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Bits of Freedom cries to halt the shocking personal data sent out to everyone using Real Time Bidding advertising

During RTB, personal data such as what you read online, what you watch, your location, your sexual orientation, etc is sent to a whole slew of advertisers so they can select you as an object to show their adverts do. This, together with other profiling information sent, can be used to build up a long Read more about Bits of Freedom cries to halt the shocking personal data sent out to everyone using Real Time Bidding advertising[…]

Google Gmail tracks purchase history through gmail, puts them on https://myaccount.google.com/purchases

Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon. Last week, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a New York Times op-ed that said “privacy cannot be a luxury good.” But behind the scenes, Google is still collecting a lot of personal information from the Read more about Google Gmail tracks purchase history through gmail, puts them on https://myaccount.google.com/purchases[…]

Radio signals used for ILS plane landings can easily be spoofed using tools amounting to just $600

With about $600 and a few tools, hackers could fake the radio signals used by commercial airplanes to navigate and land safely, according to new research. In a paper and demonstration from researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, a software defined radio — a non-traditional radio that uses software instead of hardware for many components Read more about Radio signals used for ILS plane landings can easily be spoofed using tools amounting to just $600[…]

One-Third of Ether Held by 376 People – Bloomberg

Just 376 people hold a third of all Ether, the cryptocurrency that powers the Ethereum blockchain, according to new research by Chainalysis Inc. Large holders are known in the crypto market as “whales,” which Chainalysis defines as individuals who hold their assets in digital wallets and not on an exchange, Kim Grauer, a senior economist Read more about One-Third of Ether Held by 376 People – Bloomberg[…]

Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs – again

ASUS’ update mechanism has once again been abused to install malware that backdoors PCs, researchers from Eset reported earlier this week. The researchers, who continue to investigate the incident, said they believe the attacks are the result of router-level man-in-the-middle attacks that exploit insecure HTTP connections between end users and ASUS servers, along with incomplete Read more about Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs – again[…]

Scientists create mind-controlled hearing aid able to single out voices

A mind-controlled hearing aid that allows the wearer to focus on particular voices has been created by scientists, who say it could transform the ability of those with hearing impairments to cope with noisy environments. The device mimics the brain’s natural ability to single out and amplify one voice against background conversation. Until now, even Read more about Scientists create mind-controlled hearing aid able to single out voices[…]

Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury

After seven days of freedom, US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back behind bars for refusing to testify before a secret federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered Manning back to prison, and said she will, in addition, be fined $500 a day for the first 30 days in the clink, Read more about Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury[…]

Bio-glue that moves with a beating heart can repair wounds in pigs

Uncontrolled bleeding during surgery can cause death. What if, instead of slow surgical stitching, you could rapidly glue a wound together? A new “bio-glue” — an experimental adhesive gel that is activated by a flash of light — has been proven to stop high pressure bleeding in the hearts of pigs. Additional research confirming the Read more about Bio-glue that moves with a beating heart can repair wounds in pigs[…]

Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions. The bug’s existence proves life can exist with a restricted genetic code and paves the way for organisms whose biological machinery is commandeered Read more about Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA[…]

22 EU Member States sign new military mobility programme

In the margins of today’s EDA Steering Board, 22 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden) and EDA signed a new programme that will facilitate the granting of cross-border surface and air movement permissions. The programme Read more about 22 EU Member States sign new military mobility programme[…]

3D Holographic Air Fan Displays

  TOP-NOTCH 3D EFFECT – The image has no borders and backgrounds,makes you feel it completely appears in the air and creates best attraction for your products or events.Widely used in department store,shopping mall,casino,bars,railway station signage display 🔥EYE-CATCHING BLACK TECH PRODUCT – Stand out from your competitors.Holo One is far beyond being “just a cool Read more about 3D Holographic Air Fan Displays[…]

Adobe: If You Use Old Apps, You May Be Violating Third-Party Copyrights, highlighting the problem that you don’t own anything in the Cloud

Last week, Adobe said that older versions of Creative Cloud apps—including Photoshop and Lightroom—would no longer be available to subscribers. This week, some users are getting messages from Adobe warning they could be at “risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties” should they continue to use outdated versions of their apps. The new Read more about Adobe: If You Use Old Apps, You May Be Violating Third-Party Copyrights, highlighting the problem that you don’t own anything in the Cloud[…]

