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McCain: Russian election-related hacks threaten to 'destroy democracy'
Guest posted a topic in TopicsWashington (CNN)Sen. John McCain said Russian election-related hacks threaten to "destroy democracy" and faulted the American response as "totally paralyzed." McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, again called for a select committee to investigate the CIA's finding that Russia hacked Democrats' emails in a bid to help President-elect Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. "This is the sign of a possible unraveling of the world order that was established after World War II, which has made one of the most peaceful periods in the history of the world," McCain told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "We're starting to see the strains and the unraveling of it, and that is because of the absolute failure of American leadership." "When America doesn't lead, a lot of other bad people do," he added. McCain's calls so far have been rejected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who have backed investigations but said they want to see them conducted through already-existing Senate and House committees. "This is serious business. If they're able to harm the electoral process, they may destroy democracy, which is based on free and fair elections," he said. But McCain said responsibility for cyber-security is spread too broadly today. "The responsibilities for cyber is spread over about four different committees in the Senate, and each doing their own thing, frankly, is not going to be the most efficient way of arriving at a conclusion," he said. In the interview, McCain spoke about the Russian hacking -- as well as China's seizure of a US underwater drone and the Syrian government's slaughter of the citizens of Aleppo -- in dire terms. In making another call for a select committee to investigate Russian hacking, McCain mocked President Barack Obama's statement Friday that he had personally told Russian President Vladimir Putin to "cut it out." "We need a select committee. We need to get to the bottom of this. We need to find out exactly what was done and what the implications of the attacks were, especially if they had an effect on our election," McCain said. "There's no doubt they were interfering and no doubt it was a cyber-attack. The question now is how much and what damage and what should the United States of America do? And so far, we've been totally paralyzed," he said. "I'm sure that when Vladimir Putin was told quote 'cut it out' unquote, I'm sure that Vladimir Putin immediately stopped all cyber-activities. The truth is, they are hacking every single day." http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/18/politics/john-mccain-russia-hacking/index.html
Marlborough man charged for hacking wife's Facebook account
Guest posted a topic in Jehovah’s Witnesses's TopicsA man who used his wife's Facebook account to snoop on her has been charged with a criminal offence. Aaron Timothy Barrett, 26, had recently separated from his wife, who then blocked him on Facebook. Police said Barrett guessed the password to the woman's Facebook account and unblocked himself on May 13. Barrett, a forestry worker of Blenheim, accessed her page to see who she had been contacting and changed her password. The following day, Barrett emailed her and threatened her, police said. He admitted two charges at the Blenheim District Court on Monday. The charges were intentionally accessing a computer system without authorisation, and using a telephone device for the purpose of disturbing the recipient, by sending an email with the intention of causing offence. Barrett's lawyer Phil Watson said his client struggled to accept the end of the relationship. Barrett was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, and described the reason for the relationship breakdown as "fornication", Watson said. He had since sought anger management counselling and had attended mental health services, Watson said. Judge Chris Tuohy said the email threat counted as family violence as it was classed as psychological abuse. Barrett had contacted the woman once since charges were laid, breaking the non-contact condition of his bail. The woman sought a protection order and Judge Tuohy granted it. "I understand how serious it can be when a serious relationship like marriage breaks down. You have to accept that the relationship ended, if she wants to end it. That's just the way things are, and I hope you can get over it," Judge Tuohy said. Barrett was convicted and ordered to come up for sentencing if charged with a similar offence. "The conviction itself can be a serious consequence, particularly for someone with no convictions." Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/81277346/marlborough-man-charged-for-hacking-wifes-facebook-account