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  1. Twitter Flags President Trump for Copyright Infringement, Again and Again Yesterday evening President Trump tweeted a video, made by a supporter, which used music from 'The Dark Knight' soundtrack. Warner Bros. wasn't pleased with this unauthorized reproduction and asked Twitter to take it down, which it did. While this may seem like an isolated incident, President Trump has made similar mistakes in the past, to which rightsholders are paying extra close attention. When President Trump took office in early 2017, copyright holders hoped to have found a new ally in their fight against piracy. The Copyright Alliance made this very clear in a public letter stressing that few presidents, if any, have had a more sizable and diverse copyright portfolio. In the two years that followed not a whole lot has changed in terms of U.S. copyright policies. However, Trump himself has made headlines on a few occasions, being accused of copyright infringement. This happened again yesterday when the US President posted, what many believed to be, a 2020 campaign video on Twitter. “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump’s tweet reads, with the video made up of a variety of news clips underneath. The video in question has been floating around on YouTube for a few days and doesn’t appear to come from the White House, as some suggested. In fact, it was posted by a Reddit user “knock-nevisTDF,” last week, who says he made the clip himself. The President appeared to like it though and was happy to share it via Twitter. However, what he may not have realized is that the video in question was set to music from “The Dark Knight Rises”, something that wasn’t well received by Warner Bros. Entertainment. The movie studio saw it as a clear case of copyright infringement and set its legal team on the ‘case.’ “The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement quotedby Variety. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.” Shortly after this statement, Twitter did indeed take the video down, as can be seen below. The copy that was posted on YouTube and shared on Reddit has been removed as well, although it remains available elsewhere. It’s an understatement to say that the President’s actions are being followed closely, so the removed video made headlines all over the world. Some reports even claim that the Warner Bros. is filing a “copyright infringement suit” against Trump over his “2020 campaign video.” We haven’t seen any evidence of a pending lawsuit, nor is this an official campaign video, so this may just be another case of what President Trump would call ‘fake news.’ The reality is, however, that this isn’t the first time the President has been called out for sharing copyright-infringing content on Twitter. Just a few weeks ago, a video the R.E.M’s song, ‘Everybody Hurts,’ in the background, was removed by Twitter. Twitter reportedly took this action after Mike Mills, the bassist for R.E.M., complained about the unauthorized use of the track. And just last week Electronic Arts reported one of President Trump’s tweets for using copyrighted audio from a Mass Effect 2 game trailer without permission. That is now ‘withheld’ from the public. And that’s not all. There is also a copyright claim on a tweet about a beautiful evening in El Paso, posted a few weeks ago. While more detail is not available, we assume that the President used copyrighted material without permission, again. If that’s not enough, there are trademark issues as well. HBO didn’t like it when President Trump used a photo containing the Game of Thrones font and a play on the “Winter is Coming” message in a political context. The company said in a statement that it “would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” hinting at trademark misuse, but it’s unclear whether it took any action in response. For now, none of the complaints are affecting the status of President Trump’s Twitter account. In theory, Twitter reserves the right to suspend accounts that repeatedly receive copyright complaints. This is clearly statedin the company’s copyright policy. “If multiple copyright complaints are received Twitter may lock accounts or take other actions to warn repeat violators. These warnings may vary across Twitter’s services. Under appropriate circumstances we may suspend user accounts under our repeat infringer policy,” the policy reads. How many “offenses” are needed to warrant a suspension is not mentioned, however. Finally, it’s worth noting that the “Dark Knight Rises” score, titled “Why Do We Fall?” was composed by Hans Zimmer. He previously shared the track on his YouTube account, but the video in question was recently removed, likely by himself. That said, the same music is used in hundreds if not thousands of other YouTube videos, and it’s widely shared on Twitter as well. Apparently, copyright takedowns have priority when the President is involved. Source
  2. President Donald Trump on Thursday hit back at a New York Times article about his use of an unsecured iPhone to call friends outside of the White House, labeling the report “so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it.” “The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!” The Times reported on Wednesday that despite having access to a secure landline in the White House, Trump frequently uses an iPhone to call friends “to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing,” exposing him to eavesdropping by Chinese and Russian spies. “American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy,” the Times reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The Times report said that Chinese officials are taking note of the president’s calls in part to determine how Trump is thinking and how best to persuade him so as not to ramp up the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The president has resisted calls in the past from his advisers to practice better phone security, telling aides that it would be “too inconvenient” to swap the phones he uses to tweet on a more frequent basis, even as he campaigned for president by slamming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while in office. Former President Barack Obama reportedly turned in his White House phones every month for security checks. Source
  3. Not all countries deal with online piracy as the US would like them to Canada and Switzerland are among two dozen countries that are on America's "watch list" because they fail to live up to the US copyright protection standards. This information appears in the yearly Special 301 Report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, TorrentFreak reports. The purpose of this report is to "shame" those countries that simply aren't doing enough to protect US intellectual property rights. The report lists about two dozen countries that threaten the intellectual property rights of US companies. "One of the top trade priorities for the Trump administration is to use all possible source of leverage to encourage other countries to open their markets to US exports of goods and services, and provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of US intellectual property rights," writes the US Trade Representative. The US is annoyed with Canada for not allowing its border officials to seize and destroy pirated and counterfeit goods passing through. Furthermore, Canada's rules indicate that if someone has an education use for the content, they are excepted from copyright infringement. "The United States also remains deeply troubled by the broad interpretation of an ambiguous education-related exception to copyright that has significantly damaged the market for educational publishers and authors," the report reads. As for Switzerland, the report states that the country is increasingly popular for pirate sites seeking domain hosting and has been so since 2010. "Seven years have elapsed since the issuance of a decision by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, which has been implemented to essentially deprive copyright holders in Switzerland of the means to enforce their rights against online infringers. Enforcement is a critical element of providing meaningful IP protection," reads the paper. Another country on the list is Romania, which the US advises to fully staff and fund an IP Coordination Department in the General Prosecutor's Office in order to fight against piracy. The document mentions online piracy, unlicensed software use, and distribution of counterfeit goods as some of the issues the country has. Countries on the priority watch list are China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Algeria, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Those on the watch list are Vietnam, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Barbados, Jamaica, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Source
