Global Ransomware Attack Exposes Folly Of Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

UK broadcast news and online news sites have been dominated for most of the day by the cyber attack that has affected government and business computer systems. Most disturbing consequence of the attack, which hijacks computer screens with a message that files have been encrypted and can only be unlocked on payment of a large fee (a type of malware known as Ransomware) is fact that hospitals across the United Kingdom had gone dark , locking staff out of patient records and appointment systems..

The situation has got significantly worse as The BBC reports the ransomware attack has gone global.

Screenshots showing a message put out by a popular screen hijacker app show a program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been posted online by organisations hit by the attack.

It is not yet clear whether the attacks are all connected. One cyber-security consultant tweeted that he had detected 36,000 instances of the ransomware, called WannaCry and variants of that name.

“This is huge,” he said.

There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.

The BBB details a number of Spanish firms including some of the biggest businesses in spain were among the apparent victims elsewhere in Europe.

Telecoms giant Telefonica said in a statement that it was aware of a “cybersecurity incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.

Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.

There were reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers.

In Italy, one user shared images appearing to show a university computer lab with machines locked by the same program.

The Blue Screen Of Death

Bitcoin wallets seemingly associated with the ransomware were reported to have already started filling up with cash.

“This is a major cyber attack, impacting organisations across Europe at a scale I’ve never seen before,” said security architect Kevin Beaumont.

According to security firm Check Point, the version of the ransomware that appeared today is a new variant.

Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the attacks to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the NSA.

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An attack such as this has been inevitable due to the inherent vulnerabilities of the world wide web (conceived by an amateur, remember) and the near monopoly of the Windows operating system and Google search engine that has been encouraged by governments of the USA, the EU and most leading nations of the free world.

While it’s true that things are much more convenient if we all use the same computer systems, convenience is a double edged sword. What’s convenient for the lay user is even more convenient for cyber criminals who are rogue programmers and analysts.

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How Internet Companies Like Google and Facebook Have Helped The spread of extremism

Although the Westminster terror attack is still filling the print and broadcast news  and the usual conspiracy theories about it’s being a false flag incident start to circulate, attention is turning to the role of technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter in the process of radicalisation. Google stands accused of providing easy access to online terror manuals while Boris Johnson demanded social media platforms crack down on “corrupting and polluting” messages.  (Daily Telegraph

These companies are not ignorant of the dangers of unmoderated access to internet publishing facilities. All three have claimed their efforts to eliminate ‘hate speech’ have been increased and the response to violent and extremist material on their platforms in recent years – deleting posts, working with law enforcement and generating “counter-narratives”.

This is bollocks of course, what they have done is set up censorship of posts which criticize Islam, question the mainstream narrative on controversial issues like climate change, uncontrolled mass immigration or globalisation.  There has never been any effort to moderate the  incitement of Muslim hate preachers or thecalls by Muslim religious fanatics for a jihad to exterminate the infidels (that’s you and me) yet  people have been banned for asking why the police forces of secular nations are told by government to take no action on immigrant crime for fear of raising inter – racial tensions.And the internet companies have entered agreements with governments to take action against “Islamophobia” (whatever than means), “homophobia”, “transphobia” and so on, while critics of these politically correct idiocies can face online bullying and death threats simply for having opinions that differ from what the ‘liberal’ fascists are willing to allow.

All this has been done in collaboration with the regime of US President Barack Hussein Obama. And far from opposing the spread of extremism, furthering understanding of science and promoting tolerance and cooperation between nations and cultures, it actually achieves the opposite effect.

So what could internet companies be doing?

First, they could introduce identity verification requirements to deter users from publicly sharing violent and hateful material. Facebook and Twitter don’t demand users’ real names, while Google lets them use services such as Youtube without any account at all. Mandating that consumers create profiles using their actual identity and home address (with a legal requirement that this information is never published, sold or shared) would be controversial, but would dampen the spread of extremism by making anonymity more difficult. And finally, instead of being racist towards fair skinned people of European ethnicity, they could try experimenting with that most liberal of all principles and having one set of rules which apply to all equally. No special cases.

