How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prisonand the Warden’s Computer

John Strand breaks into things for a living. As a penetration tester, he gets hired by organizations to attack their defenses, helping reveal weaknesses before actual bad guys find them. Normally, Strand embarks on these missions himself, or deploys one of his experienced colleagues at Black Hills Information Security. But in July 2014, prepping for a pen test of a South Dakota correctional facility, he took a decidedly different tack. He sent his mom. In fairness, it was Rita Strand's idea. Then 58, she had signed on as chief financial…

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Video From Jeffrey Epsteins First Suicide Try Destroyed, Feds Admit

In the latest screw up in Jeffrey Epsteins death case, federal officials revealed Thursday that video of the cell where the pedophile reportedly made his Epsteins death while he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. The corrections officers who were supposed to be checking on Epstein every 30 minutes were charged in November with failing to do so and falsifying prison records to make it look like they had. Attorney General William Barr has said he personally reviewed security video that shows no one entered Epsteins area the night of…

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