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REBLOG! via Brené Brown: America’s Crisis Of Disconnection Runs Deeper Than Politics

Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, Naked Truth, News From the web | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! via Brené Brown: America’s Crisis Of Disconnection Runs Deeper Than Politics

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The following is an exert from Fast Company, reblogged because – as always with B. Brown, it’s a bit awesome!

For 20 years, I’ve taught at the University of Houston, the most racially and ethnically diverse research university in the United States. I recently asked my class of 60 graduate students whether their political, social, and cultural beliefs aligned with their grandparents’. About 15% of the students said yes or pretty close, while the remainder described everything from mild embarrassment to mortification when it came to their family members’ politics. Read the full article »»»»


Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Tech Giants Scramble to Fix ‘Freak’

Get Your Freak OnAs Google, Apple and Microsoft scramble to patch a long missed security flaw it might be timely to remember how we got here. Way back at the latter end of the last century – the 1990s, when Netscape browser was all the rage and – SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption was brand-spanking-new, the U.S. government wanted control over export of “weapons grade” encryption.

Its theory was that domestic communications could benefit from stronger, 128-bit encryption, but ‘backdoors’ should be available to U.S. intelligence and law enforcement when it came to foreign communications, the concept of weaker, “export grade” encryption was born.

Turns out that this theory and it’s legacy backdoor, a vulnerability that we’ve come to know in recent days as ‘FREAK’ still exists in up to 30 percent of U.S. web servers. It’s a sad example of how zombie-security from the era that gave us grunge can come back and bite us on the posterior.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google are saying they’ve developed fixes/patches – though we note Apple has yet to deploy –  to mitigate the ‘Freak’ security flaw. Initially thought to be immune, Microsoft released an advisory which warned hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are also vulnerable to the security vulnerability :: Read the full article »»»»


Malware Bundled in Popular µTorrent WILL Destroy Your Computer

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Malware Bundled in Popular µTorrent WILL Destroy Your Computer

Malware bundled into µTorrent could destroy your laptopAccording to those in the know – Motherboard – you shouldn’t hesitate, UNINSTALL µTorrent NOW!

More than 100 million users of the trusted torrent platform are at serious risk of having their laptops and PCs literally destroyed. T

Bundled with the latest install of the free software is a program called Epic Scale leeching your laptop’s resources in secret.

Epic Scale is a currency miner that generates revenue for its creators, though it publicly sells itself on being a completely philanthropic venture :: Read the full article »»»»


Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract HackersAustralia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.

Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.

The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.

A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.

Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.

Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»


Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Posted: March 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Scammers Use Malaysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Scammers Use Malysia Airlines MH370 As Bait

Scammers are a lowly bunch, they’ll use almost anything as bait to lure in the unsuspecting, the latest scam doing the rounds is targeting people searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, steering them to a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.

According to a blog-post by Websense’s Carl Leonard, the faux Facebook page looks completely legitimate at first glance. “The lure websites have been configured to appear like a legitimate Facebook page, complete with sharing button, suitable graphics, and relevant links.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach

Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, News From the web, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Telco Fined For Privacy Breach

Telstra, Australia's Largest Telco Fined For Privacy BreachAustralia’s largest telecomunications company ‘Telstra’ has been fined $10,200 and warned about privacy after a data breach saw the information of more than 15,000 customers made available online.

Last year a Fairfax journalist discovered that the telco had published the names, phone numbers and addresses of customers. The journalist alerted the telco to the breach, and also informed the – OAIC – Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The OAIC launched a year-long investigation with the Australian Communications and Media Authority – ACMA – and the agencies have now handed down their reports.

They have found Telstra made the information of 15,775 customers available for 15 months during 2012 and 2013. The information included more than 1,257 customers with silent line numbers, and related to customer data from 2009 and earlier. There were at least 166 unique downloads of the records :: Read the full article »»»»


Apple Races to Patch Security Flaw

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Hack!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Races to Patch Security Flaw

Apple Race to Patch Security FlawApple says it is about to issue a software update “very soon” to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial data and other sensitive information from Mac computers and mobile devices.

The consumer electronics giant confirmed findings that a major security flaw in it’s mobile devices – iPhones and iPads – also appears in notebook and desktop machines running OS X.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller says “We’re aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon.”

Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, most devices will update automatically. \However, when the fix went live, experts dissected it finding the same fundamental issues in the operating system for Apple’s Macintosh machines.

Apple is apparently racing to push out the fix before intelligence agencies and crooks get to write programs to take advantage of the flaw. Many analysts are questioning the accidental nature of the flaw :: Read the full article »»»»