Lebanon’s “travel ban” on Carlos Ghosn

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/09/business/carlos-ghosn-lebanon-travel-ban/index.html https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/lebanon-issues-travel-ban-for-former-nissan-chief-ghosn http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2020/Jan-09/498873-lebanon-issues-travel-ban-on-ghosn-judicial-source.ashx This is not a hostile action by Lebanon against Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn. There’s an international arrest warrant out for the guy, and Lebanon is still harboring him. Ghosn issued a statement — his second this week — seeking to distance his Lebanese wife and family from any role in his escape. […]

Broken SHA hashes and cryptocurrency

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/pgp-keys-software-security-and-much-more-threatened-by-new-sha1-exploit/ https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/01/new_sha-1_attac.html https://www.tomshardware.com/news/researchers-reveal-new-sha-1-attack https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/SHA-256 The SHA hash used in Bitcoin is iterated, or re-applied to its output. When a hash function is iterated for a second time in this manner, the size of its range is reduced by an approximate factor of by random collisions. The iterated hash function itself can also be iterated, and […]

Fake Army draft?

Text messages were reportedly sent out to notify young men that were being drafted into the U.S. military. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/military-draft-this-is-a-trap-draft-fraud-makes-young-americans-nervous/ https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/08/politics/us-army-fake-text-messages-military-draft-trnd/index.html https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/debanjalibose/us-army-fake-draft-text Some of the messages warned of prison sentences up to 6 years for failure to report for military duty. The Army warns it’s a scam, but there are still laws on the books, that […]

The Iranian missile attacks

The Iranian missile attacks on U.S. military assets located in Iraq did not appear intended to cause direct attributable loss of life. Instead Iran is flaunting “established” rules of engagement and assumed international conventions for warfare in collaboration with the U.S. Democratic Party’s restraint on any possible retaliation, with the same modus operandi as Hezbollah’s […]

America’s broken court system

The court system in the United States is highly politicized and dominated by Democratic Party interests that prioritize gun control and abortion rights. The Department of Justice, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies view the court system only as a means to their intended end of punishing defendants and expropriating their property. The cops have […]