US Congress Asks Big Tech to Document Russian War Crimes

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At least four Democratic lawmakers requested the CEOs of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook owner Meta to archive content to use as evidence of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday. In a press release from the House Committee …

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Spanish Intelligence Chief Fired over Pegasus Scandal

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Government officials in Spain dismissed the director of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) Paz Esteban Tuesday over involvement in the Pegasus scandal. The Madrid government disclosed last week that the Israeli-made spyware Pegasus breached the phones of Prime Minister Pedro …

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US President Joe Biden Set to Announce Expansion of High-Speed Internet to Millions of Low-Income Households

The White House confirmed in a fact sheet released today that businesses have agreed to lower rates for millions of people who qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was established by Biden’s infrastructure bill last year. Biden had secured …

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India Demands User Data from VPN Companies

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The Indian government demands virtual private companies to collect and store user data for at least five years under a new national directive in India. VPNs in India will have to save customer names, validated physical and IP addresses, usage …

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Shanghai Residents Use NFTs to Document Lockdowns

Shanghai residents are documenting memories of the city’s month-long COVID-19 lockdown as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and avoiding deletion. Many Shanghai citizens have also expressed their frustrations due to the lockdown and its challenges, such as difficulties obtaining food and patients …

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ID.me Fires Dozens on Fraud Team as Congress Probe Begins

ID.me, a prominent U.S. government contractor of identity verification technology, has fired 39 employees over the past week for inappropriate communications. Roughly two dozen U.S. states and ten federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), have contracted with ID.me …

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Catalan Leaders Accuse Spanish Government of Pegasus Spyware Campaign

Catalan leaders accused the Spanish government of illegally spying members of the Catalan civil society using the spyware Pegasus. Canadian research laboratory The Citizen Lab, in collaboration with Catalan civil society groups, reported at least 65 victims of Pegasus hacking. …

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Apollo Global May Participate in Twitter Bid

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management is reportedly considering participating in a bid for Twitter as a lender to potential buyers, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Apollo has held discussions about financing bidders to buy Twitter, according to people familiar …

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Downing Street Targeted with Pegasus Spyware Linked to UAE

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A Canadian investigative group said that Downing Street and the Foreign Office computer systems were suspected to have been infected with the Pegasus spyware.  Citizen Lab said the Pegasus infection at Downing Street could be linked to the United Arab …

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Nokia Announces Russia Pullout

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Nokia said on Tuesday that the company is pulling out of the Russian market amid sanctions from the European Union imposed on Russia over its recent attacks in Ukraine. The announcement came a day after rival Ericsson decided to suspend …

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