Man Sentenced to Death for Blasphemous Facebook Comments in Pakistan

A 30-year-old man in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in comments made on Facebook.
According to the BBC, the prosecutor in the case said he “believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.” A tally kept by Al Jazeera records 68 killings in Pakistan related to blasphemy allegations since 1990. Read More

He didn’t give police his iPhone pass code, so he got 180 days in jail

A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones.

Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a Broward Circuit Court, insisting he had already provided the pass code to police investigating him for child abuse, although the number did not work. Read More

Windows 95 and 98 still power Pentagon’s critical systems

If you think the Pentagon has the most modern computer systems in the world, think again. While the United States Defense Department currently transitions to the Windows 10 ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft, a great majority of the defense agency’s computers still run legacy versions of Windows including Windows 95 and 98, according to Defense One. Source

Facebook and Google use brain manipulation tactics to ADDICT users

If you’re someone who ‘can’t live without’ social media or know someone like that, there is science behind the addiction, and while sinister, most people who can’t stop checking Facebook or Google have no idea how they became so hooked.

It’s a mind technique the social media giants use to make us feel as though we can’t live without them, according to a former Google product manager.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the tactics are underhanded and designed to get our brains hooked on checking our smartphones, says Tristan Harris, who noted that technology companies are using mind techniques similar to those used by casinos. These techniques are meant to addict people to their phones and the constant access to social media content. Read More

FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.

To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line. Read More