Dark Web has its own first major news publication

Dark Web has its own first major news publication

ProPublica launches Dark Web’s first major new site

Everything about the Dark Web is a big taboo and deservedly so considering that it has a pretty nasty reputation. Over the years since the dark web came into being, it has been known as a favourite haunt for cyber criminals, black hat hackers, drug peddlers etc.

Investigative news publication ProPublica thinks it can correct this viewpoint in its own way. On Wednesday, ProPublica became the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site that runs as a “hidden service” on the Tor network, the anonymity system that powers the thousands of untraceable websites that are sometimes known as the darknet or dark web.

ProPublica says that its publication can clear some of the doubts users have about the dark web, “We don’t want anyone to know that you came to us or what you read,” ProPublica‘s web developer Mike Tigas told Wired.

The publication wants to ensure that people behind repressive and heavily censored nations can read its Pulitzer-winning work are safely on the dark web without being spotted.

It seems slowly and steadily the dark web is attracting main stream media and tech companies. Even Facebook joined the dark web while many other tech companies are thinking of joining it soon.

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Snowden wows CES 2016 crowd disguised as a Robot

Snowden wows CES 2016 crowd disguised as Robot

Edward Snowden speaks at CES 2016 disguised as a robot

The world is eagerly watching the electronic gadgets announced at CES 2016 being held at Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. And found among top celebrities who were vying for attention was serial whistle blower and ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

The former National Security Agency contractor, famous for leaking top secret documents pertaining to NSA’s snooping and surveillance programs, made a virtual appearance at the Suitable Technologies booth here.

Snowden was in Las Vegas virtually through Suitable’s Beam, a roaming screen on wheels used for remote commuting and virtual meetings.

Snowden was in high praise for the virtual screen and said that Beam can be used to subvert government snooping and surveillance.

“This is the power of Beam, or more broadly the power of technology,” he said in an onstage interview with Peter Diamandis, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. “The FBI can’t arrest a robot.”

Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in an email that his client wasn’t compensated for the event, which Suitable confirmed. “But he has benefited from the technology,” Wizner said.

Snowden seemed to be happy with the gadgets showcased at CES this year. He stated that he was happy to see companies take privacy and security into account while making gadgets. “They don’t really think of the security of these things very much,” he said.

“What if you could commute to work without having to sit in traffic?” Snowden said speaking about Beam. “The US government basically cancelled my passport, but I’m sitting here in Las Vegas with you guys at CES.”

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Facebook Censored Anonymous’s Post On Cole Miller’s Killer, But Why?

Facebook Censored Anonymous's Post On Cole Miller's Killer, But Why?

Anonymous post about accused killer of Cole Miller removed by Facebook

Facebook’s regional line managers of Australia have removed a post by the internet group Anonymous Australia that commented on the death of British teenager Cole Miller. The decision to delete amateur murder mystery sleuthing from its site social networking giant comes after Queensland law society’s warning that suggested online activist detective actions could endanger the prosecution of accused killer of Miller.

Facebook initially decided that the post by Anonymous Australia was fine. However, the social media site deleted the post, which sought to criticize the character of Armstrong Renata, after withdrawing its original position on whether it breached its “community standards”. The post in question looked into the alleged character of Renata, one of the two men accused for attacking that led to Cole’s death.

Renata and Daniel Maxwell, both 21, were charged with illegal striking causing death when Miller succumbed to head injuries after an alleged one-punch attack in Brisbane’s Chinatown mall early Sunday morning.

Bill Potts, President of Queensland’s Law Society president warned that online material “electronic lynch mobs [that] were appealing to prejudice” about Renata’s character could lead to a mistrial because it had the prospect to influence jury members.

By Wednesday, the comments thread that accompanied the post had been shared almost 40,000 times, and went hugely viral in Australia. Therefore, the chances that anyone who was interested in the case would have viewed the post anyways before it was pulled out.

The group posted on Thursday: “We’ve had our recent post taken down, and we’ve been given yet another formal warning from the high ups of Facebook.

“Though we haven’t broken any laws, we’ve apparently offended too many people which is an apparent breach of their guidelines.”

Defending its role in public uproar over Miller’s death, Anonymous said that it had “worked together to find a witness who the family had sought out, we have passed around a few fundraisers that have been made, we stood our ground on coward punches and we took a stand for what we believed in.”

