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Aug 12 10:56

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

By Nicholas West

One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent. A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics.

A new report shows how this will be integrated across the globe, including domestic travel inside the United States...

Aug 12 09:37

John Bolton to Lobby for Harsher UK Stance on Iran, Huawei During Visit to London

The US has been carrying out a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran and cracking down on Chinese tech giant Huawei for some time, but these polices found little support in the previous UK Cabinet.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton will try to convince the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to align its foreign policies more with the American "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and to discard its plans to use Huawei equipment in developing its 5G networks during his upcoming visit to the UK, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source within the US administration.

Aug 12 07:43

Apparently Twitter is testing out selective censorship of replies

Soon, everyone can have squeaky clean comment threads with no criticism or opposing viewpoints!

Aug 11 20:58

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas today, 18-year-old Bill Demirkapi presented his findings from three years of after-school hacking that began when he was a high school freshman. Demirkapi poked around the web interfaces of two common pieces of software, sold by tech firms Blackboard and Follett and used by his own school. In both cases, he found serious bugs that would allow a hacker to gain deep access to student data. In Blackboard's case in particular, Demirkapi found 5 million vulnerable records for students and teachers, including student grades, immunization records, cafeteria balance, schedules, cryptographically hashed passwords, and photos.

Demirkapi points out that if he, then a bored 16-year-old motivated only by his own curiosity, could so easily access these corporate databases, his story doesn't reflect well on the broader security of the companies holding millions of students' personal information.

Aug 11 19:35

Microsoft axes Office 2019 from 'Home Use Program'

The company is moving away from perpetually-licensed Office 2019 and now offers annual subscriptions to Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home for $69.99 and $48.99, respectively.

Aug 11 18:28

Leaked Documents Show White House is Planning Executive Order to Censor the Internet

Fight For The Future

Leaked documents show that the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that, if upheld by the courts, could essentially end free speech on the Internet. The draft order would put the FTC and the FCC, headed by its notoriously corrupt chairman Ajit Pai, in charge of monitoring and policing online speech on social media platforms, online forums, and more.

Aug 11 16:13

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

According to equipment repair nerve-center iFixit and Justin Ashford, who runs The Art of Repair channel on YouTube, third-party battery replacement in an iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max running iOS 12 or iOS 13 beta leads to the presentation of a "Service" message in the Battery Health sub-menu that's part of the fondleslab's Battery settings menu.

This message urges the iPhone owner to have the newly installed battery replaced – which Apple advises should be done only through an Apple Store or authorized service provider due to potential safety issues – even if an Apple-supplied battery is installed by a third-party.

Aug 11 15:13

The US Navy will replace its touchscreen controls with mechanical ones on its destroyers

After a deadly 2017 crash between a destroyer and an oil tanker

Aug 10 11:48

FCC Decides NO CHANGE to Radiation Limits For 5G Despite Research Supporting Public Outcry Over Risks

By B.N. Frank

The role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to regulate the Telecom Industry even though they are not a health or environmental agency.

Current rules, safety limits and guidelines for RF radiation exposure were adopted in 1996 and don’t apply to how most people use or are exposed to RF emitting devices and infrastructure today. They even don’t apply to how current technology and products are manufactured and marketed...

Aug 09 18:21

The “Science” That Google Relies On

By Lynne McTaggart

Under the emphatic headline ‘This has to stop,’ my good friend, bestselling author Arielle Ford (The Soulmate Secret), posted an article claiming that Google was burying Alternative Medicine sites to ‘protect people against false claims.’

Among the comments from her readers was someone who wrote in to defend Google’s and Wikipedia’s decisions. As it turned out, he revealed, he was one of Google’s rankers, who determine the placement of information on the search engine’s pages. Naturally, he said, the Mayo Clinic would appear in an earlier page above an alternative medicine site because its practices are based on far more science than alternative medicine is.

This was a fascinating, if brief, insight into the minds of Google’s and Wikipedia’s adjudicators and how they are determining what version of reality the likes of you and me are allowed to see. I have to take issue with this fellow’s definition of the word ‘scientific.’...

Aug 09 18:07

How To Avoid Being Called A Russian Agent Online

By Caitlin Johnstone

The always reliable NBC News has published an important and informative article titled “Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted ‘doxxing’ over racial tension videos”, which uses fearless investigative insinuations and cutting-edge vagueness to inform readers that viral videos of Americans being racist are essentially a Russian fabrication...

Here are five things you can do to avoid being caught in the crossfire of this vital information war and getting labeled a Russian agent yourself...

Aug 09 17:34

Cell Phones Touching Body Exceed Safety Limits in U.S. and Europe Say Experts — Children More Vulnerable

By B.N. Frank

If there were clear warnings on cell phones to NOT hold or wear cell phones directly next to the body, do you think more people wouldn’t do this? Do you think more people wouldn’t allow their children to do this?

IEEE is one of many organizations that has weighed in on this issue...

