— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 22, 2016
The Assassination of JFK, 9/11, The Da Vinci Code, The Death of Diana, Men in Black, Pearl Harbor, The Illuminati, Protocols of Zion, Hess, The Bilderberg Group, New World Order, Elvis Fluoridization, Martin Luther King’s murder, Opus Dei, The Gemstone Files, John Paul I, Dead Sea Scrolls, Lockerbie bombing, Black helicopters…In other words everything ‘they’ never wanted you to know and were afraid you might ask!
Jon E. Lewis explores the 100 most terrifying cover-ups of all time, from the invention of Jesus’ divinity (pace The Da Vinci Code) to Bush’s and Blair’s real agenda in invading Iraq. Entertainingly written and closely documented, the book provides each cover-up with a plausibility rating.
Uncover why the Titanic sank, ponder the sinister Vatican/Mafia network that plotted the assassination of liberal John Paul, find out why NASA ‘lost’ its files on Mars, read why no-one enters Area 51, and consider why medical supplies were already on site at Edgware Road before the 7/7 bombs detonated.
Just because you are paranoid, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t out to conspire against you.
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The Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, his wife and a local town supervisor were arrested and charged on Thursday with trading government contracts and official favors for free vacations, a no-show job as a food taster and other bribes — the latest in a series of corruption scandals to embarrass New York.
The arrests capped months of looming trouble for Mr. Mangano, a powerful figure in Republican politics on Long Island and the top elected official in Nassau County. He has been dogged by reports — many published in Newsday — that he had received free gifts and vacations from a longtime friend, Harendra Singh, a Long Island restaurateur with about 30 businesses in the area and several government contracts.
Mr. Mangano’s arrest was another blow to the Republican machine in Nassau County, already weakened by the conviction last year of the former State Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, on corruption charges.
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
In order to understand how one DDoS attack could take out so many websites, you have to understand how Domain Name Servers (DNS) work. Basically, they act as the Internet’s phone book and facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.
For the past year, Hector “Sabu” Monsegur has quietly been working as the lead penetration tester for the small Seattle security firm Rhino Security Labs, managing a six-person team that breaks into clients’ networks to demonstrate vulnerabilities and help the firms patch them. The job marks his turn to full-time cybersecurity work after a much higher profile career as the brash de facto leader of a hacktivist team breaching targets almost daily—including Sony, PBS, and Newscorp, as well as security firms like HBGary and Mantech. When he was caught, he followed that rampage with a stint as an FBI informant, helping the agency to prevent some of the same kinds of cyberattacks he’d helped orchestrate, and then spent seven months in prison after taking a plea deal. Now his new white-hat hacking position is putting to the test whether companies will allow one of the world’s most notorious hackers, reformed or not, to attack their networks—and whether the cybersecurity industry will accept as one of its own someone who not so long ago was eviscerating security firms like the one that now employs him.
Soon, foreign visitors to the United States will be expected to tell U.S. authorities about their social media accounts.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants to start collecting “information associated with your online presence” from travelers from countries eligible for a visa waiver, including much of Europe and a handful of other countries. Earlier this summer, the agency proposed including a field on certain customs forms for “provider/platform” and “social media identifier,” making headlines in the international press. If approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the change could take effect as soon as December.
Privacy groups in recent weeks have pushed back against the idea, saying it could chill online expression and gives DHS and CBP overbroad authority to determine what kind of online activity constitutes a “risk to the United States” or “nefarious activity.”