Obsessive phone scrolling is kicking off a pickpocket renaissance

When pockets started filling up with credit cards instead of cash wads around 2000, it appeared as though career wallet-whisperers would have to pick a new type of petty crime. But, despite constant reports of the coming of a cashless economy, cash didn’t disappear as completely as expected. Now that pedestrians are more digitally distracted …

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Your medical data is worth 3x more than your financial data. Why?

Banks and financial institutions have always been targeted by hackers, but health care organizations are increasingly getting hacked to pieces by data thieves, according to a recent report. Health care data has become popular on the dark web because it is easily monetized and, unlike bank information, it’s hard to change. The permanence problem Although …

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See Maps Showing Where FBI Planes Are Watching From Above

America is being watched from above. Government surveillance planes routinely circle over most major cities — but usually take the weekends off. Each weekday, dozens of U.S. government aircraft take to the skies and slowly circle over American cities. Piloted by agents of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the planes are …

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How to Disappear

Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. In 2016, the Atlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of …

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Robocalls can now get blocked by your carrier by default

The FCC voted unanimously today to allow carriers to block robocalls by default, setting the stage for the major carriers to take action against the surge of unwanted automated calls that basically everyone hates. The agency also voted to move forward on a proposed rule that would require carriers to adopt the SHAKEN / STIR caller ID authentication system if they don’t do it themselves by year-end.
“Robocalls are “the scourge of civilization,” according to Ajit Pai”