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  • Anonymous takes down Black Lives Matter website to make point that 'All Lives Matter'

    05/03/2016 9:31:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mary-Ann Russon
    Ghost Squad, a hacking group spawned from the Anonymous hacktivist collective, claims it took down the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement on 29 and 30 April in a protest against actions taken by some of the campaign's supporters. According to Waqas Amir, a cybersecurity journalist based in Dubai and founder of HackRead, Ghost Squad conducted a series of persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement, beginning on Friday 29 April. The DDoS attacks caused the web host for blacklifematters.org to completely suspend the domain, while the blacklivesmatter.com...
  • AT&T offering $5 internet to low-income families (under deal with FCC)

    05/02/2016 9:12:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2016 | Heather Kelly
    Any home where at least one person receives food stamps will be eligible for the new program, called Access from AT&T. The offering is part of an agreement AT&T (T, Tech30) made with the FCC as part of last year's DirectTV merger and will be available until 2020. The company is the latest to offer discounted internet to low-income households in the United States, joining Comcast (CCV), Google Fiber, and some local government and nonprofit. These programs help close the so-called "digital divide" for families who would otherwise be forced to rely on school connections or cell phones. A lack...
  • Qatar National Bank: Database leak gives data on al-Jazeera journalists and British 'spies'

    05/01/2016 6:41:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies
    IBT ^ | 4-26-16 | Jason Murdock
    A 1.4GB trove of internal documents, files and sensitive financial data purporting to be from the Qatar National Bank (QNB) has been leaked online. The massive data dump appears to contain hundreds of thousands of records including customer transaction logs, personal identification numbers and credit card data. Additionally, dozens of separate folders consist of information on everything from Al Jazeera journalists to what appears to be the Al-Thani Qatar Royal Family. However, it is a folder listed as "SPY, Intelligence" that quickly catches the eye. Upon analysis, it contains a slew of records listed as Ministry of Defence, MI6 (the...
  • US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers

    05/01/2016 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | April 29, 2016 | BBC Staff
    Snooping on a tablet computerImage copyrightThinkstock The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers around the world. Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law for the digital age. But digital rights groups say the move expands the FBI's hacking authority. The DoJ wants judges to be able to issue remote search warrants for computers located anywhere that the United States claims jurisdiction, which...
  • WHY THE OBAMAS AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ‘FEUDING’ ON TWITTER [Pathetic PR Stunt, Media Drools]

    04/30/2016 4:21:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 4/30/16 | Stan Ziv
    [The clown and Michelle] mean business—arms crossed, game faces on, voices exuding no nonsense. “Hey, Prince Harry,” first lady Michelle Obama says with a menacing tone in a video posted to her Twitter account Friday. “Remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?” ..., the goal behind this very public “feud” lies in raising awareness for the upcoming Invictus Games, to be held May 8-12 in Orlando, Florida. The competition is “an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel,” according to the Invictus Games website.
  • The Internet of Things gets a ledger

    04/27/2016 3:36:38 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 10 replies
    Cisco.com ^ | April 6,2016 | Amy Cortese
    In the next decade, there will be tens of billions of connected devices—from thermostats and cell phones to parking meters and cars. Increasingly, these connected devices that make up the Internet of Things will be imbued with intelligence so that they can not only communicate, but transact, negotiate, collaborate and exchange value. The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things How will we handle this mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted, and do it in a secure way? “The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things,” says Alex Tapscott, coauthor with his father, Don Tapscott, of the "Blockchain...
  • Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet (pro-regime Internet shills)

    04/23/2016 12:57:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 10, 2015 | Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer
    Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet By Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer April 10, 2015 China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that asks for no less than 20 percent of its members to be recruited as “cyber civilization volunteers”, who would be expected to become “good Chinese Netizens”...
  • Google’s Remarkably Close Relationship With the Obama White House, in Two Charts

