Daily Archives: June 9, 2017

Edward Snowden Comes to Defense of Jailed NSA Contractor Reality Winner 

A day after her arrest was announced publicly by the U.S. Justice Department, Reality Winner, the 25-year-old alleged source of a leaked National Security Agency document detailing Russian hacking efforts, has found a vocal ally in the world’s best known whistleblower of the contemporary era: Edward Snowden.Snowden, who first made headlines around the world in 2013 when he went public as the source of a massive trove of NSA documents detailing the agency’s global “collect-it-all” surveillance dragnet, released a statement Tuesday evening saying that while much remains unknown about the details of the case, the Justice Department’s decision to file charges under the ‘Espionage Act’ is deeply troubling.”This often-condemned law,” he explained, “provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interest—whistleblowing—from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen.Snowden further argues that Winner should be released on bail pending her trial and said that for the government to hold any “citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage” anyone concerned about the free press, whistleblower protections, or the public’s right to know.

Source: Edward Snowden Comes to Defense of Jailed NSA Contractor Reality Winner | Common Dreams

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Thief Steals Millions From Central Bank By Climbing in Through Window

A thief has stolen more than 11 million rubles ($195,000) from a building housing offices for Russia’s Central Bank after climbing through an open window.The money was taken from the Central Bank’s building on Leninsky Prospekt on Monday, an unnamed police source told Russia’s state-backed RIA Novosti.A spokesperson for the Central Bank told reporters that the thief had stolen employees’ personal property. They also reported that those targeted by the theft worked for Bank of Russia, which rents offices in the building.The Internal Affairs Ministry confirmed that money had been stolen from a business in the area, but refused to name the company or the amount stolen

Source: Thief Steals Millions From Central Bank By Climbing in Through Window

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Denuvo allegedly protected its own anti-piracy software with pirated anti-piracy software

Even though it seems to have been getting cracked left and right recently, Denuvo anti-piracy software has been a thorn in the side of software pirates since it was first introduced. However, in a bizarre and ironic twist, Denuvo Software Solutions is now being accused of piracy.Update (Jun 6): We’ve been alerted of an update on this story. In short, Denuvo and VMProtect have either solved their differences or there were no differences in the first place. A short blog post on VMProtect’s website reads today: “Referring to this circumstance we want to clarify that DENUVO GmbH had the right to use our software in the past and has the right to use it currently as well as in the future.”Clearly Denuvo is no gamer’s favorite company — though in all fairness, they’re barely to blame for creating anti-piracy technology, while it’s more game publishers’ fault for utilizing it at the expense of troubling paying customers. Anyhow, this statement from VMProtect should put this topic to rest.

Source: Denuvo allegedly protected its own anti-piracy software with pirated anti-piracy software – TechSpot

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San Francisco investigating whether Uber, Lyft are public nuisances

San Francisco has issued subpoenas to Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft Inc for a broad scope of records on driving and business practices as part of an investigation to determine whether the ride-services companies have become a public nuisance.City Attorney Dennis Herrera said on Monday he was seeking records to investigate whether Uber and Lyft fail to adequately serve poor neighborhoods and the disabled and whether their drivers create hazards on the road.Herrera said the subpoenas sought four years of records from the companies, which are based in San Francisco and have an estimated 45,000 total drivers in the city. The sweeping request includes hours and miles logged by drivers, driver incentives, traffic infractions and city zip codes visited by drivers.”No one disputes the convenience of the ride-hailing industry, but that convenience evaporates when you’re stuck in traffic behind a double-parked Uber or Lyft, or when you can’t get a ride because the vehicle isn’t accessible to someone with a disability or because the algorithm disfavors the neighborhood where you live,” Herrera said.

Source: San Francisco investigating whether Uber, Lyft are public nuisances | Reuters

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People with serious food allergies want impostors to stop faking it in restaurants

Sara Elliott has had it with people faking food allergies in restaurants. She has life-threatening allergies to eggs, dairy and nuts and fears the impostors are hurting her chances of safely dining out.”It teaches the waiter to not take it seriously,” says Elliott, who lives in Windsor, Ont. “It’s selfish and kind of rude. It’s also dangerous and irresponsible.”Some restaurant-goers are tempted to invent allergies to get a dish their way — often motivated by a much less serious food sensitivity or the growing number of fad diets like the gluten-free craze. They may see their lie as a harmless fib, but others worry it could lead to restaurants becoming numb to all allergy claims.”Faux food allergies are all the rage,” griped California chef David Mau in a recent column. “People covet and collect theirs like Gucci handbags.”And the consequences? “It’s like pulling that fire alarm handle in junior high all the time. At some point, everyone is just gonna stop paying attention,” he wrote.

Source: People with serious food allergies want impostors to stop faking it in restaurants – Business – CBC News

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