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Hacked from ‘US servers’: Ecuador leader claims attacks on his private computer

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has accused the US of “systematic, high-tech” cyber-attacks on his private internet accounts and computers, the last of which was traced back to American servers last Thursday.

He outlines his accusations in a scathing Twitter post and later comments to the Latin American press.

In the Friday post, Correa denounced what he sees as “systematic, high-tech and high-resource attacks,” adding that “they will not succeed, we are more, so many more.”

Correa gave few details in the Twitter posts, but according to Telesur said that the attacks carried on throughout all of last Thursday, November 20, and that they are an American effort. Continue reading Hacked from ‘US servers’: Ecuador leader claims attacks on his private computer

U.S. and Israeli Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes

by Cora Currier, The Intercept

U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Verint’s Israeli arm provides those countries with monitoring centers “capable of mass interception of telephone, mobile, and IP networks,” the report says, as does the Israeli company NICE systems. Verint also enlisted California-based Netronome to give Uzbek agents the ability to intercept encrypted communications, Privacy International says, though it’s not clear whether the program was carried out successfully. Continue reading U.S. and Israeli Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes

Shocking Find: Yale Prof Unearths Notorious Letter Hoover’s FBI Sent to MLK, Urging Him to Kill Himself

by Nick Chiles, The Atlanta Black Star

In 1964, as Martin Luther King was still rising in stature as leader of the remarkably successful Civil Rights Movement, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI agents sent King an astounding letter—which they hoped King would think was from an unidentified member of the public—urging the leader to kill himself or risk having his extramarital sexual wanderings released to the public.

While the existence of the letter has been known for some time, Yale history professor Beverly Gage stumbled upon an unredacted version of the letter while researching a book on Hoover. She writes about its shocking contents in today’s New York Times, calling the so-called “suicide letter” the “most notorious and embarrassing example of Hoover’s F.B.I. run amok.” Continue reading Shocking Find: Yale Prof Unearths Notorious Letter Hoover’s FBI Sent to MLK, Urging Him to Kill Himself