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Hillary Clinton Email Hacker to Be Extradited to the US

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Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel, also known by his hacker handle “Guccifer” is being extradited to the United States to face charges of computer intrusion and identity theft following several hacking incidents of former and current leaders and celebrities.

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42-year old Romanian hacker Lehel, best known for hacking sprees that involved hacking and publishing artwork and emails belonging to former US President George W. Bush and the emails of several celebrities including Steve Martin and Leonardo di Caprio is now facing trial in the US following Romania’s approval for his extradition.

Speaking to Reuters, a Romanian source said:

The [top court of Romania] approved an 18-month temporary extradition to America for the hacker. This follows a request by U.S. authorities.

Notably, “Guccifer” was also the original source who discovered Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account whilst the current Democratic Presidential hopeful was the then Secretary of State.

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Lehel was charged by the US Department of Justice in 2014 on charges of unauthorized access to a protected computer, cyberstalking, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

“Guccifer” was also sentenced to four years in jail by a Romanian court in 2014 for seeking to acquire confidential data by illegally accessing email accounts of public figures in Romania. The hacker is also serving another three-year prison term for a string of other offences.

Through a mix of open source intelligence gathering and a knack for social engineering, Lehel was able to gain access to multiple email accounts.

Lehel only began hacking in his mid-30s as an unemployed taxi driver and a part-time paint salesman. According to reports, Lehel was a misfit, understandably intelligent with his hacking prowess and one who, prosecutors claimed, was seeking fame. “Guccifer” was also reportedly interested in the occult and was actively interested in targeting US officials to in order to establish links with the Illuminati.

The hacker’s incursion leading to the most serious repercussions was that of the email account belonging to Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton family’s confidant. When in control of the account, the hacker copied several emails which contained detailed memos of correspondence with Hillary Clinton. These emails contained elaborate information about international affairs that caused a storm in the United States when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton was using her personal email instead of her government address.

In a telephone interview with The Smoking Gun in February this year, Guccifer claimed he welcomed his extradition.

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  1. Mansgame

    March 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    You Bernie-bots need to give it up. He doesn’t stand a chance. Admit that you only like him because he wants to give you free stuff.

    • Derek

      March 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      I hate him for that, I love him for everything else. Why cant we have his honesty and lack of cooperate connections along with NOT wanting to make more government programs. I’m all for relegation to keep men honest…

      But Hilary just wants it all to her self, and she will say and do what ever is necessary to make that happen.

      • Scully Ghostfacer

        March 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

        p.s. It’s not free stuff. It’s an allocation of taxes that equates to the funds we do have being better spent, for the benefit of all.

        • Derek

          March 8, 2016 at 11:16 pm

          I never said where he got the money, I was careful in the words I choose, I said “Government Programs”. It would not matter if the money came from the tooth fairy, it would still be mismanaged, slow, and corrupt.

          This is because of Government is exactly that, how can we expect their children to be any different?

          • pumpkin

            March 19, 2016 at 6:44 pm

            Yes your so right. Better to leave the money in the pockets of the millionaires and billionaires and screw all the poor. Wow these things actually come out of the mouths of “religious” people. Lol. Make Bernie take some carpentry lessons and you couldn’t tell him from Jesus. All he wants to do is help the poor and make the rich pay for their greed and all you high and mighty Bible thumpers put him down. Hypocrites.

        • Sue Zee

          March 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm

          Excuse me…..if it wasn’t for DEADBEAT DADS, the welfare system would not be such a necessity in the U.S. Period.

          • Real Anti-Racist Action

            March 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm

            If it were not for the equally number of DEADBEAT MOTHERS on drugs and slutting around. Their would not be a need for welfare.
            And also, the Welfare system has encourage more mothers to be deadbeat’s and sluts.
            Take away the safety net, and all of the sudden, people start acting more right. And more responsible.
            Cheating woman drive men away.
            “No hymen no diamond”
            United builds beautiful family’s.
            Modern TV and Movies engineer both men and woman to act wrongly. And to deceive.
            Stop watching Hollywood garbage, and all of the sudden. You have upright Men and upright women..

          • pumpkin

            March 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm

            Are you serious? Your being sarcastic right? If not you need some serious help lady.

      • pumpkin

        March 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

        How is making the billionaire class pay their fair share of taxes and wall Street paying the people back after we bailed them out getting free stuff?! People who say such things are so stupid. They are nothing but sheeple.

    • Scully Ghostfacer

      March 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      If Bernie supporters want free stuff, why are they the only ones funding their own campaign? And what’s so bad with wanting an allocation of taxes? C’mon you can do better than that.

