FBI formally accuses North Korea in Sony hack

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation first time on Friday officially weighed in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.

According to a statement released by the bureau late Friday morning, the FBI says there is now “enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible” for the major breach.

“Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korea actors previously developed,” the FBI said. “The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the US government has previously linked directly to North Korea.”

“Separately, the tools used in the SPE attack have similarities to a cyberattack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.”

Earlier Friday, Reuters reported that North Korean hackers had launched the breach, citing unnamed US officials, but did it by way of Chinese computer networks to cover their tracks.

The intrusion into the Hollywood studio’s internal networks last month has since caused a trove of sensitive files, including stolen company emails, records and unreleased films, to surface on the web.

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Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would be cancelling plans to release “The Interview” next week, a comedy in which North Korea President Kim Jong Un is assassinated, following threats perpetrated by the purported hackers.

Previously, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the outgoing chair of the United States House Intelligence Committee, and Newt Gingrich, the Republican politician who formerly served as speaker of the House, said they were all but certain the Kim regime was behind the hack. Prior to Friday, however, the State Dept. said it could not yet put the blame publicly on any entity.

On its part, Pyongyang has denied any alleged involvement, but hailed the attack as a “”righteous deed” and that screening “The Interview” should be considered an “act of terrorism.”

According to CNN, the hackers involved in the breach said after “The Interview” was pulled from theaters that Sony may be spared further embarrassment if the studio continues to comply.

“It’s very wise that you have made a decision to cancel the release of ‘The Interview,'” the message said, according to CNN. “We ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”

US Pres. Barack Obama will hold an end-of-year press conference on Friday afternoon where he is expected to weigh in on the Sony hack.

Al Qaeda Terrorist Wanted by FBI Crossed Back and Forth Into U.S. From Mexico

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He crossed the border with impunity, even though he was on the FBI’s most wanted list. Why wasn’t he ever noticed or arrested? Was Obama’s FBI too busy conducting “outreach” meetings at mosques to devote any time or attention to apprehending him?

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“Al Qaeda Terrorist Wanted by FBI Crossed Back and Forth Into U.S. From Mexico,” Judicial Watch, December 8, 2014:

An Al Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list for years crossed back and forth into the United States from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas and piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.

The same Al Qaeda operative helped plan the 2009 bombing of talk-show superstar Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the iconic Sears Tower (renamed Willis Tower), a story that Judicial Watch broke just last week. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (also known as “Javier Robles”) and over the weekend he was killed in Pakistan, according to military officials in the Islamic republic.

In 2010 Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States—including New York City’s subway system—and the United Kingdom, according the FBI. The plot against New York City’s subway system was directed by senior Al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, the FBI says, and was also directly related to a scheme by Al Qaeda plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States.

A year earlier Shukrijumah helped plan a terrorist truck-bomb plot targeting Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and the Sears Tower. Two of his fellow conspirators—Emad Karakrah and Hector Pedroza Huerta—were recently arrested for unrelated state crimes in different parts of the country. Karakrah is in Cook County, Illinois Jail on charges of making a false car bomb threat after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago with an ISIS flag waving from his car in August. Huerta, an illegal alien twice convicted for driving intoxicated, is in the El Paso County Jail and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

The men form part of a sophisticated narco-terror ring, exposed by JW in October, with connections running from El Paso to Chicago to New York City. It includes an all-star lineup of logistics and transportation operatives for militant Islamists in the United State, drug and weapons smugglers for the Juarez drug cartel in Mexico, an FBI confidential informant gone rogue and two of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. Shukrijumah is one of them.

Despite being one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, Shukrijumah for years managed to slip in and out of the U.S. through the southern border to meet fellow militant Islamists—including Karakrah and Huerta—in the El Paso region, JW’s law enforcement sources confirm. In fact, in March the most wanted terrorist piloted a private aircraft from Mexico into the airfield at Cielo Dorado in Anthony New Mexico, according to JW’s high-level government sources.

Citing Pakistani military officials, a newspaper syndicate confirms that he’s been killed. “In an intelligence-borne operation, top al-Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed by (the) Pakistan Army in an early morning raid in Shinwarsak, South Waziristan today,” a military statement quoted in the story says. “The remote region borders Afghanistan. His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid.”

