Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings News Letter 11-7-19

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NEWS

Credibility, not information, is the real currency!
Newspapers are still considered by most as credible. American Newspapers still decide what is a real story by covering it, which is makes it important and real.
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” is an adage and meme about Internet anonymity which began as a cartoon caption written by Peter Steiner and published by The New Yorker on July 5, 1993.
The Internet democratized access to the production and dissemination of information and simultaneously destroyed the economics of high-quality journalism while leaving in place the culture and custom of credibility and truth.

Boeing’s poor information security posture threatens passenger safety, national security, researcher says
Boeing test development networks are publicly exposed to the internet, Kubecka said, and at least one of Boeing’s email servers is infected with multiple strains of malware. Kubecka believes that the infected email servers are being used to exfiltrate sensitive intellectual property including code used in both civilian passenger aircraft as well as aircraft Boeing sells to the US military.
Kubecka, a well-respected security researcher, critical infrastructure expert, and Air Force veteran, tells CSO she has struggled to report what she calls blatant, easily fixable security issues for more than six months. She also alleges that Boeing, through back channels at DEF CON, threatened her with legal action and a public relations smear campaign to prevent her from going public. Kubecka declined to identify who made the threats, when and where they were made, or how they might be associated with Boeing.
“If I saw a broken door on an aircraft, I would not get in trouble for reporting to the FAA that the plane flew,” Kubecka tells CSO. “But as a security researcher, it’s legally fraught to report security vulnerabilities.”
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3451585/boeings-poor-information-security-posture-threatens-passenger-safety-national-security-researcher-s.html

Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics.  The arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership — on behalf of the government in Riyadh.
The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States. One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.

In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies
“…The New York Times examined Mr. Trump’s interactions with Twitter since he took office, reviewing each of his more than 11,000 tweets and the hundreds of accounts he has retweeted, tracking the ways he is exposed to information and replicating what he is likely to see on the platform. The result, including new data analysis and previously unreported details, offers the most comprehensive view yet of a virtual world in which the president spends significant time mingling with extremists, impostors and spies.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/02/us/politics/trump-twitter-disinformation.html

Dark Web: 8chan returns with new name 8kun
8kun  warning says ‘Any content that violates the laws of the United States of America will be deleted and the poster will be banned.’” Launched in 2013 by Fredrick Brennan as an alternative to 4chan, 8chan had been linked to harassment campaigns, racism, misogyny, neo-Nazism, pedophilia and mass shootings. It was also a hub for believers of far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, which claims that a secret cabal of “Satan-worshiping pedophiles” rules the world and that only Donald Trump can stop them.
https://mashable.com/article/8chan-8kun-rebrand-return

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a359dz/8chan-is-back-with-a-new-name-and-qanon-is-already-posting

Putin’s Top Spy: We’re Teaming Up With D.C. on Cybersecurity
By Amy Knight The Daily Beast 11.04.19
Behind-the-scenes cooperation with U.S. agencies, particularly on cybercrime and terrorism, is a theme the Kremlin likes to push onto center stage. Trump likes it, too.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/putins-top-spy-russian-fsb-chief-alexander-bortnikov-were-teaming-up-with-dc-on-cybersecurity

The Pentagon is under assault every hour of the day
Microsoft’s $10 billion contract win over cloud rival Amazon for the ultra-lucrative military contact means that an intelligence-gathering apparatus among the most important in the world is based in the woods outside Seattle. These kinds of national security responsibilities once sat almost exclusively in Washington, DC. Now in this corner of Washington state, dozens of engineers and intelligence analysts are dedicated to watching and stopping the government-sponsored hackers proliferating around the world.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614646/inside-the-microsoft-team-tracking-the-worlds-most-dangerous-hackers/

