This week’s headline story: Russians Hack DNC?
The election season is in full swing, with both parties experiencing upsets and drama. Most recently Wikileaks published incriminating emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) one day before the start of the Democratic Convention. The email provided evidence that the supposedly unbiased DNC was working to derail the Bernie Sanders campaign in support of Hillary Clinton. Fallout over the emails led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation Sunday. Wikileaks promised many more incriminating emails in the days to come casting a shadow over the Democratic Convention.
Meanwhile it was discovered that the leaked email messages appear to have come from Russian hackers associated with the Kremlin. Noting that Donald Trump has policies that are friendly to Russian interests, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is supportive of Trump’s campaign, the Clinton campaign is speculating that the release of stolen emails was intended to help the Trump campaign. “The FBI is investigating the cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter,” the agency said in a statement.”
- FBI investigating suspected Russian hack of DNC emails [CNN]
- As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue [NYTimes]
other Technology Headlines…
- Facebook Aims To Use Laser Beams for High-Speed Internet [NewsFactor]
Facebook Successfully Tests Aquila Solar-Powered Internet Drone [NewsFactor]
Facebook is hard at work developing technologies to provide Internet access to hard to reach areas of the planet. Recently the company successfully launched and tested a solar powered drone aircraft capable of circling at high altitudes to deliver Internet access. A Facebook team also published a paper in the scientific journal Optica demonstrating the feasibility of using commercially available fluorescent materials to transmit data via laser beams through open space at speeds up to 2.1 Gbps. Combined, these technologies could provide high-speed Internet access to anywhere on the planet. Google is involved in similar research using Balloons rather than drones.
in Information Security News…
- Celebrity Hacker Gets Six Months in Prison [NewsFactor]
A hacker who hacked into hundreds or Apple and Google accounts stealing scores of personal photos, including some belonging to celebrities, has been sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and a $3,000 fine. “He systematically searched for and stole intimate images and stored them in his own computer for personal use, which meant the victims continued to suffer as a result of his voyeurism,” said U.S. Atty. Eileen M. Decker. “His crime was a deep invasion of privacy that caused real harm,” she said.
and in Tech Industry News…
- Yahoo sells internet biz to Verizon in $4.8B deal [Computerworld]
Yahoo’s Sale to Verizon Ends an Era for a Web Pioneer [NYTimes]
Verizon has agreed to pay $4.83 billion for Yahoo. Verizon, one of the nation’s biggest telecommunications companies, plans to combine Yahoo’s operations with AOL, a longtime Yahoo competitor that Verizon acquired last year. The idea is to use Yahoo’s vast array of content and its advertising technology to offer more robust services to Verizon customers and advertisers.
- Dell/EMC: Biggest Merger in IT History Approved by Shareholders [NewsFactor]
Shareholders of EMC voted overwhelmingly in favor of the company’s planned merger with Dell. — a more than $60 billion transaction that’s been described as the biggest tech deal in history. Dell is best known for being one of the leading PC makers, both on the consumer and business side, while EMC is well entrenched in the enterprise IT market, selling data storage, virtualization and cloud computing systems.
- Apple Watch Sales Down 55 Percent from Last Year [NewsFactor]
The Apple watch is failing to catch on. Sales are down 55 percent from last year.