4 Key Takeaways From Muellers First Yearand Whats Next

May 19, 2018

Today recognizes the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counseling in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contact and relationships with Russia. For all the talk of the president’s solicitors and the vice president about how it’s is necessary to “wrap it up, ” the truth is that for a federal investigation, Mueller’s probe has moved with impressive rapidity–and, contrary to the president’s recited allegations of a “witch…


Mozilla Diagnoses the Health of the Global Internet

May 7, 2018

The relationship between platforms and their users has never been more fraught. To check the evidence presented, search no further than Congress today, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify about how his company reportedly mishandled data are subordinate to up to 87 million people by allowing it to get into the hands of the Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica. The hearings follow a tumultuous two years not only for…


Robert Mueller Likely Knows How This All Ends

May 3, 2018

The beginning of May celebrates the longest period of public stillnes from special advise Robert Mueller’s team since his first accuses last October–more than 2 month without any brand-new plea deals, fresh indictments, or publicly “flipped” witnesses. At the same time, though, it’s been a reporting period aggressive moves that continue to illustrate an investigation that is far from complete, includes the raid by federal prosecutors on Trump lawyer Michael…


How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election

April 20, 2018

When Young Mie Kim began analyse political ads on Facebook in August of 2016–while Hillary Clinton was still producing the polls — few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform’s users to influence the election. For Kim, a prof of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal was to document the direction…


How to Check if Cambridge Analytica Could Access Your Facebook Data

April 16, 2018

In 2014, a researcher identified Alexander Kogan made a personality quiz that 270, 000 Facebook customers would go on to install. From those downloads alone, he was capable of harvest the personal information of up to 87 million people, according to Facebook’s most recent estimate. He then extended that data along to Trump-affiliated political firm Cambridge Analytica, which would use it to target voters in the 2016 presidential election. Now…


Operation Bayonet: Inside the Sting That Hijacked an Entire Dark Web Drug Market

April 7, 2018

For anyone who has watched the last few years of cat-and-mouse plays on the dark web’s black markets, the specific characteristics is familiar: A contraband bazaar like the Silk road attracts millions of drug dealer and their clients, along with intense investigation from police and three-letter organizations. Authorities hunt down its administrators, and tear the locate offline in a dramatic takedown–only to find that its buyers and sellers have simply…


Cambridge Analytica Execs Caught Discussing Extortion and Fake News

March 28, 2018

In a series of undercover videos filmed over the past year, Britain’s Channel 4 News caught executives at Cambridge Analytica appear to say they could extort legislators, send ladies to entrap them, and help proliferate propaganda to help their clients. The bite running was conducted as part of an ongoing investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a data consulting firm that worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign. The video follows an investigation…


How Liberals Amped Up a Parkland Shooting Conspiracy Theory

March 11, 2018

The shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day inspired an energetic group of young activists to weigh in on the national debate on grease-guns, security, and personal freedoms. But as they found their voice, plot theories purporting that this organization is “crisis actors”–frauds pretending to be students–spiraled across social media and into the mainstream. As documented elsewhere, this idea of “false flag” operations and performers being…


A Blockbuster Indictment Details Russia’s Attack on US Democracy

February 23, 2018

Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 election entered a brand-new phase Friday, as his squad indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their “conspiracy” to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in American history–a direct and public accusation that America’s primary foreign adversary meddled extensively, expensively, and expansively in the core of the American democratic process, attempting to…


Your Sloppy Bitcoin Drug Deals Will Haunt You for Years

February 22, 2018

Perhaps you bought some illegal drugs on the Silk Road half a decade ago, back when that digital black market for every contraband imaginable was still online and bustling. You might already regret that decision, for any number of reasons. After all, the four bitcoins you spent on that suitcase of hallucinogenic mushrooms would now be worth about as much as an Alfa Romeo. But one group of researchers wants…


Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? Its Now Undeniable

February 21, 2018

For some time, there has been a conflation of issues–the hacking and leaking of illegally obtained information versus propaganda and disinformation; cyber-security issues and the hacking of elections systems versus datum operations and datum warfare; paid advertising versus coercive messaging or psychological operations–when discussing “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US elections. The refrain has already become: “There is no evidence that Russian efforts changed any votes.” But the bombshell 37…


Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

February 21, 2018

Each new violating news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke excitements, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot founders know this. And thanks to data-gathering activities from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, “the worlds” knows this. In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, academy shooting, which culminated in 17 fatalities, troll…


Mueller’s Team Has Interviewed Facebook Staff as Part of Russia Probe

February 12, 2018

The Department of Justice’s special counsel Robert Mueller and its term of office have interviewed at the least one member of Facebook’s team that was associated with President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a person very well known the matter. The interview was part of Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and what role, if any, the Trump campaign played in that interference. Facebook and other…


Bob Muellers Investigation Is Largerand Further AlongThan You Think

February 12, 2018

President Trump claimed in a tweet over the weekend that the controversial Nunes memo “totally vindicates” him, clearing him of the gloom of the Russia investigation that has hung over his administration for a year now. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if anything, the Mueller investigation appears to have been picking up steam in the past three weeks–and homing in on a series of targets. Last…


Heres What Happens If Magnificent Bastard Mueller Gets Fired

February 8, 2018

Bob Mueller is famously nonchalant amid life’s toughest instants. Much of that public mollify arises from the fact that he’s a Magnificent Bastard and, specifically, the lessons learned from December 11, 1968. That period, then Second Lieutenant Mueller’s squad–part of the Second Platoon, Hotel Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, the so-called “Magnificent Bastards”–was on patrol in Quang Tri Province when they came under heavy fire from as many as…


Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Robert Mueller

January 27, 2018

The dense network of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts tracked by the group Alliance for Securing Democracy has spent the past year spreading chaos and discord about topics as diverse as NFL musicians refusing to stand during the national anthem and Al Franken’s alleged sex wrongdoing. It was simply a matter of time, then, before the troll army gave its visions on special attorney Robert Mueller. On the website Hamilton6 8, the…


Security News This Week: Android Tracks Your Location Even When You Ask It Not To

November 27, 2017

As you emerge from your turkey-induced coma, take a moment to reflect on the past week in protection, which despite the vacation was chock-full of wonderments. From Uber shadiness to Android location-tracking, it was quite the whirlwind. Uber built headlines midweek when it came out that the company had not only been breached a year ago–coughing up the personal info of 57 million users–but paid the hackers $100,000 to keep…


Trumps Taxes Have Probably Already Been Hacked

November 25, 2017

A private investigator named Jordan Hamlett is heading to experiment next month in Louisiana for allegedly attempting to illegally procure President Trump’s income tax returns. Hamlett’s defense attorney says he’s a well-intentioned white hat hacker engaged in ethical acts, who was trying to notify the IRS that its system was vulnerable. He now faces up to five years in prison. WIRED OPINION ABOUT John Powers( @johnpowerspi) is chairman of Hudson…


WikiLeaks Hitting Up Donald Trump Jr. Shouldn’t Surprise You

November 21, 2017

WikiLeaks has been sliding into Donald Trump Jr.’s DMs. The mainly one-sided dialogue, surfaced by The Atlantic , lasted at the least from September 2016 to July 2017. Throughout that extend, WikiLeaks mailed Donald Trump Jr. direct messages through Twitter, requesting him for his father &# x27; s tax returns, proposing Trump Senior reject results of the election if Hillary Clinton won, and even oh-so-casually swimming the idea that Julian…


Facebook’s Not Listening Through Your Phone. It Doesn’t Have To

November 20, 2017

In the bright-eyed naivete of my first few weeks as Facebook &# x27; s first commander of the ads targeting try, I &# x27 ;d eagerly confronted each new conspiracy theory. “Is Facebook searching my photos and using that for ad targeting? ” was one from a Los Angeles Times reporter. “My cousin uploaded a photograph of her lover in a San Francisco 49 ers jersey, and now I &#…