The National Security Agency had been aware of the recently discovered Heartbleed vulnerability for more than two years and did nothing to inform consumers, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg claimed that the NSA exploited Heartbleed — a flaw in common Internet encryption that left passwords and other vital information visible to and obtainable by hackers — to collect intelligence on web surfers.
Bloomberg cited “two people familiar with the matter”; the NSA declined to comment through a spokesperson. Many on Twitter expressed outrage at the report, arguing that the NSA’s silence left Internet users vulnerable to cyber-attacks, despite the agency’s mandate to keep Americans safe.
Researchers with Google and security firm Codenomicon discovered the Heartbleed bug earlier this week, warning that it had existed for more than two years. Since then, many popular affected websites, including Yahoo and Tumblr, have patched the bug and urged visitors to change their passwords to protect themselves.
Also on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security warned banks and other businesses that hackers may try to use the Heartbleed bug to steal critical data.
UPDATE: The NSA Public Affairs Office Twitter account sent out the following statement, claiming the agency had no knowledge of Heartbleed until it was uncovered this week.
The NSC also released a longer statement, which you can read here, completely disavowing the Bloomberg report, claiming that “[i]f the Federal government, including the intelligence community, had discovered this vulnerability prior to last week, it would have disclosed to the community…”
“It is in the national interest to responsibly disclose the vulnerability rather than to hold it for an investigative or intelligence purpose.”
Here it IS – if you missed it – or like those of us in Atlanta – had clouds blocking your view…
That right! Its my Moon now!
The next tetrad will begin in 2032.
Turn your gaze to the stars tonight for an eerie and spectacular view of the “blood moon.” At 12:53 a.m. ET, the Earth will begin to position itself between the sun and the moon for the first of a series of four total eclipses to conclude in September 2015.
The phenomenon is known as a tetrad, in which the moon is completely covered by the earth’s umbral shadow for four eclipses in a row, as opposed to only partial eclipses that fall in the outer penumbra. But rather than succumbing to complete darkness, the moon will glow red as it receives the refracted light that spills over the Earth’s circumference.
The series is a rare occurrence in history, with large spans of time, such as the 300 years between 1600 and 1900, witnessing none. But the 21st century will be more promising, according to Fred Espenak, who works for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and specializes in eclipse predictions.
“Frequency sort of goes through 585-year cycles,” the astrophysicist explains. “So you go through centuries where you don’t have any, and centuries where you have a number of them.”
Texas televangelist pastor John Hagee sees the four blood moons as evidence of a future “world-shaking event,” possibly the beginning of the end of the world.
The controversial 73-year-old founder of Texas’ Cornerstone Church says he has been preparing for the tetrad for years. The preparation includes a book — Blood Moons: Something is About to Change and an online TV special Tuesday.
“What is the prophetic significance (of the four blood moons)? Is this the end of the age?” Hagee asked his congregation during a sermon shortly after his book was released, Christianity Today reports.
He cites Acts 2:19-20 as a sign: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
Hagee, who sees the tetrad as particularly meaningful for Israel, says previous tetrads, in 1492, 1948 and 1967, coincided with such events as the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the Inquisition, statehood for Israel, and the Six-Day War.
We have been advocating THIS for many years now. Why did this take so long? The agenda of the US Navy is obviously skewed (protecting corporate interests abroad…) and most likely, private companies cannot compete with subsidized entities such as the Militarily, and BIG energy corps. Regardless, This is a Huge step forward
Hydrogen + Hemp vs OIL + Nuclear ?
The U.S. Navy has developed a new process for generating jet fuel out of ordinary seawater — thanks to technology that could be widely deployed in as little as a decade.
Described as a “game-changer” by officials, the new process extracts carbon dioxide and produces hydrogen gas from seawater, and transforms it into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel thats already been successfully tested in an unmodified two-stroke internal combustion engine.
That means none of the ships making up the Navy’s full fleet will need to be retrofitted or updated to use the fuel.
