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#hacking | UK ministers will no longer claim ‘no successful examples’ of Russian interference | Technology

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Ministers have been told they can no longer say there have been “no successful examples” of Russian disinformation affecting UK elections, after the apparent hacking of an NHS dossier seized on by Labour during the last campaign.

The dropping of the old line is the first official admission of the impact of Kremlin efforts to distort Britain’s political processes, and comes after three years of the government’s refusal to engage publicly with the threat.

Cabinet Office sources confirmed the position been quietly changed while an investigation into the alleged hacking of the 451-page cache of emails from a special adviser’s personal email account by the security services concludes.

Boris Johnson and his predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May, have both appeared reluctant to discuss Kremlin disinformation, with Johnson refusing to allow a report on Russian infiltration in the UK to be published before the election.

Versions of the “no successful examples” statement were regularly deployed in response to allegations of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum, to the frustration of MPs who believed a full investigation was necessary.

Officials said the revised position about Russian interference was set out by Earl Howe, the deputy leader of the House of Lords, in a parliamentary answer earlier this year, when he was asked if there were plans to investigate interference by foreign governments in December’s election.

The peer said the government was determined to protect the integrity of the democratic process in the UK. “As you would expect, the government examines all aspects of the electoral process following an election, including foreign interference, and that work is ongoing,” he said.

Stephen Kinnock, a Labour MP, said the government was being slow in acknowledging the disinformation threat from Russia. “From the hacking of NHS emails to the St Petersburg troll factories and bot farms, it’s clear that the Kremlin is pursuing a deliberate strategy of online disinformation and manipulation that is undermining our democracy.”

Security sources said that Russian strategy of “hack and leak” and “disinformation and misinformation” – which first came to prominence with the hack of Democratic emails in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election that handed victory to Donald Trump – was becoming widespread internationally.

Last month, the Foreign Office said Russia’s GRU spy agency had carried out a series of “large-scale, disruptive cyber-attacks” in Georgia “in an attempt to undermine Georgia’s sovereignty, to sow discord and disrupt the lives of ordinary Georgian people”.

But despite the strong words in support of an ally in the Caucasus, ministers had been reluctant to publicly call out any Russian disinformation efforts in the UK – and there has been little public acknowledgement of the NHS hack during the election, first reported by the Guardian.

The scale of the Russian threat will be examined in the long-awaited report on Kremlin infiltration into British politics from the independent intelligence and security committee, which cannot be published until Downing Street appoints a new set of members following the election.

Earlier this week, it emerged that among those in the frame were the error-prone former transport secretary Chris Grayling and recently sacked environment minister Theresa Villiers.

The NHS emails are believed to have been hacked from an adviser’s personal Gmail account, and were disseminated online via Reddit, under the headline “Great Britain is practically standing on her knees working on a trade agreement with the US”.

Initially ignored, the documents covering six rounds of UK-US trade talks were eventually picked up by Labour from the posting and produced during a dramatic press conference by Jeremy Corbyn, who said they showed the NHS was “on the table” in the negotiations.

Following an investigation, Reddit concluded “we believe this was part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia” and said it bore the hallmarks of the earlier Secondary Infektion disinformation operation, which was exposed by Facebook in 2018.

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Windows 7 computers will no longer be patched after today – Naked Security

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Detroit schools state-appointed manager plans to stay longer – Education Week

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Educator no longer charged with not reporting child abuse

A New Mexico physician and private school operator is no longer facing charges of failing to report child abuse leading up to an infant’s death.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Davis Ruark, the lead prosecutor in the case, filed for dismissal Nov. 13, saying there was a significant change in evidence.

Ann Mercer was charged in 2014 almost two weeks after 35-year-old Annette Smith was arrested in the death of her daughter, 7-month-old Shania Boddie Smith.

Smith’s then-13- and 12-year-old daughters had told police they informed Mercer about abuse in the home before their infant sister died.

State law requires school officials to report child abuse.

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Jerry Bance no longer Tory candidate after urination incident

A man who was reportedly caught on camera urinating into a coffee cup while working as an appliance repairman is no longer a candidate with the Conservative Party.

A party spokeswoman says Jerry Bance will not be running in the east Toronto riding of Scarborough Rouge Park.

The news comes a day after the CBC reported that in 2012 hidden cameras on its show Marketplace caught Bance doing the act while he was on a service call.

Marketplace set up the hidden cameras as part of a story into home repair companies.

The CBC aired video from the program showing Bance pouring the urine down the sink, then rinsing out the cup, all while the homeowner was in the next room.

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Judges Find Federal Child Porn Sentences Are Much Longer Than Jurors Consider Just

It is not hard to see how we ended up with absurdly long sentences for possession of child pornography. No legislator wants to seem soft on people who like to look at this awful stuff (who are commonly equated with child molesters even if they have never laid a hand on a single kid), and there does not seem to be any political downside to demanding ever harsher punishments for them. The assumption seems to be that, as far as the public is concerned, there is no such thing as an excessively severe penalty for child pornography offenses, even when they do not involved production or profit.

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