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Hackers are using Trump’s election fraud conspiracy to break into U.S. government agencies
May 28, 2021 at 10:59 pm 0
The SolarWinds hackers are at it again. And they're weaponizing Donald Trump's Big Lie to carry out their attacks. Microsoft is warning of a new "sophisticated" email attack it has uncovered from the Russia-linked actors behind last year's massive SolarWinds hack, Nobelium. The 2020 attack on the software vendor is considered to be one of the worst data breaches ever. The new attack, according to the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, targets U.S. government agencies, military, IT service providers, think tanks, NGOs, telecommunications companies, and health technology and research organizations. Read more...More about Hackers, Donald Trump, Tech, Politics, and Cybersecurity
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Laura Loomer says Clubhouse banned her just five hours after she joined the app
May 8, 2021 at 7:46 pm 0
Laura Loomer, the far right internet personality-turned-failed Congressional candidate, has been banned from yet another social media platform. This time, Loomer has been suspended from ClubhouseBusiness Insider first noticed the suspension. "Your account has been suspended for violating our violence policy," reads the notice Loomer received from Clubhouse, a screenshot of which she posted on her Telegram channel. According to Loomer, she joined the platform on Friday at 9pm ET and participated in a chat called “App Store Hate Speech Double Standard: Parler Vs. Clubhouse - Republicans & Conservatives.” Read more...More about Clubhouse, Laura Loomer, Tech, Social Media Companies, and Politics
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How shady companies got millions of names for fake anti-net neutrality comments
May 6, 2021 at 7:24 pm 0
Entered an online contest lately? Congrats! You could have unwittingly supported the repeal of net neutrality. In 2017, the Trump-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) solicited public comments over whether it should repeal the Obama-era rule that established net neutrality (which it did in 2018)Net neutrality is the concept that internet providers have to treat all website traffic equally, and can't create "fast lanes" or "slow lanes" for different companies and customers.  New information in a report from the New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has revealed how people on both sides of the issue manipulated the digital comment submission process. Read more...More about Fraud, Net Neutrality, Tech, Politics, and Activism
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Sex trafficking investigation into Matt Gaetz and friend digs up their tech fails
April 2, 2021 at 1:48 pm 0
We now have the digital receipts and it appears Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz and his former tax collector friend don't understand the concepts of "consequences," "technology," "digital paper trails," the "laws of the United States of America," or, more generally, "ethics."  The Justice Department is reportedly investigating the staunch Trump ally's connections to a scheme that included paying for sex, sex trafficking, and paying for sex with a minor, according to the New York Times. The Times has reviewed Apple Pay and Cash App receipts that show Gaetz and his friend paid women, who later told their friends it was for sex. The Times also viewed text messages with further details about the investigation. The Justice Department inquiry reportedly launched during the waning days of the Trump administration. Read more...More about Matt Gaetz, Tech, and Politics
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TikTok's algorithm is sending users down a far-right extremist rabbit hole
March 28, 2021 at 12:56 pm 0
TikTok's recommendations algorithm is sending users down a far right wing rabbit hole QAnon. Patriot Party, Oath Keepers. Three Percenters. Videos promoting these far right wing movements are all banned on TikTok. Yet the viral app's recommendations algorithm keeps pushing accounts that promote these groups and movements anyway.  According to a new report by the media monitoring group Media Matters for America, TikTok's user recommendation algorithm is pushing its users toward accounts with the kinds of far-right views that are supposedly prohibited on the platform. The report found that TikTok is still promoting content from QAnon, Patriot Party, Oath Keepers, and Three Percenters accounts on the platform's "For You" page. The For You page is where TikTok's algorithm sends content it believes each specific user would like.  Read more...More about Right Wing, Tiktok, Tech, Social Media Companies, and Politics
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What is Rumble, Donald Trump Jr.’s new favorite online video platform?
February 24, 2021 at 7:31 am 0
While former president Donald Trump may no longer be posting after being banned from most major social media sites, his oldest son is testing the waters at one of the newest video conservative-friendly video platforms: Rumble. Last week, Donald Trump Jr. began posting daily videos to Rumble. It’s not just video uploads either. Don Jr. has also been promoting Rumble on other platforms too. Over the past week, he has repeatedly used his Twitter account to boast about the "level playing field" Rumble provides for conservative content. Over the weekend, the eldest Trump child even posted a video explaining why he would be using Rumble for his video content from now on. Read more...More about Social Media, Conservative, Donald Trump Jr., Tech, and Politics
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Entertainment, Entertainment, Politics
Stephen Colbert roasts Jeff Bezos after Amazon CEO steps down
February 3, 2021 at 4:03 am 0
Stephen Colbert's Tuesday night monologue was largely focussed on politics, but he did find time to go over the news that Amazon's Jeff Bezos would be stepping down as CEO — and join in with the flurry of jokes already been cracked online. "Before leaving office he will be cocooned in bubble wrap and put in a box eight times his size," says the Late Show host in the clip above. "Maybe throw in a little SD card, something like that." Colbert goes on to talk about Bezos' extreme wealth, citing a report that claimed he "could have given all 876,000 Amazon employees a $105,000 bonus and still have been as wealthy as he was before the pandemic." Read more...More about The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Entertainment, Politics, and Talk Show
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YouTube removes Trump's latest video, blocks channel from posting for seven days
January 13, 2021 at 12:21 am 0
It's been a bad week for President Donald Trump's socials. First he was unceremoniously dumped by his longtime paramour Twitter. Then Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch blocked him. Now YouTube has jumped into the fray, banning the president's channel after it breached the website's moderation policies. "After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies," YouTube announced via its official press Twitter on Tuesday. "It now has its 1st strike & is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a *minimum* of 7 days." Read more...More about Youtube, Donald Trump, Tech, Politics, and Big Tech Companies
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Seth Meyers excoriates Republicans calling for 'healing' after Capitol attack
January 12, 2021 at 12:27 am 0
Seth Meyers has never been one to mince words in his "Closer Look" segments, always opening and closing it with succinct, clear summations of Where Things Are At Right Now. On Monday night, he opened thusly: "The sitting President of the United States is the leader of a violent insurrectionist movement who incited a seditious mob of right wing terrorists to ransack the Capitol and overthrow American democracy, and every day that he remains in office, he's a threat to continue inciting violence and breaking the law, including possibly pardoning himself and others. Impeachment and removal are the bare minimum we should expect from our elected leaders." Read more...More about Late Night With Seth Meyers, Entertainment, Talk Show, and Politics
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What is Signal? The basics of the most secure messaging app.
January 11, 2021 at 12:02 am 0
Existing Signal users might be getting more notifications than usual. “Jack is on Signal,” “Cathy is on Signal,” “Miriam is on Signal,” all pings showing phone contacts who are joining the secure messaging app. Those pings reflect the fact that there’s been an influx of new users. Known for its end-to-end encryption and independent structure as a non-profit organization run by a foundation — not a big tech company — Signal has previously been the communication method of choice for activists, people in the hacker community, and others concerned about privacy. Recently, it’s gone mainstream. Recently, Facebook-owned WhatsApp — which is end-to-end encrypted using Signal’s protocols — began issuing a privacy update notification to users making clear that it is sharing user data with Facebook (which it has actually been doing for years). That’s led people to look elsewhere for a secure communications app, helped along by Elon Musk’s Jan. 7 tweet which
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