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  • Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job—and Wants Him Back in the Administration

    05/19/2017 8:50:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Yahoo News via the Daily Beast ^ | 05/19/2017 | by Lachlan Markay
    President Donald Trump pressured a “reluctant” Michael Flynn into accepting a job as the White House’s top national security official even after Flynn warned the president that he was under investigation over undisclosed lobbying on behalf of a foreign government, The Daily Beast has learned. The president's continued loyalty to his ousted former aide is so strong, in fact, that the two have remained in touch despite the potential that their communication could be portrayed as White House interference in a federal investigation. “He did not want to be National Security Adviser,” Michael Ledeen, a friend of the retired Army...
  • NHS left reeling by cyber-attack: ‘We are literally unable to do any x-rays’

    05/14/2017 8:00:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 12 May 2017 | Kevin Rawlinson
    Thousands of patients across England and Scotland have been in limbo after an international cyber-attack hit the NHS, with many having operations cancelled at the last minute. Senior medics sought to reassure patients that they could be seen in the normal way in emergencies, but others were asked to stay away if possible. According to one junior doctor who works in a London hospital, the attack left hospitals struggling to care for people. “However much they pretend patient safety is unaffected, it’s not true. At my hospital we are literally unable to do any x-rays, which are an essential component...
  • Telefonica Succumbs to $600,000 Bitcoin Ransomware Attack

    05/14/2017 7:40:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Cointelegraph ^ | 12 May 2017 | William Suberg
    Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is facing an 85 percent computer shut down after hackers infiltrated its systems demanding $550,000 in Bitcoin. As local news resource El Mundo and others report, the attack, which occurred earlier Friday, has resulted in most staff abandoning their positions and nine out of 10 company machines infected. Hackers are demanding a payment of $300 per machine, roughly equal to 300 Bitcoins currently worth around 510,000 euros. Telefonica is a multinational corporation, subsidiaries of which include major European mobile operator O2, Movistar and Vivo. “The origin of the infection is not confirmed at the moment, but...
  • NSA Director Uses «Russian Hacker Threat» to Gain Access to Voting Systems

    05/14/2017 7:37:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Strategic Culture ^ | 13 May 2017 | Wayne MADSEN
    In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) director Admiral Mike Rogers joined the chorus of other U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials who are using Russia to leverage their own agencies into having a wider role in U.S. elections. In a statement to the committee on May 9, Rogers positioned NSA to oversee a wider role in conducting surveillance over elections, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including France and Britain. After accusing Russia of conducting «election hacking» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, while offering no proof to back...
  • Global cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 organizations in 150 countries

    05/14/2017 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2017 | Brian Ross Rhonda Schwartz James Gordon Meek MAIA DAVIS
    The unprecedented, global ransomware attack that started Friday has hit more than 200,000 companies, hospitals, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries, the European Union's law enforcement agency said. Separately, Europol Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher than is currently known as more people may find they were hit by the virus when they return to work Monday and switch on their computers.. He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was. The...
  • The Cost of Arrogance (Ransomware Hack)

    05/14/2017 11:38:51 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 17 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 05/14/17 | Karl Denninger
    The Cost Of Arrogance I hate having to use this.... Told ya! It wasn't that long ago that I wrote a few articles on the hubris of our government thinking they were the smartest people in the room when it came to computer hacking. I pointed out that while we undoubtedly have very smart people working for the NSA and other three-letter agencies so do other nations and their people, along with "unaffiliated" folks who are just plain old-fashioned troublemakers, are equally smart. Indeed, that was the focus of an article from 10/2014 in relation to one of Comey's brain-farts...
  • More indications Intel assessment of Russian interference in election was rigged

    05/14/2017 6:11:13 AM PDT · by onyx · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2017 | Fred Fleitz
    SNIPS On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Intelligence Community issued an “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) that found Russia deliberately interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump’s candidacy.  The news media and Trump critics have claimed this assessment ended the debate on this issue because it was the unanimous and objective conclusion of “all 17” U.S. Intelligence Agencies.  I also contended in my January article that the January 6 ICA was suspicious because it reached unusually clear judgments on a politically explosive issue with no dissenting views.  I previously thought the ICA’s unambiguous, dissent-free judgments were the result...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 7:27:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER
    Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere. The attacks amounted to an audacious global blackmail attempt spread by the internet and underscored the vulnerabilities of the digital age. Transmitted via email, the malicious software locked British hospitals out of their computer systems and demanded ransom before users could be let back in — with a threat that data would be destroyed...
  • Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack

    05/12/2017 4:12:56 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2017 | ANICK JESDANUN, JILL LAWLESS and ARITZ PARRA
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded. The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was supposedly identified by the National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet.
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries With a Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers elsewhere, including Russia. The tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online since last year. Microsoft rolled out a patch for the vulnerability in March, but hackers apparently took advantage of the fact that vulnerable targets — particularly hospitals — had yet to update their systems. The malware was circulated by email. Targets were...
  • NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

    05/11/2017 2:57:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | May 11 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Sam Biddle
    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the...
  • Rand Paul: Obama may have spied on me, other lawmakers using NSA intercepts

    05/08/2017 7:05:55 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 9 replies
    Circa.com ^ | 5 May 2017 | John Solomon
    Sen. Rand Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate and vocal champion of civil liberties, has received allegations that the Obama administration sought intercepted intelligence from the National Security Agency on him and other members of Congress and has asked President Donald Trump to conduct a formal investigation, Circa has learned. Paul quietly asked for the probe nearly a month ago in a letter to Trump that was obtained by Circa. "An anonymous source recently alleged to me that my name, as well as the names of other Members of Congress, were unmasked, queried or both, in intelligence reports of intercepts...
  • Mike Cernovich: McMaster Is Soon Out Of NSA

    05/07/2017 10:23:33 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    medium.com ^ | 7 May 2017
  • Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide: Political retribution by anti-Trumpers

    05/07/2017 10:09:33 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees. Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to...
  • Obama’s Intelligence Agencies

    05/06/2017 8:29:23 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 19 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, May 6, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In his final year in office Mr. Obama’s administration significantly expanded the availability of National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts of American citizens. His order spread unredacted intelligence reports across many government entities, many without a need to know, to have, or share either before or after the 2016 presidential election. The reports put in full view the names of American citizens. This may validate Maxine Waters’ claim of Obama’s secret database in 2013. Data released this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) provided evidence of NSA’s collection of info on American Citizens, maintained in a...
  • Lindsey Graham: ‘We Will Continue’ to Look into Susan Rice’s Unmasking

    05/05/2017 12:16:39 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 May 2017 | KRISTINA WONG
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he would continue to look into whether Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice improperly unmasked Trump campaign officials, after she declined his invite to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Russian interference in the 2016 elections next week. “At an appropriate time, I expect we will continue down this path. I hope Ms. Rice will come before the committee – and not just the press,” he said in a statement..... a recent Wall Street Journal editorial took issue with her assertion, pointing out that Democrats in 2005 had claimed the practice was infrequent, especially...
  • Did Obama give government agencies the power to harass the unredacted?

    05/04/2017 9:25:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/17 | Judi McLeod
    The plight of the unredacted: Calling on Judicial Watch: Detailed research is needed on how NSA intelligence with the unredacted names of thousands of US citizens during the 2016 election campaign may have been put to use. Follow-up is needed to see what happened to thousands of citizens whose names were distributed throughout government agencies under the orders of the President Barack Hussein Obama administration—in effect giving them the power of harassment.
  • NSA to Stop Warrantless Surveillance of American Mesg, Will Delete ‘Vast Majority’ of Data Collected

    04/28/2017 2:34:51 PM PDT · by davikkm · 36 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila
    The U.S. NSA has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target, the spy agency confirmed on Friday, Reuters reports. Via Reuters: The decision to stop the once-secret activity, which collected messages sent to or received from people believed to be living overseas, arrives as a sudden and unexpected triumph for privacy advocates who were long critical of the program, which U.S. officials had defended as both lawful and important to national security. The halt is among the most substantial changes to U.S. surveillance...
  • Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

    04/20/2017 3:38:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 97 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4/20/17 | Evan Perez, Pamela Brown, Shimon Prokupecz and Eric Bradner,
    Washington (CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning. Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
  • NSA official: Reports that British spied on Trump 'arrant nonsense'

    04/17/2017 12:40:07 PM PDT · by RC one · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat March 18, 2017 | Eugene Scott
    NSA official: Reports that British spied on Trump 'arrant aren't nonsense'There. Headline fixed. A top National Security Agency official called allegations that President Barack Obama directed a British spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump during the presidential campaign "arrant nonsense." NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett told BBC News in an interview published Saturday that the claim showed "a complete lack of understanding in how the relationship works." Each side is barred from asking for such prohibited actions, he added.