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Russian cyber attackers used two unknown flaws: security company

(Reuters) - A widely reported Russian cyber-spying campaign against diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere has been using two previously unknown flaws in software to penetrate target machines, a security company investigating the matter said on Saturday.

FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc’s (ADBE.O) Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) ubiquitous Windows operating system.

The campaign has been tied by other firms to a serious breach at U.S. State Department computers. The same hackers are also believed to have broken into White House machines containing unclassified but sensitive information such as the president’s travel schedule.

FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who penetrated the White House because that would be classified as secret.


(Snowden and Greenwald unavailable for comment)

Snowden revelations just gave China more ammunition against US hacking

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry expressed serious concern on Monday after a newspaper reported that New Zealand and U.S. intelligence services planned to hack into a data link between Chinese government buildings in Auckland.

New Zealand newspaper the Herald on Sunday, citing details provided by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, said the project appeared aimed at tapping data between the Chinese consulate and its passport office.

"We are extremely concerned about this report. We strongly urge the relevant countries to immediately stop using the Internet to damage the interests of China and other countries," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

Prime Minister John Key, speaking on Radio New Zealand, said he would not take "literally by any stretch of the imagination everything" said by Snowden and his local supporters.

" a thief and he stole and you've got a bunch of people who've been out there propagating information that's actually been proven to be incorrect," Key said.


In case anyone has the unmitigated gall to be outraged at the Five Eyes hacking into China, let me direct your attention to:

Chinese hackers infiltrated U.S. companies, attorney general says

Accused Chinese Hacker Of U.S. Systems Arrested In Canada

Chinese hackers spying on India, South-East Asia for almost a decade: Research

Meet the team who just exposed China's insanely powerful hacking tool

Why do the Chinese Hack? Fear

Chinese Hackers Defy Apple's New Security

China Is Hacking the US Again

Why Would Chinese Hackers Steal Millions of Medical Records?

Major U.S. Weapons Compromised By Chinese Hackers, Report Warns

China suspected in major hacking of health insurer

Read those and get back to me...

(long overdue) Military honors planned for Cesar Chavez, Navy vet

Builder 2nd Class Marco Valdovinos has been to many a funeral.

As the funeral guard district coordinator for Navy Operational Support Center Moreno Valley, Calif. where he oversees a team of 35 funeral honor guardsmen, he has rendered honors for veterans, active-duty service members and those killed in action — some 6,500 funerals in the past five years.

But come Thursday, he'll take part in a ceremony that hits close to home. He'll help render final military honors for Cesar Chavez, the legendary labor organizer, civil rights activist and Navy veteran.

Not long ago, Valdovinos went to see the film Cesar Chavez, a biography directed by Diego Luna. It mentioned that Chavez spent two years in the Navy, from 1944 to 1946, hoping to learn skills that would help him later in his civilian life. At the time, however, Mexican-American sailors could only serve as deckhands and painters, and Chavez got out as quickly as he could, calling it "the worst two years of my life."


How 'The Guardian' Milked Edward Snowden's Story

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange investigates the book behind Snowden, Oliver Stone's forthcoming film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Zachary Quinto. According to leaked Sony emails, movie rights for the book were bought for $700,000.

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man (Guardian/Faber & Faber, 2014) by Luke Harding is a hack job in the purest sense of the term. Pieced together from secondary sources and written with minimal additional research to be the first to market, the book's thrifty origins are hard to miss.

The Guardian is a curiously inward-looking beast. If any other institution tried to market its own experience of its own work nearly as persistently as The Guardian, it would surely be called out for institutional narcissism. But because The Guardian is an embarrassingly central institution within the moribund "left-of-center" wing of the U.K. establishment, everyone holds their tongue.

In recent years, we have seen The Guardian consult itself into cinematic history—in the Jason Bourne films and others—as a hip, ultra-modern, intensely British newspaper with a progressive edge, a charmingly befuddled giant of investigative journalism with a cast-iron spine.


Assange is still a publicity whoring lowlife in bed with Putin, but it does entertain me so to see two petty men who think they're both God fling shit at each other like a couple of overly-entitled brats...

"Fate is the Hunter" (1964)

You ever stumble across one of those movies on youtube you never heard of before, but can't stop once you start watching??

In Case You Needed Another Reason to Look Askance at WikiLeaks

The organization today posted online what it describes as “an analysis and search system for The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails, to and from more than 2,200 SPE email addresses.” That’s right. North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and WikiLeaks goes ahead and makes them searchable. That’ll protect civil liberties.

Here’s how WikiLeaks explains the historic importance of this “archive”—for which it is willing to aid and abet and magnify a gross invasion of privacy against ordinary people by the North Korean state:

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said: “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

Sony is a member of the MPAA and a strong lobbyist on issues around internet policy, piracy, trade agreements and copyright issues. The emails show the back and forth on lobbying and political efforts, not only with the MPAA but with politicians directly. In November 2013 WikiLeaks published a secret draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) IP Chapter. The Sony Archives show SPE’s internal reactions, including discussing the impact with Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative. It also references the case against Megaupload and the extradition of its founder Kim DotCom from New Zealand as part of SPE’s war on piracy.


Assange is losing the plot, because this is TMZ-level bullshit...

If Assange wants to draw more mouse clicks with a big splash, fine...If he wants to stick it to SONY for the sake of sticking it to them, fine -- He should just come out and say so...But unless there is documented evidence of SONY breaking laws in those e-mails, don't insult our intelligence by pretending this has anything to do with the public interest...

Every TRUE DUer will cheer for the Penguins tonight...

That is all...

Who in the hell is this "Tai Lopez", and what's his hustle, anyway?


OK...It’s now officially ‘Put up or Shut up’ -time

Taking the sage advice of DUer riderinthestorm, I’ve decided to put some of my favorite unanswered questions about Edward Snowden in one thread, and give everybody a chance to whack them like a pinata (if you can)...Logically there are only three possible outcomes from this thread: Either I’ll be proven right, I’ll be proven wrong, or my thesis will be inconclusive...

Ready for the challenge?? Want to shut me up once and for all? Want me to convert to a true believer? Want me to flee DU in humiliation? Well now is your chance...IF anybody can definitively prove me wrong, or find some magical way to make perfect sense of all the inconsistencies, my very next thread will be to ask Skinner to nuke this account I've been on since '03, and I won't return...My exit from DU is your trophy -- Now, who wants to get it??

Each question will be a separate post in this thread, and it will branch out from there...I’ll check this thread daily and respond as needed...But first, the ground rules:

1. WE WILL ALL DISCUSS THIS LIKE ADULTS -- This one time I swear to the gods I’ll be on my best Sunday behavior and I ask the same from my rivals...I want to remove the emotion from the debate and discuss this dispassionately, so no personal attacks, namecalling, and no “NSA shill”-this, or “emoprog”-that...

2. FULL, REASONED RESPONSES ONLY -- No dismissive responses, no one-line responses, no emoticon responses...If your argument isn’t properly backed with links or other cited sources, I will disregard it...

Your participation in this thread is considered an acceptance of these ground rules...If the level of discourse deteriorates, I’ll ask the mods for the lock...

EDIT 20 APR 2015, 1753 HRS: Seems like I'm getting way too much confusion, snark and negativity for trying to hold an adult conversation on the subject...Perhaps I failed to properly explain myself. I'm doing this because 1. A DUer challenged me on repeated occasions to do so, 2. For research purposes, I want to have all my Snowald discussions in one place instead of jumping from thread to thread and searching the archives all the time for my old posts, and 3. Instead of the usual flames, insults and shit-flinging both sides have endured, I thought DU could benefit from a proper, civil discussion like we used to have in the old days...Even now, I've been calm, controlled, polite the entire time and will remain so as long as this thread is active...This thread has become a place of peace for me, so why can't it be for the rest of you??

Edward Snowden Is Acting Very Strange Inside Russia

Andrei Soldatov’s beat is Russian spies, which is a hot topic for a new cold war. As editor of agentura.ru, an online “watchdog” of Putin’s clandestine intelligence agencies, he has spent the last decade reporting on and anatomizing the resurrection of the Russian security state, from KGB-style crackdowns on dissent at home to adroit or haphazard assassinations abroad.

Most recently, Soldatov and his coauthor and collaborator Irina Borogan broke serious news about the extent to which the Federal Security Service (FSB) was surveilling and eavesdropping on everyone within slaloming distance of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Soldatov has just emerged from a writerly purdah, which has seen him complete his latest and forthcoming title with Borogan, Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries. He spoke to me via Skype from Moscow recently about the latest Russian hack of the White House, the Boris Nemtsov assassination, the Boston Marathon bombings, reshuffles in Putinist spyland, and why neither Edward Snowden nor Glenn Greenwald will agree to be interviewed by him.....

I know you’ve tried repeatedly and creatively to get an interview with Snowden. How’s that worked out?

It’s still impossible for Russian journalists to interview Edward Snowden. It’s also impossible for foreign correspondents based in Moscow. I tried different tactics to talk to him. We had the strange exchange of remarks in the Guardian when he commented my remark on him and I commented on his, so I tried to use this to send him a message—hey, maybe we can talk directly? It failed. When I was in New York, I tried to talk to a guy from ACLU—Ben Wizner, Snowden’s attorney—and I told him, “Okay, you are not ready to arrange a meeting in Moscow but maybe from your office in New York I can talk to Snowden in Moscow.” No answer. I also told him and other people I’d interview Snowden for my book and that this wouldn’t see daylight for seven, eight months, thinking maybe it was a timing issue. But it was the same story all the time: No, I was told. I also put some requests to Glenn Greenwald. I got no response. I thought that was strange—if it’s all about Snowden’s personal safety, why Greenwald cannot talk to Russian journalists from Brazil?

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