Tag: Hacking

Echoes from the Digital Frontier

 

Two interesting, semi-related items caught my eye this week.

The Rehabilitation of Julian Assange
Just a few short years ago, he was despised and rejected of men and women on the conservative side of the aisle for revealing information about Guantanamo and the NSA’s efforts to spy on friend and foe alike. The same people on social media who called him a traitor and demanded he be shot for damaging our intelligence-gathering abilities are now praising him for revealing the true depth and breadth of Clinton’s corruption.

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Not sure if winners or losers matter at this point, so I ask a different question. What did you learn tonight (other than what wine goes best with a debate. Thanks @docjay). I learned that the Russians hacked darn near every server in the country, except for the Clinton’s private email server, as there is […]

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Russians Hack DNC, Get Trump Opposition Research

 

shutterstock_295517744From the WaPo, here’s one of the most potentially interesting stories of this cycle:

Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach. The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.

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Sooo… The news media screams that it’s just terrible that people are able to “evade” taxes by stashing money offshore, and why the heck isn’t the government doing something about it? Oh, but no, we’re not gonna give law enforcement any of the actual information they need to do something about it, because journalism? Media didn’t have any problems revealing […]

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I’ve been talking with someone who manages cybersecurity operations. He tells me one of the most effective security measures for consumer and employee PCs is also the simplest. If you’re just browsing the internet or using common programs, log into a user account without Administrator privileges, such as a Guest account. Whatever authorities your active […]

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Toronto police warned hackers of the Ashley Madison infidelity website that their actions “won’t be tolerated,” and said there are two unconfirmed suicides linked to the breach. “This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world,” said Staff Supt. Bryce Evans at a Monday morning news conference. Preview Open

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Behold the Canadians, Destroyers of Worlds

 

Avid Life Media is a Toronto-based company that makes millions on the sexual weakness of others. It runs three sites, Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men. The first two are for married peopleAM that are looking to be matched up for affairs, the latter for young women who wish to be the mistress of a successful and well-heeled man.

Of course, this service is promised to be 100% safe and discreet.

Does the Kremlin Have Hillary’s E-mails?

 

shutterstock_166350926With Hillary Clinton set to hold a press conference today over the scandal regarding her State Department emails, I thought this might be a good time to call your attention to a piece of mine over at The Blaze, highlighting the very real prospect that Hillary’s communications may have fallen into Moscow’s hands. As I write there:

Putin’s Kremlin has one of the most sophisticated cyber-warfare systems the world has ever seen.

According to Smoking Gun (which broke the story in 2013), when [the Romanian hacker] Guccifer breached [Sidney] Blumenthal’s account, he discovered Clinton’s email address, hdr22@clintonemail.com. When Guccifer supplied Russia’s RT, an official Kremlin media agency, with the Blumenthal emails, it’s a distinct possibility that he supplied the Clinton email address as well.

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What haven’t you heard about the Sony hack? Work has been blessedly busy for me so I’ve been unable to put together a post on this story as it has developed. Thus I give you some bullet points with references that have been on my mind last few weeks (apologies for the Vox-like character of […]

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Hack Away

 

shutterstock_232080763To the Washington Post’s report on the North Korean hack job (no, the other one), Drudge offers the following headline: “Cancellation sets worrying new precedent for cyber terror.”

Well, sure, it’s “new” in the sense that it just happened. And the attack did take a novel form, combining the data diarrhea of WikiLeaks with jihad’s pointedly obscure threats to silence opposition.

But we are already chock full of precedents, thank you. Cyber attacks from Russia and China over a course of decades have shown the world our response policy: “Pretty please?”

The Libertarian Podcast: The Sony Controversy

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, Professor Epstein discusses the legal issues surrounding the Sony hacking and the subsequent dissemination of the purloined materials in the press. What does Supreme Court precedent have to say about the distribution of such information? (Spoiler alert: Richard thinks the Court got it wrong). Is there a coherent standard of “newsworthiness” that constrains such publications? The professor answers those questions and, in a Libertarian first, engages in a duel of wits with Aaron Sorkin. Listen in below: