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Developer in Miami adds ‘skydeck’ for flying cars to luxury building

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Having trouble finding a place to keep your flying car? It’s not exactly a relatable problem these days.  And even though a Jetsons-esque flying future is still decades away, one rising residential building in Miami is planning for the future in a big way, topping their structure with a with an unusual feature: a “skydeck” for flying cars and drones.

Daniel Kodsi is the CEO and developer of Paramount Miami World Center, the city’s newest luxury skyscraper. It’s a 60 story residential building that comes decked out with all the latest amenities -and a few that don’t really exist yet. “Ever since the Jetsons came out, America’s been talking about flying cars. And, so it’s something that inspires you; something that you think about when you’re building a project,” says Kodsi. “You’re saying, “well, what is the future? What’s going to happen in the future?  We said, what an opportunity to convert our, our sky deck into some type of Jetsons, uh, sky port where you, where you can actually land passenger drones? And this technology exists today.”

And while flying cars aren’t a reality of everyday life just yet, developments like the Paramount Miami World Center are betting big that they’ll be a way of the future sooner rather than later – in part because of the crowded roadways down below. Kodsi forecasts that “there will be a demand for South Florida VTOL [vertical take-off and landing] air vehicle service because of the area’s overly-congested highways, inner-city gridlock, and because the region’s affluent population seeks this mode of transportation.” Developers are currently in talks with several VTOL air vehicle manufacturers, which could produce multi-prop flying cars that travel at top speeds of 230 miles per hour.

And the building should be able to accommodate them. The new Paramount Miami World Center has over 500 units, and more than 2 dozen of those are penthouses; good news for folks looking for a comfortable home – and a spot to park their flying car.

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New 40mm cannon on Marine Corp amphibious combat vehicle destroys drones, pickup trucks

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Navy and Marine Corps interest in up-gunning its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle with a stronger, longer-range 40mm cannon may have taken a step forward following a live-fire demonstration which blasted off the cannon — destroying enemy pick-up trucks, aerial drones, groups of fighters and other metal targets.

Integrating the new cannon brings a new level of firepower to the Corps’ emerging new high-tech ACV, which is currently armed with a 30mm Bushmaster Northrop Chain Gun – Cannon. The live-fire demo, taking place at a recent Northrop Grumman Bushmaster User Conference in the Arizona desert, showed the 40mm armed cannon’s ability to explode, burn and shatter larger, more fortified targets at longer ranges — compared to the ACVs 30mm cannon.

A 40mm diameter brings a larger attack explosion, significantly longer range and — in a newer cutting edge development — and ability to target and hit air-flying enemy drones.

“We invest every year in upgrading our current systems to make them more lethal and reliable. Gun system upgrades leverage new innovations, advanced ammunition,” Dan Olson, Vice President of Northrop Grumman Armament Systems, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

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Potential 40mm cannon counter-air drone attacks represents a significant step forward for vehicle-mounted cannons. It brings an ability to ID and destroy closer-in air targets such as approaching small drones or even low flying enemy helicopters; it can add an additional layer of combat tactics able to reinforce the existing Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) program designed to fire Hellfire missiles and other weapons to hit higher-flying air-threats. Integrated sensor technology could, in some instances, share and pass off targets, enabling a vehicle-mounted cannon to expand its envelope beyond land-targets.

The new 40mm weapons configuration is aligned with an emerging Navy-Marine Corps amphibious assault strategy which, among other things, sees a possible need for extended penetration into land defenses after an initial beachhead is taken.

As a way to demonstrate and further explore the ACV Bushmaster Cannon’s attack flexibility, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems demonstrated the 40mm gun firing on the move, hitting and exploding white pick-up truck targets, drones and fixed structures on the other side of an Arizona desert valley.

This desired flexibility, fortified by added land attack firepower, also complements other elements of the Corps’ newer, more “dispersed” amphibious assault strategy; if amphibious incursions occur in narrow, more spread-apart scenarios, landing forces will potentially need to engage in more land-fighting without large numbers of forces nearby. They will likely rely more upon air support, long-range fires and “networked” intelligence from other ISR nodes, command and control ships or elements of the force — to find and exploit landing areas most advantageous to the attacking force.

