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PN PODCAST #002 — Pokemon, Balance, and Health Impacts of Loneliness

via Potent News
by Amir Alwani
July 20, 2016

In this episode I talk about Pokemon, balancing inner work vs outer work, the increasing loneliness in our modern society and the effect this has on our health.

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(recorded July 19, 2016)

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Revealed: Hacker Who Took Down Sony Playstation and Xbox Shows His Face: “This attack was basically done by three people”

by Mac Slavo
The Daily Sheeple
Dec 27, 2014

(Lizard Squad hacker “Ryan” reveals his face in a Skynews interview)

It’s not clear whether it was intentional or not, but a hacker operating for the Lizard Squad hacking group responsible for taking down the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox networks has revealed his face in an interview with Skynews.

The man who goes by the name “Ryan” says that it only took three people to incapacitate the gamer networks for the world’s two largest gaming companies.

“This attack was basically done by three people. We had a couple of people from outside the group helping with the attacks, helping us a little bit, but most of the traffic was coming from one or two people.”

Ryan says that the trio decided to launch devastating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks simply to amuse themselves. The group later added via their Twitter page that they wanted to highlight vulnerabilities in networks that collect millions of monthly subscriber fees and choose not to upgrade their security.

Yesterday, Kim Dot Com, founder of the MegaUpload file sharing site, offered to pay the Lizard Squad group with 3,000 vouchers valued at around $300,000 USD if they would cease the attacks, an offer that they reportedly accepted. Within 12 hours of that deal being made the attack reportedly stopped.

Microsoft Xbox users say that their network status has been restored but many Playstation owners report that their network is still down.

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LShacker(Lizard Squad hacker “Ryan” reveals his face in a Skynews interview)

It’s not clear whether it was intentional or not, but a hacker operating for the Lizard Squad hacking group responsible for taking down the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox networks has revealed his face in an interview with Skynews.

The man who goes by the name “Ryan” says that it only took three people to incapacitate the gamer networks for the world’s two largest gaming companies.

“This attack was basically done by three people. We had a couple of people from outside the group helping with the attacks, helping us a little bit, but most of the traffic was coming from one or two people.”

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/revealed-hacker-who-took-down-sony-playstation-and-xbox-shows-his-face-this-attack-was-basically-done-by-three-people_122014#sthash.WqENvnYj.dpuf

LShacker(Lizard Squad hacker “Ryan” reveals his face in a Skynews interview)

It’s not clear whether it was intentional or not, but a hacker operating for the Lizard Squad hacking group responsible for taking down the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox networks has revealed his face in an interview with Skynews.

The man who goes by the name “Ryan” says that it only took three people to incapacitate the gamer networks for the world’s two largest gaming companies.

“This attack was basically done by three people. We had a couple of people from outside the group helping with the attacks, helping us a little bit, but most of the traffic was coming from one or two people.”

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/revealed-hacker-who-took-down-sony-playstation-and-xbox-shows-his-face-this-attack-was-basically-done-by-three-people_122014#sthash.WqENvnYj.dpuf


North Carolina State University researchers control cyborg cockroaches with Microsoft Kinect [video included]

By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
June 25, 2013

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have not only demonstrated the ability to remotely control cockroaches with an electronic implant but have now shown the ability to control the roaches with a Microsoft Kinect.

“Our goal is to be able to guide these roaches as efficiently as possible, and our work with Kinect is helping us do that,” said Dr. Alper Bozkurt of NCSU in a news release today.

I guess the Kinect isn’t only good for playing video games after all.

The Kinect is also being used by the researchers to collect data and detect how effectively the remotely controlled cockroaches respond to the electrical impulses that are used as the control system.

The end goal, according to the researchers, is to use the cockroaches to “explore and map disaster sites.”


VIDEO — Pixel Anarchy: Riot simulator lets players choose sides in global uprising

Russia Today
May 27, 2013

Have you ever wanted to take to the streets in protest for an important cause? Or perhaps join the security services to try and restore peace. Soon you’ll be able to do both – with a new video game called simply RIOT.

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Xbox One by default features camera that works in the dark and microphone you can’t turn off

by Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
May 23, 2013

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By default, the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft will feature an always-on microphone and camera that works in the dark, both of which are constantly connected to the internet and can’t be turned off.

The creepiness is only compounded when one realizes that Microsoft helps develop massive surveillance systems like the Domain Awareness System used in New York City. Microsoft has also been questioned about the privacy and security of Skype and criticized for censoring Windows Live Messenger chats.

Putting a product like this by Microsoft – a company that backed privacy-crushing legislation in the past – is only asking for trouble.

The new Kinect 2.0 will be bundled with every Xbox One and according to Extreme Tech, the Xbox One will not work if the Kinect isn’t plugged in.

That might sound quite nonsensical, but it was confirmed by Xbox’s UK marketing director.

“Xbox’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle has said that the console will not function without Kinect connected,” Keza MacDonald wrote for IGN.

“Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,” Harvey Eagle told IGN after a Microsoft-hosted event in London on May 21, 2013.

This was also confirmed by Corporate VP of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer when he told Joystiq, “Kinect has to be connected to Xbox One.”

It gets even creepier when we learn that the new Kinect is capable of examining your facial features and identifying you, even if you don’t have the controller in hand. Perhaps even worse, it can estimate your heart rate.

