In follow up to an earlier edition of this publication vis a vis the Yahoo fiasco, NPR reports:
"The Justice Department has announced charges against four people, including two Russian security officials, over cybercrimes linked to a massive hack of millions of Yahoo user accounts. Two of the defendants — Dmitry Dokuchaev and his superior Igor Sushchin — are officers of the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB. According to court documents, they hired two criminal hackers, Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, to access information that has intelligence value. Belan also allegedly used the information obtained for his personal financial gain."
"Months later, Yahoo revealed an even larger hacking incident impacting more than 1 billion accounts that occurred in 2013, as we reported. It's not clear whether the two breaches are related. The company has also indicated in regulatory filings that forged cookies might have been used to access user accounts."
Yahoo users were royally f--ked by the lack of proper security by the Yahoo corporate management suite, including the CEO. Get this. The CEO will be richly rewarded for her incompetence:
"Marissa Mayer is about to lose her CEO job, but she's in for a nice consolation prize. Mayer is set to receive a $23 million severance package after Yahoo's (YHOO, Tech30) sale to Verizon (VZ, Tech30) is completed, according to a company filing Monday. The severance payout is contingent on Yahoo getting sold and Mayer being terminated without cause. The golden parachute package would come on top of the more than $150 million Mayer received in salary and stock awards since joining the company in 2012."
Laissez-faire capitalism is no more than a zero-sum, winner-take all game. A rigged system. The top 1% take it all. The bottom 99? F--ked. Forget? The Republican way.
Yahoo has again betrayed the best interests of its users. Egregiously, so. This company used to be top of the line. No longer. NBC News reports:
"Yahoo secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter."
It's clearly betrayed the best interests of its users. Has been used the last several years as a portal to this publication. Have received, however, absolutely no email from readers of this publication. Not one. Do continue to receive newsletters from several politicians and groups, however. Precisely, why this email account still remains open and active.
If you happen to need to make contact, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have changed the contact email address on the homepage, this edition, and all future ones. Since I have received no email from any of you to the Yahoo address, have no concern any of you have had your privacy invaded.
You should all be using Tor as browser to protect your privacy, make it as difficult as possible for government and its corporate masters to track. You should not think, however, you can commit crimes and not be caught. You will be. The government will have to work harder, but has the resources to do so.
"The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency's demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time."
This is outrageously unacceptable. The Fourth Amendment requires a warrant, probable cause. These jackbooted bastards in government are shameless. So is Yahoo. Inexcusable betrayal of their users.
"It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified. Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request."
Again, this is a pernicious invasion of privacy and an egregious betrayal of its users by Yahoo.
"According to the two former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook."
If true, Mayer needs to go.
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
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