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Submission + - British Parliament To Vote On Retaining Trident Nuclear Deterrent (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports, "Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent, a key decision for Western security policy ... Parliament ... is likely to approve renewing the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines over the opposition of the Scottish National Party and many lawmakers from the Labour Party. Political divisions about whether to replace the Trident submarines, agreed in principle by parliament in 2007, have raised questions about Britain's standing as a world power, amplified by a vote to leave the European Union." — More on Britain's nuclear deterrent at BBC

Submission + - The Remarkable Convergence Between the German and Russian Governments on Snowden (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The German and Russian governments are at odds on many things these days, including many questions in the East, but there appears to be one thing that is uniting them: Edward Snowden. This unexpected development unfolded over a period of months based on the expressed views of senior officials in both governments. The senior government officials in question include Gerhard Schindler, and Hans-Georg Maaßen, in Germany, and Frants Klintsevich in Russia. Gerhard Schindler spoke as the head of the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Hans-Georg Maaßen, spoke as head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz. Frants Klintsevich spoke as deputy chair of the defense and security committee in Russia’s legislature. In recent interviews the heads of Germany’s two intelligence agencies have both stated that they believe that Snowden was acting on behalf of Russia, trying to drive a wedge between Europe and the US by means of strategic document leaks, and that Snowden is not who he claims to be. (Could BREXIT be fallout from that or his many leaks about GCHQ?) Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich told US National Public Radio that, “Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do ... If there's a possibility to get information, they will get it." A Russian official with the means to know states Snowden has assisted them, and German officials believe it. A rare case of European harmony courtesy of Edward Snowden ... and perhaps one of the greatest false flag operations of all time?

Submission + - Mozilla Is Building Context Graph, A 'Recommender System For The Web'

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled a new project called the Context Graph. In short, the company is looking to build “a better forward button” that helps you understand a topic, find alternative solutions to a problem, and in general allow browsers to offer useful information without demanding input. Context Graph is a “recommender system for the web” that is supposed to help the company develop an understanding of browser activity at scale. By tapping into what and how people are browsing, Mozilla hopes to unlock “the next generation of web discovery on the internet.”

Submission + - UK proposes mandatory age verification for commercial porn sites

Neil_Brown writes: The UK published draft legislation yesterday, which would require commercial porn sites and apps to implement age verification. Sites which failed to do so could face fines of up to £250,000 or 5% of annual turnover. Their URLs could also be given to ISPs and payment processing providers, to consider voluntary blocking / service suspension, although no mandatory blocking regime is planned currently.

The Society for Computers and Law has published my initial analysis.

Submission + - Yahoo Uses Social Science Techniques To Make Data Center Syslogs Meaningful (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Yahoo and Duke University have collaborated to create a Quasi-Experimental Design (QED) system which exploits inference techniques more commonly used in social sciences in order to penetrate the proprietary and opaque nature of data center syslogs and create a new analysis system. The framework, called Log-prophet, was run on 7 months' worth of output — millions of messages a day — at one of Yahoo's data centers, and managed to create meaningful event analyses despite the fact the verbose and imprecise nature of syslogs, which are intended to help troubleshoot individual network errors related to one specific device, rather than participate in system-wide analysis protocols.

Submission + - FBI: Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations though unsecured personal server (salon.com)

gluesniffer writes: An explosive new report reveals just what it is that the FBI is looking to: emails in which then-Secretary of State Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan with her cellphone. From 2011 on, the State Department had a secret arrangement with the CIA, giving it a degree of say over whether or not a drone killing would take place. Under Sec. Clinton, State Department officials approved almost every single proposed CIA drone assassination. The emails that are at the heart of the FBI’s criminal investigation are 2011 and 2012 messages between U.S. diplomats in Pakistan and their State Department superiors in D.C., in which the officials approved drone strikes. Clinton’s aides forwarded some of these emails to her personal email account, on a private server in her home in suburban New York.

Submission + - State department: Clinton failed to comply with the department policies (washingtonpost.com)

Trachman writes: The inspector general, in a long awaited review obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post in advance of its publication, found that Clinton’s use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed.

We need to assume, that popularity of HRC will only go up, right?

Submission + - The Assault on Science (nationalreview.com)

TheLastV8 writes: Robert Zubrin, president of Mars Society has penned an extremely articulate article excoriating climate change proponents that want to prosecute scientists for their anti-catastrophic beliefs. He methodically destroys all their arguments, leaving nothing open to imagination.

From the article:

"Recently, the attorneys general of a number of states have launched an effort to use the RICO anti–organized-crime statute to prosecute opponents of climate-change alarmism. This is nothing less than an all-out attack on science."

"To attempt to prevail in a scientific dispute through the use of force is equivalent to the use of a gun to prevail in a courtroom, or, for that matter, of rape to prevail in courtship. It is nothing less than a criminal rejection of a basic principle of our civilization."

"No valid scientific theory has ever required the use of police powers to prevail. No Ptolemaist was ever burned at the stake by Copernicans, nor did the relativity theorists ever find the need to round up the hard-core Newtonians or Etherite dead-enders. Even such counterintuitive theories as quantum mechanics and the Big Bang have done just fine without the assistance of Gestapo raids directed against their detractors. In the courtroom of science, if you have the facts on your side, you don’t need a gun — and juries would be well advised to distrust the case of those parties who choose to use weapons to silence adversarial witnesses."

The aricle is long and worth reading carefully, every single word is measured in platinum, as we step into the future.

http://www.nationalreview.com/...

Submission + - AMA Journal: Going To Church May Result In 33% Chance of Living Longer (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports, "A new study, released Monday in a journal published by the American Medical Association, says that those who attend church services more often actually have a better chance of staying alive in the long run. Over a 20-year span, the study surveyed a group of more than 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic and Protestant. At the end of 20 years, more than 13,000 of them had died. The women who went to religious services more than once a week, it turned out, were 33 percent less likely to be in that group who died, compared to those who never attended services. ... The effect of religious attendance, they found, was stronger than that of any other form of participation in a social group like a book club or a volunteer organization. “We were a bit surprised, initially, by the magnitude of the findings,” VanderWeele said. ... One of the team’s most striking findings was on breast cancer. Women who attended services were no more or less likely to contract breast cancer. But those who attended services were substantially less likely to die of it."

Submission + - Stephen Hawking & 150 Royal Society Scientists: Brexit Disaster For UK Scien (telegraph.co.uk) 1

cold fjord writes: Steven Hawking, 150 fellows of the Royal Society (three Nobel laureates among them), and the Astronomer Royal, are warning that exit from the EU by the UK could be a disaster for science in the UK. An immediate issue would be restrictions on travel and how that would result in scientists from around the EU no longer coming to the UK to work. That would make the UK less competitive for new talent. It would also mean that scientists in the EU with grant money would be less likely to bring their research and grant money to the UK to perform their work. Switzerland is listed as an example of the resulting harm. The scientists make the point that freedom of travel for scientists is as important for science as free trade is for economies. This point of view is not shared by all.

Submission + - Former NSA, CIA Director General Hayden Sides With Apple Over FBI (foxbusiness.com)

cold fjord writes: General Michael Hayden (Retired), who served as head of both the NSA and CIA, has taken a position supporting Apple in its conflict with the FBI. Apple is fighting a court order to assist the FBI in breaking into the government owned phone used by one of the two dead terrorists responsible for the recent San Bernardino massacre. General Hayden stated, “You can argue this on constitutional grounds. Does the government have the right to do this? Frankly, I think the government does have a right to do it. You can do balancing privacy and security dead men don’t have a right to privacy. I don’t use those lenses. My lens is the security lens, and frankly, it’s a close but clear call that Apple’s right on just raw security grounds . . .", and, "I get why the FBI wants to get into the phones but this may be a case where we’ve got to give up some things in law enforcement and even counter terrorism in order to preserve this aspect, our cybersecurity.”

Submission + - Germany was spying on US/UK diplomats while complaining of the being spied upon (thesundaytimes.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: While Germany was publicly fuming about the revelation in 2013 that the NSA was listening in on Angela Merkel's cell phone conversations, it was secretly tapping those of top-level U.S. and U.K. diplomats. The Sunday Times (of London) reports:

The Bundesnachrichten- dienst, or BND, Germany's equivalent of MI6, placed Baroness Ashton of Upholland under electronic surveillance when she was the EU's high representative on foreign affairs and security. It also tried to tap the mobile and office phones of John Kerry, the secretary of state, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

However, the attempt to listen in to Kerry's mobile conversations failed because a bungling spy used an African country code by mistake. His other phones, including one at the American State Department, were successfully tapped.


Submission + - ISIS Making / Using Chem. Weapons In "Caliphate" Region, Wants To Attack Europe (express.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have confirmed the presence of the banned chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard, commonly referred to as mustard gas, in samples taken after attacks on Kurdish positions by ISIS (Daesh) artillery. Other sites appear to have been attacked using chlorine gas, a deadly choking agent used in WW1 and in terrorist attacks in Iraq. Although some of the attacks may be using remnants of Syrian or Iraqi chemical weapon stockpiles, it appears that ISIS is manufacturing chemical weapon agents in Mosul leveraging oil industry infrastructure and supplies. ISIS has been actively recruiting experts in chemical weapons production from both Saddam's programs and abroad. Ultimately ISIS would like to attack Europe.

Submission + - CacheBleed - OpenSSL Vulnerability That Affects Intel-Based Cloud Servers

An anonymous reader writes: Besides the DROWN attack, yesterday OpenSSL update also fixed another attack called CacheBleed that affects only Intel CPUs. The attack is the first ever successful cache-bank side-channel attack, known (theoretically) since 2004. The good thing is that it's hard to carry out and only affects older Intel architectures. The bad thing is if attackers manage to get the necessary permissions to run the attack on a cloud server, they could break both 2048-bit and 4096-bit RSA secret keys for ongoing communications.

Submission + - Microsoft Gave Police Paris Terror Suspect Data In 30 Mins, But Supports Apple

Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft has for the first time revealed it provided law enforcement agencies with customers’ data following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

“One thing we haven’t shared previously with the public is that in the days and weeks after the Paris terrorist attacks Microsoft received 14 lawful orders seeking content about terrorist suspects who were, at the point, at large in France and Belgium," Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco.

However Smith reiterated Microsoft's support for Apple in its ongoing battle with authorities regarding encrypted devices.

“We do play our role,” said Smith. “But we also need to stand up for customers.

“And that’s what we’ve tried to do in other cases. We believe emphatically that when the Government wants to investigate a legitimate business and it wants information that belongs to that business, it should go to the business and serve a warrant or subpoena on the business and not go to the cloud services provider instead.

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