AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: GLOBAL SLACK OUTAGE
UNDATED (AP) — It wasn’t the way a lot of workers or students were hoping to get back to business on the first Monday of the new year. Those who use the messaging service Slack found the system had gone slack — because of a global outage. The glitch caused problems for millions of people who rely on it. The company says it is investigating the reason for the outage — and apologizes “for any troubles” it caused. The Slack problem is the latest glitch to show how disruptive technical difficulties can be when millions of people are depending on just a few services to let them work or attend classes at home during the pandemic.
IN THE NEWS: SOME GOOGLE WORKERS FORM UNION
UNDATED (AP) — It’s a rare story to come out of the tech industry: a group of workers has formed a union. It’s happening at Google, where some engineers and other workers have joined forces to protect their rights. In all, about 225 employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet are the first dues-paying members of the Alphabet Workers Union. A group of engineers and other workers announced the creation of the union. But they represent a fraction of Alphabet’s workforce — far short of the threshold needed to get formal recognition as a collective bargaining group in the U.S. For its part, Google says it has tried to create a supportive and rewarding workplace — and suggests it won’t directly negotiate with the union.
ON THE WEB: CIA RECRUITING ONLINE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Spies wanted. Inquire within. The “within” in this case — is the CIA’s website. The national spy agency has launched a new site to search for top-shelf candidates to join the intelligence agency. The recruitment effort is aimed at finding people with a broader range of life experiences to join the CIA.
CIA site: https://www.cia.gov/