Aug 09 17:10

Monsanto Paid Google To Censor Results; Operated Fusion Center To Discredit Journalists And Activists

By Aaron Kesel

Monsanto (Bayer) operated an intelligence-gathering “fusion center,” to discredit journalists and activists, including singer Neil Young, and paid Google to bury results in its search engine, The Guardian, reported.

Activist Post previously reported that Bayer/Monsanto — the formerly merged company of potentially two of the evilest businesses in history — had kept a file of 200 names, including journalists and lawmakers in hopes of influencing their positions on pesticides according to French prosecutors.

Now, The Guardian has an exposé on Monsanto going a step beyond by spying on journalists through use of a Fusion Center type operation and paying Google to hide negative results...

Aug 09 11:00

US Court Decision Allows Users to Sue Facebook Over Abuse of Face Recognition Technology

A US federal court on Thursday ruled that Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology without user consent violated privacy rights laws.

"The panel concluded that the development of a face template using facial-recognition technology without consent… invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests," the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in a court document.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the groups involved with the case, said the ruling will now allow Facebook users to sue the company over its use of face recognition technology.

Aug 09 10:25

Can Huawei's new OS make customers ditch Google’s Android?

Huawei is expected to drop more details about its homegrown Hongmeng operating system at an upcoming conference. But is the world ready to ditch Android for an untested Chinese alternative? And is Google worried?

A new Huawei phone equipped with the Hongmeng operating system, also known as the HarmonyOS, could go on sale before the end of the year, the state-linked Chinese newspaper Global Times reported on Sunday. According to the newspaper, the phone aims to target the low and medium ends of the smartphone market, setting the price tag at around 2,000 yuan (roughly US$290).

Aug 09 10:20

NSA Whistleblower Confirms "They Can Use Your Data Against You Any Time"

A bombshell interview with William Binney, an NSA Whistleblower, has just been released! Binney says that President Donald Trump is being framed and that we the people are subjected to the constant surveillance and tracking authoritarian regimes are known for.

We are all subjected to the state’s mass surveillance scheme and many have given up any hope that there’s anything we can do to stop it. Listening to Binney speak with Michelle Holliday with Portfolio Wealth Global.com, it sure seems like there is little we can do.

Aug 09 09:24

WHY IS SAUDI ARABIA GIVING UP A TRACT OF LAND THE SIZE OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR "THE WORLD'S FIRST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL ZONE"?

It has been reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman originally came up with the idea for the city when he “pulled up a map of his country on Google Earth and saw its northwest quadrant was a blank slate.” He ultimately decided that it would be an ideal location for “the city of the future”, and he enlisted an army of U.S. consultants to help him fulfill his dream.

But will his dream ultimately become a nightmare? There are some extremely alarming things that I want to tell you about, but first let’s talk about some of the cool stuff that is planned for the city…

The in-development Saudi Arabian city-state will have robot maids, flying taxis, and glow-in-the-dark sand, according to confidential planning documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. An artificial moon will light up the sky every night, and a Jurassic Park-style island will let visitors mingle with robot dinosaurs.

Sounds like a fun place to live, right?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Butcher of Yemen; before you start construction here, please stop killing innocent civilians; women, babies, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

IF you think, for one millisecond, that this project will wipe your hands clean of the blood you (and your American compatriots) have caused to be shed in Yemen, you are, unfortunately, very sadly mistaken.

I would like to politely remind you, that the genius novel "1984", by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a how to manual!!

And how many of your citizens will be making enough money, to come and see this wonderland, once it is created?!? The horrendous disparity of wealth in your county, may make this impossibly challenging for most of your financially, and politically, and religiously challenged, citizens.

I, as a confessing Christian, could not even make it through the airport at Riyadh!!
Freedom of Religion nonexistent in Saudi Arabia

I would certainly like to be able to "cheer on" this project, but not unless and until, you are able to leave Yemen, and grant all your people freedom of worship in Saudi Arabia.

Aug 09 09:11

UAE Frees Activist After 5 years in Detention For Tweeting Against Torture

By Afef Abrougui

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have freed activist and political prisoner Osama al-Najjar after detaining him for more than five years.

Al-Najjar, who was arrested in March 2014, served a three-year jail sentence for posting tweets denouncing torture in UAE prisons. Despite completing his sentence, he remained in arbitrary detention for more than two years, before he was released on August 8, rights groups said...

Aug 09 08:48

Netizen Report: Online Journalists are Under Fire Across The Globe

By Ellery Roberts Biddle

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from July 20 – August 9, 2019.

Journalists working online across the globe face legal threats all too often. While state authorities will sometimes press charges against journalists in direct response to their work, other times they will pursue a criminal case or accusation against a journalist without explicit reference to the person’s reporting, accusing them of crimes like tax evasion.

Here are a few recent examples from Cuba to Cambodia and beyond...

Aug 09 08:36

When Telecoms Refer to 4G & 5G Small Cell Towers as “Nodes” That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Emitting Harmful Radiation

By B.N. Frank

Opposition to small cell installation is increasing worldwide. Maybe that’s why Verizon sometimes refers to them as “nodes”. Stay classy, Verizon...

