China Is Creating a Database of Its Citizens’ Voices to Boost its Surveillance Capability: Report

[insert page=’article-link’ display=’content’] Joseph Hincks TIME The Chinese government has collected tens of thousands of “voice pattern” samples from targeted citizens and is inputting them into a national voice biometric database, according to a Human Rights Watch report published Monday. The idea is that an automated system, thought to still be in development, will use the database to pick out individual voices in telephone and other conversations, … Continue reading China Is Creating a Database of Its Citizens’ Voices to Boost its Surveillance Capability: Report

Real-ID allows police to control ‘fundamental aspects of our daily lives’

Mass Private I

Thanks to Real-ID, DHS has created a national ID system right under everyone’s noses.

According to the above video, Tennessee is ‘Spreading the Good Word’ that DHS now has the power to suspend and revoke anyone’s drivers license or identification card. Continue reading “Real-ID allows police to control ‘fundamental aspects of our daily lives’”

Cities are getting paid to turn street lights into spying SmartNodes

Mass Private I [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnAh4dJfa4I%5B/embedyt%5D The future of privacy in big cities is bleak, cities are now getting paid to convert street lights into spying SmartNodes. What are SmartNodes? SmartNodes will soon replace street lights, because they are equipped with cameras, microphones, speakers etc., all-in-one light pole. The city of Los Angeles, Calfornia is working with Phillips Lighting and ENE-HUB to turn 110,000 street lights into a one-of-a-kind citywide SmartNode surveillance … Continue reading Cities are getting paid to turn street lights into spying SmartNodes

China to build giant facial recognition database to identify any citizen within seconds

Project aims to achieve an accuracy rate of 90 per cent but faces formidable technological hurdles and concerns about security South China Morning Post The goal is for the system to able to match someone’s face to their ID photo with about 90 per cent accuracy. The project, launched by the Ministry of Public Security in 2015, is under development in conjunction with a security … Continue reading China to build giant facial recognition database to identify any citizen within seconds

Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts

Andy Pasztor
The Wall Street Journal

For drone users, Hurricane Harvey is likely to be the event that propelled unmanned aircraft to become an integral part of government and corporate disaster-recovery efforts.

In the first six days after the storm hit, the Federal Aviation Administration issued more than 40 separate authorizations for emergency drone activities above flood-ravaged Houston and surrounding areas. They ranged from inspecting roadways to checking railroad tracks to assessing the condition of water plants, oil refineries and power lines. Continue reading “Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts”

Robocop Reality: Massive Military Drones Could Start Replacing Police Helicopters

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According to the defense contractor that developed the Predator and Reaper drones for the United States military’s operations in the Middle East, drones will have begun to replace piloted law enforcement helicopters by the year 2025.

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On Monday, it was reported that the contractor, General Atomics (GA), is pressing hard for the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to change its regulations on unmanned flight over American soil. Continue reading “Robocop Reality: Massive Military Drones Could Start Replacing Police Helicopters”

Big Tech and Big Government Censoring the Internet. Who’s Next?

Alex Newman New American Since the orchestrated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the establishment effort to censor the Internet has gone into overdrive. It started with the take down of unsavory white supremacist, neo-Nazi-type websites such as the Daily Stormer — it always starts with the easy targets. Google and GoDaddy, a hosting service, practically banned the site from the Internet. Then it was Stormfront, another … Continue reading Big Tech and Big Government Censoring the Internet. Who’s Next?

Spying on the spies: State surveillance of Britons now being monitored

RT A new watchdog charged with regulating state surveillance has started work, with the aim of keeping in check the state’s ability to spy on its own citizens. Lord Justice Fulford has taken office as the first investigatory powers commissioner (IPC), amalgamating the three watchdog roles which had previously overseen surveillance powers in the UK. His role was created by the controversial Investigatory Powers Act, … Continue reading Spying on the spies: State surveillance of Britons now being monitored

Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS

Tara Seals
InfoSecurity

The NeutrinoPOS banking trojan, a constantly evolving malware thanks to its source code having been posted online last spring, has a new form, ominously dubbed Jimmy Nukebot.

Interestingly, it’s no longer in the banking business. Rather, it’s designed to help bad actors do so much more.

“The authors seriously rewrote the trojan—the main body was restructured, the functions were moved to the modules,” explained Kaspersky Lab researcher Sergey Yunakovsky, in an analysis. “The trojan has completely lost the functionality for stealing bank-card data from the memory of an infected device; now, its task is limited solely to receiving modules from a remote node and installing them into the system.”

Those modules contain the payloads, which notably include web injects (which can perform functions similar to those in NeutrinoPOS, like taking screenshots, setting up proxy servers and so on); and a large number of updates for the main module in various droppers. Continue reading “Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS”

TSA facial biometric body scanners and government watchlists being used in train stations

MassPrivate I The TSA is winning the war on Americans minds as commuters are being tricked into giving away their rights without a fight. The above video warns that facial recognition body scanners are coming to a train station near you…  “Soon you might have to pass through one of these to get to your train or subway.” Last week, the TSA  Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority … Continue reading TSA facial biometric body scanners and government watchlists being used in train stations