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Jun 04 10:29

China's Internet Lockdown Intensifies Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

Chinese social media sites have been placed on a lockdown ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, according to Bloomberg.

While Beijing already employs highly restrictive controls over their internet, Chinese censors typically intensify their efforts ahead of the June 4 anniversary of the bloody student protests in 1989.

This year, Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s messaging app WeChat and micro-blogging site Weibo barred users from changing their profile photos and other personal information. Video-streaming service Bilibili said it suspended real-time comments and other features for “technical upgrades.” -Bloomberg

Jun 04 10:21

FACEBOOK SHAREHOLDER REVOLT GETS BLOODY: POWERLESS INVESTORS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO OUST MARK ZUCKERBERG AS CHAIRMAN

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
The Facebook shareholder revolt just got bloody.

In a filing on Monday, Facebook revealed how investors voted on a raft of proposals at its annual shareholder meeting last week — and the results underline the unrest among outside investors.

According to an analysis of the results by Open Mic — an organization that works with activist shareholders to improve corporate governance at America's biggest companies — independent shareholders overwhelmingly backed two proposals to weaken Mark Zuckerberg's power.

Some 68% of ordinary investors, those who are not part of management or the board, want to oust Zuckerberg as chairman and bring in an independent figure to chair Facebook's board. This was a significant increase on the 51% who voted in favor of an almost identical proposal last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but The Zuck brought this change in his shareholders' minds upon himself, and I have have utterly no sympathy for someone who hubristically believed that he was "over, and above" the law, because of his financial status.

Jun 04 10:08

TESLA BLOCKS ACCESS TO ANONYMOUS WORKPLACE CHAT APP BLIND AMID CRACKDOWN ON EMPLOYEE LEAKS

SOURCE: VERDICT.CO.UK

Tesla has begun blocking its employees from accessing anonymous workplace chat app Blind, according to its developers, in an apparent attempt to protect against employee leaks.

Blind allows employees to discuss workplace matters anonymously with their colleagues and industry peers through public and private forums. Since launching in the United States in 2015, the app has attracted thousands of workers from Silicon Valley tech giants including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

More than 2,100 Tesla employees have signed up to Blind. However, the automotive company appears to have moved to stop that figure from increasing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elon Musk, is probably among the most brilliant inventors/ creators of the 21st century; that being said, however, he does, and desperately, and as of YESTERDAY, need a "business nanny" to take care of his companies in such a way that the negative things about Tesla, will cease of their own accord, because employees are being treated well, and sensitively, and work gets done intelligently and effectively.

Elon, personnel relations are not the kinds of relationships you have with what you create; this is something for someone who does not appear to be behaving in a such a way that utterly shuts people down, and the only way employees believe that they can vent, is through posting on such sources as Blind.

Jun 04 09:41

German Officials Think German Citizens Need Less Security, More Encryption Backdoors

There's another player on the world's anti-encryption stage. Some German government officials apparently feel it's OK for people to have encryption, but not secure encryption. The German government is exploring the idea of asking forcing tech companies to backdoor their encrypted communications platforms, presumably for the greater good of insecure humanity.

Government officials in Germany are reportedly mulling a law to force chat app providers to hand over end-to-end encrypted conversations in plain text on demand.

According to Der Spiegel this month, the Euro nation's Ministry of the Interior wants a new set of rules that would require operators of services like WhatsApp, Signal, Apple iMessage, and Telegram to cough up plain-text records of people's private enciphered chats to authorities that obtain a court order.

Jun 04 08:54

U.S. VISA APPLICANTS NOW REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SOCIAL MEDIA DETAILS

SOURCE: GEEK.COM

The U.S. State Department now requires most visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses, and phone numbers.

As reported by the Associated Press, this change is a “vast” expansion of President Trump’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors.

It will affect some 15 million foreigners applying for entry to the US each year.

“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications,” according to a government statement published by the AP.

“Every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the State Department continued. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening process to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So I have to wonder; what, ultimately may happen when, PLM (People Like Me), who have been out of the country for awhile, but were peaceful, Christian antiwar activists; are they going to be allowed back in, or will their claim to American citizenship get rejected, simply because of their anti-war activism?!?

Such a move, on the part of the Unhinged, Surveilled Amerikan State, may not be that impossible, in future years; and I do, legitimately, have concerns that such things may well happen here.

Jun 04 08:46

Apple iPadOS: A cheat sheet

Apple's new OS for iPad includes several features that make it easier to use the iPad as a laptop replacement. Here's what you need to know.

Jun 04 08:44

HOW CHINA IS WIPING MEMORIES OF TIENANMEN SQUARE OFF THE INTERNET

SOURCE: MOTHERBOARD | VICE
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The Chinese military killed as many as 10,000 people during Beijing’s vicious crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 30 years ago. But today, those victims and the horrific events of June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square have been virtually wiped from China’s collective memory. Beijing has achieved this mass erasure through an unprecedented crackdown on all forms of public speech in the streets and online, relying on advanced technology to automate much of their efforts while detaining people like Deng for making the smallest reference.

This year, those tools have been working in overdrive, focusing primarily on the dissident movement’s last refuge: the internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A word to both the Chinese and US governments: the book "1984" by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a "how to book!!"