    04/22/2016 6:48:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    /theintercept ^ | Apr. 22 2016, | David Dayen
    WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA announced his support last week for a Federal Communications Commission plan to open the market for cable set-top boxes — a big win for consumers, but also for Google — the cable and telecommunications giants who used to have a near-stranglehold on tech policy were furious. AT&T chief lobbyist Jim Cicconi lashed out at what he called White House intervention on behalf of “the Google proposal.” He’s hardly the first to suggest that the Obama administration has become too close to the Silicon Valley juggernaut. Over the past seven years, Google has created a remarkable partnership with...
  • Pro-Hillary PAC Spending $1 Million to Hire Online Trolls

    04/22/2016 1:15:12 PM PDT · by BAW · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-22-2016 | Ben Kew
    Correct the Record, a pro-Hillary Clinton political action committee (PAC), is spending over $1 million on online trolls in order to 'correct' Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters on social media sites. According to Correct the Record, the task force will “combat online political harassment,” boasting that it has already “addressed more than 5,000 individuals who have personally attacked Secretary Clinton on Twitter.” "The task force will provide a presence and space online where Clinton supporters can organize and engage with one another and are able to obtain graphics, videos, gifs, and messaging to use in their own social spaces," the group...
  • Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill a firing offense

    04/21/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 14 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04/19/2016 | Sascha Meinrath
    Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California should be stripped of their positions for introducing a bill that would endanger American digital security and privacy. The Burr-Feinstein antiencryption bill isn't just bad, it's evidence of a dangerous incompetence in congressional leadership that is undermining America’s security. In fact, the draft bill, leaked two weeks ago and now officially released, is compelling evidence that Senate leadership should strip – or at least not reappoint – Senators Burr and Feinstein of their positions on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.... To say this most recent Burr-Feinstein...
  • Windows Users: It’s Time to Dump Apple’s QuickTime [Vulnerable to Hackers, No Fix]

    04/20/2016 6:46:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/16 | NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES
    U.S. government recommends uninstalling software after security holes discovered If you’re still using Apple’s QuickTime on a Windows PC, it’s time to stop. Apple confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it is no longer supporting or updating the 11-year-old QuickTime 7 for Windows, and has posted instructions for uninstalling the software. Keeping it installed on your computer may pose a risk. Last week, researchers discovered two new security holes that could allow bad guys to create malicious files to launch within Apple’s media player. Trend Micro, the security research firm that found the vulnerability, said that it hasn’t yet...
  • This Incredibly Creepy Mattress Tells You When Sex Is Happening (WiFi/Internet pings your phone)

    04/18/2016 5:32:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Chris Mills
    Apparently, we’re in the middle of a “global infidelity crisis,” a crisis that can only be solved by a smart mattress that pings your phone when it’s being used for sex. Wait, what? Smarttress is a real-looking product from Spanish company Durmet, which claims to use ultrasonic sensors to detect when two people are going at it on a bed. It then pings your phone to inform you of this fact. I’m still partly convinced that this is a late April Fool’s, but working on the terrifying assumption that it’s not, let’s look at this idea on its merits. On...
  • Make Reddit Great Again: Trump Troll Army Grinds Out Nearly 52 Million Page Views in March

    04/17/2016 2:58:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 15, 2016 | Allum Bokhari
    Liberal broadcaster MSNC is alarmed by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s growing support on the popular social media site Reddit. Describing the businessman and presidential candidate’s supporters on the site as “trolls,” MSNBC goes into an in-depth analysis of Reddit’s growing Trump following. thousands of users have posted gifs, memes, and links to articles praising Trump and tearing into his perceived opponents. The subreddit r/The_Donald scored nearly 52 million page-views in March, up from 12.6 million in February and 1.3 million in January. In doing so, it lapped the next most popular candidate subreddit, r/SandersForPresident, which attracted 35 million views in...
  • Facebook employees manipulate social media to prevent a Donald Trump presidency

