Russian FSB busts ransomware group REvil at U.S. request

On Friday, January 14, the Russian FSB reported that it had carried out a special operation to shut down the ransomware group REvil in response to a request from the United States. According to the FSB, its operatives detained and charged the group’s members after conducting raids on 25 addresses in Russia. If convicted, the suspects could face up to
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Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, vivid example of Israel’s state terrorism

The Israeli regime’s hostility towards Iran entered a new phase in 2010, when the Zionist regime assassinated two Iranian nuclear scientists in the year. It was an early morning in January 2010, when the 50-year-old physics professor encountered an explosion caused by a remote explosive device while he was leaving his house. Dr. Masoud Alimohammadi who taught physics in University of Tehran
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Photos and Report: The Wet But Spirited Close Guantánamo Protest in London, Jan. 8, 2022, and an Online Gathering of Former Prisoners

Campaigners across the road from 10 Downing Street during the Guantánamo Network’s march and rally against the continued existence of Guantánamo on Jan. 8, 2022 (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If
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Radio: I Discuss 20 Years of Guantánamo and the Proposed Extradition of Julian Assange with Chris Cook on Gorilla Radio

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of prison at Guantánamo Bay outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020, and the logo for Chris Cook’s ‘Gorilla Radio’ show in Victoria, British Columbia. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the
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Challenges remain for healthcare cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a growing issue across all industries, with no signs of slowing down Two-thirds of health delivery organizations have been victims of ransomware attacks, while 33% have been hit twice or more Governments must enforce existing laws and norms of behavior to crack down on cybersecurity threat actors READ NEXTBlackMatter attack on Olympus shows troubling rise of ransomware-as-a-service Cybersecurity attacks increase mortality rates The
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UAE announces penalty for spreading rumours

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Sunday that spreading misinformation and false news will be punished with imprisonment and a heavy fine. The UAE Public Prosecution posted a video on its official social media accounts explaining that according to Article 52 of Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021 on combating rumours and cybercrimes the punishment for spreading rumours or
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Pointing out the UN's culpability must start taking root

Last week, the UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk once again exposed the UN's inaction over Israel's international law violations. "On the fifth anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 2334 by the United Nations Security Council, the international community has to take its own words and its own laws seriously," Lynk stated. To think that the UN needs special rapporteurs to
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Oliver Stone’s JFK Assassination Documentary Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

Oliver Stone’s new JFK assassination documentary struggled to reach US screens, only to meet with media ridicule when it did. But if there’s nothing to see here, why is the government still blocking the release of records 60 years later? The US government continues to keep classified files related to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy under wraps. (Corbis via
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The internal exile of Egyptian detainees

Hundreds of detainees in Egypt's many prisons woke up last week to arbitrary decisions by the prison authorities to move them to other prisons very far from their homes. They have been sent into internal exile. Gamasa Supreme Security Prison had the largest share of prisoners affected, with more than 100 detainees exiled by the authorities without prior warning. No
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UK Judges Rule That WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Can Be Extradited to the US, Accepting Risible US Assurances Regarding His Mental Health and Suicide Risk

A protestor opposing WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s proposed extradition to the US outside the Old Bailey in London on October 1, 2020 (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.
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A Christmas Tale: The Downing Street Party, Laughter And Bigger State Crimes

Anne Cadwallader on the UK government’s attempt to rewrite the history of British policy in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the UK government is actually ‘censoring numerous files showing British army complicity in the deaths of civilians, depriving bereaved families of access to the truth.’ See also Michael Oswald’s documentary film, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, about Colin Wallace, an intelligence
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US and Israel partner on fintech and cybersecurity innovations

READ NEXTMicrosoft has been on a cybersecurity splurge to fight mounting threats Aim of the joint task force High profile ransomware attacks YOU MIGHT LIKE Has the costs of cybersecurity breaches exploded since the pandemic? Financial sector information sharing on regulations and guidance, and on threat intelligence; Staff training, study visits, and cross-border competency-building activities; Technical exchanges on policy, regulation, and outreach; Improved public sector analytics and enforcement. Economic
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“Patients Call, and They Think Abortion Is Already Illegal”

