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Pinboard: Donald Trump and the Enemies of the American People – The New Yorker

Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, makes the point that autocrats from Chávez to Erdoğan, Sisi to Mugabe, all follow a general pattern. They attack and threaten the press with deliberate and ominous intensity; the press, in turn, adopts a more oppositional tone and role. “And then that paves the ...

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Pinboard: NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss: Die letzte Zeugin | ZEIT ONLINE

Merkels Führungsstil gilt als ruhig und abwartend. Aber nicht als uninformiert. Sie hat einen Doktortitel in Physik und ist wohl einer der intelligentesten Menschen, die dieses Amt in der Bundesrepublik bislang bekleidet haben. Sie interessiert sich für viele Themen und gilt als jemand, der sich tief einarbeitet. In ihrer Zeugenaussage aber zeigte sie eine ganz ...

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Pinboard: Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions – The Daily Beast

Those documents involve a two-year-old case against Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian bank employee who admitted to being an unregistered agent of Russian intelligence in the U.S. Buryakov pleaded out and the case never went to trial. But case filings show that the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service, was keenly interested in the U.S. government’s attempts ...

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Pinboard: ECRYPT-EU: Differential privacy

Provable cryptography avoids the situation of mere obfuscation that can be undone by a clever enough attacker / strategy — given the security assumption holds — and provides bounds and thus a guideline on how to choose parameters to guarantee a desired level of privacy. Algorithms invest a given privacy budget at privacy-critical steps. With ...

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Pinboard: The Dangers of Talking About an American ‚Deep State‘ – The Atlantic

“It became such common currency that it allowed Erdogan’s AKP government to cripple Turkey’s democratic checks and balances, including media and courts, many of whose members Erdogan connected to this alleged deep state and then locked up during a set of trials collectively known as Ergenekon,” said Cagaptay, who writes about Erdogan’s power grab in ...

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Pinboard: Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium

Most of the people building these features at these companies don’t mean to undermine markets. The coders and designers at companies like Uber and Facebook and all the others are usually well-intentioned and genuinely see their work as benefiting users. In the immediate term, they’re not even wrong; being able to easily hail a cab ...

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Pinboard: This Fake Femme Fatale Is Stealing Google Accounts From Journalists And Human Rights Activists

„What sets apart this particular campaign is the attention to details in making sure the attack is as credible as possible. The persistent engagement over social media and effort spent in luring people into a phishing attempt are also remarkable,“said Claudio Guarnieri, a cybersecurity researcher at Amnesty. „All these aspects combined made the attacks really ...

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Pinboard: Thüringen: In Erfurt soll eine Moschee gebaut werden. Ist das in diesen Zeiten ein zu gewagter Plan? | ZEIT ONLINE

Sieben Jahre hat er nach einem Ort gesucht. Dann fand er die Wiese am Ortseingang von Marbach, neben einer Autowerkstatt, dem Quartier des Technischen Hilfswerks und einem Bürogebäude. Das eigentliche Wohngebiet von Marbach beginnt erst ein gutes Stück dahinter. Die Moschee soll auch ein Minarett bekommen, acht Meter hoch. Aber das ist nur Zierde, zum ...

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Pinboard: The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies

This Flynn episode underscores another critical point: The motives of leakers are irrelevant. It’s very possible — indeed, likely — that the leakers here were not acting with benevolent motives. Nobody with a straight face can claim that lying to the public is regarded in official Washington as some sort of mortal sin; if anything, the contrary ...

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Pinboard: Pence was told Flynn didn’t discuss sanctions, aides say – POLITICO

Even if Pence was not aware that sanctions were discussed between Flynn and the Russian ambassador when he made his comments, the episode could leave him with diminished standing, concerning those around him. For the national security adviser to mislead the Vice President on such a sensitive issue with impunity would seem to send a ...

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Pinboard: Reaching the Moral High Ground and Finding It Barren – Cyborgology

This is nonsense for three reasons. First, this is precisely what the mainstream left has been doing for 30 years with little-to-no-success. The single largest day of peaceful protest in world history wasn’t enough to prevent the War in Iraq. The “when they go low you go high” tactic of the 2016 campaign doesn’t seem ...

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Pinboard: Trump in Court | by David Cole

Trump no doubt thought the travel ban would also be “the course of least resistance”—though, unlike 9/11 or the Palmer Raids, there has not been an attack or even a specific threat from any of the seven countries in question. How wrong he was. The resistance to his action has been immediate, spontaneous, and widespread. ...

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Pinboard: Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government – POLITICO

The administration’s rocky opening days have been a setback for a president who, as a billionaire businessman, sold himself to voters as being uniquely qualified to fix what ailed the nation. Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity to describe the inner workings of the White ...

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Pinboard: Trump Cybersecurity Head Tom Bossert Could Be a Voice of Reason | WIRED

According to cybersecurity policy watchers, that looks like the work of Bossert, a former homeland security official under George W. Bush with a reputation for a measured approach that deeply contrasts with the Trump administration’s so-far volatile style. “The draft executive order would be a much less disruptive effort than some of President Trump’s other ...

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Pinboard: The Case Against Contemporary Feminism – The New Yorker

The effect of the catchy title stands regardless. Crispin’s argument is bracing, and a rare counterbalance; where feminism is concerned, broad acceptability is almost always framed as an unquestioned good. “Somewhere along the way toward female liberation, it was decided that the most effective method was for feminism to become universal,” Crispin writes. And the ...

