Aug 06 12:11

Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a "sophisticated cyberattack" against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken off line for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the "sophisticated cyber intrusion" occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooooh. Bad Russia BAD, BAD, Russia!

Say, isn't this the sort of thing the NSA is supposed to prevent?

Aug 06 11:28

Internet at Gunpoint: Chinese Forces Stationed at Website Firms to “Quickly Respond to Online Crimes”

Yes, China will station a 'security' police force in the offices of top online firms to respond to cybercrimes.

An iron curtain of global censorship system stands ready to use people’s words to enslave and imprison them. PC World reports:

China’s control over the Internet is set to expand. In a bid to better police local websites, the country’s security forces are establishing offices at the biggest online firms in the country.[…]


Aug 06 10:33

Windows 10 Starts Charging For Missing Features

Now Windows 10 has launched, Microsoft is starting to fill in the blanks regarding features removed from Windows 7 and Windows 8 and it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. Why? Because behind this free upgrade are the first signs of where Microsoft will start charging users in future and it begins at the very bottom:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Buy, am I glad I did not upgrade.

Aug 06 09:18

Klayman Motion Asking Federal Judge in Clinton RICO Case to Take Custody of Thumb Drive of Attorney David Kendall Containing Classified Information Illegally Kept by Hillary Clinton on Private Email Server

In recent days, it has been disclosed that Defendants’ counsel, David Kendall, has in his possession a thumb drive of the missing emails of Defendant Hillary Clinton which are the subject of predicate acts under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq., as pled in the Second Amended Complaint. This thumb drive apparently contains, according to reports (Exhibit 1), not only government information but also classified government information. (Not coincidentally, some of the predicate acts alleged in the Second Amended Complaint concern Defendant Hillary Clinton
’s unauthorized release, in exchange for financial gain, of classified information concerning U.S. - Israeli war planning to wage a preempted strike on Iranian nuclear facilities and the joint U.S. - Israeli cyber-attack on Iranian nuclear centrifuges with a virus named Stuxnet.)

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Hillary's lawyer will claim attorney-client privilege in the absence of any actual proof that the thumb drive contains classified information, and by the time anyone gets a look at it ... it won't.

Aug 06 09:01

Samsung looks into spam ads appearing on Brits' smart TVs

Samsung is launching an investigation into British customers receiving spam ads in their smart TVs.

Sammy appears to be sending ads directly to some TVs using the notification bar, which was previously used to alert system updates.

One reader got in touch with The Register to complain there has been no explanation or solution from Samsung to opt out of the ads. A number of users have also complained of the problem via Facebook and Twitter.

One said: "Why are ads appearing in the notification bar on my TV?! Never buying Samsung again." Another added: "Same issue here, how do we turn this off?"

Aug 06 08:51

Admins rail against 'unwanted and unexpected' Windows 10 downloads

Firms are complaining that Microsoft is slowing their networks by pushing Windows 10 files to computers they don't want to upgrade.

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"You WILL upgrade! Those are not your computers; they are our computers! It says so in the end user license agreement! We own them all! You merely rent them from us now, you cyber-serf! You should crawl over and kiss our boots that we even allow you in the same room with our wonderful products!" -- Microtyrant

Aug 06 08:40

The so-called "man-in-the-cloud" attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-based file synchronization services.

Hackers don't even need your password anymore to get access to your cloud data.

Newly published research, released at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday by security firm Imperva, shows how a "man-in-the-cloud" attack can grab cloud-based files -- as well as infecting users with malware -- without users even noticing.

Aug 06 08:32

China to plant Internet police in top online firms

China’s control over the Internet is set to expand. In a bid to better police local websites, the country’s security forces are establishing offices at the biggest online firms in the country.

The country’s Ministry of Public Security announced the new measures on Tuesday, at a time when authorities have been increasingly concerned also about cyberthreats.

Websites based in China already have to abide by strict provisions for online censorship, and will often delete any content deemed offensive by government censors.

The ministry’s plan, however, will place China’s security forces at the offices of the country’s major websites, so that they can quickly respond to suspected online crimes, it said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like this is that much different from what the NSA does, in collusion with other major corporations like Microsoft, and for the same allegedly "lofty reasons"?!?

Aug 06 08:13

Video Games, Predictive Programming, and the 21st Century Skinner Box

By Rusticus

Perhaps the most encouraging development in fostering freedom in our modern era is the rise of effective “counter-propaganda” to the machinations of Globalism, the likes of which have (arguably) not been circulated so widely since the pamphleteers of the 16th and 17th Centuries. The digital era has brought rise to propaganda and psychological warfare’s perfect foil: The alternative media’s adoption of open source intelligence analysis.

Open source investigations abound on virtually every subject of Deep Political significance today; and, as a result, propaganda can be deconstructed by anyone with an Internet connection. Didn’t know that Ben Affleck was a CIA agent whose handler is Chase Brandon? That information is available to you. Interested in the weaponization of novels, or CDC and Defense Department “assistance” given to big-budget Hollywood disaster flicks? Just point and click.

