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Hackers just helped NASA save a treasure trove of climate data from an uncertain future

  • Roughly 200 programmers congregated Saturday in the Doe Library at the University of California, Berkeley, to take part in a hackathon focusing on NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy.
  • Wired reported the group of coders had the common goal of saving data that could be deleted or otherwise tucked away under Trump.
  • Using web-crawler scripts and patching together data sets, the hackers were able to successfully preserve 8,404 web pages onto the Internet Archive — a digital library with a plethora of screenshots from websites — and download 25GB of data from 101 public datasets. Read more (2/14/17 3:06 PM)

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Russian hacker sought by the US arrested in Spain

  • Police in Spain arrested a Russian hacker sought by American authorities on Friday, amid rumors that the man is linked to interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.
  • According to the Washington Post, Pyotr Levashov was detained in Barcelona on a U.S. computer crimes warrant, which isn’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary. 
  • Foreign speculation kicked into high gear, however, after Levashov’s wife said in an interview with a Russian RT broadcaster that her husband had told her during a phone call from the police station that he had been brought in for creating a computer virus “linked to Trump’s election win.” Read more. (4/10/2017 10:34 AM)
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Anonymous just declared war on Trump

  • In a tweet this week, Anonymous told Trump he is “going to regret the next 4 years.”
  • The tweet was sent in response to Trump’s tweets criticizing departing CIA Director John Brennan.
  • Anonymous account @YourAnonCentral tweeted a reply to Trump and called him out on unsubstantiated claims of his ties to mobsters and traffickers.
  • According to Anonymous, its tweets have nothing to do with political party alliance. Read more

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