(Winter) White (House) Walker. Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman who was arrested for allegedly attempting to break into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in southern Florida, appeared in court Monday for a bail hearing. The judge delayed his ruling, and Zhang will be arraigned again at the start of the week. In addition to the four cellphones and malware-laden USB drive Zhang carried on her person, the Chinese national allegedly stashed more suspicious electronics in her hotel room: five SIM cards, nine USB drives, another cell phone, and a signal detector for locating hidden cameras. Supposedly unrelated yet highly coincidental, Randolph “Tex” Alles, director of the Secret Service, the agency responsible for protecting the president, is being replaced.
Bow to the Many-Faced God. Amazon hires thousands of employees to listen to recordings from its Echo smart speakers in an effort to better train Alexa, the company’s virtual voice assistant, Bloomberg reports. There is no way to opt out of the eavesdropping program. In response to a string of package thefts, Amazon has partnered with police officers on sting operations that involve rigging shipments with GPS device trackers, reports Motherboard. Also, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chairman, CEO president, is meeting with federal prosecutors in New York as attorneys look into allegations that Saudi Arabia gained unauthorized access to his personal electronic devices, reports CNN.
Unmasking the Kingsguard. Unique records for 4,000 federal agents and law enforcement officers has reportedly leaked online. The cache includes sensitive information such as names, titles, personal and government email addresses, phone numbers and postal addresses. A hacker who is allegedly involved in the leak told TechCrunch that a team of more than ten hackers breached “more than 1,000 sites” by exploiting known vulnerabilities to obtain the data
Valar morghulis. The founder of Silk Road 2, a dark web marketplace that promptly sprouted up after law enforcement took down the first Silk Road, has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison. The culprit, one Thomas White, a privacy activist and technologist who masqueraded as Dread Pirate Roberts 2 (before handing the reins to another administrator), pleaded guilty to charges related to drug trafficking, money laundering, and child pornography, reports Motherboard. White, better known by his since-deleted Twitter handle @ChtuluSec, was arrested in November 2014, but his case had remained under wraps until this week due to special restrictions.
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