Shukrijumah, 39, probably could have qualified for Obama’s amnesty. He was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to the U.S. with his family as a youngster in the mid-1990s. As a teenager he lived in South Florida’s Broward County and he attended the local community college where he took computer science and chemistry classes, according to the area’s newspaper. His mother, Zurah Adbu Ahmed, still lives in South Florida, the paper reports.

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House leaders unveil budget bill, race to avert partial shutdown

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House leaders unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill Tuesday night that would avert a partial government shutdown while delaying a fight over President Obama’s immigration actions until early 2015.

The GOP-led House Appropriations Committee released the plan, which would keep most of the government funded through September 2015, following days of backroom negotiations.

The government technically runs out of money at midnight Thursday. The narrow window raises the likelihood that lawmakers will have to pass a stopgap spending bill to buy time.

The main spending bill next will go to the chamber’s rules committee to be prepared for debate and a likely full House vote by Thursday.

The bill finances the day-to-day operations of every Cabinet department except Homeland Security through Sept. 30, 2015, with $521 billion for defense and $492 billion tied to non-defense. Another $64 billion is provided for overseas military operations.

However, the plan would only fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, 2015. That is a move by House GOP leaders to tee up a debate in early 2015 over the president’s recent executive action that could suspend deportation for as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.

Some conservatives nevertheless want to wage that battle now, and use the current spending bill as leverage. Though the House voted last week against Obama’s immigration plan, these lawmakers want to do more.

“I feel like the leadership is asking us to punt on first down,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Wednesday.

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said he thinks over 50 lawmakers, including himself, are opposed to the bill.

House Speaker John Boehner, though, defended the package and stressed that they’d revisit the immigration issue next year.

“Without a threat of a government shutdown, this sets up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration when we have new majorities in both chambers of Congress,” he said Wednesday.

Strong opposition to the House budget plan from the Republicans’ conservative wing could force GOP chamber leaders to rely on Democratic votes to avert a government shutdown. Boehner can afford to lose only 17 caucus votes before he must turn to support from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi, D-Calif., has said her party would be willing to help but has signaled she may make some demands.

Among those expected to vote against the bill is South Carolina GOP Rep. Mike Mulvaney.

“I don’t think we’ve proven to people who just re-elected us that we’re doing everything that we can,” he told Fox News on Tuesday before the bill was released. “Now we’re going to fund the emperor [President Obama] without putting up a fight? That’s hard for me to swallow.”

On the Senate side, conservatives such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., could create problems in passing the bill.

They have pushed for an aggressive attack plan over Obama’s immigration actions. If any chooses to filibuster, it could draw out the process, potentially pushing debate into the weekend — requiring Congress to either pass a stopgap funding bill or risk at least a short partial shutdown.

Senate Republican aides said Monday that they didn’t expect their bosses to fight in a way that risks a partial shutdown. They suggest that the timing, with the Senate not expected to take a crack at the bill until Thursday or later, makes it difficult to launch a major fight.

“It cuts against us,” one Republican Senate aide said. “Leadership has played its hand very well.”

Another top aide for a conservative senator said the battle comes down to how much the outside groups want to engage and “there’s not a lot we can do.”

The spending bill unveiled Tuesday night provides billions at all levels of government.

The budget provides $490 billion to the Pentagon, increasing its budget by $3.3 billion. It provides billions to continue air strikes against ISIS and train Iraqi forces.

Obama received $5.4 billion of his $6.2 billion request to fight Ebola at home and abroad. Most of it goes to Heath and Human Services and the CDC to help strengthen public health system in at-risk countries.

The bill provides $49 billion for foreign aid programs. Israel would receive $3.1 billion in military aid and Egypt $1.3 billion.

The spending provision cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget to $8.1 billion, 21 percent below peak levels in 2010. Transportation programs would receive $71 billion with $40 billion going to highway funding for states. Section 8 housing would receive $26 billion.

The FBI would see an increase in its budget to $8.4 billion, while NASA receives $18 billion, a $364 million increase.

More provisions would allot $82 billion for food stamps and another $6.6 billion for a program that provides food aid to pregnant and nursing mothers and their young children.

AND YES, MORE GENTLE GIANTS IN ACTION: ‘Juveniles’ Attack Another Bosnian In St. Louis

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Last week in St. Louis, 32-year-old Bosnian immigrant Zemir Begic was murdered in the street by “juveniles” with hammers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said it had nothing to do with Begic’s Bosnian heritage, let alone the color of his skin.

