Daily Archives: October 30, 2016

Canadian police to text all phone numbers in vicinity of murder victim


On Wednesday, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) put out a news release about what they’re calling a “new investigative technique” to help find out the person(s) who recently murdered a hitchhiker.

Namely, they’ve used a court order to get their hands on the phone numbers of every person who was in the vicinity of where 65-year-old Frederick “John” Hatch was last seen alive, near the town of Erin, Ontario, on 17 December 2015.

The plan was to send two text messages to all those numbers on Thursday: one version in English, one in French.

The messages will request that recipients visit a website and voluntarily answer “a few simple questions” to hopefully help the OPP solve the murder.

OPP may call this technique “new,” but it’s old hat for many police departments.

The data demands are called “tower dumps.” It entails mass-slurping data by ordering phone companies to hand over personal information about thousands of mobile phone users.

continue https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/28/canadian-police-to-text-all-phone-numbers-in-vicinity-of-murder-victim/

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Script Kiddies Likely Behind Dyn DDoS Attacks

There are several theories and claims as to who might be behind the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks launched last week against DNS provider Dyn, but researchers believe the attacks were actually launched by script kiddies.

The DDoS attacks launched on Friday against Dyn’s managed DNS infrastructure caused disruptions for several major websites, including PayPal, Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify.

Experts have confirmed that the attack involved Mirai botnets, which have ensnared hundreds of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices after the Mirai malware source code was leaked by its original author.

The hacker known as “The Jester,” who recently claimed to have defaced a website belonging to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Russian government was behind the attack on Dyn. WikiLeaks suggested that its supporters were responsible, and a group of hacktivists known as “New World Hackers” have also taken credit for the disruption.

continue http://www.securityweek.com/script-kiddies-likely-behind-dyn-ddos-attacks

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Picture of the Day: X-Ray of a Pregnant Dog

How many can you count?

Source: Picture of the Day: X-Ray of a Pregnant Dog «TwistedSifter

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iPhone hack that threatened emergency 911 system lands teen in jail

Authorities said they arrested an 18-year-old iPhone app developer on charges of felony computer tampering after he unleashed code that threatened to take down emergency 911 systems in a large swath of Arizona and possibly other states.

Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai stands accused of publishing Web links that caused iPhones to repeatedly dial 911, according to a release published Thursday by Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday night, officials alleged, the 911 system operated by the Surprise, Arizona, police department received more than 100 hang-up calls in a matter of minutes. The volume allegedly put authorities “in immediate danger of losing service to their switches.” The emergency systems for the nearby Peoria Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office also received a large number of repeated calls. Agencies in California and Texas were also affected, authorities said.

The release said the 911-dialing code was hosted on a site with the name “Meet Desai.” A link posted on the TheHackSpot YouTube channel and one or more Twitter accounts then encouraged people to click on the link. Authorities said they found evidence it had been clicked 1,849 times. In an e-mail, the operator of the YouTube channel said: “The link does not contain anything harmful, and I am not associated with any type of personal hacking. Just a fun prank that many other big YouTube channels covered as well.”

According to an image Desai posted Thursday to Twitter, various pages on the site http://meetdesai.com—the address was unreachable on Friday, but a cached version of the site is temporarily available here—received more than 151,000 page views. It wasn’t entirely clear the links were the ones alleged to contain the attack code, and Desai didn’t respond to requests for an interview.

Still, if even a portion of those links caused phones to simultaneously dial 911, they had the potential to disrupt vital emergency systems. According to recently released research reported in The Washington Post by journalist Kim Zetter, a proof-of-concept attack devised by researchers in Israel required just 6,000 infected smartphones in a geographical area to tamper with the 911 system for the entire state of North Carolina. The researchers estimated 200,000 infected phones distributed across the US could significantly disrupt 911 services for the entire country.

continue http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/10/teen-arrested-for-iphone-hack-that-threatened-emergency-911-system/

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The Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital

The Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital….Nuff Said from Jim Napolitano on Vimeo.

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The Sanity of ‘Madness’

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Here’s How Hackers Stole 50,000 of John Podesta’s Emails

New evidence appears to detail how earlier this year, hackers stole more than 50,000 emails from Hilary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman, John Podesta.

Labeled by the Clinton campaign as an attack by Russians to disrupt the US election, it seems the hack was the result of a bogus password reset scheme.

