Even (Especially?) the FBI Is Susceptible to Fake News

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emptywheel
It's one thing for ordinary people not to be able to sort through conspiracies in fake news. But apparently the FBI can't either.
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WannaCry Attribution: Missing the Sarcasm Tag

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emptywheel
Security firms are scrambling to make a case that Lazarus, believed to be associated with North Korea, is behind the WannaCry attack, with some humorous outcomes.

John Brennan Denies a Special Harry Reid Briefing

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emptywheel
John Brennan implicitly denied some claims about a special briefing he made in the NYT.

The Right to Bear Drones

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emptywheel
The government wants a carve out in hacking and surveillance law so it can disable drones over any of a number of facilities and operations.

Did Pompeo Also Get an Obstruction Call from Trump?

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emptywheel
If Trump called Mike Rogers and Dan Coats to ask for a denial his campaign colluded with Russia, is there any chance he didn't also call Mike Pompeo?
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Were Shitty SAIC Systems the Cause of the CIA's China Disaster?

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emptywheel
The NYT story on CIA losing Chinese assets sure sounds like what John Reidy, an intelligence contractor whistleblower first exposed in 2005, was complaining about: the failure to secure a communications system at the intersection of assets and the CIA.

The Kushner-Comey Connection

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emptywheel
There are two data points tying Trump's hatred to Comey to Jared Kushner rather than Mike Flynn.
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Does Vice President Pence Believe He Has Declassification Authority?

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emptywheel
Since 2003, the Vice President has had authority to classify information, which Dick Cheney may have believed gave him authority to declassify things like Valerie Plame's identity. Has Mike Pence been using that authority?
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Why Did Tom Bossert Claim WannaCry Was Spread Via Phishing?

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emptywheel
On Monday, Homeland Security Czar claimed that the WannaCry ransomware attack spread via phishing emails. But it was already known by then that's not how it spread.
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The Legitimacy Problem with NSA's Silence on WannaCry

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emptywheel
The NSA's silence about the WannaCry ransomware attack even as security researchers implement partial fixes for the attack creates a legitimacy problem.
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Yah, These ARE The Droids We Have Been Looking For And Fearing

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bmaz
Time to pay attention: Unlike Star Wars with Obi Wan Kenobi, these ARE the droids we should be worried about.
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Minority Report: A Look at Timing of WannaCry and Trump's Spillage

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Rayne
Event timing often triggers my suspicions and the unfolding of the WannaCry ransomware attack did just that. WannaCry didn't roll out in a vacuum, either.
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The Scope of the Special Counsel Appointment Is Totally Inadequate

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emptywheel
I'm agnostic about the selection of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel on the Trump investigation. But I think the scope of his authorization is totally inadequate.

Shadow Brokers: "All your bases are belong to us"

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emptywheel
Shadow Brokers is making very specific threats that will allow the NSA to measure just how accurate its claims are.
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The EternalBlue Source Might Have Been Able to "Fish DOD with Dynamite;" Why Didn't It?

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emptywheel
If Shadow Brokers is telling the truth that the Windows exploit at the heart of WannaCry ransomware dates to 2013, it might have been discovered at a time when DOD was vulnerable to its use.
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Shadow Brokers Further Incites War between "scumbag Microsoft Lawyer" and NSA

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emptywheel
Shadow Brokers may have called Brad Smith a "Douche bag, dumbass, libtard, rich prick," but I'm guessing the threat to leak an NSA Windows 10 exploit got Smith's attention.

Hot and Cold Running Sources and Methods Outrage

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emptywheel
If Trump's sharing the name of the city where the laptop plot was being plotted is so sensitive, why did the WaPo's sources then share it with the WaPo?

Trump Should Get No FBI Director Pick

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emptywheel
Why are Democrats even entertaining the notion of letting Trump replace Jim Comey?
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A Letter For Rod Rosenstein To Remember

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bmaz
Before there were internet "memes" there were still plays in words that conveyed huge situations beyond the mere words. One was "A Night To Remember". Yes, even before the famous movie (and before the sappy and stupid "Titanic" decades later),…