Following a recent conference of foreign security and law enforcement agencies, the head of Russia’s State Security Service, the FSB, made the surprising announcement that Russia and the United States have resumed cooperation on cybersecurity.
“We are maintaining working contacts by our experts and special unit heads with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency,” said Gen. Alexander Bortnikov, noting that such contacts should always occur, regardless of the foreign policy situation.
Behind-the-scenes cooperation with the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to cybercrime and terrorism, is a theme the Kremlin likes to push onto center stage every so often. And according to our sources there is indeed some consultation at a practical level, but for Washington’s intelligence professionals it’s a very delicate, very dangerous game, complicated enormously by the inclinations and prejudices of President Donald J. Trump.
In response to queries about Bortnikov’s statement, spokespersons for both the CIA and the DEA told The Daily Beast that they had no comment, and the FBI has not responded at all. […]

Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network

An internal memo on cybersecurity, obtained by Axios, warns that “the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”
The state of play: That’s after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials have resigned or been pushed out of a cybersecurity mission that was established under Barack Obama to protect the White House from Russian hacking and other threats, according to conversations with several current and former officials.

KGB Manuals Notes on Exposure of the Enemy’s Set-Ups
Top Secret: Exposure of the Enemy’s Set-ups [Dangles] in the Process of Development of Persons of Interest to Intelligence 1971
http://www.interpretermag.com/notes-on-exposure-of-the-enemys-set-ups/

Facebook will allow UK election candidates to run false ads. “A controversial policy allowing politicians to run false ads on Facebook will extend to the United Kingdom as the country prepares to vote in a historic December election, Facebook confirmed to CNN Business.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/01/tech/facebook-false-ads-uk/index.html

Why Facebook Should Sit Out The 2020 Election.
American democracy is in deep trouble, social media companies have violated our trust too many times to count and, at least in the US, there’s no way to regulate digital election ads — or to even ask the Federal Elections Commission, which has been effectively shut down under Republican control, to offer guidance. Without oversight, there’s no civically responsible way to allow digital ad buys. From my experience as a political strategist for Democratic candidates and advocacy groups, I believe Facebook should adopt the same policy.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissaryan1/facebook-political-ads-2020-election-dorsey-zuckerberg

The US government is looking into the popular social media app TikTok for possible security risks. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has become incredibly popular with teenagers in the US and around the world for its short-form videos.
https://www.cnet.com/news/us-launches-a-national-security-review-of-tiktok-report/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Why worry about the KGB when ISPs do a fantastic job lying to Congress
ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.”
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/11/isps-lied-to-congress-to-spread-confusion-about-encrypted-dns-mozilla-says/

0-Day Alert! #Google is warning Windows, Mac, #Linux users to update their #Chrome browser (to 78.0.3904.87) immediately due to a security vulnerability.

#Google is trying to kill web URLs and this has nothing to do with security
a chrome extension tries to restore the URLs to searches
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/remove-breadcrumbs/banhponphmmpnpogmfaahcgkgbgkcoka?hl=en

PRIVACY

NordVPN users’ passwords exposed in mass credential-stuffing attacks
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/nordvpn-users-passwords-exposed-in-mass-credential-stuffing-attacks/

BRAVE Browser
Chrome, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, and Opera’s “private” browsing mode is not truly private. Brave was created with a built-in ad-blocker to give you the fastest internet browsing experience, while providing the deepest level of privacy and security protection. Brave also lets you control who profits from your data with blockchain-based tokens. Faster, Safer, Ad-Free Browsing.

 

This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works
The presentation also sheds light on how military, state, and local law enforcement biometrics systems are linked. According to Krizay’s presentation, ABIS is connected to the FBI’s biometric database, which is in turn connected to databases used by state and local law enforcement. Ultimately, that means that the U.S. military can readily search against biometric data of U.S. citizens and cataloged non-citizens. The DFBA is also currently working to connect its data to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric database. The network will ultimately amount to a global surveillance system. In his notes, Krizay outlines a potential scenario in which data from a suspect in Detroit would be run against data collected from “some mountaintop in Asia.”
The documents, which are embedded in full below, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. These documents were presented earlier this year at a closed-door defense biometrics conference known as the Identity Management Symposium…
https://onezero.medium.com/exclusive-this-is-how-the-u-s-militarys-massive-facial-recognition-system-works-bb764291b96d

