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Pinboard: A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy | WIRED

The practice has remained contentious. Privacy advocates argue that it’s unconstitutionally indiscriminate, violating Fourth Amendment protections from warrantless searches of US citizens. Any American communicating about a certain selector could have their communications caught in the NSA’s dragnet if their communications simply pass through a foreign server, something they have little or no control over. ...

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Pinboard: Spionage unter Freunden: „Der BND hat eine Geschichte der Unterwanderung“ – netzpolitik.org

Skandalisiert wurden die Ausforschung der Türkei, für die es zahlreiche gute Gründe gibt, oder Lauschangriffe auf das österreichische und belgische Innenministerium, das britische Verteidigungsministerium, europäische Unternehmen wie Eurocopter im französischen Marignane oder eine EADS-Dependance in Warschau, aber auch Banken wie die HSBC, Telekommunikationsunternehmen wie British Telecommunications, ein Flugzentrum der US-Raumfahrtbehörde NASA und eine Abteilung der ...

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Pinboard: Identitäre Bewegung: Die Scheinriesen | ZEIT ONLINE

Doch Recherchen von ZEIT ONLINE widerlegen diese Selbstinszenierung. Die Identitären sind keine „Bewegung“, ihre Distanzierung von der rechten Szene ist Taktik. Ihre Führungsfiguren kommen aus der NPD-Jugend, aus radikalen Burschenschaften und sogar aus der verbotenen Neonaziorganisation Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ). Die Identitären bieten ihnen eine neue Heimat und eine frische Corporate Identity, unter der sie ...

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Pinboard: Digitale Technologien als Chance für Journalismus: Wolfgang Blau im Interview | Seite 3 | t3n

Wenn du auf deine Laufbahn zurückblickst: Was war einer der beeindruckendsten Momente, die du in deiner journalistischen Karriere erlebt hast? Ich werde nie vergessen, wie mein Chef beim Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, spät abends zu mir ins Büro kam und sagte: „Du hast doch bei Zeit Online vor deinem Weggang noch diesen anonymen Datenbriefkasten gestartet. Angenommen, ...

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Pinboard: A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices | Ars Technica

But unlike the bare-bones functionality found in Mirai, Hajime is a full-featured package that gives the botnet reliability, stealth, and reliance that’s largely unparalleled in the IoT landscape. Wednesday’s technical analysis, which was written by Pascal Geenens, a researcher at security firm Radware, makes clear that the unknown person or people behind Hajime invested plenty ...

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Pinboard: Antiviren-Scanner: Nur ein Sicherheitsgefühl? – Snakeoil Teil2 • Kuketz IT-Security Blog

Von den 29 untersuchten AV-Scannern, »brechen« 13 die verschlüsselte TLS-Verbindung auf. Das Fatale, das neben den rechtlichen Implikationen, die mit diesem »Aufbrechen« einhergeht ist, dass einige der getesteten Produkte für die (erneute) Verschlüsselung der Verbindung Cipher-Suiten verwenden, die gemeinhin als unsicher gelten. Daher lässt sich das Fazit ziehen, dass es durch die vermeintliche, in einem ...

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Pinboard: FlexSpy Application Analysis

This section is intended for journalists and those who want a minimized technical writeup of the spyware. This analysis was done via briefly reverse engineering the two android applications and examining the leaked source code. The source code is for version 1.00.1, while the android applications are at versions 2.24.3 and 2.25.1. The versioning is ...

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Pinboard: Don’t Info Op Until You See The Whites of Their Eyes

The second error, a strategic mistake, was to announce that he has been the target of thousands of Russian cyber attacks per day. So is everything with an IP address, welcome to the Internet. This early announcement wasted credibility that will be necessary later in the election, and probably in his administration. There is no ...

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Pinboard: Alex Jones And The Dark New Media Are On Trial In Texas

Which is what makes Jones’ trial — and his impending trip to the witness stand — so alluring. Perhaps less interesting than knowing exactly what Jones truly believes is the prospect of watching legal experts compel earnest testimony from one of the nation’s top exporters of loose facts, untruths, and partisanship. Jones’ unenviable position then ...

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Pinboard: The man who passes the sentence must swing the sword – Über Drohnenangriffe | Kleinerdrei

Bei einem Drohnenangriff werden Menschen nicht in einem bewaffneten Konflikt getötet, in dem ein Staat einem anderen den Krieg erklärt hat. Das wäre zwar auch scheußlich, aber es wäre völkerrechtlich gesehen eine rechtliche Grundlage. Die getöteten Personen sind aber auch nicht von einem Gericht zum Tode verurteilt worden. Es gab keine öffentlich nachvollziehbare Beweisermittlung und ...