Aug 05 18:50

FBI says that citizens should have no secrets that the government can't access: the Orwellian cyber police state has arrived

As reported by The New American, Comey testified that he believes the government's spy and law enforcement agencies should have unfettered access to everything Americans may store or send in electronic format: On computer hard drives, in so-called i-clouds, in email and in text messaging – for our own safety and protection. Like many in government today, Comey believes that national security is more important than constitutional privacy protections or, apparently, due process. After all, aren't criminals the only ones who really have anything to hide?

Aug 05 14:55

Windows 10 Starts Charging For Missing Features

Microsoft states Windows DVD Player will only be “free for a limited time” but doesn’t say how long this will be. Even the player’s FAQ simply says “The timing has not been finalized yet. It will end at or before the free Windows 10 upgrade offer.” Great.

After that unspecified time Microsoft will charge a hefty $14.99 for Windows DVD Player, a ludicrous decision when far more powerful and accomplished players like VLC are free. What’s more, even if you grab Windows DVD Player for free now, you may have to pay for it later.

Aug 05 14:48

Hacker shows he can locate, unlock and remote start GM vehicles

A security researcher has posted a video on YouTube demonstrating how a device he made can intercept wireless communications to locate, unlock and remotely start GM vehicles that use the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app.

Samy Kamkar, who refers to himself as a hacker and whistleblower, posted the video today showing him using a device he calls OwnStar. The device, he said, intercepts communications between GM's OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar cloud service.

Aug 05 13:17

IMF Erases Record of Facebook Intimacy With Ukraine's American Finance Minister

Hours after Polish journalist raised the propriety of IMF’s representative in Kiev being FB friends with Ukraine officials and PR agents these were erased or made private

Aug 05 13:06

WikiLeaks: Boeing Might be Planning to Hack Computers Via Drone

By Nicholas West

It's bad enough that drones are being used around the planet to conduct aerial surveillance and bomb select countries from remote locations. Now some of their other intended uses are being revealed...

Aug 05 11:38

FDA Issues its First-Ever Cybersecurity Alert

In what may be a first for the agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a cybersecurity alert to hospitals using computer-controlled pumps to administer drugs to patients.

The FDA warned that the Symbiq Infusion System, manufactured by Hospira, contains vulnerabilities in its software that could allow a hacker to adjust the dosage of a drug.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paging the NSA! NSA please pick up your messages!

Aug 05 11:09

New virus created that can completely wreck Apple computers

Two security consultants have created a new computer worm, the Thunderstrike 2, that attacks the core hardware of a Mac computer once unleashed. The worm was designed to expose vulnerabilities in the once-assumed airtight security of Apple products.

The worm works by attacking the computer’s firmware, the software that comes pre-installed and loads the operating system. Firmware provides control, monitoring and data manipulation in engineering products or systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, those poor MAC owners, so smug in their delusions of safe systems, and unlike us battle-hardened Windows users, totally unprepared for the real world.

BTW, has anyone heard anything from the NSA about this?!? :)

Aug 05 10:47

FBI looking into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail setup

The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials.

Also last week, the FBI contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work e-mails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state.

The FBI’s interest in Clinton’s e-mail system comes after the intelligence community’s inspector general referred the issue to the Justice Department in July. Intelligence officials expressed concern that some sensitive information was not in the government’s possession and could be “compromised.”

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Aug 05 09:56

Windows 10 upgrade bug makes some PCs unusable

Some consumers trying to upgrade their computers to Windows 10 have run into a bug that is rendering their machines inoperative.

Instead of being able to use Microsoft’s new operating system, they get an error that says their computer has a “missing operating system.” Some also said their drives reported having nothing on them after the attempted upgrade.

Aug 05 09:55

New virus created that can completely wreck Apple computers

Two security consultants have created a new computer worm, the Thunderstrike 2, that attacks the core hardware of a Mac computer once unleashed. The worm was designed to expose vulnerabilities in the once-assumed airtight security of Apple products.

Aug 05 09:54

Consciousness versus computers

By Jon Rappoport

“Technocrats believe all brains can be directly hooked up to a super-computer. They’re looking at humans beings through the wrong end of the telescope. Everything they see about humans is reduced, shrunken, and ‘automatic’. Technocrats are trained to miss the big picture, even though they incessantly talk about it. They’re visionaries who are blind. Thus, they’re in the grand tradition of religious fanatics.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

If you take away a person’s ability to employ logic, and if you also take away his imagination, and thus his capacity to extrapolate and predict what is coming, what you are left with is: eyeballs...

Aug 05 08:59

iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law

The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content.

Aug 05 08:31

That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

Ham operators hit by spoof message with dodgy payload

Aug 05 08:22

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

Are you a Windows 10 converts responsible for young computer users? Be on your guard. Child-friendly Family Features from Windows 7 and 8 won’t be recognised or accepted in the new operating system.

Rather, children using Windows 10 PCs are seen as standard users; no dedicated child-user account exists.

That means any existing age-related website controls, app and game restrictions, PC time limits, plus your ability to view recent activity, won’t work on Windows 10.

Adults must now create a completely new set of family settings through a long-winded procedure in Windows 10 that requires the child’s participation.