Aug 09 08:05

Group sex app with ‘worst security ever seen’ exposes users in White House & Downing St

A massive vulnerability has been exposed in the group dating app 3fun, with researchers gaining access to a trove of information on its users. In a further twist, users were uncovered in the corridors of power in the US and UK.

The app is described as a “Curious Couples & Singles Dating” platform. One would think that security would rank fairly high on the agenda for such a service; however that was clearly not the case as the Pen Test Partners security researchers, who discovered the vulnerability, described what they felt was “probably the worst security for any dating app we’ve ever seen.”

Personal information, sexual preferences, private photos, chat data and users’ real time locations were all exposed due to 3fun’s shoddy security practices.

Aug 09 07:56

Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials

For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked.

But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections.

Some of the systems have been online for a year and possibly longer. Some of them disappeared from the internet after the researchers notified an information-sharing group for election officials last year. But at least 19 of the systems, including one in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, were still connected to the internet this week, the researchers told Motherboard.

Aug 09 07:54

Who Turned off Moscow’s Internet During Recent Protests?

By Maxim Edwards

The situation in Moscow remains tense after renewed protests; thousands have taken to the Russian capital’s streets and squares in recent months to oppose the electoral commission’s refusal to register opposition candidates for local elections this September. The latest demonstration on 3 August saw over 1,000 people detained and police violence towards demonstrators. Over the following week, the Russian authorities launched a money laundering case against opposition politician Alexey Navalny and froze bank accounts associated with his Anti-Corruption Foundation (workplace of several of the most prominent opposition candidates.) The kid gloves are off, if they were ever on to begin with.

There are many indications that this crackdown has reached cyberspace...

Aug 09 07:45

Huawei unveils HarmonyOS operating system that can replace Google Android 'immediately'

Huawei has announced a new operating system called HarmonyOS that could replace Android "immediately" if necessary.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Chinese tech giant's consumer division, unveiled HarmonyOS at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan on Friday, revealing that it will work across smartphones, smart TVs, wearables and other internet-connected devices.

This ability to work across various platforms and devices makes it "completely different from Android and iOS", according to Mr Yu, who said it will also be completely open source.

"You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of devices," he said.

Aug 09 06:57

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?

Aug 08 18:00

Amazon Continues Helping Police By Teaching Them How To Bypass A Warrant

By Aaron Kesel

Activist Post has previously reported that Ring was running entrapment fake package operations with several police departments across the U.S., including coaching them. Now, Vice News has reported that Amazon’s Ring is teaching police to trick residents into sharing camera footage with them without a warrant as our Fourth Amendment rights are eroded...

Aug 08 13:13

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

By Matthew Guariglia

Doors across the United States are now fitted with Amazon’s Ring, a combination doorbell-security camera that records and transmits video straight to users’ phones, to Amazon’s cloud—and often to the local police department. By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege. It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?..

Aug 08 09:45

ISRAEL LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO PROVIDE INTERNET TO MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Israel has successfully launched a satellite which will provide internet, TV and mobile services to the Middle East and Africa.

The Amos-17 satellite was launched at 19:23 local time [23:23 GMT] yesterday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. The satellite was carried into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and separated successfully, despite the launch being delayed for several days after a suspected faulty valve was discovered during testing.

It will now spend the next two weeks travelling gradually to 36,000 kilometres above the earth, at which height it will orbit the planet.

The satellite was built by aerospace giant Boeing and designed by Israel-based company Spacecom. Amos-17 will now provide services to TV operators, internet and telephone providers in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as governments and private data companies, the Times of Israel reported today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Satellite services like this can broadcast; but they can also listen, to see what the users are saying, and thinking, about Israel.

And that last statement by David Pollack, Spacecom's CEO, does need a bit of translation; what Israel is hoping to do, is to control the growth of Africa's Sub Saharan vibrant markets, without appearing to have any hands-on control in the process.

Aug 08 09:39

AUTHORITIES JAMMED MOSCOW’S MOBILE INTERNET DURING OPPOSITION PROTESTS – NGO

SOURCE: THEMOSCOWTIMES.COM
Russian authorities ordered mobile operators to cut access to mobile data services during last weekend's opposition protests in Moscow, marking the first documented case in Moscow's history, Russia’s Internet Protection Society NGO has said.

Russia's first documented instance of authorities ordering to stifle mobile internet access took place in the country's republic of Ingushetia in October, when thousands gathered against a border deal with neighboring Chechnya. Last Saturday, 1,001 people were detained along Moscow’s central Boulevard Ring during marches in support of opposition candidates rejected from running for city council.

Mobile internet access was restricted in an area of 13 square kilometers in Russia’s capital between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 3, the Internet Protection Society said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government has never, ever done anything like this, right?!?

And there are no plans to do this here in the US by the US government, right?!? I would like to submit the following article, dated 2013, as a reasonable explanation for what might happen, courtesy of the US government, if it ever feels that it is about to go through a severe lack of public trust, or dealing with a "false flag" which does not go as expected:

The Government’s Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained

The article goes on to state:

'The Government’s Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained
November 27, 2013
by Dana Liebelson
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This post first appeared at Mother Jones.

