Daily Archives: June 17, 2017

E-cigarettes can be used to hack computers » TechWorm

Hackers these days have become increasingly innovative and so have their methods of breaching cyber security systems. While the most common methods used for hacking are DDoS attack, ransomware, phishing, virus, Trojan, keylogger, ClickJacking attacks, etc., hackers are now looking to modify e-cigarettes into tools to hack into computers.To explain this, security researcher Ross Bevington showcased a presentation at BSides London that revealed how an e-cigarette could be used to attack a computer either by interfering with its network traffic or by deceiving the computer to make it believe that it was a keyboard.For those unfamiliar, E-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes and vaporizer cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices that are designed to look and feel like regular cigarettes. They use cartridges filled with a liquid that contains nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals. A heating device in the e-cigarette converts the liquid into a vapour, which the person inhales.

Source: E-cigarettes can be used to hack computers » TechWorm

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Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood 

Network security has improved little over the last 12 months – millions of vulnerable devices are still exposed on the open internet, leaving them defenceless to the next big malware attack.A follow-up audit by Rapid7 – the firm behind the Metasploit pen-testing tool – found that more than a million endpoints were confirmed as exposing Microsoft file sharing services (Server Message Block, TCP port 445). The majority (800,000) of these systems were on Windows, leaving a target-rich environment for WannaCrypt, the ransomware worm that infected many NHS hospitals and enterprise targets worldwide last month. The SMB SYN scan results increased by 17 per cent this year compared to the same audit last year (4.7 million to 5.5 million nodes).SYN scanning for Telnet in 2017 returned just under 10 million responsive nodes, compared to 2016’s scan results of over 14.8 million. This 33 per cent drop in apparent Telnet services can almost certainly be pinned on a response to Mirai, BrickerBot, and other botnets. Mirai was responsible for a DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn last October that left scores of high-profile websites unreachable for hours as domain lookup queries failed to resolve.Rapid7 hopes its research will encourage enterprises and consumers alike to adopt more restrictive security policies, shielding kit from attack by disabling ports or protecting them with firewalls. The consequences for poor internet hygiene will be messy, it warns.

Source: Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood • The Register

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Cash-strapped Houston sells off $2M worth of city streets 

The city of Houston held a yard sale of sorts last week, dusting off some possessions it doesn’t use anymore and offering them for sale or swap to its neighbors. In this case, City Council approved selling or swapping almost $2 million worth of city streets and utility easements. That won’t correct the more than $100 million budget deficits city officials project for the next five years, but it’s not peanuts. The first example came in Manchester, where council abandoned and sold several streets and easements to the adjacent Valero refinery for $1.4 million.The oil giant already owns the blocks immediately surrounding its facility, and the move will let the company assume the intersecting streets onto its land as part of a plan to build an office building, warehouse, security building and to add parking farther away from the central plant.

Source: Cash-strapped Houston sells off $2M worth of city streets – Houston Chronicle

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When flatworms go to space, they grow two heads | Ars Technica

Among the hundreds of scientific tests happening on the International Space Station, only one has yielded a result worthy of a B-movie starring Ice Cube. It turns out that flatworms undergo an odd and as-yet-unexplained transformation in space. When profoundly injured, they grow a second head.Scientists who study tissue regeneration have long been fascinated by flatworms because of the worms’ ability to regrow after being cut in half. The worms can even regrow heads. But as Tufts University biology researcher Junji Morokuma and his colleagues explain in a paper for the journal Regeneration, they have never seen a worm grow two heads after amputation. But that’s just what happened when an amputated flatworm was sent to the ISS back in January 2015.Delivered to the ISS via SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service Mission 5, the two-header was just one of several flatworms kept aboard for a five-week experiment. Some were whole, and others were amputated. The point, as Tufts University biologist Michael Levin put it in a release, was to study how the environment would affect tissue regeneration.”During regeneration, development, and cancer suppression, body patterning is subject to the influence of physical forces, such as electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetic fields, and other biophysical factors,” he explained.

