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Pinboard: A Shakeup in Russia’s Top Cybercrime Unit — Krebs on Security

“This really weakens the relationship between Kaspersky and the FSB,” Zenz said. “It pushes Kaspersky to formalize relations and avoid the informal cooperation upon which cybercrime investigations often rely, in Russia and globally. It is also likely to have a chilling effect on such cooperation in Russia. This makes people ask, “If I share information ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump Blows Up the U.S.-Mexico Relationship – The New Yorker

This depressing episode confirms several of the worst fears about Trump. The first is that he is not a good negotiator. Rather than waiting a week before he issued his executive orders on immigration, Trump signed them at a moment that maximally embarrassed Videgaray, the Mexican official who is the most sympathetic to him. The ...

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Pinboard: Trump’s Android Phone Is a Major Security Concern | WIRED

The headlining concern around Trump using Android is that he’s likely not protected against phishing attacks or malware. All it takes is clicking on one malicious link or opening one untoward attachment—either of which can appear as though it were sent from a trusted source—to compromise the device. From there, the phone could be infected ...

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Pinboard: The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned – The Washington Post

“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult ...

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Pinboard: Top manager at Russian cybersecurity firm arrested in Moscow

Andrei Soldatov, who has studied the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager „unprecedented.“ „It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky,“ he told The Associated Press. „Intelligence agencies used ...

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Pinboard: AfD-Strategiepapier: Provokation statt Problemlösung | tagesschau.de

Bemerkenswert ist, dass die AfD gar nicht selbst gestalten will, sondern gezielt andere Parteien bzw. das politische Klima verändern will: „Viele Wähler gehen nicht davon aus, dass die AfD selbst bei einer Regierungsbeteiligung die von ihr angesprochenen Probleme lösen kann.“ Aber sie wüssten, dass die AfD allein dadurch wirke, dass sie „Unliebsames“ klar ausspreche. Die ...

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Pinboard: Trump Revives Ban on Foreign Aid to Health Groups if They Give Abortion Counseling – The New York Times

United States law already prohibits the use of American taxpayer dollars for abortion services anywhere, including in countries where the procedure is legal. But this order takes it further. It freezes United States funding to health care providers in poor countries if they include abortion counseling or if they advocate the right to seek abortion ...

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Pinboard: U.S. Eyes Michael Flynn’s Links to Russia – WSJ

A key issue in the investigation is a series of telephone calls Mr. Flynn made to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., on Dec. 29. That day, the Obama administration announced sanctions and other measures against Russia in retaliation for its alleged use of cyberattacks to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election. U.S. ...

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Pinboard: Tor Found a Way To Make the Dark Web Even More Secret | WIRED

“If the only way to ensure that socially deleterious uses of the internet were insecure is to make everyone insecure, I don’t think that leaves the world better off,” he says. “On the whole, humanity deserves privacy and does better with it than without it, even if some of the things people do with that ...

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Pinboard: Encrypted Email Service Once Used by Edward Snowden Relaunches

On Friday, he’s relaunching Lavabit with a new architecture that fixes the SSL problem and includes other privacy-enhancing features as well, such as one that obscures the metadata on emails to prevent government agencies like the NSA and FBI from being able to find out with whom Lavabit users communicate. He’s also announcing plans to ...

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Pinboard: Why It Matters that We Believe the Intelligence Community – Lawfare

It is certainly true that the Iraq intelligence analysis was flawed. Unreliable human intelligence, dubious satellite imagery, and circumstantial evidence surrounding Iraqi behavior contributed to those flaws. But the fact is that the Administration had already made a political decision to go through with the operation. The narrative lays the operation’s failure at the feet ...

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Pinboard: Truth in the Age of Trump – The American Interest

He will remain erratic, temperamental, vengeful, and perhaps most of all, deeply insecure. A man who mocks John McCain, denounces Gold Star parents, snarls at an actor who spoofs him, and makes fun of a crippled reporter is someone whose core is empty, and whose need for approbation is unlimited because the void within him ...

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Pinboard: Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates – The New York Times

The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least ...

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Pinboard: Acht Jahre Obama haben die Demokraten ausgezehrt – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Allerdings ist auch das zu notieren: Eine republikanische Mehrheit existiert nicht nur in beiden Kammern des US-Kongresses, sondern auch in 33 Bundesstaaten – ein Staat mehr und die Konservativen können theoretisch eine Versammlung einberufen, um neue Verfassungszusätze zu beschließen. Die Basis der Demokraten schrumpft geografisch immer stärker auf Metropol-Regionen und vorwiegend von urbaner Kultur geprägte ...

