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Facebook Lawsuit Shows How Outdated Our Privacy Laws Are

December 31, 2014 Comments off

wallstcheatsheet.com

The latest lawsuit filed against social networking giant Facebook may ultimately lead to change in how social networks can collect and use our communications, but in the meantime serves to highlight the obsolescence and vagueness of the legislation that protects the personal data we share via social networks and email.

Re/code reports that Facebook will face a class-action lawsuit that accuses it of violating users’ privacy by scanning the messages that they send to other users of the social network. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed some state-law claims against the company but denied Facebook’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, which will now seek to establish how routine the process of scanning messages is to the tech firm’s business.

Facebook has argued that the alleged scanning of users’ messages was covered by an exception under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) for interceptions by Read more…

German Defense Minister von der Leyen’s fingerprint copied by Chaos Computer Club

December 31, 2014 Comments off

www.dw.de

A speaker at the yearly conference of the Chaos Computer Club has shown how fingerprints can be faked using only a few photographs. To demonstrate, he copied the thumbprint of the German defense minister.

Jan Krissler, also know by his alias “Starbug,” told a conference of hackers he has copied the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Speaking at the 31st annual conference of the Chaos Computer Club in Hamburg, Krissler highlighted the dangers in relying on security technology.

Krissler explained that he didn’t even need an object that von der Leyen had touched to create the copy. Using several close-range photos in order to capture every angle, Krissler used a commercially available software called VeriFinger to create an image of the minister’s fingerprint.

Along with fellow hacker Tobias Fiebig, Krissler has been working at the Technical University of Berlin on research into weaknesses of

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Racism in the United States: By the Numbers

December 31, 2014 Comments off

In which John talks about racism in the United States.

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On average, black men’s prison sentences are 20% longer than white men’s for comparable crimes: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1000142…

Black people and white people use illegal drugs at similar rates, but black people are far more likely to be arrested for drug use: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/1/5850830/w… Read more…

ISIS Unveils Its New Gold-Backed Currency

November 13, 2014 Comments off

infowars.com

ISIS releases details of its new currency with golden 1 & 5 dinar, silver 1, 5, 10 dirham and copper 10 & 20 fils

Adopting a gold standard will shut down the printing presses and not allow the financial elite to manipulate the money supply and perpetuate the fractional reserve scam which is a monumental form of embezzlement and thievery.

It turns out the ISIS scam driving the war machine of the state may also serve the propaganda purposes of the financial elite and the central bankers.

The terrorists, beheaders and crucifiers are adopting a gold standard.

ISIS releases details of its new currancy with golden 1 & 5 dinar, silver 1, 5, 10 dirham and copper 10 & 20 fils

From The Daily Mail earlier this week:

While ISIS has yet to confirm the introduction of its currency, social media is awash with claims that leading religious figures announced the plans during recent prayers in Mosul and Nineveh province.

It is believed the terror outfit wants to

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Putin stockpiles gold as Russia prepares for economic war

November 13, 2014 Comments off

telegraph

putin goldRussia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West.

The latest research from the World Gold Council reveals that the Kremlin snapped up 55 tonnes of the precious metal – far more than any other nation – in the three months to the end of September as prices began to weaken.

Vladimir Putin’s government is understood to be hoarding vast quantities of gold, having tripled stocks to around 1,150 tonnes in the last decade. These reserves could provide the Kremlin with vital firepower to try and offset the sharp declines in the rouble.

Russia’s currency has come under intense pressure since US and European sanctions and falling oil prices started to hurt the economy. Revenues from the sale of oil and gas account for about 45pc of the Russian government’s budget receipts.

The biggest buyers of gold after Russia are other countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States, led by Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

In total, central banks around the world bought 93 tonnes of Full Article Here

MasterCard reveals biometric plans for password-killing protocol

November 13, 2014 1 comment

planetbiometrics.com

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MasterCard has outlined plans for a new authentication standard designed to end the use of passwords in online payments, saying that the protocol could be released as early as next year.

The firm says the new standard, which is being developed in cooperation with Visa, will move security infrastructure beyond the PC era, “supporting emerging technologies and changing consumer needs”.

The new protocol could be adopted in 2015 and will gradually replace the current 3D Secure protocol. “[R]icher cardholder data … will result in far fewer password interruptions at the point of sale”, said MasterCard.

In the event that an authentication challenge is needed, cardholders will be able to identify themselves with the likes of one-time passwords, or fingerprint biometrics, rather than committing static passwords to memory.

“All of us want a payment experience that is safe as well as simple, not one or the other. We want to Read more…

Silver Sales Surge

November 5, 2014 Comments off

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