“By examining your face’s skin color and transparency, the Kinect and Xbox One are able to estimate your current heart rate,” according to Joystiq.

While some users may think the Kinect will be awesome, others will be troubled by the fact that it remains on even when the Xbox One itself is turned off.

This fact is revealed when one realizes that one of the “great addition[s]” of the new Kinect is that it has “the ability to turn on the console just by saying ‘Xbox On,’” according to iDigital Times.

Obviously the device must remain on even when the Xbox itself is off in order for this feature to work.

Furthermore, the 1080p HD camera on the Kinect uses active infrared technology, thus eliminating any need light to accurately sense motion.

That wouldn’t necessarily be all that worrisome if Microsoft was vigilant in protecting user privacy. Unfortunately, Microsoft states in their Xbox Live terms of service that users should not expect any level or privacy.

Some of the statements in the terms of service that make this type of technology troubling include:

“[W]e may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the Service; or (c) act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers, or the public.”

Not to mention the explicit statement:

“You should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features (for example, voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions) offered through the Service.  These communications may be monitored; however, we cannot monitor the entire Service and make no attempt to do so.  You understand that these communications can be recorded and used by others , and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions may be broadcast to others.”

While it’s obviously quite obvious that the in-game communication is not private (since you’re talking to other human beings), the terms do not limit the lack of privacy to only those types of communications.

Instead, it says, “for example,” leaving the possibility that the information captured by the always-on Kinect would fall under similar terms.

Unfortunately when it comes to corporations like Microsoft, we can’t assume the best and think that all communications captured by Kinect will be treated as private and protected.

Furthermore, we must realize that this type of technology would be a prime target for hackers.

Microsoft says that privacy is a “top priority” and that “Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment.”

Yet as Extreme Tech points out, “we know from experience, though, no system is invulnerable to the manifold attack vectors exploited by malware authors. The Xbox and Xbox 360 were chipped/modded/rooted, and it’s fairly safe to assume that the Xbox One will also suffer the same fate.”

To make matters even worse, in 2012 Microsoft filed for a patent related to their Kinect system that uses “camera-based system that would monitor the number of viewers in a room and check to see if the number of occupants exceeded a certain threshold set by the content provider.”

“If there are too many warm bodies present, the device owner would be prompted to purchase a license for a greater number of viewers,” Extreme Tech explained in an article.

Concerned? You have some very legitimate reasons to be. You will probably want to keep these in mind when considering the purchase of an Xbox One.

UPDATE: While Extreme Tech says that it will constantly be connected to the Internet, Kotaku writes, “Microsoft is also being sketchy about whether or not the platform will be always-online, something that has been rumored for quite some time now.”

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Gaming 4 Life: When real world is not enough [video - RT documentary]

Russia Today
February 10, 2013

For gamers the computer is everything, so much so that they can even earn money through tournaments and sponsorships. Some even meet their future spouses online, but for others games can take up too much of their time and affect family life. Psychiatrists and psychologists argue whether or not the human mind can be negatively affected by games, but for many they instead serve to help bring people together.

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DHS Hacks Xbox, Sibel Ungagged, Knockout Gas – New World Next Week [video]

NewWorldNextWeek.com
April 12, 2012

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: DHS/Navy Award Contract to Hack Gaming Systems
http://ur1.ca/8zijv
Spy Games – Homeland Security Is Trying to Hack Into Your Xbox
http://ur1.ca/8zijx
Feds Want Way to Hack Xboxes and Wiis for Evidence
http://ur1.ca/8zijy
“R & D Effort for the Development and Delivery of Computer Forensic Tools for Analyzing Network Traffic and Stored Data Created During the Use of Video Game Systems”
http://ur1.ca/8zijz
Background: Full Spectrum Information Warfare – Information Operation Roadmap
http://ur1.ca/8zik0
Flashback: PlayStation Network Hack Leaves Credit Card Info at Risk
http://ur1.ca/8zik1

Story #2: FBI Efforts Keep Whistleblower’s Book Unpublished
http://ur1.ca/8zik2
FBI Attempts to Hold Sibel Edmonds’ Book Hostage
http://ur1.ca/8zik3
Flashback: A Patriot Silenced, Unjustly Fired but Fighting Back to Help Keep America Safe
http://ur1.ca/8zik4

Story #3: Future Riots ‘May Be’ Controlled With Chemicals
http://ur1.ca/8zik5
Background: Sunshine Project – Online Clearinghouse of US ‘Non-Lethal’ Weapons Documents
http://ur1.ca/8zik7
Video: Alex Jones Loses It Over ‘Robot Helicopters with Airborne Ebola’
http://ur1.ca/8zik9
Television Tropes and Idioms – Knockout Gas
http://ur1.ca/8zika

Bonus: Food World Order on Corbett Report Radio
http://ur1.ca/8khqu

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Corbett Report – Episode 216 – Who’s Gaming Who?

The Corbett Report
January 28, 2012

Science-fiction fantasy is becoming mundane reality and video games are increasingly merging with 21st century combat. The DoD recruits youth through traveling arcade exhibitions and new recruits are just as likely to end up behind a keyboard as behind enemy lines. What does this mean for the future of our predicatively programmed world, and should we be worried. Find out more in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report.

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