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Oct 08 08:59

Creating National Biometric System for Patient Matching Will Threaten Privacy and Security

By Natural Blaze

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Pew Research Center last week released a new public opinion report on “patient matching,” a term which is simply a less-offensive moniker for “national patient ID,” says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

Pew led off the study with this dubious claim about developing a national system of patient identification: “Enhanced Patient Matching Is Critical to Achieving Full Promise of Digital Health Records.” However, problems abound with both the idea of pushing a national patient ID strategy to link patient data and the proposed use of a national infrastructure to collect and store the biometrics of Americans, such as their DNA, fingerprints or iris scans...

Oct 08 08:28

Facebook is hit by a new viral hoax message that falsely tells users their account has been 'cloned' by cyber criminals and to forward on the message to ALL of their friends

The scam message reads: 'Hi....I actually got another friend request from you yesterday...which I ignored so you may want to check your account.

'Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too....I had to do the people individually. Good Luck!'

Facebook said there is no virus attached to the message, and advised users to simply delete it if they receive it.

Oct 08 08:27

Facebook's UK tax bill triples to £15.8m despite making £1.2bn AND the social media giant will get an immediate cut thanks to a tax credit

Facebook has been handed its biggest ever UK tax bill - but the tech giant has already managed to slash it by millions by claiming tax relief, it was revealed today.

The social network's corporation tax demand from the Treasury tripled to £15.8million in 2017 but it only had to pay £7.4million, new accounts show.

The reduction came despite British revenues going up a third from £842million to an extraordinary £1.2billion last year and record profits of £62million in those 12 months – up from £58million.

The company, run by Mark Zuckerberg, managed to cut its tax bill by 46 per cent after it awarded shares to its employees.

Oct 08 08:16

The UK is practicing cyberattacks that could black out Moscow

British defense officials say they have practiced cyber war games that could shut off electricity in Russia’s capital, the Sunday Times (paywall) reports.

The measures are part of a wider range of strategies to hit back at an increasingly assertive Russia—accused of interfering with US elections, cyberattacks on Western targets, and poisoning a former spy on UK soil—without resorting to a full-blown nuclear attack.

“If they sank our aircraft carrier with a nuclear-tipped torpedo, what is our response? There’s nothing between sinking their submarine and dropping a nuclear weapon on northern Kamchatka,” one senior source told the Sunday Times. “This is why cyber is so important; you can go on the offensive and turn off the lights in Moscow to tell them that they are not doing the right things.”

Oct 08 07:42

Microsoft halts rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update: What happens next?

Only days after releasing its latest feature update to Windows 10, Microsoft abruptly stopped the rollout and pulled the new version from its download servers as it investigates "isolated reports" of a data-destroying bug. What should you do now?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Next, we restore product liability so that customers can sue companies that do not take the trouble to make sure their products are working perfectly before they are released to the public!

Oct 07 20:08

Bookmark This: Over 400 Links Google Doesn’t Want You To Visit

whatreally happened.com is #4 on Google's Hit Parade!

The war on truth has reached a fever pitch as Google has made it their mission to annihilate the independent media. The ‘New Media’ lead by the likes of Infowars, Breitbart, Natural News and many other great independent sites will have an uphill battle when it comes to getting their content in front of readers. Google has announced they will be doubling down on their ‘Orwellian’ practice of making stories disappear from their monopolistic search engine. Outlined in their Gestapo like 160-page handbook, Google describes exactly how they plan to suppress any information they deem unfit for readers. Highlighted at the bottom of page 108 Google states:
Drudgereport.com

Breitbart.com

Infowars.com

SteveQuayle.com

Whatreallyhappened.com

Rense.com

Blacklistednews.com

Thefreethoughtsproject.com

Oct 07 18:03

Instagram tests controversial new privacy setting that shares your location with Facebook to serve targeted ads - even when the app is closed

Instagram is testing a tool that would allow it to share users' location data with Facebook, even if the app has been shut down.

The data, which could include a user's exact GPS coordinates, would be shared with Facebook to help it serve up targeted advertisements, according to TechCrunch.

Even though it's still in the prototype stages, news of the feature has exacerbated fears that Instagram is taking a page from its parent company, Facebook, by going after users personal data.

