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Pinboard: The rising cost of cracking the iPhone – The Verge

In a broader sense, the iPhone is also uniquely able to defend against this kind of attack. Apple manufactures the iPhone’s A-series processor, which lets it code private keys and other roots-of-trust directly into the hardware in ways that are impossible for software to read. That’s exactly the setup you want for defending against remote ...

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Pinboard: The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete

The real threat isn’t a thrown election. Nationwide electoral fraud would be extremely difficult to pull off, mostly because votes in the U.S. are tallied by more than 7,000 counties and townships. Hacking enough of them to tip the balance would be a monumental undertaking—and one certain to be detected. (Tabulators are designed not to ...

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Pinboard: Errata Security: Some technical notes on the PlayPen case

Today’s homes contain many devices behind a single router. The home has only one public IP address, that of the router. All the other devices have local IP addresses. The router then does network address translation (NAT) in order to convert outgoing traffic to all use the public IP address. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: In Hacked Audio, Hillary Clinton Rethinks Obama’s Nuclear Upgrade Plan – The New York Times

Before she turned to nuclear matters, Mrs. Clinton used the fund-raiser to suggest that she would be much firmer against foreign nations that hack into American networks. Though the administration never formally accused China of stealing the security-review records of nearly 22 million federal employees and contractors, she called the theft “a gold mine for ...

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Pinboard: 30 Under 30: Jia Tolentino, Writer

I pay very close attention reading Ellen Willis and Rebecca Solnit, and more Rebeccas, Traister and Mead. Same with Kathryn Schulz, Michael Paterniti, Wesley Morris, Hua Hsu, Nathan Heller, Caity Weaver, Bobby Finger, Jenna Wortham, Gideon Lewis-Kraus. I admire all dogged reporters immensely and tried to osmose Anna Merlan’s drive at Jezebel. I would like ...

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Pinboard: A Voice Cuts Through, and Adds to, the Intrigue of Russia’s Cyberattacks – The New York Times

The hackers, according to ThreatConnect, had used one of the eight internet addresses to send 113 precisely targeted, so-called spear phishing emails intended to dupe election officials and politicians in Turkey, Germany and Ukraine to click on links that downloaded malware. Some emails mimicked Gmail security warnings or notes from LinkedIn, the social networking site. ...

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Pinboard: The New Star of Germany’s Far Right – The New Yorker

By American standards, especially in the age of Donald Trump, contemporary German politics is decorous and understated. But although Petry’s crisp style is in many ways the opposite of Trump’s, her rise has similarities to his. She, too, has come late to politics and relishes her outsider status. Like him, she often works by insinuation, ...

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Pinboard: Eight examples where ‚fact-checking‘ became opinion journalism – Washington Times

Puh. „Why you ask? Because most “fact-checkers” are merely liberal journalists looking to prove their preconceived narrative. They cherry-pick the statements to “fact-check” and then decide which data to back it up with. Statistics can be manipulated — for every study coming out of the Brookings Institute, the Heritage Foundation can have a counter argument, ...

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Pinboard: The Democratization of Censorship — Krebs on Security

However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The Mystery of Trump’s Man in Moscow – POLITICO Magazine

Except to quote, haltingly, brokenly, Vladimir Putin: “We never meddle in the internal political affairs of other countries. Unlike the USA.” Which is troubling for two reasons: that the adviser of a presidential candidate of a major party is criticizing America abroad by citing Putin, and that the comment implied that he seemed to not ...

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Pinboard: Sexualität: Kennt sich Peter Sloterdijk mit Frauen aus? | ZEIT ONLINE

Vehement widersprechen möchte ich Sloterdijk und den Kolleg_innen der Süddeutschen. Eine neue Prüderie erkenne ich zwar durchaus auch, aber sie geht nicht aus feministischen Aktionen, Debatten oder Theorien hervor. Ich würde die gegenteilige These vertreten, dass Sloterdijk selbst mit seiner Sichtweise der neuen Prüderie Vorschub leistet, indem er Machtverhältnisse in sexuellen Beziehungen konsequent ausblendet – ...

