Jan 21 05:58

Saudi Attack Leads to Nationwide Internet Outage in Yemen

Yemen lost its Internet connection as of 3:00 AM local time, following the latest round of Saudi airstrikes against the port of Hodeidah.

The FALCON submarine cable is the in-road to Internet access in Yemen, through a landing station at the Hodeidah port. The airstrikes targeted a TeleYemen building in the city, among other targets.

The Saudis presented this as “accurate airstrikes to destroy the capabilities” around the port. They have yet to acknowledge that this meant targeting telecom sites, nor all the civilian targets they hit.

Jan 20 11:08

Covid-19 contact tracing apps: a €100m failure

Contact tracing apps have failed in the EU. Since the onset of the pandemic, they have been talked of as an essential tool in preventing transmission and Member States did not hesitate to invest millions of Euros in their development. Then, their introduction was announced with great fanfare and ambitious communications campaigns were launched to promote their use. Yet only a year on, statistical analysis about their usage means that many have already been consigned to the dustbin.

Jan 20 10:47

Israel to probe alleged use of Pegasus to spy on its citizens

Israel’s justice ministry has pledged a full investigation into allegations that the controversial Pegasus spyware was used on Israeli citizens, including people who led protests against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli police firmly denied a report by the business daily Calcalist that Pegasus, a surveillance product made by the Israeli firm NSO, was used on citizens at the forefront of last year’s protests against Netanyahu, as well as on journalists and dissidents worldwide.

Jan 20 08:22

US warns it may ban chip exports to Russia

In a phone call last Friday, White House National Security Council (NSC) officials Peter Harrell and Tarun Chhabra reportedly told representatives of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to get ready for immediate actions in the chip sector if Russia invades Ukraine.

Following the phone call, the SIA director wrote in an email to the board seen by Reuters that “the [US] administration is actively considering any and all options,” including potentially blocking Russia’s access to global electronic supplies.

“The NSC relayed in blunt and stark terms the gravity of the situation they are currently grappling with in Ukraine, noting that this is an extraordinary situation and potentially the worst cross border invasion to take place since World War II,” the message reportedly read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia will just get their chips from Taiwan and China.

Jan 19 11:33

FBI warning: Crooks are using fake QR codes to steal your passwords and money

QR codes are useful shortcuts to online resources via a phone's camera, but scammers are now tampering with them to direct victims to phishing pages and cryptocurrency scams.

QR or 'Quick Response' codes have been connecting scanners to real-world objects since the 1990s, but got widely adopted during the pandemic as businesses moved to contactless communication and payments via QR codes on restaurant menus, parking meters and other public spaces.

But scammers are now targeting the QR code's increased familiarity by tampering with the pixelated barcodes and redirecting victims to sites that steal logins and financial information, according to an FBI alert.

Jan 19 11:30

Tesla Driver Operating in Autopilot Charged with 2 Counts of Manslaughter

By B.N. Frank

Last month Tesla recalled hundreds of thousands of its vehicles in the U.S. and China. Of course, Tesla recalls are nothing new. In addition to recalls, various dangerous incidents and issues have been reported and continue to be reported about Tesla vehicles. Last year, the U.S. government started an investigation on Tesla’s autopilot feature. Police officers injured by a Tesla being operated in Autopilot filed a lawsuit against the company as well. Nevertheless, the company continues to offer features that allow cars to drive customers instead of vice versa. Naturally, Tesla owners aren’t required to use these features if they have safety concerns...

Jan 19 10:48

NATO Signs Deal With Ukraine To Deepen Cyber Cooperation

Early this week NATO signed a new deal with Ukraine to boost cyber cooperation amid simmering tensions with Russia.

Ukraine and NATO first signed a technology-related agreement in 2015, and cooperation has increased over the years. The new deal aims to help Ukraine’s military modernize its information technology and communications services.

Jan 19 07:49

Pegasus: Israeli police 'used spyware to hack phones of citizens, activists and mayors'

Israeli police have used the notorious spyware Pegasus to hack the phones of political activists, mayors, senior officials in a state-owned company, a person close to a Knesset member, and criminals, without a court order, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Calcalist.

Calcalist, which previously revealed the use of Pegasus against Israeli citizens, said that it was the most blatant exploitation of the spying technology as Israeli regulations lag behind.

NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was authorised for use by senior police officers in recent years and was handled by the police's Signet unit. The Israeli police, under the leadership of a former Shin Bet officer, bought the spyware in 2013, and has since been using it.

Jan 19 07:43

Israel lawmakers outraged over claim police used NSO spyware

Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance.

Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist reported that in 2020, police used the NSO spyware Pegasus to surveil leaders of protests against Netanyahu, who was then prime minister. It said police also hacked the phones of two sitting mayors suspected of corruption and numerous other Israeli citizens, all without a court order or a judge’s oversight.

The Israeli police denied the allegations, saying they operate according to the law, and the NSO Group said it does not identify its clients.

Jan 19 07:42

Police chief doesn’t deny use of spyware, says it wasn’t deployed against protesters

Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai on Tuesday did not deny that police used NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against Israeli citizens, but said some of the allegations made in an explosive report on police tracking were incorrect, and insisted that everything was done with the appropriate warrants and oversight.

Shabtai denied claims the technology by the controversial Israeli surveillance firm had been used against anti-Netanyahu protesters, local authorities and people opposed to pride parades.

“The Israel Police does not use its advanced technological abilities against innocent civilians and protesters,” Shabtai said in a statement released by police.

“I ordered an investigation into all the cases from the article, which allegedly occurred years ago. The investigation showed that some of them are incorrect, and everything was done with all required legal approvals,” Shabtai said.

Jan 19 07:29

Police Using Pegasus Spyware Against Israelis Shows: NSO Is an Arm of the State

When the coronavirus pandemic was just starting, then-Defense Minister Naftali Bennett had a brilliant idea.

At the time, Israel's Shin Bet security service was making a great effort to exempt itself from the dubious mission the government had imposed on it: Using sophisticated cellphone traffic tracking systems (also known as the “tool”) to trace contacts between people infected with the virus and those they could have infected.

Former Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman really didn’t like his agency being inserted into what was an expressly non-security mission, and Bennett thought he had found a replacement. The offensive cyber company NSO Group offered to the then-defense minister – and today’s prime minister – that the firm take over the huge project.

Jan 19 07:23

Cyberspace Close to Become New Focus for NATO-Ukraine Joint Actions Against Russia

Once again, the West seems to be creating arguments to justify the implementation of coercive measures against Russia. A cyberattack against Kiev allegedly occurred last week has been making headlines around the world. Now, the Ukrainian government claims to have proof that the attack has Russian involvement – although no details have been provided so far as to what such “proof” would be. Apparently, NATO and Kiev are ready to turn cyberspace into a new focus of their anti-Russian campaigns.

Jan 19 07:01

Israel Used Pegasus Spyware Against Own Citizens For Warrantless Surveillance

Digital privacy advocates were alarmed but not surprised Tuesday by a report alleging that police in Israel used NSO's Pegasus spyware against Israeli citizens, including opponents of former right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to Calcalist, the special operations cyber unit of Israel's police remotely planted the private company's spyware on phones belonging to political activists, mayors, former government employees, and others, "taking over their devices and having the ability to listen to all their calls and read all their messages."

The reporting indicates that the extrajudicial surveillance occurred without court supervision, and police did not request search or bugging warrants for the targeted individuals—who were suspected of no crimes. "After all the other surveillance scandals have been exposed, the chickens come home to roost," tweeted Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein. "Not surprising. What will be is if justice is served."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is probably not alone in this.

Jan 19 06:59

Biden's Infrastructure Bill, Now Signed Into Law, Mandates "Vehicle Kill Switches" By 2026

The rumors we first reported on back in December have turned out to be true: the United States federal government is apparently in the process of trying to force automakers to install kill switches in their vehicles that authorities can use to shut down any newer vehicle.

The law comes as part of President Biden's infrastructure bill, which was recently signed into law, according to Yahoo. The government kill switch is - like all good thefts of civil liberties - being positioned as a "safety measure". The mandate needs to be put into effect by 2026, Muscle Cars & Trucks reported.

We noted last month that former Rep. Bob Barr, writing for The Daily Caller, called the measure included in the bill "disturbingly short on details", but for the fact that the proposed device must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I foresee a lot of "false positive" problems with such a system. What if the driver is speeding to get a passenger to the emergency room?

Jan 18 14:31


Jan 18 11:30

Students Describe Life on Campus Under “Health Surveillance”

By Peter Cordi

Campus Reform spoke with students in California and New York who detailed their experiences on campus during the pandemic.

The students criticized many restrictions including online instruction and mandatory masking.

This month, college students across America are experiencing reversions to online learning and COVID-19 vaccine or booster mandates. But they are also dealing with surveillance testing and systems in place on campus...

Jan 18 11:14

Delete this secret ID hiding on your phone that gives away your personal details

Worried about privacy? Make sure to delete this hidden ID on your mobile device.

From social media platforms to email providers, tons of places on the web want to scoop up your private data. Don’t forget about online stores and personal services, either. Your details are major commodities to most businesses on the web - and most have little regard for your privacy.

Advertisers and marketers don't know who you are. But your behavior is tracked and assigned a unique identifier, called a Mobile Advertising ID (MAID). This tiny snippet of information contains where you live, what you shop for or what you recently searched online.

Until recently, there had been very little that you could do to block your MAID in marketing campaigns. Apple somewhat put a stop to this by allowing iOS users to choose who can target them. But for criminals, if they can match the ID with a person, they stand to profit greatly.

Jan 18 10:37

Microsoft: This new browser feature is 'huge step forward' against zero-day threats

Microsoft has shown off a new measure for admins to protect web-browsing users on Chromium-based Edge from zero days, which are previously unknown software flaws.

The latest Edge beta introduces a new browsing mode in Edge "where the security of your browser takes priority". For admins who fear web-based attacks on desktop systems via the browser, this feature gives them the option to "mitigate unforeseen active zero days". Enabling this mode can be configured, so that important sites and line-of-business applications "continue to work as expected," according to Microsoft's release notes.

Jan 18 08:00

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Covid Pandemic: A “Truth Bomb” Explodes to Illuminate the War on Humanity

For almost two years we have been experiencing the onslaughts of a brand new form of warring aggression. For all but a tiny percentage of the global population, we have become the targeted enemy. The we that is being attacked extends to most of the global population.

We are being culled in preparation for a new political economy characterized by an A.I. master-slave relation along with massive robotization. It is becoming increasingly clear that the transition to this scheme –which de facto implies depopulation– kicked into gear with the brutal economic and health impacts of the lockdowns and then with the deaths and injuries from the COVID injections.

According to the Wall Street Journal: “Billionaires Try to Shrink World’s Population”.

In May 2009, the Billionaire philanthropists met behind closed doors at the home of the president of The Rockefeller University in Manhattan.

This Secret Gathering was sponsored by Bill Gates. They called themselves “The Good Club”.

Jan 17 06:37

Amazon scams are up 500% — how to spot the red flags

Amazon scam emails that could cost you thousands have skyrocketed by 500 percent since last year – so how can you look out for them?

The online retailing giant’s popularity has made it a prime target for fraudsters and internet con’s trying to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.

And as Amazon’s security improves, so does the sophistication of the scammers – but there are some red flags that can help you spot them.

The latest scheme involves an official-looking email from ‘Amazon’ being sent out to customers of fake receipts or shipping confirmations for an order that you never placed.

Users may then click on the dodgy link to find out more about their supposed order – making you believe you have to update your account details.