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Pinboard: Trump, Twitter and the Art of His Deal – The New York Times

If Mr. Obama came to power in a time of great optimism for Twitter, Mr. Trump lords over a waning platform. What was once a hopeful place for global connection and resistance has become a site for coordinating harassment campaigns, connecting with white supremacists and accelerating unverified and sometimes dangerous rumors. Its growth has slumped ...

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Pinboard: Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence – The New York Times

Asked about the two clemency applications on Friday, the White House spokesman, Joshua Earnest, discussed the “pretty stark difference” between Ms. Manning’s case for mercy with Mr. Snowden’s. While their offenses were similar, he said, there were “some important differences.” “Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to ...

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Pinboard: The Swedish Kings of Cyberwar | by Hugh Eakin | The New York Review of Books

Noting the Swedish spy agency’s unusual technical abilities and reputation for secrecy, NSA officials also viewed it as an ideal collaborator on its hacking and cyberwarfare project, called Quantum. One of the Quantum programs was an ambitious operation called WINTERLIGHT, which aimed at secretly hacking into high-value foreign computers and computer networks to obtain not ...

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Pinboard: Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People

It’s a clever hack, because instead of believing in God at the outset, you imagine yourself building an entity that is functionally identical with God. This way even committed atheists can rationalize their way into the comforts of faith. The AI has all the attributes of God: it’s omnipotent, omniscient, and either benevolent (if you ...

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Pinboard: Megyn Kelly Is Still Terrible | Jacobin

Since then, Kelly has surprised viewers accustomed to Fox’s retrograde antics in other ways: she defended transgender people against a right-wing quack; took Mike Huckabee to task for his belief that women who swear are “trashy”; schooled Bill O’Reilly about white privilege and sexist language; grilled Dick Cheney on the Iraq War; helped bring down Fox CEO ...

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Pinboard: Historiker über Stasi-Vergangenheit von Andrej Holm – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Die Unterschiede sieht man auch jetzt in der Holm-Debatte: Die härtesten Konsequenzen fordern Leute mit westlicher Prägung. Ostdeutsche versuchen, viel mehr zu differenzieren. Sie versuchen, das ganze Kuddelmuddel, in dem sich Holm befand, zu verstehen, weil es auch Teil ihrer Biografie ist. Ich persönlich kann in gewisser Weise sogar nachvollziehen, dass Holm beim Ausfüllen des ...

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Pinboard: Politbarometer: Mehrheit: Flüchtlinge verkraftbar – heute-Nachrichten

Ein Jahr nach den Silvestervorfällen in Köln und anderen Städten ist eine Mehrheit von 57 Prozent jetzt der Meinung, dass Deutschland die vielen Flüchtlinge, die zu uns kommen, verkraften kann. 41 Prozent sehen das nicht so (Rest zu 100 Prozent hier und im Folgenden jeweils „weiß nicht“). Vor einem Jahr waren nur 37 Prozent der ...

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Pinboard: REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON HIS REVIEW OF CLASSIFIED REPORT ON RUSSIAN HACKING OF U.S. ELECTIONS | Congressman Ted Lieu

„Here is my reaction: there is clear and convincing evidence to support the conclusions of the intelligence community as set forth in the unclassified version of the report.  Russian hacking of Americans and American political organizations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was multifaceted and brazen, with the goals of undermining faith in the U.S. ...

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Pinboard: How Edward Snowden changed history | The Economist

But he also shows that the vast majority of stolen documents had nothing to do with Mr Snowden’s purported concerns about privacy and government surveillance. He switched jobs in order to have access to much bigger secrets. He gave away American technical capabilities—such as the ability to snoop on computers that are not connected to ...

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Pinboard: NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules Ahead of Trump Taking Office | WIRED

But privacy advocates are nonetheless concerned that the NSA’s more fluid sharing of its collected data will lead to the NSA’s powerful spying abilities blurring into the investigation and prosecution of Americans. While the NSA previously filtered out personal information the agency didn’t deem relevant before sharing it, those filters won’t exist under the new ...

