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Thousands of new satellites to carpet bomb the planet with 5G radiation… and there’s nowhere you can hide

We are surrounded by highly advanced technological devices, with everything from our televisions and mobile devices to sophisticated smart home hubs turning our houses, work spaces and schools into so-called “smart” zones. With each passing year, however, as technology gets smarter, people seem to lose more of their ability to think, never stopping to question where all this “smart” technology is headed or the destruction it might cause. The majority of us are so wedded to our phones, tablets and other wireless devices, and so enthralled by how much easier they seem to make our lives, that we don’t stop…

Ex Vice President of Microsoft Explains How 5G Wireless Radiation Could Be A Huge Health Hazard

There are more than 10,000 peer reviewed scientific publications that clearly outline the dangers of electromagnetic radiation of all kinds. The amount of radiation present in our environment does not at all compare to the radiation, and type of radiation that is emitted by natural sources. Computers, wifi, cell phone towers and more have severely increased the amount of electromagnetic radiation that human beings are surrounded with, and it’s quite clear that it does and is hazing and impact on human health and possibly a big contributer to many diseases. I like to point to people towards a fairly recent…

Americans lack basic digital security and privacy knowledge, survey finds

Most U.S. adults answer fewer than half questions correctly on digital know-how quiz, and many struggle with cybersecurity and privacy A new Pew survey of 4,272 adults in the United States shows that most Americans are relatively tech-illiterate when it comes to important aspects of everyday digital security. Many of the survey participants answered correctly on cookies and phishing, but few knew what 2FA, https, or private browsing was. From the Pew Research Center — Internet & Technology intro: A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or…

Twitter’s pro-vaccine “search nudge” arrives in Ireland

Twitter has decided to throw its weight behind another divisive political and ideological topic: the pro- and anti-vaccine debate. Activism against forced inoculation is seen as misinformation and the aim is to fight it with credible information. Those who oppose vaccination hold that it causes more harm than good – and they insist on having the right to their opinion and actions thanks to the freedoms guaranteed by their respective countries. On the other hand, the authorities maintain that vaccines are safe and necessary to prevent public health crises. This debate mainly rages in the United States where it is…

The NYPD is using Israeli software to crack iPhones

It’s no secret for anyone that law enforcement agents have their way of cracking into locked phones when conducting an investigation, but iPhones have been always sturdy in the security department, which has always made things harder for people who try to crack into them. However, unlocking them without the user’s authorization isn’t necessarily an impossible feat. As it turns out, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been using a tool capable of granting them access to iPhones and high-end Android phones. This tool is designated as “Universal Forensic Extraction Device” or UFED for short and is developed by Israeli…

Duke Energy Reported 650 Million Attempted Cyberattacks in 2017. Damn “Smart” Meters and Grids…

A recent report issued by The U.S. Department of Energy stated that cyberattacks are, to put it mildly, on the rise. Duke Energy is one of the largest power companies in the nation. It serves 7.6 million customers and reported more than 650 million cyberattacks in 2017. RELATED STORY: French court orders the removal of smart meter for health reasons Experts have cautioned that utility companies who install “Smart” Meters and Grids are putting themselves at higher risk for these attacks. Some companies even sell software to try to prevent them, but they offer no guarantee that it will work.…

Identity theft’s newest target: your face

A lot of companies struggle with bias in the workplace, but for many big tech companies, the problem is a bit more extreme. Why, because it’s not just the human beings that are racist, a lot of their algorithms are biased too. This is the problem that Google reportedly was trying to solve when they got themselves into their latest privacy scandal, tricking black and brown “volunteers” to submit to 3D face scans. According to the New York Daily News, Google contractors told these biometric test subjects that they were just going to play a “selfie game”, and they’d even…

‘Frankly Unbelievable’: US Military Develops Highly Stretchable Terminator-Like Liquid Metal

The stretching of conductive materials typically decreases conductivity and increases resistance because of the changing atomic bonds in them. However, this new material is said to do just the opposite, opening up new prospects for the development of electronics and engineering. US military researchers have developed liquid metal systems that can autonomously change their structure when strained or stretched – in what looks like one more step toward the evil shape-shifting robot from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. According to a press release by the US Air Force Research Laboratory, the new material is called Polymerised Liquid Metal Networks. It consists…

As Streaming Wars Heat Up, Disney Bans Netflix Ads From Its Channels

As it prepares to launch a new streaming service for its considerable film and television assets, Disney is throwing some sharp elbows at some of its biggest competitors in the space – most notably Netflix. According to WSJ, the House of Mouse has banned Netflix from running advertisements across Disney’s TV channels, the latest sign that the so-called “streaming wars” are heating up. Disney is one of several companies launching a new streaming service to try and compete with industry leader Netflix, as well as Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Showtime etc. The entertainment conglomerate has decided to price its service at…

The government can now activate your phone camera to stream live video of whatever you are seeing

A New Jersey police department recently implemented new technology that allows 911 operators in the area to stream live video from callers’ smartphones with the touch of a button. While callers will still have to give their consent to such monitoring, some media outlets have dubbed the technology a slippery slope towards automatic surveillance, whereby Big Brother will one day have immediate access to people’s smartphones without their consent. In the meantime, some police departments plan to utilize 911eye, as it’s called, a product of Capita Secure Solutions and Services, for permission-based surveillance during emergencies, which will allow first responders…

Microsoft Claims Cyber Group Targeted Accounts Related to US Presidential Campaign