“After more than half a year of work, check out our latest paper Light Commands: Laser-Based Audio Injection on Voice-Controllable Systems.
https://twitter.com/sara_rampazzi/status/1191415126630354944

GDPR matchup: The California Consumer Privacy Act 2018
https://iapp.org/news/a/gdpr-matchup-california-consumer-privacy-act/

Road to Adequacy: Can California Apply Under the GDPR?
https://www.lawfareblog.com/road-adequacy-can-california-apply-under-gdpr

FTC Brings First Case Against Developers of “Stalking” Apps
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/10/ftc-brings-first-case-against-developers-stalking-apps

Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones. A new app is looking to revive one of the creepiest Instagram features and encouraging people to spy on their significant others through social media. Critics said the apps offerings make it resemble stalkerware.
https://www.cnet.com/news/instagram-is-shutting-down-a-creepy-app-that-lets-you-stalk-loved-ones/

Amazon, Apple, And Google Are Distributing Products From Companies Building China’s Surveillance State
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/apple-amazon-google-apps-blacklist-china-xinjiang

WHERE ARE THE ETHICS AT THESE COMPANIES????

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online: Violet Blue: 9781593276485: Amazon.com: Books

Chapter 2 https://nostarch.com/download/Smart%20Girls%20Guide%20to%20Privacy_Chapter2.pdf

Former Trend Micro employee enabled scam calls by stealing customers’ personal data
https://www.cyberscoop.com/trend-micro-customer-data-stolen-scam/

Spanish companies’ networks shut down as result of ransomware
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/spanish-companies-networks-shut-down-as-result-of-ransomware/

Paradise Ransomware Decryptor Gets Your Files Back for Free
Emsisoft has released a decryptor for the Paradise Ransomware that allows victims going back as far as 2017 to decrypt their files without paying a ransom.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/paradise-ransomware-decryptor-gets-your-files-back-for-free/

Once you have an encrypted and unencrypted file pair, download Emsisoft’s Paradise Ransomware decryptor and execute it.
https://www.emsisoft.com/ransomware-decryption-tools/paradise

HEALTH

Healthcare data breaches will cost industry $4 billion by year’s end, and 2020 is poised to be worse
https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/healthcare-data-breaches-will-cost-industry-4-billion-years-end-and-2020-poised-be-worse

‘Volume Control’ Author David Owen Says Ambient Noise Threatens Our Hearing
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/11/05/776242285/from-lawn-mowers-to-rock-concerts-our-deafening-world-is-hurting-our-ears

BANKSTERS

ETHICS BE DAMNED

2/25/19 Commerce Secretary Ross Flouts Government Ethics Rules.

Fake Billionaire Wilbur Ross Ignores the Law and Lies About His Stock Holdings

Kremlin connections to investments in Facebook and Twitter are the results of a capitalist “free market” fetish.

Paradise Papers reveal Companies controlled by the Russian government quietly invested in several major Silicon Valley startups, including Facebook.

11/5/17 Paradise Papers reveals a vast financial network—beyond the reach of most governments—maintained by the world’s wealthiest people. They include commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, Queen Elizabeth of the UK, and a close advisor to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Here’s a guide to the major revelations in the Paradise Papers
https://qz.com/1120731/paradise-papers-a-guide-to-the-major-revelations/

Wilbur Ross’s business ties to Putin’s inner circle
US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross maintains a stake in a shipping company that is closely linked to the family of Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to the Paradise Papers, Ross owns between $2 million and $10 million in shipping company Navigator. The second-biggest client of Navigator is Russian gas company Sibur. Kirill Shamalov, who is Putin’s son-in-law, has been deputy chairman of Sibur’s board and until April owned more than a fifth of the company. (He has since reduced his ownership share.) @SecretaryRoss conceals business dealings with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law. 

