. I’m happiest when I’m going to new places and experiencing new things. I’ve got a bucket list 3 pages long and I intend to check off every single thing on it...

Jun 25 06:20

Spying Police Robots (Daleks) Coming To A City Near You

By MassPrivateI

Six years ago, I predicted that Knightscope robots (Daleks) might replace police officers, and it appears that I was right.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the Huntington Park Police Department is using a Knightscope K5 robot to patrol public areas like parks and city buildings...

Jun 24 13:35

Robots may care for you in old age – and your children will teach them

By Patricia Shaw, Aberystwyth University

NB Editor’s Note: We are by no means endorsing this type of future. Nevertheless, we have to be aware of what scientists are working on so that we can reject or oppose what they are offering if we disagree.

It’s likely that before too long, robots will be in the home to care for older people and help them live independently. To do that, they’ll need to learn how to do all the little jobs that we might be able to do without thinking. Many modern AI systems are trained to perform specific tasks...

Jun 24 11:45

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

- Insider: Google “is bent on never letting somebody like Donald Trump come to power again.”

- Google Head of Responsible Innovation Says Elizabeth Warren “misguided” on “breaking up Google”

- Google Exec Says Don’t Break Us Up: “smaller companies don’t have the resources” to “prevent next Trump situation”

- Insider Says PragerU And Dave Rubin Content Suppressed, Targeted As “Right-Wing”

- LEAKED Documents Highlight “Machine Learning Fairness” and Google’s Practices to Make Search Results “fair and equitable”

- Documents Appear to Show “Editorial” Policies That Determine How Google Publishes News

- Insider: Google Violates “letter of the law” and “spirit of the law” on Section 230

Jun 24 11:39

Scott Adams: Middle East Peace, Project Veritas, Trump = JFK, Advice for Kamala Harris

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1143156917138624512

Senior Google Executive, Jen Gennai and Project Veritas
Google is a Gatekeeper of our reality
Should an algorithm ever be put on trial?
The point where algorithms program themselves is almost here
NBA will no longer call team owners…”owners”
Bernie’s surprisingly strong plan to tax wall street for free everything
It MIGHT actually work
Top Saudi diplomat says the “age of war with Israel is over”
Palestinians reject Jared Kushner peace plan
They rejected $50 Billion…on principal? That’s just stupid
Knitting site Ravelry, bans Trump discussions as white supremacy
Joel Pollack’s article comparing JFK and President Trump
Fixing Kamala’s biggest problem, her unconfident laugh and smile
it’s subordinate, submissive, NOT Presidential

Jun 24 11:08

Google Using AI To Meddle In 2020 Election, Prevent 'Next Trump Situation': Veritas

A new undercover exposé by Project Veritas reveals that the company is programming its machine learning algorithms in order to avoid the "next Trump situation."

"We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again," said longtime Google employee and head of "Responsible Innovation," Jen Gennai.

"We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?" she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder at the delicious irony of this lady's title, and what she is actually proposing to do, in her capacity as "Responsible Innovation, DICK WITH US ELECTION RESULTS?!?

I believe that attempting to do so, is a federal crime, punishing by law. As explained at ELECTIONS: VIOLATIONS OF ELECTION LAWS

Jen, were I you, I would immediately look for some other line of work; because keeping up at this, may get you time in the Slammer; and not at a Club Fed.

Jun 24 11:02

A $25 RASPBERRY PI WAS USED TO HACK NASA'S MISSION SYSTEM

In another bizarre ‘How on earth was it possible?’ news, one of NASA’s labs was hacked last year by a $25 Raspberry Pi Device. This news comes after a survey was taken of the breach and related security issues in NASA.

Unbelievable.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is specifically designed to send robots to space was hacked last year. The hacker took 500 MB of important data which was all about the next missions that NASA was involved in. How? Well, they simply used a $25 Raspberry Pi which successfully breached through the paltry security of the place.

Not much of a genius, then?

Jun 24 10:09

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B review: This board really can replace your PC

There are the expected upgrades: the leap to 4GB of fast memory, support for 4K displays, true gigabit Ethernet, the bump in processor speed to 1.5GHz, the inclusion of USB 3.0, and move to a new, more modern system-on-chip. But there are also surprises: the ability to run dual displays and moving past the $35 price tag that's been in place since the first board launched in 2012.

