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Alleged 17-year-old mastermind among trio charged over account mass hijackings Three individuals were charged on Friday for allegedly hijacking a string of high-profile Twitter accounts after hoodwinking the social network's staff.…
The accounts of dozens of politicians, celebrities and businesses were hijacked to peddle a bitcoin scam.
Yevgeniy Nikulin faces up to 10 years in a US cooler The Russian hacker accused of raiding LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, and obtaining data on 213 million user accounts, has been found guilty.…
A former Twitter employee was arrested November 5 and accused of spying for Saudi Arabia.The Washington Post has a copy of the charges, which were released the next day.The Justice Department accuses Ahmad Abouammo of spying on three users’ accounts and also accused another former employee, Ali Alzabarah, of obtaining access to 6,000 Twitter accounts in 2015.A third person, Ahmed Almutairi, facilitated connections between the then-employees and the Saudi Arabia government, according to the charges.Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, allegedly looked through the accounts of individuals critical of the Saudi government, including Omar Abdulaziz, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who worked for The Washington Post and who was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.Alzabarah and Almutairi are both Saudi citizens and are believed to still be in that country.
The former Google and Uber executive at the center of a massive self-driving-car controversy was indicted on charges of stealing trade secrets, US officials said Tuesday.The two companies eventually reached a settlement out of court.Read more: Read the text messages from Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski that Uber fought to keep sealed in its legal battle with WaymoLevandowski's lawyer released the following statement:"For more than a decade, Anthony Levandowski has been an industry-leading innovator in self-driving technologies.None of these supposedly secret files ever went to Uber or to any other company.
(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday filed criminal charges accusing Anthony Levandowski, a former high-ranking engineer at Alphabet, of stealing the company’s self-driving car technology before joining rival Uber.The 33-count indictment largely mirrors allegations that Alphabet’s Waymo unit, where Levandowski had worked, had made in a civil lawsuit against Uber in 2017, which later settled.Levandowski, who could face many years in prison and a fine if convicted, is expected to appear later on Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, California.The prosecution of Levandowski, 39, is one of Silicon Valley’s highest-profile cases alleging theft of trade secrets.Prosecutors accused Levandowski of stealing materials in late 2015 and early 2016 related to Alphabet’s self-driving car technology.“But what we cannot do is stuff our pockets on the way out the door.”
Intelligence agencies are preparing to “significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking,” the Guardian reported on Saturday, in a move that is already alarming privacy advocates.According to the Guardian, UK intelligence officials plan to increase their use of the “bulk equipment interference (EI) regime” – the process by which the Government Communications Headquarters, the UK’s top signals intelligence and cybersecurity agency, collects bulk data off foreign communications networks – because they say targeted collection is no longer enough.A letter from the security minister, Ben Wallace, to the head of the intelligence and security committee, Dominic Grieve, quietly filed in the House of Commons library last week, states: “Following a review of current operational and technical realities, GCHQ have … determined that it will be necessary to conduct a higher proportion of ongoing overseas focused operational activity using the bulk EI regime than was originally envisaged.”The paper noted that during the passage of the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, which expanded hacking powers available to police and intelligence services including bulk data collection for the latter, independent terrorism legislation reviewer Lord David Anderson asserted that bulk powers are “likely to be only sparingly used.” As the Guardian noted, just two years later, UK intelligence officials are claiming this is no longer the case due to growing use of encryption:The intelligence services claim that the widespread use of encryption means that targeted hacking exercises are no longer effective and so more large-scale hacks are becoming necessary.Anderson’s review noted that the top 40 online activities relevant to MI5’s intelligence operations are now encrypted.