Aug 04 21:38

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

Stories about cyberespionage–like the data theft at the US Office of Personal Management believed but not officially stated to have been carried out by China–are weird. For one thing, they include quotes about how “we need to be a bit more public” about our responses to cyberattacks–delivered from White House officials who speak only on condition of anonymity.

Aug 04 21:31

Fight Against 'Big Brother' Heats Up as CISA Bill Advances in Senate

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is advancing in the Senate thanks to the aggressive push of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Aug 04 13:18

Homeland Security admits CISA info-sharing bill could 'sweep away' privacy protections

The deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has admitted that a new cybersecurity bill could “sweep away” privacy protections, adding that it raises privacy and civil liberties concerns. The bill could hit the Senate floor this week.

Responding to a July query from Minnesota Senator Al Franken, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that some provisions of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) “could sweep away important privacy protections” and that proposed legislation “raises privacy and civil liberties concerns.”

The bill authorizes companies to share information about cyber threats with “any federal entity.” Any company participating in the data sharing would be immune from consumer lawsuits.

Aug 04 11:49

Philadelphians rally to resurrect ruined hitchBOT

There may be hope for hitchBOT yet.

The Canadian-created hitchhiking robot was apparently decapitated and dismembered in the streets of Philadelphia just two weeks into an attempt to hitchhike from the east coast of the U.S. to the west, but a local tech group is offering to repair the beloved robot and get it back out on the road again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Loads of sympathy for dead lions and dead robots, but not for Palestinian children or the unborn!

Aug 04 10:31

New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom

ust days after Microsoft released its latest operating system, hackers have begun targeting soon-to-be Windows 10 users with an emerging kind of malware.

Cisco security researchers are warning users against opening email attachments purporting to be from the software giant. The "ransomware" malware, which encrypts files until a ransom is paid, is being sent as part of an email spam campaign.

In a blog post, Cisco researcher Nick Biasini said the attackers are "impersonating Microsoft in an attempt to exploit their user base for monetary gain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just where is the mighty NSA in all this?!?

Aug 04 10:14

Facebook seeks to sway 2016 election outcomes

It's no secret that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has an affinity for illegal aliens. He's donated millions to fund their college education (but not so much to fund the education of poor Americans), and has actively lobbied Congress to allow more legal immigration so he and his tech-industry colleagues can import more cheap labor to replace higher-paid American workers.

But the U.S. political system is messy, you see, and even a billionaire doesn't always get what he or she wants. So Zuckerberg has decided to try another approach. He will use his creation, the world's largest social media site, to influence the 2016 elections so he can hopefully help elect candidates that will be much more sympathetic to his "immigrant-first" business model.

Aug 04 09:17

Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don’t like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board—in short, the entire Internet—to block and filter a site called Movietube. If they succeed, the studios could set a dangerous precedent for quick website blocking with little or no court supervision, and with Internet service and infrastructure companies conscripted as enforcers. That precedent would create a powerful tool of censorship—which we think should be called SOPApower, given its similarity to the ill-fated SOPA bill. It will be abused, which is why it’s important to stop it from being created in the first place.

Aug 04 09:14

Social media: Comcast outage reported in Detroit area, other major cities

A Comcast outage across several major cities was reported last night on social media sites Reddit and Twitter.

The outage affected Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Detroit and more according to a Reddit thread. shows outage spikes between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 3. The site’s live map shows a minor outage in the Detroit area as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Aug 04 09:11

Yahoo! ads! caught! spreading! CryptoWall! ransomware! AGAIN!

Yahoo!'s ad network is still being used to spread ransomware to Windows PCs a year after the last big outbreak.

Adverts served on the Yahoo! homepage as well as the Yahoo! News, Sports, Celebrity, Finance, and Games websites, led to sites hosting malicious code that infected vulnerable systems, according to Malwarebytes. Attacked machines were injected with adware or the infamous CryptoWall ransomware, we're told.

Aug 04 09:10

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Microsoft had one job to do with Windows 10 – but it looks like it's failed to get even that right.

Start Menu replacements for Windows 10 are moving almost as fast as they did for Windows 8, which didn't have a Start menu at all, according to Brad Wardell, whose company makes the most popular commercial drop-in Start menu.

Aug 04 08:32


After fierce resistance from Australia and several Asian countries, the United States is again making an aggressive move to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approved in all member states. American Secretary of State John Kerry has flown to Singapore, where he will meet with several Asian dignitaries to hammer out a deal on the TPP. A few sticking points, such as Americans’ insistence on strict regulations of patented prescription drugs, have caused other states to balk at the agreement, with Australia making the loudest protests over the lack of free trade agreements within the agreement.

Aug 04 08:24


Leading scientists including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak penned an open letter last week demanding a ban on autonomous weapons (i.e. killer robots). If the smartest minds of our time are demanding this, shouldn’t we think about it? On top of that, new information has come forward that the military is planning to have killer robots that act in swarms by 2050. They would be devoid of human oversight and act as judge, jury, and execution. This video by RedactedTonight puts a little comedy into the subject – but that doesn’t mean this is a joke!

