New Russian hacking attempts targeted conservative groups, Microsoft says

Tuesday 21 august 2018

Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections, the technology giant reported Tuesday.

This attempt, tied to a hacking group affiliated with the Russian government, spoofed a pair of conservative think-tanks, the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.

There’s no sign the hackers were successful in getting anyone to click on the fake websites, the Associated Press reported, and both organizations said their global pro-democracy work has previously made them targets.

The New York Times reported that the latest hacking attempts underscore the Russian intelligence agency’s goal to disrupt any political challenges to Moscow and President Vladimir Putin.

“We are now seeing another uptick in attacks. What is particular in this instance is the broadening of the type of websites they are going after,” Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, was quoted in the NYT. “These are organizations that are informally tied to Republicans, so we see them broadening beyond the sites they have targeted in the past.”

The hacking attempts also included three other phony sites that appeared to be affiliated with the Senate, the Washington Post reported.

“This apparent spear-phishing attempt against the International Republican Institute and other organizations is consistent with the campaign of meddling that the Kremlin has waged against organizations that support democracy and human rights,” IRI President Daniel Twining told the Post. “It is clearly designed to sow confusion, conflict and fear among those who criticize Mr. Putin’s authoritarian regime.”

Microsoft obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the hacking group, which it calls Strontium.

The fake websites, which were registered with major web-hosting companies, were at my-iri.org, hudsonorg-my-sharepoint.com, senate.group, adfs-senate.services, adfs-senate.email and office365-onedrive.com, according to Microsoft and reported by the Post.

A similar Microsoft discovery led Missouri Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who’s running for re-election, to reveal last month that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.

Warns against organized sex extruders online

Monday, 20 August 2018

Young men are wise to get dressed off in front of the webcam. Then the recording of the film is used for extortion.

More and more are exposed to sexual blackmail online,The National Criminal Investigation Service writes on their web pages. Often young men are the victims.

They are contacted on the chat and webcam of women who take care of themselves, perform sexual acts with themselves and ask the victims to do the same.

Young men are wise to get dressed off in front of the webcam. Then the recording of the film is used for extortion.

More and more are exposed to sexual blackmail online, Kripos writes on their web pages. Often young men are the victims.

They are contacted on the chat and webcam of women who take care of themselves, perform sexual acts with themselves and ask the victims to do the same.

Organised crime

What the victims do not know is that records are being made which are later used for money extraction. Often the “woman” is talking to the team of designed video clips, and there are probably organized criminals behind.

This winter it became known that a young Norwegian man had taken his life after being exposed to this form of extortion.

“This is an organized, professionalized and extremely cynical form of extortion,” said prosecutor and police attorney Ole Kristian Bjørge in Kripos to VG.no at the time.

NRK has talked with “Pål” who has experienced this. It should only be a flirt, but when he handed his e-mail address to the woman he had met on a chat service so that they could contact Skype, the extras received his full name and found out who his family our. After he had dressed for the webcam, “Pål” received a link of the recording made by him and a message that he had to pay 20,000 kroner if the film was not to be sent to friends and family.

Young men are wise to get dressed in front of the webcam. Then the recording of the film is used for extortion.

More and more are exposed to sexual blackmail online, Kripos writes on their web pages. Often young men are the victims.

They are contacted on the chat and webcam of women who take care of themselves, perform sexual acts with themselves and ask the victims to do the same.

Also read: Facebook asks Britons to upload nudes by themselves
Organised crime

What the victims do not know is that records are being made which are later used for money extraction. Often the “woman” is talking to the team of designed video clips, and there are probably organized criminals behind.

This winter it became known that a young Norwegian man had taken his life after being exposed to this form of extortion.

“This is an organized, professionalized and extremely cynical form of extortion,” said prosecutor and police attorney Ole Kristian Bjørge in Kripos to VG.no at the time.

NRK has talked with “Pål” who has experienced this. It should only be a flirt, but when he handed his e-mail address to the woman he had met on a chat service so that they could contact Skype, the extras received his full name and found out who his family our. After he had dressed for the webcam, “Pål” received a link of the recording made by him and a message that he had to pay NOK 20,000 kroner if the film was not to be sent to friends and family.

