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Counter-extremism expert says media, politicians should identify attacks in Sri Lanka for what they...

The founder of a London-based think tank that focuses on counter-extremism criticized media outlets and prominent political figures for not being forthright about this past Sunday's suicide bombings in Sri Lanka aimed at Christians. Six suicide bombings were orchestrated by Jihadi extremists against Sri Lanka's Christian community killing over 300 people. The media and prominent political figures went out of their way to downplay the religious aspects of the attacks prompting criticism, host Tucker Carlson said. "They have been unable to name Islamist extremism by name and jihadist terrorism being a violent manifestation because they genuinely believe that a bigger threat due to their political perspective is white supremacist and far-right extremism and then, of course, there's the pragmatic political side of things. They are pandering to a certain vote base and they fear by naming these things even if they wanted to, it would cause them trouble with their base and that's not how I operate and that's not how I think any decent human being should operate," Maajid Nawaz, founder of Quilliam said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "What happened in New Zealand was a white supremacist terrorist attack and what's happened in Sri Lanka is a jihadist terrorist attack and it moves us all to speak plainly about this so we can address these problems." Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted their condolences Sunday to Sri Lanka but made it a point to avoid calling the victims Christians, instead calling them "Easter worshippers." The Washington Post published an analytical piece Monday entitled "Christianity under attack? Nawaz lamented the political angles being played during tragedy. "I think sadly too many people play politics with tragedy and they allow for their own framework of their own bias to influence how they view human tragedy and then they use that to peddle their own political narrative," Nawaz said.
Russian Hackers Target Sen. Claire McCaskill Ahead Of Midterms | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Russian Hackers Target Sen. Claire McCaskill Ahead Of Midterms | Morning Joe | MSNBC

The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, the Daily Beast uncovered in a new exclusive. Sam Stein discusses. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC…
Cyber Security Expert: Election Cyberattack 'Threat Is Real' | MSNBC

Cyber Security Expert: Election Cyberattack ‘Threat Is Real’ | MSNBC

A former FBI executive assistant director explains why our critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a cyberattack ahead of the midterm elections. MSNBC cyber security analyst Shawn Henry discusses with Alex Witt. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the…

US intelligence chief: ‘The warning lights are blinking red again’ on cyberattacks

(CNN)Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyberattack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a "critical point" and coming out forcefully against Russia. "The warning signs are there. Coats compared the "warning signs" to those the United States faced ahead of the September 11 terrorist attacks. "It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, the system is blinking red. And here we are nearly two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again," Coats said. Coats referred to the indictments and alluded to upcoming election threats, but said "focusing on the potential impact of these actions, on our midterm election, misses the more important point: These actions are persistent, they're pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis, regardless of whether it is election time or not. Russia actors and others are exploring vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure as well." Coats added, "What's serious about the Russians is their intent. In his remarks, Coats pointed to the indictment as showing "exactly what they're trying to do or what they've done through their military intelligence relative to elections." While Coats will not be sitting down with Putin, he was asked Friday what his message to Putin would be if he was given the chance to speak with the Russian leader.

The politics of cyberattacks

Who are these actors and what are the consequences of their cyberattacks? These are some of the questions that Professor Nils Weidmann and his research group "Communication, Networks and Contention" at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz intend to address through their German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research project entitled "A New Political Weapon? To successfully carry out their research, Professor Nils Weidmann and his project group members will collaborate with experts in Internet measurement from the University of California, San Diego, USA. Nils Weidmann is Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz and was previously a Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg - an Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Konstanz. Nils Weidmann's project "A New Political Weapon? Cyberattacks in Non-Democratic Regimes" will be funded by the DFG with EUR 430,000 for three years beginning on 1 September 2018. Cyberattacks in Non-Democratic Regimes" receives DFG funding. - Principal investigator Professor Nils Weidmann and his research group "Communication, Networks and Contention" will collaborate with experts from the University of California, San Diego, USA. - Project will map global patterns of cyberattacks, evaluate the relationship between these attacks and more traditional forms of contention, and identify the consequences of the attacks. by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.