Source: When flatworms go to space, they grow two heads | Ars Technica

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Heroin Use? Juvenile Record? For Recruits, Police Forgive Past Sins – The New York Times

re you cleanshaven and tattoo-free? What’s your credit score? What about marijuana — ever inhaled?Becoming a police officer has long depended on having the right answers to questions like these.But with killings by officers forcing a public reckoning over whether the police deserve to be seen automatically as the good guys, departments in major cities are struggling to fill thousands of openings: 1,000 in Chicago, nearly 300 in Phoenix and 200 in Detroit. And with the additional mandate to become as diverse as the communities they serve, police departments are rethinking recruitment standards once considered sacrosanct.New Orleans, with more than 400 openings, no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack. Aurora, Colo., has stopped using military-style running tests, but now checks how quickly candidates can get out of a squad car.Pittsburgh, accused of discriminating against black applicants, recently updated its hiring criteria to include integrity, dependability and “cultural competence,” or the ability to incorporate diverse perspectives.

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Canvas is a startup that wants all your job interviews to begin via text message 

When you first start using Canvas, it’s easy to imagine what could go wrong.“OK so has anyone ever been drunk, and they think they’re texting their friend but they accidentally text the recruiter instead?”That’s me, asking Canvas CEO Aman Brar what seems like the first question every millennial will have about his text-based interviewing platform. Brar assures me this has never happened. “It’s just like how someone knows to text their mom differently than they text their buddy,” he says. I nod, as though I’ve never accidentally drunk-texted my mom. Brar co-founded Canvas in October, after seven years at Apparatus, a software company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which sold to Virtusa—an even larger IT company in Massachusetts—for $34.2 million in 2015. His fellow founders are former Apparatus colleagues Kelly Lavin (chief talent officer) and Jared Adam (COO). An Indiana native, gregarious and fond of jeans and bright polo shirts, Brar is hardly the portrait of the Silicon Valley pitchman. But his company has no smaller goal than overhauling the way companies find talent.

Source: Canvas is a startup that wants all your job interviews to begin via text message — Quartz

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One of the CIA’s private press contacts was a suspected Soviet spy

As previously discussed, senior CIA analyst Ray Cline covertly accumulated a number of press contacts whom he provided information to in order to ‘improve rapport, understanding and the Agency’s public image.’ While some of the people on the list were well credentialed and had pasts or futures associated with the U.S. Intelligence Community, documents reveal that at least one of the press contacts briefed by Ray Cline was a suspected foreign agent.This makes the final note of the memo praising Cline’s press contacts ironic and questionable, at best.

While the memo describes some of his contacts with other members of the press, it provides no information about his contacts with Tad Szulc beyond the fact that they happened. However, according to declassified CIA documents, it’s known that Szulc was a suspected foreign agent, who was not only collecting information for the Soviets or the Cubans, but part of an active measures campaign designed to sabotage AMTRUNK, “one of the most important anti-Castro operations.” In the mid-1970s, one senior CIA officer noted that “a Soviet agent could not be more beneficial to the Soviets and the Communist cause than Szulc has been.”

Source: One of the CIA’s private press contacts was a suspected Soviet spy

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Cheetos Museum Opens in Times Square, Puts Out Fan Challenge – CraveOnline

The official Cheetos Museum is now open at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. In an exhibit created with more than 128,900 Cheetos, fans can search for hidden shapes and experience a mirror-lined infinity room. Cheetos shaped like a pineapple, a mullet, and an octopus are just a few of the Cheetos “artworks” on display in the museum.Cheetos is also calling on fans to submit their own unique Cheetos shape finds in both Flamin’ Hot and Cheesy varieties.Also: 13 Foods Improved With Flamin’ Hot Cheetos“We are back to find out which Cheetos make the best masterpiece – Cheesy or Flamin’ Hot! We’re excited to see what our fans will find, and to partner with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to curate the most unbelievable Cheetos Museum exhibit to date,” said Ryan Matiyow, senior director of marketing at Frito-Lay, in a press release. “This year, with Flamin’ Hot shapes officially in the mix and two $5,000 weekly prizes up for grabs, we can’t wait to see everyone’s creative submissions!”

