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A great Reuters survey has revealed evidence that the world's largest provider of guarding service providers was penetrated by the Chinese government, linked the APT10 hacking group, at least as far back as 2014. From there, The hackers were able to access corporate customers' data, steal confidential business strategies and intellectual property rights from companies, including telecom hardware specialist Ericsson and atomic builder Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Business consulting firms affected by the Cloud Hopper hacking operation include Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), IBM, Fujitsu, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data, Dimension Data, Computer Sciences Corporation and HPE spin-off DXC Technology.
YouTube video recommendation engine is both an important source of success and a critical issue that has been involved in everything from promoting neo-Nazi content to players tp serving videos of young girls to pedophiles (The Verge).
Now, YouTube takes its own recommendations by giving users new tools to control what content they are shown and see why recommendations are made. These include a "non-recommended channel" to remove unwanted channels completely from the recommendations, which is likely to help caregivers at least help avoid disruptive content targeting children.
The European continental heat wave continues, with record June temperatures reported in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic (BBC News). Today, temperatures in parts of France and Spain are expected to rise above 40 degrees Celsius, with associated health and forest fire warning issued by their governments. Climate change has made extreme European temperatures more likely and affects atmospheric circulation patterns: Europe's hottest five summers on record have all taken place over the last 19 years.
Researchers from New York University have found that US cities whose residents post The biggest number of racist comments on Twitter are also likely to experience high levels of racially motivated hate crimes (The Register). The research of this type can help with efforts to investigate whether there are any causal and better tools to monitor online discrimination. It provides absolutely more proof if necessary that the online world is by no means an isolated bubble.
Player accounts on EA's original gaming platform could have been snooped on without hackers having to break their passwords, thanks to lazy subdomain hygiene, according to researchers at Check Point and Cyberint (WIRED). Origin is the platform used by EA's 300 million members to buy and play PC and mobile games, including FIFA Madden NFL Medal of Honor and The Sims among others . The researchers found that abandoned subdomains associated with EA's cloud services could be hijacked and used to steal authentication documents, so players risk taking over account and identity theft.
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