Archive for September, 2015 | Monthly archive page

UK GCHQ stashes away 50+ billion records a day on people.

By 2010, GCHQ stated it was logging “30bn metadata records per day. By 2012, collection had increased to 50 billion per day, and work was underway to double capacity to 100 billion.”GCHQ has since “developed new population scale analytics for multi-petabyte cluster,” which allows “population scale target discovery.”In a vision document for 2013, its aim […]

NL will run first autonomous cars on public roads in Nov ’15

The WEpods will run from Wageningen to Ede in a pilot. WEpods

Minority Report Predictive Policing hits US

The strategy, known as predictive policing, combines elements of traditional policing, like increased attention to crime “hot spots” and close monitoring of recent parolees. But it often also uses other data, including information about friendships, social media activity and drug use, to identify “hot people” and aid the authorities in forecasting crime. Source: Police Program […]

Hilton hotels in credit-card-stealing malware infection scare

Oh dear, it seems they have been stealing from the POS terminals between 21 april – 27 july 2015, from Hilton as well as Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton, and Waldorf Astoria hotels. Source: Hilton hotels in credit-card-stealing malware infection scare

Lenovo, still spying on all PCs

Following up Lenovo’s blunders regarding the Superfish malware and altered BIOS, Michael Horowitz at ComputerWorld reports that a refurbished ThinkPad he bought includes Lenovo spyware under the guise of “Customer Feedback”. After some digging around, he found the following in a support document: “Lenovo says here that all ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs, running Windows […]

iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

oops Simple sequence opens up iPhones, iPads even if they have a passcode set Source: iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

In the past few minutes, ARIN – the non-profit that oversees the allocation of IP addresses in North America – confirmed the available pool of the 32-bit network addresses is totally depleted. Last night, the team estimated there were just 1,024 IPv4 addresses left in its pool – dregs, in other words. Now that’s all […]

5.6m, not 1.1m fingerprint images of us gov security cleared people stolen

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for or receiving security clearances whose fingerprint images were stolen in one of the worst U.S. government data breaches is now believed to be 5.6 million, not 1.1 million as first thought, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. The agency was the victim of what the U.S. […]

​Dutch MOD, P&W sign contract to stand up F135 maintenance site

The Dutch Ministry of Defence has formalised an agreement with Pratt & Whitney to establish an organic F135 engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) shop at the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s Woensdrecht Logistics Centre with the goal of supporting Lockheed Martin F-35 operations by 2019. Source: ​Dutch MOD, P&W sign contract to stand up […]

Cheap thermal imagers can steal user PINs

A British infosec company has found that cheap thermal imaging accessories for smartphones can be used to glean personal identification numbers entered on push-button security devices on bank ATMs.. Thermal imaging devices used to be bulky and expensive, but Sec-Tec told iTnews they can now be bought cheaply as compact iPhone accessories – for instance, […]

The Sensel Morph – finally a replacement Fingerworks Touchstream!

These guys have launched a wildly succesfull kickstarter to produce what is basically a large touchpad. You can print 3D overlays which magnetically lock into place. Programming new overlays shouldn’t be too tough. It’s sensitive enough to detect paint brushes. Now let’s hope it can be a keyboard with the pinch and zoom and multifinger […]

Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science – not doing too well…

Yet again a major study looks at reproducing results (in this case only in psychological studies) and finds that the strength of the results is much lower than published. Expect this to happen for economics, political science, etc as well. Reproducibility is a defining feature of science, but the extent to which it characterizes current […]

Illumibowl – motion activated coloured light for your toilet

Light up the toilet at night with Illumibowl – a motion activated toilet bowl night light. Ideal for potty training or as a fun gift for that special someone. Source: Illumibowl It can rotate colours!

Philips Hue – strip lighting connected to wifi that changes colour

Philips Hue combines brilliant LED light with intuitive technology. Then puts it in the palm of your hand.Together, the bulbs, the bridge and the app will change the way you use light. Forever. Experiment with shades of white, from invigorating blue/white to cozy yellow/white. Or play with all the colors in the spectrum. Source: Meet […]

Ex-Secret Service agent who siphoned almost $1m worth of Bitcoin from Silk Road takes plea deal

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Bridges admitted to using a seized administrator account on Silk Road in order to lift Bitcoin from various accounts and deposit them into his own wallet. He then sold off the Bitcoin on the Mt Gox exchange between March and May of 2013 and came away with $820,000 […]

Apply Magic Sauce – Cambridge University Prediction API that takes your Facebook likes and creates a predictive psych-demographic profile

his is a prediction of your psycho-demographic profile based on your Facebook Likes. It uses a snapshot of your digital footprint to visualise how others perceive you online and therefore may not be an entirely accurate picture of who you really are. You could take more psychometric tests as well and compare the results! Source: […]

Translucent Li-ion Battery Charges Itself by Using Sunlight, could be used as smartphone screen

A Japanese research group prototyped a translucent lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery that can charge itself by using sunlight. With the battery, the group aims to realize a “smart window,” which is an almost transparent window that functions both as a large-area rechargeable battery and as a photovoltaic cell (when the window receives sunlight, it is […]

381 Wikipedia editors ban hammered for extorting article subjects to pay “protection money”

Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators’ announcement board reveals a big problem. The site’s CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors’ accounts for “undisclosed paid advocacy.” In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion. The scam is relatively straightforward. Using sockpuppet accounts, […]

Ultimate Windows Tweaker

Available for all versions of Windows, this offers a plethora of tweaks for your system.

‘Archaeology on steroids’: huge ritual arena discovered near Stonehenge

Researchers find hidden remains of massive Neolithic stone monument, thought to have been hauled into position more than 4,500 years ago Source: ‘Archaeology on steroids’: huge ritual arena discovered near Stonehenge Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a massive stone monument buried under a thick, grassy bank only two miles from Stonehenge. The hidden arrangement […]

Mpow Grip Magic Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder for iPhone and Andriod

For only $6,- this looks like a great way to mount your smartphone

How Ashley Madison Hid Its Fembot Con From Users and Investigators

The developers at Ashley Madison created their first artificial woman sometime in early 2002. Her nickname was Sensuous Kitten, and she is listed as the tenth member of Ashley Madison in the company’s leaked user database. On her profile, she announces: “I’m having trouble with my computer … send a message!” Source: How Ashley Madison […]

Microsoft pushes 3GB Windows 10 to your PC even if you don’t want to upgrade — here’s how to stop it

After a concerned Windows user wrote in to the Inquirer, reports blew up this week that Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 installation files onto users’ machines without them reserving a copy of the new operating system. We reached out to the company to set the record straight; we confirmed that this occurs when Automatic Updates […]

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