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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 ...

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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, ...

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Pinboard: Comsecuris Security Research & Consulting Blog

The dominant theory proposed thus far was that a strain of the Mirai botnet family was responsible for the outage . What was unclear however is whether the affected DTAG home routers were compromised due to a command injection vulnerability recently published in the TR-064/TR-069 parsing. In this blog post we explain why this attack ...

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Pinboard: TR-069, die Telekom, und das was wirklich geschah « Linus Neumann

Es blieben jedoch eine wichtige Frage offen: Warum stürzten die Router ab, statt sich mit der Payload zu infizieren? Die Vermutung lag nahe, dass die Angreifer einen Bug in Payload oder Exploit-Code hätten. So könnten der Crash und die ausbleibende Infektion der Geräte erklärt werden. Den Angreifern schien irgendwo ein kleiner, aber entscheidender Fehler zu unterlaufen sein, ...

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Pinboard: Der Hass ist nicht neu. Für uns nicht. | Übermedien

Seit meinem ersten Artikel, dem 19. Januar 2006, ein Feuilleton-Aufmacher für „Die Zeit“, bis heute gab es nicht einen einzigen Text, nicht eine Kolumne, nicht ein Interview, bei der die eben beschriebene Reaktion ausblieb. Bei keinem einzigen Text! Ich kenne Kollegen, die haben in ihrem ganzen Berufsleben vielleicht drei Briefe bekommen! Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Gruppe Freital: Half ein Polizist den Terrorverdächtigen? | ZEIT ONLINE

Der beiläufige Hinweis, den Timo S. während seiner Vernehmung im Dezember 2015 gab, wirft daher Fragen auf: Bekam einer der beiden mutmaßlichen Rädelsführer der Gruppe Freital interne Hinweise aus der sächsischen Bereitschaftspolizei? Sind Staatsanwaltschaft und Polizei dem Vorwurf nachgegangen? Und wenn ja, mit welchem Ergebnis? Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Projekt „ANISKI“: Wie der BND mit 150 Millionen Euro Messenger wie WhatsApp entschlüsseln will | netzpolitik.org

Der Rechercheverbund NDR, WDR und Süddeutsche Zeitung berichtete im September, dass 21,5 Millionen Euro dafür geplant sind, verschlüsselte Kommunikationsdienste wie Instant-Messenger besser überwachen zu können. Wir haben jetzt Dokumente erhalten, aus denen hervorgeht, dass der BND für das Knacken von Verschlüsselung ganze 150 Millionen Euro ausgeben will, dieses Jahr 5,4 Millionen und nächstes Jahr schon ...

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Pinboard: Botnetz: Telekom-Router über das Fernwartungsinterface angegriffen – Golem.de

Auf Port 7547 lauscht auf diesen Routern ein Webserver, der die beiden Protokolle TR-069 und TR-064 implementiert. TR-069 ist ein Fernwartungsprotokoll, mit dem Internet-Service-Provider wie die Telekom Einstellungen an den Routern ihrer Kunden vornehmen können. Das Protokoll TR-064 ist eigentlich nur für die Konfiguration von Geräten in lokalen Netzwerken vorgesehen. Dass es auf einem vom ...

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Pinboard: Facebook und Trump – Der Mythos von der Filterblase – Wissen – Süddeutsche.de

Tatsächlich gibt es kaum Erkenntnisse darüber, wie stark sich die Filterblase konkret auf die Meinungsvielfalt auswirkt. Vorhandene empirische Studien lassen kaum auf eine extreme politische Polarisierung schließen, wie sie weithin angenommen wird. Beispielsweise fand der Statistiker Seth Flaxman von der Universität Oxford in 50 000 anonym ausgewerteten Browser-Historien von US-Bürgern aus dem Jahr 2016 nur ...

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Pinboard: Will Trump Bring Back Torture? Not if He Learns from the Past and Follows the Law | Just Security

As Trump considers whether to bring back waterboarding and other forms of torture, he would do well to remember the lessons learned from the last time a Republican administration resorted to such techniques, and the ultimate repudiation of those methods by many within the government itself, including by senior Republicans.  Moreover, the fallout from that ...

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Pinboard: The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn – The New Yorker

At one point, I told Connie and Goldberg that the psychology of revenge porn confounded me. In trashing your ex, you were, in a sense, trashing yourself and a whole portion of your life. “Right,” Goldberg said. “It’s like you’re announcing to the world, ‘I was with a prostitute.’ But I think during breakups there ...