Oct 07 18:01

Former Google boss launches scathing Silicon Valley attack urging tech giants to end the delusion that it's making the world a better place

Jessica Powell said she had become tired of defending the company in her role as its top PR chief.

‘This is an industry that takes itself far too seriously, and its own responsibility not seriously enough,’ she added.

‘I want Silicon Valley to end the self-delusion and either fess up to the reality we are creating, or live up to the vision we market to the world each day. Because if you’re going to tell people you’re their saviour, you better be ready to be held to a higher standard.’

Oct 06 23:36

Several Issues with Smart Device Addiction

Has it ever occurred to you that the constant use of modern “smart” technologies and devices in our everyday life is gradually turning us into unreflecting or even silly people? Let’s look into 5 main examples of the issues stemming from deleterious addiction to the routine use of contemporary technologies and gadgets.

What are the risks of becoming addicted to smart devices?

The modern cutting-edge technologies, numerous applications for mobile devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) on the whole are causing us to become addicted to smartphones and the like. Although these contrivances are intended to make people’s lives easier and free up time, excessive dependence on smartphones is dangerous because it makes us helpless when they are not at hand. You can overcome this addiction just like any other problem, but it takes quite a bit of effort to do it.

5 examples demonstrating that addiction to smart technologies is a problem:

Oct 06 11:28

Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ on Internet Use

In Canada, there have been ongoing discussions and proposals about new levies and fees to compensate creators for 'missed revenue.' There have been calls to levy a tax on mobile devices such as iPhones, for example. This week the Screen Composers Guild of Canada took things up a notch, calling for a copyright levy on all broadband data use above 15 gigabytes per month.

Oct 06 10:48

Your Cell Phone is a Psychotronic Weapon of Mass Mind Control

Your cell phone is a psychotronic weapon. That means that your cell phone CAN read and control and probably IS reading and controlling your mind.

Oct 06 10:47

5G Network Uses Same EMF Waves as Pentagon Crowd Control System

The new cell network uses high band radio frequency millimeter waves to deliver high bandwidth data to any device within line of sight.

Oct 06 10:31

Digital activists are fighting to reclaim the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web back in 1989, when he was working for CERN, "the European Organization for Nuclear Research [where] physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe." At his urging, CERN put the technology into the public domain, rather than trying to monetize it.

"On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. CERN made the next release available with an open licence, as a more sure way to maximize its dissemination. Through these actions (making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code) the web was allowed to flourish."

Oct 06 09:51

TSA Facial Recognition Experiment Receives 85% Accuracy Rate

The TSA is using facial recognition technology with a “biometric confirmation” rate of 85% for testing purposes at airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to complete a 30-day test next month testing the use of facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, the LA Times reported.

The DHS, (Department of Homeland Security) desires to use facial recognition technology to better track and record approximately 1 million foreign travelers who each year enter and exit the United States, with a rough estimate of 300,000 traveling by plane.

During test programs at Boston, Houston, New York, and Atlanta, travelers were photographed as they prepared to board planes. The cameras then used facial recognition technology to match up the passengers’ faces with data collected by the federal government on each foreign national who entered the country.

Oct 06 09:50

The NSA Wouldn't Let Us in This Building (But We Found Out What's Inside)

Oct 05 17:53

California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords

Under the new law, all new internet-connected devices made or sold in California with a default password will be required to make that password unique and secure for every single device. That means no more devices shipped with username/password combos of “admin/admin,” for example. It’s far from a panacea—and really, why aren’t you using a password manager already—but it’s a step towards at least a minimal baseline of security in our internet-of-things addled future.

Oct 05 16:55

#4 on PROJECT CENSORED’s Top 25 List: “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe”

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post and many others have already reported about The Nation’s February 2018 article, “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe.” It received so much attention that there were follow-up interviews with Mark Hertsgaard...

Oct 05 15:07

Facebook user who uploaded pirated copy of ‘Deadpool’ sentenced

A California man who uploaded a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool to Facebook has been sentenced to three weeks prison. The film was shared to the social media network, shortly after it premiered, where it was viewed 6,386,456 times. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation last year and previously pleaded guilty.

Oct 05 11:16

Could An Artificial Intelligence Be Considered A Person Under The Law?

By Roman V. Yampolskiy, University of Louisville

Humans aren’t the only people in society – at least according to the law. In the U.S., corporations have been given rights of free speech and religion. Some natural features also have person-like rights. But both of those required changes to the legal system. A new argument has laid a path for artificial intelligence systems to be recognized as people, too – without any legislation, court rulings or other revisions to existing law...

Oct 05 11:00

TSA Facial Recognition Experiment Receives 85% Accuracy Rate

By Aaron Kesel

The TSA is using facial recognition technology with a “biometric confirmation” rate of 85% for testing purposes at airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to complete a 30-day test next month testing the use of facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, the LA Times reported...

Oct 05 10:39

Cyber Criminals Can Buy Passports On The Dark Web For As Little As $15, Study Finds

Are you a convicted felon who has dreams of traveling abroad? Or a cybercriminal looking to set up a legitimate bank account into which you can deposit your ill-gotten funds? Then buying a passport off the dark web is an option that you should consider!

But while in the past forged or stolen passports would fetch a hefty sum on the black market, thanks to the modern marvel that is the dark web, prices have fallen significantly. Last month, Comparitech analyzed listings on a handful of illicit marketplaces to try and determine exactly how much a passport or passport scan can fetch in the seediest corners of the Internet. Their analysts scoured marketplaces like Dream Market, Berlusconi Market, Wall Street Market and Tochka Free Market, among others.

During their search, they discovered that passport scans, which are often enough for a scammer or criminal to set up a bank account in another person's name, can be purchased for as little as $15.

Oct 05 08:53

Frankfurt used as remote hacking base for the CIA: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks released a trove of CIA documents on Tuesday that it claimed revealed details of its secret hacking arsenal.

The release included 8,761 documents that it claimed revealed details of "malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized 'zero day' exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation."

The leaks purportedly revealed that a top secret CIA unit used the German city of Frankfurt am Main as the starting point for numerous hacking attacks on Europe, China and the Middle East.

Oct 05 08:40

Lawyer for Clinton campaign and DNC gave FBI documents for Russia probe, sources say

A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony.

The FBI official who was contacted, James Baker, revealed the exchange to congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition Wednesday. He said Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking. The sources said Baker described the contact as unusual and the “only time it happened.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these charges are determined to be true, we could begin to see a great unraveling in DC.

But I am not holding my breath that anyone will be prosecuted, even if these charges prove true.

Oct 05 08:19

MATTIS SAYS RUSSIAN GRU CAUGHT RED-HANDED HACKING OPCW, VOWS CYBER SUPPORT TO ALLIES

Russia is facing new multiple wide-ranging charges of hacking as Western officials on Wednesday alleged its intelligence agencies conducted four high profile cyber attacks, including an attempt to spy on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the independent body responsible for investigating chemical attacks in Syria and in the UK.

The OPCW is headquartered the Netherlands, and according to breaking reports a group that the Dutch government has alleged are Russian operatives may have been caught red-handed in the act.

Moscow has dismissed the charges as but more "Western spy mania" while leveling its own accusations that the Pentagon is conducting an illegal and dangerous germ and bio-weapons research program near Russia's borders.

The four suspects identified by Dutch officials had diplomatic passports and included two IT experts and two support agents, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the leveling of these charges, coupled with the very clumsy way in which the evidence was left out for US, Dutch, and NATO operatives to find, and hurtle down the "J'accuse!" was just too cute.

And please remember this; this happened just 24 hours after Mattis had told NATO that he would give them the best of the US's spycraft, if they wanted and needed it.

Things appear to be moving, geopolitically, between Russia, NATO, and the US which is going to lead to war, unless someone mans up, and draws these geopolitical competitors away from the abyss of war. This article from SouthFront, datelined June of this year, demonstrating what NATO and the West's plans are for Ukraine, and what has been done to move that agenda along:

US Involvement in Ukraine: NATO expansion through proxy war

There is a chance, growing exponentially, that NATO and the US are planning to test Moscow with attacks on the breakaway republics, like Donbass, which do not want to submit again to Ukrainian control.

An article appearing in Tass just yesterday seems to confirm this, in a very jarring manner:

Kiev moving air defense systems to contact line in Donbass — Russian OSCE envoy

The timing of this move, I think, may well be gravely significant, and augur
badly for peace in the region.

