Uber Data Collection Changes Should Be Barred, Privacy Group Urges by NATASHA SINGER and MIKE ISAAC

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that changes to Uber’s data collection policy were harmful to consumers.

Published: June 22, 2015 at 05:00PM

from NYT Technology http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/technology/uber-data-collection-changes-should-be-barred-privacy-group-urges.html

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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes On Memorial Day May 25, 2015

Honoring Our Nation's Heroes on Memorial Day, 2015

I hope and pray that everyone will remember the reason for celebrating Memorial Day, and not just be happy to have another holiday off, but to be grateful for all of our Heroes that have sacrificed so much to keep America free!! Some gave some, some gave all!!

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.


Stalking Is NOT Love! Stalking Is About Control NOT Love!

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Stalking Is NOT Love! There Is Nothing Loving About Stalking! Stalking Is About CONTROL just like Rape is!

Intimate Partner Stalkers

Once the relationship ends, this group of stalkers, fearing they will lose their identity and self-worth, often become desperate to re-establish the dominance and control they wielded during the relationship.  If they find this isn’t possible they can become suicidal, homicidal or both.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report Female Victims of Violent Crime, in 29 % of all violence against women by a lone offender the perpetrator was an intimate.  Women are about seven times more likely than men to experience violence committed by an intimate, and female victims of violence by an intimate are more often injured seriously enough to require medical attention than are females victimized by a stranger.  Intimate partner stalking can end in much worse than just injury.  It can end in death if the stalkers cannot regain the control they so intensely and desperately need.

Many intimate partner stalkers who have spent years dominating and controlling their partner simply cannot face the prospect that the people they’ve controlled for so long have successfully gotten away — have proven themselves stronger than the stalkers. One former stalker wrote in his diary, “I couldn’t live with myself thinking or knowing she had won, or she got me. No! This is war.” Tragically his victim was murdered.

According to Linden Gross in her book To Have or to Harm, “We all have problems with rejection, especially if we’re emotionally invested in a relationship.  For the majority of us, however, rejection doesn’t imply devastation.  Even though the pain, however excruciating, our identities stay intact, our sense of self-worth bruised, perhaps, but still operational.   This isn’t so, however, for intimate partner stalkers.  Because of their need for total control over someone, when the relationship breaks up their world is devastated.   Their personality disorders won’t allow them to accept rejection.”

While this kind of stalker may or may not have psychological disorders, all clearly have personality disorders.  A few of these personality disorders, according to the National Victim Center include:

          1.   Socially maladjusted and inept

          2.   Emotionally immature

          3.   Often subject to feeling of powerlessness

          4.   Unable to succeed in relationship by socially acceptable means

          5.   Jealousy bordering paranoia

          6.   Extremely insecure about themselves

          7.   Often suffering from low self esteem

According to experts, intimate partner stalkers can be the most dangerous types of stalker because they often have a history of violence against their victim, and consequently feel totally uninhibited about using more or heightened violence in an effort to get them back.  The stalkers know that violence has worked for them in the past, and so they have no reason to believe that it won’t work again.  Also, intimate partner stalkers know their victim well: their family, their place of employment, their recreational activities, and so forth.  They know where to find their victim.

Intimate partner stalkers, because of the dominance and control once held over their victim, often have the mind set that the victim is their property, to do with as they wish, and to reclaim in any way they see fit.  And, believing that their lives won’t be worth living if they can’t recapture the victim as their property, they often feel they have nothing to lose by using extreme measures.  Consequently, these stalkers feel totally justified in doing just about anything in an effort to regain control over the victim.  Since the stalker believes the victim belongs to them, they show no regard for restraining orders, and may instead be infuriated by them, feeling they are being denied their God-given rights.

One victim best sums it up.  “When you know a person is capable of anything, and he also feels he has nothing to lose, you’d better be scared of him. He’ll kill you.”

Researches have now found that intimate partner stalking often follows a three-phase cycle.

Phase One – The Tension Building Phase

This can include such things as making hundreds of telephone calls and sending dozens of letters, showing up wherever the victim is, casual surveillance of the victim, and following the victim wherever they go.  However, when these actions don’t accomplish what the stalker wants, the tension builds, and eventually the stalker may begin making threats, vandalizing property, and instituting more forceful attempts to make the victim give in to their demands.

Phase Two – The Violence Phase

Once the stalker realizes that their efforts in the first phase have failed, they often resort to violence against not only the victim but also the victim’s friends, family and often times co-workers.  This can include angry face-to-face confrontations, physical assaults (including rape), kidnapping, and in extreme cases murder.

