Daily Archives: June 28, 2017

Brutal Kangaroo: How CIA Hacked Offline Computers Using Infected USB Drives

Earlier this month, we told you about the latest leak in the WikiLeaks Vault 7 series. The leaked CherryBlossom firmware was made for taking control of the traffic by finding its way into network routers. Now, WikiLeaks has published the new set of secret documents of which further shed light on CIA’s hacking operations.The latest documents are 150 pages in length, and they describe a CIA malware toolkit named Brutal Kangaroo for taking control of air-gapped computers by using specialized USB drives. According to WikiLeaks, the components of Brutal Kangaroo create a covert network within the target network, which makes the job easier.It should be noted that Brutal Kangaroo contains 4 chief components — Drifting Deadline (thumb drive infection tool), Shattered Assurance (server tools for handling thumb drive infection), Broken Promise (postprocessor to take care of the collected information), Shadow (primary persistence mechanism).

Source: Brutal Kangaroo: How CIA Hacked Offline Computers Using Infected USB Drives

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Mozilla Is Giving $2 Million For Ideas On How To Decentralize The Web; Apply Now

If we talk abut the U.S., 10% of the country’s population doesn’t have access to quality internet connectivity. In developing countries like India, this number is disturbingly higher. In the case of disasters and emergency situations, people often lose vital communication channels when they are needed the most. To solve this problem, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are inviting you to take part in a challenge.To decentralize the web and connect the people across the U.S., Mozilla is accepting applications for the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges.The total $2 million prize is being given as a part of 2 problems. These challenges are:Challenge 1: Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge: This challenge asks you to come up with ideas regarding how to use wireless technology to keep people connected in a disaster aftermath.Challenge 2: Smart Community Networks Challenge: This contest invites ideas to use existing infrastructure to deliver a reliable and efficient connectivity in areas that need greater internet access.

Source: Mozilla Is Giving $2 Million For Ideas On How To Decentralize The Web; Apply Now

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NASA cloud making rocket grounded for 10th time because of… clouds 

Sometimes in life, the sun just doesn’t shine on you and that’s pretty much every day for a NASA rocket trying to blast out of Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, as adverse weather means it has just been delayed for the tenth time.Having suffered nine previous launch delays, the NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was supposed to eventually take off Saturday. However, the day before the launch, NASA, once again, announced that it would have to be delayed because of unsuitable weather conditions.“The launch of the NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket scheduled for Saturday, June 24, has been postponed due to expected cloudiness in the region,” NASA said in a statement.

Source: NASA cloud making rocket grounded for 10th time because of… clouds — RT Viral

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US Admits to Implanting Cyberweapons in Critical Russian Infrastructure

 A new report from the Washington Post today quoted a series of Obama Administration officials reiterating their official narrative on Russia’s accused hacking of the 2016 election. While most of the article is simply rehashes and calls for sanctions, they also revealed a secret order by President Obama in the course of “retaliation” for the alleged hacking.This previously secret order involved having US intelligence design and implant a series of cyberweapons into Russia’s infrastructure systems, with officials saying they are meant to be activated remotely to hit the most important networks in Russia and are designed to “cause them pain and discomfort.”We’re revolutionizing the news industry, but we need your help! Click here to get started.The US has, of course, repeatedly threatened “retaliatory” cyberattacks against Russia, and promised to knock out broad parts of their economy in doing so. These appear to be the first specific plans to have actually infiltrate Russian networks and plant such weapons to do so.

Source: US Admits to Implanting Cyberweapons in Critical Russian Infrastructure

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CONNECTING THE AMERICAS – 2022 (NORTH AMERICAN UNION)

