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The Psy-Group Proposal: A Way to Measure the Value that Russian Hackers Provided the Trump Campaign

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emptywheel
Whether or not Rick Gates and Paul Manafort engaged Psy-Group for intelligence services in 2016, the proposal created in response to Gates' instructions provides proof about how Manafort intended to run the campaign and how much he might have had to spend had the Russians not provided those services for free.
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Alfa-Trump Redux: Full Spectrum Circumstance

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emptywheel
Once again, journalists engage in shitty link analysis to provide an explanation for why Grand Rapids' Spectrum Health allegedly played a part in an international spy plot.
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Three Things: Can't Keep Quiet

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Rayne
What's a few more insults after this awful weekend? This is an open thread.
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Rattled: China's Hardware Hack - SMCI's Response

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Rayne
This is an analysis of the initial response Bloomberg Businessweek received from Supermicro in response to its story, The Big Hack.
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Rattled: China's Hardware Hack - Amazon's Response

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Rayne
This is an analysis of the initial response Bloomberg Businessweek received from Amazon in response to its story, The Big Hack.
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Rattled: China's Hardware Hack - Apple's Response

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Rayne
This is an analysis of the initial response Bloomberg Businessweek received from Apple in response to its story, The Big Hack.
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Rattled: China's Hardware Hack

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Rayne
Information security folks are rattled by the report of extremely tiny microchips embedded in motherboards used by U.S. businesses. Should they have been rattled earlier?
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Peter Smith Had a Penchant for Secrecy, But Whence Might Be More Interesting Than How

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emptywheel
I'm as interested in how badly executed Peter Smith's secrecy was as I am that he used it.
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Brave For Speaking Out: Dr. Ford Trash Admiration Talk

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bmaz
Okay, the last post indicated a few thoughts as we are on the cusp, and maybe by the time I post this, other side of Kavanaugh confirmation. But Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was brave. Brave. Courageous, not just for herself, but all girls now…
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Kavanaugh Confirmation Standards of Nonsense

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bmaz
Okay, in case you have not already guessed, Marcy is away, mostly, for a couple of days. Even a prolific presence like her is entitled to that. So, you get me for today. Sorry! Now, because I have been a little involved in trying to figure…
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A Tale of Two GRU Indictments

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emptywheel
A comparison of the DNC and WADA GRU indictments suggsets a lot of commonality between the operations -- potentially including shared bitcoin infrastructure. But there are some interesting differences, perhaps the different treatment of InfoOps, between the two.
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Three Things: Russia and China Spying, Kavanope

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Rayne
Big story about hardware-based hacks by China; Russians indicted for hacking anti-doping entities, athletes, and more; update on Kavanope.
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In Dismissing Ricin Charge Against White Supremacist, Judge Throws Enforcement of Bioterrorism Law into Chaos

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Jim White
As pointed out first by Nick Watson in the Gainesville (Georgia) Times and then fleshed out further by Chris Joyner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, US District Judge Richard Story on September 21 dismissed a charge of possession of the…
Photo: Pavan Trikutam via Unsplash
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Three URGENT Things: POTUS' Alert Text, Facebonked, Kavanuh-uh

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Rayne
Item One needs immediate attention — like NOW. Tell your friends and family, too. The next two items are pretty urgent, too.
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Mueller's Inquiry Expands and Contracts: The Rat-Fucking Is More Interesting than the Manafort Plea

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emptywheel
I find the referral to Mueller of Corey Lewandowski's attacks on Republican operative Cheri Jacobus far more intriguing than the move of Kyle Freeny and Brandon Van Grack back to their regular jobs elsewhere in DOJ.
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Food for Thought

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Jim White
Volunteering for Operation BBQ Relief to help feed flood victims in Wilmington, NC prompted some thoughts on whether it is too late for empathy and compassion to ever reunite a country riven by opposing ideals.

In the Most Cowardly Possible Decision, Ninth Circuit Upholds Gartenlaub Conviction

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emptywheel
The Ninth Circuit just punted in one of the most important FISA cases it has reviewed recently.

One Question: Why Kavanaugh?

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Rayne
There's one really important question. It'd be nice if we could get an answer.

Rachel Mitchell Is Not Very Good at Propaganda

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emptywheel
Rachel Mitchell released a report declaring the Ford allegations a case of she said he said dispute. To make that claim, however, she hides just how damning her questioning of Kavanaugh was.
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