David Crook

Ukraine isn’t nearly enough

Impeachment isn’t just about the presidency of Donald Trump. It’s about the role of Congress in our republic.

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Here's how ransomware criminals target internet service providers

Small Businesses and Local Governments Victimized

A July cyberattack on the on dozens of Washington and Oregon dental clinics illustrates a new and worrisome frontier in ransomware, reports ProPublica. Blackmailers are targeting of managed service providers, or MSPs, to which local governments, medical clinics and other small- and medium-sized businesses outsource their IT needs.

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Hurricane forecasts are about to get a whole lot worse

If You Can’t Find Dorian, Blame the New 5G Cellphone Networks

If you’ve been transfixed by the minute-by-minute tracking of Hurricane Dorian, thank a weather satellite. Data from weather satellites, weather stations and radar makes it possible for forecasters to use computer simulations to predict a hurricane’s path — and those predictions, though imperfect, help save lives. Yet, reports Salon, as forecasting technology continues to improve, it faces a big threat that could impede humanity’s ability to predict the path and intensity of category 5 hurricanes like Dorian: specifically, the onset of 5G cellular technology, the blazing-fast fifth-generation wireless cellular network that is being rolled out.

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Why an obscure, looney-fringe New York paper is Trump's top online supporter

Trump’s Secret Chinese Supporters

By the numbers, there is no bigger advocate of President Donald Trump on Facebook than The Epoch Times, reports NBC News. The small New York-based nonprofit news outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns. Those video ads — in which unidentified spokespeople thumb through a newspaper to praise Trump, peddle conspiracy theories about the “Deep State,” and criticize “fake news” media — strike a familiar tone in the online conservative news ecosystem.

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