Debates about internet security and the limits of state power just got a lot more interesting. Unless you don’t use the internet, you likely know that on Friday a number of major websites were down for hours. These sites were victims of a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack targeting a DNS company called Dyn. The attack targeted not the temporarily blocked websites themselves (like Twitter and the New York Times), but rather the service (the DNS) that facilitates translations between human to computer language and allows users to connect to websites. It wasn’t that Twitter.com was down, per se, but rather that people typing twitter.com into their web browsers couldn’t find the site. The attack worked by infecting more than ten million internet connected devices like surveillance cameras with a virus called Marai—what’s known as a ‘botnet’—and using those devices to send millions of requests to Dyn’s servers, until the system overloaded and buckled.Share | Comment
America’s recent (at least since 2003) penchant for invasions of countries that haven’t invaded us (such as Iraq in 2003, and Libya in 2011) doesn’t come from ‘the masses’ (the public), but from “the classes” — from the billionaires who finance think tanks and other such ‘charities’, and who own (or otherwise control — such as via their advertising budgets) newsmedia. This is an “I’ll-scratch-your-back;-you’ll-scratch-mine” type of world — a transactional realm — that’s at the very top of American society. On October 19th, Hillary Clinton’s longtime friend and former Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott, who is now the President of the Brookings Institution, co-authored in The New York Times, along with a former Secretary General of NATO, an op-ed titled “The Decline of the West, and How to Stop It”, in which Russia was presented as an enemy of ‘the West’, and the only references that were made to Russia were these extremely hostile onesShare | Comment
When it comes to sexual predators, there should be no political bright line test to determine who gets a free pass and who goes to jail based on which candidate is better suited for office. Yet almost 20 years after Bill Clinton became the first and only sitting president to be sued for sexual harassment and impeached for lying under oath about his sexual escapades while in office, the Left and the Right are still playing politics with women’s rights.Share | Comment
Two men who were sought as witnesses in the bombing of the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan have been identified as a pair of EgyptAir “in-flight security officers.” Hassan Ali and Abou Bakr Radwan, both Egyptian nationals whose photo was released by the FBI, are not considered suspects. Instead, we are told, they simply happened upon the travel bag containing the bomb and decided to take the piece of luggage, thereby disabling the bomb.They didn’t know what was in it until later.Share | Comment
Atrazine, a potent hormone disrupter linked to sex-changes in animals and powerful effects on humans in extremely low doses has been found in one in 6 American’s drinking water. According to research, exposure to atrazine in utero can cause genital deformation in young boys, including the development of a micropenis, medically known as microphallus. The chemical, banned in Europe for its harmful qualities, is known to disrupt endocrine function in human beings, which can lead to a slew of disastrous health disorders.Share | Comment
Visibly shaken, as Reuters put it, Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland walked out of EU trade negotiations in Belgium on Friday evening, lamenting that the EU is “incapable of reaching an agreement – even with a country with European values such as Canada.” A big trade deal that had taken years to negotiate, mostly in total secrecy, had just collapsed. So how in the world did such a mega screw-up happen?Share | Comment
Germany-based pharmaceutical giant Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion following months of negotiations and various offers. marijuana-grow-beautiful-hbtv-hemp-beach-tv The merger is reported to be one of the biggest of all-cash deal on record. There are many effects of this huge merger but as usual, the consumer loses out. Firstly, it strengthens the monopolization of the world’s food supply. It also means more GMOs and chemicals to be sprayed on them. Some are now predicting the merge could also mean the takeover of the marijuana industry.Share | Comment
Some of the internet's most popular, well-defended services -- including Twitter -- were knocked offline yesterday by a massive denial-of-service attack that security experts are blaming on botnets made from thousands of hacked embedded systems in Internet of Things devices like home security cameras and video recorders. The attack follows a disturbing pattern: in late September, internet security journalist Brian Krebs faced one of the worst denial of service attacks in history, apparently launched in retaliation for his coverage of a couple of petty crooks from Israel who ran a DoS-for-hire service. The attack originated from IoT devices that had been infected by the Mirai botnet, whose sourcecode was dumped shortly thereafter, revealing it to be a "clumsy, amateurish" piece of code that only succeeded because IoT devices have security that's so bad that it can only be called negligent.Share | Comment
If there’s one thing we’ve learned so far from election 2016 it’s that the American people do not understand their government. The perception is that we have a democracy, and that in this democracy we the people have vested power in our government which we exercise through the act of voting. ‘Throw the bastards out,’ has long since been the war cry of the impotent democrat, yet we no longer even have a democracy to cling to, and although most people choose to ignore it, this fact of life has been visible for decades.Share | Comment
The US telecoms giant AT&T has announced that it will buy entertainment group Time Warner for nearly $86bn (£70bn). The deal was agreed at a meeting of the two boards on Saturday but will still need to be approved by regulators. Correspondents say it is the biggest deal in the world this year. It reflects the desire of the telecoms company to acquire content to stream over its high-speed network and attract more online viewers.Share | Comment
It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed. The technology was designed by Endace, a little-known New Zealand company. And the important customer was the British electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.Share | Comment
In a free and democratic society we have four pillars, branches or what has also been termed estates. One of course is the judiciary, another is the legislative branch, yet another is the executive branch (president, prime minister or both in some cases) and finally we have the news media. The news media, and the journalists working in that field, often called the fourth estate, are of course not elected as the populace elects their political leaders or representatives. They are private actors in the society whose product, the news, is consumed and supported by the general public. But, a free press, albeit a non governmental entity or industry, is intended to act as a form of check and balance upon the others. That is why historically the general public usually has had a degree of trust in what they read or hear from journalists. An implied level of ethical reporting. A proverbial guard dog if you will, keeping an eye on what is going on and speaking truth to power when and where necessary. At least that is the theory and how it is suppose to work.Share | Comment
If you’ve noticed fewer political lawn signs and bumper stickers during this election cycle, fear could be the reason why. As Nov. 8 approaches, fewer people than usual are displaying their political affiliation via signs or stickers because tensions are running so high. Residents in Dedham said they understand why people are hesitant to make their political views public. “Maybe because people are afraid to let people know who they’re voting for,” one Dedham resident told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens. “You don’t see too many signs for either. Maybe people are afraid to get labeled.”Share | Comment
A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move “illegal” and “provocative,” saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave.Share | Comment
The United States is supposed to be a land of opportunity where young people can expect their quality of life will be better than their parents’. But the U.S. isn’t even in the top 20 countries when it comes to opportunities for young people. The U.S. ranks 23 on a list of 183 countries based on 18 indicators that measure progress for youth ages 15 to 29. All of the top nine countries are in Europe, with Japan rounding out the top 10.Share | Comment
In a conference room away from the busy San Diego Convention Center floor where law-enforcement officials from around the world perused the latest police technology, a Taser employee showed some police leaders a drone, and discussed how different things could be attached to it, including a camera, a light and a stun gun—a less-lethal weapon that discharges an electric shock.Share | Comment
The idea of implanting brain chips into people to give them superhuman memory might sound like the plot of the latest science fiction film. But one pioneering neuroscientist is ready to start trialling this futuristic technology in humans. The memory chips have already been successfully tested in rats, and could one day be a commercially available product to allow anyone to boost their memory.Share | Comment
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