  4. Twitter seeks to protect user against baseless data demand from US govt Twitter is fighting back against the Trump administration after the Department of Homeland Security tried to get the company to reveal who was behind a particular anti-Trump account. Filed in California, the suit Twitter filed reveals that US Customs and Border Protection attempted to use a "limited-purpose investigatory tool" to figure out who the owner of the @ALT_USCIS account is. According to the complaint, the account was used to express public criticism of the Department and the current administration, much like many other "alt" or "rogue" government accounts that appeared after Trump became president. It seems that @ALT_USCIS may be a dissenting member of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which, of course, bothered some. Mid last month, Twitter was hit with a summon from Customs asking for records that could reveal the identity of the person behind the account, including IP logs, phone number, mailing address and any other details. Twitter is having none of that, however, and has filed a suit against the Department of Homeland Security, its subagency, naming the DHS Secretary John Kelly, acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, and the two special agents who issued and served the order. Bigger issue than one account The microblogging platform wants a judge to rule whether or not Customs has the legal authority to issue such a request regarding someone's account. The order Twitter got served with invoked a statute that's related to taxes on the importation of merchandise in the US, which Twitter doesn't believe is sufficient to unmask a user. In fact, the company says that doing so "would have a grave chilling effect on the speech of that account in particular and on the many other 'alternative agency' accounts that have been created to voice dissent to government policies." It would also infringe on the right to political speech, which is protected by the Supreme Court rulings. The account @ALT_USCIS also tweeted a fragment of the American Constitution regarding freedom of speech to make a point. The ACLU has decided to support Twitter in the case. Source
  5. Hacker magazine 2600 said today it would pay $10,000, possibly more, to anyone who provides it with Trump's tax returns. The magazine ran a similar pledge last year before the presidential election but without any success. 2600, which is a web-based hacking magazine in the same category as the more infamous Phrack, accused Trump of acting akin to a dictator and refusing to reveal his tax returns, something that all US presidents did before him. There is no law forcing President Trump to release his tax returns. 2600 does not want people to hack the IRS After to failing to get Trump's tax returns last year, the magazine reinstated its pledge once more and will keep it running for as long Trump is in office or until someone leaks Trump's financial documents. The magazine made it clear it does not want people hacking the IRS for Trump's sake. Instead, they're trying to appeal to state workers with access to these documents. Bounty could go up Shortly after going live with their pledge, 2600 announced on Twitter that the bounty had gone up to $11,000 after other people expressed interest in supplementing the initial sum. The magazine also hinted that the bounty could grow as more individuals would want to contribute. In the worst case scenario, the bounty would be $10,000 at a minimum. Others have offered much larger bounties in the past Last year, an anonymous Republican donor offered $5 million just to see Trump's tax returns. A few months later, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman pledged the same sum from his own money, also to see Trump's tax returns. During the presidential campaign, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton said Trump was intentionally hiding his taxes to exaggerate his wealth and the people he does business with. Last month, someone leaked a document said to be Trump's 2005 tax return, which showed he made $150 million, paid $38 million in taxes, and wrote off more than $100 million in business losses to reduce other taxes. The White House later confirmed the numbers, but not the document's authenticity. 2600 said it was interested in Trump's tax returns, but only for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015. Earlier tax returns are not the subject of its bounty. "We believe any of these will paint a somewhat accurate picture of the President's recent financial filings," said a 2600 spokesperson. Source
  6. Trump Move To Kill Privacy Rules Opposed By 72% Of Republicans, Survey Says Privacy is partisan for lawmakers, but not necessarily for the rest of us. Although the move to eliminate Web browsing privacy rules was pushed through Congress by Republican lawmakers over the objections of Democrats, a new poll found that equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats approve of the rules and wanted them to be preserved. President Donald Trump yesterday signed the repeal of online privacy rules that would have limited the ability of ISPs to share or sell customers' browsing history for advertising purposes, confirming action taken by the Senate and House. This was very much a partisan issue among elected officials. In a 50-48 vote, every Republican senator voted to kill privacy rules and every Democratic senator voted to preserve them. The House vote was 215-205, with 15 Republicans breaking ranks in order to support the privacy rules. But ordinary Americans aren't split on the issue, according to a Huffington Post/YouGov survey that found 72 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats opposed the rollback. "[E]ven identifying the bill as a GOP proposal isn’t enough to win it intra-party support," Huffington Post wrote. "Told that Republicans in Congress passed a bill to overturn the regulations that would ban the sharing of customers’ information, 72 percent of both Republicans and Democrats say the privacy rules should go into effect, with just 15 percent in each party believing the rules should be overturned." The rest answered, "not sure." Full results are available here. The poll question asked, "Last year, the federal government adopted a set of rules to ban telecom and cable companies from sharing customers’ personal information, including their Web browsing history, without their permission. A Republican bill passed by Congress would overturn those rules before they go into effect. Which describes your opinion?" The question was answered by 362 Democrats and 248 Republicans. Support for privacy rules was even greater in response to an earlier question that did not mention the plan to kill the rules. When asked, "Do you think telecom and cable companies should or should not be allowed to share personal information about customers, such as their Web browsing history, without first getting customers’ permission?", 82 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Republicans said ISPs should not be allowed to share such information