Tagged: Government

Audio: How a Jailbird Con Artist Uncovered a Secret FBI Surveillance Tool

A disgraced lawyer, sitting in jail, obsessed with a kooky theory that the government tracked him by sending secret rays into his house… ends up discovering a secret government cell phone tracking program. Sounds like bizarre noir, right? But it’s true.

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DARPA Announces Tasks for DRC Finals

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Late last week, DARPA released the final rules document for the DRC Finals. This document includes the list of tasks that robots will have to compete to score points, and we’ll take you through the details that are available of all eight of them.

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The Company Securing Your Internet Has Close Ties to Russian Spies

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Kaspersky Lab sells security software, including antivirus programs recommended by big-box stores and other U.S. PC retailers.

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Feds Seize Silk Road 2 and several other Dark Web markets

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Update 11/10/14 : Hacker news reporting Operation Onymous has led to take-down of more than “410 hidden services” that sell illegal goods and services from drugs to murder-for-hire assassins by masking their identities using the Tor encryption network.  The article also goes on to report this is the largest operation in history of Law Enforcement against the DarkNet.  Full Article can be found here.

Update at 4:00 p.m. ET: At least two more sites were also seized. Read the full accounting of what we know about the operation so far.

A year after the Silk Road 2 came online promising to revive the Dark Web drug trade following its predecessor’s seizure by the FBI, the sequel has suffered the same fate.
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Why America’s Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

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Some folks question why the U.S. Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons.
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NASA Lunar Mission wins 2014 Popular Mechanics Award

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NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has received the Popular Mechanics 2014 Breakthrough Award for innovation in science and technology. The 10th annual Breakthrough Awards recognize innovators, engineers and scientists responsible for changing our world.   (more…)

NOAA’s weather forecasts go hyper-local with next-generation weather model

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Today, meteorologists at NOAA’s National Weather Service are using a new model that will help improve forecasts and warnings for severe weather events. Thanks to the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model, forecasters will be able to pinpoint neighborhoods under threat of tornadoes and hail, heavy precipitation that could lead to flash flooding, or heavy snowfall and warn residents hours before a storm hits. It will also help forecasters provide more information to air traffic managers and pilots about hazards such as air turbulence and thunderstorms.   (more…)

Shellshock botnet targets Akamai, as well as US DoD networks.

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Attackers were quick to capitalized on the  Shellshock Bash command interpreter bug disclosed yesterday.  Constructing a botnet that is rapidly try to infect other servers, according to a security researcher. (more…)