NYPost reports:

The hackers sent John Podesta an official-looking email on Saturday, March 19, that appeared to come from Google. It warned that someone in Ukraine had obtained Podesta’s personal Gmail password and tried unsuccessfully to log in, and it directed him to a website where he should “change your password immediately.”

Podesta’s chief of staff, Sara Latham, forwarded the email to the operations help desk of Clinton’s campaign, where staffer Charles Delavan in Brooklyn, New York, wrote back 25 minutes later, “This is a legitimate email. John needs to change his password immediately.”


But that “legitimate” email, wasn’t so authentic.

They were later leaked to WikiLeaks, and are being put on public display one email dump at a time.

continue http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/heres-how-hackers-stole-50000-of-john-podestas-emails

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Pussy Riot’s ‘Straight Outta Vagina’: Female sexuality is bigger than any populist megalomaniac

“Don’t play stupid, don’t play dumb, vagina’s where you’re really from.”

Russian feminist art pranksters (and political prisoners) Pussy Riot have released a new video for their catchy new Le Tigre-esque single “Straight Outta Vagina.” Shot at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles by director Phillip R Lopez, the project was inspired by a certain Putin-loving, pussy-grabbing billionaire vulgarian dick who happens to be the Republican Party’s candidate for President of the United States.

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova told the Guardian:

“This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man. Vagina is bigger than Trump.”

Tolokonnikova has certainly noticed how Trump’s strongman act lines up with that of her own nemesis, Vladimir Putin:

continue http://dangerousminds.net/comments/pussy_riots_straight_outta_vagina_female_sexuality_is_bigger_than_any_popul

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WiGig — Wi-Fi 802.11ad Has Finally Arrived With Insane 8Gbps Download Speeds

8gbps-download-speed-wigigShort Bytes: Wi-Fi Alliance has finally certified 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig. Operating at high-speed 60GHz standard, WiGig-enabled devices are expected to arrive next year. Along with the announcement, the first five WiGig products have also been revealed by Intel, Dell, and Qualcomm.

It looks like the future of Wi-Fi technology is here with the arrival of a newer WiFi certification. It’s a high-speed 60GHz connection known as 802.11ad. The 60GHz spectrum is less congested and complements the existing Wi-Fi that operates in 5GHz and 2.4GHz band.

Recommended: What is WiGig and Why You Need to Know About It?

This new technology is expected to become mainstream next year as the routers and devices will most likely add support for WiGig. This standard has been in works for many years and it’s expected to support 8Gbps, or 1GB/second downloading speeds.

Due to the use of wider channels in 60GHz, WiGig supports faster data transfer with low latency. Using beamforming to focus a directed signal, WiGig removes interference from the nearby devices.

continue https://fossbytes.com/wigig-wi-fi-802-11ad-finally-arrived-insane-8gbps-download-speeds/

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Conference Encouraging Human-Robot Sex, Held In The UK

Are you surprised to know what you are looking at are images of robots, not real women?

It is bizarre that robots are thought to be replacing humans as partners in the near future – as they already resemble them in every form.

And after much controversy, the conference on how to have sex with robots “Love and Sex with Robots” which raised eyebrows in our homeland when it was touted to be held in Johor in November last year – it is now back – in London.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar deemed the organisers “ridiculous” to hold such an event in Malaysia.

“I want to warn the organisers, don’t be mengarut (ridiculous). Don’t try to do something abnormal, we will take action.

“It’s already an offence in Malaysia to have anal sex, what more intercourse with robots,” he was reported saying last year.

After being banned as illegal in Malaysia, it seems like the controversial and sexually sickening event has managed to make its way to London’s Goldsmith University on December 19-20.

To discuss the future of sex with robots, Goldsmiths computing lecturer Dr Kate Devlin – who wrote a controversial essay ‘In Defence of Sex Robots’, will be hosting the event.

“I think robots could become our lovers in the future,” she was reported saying in The Sun.

“Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men.

“A machine is a blank slate – it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality.

“Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship,” said the expert who believes interest in the field of human-computer interaction is on the rise.

This is in line with the prediction of futurologist Dr Ian Pearson, who claims more people will spend on sexbots, whereby having sex with robots will be more common than sex with humans by 2050.

“Most people will obviously buy androids that they think are attractive and even sexy, and some will be bought specifically because of that.

continue http://malaysiandigest.com/technology/639193-after-malaysia-banned-conference-encouraging-human-robot-sex-now-it-will-be-held-in-the-uk.html

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