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The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

As the United States near midterm elections, lawmakers and law enforcement officials are on high alert about violent threats targeted at election officials across the country—domestic threats that have taken the first billing over foreign influence operations and meddling as the primary concern for the 2022 elections. In another arena, though, Congress is making progress …

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Chinese Police Exposed 1B People's Data in Unprecedented Leak

Chinese Police Exposed 1B People’s Data in Unprecedented Leak

As states grapple with the far-reaching implications of the United States Supreme Court’s June decision to reverse the constitutional right to abortion, WIRED examined the privacy risks posed by widely deployed automated license plate readers as the risks of being prosecuted for seeking an abortion ramp up around the country . And researchers underscored the …

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An Alleged Russian Spy Was Busted Trying to Intern at The Hague

An Alleged Russian Spy Was Busted Trying to Intern at The Hague

As well as stopping Cherkasov from obtaining the position at the ICC and sending him back to Brazil, the Dutch intelligence agency also published his long and detailed cover story. The four-page story, often known as a covert intelligence officer’s “legend,” details the background of the “Ferreira” identity. “The threat posed by this intelligence officer …

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Google May Owe You a Chunk of $100 Million

Google May Owe You a Chunk of $100 Million

Not to freak out anyone, but there’s a serious flaw in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows that allows attackers to take over your machine. The so-called Follina vulnerability can be exploited using a weaponized Word document, and security researchers say they’ve already spotted government-backed hackers using this attack in the wild. Fingers crossed that …

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