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Security experts from Google, Facebook, Crowdstrike want to save US elections

Enlarge / Eric Rosenbach, who served as the chief of staff to the secretary of defense from 2015 until 2017, seen here in 2014. (credit: Center for Strategic & International Studies)

A new group at Harvard University staffed by the former campaign managers of the Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with other top security experts, have banded together to help mitigate various types of online attacks that threaten American democracy.

The initiative, dubbed "Defending Digital Democracy," will be run by former chief of staff for the secretary of defense, Eric Rosenbach.

"Americans across the political spectrum agree that political contests should be decided by the power of ideas, not the skill of foreign hackers," Rosenbach said in a Tuesday statement. "Cyber deterrence starts with strong cyber defense—and this project brings together key partners in politics, national security, and technology to generate innovative ideas to safeguard our key democratic institutions."

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“Pizzagate” conspiracy theory prompts gunman to “self-investigate” pizza parlor

Enlarge / Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, arrested outside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, DC. (credit: ABC News/YouTube)

A rifle-wielding North Carolina man was arrested Sunday in Washington, DC for carrying his weapon into a pizzeria that sits at the center of the fake news conspiracy theory known as "Pizzagate," authorities said Monday.

DC's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch on allegations of assault with a dangerous weapon. "During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate 'Pizza Gate' (a fictitious online conspiracy theory)," the agency said in a statement.

Welch was arrested without incident.

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“Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

Enlarge / LeVar Burton, who played Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. (credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images News)

Over 100 prominent members of the Star Trek cast and crew have written an open letter against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The letter, which was posted to Facebook on Thursday, trumpets:

Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.

The letter goes on to say that voting Green or Libertarian, because the two major candidates are “equally flawed” is “illogical and inaccurate.”

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Hacker Guccifer, who exposed Clinton’s use of private e-mail, gets 52 months

Enlarge / Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, known online as "Guccifer," was sentenced to 52 months in prison on Thursday. (credit: NBC News/YouTube)

The Romanian hacker who helped expose Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of private e-mail as secretary of state was sentenced Thursday to 52 months in prison in connection to an admission that he broke into about 100 Americans' e-mail accounts. The compromised accounts included celebrities, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and family members of former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, and Sidney Blumenthal, a political advisor whom Clinton corresponded with using her private e-mail account.

Marcel Lehel Lazar, a 44-year-old cab driver known by the handle Guccifer, conducted his crimes at home and was extradited to the US this year. He pleaded guilty to identity theft and federal hacking charges.

Guccifer had claimed he hacked into Clinton's private e-mail server at her New York residence. But he has never been charged for that, and he has never divulged the contents of the alleged hack. However, the hacker did reveal private documents from other hacks, including self portraits painted by George W. Bush. He also leaked memos Blumenthal sent Clinton to her private e-mail account. This eventually exposed the fact that Clinton used that account as secretary of state for personal and private businesses instead of using her government account for official business.

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Rage mounts against pharma corp. that jacked cost of life-saving EpiPen by 400%

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When someone like Martin Shkreli fingers your company as greedy “vultures,” you know you’ve got problems.

For pharmaceutical company Mylan, which hiked the price of life-saving EpiPens by 400 percent since it bought the product in 2007, Shkreli’s is just one of the voices in a chorus of scorn now facing the company.

On Wednesday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the American Medical Association (AMA) separately called on Mylan to lower the cost of the auto-injecting pens, which reverse deadly allergic reactions. Also Wednesday, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to Facebook to declare “Mylan’s greed is apparently limitless.” The rebukes follow a steady stream of other Congress members who have questioned and expressed concern over the price increase.

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