Category Archives: Cyber

Bill That Would Ban End-to-End Encryption Savaged by Critics

“Not only does this bill undermine our security, it is also a massive internet censorship bill, demanding that online platforms like Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store police their platforms to stop the distribution of secure apps,” wrote Kevin Bankston, director of the Open Technology Institute, in a message to The Intercept

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/08/bill-that-would-ban-end-to-end-encryption-savaged-by-critics/

Media Silent on Attempt to Skew Google Results Against Conservative Candidates

The blogosphere – though not the mainstream media – has been buzzing about a proposed campaign by a Daily Kos blogger to game Google’s search algorithm to promote stories unfriendly to the Tea Party and the GOP.

Contrast the media’s silence with the buzz over an alleged attempt by a conservative group on the aggregator Digg to “bury” stories on that site. That plot got coverage from ABC News, theAtlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle, even across the pond at the UK Guardian – not to mention from scores of liberal blogs.

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2010/10/11/media-silent-attempt-skew-google-results-against-conservative-candid

Search engines could already be tilting elections, study says – The Washington Post

 “It seemed impossible … to be able to shift that many undecided voters toward whoever we chose.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/08/10/how-google-could-swing-the-2016-election/

Bangladesh Bank ‘eyes NY Fed lawsuit’ after cyber theft – BBC News

“According to a report seen by Reuters, the BB is “preparing the ground to make a legitimate claim for the loss of funds against the [Federal Reserve Bank of New York] through a legal process”.

The report from the BB alleges that 35 sets of payment transfer instructions were sent to the New York Fed, 30 of which were rejected by the US bank.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35874531

Google: Our quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a conventional system | ExtremeTech

Quantum

Ever since quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave announced that it had created an actual system, there have been skeptics. The primary concern was that D-Wave hadn’t built a quantum computer as such, but instead constructed a system that happened to simulate a quantum annealer — one specific type of quantum computing that the D-Wave performs — more effectively than any previous architecture.Earlier reports suggested this was untrue, and Google has now put such fears to rest. The company has presented findings conclusively demonstrating the D-Wave does perform quantum annealing, and is capable of solving certain types of problems up to 100 million times faster than conventional systems.

Source: Google: Our quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a conventional system | ExtremeTech

How the CIA made Google — INSURGE intelligence — Medium

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Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’ The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to

Source: How the CIA made Google — INSURGE intelligence — Medium