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April 2, 2019

IN THE NEWS: TECHNICAL GLITCH BLAMED FOR AIRLINE DELAYS

NEW YORK (AP) — Most people who fly may never have heard of Areodata — until now. But lots of people know about it now, after a technical glitch with the program led to flight delays. Aerodata is used to plan weight and balance for flights. And when the program went haywire, it snarled air traffic in cities like Chicago, New York, Miami and Boston — and the problems spread to Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington D.C. The FAA says the issue is now resolved — but not before some 3,400 U.S. flights had been delayed.

IN THE NEWS: CYBER-ESPIONAGE

LONDON (AP) — Americans caught in international cyber-espionage campaigns are routinely being left in the dark by the FBI. That’s according to the U.S. Justice Department’s watchdog, which has issued a report on the subject. The Office of the Inspector General says advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in “national security cyber cases.” That mirrors a 2017 Associated Press report that found the FBI was routinely failing to warn targets of Russian hackers that their personal emails were under threat. The inspector general says out-of-date guidelines were a factor in keeping American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice.

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To read the Office of the Inspector General’s report:

https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2019/a1923.pdf

ON THE WEB: HYUNDAI / KIA INVESTIGATIONS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The U.S. government has opened up new probes into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has granted a request made last June by the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to investigate the automakers. There have been complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 injuries involving the 2011 through 2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe — as well as the 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima and Sorento — and the 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul. The complaints are from consumers and from data provided by both automakers.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site: https://www.nhtsa.gov

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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