Latest Articles: Computers-Hacking
Facebook’s New Suicide Detection A.I., Could Put Innocent People Behind Bars
Post Date: 2017-12-01 10:16:17 by Deckard
By MassPrivateI Imagine police knocking on your door because you posted a troubling comment on a social media website. Imagine a judge forcing you to be jailed, sorry I meant hospitalized, because a computer program found your comment(s) troubling. You can stop imagining, this is really happening. A recent TechCrunch article warns that Facebooks Proactive Detection artificial intelligence (A.I.) will use pattern recognition to contact first responders. The A.I. will contact first responders, if they deem a persons comment[s] to have troubling suicidal thoughts. Facebook also will use AI to prioritize particularly risky or urgent user ...
No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really ARE watching your every move
Post Date: 2017-11-21 10:30:22 by Willie Green
Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit. If you have the uncomfortable sense someone is looking over your shoulder as you surf the Web, you're not being paranoid. A new study finds hundreds of sitesincluding microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.comemploy scripts that record visitors' keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted. Session replay scripts are provided by third-party analytics services that are designed to help site operators better understand how visitors interact with their Web properties and identify specific pages that are confusing or ...
Firefox Quantum is here...
Post Date: 2017-11-14 10:03:04 by Willie Green
Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum the biggest update the browser has received since its first release in 2004 and if you've strayed away to Edge or Chrome, the non-profit is hoping to win you back.We caught up with Mark Mayo, senior vice president of Firefox, to find out more. [Quantum] is twice as fast as Firefox 52, he told us. Were at a point where were as fast as, or faster than Chrome. Compared to a year ago, its a huge leap in performance.That isnt just on high-end PCs with buckets of RAM, either. Mozilla uses a US$300 Acer laptop as reference hardware, having established that its the most common hardware for ...
Russian Trolls Are Still Co-Opting Black Organizers’ Events
Post Date: 2017-11-08 09:10:46 by Willie Green
Facebook banned them. That didnt stop their mischief. Since 1994, Charles Stamps has organized the MLK Grande Parade, an annual march in Houston. But right now, the January event is getting an unusual signal boost: from BlackMattersUS.com, a website that largely looks like a hub of racial-justice activism but is in fact the creation of Kremlin-funded trolls who attempted to intensify heated American issues during the 2016 election and have continued to do so in the year since. I think its a load of BS. My name is Charlesits not comrade, Stamps told me Monday when I called him, informing him for the first time that BlackMattersUS was promoting his event. ...
A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency
Post Date: 2017-10-31 11:51:29 by Willie Green
Amazon & Walmart's in-home and car delivery service will let police conduct warrantless searches
Post Date: 2017-10-13 08:43:33 by Deckard
Source: Mass Private I Recently, Walmart shocked privacy conscious Americans by announcing they wanted customers to let Walmart employees inside their homes.Walmart thinks, Americans will be happy to let strange Uber and Lyft drivers inside their homes."First, users will place an order on Walmart's website for their groceries, which will dispatch a driver from Deliv, a Walmart-owned company that uses drivers on services like Uber and Lyft for last mile deliveries, to bring it to your smarthome."Homeowners will receive a notification that someone is in their home..."You'll receive a phone notification that it's happening,and if you want, can watch the ...
President-Elect Trump Announces Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Lend Expertise to Cyber Security Efforts
Post Date: 2017-01-12 16:26:21 by hondo68
(New York, NY) President-elect Trump is very pleased to announce former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector. This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources. In addition, from time to time because of the changing nature of this problem, it is contemplated that the President-elect will be hosting a series of meetings with senior corporate executives from companies which have faced or are facing challenges similar to those ...
Top US Republican senator says Russians hacked his campaign
Post Date: 2016-12-14 20:46:37 by hondo68
US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, seen in April 2016, has called for a congressional probe into Russian election hacking (AFP Photo/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED) Washington (AFP) - A senior Republican senator said Wednesday that his campaign accounts were hacked by Russians, taking issue with President-elect Donald Trump's rejection of Moscow's alleged interference in the US elections.Senator Lindsey Graham said he was informed three months before the November 8 presidential election that his accounts were broken into."Our campaign vendor was hacked. We were told by the FBI in August that we were hacked in June," he told CNN television.Trump has rejected the conclusion by the ...
It's dead, Jim (Hopalong's site crashes)
Post Date: 2016-12-10 17:38:21 by Hank Rearden
It's dead, Jim Hardware failure requiring a trip to San Jose to sort out (eta 5PM PST.) The site may be down for most of the evening, if not the weekend, depending on the severity of the failure and the degree of Kung Fu necessary to bring us back online. We'll continue to update with progress reports, with the next likely within an hour of getting hands-on with the smoldering device. Next update 6-7PM PST. Thank you for your patience. ------------------ And all this for only a third of a million dollars per year, latest copyright date on the crappy software is 2008 and STILL no ability to edit or correct a posting, as we can do here on Liberty's Flame. Nice going, Hopalong ...