In several cases, movies are sent to the victim’s friends on Facebook or posted to YouTube. Kripos writes that extortion is aggressive and ongoing.

Their advice is to break all contact and not pay, they write. Many never report because they are afraid friends and family should know what has happened. One feels a lot of shame and guilt.

“Our experience is that if you break the contact and do not pay, this is so organized and professionalized that the perpetrators move on to the next victim,” Kripos writes on Facebook.

“Pål” was one of those who did not go to the police, writes NRK. He broke up with the extortor, trying to erase all digital tracks by himself. However, for the police it is important that all evidence is kept.

Advice to those who are subjected to extortion:

Disconnect with extortion as soon as possible.
Do not pay what extortioners require. If you pay, there are usually more requirements.
Documents most of what has happened:
Record which services, channels, and accounts used by you and by the press.
Take screenshots of both textual, profile, and photos / videos of the one you communicated with.
If you know how to find the IP address of the presses, then this is important information.
All information from extruders can help identify the person, such as addresses, phone number, account number, payment information, etc.
Was it referred to any web pages or other internet addresses in the conversation?
Do not delete install

Unrest in the book industry: Book sales go down sharply

Monday, 20 August 2018

After a sharp decline in paper book sales in the first half of 2018, and an equally bad summer, there is turmoil and concern among Norwegian publishers and bookstores.

These days, publishers publish their autumn books with brass and bram, press conferences and publishing parties. They all believe in “the best autumn of the times”, but the talk in the corridors is that the arrows for book sales continue to point downwards.

According to figures from the Publishers’ Association, sales of fiction went down by 13 per cent compared to the same period last year, while total book sales declined eight per cent.

According to the Bookstores Association, these figures show sales from publishers, and they think the real number of sales out of stores shows a decline of around 5 percent. The arrows have continued down this summer, and most VG have talked with the trace that it will only continue.

It is not the worst summer, but after several years of upturn, we have now had several years of decline. This is the worst half year since 2012, says CEO Trine Stensen in the Bookkeeping Association, who believes it is cause for concern.

Yes, I’m worried about the book and the reading if the exposure disappears. When the American bookstore chain Borders went bankrupt, only 50 percent of the book sales were caught by e-commerce.

Has put down stores

Norli Libris boss John Thomasgaard shares the concern and can also state that they have put down some smaller stores this year.

There are not many, but some. This is something we are now considering more when contracts expire than before. Marginal stores are exposed. We will probably get a little fewer, but a little bigger shops in the future. There is a lot to suggest that there is no room for as many bookstores as before. But this also applies to retail trade in general, says Thomasgaard, who follows the market closely.

The book market has largely declined every single month since December 2016. This has continued into 2018 and will only continue for a while. This is in many ways a reported murder, and it should not come as a big surprise to people. Actually, this decline would have come a long time, says Thomasgaard.

He believes the industry has to change in every aspect.

“We must look at how to more efficiently deliver a wide range of books to the most possible readers. It is very expensive to distribute books small and wide, says Thomasgaard
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Does Jo Nesbø have a duty?

He does not think “the best harvest of the times” can save the development.

“No, the harvest will be good, but it’s limited what it can do with the whole market being changing. It will not be easier to be publishers in the future, we will see that smaller volumes go out to the end customer. But there will always be room for the good releases.

Some say that the decline this half year is due to not joining Nesbø with a new Harry Hole book?

“We can not put all the blame there now. But it is clear that some releases, such as Nesbø Harry Hole, Jojo Moyes’ books and ‘Fifty Shades’, reach out to completely different groups than the traditional bookkeeper group. But neither is Nesbø near any of the volumes he had when he was at the top, says Thomasgaard, who believes the reasons for the decline are compounded.

There are many factors, but there is no doubt that sound streaming services have been successful. Something goes there, something goes for other entertainment. There are relatively more people sitting with the iPad than a book now. We compete with a sea of ​​other media.

… But we hear books

The audio book streaming service Storytel can announce new records during the summer vacation, and now have 100,000 subscribers. Asking about the audio book can “save” the book industry, says CEO Håkon Havik in Storytel.no:

Yes, audiobooks can be of great help to a book market in decline. In Sweden, the book market has begun to increase again due to audiobooks, and I hope the same can happen in Norway, says Havik.