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Pinboard: Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the ‘Net | Ars Technica

Until recently, a DDoS attack in excess of 600Gb was nearly impossible for all but the most sophisticated and powerful actors to carry out. In 2013, attacks against anti-spam organization Spamhaus generated headlines because the 300Gb torrents were coming uncomfortably close to Internet-threatening size. The assault against KrebsOnSecurity represents a much greater threat for at ...

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Pinboard: The Clinton Calendar – The New York Times

Thanks to reporting by The Washington Post, we’ve learned that the Trump Foundation makes Trump University look like a model of moral rectitude. Donations Trump raised through that foundation went to pay his company’s legal bills and to buy two portraits of himself. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The Problem With a Twitter Acquisition | Beyond Devices

There’s a fundamental problem with all the potential acquirers, and that’s that none of them seem likely to do anything meaningful to solve the product problem. Among the potential acquirers are several companies who could create substantial synergies with their own existing ad businesses, including Google and Verizon. Others could do interesting things with the ...

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Pinboard: The NSA’s Hubris and the Shadow Brokers 0-day – Lawfare

There is a defensible argument for not informing a vendor about a zero-day where the Agency is confident nobody else knows about it. But if the NSA has reason to suspect an adversary has captured a zero-day—the use of which could substantially impact US interests—it is critical that the NSA report it to the vendors ...

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Pinboard: Investigators said they killed for ISIS. But were they different from ‘regular’ mass killers? – The Washington Post

“They share common behavioral and psychological characteristics,” said John Cohen, a criminal justice professor at Rutgers University and the former counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “They’re the same people.” Many studies of mass killers show that they had serious personal or psychological issues, regardless of their motives or religious identity. They ...

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Pinboard: Who will buy Twitter? We ranked all the possible buyers. – Recode

There’s a good reason Google’s name always tops this list: It makes the most sense! Google has the money — Alphabet generated more revenue last quarter alone ($21 billion) than Twitter is actually worth. And while the company has tried its hand at social media before (I think we can all now agree that Google+ ...

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Pinboard: The Biggest Internet Attack in History – Lawfare

This attack was so disruptive that Akamai had to prioritize their paying customers and stop supporting Kreb’s site This DOS is also special. We’ve seen 500 Gbps DOS attacks before, but most of these are what known as „amplification“ attacks. In an amplification attack, the attacker fakes request that appear to come to the target ...

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Pinboard: Trump’s Father Helped GOP Candidate With Numerous Loans – WSJ

At the time of the disclosure, Mr. Trump owed his father and his father’s businesses about $14 million, according to the document. That is a different picture from the one he paints at campaign rallies. “I started off with a million-dollar loan and I built it up to more than $10 billion in value—a million ...

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Pinboard: The Economist explains: Why Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest is catching on | The Economist

A Reuters poll showed that a majority of Americans disagreed with Mr Kaepernick’s protest and considered it unpatriotic. However, a similar majority felt that the constitution permitted him the right to demonstrate. The fact that public opinion remains divided—and because political leaders, such as Ted Cruz, a failed Republican presidential candidate, believe that the quarterback ...

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Pinboard: 40 Under 40 – Fortune

Favorite tweet: Fortune’s 40 Under 40 is great this year – lots of new, interesting people & stories (I see you @kmlake & @aunder!) https://t.co/PoSVLeqxc8 — megan quinn (@msquinn) September 22, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Half of working-class whites wouldn’t vote for Clinton. Half of everyone else wouldn’t vote for Trump. – The Washington Post

CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed Americans with an eye toward figuring out why that split is so dramatic. We can illustrate it simply, by pulling out the responses when people were asked whether they’d consider voting for one candidate or the other. A majority of white working-class Americans said they would consider voting ...

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Pinboard: Forbes Welcome

Favorite tweet: ICYMI: My Blockchain 101 interview:https://t.co/68HfY4OTCw — Andreas (@aantonop) September 20, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: A Peek into French Signals Intelligence – Defense One

In one of the more surprising aspects of Barbier’s speech, he mused about the possibility of creating a European intelligence agency but quickly dismissed the notion, noting that only a fusion of French and German intelligence agencies would be feasible. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: What Snowden gets wrong about its hero.