The Naval Research Laboratory began the project in 2011 and reports it could be commercially viable within seven to 10 years at a stable production cost between $3-6 dollars per gallon.
Without the fluctuating cost of oil prices and shortages or the time-consuming refueling process of meeting oil tankers, Navy ships equipped with the tech could join the nuclear-fueled aircraft carriers and submarines that stay deployed for years at a time.
“We are in very challenging times where we really do have to think in pretty innovative ways to look at how we create energy, how we value energy and how we consume it,” Vice Admiral Philip Cullom said in a Daily Mail report. “‘We need to challenge the results of the assumptions that are the result of the last six decades of constant access to cheap, unlimited amounts of fuel.”
“Basically, we’ve treated energy like air, something that’s always there and that we don’t worry about too much. But the reality is that we do have to worry about it.”
Researchers hope the fuel will also power aircraft, as was demonstrated in the fuel’s first test of a radio-controlled, small scale replica of a WWII P-51 Mustang fighter airplane.
In the next step toward adoption, researchers will begin working on methods of producing the fuel in mass quantities and partner with several universities to improve the method of extraction to pull even more gases out of seawater.
“Developing a game-changing technology like this, seawater to fuel, really is something that reinvents a lot of the way we can do business when you think about logistics, readiness,” Collum said.
“It’s a huge milestone for us.”
This is Exactly the kind of thing that Freescale (Blackstone Group / Carlyle) are working on. These techs were on Flight 370. What they might’ve know about this?
Also, This “PILL” was included in the initial version of ACA (Obamacare) it was taken out. (Allegedly)
Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Duncan, has unveiled a super small, Ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of authentication,” she calls it, also called an electronic tattoo, which takes NSA spying to whole new levels. She talks of the ‘mechanical mismatch problem between machines and humans,’ and specifically targets 10 – 20 year olds in her rant about the wonderful qualities of this new technology that can stretch in the human body and still be functional.
Hailed as a ‘critical shift for research and medicine, ’ these biochips would not only allow full access to insurance companies and government agencies to our pharmaceutical med-taking compliancy (or lack thereof), but also a host of other aspects of our lives which are truly none of their business, and certainly an extension of the removal of our freedoms and rights.
The New York Times writes:
“These biochips look like the integrated circuits in a personal computer, but instead of containing tiny semiconductors, they are loaded with bits of actual DNA that make up genes or fragments of genes. Inserted in a PC-sized analytical instrument, the chips allow scientists to perform thousands of biochemical experiments at a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional tests.”
With bio-tech’s track record of hybridizing genes in our food and trees as GMO, why should we give them full access to our entire genetic makeup? With a satellite or the click of a button, these tiny micro-chips could also be set to begin our own demise, or even control our minds.
And the fact that microchipping has even been mentioned or considered in health care bills is insane:
“This new Health Care (Obamacare) law requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: ‘Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment”. It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it…’”
This is not a new idea - Dr. Jose M.R. Delgado, Director of Neuropsychiatry Yale University Medical School Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118 February 24, 1974 discusses it extensively in a paper in which he states, “Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain.”
Is this the kind of mind that is creating bio-tech warfare in the form of GMOs, chemtrails, and vaccines? Don’t sign me up for micro-chipping or high-tech tattoos. I trust the medical establishment and biotech about as far as I can throw a rotten, cancer-causing GMO apple.
Brazil’s public prosecutor wants to suspend use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pervasive herbicide Roundup. A recent study suggested glyphosate may be linked to a fatal kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions worldwide.
The Prosecutor General’s office is also pursuing bans on the herbicide 2,4-D and seven other active herbicide ingredients in addition to glyphosate: methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram, and paraquat, GMWatch reported.
Also can be used as a “Room 101″ Interrogation Technique….
A team of Yale researchers, led by a then-undergraduate student, have made an astonishing step forward in brain science. The (perhaps unsettling) breakthrough allows scientists to use a medical imaging machine and a well-trained algorithm to visually reconstruct faces seen by test subjects. As seen below, their technique returns some results with a truly astonishing level of accuracy. Oddly, their results seem to have been possible specifically because the brain processes faces in such a unique and distributed way. This study takes the field’s greatest and most intractable problem and leverages it to truly impressive effect.
