Monthly Archives: December 2019

REvil Attacks Again — Ransomware and its Dangers

  A popular ransomware called REvil (or Sodinokibi) recently struck again.  This time it targeted a data center belonging to CyrusOne, one of the biggest data center providers in the United States. The harm from the attack was limited. Nevertheless, it illustrates the power of ransomware. Ransomware and its Dangers Ransomware is a malicious computer […]

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The Tricky Business of Banning Political Ads

Political ads, together with fake news, have been the bane of social media in recent years. Twitter and Facebook have struggled to put in controls to balance freedom of speech on their platforms with preventing misinformation and even election abuse. In November, Twitter announced that it would ban political ads. The ban covers solicitations for […]

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Political Ads, Social Media, and the Integrity of Elections

Public interest groups are concerned that Facebook will not act to prevent harm to the integrity of the upcoming Sri Lankan elections.  Facebook decided to allow politicians to advertise misinformation that fact-checkers have already debunked.  Observers described this as “inappropriate and incendiary to boot.” Claims of inadequate assistance A senior researcher for Sri Lanka’s Centre […]

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