Update: The Electronic Privacy Information Center reports that the court just granted the government more time to decide whether to release the kill switch plan. It now has until January 13.

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This month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security must make its plan to shut off the Internet and cellphone communications available to the American public. You, of course, may now be thinking: What plan?! Though President Barack Obama swiftly disapproved of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak turning off the Internet in his country (to quell widespread civil disobedience) in 2011, the US government has the authority to do the same sort of thing, under a plan that was devised during the George W. Bush administration. Many details of the government’s controversial “kill switch” authority have been classified, such as the conditions under which it can be implemented and how the switch can be used. But thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), DHS has to reveal those details by December 12 — or mount an appeal. (The smart betting is on an appeal, since DHS has fought to release this information so far.) Yet here’s what we do know about the government’s “kill switch” plan:

What is a kill switch? A kill switch refers to the government’s authority to disconnect commercial and private wireless networks — affecting both cellphones and the Internet — in the event of an emergency, such as a viable threat of a terrorist attack.'

And just in case you have decided that you need not worry, because such legislation appears to have gone away, is the following story, dated 2018:

US government still has the kill switch option for the net, and cellular communications

Aug 08 09:38

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all

Fears of cyber-hijackings? That's plane crazy, says Dreamliner maker

Aug 08 09:25

Microsoft becomes the latest tech firm to come under fire for eavesdropping as report reveals contractors LISTEN to some Skype calls translated by its AI

According to an investigation by Motherboard, Microsoft-owned Skype has been listening to audio of users speaking to one another via its translation service, which uses AI to convert language in nearly real-time.

While Skype states that it may analyze audio of phone calls conducted through the service to improve its abilities, it has never explicitly stated that humans would be doing that work.

Aug 08 09:19

San Francisco marketing company scraped MILLIONS of users’ data from Instagram - including bios, photos from Stories, and physical locations, report reveals

A bombshell report has revealed how Instagram’s ‘lax oversight’ allowed a San Francisco-based startup to collect data on millions of its users without their knowledge – including the disappearing photos posted as Stories.

The Facebook-owned company sent a cease and desist letter to marketing firm HYP3R – one of its vetted advertising partners – after an investigation by Business Insider uncovered the shocking violations.

Instagram has since banned HYP3R from its platform, but not before the company was able to siphon out the personal data of millions for roughly a year, according to Business Insider.

The firm has not yet revealed exactly how many users were affected, and says it is still investigating the volume of the issue.

Aug 08 06:18

Police Used Streetlamps To Spy On The Public More Than 140 Times

By MassPrivateI

Gone are the days when cities used streetlamps to simply illuminate sidewalks and streets. Today’s streetlamps are being used to form an inter-connected web of surveillance devices.

A recent San Diego Union-Tribune article revealed how San Diego police officers have used streetlamp video surveillance in at least 140 cases and sometimes as frequently as 20 times a month...

Aug 07 10:43

Scott Adams: The Mental Illness Crisis Turning Democrats into FAKE NEWS ZOMBIES

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1159101969501282304?s=20

Democrats are implementing a trade war against America
Financially penalizing Americans for their political beliefs
Isn’t that a trade war…Joaquin Castro?
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace…“misspoke?
”What’s wrong with Nicolle Wallace?
Reza Aslan wants someone “eradicated”?
CNN FAKE NEWS Chyron: “Trump Inspired Terrorism”
Immigration debate curiosity…
NO Democrat has said HOW MUCH immigration is okay
NO Democrat has even been ASKED the question
Extra people = extra crime
How much additional CRIME is acceptable to you?
If you can’t put a number on it, you aren’t sincere
What impact will your policy have on the country…in 10 years?
Has Presidential candidate Andrew Yang told a direct lie yet?
Is he the ONLY Democrat candidate who has NOT directly lied?

Aug 07 09:56

From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

By Graham Smith

Introduce some violent legislature into the mix, and even simple activities end up culminating in potential violation, kidnapping, and caging...

Aug 07 08:27

Globalist Insider: Self-Censorship and Technocratic Governance Will Drive Asian World Order

By Daniel Taylor

In a recent interview with the Mumbai Mirror, globalist planner Parag Khanna said that “Technocratic governance,” “caution about free speech” and “self-censorship” will be part of the new value system of the Asian world order...

Aug 07 07:16

Amazon Alexa: Luxembourg watchdog in discussions about recordings

Luxembourg's data privacy watchdog says it is in discussions with Amazon about voice recordings made of customers who have used the firm's Alexa smart assistant.

The regulator is the lead supervisory authority for the company in the EU, meaning that it co-ordinates investigations into the business on behalf of the other member states.

At this point it has not launched a formal privacy probe.

Amazon declined to comment.

Aug 07 07:15

Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

Facebook is failing to shut down groups on its site where fake Amazon reviews are sold, consumer group Which? claims.

Facebook was urged in June by the Competition and Markets Authority to probe the sale of fake reviews via these groups.

