The Daily Show Torches General Flynn, Trumps Racist National Security Adviser

The man who is about to handle the nations intelligence is prone to retweeting conspiracy theories, sharing anti-Semitic messages, and good old-fashioned Islamophobia. “>

It was, by all accounts, a rocky start for Trevor Noah at The Daily Show. The fresh-faced, relatively unknown South African comedian had been given the unenviable task of succeeding one of the great modern-day bullshit-callers in Jon Stewarta job that half of Hollywood, from Amy Schumer to Chris Rock, turned down. And not only was Noah acclimating himself to a new culture, but he was also thrown directly into the fire, with his first stint as host occurring on Sept. 28, 2015, mere months after reality-show provocateur Donald Trump had declared his presidential candidacy with a racist anti-Mexican speech.

A little over a year later, Noah has finally hit his groove. His live Election Night broadcast exhibited genuine despair, capturing the mood of much of the nation, while his sharp deconstruction of Trumps Twitter habits brought clarity to chaos. And on Wednesday, the bourgeoning political satirist demonstrated a knack for interviewing, going toe-to-toe with right-wing ranter Tomi Lahrenthoroughly embarrassing her in the process.

Recently, The Daily Show has aired a series called Profiles in Tremendousness, where Noah and his gang of reporter-comedians break down President-elect Trumps frightening Cabinet picks. On Thursday, they aimed their ire at the elaborately coiffed billionaires choice for national security adviser: General Michael T. Flynn.

For the uninitiated, the national security adviser is: A person who basically synthesizes information from the State Department, the Defense Department, and the intelligence agencies, and clarifies it for the presidents consumption. Basically, the gig is National Security Brita Filter: You distill and purify everything that comes through you, and you probably wont be replaced for six years, joked Noah.

On paper, General Flynn appears a likely choice for the post. Hes received numerous awards for his military service, including the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit, and recently served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Unfortunately, he was fired from that post by President Obama after just two years for alleged incompetence.

In an email hacked off the computer of Colin Powell and subsequently released online, the retired four-star general claimed to have been told by Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the current DIA director, that: Flynn got fired as head of DIA. His replacement is a black Marine 3-star. I asked why Flynn got fired. Abusive with staff, didnt listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc. He has been and was right-wing nutty every [sic] since. (Flynn is a registered Democrat.)

Theres more. General Flynn runs a company called Flynn Intel Group, which has been accused of lobbying for the Erdogan regime in Turkey, and just last year, he was paid a handsome sum to attend and deliver a speech at a lavish dinner in Moscow for RT, Russias propaganda network, where he was seated right next to Vladimir Putin. Also, according to The New York Times, he was known around the Pentagon for what were referred to as Flynn Facts: hyperbolic statements not grounded in reality. Also, hes been accused on numerous occasions of leaking classified informationincluding to Pakistan.

First of all, he leaked classified information, said Noah on The Daily Show. He was also one of the people going lock her up, but I mean, thats done now. Secondly, to be described as hyperbolic statements that were not grounded in reality, I wonder: what does Donald Trump see in this man?

Flynn Facts greatest hits include:

1) Sharia law is spreading in the United States. (False.)

2) Iran killed more Americans than al Qaeda. (False.)

And Noahs favorite:

3) Three-quarters of all new cellphones were bought by Africans. (Incredibly false.)

Hes like a less reliable, more xenophobic Snapple cap, joked Noah, before throwing the reins over to The Daily Shows Senior National Security Correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

Minhaj then focused on another troubling habit of General Flynns: retweeting completely baseless conspiracy theories. The fiery general even once retweeted an anti-Semitic user who wrote, Not anymore, Jews.


You know, the anti-Semitism isnt even the scariest partits the fact that the presidents No. 1 intelligence guy also retweets conspiracy theories, he added. This guy is going to walk into the Oval Office: Mr. President, we know whos behind the shooting. Its Tupac! Hes still alive!

Theres also General Flynns unbridled Islamophobiaa matter of great concern to Minhaj, who is a Muslim American of Indian descent.

The Daily Show then aired footage of a speech that General Flynn delivered on Aug. 10, in which he stated, Islam is a political ideology. It definitely hides behind thisthis notion of it being a religion its like cancer.

Damn, sighed Minhaj. Ive been alive for 31 years and nobody told me I had cancer?

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/02/the-daily-show-torches-general-flynn-trump-s-racist-national-security-advisor.html

Kendall Jenner Takes Extra Security To Paris After Kim Kardashian Robbery

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Kim Kardashian’s little sister engaged some serious private security for her recent trip to Paris. Is this the new normal for visitors to the troubled French capital? “>

Few would blame a blinged-up Kardashian sister for avoiding Paris altogether after Kim Kardashian was the victim of a harrowing multimillion-dollar jewel heist in the troubled city in October. Kim was robbed, bound, gagged, and dumped in a marble bathtub while fearing she was going to be raped or murdered.

