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Anonymous carries out its threat, releases identities of alleged Ku Klux Klan members

Members of the hacker group Anonymous released what they called a list of Ku Klux Klan members and sympathizers on Thursday. The document, uploaded on Pastebin, contains hundreds of names and aliases. Among them is Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist who killed three people at a Jewish community center in Kansas City.

The release came three days after the group was mistakenly credited with posting a separate list containing the names of several current lawmakers, like Sens. Dan Coats (R-IN), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Hardy Isakson (R-GA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). None of them was named in the document posted on Thursday. Read more...

 

New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove

 Researchers have uncovered a new type of Android adware that's virtually impossible to uninstall, exposes phones to potentially dangerous root exploits, and masquerades as one of thousands of different apps from providers such as Twitter, Facebook, and even Okta, a two-factor authentication service.

Behind the scenes, however, the apps use powerful exploits that gain root access to the Android operating system. Read more...

 

 

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Snowden a 'human rights defender,' say European politicians

Government-secret leaker Edward Snowden should be granted protection because his leaks were in defense of human rights, the European Parliament said in a symbolic vote Thursday.

 

In a 285-281 vote, the parliament passed a nonbinding resolution that called on European Union member states to protect Snowden from "extradition or rendition by third parties" because of "his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender."

The resolution also asks EU countries to drop any criminal charges against Snowden. Read more...

 

Senate passes controversial cybersecurity-cyberspying bill 74-21

 The Senate overwhelming approved the so-called Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on Tuesday. The measure would allow companies to share consumers' data with the US government in the event of security breaches or cyber attacks—all in the name of cybersecurity.

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, had declared the measure—which now goes to a conference committee between the House and Senate—a "surveillance bill." In essence, the measure provides corporate America with legal immunity when sharing data about hacks and digital breaches with the Department of Homeland Security.
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Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs!!!

 On Thursday the Intercept published a groundbreaking new collection of documents related to America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles to kill foreign targets in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen.

The revelations about the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command actions include primary source evidence that as many as 90 percent of US drone killings in one five month period weren’t the intended target, that a former British citizen was killed in a drone strike despite repeated opportunities to capture him instead. All of this new information, according to the Intercept, appears to have come from a single anonymous whistleblower.

A spokesperson for the investigative news site declined to comment on that source. Read more...

 

Hackers pop grease monkeys' laptops to disable Audi airbags

 Hackers can quietly disable airbags in cars sold by Volkswagen using a zero day vulnerability in software popular with car mechanics. The attacks demonstrated on an Audi TT require a mechanic's computer to be first compromised or for a malicious USB device to be plugged in for the exploit to work.

The attack can allow intruders to conceal the disabling of airbags and other car functions from mechanics by falsifying read outs from the car.

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