SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The weakest link in any Digital Security is the human factor. Take a look at Wells Fargo’s self inflicted breach below.
An amazing 160 acre retreat ranch with hydro power in the upper Clearwater River Valley has been dramatically reduced in price, to $1.5 million. JWR has visited and consulted at this ranch.
If walking through an airport and having your face recognized wasn’t creepy enough for you, Disney has a developed a neural network. This network is intended to be used during a movie. The goal is to find out how happy the participants are with the movie itself. It tracks this data in real-time. It also has the potential to allow Disney to actively alter a movie based upon audience response. In addition, Microsoft has apparently programmed an elevator to know whether it needs to open the doors for you or not. Thanks to DSV for the link.
No, hackers didn’t break into Wells Fargo and get your private information. They gave it away for free. Apparently, one employee is suing another. When Wells Fargo was subpoenaed they accidentally sent 1.4 gigabytes of files. This data contained spreadsheets with customers names, social Security numbers and banking details — including investment portfolios. There wasn’t a confidentiality agreement in place. The lawyer could have submitted these documents to the court, making them public knowledge.
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Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this article explaining how the StingRay works. This is exactly the reason that the founders of our nation created the fourth amendment. They didn’t envision cell phones in their time, but the poking and prodding into your personal business without your permission or even a warrant is most definitely a violation of your privacy.
Safe Cracking Robot
Reader G.P. sent in this Wired article on a man who built a safe cracking robot. Apparently, his wife bought a SentrySafe at a garage sale, but it was locked. Since he liked puzzles and robots (and already owned an identical safe that allowed him to see the inner workings), he built a robot that cracked the code in 15 minutes. He exploited several vulnerabilities that allowed him to significantly reduce the number of combinations it had to try from one million to just over a thousand.
Reader A.D. sent in this link to a PDF of the Who (World Health Organization) International Medical Guide for Ships. This guide fits right in with the standard prepping guides of When there is no Doctor and When there is no Dentist.
You have heard that Soros and his ilk spend billions in bringing chaos to the world in support of their liberal-progressive agendas, but have you ever wondered how that money actually got spent? Or perhaps you actually thought all those protesters that you see on TV were people were passionate about issues? Actually, they are most passionate about their paycheck. Hey, how else is an unemployable snowflake going to get their money to purchase that iPhone 8 when it comes out? Thanks to G.P. for the link.