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The cybersecurity company FireEye, which helped uncover Russian interference in the 2016 election, detailed a new disinformation campaign in a recent report.
The new campaign involves bad actors invading media websites, creating fake journalist personas, and propagating fraudulent news stories, the report said.
The campaign is reminiscent of disinformation that began in Eastern Europe and spread west in 2016, researchers said.
The new research comes as Russia is accused of attempting to spread disinformation about the pandemic.
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Researchers have discovered a sophisticated disinformation campaign originating in Eastern Europe that they believe could be directed at disrupting the 2020 US election, according to a new report from the cybersecurity company FireEye.
Bad actors are hacking media websites to post fraudulent stories, creating fake journalist personas, and spreading anti-US disinformation, researchers from FireEye said Wednesday. The tactics are reminiscent of Russian meddling around the 2016 election — but are significantly more sophisticated, researchers said.
"We have good reason to believe these are Russians," said John Hultquist, the senior director of analysis at Mandiant Threat Intelligence, a research division of FireEye. "The elections could be their goal."
Researchers said disinformation campaigns in 2016 also originated in Eastern Europe and targeted an English-language audience with narratives that disparaged the US. The campaigns then moved west and took root in the US in time to hit social media before the 2016 election, and a hacking group tied to Russian military intelligence ultimately gained access to the Democratic National Committee email servers. And the new campaign taking place in Eastern Europe looks very similar, Hultquist said.
The new campaigns originated in the same way and are propagating the same kind of content, but hacking media websites and creating convincing journalist personas show a new level of skill, according to Hultquist.
"This is not just troll-farm stuff," he said.
Troll farms — groups of hackers who typically create social-media messages to manipulate other users — are not known for the kind of sophistication that the Mandiant researchers are seeing, Hultquist said, which is why he suspects a nation-state operation of some kind.
In this case, hackers have compromised websites and official email accounts to disseminate disinformation, including falsified correspondence from military officials, the report said.
First, bad actors hack websites and official emails to create source material for fabricated stories. One example of this was an April hack of the Polish War Studies Academy website, on which hackers posted a fake letter claiming to be from the commander of the academy urging Polish troops to fight against "the American Occupation."
After creating source material, the hackers craft articles by fake journalist personas that cite those convincing sources. Those stories are posted on blog sites, and hackers also infiltrate some legitimate media sites to post fake content, researchers said. Fake personas then share the fake news stories across social media. These methods go beyond what American voters encountered in the last election, Hultquist said.
Prevalent themes of the disinformation campaign include the impact of COVID-19 on US and NATO forces, attempts to discredit the US and NATO, and praise of Russia over other world powers, FireEye said. One post from a persona FireEye identified as a fake journalist in Las Vegas is headlined "Attack of the living dead in the shadow of coronavirus. Polish Defence Minister sends soldiers to certain death."
The post said COVID-19 created chaos in NATO and the US military, endangering other countries, such as Poland. That blogger sometimes posts more than a dozen times a day and is supported on social media and other websites by other apparently fake personas, FireEye said.
FireEye, which testified to the US Senate on previous Russian state hacking, said it believed the report was the first to pull together and assess the media posts as part of a larger influence campaign.
The FireEye report comes as Western officials warn of new Russian hacking efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Russian hackers who are "almost certainly" working for the country's intelligence services have targeted coronavirus-vaccine research facilities in the US, the UK, and Canada, the UK government said two weeks ago. This week, The New York Times reported that newly declassified US intelligence showed Russia was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
The rise in sophisticated Russian hacking campaigns may be zeroing in on November's elections in attacks similar to those in 2016, FireEye said in closing the report released Wednesday: "Given the established history of cyber threat and information operations tactics regularly migrating from targeting Eastern Europe to targeting Western Europe and the US, this campaign may warrant special attention, especially as elections near."SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity experts warn that it may take weeks or months after the presidential election for a winner to be decided, thanks to the threats of security issues and litigation around the results
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London is home to 44% of Europe's law startups and the city has been flagged by The Law Society as one of 10 emerging "lawtech" ecosystems.
The UK government has devoted £2 million ($2.5 million) to digitizing the sector.
Inspired by the success the UK has seen in fintech, where UK startups raised almost $50 billion in 2019, a lawtech sandbox will launch at the end of 2020 to boost R&D in the sector.
