http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/feed en The Center Folds - GOP Loses Obamacare Reform Votes From 'Tuesday Group' http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/center-folds-gop-loses-obamacare-reform-votes-tuesday-group <p>It is <strong>not just the Freedom Caucus</strong> tails of the Republican Party that are holding out from the Obamacare reform vote, <strong>GOP centrists in the House are fleeing</strong> from their party’s first major legislative test of President Trump's reign.</p> <p><a href="http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/325413-centrists-balk-at-gop-obamacare-bill"><em>As The Hill reports,</em></a> centrist defections in the last 24 hours include Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), the co-chairman of the <strong>moderate Tuesday Group, which has roughly 50 members.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Reps. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), David Young (R-Iowa), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), all centrists, have also announced their opposition to the bill.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), two other centrists, earlier announced their opposition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>That brings the number of centrist no votes to at least eight, though there could be more.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Republican leaders <strong>can afford 22 defections</strong> and still pass their legislation, which all House Democrats are expected to oppose.</p> <p><strong>Centrists warn that their constituents would lose coverage under the repeal bill, and some have even said that ObamaCare is better than the Republican bill</strong>. A group of centrists met with leadership in Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office Wednesday night to discuss where they are on the legislation and their concerns.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>“Everybody’s frustrated, but some moved, some stayed the same, and some got more equivocal,” said a GOP lawmaker who attended the meeting.</p> </blockquote> <p>Finally, <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/325413-centrists-balk-at-gop-obamacare-bill">The Hill points out</a> that <strong>deep cuts to Medicaid in the GOP bill, and the end of ObamaCare’s expansion of the program, are also major sources of centrist objections</strong>.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>“The overriding concern I have is the Medicaid expansion being significantly altered,” Smith, whose home state of New Jersey accepted the expansion, told the Asbury Park Press. “It affects so many of our disabled individuals and families, and the working poor.”</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Many centrists remain undecided,</strong> including electorally vulnerable members like Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.).</p> <p>The center is not holding as RINOs emerge everywhere when the vote actually means something.</p> <p>Ironically the Freedom Caucus seems to be coming around...</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Lengthy standing ovation from the Freedom Caucus when <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS">@POTUS</a> walked into the Cabinet Room just now. Big momentum toward <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RepealAndReplace?src=hash">#RepealAndReplace</a>. <a href="https://t.co/N1FLGAVFMN">pic.twitter.com/N1FLGAVFMN</a></p> <p>— Cliff Sims (@CSims45) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSims45/status/844939957416407041">March 23, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="189" height="176" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170323_no.jpg?1490285061" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/center-folds-gop-loses-obamacare-reform-votes-tuesday-group#comments Centrism Democratic Party Law Obamacare Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Political spectrum Politics Politics Republican Party Social Issues Statutory law Twitter Twitter Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:04:43 +0000 Tyler Durden 591609 at http://www.zerohedge.com How To Trade The Health-Care Vote http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/how-trade-health-care-vote <p>The Trump administration faces a<strong> major legislative test </strong>today with the health-care vote, and for those attempting to trade the event, Bloomberg's Cameron Crise notes that <em><strong>risk-takers need to ask themselves two questions</strong></em>...</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>1) Do I have an edge? </strong></span></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>At this point the vote is too close to call. </strong>Unless you have someone in DC counting votes alongside the whip, the honest answer is almost certainly “no”</p> </blockquote> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>2) Does this vote matter? </strong></span></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>On any sort of strategic macro basis, the answer is also probably “no.” </strong>Sure, if you manage health-care stocks, today is a big deal. Other than that, the failure or passage of the vote ultimately will say little about the prospects for tax reform, which is the issue of most concern to financial markets.</p> </blockquote> <p>Health care was always going to be a contentious issue, with both moderates and hard-core conservatives having reservations about the bill (for very different reasons).<strong> Tax reform is something that most of the GOP can get behind,</strong> on the other hand, even if some of the details have yet to be determined.</p> <p>Moreover, there is a<strong> relatively low expectation among investors that tax reforms will pass this year.