And nobody cared, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Now another Bosnian in the same neighborhood has been attacked by “juveniles,” and Dotson is changing his tune. Doug Moore at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings us another local news story that has nothing to do with anything on a national level:

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has called in the FBI to help investigate what he is calling a hate crime because a woman assaulted by three [CENSORED] teens is Bosnian.

The Friday morning attack occurred in the Bevo Mill neighborhood where earlier this week a Bosnian man was killed with a hammer by a group of teens.

In Friday’s case, the woman, 26, told police that she was driving in the 4600 block of Lansdowne Avenue about 5:25 a.m. when three men in their late teens to early 20s walked in front of her vehicle.

When the woman attempted to drive around the young men, at least one of them pulled a gun and ordered her to stop. One of the men struck the windshield with an object police said could have been a crowbar. The woman was pulled from the vehicle…

One of the men asked where the woman was from. She said she was European.

“You’re a (expletive) liar. You’re Bosnian. I should just kill you now,” Dotson said of the woman’s account…

The woman was pushed to the ground and kicked before the attackers fled. A passer-by told police the woman was found unconscious.

Please note that I’ve removed any identifying information about the teens, because helping the police track down criminal suspects is racist.

Do #BosnianLivesMatter? I don’t see why they should. They’re not a Designated Victim Class in the United States, and they look white, so whatever happens to them is just too bad. If they don’t want to be dragged from their cars, beaten, and discarded in the street like garbage, they shouldn’t have come to America to escape genocide.

There will be no die-ins for Zemir Begic. You won’t see any professional athletes wearing “You’re Bosnian, I Should Just Kill You Now” T-shirts. If you don’t fit the profile, if you can’t be used for propaganda purposes, your pain and the pain of your loved ones is meaningless.

Welcome to Utopia.

Seattle: Muslim arrested for threats to kill Ferguson officer

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by Pamela Geller

Apparently CAIR’s jihad calls for #Ferguson incitement and violence has paid off for those Muslim Brotherhood trolls. They almost had it — but not quite. The relentless cries by designated terror groups CAIR, ISNA and foreign terror groups like ISIS to wage jihad in Ferguson nearly took one of our finest.

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An axis of evil and hate. What do all of this disparate players have in common? A shared goal, the destruction of America.

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Terror-designated groups like Hamas-CAIR have been agitating and inciting for Ferguson unrest for months — here and here. And ISIS here.FBI,

SEATTLE (AP) – A man was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of posting Internet threats against a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, after a black teenager was shot and killed.

Defendant Jaleel Tarik Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of Kirkland began posting threats on Facebook soon after the shooting of Michael Brown, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint includes FBI Special Agent Brett Grover saying, “the threats relate to the widely publicized events of Aug. 9 during which Officer D.W. fatally shot Michael Brown.”

The complaint does not specifically name then-Officer Darren Wilson as the victim of the threats. It’s a policy to withhold the names of victims in such cases, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

Wilson later resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.

Abdul-Jabbaar made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court and was appointed a federal public defender. The judge set a detention hearing for Friday.

On Aug. 30, Abdul-Jabbaar posted, “we really need to start killing the police … OOooopppss I mean our oppressors,” the complaint said.

Federal prosecutors said Abdul-Jabbaar posted inflammatory messages for months that called on others to join him on a trip to Ferguson to “give back the bullets” that were fired at Brown.

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said Americans have a right to speak out about current events and criticize the government, but “our freedom of speech does not, however, extend to making threats to kill or injure law enforcement officers.”…

Complaint here.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has announced a Washington state man was arrested on three counts of making interstate death threats against former Officer Darren Wilson. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar was arrested at his home this morning by authorities. The complaint alleges multiple threats to kill Wilson along with his family and other law enforcement officers.

The New York Times published Wilson’s address last week, making it easier for lunatics like this to hunt him down and kill him.

According to the criminal complaint, ABDUL-JABBAAR started posting threats on his Facebook page shortly after the August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, through late November. ABDUL-JABBAAR posted various statements about killing police officers and traveling to Ferguson, Missouri. Among others, ABDUL-JABBAAR stated: “We need to kill (the officer) and anything that has a badge on.” ABDUL-JABBAAR also used Facebook communications to attempt to acquire a firearm.

Making interstate threats is punishable by up to five years in jail.