WHAT ALL AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON’S ALLEGED SAP COMPROMISE--MAJ ED COET, USA (RET)
Post Date: 2016-11-07 14:37:26 by U don't know me
WHAT ALL AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HILLARY CLINTONS ALLEGED SAP COMPROMISE--MAJ ED COET, USA (RET) [COURTESY: CAPT Les Horn, USN (Ret)] My name is Ed Coet. I am a retired US Army Intelligence Officer. In my last job in the army I was the Chief of the Human Intelligence Branch for the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In that capacity I was also the Designated Program Manager for a Special Access Program (SAP) like the SAP that Hillary Clinton is alleged to have compromised in the most recent State Department Inspector General report to congress and which has been widely reported in the news. Here is what I personally know about SAPs and what I can attest to in an ...
Why Vladimir Putin’s Russia Is Backing Donald Trump
Post Date: 2016-11-04 18:45:22 by A Pole
In phone calls, meetings and cables, Americas European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trumps public statements denying Moscows role in cyberattacks designed to interfere with the U.S. election. They fear the Republican nominee for president has emboldened the Kremlin in its unprecedented cybercampaign to disrupt elections in multiple countries in hopes of weakening Western alliances, according to intelligence, law enforcement and other government officials in the United States and Europe. While American intelligence officers have privately briefed Trump about Russias attempts to influence the U.S. election, he has publicly dismissed that ...
Post Date: 2016-10-28 13:06:55 by Deckard
I am using Firefox and for quite a while (actually since I have had this computer), something was hogging all the memory.I looked in the Resource Monitor and there is a program called svchost.exe that was the problem.At times it is using over a gigabyte of memory.I have been ending this process with no problems for a while - the system sort of does a reset, but after a few minutes, everything is working normally.Can this cause any long term problems?
“Most serious” Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (updated)
Post Date: 2016-10-21 02:00:23 by nolu chan
Most serious Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (updated) Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access. Dan Goodin - 10/20/2016, 3:20 PM Ars Technica A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible. While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. ...
The internet belongs to the world, not to Ted Cruz
Post Date: 2016-09-21 08:52:40 by Willie Green
Congressional Republicans have recently taken a new hostage in their never-ending stream of threats to shut down the government. This time, their target is the transfer of control of usually unseen clerical functions that keep the internet working. Somehow this arcane transition has become one of the major hurdles to funding the government. So how did we get here? The story actually started two decades ago when the federal government announced that it would step away from running the technical functions of the internet. Since then the Department of Commerce, under the watch of three Presidents, including administrations of both parties, has been living up to this commitment. The ...
Woman launches lawsuit against Canadian vibrator maker
Post Date: 2016-09-14 15:45:39 by Willie Green
Ottawa-based company has produced a best-selling personal vibrator called the We-Vibe. (Wayne Cuddington/Ottawa Citizen/Postmedia Network) TORONTO An American woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Canadian-owned maker of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging the company sells products that secretly collect and transmit highly sensitive information. The Chicago-area woman, identified in a statement of claim only as N.P., has made her complaints against Standard Innovation (US) Corp., which is owned by the Ottawa-based Standard Innovation Corp, over a high-end vibrator called the We-Vibe. The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this ...
Has anyone upgraded to Windows 10? Any advice?
Post Date: 2016-07-24 12:50:34 by ConservingFreedom
The deadline for free upgrade looms. I'm in the process of backing up my files.
Beware of Robots Telling You How to Vote
Post Date: 2016-07-18 09:45:19 by Willie Green
Voting is partially a social endeavor, in which people consider the opinions of others when making up their own minds. Increasingly, though, they're being influenced by an inhuman force: software robots specifically designed to deceive them.Lest democracy be undermined, humans need help in distinguishing their brethren from the bots.Two years ago, in a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the social networking site Twitter estimated that more than 23 million of its active user accounts were being run by bots -- software agents or bits of code that act on their own to respond to news and world events. They interact with real users, never revealing ...
China now has world's fastest supercomputer called Sunway TaihuLight with 10M cores, 125 petaflops
Post Date: 2016-06-20 12:37:43 by Willie Green
China has now taken the lead in the supercomputing industry as they now have more supercomputers than the United States with their new Sunway TaihuLight machine that has a theoretical top speed of 125 petaflops. Top500, who compiles the rankings of supercomputers twice every year, has revealed that the China-made Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer is more than two times as powerful as the previous recordholder. It is located in the Chinese Supercomputing Center located in the Jiuangsu province. What made the achievement more impressive is that the Sunway TaihuLight is made from China's own chips without relying on existing architecture from Intel, the Wall Street Journal has learned. ...
