Uber Whistleblower Reveals Automated Vehicles Are NOT Safer — Claims Manufacturers Hiding The Truth


21-09-19 07:18:00,

By B.N. Frank

No matter how much proponents (see 1, 2) insist that Automated Vehicles can save lives, it doesn’t change the fact that like humans, computers make mistakes too.  Unlike humans, they can also be hacked.

Now an Uber whistleblower is confirming what seems to be totally obvious, and attempts that are being made to keep the public from the truth.  From The Truth About Cars:

Over the past year the automotive industry has carefully walked back the expectations surrounding autonomous cars. Yet pretty much any change in rhetoric constitutes retracted goals. With numerous companies predicting self-driving fleets of commercial vehicles before 2021, the bar couldn’t have been set much higher.

A lack of progress is partly to blame. However, a bundle of high-profile accidents have also shaken public trust — especially after it was found that Uber whistleblower Robbie Miller was trying to alert the company to issues with its self-driving program just days before one of the company’s autonomous Volvos was involved in a fatal accident with a pedestrian.

That’s not the half of it. In April, Miller released a study claiming self-driving vehicles were actually recording incident rates higher than that of your typical motorist. Contrasting data from the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and the California DMV, he concluded that autonomous test vehicles created more injuries per mile than the average human motorist with a few years of practice.

That’s not what we’re being sold. Automakers have repeatedly suggested that AV testing is a gateway to a safer world, with major breakthroughs close at hand. But Miller argued that focusing on the number of miles a manufacturer covers with its self-driving fleet doesn’t yield much more than reduced public safety.

“I want to make the road safer,” Miller, a former Uber operations manager and current chief safety officer at a California-based company developing advanced driver-assist systems for the trucking industry, explained to Automotive News. “Other programs out there, you know, they’re basically spouting science fiction about things that are years away.”


In his study, he alleged that too many automakers and tech firms rely on misleading benchmarks,

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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Facebook, Instagram Spying On Customers — Wants To Help Combat Surveillance


03-08-19 03:12:00,

By Aaron Kesel

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to fight back against corporate surveillance by Instagram and its parent company Facebook, as well as YouTube, which is owned by Google.

In a tweet rant posted on Twitter, Snowden expressed that both social media giants owned by Mark Zuckerberg were involved in spying on their users, as well as YouTube. Snowden also announced that he has created new accounts on the platforms and that he will explain how the sites spy on users. He added, that he would “explain methods to limit how much they know about you,” if you choose to use them.

These are my new accounts on other platforms. In the weeks ahead, I aim to explain how each of these site spies on you, and methods to limit how much they know about you. If you use them, keep an eye out.https://t.co/kbyQQe95oNhttps://t.co/6Jvkgu9zyPhttps://t.co/VU7jL8qV9r

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) August 1, 2019

Earlier in the day Snowden announced a new forthcoming memoir called Permanent Record, due out in September, which will tell all his secrets. Snowden has also released a YouTube ad for the book.

Snowden quickly rose to prominence in 2013, after leaking classified information on widespread warrantless NSA surveillance programs like XKeyscore and PRISM to The Guardian and The Washington Post. In fact, the first Snowden leak was a FISC order issued to Verizon under Section 702 that required the company to turn over all of its calling records to the NSA.

FISA was enacted in 1978 as a response to illegal domestic surveillance operations revealed by two Senate committees in the 1970s, including President Richard Nixon’s use of federal intelligence agencies to monitor his political opponents. It was brought into law “to authorize electronic surveillance to obtain foreign intelligence information.”

The law requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before setting up an electronic or physical wiretap targeted at foreigners and foreign agents.

Congress amended FISA in 2007 to let the government wiretap communications that either begin or end outside the United States jurisdiction without Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approval;

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24-07-19 05:31:00,

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Whistleblower Implicates Deutsche Bank In $150 Billion Money Laundering Scandal


19-11-18 02:00:00,

Just when Deutsche Bank probably thought the worst of its legal troubles (over the Libor scandal, sales of shoddy mortgage-backed securities, FX and precious metal rigging which collective resulted in tens of billions in legal fines) were behind it, the struggling German lender is being drawn deeper into the biggest money laundering scandal in European history.

Following reports over the weekend that Deutsche, JPM and Bank of America had been approached by federal investigators about their correspondent banking business’s involvement in clearing transactions for Danske Bank’s Estonian branch, the whistleblower who helped blow the lid off Danske’s $234 billion money laundering scandal said during testimony to the Danish Parliament that $150 billion of the money had been cleared by a large European lender, stopping short of naming Deutsche, likely to respect confidentiality rules governing the whistleblower’s work at Danske. Incidentally, as Bloomberg adds citing a “person familiar”, the unnamed bank is Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche continued to clear transactions for Danske’s Estonia branch until 2015, two years after JPM had ended its correspondent banking relationship with Danske’s Estonia branch over AML concerns. The suspicious funds flowed through Danske between 2007 and 2015 before Denmark’s largest lender closed its non-resident portfolio over AML concerns.


In an internal audit released earlier this year, Danske admitted that most of the $234 billion in non-resident cash came from suspicious sources in Russia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. With the help of its dollar-clearing correspondent banks, Danske converted the rubles and other foreign currency into dollars and moved it into the Western financial system. Roughly $8 billion of the money was converted via legal-though-shady “Mirror Trades”, where a client buys and sells a security in two different currencies, typically to help launder their money into dollars and euros (in a strange but sadly unsurprising coincidence, Deutsche’s Moscow desk got caught up in a mirror trading scandal of its own a couple years back).

Howard Wilkinson, the former Danske employee-turned-whistleblower, claimed that some of the money flowed through a London-based trading firm called Lantana Trade, which is rumored to have ties to the family of Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of the FSB. Wilkinson is expected to testify before both the Danish and EU parliaments this week,

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Gute Nachricht für Whistleblower: Dresdner Forscher tricksen Druckerüberwachung aus

Gute Nachricht für Whistleblower: Dresdner Forscher tricksen Druckerüberwachung aus

24-06-18 05:57:00,

Am 3. Juni 2017 verhaftete das FBI Reality Leigh Winner. Die Sprachwissenschaftlerin arbeitete für einen Dienstleister der NSA, ihr wird vorgeworfen, geheime Dokumente des US-Geheimdienstes an The Intercept geleakt zu haben. Zwei Tage später veröffentlichte The Intercept einen Bericht über diese Dokumente, die von russischen Hackerangriffen im Vorfeld der US-Wahl handeln. Dass Reality Winner schon vor dieser Veröffentlichung verhaftet wurde, liegt an einer ganzen Kette an Unachtsamkeiten. Auch kleine gelbe Punkte trugen dazu bei. Kleine gelbe Punkte, die viele Farblaserdrucker auf Dokumenten hinterlassen und die sowohl das Gerät als auch den Druckzeitpunkt verraten.

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Forschern der Technischen Universität Dresden ist es gelungen, diese Muster zu erkennen, zu analysieren und letztlich auch zu anonymisieren. Timo Richter, Stephan Escher, Dagmar Schönfeld und Thorsten Strufe werteten für ihr Paper 1286 Seiten von 106 Druckermodellen 18 verschiedener Hersteller aus, die ausgedruckt und danach wieder eingescannt wurden. Dabei stießen sie auf fünf verschiedene Trackingmuster. Vier davon konnten die Forscher anonymisieren. Dennoch könnten Drucker auch andere, noch unbekannte Trackingmuster enthalten, wie Strufe sagte.

Kleine gelbe Punkte verraten die Seriennummer

Um die kleinen gelben Hinweisgeber zu finden, sucht der Algorithmus zunächst die leeren Bereiche einer Seite. In diesen vermeintlich weißen Regionen spürt er im nächsten Schritt gelbe Farbwerte auf und verfolgt ihre Konturen, um die gelben Punkte sichtbar zu machen. Diese Punkte sind in einer Matrix angeordnet, daher muss das Programm die gescannte Seite geraderücken, falls sie beispielsweise schief eingescannt wurde.

Die Trackingmuster wiederholen sich viele Male auf der gesamten Seite und bestehen aus einer Matrix. Je nach Modell enthält sie unterschiedlich viele Punkte. So lassen sich, abhängig vom konkreten Muster, zwischen 48 und 98 Bits an Informationen unterbringen. Aus allen dieser Muster konnten die Forscher die Seriennummer des Druckers ableiten, in einem fanden sie sogar Datum und Uhrzeit des Ausdrucks codiert.

Ein zusätzliches Muster, das Tracking unbrauchbar macht

Um die Ausdrucke zu anonymisieren, entwickelten die Dresdner zwei Möglichkeiten. Zum einen könnten die gelben Punkte nachträglich entfernt werden. Dafür muss das Dokument aber zunächst eingescannt werden.

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