Latest Articles: Computers-Hacking
Tired Of Telemarketers? So Is The FCC
Post Date: 2015-10-22 08:42:47 by Willie Green
Telemarketers have been a real annoyance to everyone over the last few decades. Although the FCC is not the source of these calls, it is not uncommon for the Commission to receive consumer complaints over unwanted robocalls and telemarketers. Although there have been some attempts in the past to resolve these issues, it persists as a growing problem. Now the FCC plans to help develop technologies to block these unwanted calls going to both landline and mobile phone users. The FCC's Role The FCC's plan to encourage the development of these "do-not-disturb" technologies is fairly simple. Each week, the FCC receives numerous user complaints about telemarketers. The ...
My browser visited Weather.com and all I got was this lousy malware [also Drudge, Wunderground, Yahoo] [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-08-15 11:27:29 by Tooconservative
Millions of people visiting weather.com, drudgereport.com, wunderground.com, and other popular websites were exposed to attacks that can surreptitiously hijack their computers, thanks to maliciously manipulated ads that exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and other browsing software, researchers said. The malvertising campaign worked by inserting malicious code into ads distributed by AdSpirit.de, a network that delivers ads to Drudge, Wunderground, and other third-party websites, according to a post published Thursday by researchers from security firm Malwarebytes. The ads, in turn, exploited security vulnerabilities in widely used browsers and browser plugins that install malware on ...
Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth
Post Date: 2015-08-03 09:02:13 by A K A Stone
Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit. Microsofts new desktop operating system has employed a torrent-style approach to sharing updates with your fellow Windows 10 users. The OS employs a system of sharing updates between users PCs and across their own networks rather than download direct from Microsoft. The system is called Windows Update Delivery Optimisation, or WUDO. WUDO came to light as people began downloading Windows 10 released on Wednesday to their machines. Its been causing surprises. According to Microsoft, WUDO lets you get updates when theres limited or unreliable connection to the internet. ...
Fiat Chrysler will recall vehicles over hacking worries (1.4M to recieve USB flash drive - update)
Post Date: 2015-07-25 17:50:29 by Hondo68
Washington Under government pressure, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV agreed Friday to recall 1.4 million vehicles that can be cyber-hacked remotely as Congress, automakers and regulators are raising increasing concerns about vehicle communications.The first-of-its-kind callback came just days after a magazine report showed hackers could wirelessly take control of some functions of a Jeep Cherokee.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will open an investigation into the recall to ensure all vehicles that could be affected are covered. Opening this investigation will allow NHTSA to better assess the effectiveness of the remedy proposed by Fiat ...
Here's The FCC's Plan To Narrow 'Digital Divide' For Better Internet Access
Post Date: 2015-05-30 11:53:20 by Willie Green
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is emphasizing the critical role of the Internet in modern life, communication, education and employment. The Federal Communications Commission is redefining broadband access as a new "lifeline" feature in addition to the landline and wireless phone access many low-income American familes already receive. For 30 years, low-income households have received assistance from the federal government in paying their phone bills. Now, Wheeler is proposing the same subsidized access to advanced telecommunications services, ensuring that all Americans can afford broadband Internet service. "Broadband is every bit as important today as plain old phone ...
A really dumb question from a 5/8 blind guy
Post Date: 2015-05-29 18:42:03 by Chuck_Wagon
Okay - this is really dumb - and kind-of embarrassing. Computers have audio jacks - right? Sure they do. They USED to be LABELED as to what they are. Right? And they still ARE labeled (sometimes) with little itsy bitsy symbols molded into the black plastic. These symbols cannot easily be read and understood - (except by blind people). So that is why - luckily - someone, about 35 years ago - came up with a color scheme for the jacks (plugs). 'Red is this, green is that' - etc. Now you might THINK that someone would have memorizedthat color scheme in the past 37 years. Ah! But you would be wrong. I'm trying to wire up this new computer into my mess - and I realize that I am ...
