Donald Trump’s twofold strategy to win the election—Trump’s own electoral map, and his attempts to suppres s voters

from https://verdict.justia.com/2016/10/28/trumps-final-strategy-win-white-house

This is an amazing—if not frightening—election. Amazing that anyone as unqualified as Donald Trump is the presidential nominee of a major party. Amazing that Trump has no policies only stated goals, most of which are offensive not to mention unrealistic (e.g., deporting 11 million “illegals,” building a wall on our southern border, changing our foreign alliances like NATO, banning Muslims from entering the USA, etc.). Frightening because Trump has no government experience whatsoever. He is a New York City real estate developer, and he does not even have a good newspaper knowledge of what presidents can and cannot do with our highest office. He has virtually no true understanding whatsoever of how Washington works.

Frightening also because Trump is an authoritarian personality, which makes him unsuited for the Oval Office. Trump is so taken with himself he is unable to acknowledge that he is not qualified for the job; he thinks he can fake it until he figures it out. Or that he can hire people—of course having them all sign nondisclosure agreements—who can guide him until he understands the job. Unfortunately, it does not work that way and our nation’s enemies are not going to give him a grace period to learn on the job. Therefore, national security experts from both parties have publicly declared he must not become president.

The only reason that Trump has not been shut out of any chance whatsoever of winning the White House, and remains competitive with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is Republicans have spent the last 35 years trying to destroy Hillary Clinton. While they failed, they have confused enough people to seriously tarnish her. Trashing her began when she became the First Lady of Arkansas, the wife of the governor. When the Clinton partnership arrived on the national stage, and President Clinton gave his wife responsibility to develop a national healthcare program, she became a serious and more focused target of conservatives. Indeed, there was (and still is) “a vast right-wing conspiracy” devoted to destroying Bill and Hillary Clinton.

If Donald Trump wins the election, this country will have a national disaster of unprecedented dimensions. The blame for this calamity is on the mainstream media (e.g., The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News) which gave Trump endless free coverage during the Republican primary contests (where competent candidates were ignored to cover his more interesting shenanigans), coverage which has extended into the general election. And that same news media has made a great issue out of Hillary Clinton’s uses of a private email server as secretary of state, a totally bogus scandal of no consequence whatsoever, ignoring that her predecessor Colin Powell used private email and the Bush II administration “lost” 22 MILLION emails.

Voting is now underway, but no one knows for certain how it will end on November 8, 2016. For example, while Hillary is leading by varying amounts in all the legitimate polling, nobody thinks her victory is a sure thing. For example: Michael Moore: Here’s why Trump will win election – WND; Stop it with the Clinton coronation. Trump can still win – CNBC; Why Trump can still win and most likely will win this election – Daily Kos; Yes, Trump can still win this election – TheBlaze.com.

Donald Trump knows he is a longshot, yet he believes he is still very much in the race. We now have evidence of his thinking, why he is still in the game. He recently released an electoral map as part of his fund-raising efforts, which is instructive, and Bloomberg Businessweek was able to look inside the Trump bunker in San Antonio, where the number crunchers operate. Let’s examine both.

rest at https://verdict.justia.com/2016/10/28/trumps-final-strategy-win-white-house

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Over 43 Million Weebly Accounts Hacked; Foursquare Also Hit By Data Breach

2016 is the year of data breaches that has made almost every major companies victims to the cyber attacks, resulting in compromise of over billion of online users accounts.

Weebly and Foursquare are the latest victims of the massive data breach, joining the list of "Mega-Breaches" revealed in recent months, including LinkedIn, MySpace, VK.com, Tumblr, Dropbox, and the biggest one — Yahoo.

Details for over 43 Million users have been stolen from the San Francisco-based website building service Weebly, according to breach notification site LeakedSource, who had already indexed a copy of the stolen data that it received from an anonymous source.

In addition, LeakedSource posted details of the cyber attack in its blog post on Thursday explaining what happened. The attack believed to have been carried out in February 2016.

"Unlike nearly every other hack, the Co-founder and CTO of Weebly Chris Fanini fortunately did not have his head buried deeply in the sand and actually responded to our communication requests," LeakedSource says.

"We have been working with them to ensure the security of their users meaning password resets as well as notification emails are now being sent out."

The stolen data contains personal data of 43,430,316 Weebly customers, which includes usernames, email addresses, passwords, and IP addresses.

Stolen passwords were stored using the strong hashing function "BCrypt," making it difficult for hackers to obtain user’s actual password.

These password hashes also believed to have used a Salt – a random string added to the hashing process to further strengthen passwords in order to make it more difficult for hackers to crack them.

Weebly confirmed the data breach, saying the company has started notifying affected customers and already initiated password reset process and new password requirements.

"Weebly recently became aware that an unauthorized party obtained email addresses and/or usernames, IP addresses and encrypted (bcrypt hashed) passwords for a large number of customers," the company said.

"At this point, we do not have evidence of any customer website being improperly accessed. We do not store any full credit card numbers on Weebly servers, and at this time we’re not aware that any credit card information that can be used for fraudulent charges was part of this incident."

rest at http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/weebly-foursquare-data-breach.html

Ex-NSA Contractor Stole 50 TB of Classified Data; Includes Top-Secret Hacking Tools Thursday

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Almost two months ago, the FBI quietly arrested NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin III for stealing an enormous number of top secret documents from the intelligence agency.

Now, according to a court document filed Thursday, the FBI seized at least 50 terabytes of data from 51-year-old Martin that he siphoned from government computers over two decades.

The stolen data that are at least 500 million pages of government records includes top-secret information about "national defense." If all data stolen by Martin found indeed classified, it would be the largest NSA heist, far bigger than Edward Snowden leaks.

According to the new filing, Martin also took "six full bankers’ boxes" worth of documents, many of which were marked "Secret" and "Top Secret." The stolen data also include the personal information of government employees. The stolen documents date from between 1996 through 2016.

"The document appears to have been printed by the Defendant from an official government account," the court documents read. "On the back of the document are handwritten notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure and detailed descriptions of classified technical operations."

Former NSA Insider Could Be Behind The Shadow Brokers

It’s not clear exactly what Martin allegedly stole, but The New York Times reported Wednesday that the stolen documents also included the NSA’s top secret hacking tools posted online by a supposed hacking group, calling itself Shadow Brokers, earlier this year.

Earlier this summer, Shadow Brokers claimed to have infiltrated NSA servers and stolen enormous amounts of data, including working exploits and hacking tools.

The NY Times report suggests that the FBI has found forensic evidence that the hacking tools and cyber-weapons posted online by the alleged hacking group had actually been on a contractor’s machine.

rest at http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/nsa-contractor-hacking.html

Massive DDoS Attack Against Dyn DNS Causes Major Outages to Popular Sites

Cyber attacks are getting evil and worst nightmare for companies day-by-day, and the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one such attacks that cause a massive damage to any service.

Recently, the Internet witnessed a record-breaking largest DDoS attack of over 1 Tbps against France-based hosting provider OVH, and now the latest victim of the attack is none other than Dyn DNS provider.

A sudden outage of popular sites and services, including Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Shopify, for many users, is causing uproar online. It’s because of a DDoS attack against the popular Domain Name System (DNS) service provider Dyn, according to a post on Ycombinator.

DNS act as the authoritative reference for mapping domain names to IP addresses. In other words, DNS is simply an Internet’s phone book that resolves human-readable web addresses, like thehackernews.com, against IP addresses.

Dyn DNS is used by many websites and services as their upstream DNS provider, including Twitter, Spotify, SaneBox, Reddit, Box, Github, Zoho CRM, PayPal, Airbnb, Freshbooks, Wired.com, Pinterest, Heroku and Vox Media properties.

All of these sites and services are reportedly experiencing outages and downtime, either completely or partially.

Here’s an internet outage map from Level3:
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According to Dyn DNS, the DDOS started at 11:10 UTC and is mostly affecting its customers in the East Coast of the United States, specifically Managed DNS customers.

rest at http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/dyn-dns-ddos.html

Inside The History Documentary Every ‘Hamilton’ Fan Will Want To See

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Just over three years ago, filmmaker Alex Horwitz decided to make a documentary. He didn’t know exactly what he was documenting ― at that point, it could have been a concept album or maybe a show. But Horwitz did know that whatever his college pal Lin-Manuel Miranda was cooking up in 2013, he wanted to be the one behind the camera capturing it all.

Fast forward to today, and Horwitz’s “Hamilton’s America” film, produced by Radical Media, is the behind-the-scenes passport musical fans have been waiting for. It does indeed follow Miranda as he perfects the songs and performances that make up “Hamilton,” the theater phenomenon that’s arguably become the center of gravity for pop culture in 2016. It moves from backstage on Broadway to the research actors embarked upon to craft their characters. But it’s hardly, as Horwitz was quick to point out in an interview with The Huffington Post, a typical making-of.

”That movie has been made, several times. It’s been made about Lin,” Horwitz noted, citing Radial Media’s “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams,” a documentary about Miranda’s first Tony-winning production, a story of a company of young, unknown performers putting on a make-it or break-it show. Instead, “Hamilton’s America” would be about history ― “How Hamilton the man comes to life through whatever it is you’re doing,” Horwitz pitched Miranda.

To tell that story, Horwitz recruited not only a gang of “Hamilton” insiders from the cast and creative crew, but also a brigade of politicians and historians capable of drawing parallels between the very real theatrics of two centuries ago and the political maelstrom of today. From Elizabeth Warren to President Barack Obama to a famed historian who refers to Alexander Hamilton as an “asshole,” the resulting film centers on creative writing’s ability to bring the past back to life.

The day after the first presidential debate of this year, we spoke with Horwitz over the phone. Ahead of the last presidential debate of the season ― and the PBS premiere of “Hamilton’s America” on Oct. 21 ― here’s what the filmmaker had to say about rap battles, George Washington, and Miranda’s unchanging personality.

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I want to talk a little bit about the politicians you speak with in the documentary. How did you choose who you would interview?

I’ll answer with a negative first: I knew I wanted to interview politicians, but I knew I wanted to stay away from the current political season; I wanted to stay away from current presidential candidates. I was very deliberate in getting politicians from both sides of the aisle evenly. There’s a treasury secretary from each side of the aisle. There’s a prominent member of Congress from each side of the aisle. And we were very fortunate to get a president from each side of the aisle. So that was important, because I do think it’s a film about politics, but it’s not a political film itself. I wanted all of these interviewers to reflect on history and political philosophy a bit, but not to talk about contemporary issues, other than by way of mentioning how connected the conversation of today is to the political conversation of 200 years ago or more.

As to the specific names ― it might be obvious to anyone who sees the movie, but I just kind of shot for the moon. If you were to ask someone to name two very prominent members of Congress, it’s very likely you’re going to get Paul Ryan and Elizabeth Warren on that list. So I just kind of went for people I thought would speak well, were informed on history, and were in the public eye. Because, usually in historical documentaries, when you cut to an expert, it is someone you don’t instantly recognize. The cliche was, when we were watching those documentaries in high school, was that it was time to be bored by a person I don’t care about. But if I can ride the wave of goodwill from the musical “Hamilton” toward the offices of some very prominent people like Elizabeth Warren and Paul Ryan, I’ll take it. I think they just do a lot to immediately grab your attention.

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Donald Trump Booed After Attacking Clinton at Catholic Charity Dinner

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, an annual charity event that has long been a bastion of civility in an otherwise partisan political world, was disrupted by booing at the Waldorf-Astoria Thursday night as Donald Trump offered up a cruel roast of Hillary Clinton, drawing jeers from the otherwise genteel crowd.

It was an unusually awkward affair, by all accounts. It is a longstanding election-year tradition for both major party presidential candidates to be invited to attend the white-tie gala, where each takes the opportunity to give a lighthearted speech, gently ribbing themselves (and their opponents) in the spirit of former New York governor Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential nominee. “The purpose of the Al Smith Dinner is to show both our country and our Church at their best,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, wrote in a blog post in 2012 defending his decision to invite President Barack Obama, despite his support for abortion rights. “People of faith gathered in an evening of friendship, civility, and patriotism, to help those in need, not to endorse either candidate.”

Right out of the gate, however, Trump, misread the room. “They’ve had me to their homes, they’ve introduced me to their children, I’ve become their best friends in many instances,” he said, referring to the Who’s Who of Manhattan elite in the room before him. “They’ve asked for my endorsement and they always wanted my money. And even called me really a dear, dear friend. But then suddenly, decided when I ran for president as a Republican, that I’ve always been a no-good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel. And they totally forgot about me.” The response was notably silent.

Trump did land several jokes about his modesty (“In fact many people tell me that modesty is perhaps my best quality”), his “nasty woman” remark (“I don’t think so badly of Rosie O’Donnell anymore”), and the mainstream media attacking him unfairly. “You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it—it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case.” For a moment, those following along on Twitter were ready to concede that the real-estate mogul had some decent comedic chops.

But Trump, continuing to be Trump, veered back into campaign mode soon afterwards. “Hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the Watergate Commission,” he said at one point, to an uncomfortable crowd. “How corrupt do you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate Commission? Pretty corrupt. Hillary is, and has been, in politics since the 70s. What’s her pitch? The economy is busted? The government’s corrupt? Washington is failing? ‘Vote for me. I’ve been working on these problems for 30 years. I can fix it’, she says.”

The hardest joke, however, nearly turned the crowd against him. “Hillary believes that it is vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private,” he said at one point, referring to her leaked speeches, drawing boos from the audience. “That’s O.K., I don’t know who they’re angry at, Hillary, you or I,” Trump continued. “For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.”

Clinton’s speech was more calibrated, mocking the embarrassing details about her life spilled by WikiLeaks (“it’s a treat for all of you too, because usually I charge a lot for speeches like this”), while still going after Trump. “You know, come to think of it, it’s amazing I’m up here after Donald. I didn’t think he’d be O.K. with a peaceful transition of power. And, Donald, after listening to your speech, I will also enjoy listening to Mike Pence deny that you ever gave it.”

She also joked, to Trump’s increasing discomfort, about his ties to Russia: “Donald really is as healthy as a horse, you know, the one Vladimir Putin rides around on”—and, of course, his widely panned appearances at the debates. “Donald wanted me drug-tested before last night’s debate. And look, I’ve got to tell you, I am so flattered that Donald thought I used some sort of performance enhancer. Now, actually, I did. It’s called preparation.”

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Biden: I’d Take Trump ‘Behind the Gym’

A fired-up Joe Biden went after Donald Trump on Friday, saying he would take the Republican presidential nominee “behind the gym” if the two were still in high school. The vice president was responding to Trump’s lewd comments in which he bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. Since then, 10 women have come forward saying Trump acted inappropriately toward them. Trump has denied the allegations. “What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make,” Biden said to a roaring crowd. “The press always asks me, ‘don’t I wish I were debating him.’ No, I wish we were in high school—I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish.”

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