An army of million hacked IoT devices almost broke the Internet today

October 24, 2016
The Hacker News    

"A massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against Dyn, a major domain name system (DNS) provider, broke large portions of the Internet on Friday, causing a significant outage to a ton of websites and services, including Twitter, GitHub, PayPal, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, and Spotify. But how the attack happened? What's the cause behind the attack? Exact details of the attack remain vague, but Dyn reported a huge army of hijacked internet-connected devices could be responsible for the massive attack." (10/24/16)  

A “fake sheikh” can be a real reporter

October 24, 2016
by Mick Hume   spiked

"The conviction of 'fake sheikh' Mazher Mahmood, Britain's most famous undercover reporter, for perverting the course of justice has been seized upon as a stick by those who want to beat tabloid journalism into submission. But whatever anybody thinks of Mahmood and his methods, dirt-digging reporting remains a vital tool of journalism in an open society. The fall of the fake sheikh is no excuse for allowing supporters of state-backed regulation to pervert the course of press freedom." (10/24/16)  

The un-gaffe-able Hillary Clinton

October 24, 2016
Common Sense
by Paul Jacob   Paul Jacob

"What a troublesome election season. My wife and I have argued for days ... over which one of us first blurted out that Clinton's statement about Mosul, Iraq, in the final presidential debate, was flat-out wrong. Geographically. Map-wise. ... 'What’s really important here is to understand all the interplay,' stated the former Secretary of State, authoritatively. 'Mosul is a Sunni city. Mosul is on the border of Syria.' The problem for Sec. Clinton? Mosul is not on the Syrian border." (10/24/16)  

Venezuela: Maduro accused of committing coup

October 24, 2016
Independent [UK]    

"Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government has committed a coup d'etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, the country's opposition-majority legislature has declared. Opposition lawmakers have vowed mass protesters and international pressure over the electoral authorities' decision to suspend the process of organizing a vote to recall the unpopular leftist president. They passed a resolution declaring 'the breakdown of constitutional order' and 'a coup d'etat committed by the Nicolas Maduro regime.'" (10/24/16)  

No comment: Clinton has “nothing to say” about Wikileaks email revealing $12 million pay to play scheme

October 24, 2016
Daily Mail [UK]    

"A stone-faced Hillary Clinton refused to comment on an email a top aide sent calling a Clinton Foundation quid pro quo a 'mess' of the former secretary of state's own making. 'I have nothing to say about Wikileaks, other than I think we should all be concerned about what the Russians are trying to do to our election and using Wikileaks very blatantly to try to influence the outcome of the election,' Clinton said on Saturday. ... Hacked emails revealed an internal disagreement among Clinton's aides about her desire to hold a conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The country's king made a $12 million pledge to fund the Clinton Global Initiative conference -- but only if the the likely presidential candidate attended. ... Bill Clinton was the star turn at the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative summit in Marrakesh in May 2015. It was his wife who solicited the cash from the country's king using her own presence as a quid-pro-quo, then did not go herself." (10/22/16)  

Cronyism at the gas pump

October 24, 2016
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nathan Keeble   Ludwig von Mises Institute

"Since 1993, the federal government has levied a gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. State governments also set and levy their own gas taxes. All considered, Americans pay an average of 54.21 cents per gallon of gas in taxes. That's quite a shocking number, especially in comparison to what shop owners, the people who are actually providing this essential good, are making." (10/24/16)  

Syria: In renewed Aleppo attacks, regime troops capture high ground

October 24, 2016
Woodland Park Record    

"Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said it was not planning more 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, following a days-long lull announced by Moscow that was meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts. The rebels rejected the Russian offer and none of the civilians left. Government troops launched a fresh offensive and on Monday took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, near military bases, and shelled the rebel neighborhoods, according to opposition activists." (10/24/16)  

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