Google’s self-driving cars are getting into accidents
Post Date: 2015-05-11 19:00:21 by Willie Green
A handful of autonomous cars have been in accidents during test runs in California, posing a key question for the future of driverless vehicles: Are they actually any safer? Four of the about 50 self-driving cars in California have been in accidents since September, the Associated Press reported Monday. Three of the four cars were Googles Lexus SUVs. The fourth was a Delphi Automotive car. Driverless cars have been hailed as a technology with the potential to improve safety by removing human error from roads. Two accidents took place while the cars were driving, but for the other two, humans behind the wheel had control, according to the AP. Under California law, collision reports ...
Debian 8.0 'Jessie' is out and even Microsoft is celebrating
Post Date: 2015-04-25 11:35:20 by Willie Green
The wait is over. Debian 8.0Jessiewill be released on April 25, after a nearly two-year development cycle for the next release of this long-standing Linux distribution. Microsoft is even throwing Debian a birthday party, complete with cake. Sure, its basically just an advertisement for Microsofts Azure cloud-computing platform, but its still amusing. Software, security, and desktop updates As usualwith every Linux distribution, reallythe biggest changes youll notice are package updates. The majority of the packages included with Debian have had their versions bumped to the latest ones. From desktop environments and desktop ...
Google Maps hides an image of the Android robot urinating on Apple
Post Date: 2015-04-24 09:35:46 by Willie Green
A small patch of terrain in Google Maps just south of the Pakistani city of Rawlpindi has been found to contain a bizarre image of the Android robot urinating on the Apple logo. The image, apparently an Easter egg added by a Google employee or data provider, remains visible on Google Maps itself. While some parts of Googles mapping data are user-editable, the base terrain information isnt, suggesting that whoever inserted the image has privileged access and perhaps thought it wouldnt be found. The image in its original location. Unsurprisingly, the real terrain underneath bears no resemblance to the picture, (loosely) adapted from a famous bootleg of Bill ...
Rand Paul’s Internet Army
Post Date: 2015-04-23 17:57:56 by Hondo68
Welcome to the front lines of the battle for your Facebook news feed. Vincent Harris wants details, and hes not getting them. The 26-year-old political consultant is quizzing two Facebook guys whove showed up at the Austin headquarters of his media firm, and all hes getting back is a pat lecture about the value of social networking for online campaigns. Harris and the dozen staffers gathered in his companys conference room dont exactly need to be convinced: This is what they do. And by the time the 2016 presidential campaign is over, these twentysomethings expect to be paid millions of dollars for doing it well. They already spend all day everyday on the ...
You can play with Utah cats over the Internet, right now
Post Date: 2015-04-22 09:30:21 by Willie Green
Stop what you're doing. Whatever it is, it doesn't matter you could be playing with cats over the Internet instead.The Humane Society of Utah has set up in a room of its shelter three remote-controlled cat toys that people can control through the iPet Companion website. Visitors to the site wait their turn for a two-minute session that gives you control over the toys, and a surveillance camera to watch the cats play. Once the session is over, you can get back in line for another turn.The Murray shelter launched the new feature Monday morning, and hope it will dispel the myth that a shelter is "a sad, depressing place" and shine special attention on cats who tend to ...
Scientists develop algorithm that can auto-ban internet trolls
Post Date: 2015-04-13 14:55:29 by Tooconservative
Researchers at Cornell University claim to be able to identify internet trolls with more than 80% AUC*, positing the possibility of creating automated methods to identify or even auto-ban forum and comment-thread pests. Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Jure Leskovec submitted the paper Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities [PDF] in early April, which details the findings from an 18-month study of banned commenters over three high-traffic communities: news giant cnn.com, political hub breitbart.com and the vocal gaming communities at ign.com. The study, which was partly-funded by Google and had the cooperation of the Disqus commenting ecosphere, compared ...
Battle Of Computer Sticks:
Post Date: 2015-04-08 07:28:41 by Willie Green
Chromebit Vs. Compute Stick Vs. MK903V TV Stick Vs. Rikomagic V5 The Chromebit stick by ASUS may look like a small candy bar, but it delivers a full computing experience perfect for school work and business-related tasks. Computer sticks, sometimes referred to as stick computers, stick PCs, Android-on-a-Stick and Android mini-PCs, have rapidly evolved from their spotty and less appealing reputation to having a popular and widely-distributed status. By simply connecting a stick to a TV or a monitor's HDMI input, a person can start working on a secondary PC or media center in a matter of minutes. They also offer the freedom for to work in any location as they are portable enough to carry ...
Facebook accused of tracking all users even if they delete accounts, ask never to be followed
Post Date: 2015-03-31 15:28:16 by Tooconservative
A new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after theyve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed. Academic researchers said that the report showed that the company was breaking European law with its tracking policies. The law requires that users are told if their computers are receiving cookies except for specific circumstances.Facebooks tracking which it does so that it can tailor advertising involves putting cookies or small pieces of software on users computers, so that they can then be followed around the ...
EU joins U.S. to try to stop China's new technology rules
Post Date: 2015-03-21 11:11:58 by A Pole
The European Union on Thursday sharply criticized China's new cyber security rules, joining a global effort to challenge measures that U.S. and EU companies say could force them out of the Chinese market. [...] China's banking regulator has adopted new standards requiring tech products to be "secure and controllable" for use in the financial sector. Those that have not been developed in China must be registered with the government, putting at risk corporate secrets, secure emails and encrypted data. The United States has led a global push to pressure Beijing to change course, the latest friction in a difficult trade relationship between the West and the world's no. ...
Microsoft confirms it's killing off the Internet Explorer brand with Windows 10
Post Date: 2015-03-17 08:24:12 by Willie Green
Internet Explorer is not a popular name when it comes to browsers, and Microsoft has tried various things to boost brand recognition of their browser and improve its reputation. Recently, the company confirmed that Internet Explorer is going away for good. While speaking at Microsoft's Convergence yesterday, the company's marketing chief Chris Capossela said the company is looking for a new name and brand for their browser. "Were now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Capossela. "Well continue to have Internet Explorer, but well also have a new browser called Project ...
New smoking gun further ties NSA to omnipotent “Equation Group” hackers
Post Date: 2015-03-11 12:05:00 by Tooconservative
New smoking gun further ties NSA to omnipotent Equation Group hackers What are the chances unrelated state-sponsored projects were both named "BACKSNARF"? Researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab have uncovered more evidence tying the US National Security Agency to a nearly omnipotent group of hackers who operated undetected for at least 14 years. The Kaspersky researchers once again stopped short of saying the hacking collective they dubbed Equation Group was the handiwork of the NSA, saying only that the operation had to have been sponsored by a nation-state with nearly unlimited resources to dedicate to the project. Still, they heaped new findings on top of a ...
HBO Go Blocked on PS4 by Comcast, Just Like on PS3
Post Date: 2015-03-05 19:10:19 by A K A Stone
Much like the PlayStation 3 version of the app, HBO Go on PlayStation 4 is blocked if you're a Comcast Xfinity customer. Sony announced the much-anticipated arrival of the HBO Go app on PS4 earlier this week. Those who had been hoping the PS4 version would bring a resolution to the problem that has existed on PS3 for a year were sorely disappointed; Comcast continues to prevent its customers from accessing to the streaming service despite competitors like AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and many others allowing it. Comcast has yet to offer a satisfactory answer for the lack of support. As Techdirt notes, customer complaints over the past year--since the PS3 got HBO ...
