WASHINGTON: Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.She had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.Stroud and her team, working from a converted mansion in Abu Dhabi known internally as “the Villa,” would use methods learned from a decade in the U.S intelligence community to help the UAE hack into the phones and computers of its enemies.Stroud had been recruited by a Maryland cybersecurity contractor to help the Emiratis launch hacking operations, and for three years, she thrived in the job. But in 2016, the Emiratis moved Project Raven to a UAE cybersecurity firm named DarkMatter. Before long, Stroud and other … [Read more...] about Special Report: Inside the UAE’s secret hacking team of US mercenaries
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VELES, Macedonia: His business card states, “The man who helped Donald Trump win US elections”, and Mr Mirko Ceselkoski is eager to read it out, saying: “It’s so funny that I became famous because of this.”Whether it was fame or infamy, the 38-year-old, who calls himself an internet marketing consultant, found a golden ticket not only for himself, but also the Macedonian town of Veles, where he had some students.In 2016, more than 100 pro-Trump websites were being run from this town of 44,000 people, but not out of interest in American politics. The sites were hosting fake news for profit.“The top performing (sites) were either really misleading or 100 per cent false,” recalls Buzzfeed News media editor Craig Silverman, the first to find this out after he and a colleague started their investigation that summer.Veles became known as the fake news capital of the world. And since then, fake news industries have begun to make their presence felt in … [Read more...] about Meet the fake news trolls who influenced US and Indonesian polls for money
By Jim Rankin Feature Writer Tues., July 3, 2018 Toronto police “substantially” overestimate how competent they are at dealing with intercultural issues, which can result in members believing they “get it” and misread conflicts between police and Toronto’s diverse population, reveals a report based on a voluntary survey of more than 800 staff. The report, commissioned by the Toronto Police Service, paints a service-wide profile of an organization that has a “fuzzy sense of what intercultural competence looks like and what culturally responsive policing involves.” Outside consultants, including a former Toronto police board member, completed their report in March 2015 — amid intense controversy over racially skewed carding and an aggressive anti-violence unit that is now disbanded — but the report was never made public. The Star obtained the 135-page report and 270 pages of appendices in a … [Read more...] about Secret report sheds light on Toronto police culture
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.