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Jan 07 09:16

Marriott now says 5 million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in Starwood hotel data breach

Starwood’s data breach just got both better and worse at the same time.

Marriott, which owns hotel chain giant Starwood, said it has revised the number of customers affected by its recently disclosed data breach from 500 million to “fewer than 383 million unique guests.” That doesn’t mean all those 383 million guests are affected, Marriott said, but the hotel giant still can’t yet give a more precise number of customers whose data was stolen.

The bad news is that the company confirmed that more than five million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen, on top of the more than 20 million encrypted passport numbers.

That might be a problem, given passport numbers can be used for identity theft and to commit fraud, but is the sort of data that remains highly valuable for spy agencies that can use the information to track down where government officials, diplomats and adversaries have stayed — giving insight into what would ordinarily be clandestine activities.

Jan 07 08:57

FACEBOOK KNOWS HOW TO TRACK YOU USING THE DUST ON YOUR CAMERA LENS

Facebook has long said that it doesn’t use location data to make friend suggestions, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t thought about using it.

In 2014, Facebook filed a patent application for a technique that employs smartphone data to figure out if two people might know each other. The author, an engineering manager at Facebook named Ben Chen, wrote that it was not merely possible to detect that two smartphones were in the same place at the same time, but that by comparing the accelerometer and gyroscope readings of each phone, the data could identify when people were facing each other or walking together. That way, Facebook could suggest you friend the person you were talking to at a bar last night, and not all the other people there that you chose not to talk to.

Facebook says it hasn’t put this technique into practice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, seriously, creeps me out, that Facebook thought it was a "good thing" to pursue.

Jan 07 08:44

5 Red Flags To Easily Spot An Online Scam Company

An online scam company is exactly what you think it is. A cyberspace business enterprise which deals in illicit and fraudulent activities for an unknown third parties benefit and a victims expense.

That victim is intended to be you of course.

And despite the best efforts to clear this scourge from the internet, scam operations have proven to be quite resilient. They just continuously come up with new ways to dupe a new generation of gullible web surfers.

For instance, I recently received an email from ‘The Shoppers Network’ (a hypothetical online shipping company) which magically appeared to beat my spam folder. After a quick overview of this business–which was offering me a job out of the blue–it clearly presented itself as a scam company from my experiences.

However, I can at least understand why so many people would potentially get duped by what they were offering (which is not necessarily important for the sake of this article) for the following reasons.

Jan 07 08:00

THE AJIT PAI FCC OFTEN BATTLES FOIA REQUESTS FOR NO REASON, SHOWCASING ITS HOSTILITY TO TRANSPARENCY

You might recall that FCC boss Ajit Pai promised to operate the "most transparent" FCC ever. Initially, Pai lived up to that promise by changing FCC policy so that FCC orders would be released before they were voted on; a pretty obvious improvement of benefit to both consumers and ISP lobbyists alike. But in the year or two since, Pai has shown that genuine transparency is the very least of the chairman's priorities.

For example, Pai's FCC has actively refused to aid law enforcement inquiries into who was behind the millions of bogus comments that polluted the net neutrality repeal public comment period. Similarly, the Pai FCC's general response to FOIA requests has been to stall, delay, and ignore said requests whenever possible, resulting in numerous lawsuits by media outlets attempting to get to the bottom of all manner of bizarre FCC policy decisions (like that fake DDOS attack emails show they made up to try and downplay public anger over the net neutrality repeal).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any way you slice it, Pai is a real disappointment for the American people.

Jan 07 07:32

SJW Ran Twitch Hypocrisy Showcased

Twitch thot Goes topless and get's a partnership while suspended

According to Urban Dictionary's top definition, "Thot" is actually an acronym that can either stand for "that hoe over there" or "thirsty hoe over there

Jan 07 07:02

The Young Turds Deletes Videos on Heartbreaking Death of Jazmine Barnes.... When Race Angle Disappears; Race Bait (... mirrored Reupload VIDEO ...)

The Young Turks are quietly deleting their YouTube videos where they falsely claimed that a white man murdered 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Jan 06 16:32

This Scary EU Piracy List Could Break the Internet

The list of websites that should be banned for copyright infringement is kind of funny. And also scary because politicians don’t understand technology. One of the services on the list is Cloudflare, which many websites use for DDoS protection.

Other websites on the list used to have copyright and piracy issues, but have since cleaned up their act. 1channel.ch is one such example, which hasn’t been a pirate site since 2017.

