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Pinboard: Was a server registered to the Trump Organization communicating with Russia’s Alfa Bank?

The researchers quickly dismissed their initial fear that the logs represented a malware attack. The communication wasn’t the work of bots. The irregular pattern of server lookups actually resembled the pattern of human conversation—conversations that began during office hours in New York and continued during office hours in Moscow. It dawned on the researchers that ...

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Pinboard: FBI’s Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing: Source

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on Comey’s role in the decision-making surrounding the Oct. 7 statement. According to the former official, Comey agreed with the conclusion the intelligence community came to: „A foreign power was trying to undermine the election. He believed it to be true, but was against putting it out before the ...

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Pinboard: A man stopped traffic to talk to me

“Yes, I have to go now,” I said. I looked at my ring. It’s silver and topaz and a little dinged up from dishes and such. It’s reasonable and pretty and modern and I love it. And I hated it just then. I hated it because that was the only thing that mattered to this ...

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Pinboard: Dualism and Death — Real Life

Despite some heartening conclusions about the reality of digital connection, this paper unfortunately begins from an assumption that social activity in digital networks is separate and not an inherent part of the “real world.” This presupposition affects everything from the paper’s research questions to its methodology to the framing of its conclusions in dualist language. And ultimately ...

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Pinboard: Hacker Halloween: Inside a Shadow Brokers leak – My Hacker House

In addition to the leak of software details used by this threat actor it appears that a number of previously compromised hosts are included. In total 352 IP addresses are provided alongside 306 domain names which these tools may have been run on. These addresses include timestamps which begin on 22nd August 2000 at 13:50:45 ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump is refusing to pay his campaign pollster three-quarters of a million dollars – The Washington Post

Trump has repeatedly been accused of failing to pay vendors and contractors hired by his real estate empire, including painters, dish washers, real estate brokers and a music store that provided pianos for his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The billionaire has said he pays fairly and that he has withheld payments only when he was dissatisfied ...

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Pinboard: „Kindern helfen heißt: Lieber einen Blick mehr als einen zu wenig“ – Alexander Krützfeldt, Krautreporter

Warum bin ich hier? + Am Institut für Sexualwissenschaften der Berliner Charité gibt es seit elf Jahren das Projekt „Prävention von sexuellem Missbrauch im Dunkelfeld“. Heute – Ende Oktober 2016 – stellt die Initiative ihre aktuellen Ergebnisse vor. Darum bin ich bei zwei Ermittlern zu Gast. Frank Puschin ist 41, ein sportlicher Mann und Polizeihauptkommissar ...

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Pinboard: NSA Hackers The Shadow Brokers Dump More Files | Motherboard

The dump contains some 300 folders of files, all corresponding to different domains and IP addresses. Domains from Russia, China, India, Sweden, and many other countries are included. According to an analysis by the security researcher known as Hacker Fantastic, the dump contains 306 domains and 352 IP addresses relating to 49 countries in total. ...

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Pinboard: Fox News, a Melodrama – The New Yorker

For Megyn Kelly, however, the shackles are off. She’s an astounding figure these days, a happy Valkyrie with amused eyes and a stiletto tucked into her rhetorical boot. Her blond hair is slicked to the side, cyborg style, every dress she wears looks like a ruby shield, and she’s got the advantage of the ultra-beautiful: ...

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Pinboard: Missing link – IFTTT

Favorite tweet: Good chance of major internet attack Nov 8th. Many groups have the ability and incentive. Maps outage alone could easily skew the election. — Adam D’Angelo (@adamdangelo) October 30, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: How worried should we be about election hacking? – The Verge

Others have speculated about hacking the reporting itself, breaking into the Associated Press system that reports polling data to the public at large. This is the most plausible way an election hack could succeed, kicking up enough dust to sow doubt about any result the system produces. If there’s tangible evidence of fraud, it’s hard ...

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Pinboard: 14 DNS Nerds Don’t Control The Internet — Quarrelsome

The Internet works fine without DNSSEC. „If DNSSEC is so pointless, why do people care about it so much? A funny thing happened between 1994 and 2011, while the IETF worked furiously to design DNSSEC: we figured out how to secure the Internet without securing the DNS. The market moved faster than the standard, and ...

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Pinboard: – The Atlantic

Why oh why, given that she was so likely to run again for the White House and knew about the industry devoted to discrediting her, were there so many gray-zone choices about paid speeches and foundation gifts that have turned into headaches now? moneyquote, wie es so schön heßit. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: James Comey’s Letter and the Problem of Leaks – The New Yorker

Even if Comey did not specifically make or authorize the leaks himself, he had to know that they would take place—and he must take responsibility for them. In other words, Comey wasn’t just releasing a letter. He was beginning a process that was certain to include many more disclosures from the F.B.I., but in the ...

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Pinboard: Wikileaks: Neues Memo zu Bill Clinton veröffentlicht – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

In mehreren Fällen hatten demnach Firmen, für die Teneo teilweise auch ein Beratungsmandat hatte, zunächst der Clinton Foundation Geld gespendet und dann später dem Ex-Präsidenten lukrative Rede-Mandate erteilt. Allerdings kann durchaus der Eindruck entstehen, dass Bill Clinton seine Wohltätigkeitsstiftung auch dafür verwendete, als Redner für Firmen interessant zu werden. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy – The Washington Post

Justice officials reminded the FBI of the department’s position “that we don’t comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don’t take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election,” said one Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the high-level conversations. “Director Comey understood our position. He heard it ...

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Pinboard: James Comey, Hillary Clinton, and the Email Investigation: A Guide for the Perplexed – Lawfare

The answer to this question is not entirely clear, but based on press reports, it appears that the FBI—in the course of investigating allegations of Weiner’s exchanging sexually explicit messages with a minor—seized some electronic devices of his that also contained emails belonging to his estranged wife, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. These new emails, ...

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Pinboard: The FBI will investigate more of Hillary Clinton’s emails – VICE News

Clinton’s setup of a private email server for official State Department correspondence has dogged her campaign even before it even officially began in April of 2015. Hacked emails from campaign chairman John Podesta released on WikiLeaks show that many senior staff were caught flat-footed when the server became public knowledge in March of that year. ...

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Pinboard: FBI obtains warrant for newly located emails – POLITICO

Several TV networks reported the issuance of the warrant Sunday night. The search warrant was apparently necessary because the warrant used to seize the laptop and other devices from Weiner earlier this month was focused on evidence that he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit messages with an underage girl. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Seeing Stars — Real Life

Then Jeane said something I still carry with me. “Think about what photography is — it’s about turning darkness into light. That’s not a metaphor, that’s literally what it is. Sometimes you see that in people too. There’s something really beautiful about a person who can turn their own pain and their own darkness into ...

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Pinboard: FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe – WSJ

Metadata found on the laptop used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, suggests there may be thousands of emails sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter. It will take ...

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Pinboard: FBI und Clinton: Welche Rolle spielt James Comey? – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Darüber, was von Comeys Schritt zu halten ist, streiten sich die politischen Parteien. Der 55-Jährige steht in dem Ruf, unabhängig und prinzipientreu zu sein. Zugleich hat er in seiner Zeit als FBI-Chef politische Gefilde offensiver als viele seiner Vorgänger betreten. Als stellvertretender Justizminister unter George W. Bush eilte er 2004 zum Krankenbett seines Chefs John Ashcroft, ...

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Pinboard: Hillary Clinton wird den E-Mail-Makel nicht mehr los – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

In den E-Mails des gehackten Accounts von Wahlkampfmanager John Podesta, die Wikileaks seit Anfang Oktober publiziert, lässt sich das Entsetzen ihres eigenen Teams nachlesen, als es Clintons Verhalten diskutiert. Denn – aus politstrategischer Sicht – folgten auf den Hauptfehler (Nutzen von privaten E-Mail-Servern) weitere Fehler: Clinton hätte die Öffentlichkeit viel früher informieren müssen, um unbelasteter ...

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Pinboard: Are the Days of “Booter” Services Numbered? — Krebs on Security

These Web-based DDoS-for-hire services don’t run on botnets: They generally employ a handful of powerful servers that are rented from some dodgy “bulletproof” hosting provider. The booter service accepts payment and attack instructions via a front end Web site that is hidden behind Cloudflare (a free DDoS protection service). Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Why We Loved Vine So Much – The Atlantic

And coined by a black teen girl, in particular. The genius devisers of Vine culture were not just young people, but young people of color, whose ideas dominated the service in a way akin to no other mass tech platform. Black Twitter is a vital vein of the larger social network, for instance, but it’s ...

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Pinboard: Flashpoint – The Rise of the Militant Internet and Jihadists’ Militant Manuals

Back in April 2016, we observed the emergence of three pro-ISIS Dark Web sites offering bomb-making instructions, combat training manuals, official ISIS propaganda, and a live stream of ISIS’s official al-Bayan radio. One particular site streamed an instructional video on the remote-detonation of explosives via mobile phones — a tactic ISIS fighters have used in ...

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Pinboard: Inside the Trump Bunker, With 12 Days to Go – Bloomberg

Beginning last November, then ramping up in earnest when Trump became the Republican nominee, Kushner quietly built a sprawling digital fundraising database and social media campaign that’s become the locus of his father-in-law’s presidential bid. Trump’s top advisers won’t concede the possibility of defeat, but they’re candid about the value of what they’ve built even ...

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Pinboard: Imagine a Sane Donald Trump – WSJ

Sane Donald Trump would have looked at a dubious, anxious and therefore standoffish Republican establishment and not insulted them, diminished them, done tweetstorms against them. Instead he would have said, “Come into my tent. It’s a new one, I admit, but it’s yuge and has gold faucets and there’s a place just for you. What ...

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Pinboard: Hillary Clinton’s Mandate Problem – The New Yorker

The journalist Jonathan Rauch once noted that politicians whose public careers have lasted more than fourteen years rarely make it to the White House, unless they reach the Vice-Presidency by the fourteen-year mark. Lyndon Johnson, who served twenty-three years in Congress before becoming Vice-President, is the one exception since the turn of the century. Clinton ...

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Pinboard: If I Can Shop and Bank Online, Why Can’t I Vote Online? | Verified Voting

The sum of all of these considerations is simple. The security, privacy, and transparency requirements for online voting are much more complex and stringent than they are for E-Commerce transactions. The acceptability of small losses and the strategies for managing risk are very different between the two. And it is hard to grasp the full implications of the ...

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Pinboard: Election hacking FAQ: 2016 US presidential election edition

Bonus Question! Could a DDoS attack be used to hack the 2016 US presidential election? A. On Friday, October 21, a large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack caused sporadic internet service disruption in the US (we wrote about the attack here). This has raised fears that such an attack could happen on Election Day, ...

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Pinboard: Tim Kaine’s feminism – Vox

For 30 years, Kaine has gone to a mostly black church so he and his family can regularly experience the feeling of being in the racial minority. Contrast that with Trump’s whole campaign, which is about nostalgically invoking the feeling of what it’s like to be a yet-more-dominant racial majority and promising to restore that ...

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Pinboard: Trumps größte Angst? Öffentlich gedemütigt zu werden – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Die NYT präsentiert dieses Material nun in mehreren Episoden ihres The Run-Up-Podcasts und was bisher zu lesen und zu hören ist, bestätigt den Eindruck über Donald Trump: Er ist ein rastloser, sehr ehrgeiziger Geschäftsmann, der gierig nach medialer Aufmerksamkeit ist und es hasst, öffentlich gedemütigt zu werden. Weil auch D’Antonio lange mit Trumps Ex-Frau Ivana ...

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Pinboard: AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit – The Daily Beast

However, AT&T’s own documentation—reported here by The Daily Beast for the first time—shows Hemisphere was used far beyond the war on drugs to include everything from investigations of homicide to Medicaid fraud. Hemisphere isn’t a “partnership” but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to ...

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Pinboard: DDoS-Attacke: Der Angriff, der aus dem Kühlschrank kam | ZEIT ONLINE

Bislang bestanden diese Botnetze vor allem aus PCs, die mit Schadsoftware infiziert waren. Doch seit einiger Zeit gibt es auch welche aus dem Internet der Dinge. Vor rund vier Wochen wurde das Blog des Sicherheitsforschers Brian Krebs von genau solch einem Netzwerk lahmgelegt. Wenig später veröffentlichte ein anonymer Hacker in einem Szeneforum den Quellcode für ...

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Pinboard: French president says Brexit talks will be ‚hard‘ if UK wants hard Brexit – Politics live | Politics | The Guardian

Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has said Britain is using cyber warfare in the bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State. Speaking at an international conference on waging war through advanced technology, Fallon made it clear Britain was unleashing its cyber capability on IS, also known as Daesh. Asked if the UK was launching ...

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Pinboard: Hackers Sell $7,500 IoT Cannon To Bring Down The Web Again

In what is a first for the security company, RSA discovered in early October hackers advertising access to a huge IoT botnet on an underground criminal forum, though the company declined to say which one. (F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypponen said on Twitter after publication that it was the Tor-based Alpha Bay market). “This is ...

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Pinboard: The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton

On November 8th, barring some astonishment, the people of the United States will, after two hundred and forty years, send a woman to the White House. The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we will welcome for its immense historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief. It will be especially gratifying to have ...

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Pinboard: Should We See Everything a Cop Sees? – The New York Times

Ariel and Sutherland also worried about anyone basing decisions on a single study, which, no matter how rigorous, could well be a fluke, “the statistical equivalent of ‘luck,’ ” they wrote. The Rialto sample was small. The notable drop in citizen complaints, for instance, was from 28 in the yearlong period before the study to 3 ...

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Pinboard: friedenspreis – home

Es ist eine ausgesprochen merkwürdige Erfahrung, dass etwas so Persönliches für andere so wichtig sein soll, dass sie für sich beanspruchen, in unsere Leben einzugreifen und uns Rechte oder Würde absprechen wollen. Als sei die Art wie wir lieben für andere bedeutungsvoller als für uns selbst, als gehörten unsere Liebe und unsere Körper nicht uns, ...

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Pinboard: Who Shut Down the Internet Friday? – NBC News

Andrew Komarov of InfoArmor told NBC News he didn’t see any sign of Russian involvement at all, whether state or private. He noted that the botnet used in the attack, „Mirai,“ was developed by an English speaker and that he had found no link between „Mirai“ and the Russians, who have their own much more ...