Jan 16 09:57

Elon Musk's Neuralink brain chip demo explained

Jan 16 06:52

Ukraine says Russia not responsible for huge cyberattack

Friday’s cyberattack targeting Ukrainian government agencies was carried out by a group linked to Belarusian intelligence services – and not by Russians, as originally claimed – according to a senior Kiev security official.

"Our preliminary belief is that the group UNC1151 may be involved in this attack," the deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Sergey Demedyuk, said in a written comment to Reuters.

The “cyber-espionage group” in question is understood to be “affiliated with the special services of the Republic of Belarus,” according to the official.

Jan 15 08:36

Smart dust: A complete computer that’s smaller than a grain of sand

Most breakthroughs in miniaturization are important but boring; this substance can be stretched thinner than before, that manufacturing process is now 8% cheaper. This has always been in pursuit of a day when enough fundamental nano-breakthroughs have come together from materials and manufacturing that we can start inventing whole machines on that scale. Nobody’s ever written a Star Trek episode about the world’s smallest microchip, only about the world’s smallest computer. Now, a team from the University of Michigan has built not just a very small microchip, but a whole functioning computer, and it’s less than a cubic millimeter in size. Called the Michigan Micro Mote, or M3, this tiny computer features processing, data storage, and wireless communication. Researcher Pabral Dutta thinks it will be the “next revolution in computing.”

Jan 15 08:17

Apple's Mixed Reality AR/VR Headset Faces Delays Due To Overheating, Cameras And Software

We regret to inform you that the transformation of your daily life into The Matrix has been delayed by several months, at least. The next big widely anticipated AR/VR release - a headset launch from Apple - appears to have run "head first" into a reality check.

The company's planned mixed-reality headset product has been delayed by "at least a few months," according to a new Bloomberg report. The device had been planned for an unveiling at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

But Apple is now battling "development challenges related to overheating, cameras and software" that may have pushed the timeline for the product's release back from its late year 2022 expected date.

The headset, which hasn't been discussed publicly by the company, has been "years in the making", the report says, indicating it has been in development since as early as 2015.

Jan 15 07:20

Hackers' use of Polish in attack on Ukrainian sites attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations – Polish Foreign Ministry

The publication of "statements" as a result of a cyberattack against Ukrainian government agencies in the Polish language is another attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lukasz Jasina said.

"We interpret the publication of the 'statements' in Polish as another attempt to destabilize Polish-Ukrainian relations," Jasina said on Twitter on Friday.

Poland strongly condemns the cyberattack, he said.

Jan 14 07:59

US DOJ accessed Oath Keepers’ encrypted messages in January 6 investigation

A legal filing that was publicly released on Thursday shows how US investigators used communications from the encrypted Signal messaging app as evidence against the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group Stewart Rhodes.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) accuses Rhodes and 10 other members of the Oath Keepers of conspiring to forcefully halt the transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to his successor Joe Biden.

Within the complaint, authorities reference multiple messages that were sent on Signal, an end-to-end encrypted messaging app.

The revelation raises questions about how investigators accessed communications from a service that supposedly encrypts a message, preventing anyone but the person who sent it and the recipient from viewing it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Signal is obviously compromised.

Jan 14 07:55

Ukraine hit by huge cyber attack

Several websites run by Ukrainian government agencies fell victim to a serious cyberattack on Thursday night, leaving many inaccessible on Friday. The hackers left a warning for Ukrainians, telling them to “expect the worst.”

Writing on Twitter, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Oleg Nikolenko described the hacking as a “massive cyberattack.”

“Our specialists have already started restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyber-police have opened an investigation,” he wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We don't know who did it, but Russia will get the blame!

Jan 14 07:00

Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source

Erin McDannald joins her colleagues in the office about three days a week by popping on an Oculus headset from Facebook parent company Meta or clicking into a desktop application. She can maneuver through an exact replica of the brick-and-mortar Washington, D.C., office building her company left behind when it switched to remote work.

Surveillance will follow us into ‘the metaverse,’ and our bodies could be its new data source

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Jan 14 06:45

Russia holds snap combat readiness inspection of troops as Ukraine's government websites are taken offline by 'massive' cyber attack

Russia held snap combat readiness inspections of its troops on Friday, as several key Ukrainian government websites were taken offline by a 'massive' cyber attack.

Russian military manoeuvres are being closely scrutinised due to a troop buildup near Ukraine that has prompted fears in Kyiv and the West that Moscow may be planning to invade. Russia denies any such plan.

In response to the Cyber Attack, EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell said on Friday the bloc is mobilising 'all its resources' to aid Ukraine.

Jan 13 07:12

One giant leap backwards for 'humankind': Microsoft introduces new woke feature for Word that tries to suggest PC alternatives when someone types phrases that could offend snowflakes (and it doesn't like Neil Armstrong's Moon speech!)

Microsoft has included a new function in the latest version of its Word software that acts as a checker for inclusivity and offers PC alternatives to phrases which could upset others.

Traditionally, Microsoft Word has offered tools to its 250million users such as checking software for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

But now, the tech giant has added an additional feature which reads through a user's work and examines whether the language used may offend an individual.

Jan 12 09:12

EU to hold large-scale cyber attack drill – media

The European Union will soon stage a far-reaching cyber security exercise intended to prepare for an attack that affects the continent’s distribution networks, Bloomberg reported, noting the drill will be held over several weeks.

EU members will begin the exercise sometime in the coming days and continue for six weeks, according to a report in Bloomberg on Tuesday, which cited internal documents and multiple “people familiar with the matter.” The drill was first proposed by France, which took hold of the presidency of the Council of the EU at the beginning of the year.

Jan 12 09:01


Workplaces are eager to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and are equipping their security camera with AI software that can track their workers’ compliance with health guidelines, which includes wearing a mask or social distancing.

The software is deemed to be quite crucial, while COVID-19 is on a rampage all around the world. The surveillance technology allows the company to showcase how they are monitoring their workers and enforcing the mandates safely.

