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The Security of Our Election Systems – Schneier on Security

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 18:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Even more important, we need to secure our election systems before autumn. If Putin’s government has already used a cyberattack to attempt to help Trump win, there’s no reason to believe he won’t do it again ­ especially now that Trump is inviting the “help.”

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers’ spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines’ and systems’ resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can’t guarantee their security online.


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Church of JC Capitalist

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 17:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Bradley Cooper at DNC: ‘American Sniper’ fans upset actor isn’t really Republican

Posted on July 29th, 2016 at 13:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The “American Sniper” actor came under fire Wednesday when he was spotted in the audience at the 2016 Democratic National Convention with his girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk. Cooper was a trending topic on Twitter as social media users were apparently surprised to discover he’s not really a Republican after playing Kyle, a conservative hero, in Clint Eastwood’s movie about the late Navy SEAL sniper.

Man, don’t get me started – I was so pissed off when I found out Daniel Radcliffe is a muggle…


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  1. Only 100 more days or so…

New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 23:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The attack can be carried out by operators of just about any type of network, including public Wi-Fi networks, which arguably are the places where Web surfers need HTTPS the most. It works by abusing a feature known as WPAD—short for Web Proxy Autodisovery—in a way that exposes certain browser requests to attacker-controlled code. The attacker then gets to see the entire URL of every site the target visits. The exploit works against virtually all browsers and operating systems. It will be demonstrated for the first time at next week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas in a talk titled Crippling HTTPS with Unholy PAC.


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No treat for you: pets miss meals after auto-feeding app PetNet glitches

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 23:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It is a cautionary tale for the rise of the so-called “internet of things”: some pets could be left hungry after a server outage appeared to be causing automated feeders made by a company called PetNet to malfunction.

The lesson: always build a backup system.

Or how about “don’t put things on the internet that don’t need to be on the internet”. I mean, you dog’s food tray? Really?


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  1. If you can’t look after a dog, don’t have a dog. Get a cat 🙂

Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 19:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A well-known American photographer has now sued Getty Images and other related companies—she claims they have been wrongly been selling copyright license for over 18,000 of her photos that she had already donated to the public for free, via the Library of Congress.

The photographer, Carol Highsmith, is widely considered to be a modern-day successor to her photographic idols, Frances Benjamin Johnston and Dorothea Lange, who were famous for capturing images of American life in the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively.

Inspired by the fact that Johnston donated her life’s work to the Library of Congress for public use in the 1930s, Highsmith wanted to follow suit and began donating her work “to the public, including copyrights throughout the world,” as early as 1988.


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Using a VPN in the UAE is now prohibited and you could face fines of up to $545,000

Posted on July 28th, 2016 at 19:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks (VPN) to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.

The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between Dh500,000-Dh2,000,000 ($136,000-$545,000, £415,000, €495,000) if they are found to use VPNs fraudently.


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“CRUZ TALKS TRUMP” — A Bad Lip Reading of Ted Cruz

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


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DNC Day One: Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


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New York State Makes It Legal to Cry in Your Funeral Pie

Posted on July 27th, 2016 at 17:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In the West, a homey casserole of slivered potatoes, sour cream and canned mushroom soup is so often served at wakes and memorials that it is commonly known as “funeral potatoes.” In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the go-to dish is a custard and raisin pastry called “funeral pie.”

Yet in New York State’s funeral homes, arcane rules had long forbidden food and drinks. But last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signed a law permitting funeral parlors to serve light refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks, joining 46 other states where the bereaved have the option of crying into their potatoes and pie.

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In states with bans, the rules mostly came about in the 1950s, put in place ostensibly to prevent competition with restaurants or to streamline services offered by funeral homes, according to interviews with 10 funeral directors.

I like the concept that funeral homes were going to drive restaurants out of business with their finger foods and light refreshments and lack of tables or chairs or waitstaff or chefs. This was such a danger that only legislation could prevent disaster.


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  1. There must have been one heck of a restauranteurs lobby, back in the day!

‘I am your horse!’: 50 shades of Trump on the stump

Posted on July 26th, 2016 at 20:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When people are afraid, they cling to authority, and Trump is only too happy to provide. We will be great again, Tangerine Mussolini promises, once the scary brown outsiders are deported, and the minorities – uppity women and liberal fifth columnists – are beaten down. Trump takes Washington’s coded racism and writes it in neon. To his followers, this looks like strength.


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  1. They also cling to the familiar, as in Bush or Clinton.

