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Transcript of Attorney General William Barr’s bizarre press conference before release of Mueller Russia Investigation report (with gushing praise for Trump highlighted).

On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation of matters related to Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and submitted his confidential report to me pursuant to Department of Justice regulations.As I said during my Senate confirmation hearing and since, I am committed to ensuring the greatest possible degree of transparency concerning the Special Counsel’s investigation, consistent with the law.
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Guccifer 2.0 mistakenly reveals identity after accidentally dropping VPN connection – and yes, pigs can fly

News erupted this week proclaiming the enigmatic hacker, Guccifer 2.0, accidentally dropped his VPN connection, revealing his secret identity. According to Daily Beast, his true IP address was revealed while he visited a social media site – and it tracked directly to Russia’s GRU headquarters. That’s akin to Batman forgetting to put on his mask or locking the door to the bat-cave. Could it happen? Sure. But not likely.
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Full text of ICA-2017-1 – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections (with annotations)

The following was released to the general public on January 6, 2017 by the DNI (Director of National Intelligence). In short, the release accuses Russia of attempting to influence the US's 2016 election using a persona known as Guccifer 2.0 to release stolen (hacked) documents via Wikileaks. Regular readers will not be surprised by the findings as I drew this same conclusion in this article a few weeks ago.
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Who’s really behind the DNC/NSA hacks? Russia, Snowden, independent hacker, or hybrid of all three?

Regardless of whether you consider Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information to be self-sacrificial acts of patriotism or the deeds of a traitor, the recent DNC data dump and NSA cyber weapons malware (milware?) code drops have all the markings of a Snowden escapade. If you disagree, consider the timing of the code drop and who has the most to gain.
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Interesting geographic attack vector from a Russian launched cyber counter-attack

I love the Russians. I know, strange to hear that from an American in modern day with a new “cold war” (seemingly) beginning to gain steam. Let’s say, I respect them. Their hackers in particular. Their response to a cyberattack is to launch a full-on offensive attack against the attacker, quite a different response from the Chinese who tend to just block attackers, or the Americans, who never even notice an attack is taking place.
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JPMorgan Chase security breach not what you think – military attack against key financial institutions turns over keys to the kingdom

Although I’m disappointed that JPMorgan Chase delayed the disclosure of the breach that touched more than 83 million U.S. households (they knew about it at least four months ago), I’m even more upset at what they disclosed – that key customer financial data was not stolen. JPMorgan may tout the expertise of their security team who bravely stopped the attack before the hackers could get their mitts on customer accounts and passwords, I see a pretty good indication that this was *not* what the attackers were after. At this point, there’s a pretty good clue that the attack was a government or military-sponsored endeavor, likely originating from Russia.
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No, no “Eugene” did NOT pass the Turing test

I hate to steal anyone’s thunder but I’m afraid Eugene did not pass the “Turing test”, the test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Media outlets are reporting that "Eugene", an AI created by a team based in Russia, has passed a Turing test organized by the University of Reading, by duping one in three judges. What they are not mentioning however, is that Eugene cheated…

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