ReHacked #79: Libre Cloud Services, Old photos of Bedouin nomads, WhatsApp Ireland hit with record fine and more

ReHacked #79: Libre Cloud Services, Old photos of Bedouin nomads, WhatsApp Ireland hit with record fine and more
The fake Banksy NFT was advertised on the artist's official website

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Libre Cloud Services. is a libre platform providing free cloud storage, online office editing, contacts & calender tools, personal chat and messaging, as well as project development and product publishing to anyone who values freedom and openness.

Sky Subscribers' Piracy Habits Directly Help Premier League Block Illegal Streams * TorrentFreak #privacy #copyrights

UK ISP Sky Broadband is monitoring the IP addresses of servers suspected of streaming pirated content to subscribers and supplying that data to an anti-piracy company working with the Premier League. That inside knowledge is then processed and used to create blocklists used by the country's leading ISPs, to prevent subscribers from watching pirated events.

Old and spectacular photos of Bedouin nomads, 1898 - Rare Historical Photos #history

Rare photos from the end of the 19th century capture a range of Bedouins at a time of change. As modern governments projected their power into previously ungovernable tracts of the desert, many Bedouins chose or were forced to abandon a purely nomadic lifestyle and transitioned to a semi-nomadic or sedentary urban way of life.

WhatsApp Ireland hit with record fine of €225m by DPC #privacy

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has fined WhatsApp Ireland €225m for infringements of data protection rules.

It is the largest fine ever imposed by the DPC and the second largest penalty ever levied on an organisation under EU data laws.

The regulator has also ordered the messaging service to bring its processing into compliance by taking a range of specified remedial actions.

Gift Card Gang Extracts Cash From 100k Inboxes Daily – Krebs on Security #security

Some of the most successful and lucrative online scams employ a “low-and-slow” approach — avoiding detection or interference from researchers and law enforcement agencies by stealing small bits of cash from many people over an extended period. Here’s the story of a cybercrime group that compromises up to 100,000 email inboxes per day, and apparently does little else with this access except siphon gift card and customer loyalty program data that can be resold online.

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta' • The Register #copyrights #copyleft

On Tuesday, Tariq Rashid, a UK-based data scientist and author, tried to create a t-shirt design using on-demand print shop Spring to celebrate the Riemann zeta function, which is widely known among mathematicians and technical types.

"I thought I'd create a t-shirt of the function as it looks cool and is pretty famous," Rashid told The Register. "The Clay Math Institute has a $100m prize for solving the Riemann Hypothesis."

The Universe Has Already Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus #nature

Our human world is soaked in light. For starters there are the 100,000 trillion photons arriving every second at every square centimeter of Earth’s dayside surface, after racing here from the outer envelope of a natural giant thermonuclear reactor we call the sun. There are also the photons that zip every which way through any cubic centimeter of open space. Some of these are the microwave leftovers from the hot Big Bang over 13 billion years ago, others are the photons produced in distant stars and innumerable astrophysical events strewn across the cosmos.

Fake Banksy NFT sold through artist's website for £244k - BBC News #blockchain

A hacker has returned $336,000 to a British collector after he tricked him into buying a fake Banksy NFT advertised through the artist's official website.

A link to an online auction for the NFT was posted on a now-deleted page of

The auction ended early after the man offered 90% more than rival bidders.

Banksy's team told the BBC "any Banksy NFT auctions are not affiliated with the artist in any shape or form".

Google Chrome to remove detailed cookie and site data controls #software #privacy

we are planning on deprecating that page and making chrome://settings/content/all the place to manage storage

20 years ago the World was more free place. P.Durov #privacy

20 years ago we had decentralized Internet and a relatively unrestricted  banking system. Today, Apple and Google censor information and apps on  our phones while Visa and Mastercard limit what goods and services we  can pay for. Every year we give up more power and control over our lives  to a handful of unaccountable corporate executives we didn't elect.

200 Years Ago, Faraday Invented the Electric Motor - IEEE Spectrum #engineering #science #history #longread

In 1820, the Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted threw electromagnetic theory into a state of confusion. Natural philosophers of the day believed that electricity and magnetism were two distinct phenomena, but Ørsted suggested that the flow of electricity through a wire created a magnetic field around it. The French physicist André-Marie Ampère saw a demonstration of Ørsted's experiment in which an electric current deflected a magnetic needle, and he then developed a mathematical theory to explain the relationship.

English scientist Michael Faraday soon entered the fray, when Richard Phillips, editor of the Annals of Philosophy, asked him to write a historical account of electromagnetism, a field that was only about two years old and clearly in a state of flux.

Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods | NL Times #economy

The large municipalities in the Netherlands plan to make wide use of a legislative amendment that will allow them to designate neighborhoods where investors won't be allowed to buy cheap and medium-priced homes and rent them out, NOS found after surveying the municipalities.

This legislative amendment is expected to take effect on January 1. The intention is to give people looking for a home a better chance of finding one on the tight Dutch housing market. Last year, a third of all homes sold in the four large cities were bought by investors.

Amsterdam told NOS that if it can, it will use this purchase protection for the entire municipality. Utrecht said the same. "Especially because we want to prevent a waterbed effect," a spokesperson said, referring to investors targeting more expensive homes if they can no longer buy those in the lower segments.

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