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TSA to increase level of molestation of passengers at airports

TSA increase molestation passengers at airports

While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now those options have been eliminated and replaced with a single universal approach. This time, you will notice. The new physical touching—for those selected to have a …

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Social Security will fail by next decade: Harvard Study

Social Security

The Social Security Administration projects that its trust funds will be depleted by 2033-not an optimistic forecast. But it may be even bleaker than that. New studies from Harvard and Dartmouth researchers find that the SSA’s actuarial forecasts have been consistently overstating the financial health of the program’s trust funds since 2000. …

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JP Morgan’s databases hacked, financial system vulnerable

Hack secret data

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Three people have been charged this week in connection to “the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history.” Those are the words of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney involved in the case involving a major cyber hack on JP Morgan in …

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Titan: world’s fastest supercomputer goes live

TITAN supercomputer

After falling behind Asia and Europe in the great race, where success is measured in FLOPS (floating-point operations per second), the US has struck back at the new high-tech Olympians with Titan: quite possibly the fastest supercomputer in the world. When Tennesseans hear the word Titan, their first thought is …

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Social Security loophole is about to close

Social Security benefits claim form loophole

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group A loophole that allows citizens to get extra money out of Social Security is set to close soon. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was passed by Congress without much of a debate, leaving many Americans with little time to prepare. (Not that Congress normally acts …

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Social Security is not as secure as you think

Social security broken bandaid

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group For just the third time in 40 years, Social Security benefits will not be increased next year. Around 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children receive Social Security benefits. With the average monthly payment being $1,224. What could possibly be the rationale to …

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State Department whistleblower has emails hacked and deleted

US state department

A US State Department whistleblower whose personal email files contained allegations of abuse and wrongdoing has had his account hacked. Four years of potential evidence has been deleted, his lawyer announced. A computer attack of unknown origin appears to have targeted Richard Higbie, a criminal investigator with the Diplomatic Security …

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EU planning to own and operate spy drones and an air force

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The European Union is pondering an EU Commission proposal to acquire a fleet of surveillance drones, satellites, and planes as part of an “ambitious action” to boost the European defense industry. It follows revelations of the NSA’s spying programs. The European Commission has issued a 17-page report, proposing some concrete steps …

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US approves drones for civilian use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer. The two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment’s PUMA. They both …

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Cop cars to be replaced with drones by 2025

Honda Drone Squad car cops

Law enforcement agencies across the US are lining up to be among the first to use drones to serve and protect, but unmanned vehicles are likely to replace the traditional cop cruiser in just a few short years. In places like California, Texas and Washington State, police officers in recent weeks have intensified their …

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David Hasselhoff loves the TSA

Seems the Hoff actually likes to be hassled after all. A popular UK comedy show “took the piss” out of an Alex Jones clip in which he lambasted the TSA. Harmless satire, revelation of the method, or clever stunt to inject Infowars into mainstream television? You decide. Oh yeah, and …

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Security expert: there’s a second NSA whistleblower

Bruce Schneier

Security expert Bruce Schneier reacted to yesterday’s new revelations about the NSA by asserting that there’s probably a second leaker in addition to Edward Snowden. As we highlighted yesterday, reporters who conducted an analysis of the NSA’s “deep packet inspection” rules discovered that the federal agency was placing people in an …

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Sen. Rockefeller attempts to amend cybersecurity bill to NDAA 2014

Jay Rockefeller

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee submitted on Thursday an already-approved cybersecurity bill to be considered as an amendment to next year’s National Defense Authorization Act. If the amendment manages to stay intact as Congress prepares to approve the 2014 NDAA, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia)’s Cybersecurity Act of …

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US-Israeli created computer virus hits Russian nuclear plant

nuke explosion

The CEO of one of the world’s foremost computer security firms says the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities may have also infiltrated similar critical systems in Russia. If accurate, allegations that Stuxnet snuck its way into Russia could implicate the United States and Israel in an even broader …

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Facebook knows your secrets: ‘Likes’ reveal users’ personality

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Facebook’s ‘like’ button can reveal more than you realize, a new study has showed. By liking posts and links, you may be revealing personal secrets, like your sexuality or religious and political views. The findings have raised privacy concerns. A study by the National Academy of Sciences examined 58,000 Facebook …

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Google says FBI watching the Web

eye through keyhole

Google says the FBI is monitoring the Web for potential terrorist activity. But it can’t say how extensive the surveillance is. As part of the Google Transparency Report, the Internet giant this week released data on so-called National Security Letters — official requests for data under the Patriot Act passed …

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