“The Paradise Papers showed Ross failed to disclose financial interest in Navigator Gas, a shipping company that transports petrochemicals for Russian gas and petrochemicals company Sibur. Sibur is subject to sanctions for its close ties to Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov.” https://qz.com/1120731/paradise-papers-a-guide-to-the-major-revelations/

Ross shorted Russian-linked shipping company ahead of Paradise Papers
https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/ross-shorted-russian-linked-shipping-company-ahead-paradise-papers/

also …. Former Co-Chair of (Russian Laundromat) Bank of Cyprus
REMINDER- Paul Manafort & Rick Gates allegedly laundered money through bank accounts in Cyprus. @SecretaryRoss & @DeutscheBank former chairman Josef Ackermann served on the board of Bank of Cyprus.

Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia.

Leaked documents and public filings show Ross holds a stake in a shipping company, Navigator, through a chain of offshore investments. Navigator operates a lucrative partnership with Sibur, a Russian gas company part-owned by Kirill Shamalov, the husband of Putin’s daughter Katerina Tikhonova.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/trump-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-business-links-putin-family-paradise-papers

2017

WALL STREET

Wall Street’s Liquidity Crisis: It’s Not Getting Better
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: November 7, 2019 ~
Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany
This morning, Wall Street’s money spigot arm of the Federal Reserve, the New York Fed, paid out $35 billion in 14-day term loans to Wall Street’s trading houses. The problem was, this morning the banks wanted $41.15 billion or $6.15 billion or $6.15 billion more than the Fed was offering. That’s a very clear sign that liquidity remains tight on Wall Street and we have yet to enter the pivotal year-end period when banks try to dress up their books by dumping or parking their most toxic positions. Between the term loan and the overnight loan, the New York Fed paid out $115 billion this morning to unnamed securities firms on Wall Street. (The Fed won’t say who is doing all of this borrowing and Congress can’t summon the willpower to hold a hearing.) 
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/

Dangerous Liaisons: New York Fed and JPMorgan’s Incestuous Relationship By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed) is just one of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks around the country. But it has amassed enormous powers for itself since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. Three of those powers dwarf all others: the ability to create money electronically at the push of a button; the accepted right to meddle in the markets; and the supervision of some of the largest bank holding companies in America.
After Wall Street blew itself up under the indulging and incompetent supervision of the New York Fed in 2008 and it was exposed that the Fed had secretly created $29 trillion in electronic money to bail out zombie banks – most of that funneled out by the New York Fed – most rational folks would have assumed that Congress would have stripped it of supervisory and money-printing powers for bailouts. Insanely, that did not happen and here we are today with the same deeply-conflicted New York Fed creating its own money to dole out $690 billion a week in super-cheap loans to unnamed securities firms while buying up $60 billion a month in the debt of the United States. (The Fed doesn’t want you to call the $60 billion a month QE4 because that would strongly suggest that this is just Stage II of the continuing 2008 bailout of Wall Street and that QE-Infinity is coming.)
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/dangerous-liaisons-new-york-fed-and-jpmorgans-incestuous-relationship/

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Inland Northwest’s thriving turkey population is an invasive nuisance or a conservation success – or both

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe from the First Nation American Indians and every state.
The 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and the Indians was not the first official Thanksgiving.

POTLATCH – The Tradition of Giving / Sharing a Meal

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Fresh Tarragon and the best Brined Turkey

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ECP Nethappenings Newsletter 9-28-19

Why History? It’s all because of a Horse’s Ass
https://twitter.com/BillHolohanSolr/status/1177631604186996737

Cherokee Indians Can Now Harvest Sochan Within a National Park
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cherokee-indians-harvest-sochan-national-park-180973089/
Cabe, a forest resource specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and an enrolled tribal member in his 40s, grew up gathering sochan—a traditional Cherokee food akin to but milder than spinach that is rich in vitamin C and folic acid. For years, sochan gathering was relegated to small backyard plots, or along back roads. But one day this past May, clutching an official hunter-orange harvest bag, Cabe stood on a forested hillside in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where his tribe became the first in generations to legally collect sochan within national park boundaries. Because of a new federal policy, 11 tribal members, as of now, are free to forage for sochan in tens of thousands of acres inside the park. The lifting on the prohibition of such foraging marks a reconciliation of sorts, with the federal government finally acknowledging American Indians’ claim to their ancestral homeland.