Phase Three – The Hearts and Flowers Phase

The stalker reverts back to the less violent tactics, and will often either beg forgiveness for the violence or appear to abandon the stalking altogether. Unfortunately, any cessation is usually only temporary.  This pause in the stalking can actually be an extremely dangerous period because many times the victim falsely believes that the nightmare is over, and consequently lets down his/her guard.  They then can be caught unprepared and unprotected when the stalking suddenly begins again, often violently.

An important point for a victim or potential victim of intimate partner stalking to remember about this cycle of stalking is that it is not uniform or predictable. Stalkers can move through the phases fairly rapidly, at times changing from being loving to brutal in only seconds. For other stalkers, it may take years to move from one phase to another, and some may never move out of the first phase.  Most important, because a stalker may cycle from being a minor nuisance to a physical threat extremely rapidly, intimate partner stalking victims must always be on guard.

Intimate partner stalkers are typically known as the guy who “just can’t let go.”  These are most often men who refuse to believe that a relationship has really ended.  Often, other people – even the victims – feel sorry for them.  But they shouldn’t.  Studies show that the vast majority of these stalkers are not sympathetic, lonely people who are still hopelessly in love but were in fact emotionally abusive and controlling during the relationship.  Many have criminal histories unrelated to stalking.  Well over half of stalkers fall into this “former intimate partner” category.

In these types of cases, the victim may, unwittingly encourage the stalker by trying to “let him down easy,” or agreeing to talk to him or meet with him just one more time. Victims need to understand that there is no reasoning with a stalker.  Just the fact that stalking – an unreasonable activity – has already begun illustrates this fact.  When the victim says, “I don’t want a relationship now”, the stalker hears, “She’ll want me again tomorrow.”  When she says, “I just need some space,” he hears, “If I just let her go out with her friends, she’ll come back.”  “It’s just not working out,” is heard as “We can make it work out.”  In blatant words, the only thing to say to the stalker is “NO”. Do not give explanations, do not give time limits and do not give the stalker any room to maneuver.

As a victim you should say “NO” once and only once.  And then, never say anything to him/her again.  If a stalker can’t have his victim’s love, he’ll take his/her hatred or her fear.  The worst thing in the world for the stalker is to be ignored.   Example: “Think of a small child.  If they are not getting the attention they want, they will act out and misbehave because even negative attention is better than none at all.”  Former intimate partner stalkers have their entire sense of self-worth caught up in the fact that, “she loves me.”  Therefore, any evidence to the contrary is seen as merely an inconvenience to overcome. Since giving up the victim means giving up the stalkers self-worth, they are very unlikely to do so. Say “NO” only once – Don’t help the stalker hang on.


3 Types of Content You MUST Create in Order to Prosper Online

I love it! It is true. I recommend to all my clients to use either pictures or videos along with interesting content, but not too long. I know that I don’t read through really….long blog posts…or boring ones…or without an interesting home page for your website or blog. You actually have only a few seconds to grab people’s attention before they move on to something else.

Domain Registration and Mapping

WordPress.com News

It’s here: you can now use your own custom domain with your WordPress.com blog. For example, if your blog was currently at example.wordpress.com you could buy example.com from us and we would automatically move your blog over and redirect all your links and readers to the new domain.

How does this work? Well to get started go to Options > Domains. You can enter the domain you want in the box at the top.

Enter the domain you want.

If the domain isn’t registered, it will ask you for some information and then register it for you, and add domain mapping, for $15/yr.

If you already own a domain you registered somewhere else, you can map it for $10/yr. The next screen will tell you how to change the DNS nameservers on your domain to point to WordPress, and once you do that your domain should be live within a few hours.

That’s it!

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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days

By: Jurij Burchenya 


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There are WAY too many authors today who believe that writing what they think their audience cares about is enough.

If only it were that easy…

If you’re serious about attracting an audience of a substantial size and actually selling your eBook, you need to be very careful about what and how you create.

Otherwise you risk using the cooked spaghetti method: throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall and praying that it sticks.

Well, today I’m going to show you a technique that almost guarantees that you will know how to write an eBook in 30 days that will sell.

Keep reading to learn how..



How to write an eBook?

Days 1-2: Pick Your Topic

You probably have some sort of idea in your mind already. Something you thought about last winter and now keep returning to every now and then.