It’s 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

A security flaw in WhatsApp can be, and has been, exploited to inject spyware into victims’ smartphones: all a snoop needs to do is make a booby-trapped voice call to a target’s number, and they’re in. The victim doesn’t need to do a thing other than leave their phone on. The Facebook-owned software suffers from Read more about It’s 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware[…]

Smallest pixels ever created, a million times smaller than on smartphones, could light up color-changing buildings

The smallest pixels yet created—a million times smaller than those in smartphones, made by trapping particles of light under tiny rocks of gold—could be used for new types of large-scale flexible displays, big enough to cover entire buildings. The colour pixels, developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge, are compatible Read more about Smallest pixels ever created, a million times smaller than on smartphones, could light up color-changing buildings[…]

‘Seasteader’ Now on the Run For His Life from Thai Authorities who overran their seastead

An American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend became the first couple to actually live on a “seastead” — a 20-meter octagon floating in international waters a full 12 nautical miles from Thailand. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike shared this article from the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education describing what happened next: [W]hile they got to experience Read more about ‘Seasteader’ Now on the Run For His Life from Thai Authorities who overran their seastead[…]

New study shows scientists who selfie garner more public trust

The study builds on seminal work by Princeton University social psychologist Susan Fiske suggesting that scientists have earned Americans’ respect but not their trust. Trust depends on two perceived characteristics of an individual or social group: competence and warmth. Perceptions of competence involve the belief that members of a particular social group are intelligent and Read more about New study shows scientists who selfie garner more public trust[…]

New Intel firmware boot verification bypass enables low-level persistent backdoors

Researchers have found a new way to defeat the boot verification process for some Intel-based systems, but the technique can also impact other platforms and can be used to compromise machines in a stealthy and persistent way. Researchers Peter Bosch and Trammell Hudson presented a time-of-check, time-of-use (TOCTOU) attack against the Boot Guard feature of Read more about New Intel firmware boot verification bypass enables low-level persistent backdoors[…]

Over 275 Million Indian Personal Records Exposed by Unsecured MongoDB Database

A huge MongoDB database exposing 275,265,298 records of Indian citizens containing detailed personally identifiable information (PII) was left unprotected on the Internet for more than two weeks. Security Discovery researcher Bob Diachenko discovered the publicly accessible MongoDB database hosted on Amazon AWS using Shodan, and as historical data provided by the platform showed, the huge cache Read more about Over 275 Million Indian Personal Records Exposed by Unsecured MongoDB Database[…]

Facebook co-founder pleading to break it up in long letter to NYT

The company’s mistakes — the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap; the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention — dominate the headlines. It’s been 15 years since Read more about Facebook co-founder pleading to break it up in long letter to NYT[…]

CIA’s Solution to Killing Too Many Civilians: Knife Bomb

The CIA and the U.S. military have been using a new type of missile during some drone strikes in recent years, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. What makes this new missile unique? It doesn’t explode and instead deploys sharp blades, hitting targets “like a speeding anvil” from the sky. The new Read more about CIA’s Solution to Killing Too Many Civilians: Knife Bomb[…]

Failed SpaceX Parachute Test Is Yet Another Setback for NASA’s Crew Program

A recent parachute test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule “was not satisfactory,” a NASA official said during a House subcommittee hearing yesterday. Few details were disclosed, but it’s now looking even less likely that NASA will have the capability to fly astronauts to space anytime soon. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held Read more about Failed SpaceX Parachute Test Is Yet Another Setback for NASA’s Crew Program[…]

All Chromebooks will also be Linux laptops going forward – the catch: on top of Chrome OS in a VM container. So not really a linux laptop then.

At Google I/O in Mountain View, Google quietly let slip that “all devices [Chromebook] launched this year will be Linux-ready right out of the box.” Wait. What? In case you’ve missed it, last year, Google started making it possible to run desktop Linux on Chrome OS. Since then, more Chromebook devices are able to run Read more about All Chromebooks will also be Linux laptops going forward – the catch: on top of Chrome OS in a VM container. So not really a linux laptop then.[…]