The American tech company claims that it has recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group that they call Phosphorous, which they believe originates from Iran. Microsoft has said that at least one US presidential campaign and accounts associated with current and former US government officials have been targets of cyberattacks allegedly linked to the Iranian government. “In a 30-day period between August and September, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) observed Phosphorous making more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer email accounts belonging to specific Microsoft customers and then attack 241 of those accounts”, Tom Burt, Microsoft Corporate…

Scientists Discover How to Measure Weight of Live Whales Using Drones

While drones are used for a number of civilian and military applications, biologists on Wednesday announced they found another use: measuring the weight of live whales. The new method could signal a breakthrough in data research for scientists as they previously could only measure body mass and volume of dead whales due to their immense size and aquatic life, according to the study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. “Knowing the body mass of free-living whales opens up new avenues of research. We will now be able to look at the growth of known aged individuals to…

Google to face mass action over claims it accessed 4 MILLION iPhone users’ data

The Court of Appeal in London has given the go-ahead for mass action against Google over claims it illegally accessed the data of over 4 million iPhone users, overturning an earlier high court ruling against redress. In their legal action, claimants accused Google of accessing internet browsing data on Apple iPhones by bypassing Safari’s privacy settings between June 2011 and February 2012.  Mishcon de Reya, the legal firm acting for one of the representative claimants, described the appeals court move as “groundbreaking” as it “confirms a number of important legal principles under Data Protection law,” and could even mark the…

Hacker Takes Over Couple’s Smart Home, Plays Vulgar Music And Raises Temperature to 90 Degrees

Smart-home technology gives residents the ability to remotely control everything from their thermostat to their lighting, and view who is ringing their doorbell. The technology is marketed as a way to keep homes secure. But that was not the case for a couple in Milwaukee after a hacker took over their smart home. Samantha and Lamont Westmoreland had initially installed a Google Nest system in their home in November 2018. On September 17, Samantha came home and discovered that the thermostat had been turned up to 90 degrees. She thought it was a mistake and reset the thermostat. The couple…

China Unveils ‘Super Surveillance Camera’ That Can Link To Its Social Credit System

A new camera with a resolution five times more detailed than the human eye, able to monitor thousands of people in real time and identify individual faces has been unveiled by Chinese scientists, prompting renewed fears about mass surveillance. ABC News in Australia reports that the new 500 megapixel cloud camera AI system, dubbed a ‘super camera’, was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair last week. The camera system, equipped with state of the art facial recognition utilities, was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The designers…

Amazon, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp join big tech anti-terror coalition for fighting “extremist” content online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have announced today that their Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), a consortium that’s dedicated to preventing “extremist” and “terrorist” content online, will be expanding. According to Facebook, as part of the expansion, GIFCT will become an independent organization with dedicated staff, dedicated technology, and an executive director. Amazon, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp will also be joining the forum. Going forward, GIFCT’s efforts will be focused on preventing, responding to, and learning from “extremist” and “terrorist” content on digital platforms. According to the announcement, GIFCT has already reached its 2019 goal of “collectively contributing more…

Google Wins Landmark EU Case Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

LUXEMBOURG (CN) – Google scored a major overseas victory Tuesday, as Europe’s highest court ruled that the “right to be forgotten” online only applies inside the European Union. The European Court of Justice handed down two rulings in disputes between the internet giant and the CNIL, short for France’s Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties, over how Google complies with requests for link removals. In one case, the CNIL ordered Google to delist information from global search results rather than merely within the Europe Union. Google refused to comply and was fined nearly $110,000, which it appealed. “It’s plain…

Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Function Serves To Appease The Elitists Of The Political/Media Class

“I honestly think the annoyingness of a certain candidate’s supporters on Twitter prevents other reporters/analysts from pointing out that said candidate’s campaign obviously isn’t going that well,” griped the popular statistician/establishment narrative manager Nate Silver on Twitter today, following angry backlash from American progressives for a controversial racially charged tweet a few hours earlier in which he referred to Bernie Sanders’ diverse base as “residue”. We’ve been seeing many such complaints from elitists of the political/media class about the way Twitter’s somewhat egalitarian structure allows ordinary citizens to effectively criticize their posts, and it’s been growing louder and louder in…

The NSA is archiving all encrypted emails and transactions, knowing they will be able to decrypt most digital files in about 3 years, thanks to quantum computing

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS – All encrypted emails, files and hard drives that currently rely on 256-bit encryption (such as AES or RSA) may be retroactively broken by the NSA in the next three years, thanks to rapid advances in quantum computing recently announced by Google scientists. The NSA is currently archiving all encrypted communications and storing the digital files on offline storage servers in its “Bumblehive” domestic spying facility in Utah. Currently these digital files cannot be broken because classical computing presents a strongly asymmetrical complexity problem that makes breaking encrypted files prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Files encrypted with 2^n…

Ghost post! Google creates world’s most powerful computer, NASA ‘accidentally reveals’ …and then publication vanishes

Google’s new quantum computer reportedly spends mere minutes on the tasks the world’s top supercomputers would need several millennia to perform. The media found out about this after NASA “accidentally” shared the firm’s research. The software engineers at Google have built the world’s most powerful computer, the Financial Times and Fortune magazine reported on Friday, citing the company’s now-removed research paper. The paper is said to have been posted on a website hosted by NASA, which partners with Google, but later quietly taken down, without explanation. Google and NASA have refused to comment on the matter. A source within the…

Ghost post! Google creates world’s most powerful computer, NASA ‘accidentally reveals’ …and then publication vanishes