AI is coming to schools, and if we’re not careful, so will its biases
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2019/09/26/ai-is-coming-to-schools-and-if-were-not-careful-so-will-its-biases/

Who protects K12 School System’s Children’s Privacy — No one
https://edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/PRIVACY_INFORMATION.html

Japan conservatives want to reverse how people write names
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-conservatives-want-to-reverse-how-people-write-names/a-50592729
A century ago, Japan promoted the Western custom of using a first name followed by a family name. Now some conservative Japanese politicians want a return to using a family name first, and young Japanese are asking why.

Army official at Mar-a-Lago accessed Russian child-porn website
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article235563497.html

AT&T redirected pen-test payloads to the FBI’s Tips portal
https://www.zdnet.com/article/at-t-redirected-pen-test-payloads-to-the-fbis-tips-portal/

A history lesson for people who think that history doesn’t matter: What’s the big deal about railroad tracks?
https://twitter.com/BillHolohanSolr/status/1177631604186996737

The trump White House just accidentally sent our office their talking points for deflecting trump’s treachery. They’re complete Orwellian lies and toxic trash, but maybe you’d like to read them to appreciate their corruption! Hazmat ☢️ suit possibly required.
https://twitter.com/BillPascrell/status/1176900159227269122

 

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Orientation:  #IOT | #DATA BREACH | #CYBER – Surveillance – Security | #Delete Facebook | #Crypto | #College  

*Remember people are trying to develop tomorrows tech on today’s platforms using yesterday’s ideologies.

42 years may not seem a long time, but in terms of the internet it is like a geological age.
1972: Jon Postel published RFC 318, which presented his understanding of the ad hoc Telnet protocol. It became an official protocol 13 months later when RFC 495 was published. https://twitter.com/todayininfosec/status/1113686510434312192

 

IOE

“Thought of the day: As we end up connecting *every* electronic device to the internet, we will soon hit a point of saturation where we cannot connect more stuff. This means “peak cyber risk” may actually be on the horizon”.

Here’s how Internet of Things malware is undermining privacy
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/04/heres-how-internet-of-things-malware-is-undermining-privacy/

Do renters have the right to reject smart home technology?
https://www.marketplace.org/2019/03/05/tech/do-renters-have-the-right-to-dumb-apartments

EXECUTING A VEHICLE KEYLESS ENTRY ATTACK
https://hackaday.com/2019/03/30/executing-a-vehicle-keyless-entry-attack/

Data-leaking flaw in WPA3 Wi-Fi authentication
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/04/15/dragonblood-data-leaking-flaw-in-wpa3-wi-fi-authentication/

THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF CONVERGING RISKS
THE UN AND PREVENTION IN THE ERA OF AI

DATA BREACH

The Crisis of Election Security
As the midterms approach, America’s electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn’t anyone trying to fix them?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/magazine/election-security-crisis-midterms.html

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/yw84q7/darpa-is-building-a-dollar10-million-open-source-secure-voting-system

 WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers. “If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/two-years-after-wannacry-us-schools-still-vulnerable-to-eternalblue/

Petya cyber industry loss passes $3bn driven by Merck & silent cyber
In projecting the way the Petya / NotPetya cyber loss will break down by industry, PCS believes that at least 54% will be driven by the pharmaceutical sector, 20% by manufacturing and the rest of consumer businesses, professional services and other miscellaneous industries.
https://www.reinsurancene.ws/petya-cyber-industry-loss-passes-3bn-driven-by-merck-silent-cyber-pcs/

Data Breach Report
https://enterprise.verizon.com/resources/reports/2019-data-breach-investigations-report.pdf

Elizabeth Warren unveils bill that could hold tech execs responsible for data breaches
https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/3/18293688/elizabeth-warren-facebook-amazon-google-apple-executives-jail-data-breaches

Wyden Unveils New Plan to Protect Private Data, Restore ‘Do Not Track,’ and Jail Reckless CEOs
https://gizmodo.com/wyden-unveils-new-plan-to-protect-private-data-restore-1830153516

Quest Data Breach
12 million SSN now for sale on the Dark Web.

