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Officials: US and Israel created Flame cyber weapon

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A U.S. and Israeli collaboration created the vastly complex cyber weapon Flame, designed to slow Iran’s nuclear program, officials familiar with the mission have told The Washington Post.

Development of the Flame virus was overseen by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and Israel’s military, the report noted. Those same groups also developed Stuxnet, the first cyber weapon discovered that was believed to have been created with state-backing. Some of Stuxnet’s code was also detected in Flame.

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Flame is capable of turning on microphones and cameras, monitoring online activities and keystrokes and pinpointing the location of users. Deployed more than five years ago, it remained hidden by cracking the encryption in Microsoft’s Windows Update program, allowing the creators to communicate with the program remotely.

The virus was first spotted in May by Kaspersky Lab, an anti-virus company. They noted that it contained code that specifically sought out PDF and AutoCAD files, which may indicate that its creators were interested in detailed schematics pertaining to Iran’s nuclear program. The company added that Iran also sustained the highest number of Flame inflections.

Shortly after Kaspersky announced its discovery, the virus’s “command-and-control infrastructure, which had been operating for years, went dark.” Days later, anti-virus company Symantec added that various Flame infections appeared to have been given a self-destruct command, leaving no trace on the former host computers.
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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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Trump blasted for flinging ‘nasty’ insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he suffered a White House ‘meltdown’

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President Donald Trump reportedly suffered a meltdown during a Wednesday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.

Trump reportedly lectured and insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"I would also say one other thing. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker," Schumer told reporters after the meeting ended because Trump was too "shaken."

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National Enquirer tried to protect Trump from allegation of forcibly raping 13-year-old girl: report

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Two of the scandals swirling around President Donald appear to have collided in a blockbuster new book by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow.

Trump's relationship with American Media Incorporated (AMI), which owned the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid, has been under focus for a $150,000 hush money payment to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

Trump has also faced ongoing scrutiny for his longtime friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

The relationship between the two scandals was examined in the new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

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