Google’s new quantum computer reportedly spends mere minutes on the tasks the world’s top supercomputers would need several millennia to perform. The media found out about this after NASA “accidentally” shared the firm’s research. The software engineers at Google have built the world’s most powerful computer, the Financial Times and Fortune magazine reported on Friday, citing the company’s now-removed research paper. The paper is said to have been posted on a website hosted by NASA, which partners with Google, but later quietly taken down, without explanation. Google and NASA have refused to comment on the matter. A source within the…

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Agence France Presse is reporting: “Switzerland was among the first countries to begin deploying 5G, but health fears over radiation from the antennas that carry the next-generation mobile technology have sparked a nationwide revolt. Demonstrators against the technology are due to fill the streets of Bern later this month, but already a number of cantons have been pressured to put planned constructions of 5G-compatible antennae on ice. The technology has been swept up in the deepening trade war between China and the United States, which has tried to rein in Chinese giant Huawei — the world’s leader in superfast 5G…

Instagram is Now Banning Photos of People at Gun Ranges, Claiming They Promote ‘Violence’

Instagram is now blurring out images of women at gun ranges, saying the photos violate “violence or dangerous organization guidelines.” Yes, really. A picture was posted showing Kaitlin Bennett and Millie Weaver shooting firearms at a gun range. Facebook-owned Instagram banned and removed the image, claiming it violated their policy on violence or dangerous organizations. The image depicts two independent women at a shooting range legally and lawfully exercising their 2nd amendment rights. In our new social credit score dystopia, that’s forbidden. First it was images of Alex Jones, now it’s images of legal firearms. Recall that many on the…

Twitter now says that resisting gun confiscation is “hate speech” – does anyone still doubt this social media platform is anti-American?

As the 2020 elections approach, we have been warned by several insiders and researchers that the social media behemoths are going to do whatever they can to tank President Donald Trump’s reelection bid and take down as many Republicans with him as they can. As NewsTarget reported earlier this month, research conducted by psychologist Robert Epstein discovered that search giant Google managed to manipulate votes ahead of the 2018 election to change at least three congressional seats from GOP to Democrat. As The National Sentinel reported in March:  The scientists and AIBRT analyzed Google searches that were linked to a trio…

Chinese state media accuses Facebook of “suppressing voices of justice” by supporting Hong Kong protestors

Facebook is facing ire of Chinese media, suggesting that it has suspended a Chinese state media outlet’s page as well as the Hong Kong police’s reporting hotlines on WhatsApp. According to the Chinese state media, Facebook is guilty of “suppressing voices of justice” The accusations against Facebook were published Monday on the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, a known Communist Party-controlled newspaper. According to the commentary, Facebook is jumping to the front of the state and mobilizing violence in the Hong Kong protests. “Facebook has not hesitated to tear off its fake mask of ‘fairness and balance’, allowing rioters…

Barstool Sports Moves to Encrypted App Telegram to Protest Social Media Censorship

Barstool Sports, the popular uncensored sports blog, is migrating to the encrypted app Telegram after complaining of growing social media censorship by Big Tech. They made a public service announcement on Tuesday telling supporters about how they are creating a profile on Telegram in protest of Instagram, the social media provider owned by Facebook that recently implemented new restrictions on content. “Instagram has been continuously cracking down on what they deem is acceptable content on their platform,” Barstool wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “There are certain videos types (sic) that were ‘ok’ to post months ago that are…

Map shows the cities where deadly 5G cell towers are being rolled out… do you live in one of these?

Ultra-high speed 5G is being rolled out all across the country, despite serious reservations about its potential impact on people’s health. If you’re wondering if this unwelcome development is coming to a city near you, All News Pipeline has created a map that shows all the places where 5G has already been installed or will be in the near future. Not surprisingly, major cities like Los Angeles and New York City appear on the list, but what’s really disconcerting is the sheer number of cities that are marked as either having 5G now or getting it soon. In the western…

Verizon launches 5G in NFL stadiums across the US

We are saddened to learn that thirteen NFL stadiums across the country plan to go live with Verizon’s new 5G network by the start of the 2019-20 football season, which began on September 5. The service will be centered in the seated areas, but may also be accessible in and around the stadiums. Verizon plans to bring its 5G to additional stadiums throughout this season, which is the 100th for the NFL. Despite a glaring admission from the FCC confirming that 5G (which will blanket the Earth with over 20,000 satellites sending focused beams of intense microwave radiation over the…

Apple and Google ordered by U.S. to provide names, phone, other data on 10,000+ users of this gun scope app

Apple and Google have been ordered by the U.S. government to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes reports Friday in an investigative feature. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly gathering information as part of a wider investigation into suspected breaches of weapons export regulations involving the scope this company makes, though the company itself isn’t under investigation, according to the federal order. “This pattern of unlawful, attempted exports of this rifle scope in combination with the manner in which the ATN Obsidian 4 application…

Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked Online

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers connected to Facebook accounts have been found online. The exposed server held more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S. based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam. The server wasn’t protected with a password, which meant anyone could find and access the database. Each record contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account. A user’s Facebook ID is typically a long, unique…

Guy returns his “smart” light bulbs, discovers he can still control them after someone else buys them

You know what’s great about putting wifi-enabled, Turing-complete computers into things like lightbulbs? Not. A. Single. Fucking. Thing. In the latest installment in the Internet of Shit edition of the unanticipated (but totally predictable) consequences, Americablog editor John Aravosis discovered that the Philips Hue lightbulbs he returned to Amazon were now on in someone else’s house — but still under his control. He discovered this because the new owner, “Amanda Jean,” initialized the bulbs, and then his Hue app started to send him a stream of updates from Amanda Jean’s house, along with the address for her IoT hub and…

