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Ukraine: Hackers suspected of causing second power outage

December 22, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"The same group of hackers that caused the power outage across several regions in Ukraine last Christmas holidays might have once again shut down power supply in northern Ukraine during the weekend. According to Ukrainian energy provider Ukrenergo, a cyber attack on Kyiv's power grid may have caused the power outages in the country on Saturday, December 17, near midnight. The blackout affected the northern part of Kiev, the country's capital, and surrounding areas, Ukrenergo Director Vsevolod Kovalchuk explained in a post on Facebook." (12/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/power-outage-ukraine.html  

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Secret police cellphone surveillance tool can also block calls by the innocent

December 22, 2016
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"It's no secret that state and local law enforcement agencies have grown more militarized in the past decade, with armored personnel carriers, drones and robots. But one item in their arsenal has been kept largely out of public view, to the dismay of civil liberties advocates who say its use is virtually unregulated -- and largely untracked. The device is a suitcase-size surveillance tool commonly called a StingRay that mimics a cellphone tower, allowing authorities to track individual cellphones in real time." (12/21/16)

http://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/national/article122259199.html  

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VA reverses course, releases health care quality data

December 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly released quality-of-care ratings for its medical centers across the country, despite years of refusing to share them with the public. The move follows a USA TODAY investigation that revealed ratings for 146 VA medical centers for the first time earlier this month. VA Secretary Bob McDonald complained at the time that their publication across the USA TODAY Network caused 'unwarranted distress' to veterans and could dissuade them from getting care." (12/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/20/va-reverses-course-releases-healthcare-quality-data/95655510/  

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“MethBot” ad fraud operators making $5 million revenue every day

December 21, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"The biggest advertising fraud ever! A group of hackers is making between $3 Million to $5 Million per day from United States brands and media companies in the biggest digital ad fraud ever discovered. Online fraud-prevention firm White Ops uncovered this new Ad fraud campaign, dubbed 'Methbot,' that automatically generates more than 300 Million fraudulent video ad impressions every day." (12/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/methbot-ad-fraud.html  

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Obama plans up to 18 more Guantanamo prisoner transfers before leaving office

December 21, 2016
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Jamestown Sun    

"President Barack Obama plans to transfer as many as 18 more prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison before leaving office, a source close to the matter said, further shrinking the inmate population but still far short of meeting his longtime pledge to close the facility. The Obama administration notified Congress it intends to send the detainees, nearly a third of the remaining 59 held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, the source said." (12/20/16)

http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-and-world/4183819-obama-plans-18-more-guantanamo-prisoner-transfers-leaving-office  

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Senegal: Former Guinean military leader sought in massacre arrested

December 21, 2016
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Authorities in Senegal have arrested a former Guinean military leader long sought in connection with a 2009 stadium massacre that killed more than 150 people, Guinean officials confirmed Tuesday. Abubakar 'Toumba' Diakite was the head of the presidential guard at the time of the massacre, and an investigative commission later determined he was to blame for ordering the violence. An Interpol notice was issued for him five years ago." (12/20/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/ex-guinea-military-leader-sought-in-massacre-arrested/article_613d7637-7d34-5d13-9970-cb25747a3363.html  

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RansomFree tool detects never-seen-before Ransomware before it encrypts your data

December 20, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Ransomware has risen dramatically since last few years, so rapidly that it might have already hit you or someone you know. With hundred of thousands of ransomware variants emerging every day, it is quite difficult for traditional signature-based antivirus tools to keep their signature database up-to-date. So, if signature-based techniques are not enough to detect ransomware infection, then what else can we do? The solution is RansomFree." (12/19/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/free-anti-ransomware-software.html  

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IRS attack dog will target US Bitcoiners and soon …

December 20, 2016
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Wendy Mcelroy Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy  

"On November 18, a headline at Coindesk announced, 'The IRS is Seeking Data on Coinbase's Bitcoin Customers.' The article stated, 'it seems, the IRS is looking to more aggressively police digital currency users in the US, and the [tax] investigation itself focuses on taxpayers who transacted between 2013 and 2015.' The investigation rests on a 'John Doe' warrant. The 'John Does' of interest are Americans who use bitcoin to evade tax reporting and payment requirements. The goal is almost certainly to audit non-compliers. Unfortunately, since the focus is on past transactions, a proactive response is difficult." (12/19/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/irs-attack-dog-target-us-bitcoiners/  

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Obama grants clemency to 231 inmates in one-day record