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Apple’s iPhone 7 may feature dual-cameras according to the latest patent details

Apple’s iPhone 7 may feature dual-cameras according to the latest patent details

You might regret your iPhone 6 S purchase thanks to latest iPhone 7 details

Apple always raises the bar every time the company moves up a generation with its high-end iPhone lineup. We know that iPhone 7 is definitely going to be a cut above the rest but according to the latest patent, we might get to see a new feature that has not been present in any of the company’s smartphones before. The patent details revolve around a dual-camera setup on iPhone 7, and to give your memory a little jolt, this is not the first time we have seen smartphones rock such a feature.

iPhone 7, Apple patent

LG V10 is a prime example of how the company mounted two cameras in order to capture objects from far away, and nearby as well. Additional details of the patent state that a dual-sensor setup with a standard field-of-view lens will be attached to one of them, along with a telephoto lens to the other will be able to capture images simultaneously. Both images would be saved as separate files which a user could view later on by accessing the storage. As much as we want to say that this is a hardware change that is going to be present, it looks like Apple’s iOS 10 might also be bringing around several changes in order for users to take advantage of this feature.

The only negative thing about patents is that they might be intellectual property belonging to the company, they can file them and just put them away without ever implementing them to their devices at all. We certainly hope that this is not the fate of iPhone 7 otherwise we are going to be severely disappointed. While we know that iPhone 7 is going to be superior compared to the competition in terms of hardware and performance, some extra nifty features is what will definitely raise the bar for those looking to purchase a future iPhone.

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Google Cardboard helps save a four-month-old baby’s life

Google Cardboard helps save a four-month-old baby's life

Doctors use Google Cardboard to save a four-month-old baby’s life

A four-month-old baby born with only one lung and a defective heart got a new lease on life after doctors in Miami, Florida used Google Cardboard, the virtual-reality (VR) headset to explore her heart in a virtual, 3D form. The life-saving surgery that was made possible with Google Cardboard helped the baby celebrate her first Christmas with her family.

Teegan, one of the twins born on August 20 to Cassidy and Chad Lexcen of Minnesota, was born with only one lung and a critically deformed heart that had been displaced into her left chest cavity.

Doctors in Minnesota deemed the newborn inoperable — “a word we hate here,” said Dr. Redmond Burke, Nicklaus’ director of cardiovascular surgery. As standard 2D images did not provide enough detail of the state of her heart, doctors were too afraid to go ahead with an open-heart surgery.

The twins’ parents said they were told to prepare to let Teegan go. She was sent home with her twin sister Riley so that she could spend her short life with her family in Minnesota.

“It was devastating,” said Teegan’s mother, Cassidy Lexcen told WSVN News. “Any parent that has to go through that is… it’s devastating, and we lived every day by every day, knowing this could be her last day with us.”

However, determined to save their daughter’s life, Lexcens’ scoured the Internet to find a team who could attempt surgery. After a couple of months, they found hope with the doctors at Miami’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who thought Google Cardboard’s virtual imaging could help with surgery on Teegan’s heart.

Teegan Lexcen
Teegan Lexcen in hospital

The pediatric surgeons at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital took computer scans of Teegan’s heart and lung and uploaded the images to an iPhone. The team converted 2D MRI scans of the deformed heart and one lung into 3D images using a $20 Google Cardboard. It finally gave surgeons a chance to visualize the procedure that would go on to save Teegan’s life.

“The old VR images we used to get were just too grainy not specific enough for the fine detail you need to do open heart surgery on a baby,” said Burke.

With VR imaging, doctors were able to successfully decide where to make their first incision. The doctors were able to proceed with the delicate seven-hour open-heart surgery, where they rebuilt Teegan’s aorta—the body’s main blood vessel that leads away from the heart—with donated heart tissue and then connected her aorta and pulmonary artery.

“I looked inside and just by tilting my head I could see the patient’s heart,” Dr. Juan-Carlos Muniz, head of the hospital’s MRI program, told UploadVR. “I could see it as if I were standing in the operating room.”

“Finding out after the fact that helped save her life, that’s phenomenal,” said Cassidy Lexcen.

On Wednesday, four weeks after her surgery, baby Teegan was taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own. Little Teegan is now recovering in the hospital’s ICU with her parents, her twin sister Riley and the cardboard tech by her side. Doctors expect her to go home within the next two weeks and make a full recovery.

“Being innovative seems to be the goal of this hospital and these doctors and innovation saved our daughter’s life,” said Lexcen.

“It’s the best thing that we could have been given this time of year. We have another chance with our baby girl, and we didn’t think we would ever have that,” Lexcen added.

Dr. Burke, who’s passion is to merge medical science with new tech, says his next project will involve raising awareness about the uses of VR imaging in the medical field.

Teegan, left, and Riley Lexcen were born in August.
Teegan, left, and Riley Lexcen

This isn’t the first time when an emerging technology helped doctors saving a life. In January 2014, an Indian doctor had used Google Glass to perform a foot and ankle surgery of a patient. An ACL surgery was also broadcasted directly through Google Glass in 2013.

