Russiagate Open Thread: Clown Car Rogues Gallery, Top to Bottom, Recent & Vintage

In Cybersecurity, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections. @realDonaldTrump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 13, 2018   There doesn’t seem to have been a single nationally-known Republican above the level of coffee boy who wasn’t part of the Russiagate treason squad… ….but it’s also peppered with blinking neon signs pointing to domestic loose ends left to tie up. …

Interesting Read: “Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets”

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Cybersecurity, Don't Mourn, Organize, Excellent Links, Science & Technology by Anne Laurie

I’m counting on all you tech wizards to explain how and where this all goes wrong, but *I* thought it was interesting. Katrina Brooker, in Vanity Fair: “For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in downtown Washington, D.C., about a half-mile from the White House. Berners-Lee was speaking about the future of the Internet, as he does often and fervently and with great animation at a …

Peaceful Assembly and Personal Security – Re-upped

In Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Don't Mourn, Organize, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Open Thread, Organize, Other, Politics, Popular Culture, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

I know a number of you all are planning to join one of the various protests, actions, and/or demonstrations that will begin taking place this weekend as a result of the President’s family separation policy. So I wanted to re-up the post for anyone that missed it the first several times I posted it. I also saw a tweet, which I can’t find right now, from one of the protesters at the Vice President’s event two weeks ago in Ohio who said that the audience assaulted her and other protestors …

Peaceful Assembly and Personal Security – Re-upped

In Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Don't Mourn, Organize, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Open Thread, Organize, Other, Politics, Popular Culture, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

I know a number of you all are planning to join one of the various protests, actions, and/or demonstrations that will begin taking place as a result of the President’s family separation policy. So I wanted to re-up the post for anyone that missed it the first several times I posted it. I also saw a tweet, which I can’t find right now, from one of the protesters at the Vice President’s event last week in Ohio who said that the audience assaulted her and other protestors before event security …

Peaceful Assembly and Personal Security – Re-upped

In Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Don't Mourn, Organize, Enhanced Protest Techniques, Open Thread, Organize, Other, Politics, Popular Culture, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

I know a number of you all are planning to join one of the various protests, actions, and/or demonstrations that will begin taking place as a result of the President’s family separation policy. So I wanted to re-up the post for anyone that missed it the first several times I posted it. I also saw a tweet, which I can’t find right now, from one of the protesters at the Vice President’s event last week in Ohio who said that the audience assaulted her and other protestors before event security …

The Lajes Vector: Congressman Nunes Gets Stiffed

In America, Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

As was the case with Congressman Nunes’ memo and his decision to prematurely end the superficial House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) investigation into the Russian active measures and cyberwarfare campaign against the US, Congressman Nunes didn’t seem to accomplish much as a result of the DOJ briefings he demanded yesterday. From the AP: It was unclear how much information was given to lawmakers. According to a U.S. official familiar with the meeting, the briefers did not reveal the name of an informant. They brought documents but did not …

A Follow Up Regarding DNI Clapper’s Statements That The Russians Actually Influenced The Outcome Of The 2016 US Election

In America, Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

I just wanted to quickly follow up on AL’s earlier post regarding DNI Clapper’s remarks that: “Of course the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point. Less than eighty thousand votes in three key states swung the election. I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by this massive effort by the Russians.” Was there active collusion between the Trump campaign — or the candidate …

Ever Wonder Why We Keep Seeing Reports Of Foreign Signal Intelligence Equipment In DC? Unsecured Presidential Personal Phone Edition

In America, Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

Washington DC has a fake cell phone tower problem. It is an open secret that Foreign Intelligence Services are using a variety of means to capture signals intelligence (SIGINT) in DC. From Wired: LAST WEEK, THE Department of Homeland Security confirmed for the first time that it is aware of unauthorized cell-site simulators, the surveillance tools often called stingrays or IMSI Catchers, in various parts of Washington DC. While it’s not surprising that foreign intelligence groups or criminal actors would be cell-snooping in the nation’s capital, the DHS statement is the first US government acknowledgement …

Further Russiagate / General GOP Ratfvckery Open Thread: Cambridge Analytica, Once Again

In An Unexamined Scandal, Cybersecurity, Election 2016, Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?, Republican Venality, Trump Crime Cartel by Anne Laurie

Most ignored story of the day https://t.co/8B3mN472M8 — julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) May 17, 2018 Think this news kinda got overlooked in the torrent yesterday. I know that CA’s much-vaunted “secret sauce” turned out to be “leave a few bank doors unlocked, tell our Russian clients about it, and pretend we don’t know how the vault, the registers, and the spare change out of the cashiers’ desks got looted”, but this still seems significant. Especially since the NYTimes is careful to point out that the company’s “principal owner” is Robert …

Russiagate Sidebar Open Thread: Oh Please… Please

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Cybersecurity, Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Open Thread, Republican Venality, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

🚨 Mueller has subpoenaed Roger Stone's social media consultant, Reuters reports https://t.co/8FotRG1Nld pic.twitter.com/mZEZYSZn2a — David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) May 16, 2018 JUST IN: Robert Muller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant. "This suggests that Robert Mueller is honing in on Roger Stone and whether he had advanced knowledge that the Russian's had hacked Democratic emails." pic.twitter.com/567myX7Yr2 — MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 16, 2018 Have said it before, will no doubt say it again: There are few arrests that would make me happier than that of Roger Stone, …

World’s Most Obnoxious Couch-Surfer Faces Eviction

In Assholes, Cybersecurity, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics, Security Theatre by Betty Cracker

Like a too-trusting soul who allowed the town wastrel to spend the night in the spare room, only to wake up to an empty fridge, raided liquor cabinet, mysteriously stained sofa, cigarette holes in the carpet, pile of dirty dishes in the sink and hacked bank account, Ecuador has been had. The Guardian reports that Ecuador spent millions on round-the-clock security for Julian Assange, fretted over how to burnish his image (less rapey? fewer fascists?) and concocted plans to spirit him to safety if the Brits showed up at the …

We Are At Cyberwar Part II

In America, Cybersecurity, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Election 2020, Foreign Affairs, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

In my initial post on the US being in a cyberwar with Russia, on 26 July 2016, I wrote (emphasis mine): One of the real concerns going forward, apart from embarrassing email chains with personally identifying information (PII) being posted on Wikileaks, is not just that Russian Intelligence can get in and look around and take information out of these systems in the US, but what happens if they decide to mess with what’s there? Voter registration information, voter donation information, electoral results, and more are all stored electronically. The next attack may not …