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Pinboard: Inside Turkey’s Purge – The New York Times

The judiciary in Turkey has never been independent of ideological or political pressure, but neither has it been a broken system. The European Union and the Council of Europe spent millions of dollars training Turkish judges to follow European human rights standards. But the purge has swept out some 4,000 judges and prosecutors, including many ...

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Pinboard: Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals smartphone PINs | Ars Technica

Malicious webpages—or depending on the browser, legitimate sites serving malicious ads or malicious content through HTML-based iframe tags—can mount the attack by using standard JavaScript code that accesses motion and orientation sensors built into virtually all iOS and Android devices. To demonstrate how the attack would work, researchers from Newcastle University in the UK wrote ...

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Pinboard: Hand of U.S. Leaves North Korea’s Missile Program Shaken – The New York Times

Eighty-eight percent of the launches of the North’s most threatening missiles have self-destructed since the covert American program was accelerated three years ago. Cybertools to disrupt weapons programs — that’s another use of the tools, and I make a distinction between those two,” Mr. Tillerson argued back, without specifically confirming their use against Pyongyang. Link ...

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Pinboard: Why Did Microsoft Wait Six Months To Patch a Critical Word Zero-Day? – Motherboard

A source who works in the surveillance technology industry said that FinFisher buys exploits from private researchers as well as from Zerodium, a well-known exploit seller. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said FinFisher recently offered access to an exploit subscription portal that seemed similar to what Zerodium’s predecessor, Vupen, used to offer. Zerodium’s ...

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Pinboard: Trump Claims His ‚Wiretap‘ Claim Was About Susan Rice and ‚Unmasking‘ – The Atlantic

The allegation of wrongdoing was more remote. When Americans are named or participate in surveilled conversations, their names are redacted. Top officials can request that their names be unredacted, or “unmasked,” if they believe it’s necessary to understand the report. Nunes said he was worried that Trump team members had been improperly unmasked. Bloomberg View’s ...

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Pinboard: The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P. – The Atlantic

Huge stockpiles of chemical agents would subsequently be shipped out of Syria for destruction, and Obama’s allies explained the sagacity of his approach by noting that President George W. Bush went to war in Iraq to neutralize weapons of mass destruction that no longer existed by the time of the 2003 invasion; Obama, on the ...

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Pinboard: • Chart: The Billion-Dollar Race for Streaming Supremacy | Statista

If you think that Amazon isn’t serious about Prime Video, the company’s video streaming service included with every Prime membership, think again. According to analysts at JPMorgan, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is set to spend $4.5 billion on video content this year. While that is still $1.5 billion shy of the $6 billion that market ...

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Pinboard: Broadcom-Sicherheitslücke: Vom WLAN-Chip das Smartphone übernehmen – Golem.de

Zur Erinnerung: Mit Hilfe eines Buffer Overflow gelang es, die Firmware von Broadcom-WLAN-Chips zu exploiten, die in zahlreichen aktuellen Smartphones verbaut sind. Der WLAN-Chip ist dabei faktisch ein Mini-Computer mit eigenem Betriebssystem, unabhängig vom eigentlichen Smartphone-Betriebssystem. Damit ermöglichte der Exploit es zunächst „nur“, Code auf dem WLAN-Chip selber auszuführen. Link zur Quelle

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

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

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

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

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

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Pinboard: Wie „Cambridge Analytica“ den Wahlkampf beeinflusst

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

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Pinboard: Will Election Hacking Split NATO? | Just Security

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

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

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

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

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

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Pinboard: No More Secrets: Vault 7 – emptywheel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pinboard: You Are the Target of Today’s Cyberwars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pinboard: Türkei: Erdoğans politischer Gefangener | ZEIT ONLINE

Das ist verständlich. Aber wer leise ist, muss nicht wirkungslos sein. Es gehört zur Tradition und Stärke der deutschen Diplomatie, hinter verschlossenen Türen so deutlich zu sein wie man auf offener Bühne freundlich ist. So entgeht man öffentlichen Schreiduellen und einer Eskalationsspirale, die am Ende nur jenen hilft, die ihre Macht wie Erdoğan auf starke ...

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Pinboard: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds – The New Yorker

The Stanford studies became famous. Coming from a group of academics in the nineteen-seventies, the contention that people can’t think straight was shocking. It isn’t any longer. Thousands of subsequent experiments have confirmed (and elaborated on) this finding. As everyone who’s followed the research—or even occasionally picked up a copy of Psychology Today—knows, any graduate ...

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Pinboard: The future of Ransomware – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering

And ransomware is definitely a bad thing. According to the FBI it sucks up $1 billion/year in payments alone, and some unimaginably larger amount in remediation costs. This despite the fact that many ransomware packages truly suck, and individual ransomware developers get routinely pwned due to making stupid cryptographic errors. If this strategy is working so well today, the question  we should be asking ourselves is: how much ...

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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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