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Mar 04 01:53

Creepy Tracking Tech Gone Too Far: “Police Surveillance Now Fully Automated and Integrated Into Wireless Networks”

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com

Not only is the police state here, but it is upgrading all the time.

While people are busy fighting an uphill battle with apparently rampant cases of abuse, excessive force and a misguided and failed War on Drugs, many are too far behind the times to keep up with these technologies – now being tested or used in police departments across the country.

While the use of technology in policing is nothing new, it might surprise you have far things have gone – with much of police surveillance now fully automated and integrated into wireless networks, and monitored by Homeland Security-funded fusion centers.

Reason.tv rounded up these examples of creepy, robot, privacy destroying police tactics (and it’s only just beginning):

Mar 03 19:02

Apple may soon hold world market with new gold smartwatch; “24 million troy ounces” yearly to produce: Report

| 30% of world's gold market to be held by Apple for production of new smartwatch, says report

Mar 03 16:00

Obama Complains To China About Demanding Encryption Backdoors As His Administration Demands The Same Thing

The administration keeps bleating on and on about how China is a massive cybersecurity “threat” out there, and then hands the country this massive gift by having a kneejerk reaction to better encryption that protects American citizens.

Mar 03 15:46

American contractor faces cyber slander charges in UAE over Facebook post

An American helicopter mechanic, who criticized his employer in the United Arab Emirates and made disparaging comments about “filthy Arabs” in a Facebook post, was arrested in the UAE, and now faces charges for cyber slander against his employer.

Mar 03 15:30

“FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover

Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that once forbid the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year.

Researchers discovered in recent weeks that they could force browsers to use the old export-grade encryption then crack it over the course of just a few hours.

Mar 03 13:56

Facebook REMOVES 12-year-old black middle school pupil's account for 'suspicious activity' because he made popular video criticizing Obama

Facebook has removed the personal account of a 12-year-old Georgia boy who posted a viral video last week in support of Rudy Giuliani's comments that President Obama 'doesn't love America'.

Republican C.J.Pearson found out the price of his new found fame on Friday morning when a friend told him it had been deactivated for 'suspicious activity'.

Fearing his video, which was watched by more than 1.4 million people, may have been the cause, Pearson hit out at the social media giant, accusing them of quelling any dissent towards Obama.

Mar 03 10:39

Virtual Reality, Watches And Galaxy S6 Edge Glow In The Day Before The MWC

Smart watches Huawei and LG, the virtual reality helmet HTC and Samsung Galaxy S6 Curved Edge devices have been protagonists of the pre-opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona day.
Samsung has shown the new generation of its flagship phone, Galaxy S6, which has designed two versions: one with flat screen and another screen with curved edges (Galaxy S6 Edge) and has announced that its mobile payment system will be a Samsung Pay Actually in summer.

Both versions have a 5.1 inch screen 2.560×1.440 resolution pixels, representing a density of 577 ppi.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/virtual-reality-watches-and-galaxy-s6-edge-glow-...

Mar 03 10:15

The New Adventure Of Google Maps Is In The Amazon Rainforest

Google Maps continues to improve.

In its next technological feat, Google will show how a cable slides through the trees of the Amazon jungle.
Several published images represent the latest expansion of the diverse collection of photographs that are popular digital maps Google. The “Street View” option these maps show especially cityscapes and neighborhoods, photographed with cameras placed on cars. But Google has also found more creative methods to portray exotic places where there are no roads.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/the-new-adventure-of-google-maps-is-in-the-amazo...

Mar 03 09:35

Floridians, Help Us Stop Your State From Outlawing Anonymous Websites

Mitch Stoltz
Activist Post

Floridians, we need your help to stop a dangerous anti-anonymity bill. This week, the Florida state legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to run any website or service anonymously, if the site fits a vague category of “disseminat[ing]” “commercial” recordings or videos—even the site owner’s own work. Outlawing anonymous speech raises a serious First Amendment problem, and laws like this one have been abused by police and the entertainment industry.

The bill, which is moving through Florida House and Senate committees this week, requires anyone who operates a website or Internet service to “disclose his or her true and correct name, physical address, and telephone number or e-mail address.” It would apply to any website or service “dealing in substantial part in the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly,” to Florida consumers.

Mar 03 08:12

Bill Gates, Again The Richest In The World, According To Forbes

The list of people with a fortune of over 1,000 million was headed, once again, by the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, according to the classification broadcast Monday by the US magazine Forbes.

Read More: Already last year, Gates had shifted to the Mexican Carlos Slim the first place on this list and editing of 2015 consolidated that position, and also his fortune: if last year was calculated 76,000 million, this year is 79,200 million.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/bill-gates-again-the-richest-in-the-world-accord...

Mar 03 06:59

Are Your Computer Devices Hardwired for Betrayal?

by Cooper Quintin

It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher. Last week, Kaspersky Lab released a report about a new family of malware from an entity they called "The Equation Group". The report demonstrated for the first time that firmware-based attacks, previously only demonstrated in lab settings, have been used in the wild by malware authors. This should serve as a wake up call to security professionals and the hardware industry in general: firmware-based attacks are real and their numbers will only increase. If we don't address this issue now we risk facing disastrous consequences.

What is Firmware?...

Mar 03 06:58

The Internet of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone and Everything Will Be Monitored on the Internet

Remember what Bilderberg asked... "Does privacy exist?" The question was rhetorical.

Mar 03 06:54

Privacy glasses that let you go incognito in a world filled with facial recognition software

Glasses might be helpful for improved vision, but a new type are being tested that allow wearers to be invisible in unwanted photographs.

Invisibility Glasses by AVG, a software security company, were designed in a bid to help protect people's online identities in the digital age.

With the increased use of cell phone cameras in public, the glasses makes it difficult to capture a person's identity in facial recognition software, for example the kind used on Facebook.

Mar 03 06:38

DoD Releases “Evidence” of Snowden’s Damages to National Security… and It’s COMPLETELY Redacted

Per a Freedom of Information Act Request lawsuit filed by Vice News, the Department of Defense has released a report on the damaging effects of Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA leaks. The only problem? It’s redacted. Entirely. Not a crumb of evidence was present in the “evidence” the government released.

