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  • Congress Makes Internet Access Tax Ban Permanent

    02/12/2016 7:16:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 11, 2016 | By Kelly Phillips Erb
    Today, the Senate voted to keep internet access tax free -- permanently. If that feels like a small achievement, it's not. Taxing internet access has been barred by law since 1998. However, over the last 20 years, the prohibition wasn't a permanent law: it was a moratorium. To keep the moratorium in place, Congress had to extend it. And extend it again. So they did so in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2014 and a series of band-aids through 2015 -- eight times in total.
  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    IAPP.org ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sam Pfeifle
    Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort https://iapp.org/news/a/obama-establishes-federal-privacy-council-as-part-of-massive-cyber-effort/ Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort Sam Pfeifle The Privacy Advisor | Feb 9, 2016 Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the...
  • Chinese Fund Offers $1.2b for Norway's Opera Web Company

    02/10/2016 12:44:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Norway's Opera Software, which makes the popular Opera web browser, said on Wednesday that China's Golden Brick Silk Road investment fund had offered 10.5 billion kroner ($1.2 billion) to buy the company.Norway fund blacklists China's 'corrupt' ZTE (07 Jan 16) The Opera board unanimously recommended the offer, saying that at 71 kroner per share, it represents a 56-percent premium on the average price over the last 30 days. The company had made no secret of its desire to find a buyer and its shares were suspended on the Oslo stock exchange on Friday pending an announcement.
  • Announcing the Twitter Trust & Safety Council

    02/09/2016 10:38:45 AM PST · by Excellence · 6 replies
    Twitter Blog ^ | February 9, 2016 | Patricia Cartes (@Cartes), Head of Global Policy Outreach
    On Twitter, every voice has the power to shape the world. We see this power every day, from activists who use Twitter to mobilize citizens to content creators who use Twitter to shape opinion. To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies. With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million...
  • Ted Cruz on Net Neutrality: 'Obama Is Salivating to Regulate the Internet'

    02/08/2016 11:10:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 22, 2016 | Noah Dulis
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has spoken out against the government's regulation of the Internet through net neutrality in a video message Breitbart Tech can exclusively share with readers. "That will end, and that will end immediately," Cruz declared when asked if he would continue to allow the Internet to be classified as a public utility if elected president. [BIG SNIP] "That's what the Internet does," he stated. "It empowers people." Cruz described net neutrality as "Obamacare for the Internet." Beyond arguing that it would allow the government to regulate "prices and terms of sale on the Internet,...
  • DLL Hijacking Issue Plagues Products like Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice

    02/08/2016 6:41:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 8, 2016 12:00 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Oracle has released new Java installers to fix a well-known security issue (CVE-2016-0603) that also affects a plethora of other applications, from Web browsers to antivirus products, and from file compressors to home cinema software. The problem is called DLL hijacking (or DLL side-loading) and refers to the fact that malware authors can place DLLs of the same name in specific locations on the target's filesystem and have it inadvertently load the malicious DLL instead of the safe one. DLL hijacking is a very well-known issue This type of attack is very old and has been known to many software...
  • Your Brain Has More Memory Than the Internet

    02/05/2016 7:39:06 AM PST · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2-4-16 | Brian Thomas
    Your Brain Has More Memory Than the Internet by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Whoever said the human brain is the most highly organized collection of matter in the universe was more correct than they could have known. New research modeled tiny structures within nerve cells and discovered a clever tactic brains use to increase computing power while maximizing energy efficiency. Its design could form the basis of a whole new and improved class of computer.
  • Florida bill would decide what happens to online accounts after death

    02/03/2016 9:53:26 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 2-3-2016 | Max Lewontin
    In an age of increasing information-sharing online, Florida lawmakers are asking -- what happens to a person's social media accounts when they die? It's a complicated debate. Social media pages from someone who has passed away can serve as a memorial of their life, preserving particular events through photos or updates, even displaying the person's voice and sense of humor in a offhand tweet or post. But some users have also grown concerned that the pages can survive as permanent records of bullying and abuse directed at the deceased person.
  • ALERT: People Find $100 Bills on Windshields… But When They Grab Them, Something Horrible Happens

    11/30/2015 7:31:22 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 71 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | 11/30/2015
    Kyri Viehman came out of the Michael's Craft store after buying Christmas decorations in Fenton, Missouri, to find a $100 bill tucked under her windshield wiper blade. Unfortunately for her, the bill was a fake and part of a scam to lure potential victims out of their cars to rob them. In the case of Viehman, it wasn't until after a few minutes of driving down the road that she did what most people would do: get out of the car and focus on not letting that $100 bill blow away. A note on the fake bill said: "Ha you...
  • FR Help With Strange Happening!