Jun 04 08:37

At WWDC 2019, Apple did the impossible and annoyed all the right people

Usually, during an Apple show, I get whiny messages from tech types who want to describe, in bloodied detail, all the things that Apple failed to do. Or just to whine that the whole thing was duller than an accountant's bedspread.

Monday's WWDC was disturbingly, well, different.

First, there was a vacuum. Then, coos and aahs began to arrive by text.

"My watch won't need a phone?" said one techie acquaintance. "That's been one of my dreams for years."

I hesitated to suggest that he should see a different shrink or that I'd had a watch in high school that didn't need a phone. I don't think he'd have taken it well.

Still, the notion that Apple might veer toward the Singularity between man and wrist device clearly excited several of my usual moaners.

Jun 04 08:23

Bars & Nightclubs Use A Secret Biometric Blacklist To Ban Customers

By MassPrivateI

Have you ever had too much to drink at a bar or nightclub and been asked to leave? Have you or your friends ever mouthed off to the staff or been hit on by a bartender? Have you ever Yelped or Tweeted about bad food or service?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you will be mortified to learn that Big Brother knows exactly who you are...

Jun 04 07:41

BARS & NIGHTCLUBS USE A SECRET BIOMETRIC BLACKLIST TO BAN CUSTOMERS

Have you ever had too much to drink at a bar or nightclub and been asked to leave? Have you or your friends ever mouthed off to the staff or been hit on by a bartender? Have you ever Yelped or Tweeted about bad food or service? If you answered yes, to any of those questions, then you will be mortified to learn that Big Brother knows exactly who you are.

Jun 04 06:24

Smart beds and sleep apps are gathering data that could wind up in the hands of marketing firms, experts warn - and they might even be able to tell when you're having SEX

Sleep technology uses sensors to track everything, from when you toss and turn to when you wake up - and they might even be able to tell when you're having sex.

The smart devices are designed to give their users insight into how they sleep and how their heart rate, respiration and movements have changed in the night.

Researchers say they are concerned about what the firms collecting this personal data go on to do with it.

Jun 04 06:04

Euromaidan activist with neo-Nazi links joins Facebook as public policy manager

A Ukrainian activist who rejoiced at the sight of 48 anti-Maidan protesters burning to death in Odessa in 2014 has been hired by Facebook ostensibly to combat Russian ‘disinformation’.

Kateryna Kruk will be working out of Warsaw in her new role as Facebook’s public policy manager for Ukraine. While Kruk’s immediate duties are not clear, the announcement was met with enthusiasm by her followers, hoping she would unleash a crackdown on ‘Kremlin trolls’.

Jun 03 18:12

Caught in the Net: The Impact of “Extremist” Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content

Social media companies have long struggled with what to do about extremist content that advocates for or celebrates terrorism and violence. But the dominant current approach, which features overbroad and vague policies and practices for removing content, is already decimating human rights content online, according to a new report from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Syrian Archive, and WITNESS. The report confirms that the reality of faulty content moderation must be addressed in ongoing efforts to address extremist content.

The pressure on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to moderate extremist content only increased after the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year. In the wake of the Christchurch Call to Action Summit held last month, EFF teamed up with Syrian Archive and WITNESS to show how faulty moderation inadvertently captures and censors vital content, including activism, counter-speech, satire, and even evidence of war crimes...

Jun 03 17:18

Scooter riders beware – Hackers can remotely accelerate or brake popular electric models

A popular electric scooter model manufactured in China can be remotely hacked and locked down. According to a “proof of concept” test by security research firm Zimperium, these electric scooters can be remotely accessed and controlled. Hackers can remotely accelerate the scooter or cause it to hit the brakes, putting the rider at risk of sudden injury or death. The electric scooter is called the Xiaomi M365 and it’s currently being used with dockless, ride sharing services in cities throughout the U.S.

Jun 03 16:49

Google Nest Users Couldn’t Unlock Doors, Use A/C, or Operate Baby Monitors During Platform Outage

By B.N. Frank

Is a “Smart” home really a happy home? Besides the increasing reports of privacy and cybersecurity risks and violations, when platform outages happen, everything connected to it stops working...

Jun 03 15:29

UBlock Origin gets delisted from the Microsoft Add-Ons Store

Popular AdBlocker UBlock Origin has been unlisted from the Microsoft Ad-Ons Store. The extension was earlier available for both Microsoft Edge and the new Chromium-based Edge but has gone missing from the store.

The good news that the extension is just unlisted from the list of extensions available on the Ad-Ons website and is still available on the Store. If you’re using the new Chromium-based Edge then the easy way to install back the extension is to get it from the Chrome Web Store. Another way to get the extension is to visit the extension page directly and click on Get to install the extension. The extension developer Nick Rolls has acknowledged the issue and has reached out to Microsoft in order to get the issue fixed.

Jun 03 15:27

That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn’t unlock doors or use the AC

Last night, Google reported several issues with its Cloud Platform, which made several Google sites slow or inoperable. Because of this, many of Google’s sites and services–including Gmail, G Suite, and YouTube–were slow or completely down for users in the U.S. and Europe.

However, the Google Cloud outage also affected third-party apps and services that use Google Cloud space for hosting. Affected third-party apps and services include Discord, Snapchat, and even Apple’s iCloud services.