But there are gaps in this tale. First, look at a globe of the Earth: If you want to fly from Hong Kong to Central America, there are far more efficient routes than going through Moscow. Second, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told the Guardian in 2015 that he’d urged Snowden to go no farther than ...

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Pinboard: Ransomware Getting More Targeted, Expensive — Krebs on Security

To some degree, a variance in ransom demands based on the victim’s perceived relative wealth is already at work. Lawrence Abrams, owner of the tech-help site BleepingComputer, said his analysis of multiple ransomware kits and control channels that were compromised by security professionals indicate that these kits usually include default suggested ransom amounts that vary depending on the ...

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Pinboard: A Cosmopolitan Defense of Snowden | emptywheel

This is an issue that has gotten far too little attention in the wake of the Snowden leaks: to what degree is the cost of the Snowden leaks measured in terms of exposing to the subjects of our hegemon facts that their leaders already knew (either because they were and are willing co-participants in the ...

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Pinboard: Why President Obama Won’t, and Shouldn’t, Pardon Snowden – Lawfare

But to say that the intelligence community benefited from the Snowden leaks is not to say that the President should pardon Snowden, for the price of the benefits were enormously high in terms of lost intelligence and lost investments in intelligence mechanisms and operations, among other things.  Many Snowden supporters pretend that these costs are ...

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Pinboard: 16-Cv-1850-Dkt-No-1-Complaint

Plaintiffs The Associated Press (“AP”), Gannett Satellite Information Network LLC d/b/a USA TODAY (”USA TODAY”), and Vice Media, LLC (“Vice”) (together, “News Organizations”), by and through their undersigned attorneys, allege: 1. This action is brought pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. §§ 552, et seq., for basic contracting information from the ...

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Pinboard: The House Intelligence Committee’s Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Snowden Report

Here are the three main roles Snowden played at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). (1) His entry level position, as a contractor, was system administrator (one among several) of the agency’s Washington metropolitan area network. (2) After that he was selected for and spent six months in training as a telecommunications information security officer, responsible ...

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Pinboard: The Case Against a Golden Key | Foreign Affairs

We should also not forget that surveillance disproportionately affects communities of color. As the journalist Trevor Aaronson wrote after investigating the FBI’s Miami office and discovering its network of thousands of confidential informants, “Anytime the government has a toy or tactic, it starts with a vulnerable population.” Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Hackers target World Anti-Doping Agency, sports court

WADA communications coordinator Maggie Durand told The Associated Press in an email that the agency was notified of a YouTube video claiming WADA’s website had been hacked. She says an investigation „was quickly able to determine that the website had not been compromised, although we continue to monitor activity.“ Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Why Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden – Lawfare

For the next seven years, I worked with a growing team of internal privacy watchdogs inside the intelligence community.  We reviewed the most secret surveillance programs in government, including the major programs that Snowden later leaked.  Our job was to ensure those programs had a firm basis in law and included protections for privacy and ...

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Pinboard: Ikea: Lebst du noch oder überlegst du schon? | ZEIT ONLINE

In deinem Katalog gibt es eine Reportage aus dem Irak, du hast ein paar Unterkünfte für Flüchtlinge gespendet. Schön für dich. Mir würde es schon reichen, wenn du ausreichend Steuern zahltest. Wenn ich zum Gemüsehändler gehe, erzählt der mir auch nicht, dass er gestern einem Obdachlosen zwei Euro gegeben hat und ich mich deshalb mit ...

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Pinboard: Mauern, tricksen, lügen – correctiv.org

Und auch die Regierung mischte eifrig mit im weltweiten Geschäft mit der Spähtechnologie. Zum Beispiel mit Exportinitiativen. Da hieß es in einer Broschüre auf den Seiten des Wirtschaftsministeriums, in den Golfstaaten herrsche derzeit eine gewisse Unsicherheit. Das verleite die Sicherheitsbehörden dazu, eine Art Überwachungsstaat aufzubauen. Zynisches  Fazit: „Die Länder der Arabischen Halbinsel sind ein hervorragendes Absatzgebiet für Sicherheitstechnik und -dienstleistungen.“ Und ...