The “assessment” is made up of multiple reports collectively over 100 pages long and was released by the Defense Intelligence Agency, a wing of the Department of Defense. It was made by two dozen DIA analysts and is fully blocked out, save for several headings.

Mar 02 16:25

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

That Windows XP is growing only a little more slowly than Windows 8.1 is remarkable, even when one takes into account the less-than-stunningly-accurate method both market watchers use of observing traffic as it hits web servers. Just what Microsoft makes of it is anyone's guess, but surely there are teeth being gnashed down Redmond way every time more evidence emerges of XP's amazing persistence.

Mar 02 14:04

‘Stingray’ surveillance devices can degrade service for any cell phone in vicinity - report

Surveillance technology known as ‘Stingray’ -- used to trick phones into connecting to them by mimicking cell towers -- can block or drop phone calls and disrupt other mobile devices that use the same cell network, according to a recent court disclosure.

Mar 02 12:48

Google Moving to Shut Down Alternative Media by Ranking Sites on “Facts” Rather than Popularity

Search Engine giant Google, the major driver of traffic to the majority of media portals is moving to change the way it ranks websites, declaring that it intends to use known partisan debunking outlets to determine the “truthfulness” of content.

Mar 02 11:57

SPACEX LAUNCHES FALCON 9 CARRYING WORLD’S FIRST ION PROPELLED ELECTRIC SATELLITES

The world’s first commercial satellites powered by xenon-ion electric engines were successfully orbited March 1. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched two “electric satellites” equipped with revolutionary xenon-ion engines that turn gas into a propellant from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Mar 02 10:09

We Now Know The NSA And GCHQ Have Subverted Most (All?) Of The Digital World: So Why Can't We See Any Benefits?

Now that we have a better idea of the extraordinary reach of the global surveillance being carried out at all times, the failure of that activity to make us safer by countering criminal activity, at whatever scale, becomes all the more striking. It's time the intelligence agencies accepted that the "collect it all" approach is not just failing, but actually exactly wrong: what we need is not more surveillance, but much less of it and much better targeted.

Mar 02 09:21

Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

British hacker Stephen Tomkinson has found two Blu-Ray-borne attacks.

His first exploit relies on a poor Java implementation in a product called PowerDVD from CyberLink. PowerDVD plays DVDs on PCs and creates menus using Java, but the way Oracle's code has been used allows naughty folk to circumvent Windows security controls.

The result, the NCC Group consultant says, is that it's possible to put executables onto Blu-Ray disks and to make those disks run automatically on startup even when Windows is set to stop that outcome.

Users would have no reason to suspect the whirring of an optical drive indicated unknown software was running, making this a potentially nasty attack.

Mar 02 09:18

Police State America: Internet, Rip?

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Mar 02 08:48

DoD Releases ''Evidence'' of Snowden’s Damages to National Security … and it’s COMPLETELY Redacted

Carey Wedler
Activist Post

Per a Freedom of Information Act Request lawsuit filed by Vice News, the Department of Defense has released a report on the damaging effects of Edward Snowden’s 2013 NSA leaks.

The only problem? It’s redacted. Entirely. Not a crumb of evidence was present in the “evidence” the government released...

Mar 02 08:00

When Net Neutrality becomes programmed censorship

The worst fears of all free speech proponents are upon us. The Verizon suit against the Federal Communications Commission, appellate decision sets the

Mar 02 07:43

eFax Spam Email Malware Alert

A new wave of eFax spam was detected and immediately blocked yesterday by Spamalyzer and our threat analysts. One of the links in the message goes to a Dropbox file that likely contains a virus or other malware. Today we're seeing the same campaign, but in the form of fake payment notices from American Express and Citibank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The latest version sends a word document that cannot be read until you enable macros. If you enable macros, the malware payload delivers. Funny how the NSA can't find these cyber-criminals, isn't it?

Mar 02 07:03

PRISONS INCREASE PROFITS BY REPLACING IN-PERSON FAMILY VISITS WITH VIDEO SCREENS

Those in charge of the nation’s jails and prisons have found a way to make some money off the backs of those who can often least afford it—the families of inmates. Telecommunications companies, last seen making huge profits off phone service for inmates, have had to find a new revenue stream since the Federal Communications Commission capped most jail phone rates. Now they’re installing video visitation systems at jails and prisons across the country, charging huge fees for their use and splitting the profits with the facility.

Mar 02 06:01

Apple Announces Mysterious Event On March 9, Probably Because Of The Watch

Apple is preparing to launch its smart watch.
Apple sent out invitations for a mysterious event that will take place on March 9, sparking speculation about the imminent release of their highly anticipated smart watch, simply baptized Watch (Watch, in English).

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/apple-announces-mysterious-event-on-march-9-prob...

Mar 01 10:40

Google gives new meaning to “Orwellian” - Becomes Ministry of Truth

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

“…if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth.” (1984, George Orwell)

The New Scientist has the stunning story (2/28/15, “Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links,” by Hal Hodson):

“THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free ‘news’ stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.”

Great idea, right?

Sure it is...

Mar 01 09:09

Facebook privacy

Mar 01 08:08

Google modifying algorithm in attempt to become the Internets Ministry of Truth

Google is looking at rolling out yet another revision to their search engine algorithm by curtailing your results to sites it considers to be the most "trustworthiness."

Mar 01 07:42

FBI’s attack on encryption

WASHINGTON – As Google’s Android smartphone operating system was coming under attack in fall 2012 from malware with the colorful names of “Loozfon” and “FinFisher,” the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued an alert against the threat.

“Depending on the type of phone,” the FBI said, “the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user’s personal data.”

Mar 01 07:35

CITIZENFOUR

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This documentary is currently running on HBO. Claire and I watched it ... twice!

So should you!