Faces have historically been very difficult to see via the brain. Ever since brain scientists first found our visual processor (the occipital lobe, at the back of the head), they have tried to read and interpret its activity to reconstruct visual data. They reasoned that a detailed-enough model for how each “pixel” we see appears in the visual cortex would allow a one-to-one reconstruction — but that’s only true some of the time. When viewing images like buildings or furniture, simple and inherently unemotional objects, we see mostly with our eyes. When we view a human face, on the other hand, we “see” it in both the visual and emotional brains, evaluate it on a visual and a personal level, and look at it through rotating lenses of trust, safety, sex, and more.
To account of this, to see what participants saw – not just what information their eyes took in — the team pared down a set of training photos to a much smaller list of Eigenfaces, simplified facial maps that covered the majority of variation in the training faces despite being far less numerous and complex. The program then recorded and cross-referenced patterns of neural excitations in response to its Eigenfaces — and it took those readings both in and out of the occipital lobe. When the experimental “test faces” were shown to the same participants, their neural responses were reconstructed into a new Eigenface that fit best, if you will.
This research used functional MRI scans (fMRI), which tracks neuro-excitation in real-time. The results are the first direct reading of visual information from outside of the visual cortex, and as can be seen in the figure above, it provided powerful results. Both the “occipital” and “non-occipital” constructions are inferior to the image using whole-brain information. By looking at areas like the ventral temporal cortex, they hope to get a more detailed view of perception than ever before. The technology aims to read the image in your mind’s eye, as opposed to that seen by your physical eyes alone.
Modern functional MRI machines can see with truly exquisite detail.
Oddly enough, reconstructions of this quality would probably be impossible in a topic less complex than facial analysis. We see faces with a uniquely discerning eye and process them in more detail than we do virtually anything else. This attention provides more excitation for researchers to study, and easily identifiable responses that can be easily picked from regular resting brain activity. Faces are checked against memory, emotion, reason, intuition, and more. That’s a lot of data for scientists to exploit.
As a result, we have here a model for constructing subjective experiences along with more objective visual information. This could help in seeing how a mentally ill or impaired person sees things, from schizophrenics to autistic people and beyond. Neuro-imaging already allows scientists to watch brain activity in patients of all types, but the information gained is purely locational — a burst of activity in a certain part of the brain might imply fear or panic in an autistic person, for instance. With a more holistic approach to visual processing, though, we could see how that abstract brain activity affects perception by the conscious mind.
Medical imaging scanners are becoming more and more powerful, seeing increasing levels of detail, but that detail is only going to be useful when plugged into a larger conception of the brain’s interconnected nature. In the past, we’ve engaged almost entirely in the act of “brain reading.” This is one of the first truly successful attempts to read the mind instead.
Snowden sees ‘turning point’ in NSA reforms…………
Washington (AFP) – Fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Tuesday he sees a “turning point” in the surveillance reform plans unveiled by the White House and Congress.
Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents which provided details of vast US surveillance programs, gave a guarded welcome to a proposal from President Barack Obama to end bulk collection of telephone data.
“I believed that if the NSA’s unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans was known, it would not survive the scrutiny of the courts, the Congress, and the people,” Snowden said in a statement released through the American Civil Liberties Union, which is coordinating his legal representation.
“The very first open and adversarial court to ever judge these programs has now declared them ‘Orwellian’ and ‘likely unconstitutional,’” the statement said.
Snowden also made reference to the “USA Freedom Act,” a proposal introduced earlier this year, saying it offered “historic, albeit incomplete reforms.” (Fox guarding the Hen-house IMO)
He added that “President Obama has now confirmed that these mass surveillance programs, kept secret from the public and defended out of reflex rather than reason, are in fact unnecessary and should be ended.”