Breaking the Raspberry Pi's $35 ceiling may seem controversial to some, but, to me, it feels sensible to give users more choice.

The base Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is still available for $35 with 1GB LPDDR4 memory, but for the first time users can pay more to get more memory, with a $45 Raspberry Pi 4 offering 2GB memory and a $55 board 4GB memory.

Most importantly, that bump in memory has unlocked what is possible with the Raspberry Pi and how comfortable it feels to use.

Jun 24 09:02

Next 10 years of Bitcoin, with Vin Armani, Tone Vays, Jeffrey Tucker, Chris Pacia, and Yury Polozov

By Naomi Brockwell

At PorcFest we discuss the first 10 years of bitcoin, and the next 10 years. What role do we expect govt to play? Where will BTC stand compared with other coins? How has Bitcoin changed people’s understanding of money?

Fantastic panel featuring Tone Vays, Jeffrey Tucker, Chris Pacia, Vin Armani and Yury Polozov.

Jun 24 08:37

A $25 RASPBERRY PI WAS USED TO HACK NASA'S MISSION SYSTEM

SOURCE: TRUTHTHEORY.COM

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

In another bizarre ‘How on earth was it possible?’ news, one of NASA’s labs was hacked last year by a $25 Raspberry Pi Device. This news comes after a survey was taken of the breach and related security issues in NASA.

Unbelievable.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is specifically designed to send robots to space was hacked last year. The hacker took 500 MB of important data which was all about the next missions that NASA was involved in. How? Well, they simply used a $25 Raspberry Pi which successfully breached through the paltry security of the place.

Not much of a genius, then?

What is Raspberry Pi?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 24 08:34

HUNDREDS OF 737 MAX PILOTS SUE BOEING OVER 'UNPRECEDENTED COVER-UP"

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Over 400 pilots have joined a class-action lawsuit against Boeing, accusing the company of an "unprecedented cover-up" of "known design flaws" on the company's top-selling 737 MAX, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.

The MAX, first put into service in 2017, was involved in two fatal crashes over the course of a year; the first off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189 - and the second in Ethiopia, killing 157.

The lawsuit, filed by a plaintiff who goes by "Pilot X" in court documents out of "fear of reprisal from Boeing and discrimination from Boeing customers," accuses the Chicago-based aviation giant of "an unprecedented cover-up of the known design flaws of the MAX, which predictably resulted in the crashes of two MAX aircraft and subsequent grounding of all MAX aircraft worldwide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; it is high time that one of our aircraft manufacturers take full responsibility for what happened with the MAX design.

I would love to see whoever signed off on this, at Boeing, tried, convicted, and jailed for a long, long time, to let other aircraft manufacturers understand that this is NOT something they can do, and with which they can get away.

Jun 24 08:05

Is This The End Of Diet Soda?

As concerns about health epidemics plague the nation, demand and sales of diet soda have plunged as consumers try to make better choices. As WeSupportOrganic.com reported recently, Aspartame (the main sweetener for diet soda – check the labels) is regarded by scientists as one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, who have linked it to seizures and a host of other major health issues including fatal cardiovascular events.

In a newly published study [1] (presented in 2014 at the American College of Cardiology, Washington D.C.), 60,000 women were sampled over ten years. It was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.

“30% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, 50% more likely to die from related disease…”

Jun 24 07:55

US-CHINA ECONOMIC WARFARE: CHINESE ENTERPRISES BLACKLISTED BY THE US

SOURCE: GLOBALRESEARCH.CA

The US considers China a strategic adversary. Waging war on the China by other means makes reconciling major bilateral differences all the harder.

According to a US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) document, 143 tech-related Chinese enterprises have been blacklisted from the US market.

They include companies involved in producing aviation related products, semiconductors, engineering, as well as other high-tech products and components.

Falsely claiming these enterprises act “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” is cover for wanting corporate America to have a leg up on Chinese competition.

On Friday, the BIS added five more Chinese tech enterprises to its blacklist, further heightening bilateral tensions ahead of China’s President Xi Jinping’s scheduled meeting with Trump for talks later this week at the Osaka, Japan G20 summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I have a very clear understanding of how trade wars, can morph quickly into shooting wars; and Mr. President, let me assure you; this would be absolutely the worst time ever to confront China militarily.