Mar 01 07:33

NSA spying program renewed ahead of congressional showdown

A federal court has renewed a National Security Agency program allowing for the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, highlighting a battle between the White House and Congress to reform the nature of mass surveillance in the country.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave a green light to the government to let the US telephone metadata collection program continue until June 1, when the provisions in the Patriot Act legalizing the practice will expire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FISA court (whose jurisdiction is OUTSIDE the United States, cannot legalize an illegal activity. The NSA's bulk collection violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution regarding privacy, as well as the Fifth Amendment prohibition against the government using your computer equipment for their nefarious purposes without just compensation. The NSA has violated the Ninth Amendment which says the government cannot simply create new authorities and powers out of thin are, as well as the Tenth Amendment that all non-enumerated rights and authorities remain with the people. The United States Supreme Court ruled in Marbury vs Madison that laws repugnant to the Constitution are automatically null and void. The authorization for the NSA program was invalid before the ink on it had dried. Everyone who works for the NSA is a traitor to the United States of America, especially since the information they steal from the American people is willingly handed to foreign governments.

Feb 28 13:14

Apple To Buy Up To 30% Of The World’s Annual Gold Production?

Technology giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may soon buy up one third of the world’s gold in order to meet the demands of its highly anticipated Apple Watch, according to reports.

Feb 28 12:40

Silicon Valley Panic: China Demands NSA-Like Access and Control

Silicon Valley is in a panic following an announcement that China is considering sweeping counterterrorism legislation. The law would require tech companies to provide the Chinese government with NSA-like access to private data, terms the industry may be forced to accept if they want to do business in the world’s most populated country.

Feb 28 09:35

Auditor: Florida’s jobless claims website in disarray

Ever since the troubled launch of the state’s unemployment website in October 2013, Gov. Rick Scott and his team have staunchly defended the lifeline for hundreds of thousands of jobless Floridians.

But on Friday, the state’s auditor general issued a scathing 45-page audit that joins mounting evidence that CONNECT is a system in disarray.

Feb 28 08:46

How the Government and Media Are Lying About Net Neutrality

It doesn't get any more axiomatic as to the necessity of the media to promote free-speech than the horrors that were manifested through the FCC's imposition of net neutrality that the mainstream media in particular have met with not so much as a raised Botoxed eyebrow. In case you missed it, the Internet and World Wide Web are now considered a utility under Title II of the Communication Act. The long-range implications of such are beyond mind boggling. This opens the door to licensure requirements for websites, decency regulation, fairness doctrine applications and worse.

Feb 28 08:44

Mega says US urged PayPal to cease working with it based on end-to-end encryption

PayPal will no longer process customer payments for the cloud-storage service Mega based on the latter’s use of client-side encryption. Kim Dotcom’s Mega says the decision stems from powerful American corporate influences leaning on the e-commerce site.

File-hosting site Mega made the announcement late Thursday, claiming that PayPal ultimately blamed the decision on Mega’s use of end-to-end encryption, which, to PayPal, meant an “unknowability of what is on the platform.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are not SUPPOSED to know what your customers have on the platform!

Feb 28 08:39

They Made The First Airplane Engine With A 3D Printer

3D printers can do more and greater things.

A team of researchers from Monash University in Melbourne developed the first aircraft engine in the world made with a 3D printer, they want now marketed.
The engine, exhibited at the international exhibition of Australia at the airport of the city of Avalon this week, is fully functional. “It’s not something you can put in an Airbus A380, but that will come,” predicts Ian Smith, number two in the department of research and development infrastructure in college.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/they-made-the-first-airplane-engine-with-a-3d-pr...

Feb 28 08:34

Ericsson Sues Apple For Patent Violation

The Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson filed several lawsuits against US computer giant Apple for patent violation, said Friday.

“Apple currently uses our technology without authorization and request therefore the help of the court and the ITC,” US International Trade Commission said in a statement Kasim Alfalahi, head of Ericsson’s intellectual property.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/ericsson-sues-apple-for-patent-violation/

Feb 27 17:30

‘Jihadi John’ and the Future of the Biometrics Terror Hunt

The future of the biometrics dragnets that identified an Islamic State executioner is on a hilltop in West Virginia. On Thursday, the Washington Post and BBC publicly identified Mohammed Emwazi, a British-educated, Kuwaiti-born man in his mid 20s, as “Jihadi John,” the Islamic State frontman who executed several hostages on camera, to the world’s horror.

Feb 27 16:22

TalkTalk customers fall victim to fraudsters after data loss

TalkTalk admits that a data breach last year allowed scammers to prey on its four million customers, using stolen information to lend authenticity to over-the-phone requests for bank details which were then used to steal cash.

The communications company, which offers phone lines and broadband, say that the hack happened late last year but refused to reveal more details as “proceedings are ongoing”.

The Guardian reports that a third party contractor was involved in the loss, but the company could not confirm that to the Telegraph on Friday. Nor could it confirm how many customers were affected, saying only that it was a "small, but nonetheless significant" ammount.

It is believed that names, home addresses, phone numbers and TalkTalk account numbers were stolen.

Feb 27 15:56

Police State America: Internet, Rip?

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Feb 27 13:50

Did the FCC Sing Kumbaya After They Passed Net Neutrality?

Have you watched the video of the moment the FCC passed net neutrality? It's like this man walked on the moon and saved your grandma from cancer! Had to make a video...

Feb 27 13:48

SAMSUNG IS STILL LYING ABOUT THE ENCRYPTION ON ITS SMART TVS

When news broke that Samsung’s Smart TV’s listened to conversations and sent them to a third-party server company, the Korean manufacturer countered by claiming that all data transmissions to and from its televisions were encrypted. When testing demonstrated that the data in question wasn’t encrypted (despite being sent via Port 443, which is typically used for HTTPS traffic), Samsung modified its stance, claiming that new TVs were encrypted properly but older sets were not. This, too, has now been proven false.

Feb 27 13:39

There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality

It's been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.

Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.

Feb 27 13:30

PERCEPTION MANAGERS: 35,000 INDIVIDUALS HAVE REPORTEDLY SIGNED UP TO JOIN UKRAINE’S ‘INFORMATION ARMY’

Russia’s vast state media sector has been embroiled in what has been referred to as an “information war” with Kiev and Western outlets since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict, offering differing interpretations of the Ukrainian revolution and subsequent war in the east of the country.? The new initiative, which seeks to mobilise Ukrainian bloggers to post their accounts of the war online, was made live earlier this month in a bid to counter Russian propaganda coverage of the conflict.

