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Submission + - Not just NSA, FBI too illegally handled Americans' data (circa.com)

mi writes: In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was “lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked.”

Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of “disregard” for rules, inadequate training and “deficient” oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.

Submission + - Malvertising Campaign Finds a Way Around Ad Blockers (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What many have feared has become reality today, after Malwarebytes researchers have discovered an online malvertising campaign that can bypass ad blockers. Named RoughTed, this campaign has been going strong for over a year, and has been delivering malicious ads on sites such as Adf.ly, ExtraTorrent, Openloud, and many others in the Alexa top 500.

In an interview, Jerome Segura, the researcher who discovered this campaign says RoughTed uses very aggressive advertising to detect a user's PC details. Segura also says that RoughTed is not the first malvertising campaign to deploy ad-blocker bypassing scripts, but it's the first at such a large scale. Users of ad-blockers have also started noticing RoughTed's ability to bypass their extensions.[Adblock Plus,uBlock originor AdGuard]

Furthermore, RoughTed seems to be very diverse, sending users to all sort of nasty sites, such as exploit kits, Windows PUP download sites, Mac adware sites, iOS pay-per-install schemes, online surveys, tech support scams, rogue Chrome extensions, and others. Basically, this malvertising campaign takes advantage of most of its traffic, not just users that use old IE versions.

Submission + - Fighting Government Crippled Encryption by Turning It Off Entirely! (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: Of course, firms could indeed choose to withdraw from such markets, perhaps in conjunction with geoblocking of domestic users in those countries to meet government prohibitions against strong encryption. Pretty awful prospects.

There is another possibility though — that I’ll admit up front would be highly controversial. Rather than crippling those designated encryption systems in those countries under government orders, firms could choose to disable those encryption systems entirely!

I know that this sounds counterintuitive, but please hang with me for a few minutes!

Comment Re:Huh, someone was paying attention to Firewire (Score 1) 106

Probably what will happen is rackmount servers will have two or even three TB3 ports, each with 100w, that way you have redundancy when the port or cable fails (on either end) on both power and network. Failure of one or more cables would probably allow the server to run in reduced power mode indefinitely.
 
I don't think we're far out from phones having 256gb drive and 8gb ram as normal, at which point you just plug it in to a KVM kiosk and use that as both your cell phone and desktop. Even a year ago I was able to use a mouse and keyboard on my Nexus 5x using a USB-C adapter (but no video due to marketing reasons)

Submission + - Is Google's New "Store Sales Measurement" System a Privacy Risk? (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: Within hours of Google announcing their new “Store Sales Measurement” system, my inbox began filling with concerned queries. I held off responding on this until I could get additional information directly from Google. With that now in hand I feel comfortable in addressing this issue.

Submission + - UK Furious About US Intelligence Leaks

Oxygen99 writes: Further evidence of the dysfunctional nature of the Trump administration came to light today as the UK government expressed dismay at American leaks of intelligence related to the Manchester terrorist attack investigation. Sensitive information regarding identities and photos have both been leaked to the American press infuriating the British police. If you can't trust your supposed friends, who can you trust?

Submission + - Researchers Found Perfect Contraceptives From Traditional Chinese Medicine (inverse.com) 3

hackingbear writes: Researchers at U.C. Berkeley found a birth control that was hormone-free, 100 percent natural, resulted in no side effects, didn’t harm either eggs nor sperm, could be used in the long-term or short-term, and — perhaps the best part of all — could be used either before or after conception, from ancient Chinese folk medicine. In order to actually penetrate the egg, sperm need to whip their tails faster to pick up momentum. But there are two plant compounds that can prevent sperm from doing this, no matter how valiantly they may try — lupeol, found in mango and dandelion root, and pristimerin, from a plant called the “thunder god vine,” the leaves of which had been used as birth control in traditional Chinese medicine. The sperm and egg are never actually harmed; they’re just never able to meet, thus eliminate ethical concerns of pro-lifers. “Because these two plant compounds block fertilization at very, very low concentrations — about 10 times lower than levels of levonorgestrel in Plan B — they could be a new generation of emergency contraceptive we nicknamed ‘molecular condoms,’” team leader Polina Lishko.

Submission + - Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program (vocativ.com)

schwit1 writes: The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software — despite a state law preventing it.

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont describe such a program, which uses software to compare the DMV’s database of names and driver’s license photos with information with state and federal law enforcement. Vermont state law, however, specifically states that “The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not implement any procedures or processes that involve the use of biometric identifiers.”

The program, the ACLU says, invites state and federal agencies to submit photographs of persons of interest to the Vermont DMV, which it compares against its database of some 2.6 million Vermonters and shares potential matches. Since 2012, the agency has run at least 126 such searches on behalf of local police, the State Department, FBI, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Submission + - Manchester attack could lead to Internet crackdown (independent.co.uk)

boundary writes: The UK government looks to be about to put the most egregious parts of the Investigative Powers Act into force 'soon after the election' (which is in a couple of weeks) in the wake of the recent bombing in Manchester. 'Technical Capability Orders' require tech companies to break their own security. I wonder who'll comply?

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