Jan 06 16:25

Computers could soon run cold, no heat generated

“Common inefficiencies in transistor materials cause energy loss,” says the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in a news article on its website this month. That “results in heat buildup and shorter battery life.”

The lab is proposing, and says it has successfully demonstrated, a material called sodium bismuthide (Na3Bi) to be used for a new kind of transistor design, which it says can “carry a charge with nearly zero loss at room temperature.” No heat, in other words. Transistors perform switching and other tasks required in electronics.

The new “exotic, ultrathin material” is a topological transistor. That means the material has unique tunable properties, the group, which includes scientists from Monash University in Australia, explains. It’s superconductor-like, they say, but unlike super-conductors, doesn’t need to be chilled.

Jan 06 16:16

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

A newly disclosed vulnerability in Skype for Android could be exploited by miscreants to bypass an Android phone's passcode screen to view photos, contacts, and even launch browser windows.

Bug-hunter Florian Kunushevci today told The Register the security flaw, which has been reported to Microsoft, allows the person in possession of someone's phone to receive a Skype call, answer it without unlocking the handset, and then view photos, look up contacts, send a message, and open the browser by tapping links in a sent message, all without ever unlocking the phone.

Jan 06 15:34

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency

Deep State point of view,but a lot of truth about how much power the President would have if he invoked a State of Emergency and Martial Law.

The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority.

Jan 06 15:33

FACEBOOK KNOWS HOW TO TRACK YOU USING THE DUST ON YOUR CAMERA LENS

Facebook has long said that it doesn’t use location data to make friend suggestions, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t thought about using it.

Jan 06 10:20

US INTELLIGENCE THINK TANK CONDUCTED “FALSE FLAG” OPERATION IMPERSONATING RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE

A series of articles published in the past week have revealed that the New Knowledge think tank conducted a “false flag” operation to influence the 2017 Alabama state election and make it appear that Russia was conducting a Twitter campaign to back its preferred candidate. New Knowledge is closely connected to the US intelligence agencies and has been widely cited as an impartial investigator of “Russian meddling” in US politics.

Jan 06 09:54

FBI'S COMPUTER HACKING TOOL "IS SO POWERFUL AND INTRUSIVE" THAT IT RISK'S EVERYONE'S PRIVACY

A new lawsuit in Buffalo federal court says the Wegmans case is just one example of how the government is now using hacking in ordinary, day-to-day investigations, and not just in national security and foreign intelligence probes.

Jan 06 09:26

The IRS Wants To Use Social Media To Catch Tax Cheats

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for ways to scour social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in its ongoing quest to catch tax cheats.

That’s according to a request for information issued December 18 by the IRS’s National Office of Procurement. The mining of social media data by the agency has been suspected in the past, but the IRS has never before confirmed the practice.

“Businesses and individuals increasingly use social media to advertise, promote, and sell products and services,” the IRS solicitation reads. “For example, taxpayers can create ‘online stores’ on social networking sites free of cost. Much of this information is unrestricted, allowing the public, businesses and various governmental agencies to discover taxpayers’ locations and income sources. But the IRS currently has no formal tool to access this public information, compile social media feeds, or search multiple social media sites.”

Jan 05 10:13

Before Germany’s Massive Hack, We Learned What Not to Do With Sensitive Stolen Information

Someone has been publishing a massive trove of sensitive personal information—including phone numbers, private chats, family photos, and documents—of dozens of German politicians in what some are calling “the biggest hacker attack” in the country’s history.

On Friday, the leak was the biggest news in Germany, and perhaps in all Europe. German authorities are investigating the incident, and victims are already speaking out about how it’s affecting them.

The leaks first attracted widespread attention in Germany, and subsequently around the world after news outlet RBB first reported on a Twitter account that spread the data. (Twitter has since suspended the account.) The person or people behind it had been posting links to the stolen data since early December, but apparently very few noticed until Thursday, after YouTube celebrity Simon Unge revealed he had been hacked too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goals here may have been both hush money, and embarrassment for those whose systems got hacked.

But this action did remind the world to please, never, EVER store something on a computer which could be hacked, as it is very private data, and Keep communication vanilla.

