How Social Media Stifles Free Speech

Even more problematic is that those platforms are free to delete the pages and posts of users they deem to have violated whatever they decide are "community standards." This includes judging content supportive of, for example, restricting migration in Europe. Facebook, for example, also often permits real hate speech while banning websites that expose this …

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Digital Heroin: Screens are Turning Kids into Junkies

Are iPads, smartphones and Xboxes a form of digital drug? Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex exactly like cocaine. The frontal cortex controls executive functioning, including impulse control. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — …

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#Vault7: CIA’s Secret Cyberweapon can Infiltrate World’s Most Secure Networks

WikiLeaks’ latest release in its Vault7 series details how the CIA’s alleged ‘Brutal Kangaroo’ program is being used to penetrate the most secure networks in the world. Brutal Kangaroo, a tool suite for Microsoft Windows, targets closed air gapped networks by using thumb drives, according to WikiLeaks. Air gapping is a security measure employed on …

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Watching You While You Browse: How the CIA has been Hacking Your Router

Wi-Fi routers typically sit in dusty corners of homes and offices, quietly transmitting internet accessibility to computers, tablets and phones in its immediate vicinity. However, these unpretentious devices are a goldmine for hackers – and were specifically targeted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the latest Wikileaks release has revealed. The release is the latest …

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Goodness Gracious, Great Chinese ‘Fireball’ Malware Infects 250m Systems Worldwide

A strain of Chinese browser-hijacking malware dubbed Fireball has infected 250 million computers. The malware takes over web browsers and turns them into zombies, security firm Check Point warns. Fireball is capable of executing any code on the infected machines, resulting in a wide range of actions from stealing credentials to dropping additional software nasties. …

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7 in 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data with Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn’t surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy, like using …

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New WiFi Tech can See Through Walls and Map the Inside of a Building in “20 to 30 Seconds”

Most of us don’t pay much attention to the WiFi routers in our homes. It’s an innocuous technology that we all take for granted, and we don’t really think about unless it’s not working properly. However, WiFi has a unique property that might make you reconsider a land line. Like many frequencies on the electromagnetic …

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China Becomes First Country to Lift ‘Combustible Ice’ From Ocean Floor

China has managed to successfully mine combustible ice in the South China Sea after nearly two decades of research and exploration. The trial mining site is situated in the Shenhu area of the South China Sea. It is a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution, according to China’s Minister of Land …

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WannaCry XXL? 2nd Even Bigger Global Cyber Attack Already Underway

As the world reels from the WannaCry ransomware attack, it’s now emerged that a second, potentially larger attack, is already under way. It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime. Cyber bandits have again deployed both the EternalBlue and DoublePulsar exploits developed and used by the …

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