Pick up a piece of paper or a Post-it note. If you always wanted to write something very important on a paper napkin, here’s your chance. Take a pen and write down a one-sentence summary of your idea.

Now put it in your desk and leave it there for the next 30 days.

I’m dead serious.

Chances are, you would enjoy writing about this idea, but do you know for sure that it’s something that your audience will buy? Because if it’s not, you just wasted your time writing something no one needs. And that is not the risk you should be willing to take.

What you need is a great eBook idea.

A great eBook idea should be specific.

“Don’t try to write a definite guide to your topic, as it’s overwhelming for your readers,” warns Ali Luke on Copyblogger. “And it doesn’t leave much room for your next eBook.”

It should also be useful. You’re reading industry blogs and following relevant discussion on forums. What problems come up again and again?

Ask your audience what they want and give them something to choose from. Set up a simplesurvey and tweet it to your followers or post it on your Facebook page.

Days 3-4: Create an Outline

Before you start writing, you need to get organized.

“You need to put all those wonderful ideas down on paper in a form you can use,” writes Andy Ingermanson on Advanced Fiction Writing. “Why? Because your memory is fallible, and your creativity has probably left a lot of holes in your story — holes you need to fill in before you start writing.”

There is no one foolproof approach to creating an outline. The best is the one that works for you, so choose wisely.

#1: Draw a mindmap.

You can use a tool like bubbl.us to do it without ever leaving your favorite browser. Put a topic you’re writing about in the center and start adding ideas as they occur to you. Use lines to connect different ideas or create a logical sequence. Put everything down, no matter how big or small it is. You’ll revise the whole thing later.

#2: Work backwards.

Start at the end. What do you want your reader to achieve once they’ve finished reading your eBook? Then take a step back – how will they get there and what do they need to learnbefore that can happen? How about before that?

#3: Write a list.

Make a bullet-point list in Evernote ( Word will do too ) for everything you can think of thatneeds to be in the book.

“Don’t worry about organizing it at this point, just brainstorm,” suggests author Lisa Nowak. “Take walks. Talk to other people. Do whatever is necessary to generate ideas.”

Once you’ve got the big pieces in place, write 3-5 key points for each chapter/section.

#4: Examine other eBooks.

And books. White papers or reports. Anything really. What topics appear in most of the outlines? Is there anything you should add to yours?

Days 5-25: Start writing (!)

Not suprisingly, the majority of your time should be spent on the actual writing.

Let’s assume that you’re aiming for approx. 70 pages, with a couple of images here and there. That breaks down to writing 750 words a day.

And it’s a good number too.

“250 words per page is considered to be the standard accepted number of words per page. So, three standard pages are about 750 words,” points out Buster Benson on 750words.com “It really just comes down to the fact that this amount of writing feels about right.”

It’s still a sizeable commitment.

But one month later you’re going to get your very own eBook.

Here’s a couple of tips on how to keep writing those 750 words a day every day for the next 21 days.

Write out your likely barriers.

Author and blogger Roby Blair would likely agree. His blog post, “Write Every Day in 2014: 14 Steps for Forming A Writing Habit” encourages you to ask yourself:

“Where are you going to mess up? Come on, you’ve been living with yourself for the last few decades. You’ve got a pretty good sense of what’s likely to keep you from succeeding.”

“Rather than pretending you can just “do better this time” or “will through it,” acknowledge and accept these barriers. Are you likely to sleep in? Feel burnt out and unable to write? Will your kids distract you? Write out the most honest possible descriptions of your likely obstacles,” he writes.

Figure out the right time of the day to work on your eBook.

If you’re at your best in the morning, write in the morning. If you’re focused at 10 pm, when there are less distractions, do your writing then.

Turn off distractions when you’re writing.

Turn off the Internet. Seriously. Do your research first and then leave everything else till the very end. If you do your research as you go, you’ll end up constantly switching back and forth.

Got other programs running in the background? Shut them down.

Turn off your cell phone and notifications. You don’t need to be talking to anybody while you’re writing.

Clear your desk. No papers, devices, chargers, nothing. Remove the visual clutter from your workspace completely, so that it’s not even a subconscious distraction.

Make writing your priority if it’s important to you.

Try using a distraction-free writing program like WriteRoom, Ommwriter or jDarkRoom.

Take breaks.

Set a timer for 25 minutes, then write until the time is up. Take a 5-minute break and then start again. You can learn more about this approach here. If you don’t have a timer, you can use one of the pomodoro apps. Just google it.

