Google Agrees to Pay $11 Million to Owners of Suspended AdSense Accounts

By Lawrence Abrams – Bleeping Computer Google has agreed to create a fund of 11 million dollars as part of a a class action settlement for terminating or disabling a publisher’s Adsense accounts, but not paying out any balances that the publisher had at the time. The class action complaint filed by a California company named Free Range Content,…

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German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

(BBC) China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said. The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants. It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this…

UK agencies warned off Russian anti-virus software

By Duarte Mendonca and Vasco Cotovio, CNN Updated 11:17 AM ET, Sat December 2, 2017 London (CNN)Britain’s National Cyber Security Center has advised all UK government departments to avoid using Russia-based anti-virus software, warning that it could be exploited by the Russian government. The guidance was issued in an open letter to all UK permanent secretaries…

Uber paid hackers $100,000, concealed data stolen from 57 million accounts  

By Jim Finkle, Heather Somerville 5 MIN READ (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Discovery of the company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in the firing of two employees…

Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news with ‘trust indicators’

The biggest online platforms have unveiled their latest attempt to fight fake news. Facebook (FB, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) said Thursday they have committed to using new “trust indicators” to help users better vet the reliability of the publications and journalists behind articles that appear in news feeds. The indicators were developed by the Trust Project, a non-partisan effort operating out…

China dominates top supercomputers list

China has overtaken the US to have the most supercomputers in the list of the world’s fastest 500 systems. The communist nation accounted for 202 of the globe’s highest performance machines, according to the latest Top500 survey. By contrast, the US had 143. That marks its lowest level since the bi-annual study began, 25 years ago,…

Fireball seen streaking across western U.S. sky

PHOENIX — Astronomers say the bright light that streaked across the night sky Tuesday was “almost certainly” a meteor. The city of Phoenix captured the illumination on one of its observation cameras and posted it to Twitter. In the video, a large, glowing bulb appears in the top-right frame and then fades out in three seconds. A smaller light…

EU markets agency warns new crypto coins could prove worthless

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Europe’s top markets regulator has warned investors about the pitfalls of buying newly issued crypto coins, an experimental and unregulated form of online crowd funding particularly used by start-up businesses. bitcoin sign is seen during Riga Comm 2017, a business technology and innovation fair in Riga, Latvia November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins…

Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Elections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research. Independent watchdog Freedom House looked at how online discourse was influenced by governments, bots and paid opinion formers. In total, 30 governments were actively engaged in using social media to stifle dissent, said the report. Educating users to spot fake news…

Medical first: Doctors attempt to gene-edit a living patient’s DNA

(CNN) A man may soon be forever free of the previously incurable disease he was born with 44 years ago. On Monday, in a medical first, Brian Madeux received an experimental in-body gene-editing treatment intended to cure him of Mucopolysaccharidoses II, known as MPS II or Hunter syndrome, a rare disorder that causes progressive damage to…

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