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The Real Leaky Problem

The arrest of Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old federal contractor from Atlanta, Georgia, for leaking a National Security Agency report describing in far more detail than previously known Russian efforts to intrude in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump, comes in the midst of a deluge of Trump tweets and leaks.

Among the most sensitive leaks about national security since the start of the Trump administration was Trump’s own Oval Office conversation with top Russian officials last month, in which he revealed allied intelligence information apparently coming from Israel. At that same meeting, Trump discussed his firing of former FBI Director James Comey the previous day, thereby relieving “great pressure” on him, he said. (Comey will be testifying before Congress Thursday).

How do we even know about these discussions between Trump and Russian officials? They were leaked! So we had a leak about a leak, coupled with a leak about a potential coverup by the president of his attempt to obstruct justice.

The essential message of the Justice Department’s decision to go after Reality Winner is that those who leak will be targeted for prosecution if the information they give journalists is about Russia helping Trump win the election.

But let’s be clear. This particular leak of an NSA report is not the central problem.

The problem is Russia has directly and brazenly interfered in our democratic system. Yet we don’t know exactly how – and we don’t have a means of stopping Russia from doing it again.

The other part of the problem is that instead of resolutely focusing on this brazen attack on American democracy, we have president who’s been actively trying to obstruct public knowledge of what happened.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed his military’s plans to rain “an enveloping fire” around the U.S. territory of Guam — but opted not to fire missiles at this time, according to state media. Despite the stand-down, some Guamanians were alarmed after two radio stations aired an erroneous emergency alert Tuesday.

Kim visited the Korean People’s Army as the self-imposed mid-August deadline for a missile demonstration approached, the Korean Central News Agency reports. But after hearing the plan and considering it, Kim opted not to give the order to launch missiles, and instead “would watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” the report says.

Kim also warned that the U.S. should not test North Korea’s self-restraint.

North Korea Says It Won’t Fire Missiles At Guam After All

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Michael Moore launches website 'Trumpileaks' for whistleblowers inside the Trump administration
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has created a website called “Trumpileaks” to enable whistleblowers to securely share information from the Trump administration. Mr Moore’s launch of his website comes a day after the Justice Department charged a government contractor with leaking classified information to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Donald Trump.

Alexandra Wilts at The Independent:

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has created a website called “Trumpileaks” to enable whistleblowers to securely share information from the Trump administration.

Mr Moore’s launch of his website comes a day after the Justice Department charged a government contractor with leaking classified information to the news media, the first criminal leak case under President Donald Trump.  

Reality Leigh Winner reportedly sent a top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept that described two cyberattacks by Russia’s military intelligence unit, including one against a company that sells voter registration-related software.

The NSA has said that the report was submitted anonymously.

Mr Moore, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, wrote in a letter published by the Huffington Post that “patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.”

His website features encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Peerio for leakers to send information digitally. Individuals can also send information by mail or can email him.

I Need My Family (Avengers X Reader)

Characters: Avengers X Reader

Universe: Marvel, Avengers

Warnings: Mention of harrassment, assault and swearing

Request: Soooo, the day isn’t over yet, huh? May I have a Reader x Avengers Team, where the reader is part time university student - part time Avenger (super abilities are left up to you), and reader somehow gets into some trouble that involves the police, and they try to keep it secret from the others, but Steve finds out and tells Wanda, then they tell the others? Have a good day. (Well, night) xx

Your ability was released near the end of your time in High school because of stress factors.  It caught the eye of SHIELD since your ability was to create magnetic shields that could even shift gravity. Your stress made your new ability overwhelming and you sent a shock wave through the school on accident that shattered windows, blasted open unlocked doors and forced students and teachers against walls like in a paranormal movie.

You’d gain control of your ability, though that came at a cost. You were took away from your parents that night of the incident, and your name was changed and you were moved into the SHIELD base for your own protection. You were given extreme training so you could get control over your power before another accident could take place, and when you were able to do this, you were put onto the Avenger initiative.

From there, you met all the Avengers and you were quickly welcomed onto the team. They’d heard about your accident but never held it against you. Tony once joked about it but never did it again and apologised when you got upset at the memory. Despite this, you ended up being close. You also grew close with everyone else.