OPM Seeks Social Media Tracking for Background Checks (bids sought for spy-bot contract)
Post Date: 2016-04-13 17:41:04 by hondo68
10 FACE/Shutterstock.com The Office of Personnel Management is preparing for a pilot program to automatically track public social media postings of people applying for security clearances. OPM is conducting market research to find companies that can perform automated social media tracking and other types of Web crawling as part of the background investigation process, according to an April 8 request for information posted online. Responses from interested companies are due by April 15. OPM is looking for companies that can automatically browse publicly available electronic information, which includes information posted to news and media sites; Facebook, Twitter and other ...
McAfee: I Will Decrypt Information on the San Bernardino Phone For Free
Post Date: 2016-02-18 13:06:13 by hondo68
Image: Facebook Using an obscure law, written in 1789 the All Writs Act the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually every industry specialist that back doors will be a bigger boon to hackers and to our nations enemies than publishing our nuclear codes and giving the keys to all of our military weapons to the Russians and the Chinese, our government has chosen, once again, not to listen to the minds that have created the glue that holds this world together. This is a black day and ...
RIP: Adblock Plus [money-grubbing sellouts]
Post Date: 2016-02-13 07:30:53 by Tooconservative
I got a little too excited when the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) chief called Adblock Plus (ABP) "an unethical, immoral, mendacious coven of techie wannabes." I immediately wanted to know when the next coven meeting was and how many stars to sew onto my witch cape. The chief's accusations of heresy came after ABP was disinvited from the bureau's Leadership Summit. IAB's chief further twisted the ceremonial dagger by saying they weren't invited "in the first place." After that splendid outburst of public bitchiness, finding and joining the ad-blocking coven was my destiny. But little did I know that any ad-free witchery Adblock Plus might've ...
Your Old USB Flash Drive Could Help Fight North Korean Repression
Post Date: 2016-02-09 16:47:02 by Willie Green
A tiny USB memory stick is unlikely to bring down Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, but thousands upon thousands of them just might help enlighten the North Korean people to the freedoms enjoyed by the outside world, according to human-rights activists. The New York-based Human Rights Foundation and Forum 280, a Silicon Valley nonprofit, have teamed up to launch a program that will collect donated USB flash drives, load them with content ranging from "South Korean soap operas to Hollywood films to Korean-language versions of Wikipedia to interviews with North Korean defectors," and smuggle them into the North for ordinary North Koreans to enjoy. The goal of the initiative, dubbed ...
The Pirate Bay is now the largest video streaming site in the world
Post Date: 2016-02-08 23:35:06 by A K A Stone
Netflix has a lot of streaming content, but so do services like Hulu and HBO. The Pirate Bay has put them all to shame now with the combination of in-browser streaming technology combined with its usual disregard for copyright. TPB is the first major torrent tracker to support a new streaming plugin called Torrents-Time. After downloading, users can stream any video listed on the site. Torrents-Time is a separate project that is not directly affiliated with TPB. It has been integrated with a few smaller sites, and theres a dedicated website for the service. Its also (partially) open source and available on GitHub. The Pirate Bay has Torrents-Time links right next to the ...
Recent Temp Outages of Libertysflame.com
Post Date: 2015-12-29 11:06:31 by Pinguinite
I've noticed some issues with the site being inaccessible recently. A check has shown the difficulty has been with the entire linode data center, as linode.com (the host for the web server for this site) has also been inaccessible. A check just now with linode shows a report by linode staff that a DOS attack has been in play against the data center, likely having nothing to do with this site. They are taking care of it, and hopefully all will be well soon. Linode has been a very reliable and high quality service, consistently, for the many years I've been with them, so this type of thing is very unusual, but they are on top of it.
Targeting racist trolls by putting their comments on local billboards
Post Date: 2015-12-01 08:09:25 by Willie Green
Brazilians who post racist abuse online may see their words blown up and pasted onto billboards near their houses.The campaign is called "Virtual racism, real consequences" and it's backed by Criola, a civil rights organisation run by Afro-Brazilian women. The group collects comments from Facebook or Twitter and uses geolocation tools to find out where the people who have posted them live. They then buy billboard space nearby and post the comments in huge letters, although names and photos are pixelated.Criola's founder Jurema Werneck says the campaign is intended to encourage people to speak out and report racism. "Those people [who post abuse online] think they can ...
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