without customers' prior consent. Most aren’t aware of VPNs and Tor Eighty percent of survey respondents reported being "somewhat" or "very" concerned about the privacy of personal information online. But most don't know much about privacy-protecting technologies. When asked if they'd ever used anonymous browsing technologies like proxy servers, Tor, or VPNs, 55 percent either were not sure or did not know what those technologies are. Sixty-three percent of Republicans weren't sure or didn't know what those technologies are, compared to 53 percent of Democrats. YouGov polls are conducted differently from traditional telephone surveys. YouGov's panel of people who agreed to participate in online surveys "is itself not representative of the US population, but samples are drawn from that panel to match a random sample of respondents drawn from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey," the survey methodology says. No poll is perfect, but YouGov has gained some recognition. The Economist has partnered with YouGov for years. FiveThirtyEight gives YouGov a "B" rating—the site's grades for other polls range from A+ to F. Lawmakers and donations from lobbyists On privacy, the Huffington Post/YouGov poll found large majorities supporting privacy rules regardless of age, gender, race, income, and geographical region, though there were differences within groups. But the people whose opinions really counted were Republican elected officials and ISPs who lobbied to kill the rules. No Democratic lawmakers voted to repeal the privacy rules, even though elected officials from both major parties received plenty of financial donations from telecom companies, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. ISPs tend to spread their cash around to both parties in hopes of gaining favor throughout the government, but Republicans who voted to keep the privacy rules have not been rewarded as richly as Republicans who voted to eliminate them. "On the House side, while there wasn’t a huge difference in overall funds received by lawmakers voting for or against the resolution, there was a gap in the Republican vote," the research group said. "GOP lawmakers who voted to quash the rule received an average of $138,000 from the industry over the course of their careers. The 15 Republicans voting nay? They got just $77,000." A difference of $37,566 to $21,395 was also observed when looking at these numbers for 2016 only. Three House Democrats who abstained from the vote received higher donations than Democrats on average, the analysis found. Source
  7. MIT says that unless cybersecurity becomes a priority and more than just lip service, US core services will be at risk. MIT experts have warned the Trump Administration that unless urgent action is taken to control the influx of sophisticated cybercrime, US core services and infrastructure will be placed at risk. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, together with the educational establishment's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) said on Tuesday that over the past 25 years, leaders of the United States have done little to promote or encourage cybersecurity solutions, education, and training. Instead, they have done nothing more than pay "lip service" to the topic or agree to short-term fixes which have led to a game of "Whack-a-Mole." However, things have changed. In the past decade, cybersecurity expertise in both the white and black-hat arenas has expanded, and as part of this transformation, we now have state-sponsored threat actors with resources at their disposal to target governments and companies alike, teenagers that are able to take down tech vendor websites from their bedrooms with ease, and hardly a week goes by when we do not hear of yet another data breach which has led to the release of credentials belonging to millions of accounts online. If nothing more than lip service continues to be paid, MIT experts have warned that national security is in serious danger, and everything from US oil pipelines to the grid could be brought down in the future. We've already seen cases where hackers have targeted core services. Ukraine's power grid has been hacked multiple times, South Korea's nuclear plant operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power was targeted last year by who are believed to be North Korean hackers, and researchers have shown how easy it is to manipulate core city water systems for the purposes of removing or poisoning supply. The leak of the new administration's executive order on cybersecurity tends to focus on taxes and regulations for private companies but does not touch upon privately-owned critical infrastructure. However, the MIT team has tried to fill in the gaps. The report, "Making America Safer: Toward a More Secure Network Environment for Critical Sectors," recommends that the White House tackle the risks associated with cyberattacks levied against utilities, oil, and gas, as well as finance and communications. Led by former senior NSA official Joel Brenner, the document describes a total of eight challenges the Trump Administration must face, as outlined below. 1. Improve Coordination: MIT says that critical infrastructure defense is "insufficiently coordinated" across the government, but by elevating the position of cybersecurity advisor to the position of deputy national security advisor for cybersecurity, this official should work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a long-term policy to improve cybersecurity funding and research. 2. Measure cyber risk and infrastructure fragility: Without being able to quantify risks, it is difficult to portion investment and funding properly -- and so MIT recommends that representatives should meet to create a national strategy to tackle this issue. 3. Review laws and regulations with the goals of reducing risk and optimizing security investment: MIT says that there is a "material disconnection" between compliance demands and improvements in cybersecurity as a whole, and current regulations either impede or do not encourage high levels of cybersecurity investment. To change this, President Trump should propose better tax treatment for cybersecurity investment in critical infrastructure, especially when products and services comply with the framework issued by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). 4. Enable critical infrastructure operators to quickly identify and respond to cyber risk arising from cross-sector linkages as well as from their own networks: As core services become connected, links create opportunities for an attack on one sector to take down others. MIT recommends that meetings should be held to promote threat data sharing. 5. Reduce component complexity and the vulnerabilities inherent in them: Supply chains and core services are placed at risk by manufacturers and utilities' usage of cheap, all-purpose hardware and equipment, despite their varying security levels. MIT says that the Trump Administration should work towards promoting the use of more secure and less complex hardware, software, and controls for use in critical infrastructure. 6. Address fundamental issues of system architecture: With many IT admins believing that certain aspects of their systems cannot be kept safe without isolation, MIT would like to see the president's team explore the feasibility, expense, and timelines required to isolate the controls and operations of critical systems away from public networks. 7. Formulate an effective deterrence strategy for the nation: MIT says the US does not have an effective way or policy to deter hackers from attacking critical infrastructure and to tackle this issue, the Trump Administration should create a strategy which includes hardening these systems, raising the price of attacking them, and promote a diplomatic way to work with "potential adversaries" to keep these targets off the list. 8. Accelerate and improve the training of cybersecurity professionals: There is a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the US, and the MIT team believes the president should work to increase this supply through new schemes and programs. MIT also suggests that tax and regulatory changes which reward cybersecurity investment could be an important factor in ensuring the US remains up-to-speed with evolving cybersecurity threats. "Our current cyber insecurity is a national disgrace," Brenner says. "We've got to defend the networks that the safety of our nation depends on." Source
