Posts by Mandy Nagy  (Page 38)
 

Blackout: Internet Traffic in Syria Suddenly Disappears

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:20pm 5/7/2013 at 6:20pm

Breaking reports indicate that internet communications out of Syria seem to have dropped off the map this afternoon.

From Umbrella Security Labs:

At around 18:45 UTC OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic...

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‘OpUSA’ Hackers Plan Cyberattacks Against US Websites on May 7th

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:25am 5/7/2013 at 9:25am

A collective of hackers is expected to launch a major cyberattack Tuesday against various targets in the US as part of an operation dubbed OpUSA, according to a Department of Homeland Security Alert issued last week.

From noted security blog KrebsOnSecurity:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning that a group of...

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Second Grader Suspended for Pointing Pencil Like a Gun

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Posted by    Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:20pm 5/6/2013 at 9:20pm

In the latest school disciplinary response to anything that might resemble even the idea of a gun, a seven year old boy at a Virgina elementary school has been suspended for pointing a pencil at another student and simulating gun noises.

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Flashback — Ed Markey called Benghazi talking-point concerns “bogus”

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Posted by    Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:45am 5/6/2013 at 8:45am

Congressman Ed Markey is the Democratic candidate for the Special Election to fill the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry.   Markey is just a few points ahead of challenger Gabriel Gomez.

Markey has come under intense criticism for his first negative ad against Gomez, which depicted the former Navy pilot and SEAL with an overlay of Osama bin Laden,...

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WaPo Suffers Major Earnings Decrease as Newspaper Industry Struggles

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Posted by    Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 6:15pm 5/5/2013 at 6:15pm

Politico reported Friday that the Washington Post suffered an 85% earnings drop in comparison with the company’s first quarter of last year.

The Washington Post Co. on Friday reported bad news for its newspaper division, with revenue totaling $127.3 million for the first quarter of this year — down four percent from...

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Syrian Electronic Army hack of E!Online Twitter account nothing to laugh about

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Posted by    Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:05am 5/5/2013 at 7:05am

The pro-Assad group of hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army has hijacked another Twitter account, this time that of entertainment news outlet, E! Online.  The account was hacked on Saturday afternoon and subsequently posted several false tweets about a few celebrities, most specifically Justin Bieber.

One tweet read, “Exclusive: Justin Bieber...

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Three Classmates of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged With Interfering in Investigation

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Posted by    Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:45am 5/2/2013 at 9:45am

Three college classmates of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and charged Wednesday in connection with the investigation.

From the FBI’s official press release:

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19,...

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Cyberattack on US Department of Labor Website, Triggers Malware

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Posted by    Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:30am 5/2/2013 at 8:30am

A sub-domain of the Department of Labor website was hacked on Wednesday, causing the site to be taken offline until further notice.

The DOL confirmed the incident in a statement to WUSA-TV.

A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman confirms one of its websites is offline after being targeted by hackers.

“A DOL program appeared...

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Hacking the News: Information Warfare in the Age of Twitter

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 8:05am 5/1/2013 at 8:05am

The group of pro-Assad hackers calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Guardian news outlet over the weekend, marking the latest in a string of cyberattacks from the same organization.  The incident emphasizes the potential threat such attacks could pose if executed for goals far more malicious than intimidation or...

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Boston Bombings 2 Weeks Later – What We Do and Still Don’t Know

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Posted by    Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00am 4/29/2013 at 7:00am

Previously, we brought you reports on the Boston Marathon bombings investigation and details into the lives of the suspects, first in The Lives of the Boston Bombers: What We Do and Don’t Know and then in a follow-up, New Developments in the Boston Marathon Bombings Case.

As the investigation continues two weeks...

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New Developments in the Boston Marathon Bombings Case

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Posted by    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30pm 4/26/2013 at 6:30pm

There have been several new developments today in the Boston bombings case.

Authorities are searching a landfill for a laptop believed to be tied to the Boston Marathon bombers, according to CNN.

Information from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev himself, plus other leads, spurred authorities to look through the New Bedford, Massachusetts, landfill, the official told...

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Andrew Breitbart vindicated on Pigford after years of attacks from Media Matters and others

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Posted by    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:30pm 4/26/2013 at 12:30pm

After two and a half years, it seems Andrew Breitbart has finally been vindicated for his tireless efforts on the Pigford story.

A front page investigative piece from the New York Times has put Pigford back on the map, in a big way: Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Discrimination.

The deal, several...

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Latest narrative deflection: Minimizing the Jihadist threat through misleading stats about “right-wing terrorists”

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Posted by    Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:30am 4/26/2013 at 9:30am

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, a narrative on the left seems to be developing to move the focus away from terrorism connected to Islamic extremism to that of right-wing extremism.

Not surprisingly, the narrative is also being directed from one of weapons of mass destruction (which includes explosive devices)...

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After House Passage, Privacy Advocates and Lawmakers Battle Over CISPA

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:00pm 4/23/2013 at 5:00pm

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is another bill that is currently moving through Congress.  It was first introduced in November of 2011, but failed to pass the Senate after a successful House vote in April 2012. It was reintroduced this past February and most recently passed the House...

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Fight Over Online Sales Tax Bill Heats Up in Senate

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 3:30pm 4/23/2013 at 3:30pm

The issue of the online sales tax is heating up in the Senate these next few weeks, and retailers are duking it out in a very public way.

Senate bill S.336, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, would address the longstanding issue of the online sales tax.  The Washington Post has a...

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The Lives of the Boston Bombers: What We Do and Don’t Know

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Posted by    Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:00pm 4/21/2013 at 7:00pm

After a nation watched in suspense as events unfolded this week surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt for the suspects, we now await the details in our quest to understand “why.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed Friday in a confrontation with police in the early morning hours. Younger...

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Phoned Uncle Hours Before His Death

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Posted by    Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:47pm 4/20/2013 at 12:47pm

A few hours before he would be shot and killed by law enforcement, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev called an uncle with whom he had not spoken in about two years.  During that call, he asked his uncle for forgiveness.

From USA Today (via the Journal News in Westchester County, NY):

“He...

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