The US Waged A Secret Cyber War Against North Korean Missiles

Early Monday morning North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan, lending a new urgency to Saturday’s revelation from the New York Times of America’s “secret cyberwar” with North Korea. Slashdot reader Frosty Piss summarizes its suspected effects succinctly: “Soon after ex-President Obama ordered the secret program three years ago, North Korean missiles began exploding, veering off course, or crashing into the sea.”

The Times reports the program was started when Obama “concluded that the $ 300 billion spent since the Eisenhower era on traditional anti-missile systems…had failed the core purpose of protecting the continental United States,” with tests of missile interceptors showing an overall failure rate of at least 56%. But after interviewing government officials, the Times concludes that the U.S. “still does not have the ability to effectively counter the North Korean nuclear and missile programs.” Options include escalating the cyber and electronic warfare, trying to negotiate a freeze, asking the Chinese to cut off trade and support, or preparing for direct missile strikes on the launch sites, “which Obama also considered, but there is little chance of hitting every target.” The New York Times article concludes:
The White House is looking at military options against North Korea, a senior Trump administration official said. Putting U.S. tactical nuclear weapons back in South Korea — they were withdrawn a quarter-century ago — is also under consideration, even if that step could accelerate an arms race with the North.

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Fascinating Photos From The Secret Trash Museum In A New York Sanitation Garage

On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City’s Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove — filled with other people’s trash.
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Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty In Bitcoin Theft

An anonymous reader writes: A former Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of $ 800,000 worth of bitcoins during a high-profile investigation into the online drug marketplace Silk Road. Reuters reports: “Shaun Bridges, 33, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice….In court on Monday, Bridges admitted his theft made Ulbricht believe that another individual was stealing from Silk Road and helped lead Ulbricht to try to hire someone to kill that person.”

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Venture Into 'The Hole': A Mafia Graveyard That's New York's Darkest Secret

“The Hole” is an almost forgotten quarter in NYC, with a legacy of Mafia hits, buried secrets and faded hopes. Explore the least known, worst off and most desolate district of New York City before it is swept away.
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Clinton Surrendering Email Server/Data To Feds After Top Secret Mail Found

An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton’s lawyer has surrendered three thumb drives with copies of emails from her server to the Justice Department, which is also where the controversial Clinton personal email server is destined as well. The FBI determined that Clinton’s lawyer could no longer retain the thumb drives after two emails from a small sample were found to contain information classified as “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information,” which would also taint the server. There is no evidence that encryption was used to protect the emails. From the limited reviews to date, Secretary Clinton and her aides exchanged emails containing classified information with at least six people with private email addresses. So far four of Clinton’s top aides have turned over emails to the State Department, and there are demands that six more do so. The State Department’s inspector general has stated that his office is reviewing “the use of personal communications hardware and software by five secretaries of state and their immediate staffs.” Current U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has stated, “it is very likely” that China and Russia are reading his emails.

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