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Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, Russia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Guardian, Espionage, Julian Assange, 2016 Election, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Guccifer 20, Julian Assange Says Trump


Report: Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon in exchange for saying Russia didn’t hack the DNC

Breaking news out of the UK today indicates that the Judge presiding over Julian Assange‘s pre-trial extradition hearing will allow evidence that US President Donald Trump offered Assange a pardon in exchange for claiming Russia didn’t hack the DNC in 2016. The London court where the proceedings are taking place today heard statements from court barrister Edward Fitzgerald who explained that Assange‘s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, intended to submit documents alleging that former GOP Congressman Da...
Tags: Startups, Politics, UK, London, Russia, US, Dnc, Tech, Gop, Julian Assange, Donald Trump, Trump, Jennifer Robinson, Assange, Dana Rohrabacher, Edward Fitzgerald


Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It?

Mike Godwin, the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, writes in a column: Another thing we clearly got wrong is how large platforms would rise to dominate their markets -- even though they never received the kind of bespoke regulated-monopoly partnership with governments that, generations before, the telephone companies had received. In most of today's democracies, Google dominates search and Facebook dominates social media. In less-democratic nations, counterpart platforms...
Tags: Google, Facebook, China, Russia, Tech, Ted Cruz, Baidu, Weibo, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mike Godwin


Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy Internet content rules

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied to his platform ahead of a slate of planned meetings with digital heavyweights at the European Commission. “I do think that there should be regulation on harmful content,” said Zuckerberg during a Q&A session at the Munich Security Conference, per Reuters, making a pitch for bespoke regulation. He went on to sugg...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Germany, Russia, US, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Zuckerberg, Vera Jourova, Facebook Facebook


Ireland suspects Russia is trying to crack transatlantic fiber-optic ocean bed cables

“Russia has sent intelligence agents to Ireland to map the precise location of the fibre-optic, ocean-bed cables that connect Europe to America,” Ireland's security agency suspects, according to this report in The Times of London. “This has raised concerns that Russian agents are checking the cables for weak points, with a view to tapping or even damaging them in the future.” Irish security officials believe Russia may be targeting Ireland as a regional base for military intelligence operations...
Tags: Europe, Post, Business, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, America, Tech, World news, Spying, Surveillance, Britain, Ireland, Moscow


Russian intelligence agents went to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times, citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, an expert on ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, Moscow, Gru, Cia


Russian intelligence agents have reportedly gone to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times, citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, an expert on ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, Moscow, Gru, Cia


Russian intelligence agents reportedly went to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, and it's reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline

Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, and it's sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times citing Irish police. Irish security services suspect that Russia's intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported. The large number of tech companies that are based in Dublin could be another reason for Russia's suspected monitoring, ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, California, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, Fbi, West, Ireland, The Times, Moscow, Gru


‘And Then We Danced’ Director Levan Akin on when a movie gets you death threats

Director Levan Akin on set with Levan Gelbakhiani “Can we sit outside? I need to smoke.” Levan Akin makes the request when we greet him outside a bookstore in Park City, Utah. The two of us find a cafe table nearby overlooking the street, where we watch a light powdering of snow begin to fall as the mid-week lull of the Sundance Film Festival begins. Normally we might object to Akin smoking, but in his case, it somehow makes sense. His Sundance entry, And Then We Danced, has incited protests ...
Tags: Google, Feature, UK, New York, Sweden, Entertainment, Scotland, Russia, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Georgia, Spain, United States, Belgium, Catholic, Lgbtq


Google Redraws the Borders On Maps Depending On Who's Looking

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: For more than 70 years, India and Pakistan have waged sporadic and deadly skirmishes over control of the mountainous region of Kashmir. Tens of thousands have died in the conflict, including three just this month. Both sides claim the Himalayan outpost as their own, but web surfers in India could be forgiven for thinking the dispute is all but settled: The borders on Google's online maps there display Kashmir as fully under Indian con...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, India, Africa, Tech, Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, Argentina, Google Maps, Kashmir, The Washington Post


Facebook removes 'foreign interference' operations from Iran and Russia

The Russian operation focused on Ukraine and the Iranian network posted about the US 2020 presidential election.
Tags: Facebook, Russia, US, Tech, Iran, Ukraine


Moscow: Twitter and Facebook fined 4 million rubles each for refusing to store data on Russian citizens in Russia

A court in Moscow today issued fines of 4 million rubles each against Twitter and Facebook for the social media companies' refusal to store data about Russian citizens inside Russia. The fines of nearly $63,000 are, as the saying goes, barely a rounding error for either of those massive internet companies. But they're the largest fines Russia has levied against any tech company since president Vladimir Putin began tightening his grip on the internet starting around 2012, with a bunch of new law...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Tech News, Moscow, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Facebook, Twitter and Facebook


Tulsi Gabbard's unique campaign brought people together – but looks to be coming apart

Hawaii congresswoman made a noble effort to bring together voters with different beliefs, but her poll numbers are lowIf Tulsi Gabbard drops out of the Democratic race in the coming days, her unique campaign is likely to be remembered more for her spats with the Democratic party, accusations of being a Russian operative, and the imagery of her promise to “bring a soldier’s heart to the White House” than a realistic bid for president.The Hawaii congresswoman’s unusual political journey, which has...
Tags: Google, News, White House, Massachusetts, Russia, Barack Obama, Dnc, Eu, Cnn, Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Iowa, Mitt Romney, Fox News, Rochester


A US House candidate says she was hacked — now she’s warning others

“I cannot think of a reason not to share this with the public,” said Brianna Wu tweeted. “Two of my non-campaign Google accounts were compromised by someone in Russia,” she said. Wu isn’t just any other target. As a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Massachusetts’ 8th District, she has a larger target on her back for hackers than the average constituent. And as a former software engineer, she knows all too well the cybersecurity risks that come along with running for ...
Tags: Google, Maryland, Microsoft, Congress, Russia, Tech, Dhs, Fbi, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, Homeland Security, Cloudflare, Clinton, Trump, Democratic Party


North Korea's Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a "maximum pressure" American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. From a report: The study concludes that since 2017 -- the year President Trump threatened "fire and fury like the world has never seen" against the country -- the North's use of the internet has surged about 300 percent. Nearly half of that traffic now...
Tags: North Korea, China, Russia, Tech, Iran, United States, National Security Agency, Trump, Kim Jong, Cambridge Mass, Priscilla Moriuchi


Fake News Hoax in Russia Tries Blaming the US For Coronavirus

"Russia's intelligence services are apparently behind a well-coordinated social media campaign to blame the U.S. for creating and unleashing the Wuhan coronavirus on the world," reports the International Business Times. That conclusion comes from the Atlantic Council think tank (founded in 1961), which established its Digital Forensic Research Lab in 2016. Eto Buziashvili, an analyst at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, published a report detailing how Russia's state propa...
Tags: Youtube, China, Russia, US, Tech, Kremlin, Wuhan, Alex Jones, Mother Jones, Facebook Twitter, International Business Times, Atlantic Council, Izvestia, Pravda, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council s Digital Forensic Research Lab


“Evil Corp” really does exist, and it’s distributing malware using Microsoft Excel

“Evil Corp” really does exist, and it’s distributing malware using Microsoft Excel Yes, there is an Evil Corp, and it is a Russian backed group of Cybercriminals. They are busy weaponizing Microsoft’s popular spreadsheet package, Excel, so that it can carry its malware payload into businesses, wor...
Tags: Security, Cloud, Business, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Russia, Sem, Malware, Excel, Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Hacking, Moscow, Hackers, Applications


ACLU says it’ll fight DHS efforts to use app locations for deportations

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight newly revealed practices by the Department of Homeland Security which used commercially available cell phone location data to track suspected illegal immigrants. “DHS should not be accessing our location information without a warrant, regardless whether they obtain it by paying or for free. The failure to get a warrant undermines Supreme Court precedent establishing that the government must demonstrate probable cause to a judge before getting som...
Tags: Supreme Court, Russia, Tech, Dhs, United States, Aclu, Homeland Security, CBP, Department Of Homeland Security, Wall Street Journal, Journal, American Civil Liberties Union, China India, Carpenter, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Customs Enforcement ICE


Welcome to Hell: the marvelous, mad musical instruments of Ewa Justka

Some people claim electronic music is the work of the devil. Inventor Ewa Justka creates things that could actually prove it. Ewa is a Glasgow, Scotland UK-based, Polish-born sound artist, musician, and inventor. She can bang her way through a raw techno set, she can blind you wish flashing lights driven by homemade circuits, or she can open a gateway to evil realms in unbridled noise – all of this at festivals like CTM, Unsound, Insomnia, and Sonic Acts. But she also builds fantastic instrum...
Tags: Facebook, Space, Music, UK, London, Electronics, Etsy, Russia, Tech, Punk, Noise, Moscow, Glasgow, Lithuania, British Embassy, Kits


Chinese mobile giants are reportedly uniting with Huawei to challenge Google's Play Store

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are reportedly building a platform for app developers to upload apps onto all of their app stores at once, a move analysts say aims to challenge Google's Play Store. Reuters, citing sources, said that the alliance, known as the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), is aiming to launch in March. The project will cover nine regions including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia – although the GDSA website makes no reference to Huawei. A Xiaomi spokesman told Re...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Europe, China, Russia, Southeast Asia, US, Trends, Xiaomi, App Store, Huawei, Vivo, Trump, Reuters, Canalys


Making an impact in Canada

Aamir Baig was an entrepreneur with a big idea—to build a company that reimagines how customers furnish their homes and workplaces. With Fraser Hall and brothers Sam and Andy Prochazka, Baig co-founded the furniture retailerArticle. They then turned to digital advertising services to find new customers across Canada and the U.S. and drive growth. Thanks to digital technologies, the Vancouver-based company has built a rapidly expanding business in just six years, and is now Canada’s fastest growi...
Tags: Google, California, Russia, Toronto, Canada, Congo, Vancouver, Montreal, Sam, Ruth Porat, Mila, Today Google, Jean Claude, Edmonton Public Library, Canada Google, Vector Institute