    02/01/2016 10:45:03 AM PST · by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise · 67 replies
    Self | 02-01-2016 | Self
    When accessing the "Pings" page or any other page within FR I get a message box with the following message: ( See Below )
  • Michael Savage: Draft tech workers to help defeat ISIS

    01/28/2016 4:36:12 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 12/17/2015
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  • Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

    01/27/2016 7:23:22 PM PST · by Utilizer
    Computerworld ^ | Jan 26, 2016 8:51 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Congress plans to question about two dozen federal agencies on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances. In December, Juniper Networks said it had discovered unauthorized code added to ScreenOS, the operating system that runs on its NetScreen network firewalls. The rogue code, which remained undetected for two years or more, could have allowed remote attackers to gain administrative access to vulnerable devices or to decrypt VPN connections. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to determine the impact that this issue had on government organizations and how those organizations responded to the incident. The...
  • Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

    01/27/2016 5:44:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption - the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't even have to see the contents of the communications - the metadata is enough for g-men to start making your life difficult. "To be honest, the spooks love PGP," Nicholas...
  • Nigerian Charged in Sophisticated Email Scam Is in Custody in Dallas

    01/25/2016 9:22:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A Nigerian man living in the U.S. on a student visa faces federal wire fraud charges in connection with a sophisticated email phishing scam targeting businesses. Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, of Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested in Baltimore in August and charged with scamming 17 North Texas companies out of more than $600,000 using the technique. He remains in federal custody in Dallas. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. He is accused of sending emails that looked like forwarded messages from top company executives to employees who had the...
  • FCC accused of power grab on broadband

    01/24/2016 3:27:36 AM PST · by upchuck · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/2016 | David McCabe
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote next week on an annual report about the state of high-speed Internet deployment around the country, something that has become a magnet for debate.A proposed draft of the congressionally mandated report finds that advanced telecommunications capability isn't being deployed in a "reasonable and timely fashion" to all Americans. According to a fact sheet released by the agency, 34 million Americans do not have access to wired internet service that meets the FCC's definition of broadband — download speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. The commission also found that the...
  • Linux Trojan captures audio and takes screenshots

    01/20/2016 8:26:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Jim Lynch
    Security is something that is always on the minds of users these days, and that includes those who use Linux. TechWeek Europe has a disturbing article about a Linux trojan that captures audio and takes screenshots. It remains to be seen how widespread this Trojan is among Linux users and what the exact attack vector is for it. Steve McCaskill reports for TechWeek Europe: Security researchers have found a new Linux Trojan capable of taking screenshots of infected systems and even recording sound. Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web says that once the Linux.Ekoms.1 malware is launched it checks for two...
  • New HHS Documents Reveal Security Concerns, Healthcare.gov Had No "Authorization to Operate"

    01/20/2016 1:04:37 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | JANUARY 19, 2016
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released over 1,000 pages of new documents that show federal health care officials knew that the Obamacare website, when it launched in 2013, did not have the required "authorization to operate" (ATO) from agency information security officials. These documents, obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), come in two productions of records: a 143-page production and an 886-page production. The email records reveal that HHS officials had significant concerns about the security of the Healthcare.gov site leading up to its October 1, 2013, launch. Judicial Watch obtained the HHS documents...
  • Advantech industrial serial-to-Internet gateways wide open to unauthorized access

    01/19/2016 7:35:57 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    IDG News Service ^ | Jan 19, 2016 4:40 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Internet-connected industrial devices could be accessible to anyone, with no password, thanks to a coding error by a gateway manufacturer. Taiwanese firm Advantech patched the firmware in some of its serial-to-IP gateway devices in October to remove a hard-coded SSH (Secure Shell) key that would have allowed unauthorized access by remote attackers. But it overlooked an even bigger problem: Any password will unlock the gateways, which are used to connect legacy serial devices to TCP/IP and cellular networks in industrial environments around the world. Researchers from security firm Rapid7 discovered the vulnerability in the revised firmware, version 1.98, released for...
  • Penthouse Magazine Discontinues Print Edition