Jan 05 09:29

Berlin Asks Top US Spy Agency to Help Investigate Mass Governmental Hack

While Germany seeks assistance from the other side of the Atlantic, the hack is being investigated by a number of domestic agencies, including the Federal Office for Information Security, the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

German security agencies have turned to the US National Security Agency (NSA) for help following a massive hack attack which resulted in the personal data of over 100 politicians being stolen and leaked online, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the newspaper, the data theft is currently being investigated by the Federal Office for Information Security, the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Jan 04 18:32

Protest Gets Cell Tower Near Playground Removed in New York

Congratulations to Tarrytown, New York residents, state and local officials for teaming up to demand the removal of a cell tower installed 3 months ago just feet away from a public housing complex’s playground.

Jan 04 16:51

Insiders! The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it

Sandbox itself allows apps to run in splendid isolation and works well, albeit with some limitations. It's a breeze to set up (for Pro and Enterprise users at least), not requiring fiddling with Hyper-V and VHDs to get working. The thing is both impressively lightweight and able to tidy up after itself. Nothing persists after closure.

But even though it is a step in the right direction, it is a bit clunky – it is, after all, a desktop within a desktop at the moment.

And it doesn't actually work any more.

A cumulative update for Internet Explorer (KB4483214) was unleashed upon Insiders just after the new build dropped and, er, snapped the legs off Christmas's new shiny with the wrapping paper barely off it.

Jan 04 16:42

IBM's Weather Channel being sued by Los Angeles over claims its app deceived users into allowing their location to be tracked so it could sell the data

A new lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles alleges the Weather Channel misled millions of users into allowing it to access their personal location data, then profiting off it in the process by selling it to third parties.

City Attorney Michael Feuer said Friday that users of the popular app are misled to think their location data will only be used for personalized forecasts and alerts.

The lawsuit follows a bombshell report last month that said the Weather Channel, GasBuddy and Weather Bug collect extensive data from users without their consent.

Jan 04 13:35

Senate Bill Seeks Aggressive Clamp Down On Chinese Tech Espionage

After top FBI officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that Chinese espionage poses the "most severe" threat currently facing American security, and after greater scrutiny of major Chinese telecommunications that had before operated with seeming impunity in the US like Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. — especially following the arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou and others in Canada — senators are now proposing a bill to combat technology threats from China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; is this really, absolutely going on, and do these Senators have irrefutable proof, or is this just another broad-stroke demonization of China, in order to justify a war against it?!?

Jan 04 11:34

Hackers Dump Data on Merkel, Politicians in Giant German Leak

Hackers have released private data linked to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of other German politicians in the biggest data dump of its kind in the country.

The information includes email addresses, mobile phone numbers and personal chat transcripts, according to a review by Bloomberg News on Friday. The data were leaked over the past weeks via a Twitter account called “G0d” that identifies itself as based in Hamburg and describes itself using the words “security researching,” “artist” and “satire & irony.”

It looks like the hackers got the passwords to Facebook accounts and Twitter profiles and worked their way up from there, said Simon Hegelich, a political scientist at Munich’s Technical University who has studied the manipulation of social networks.

Jan 04 11:08

WhatsApp WARNING: Bogus Gold update is back and tricking users with malware just like it did in 2016 - here's how to spot and avoid it

A WhatsApp hack that first circulated in 2016 has resurfaced which threatens to infect people's phones with malware and viruses.

A message warns people not to upgrade to 'WhatsApp Gold' - a fictional update which is also a scam.

Users are then guided to a link which takes them to a website riddled with malware which can give hackers complete control of a handset.

Jan 04 10:47

EX-CREDIT SUISSE BANKERS ARRESTED ON US CHARGES OVER $2BN FRAUD SCHEME

Three former bankers of the second-largest bank in Switzerland, Credit Suisse Group AG, were arrested in London over an alleged connection to a $2bn Mozambique fraud scheme, according to US justice authorities cited by media.
The three suspects – former managing directors Andrew Pears and Surjan Singh, as well as the vice president in the global financing unit, Detelina Subeva – were charged with conspiring to violate US anti-bribery law, money laundering, and securities fraud in an indictment issued in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Reuters reported.

The three men were released on bail after their arrest in the British capital on Thursday but may face extradition to the US.

The bank itself was spared of the charges and says it was kept in the dark by its own staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that there will be any jail time for these people, as the rich rarely eat their own.

Jan 04 09:16

Meet the new Diet iPhone: Could a fresh formula boost Apple's bottom line?

What Apple really needs is an iPhone that is an entry-level model. One that keeps people in the Apple ecosystem, that provides them the fundamental user experience, and has the current operating system that allows them to run current apps well. It needs a good enough camera, good enough screen, and enough storage -- at a price point everyone can stomach.

