GERMAN POLICE READY TO HACK WHATSAPP MESSAGES

Germany’s security forces will have the technology to install surveillance software on cellphones before the end of the year, a leaked document shows. Police plan to use private firms to skirt legal dilemmas. A new version of the German police’s Remote Communication Interception Software (RCIS) will be ready for use before the end of the year.

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Unlike the previous version of the program, which was limited to surveillance only over desktop computers, the new software will be able to hack into smartphones and tablets with Android, iOS and Blackberry operating systems.

It can also circumvent the encryption systems built into various anonymous messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telegram by hacking directly into the devices themselves and obtaining the messages directly from the “source” – the users’ screens.

In June, the German Bundestag adopted a law that allowed the police to hack into messengers such as WhatsApp using “state trojans” to intercept user communications before they are encrypted on their devices as well as to gain full access to their chat messages, video recordings or other private data.

The law also gave police power to hack into the devices of all people suspected of any criminal activity – not just those who are suspected of terrorism.However, the leak showed that the new version of the surveillance software that allowed hacking into smartphones and spying on anonymous messengers has been in development by the German Federal Criminal Police (BKA) since at least the beginning of 2016 – almost a year and a half before the security service was legally allowed to develop such software.

The document obtained by Netzpolitik also revealed that the BKA purchased commercially developed surveillance software, the FinSpy, as early as in 2012. It was originally regarded as a potential substitution for state-developed software that could be used during a “transition period” between the BKA receiving allowance to hack into people’s devices and developing its own surveillance program.
Later, the BKA decided to keep it as a backup in case of its own software being compromised.

However, it has not yet used the software, despite paying some €150,000 for it over five years, as it is able to go well beyond the restrictions set in the law, the document says.

FinSpy, developed by Gamma International in Munich, is able to record all calls and messages on a mobile device as well as remotely turn on its microphone and camera and locate and track the device in real time.

FinSpy’s manufacturer has already altered the software three times to make it compatible with German law, Netzpolitik reports.

The latest developments have provoked criticism from activists and politicians, who believe that massive state surveillance will eventually compromise people’s security instead of protecting them against any threats.

“To sell state hacking as just another surveillance measure like any other is, in the face of the newly published papers, a brazen distortion of the truth,” the Chaos Computer Club spokesman, Falk Garbsch, told Netzpolitik. “An arsenal of Trojans is being built as if it were already normal for the state to hack the digital brains of its citizens.”

Frank Herrmann, a member of Germany’s Pirate Party, warned that hacking directly into mobile devices could lead to more serious consequences than monitoring phone calls. “People don’t realize that this malware endangers the security of the whole device,” he told Deutsche Welle, adding that “the technological intervention is much more severe than just listening in on a phone call.”

In the meantime, Erin Omanovic, an activist of the UK-based NGO Privacy International, told Deutsche Welle that similar measures aimed at giving security services the right to hack into people’s electronic devices are being taken not only in Germany but also in many other countries.

“We’re seeing efforts to legislate for hacking powers in the UK, in Austria, in Italy, and Germany,” he said.

“Some of these capabilities have already been practiced across Europe,” Omanovic said. “The UK, for example, has been engaged in hacking, but just hasn’t legalized it. There’s a complete lack of safeguards and oversight over the use of this type of technology.”

“And there have been some examples of misuse by governments around the world. For example, there’s evidence that FinSpy was used to target human rights activists and lawyers in Bahrain,” the activist added.

MTV VMAs 2017 Nominees Revealed

Kendrick Lamar tops the chart of the 2017 MTV VMAs 🎤🎸🏆 with 8 nominations, followed by Katy Perry and The Weekend with five each‼. For the first time MTV has done away with the Best Female Video and Best Male Video awards. Instead. they have been combined them into ‘Artist of the Year’👏🏻. Kudos to the gender-neutral title👤. The 2017 MTV VMAs🎤🎸🏆 will air on Sunday, August 27 live on MTV. Meanwhile, here’s the full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”  

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”  

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”  

The Weeknd – “Reminder

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Bruno Mars  

Kendrick Lamar  

Ed Sheeran  

Ariana Grande  

The Weeknd  

Lorde

BEST NEW ARTIST  

Khalid  

Kodak Black  

SZA  

Young M.A  

Julia Michaels  

Noah Cyrus


BEST COLLABORATION

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”  

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”  

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”  

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”  

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”  

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)

BEST POP  

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”  

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”  

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”  

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”  

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”  

Miley Cyrus – “Malibu

BEST HIP HOP

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Big Sean – “Bounce Back”  

Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”  

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”  

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”  

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

BEST DANCE 

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”  

Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”  

