Paris Biking REVe Highway

The newest superhighway in Paris won’t hold a single car

By on July 7, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

The newest superhighway in Paris won’t hold a single car

Biking can be an incredibly fun and healthy way to get around, unless the crowded city you live in isn’t really conducive to bicycles. That’s currently the case in Paris, but the crowded city is fixing its biking problem. Specifically, local authorities have committed to creating some 28 miles of bike-only roads and Paris has just inaugurated the first stretch of its cycling super highway. More →

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Airbnb Underwater Shark Bedroom

Airbnb wants you to sleep with the fishes – well, sharks, to be precise

By on March 30, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Airbnb wants you to sleep with the fishes – well, sharks, to be precise

We’ve seen our fair share or unusual Airbnb listings, some a lot more welcoming than others, but sleeping underwater in a giant fish tank that houses no less than 35 sharks is an extraordinary feat that deserves some recognition. This marks the world’s first underwater Airbnb in Paris, where a giant 360-degree glass wall is the only thing to separate you and a friend from 3,000,000 liters of water. And, yes, 35 sharks. More →

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Brussels Attack Dirty Bomb

Brussels attackers were looking to make radioactive ‘dirty bomb’

By on March 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Brussels attackers were looking to make radioactive ‘dirty bomb’

A report that preceded the horrific attacks on Brussels revealed that ISIS terrorists have been working to acquire materials to create so-called dirty bombs with the help of nuclear material. Meanwhile, the investigation into the Belgian explosion exposed more information about those plans. Apparently, the brothers who detonated home-made explosive devices at the airport and a metro station in Brussels were the ones who planted surveillance equipment outside the house of a nuclear physicist last year.

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Paris Attacks iPhone Encryption

Paris attackers didn’t use encrypted iPhones or Internet services

By on March 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM.

Paris attackers didn’t use encrypted iPhones or Internet services

March 22nd, 2016, will be remembered as the day when attackers hit other targets in Europe, with bombs killing at least 13 people at the Brussels airport and injuring more than 30. In the U.S., March 22nd should have been the day of a terrorism-related court hearing in the FBI vs. Apple encryption battle, though that hearing is now postponed.

So does encryption protect terrorists who plan bombings such as the ones in Brussels, Ankara, Paris, and other cities? Yes, it probably does. But investigators in the Paris case have found out that it’s not encrypted iPhones or Android devices, and it’s not encrypted Internet services that helped attackers carry out a highly choreographed attack on the French capital. Instead, they used disposable, burner phones, which they kept changing on a regular basis.

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Anonymous Hackers ISIS Terrorists War

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

By on November 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM.

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. More →

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Husband Response ISIS Antoine Leiris

Grieving husband gives ISIS the best response we’ve seen so far

By on November 20, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Grieving husband gives ISIS the best response we’ve seen so far

Last week’s horrific attacks on Paris has everyone talking about safety, especially at a time when many people are planning trips for the upcoming holidays. Is it safe to travel? Should I postpone my flight? Do we have to avoid European regions that might be targets on ISIS’ agenda? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, then ISIS’ mission is partly accomplished — the group means to instill crippling fear into us all.

However, that’s not the right path to take, and a French man who lost his wife, the mother of his 17-month-old boy, wrote a riveting response to ISIS. It’s easily the best one I’ve seen so far.  More →

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ISIS Customer Service Digital Security Manual

ISIS has 24-hour help desk for terrorists

By on November 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM.

ISIS has 24-hour help desk for terrorists

New reports detailing the activities of ISIS, which is responsible for the recent attacks on Paris, Beirut and for taking down a Russian passenger jet, reveal that the organization employs a 24-hour customer support service that can help out with various digital problems its members may have. The same tech-savvy group manning the round-the-clock service from locations around the world also created a manual the describes best-practices ISIS members should follow to thwart surveillance and hide their tracks online. More →

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Encrypted Chat Telegram ISIS

Encrypted chat app Telegram reverses stance, bans 78 ISIS accounts

By on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Encrypted chat app Telegram reverses stance, bans 78 ISIS accounts

Some people suspect that the ISIS group involved in the November 13th attacks on Paris used encrypted apps and services to communicate, with Telegram being highlighted as one chat app that ISIS-affiliated members favor. However, there’s no official proof the attackers actually used encrypted devices and services to talk to each other when planning attacks.

Even so, after defending the right to guard the privacy of anyone using Telegram in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the company has reversed its stance, announcing that it banned no less than 78 Telegram channels that belonged to ISIS. More →

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Police Raid Paris Kills ISIS

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

By on November 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM.

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

French police and special forces conducted a massive raid in Paris’ suburb Saint-Denis in the early hours on Wednesday morning. Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard near an apartment building where individuals suspected of being linked to the Paris attacks were hiding, including the person who may have planned the November 13th assault on Paris. Two people died in the ensuing fight, including a woman who detonated a vest containing explosives, and the primary target of the attack.

Interestingly, the information that helped police conduct this particular raid and potentially avoid a second disaster in Paris came from an unencrypted, unlocked smartphone found in a dumpster near the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists killed 89 people on Friday. More →

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