Jan 12 07:27

Panetta: U.S. Should Punish Russian Aggression with ‘Cyber’ Attacks on Infrastructure, Electric Grid, Pipelines

Monday on FNC’s “Your World,” former CIA Director and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta proposed the United States should retaliate against Russian aggression by using cyber warfare.

Cavuto asked Panetta that given Russia was one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, if there was anything else the United States could do.

“I think the United States and our allies can actually take some pretty strong steps against Russia,” he said. “I mean, one is sanctions, which is to cut them off from the international banking system, I think using cyber to go after their infrastructure, go after their electric grid, go after their pipelines, and weaken their economy. I think, in addition to that, it’s important that we move, as we are, moving up additional forces in NATO to move up towards Russia, and indicate that we are going to take a strong stand with regard — with regards to any other aggression by Russia.”

Jan 11 09:34

Metaverse: The Most Evil Business in the World

Jan 11 07:09

Disruption at one of two undersea cables to Svalbard

Operator of what is the world’s northernmost fiberoptic subsea cable, Space Norway, has located the disruption to somewhere between 130 to 230 kilometers from Longyearbyen in the area where the seabed goes from 300 meters down to 2700 meters in the Greenland Sea.

The error happened on Friday morning, January 7.

Svalbard Undersea Cable System is a twin submarine fiberoptic communication cable connecting Longyearbyen with Andøya north of Harstad in northern Norway.

The two cables are 1,375 and 1,339 km respectively, and Space Norway informs in a press release that there is good connection in the cable still working, but with the other broken there is no redundancy.

How the damaged has happened is not clear, it will be examined, Space Norway informs. A ocean-going cable-laying vessel would be required to repair the cable.

Jan 10 10:07

FBI: Cyber criminals are mailing out USB drives that install ransomware

A cybercrime group has been mailing out USB thumb drives in the hope that recipients will plug them into their PCs and install ransomware on their networks, according to the FBI.

The USB drives contain so-called 'BadUSB' attacks. They were sent in the mail through the United States Postal Service and United Parcel Service. One type contained a message impersonating the US Department of Health and Human Services and claimed to be a COVID-19 warning. Other malicious USBs were sent in the post with a gift card claiming to be from Amazon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't even use a USB drive you find on the sidewalk!

Jan 10 09:19

A World of Killer Robots?

Yes, it’s true. After 20 years of war – actually, more like 30 years if you count American involvement in the Russian version of that conflict in the 1980s – the U.S. has finally waved goodbye to Afghanistan (at least for now). Its last act in Kabul was the drone-slaughtering of seven children and three adult civilians with a Hellfire missile. And that, as Azmat Khan recently showed in a striking report in the New York Times Magazine, was pretty much par for the course in this country’s global war on terror that, for countless civilians, has distinctly been a war of terror of the most horrific sort.

Jan 09 07:04

FAA identifies dozens of airports affected by 5G rollout

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of US airports that will have 5G buffer zones around them following concerns that expansion of the network could interfere with aircraft safety systems.

Two of the country’s largest telecom firms, AT&T and Verizon, are struggling to roll out their “game changing” C-band 5G networks as they negotiate with government officials. The original date set for December had previously been postponed until January 5, and then for another two weeks. Now the FAA says the carriers have agreed to keep their 5G towers offline around dozens of airports for at least another six months.

Major cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, Miami, and Dallas will include airports with the so-called buffer zones. Some airports have not been included either because they already have a natural buffer zone, or there are no plans to deploy the 5G tech in the immediate vicinity such as airports in Atlanta, Georgia and Denver, Colorado.

Jan 09 06:44

Sorry, but online teaching is of limited value in many subjects

With the coronavirus wreaking havoc with so many endeavors, I see the upcoming Spring 2022 calendar to be tenuous at best for students at any level to attend classes in person.  I find that thought distressing on so many levels, especially since we are social animals and we learn best by doing and interacting – not by staring into a screen. -- I don't see real interaction occurring online.  Video delays, poor audio and visual quality, absent body language, singular and mass expressions from others, distractions, are examples to be considered when using online teaching.  I'm sure some will disagree, but unless you have experienced both, from equally good instructors, I can't see online education being as satisfying, stimulating, or mind-expanding for students or instructors.

Jan 08 13:49

Facebook & Google Fined $237 Million For Spying On Users

A French privacy watchdog has accused Facebook and Google of making it difficult for users to opt out of tracking their activity.

Jan 08 08:32

Will Artificial Intelligence Create A Socialist Paradise?

Relating a quip by Soviet economist Nikolai Fedorenko, Yuri Maltsev illustrated the problem with socialism in his foreword to Ludwig von Mises’s Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth. Fedorenko said, at the time, in Maltsev’s words, “[A] fully balanced, checked, and detailed economic plan for the next year would be ready, with the help of computers, in 30,000 years.”

Victor Shvets believes computing power has caught up and “technology could soon create an environment where state planning might be able to deliver acceptable economic results while simultaneously suppressing societal and individual freedoms.” Mr. Shvets has worked all over the world as an investment banker and has now put down his dystopian ideas of the future in the book The Great Rupture: Three Empires, Four Turning Points, and the Future of Humanity.

Jan 08 08:18

Mind-reading robot tested on humans – reports

Chinese scientists have built a wearable robot that can reportedly read a human mind by monitoring brain waves and muscle activity. Developers claim the machine was able to “recognize human intention” with 96% accuracy.

Testing the device on factory workers, researchers from the Intelligent Manufacturing Innovation Technology Centre at China Three Gorges University apparently found that the volunteers did not need to issue verbal commands or perform gestures when they needed to grab a tool or a component.

The developers noted that the robot reacted “almost instantly,” picking up the required object and placing it on the workstation, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The paper added that the team had published its findings in the domestic peer-reviewed China Mechanical Engineering journal. The researchers could not be reached for additional comments.

Jan 08 07:24

Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware

Poland’s most powerful politician has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target his political opponents.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party, Law and Justice, said in an interview that the secret services in many countries are using the Pegasus software to combat crime and corruption.