Calvin Harris – “My Way”  

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”  

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone

BEST ROCK

Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”  

Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”  

Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”  

Green Day – “Bang Bang”  

Foo Fighters – “Run

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM  

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”  

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”  

Big Sean – “Light”  

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”  

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”  

John Legend – “Surefire

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY  

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”  

Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”  

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”  

Halsey – “Now or Never

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”  

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”  

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”  

The Weeknd – “Reminder
BEST ART DIRECTION  
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”  

Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”  

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”  

The Weeknd – “Reminder”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”  

KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”  

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”  

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY  

Kanye West – “Fade”  

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”  

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”  

Sia – “The Greatest”  

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

BEST EDITING

Future – “Mask Off”  

Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”  

Lorde – “Green Light”  

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”  

The Weeknd – “Reminder”

iPhone 8 will replace Touch ID with 3D facial detection, ProMotion possible

Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The report also believes the new iPhones could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI.

With the iPhone 8 expected to feature a design with a dramatically reduced bezel, analysts have made various predictions about where Touch ID will go including within the display (as Qualcomm recently displayed), behind the iPhone, and in the power switch.

Bloomberg reports that the new face detection feature could replace Touch ID completely including for unlocking devices and authorizing payments.

…Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product. This is powered by a new 3-D sensor, added the people, who asked not to be identified discussing technology that’s still in development. The company is also testing eye scanning to augment the system, one of the people said.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report earlier this morning also claiming the iPhone 8 will use face detection features to replace Touch ID functionality.

Back to Bloomberg, the report is the first we’ve seen to claim the iPhone 8 may feature ProMotion display technology first introduced on the new 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros last month. ProMotion displays are capable of updating at a higher refresh rate which dramatically reduces motion blur especially when scrolling.

The report cites a new dedicated chip internally referred to as the Apple Neural Engine which will help drive the ProMotion display as well as artificial intelligence tasks.

Back in May, Bloomberg first reported the new chip which is expected to handle image recognition, text prediction, and other AI tasks. Apple similarly includes a dedicated M-series chip for detecting motion and other metrics already.

Finally, the other new detail about the iPhone 8 we may have learned today came this morning when KGI predicted the premium OLED display model will ship in fewer colors (black only?) than the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus which may be more iterative updates.

#NSMQ2017: Adisco boys were ‘intimidated’ by crowd – Dr. Kaufmann

The host of the National Science and Maths Quiz, Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, has suggested that then defending champions Adisadel College, might have been intimidated by the crowd in the final of the 2017 competition. The grand finale, held at the National Theatre, was eventually won by Prempeh College who garnered 53 points, edging past second-placed St. Thomas Aquinas by two points.

However, social media was dominated by talk of the performance of Adisadel College, represented by  Edward De-Graft, Vanderpuije Quansah and Sylvanus Afful Assan-Annobil, who finished way behind on 31 points. The highly-patronized final saw many old students of the participating schools join the crowd at the National Theatre to cheer on their contestants. Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, Dr. Kaufmann stated that, the two contestants’ performance might have been affected by the increased attention despite her attempts to get them to relax. “Adisadel, on the final day, was not looking as confident as the Adisadel we had seen previously. The young men – De-Graft and Annobil – they seemed intimidated by the crowd. Every time I see that in a contestant, it bothers me. I tried to make some jokes to get them to relax but they were still so tense,” she said. “The [contestants] can practice all they like at home and in their schools, but when they get onto the stage with the lights and the microphones, it’s a problem so they need to adjust quickly to deal with that kind of stress.


‘Prempeh were amazing’ Dr. Kaufmann also praised the champions, Prempeh College for their stunning performances throughout the competition, culminating in their win at the tournament. She noted their record 82-point haul in their Quarterfinal which she acknowledged as impressive, despite having docked them two points for “indiscipline” in that contest. According to her, the contestants from the school might have tried to intimidate the other contestants by ringing their bells while the students from the other schools were speaking. Dr. Kaufmann, however, added that, Wonder Sarfo-Ansah and Daniel Osei Badu were a formidable team who could challenge any other in the world. “[Prempeh College] were amazing honestly. [The quarter-final] was the contest where I actually penalized them. So my advice to them after that was to work on their discipline.” “I penalized them on two occasions in the same contest and yet they still got 82. It was a very strong team and on a good day, they could answer any question.  They were good.”

Camila Cabello Announces Your with Bruno Mars.