Feb 27 13:14

CIA’S NEW BIG DATA HUB WILL BE HOSTED IN THE CLOUD

The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community. CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects “to extend the innovation and push the envelope on a whole range of different solutions” for all 17 IC agencies.

Feb 27 13:07

KIM DOTCOM’S MEGA IS DROPPED BY PAYPAL OVER END-TO-END ENCRYPTION, MAY ADOPT BITCOIN INSTEAD

Mega, the end-to-end encrypted cloud storage platform founded by mercurial entrepreneur and occasional outlaw Kim Dotcom, is back in the news. This time, the company’s primary adversary is PayPal, which earlier this week cancelled its payments processing contract.

Feb 27 12:07

Net Neutrality Vote in the FCC: You Lose America

It is manifestly unjust, and indeed outrageous, to allow this sort of cost-shifting to go on. It may be legal but it should be considered fraud. This is the false narrative being sold to you to support “Net Neutrality”, and it’s going to ram you right up the chute in the form of higher costs for your Internet connections whether you want to use Netflix and Facebook or not.

Feb 27 11:54

#LizardSquad hacks Lenovo over #Superfish...

Looks like Lenovo is going to be paying for the Superfish debacle for a long time coming.

Feb 27 10:59

Comcast: We Will Sue to Slow the Web

The company says the FCC overreached by passing rules to stop Internet service providers from blocking sites and slowing traffic. The problem is, Comcast’s admitted to doing just that.

Feb 27 10:57

Is This What We Can Expect from a Government-Run Internet?

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to implement new net neutrality rules designed to make sure Internet service providers treat all legal content equally.

Feb 27 10:07

Obama Thanks Americans for Supporting Destruction of the Internet

Obama thanked internet users for supporting the FCC’s decision to micromanage the internet: -- As Ron Paul notes today the FCC is a non-elected federal government agency that has arbitrarily decided — without a vote from Congress or permission from the American people — to regulate the internet.

Feb 27 10:07

Disregard anti-net neutrality howlings: Our view

Cute, but hardly convincing. The net neutrality rules are many things. What they are not is a federal takeover, or government censorship or, as some critics put it, Obamacare for the Internet.

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Feb 27 09:42

Why your smartphone records everything you say to it

After controversy earlier this month over televisions recording owners and sending the clips to third parties, smartphone owners are now discovering that companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft are also recording voice commands and storing them for up to two years.

Feb 27 09:28

Berkeley Bans Police Drones, Taking Other Steps to Demilitarize Cops

Josh Paniagua
Activist Post

On Tuesday morning, I woke up to news of a Berkeley City Council meeting that would pass or reject a 2-year moratorium on the use of drones by the city happening later in the afternoon. By the evening, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that City Council had indeed passed a one-year ban on police drones and referred recommendations on remodeling community-police relations to the city manager.

During the 1-year suspension, City Council has pledged to work toward developing appropriate policies regarding city use of unmanned aircraft. While this may come as good news to some, vice chair of Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission Robert Meola was a bit disappointed...

Feb 27 09:12

Internet problems take out Facebook, Instagram, others; Lizard Squad takes credit

Unexplained outages took down a number of popular Internet services Monday night, including Facebook, Instagram, HipChat, and possibly others. Notorious hacker group The Lizard Squad took credit.

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As of now I cannot get into my Facebook account. It keeps shuffling me to the ad manager, which I don't use because I do not have ads on my Facebook page, but I cannot get out of there because it refuses my login. If I could get back in I would delete my accounts, because Facebook has become too difficult to use any more!

Feb 27 09:12

Ron Paul - Police State America: Internet, Rip?

Ron Paul 
RINF Alternative News

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Feb 27 08:36

Troll control: Twitter cracks down on abuse, spoofing

Twitter says it is boosting efforts to stop impersonation, spoofing and personal data leaks in the latest round of updates that are part of the corporation’s long term plan to deal with internet abuse on their platform.

“We streamlined the process of reporting harassment on Twitter recently; now we’re making similar improvements around reporting other content issues including impersonation, self-harm and the sharing of private and confidential information,” said Twitter Vice-President Tina Bhatnagar in a blog post.

The process started on Thursday and “should reach all users in the coming weeks."

Feb 27 08:10

Internet, RIP? by Ron Paul

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Feb 27 07:34

Ukraine Culture Ministry Bans Staff Use of .ru Domain Mail

Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has banned staff from using Russian ru. domain e-mails or file-exchange networks, it said on Thursday, announcing that the prohibition "aims to stop confidential data leakage".

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"We'll use the American systems. THAT will keep our data safe!!!" -- President Chocolate

Feb 26 21:30

Why your smartphone records everything you say to it

In a post on Reddit one man claims to work for a company called Walk ‘N’ Talk Technologies, comparing recorded voice clips to the meaning extracted by computers and rating them for accuracy.

“I realised that I was hearing peoples’ commands given to their mobile devices,” he said. “I'm telling you, if you've said it to your phone, it's been recorded... and there's a damn good chance a third party is going to hear it. I've heard more text-to-speech sexting than I care to.”

Although there appears to be no evidence for the existence of any company by that name, audio is certainly being recorded in the manner described, by admission of tech companies.

Google says openly on its support pages that it records all of your voice commands issued to its Now service and saves them to “improve speech recognition”.

Feb 26 19:05

Ron Paul: Internet, RIP?

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a federal agency now claims the power to regulate the Internet. I am surprised that even among civil liberties groups, some claim the federal government increasing regulation of the Internet somehow increases our freedom and liberty.

Feb 26 18:57

REPORT: Ad Company Using Drones To Monitor Cellular, WiFi Signals

An advertising company has been utilizing drones experimentally to monitor cellular and Wi-Fi signals across the San Fernando Valley, according to a new report.

Feb 26 17:57

Ron Paul: Internet, RIP?

Feb 26 15:51

FCC Inches Closer to an Internet Takeover

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to appear before Congress as the FCC prepares a regulatory Internet takeover.