But an especially annoying side effect of Google Cloud’s downtime was that Nest-branded smart home products for some users just failed to work. According to reports from Twitter, many people were unable to use their Nest thermostats, Nest smart locks, and Nest cameras during the downtime. This essentially meant that because of a cloud storage outage, people were prevented from getting inside their homes, using their AC, and monitoring their babies.

Jun 03 10:35

CHINESE TECH TITAN HUAWEI BUYS RUSSIAN FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

SOURCE: RT

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has purchased the intellectual property rights to facial recognition systems designed by a Russian developer and manufacturer of high-tech security technology.
Some employees of Moscow-based Vokord will also be transferred to Huawei as part of the $50-million agreement, according to sources close to the deal, as quoted by Vedomosti.

Huawei’s Russian subsidiary, along with Hong Kong-based Huawei Digital Technologies, will reportedly become the owners of the intellectual property rights for Vokord’s patents on face ID technology and equipment. The newly formed firm will reportedly be called Igl Softlab. The Russian unit of the enterprise is expected to own 99.99999 percent of the newly formed company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; have you noticed, or are some of your advisors aware, of how much more closely Russian and Chinese enterprise, are working so very much more closely together than they have ever done before, after the US sanctions and tariffs were imposed?!?

There seems to be an insane "failure of imagination", in your policies toward these two countries, which, potentially, may bring us to a state of war, with either or both.

In which case, there will have to be a return to the draft, as the US military, in its current configuration, does not conscript.

Look for riots in the streets of this country, when the reintroduction of the draft happens, and I fully understand that you have the capability to assassinate the rioters "with extreme prejudice"

But there is a word, sir, which needs to become part of your vocabulary, and your thought process, and it is a small, bite-sized word, with great impact; that word is, "optics", Mr. President.

How are the optics of such a war, understanding that neither China nor Russia has done the kind of "damage" to the US economy, as to justify such a war?

Mr. President, if you allow this to happen, history will not remember you kindly; just a thought, not anything "from the mountain"; please be aware that, to an impartial observer, we appear to be on the "keening edge" of war with either, or both, countries.

This cannot be allowed to happen, as right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a positive outcome to such a conflict.

Jun 03 10:35

Did The Government Just Test The Internet Kill Switch?

'I felt a great disturbance in the farce, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

At 3pmET Sunday, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline.

Jun 03 10:15

Cyberthreat intelligence firms sells for $780M

Insight Partners, a leading global capital and private equity firm, has acquired Recorded Futures, an intelligence solution company that has made its name in the cybersecurity world in recent years by providing threat intelligence.

The cash deal is for $780 million. Recorded Future focuses on information related to public, private, and open source data associated with cyber intrusions. Insight had made a previous investment in the company.

Recorded Future claims to be the largest privately held threat intelligence software in the world. The company has ties to the defense and intelligence communities. Recorded Future was awarded a Defense Innovation Unit contract in September 2017. In-Q-Tel, the intelligence community’s investment arm, had made an initial investment in the company in 2010.

Jun 03 09:37

AMAZON INSTALLING ALEXA IN APARTMENTS AND HOTEL ROOMS. THEY SAY 24/7 DATA COLLECTION WILL HELP PROPERTY MANAGERS BETTER MANAGE AND SERVE TENANTS.

By B.N. Frank

More creepy “Surveillance Capitalism” courtesy of Amazon who isn’t hiding that it is putting millions of smart speakers in homes and hotels by “offering discounted hardware, customized software and new ways for property managers to harvest and use data.”

Are there actually people willing to pay for this type of arrangement?

From the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s Plan to Move In to Your Next Apartment Before You Do.”

For Amazon, the appeal is obvious: Adding millions of new users to its services and gaining access to data like their voice-based wish lists and Alexa-powered shopping habits will put it further ahead of the competition which, at the moment, doesn’t have a significant presence in rental properties and new-home construction.

‘We can predict if residents are happy based on their digital interactions.’

Here’s what they have to say about privacy:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What if one wants to opt-out?!?

Are there any provisions for this?!?

Can guests at hotels or residents of apartments, capable of not having every single word they speak, recorded?!?

If there is no provision for this, I would want to stay elsewhere, and let the management understand precisely we were doing this.

Jun 03 09:29

NEW SNOWDEN LEAKED MEMOS SHOW NSA AIDED ISRAEL'S "TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS"

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

A couple of new bombshell leaked NSA documents from the Snowden archive published days ago by The Intercept confirms the extremely close level of cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence services, especially as part of the so-called "global war on terror" since 9/11. The documents reveal the NSA even assisted in an aggressive targeted assassination campaign waged by Israel inside Lebanon, especially during the 2006 Lebanon War.

According to The Intercept's report — aptly titled "Israel Hated American Ban on Sharing Intel for Assassinations, so US Made New Rules" —the newly unearthed NSA memos reveal attempts to find a legal loophole of sorts on the part of the US intelligence officials which would allow unprecedented information sharing related to a deeply controversial targeted assassination campaign by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this.

What Israel wants is what Israel gets, in terms of US intelligence; and the targeted killings continue; no judge, no jury, no rule of law whatsoever.

And would someone please like to enlighten me, as to why Israel has zero constitution, after 71 years of existence?!?

Is by chance, or by design, so it can continue killing innocent Palestinians particularly the children, with utterly no legal mechanism for stopping this?!?