Many believe the smaller publishers will notice the decline best, and publishing director Richard Aarø in the time is worried that trends in the market represent a lasting change.

And I think that is unfortunately the case. This means tougher times and we will have to fight even harder about the customer’s time in the future, says Aarø, who believes we will see an industry changing in the future.

– Yes, to the highest degree. Change will be everyday.

He believes that growth will come within new forms of distribution.

“This may be positive for readers, but the publishers’ finances are largely based on the sale of paper books at full price, and it is enough here that the decline is most noticeable,” says Aarø.

One who does not notice the turmoil is Kari Spjeldnæs, Deputy Director in Aschehoug, who is the owner of Norli Libris. She says to VG that there is little turmoil with them, but that they have registered that the total industry figures show a decline.

“It’s not new that the retail market fluctuates with the best sellers. Maybe a very hot summer also affected book sales, says Spjeldnæs.

New blood test can reveal almost all types of cancer

Friday, 17 August 2018

Danish researchers have developed one blood test to reveal a variety of different cancers.

The methodology researchers at the University of Copenhagen have now developed are described in the journal Nature Communications. One single blood test should reveal almost all forms of cancer at an early stage.

“Only there are three cancer cells in a test, so can we actually find them,” says Professor Ali Salanti at the University of Copenhagen to DR.dk.

The Danish university calls the study that led to the finding for “sensational”.

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Protein binds to 95 percent of all cancer cells
The researchers will have found a protein in malaria parasites, which researchers have previously seen to bind to nearly 95 percent of all cancer cells, and with this protein they should be able to capture the cancer cells in the blood.

“We have already identified a number of different types of cancer that there are cancer cells in the blood,” Salanti writes in a press release.

To DR.dk, he states that the method has been tried on patients in England who have had cancer in an early stage.

“And in fact, no one fell through: We found the cancer cells in the blood of all patients, and we did not find anything at a control group,” says Salanti.

Can be used in treatment

Researchers hope that the method can also be used to test treatment methods, by removing cancer cells, culturing them in the laboratory, and seeing how the cancer cells of the patient respond to different treatments.

Now researchers want to test if the sample works with those who have not yet received any cancer diagnosis.

“Our future scenario is to be able to use it for example to screen risk groups on an annual basis. But first, we will test the method for even more patients and earlier in their cancer course, “says Salanti to DR.dk.

Warning!

Friday 17 August 2018

Now Europe is moving back to the pre-war mentality where democracy does not have the same sound anymore. Strong leaders get more power and those who do not have it yet seek the people as an alibi.

Russia has it, and now Turkey. Austria has Sebastian Kurz on his way now. Macron in France tries. And Britain is having trouble with brexit because of strong leaders.

We have not had a worse situation since the Second World War. Breakdown of all EU debt, they do not trust each other like they did before the euro.

This leads to war if it does not stop in time. The change of words between East and West is increasing. And Russia has made the SATAN2 rocket that can destroy a country alone with 10 nuclear warheads with strength far above Hiroshima.

We are moving slowly against a cold war after chemical attacks in England where they want a reaction. England has hated Russia and is seeking support in EU countries for this. Theresa May has said in this House about this matter.

Another threat that could be a problem in this century is Islam. They are lying about their common cause, which is changing land to a part of an Islamic caliphate when they are enough. Birth figures are clear and there are not many generations before they are in the majority of religious groups.

Christianity, our weapon of madness is on the folding front everywhere. It will make Islam get the ground it needs because we leave our safe ground. There is nothing that takes over for Christianity, so Islam is taking the job.

We are on our way slowly but surely into the dark. Nobody dares to say because of human rights to be as much worth. Muslims are not as worthy because they will kill us. Anyone who does not want good in democracies is a threat.

We can run out of responsibility with timid cry that this is incorrect and that this will not happen. But history shows us all evidence that Islam is a violence ideology with discrimination against all outside this. They have surnamed us infidelity and what we must pay in tax to them to live.

