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Yes, those companies(and others) showed New York as 'Jewtropolis' for about an hour due to a malicious edit of third-party mapping software that those companies use. Mapbox is a provider of niche mapping software, and as shown in their recent blog post an unauthorized change to one of their data sets slipped past their review process: Mapbox has a zero-...


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There are two questions here: Are there 17 US intelligence agencies? Yes. From the home page of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) (emphasis mine): The U.S. Intelligence Community is a coalition of 17 agencies and organizations, including the ODNI, within the Executive Branch that work both independently and collaboratively to ...


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Evidence: There is an application for a search warrant documented in court by FBI that a US hacker named Chris Roberts hacked into the electronic entertainment systems of airplanes [1] and that he had taken control of an airplane’s engines mid-flight using his laptop and an Ethernet cable [2]. Chris Roberts had also earlier claimed that he had changed the ...


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As is evidenced by the comments and current lack of answers over on this similar question, videos like this are inherently hard to debunk because, while they may have been faked, the acts they portray are theoretically possible. First, it is perhaps most important to point out that this appears to be a viral marketing campaign for an IT training company in ...


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The presidential alerts are part of a bigger system that also includes AMBER alerts and alerts for bad weather and "other threatening emergencies". These alerts are called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). FEMA explains how it works: Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me? No. Just like emergency weather alerts you see on local TV, WEAs are ...


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(With analysis thanks to Oddthinking) Assange seems to refer to this leaked email from Podesta's assistant Eryn Sapp to him, which contained an username and password for him to use. (This was not necessarily for his email account.) While sending a password through plaintext is bad form in general, it is entirely possible that this was meant to be a ...


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You question, as currently worded, is more of a physiological question. Can human respond to a stimuli in a quarter of a second? Yes. From this journal article is appears that the mean is around 230ms (controlling for equipment latency) for young, healthy adults. This online poll(?) gives 268ms, which may or may not control for latency. These ...


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A report released in February 2013 by Mandiant (an American cyber security firm) states that in a previous report investigating computer security breaches at hundreds of organizations around the world, the company's position was that “The Chinese government may authorize this activity, but there’s no way to determine the extent of its involvement.” It ...


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The current accepted answer has a number of errors, so I'm creating this answer. Thanks to comments by Avery and Oddthinking for some resources. The source of this claim is apparently a Fox News interview which quotes Assange as saying: Podesta gave out that his password was the word ‘password’. His own staff said this email that you’ve received, this is ...


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This isn't a complete answer to your questions, but I'd like to point out that the government doesn't need access to the E911 chip to locate you. Traditionally mobile phone networks were switched networks. They work by locating where you are in the world, and routing your telecoms through a microcell / macrocell transmitter. It's been some time since i ...


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TL;DR answer: It seems like Nokia 1100 made it easier to spoof someone's phone number, but it wasn't as easy as media presented it. You still had to copy someone's SIM card. I don't see how such a thing would be possible for many reasons (how was it even possible to modify the software of such a closed platform where not even firmware upgrades were simple?...


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As @David has stated, there are indeed 17 intelligence agencies, and the USIC is a coalition of these agencies. In a joint statement, they declared: The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The ...


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Is this video legitimate? This particular video appears to be a hoax: The video above is a joke that some people seem to not be getting. RIffing off the "you can put Doom on anything" meme, from graphing calculators to printers, YouTube user vexal put together this video showing the three simple steps to getting the classic first-person shooter running ...


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The four statements contain varying degrees of truth, but none are strictly wrong. According to the FBI, they reached out to the DNC to examine their computer systems, but were rebuffed by the DNC. The FBI continuously stressed to the DNC that they needed direct access, but were not able to come to terms with the DNC until after they had enlisted the help ...


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As told by the company that produced the "documentary": To prove that IT can be fun, we gave birth to a hacker IT company Info Support was having a hard time recruiting new talents because of the industry's reputation of being very, very boring. Their initial request was a corporate video arguing that working at Info Support is not boring at all. We ...


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Claim This answer attempts to respond to the following claim (from the images in the question): Planned Parenthood (PP) faked being hacked Basis This claim is based on: Claims that PP is hacked (from Twitter) Data is being loaded from PP servers Source code including keywords that imply a campaign The website is reachable despite claims of an attack ...


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Here are some links you might find useful: Hackthissite.org, Jeremy's hacking site - Blog post by the site admins about his detainment. Interview with Jeremy - About halfway down the interview they start to discuss his intentions of the Stratfor incident. You might notice it says, Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Hammond's attorney, clarified that her client ...


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