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Pinboard: Meet The Russian Hacker Claiming She’s A Scapegoat In The U.S. Election Spy Storm

The „technical research“ the White House alleged she provided the GRU could include her stash of previously-undisclosed and unpatched vulnerabilities, so-called zero-days. Such software bugs, accompanied by an exploit to hack them and the underlying computer, are worth upwards of $1 million, one reason why Shevchenko plies her vast technical abilities to hunt them. She ...

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Pinboard: If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama – The New York Times

Mr. Trump made his animus toward the news media clear during the presidential campaign, often expressing his disgust with coverage through Twitter or in diatribes at rallies. So if his campaign is any guide, Mr. Trump seems likely to enthusiastically embrace the aggressive crackdown on journalists and whistle-blowers that is an important yet little understood ...

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Pinboard: Henriette Reker im Interview: „Zum ersten Mal froh, keine Kinder zu haben“

Woher kommt diese Enthemmung, die in der Gesellschaft Raum greift? Es war immer so in der Geschichte, dass auf Worte und Parolen Taten gefolgt sind. Bei der Verleihung des Böll-Preises sagte Herta Müller: „Wenn Hassparolen wie ‚Volksverräter‘ oder ‚Lügenpresse‘ spazieren gehen, dann geht auch irgendwann ein Messer spazieren.“ Einer der schlimmsten Tage seit dem Attentat ...

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Pinboard: A Bigger Problem Than ISIS? – The New Yorker

In November, 2015, Mohsen al-Shammari, then the Minister for Water Resources, told reporters that there was no chance that the dam would collapse: “Whoever is saying it’s about to collapse is only talking.” Shammari is a follower of Moqtada al-Sadr, the fiery cleric whose soldiers fought the United States during the occupation. Sadr’s followers refuse ...

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Pinboard: World War Three, by Mistake – The New Yorker

Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navy’s decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer ...

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Pinboard: Anschlag in Berlin: Behörden hätten Amri packen können – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Anis Amri war ausreisepflichtig, hatte aber eine Duldung, weil die zur Abschiebung nötigen Papiere noch nicht vorlagen. Eine solche Duldung ist auf das Bundesland beschränkt, in Amris Fall war das Nordrhein-Westfalen. Trotzdem hielt sich der Mann, wie die Behörden wussten, oft in Berlin auf. Ihnen war, wie gesagt, bekannt, dass der Mann sich Waffen beschaffen ...

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Pinboard: Sign up for a free IFTTT account – IFTTT

Favorite tweet: That „economic anxiety“ has played out in hundreds of hate crimes. I don’t expect anyone to hear slurs & threats & wait to get hit. — Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) December 23, 2016 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Aleppo’s “Evacuation” Is a Crime Against Humanity – The New Yorker

So, characteristically, an autocrat inflates his place in history. But, in this case, it’s worth acknowledging that Assad has a point: the significance of Aleppo’s collapse is far greater than its physical territory, its ancient history, and its former splendor. For more than four years, Western governments and the United Nations stood by, watching, as ...

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Pinboard: Congress Calls Edward Snowden a Liar in New Report – NBC News

One issue of contention, the report says, was a software patch Snowden installed while working at an NSA facility in Hawaii that caused servers to crash. After a manager complained in a mass email, Snowden fired back to a much more senior NSA official, leading to a rebuke that his conduct was unacceptable. He apologized ...

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Pinboard: Anis Amri, Berlin Suspect, Slipped Through Many Nets – WSJ

The story of Mr. Amri, who turned 24 years old on Thursday, sheds light on how Europe’s status as a beacon of hope to thousands fleeing war and persecution in recent years has also left it exposed to a smaller group of arrivals driven by far darker motives. This account of Mr. Amri’s journey from ...

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Pinboard: Errata Security: „From Putin with Love“ – a novel by the New York Times

„Another trope is the word „target“ that imagines that every effect from a hacker was the original intention. In other words, it’s the trope that tornados target trailer parks. As part of the NYTimes „narrative“ is this story that „House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking“ [*]. This is post-factual fake-news. Guccifer2.0 targeted the ...

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Pinboard: Cybersecurity firm finds evidence that Russian military unit was behind DNC hack – The Washington Post

While CrowdStrike, which was hired by the DNC to investigate the intrusions and whose findings are described in a new report, had always suspected that one of the two hacker groups that struck the DNC was the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, it had only medium confidence. Now, said CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch, “we have ...