    01/19/2016 8:11:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 75 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | Lukas I. Alpert
    The glory days of gentlemen's magazines are fading fast. Penthouse Magazine, the long-running and raunchier rival of Playboy, said Friday that it is ending its print edition after 50 years on the newsstand and will now only be offered in digital format. "Reimagined for the preferred consumption of content today by consumers, the digital version of Penthouse Magazine will combine and convert everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience to the power of a digital experience," publisher FriendFinder Network said in a statement. The move comes just months after Playboy announced that it would no longer publish...
  • Twitter is down for some, and people are freaking out on Facebook

    01/19/2016 2:37:06 AM PST · by Daffynition · 44 replies
    mashable.com ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | Stan Scroeder
    Update, 3:53 a.m. ET: Twitter is now back online for some, but many users are still experiencing delays and outages. Twitter is down. We know your first instinct is to whip up your Twitter client and complain about it, but you can't because, well, Twitter is down.
  • European court says employer can read staff Yahoo messages

    01/15/2016 6:58:55 PM PST · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 15 2016 12:46PM (AUS) | Roi Perez
    The European Court of Human Rights has set an interesting predcedent for workplace internet use by ruling in favour of a company that accessed its employees personal online communications. In the case brought forward by Romanian national Bogdan Mihai Bărbulescu in 2007, the court argued that his employer was within its rights to access messages he had sent via Yahoo Messenger during work hours. Judges said it was legal because the employer had the right to “check the manner in which its employees complete their professional tasks”. Even though he was using Yahoo Messenger to chat with his fiancee and...
  • Internet: Pope Francis’ ‘Gift of God’ or Orwellian Power Base?

    01/15/2016 6:12:20 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/16 | Judi McLeod
    nternet has become more Orwellian than the Pope Francis-described 'Gift of God' because just as it is everywhere else in Marxism, some animals are more equal than others Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when Pope Francis hooked up with former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt in the Vatican this morning. But all the flies are buzzing at the White House over what the Democrats hope is the corpse of the Republican Establishment-mangled Trump/Cruz/Carson carcasses. “Revealed: in a sign of importance pontiff places on the internet, Francis will hold 15-minute meetup with executive chairman of Google parent company,...
  • The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch — And It’s None Of Your Business

    01/15/2016 2:14:18 AM PST · by hughesm1 · 40 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | 14 JAN 2016 | Derrick Broze
    The Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition concerning the Department of Homeland Security's secretive internet and cellphone killswitch program. On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret 'killswitch' protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies. EPIC has been fighting since 2011 to release the details of the program, which is known as Standard Operating Procedure 303. EPIC writes: "On March 9, 2006, the National Communications System ('NCS') approved SOP 303, however...
  • Who really owns your Internet of Things data?

    01/11/2016 1:06:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    znet ^ | 01/11/2016 | Jo Best
    In an Internet of Things future, everything from your toothbrush to your car could be collecting data on you -- about your personal habits as well as the way your business works. But with 50 billion objects set to come online by 2020, who will really own that goldmine of information? Data gathered by IoT sensors and systems can pass through any number of hands -- those of the end-user that creates it, or of the company whose hardware collects it, even the software business the processes it, and the app maker that shares it, and all of them may...
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 out of support this week

    01/10/2016 8:20:13 PM PST · by Utilizer · 32 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 11 2016 9:26AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    January 13 is the last day for business and individual users to move off older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser, before Microsoft pulls the plug on support including security patches. The deadline this week comes 18 months after Microsoft warned that it would cease to support Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, giving users time to upgrade. Microsoft suggests users upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1, or use the new Edge browser if they're on Windows 10. Edge is able to launch Internet Explorer 11 when needed, for backwards compatibility.
  • National Review Online - Under Attack