December 20, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"President Obama on Monday granted clemency to 231 federal inmates, the most in a single day by any president in U.S. history. Obama commuted the prison sentences of 153 people and pardoned 78 others, a sign he is ramping up his use of clemency power during his final weeks in office. The president has frequently doled out commutations as his final months in office wane. But he has seldom handed out pardons, which formally forgive prisoners for their crimes and restore certain rights." (12/19/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/311059-obama-commutes-sentences-as-time-in-office-dwindles  

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India: Human Rights Watch says police have tortured, let hundreds die in custody

December 20, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Nearly 600 people died in Indian police custody from 2009 to 2015, many of them after being tortured, a human rights group said Monday, urging India to enforce often-ignored regulations and prosecute officers who mistreat prisoners. Human Rights Watch said police regularly disregard arrest procedures and torture detained people to death. The police often blame such deaths on suicide or illness." (12/19/16)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/19/human-rights-watch-says-indias-police-have-tortured-let-hundreds-die-in-custody.html  

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NY: Cop shoves handcuffed boy through window, nearly killing him — loses only five days vacation

December 19, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"Video footage has emerged of NYPD Sgt. Eliezer Pabon suddenly shoving a handcuffed 14-year-old boy against a plate glass window, which shattered and almost killed him. Javier Payne had to undergo 4 hours of surgery to remove shards of glass from his lung and near his heart. After finding Sgt. Pabon guilty of excessive use of force, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Trials Nancy Ryan docked the Bronx cop a mere five days of vacation. The punishment was far less than the 30 days lost vacation the NYPD suggested when it filed administrative charges against Pabon." (12/19/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/video-cop-throws-handcuffed-boy-glass-window/  

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Database of one billion Yahoo users reportedly sold for $300,000 on Dark Web

December 19, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Recently Yahoo disclosed a three-year-old massive data breach in its company that exposed personal details associated with more than 1 Billion user accounts, which is said to be the largest data breach of any company ever. The new development in Yahoo!'s 2013 data breach is that the hacker sold its over Billion-user database on the Dark Web last August for $300,000, according to Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer (CIO) at security firm InfoArmor. Komarov told the New York Times that three different buyers, including two 'prominent spammers' and the third, is believed to be involved in espionage tactics paid $300,000 to gain control of the entire database." (12/16/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/yahoo-hacking.html  

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Russian hack: Proof of campaign incompetence

December 19, 2016
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TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"John Podesda's staff allowed Russians to hack into his eMail, and illustrate the fatal flaw of large bureaucracies. I'm old enough to remember when Russian Hacking was just writing jokes for Yakov Smirnoff. Now it's the the biggest news story of the week. Apparently Hillary blames the Russian Hacking for her loss. Well not the hacking per se, but the information revealed in the hack. Much like other puppet shows, you're not supposed to peek around back and watch the guy pulling the strings of the Campaign." (12/16/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/russian-hack-proof-of-campaign-incompetence.html  

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Poland: President talks with opposition, protests spread

December 19, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Police removed several protesters blocking a prominent Polish governing party member's car Sunday in a southern city as the president met in the capital with opposition leaders to help solve a growing political crisis. The demonstrators sat in a street in Krakow trying to prevent Law and Justice party member Ryszard Terlecki from entering Wawel Castle. He was joining party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who was on a private visit to the tomb of his twin brother, the late President Lech Kaczynski." (12/18/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/poland-s-president-talks-with-opposition-protests-spread/article_5fd5d338-fbc0-5b65-a3a2-e6a21570fb6c.html  

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New Kickass Torrents site is back online by original staffers

December 19, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Back in July, the world's largest and most notorious BitTorrent distribution site KickassTorrents (KAT) with millions of unique daily visitors was shut down by the U.S. authorities following the arrest of its alleged owner Artem Vaulin. Shortly after the shutdown, a group of devoted original KAT staffers launched the Katcr.co forum in hopes of bringing back KickassTorrents to its former glory, in the near future. Now, Katcr.co has launched a fully operational torrent website, which looks identical to the original Kickass Torrents (KAT) portal, TorrentFreak reports." (12/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/kickass-torrents-site.html  

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US-led coalition forces destroy ISIS tanks and weapons in Palmyra

December 18, 2016
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Baton Rouge Post    

"The U.S. led coalition forces have said that they have destroyed 14 ISIS tanks, an air defense [sic] artillery unit and other weaponry system in airstrikes near Syrian city of Palmyra. ISIS had seized the city and the air defense system, from Syrian and Russian forces earlier this month. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in a statement said, 'The attacks occurred during daylight hours from late morning to early evening on Thursday.'" (12/18/16)

http://www.batonrougepost.com/index.php/sid/250268395  

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NY: FBI most wanted fugitive JPMorgan hacker arrested

