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Vladimir Putin gave direct orders to help elect Donald Trump, report says

A new report claims Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed a hacking campaign targeting the U.S. presidential election to help elect …

Donald Trump

How the CIA infects air-gapped networks

Sprawling “Brutal Kangaroo“ spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.<p>Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence …

Information Security

Teen protester shot, killed in anti-government clash in Venezuela

Venezuela's foreign minister walked out of a meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country's political crisis on Monday as a …

Venezuela

'Daily Mail', other media outlets criticized for victim-blaming Muslims for Finsbury Park attack

On Sunday night, a white van rammed into pedestrians leaving London's Finsbury Park Mosque after "taraweeh," or nightly Ramadan prayers.<p>Media outlets …

Finsbury Park Mosque

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

<b>The recent discovery of around 400 people living underneath an upscale Beijing apartment complex has shone fresh light on the Chinese capital's housing crunch.</b><p>On Saturday, a state radio report highlighted the existence of an underground warren of windowless rooms - with only one emergency exit - at …

Housing

The catastrophic consequences of being poor in one of London’s richest neighborhoods

The residents of Grenfell Tower, a 24-story tower block, had warned for many years that their building was a fire hazard. The tenants had complained that there was only one escape route; they questioned the placement of boilers and gas pipes, the lack of sprinklers, and the absence of a …

Housing

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

Internet-connected smart TVs and streaming devices from Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, Google and others can all spy on your viewing habits. Here's how to stop them.<p>When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to …

Televisions

CIA reportedly hacked Wi-Fi routers for years

Newly leaked documents indicate the intelligence agency developed implants for devices from 10 different manufacturers.<p>The CIA has been hacking home, office and public wireless routers for years in an effort to carry out clandestine surveillance, according to classified documents seen by CNET …

Wi-Fi

Emails reiterate EPA chief's ties to fossil fuel interests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming …

Climate

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions

Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign<p>An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended …

Donald Trump

Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years

Latest Vault7 release exposes network-spying operation CIA kept secret since 2007.<p>Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and …

Wi-Fi

Uber rape victim sues Uber, says execs got her medical records

Uber exec said to share medical records with CEO Kalanick.<p>A woman who was raped in India by an Uber driver has filed a second lawsuit against the …

Uber

There Was Less Crime in Border States After Medical Weed Was Legalized

Medical marijuana has proven indispensable for many people, from autistic children to veterans with PTSD. There's even a case to be made that, used as a painkiller, marijuana could help solve the country's opioid problem.<p>People using medical pot aren't the only ones reaping the benefits, though. A …

Cannabis

Russia’s hacking of the US presidential election was far worse than we thought

If you thought that Russian meddling into the US election “only” included hacking the Democrats, leaking information from those hacks, and targeting …

Jeff Sessions' War on Medical Marijuana Gets Public Health All Wrong

If there’s anything Jeff Sessions hates more than answering rapid-fire questions in front of a packed Intelligence Committee hearing, it’s a bag of …

Cannabis

Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara tells of 'unusual' calls he received from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara revealed on Sunday that he received a handful of "unusual" phone calls from Donald Trump after the November election that made him feel uncomfortable, and said he was fired after declining to take the third call.<p>Speaking on ABC News' "This …

Preet Bharara

In photos: Scores killed in Kabul's embassy district bombing

A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings, including Canada's

Afghanistan

Nigel Farage is 'person of interest' in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia

Exclusive: FBI interested in former Ukip leader’s ties with people connected to US president and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange<p>Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump disclosed ‘highly classified’ information to Russian officials: report

President Donald Trump has reportedly revealed classified information to the Russian officials who visited the Oval Office last week.<p>Story continues …

World Leaders

Russian bombers spotted off Alaskan coast twice in 24 hours

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were spotted flying about 41 miles off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, just hours after two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted the same type of Russian aircraft in the area.<p>An E-3 surveillance aircraft was scrambled in response to the second sighting …

Military

NSA's powerful Windows hacking tools leaked online

A hacking group has dumped a collection of spy tools allegedly used by the National Security Agency online. Experts say they are damaging.<p>The exploits, published by the Shadow Brokers on Friday, contain vulnerabilities in Windows computers and servers. They may have been used to target a global …

Security

GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

The internet is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. It's where many of us turn when we need to file our taxes, apply for jobs or search for housing. But one Republican lawmaker who voted to roll back FCC privacy regulations last month said, "Nobody's got to use the internet" when asked about his …

DeVos Halts Obama-Era Plan to Revamp Student Loan Management

With the stroke of a pen this week, Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s new education secretary, thrust the future of the government’s system for managing federal student loans into confusion.<p>It was a high-stakes move: Her department administers $1.3 trillion in loans on behalf of nearly 43 million …

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

'Misdirected' Airstrike By U.S.-Led Coalition Kills 18 Allied Fighters In Syria

An airstrike that was meant to target ISIS in Syria instead killed 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel because it was "misdirected," U.S. Central Command said Thursday.<p>The strike Tuesday by an aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition was called in by American allies, the U.S. military says. It adds …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Passenger dragged off United flight lost two front teeth, had his nose broken and suffered a concussion

A lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on April 10, said Dao had been seriously injured and would likely file a lawsuit over the ordeal.<p>Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, said his client lost two front teeth and suffered both a broken nose and …

Aviation

Stolen truck kills 4 in Stockholm; Sweden calls it terror

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store on Friday, killing four people, wounding 15 others and sending screaming shoppers fleeing in panic in what Sweden's prime minister called a terrorist attack.<p>A nationwide manhunt was launched and …

World News

Watch: Mike Flynn said last year “when you’re given immunity…you’ve probably committed a crime”

Words can come back to bite you.<p>Last September during the US presidential campaigns, Michael Flynn went onto NBC’s <i>Meet the Press</i> and complained about associates of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton having immunity.<p>“Five people around her have been given immunity, to include her former chief of …

Mike Flynn

The simple trick that exposed the FBI director’s secret Instagram account and could expose yours

Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg has found the private Instagram and Twitter accounts belonging to James Comey, director of the FBI.<p>At least, she thinks she has (the FBI hasn’t responded to her), and the evidence is pretty compelling. You should read her account of the ingenious but simple sleuthing that …

Security

Set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free—and yes, Americans urgently need one, thanks to Congress

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.” — Mitch Ratcliffe<p>Soon every mistake you’ve ever made online will not only be available to your internet service provider (ISP) — it will be available to any corporation or …

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