Don’t stop writing.

Sometimes you need to google something, look up a link or find a picture. Highlight the area that needs your attention with yellow marker or just include something like <!!!> in the text of your document, so that you know later that this needs your attention.

Don’t edit while you write.

Even if it’s the very first paragraph that you can’t get quite right. Leave it and move on. You will write faster if you separate writing and editing stages.

Another neat trick you can try is to:

“Copy your LAST sentence at the end of every writing day into an entirely new document. Then spend a minute writing out some directions for yourself about what you want to accomplish the next day,” says Daphne Gray-Grant on Publication Coach. “The next day, work only from this fresh document. This way you can’t be lured into editing your work before you finish writing it.”

Keep writing every day.

Try to create a habit of writing every day. While certainly hard at first, it will yield high rewardsafter.

Kevin Purdy on Lifehacker suggests that you…

“Stop writing mid-sentence to ward off writer’s block.”

The same approach can be used to continue writing every morning or night for the next 21 days.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. This is what one of the most successful comedians of all‐time, Jerry Seinfeld, did to write his jokes every day for years.

It’s quite simple really.

Every day that you complete your writing task, you get to put a big red X over that day on your calendar.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”

This certainly has worked very well for me, so it should work for you too.

Days 26-28: Edit your eBook

Ideally, you would want to take a little break before putting on the editor’s hat. But since you’re on a deadline here, you’ll have to dive right into it.

For some people, this is the hardest part of writing. After starting to write, of course. But you’ve already gotten through that stage. In fact, you’re at the finish line.

So instead of waiting, print the whole thing out and look at your eBook like you didn’t spend the last 21 days writing it.

You can always just transfer it to your iPad or Kindle if you don’t feel like using that much ink and paper.

Now read it and pay special attention to things like:

  • Information that you’ve covered in more than on place;
  • Material that you wanted to include, but didn’t;
  • Chapters or sections that would read better if presented in a different order.

Don’t spend too much time trying to perfect every word; there will be time for that later on.

Obviously, fix the typos and mistakes that you spot, but avoid getting overwhelmed with it.

Spend these three days focusing on cutting out unnecessary bits, re-ordering sections or paragraphs and adding any quotes and stats you didn’t have time to look up earlier.

Then read the whole thing out loud. Yes, really. It may help you spot the issues you would otherwise miss.

Looking at your eBook at this point, you’re probably feeling proud of yourself. You should be. You have almost finished writing your eBook.

But there are still two days left. This means, you still have to…

Days 29-30: Proofread and make final changes

Your work in these two final days is what differentiates your eBook from the pack of unprofessional ones that appear in the interwebs every day.

So get your eagle eye on.

“Read your work backwards, starting with the last sentence and working your way in reverse order to the beginning. Supposedly this works better than reading through from the beginning because your brain knows what you meant to write, so you tend to skip over errors when you’re reading forwards,” writes Mignon Fogarty on Grammar Girl.

“Always proofread a printed version of your work. I don’t know why, but if I try to proofread on a computer monitor I always miss more errors than if I print out a copy and go over it on paper,” she continues.

Pay special attention to things like your/you’re and misused apostrophes, as these are the most maddening writing errors, as found out by Grammarly.

Check format last.

“Paragraph spacing, text wrap, indentations, spaces above and below a bullet list or between subheadings and text, and so on. Leave this for the end because contents may shift during handling,” warns Leah McClellan on Writetodone.

Now you try it

I hope you can see the potential in applying these techniques for writing your eBook.

Yes, it takes hard work to create something great.

But by following this strategy, you already know that you will get a finished eBook in 30 days.

You can then easily sell your eBook directly to your audience on social media and your website or blog using Sellfy.

I want you to give this approach a try and let me know how it worked out for you.

Do you know any good tips on writing? Have I missed anything out? If you have a question or thought, leave it in the comments section below.


Post by Jurij Burchenya on July 14, 2014

Article by Jurij Burchenya

Jurij is an Intern at Sellfy. He’s focused on inbound marketing, landing pages, copywriting, CRO and growth. You can reach Jurij on Twitter.


Meet CISA – Dianne Feinstein’s Latest Attack On Privacy, Civil Liberties And The Internet





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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

here?s not much good you can count on Congress to accomplish, but when it comes to introducing and passing oligarch protecting, civil liberties destroying legislation, our ?representatives? are absolutely relentless in theirdetermination. Unsurprisingly, the only ?distinctly native American criminal class,? as Mark Twain described Congress, is at it again when it comes to institutionalizing spying and attempting a legal run around the Bill of Rights.