You've seen reports on Chinese and Russian weapons technology; the US is not even close here.

And why is that?!? Because of the "cosy" relationships between weapons manufacturers and political candidates, who can steer work their way. Henceforward, there should be NO money received at the state or national level, from major contractors, or subcontractors for these products. There should be a vetting process before our military ever try these weaons.

And if companies cannot perform, in terms of offering new, less costly technologies which consistently get delivered on time, and as advertised, there should be a clause in all defense contracts that by not doing so, that company can no longer compete for federal defense contracts.

Jun 24 07:52

With old trade wars reigniting and new ones being invented, telecommunications is faced with an existential crisis. To survive, it must establish a global standard for a globe that no longer seems to want one.

With old trade wars reigniting and new ones being invented, telecommunications is faced with an existential crisis. To survive, it must establish a global standard for a globe that no longer seems to want one.

Jun 24 07:43

GOOGLE'S CHROME WEB BROWSER "HAS BECOME SPY SOFTWARE"

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

Google's Chrome is essentially spy software according to Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler, who spent a week analyzing the popular browser and concluded that it "looks a lot like surveillance software."

Fowler has since switched to Mozilla's Firefox because of its default privacy settings, and says that it was easier than one might imagine.

My tests of Chrome vs. Firefox unearthed a personal data caper of absurd proportions. In a week of Web surfing on my desktop, I discovered 11,189 requests for tracker “cookies” that Chrome would have ushered right onto my computer but were automatically blocked by Firefox. These little files are the hooks that data firms, including Google itself, use to follow what websites you visit so they can build profiles of your interests, income and personality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those currently using Chrome as your default browser, may want to take a good look as to whether this software is tracking you in areas you don't want to be tracked.

IF you decide to disable the software, or have it disabled, it would probably make sense to make absolutely certain that any vestige of the program is completely disabled, and that may be harder to do than you might have imagined.

Jun 24 07:17

More Big Tech fascism: Mailchimp shuts down GreenMedInfo newsletter for sharing science about vaccines

Just as we predicted, Big Tech’s censorship crusade is now breaching the bounds of social media and influencing digital service providers, which are increasingly shutting down access to clients that engage in politically-incorrect speech.

The email service provider Mailchimp, as one of the latest examples, has reportedly shut down the email newsletter of GreenMedInfo, which had been reaching as many as 300,000 people worldwide.

According to GreenMedInfo, the termination was sudden, and was predicated upon Mailchimp’s disapproval of GreenMedInfo sharing scientific information about vaccines that contradicts the official government narrative that all vaccines are 100 percent safe and effective.

Jun 24 07:14

Thousands of dodgy copycat apps identified in Google Play Store

A two year study has discovered 2040 malware-laden counterfeit apps in Android app store, Google Play.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and CSIRO’s Data61 investigated more than a million apps available on Google Play, discovering a huge number impersonated popular games and contained malware.

Other fake apps were malware-free but requested “dangerous” data access permissions. Games Temple Run, Free Flow and Hill Climb Racing were among the most commonly counterfeited.

Jun 23 18:40

Discovery of a 'holy grail' with the invention of universal computer memory

A new type of computer memory to solve the digital technology energy crisis has been invented and patented by scientists. The device is the realization of the decades long search for a 'Universal Memory' to replace the $100 billion market for Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and flash drives. It promises to transform daily life with its ultra-low energy consumption, allowing computers which do not need to boot up and which could sleep between key strokes.

Jun 23 18:35

NSA Starts Contributing Low-Level Code to UEFI BIOS Alternative

The NSA has started assigning developers to the Coreboot project, which is an open source alternative to Windows BIOS/UEFI firmware. The NSA's Eugene Myers has begun contributing SMI Transfer Monitor (STM) implementation code for the x86 processor. Myers works for NSA’s Trusted Systems Research Group, which according to the agency’s website, is meant to “conduct and sponsor research in the technologies and techniques which will secure America's information systems of tomorrow.”

Jun 23 10:04

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near YouA tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

The tech entrepreneur Ross McNutt wants to spend three years recording outdoor human movements in a major U.S. city, KMOX news radio reports.

