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Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the US Government

Google withheld information about the largest Internet security failure in history
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Tell me again about how much we need to fear our elected government: Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government.

Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn’t alert anyone in the government.

Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered “Heartbleed”—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7.

The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going public. The security firm CloudFlare, for example, said it fixed the flaw on March 31.

But the White House said Friday that no one in the federal government knew about the problem until April. The administration made the statement to deny an earlier Bloomberg report that the National Security Agency had been exploiting Heartbleed for years.

KS Shooting Suspect Frazier Glenn Miller’s 2010 Interview: He’s a Fan of Ron Paul

“It’s the Jews, stupid”
US News • Views: 14,219

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In a 2010 interview on The David Pakman Show, white supremacist murder suspect Frazier Glenn Miller talked at length about his twisted ideology of hate, and revealed that he’s a huge admirer of Ron Paul. (Which shouldn’t surprise anyone, by the way.)

At this time, Miller was running for the US Senate in Missouri, under the slogan “It’s the Jews, Stupid.”

Other people Miller cites approvingly: Pat Buchanan, Louis Farrakhan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And it’s obvious what all these people have in common — hatred of Jews.

Frazier Glenn Miller originally appeared on The David Pakman Show in April 2010. In November 2013, he exchanged a series of emails with host David Pakman. Emails are available here: davidpakman.com

3 Confirmed Dead in Shootings at Overland Park Kansas Jewish Sites - Updated

Via KMBC TV, KMBZ TV, 41 Action News, KCTV5
US News • Views: 16,791

The Jewish Community Center is right behind the Sprint campus where I used to work; this appears to be a hate crime from initial reporting. Initial reports also said 2 dead, but a subsequent report from CBS sets the tally at 1 death. NBC local news reports three are now confirmed dead; one died at Overland Park Regional Medical Center while undergoing surgery for critical injuries.

I will caution all my readers that initial reports at a shooting like this are usually not wholly accurate, and the most accurate account will likely come at the 5PM central news conference. Several local station streaming links are below.

Police said they are investigating fatal shootings at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and at an assisted living center several blocks south.

Police said they are investigating fatal shootings at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and at an assisted living center several blocks south.

Police said one person was killed at the Jewish Community Center at 5800 W. 115th Street and another was killed at Village Shalom, an assisted living facility at 123rd Street and Nall.

A third person was shot and critically injured. That person was taken to a nearby hospital.

Investigators said the entire Jewish Community Center campus has been placed on lockdown while police search the area.

More: 2 Dead, 1 Injured in Shootings at OP Jewish Sites

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Update: CBS saying 1 dead
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And then there is this:

Update from Andres Gutierez from the local NBC stations who is headed to media staging area now:

UPDATE: Reports now say three confirmed dead:

Local Station News Links

kshb.com

kmbc.com

fox4kc.com

kctv5.com

Update from KCTV5:

One shooting was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to an Overland Park Fire Department spokesman. This happened at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre inside the center.

About 75 people were inside the theatre, most of them children.

Teens were auditioning for KC Superstar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children.

A second shooting was reported at Village Shalom, which is an assisted living center at 5500 West 123rd St.

Many more details at Jewish Daily Forward
forward.com

NSA Denies Bloomberg ‘Heartbleed’ Report Based on Unidentified Sources

“Wrong”
US News • Views: 14,333

The hyperbolic headline from Bloomberg that stirred up the mighty Greenwald army today: NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug, Exposing Consumers - Bloomberg.

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts. …

Putting the Heartbleed bug in its arsenal, the NSA was able to obtain passwords and other basic data that are the building blocks of the sophisticated hacking operations at the core of its mission, but at a cost. Millions of ordinary users were left vulnerable to attack from other nations’ intelligence arms and criminal hackers.

Notice the source? Two anonymous people “familiar with the matter.” And lo, the clicks pour in.

It looks like the NSA has realized they need to answer these hyperbolic stories right away, at least, because they wasted no time coming out with an official response: NSA Denies It Used ‘Heartbleed’ Bug to Gather Intelligence - NBC News.com

The National Security Agency on Friday denied a report that it has been aware for years of the enormous ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw affecting millions of websites, but kept the information secret and used it for its own purposes.

Bloomberg, citing unidentified sources, reported Friday that the NSA knew about Heartbleed for two years before the public disclosure of the bug by security researchers last week.

“NSA was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, until it was made public in a private-sector cybersecurity report. Reports that say otherwise are wrong,” the agency said in a statement to NBC News.

Supreme Court Says Democracy Is for Sale to the Highest Bidder

For sale: one (1) political system, slightly used, not cheap
US News • Views: 16,355
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Another awful Supreme Court decision today extends the Citizens United disaster and further erodes America’s political system by striking down aggregate limits on campaign contributions; according to the new ruling, wealthy individuals may now contribute as much as $3.6 million to a single politician.

The decision — written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito — held that “aggregate limits are invalid under the First Amendment.” Justice Clarence Thomas concurred with the other conservative justices but penned a separate opinion arguing that campaign finance restrictions should be wiped out further.

The conservative justices argued that eliminating aggregate cont limits doesn’t give rise to “quid pro quo corruption” which the court recognized as a legitimate rationale for campaign finance restrictions in the landmark Buckley v. Valeo case in 1976.

“Spending large sums of money in connection with elections, but not in connection with an effort to control the exercise of an officeholder’s official duties, does not give rise to such quid pro quo corruption,” Roberts wrote in the ruling. “Nor does the possibility that an individual who spends large sums may garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials or political parties.”

The law currently permits individuals to spend no more than $2,600 per election per candidate, allowing for up to $5,200 for a primary and general election. The aggregate limit is $48,600 on contribution to candidates for an election cycle, and $74,600 on campaign committees. The Supreme Court ruling keeps the individual limits and eliminates the aggregate limits. Supporters of the law noted that without limits, a single donor could contribute as much as $3.6 million to a single politician between giving to candidates and committees.

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