It has already begun

Researchers: Five years of extreme heat await

Wednesday 15 August 2018


SEE CHANGES: The state of California in the United States finds that the forest fireside starts earlier, lasts longer and is more devastating than before, and scientists point to climate change as a cause. Now, British, French and Dutch researchers come up with a new model that tracks an unusually hot period on Earth for the next four years.

 

A new model for climate forecasts suggests that the period 2018-2022 may be far warmer than previously estimated.

Researchers who have developed a new climate forecast forecasting an unusually hot period over the next four years.

The researchers have developed a new method for predicting global average air temperature on the earth’s surface and average temperature in the ocean surface. For the period 2018-2022, this model is warning a warmer than normal period, which is expected to reinforce the long-term trend of global warming, according to a research article published in Nature Communications. In the period discussed, researchers believe there is an increased likelihood of extreme temperatures.

There are French, British and Dutch researchers from the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale in Brest, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, and the Koninklijke Nederlands Meteorological Institute, De Bilt, which is behind the study.

Cafe owners in London harassed to decorate the food with English flag

Wednesday 15 August 2018

A small family-run cafe in London, called Station 164, decorated the food they delivered to their customers with a small British flag. Now Carol Brown and daughter Candy Merrett probably shut the cafe after being exposed to a campaign on social media, claiming the flags show that the owners are racists, writes Daily Mail.

They couldn’t take it anymore of vilification. On Facebook, the owner writes that she is a patriotic and proud British, without prejudice. “Every customer knows we’re sending out the food decorated with a flag,” she writes, believing it should not offend anyone, but that it is a symbol of “Great British Pride.”

“We are a small London cafe, we are British, English and Londoners. We do not want to be ashamed to place small flags in our food. We do not stop. We are patriotic, not ‘pathetic’ as someone called us last week. We’re celebrating our country. “

Later she decided to close the cafe. Candy says that some people have gone into the cafe just to throw the flags on the floor.

A commentator on TripAdvisor believes that people who do not tolerate an English flag that adorn the food and think it is racist should concentrate on eating in an eatery in East London, and “let those of us who love it (the flag) in peace. I want to eat here again and again and again ». Then the question becomes whether it becomes possible. Because even though the owners’ last word is that they want to close the cafe, it is legitimate to change their minds.

Norway uses approx. NOK 17 billion on integration of immigrants this year

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Overall, immigration to Norway does not pay off has been noted long ago. It is especially the integration of asylum seekers from poor and war-worn countries, which are costly, as well as bringing with it a number of challenges in other areas, such as security and security, and in matters related to cultural values.

Thursday last week, Minister of Knowledge and Integration Jan Tore Sanner (H) told TV2 that the Norwegian state spent 17 billion kroner annually on the integration of our so-called new countrymen.

Resett has been in contact with senior advisor Husejin Ajfer at the Ministry of Education to learn more about how the money is spent. Ajfer says to Resett that most of the grants in the integration area go to the municipalities, mainly as grants per immigrant.

– The municipality receives integration grants for each resident. The grant will contribute to rapid settlement and provide a reasonable coverage of the municipalities’ average additional expenses for refugees during the settlement year and the next four years. The grant will, among other things, finance the statutory introduction program, “says Ajfer.

Resett has been sent a simplified overview of how the Ministry of Education allocates integration funding this year, and it can be seen that a total of NOK 11.4 billion is spent on the ordinary integration grant. In addition, there are special grants for single minors, as well as grants for education in Norwegian and social sciences.

– The municipality receives a special grant for the settlement of single minors. The grant will help single minors to settle as quickly as possible in good living and care facilities adapted to the individual child and local conditions. The municipality also receives grants for training in Norwegian and social knowledge for adult immigrants and grants for training in Norwegian and Norwegian culture and Norwegian values ​​for asylum seekers in reception, Ajfer states.

The Resettlement overview has received shows that 2.9 billion goes to the special grants for single minors, and 2 billion is spent on grants for language, community and Norwegian education. In total, therefore, the state uses NOK 16.3 billion on grants to municipalities, which the municipalities receive per refugee.