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Pinboard: Wie die AfD den Anschlag von Berlin instrumentalisiert – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Der Ablauf ist immer ähnlich: Auf die Provokation folgt die Empörung der anderen, mit der Empörung kommt die Aufmerksamkeit, mit der Aufmerksamkeit erreicht man ziemlich viele Menschen. „In der breiten Öffentlichkeit angekommen, kann man dann Inhalte platzieren“, sagt Stefan Petzner, ein ehemaliger Funktionär der österreichischen Rechtspopulisten. „Kurze Zeit später kann man dann relativieren oder man ...

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Pinboard: EuGH beendet die maßlose Vorratsdatenspeicherung – Digital – Süddeutsche.de

Aber der Spruch aus Luxemburg reicht über das Thema Terror hinaus. Denn hinter der Entscheidung steht eine tiefe Sorge um Europa. In einigen ostmitteleuropäischen Staaten ist gerade eine rapide Erosion des Rechtsstaats zu beobachten. Doch in den Händen von Autokraten ist die Vorratsdatenspeicherung ein äußerst heikles Instrument; der Datenpool kann eben nicht nur als bloße ...

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Pinboard: The unnoticed trend that worries Europe’s counterterrorism agencies – The Washington Post

But new data shows that European authorities aren’t just guarding against terror plots using weapons like trucks or bombs. They are also concerned about a more conventional threat: illegal firearms that may be increasingly easy for suspected terror networks to obtain. According to the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London, ...

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Pinboard: Who’s Responsible When Extremists Get a Platform? – The New York Times

Participants successfully contribute to the broader marketplace by inducing other participants to engage more; beyond shares and followers, success is rewarded off-platform, with the conversion of attention into relationships, into advertising on websites, into sales or into influence and political power. Social platforms are the most extreme and advanced expression of what may be the ...

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Pinboard: Spannender Longread über Arvato-Mitarbeitende,… – Johannes Baldauf

Ich glaube dennoch, dass es Leute gibt, die besser damit zurecht kommen als andere. Leute, die das weniger berührt oder es besser verarbeiten können. Insofern tun mir die Arvato-Mitarbeitenden leid, die teilweise wohl nicht so recht wussten auf was sie sich da einlassen. Denn tatsächlich sind sie und all die anderen weltweit verteilten Content-Moderatoren die ...

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Pinboard: Truck attack may be part of ISIS strategy to sharpen divide between Muslims and others – The Washington Post

“Germany is a target for obvious reasons,” Vidino said. “One of them, paradoxically, is its open-door policy towards Syrian refugees. From ISIS’s perspective, that policy takes away the natural citizens of the caliphate, showing its bankruptcy. Every refugee that is welcome in Germany is a living testament of how most Muslims want little to do ...

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Pinboard: The Strange Case of the American Death Penalty – The New Yorker

There were just twenty executions in the United States in 2016, down from a peak of ninety-eight in 1999. Even more remarkable, just thirty people were sentenced to death this year, compared with three hundred and fifteen in 1996. Indeed, as the report further notes, “Fewer new death sentences were imposed in the past decade ...

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Pinboard: Safety Check: Erst Anschlag, dann Gewalttat, schließlich Vorfall | ZEIT ONLINE

Dass dieses neue System noch Schwächen hat, zeigte sich Stojanow zufolge nun in Berlin. Zum einen, weil der Ort des Geschehens mit Berlin-Heinersdorf anfangs falsch angegeben wurde. Das könnte daran liegen, dass viele Nutzer, die über den Vorfall am Weihnachtsmarkt in Charlottenburg berichteten, nicht präzise geortet wurden. Zum anderen sind viele Nutzer offenbar sofort von ...

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Pinboard: Bundestagswahl 2017: AfD will im Wahlkampf provozieren

Mit „sorgfältig geplanten Provokationen“ wolle man die anderen Parteien zu nervösen und unfairen Reaktionen verleiten. Je mehr die AfD von ihnen stigmatisiert werde, „desto positiver ist das für das Profil der Partei“, heißt es in dem Papier. Als mögliche Zielgruppen nennt die AfD in dem Papier wertkonservative Bürgerliche, Gegner eines „europäischen Superstaats“, Protestwähler, Nichtwähler sowie ...