Then, we have current developments in Syria, which require serious consideration and attention.

This morning, courtesy of blacklistednews.com, we have the following headline:

US Sends Marines into Eastern Syria to join major battle. The article goes on to state:

"US Marines are now being sent into the area to join the ground offensive. Previously, the US was offering only air support. This is the first ground troop deployment of this latest military push.

So we now have documented evidence of US boots on the ground in Syria; it is only a matter of time before we have Russian and Syrian troops tangling with US troops, and there appears to be no deconfliction area for where these troops are fighting.

So, we have one potential theatre of war in and around Ukraine, with the other in Syria, where Israel has vowed to strike again against any Iranian units on the ground might be, in spite of Russia having installed their truly capable S-300 defensive system for the Syrians.

What could possibly go wrong?!?

Bloody everything!!!

Oct 05 07:55

BEX? - 'Intrusion Truth', The Mysterious Group Doxxing China's Hacking Army

An anonymous group calling itself Intrusion Truth has exposed members of APT10, an elite Chinese hacking unit that has targeted aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing firms to steal trade secrets, including from the US government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are anonymous. Trust us! It's the Chinese!"

Oct 05 07:52

Sudden, unexpected demise of Rethink Robotics shakes up automation industry

Boston-based Rethink Robotics, one of a handful of pioneering companies that led the charge to move industrial robots out of cages and alongside human workers, announced Wednesday it was ceasing operations. The news was largely unexpected and has sent shock waves through the robotics industry, where Rethink has been held up as a model of the new industrial automation paradigm.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Rethink was in the final stages of a deal to stave off closure by selling itself to an unnamed buyer. Ultimately, that deal fell through and the robotics firm had no alternative but shut its doors.

Oct 05 05:48

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

As well as the usual complaints from overenthusiastic users reporting freezes during setup and mysteriously vanishing files or apps, a low rumble of dissatisfaction could be heard regarding battery life. One Redditor reported a markedly decreased time between charges while another chimed in with similar woes.

The culprit, according to a support article, could be a compatibility issue with a bunch of Intel Display Audio drivers that can end up sending CPU usage skyrocketing and battery life plummeting.

As such, Microsoft has now put a block on afflicted machines being offered the Windows 10 update, although users can push things through if they really want to. A particularly stunning bit of interface design means that clicking "Confirm" on the warning screen will actually cause the update to install regardless.

Oct 04 18:43

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 18:42

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 18:12

“PC Magazine” Fires Author and Relocates Article Citing Health Effects of 5G

By B.N. Frank

On August 22, 2018, PC Magazine published John Dvorak’s article, “The Problem with 5G” which cites health risks as a major concern with this technology. On August 26, 2018 Activist Post published an article about John’s article. Unfortunately, John was fired on September 20 and PC Magazine replaced this article’s link with an article written by someone else. They also relocated John’s article to a different link...

Oct 04 17:45

Construction and Farmer Robots Are The Latest A.I. Coming For Human Jobs

By Aaron Kesel

If Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute has its way, human construction workers might not be needed anymore. Meanwhile, a robot named Angus is being billed the farmer of the future...

Oct 04 10:34

Netflix viewing eats up world's data

Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

That is putting huge pressure on networks around the world and that pressure is likely to get worse, according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

"The numbers for video are going to get higher as more and more content goes high definition and users turn more to 4K," said vice-president of marketing Cam Cullen.

During peak evening hours, when networks are under "the most stress", Netflix can be accounting for 40% of all download traffic in the US, according to the report.

Oct 04 09:03

Facebook hit with ANOTHER privacy issue as FTC complaint by advocacy groups accuses firm of harvesting data on children in Messenger Kids app

Facebook has been illegally collecting data on children in its Messenger Kids app, according to a coalition of child and consumer advocacy groups.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate the kid-centric messaging app for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The groups argue Facebook has violated federal law by collecting kids' information without obtaining consent from their parents.

Oct 04 09:01

Could YOU get a payout from Facebook following 'worst ever' hack? EU regulators begin investigation under tough new GDPR rules that could see firm hit with $1.63bn fine as users across the globe launch lawsuits

Facebook could be facing a massive fine following its 'biggest ever' hack that affected 50 million users, it has been claimed.

