Hacker News: Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

You might be aware of websites, banks, retailers, and advertisers tracking your online activities using different Web “fingerprinting” techniques even in incognito/private mode, but now sites can track you anywhere online — even if you switch browsers.

A team of researchers has recently developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique — the first reliable technique to accurately track users across multiple browsers based on information like extensions, plugins, time zone and whether or not an ad blocker is installed.

Previous fingerprinting methods usually only work across a single browser, but the new method uses operating system and hardware level features and works across multiple browsers.

This new fingerprinting technique ties digital fingerprint left behind by a Firefox browser to the fingerprint from a Chrome browser or Windows Edge running on the same device.

This makes the method particularly useful to advertisers, enabling them to continue serving targeted advertisements to online users, even if they avoid them by switching browsers.

The new technique can be found in a research paper titled (Cross-)Browser Fingerprinting via OS and Hardware Level Features [PDF] by Lehigh University’s Yinzhi Cao and Song Li, and Washington University in St. Louis’ Erik Wijmans.

The cross-browser fingerprinting technique relies on “many novel OS and hardware features, especially computer graphics ones” that are slightly different for each computer.

For example, the technology can be used to identify the machine by performing 20 unique WebGL tasks while rendering 3D graphics in web browsers with carefully selected computer graphics parameters, such as texture, anti-aliasing, light, and transparency.

In total, 36 new features work independently of a particular browser, although they are not confined to one specific web browser on the machine.

The features tested currently includes time zone, number of CPU cores, GPU, hash values of GPU rendering results, plugins, fonts, audio, screen ratio and depth, WebGL, Ad blocking, canvas, cookies, encoding, and language.

The researchers provided both a practical demonstration as well as open source code online on GitHub. They performed a test which involved 3,615 fingerprints and 1,903 users and found that their method successfully identified 99.2% of users.

On the other hand, a single-browser fingerprinting technique called AmIUnique had a success rate of 90.8%.

“This approach is lightweight, but we need to find all possible fingerprintable places, such as canvas and audio context: If one place is missing, the browser can still be somehow fingerprinted. We leave it as our future work to explore the correct virtualization layer,” the paper notes.

The researchers also noted that this new cross-browser fingerprinting technique is not too bad, as in some cases, the method can be used as part of stronger multi-factor user authentications across multiple browsers.

For example, Banks can use this technique to check if a user logging into an online account is using the computer that has been used on every previous visit, making sure the login was legitimate even if the user is using a different machine to usual.

The researchers plan to present their paper at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium scheduled for February 26 through March 1 in San Diego, California.

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The Great Robotic Downsizing Cometh…To Government?

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 15, 2017

Finally someone has said it; we all knew it was coming, but finally someone has said it: one of the first areas up for “downsizing” as robots move to replace humans is (drum roll), government bureaucracies, as outlined by this article in Zero Hedge that was shared by Mr. V.T.:

Most Government Workers Could Be Replaced By Robots, New Study Finds

Imagine the consequences: no more having to deal with a heartless human bureaucrat, and, if you’re one of those mindless drones lucky enough to have been born into the political class in the West – one thinks of the Pelosis, the Feinsteins, the McCains, Grahams, Camerons, Sarkozies, Hollandes, Merkels &c -this is truly a God-sent deus ex machina, for no more would one have to worry about the heartless human bureaucrat waking up and on occasion succumbing to a…

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ICE Begins Crackdown On DREAMers

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As state after state lodges various complaints to block President Trump’s immigration executive order, it appears he is following through on campaign promises in other ways.

What seems to be the first detention of a so-called DREAMer, a 23-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant has been arrested in Seattle by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

President Trump has promised to crackdown on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. While Trump campaigned on a promise to roll back Obama’s executive actions on immigration, since assuming office he has kept his public comments on DACA vague.

But now, as Reuters reports, U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention…

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Robert De Niro, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to announce something BIG tomorrow concerning vaccines and mercury

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(Natural News) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has been named to head President Trump’s vaccine safety commission, is joining forces with Robert De Niro to make a big announcement tomorrow about vaccines and mercury.

According to a media advisory released this morning, the two are planning on announcing “a unique challenge with substantial cash award to the American people and media.”

The event begins at 9:25 am on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The entire event will also be live streamed from the World Mercury Project’s web site. The World Mercury Project, headed by RFK Jr., “envisions a world where mercury is no longer a threat to the health of our planet and people.”

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the author of Thimerosal – Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines. Natural News has published a selection of eye-opening excerpts from the book at this link (click here to read all).

For questioning the sanity of injecting mercury into infants, RFK Jr. has been maliciously assaulted by much of the pro-vaccine media, including TIME Magazine which ran this vile hit piece against him, mindlessly citing all the usual mercury lies of the corrupt vaccine industry which continues to maim millions of children each year around the world. (RELATED: See more news about the toxic side effects of vaccines at Vaccines.news)

Robert De Niro has also found himself caught up in the vaccine controversy due to his involvement in the censorship of the VAXXED film from his Tribeca Film Festival, a move that was met with outrage from the autism community and those concerned about toxic heavy metals in vaccines.

After the backlash, De Niro later declared that people should have the right to see the VAXXED documentary and “decide for themselves” what the evidence shows.

For daring to encourage people to educate themselves about vaccines, De Niro was also viciously attacked by the “fake news” mainstream media which relentlessly pushes the dangerous myths of absolute vaccine industry.

As Natural News has previously reported, the CDC is knowingly sitting on a treasure trove of statistical data proving a link between vaccines and autism.

As I have previously stated on Natural News:

It is an astonishing but true fact that both vaccine manufacturers and the media outlets that catapult vaccine propaganda are wholly invested in the irrational, dogmatic belief that vaccines carry absolutely no risks and present no dangers whatsoever to any child. Yet all across the world, children are routinely brain damaged by vaccines, hospitalized by vaccines, paralyzed, put into comas and sometimes killed. The UK government, for example, recently paid out tens of millions of dollars to children damaged by the swine flu vaccine. In Mexico, 75% of the children who were vaccinated in a small town ended up dead or hospitalized, and in Japan, citizens who were paralyzed by the HPV vaccine are now in the process of suing vaccine makers there.

Even the CDC once admitted that up to 98 million Americans were accidentally injected with cancer viruses via polio vaccines. True to form, the CDC memory holed that document from its website three years ago. But even today, the FDA hosts documents on its own website linking vaccines to autism. (Unless they’ve already pulled them by now, of course…)

Watch the World Mercury Project website tomorrow to see the De Niro / RFK Jr. announcement and public challenge. Here’s their link:

WorldMercuryProject.org

Listen to the following podcast for additional background on mercury in vaccines and President Trump’s vaccine investigation efforts: