Investigative Report: DHS Reveals Russian Actors Compromised Voter Registration Databases In 21 States Before 2016 Election

Yesterday at the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Capitol Hill, “classified” information regarding the size and scope of Russia’s hacking into the US election system was released to members of the Senate and the US press “for the first time.” However, as I will demonstrate, for those of us who have been reading and reporting on international hacking news for the last several years, while members of the US Senate may have just learned all of this information for the first time, international reporters have already exposed this information dating as far back as December 2015.

ProtonMail Launches VPN Services

On June 20th 2017, after years of planning and 4 months of beta testing, ProtonMail unveiled their latest service, an online Virtual Private Network Service. The VPN is available as both a paid or free service, though the company has already had to begin placing users on a waiting list for the free service due to an overwhelming amount of signups in the first hours of operation.

US Led Coalition Forces Are Using White Phosphorous in Iraq and Syria

US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.

Israel Announces Major Power Cuts To Gaza Residents

After forcing further power cuts upon the residents of Gaza, Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations and international community to condemn Israel’s actions. Amnesty has taken the occasion to remind the world that Israel’s continued blockade of the region is illegal, that Israel is directly responsible for the humanitarian crisis which has ensued there and has been violating international law on this matter for decades.

Egypt Begins Fierce Crackdown On Internet News Agencies

Since May 24th, at least 63 websites or web services have been blocked by the Egyptian Government, including 40 different news agencies. President Sisi maintains he is doing this to crackdown on terrorism and the spread of political misinformation. Human Rights groups warn that Egypt is erasing years of progress and the country is headed back towards the “dark days” of Government censorship once experienced under Hosni Mubarak not so long ago.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Sues FBI Over National Security Letter Gag Orders

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation on June 7th, asking courts to force the FBI to hand over all surveillance records tied to National Security Letters. The EFF seeks to review the records to determine whether or not the FBI has been complying with US Law dating back to 2015, when the FBI’s use of gag orders in conjunction with NSL’s was ruled “unconstitutional” by US courts.

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