One does have to wonder.....

Jun 03 09:16

RUSSIA REQUIRES TINDER TO PROVIDE DATA ON ITS USERS

SOURCE: APNEWS.COM

MOSCOW (AP) — Dating app Tinder is now required to provide user data to Russian intelligence agencies, the country’s communications regulator said Monday.

The app was included on a new list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency.

Russia adopted a flurry of legislation in recent years tightening control over online activity. Among other things, Internet companies are required to store six months’ worth of user data and be ready to hand them over to authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my case, they can just copy from the blog WRH, and see what comes up; with Mike as a pacifist activist, and me as a Christian pacifist activist, I frankly think that Putin would have no problem with us.

Jun 03 09:00

GandCrab ransomware operation says it's shutting down

"We are leaving for a well-deserved retirement," they said. "We have proved that by doing evil deeds, retribution does not come."

Jun 03 08:40

Nearly 12M Quest Diagnostics patients may be affected in collection agency breach

A collection firm that worked with Quest Diagnostics informed the medical testing company that the data of 11.9 million patients may have been affected in a breach.

American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections service provider, reported that "an unauthorized user had access to AMCA's system containing personal information AMCA received from various entities, including from Quest."

Forensic experts are said to be investigating the breach.

AMCA first notified Quest and company Optum360 on May 14, 2019 of potential unauthorized activity on AMCA's web payment page.

Jun 02 16:19

'Should these platforms exist at all?': One GOP senator's crusade to rein in — and rethink — big tech

Hawley's comments echo what some tech insiders and media experts have said in recent years: Some of the internet's biggest problems begin with the ad-based business model.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube "hold themselves out to their users as being free, but they're not free and they're not free at all," Hawley said. "I mean they depend on collecting personal, private, confidential information from their users without consent, on monetizing it without permission and then trying to get their users, frankly, addicted to their platforms so they can assure a sufficient base of customers to sell their ads."

Jun 02 16:14

Google outage takes down YouTube, Gmail, and Snapchat in parts of US

YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Nest, Discord, and a number of other web services are suffering from outages in the US today. The root cause appears to be problems with Google’s Cloud service which powers apps other than just Google’s own web services. Google has issued a status update on its Cloud dashboard, noting that issues began at around 3:25PM ET / 12:25PM PT.

The issues appear to be mostly affecting those on the East Coast of the US, but some YouTube and Gmail users across Europe are also reporting that they’re unable to access the services. Google’s own G Suite Status dashboard shows problems with practically every single Google web service, and Down Detector lists YouTube outage reports in a number of countries worldwide.

Discord, Snapchat, and Vimeo users are also experiencing issues logging into the apps, and these all use Google Cloud on the backend.

Jun 02 10:41

CREEPY: Amazon and Facebook Both Want To Read Human Emotions

By Aaron Kesel

Facebook and Amazon’s insanity only seems to continue with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Now, the two big conglomerate giants want to move into the uncharted territory of reading human emotions, both in their own ways.

Facebook wants a robot that has five senses which can read human emotions. Facebook wants “emotionally sensitive” robots that can explore the world, identify objects and people and enable its users to make more friends...

Jun 02 10:39

NSA TARGETING SYSTEM NOW DEPLOYED ALONG MEXICAN BORDER, LEAKED DOCS REVEAL

SOURCE: RT
A top-secret NSA targeting system which dramatically increased the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq has made its way back home, according to leaked documents boasting of its use on the US-Mexico border.
The RT-RG targeting system, which sucks up and processes hundreds of millions of phone and internet records per day in order to “find, fix and finish” enemy combatants, has been deployed on the US’ southern border since 2010, according to documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

When NSA agents gave a presentation at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) in 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration, one of 21 law enforcement agencies with a presence at the center, dropped everything to get its hands on an RT-RG of its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For any country on this planet which boasts of being "civilized", which the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, frequently does, using this technology to kill or maim innocent people, is an absolute abomination.

Jun 02 10:24

EDWARD SNOWDEN: WITH TECHNOLOGY, INSTITUTIONS HAVE MADE 'MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF SOCIAL CONTROL IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPECIES'

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.

Snowden appeared at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia via livestream from Moscow to give a keynote address for the Canadian university's Open Dialogue Series.

Right now, he said, humanity is in a sort of "atomic moment" in the field of computer science.

"We're in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability," Snowden said.

"It's related to influence that reaches everyone in every place," he said. "It has no regard for borders. Its reach is unlimited, if you will, but its safeguards are not."

Without such defenses, technology is able to affect human behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Snowden nailed it here.

Jun 02 09:27

PRIVACY? WHAT’S THAT? FACEBOOK LAWYER ARGUES USERS HAVE NONE

SOURCE: RT

Facebook’s lawyer has denied the social media platform invaded American users’ privacy when it allowed their personal data to be slurped up by Cambridge Analytica, claiming they had no privacy to begin with. No crime, no victims?
“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued in a motion to have a class-action lawsuit against Facebook dismissed in California’s Northern District Court this week. The suit alleges Facebook’s failure to protect user data from predatory third parties like Cambridge Analytica constitutes invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and negligence and violates other privacy statutes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a published composer, I know I should be using facebook more than I do, which at this point, is rarely; but I know how its data is collected, and if Facebook has a gripe against me, it will be used, unceremoniously, to deplatform me.