    04/17/2016 5:49:47 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    .THEREBEL. ^ | April 16, 2016 | MIKE GWILLIAM
    Facebook employees admit they are willing to manipulate social media to prevent a Donald Trump presidency Last month, Facebook employees used a company poll to ask Zuckerberg whether the company should try “to help prevent President Trump in 2017.” Their believing that Facebook has a responsibility to influence the 2016 election is very concerning. It shows that Facebook employees are willing to censor opinions they don't agree with in the name of "social justice." If you've ever been suspended from Facebook for something extremely mild, this probably explains why. Facebook already proudly censors negative views on refugees In January is...
  • OPM Seeks Social Media Tracking for Background Checks

    04/13/2016 8:14:50 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Nextgov ^ | April 11, 2016 | By Jack Moore
    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.
  • Mark Zuckerberg demos new VR tech at annual event, and makes Trump dig

    04/12/2016 11:21:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Mark Zuckerberg opened Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference with a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump. ....Zuckerberg said that “it takes courage to chose hope over fear” and criticized “fearful voices talking about building walls”. He added that immigration was essential to the economic success of the country.
  • Yahoo is for sale; bidders line up; Marissa Mayer is toast

    04/11/2016 7:33:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 68 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 11, 2016 | by David Goldman
    Yahoo is for sale, and bidders are lining up to grab their own, ever-shrinking piece of Internet history. The once-great Internet pioneer is entertaining offers...reluctantly. CEO Marissa Mayer would like to see Yahoo through its struggles, but impatient investors are looking for a way to cash out. Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) has reportedly given interested parties until April 18 to make their offers. The company is expected to fetch something like $8 billion for its core Internet business. Who's buying? The list of interested parties matches the potpourri of businesses that Yahoo operates. Media companies, such as the Daily Mail and...
  • The Dutch referendum shows how the internet is taking back power from our Europhile elites

    04/10/2016 3:16:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 April 2016 | Nigel Farage
    It wasn't triggered by politicians or political parties, but by a determined group of well-organised, highly-motivated individuals. GeenPeil, a project stemming from the popular Dutch blog GeenStijl, collected some 420,000 signed, verified, signatures triggering this referendum. It is an extraordinary achievement that highlights how western democracy is evolving. The internet truly is the gamechanger of our time. A small collection of individuals with an idea can find thousands of other kindred spirits who join them in championing a cause. That develops, becoming tens of thousands and then allowing a message to reach out to millions. This revolution is sweeping Europe...
  • Donald Trump Finds Support in Reddit’s Unruly Corners

    04/10/2016 2:15:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 8, 2016 | John Herman
    “We’re at war,” the video began. “No one wants to admit it, but humanity is under attack.” The narration continued, delivered over swelling music and video of protests and gunfire: “One very specific man might be all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat of our brief existence.” The man being offered as the savior of a doomed world is Donald J. Trump. And on Monday Mr. Trump shared the video with the millions of people who follow him on Twitter and Facebook as he tries to secure the Republican nomination for president. But the original version of the...
  • Adobe Issues 'Emergency' Flash Player Security Update to Address Ransomware Attacks (again!)

    04/08/2016 10:01:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Friday April 8, 2016 4:59 AM PDT | by Joe Rossignol
    Adobe-FlashAdobe has issued Flash Player security updates for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS to address "critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system" by way of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a user's hard drive and demands payment in order to decrypt it. These type of threats often display images or use voice-over techniques containing instructions on how to pay the ransom. In this particular "CERBER" attack (via Reuters), affecting Flash-based advertisements, attackers have reportedly demanded between around $500 and $1,000, to retrieve the encrypted files. Adobe...
  • Obama: Let Big Brother In If You Want Online Protection

    04/07/2016 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/7/16 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama urged students to open up their digital life to the federal government, if they wanted to be protected by the government, calling the current privacy expectations from Americans unrealistic. “People have a whole new set of privacy expectations that are understandable. They also expect though that since their lives are all digitized, that the digital world is safe, which creates a contradictory demand on government,” he said. Obama discussed the issue during a conversation about the Supreme Court at the University of Chicago, where he used to teach Constitutional law. He pointed out that citizens expected the government...
  • Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott’s exchange with Starbucks heckler

    04/07/2016 6:52:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/6/16 | AMY SHERMAN AND JOSHUA GILLI
    It starts like a joke — Gov. Rick Scott walks into a Gainesville Starbucks — but one patron wasn’t laughing. Scott stopped in at the coffee chain for a cup Tuesday after touring the recently opened factory and headquarters for biopharmaceutical company Nanotherapeutics. Cara Jennings, a former Lake Worth city commissioner, saw Scott in the downtown store and ripped into him, from her seat, over health insurance and cuts to women’s health services, and calling him an expletive
  • Reddit Steps Up Anti-Harassment Measures With New Blocking Tool

    04/06/2016 8:05:44 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2016 | Mike Isaac
    SAN FRANCISCO — Since 2005, Reddit has been a veritable wonderland for the most extreme forms of free speech on the Internet. On this general interest message board, all it takes to make — or break — someone else’s day on Reddit is a fleeting thought, a made-up screen name and a few quick keystrokes. But with the site’s pseudonymity have come other byproducts. Some of Reddit’s biggest detractors claim the web discussion forum is a breeding ground for trolls, a hub that helps them organize and spread like a virus across the rest of the Internet. Reddit has in...
  • Palestine – Internet Manipulation Fuels Anti-Israel and Jewish Hatred

    04/06/2016 7:29:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/06/16 | David Singer
    Beware hate-filled Arab propagandists who want to conceal the truth at any cost Internet manipulation of readers’ comments in response to articles published on overtly anti-Israel and anti-Jewish web sites is allowing those web sites to spew out their venom unchecked and uncontrolled. Freedom of speech on these web sites is non-existent - and its absence is playing a large part in influencing the opinions of those who visit these sites and see no readers’ comments that act as a counterbalance or rebuttal to the article published or readers’ comments supporting such articles.
  • Can Frontier regroup after its bungled Verizon FiOS takeover?

    04/05/2016 1:49:23 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 36 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 5, 2016 | Robert Trigaux
    The reviews are in. Five days after the cable TV/Internet switchover to Frontier Communications from Verizon FiOS in the Tampa Bay market, I'm giving Frontier's performance a "C-" with a strong recommendation to improve. Quickly. I know. Folks and businesses that have no Internet or TV services give Frontier an "F" while those who can't even tell there was any switchover in companies here ask "what's the problem?" while privately expressing thanks for dodging a bullet. For Frontier, spending more than $10 billion to buy Verizon's FiOS businesses in Tampa Bay, and urban parts of Texas and California is a...
  • The death of ‘Internet’

    04/04/2016 8:54:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | April 3, 2016 | by Henry Pickavet
    The folks responsible for the entries in the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that the word “Internet” will no longer be uppercased, thus breaking my heart and making some of our writers very happy. We will lowercase internet effective June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches. #ACES2016 pic.twitter.com/nGz63zc5YP— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016 The AP Stylebook, which many newspapers and websites (one word? really?) use to guide their style efforts, defines Internet as “a decentralized, worldwide network of computers that can communicate with each other.” It’s a pretty big definition and has warranted the glory of a capital I. But...
  • (Vanity) Frontier Communications Blocking FreeRepublic?

