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Former Scientology ‘Sea Org’ executive Chris Shelton has been diving into L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology” lately, making videos about basic Scientology ideas. In this piece for the Bunker, Chris helps us understand one of Scientology’s bedrock concepts — the “Axioms.”

Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health took the United States by storm when it was [...]

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[Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi]

In 2016, with the help of our source at the Celebrity Centre, we put together a list of the 20 most important Scientology celebrities, and gave the list a unique twist: We ordered it by the likelihood that celebs might ditch the church.

Among those we predicted had at least some small [...]

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A new security vulnerability has been discovered in the latest version of Apple's macOS Mojave that could allow a malicious application to access data stored in restricted folders which are otherwise not accessible to every app.

Discovered by application developer Jeff Johnson on February 8, the vulnerability is unpatched at the time of writing and impacts all version of macOS Mojave,
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[Jay Wexler]

Throughout Leah Remini’s third season, she’s worked hard to bring every show back to the concept that the Church of Scientology is abusing people, especially its own members, because it has the protection of the federal government.

As a tax-exempt religious organization, granted by the IRS in 1993, Scientology not only avoids paying certain [...]

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For all of the undeniable conveniences the Internet has brought us, it's becoming an increasingly dangerous place to be.

Both individual hackers and entire government agencies are now able to hack into your computer or smartphone from across the globe and steal everything from your browsing history to your credit card numbers, and they're often able to do so without your knowledge.

A Virtual


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 Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, concluded its third season on February 5. In past years, we’ve heard about her show being renewed about a month after a season finale, so we don’t expect word to arrive about a possible fourth season of the show for some time yet. But Scientology appears to [...]

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Welcome back!

Adobe has today released its monthly security updates to address a total of 75 security vulnerabilities across its various products, 71 of which resides in Adobe Acrobat and Reader alone.

February 2019 patch Tuesday updates address several critical and important vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe Coldfusion, Creative Cloud Desktop Application, and Adobe Flash
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The developers behind the privacy-minded Zcash cryptocurrency have recently discovered and patched a highly dangerous vulnerability in the most secretive way that could have allowed an attacker to coin an infinite number of Zcash (ZEC).

Yes, infinite… like a never-ending source of money.

Launched in October 2016, Zcash is a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency that claims to be more anonymous


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Many of you might have this question in your mind:

"Is it illegal to test a website for vulnerability without permission from the owner?"

Or… "Is it illegal to disclose a vulnerability publicly?"

Well, the answer is YES, it’s illegal most of the times and doing so could backfire even when you have good intentions.

Last year, Hungarian police arrested a 20-year-old ethical hacker accused of


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With so many data breaches happening almost every week, it has become difficult for users to know if their credentials are already in possession of hackers or being circulated freely across the Internet.

Thankfully, Google has a solution.

Today, February 5, on Safer Internet Day, Google launches a new service that has been designed to alert users when they use an exact combination of


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 We’re going to guess that the Clearwater Police Department was inundated with angry calls and messages from the public after the last two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. How else to explain the extraordinary step that Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter took yesterday, posting a video to the department’s Facebook [...]

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You've always been warned not to share remote access to your computer with any untrusted people for many reasons—it's basic cyber security advice, and common sense, right?

But what if I say, you should not even trust anyone who invites or offers you full remote access to their computers?

Security researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point have discovered more than two dozen


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 Here it is, tonight’s Super Bowl ad from the Church of Scientology, “Curiosity,” which will be airing in certain local markets around the country tonight.

This year’s ad reverts to form after last year’s ad, “Curious?”, was something of a departure.

This year’s spot is the usual slick mix of images and narration having nothing to [...]

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The United States Department of Justice has announced espionage charges against a former US Air Force intelligence officer with the highest level of top-secret clearance for providing the Iranian government classified defense information after she defected to Iran in 2013.

Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, was a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Specialist and Special Agent of the Air Force Office
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Microsoft has issued its second Patch Tuesday for this year to address a total of 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems and other products, 20 of which are rated critical, 54 important and 3 moderate in severity.

February security update addresses flaws in Adobe Flash Player, Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, MS Office, and Office Services and Web Apps,
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Ever sent a message on Facebook Messenger then immediately regretted it, or an embarrassing text to your boss in the heat of the moment at late night, or maybe accidentally sent messages or photos to a wrong group chat?

Of course, you have. We have all been through drunk texts and embarrassing photos many times that we later regret sending but are forced to live with our mistakes.