It is far better that we all go to other sites, where the possibility of getting deplatformed, is far less than it is with Facebook.

Jun 02 09:07

Google Struggles to Justify Why It's Restricting Ad Blockers in Chrome

uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill, for example, argued this week that if user experience was the goal, there were other solutions that wouldn’t hamstring existing extensions.

“Web pages load slow because of bloat, not because of the blocking ability of the webRequest API—at least for well crafted extensions,” Hill said.

Hill said that Google’s motivation here had little to do with the end user experience, and far more to do with protecting advertising revenues from the rising popularity of adblock extensions.

Jun 02 09:05

‘Terrifying’: Hack Shows Extent of Private Data US License-Plate Readers Collect

The companies that sell car license-plate readers used by US authorities to track drivers within its borders collect far more information than most would think possible ? and fail to adequately protect that personal data, as a recent hack shows.

These license-plate readers collect and store information including peoples' locations, zip codes and even MP3 files, presumably from individuals' computers. Invasive technologies and the "surveillance state" they reveal are a major privacy concern, technologist Chris Garaffa told Sputnik.

Jun 02 08:59

Russian military moves closer to replacing Windows with Astra Linux

The Chinese military is also working on a similar plan to replace Windows with a custom OS.

Jun 02 08:01

Opportunity Zones: A Technocrat Deception To Plunder America

By Patrick Wood

How much more financial plundering can Americans endure before America is declared an outright Oligarchy and the middle class declared dead?

The Trump Administration has aggressively teamed up with Big Tech billionaires to diversify their fortunes into “underserved areas” by allowing tax deferment on realized capital gains derived from liquidation of their core investments. This is a massive Public-Private Partnership operation that could push as much as $6 trillion of “unlocked capital” into areas that would be turned upside down, and worse, inundated with Smart City technology designed to create a data extraction extravaganza for years to come.

In short, this is an operation of Big Tech, for Big Tech and by Big Tech, but President Trump has aided and abetted their efforts to manipulate government rules for their own self-interest. Undesired consequences will most certainly follow...

Jun 01 11:08

Tech giants now pushing ANTI-knowledge to keep humanity dumbed down and trapped in mental prisons

The evil tech giants are now systematically de-platforming all channels and sources of real human knowledge, awakening and truth. For the topics that really matter, the only information that’s allowed to be found on Google, Wikipedia, iPhone apps, YouTube or Twitter is anti-knowledge, or “false facts” that defy reality and indoctrinate the masses to believe in delusions rather than see what’s really happening in the world around them.

Jun 01 09:41

‘Most valued partner’: NSA fed Israel intel for targeted assassinations, leaked docs show

Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens' data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA's counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

May 31 19:58

Cryptopia files petition in US Bankruptcy Court

The liquidators of Christchurch-based Cryptopia have filed a petition in the Bankruptcy Court in New York to preserve the company's information stored on servers in the US.

The first report into Cryptopia's affairs, released yesterday, revealed the steps being taken by liquidators David Ruscoe and Russell Moore to secure the company's assets.

According to the report, liquidators are continuing the process, begun before the company was placed in liquidation, of recovering crypto-assets compromised from the hack of Cryptopia's exchange.

In mid-January, owners of Cryptopia – Adam Clark and Rob Dawson – called the Police after a cyber-attack saw an unknown amount - never confirmed but said to be in the tens of millions - siphoned off by hackers.

*I'm still stacking!*

May 31 12:58

‘Grave concerns’: Assange can barely talk, moved to prison hospital, says WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting Concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US.

Assange’s health had already “significantly deteriorated” during the nearly seven years he spent inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and has continued to get worse over the seven weeks he has spent in Belmarsh, WikiLeaks said in a statement on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been some unconfirmed resorts, that Belmarsh personnel are heavily dosing Assange with the anti-malarial drug mefloquine hydrochloride, which is known to create delusional states for those forced to take it. FDA increases warnings for the anti-malaria drug, mefloquine hydrochloride

When it comes to geopolitics, there are few "real coincidences"; it would appear that on the marching orders from their "Deep State American Cousins", the Brits are insuring that Assange never has the chance to speak, lucidly, about how he got the information he did, to pass on to the American public.

IF you are so inclined, please pray for the guy. I sense, right now, that he may never get out of Belmarsh alive.

May 31 12:18

Hillary Clinton to give keynote speech at cybersecurity summit (yes, really)

Former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will deliver a guest speech at an upcoming cybersecurity conference. Yes, the same Hillary Clinton who kept confidential emails on an unsecured server.
Clinton will deliver a keynote speech at the cybersec summit in October, organized by the security firm FireEye. After her speech, Clinton will take part in a Q&A discussion with FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia on the “geopolitical landscape and its implications for global cyber security today.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The irony here, is nearly painful as it is idiotic.

May 31 12:12

JOURNALIST KILLINGS, ARRESTS AND ASSAULTS CLIMB WORLDWIDE AS AUTHORITARIANISM SPREADS

SOURCE: ACTIVIST POST
By Randy Covington, University of South Carolina

Myanmar, nudged by the conscience of the world, recently released two Reuters journalists imprisoned for more than 500 days – good news in what otherwise has been a dismal period for media freedom.