    04/04/2016 5:01:12 PM PDT · by Bushbacker1 · 54 replies
    Self | bushbacker1
    Our internet service was switched from Verizon to Frontier Communications on April 1st. Since then I've had nothing but trouble. Now the worst has happened. It seems to be blocking access to FreeRepublic. Anyone else in Florida, Texas or Kalifornia experiencing the same?
  • Free Republic DNS entry seems to be gone

    04/04/2016 2:27:46 PM PDT · by Pox · 284 replies
    N/A | 04/04/2016 | N/A
    I was surfing FR this afternoon and suddenly was unable to access any page on FR and the error stated the server could not be found. I located the IP address, 209.157.64.200, of the server and then added an entry into my PC's host file and I can now see FR again. I still do not see a DNS entry for FR, and that is interesting.
  • Eleven landmine clearers abducted in Afghanistan [plus Taliban goes android]

    04/03/2016 8:05:43 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    The Gulf Today ^ | April 3, 2016 | N/A
    KABUL: An official says gunmen have kidnapped 11 land mine clearers in western Afghanistan. Rauf Ahmadi, the spokesman for the police chief of the western Herat province, said on Saturday that a military operation has been launched in the area, with six suspects detained. He says tribal elders had earlier tried negotiating the de-miners’ release. He says all 11 were Afghans employed by the HALO Trust mine clearing organisation. They were abducted on Friday. Abduction for ransom is widespread in lawless Afghanistan, and de-miners are soft targets as they usually work in remote regions. After almost 40 years of war,...
  • Dianne Feinstein Has To Use Google To Look Up Hillary’s Senate Accomplishments

    03/31/2016 6:11:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/15 | Chuck Ross
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein had to turn to Google during an interview earlier this week when asked to name her former colleague Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments in the Senate. Feinstein, who met with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board on Tuesday, ultimately said that Clinton was not in the Senate “long enough…to do more.”
  • FCC approves Internet subsidies for the poor

    03/31/2016 1:31:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Mario Trujillo
    Millions of poor Americans will be eligible for federal subsidies to help pay the cost of Internet service after new regulations were approved in a whirlwind Federal Communications Commission meeting on Thursday. The FCC voted to expand its 30-year-old program called Lifeline, which previously offered $9.25 in subsidies for phone and basic cell service. The three Democratic commissioners approved the proposal over opposition from the two Republicans, who have concerns about the program's budget. The vote was delayed for more than three hours as Republicans accused FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler of scuttling a late-night compromise to bring them on board....
  • Waze will warn when your lead foot has you speeding

    03/30/2016 10:28:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    cnet ^ | 03/31/2016 | lance whitney
    The crowdsourced driving app, owned by Google, already offers up the best routes to your destination by gathering data from fellow users on accidents, traffic jams, road closures and other hazards. Now, at least in some countries, it will also let you know when you're pushing the speed limit. If you're driving too fast, a visual warning will pop up on the app's screen showing your speed. The warning stays there until you slow down to below the speed limit. You can customize the app to warn you if you reach the speed limit or if you shoot past it...
  • China proposes new Web rules that could enhance censorship

    03/29/2016 11:59:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 2:58 AM EDT | Gerry Shih
    China is consolidating its ability to censor the Internet by drafting new rules requiring businesses that serve domestic Internet users to register their Web addresses inside the country, a move seen as targeting Chinese companies but that has raised concerns among foreign businesses. In its most draconian interpretation, the proposed requirements could also further limit access within the Chinese network, analysts said. That appears to be the latest step by the ruling Communist Party to erect cyber barriers in the name of what some officials call “Internet sovereignty.” […] Under the draft regulations released this week by the Ministry of...
  • Brands aren't using Facebook Canvas, but Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are

    03/27/2016 10:25:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Digiday ^ | March 28, 2016 | Shareen Pathak
    Brands have been relatively slow to pick up on Canvas, Facebook’s mobile ad format that’s been called “Instant Articles for brands.” But there are two other surprising fans of the format. Presidential hopefuls Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have both made a full-court advertising push using Canvas in the primary season. Sanders was the the first-ever politician to use Canvas, with an ad showing viewers how to vote in certain states — from finding a voting location to checking photo ID requirements — and also included information on how caucuses work. It cost the campaign $350,000,...
  • Tech Help Needed: Malwarebytes going cuckoo