The UK's lawtech market is much less mature than fintech, but has "similar potential," says Tech Nation's lawtech director Jenifer Swallow.
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Pre-pandemic, London was already on track to become a global hub for the estimated $15.9 billion "lawtech" industry.
The UK capital boasts 44% of the lawtech startups in Europe, according to financial services industry body TheCityUK, and at the end of last year, The Law Society identified it as one of ten emerging lawtech scenes, alongside San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Madrid.
Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the pressure on the legal sector to digitize.
"What might have been optional before is a must now," says Tech Nation's lawtech director Jenifer Swallow, formerly general counsel at fintech unicorn TransferWise. "This will only increase because we're about to step into a very, very challenging time economically. So, the downward pressure on spend and budget is only going to increase, and in times like that people have to be inventive."
While The Law Society reports that "encouraging levels" of money are being pumped into UK-based lawtech, it warned that more investment is needed to retain the city's competitive edge.
The UK is second only to the US globally in terms of legal services fee revenue, exceeding £35 billion ($44 billion) in 2018, according to TheCityUK.
The UK government is trying to ramp up provisions for lawtech. In November 2019, it announced a £2 million ($2.5 million) grant to fund the digital transformation of law in partnership with Tech Nation.
The hope is that lawtech could be a thriving sector akin to the UK's fintech scene, which attracted almost $50 billion in investment in 2019 according to KPMG.
With that in mind, Tech Nation in May launched a fintech-inspired sandbox for lawtech startups that will launch at the end of this year to provide a controlled testing ground to drive R&D.
Beneficiaries of the earlier fintech sandbox include NatWest's mobile business bank Mettle and HSBC-backed open banking startup Bud.
As well as addressing the immediate need, the aim is to create long-term growth and value for businesses, says Swallow: "What we want to do is provide an environment where we can accelerate development cycles, get people who've got great ideas through to proof of value faster than they would do without support."
The UK is already well-placed to become a lawtech hub, she says, with a concentration of tech, a leading legal sector, and the benefits of a more lenient regulatory system than countries like the US.
"Experimentation and development is happening in lawtech but it is a nascent market overall, with £290 million in total investment value in the UK, compared to £10 billion in tech investment," says Swallow. "It is much less mature than fintech, for example, and has similar potential."
Investment is picking up: in the two years to 2019 funding for UK lawtech almost tripled, according to research by Thomson Reuters and Legal Geek.
According to Swallow, most activity is still at angel and seed round, but growth-stage tech investors like Highland Europe are getting in on the action.
In July, Highland was involved in a $25 million round for Farewill, a London-based will-writing startup, and it has previously invested $21 million in intellectual property platform Incopro.
Partner Stan Laurent says that Highland is interested in the lawtech sector — even outside the realm of artificial intelligence, which is "in the pure legal space, still a few years out."
"I think we're generally more bullish on the spaces where technology is really helping to improve user experience in the end," he says.
Laurent believes that the current potential in lawtech is global, but sees some benefits from the sandbox initiative for the UK's lawtech ecosystem.
He says: "The entrepreneurial kind of momentum around fintech, which is quite developed in the UK versus other geographies has, I would think, also helped to propel some of the legal tech"
Another lawtech startup that recently raised is robot lawyer app DoNotPay. The US-based startup, which also operates in the UK, netted a $12 million Series A from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund in June.
Founded by Stanford dropout Joshua Browder in 2015, it markets itself as "a lawyer for the consumer", helping people with small legal disputes like parking tickets fines using algorithms that mine data from successful appeals.
Browder believes that some of its success with investors comes down to mass-market appeal.
"I think that pure lawtech is not that attractive, like legal research tools and things like that," says Browder. "But where lawtech combines with something else and it's seen as a mass-market consumer product, that's when I think it's very hot."
He sees huge potential in the UK market.
"I think there's actually a huge amount of activity in that in the UK, even more so than in the US," says Browder.
"It's not even about the money," he says, referring to the government's £2 million grant, "it's also about people's attitude. In the UK, when I speak to lawyers, they're much more forward-thinking."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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You can make a picture transparent in your PowerPoint slides in just a few simple steps.
Making pictures transparent in PowerPoint allows you to add text over them or use them as a background.
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Pictures can make your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation more visually appealing and engaging for your audience.
If you want to include a picture in your PowerPoint as a background or subtle detail — rather than as the focal point — you can transform any picture by making it transparent with just a few clicks.