Which? claimed to have uncovered several active groups that recruited people to write fake testimonies.

Aug 06 18:40

Opening the Door for Censorship: New Trademark Enforcement Mechanisms Added for Top-Level Domains

By Mitch Stoltz

With so much dissatisfaction over how companies like Facebook and YouTube moderate user speech, you might think that the groups that run the Internet’s infrastructure would want to stay far away from the speech-policing business. Sadly, two groups that control an important piece of the Internet’s infrastructure have decided to jump right in.

The organization that governs the .org top-level domain, known as Public Interest Registry (PIR), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are expanding their role as speech regulators through a new agreement, negotiated behind closed doors. And they’re doing it despite the nearly unanimous opposition of nonprofit and civil society groups—the people who use .org domains. EFF is asking ICANN’s board to reconsider...

Aug 06 12:57

We’re All Enemies of the State: Draconian Laws, Precrime & the Surveillance State

By John W. Whitehead

We’ve been down this road many times before.

If the government is consistent about any one thing, it is this: it has an unnerving tendency to exploit crises and use them as opportunities for power grabs under the guise of national security.

Cue the Emergency State, the government’s Machiavellian version of crisis management that justifies all manner of government tyranny in the so-called name of national security.

Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, “unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters”: the government has been anticipating and preparing for such crises for years now.

It’s all part of the grand plan for total control...

Aug 06 11:12

Firehouses Are Being Turned Into Surveillance Centers

By MassPrivateI

Slowly but surely fire departments are being turned into surveillance centers, all in the name of public safety.

Fire departments from Iowa to New York are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on security packages that are designed to restrict public access and monitor the public...

Aug 06 10:26

Cathay Pacific Airline Admits Spying On Passengers With Seatback TV Cams And Airport Surveillance

Passengers on Hong-Kong-based Cathay Pacific have been warned that their movements and preferences will be recorded by the airline via seatback in-flight entertainment screens equipped with cameras, according to News.com.au.

Aug 06 10:14

MINORITY REPORT: FBI trying to build social media “pre-crime” tracking tool to arrest people before they carry out crimes

At a time when the FBI’s reputation is at one of the lowest points in history thanks to the involvement of former ranking members in “Spygate,” the plot to overthrow POTUS Donald Trump, the bureau is shopping for technology that allows it to monitor social media in real time, allegedly to spot potential criminal activity.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intends to award a firm fixed-price contract for the purpose of acquiring subscription services to a social media early-alerting tool in order to mitigate multifaceted threats, while ensuring all privacy and civil liberties compliance requirements are met,” said a FedBizOpps listing, titled “Social Media Alerting Subscription” on behalf of the Department of Justice.

“Offers shall include qualifications, details and pricing for subscription services” technology that will allow agents to snoop on social media sites effortlessly and as posts occur.

Aug 06 09:59

Are Israel’s spies stealing your data?

Israeli spies go on to pursue questionable careers upon leaving the military.

Two cyber warfare and data collection companies that have recently been put under scrutiny were founded by graduates of the Israeli military’s Unit 8200, a high-tech spy branch responsible for the training of some of the country’s top technology experts and leading cyberwarfare efforts.

Israeli tech company Onavo, owned by Facebook, and Israeli cyber warfare company NSO Group were both founded by unit veterans.

This demonstrates how expertise developed in the unit can and has been used to create commercial tech platforms that put consumer security at risk.

Aug 06 08:57

Swipe Riot: Hong Kong Protesters Using Tinder, Pokémon Go To Coordinate

Hong Kong protesters are turning to apps like Tinder and Pokémon Go to coordinate demonstrations throughout the city, as authorities crack down on first-line methods of communication such as WhatsApp, Telegram groups, Signal and the gaming platform Twitch, according to Abacus News.

Aug 06 08:25

7-Year Sentence of Turkish Social Media Influencer For a Tweet Sparks Debate on Free Speech

By Sevgi Yagmur Bulut

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, and attempting to use social media to overthrow the government. The Twitter celebrity, P?nar Karagöz, claims her tweets were in fact making reference to a Netflix series. She was initially handed a 7-year jail sentence...

Aug 06 08:06

Local Activist Taking on Surveillance in Illinois

By IL Tenthers

Editor’s note: State and local activism are at the heart of the Tenth Amendment Center’s work. The following outlines the efforts of a TAC activist working on two specific issues in Illinois...

Aug 06 03:14

How to Remove Malware from Macbook Pro

How to remove malware from Macbook Pro?

Attracting malware that ruins the entire life is not uncommon for Apple devices and Macbook Pro in particular. However, these days, there are several ways of detecting their presence. You might notice that there is a surprising decrease in computer’s speed without any legit cause or you will have the reboots and apps automatically permitting themselves. Apart from this, most of the webpages you visit can be flooded with unwanted advertisements. To remove such malware and restore the original efficiency of your Macbook Pro, here are a few ways that you can try.