Good news,


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[Leah Remini and Danny Masterson]

A few weeks ago, our inside sources at A&E had us believing that Leah Remini’s third season would play out this way: A final “regular” episode on February 5 (which did happen, featuring Jay Wexler and Yulanda Williams), then a “special” episode tonight (which is not happening), and then the long-delayed [...]

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How do you check if a website asking for your credentials is fake or legit to log in?

By checking if the URL is correct?

By checking if the website address is not a homograph?

By checking if the site is using HTTPS?

Or using software or browser extensions that detect phishing domains?

Well, if you, like most Internet users, are also relying on above basic security practices to spot if that
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 NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk handed Scientology its most visible public boost in a long time yesterday by appearing on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” to plug the Church of Scientology’s front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World ahead of this weekend’s Super Bowl game.

For seven years, Scientology has [...]

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[Brandon Reisdorf]

It pains us to report that Brandon Reisdorf, who we got to know from his appearance in the first season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has been arrested again, this time for attempting to enter Scientology’s church in San Diego.

According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Brandon was arrested on Saturday evening, [...]

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[Tulsi Gabbard, Chris Butler, and Anthony Glassman. Not pictured: Your proprietor]

We had a fun surprise last night when we realized that Hawaiian media has been buzzing about a story that had a slight connection to, well, us.

You might have heard that among the hordes of people who have announced their bids or are thinking about [...]

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[Scientology leader David Miscavige has some explaining to do to Rev. Dr. Chip Murray]

We’ve told you that Scientology’s “grass roots” effort it calls the “STAND League” is a fake. But even we were stunned when we learned that Scientology’s astroturf attack on Leah Remini’s A&E series has allegedly engaged in an outright fraud that has [...]

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A 20-year-old college student who stole cryptocurrency worth more than $5 million by hijacking victims' phone numbers has pleaded guilty and accepted a sentence of 10 years in prison.

Ortiz was arrested last year on charges of siphoning millions of dollars in cryptocurrency from around 40 victims using a method commonly known as "SIM swapping," which typically involves fraudulently porting of


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Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a way to hide malicious code in Intel SGX enclaves, a hardware-based memory encryption feature in modern processors that isolates sensitive code and data to protect it from disclosure or modification.

In other words, the technique allows attackers to implant malware code in a secure memory that uses protection features of SGX which are otherwise
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 Sunny Pereira was going through some old things recently when she came upon a bit of a goldmine — some handwritten letters she had been required to pen while she was being punished in Scientology’s ‘Sea Org.’ We asked her to explain the significance of one forced confessional letter which we found particularly striking.

When a [...]

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Google has launched a new encryption algorithm that has been built specifically to run on mobile phones and smart IoT devices that don't have the specialized hardware to use current encryption methods to encrypt locally stored data efficiently.

Encryption has already become an integral part of our everyday digital activities.

However, it has long been known that encryption is expensive, as


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Just because an app is available on Google Play Store doesn't mean that it is a legitimate app. Despite so many efforts by Google, some fake and malicious apps do sneak in and land millions of unaware users on the hunting ground of scammers and hackers.

Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro uncovered at least 29 devious photo apps that managed to make its way onto Google Play Store and have been


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 Former Scientology executive Jefferson Hawkins penned one of the best first-person accounts of the Scientology experience in his book ‘Counterfeit Dreams.’ But we don’t want people to forget that he also provided a major service by writing a book aimed directly at other Scientologists who might have doubts about the organization. Today, we have an [...]

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Using an Android device?

Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps.

Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of


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 Rod Keller helps us keep an eye on Scientology’s ‘expansion’ plans…

It was a year ago that we reported that members of Scientology were doing minor work on the Duckworth Essence Distillery building in Manchester. It’s the site of the UK’s next “Ideal Org,” and has been sitting empty since it was purchased in 2006. The [...]

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 Scientology is pumping out more propaganda than ever, not only with its DirecTV channel, but also with a steady stream of social media that must be costing the church a fortune to operate.

The church may still rely on Sea Org slaves to write letters by the hundreds, but you can be sure it’s contracting out [...]

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A security researcher has discovered yet another cryptocurrency-stealing malware on the official Google Play Store that was designed to secretly steal bitcoin and cryptocurrency from unwitting users.

The malware, described as a "Clipper," masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app and worked by replacing cryptocurrency wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging


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