You were the youngest, and despite having a strong, stable job as a hero, you wanted to have a backup plan in case you got injured or couldn’t be an Avenger anymore for some reason. So after some begging and asking the Avengers to talk to Fury, you were allowed to go to University.

It wasn’t easy being a University student and an Avenger at the side. You’d have people realise who you were from being fans and asked for pictures and autographs which you didn’t mind, but there was some people who’d try to get to you to meet the other Avengers or there was the people who didn’t like the Avengers and would try to piss you off or would pick on you to try to get you in trouble. Despite this, you managed to find a group of friends in university that didn’t want to use you and treated you like a human, not a super human. They’d even lie to people about your identity so you’d not be swamped and if they saw press they’d help hide you or sneak around, which was sometimes hilarious when they’d hum the James Bond theme as they did so or they’d pretend to be body guards, putting on glasses and pretending to have ear pieces and surrounding you even when it was raining.

However your friends couldn’t be around you all the time, and one day you were walking around campus when some of those people who’d want to see your powers started to bother you. “Please leave me alone.” You repeated, but for some reason they didn’t listen, and they wouldn’t even let you walk away, getting in your way. When they realised that begging you wouldn’t get a response, they decided to bring it out in you by force. You felt someone push you, before laughter ensued, and you continued to be pushed, now begging for them to stop till you tripped and fell to the ground, and that was the last straw.

“I said stop!” You yelled, releasing a shield that blasted them away, some landing a few feet away. You’d realised what had happened and you took off running to your dorm.

About half an hour later, police were knocking at your door. You answered the door even more upset than your first accident. You admitted to you’re attack, but after explaining what led to the attack and knowing you as an Avenger, as well as several people who witnessed the attack, you were let go as it was self-defence. But this wasn’t the end, and you knew it.

The press heard, and blew it out of proportion, saying you’d “Brutally attacked several innocent civilians in a fit of rage”, and it wasn’t long till Steve saw the newspaper at a stand. He knew you well enough to know this was out of character and to know that this was in correct, and so made an appearance at the news agency to either report it correctly or get rid of it completely. Of course when an Avenger, superhero and super human shows up at your job, you’re gonna do as they say, and soon all the reports were sent back and edited so get rid of the story.

It annoyed him to the point of Wanda noticing when he returned to work. “Steve what happened?” She had asked him, seeing the usually calm man clearly annoyed.

“The press.” He answered, and Wanda knew something bad was coming. “Y/N had an altercation while in University and they blew it out of proportion and made them look like a villain.” He told her, and Wanda was quickly growing angry herself at the news.

“Should we tell the others?” She asked, and Steve nodded.

“It’s better they hear it from one of us than some other press company in an interview.”  Steve explained and she nodded in agreement.

Steve announced he needed to talk to everyone and soon they all met in the meeting room. “What happened Capsicle?” Tony asked.

“You might not have seen the newspaper this morning.” Steve commented, getting confused looks all around.

“Y/N got into an altercation with some other students yesterday which caused the police to be called on them. Luckily all charges were dropped as it turns out they used their powers in self-defence as they were harassing them and actually assaulted Y/N to have them lash out.” Wand explained further.

“You’re kidding!” Natasha exclaimed in disgust of the news.

“Wish I was. But that’s not the worse part. The press caught wind of the accident and blew it way out of proportion. They described the incident as them just randomly attacking innocent people in a fit of rage.” Steve explained.

“That’s just… come on, that’s just horrible. But that’s the press.” Bruce spoke, with some empathy in his voice.

“I’ll be having a word.” Tony said seriously.

“Already dealt with, they’ve retracted the report and removed it.” Steve explained. It was clear by now that every avenger was feeling that protectiveness over you, their friend and practically family.

“I think Y/N really needs us right now.” Thor mentioned, and everyone knew what he was proposing, and without a second word, everyone was on their way to your university.

You got worried when you heard the loud knocking on your door. Were you gonna be in trouble with the university, was it someone else wanting to hurt you? Was it your friends to say they didn’t want anything to do with you? You were so scared that you didn’t want to answer the door. You heard muffled talking before someone tried pick locking the door and you were quick to create a magnetic shield around yourself in fear and for protection.

But when the door swung open and you saw your family there, looking worried, the shield was quickly brought down and you were engulfed in a circle of hugs that felt like better protection than your shields. “It’s okay Y/N, we’re here.” Steve comforted. All you needed was your family and suddenly everyone was alright again.