The 2019 Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence and created “an intense climate of fear” worldwide.

According to the Paris-based nonprofit, 12 reporters have been killed so far this year and 172 are in jail. In the last decade, according to the group, 702 journalists have been killed, including 63 last year.

“The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media,” the report states.

May 31 12:11

BILDERBERG MEETING 2019: NOTHING TO SEE HERE; MOVE ALONG

From a distance the gathering of some 130 wealthy and influential people in Montreux, Switzerland, starting tomorrow looks benign enough. The website of the Bilderberg Group says it’s just “an annual forum for informal discussions, designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.… It’s a forum for informal discussions about major issues.… There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

The group even posts its agenda items, which include “informal discussions” about Brexit, climate “change,” and the future of capitalism. All designed to put any seeker of the truth to sleep.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This handful of people, are who decides who lives or who dies; where the next wars will be fought, and against whom; and project this huge, ugly diaphanous cloud over the existence of all humankind.

If they were really concerned about betting the lives of their citizens, why in heaven's name, would the Chatham House rules be invoked?!?

The short answer is, they would not be invoked, if these leaders cared a rat's anus about the welfare of the people over which they rule.

This is about money; profit; and how to keep the skids greased just a little while longer, until the US collapses under its own weight of debt.

May 31 12:00

SOON, HAND RECOGNITION WILL CATCH CRIMINALS AS RESEARCHERS BUILD DATABASE TO RECORD VARIATIONS AND BIOMETRICS

SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM

(Natural News) Researchers at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom are busy working on new technology that they claim will one day make it possible for law enforcement to identify potential criminals simply by looking at their hands.

Professor Dame Sue Black, who’s reportedly heading up the project, says that the human hand is much like a fingerprint, bearing unique patterns of veins, skin creases, scars, pigmentation, and in some cases tattoos. Because of this, she claims it’s possible to identify a person solely by these attributes, even if you were to never actually see the person’s face.

Since manual observations of unique hand signatures have already been successfully used in the legal system to identify child abusers, Prof. Black and her colleagues believe that forging a more technologically advanced method of identification that combines the use of “hard” and “soft” biometrics could be the future of criminal justice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is going to give an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "Talk to the Hand", as it appears, with this technology, that the hand... will be talking back!!

But the bigger question here is, what can we do, as a country, as a nation, to prevent kids from even thinking about doing something wrong, or illegal?!?

The recidivism rate in the US is officially horrible; there is just no way around that.

And looking at the violence taking place, against both students and teachers, why is it only generally happening in public schools, rather then educational systems like Waldorf; Montessori, or the Kumon schools?!?

What are they getting right, that public schools are getting catastrophically wrong?!?

We really need to ask ourselves that question.

May 31 11:49

NSA TO BALTIMORE: DON'T BLAME US

SOURCE: DEEPSTATEBLOG.ORG

It’s your fault, a National Security Agency official says to the city of Baltimore about the ransomware attack that has disrupted city services.

The unknown hackers, who have demanded $100,000 in bitcoin, are using software stolen from NSA. The agency’s response: we warned Baltimore two years ago and they didn’t patch their network.

“NSA shares the concerns of all the law-abiding citizens around the world about the threat posed by that criminal, malicious cyber activity, but the characterization that there’s an indefensible nation-state tool propagating ransomware is simply untrue,” Joyce said at a cybersecurity conference hosted by CrowdStrike.

What’s true is that there is a nation-state tool, created by NSA, that is propagating ransomware. What is untrue is that it is indefensible. American cities have to defend themselves from NSA’s stolen weapon, and if they don’t do it quickly enough, the NSA feels that it is absolved of responsibility

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, NSA; sorry, but right now, the optics of this position.... are really awful.

Why is it impossible for your top techs to be working with Baltimore, in terms of identifying the problem, and helping them fix it?!?

Isn't that part of your service to city and state agencies, who get caught up in this kind of situation?!?

Because if not, your leadership, starting with Keith B. Alexander, needs to be sacked, immediately, and have someone put in charge who will be motivated by just a tiny big of good will, rather than huffing and running away.

This attitude will NOT help to remedy the problem... is it POSSIBLE to show some slight bit of kindness, and help Baltimore out?!?

May 31 11:42

MARK ZUCKERBERG'S PERSONAL SECURITY CHIEF ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC COMMENTS

SOURCE: CNBC.COM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual misconduct and making racist and homophobic remarks about Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, and members of his staff, NBC News has confirmed with a spokesperson for Zuckerberg.

The allegations against Liam Booth, a former Secret Service officer now serving as the Facebook founder’s personal security chief, were brought by former employees of Zuckerberg’s household staff via the law offices of The Bloom Firm. They were first reported by Business Insider.

Lawyers representing the employees — a former member of Zuckerberg’s household staff and a former executive assistant to Booth — sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm that represents the companies that provide security for the Zuckerberg family, according to Business Insider.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mark, a word, please: don't you vet the people who work for you in this very important capacity?!?And this was the guy who you chose to protect your and your families' lives?!?

This is both irritating, and frustrating, to the millions of people who have entrusted you with their data on Facebook.

As an icon, and perhaps, idol among techies, please, you have got do better than this!!

