Daily Archives: July 8, 2016

Massive Security Boost: TOR Privacy Features Are Coming To Mozilla Firefox

firefox torShort Bytes: In order to make your web browsing experience a lot better, Mozilla is integrating some key privacy features of TOR browser into its Firefox web browser. These features will go live with the final Firefox 50 release and make it a better Google Chrome alternative. 

TOR software suite is often regarded as one of the most useful privacy tools that one can use to fight the constant and prying surveillance of governments and attackers. With the help of its multiple encryption layers, one is able to hide his/her identity and browse the web safely.

In a step that will bring along massive security features to the Firefox web browser, Mozilla has partnered with the TOR Project. Mozilla is likely to encapsulate these new TOR-inspired features into a new Firefox 50 version. For those who don’t know, TOR browser is based on Firefox Extended Release.

With the final release of Firefox 50, users will be able to enjoy web browsing on a hardened web browser.  It’s worth noting that Firefox has already implemented a number of TOR features in Firefox 50 pre-release versions.

continue http://fossbytes.com/tor-privacy-features-coming-to-firefox/

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Google Is Making Every Website On The Web Viewable In VR

webvr googleShort Bytes: Boosting its efforts in the virtual reality technology, Google has brought the WebVR APIs to its Chrome web browser. In near future, one should expect a richer web full of VR-enabled websites that a person can explore using a VR headset.

As a result of the heavy investments being made by Google in the field of virtual reality, we can expect numerous advancements in near future. If everything goes as Google is planning, soon you’ll be able to view content on fossBytes in virtual reality.To allow the web users to browse every nook and corner of the web in VR, Google has played a key role in defining the WebVR standards that allow the creation of VR-enabled websites to serve VR content directly to headsets like Oculus and HTC Vive.

If we look at the present scenario, one needs to put on the VR headset and take it off as one explores non-WebVR and WebVR sites.

These new VR capabilities have been recently spotted on the latest builds of Google Chrome Dev and Google Chrome Beta for Android. Chrome Beta now comes with a WebVR setting that brings enhanced virtual reality abilities to the websites that are build using the WebVR standards.

continue http://fossbytes.com/webvr-google-working-every-website-viewable-vr/

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EU Plan To Allow Some Ivory Trade

African Elephant


Exemptions to the global ban on ivory trade?

While the African elephant is still in decline, the EU has proposed a renewal on the global ivory ban, with exceptions. The EU says it supports this to “sustainably manage” populations.

A new proposal from the European Union would allow ivory to be traded in a few select countries, replacing the global ban that exists today.

Released last week in preparation for an upcoming international conference, the proposal would allow for ivory trade in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, and Botswana.

The upcoming conference, the Convention on International Trade of International Species (CITES), is being held in Johannesburg in September, where countries will deliberate on the continuation of the current global ivory ban, which expires at the end of 2017.

The four countries involved in the exemption have been pushing hard for the inclusion of the clause that would allow the possibility of ivory trade in their countries under certain conditions.

continue http://www.popsci.com/debate-rises-over-whether-to-extend-global-ivory-ban

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The Revolt Against Globalism… Is Going Global

There was William Galston at the European Council on Foreign Relations, listening to his fellow elitists and foreign policy honchos caviling about the rise of Donald Trump and bemoaning the fate of the European Union (EU) at the hand’s of Britain’s Euro-skeptics. As the assembled luminaries had a collective sad in their five-star hotel, wondering how the proles could’ve gotten so far out of hand, Galtson – longtime Democratic party hack, former domestic advisor to Bill Clinton, and a senior fellow at the “centrist” Brookings Institution – heard a call to arms. It was almost as if Cecil Rhodes, the British imperialist and original founder and financier of the Council on Foreign Relations, had spoken to him from on high – or, rather, from below – and commanded him to spread the Word far and wide:

“I realized that the stakes in the U.S. presidential election are even higher than I had thought. The fate of the entire postwar order hangs in the balance, and with it the prospects for democracy world-wide. Without vigorous American leadership, the prospects are not bright.”
Oh, yes, those shortsighted Little People are “turning inward,” and “this is understandable,” but, hey, “liberal internationalism is back on its heels” and the dreaded “ethno-nationalist populism” – i.e. resistance to the One World “global governance” schemes of Galston and his comrades – “is on the march.” What’s a globalist to do?

continue http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1125745/pg1

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Corrupt agent who investigated Silk Road is suspected of another $700k heist

Shaun Bridges was captured by CCTV security cameras, leaving a Secret Service field office with a large bag. The government said the bag may have contained hard drives with keys needed to access his Bitstamp wallet.

Newly unsealed court documents have revealed that one of the corrupt federal agents investigating Silk Road, the online drug marketplace, is suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin—after he pleaded guilty last year.

Shaun Bridges is one of two agents who pled guilty to stealing from the Darknet market. Bridges stole about $800,000 worth of bitcoins from Silk Road drug dealers after he and a partner arrested a Silk Road admin and learned how to reset passwords. That led to Ross Ulbricht, who was convicted of running Silk Road in February 2015, attempting to order the murder of the admin, Curtis Green. Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison last year.

Bridges’ scam was later discovered, though. The former Secret Service agent, who served on a Baltimore-based task force investigating Silk Road, was arrested in March 2015 and pled guilty a few months later. In January, Bridges was arrested again just one day before he was scheduled to turn himself in. The documents unsealed Thursday shed light on why the second arrest took place.

continue http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/07/corrupt-agent-who-investigated-silk-road-is-suspected-of-another-700k-heist/

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ISIS Is Using Facebook to Sell Sex Slaves

An 18-year-old Yazidi girl who was injured in a mine explosion during her escape from ISIS.   (Balint Szlanko)

(Newser) – The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old … Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.” The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons, and tactical gear. It was shared with the AP by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists. While ISIS is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. ISIS sells the women like chattel on smart phone apps, including WhatsApp and Facebook, and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their “owners” to prevent their escape through ISIS checkpoints.

continue http://www.newser.com/story/227683/isis-is-using-facebook-to-sell-sex-slaves.html

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