Science

Amazon Echo is the ultimate spy device that records everything you say

The world’s largest retailer is under fire for releasing a device that, according to some experts, is little more than a spying tool for government surveillance. The “Amazon Echo” device, a constantly-listening Bluetooth speaker that connects to music streaming services like Pandora and Spotify at the sound of a person’s voice, can be easily hacked and used by government agencies like the FBI to listen in on conversations.

Much like Apple’s iPhone, which contains a listening apparatus via “Siri” that can be activated in a room simply by speaking out loud, the Amazon Echo is programmed to listen for certain verbal commands telling it to turn on, for instance, or to connect to a certain app. Amazon says the device contains “far-field voice recognition” that can hear a person’s voice across the room, even while music is playing.

Not only does the Amazon Echo respond to commands, but it can even answer questions and read audiobooks aloud, as well as providing other on-demand services at a user’s verbal prompting. One can even control lighting in a house or adjust a programmable, WiFi-enabled thermostat like the Nest via an Amazon Echo, which for many people who are too lazy to perform these tasks using human cognition is a dream come true.

But this dream comes at a price, warn skeptics who’ve investigated the capability of the Amazon Echo to spy on people and deliver information to hackers or even government officials. Writing for ZD Net, Zack Whittaker explains that Amazon Echo’s transparency reports fail to outline everywhere where data from the device is sent, listing only Amazon’s cloud services as a source of data storage.

Is Amazon selling your family’s privacy to the federal government?

And yet, Amazon’s transparency reports admit that the company is routinely handed subpoenas, search warrants and court orders demanding information about users from government agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Amazon has yet to indicate how many of these requests have actually been fulfilled, and those seeking answers have yet to find them.

“In many ways the Echo is a law enforcement dream,” writes Matt Novak for Paleo Future, a division of Gizmodo. Novak filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI back in March to find out if the federal agency had ever wiretapped an Amazon Echo, to which the agency responded that it could “neither confirm nor deny” – essentially an admission of guilt.

“Years ago agencies like the FBI would need to wiretap a phone conversation or place bugs inside homes, practices that can be cost prohibitive and labor intensive. Today, you just need some software to tap into a device’s microphone. And if that device is ‘always listening’ for a command, all the better for someone who wants to hear what’s going on.”

As of this writing, Amazon has reportedly sold some 3 million Amazon Echo speakers to unsuspecting consumers who apparently don’t mind that they’re basically paying a multinational corporation to spy on them, and possibly hand over private conversations and other information, including purchase information, music preferences and more to marketers and government infiltrators.

Smartphones and laptop computers really aren’t much better, as most of these devices these days contain both microphones and cameras that we know are capable of recording when they aren’t activated – and in some cases, when they’re not even on.

Just as important as knowing what might be hiding in our electronic devices is knowing what’s hiding in our food. The new book Food Forensics by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, tackles this subject by exploring the additives, preservatives and other toxins hiding in food and destroying our collective health – and how to avoid them!

Via Natural News

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Politics

Global pedophilia rings exposed and arrested – Where’s U.S. press coverage?

“Pizzagate” is a familiar pop culture buzzword and everyone probably knows what it means or that it is affiliated with sexual abuse of children, especially in Washington, DC.

However, there has been breaking news about world-wide arrests regarding pedophilia, but the U.S. media and television—other than CBS journalist Ben Swann in Atlanta, Georgia—have not investigated the problem to expose it and its perpetrators.?

In Canada, a recent Project Spade press conference took place, which you can listen to here.

The U.S. Postal Service was represented at the Toronto press conference.  How come the U.S. press has not covered that international event?  Some children as young as five years old were involved.  What a scourge upon society!  By the way, have you heard the rumblings that some want to have pedophilia made legal?  What is wrong with society?

How high up the professional ladders do these sick activities go; who will be exposed and how soon—barring none at any level of involvement, including the swamp in Washington, DC, which has been alleged to be crawling with pedophiles in all levels of government.  Why isn’t the U.S. media investigating and reporting on it?  What say you Washington Post?

Here’s coverage of a California pedophilia bust, which ought to make people wonder why it wasn’t national front page news plus a short clip on the DA’s press conference on sexual exploitation arrests across southern California.

Lastly, a huge pedophilia-sex operation was exposed in Norway.  Did you hear anything about that on the nightly news?  Here’s some of the information that surfaced:

Norwegian police have filed charges against 51 people suspected of various kinds of abuse of children including babies. Even the future abuse of yet unborn children was discussed in the country’s largest ever pedophile ring. [1] [CJF emphasis added]

Truly one of the sick, sad and pathetic parts about pedophilia is those who are educated and should know better.