Source: Cheetos Museum Opens in Times Square, Puts Out Fan Challenge – CraveOnline

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Rep. Barbara Lee: ‘I Don’t Agree with States’ Rights’ Because Trump Does 

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said on Tuesday that she does not agree with states’ rights because President Donald Trump believes in restoring states’ authority on a wide range of issues, including education and health care insurance markets.Lee made the remarks at the left-wing Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where she referenced states rights as it applies to Trump’s decision this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement, a move she claims would hurt the U.S. economy.Moreover, Lee said, California is still committed to fighting global warming.“Pulling out of the Paris Accord is also a job killer,” Lee said. “Because the energy sector — the green sector — coming from California we’re doing a lot of things — I think some other states will follow.“Because the jobs that are being created will be destroyed now as a result of what this president has done,” Lee said.“I don’t agree with states’ rights because that is kind of this administration’s push but in some instances when we have to just go at it on our own — we need to go at it on our own,” Lee said.

Source: Rep. Barbara Lee: ‘I Don’t Agree with States’ Rights’ Because Trump Does – Breitbart

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Has riddle of the 1977 ‘Wow!’ signal finally been cracked? Maybe… • The Register

Updated The mystery of the “Wow!” signal, a radio burst recorded from outer space in the 1970s, may been solved. Or not. Not everyone is convinced.

The 72-second signal was spotted at 1,420MHz on August 15, 1977 by Astronomer Jerry Ehman at Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope. It was so clear that he scribbled Wow! in the margin. It has since been postulated, as recently as last year, that it was a message from an alien species. Now there’s another theory.

In a paper [PDF] published this week in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, researchers at the Center of Planetary Science spent two years investigating the signal, and now believe it comes not from little green men (or the good ship Arbitrary leaving Earth’s orbit – as the late Iain M Banks once put in fiction), but from comets.

The team notes that there were two comets in the same area of the sky that the signal emanated from. These comets, P/2008 Y2(Gibbs) and 266/P Christensen, weren’t discovered at the time, however they did return to the same sector of space in the period between November 2016 and February 2017.

Source: Has riddle of the 1977 ‘Wow!’ signal finally been cracked? Maybe… • The Register

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Cable Lobby Again Makes It Clear That Net Neutrality Didn’t Hurt Broadband Investment 

So we’ve long noted how giant ISPs like Comcast have repeatedly tried to claim that the FCC’s fairly modest 2015 net neutrality rules utterly devastated broadband industry investment. The problem for Comcast is that any time a journalist takes the time to review publicly-available SEC filings and earnings reports, that claim is proven indisputably false. Yet, no matter how many times this complete and total fabrication is pointed out by the media, broadband industry lobbyists simply continue to repeat the claim, hoping lazy reporters regurgitate it (which still somehow happens more often than not).Not only does the broadband sector continue to repeat this claim, they contradict themselves on pretty much a monthly basis.The latest case in point: the cable industry’s top lobbying organization, the NCTA, this week published a blog post patting itself on the back for the amazing improvements and investments made in the sector in recent years. The group cites a recent report by Akamai (pdf), which notes the United States is now tenth worldwide in terms of average broadband speeds. The NCTA is quick to applaud itself for the industry’s “aggressive deployment of new technologies” by the cable sector:

Source: Cable Lobby Again Makes It Clear That Net Neutrality Didn’t Hurt Broadband Investment | Techdirt

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Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years 

Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices. That’s according to secret documents posted Thursday by WikiLeaks.CherryBlossom, as the implant is code-named, can be especially effective against targets using some D-Link-made DIR-130 and Linksys-manufactured WRT300N models because they can be remotely infected even when they use a strong administrative password. An exploit code-named Tomato can extract their passwords as long as a default feature known as universal plug and play remains on. Routers that are protected by a default or easily-guessed administrative password are, of course, trivial to infect. In all, documents say CherryBlossom runs on 25 router models, although it’s likely modifications would allow the implant to run on at least 100 more.EnlargeWikiLeaksThe 175-page CherryBlossom user guide describes a Linux-based operating system that can run on a broad range of routers. Once installed, CherryBlossom turns the device into a “FlyTrap” that beacons a CIA-controlled server known as a “CherryTree.” The beacon includes device status and security information that the CherryTree logs to a database. In response, the CherryTree sends the infected device a “Mission” consisting of specific tasks tailored to the target. CIA operators can use a “CherryWeb” browser-based user interface to view Flytrap status and security information, plan new missions, view mission-related data, and perform system administration tasks.

Source: Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years | Ars Technica

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The Cognitive Complexity of Miss Piggy and Osama Bin Laden: Examining Linguistic Differences Between Fiction and Reality.

Is fiction a reflection of reality? Previous psychological research presents a contradicting picture. While Tetlock’s value pluralism model (Tetlock, 1986) and research focused on the complexity of lying (Repke, Conway, & Houck, in press; Newman, Pennebaker, Berry, & Richards, 2003) would argue against fiction being a reflection, the concept of prototypes (Rosch, 1978) argues for it. The subsequent paper presents 2 studies that hopefully provide a clearer picture and an answer to the aforementioned question by comparing the integrative complexity of fictional characters to their real-life counterparts. Study 1 utilized a deep-but-narrow approach, comparing a single salient, prototypical category, while Study 2 utilized the opposite approach, comparing 10 varied, prototypical categories. Overall, both Study 1’s and Study 2’s result upheld a clear, overwhelming divergence between fiction and reality (the fictional characters were consistently simpler than the nonfictional characters); however, an intraclass correlation in Study 2 revealed surprising and significant levels of overlap between fiction and reality that differed depending on the unique category. While this research is still too raw and novel to do more than speculate on the exact reasoning behind the differing levels of overlap, the mere existence of the levels of overlap themselves indicate a nuanced answer to the research question. Fiction is both psychologically a representation of reality and a divergence from it. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Source: PsycNET – Display Record

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Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet

For several months I’ve been poking at a decent-sized spam botnet that appears to be used mainly for promoting adult dating sites. Having hit a wall in my research, I decided it might be good to publish what I’ve unearthed so far to see if this dovetails with any other research out there.In late October 2016, an anonymous source shared with KrebsOnSecurity.com a list of nearly 100 URLs that — when loaded into a Firefox browser — each displayed what appeared to be a crude but otherwise effective text-based panel designed to report in real time how many “bots” were reporting in for duty.Here’s a set of archived screenshots of those counters illustrating how these various botnet controllers keep a running tab of how many “activebots” — hacked servers set up to relay spam — are sitting idly by and waiting for instructions.One of the more than 100 panels linked to the same porn spamming operation. In October 2016, these 100 panels reported a total of 1.2 million active bots operating simultaneously.At the time, it was unclear to me how this apparent botnet was being used, and since then the total number of bots reporting in each day has shrunk considerably. During the week the above-linked screen shots were taken, this botnet had more than 1.2 million zombie machines or servers reporting each day (that screen shot archive includes roughly half of the panels found). These days, the total number of servers reporting in to this spam network fluctuates between 50,000 and 100,000.

