Author Archives: Wahyd Vannoni

About Western Media Propaganda (aka nowadays as “Fake News”)

This is what Soviet Television said about Western media reports on a possible catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.

“As you can see, there are no massive distractions on which Western media keeps insisting”. In other words, everything is fine.

You can compare and contrast how Western and Soviet media dealt with the news in the early days following the explosion in this remarkable compilation.

DNA Public Databases are Slowly Eroding our Privacy.

If you were asked: “would you agree to your DNA being made available for the world to see”, how would you answer?

I would guess that most of us would say “no”.

Yet, with or without our authorisation and regardless of jurisdiction, this is where we are heading towards; whether or not we decide to take a DNA test.

Salami Technique

As often happens with technology, the sum of small, seemingly reasonable actions, will amount to a vast, systematic, universal breach of privacy.

Here is what is going on. As many of you know, it is possible to get some kind of DNA report, most often used to find relatives. According to an MIT Technology Report, 29 million people worldwide have taken an “at-home ancestry test”. As prices for these tests fall, this figure is destined to rise.

What is crucial, is that people are willingly giving their information, assuming their data will be protected. As mentioned earlier, the benefits are to find other relatives who in turn consent to be made aware of more or less close family ties.

In addition, who would argue against using DNA to resolve legal and law enforcement cases?

GED set and Match

This is where things start to get worrying for the wider public, our legal identity (name, gender, location) may be match to our DNA via a publicly available database called GEDMatch.

GEDMatch allows anyone to upload one’s DNA and make this available to anyone for a maximum of $10 per month.

In their privacy policy, GEDMatch states among other things that

GEDmatch Collection and Use of Information
When you register on GEDmatch, we collect your name, an optional alias, and email address to process your registration. Once you are registered, you can provide other personal information such as your sex, Y-DNA or mtDNA haplogroup, genetic sequence/information, Genealogy data, and/or Tier1 payment information. GEDmatch will only collect your personal information if you provide it to us voluntarily. If you are located outside the United States, you consent to the storage, processing, and transfer of your personal information outside your country. 

I’m Gonna GED You.

Recently the Associated Press reported the arrest of a man who for 43 years eluded authorities. Indeed, GEDmatch has been instrumental in solving more than 50 similar case. The technique used by law enforcement authorities revolves around getting a suspect’s DNA from the crime scene and matching it against GEDMatch database. Once this is done, a shortlist of living relatives is produced, quickly narrowing down who the suspect might be and where he might be living.

The ethical implications are myriad. One can simply think of the insurance industry and the matter of pre-existing conditions. Even if you do not consent to sharing your DNA, indeed, you do not have to be asked, if your relatives have submitted their DNA it wouldn’t be outlandish to conclude that in the near future, your chances of contracting this or that disease to be inferred from the DNA of your relatives. 

Balsamo, Michael (April 27, 2018). “Genealogy site didn’t know it was used to seek serial killer”Phys.org. Associated Press. Retrieved May 22, 2018.

^ Brown, Kirsten (April 12, 2019). “A Researcher Needed Three Hours to Identify Me From My DNA”Bloomberg Business Week. Retrieved April 15, 2019.

^ Jones, Natalie. “MD Bill Seeks to Prohibit Using DNA Databases to Solve Crime”NBC4 Washington. Retrieved March 9, 2019.

^ Pauly, Madison (March 12, 2019). “Police are increasingly taking advantage of home DNA tests. There aren’t any regulations to stop it”Mother Jones. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

^ Aldhous, Peter (May 19, 2019). “This Genealogy Database Helped Solve Dozens Of Crimes. But Its New Privacy Rules Will Restrict Access By Cops”BuzzFeed News. Retrieved May 20, 2019.

Who Does Donald Trump Follow on Twitter?

The @realdonaldtrump account follows 47 other accounts on Twitter. Twelve of these accounts, are Fox-related accounts and make up the largest group of accounts being followed by the President of the United States.

These include:

  • Maria Bartiromo
  • Tucker Carlson
  • Jesse Watters
  • Laura Ingraham
  • Sean Hannity
  • Diamond and Silk
  • KATRINA CAMPINS
  • FOX & friends
  • Geraldo Rivera
  • Eric Bolling
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Greta Van Susteren

Other accounts include members of the Trump team, Trump businesses and family.

Of note, only 9% of these account belong to Republican leaders.

  • Rep. Jim Jordan
  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • Ronna McDaniel
  • Reince Priebus

EU Elections Survey

Which party do you usually vote for and which party do you actually consider voting for in the next EU elections?

Please use the following link to share what you actually intend to do.

Tutti I Tweet di Salvini

Questi i primi 5 tweet di @matteosalvinimi nel 2011.

E questo il tweet con maggior numero di “likes”.

Ecco qui tutti i 27.962 tweet di @matteosalvinimi dal 23 Marzo 2011 al 7 Aprile 2019.

Cliccare sull’immagine per scaricare il file in formato .numbers.

Tutti i tweet di Matteo Salvini.

List of All Tweets Marked as “Favorites” by @disney

This is a report in excel format that includes all tweets marked as “favorites” by the @disney account on twitter.

Click on image to download .xls file

3 Ways to test Your Browser Security

Here are three free online ways to test how vulnerable your browsers are.

DeviceInfo https://www.deviceinfo.me/

This is used to give you a footprint of your browser. This is one way, even if you have a proxy, in which your computer can be uniquely identified.

Browser Audit https://browseraudit.com

BrowserAudit is a free service. It will “attack” your browser with 400 test and see how well your security features respond.

I have performed the test on several browsers and was surprised to see that the one that doesn’t show any critical results is Chrome.

1. Chrome results

2. Safari results

Chrome Web Audit Results.

3. Firefox results

DetectMyBrowser https://detectmybrowser.com/

DetectMyBroswer will give you rapid and actionable assessment of your browser.

Specifically, it will test your web browser’s plugins, CSS3 and HTML 5 capabilities. “It uses various javascript libraries for the detection of your browser.”

The red circles mean you need to upgrade either specific features such as your plugin or if too many red circles are reported, it’s time to upgrade the entire browser which is what is recommended to start with.

Internet Explorer (version 6-8) is considered crippled when it comes to web standards.

detectmybrowser video check