One thing that has become crystal clear since the Edward Snowden revelations, is that much of Congress has no problem at all with unconstitutional spying. Rather, they are primarily upset it was exposed and are dead set on making sure no other whistleblower can ever do the same. Enter CISA, orThe Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act.

I?ve spent much of today reading about the bill, and have compiled what I think are the most astute…

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Software Entrepreneurs Must Go Mobile-First Or Die


Editor’s note: Roger Lee is a general partner with Battery Ventures

Seven years ago when the iPhone was first introduced, smartphones were a novelty. Now they’re the default method of computing for most people. As of late last year, Americans spent 34 hours a month on their mobile devices, compared with just 27 hours accessing the web via a computer, according to Nielsen.

This mobile-first mindset has also deeply permeated the enterprise. Some 95 percent of knowledge workers own smartphones, and they reach for them first to do all kinds of tasks – from email and document sharing/management to meeting planning and videoconferencing.

Smartphones and tablets are also rapidly entering business sectors such as construction, shipping, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, education, law enforcement, fleet management and others. Most people have noticed field workers using mobile devices equipped with industry-specific apps (everyone from rental-car agents to home contractors) to…

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”



It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices.

The unanimous Supreme Court decision on Riley v. California caused a stir because it set new precedent regarding digital privacy: To search a cell phone, the court ruled, the government must procure a warrant. The decision will set the tone for future legal action regarding technology, data, user privacy, and Fourth Amendment protections.

I’d like to highlight some commentary on the decision from a perhaps unlikely source, Microsoft.

Microsoft, in the past week, has become a leading voice for user privacy and a less active surveillance state. The company’s de facto spokesperson on the matter, its top lawyer Brad Smith, recently gave a lecture in which he called for…

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Facebook Search Warrant Disclosure Reveals Scope of Government Requests


Facebook announced Thursday it’s been pushing back against a bulk set of search warrants requesting private data from its user accounts since last summer.

In a blog post, the social media network announced a court in New York requested personal data for 381 users, including photos and private messages. The company argued the request was unconstitutional, but the courts prevailed and the information was turned over.

This information is just coming to light now as Facebook filed an appellate brief Friday in an attempt to force the government to return the data it had seized and retained. Facebook says the government responded by moving to unseal the warrants and all court proceedings, allowing the company to notify the users their information had been taken.

Only 62 of the 381 people who were subjected to the searches later had charges brought against them in a disability fraud case. The government…

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How Governments (Including The US) Use Targets’ Phones To Spy On Them

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written by Emma Woollacott 
Contributor – Forbes
 06/25/2014 @ 9:35 AM

Security researchers have uncovered the widespread use of spyware that allows law enforcement agencies to take control of a suspect’s phone – with the US appearing to be the biggest user.

Teams at Kaspersky Lab in the US and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab have analyzed the use of a surveillance product called Remote Control System (RCS) from Hacking Team TISI +0.69% in Italy. The new research builds on Kaspersky’s previous analyses of RCS to uncover how the tool’s mobile modules work.

The malware, which targets Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry phones, allows governments to take control of the device’s microphone, GPS and camera to record the user’s activities. They can log email, SMS and MMS data, track web use and call history and eavesdrop on Skype conversations. The software’s built for stealth, tweaked to keep battery consumption low and with the ability to transmit its hijacked data via wifi to avoid jacking up phone bills.

Victims can be infected by any of the usual methods used to spread malware, such as social engineering, exploits and spear phishing. In the case of the iOS version,, the malware waits until the victim connects his or her smartphone to perform an iTunes sync – at which point a Trojan jailbreaks the iPhone and installs the mobile spying component. The iPhone then reboots – the only noticeable sign that anything’s happened.

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“This technology is marketed as filling a gap between passive interception (such as network monitoring) and physical searches.  In essence, it is malware sold to governments,” writes the Citizen Lab team.

“Unlike phone monitoring and physical searches, however, most countries have few legal guidelines and oversight for the use of this new power. In light of the absence of guidelines and oversight, together with its clandestine nature, this technology is uniquely vulnerable to misuse.”

Kaspersky Lab has been monitoring the use of the spyware, and has found that the US is home to the largest number of command and control servers – 64 – followed by Kazakhstan with 49, Ecuador, with 35, and the UK with 32. It discovered 326 servers altogether.