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take up the Mississippi law that many legal experts expect eventually to overturn Roe v. Wade or at least make it obsolete. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, addresses a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion 15 weeks after “the first day of the last menstrual period,” an interval during which many people would not yet realize they were pregnant
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Artificial Intelligence in the Intelligence Community: Oversight Must Not Be an Oversight

Adaptive Oversight Trust, Transparency, and Partnership IC Actions Committee Actions Conclusion IMAGE: Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) gives an opening statement at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on February 23, 2021, in Washington, DC, regarding the 2020 cyberattack that resulted in a series of major data breaches within several U.S. corporations and agencies and departments in the U.S. federal government. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images)
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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform
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I Discuss the Significance of WikiLeaks’ Release of ‘The Guantánamo Files’ in a Primary Sources Podcast with Clive Stafford Smith

“WikiLeaks and ‘The Guantánamo Files'”: a screenshot of the ‘Primary Sources’ podcast featuring Andy Worthington and Clive Stafford Smith in conversation with Chip Gibbons of Defending Rights and Dissent. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months.
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Former Guantánamo Prisoner Kidnapped in Yemen, Held at an Unknown Location

Abdulqadir al-Madhfari (identified by the US as Abdel Qadir Hussein al-Mudhaffari, and given the prisoner number ISN 40), in a photo taken at Guantánamo and included in his classified military file, released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and
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How Mysticism and Pseudoscience Became Central to Nazism

Supernatural ideas were widespread at the turn of the 20th century, especially in Germany. But in the social crisis following World War I, esoteric and border-science ideas became a powerful tool of Nazi mobilization, directed at demonizing Jews and the Left. Adolf Hitler with Herr Lutze, his chief of staff, during a review of the storm troopers in Berlin to mark
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Official: US won't end military presence in the Middle East

The administration of US President Joe Biden does not intend to end the US military presence in the Middle East, as recently reported by some media outlets, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, said yesterday. "I must stress, against the background of a lot of recent misinformation in this regard, that our partnerships in
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Artists nominate Palestinian refugee camp for UNESCO world heritage status

During the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe), the nascent Israeli army occupied more than 40 Palestinian villages to the west of Jerusalem. The residents were driven out of their homes and took refuge in what is now known as the occupied West Bank. Up to 15,000 of these refugees settled in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, built-in 1949, just southwest of the city of
| Big Slide, International Organisations, Interviews |

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

How can we tell whether the posts, articles and claims we see on the internet and social media sites are true? Online conspiracies and deliberately misleading, partisan content are serious issues, after all. “What Advice Can You Give?” As this guide looks at some of the first steps for uncovering misinformation and disinformation, it is not fully comprehensive. Other good guides can
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Like a Wheedling Abuser, the US Makes Groundless Promises in Julian Assange’s Extradition Appeal

Campaigners in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London on October 28, 2021, the second day of the US government’s appeal against a ruling by a judge in January, preventing Assange’s extradition on mental health grounds (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can
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UK High Court set to hear US appeal in the Assange extradition case

NewsFrom 27 to 28 October, the UK High Court will consider the US government’s appeal against the court decision opposing the extradition of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. Despite continued barriers to access, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will again be attempting to monitor the proceedings, and calls again for the case to be closed and Assange to be immediately released.
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US: Press freedom coalition calls for end to Assange prosecution

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition of 25 press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights organizations in signing a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland again urging the U.S. to drop its appeal in the extradition case of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. The joint letter follows the publication of a shocking investigative report by Yahoo News
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Never-Ending Injustice: State Secrets and the Torture of Abu Zubaydah

An illustration featuring Abu Zubaydah by Brigid Barrett from an article in Wired in July 2013. The photo used is from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues
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Haugen: Facebook has become the Terminator

“I don’t think Facebook ever set out to intentionally promote divisive, extreme, polarizing content. I do think though that they are aware of the side effects of the choices they have made around amplification, and they know that algorithmic-based rankings, so engagement-based ranking, keeps you on their sites longer. You have long — you have longer sessions, you show up
| Corporate Surveillance, Displaced and Refugees, Featured |

Over 20 countries call for the combating racism, racial discrimination

This statement, issued by countries such as Iran, Russia, China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Palestine, Pakistan, Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, was presented by the Nigerian Representative to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. The full text of his message reads: I have the honor to deliver a joint statement on behalf of the African Group and China, as well as
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PA welcomes UK Labour Party's motion on Israeli 'apartheid'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the passing of a motion at the UK Labour Party conference on Monday that recognised Israel as an "apartheid" state and called for sanctions against it, as well as the immediate recognition of Palestine, Wafa news agency has reported. Abbas said that the motion sends a strong message to the Israeli government that the
| Europe & Russia, Israel, Middle East |

Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings'

Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings' Brett Wilkins brett Sep 9, 2021 "You can't address the climate crisis without addressing climate misinformation," said the California Democrat, who plans to call fossil fuel, ad, and PR executives to testify before Congress.
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UK: High Court begins consideration of Assange extradition appeal

NewsOn 11 August, the UK High Court began consideration of the US government’s appeal in the extradition case against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. In the preliminary hearing, the presiding judges granted permission for the US to pursue its appeal on two additional grounds, widening the scope to five grounds in total. The full appellate hearing will take place from 27
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CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump

Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept The WikiLeaks publication of an archive of hacking tools used by the CIA in 2017 may have comprised a portion of the referrals. Several of the publication dates appear to align with referral dates from the CIA. Political Prosecutions Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Pompeo’s Surge Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images A Constitutional Collision “The drumbeat of complaints about leaks from the president and other
| National Security, Politics |

Sonia Kennebeck’s Grim Documentaries About Whistleblowers Expose the Excesses of the National Security State

“United States v. Reality Winner” is a principled, soulful documentary about the National Security Agency contractor who sent a document outlining Russian election hacking and influence efforts to The Intercept, only to be imprisoned for her efforts. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, who previously made a film about drone-program whistleblowers, the 2021 movie provides a welcome introduction to the case, as well as an investigation
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Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

Misinformation regulations A step towards more control Each time you watch journalists being attacked, intimidated, tear gassed in Turkey, remember that it’s YOUR right to information which is attacked, violated and tear gassed no matter where you are. Protect your source to information!#JournalismIsNotACrime pic.twitter.com/97ybc7O9mb Direct message to Germany from Erdoğan: “I have a long arm. We can attack a dissident journalist even in Berlin.”#ErkAcarer@HeikoMaas @amnesty_de
| Activism, Advocacy, Censorship |

The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case

“If Julian Assange is extradited to the U.S. it would be by far the most important and dangerous trial for press freedom in the 21st century.” Unbowed by outside pressure and criticism that using the Espionage Act against Assange would endanger press freedoms, the Biden Justice Department continues to use one of its most incendiary prosecutors to help bring Assange to
| Justice, National Security |

The People vs. Agent Orange Exposes a Mass Poisoning in Plain Sight

In 1975, shortly after moving to Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest, Carol Van Strum began seeing tank trucks and helicopters spraying something pungent. “No one knew what they were spraying, or what it was for,” she recalled. “A lot of people just assumed, ‘It’s the government doing it, it must be OK.’” It wasn’t. Van Strum’s garden wilted. Her children became sick. Then her dog died. Around the region, women
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How Trump Ally Michael Flynn Nurtured — and Profited From — the QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Graphic: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Graphic: Shawn Walker/Arizona State University Raising an Army of “Digital Soldiers” The trademark documents Flynn’s financial connection to the QAnon movement; wherever his logo with the words “Digital Soldiers” is used, he wants to benefit. Right-Wing “Citizen Journalism” From Dark to Light Rallying the Digital Troops Battling the “Deep State” Virtually Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Taking Over “the Idea of Information”
| National Security, Politics, Special Investigations |

Israel forces raid, close healthcare centre in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided the headquarters of a leading healthcare organisation in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh and ordered it to close for six months, a statement issued by the organisation said. General Manager of the Health Work Committees (HWC), Shatha Odeh, said in the statement that heavily-armed Israeli occupation troops smashed the main door of the
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Not All Hackers From DarkSide Group Located in Russia, Cybersecurity Firm Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The fact that members of the DarkSide hacking group speak Russian does not mean they all operate from within Russia and the majority of the cybercriminals are coming from Eastern Europe, cybersecurity firm FireEye Senior VP Charles Carmakal said during a congressional hearing on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
| Tech |

Have Democrats Reached a Turning Point on Israel?