Apple and Facebook helped bust the world’s biggest torrent site

Posted on July 26th, 2016 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When you’re the owner of the world’s biggest torrent-sharing site, the last thing you’d expect to land you in trouble would be a totally legitimate (and legal) purchase via iTunes. But that’s what happened to 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin a.k.a “tirm,” owner and operator of KickassTorrents (KAT), who was yesterday arrested and charged in Poland for criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

No, actually that’s the first thing you’d expect to land you in trouble. If you start doing something that will piss off those with power, it is not enough to be “fully paranoid” – you must be fully paranoid from the moment you first connect to the internet in any capacity. Operational security is not something one can accomplish by going back and covering one’s tracks.

Using similar tools, Homeland Security investigators also performed something called a WHOIS lookup on a domain that redirected people to the main KAT site.

Why are “homeland security” investigators involved in enforcing copyrights? Is there really any way that national security is implicated by torrent site operators?


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Mario Go

Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 16:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Word: Trumpiness

Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Putin

Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 11:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. The Siberian Candidate?

Clinton names Wasserman Schultz honorary chair of campaign team

Posted on July 25th, 2016 at 9:34 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton scooped up outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday afternoon as the honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program.

In a sort of thank you letter, Clinton said the Miami congresswoman will serve as a surrogate for her national campaign, helping the team in Florida and other key states.

“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.

And in her dictionary “work for the American people” is defined as “stab anybody in the back who is in my way” of course. If the past couple years in American politics were a fictional plot in a movie, critics would pan it for being too unrealistic. If it were a book, it’d probably be called “The Pelican Queef”


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  1. Weren’t they supposed to make this announcement 6 months ago?

Munich gunman lured victims on Facebook with ‘free McDonald’s food’

Posted on July 24th, 2016 at 15:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Robert Heimberger, a police investigator, said on Saturday it appeared the gunman had hacked a Facebook account and lured people to the shopping centre with an offer of free food.

The post, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to McDonald’s at 4pm, saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”

“It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out,” Heimberger said.


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USA 2016

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 at 13:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. People that like Hillary probably still bow to imaginary kings and queens of Europe. It must give them comfort to know the the same old thieves are still in charge in the US.

  2. @will: Perhaps the misunderstanding is that one has to “like” a politician before voting for them.

    You are hiring someone to administer your government and appoint the heads of government departments etc.

    Choose wisely.

Вести.Ru: Петербургский водитель рассказал, зачем приделал к “Ниве” бревно вместо колеса

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 at 13:32 by John Sinteur in category: News

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В последние дни в Сети активно обсуждали фотографию, сделанную в Санкт-Петербурге. Очевидцы запечатлели автомобиль Chevrolet Niva, который на приличной скорости разъезжал по дорогам с бревном на месте заднего левого колеса.

После того, как этот необычный способ передвижения получил общественный резонанс не только в соцсетях, но и в СМИ, водитель “Нивы” — путешественник Эдуард Алимов, удовлетворил любопытство тех, кто задавался вопросом: “Зачем?”

По его словам, во время очередной поездки по бездорожью Ленинградской области он заехал в болото и набрал воды в два цилиндра двигателя. “Заклинивший мотор удалось реанимировать на месте, но вскоре выяснилось, что “Нива” лишилась и левой полуоси заднего моста. По совету товарища из джиперского клуба решил использовать “дедовский” метод, благо пила имелась”, — приводит слова водителя “Российская газета“.

На 120-километровый путь до дома всего у Эдуарда “ушло” три бревна. “Машина ехала 50 километров в час и нормально управлялась. Дорожное покрытие не пострадало”, — заверил путешественник.

Tree-Wheel Drive? If he rotates them enough, it will be a 4×4..

The reason for this fix was that during his travel the driver somehow drove into a swamp and rear axle of his car was broken. He traveled 120 kilometers (75 miles) like this and used 3 logs during this trip.


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I bet they’re not sorry at all

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 19:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 17:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Enrole hear! Wii can ejucate yew! We’re flexible.

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 13:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

You don’t think it be like it do, but it is:


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Here’s how secret voice commands in YouTube videos could hijack your smartphone

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Kitten videos are harmless, right? Except when they take over your phone.