Or Google’s semi – autistic twins Page and Brin, Cocksuckerberg of Facebook, Bill Gates (the philanthropist who wants to eradicate poverty by reducing the population to ten per cent of its present level), Spiegel, Murphy and Brown of Snapchat and all the other Silicon Valley social media wankers could simply admit they are greedy, selfish, power crazed, misanthropic cunts who have happily collaborated with the CIA, NSA and GCHQ global surveillance projects and then fuck the fucking fuck off.

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How to stop Google tracking your every move

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched or followed? OK, it could possibly be because you are paranoid but more likely you’ve noticed a few things that are just beyond creepy when you are using the web and particularly Google services.

For an example, has an advertisement for a product or service ever popped up on your screen just after you were talking to someone about it?

When security researcher Mustafa Al-Bassam popped into a McDonald’s for a halal burger last year, he was shocked when a prompt to download the fast food restaurant’s app popped up on his smart phone. Mustafa tweeted at the time:

Yesterday I almost had a heart attack when I entered McDonald’s and I had a notification on my phone asking me to install their app.

Your every move is being watched. Monitored. Analysed. Not just by creepy spooks like the NSA and GCHQ but also by corporate pirates determined to get their grubby mitts on your hard earned. Google, (don’t be evil, that’s our job) are probably the worst culprit and are known to collaborate with National Security agencies to gather data on citizens, not just suspected criminals or political activists but ordinary punters. The aim is to build a profile of you that will make it possible to predict your behaviour.

Around the time Mr Al-Bassam noticed he had a creepy stalker in his cellphone phone, other Google users began to realise that despite having deleted Google Maps, another Google-based app, Google Play, was “almost obsessive” in its need to check user’s whereabouts.

While location services on your smartphone are commonplace in modern society,  Google’s cosy relationship with the US government enables them to circumvent civil rights an privacy laws and accurately follow you, building a picture of where you go and what you do. Google Play passes on your location data to databases and installed apps via an API, whether Maps are installed or not.

For Android users, Google uses this information  in a service called Nearby, “which notifies you of things that can be helpful near you”, according to Google.

Google jovially tells you “The Play Store offers over one million apps — many of which are created to be used in specific locations or situations. The right app at the right moment lets you get more done.”

But one they are in your system, Google makes it particularly difficult to switch these features off.

Here’s how to get out of it.

Deleting or uninstalling the apps are helpful, or you could turn your phone’s location services on and off as you use each app. But this is irritating and time consuming. However News.com Australia have compiled some instructions to help you shake off the stalker in your smart phone. See below:

ANDROID

Tapping on ‘Your Timeline’, Google will ask you to turn on your Location history. This allows you to rediscover places you’ve visited in the past. But it also allows Google to create a complex profile of your personality.

Here’s how to stop Google Maps tracking you:

• Select ‘Your Timeline’ in Settings

• Tap the Burger Icon (the three dots on the top right-hand side of the screen) and select ‘Settings’

• Scroll down to Location Settings

• Tap “Location History is on”.

• A pop-up window will appear; tap the checkmark next to “On”. Swiping to the left should turn it off.

• Tap “OK” on the window that appears.

You can also turn location off and delete location history in the same settings. Google will issue a warning that says your services might be affected — but let’s be real, you’ll be fine.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.Source:Supplied

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.Source:Supplied

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.Source:Supplied

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.Source:Supplied

APPLE IOS

The ‘Your Timeline’ feature doesn’t exist for Apple users, as they do Android. But there are ways to opt out.

• Make sure you’re signed in and go to your Settings

• Scroll down to Settings

• Tap ‘Location History’ and slide it off

• To erase your history, scroll down the Settings menu to ‘Maps History’.

• There is currently not an option to delete everything at once, but you can tap the ‘X’ next to the locations you want to delete.

• You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ by tapping ‘About, terms and privacy’ under Settings

— There is a sneaky way to allow Google to track your location while only using the App.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Google Maps and select ‘While Using the App’.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.Source:Supplied

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.Source:Supplied

Google will warn you before you clear any data.

