ReHacked vol. 236: Tales from the Crypto: How the Baltic states became the hub of money laundering, DC's ban on cashless businesses takes effect, BBC Sticks With Mastodon and more

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ReHacked vol. 236: Tales from the Crypto: How the Baltic states became the hub of money laundering, DC's ban on cashless businesses takes effect, BBC Sticks With Mastodon and more
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Tales from the Crypto: How the Baltic states became the hub of money laundering and fraud - VSQUARE.ORG #crypto #crime #blockchain #aml #longread

International criminals used Estonia’s deficient cryptocurrency regulation to turn the small country into a hub of financial crime where over a billion euros have been laundered or defrauded from victims. Now the same actors are relocating to other countries who repeat all the same mistakes

Over the last 5 years Estonia became a global hotspot for crypto companies: as of mid-2021, nearly 55% of all virtual currency service providers in the world were registered in Estonia.

Estonia’s liberal crypto licensing system enabled such companies – often with non-resident owners and clients – to promote themselves as EU-licensed financial services.

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Indoor wood-burning from stoves and fireplaces and incident lung cancer among Sister Study participants - ScienceDirect #health

We included 50,226 women without prior lung cancer participating in the U.S.-based prospective Sister Study. At enrollment (2003–2009), women reported frequency of use of wood-burning stoves and/or fireplaces in their longest-lived adult residence. Cox regression was used to estimate adjusted hazard ratios (HRadj) and 95 % confidence intervals (CI) for the association between indoor wood-burning fireplace/stove use and incident lung cancer. Lung cancer was self-reported and confirmed with medical records.

Before Skynet and The Matrix, This 50-Year-Old Movie Predicted the Rise of AI - IGN #futurism #history #art

One of the earliest entries of the AI genre came in 1970 – way before audiences had any real sense of where the digital revolution was about to take the world – with the overlooked classic Colossus: The Forbin Project. It remains, 53 years after it was released, one of the most gripping and prophetic films to ask the question: What happens when we create something that is smarter than us?

The film’s title refers to Colossus, a super-computer that is basically Skynet 14 years before The Terminator even came out. James Cameron is apparently a fan of Colossus: The Forbin Project, and it doesn’t seem like a stretch to say that he and Gale Anne Hurd were at least partially inspired by the 1970 picture when they wrote their franchise-starter.

Five member states must investigate spyware abuse, says PACE committee #privacy

Citing “mounting evidence” that spyware has been used for illegitimate purposes by several Council of Europe member states, a committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged five governments to provide information on their use of such spyware within three months, and fully investigate all cases of abuse.

Approving a draft resolution on Pegasus and similar spyware and secret state surveillance, PACE's Legal Affairs Committee unequivocally condemned “the use of spyware by state authorities for political purposes”. It urged Poland, Hungary, Greece, Spain and Azerbaijan to promptly and fully investigate all cases of abuse of spyware, sanction any they find, and provide redress to victims.

23andMe scraping incident leaked data on 1.3 million users of Ashkenazi and Chinese descent #privacy #security

The information of nearly 7 million 23andMe users was offered for sale on a cybercriminal forum this week. The information included origin estimation, phenotype, health information, photos, identification data and more. 23andMe processes saliva samples submitted by customers to determine their ancestry.

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Japan Back Then: The Stories That Gripped the Nation in the 1950s Tokyo Weekender #history #culture #orientalism

The 1950s are considered the Golden Age of Japanese cinema, particularly the opening few years of the decade. Akira Kurosawa’s classic Rashomon (1950) was the first movie from this country to gain global recognition, winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and an Academy Honorary Award. In the years that followed, Kurosawa continued to make several masterpieces, including Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954). One of the most acclaimed films of the era was Yasujiro Ozu’s tearjerker Tokyo Story (1953), which ranked as the greatest movie of all time in a 2012 director’s poll in Sight & Sound magazine. Along with Kurosawa and Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi was regarded as part of the “big three” Japanese directors of the ‘50s thanks to flicks like The Life of Oharu (1952), Ugetsu (1953) and Sansho the Bailiff (1954).

Every Type of Railcar Explained in 15 Minutes - YouTube #engineering #interesting

Ron Patrick's Street-Legal Jet Powered Volkswagen Beetle #interesting

Lenovo PC boss: 80% of our devices to be repairable by 2025 • The Register #hardware

Lenovo is forecasting that the vast majority of its devices will be repairable by 2025 – as will the repair parts themselves – but it is not intending to specify where customers should have their kit fixed.

Talking on stage at the Canalys EMEA Forum 2023, Luca Rossi, senior vice resident at Lenovo and president of its Intelligent Devices Group, said the company has committed to a net zero emission policy by 2050, and analyzing the components used in its hardware is part of the equation.

US government issues first-ever space debris penalty to Dish Network | Satellites | The Guardian #space #engineering

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued its first fine to a company that violated its anti-space debris rule, the commission announced on Monday.

Dish Network has to pay $150,000 to the commission over its failure to deorbit its EchoStar-7 satellite, which has been in space for more than two decades. Instead of properly deorbiting the satellite, Dish sent it into a “disposal orbit” at an altitude low enough to pose an orbital debris risk.

Joe :fedora: :debian: :ferris:: "Today I found out that google …" - Fosstodon #privacy

Today I found out that google docs infects html exports with spyware, no scripts, but links in your document are replaced with invisible google tracking redirects. I was using their software because a friend wanted me to work with him on a google doc, he is a pretty big fan of their software, but we were both somehow absolutely shocked that they would go that far.

DC's ban on cashless businesses takes effect - Axios Washington D.C. #economy #society

No cash, no more — D.C. will enforce a law starting Sunday that bans businesses from refusing cash payments.

Why it matters: Cashless policies have been controversial for years — and often deemed discriminatory — so there's finally clarity on how D.C. businesses should proceed.

Driving the news: The D.C. Council passed legislation in 2020 prohibiting retailers from discriminating against cash payments, but funding from the city to enforce it didn't kick in until the new fiscal year.

BBC Gives Up On Threads (By Instagram), Sticks With Mastodon — Darnell (Seize The Day) #socialnetworks

So numerous brands are giving up on Threads by Instagram, allegedly due to lack of engagement (ironically, most of them are still using X, formally known as Twitter).

What makes this news more interesting is the fact that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has abandoned its Threads account but is still maintaining its self-hosted Mastodon accounts online.

Microsoft Defender Flags Tor Browser as a Trojan and Removes it from the System - Deform #software #security

Windows users have recently begun mass-reporting that Microsoft’s Defender antivirus program, which is integrated into Windows 10 and 11 by default, is flagging the latest version of the Tor browser as “Win32/Malgent!MTB” malware.


Experts believe that the false malware alert is due to the new heuristic detection method used in Microsoft Defender. This method is designed to identify Trojans that use Tor to hide their activity. However, it seems that Defender does not limit itself to Trojans, but marks Tor itself as malicious.

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