On Thursday, Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire, putting a tentative end to 11 days of fighting that began with protests over the eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and a subsequent Israeli raid at the Al Aqsa mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan. In a statement praising the agreement Thursday night, President Joe Biden described talks between the
| Politics, The Soapbox, Joe Biden |

Settlement Push in East Jerusalem Neighborhood Shows Israeli "Apartheid"

“There is a settler organization registered in the U.S. that is working tirelessly to dispossess me and my family and other people from the neighborhood.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that discussion of issues like settler colonialism and what Zionism really means are finally entering global, and especially American Western, public discourse.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that
| World |

Jen Psaki Grilled on Assange

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was grilled yesterday on press freedom and Julian’s case. Psaki deflected New York Post reporter Steven Nelson’s question by stressing the “independence” of the Justice Department. Activists are joining together to fund a series of #FreeAssange billboards! Led by Misty Winston, they’ve raised thousands in grassroots donations to put up the first billboard in Columbus,
| Activism, Julian Assange, Justice |

Ransomware attack shuts down major US oil pipeline

A Russian criminal group may be responsible for a ransomware attack that shut down a major US fuel pipeline The operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it had halted systems for its 5,500 miles of the pipeline after the attack Unclear when the pipeline will resume operations Who’s responsible for the ransomware attack? SolarWinds hack required massive, sophisticated effort – Microsoft president
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Abu Zubaydah Files Complaint About Torture and Ongoing Imprisonment at Guantánamo with UN Arbitrary Detention Experts

Abu Zubaydah: illustration by Brigid Barrett from an article in Wired in July 2013. The photo used is from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the
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A Call to Free Julian Assange on the 10th Anniversary of WikiLeaks’ Release of the Guantánamo Files

A composite image of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in British custody, and the logo for “The Guantánamo Files,” released ten years ago today. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please click
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Video: I Discuss the Right to Protest, Guantánamo and the Plight of Julian Assange with Team Assange

A screenshot of Andy Worthington being interviewed by Alison Mason of Team Assange on March 20, 2021, discussing the UK government’s attempts to suppress peaceful protest, Guantánamo and the case of Julian Assange. Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Battle for Britain: Fighting the Tory Government's Vile Ideology, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition |

The Latest Lies About Russia

Russia impacted the U.S. election results in 2016 or 2020. Russia hacked into U.S. election machines. The recent U.S. government report alleging election interference contained any evidence of anything. The report so much as alleged Russian involvement in the Biden-Ukraine-corruption story. Russia changed the GOP platform. Russia worked with WikiLeaks. Russia met with Michael Cohen in Prague. 17 U.S. agencies claimed Putin launched cyber-attacks in 2016. Russia hacked
| Disinformation, Joe Biden, Russia |

Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists

Database Dumps and Chat Logs Screenshot: The Intercept Gab by the Numbers Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Most Popular Content on Gab /g/The_Donald (299,156 members) Trump 2020 (225,711 members) News (210,733 members) QAnon and the Great Awakening (210,201 members) WeLoveTrump (185,007 members) Conservative News (178,843 members) Stop The Steal (165,184 members) QAnon (156,739 members) QAnon Patriots (147,193 members) Guns of Gab (146,938 members) Joe Biden Is Not My President (141,452 members) Christianity (135,789 members) Memes,
| Politics, Technology |

Netanyahu’s cynical play for ‘Arab’ voters

The Arab public knows… that Likud is their home, said Miri Regev of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week in an interview with the Israeli Ynet. Campaigning for the March 23 election in Israel, Regev elaborated: We go to Israeli Arabs who know that the only ones taking care of them in the last 10 years are Likud. Who brought
| News, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |