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Strange Red Lights Flickered From The Whitehouse?


A livestream of the White House went viral last night in certain corners of the internet when strange red lights were seen strobing in the windows for almost 17 minutes. White House spokespeople and the Secret Service offered no comment on the cause of the phenomenon.

Many of the comments are so far fetched and ridiculous. Maybe they’re holiday lights!



Flying? Here Are The New Rules



The rules were put in place by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday.

Ten airports will now have to ensure that devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, and cameras are packed inside checked luggage and kept out of the cabin, until further notice. Medical devices will be allowed.

They are:

  • Dubai International in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Abu Dhabi International in the UAE
  • Istanbul Ataturk in Turkey
  • Cairo International in Egypt
  • King Abdulaziz International in Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International in Saudi Arabia
  • Queen Alia International in Jordan
  • Kuwait International
  • Doha International in Qatar
  • Mohammed V Airport in Morocco

The affected airlines include Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, and Royal Air Maroc. Airlines were notified on March 22,  the began on March 24,


Hacker Group Colbolt Hitting The ATMs


A Hacker group named Cobalt have been attacking ATMs in more than a dozen countries in Europe and Asia, including the U.K. and Russia. The “smash and grab” attacks were coordinated from unknown command centers. They don’t require any physical tampering of the ATMs but the hackers do need someone to be present when the attack happens so they can collect the wads of cash from the ATM.  Hackers attack huge numbers of ATMs at the same time because they know they can be caught fairly quickly, so they stage it in such a way that they can get cash from as many ATMs as they can before they get shut down.

A key threat is when cyber criminals commit fraud remotely from anywhere globally and attack the whole ATM network without being ‘on the radar’ of security services,says Dmitry Volkov, Group IB’s head of the investigation.

China’s New Robo Cop


China had unveiled a robotic crime fighter known as the AnBot at the Chongqing International Tech Fair this April. This was developed by the National Defense University to enhance the country’s anti-terrorism and anti-riot measures. The droid will patrol the departure hall of terminal three of the airport, reports the People’s Daily Online. The robot is to help relieve the pressure off airport police in their daily patrols and save human resources. AnBot can work around-the-clock and deter suspects with sound and light, and react to emergencies with an electric riot fork. The security robot is equipped with four high-definition digital cameras, which it can use to snap pictures of travellers’ faces, and then send them immediately to human co-workers for further analysis. It is capable of autonomous patrols, intelligent monitoring and auto recharging.

Keeping Car Keys & I.D. Chip Cards From Being Hacked


But for less than $100, criminals can get an amplifier that detects key fob signals from up to 300 feet away and then transmits them to your car. In other words, your keys could be in your house, and criminals could walk up to your car and open it. There are some simple steps you can take to keep hackers from stealing your signal. You can buy a signal-blocking pouch that can hold your keys, like the Hack-Blocking Card Pouch.

Or, you can stick your key fob into the refrigerator or freezer. The multiple layers of metal will block your key fob’s signal. Just check with the fob’s manufacturer to make sure that freezing your key fob won’t damage it.

If you’re not hot on freezing your key fob, you can do the same thing with your microwave oven. (Hint: Don’t turn it on.) Stick your key fob in there, and criminals won’t be able to pick up its signal.

Since your key fob’s signal is blocked by metal, you can also wrap it up in aluminum foil. While that’s the easiest solution, it can also leak the signal if you don’t do it right. Plus, you might need to stock up on foil. You can also make a foil-lined box to put your keys in if you’re in a crafting mood.

Its a good idea to explore the line of stylish RFID-blocking wallets, purses and passport cases.


Hackers “Shadow Brokers” Auctions NSA Cyber Weapons


HACKING  “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

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Virtual Bouncers In Casinos


Many casino operators still rely on analog systems, such as old-fashioned surveillance equipment, VCRs and tapes to track and scrutinise frauds.

 Top surveillance technologies that modern casinos operators are now using.

1. License plate readers technology can detect the cheaters’ cars right before entering the casino property. The working is very simple. The camera captures the snapshots of every car entering the premises and special optical character recognition software converts the letters and numbers into text. The car plate is then compared with the ones marked as undesirables in the database and if a match is found, the screens come up hot.

2. Face recognition

Video surveillance enables biometric face recognition through which human face is scanned by cameras right at the entry door. Biometric face recognition is a relatively new technology, a technology that even Walmart uses to trap shoplifters

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