Feb 26 13:54

FCC Votes in Favor of Obama's Net Neutrality — Has the Slippery Slope to Web Censorship Begun?

Here it comes...

Having pressured FCC’s Tom Wheeler, the vote just came down: U.S. FCC APPROVES NET NEUTRALITY INTERNET RULES IN 3-2 VOTE. While potentially good for a consumer’s pocketbook, the handing over of “fair-use” decision to the government, as we previously noted, could be the first step on a slippery slope to increased censorship.

Feb 26 11:17

FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: the Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory power in the process. And unlike the FCC's last stab at net neutrality in 2010, today's new rules also apply to mobile broadband. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the basic gist of the plan earlier this month -- it'll ban things like paid prioritization, a tactic some ISPs used to get additional fees from bandwidth heavy companies like Netflix, as well as slowdown of "lawful content." But now Wheeler's vision is more than just rhetoric, it's something the FCC can actively enforce.

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Now we get to find out what is on those other 300 pages!

Feb 26 10:34

FCC Inches Closer to an Internet Takeover

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to appear before Congress as the FCC prepares a regulatory Internet takeover.

Feb 26 09:48

Why is the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Secret?

What's FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler? Hiding From Congress and the American People?

The 332-page final draft FCC order was only delivered to the four other FCC commissioners three weeks ago. When Wheeler delivered the document, he took the unusual step of issuing a “gag order” to prevent its release before the FCC vote

Feb 26 09:38

FCC: You Won’t Know What’s In Net Neutrality Until We Force It Upon You

The power grab is on, and the Obama Executive Branch will keep it all under wraps until it is too late for you to protest against it. Such has been the tendency of the Obama White House for six years, but now the brazen tyranny is being pranced in front of us as if the hard left minions of President Obama are daring us to make a peep about it.

Feb 26 09:36

'Breakthrough' NSA spyware shows deep grasp of makers' hard drives

What seems to be a U.S.-run computer espionage program has reportedly figured out how to employ a "breakthrough" snooping tactic — the implanting of spyware into hard drives — that could compromise most of the world's computers.

As a matter of policy, Kaspersky Lab, which publicized the discovery in a report on Monday, withheld the name of the country it suspects of being behind the operation.

But the Moscow-based anti-virus company said the country behind the implanted spyware was closely linked to Stuxnet, the computer worm deployed by the U.S. National Security Agency to disable Iran's nuclear-enrichment capabilities.

Former NSA operatives confirmed to Reuters that the analysis by Kaspersky, a highly reputable anti-virus firm, was correct. They said the NSA’s ability to secretly embed spyware into hard drives has long been prized by the surveillance agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if you are wondering how cyber-criminals seem to be able to so easily penetrate banks and credit card companies, it is because they don;t have to crack the systems, only find the open doors the NSA put in!

Feb 26 09:34

Bad for Business: After NSA Hack China Stops Buying Major US Tech Brands

China has been axing major US technology companies from its government purchasing list in favor of local brands. Some analysts believe fears over NSA spy technology could be to blame.

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Thanks a lot, NSA!

Feb 26 08:57

‘Today is the day’ as FCC readies historic vote on Net Neutrality

After millions made it clear they would not allow the commission, lawmakers or the telecom industry 'to mess with the Internet,' broad coalition plans celebrations on verge of historic vote

Feb 26 08:51

Argentina Congress votes to dissolve intelligence agency and to create new federal intelligence agency

Argentina's Congress has approved a bill to scrap the country's intelligence agency. The Intelligence Secretariat will be replaced with a new federal agency that will be accountable to Congress. The proposal was drafted last month by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Feb 26 08:39

Google Boosts Your Wallet

Google said via its blog that is working with AT & T, T-Mobile and Verizon for its application to electronic payments Google Wallet comes pre-installed on phones with Android operating system sold by three operators.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/google-boosts-your-wallet/

Feb 26 07:27

FCC's Ajit Pai: Net Neutrality is a "Solution That Won't Work to a Problem That Doesn't Exist"

Feb 25 23:02

Telecoms, GOP Launch 'Last Ditch Effort' to Undermine Net Neutrality

A U.S. House subcommittee is meeting Wednesday to make a final attempt to derail net neutrality ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's vote scheduled for later this week.

Feb 25 18:41

Internet Freedom to Disappear on Thursday

The first thing will be changing the classification of the internet from an “information services” industry to a “telecommunications” industry, thus allowing the onerous – some call them draconian – rules now to apply to the internet, thus turning it essentially into a utility: bland, beige, quiescent, orderly, stagnant, inefficient, and expensive.

Feb 25 16:50

If the FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan is So Great, Why Can’t Anyone See It?

If the FCC’s plan to “protect” net neutrality and reign in the power of greedy corporations is so fantastic, then why haven’t its 332 pages been released for public consumption?

Feb 25 16:08

Obamanet? Are Obama’s new internet rules the end of the Free and Open Internet?

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations ever. In spite of the wide-reaching effects of these new regulations, the American public has no say in what happens; instead, a bunch of government bureaucrats at the FCC will decide the future of the internet.

Feb 25 16:05

It's official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy

China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations continue to make headlines in newspapers all around the world.

Feb 25 16:02

Hillary Clinton Endorses FCC’s Title II Designation for the Internet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled support for the Federal Communications Commission upcoming vote to make the internet a Title II public utility.

Feb 25 15:57

Google's Atari-Playing Algorithm Could Be the Future of AI

This algorithm began with no previous information about Space Invaders—or, for that matter, the other 48 Atari 2600 games it is learning to play and sometimes master after two straight weeks of gameplay. In fact, it wasn't even designed to take on old video games; it is general-purpose, self-teaching computer program. Yet after watching the Atari screen and fiddling with the controls over two weeks, DQN is playing at a level that would humiliate even a professional flesh-and-blood gamer.

Volodymyr Mnih and his team of computer scientists at Google, who have just unveiled DQN in the journal Nature, says their creation is more than just an impressive gamer. Mnih says the general-purpose DQN learning algorithm could be the first rung on a ladder to artificial intelligence.