May 31 10:07

Tech giants now pushing ANTI-knowledge to keep humanity dumbed down and trapped in mental prisons

Far from helping people access knowledge and facts, search engines like Google now push anti-knowledge — the opposite of knowledge — in order to keep people dumbed down.

The evil tech giants are now systematically de-platforming all channels and sources of real human knowledge, awakening and truth. For the topics that really matter, the only information that’s allowed to be found on Google, Wikipedia, iPhone apps, YouTube or Twitter is anti-knowledge, or “false facts” that defy reality and indoctrinate the masses to believe in delusions rather than see what’s really happening in the world around them.

In other words, on every topic that matters — science, medicine, vaccines, climate, history, politics, biology, culture and more — Big Tech systematically suppresses useful knowledge that might empower humans and replaces it with anti-knowledge that keeps people dumbed-down and trapped in mental prisons.

May 31 09:13

ASSANGE TOO SICK TO APPEAR AT HIS OWN EXTRADITION HEARING

SOURCE: ANTI MEDIA
(ANTIWAR.COM) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was unable to attend a court hearing in London on US attempts to extradite him, with his lawyer saying he is simply too ill to make an appearance and has been relocated to his prison’s medical ward.

A statement from WikiLeaks reported Assange’s health had “significantly deteriorated” from his seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy, and in his seven weeks in British prison, he has gotten worse and is losing a lot of weight.

The court has adjourned the extradition hearing until June 12, and has indicated that it will be held inside Belmarsh prison at that time, which may allow Assange to attend, health permitting.

Assange is facing 50 weeks in prison in Britain for hiding in the embassy. The US wants him extradited, and charges already disclosed under the Espionage Act would have him facing 170 years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that Assange is being gradually poisoned with something that will not show up at an autopsy, but is killing him, none the less.

May 31 08:46

NSA Deflects Blame for Baltimore Ransomware Attack

It’s unreasonable to get mad at someone for spoiling a movie that came out more than two years ago, and a National Security Agency official thinks the same logic should apply to cybersecurity exploits.

Rob Joyce, the NSA’s top cyber policy adviser, on Thursday rebuffed blame after one of the agency’s cyber weapons was used to hold Baltimore’s computer networks for ransom, arguing the attack would’ve been avoided if the city was more proactive with its digital hygiene.

“NSA shares the concerns of all the law-abiding citizens around the world about the threat posed by that criminal, malicious cyber activity, but the characterization that there’s an indefensible nation-state tool propagating ransomware is simply untrue,” Joyce said at a cybersecurity conference hosted by CrowdStrike.

May 31 07:30

Is Twitter making you 'stupid'? Italian scientists find the performance of students who use the site to study drops by up to 40%

Using Twitter to debate may be responsible for a drop in the quality of public discourse, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that Twitter use among students correlated with a drop in test results of between 25 to 40 per cent.

Experts say that the drop was most noticeable among higher-achieving students, and that the use of social networking sites had impaired their performance.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last year that his firm is responsible for 'building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking.'

But the finding may confirm what many people have already claimed - that social media is not the best place for a well-informed discussion.

May 31 07:26

Phishing Email States Your Office 365 Account Will Be Deleted

A new phishing campaign is underway that pretends to be from the "Office 365 Team" warning you that your email account cancellation has been approved and that all your email will be deleted unless you cancel the request within the hour.

May 31 07:24

Microsoft Warns Users Again to Patch Wormable BlueKeep Flaw

Microsoft issued a second warning for users of older Windows releases to patch their systems to block potential attackers from abusing the critical Remote Desktop Services (RDS) remote code execution vulnerability dubbed BlueKeep.

The first time, Microsoft issued a security fix designed to protect Windows computers running vulnerable RDS installations and block any malware capable of exploiting the flaw tracked as CVE-2019-0708 and of propagating between unpatched machines.

This second time, Redmond's "recommendation remains the same. We strongly advise that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible. It is possible that we won’t see this vulnerability incorporated into malware. But that’s not the way to bet."

May 30 18:24

Big data committee wraps up third and final day of hearings on Parliament Hill

Alan Davidson, Mozilla’s vice-president of global policy, trust and security, said the Amazon Echo, the hardware that runs the Alexa service, is a wonderful product but when he recently examined what his family had recorded and stored, he found the archive included conversations among his young children.

“I was shocked, honestly, and my family was shocked to see these recordings of our young children from years ago that are in the cloud and stored about us. It’s not to say that something was done wrong, or unlawfully,” Davidson said. “But users have no idea – they have no idea this data is out there and they don’t know how it’s going to be used in the future either.”

May 30 18:17

While you're sleeping, your iPhone stays busy harvesting data

It's 3am. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

Mine has been alarmingly busy. Even though the screen is off and I'm snoring, apps are beaming out lots of information about me to companies I've never heard of. Your iPhone probably is doing the same - and Apple could be doing more to stop it.

On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11.43pm, a company called Amplitude learnt my phone number, e-mail and exact location. At 3.58am, another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6.25am, a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with.

And all night long, there was some startling behaviour by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address - once every five minutes.

May 30 17:50

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much

Google Chrome users will continue to have access to the full content blocking power of the webRequest API in their browser extensions, but only if they're paying enterprise customers.

Everyone else will have to settle for extensions that use the neutered declarativeNetRequest API, which is being developed as part of a pending change to the way Chrome Extensions work. And chances are Chrome users will have fewer extensions to choose from because some developers won't be able to rework their extensions so they function under the new regime, or won't want to do so.