    03/25/2016 9:17:06 AM PDT · by Maceman · 49 replies
    All of a sudden, my Malwarebytes is popping up continuously with one of the following two messages: It's happening as soon as I open my Google Chrome browser, and seems to happen no matter what website I'm at. What is going on and how do I get it to stop? As always, thanks in advance.
  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/24/2016 11:25:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 | SHANE DINGMAN
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a new project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: A chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Aimed at the 18-24 demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual...
  • Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us

    03/19/2016 1:09:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/19/16 | Sonny Bunch
    .....Gawker Media is forced to talk out of both sides of its mouth, on the one hand callowly apologizing to readers (and, let’s be honest, advertisers) for one of its writers launching a disgusting pro-bullying attack on a marginalized group while simultaneously apologizing for the apology and denouncing anti-Gawker campaigns as little better than “fascism” in order to maintain their street cred with their bros. It’s a genius move, in a way, one that allows Gawker to tell the companies it relies on for revenue that it’s really and truly sorry while also doing nothing to alienate its core readership...
  • The FCC’s Plan To Take Over The Internet Has Begun

    03/19/2016 4:51:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/18/2016 | John Merline
    “It’s not a government takeover of the Internet.” That was the mantra of those who backed the Federal Communication Commission’s “net neutrality” rules, which the FCC approved a little over a year ago. [snip] FCC chairman Tom Wheeler promised that — despite the fact the FCC had just granted itself wide-ranging control over ISPs — it would use a “light touch” when it came to regulating ISPs. But now, 12 months later, the FCC tipped its heavy hand with a proposal for a new set of regulations that could, as the Morning Consult put it, “reshape the tech industry.”
  • The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet

    03/16/2016 8:57:35 AM PDT · by Fhios · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 3/16/2016 | Times Staff
    For our second annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news. Here’s who made this year’s unranked list:
  • Celebgate hack: Man to plead guilty to nude photos theft

    03/15/2016 8:20:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | March 15, 2016
    A man has been charged with hacking the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities and stealing nude photos and videos from them.The US authorities say Ryan Collins has agreed to plead guilty to the offence. Prosecutors have recommended that he face a jail term of 18 months, although a judge could extend that to five years.The 36-year-old is alleged to have stolen usernames and passwords via a phishing scam.The Department of Justice said that the Pennsylvania-based Collins had admitted to breaking into more than 100 accounts between November 2012 and September 2014. < He is said to have achieved...
  • Adobe Flash has a huge security hole that’s being exploited right now

    03/11/2016 10:29:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Next Web ^ | March 11, 2016 | by OWEN WILLIAMS
    Another day, another Adobe Flash security vulnerability.Adobe issued an emergency patch for Flash overnight to fix a security hole that’s already being actively used in the wild. CVE-2016-1010, which an attacker could use to execute code on your machine, is being used in “targeted attacks,” according to Adobe. The good news is there’s an update that you can get already – or you might already have it, if you turned on automatic updates.The bad news? Well, it actually affects more than just Flash, extending to Adobe AIR, AIR for Android, Flash Player for Linux and a number of other clients.Given the attack...
  • Internet domain handoff takes major step forward

    03/10/2016 4:39:59 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/10/16 | Mario Trujillo
    A major step was taken Thursday in the U.S. government's plan to hand off oversight of the Internet domain name system. A nonprofit international group approved a plan and forwarded it to the Obama administration Thursday for review and approval. The group, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has historically been contracted out to manage the behind-the-scenes workings of the Internet that pair up numerical IP addresses with their familiar Web addresses. A few years ago, the group was tasked with transitioning fully from U.S. government oversight to an international multistakeholder model. The Commerce Department will have...
  • Email inventor Raymond Tomlinson dies: 5 things to know, such as why the @ symbol

    03/06/2016 5:44:12 PM PST · by John W · 53 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | March 6, 2016 | AP
    Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and selector of the "@" symbol, has died. He was 74. Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available. Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email, there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address. Here are five things to know about Tomlinson's invention: 1. The first email was sent on the ARPANET...
  • I Have A Modem/Router And Want To Use It Together With Another Modem/Router