Source: Inside a Porn-Pimping Spam Botnet — Krebs on Security

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5 key findings about LGBT Americans

Americans’ views toward those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) have changed substantially in recent years, and a majority of U.S. adults now say homosexuality should be accepted by society. The legal landscape for LGBT people has also shifted, including through a Supreme Court decision two years ago this month that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.Here are five key findings about LGBT Americans:1Americans are becoming more accepting in their views of LGBT people and homosexuality in general, and the number of people identifying as LGBT has grown in recent years. For example, 63% of Americans said in 2016 that homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with 51% in 2006. LGBT adults recognize the change in attitudes: About nine-in-ten (92%) said in a 2013 Pew Research Center survey of adults identifying as LGBT that society had become more accepting of them in the previous decade.Perhaps as a result of this growing acceptance, the number of people who identify as LGBT in surveys is also rising. About 10 million people, or 4.1% of the U.S. adult population, identified as LGBT in 2016, according to the latest estimates from Gallup. This represents a modest but significant increase from 8.3 million people (3.5% of adults) who said they were LGBT in 2012.Survey researchers face a number of challenges in measuring LGBT identity, and there is no consensus about how best to measure sexual orientation. Some rely on respondents self-identifying as LGBT (the technique used in surveys such as the Gallup and Pew Research Center polls), while others base their estimates on reports of sexual behavior or sexual attraction, which usually result in higher estimates. Other challenges include the stigmatization of identifying as LGBT in some cultures and respondents being unfamiliar with the terms used.2Bisexuals make up the largest share of LGBT Americans. An analysis by UCLA’s Williams Institute in 2011 found that bisexuals accounted for about 1.8% of the total U.S. adult population at the time. A slightly smaller share (1.7%) were gay or lesbian. And the latest Williams Institute estimates, from 2016, find that 0.6% of U.S. adults, or 1.4 million people, identify as transgender.In Pew Research Center’s 2013 survey of LGBT Americans, 40% of respondents said they were bisexual, while 36% identified as gay men, 19% as lesbians and 5% as transgender.3Gay men and lesbians are more likely than bisexuals to be “out,” according to the 2013 Pew Research Center survey. Overall, only 28% of bisexuals say that all or most of the important people in their lives are aware that they are LGBT. Meanwhile, 77% of gay men and 71% of lesbians say the same. Bisexual women are much more likely than bisexual men to say most of their friends and family know about their sexuality.The overwhelming majority of bisexuals who are married or in a committed relationship have an opposite-sex partner, which may contribute to the fact that bisexuals are less likely to be “out” than other LGBT Americans.4Most LGBT Americans say they have never lived somewhere that is known as an LGBT neighborhood. According to the 2013 survey, 72% say they have never lived in one of these neighborhoods, while 14% say they have lived in one in the past and 12% say they currently do. While 56% say it is important to maintain places like LGBT neighborhoods and bars, 41% say these venues will become less important over time as LGBT people are more accepted into society. Gay men are the most likely of any of the LGBT subgroups to say that these distinctive venues should be maintained (68%).5There are demographic differences in who identifies as LGBT. The most notable is by age. Young adults, ages 18 to 36, are by far the most likely to identify as LGBT (7.3%). By contrast, much smaller shares of those ages 37 to 51 (3.2%), 52 to 70 (2.4%) and 71 and older (1.4%) say they are LGBT, according to Gallup.Some 4.4% of women and 3.7% of men identify as LGBT. Whites are somewhat less likely (3.6%) than blacks (4.6%), Hispanics (5.4%) and Asians (4.9%) to say they are LGBT.There are some modest differences by household income as well, with those making less than $36,000 annually more likely to say they are LGBT (5.5%) than those with higher incomes. These differences may be driven in part by age. There are virtually no differences by education level.