    • Bax Richards

      March 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Apparently Clinton is giving more free stuff out to the people who actually vote for their own interests over societies interests. Smart woman.

      • pumpkin

        March 19, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        Your so right, that’s why the former chairman of the AACP backs Bernie…. Those white liberals are so silly.

    • pumpkin

      March 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      I’d like anyone over Clinton. The generations are changing. Can’t hide who you take money from anymore. Can’t say your anti fracking and hold a fundraiser with fracking companies…etc. Just doesn’t work anymore. Corruption is harder to hide with the internet. Hillary is drowning in corruption. I want to like her, if you take her at face value and don’t dig deeper then she is likable but she lies like she breathes. Sad but true.

    • Anonymous

      March 9, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Oh my goodness I disagree with your post and I’ll vehemently explain why: You suck at trolling Mansgame, you bitch.

  2. patriot7080

    March 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Trump will Pardon him for all of the juicy details.

    • pumpkin

      March 8, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Lol could hardly blame him, would love to know them myself

  3. Real Anti-Racist Action

    March 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hillary Clinton, single minded, intolerant of those who do not think as she does. And plans to use Presidential authority “Executive Order” loosely like the dictators of England and Saudi Arabia, to override the democratic majority to empower ISIS and Gays adopting little boys. Wow, Clinton 2016!
    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/

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Spectre And Meltdown Madness: What It Means For Ethereum

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To anyone who talks in terms of a cryptocurrency bubble, consider the following fun facts. In the short period of a few days following the bombshell announcement of Meltdown and Spectre, crypto prices responded in the following manner:

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Bitcoin +18%

ETH +41%

Litecoin +30%

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In my view, this is clear evidence of a market that is responding rationally to information coming from responsible sources. To appreciate what all the noise is about you must appreciate what Meltdown and Spectre are and why they present a danger to the big companies providing cloud storage for the corporate world.

Once this is clear, then you will better appreciate why Ether’s 41%+ short-term price spike left the others in the dust. But first lets dig into the Meltdown and Spectre situation.

The Secret Got Out

 On January 3 the secret about a new class of security vulnerabilities leaked out to the public. Not only was this seriously bad news but the leak also gave hackers advanced notice before anyone could begin to fix the twin problems.

The degree of seriousness is in the fact that almost all major microprocessor chips are vulnerable. This opens the door to hackers stealing information from personal as well as cloud services.

Researchers claim that Meltdown can be fixed with a patch. Shortly thereafter about every major player announced their patch. But there are two issues here. Will the patches fully solve they problem?

Casting A Cloud Over The Cloud

When a corporation becomes a cloud customer, even the largest share machines with other customers. This is the basic flaw in the centralized structure of cloud storage. Contrast this with the decentralized structure of blockchain technology and you begin to appreciate the force behind the sudden price spike in cryptocurrencies that we highlighted above.

Even though security tools and protocols are designed to separate customers date, the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws still leave serious vulnerabilities.

Meltdown, hackers could rent space on a cloud service, just like any other business customer. Once they were on the service, the flaw would allow them to grab information like passwords from other customers.

Secondly, reports on cloud services like Amazon, Google and Microsoft claim that it creates as much as 30% slower computation speeds. That clearly won’t make for happy customers.

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Virtually everyone reviewing the situation believes individual computer users are the least vulnerable. That may be true. Hackers are in the hunt for the biggest prize and that would be the big three cloud companies. But how do you think families are going to react if their Netflix stalls and buffers every few minutes?

In the final analysis, the Meltdown flaw affects virtually every computer chip fabricated by Intel in use today. You are talking about 90% of the Internet and business world. But Meltdown is just one flaw.

Spectre is the other flaw and this one is the more insidious of the two. There is no known fix. Intel, AMD and others have claimed how complex a project it would be for hackers to breech the Spectre vulnerability. That is pretty hollow comfort. After all, hasn’t the FBI security been breeched. Those guys were supposed to be airtight.

Boom Days For Blockchain

In so many ways, last year marked a tipping point in the spread and acceptance of blockchain technology. The uses for Bitcoin are probably best gauged by its record $20,000 price in December. For Ethereum, it may have been marked by the formation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) in February and rise to over 300 members at year-end.

No sooner has 2018 begun that the Meltdown and Spectre flaws created unexpected excitement for investors in cryptocurrencies. If I were a software salesman out of work, I would be sending my resume to every crypto company offering to peddle their blockchain. It could be the easiest job since selling web design services in 1995.

The Ethereum platform with its smart contracts is not the only crypto capable of addressing this newly uncovered opportunity created by Meltdown and Spectre. You can safely bet this will attract many players and for good reason, today’s blockchain technology is a long way from fast enough for mass adoption. Blockchain security may be a step or two better in it present form than cloud storage, but it has its security issues as well.