Jan 03 18:09

The Dark Overlord Hackers Threaten To Release TOP SECRET Files of 9/11 Litigation Unless Paid In Bitcoin

By Aaron Kesel

A hacker group known as The Dark Overlord (Tdo) has announced it has breached a law firm handling cases related to the September 11th attacks and threatened to publicly release a large stockpile of internal files unless their ransom demands are met.

The message from the group first posted on a Twitter account Tdo_h4ck3rs to a Pastebin has since been suspended as of this report. The group then said it moved to Reddit where it was also given the proverbial ban-hammer.

The Pastebin post said the following before it was removed...

Jan 03 12:59

2018 will be remembered as the year of tech censorship: Only delusional liberals still try to deny the attacks on free speech

Like previous years, 2018 will be remembered for a great many things, but one of them that isn’t likely to get much mention by the Leftist ‘mainstream’ media is that it was a year of big tech censorship.

Jan 03 08:52

Tires Slashed, Guns Pulled On Self-Driving Cars As Arizona Residents Revolt

More than 20 driverless vehicles in Arizona have reportedly been vandalized over the last two years, according to the New York Times, as enraged locals in the Waymo test market of Chandler have begun to revolt.

Tensions began to flare last year after an Arizona pedestrian was killed by a self-drivng Uber car, with residents slashing tires, throwing rocks at, pulling guns on, and trying to wreck the autonomous cars.

Jan 03 08:35

This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules

For all their fleshly failings, human brains are the model that computer engineers have always sought to emulate: huge processing power that's both surprisingly energy efficient, and available in a tiny form factor. But late last year, in an unprepossessing former metal works in Manchester, one machine became the closest thing to an artificial human brain there is.

The one-million core SpiNNaker -- short for Spiking Neural Network Architecture -- is the culmination of decades of work and millions of pounds of investment. The result: a massively parallel supercomputer designed to mimic the workings of the human brain, which it's hoped will give neuroscientists a new understanding of how the mind works and open up new avenues of medical research.

Jan 02 19:02

Warning over popular weather app as experts find Chinese Android software is collecting 'unusual' amounts of data from users around the world

One of the world's most popular Android weather apps has been collecting massive amounts of user data without their consent.

The free app, called 'Weather Forecast - World Weather Accurate Radar,' has been found to be siphoning off detailed data from users, including their geographic locations, email addresses and their device's unique identifier number, according to the Wall Street Journal.

'Weather Forecast - World Weather Accurate Radar' is one of the most-downloaded apps on Google's Play Store, logging 10 million downloads and nearly 46,000 reviews on the service.

Jan 02 18:43

Hacker hijacks thousands of Chromecasts and smart TVs to play PewDiePie ad

A hacker duo claims to have hijacked thousands of internet-exposed Chromecasts, smart TVs, and Google Home devices to play a video urging users to subscribe to PewDiePie's YouTube channel.

The main hacker behind this hacking campaign --codenamed CastHack-- is known online as TheHackerGiraffe. The hacker explained on Twitter that CastHack takes advantage of users who use incorrectly configured routers that have the UPnP (Universal Plug'n'Play) service enabled, service which forwards specific ports from the internal network on the Internet.

The ports are 8008, 8009, and 8443, which are normally used by smart TVs, Chromcasts, and Google Home for various management functions.

Jan 02 15:15

“Pay The F*ck Up”: Hackers Threaten To Dump Secret 9/11 Attack Files If Bitcoin Ransom Not Met

A hacking collective known as The Dark Overlord announced on New Year’s Eve that it had broken into the computer systems of a law firm and obtained files related to the September 11 attacks – threatening to publicly release a large cache of internal files unless a hefty ransom is paid, according to Motherboard. -- Dark Overlord’s demands targeted several insurers and legal firms, including Lloyds of London, Silverstein Properties and Hiscox Syndicates. It is unclear what exact files were stolen by the group, however the hacking collective tweeted “We’ll be providing many answers about 9.11 conspiracies through our 18.000 secret documents leak from @HiscoxComms and others.”