Source: 5 key findings about LGBT Americans | Pew Research Center

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Eating Popcorn in Front of a Mirror May Induce Some People to Eat More Popcorn

Eating popcorn in front of a mirror is a provocative act — provoking the urge to eat more popcorn — suggests this study:“The ‘Social’ Facilitation of Eating Without the Presence of Others: Self-reflection on Eating Makes Food Taste Better and People Eat More,” Ryuzaburo Nakata and Nobuyuki Kawai, Physiology and Behavior, epub 2017. The authors, at Nagoya University, Japan, explain:“Food tastes better and people eat more of it when eaten with company than alone. Although several explanations have been proposed for this social facilitation of eating, they share the basic assumption that this phenomenon is achieved by the existence of co-eating others. Here, we demonstrate a similar “social” facilitation of eating in the absence of other individuals. Elderly participants tasted a piece of popcorn alone while in front of a mirror (which reflects the participant themselves eating popcorn) or in front of a wall-reflecting monitor, and were found to eat more popcorn and rate it better tasting in the self-reflecting condition than in the monitor condition. Similar results were found for younger adults. The results suggest that the social facilitation of eating does not necessarily require the presence of another individual. Furthermore, we observed a similar “social” facilitation of eating even when participants ate a piece of popcorn in front of a static picture of themselves eating,”

Source: Improbable Research » Blog Archive

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Lee Camp Explains How The New York Times Manufactures “Hit Piece Propaganda”

Comedian Lee Camp has hosted a show on RT called Redacted Tonight since 2014. While I certainly don’t always agree with his conclusions, he’s clearly a passionate, genuine and highly intelligent American who cares deeply about the country and the people living in it. He believes (rightly), that our fellow citizens are are suffering unnecessarily due to our demonstrably parasitic, corrupt, imperial, oligarchic, corporate-state. Because he possesses such attributes, The New York Times found it necessary to dispatch one of its minions to write an embarrassing, unprofessional and downright shady piece of propaganda about him.His response is lengthy, but it’s also extremely important for everyone to read in full. It provides further evidence that those who peddle in fake news and shoddy, deep state propagandist drivel should not throw stones. The New York Times needs to get its own house in order before whining about how everyone else is so deficient.Below are some of the more outrageous excerpts from his excellent rebuttal. You can read it in full at Naked Capitalism:

Source: Lee Camp Explains How The New York Times Manufactures “Hit Piece Propaganda” | Liberty Blitzkrieg

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Skittles Issues All-White Candy for Pride Month and Is Immediately Blasted for Racism 

Skittles’s marketing department had a genius idea to celebrate Pride Month: remove their trademarked “rainbow” of colors from their candy out of respect for the rainbow pride flag.Unfortunately, it seems, Skittles’s marketing department failed to consult the Internet to see if their tribute was appropriate, and the all-white candy was immediately labeled “racist,” and a symbol of “white supremacy.

Source: Skittles Issues All-White Candy for Pride Month and Is Immediately Blasted for Racism | Heat Street

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‘Louie’ lobster, 132 years old, pardoned and released 

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – A 132-year-old lobster named ‘Louie’ that has been living at a restaurant on Long Island was “pardoned” on Friday.’Louie’ was given amnesty off the waters of Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. In a pre-release ceremony,  Town of Hempstead supervisor Anthony J. Santino signed a declaration officially pardoning ‘Louie.’June is National Lobster Month.

Source: ‘Louie’ lobster, 132 years old, pardoned and released – Story | WNYW

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Mouse hovering malware delivery scheme spotted, called potentially very dangerous

Cybercriminals have started using a new technique to infect computers that only requires a victim place their cursor over a malicious hyperlink for the malware to be injected.

The new technique was noticed by several cybersecurity researchers – with dodgethissecurity doing an extensive analysis. The information security blog reported that an attack begins with the target receiving an email containing an attached PowerPoint document.

“This PowerPoint document was interesting to analyze,” the researcher said. “First of all, this document was interesting as it did not rely on macros, JavaScript or VBA for the execution method. Which means this document does not conform to the normal exploitation methods.”