</strong> An implied delay from a health-care failure should increase the discount factor on tax reform only slightly.</p> <p>In any event, the results of the vote are likely to come after U.S. markets close, so it seems as if we should <strong>prepare for a day of headline-watching that should provide plenty of noise but probably little signal</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_vote.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_vote_0.jpg" width="600" height="415" /></a></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1383" height="956" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170323_vote.jpg?1490279698" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/how-trade-health-care-vote#comments Conservatism in the United States Health Labor Republican Party Trump Administration Value-added tax Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:57:55 +0000 Tyler Durden 591597 at http://www.zerohedge.com Gold Bugs; Stellar performance stage set again http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/gold-bugs-stellar-performance-stage-set-again <p><img src="https://www.kimblechartingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/gold-bar-picture-300x169.jpg" width="300" height="169" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-35179" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-size: 14px; color: #303030; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;">From 2001 to 2011, would you have rather owned the S&amp;P 500 or Gold Miners (Gold Bugs Index/HUI)? If you answered the Gold Bugs index, you would be correct. The left chart below compares the performance of the Gold Bugs Index and the S&amp;P 500. From 2001 to 2011, the Gold Bugs index out performed the S&amp;P 500 by 1,400% (left chart below).</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-size: 14px; color: #303030; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;">Since 2011, miners have been weaker than the S&amp;P 500 by a large percent. Could the stage be for another period where the mining stocks are going to be stronger than the broad markets again?</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-size: 14px; color: #303030; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.kimblechartingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/gold-bugs-spx-potential-inverse-head-and-shoulders-pattern-march-23.jpg" target="_blank" title="Gold Bugs; Stellar performance stage set again" style="font-family: &quot;Lucida Grande&quot;, &quot;Lucida Sans Unicode&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13.008px;"><img src="https://www.kimblechartingsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/gold-bugs-spx-potential-inverse-head-and-shoulders-pattern-march-23.jpg" alt="Gold Bugs" title="Gold Bugs; Stellar performance stage set again" width="1000" style="user-select: none; background-position: 0px 0px, 10px 10px; background-size: 20px 20px; background-image: linear-gradient(45deg, #eeeeee 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 75%, #eeeeee 75%, #eeeeee 100%), linear-gradient(45deg, #eeeeee 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 75%, #eeeeee 75%, #eeeeee 100%); display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; outline: 0px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-size: 14px; color: #0000ff; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; text-align: center;">CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE</strong></p> <p><span style="color: #303030; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Over the past couple of years, the Gold Bugs/SPY ratio could be forming a reversal pattern (bullish inverse head &amp; shoulders). If the pattern read would happen to be correct (unproven at this time), the ratio needs to breakout at (1). If it does, it would reflect that miners are stronger than the S&amp;P and it could attract buyers to this beat up sector.</span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; padding-bottom: 1em; outline: 0px; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-size: 14px; color: #303030; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;">Full Disclosure-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kimblechartingsolutions.com/premium-bundle/" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: #2ea3f2; outline: 0px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; outline: 0px; background: transparent;">Premium</strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kimblechartingsolutions.com/metals/" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: #2ea3f2; outline: 0px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; outline: 0px; background: transparent;">Metals</strong></a>&nbsp;members started buying miners on 12/27/16 and sold into a rally. 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Masood was also known by a number of aliases. Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack. </p> <p>However, as <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/23/london-attack-seven-arrested-police-raid-properties-linked-islamist/">the Telegraph reports</a>, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences. </p> <p>More details from the <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-westminster-attack-man-believed-responsible-named-230160">Police statement</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, he was known to police and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>His first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He has not been convicted for any terrorism offences.</p> </blockquote> <p>Anyone with any information about Masood is requested to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="810" height="539" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/terrorist%20suspect_0.jpg?1490283577" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/london-attacker-named-khalid-masood-52-year-old-brit-prior-criminal-convictions#comments Censorship in the United Kingdom English criminal law Genealogy Law Masoud UK police War Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:40:15 +0000 Tyler Durden 591606 at http://www.zerohedge.com Credibility Of Cyber Firm That Claimed Russia Hacked The DNC Comes Under Serious Question http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/credibility-cyber-firm-claimed-russia-hacked-dnc-comes-under-serious-question <p><a href="https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/03/22/credibility-of-cyber-firm-that-claimed-russia-hacked-the-dnc-comes-under-serious-question/"><em>Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,</em></a></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_putin.jpg"><img height="468" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_putin_0.jpg" width="600" /></a></em></p> <p>Before I get to the meat of this post, we need to revisit a little history. The cyber security firm hired to inspect the DNC hack and determine&nbsp;who was responsible is a firm called Crowdstrike. Its&nbsp;conclusion that<strong> Russia was responsible was released last year, but&nbsp;several&nbsp;people began&nbsp;to call its&nbsp;analysis&nbsp;into question upon further inspection.</strong></p> <p>Jeffrey Carr was one of the most prominent cynics, and as he noted in his December post,&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/@jeffreycarr/fbi-dhs-joint-analysis-report-a-fatally-flawed-effort-b6a98fafe2fa#.uk0pou6t1" target="_blank">FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed&nbsp;Effort</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p" id="cc54"><em>The FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report (JAR) &ldquo;<a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296A_GRIZZLY%20STEPPE-2016-1229.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grizzly Steppe</a>&rdquo; was released yesterday as part of the&nbsp;<a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/29/fact-sheet-actions-response-russian-malicious-cyber-activity-and" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White House&rsquo;s response</a>&nbsp;to alleged Russian government interference in the 2016 election process.&nbsp;<strong>It adds nothing to the call for evidence that the Russian government was responsible for hacking the DNC, the DCCC, the email accounts of Democratic party officials, or for delivering the content of those hacks to Wikileaks.</strong></em></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p"><em>It merely listed every threat group ever reported on by a commercial cybersecurity company that is suspected of being Russian-made and lumped them under the heading of Russian Intelligence Services (RIS) without providing any supporting evidence that such a connection exists.</em></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p"><em><strong>Unlike Crowdstrike,</strong> ESET doesn&rsquo;t assign APT28/Fancy Bear/Sednit to a Russian Intelligence Service or anyone else for a very simple reason.&nbsp;<strong>Once malware is deployed, it is no longer under the control of the hacker who deployed it or the developer who created it.</strong>&nbsp;It can be reverse-engineered, copied, modified, shared and redeployed again and again by anyone. In other words?&mdash;?malware deployed is malware enjoyed!</em></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p"><strong><em>If ESET could do it, so can others. It is both foolish and baseless to claim, as Crowdstrike does, that X-Agent is used solely by the Russian government when the source code is there for anyone to find and use at will.</em></strong></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p"><em>If the White House had unclassified evidence that tied officials in the Russian government to the DNC attack, they would have presented it by now. The fact that they didn&rsquo;t means either that the evidence doesn&rsquo;t exist or that it is classified.</em></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p"><strong><em>If it&rsquo;s classified, an independent commission should review it because this entire assignment of blame against the Russian government is looking more and more like a domestic political operation run by the White House that relied heavily on questionable intelligence generated by a for-profit cybersecurity firm with a vested interest in selling &ldquo;attribution-as-a-service&rdquo;.</em></strong></p> </blockquote> <div style="float: none; margin: 10px 0 10px 0; text-align: center;"> <div class="lbk-banner-center">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">Nevertheless, countless&nbsp;people, including&nbsp;the entirety of the corporate media, put&nbsp;total&nbsp;faith in the analysis of Crowdstrike despite the fact that the FBI was denied access to perform its own analysis. <strong>Which makes me wonder, did the U.S. government do any real analysis of its own on the DNC hack, or did it&nbsp;just copy/paste Crowdstrike?</strong></p> <p class="graf graf--p graf-after--p">As<em>&nbsp;<a href="http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/313555-comey-fbi-did-request-access-to-hacked-dnc-servers" target="_blank">The Hill&nbsp;</a></em>reported in January:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p dir="ltr"><em>The FBI requested direct access to the Democratic National Committee&rsquo;s (DNC) hacked computer servers but was denied, Director James Comey told lawmakers on Tuesday.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>The bureau made &ldquo;multiple requests at different levels,&rdquo; according to Comey, but ultimately struck an agreement with the DNC that a &ldquo;highly respected private company&rdquo; would get access and share what it found with investigators.