(also just in….. You can keep your doctor if you like him under ACA… and the War is over in Iraq… cough)
Snowden said, “This is a turning point, and it marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our rights from the NSA and restore the public’s seat at the table of government.”
The White House plan would keep the data outside of government while allowing access for national security reasons, officials said.
Key US lawmakers welcomed the proposal, and one group put forward new reform legislation along the same lines, with bipartisan support.
I liked Kurt Haskell’s reply to this story:
First of all, true whistleblowers don’t get mentioned in the press at all. They get ignored and treated as if they never existed. Anything supporting what a true whistleblower said, would slowly be erased off of the internet. Edward Snowden, on the other hand, is mentioned in an article by the mainstream media at least every other day. The U.S. Government propaganda website Yahoo, has him pictured and quoted constantly. The article below claims that Snowden now sees a turning point in the surveilance “reforms” proposed by the White House. This is just TOO FUNNY! The proposed reforms only make the collection of phone data that has been illegally acquired to be held by the phone companies and not in the Utah Data Center. So, even if we believe this, which we shouldn’t, it’s supposedly ok for the NSA to store all of our phone data with the phone companies? AS IF THIS MAKES ANY FREAKING DIFFERENCE AT ALL! Supposedly, Snowden thinks this is a major turning point!!! ahahahaha. Let’s put our thinking caps on for a minute……………Snowden had access to all of the information in the world. He supposedly knows about the multitude of illegal activities performed by the NSA. He exposes hardly any of them. He thinks it’s ok to collect all of phone data if it is not stored with the government. He thinks this announcement is a turning point, yet, nothing is done about the collection of banking records, credit card records, internet records, emails, texts, the monitoring of citizens with their computer cams and cell cams, etc. This Snowden guy gave up his posh life and posh job in Hawaii to be a patriot and he is SATISFIED with what was released today. I’m sorry, but if you give up your entire life over this NSA spying incident, you name names, you release documents, you push for jail for the offenders, you expose the media in the cover up, and you expose all of the corrupt government plots like 9-11 that have taken place. Only when you have given out all of your information will you possibly, maybe not even then, be satisfied.
Also, with Obama confident that he can legally execute political dissidents, what is the reason Snowden hasn’t been executed yet? Surely it could be accomplished by undercover CIA agents in Russia. Let me guess, just like the Malaysian plane, the NSA can find everything in the world except Edward Snowden. This is kind of like Bin Laden shortly after 9-11 when the U.S. Government couldn’t find him but a reporter could and did an interview. With Snowden, it’s even worse, he gives an interview every other day.
What’s especially troubling with this story is that Snowden was played up by the U.S. Government and the media as an anti-government hero/villain. Yet, now we see repetitive articles where Snowden is becoming accepting of the NSA and Supportive of Obama over this issue. If you look closely, you can really see the brainwashing taking place right before your eyes.
And this is just the Beginning!
One thousand feet above the ground a helicopter and a drone came close to a catastrophic collision that would have sent the copter and crew hurdling to the ground. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says the crew was forced to take evasive action to avoid a crash as the drone tracked towards them. As more and more drones are expected to navigate the skies, these accidents and near-misses may become more pervasive.
The helicopter’s chief pilot Michael De Winton said, “I mean, relative closing speed is pretty frightening when you’re in the helicopter, when you don’t know what you’re actually looking at and have no idea of the size. These drones and these little camera drones weigh quite a weight, and if one of those hit the helicopter we could have some serious problems.”
Indeed, De Winton admitted that it gave the crew quite a scare: “The momentum of two items at that speed will do some serious damage and could potentially bring the helicopter down as well, so you know we are very wary of things like that.”
The ATSB is investigating the incident as well as an incident involving a hot air balloon drifting into controlled airspace at Maitland.
Excerpted from Federal Register:
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes; Aircraft Electronic System Security Protection From Unauthorized Internal Access
The integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources and will have more interconnected networks and systems, such as passenger entertainment and information services than previous airplane models.