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Pinboard: What Is DNS and Why Does It Make the Internet Break?

When you enter a URL—such as www.Gizmodo.com—your browser starts trying to figure out where that website is by pinging a series of servers. It’s very detailed, and we won’t bore you with the complete chain of events. There are resolving name servers, authoritative name servers, domain registrars, and so on. The system is precisely configured ...

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Pinboard: (1)US-Wahl – 6. Vorbestraft? Pech gehabt – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

In Deutschland verliert ein Bürger ab einer Freiheitsstrafe von einem Jahr für fünf Jahre das Wahlrecht. In den USA haben die Bundesstaaten teilweise harte Beschränkungen für verurteilte Verbrecher, selbst wenn diese bereits wieder in Freiheit sind. Nur zwei kleine Staaten im Nordosten, Maine und Vermont, erlauben Strafgefangenen die Stimmabgabe. 14 Staaten und Washington D.C. gewähren ...

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Pinboard: Why Today’s Attacks on the Internet Are Just the Start – The Daily Beast

These attacks are driven, in part, by the “Internet of Things”—devices such as CCTV cameras and DVRs being directly attached to the internet, with poor security. Attackers are hacking these devices, inside homes and businesses across the world, to create “botnets”—a herd of infected devices, which they can use to launch attacks. Criminals are also ...

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Pinboard: Anonymous’ Most Notorious Hacker Is Back, and He’s Gone Legit | WIRED

“I’m not ex-LulzSec, I’m not ex-FBI, I’m a security researcher,” Monsegur says when we meet over pierogies at a Ukrainian diner near his Alphabet City apartment. “Sabu was a character. That man doesn’t exist anymore. The person sitting in front of you today is all about business, taking care of his family, paying bills.” Link ...

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Pinboard: When the Entire Internet Seems to Break At Once – The Atlantic

More than a dozen major websites experienced outages and other technical problems, according to user reports and the web-tracking site downdetector.com. They included The New York Times, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Tumblr, Spotify, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast, EA, the Playstation network, and others. How was it possible to take down all those sites at once? ...

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Pinboard: Government alleges former NSA contractor stole ‘astonishing quantity’ of classified data over 20 years – The Washington Post

In a 12-page memo, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and two other prosecutors laid out a much more far-reaching case against Harold T. Martin III than was previously outlined. They say he took at least 50 terabytes of data and “six full banker’s boxes worth of documents,” with many lying open in his home office or kept ...

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Pinboard: The fog of wars | The Economist

Modern technology has helped it widen its scope; the Kremlin now uses large numbers of “trolls” that spread disinformation and propaganda through online communities and social media. It also helps Russia to sow confusion by putting out multiple versions of events. According to Alexander Vershbow, NATO’s deputy secretary-general and a former American ambassador to Moscow, ...

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Pinboard: Would You Click on These Fake Gmail Alerts? | Motherboard

This one used Google’s own style and look for a security alert. To a distracted or untrained eye, there would be no difference between this and the real thing. Imagine you get this in the middle of the day, while you’re stressed at work. Would you have clicked on it? Would have spotted that the ...

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Pinboard: Russia, APT28, DNCHack

To manage so many short URLs, Fancy Bear had created an automated system that used a popular link-shortening service called Bitly. The spear-phishing emails worked well—one in seven victims revealed their passwords—but the hackers forgot to set two of their Bitly accounts to „private.“ As a result, a cybersecurity company called SecureWorks was able to ...

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Pinboard: Still More on Loud Cyber Weapons – Lawfare

I then asked why such tools were needed, when one could accomplish the same thing by a phone call to the government of the target that described something that only the true attacker would know. I now understand better the need for such tools, and my understanding has very little to do with the reason ...

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Pinboard: Twitter’s Anti-Semitism Problem – The New Yorker

The A.D.L. report documents the frightening rise of anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists, especially those who write anything critical about Donald Trump. From August, 2015, to July, 2016, the A.D.L. found 2.6 million tweets that included anti-Semitic language, with a spike in anti-Semitism this year, as news coverage of the Presidential campaign increased. Researchers looked more closely at ...

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Pinboard: Spreading the DDoS Disease and Selling the Cure — Krebs on Security

Taking a page from Cloudflare, indeed. I’ve long taken Cloudflare to task for granting DDoS protection for countless DDoS-for-hire services, to no avail. I’ve maintained that Cloudflare has a blatant conflict of interest here, and that the DDoS-for-hire industry would quickly blast itself into oblivion because the proprietors of these attack services like nothing more than ...