</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;d always prefer to have access hands-on ourselves if that&rsquo;s possible,&rdquo; Comey said,<strong> noting that he didn&rsquo;t know why the DNC rebuffed the FBI&rsquo;s request.</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">This is nuts. Are all U.S. government agencies simply listening to what Crowdstike said in coming to their &ldquo;independent&rdquo; conclusions that Russia hacked the DNC? If so, that&rsquo;s a huge problem. Particularly considering what <em>Voice of America</em> published yesterday in a piece titled,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.voanews.com/a/crowdstrike-comey-russia-hack-dnc-clinton-trump/3776067.html" target="_blank">Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong><em>An influential British think tank and Ukraine&rsquo;s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The&nbsp;<a class="underline" href="https://www.crowdstrike.com/wp-content/brochures/FancyBearTracksUkrainianArtillery.pdf" target="_blank">CrowdStrike report, released in December</a>, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine&rsquo;s war with Russian-backed separatists.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>But the&nbsp;<a class="underline" href="http://www.iiss.org/" target="_blank">International Institute for Strategic Studies</a>&nbsp;(IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion.<strong> IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine&rsquo;s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>The challenges to CrowdStrike&rsquo;s credibility are significant because the firm was the first to link last year&rsquo;s hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors, and because CrowdStrike co-founder Dimiti Alperovitch has trumpeted its Ukraine report as more evidence of Russian election tampering.</em></strong></p> </blockquote> <p>How is this not the biggest story in America right now?</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong><em>Yaroslav Sherstyuk, maker of the Ukrainian military app in question, called the company&rsquo;s report &ldquo;delusional&rdquo;&nbsp;<a class="underline" href="https://www.facebook.com/sherstyuk.ya.n/posts/1374145112659432" target="_blank">in a Facebook post</a>. CrowdStrike never contacted him before or after its report was published, he told VOA.</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>VOA first contacted IISS in February to verify the alleged artillery losses. Officials there initially were unaware of the CrowdStrike assertions. <strong>After investigating, they determined that CrowdStrike misinterpreted their data and hadn&rsquo;t reached out beforehand for comment or clarification.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In a statement to VOA, the institute flatly rejected the assertion of artillery combat losses.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The CrowdStrike report uses our data, but the inferences and analysis drawn from that data belong solely to the report&rsquo;s authors,&rdquo; the IISS said. &ldquo;The inference they make that reductions in Ukrainian D-30 artillery holdings between 2013 and 2016 were primarily the result of combat losses is not a conclusion that we have ever suggested ourselves, nor one we believe to be accurate.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In early January, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying artillery losses from the ongoing fighting with separatists are &ldquo;several times smaller than the number reported by [CrowdStrike] and are not associated with the specified cause&rdquo; of Russian hacking.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>But Ukraine&rsquo;s denial did not get the same attention as CrowdStrike&rsquo;s report. Its release was widely covered by news media reports as further evidence of Russian hacking in the U.S. election.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In interviews, Alperovitch helped foster that impression by connecting the Ukraine and Democratic campaign hacks, which CrowdStrike said involved the same Russian-linked hacking group&mdash;Fancy Bear&mdash;and versions of X-Agent malware the group was known to use.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The fact that they would be tracking and helping the Russian military kill Ukrainian army personnel in eastern Ukraine and also intervening in the U.S. election is quite chilling,&rdquo; Alperovitch said in a&nbsp;<a class="underline" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cybersecurity-firm-finds-a-link-between-dnc-hack-and-ukrainian-artillery/2016/12/21/47bf1f5a-c7e3-11e6-bf4b-2c064d32a4bf_story.html" target="_blank">December 22 story by&nbsp;The Washington Post</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The same day,&nbsp;<a class="underline" href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/security-company-releases-new-evidence-russian-role-dnc-hack/" target="_blank">Alperovitch told the PBS NewsHour</a>: &ldquo;And when you think about, well, who would be interested in targeting Ukraine artillerymen in eastern Ukraine? Who has interest in hacking the Democratic Party? [The] Russia government comes to mind, but specifically, [it&rsquo;s the] Russian military that would have operational [control] over forces in the Ukraine and would target these artillerymen.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Alperovitch, a Russian expatriate and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council policy research center in Washington, co-founded CrowdStrike in 2011. The firm has employed two former FBI heavyweights: Shawn Henry, who oversaw global cyber investigations at the agency, and Steven Chabinsky, who was the agency&rsquo;s top cyber lawyer and served on a White House cybersecurity commission. Chabinsky left CrowdStrike last year.