Tough new GDPR data protection regulations, which came into force earlier this year, could allows affected users in the EU to file a civil claim, while in the US, the first class action lawsuits have already been filed by users.

Oct 04 08:55

Check Out John McAfee's (Educated) Warning About The Dark Side of That Presidential Alert Sent to Your Phone

Yesterday, the first Presidential Alert was sent to phones all across the country. Theories and screenshots just about broke the internet shortly thereafter.

But one of these theories, in particular, comes from a source that is especially credible with regard to cybersecurity: John McAfee.

Let’s take a quick look at these theories.

Oct 04 08:01

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.

This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating, promising the kind of long-term, stealth access that spy agencies are willing to invest millions of dollars and many years to get.

Oct 04 07:58

Windows 10 October update problems: Wiped docs, plus Intel driver warning

Some Windows 10 users have learned the hard way that even if upgrades have gone smoothly in the past, it's still wise to back up files before updating the OS.

Microsoft this week kicked off the Windows 10 1809 rollout, and now some users have found the update is wiping important files, including photos and music, reports MSPoweruser.

Several early adopters of the Windows 10 1809 update have reported vanishing file problems on Reddit, Twitter and Microsoft's Community forum.

One poor Windows 10 1809 user, Robert Ziko, claims to have lost 220GB of data after updating.

Oct 04 07:50

US Charges 7 Alleged Russian Military Intel Officers Over Hacking OPCW, WADA

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands stated that the United States was going to announce charges against some "Russian intelligence agents." Moscow has yet to comment on the US charges.

The US Justice Department has announced charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officials it accuses of hacking doping agencies and other international organizations.

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activites against the United States and its allies," Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters.

According to the DOJ, WADA, the OPCW, USADA, Westinghouse nuclear power company, which provides power to Ukraine, at least 250 athletes and sports figures from different countries were allegedly targeted by Russian intelligence officers; they also ostensibly targeted a Canadian anti-doping agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the United States, the presumption of innocence is paramount to the judicial process.

But why would these people be doing this now?!? There is something not right about the timing, and linking this all together, as a further demonization of Russia.

What is the US going to claim next, accusing Russia of having a "death star"?!?!?

It is almost as though, with the thorough demonization of Russia, China, and Iran, that the US Deep State is trying to find the most popular "villain" the American people would not mind having a war against, and this is a really lousy way to run foreign policy.

Oct 04 07:32

CEO Pleads Guilty to Selling Encrypted Phones to Organized Crime

Phantom Secure made custom, encrypted BlackBerry phones and sold them to customers all over the world, including to the Sinaloa cartel, according to prosecutors.

Oct 04 07:16

You now have to log in with your cable provider to watch C-SPAN.

They finally did it. You have to have a cable subscription now to see live congressional hearings on C-SPAN. Can't watch the live Kavanaugh vote debate on the floor yesterday.

Oct 04 07:15

Residents to council on sex robot brothel: 'It's bad for Houston'

A vote concerning the controversial opening of a sex robot brothel in Houston is set to take place Wednesday at city hall.

But if Tuesday's public discussion on the matter was any indication, an ordinance vote that would effectively ban it appears poised to pass.

During the discussion, city council members heard from several people who believe the business is bad for Houston and will promote sex trafficking.

If the ordinance passes, no business could allow a sexual act to take place with a robot at the proposed Galleria-area site.

Oct 04 06:12

NEW FCC RULING GIVES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF 5G ROLLOUT

On Monday October 1st, Sacramento, Houston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles became the first cities to gain access to Verizon’s 5G Wireless service.

The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact in what is known as “The Internet of Things”. The move towards the smart grid was hastened last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a rule that will limit the role of local authorities regarding the build of 5G networks, specifically the amount city officials can charge telecommunication companies (“Big Tech”).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Human health is of no consequence to this government, if money is to be made, and there has been no real, serious vetting of this technology before it is being rolled out.

Oct 03 14:18

Gab.com Is Being Targeted By Payment Processors

GAB ---In the last two weeks both of our payment processors have threatened to or have frozen our service

Oct 03 12:04

America’s Offensive Cyber Strategy

On September 20, 2018 the White House released the US National Cyber Strategy, which was signed by President Donald Trump.

