Three weeks into a partial shutdown of the USG over legislative intransigence with respect to one budget item President Trump holds dear, there have been few visible differences thus far between an operating USG and a shutdown USG. Signs however are beginning to accumulate as TLS certificates expire and government websites go without updates (archived).
A Huawei sales director and a form Polish internal security service professional have been arrested in Poland (archived). Some sort of connection between the Chinese firm and China's state intelligence services is alleged, but details about how exactly this created a problem for this specific Huawei employee remain ellusive.
The 'American Psychological Association' has declared masculinity as harmful and in the course of doing so has marginalized half of the human race based on their biology (archived). The critique offered by the organization, which represents most practicing clinical psychologists in the US, most intensenly condemneds masculine traits that have positive roles in making societies worth living in. Why would cows need status and adventure to find fulfillment?
As French Despot Macron continues gassing his own people, Yellow Jackets continue striking at the structures supporting the despot. Yellow Jackets and parties sympathetic to their cause have crippled more than 60 percent of the remote "speed trap" cameras used to control French drivers and enforce a national 80 km/hour speed limit on rural roads imposed last summer (archived).
With his apparatus of oppression under ongoing assualt by the French people, Macron is planning to sign a treaty with Germany further integrating the two in Aaachen on January 22nd (archived). The treaty will lay out a path for unifying France and Germany militarily while committing France to advance a number of positions in Germany's interest including a push to award Germany a permanent seat on the UN security council.1
Effectively a second German seat as Macron is already feeding everything French to Germany. ↩
As Joaqín 'El Chapo' Guzman's trial continues USG agents are alleging they flipped an IT guy running a private VOIP network, then had him deliver 'the' encryption keys to him after which they recorded hundreds of hours of calls (archived). The IT guy in question, Cristian Rodriguez was even kept alive and working after Guzman suspected him of incompetence following an FBI induced incident where the network's servers "needed" moved from Canada to the Netherlands.
After this move Rodriguez delivered the new network's keys to the FBI, the possibility of which suggests poor key management procedures and a lack of functional information security knowlege on Guzman's part. The tools and culture necessary to thrive in the future are being developed in The Most Serene Republic. To ignore the Republic and its offerings is a choice, and that choice means adopting a posture of perpetual vulnerability.
Vulnerabilities in 'systemd journald' allowing memory corruption and out of bounds memory reading (archived). This combination creates the necessary space for an attacker to get root on affected systems. Sorry for your logs.
Peter Boghossian is facing sanctions at Portland State University for his participation in an investigation into the intellectual bankruptcy of contemporary 'academic journals' purporting to publish in the 'social sciences' (archived). The University's institutional review board has determined Boghossian is guilty 'research misconduct' under the guise that academic journal editors being presented candidate papers are 'uninformed human research subjects' when their purported job involves functioning as a sort of meat powered spam filter. The board futher is alleging Boghossian engaged in academic fraud dismissing the core discovery of the investigation, that there are in fact very few checks against the publication of academic fraud in 'prestige journals' by parties less inclined to disclose their deceptions.
Police have released the scene and arrested no one after a dead black man was found in the West Hollywood home of Pantsuit donor Ed Buck a mere 17 months after another dead black man was found in Buck's home (archived). In the previous incident Gemmel Moore, a 26 year old male sex worker's death was ruled a drug overdose following an investigation which found numerous syringes and indicators of habitual methamphetamine use in Buck's home. According to Moore's journal, Buck introduced him to methamphetamine.
The latest stiff has not been identified. Buck inists he has known the man for more than 25 years prior to his death in Buck's home.
Ethereum classic, the principaled response to ether huffing hallucinations that the DAO incident could simply be undone, has experienced a greater than 100 block chain reorganization.
The benchwarmer for US President Donald Trump's probable next Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg failed to attend oral arguments for the first time in her career (archived). The octagenarian will allegedly be participating via reading the court's transcripts. Ginsburg's pronounced reduction in activity following the recent wave of medical problems involving her chest suggests her remaining time is very limited.