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Pinboard: This Is Why It’s A Big Deal For GCHQ To Publicly Deny The White House’s „Wiretapping“ Claims – BuzzFeed News

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then-president-elect are nonsense,” a spokesperson for the agency said in a statement. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.” The statement breaks years of protocol in which GCHQ has never commented on-the-record on any statement, ...

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Pinboard: Cyber War I has already begun – The Boston Globe

How scared should we be of Cyberia? For Princeton’s Anne-Marie Slaughter, our hyper-networked world is, on balance, a benign place and the “United States . . . will gradually find the golden mean of network power.” At the other extreme is Joshua Cooper Ramo, whose book “The Seventh Sense” argues for the erection of real and virtual ...

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The cybersecurity practitioners agreed that the phrase “defensive cyber actions” best describes the current state of network security activities. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Wie „Cambridge Analytica“ den Wahlkampf beeinflusst

Es ist doch ein großer Unterschied, ob mich ein Politiker direkt anspricht oder ob meine Persönlichkeit für jede mögliche Manipulation offengelegt ist. Ich denke, das ist sehr aufregend. Daten werden die Anzeigenindustrie auf den Kopf stellen, unter den traditionell arbeitenden Firmen wird es ein Blutbad geben. Sie zittern schon jetzt vor Angst. Wirklich. Es wird ...

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Pinboard: Will Election Hacking Split NATO? | Just Security

NATO’s founding treaty states in Article 5 that NATO members “agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all” and that “if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence” ...

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Pinboard: Pro-Trump media sets the agenda with lies. Here’s how traditional media can take it back. – The Washington Post

A major new study, published in Columbia Journalism Review, detailed just how influential the new media ecosystem has become, calling it a determining factor in Trump’s election. “A right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyperpartisan perspective to the ...

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Pinboard: Die gefährliche Theorie von Amerikas „deep state“ – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Bisher hat US-Präsident Trump nicht von „deep state“ gesprochen, doch als eifriger Konsument konservativer Medien wird ihm der Begriff bekannt sein – und das entsprechende Denken passt zu ihm, weil er eigene Fehler für unmöglich hält und Entschuldigungen als Versagen ansieht. Wie bei allen Verschwörungstheorien sind Belege nicht zwingend nötig: Zeigt deren Abwesenheit doch nur, ...

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Pinboard: No More Secrets: Vault 7 – emptywheel

In reality, whether for their own PR reasons or because it reflects the truth, tech companies have been issued statements reassuring users that some of the flaws identified in the Wikileaks dump have already been fixed (and in fact, for some of them, that was already reflected in the Wikileaks documents). Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Wikileaks: Die CIA kocht nur mit Wasser und lokalen Root-Exploits – Golem.de

Auch der „Fake-Off“-Modus beim Smart-TV von Samsung benötigt einen Angreifer, der in die Wohnung eindringt. Statt den möglicherweise vorhandenen Smart-TV einer bestimmten Marke in eine Wanze zu verwandeln, könnte der Agent auch einfach eine kleine Wanze platzieren oder das Smartphone infizieren, was in der Regel deutlich einfacher machbar sein sollte. Der Exploit scheint überdies wohl ...

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Pinboard: The WikiLeaks Vault 7 CIA Dump Exposes Tech’s Vulnerable Future | WIRED

That’s useful to remember when you consider the transformation we are currently undergoing, one in which more and more of our devices become connected to the internet. Whether you call it the “Internet of Things” or the “Internet of Everything” or the “Third Wave” or the “Programmable World,” the long-predicted moment when connectivity becomes as ...

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Pinboard: Exposure of CIA hacking tools renews debate over Americans’ cybersecurity vs. national security – The Washington Post

But former Obama administration cyber officials take a more tempered view. “The idea that there’s an operational need for the CIA to target Apple and Google overseas shouldn’t surprise anybody, given the pervasiveness of the Android and iPhone,” said Rob Knake, a former White House cyber official who left the administration in 2015. The Obama ...

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Pinboard: How Germany accidentally gave Erodogan a boost ahead of key vote – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The reaction against the Gaggenau affair is, and will be, used for the same purpose: whitewashing Turkey’s own suffocating limitations on free speech. During this referendum campaign, for example, Turkish opposition leaders — especially opponents within the Nationalist Action Party, whose leader became Erdogan’s best ally — have been unabashedly silenced by local authorities who ...

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Pinboard: Eight Buckets of Cold Water for the Trump Wiretap Story – Lawfare

Presumably as evidence that the investigation was in fact politically motivated, Breitbart and others note that the FISA court “uncharacteristically” turned down the Justice Department’s surveillance request. Breitbart is right that the FISA court rarely turns Justice down flat. But it often sends Justice back to do more work or to limit the request. Call it a soft rejection. According ...

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Pinboard: Can America’s Spies Work With Russia’s? – The Atlantic

The most famous among the four people arrested was Sergei Mikhailov, the deputy chief at the FSB’s Information Security Center, which is the FSB’s main unit involved in hunting down hackers. Mikhailov was involved in many cyber investigations. But the community of cyber experts was truly shocked at the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head ...

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Pinboard: Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones – NYTimes.com

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Mr. Obama. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.” But a ...

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Pinboard: Trump’s Claims That Feds Wiretapped Trump Tower Could Backfire Bigly | WIRED

Trump’s wiretap claims, then, carry presumably inadvertent implications. First, based on previous reporting and the nature of FISA courts, any wiretaps within Trump Tower would be legal. And they would stem from overwhelming evidence that the Trump campaign, or someone within it, has unsavory ties to Russia or another foreign power. Otherwise, it’s unlikely those wiretaps would exist at all. ...

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Pinboard: You Are the Target of Today’s Cyberwars

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, argues that as nations engage in increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, “the targets in this new battle — from submarine cables to data centers, servers, laptops and smartphones — in fact are private property owned by civilians.” (By civilians, he also means companies.) If the attackers had used guns and bullets, the aggrieved ...

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Pinboard: Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking – The New York Times

The warning signs had been building throughout the summer, but were far from clear. As WikiLeaks was pushing out emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee through online publication, American intelligence began picking up conversations in which Russian officials were discussing contacts with Trump associates, and European allies were starting to pass along information about ...

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Pinboard: Cyberkriminalität: Die Jagd auf Avalanche | STERN.de

Die Deutschen folgen der Datenspur. Sie hangeln sich in der Netzwerk-Hierarchie immer weiter hoch. Sie stöhnen: Für jeden Server, den sie überwachen wollen, brauchen sie eine richterliche Genehmigung. Das kann zwei, drei Monate dauern, bis dahin fließen die Daten längst über andere Wege – und die Spur ist tot. Die Kriminellen mieten Server vor allem ...

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Pinboard: The ABC’s of APTs: Shamoon | CyberWatch

The keyword here is “persistence.”  First, attackers must find their way into the networks of the target. Usually, they employ targeted spear phishing, painstakingly staking out the right victim to receive that loaded email.  The investment of time and money at this point is essential, so as not to tip anyone off. And the emails are crafted so carefully, ...

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Pinboard: Mobile World Congress: In bester 5Gesellschaft | ZEIT ONLINE

Der ZTE-Prototyp soll einen Ausblick darauf ermöglichen. Was er kann: knapp ein Gigabit Daten pro Sekunde aus einem 5G-Netz herunterladen – mehr als doppelt so viel wie die schnellsten heutzutage verkauften Smartphones der Kategorie LTE Cat 9 schaffen. Zweieinhalb mal mehr, als das derzeit schnellste Netz in Deutschland selbst unter optimalen Bedingungen hergibt. Link zur ...