China's Mobile Giants Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo To Take on Google's Play Store

China's Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google's Play store. From a report: The four companies are ironing out kinks in what is known as the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The platform aims to make it easier for developers of games, music, movies and other apps to market their apps in overseas marke...
Tags: Google, China, Russia, Tech, Vivo, India Indonesia, Xiaomi Huawei Oppo, Mobile Giants, Global Developer Service, GDSA


Disinformation 2020: FBI warns of ongoing Russian 'information warfare'

“They identify an issue that they know that the American people feel passionately about on both sides and then they take both sides and spin them up so they pit us against each other. And then they combine that with an effort to weaken our confidence in our elections and our democratic institutions which has been a pernicious and asymmetric way of engaging in affect information warfare.” — FBI Director Chris Wray, Feb. 5, 2020 On Wednesday, FBI Director Chris Wray said Russia is targeting Ameri...
Tags: Post, Politics, Elections, Technology, Voting, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, America, Tech, World news, Ap, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Cyberattack


Daily Crunch: Spotify is acquiring The Ringer

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Spotify is buying The Ringer to boost its sports podcast content Spotify is doubling down on its podcast strategy with a big acquisition to grow its sports coverage: It announced that it’s buying The Ringer, the popular network of podcasts created and run by broadcaster Bill Simmons, with around 30 pod...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Spotify, Media, Russia, Disney, Tech, Andreessen, Espn, Hulu, Daniel Ek, Coo, Alex Wilhelm, Bill Simmons, Apple Apple


Twitter Announces Plan to Label, and Possibly Remove, Deceptive Media From Its Platform

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people. The company said Tuesday that the new rules prohibit sharing synthetic or manipulated material that’s likely to cause harm. Material that is manipulated but isn’t necessarily harmful may get a warning label. Under the new guidelines, the slowed-down video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which she appeared to slur her words could get th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Youtube, Russia, Uncategorized, Social Media, House, Nancy Pelosi, Google Facebook Twitter, Onetime, SAN FRANCISCO Twitter


Russia’s push back against big tech has major consequences for Apple

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Last month, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Apple for not unlocking two iPhones belonging to the Pensacola shooter, another volley in the struggle between big tech and the world’s governing bodies. But even the White House’s censure pales ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Column, Messenger, Asia, Twitter, Hardware, Privacy, Developer, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Linkedin, Tech, Turkey


Russian priests must stop blessing nuclear weapons, says Russian Orthodox Church patriarch

“The blessing of military weapons is not reflected in the tradition of the Orthodox Church and does not correspond to the content of the Rite,” reads a new document on the website of the Moscow patriarchate of the the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian priests should stop blessing nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction that can inflict indiscriminate loss of life, according to new guidelines being discussed. It's an unusual display of independence by the church. From Reuters: Du...
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Religion, World news, Moscow, Nuclear Weapons, Nukes, Reuters, Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, Orthodox Church, Ministry of Defense, Tom Balmforth


Meet the company helping a 6-year-old YouTube star make $18 million a year from a global business empire

The entertainment company and global YouTube multichannel network Yoola takes YouTube creators like 6-year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya and turns their channels into business empires. Anastasia's YouTube business generated $18 million in a single year, according to Forbes' most recent report on YouTuber earnings. Yoola has helped its creators with the development, distribution, and monetization of their video content. Anastasia has nine YouTube channels, four of which have over 10 million subscri...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Youtube, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, World, Ken Burns, Pocket watch, Federal Trade Commission, Forbes, Youtuber, Ryan


The career rise and life of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's billionaire chief operating officer who just announced she's engaged

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer for Facebook, and is worth an estimated $1.6 billion. Sandberg has made headlines in her nearly 10 years at Facebook, from pioneering a controversial feminist movement with her book "Lean In," to responding to criticism over the social media giant's handing of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Sandberg, 50, confirmed Monday she was engaged to Tom Bernthal, the founder and CEO of a consulting firm. Here's everything you need to know about Sandb...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Washington, Mexico, Russia, India, Adele, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Larry Page, Dave, David


A 6-year-old YouTube star is making an estimated $18 million a year. We talked to the company behind her global strategy.

Entertainment company and global YouTube multi-channel network Yoola takes YouTube creators like 6-year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya and turns their channels into business empires. Radzinskaya's YouTube business generated $18 million in a single year, according to Forbes in its most recent report on YouTuber earnings. Yoola has helped its creators like Radzinskaya develop, distribute, and make money from their video content.  Radzinskaya runs nine global YouTube channels, four of which have over ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Youtube, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, World, Ken Burns, Pocket watch, Federal Trade Commission, Forbes, Youtuber, Ryan



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