Iran rounds up 450 social media users for “immoral activities”

•August 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment
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http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-rounds-450-social-media-users-immoral-activities-52599347

Iran has “arrested or summoned” around 450 social media users over their online activities, a website linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.

Gherdab, the cyber arm of the Guards, said the people targeted administered pages on social networks including smartphone applications such as Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp.

“These people were carrying out immoral activities, insulted religious beliefs or had illegal activities in the field of fashion,” said Gherdab.

It said the suspects would be put on trial without specifying how many exactly have been placed under arrest.

Isna news agency carried a similar report.

Iranian authorities have for years tried to impose curbs on its citizens using social media.

Facebook and Twitter are officially banned in Iran, although users can gain access with easily available and cheap software.

But applications such as Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp are available to Iranians and very popular.

More than half of Iran’s population of 80 million is online, with Telegram, an instant messaging app alone having more than 20 million users.

President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, has repeatedly pointed to the ineffectiveness of measures to limit access to social media.

In May, state news agency IRNA reported that a committee headed by Rouhani had set a one-year deadline for foreign social media to hand over data on their Iranian users.

That same month, the head of Tehran’s cybercrimes court said on state television that authorities had arrested eight people for working in “un-Islamic” online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram.

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“Gherdab, the cyber arm of the Guards, said the people targeted administered pages on social networks including smartphone applications such as Instagram, Telegram and WhatsApp. “These people were carrying out immoral activities, insulted religious beliefs or had illegal activities in the field of fashion,” said Gherdab.”

*sigh

“Facebook and Twitter are officially banned in Iran, although users can gain access with easily available and cheap software.”

didnt know that..

“More than half of Iran’s population of 80 million is online, with Telegram, an instant messaging app alone having more than 20 million users.”

or that..

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Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA

•August 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Credit: MATT MAHURIN

NSA leaks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-intelligence-nsa-commentary-idUSKCN10X01P

In the summer of 1972, state-of-the-art campaign spying consisted of amateur burglars, armed with duct tape and microphones, penetrating the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Today, amateur burglars have been replaced by cyberspies, who penetrated the DNC armed with computers and sophisticated hacking tools.

Where the Watergate burglars came away empty-handed and in handcuffs, the modern- day cyber thieves walked away with tens of thousands of sensitive political documents and are still unidentified.

Now, in the latest twist, hacking tools themselves, likely stolen from the National Security Agency, are on the digital auction block. Once again, the usual suspects start with Russia – though there seems little evidence backing up the accusation.

In addition, if Russia had stolen the hacking tools, it would be senseless to publicize the theft, let alone put them up for sale. It would be like a safecracker stealing the combination to a bank vault and putting it on Facebook. Once revealed, companies and governments would patch their firewalls, just as the bank would change its combination.

A more logical explanation could also be insider theft. If that’s the case, it’s one more reason to question the usefulness of an agency that secretly collects private information on millions of Americans but can’t keep its most valuable data from being stolen, or as it appears in this case, being used against us.

In what appeared more like a Saturday Night Live skit than an act of cybercrime, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers put up for bid on the Internet what it called a “full state-sponsored toolset” of “cyberweapons.” “!!! Attention government sponsors of cyberwarfare and those who profit from it !!!! How much would you pay for enemies cyberweapons?” said the announcement.

The group said it was releasing some NSA files for “free” and promised “better” ones to the highest bidder. However, those with loosing bids “Lose Lose,” it said, because they would not receive their money back. And should the total sum of the bids, in bitcoins, reach the equivalent of half a billion dollars, the group would make the whole lot public.

While the “auction” seemed tongue in cheek, more like hacktivists than Russian high command, the sample documents were almost certainly real. The draft of a top-secret NSA manual for implanting offensive malware, released by Edward Snowden, contains code for a program codenamed SECONDDATE. That same 16-character string of numbers and characters is in the code released by the Shadow Brokers. The details from the manual were first released by The Intercept last Friday.

The authenticity of the NSA hacking tools were also confirmed by several ex-NSA officials who spoke to the media, including former members of the agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, the home of hacking specialists.

“Without a doubt, they’re the keys to the kingdom,” one former TAO employee told the Washington Post. “The stuff you’re talking about would undermine the security of a lot of major government and corporate networks both here and abroad.” Another added, “From what I saw, there was no doubt in my mind that it was legitimate.”

Like a bank robber’s tool kit for breaking into a vault, cyber exploitation tools, with codenames like EPICBANANA and BUZZDIRECTION, are designed to break into computer systems and networks. Just as the bank robber hopes to find a crack in the vault that has never been discovered, hackers search for digital cracks, or “exploits,” in computer programs like Windows.

The most valuable are “zero day” exploits, meaning there have been zero days since Windows has discovered the “crack” in their programs. Through this crack, the hacker would be able to get into a system and exploit it, by stealing information, until the breach is eventually discovered and patched. According to the former NSA officials who viewed the Shadow Broker files, they contained a number of exploits, including zero-day exploits that the NSA often pays thousands of dollars for to private hacking groups.

The reasons given for laying the blame on Russia appear less convincing, however. “This is probably some Russian mind game, down to the bogus accent,” James A. Lewis, a computer expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, told the New York Times. Why the Russians would engage in such a mind game, he never explained.

Rather than the NSA hacking tools being snatched as a result of a sophisticated cyber operation by Russia or some other nation, it seems more likely that an employee stole them. Experts who have analyzed the files suspect that they date to October 2013, five months after Edward Snowden left his contractor position with the NSA and fled to Hong Kong carrying flash drives containing hundreds of thousands of pages of NSA documents.

So, if Snowden could not have stolen the hacking tools, there are indications that after he departed in May 2013, someone else did, possibly someone assigned to the agency’s highly sensitive Tailored Access Operations.

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“The authenticity of the NSA hacking tools were also confirmed by several ex-NSA officials who spoke to the media, including former members of the agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, the home of hacking specialists.”

the emperor has no clothes..

“So, if Snowden could not have stolen the hacking tools, there are indications that after he departed in May 2013, someone else did, possibly someone assigned to the agency’s highly sensitive Tailored Access Operations.”

a new mole or a genuine whistleblower?

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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte threatens to leave UN

•August 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37147630

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to “separate” from the UN after it criticised his war on drugs as a crime under international law.

Mr Duterte said he might ask China and African nations to form another body. He also accused the UN of failing on terrorism, hunger and ending conflicts.

Mr Duterte, elected in May, has sanctioned the killing of traffickers to try to wipe out the drugs trade.

The UN has repeatedly condemned the drive as a violation of human rights.

Some 900 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since Mr Duterte was elected on 9 May.

In an expletives-laden tirade against the UN on Sunday, Mr Duterte branded the experts “stupid”, saying they should count the number of innocent lives lost to drugs.

“I do not want to insult you. But maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” he said.

“If you are that rude, we might just as well leave,” he said.

“So take us out of your organisation. You have done nothing. Where were you here the last time? Never. Except to criticise,” he said.

Mr Duterte said the UN should refund its contribution “so we can go out”.

Mr Duterte said the UN had been unable to combat hunger and terrorism and had failed to end the killing of civilians in Iraq and Syria.

“You now, United Nations, if you can say one bad thing about me, I can give 10 [about you]. I tell you, you are [useless]. Because if you are really true to your mandate, you could have stopped all these wars and killings.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have both condemned Mr Duterte’s “apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms”.

Mr Duterte was sworn in as president in June, after winning a landslide election victory.

He had previously been mayor of the country’s third biggest city, Davao, for 22 years where his tough approach and controversial comments earned him the nickname “The Punisher”.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/21/asia/philippines-duterte-threatens-to-leave-un/

“Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” he said in English during the address.

“If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave,” he said then in Tagalog, according to a translation by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. “Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.”

He accused the UN of ignoring the plight of the country.

“When were you here last time? Nothing. Never. Except to criticize.”

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the phillipines will soon be called a rogue state eh?

“If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave,”

lol..

“Mr Duterte said the UN had been unable to combat hunger and terrorism and had failed to end the killing of civilians in Iraq and Syria.”

bingo..

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Trudeau’s “bail in” now law..legal theft

•August 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://canadiantimes.ca/headlines/index.php/headlines-2016/august/august-14/segment1

On June 22, 2016 Bill C15 became law along with its controversial “Bail-In Regime”. In the crash of 2008 governments “bailed out” banks with billions of dollars. The next time around banks will be permitted to seize your deposits and exchange them for shares, shares in a failed bank.

Some say that Canadian banks are so strong Canadians don’t have to worry. But the experts say “Canada is in Serious Trouble”. DBRS, Moody’s and Standard and Poors all have downgraded Canadian banks to a “negative” outlook. The Bank of Canada says our housing market is 30% overvalued, Deutsche Bank says 63% and CMHC says 35%. With average house prices now over over $1.3 million in Toronto and Vancouver a crash appears imminent.

Canadian banks have over $1 trillion invested in residential mortgages. If values come down, banks could easily find themselves under water at which time they will be permitted to take your hard earned deposits to pay their debts.

Deposits under $100,000 appear to be covered by CDIC insurance but anything above, personal or business, will be fair game for the bail-in.

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thanks to JoelH for the link..

welcome to legal theft canucks..

you arent orphans though..most western countries have these laws embedded..and we have posted on most of these..

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Germans to store 10-day emergency stock of food, water in case of attacks..Czech government says “Prepare for the worst”

•August 25, 2016 • 4 Comments

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https://www.rt.com/news/356682-germany-defense-plan-food/

German authorities are set to introduce a new state defense plan that would make citizens stockpile food and water, enough to last for at least ten days, in the event of a major disaster or an armed attack, local media revealed.

The nation is to be encouraged to put away food reserves to take care of themselves in case of emergency, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) daily reported on Sunday citing a 69-page draft drawn up by the Interior Ministry.

“The population will have to hold an individual food stock that is to last ten days,” the document titled “Concept for Civil Defense” reportedly said.

Alarm systems, better building protection, wider health care coverage have also been named among the necessary things needed to boost security level in the country.

The concept is to be submitted for a parliamentary committee vote on Wednesday, a spokesman for the interior ministry told AFP.

Though an attack in Germany is not seen possible, people should“prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future,” the report suggested.

Protection of government bodies is also a matter of priority, the document reportedly says, adding that in case of need responsibilities of one body should be easily handed over to another one.

Apart from that, civilians should provide more support to the German armed forces, the document concluded.

This is the first time since the Cold War period that the German government has suggested its citizens take such steps. The move may have been triggered by the two Islamist attacks and a shopping mall shooting carried out by a mentally unstable teenager. However, Frankfurter Allgemeine claims the plan was worked up as early as 2012.

State defense programs have been a sore point for the modern-day Germany with its past marred by Nazi heritage. In July the defense ministry came up with a report that stated Berlin’s intention to play a greater role in the defense of NATO and the EU. The report noted that Germany has “a responsibility to help shape the world order.”

On top of everything, Berlin also announced its plan to allocate more resources to police and security forces and set up a special unit to fight terrorism and cybercrime.

A closer cooperation between police and military is also expected to take place in Germany since the country lays in the “crosshairs of terrorism” and should be ready to Paris- and Brussels-style attacks, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said earlier in August, according to Reuters.

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something is up..when governments make calls like this we need to be very alert..

“German authorities are set to introduce a new state defense plan that would make citizens stockpile food and water, enough to last for at least ten days, in the event of a major disaster or an armed attack, local media revealed.”

so what happens on the 11th day?

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American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

•August 25, 2016 • 5 Comments

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http://nypost.com/2016/08/21/american-journalism-is-collapsing-before-our-eyes/

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang, suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

By torching its remaining credibility in service of Clinton, the mainstream media’s reputations will likely never recover, nor will the standards. No future producer, editor, reporter or anchor can be expected to meet a test of fairness when that standard has been trashed in such willful and blatant fashion.

Liberal bias in journalism is often baked into the cake. The traditional ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable leads to demands that government solve every problem. Favoring big government, then, becomes routine among most journalists, especially young ones.

I know because I was one of them. I started at the Times while the Vietnam War and civil-rights movement raged, and was full of certainty about right and wrong.

My editors were, too, though in a different way. Our boss of bosses, the legendary Abe Rosenthal, knew his reporters leaned left, so he leaned right to “keep the paper straight.”

That meant the Times, except for the opinion pages, was scrubbed free of reporters’ political views, an edict that was enforced by giving the opinion and news operations separate editors. The church-and-state structure was one reason the Times was considered the flagship of journalism.

Those days are gone. The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of even handedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages.

A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”

Whoa, Nellie. The clear assumption is that many reporters see Trump that way, and it is note­worthy that no similar question is raised about Clinton, whose scandals are deserving only of “scrutiny.” Rutenberg approvingly cites a leftist journalist who calls one candidate “normal” and the other ­“abnormal.”

Clinton is hardly “normal” to the 68 percent of Americans who find her dishonest and untrustworthy, though apparently not a single one of those people writes for the Times. Statistically, that makes the Times “abnormal.”

Also, you don’t need to be a ­detective to hear echoes in that first paragraph of Clinton speeches and ads, including those featured prominently on the Times’ Web site. In effect, the paper has seamlessly ­adopted Clinton’s view as its own, then tries to justify its coverage.

