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FSB Detects Cyberattacks on 20 Russian Organizations, Including Military Targets

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) exposed planting of malicious software designed for cyber espionage in computer networks of about 20 Russian institutions, including government and military bodies, FSB press service said Saturday.

"Instances of planting of malicious software designed for cyber espionage in computer networks of some 20 organizations located on the territory of Russia have been exposed… Information resources of public authorities, scientific and military institutions, enterprises of the military — industrial complex and other objects of country's critical infrastructure were contaminated," the statement read.
READ MORE: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20160730/1043780821/fsb-cuber-attacks.html

New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux

The attack can be carried out by operators of just about any type of network, including public Wi-Fi networks, which arguably are the places where Web surfers need HTTPS the most. It works by abusing a feature known as WPAD—short for Web Proxy Autodisovery—in a way that exposes certain browser requests to attacker-controlled code. The attacker then gets to see the entire URL of every site the target visits. The exploit works against virtually all browsers and operating systems. It will be demonstrated for the first time at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas in a talk titled Crippling HTTPS with Unholy PAC.
READ MORE: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/07/new-attack-that-cripples-https-c...

You will use Cortana, Microsoft says


Surprise, surprise. If things remain as they are, Windows 10 users who upgrade to the Anniversary Update won't be able to turn off Cortana anymore using the Cortana settings.

If you compare the start menu settings of Cortana of the current version of Windows (version 1511) with those of the Anniversary Update (version 1607) you will notice that Cortana's off switch is no longer available (thanks Ian Paul @ PC World for spotting that)

Cortana, the digital assistant that Microsoft touts as one of the major features of Windows 10 supports interaction via touch, typing, ink and voice.
READ MORE: http://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/26/you-will-use-cortana-says-microsoft/

Scientists just made it cheaper to produce hydrogen from water

A hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality with the recent discovery of a cheap, stable and efficient means of getting hydrogen from water.

If a cheap, stable and efficient way could be found to produce hydrogen from water, a hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality.

Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm now report that they have unlocked one major barrier to exploiting this renewable energy source.
READ MORE: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160627095937.htm

Forget fingerprints, ROUTERS could soon help police solve crimes

Fingerprints and DNA are key evidence in identifying criminals, but crime scene investigators of the future may add Wi-fi to their toolkit for tracking down lawbreakers.

If police were able seize Wi-fi devices at the scene of a crime, they could have access to vital information which could place people at the scene at the time an incident took place.

Dan Blackman, a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University in Australia, and technical adviser to Western Australia Police, thinks police are missing out by not using this key source of information.
READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3393878/Forget-fingerprin...

Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

The Dutch government has formally opposed the introduction of backdoors in encryption products.

A government position paper, published by the Ministry of Security and Justice on Monday and signed by the security and business ministers, concludes that "the government believes that it is currently not appropriate to adopt restrictive legal measures against the development, availability and use of encryption within the Netherlands."

The conclusion comes at the end of a five-page run-through of the arguments for greater encryption and the counter-arguments for allowing the authorities access to the information.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/dutch_government_says_no_to_back...

Raspberry Pi Zero: a $5 computer

Starting today, shops and newsagents are stocking a computer magazine called The MagPi, and as a world's first, this magazine comes with a free computer—literally stuck to the front cover. It's the newest Raspberry Pi release, called Pi Zero. This computer also goes on sale around the world for just $5.

Pi Zero is a tiny device and contains the first generation Raspberry Pi's BCM2835 chip, safely overclocked to 1GHz. Pi Zero packs the same great GPU as the regular Raspberry Pi, and comes with 512MB RAM. It runs Linux, and runs all the programs and applications any other Pi will—including Python, Sonic Pi, Java, a web browser, and much more. You can run a media center, teach programming with it, learn to make music, or embed it in a project—and it fits on your keyring!
READ MORE: http://opensource.com/business/15/11/raspberry-pi-zero

Huge Security Flaw Can Expose VPN Users’ Real IP-Adresses

A newly discovered vulnerability can expose the real IP-addresses of VPN users with relative ease. The issue, which affects all VPN protocols and operating systems, was uncovered by Perfect Privacy who alerted several affected competitors to the threat before making it public.

ip-addressFor the past several years interest in encrypted and anonymous communications has spread to a much wider audience.
READ MORE: https://torrentfreak.com/huge-security-flaw-can-expose-vpn-users-real-ip...

Science says that technology is speeding up our brains’ perception of time

It is not rare to hear the words like “It seemed like it was yesterday” or “time flies” spewed by adults. But it turns this is not just another downside of getting older – according to this psychologist our constant use of technology may be making our brains better at processing information. This may be effective when it comes to solving sudoku puzzles, but some speculate it is causing our time perception to become skewed.

Aoife McLoughlin from James Cook University’s Singapore campus said “I’ve found some indication that interacting with technology and technocentric societies has increased some type of pacemaker within us,” said. “While it might help us to work faster, it also makes us feel more pressured by time.”
READ MORE: http://frequentgadget.com/2015/11/20/science-says-that-technology-is-spe...

Groundbreaking Discovery: Man Solves Tesla’s Secret To Amplifying Power By Nearly 5000%

We could end the whole global warming/climate change CO2 bullshit drama simply by rolling out all of the New/Free energy technologies that the oil cartels have been suppressing for the last 100 years.

Jim Murray has been electrifying the world for over 50 years. His lifetime of experience has produced dozens of patents, inventions and now a truly remarkable discovery that can fundamentally change the way that human beings use energy forever.

When he was just five years old, Jim tells the Free Thought Project that he had already developed an affinity for motors and electricity. This curiosity was piqued by his father’s model train sets which Jim spent hours tinkering with. His natural gift and childhood passion fostered the creation of his first electromagnet when he was only six years old.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/man-discovers-teslas-secret-amplifying-...

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