Report: NSA can alter computers not connected to Internet

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The National Security Agency has sneaked software into nearly 100,000 computers around the world, the New York Times reports, allowing the U.S. to spy on adversaries such as Chinese army hackers, the Russian military and Mexican drug cartels and launch cyberattacks if need be.

“NSA’s activities are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements,” Vanee Vines, an agency spokeswoman, tells the Times.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the spy program, dubbed Quantum, is its ability to harness old technology to get inside computers not hooked up to the Internet. The secret? Radio waves. Continue reading

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JFK library releases condolence letters his widow cherished

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JFK’s widow kept 44 boxes of condolence letters in her personal collection that now have been released by the Kennedy library.

“Whenever I can bear to, I read them,” Jackie Kennedy said 50 years ago in her first remarks to the nation since the president’s assassination. Continue reading

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Dog figures out how to work the toaster oven

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Even if your pooch is too short to jump up on the kitchen counter, that doesn’t mean that she can’t use her canine ingenuity to retrieve the goodies inside a 325-degree toaster oven.

When Rodd Scheinerman‘s roast disappeared, he decided to catch his beagle, Lucy, in the act. He set up a camera, popped some chicken nuggets in the toaster oven, “pressed record and left. This was seven minutes into the video.”

Scheinerman uploaded the video to YouTube months ago, but only this week has it been turning Lucy into an online star.

h/t Gawker

 

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