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Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k).

Submission + - Hackers Are Targeting The GOP Convention (

An anonymous reader writes: The Republican National Convention will be a popular target for cyberattacks. An official in charge of securing the network has said the RNC already had to fend off a wave of cyberattacks before the convention opened. Many more attacks are expected throughout the convention ranging from "nation-states hunting for intelligence or protesters trying to disrupt the network at the convention," said the consulting chief information officer for the RNC Max Everett. Donald Trump's campaign appears to only fuel attackers, security experts said. The convention opens Monday afternoon and will attract roughly 50,000 people in addition to a global audience watching from afar. "A successful attack could impact physical security on the ground, for example, by taking connected security scanners offline. It could also affect online activity, for example, by hijacking the livestream and derailing the GOP's message," reports CNBC. The Secret Service has designated the conventions "national special security events." Everett and his team of 70 IT specialists will be using Microsoft and ForeScout software to monitor the network in real time, working with ATT and Cisco on securing external access to the network and a firm called Dark Cubed to share real-time threat information among the firms trying to defend against cyberattacks.

Submission + - Developer Shortage -- Or Time To Rethink the Technical Interview? 2

mikeatTB writes: Is there a developer shortage? There's research that says yes, but there's also plenty of data indicating that the developer shortage could be an illusion created by picky hiring managers. It's a complex question that doesn't have a simple yes or no answer. But let's entertain the possibility that the developer shortage could be a false perception. Two trends most likely creating the perception of a developer shortage during the interview process of many software companies: 1. "We only hire the best," and there simply aren't enough of "the best" to go around; and 2. The rise of the algorithm-centric technical interview. Is it time to kill the whiteboard?

Submission + - More TSA Security Theater - Slamming the Face of a Disabled Cancer Patient ( 1

Kobun writes: From the Guardian: "A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration." A disabled and confused brain cancer survivor doesn't immediately comply with TSA officers, earning her face a violent meeting with the ground and a night in jail. The TSA has yet to provide a non-answer or statement.

Submission + - Electronic voting comming to Australia ( 2

aberglas writes: A recently very close election took a few days to fully count by hand. So now both the opposition and government are calling for electronic voting. It is only early days, will go to committee, but with both parties supporting it there will be not much voice against it. Maybe we could get some used Diebold machines from the US, pre-loaded with vote-correcting software?

(Australia has a long tradition of hand counting, with scrutineers at every booth to ensure accuracy. The entire election costs about $5/vote, which is much less than electronic machines. The voting is preferential, which is an excellent system but takes a tiny bit more work to count.)

Submission + - IRS Is Suing Facebook Over Asset Transfers In Ireland (

An anonymous reader writes: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sued Facebook on Wednesday to force it to comply with summonses related to a 2010 asset transfer. Fortune reports: "According to documents the IRS filed in San Francisco federal court, the agency suspects Facebook and its accounting firm, Ernst & Young, understated the value of intangible assets transferred to Ireland by billions of dollars. The IRS says it is seeking an order to enforce six summonses that asked Facebook to appear at the agency’s offices in San Jose, Calif., and to produce papers and others records. According to IRS agent Nina Stone, Facebook failed to show up at the appointed date of June 17, and nor did it provide the documents. The dispute arose as a result of an ongoing audit of Facebook by IRS that stretches back to 2010. In that year, the company chose to designate Facebook Ireland as the rights-holder for its worldwide business outside of the U.S. and Canada, and also to transfer intellectual property assets such as its platform and 'marketing intangibles.' The crux of the disagreement between Facebook and the IRS turns on the arcane question of whether the assets in question could be transferred in their entirety or if, as the agency argues, they are 'interdependent.' Such arrangements are common among U.S. tech companies, and seek to reduce tax payments by scoring revenue in low tax jurisdictions like Ireland, while having higher tax countries (especially the U.S.) reduce profits by paying to license intellectual property from overseas subsidiaries."

Submission + - intercept Releasing NSA SIDtoday (

executioner writes: The Intercept’s first SIDtoday release comprises 166 articles, including all articles published between March 31, 2003, when SIDtoday began, and June 30, 2003, plus installments of all article series begun during this period through the end of the year. Major topics include the National Security Agency’s role in interrogations, the Iraq War, the war on terror, new leadership in the Signals Intelligence Directorate, and new, popular uses of the internet and of mobile computing devices.

Submission + - Senate Report On CIA Torture Is One Step Closer To Disappearing (

An anonymous reader writes: According to Yahoo News, the CIA inspector general's office "mistakenly" destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved. Agency officials described the deletion of the document to Senate investigators as an "inadvertent" foul-up by the inspector general. "CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document, filled with thousands of secret files about the CIA's use of 'enhanced' interrogation methods," reports Yahoo News. The Senate Intelligence Committee and Justice Department knew about the incident last summer, sources said. However, the destruction of a copy of the sensitive report was never made public, nor was it reported to the federal judge at the time who was overseeing a lawsuit seeking access to the still classified document under the Freedom of Information Act.