December 17, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"One of the FBI's most wanted hackers who was behind the largest theft of financial data has finally been arrested at the JFK airport in New York. Joshua Samuel Aaron is accused of being part of a hacking group that attacked several major financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, and according to the officials, which was 'the largest theft of user data from a U.S. financial institution in history.'" (12/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/fbi-wanted-hacker.html  

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Colombia: Five FARC leaders abandon peace deal, start talks with drug gang

December 17, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"FARC officials reported  last week that five of its leaders in the department of Guaviare will not be supporting the peace process with the Colombia government, a decision that appears to be motivated by new alliances made with other criminal organizations in the area. 'Gentil Duarte,' one of the deserters, has reportedly spoken with the Usuga Clan, a group present in the Guaviare zone that has been growing over the last several months." (12/16/16)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2016/12/16/five-farc-leaders-abandon-peace-deal-start-talks-with-colombian-drug-gang/  

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Cuba: Regime proposes using rum to pay Czech debt

December 17, 2016
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The Czech Finance Ministry says Cuba has offered an unusual way of repaying its Cold War-era debt -- its trademark rum. Finance Ministry spokesman Michal Zurovec said Thursday that Cuban authorities have proposed to pay back $276 million to the Czech Republic from the time both countries were part of the communist bloc." (12/15/16)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2016/12/15/1215-cuba-proposes-using-rum-to-pay-czech-debt.html  

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EU to extend Russia sanctions for six months

December 16, 2016
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Albany Democrat-Herald    

"European Union officials say the EU will extend its sanctions against Russia for six more months to keep pressure on Moscow to respect the fragile peace agreement in [seceded areas which were formerly part of] Ukraine. Two officials said EU nations backed the deal at Thursday's summit of EU leaders and the formal decision will be adopted over the next few days. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not officially made yet." (12/15/16)

http://democratherald.com/business/eu-officials-eu-to-extend-russia-sanctions-for-months/article_0f41b293-5fb3-5890-b190-7b1702da4988.html  

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First ever police victim memorial to be erected in the US and cops are furious

December 15, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"When police officers die while doing their job, the community comes out en masse to pay their respects. Roads are closed, miles-long processions fill the streets, and the entire community mourns the loss of life. However, when we compare that treatment to how a person who is killed by police is treated, a glaring difference arises. The victims of police violence, even when entirely innocent, have their pasts dragged through the media to shame them, the absolute worst pictures of them plastered across the web, and they receive little to no sympathy from their community -- who is always quick to claim 'they deserved it.'" (12/15/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/first-police-victim-memorial-erected-cops-livid/  

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After failed auction, Shadow Brokers opens NSA hacking tools for direct sales

December 15, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"The hacker group that's believed to be behind the high-profile cyber theft of NSA hacking tools and exploits that sparked a larger debate on the Internet concerning abilities of US intelligence agencies and their own security. The group put the stolen cyber weapons on auction but received not much response and [went] quiet for some time. However, The Shadow Brokers has now appeared to have put up the NSA's hacking tools and exploits for direct sale on an underground website." (12/14/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/nsa-hack-shadow-brokers.html  

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India: 12 arrested for not standing during national anthem

December 15, 2016
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Epoch Times    

"Twelve people have been arrested in southern India for not standing while the national anthem was being played at an international film festival, police said Tuesday. The arrests Monday follow a ruling by India's Supreme Court last month that said the anthem must be played before every film screening in the country, accompanied by an image of the national flag, and that audiences must stand. The court said the rule was aimed at instilling a sense of patriotism." (12/13/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2197899-india-arrests-12-for-not-standing-during-national-anthem/  

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Three Marines face courts-martial in hazing probe

December 14, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A Marine Corps general has referred charges for courts-martial against three drill instructors at the training depot at Parris Island, S.C., though none were involved in the investigation into the death of a Michigan recruit at the base in March. After the death of Raheel Siddiqui, 20, the Marines concluded three investigations, including one into his March 7 death, in which investigators said he leapt from a third-story stairwell after being slapped by a drill instructor." (12/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/14/marines-courts-martial-hazing-probe/95414932/  

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Maduro shuts down Venezuela-Colombia border amid cash chaos

December 14, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"President Nicolas Maduro issued the closure of the Venezuelan-Colombia border for 72 hours in order to avoid the return of 100 Bolivar bills that, according to him, are in Cucuta being hoarded by the mafia. Maduro made the order on the night of Monday, December 13, saying that no one would lose money except for the mafias in control of the exchange houses linked to the Venezuelan opposition." (12/13/16)

https://panampost.com/orlando-avendano/2016/12/13/maduro-shuts-down-venezuela-colombia-border-amid-cash-caos/  

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