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Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC? Russia, we are told, breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), swiped emails and other documents, and released them to the public, to alter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?

How substantial is the evidence backing these assertions? Hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate unusual network activity, the security firm Crowdstrike discovered two separate intrusions on DNC servers. Crowdstrike named the two intruders Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, in an allusion to what it felt were Russian sources. According to Crowdstrike, “Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none,” and “both groups were constantly going back into the environment” to change code and methods and switch command and control channels. On what basis did Crowdstrike attribute these breaches to Russian intelligence services?

Those may be indicators of Russian government culpability. Attribution is hard, cybersecurity specialists often point out. Notes. [15] [16] The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying. Photo Credit: Max Borge, Flickr Last month, the Washington Post gave a glowing front-page boost to an anonymous online blacklist of hundreds of American websites, from marginal conspiracy sites to flagship libertarian and progressive publications.

The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying

The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go. With Pokémon Go currently enjoying, what I would call, a wee-bit-o-success, now seems like a good time to talk about a few things people may not know about the world's favorite new smartphone game.

The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go

Redaction error reveals FBI did target Lavabit to spy on Edward Snowden. A redaction oversight by the US government has finally confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s targeting of secure email service Lavabit was used specifically to spy on Edward Snowden.

Redaction error reveals FBI did target Lavabit to spy on Edward Snowden

The Mossad Caucus Exposed - Antiwar.com Original by. Once again, a scandal involving spying and the state of Israel is rocking Capitol Hill, with one big difference.

The Mossad Caucus Exposed - Antiwar.com Original by

This time, instead of the usual scenario where Israel is spying on us, the tables are turned and it’s those usually hapless Americans who have been secretly looking over the shoulder of their “ally.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) not only eavesdropped on the private communications of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but that “The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce. The retail giant is watching.

How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce

By Susan Berfield | November 24, 2015. Human Rights group robbed after suing CIA for documents detailing their role in massacring 75,000 Salvadorans. The USA Targets Anti-Capitalist Bolivian President In A Secret Drugs Sting. Evo Morales has been very successful at combatting the drugs trade through peaceful means...but the USA doesn't like it when Latin American Presidents don't do as they are told Earlier this month, the Huffington Post reported on claims that the U.S. government has secretly targeted Bolivian President Evo Morales with a drug sting code-named ‘Operation Naked King’.

The USA Targets Anti-Capitalist Bolivian President In A Secret Drugs Sting

It confirmed the socialist President’s suspicion that the USA is trying to undermine his government for refusing to play their game. The department in question is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, which Morales expelled from his country in 2008. He accused them of bribing police officers, violating human rights, covering up murders and destroying infrastructure. Time to Blame the Right People for the Refugee Debacle. Let’s get this straight, up to 6 million refugees are waiting to get into Western Europe.

Time to Blame the Right People for the Refugee Debacle

This is life and death for them, no Arab country wants them and the irony of six million people dying in Israeli concentration camps is unavoidable. This is an unprecedented human disaster with 300,000 murdered already. First we can very simply describe who killed them, starting with ISIS and al Nusra murder squads. That alone covers 90%. We could then go to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel, all of whom have had advisors killed and captured inside Syria. The Patriot Act: The Unpatriotic Ruse to Spy on US Citizens : Waking Times. Home > The Patriot Act: The Unpatriotic Ruse to Spy on US Citizens Waking Times Infographic – The Patriot Act was passed only 45 days after 9/11 in an alleged effort to catch terrorists and protect national security.

The Patriot Act: The Unpatriotic Ruse to Spy on US Citizens : Waking Times

But statistics prove that instead of catching terrorists, the Patriot Act has made it easier for the US government to spy on ordinary Americans and actually turns regular citizens into suspects for crimes that have nothing to do with national security. FBI Had 12-Page File On George Carlin Because He Made Jokes About Government. Episode 305 – The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed.

Episode 305 – The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh

Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (IsraelinUSA / CC BY 2.0) On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress. “The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies,” Netanyahu’s office said in a denial that extended to all spying targeting the United States. Is the Sky Falling? - Advertisement - The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives.

It's been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency's techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the firmware of hard drives from big names like Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. Utah government sees 10,000-fold increase in cyberattacks. Utah government sees 10,000-fold increase in cyberattacks By Mark PomerleauFeb 10, 2015 For government IT managers, cyberattacks are a daily reality and they are typically prepared with a host of detection and remediation tools to ensure sensitive data is not compromised.

But the state of Utah has recently been subject to an unusual level of cyber malice that many believe is attributable to the $1 billion National Security Agency data center located there. Estimates on the number of attacks on Utah’s state computer networks range from 300 million per day to 500 million. In contrast, in 2013 the state was only seeing 50,000 to 20 million cyberattacks daily. NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users. The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.

Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency's current successes against Tor rely on identifying users and then attacking vulnerable software on their computers. One technique developed by the agency targeted the Firefox web browser used with Tor, giving the agency full control over targets' computers, including access to files, all keystrokes and all online activity. Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators.

Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the National Security Agency for simply doing their jobs. According to a secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency tracks down the private email and Facebook accounts of system administrators (or sys admins, as they are often called), before hacking their computers to gain access to the networks they control.

The document consists of several posts – one of them is titled “I hunt sys admins” – that were published in 2012 on an internal discussion board hosted on the agency’s classified servers. They were written by an NSA official involved in the agency’s effort to break into foreign network routers, the devices that connect computer networks and transport data across the Internet. What We Learned About NSA Spying in 2014—And What We’re Fighting to Expose in 2015.

Among this year’s NSA revelations: “The NSA and its partners exploit mobile apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game, to access users’ private information such as location, home address, gender, and more.”