SMS as a two-factor authentication method will soon be discouraged, according to draft guidelines from US standards body.
Nearly 1,500 people were arrested earlier this year, because they were put on a police ‘Strategic Subject List‘ (SSL). The SSL was formerly called the ‘Heat List‘ which started in 2013. (SSL is just another term for Predictive Policing)
According to CBS Chicago, police are using an algorithm to predict who’ll commit a crime in the future!
The SSL uses an algorithm to try to predict who is most likely to be involved in a shooting – either as the shooter or victim – by analyzing data such as gang affiliations, criminal records, past shootings, and previous contact with police.
The list includes about 1,500 people, who police have said are responsible for the majority of gun violence in Chicago.
Police are arresting people before they commit a crime
Special Order S10-06 allows police to arrest people before they commit a crime.
The primary goal of Targeeted Repeat-Offender Apprehension and Prosecution (TRAP) is focused on enhanced prosecution to detain, convict, and incarcerate these offenders before they commit further crimes of violence. (TRAP is part of the SSL)
Citizens are being rank-ordered by police
The SSL is a rank-order list of potential victims and subjects… The SSL model looks at individuals with criminal records who are ranked according to their probability of being involved in a shooting or murder, either as a victim or an offender, known as a “Party to Violence” (PTV).
By calling potential victims of violence PTV’s they’re deliberately dehumanizing victims. This is another move by our government to separate police from the public.
Citizens, assigned the highest scores are visited (spied on) by community members, social service workers and cops.
Earlier this year, I warned everyone that social workers, ministers, doctors etc., are spying on citizens.
Religious organizations boast, about collaborating with law enforcement.
“This is a way churches can partner directly, and that’s a huge game changer for communities,” said J. Michael Davis, the social services domain director of 4Tucson, an organization that promotes partnership in the Christian community. “We could take it anywhere. One church doesn’t have ownership. We are collaborating.”
Churches pay the government $100 a month to spy on families
“The (surveillance) service is free for the state and instead relies on donations from enrolled churches. The suggested monthly rate of $100 would eventually support a regional supervisor to mediate between churches and the (police) department.”
For more information about religious spying read: Health & Wellness programs are really a national ‘behavioral’ surveillance program, ‘DHS wants to recruit Muslim communities to spy on themselves.’
Police are secretly ranking ‘influential citizens’
Police are creating secret lists of citizens
What is a person’s ‘trend line’?
As near as I can tell, law enforcement’s definition of a ‘trend line’ is just another word for their criminal history.
According to Special Order S10-05, police are creating secret lists of citizens.
The District Intelligence Officer will confer with District Commanders on individuals who are eligible for a Custom Notification letter. The District Intelligence Officer will then contact the Bureau of Patrol to request a Custom Notification letter be created for that individual.
SSL created to seize citizens property
The Custom Notification will include a description of both federal and state sentencing options where applicable, as well as identification of the potential for seized assets and other consequences as appropriate.
Police are creating secret lists of suspicious citizens
The CPD’s database also includes information about disturbance calls and calls regarding suspicious persons. Police are also spying on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc., to aid them in putting citizens on their SSL.
The NSA and DHS created SSL
According to the UK Daily Mail, Miles Wernick from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) was the principal designer of the NSA/DHS’s future crimes list.
The IIT has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and DHS. “We invite you to collaborate with IIT’s Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education…”
Fyi, Microsoft is working with the NSA and DHS to arrest people for future crimes.
Reporter admits SSL violates our civil rights
Police target and arrest citizens placed on SSL
For the [SSL] identified individuals, custom notifications serve as notice that law enforcement action will not be random, but rather targeted and specific to the individual…
As for those who don’t take police up on their offers for help, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said, “those individuals need to know that if they choose to stay in that lifestyle, we’ll come after them with everything that we have.”
Police used secret lists to illegally arrest and interrogate 7000 citizens
At least 7000 citizens had been illegally detained inside a Chicago police warehouse described by some of its arrestees as a secretive interrogation facility. Click here to read more.
For more info. about predictive policing read, ‘DHS’s crystal ball will identify and arrest future school shooters‘ and ‘Risk assessments are being used to sentence people to jail and death .’
This is the future of NSA/DHS policing, where anyone put on the SSL can expect to receive enhanced prosecution. Soon, every American will be given a rank-order SSL!
An anonymous reader shares a report on 9to5Mac: A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014. The legal position of forcing suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock devices won’t be known with certainty until a case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but lower court rulings so far appear to establish a precedent which is at odds with that concerning passcodes. Most constitutional experts appear to believe that the Fifth Amendment prevents a suspect from being compelled to reveal a password or passcode, as this would amount to forced self-incrimination — though even this isn’t certain. Fingerprints, in contrast, have traditionally been viewed as ‘real or physical evidence,’ meaning that police are entitled to take them without permission.Ars Technica has more details.
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chicksdaddy quotes a report from Security Ledger: The Automotive industry’s main group for coordinating policy on information security and “cyber” threats has published a “Best Practices” document, giving individual automakers guidance on implementing cybersecurity in their vehicles for the first time. The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) released the Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices document on July 21st, saying the guidelines are for auto manufacturers as well as their suppliers. The Best Practices cover organizational and technical aspects of vehicle cybersecurity, including governance, risk management, security by design, threat detection, incident response, training, and collaboration with appropriate third parties. Taken together, they move the auto industry closer to standards pioneered decades ago and embraced by companies like Microsoft. They call on automakers to design software to be secure from the ground up and to take a sober look at risks to connected vehicles as part of the design process. Automakers are urged to test for and respond to software vulnerabilities, to develop methods for assessing and fixing security vulnerabilities, to create training programs, promote cybersecurity awareness for both information technology and vehicle specific risks, and educate employees about security awareness. The document comes after a Kelly Blue Book survey that found that 62% of drivers think “connected cars will be hacked,” and that 42% say they “want cars to be more connected.”