ISIS fear: FBI warns military to ‘scrub’ social media in anticipation of homeland attacks

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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have delivered the most serious warning to date about possible ISIS strikes against domestic military targets, warning personnel to remove sensitive social media information, ABC News reported.

The two agencies have issued a bulletin, strongly advising US military personnel to take precautions against personal information posted online that individuals connected to Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL].

The agencies responsible for domestic security “recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL and its supporters,”ABC cited the federal bulletin as saying, advising that military personnel “routinely exercise operational security” when using online social media.

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According to the report, several members in US special operations and other military branches said they had “deactivated, scrubbed or locked” their social media accounts at the urging of security officers as the Pentagon opened an air campaign against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.

The domestic security agencies believe that “individuals overseas” are looking to enlist “like-minded individuals willing and capable” to carry out attacks on “current and former US-based members of the United States military.”

In late September, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called for attacks against military personnel in the US and Europe.

READ MORE: Syria says US-led strikes failed to weaken ISIS

In the same month, the FBI warned in yet another bulletin that “extremist hacker groups” may organize cyber-attacks against the United States. It warned of “recent nonspecific and probably aspirational threats made on social media platform to carry out cyber as well as physical attacks in response to the US military presence in the Middle East.”

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ADMITS IT MISLED COURT ABOUT FBI’S SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

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“We regret this inadvertent inaccuracy and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused”

BY DUSTIN VOLZ

November 13, 2014 The Justice Department acknowledged that it misled a federal Appeals Court during oral arguments last month in a case reviewing whether the government should be able to secretly conduct electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant.

In a newly unsealed letter, a Justice Department lawyer told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that it spoke erroneously when describing the disclosure restrictions placed upon the FBI’s use of so-called national security letters. NSLs, as they are often referred, can compel companies to hand over communications data or financial records of certain users to authorities conducting a national security investigation.

Companies are often given an NSL with an accompanying gag order that prevents them from publicly revealing any details regarding the NSL, or disclosing that it even exists. But during arguments, government lawyers indicated to the contrary that a company could reveal that it had received a specific NSL and “discuss the quality” of it.

“That suggestion was mistaken,” wrote Justice Department lawyer Jonathan Levy. “We regret this inadvertent inaccuracy and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused.”

Levy additionally noted the letter, addressed to the Appeals Court, was an attempt to “correct that error.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-freedom group which represented an unidentified telecommunications company in the case, said the government’s mea culpa “significantly undermines its case.”

“During oral arguments, we were surprised to hear the government retreat from its position that NSLs gag recipients from talking about the ‘very fact of having received’ an NSL,” said Cindy Cohn, EFF’s legal director, in a statement. “But now we learn that the government’s position remains unchanged. Because the government’s argument to the Ninth Circuit depended in part on the assertion that the NSL gag order does nothing to stifle public debate, this later retraction significantly undermines its case.”

Cohn called the mistake a “very strategic error” by the government, noting that the correction was given only after her organization asked for specific clarification.

“They didn’t draw the attention to the Court, I did,” Cohn said. “You can call it an error … but we’ve seen the government willing to shave the truth and mislead Congress” on surveillance matters.

In the wake of the Snowden leaks, the government relaxed some restraints on what tech companies can disclose about the government’s surveillance requests. A deal announced earlier this year allows reporting on the quantity of NSLs received over the course of six months, but only within bands of 1,000. (A company that received zero NSLs, for example, could only disclose it had received between zero and 999.)

National security letters have been in use since the late 1970s, although they have grown in importance and frequency in recent years. Hundreds of thousands of NSLs have been issued since the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act expanded their authority, and an overwhelming majority have been accompanied by gag orders. The Justice Department argues the letters are necessary to protect national security and thwart terrorist attacks.

An unidentified telecommunications company, represented by EFF, challenged the legal authority of an NSL it received in 2011, as well as the gag order that prevented disclosure.

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A federal judge last year ruled that the FBI’s use of NSLs violated the First Amendment, a decision privacy advocates cheered. The judge additionally found the government’s limited judicial oversight over NSLs was lacking, ordered the cessation of their use, and said the FBI must halt enforcement of its gag orders.

Enforcement of the ruling was stayed due to the “significant constitutional and national security issues at stake,” however, and the government appealed the decision to the 9th Circuit.

The case is one of several makings its way through the courts that challenges the legal authority of government surveillance. A decision is expected in the coming months, and many observers say it could ultimately land before the Supreme Court.