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Trump’s Boswell Speaks

Posted on July 21st, 2016 at 20:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Not long after the discussion of the party bills, Trump approached Schwartz about writing a sequel, for which Trump had been offered a seven-figure advance. This time, however, he offered Schwartz only a third of the profits. He pointed out that, because the advance was much bigger, the payout would be, too. But Schwartz said no. Feeling deeply alienated, he instead wrote a book called “What Really Matters,” about the search for meaning in life. After working with Trump, Schwartz writes, he felt a “gnawing emptiness” and became a “seeker,” longing to “be connected to something timeless and essential, more real.”

Schwartz told me that he has decided to pledge all royalties from sales of “The Art of the Deal” in 2016 to pointedly chosen charities: the National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights Watch, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the National Immigration Forum, and the Tahirih Justice Center. He doesn’t feel that the gesture absolves him. “I’ll carry this until the end of my life,” he said. “There’s no righting it. But I like the idea that, the more copies that “The Art of the Deal” sells, the more money I can donate to the people whose rights Trump seeks to abridge.”


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She went full Strangelove

Posted on July 21st, 2016 at 20:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. It was a clever little mitigating ballet she followed it with, but that was a definite stiff-armed salute.

  2. Oh, now we’re seeing Nazis in a room full of fascists?

Pregnant Women Asked To Leave Convention Hall During Ted Cruz Speech For Safety Of Developing Fetuses

Posted on July 21st, 2016 at 20:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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CLEVELAND—Warning that remaining in the vicinity could lead to numerous adverse health effects, officials at the Republican National Convention asked all pregnant women to leave Quicken Loans Arena during Ted Cruz’s speech Wednesday night for the safety of their developing fetuses, sources confirmed. “We urge pregnant women in attendance to take precautions to protect their unborn children by exiting the premises for the entirety of Ted Cruz’s speech, as any exposure to the senator could cause significant birth defects,” announced RNC operations manager Caroline Davidson over the arena’s sound system 15 minutes prior to the Texas lawmaker’s scheduled appearance, while volunteers distributed pamphlets outlining further steps pregnant mothers should take to safeguard themselves, including not reentering the building for at least 24 hours after the senator had finished speaking and avoiding direct contact with anyone who was present during Cruz’s speech for the remainder of their pregnancy. “Failure to heed this warning could result in complications for your child’s cranial nerve development, while prolonged exposure has been shown to pose a substantially increased risk of major congenital malformations. We also have reason to believe that any genetic abnormalities stemming from one’s proximity to Cruz could manifest not only in your child, but in their eventual children as well.” Following the announcement, convention officials reportedly distributed lead aprons to those remaining seated in the first 20 rows, instructing attendees to make sure they covered their abdominal organs completely, before welcoming Cruz to the stage.


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Twitter Permanently Suspends Conservative Writer Milo Yiannopoulos

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 17:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after he incited his followers to bombard Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones with racist and demeaning tweets.

“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a company spokesperson said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”

This essay he wrote in 2012 will explode your irony meter:

So perhaps what’s needed now is a bolder form of censure after all, because the internet is not a universal human right. If people cannot be trusted to treat one another with respect, dignity and consideration, perhaps they deserve to have their online freedoms curtailed. For sure, the best we could ever hope for is a smattering of unpopular show trials. But if the internet, ubiquitous as it now is, proves too dangerous in the hands of the psychologically fragile, perhaps access to it ought to be restricted. We ban drunks from driving because they’re a danger to others. Isn’t it time we did the same to trolls?
-Milo Yiannopoulos


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Hacker ‘Phineas Fisher’ Speaks on Camera for the First Time—Through a Puppet

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 16:30 by John Sinteur in category: News

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“I’ll do a video interview if you get kermit the frog (or a homemade non-trademark violating puppet) and a voice actor to read lines I type in chat,” Phineas Fisher told me.


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Melania Trump Did Not Plagiarize Her RNC Speech

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Putin gives federal security agents two weeks to produce ‘encryption keys’ for the Internet

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 7:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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After signing controversial anti-terrorist legislation earlier today, President Putin ordered the Federal Security Service (the FSB, the post-Soviet successor to the KGB) to produce encryption keys to decrypt all data on the Internet. According to the executive order, the FSB has two weeks to do it. Responsibility for carrying out Putin’s instructions falls on Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB.

The new “anti-terrorist” laws require all “organizers of information distribution” that add “additional coding” to transmitted electronic messages to provide the FSB with any information necessary to decrypt those messages. It’s still unclear what information exactly online resources are expected to turn over, given that all data on the Internet is encoded, one way or another, and in many instances encryption keys for encrypted information simply don’t exist.

And there’s more


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  1. “OK boss, we did that!”


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