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>CrowdStrike declined to answer VOA&rsquo;s written questions about the Ukraine report, and Alperovitch canceled a March 15 interview on the topic.</strong> In a December statement to VOA&rsquo;s Ukrainian Service, spokeswoman Ilina Dimitrova defended the company&rsquo;s conclusions.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>In its report last June attributing the Democratic hacks, CrowdStrike said it was long familiar with the methods used by Fancy Bear and another group with ties to Russian intelligence nicknamed Cozy Bear. Soon after, U.S. cybersecurity firms Fidelis and Mandiant endorsed CrowdStrike&rsquo;s conclusions. The FBI and Homeland Security report reached the same conclusion about the two groups.</em></p> </blockquote> <div> <p>If the company&rsquo;s analysis was &ldquo;delusional&rdquo; when it came to Ukraine, why should we have any confidence that its analysis on Russia and the DNC is more sound?</p> <p>Answer: We shouldn&rsquo;t.</p> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="768" height="599" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170323_putin.jpg?1490271532" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/credibility-cyber-firm-claimed-russia-hacked-dnc-comes-under-serious-question#comments Computer security CrowdStrike Cyberwarfare Democratic National Committee Democratic National Committee Democratic Party eastern Ukraine Espionage Fancy Bear FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation Government International Institute for Strategic Studies Internet in Russia National security Politics Russia government Russian government Russian Intelligence Service Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Russian military Security Spyware Ukraine Ukraine’s military Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense Ukrainian army Ukrainian Ministry of Defense US government VOA’s Ukrainian Service White House White House X-Agent Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:32:14 +0000 Tyler Durden 591564 at http://www.zerohedge.com Trump Was Right Again: Israeli Teenager Arrested Over Phone Threats To Jewish Community Centers http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/israeli-teenager-arrested-over-phone-threats-jewish-community-centers <p>Three weeks <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-03/man-arrested-over-bomb-threats-jewish-groups-former-bernie-voter-and-intercept-repor">after we reported </a>that a St. Louis man, Juan Thompson - a former Intercept reporter and staunch Bernie Sanders supporter - was arrested in connection with at least eight of the dozens of bomb threats made against Jewish organizations across the country, an effort which many described as a "false flag" attempt to implicate and blame <em>"anti-semitic"</em> Trump supporters, today the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/jcc-bomb-threats.html?_r=0">NYT reported </a>that police arrested an Israeli teenager with dual US-Israeli citizenship in further connection with scores of threats to Jewish institutions, including dozens of community centers in the United States, law enforcement officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/03/20/jewish%20community%20center.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/03/20/jewish%20community%20center_0.jpg" width="500" height="291" /></a></p> <p>A spokesman for the Israeli police Micky Rosenfeld, said the suspect, from the Ashkelon area of southern Israel, had also made threats to institutions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as to at least one commercial airline flight, forcing an emergency landing.&nbsp; <strong>“This is the guy we are talking about,” </strong>Mr. Rosenfeld said.</p> <p>Israeli authorities did not immediately identify the teenager, who they said was Jewish and 19. was expected to appear in court later Thursday. The suspect’s motives were not immediately clear although another instance of attempt to instigate a "false flag" reaction appears the most likely explanation; he was being questioned by the international investigations unit of the Israeli police.</p> <p>As the NYT adds, the inquiry was complicated by what the authorities described as the <strong>suspect’s use of “advanced camouflage technologies” to try to cover up his communications</strong>, which he made through the internet. When the Israeli police searched the suspect’s house, investigators <strong>confiscated computers, an antenna and other equipment</strong>.</p> <p>The arrest took place after a months-long investigation in cooperation with the F.B.I. and other police and security agencies in the United States and Europe, the Israeli police said in a statement. </p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>“The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organizations,” the statement said. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Representatives of the F.B.I. and police organizations from various other countries arrived in Israel to take part in the investigation, the statement said, adding that technology was used to track the suspect down.</p> </blockquote> <p>As a reminder, over the past two months, dozens of Jewish community centers across the United States reported more<br /> than 100 bomb threats since the beginning of the year, with many in the media quick to accuse "intolerance" and "anti-semitism" spawned by Trump as the culprit behind the wave of threats. The calls, which<br /> President Trump condemned during an address to Congress last month, led<br /> to evacuations and bomb sweeps and heightened worries about<br /> anti-Semitism in the United States. </p> <p>As it turns out it wasn't Trump at all, but people who may have been desperate to make Trump <em>appear </em>like he was, something which Trump himself suggested and, predictably, prompted another bout of furious reactions by the "objective" press, case in point this piece from WaPo:</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/28/trump-is-reportedly-hinting-that-anti-semitic-incidents-are-false-flags-it-wouldnt-be-the-first-time/?utm_term=.bf298612d3ae"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/03/20/trump%20false%20flag%20waspo_0.jpg" width="500" height="559" /></a></p> <p>Looks like Trump, politically incorrect though he may be, was right again. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="768" height="447" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/jewish%20community%20center.jpg?1490281709" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/israeli-teenager-arrested-over-phone-threats-jewish-community-centers#comments Alt-right American people of German descent Antisemitism in the United States Australia B+ Bernie Sanders Business camouflage technologies Climate change skepticism and denial Congress Donald Trump F.B.I. international investigations unit Israel Israeli police New Zealand Politics of the United States southern Israel The Apprentice United States WWE Hall of Fame Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:14:24 +0000 Tyler Durden 591600 at http://www.zerohedge.com Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/nightskies-12-wikileaks-latest-leak-says-cia-bugging-factory-fresh-iphones-2008 <p>The latest leaks from WikiLeaks' Vault 7 is titled “Dark Matter” and claims that the CIA has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers.&nbsp; The full documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">RELEASE: CIA <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vault7?src=hash">#Vault7</a> "Dark Matter" <a href="https://t.co/pgnfeODXVB">https://t.co/pgnfeODXVB</a> <a href="https://t.co/vkI16f3vMD">pic.twitter.com/vkI16f3vMD</a></p> <p>— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a href="https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/844897244155392002">March 23, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>Here is a live stream of the pending press briefing with Julian Assange:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">LIVE: WikiLeaks press briefing in some minutes: CIA <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vault7?src=hash">#Vault7</a> "darkmatter" ask questions with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskWL?src=hash">#AskWL</a> <a href="https://t.co/ldG78exSsu">https://t.co/ldG78exSsu</a></p> <p>— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) <a href="https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/844908911274569728">March 23, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>And here is the full press release from <a href="https://wikileaks.org/vault7/darkmatter/?cia">WikiLeaks</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains<strong> documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB).</strong> These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Among others, these documents reveal the<strong> "Sonic Screwdriver"</strong> project which, as explained by the CIA, is a <strong>"mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting"</strong> allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". <strong>The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"DarkSeaSkies" is "an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer" and consists of "DarkMatter", "SeaPea" and "NightSkies", respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Documents on the "Triton" MacOSX malware, its infector "Dark Mallet" and its EFI-persistent version "DerStake" are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. <strong>Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.</p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1177" height="883" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/Assange_8.jpg?1490277502" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/nightskies-12-wikileaks-latest-leak-says-cia-bugging-factory-fresh-iphones-2008#comments Apple Central Intelligence Agency Central Intelligence Agency Computer surveillance Computing Cyberwarfare Espionage Ethernet Firmware Government Instant messaging IPhone MacOS operating system Politics Technology Technology Twitter Twitter Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Vault 7 WikiLeaks Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:08:42 +0000 Tyler Durden 591588 at http://www.zerohedge.com Trump Talks Truthiness: "Hey Look, I'm The President, And You're Not" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/trump-talks-truthiness-hey-look-im-president-and-youre-not <p>Mimicing the infamous "Is God Dead?" cover from 1966, <a href="http://time.com/4710456/donald-trump-time-interview-truth-falsehood/">TIME Magazine </a>takes aim at President Trump's truthiness by asking "Is Truth Dead?"</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_truth.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_truth_0.jpg" width="600" height="398" /></a></p> <p>President Trump spoke with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22 for a cover story about the <strong>way he has handled truth and falsehood in his career</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-time-interview-truth-236404"><em>As Politico reports,</em></a> President Trump <strong>defended his prior controversial statements on wiretapping, voter fraud and an array of other issues</strong>, claiming that he has ultimately been proven right time and time again. Some fun excerpts include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>“I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” </strong>Trump told Time’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer in an interview conducted Wednesday and published Thursday morning.