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Pinboard: Hacker Steals 900 GB of Cellebrite Data | Motherboard

The hackers have been hacked. Motherboard has obtained 900 GB of data related to Cellebrite, one of the most popular companies in the mobile phone hacking industry. The cache includes customer information, databases, and a vast amount of technical data regarding Cellebrite’s products. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The Russia Story Reaches a Crisis Point – Rolling Stone

Comey’s demurrals notwithstanding, it’s now known that the Justice Department before the election repeatedly sought secret FISA warrants to investigate two Russian banks and a series of Trump associates. We now know they got the warrant to investigate the Russian banks in October. As a result, there’s suddenly quite justifiable outrage that Comey decided to ...

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Pinboard: N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications – The New York Times

„The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.“ ...

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Pinboard: Islamischer Staat: Mein Jahr mit dem Terror | ZEIT ONLINE

Ich mache diesen Job seit siebzehn Jahren. Aber die Dosis von Hass und Vernichtungswillen, mit der ich in diesem Jahr konfrontiert wurde, hat mich erschüttert wie lange nichts mehr. Es ist ein Irrglaube, man verstehe Terroristen umso besser, je mehr man über sie wisse. Man weiß nur mehr über sie. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: The sad end of the Apple era

Suddenly, Apple seems to be casting a much smaller shadow. And if Apple cannot right itself, other companies will step in to fill the void. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: USA: Trump nimmt Interessenskonflikt mit ins Weiße Haus – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Die Antwort von Rechtsexperten nach der Pressekonferenz lautet bislang fast einhellig: Nein, mit diesen Regeln kann er es nicht. „Mir ist die Kinnlade heruntergefallen“, schreibt der Harvard-Verfassungsrechtler Laurence Tribe in einer E-Mail an SZ.de. „Trumps Hilfskonstruktion ist eine arglistige Täuschung.“ Es sei keines der ethischen und rechtlichen Probleme gelöst worden, die im Raum stünden. Link zur ...

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Pinboard: On the banality of attacks and on mindful engineering – Medium

The most common vectors for spearphishing attacks that I’ve observed in the last year involved the abuse either of Microsoft Office Macros and Packager Shell Objects, or the abuse of PowerShell or Windows Script Host. With perhaps the exception of Macros for Excel, all the remaining tricks are powered by features that are generally useless ...

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Pinboard: Why Did BuzzFeed Publish the Trump Dossier? – The Atlantic

Smith’s reasoning is sincere and considered, but the conclusion is highly dubious. Even more perturbing was the reasoning in the published story. “Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government,” ...

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Pinboard: Trump Intelligence Report Merits Caution, Spy Agency Vets Say | WIRED

One of the reasons why the intelligence community doesn’t release raw or even finished intelligence, to say nothing of a privately funded, untrained…source like in this case, is that people would freak out with the day-to-day drip that might not be anything once it’s placed in context and vetted with multiple sources. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: About that Explosive Trump Story: Take a Deep Breath – Lawfare

Second, while unproven, the allegations are being taken quite seriously. The President and President-elect do not get briefed on material that the intelligence community does not believe to be at least of some credibility. The individual who generated them is apparently a person whose work intelligence professionals take seriously. And at a personal level, we ...

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Pinboard: Ruptly on Vimeo

Favorite tweet: #Ruptly-reporter promoting far-right demonstrations lies to German police, says she’s working for Spanish TVhttps://t.co/YcFFHvKwgQ — Florian Wagner (@_fl01) January 10, 2017 Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Why Rural America Voted for Trump – The New York Times

Mr. Watts talked about the 2015 movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La., in which two people were killed. Mr. Watts said that Republicans knew that the gunman was a bad man, doing a bad thing. Democrats, he added, “would look for other causes — that the man was basically good, but that it was the ...

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Pinboard: Rechte Gewalt gegen Flüchtlinge: Das Schweigen der Ämter | Nachrichten | BR.de

Wie die Antwort des Innenministeriums auf eine Anfrage der bayerischen Grünen zeigt, wird nur bei einem Bruchteil der Straftaten gegen Flüchtlinge umgehend die Öffentlichkeit per Pressemitteilung informiert. 340 Straftaten gegen Asylsuchende wurden von den Behörden in den ersten drei Quartalen 2016 registriert. Die meisten davon (97 Prozent) waren rechtsmotiviert. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: On NCCIC/FBI Joint Report JAR-16-20296 | Zdziarski’s Blog of Things

Perhaps we have collection both from DNC’s systems, located in the United States, but also other endpoints inside Russia (or other countries) from C2 servers, or even uplinks directly back to the Kremlin. Perhaps we can account for the entire picture based on global collection of traffic, but releasing evidence of that will directly hamper our ...

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Pinboard: The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi – The New Yorker

The erasure of Islam from Rumi’s poetry started long before Coldplay got involved. Omid Safi, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Duke University, says that it was in the Victorian period that readers in the West began to uncouple mystical poetry from its Islamic roots. Translators and theologians of the time could ...

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Pinboard: Putin Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ Aimed at U.S. Election, Report Says – The New York Times

Intelligence officials who prepared the classified report on Russian hacking activity have concluded that British intelligence was among the first to raise an alarm that Moscow had hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, and alerted their American counterparts, according to two people familiar with the conclusions. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Why President Obama Can’t Pardon Edward Snowden

„Obama and Ledgett know Snowden targeted the NSA’s super secrets, the so-called Level 3 documents. To protect itself from penetrations, the NSA stratifies data in tiers, depending on sensitivity. Level 1 is mainly administrative material. Level 2 contains data from which the secret sources and methods have been removed, so that data can be shared ...

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Pinboard: Mark Zuckerberg shares Facebook’s secrets with all his employees, and almost none of it leaks – Recode

“That level of transparency is alarming when you see it at first,” said one former employee. “But there’s something [special] about knowing you’re getting an unfettered response.” And that special feeling — that employees have access to information and an open, unscripted, says-whatever-he-thinks Zuckerberg — helps keep what happens at the weekly meetings inside the ...

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Pinboard: Trump’s Contradictory Claims on Russian Hacking: A Timeline | WIRED

These aren’t the statements of someone who’s interested in getting to the bottom of this,” says Susan Hennessey, a former NSA lawyer and current fellow at the Brookings Institution. “It’s almost as if he’s uninterested in the truth because he doesn’t care if it happened or not. He doesn’t see the value in understanding anything ...

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Pinboard: Anis Amri: Wie die Terror-Fahnder ihn unterschätzten – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Amri hat am 19. Dezember in Berlin bei einem Anschlag auf einem Weihnachtsmarkt zwölf Menschen getötet. Er war bei den Behörden seit dem 17. Februar 2016 als „Gefährder“ eingestuft. Die Hinweise stammten von einer Quelle, die von der Polizei in NRW in die Islamistenszene eingeschleust worden war. Sie kamen vom marokkanischen Inlandsgeheimdienst DST und waren ...

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Pinboard: Cyberwar for Sale – The New York Times

Hacking Team claims that it draws the line at customers who commit “gross human-rights abuses” and that it sells exclusively to governments operating within the laws of their own countries. In at least one case, David Vincenzetti, Hacking Team’s founder and chief executive, told a salesman to hold off on a potential Mexican client. “We ...

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Pinboard: Assange baut wieder an der Drohkulisse um Wikileaks. Er ruft dazu auf, die US…

Natürlich wird daraus verkürzt geschlossen werden, dass Wikileaks für geleakte Daten zahlt. (Golem.de titelt zum Beispiel: 20.000 US-Dollar Belohnung für leakende Sysadmins“.) Für den Geheimnisverrat Geld zu bieten, wäre klar illegal. Aber eigentlich hat Wikileaks ja nur eine Belohnung für das Aufdecken illegales Verhaltens Geld geboten. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Plöchinger – Was 2017 zählt

Wem an einer aufgeklärten Demokratie in der Internet-Ära liegt, der sollte 2017 eine gewisse journalistische Härte in die digitale Diskussion bringen. Journalisten dürfen, sollen, müssen anprangern, was schief läuft in der Kommunikation. Wir müssen den Unfug im Netz offenlegen und ihm hinterherrecherchieren. Wir müssen natürlich auch unsere Rolle hinterfragen. Vor allem müssen wir eine Frage ...

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Pinboard: Türkei: Die Ohren der Moschee | ZEIT ONLINE

Im Bericht aus dem Münchner Generalkonsulat wird die Arbeit Gülen-naher Vereine in verschiedenen Bereichen aufgezählt, in Bildung, Medien, Kultur oder Wirtschaft etwa. Das Fazit der Autoren über die Gülen-Leute hier: „Auch wenn sie keinen Zugang mehr zu den Moscheen und Vereinen der Ditib erhalten, können sie weiterarbeiten. Es kann keine Anstrengung der lokalen Behörden gegen ...

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Pinboard: How the 2011 hack of DigiNotar changed the internet’s infrastructure.

Those certificates are the bedrock of much of the security we enjoy online. They’re the reason we can do online banking, the reason we can download and install software updates without fearing malware. The organizations that screen people and companies and issue them these certificates are called certificate authorities, or CAs, and they make money ...