When the presentation is opened, the target sees a “Loading….Please Wait” message. As with many hyperlinks this appears blue. When the victim follows their natural inclination to hover their cursor over the “hyperlink” to check where it links, the document executes a PowerShell command. 

Source: Mouse hovering malware delivery scheme spotted, called potentially very dangerous

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‘Bovine bandits’ nabbed in Polk Co. after stealing cows, selling them at auction

Three “bovine bandits” were nabbed in Polk County after they stole eight cows and sold them at an auction, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.According to the sheriff’s office, three black cows, one brown cow and four calves (two black, two brown) went missing from a pasture at West Bella Vista Street and Walker Road in Lakeland in April. The stolen cows were worth $4,000, detectives say.In June, someone left detectives a tip leading them to Jordan Ferguson, 19, and his friends, Trevar Veltrop, 21, and Dalton Pelham, 22.  An investigation later revealed Pelham had sold eight head of cattle at the Cattleman’s Livestock shortly after the cows disappeared, and the three men pocketed the cash.The cows’ rightful owners positively identified the cattle as theirs, detectives say.Ferguson, Veltrop and Pelham were taken into custody for questioning and confessed to stealing the cattle and selling them at the auction.

Source: ‘Bovine bandits’ nabbed in Polk Co. after stealing cows, selling them at auction | WFLA.com

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Racist Black College Loses $5 Million Lawsuit 

A white professor who was fired from a “historically black” college specifically for being white has won a $4.85 million verdict.A Missouri appeals court upheld the verdict against Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. Elizabeth Wilkins filed the lawsuit after she was terminated in 2010 for “inappropriate activities” despite always receiving positive reviews.The smoking gun: One of Wilkins’ supervisors, Dr. Latisha Smith, repeatedly proclaimed her belief in “Black Power” and wanting to make the college “blacker” in several emails. Despite orders from the court to preserve the emails, they were deleted.“During discovery, the trial court ordered the Board [of Regents] to preserve Dr. Smith’s email account,” Judge Kurt Odenwald wrote for the three-judge panel, CourtHouseNews reports.“In violation of the order, the Board deleted Dr. Smith’s email account. Because of this violation, the trial court ruled, as a sanction, that the following allegations were deemed admitted: Dr. Smith’s email account contained statements expressing her desire to make the Teacher Education Department ‘blacker’ and that she recommended terminating Wilkins’s employment.”

Source: Racist Black College Loses $5 Million Lawsuit | The Federalist Papers

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Did NBC ‘Expert’ Intentionally Lie About Rifle Use By Virginia Shooter? [Watch]

Yesterday after the horrific Virginia shooting, NBC had a “guest expert” on to talk about the incident, and asked her to explain the firearms that were possibly used.During her explanation, Evy Pompouras, who is supposedly former Secret Service, describes how a semi-automatic pistol works, then goes on to describe how a semi-automatic rifle works (like what she says the shooter used)…only she lied in her description and described an automatic firearm:There’s no way any firearms expert would mistake how a semi-automatic rifle works. It works the exact same way as a semi-automatic pistol – the trigger must be pulled each time the firearm is to be fired. Period.In a horrifying video published yesterday, it’s obvious the firearm is a semi-automatic based on the sounds of the gunfire. It doesn’t take an “expert” to figure that out, only someone with basic knowledge of firearms.

Source: Did NBC ‘Expert’ Intentionally Lie About Rifle Use By Virginia Shooter? [Watch] | The Federalist Papers

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Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works


Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are “a world we had never imagined.”

By using an advanced mathematical system, researchers were able to uncover architectural structures that appears when the brain has to process information, before they disintegrate into nothing.

Their findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, reveals the hugely complicated processes involved in the creation of neural structures, potentially helping explain why the brain is so difficult to understand and tying together its structure with its function.