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How to make a picture transparent in PowerPoint on a Mac or PC
1. Open PowerPoint on your Mac or PC and launch a new presentation or open a saved project.
2. Insert the picture you want to include, if you haven't already, and right click on the image.
After you right-click the image on a PC, the below dropdown menu will appear.
After you right-click the image on a Mac, the below dropdown menu will appear.
3. Select "Format Picture…" from the dropdown menu.
4. An option toolbar will appear on the right side on your screen. Click the "Picture" icon, designated by a mountain landscape icon.
After you select "Format Picture," on a PC, the below dropdown menu will appear.
After you select "Format Picture," on a Mac, the below dropdown menu will appear.
5. Click "Picture Transparency" from the listed options.
From here, you can select a pre-set transparency gradient, type one in as a percentage (with higher percentages being more transparent), or drag and drop using the slider until you're happy with the picture's transparency.
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Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are a great investment if you’re looking for a comfortable set of wireless, over-ear headphones that feature noise cancellation. The thing is, they’re usually $350. Well, today Woot is offering a new set for $220, which is a 37 percent discount on that original price. This deal will last through today, though it will end earlier if it sells out of stock.
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The most obvious problem with June patches was a conflict between Microsoft’s latest version of Windows and Microsoft’s latest version of Office (er, Microsoft 365) Click-to-Run: If you installed patches as soon as they came out, Outlook wouldn’t run. That bug got cleared up when Microsoft fixed Office a week later, even though Windows was to blame.We also saw a bunch of belated patches for printers that didn’t work after installing the June Windows updates.To read this article in full, please click here
But firms will be forced to take a more measured response in time, says consultancyAs many as 20 per cent of UK businesses are axing contractors completely in order to ensure they are fully tax compliant ahead of IR35 changes next year, according to a survey.Recruitment consultancy and IT outsourcer Harvey Nash interviewed 350 businesses employing a significant number of IT contractors.From 6 April 2020, it will be the contracting body's responsibility to determine whether the contractor should fall within the scope of the "off-payroll working" rules, IR35.Those rules state that a contractor doing the same job as an employee should pay similar income tax and national insurance contributions.The changes came into force in the public sector in 2017.
Facebook lanserar en egen betaltjänst som ska bidra till säkrare betalningar i olika appar med koppling till företaget, bland annat Whatsapp, Instagram och Messenger.Bolaget uppger att tjänsten Facebook Pay ska underlätta för användare att överföra pengar och göra betalningar, något som sker redan i dag.Säkerheten ska med den nya tjänsten ökas genom pin-koder eller biometriska hjälpmedel på mobilerna, som fingeravtryck eller ansiktsigenkänning.Facebook kommer att samla in användarinformation som betalningsmetod och uppgifter om när en transaktion genomförs.Dessa uppgifter kommer att användas för att visa riktad reklam, enligt ett blogginlägg på Facebooks hemsida.Facebook Pay kommer att börja introduceras på Facebook och Messenger i USA den här veckan.
It's Dell all the way down with subscription payment modelsDell's new PowerOne converged infrastructure platform will be sold under a subscription and via a metered pricing arrangement that it has called Technology on Demand.PowerOne is a rack-level product that includes Dell PowerEdge MX servers, PowerSwitch and SmartFabric networking, PowerMax storage, PowerProtect secondary (backup) storage, and VMware virtualization.It's like a pure Dell version of the Dell-Cisco VxBlock, which uses Cisco networking and servers.We asked Dell if the Dell-plus-Cisco VxBlock product line continues alongside PowerOne and a spokesperson said it did: "PowerOne represents an expansion of our portfolio of integrated infrastructure systems.We remain committed to VxBlock as a complementary part of our offerings... PowerOne extends our offerings to simplify IT operations for customers with an all-Dell EMC preference."
Google has released an update patch that fixes some of the automatic white balance issues on Pixel 4.These issues were spotted by multiple users sometime last month.The fix is part of the November security patch and has been pushed to all Pixel devices.However, the camera fix is only available for the latest models.A few days ago, Reddit users noticed the Pixel 4 automatic white balance problem.The observation shows that it tends to deliberately correct strong colors.