Those of us trying to bring the truth to our fellow Americans about the massive lies by the U.S. government regarding what really happened on 9/11, the breathtaking scope of the cover-up about the impostor sitting in the White House and more are called conspiracy nuts, right wing nuts, you name it. Is it any wonder the pond scum in the U.S. Senate is trying to define what is a journalist so that folks like me will not be covered by the shield law? I’m not surprised. The ‘alternative media’ has been replacing the liars for hire in the “mainstream” media and cable network for years.The global elites have been working for centuries to destroy this constitutional republic. They’ve done it courtesy of a media apparatus that quit telling the American people the truth longer than I’ve been alive. Trust Tom Brokenjaw, Dan Blather, Diane CFR Sawyer and all the rest? When pigs fly.They’ve done it through job killing treaties. Go take a look at this map published in the Denver Post (at the bottomof this article) titled A New North America. When I saw that as we were fighting tooth and nail to stop NAFTA, I was shocked. But, that was only a year or so into my journey for the truth, so I was a bit green back then and still learning. New World Order means just that: ordering of the world; connecting our financial well being to the rest of the world (i.e. Basil agreements; see my column) as well as free market killers like the fake global warming scam. Obama to Usher In New World Order at G-20While it’s difficult to accept that people like George Bush, Jr, his father as well as the Clinton duo are traitors, their actions prove them to be part of the cabal diligently working towards the complete and total surrender of the sovereignty of these united States of America as a country. It goes without saying the Manchurian Candidate squatting in our White House with his militant Marxist wife is working towards the same goals. Even the grand fatherly and popular Harry Truman didn’t get to the White House without being a player: “When Franklin Roosevelt died during the closing days of WWII, it fell to Truman to end the war and formulate policies for the new world order.” The Smithsonian Treasury: The Presidents (1991), pg 72.

Source: CONNECTING THE AMERICAS – 2022 (NORTH AMERICAN UNION)

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Wikileaks Attempts To Bully Wikileaks Documentary With C&D Notices

The history of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange is a tortured one, to be sure. Once the darling of the left for exposing important misdeeds by the American government, the site then became a tool for the right in the last Presidential election with the publishing of emails stolen in a hack of the DNC. From there, some have accused Wikileaks of being an arm of Moscow’s intelligence efforts, while the America government has made noise about prosecuting the site and Assange under the Espionage Act. Still others support the site for its efforts in exposing the secrets governments wish to keep hidden from the citizens to whom they are beholden.Through it all, Assange and Wikileaks have remained firm in their mission to expose information and secrets that were previously kept from the public. Except, it seems, when that information has to do with Wikileaks itself. According to the makers of a documentary about Wikileaks entitled Risk, on the topic of Wikileaks, Wikileaks is chiefly interested not in open journalism and unvarnished truth, but rather on its own image. And apparently the site is willing to wield legal threats and lawyers in a way that is almost absurdly hypocritical.We are the producers of Risk , a documentary film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. We unequivocally defend WikiLeaks’ journalistic right to publish true and newsworthy information…We were disturbed, however, to learn that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks sent cease and desist letters to our distributors demanding they stop the release of Risk: “We therefore demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all images of the Named Participants and that you desist from this or any other infringement of the rights of the Named Participants in the future.”

Source: Wikileaks Attempts To Bully Wikileaks Documentary With C&D Notices | Techdirt

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Woman Sues Casino That Won’t Pay Her $43M Jackpot

(NEWSER) – “I feel like they did me real dirty,” Katrina Bookman tells the New York Daily News. Last August, Bookman was on top of the world when a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in New York informed her she had won nearly $43 million. According to CNN, it would have been the largest slots jackpot in US history—and on a penny slot machine, no less. But when Bookman tried to collect her winnings, she was escorted out of the casino and told to come back the next day for a “decision,” Courthouse News reports. When she returned, the casino offered her a free steak dinner and $2.25—the balance left on the machine. On Wednesday, Bookman sued the casino.A Resorts World spokesperson says the slot machine was having an “obvious malfunction,” and the New York State Gambling Commission says the machine bore a disclaimer reading, “Malfunctions void all pays and plays,” the BBC reports. Bookman’s lawyer, Alan Ripka, calls those explanations “ridiculous.” The lawsuit claims the “bells, noises, and lights” on the machine all indicated Bookman had won the jackpot, and she even took a selfie with the machine bearing the message “printing cash ticket $42,949,672.76.” “You can’t claim a machine is broken because you want it to be broken,” Ripka tells CNN. Bookman, who is claiming “mental anguish,” may need help from Lady Luck: An 87-year-old woman was denied a $42 million payout by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011 in a similar case of an allegedly malfunctioning slot machine. (Were slot machines to blame for this man’s death?)