    01/09/2016 6:43:48 PM PST · by Steve_Seattle · 105 replies
    Vanity | 1/9/2016 | Self
    I just came from the National Review Online website, and it seems to be under an unprecedented attack from trolls, who are flooding threads with obscene, hostile, and extreme content. The trolling comments are so pervasive that they would overwhelm the efforts of moderators to control them. This seems organized, and it is extremely disturbing even if you think NRO represents "pantywaist" conservatism. FR could be the next target for this sort of attack. The comments are so bizarre and often self-contradictory that they have - dare I say? - a demonic tone.
  • White House Launches 'Task Force' To Combat 'Violent Extremism' [Aborting the 1st Amendment]

    01/09/2016 7:40:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/08/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The White House announced Friday afternoon that it is launching an inter-agency task force to counter the sharp growth in violent extremism in America, according to an announcement. As senior members of the Obama administration's national security team meet with technology leaders in Silicon Valley, the White House’s National Security Council announced that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security would team up to launch a Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, according to the announcement. The White House background document accompanying the announcement does contain any specific reference to the types of "violent extremism" the administration seeks to counter. The...
  • Will Infrastructure Sabotage Be the Next Pearl Harbor?

    01/09/2016 7:12:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 9, 2016 | R. James Woolsey & Peter Vincent Pry
    Revolutions in warfare, though they may be predicted by theorists, are often unnoticed by governments and their military establishments -- until it is too late. On November 11, 1940, during the Battle of Taranto, torpedo planes from the British aircraft carrier Illustrious sank the Italian battleship Conte di Cavour. It was the first time in history that an aircraft carrier sank a battleship....
  • Linksys to Provide DD-WRT Support for All Current WRT Routers

    01/07/2016 12:29:24 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 January 2016 | Silviu Stahie
    Linksys has just revealed at CES 2016 that all the WRT routers now have DD-WRT support, making this the first company of its type to fully embrace an open source solution.Linksys is one of the most important companies that builds networking hardware, and it's known for its quality hardware. In this case we're talking about routers in the WRT series, which are already very good. The company decided to partner up with DD-WRT in order to provide better support for their products.Many Linksys users were already installing DD-WRT and other similar products on their routers, so the company figured out...
  • How to watch FOXnews free over internet ??

    01/06/2016 5:30:42 PM PST · by CIBvet · 22 replies
    How to watch FoxNews over the internet?
  • Cisco says chat client vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack

    01/04/2016 6:12:59 PM PST · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    SC Magazine ^ | January 04, 2016 | Roi Perez
    Californian tech giant Cisco has released an advisory statement explaining that its chat client Jabbar is currently vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. Found in the Windows client of Jabbar, the vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to perform a STARTTLS downgrade attack. Discovered by Renaud Dubourguais and Sébastien Dudek from Synacktiv, a French cyber-security firm, versions affected include the 10.6.x, 11.0.x, and 11.1.x releases. Currently the client does not verify that the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) connection has been established with Transport Layer Security (TLS). XMPP enables the near-real-time exchange of structured yet extensible data between any...
  • Ransom32 Is a JavaScript-Based Ransomware That Uses Node.js to Infect Users

    01/03/2016 11:16:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 40 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 3 Jan 2016, 14:54 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    A new type of ransomware has been spotted, the first of its kind, a ransomware that uses JavaScript to infect its users, being coded on top of the NW.js platform. NW.js, formerly known as Node-WebKit, is a powerful platform that allows developers to create desktop applications via Node.js modules. The platform lets programmers use JavaScript in the same way, and with the same power and reach inside the underlying operating system's guts, as other more powerful languages like C++, Delphi, Java, ActionScript, and C#. If the name hasn't tipped you off yet, NW.js uses a stripped down version of WebKit,...
  • From indoor farms to neural nets, this tech will change the world in 2016

    01/03/2016 3:43:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | January 1, 2016 | Drew Prindle
    At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there - alongside some real gems. We've cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project -- even the best intentioned -- can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams. Flashlights are a handy thing...
  • ‘Where White People Meet’ dating site billboard turning heads in Utah