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Pinboard: Missing link – IFTTT

Favorite tweet: Bid for Twitter by a new coalition backed by Peter Thiel won’t come before Q3’16 earnings results on Oct 27, sources say. — Kontra (@counternotions) October 19, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Reichsbürger in Mittelfranken: Der merkwürdige Herr P. – Bayern – Süddeutsche.de

„G’spinnert. So ähnlich formuliert das auch Joachim Herrmann (CSU), als er am Mittwochvormittag vor einer Wand aus Kameras und Mikrofonstangen Platz nimmt. Wenn man mit einem sogenannten Reichsbürger zu tun habe, sagt Herrmann, „dann sagt man auf den ersten Blick: Der spinnt. Aber wenn das zu brutaler Gewalt gegenüber Vertretern unseres Staates führt, dann ist ...

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Pinboard: Documenting Trump’s Abuse of Women – The New Yorker

Hurt decided to scan the book and reissue it himself online. When a reporter for the Daily Beast began making calls about the rape allegation, Michael Cohen, a Trump lawyer, told him, “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it and the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up . . . for ...

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Pinboard: Obscurity is a Valid Security Layer

As mentioned above, the question of whether obscurity is good or bad reduces to whether it’s being used a layer on top of good security, or as a replacement for it. The former is good. The latter is bad. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism – ProPublica

But a close look by Frontline and ProPublica at the interconnected assaults on Paris and Brussels brings to light problems that go well beyond the failure to nab Abrini. It reveals a scale of dysfunction remarkable in the annals of modern counterterrorism. Most of the attackers and their accused accomplices were residents of Europe and ...

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Pinboard: The New Face of Law and Cyber Warfare – Lawfare

American cyber combatants are increasingly capable of engaging in cyber conflict activities (not all of which rise to the level of armed conflict) across the globe.  The troops are organized in 40-70 person teams that have both offensive and defensive capabilities and are, when authorized, readily deployed (in both the virtual and physical sense) under ...

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Pinboard: Anatomy of a Media Conspiracy – The New York Times

Look, Mom, there I am in WikiLeaks. Right there among the rest of the media sellouts, Clinton shills and biased tools of the MSM who are apparently bent on destroying Donald J. Trump. Sarah Palin tweeted about me, Trump himself derided my actions in a stump speech and I’m pretty sure Bill O’Reilly just called ...

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Pinboard: The Bar That Saved Me – Medium

The dude protested, of course. He looked to us in vain for support. But now we had a gang of fine dining waiters plus some fancy “mixologist” type bartenders so we weren’t about to back his ass up. (A mixologist is just a bartender with fresh ginger on hand who will wait five minutes longer ...

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Pinboard: Hexacorn | Blog

Threat hunting is anomaly hunting and defining an anomaly is extremely difficult, but we are getting better at it. The thing I want to highlight with this post is that the current state of threat hunting is that we finally know what to log and what to look at. We have absolutely no clue though ...

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Pinboard: Addicted to Your iPhone? You’re Not Alone – The Atlantic

His approach seems to have worked. I’m usually quick to be annoyed by friends reaching for their phones, but next to Harris, I felt like an addict. Wary of being judged, I made a point not to check my iPhone unless he checked his first, but he went so long without peeking that I started ...

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Pinboard: How a Facial Recognition Mismatch Can Ruin Your Life

This may be because comparing facial images can seem like an easy or even intuitive task. “We assume, wrongly, that we are good at recognizing faces,” said David White, an Australian psychologist who researches facial perception. In reality, however, we are for the most part terrible at comparing photographs, video stills, and composite images of ...

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Pinboard: Frank S., der Rechtsradikale – correctiv.org

Im Prozess sagte Frank S. aus, er sei „kein Nazi“, sondern ein „wertkonservativer Rebell“. Die Daten auf seiner Festplatte widersprechen dem. Wir wissen jetzt: Frank S. stand faschistischem Gedankengut näher, als bisher bekannt war. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Steve Bannon’s Vision for the Trump Coalition After Election Day – The New Yorker

Bannon embraced the growing populist movement in America, including the “alt-right,” a new term for white nationalists, who care little about traditional conservative economic ideas and instead stress the need to preserve America’s European heritage and keep out non-whites and non-Christians. Under Bannon, Breitbart promoted similar movements in Europe, including the United Kingdom Independence Party, ...

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Pinboard: How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More – The New York Times

But in early 2015, Walmart announced it would actually pay its workers more. That set in motion the biggest test imaginable of a basic argument that has consumed ivory-tower economists, union-hall organizers and corporate executives for years on end: What if paying workers more, training them better and offering better opportunities for advancement can actually ...

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Pinboard: To Hack or Not To Hack – Medium

I am not going to be advocating and legitimizing the use of hacking by any state, to then wait for its exposure to be criminalized. I am not going to agree to government hacking. I might tolerate it, but still continue fighting it. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: How to Be a Man in the Age of Trump – The New York Times

I’ve listened to girls try to make sense of feeling like objects: Was it empowering or the opposite and under which circumstances? I’ve also realized — known all along, really — that they were neither the only ones struggling, nor solely responsible for solutions. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Wie der IS und Rechtsextreme im Netz kommunizieren – Digital – Süddeutsche.de

Extremistische Gruppen agieren vollkommen anders als Durchschnittsmenschen in den sozialen Medien. Wir chatten typischerweise mit Freunden, teilen Artikel und sprechen über Themen vom Mittagessen bis hin zu unserem Lieblingssportverein. Das ist normales Verhalten. Im Fall von Extremisten ist das fundamental anders. Sie fokussieren auf Ziele, bewegen sich koordiniert und sprechen über dieselben Themen, mit derselben ...

