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CIA ‘Torture Psychologists’ Avoid Trial with Secret Settlement

August 18th, 2017

Via: AFP: Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured. The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first […]

Blackwater Founder Wants to Provide a “Turn Key” Mercenary Air Force for Afghanistan

August 6th, 2017

Via: The Drive: Though a debate remains over the exact reasons why, it’s increasingly widely accepted that the United States and its allies are not winning the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan at the moment. One suggestion for how to turn things around – unsurprisingly proffered up by the infamous Erik Prince and Stephen A. […]

This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

August 5th, 2017

Via: The Drive: A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its […]

Slain Activist’s Lawyers Latest Known Targets of Spyware Sold to Mexican Government

August 2nd, 2017

Via: CBC: At first glance, the text messages looked innocuous enough. One was a simple “service message,” the sort you might get from your cellular provider, with a link to more information. Another was more serious; the person who sent it said their father had died, and included a link to “dates for the wake.” […]

GCSB ‘Had No Idea’ Spy Gear Was Still Targeting Kim Dotcom

August 2nd, 2017

Oh sure. Via: New Zealand Herald: THE GCSB lost control of its surveillance technology and wasn’t aware its systems continued spying on Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from the spy bureau. It claimed that it turned off all surveillance systems targeting Dotcom and others but found out more than a year later that surveillance […]

‘Microsoft Won’t Patch SMB Flaw That Only an Idiot Would Expose’

July 31st, 2017

Cryptogon, 23 April 2017: “People who do this on purpose are idiots.” By all means, though, companies should keep eliminating and outsourcing IT staff. haha That’s clearly working out great! (As the former IT people flee to the hills…) Via: Register: A Windows SMB vulnerability revealed late last week at DEF CON won’t be patched […]

‘Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent’

July 31st, 2017

Dangerous precedent? I think it’s more of a dangerous precedent du jour. Apple blocks apps for the Chinese regime. Yes, that’s bad. But Cisco built China’s god damned Great Firewall in the first place! In mentioning Apple’s, “Dangerous Precedent,” this New York Times article doesn’t mention Cisco at all. I’m definitely not defending Apple—their manufacturing […]

Genetically-Modified Cyborg Dragonfly Drone

July 10th, 2017

Via: Popular Mechanics: DragonflEye was created by genetically modifying regular dragonflies with “steering neurons” in the insect’s spinal cord, which are light sensitive. Tiny, fiber-optic-like structures in the dragonfly’s eyes send pulses of light to their brains, functionally controlling where the insect flies via remote control. The dragonfly also carries a miniature “backpack” with sensors […]

U.S. Military and Intelligence Agencies Involved in Over 1,800 Movies and TV Shows

July 5th, 2017

A few of you might remember, The American Culture Bomb from just over a decade ago… Via: Medium: We have recently acquired 4,000 new pages of documents from the Pentagon and CIA through the Freedom of Information Act. For us, these documents were the final nail in the coffin. These documents for the first time […]

Brutal Kangaroo: CIA Malware for Air Gapped Systems

June 24th, 2017

Via: WikiLeaks: Today, June 22nd 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Brutal Kangaroo project of the CIA. Brutal Kangaroo is a tool suite for Microsoft Windows that targets closed networks by air gap jumping using thumbdrives. Brutal Kangaroo components create a custom covert network within the target closed network and providing functionality for executing surveys, […]

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