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Posted by JP on December 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

F.B.I. Accuses North Korean Government in Cyberattack on Sony Pictures

Posted by JP on December 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


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BREAKING NEWS Friday, December 19, 2014 12:10 PM EST

F.B.I. Accuses North Korean Government in Cyberattack on Sony Pictures

The F.B.I. on Friday directly accused the North Korean government of organizing the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers, marking the first time the United States has accused the leaders of a foreign nation of sending destructive computer code to strike on American soil.

The bureau said that there were significant “similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks” to previous attacks by the North Koreans. It also said that there were classified elements of the evidence against the North that they could not reveal.


After Sony, House Cybersecurity Chairman Warns Power Grid, Wall Street Could Be Next

Posted by JP on December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After Sony, House Cybersecurity Chairman Warns Power Grid, Wall Street Could Be Next

Leah Barkoukis | Dec 18, 2014

House cybersecurity chairman Patrick Meehan is warning that the attack on Sony may be just the beginning. Nation-state hackers like North Korea and Iran could also hit Wall Street, the nation’s power grid, or the federal government next, he said, making it all the more important President Obama sign pending cybersecurity legislation into law.


“The attack on Sony is the latest high-profile example of the growing danger of the cyber threat, and it won’t be the last,” Meehan said.


“American businesses, financial networks, government agencies and infrastructure systems like power grids are at continual risk. They’re targeted not just by lone hackers and criminal syndicates, but by well-funded nation-states like North Korea and Iran. A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm,” he continued.


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the cyberattack on Sony a “serious national security matter” but fell short of acknowledging whether the North Korean government played a role or not.


Others, like Newt Gingrich, went as far as to say that by Sony giving in to North Korea, the U.S. has lost its first cyberwar, which sets a very dangerous precedent. This is why, Meehan said, it’s vital the U.S. upgrade its cyber defenses.


“We need to ease the sharing of threat information between government and the private sector and strengthen our ability to prevent and respond to attacks," the Pennsylvania lawmaker said. “Congress took important steps last week by passing bipartisan legislation that builds our cyber defense capabilities – it’s time for those bills to be signed into law and implemented.”

There They Go Again

Posted by JP on December 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

There They Go Again

Erick Erickson | Dec 19, 2014

With metronomic precision each year, the national press corps begins running columns by "religion scholars" who wish you to know that Jesus Christ is a fictional character. Mind you, no newspaper of note in the world is brave enough to run a similar story about the Prophet Muhammed...


The latest comes from a "lecturer in religious studies" from Australia named Raphael Lataster. The Washington Post felt compelled to run this so the godless heathens in Washington, D.C., can continue on with no consequence.


According to Mr. Lataster, "There are no existing eyewitness or contemporary accounts of Jesus. All we have are later descriptions of Jesus' life events by non-eyewitnesses, most of whom are obviously biased." These biased, non-eyewitness accounts include the writings of the Apostles Matthew, Peter and John, all three of whom were standing near the cross on which the magical mythological Jesus was nailed. They were just, one might suppose, looking in a different direction.


Then, of course, there are the books of James and Jude in the Bible, written by the brothers of Jesus. There are also the several letters written by Paul, who claims Jesus appeared in physical form to him after Jesus's death. Lastly, there is Luke, a doctor who interviewed many eyewitnesses including the imaginary Mary, mother of the imaginary Jesus.


Mr. Lataster must write out of history many people we know existed in order to write Jesus out of history. His dismissal of all scholars who disagree with him is pretty staggering. One must wonder if he is also prepared to write out of history Socrates, who, like Jesus, never wrote anything himself. Others wrote about him after he died.


That the Washington Post and other news outlets feel compelled, each year, to point out that Jesus is a myth is telling in and of itself. They lack the bravery to do it about Islam's top prophet because Christians will turn the other cheek, whereas Muslims would kill them. For any who disagree, just review the book stores bombed for carrying Salman Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" or the riots against cartoonists who drew Muhammed.


The only really remarkable thing about the media effort to cast doubt on Jesus' existence is that the press usually finds an Episcopalian priest or Jesuit scholar to do it. They first attack the virgin birth as an interpretation, and then end up at Jesus dying and his resurrection being only metaphor. Rarely do they go straight to the atheist religious scholar.