– The grants to the municipality are funds that the municipality receives per person. For example, the municipality receives integration grants of approximately 750,000 kroner over 5 years for an adult refugee in a family. The size of the grants is therefore dependent on how many people are in the target groups of the different schemes. When the number of people to be settled or qualified goes down, then the appropriations on the posts also go down, says senior adviser Ajfer.

In addition, about 200 million go to the municipalities’ work, including qualifying refugees and area initiatives. 120 million are mainly used for grants to immigrant organizations and other volunteers. 430 million are run by the Directorate for Integration and Diversity, Competence Norway, Research and Development, Interpreting and ICT Development.

One in three believes they have noticed climate change

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A large majority believes climate change is happening, and one in three believes they have experienced it personally, according to a recent survey.

The survey was carried out by the Cicero Center for Climate Research, and some of the findings are presented during Arendalsuka Tuesday.

“It seems that there is a fairly small proportion of the population who believe that climate change does not happen, and also a small proportion of people who believe that humans do not affect the climate,” concludes Cicero researcher Marianne Aasen to NTB.

31 percent say they have experienced the climate change in person.

The survey was taken up in June, and Aasen therefore believes that it does not catch the summer tumble and the discussion of “good summer weather” versus climate crisis.
Solid

It’s just a taste of the survey Aasen can present in Arendal, since the numbers are so fresh. The researcher makes reservations that there may be some bias, but it is important to shout at the main picture, she emphasizes.

* A total of 77 percent believe the claim that climate change is going on is quite good or very good.

* Under 10 percent deny that human activity affects the climate, while around 70 percent think we contribute to the changes.

About 4,000 people have been asked, and it is TNS Gallup who has been collecting data.

Like the smoking act?

With annual surveys, the research center will monitor whether people’s views on climate change and climate change change. In particular, Aasen is keen to see how the policies the politicians arrive at affect people’s attitudes and behaviors.

Can measures to limit food shedding and driving have the same effect as the smoking act, which has helped to make smoking taboos in very many circles?

“We will look at the evolution of norms – what do people think is okay? It is especially interesting now that there are instruments on the stairs. Increases resistance when instruments are introduced? is something that Aasen is wondering about.

More than half of the respondents have little faith in the fact that “new technology will solve the climate problem so I do not have to change my lifestyle.” But many seem to have a certain hope that technology can save us. Nearly 26 percent say that this statement is neither bad nor good, and almost one in ten are confident that the technology will solve the climate problem.

Prefer carrots in front of whip

During Arendalsuka there are a number of events where the climate will be discussed. The Paris agreement puts pressure on politicians and industry to find solutions that cut the emissions.

Previous surveys have shown that people would like to contribute to addressing the climate problem, Aasen says. The question is how far they are willing to go and what measures they can swallow.

– People also want society to make the right choice, rather than punishing bad climate choices with high fees. Making vegetarian food more accessible and making it easier to choose collectively are measures supported, says Aasen.

Among other things, people find it easy to let pedestrians and cyclists get more space at the expense of the driver, according to the Cicero researcher.

“When it comes to changes that really make sense, like flying less and driving smaller cars, people generally indicate less willingness to do something,” says Aasen.

Freedom and democracy under pressure

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

For some of us, it means a lot of being curious and expanding our mental horizons. We seek insights, what is called truth. Such a life of the quest requires exposure to varied thoughts and experiences. Most of the intellectual building blocks come as an accumulated insight inherited, tried and failed over hundreds of generations. It was especially possible to stand on the ancestors’ shoulders when the art of writing developed.

But new thoughts also descend. It triggers old truths, and it challenges established power relationships. Therefore, it always has the wishes and powers of the find that will introduce censorship.

The established and powerful have always had their methods. In the past, riot leaders were picked up and put them in prison or worse. You could also ban collections of more than five people. Previously, such restrictions could mean that people could not communicate. There was no phone or internet.

Now we have just got internet and social platforms on the internet. On these, people in theory can talk to anyone and so many. In free form, it is a solid opinion exchange.

But it is also threatening, for some. Ideologies can be challenged and torn apart. People can be exposed and revealed.

And it can also spread lies, propaganda, kittens. Yes, “hate speech”.