    01/01/2016 2:25:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    KSTU-TV ^ | December 31, 2015 | Ashton Edwards and Dora Scheidell
    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - A billboard for a dating website along SR 201 in West Valley City is getting a bit of attention, with many Utahns saying the website it advertises represents outdated thinking. The giant ad for WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com, between 5600 W. and 7200 S., is turning heads and leaving residents with many unanswered questions. A FOX 13 viewer who wanted to remain anonymous voiced concerns about the dating service that, according to its website, has a main office in North Salt Lake....
  • Man in viral flood rescue video was trying to protect firearm business

    12/31/2015 9:47:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Fox 2 (St. Louis) ^ | 12/30/15 | Chris Hayes
    The Eureka man who crawled atop his pickup truck to await rescue from floodwaters said he had good reason to be out and about – he was trying to save his business and protect residents in the process. Sam Andrews, owner of Tier One Weapon Systems off Hwy 109, was moving guns and other tools from his business when his pickup truck became waterlogged. "I went to sleep about 1:50 a.m. and the parking lot was completely dry. I woke up at about 3 am with the sound of water....
  • Obama 'Drives' With Seinfeld for a Coffee at the White House [Cult Worship Continues]

    12/31/2015 2:15:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    NBC fake news ^ | 12/31/15
    ....Obama has been labeled one of America's funnier [occupants]... but a comedian? Well, Jerry Seinfeld says Obama "has gotten off just enough funny lines" to justify an appearance on the season opener of his popular web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
  • Trying to prevent browser fingerprinting? The odds are against you

    12/30/2015 4:01:14 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    LinuxBSDos.com ^ | 18 December 2015 | Staff
    With recent revelations about browser fingerprinting, the race is on to find ways and means that will help reduce your browser's fingerprint, and with it, make it difficult for it (and you) to be tracked.After trying Panopticlick yesterday, a tool released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help users determine if their browser is safe against tracking and fingerprinting, I set out to find out how to make my browsers less unique to trackers. For the very paranoid, the results are not good.Under default settings, a browser like Mozilla Firefox and Iceweasel emit very unique fingerprints, as shown in the...
  • ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment

    12/28/2015 4:00:17 AM PST · by Daffynition · 44 replies
    NYT ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    It is one of the most hallowed precepts in modern constitutional law: Freedom of speech may not be curbed unless it poses a *clear and present danger* ~ an actual, imminent threat, not the mere advocacy of harmful acts or ideas. But in response to the Islamic State*s success in grooming jihadists over the Internet, some legal scholars are asking whether it is time to reconsider that constitutional line.
  • Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder [Agreement between grass roots left & right?]

    12/26/2015 7:38:04 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/15 | Joel Achenbach
    Astra Taylor's iPhone has a cracked screen. She has bandaged it with clear packing tape and plans to use the phone until it disintegrates. She objects to the planned obsolescence of today’s gadgetry, and to the way the big tech companies pressure customers to upgrade. Taylor, 36, is a documentary filmmaker, musician and political activist. She's also an emerging star in the world of technology criticism. She's not paranoid, but she keeps duct tape over the camera lens on her laptop computer - because, as everyone knows, these gadgets can be taken over by nefarious agents of all kinds. Taylor...
  • World wide web inventor uses anniversary to campaign for internet rules

    12/25/2015 8:15:15 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    uk.news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/25/2015 | unknown
    The world's first website went live 25 years ago today. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, and Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau communicated between a web browser and a webserver for the first time on Christmas Day 1990
  • Pirate Bay Founder Builds The Ultimate Piracy Machine

    12/24/2015 5:47:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    TorrentFreak ^ | December 19, 2015 | Ernesto
    Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde has always been very outspoken about people's inherent drive to copy things. Last year he paid the ultimate price of sacrificing his freedom for his involvement in TPB, but that hasn't changed his core 'kopimi' values. One of Peter's major frustrations is how the entertainment industries handles the idea of copying. When calculating the losses piracy costs, they often put too much value on pirated copies. This is something Peter knows all too well, as he still owes various movie and music companies millions in damages. However, this hasn't stopped him from continuing to...
  • The first website went online 25 years ago today

    12/20/2015 9:22:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 62 replies
    Engadget ^ | 12-20-2015 | Jon Fingas
    If the web were a person, it wouldn't have trouble renting a car from now on: the world's first website, Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web, went online 25 years ago today. The inaugural page wasn't truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990 (that wouldn't happen until August 1991), and it wasn't much more than an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked.
  • Hello Kitty hack: Parents warned as database leak hits 3.3m users

    12/20/2015 7:36:17 PM PST · by Utilizer
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | December 20, 2015 17:42 GMT | Tom Mendelsohn
    Personal data belonging to the accounts of 3.3m Hello Kitty fans is available to download online - and much of it probably belongs to children. The database for sanriotown.com, the official online home of Hello Kitty and a large cast of other Sanrio characters, is easily accessible according to online security researcher Chris Vickery. This means that sensitive information including users' real names, email addresses, account passwords, genders, birthdays and country of origin is all exposed, or encoded in easy-to-crack form. Hello Kitty is popular amongst both adults and children, and internet security experts are warning parents to make sure...
  • Adblock Plus and (a little) more

    12/20/2015 7:43:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    Adblock Plus ^ | 2015-12-16 15:35 | Job Plas
    Several years ago, we started to offer Acceptable Ads as a feature in Adblock Plus as a middle way between ad blocking users who opted out of traditional ad formats, while allowing publishers and content-creators to continue to monetize with unobtrusive ads. This first version allowed users to whitelist individual websites that they wanted to support. In 2011, we published a set of guidelines that our user community deemed “acceptable,” and these acceptable ads are shown by default to our users to allow a compromise between blocking all ads, or no ads at all. Since then, we have thought about...
  • ‘You were TERRIBLE!’ – Donald Trump CONFRONTS Howard Kurtz, saying he’s BIASED

    12/20/2015 1:44:17 PM PST · by Blue Turtle · 40 replies
    The Donald talked to Fox News’ Howard Kurtz this morning about how he wants to shut down the internet for people in ISIS by eliciting the help of the people who invented the internet, and then confronted Howard Kurtz, calling him “terrible” when he was on Megyn Kelly.
  • [Vanity] Can We Fix the System, Please?

    12/18/2015 10:39:16 PM PST · by TBP · 44 replies
    Today | TBP
    Can we please fix the system here so that when you copy material, you don't have to go through and change all the special symbols? It's getting cumbersome.
  • Closing down ‘Free Speech’ is no joking matter – really

    12/18/2015 9:46:32 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 9 replies
    NEWSEUM INSTITUTE ^ | December 10, 2015 | Gene Policinski
    If this were a joke, it would have to start out: “So, three censors walk into a bar….” Except that it’s no joking matter when the trio calling for private or public censoring of the Internet include the two leading candidates (at this moment) for leader of the Free World, and the head of the largest search engine and information company on the planet. The free flow of information and communication of ideas – even repugnant ones – is a hallmark of American democracy. Even “hate speech” has constitutional protection when it offends, insults or attacks. Only when speakers cross...
  • Are Isis hackers trying to destroy the internet?

    12/17/2015 1:21:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    International Business Times via MSN ^ | 12/17/15 | Anthony Cuthbertson
    A smartphone app used by Islamic State (Isis) to spread news and propaganda could be behind the massive attack on the internet's core infrastructure that took place earlier this month, according to several cybersecurity experts. Analysis of the IS Amaq Agency app has revealed that it was potentially the source of a botnet created to perform a massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on root name servers. A more powerful attack in the future could cause significant disruption to internet services and could even temporarily take down the internet. **SNIP** Until recently, the cyber capabilities of IS have been...
  • The Tech-Nuclear Option, Part II: Starve ISIS of Its Oxygen

    12/16/2015 10:48:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Bryan Crabtree
    My original article, outlining how to defeat ISIS through an online assault, was met with a chorus of laughter. ( http://bit.ly/1Qsejtb ) I suggested that in order to defeat ISIS we must first shut them down online. In essence, this would starve them of their oxygen. Donald Trump has also suggested that we need to "shut down the Internet." That too has been met with a great deal of ridicule and laughter. But what does that mean? Just this week, we've learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a rule that restricts its agents from reviewing social media...
  • Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to ..

    12/15/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 8 replies
    Mirror ^ | December 15, 2015 | JASPER HAMILL
    Full Title: Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts back to internet addresses linked to ..Department of Work and Pensions Teenage computer experts unveil astonishing web of unpublicised interactions linking extremist social media mouthpieces to the British government. Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters' social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions. A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP's London offices.