Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Secret Service should be concerned. This would also allow tracking of the President’s limo in real time.
Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of DC's outdoor surveillance cameras
Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, as part of an extortion scheme, according to federal court documents.
In a criminal complaint filed last week in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US government alleges that the two Romanian hackers operating outside the United States infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras operated by DC city police — that's 123 cameras out of 187 in the city. The alleged hacking occurred during a four-day period in early January.
The hacking suspects, Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru, are also accused of using the computers behind the surveillance cameras to distribute ransomware through spam emails, according to an affidavit by Secret Service agent James Graham in support of the government's criminal complaint.

You can opt-out of getting notices, but Facebook sill knows.
Facebook's New Facial Recognition Feature Is Unnerving Privacy Experts (and Maybe You Too)
In its newest feature, announced on Tuesday, social media giant Facebook disclosed that it can now let you know when a photo of you has been posted – even if you don't get tagged in the photo. Since new facial recognition technology is currently being added to devices and applications everywhere – Apple's iPhone X is the perfect example here – it comes as no great surprise that Facebook would be next to incorporate some kind of facial scanning in its own platform.
The new feature is meant to act as a control measure for one's image, ultimately, as users can now pinpoint exactly where and how they show up, all across social media. Although this is the first official announcement that the company is moving more intensely towards facial technology -- and perhaps farther away from previous forms of individual security as it skews more towards control over one's presence – facial recognition has long been a part of Facebook's platform.

“Of course this has noting to do with Net Neutrality. We raise prices because we hold a monopoly in Houston. The Net Neutrality raises come later, when the alternative is degraded access to Facebook.”
Comcast, DirecTV, Dish all raising rates in January
Comcast has told its customers in the Houston area that it will be raising rates for many of its cable TV and internet products, starting with their January 2018 bill.
… Dish TV also plans increases next month, according to Multichannel News, which covers the cable TV industry.
… The Comcast and Dish hikes come just days after the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to repeal net neutrality rules. (The AT&T/DirecTV hike was announced Dec. 6.) Mark Vena, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said while the hikes may not be related to the FCC's action, it doesn't look good.
"The timing is auspicious, I'll say that," Vena said. "Given the monumental announcement the FCC just made, it is just odd to me that they would do this in the wake of it."
Vena said that while cable and internet providers do indeed face increasing costs, "this is not the kind of Christmas present people want."

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