New technology

The Internet and free social media can revolutionize politics and ideology in theory. Not necessarily for the better, but possibly. But not everyone wants the ideology (s) to be destroyed. And some of them will fight.

And those who fight against the destruction of their worldview, their ideology, their religion – which may be their identity – will now naturally try to limit people’s ability to be heard and discuss on these new platforms. And while busted people were more likely to be locked and knocked (by letter and ban) or could not get to the marketplace where people gathered, they are now banned from the new places where gossip is shared and politics are created. It’s Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Apple, Google, Spotify etc.

These technology giants are so big that they can not be resisted. And the censorship does not come as a race, it starts cautiously and increases gradually. A voice is excluded here and one vote there, but it happens gradually and one by one. Those who are not banned in the first place, but who are in the gray zone, hold their breath and hope they do not happen. They can not get boycott Facebook even if the colleague was just banned. They hope the best and things get better. That no one should knock on the door of them.

We have our domestic examples. Some, like Thomas Knarvik, are banned in one set. In the US now there are bigger things going on. There’s a massive campaign made sure to remove Alex Jones and InfoWars from all the major social media.

He is being removed because of conspiracy theories and “hate speech”. But it is a matter of hate speech on social media. From left and right, for and against Islam. And even though he exaggerates and definitely lives with untrue conspiracy theories, including facts that are true, and he has been guilty of fake news, he is not alone in any way. There are many crazy people out there who are unprecedented. So why Alex Jones?

It is because he is somebody, a threat, a threat to the establishment in the United States. Millions of people know who he is and listen and read to him and InfoWars. He even interviewed Donald Trump, and undoubtedly helped him win in 2016. Perhaps Alex Jones was even decisive for the outcome on the margin.

That is why CNN and various Democrats and activists have put pressure on technology giants to unpublish Jones. He is a foul voice.

There is a lot of “hate speech”

One could say that Youtube, Facebook, etc. should remove all Muslim hate speech – and that’s enough to take off. But I do not think they should. We can not be frightened (insane) opinion polls. On the contrary. The west is just a good place because it is (or was) illuminated enough not to believe in quackalists, sulfur preachers and conspiracy theorists. Our ambition was – and should be – that they could speak freely and get dressed in the free public space.

Therefore, we should also allow Islam to be pronounced, and put it down with arguments to the extent that it is necessary. For some ideas, so stupid are given what we today know that they simply break themselves down.

This self-esteem should also acquire the establishment. Do not fear Alex Jones. If he is so mad and talking hate and conspiracy, would people in an enlightened democracy like to uncover it? All his viewers hardly buy anything he says anyway. Or are you unsure of your own claims? Does the reality begin to differ too much from what you claim about multiculturalism and globalization?

Because by putting him in the sentiment, behind the lock and strike, you have already declared your revolt against the free word, against democracy and freedom of expression. You are denying yourself the right to call you liberal.

Preventing people from speaking is totalitarian. But it is unfortunately in the direction “the establishment” now wants to take us. It happens with small but frequent steps. One assumes that technology giants have no duty to open up their commercial social platforms to anyone. They are private and can do as they please.

But everyone understands the effect of being shut down from the modern marketplace. That means knocking, ties to death, loses its democratic voice.

We are exposed to a serious attack on freedom of speech from powerful forces, and it comes from those who claim to take it in defense. They have become intolerant in the tolerance name.

A fight we must take in Norway too

Our Prime Minister has criticized Resett, and she tries to criticize Islam by calling it “religious racism.” Her culture minister, Trine Skei Grande, is still looking forward to new media such as Resett and would like to welcome any teasing from the technology giants against Norwegian counter votes. With them / us gone, her behavior in a wedding in 2008 had still not been known.

And if we do not mobilize against the increasing constraint of who and what to participate in the public arena that technology giants are now controlling, and soon, this will not be going well. The western world we love is based on (the ambition of) the free word, the free thought, the honest exchange of opinions.

Censorship is the root of democracy’s death, and to fear, frustration, insecurity and violence. So let’s do the right thing and let freedom of speech survive. And to get it, the actual technology giants must play on teams.

Like it or not, but it is.

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