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Fake News From the Washington Post and Shared All Over

Since we are all in a tizzy about fake news, and Russian hacking, here’s one for you. I’ve seen this headline shared all over the place for the last couple of days: Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility This sounds awful. Clearly the Russians are trying to hack the power grid, and disrupt life in…

Linked – U.S. Charges 3 Chinese Nationals With Insider Trading, Hacking Law Firms
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Linked – U.S. Charges 3 Chinese Nationals With Insider Trading, Hacking Law Firms

Law enforcement and securities officials have been warning that they expect to see more insider trading cases involving hackers getting into files belonging to law firms. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warned that law firms need to step up security measures. “This case of cyber-meets-securities fraud should serve as a wake-up call for law firms around…

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Linked – Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

This is an interesting story, because it demonstrates just how much information smart home devices may have, and how various government interests are going to try and access, and interpret, that data. It also raises some interesting questions about how that data could be hacked by non-official parties. Are we really going to believe that…

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Linked – Ex-Cardinals executive sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking Astros’ database

Correa is not necessarily a master hacker, but got access thanks to a combination of lax protocol and a little bit of luck. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow used to work for the Cardinals before taking the Houston job in 2011. Correa happened to know his old boss’ password from his time with the Cardinals, which Lunhow failed to…

Linked – U.S. court rules that FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant
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Linked – U.S. court rules that FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant

“For example, hacking is much more prevalent now than it was even nine years ago,” he said. “Now, it seems unreasonable to think that a computer connected to the Web is immune from invasion.” As a result, Tor users “cannot reasonably expect” to be safe from hackers, he added. This is a bizarre train of…

Linked – Laremy Tunsil slides in draft after bong video posted on Twitter
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Linked – Laremy Tunsil slides in draft after bong video posted on Twitter

This situation tonight is something that shows the real danger of hacking. We all know what kind of havoc can be created when someone steals your personal information, but here it’s not just someone gaining access to information about this kid, it’s someone getting into the account and planting information. That’s the real danger in…