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August 1, 2018

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK WARNS OF MORE ELECTION INTERFERENCE

NEW YORK (AP) — Election tampering 2.0? Facebook is raising new concerns about election interference — by announcing yesterday that it had turned up what it calls “sophisticated” efforts to manipulate U.S. policies — and by extension, the upcoming midterms. Facebook didn’t pin the efforts directly on anyone. But it’s believed the effort is linked to Russia since the online activity closely mirrors what happened with Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 presidential election. Facebook says its findings are limited to 32 apparently fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram. The social networking platform says it removed the accounts because they were involved in coordinated and “inauthentic” political behavior.

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021986-a-158:40-(Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, with reporters)-“of our Democracy”-Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections (31 Jul 2018)

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IN THE NEWS: CYBERSECURITY PROTECTION

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the danger of a cyberattack on the nation’s infrastructure is greater than the danger of a physical attack against the U.S. by an enemy. The statement by Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen came at a cybersecurity summit held yesterday in New York. The department is heading up a National Risk Management Center. It will work to spot and address potential cyber-based threats in a wide range of industries.

ON THE WEB: MOVIEPASS COSTS RISING

CYBERSPACE (AP) — A couple of changes are being made to the way MoviePass does business. The discount service for movie tickets says it is raising its prices by 50 percent. It also will prevent users from seeing most major releases during the first two weeks. Despite the tweaks, it isn’t expected that the $15-a-month rate for MoviePass will make the company profitable.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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