Feb 25 15:51

It's official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy

China is no longer using high-profile US technology brands for state purchases, amid ongoing revelations about mass surveillance and hacking by the US government.

A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee -- among others -- have been dropped from the Chinese government's list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday.

Feb 25 15:46

Socialism Behind “Net Neutrality” FCC Internet Takeover

“Net Neutrality” is a trojan horse attack on free speech spearheaded by socialist activists who want to take control of the Internet out of private hands by declaring it a “public utility.”

Feb 25 15:24

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai: Net Neutrality is a "Solution That Won't Work to a Problem That Doesn't Exist"

Net Neutrality is "a solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist," says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Pai is an oustpoken opponent of expanding government control of the internet, including FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the same Title II rules that are used to govern telephone-service providers as public utilities. Under current FCC regulations, ISPs are considered providers of "information services" and subject to essentially no federal regulation.

Feb 25 14:09

Why ‘Net Neutrality’ is a Trojan Horse For Obama’s Web Takeover

The federal government is about to seize control of the Internet and most Americans don’t even know about it.

Feb 25 13:27

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

Feb 25 12:49

Hillary Clinton Blames ‘Different Media’ For Dividing Country

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “different media” are dividing the country, making it impossible for people to even have a conversation with each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Everyone should be forced to be in agreement with me!"

Feb 25 12:17

Soros, Ford shovel $196 million to 'net neutrality' groups, staff to White House

Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report.

And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an arm of the conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center.

Feb 25 11:28

World’s leading Simcard maker confirms British and US spooks “probably” stole security codes

The Franco-Dutch world number one simcard maker Gemalto has concluded its own investigation into a hacking of its security codes.

Last week an investigative website, acting on information supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden, accused the British and American security services of the hack so they could monitor calls, texts and emails.

“This attack very likely has happened. We can correlate what is described in the document allegedly coming from the NSA or GCHQ with events we have observed. This attack was very innovative, it has never been seen before. So it was likely not done by a hacker or mafia as is usual,” said Gemalto’s boss Olivier Piou.

Feb 25 10:20

FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.

Feb 25 10:08

Samsung Will Promote Its 5G Technology At Mobile World Congress

Samsung promoted by the firm also South Korea’s SK Telecom it’s called “millimeter wave technology” that allows a transmission rate of 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), about 30 times faster than current 4G networks.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/samsung-will-promote-its-5g-technology-at-mobile...

Feb 25 10:07

THE DYSTOPIAN FUTURE OF QUANTIFIED BABIES

A group of design students from a Swedish university published an insightful academic paper last year spoofing all the baby health trackers now pitched to parents. The trackers measure things like a baby's breathing rate, heart rate, and sleep, and are made by startups including Mimo Baby, Owlet, Sproutling, and Monbaby.

Feb 25 09:46

Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep

Canada’s electronic surveillance agency is covertly monitoring vast amounts of Canadians’ emails as part of a sweeping domestic cybersecurity operation, according to top-secret documents.

Feb 25 09:44

18.8 million non-customers could be affected by Anthem breach

You read that headline correctly: between 8.8 and 18.8 million people are at risk as a result of the massive data breach that hit health insurer Anthem Inc. – despite having no relationship with the company.

When Anthem announced early February that hackers had accessed its servers and stolen personal information – including names, birth dates, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and employment information – it was estimated that about 78.8 million customers – including some 13.5 million Californians, 27,000 North Dakotans, 775,000 North Carolinians, 3.77 million Virginians, and 11,000 New Mexicans – were affected. Now, it transpires that the hackers got even luckier, and that an additional 8.8 to 18.8 people who aren’t Anthem customers could also be affected.

Feb 25 09:00

Facebook frontline: Kiev calls up 'online army' amid information war

A day after Ukraine announced it is joining the information war by creating an 'online army,' the Information Policy Ministry entered into its first controversy. It has reportedly called on bloggers to create accounts to spread information useful to Kiev.

The ministry has begun accepting applications from people wanting to join the online army. Once users are registered, they reportedly receive instructions on how to proceed.

Feb 25 08:02

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in iTunes infringement lawsuit

The tech giant must cough up roughly half a billion after being found guilty of using Smartflash patents without permission.

Feb 25 07:48

Texas inventor launches breakthrough home-based food production system featuring 3D-printable components posted online for free

A Texas patent holder and inventor has launched a collection of 3D-printable objects that function as key components in a non-electric, home-based food grow system that can be operated for

Feb 25 07:32

What Is FCC Hiding? Show Us

The Federal Communications Commission plans sweeping new regulations on the Internet that it claims will help consumers. If so, why are they keeping these rules hidden before voting on them Thursday?

For years, the FCC has been trying to impose itself on the Internet in name of "net neutrality," only to be thwarted by the courts. Even net neutrality backers can point to only fear, not harm, as justification for such intervention.

Rather than admit net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler decided — at the urging of President Obama — to regulate the Internet under what's called Title II. That's the part of the law that established the FCC and would let the government regulate competitive Internet service providers as though they were Ma Bell circa 1935.

Wheeler has refused to release the 332-page plan he wants the commission to approve on Thursday, citing FCC tradition as the reason.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Net Neutrality can be described on a single page. So what are in the either 331 pages the FCC doesn't want you to see? Licenesed required (with heavy fees) for globs? Content control under "Standards and practices" as is now done with TV? Transfer of the public bandwidth into corporate control (again, as was done with radio and TV)?

It looks like the government created the whole "Net Neutrality Crisis" to get us to go along with allowing the White House to seize control of the internet, which has become a major threat to those who rule by lies and deception.

Feb 25 07:26

Obama's regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

“These Internet regulations will deter broadband deployment, depress network investment and slow broadband speeds. How do we know? Compare Europe, which has long had utility-style regulations, with the United States, which has embraced a light-touch regulatory model. Broadband speeds in the United States, both wired and wireless, are significantly faster than those in Europe. Broadband investment in the United States is several multiples that of Europe. And broadband’s reach is much wider in the United States, despite its much lower population density,” the two wrote.

They also joined to warn about the Democrat-chaired Federal Election Commission eyeing regulation of political speech on the Internet.

