QAnon: The conspiracy theory that’s sparked Reddit bans, explained


The theorizing and fanfare around the QAnon theory has been taking place across the internet since before the 2016 presidential election went in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump. But it wasn’t until President Trump held a rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, in early August that the obscure theory came into the mainstream. The attention paid to the theory, and those spreading it earnestly or ironically, has since resulted in a series of bans across the web. This week, Reddit banned both r/greatawakening, fallback community r/The_GreatAwakening and several other related subreddits…

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Chinese company charged with stealing trade secrets from US chipmaker

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced charges Thursday against Chinese and Taiwan companies for alleged theft of business secrets from US chip giant Micron.

The US Justice Department on Thursday swung hard at China with a one-two punch intended to counter industrial espionage. First, the agency unveiled charges against Chinese and Taiwanese companies and individuals for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to semiconductor technology. That case involves Idaho-based Micron Technology. Second, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an initiative to address Chinese cyberattacks and corporate spying on US companies.  ‘Chinese economic espionage against the United States has been increasing — and it has been increasing rapidly,’ Sessions said in a statement. ‘We are here today…

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Facebook keeps fumbling political ads


Dana Hopkins felt like she was in an ‘endless loop’ with Facebook. The frustration began in September when she purchased an ad on the social network to promote an open mic night she was co-hosting in San Francisco. What happened next was a head-scratcher. Facebook blocked the ad at least six times because the social network said it was political. ‘This is the least political thing I do, and it’s pretty innocuous,’ said Hopkins. The problem, it turned out, wasn’t that the event was called Smack Dab Open Mic, or…

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Can Facebook be broken up? What you need to know

Twitter, Facebook, Together, Exchange Of Information

  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wields so much power that even one of the social network’s co-founders thinks it’s both ‘unprecedented’ and ‘un-American.’ Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg while they were students at Harvard, called for the social network to be broken up in an op-ed published Thursday by The New York Times. ‘I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,’ Hughes wrote, referring to Facebook’s boss and major shareholder. ‘I’m disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not…

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Hackers leak personal data trove on Angela Merkel, top German politicians

Brexit Back On The Agenda At EU Summit

Hacked personal data of hundreds of German politicians was trickled out on Twitter for more than a month before government officials caught wind of it.  The data, posted by a Twitter user named @_0rbit, included personal information on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as phone numbers, documents and email addresses for top German politicians. The hack affected members of all German political parties with the exception of Alternative for Germany (AfD), the country’s far-right political group. The first post published on Dec. 1 and the hacker was posting daily…

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House Republican campaign committee was hacked during 2018 election

NRCC Field Office

The National Republican Congressional Committee was hacked during the 2018 US midterm elections.  The breach, first reported by Politico, exposed thousands of emails to an unknown hacker.  ‘The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,’ Ian Prior, a spokesman for the NRCC, said in a statement. ‘The cybersecurity of the Committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter.’  The FBI declined to…

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Congress asks FCC for emergency briefing on ending location data sales

House Democrats Condemn Trump

Despite the government shutdown, Congress is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to explain why mobile carriers are still selling customer location data. On Friday, Rep. Frank Pallone, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce committee, asked FCC Chair Ajit Pai for an ’emergency briefing’ on why the agency hasn’t stopped wireless carriers from selling customer’s real-time location information. He made the request in a letter (PDF). The request for an emergency briefing comes three days after Motherboard reported T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and other carriers were allowing third-party data aggregators to…

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