This may enable the exploitation of network security vulnerabilities and increased risks potentially resulting in unsafe conditions for the airplanes and occupants. This potential exploitation of security vulnerabilities may result in intentional or unintentional destruction, disruption, degradation, or exploitation of data and systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane.
The existing regulations and guidance material did not anticipate these types of system architectures. Furthermore, 14 CFR regulations and current system safety assessment policy and techniques do not address potential security vulnerabilities which could be exploited by unauthorized access to airplane networks and servers.
Therefore, these special conditions are being issued to ensure that the security (i.e., confidentiality, integrity, and availability) of airplane systems is not compromised by unauthorized wired or wireless electronic connections between the airplane information services domain, aircraft control domain, and the passenger entertainment services.
For the reasons discussed above, these special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
States wrestle with developing, restricting drones
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.
That tension is on display as more than 35 states consider drone legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The bills include ways to attract an industry that could generate billions and restrictions on drone use and data collection.
“It’s in its nascent form now, but it’s growing and will be growing in the future,” Steve Erickson, who leads a privacy watchdog group called Citizens Education Project, told Utah lawmakers recently.
The proposed legislation comes as states are awaiting clear federal guidance on drones. Many states have taken additional steps to lure the unmanned aircraft industry, such as trying to become a federal testing site, with hopes it will be a financial boon.
The balancing act is playing out in stark relief in Utah, where there’s a long history of suspicion at government intrusion and where drones are ideally suited to help authorities patrol largely rural, unforgiving terrain.
State Sen. Howard Stephenson is warning that the state needs to set ground rules about law enforcement use of drones before they become more widespread. To convince his colleagues, he played a video clip of George Orwell’s “1984” in which a drone hovers and peers into windows.
“I don’t think we want that type of thing happening in our society,” he said. “It’s a very frightening thing.”
His legislation would restrict law enforcement from collecting or using data from a drone without a warrant. It also restricts the collecting and saving of any unrelated images captured by the drones, and prohibits nongovernment agencies or individuals from sharing drone images with law enforcement, except in emergencies.
The restrictions, which are similar to those adopted in other states, also come with an olive branch – the legislation notes lawmakers do not want to hamper the industry and research and cites the expected benefits the devices will bring to society.
About an hour north in Brigham City, nestled against the Wasatch Mountains, Box Elder County Sheriff J. Lynn Yeates said he’s cognizant of the privacy concerns, but said a $7,000 multirotor drone his department has is solely for search and rescue and fire spotting.
The black aircraft, about 20 inches long, buzzes like a swarm of bees and can travel up to 2 miles in any direction. It’s equipped with GPS and a camera that sends a live high-definition feed to Yeates and his team.
Yeates said it can be used to find hikers and others who get lost in the nearby steep, winding canyons and crevices every year. He said the device will not only save hours when trying to rescue people, but it will be less dangerous for his all-volunteer rescue team.
“You can’t put a price on it,” he said.
Troy May, whose Ogden-based company Digital Defense Surveillance sells and offers training on drones that can cost up to $50,000, supports the restrictions on an industry that already is generating interest in a wide swath of the public, from police to surveyors.
“It’s going all kinds of different directions,” he said of the industry.
That’s precisely the point economic development officials are trying to make as lawmakers consider restrictions. Government use of the technology is a big driver for industry growth, said Vincent Mikolay at the Utah governor’s economic development office.
Mikolay said unmanned systems are expected to be a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. over the next three years, and if states like Utah can land a portion of that, they’ll see big economic gains.
Legislators in Utah and elsewhere aren’t waiting for judges to determine whether the Fourth Amendment’s constitutional protections against unlawful searches are sufficient to protect citizens, and are instead diving in with specific rules.
In Rhode Island this year, lawmakers are considering legislation that requires law enforcement to hold public hearings before acquiring a drone. They’d need approval from local leaders or the governor, and would need to consult the state attorney general and a judge before using it.
California legislators are considering measures that would require police to obtain a warrant when using drones and notify the public when they intend to use them. It also requires any data collected to be destroyed within six months and bars public agencies from arming the devices.