Camila Cabello with be joining Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour this summer. The songstress is super excited, as she shared online, “SO EXCITED TO BE OPENING FOR @BRUNOMARS THIS SUMMER!! every night I’m gonna be peering out from side stage trying to learn as much as I can. For years I’ve looked up to Bruno as a vocalist, musician, entertainer and artist, so….. im geeked.”
This will also be Camilia’s first official tour as a solo artist.
Here are the tour dates:
July 20 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center  

July 23 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center  

July 24 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome  

July 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena  

July 30 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place  

August 2 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre  

August 4 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Dome  

August 5 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center  

August 7 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinacle Bank Arena  

August 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center  

August 12 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills  

August 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse  

August 15 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena  

August 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center  

August 18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center  

August 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

Anticipate: Dj Nahni Set to Drop His Long Awaited Mixtape Album

Africa’s baddest  Disc Jockey DJ Nahni is set to Drop The Biggest Dj Mixtape Album titled ‘The Beast Mixtape’ soon.

The Mixtape features the likes of reigning Ghana Dj of the Year 2017 DJ vyrusky ,Dj Putin, Dj Milzy, Dj Kenya and Swagg City Records’ Dj Wallpaper. 

Anticipate this ground breaking Album. The Beast is coming to town!

Keep in touch with him accros social media  @DJNahniGH or email him at

Book.djnahnigh@gmail.com 

+233501106046

BET 2017 Full List of Winners

It was a great night honoring the best of black culture at the 2017 BET Awards on Sunday (June 25) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Beyonce was one of the big winners of the night, though she wasn’t able to make it to the show as she just gave birth to twins, so she had someone else read her speech for her!

Chance the Rapper won the award for Best New Artist and he also gave an inspiring speech while accepting the Humanitarian Award. He is now the youngest person to receive the honor in BET history.

Future brought out Kendrick Lamar for Mask Off, while Chris Brown performed two tracks – Privacy and Party – in front of his ex Karrueche Tran (despite the restraining order).

Other performances include SZA and an incredible medley from Xscape.

Check out the full nominees and winners’ list:

Viewers’ Choice Award

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Beyonce, “Sorry” – WINNER

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”

Drake, “Fake Love”

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé – WINNER

Kehlani

Mary J. Blige

Rihanna

Solange

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars – WINNER

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Trey Songz

Usher

Best Group

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

A Tribe Called Quest

Fat Joe & Remy Ma

Migos – WINNER

Rae Sremmurd

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”

Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – “No Problem” – WINNER

Chris Brown ft. Gucci Mane & Usher – “Party”

DJ Khaled ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Shining”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”

Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean

Chance the Rapper

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar – WINNER

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

Missy Elliott

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma – WINNER

Young M.A.

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – “Sorry” – WINNER (Tie)

Big Sean – “Bounce Back”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” – WINNER (Tie)

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”

Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom – Kehlani, “CRZY”

Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia – Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Director X – Zayn Malik, “Like I Would”

Hype Williams – Tyga “Gucci Snakes ft. Desiigner”

Kahlil Joseph & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter –

Beyoncé, “Sorry”​ – WINNER

Best New Artist

21 Savage

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper – WINNER

Khalid

Young M.A.

Album of the Year

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

4 Your Eyez Only – J. Cole

A Seat at the Table – Solange

Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper

Lemonade – Beyoncé – WINNER

Best Actress

Gabrielle Union

Issa Rae

Janelle Monae

Taraji P. Henson – WINNER

Viola Davis

Best Actor

Bryshere Y. Gray

Denzel Washington

Donald Glover

Mahershala Ali – WINNER

Omari Hardwick

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

CeCe Winans, “Never Have to Be Alone”

Fantasia ft. Tye Tribbett, “I Made It”

Kirk Franklin ft. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann, “My World Needs You”

Lecrae, “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)” –WINNER

Tamela Mann, “God Provides”

Youngstars Award

Ace Hunter

Caleb McLaughlin

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Yara Shahidi – WINNER

Best Movie

Get Out

Moonlight

Hidden Figures – WINNER

Fences

The Birth of a Nation

Sportswomen of the Year

Gabby Douglas

Serena Williams – WINNER

Simone Biles

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year

LeBron James

Cam Newton

Odell Beckham Jr.

Russell Westbrook

Stephen Curry – WINNER

Centric Award

Fantasia, “Sleeping With the One I Love”

Kehlani, “Distraction”

Mary J. Blige, “Thick of It”

Solange, “Cranes in the Sky” – WINNER

Syd, “All About Me”

Yuna ft. Usher, “Crush”

Best International Act: Europe

Stormzy – WINNER

Skepta

Giggs

Craig David

Wiley

Emeli Sande

MHD

Booba

Best International Act: Africa

Wizkid – WINNER

Tekno

Mr. Eazi

Davido

Stonebwoy

Aka

Nasty C

Babes Wodumo