Building the Ethereum Moat

 EEA founder Jeremy Millar is clearly a brand ambassador for Ethereum. He believes that CEOs hear the chatter about blockchain and are pre sold not having a clear picture what can be accomplished or the money saved using this technology. The important thing is for IT departments to have a respected brand to attach to their recommendations.

The EEA seeks to connect and inform and through this pioneering process spread the gospel of Ethereum. So far this is beginning to build a brand franchise for Ethereum.

The EEA is the largest blockchain body and is committed to using open-source Ethereum technology for enterprise blockchain solutions. EEA expects to see great advances in these areas in 2018 with Ethereum technologies.

It also helps when Wall Street banks uncover the potential for billions in savings on the trading desks through the applications of the Ethereum platform.

So, if you though the last year held plenty of excitement, the Meltdown and Spectre flaws promise to make this year every bit as much fun.

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The Pirate Bay is Hijacking PCs to Stealth-Mine Cryptocurrency

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For the second time in as many months, The Pirate Bay has been caught mining cryptocurrency on your computer without consent. The torrent platform was actually test-driving cryptocurrency mining in your browser – no doubt a lucrative revenue stream.

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The Pirates Are At It Again

The Pirate Bay has been caught using software called Coinhive, a JavaScript library that essentially serves as a cryptocurrency miner. It basically connects to visitors’ computers to mine Monero, one of the world’s most profitable cryptocurrencies.

The news was later confirmed by Bleeping Computer, which reported that,”The Pirate Bay, the internet’s largest torrent portal, is back at running a cryptocurrency miner after it previously ran a short test in mid-September.”

Estimates indicate that the scheme has earned the pirates a total of $43,000 over a three-week period.

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Users had no way to opt their computers out of being test-driven by the torrent network. Back in September, The Pirate Bay got away by telling people it was just a test. The site’s owners cannot use the same excuse this time around.

CoinHive advises websites to let their visitors  know their browser is being used to mine cryptocurrency.

“We’re a bit saddened to see that some of our customers integrate CoinHive into their pages without disclosing to their users what’s going on, let alone asking for their permission,” the company said.

The good news is most ad-blockers and antivirus programs will block CoinHive, given its recent abuses. That means not all visitors of The Pirate Pay were being used as a conduit for mining Monero.

Monero Joins Global Crypto Rally

The value of Monero (XMR) shot up nearly 8% on Friday, and was last seen trading at $94.17. With more than 15.2 million XMR tokens in circulation, the total market cap for Monero is $1.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That’s enough for ninth on the global cryptocurrency list.

Twelve cryptos have now crossed the $1 billion valuation mark. A handful of others have made their way north of $500 million.

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Coders Safeguard Vulnerable Ethereum Wallets Following Security Breach

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Ethereum suffered large-scale security breaches last week after anonymous hackers targeted vulnerable wallets in the network, resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. However, it didn’t take long for a volunteer group of coders to “rescue” the funds in 500 at-risk wallets before the same attackers could get to them too.

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White Hat Group Takes Charge

The so-called White Hat Group showed initiative by “rescuing” the funds using the same techniques the thieves employed to compromise $32 million USD worth of ether from three multi-signature wallets. As of Monday, the White Hat Group of ethical hackers was in possession of $86 million worth of ether and an additional $122 million in tokens.

Tokens are digital assets that are sold during an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraising event. They have proven to be extremely popular.

Tens of millions of dollars worth of ether and tokens have already been returned to their owners. The White Hat Group says it will issue full refunds by the end of July.

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Blockchain-based trading platform Coindash was also breached last week, resulting in the loss of more than $7 million worth of ether.

Security Breaches Nothing New in Crypto World

For all its benefits, cryptocurrency has been vulnerable to several high-profile security breaches. Last summer, Hong Kong-based Bitfinex was the target of a major attack that resulted in the theft of around $70 million worth of bitcoins. In response, the exchange announced a controversial plans to “socialize” its losses among all users. Each Bitfinex trader was docked 36% as a result.

Bitcoin prices declined sharply following the attack, stopping what had been a blistering summer of gains.

Ethereum Enterprise Alliance

For anyone doubting the potential of the ether, take a look at the list of companies participating in the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). The EEA is a forum that connects Fortune 500 companies, startups and academics with ethereum subject matter experts.  The EEA is made up of multinational banks and some of the world’s biggest technology companies.

The forum has made cyber security a top priority, according to a May 22 press release. In the release, companies like Infosys, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Synechron and others expressed their intent to contribute to the future of ethereum’s security.

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