  8. FBI Director James Comey (left) testifies in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday regarding Russian hacking during the 2016 election. The agency's director, James Comey, confirms the FBI is looking into any possible ties between the president's campaign and the Russian government. In a rare move, the FBI confirmed that it is investigating whether Russian hackers had any links to President Trump's election team. Citing "unusual circumstances," FBI Director James Comey said that the bureau is looking into whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian officials during the 2016 election. "I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election," Comey testified at a House committee hearing on Monday. "That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination with the campaign and Russia's efforts." These are unusual circumstances indeed. Worries about Russian hacks plagued the US presidential election and its aftermath, with US intelligence agencies accusing Russia of meddling in the race for the White House. The House Intelligence Committee is investigating how the cyberattacks happened and how to protect the nation's democratic processes from interference in the future. The breaches included hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta. Comey had earlier testified before the House Intelligence committee concerning Russian hacks during the election, revealing there were no attacks against the Trump campaign or the Republican National Committee. During the campaign, Donald Trump publicly urged Russia to help turn up Clinton's emails. Members of the Trump administration, including attorney general Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have also faced controversy for ties to Russian officials. The Obama administration in late December retaliated against Russia, imposing sanctions over the cyberattacks even as Russian officials continue to deny any involvement in the hacks. Russia's relationships with the US has been on shaky ground since. Comey revealed that the FBI has been investigating Russian influence on the 2016 election since last July, when hackers apparently first infiltrated the DNC. It remains unclear when the investigation will end. During the hearing, Comey also rebutted President Trump's tweets that the Obama administration ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower during the campaign. That echoed House Intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes and the Justice Department's findings. "I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI," Comey said. The National Security Agency director Michael Rogers also denied Trump's claims during the hearing. Source
  9. Police officers push back demonstrators as they protest against US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. Court papers say data is being extracted from 100 locked phones seized during arrests at anti-Trump protests. Prosecutors are trying to pull data from 100 locked phones seized during arrests made in Washington, DC on Inauguration Day, according to court papers filed Wednesday. Prosecutors said they have search warrants to extract data from the phones, which were seized by law enforcement officers on January 20 from 214 individuals arrested on felony rioting charges related to demonstrations protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump, according to a BuzzFeed report. The filing suggests that even though the phones are locked prosecutors have successfully copied data from them, although it doesn't describe their methods. Prosecutors said in the filing they expect to "produce all of the data from the searched [phones] in the next several weeks." Wednesday's filing comes amid a mounting war of words between tech companies and policy makers, who contend that terrorist groups are benefiting from encryption, the technology that jumbles communications and files so that only the intended recipient can read them. Tech companies have become increasingly diligent about including encryption in products and services in the wake of revelations about US government surveillance programs from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Apple's iPhone was at the center of a legal back-and-forth between the government and Apple last year after the December 2015 attack that left 14 people dead. The government wanted Apple to write new software that would unlock the phone and make its data readable, but Apple refused, saying that weakening the encryption would potentially leave other iPhone users at risk. In a surprise revelation in March 2016, the Department of Justice said an unnamed outside party helped agents break into an iPhone 5C that was used by shooter Syed Farook. However, the agency wouldn't disclose exactly how the hacker got into the phone. The data extracted from protesters' phones includes personal information irrelevant to the charges, so prosecutors are seeking a court order that would prohibit defense lawyers from copying or reproducing information unless it's relevant to the defense of their client. Representatives for the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, which filed the papers Wednesday in the DC Superior Court, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Source
  10. He's for a big world Commentary: In a speech in China, Apple's CEO says that although globalization hasn't been good for everyone, isolation isn't good for a country's people. America is entering a new era of so-called economic nationalism. This seems to involve putting America first, drifting away from some alliances, and not funding Meals on Wheels. Not everyone has yet embraced this new national go-it-alone spirit. Apple's Tim Cook, for example, believes it has its downsides. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Cook gave a speech in China on Saturday, one that trumpeted a different world order. He said globalism "in general is great for the world." Some might say that in general it's great for Apple to make its products cheaply in China and sell them at a huge margin in the US and elsewhere. But back to Cook. He clearly seems worried about any movement away from globalization. "I think the worst thing would be to -- because it didn't help everyone --is to say it's bad and do less of that," he said. "I think the reality is you can see that countries in the world...that isolate themselves -- it's not good for their people." Yes, it's easy to believe that the people, of, say, North Korea aren't quite as happy as the people of, say, Denmark. Indeed, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a White House press conference Friday: "It's always better to talk to one another than about one another." In that same press conference, President Donald Trump insisted: "I'm not an isolationist. I'm a free trader but I'm also a fair trader." Ah, if only the whole world could agree on what is fair. For Cook's Apple, as for many global companies, the ability to take advantage of worldwide free trade is vital. Indeed, during his visit to China, Apple pledged that it would invest $500 million in two new research centers there. Trumpists might wonder how many jobs this might take away from America. Neither the White House nor Apple responded to a request for comment. Companies such as Apple are now as firmly entrenched in politics as the government is in business. Sadly, everyone will have their own partisan way of calculating which country benefits most and how. Soon, we'll all be tired of winning. We just won't be sure how much we've won and how we've won it. Source