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Pinboard: Sexuelle Gewalt – 2016, Jahr der sexualisierten Gewalt – Gesellschaft – Süddeutsche.de

Hier wird auch klar, dass die Definition von Vergewaltigung als anti-weiblicher Aggression angesichts der Realität der Zahlen nicht zutreffend ist. Es sind zu viele Männer unter den Opfern. Rein statistisch sind es zwar „nur“ zehn Prozent, doch wie Sanyal glaubhaft ausführt, wirken Tabuisierung und Stigmatisierung sich auf männliche Opfer sexueller Gewalt noch viel mächtiger aus: „Männliche ...

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Pinboard: Was die Wikileaks-Enthüllungen über Clinton sagen – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

In den tausenden E-Mails aus dem Account von Wahlkampfchef Podesta findet sich zu beinahe allen Themen etwas. Amerikas Konservative empören sich, dass Clintons Sprecherin Witze über Religion machte („Die Eliten erziehen ihre Kinder katholisch, weil das sozial akzeptiert ist. Als Evangelikale würden sie von ihren Freunden nicht mehr verstanden.“). Sie sind entsetzt, dass es während ...

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Pinboard: Trump vs. Clinton – wer gewinnt das Internet? – Digital – Süddeutsche.de

Trump als Präsidentschaftskandidat der Republikaner ist kein unvorhersehbares Ereignis ohne Vorgeschichte. Er vereint vielmehr die beiden letzten Erfolgsgeschichten des amerikanischen Fernsehzeitalters: die simulierte Nähe des Reality-TV und die einst von Fox News erschaffene TV-Simulation einer Welt, in der die Realität so geschickt gefiltert wird, dass sie am Ende wie eine einzige konservative Wahrheit erscheint. Würde ...

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Pinboard: An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right – Breitbart

A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the “alternative right.” Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives — more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives. Part of this is down to the alt-right’s addiction to provocation. The ...

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Pinboard: Pepe and the stormtroopers | The Economist

Much of the Alt-Right’s output will seem indecipherably weird to those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture. It has its own iconography and vernacular, derived from message boards, video games and pornography. Its signature insult is “cuckservative”, directed at Republicans supposedly emasculated by liberalism and money. Its favourite avatar is Pepe the frog, ...

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Pinboard: How Trump Took Hate Groups Mainstream | Mother Jones

This neo-Nazi seal of approval initially seemed like an aberration. But two months later, when Trump released his immigration policy, far-right extremists saw a clear signal that Trump understood their core anger and fear about America being taken over by minorities and foreigners. Trump’s plan to deport masses of undocumented immigrants and end birthright citizenship ...

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Pinboard: The Evidence Guccifer 2.0 is Russian Intel – Medium

There is a large volume of data all pointing the same way. The data is consistent, and there have been no plausible or viable alternative hypothesis that fits the available public facts. This makes for a fairly good case. One that is, at the very least, hard to ignore. Certainly one that cannot be dismissed ...

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Pinboard: CIA Prepping for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia – NBC News

Vice President Joe Biden told „Meet the Press“ moderator Chuck Todd Friday that „we’re sending a message“ to Russian President Vladimir Putin and that „it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.“ When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, ...

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Pinboard: The Journalist Who Broke Open Trump’s Taxes On Why He Doesn’t Care Who The Source Is by The New York Times

David Barstow, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of the bombshell New York Times investigation of Donald J. Trump’s taxes, was asked whether he cared who had anonymously mailed him three pages from the candidate’s 1995 returns. „I, from the years of doing this, I found that sometimes whistleblowers with terrible motives come forward ...

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Pinboard: How to Win the Cyberwar Against Russia | Foreign Policy

After attribution, the final step is to craft a response. The cybersphere is not immune to the universal legal norms that require a nation to respond to an attack in proportional fashion. In other words, you can’t destroy the Russian electric grid in response to email hacks. From a strategic perspective, the response should also ...

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Pinboard: CyberSecPolitics: The Russia Question

Offensive operations take a long time though – always twice as long as you think they will, no matter how much padding you’ve added, like house renovations. The Bene Gesserit used to just tell their victims „You will be punished.“ and nothing more and frankly it is scarier that way. Link zur Quelle

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Al-Bakr und der Suizid

Ein Typ namens Dschaber al-Bakr will mutmaßlich einen islamistisch motivierten Anschlag durchziehen. Er schafft es nicht, wird festgenommen und begeht dann anscheinend Suizid in seiner Zelle. Die häufigste Reaktion, die ich heute gelesen habe, ist: Viele Menschen sind eher verwundert darüber, dass der Typ von seiner Psychologin als „nicht suizidgefährdet“ eingestuft wurde. Für diese Menschen scheint es ...

