Yahoo scanned all incoming customer emails for US intelligence

❝ Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials…

The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time…

❝ Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.

❝ According to two of the former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook…

RTFA. It’s long and detailed – and I haven’t had a boatload of trust in the integrity of Yahoo in years. All credit to Alex Stamos for walking out.

Teen busted trying hire a clown to assassinate her teacher

❝ Police in Virginia have arrested a 13-year-old girl in connection with a social media threat involving a clown.

The investigation revealed that the girl made contact with someone via social media, and asked the person to murder one of her teachers at Davis Middle School…

The person she contacted was using a clown photo as a profile picture as well as an alias.

❝ The 13-year-old girl from Hampton was arrested and charged with one count of threatening to kill by electronic message. She remains in custody.

❝ Hampton police detectives made contact with the victim to ensure her safety and make her aware of the situation. At this time, there is no evidence to indicate a threat against any others.

There was increased police presence Monday at Davis Middle School and Hampton police officers are working with school security to ensure student safety.

❝ This incident comes just two days after schools in Hampton and Newport News tightened security because of threats from social media accounts of people posing as clowns…

The Hampton Police Division is collaborating with Hampton City Schools, the Newport News Police Division, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate each of these threats and social media pages.

None of the security hustlers are going to miss out on an opportunity to increase fun and profits from fear. I’m surprised the NRA hasn’t shown up selling handguns outside the school. Yet.

Wall-E changed his name to MUTT, he is in the Marines, and he is packing a .50 cal machine gun


Click to enlargeLance Cpl Julien Rodarte

The Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) is the Marines’ new best friend and it speaks fluent Ma Deuce. Moreover, it has a buddy with a Mini-Gun.

Developed by General Dynamics Land Systems, the MUTT is lightweight for a vehicle, weighing in at just 750-pounds. It is amphibious. It can use either tracks or low-pressure wheels to get through surf, sand and swamp. It can be loaded aboard most Marine aviation assets such as the MV-22 Osprey.

And best yet, it can carry up to 600-pounds of gear so Marines don’t have to, making it the 21st Century pack mule of a rifle squad. Plus, the MUTT can transpo large crew-served weapons such as the M2HB it is shown with. Currently being fielded by the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is testing the MUTT’s use in the July RIMPAC exercise…

As noted in the article, no word on whether or not the Dallas PD has any on order. Yet.