The new ACV uses ocean water to cool the engine so as to enable it to carry up to 200 gallons of fuel – enough for a longer 365-mile mission. While the new ACV can travel roughly 13 miles through the water, at about six knots, from ship to shore, it can hit speeds of 60mph on land for hundreds of miles inland. Northrop’s development of the 40mm cannon is, to a large extent, intended to support this strategy, as its longer range and ammunition are designed to support deeper land-attack penetration possibilities.

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The Northrop-BAE teaming arrangement is now finalizing gun-turret integration to further prepare the weapon for combat in the next several years. Corps developers cite sensor-weapons-gun alignment as a key emphasis in their development of the ACV; its increased landward speed maneuverability compared with the current AAV are enhanced by “a precision weapons station for enhanced lethality, and a robust swim capability to operate within the littorals,” Col. Kirk Mullins, ACV 1.1 Program Manager, Advanced Amphibious Assault, Program Executive Officer Land Systems.

“The vehicle is designed to have a turret superstructure that is reinforced in the base design. This is the culmination of turret-integration analysis,” John Swift, Director of Amphibious Warfare, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

Northrop weapons developers explain that the 40mm cannon can, due to the vehicle’s turret and fire control configuration, easily swap out the 30mm cannon barrel for a 40mm barrel without any technical difficulty or significant alterations.

“The ACV is not maintenance intensive because of its increased reliability, and it also provides greater protection against threats we encounter on the battlefield,” Mullins added.

Some of the 40mm demonstration firing, Swift said, included “networked” attacks upon groups of enemy fighters using nearby RPGs. The RPG fire, he explained, was connected to the base vehicle to reinforce destructive power by hitting the target from horizontal and vertical angles. Targets were passed off, in some cases, by using a laser rangefinder. This technology fires a laser beam at a target, traveling at the speed of light. Given that the speed of light is a known entity, it can mathematically be combined with the length of time it takes to travel to the target. Given these two established variables, algorithms can then calculate the exact distance, placing the round on a target.

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Along with a larger, larger-range gun, Northrop is also working intensely on ammunition preparation – to include advanced airburst rounds, high-explosive rounds an emerging “proximity” rounds. Each of these rounds brings a new sphere of attack options for offensive operations, as they can detonate near or above a specific target. By exploding in a certain area, a proximity fuse can use a smart, pre-programmed fuse to destroy groups of enemy fighters or other “area” targets more difficult to hit with standard “point-detonate” rounds. Airburst rounds already exist, and Olson said Northrop is fast-tracking the development of proximity rounds

“We have been investing pretty heavily in our ammunition to further enhance the lethality of our systems. This includes the area of proximity fusing and the creation of on-board power and computing power to ID targets,” Olson said.

Along with efforts to upgrade its offensive fire-power, the Marine Corps has also been preparing to assess the vehicle’s ability to withstand attacks, by firing live weapons at its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle — until the attacks achieve “total destruction.” This is designed to prepare the vehicle for long-range, high-intensity land-attack missions emerging from an amphibious assault.

Senior Corps and Navy leaders have long expressed concern that the current amphibious assault force is far too small to meet current threats and Combatant Commander requests. A new up-gunned water-land strike vehicle, therefore, clearly seems intended to help bridge the gap.

“We have an ongoing challenge in readiness, given the threats to amphibious forces,” Maj. Gen. David Coffman, Director of Naval Expeditionary Warfare, said in January at the Surface Naval Association Symposium.

Unlike existing tracked AAVs, the new ACVs are 8X8 wheeled vehicles engineered for greater speed, maneuverability and survivability on land. By removing the need for torsion bars, a wheeled-vehicle such as the ACV can build a V-shaped hull for additional protection, speed and combat durability, BAE Systems developers say.

“The Marine Corps went from tracked to wheeled because of advances in automotive technology,” Swift said.

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The new vehicle weighs 30-tons and has a digitized driver’s instrument panel. The existing new ACVs are armed with .50-Cal Machine Guns and engineered with an unmanned turret that can integrate the 40mm gun. The new ACV also makes use of a stronger 700hp engine, compared to the AAVs 400hp engine.

A more dispersed amphibious attack force not only reduces vulnerability to enemy fire but can also use advanced C4ISR and networking to better identify key points of attack across a wider area.

The new vehicle, currently under a Navy Low-Rate Initial Production deal with BAE Systems to deliver 30 vehicles. The Corps is preparing to deploy new BAE-built Amphibious Combat Vehicles by 2021.

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Last Supper site reveals its secrets in stunning 3D laser scans

The room venerated as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper has been revealed in stunning detail thanks to remarkable 3D laser scanning technology.

A Christian holy site, the Cenacle (from the Latin for ‘dining room’), is located on the upper floor of the King David’s Tomb complex on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Archaeologists have harnessed sophisticated 3D mapping equipment to unlock the Cenacle’s secrets. “I felt like I was in the book by Dan Brown, ‘The Da Vinci Code’,” Amit Re’em Jerusalem district archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Fox News. “We needed to decipher the ancient symbols.”

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Re’em explained that the 3D mapping of the Cenacle and King David’s Tomb is part of an ongoing project that began in 2016. “This place is sacred to three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” he said. “It’s very, very sensitive – you cannot conduct classic archaeological excavations.”

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Photogrammetry picture of the Cenacle (Alex Wiegmann, IAA)

Keen to find out more about the Cenacle, however, IAI archaeologists teamed up with experts from the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Archaeological Research (INZ) in Austria and the Cyprus Archaeological Institution to conduct 3D laser scans of the room.

“We mapped to reach every corner of this ancient place – we could penetrate the stone and create accurate models of the space,” Re’em said, noting that the team spotted fascinating features within the room.

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At the apex of one of the room’s arches, the scans reveal an “Agnus Dei” or “Lamb of God” symbol. On a keystone, a carved lion symbol is also visible. “The lion was the symbol of King David,” Re’em explained. “According to the ancient scriptures, Jesus was a descendant of King David.”

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The Agnus Dei laser scan. (Avshalom Karasik IAA)

The research provides answers to questions that have swirled around the Cenacle for centuries, such as whether it was built in the 12th, 13th or 14th century. “We think that the date of the building is the second half of the 12th century A.D. during the time of the Crusaders,” Re’em told Fox News. “This was the second stage of a large, magnificent church built by the Crusaders on Mount Zion.”

The Crusaders built their church over an earlier 4th-century Byzantine church, according to the archaeologist. “The Crusaders combined in their church the early remains of the Byzantine church,” he said.

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While the interior of the Cenacle is now relatively unadorned, the 3D mapping project indicates that this was not the case centuries ago. “This part of the Crusader church was a very unique artistic creation,” Re’em said. “Originally, all this part of the Crusader church was fully decorated with architectural symbols – as a Christian pilgrim, you didn’t need to speak Latin, you could ‘read’ the symbols.

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The lion on the keystone. (The Lion on the keystone, Amit Re’em IAA)

3D laser scanning technology is in the news after a devastating fire tore through the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral and claimed its spire this week.

Research projects, such as a 3D laser mapping of the cathedral by the late art historian Andrew Tallon, have been touted as a useful tool for the rebuilding effort, as well the video game “Assasin’s Creed Unity,” which uses a painstakingly created digital representation of Notre Dame.

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“Our work is more than relevant right now after the unfortunate events at the Notre Dame de Paris,” Re’em told Fox News. “If something like this would happen at this holy place in the future, which we hope would not happen, we could use [our 3D mapping project] to reconstruct.”

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Abseiling the walls of the Last Supper room. (Amit Re’em IAA)

The expert told Fox News that, while there is no clear archaeological evidence for the Cenacle as the site of Jesus’ last supper, experts will continue their laser scans of the complex. “From time to time, when we have an opportunity, we’re continuing to document other parts of the holy complex,” he said. “I hope that maybe, in the future, we will have the opportunity to conduct a small-scale classical archaeological investigation.”

Other stunning Crusader-era discoveries have been made in Israel in recent years. Last year, for example, archaeologists discovered a Gothic hall at a medieval Crusader fortress in northern Israel. The ceremonial hall found in Galilee’s Montfort Castle offers a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent Crusader era in the Holy Land, which began in the 11th century and lasted until the 13th century.

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In 2017 amazing medieval jewelry was found during the excavation of a Crusader castle on Tittora Hill in the town of Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut.

In 2016, a centuries-old hand grenade that may date back to the time of the Crusaders was among a host of treasures retrieved from the sea in Israel. The hand grenade was a common weapon in Israel during the Crusader era.

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Over decades, archaeologists have also uncovered the ruins of the once-thriving Crusader city in the modern Israeli city of Acre.

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Apple’s secret lab where robots pull apart iPhones to invent ‘future of recycling’ revealed

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Apple has unveiled a brand new “secret lab” that aims to invent the future of recycling.

The sci-fi facility in Texas will use artificial intelligence and a squadron of robots to rip apart iPhones – all in a bid to save the planet.

It’s called the Material Recovery Lab, and has been set up for research and development to improve recycling tech for gadgets.

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The 9,000-square-foot facility is based in Austin, Texas, and hopes to create “next-gen” ways of scrapping your iPhone.

Apple has promised to use “robots and machine learning” – including the Daisy recycling robot.

Apple announced the Daisy robots last year as a way to more efficiently disassemble the iPhone.

It’s since gone through several upgrades, and can now disassemble 15 different iPhone models at a rate of 1.2million per year.

Daisy robots are based all around the world, pulling out key metals and minerals that can be re-used on other gadgets.

The new lab will work with Apple’s own engineering teams, as well as scientists from universities.

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Experts will be using large machinery that you’d typically find at a major electronic waste recycling facility.

The firm has essentially set up a replica of one of these facilities to improve how recycling takes place.

Better still, Apple has vowed to share its findings with other tech firms – allowing them to scrap gadgets in a more eco-friendly way too.

Apple says it set up the facility because no efficient recycling tech exists for some materials.

Apple also revealed that it’s made some significant improvements when it comes to making gadgets more ethically.

For instance, aluminum recovered through Apple’s Trade-In program is now being remelted into the enclosures of the MacBook Air.

And Apple is using 100 percent recycled tin for the main “logic boards” on 11 different products.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Smaller Nintendo Switch launching this fall, report says

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Last month it was rumored that Nintendo was set to launch a cheaper Switch, now we know how that’s going to be achieved: the new Switch is expected to be smaller.

As The Verge reports, a report coming out of Japan suggests that Nintendo is preparing to launch a new version of the Switch in the fall. The key difference for this new model is its size as Nintendo has decided a smaller, more portable version of the Switch would sell well. It’s hard to argue against that.

The existing Switch, although portable, is quite a large unit due to the 6.2-inch display and Joy-Con controllers attached to either side. It’s certainly not as easy to carry around as the many variants of the 3DS, but that hasn’t stopped people trying and a number of accessories and cases have appeared to support the hybrid machine on-the-go.

So how small could this new Switch be? The one limiting factor to consider is the Joy-Con controllers as it would be difficult to make them any smaller and remain usable. Even so, if Nintendo can reduce down to a display in the 4-to-5-inch range then the Switch certainly becomes more portable. If they can achieve that while also improving battery life, then this could become the preferred Switch model going forward.

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One thing to note about this rumored new Switch is the fact it will retain the ability to connect to your TV, which means it will still have a dock of some form. Hopefully, it’s a better dock than the existing Switch has. We also can’t forget a higher-performance Switch is also expected at some point in the future, we just don’t know when.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking, reviewers say

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Samsung’s new $2,000 smartphone doesn’t go on sale until next week — yet it’s already falling apart.

Numerous tech reviewers who received the $1,980 Galaxy Fold — known for its unique foldable screen as well as its hefty price tag — are now reporting that their devices are breaking.

Reporters from outlets like Bloomberg, The Verge and CNBC all took to Twitter to share photos of how their supposedly-flexible screens were blacking out or breaking at their hinges.

“The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in,” Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted Wednesday.

Attached to the tweet was a photo of the phone with two-thirds of the 7.3-inch screen blacked out.

“When I tap the screen as well with the top of my finger and the fingernail hits it (very common), it also leaves a seemingly permanent indent,” Gurman tweeted shortly thereafter. “There is a very small tear at the top part of the hinge and after I poked at it, the screen got worse.”

Other tech reviewers complained of phones with flickering screens.

Multiple reviewers tied the problem to a thin plastic layer over the screen that they thought was a screen protector— leading them to remove it when they were not supposed to.

The disturbing reviews come as the Fold, which was unveiled in February, gets ready to hit stores next week. It recently sold out of preorder units, Samsung said.

The phone features a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display that bends, allowing it to fold to the size of a regular smartphone with a 4.6-inch screen.

Samsung claims that the Fold’s hinge can withstand 200,000 holds. But so far it’s looking like it can hardly withstand two days.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s not the South Korean phone maker’s first embarrassing phone launch. Back in 2016, the company was forced to halt sales of its Galaxy Note 7 because the phone’s battery had been overheating, catching fire and blowing up in customers’ pockets.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ email contacts of 1.5 million users: report

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Facebook said on Wednesday it “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since March 2016, a report said.

New users were being asked to verify their accounts with their email passwords, a process that in some cases saw users’ email contacts uploaded to Facebook, the company told Reuters in a statement.

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“We estimate that up to 1.5 million people’s email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them,” Facebook said. The company noted that users who had their contacts imported would be notified.

The company told Reuters that last month it stopped offering email password verification for users signing up for the first time

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Facebook has been under fire for privacy-related issues, including a data scandal where Cambridge Analytica obtained 87 million Facebook users’ personal information without their consent.

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Conservatives demand answers from Twitter after it reportedly cuts ties with Southern Poverty Law Center

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Conservative leaders who have been calling for tech giants to end partnerships with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are demanding that Twitter confirm its Trust and Safety Council has severed ties with what they call an “anti-Christian, anti-conservative” organization.

“Two weeks ago, we issued open letters to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon urging them to cut ties with the corrupt, anti-conservative, anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC),” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders wrote to Twitter’s chief executive officer Jack Dorsey. “Since then, it’s been reported that Twitter has severed ties with the organization. It’s time they publicly confirm or deny this. If true, we commend them for taking action.”

The report of the severed ties came last week from the Daily Caller.

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Following the firing of a SPLC co-founder amid accusations of harboring a sexist and fostering a racist workplace culture, the conservative leaders have been asking the largest technology platforms – Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter – to cut off the SPLC, which touts itself as the nation’s hate watchdog.

Dated Wednesday, the conservative leaders’ letter to Twitter ended: “The American public deserves an answer. We ask the CEOs of these tech giants again — will your company continue to align itself with an anti-conservative, anti-Christian organization accused of harboring systemic racism or will you do the right thing and publicly sever ties with them? We await your response.”

Twitter didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In recent years, the SPLC has drawn criticism from Republicans and conservatives who have accused the progressive organization of unfairly labeling people and groups with conservative viewpoints as bigots. Republican lawmakers also have questioned the working relationship between the SPLC and the FBI.

The organization fired co-founder Morris Dees last month.

About two dozen employees reportedly signed a letter saying “allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism threaten the moral authority of this organization and our integrity along with it.”

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The report stated that several women on staff were warned about being alone with Dees.

A 2017 complaint against the 82-year-old alleged that Dees made a female employee uncomfortable by touching her shoulder and asking about her visible tattoos, prompting her to contact human resources. Dees denied any wrongdoing but acknowledged the complaint.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Facebook now used for Dark Web activity

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Over two billion people use Facebook to buy and sell goods, chat with each other, and post vacation pictures. Now, according to a new report by Talos Intelligence, it’s also become part of the Dark Web, a place to sell credit card information, illegal contraband, and much more.

What’s even more surprising, according to experts, is that this Dark Web activity isn’t that dark or hard to find — criminals sell credit cards right out in the open. One quick search for a term like “carding” (a criminal term for selling credit cards) reveals dozens of Facebook Groups.

While Facebook is constantly trying to shut down these groups, they keep popping up.

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One example: Talos posted screenshots of credit card numbers, complete with matching photo identification and the CVV code, available for as little as $25 each (all obscured to protect identities). While illegal, the sellers are hard to track down since they use false identities.

“Cybercriminals are fairly brazen due to non-extradition policies and trying to monetize their malicious activities,” said Byron Rashed, a spokesperson for security firm Centripetal Networks. “Many are very good at hiding their location, real identity, and covering their tracks.”

While Facebook representatives did not respond to requests for more information, the Talos report did say that Facebook does routinely shut down some of these Groups.

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According to Emily Wilson, the VP of Research at security company Terbium Labs, the groups tend to proliferate quickly and the massive social network can’t keep pace.