Aug 03 15:47

Exploits start against flaw that could hamstring huge swaths of Internet

Hackers have started exploiting an extremely severe vulnerability in a widely used software utility, touching off concerns that the in-the-wild attacks could affect the stability of the Internet.

The attacks are exploiting a denial-of-service bug in all versions of Bind, the most widely used software for translating human-friendly domain names into IP addresses used by servers.


The only way administrators can ensure they don't fall victim is to install a recently published patch.

Aug 03 09:03

Are Smart Meters Cost Effective?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

When it comes to costs regarding Smart Meters (SMs), the way their ‘windsock’ is blowing tells us that there’s a lot of uncertainty about consumers saving on their electric bills. Internet and personal stories confirm that many, if not most, electric utility bills have doubled – or even gone higher – after a Smart Meter was retrofitted on to private homes.

Furthermore, no one, including state public utility commissions, seems to want to address what appears to be “bait and switch” advertising promoting SMs or, the utilities—with the permission of states regulatory agencies—are perfectly satisfied legally ripping off consumers due to the way SMs can err or malfunction, then reset themselves with no trace of an error, which apparently is due to computer programs that run the SMs...

Aug 03 07:43

‘Don’t spy on me!’ How to opt out of Windows 10’s intrusive defaults

Following the release of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, experts pointed out that it has little care for privacy, collecting on factory presets all available information about you, be it your location history, text messages and any information your share via them, personal contacts and calendar notes about your plans for exact dates, among other things.

Aug 03 06:39

How your phone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online.

Aug 03 06:09

When Two Engineers Hacked LA’s Signal System, Wreaked Havoc On Streets

It may be over nine years since it happened but security experts have not learned their lessons giving hackers enough room to expose and prove how computerized and Internet-connected control systems are vulnerable to exploitation.

Aug 02 16:50

I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10

I am pretty surprised by the far-reaching data collection that Microsoft seems to want. But, I am even more surprised by the fact that the settings all default to incredibly intrusive. I am certain that most individuals will just accept the defaults and have no idea how much information they are giving away.

With all of these settings on these two screens enabled I might as well relocate my computer to Microsoft headquarters and have the entire company look over my shoulder.

Aug 02 10:34

FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps

The FDA and DHS cited research from independent cyber security expert Billy Rios, who found that remote attacks could be launched on patients by accessing a hospital's network.

Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly encouraged healthcare facilities to stop using the Symbiq infusion pump system and move to other devices.

"This (vulnerability) could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies," the FDA said in its warning.

Aug 02 09:42

Planned Parenthood suggests ‘pooping’ on partner for teen ‘sexual exploration’

Just because the folks at Planned Parenthood don’t really do mammograms with the tax dollars they get doesn’t mean they’re not experts in some things. Take, for example, the Planned Parenthood counselor who told what she thought was a 15-year-old girl about the sexy side of defecating.

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Aug 01 20:06

Bitdefender Blocks Anti-Piracy Website as Malware

It’s unclear why Bitdefender has listed Rightcorp’s website as malware but it’s certainly plausible that the huge amount of settlement emails linked to a payment request raised a red flag.

In any case, Bitdefender users are less likely to pay up if their anti-virus software warns them not to visit the page, which can only further hurt Rightcorp’s already meager revenues.

Despite sending out millions of notices Rightscorp has yet to turn a profit.

Aug 01 18:18

The Cyber Wars Begin: Obama Says US "Must Retaliate" Against China For Historic Data Breach

The US has determined that the Chinese cyber attack on the databases of the Office of Personnel Management "was so vast in scope and ambition that the usual practices for dealing with traditional espionage cases [does] not apply," The New York Times reports. In short: "this agression will not stand, man."

Aug 01 17:43

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

According to Cisco’s Talos Group, scammers impersonating Microsoft have begun sending out emails informing individuals that they are eligible to upgrade to Windows 10. The email appears to come from an official Microsoft address,, adding to its authenticity, but don’t be fooled — Microsoft isn’t going to send you an email with Windows 10 as the attachment.

There are several blatantly obvious signs in the body of the email as well, most notably characters which don’t parse properly. You can be certain that any official emails from Microsoft will use characters that display correctly on your device of choice.

If you were to ignore all of these signs, download the .zip file, extract the software and run the executable anyway, you would immediately find your computer locked by a ransomware variant called CTB-Locker.

Aug 01 10:53

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.

Actually, here’s one excerpt from Microsoft’s privacy statement that everyone can understand:

Aug 01 09:41

Newest Remote Car Hacking Raises More Questions About Reporter’s Death

As readers of WhoWhatWhy know, our site has been one of the very few continuing to explore the fiery death two years ago of investigative journalist Michael Hastings, whose car left a straight segment of a Los Angeles street at a high speed, jumped the median, hit a tree, and blew up.

Our original report described anomalies of the crash and surrounding events that suggest cutting-edge foul play—that an external hacker could have taken control of Hastings’s car in order to kill him. If this sounds too futuristic, a series of recent technical revelations has proven that “car hacking” is entirely possible. The latest just appeared this week.