    03/07/2016 4:59:53 PM PST · by raybbr · 39 replies
    3/7/2016 | raybbr FReeperville http://www.Freerepublic.com
    A while back ATT sold out their CT business to Frontier. It was awful for a while. It took me almost a year to get them to bump me up to 6000 Kbps on my DSL line. It has gotten better and the price is half what I was paying ATT. I have a modem/router from them (Netgear 7550) and am using that. When I had ATT I bought a Netgear N600 DGND3700v2 Modem/Router and it worked pretty well. Lately (well for the past three months) I have been losing connection to the internet on several devices. For example: I'll...
  • Popular WordPress Plugin Comes with a Backdoor, Steals Site Admin Credentials

    03/06/2016 8:51:29 PM PST · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Mar 5, 2016 00:46 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    that was installing a backdoor through which it was altering core WordPress files so it could log and steal user credentials from infected sites. First signs of something being wrong were spotted by the Sucuri team, a company that provides website security. Sucuri's researchers were alerted by one of their clients to the presence of a weirdly named file (auto-update.php) that didn't exist until a recent plugin update. The plugin in question was Custom Content Type Manager (CCTM), a popular WordPress plugin for creating custom post types that, in the three years since it was uploaded on the WordPress plugin...
  • Inventor of modern email, Ray Tomlinson, dies

    03/06/2016 4:31:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 6, 2016 7:21 PM EST | Sarah Skidmore Sell
    Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and a technological leader, died Saturday. Raytheon Co., his employer, confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available. Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email, there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address. Tomlinson wrote and sent the first email on the ARPANET system, a computer network that was created for the U.S. government that is considered a...
  • 16 Billionaires Who Started Working From Home

    03/04/2016 10:52:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2016 | Karsten Strauss
    Waking up and heading to an office is so five years ago. As technology allows for greater opportunities for flextime and working remotely, the need for a traditional workday - and workplace - is beginning to evaporate for anyone whose job can be done online, as part of a communications network. So too is the need for a spread of office space to get a business up and running--launching an enterprise from your desk or kitchen counter at home has never been easier. And those who protest that they simply can't get down to business working from home in their...
  • DROWN Attack - New Server SSL Encryption Vulnerability Announced, 1/3 of Internet Is At Risk

    03/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    DROWN Attack Website ^ | March 1, 2016 | (Various researchers)
    As described in this paper "DROWN: Breaking TLS using SSLv2" (PDF), it is possible to crack current TLS encryption using an old, obsolete, but nevertheless still deployed protocol, SSLv2. This is a server-side issue -- it is not something clients (normal users) can do anything about. Folks browsing the web have to rely on the system admins at their favorite websites, mail portals, banks, shops, etc. to fix this. It is estimated that a third of the public servers on the Internet are vulnerable to this attack. You can test the servers in a given domain using this tool from...
  • The New Mind Control

    02/27/2016 2:31:20 PM PST · by Izzy Dunne · 22 replies
    AEON.com ^ | Feb 18, 2016 | Robert Epstein
    In our PNAS article, Robertson and I calculated that Google now has the power to flip upwards of 25 per cent of the national elections in the world with no one knowing this is occurring.
  • The New Mind Control

    02/26/2016 12:23:30 PM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 10 replies
    Aeon,co, also Mauldin Economics ^ | February 18, 2016 | Robert Epstein
    We have also learned something very disturbing – that search engines are influencing far more than what people buy and whom they vote for. We now have evidence suggesting that on virtually all issues where people are initially undecided, search rankings are impacting almost every decision that people make. ..... In one of our recent experiments, biased search results shifted people’s opinions about the value of fracking by 33.9 per cent. ..... Remember what the search algorithm is doing: in response to your query, it is selecting a handful of webpages from among the billions that are available, and it...