It probably delighted both hawks and Democrats. The former were pleased that the strategy includes new components that clearly indicate an expansionist momentum. And the latter were gratified by the Trump administration’s renewed interest in the subject of cyberspace, since Donald Trump eliminated the position of White House cybersecurity coordinator after his election and significantly reduced spending in this area. But the president now seems to have reconsidered, as indicated by the fact that the 40-page document is in many respects a rehash of efforts from the Obama era.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen noted in her statement that “[t]oday’s National Cyber Strategy — the first in fifteen years — strengthens the government’s commitment to work in partnership with industry to combat those threats and secure our critical infrastructure.”

Oct 03 10:08

Feds Force Child Porn Suspect To Unlock Smartphone With His Face

By Aaron Kesel

According to a new report by Forbes, for the first time in the U.S. and possibly the world, law enforcement have accessed a suspect’s phone by using their face to unlock the smart device using Face ID...

Oct 03 10:07

FEMA's Presidential Alert Test Will Last for 30 Minutes at 2:18 PM EST On October 3rd

Oct 03 09:41

Three New Yorkers suing to stop test of presidential alert system on Wednesday

Three New Yorkers are attempting to halt a scheduled test of a system that will allow President Trump and future presidents to send alert messages to the phones of all Americans.

J.B. Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky, and Liana Nikitovich filed a lawsuit last week to a U.S. District Court in Manhattan, which argues that the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, violates free speech rights and is an unconstitutional seizure of electronic devices, Politico reports.

A test of the system is scheduled to take place Wednesday. The first test was originally planned for Sept. 20, but it was delayed due to Hurricane Florence, which made landfall over the Carolinas in the middle of the moth.

The plaintiffs are worried that the system will turn into "government loudspeakers," which would allow presidents to send propaganda, according to the suit.

Oct 03 09:11

Israeli spyware used against Saudi Arabian dissident in Canada — report

A Saudi dissident living in Canada was likely spied on by Israeli phone-hacking technology, according to a Monday report.

The Herzliya-based NSO Group uses its controversial Pegasus spyware program to turn smartphones into listening devices. It has been accused of selling the technology to countries, including Saudi Arabia, who use it to spy on dissidents, journalists, and others.

The Citizen Lab, a group of academics from Toronto University, said it has “high confidence” that the Israeli technology was used to spy on 27-year-old Omar Abdulaziz, an outspoken Saudi dissident who sought asylum in Canada.

Oct 03 08:28

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us.

Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Indeed, every dystopian sci-fi film (and horror film, for that matter) we’ve ever seen is suddenly converging into this present moment in a dangerous trifecta between science and technology, Big Business, and a government that wants to be all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful—but not without help from the citizenry.

On a daily basis, Americans are relinquishing (in many cases, voluntarily) the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to navigate an increasingly technologically-enabled world.

Oct 03 08:17

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: How to get it, how to avoid it

Microsoft will soon begin delivering the official release of Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update. If you do nothing, it will arrive via Windows Update some time in the next few months. Here's how to take more control over the process.

Oct 03 00:20

Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. -- Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases using emerging surveillance, DNA and biometrics technologies, Big Brother (and his corporate partners in crime) is getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive and stalker-like.

Oct 02 12:24

WHY YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT FIVE EYES HAVING ACCESS TO EVERY ELECTRONIC DEVICE

According to an article in the National Post the Five Eyes intelligence network is demanding tech companies provide a backdoor into all their electronic devices.

"Canada joined its intelligence allies recently in demanding that technology companies co-operate with law enforcement agencies in allowing access to encrypted communications."

Although similar requests for co-operation have been made in the past, that “is the most aggressive call we’ve seen,” said Tamir Israel, a lawyer at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.

The big change, according to Israel, is that governments are now saying “fix it for us or we will fix it for you.” That’s led to concerns among privacy experts that the government will try to legislate a requirement for tech companies to build backdoors for law enforcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't do or say anything which could possibly be construed as a threat to this government on any of my electronic devices. As a Christian pacifist activist, I never condone, or encourage, violence of any kind; but it still bugs the heck out of me that 5 Eyes believes me to be such a threat, as to demand access to my electronic devices 24/7.

The only reason the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika could find me dangerous, is that I constantly advocate for knowledge and facts to be the foundation of both domestic and foreign policies for this country, and would suggest, both very politely, and very strongly, that logic, and the governance of this country, have been greatly estranged for far too long right now.