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Pinboard: FAQ Trump! | Notizblog

Haben „wir“ Liberalen Trump zum Präsidenten gemacht, weil wir einfach zu politisch korrekt sind? Get over yourself. Die Trump-Wähler haben großteils nie etwas von den Debatten von „uns“ jenseits des Atlantiks gehört, die wenigsten betreiben vergleichende Textanalyse mit der New York Times. Wenn alle brav und geradezu lächerlich respektvoll sind, kommt bestimmt ein Bill Maher ...

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Pinboard: NYT publishes damning, deep look at Trump’s commercial/presidential conflicts of interests, so Trump tweets crazy fake-vote conspiracy / Boing Boing

But the real story this weekend is Trump’s conflicts of interest, lavishly documented by the attentive Richard C. Paddock, Eric Lipton, Ellen Barry, Rod Nordland, Danny Hakim and Simon Romero of the New York Times. * He has business interests with Jose E. B. Antonio, who is also Philippines dictator Rodrige Dutarte’s Special Envoy to ...

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Pinboard: Annals of Normalization: The Trump-Times Meeting – Medium

Trump’s magical, meandering thinking continues as he rambles from his imaginary crowd sizes to the poll numbers he thinks he got. The national exit polls show he received just 8 percent of the African-American community, not “close to 15 points.” And when Trump says he did “very well with women,” the fact is that he ...

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Pinboard: ‘None of the old rules apply’: Dave Eggers travels through post-election America | Books | The Guardian

In fact, an unprecedented number of Michigan voters cast ballots without choosing either Clinton or Trump. This kind of voting happens every election – where voters make their preferences known down-ballot but don’t mark anyone for president – but never in such numbers. In 2012, there were 50,000 Michigan voters who declined to choose any ...

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Pinboard: Some Fake News Publishers Just Happen to Be Donald Trump’s Cronies

Brown’s sites churn out bombastic headlines with little regard to the truth. One viral piece shared by Brown’s news outlets claimed that President Obama had redesigned the White House logo to change the American flag to a white flag, “a common symbol for surrender, which has many people wondering if Obama was trying to secretly signal to America’s ...

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Pinboard: Who Will Command The Robot Armies?

Most of you know that the word „robot“ comes from a 1920 play by Karel Čapek. I finally read this play and was surprised to learn that the robots in it were not mechanical beings. They were made of flesh and bone, just like people, except that were assembled instead of being born. Čapek’s robots ...

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On 18 April 1983, the Lebanese Shiite organization Islamic Jihad (the precursor of Hezbollah5 – the Party of God) carried out suicide attacks on the US embassy in West Beirut, killing sixty-three staff members. On 23 October the same year the headquarters of the US and French forces in Beirut were attacked by suicide bombers, ...

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Pinboard: European Union wants to regulate cryptography?

Recently, European Union has conducted a dedicated questionnaire on the Encryption of Data – in order to understand how much trouble cryptography and encryption – causes to national law enforcement agencies. And it turned out answers to this questionnaire are fascinating! Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: Großbritannien: Grünes Licht für die Supervorratsdatenspeicherung | ZEIT ONLINE

Nun hat man sich auf einen Entwurf geeinigt und das, obwohl die Investigatory Powers Bill ähnlich einschneidend ist wie zuvor. Kritiker sprechen von einer „Supervorratsdatenspeicherung“, Bürgerrechtler nennen es das „extremste Überwachungsgesetz, das bislang in einer Demokratie verabschiedet wurde“. Vertreter der Vereinten Nationen und Unternehmen aus dem Silicon Valley sprachen sich in den vergangenen Monaten besorgt ...

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Pinboard: How the Trump Campaign Built an Identity Database and Used Facebook Ads to Win the Election – Medium

To start, Parscale uploaded the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of known Trump supporters into the Facebook advertising platform. Next, Parscale used Facebook’s “Custom Audiences from Customer Lists” to match these real people with their virtual Facebook profiles. With Facebook’s “Audience Targeting Options” feature, ads can be targeted to people based on their Facebook ...

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Pinboard: Net Politics » How Much Does a Cyber Weapon Cost? Nobody Knows

There are four processes that make cyber weapons cheaper. First, labor becomes more efficient; attackers become more dexterous in that they spend less time learning, experimenting, and making mistakes in writing code. The observation has been made that Iranian cyber activities are not necessarily the most sophisticated. Yet, since the Shamoon virus wiped the hard ...

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