Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran
Aug21

Facebook takes down 652 accounts linked to Russia, Iran

Facebook has identified and banned more accounts engaged in misleading political behavior ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November. The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material. Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last...

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Microsoft’s anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop
Aug21

Microsoft’s anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop

Intentionally or not, Microsoft has emerged as a kind of internet cop, thanks to its efforts to thwart Russian hackers. The company’s announcement Tuesday that it disrupted fake internet domains mimicking conservative U.S. political institutions sparked confusion and alarm on Capitol Hill and led Russian officials to accuse the company of participating in an anti-Russian “witch hunt.” Microsoft stands virtually alone...

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Ranks of most valuable companies shifted during bull market
Aug21

Ranks of most valuable companies shifted during bull market

The most valuable American companies at the start of the current bull market included an oil company and retail and consumer goods giants, and just one technology company. The ranking seems very traditional, even a bit old-fashioned, compared to today, when big technology companies dominate the top of the market. The top five most valuable companies at the end of February 2009 — Exxon Mobil, Walmart, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble...

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The Latest: Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks
Aug21

The Latest: Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks

The Latest on efforts by Russia to disrupt midterm elections in the U.S. using fake internet domains (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Microsoft is revealing new hacking attempts from Russia targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and...

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Microsoft alleges new Russian attacks ahead of midterm elections
Aug21

Microsoft alleges new Russian attacks ahead of midterm elections

Microsoft has thwarted newly attempted cyberattacks by Russian hackers targeting U.S. political campaigns before the midterm elections, the company alleged Monday. The tech behemoth’s Digital Crimes Unit acted on a court order last week, shutting down six fake internet domains operated by hackers associated with the Russian government, the Redmond, Washington-company said in a blog post late Monday. “Attackers want their attacks to...

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Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms
Aug21

Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the...

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