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Tor Wars: The Signal Awakens

Who here thinks that there will be fewer cameras and less biometric analysis in the future? Who here thinks they won’t be fully internetworked? Who here thinks there will never be sky-eye cameras looking down from law-enforcement drones, watching us all? Anyone? Anyone at all? …Didn’t think so.

As a result, in the not-too-distant future, it seems likely that the only real privacy you will have will be online. Maybe, if you’re lucky, inside the walls of your own home. (And perhaps places where you pay for privacy “by the second,” to quote William Gibson’s Neuromancer.) It won’t be long at all before everything you do out in the world can and probably will be mapped, tracked, data-mined, and analyzed. That’s why online privacy is so important, and why threats to it matter.
READ MORE: http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/08/tor-wars/

Arctic snow not darkening due to soot, dust: A new study shows that degrading satellite sensors, not soot or dust, are responsible for the apparent decline in reflectivity of inland ice across northern Greenland

For millennia, Greenland's ice sheet reflected sunlight back into space, but satellite measurements in recent years suggest the bright surface is darkening, causing solar heat to be absorbed and surface melting to accelerate. Some studies suggest this "dirty ice" or "dark snow" is caused by fallout from fossil fuel pollution and forest fires.

But a new Dartmouth-led study shows that degrading satellite sensors, not soot or dust, are responsible for the apparent decline in reflectivity of inland ice across northern Greenland. The study's results suggest the ice sheet hasn't lost as much reflectivity as previously thought, and that black carbon and dust concentrations haven't increased significantly and are thus not responsible for darkening on the upper ice sheet.
READ MORE: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/dc-asn103015.php

Windows 10 will automatically download on to Windows 7 or 8 PCs

Microsoft’s efforts to entice users to upgrade to Windows 10 will soon see it automatically downloaded on to users computers without their knowledge.

The company announced that Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” starting next year, which means anyone with Windows 7 or 8 that has automatic updates activated – the default and the best way to keep a computer protected against security bugs – will have Windows 10 automatically downloaded without asking.

What’s more, the installer for Windows 10 will start once it has been downloading, presenting users with a popup.
READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/30/windows-10-automatic-d...

Given Spy Agencies' Love For Exploits And Malware, It's Never Been More Dangerous To Be A Security Researcher

There's probably never been a great time to be a security researcher, what with the attacks they suffer in response to their work, not to mention far too many corporations greeting the discovery of vulnerabilities with legal threats and criminal charges.

The worldwide adoption of the Wassenaar Arrangement threatens to treat the products of security research like weapons-grade plutonium, making every outbound flight with a laptop or USB drive akin to smuggling weapons out of the country.

But that's not the end of it. Security researchers work in the same shadowy areas as national security agencies, as well as other government entities focused on espionage. These agencies not only create their own malware and exploits, but also purchase them from companies in the vulnerabilities business.
READ MORE: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151027/05443832644/given-spy-agencie...

We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

Eggheads at MIT are getting better and better at using Wi-Fi signals to see through walls, capturing motion accurate to within a few centimetres.

Using the same signals sent out by your wireless router, the team built a device it has called RF-Capture, and placed it behind an ordinary lab building wall. It was able to pick up coarse images of individuals on the other side of the wall by analyzing reflected radio waves, which they then converted into a heat-map-style graphic.

Interestingly, the group then worked on the system to track motion. The combination of many different pictures that in themselves are not very detailed helps build up an accurate picture of what – and who – is on the other side of the wall.
READ MORE: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/28/mit_wifi_see_through_walls/

Sustainable Cities is not About the Environment it is About Mass Surveillance and Fascist Control of Populations

Brought to you by corrupt criminal corporations and sold to you by mindless dimwit cunts like Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade Brown.

Orwell’s Dystopic Nightmare Comes True: Agenda 21 Smart Cities Are Here: http://truthstreammedia.com/2013/08/24/orwells-dystopic-nightmare-comes-...

City to consider 'smart' LED street lights: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10393329/City-to-consider-smar...

Celia Wade-Brown's vision for a smart city: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-report/8791803/Celi...

Wellingtons Smart Motorway: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/wellington-northern-corridor/smart-moto...

Feds Looking Into Reports CIA Director's Email Was Hacked

Federal officials are looking into reports that a personal AOL email account belonging to CIA Director John Brennan may have been hacked by a high school student, a senior official told NBC News on Monday.

"We are aware of the reports on social media, and we are referring to the appropriate authorities," the senior official said.

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment to NBC News on Monday.
READ MORE: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/feds-looking-reports-cia-directors...

This ‘Radio Wave’ Hack allows Hackers to Control Your Phone From 16 Feet Away

What if your phone starts making calls, sending text messages and browsing Internet itself without even asking you?

No imaginations, because hackers can make this possible using your phone’s personal assistant Siri or Google Now.
READ MORE: https://medium.com/@aditisharma_46487/this-radio-wave-hack-allows-hacker...

White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP

Car hackers, farmers fixing their high-tech tractors, and teenage DVD rippers; all over the world, these digital tinkerers could have their devices seized and destroyed by the authorities thanks to provisions in the newly-minted Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The finalized copyright chapter of the TPP, leaked on Friday by Wikileaks, reveals that under the agreement, “judicial authorities shall, at least, have the authority to [...] order the destruction of devices and products found to be involved in" any activity that circumvents controls that manufacturers build into their software or devices, known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.
READ MORE: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/white-hat-hackers-would-have-their-devi...

IndoHackerTeam Claims to Have Hacked FBI Servers

The hackers have stated: "Looks like we got a suprise for you because the FBI has been LEAKED!! Hi guys this is L0TU5 1337 from IndoHackerTeam and we have found a 0day in fbi.gov which allowed to us to get access to their whole server. This was extremely difficult as they had many filters on and their CMS is closed-source so the exploit was both web-app and server based. We have shelled their server and hid and crypted our shells in many hidden directories which they will almost never find, we also made backups like saving senior agent's login's and adding more root accounts so if the files are found we can still have access"
MORE: http://pastebin.com/eaW4pf2t

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