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FCC Suffered DDoS Attack at Comment System
During his show, John Oliver encouraged viewers to flood Federal Communications Commission site with comments, and it seems that the result was overwhelming. However, the agency itself claims that it suffered DDoS attacks.
Google Docs Users Suffer Phishing Attack
A sophisticated phishing or malware attack at Google Docs users is now widespread: users receive emails inviting them to edit a Google Doc, with a subject line stating a contact “has shared a document on Google Docs with you”. If you click the “Open in Docs” button, you will be taken to a legitimate Google sign-in screen inviting to “continue in Google Docs”. But if you click it, you grant permission to a bogus third-party app with a deceptive name to access contacts and email. As a result, you can find spam spreading to additional contacts.
UK MPs Became More Vulnerable to Hacker Attacks
British MPs who are heading out on the campaign trail will become much more vulnerable to hacking. As is known, hackers are most likely to intervene in democracies just before the election, because they lose protection of the parliament’s information security services.
The RIAA Became the Biggest Customer of Loss-Making Copyright Troll
The Recording Industry Association of America, representing the leading music labels in the United States, has become a major customer of anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp – almost half of its 2016 revenue was from the RIAA.
Hacker Held Netflix to Ransom over New Series
A hacker dubbed The Dark Overlord claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black and demands an unspecified ransom, threatening to release all the new episodes online prior to their official release if he is not paid. Apparently, he has already uploaded the first episode to The Pirate Bay, while new episodes of the series are scheduled for official release only in June.
Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Drive People out of Tech
Sexism, bullying and racist stereotyping are everyday occurrence in the tech sector, driving underrepresented employees out of their jobs.
Lithuanian Man Stole $100m from Facebook and Google in Phishing Scheme
According to recent reports, Google and Facebook became victims of a phishing scheme, in which Evaldas Rimasauskas got more than $100m from them. As you can see, even the tech giants are not immune from the increasingly sophisticated scamming attacks.
Facebook Admitted to Be Exploited for Spreading Propaganda
The social network has publicly admitted that governments have exploited its platform to manipulate public opinion – for example, during the presidential elections in the United States and France. Of course, Facebook pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”.
UK Politician Urged Facebook to Tackle Fake News before General Election
Damian Collins, the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee claimed that Facebook must intensify its fight against fake news before the UK general election. He suggested the social network to start blocking or issuing warnings about content containing falsehoods, because fake news could pose a threat to “the integrity of democracy” due to a large numbers of voters who relied on Facebook.
Wikipedia Founder Will Address the Problem of Fake News
Jimmy Wales has announced the launch of Wikitribune – a new online publication intended to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with volunteer community contributors. In other words, the reporters will be paid with the crowdfunded money.
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