Aug 01 08:21

Windows 10: Man updates PC and wakes up to find porn slideshow on repeat

An unfortunate Windows 10 user was left red-faced after upgrading to Microsoft's new operating system - when his pornography catalogue began blinking across his screen in a slideshow on repeat.

Excited to upgrade to the new format, the computer-lover upgraded to the new software and left it to 'do its thing', only to be woken by his wife asking why his collection of pornographic images was rotating on the desktop view.

The unfortunate user appears to have fallen foul of feature of the new operating system which pulls through images saved in one of the default folders to be used as a slideshow.


Aug 01 08:14

New study shows Spain’s “Google tax” has been a disaster for publishers

A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry.

In the short-term, the study found, the law will cost publishers €10 million, or about $10.9 million, which would fall disproportionately on smaller publishers. Consumers would experience a smaller variety of content, and the law "impedes the ability of innovation to enter the market."

The study concludes that there's no "theoretical or empirical justification" for the fee

Jul 31 20:44

Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or ransomware?

People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with, computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in.

Cisco's security team has noticed a new spamming campaign attempting to spread the CTB-Locker ransomware using emails purporting to come from Microsoft, telling people they are ready to download Windows 10.

Jul 31 18:46

Giant security flaw makes 950 million Android phones vulnerable to texting hack

Android is by far the most dominant smartphone operating system in the world, and it has just been found to be vulnerable to a serious smartphone security flaw which allows devices to be hacked by simply sending them a text message.

About 80 percent of smartphones worldwide run Android, and just about all of those have a major vulnerability in their software, according to experts at Zimperium, a cybersecurity company specializing in mobile devices.

Jul 31 16:04

NSA pledges to eventually delete old bulk surveillance records. Oh sure, we can trust them, right?

The National Security Agency will eventually delete the trove of millions of telephone records it controversially amassed under the Patriot Act, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced Monday.

Destruction of the bulk surveillance records, which the NSA retained for a five-year period, won’t be immediate, but the ODNI said it has determined that the NSA will not be allowed to maintain access to them. Their deletion would mark a victory for privacy advocates, though it’s unclear exactly when that will begin.

Jul 31 15:44

Windows 10 upgrade stuck in server woes

Microsoft released is new operating system on July 29, but since doing so the Windows 10 upgrade is getting stuck in server woes. Many users reported all over social media channels the new install process was getting stuck, stalling at the progress bar loop then leaving a message saying, “Preparing to Install.”

Jul 31 13:32

Hacker Sends Toronto Woman Creepy Pictures of Herself Taken Through Her Own Webcam

According to Clark, the police's initial intervention offered little assistance. "They came over and took a statement, and they were very nice and polite and completely useless."

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Just like the NSA!

Jul 31 13:10

Facebook lands itself in more legal trouble

Facebook has landed itself in trouble again over it’s controversial data policy, which actively seeks to destroy the anonymity of its users.

Germany’s Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection, Johannes Caspar, has found that Facebook’s ‘real names’ policy is in violation of German data protection law and must cease immediately.

Jul 31 08:08

DARPA’s Plan X to bring ‘military mindset’ to cyber-war

Ask most “real” computer security experts, the guys and gals who have been cracking and/or protecting networks since before Windows were NT, and they’ll tell you the best way to protect a network is simply to know everything about it. They take pride in being able to quickly navigate arcade database structures and monitor access using only a text-based interface — but with virtually every organization of any real size now turning to computer security experts to protect their business, these sorts of security hardcores are getting washed out by snot-nosed millennials who think Unix is how you used to play Ubisoft games online.

Jul 31 07:49

Mozilla sends Microsoft a no thank you letter for Windows 10

"I am writing to you about a very disturbing aspect of Windows 10. Specifically, that the update experience appears to have been designed to throw away the choice your customers have made about the internet experience they want, and replace it with the internet experience Microsoft wants them to have," he said.

"When we first saw the Windows 10 upgrade experience that strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the browser and other apps, we reached out to your team to discuss this issue. Unfortunately, it didn't result in any meaningful progress, hence this letter."

Jul 31 07:29

The 5 Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of

  • Microsoft can disclose your data at will
  • Cortana monitors what you say
  • Your browser history syncs by default
  • Advertisers can track your activity
  • Your encryption key is automatically sent to your OneDrive account
  • Jul 30 17:57

    Facebook’s twisted obsession with annihilating your privacy slammed as illegal

    Facebook has landed itself in trouble again over it’s controversial data policy, which actively seeks to destroy the anonymity of its users.

    Jul 30 14:56

    Virtual reality is next mass trend – Facebook’s Zuckerberg

    After Facebook’s video strategy turned out to be a success, the social network giant’s CEO is now eager to completely revolutionize the way we communicate by mastering virtual reality technologies.

    Discussing his company’s 2015 financial performance on Wednesday, among other things, Mark Zuckerberg underlined the importance of recently introduced video content in sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions between people. Nevertheless, the Facebook founder says he’s striving for more and wants to bring online communication to a whole new level.

