The "Bitfi" wireless hardware wallet has been discovered to be very hackable and otherwise molestable contrary to vendor claims (archived). The device turns out to be a Mediatek Android smartphone board in a case readily pried open by a normal, healthy human thumbnail. Meanwhile the software stack is readily rootable and open to subterfuge as these things tend to be.
Reddit has announced that they were hacked in June losing control of current user email addresses and a complete 2007 backup including password salted and hashed to Reddit's 2007 standards for such things (archived). Reddit attributes their loss to SMS based 2 factor authorization being defeated with their third party cloud and code hosting providers. They further claimed to have involved "law enforcement" in this matter.
Multiple agencies operating as part of the criminal conspiracy known as the USG hit Wildlands Outdoor Equipment in Vandalia, Illinois with an early morning raid (archived). Forces from "Homeland Security", the FBI, ATF, and Illinois State Police descended on the property of 82 year old Bob Hanabarger in armoured vehicles followed by flatbed trucks. The thieves made no arrests and the local US attorney's office declined to comment on why the USG raiders loaded property including entire intermodal containers onto their vehicles.
Hanabarger has reportedly been operating his business equipping outdoor enthusiasts for decades.
The entire police force of Blandford, Massachusetts resigned from the force last night (archived). Interim chief Roberta Sarnacki and all three officers shared a single resination letter where they alleged "unsafe working conditions" and poor equipment. At the 2010 census Blandford had a population of 1233 persons.
Today Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that Crimea had been reintegrated into Russia following a mix up that left Crimea for some years after the Soviet Union collapse attached instead to Ukraine (archived). During the final years of the Hussein Bahamas administration Russia was pushed to reclaim the territory after foreign meddling by western governments in Ukraine destabilized the region.
Information on a US surveillance program targeting persons not known to be terrorists has been leaked (archived). The progam dubbed "Quiet Skies" involves the assignment of air marshall details to follow travelers who meet the following criteria:
- Not under investigation by any agency
- Not in the terrorist screening database
Selected targets are then followed by a team of armed plainclothes air marshalls for the duration of their US air travel. In their report on the program, the Boston Globe estimated the program manages to handle 35 targets daily.
A bill being considered in the US congress would drastically increase the fines the criminal organization calling itself the US Government imagines it can levy for radio frequency actors that refuse to surrender to USG extortion (archived). The full text of the proposal as it was presented July 24th is presented below: Continue reading
UN Secretary General António Guterres has begun begging members for money amid what he claims are "cash flow issues" (archived). This problem exists in spite a greater than normal portion of UN members having paid their dues for the year on time. This suggests that the problem is on the spending side.