Booting from flash drive (Win 7 - XP) [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-03-02 15:53:26 by Chuck_Wagon
Just suppose that I wanted to create a machine that would boot from a USB flash drive - a relatively big flash drive - 32gb to 64gb - or whatever is required. And I wanted this thing to boot either Win7 or XP. Anybody here have any experience with such an experience? FYI - I am planning to create this thing on a new Zotac 'ZBox' with a Celeron processor and 4GB of memory (which I have - the memory - not the Zbox). So what I'm basically trying to do is create a 'disk-less' computer. Shouldn't be fraught with problems - Eh? Thanks for any help / insight! ZBOX 1320-U:
Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone’s Power Use
Post Date: 2015-02-19 23:43:45 by A K A Stone
Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device through a different, unlikely data leak: the phones power consumption. Researchers at Stanford University and Israels defense research group Rafael have created a technique they call PowerSpy, which they say can gather information about an Android phones geolocation merely by tracking its power use over time. That data, unlike GPS or Wi-Fi location tracking, is freely available to any installed app without a requirement to ask the users ...
Canary Watch: Activists create website to track & reveal NSA, FBI info requests
Post Date: 2015-02-06 19:51:14 by Hondo68
Reuters/Dado Ruvic A recently launched website that tracks and lists transparency reports from across the web has already received over 20 submissions since its launch on Monday, co-founder Nadia Kayyali told the Sputnik international news service. Kayyali, who is also an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said that EFF became involved in the project because they thought it was important to provide information to people about what companies have so-called canaries. A canary is a published statement or warrant that ISPs and telecom providers put out to say they havent received any security data requests from Federal government. Its ...
Man charged in running revenge porn site convicted
Post Date: 2015-02-03 01:19:18 by Otter
AP February 2, 2015, 10:04 PM Man charged in running revenge porn site convicted SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man charged with running a so-called revenge porn website where people posted nude pictures of their ex-lovers - and then charging the victims to take down the images - was convicted Monday of 27 felony charges. Kevin Bollaert, 28, was found guilty Monday of identity theft and extortion. He faces up to 20 years in prison. The San Diego County Superior Court jury was unable to reach verdicts on two charges of identity theft and conspiracy and a judge declared a mistrial on the counts. It was believed to be the first conviction of a revenge porn website operator, although two ...
Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkers
Post Date: 2015-02-01 07:34:18 by Tooconservative
Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkersThis time opt-out actually means opt-out, we're told Verizon has backed down over its fingerprinting of subscribers using so-called immortal "super cookies." In 2012, the US mobile telco started injecting unique identifying headers (UIDHs) into every HTTP request users made to websites via the Verizon network. This allowed sneaky ad agencies to recognize people as they moved from site to site, and display ads supposedly tailored to individuals' interests. Deleting all your cookies from your web browser, or using something like Chrome's incognito mode, will not kill off the header because it is ...
Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free
Post Date: 2015-02-01 00:41:49 by A K A Stone
Google has recently revealed that it is dropping the paid subscription from Google Earth Pro, a more robust version of its Google Earth software. The Pro service will now be available for free, previously costing $399 per year. While the standard version of Google Earth has often been more than enough for casual map and globe users, the Pro version has seen use among professionals from scientists to businesses, who have been able to take advantage of advanced features previously not available for free. Among the main differences between Google Earth and its Pro sibling are high-resolution imagery and automated geographic location. Pro allows users to print high-res photos, but standard ...
Lenovo laptops come with preinstalled advertisement injecting adware
Post Date: 2015-01-18 14:44:16 by A K A Stone
Lenovo customers complain about the computer manufacturer preinstalling Superfish Adware on their laptops. Superfish hides in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome and injects advertisements in websites. Superfish is active in the background by default on affected systems. Its likely Lenovo installs the adware on its laptops for months already. Users report Superfish is installed on the Lenovo Y50, Z40, Z50, G50 and Yoga 2 Pro laptops. Superfish Powered by VisualSearch, as the adwares full name is, is recognized by many antivirus scanners as malware. The adware injects advertisements on Google search results and on websites. The Google search results injected by ...
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