‘Despite their disparate origins, many of the intrusion groups we track every day at iSIGHT Partners use similar methods. They rely heavily on spear-phishing emails and web exploitation, for instance, differentiating themselves primarily by their technical prowess. The most sophisticated actors have created an arms race for zero-day vulnerabilities and sophisticated malware, limiting others to known vulnerabilities and commodity alternatives.
‘iSIGHT has recently uncovered activity, which we call NEWSCASTER, that has quietly carried out cyber espionage since 2011, while eschewing methods preferred by many of its peers. NEWSCASTER is distinctive for its reliance on social networks, and the intricate network of false personas that exists on several of these platforms. Most notably, several of these personas are legitimized by a front news organization called NewsOnAir.org…’
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What The 1% Says
‘On May 22, The Campaign for America’s Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a “center-right” country.
‘Most interesting to me was the fact that they obtained poll results from “the 1%.” Typically, “upper income” in polling is considered “over $250K/yr” or even “over $150K/yr.” Such people are rich compared to most, but they do not have enough money to buy elections with their spare change.
‘The poll results for this comparison came from the Russell Sage Foundation. “Elites” are defined as at or near “the 1%” in wealth with an average income of $1M/yr or more. The perspectives of this group are compared to responses from other polls such as Pew and Gallup…’
The poll results
Being So Cynical Could Give You Dementia
‘Scientists from the University of Eastern Finland have found that people who have high levels of cynical distrust are three times as likely to suffer from dementia in later life, than those who have more faith in other people.
‘Their study is the first of its kind to look at the relationship between cynicism and dementia. Entitled: “Late-life cynical distrust, risk of incident dementia, and mortality in a population-based cohort”, it is published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology…’
Assisted Dying Now Allowed for Those Not Terminally Ill
‘A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives has voted to extend its services to elderly people who are not terminally ill.
‘Exit added “suicide due to old age” to their statutes at an annual general meeting held over the weekend, allowing people suffering from psychological or physical problems associated with old age the choice to end their life.
‘Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland and technically even a healthy young person could use such services. However, organisations involved in this work set their own internal requirements, which differ from group to group…’