    Jul 30 14:24

    Did Planned Parenthood Just "Hack" Its Own Website As A Publicity Stunt?

    On the splash page declaring that the organization was hacked, visitors are asked “Why do you stand with Planned Parenthood” and invited to share their stories on a separate page housed at

    And wouldn’t you know it, that page functions perfectly. No sign of hacking. No sign of intrusion. Just a perfectly functional and secure web page that exists solely to build Planned Parenthood’s mailing list:

    Even though redirects to a page saying the site was hacked, the domain still house a perfectly functional URL and page that are being actively used to help build Planned Parenthood’s fundraising list. Coincidentally, this “hacking” happened just days after Planned Parenthood decided to hire a PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker, to help manage its response to the widening baby organ trafficking scandal.

    Jul 30 14:01

    Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It

    Windows 10‘s privacy settings very much need to be frowned at. Essentially: unless you pay close attention to the fluffy options offered when you first install Microsoft’s new operating system, it’s going to quietly track your behaviour and use it to fire targeted ads at you, as well as keeping tabs on your location history, data from messages, calendars, contacts and God knows what else. It is a bit scary, despite coming off the back of Microsoft’s own pledge to offer ‘real transparency’. You may or may not be OK with this yourself, but in any event at least some of this stuff can be turned off after the fact.

    Jul 30 13:59

    Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth to Distribute Updates, Disable It Here

    Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, its servers get slammed. To help alleviate this burden, Windows 10 can download updates from other users’ computers. The problem is, it can use up your bandwidth and data caps to do so. Here’s how to turn it off.

    Jul 30 13:47


    Payment-processing giants like MasterCard and Visa insist that you and your financial data will be safer once you move to "smart" credit cards that contain a computer chip. And like it or not, credit card companies are forcing merchants to make the change. After an Oct. 1, 2015, deadline created by major U.S. credit card issuers MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express, the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction.

    Jul 30 13:18


    GM’s Onstar service offers some of the most futuristic features on any connected car, including the ability to locate the vehicle, unlock it, and even start its ignition—all from a smartphone app. But if a hacker like Samy Kamkar has hidden a small, $100 box anywhere on your Onstar-equipped car or truck, those same conveniences could fall into unintended hands.

    Jul 30 10:51

    Spanish man fined up to €600 under new gag laws for calling police 'slackers' in Facebook post

    A young man in Spain has been fined for calling the police lazy in a Facebook post – becoming the first citizen to fall foul of a series of controversial new “gag” laws.
    The 27-year-old man, identified only as Eduardo D in national media reports, described the local police force as a “class of slackers” in a series of online posts which he described as humorous.

    Jul 30 08:29


    Following several high-profile data breaches — such as those at Sony and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — Congress is once again feeling the pressure to push “cybersecurity” legislation. The problem is, the bill they’re laser-focused on is misguided, wouldn’t protect us — and is a huge gift to companies wanting legal cover if and when they choose to violate Americans’ privacy rights.

    Jul 30 07:15

    The Private Sector Is Cashing In On The Pentagon’s ‘Insatiable Demand’ For Drone War Intelligence

    Some months ago, an imagery analyst was sitting in his curtained cubicle at Hurlburt Field airbase in Florida watching footage transmitted from a drone above one of the battlefields in the War on Terror. If he thought the images showed someone doing anything suspicious, or holding a weapon, he had to type it in to a chat channel seen by the pilots controlling the drone’s missiles.

    Once an observation has been fed in to the chat, he later explained, it’s hard to revise it – it influences the whole mindset of the people with their hands on the triggers.

    “As a screener anything you say is going to be interpreted in the most hostile way,” he said, speaking with the careful deliberation of someone used to their words carrying consequences.

    Jul 30 07:00


    Brain implants able to manage out-of-control tempers and violent actions of prisons were suggested to minimise crime rates in the United States and as alternative for death penalty, according to Zoltan Istvan. The futurist and presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party, Istvan suggested that the technology could be a near-term alternative for criminals on death row and might be considered sufficient punishment. "Violent crime is a version of mental disease," Istvan stated in an article published in Motherboard, suggesting conducting brain alterations to prisoners could change behaviour and attitudes of criminals into decent members of society. The brain implants would work as a surveillance device that could monitor or possibly control each action of the prisoner with a tranquiliser triggered if violent behaviour is reported or attempted by the inmate.

    Jul 30 06:54

    Critical BIND bug scores PATCH YESTERDAY grading

    Gird your loins internet: Attackers now have the ability to disrupt large swathes of the web through a remote denial of service vulnerability found in the most widely used software for DNS servers.

    The BIND bug (CVE-2015-5477) patched overnight affects all DNS servers running the software, and can be attacked with ease.

    In fact a researcher has already developed an attack capable of knocking servers offline with a single packet.

    Internet Systems Consortium Michael McNally, lead investigator for the bug, says there are no workarounds other than to apply a patch. He expects attacks to happen soon.

    Jul 29 19:49

    Windows 10 might be free, but your privacy is priceless

    Although free, Windows 10 comes packed with some concerning new ‘features’.

