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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

Finding cannabinoids in hair does not prove cannabis consumption

In the light of the serious consequences of positive test results the mechanisms of drug incorporation into hair urgently need scientific evaluation. Here we show that neither THC nor THCA-A are incorporated into human hair in relevant amounts after systemic uptake. THC-COOH, which is considered an incontestable proof of THC uptake according to the current scientific doctrine, was found in hair, but was also present in older hair segments, which already grew before the oral THC intake and in sebum/sweat samples. Our studies show that all three cannabinoids can be present in hair of non-consuming individuals because of transfer through cannabis consumers, via their hands, their sebum/sweat, or cannabis smoke.
READ MORE: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14906

How Hacktivists Will Break Corporate Control of Information Within a Decade

Sci-fi author and information rights activist Cory Doctorow appeared out of the dusty heat of the 2015 Burning Man in a gray jumpsuit and a pair of Adbusters Black Spot sneakers. In his hand he held a small black moleskin, which he glanced at intermittently while delivering an electrifying, albeit head-spinning talk on the future of the Internet of Things.

Doctorow, who recently re-joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), contextualized the Internet of Things as an information rights struggle that requires an end to patent laws that forbid jailbreaking digital locks. Concordantly, he and the EFF have an ambitious plan: To dismantle the draconian Digital Rights Management (DRM) laws currently protected by the DMCA Section 1201.
READ MORE: http://theantimedia.org/how-hacktivists-will-break-corporate-control-of-...

The ‘Microsoft Loves Linux’ Baloney is Still Being Floated in the Media While Microsoft Attacks Linux With Patents, New Lawsuits Reported

THE land of the insane would have us believe that free thinkers are the enemy and indoctrinated peons are model citizens. The corporate media would have us believe that Microsoft, which attacks Linux, actually “loves Linux” (because Microsoft’s CEO said so). We very much doubt that our existing readers believe the nonsense from Microsoft, but just in case, here is a refutation of some of the latest media propaganda. Microsoft is not the only one attacking Linux with software patents; its own patent trolls do too, so it’s not always so visible on the surface.
READ MORE: http://techrights.org/2015/10/01/microsoft-loves-linux-brainwash/

First of its Kind Study Finds Virtually No Driving Impairment Under the Influence of Marijuana

As cannabis prohibition laws crumble seemingly by the day, it’s allowing more research to be performed on this psychoactive substance that has long been a part of the human experience.

The first study to analyze the effects of cannabis on driving performance found that it caused almost no impairment. The impairment that it did cause was similar to that observed under the influence of a legal alcohol limit.

Researchers at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator carried out the study, sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
READ MORE: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/kind-study-finds-virtually-driving-impa...

The Age of the Robot Worker Will Be Worse for Men

Many economists and technologists believe the world is on the brink of a new industrial revolution, in which advances in the field of artificial intelligence will obsolete human labor at an unforgiving pace. Two Oxford researchers recently analyzed the skills required for more than 700 different occupations to determine how many of them would be susceptible to automation in the near future, and the news was not good: They concluded that machines are likely to take over 47 percent of today’s jobs within a few decades.
READ MORE: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/08/women-men-jobs-autom...

Privacy (LOL) and Windows 10

In today’s connected world, maintaining our privacy is an incredibly important topic to each of us, thus we welcome the questions and the feedback we’ve received since launching Windows 10.

Trust is a core pillar of our More Personal Computing vision, and we know we have to earn it. We’ve taken time to expand the documentation on our approach today with this blog, and new content we’re posting today for consumers and IT Pros, designed to complement our One Microsoft Privacy Policy. We look forward to the next round of questions and feedback on these new posts. I assure you that no other company is more committed, more transparent and listening harder to customers on this important topic than we are.
MORE BULLSHIT: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/09/28/privacy-and-windows-10/

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