Did you get pawned?
https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

Identity Theft Recovery Steps
https://identitytheft.gov/Top-Company-Contacts

Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
https://hn.premii.com/#/article/19545264

Who owns the © to my medical x-rays?
https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2018/11/who-owns-the-copyright-to-my-medical-images/

By tracing bitcoin transactions, ProPublica identifies multiple InfoSec firms that promise customers high-tech ransomware solutions, but instead just pay the BlackHat’s ransom & charge back the cost (plus billable hours/services). https://features.propublica.org/ransomware/ransomware-attack-data-recovery-firms-paying-hackers/

Health Insurance Hustle
You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True
Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night’s rest. Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs. Experts say it’s part of the insurance industry playbook.

Competition for Meat Eaters

 

CYBER – Surveillance – Security – Spy Craft – State Craft

The Spycraft Revolution https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/27/the-spycraft-revolution-espionage-technology/

The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior
https://hbr.org/2019/04/the-psychology-behind-unethical-behavior

The Retroscope At Play Here’s a simple test for how you can decide if an app has encryption that doesn’t have backdoors for the local cops: if it’s allowed, it does. https://freethoughtblogs.com/stderr/2018/06/17/the-retroscope-at-play/

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State. Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/us-money-funding-facial-recognition-sensetime-megvii

Cyber War | World Economic Forum
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/cyber-war/

Vulnerabilities in industrial control systems surface lack of basic security hygiene https://www.techrepublic.com/article/vulnerabilities-in-industrial-control-systems-surface-lack-of-basic-security-hygiene/

How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies
The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back. https://www.politico.com/magazine/amp/story/2018/07/27/silicon-valley-spies-china-russia-219071

How did Iran find CIA spies?  They Googled it
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/11/how-did-iran-find-cia-spies-they-googled-it/

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/

How Bellingcat outfoxes the world’s spy agencies
The inside story of how it got the Skripal scoop
https://spectator.us/bellingcat-outfoxes-spy-agencies/

CULT OF THE DEAD COW
How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/cult-of-the-dead-cow-joseph-menn.html

Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And ‘Media Influencers’
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/04/06/department-of-homeland-security-compiling-database-of-journalists-and-media-influencers/

Free Cyber Security Training and Career Development
https://www.cybrary.it/

NetBSD Problem Report

New York City is launching public cybersecurity tools to keep residents from getting hacked
https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/nyc-secure-new-york-cybersecurity-app-de-blasio/

Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s new company is building training center in Xinjiang. Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is a former Navy SEAL who founded Blackwater, a military contractor that was controversial for its actions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This a new low for former Navy Seal Erik Prince. The founder of Blackwater is part owner of a security training company opening in Xinjiang, China. Training China to oppress its Muslim population.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/blackwater-founder-erik-princes-new-company-building-training-center-in-xinjiang/2019/02/01/ac372d40-2602-11e9-ba08-caf4ff5a3433_story.html

Ex-Coca-Cola engineer charged with stealing secrets for Chinese firm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/ex-coca-cola-engineer-charged-with-stealing-secrets-for-chinese-firm-11244824

The Chinese Communist Party Is Setting Up Cells at Universities Across America – Foreign Policy https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/18/the-chinese-communist-party-is-setting-up-cells-at-universities-across-america-china-students-beijing-surveillance/

Clues in Marriott hack implicate China
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-marriott-intnl-cyber-china-exclusive-idUSKBN1O504D

Fri, 3 May 2019 Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-americas-cybersecurity-workforce/

MSFT’s net earnings are around $16 billion. The US “Black Budget” is reportedly $56 billion. The NSA’s budget was $10 billion back in 2013 probably more now.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national/black-budget/

Why businesses will have to audit algorithms, AI and account for risk
https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-businesses-will-have-to-audit-algorithms-ai-and-account-for-risk/

Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And ‘Media Influencers’ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/04/06/department-of-homeland-security-compiling-database-of-journalists-and-media-influencers/