Prevent suspicious apps from launching

Aug 05 17:59

Anonymous Bites Back Radio Show Strikes Against Censorship — Now Broadcasted On 50+ Platforms

By Aaron Kesel

Anonymous Bites Back, an all volunteer activist apolitical radio show, has been broadcasting for several years with constant problems fighting back against censorship for the topics discussed. Now, ABB seems to have found an unorthodox solution to their problem...

Aug 05 15:52

Spike in government demands for Amazon customer data: Firm reports a 77 PERCENT increase in subpoenas for information on Alexa, Kindle and Ring users in the last six months

Amazon says that U.S. government requests for customer data have seen a substantial spike so far this year.

As reported by TechCrunch, the most recent figures released from the company -- which date between January and June 2019 -- show a 14 percent increase in subpoenas and a nearly 35 percent increase in the number of search warrants.

Information handed over by the company comes from several sources according to TechCrunch, including Amazon's Echo voice assistant, Alexa, its e-reader, the Kindle, and even its home security devices sold by Ring.

Aug 05 15:46

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

According to the European Court of Justice ruling, a site that embeds the Facebook “like” icon and link on its pages also sends user data to the US web giant.

“It seems that that transmission occurs without that visitor being aware of it and regardless of whether or not he or she is a member of the social network Facebook or has clicked on the ‘Like’ button,” it said.

Under EU data protection law, therefore, a European retailer and the US platform are jointly responsible for gathering the data and sending it to Facebook’s Irish subsidiary.

Users should therefore be warned and asked to consent to their data being gathered, although the retailer is not responsible for what Facebook does with it later.

“As a result of this case, companies that embed this ‘like’ button on their website cannot hide behind Facebook any longer,” said Monique Goyens, of the European Consumer Organisation.

Aug 05 15:32

Scientists Announce They Can Manipulate Brain Cells with Smartphone-controlled Implant

By B.N. Frank

It’s bad enough that they have already been testing these on defenseless mice. Have they considered any or all of the risks associated with implanting these in people, including the potential for hacking these implants?...

Aug 05 12:32

Trump Demands Gun Control, Executions For 'Hate Crimes,' Asks DOJ & Social Media to Detect Pre-Crime

President Donald Trump on Monday demanded anti-Second Amendment "red flag" gun seizure laws, swift executions for so-called "hate crimes," "involuntary confinement" for people the state deems "mentally disturbed," and directed the DOJ to work with states, local law enforcement and social media sites to "detect mass shooters before they strike" -- all while repeating generic leftist slogans about "hate."

Aug 05 10:25

THE METADATA TRAP

Most people aren’t very aware of it, but we’re all under surveillance. Telecom companies and tech giants have access to nearly all of our private data, from our exact physical locations at any given time to the content of our text messages and emails. Even when our private data doesn’t get sent directly to tech companies, our devices are still recording it locally. Do you know exactly what you were doing on your computer two months ago today at 3:05 p.m.? Your web browser probably does.

Aug 05 10:16

Facebook and Instagram go down as thousands of users worldwide complain they cannot log in or upload pictures

Facebook and Instagram have reportedly crashed with thousands of users around the world unable to post, share content or even log into their accounts.

Instagram users reported they have not been able to log into their accounts, with other problems being reported since around 2.30pm today.

Users of Facebook were also experiencing problems sharing photos, video and files.

Aug 05 08:44

Apple will end up doing what Intel could not

With its recent billion dollar purchase to take Intel's scrapped 5G modem business off its hands, Apple is more in control of its destiny than ever.

A cursory analysis would quickly reveal that Cupertino is more than happy to lessen its reliance on Qualcomm, a company that Apple is unlikely to send a Christmas card to any time soon.

It continues Apple's long tradition of bringing more of its component design in-house, and while Intel could not hit its own targets, the silicon powerhouse that is Apple is more than likely to turn that around in the coming years.

That would eventually leave the memory chip as the only major piece of silicon within an iPhone that remains out of Apple's hands. It's a heck of a place for a phone maker to be.

Aug 05 08:24

A.I. “RoboCops” Continue Rolling Out Across U.S. Collecting Biometrics and Creating Blacklists

By Nicholas West

The move toward using robots in law enforcement, private security, and even to scare away the homeless, has been a decade-long trend that is now becoming much more prevalent in everyday life.

“RoboCops” have now been launched coast to coast in 16 states. Muckrock recently obtained a cache of documents about the latest system being used in Huntington Park, CA...

Aug 05 06:24

YouTube Censorship Drives Uptake of Crypto-Powered Video Platforms

By Kai Sedgwick

If the prospect of greater privacy and financial sovereignty doesn’t lure the masses to crypto networks, perhaps the ability to speak freely will. Lately, a lot of people who couldn’t give a damn about peer-to-peer cryptocurrency have taken a shine to peer-to-peer networks that run on the same censorship-resistant principles. As social networks run amok, deplatforming users for the slightest provocation, decentralized alternatives start to look increasingly alluring. If YouTube, Facebook, Twitter et al. continue on their current path, they may become the architects of their own downfall, accelerating the exodus to web3...