Google uses paid search results to shake down businesses, says Basecamp CEO

“When Google puts 4 paid ads ahead of the first organic result for your own brand name, you’re forced to pay up if you want to be found,” tweeted Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried, yesterday, along with the funny ad he bought to show up in Google’s search results. From CNBC: In a statement, a Google spokeswoman said the company prohibits the use of trademarked terms in the text of an ad if the owner files a complaint. “Our trademark policy balances the interests of users, advertisers and trademark owners,” the statement said. “To provide users with the most…

Nanoparticles could grant humans permanent night vision

Scientists just announced they have developed nanoparticles that allow mice to see near-infrared light. As scary as it sounds, built-in night vision for humans may not be far off.  Researchers shared their technological breakthrough earlier this week at the American Chemical Society’s fall meeting in San Diego. Lead researcher Gang Han, a biochemist and material scientist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, stated in a news release:  “When we look at the universe, we see only visible light. But if we had near-infrared vision, we could see the universe in a whole new way. We might be able to…

Your boss is going to start using AI to monitor you—and labor laws aren’t ready

Science fiction has long imagined a future in which humans constantly interact with robots and intelligent machines. This future is already happening in warehouses and manufacturing businesses. Other workers use virtual or augmented reality as part of their employment training, to assist them in performing their job or to interact with clients. And lots of workers are under automated surveillance from their employers. All that automation yields data that can be used to analyze workers’ performance. Those analyses, whether done by humans or software programs, may affect who is hired, fired, promoted and given raises. Some artificial intelligence programs can…

Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task” (Meshi, Elizarova, Bender and Verdejo-Garcia) and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone addicted to cocaine or heroin. The study asked 71 participants to first rate their own Facebook usage with a measure known as the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. The study subjects…

Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users. The practice known as “grading” has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition. However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently, following public outcry. Apple said it plans to resume grading – but only for Siri users who opt in. The firm added that in the future only its own employees will be able to access recordings, not third-party workers at contracted firms. Earlier this month, the company said it had…

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Apple, Samsung Phones Exceed FCC Radiation Limits

A lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California on August 23 alleges that radiation emitted from Apple and Samsung smartphones exceeds safety standards set by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), following radiofrequency tests commissioned by the Chicago Tribune. According to the class-action lawsuit, “recent testing of the defendants’ products shows that the potential exposure for an owner carrying the phone in a pants or shirt pocket was over the exposure limit, sometimes far exceeding it – in some instances by 500%.”  The filing also states that Apple “intentionally misrepresented the safety of the iPhones, assuring class members that…

Millions Of Biometric Records Collected By Companies And Governments Left Exposed On The Web

One of the many problems with collecting biometric data is you need to have someplace safe to store it. Sure, you could lock it away in something disconnected from the net, but then it’s not much use to the dozens of private companies and government agencies that want access to the data they’ve collected. So, back on the web it goes, where it can be prodded for weaknesses by security researchers and malicious hackers alike. We can only hope the security researchers got there first. The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames…

Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs

Hackers are actively unleashing attacks that attempt to steal encryption keys, passwords, and other sensitive data from servers that have failed to apply critical fixes for two widely used virtual private network (VPN) products, researchers said. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by sending unpatched servers Web requests that contain a special sequence of characters, researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas said earlier this month. The pre-authorization file-reading vulnerabilities resided in the Fortigate SSL VPN, installed on about 480,000 servers, and the competing Pulse Secure SSL VPN, installed on about 50,000 machines, researchers from Devcore Security Consulting…

Google threatens former employee with FBI agents in attempt to SILENCE whistleblower

Another former Google employee has bravely come forward to tell all about what he witnessed and experienced while working for this evil tech corporation, which has so deviated from its original “Don’t Be Evil” mission statement that it now sends FBI agents to intimidate employees who fail or refuse to tow the new status quo. According to Zachary Vorhies, who says a giant “burden (has been) lifted off of my soul” since he became a whistleblower, Google put him in the crosshairs after learning that he had anonymously leaked internal company documents to Project Veritas, which has been publishing bombshell…

Huawei launches own operating system to replace Google’s Android

Huawei has rolled out its long-rumored Hongmeng operating system (OS), known as the HarmonyOS. The company says it can switch to the new system at any time, including on phones, if it is unable to use Android. The Chinese tech giant officially unveiled the new platform on Friday. The operating system can be used on various smart devices and will be launched on “smart screen products,” such as televisions, later this year. After the launch in China, the OS can become available on global markets, Huawei announced. While the company said that it currently prefers to power its smartphones with…

Hyundai launches car with a solar roof

Hyundai has launched its first car with a solar roof charging system in a bid to tackle range anxiety – that perennial problem faced by electric vehicles. Hyundai has launched its first car with a solar roof charging system in a bid to tackle range anxiety – that perennial problem faced by electric vehicles. The Hyundai to be fitted with the eco-friendly system will be the new Sonata saloon. The bad news is that Hyundai currently has no plans to sell this model to the European market, but in the coming years the South Korean company says it will roll…

A contract programmer faces 10 years in jail for inserting a ‘logic bomb’ into a spreadsheet that caused the company to keep rehiring him

We’ve heard of programmers who secretly automated their jobs, but here’s a darker tale of a contract programmer who tried to force his employer to be dependent on him. Now, he’s facing up to 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. David Tinley, 62, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of intentional damage to a protected computer, the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Pennsylvania said in a press release. Tinley had been hired by a US unit of Siemens, the German-based tech conglomerate, to create custom automated spreadsheets. The…