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Intel sues Chinese company for hacking 4k video copyright protection

Intel sues Chinese company for hacking 4k video copyright protection

Intel joins hands with Warner Bros. to sue Chinese company for making a 4k video ripping machine

Warner Bros. and Intel’s daughter company Digital Content Protection have sued a Chinese hardware manufacturer who made devices enabling consumers to bypass 4K copy protection.

The devices called HDFury 4K, can be used by pirates and users to copy 4k video from streaming platforms as well as other HDCP 2.2 protected content.  Warner Bros. and Intel have taken exception to ripping 4K protected videos and are filing a lawsuit against China’s LegendSky, makers of the HDFury 4K.

LegendSky launched its range of new ripping devices which allow users to strip the latest HDCP encryption. This hardware sits between a HDCP-compliant source device and another device, allowing it to pass on a “stripped” 4K signal.

Warner Bros is a genuine victim and is suing LegendSky because many of its films could be ripped instantaneously using the HDFury 4K. But if you are wondering why Intel is filing the suit, here is why. Intel owns a company called Digital Content Protection, which content makers pay a fee to in order to protect their digital creations from would-be pirates.

The company’s High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is supposed to stop hackers being able to copy and share 4K digital content without a trace.

The lawsuit copy, obtained by TorrentFreak, claims HDCP as an “an indispensable content-protection technology” that secures digital audio and video as it travels from set-top boxes, DVDs, Blu-rays, computers, DVRs, games consoles and HDTV.

However, Intel’s technology doesnt seem to be successful in protecting 4K content as would appear from HDFury 4K. Intel admits that in the documents filed before the court

The HDFury Devices harm DCP because, among other things, they undermine the effectiveness of HDCP, lower the value of HDCP, and thereby jeopardize DCP’s ability to license HDCP to Digital Device manufacturers and Digital Content owners.

Both Warner Bros. and DCP accuse LegendSky of violating the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. In addition, they claim that the company violated the Lanham Act by falsely stating that the HDFury devices comply with HDCP’s license requirements.

TorrentFreak confirmed that HDFury 4K ‘stripper’ indeed works as promised by its maker. The first devices were shipped from China early November, a few days before the first 4K rips appeared online.

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Uber’s Fined $20,000 For Its ‘God View’ Tracking Tool Used To Spy On Users

Uber's Fined $20,000 For Its 'God View' Tracking Tool Used To Spy On Users

Uber To Pay $20,000 As Settlement Over Privacy Breach By Its ‘God View’ Tracking Tool

The Attorney General of State of New York, Eric Schneiderman has decided to fine Uber $20,000 for its “God View” programme and the company’s overall negligent security practices. This decision comes after the data breach act that took place in May 2014 when an Uber engineer unintentionally posted online login information for a private database containing driver information. This was discovered by the company a few months later in September, when a former employee from a competitor revealed the problem.

The security breach had exposed the data of approximately 50,000 drivers across multiple U.S. states. Data included names of the independent contractors that collaborate with Uber, routes that were taken, clients that requested them, and even the name, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of said clients were stored on a cloud where any third party could have had access to them.

The matter came to light when Uber’s New York manager, Josh Mohrer revealed to a journalist that he was both tracking her Uber ride and accessed her ride history logs without permission, including through the company’s “God View” tool. The tool shows an aerial view of all passengers and drivers in a particular area.

It would appear that the taxi service company was indeed using an entire tracking system that recorded and kept logs of every single trip ever took via their cars which corporate employees were able to access at any time via the so called ‘God View’ app. Further, it was revealed that said employees could also access customer personal information as well. The fine has been imposed on the company for its delay in providing timely notice of the data breach to the affected drivers and the office of the attorney general.

What followed were disclosures that the God View tool was available to employees largely within the company, who could use it with little discretion. Eventually, Uber backed down but not before settling with the State of New York for $20,000 and agreeing to an overhaul of its privacy policy to better protect and encrypt location data of its riders for “legitimate business purposes.”

According to BuzzFeed, the settlement says:

“Uber has represented that it has removed all personally identifiable information of riders from its system that provides an aerial view of cars active in a city, has limited employee access to personally identifiable information of riders, and has begun auditing employee access to personally identifiable information in general.”

Following the ordeal, Uber spokesman Matt Wing made a statement saying that the company is now fully committed to protecting the privacy and the personal data of both its customers and its drivers and has, therefore, revised its privacy practices. The amount of data that was previously subject to potential abuse by internal staff and a truly worrisome prospect should it had fallen into the wrong hands, is now only accessible by employees only under circumstances of dire need.