Aug 04 18:31

FREE e-Book, “The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net”

By B.N. Frank

Free Book Explains How Americans Have Become Powerless Against Telecom Companies

In June, Bruce Kushnick and The IRREGULATORS won their first round against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for ripping off the American taxpayers and putting us all at risk...

Aug 04 10:55

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Join Navy and Lockheed Martin by Introducing Directed Energy Weapons

By Nicholas West

After many years of speculation as to weather the use of Directed Energy Weapons in war would be unleashed upon the world, we now have our answer...

Aug 04 10:13

S&P Bearish on 5G, Tesla’s Coil and the T-Mobile Merger

By Renee Parsons

The FCC, the telecoms and cooperating MSM continue their resolute PR campaign to sell 5G to an unsuspecting American public as if the technology is up and running at effortless full capacity. The truth is that even as ‘spotty’ coverage is being established in large urban markets, the telecoms are well aware that there are fundamental uncertainties yet to be addressed which may take years before widespread distribution can be accomplished.

The industry is driven by the hard reality that consumer indifference to increased data speed may be enough to threaten a return on their $275 billion investment...

Aug 03 16:38

French Court Rules Against Utility Smart Meters Because They Are Making People Sick

By B.N. Frank

Tens of millions of utility Smart Meters have been installed throughout the U.S and around the world so it’s likely that they are installed on your home and throughout your community whether you know it or not. There are many problems associated with them including adverse health effects and fires.

Merci beaucoup to the French court for ruling against these dastardly devices for health reasons and to the lawyer who continues to fight on behalf of complainants...

Aug 03 16:19

Telecom Construction Expert Offers Opinion on YouTube Video of Dead Bees Under 5G Cell Towers

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this week, Activist Post reported about the viral YouTube video that shows dead bees under what was reported to be 5G small cells installed in California.

A Telecom Industry Construction Expert has weighed in and provided information that is equally if not more depressing...

Aug 03 07:41

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Facebook, Instagram Spying On Customers — Wants To Help Combat Surveillance

By Aaron Kesel

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to fight back against corporate surveillance by Instagram and its parent company Facebook, as well as YouTube, which is owned by Google.

In a tweet rant posted on Twitter, Snowden expressed that both social media giants owned by Mark Zuckerberg were involved in spying on their users, as well as YouTube. Snowden also announced that he has created new accounts on the platforms and that he will explain how the sites spy on users. He added, that he would “explain methods to limit how much they know about you,” if you choose to use them...

Aug 03 06:17

Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons to Spy on Vehicles Across the US

By Julia Conley

Millions of Americans across the Midwest this summer are being subjected to surveillance from above as the Pentagon experiments with the use of surveillance radars attached to high-altitude balloons.

As The Guardian reported Friday, the defense and aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to send up to 25 balloons across six states to track vehicles.

U.S. Southern Command commissioned the project for the stated purpose of creating a “persistence surveillance system” to deter drug traffickers and perceived “homeland security threats.”...

Aug 02 17:33

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Microsoft is under fire for funding the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision, which is reportedly carrying out surveillance on Palestinians. AnyVision also supplies technology in Russia and Hong Kong, where human rights are under attack.

Privacy activists say it’s another sign Microsoft is pushing the controversial technology, despite presenting itself as more progressive and transparent on the ethics of facial recognition than rivals like Amazon and Google.

Aug 02 17:27

Capital One breach also hit other major companies, say researchers

The data breach at Capital One may be the “tip of the iceberg” and may affect other major companies, according to security researchers.

Israeli security firm CyberInt said Vodafone, Ford, Michigan State University and the Ohio Department of Transportation may have also fallen victim to the same data breach that saw more than 106 million credit applications and files copied from a cloud server run by Capital One by an alleged hacker, Paige Thompson, a Seattle resident, who was taken into FBI custody earlier this week.

It follows earlier reports from Forbes and security reporter Brian Krebs indicating that Capital One may not have been the only company affected, pointing to “one of the world’s biggest telecom providers, an Ohio government body, and a major U.S. university,” according to Slack messages sent by the alleged hacker.

Aug 02 17:21

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Like Google and Amazon before it, Apple has been caught sending voice assistant recordings to contractors, who listen to snippets of your requests and conversations, without telling anyone. In response to the privacy concerns that raises, Apple says it will eventually give users control over whether their Siri data gets sent to third-party eavesdroppers, but it's unclear whether that consent will be opt-in or opt-out. Google and Amazon offer the latter. And it's not nearly good enough.

Letting people opt out of data collection is better than not giving them any choice at all. But for decades, that’s been the extent of the conversation. It gives too many giant tech companies plausible deniability for the rampant hoovering of your personal information and allows them to implicitly blame the victim when they overreach: Don’t get angry at us, you could have opted out this whole time. Here’s a simple suggestion: Let people opt in, instead.

Aug 02 16:23

What would Milton Friedman say about Bitcoin? - Naomi Brockwell


Milton Friedman was one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring champions of individual liberty. He was the 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and in this 1999 interview he spoke about the need for an internet currency that couldn't be tracked.