It’s an impossible task, and Rutenberg fails because he must. Any reporter who agrees with Clinton about Trump has no business covering either candidate.

It’s pure bias, which the Times fancies itself an expert in detecting in others, but is blissfully tolerant of its own. And with the top political editor quoted in the story as ­approving the one-sided coverage as necessary and deserving, the prejudice is now official policy.

It’s a historic mistake and a complete break with the paper’s own traditions. Instead of dropping its standards, the Times should bend over backwards to enforce them, even while acknowledging that Trump is a rare breed. That’s the whole point of standards — they are designed to guide decisions not just in easy cases, but in all cases, to preserve trust.

The Times, of course, is not alone in becoming unhinged over Trump, but that’s also the point. It used to be unique because of its adherence to fairness.

Now its only standard is a double standard, one that it proudly ­confesses. Shame would be more appropriate.

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the media is a joke..the double standards are outrageous..the election has highlighted all of this..

the image above shows the bias..its the same scenario but look how they presented the two stories..

i havent posted this as a pro trump story ..i have posted it because it has examples of obvious bias and the media covering opinions not news..and the power they have globally and nationally..

“The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.”

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Pentagon innovation board adds Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos and more!

•August 24, 2016 • 3 Comments

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/07/26/increasingly-eclectic-pentagon-innovation-board-adds-neil-degrasse-tyson-jeff-bezos/

The Pentagon’s increasingly eclectic Defense Innovation Advisory Board has reached full strength, with celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos among the latest named to a group that includes some of the private sector’s most successful leaders.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter established the board in March with Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt as its head. Already, some of the members have spent time with airmen in Nevada and sailors in San Diego, and they’ll meet with other service members Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Wednesday in  Tampa, at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, Carter said.

“Not everything in the private sector will make sense for us because we’re … always mindful the military isn’t a company, it’s a profession of arms,” Carter said. “And for important reasons, we’re not always going to be able to do things the same way — but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ourselves in the mirror and look around the country for new ideas and lessons we can learn for ways we can operate more efficiently.”

Carter spoke Tuesday in Cambridge, Mass., as the Defense Department opened an East Coast office for its Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, better known as DIUx. The first DIUx office was opened last year in Mountain View, Calif., to build new relationships between Silicon Valley start-ups and the Defense Department; the new one is expected to do the same in Massachusetts, which includes companies that have such specialties as robotics and electronic textiles.

“Like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and so many other places, Boston is a technology hub of great importance, an ecosystem of companies, university and research institutions that exemplifies America’s unrivaled innovative culture,” Carter said.

The DIUx office in Cambridge will be led by Bernadette Johnson, the chief technology officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Lab. She will serve as a liaison between companies and a variety of Defense Department labs and research facilities across the country. The office’s top military official in Cambridge will be Air Force Col. Mike McGinley, a reservist who serves as a cybersecurity lawyer in civilian life, Carter said.

It’s the advisory board, however, that has the most star power. Tyson, a popular author and television host, has appeared in several movies and TV shows, often explaining science to a general audience.

In addition to founding Amazon, Bezos started the aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin, which is now developing technologies to allow private human space travel. He also purchased The Washington Post in 2013.

The board now includes 15 members and is at full size. Other members named Tuesday include Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America; Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for access services, broadband and fiber network; Instagram chief executive Marne Levine; J. Michael McQuade, United Technologies’s senior vice president for science and technology. Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Richard Murray, a bioengineering professor at theCalifornia Institute of Technology; Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard; Danny Hillis, co-founder of Applied Inventions; and Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose focus includes biomedical and genomic research.

Carter announced in June that he had named retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Aspen Institute chief executive Walter Isaacson to the board.

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thanks to joelH for the link..

just have a think about this and tell me we dont live in a technocratic fantasy world..why is the pentagon teaming up with these people?

“to build new relationships between Silicon Valley start-ups and the Defense Department”

lol..

tyson, bezos and schmidt are mentioned above but here is the rest of the actual board:

“The board now includes 15 members and is at full size. Other members named Tuesday include Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America; Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for access services, broadband and fiber network; Instagram chief executive Marne Levine; J. Michael McQuade, United Technologies’s senior vice president for science and technology. Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Richard Murray, a bioengineering professor at the California Institute of Technology; Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard; Danny Hillis, co-founder of Applied Inventions; and Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose focus includes biomedical and genomic research.”

cass fucking sunstein..

nice sun logo neil..

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