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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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Hackers can steal your BRAIN WAVES

Behold the future: attackers can already get between brain-waves and hospital kit, and it's just going to get worse according to IOActive senior consultant Alejandro Hernández. Hernández says the ability to steal, manipulate, and replay brain waves used in electroencephalography (EEG) is already emerging, with consumer-grade kit already able to be hacked and the health care industry taking few precautions to properly protect recorded brain waves.

The hacker demonstrated at the BruCon conference last week a live man-in-the-middle attack on his own brain signals using the unsupported but still very widely used open-source EEG NeuroServer package. Read more...

 

“USB Killer” flash drive can fry your computer’s innards in seconds

USB sticks have long been a mechanism for delivering malware to unsuspecting computer users.

A booby-trapped flash drive, for instance, was the means by which the US and Israel reportedly infected Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility with the Stuxnet worm. And, in case anyone thought USB stick attacks had lost their novelty, last year's Bad USB proof-of-concept exploit delivered a highly programmable attack platform that can't be detected by today's defenses. Read more...

 

 

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