Amazon Plows Into Real Estate Market With Realogy Pact To Transform Homebuying Process

Unhappy with its market share in the US real estate market, the largest online retailer in the world and global commercial monopolist, Amazon, announced a deal on Tuesday morning with the largest US residential real estate brokerage company, Realogy, in a strategy designed to boost sales for both. As CNBC reports, Realogy – whose stock soared 25% on the news – and Amazon will now offer TurnKey, a horizontally and vertically integrated program meant to streamline and optimize the home- and furniture-buying process, by taking potential homebuyers through the Amazon portal and connects them to a Realogy agent. Once they…

Elon Musk Is Making Implants to Link the Brain With a Smartphone

Elon Musk announced this week that he wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain. He claims the devices could repair motor function in people with injuries and enable telepathy. The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla said his Neuralink device will involve a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires that measure one-tenth of a human hair. Musk said the chip features a USB-C port (which is the same adapter used by Apple’s Macbook) and uses Bluetooth to connect to a small computer worn over the ear and then to a smartphone. Commenting on the small size of the device, he…

Google Fined $11,000 For Non-Compliance With Russian Legislation

The measure comes in response to Google’s selective filtration of search results. Russian state telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor has earlier threatened to fine the tech giant, adding that all formal procedures will be enacted by the end of July. Google has been fined $11,000 over a breach of the Russian legislation by failing to exclude links to sites with illicit content from its search results, according to Roskomnadzor. The watchdog said that more than a third of the links from the unified registry of illicit content remains in the search results. “Monitoring activities have revealed that Google makes selective filtering of…

Facial Recognition: Why Facebook’s ‘Alt Text’ Feature Can be Abused by Spooks & Hackers

Facebook’s “automatic alternative text” feature silently implemented by the IT giant on its social media platforms may be used to track users and could potentially be abused by hackers and intelligence agencies, say cyber security experts, suggesting that EU authorities may roast the tech giant for violating the bloc’s data protection rules. Massive outage and loading problems have unexpectedly revealed that Facebook’s AI is adding a text description to every photo posted on its social media platforms, including Instagram. According to Facebook, this feature, called an “automatic alternative (alt) text” uses “object recognition technology to create a description of a…

How Google Legally Profits From Massive Fraud on Its Platform (and What You Can Do About It)

Google—the internet’s largest search destination—can legally profit from fraud on its platform and has little incentive to fix it. But this isn’t a problem easily solved by ethics or legal amendments because current circumstances make changing the status quo extremely difficult. Nevertheless, there’s still more that we all can do to mitigate fraud on the internet. Why Google Maps Has a Fraud Problem Google corners the search market with 63 percent of all queries on the web. You might’ve even expected that number to be higher given that Microsoft garners almost all of the rest and people have a genuine…

The FTC’s $5 billion fine for Facebook is so meaningless, it will likely leave Zuckerberg wondering what he can’t get away with

After the news on Friday that the Federal Trade Commission is close to finalizing a settlement with his company for a mere $5 billion, Zuckerberg has got to be feeling similarly untouchable. If, after all the privacy and security fiascos Facebook admitted to over the past two years — including, but not limited to, the Cambridge Analytica scandal — it gets off with such a small penalty, he’s got to think he probably could get away with murder. Of course, Zuckerberg’s felt he could act with impunity for years. When Harvard students uploaded photos and other personal information to his…

EU’s GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage

Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing. According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as “not usable,” while the other two are listing a status of “testing,” which also means they’re not ready for real-world usage. The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, has not published any information in regards to the root of the outage, which began four days ago, on Thursday, July 11.…

Don’t be fooled by Google’s fake privacy (don’t worry, we’re not)

Google recently generated a flurry of coverage about its supposed privacy pivot, including an op-ed in The New York Times by chief executive Sundar Pichai. “We feel privileged that billions of people trust products like Search, Chrome, Maps, and Android to help them every day,” Pichai wrote. It’s not that we necessarily trust Google. It’s that, as a near monopoly, we have no choice. In fact, the crisis of trust — after a year of data breaches and congressional appearances — has led all the major tech companies to launch public relations campaigns around privacy. This is a smokescreen to…

A prolific credit-card theft ring is scanning for unsecured “buckets” in Amazon’s cloud and has compromised 17,000 domains (so far)

Magecart is the hacker gang that pulled off the British Airways and Ticketmaster credit-card heists; now they’ve build an Amazon cloud scanner that systematically probes S3 storage “buckets” for configuration errors that allow them to overwrite any Javascript files they find with credit-card stealing malware. Security researchers Riskiq have identified 17,000 domains that they say Magecart has compromised this way, including 2,000 of “the world’s biggest sites.” It’s not clear how many of those actually have credit-card processing scripts that would allow Magecart to steal card details from their customers. Amazon S3 buckets are secure by default. Companies run into…

Apple disables Walkie Talkie app for Apple Watch over eavesdropping vulnerability

Apple has temporarily disabled the ‘Walkie Talkie’ iOS app for Apple Watch after a vulnerability was revealed that could allow a third party to eavesdrop on your iPhone. The app lets two users who accept invites from each other to send and receive audio chats by way of a ‘push to talk’ interface not unlike ‘PTT’ buttons on ’90s-era cellphones. Here’s Apple’s statement on the vulnerability and their decision to disable the app: We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the…

