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Protect yourself and your personal information at all times on the internet.
- The internet is filled with scammers looking to steal your private information.
- The Better Business Bureau has shared important information on the scams that are currently trending and ways that internet users can avoid them.
- Every internet user should also consider investing in a VPN like Private Internet Access for added safety and security.
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Photo: Michael Wa on Flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0<p>Following his untimely death in a helicopter accident in California on January 26, 2020, the Better Business Bureau <a href="https://www.bbb.org/central-georgia/news-events/news-releases/2020/watch-out-for-scams-following-kobe-bryant-tragedy/" target="_blank">issued a warning</a> for fans of NBA icon Kobe Bryant to not "let their mourning cloud their judgment." The BBB wrote that high-profile celebrity deaths often result in phishing scams, sales of fake memorabilia, and the use of clickbait to exploit people and steal their information. The bureau suggests checking the sender's email address before clicking on anything and hovering over all links first to see where they lead. When possible, internet users should do some homework before buying items and sharing account details.</p>
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Census takers<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjY1MzM1OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDM5MDEzM30.KiAwS10AxkpN5VO2ZEOy2kukR-VvkhnYtzl9V42khKU/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C415%2C0%2C-2&height=700" id="1a72e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e6b911b6370c4beb5e6088ffe68836a0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="boy and girl looking at a clipboard" />
Gym memberships and weight-loss supplements<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjY1MzMxNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDUxMTcxNH0.BBc-6u-IvuPobbwxM6WQauCMx2FgUwT7BJtw96z78KE/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C162%2C0%2C163&height=700" id="7bb4c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f1db11c0b11f8fc5491b05183d36e268" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="assorted pills and capsules" />
A new report from Bloomberg describes how Chinese subcontractors secretly inserted microchips into servers that wound up in data centers used by nearly 30 American companies.
- A 2015 security test of a server sold by an American company found that someone in the supply chain had successfully embedded a tiny microchip on a motherboard.
- The company that manufactured the compromised motherboard provides servers to hundreds of international clients, including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security.
- U.S. officials linked the hardware attack to a People's Liberation Army unit, though it's unclear what, if anything, hackers have done or to what they have access.
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The size of the implanted microchip.
Tracing the attack<p>The servers sold by Elemental Technologies were assembled by Super Micro Inc., or Supermicro, the world's leading supplier of server motherboards whose customers include NASA and the Department of Homeland Security. Supermicro is based in California but most of its motherboards are manufactured by contractors in China.</p><p>American officials traced the supply chain of the compromised motherboards and identified four Chinese subcontractors that had been building Supermicro motherboards for two years. After monitoring the subcontractors, the officials found that the microchips had been ordered, by bribe or threats, to be implanted on the motherboards by a specialized People's Liberation Army unit.</p><p>"We've been tracking these guys for longer than we'd like to admit," one official told <em>Bloomberg</em>.</p>
American companies deny knowledge of the attack<p>Amazon, Apple and Supermicro have all denied knowledge of the attack or of the investigation.</p><p>"It's untrue that AWS knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications when acquiring Elemental," Amazon wrote. Apple said that it's "never found malicious chips, 'hardware manipulations' or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server." And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Chinese government didn't acknowledge the attack, stating that "Supply chain safety in cyberspace is an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim."</p><p>Despite the denials, 17 U.S. intelligence officials and company insiders, all of whom remain anonymous, confirmed the attacks to <em>Bloomberg</em>. Read the full report <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies" target="_blank">here</a>. </p>
Getting your vote to where it matters can be harder and more corrupt than it should be. Could blockchain technology build a better system and rebuild people's trust?
Anyone who's walked into a voting booth and scratched their preference onto a piece of paper knows the same thing: the voting process suffers from a dire lack of technology. We put a man on the moon in 1969--why are we still voting on paper? Going digital isn't just a matter of convenience, but one of accountability—citizens the world over are increasingly losing trust in the democratic system, from miscounted votes, to denying eligible people the right to vote at all. So just how much can we digitize the act of voting? Perhaps blockchain—a public ledger technology where information is irreversibly recorded—can build a better system. Here, Internet pioneer Brian Behlendorf considers two aspects where blockchain can help, and one where it absolutely can't. Better tech can end voter discrimination at polling stations, and falsely reported totals at the state and national levels, but will we ever be able to vote on our mobile devices from the comfort of a blanket fort? Behlendorf delivers the bad news. Brian Behlendorf is the executive director of Hyperledger; for more info, visit hyperledger.org.
KGB-era "active measures" are still being used by Russian intelligence agencies today, according to experts.
The work of Kremlin-approved philosopher Alexander Dugin provides key insights on the longterm strategy behind Russian hacks of the American elections.
The revelations about Russian involvement in the hacking of the Democratic Party officials, intending to vault Trump over Clinton, have added more fuel to an already-explosive and exhausting election cycle. Why would Russia do this, especially as it's been revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely personally directing the operation? Enter Alexander Dugin, the political scientist known as “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s Brain”, as well as an occult fascist. He is also a sociology professor at the highly prestigious Moscow State University, a prolific writer, an advisor to key political and military figures and an articulator of a Kremlin-approved nationalist philosophy.