Debunking the cybersecurity thought that humans are the weakest link
“From a social engineering standpoint, it has never been easier to trick employees,” Payton added. “Business email compromise is one of the largest unreported crimes after ransomware.”
What’s more, there’s a 25 percent probability that any given healthcare organization will be hacked in the next 2.5 years, said Salwa Rafee, worldwide security leader for healthcare and life sciences at IBM.
https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/debunking-cybersecurity-thought-humans-are-weakest-link

Fort Bliss soldier under investigation for suspected ties to neo-Nazi terrorist group – U.S. – Stripes
https://www.stripes.com/news/us/fort-bliss-soldier-under-investigation-for-suspected-ties-to-neo-nazi-terrorist-group-1.580087

Free security advice.md
https://gist.github.com/grugq/353b6fc9b094d5700c70#file-free-security-advice-md

Free Wolfram Engine for Developers
https://www.wolfram.com/engine/

Technology has begun to test the boundaries of traditional First Amendment doctrine. Defense Distributed won their case. https://harvardlawreview.org/2017/04/defense-distributed-v-united-states-department-of-state/

France says Russia tried to intercept satellite communications in 2017
Russia attempted to intercept transmissions from a Franco-Italian satellite used by both nations’ armies for secure communications, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Friday, describing the move as an “act of espionage”.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-says-russia-tried-to-intercept-satellite-communications-in-2017-10695906

DELETE FACEBOOK NOW!

2006 This post from Facebook’s Director of Engineering in 2006 (2 days after they launched the Newsfeed) did not age well. https://mobile.twitter.com/hunterscott/status/1116461733768339456

‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/20/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-google-facebook

Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems. In case you weren’t aware, Zuckerberg famously did a Ratner and called facebook users “dumb fucks”;
This Business Insider article was originally published May 13, 2010
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.
An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend won’t help put these concerns to rest.
According to SAI sources, the following exchange is between a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a friend shortly after Mark launched The Facebook in his dorm room:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at HarvardZuck: Just ask

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don’t know why.

Zuck: They “trust me”

Zuck: Dumb fucks

U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says
https://www.marketplace.org/2019/03/06/tech/exclusive-look-numbers-showing-users-leaving-facebook-by-the-millions/

How Koch Brothers and Mercer use LEOSA Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act to carry a concealed weapon in all 50 states. Anyone can get a badge to carry a concealed weapon cause there are no state or fed standards that determines what “qualified” means.
Mercer owned Cambridge Analytics was able to reproduce the data mining that Facebook was already doing in a more effective way than the DNC. Mercer’s hedge fund is Renaissance Technologies. Mercer owns Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica is at the center of a tech and political firestorm after revelations that it improperly harvested the personal data of 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

The moment Mark Zuckerberg tries to make a joke about privacy and nobody laughs: https://twitter.com/alfredwkng/status/1123281388046827520

Zuckerberg defends Facebook users’ right to be wrong – even Holocaust deniers. CEO explains decision not to censor conspiracy theories but says the platform will try to ‘reduce distribution of content’
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/18/zuckerberg-facebook-holocaust-deniers-censorship

Facebook’s security team tracks posts, location for ‘BOLO’ threat list
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/14/facebooks-security-team-tracks-posts-location-for-bolo-threat-list.html

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/technology/facebook-data-deals-investigation.html

Facebook: Old posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared
https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-old-posts-mark-zuckerberg-disappeared-2019-3

Facebook Has a ‘Sauron Alert’ to Protect Employees’ Privacy—But Not Yours https://gizmodo.com/facebook-reportedly-has-a-sauron-alert-to-protect-emp-1825770152

DELETE FB Selenium script to delete all of your Facebook wall posts
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19963599

Facebook says employees had access to millions of Instagram passwords
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/18/facebook-says-employees-had-access-to-millions-of-instagram-passwords.html

Ime Archibong, Facebook vice president of product partnerships.