Admit they are upping their use of mass snoopingUK spies are planning to increase their use of bulk equipment interference, as the range of encrypted hardware and software applications they can't tap into increases.At the time the Investigatory Powers Bill was passing through Parliament – it was signed into law in 2016 – EI hadn't been used, but it was already seen an alternative to bulk interception.However, it was expected to be authorised through targeted or targeted thematic warrants; as then-independent reviewer of terrorism David Anderson wrote at the time, "bulk EI is likely to be only sparingly used".Since then, though, GCHQ's use of these bulk powers has "evolved", according to a letter (PDF) to members of parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, by security minister Ben Wallace.During the passage of the Investigatory Powers legislation, he said, the government anticipated bulk EI warrants would be "the exception", and "be limited to overseas 'discovery' based EI operations".
Raw oysters are either still alive - or freshly killed - when you eat them.For more information about oysters from Qiu, check out her blog In A Half Shell or follow her on Instagram.Oysters can carry a scary flesh-eating bacteria called vibrio vulnificus.You can get it from oysters or from swimming in warm brackish water.My biggest pet peeve is that people go crazy over one bad oyster but they don't really care that hundreds of thousands of pounds of lettuce are contaminated with salmonella"About 100 people die from vibrio infections (including from vibrio vulnificus) each year, about 450 die from salmonella.
End-to-end encryption is a desirable fact of life that governments should stop trying to break, especially as there's plenty more data to slurp up on crims, MPs have been told.The UK's former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson, told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that there are plenty of new sources of information for law enforcement to get their hands on, rather than banging the drum for backdoors.In what has now become a frustratingly standard question from politicians about tech companies' role in the war on terror, Anderson was asked if he thought the state would ever get access to encrypted messages for security purposes.Any of us who do our banking online, for example, are very grateful for end-to-end encryption."The debate, Anderson continued, was sometimes wrongly "portrayed in very black and white terms, as if the world is going dark and because of end-to-end encryption we're all doomed".He argued that although the loss of information the state can gather from the content of someone's communications is "very significant", it is tempered by the mass of other data it can slurp from elsewhere.
A man who lost his brother in the Manchester Arena attack has said that “assigning blame is a mug’s game” after an official review into the terror attack revealed that it might have been averted.A report by David Anderson QC, released on Tuesday, established that bomber Salman Abedi was a former “subject of interest”, adding that it was “conceivable” the attack “might have been averted had the cards fallen differently”.Dave Thompson via Getty ImagesThe report examined the way police and the security services handled intelligence before four terrorist attacks hit London and Manchester earlier this year.Hett explained how he felt about the report, admitting it was a very difficult story to read, but adding that hindsight was an “easy thing to fall back on”.this was a fucking hard story to read, make no mistake, but people are painting these decisions as straight-up mistakes, and that feels like an oversimplification.
Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was a former “subject of interest” and it is “conceivable” the attack “might have been averted had the cards fallen differently”, an official review has confirmed.The revelation came in a report by David Anderson QC examining the way police and the security services handled intelligence before four terrorist attacks which struck London and Manchester earlier this year.On May 22 Abedi detonated a shrapnel-laded homemade bomb as people were leaving Manchester Arena following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.Twenty-two people were killed and over 500 people were injured.Adebi was twice a “subject of interest” to MI5 in the year before the attack, but investigations were later closed and the threat Abedi posed was downgraded.Fresh intelligence was later received in the months before the 22-year-old’s suicide bombing, the report found, but its “significance was not fully appreciated at the time”.
The CEO of Create NSW has announced a partnership with the ABC (among others) that would provide funding for creative artworks that employ the use of Virtual Reality.The announcement occurred during the second iteration of the annual VR screen and technology event in Sydney, 360 Vision 2017.Two separate funds of $120,000 each have been made available by Create NSW (formerly Screen NSW), ABC, Screen Australia, City of Sydney and AFTRS in order to fund “this exciting new area of visual storytelling.”While one of these funds will be purely for screen-based media, the establishment of Create NSW also brings in artists from outside this industry and so the other fund will be divided between performing artists, visual artists, musicians, authors and museums.David Anderson, Director of ABC TV, said “the ABC is proud to be partnering with Create NSW to provide opportunities for Australian content makers to experiment with the power and possibilities of virtual reality.”Check out the revamped ABC app while you're at it