Google will warn you before you clear any data.Source:Supplied

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.Source:Supplied

— youngma@news.com.au

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According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

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American activist site Alternet posted a story with the interesting headline

7 Surprising Ways Porn Is Changing

Users of Internet pornography are probably familiar with the site YouPorn. And maybe RedTube. There’s also Tube8, XTube, ExtremeTube, and PornHub. The list goes on. These sites, often referred to as the “tube sites,” host a wide array of free (and largely pirated) user-generated content that’s starting to change the porn industry. Listed below are seven of the most surprising ways porn is changing.

1. There’s a lot less content.

Industry insiders will confirm that porn production is at an all-time low. Colin and Angie Rowntree have been in the porn business for over 20 years. Back in 1994, the AVN Hall of Fame inductees founded the BDSM website Wasteland.com. In 1999, Angie started Sssh.com, a porn site “for women, by women.” Colin estimates that at least 50% of the small studios have gone under in the past 10 years. Angie told me, “A lot of the little tiny mom-and-pop ones are gone, and those were the ones that had original ideas.”

Colin added, “If you want to get new content, quality content that’s actually well made, somebody has to pay the performers. Somebody has to pay the cameraman. Somebody has to pay the editors. Somebody has to pay for all this stuff. And if nobody is paying to buy it, the whole thing comes tumbling down — which it currently is.”

Colin is right of course and his words apply to everything on the net, not just porn. It was inevitable that the hippy ideology of the founding beardies would lead to this, all that caring, sharing, join-hand-and-sing-kumbafuckingya bollocks could never work. It takes time and resources to make video content, be it porn, comedy, documentary or highbrow drama.

It takes time and dedication to write good fiction and articles, make good video, compose and record good music, or create good artwork. Yet because of the way Google works, the net wants new content every day, and yet people who want to, and have the skills and talent to create good new content are frustrated by the way their work is ‘shared’ (pirated) by people who are just attention seekers or stolen by rip off merchants.

If we want to avoid the net becoming nothing more than an advertising medium we need to get our heads round the idea that people who entertain us have to eat and pay their rent.

I Told You Google Were Evil

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I was always puzzled by they way Google became so dominant in the internet search market, OK Google would return a million results on your search and nerdy types are always impressed by big numbers but really, nerds aside, who would consider ‘most linked’, ‘most viewed’, ‘most recent’ and likely to earn most advertizing revenue as the best criteria foe grading the quality of content?

When however I learned beyond reasonable doubt last year that Google is really a subsidiary of the United States Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) things made sense. Almost anything can be made to happen if you have unlimited money to throw at making it happen.

It also explains why Google (corporate motto – Don’t be evil) are the most evil corporate business on the planet (well, apart from Monsanto maybe, but they are the only serious contenders.

So how evil are Google? Have a read at this from The Guardian:

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It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

“Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”
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The spyware feature is installed by default as part of Google’s Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be “black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

“We don’t know and can’t know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.

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Google and the Government Will Collect data On Your Farts

Levi’s and Google working on interactive, internet device-linked fabric, how effing insane are these people? Are they gathering data on your fart and logging how often you scratch you belly?

Actually the claims they make for this new fabric are even crazier. I’m not saying the stuff will not do what they say, but FFS who apart from total nerds would want it. Throughout the day we all do stuff we don’t want to share with the internet.

Project Jacquard – named after the inventor of a type of loom – was revealed during the internet giant’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Friday.

“We are enabling interactive textiles,” ATAP’s Emre Karagozler said while showing off the new smart textiles. “We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

To answer one of the key questions around the material itself, Karagozler explained: “It is stretchable; it is washable … It is just like normal fabric.”

The new type of threads used for the material can be woven into any shape, size or pattern and be made either to stand out or be invisible. The interactive material would be able to understand various gestures like crossing your legs or swiping your sleeve with your fingers.

The special fabric would also be capable of sending the data wirelessly to smartphones and other devices, opening up an array of new types of applications, aside from the most basic communication commands like placing a phone call and sending a text message.

“It becomes a home to new forms and applications we haven’t thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture – crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting,” Vice President of Innovation for Levi’s said.

While not exactly an option for everyone, the interactive fabric would even be capable of notifying its wearer if they were gaining weight and be ready to suggest gyms, yoga classes and offer other health-related tips, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes noted.

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It sounds to us like a new advance in creepiness from the world’s creepiest corporation. Steer well clear of Google in future.