Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.

Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia….


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Here’s Proof Some Pollsters Are Putting A Thumb On The Scale

Introduction by Ken Feltman:

This is perhaps the most important news about political polls to come out of the 2016 election: Nate Silver and others at FiveThirtyEight have the statistics to establish that some pollsters, intentionally or not, skew their results.

Before you click to his article, please consider how he ends it:

“So … what to do about it? If you’ve read this far, you’re undoubtedly highly interested in polling. So my message for fellow polling geeks is as follows: Let’s not give pollsters so much grief the next time they publish what looks to be an “outlier.” Polling data is noisy and polling is becoming more challenging. The occasional or even not-so-occasional result that deviates from the consensus is sometimes a sign the pollster is doing good, honest work and trusting its data.

    It’s the inliers — the polls that always stay implausibly close to the consensus and always conform to the conventional wisdom about a race — that deserve more scrutiny instead.”

By Nate Silver


It’s time to stop worrying about outliers and start worrying about inliers. Earlier this year, my colleague Harry Enten documented evidence of pollster “herding” — the tendency of polling firms to produce results that closely match one another, especially toward the end of a campaign. What’s wrong with the polls agreeing with one another? The problem is that it’s sometimes a case of the blind leading the blind. Take a look at the polls conducted in this year’s Senate race in Iowa….

Source: Here’s Proof Some Pollsters Are Putting A Thumb On The Scale

Posted in Big Data, Candidates, Cyber security, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, FiveThirtyEight, Political parties, polls, Republicans, Technology

Internet of Things gets its zombie apocalypse, and this is just the beginning

By Adario Strange

Winter is here. The Internet of Things (IoT) winter, that is. 

All those digital routers, DVRs, “smart” kitchen appliances and IP-enabled cameras you assumed were innocuous as they worked away in the background of your life are rising up like zombies at the behest of the Night’s King of Game of Thrones. 

And like the fictional, aforementioned zombie army, it seems there’s little we can do to stop the next big distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, fueled by the malware dubbed Mirai — a word that appropriately means “the future” in Japanese.
But is this latest zombie-flavored hacking attack really “the future” for the Internet of Things?

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Posted in Big Data, Hacking, Internet of Things, Ransomware, Technology

Five takeaways from Comey’s October surprise

Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe in good luck, and Friday’s bombshell shows why.

By Glenn Thrush

Hillary Clinton has never met a sunny day she completely trusted, and Friday proved why.

The front-running Democrat has always been weakest when protecting a lead, and, according to the people around her, chronically suspicious of any overlong stretches of good fortune or blue-sky forecasting. She needn’t have worried. The last 10 days of her historic campaign are now socked in by a lowering overcast of suspicion, and a depressingly familiar threat.

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Posted in Controversial, Democrats, Elections, Fundraising, Hillary Clinton, White House

Password Security Best Practices

By Dave Bartelli

One of the easiest ways for hackers to steal your proprietary data is to steal your username and password and simply login to your account.

Why make it easy for them?

Using a few easy-to-follow guidelines for creating and handling passwords, you can make it extremely difficult (and maybe even approaching impossible) for a cybercriminal to get into your systems.


Posted in Cyber security, Hacking, Ransomware