Source: Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works

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Sony Adds Toio Cubes to Its Arsenal of Strange Robotic Toys 

From Sony, the company that brought you the amazing Aibo and the slightly less amazing Rolly, comes a new consumer robotic toy: Toio, a “toy platform” consisting of little robotic cubes on wheels. It’s much cuter and way more fun looking than it sounds, and could be just clever enough to keep kids interested for more than 5 minutes (a common problem with a lot of robotic toys).Here’s the trailer that should give you an overview of what this thing is:We don’t have a lot of technical details on how the Toio cubes work, but they appear to have a pair of wheels at the bottom, some number of basic sensors, and bumps on top that are compatible with Legos. The robots are each approximately 32 mm × 32 mm × 19.2 mm (width × depth × height).They communicate via Bluetooth to a video game-type console where you insert a cartridge, which tells the robots how to behave. There are also motion-sensing rings that act as controllers and let you make the robots drive and spin around.

Source: Sony Adds Toio Cubes to Its Arsenal of Strange Robotic Toys – IEEE Spectrum

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Russia Hacking Hoax Lives On While the TRUTH of the 5-Eyes Spying is Forgotten

“When it appeared to (the Deep State) that Secretary Clinton was likely to (lose) the presidency the (5-Eyes) influence campaign focused more on undercutting (President Trump’s) legitimacy and crippling (his) presidency from its start, including by impugning the fairness of the election”No truer words have ever been written by the Deep State’s 5-Eyes political influence and destabilization campaigns.In early March of this year, Judge Napolitano of Fox News broke a story about how the former president Barack Obama was aided by British intelligence agency GCHQ to spy on the campaign of then Republican candidate Donald J. Trump in 2016 through the use of the 5-Eyes program which allows various nations to use their spying services to aid each other, spying on their own citizens without actually having to break national laws about spying on their own citizens. This “intelligence sharing” deal allows members to ask other nations to spy on their citizens so they can’t be accused of violating their rules and the constitutions of the various member states.When this story came out, the complicit media viciously attacked Judge Nap. and anyone else who reported on the story.GCHQ, who typically never comments on anything they are accused of, spoke up IMMEDIATELY, denying the charge.“The British GCHQ has responded with the following statement: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

Source: The “Less Than Nothing” Russia Hacking Hoax Lives On While the TRUTH of the 5-Eyes Spying is Forgotten | American Everyman

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Warning: EPA Fighting to Keep Water Fluoridated 

Why does it seem like the one time you want the government to do something, they aren’t interested?Supposedly, the EPA exists in part to protect public health. So you might think they would want to get harmful chemicals out of the drinking supply, or at very least, prevent them from being added.Yet despite mountains of evidence that fluoride is not only ineffective at preventing tooth decay when ingested but actually harmful to the human body, the EPA is still fighting to propagate public poisoning.A lawsuit has been filed against the EPA by various watchdog organizations dedicated to removing fluoride from public drinking supplies. They want to force the EPA to ban the intentional addition of fluoride into drinking water supplies.The lawsuit lays out all the evidence amassed about the harmful effects of fluoride, as well as the evidence that it is not necessary or beneficial to be ingested. It states that it has been disproven that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay when ingested, as thought when it was first introduced into drinking supplies in 1940.

Source: Warning: EPA Fighting to Keep Water Fluoridated | The Daily Bell

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Paris Plans ‘Spy Car’ Fleet to Fine Drivers Who Break Parking Rules

Authorities in Paris are planning to roll out a fleet of “spy cars” to automatically levy fines on unruly drivers who refuse to pay the city’s parking charges.City mayor Anne Hidalgo has proposed using 20 cars fitted with monitoring technology to catch out those cheating the system.The vehicles are capable of scanning 1,500 cars an hour to see whether they have paid relevant parking charges in the city center, according to The Times of London.The cars offer a potential fix to Paris’s laughably dysfunctional parking enforcement system, which is ignored by the vast majority of drivers.

Source: Paris Plans ‘Spy Car’ Fleet to Fine Drivers Who Break Parking Rules | Heat Street

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