Source: Woman Sues Casino That Won’t Pay Her $43M Jackpot

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Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport 

In an era of high-security air travel, many a passenger has fallen foul of the rules banning liquids on planes.But now an Italian airport has decided to waive the 100ml maximum limit – as long as the liquid is pesto.More than 500 jars have made it through since Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport launched the “Il pesto è buono” (Pesto is good) scheme on 1 June.The cost? A donation to Flying Angels, which flies sick children abroad for treatment.Pesto – a popular pasta sauce made with basil, cheese, and pine nuts – is a local speciality in Genoa.The airport said the brainwave arose after staff were faced with “hundreds of jars that were seized in airport security checks”.How one man got the world making pesto by handThe Sikhs who saved ParmesanBBC Good Food: Best pesto recipesTourists with pesto jars of up to 500g can ask for a special sticker in exchange for a €0.50 (£0.44; $0.55) charity donation – although the airport says many are donating more.The pesto is then scanned in a special x-ray machine before proceeding onto the plane as hand luggage.

Source: Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport – BBC News

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Why Dr. Bronner’s Soap is Paying Millions on MDMA Research | Inverse

It’s best known as a party drug, but the reputation of MDMA could soon get a boost, thanks to a nonprofit research group and a big-hearted purveyor of hipster soaps. MDMA might help millions of Americans, veterans chief among them, and big pharma won’t touch the project, but not for the reasons that have to do with MDMA’s club reputation.This fall, the synthetic drug that chemically resembles both stimulants and hallucinogens, that’s capable of altering the brain’s neurochemicals to create feelings of emotional warmth, pleasure, and energy, will be put to the test as a psychotherapy treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.Technically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the illegal drug is not the same as “ecstasy” or “molly,” although sometimes those drugs may contain MDMA. It will soon undergo three Phase 3 clinical trials, with an eye on a 2021 FDA approval, meaning therapists could administer MDMA to their patients.

Source: Why Dr. Bronner’s Soap is Paying Millions on MDMA Research | Inverse

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How the CIA gained access to air-gapped computers 

A new WikiLeaks release of documents believed to have been stolen from the CIA show the intelligence agency’s capability to infect air-gapped computers and networks via booby-trapped USB sticks.The Brutal Kangaroo projectThe agency would start by infecting an Internet-connected computer inside the target organizations with malware, which would infect inserted USB sticks with another piece of malware. If such a USB is ultimately inserted in the air-gapped computer, it will get infected with exfiltration/survey malware.“The Brutal Kangaroo project consists of the following components: Drifting Deadline is the thumbdrive infection tool, Shattered Assurance is a server tool that handles automated infection of thumbdrives (as the primary mode of propagation for the Brutal Kangaroo suite), Broken Promise is the Brutal Kangaroo postprocessor (to evaluate collected information) and Shadow is the primary persistence mechanism (a stage 2 tool that is distributed across a closed network and acts as a covert command-and-control network,” WikiLeaks summarized.

Source: How the CIA gained access to air-gapped computers – Help Net Security

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Brain of One of Italy’s Most Revered Saints Found in a Teapot 