    As Windows 10 is launched and downloaded across the globe by early adopters eager to experience the new operating system, a word of caution is needed.

    Jul 29 15:31

    Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    Windows 10 has just arrived and there’s a new Privacy Policy and Service Agreement from Microsoft coming swiftly in its wake.

    The new policies take effect on 1 August and there are a few unsettling things nestling in there that you should be thinking about if you’re using the company’s services and software.

    The Privacy Statement and Services Agreements combined come to 45 pages. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Horacio Gutierrez wrote that they are “straightforward terms and polices that people can clearly understand.” The reality is, you’re probably not going to read them. So I did…

    And, like so many other companies, Microsoft has grabbed some very broad powers to collect things you do, say and create while using its software. Your data won’t be staying on your computer, that much is for sure.

    Jul 29 14:35

    New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state

    Researchers have developed an attack that puts more than 50 percent of Android phones into the digital equivalent of a persistent vegetative state in which they're almost completely unresponsive and are unable to perform most functions, including making or receiving calls.

    Jul 29 14:25

    Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

    When Windows 7 came out there were a few complaints (give me back my up arrow, damn it!) but for the most part there was relief. At long last, here was salvation from Vista and a path forward from XP.

    There's none of that with Windows 10. It's good enough to use if you have to. It's definitely a step up from Windows 8. But if you have Windows 7 there's no sane reason to move to Windows 10 as, ultimately, Windows 7 is still better.

    Jul 29 12:15

    5 Things Shills Don't Want You To Know

    Jul 29 08:58

    Microsoft admits critical .NET Framework 4.6 bug, issues workaround

    F# developers asked to avoid it until a complete fix is ready

    Win10 auto updates?

    Jul 29 08:25


    As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention.

    Jul 29 08:19

    5 Reasons I Lost $9,000 On An iPhone Game

    If you've watched television recently, you've probably noticed that Kate Upton's tits really want you to play a smartphone game called Game Of War: Fire Age. That ad campaign cost approximately 40 million dollars, or about 5 million more than the entire development cost of Borderlands 2. They can afford their "it's like Game Of Thrones, but, somehow, even more sexual!" marketing because, as we write this, Game Of War is raking in more than a million dollars each day. Jason Croghan has spent several thousand dollars on it, and he told us all about how games like Fire Age sink their claws into you -- and don't let go.

    Jul 29 08:17

    Arrests in Fla., Israel tied to JPMorgan hack

    U.S. authorities arrested four people in Israel and Florida Tuesday, some of whom are believed to be tied to computer hacks of JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions.

    Jul 29 08:08


    PUT A COMPUTER on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target.

    Jul 29 07:31

    Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    The new policies take effect on 1 August and there are a few unsettling things nestling in there that you should be thinking about if you’re using the company’s services and software.

    The Privacy Statement and Services Agreements combined come to 45 pages. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Horacio Gutierrez wrote that they are “straightforward terms and polices that people can clearly understand.” The reality is, you’re probably not going to read them. So I did…

    And, like so many other companies, Microsoft has grabbed some very broad powers to collect things you do, say and create while using its software. Your data won’t be staying on your computer, that much is for sure.

    Jul 28 17:00

    IRS Failed to Search Five of Six Locations for Lois Lerner Emails

    Agency’s ineptness — or corruption — resulted in 24,000 Lerner emails being lost when they were “accidentally” destroyed

    Jul 28 15:41

    The Security Flaw Google Built Into Android

    Google compromised the security of its Android operating system by giving up the ability to push out security patches.

    Jul 28 15:39

    Windows 10 installation files already sneaking onto Windows 7 and 8 PCs

    Windows 10 upgrades for Windows 7 and 8.1 users start Wednesday morning, and some users are reporting that installation files are already on their PCs.

    Jul 28 15:03

    Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

    One problem with infrared surveillance videos or infrared CCTV images is that it is hard to recognize the people in them. Faces look different in the infrared and matching these images to their normal appearance is a significant unsolved challenge. The problem is that the link between the way people look in infrared and visible light is highly nonlinear. This is particularly tricky for footage taken in the mid- and far-infrared, which tends to use passive sensors that detect emitted light rather than the reflected variety.

    Jul 28 11:52

    How Safe are Computer Controlled Cars? Michael Rivero - July 28, 2015

    Jul 28 10:19

    Cellphones Can Steal Data From Supposedly Secure ''Air-Gapped'' Computers

    Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Cyber Security Research Center have discovered that virtually any cellphone infected with a malicious code can use GSM phone frequencies to steal critical information from infected "air-gapped" computers.

    Air-gapped computers are isolated—separated both logically and physically from public networks—ostensibly so that they cannot be hacked over the Internet or within company networks...

    Jul 28 09:57

    What’s Inside the Justice Department’s Secret Cybersecurity Memo?

    Despite calls for its release, the government will not make public a memo that Sen. Ron Wyden says is crucial to the Senate’s looming cybersecurity debate. But he can only talk about some of them publicly. Other reservations remain strictly classified.

    Jul 28 08:26

    Microsoft plays whack-a-mole with Windows 10 bugs – with just TWO days left on the clock

    A number of nagging bugs have cropped up in the last few days that have some Windows 10 testers scratching their heads at just how an OS this raw can be considered production-ready.

