Fox News Reporting: Unholy War--The March of ISIS

As ISIS cuts a swath across the Middle East with unparalleled brutality, how will the world respond--and will America lead, or follow?  Fox News Reporting shows you the damage wrought by ISIS as few have seen it, with exclusive stories and footage of the devastated families whose only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  And, Bret Baier exclusively speaks to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, a rare leader in the region who has stood up to Islamic terror, and dared call it by its name.  All this and more in Unholy War—The March Of ISIS.

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HRC EMAILS: Hackers, Citing Security Lapses, Probe Clinton Server System

By James Rosen

Stirred by the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, a determined band of hackers, IT bloggers, and systems analysts have trained their specialized talents and state-of-the-art software on clintonemail.com, the domain under which Clinton established multiple private email accounts, and uncovered serious lapses in security, according to data shared with Fox News.

The findings call into question Clinton’s confident declaration, at a hastily-arranged news conference in New York on Tuesday, that “there were no security breaches” in her use of a private server. One prominent figure in the hacker community, bolstered by long experience in the U.S. intelligence community, has undertaken to build a virtual “replica” of Clinton’s server configuration in a cyberlab, and has begun testing it with tools designed to probe security defenses. This individual has shared details of the Clinton system not disclosed publicly but legally obtainable.

Among other things, outside experts have managed to trace the most recent location of Clinton’s server – something she did not specify during her news conference and a subject of much speculation, as the server’s physical placement would provide early clues about whether the data stored on it was adequately secured against compromise by private-sector hackers and foreign intelligence services.

Fox News has previously reported that, with the aid of software named Maltego, experts had established that the server is up and running, receiving connectivity to the Internet through an Atlanta-based firm called Internap Network Services Corporation. Clinton’s stern insistence at her news conference that her server “will remain private” would appear to rest, then, at least in part, on the inviolability of Internap.

Now, working with publicly available tools that map network connectivity, experts have established that the last “hop” before the mail server’s Internet Protocol, or IP, address (listed as 64.94.172.146) is Internap’s aggregator in Manhattan (listed as 216.52.95.10). “This is a very strong indication that the clintonemail.com server is in Manhattan,” the source told Fox News. By entering the IP address for the Internap aggregator into existing databases, the experts obtained the exact geolocation coordinates for the aggregator – which an attached screen-grab revealed to be on lower Broadway, at the intersection with Chambers Street, some two blocks north of City Hall. This in turn suggests that the Clinton server itself lies within close proximity – most likely former President Clinton’s Harlem office, and not as far away as the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, NY.

That outside experts could so swiftly unearth such information left them convinced that the server remains, as presently configured, highly “vulnerable” to unauthorized intrusion – even if, as most observers suspect, the server, with so much publicity now attendant on it, is no longer in active use. The hackers further concluded that Clinton’s email operation was likely not much better secured when she was secretary of state.

To test that proposition, they took the relatively simple step of examining the source code on the front page of clintonemail.com. This yielded the discovery, sources told Fox News, that the Clintons have not been using the latest version of Microsoft Outlook Web Application (OWA) to send and receive emails. The most recent version of OWA is listed as 14.3.224.2, whereas tests show clintonemail.com to be using the older 14.2.390.1. “[It’s] an indication they’re not keeping up with software upgrades,” one hacker told Fox News. “If I were a bad guy, I'd start looking for any vulnerabilities in that older version they're using.”

Work on the “replica” of the Clinton system also determined that the certificate for its TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is invalid – a lapse that “makes the site less secure,” the source said. A screen-grab provided to Fox News, illustrating the results of this test, showed the word “FAIL” appearing twice in a multifaceted stress-test for the security defenses of clintonemail.com.

Perhaps most concerning, private analysts determined that clintonemail.com has been running an older model of Microsoft Internet Information Services, or IIS – specifically version 7.5, which has been documented to leave users exposed on multiple fronts. The website CVEDetails.com, which bills itself as “the ultimate security vulnerability datasource,” is awash with descriptions of serious security vulnerabilities associated with version 7.5, including “memory corruption,” “password disclosure vulnerability,” and the enabling of “remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service.”

The cyberlab technician who discovered the Clintons’ use of version 7.5 marveled at “the vulnerabilities the Clintons are ignoring” in an email to Fox News. “This is a big deal and just the thing real-world hackers look for in a target and will exploit to the max,” the source said. “Several of these vulnerabilities have been known since 2010 and yet HRC is running official State comms through it.”

Coupled with the earlier disclosure, first reported by Bloomberg, that the Clinton system used a commercial encryption product with “a default encryption certificate, instead of one purchased specifically for Ms. Clinton’s service,” these latest revelations suggest a complacent approach to server security on the part of the secretary and her aides.

Representatives for Clinton have not responded to multiple requests for comment. Spokesman Nick Merrill has released a FAQ document stating that “robust protections were put in place” on the server, with “upgrades and techniques employed over time as they became available, including consulting and employing third party experts.” Merrill added that “there is no evidence” that the server was ever hacked, and said there was never an unauthorized intrusion into the secretary’s email.