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Pinboard: Lawful hacking and the case for a strategic approach to “Going Dark” | Brookings Institution

The ultimate utility of lawful hacking will depend as much on legal developments as technological ones. This series of complex and interrelated legal questions is central to the future of law enforcement and U.S. national security. Those questions should not be answered haphazardly or based on the expedient incentives of individual criminal cases, and instead ...

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Pinboard: The Clintonites Should Stop Freaking Out About WikiLeaks – POLITICO Magazine

Clinton’s allies warn us that because the WikiLeaks dump may contain forgeries—not a fully imaginary admonition, mind you—reporters should keep their distance for their own good. Forged documents are as old as journalism itself, and as technology grows more sophisticated, more forgeries will appear, and reporters will have to be even more vigilant lest they ...

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Pinboard: Russians, lies and WikiLeaks – POLITICO

“In my mind, so many more different factors lead us to make the conclusion that we think Russia behind this activity,” Galante said. “If you think about how WikiLeaks is timing their releases, who’s benefiting from it, what information is being exposed — those factors lead us to believe WikiLeaks is in some kind of ...

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Pinboard: Cyber: Ignore the Penetration Testers – Medium

People. Ideas. Hardware. In that order. The same priority holds true in cyber. A powerful APT is not defined by its tools, but by the people and ideas they have, and then the toolchain that they develop to accomplish their goals (generally set for them by someone else.) Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: A Longitudinal Measurement Study of 4chan’s Politically Incorrect Forum and its Effect on the Web (PDF)

However, we were able to filter out this background noise by using cross-correlation to estimate the synchronization lag between the /pol/ thread and the YouTube comments. Finally, we showed that as this synchronization lag approaches zero, there is a statistically significant increase in the number of hate words on YouTube. I.e., we provide quantitative evidence ...

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Pinboard: Turkey’s Thirty-Year Coup – The New Yorker

There was no chitchat, and Gülen didn’t smile. When I asked about his relationship with Erdoğan, he told me, through an interpreter, that Erdoğan had never willingly shared power with anyone. “Apparently, he always had this vision of being the single most powerful person,” he said. Erdoğan and his followers were all alike: “In the ...

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Pinboard: Thoughts on White House Pledge to Respond to DNC Hack – Lawfare

Yesterday Josh Earnest pledged that the United States would “will ensure that our response is proportional” to Russia’s hack of DNC emails, which the United States has concluded was “intended to interfere with the US election process.” Earnest said the President would “consider a response that is proportional.“ He added that „[i]t is unlikely that ...

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Pinboard: The Trump-Putin link that wasn’t – The Washington Post

There’s a great deal of evidence suggesting that Russia is pulling whatever levers are in reach to aid the candidacy of Trump. Intelligence agencies believe that Russia has been involved in politically linked email hacks like Podesta’s and that such content has, in some way, ended up at Wikileaks. We know Russia publishes Sputnik News. ...

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Pinboard: In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots

In fact, Eichenwald literally has zero evidence for any of that. The point is not that his evidence for these propositions is inconclusive or unpersuasive; the point is that there is zero evidence for any of it. It’s all just conspiracy theorizing and speculation that he invented. Worse, the article, while hinting at these claims and encouraging readers ...

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Pinboard: Kellyanne Conway’s Political Machinations – The New Yorker

Conway worked for Newt Gingrich in the nineties, when he was rising in the House of Representatives, and in 2012, when he ran for President. Gingrich, who is one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, told me that he had recently observed Conway and Trump on Trump’s plane. “They have very good chemistry,” he said, adding ...

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Pinboard: Dear Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, I Am Not Sidney Blumenthal

An email from Blumenthal—a confidant of Hillary Clinton and a man, second only to George Soros, at the center of conservative conspiracy theories—turned up in the recent document dump by WikiLeaks. At a time when American intelligence believes Russian hackers are trying to interfere with the presidential election, records have been fed recently to WikiLeaks ...

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Pinboard: Trump Told Russia To Blame for Hacks Long Before Debate – NBC News

A senior U.S. intelligence official assured NBC News that cybersecurity and the Russian government’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election have been briefed to, and discussed extensively with, both parties‘ candidates, surrogates and leadership, since mid-August. „To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation,“ said the official. „The intelligence community has ...

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Pinboard: Net Politics » After Attributing a Cyberattack to Russia, the Most Likely Response Is Non Cyber

Washington will want to consider a range of options such as extending sanctions to those around Putin using a new executive order, more aid to Estonia and other states on Russia’s periphery, and more funds for the development of next generation anonymizing tools for dissidents and non-governmental organizations that monitor the Kremlin. The United States ...