Noting recent votes on the issue that ended in a political deadlock, the two wrote, “these close votes and the risk of idiosyncratic case-by-case enforcement inevitably discourage citizens and groups from speaking freely online about politics.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But that's the whole POINT! People shouldn't discuss politics. They should just believe what I tell them as if it is the word of God ... which, it kinda is!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 24 22:07

The Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Drones

Given the rapid advance of robotic technology, drones like the GuardBot may look quaint in the next few years. We’re on the cusp of a new age of warfare that will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. In the future, the superpowers of the world will fight their wars with autonomous robots, and unfortunately, most people are completely unaware of what this might mean for their children’s generation.

Feb 24 17:46

Komodia’s Founder, “Was Once a Programmer in Israel’s IDF’s Intelligence Core”

Why is Komodia now getting so much attention anyway? Because its hugely intrusive and poorly protected technology is found in many places on the web, according to Marc Rogers, principal security researcher at content delivery network CloudFlare. The technology can be found in various parental control software, including those made by Qustodio and the Israeli firm’s own “Keep My Family Secure” product, and in web filter products across the world. On Weichselbaum’s LinkedIn page, he says: “My biggest vision is to create a world where children can surf the internet safely, and I’m working to see this vision realized.”

Feb 24 16:54

DARPA Spending Millions on ''RATS'' Voice Recognition Surveillance Tech

Cassius Methyl
Activist Post

Between 2015 and 2017, the Pentagon will have the ability to decipher human voices in surveillance audio even if background noise makes the covertly recorded conversations inaudible; and they are spending an additional $2.4 mil on top of the $13 mil already spent to do it...

Feb 24 15:00

CIA looks to expand its cyber espionage capabilities

CIA Director John Brennan is planning a major expansion of the agency’s cyber-espionage capabilities as part of a broad restructuring of an intelligence service long defined by its human spy work, current and former U.S. officials said.

Feb 24 13:49

CIA looks to expand its cyber espionage capabilities

CIA Director John Brennan is planning a major expansion of the agency’s cyber-espionage capabilities as part of a broad restructuring of an intelligence service long defined by its human spy work, current and former U.S. officials said.

Feb 24 11:21

Cops Want to Block Tracking App

Waze is an App that among other things allows you to pin police locations. Now police who use Stingray systems and other intelligence gathering measures want the App banned.

Feb 24 11:07

Former FCC Chairman ‘Shocked’ By The FEDs Rush To Regulate The Internet

Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell told CNBC today that he was shocked by the federal agency’s rush to regulate the Internet as a vote looms on a 332 page plan that remains secret.

Feb 24 09:45

Ad-blocking software is 'worse than Superfish'

Researchers have identified a fresh threat to the way consumers interact with websites, this time from software designed to block advertisements.

PrivDog has been found to compromise a layer of the internet known as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) - used to safeguard online transactions.

It follows the discovery of a similar problem with Superfish, software pre-installed on some Lenovo computers.

PrivDog said that its issue might compromise more than 57,000 users.

Feb 24 09:44

Download.com and Others Bundle Superfish-Style HTTPS Breaking Adware

And then they are installing a proxy into your browser and forcing all of your browsing through it so they can insert ads. That’s right, even when you connect to your bank, or health insurance site, or anywhere that should be secure. And you would never know, because they broke Windows encryption to show you ads.

But the sad, sad fact is that they aren’t the only ones doing this — adware like Wajam, Geniusbox, Content Explorer, and others are all doing the exact same thing, installing their own certificates and forcing all your browsing (including HTTPS encrypted browsing sessions) to go through their proxy server. And you can get infected with this nonsense just by installing two of the top 10 apps on CNET Downloads.

The bottom line is that you can no longer trust that green lock icon in your browser’s address bar. And that’s a scary, scary thing.

Feb 24 09:16

NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies

The National Security Agency director, Mike Rogers, on Monday sought to calm a chorus of doubts about the government’s plans to maintain built-in access to data held by US technology companies, saying such “backdoors” would not be harmful to privacy, would not fatally compromise encryption and would not ruin international markets for US technology products.

Rogers mounted an elaborate defense of Barack Obama’s evolving cybersecurity strategy in an appearance before an audience of cryptographers, tech company security officers and national security reporters at the New America Foundation in Washington. In an hour-long question-and-answer session, Rogers said a cyber-attack against Sony pictures by North Korea last year showed the urgency and difficulty of defending against potential cyber threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only cyberthreat is the NSA itself!

Feb 24 08:29

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

Raiu said the authors of the spying programs must have had access to the proprietary source code that directs the actions of the hard drives. That code can serve as a roadmap to vulnerabilities, allowing those who study it to launch attacks much more easily.

"There is zero chance that someone could rewrite the [hard drive] operating system using public information," Raiu said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the claims by the hard drive makers that they did not know what the NSA was doing!

Feb 24 08:00

Hundreds of South Carolina Prisoners Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook

Back in 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) made “Creating and/or Assisting With A Social Networking Site” a Level 1 offense [PDF], a category reserved for the most violent violations of prison conduct policies. It’s one of the most common Level 1 offense charges brought against inmates, many of whom, like most social network users, want to remain in contact with friends and family in the outside world and keep up on current events. Some inmates ask their families to access their online accounts for them, while many access the Internet themselves through a contraband cell phone (possession of which is yet another Level 1 offense).

Feb 24 07:59

NSA and GCHQ: Big Brother Would Have Never Believed

On February 16, researchers at the Moscow-based security group Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of the ultimate virus which has virtually infected all spheres of military and civilian computing in more than 40 countries around the world. They’ve managed to discover a piece of malware that must have been installed on hard disks while they were still being manufactured, and due to its complexity and a certain number of features that it shares with Stuxnet, it’s safe to assume that it was created by US secret services.

On February 18, The Guardian confirmed that for the last 7 years Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had been sharing personal intelligence data en masse with America’s national security agencies, regardless of the fact that it had interceptedmillions of foreign citizens’ conversations. The ruling of a UK court clearly suggests that these actions were illegal on top of being carried out in violation of the the European Convention on Human Rights.