Facebook exec Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth broke rule on using real name
https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-exec-andrew-boz-bosworth-broke-rule-real-name-2019-1

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: Everybody’s learning nothing from this https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/03/facebook-cambridge-analytica-everyone-looking-wrong-way/

CRYPTO 

Facebook moderators are in revolt over ‘Big Brother’-style working conditions https://www.continentsnews.com/facebook-moderators-are-in-revolt-over-big-brother-style-working-conditions/

Two American Pension Funds Invest in Crypto https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/02/12/two-american-pension-funds-invest-in-crypto

Pretty much universal except for the Silicon Valley fanbois: cryptographers @ #RSAC19 now agree, FacebookCoin is a sick joke
https://mashable.com/article/cryptocurrency-experts-mock-facebook-coin/
APPLE
How to download a copy of everything Apple knows about you
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/25/how-to-download-a-copy-of-apple-data-about-me.html
Emails show RBS bankers joked about destroying the US housing market before 2008
https://www.businessinsider.com/emails-show-rbs-bankers-joked-about-crashing-us-housing-market-before-2008-2018-8
The kings of capitalism are finally worried about the growing gap between rich and poor
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/24/ray-dalio-jamie-dimon-kings-of-capitalism-concerned

 

COLLEGE

Want to help struggling college students? Support the low-paid staff who teach them https://thinkprogress.org/teaching-college-and-living-on-food-stamps-why-untenured-faculty-are-a-2020-campaign-issue-45ffc57f6d92/

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University https://www.npr.org/605092520

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Exams Approved for College Credits by American Council on Education https://finance.yahoo.com/news/isc-cybersecurity-exams-approved-college-130100480.html

1.5 Trillion in College Debt Trump Wants to Make It Legal for Debt Collectors to Text You “Where’s the Money, A$$hole?”
New rules would allow debt collectors to send customers unlimited texts and e-mails. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/05/trump-cfpb-debt-collectors

“A few months ago I was interviewing a college admissions coach who told me the following about how big of a donation it takes to get a child into an Ivy no questions asked: “There’s a certain magic number. It’s way higher than people think: $10 million.””
https://twitter.com/DanaGoldstein/status/1105511957103370240

Elite College Admissions Are a Zero-Sum Game
https://medium.com/s/no-mercy-no-malice/how-i-got-here-eb3ca0aa98d2

How Admissions Works at Williams
Williams admissions work the same as admissions at most other elite colleges. If you understand the process at Swarthmore or Princeton, then you understand 99% of what happens at Williams.

Does It Matter Where You Go To College? Some Context For The Admissions Scandal – https://www.npr.org/702973336

Is a perfect ACT score rare? Not so much anymore, thanks to expensive test prep.
“It’s kind of encouraged to get good at test taking.” That’s an understatement: The number of perfect ACT scores is 6 times higher than 8 years ago. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/05/01/act-sat-scholarships-college-admissions-scandal-scores-test-prep/3640007002/

How Americans have come to see college as a requirement
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/outlook/a-college-degree-has-shifted-from-a-privilege-to-a-right-to-now-a-basic-need/2018/09/14/08c7dab8-b6d8-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

Does your income make you middle class where you live? Use this calculator to see where your income falls compared to other households in your county or the U.S. as a whole.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/business/your-income-comparison/?utm_term=.1bb1fec6ed1b

How much money do you make? — Ask a Manager

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease
Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.
By Christian H. Cooper Photography by Nathan Cooper April 20, 2017
http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/why-poverty-is-like-a-disease

What a $1,000 Per Month Universal Basic Income Would Look Like
https://medium.com/s/story/what-a-1-000-a-month-universal-basic-income-would-look-like-e278e11a16e0

Scientists think a new fault line might turn Nevada into a coast
Move aside, San Andreas. A new fault is shaking up the tech industry’s latest frontier in the West—and only a small group of scientists is paying attention. On a recent trip to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake, geologist James Faulds explores what he believes may become the future continental edge of North America. U.S. ROUTE 395 is a geologic master class disguised as a road. It runs north from the arid outskirts of Los Angeles, carrying travelers up to Reno along the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada.
https://www.wired.com/story/walker-lane-move-over-san-andreas-fault/

Kennedy vs. Nixon – 1st 1960 Debate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QazmVHAO0os

Really wonderful Video of NY 1911

How Do I Look? Dimitri From Paris – Une Very Stylish Fille