Submission + - Molecular 'sensor' lets you hide messages in household chemicals (

sciencehabit writes: Children have been writing secret messages using lemon juice for years, and even spies in World War I used such invisible inks to carry messages—sometimes unsuccessfully. But now scientists have created a more secure invisible ink for the modern age. Here’s how it works: First, you add a molecular “sensor”—called s-SMS—to another substance, anything from vinegar to mouthwash to household cleaners. The sensor molecule, which researchers described last week in a paper in Nature Communications, lights up depending on which substance you add. That glow can be measured at different wavelengths, which can be used to create a cipher and translate your message to code. After sending the coded message—along with just a little bit of s-SMS—to your co-conspirator, they dissolve the s-SMS into the same substance and reverse the process. This all might sound like a lot to handle, but 10 untrained users were able to decrypt messages using the technique.

Submission + - Canadians Can Get Cheaper Cable TV Packages than Before. (

jackdon writes: The CRTC (The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) stipulated telecom to make basic cable TV package no more than $25/month. That means customers can get a way to receive cheaper cable TV.

Various customers have complained about the new basic packages; even some of the rising ISP’s overcharge because the service providers take away bundling and other discounts offered with more exclusive service options.

Now latest company to catch the Internet-based is CIK Telecom & which already streams popular online, is working on a new service that would offer customers a Skinny Basic package.

Submission + - Opera Brings Native Ad Blocking to Android, Desktop Versions

Mickeycaskill writes: After bringing a free VPN (virtual private network) to its latest desktop browser last month, Norway’s Opera has now updated its Android browser with built-in adblocking.

Opera claims that the addition of adblocking on Android will boost page loads times by 40 percent and reduce data consumption by 14 percent.

Native ad-blocking is now also a feature of the stable version of desktop Opera and the company asserts it is 45 percent faster than Google Chrome – the world’s most popular web browser – with third party ad blocking extensions.

“We do this because we want to provide people with the fastest browsers in the market," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera. "Our speed test shows that online ads slow down the browsing experience. Now, with Opera, you can browse a lot faster than, for example, in Chrome.”

Opera says it is not against advertising as such, it wants publishers to recognise the impact bloated ads have on web speeds, privacy and security and use more efficient, safer creatives.

More than 120 million users access the web through Opera’s Mini Android smartphone browser each month, said Opera, and those will now get access to the adblocking feature ‘out of the box’, without the need for add-on installation. Under the “O” menu in Opera Mini, users need to tap the data-savings summary. From there, users can toggle “block ads” on and off. On Android, the ad blocker is available in both high- and extreme-savings modes.

Submission + - House Passes Email Privacy Act, Requiring Warrants For Obtaining Emails (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, sending it on to the Senate and from there, hopefully anyhow, to the President. The yeas were swift and unanimous. The bill, which was introduced in the House early last year and quickly found bipartisan support, updates the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, closing a loophole that allowed emails and other communications to be obtained without a warrant. It’s actually a good law, even if it is arriving a couple of decades late. “Under current law, there are more protections for a letter in a filing cabinet than an email on a server,” said Congresswoman Suzan Delbene during the debate period. An earlier version of the bill also required that authorities disclose that warrant to the person it affected within 10 days, or 3 if the warrant related to a government entity. That clause was taken out in committee — something trade groups and some of the Representatives objected to as an unpleasant compromise.

Submission + - Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Senate acted in a bipartisan fashion to pass a sweeping energy bill, touching on everything from cybersecurity for power plants to the future of the grid. The bill resulted from collaboration between Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell. The bill, if it merges with House legislation and becomes law, would unleash billions in research and development on new energy technologies, including energy storage, hydrokinetic and marine energy and advancing the electric grid. Many of these initiatives have substantial aisle-crossing appeal, and some could, at least indirectly, help address the problem of climate change. The bill also reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and contains provisions promoting more research on the sequestering of carbon emissions from coal burning and hastening the approval of pipelines and liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, said Alliance to Save Energy president Kateri Callahan, “not only saves homeowners and businesses money and creates jobs, but it also has a huge environmental return by avoiding 1.5 billion tons of carbon emissions. Energy efficiency truly is a win-win-win for our country, making our economy more energy productive, protecting our environment and enhancing our energy security.”

Submission + - Pack Your Bags . . . We're Moving to Canada! (

BoozeRunner writes: Just in time for summer (next year) FTA — Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada's health minister told the UN at a special session of the General Assembly in New York today.

"We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals." Jane Phillpott said in her prepared speech to delegates.

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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