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Pinboard: (2)Deutsche Sprache: „Kein Fehler ist zufällig“ – Kultur – Süddeutsche.de

Die Diskussion um Sprachwandel wird emotional geführt, viele Kritiker beklagen eine Verflachung der deutschen Sprache. Diesen Kulturpessimismus halte ich für nicht angebracht. Ja, die deutsche Sprache wird durch den ständigen Sprachkontakt – also das Aufeinandertreffen mit anderen Sprachen – einfacher. Sie befreit sich von ihrem schweren hochsprachlichen Erbe, stößt Teile der verkrusteten Grammatik ab. Dadurch ...

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Pinboard: This is Donald Trump’s worst nightmare – Vox

McCain speaks not for those who enthusiastically supported Trump, but for those who did it grudgingly, conditionally, out of a sense of duty to their country. That same sense of duty, he is now saying, forces decent men and woman to abandon Trump’s campaign. The signals here are clear and unmistakeable. As Max Fisher noted ...

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Pinboard: More Thoughts on the Yahoo Scan – emptywheel

To sum up: ex-Yahoo employees want this story to be about the technical recklessness of the request and Yahoo’s bureaucratic implementation of it. Government lawyers and spooks are happy to explain this was a traditional FISA order, but want to downplay the intrusiveness and recklessness of this by claiming it just involved adapting an existing scan. And intelligence committee members mistakenly ...

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Pinboard: We Told You So – BuzzFeed News

Republicans really have no right to their shock at the five words Trump has made immortal — “Grab them by the pussy.” And that is, above all, because much of the media has done an excellent job in covering Trump. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Juanita Broaddrick Wants To Be Believed – BuzzFeed News

Broaddrick claims Bill Clinton raped her in 1978, when he was Arkansas’ attorney general, during what she thought would be a morning business meeting. As with many rape allegations, there is no way to definitively prove what happened, especially since Broaddrick didn’t speak out for decades. Through a lawyer in 1999, Bill Clinton denied assaulting ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump, Groper in Chief – The New York Times

Harth says that she worried about being raped by a man who weighed twice as much as she did, and at one point she vomited as a defense mechanism. But she says that he was never violent and genuinely seemed to assume sexual interest on her part; often he was playful as she was frightened: ...

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Pinboard: How the shocking hot mic tape of Donald Trump was exposed – Oct. 7, 2016

Trump’s offensive comments about Alicia Machado were still making waves. And the Associated Press had just published a detailed story quoting former „Apprentice“ employees saying Trump „was lewd and sexist“ while taping the reality show. With that in mind, a producer dug up the tape. By mid-week, executive producer Rob Silverstein and his producing team ...

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Pinboard: Bluegrass and Big Data – The New Yorker

“When you’re writing a book, you’re living on an island,” O’Neil said. “I think what saved my sanity was my band.” A math Ph.D. from Harvard, she became disillusioned with her job at the hedge fund D. E. Shaw and, in 2011, decided to quit. “I had gone into finance thinking I was making the ...

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Pinboard: Prepare For Electoral Chaos – Lawfare

Although there has already been a lot of focus on preventing specific methods, we also need to focus on more general plans for handling post-election chaos. A hostile attacker might launch disruptive attacks resulting in closed polling places, corrupted vote counts, or disrupted voter rolls. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: ‚The Atlantic‘ Editors Endorse Hillary Clinton for President – The Atlantic

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. ...

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Pinboard: Yahoo Was Ordered to Search Email for Digital ‘Signature,’ Source Says – The New York Times

Although the digital signature was individually approved by a judge, who was persuaded that there was probable cause to believe that it was uniquely used by a foreign power, the collection was unusual because it involved the systematic scanning of all Yahoo users’ emails. More typical surveillance court orders instead target specific user accounts. Link ...

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Pinboard: Missing link – IFTTT

Favorite tweet: @Snowden Using a regular FISA wiretap order, no less! So much for individualized, targeted surveillance. — Kevin Bankston (@KevinBankston) October 5, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: dcleaks.com

Favorite tweet: + the email that led to the Clinton audio leak https://t.co/Cp4rR9eWtC @RidT http://pic.twitter.com/1WS9CLVwoW — Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) October 2, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: dcleaks.com

Favorite tweet: Yep: https://t.co/Eo7oEPFKDs https://t.co/KT2ezQFOMh — Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) October 2, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Amoklauf in München – Eine Rekonstruktion – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Anwohner sehen ihn im Treppenhaus, er zückt seine Waffe nicht. Keiner von ihnen weiß, dass der 18 Jahre alte Schüler am OEZ neun Menschen getötet hat. 2300 Beamte sind in dieser Nacht in der Stadt unterwegs, darunter auch bewaffnete Zivilbeamte. Augenzeugen halten sie für Täter. Dieses Missverständnis trägt dazu bei, dass die Polizei am Ende ...