The Merrill document stated that Clinton’s server “was physically located on her property, which is protected by U.S. Secret Service,” but did not address its present location.

Just the original decision to use a private email account, with Clinton’s own surname embedded in it, has baffled the hacker community. The analyst with experience in the intelligence community and as a “white hat” hacker, the kind corporate firms retain to conduct “penetration testing” that exposes businesses’ cybersecurity lapses, told Fox News: “If we learned that the foreign minister of a major foreign country was using her own private server to send and receive emails, and was relying on outdated commercial software to operate and protect it, that’d be a hallelujah moment for us.”

Egyptian president on high stakes in fight against terror

Presidential Hopefuls Praise First Responders

More auditions for some of the people considering a run at the White House next year. This time here in Washington it was not just Republicans.
 
Senior Political Correspondent Mike Emanuel with the story--

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Young CPAC Attendees Weigh Presidential Hopefuls

Special Report College Associate Ford Fischer attended CPAC, where several conservative political candidates gave speeches and tried to garner support. Of the young people Ford spoke to, a common theme was a distaste for establishment Republicans and a favoritism towards Rand Paul. Additionally, many college-age conservatives said that they dislike Jeb Bush and associate him with his father and brother. Although those were the two candidates most frequently discussed by young people, Scott Walker enjoyed a strong following as well.
 
It is also worth noting that CPAC is an event that tends to attract those with more libertarian leanings, and a national GOP presidential primary may have a very different outcome than a CPAC straw poll.

2016 Contenders: Carly Fiorina

Bret sat down with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Republican nominee for US Senate from California in 2010 to talk about her potential run for President in 2016--here are a few of the questions and answers you didn't get to see on Special Report.

Edward Snowden Seeks to Return to United States

By Ford Fischer, Special Report College Associate

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to return to the United States, according to Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer.

"I won't keep it secret that he... wants to return back home. And we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of U.S. lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I'm dealing with it on the Russian side."

Mr. Snowden is currently in Russia, where he has been granted asylum. Russia has refused to extradite him to the United States. Snowden says he cannot return home unless guaranteed a fair trial.

Attorney General Eric Holder claimed in a letter to Snowden's legal team in 2013 that Mr. Snowden would not face the death penalty if he returns home. Kucherena said Tuesday that this promise is not enough.

"[T]hey guarantee that Snowden will not be executed, not that he will receive a fair trial. And it is guaranteed by attorney [general] who cannot even influence court decisions according to law," he said.

Snowden is charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act as well as theft of government property.

The White House has maintained its position that Snowden should return home and that no deals should be offered. When asked today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest reaffirmed that the charges are “very serious” and that the president would also like to see him back in the United States to face trial.

The White House has not yet responded to a 2013 petition to pardon Snowden, which surpassed the 100,000 signatures needed for a response.

Millennial job growth: too little, too late?

RECENT DATA CLEARLY SHOWS AN IMPROVED JOB MARKET AND THE MILLENNIALS ARE FINALLY CATCHING A BREAK. BUT THE EFFECTS OF THE GREAT RECESSION WILL LIVE WITH THEM FOR THEIR PROFESSIONAL LIVES--AND PROBABLY NOT IN THE WAY PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD IN MIND DURING HIS MOST RECENT STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS.
 

"WILL WE ACCEPT AN ECONOMY WHERE ONLY A FEW OF US DO SPECTACULARLY WELL? OR WILL WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO AN ECONOMY THAT GENERATES RISING INCOMES AND CHANCES FOR EVERYONE WHO MAKES THE EFFORT?" 
 

MILLIONS OF MILLENIALS DID MAKE THE EFFORT, OFTEN ACCEPTING LOWER-WAGE JOBS IN ORDER TO START A CAREER. BUT STARTING THEIR CAREERS LATE TRANSLATED TO A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THEIR OVERALL LIFETIME EARNINGS. THE EFFECTS SEND SHOCK WAVES THRU THE ECONOMY.
 
TODAY YOUNG PEOPLE WORK MOSTLY IN THE RETAIL, HOSPITALITY, AND SERVICE INDUSTRIES.  OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS WAGES HAVE DECLINED 10% AMONG MILLENNIALS COMPARED TO JUST 4% FOR THOSE OVER 35.  PERSONAL SAVINGS RATES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IS NEGATIVE .2% MOSTLY DUE HIGH COSTS OF STUDENT LOANS AND INCREASING COSTS OF LIVING. HIGH DEBT MEANS THEY CAN FORGET ABOUT RETIRING AT 65.
 
AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY HASN'T HELPED MUCH. THE GDP GREW AT THE RATE OF 2.3% A YEAR-- THE SAME PACE AS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND EXACTLY HALF OF WHAT RONALD REAGAN ACCOMPLISHED IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. 
 
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME A RECESSION HAS SIDELINED YOUNGER WORKERS. BUT THE WAGE GAP IS SUBSTANTIALLY LARGER AND HAS LASTED LONGER THAN IN THE PAST. DESPITE THE PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATIONS EXPERTS WARN YOUNG AMERICANS WILL PAY THE PRICE OF THE GREAT RECESSION FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIFETIME.

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