CNN uses screenshot from ‘Fallout 4’ to show how Russians hack things
The thing about computer hacking is that it’s such a general, far-reaching term that it’s almost impossible to explain to someone who isn’t already familiar with it. So, news networks who need b-roll footage to show while they’re talking about hacking usually just show keyboards or random strings of letters and numbers, while the audience stares blindly at the screen, assuming that whatever they’re looking at is somehow related to the topic. Or, if you’re CNN, you steal footage from one of the most popular video games of the year and hope that nobody watching will recognize it.
That's some funny shit right there.
President-elect Donald Trump says he is knowledgeable in the field of cyber-hacking and "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private.
Trump's statement to reporters during his annual New Year's Eve bash expressed new scepticism about the security of online methods of communication his administration is set to use.
"You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way ... because I'll tell you what: no computer is safe," Trump said.
The billionaire businessman has repeatedly cast aside allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia tried to influence the presidential election through hacking.
President Barack Obama ordered sanctions on Russian spy agencies last week, closed two Russian compounds, and expelled 35 diplomats the US alleged were really spies. The Russian government has denied the allegations.
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Taking a page from football player Colin Kaepernick’s agenda, a former Navy intelligence specialist has been stripped of her security clearance for refusing to stand for the national anthem during morning colors. According to reports, Janaye Ervin was assigned to menial labor for a few days before being let go.
In mid-September, Ervin refused to stand for the anthem while on duty at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Ervin was trying to make a statement about the persecution of blacks in America.
“I just didn’t want to stand at that moment,” Ervin said. “I can’t stand for this song knowing that the song isn’t for me, being black. The song doesn’t represent me at all. To be honest, I never really thought about the flag my entire life, I had no reason to. It’s just a flag.”
The next day, Ervin was read her rights and given a warning about compromising her security clearance. Of course, that clearance was essential for both her civilian and military jobs. Within 24 hours of the incident, she was stripped of her clearance and escorted out.
Though Ervin claimed she did not know what order has been violating, though it has been the 10th general order for centuries. You memorize 11 general orders and a violation of any one of them is subject to Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and is subject to whatever punishment is decided by an assigned court-martial.
In an attempt to play the victim, Ervin posted to Facebook, “The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job.”
The 11 General Orders are as follows:
- Take charge of this post and all government property in view
- Walk the post in a military manner, always keeping alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing
- Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce
- Repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own
- Quit the post only when properly relieved
- Receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day and non-commissioned officers of the guard only
- Talk to no one except in the line of duty
- Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder
- Call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions
- Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased
- Be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.