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Pinboard: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat – The New York Times

The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. The revelations ...

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Pinboard: ‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’ – POLITICO Magazine

For the next eight hours, with American airspace completely cleared of jets, a single blue-and-white Boeing 747, tail number 29000—filled with about 65 passengers, crew and press, and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, as well as 70 box lunches and 25 pounds of bananas—traversed the eastern United States. On board, President Bush and his ...

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Pinboard: s3e27: It’s Difficult

No, what *really* pissed me off this morning and set me off on that Twitter rant was the *way* Facebook talked about what had happened and – if you take that response and extrapolate it and apply it to not only all of Facebook but Silicon Valley in general and then you just get SO ...

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Pinboard: Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter – The New York Times

There is no evidence that “text speak” like LOL has entered academic writing, or that students make more errors as a result. Instead, there is evidence that college students are writing more rhetorically complex essays, and at double the length, than they did a generation ago. The kids will be all right. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Die AfD führt einen Kulturkampf, keinen Klassenkampf – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Dazu passt das Wirtschaftsprogramm der AfD, das sich an neoliberalen Prinzipien orientiert, staatliche Eingriffe in das Wirtschaftssystem skeptisch sieht, Unternehmen entlasten, dem Bürger mehr Verantwortung übertragen will. Einer Studie des Instituts der deutschen Wirtschaft zufolge gehört übrigens ein Drittel aller AfD-Sympathisanten deutschlandweit zu den Besserverdienern. Einen ähnlich hohen Wert hat sonst nur die FDP. Link zur ...

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Pinboard: U.S. Cyber Command director: We want ‚loud,‘ offensive cyber tools

Shawn Turskey told a small audience of predominantly security software vendors and government officials the command unit is looking for tools that can be definitively traced back to the United States military, diverging from the ultra-stealth exploits often used at bureaus like the National Security Agency. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The Ad-Blocking Browser That Pays the Sites You Visit | WIRED

Earlier this year, Eich launched Brave, a new web browser that blocks third party trackers, like cookies. As a side effect, the browser also blocks most ads. But Eich and company have always wanted to find a way to help publishers make money. Starting today, the desktop version of Brave will tally up how often ...

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Pinboard: Why YouTubers are accusing the site of rampant ‘censorship’ – The Washington Post

Still, many YouTubers have raised valid concerns about what YouTube considers “advertiser-friendly” in the first place. It’s hard to quibble with an advertiser who doesn’t want his product placed next to, say, a vaguely rape-y Sam Pepper “prank.” (This isn’t terribly different from conventional media, where companies cherry-pick the shows they advertise with very strategically, ...

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Pinboard: Bill Clinton Staffer’s Email Was Breached on Hillary’s Private Server, FBI Says | WIRED

On Friday afternoon, the FBI released a new set of documents from its now-concluded investigation into Clinton’s private email server controversy. The 60-page report includes a description of what sounds like an actual hacker compromise of one of Bill Clinton’s staffers. It describes that in early January 2013, someone accessed the email account of one ...

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Pinboard: A Tax Expert Takes Tim Cook’s EU Letter Apart Point By Point | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Apple’s business structure and tax practices in Europe were around long before Tim Cook became CEO. He didn’t invent those things, but he’s vigorously defending them. His arguments in media interviews sound compelling, but they present only one side of a hot-button issue that’s easily relatable to the overarching wealth distribution and fair taxation themes ...

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Pinboard: Tek tek tespit edildi! 148 bin kişilik ‘kırmızı hat’ – Sözcü Gazetesi

İstihbarat birimlerinin şifreleri kırarak örgüt üyelerinin kendi aralarında yaptıkları yazışmalara da eriştiği bildirildi. Çeşitli kademelerdeki FETÖ’cü ekip gizli haberleşme programı ByLock’un istihbarat tarafından 6 ay önce deşifre edildiğinden şüphelendi. Bunun üzerine yaklaşık 40 bin örgüt üyesi kamu personeli “Eagle” adlı programına yöneldi. Link zur Quelle