“Facebook has clearly made some decisions on resource allocation for shutting down these groups and cybercrime seems relatively low on Facebook’s priority list,” she said. “Fraud — whether account takeover, payment card fraud, phishing schemes, you name it — is unduly relegated to the bottom of everyone’s list, and these criminal groups know that.”

Laurence Pitt, security strategy director at Juniper Networks, told Fox News the Facebook Group activity does protect one group of users — the criminals posting the items for sale.

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“No one wants to receive a message from their Dark Web messenger, but a Facebook or Twitter notification is both common and innocent in its look, but not in its meaning,” he said. Accessing the Dark Web is also complex, requiring the use of multiple virtual private networks, complex logins, and bypassing a myriad of security certificates. Facebook is fast and easy.

As the experts all noted, the real reason criminals use Facebook Groups is that they want to reach the masses, and the masses use Facebook. By posting in a group and listing their items for sale, with pictures and details about what’s available, the criminals attract a much larger audience who are more likely to join the group, simply by doing a quick search.

The question is what to do about it.

Wilson from Terbium Labs said one key is for the tech giants like Facebook and other social media companies like Twitter to make crime-prevention a bigger priority. She added that new legislation governing Dark Web infiltration on social media is also paramount.

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For the everyday consumer posting selfies and looking for a new sofa, the answer is more education about how to spot illegal activity — and report what you see.

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Facebook now used for Dark Web activity

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Over two billion people use Facebook to buy and sell goods, chat with each other, and post vacation pictures. Now, according to a new report by Talos Intelligence, it’s also become part of the Dark Web, a place to sell credit card information, illegal contraband, and much more.

What’s even more surprising, according to experts, is that this Dark Web activity isn’t that dark or hard to find — criminals sell credit cards right out in the open. One quick search for a term like “carding” (a criminal term for selling credit cards) reveals dozens of Facebook Groups.

While Facebook is constantly trying to shut down these groups, they keep popping up.

YOUR PERSONAL DATA MAY BE ON THE DARK WEB: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

One example: Talos posted screenshots of credit card numbers, complete with matching photo identification and the CVV code, available for as little as $25 each (all obscured to protect identities). While illegal, the sellers are hard to track down since they use false identities.

“Cybercriminals are fairly brazen due to non-extradition policies and trying to monetize their malicious activities,” said Byron Rashed, a spokesperson for security firm Centripetal Networks. “Many are very good at hiding their location, real identity, and covering their tracks.”

While Facebook representatives did not respond to requests for more information, the Talos report did say that Facebook does routinely shut down some of these Groups.

EXPERTS TRACK PERSONAL DATA’S MURKY JOURNEY AROUND THE DARK WEB

According to Emily Wilson, the VP of Research at security company Terbium Labs, the groups tend to proliferate quickly and the massive social network can’t keep pace.

“Facebook has clearly made some decisions on resource allocation for shutting down these groups and cybercrime seems relatively low on Facebook’s priority list,” she said. “Fraud — whether account takeover, payment card fraud, phishing schemes, you name it — is unduly relegated to the bottom of everyone’s list, and these criminal groups know that.”

Laurence Pitt, security strategy director at Juniper Networks, told Fox News the Facebook Group activity does protect one group of users — the criminals posting the items for sale.

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“No one wants to receive a message from their Dark Web messenger, but a Facebook or Twitter notification is both common and innocent in its look, but not in its meaning,” he said. Accessing the Dark Web is also complex, requiring the use of multiple virtual private networks, complex logins, and bypassing a myriad of security certificates. Facebook is fast and easy.

As the experts all noted, the real reason criminals use Facebook Groups is that they want to reach the masses, and the masses use Facebook. By posting in a group and listing their items for sale, with pictures and details about what’s available, the criminals attract a much larger audience who are more likely to join the group, simply by doing a quick search.

The question is what to do about it.

Wilson from Terbium Labs said one key is for the tech giants like Facebook and other social media companies like Twitter to make crime-prevention a bigger priority. She added that new legislation governing Dark Web infiltration on social media is also paramount.

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For the everyday consumer posting selfies and looking for a new sofa, the answer is more education about how to spot illegal activity — and report what you see.

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