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BUYER BEWARE On May 3, 2017, I placed an order for a set of flower dice with LittleCluus, through Etsy. The payment of $55 was removed from my bank immediately. I contacted LittleCluus on May 22 and I was told that “they should start shipping out this week” and “it will take me a few weeks to get through them all.” On June 20, 2017, I reached out to LittleCluus again, since my order had not arrived. I was told “I have a huge batch of them being polished right now. Some have already been shipped. Once yours is close you should get an email me from [sic] with the tracking info for it.” I pointed out that their Etsy shop was not showing up, I was told “Yeah I’m just in vacation mode. I had a ton of pre orders on those flowers so I wanted to focus on those before I had anymore sales lol.”

That would be okay, except on speaking with Etsy, vacation mode does not work that way. In vacation mode the shop is still found, but no orders can be placed. If the site does not show up in a search, the shop is closed. I also found out on June 25, 2017, that LittleCluus had opened a new site several days before and was designing and selling more dice. Their Etsy shop was closed permanently. So much for focusing on the flower dice preorders “before I had anymore sales lol.” So I contacted LittleCluus again on June 25, requesting a refund, I was told, “Absolutely let me pull your set real quick so it doesn’t accidentally get shipped out and get that refund going for you.” I messaged back that if the order was ready to be shipped, I would rather have the set.

As of July 17, 2917, USPS is still “awaiting item”. The Etsy order made on May 3, 2017 reads as shipped, but this is just a loophole, just making a shipping label triggers that status. Giving the appearance of “Shipped” and buying more time. I have been told “a few weeks" and “two weeks” several times since May 22, 2017 the last being on July 3, 2017, and I am still waiting. Yet they are having more sales and designing and making more dice. I called the USPS to verify the online information (just to make sure it was up to date and accurate) it took me forever to get in touch with a representative, but when I did, I was told the same information shown on their website, my package has not been shipped, it is in pre shipping, awaiting the item.

I make custom jewelry and sell it, I tumble, polish and drill the stones I use to assemble the designs I craft. When I take orders, I only take what I already have made and on custom and preorders, I take only the number that I can complete in two weeks. I do not work on new designs if I have orders waiting to be filled. I do not make excuses for late delivery or specify a time frame and then not deliver, again and again. I do not give out misleading, and/or simply false information to my customers. My customers are given an expected shipping date and I ship their order on or before that date. I want to create a great reputation for my business, I want to make my customers happy and for them to know they can rely on me to get their orders out quickly and accurately, so if it is a gift, they will have it on time. I want return customers, I want reviews, both word of mouth and written to be positive. I do not want to have my business marred by negative reviews, BBB, FTC and other agency reports. Disappointing your customer base is the worst thing you can do as a small business owner.

Just an FYI about my experience with ordering from LittleCluus. I just want the dice I paid for, no more no less, but I am not holding my breath for either. I wish I had researched this earlier, I have recently looked into reviews for LittleCluus (Google search: LittleCluus reviews) and I have found a large amount of negative ones, with a lot of speculation on why orders are being taken and not being filled, but I do not care to speculate. I am staying with provable facts (I have full documentation of the dates and conversations). They speak for themselves. UPDATE: I received an email from Etsy stating “I’m so sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve had with this order from LittleCluus, and I regret to inform you that this seller is no longer eligible to sell on Etsy.” With that I will let you draw your own conclusions. If I ever receive my order, I will update this post and post a picture of them..

New update (no dice yet, just more excuses) posted: I had her business information added to the BBB, so if anyone would like to file a complaint you can find it under LittleCluus Custom Dice/Christina Whitton P.O. Box 860 Tenino, WA 98589. I am filling with the FTC and SBA tomorrow and then, Tumblr and Facebook.
Russia Anti-Corruption Protests Draw Biggest Crowds Since 2012

Thousands of people gathered in Moscow and other major Russian cities Sunday, heeding a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny to protest against official corruption in what appeared to be some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in the last five years.

Police detained scores of protesters in Moscow, including Navalny, 40, who was stopped shortly after arriving on Tverskaya Street in the capital’s downtown, his spokeswoman said in Twitter post. Navalny, who is campaigning for the presidency in next year’s elections despite doubts about whether he will be permitted to run, called the protests after releasing a film showing lavish estates that allegedly belong to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The government has denied those charges.

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Protesters defied officials who refused to authorize the rallies. News agencies reported detentions of participants in Vladivostok, as well as in cities in Siberia and central Russia, where organizers reported turnout in the hundreds and low thousands.

While there were no independent estimates of overall turnout, Sunday’s rallies appeared to be the largest since 2012, when tens of thousands turned out against the Kremlin over allegations of widespread vote fraud. Web-cameras in Moscow showed crowds with thousands of people gathering at several of central squares along Tverskaya Street Sunday. Because authorities had refused a permit for the protest, organizers called on participants simply to turn out and walk. Scattered signs and anti-government chants were also heard.

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Police, who opposition groups accuse of understating such counts, put the turnout in Moscow at about 8,000. Photos from the scene suggested actual numbers were much larger.

State media, which have typically ignored such events in recent years, covered some of Sunday’s demonstrations. A senior lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party seemed sympathetic to the participants’ concerns. Frants Klintsevich told the Ekho Moskvy radio station, ”these demonstrations probably raise a lot of justified criticisms and concerns.”

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Snape Appreciation Month Day 4: Spy for the Order of Phoenix

Severus was a spy from the age of 20 to 38. He wasn’t the traditional fictional male spy who was handsome and fought expertly with all kinds of weapons. He  was more realistic. The people he was spying on were people he knew. Severus didn’t have individual missions, he had just two concurrent ones which were the protection of a boy and weakening Dumbledore. There was no official spy agency to report to; instead he secretly worked for an old man who was the main opposition to a fascist cult. There was no prestige for the position on either sides of the war. No one really liked him or thought he was useful enough to warrant some respect. In fact half of his time as a spy, from the glimpses JKR gave us, was spent convincing people that he could be trusted and yet he was successful at it. 

This is interesting because I could argue that his job was the most dangerous. Severus surrounded himself constantly with people who would carry out a kill order on him. All it would take was one mistake. There was so much pressure on him to succeed even though people don’t acknowledge that. He didn’t have the luxury to act on his emotions which must have been frustrating because Severus was an emotional person. I can only imagine how much he had to swallow so as to not cost his side a fighting chance especially since he was prideful and opinionated. He had to alter so much of his personality for his spy work to, well, work. I can just imagine how exhausted he was at the end of each day.

I can’t overstate how awed I am by his strength and resilience.

Task for Today 9/8/17

Task for today:

This is not a political task, this is a personal safety task.

The Equifax leak affected more than half of all US adults. For anyone with a credit history, this means you were likely compromised.

Consumer safety groups are advising folks NOT to use the website that Equifax set up for people to check whether they were compromised. It’s insecure. And worse, the fraud monitoring they’re offering comes with a TOU that makes you agree not to be part of any class action against them. Don’t agree to that unless they change it!

What you SHOULD do:

–Freeze your credit without checking to see if you were affected by the Equifax leak. Go to each credit reporting agency (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax) and follow their instructions to freeze your credit. It is very easy to do online or by phone.

Make sure that if you do this online that you use a secure connection (do not use an unsecured wireless connection)

Each credit reporting agency will give you a different PIN. Make sure to save them as they are not allowed to let anyone else with your personal info retrieve them.

The elderly are the most frequent victims of identity theft and credit fraud, and the least likely to be computer-savvy enough to do this on their own. If you have an elderly friend, neighbor, or relative who needs help doing this, please take the time to walk them through the process.

Super Junior’s Agency Responds To Reports Of Fall Comeback
 June 7, 2017

After reports surfaced that Super Junior will be making a comeback in October or November, the group’s agency has responded.

On June 6, Label SJ (an exclusive agency for the group under SM Entertainment) confirmed that the group is planning to return in 2017. However, they denied that a specific timeframe has been set. The agency stated, “We are in discussion about the exact time and the member lineup for their comeback.”

With members Eunhyuk and Donghae set to be discharged from their mandatory military service in July and Choi Siwon doing the same in August, it seems that the three members will be joining the group for their upcoming comeback. Meanwhile, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun will not be able to take part as they have both recently enlisted. There has been no official announcement yet about Kangin’s potential participation after his drunk driving incident in May.

Are you excited for Super Junior to make a comeback this year?


So funny story about Yugioh Vrains

Yuusaku is a hacker, and although that doesn’t directly imply he participates in illegal activities (yes despite what you may think a lot of hacking procedure is legal due to vaguely worded laws until recently), I was curious to see what Japan’s actual cyber security laws look like

Lo and behold, Japan had incredibly lax cyber security laws until 2014
Not only that, but personal management of private servers was very lacking as well

Traditionally, Japan did not combat cyber crime in any meaningful manner prior to the 2010s. Servers were heavily attacked with a large loss of private info and Japan is one of the main reasons why Yahoo is such an unsecure email server in the first place. Japan is targeted for a lot of cyber crime due to it being a center of technology and big business, but both private and public attempts to combat cyber crime.

Now, this provides a very interesting background for Yuusaku. As the VR Link system becomes an integrated part of dueling and society, people are going to have their minds and personal info put online. Because of Japan’s history, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume there aren’t many regulations in place at the inception of the system to protect people, allowing for the rise of the Knights of Hanoi and other malicious figures to use their system. 

Now, another interesting fact is that in December of 2014 (There was an addendum in 2016 but besides the point), Japan enacted the Cybersecurity Basic Act that required the federal government and corporations to take better measures to protect themselves from cyber attacks. It also restructured the Information Security Policy Council and National Security Information Center. Now, you would think that this dates Vrains a little if Japan is shaping up it’s cyber laws, but actually no! While the laws do require agencies and corporations to report cyber attacks, there are still multitudes of cases since the laws enactment of single entities stealing millions of accounts and breaking into servers (See the Hello Kitty Sanrio database leak incident) 

This would create an incredibly interesting story element of a false sense of security for the public and duelists even though the effectiveness of the anti-hacker methods that Japan has taken aren’t enough.

I’m excited to see what Vrains brings when it airs in May!

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

BERLIN — Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China. Their entourage included a Berlin veterinarian, two Chinese zookeepers and a bunch of journalists.

“They slept a bit, munched on their bamboo and nibbled on some cookies,” veterinarian Andreas Ochs told reporters at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport shortly after the arrival. Medication for motion sickness was not needed.

“They did just fine,” he said.

The German capital is going nuts over the impossibly cute bears, who will be presented to the public at Berlin Zoo on July 6. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also expected to visit the new animal stars ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany in early July.

“It was my personal wish to come and welcome our new residents,” Mayor Michael Mueller said. “We are delighted that Berlin has gained another fantastic attraction with these bears.”

Jiao Qing, which means “darling,” is a 7-year-old male and weighs 108 kilograms (238 pounds). Female Meng Meng, which translates as “sweet dream,” is three years old and weighs 77 kilograms (169 pounds).

The pandas were taken from the airport to the zoo with police protection so they didn’t have to stop at any red lights. They also brought their own food on the plane — one metric ton of bamboo from China. Once they’ve chewed up all of that, the zoo will start importing special bamboo from the Netherlands.

The furry couple will move into a ritzy new nine-million-euro ($10 million) compound, furbished with Chinese-style pavilions, red lanterns, a climbing area and a mountain landscape. They will be the only pandas in the country, the German news agency dpa reported.

Expectations are high the two will have babies soon, even though Ochs warned that Meng Meng is not yet sexually mature.

The arrival of the black-and-white bears was preceded by yearslong bilateral negotiations, since giant pandas are unique to China and sent abroad as diplomatic envoys.

“In China, pandas are regarded as a national treasure,” Chinese ambassador Shi Mingde said. “Therefore the breeding and conservation of these animals is a top priority for us.”

The pandas will be on loan from China for 15 years — a deal for which the Asian country is charging 1 million euros ($1.1 million) each year, dpa reported.

Berlin’s last panda, Bao Bao, was sent in 1980 as a gift from then-Chinese leader Hua Guofeng to West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Bao Bao died in 2012.

Berlin’s most famous zoo animal, the polar bear Knut, died of a sudden illness in 2011.


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IRAN. Tehran. June 7, 2017. Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time the Sunni extremists have taken responsibility for an assault in Shiite-majority Iran. The militants are at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates.

The attacks began mid-morning when assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the parliament building. One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran’s state TV.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran’s state TV the apparently male attackers wore women’s attire. The semi-official Tasnim news agency later reported the siege had ended with four of the attackers killed.

Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, said 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in the two attacks. It quoted Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran’s emergency department. (AP)

Photographs: Omid Vahabzadeh/TIMA via Reuters/Fars News Agency/AP










After repelling DOZENS OF ISLAMIC STATE SUICIDE ATTACKS to break the connection to the city, the SAA managed to solidify their control long enought to expand their corridor and let reinforcement into the holdout, long enough for independent agencies to report and confirm the break of tje ssiege

dozens of truckload sof supplies and food have arrive din the city and they are now trying to break the siege around the airport!!!

MEANWHILE, sdf forces are rushing to close the gap and capture the eastern shore of the euphrates before the SAA can cross the river abd expand toward Iraq via the northern shore
Equifax data breach 2017: Here's how to protect yourself
Most US adults are affected by the hack. Here's a step-by-step on what to do.

More information about the credit breach. Like I said before, identity fraud sucks and having someone play around in your credit has long lasting impacts if you don’t catch it early on.

Why we allow 3 credit agencies control and report on our credit scores - and why these credit scores mean so damn much is a whole different story

3 central agencies report on and determine who is and isn’t responsible enough to handle credit, yet they aren’t even responsible enough to handle the privacy of our credit histories. (nor can we trust them to even tell us the same month this huge data breach happened - CEOs were selling stocks and getting rich while our information hung in jeopardy)

It’s a whole big racket and I hope we make serious moves to dismantle is


IRAN. Tehran. June 7, 2017. Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time the Sunni extremists have taken responsibility for an assault in Shiite-majority Iran. The militants are at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates.

The attacks began mid morning when assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the parliament building. One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to a statement carried by Iran’s state TV.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran’s state TV the apparently male attackers wore women’s attire. The semi-official Tasnim news agency later reported the siege had ended with four of the attackers killed.

Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, said 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in the two attacks. It quoted Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran’s emergency department. (AP)

Photographs: Tasnim News Agency/Handout via Reuters

UPDATE 5-Struck by liver cancer, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

(Corrects year of birth to 1955 in paragraph 17)

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) - Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died on Thursday after being denied permission to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer.

Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition known as “Charter 08” calling for sweeping political reforms.

Mourning his death, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Liu a “courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of expression”, while the French and U.S. governments called on China to allow Liu’s family to move around freely.

Already seriously ill, Liu, a thorn in the ruling Communist Party’s side since he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in, was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang to be treated.

The Shenyang Bureau of Justice said in a brief statement on its website that Liu had suffered multiple organ failure and efforts to save him had failed.

Despite being given multiple forms of treatment his illness had continued to worsen, it added.

The hospital treating him confirmed in a separate statement the cause of death. Though allowed out on medical parole he was never freed, spending his final days in the hospital surrounded by security guards.

The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which, to Beijing’s ire, awarded Liu the peace prize in 2010, said the Chinese government bore a heavy responsibility for his death.

“We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen in an emailed statement.

China said at the time that Liu’s award was an “obscenity” that should not have gone to a man it called a criminal and a subversive.

Carl von Ossietzky, a pacifist who died in 1938 in Nazi Germany’s Berlin, was the last Nobel Peace Prize winner to live out his dying days under state surveillance.


Western government and rights groups expressed sorrow at Liu’s death, and criticised Beijing for not allowing him to seek treatment for his cancer overseas.

“China has lost a deeply principled role model who deserved our respect and adulation, not the prison sentences to which he was subjected,” said U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad in a statement that also called on Beijing to release all prisoners of conscience.

Tsai Ing-wen, the president of self-ruled Taiwan which China regards as a wayward province, said on her Facebook page the island hoped China could now show self-confidence and promote political reform following Liu’s death.

“Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country,” she said.

In China, while mention of Liu’s passing was swiftly removed from Weibo, the country’s answer to Twitter, images and comments were shared on the WeChat messaging service.

Some activists shared a picture of a black screen with the years 1955-2017 - his lifespan - or of a single candle superimposed over his face.

“Mr. Liu, rest in peace,” wrote rights lawyer Zhang Peihong on his WeChat account.

State news agency Xinhua reported the death only in English in a brief story that noted he had been seen by “China’s top-rated cancer experts”.


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged China to guarantee his widow, Liu Xia, freedom of movement, and allow her to travel abroad should she want to. Liu Xia has lived under house arrest since 2010.

“Despite the imprisonment and separation from the wife he adored that could have fuelled anger and bitterness, Liu Xiaobo declared that he had no hatred for those who pursued and prosecuted him,” Zeid said.

Rights groups and Western governments had urged China to allow Liu and his wife to leave the country to be treated abroad, as Liu had said he wanted.

But the government had warned repeatedly against interference and said Liu was being treated by renowned Chinese cancer experts. The hospital had said he was too sick to travel.

Beijing did allow two foreign doctors, from the United States and Germany, to visit Liu on Saturday and they later said they considered it was safe for him to be moved overseas.

The doctors said Liu and his family had requested that the remainder of his care be provided in Germany or the United States.

Family friend and fellow dissident Hu Jia said the ruling Communist Party would not let him die in peace.

“To some extent, this was an attempt by the party to show their strength, to show that they control your life if you live in China,” he told Reuters.

“But I think the historic message they are leaving is very different. By letting a Nobel peace prize winner die in custody they lost a chance to show humanity and instead proved their cold-blooded nature.”

In the Chinese territory of Hong Kong, which enjoys broad freedoms not granted in mainland China, around 100 protesters gathered in silence within an hour of the news of his death being announced outside of the Beijing representative office in silence, some quietly sobbing and others with their heads.

Many held signs reading “The people’s hero, he’ll always be remembered,” “the murder of a dissident” and “free Liu Xia”.

“What happened to Liu Xiaobo tells the whole world about the human rights situation in China,” said pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung. (Additional reporting by Christian Shepherd, and James Pomfret and Venus Wu in Hong Kong, J.R. Wu in Taipei, Tom Miles in Geneva, Gwladys Fouche in Oslo and Madeline Chambers in Berlin; Editing by Alex Richardson)
Russian hackers broke into voting systems in almost every US state, report claims
A Russian cyber attack on the US electoral system affected almost 40 states during the 2016 election, sources have revealed. The cyber attack – which targeted software used by poll workers on election day – hit 39 states, sources familiar with the US investigation into the matter told Bloomberg. The

A Russian cyber attack on the US electoral system affected almost 40 states during the 2016 election, sources have revealed.

The cyber attack – which targeted software used by poll workers on election day – hit 39 states, sources familiar with the US investigation into the matter told Bloomberg. That number, if accurate, represents a far larger attack than previously reported.

The Intercept recently published a top-secret National Security Agency document detailing an attempted launch of a Russian spear-phishing campaign on local governments in advance of the US election. The report suggested hackers had accessed at least one US voting software supplier.

According to Bloomberg, however, the hackers accessed dozens of voter databases and at least one campaign finance database.

The attack was so severe that it drove Obama administration officials to complain directly to the Russian government via a “red phone”. The administration feared the hackers would delete voter rolls or otherwise tamper with the voting process in order to undermine confidence in the election.

“International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace,” the White House warned in one message to Moscow, NBC reported. “We will hold Russia to those standards.”

The hacking efforts continued even after this warning.

One former US intelligence official told Bloomberg it was unlikely the Russians had learned how to actually change votes across the country in the short time after the attack. But with three years until the next election, another warned, they will have ample time to practise.

Former FBI Director James Comey seemed to echo these sentiments in his Senate hearing last week.

“[This] it is a long-term practise of theirs,” the former intelligence official said of Moscow. “It’s stepped up a notch in a significant way in ‘16. They’ll be back.”

The Russian government has denied any meddling in the 2016 election.

The US investigation into the incident started in Illinois, where hackers accessed as many as 90,000 voter records. These records include names, dates of birth, genders, driver’s incenses and partial Social Security numbers, according to Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois board of elections.

Investigators used this evidence to uncover successful hacking efforts in 38 other states.

A former Obama administration official acknowledged the scope of the hacking in a statement to Bloomberg.

“Last year, as we detected intrusions into websites managed by election officials around the country, the administration worked relentlessly to protect our election infrastructure,” said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for Mr Obama.

US intelligence agencies had previously reported that Russian hackers accessed “elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards”. The extent of this breach, however, was not revealed in the January report from the CIA, NSA and FBI.
Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Affected 143 Million Customers
Criminals gained access to certain files in the company’s system from mid-May to July, according to an investigation by Equifax.
By Tiffany Hsu

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, said on Thursday that a data breach left Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and other sensitive information for 143 million United States consumers vulnerable to hackers.

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