Def Dog: FBI Hacked Again… UPDATE Neal Rauhauser

FBI Hacked, Again! Hacker Leaks Data After Agency Failed to Patch Its Site It seems like the FBI has been hacked, once again! A hacker, using Twitter handle CyberZeist, has claimed to have hacked the FBI’s website (fbi.gov) and leaked personal account information of several FBI agents publically. CyberZeist had initially exposed the flaw on …

Neal Rauhauser: DC Leaks a Republican Hit Job on Democrats?

There has been a lot of noise about the stolen Democratic National Committee documents appearing on Guccifer 2.0’s WordPress.com blog, but there is another equally impressive document cache out there. DC Leaks (dcleaks.com) are pitching themselves as hackers, but the presentation is more consistent with political opposition researchers. The registration of a domain, the bare …

Neal Rauhauser: Netwar & Kremlin Trolls

Regarding Those Kremlin Trolls Netwar Systems Group Launches The Netwar Forward Controller is a central system that accumulates timestamped text data from Twitter, Jabber, IRC, and there is a Telegram integration happening this summer. Advanced search, social/topical/general network analysis, and the ability to integrate things like computational linguistic processing are present.

Neal Rauhauser: Ethereum = World Computer

World computer concept explained in here. What is Ethereum? Vitalik Buterin, Coin Center, March 9, 2016 Bitcoin is widely understood as a system for generating a shared world ledger that securely records bitcoin balances. Ethereum uses many of the same systems (such as blockchains and peer-to-peer networking) in order to generate a shared world computing …

Neal Rauhauser: What Is a Blockchain?

The blockchain is a cryptographically secured register. A long, long time ago we used to hook a line printer to important systems and they’d print a subset of their logging to it. An intruder taking over a box could erase the contents of /var/log, but that printout was immutable. The blockchain provides something similar, but …

Neal Rauhauser: Russian Information Operations The Menace of Unreality – How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money

The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlim Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money covers the Kremlin’s methods and motives as they spread the influence modern Russia, rightly called a mafia state. The concept of “Operations Psychological”, as defined by Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, plays a prominent role …

Neal Rauhauser: Special Ops Look at Clandestine Insurgent and Terrorist Networks

What most will not realize is that the insights in the document are relevant to the growing anger and potential domestic insurgency in the USA. We have 2.5 million veterans from OEF/OIF, assuming 20% in combat that’s 500k, Army/Marines are about 20% black if I recall, so that’s 100k guys who have “seen the elephant”. …

Neal Rauhauser: Fire & Ice — Arctic Melts, Forest Fires, and an India-Pakistan Worst Case Scenario

Fire & Ice The two biggest melts for Greenland were in 1889 and 2012. We didn’t know why the entire surface of Greenland turned to slush in a 96 hour period back when it happened, but now we know it was warm, ash laden air and that a similar event happened in 1889. This is …

Neal Rauhauser: Russia’s Future Conflict in Transnistria

The Fourth Frozen Zone Four months before the Boston Bombing I wrote Four Places You Have Not Heard Of. Yet., which contained a map that showed three of the four ‘frozen conflicts’ from the collapse of the Soviet Union, all in the Caucasus. These are Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia. The Marathon day bombing renewed …

Neal Rauhauser: Nature Bats Last – Global Wildfires

Global Wildfire Patterns Over the last seven years I have become interested in the following topics in roughly chronological order: peak oil, renewable energy with a focus on wind, renewable ammonia, food security, and water security. More and more I am starting to see that global wildfire patterns are also important. The video seen here …

Neal Rauhauser: Lebanon’s Record Drought

Lebanon’s Record Drought Lebanon faces water crisis after record winter drought contains grim details about water supplies in Lebanon. Lebanon’s meteorological service says the country has had just 431 mm (17 inches) of precipitation since September, less than half last year’s 905.8 mm and far below the yearly average of 812 mm. The UN refugee …

Neal Rauhauser: 36 Extraordinary Maps

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways The internet has led to a renaissance in mapmaking, with thousands of interactive, illustrated, informational, or just plain silly maps being published on a daily basis. We’ve done a number of other pieces on some of the web’s interesting and weird maps, …