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Pinboard: How Hal Martin Stole 75% of NSA’s Hacking Tools: NSA Failed to Implement Required Security Fixes for Three Years after Snowden – emptywheel

By July 2014, the report reveals, even some of the most simple changes included in the initiative had not been implemented. On August 22, 2016 — nine days after an entity calling itself Shadow Brokers first offered to auction off what have since been verified as NSA tools — NSA reported that four of the initiatives ...

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Pinboard: The Schedule and the Stream

Right now, we’re at a tipping point between two concepts that shape how we experience the world—the schedule and the stream. The first has lasted over a century, and the second is barely a decade old. But both have been essential in helping new technologies enter the mainstream; and both have created new forms of ...

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Pinboard: Russia’s apparent meddling in U.S. election is not an act of war, cyber expert says – The Washington Post

Nonetheless, Schmitt said, Russia’s apparent attempt to influence the outcome of the election by its release of emails through WikiLeaks probably violates the international law barring intervention in a state’s internal affairs. And that would give the United States grounds to undertake “countermeasures” that would otherwise be unlawful, he said. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me | Foreign Policy

I’ve been equally critical of the expanded use of target killings under former President Barack Obama’s administration. If the U.S. president says it’s OK to secretly order the death of a suspected terrorist based on secret evidence, and then kill the suspect in a secret airstrike with no subsequent acknowledgment, what kind of example are ...

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Pinboard: Erstes Krankenhaus bietet Seelsorge für Muslime – Hamburg Harburg – Hamburger Abendblatt

Insgesamt 44 Ehrenamtliche hat sie seit 2014 in muslimischer Seelsorge ausgebildet, in Kursen, die über jeweils 80 Stunden laufen. Eine von ihnen ist Hadice Altunova (44). Sie ist seit 15 Jahren Krankenschwester in der Mariahilf Klinik und jetzt auch zweite Vorsitzende des Vereins Rahmet. Ihre Erfahrungen fasst sie so zusammen: „Im Schmerz sind alle Menschen ...

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Pinboard: The Massacre That Wasn’t, and a Turning Point for ‘Fake News’ – The New York Times

The same internet that enabled false stories to run unchecked through news feeds during the election year dispatched new white blood cells that attacked Ms. Conway’s “alternate facts” with “true facts” (a redundant term that I guess we’re stuck with for now). Their most effective attack was traditional reporting, in many cases from news organizations ...

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Pinboard: Extreme Vetting, But Not for Banks – Rolling Stone

The two primary disasters in American history this century (if we’re not counting Trump’s election) have been 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, which cost 8.7 million people their jobs and may have destroyed as much as 45 percent of the world’s wealth. The response to 9/11 we know: major military actions all over the ...

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Pinboard: Diese Straße gehört uns! – F.A.Z. PLUS

Denn mit dem starken Zuzug von Armutsmigranten aus Südosteuropa hat sich die Lage in den vergangenen Jahren weiter verschärft. In Duisburg halten sich mittlerweile 18 000 auf – allein im Stadtteil Marxloh sollen es 6000 sein. Im Landtag redet die Duisburger Polizeipräsidentin Tacheles: „Sie halten sich leider an überhaupt keine Regeln. Sie vermüllen alles, was ...

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Pinboard: Updates from the Russian Front – emptywheel

Then there’s this story, that reveals numerous DNC staffers and reporters have identified emails of theirs that didn’t get released by WikiLeaks. While multiple people quoted in the story suggest the emails may have been curated to take out worthwhile context, they also admit that there was nothing “explosive” that was excluded. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: ‘Why even let ’em in?’ Understanding Bannon’s worldview and the policies that follow. – The Washington Post

That worldview, which Bannon laid out in interviews and speeches over the past several years, hinges largely on Bannon’s belief in American “sovereignty.” Bannon said that countries should protect their citizens and their essence by reducing immigration, legal and illegal, and pulling back from multinational agreements. At the same time, Bannon was concerned that the ...

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Pinboard: The FSB Purge: Two Narratives – emptywheel

However, as we looked into the 5.149.249[.]172 IP address within the FBI Flash Bulletin, we uncovered a spearphishing campaign targeting Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Ukrainian Parliament, and German Freedom Party figures from March – August 2016 that fits a known Russian targeting focus and modus operandi. As we explored malicious activity in ...

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Pinboard: ‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader – The Washington Post

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life

That report was itself a response to a paper from the 1974 National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, which called for the nation to achieve information literacy by 1984. Going further back, Bill Johnson and Sheila Webber link information literacy to Vannevar Bush’s World War II–era treatise on information, science, and warfare, “As We ...

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Pinboard: Ex-CIA-Agent: Die Lehren aus Saddams Sturz – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Was sagte er zum Einsatz von Giftgas gegen sein eigenes Volk? Das war eine der interessantesten Erkenntnisse. Nicht Saddam hatte den Befehl für den Gebrauch von chemischen Waffen erteilt. Es war die eigenständige Entscheidung eines irakischen Generals gewesen. Als Saddam im Nachhinein davon erfuhr, war er sehr enttäuscht – nicht wegen der Opfer, sondern weil ...

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Pinboard: Russian Security Expert Maintains Putin Was Behind DNC Hack : NPR

SOLDATOV: It’s a very murky world with lots of actors, some of them formal actors, like security agencies, intelligence agencies and the military. But also, we have lots of informal actors. And these people – well, they tend to be much more dangerous. They enjoy direct access to the Kremlin. And sometimes the Kremlin uses ...

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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 ...

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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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