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Pinboard: The Meme Of The Year – MTV

If Clinton is truly the detailed, studied technocrat that knows all the angles, then her fumbling of email-related security protocols couldn’t simply be the result of ignorance or negligence. Either the persona captured by “Texts From Hillary” was specious, or worse: Her breach of protocol wasn’t accidental, but done for some nefarious purpose. She must ...

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Pinboard: Making America White Again – The New Yorker

In order to limit the possibility of this untenable change, and restore whiteness to its former status as a marker of national identity, a number of white Americans are sacrificing themselves. They have begun to do things they clearly don’t really want to be doing, and, to do so, they are (1) abandoning their sense ...

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Pinboard: Generation haram | dasbiber

Natürlich wusste ich schon vor Mensurs Antwort, was die Klasse mit haram meint. Als Muslima kenne ich den Begriff. Haram ist ein arabisches Adjektiv und beschreibt all das, was laut der Scharia verboten ist. Wer etwas tut, was als haram definiert ist, der begeht eine Sünde. Das Gegenteil von haram ist halal, also „erlaubt“. Aber ...

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Pinboard: Zuwanderer und Kriminalität – Armutskriminalität – „Die hat tatsächlich zugenommen“ – Panorama – Süddeutsche.de

Sozialpolitik ist und bleibt die beste Kriminalpolitik. Heute kommt die internationale Politik hinzu: Solange der Balkan, Osteuropa oder Afrika politisch und sozial instabil sind, werden von dort weiter Menschen nach Westeuropa gehen. Die Kriminalität, die dabei entsteht, ist Armutskriminalität. Die hat tatsächlich zugenommen. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Arguing the Truth with Trump and Putin – The New York Times

If there is one trait that Mr. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia share over all others, it is their understanding of the power of separating facts from truth. By denying known and provable facts — as when Mr. Trump denies making statements he has made — or by rejecting facts that are ...

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Pinboard: Bei Qualcomm häufen sich die Android-Sicherheitslücken – … meint Peter Welchering

Zumindest in Sachen Full-Disk-Verschlüsselung gibt es mehrere Hinweise, die auf eine extra eingebaute Hintertür für Sicherheitsbehörden deuten. Das zur Zeit entscheidende Argument lautet: Es handelt sich ja nicht nur einfach um bloßes Softwareproblem des Betriebssystems Android, sondern um das Kommunikationsdesign vom Snapdragon-Chip mit dem Betriebssystem. Das ist nämlich dafür verantwortlich, dass die Geräteverschlüsselung bei Android-Smartphones, ...

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Pinboard: Kushner: We struck deal with Sinclair for straighter coverage – POLITICO

Donald Trump’s campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage, his son-in-law Jared Kushner told business executives Friday in Manhattan. In exchange, Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said. Kushner highlighted that Sinclair, in states like Ohio, reaches a ...

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Pinboard: Zukunft des Journalismus: Wir sind doch nicht im Zoo – taz.de

2012 hat Klarissa Lueg, Doktorandin der TH Darmstadt, für ihre Dissertation untersucht, woher der journalistische Nachwuchs stammt. “Habitus, Herkunft und Positionierung: Die Logik des journalistischen Feldes“, heißt ihre Arbeit, für die sie Schüler dreier Journalistenschulen und deren Schulleiter befragt hat. Ihr Ergebnis: Mehr als zwei Drittel (68 Prozent) stammen aus einem „hohen“ Herkunftsmilieu. Deren Eltern ...

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Pinboard: WikiLeaks-Veröffentlichung: Bundespolizei vermutet Maulwurf im Bundestag | tagesschau.de

Untermauert wird die Annahme der Ermittler laut „Spiegel“ noch durch Folgendes: Das WikiLeaks-Material umfasse 90 Gigabyte. Bei der Cyberattacke auf den Bundestag seien aber nur rund 16 Gigabyte an Daten gestohlen worden. Von dem Hackerangriff sei dem Anschein nach auch kein Bundestagsabgeordneter oder Mitarbeiter aus dem Umfeld des NSA-Untersuchungsausschusses betroffen gewesen. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Ex-Geheimdienstchef zu NSU-Morden: Helmut Roewers steile Thesen – taz.de

Roewer formulierte seine Thesen in der verschwörungstheoretischen Internetsendung „Quer-denken.TV“ auf YouTube. Titel: „Das NSU-Märchen“. Ein rechtsextremes Motiv für die zehnfache Mordserie sei „denkbar unwahrscheinlich“, behauptet der einstige Verfassungsschutzchef. Viel eher sei der Tathintergrund „ethnisch bedingt“: „Also Türken gegen Kurden. Das ist sozusagen mein Hauptverdächtiger.“ Seinen früheren Arbeitgeber nimmt Roewer in Schutz: „Wenn man sich vorstellt, ...