Several perpetrators were obviously familiar to their immediate environments. Family and friends reacted with shock when they were arrested. Perpetrators come from all walks of life, many of them have a higher education, possess high IT skills and have used encryption to hide their tracks,” prosecutor Janne Ringset Heltne told NRK. [1]   [CJF emphasis added]

Abuse of children at any level, in any form/format, including vaccines neurotoxic ingredients, has to stop, and all responsible government agencies must be made to deal with it whether they like it or not, or want to or not, since, apparently, many at the top may be involved.

Via Activist Post

References:

[1] https://sputniknews.com/europe/201611241047790760-norway-pedophile-ring-busted/

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
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Conspiracy

A LOOK AT MUBARAK’S RED CARPET

After six years, Egypt’s Mubarak is free but Arab Spring protestors are still in jail

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Cryptozoology

Top 5 Incredible Stories From Mulder’s World [3-12-2017]

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Here are some fascinating stories from MuldersWorld.com, the front page of the strange and unexplained:
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Science

You know those new chips in your credit card? They’re failing you miserably

Americans have spent much of 2016 lamenting the addition of chips into their credit and debit cards. In exchange for the extra few moments consumers spend checking out, however, they are promised enhanced security to protect their accounts.

But a new discovery unveiled Wednesday by professional hackers at the Black Hat USA summit in Las Vegas called into question the supposed ironclad security of the new chips, which are referred to as EMV technology.

Retailers and banks began replacing regular magnetic stripe card readers with EMV last October after credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard threatened to hold them responsible for false charges made on cards during magnetic strip transactions. The mandate came amid high-profile breaches of retailers like Home Depot and Target.

In spite of industry assurances that EMV guarantees more security, computer security experts at the payment technology company, NCR, unveiled a basic, albeit glaring, security flaw.

According to CNNMoney, which first reported the discovery, when a consumer swipes the magnetic stripe of a card with a chip in it, the magnetic reader is programmed to alert the payment machine. The machine then prompts the consumer to insert their card into the chip reader, instead. But according to NCR, hackers can rewrite the code of the magnetic stripe so the card appears to be chipless.

As CNNMoney noted, “This allows them to keep counterfeiting — just like they did before the nationwide switch to chip cards.”

The reason for this security hole, according to the experts, is that retailers are not encrypting their transactions. “There’s a common misperception EMV solves everything. It doesn’t,” said Patrick Watson, one of NCR’s researchers.

Indeed, retailers grumbled at the roughly $25 billion they were forced to spend upgrading their machines to comply with Visa and Mastercard’s demands for chip readers. In fact, according to MarketWatch, in March retailers in California filed a federal lawsuit claiming the banking industry was attempting to shift the costs of identity theft onto retailers. Identity theft is a pervasive problem in America, where in 2016, as much as $15 billion has already been stolen from consumers, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Part of the problem with the new EMV readers is that retailers aren’t encrypting transactions conducted on their new machines. But much of the blame belongs to the companies that make the EMV readers.

The two main manufacturers, Ingenico and Verifone, said their products come with point-to-point encryption options but noted retailers must turn them on.

But as CNNMoney pointed out:

[P]ayment terminal makers keep producing machines that don’t have the encryption by default. And vendors who sell and install these machines at shops don’t simply flip the switch and turn on encryption. Retailers have to pay extra for basic security.

Currently, retailers focus their attention on protecting their computer systems. “But that leaves the actual conversation between your credit card and the machine in plain text, readable to any hacker who breaks into the system,” CNNMoney explained.

Randy Vanderhoof, director of the U.S. Payments Forum, admitted, “If the data on the magnetic stripe is altered it might fool the terminal.” But he added that the system would “reject the transaction” on the backend.

Vanderhoof’s reassurances are questionable considering the new finding is only the latest to question the efficacy of chip technology. Security experts have continually poked holes in it, and even the European version of the technology, referred to as Chip-n-Pin and regarded as superior to its American counterpart, has deeply-rooted flaws.

In March, prior to the NCR researchers’ discovery of the latest security shortcoming, “two small Florida stores filed a lawsuit seeking class action status, saying their bill for fraudulent transactions has increased perhaps 20-fold since the October deadline and the EMV delay — playing out in smaller stores across the country — is costing them big money,” MarketWatch reported.

In fact, as of March, the majority of retailers who had purchased the new card readers were yet to actually employ the technology, opting to stay with the magnetic stripe reader, instead. Though five million EMV readers had been purchased, only one million were in use.

As credit card security efforts continue to fall short, CNNMoney reported the experts from NRC “advised shops to ‘encrypt everything’ in a transaction. They also said consumers should pay with special apps on their phones and watches whenever the high tech option is available.”

Via Anti-Media

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