  11. Making America Stupid? In a series of tweets, the astrophysicist says that the president's budget proposals will make America more stupid. The president hasn't yet made himself everyone's favorite. Indeed, when his 2018 budget was announced last week, many saw cuts to arts funding, education, health and even Meals On Wheels and gasped. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of those left unimpressed. In a storm of tweets on Sunday, the astrophysicist offered his own grim criticism of Donald Trump's budget. To lighten the mood, he made use of the president's most famous campaign slogan. "The fastest way to Make a America Weak Again: Cut science funds to our agencies that support it," began Tyson. He continued: "The fastest way to Make America Sick Again: Cut funding to the National Institutes of Health." Then there was: "The fastest way to Make America Stupid: Cut funds to programs that support education." Which was followed by: "The fastest way to thwart Earth's life-support systems for us all: Turn EPA into EDA -- the Environmental Destruction Agency." Shouldn't this have read "The fastest way to Make America Not Exist Again"? Tyson wasn't done. "The fastest way to melt glaciers & flood the World's coastal cities: Ignore scientists and do nothing to stem the rise of CO2," he tweeted. And then: "We can all imagine a land that provides no support for Art. But is that a place you'd want to Live? To Visit? To Play?" Does golf count as art? It does in my world. Tyson had almost reached his tweet-raging conclusion. But first he offered: "The very best way to support and feed your delusions: Surround yourself with people whose world views match yours exactly." Wait, but don't scientists only ever hang out with scientists? Still, as with all the finest treatises, Tyson's conclusion was succinct. "We all want to Make America Great Again. But that won't happen until we first Make America Smart Again," he tweeted. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Perhaps the president himself will reply with his own tweetstorm soon. Source
  12. McDonald's tweet goes viral, gets deleted One of McDonald's Twitter accounts was compromised on Thursday, resulting in the corporate account sending out a message insulting Donald Trump. Although originally it was believed that an employee simply went rogue, it looks like Twitter notified the company that its account had been compromised. The offensive tweet was deleted, the account secured and an investigation has been launched into the matter. "@realDonaldTrump you are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands," the tweet read. The tweet criticized Trump and it was clear to everyone that it was not an official position of McDonald's and that something was amiss. Regardless, that didn't stop Twitter users from showing support. It was shared hundreds of times, liked just as many times and, perhaps more importantly, it sparked quite a lot of comments. The message, if you don't know, makes a reference to one of the most famous insults brought to Trump last year, coming from Marco Rubio, who said the President has "small hands" and a "spray tan." Compromised accounts left and right The compromised account was the corporate one, which has about 150,000 followers. The main McDonald's account has a much wider audience of about 3.4 million. This isn't the first time a Twitter account has been hacked, and it certainly won't be the last one. Just the other day, hundreds of accounts were compromised after a third-party company was hacked. All accounts tweeted a pro-Erdogan message making a reference to the Turkish referendum that's going to take place next month. It's not clear if the situation for McDonald's is the same or if their actual account was compromised by hackers. Either way, the tweet is no more at this point and the company will surely take the necessary measures to fix up the security hole. Source
  13. Donald Trump's second travel ban fought by tech companies It has become pretty clear at this point that President Trump will not give up on his biased travel ban, so the tech community is once more gathering forces to fight against a policy that would restrict its powers to hire new talents from across the globe. 58 companies have signed the amicus brief submitted to a Hawaii district court on Wednesday. They use this opportunity to denounce Trump's administration's revised travel ban which should go into effect shortly. "The technological and scientific breakthroughs that fuel the economic engine of the country—search, cloud computing, social media, artificial intelligence, faster and faster microprocessors, the Internet of Everything, reusable spacecraft—were all made possible by the ingenuity, imagination and invention of newcomers to America, including Muslims from across the world. Never in modern American history has that infusion of talent and passion and creativity been stanched, as it is vital to the lifeblood of our economy. Never, until now," kicks off the amicus brief. The previous travel ban had a much shorter fuse, and it went into effect almost immediately. Then, the tech industry could do nothing else than to file briefs after the fact, fund legal organizations that fight against government overreach and so on. The resistance The 58 companies want an immediate injunction, saying that the executive order would inflict significant and irreparable harm on US businesses and their employees. The revised ban would temporarily ban access into the United States to people coming from six predominantly Muslim nations, while also cutting down the number of refugees accepted into the United States to 50,000 per year, less than half the number previously accepted. The list of companies that signed the brief includes Airbnb, Dropbox, Electronic Arts, Evernote, Flipboard, Imgur, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Lyft, MongoDB, Patreon, Pinterest, Quora, Shutterstock, Square, Upwork, Wikimedia Foundation, and the Y Combinator Management, to name a few. Several major players are missing from the list, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, and Spotify. In fact, this time around there are far fewer companies signing the amicus than there were following the initial "Muslim ban" when 127 signatures adorned the document. Source
  14. Trump's Pick for FCC Chairman Is Against Net Neutrality Ajit Pai is known for opposing net neutrality regulations While net neutrality was something that former President Barack wanted to guarantee during his time in the office, providing strong legal protections, things may change drastically under Trump. The rules put in place in previous years in order to protect net neutrality have been opposed time and time again by telecommunications giants such as Comcast and Verizon, who chose to oppose Obama and the FCC every step of the way simply because these rules sought to create a level playing field for all Internet companies. Politico reports that Trump plans to name Ajit Pai as the leader of the FCC. Pai is a known Republican, a member of the FCC since 2012. This wouldn’t be so bad since he knows how to lead the FCC since he has been a member for so many years, but he has been known to oppose many of his colleague's plans and regulations, particularly net neutrality. In fact, just last month he made sure to say just how happy he has been at his job, but how he would have done things differently. Pai said there were many “outdated and unnecessary” regulations that needed to be removed, especially those that are “holding back investment, innovation, and job creation.” While he does not name net neutrality outright in this particular speech, it is quite likely that it will end up on Pai’s hit list since he is not one of its supporters and he is spoken about reforming the laws before. This is quite concerning because huge ISPs such as Comcast could go ahead and block access to certain websites, force customers to pay more to reach those high volume websites they are seeking and so on, which is something they have done in the past. While we would be more than happy to say that these are just speculations of what he would do once he is head of the FCC, things are not just speculations. Pai spent most of his career in public service with the DOJ, but he is also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the FCC. He has also been involved with the communications industry by occupying a job as a lawyer for Verizon and representing telecommunications clients at another firm. Source