Total control over your targets. Log everything you need. Always. Anywhere they are,” promises Hacking Team on its website. “Thousands of encrypted communications every day. Get them, in clear.” But the company denies that it sells products to repressive regimes.

“We review potential customers before a sale to determine whether or not there is objective evidence or credible concerns that Hacking Team technology provided to the customer will be used to facilitate human rights violations,” it claims.

“We will refuse to provide or we will stop supporting our technologies to governments or government agencies that we believe have used HT technology to facilitate gross human rights abuses.”

However, according to Kaspersky, servers are to be found in China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Certainly, it can’t be proved that, just because a command and control server is in a particular country, it’s automatically controlled by the local government.

“Unfortunately, we can’t be sure that the servers in a certain country are used by that specific country’s LEAs [law enforcement agencies]; however, it would make sense for LEAs to put their C&Cs in their own countries in order to avoid cross-border legal problems and the seizure of servers,” says Sergey Golovanov, principal security researcher at Kaspersky.

“Nevertheless, several IPs were identified as ‘government’ related based on their WHOIS information, and they provide a good indication of who owns them.”

As the teams point out, the use of such malware is becoming far cheaper, meaning that it’s likely to be used increasingly widely.

“This type of exceptionally invasive toolkit, once a costly boutique capability deployed by intelligence communities and militaries, is now available to all but a handful of governments,” Citizen Lab warns.

“An unstated assumption is that customers that can pay for these tools will use them correctly, and primarily for strictly overseen, legal purposes. As our research has shown, however, by dramatically lowering the entry cost on invasive and hard-to-trace monitoring, the equipment lowers the cost of targeting political threats.”

Kaspersky says it’s identified around 30 victims, including activists, human rights campaigners, journalists and politicians – as well as a high school history teacher in the UK. “You don’t have to be a criminal, an influential businessman or even political activist to become a subject of such spying,” says researcher Serge Malenkovich.

It wants states to legislate on the export of surveillance technology and establish a system of recourse for people who have been the victims of surveillance and its consequences – sometimes including torture.


SEO and Your Blog

And finally . . . post! The single most important thing you can do to increase your blog’s SEO is to post regularly. Even if you have a website with mostly static content, include a “Blog” or “News” section that you regularly update so Google can see that your site is active. All the SEO strategies in the world won’t help if you’re not adding content, so get to writing!
I wholeheartedly agree. I don’t visit blogs that have not posted anything for years let alone weeks. I think that you need to write a post at least once a week.

The Daily Post

The blank page Writing is the hardest part.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Rennett Stowe.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post for the WordPress.com blog about how SEO works on WordPress.com, and today I’d like to discuss this here on The Daily Post. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and it refers to things you can do to increase how high your site ranks in the search results of Google and other search engines.

SEO is a hot topic around the blogosphere, and you’ve likely heard a lot about it. Much often repeated SEO advice is untrustworthy and some of it is just plain bad.

The good news is if you have a site on WordPress.com we take care of the vast majority of the technical side of SEO for you. The only thing you really need to do for great SEO is write!

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Introducing WordAds

WordPress.com News

Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads. We’ve resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn’t terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google’s AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad. You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better.

Well we think we’ve cracked it, and we’re calling it WordAds.

Blogs are unique and they shouldn’t be treated like every other page on the internet. There are more than 50,000 WordPress-powered blogs coming online every day, and every time I explore them randomly I’m always surprised and delighted by how people are using the platform to express themselves.

As a WordPress user you’re breathing rarefied air on the internet: the Creators, the Independents. Creative minds aren’t satisfied being digital sharecroppers on someone…

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Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts


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The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — take a walk on the wild side as The New York Times publishes all the news that fits. Except, that is, the news about itself. The Twitterverse is clogged with leaked Innovation reports, business model Kremlin Wall analysis, and newsroom disappearances galore.

For the record, we also stop in for another revealing of the Beats buys Apple story, even as there’s still doubt the deal will even go down. Whether it’s music or TV or eyes, ears, nose, and throat, our media orifices are up for grabs. Did I forget mention fragmentions? Now back to our movie — Gray Lady Down.

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Beware The Russian Cyber Bear

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Moscow’s hacker army helped take over Crimea and is busy spying on America,

Foreign PolicySHANE HARRIS


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When U.S. officials warn of the threat foreign cyber spies pose to American companies and government agencies, they usually focus on China, which has long been home to the world’s most relentless and aggressive hackers. But new information shows that Russian and Eastern European hackers, who have historically focused on crime and fraud, now account for a large and growing percentage of cyber espionage, most of which is directed at the United States.

Individuals and groups in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia and Russian-speaking countries, are responsible for a fifth of all cyber-spying incidents in the world, according to a global study of data breaches recently released by Verizon.

The spies are targeting a range of companies as varied as the global economy itself and are stealing manufacturing designs, proprietary technology and…

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Lesson 5: Learning to Use the Registry Editor Like a Pro

How to Geek School

In today’s edition of Geek School, we’re going to teach you how to use the registry editor, what some of those keys actually mean, and generally help you understand it a little better.


  1. Understanding Windows Administration Tools
  2. Using Task Scheduler to Run Processes Later
  3. Using Event Viewer to Troubleshoot Problems
  4. Understanding Hard Drive Partitioning with Disk Management
  5. Learning to Use the Registry Editor Like a Pro
  6. Monitoring Your Computer’s Performance
  7. Using Group Policy Editor to Tweak Your PC
  8. Understanding the Advanced System Panel
  9. Dealing with Devices and Drivers in Windows
  10. Using System Restore and File History

Over the years we’ve covered a lot of registry hacks, and while most people can handle the step-by-step instructions for how to make a registry change, or double-click a .reg file to insert it into the registry, you will be much better served having a solid knowledge of what the registry is and how it works.

The most important thing to know about the registry is that you probably shouldn’t just mess around and delete or change things for no reason. Deleting a big portion of the registry is never going to make your computer run faster, and there’s no registry hack that will speed up your computer or give you some major new functionality that doesn’t exist.

Almost all registry hacks involve either tweaking the behavior of some component in Windows, or disabling a behavior that you don’t like. For instance, if you want to disable SkyDrive / OneDrive from Windows entirely, you can use a registry hack to accomplish it. If you are tired of Windows Update forcibly rebooting your computer, you can hack the registry to make it stop.

What is the Registry?

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that contains all of the configurations and settings used by components, services, applications, and pretty much everything in Windows.

The registry has two basic concepts to be aware of: Keys and Values. Registry Keys are objects that are basically folders, and in the interface even look exactly like folders. Values are a bit like the files in the folders, and they contain the actual settings.

When you open the Registry Editor for the first time, you’ll see a treeview on the left-hand pane that contains all of the keys, with values on the right-hand side. It’s about as simple as an interface gets.

Registry Editor

The root-level keys that you see in the left-hand side of the screenshot are important. Each one houses a different set of information, so depending on what you are trying to do, you’ll need to know which section to browse down into.

The interesting thing that most people don’t know is that 3 of the 5 items on the root level aren’t actually there… they are just linked to items further down in one of the other keys.


Windows uses this section to manage file type associations, and it is usually abbreviated HKCR when being referenced in documentation. This key is actually just a link to HKLM\Software\Classes.

You can also use this section if you want to tweak the context menu for a particular file type.


Holds the user settings for the currently logged in user, and is usually abbreviated HKCU This is actually just a link to HKEY_USERS\<SID-FOR-CURRENT-USER>. The most important sub-key in here is HKCU\Software, which contains user-level settings for most of your software.


All of the system-wide settings are stored here, and it is usually abbreviated as HKLM. You’ll mostly use the HKLM\Software key to check machine-wide settings.


Stores all of the settings for all users on the system. You’ll typically use HKCU instead, but if you need to check settings for another user on your computer, you can use this one.


Stores all of the information about the current hardware configuration. This one isn’t used very often, and it just a link to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Hardware Profiles\Current.

Creating New Keys and Values

Right-clicking on any key in the left-hand side of the window will give you a set of options, most of which are fairly straightforward and easy to understand.

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You can create a new Key, which will show up as a folder on the left-hand side, or a new value, which will show up on the right-hand side. Those values can be a little confusing, but there are really only a couple of values that are used regularly.

  • String Value (REG_SZ) – This contains anything that will fit into a regular string. The vast majority of the time, you can edit human-readable strings without breaking everything.
  • Binary Value (REG_BINARY) – This value contains arbitrary binary data, and you will almost never want to attempt to edit one of these keys.
  • DWORD (32-bit) Value (REG_DWORD) – These are almost always used for a regular integer value, whether just 0 or 1, or a number from 0 to 4,294,967,295.
  • QWORD (64-bit) Value (REG_QWORD) – These are not used very often for registry hacking purposes, but it’s basically a 64-bit integer value.
  • Multi-String Value (REG_MULTI_SZ) – These values are fairly uncommon, but it works basically like a notepad window. You can type multi-line textual information into a field like this.
  • Expandable String Value (REG_EXPAND_SZ) – These variables have a string that can contain environment variables and is often used for system paths. So a string might be %SystemDrive%\Windows and would expand to C:\Windows. This means that when you find a value in the Registry that is set to this type, you can change or insert environment variables and they will be “expanded” before the string is used.