But KendallJenner, 21, is made of sterner stuff and walked in the Victorias Secret Fashion Show in Paris this week.

Security at the VS show is traditionally very tight, and this years event was no exception. Last years terror attacks in the capital are still visceral memories.

If Jenner wanted extra precautions in Paris, she is far from alone in that desire; The Daily Beast recently reported that business is booming for close protection services in the city with increasing numbers of rich tourists and business travelers using private bodyguard firms.

Numerous wealthy visitors have been targeted by criminal gangs in the French capital in recent months; one recent high-profile attack targeted the Indian actress Mallika Sherawat, who was attacked by three masked men who sprayed her and her partner with tear gas.

The men ran off before stealing anything, for reasons unknown, but there is little doubt that the attack was an attempted robbery.

Saudi princesses, Emirati singers, and wealthy Chinese tourists have all also been targeted while visiting the French capital.

Given her sisters horrific experience and the prevailing climate it was reasonable enough for Kendall to arrive at the afterparty with private security, even though the police were there, as a source told Page Six.

In other respects, however, Page Six reports the evening was business as usual for Kendall: One reporter asked her a question and she literally ignored her. She just kept looking at pictures of herself on her phone.

Plus a change, eh?

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/02/kendall-jenner-takes-extra-security-to-paris-after-kim-kardashian-robbery.html

This security camera was infected by malware 98 seconds after it was plugged in

Heres an object lesson on the poor state of the so-called Internet of Things: Robert Stephens plugged a Wi-Fi-connected security camera into his network and it was compromised in 98 seconds.

Stephens, a tech industry veteran, wasnt so naive as to do this without protecting himself. It was walled off from the rest of the network and rate-limited so it couldnt participate in any DDoS attacks.

He monitored its traffic carefully, expecting to see as others have attempts to take over the device. But even the most jaded among us probably wouldnt have guessed it would take less than two minutes.

Ninety-eight seconds after it jumped on the Wi-Fi, the camera was attacked by a Mirai-like worm that knew the default login and password. The worm (its advance agent, really) checked the specs of its new home and then downloaded the rest of itself onto the device and, had Stephens not locked it down beforehand, would then be ready to participate in all manner of online shenanigans.

The camera, a cheap off-brand one from a company that sells smartwatches for $12, isnt exactly best-in-class. This type of thing could be fixed with a firmware update or, in some cases, by simply changing the default password, but not everyone knows to do that, and even the most tech-savvy people might not get that done in two minutes.

Better-quality devices will almost certainly be better protected against this kind of thing, and may for example block all incoming traffic until theyre paired with another device and set up manually. Still, this is a good reminder that it really is a jungle out there.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/18/this-security-camera-was-infected-by-malware-in-98-seconds-after-it-was-plugged-in/

Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

Security researchers at Israels Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called Speake(a)r, first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the headphones were nearly as good as an unpowered microphone at picking up audio in a room.

The hack is fairly ingenious. It essentially retasks the RealTek audio codec chip output found in many desktop computers into an input channel. This means you can plug your headphones into a seemingly output-only jack and hackers can still listen in. Our experiments demonstrate that intelligible audio can be acquired through earphones and can then be transmitted distances up to several meters away, wrote researcher Mordecai Guri. In addition, we showed that the same setup achieves channel capacity rates close to 1 Kbps in a wide range of frequencies.

Most of todays built-in sound cards are to some degree retaskable, which means that they can be used for more than one thing. the kernel exposes an interface that makes it possible to retask your jacks, but almost no one seems to use it, or even know about it, wrote Linux sound engineer David Henningsson. Thats exactly the exploit Speak(a)r uses.

This isnt a driver fix, either. The embedded chip does not allow users to properly prevent this hack which means your earbuds or nice cans could start picking up conversations instantly. In fact, even if you disable your microphone, a computer with a RealTek chip could still be hacked and exploited without your knowledge. The sound quality, as shown by this chart, is pretty much the same for a dedicated microphone and headphones.

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Modern PC and laptops motherboards include integrated audio codecs hardware which allow for modification of the audio jacks functionality from output to input within software, said Guri. In this paper we examine this issue in the context of cyber-security. We present SPEAKE(a)R, a software that can render a PC, even once without microphones, into an eavesdropping device.

Luckily this is still a proof-of-concept so you dont have to dunk your headphones in acid yet.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com