Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Election 2018, Science & Technology, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

This is torn from the blog of John Bambenek, a security analyst and Republican candidate for Illinois State Senate, about his conversations with Guccifer 2.0 (G2).  The post is entitled MY CONVERSATIONS WITH GUCCIFER 2.0 & THE SURPRISING ELECTION INFLUENCE OPERATIONS. As attention turns to threats facing 2018’s midterm elections, we’re learning hard lessons from what went down in 2016. (Plus, … Read More

The New O’Keefe Video

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WH spox Sarah Sanders: “There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know.” Encourages everyone in nation to watch. — Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) June 27, 2017 So, the White House spokesman wants people to watch a video even though she doesn’t know if it is accurate.  How’s that for devotion to the truth? The video is … Read More

Twitter Pushes Back On Trump Administration

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Twitter filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Customs and Border Protection today. Twitter seeks an injunction barring them from asking for the identity of the person behind @alt_uscis. It’s not clear what legal reason the Trump administration is seeking to identify @alt_uscis.  The @alt_uscis bio states: “Immigration resistance . Team 2.0 1/2 Not … Read More

Yeah, I Admit That I Just Emailed Rachel Maddow

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I know you get a lot of email, which means I only have a few seconds to grab your interest.  Here I go… WHY AREN’T YOU DOING A COMPLETE SHOW ON EZRA COHEN-WATKINS? Let me bullet-point it for you: Reminder: ECW is the 30-year-old White House aide — the NSC’s senior director of intelligence who started his own ‘review’ of surveillance intercepts of … Read More

Wow! Fox News And The White House Are Going Full Bore On This Susan Rice Thing!

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It is amazing how the goalposts have moved from Trump’s initial tweets on March 10.  Let’s look at them again: Okay. So Obama has now become Susan Rice, Obama’s National Security Adviser. “Wiretap” has become “names unmasked”. “Trump” and “Trump Tower”, the object(s) of the supposed “wiretap(p)”, is not Trump associates. But other than those things — Trump was 100% … Read More

Disdain For Democracy

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Worse than lying, says Greg Sargeant: Trump is enraged at being subjected to a system of democratic and institutional constraints, for which he has signaled nothing but absolute, unbridled contempt. The system is pushing back, and he can’t bear it. On Monday morning, the latest chapter in this tale — Trump’s unsupported accusation that Obama wiretapped his phones — took … Read More

Lot Of Hypocrisy About Leaks

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The Pentagon Papers was a leak from Daniel Ellsberg. It helped de-legitimize the Vietnam War. Deep Throat was Mark Felt, a top FBI official. He gave Woodward and Bernstein the deep background on the Watergate scandal. Edward Snowden leaked information about US government surveillance programs. Chelsea Manning leaked documents and video relating to Iraqi air strikes, diplomatic cables, and Gitmo, … Read More

FBI Quietly Drops Lawsuit Against Apple

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Remember that thing last month that I wrote about where the FBI wanted to force Apple’s help to break into an iPhone of the San Bernadino terrorist? It was controversial in part because many thought that the FBI didn’t really need Apple’s help. Those people include Richard Clark. The former U.S. counterterrorism official and security adviser to the White House told NPR he … Read More

Apple And The FBI Order

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Interesting little development going on in the tech/privacy world and, depending on who you believe, a possible turning point for the better/worse. After the San Bernardino shootings, the FBI seized the iPhone used by shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI has a warrant to search the phone’s contents, and because it was Farook’s work phone, the FBI also has permission … Read More

Did Ted Cruz Leak Classified Information During The Latest GOP Debate?

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It went down like this.  While Rubio and Cruz were debating each other’s records on national security and surveillance, Cruz got into some details about what the bulk data program covers. “What he knows is that the old program covered 20 percent to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists,” Cruz said, referring to Rubio. “The new program … Read More

On The Ashley Madison Hack

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Networking, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

So, a few days ago, the website Ashley Madison was hacked and its 37 million customers could soon have their data leaked online by a crew calling themselves The Impact Team.  Ashley Madison, for the uninitiated, is a site that lets spouses cheat on their partners — kind of like a match.com for adulterers. The Impact Team has threatened to release a … Read More

Boston: Up Close

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This video may not seem remarkable at first…. Boston, U.S.A. from UrtheCast on Vimeo. It’s Boston… and you can see Fenway Park and cars moving on Storrow Drive as well as I-40. Here’s the astonishing, but creepy, thing about this: it was taken from space.  From a satellite.  You can see the Prudential Center and the Hancock Building appear to … Read More