Fun Fact: DWORD is short for “Double Word”, because a “Word” is a term for the default unit of data used by a processor, and when Windows was created that was 16 bits. So a “word” is 16 bits, and a “Double Word” is 32 bits. While modern processors are all 64-bit, the Registry still uses the older format for compatibility.

The Favorites Menu

One of the really useful features that nobody seems to notice is the Favorites menu, which is great when you want to check a registry location regularly. What’s really fun is that you can export the list of favorites and use it again on another computer without having to browse down to the keys and add them to the favorites menu.

It’s also a great way to bookmark something in the registry if you are looking around in multiple locations, so you can easily flip back to the last place you were at.

Registry Editor3

Exporting Registry Files

You can export registry keys and all of the values contained underneath them by right-clicking on a key and choosing Export. This is really important if you are going to be making changes to your system.

Registry Editor4

Once you’ve got your exported registry file, you can double-click on it to enter the information back into the registry, or you can choose Edit to take a look at the contents in Notepad.

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The registry hacking file format is pretty simple – value names on the left, and actual values on the right.


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For more on registry hack files, make sure to read our guide on the subject.

Setting Permissions

Some of the registry keys won’t allow you to make changes by default. This is generally because you don’t have permission to those keys, but you can tweak the permissions scheme if you want by right-clicking a key and choosing Permissions, and then adjusting them from there.

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We should note that this is not a good idea, and you should usually stay away from keys that require this much work to edit.

Loading Registry Hives

You can use the File -> Load Hive feature to load up a registry from an offline system. Perhaps you are troubleshooting another computer, and would like to see what is going on in the registry for a system that isn’t booting. So you boot the system from a rescue disk, or maybe a Linux live CD, and then copy the registry files onto your thumb drive.

Now you can open them up on another computer and look around by using the Load Hive option.

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Where are these registry files stored?

You can find most of them in the Windows\System32\Config folder.

Registry Editor8

See those SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, and SYSTEM files? They correspond to the same keys underneath the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder.

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The data for the HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch is stored in your user folder, in a hidden file called NTUSER.DAT.

Backing Up Your Registry


You might have noticed over the years that every site that advises you to hack the registry in some way also tells you to backup your registry. But what’s the best way to do that?

You can’t export the entire registry to a file, and it wouldn’t work very well to import it again either. You also can’t easily access the files themselves on the hard drive, because they are completely locked. So that’s not going to work.

The best option to backup your registry? Create a System Restore point.

Create a System Restore Point

Rolling back a system restore point is quite easy.

Some Important Things to Note

While many people refuse to agree, the fact is that registry cleaners are pointless and should not be used. Cleaning up a few hundred keys out of a database of millions isn’t going to provide any performance boost, and any errors in the registry that resulted in a component not loading properly would be caught in Event Viewer or elsewhere, and could be fixed without resorting to cleaning the registry.

And don’t even get us started on registry “defrag”, which is complete nonsense these days. Perhaps back on Windows 95 with dirt-slow hard drives, it made sense. But now, with modern hard drives, or solid state drives that don’t need defragmenting at all? Don’t do it.


iControl Networks Acquires Blacksumac, The Company Behind The Piper Home Monitoring Device


Earlier this year, Google ushered in consolidation of the home automation and monitoring space with its $3.2 billion acquisition of Tony Fadell’s Nest. Today, iControl Networks followed that trend with its purchase of Blacksumac, which makes the Piper home automation device.

iControl historically has sold its products through various channels, including home security companies and cable service providers. Founded about a decade ago, iControl has spent the last several years signing up customers like ADT, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Rogers, and others with white-labeled home monitoring products.

The company has raised about $130 million since being founded, from institutional investors such as Charles River Ventures and Kleiner Perkins, as well as strategic investors that include Intel Capital, Comcast Ventures, Cisco, and others.

Blacksumac, meanwhile, is an early upstart in the home monitoring market. The company first came to light with an Indiegogo campaign for its Piper home monitoring…

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