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A Texas man who acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and illegally exported cutting-edge military technology to Russia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Alexander Fishenko learned his punishment Thursday in federal court in New York. He pleaded guilty in September to crimes including acting as a Russian agent. The 50-year-old Fishenko is a U.S. and Russian citizen. He owned Houston-based Arc Electronics Inc. Prosecutors say he led a scheme that evaded strict export controls for micro-electronics commonly used in missile guidance systems, detonation triggers and radar systems. Prosecutors say his company shipped about $50 million worth of technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012. In other Russian-related news, a Russian government-owned news site Sputnik has reported that the Kremlin is building a nuclear space bomber that should be flight-ready by 2020.
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A 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud.
According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious, he decided to investigate.
Now I know my friend; he’s a smart guy, so I don’t really see him liking tons of this (frankly) crap content,” Kjaer wrote. “I decided to go down the rabbit hole and see what this was all about.”
He discovered a website with adult content that said he needed to verify his age by installing a Google Chrome extension. He then analyzed the extension’s metadata and found that it was concealing malware that would hijack a victim’s Facebook account to generate false likes for a click fraud campaign.
“As soon as I found out about the extension, I told [my friend] to uninstall it, log out and then log in again to his Facebook account to gain new access tokens,” Kjaer told SC Magazine. “My friend told me that I was the first to notice it. He immediately unliked everything that the malware had liked for him, and I definitely think that he was glad to have it gone.”
If you notice one of your Facebook friends posting fishy links like this, do them a favor and let them know. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your own likes to make sure they’re really your own. As always, be careful what apps or browser extensions you choose to install!
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Mozilla has announced that it plans to discontinue support for Flash in Firefox. Starting next month, Firefox will block Flash content “that is not essential to the user experience.” Also, starting sometime in 2017, the browser will require click-to-activate approval from users before a website activates the Flash plugin for any content. In a blogpost, the company writes:Mozilla and the Web as a whole have been taking steps to reduce the need for Flash content in everyday browsing. Over the past few years, Firefox has implemented Web APIs to replace functionality that was formerly provided only by plugins. This includes audio/video playback and streaming capabilities, clipboard integration, fast 2D and 3D graphics, WebSocket networking, and microphone/camera access. As websites have switched from Flash to other web technologies, the plugin crash rate in Firefox has dropped significantly. […] We continue to work closely with Adobe to deliver the best possible Flash experience for our users.
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KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT ‘family’ is still very much alive. A group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. The new home doesn’t offer any torrents, however, and it’s still doubtful if the site will ever be restored to its full glory.
With an active community and millions of regular visitors, KickassTorrents was much more than a site to leech the latest torrents from. Many considered it to be their virtual home.
This ended abruptly last week, following the arrest of its alleged founder in Poland. A criminal complaint from the U.S. Government revealed that the entire operation had been compromised by the Department of Homeland Security.
Although not all domain names and servers were seized, the site quickly disappeared and after nearly a week there is still no sign of life. At least, not at the original site.
Over the past few days, several members of the KAT team have regrouped in an effort to get the community part of the site back up. Since then they have launched Katcr.co, which hosts a forum where several staffers are present.
Speaking on behalf of the KAT-team that’s left, Mr.Black says that the criminal investigation won’t be the end of the community.
“We need to remember that Kickass Torrents is not simply about uploading, the heart and soul of KAT is our members, which are family and family is important as we all know. Nothing can ever take that away and no matter what happens we will not let our community down.”
“We guarantee that KAT will continue in one form or another and we will come back stronger than ever,” Mr.Black adds.
The forum, created by Mr.Prairi3DoG, has already gathered thousands of visitors over the past few days and continues to grow. While many of the original team members are present, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the original site will be restored as well.
TorrentFreak has learned that remaining “KAT team” doesn’t have access to the original code. They are mainly people who kept the site clean and in order, in the role of moderator or administrator, and who have no contact with the alleged site owner.
However, if the “owners” of the site would like to make a comeback, they will have the support of the KAT team that’s now trying to keep the community alive.
“Should the business owners choose to revive KAT then they will have our full support,” Mr.Black says.
He further notes that the site was taken down “under dubious circumstances” and calls the charges against the alleged operator “murky” at best. “No copyrighted material was ever stored on Kickass Torrents and the site was fully DMCA compliant,” Mr.Black says.
For now, the forum will give estranged KAT users a place to get together once again. However, many are also still looking for alternatives, with various KAT mirrors growing in popularity.
The KAT team has noticed this as well, but warns that none of these are connected to the old team, urging people to proceed with caution.
“Please be aware that there is no legitimate fully-working KAT site available so be cautious and never attempt to login to any fake sites that may appear online,” Mr.Black warns.
Meanwhile, the alleged operator of KickassTorrents faces extradition to the United States. As far as we know he still remains in Poland, but the authorities haven’t announced any new information since last week, while the court case remains sealed.
Authentication shows bright, secure future defined by options and combinations
Microsoft is unifying its various authenticator apps into a single Microsoft Authenticator one that will begin rolling out to consumers and business users as of August 15.