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Pinboard: Important Security Information for Yahoo Users | Yahoo

Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, we believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft. We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed ...

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Pinboard: FAKT-Recherche: Deutsche Konzerne offenbar in erheblichem Ausmaß von US-Spionage betroffen (Update) | netzpolitik.org

Die vom amerikanischen Sicherheitstechnikhersteller Netbotz produzierten und mit möglichen Hintertüren für US-Geheimdienste versehenen Servermonitoring-Systeme sind bis heute in Deutschland im Einsatz. Das ergaben Recherchen des ARD-Magazins „FAKT“. Demnach bestätigten unter anderem der Antivirensoftware-Hersteller AVIRA und der Drucker- und Kopiererhersteller Ricoh-Deutschland den fortdauernden Einsatz dieser Netbotz-Geräte. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: What Is the President’s Daily Brief? – NYTimes.com

Matt Olsen, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that “it’s critical for the president to get an intelligence briefing, if not every day, almost every day” rather than just checking in periodically. “Ultimately these decisions come to the president, so as much as you could rely on staff to track intelligence, you ...

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Pinboard: Achse des Guten: Wie sich ein Blog zu Tode empört | W&V

Ich glaube – reine Spekulation! -, dass dieser Sound Werbungtreibende abschreckt. Und nicht die inhaltliche Ausrichtung. Broders gepflegte Aggressivität wirkte in den 90er Jahren noch originell und erfrischend. Heute, im Zeitalter der vernetzten Hysterie, empört er sich und seine Seite zu Tode. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: We Are What We Build, by Eric Meyer · The Manual

Or, they might well think of our current situation as unthinkably permissive and damaging. If social networks make it easier to block harmful feedback and make attacks more difficult in the first place, then the answer to the question may change to the point that nobody thinks to ask the question anymore. The ability to ...

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Pinboard: BR Data: Rechtes Netz

Wie unscharf die Trennlinie zwischen der Organisation Pegida und der Partei AfD verläuft, zeigt sich in der Zahl der gemeinsamen Fans. Über die Hälfte der Anhänger von Pegida Nürnberg ist auch Fan der offiziellen Bundesseite der AfD. Die Seiten der AfD-Politikerinnen Frauke Petry und Beatrix von Storch stehen unter Pegida-Fans ebenfalls hoch im Kurs – ...

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Pinboard: Cyber-Sicherheit als Teil einer strategischen Industriepolitik

Praxistaugliche Rahmenbedingungen sind ebenfalls maßgeblich. Hierzu hat sich der Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) mit seinem Papier „Erwartungen der deutschen Industrie an ein IT-Sicherheitsgesetz“ umfassend positioniert. Der ZVEI unterstützt das darin formulierte Anliegen, die Umsetzungsfrist des Gesetzes auf drei Jahre zu verlängern. Je nach individueller Betroffenheit ist eine Vielzahl an zusätzlichen Verpflichtungen zu erfüllen. Betreiber, ...

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Pinboard: Geheimdienste warnen vor Russland – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Die Russland-These ist also von Indizien gestützt, aber nicht bewiesen. Um die Sache aufzuklären, hat der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) nach der Bitte Merkels seinen Arbeitskreis PsyOps („Psychologische Operationen“) eingesetzt und das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) die Arbeitsgruppe „Sputnik“, eine Anspielung auf den ersten sowjetischen Satelliten. Offenbar fühlt man sich von den Russen eingekreist, aber sie operieren ...

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Pinboard: C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence – The New York Times

The C.I.A.’s conclusion does not appear to be the product of specific new intelligence obtained since the election, several American officials, including some who had read the agency’s briefing, said on Sunday. Rather, it was an analysis of what many believe is overwhelming circumstantial evidence — evidence that others feel does not support firm judgments ...

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Pinboard: Current Affairs | Culture & Politics

How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens ...

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Pinboard: Der Fall Jacob Appelbaum: Über Gerechtigkeit – taz.de

Diese Geschichte ist mehr als nur ein Appelbaum-Drama. Es geht hierin um Sittenbild und Rechtsverständnis einer digitalen Avantgarde, die mit technischen Mitteln für Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung kämpft, gegen Überwachung und Unterdrückung durch mächtige Konzerne und Staaten. Es geht im Kern um die Frage, wie eine anarchistisch geprägte Community, in der viele Menschen staatliche Institutionen ablehnen, ...

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Pinboard: US-Medien: „Weniger prognostizieren, mehr verstehen“ – Medien – Süddeutsche.de

Vielleicht sollten wir mehr Reporter rausschicken. Aber es ist schwer, den Puls Amerikas zu fühlen: Alles ist am Ende anekdotisch, du kannst ‚die Wahrheit‘ nicht finden, weil du nicht jeden Bürger interviewen oder eine Umfrage mit ihm machen kannst. Vielleicht kommen wir aber langfristig dahin, dass wir weniger prognostizieren und mehr verstehen.“ Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The Evidence to Prove the Russian Hack – emptywheel

Again, assuming that the fake Gmail phish is GRU’s handiwork, there is probably the best evidence that GRU hacked John Podesta and therefore that Russia, via some means, supplied Wikileaks, because we have a copy of the actual email used to hack him. The Smoking Gun has an accessible story describing how all this works. So in the case ...

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Pinboard: An Alt-Right Makeover Shrouds the Swastikas – The New York Times

Mr. Martin, the retired teacher, who attended the conference, also didn’t care for the Nazi-like salutes, calling them “very foolish.” But he suggested that most of those raising their arms were using the salute as “their version of the middle finger” — a defiant gesture “to the media, to the Trump haters, to everybody they ...

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Pinboard: Russia Hacked Republican Committee, U.S. Concludes – The New York Times

“We now have high confidence that they hacked the D.N.C. and the R.N.C., and conspicuously released no documents” from the Republican organization, one senior administration official said, referring to the Russians. It is unclear how many files were stolen from the Republican committee; in some cases, investigators never get a clear picture. It is also ...

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Pinboard: Belleville woman helped cook up Pizzagate | Toronto Star

Despite the fallout of Pizzagate (as it’s come to be known) that resulted in an armed man entering Comet Ping Pong in search of alleged child sex slaves, MacWilliams said she has no regrets. “I really have no regrets and it’s honestly really grown our audience,” she said. James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump is going to get somebody killed – The Washington Post

We in the media are sometimes told not to write stories about Donald Trump’s latest Twitter tantrum, and that’s often good advice. But the latest one shows something incredibly troubling, and which is likely to be an ongoing feature of his presidency. We’ve long known that Trump is so petty and insecure that he can’t ...

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Pinboard: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House – The Washington Post

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emailsfrom the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost ...

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Pinboard: Russia May Be Done with the U.S. Election, But We Aren’t Done With Them – Lawfare

Broadly speaking, the investigations will need to confirm three things. Firstly: Russia’s role in hacking networks of the DNC, the DCCC, Clinton campaign staffers, and others and its role in releasing their private emails. Second: its role in targeting election infrastructure and related systems. Thirdly: Russia’s role in spreading fake news and propaganda calculated to ...

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Pinboard: Cruz-Connected Data Miner Aims to Get Inside U.S. Voters‘ Heads – Bloomberg Politics

In 2010, Nix traveled to the United States to learn more about the country’s political sector but left discouraged by the insularity of the consulting industry. Instead, seeing military and security budgets boosted by post-September 11 spending, SCL expanded the range of services it could sell to governments. With former British Defence Minister Sir Geoffrey ...

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Pinboard: A Lot of People Are Saying Trump’s New Data Team Is Shady | WIRED

The Trump campaign isn’t interested in what people think, the campaign aide tells WIRED. It’s interested in results. The aide says the firm played a key role in identifying donors who helped the campaign raise $80 million in July—exceeding expectations and nearly matching Hillary Clinton’s haul. “They have shown us the value we have to pay them is worth ...

