Daily Archives: June 10, 2017

Dark web fraud guides reveal potential threats to orgs 

An in-depth look at content from more than 1,000 fraud guides available for sale on the dark web revealed that the majority of these guides are useless. Still, as many as 20 percent have the potential to cause financial harm to individuals and organizations by instructing readers how to exploit legitimate policies and processes or use malicious code against an organization’s systems.“We wanted to get in front of these fraud guides to offer security teams a method of exploring sources of threats before they manifest,” said Emily Wilson, Director of Analysis at Terbium Labs.Guides for sale on major dark web markets primarily fall into the following categories: drugs, fraud, hacking, security & anonymity, social engineering, and other.

Source: Dark web fraud guides reveal potential threats to orgs – Help Net Security

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Facebook wants to spy on people through their smartphone camera and analyse the emotions on their face

 

FACEBOOK has been secretly developing creepy technology which spies on people and automatically analyses their facial expressions.

The social network applied for a patent to capture pictures of a user through their smartphone.

CBI Insights found a patent granted in May which lets Facebook determine your emotion using pictures through your smartphone camera

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CBI Insights found a patent granted in May which lets Facebook determine your emotion using pictures through your smartphone camera

The creepy designs, which date back to 2015, were discovered by software company CBI Insight, which has been analysing Mark Zuckerberg’s “emotion technology”.

Patent documents contain illustrations showing a person holding a smartphone with a camera taking a picture from which “emotion characteristics” like smiling or frowning are detected.

If the person appears to like what they’re seeing, Facebook could place more of the same type of content in front of them.

Source: Facebook wants to spy on people through their smartphone camera and analyse the emotions on their face

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Madrid Bans Manspreading On Its Public Transport – Condé Nast Traveler

If only every city could take a cue from Madrid when it comes to manspreading. Per The Local, Madrid just announced that it has banned manspreading—when a man opens his legs to take up a bunch of unnecessary room in an enclosed space—across all of its public transit services. Specifically, the city’s Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be implementing new signage in all of the trains and buses, which will hope to dissuade manspreaders from encroaching on the personal space of other riders.“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement issued by the EMT reads. “It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board.” The sign features a stick man spreading his legs to cartoonishly large proportions on a public transportation seat, with a big red “X” and “respect the space of others” text accompanying it. It’s currently unclear, though, if non-law-abiding manspreaders will receive a fine if they continue to spread at will.

Source: Madrid Bans Manspreading On Its Public Transport – Condé Nast Traveler

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James Comey sued by intelligence contractor Dennis Montgomery over spying on Americans

A former U.S. intelligence contractor has sued fired FBI Director James Comey and other current and ex-government officials, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence provided to agents showing widespread illegal spying on Americans.

The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the National Security Agency’s collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer.

Source: James Comey sued by intelligence contractor Dennis Montgomery over spying on Americans | Circa News – Learn. Think. Do.

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Exclusive: U.S.-Mexico sugar deal struck ahead of NAFTA talks; industry divided 

The U.S. and Mexican governments reached a deal in a dispute over trade in sugar on Monday, sources said, averting steep U.S. duties and Mexican retaliation by Mexico on imports of American high-fructose corn syrup ahead of the renegotiation of NAFTA.Two sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two sides were working on final details of a deal in Washington that would end a year of wrangling. The latest talks began in March, two months after President Donald Trump took power vowing a tougher line on trade to protect U.S. industry and jobs.They are seen as a precursor as well as significant hurdle to the more complex discussions on the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, which are expected to start in August.One source said the sugar deal would benefit both the United States and Mexico, with another saying Mexico will agree to export less refined sugar and send a lower quality of crude sugar to the United States than it previously did.

Source: Exclusive: U.S.-Mexico sugar deal struck ahead of NAFTA talks; industry divided | Reuters

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Beer is a Rich Source of Flouride — Anti-Flouridation Forces Take Note!

The international campaign against adding flouride to public water supplies has just had a monkey wrench thrown into their works. A new study reports that flouride is in the beer supply, in considerable amounts. The study is:“Beer as a Rich Source of Fluoride Delivered into the Body,” D. Styburski, I. Baranowska-Bosiacka, M. Goschorska, D. Chlubek, and I. Gutowska, Biological Trace Element Research, 2016, pp. 1-5. (Thanks to Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Pomeranian Medical University, Poland, report:“Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. Due to its prevalence and volume of consumption, it should be considered as a potential source of F- and taken into account in designing a balanced diet. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze beer samples in terms of F- levels…. When compared to imported beers, Polish beers were characterized by the lowest mean F- concentration (0.089 ppm). The highest mean F- concentrations were recorded in beers from Thailand (0.260 ppm), Italy (0.238 ppm), Mexico (0.210 ppm), and China (0.203 ppm). Our study shows that beer is a significant source of fluoride for humans, which is mainly associated with the quality of the water used in beer production.”This chart, from the study, shows “Fluoride mean concentration and SD in beers from different countries. (Statistical significant differences p ≤ 0.05)”:

Source: Improbable Research » Blog Archive

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