Feb 24 07:25

Yahoo exec grills NSA director over ‘backdoor’ access to private data

“It sounds like you agree with [Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James] Comey that we should be building defects into the encryption in our products so that the US government can decrypt,” Yahoo’s chief information-security officer, Alex Stamos, said during the 'Cybersecurity for a New America: Big Ideas and New Voices' conference.

Rogers cut the question off, saying: “That would be your characterization.”

Stamos then proceeded further, asking the NSA director whether US tech firms should also build backdoors for foreign countries requesting access to private data.

Feb 24 07:17

Twitter comes out for #NetNeutrality

One after another, web giants are openly backing ‘net neutrality’ reforms proposed by the FCC. Twitter endorsed the plan on Monday, calling the open internet the “heart of Twitter.”

The internet not only “provides the lowest barrier to competitive entry” for businesses, but also serves “as a great equalizer in the access to information and in reaching a global audience,” Twitter public policy manager Will Carty wrote in a statement. “If you have an opinion or a new innovative web-based service, you don’t have to get permission to share it with the world at large.”

Feb 24 07:16

First Official Image Of The New Galaxy S6

The first official image of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 has been unveiled in Twitter by John Legere, president of T-Mobile USA, a major telephone companies in the United States.
In a message in which he claimed that his company will participate in “the next big” executive photograph showing a side of the phone used in advertising campaigns.

The image of Samsung Galaxy S6 reveals that have a curved edge that your screen will extend at least in one version, as already has the Galaxy Note Edge.

The latter, presented by Samsung in Berlin last September, was the launch pad for this type of display as different from most. The curved area is used as a taskbar on computers, which can occur from application options to serve as a launcher for your favorite applications.

Read More: http://whatisusa.info/first-official-image-of-the-new-galaxy-s6/

Feb 24 07:06

Apple patents iPhone tracking system

Your next iPhone may be trackable even when it's turned off, if Apple’s newest patent is anything to go by. The Cupertino tech giant has just patented a technology that would “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmit location data.”

Feb 24 07:01

The Spy Cables: A glimpse into the murky world of espionage

Feb 24 01:44

From Internet to Obamanet

This is yet another infringement of our government on our freedom. Does anyone think this President and his pals will stop short of regulating internet content?

Feb 23 23:01

The SIM Card Saga. The NSA and Britain’s GCHQ’s Agenda: Establishing Total Control Over Internet and Mobile Phone Users

Recent days have been marked by a record number of news stories regarding the US and its allies trying to establish total control over Internet users.

Feb 23 22:31

SIM Card Producer Denies Any Real Risk From NSA Hacking Its Encryption Keys

Apparently, execs at Gemalto went to the same crisis management training program as the top execs at Lenovo. As you probably recall, last week The Intercept revealed that the NSA and GCHQ had hacked into the systems at Gemalto, the world’s largest maker of SIM cards for mobile phones, in order to get access to their encryption keys. This is a pretty massive security breach, allowing these intelligence agencies to decrypt calls that people thought were encrypted. But Gemalto insists its SIM cards are perfectly secure...

Feb 23 18:23

The government can go back in time and listen to calls you made before you were a target

Back in May 2013, a former FBI agent went on national television and twice told the American public that "all digital communications" are recorded and retained for posterity by US government agencies. Those comments came just a month before the first Edward Snowden leaks rocked the world. Later that June Glenn Greenwald, the reporter to publish the first of the Snowden leaks, told an audience in Chicago that the NSA collects the content of one billion phone calls per day.

Feb 23 17:45

Facebook Owner Mark Zuckerberg Takes Public Stand Against Vaccine Refusers

This is the same guy who called all the users of his network "dumb f*cks" once upon a time, so...

Feb 23 17:39

A Viral Video about Police Brutality Is Making Its Way across the Web, Read This before Sharing It

A quote popularized by Mark Twain best sums up a recent motion graphic that’s been circulating on social media.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

The video attempts to make a comparison of how likely the chances were for you to get murdered or raped, and then endeavors to compare this to police brutality per contact.

Feb 23 17:00

NSA chief declines comment on hard drive spyware reports — but insists programs lawful

The head of the National Security Agency refused to comment on Monday on reports that the U.S. government implants spyware on computer hard drives for surveillance purposes, saying “we fully comply with the law.”

Feb 23 16:45

Republican FCC Commissioners Ask Wheeler To Delay Net Neutrality Vote, Release Proposal

Three days before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations in history, two commissioners are asking Chairman Tom Wheeler to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public.

“We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it,” Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly said in a statement Monday. “Then, after the commission reviews the specific input it receives from the American public and makes any modifications to the plan as appropriate, we could proceed to a final vote.”

Feb 23 16:00

“Bug” causes music group to bombard Google with bogus DMCA takedowns

One removal demand from Total Wipes, saying "We have an exclusive & worldwide deal for distributing this content," sought the removal of 95 download pages from some of the biggest names on the Internet, among them Ubuntu, Python, Skype, Open Office, Raspberry Pi, Pidgin, and Tor.

Feb 23 15:57

Faked PayPal sites hard to distinguish from the real thing

Faked PayPal email notifications directing recipients to malicious websites aren’t new. But cybercriminals are getting a lot better at executing them.

That’s what the discovery of a current phishing campaign designed to lure victims to click to a pair of very well-designed faked PayPal websites shows.

The finding comes from researchers at OpenDNS, a free, advertising-sponsored service for making faster, more secure website connections.

The fraudulent PayPal websites are virtually indistinguishable from the real PayPal.com, down to the images used on the login screen, the color palette, and the HTML code used in the page’s layout, the researchers found.

Feb 23 15:50

How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling

The hacking tool, believed to be a product of the NSA, is significant because subverting the firmware gives the attackers God-like control of the system in a way that is stealthy and persistent even through software updates. The module, named “nls_933w.dll”, is the first of its kind found in the wild and is used with both the EquationDrug and GrayFish spy platforms Kaspersky uncovered.

It also has another capability: to create invisible storage space on the hard drive to hide data stolen from the system so the attackers can retrieve it later. This lets spies like the Equation Group bypass disk encryption by secreting documents they want to seize in areas that don’t get encrypted.

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