Dutch Company Reveals An Electric Car That Charges Itself With Sunlight

A Dutch company from Eindhoven has released a prototype car that has already sold 100 orders to be filled in 2011. What’s special about the car is that it is completely electric as well as solar powered. The prototype car actually won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, and it represents the world’s very first long-range solar car. It’s a four passenger vehicle and it’s called Lightyear One. According to the company, the car will get to a range of approximately 725 km, and 400 km in the winter at highway speeds with heating on. This is truly amazing, and it…

Vimeo is purging ALL vaccine awareness channels as part of coordinated tech censorship sweep

Not to be outdone by YouTube with its continued efforts to stifle online free speech, the competing video platform Vimeo has now begun to censor channels and pull content that expresses any type of skepticism about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Joining in on Big Tech’s anti-First Amendment fray, Vimeo recently announced that it will no longer allow people “to use our platform to spread hateful ideologies,” which to Vimeo includes: • Content that falsely claims that mass tragedies are hoaxes • Content that depicts or encourages self-harm • Content that perpetuates false or misleading claims about vaccine safety…

Facebook Put a Fatwa on PJW

Facebook is literally inciting its 2 billion users to break the law and incite violence against people Facebook doesn’t like. The same company that lectures us all day about the need to stop hate is directly encouraging violent hate. SOURCE: INFOWARS

Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak’s Dire Warning: Delete Your Facebook Account Now!

Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak deleted his Facebook account last year and is now telling anyone willing to listen to do the same before it’s too late. TMZ interviewed Wozniak at Reagan National Airport in D.C. last Friday and asked him if he’s troubled by Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms infringing on his privacy. Woz responded by saying social platforms are eavesdropping on our private conversations, and sending personal data to advertisers. With the lack of privacy on social media, he said, most people should delete their accounts.  “There are many different kinds of people, and some the benefits…

OOPS: DNA-testing service exposed thousands of customer records online

DNA-testing service Vitagene Inc. left thousands of client health reports exposed online for years, the kind of incident that privacy advocates have warned about as gene testing has become increasingly popular. More than 3,000 user files remained accessible to the public on Amazon Web Services cloud-computer servers until July 1, when Vitagene was notified of the issue and shut down external access to the sensitive personal information, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg. The genealogy reports included customers’ full names alongside dates of birth and gene-based health information, such as their likelihood of developing certain medical conditions, a review of…

IBM closes $34 billion deal to buy Red Hat…

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) said on Tuesday it has closed its $34 billion acquisition of software company Red Hat Inc (RHT.N), as it looks to ramp up its cloud computing business. Underscoring the drive into high-margin businesses, IBM in October agreed to buy Red Hat, the company’s biggest acquisition in its more than 100-year history. Ginni Rometty, IBM chief executive since 2012, has steered the company toward faster-growing segments such as cloud, software and services and away from traditional hardware products, but not without a bumpy journey. The newer areas of focus have sometimes underwhelmed investors. In an interview,…

Instagram’s new solution against bullying: Artificial Intelligence, and ‘Restrict’

Instagram launched a new feature today, Restrict, intended to help vulnerable users avoid abuse. Facebook’s Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri says the company will also be focusing on new uses for AI to crack down on bullying. Social media platforms are under pressure by governments to show they can police themselves in matters that impact elections. In the spirit of showing they are responsible and don’t need a heavy regulatory hand, Instagram has declared war on bullying, and there’s quite a press launch to kick it off this week. “We are in a pivotal moment,” says Mosseri. “We want to…

Virgin Galactic To Go Public In $800 Million Deal

Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are about to lose out on another important milestone to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic: First space tourism company to go public. According to Reuters, Virgin is planning an IPO as part of a deal with a special purpose acquisition company created by Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya. SPAC’s typically have two years to raise money from investors and spend it to help take a company public. The SPAC will reportedly invest about $800 million for a 49% stake in Virgin Galactic, according to the Wall Street Journal. That includes about $100 million…

Report: Trump Did Not Invite Twitter And Facebook To Meeting On Big Tech’s Alleged Conservative Bias

President Donald Trump did not invite Facebook or Twitter to an upcoming social media summit in Washington, D.C., addressing big tech’s alleged conservative bias, CNN reported Sunday. Trump’s summit, scheduled for July 11, is mostly an opportunity for major conservative groups and pundits to vent their frustrations with Silicon Valley, the report notes, citing anonymous sources. Many conservatives and Republicans believe social media companies are suppressing their content. The White House refused to provide a comment to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Conservative groups Media Research Center and The Heritage Foundation are among those attending, according to representatives with both…

Brazil to add digital data protection to fundamental rights

The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposal to add protection of data in digital platforms to the list of fundamental rights and individual citizen guarantees set out in the country’s constitution. According to senator Simone Tebet, rapporteur of the proposal – which will now be voted by the lower house of the National Congress – the federal government should be responsible for legislation. She noted that adding the topic to the constitution demonstrates central government recognizes the importance of the topic. “State and society should be entitled, as a general rule, to knowledge about each other, as long as there…

Warning: free hotel wifi is a hacker’s dream

You’ve just arrived at the hotel after a delayed flight and a half-hour wrangle with the car-hire firm. And then you remember that you’ve forgotten to pay last month’s credit card bill, and there’ll be an interest charge if you wait until you’re back at base. But – hey! – you can do it online and help is at hand. The receptionist is welcoming and helpful. They have wifi and it’s free. Relieved, you ask for the password. “Oh, you don’t need one,” he replies. “Just type in your room number and click the box.” Phew! Problem solved. Er, not…