    In one case, testers who tried to uninstall programs using the Control Panel – the customary Windows 8.1 method – instead of the newer Settings->System->Apps & features method, Windows Explorer would crash and immediately restart.

    Another reported Explorer crash is triggered whenever you try to enable or disable an active network connection.

    Microsoft pushed out patches for these bugs on Monday. But given that the bugs didn't exist until Redmond shipped another recent set of fixes, it's more evidence that making software updates mandatory could backfire on the software giant.

    Jul 28 07:45

    Microsoft sinks in antivirus tests, as Avira, Bitdefender hit top scores

    If you're only running Microsoft's in-built antivirus service, you might want to think again.

    The latest antivirus scores from the Madgeburg, Germany-based testing lab AV-Test ranks Windows Defender as the worst-performing anti-malware app out of the 22 most common consumer products tested.

    Windows Defender, baked into the latest versions of Windows, scored just 9.5 points out of a total of 18.

    Jul 27 20:10

    Even former heads of NSA, DHS think crypto backdoors are stupid

    "Requiring people to build a vulnerability may be a strategic mistake."

    Jul 27 19:46

    The creepy reason banks want us all to have 'tap and pay' cards... even though they're a godsend to fraudsters

    An experiment by Which? magazine last week demonstrated how thieves can exploit the technology to skim enough information from our cards to make large purchases without us even being aware of it.

    Notionally, the biggest single transaction a thief can make on your contactless card if you lose it is £20 - the automatic limit placed on contactless purchases, which is set to rise to £30 in September. Yet the Which? researchers managed to buy a £3,000 TV set using one of the cards.

    They didn’t even have to steal the card. All they needed was a standard card scanner — the type you’d use in a shop — which they bought online.

    Placing this so that the wallet of an oblivious passer-by would come within a few centimetres of it, they were able to collect enough data from the card — the cardholder’s name and card number — to use it to make a hefty online purchase.

    Jul 27 15:50

    Microsoft wants you to pay for Solitaire, again, in Windows 10

    Honestly, if you want to pay for more energy in Farmville or an upgraded weapon in some online shooter, it’s your business. But it does seem a bit odd that Microsoft can make Windows 10—an entire operating system, mind you—a free upgrade, while asking you to pay to remove ads. If this is the future of Windows as a service, count me out.

    Jul 27 14:47

    Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

    A critical bug in the optimizer in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime could break and crash production applications, we're warned.

    "The methods you call can get different parameter values than you passed in," says Nick Craver – software developer and system administrator for Stack Exchange, home of the popular programming support site Stack Overflow – in a post today.

    The bug was hard to spot because it only occurs when optimizations are enabled.

    It looks like Win10 and its auto update is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Jul 27 14:46

    We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

    With Windows 10 now just days away, we thought we'd put it on a small slablet of the sort you can pick up cheaply and see how it did - in this case a Linx 8. In short, it did not do well.

    Jul 27 13:30

    A Canadian Snowden? CSE warns of “insider threats”

    The Communications Security Establishment began educating new employees and existing staff about “insider threats” in 2013, according to documents obtained by the Star.

    The crackdown on “unauthorized disclosures” was tied directly to the whistleblower Snowden, who pulled back the curtain on a pervasive electronic spying apparatus in the United States and its Five Eyes partners, including CSE in Canada.

    “Following the unauthorized disclosures of Canadian Navy Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Delisle (2012) and NSA contractor Edward Snowden (2013), CSE has intensified its efforts to tighten already stringent security,” the documents, obtained under access to information law, state.

    Jul 27 11:31


    Last week, a team of researchers developed a new implant that has the ability to wirelessly deliver drugs directly into the brain with the press of a button, like changing the channel on a TV.

    No wider than a strand of human hair, the device combines brain implants with a remote control drug delivery system. With the ability to genetically modify individual neurons, the implant inevitably calls up dystopian fictions from the likes of Vonnegut’s Harry Bergeron or Huxley’s Brave New World.

    Jul 27 09:11


    Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there’s a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone’s phone and take over, just by knowing the phone’s number.

    Jul 27 08:44

    France top court backs controversial surveillance law

    France’s top court has lent its blessing to a broad surveillance bill that controversially increases the sphere of authority of the country’s intelligence services.

    On Thursday, the French Constitutional Council ruled on the constitutionality of the bill that relaxes the restrictions on the interception of telephone conversations and enables the easier application of hidden microphones and cameras.

    Empowered by the law, intelligence authorities can now glean telephone, text message, and Internet data from all devices in a given area.

    Jul 27 08:31


    Currently there are 150 universities in the U.S. using "Skyfactor" which monitors and assesses a students tests scores. Schools are also assessing how "COOPERATIVE" your parents are! "Skyfactor advertises itself as a risk management service, promising to help academics “quickly see which students need attention and resources now — before it’s too late”. Course tutors are given access to a dashboard that documents each student’s class attendances, assessment grades, participation in sports practices, and visits to the campus financial aid officer. "