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Pinboard: US-Wahl – Trumps Sieg: Was von den Mythen bleibt – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Ein Versuch, die Wahl in drei Sätzen zu erklären, klingt etwa folgendermaßen: „Trump hat die Anti-Establishment-Stimmung am besten getroffen und mobilisierte neben den konservativen Stammwählern der Republikaner auch jene, die sich nach Veränderung sehnten. Clinton war offenbar eine nur mittelmäßige Kandidatin und ihr Team unterschätzte, wie verhasst sie bei Millionen Bürgern war. Gerade in ländlichen ...

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Pinboard: Trump: Madman of the Year – The New York Times

I feel like America is being flashed by a giant neuralyzer, à la “Men In Black.” We are in danger of forgetting what has happened and losing sight, in the fog of confusion and concealment, of the profundity of the menace taking shape right before us. That is our challenge: To see clearly what this ...

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Pinboard: Commentary: It’s Facebook’s algorithm vs. democracy, and so far the algorithm is winning — NOVA Next | PBS

For democracy to function, it needs elections, voters, candidates, and an informed public. The last is absolutely crucial to a healthy democracy. People need to be aware of what politicians actually think, what their plans are, and how they propose to fulfill their promises. It’s the kind of information that’s getting hard—maybe impossible—to come by ...

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Pinboard: How Donald Trump’s Web of LLCs Obscures His Business Interests – WSJ

Across Mr. Trump’s business, he uses a similar web of privately held LLCs and other entities to house his assets—everything from real estate to a vintage carousel in Manhattan’s Central Park, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of hundreds of pages of his corporate filings and personal financial disclosures. Fifteen entities, for example, are used ...

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Pinboard: Exklusiv: BKA-Mitarbeiter verrät, wie Staatshacker illegal Telegram knacken | Motherboard

Anders als im Iran ist der Angriff gegen die Telegram-Accounts in Deutschland von der Strafprozessordnung gedeckt. Die Grundlage ist §100a —jener Paragraph, der festlegt, was der Staat im Rahmen einer Telekommunikationsüberwachung (TKÜ) darf. Er spielt nun im Münchner Gerichtssaal eine zentrale Rolle. Zwar darf §100a nur angewendet werden, wenn ein Richter zustimmt, doch der Beschluss ...

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Pinboard: Report: Mirai ‚is just the tip of the iceberg‘ – SC Magazine UK

One key reason behind the scale of this threat is the fact that anyone can build on it. An unsophisticated attack, with the right intentions, could build on Mirai to make a self-propagating worm: “if the capability to infect IoT devices with spreadable worms were built into the Mirai platform, the impact would be enormous.” ...

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Pinboard: ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’ – The New York Times

I HAVE WORKED IN 60 COUNTRIES, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa’s Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers’ summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, ...

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Pinboard: Muslima muss am Schwimmunterricht teilnehmen – Panorama – Süddeutsche.de

Denn diese hatten festgestellt, dass das verwendete Kunstfasermaterial eines Burkinis auch in nassem Zustand ein enges Haften an der Haut und ein Abzeichnen der Körperkonturen verhindere. Dem hatte das Mädchen laut Karlsruhe kein Argument von Gewicht entgegenzusetzen. Zudem sei die Elfjährige nicht befugt, selbst eine Verfassungsbeschwerde einzureichen, dies müssten ihre Eltern tun. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: NSA’s best are ‘leaving in big numbers,’ insiders say

The rate at which these cyber-tacticians are exiting public service has increased over the last several years and has gotten considerably worse over the last 12 months, multiple former NSA officials and D.C. area-based cybersecurity employers have told CyberScoop in recent weeks. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Despair and Hope in Trump’s America – The Atlantic

I view Trump’s election as the most grievous blow that the American idea has suffered in my lifetime. The Kennedy and King assassinations and the 9/11 attacks were crimes and tragedies. The wars in Vietnam and Iraq were disastrous mistakes. But the country recovered. For a democratic process to elevate a man expressing total disregard ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump: TIME Person of the Year 2016

In this view, Trump will find common cause with Vladimir Putin, the authoritarian President of Russia who, like Trump, seeks to challenge diplomatic and democratic norms. For reasons that remain unclear, Trump still refuses to acknowledge the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Putin’s agencies were responsible for stealing the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign ...

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Pinboard: Obama, in Major National Security Speech, Defends Counterterrorism Legacy – The New York Times

“Today’s terrorists can kill innocent people, but they don’t pose an existential threat to our nation and we cannot make the mistake of elevating them as if they do,” he said, because exaggerating their powers helps bring them enhanced credibility among their followers and potential followers. “These terrorists can never directly destroy our way of ...

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Pinboard: Trump and Taiwan: The Meaning of a Phone Call – The Atlantic

Why would Trump not speak with Tsai? Here’s where the strangeness starts. The U.S. maintains a strong “unofficial” relationship with Taiwan, including providing it with “defensive” weapons, while also refusing to recognize its independence and pressuring Taiwanese leaders not to upset a fragile but functional status quo. It’s the sort of fiction that is obvious ...

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Pinboard: Autor des Big Data-Artikels im Interview: „Die ganzen Verschwörungstheoretiker irren“ | Netz | Netz & Kultur | Zündfunk | Bayern 2 | Radio | BR.de

Zündfunk: An Ihrem Artikel wurde auch kritisiert, dass tatsächliche Belege für die Wirksamkeit der beschriebenen Methoden fehlen. Hannes Grassegger: Was wir tun konnten, ist zumindest, die einzig uns bekannte Studie zum Ocean-Based Micro-Targeting aufzutreiben. Sie ist leider noch nicht veröffentlicht – ich würde sie sehr gerne teilen. Es ist eine Kooperation der Universität Stanford und ...

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Pinboard: The Myth of the Smug Liberal | New Republic

We know what it’s like to be poor, and even desperate. So do most of us “smug liberals” so disparaged by those rip-snorting radicals of the left and the right. By my junior year in high school, I was paying the mortgage on our family home, with the money I made writing articles as a ...

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Pinboard: Hacker Claims To Push Malicious Firmware Update to 3.2 Million Home Routers | Motherboard

Yet, they all agreed that BestBuy’s story was plausible, and potentially really bad news for the routers’ owners as well as their internet providers. “Jesus christ,” said Darren Martyn, a security researcher who’s been tracking the recent wave of cyberattacks coming from hacked Internet of Things devices infected with Mirai. “Assuming [the hackers] didn’t fuck ...

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Pinboard: What the Alt-Right Really Means – The New York Times

The alt-right is not a large movement, but the prominence that it is enjoying in the early days of the Trump era may tell us something about the way the country is changing. At least since the end of the Cold War, and certainly since the election of a black president in 2008, America’s shifting ...

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Pinboard: Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans | The Weather Channel

The Breitbart article heavily references a piece that first appeared on U.K. Daily Mail’s site. Here’s where both articles went wrong: CLAIM: „Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.“ TRUTH: This number comes from one satellite-based estimate of temperatures above ...

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Pinboard: The Age of Donald Trump and Pizzagate – The New Yorker

On Sunday night, after the man with the gun walked into the restaurant, General Flynn’s son tweeted, “Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidence’ tied to it.” But this makes about as much sense as demanding that Comet Ping Pong prove that it is not the secret base ...

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Pinboard: What GitHub did to kill its trolls | Fusion

Everyone I spoke with at GitHub underscored that the most important step in addressing harassment and diversity on GitHub was first solving those problems within the company itself. “If there is not diversity at the front end of the funnel there is no ability to be able to deliver diversity to your customers on the ...

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Pinboard: ‘The Revenge of Analog’: See It. Feel It. Touch It. (Don’t Click) – The New York Times

„In his captivating new book, “The Revenge of Analog,” the reporter David Sax provides an insightful and entertaining account of this phenomenon, creating a powerful counternarrative to the techno-utopian belief that we would live in an ever-improving, all-digital world. Mr. Sax argues that analog isn’t going anywhere, but is experiencing a bracing revival that is ...

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Pinboard: The Real Voting Scandal of 2016 – The New Yorker

More important, they have turned attention away from the real voting-rights scandal of 2016. This was the first Presidential election since the Supreme Court’s notorious Shelby County v. Holder decision, which gutted the Voting Rights Act. Several Republican-controlled states took the Court’s decision as an invitation to rewrite their election laws, purportedly to address the ...

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Pinboard: The End of the NIT – Lawfare

In short, NITs against Tor hidden service criminals may not work in the future, but I think there is a path going forward, one that involves law enforcement directly monitoring the Tor network to perform targeted deanonymization. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Warum die Lügenpresse-Vorwürfe gegen die „Tagesschau“ falsch sind | Übermedien

Wenn ein Flüchtling eine Straftat begeht, die – so schrecklich sie ist – in gewisser Weise leider alltäglich ist, dann soll sie nach dem Willen des „Stern“ und der anderen Kritiker plötzlich so wichtig sein, dass sie unbedingt in die 20-Uhr-„Tagesschau“ gehört. Straftaten von Flüchtlingen sollen anscheinend hervorgehoben vermeldet werden. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The difficulty with David Frum’s apology for bogus photo-fakery allegations – The Washington Post

It’s precious that in a post about his credulity, Frum would credit himself with skepticism. That’s precisely what he didn’t exercise here. He trafficked allegations of high journalistic corruption, apparently without ever consulting the people he was accusing. Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the New York Times, said, “Oh God no,” when asked whether Frum ...

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Pinboard: Election maps

One way to reveal more nuance in the vote is to use not just two colors, red and blue, but to use red, blue, and shades of purple in between to indicate percentages of votes. Here is what the normal map looks like if you do this: Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Everything mattered: lessons from 2016’s bizarre presidential election – Vox

In one sense, that’s legitimate. I didn’t think my country would elect a crass, xenophobic accused sexual abuser and scam artist for president either. In another sense, though, it’s overblown. Though the transition from Obama’s America to Trump’s is vertiginous, and understandably baffling to casual (much less foreign) observers, it doesn’t reflect some huge, sudden ...

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Pinboard: Populismus – Liberaler Katzenjammer – Kultur – Süddeutsche.de

Und heutige Gesetzesvorlagen zur Verbesserung der sozialen Lage alleinerziehender Mütter oder die Strafbarkeit von Vergewaltigung in der Ehe gehören nicht zum „Gedöns“, sondern sind Teil des Prozesses gestaffelter Inklusion, in dem immer neue Ansprüche an die allgemeinen Rechtsnormen des Gemeinwesens gestellt werden. Wie darüber parlamentarisch und in der Öffentlichkeit künftig verhandelt wird, ist keineswegs ausgemacht. ...

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Pinboard: Ross Ulbricht’s Lawyers Say They’ve Found Another Corrupt Agent in Silk Road Case | WIRED

In chats with the Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonym Ulbricht used on the site, albertpacino offered information about the law enforcement investigation into Silk Road in exchange for weekly payments. According to the defense team, those chats didn’t appear in earlier versions of the forum logs shared by the prosecution and defense, suggesting that someone in ...

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Pinboard: Verschlüsselung: Wir wollten ja staatliche Hacker | ZEIT ONLINE

Verschlüsselung erhöht den Aufwand, den Geheimdienste betreiben müssen, beträchtlich. Sie macht ihre Arbeit teurer. Die 150 Millionen Euro für ANISKI sind eine Art Preisschild für einen Paradigmenwechsel, der noch das beste ist, was man realistisch gesehen erwarten darf: Überwachung muss sich künftig auf einzelne Verdächtige konzentrieren. Die Abschaffung aller Geheimdienste wäre eine eher unrealistische Erwartung. ...

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Pinboard: German militant who denounced Islamic State now under investigation for murder, war crimes in Syria – The Washington Post

Harry Sarfo, 28, a German citizen whose sanitized accounts of his experiences in Syria appeared on front pages of major newspapers and television broadcasts, is now suspected of playing a direct role in the killing of seven hostages in the ancient city of Palmyra last year. German officials said the inquiry was opened after The ...

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Pinboard: Deutsche Telekom: Mythos offene Schnittstelle: Was wirklich geschah

Die aktuellen Angriffe betreffen jedoch nicht den ACS, sondern den Endpunkt für den Connection Request auf dem Endgerät, der über Port 7547/tcp erreicht werden kann. Die hierbei verwendete Angriffsmethodik ist neu und war bis dato nicht bekannt. Nach aktueller Sachlage basiert diese auf einer Veröffentlichung im Internet von Anfang November 2016. Dort wird für einen ...

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Pinboard: Hillbilly Ethnography – The New Inquiry

With its “ethnic component lurking in the background,” and with well-meaning liberals tacitly accepting its dubious racial claims, Hillbilly Elegy helps to normalize this thinking across the political spectrum. But while reactionary racial determinism spent decades in exile before its recent, triumphant return, an insistence on racial innocence never left the conservative mainstream. This ideology, ...