  15. Four in Five Britons Fearful Trump Will Abuse their Data More than three-quarters of Britons believe incoming US President Donald Trump will use his surveillance powers for personal gain, and a similar number want reassurances from the government that data collected by GCHQ will be safeguarded against such misuse. These are the headline findings from a new Privacy International poll of over 1600 Brits on the day Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the most powerful nation on earth. With that role comes sweeping surveillance powers – the extent of which was only revealed after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went public in 2013. There are many now concerned that Trump, an eccentric reality TV star and gregarious property mogul, could abuse such powers for personal gain. That’s what 78% of UK adults polled by Privacy International believe, and 54% said they had no trust that Trump would use surveillance for legitimate purposes. Perhaps more important for those living in the United Kingdom is the extent of the information sharing partnership between the US and the UK. Some 73% of respondents said they wanted the government to explain what safeguards exist to ensure any data swept up by their domestic secret services doesn’t end up being abused by the new US administration. That fear has become even more marked since the passage of the Investigatory Powers Act or 'Snoopers’ Charter', which granted the British authorities unprecedented mass surveillance and hacking powers, as well as forcing ISPs to retain all web records for up to 12 months. Privacy International claimed that although it has privately been presented with documents detailing the info sharing partnership between the two nations, Downing Street has so far refused to make the information public. The rights group and nine others are currently appealing to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) not to release information about the rules governing the US-UK agreement. “UK and the US spies have enjoyed a cosy secret relationship for a long time, sharing sensitive intelligence data with each other, without parliament knowing anything about it, and without any public consent. Slowly, we’re learning more about the staggering scale of this cooperation and a dangerous lack of sufficient oversight,” argued Privacy International research officer, Edin Omanovic. “Today, a new President will take charge of US intelligence agencies – a President whose appetite for surveillance powers and how they’re used put him at odds with British values, security, and its people… Given that our intelligence agencies are giving him unfettered access to massive troves of personal data, including potentially about British people, it is essential that the details behind all this are taken out of the shadows.” Source
  16. Anonymous to Donald Trump: We Know What You Did Last Summer Hackers threaten to leak Donald Trump’s Russian ties The messages were published by Anonymous after Donald Trump took to Twitter to suggest that outgoing CIA head John Brennan might be involved in the spreading of fake news that made the headlines in the past few weeks, including “Syria, Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes.” The @YourAnonCentral Twitter handle, which has some 150,000 followers, was one of the first to reply to Donald Trump’s tweet, accusing the President-elect of being directly involved in some pretty shady activities in Russia. “[email protected] you have financial and personal ties with Russian mobsters, child traffickers, and money launderers,” Anonymous said in their first message. “This isn't the 80's any longer, information doesn't vanish, it is all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years. We could care less about Democrats attacking you @realDonaldTrump, the fact of the matter is, you are implicated in some really heavy s**t. Roy Cohen and your daddy aren't here to protect you anymore. Oh and please tell your interns not to waste money hitting us with your Moldavian bot farm, stay frosty @realDonaldTrump.” Donald Trump tight-lipped on Anonymous’ accusations It goes without saying that Donald Trump didn’t response to Anonymous’ tweets, and there’s absolutely no chance he didn’t notice them since he’s such a big Twitter fan. In other news, Donald Trump said he would keep his personal Twitter account in the next four years, so expect similar messages to be posted occasionally during his tenure at the White House. As far as Anonymous is concerned, the hacking group hasn’t said anything about when and how it could leak the information about the new President of the United States. They did say, however, that the next four years will be very difficult for Donald Trump, so if the hackers do have evidence regarding the new President’s involvement in shady Russian activities, expect them to go online sometime in the coming years. Source
  17. Secret CIA Assessment Says Russia Was Trying To Help Trump Win White House CIA officials told senators it is now “quite clear” that electing Donald Trump was Russia’s goal. In an interview on Fox News Sunday on Dec. 11, President-elect Trump denied the CIA's assessment. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post) The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances. “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.” The Post's Ellen Nakashima goes over the events, and discusses the two hacker groups responsible. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post) The Obama administration has been debating for months how to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions, with White House officials concerned about escalating tensions with Moscow and being accused of trying to boost Clinton’s campaign. [U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking campaign to interfere with elections] In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present. The Trump transition team dismissed the findings in a short statement issued Friday evening. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” the statement read. Trump has consistently dismissed the intelligence community’s findings about Russian hacking. “I don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, “could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.” The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he wants to investigate whether Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election, amongst claims that Donald Trump's rhetoric on Russia and Vladimir Putin is too soft. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered. For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees. Moscow has in the past used middlemen to participate in sensitive intelligence operations so it has plausible deniability. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has said in a television interview that the “Russian government is not the source.” The White House and CIA officials declined to comment. On Friday, the White House said President Obama had ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking during the election campaign, as pressure from Congress has grown for greater public understanding of exactly what Moscow did to influence the electoral process. “We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,” Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Obama wants the report before he leaves office Jan. 20, Monaco said. The review will be led by James Clapper, the outgoing director of national intelligence, officials said. During her remarks, Monaco didn’t address the latest CIA assessment, which hasn’t been previously disclosed. Seven Democratic senators last week asked Obama to declassify details about the intrusions and why officials believe that the Kremlin was behind the operation. Officials said Friday that the senators specifically were asking the White House to release portions of the CIA’s presentation. This week, top Democratic lawmakers in the House also sent a letter to Obama, asking for briefings on Russian interference in the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have been cautious for months in characterizing Russia’s motivations, reflecting the United States’ long-standing struggle to collect reliable intelligence on President Vladi­mir Putin and those closest to him. In previous assessments, the CIA and other intelligence agencies told the White House and congressional leaders that they believed Moscow’s aim was to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. The assessments stopped short of saying the goal was to help elect Trump. On Oct. 7, the intelligence community officially accused Moscow of seeking to interfere in the election through the hacking of “political organizations.” Though the statement never specified which party, it was clear that officials were referring to cyber-intrusions into the computers of the DNC and other Democratic groups and individuals. Some key Republican lawmakers have continued to question the quality of evidence supporting Russian involvement. “I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence — even now,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Trump transition team. “There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.” [U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt elections] Though Russia has long conducted cyberspying on U.S. agencies, companies and organizations, this presidential campaign marks the first time Moscow has attempted through cyber-means to interfere in, if not actively influence, the outcome of an election, the officials said. The reluctance of the Obama White House to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions before Election Day upset Democrats on the Hill as well as members of the Clinton campaign. Within the administration, top officials from different agencies sparred over whether and how to respond. White House officials were concerned that covert retaliatory measures might risk an escalation in which Russia, with sophisticated cyber-capabilities, might have less to lose than the United States, with its vast and vulnerable digital infrastructure. The White House’s reluctance to take that risk left Washington weighing more-limited measures, including the “naming and shaming” approach of publicly blaming Moscow. By mid-September, White House officials had decided it was time to take that step, but they worried that doing so unilaterally and without bipartisan congressional backing just weeks before the election would make Obama vulnerable to charges that he was using intelligence for political purposes. Instead, officials devised a plan to seek bipartisan support from top lawmakers and set up a secret meeting with the Gang of 12 — a group that includes House and Senate leaders, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of both chambers’ committees on intelligence and homeland security. Obama dispatched Monaco, FBI Director James B. Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to make the pitch for a “show of solidarity and bipartisan unity” against Russian interference in the election, according to a senior administration official. Specifically, the White House wanted congressional leaders to sign off on a bipartisan statement urging state and local officials to take federal help in protecting their voting-registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber-intrusions. Though U.S. intelligence agencies were skeptical that hackers would be able to manipulate the election results in a systematic way, the White House feared that Russia would attempt to do so, sowing doubt about the fundamental mechanisms of democracy and potentially forcing a more dangerous confrontation between Washington and Moscow. [Putin denies that Russia hacked the DNC but says it was for the public good] In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals. And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.” The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests. According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics. Some of the Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election, a move that they argued would only rattle public confidence and play into Moscow’s hands. McConnell’s office did not respond to a request for comment. After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary. Some Clinton supporters saw the White House’s reluctance to act without bipartisan support as further evidence of an excessive caution in facing adversaries. “The lack of an administration response on the Russian hacking cannot be attributed to Congress,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who was at the September meeting. “The administration has all the tools it needs to respond. They have the ability to impose sanctions. They have the ability to take clandestine means. The administration has decided not to utilize them in a way that would deter the Russians, and I think that’s a problem.” Philip Rucker contributed to this report. Source Alternate Source - Intelligence Figures Fear Trump Reprisals Over Assessment Of Russia Election Role Also Read:
  18. Twitter Ready to Ban US President If He Becomes an Internet Troll Donald Trump should be careful when he uses social media Tech watchers probably know that Donald Trump doesn’t turn to Twitter to share his favorite recipes, but to post thoughts criticizing the media, politicians, US services, companies, and pretty much everyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs. Twitter was used by Donald Trump several times to post his rants during the presidential campaign, but this all has to stop because the service wants everyone to comply with the rules, even if he is the President of the United States. In a statement provided for Slate, a Twitter spokesperson says that Donald Trump might be banned if he violates the rules of the service, which do not allow hate speech or bad language. “The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” a spokesperson explained, without specifically mentioning Donald Trump. “The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts,” Twitter said when asked about the possibility of banning the US President-elect by QZ. Donald Trump said he’d behave on Twitter Donald Trump previously promised to be more restrained on social media, especially because he’s now the President of the United States. “I'm going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to be very restrained. I find it tremendous. It's a modern form of communication. There should be nothing we should be ashamed of,” he said. And yet, it just seems like Donald Trump can’t become a different person overnight because earlier today he took to Twitter to explain that Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who is accused of attacks against students at the Ohio State University, shouldn’t be in the United States. “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” he posted. Artan, on the other hand, is a legal US resident and he arrived in the United States in 2014, after leaving his home country Somalia in 2007. Source