Jan 02 10:46

GOOGLE’S FUTURISTIC RADAR-BASED HAND SENSORS GET US APPROVAL, DESPITE INTERFERENCE CONCERNS

Google has been granted permission to roll out wearable hand motion sensors that allow users to swipe, scroll and click their devices through thin air. Concern remains that the devices could interfere with other electronics.
The sensor technology, named Project Soli, has been in development since 2015. Worn on a user’s wrist, it allows the user to scroll, swipe, click and control their devices with simple hand gestures in the air. Users can click a virtual button between their thumb and index finger, or turn a virtual dial by rubbing these fingers together.

via Gfycat

A radar beam tracks the movement of the user’s hand, enabling precise control – just like the futuristic computer interface used by Tom Cruise in ‘Minority Report’. Google also claims that the technology will be integrated into phones, personal computers, and vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is truly amazing how quickly science fiction is becoming science fact in the 21st century.

Jan 02 09:37

Apple's biggest embarrassment of 2018

It's rare for Apple to fall foul of its ego, but hardware can be hard, and it seems like the Cupertino giant bit off more than it could chew back in 2017.

Jan 02 08:57

Zuckerberg Funds Wireless Mind Control Using "Game-Changing" Brain Implant

When Mark Zuckerberg isn't smoking meat or cooking up excuses for data harvesting scandals, the 34-year-old Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan are high-fiving over their investments in the mind-control game, according to Business Insider.

Funded by their for-profit biomedical research company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the Silicon Valley power couple is helping to fund research that could vastly improve the lives of people suffering from neuromotor disorders - or create an army of compliant cyborgs trained to take Mark seriously.

Jan 02 08:56

Google wins lawsuit, can continue to use facial recognition tech on users without consent

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged Google’s nonconsensual use of facial recognition technology violated users’ privacy rights, allowing the tech giant to continue to scan and store their biometric data.

The lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleged that Google violated Illinois state law by collecting biometric data – as biologically unique to users as fingerprints – without their consent. The data was harvested from their pictures stored on Google Photos.

The plaintiffs wanted more than $5 million in damages for “hundreds of thousands” of users affected, arguing that the unauthorized scanning of their faces was a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which completely outlaws the gathering of biometric information without consent.

Jan 02 07:55

Honda teams up with GM on self-driving cars

Honda and General Motors are teaming up to create a new generation of fully autonomous vehicles. Honda will invest $2 billion over 12 years into GM's autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise.

GM and Cruise have been building and developing self-driving versions of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car with plans to deploy a fleet of them for public use next year. With Honda's engineering and financial assistance, Cruise will begin developing a new vehicle that is not based on any existing car, the companies said. It will represent the next step in autonomous driving, one in which controls for human operation are entirely absent.

"This is a purpose-built vehicle that will be the first vehicle produced at scale that is freed from the constraints of vehicle design and having a driver at the wheel," said GM president Donald Amman.

Jan 02 05:45

DID YOU #DELETEFACEBOOK? SHADY PLAYERS CAN STILL EXPLOIT YOUR DATA

Did you #DeleteFacebook in 2018? Caring about our online privacy might be popular right now, but on a wider level, it’s not as easy as we think to escape the hole we’ve dug ourselves into.

Jan 01 11:51

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2019 Resolution: More Political Censorship on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform.
Zuckerberg repeated his previous calls to suppress “sensationalism and misinformation” and to “remove content related to terrorism,” terms he did not define. He also committed to promoting “news from trusted sources,” which he did not list.

“We’ve partnered with fact-checkers in countries around the world to identify misinformation and reduce its distribution,” wrote Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Facebook has simply devolved into the 4th Estate: Now we have the Executive , Congressional, Judicial, and Surveillance/Monitoring/Deplatforming branches of government: Zuckerberg, of course, is riding herd on that last element of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika in 2019.

Jan 01 10:36

LEAKED DOCUMENTS REVEAL FACEBOOK'S BIASED, CONVOLUTED CENSORSHIP POLICIES

Facebook's thousands of moderators have been relying on outdated, inaccurate and biased "maze of PowerPoint slides" to police global political speech, according to a trove of 1,400 internal documents obtained by the New York Times.

Moderators say they often rely on Google Translate to read posts, while facing pressure to make decisions on acceptable content within a matter of seconds, according to the report.

The guidelines - which are reportedly reviewed every other Tuesday morning by "several dozen Facebook employees who gather over breakfast," are filled with "numerous gaps, baises and outright errors," according to the Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well.... that explains much!!

And you have GOT to love the cartoon at the very top of this article.

Jan 01 10:29

Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks

On Monday, New Year’s Eve, a hacker group announced it had breached a law firm handling cases related to the September 11 attacks, and threatened to publicly release a large cache of related internal files unless their ransom demands were met.

The news is the latest public extortion attempt from the group known as The Dark Overlord, which has previously targeted a production studio working for Netflix, as well as a host of medical centres and private businesses across the United States. The announcement also signals a slight evolution in The Dark Overlord’s strategy, which has expanded on leveraging the media to exert pressure on victims, to now distributing its threats and stolen data in a wider fashion.

In its announcement published on Pastebin, The Dark Overlord points to several different insurers and legal firms, claiming specifically that it hacked Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London, and Silverstein Properties.

Dec 31 09:43

Foreign Hackers "Cripple" US Newspapers, Cause Widespread Delivery Disruptions

The attacks, which began late Thursday night, appear "to have originated from outside the United States," according to the Times, and resulted in distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and several other major newspapers which share the same production platform.

West coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times were also affected, as they are all printed at the LA Times' Olympic printing plant in downtown Los Angeles.

The hackers were able to disable several crucial software systems which store news stories, photographs and administrative information - which complicated efforts to make the physical plates used to print the papers at The Times' downtown plant.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information," according to the source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Dec 31 09:42

Robots With Sticky Feet Can Really Climb

Researchers have created a micro-robot whose electroadhesive foot pads, inspired by the pads on a gecko's feet, allow it to climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces, like the inside walls of a commercial jet engine. Groups of them could one day be used to inspect complicated machinery and detect safety issues sooner, while reducing maintenance costs.

Dec 31 09:00

UN Blames Facebook, WhatsApp For Enabling Human Trafficking; Charities Call BS

The UN has resorted to blaming big tech for failing to crack down on human traffickers who use their platforms to lure migrants "to their deaths" with false promises of safe passage into Europe, according to the Independent.

Companies such as Facebook and WhatsApp are “enabling criminal activity” by traffickers who entrap victims who are unaware of the dangers they face, according to the UN’s migration agency.

The warning comes amid a surge in migrants attempting to reach the UK by crossing the Channel in small boats, with almost 100 people intercepted by both British and French authorities while attempting to reach the UK from France since Christmas Day. -Independent

Dec 31 08:56

Paranoid Of Russian Espionage, Belgium Bans Military Use Of Personal Smartphones

The Belgian military involved in NATO missions in the Baltic states will soon be banned from using personal smartphones because of concerns about possible spying activities, especially from Russia, VRT reported.

VRT has quoted General Carl Gillis, Chief of Operations Division of the Belgian Defense Department, as saying that the Belgian Defense has decided to tighten the rules on the use of smartphones by the military, since the geolocation services of some mobile applications may give out confidential information on military bases or soldiers.

Dec 31 08:24

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Analysis ISPs should be paid to provide slower internet speeds to poor people.

That's the extraordinary upshot of a meeting between an ISP industry group and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US.

In a letter [PDF] recording a meeting between the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the legal advisors to two FCC commissioners, the industry group "emphasized that the Commission’s goals would be better served by directing support to areas that lack any service at all and those that have access only below 10/1 Mbps."

The current definition of broadband is 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up. That was introduced in 2015 and replaced an older, outdated definition of 10Mbps down and 1Mbps up.

Dec 30 10:06

Israeli Firm Caught Up in US-China Rivalry Over Advanced Military Robots

The US Army is apparently searching for cutting-edge technologies to be used in its military service, and new players in the field seem to be popping up, along with an established Chinese manufacturer.

Israeli firm Roboteam is competing with Massachusetts-based Endeavor Robotics over a series of major contracts to build the US army’s top-notch generation of ground robots. Those machines will be designed to be smarter and easier to run than the remote-controlled rovers that have helped troops disable bombs for more than 15 years.

Dec 30 07:51

LOW "SOCIAL CREDIT RANKINGS" IN CHINA PREVENT MILLIONS OF "UNTRUSTWORTHY" CITIZENS FROM TRAVELING – HOW SOON UNTIL THE SAME TYRANNY IS UNLEASHED IN THE USA?

Step inside China’s “social credit laboratory” and imagine your life and liberties being controlled and severely limited exactly this way if the Democrats and Globalists, who currently control all of social media, Google, YouTube, and Apple, take complete control of the U.S. Government in 2020. Communist-controlled China has already begun their massive experiment in monitoring and ranking their citizens by what they post on social media. Got some negative things to say about your government and how the system is run? If so, you will be banned from traveling, and that’s just the beginning (think of “hate speech” on social media here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to the Chinese Government; George Orwell's 1984 was a cautionary tale; not a how-to book!!!

And those in the US who are too dim to think this is not already happening here at home, you need to think again, please.

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