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Putin’s Soccer Ball ‘Gift’ Given To Trump’s Son Barron Device Inside

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When Vladimir Putin first handed the World Cup soccer ball to President Trump at their much-analyzed and criticized presser at the Helsinki Summit, some wondered aloud if it might be bugged. Well, as Bloomberg figured out, it turns out that it actually was — just not in the way conspiracy theorists might’ve hoped.

“Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones,” Bloomberg reported Wednesday. “But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball.”

Closer examination of photographs from the paranoia-inflaming summit found that the particular Adidas ball Putin handed Trump contained a logo for a near-field communication chip, which is placed in the ball under the logo. Here’s an image of the logo posted by Adidas:

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“The chip allows fans to access player videos, competitions and other content by bringing their mobile devices close to the ball,” Bloomberg explains. “The feature is included in the 2018 FIFA World Cup match ball that’s sold on the Adidas website for $165 (reduced to $83 in the past week).”

So, Bloomberg asked, could Russia use the transmitter as a vector to “hack” the White House? While Adidas declined to directly answer that question, Bloomberg found that there’s no evidence to suggest that the chip has any “security vulnerabilities” and Adidas says it’s “not possible to delete or rewrite the encoded parameters.”

But Bloomberg was not satisfied. What about if Russia replaced Adidas’ NFC chip “with actual spy gear” or “fabricated” the entire ball? The White House smacked down that theory by noting that the ball underwent the same rigorous screening as all other gifts.

Bloomberg was still not quite ready yet to fully dismiss the soccer ball hacking theory, noting that NFC chips “can be programmed to initiate an attack on a phone, at least one hacker has shown.” However, it only works by convincing the user to agree to install malware on their device, so Trump would have to fall for an obvious malware trick — and apparently only the Clinton team does that.

For those interested, Adidas provides the following description of how its NFC chip works:

“The NFC enabled device (most smartphones/tablets) sends radio frequency signals that interact with the NFC tag (in this case, inserted in the Telstar 18). The signal allows the device to communicate with the tag, which in the case of the Telstar 18 tag, is passive and only sends out information, while the other device (the NFC enabled mobile) is active and can both send and receive information. The NFC enabled device will receive the information from the tag, which will then open the Telstar 18 experience.”

 

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President Trump Just Called Out Comcast Big Time For Major Violations – Will Have Immediate Fallout

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President Donald Trump attacked Comcast on Monday, citing the American Cable Association’s “big problems” with the telecommunications behemoth and its alleged violations of anti-trust laws.

The president had apparently just watched a Fox Business News segment where guest Charlie Gasparino spoke on the American Cable Association’s (ACA) issues with Comcast, and mentioned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) may look into claims of anti-trust violations regarding its merger with NBC.

“Remember, when Comcast bought NBC Universal — government opposed it. They came out with a sort of, I guess, compromise where they would agree to certain conditions,” Gasparino said to Fox Business News (FBN) host Neil Cauto on Monday. “Those conditions elapsed back in September. What the ACA is saying is that Comcast is still acting in an anti-compeititve way, using its content from NBC Universal, including Hulu, essentially to force rival cable distributors … to pay up.”

“Those are the providers that make up the membership of the cable association,” he continued.

The FBN interview came the same day as the American Cable Association’s release of a lengthy statement, making the case that the Department of Justice should investigate Comcast for anti-trust violations. Since the Comcast-NBC merger took place in 2011, the DOJ and Federal Communications Commission oversaw certain conditions placed on them. However, the DOJ and FCC have since rolled back their oversight.

The cable association — which represents hundreds of smaller broadband companies — believes more conditions must be placed on Comcast for the sake of a competitive cable broadband market.

Trump has long despised Comcast and NBC Universal because of its ownership of MSNBC and other platforms critical of him. The Republican president has called NBC “fake news” regularly and allegedly referred to Comcast itself as “public enemy number one.”

“Trump does not like Comcast. We should point out that the president of the United States himself has privately referred to Comcast as ‘public enemy number one.’ Why is that? They own NBC, MSNBC. They distribute it throughout the country,” Gasparino explained. “So he knows their power.”

 

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James Comey Just Caught In Major New Scandal – Hillary Would Be Proud!

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Fired FBI chief James Comey used his private Gmail account hundreds of times to conduct government business — and at least seven of those messages were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that they declined to release them.

The former top G-man repeatedly claimed he only used his private account for “incidental” purposes and never for anything that was classified — and that appears to be true.

But Justice acknowledged in response to a Freedom of Information request that Comey and his chief of staff discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages, 156 of which were obtained by The Post.

The Cause of Action Institute, a conservative watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit for Comey’s Gmail correspondence involving his work for the bureau.

The Justice Department responded that there were an eye-popping 1,200 pages of messages for Comey and his chief of staff that met the criteria.

Justice released 156 of them but refused to hand over seven emails because they would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.” And another 363 pages of emails were withheld because they discussed privileged agency communications or out of personal privacy concerns.

Cause of Action’s CEO slammed the former top G-man for minimizing the work he did using his private account. “Using private email to conduct official government business endangers transparency and accountability, and that is why we sued the Department of Justice,” said John Vecchione.

“We’re deeply concerned that the FBI withheld numerous emails citing FOIA’s law enforcement exemption. This runs counter to Comey’s statements that his use of email was incidental and never involved any sensitive matters.”

In one email on Oct. 7, 2015, Comey seems to recognize the hypocrisy of the FBI investigating Hillary Clinton’s email practices while he’s exchanging FBI info on his own private account because his government account was down.

Two days after complaining that his “mobile is not sending emails,” Comey asked an aide that the testimony he was to deliver to the Senate be sent on his private account — calling it an “embarrassing” situation.

“He [aide] will need to send to personal email I suppose,” Comey wrote. “Embarrassing for us.”

Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open the Government, a nonpartisan coalition that advocates for government transparency, said Comey’s practice of using personal email while investigating Clinton reeks of a double standard.

“It’s just so transparently hypocritical to have one standard for a person you are investigating and an entirely different standard for yourself when you are the one who’s enforcing the law,” Rosenberg said.

The inspector general at Justice previously slammed Comey for using his personal account for FBI business, saying it was “inconsistent” with government policy. But Comey claimed his private email use was “incidental” and only used for word processing a “public speech or public email.” He said he wasn’t sending “anything remotely classified” on Gmail and that his use was “a totally different thing” from Clinton’s.

Experts told The Post there was a clear disconnect between what Comey said he was using his personal email for and what the Justice Department concluded he was doing after vetting his emails.

If the Justice Department accurately withheld his emails for the legal reasons cited, Comey would have been talking about substantive government business and active law enforcement matters.

“He can’t have it both ways,” Rosenberg said.

“Either he used his personal email for things that were public or would be in the public domain, or he used it to discuss internal policies, investigations, etc. that might or might not be appropriately withheld under FOIA.”

A rep for Comey said he had no comment.

The 156 email pages that were released mark the first wave from Justice, with more expected soon.

The emails obtained by The Post span from 2013 to 2017, and many are heavily redacted.

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