Pence Differs On Trump’s Core Issues

Pence Differs On Trump’s Core Issues

From FiveThirtyEight: Donald Trump announced Friday via Twitter that his running mate will be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. In this emergency podcast, the team looks at what pluses and minuses Pence brings to the Trump campaign. More Politics A staunch social conservative, Pence checks a lot of boxes that Trump doesn’t, but the Indiana governor also disagrees with Trump’s stance on immigration and trade. And as we prepare for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump is gaining ground in national polls and key swing states. You can stream or…

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Election Update: 10 Questions About Where The 2016 Race Stands

Election Update: 10 Questions About Where The 2016 Race Stands

From FiveThirtyEight: Donald Trump has significantly improved his position in our general election forecasts as a result of state and national polls that show declining numbers for Hillary Clinton. Trump now has a 36 percent chance of winning the election, according to our polls-only forecast, and a 37 percent chance according to polls-plus, which also considers economic conditions. With the conventions upon us — the Republicans’ starts Monday in Cleveland — let’s step back and ask some big-picture questions about where the race stands. More Politics Despite a relatively poor…

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Two Times Mike Pence Brushed Off Science

Two Times Mike Pence Brushed Off Science

From FiveThirtyEight: As my boss Nate Silver wrote Thursday, most people in the U.S. don’t know much about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s vice-presidential pick. That’s likely not the case among public health professionals, given Pence’s rather notorious recent history with public health policy. Take, for example, an ongoing outbreak of HIV in southern Indiana. From December 2014 to May of this year, 191 cases of HIV, nearly all linked to the injection of the painkiller Opana, were found in Scott County, a rural area near the Kentucky border….

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How the Real Hackers Behind Mr. Robot Get It So Right

How the Real Hackers Behind Mr. Robot Get It So Right

From Wired: This week on the premiere of Mr. Robot, the hacktivist collective fsociety made good on its threat to bring down the evil E Corp. With a few strokes of the keyboard, a USB stick and a little social engineering, the anarchists infected the corporate giant’s banking division with ransomware, locking up thousands of files and closing it for business. As the character Darlene prepared her malicious code, real hackers watching no doubt chuckled at the familiar words on her screen: “Hack the Gibson…and remember…hugs are worth more than…

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Watching the Attempted Turkish Coup Unfold on Twitter

Watching the Attempted Turkish Coup Unfold on Twitter

From Wired: This developing story will be updated. First came the images of bridges blocked by Turkish military, soldiers and trucks lining both byways over the Bosphorus in Istanbul. In America, Twitter exploded with speculation that something big was happening. Newspapers had nothing, and TV stations were mum as journalists on the ground scrambled to gather facts. Only Twitter, as is so often the case with breaking news, let the world know that tanks were rolling through street and jets were flying over cities. And people watched. And waited. Both…

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Security News This Week: ATM Thieves Steal Millions With Malware

Security News This Week: ATM Thieves Steal Millions With Malware

From Wired: After a long stretch of gloom, there was at least one positive development in the security world this week: Mr. Robot is back! We spoke with one of the show’s writers to help preview the upcoming season for you, and also took a look at how the show manages to get so much right about hacking—especially when so many others get it wrong. Over in the real world, Fiat Chrysler announced its first “bug bounty” program, making it also the first major automaker to pay out for hacker-found…

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GSA Administrator Woos California Cyber Companies

GSA Administrator Woos California Cyber Companies

From NextGov: The federal buying hub wants more new cyber companies to sell to government, supplying it with cutting-edge security technology. The General Services Administration’s top official flew to California this week to deliver her pitch to tech companies based there. On Wednesday, GSA hosted a Cyber Industry Day in San Francisco, during which Administrator Denise Turner Roth planned to clear up misconceptions about federal contracting. The West Coast trip appears to combine two GSA efforts: first, to shore up federal cyber protections by changing how technology is procured, as outlined in the…

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National Weather Service System #Fail, Bogus Flash Flood Warning Issued

National Weather Service System #Fail, Bogus Flash Flood Warning Issued

From NextGov: A “major network issue” upended forecasts and warnings from the National Weather Service, as thunderstorms darkened the central part of the country on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.  In the D.C. metro area, the outage prompted the issuance of a bogus flash flood warning. National Weather Service forecasters in Sterling, Virginia, had to clarify – via Twitter – no actual warning had been issued. NWS, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, blamed the technical difficulties on a service “interruption” that began 10:30 a.m. The data integrity issues were…

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An Inside Look At a CYBERCOM Dress Rehearsal

An Inside Look At a CYBERCOM Dress Rehearsal

From NextGov: During a recent hack attack drill, Cyber Command troops botched an attempt to stop compromised energy machinery from leaking oil — and that was the intention, the Pentagon says. “We do that because at the point of failure, that’s where learning will occur,” Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, CYBERCOM director of exercises and training, told a small group of reporters. Last month, in Suffolk, Virginia, Lunday supported the annual “Cyber Guard” practice session with civilians and an all-military “Cyber Flag” session. Key to both exercises is the nascent “persistent…

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Both Clinton and Trump would bring a war-time posture to the White House

Both Clinton and Trump would bring a war-time posture to the White House

From The Washington Post: Although authorities have not yet tied the attack to jihadist-inspired terrorism, both candidates immediately responded to the latest in a string of attacks at home and abroad that have heightened voter anxiety by vowing aggressive efforts to combat the Islamic State. They have done so in strikingly different ways, she with specific proposals and he with broad promises. But together, their messages effectively assure a war-time posture in the White House next year no matter who becomes president — and they mark a sharp departure on…

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