FBI alert sparks fears that state voting systems are under digital assault
Could hacks of Arizona’s and Illinois’ voter databases be part of a Russian attempt to meddle in the U.S. election? By CORY BENNETT and ERIC GELLER

The FBI’s decision to issue a nationwide alert about the possible hacking of state election offices after breaches in Illinois and Arizona is raising concerns that a nationwide attack could be afoot, with the potential for creating havoc on Election Day.

It’s possible that the motivation behind the two state hacks was less about the political system and more about cash. Voter registration data sets include valuable information — such as names, birth dates, phone numbers and physical and email addresses — that criminal hackers can bundle and flip on the black-market “dark web” for thousands of dollars.

But some cyber experts said the FBI’s alert, first revealed by Yahoo News on Monday, could be a sign that investigators are worried that foreign actors are attempting a wide-scale digital onslaught.

A former lead agent in the FBI’s Cyber Division said the hackers’ use of a particular attack tool and the level of the FBI’s alert “more than likely means nation-state attackers.” The alert was coded “Amber,” designating messages with sensitive information that “should not be widely distributed and should not be made public,” the ex-official said.

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After 10 thousand years, finally a new drawing for my Fisheye Placebo comic. For those wondering, I haven’t abandoned the project. Not even close. But my life has been consumed by the crazy Axent Wear headphones that I’m currently working on. There’s been some issues with my co-founder and we’re working on a compromise but it’s taking some time. I’ll keep everyone posted on when that will be resolved and when I’ll finally be able to return to working on my comics.

Here Frey is waiting to make his next move against the Solar Eye. I really liked the concept of Strategy vs Tactics described by Michel de Certeau in his The Practice of Everyday Life.

“A tactic is a calculated action determined by the absence of a proper locus. … The space of a tactic is the space of the other”. A tactic is deployed “on and with a terrain imposed on it and organized by the law of a foreign power.” One who deploys a tactic “must vigilantly make use of the cracks that particular conjunctions open in the surveillance of the proprietary powers. It poaches in them. It creates surprises in them”

In Fisheye Placebo, Frey falls under Tactics while going against the Strategies of the surveillance state. I will be revealing new antagonists in the following chapters so stay tuned! :)


From saving money buying a car to breaking into your own house, Hack Is Back! Yup, ALL NEW episodes of HACK MY LIFE return on Tuesday, March 29th at 10/9C! 


1995 marked the birth of internet-paranoia films

While internet usage is an unremarkable part of daily life today, in 1995, at-home internet was just starting to become widespread. According to the Pew Research Center, just 14 million American adults used the internet 20 years ago, compared with 87 million last year. As the world became more plugged in, films started to home in on how we connect to the digital world, and 1995 saw a bumper crop: Virtuosity, The Net, Hackers, GoldenEye, Johnny Mnemonic, and Strange Days. Oddly enough, all of them focused not on the excitement of the emerging technology but on dangers of the internet and virtual reality, creating a new subgenre of internet-and-VR-paranoia movies.

Despite its newfound ubiquity, this new brand of paranoia was not a moneymaker in 1995. The best they could hope for was a home-video cult following. The mini-trend in 1995 of internet-related movies didn’t come about because studios were chasing after the lucrative technological-paranoia market. Instead, there was just something in the air at the time; internet culture gave filmmakers the heebie-jeebies.

As a result, in these films the internet and virtual reality are pushed to characters who live on the fringes of society: outsiders, criminals both petty and powerful, and people who work in between, dealing in black-market goods.

Full story at avclub.com