Top VPNs secretly owned by Chinese firms…

Almost a third (30%) of the world’s top virtual private network (VPN) providers are secretly owned by six Chinese companies, according to a study by privacy and security research firm VPNpro. The study shows that the top 97 VPNs are run by just 23 parent companies, many of which are based in countries with lax privacy laws. Six of these companies are based in China and collectively offer 29 VPN services, but in many cases, information on the parent company is hidden to consumers. Researchers at VPNpro have pieced together ownership information through company listings, geolocation data, the CVs of…

Google Maps down, sparking mass disorientation

The Google Maps server has gone offline in some parts of the world, and users are finding themselves utterly disoriented – or not finding themselves at all. Instead, they are reportedly shown “no results found” error messages. The app has been reported down in the US, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia, with both coasts of the US apparently hit the worst. Both the Chrome and Android versions of the app are not functional, according to the reports. Map of the problems experienced by Google ©  downdetector.com Over 1,000 people reported the problem to website Outage…

Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos

Everyone knows the bit in The Matrix when Neo achieves digital messiah status and suddenly sees “reality” for what it really is: lines of trailing green code. Well, thanks to an outage currently affecting Facebook, users of the social network have been given a similar peek behind the digital curtain, with many images on the site now replaced with the tags they’ve been assigned by the company’s machine vision systems. So if you browse through your uploaded photos, instead of seeing holiday snaps or pictures of food and friends, you’ll be shown text saying things like “image may contain: people…

Slaves lose their mind as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down for over EIGHT HOURS!

Services on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp remain down several hours into a worldwide outage affecting the entire ‘family of apps.’  Thousands of Instagram users have been unable to post to news feeds, see stories or load content since around 9 a.m. ET. Meanwhile Facebook users say they are having trouble logging in and accessing their feeds, as well as viewing or posting pictures.  WhatsApp is also failing to send or receive messages, as well as offering a poor connection. A number of users are also unable to log-in. The mass outage is likely to be linked as Facebook owns Instagram…

Frontier: if you don’t buy your router, we’ll charge you a rental fee; if you DO buy your router, we’ll charge you a “support” fee

Frontier bought out Verizon’s FIOS business in Texas, California, and Florida; some of Verizon’s (former) customers had shelled out $200 to buy their routers rather than endure the indignity of being charged a monthly rental fee by Verizon — but now, Frontier is charging them a rental fee even though they’re not renting a router. Frontier says that this is because supporting third-party hardware costs them so much that they have to charge a fee to recoup it. Rich Son of Texas has asked the FCC to intervene with Frontier, who started charging him $5/month when they took over from…

The complete list of alternatives to all Google products

This guide aims to be the most exhaustive resource available for documenting alternatives to Google products. It has become one of the most popular guides on Restore Privacy and is regularly updated with new information. – June 2019 update With growing concerns over online privacy and securing personal data, more people than ever are considering alternatives to Google products. After all, Google’s business model essentially revolves around data collection and advertisements, both of which infringe on your privacy. More data means better (targeted) ads and more revenue. The company pulled in over $116 billion in ad revenue last year alone…

ICANN eliminates .org domain price caps despite lopsided opposition

Earlier this year, ICANN sought public comment on a new contract for the Public Interest Registry, the non-profit organization that administers the .org top-level domain. The results were stark. More than 3,200 individuals and organizations submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and most of them focused on a proposal to remove a cap on the price customers could be charged for .org domains. The existing contract, signed in 2013, banned the Public Interest Registry from charging more than $8.25 per domain. It allowed annual price increases of no more than 10 percent. Registrars can add their own fees…

Google and Facebook are circling Africa with huge undersea cables to get millions online

The rapid growth in internet usage despite high cost of access and the expected population boom in Africa—already the youngest continent by age of its population—jointly represent a significant opportunity for some of the world’s largest tech firms who are betting big on facilitating internet infrastructure and, by extension, ensuring hundreds of millions of potential customers get online to use their services. With internet penetration rates on the continent estimated at an average of 24%, it remains the only continent where over half the total population is without internet access. Yet, that stat represents some significant improvement given internet connections…

BETA TEST: Cloudflare Issues Shut Down Millions of Websites….

Network services provider Cloudflare is down for the majority of its users, bringing services like Discord, Marketo, Down Detector and DigitalOcean offline. The full cause of the outage is unknown, with Cloudflare’s support page simply noting: “Cloudflare is observing network performance issues. Customers may be experiencing 502 errors while accessing sites on Cloudflare. “We are working to mitigate impact to Internet users in this region.” CEO Matthew Prince tweeted: “Aware of major Cloudflare issues impacting us network wide. Team is working on getting to the bottom of what’s going on. Will continue to update.” Update, 14:15 UTC: “Cloudflare has implemented…

Did Mark Zuckerberg Really Create Facebook?

An explosive letter alleged to be written by a Facebook insider who was Mark Zuckerberg’s lover from their freshman year at Harvard was hand-delivered to a member of the Anonymous Patriot’s Conclave a few days ago and published on their American Intelligence Media website (aim4truth.org). For those with any interest in knowing whether or not Mark Zuckerberg is really the boy-genius founder of Facebook and author of the essential computer source code that anchors today’s social media giants, calling this letter ‘explosive’ may even be an understatement. In terms of its authenticity, AIM said this as a preamble to the letter: American Intelligence Media has…

BULLSHIT: PRIVACY IS AN ILLUSION-The Govt. Wants to OUTLAW Encrypted Messaging in iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram, Etc.

If you ever use the encrypted messaging options on programs like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram, or any other service, your time to discuss things privately over the phone may be running out. The US government doesn’t like for anything to get in the way of their ability to spy on investigate even the most mundane of conversations. Instead of seeing privacy as a right, they see it as suspicious. Your devices are already being searched at quadruple the previous rate in airports. And the attack on free speech is now going as far as our private messages to our…

Ebooks Purchased From Microsoft Will Be Deleted This Month Because You Don’t Really Own Anything Anymore

Anyone who bought ebooks through the Microsoft Store is in for a rude shock in the coming days. The good news? You can get a refund. The bad news? All of your books are going to be deleted this month. Microsoft announced in April that it would stop selling ebooks and that any books the company already sold would stop working in early July because the DRM servers were being shut off. Yes, you read that correctly. Those books that you “bought” are going to disappear. Even the “free” books that you downloaded through Microsoft will be deleted. Microsoft started…

Brave defies Google’s moves to cripple ad-blocking with new 69x faster Rust engine

Brave, the Chromium-based browser developed by Firefox co-founder and JavaScript creator Brendan Eich, thinks there’s a better way of handling ad-blockers than Google’s approach. Brave’s answer, which it argues massively improves browser performance, is found in Rust, the Mozilla-hatched programming language that was in part created by Eich.    As ZDNet reported in June, developers of Chromium-based browsers like Opera, Brave and Vivaldi, didn’t support Google’s plans to cripple ad-blockers outlined under its Manifest version 3 proposal.   Brave now claims to have delivered a “69x average improvement” in its ad-blocking tech using Rust in place of C++. The improvements…

22 awesome projects for Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi, a tiny, stripped-down $35 computer, hit the market in 2011 with the intention of helping promote basic computer science skills in schools. It has become the DIY gadget-maker’s go-to device. Tinkerers, hobbyists, educators and students — basically anyone who likes to build things — have taken to the Internet with project after project utilizing the Raspberry Pi. The little computer has controlled robots, reached the upper atmosphere in a weather balloon and become the building block for almost any gadget you can think of. It’s now in its fourth iteration, faster and more advanced than ever before. With…

How to use this $70 gadget to detect spy cameras in your Airbnb or hotel room

Numerous reports over the past several years have suggested Airbnb hosts are using cameras to spy on guests. Some hosts might have a relatively innocuous Nest Cam outside to keep track of who comes and goes, but others can be used to watch you while you roam about the house. There have even been reports of cameras in hotel rooms. Airbnb’s terms says it requires “hosts to disclose all security cameras and other recording devices in their listings, and we prohibit any security cameras and other recording devices that are in or that observe the interior of certain private spaces…

Google Chrome has devolved into nothing more than “surveillance software” that spies on its own users

Google Chrome may still be a popular choice for browsing the web, but there are better options — especially if you value privacy and freedom. A new review has revealed that Google Chrome is shamelessly spying on its users — and collecting data on them to build profiles of their likes, interests and personalities. This “surveillance software” used to be the stuff of dystopian fiction nightmares but is now our unfortunate reality. Geoffrey A. Fowler, a columnist for the Washington Post, took a deeper look at Google Chrome, and was shocked by what he found: It tracks everything — including…

Face-Reading AI Will Tell Police When Suspects Are Hiding Truth

American psychologist Paul Ekman’s research on facial expressions spawned a whole new career of human lie detectors more than four decades ago. Artificial intelligence could soon take their jobs. While the U.S. has pioneered the use of automated technologies to reveal the hidden emotions and reactions of suspects, the technique is still nascent and a whole flock of entrepreneurial ventures are working to make it more efficient and less prone to false signals. Facesoft, a U.K. start-up, says it has built a database of 300 million images of faces, some of which have been created by an AI system modeled…

Signs from above: Drone with projector successfully trolls car AI…If the cars and the drones ever band together against us, we’re in trouble.

After a recent demo using GNSS spoofing confused a Tesla, a researcher from Cyber@BGU reached out about an alternative bit of car tech foolery. The Cyber@GBU team recently demonstrated an exploit against a Mobileye 630 PRO Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) installed on a Renault Captur, and the exploit relies on a drone with a projector faking street signs. The Mobileye is a Level 0 system, which means it informs a human driver but does not automatically steer, brake, or accelerate the vehicle. This unfortunately limits the “wow factor” of Cyber@BGU’s exploit video—below, we can see the Mobileye incorrectly inform its driver…

GrubHub is buying up thousands of restaurant web addresses. That means Mom and Pop can’t own their slice of the internet

New York City restaurant owner Shivane M. says she was ready to leave GrubHub.  She owns two small locations in Brooklyn and Queens with her husband, where they serve classic American breakfast and lunch—egg sandwiches, burgers, fries. It’s a mom-and-pop shop, and they rely on phone orders for delivery to get through the slow winter months.  Shivane signed up to add both of her restaurants to GrubHub’s online delivery platform several years ago. Its services were promising: It would handle delivery orders and show her menu to new customers in exchange for a commission on each order placed through the…

Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers

It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max crisis: how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors. The Max software — plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after U.S. regulators this week revealed a new flaw — was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs. Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have…

Pentagon has developed a laser that can identify subjects from hundreds of meters away based on their HEARTBEAT

U.S. special forces are taking a more ‘intimate’ approach to remotely identifying targets, using lasers to sense their heartbeat.   According to MIT Technology Review, the Pentagon has developed a prototype of the technology, code-named ‘Jetson,’ that uses infrared lasers to read a person’s cardiac signature. Though far less obvious than fingerprints or faces, people’s heartbeats have a distinct profile, making them among the most useful biometrics for uniquely identifying a person. What separates the signature from others like it, however, is the fact that unlike a face, which may bear many similar features to another, heartbeats are entirely distinct. As…