The relative who never left your hometown wondering why you moved to the other end of the country.Gifts that incorporate too much teal, unless the recipients are Jacksonville Jaguars fans.Each of us has stories about awkward holiday moments, and how we reacted (or not).To that end, direct-to-consumer sock brand Bombas veers into some deliciously cartoony territory with a pair of ads that illustrate how comfortable people can be during the holidays despite the many discomforts that come with the season.The first ad, created by indie agency Bindery, tees up the scenarios one might (or might not) expect like weird family photoshoots and grandma bringing a new, erm, “friend” home.Absolutely, but this is the way to play it and to convey that, even in weird situations like these, one can be comfortable in a pair of Bombas socks.
I slutet av 2017 lanserade Zaver sin app för trygga transaktioner mellan privatpersoner.Tanken var att användare skulle kunna betala på kredit när de köper en bil, möbler eller andra varor via till exempel Blocket.Därefter har bolaget dessutom tagit fram en betallösning för företag.Så sent som i april tog man in 11 miljoner kronor i riskkapital.Läs mer: Betalutmanaren räds inte Blockets nya giv: ”Bra med lite konkurrens”Nu fyller Zaver på kassan igen med 20 Mkr från en grupp befintliga ägare, däribland riskkapitalbolagen Inbox Capital och Inventure samt Fredrik Österberg.
I år är det 30 år sedan Tim Burtons film om Batman gick upp på biograferna och detta ska givetvis firas med pompa och ståt.Lego gör det genom att lansera Batmobilen som användes i filmen och det är ett riktigt maffigt bygge bestående av 3306 bitar.Färdig mäter den hela 60 centimeter på längden.Batmobilen har serienummer 76139 och lanseras på Black Friday för 249,99 euro.Köper man mellan 29 november och 5 december får man även en mini-replika av bilen så långt lagret räcker.Bonusklipp på plats nummer två.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that Facebook has failed to cooperate in a state investigation into the social network's privacy and business practices, prompting his office to take legal action against the company.The move illustrates how tensions between the government and the world's largest social network have been heating up amid accusations that it's failed to protect the privacy of its nearly 2.5 billion users.Becerra said in a press conference that since spring 2018 the state has been looking into allegations that Facebook violated California law and whether the company deceived users and misrepresented its privacy practices.The probe started after revelations surfaced that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the Facebook data of up to 87 million users without their permission.When you consider the personal information that we all supply to Facebook, every single day," Becerra said during the press conference.In a petition filed in the San Francisco Superior Court, the attorney general alleges that Facebook refused to comply with a subpoena and requests for documents including correspondence such as e-mails and text messages involving Facebook executives.
In part 2 of this article, I focused on how Takers hurt Makers in open source, as well as how individual actions—no matter how rational they may seem—can have adverse outcomes for open source communities.However, when the success of an open source project depends largely on one or more corporate sponsors, the open source community should not forget or ignore that customers are a common good.Over the years, I have read many of them to figure out what open source communities can learn from successfully managed public goods and common goods.Some of the most instrumental research was Garrett Hardin’s tragedy of the commons and Mancur Olson’s work on collective action.Both Hardin and Olson concluded that groups don’t self-organize to maintain the common goods they depend on.Members are disincentivized from contributing when other members can’t be excluded from the benefits.
Imagine a hypersonic passenger aircraft that would cut the journey time between London and New York to around two hours.At Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, the aircraft would complete a trip across the Atlantic in around 120 minutes.But last week, the world got a glimpse of a new future via a project which has been germinating for 30 years.Their idea was that in order for an engine to reach hypersonic speeds, the air going into it would have to be rapidly cooled, otherwise the engine would melt.Reaction’s breakthrough was inventing a “precooler” or heat exchanger which can take the air down to minus 150 degrees centigrade in less than a 20th of a second.These ultra-lightweight “heat exchangers” would enable aircraft to fly over five times the speed of sound in the atmosphere.
Netflix made Halloween extra special for everyone eagerly anticipating The Witcher series by releasing the show’s first, full-length trailer.The trailer for The Witcher made its debut at Lucca Comics and Games, the annual comics and gaming convention in Lucca, Tuscany.The first, eight-episode season of The Witcher will premiere December 20 on Netflix.Based on the dark fantasy series of the same name by novelist Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher casts Man of Steel star Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter struggling to find his place in a world populated by dangerous supernatural creatures and humans who can be just as evil — if not more so.The series will follow Geralt’s adventures as his fate becomes linked with a tremendously powerful sorceress and a young princess who harbors a dark secret.The trailer debuted to widespread acclaim from fans of the Witcher books and the video game series, with particular praise for short glimpses of the show’s fight choreography.
