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 “JWR”. Today, we focus on digital home invasion–sadly by both hackers and by our own NSA.
Parliament’s Brexit Betrayal
D.S. sent us a link to the latest from commentator Mark Steyn (who you might have heard filling in for Rush Limbaugh): Exit Brexit. D.S. included a brief excerpt:
“Last night, sixteen days before Britain supposedly leaves the European Union in accord with the people’s vote of three years ago, their elected representatives voted by 312 to 308 to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit – i.e., a straightforward walkaway – ever.”
Perrenials for Prepping
SPLC Sacks Its Own Founder
Several readers sent us this news: Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Founder Morris Dees, Suggests Misconduct. Since I might eventually be part of a class action lawsuit against the SPLC, and since I certainly don’t want to get sued by the SPLC, I will refrain from commenting on this article.
Seattle is Dying
Peter forwarded this: KOMO News Special: Seattle is Dying
Digital Home Invasions
Jim L. sent this one: ‘Why are you looking at me? I see you watching me.’ Smart devices like Nest getting hacked in digital home invasions. A pericope:
“The Lake Barrington, Illinois, family’s Nest cameras and thermostat had been hacked.
“I felt like I (was) trapped in an episode of ‘Black Mirror,'” Arjun Sud said, referring to a television series that explores the darker aspects of technology. “All these devices you’ve put in there to safeguard yourself, to protect your home, your family, (are) now being used maliciously to turn against you.”
Nest users across the country have reported similar incidents in recent weeks, but the Google-owned company has insisted that it was not breached. Instead, Nest has said that affected customers could have done more to protect their devices. And on Wednesday, Nest sent an email to users telling them what they can do to “get the most out of” its security features.
In an interview with the Tribune, Google spokeswoman Nicol Addison said the company automatically rolls out updates to its software and stays on top of security and safety measures. Addison declined to comment on specific hacking incidents.
The smart home devices Americans are increasingly installing — which connect to the Internet and can be controlled and monitored remotely via smartphone app — are ushering in unprecedented convenience for homeowners on the go, but they also represent one of the new frontiers when it comes to internet hacking.”
NSA Still Snooping on Phones Domestically
And speaking of digital invasions, there is this from DSV: Whistleblowers Say NSA Still Spies On American Phones In Hidden Program. The following is a key quote:
“There are three different forms of [NSA Special Access Programs, known by the acronym] SAP, Tice said: acknowledged, unacknowledged, and “Ghost” black programs. ‘Acknowledged’ programs are known to Congressional and Senate representatives sitting on the defense and intelligence committees.
In contrast, ‘unacknowledged’ black programs are known to a select number of representatives — the top majority and minority chairs and members in the defense and intelligence committees. On rare occasion, a single select member of the House might come to know by invitation only.
Then there are ‘Ghost’ black programs which the Pentagon and intelligence agencies “hide from all of Congress,” said Tice. “Many of these programs involved cutting edge technologies that are extremely expensive. I was an advanced technology analyst for many of these programs that included applications in space technology.”
More Knife Control Insanity in England
Over at FerFAL’s blog: Tory MP says every knife sold in UK should have GPS tracker ‘fitted in the handle’. (Our thanks to G.P. for the link.)
U.S. Navy Ship Gets Quarantined
At CNN: US warship quarantined at sea due to virus outbreak. (Thanks to Jon C. for the link.) A snippet:
“Twenty-five sailors and Marines aboard the USS Fort McHenry amphibious warship have been diagnosed with parotitis, which causes symptoms similar to mumps, according to US military officials.