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'Petya' Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software
June 28, 2017 9:00 AM ET
The "Petya" cyberattack that has now struck computers in at least 65 countries can be traced to a Ukrainian company's tax accounting software, Microsoft says.

Leaked Facebook Rules Reveal Why It Won't Protect Black Children From Hate Speech
Sidney Fussell
14 minutes ago Filed to: FACEBOOK
On Wednesday, ProPublica published dozens of startling training documents reportedly used by Facebook to train moderators on hate speech. As the trove of slides and quizzes reveals, Facebook uses a warped, one-sided reasoning to balance policing hate speech against users’ freedom of expression on the platform.

How to protect your Windows computer from the Petya ransomware attack
Madeline Purdue , USA TODAY Published 8:01 p.m. ET June 27, 2017 | Updated 6 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO —A new ransomware named Petya hit high-profile targets in multiple countries, including the United States, on Tuesday.
While Petya has not infiltrated as many machines as ransomware WannaCry did in May, it is more dangerous and has the power to create more damage. Here’s how to protect yourself and your small business from attacks like Petya.

FACT Threatens Users of ‘Pirate’ Kodi Add-Ons
UK anti-piracy group FACT is doing its best to scare anyone who goes near a pirate Kodi add-on. After sellers of pirate boxes and add-on developers, streaming users are now on notice as well. It's a scary proposition but threatening talk is much easier than action.

Walmart sued after teen steals machete and kills her Uber driver
Lawsuit: Walmart let teen steal weapons, pass security before killing driver.
DAVID KRAVETS - 6/27/2017, 2:45 PM
There has been a lot of media coverage about Uber driver misdeeds—drunk driving, drivers stealing from their passengers, and even cases of drivers murdering and raping customers. But Uber drivers can also be victims of their passengers.

Petya virus is something worse than ransomware, new analysis shows
by Jacob Kastrenakes  Jun 28, 2017, 1:20pm EDT
The virus that began spreading through European computers yesterday informed users that they could unlock their machines by paying a $300 ransom. But it looks like the bug’s creators had no intention of restoring the machines at all. In fact, a new analysis reveals they couldn’t; the bug was designed to wipe computers outright.

WikiLeaks Reveals How CIA Malware Tracks Geo-Location of its Targeted
 Wednesday, June 28, 2017  Mohit Kumar
WikiLeaks has just published a new batch of the ongoing Vault 7 leak, and this time the whistleblowing website has unveiled a classified malware for that tracks geo-location of targeted PCs and laptops running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Yes, Your Windows 10 PC Needs an Update, and It's a Big One
By Jef Cozza
June 28, 2017 09:28AM
Miicrosoft released a big update for its Windows 10 operating system yesterday. The latest version of the OS, build 15063.447, doesn't include any new features or patch any security vulnerabilities. Nevertheless, the update brings a large number of improvements and bug fixes to Windows 10.

Office 2007 support ends on October 10, 2017
by Martin Brinkmann on June 27, 2017 in Microsoft - Last Update:June 27, 2017
Microsoft announced that the company's support for Microsoft Office 2007 will end on October 10, 2017, a little over three months from now.

You Can Pay Someone To Call Congress—But Should You?
Lily Lou
Today 10:00am Filed to: CONGRESS
Calling members of Congress is hard, especially if you have phone phobia, but it’s the most effective way to get your voice heard. Civic Action Network is a non-partisan service that offers a solution: they’ll call Congress for you.

Operation ‘Pirate On Demand’ Blocks Pirate IPTV Portals
BY ANDY ON JUNE 28, 2017
A crackdown on groups that provide unauthorized IPTV services has continued today with the blocking of several portals. Operation 'Pirate On Demand' is being carried out by the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), a department under Italy's Minister of Economy and Finance. Nine locations have been blocked so far and two people have been arrested.

WEN hair loss scandal exposed dirty underbelly of personal care products
Researchers call for change after flood of complaints and $26M class-action settlement.
BETH MOLE - 6/28/2017, 11:39 AM
The pharmacy in any corner drug store brims with carefully formulated, tested, and regulated drugs. But aisles packed with personal care products—shampoos, makeup, lotions—are a different story.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS | Wed Jun 28, 2017 | 4:20am EDT
Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine
By Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard | BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT
Beyond a headline-grabbing 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) fine EU antitrust regulators have levelled against Google, the internet giant is likely to be shackled for years by Tuesday's precedent-setting decision defining the company as a monopoly.

Boing Boing / CORY DOCTOROW / 12:21 PM TUE JUN 27, 2017
China orders mobile app stores to remove VPN apps
Starting July 1, the official Android and Apple App stores will no longer allow Chinese users to download the VPN apps that Chinese people rely upon in order to get around the Great Firewall of China, which censors information in China and surveils Chinese peoples' use of the net.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS | Wed Jun 28, 2017 | 12:33pm EDT
Canada's top court rules Google must block some results worldwide
By Leah Schnurr | OTTAWA
Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country's top court ruled on Wednesday, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet.

Jun 28 AT 12:03 PM Steve Raycraft
Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out