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Sep 19, 2020 at 02:44. 9 comments

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

The Trump administration has barely even bothered to back up its case that its use of emergency powers to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to an American company is based on cybersecurity concerns. It’s actually setting the stage for a meltdown of its own making.

While the White House officially cited cybersecurity concerns when it threatened TikTok and...

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Sep 17, 2020 at 09:25. 10 comments

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

The Trump administration’s efforts to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling its U.S. subsidiary TikTok to an American company are closing in, with enterprise software giant Oracle attempting to get regulators to clear a deal. Unsurprisingly, everyone involved is really making a garbage fire out of it.

The White House, claiming that TikTok’s owner poses a security threat because...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 10:20. 2 comments

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

A Chinese intelligence firm’s database on 2.4 million people—including some 50,000 Americans—was recently leaked, exposing it to researchers.

Per a Tuesday report in the Register, Fullbright University Vietnam researcher Chris Balding and Australian security researcher Robert Potter co-authored a recent paper on Beijing-based company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, whose data on millions was...

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Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

The National Security Agency’s program to hoover up details on billions of domestic phone calls and text messages in the U.S. was illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, and was probably an unconstitutional abuse of power.

Per Politico, the findings were unanimously handed down in a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning the 2013 conviction of four Somali immigrants of...

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Aug 05, 2020. 14 comments

White House at a Total Fucking Loss to Explain Trump's TikTok Shakedown

White House at a Total Fucking Loss to Explain Trump's TikTok Shakedown

No one in the White House has any idea what the fuck Donald Trump was talking about when he suggested that the U.S. Treasury should get a slice of any deal for Microsoft to buy TikTok.

The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok in the U.S., possibly by putting it on a Commerce Department blacklist, over largely theoretical concerns that Beijing-based owner ByteDance could use it to...

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Aug 04, 2020. 20 comments

Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

Donald Trump is demanding the U.S. government somehow get a juicy cut of any deal for Microsoft to buy Chinese-owned video app TikTok—or else.

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, which over the past year has triggered concerns that the Chinese government could

order the firm to assist it in espionage against the app’s estimated 80 million daily active U.S. users. There’s been no...

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Lauren Davis Lauren Davis Aug 10, 2018.

Just in time for spy week: CIA veteran Lynn Boughey and International Spy Museum executive directo


	Just in time for spy week: CIA veteran Lynn Boughey and International Spy Museum executive directo

Just in time for spy week: CIA veteran Lynn Boughey and International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest's book Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, which analyzes the spy techniques in J.K. Rowling's fantasy novels, is

free today on Kindle .

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