If that sounds too dystopian to be real, you’re behind the times. McNutt, who runs Persistent Surveillance Systems, was inspired by his stint in the Air Force tracking Iraqi insurgents. He tested mass-surveillance technology over Compton, California, in 2012. In 2016, the company flew over Baltimore, feeding information to police for months (without telling city leaders or residents) while demonstrating how the technology works to the FBI and Secret Service.

The goal is noble: to reduce violent crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you "prevent" violent crime? What this guy is explaining, is full-frontal surveillance, not crime prevention.

City and State legislators understand how to prevent crime, or at least, most of it. And what is key is that:

1. We educate all of our children, as though it matters for all our kids. Be on the cutting edge of changes in the workforce, and how they will effect your students when they graduate, so that they will be educated for those jobs which will still exist in American society.

2. Lower class size, so that kids who are behind the 8-ball educationally, can catch up. Because if you lose a kid in elementary school, that young adult will probably put himself, or herself in harm's way, (stealing, running drugs, and winding up in prisons with no real hope for behaviour modifications, to prevent these episodes from happening in the future.)

3. Teachers, stay as close to the parents (or legal guardians) of the kids you teach as possible, maybe face timing, or Skyping with them, on a monthly basis.

4. Analyze why private schools are having more success in teaching children, than do most public school teachers are right now, according to open-sourced records.

5. Find out what really works, in a way that makes kids excited about coming to school on a daily basis.

6. Cities and States in the US, start legalizing all drugs, to take a big bite of cartel revenue; if you do this, then kids will become less incentivized to get involved with gangs.

7. Stop "teaching to the test", because at the end of the day, each child has their own unique way of understanding material. If they are right in their understanding, so much the better, but let them come to the answers by independent means.

8. And get rid of teachers' unions. Once tenured, a really not-well-performing teacher, is almost impossible to fire, no matter what they have done, or not done.

9. Teach kids to work collaboratively; working with and within a group, gives kids the opportunity to work with others, respectfully, and intelligently; that is never a handicap, for the people who learn these skills early.

I know that I have said a few things here that are going to get me in deep "kim chee" (hot water), particularly with teachers and teachers' unions; but perhaps, these are words which needed to be said, particularly at this moment in time, when our kids are having a hard time learning, and are not measuring up to the academic accomplishments of other kids internationally, along with some horrible insights about inner-city public schools in this country:

Can you skip 47 days of high School, and still graduate?!? The story goes on to state:

"Can you skip 47 days of class and still graduate? In Maryland's largest school system, the answer is yes. But the larger question is, in make up tests, how are these kids managing to get a passing grade without attending classes?

A Formula for Failure in L.A. Schools - Los Angeles Times

Developing Countries Lead in Education Innovation: Old-line government schools are failing many children, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries

And we have a google reference to the following: "The U.S. ranks 17th in educational performance. According to the report, The Learning Curve, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States ranks seventeenth out of forty countries ranked in overall educational performance. Finland ranks first."

Government School Cheating Scandal; How teachers learned to cheat

And Mr. President, in order to "make America Great Again", you have to make American education the best in the world, in order that it "stay great."

You're welcome!!

Jun 23 09:31

Watch: Dishwashing Robot Cleans Plates At Restaurant 

A new wave of investments in automation is expected to eliminate 20% to 25% of current jobs by 2030 (40 million displaced jobs). In the latest installment of robots taking jobs, we have found a robot dishwasher that threatens to replace 550,000 jobs in the coming years.

A startup called Dishcraft Robotics is set to disrupt commercial kitchens with robot dishwashers. The new robot is designed to reduce the time and energy that humans spend washing plates by using automation to make sure dishes are cleaned faster and cheaper than a typical human.

Jun 23 08:51

'Surprised He Wasn't Dead': Democratic Aide Convicted of 'Largest Data Theft in Senate History'

He was also convicted of obstruction of justice after attempting to silence a witness by threatening to release the private health information of a Senator's children, bullying an individual into helping him 'wipe down' the scene of his burglaries, and attempting to destroy evidence in his apartment.

Jackson Cosko, a Democratic party IT consultant who carried out the “largest data theft in Senate history” as part of an “extraordinary” and “vicious” plot to harm Republicans by ‘doxxing’ them, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Jun 23 08:46

A FLORIDA CITY PAID A $600,000 BITCOIN RANSOM TO HACKERS WHO TOOK OVER ITS COMPUTERS — AND IT'S A MASSIVE ALARM BELL FOR THE REST OF THE US

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM

A Florida city's council voted to pay a ransom of $600,000 in Bitcoin to hackers that targeted its computer systems — and the payout is a sign of how unprepared much of the US is to deal with a coming wave of cyberattacks.

The city council of Riviera Beach, Florida, 50 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, voted on Monday to meet the demands of its hackers in hope of getting back the city's compromised data, CBS News reported.

According to The Palm Beach Post, the attack began on May 29, when an employee from the police department opened an email attachment that contained malware.

The software quickly spread through the city's computer systems, affecting its email system and even the 911 dispatch operations.

The New York Times reported that the hackers demanded their ransom in bitcoin. The paper said there was no guarantee the hackers would honor their end of the deal after getting the money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Baltimore is still hurting from a cyber attack a couple of months ago, and it still hasn't come out from under the horrific mess it created.

Jun 23 08:43

BIOTECH, PHARMA, AND HEALTHCARE FIRMS REPORT HIGH LEVELS OF CYBERSECURITY INCIDENTS AND FRAUD

SOURCE: NATURALBLAZE.COM

By Sofia Adamson

As documented in an international study for the 2017-18, Kroll Annual Global Fraud & Risk Report, cyber security and fraud threats continue to achieve high levels in the biotechnology, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals industry.

78% of respondents reported that their companies had encountered an information threat or cyber incident, attack, or loss over the past twelve months. Only 7 out of 10 (67%) documented the existence of at least one security crash during the past 12 months.

The document unveils that respondents in the biotechnology, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals industry have a higher sense of susceptibility to security, fraud, and cyber risks, with information-related threats now being the part of highest concern.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unasked question here, seems to be how can their systems be so sensitive to hacks and attacks, and what can they do to stop this?!?

As all medical records are required to be in electronic format in the US, why isn't the DHT more forthcoming in giving health professionals more robust tools, for countering these problems?!? I mean, The Department of Homeland Security should have the capability for providing some tools available for those most in the most urgent need of cyber security, right?!?

and yet, we barely hear a yawn from DHS on this urgent problem.

Jun 23 08:18

Trump Ordered Secret Cyber Attacks On Iran As An "Alternative" To War Thursday Night

It's been revealed that President Trump did order an attack on Iran - but not a military assault - instead, the US initiated a major cyber attack against an Iranian intelligence outfit the Pentagon believes was part of last week's limpet mine incident involving two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

According to Yahoo News, which first broke the story - which was later confirmed Saturday evening by CNN and The Washington Post - the "retaliatory digital strike" was launched on Thursday evening just as the world was bracing itself for possible US airstrikes on Iran:

On Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.

Jun 23 07:37

NATIONAL EMERGENCY ALERTS POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE TO SPOOFING

SOURCE: HOMELANDSECURITYNEWSWIRE.COM
On 3 October 2018, cell phones across the United States received a text message labeled “Presidential Alert.” It was the first trial run for a new national alert system, developed by several U.S. government agencies as a way to warn as many people across the United States as possible if a disaster was imminent. Now, a new study raises a red flag around these alerts—namely, that such emergency alerts authorized by the President of the United States can, theoretically, be spoofed.

On 3 October 2018, cell phones across the United States received a text message labeled “Presidential Alert.” The message read: “THISIS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

It was the first trial run for a new national alert system, developed by several U.S. government agencies as a way to warn as many people across the United States as possible if a disaster was imminent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nasty, and has to get fixed immediately. But the question remains; if this was so capable of getting spoofed, why didn't the developers of this program not see that and fix it earlier?!?

Jun 22 10:40

US CYBER COMMAND REPORTEDLY LAUNCHED A CYBERATTACK AGAINST IRAN AS TRUMP NIXED HIS MILITARY STRIKES

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
United States Cyber Command on Thursday reportedly launched an operation against an Iranian spy group with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, despite President Donald Trump's last-minute scrapping of a direct military strike, former intelligence officials said in a Yahoo News report.

The Iranian group is believed to have supported the limpet mine attacks against two tanker ships earlier last week, which resulted in the US increasing its military posture against the country. The group reportedly tracked and targeted both military and civilian vessels sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My real concern this weekend, is that Israel will conjure something up something absolutely wicked, from which the US government and military will not be able to walk away.

IF President Trump thinks that such a thing is impossible, because he and Netanyahu are such BFFs, I would strongly caution him to think again; this wouldn't be the first time Israel tried a stunt like the attack on the USS Liberty, which Israel tried to blame on Egypt.


New Evidence Proves Israel Attacked USS Liberty With Orders to Kill 294 Americans

The article goes on to state: "America is commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Israeli attack on USS Liberty.

This article was first published on November 14, 2014

Fresh evidence presented in an exclusive Al Jazeera investigation into the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 Americans proves the incident was not a mistake. Since 1967 the ‘official story‘ has been that Israel simply misidentified the American ship as Egyptian for several hours. Israel apologized to the United States and for several decades we’ve been led to believe that this could be the only explanation for why Israeli jets and torpedo boats would launch rockets, missiles and torpedoes at an American target for more than two hours.

A new documentary called ‘The Day Israel Attacked America” airing on Al Jazeera was produced and directed by award winning British film maker Richard Belfield. Thanks to the audio evidence obtained by Belfield, it is finally possible to prove the survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty were right all along. The survivors have always been extremely confident that Israel’s intentions were to sink that ship and kill everyone on board so Egypt could be blamed for the tragedy. Why? To convince President Lyndon Johnson (and the American public) that we needed to declare war on Egypt. This is the definition of a ‘false flag‘. (can you say 9/11?)"

Jun 21 08:47

Cyberwarfare escalation just took a new and dangerous turn

The rhetoric surrounding cyberwarfare has ratcheted up again, potentially creating an unwelcome development in an area where misunderstanding and confusion could easily lead to escalation.

The New York Times has reported that the US has escalated its plans to place malware in Russia power networks, in response to similar and ongoing online incursions by Russia-backed hackers.

This is the latest development in online hostilities involving power grids; energy companies have long been the targets of cyber-espionage, but in recent years the intent has switched from spying to creating outages.

Jun 20 18:48

Google admits bug could let people spy on Nest cameras

The issue was first raised by a user on Facebook who recently sold his Nest Cam Indoor yet was still able to access its feed. The problem involves Wink, an app that lets people manage multiple smart devices regardless of their developer. The Facebook user noted that despite carrying out a factory reset on his Nest camera before selling it, his Wink account remained connected to the device, allowing him to view snapshots of the buyer’s live feed.

Wirecutter tested the vulnerability on its own Nest Cam by linking it to a Wink account and then performing a factory reset. The publication also found it was receiving “a series of still images snapped every several seconds” via its Wink account.

“In simpler terms: If you buy and set up a used Nest indoor camera that has been paired with a Wink hub, the previous owner may have unfettered access to images from that camera,” Wirecutter says. “And we currently don’t know of any cure for this problem.”

Jun 20 18:40

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel.

Jun 20 15:56

Sensitive data of more than 250 MILLION people to be handed over to Amazon as the US upgrades security on a system used to identify suspected terrorists, immigrants and criminals

Amazon will be looking after biometric data on more than 250 million people as the US Department of Homeland security seeks to upgrade its identification systems.

It is part of a plan to replace the department's existing biometric/biographic database setup with a more secure system which may add new identification tools.

Amazon's database will contain biographic information alongside fingerprint, iris and face scans and may eventually incorporate images of identifying scars and tattoos.

The news will raise alarm bells for some due to fears over how tech companies are gathering personal information and just what they are - and should - be doing with it.

Jun 20 15:41

Mozilla Firefox 67.0.4 Fixes Second Actively Exploited Zero-Day

Mozilla has released Firefox 67.0.4 to fix a security vulnerability that has been used in targeted attacks against cryptocurrency firms such as Coinbase. Users of Firefox should immediately install this update.

This week, Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.3 to fix a critical remote code execution vulnerability that was being used in targeted attacks. Since its release, it was discovered that the vulnerability and another unknown one was chained together as part of a phishing attack to drop and execute malicious payloads on victim's machines.

Today, Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.4 that fixes the second unknown vulnerability that was used during this chained attack.

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