The settlement is due to be officially announced tomorrow, and Uber has also agreed to notify the Attorney General’s office if the ‘God View’ application resumes collecting GPS information from mobile devices when the app is not open.

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Time Warner Cable hacked, up to 320,000 customers’ data may have been stolen

Time Warner Cable hacked, up to 32,0000 customers' data may have been stolen

If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer, now is a very good time to change your password

Time Warner, the large U.S. based cable communications company needs to keep a track of its security, since the giant has admitted that on Wednesday, up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen. The company has strongly recommended its subscribers that if they are their regular customers, then they should change their passwords as fast as possible if they want to avoid any hassle whatsoever in the future.

According to Time Warner, emails and password details were most likely gathered through malware that was able to get downloaded during phishing attacks or indirectly through data breaches. This could have taken place thanks to other companies that stored Time Warner Cable’s customer information, which also included email addresses, suggesting that even these companies did not do well in providing adequate security to customers.

While these are just speculations, the company has stated that it was not able to isolate the problem on how exactly this information was obtained, but there was no indication that Time Warner Cable’s systems were breached. According to a Time Warner Cable spokesman, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned them that some customers’ email addresses, which also included passwords and other sensitive information, might have been compromised.

The company had already sent emails to their subscribers and although we do not have information on what is stated in the email, we can pretty much figure out that the company is urging customers to change their passwords as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional theft of information, along with an apology note of some sort. While the company might have accepted responsibility for the breach that has occurred, it is imperative that they pay more attention in strengthening the security of their servers, otherwise you can rest assure that more breaches will occur in the foreseeable future.

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Brazilian gang hacks and leaks nude photos of female police officer in revenge

Brazilian gang hacks and leaks nude photos of female police officer in revenge

Brazilian gang leaks female police officer’s nude photo’s by hacking her social media account for arresting their boss

In what seems to be a crude revenge, a criminal gang in Brazil has leaked nude images of a female police officer for arresting their bossman by hacking into her private social media account.

According to Media Takeout website, one of the most notorious gangs in Brazil, has lived up to its billing by engaging in a new sort of revenge warfare by leaking the nude photos of a senior female police officer as a way of avenging the arrest of some of their members by the police.

The boss was arrested by a police posse which included the female officer whose name is given as Julia. Julia has been named as a top police officer of Brazilian Military Police of Rio de Janeiro. In revenge the gang hacked into Julia’s private social media account and stumbled on very personal and intimate selfies of the female cop.

The gang, upset at the arrest of its members including their leader who was arrested by police, they promptly released the naked photos.

Media Takeout has not named the Brazilian crime boss nor the name of his gang.

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R.I.P. Richard Sapper, IBM’s ThinkPad Designer Has Died

R.I.P. Richard Sapper, IBM's ThinkPad Designer Has Died

Richard Sapper who designed IBM’s Thinkpad, espresso maker and Tizio Lamp passes away at the age of 83

Richard Sapper, a highly influential industrial designer who created everything from award-winning kitchenware and radio sets to cars and computers, has died at the age of 83. He died in Milan on December 31, one of his publishers, London-based Phaidon, said on their website.

Sapper was born and educated in Munich, Germany but spent most of his working life in Italy. He is best known for designing IBM’s gamechanger laptop in 1992, and iconic espresso makers, in both their stovetop and electric, capsule-based forms, for upmarket kitchenware manufacturer Alessi.

“[Good design] has to transmit a message to whomever is looking at it, or who has it in their hand,” Sapper said in a 2013 interview with Dezeen. “What message is another question, but it has to tell them something.”

Sapper was quite a prolific designer. He helped Fiat in designing futuristic bus and car concepts. He also designed Tizio Lamps, 2 million of which were built.

His funeral was held in Milan’s Lutheran church on Tuesday. His daughter Carola told the New York Times that her father had died of complications resulting from cancer.

His publisher, Phaidon described Sapper as “one of the most influential industrial designers of his generation”, saying his best work synthesized a “formal simplicity and rigor, technical understanding not to mention a poetic humour.”

Sapper’s designs were acknowledged in many forums and 15 of his designs are now showcased in New York’s Museum of Modern Art or in London’s Victoria and Albert and Design Museums.

The son of an artist of the same name, Sapper was born in Munich in 1932 and began his career working on car styling for German auto giant Mercedes-Benz. He moved to Milan in 1958, initially to work for architect Gio Ponti and then the department store group La Rinascente.

Sapper designed the first ThinkPad laptop after being appointed principal industrial design consultant to US computer giant IBM in 1980.

In his latter years, Sapper chose to teach students at Yale, the University of Beijing and the Royal College of Art in London, among others.

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