A Russian embassy is promoting a right-wing murder conspiracy


Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom is boosting a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised. 

The social media staff at the embassy are well-known trolls, but this conspiracy theory has made it clear just how far the embassy will go.

#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but 🇬🇧 MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 19, 2017

Seth Rich, mentioned in the tweet above, was working for the Democratic National Committee in July when he was fatally shot while walking near his home in Washington, D.C. The reasons behind the murder are unknown, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange implied that Rich was murdered for providing Wikileaks with leaked DNC emails. Read more…

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Justice Department reportedly prepares charges for Julian Assange’s arrest


Julian Assange’s future just got a little less certain.

On Thursday, CNN reported — citing “officials familiar with the matter” — that U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder.

The charges, and the full status of the case, are currently unclear, but the news doesn’t sound promising for Assange.

A Justice Department investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks dates back several years, to at least 2010, when the site published diplomatic cables and military documents obtained by Chelsea Manning.  Read more…

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Get creeped out by this tense trailer for the new WikiLeaks documentary


“This is not the film I thought I was making.”

Those are the first words filmmaker Laura Poitras speaks during the trailer for Risk, her upcoming documentary about WikiLeaks. And it looks like the film will indeed be full of twists and turns.

Poitras’s last documentary, the Oscar-winning Citizenfour, followed former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as he fled the United States after leaking a trove of intelligence documents to reporters. In this film, she follows an even more controversial leaker — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Read more…

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Apple says recent Wikileaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits

 Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the Wikileaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device. The leaks were a part of… Read More


Google Home goes on a defensive rant if you ask it about the CIA


Paranoid? Who’s being paranoid?

Following the Wikileaks March 7 Vault 7 data dump, which allegedly details a host of CIA hacking tools, people have started looking at their internet-connected devices with just a tad bit more skepticism. After all, if the government can rig a Samsung Smart TV as a listening bug, then why not other in-home devices as well?

Other devices like, for example, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home.

With that in mind, people have taken to asking their digital assistants about the CIA. The results, well, are a bit baffling. 

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WikiLeaks reveals someone at the CIA really, really likes ‘Doctor Who’


With the latest dump of WikiLeaks data called “Dark Matter” we get to see how (allegedly) deep the CIA’s affection for British TV goes. 

The documents, released Thursday, contain  more details from the “Vault 7” leak

One of the big hacks was supposedly named “Sonic Screwdriver,” which is a reference to the Doctor’s trusty tool on the long-running BBC series Doctor Who. The sonic screwdriver is basically a sci-fi version of a magic wand that can do everything from picking locks to hacking into computers. 


The CIA’s Sonic Screwdriver is described in the WikiLeaks documents as a way to implant code through an adapter while a Mac is booting up. Then, other tools can be installed onto the computer even if it has a firmware password. Read more…

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WikiLeaks will give tech giants CIA zero-day exploits after they meet mystery demands

 WikiLeaks doesn’t ever make things easy. When it became clear that the organization possessed documents that detail exploits affecting a handful of major tech companies, it looked like Julian Assange would play nice. Now, a week has passed since Assange said he would disclose information about those vulnerabilities to the companies affected — standard practice for the discovery… Read More


WikiLeaks shows us, once again, just how shady it is


It looks like WIkiLeaks’ promise to work with tech companies to fix their security vulnerabilities may come with a few strings attached after all.

In a move that’s surprising to exactly no one, WikiLeaks has reportedly told Apple, Microsoft and Google that it won’t share details related to the CIA’s hacking techniques until the companies agree to a “a series of conditions,” according to a new report in Motherboard.

What those conditions are is is unclearMotherboard reports one of its sources said one condition may be a 90-day disclosure deadline, which would require companies to patch vulnerabilities within a three-month timeframe. Read more…

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The CIA won’t admit if the WikiLeaks ‘Vault 7’ dump is authentic, but wants you to be upset anyway


The facts may or may not be legit, but either way, you should be upset with WikiLeaks for giving them to you. 

That’s the message coming out of the CIA following yesterday’s massive “Vault 7” intelligence dump by the whistleblowing site. The agency, through a spokesperson, made it clear that having one’s cake and eating it too is a long-since mastered CIA skill. 

“We have no comment on the authenticity of purported intelligence documents released by Wikileaks or on the status of any investigation into the source of the documents,” a CIA spokesperson told Mashable. ”However, there are several critical points we would like to make.” Read more…

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If the CIA can hack connected devices, you must demand better privacy protection


If you own a smart device or connected TV and found yourself alarmed by Tuesday’s reports of CIA hacking, you need to start asking difficult questions about the companies you’ll spend money with in the future.

That’s the message from cybersecurity experts Mashable spoke to on a day of explosive allegations following the latest WikiLeaks dump. 

Wikileaks dumped a trove of documents on Tuesday that allegedly show a range of techniques the CIA uses to hack or get around privacy protections such as encryption.

While the CIA hasn’t figured out how to crack encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, according to the documents, they have figured out how to compromise phones so the in-app encryption becomes irrelevant. The CIA has also apparently figured out how to spy on people through smart TVs, and they’ve explored how to hack vehicle control systemsRead more…

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Chelsea Manning will go free. Now, about Julian Assange’s extradition …


WikiLeaks made a big offer just five days ago. If President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange would allow himself to be sent back to the U.S. to face charges for disseminating classified information.

That offer is being put to the test. On Tuesday afternoon, news broke that Obama had used his power as president to release Manning, a former army intelligence analyst, from prison as of May 17, 2017.

WikiLeaks had made the offer in a tweet, which remains up.

If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017 Read more…

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Julian Assange says once again that Russia is not Wikileaks’ source


Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is claiming again that a Russian-connected source didn’t leak hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee to his organization. That’s contrary to the U.S. intelligence community’s recent conclusions.

That assertion and Wikileaks’ increasingly partisan rhetoric has at least one Republican pundit, Sean Hannity, changing his tune toward the controversial figure. 

“We can say, we have said repeatedly over the last two months, that our source is not the Russian government. And it is not a state party,” Assange says in a new interview with Fox News’ Hannity, the first part of which will air on Tuesday night. Read more…

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Julian Assange is so bored he’s making his cat wear fancy ties


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is still fighting to remain relevant from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London — by dressing his cat up.

The kitty has been living in the building since his children gave him the pet in May, but on Monday morning it appeared just casually chilling in a collar and tie.

Embassy Cat, as its known, has already got its own Twitter and Instagram accounts — but this is the first time it’s been seen looking this smart.

I’m not even kidding. Assange’s cat is now wearing a collar and

— NickdMiller (@NickdMiller) November 14, 2016 Read more…

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