Kaczynski said the use of such spyware arose in response to the growing use of encryption to mask data in transit, which defeated earlier monitoring technologies. By hacking phones, it lets authorities monitor communications, as well as real-time conversations where they are not encrypted.

“It would be bad if the Polish services did not have this type of tool,” Kaczynski said in an interview to be published in the Monday edition of weekly magazine Sieci. The news portal published excerpts on Friday.

Jan 07 08:00

The Vaccine Is A Dud, But That Won't Stop Push For Digital IDs

As time goes on, we are learning more and more about Covid 19 and the Covid 19 vaccines. To date, the most important and surprising information about the vaccines is that they do not prevent the vaccinated from contracting or transmitting the virus. The irony is that the CDC, a government agency, readily admits this[i] but other sectors of the government are carrying on as if this vitally important new information did not exist at all.

Jan 07 07:52


Buried deep within the massive infrastructure legislation recently signed by President Joe Biden is a little-noticed “safety” measure that will take effect in five years. Marketed to Congress as a benign tool to help prevent drunk driving, the measure will mandate that automobile manufacturers build into every car what amounts to a “vehicle kill switch.”

As has become standard for legislative mandates passed by Congress, this measure is disturbingly short on details. What we do know is that the “safety” device must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”

Everything about this mandatory measure should set off red flares.

Jan 06 18:53

How are Police Using Drones?

By Matthew Guariglia

Across the country, police departments are using myriad means and resources at their disposal to stock up on drones. According to the most recent tally on the Atlas of Surveillance (a project of EFF and the University of Nevada), at least 1,172 police departments nationwide are using drones. And over time, we can expect more law enforcement agencies to deploy them. A flood of COVID relief money, civil asset forfeiture money, federal grants, or military surplus transfers enable more departments to acquire these flying spies.

But how are police departments using them?...

Jan 06 10:13

How cybercriminals turn paper checks stolen from mailboxes into bitcoin

Mailboxes are increasingly becoming the scene of a crime. GregAIT/E+ via Getty Images

While cybercrime gets a lot of attention from law enforcement and the media these days, I’ve been documenting a less high-tech threat emerging in recent months: a surge in stolen checks.

Criminals are increasingly targeting U.S. Postal Service and personal mailboxes to pilfer filled-out checks and sell them over the internet using social media platforms. The buyers then alter the payee and amount listed on the checks to rob victims’ bank accounts of thousands of dollars. While the banks themselves typically bear the financial burden and reimburse targeted accounts, criminals can use the checks to steal victims’ identities, which can have severe consequences.

Jan 05 12:31

If you use Google Chrome, you need to install this now

Google Chrome was still sluggish.

It's a combination of Google Chrome being inefficient (especially when compared to other Chromium-based browsers) and then keeping every tab open until the end of time.

But there's a solution. And I've been testing it for a while now, and it works really well.

And it involves installing an extension.

The extension is called Auto Tab Discard, and it works by allowing you to discard tabs that you aren't using.

Jan 05 12:30

FBI's Backdoored Anom Phones Secretly Harvested GPS Data Around the World

Anom, an encrypted phone company marketed to criminals which the FBI secretly took over, surreptitiously recorded every message sent by the phones’ users. But the truly global undercover operation had another secret: The phones also collected users' precise GPS location and transferred that information to authorities, according to multiple documents reviewed by Motherboard.

Jan 05 09:42

Google makes the perfect case for why you shouldn't use Chrome

Back in 2020, Google released Manifest V3, which it called a step in the direction of security, privacy and performance.

It took a while, but on Dec. 9, 2021, the Electronic Frontier Foundation labeled MV3 a "conflict of interest that comes from Google controlling both the dominant web browser and one of the largest internet advertising networks."

The EFF is right, and Google's plans for MV3 is yet another reason why the best browser for Linux, Windows and Mac isn't Google Chrome.

Jan 05 08:26

Churches Now Using Web Data To Attract Members

More than 30,000 churches have signed up for Gloo's services, a small company that uses people's personal data and online activities to target people who might be more receptive to their message and become new members as they try to replenish dwindling pew numbers exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gloo bills itself as a personal growth platform that aims to "reshape how churches, ministries, and people communicate with one another."

Jan 05 07:33


New cars sold in the European Union will be required by law to be fitted with technology that records driving data.

The surveillance move is being introduced under the guise of the data being used in case of an accident. The new rule coincides with the introduction of the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems.

Starting July 6, 2022, car manufacturers will have to fit all new models to be sold in the European market with a system that resembles the black boxes used in aircrafts to record driving data. The purpose of the system is to record technical data.

The data that will be recorded includes “the vehicle’s speed, braking, steering wheel angle, its incline on the road, and whether the vehicle’s various safety systems were in operation, starting with seatbelts.”

For now, only law enforcement will have access to the data, not insurance companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not new. Our Hyundai (2014) has a built-in crash recorder.

Jan 05 07:29

The Shadowy CIA Data Firms Behind the Creation of Digital Vaccine Passport IDs

In January 2021, tech giants such as Microsoft, Oracle, and MITRE Corporation announced their launch of the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) in partnership with healthcare companies.

On their website, the VCI describes itself as an alliance of private and public organizations dedicated to the development of the ‘issuance of verifiable health credentials’ bound to an individual digital identity.

The VCI idea depends upon a common platform from which digital wallets can be created, and on the VCI website they call for “participating organizations to commit to implementing, testing, and refining the SMART Health Cards Framework within their sphere of influence.”

According to VCI, their ‘SMART Health Cards’ are meant to “work across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries.”

Jan 04 13:43


Illinois offering personal QR code to prove you're jabbed. It's called the "SMART" Health Card and it's being offered through the state's Vax Verify portal. This nonsense could be straight out of "Orwell 1984"…

Jan 04 13:01

Log4j flaw attack levels remain high, Microsoft warns

Microsoft has warned Windows and Azure customers to remain vigilant after observing state-sponsored and cyber-criminal attackers probing systems for the Log4j 'Log4Shell' flaw through December.

Disclosed by the Apache Software Foundation on December 9, Log4Shell will likely take years to remediate because of how widely the error-logging software component is used in applications and services.

Microsoft warns that customers might not be aware of how widespread the Log4j issue is in their environment.

Over the past month, Microsoft has released numerous updates, including to its Defender security software, to help customers identify the issue as attackers stepped up scanning activity.

Jan 04 09:57

Covid Passport Microchip Developer Says Chipping Humans is Happening “Whether We Like It or Not”

By Ken Macon

Towards the end of last year, tech start-up Dsruptive Subdermals announced a microchip installed under the skin that can be scanned to reveal Covid vaccination status.

The technology was criticized, with many calling it “invasive.”

In an interview with Express, the company’s managing director doubled down on the technology and told critics the technology was here to stay.

The technology is a pre-programmed and scannable implant about the size of a grain of rice. It stores the vaccination information, displaying a person’s Covid-19 vaccine passport when scanned...

Jan 04 08:51

The most important computer you’ve never heard of

To defend the United States and Canada, a massive array of interconnected radars would be set up across the two nations. Connected by high-speed links to a distributed network of computers and radar scopes, Air Force personnel scan the skies for unexpected activity. One day, an unidentified aircraft is discovered, flying over the Arctic and heading toward the United States. A quick check of all known commercial flights rules out a planeload of holiday travelers lost over the Northern Canadian tundra. At headquarters, the flight is designated as a bogey, as all attempts to contact it have failed. A routine and usually uneventful intercept will therefore fly alongside to identify the aircraft and record registration information.

Jan 04 08:00

‘Will be Used Whether We Like it or Not’ – Developer of Covid Microchip Says There’s No Stopping Roll-Out

The developer of the scannable Covid microchip that is embedded under the skin hit back at critics and said there is no stopping the roll-out.

Microchips are gaining popularity in Sweden and now Swedes are getting Covid vaccine passports implanted in their hands or elsewhere under their skin.

Jan 03 11:25

Just Like Soviet Russia: T-Mobile Is Erasing Links to Gateway Pundit Articles if You Send Them by Text Message — MORE UPDATES…

On the last day of 2021, The Gateway Pundit and Jim Hoft were banned from Paypal without warning.

Now, we learned the tech giants are using a frightening new method to censor and control what you are able to see, read and discuss online.

Gateway Pundit reader “Mark from Louisiana” sent us this email on Friday:

Hi. I live in Louisiana but I have a 949 area code phone from when I lived in California. When I try sending a text with your website link in it, the link does not go through to my friends and family. My sister is in the 225 area code and she can send the link to me without it being blocked. Just thought I would let you know. Thanks. Mark

Jan 03 10:33

Facebook Fact Checker Confesses To Labeling Factually Accurate Article As ‘False’ To Push Leftist Narrative

One of Facebook’s fact-checkers, tasked with deciding what users can and can’t see online, has confessed that they censor information they know to be factually accurate.

Jan 03 09:36

Did Banned mRNA Vax Inventor Robert W. Malone M.D. Just Break the Google Algorithm?

Which ought to be kind of embarrassing to Twitter and the rest of the tech barons trying to stomp him out from any Internet media presence based on his inconvenient ideas about the risks of the mRNA vaccines. Although Malone is a giant in his field and hard to discredit the way they can do with assorted pipsqueaks out there, somehow they think they need to silence the man. On Google, they’ve tried to paint him as a nut, a conspiracy theorist, a vaccine skeptic, a Nazi, based on the search results they tried to throw up. -- But the truth got out anyway, and their manipulated algorithms have been exposed, discrediting them, and in any case, not working. All they managed to do was promote him bigger than ever, generating so much public interest in his ideas and warnings that they busted the Google algorithms.

Jan 03 07:52

The Death Of Truth

Without freedom of speech, all of our other freedoms will rapidly become meaningless. -- Sadly, at this point freedom of speech in the United States is getting pretty close to being completely wiped out. -- Our Republic is rapidly dying, and millions upon millions of Americans are cheering as it happens. -- The big tech companies have become the arbiters of truth, but most of the “truths” that they are relentlessly pushing are actually lies.

Jan 01 18:00

Police Use of Artificial Intelligence: 2021 in Review

By Matthew Guariglia

Decades ago, when imagining the practical uses of artificial intelligence, science fiction writers imagined autonomous digital minds that could serve humanity. Sure, sometimes a HAL 9000 or WOPR would subvert expectations and go rogue, but that was very much unintentional, right?

And for many aspects of life, artificial intelligence is delivering on its promise. AI is, as we speak, looking for evidence of life on Mars. Scientists are using AI to try to develop more accurate and faster ways to predict the weather.

But when it comes to policing, the actuality of the situation is much less optimistic. Our HAL 9000 does not assert its own decisions on the world—instead, programs which claim to use AI for policing just reaffirm, justify, and legitimize the opinions and actions already being undertaken by police departments.

AI presents two problems, tech-washing, and a classic feedback loop...

Jan 01 11:33

Now in Effect: Illinois Law Prohibits Warrantless Data Collection from Household Electronic Devices

By Michael Maharrey

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Jan. 1, 2022) – Today, a new law goes into effect that bans police from collecting data from household electronic devices such as Alexa and Ring without a warrant in most situations. The enactment of this legislation not only protects privacy in Illinois; it will also hinder the ever-expanding national surveillance state.

Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) introduced House Bill 2553 (HB2553) on Feb. 17. Titled the Protecting Household Privacy Act, the new law prohibits government agencies from obtaining household electronic data or directing the acquisition of household electronic data from a private third party. Law enforcement can only access household electronic data with a warrant, with a few exceptions...

Dec 31 13:39

In 2021, the Police Took a Page Out of the NSA’s Playbook: 2021 in Review

By Jennifer Lynch

With increasing frequency, law enforcement has been using unconstitutional, suspicionless digital dragnet searches in an attempt to identify unknown suspects in criminal cases. Whether these searches are for everyone who was near a building where a crime occurred or who searched for a keyword like “bomb” or who shares genetic data with a crime scene DNA sample, 2021 saw more and more of these searches—and more attempts to push back and rein in unconstitutional law enforcement behavior.

Dec 30 08:46

COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Arm Implants

Vaccine passports have been dangled like the proverbial carrot in front of a weary public longing to get back to a semblance of normalcy after nearly two years of lockdowns, masking and social distancing. A Swedish company released a short video1 demonstrating technology that allows them to implant a computer chip in your hand or arm that can carry your vaccine status.

The video quickly spread across social media, generating questions and contributing to the growing fear that “Big Brother” is growing stronger. The millions of deaths that were predicted by a flawed model for this pandemic,2 and which seemingly started the push for a vaccine, have not come to fruition.

Coupled with a recent engineering analysis of the data,3 which strongly suggests that the number of deaths from the vaccine now outnumber the number of deaths from the illness, the likelihood that the push for vaccine mandates is meant to protect your health is slim to none.

Dec 29 12:29

Twitter Bans Dr. Robert Malone, The Inventor of mRNA Vaccine Technology

Twitter on Wednesday banned the inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, Dr Robert W Malone.

Dr. Malone had over 500k followers and is perhaps the most influential doctor in the country outside the government.

Dec 29 11:47

Students Are Learning To Resist Surveillance: Year in Review 2021

By Jason Kelley

It’s been a tough year for students – but a good one for resistance.

As schools have shuffled students from in-person education to at-home learning and testing, then back again, the lines between “school” and “home” have been blurred. This has made it increasingly difficult for students to protect their privacy and to freely express themselves, as online proctoring and other sinister forms of surveillance and disciplinary technology have spread. But students have fought back, and often won, and we’re glad to have been on their side.

Dragnet Cheating Investigations Rob Students of Due Process...

Dec 29 07:53

The Pentagon’s Cloud War is (Finally) Nearing Conclusion

The Defense Department began 2021 notifying Congress that it could abandon its years-long Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract should litigation continue to delay its execution.

In July, six months later, the Pentagon did just that, pulling the plug on JEDI four years after the contract was conceived in an effort to deliver enterprisewide commercial cloud services at sensitive, secret and top secret classification levels.

The cancelation came after years of legal challenges, congressional inquiries and other delays that ultimately kept JEDI from ever getting off the ground, despite being awarded two different times to Microsoft.

“With the shifting technology environment, it has become clear that the JEDI cloud contract, which has long been delayed, no longer meets the requirements to fill the DoD’s capability gaps,” a DOD spokesperson told Nextgov July 6.

Dec 29 07:20

Henry Kissinger: AI Will Prompt Consideration of What it Means to Be Human

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says that further use of artificial intelligence will call into question what it means to be human, and that the technology cannot solve all those problems humans fail to address on their own.

Kissinger spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations event highlighting his new book “The Age of AI: And Our Human Future” on Monday along with co-author and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a conversation moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff.

Schmidt remarked throughout the event on unanswered questions about AI despite common use of the technology.

Dec 28 10:15

Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to put penny in plug socket

Amazon has updated its Alexa voice assistant after it "challenged" a 10-year-old girl to touch a coin to the prongs of a half-inserted plug.

The suggestion came after the girl asked Alexa for a "challenge to do".

"Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs," the smart speaker said.

Amazon said it fixed the error as soon as the company became aware of it.

The girl's mother, Kristin Livdahl, described the incident on Twitter.

She said: "We were doing some physical challenges, like laying down and rolling over holding a shoe on your foot, from a [physical education] teacher on YouTube earlier. Bad weather outside. She just wanted another one."

That's when the Echo speaker suggested partaking in the challenge that it had "found on the web".

The dangerous activity, known as "the penny challenge", began circulating on TikTok and other social media websites about a year ago.

Dec 28 09:04

The 10 worst tech stories of 2021

A lot of stuff has happened in the past year, especially in the tech world. It seemed like every time you turned your head in 2021 there was a new digital disaster unfolding: Sensitive data was leaked, ransoms took networks offline and plain old fashion gender discrimination cases have all rocked the tech world in the past 12 months.

Sure, there's been good stuff, but it was far easier to come up with this one than the former. Basically, it's been a rough year.

You may have missed some of these items, but it's more likely you've heard about each one. They were hard to miss, even among the other stories that kept us on edge this past year.

Dec 26 09:04

"Alexa, You're Fired" - A Quarter Of Users Abandon Spying Devices Within 2 Weeks

Anyone with an Amazon Alexa device has likely noticed that the smart speaker has tried to upsell them while asking about the weather in the last few months. This is because Amazon understands there is fading interest in its money-losing Alexa voice-controlled smart speaker division.

According to internal data obtained by Bloomberg, 15% to 25% of new Alexa users during 2018 through 2021 completely abandoned the device in the second week of ownership.

Amazon concluded that the market for smart speakers had "passed its growth phase" last year and would only grow 1.2% annually moving forward.

Dec 24 09:13

New Poll Shows The Population's Distrust In Big Tech

Most internet users do not have faith in Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram with their data, a new survey shows.

About 72% of U.S. internet users do not trust Facebook to "responsibly handle" their personal information or data, according to a Washington Post/Schar-School poll of 1,058 respondents conducted November 4-22 with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Dec 24 09:11

Grinch bots hijack all kinds of holiday shopping, from gift cards to hype drop sales

All-in-one Grinch bots are working over time this holiday season and using automation to steal gift cards and scoop up limited quantities of in-demand products. The Kasada Threat Intelligence Team identified these bad bot trends during the online holiday shopping season, based on data from the company's e-commerce customers.

Bot operators make a profit by stealing gift cards or by purchasing and reselling in-demand items like sneakers or electronics.

"The bot operators use techniques that mimic humans and attempt to exploit and bypass the anti-bot code executed on the client-side on public devices," said Sam Crowther, founder and CEO of Kasada.

Dec 22 12:52

Ameca Interaction

Dec 22 12:12

Americans Swept Up Into Massive Digital Data Dragnet As Police Use Warrantless Real-Time Cell Phone Data to Track Travel, Movement

The Rutherford Institute is warning that Americans are being swept up into a massive digital data dragnet that does not distinguish between those who are innocent of wrongdoing, suspects, or criminals. Weighing in before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hammond v. U.S., The Rutherford Institute is challenging the government’s unconstitutional practice of warrantlessly tracking people’s location and movements through their personal cell phones in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Institute attorneys argue that technological advancements in cell phone providers’ ability to obtain data on their users’ whereabouts, especially as a result of cell site proliferation due to 5G networks, means that law enforcement can use “triangulation methods” to pinpoint a person’s location with much greater precision than ever before, whether that person is at home, at the library, a political event, a doctor’s office, etc.

Dec 22 07:35

Addictive 'Brain Hijacking' Methods Of Social Media Platforms Harmful To Users, Especially Children: Insider

Addictive “brain hijacking” methods used by social media giants to keep users on their platforms have harmful effects, particularly on children, according to industry insider Rex Lee, who says the companies may be violating child protection laws and consumer protection laws by employing such techniques.

Lee, who has over 35 years of experience in the tech and telecom industry, recently testified before Congress, speaking to members about some of the deceptive practices used by social media networks—in particular, “brain hijacking.”

“The first time I’d ever heard of brain hijacking, I thought it was something from a science fiction movie,” he recently told EpochTV’s Crossroads program.

He said that social media apps, including those developed by Google, Meta, and Bytedance, are intentionally developed to be addictive.

Dec 20 11:31

Tech-Savvy Kids Defeat Apple’s and Others’ Parental-Control Features

For the past three years, Lance Walker has been locked in a cat-and-mouse game with his 11-year-old daughter for control over her iPhone and iPad.

Initially he considered TikTok a harmless distraction, which Peyton used for watching dance videos. When he discovered she was receiving messages from adult men she didn’t know after posting public videos of herself doing silly poses, he quickly went into Apple Inc.’s parental-control settings to block access to the app. Peyton countered by using a different Apple ID to download new apps including TikTok.

When he tried to delete the Apple ID, she changed the password to block his access to the account. It continued like that for months—his daughter thwarted every attempt by Mr. Walker, a 43-year-old real-estate broker in Johnstown, Colo., to block certain apps through Apple’s Screen Time controls.

“It was a nightmare,” Mr. Walker said. He said he and his wife are still working on a reliable way to keep Peyton off TikTok.

Dec 20 10:50

Amazon patents show new level of surveillance

Amazon has registered 17 new patents for biometric technology intended to help its doorbell cameras identify “suspicious” people by scent, skin texture, fingerprints, eyes, voice, and gait.

The tech giant has been developing its doorbell security camera system since 2018, when Amazon acquired the firm named Ring and, with it, the original technology. According to media reports, Jeff Bezos’ company is now preparing to enable the devices to identify “suspicious” people with the help of biometric technology, based on skin texture, gait, finger, voice, retina, iris, and even odor.

On top of that, if Amazon’s new patents are anything to go by, all Ring doorbell cameras in a given neighborhood would be interconnected, sharing data with each other and creating a composite image of “suspicious” individuals.

Dec 20 09:12

Spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group found on phone of jailed Indian activist

The case against a jailed Indian activist has come under renewed scrutiny after it was revealed that the man, a critic of the government, had his phone hacked using controversial Israeli spyware, the Guardian reported.

The report published Friday said an analysis of Rona Wilson’s phone by experts from Amnesty International found that it was infected with Pegasus spyware, developed by the NSO Group, between July 2017 and March 2018, some three months before he was arrested on terror-related charges.

Amnesty’s investigation found that during that period, Wilson’s phone was targeted with 15 text messages containing links to install the Pegasus spyware and compromise the device.

Dec 18 12:09

The COVID-19 Passport Microchip Is Here

By Mayukh Saha

What one year ago would be considered a crazy conspiracy theory is now becoming a reality.

A Swedish company, Epicenter, has brought forward new tech where they created a subdermal implant to show COVID-19 vaccination certificates. This makes it possible for people to keep their vaccination certificates, right under their skin in a microchip.
How Does The Implantable COVID Passport Work?

This implant contains a Near Field Communications (NFC) implant, whose data can be retrieved with an NFC-compatible smartphone or any such reader...

Dec 18 11:52

Google Docs Notifications are Updated to Restrict Docs that Contain “hate speech” and “misleading” Content

By Christina Maas

Google has announced new notifications in Google Drive that show that the platform has restricted the sharing and access of files that violate its policies. In a blog post, the tech giant said that it will restrict the sharing of files that violate its Terms of Service and abuse program policies.

If a file is flagged for violating policies, the owner will still have full access but sharing will not be possible and those who already had a link will no longer have access.

The owner of the file will receive an email informing them their files have been restricted. They will be able to appeal the decision by requesting a review of their own document...

Dec 18 07:17

Killer Robots Aren’t Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing.

It may have seemed like an obscure United Nations conclave, but a meeting this week in Geneva was followed intently by experts in artificial intelligence, military strategy, disarmament and humanitarian law.

The reason for the interest? Killer robots — drones, guns and bombs that decide on their own, with artificial brains, whether to attack and kill — and what should be done, if anything, to regulate or ban them.

Once the domain of science fiction films like the “Terminator” series and “RoboCop,” killer robots, more technically known as Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, have been invented and tested at an accelerated pace with little oversight. Some prototypes have even been used in actual conflicts.

The evolution of these machines is considered a potentially seismic event in warfare, akin to the invention of gunpowder and nuclear bombs.

Dec 18 07:09