May 30 17:45

Google Just Gave 2 Billion Chrome Users A Reason To Switch To Firefox

Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop current ad blockers from working efficiently.

And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users.

The proposal – dubbed Manifest V3 – will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a revamp of the permissions system. It will mean modern ad blockers such as uBlock Origin – which uses Chrome’s webRequest API to block ads before they’re downloaded – won’t work. This is because Manifest V3 sees Google halt the webRequest API’s ability to block a particular request before it’s loaded.

May 30 10:39

Countries Suffering From Rapid Inflation Show Significant Demand for Cryptos

By Jamie Redman

Cryptocurrencies have been trending upwards in price over the last few weeks, but in certain countries around the world digital assets have become far more valuable. For instance, in Argentina, the nation’s sovereign currency has lost considerable value and cryptocurrencies like BTC are seeing all-time price highs. The surge in value is not just taking place in Argentina as a few other countries suffering from hyperinflation are seeing significant demand as well...

May 30 10:29

Top 5 privacy plugins

Privacy on the web is a growing concern. Tom Merritt suggests five privacy plugins to help keep your personal information safe.

May 30 09:30

Lots of Data Collected on People – Including You - Using “Smart” Roads and Public Transportation Systems

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has reported already about the many and increasing ways that data is being collected on all of us without our knowledge and/or consent. This data is often being sold to 3rd parties to analyze so they can try to sell us more products. This is sometimes referred to as “Surveillance Capitalism.”

Utility companies have bragged about being able to collect customer data with their “Smart” Meters. These meters have plenty of other issues in addition to privacy violation. “Smart Cities” are intentionally built to collect data 24/7 on all residents and visitors whether they like it or not. A recent article from Nextgov.com confirmed...

May 30 09:17

Windows 10 version 1903: When will you get the next big feature update?

In the "Windows as a service" era, updates can arrive when you least expect them. So can major changes in Microsoft's update policies for business customers. I've sorted out the details of the latest Windows Update for Business policy change. There will be a test.

May 30 07:12

Police To Use TSA-Style Scanners To Spy On People In Public Places

By MassPrivateI

TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone.

If you thought the NYPD’s Z-Backscatter vans and police mini-Z’s were intrusive, you have not seen anything yet.

Soon, nowhere will be safe from Big Brother’s prying eyes, as police prepare to use HEXWAVE to spy on people in public spaces...

May 29 18:38

Google Has a Creepy Secret Page That Tracks Your (Online and Offline) Shopping History

By Dagny Taggart

Google is very interested in your shopping habits – so much that the tech giant is collecting and saving your purchase history. The company has been quietly keeping track of your online (and sometimes, offline) purchases for years...

May 29 11:41

Scott Adams: How to Win on Social Media for 2020

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1133735101156564992

Start your day feeling good…your whole day just seems to go great
Middle East is better situated for peace possibilities then ever before
President Trump and Chairman Kim having fun at Joe Biden’s expense
The Netflix of online education, a free market system for classes
Online education CAN become good enough to replace regular classes
Anti-Abortion states and the financial impact
Candace Owens is making something obvious to African-Americans
What to do about social media determining who wins in 2020
WaPo has conflated crime and black people…that’s just wrong

May 29 11:39

A Cure for Deep Fakes? AI-Driven Imaging System Protects Authenticity

Joe Rogan has been among those who are bringing more popular awareness to the problem of increasingly accurate creations of fake images, videos and voice.

It appears that researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to thwart artificial intelligence by using digital watermarks to verify authenticity...

May 29 10:54

Hackers targeting airport charging stations to steal data

Security experts are issuing a warning for travelers to think twice about using airport charging stations.

They say using the public USB ports could put unsuspecting users at risk of what's called "juice jacking."

It happens when hackers secretly modify the USB ports to install malware on your phone or steal your data.

May 29 10:49

Army's 'Google Earth On Steroids' Can Look Inside Buildings

New mapping technology that is expected to transform training and simulation exercises for America's warfighters was unveiled at the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) 2019 conference on May 15 in Stockholm, Sweden, reported National Defense Magazine.

Jason Knowles, director of geospatial science and technology at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, an Army affiliated research center, spoke at ITEC about the new terrain capture and reconstruction software that recreates complex environments including cities for simulation exercises and war planning. The institute is part of a cross-functional team working on the mapping software (called One World Terrain (OWT) project).

Knowles described the new software as "Google Earth on steroid."

May 29 09:38

Julian Assange Admitted Into Belmarsh Medical Ward; Provably False Rape Allegations Hearing Delay Denied

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been admitted into the hospital ward of Belmarsh following reports by Assange’s defense lawyer that a motion to delay a hearing in Sweden next Monday, on the provably fraudulent rape allegations (which this reporter has exposed), has been denied...

May 29 04:30

MICROSOFT’S ELECTIONGUARD A TROJAN HORSE FOR A MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL TAKEOVER OF US ELECTIONS

Election forensics analyst and author Jonathan Simon as well as investigative journalist Yasha Levine, who has written extensively on how the military has long sought to weaponize public technologies including the internet, were consulted for their views on ElectionGuard, its connections to the military-industrial complex and the implication of those connections for American democracy as part of this investigation.

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