Did Russia “hack” Burisma Holdings?

Russians Hacked Ukrainian Gas Company at Center of Impeachment https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/us/politics/russian-hackers-burisma-ukraine.html Hunter Biden sat on the board from 2013 to 2019. The company’s website, http://burisma-group.com/, is registered under a privacy protection service in Ukraine, and asks visitors to complete a reCAPTCHA just to view the home page. According to Reuters, Burisma does not disclose it financial […]

PayPal is broken

PayPal has confirmed that a researcher found a high-severity security vulnerability that could expose user passwords to an attacker. The researcher, Alex Birsan, earned a bug bounty of $15,300 (£11,700) for reporting the problem, … public disclosure of the vulnerability, “the login form.” PayPal confirmed that, “sensitive, unique tokens were being leaked in a JS file used by the […]

Iran claims responsibility for shooting down Ukrainian passenger plane

Iranian officials blame heightened tensions with the U.S. for what they say was the unintentional shooting down of a Ukrainian jetliner. https://www.npr.org/2020/01/11/795599878/iran-admits-to-shooting-down-ukraine-plane-by-mistake At least the Iranian leaders did admit some degree of culpability, but that’s quite a stretch of sarcasm to call it a “mistake” to shoot down a plane with 176 non-combatants aboard. A […]

Protocols of Zion

The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion Could far-right conspiracy theorists just hate Soros? Sure. But to borrow from their rhetoric, that’s what they want you to think. The Soros mythology has so much in common with anti-Semitic classics like The Protocols of the Elders of Zion—a pamphlet cooked up in 1903 during Russia’s […]

Persecution and harassment of “Targeted Individuals”

There is a truth-or-consequences moment whenever the subject of “targeted individuals” is brought up. There is a great deal of effort to discredit us and everything we say. “Perps” or perpetrators, as they have sometimes been known, play it as a cat-and-mouse game. They hire on as security or local police somewhere, and they revel […]

Bandy X. Lee and CDU/CSU psychiatry

Bandy X. Lee, a professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, founded the World Mental Health Coalition after convening a conference at Yale on the president’s mental health. She is the editor of the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” and more […]

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 […]