  19. Encrypted Email Sign-Ups Instantly Double In Wake of Trump Victory ProtonMail suggests fear of the Donald prompting lockdown "ProtonMail follows the Swiss policy of neutrality. We do not take any position for or against Trump," the Swiss company's CEO stated on Monday, before revealing that new user sign-ups immediately doubled following Trump's election victory. ProtonMail has published figures showing that as soon as the election results rolled in, the public began to seek out privacy-focused services such as its own. CEO Andy Yen said that, in communicating with these new users, the company found people apprehensive about the decisions that President Trump might take and what they would mean considering the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. "Given Trump's campaign rhetoric against journalists, political enemies, immigrants, and Muslims, there is concern that Trump could use the new tools at his disposal to target certain groups," Yen said. "As the NSA currently operates completely out of the public eye with very little legal oversight, all of this could be done in secret." ProtonMail was launched back in May 2014 by scientists who had met at CERN and MIT. In response to the Snowden revelations regarding collusion between the NSA and other email providers such as Google, they created a government-resistant, end-to-end encrypted email service. The service was so popular that it was "forced to institute a waiting list for new accounts after signups exceeded 10,000 per day" within the first three days of opening, the CEO previously told The Register when ProtonMail reopened free registration to all earlier this year. ProtonMail new user signups doubled immediately after Trump's election victory Yen said his service was now "seeing an influx of liberal users" despite its popularity on both sides of the political spectrum. "ProtonMail has also long been popular with the political right, who were truly worried about big government spying, and the Obama administration having access to their communications. Now the tables have turned," Yen noted. "One of the problems with having a technological infrastructure that can be abused for mass surveillance purposes is that governments can and do change, quite regularly in fact. "The only way to protect our freedom is to build technologies, such as end-to-end encryption, which cannot be abused for mass surveillance," Yen added. "Governments can change, but the laws of mathematics upon which encryption is based are much harder to change." Source
  20. A week after dismissing hackers as "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds," the GOP candidate acknowledges the significance of cybersecurity. Donald Trump spoke about cybersecurity on October 3, 2016. Donald Trump, the US Republican party's presidential candidate, promised on Monday that as president he would assemble a joint cybersecurity task force modeled on US efforts to take down organized crime. "Identify theft, financial laundering, as well as ransomware - involving the extortion of a hacked institution - are all becoming increasingly common," Trump said at a Virginia event hosted by a super PAC called Retired American Warriors. "We should not let this be like the history of the Mafia, which was allowed to grow into a nationwide organization which infiltrated and corrupted so many areas of society. We can learn from this history, that when the Department of Justice, the FBI, the DEA and state and local police and prosecutors were combined in task forces directed at the Mafia, they were able to get great successes and prosecutions out of them, and seizing their business interests." His task force would be assembled by the Department of Justice and work with local and state law enforcement authorities "to crush this still developing area of crime," Trump said. The Trump campaign did not respond to questions regarding who's advising the candidate on cybersecurity issues. However, his remarks Monday were a far cry from the comments the candidate delivered in a debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton one week ago. On Monday, Trump said, "Cyber attacks from foreign governments, especially China, Russia and North Korea, along with non-state terrorist actors and organized criminal groups, constitute one of our most critical national security concerns. They're learning everything about us." In the debate a week earlier, he brushed aside concerns of state-sanctioned cyber intrusions. "I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC," Trump said in the debate, referencing the Democratic National Committee breach. "She's [Clinton's] saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?" On Monday, Trump promised to make cybersecurity "immediate and top priority" in his administration. A week earlier, he seemed unfamiliar with the subject entirely, referencing "the cyber" and remarking how his 10-year-old son "has computers." "He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough," Trump said in the debate. Now that he's seemingly studied up a bit, Trump said he'd also ask the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff to make recommendations for augmenting the US Cyber Command. "As a deterrent against attacks on our critical resources, the US must possess the unquestioned capacity to launch crippling counter cyber attacks -- and I mean crippling," he said. "This is the warfare of the future." He also said that cyber warfare should be "one of our greatest weapons against the terrorists," who currently use online propaganda to "take our youth out of the country and infiltrate our country in so many ways." Trump suggested establishing protocols for handling cyber attacks on government systems that sound similar to those already in place or being implemented by the Obama administration. The candidate used his speech to slam Hillary Clinton for her handling of her private email server, remarking, "Hillary Clinton's only experience in cybersecurity involves a criminal scheme to violate federal law, engineering a massive cover-up and putting the nation in harm's way." He once again accused Clinton of having her emails "acid washed," adding, "And nobody even knows what that means, it's a very expensive thing to do, most people don't even know what means." Trump also lamented the constant cyber intrusions against the government, as well as against major entities like JP Morgan Chase, eBay and Target. About a week ago, Trump's hotel chain agreed to pay penalties and overhaul its data security policies after data breaches exposed the credit card numbers of tens of thousands of customers. Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/donald-trump-lets-fight-cyber-crime-like-we-fought-the-mafia/
  21. Newsweek Cuban connection story enrages miscreants It has been an odd day for Newsweek – its main site was taken offline after it published a story claiming a company owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump broke an embargo against doing deals with Cuba. The magazine first thought that the sheer volume of interest in its scoop was the cause for the outage, but quickly realized that something more sinister was afoot. The site was being bombarded by junk traffic from servers all around the world, but the majority came from Russia, the editor in chief Jim Impoco has now said. "Last night we were on the receiving end of what our IT chief called a 'massive' DoS [denial of service] attack," he told Talking Points Memo. "As with any DDoS [distributed DoS] attack, there are lots of IP addresses, but the main ones are Russian, though that in itself does not prove anything. We are still investigating." The story, written by staffer Kurt Eichenwald, detailed how former employees of Trump Hotels had arranged a visit to Cuba in 1998 to explore the possibility of joint ventures with the communist regime. A consultancy company called Seven Arrows made the visit, and the funds to pay for the trip were then allegedly hidden as a charitable expense. Shortly after the story was published, traffic on the site started to rise – as you'd expect in a presidential season with serious allegations being made. But the traffic count continued to rise and eventually brought the site down.
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