Aug 02 16:17

Facebook “glitch” allowed adult pedophiles to openly chat with underage children… was it really a glitch?

Messenger Kids, a “safe” chat app that Facebook recently introduced for underage children and their friends to talk to each other, has already made the news in a not-so-good way for a serious design “flaw” that allowed adult pedophiles to join children’s “parent-approved” group chats.

According to reports, the “technical error,” as Facebook is calling it, allowed the “friends” of underage Facebook users to create group chats with adult Facebook users that had not first been pre-approved by these children’s parents. Facebook has since “turned off” the group chat feature....

Aug 02 11:48

Jeffrey Epstein became an FBI INFORMANT to secure sweetheart deal and shut down federal probe into the pedophile's abuse of underage girls, government records reveal

Jeffrey Epstein managed to shut down a federal probe into his illicit and illegal activities with underage girls and secure his sweetheart plea deal by providing information' to the government, FBI reports confirm.

A federal investigation into the pedophile led by the FBI was closed out on September 18, 2008 when Epstein 'provided information to the FBI as agreed upon' according to the case agent.

That investigation had been underway for two years at that point, but it was noted in the final report that 'no prosecution will occur in this matter as long as Epstein continues to uphold his agreement with the State of Florida.'

The investigation had been dormant for seven months by then, with FBI records obtained by DailyMail.com showing that the lead agent had not filed a report since February 11 at the time he closed the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when I think that the FBI (the Federal Bureau of Ignominy) cannot possibly sink lower than it already has, it surprises me, hiring a hideous miscreant like Epstein.

When the absolutely "morally wrong", such as serially raping under-age girls, becomes the absolutely "morally acceptible" thing to do, as the means to an end, you have to understand, that the whole moral fiber of a country, has been ripped to shreds, and we can expect nothing but more lies from those who signed off on the Epstein deal.

IF he actually gets to testify at his trial, it will be nothing short of a miracle that he got there to testify in one piece, with so many of the monied and well positioned people wanting to have him assassinated.

Aug 02 11:11

The 30 silliest Raspberry Pi projects

Aug 02 09:29

Apple Suspends Program That Records Users Having Sex And Buying Drugs

Last week, we reported a shocking revelation about Apple's friendly personal assistant tool for mass surveillance Siri: The app "regularly" records people having sex, discussing private medical information, participating in drug deals and other "countless" invasive moments which it promptly sends to Apple contractors for their listening pleasure - all for the sake of "quality control".

Now, in the face of the latest privacy scandal to rock one of the major American tech giants, Apple has reportedly decided to suspend its global internal program for “grading” users' Siri commands following the public backlash over the Guardian's revelations, which came courtesy of a whistleblower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Siri as a potential blackmail device; who knew?!?!? :-)

Aug 02 07:42

Microsoft Says 30% of IoT Projects Fail in Proof-of-Concept Stage. Security Experts Warn IoT’s Vulnerability and 74% Failure Rate Can Cause Catastrophic Events.

By B.N. Frank

5G and The Internet of Things (IoT) may sound cool in theory but the reality is security experts have warned for many years already how dangerous it is to install and operate...

Aug 02 06:56

Gerry - A Font of Gerrymandered Districts to Troll Congress

Meet Gerry, a font made up of gerrymandered districts that can be used to troll congress.

This font may be seen as a joke at first glance, but in reality it's not as the font and its accompanied web site UglyGerry.com was created to illustrate how your vote doesn't matter. Made of real gerrymandered districts, it shows how politicians from both parties just break up districts into ridiculously shaped regions to gain advantage during elections.

The UglyGerry site allows you to create a message with this font and then tweet it as image to your favorite congressman.

Aug 01 21:17

New FBI Document Adds “Fringe” Conspiracy Theories As Next Big Domestic Terror Threat

By Nicholas West

It already has been well documented how many government agencies have compiled lists containing Americans who are potential terrorists, so one more shouldn't be too surprising, but the language suggests further surveillance and crackdowns. Because it’s not deranged and violent people carrying out these acts who occasionally latch on to strange ideas, it’s the opposite: it’s the ideas that create deranged and violent people. Furthermore, it’s open communication on the Internet that makes it all possible … and especially during an election season...

Aug 01 19:53

Critical Flaws Found in VxWorks RTOS That Powers Over 2 Billion Devices

Security researchers have discovered almost a dozen zero-day vulnerabilities in VxWorks, one of the most widely used real-time operating systems (RTOS) for embedded devices that powers over 2 billion devices across aerospace, defense, industrial, medical, automotive, consumer electronics, networking, and other critical industries.

According to a new report Armis researchers shared with The Hacker News prior to its release, the vulnerabilities are collectively dubbed as URGENT/11 as they are 11 in total, 6 of which are critical in severity leading to 'devastating' cyberattacks.

Armis Labs is the same IoT security company that previously discovered the BlueBorne vulnerabilities in Bluetooth protocol that impacted more than 5.3 Billion devices—from Android, iOS, Windows and Linux to the Internet of things (IoT).

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