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September 20, 2018

IN THE NEWS: HACKING - SENATE

UNDATED (AP) — Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides. And one lawmaker says the Senate’s security office is doing little to stop it. The complaint is from Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. In a letter to Senate leaders, he writes that at one major tech company has issued a warning to senators that their personal email accounts are targeted by “foreign government hackers.” Similar methods were used by Russian military agents who leaked info from private emails to influence the 2016 elections. Wyden says the Office of the Sergeant at Arms, which oversees Senate security, has told lawmakers and staffs it has no authority to help with personal email accounts.

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IN THE NEWS: BOTNET SENTENCES

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — They did major damage to the internet a couple of years ago. But three computer hackers who unleashed the Mirai “botnet” are getting relatively minor sentences for their online crimes. Federal officials in Alaska say the three have received five years of probation and 2,500 hours of community service. They were also ordered to pay $127,000 in restitution — and give up significant amounts of bitcoin. Authorities say the hackers got such light sentences because they helped the FBI with its efforts to fight cybercrime and increase cybersecurity.

ON THE WEB: DELTA BAG FEES INCRESING

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Delta Air Lines has become the latest airline to increase fees it charges to check bags on its flights. The airline will charge $30 for a first bag and $40 for a second, up $5 for each bag. The changes match the increases recently imposed by two other airlines, United and JetBlue. Southwest Airlines is going in the opposite direction; it lets fliers check up to two bags free.

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Delta Air Lines site: http://www.delta.com

Southwest site: http://www.southwest.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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