So, 5 Eyes, do you want to know my typical Thursday afternoon is like, before I conduct two church choir rehearsals at a local Methodist church in the evening?!? I text a couple of my singers with toddlers, to validate whether or not they will need our nursery care that the church provides singers, free of charge, while they are rehearsing.

THERE! MY "THURSDAY SECRET"..... IS OUT!!!!

So, 5 Eyes and all of the alphabet soup agencies out there keeping tabs on me; don't you actually feel more than a little sheepish that you are doing so?!?

If you want to know what I think, read my contributions to Mike's blog; if you want to know what I am doing, come to church and hear my choirs sing. AND IF YOU COME TO CHURCH, AND I THINK YOU CAN CARRY A NOTE, I WILL, SO HELP ME HEAVEN, TRY TO RECRUIT YOU FOR MY CHOIRS!!:-)

Webmaster addition: Rivero challenges the NSA

Oct 02 11:52

“Digital Strip Searches” Increasing at Borders; Refusal Could Lead to $5K Fine

By Nicholas West

Apparently the era of “digital papers please” is upon us. Earlier this year, in March, I reported on allegations that travelers on domestic flights within the United States had received warrantless requests to inspect their digital devices. The allegations led to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Northern California against the TSA. Now, however...

Oct 02 09:38

Humanoid Robot

Oct 02 09:30

The Rise Of Facial Recognition Technology Is Now Inevitable

By Aaron Kesel

For the past few months, this writer has focused on facial recognition technology. From Amazon helping law enforcement with its Facial Rekogntion software, DHS wanting to use it for border control, to the Olympics wanting to use the tech for security. Now, NY toll booths will be equipped...

Oct 02 09:09

Biggest ever Facebook hack that affected 50 million users ALSO left people's Tinder, Spotify and Instagram accounts exposed

Facebook's biggest ever hack that affected 50 million users also left peoples' Tinder, Spotify and Instagram accounts exposed.

In a follow-up conference call with reporters, the firm revealed that hackers may have been able to access any service which a person used their Facebook logins to access.

This could mean many other major companies who use Facebook's login service will have to reveal if they have been exposed to malicious activity.

Oct 02 09:08

Video games really DO make children violent: Teenagers who play Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Manhunt are more likely to get into fights at school

The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, were concluded from 24 studies across Canada, Germany, Japan and the USA.

'Although no single research project is definitive, our research aims to provide the most current and compelling responses to key criticisms on this topic,' said lead author of the study, Jay Hull, associate dean of faculty for the social sciences at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

'Based on our findings, we feel it is clear that violent video game play is associated with subsequent increases in physical aggression.'

Oct 02 09:07

Kim Kardashian is the 'most dangerous' celebrity to search for online: Hackers plant more malicious links in search results for the reality TV star than for any other famous figure

McAfee said cybercriminals are known to use the allure of celebrities to try to trick internet users into clicking on links which lead to malicious sites used to install malware or steal personal information and passwords.

Oct 02 05:25

How the Guy Who Invented the Internet Plans to Take Back the Web for All of Us

It’s not news to anyone who has read this website and others in the same niche for very long that the internet is a place of bias, manipulation, and prejudice. Website owners and outspoken people who go against the status quo are swiftly “punished” by the powers that be, effectively making it so that only one opinion can be heard.

But one man has a plan to take back the web.

And it isn’t just some yahoo with a go-fund-me account. This guy has street cred like no one else.

He’s Tim Berners-Lee, also known as “the Father of the World Wide Web.” He was the person who invented the internet back in 1989. (Sorry, Al Gore.)

Oct 02 04:36

SAUDI STATE SPIES ON DISSIDENTS IN CANADA USING SOFTWARE BUILT BY ISRAELI FIRM

The government of Saudi Arabia is spying on expatriate dissidents in Canada using commercially available software designed by an Israeli company, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. This is alleged in a new report published on Monday by the Citizen Lab, a research unit of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, which focuses on information technology, international security and human rights. The report’s authors say they have “high confidence” that intrusive surveillance software is being deployed to target the electronic communications of Saudi dissidents, including Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist who has been living in Canada’s Quebec province for nearly 10 years.

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