The Internet Archive this week announced it was partnering with Wikipedia to link the latter’s book citations to the former’s redoubtable library.In future, when users look up a source on page, they may be able to get a digital copy of the book from the Internet Archive.Both sites collaborated to link 130,000 citations on various articles to 50,000 of the Archive‘s digital book repository.When a users clicks on these linked citations, it takes them to a copy of the page on the Archive‘s site, where they can see the source directly.The Archive offers a digital lending library of ebooks — the system lets patrons sponsor a particular book, which is then scanned and added to the system.Anyone who finds a book source from the linked Wikipedia page will be able to see a preview of its content, but will have to pay to borrow it.
In the lead-up to the series finale of Game of Thrones, there was plenty of speculation about what the future might hold for HBO after one of the most popular shows of all time comes to an end.The network calmed subscribers’ fears with the recent, well-received Watchmen series, and now the upcoming His Dark Materials series add another stunning project to HBO’s post-Game of Thrones offerings.Digital Trends was given an early look at the first four episodes of His Dark Materials, which comprise the first half of the show’s debut season.A second season has already been ordered for the show, which delivers a wonderfully compelling story filled with impressive visual effects and praiseworthy performances in its first four episodes.Based on Phillip Pullman’s fantasy saga of the same name, His Dark Materials is set in a world where every human has an animal companion that is a representation of their soul, called daemons.The story follows an orphaned young girl and her daemon who find themselves at the center of a dangerous conflict between science and magic when she (and her daemon, Pantalaimon) begin investigating the disappearance of one of her friends.
It’s almost as if social media giant has ill-considered, naive, spectacularly stupid policiesComment Facebook’s controversial policy to exempt political ads from factual review has taken another dive after the social media giant appeared to state it gets to decide which politicians the policy applies to.When Facebook banned those ads following complaints, the man in question – Adriel Hampton – registered as a candidate for the governor of the US state, posting his registration on Twitter this week and stating that he now intended to run false ads on Facebook in his personal capacity as a political candidate.Up until this point, Facebook has stuck rigidly to its policy, refusing a request from presidential candidate Joe Biden to take down false and misleading ads posted by others about his interests in Ukraine.It also left up a series of ads posted by other presidential frontrunner, Elizabeth Warren, in which she purposefully made false statements about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way of highlighting the logical inconsistency of the company’s approach.But in the case of Hampton, Facebook has seemingly decided that its blanket policy may be less of a blanket and more a loosely woven throw.
Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, defended Facebook's choice to include sites like Breitbart in its new News tab in a Facebook post on Wednesday."We should include content from ideological publishers on both the left and the right — as long as that content meets our integrity standards for misinformation," she wrote.Facebook revealed its News section last week, where a curated selection of news is featured from a Facebook-selected group of around 200 publications.Immediately after announcing as much, critics called out some of the publications selected for inclusion.Breitbart News has been a particular point of contention — its former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, once described Breitbart as "the platform for the alt-right."Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, is defending the company's decision to include sites like Breitbart News in Facebook's recently announced News tab.
Some people complain about the gap in time between a smartphone announcement and its availability but those have nothing on Intel when it comes to waiting periods.Never mind the 10nm delay, Intel promised the best gaming desktop processor back in May, which is now almost exactly five months ago.At long last, the chipmaker is spilling the last beans on its Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor but you’ll still have to wait two more days before scrambling to get this limited edition product.Based on the Core i9-9900K, this 9900KS Special Edition pulls out all the stops in the name of gaming.All of its eight cores, for example, can achieve 5.0 GHz Turbo Frequency in contrast to the regular 9900K’s single-core stunt.Those cores also run at a higher 4.0 GHz base frequency compared to the older processor.
We’ve known for a while DJI had a new drone on the way thanks to the usual leaks.But then today Newegg’s Canadian site accidentally listed the drone early (still up at the time of writing), seemingly confirming the new flying machine.Being very small and very light.So light, in fact, that it can avoid FAA registration, as pointed out by The Verge.At 249 grams, it comes in just one gram lighter than the FAA’s threshold.Of course, you’ll still need to follow your local ordinances – you still can’t just fly it anywhere.