• Trump says Happy New Year in the most Trump way

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    Trump says Happy New Year in the most Trump way

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    President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his New Year’s wishes on Saturday morning, and they do not disappoint. Choosing to steer clear of a neutral, hopeful message for the future, Trump instead sent a tauntingly boastful signal to his enemies.

    Presumably the tweet was also directed at his vanquished rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million but lost in the Electoral College.

    One person that may not be on Trump’s enemies list, but which is on such a roster among most Congressional Republicans as well as President Obama, is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    On Friday, Trump praised Putin as a “smart” man shortly after the U.S. sanctioned Russia for hacking the …read more  

  • Code associated with Russia hacking found on Vermont utility computer

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    Code associated with Russia hacking found on Vermont utility computer


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A code associated with a broad Russian hacking campaign dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility but not connected to the grid, the utility said on Friday.

    “We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding,” the Burlington Electric Department said in a statement.

    “Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infiltrate utility systems. We have briefed state officials and will support the investigation fully.”

    The Department of Homeland Security alerted utilities on Thursday night about a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the Burlington Electric Department said.

    “We acted quickly to scan all computers in our system for the malware signature. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems,” it said.

    The matched malware code on the laptop may have resulted from a relatively benign episode, such as visiting a questionable website, a source …read more  

  • Pole arrested after airliner makes emergency landing in Prague

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    Pole arrested after airliner makes emergency landing in Prague

    PRAGUE, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Czech police have detained a Polish man after a passenger jet flying from Spain to Warsaw made an emergency landing in Prague on Friday due to a bomb threat, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said.

    The plane was parked away from the main terminals of Prague airport while police investigated the incident. Flight tracking websites showed planes were again landing at the airport.

    Chovanec, speaking with Czech Television, declined to say whether or not an explosive device had been found on the detained man before police had finished their work. But he later tweeted: “Does not look like a terrorist attack” and “Situation under control.”

    A spokesman for the Czech Air Navigation Services said pilots on a Boeing 737 plane operated by the Polish company Enter Air had asked to land in Prague because of the threat.

    Czech Television reported the flight had started in the Canary Islands and had 160 passengers aboard, mostly Polish. All were evacuated and no one was hurt. (Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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