News Items – 03.12.17

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official,” by The Guardian:

“The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20,000,000 people in four countries facing starvation and famine, a senior United Nations official has warned.”

More from the Guardian:

Surviving South Sudan’s escalating violence: life in a UN camp – in pictures

Texas Republicans drew congressional districts on racial lines, judges find

UN calls for more aid to avoid largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years – video

Glenn Greenwald on CNN:

Greenwald on Wikileaks CIA dump (full inteview)

Study: “Taking Stock: Estimating Vulnerability Rediscovery,” by Trey Herr and Bruce Schneier of Harvard University:

“There is virtually no existing scholarly work regarding the proportion of vulnerabilities that are discovered by multiple, independent, parties. This lack of knowledge is a problem for the policy community, where the decision to disclose vulnerabilities known to the government hinges in part on that vulnerability’s likelihood of being rediscovered and used by a malicious party. Research into the behavior of malicious software markets is similarly hamstrung without a baseline estimate for how often sellers will need to renew their stock. This paper presents a new dataset estimating vulnerability rediscovery across different vendors and software types. It concludes that rediscovery happens far more often than previously estimated. Between 15% and 20% of all vulnerabilities in browsers have at least one duplicate. For data available on Android between 2015 and 2016, 22% of vulnerabilities are rediscovered at least once an average of 2 months after their original disclosure. There are reasons to believe that the actual rate is even higher for certain types of software.”

Democracy Now:

Trump Administration Seeks End to Youth Climate Lawsuit

CENTCOM Commander Wants ‘A Few Thousand’ More Troops for Afghanistan

Michael Flynn an Undisclosed Foreign Agent During Trump Campaign

Washington, D.C., Restaurateurs Sue Trump Hotel over Unfair Practices

Fox News Contributor Wins Sexual Assault Settlement Against Executive

The Intercept:

Next Phase of Obamacare Repeal Will Target Mandate Requiring Prenatal Coverage, GOP Leader Tells Allies

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Blames Millennials for Government Leaks

Marines Tasked with Firing Howitzers in Syria Are Just ‘Advisers,’ Says Sean Spicer

Why Won’t Trump Declassify Evidence of Obama’s Wiretap? Sean Spicer’s Response Makes No Sense.

Malware Attacks Used by the U.S. Government Retain Potency for Many Years, New Evidence Indicates



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