<strong> “I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works.”</strong></li> <li><strong>"When I said 'wire tapping,' it was in quotes."</strong></li> <li>On his unsubstantiated claim that 3 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally, Trump said he would be proved right eventually, though he hinted that he no longer stood by all parts of that claim: <strong>"When I say that, mostly they register wrong. In other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly, and/ or illegally. I'm forming a committee on it."</strong></li> <li>On <strong>Sweden</strong>: "I was right about that."</li> </ul> <p>Finally Trump concluded that he had <em><strong>only been “quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks.”</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong></strong></em>Then, added as the interview ended...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><em><strong>“Hey look, in the meantime, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know.”</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="786" height="522" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170323_truth.jpg?1490271764" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/trump-talks-truthiness-hey-look-im-president-and-youre-not#comments American people of German descent Climate change skepticism and denial Donald Trump Politics of the United States Social policy of Donald Trump The Apprentice Time Magazine TIME Washington Bureau Truthiness United States WWE Hall of Fame Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:52:20 +0000 Tyler Durden 591566 at http://www.zerohedge.com Schumer Says He Will Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Threatens Filibuster http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/schumer-says-he-will-oppose-gorsuch-nomination-threatens-filibuster <p>Moments ago, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said he would oppose the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and urge fellow Democrats to do the same. Schumer's opposition comes minutes after Sen. Bob Casey said he would also oppose Gorsuch.</p> <p><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/03/20/schumercharles_032117vsj_lead_0.jpg" width="500" height="281" /></p> <p>"After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court" Schumer said, adding the Supreme Court nominee "was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump.</p> <p>Schumer also said that Gorsuch is "someone who almost instinctively supports the powerful over the weak."</p> <p>The Senate Democrat leader also announced that Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch and force Republicans to muster 60 votes to advance him to a final up-or-down vote. “He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be 'no' and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” he said on the Senate floor. </p> <p>It was unclear as of now if Republicans would use the "nuclear option" as some have suggested in retaliation. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/schumercharles_032117vsj_lead.jpg?1490279323" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/schumer-says-he-will-oppose-gorsuch-nomination-threatens-filibuster#comments Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer Filibuster Filibuster in the United States Senate Gorsuch Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination Nomination Nuclear option Parliamentary procedure Politics Politics Politics of the United States Senate Supreme Court Supreme Court of the United States Surnames United States Senate Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:40 +0000 Tyler Durden 591596 at http://www.zerohedge.com Spot The Odd One Out - New Home Sales Spike To 7-Month Highs http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/spot-odd-one-out-new-home-sales-spike-7-month-highs <p>Existing home sales - <strong>down</strong>; pending home sales - <strong>down</strong>; affordability (as rates spike) - <strong>down</strong>; new home sales - <strong>up at 7-month highs (beating all but one of 70 economists' estimates)</strong></p> <p>New Home Sales SAAR in Feb printed 592k (beating expectations of 564k by 3 standard deviations)...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales1.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales1_0.jpg" width="600" height="224" /></a></p> <p>Weather played a big role by the look of it...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Northeast sales tumbled 21.4% MoM as Midwest soared 30.9% MoM!</strong></em></span></p> </blockquote> <p>And home <strong>prices appeared to tumble to the lowest since July.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_NHS.png"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_NHS.png" width="600" height="411" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the biggest two-month median home p4ice drop since 1970...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales2.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales2_0.jpg" width="600" height="300" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Spot the odd one out...</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/03/21/20170323_new%20home%20sales_0.jpg" width="600" height="317" /></a></p> <p>Choose your own narrative.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="967" height="511" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20170323_new%20home%20sales.jpg?1490277924" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-23/spot-odd-one-out-new-home-sales-spike-7-month-highs#comments Affordable housing in Canada Business Community organizing Midwest New Home Sales New home sales Real estate appraisal Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:06:20 +0000 Tyler Durden 591582 at http://www.zerohedge.com