It’s not every day you find a saint’s brain in the kitchen cupboard.John Bosco, one of Italy’s most popular saints, was a 19th century Roman Catholic priest, writer, and educator known for his work helping impoverished youth. He founded the Salesian religious order in 1859, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. These days, more than 600,000 pilgrims a year visit his basilica in Castelnuovo, near Turin.But on June 3, some of those pilgrims were disappointed to find a small room near the altar of the basilica that normally holds some of his relics marked “Closed. Under Construction.” Soon the church revealed there was no construction—a thief dressed as a pilgrim had made off with a reliquary containing fragments of the saint’s brain the evening before.Police set up roadblocks around northern Italy and searched cars, while faithful Catholics around the world prayed for the relic’s safe return. Italian newspapers speculated that the relic had been stolen for ransom, or (more ominously) a “satanic rite.”Fortunately, it didn’t take long for police to find some suspicious fingerprints on the glass protecting the reliquary, as well as some shoeprints nearby. After submitting the prints to a forensic lab in Parma, digital fingerprint technology found a match, as The Telegraph reports: a 42-year-old man with a record living in Pinerolo, near Turin. The authorities have identified him only as “C.G.”After obtaining a search warrant, police found the reliquary intact in the man’s kitchen cupboard, nestled inside a copper teapot. C.G. apparently believed the reliquary was made of solid gold (it’s not), and would fetch a hefty sum. The recovery of the relic was announced on June 16, and it is now safely back in the basilica.Bosco’s brain is far from the only pilfered relic, which Catholics believe can be used for healing, protection, and sometimes even miracles. During the Middle Ages, when dead saints were celebrities, there was a thriving trade in relics stolen (or “translated”) from one church for another. More recently, thieves have been stealing relics for ransom, to sell to collectors, or for more obscure reasons—such as the theft of the 800-year-old preserved heart of St. Laurence O’Toole from Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

Source: Brain of One of Italy’s Most Revered Saints Found in a Teapot | Mental Floss

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 CNN Retracts Conspiracy Theory Hit Piece Attacking Trump, Associates Over Russian Fund

CNN has admitted it printed what President Donald Trump calls “very fake news” and retracted a demonstrably inaccurate hit piece on the President and his allies after a Breitbart News investigation uncovered significant inaccuracies and flaws in CNN’s work.“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” CNN said in a statement late Friday night. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”The statement was sent out very late Friday evening on CNN’s Twitter account.

Source: Very Fake News: After Breitbart Investigation, CNN Retracts Conspiracy Theory Hit Piece Attacking Trump, Associates Over Russian Fund

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US Interrogates Detainees in Secret Yemen Prisons

(Tasnim) – Hundreds of Yemeni people have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme – including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire.Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that US forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses, according to an AP investigation.Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture. The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or followers of Yemen’s former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi created and trained by the Persian Gulf nation, drawing on accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials.All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen’s former government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with revolutionaries over the last two years. The secret prisons are inside military bases, ports, an airport, private villas and even a nightclub. Some detainees have been flown to an Emirati base across the Red Sea in Eritrea, according to several sources.

Source: US Interrogates Detainees in Secret Yemen Prisons – The Fifth Column

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Thanks Google Cloud: Now, Google Won’t Read Your Emails For Gmail Ads

Advertising is the biggest model Google uses for roping in cash from. They take the help of the users who think every Google service is free, because it is, but not for advertisers who want to promote their content.Google Ads are also visible in the company’s mail service called Gmail and they have been largely criticized, even faced lawsuits, in the past for analyzing user’s emails and displaying relevant ads.Also Read: Google Is Launching New Cameras With 180-Degree VR Video SupportThanks to the guys at Google Cloud, according to a Bloomberg report, Mountain View is about to stop peeking into users’ emails in order to display ads.The reason behind this major change is G Suite – a set of paid work apps including Gmail, marketed by the Google Cloud division. Diane Greene, VP of Google Cloud, said that Gmail Ads never appeared in front of paying Gmail users. But the paying users have expressed concern over the distinction and its privacy implications.

Source: Thanks Google Cloud: Now, Google Won’t Read Your Emails For Gmail Ads

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PEW Claims Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws; Just One HUGE Problem

Surveys are an interesting thing. There are all kinds of surveys and polls that are tossed around on a regular basis, especially during elections.PEW Research is usually pretty reasonable with their surveys but they’ve done a recent one on firearms and it just doesn’t cut the smell test. PEW oversampled Democrats in the survey and they don’t break down the people surveyed by Independents either. Since Independents are a growing number of voters in this country, it makes sense to statistically include them and break them out.PEW also oversampled non-gun owners in our opinion. There are an estimated 90 million or more gun owners in the country, that’s out of 330 million people (not all of who can own firearms). There are an estimated 200 million people who are registered to vote in the United States. If you are trying to survey a likely voter sampling, you’d have to use at least 45% to be a representative sample of gun owners, right? Pew doesn’t. They use 66% non-gun owners and the rest are gun owners.

Source: PEW Claims Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws; Just One HUGE Problem

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