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AM Prep-Cyber Corner

May 3, 2019

IN THE NEWS: RUSSIA AND ELECTION CYBERATTACKS

WASHINGTON (AP) — We already know from the Mueller report that the Russian government used various cyberattacks in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. What is not as clear is how much influence such attacks might have on the upcoming 2020 presidential election. And that has left those who have been studying the issue to wonder whether candidates and political parties can ward off electronic incursions. One possible problem — the number of candidates entering the field and the lack of focus they might have on shoring up their electronic barriers. In the early stages of a campaign, candidates are likely to spend effort on raising money, hiring staff and seeking endorsements — than shoring up cybersecurity.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK - CRYPTOCURRENCY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There’s word that the world’s biggest social networking platform may be banking on the idea of developing a system to pay with what is in effect electronic money. The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook plans to launch a cryptocurrency-based payment system. The system would use digital dollars like bitcoin. But it will differ from bitcoin in that Facebook would try to keep the currency’s value stable. Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies have been susceptible to wild fluctuations in value. The increased use of cryptocurrency could undermine credit cards — by avoiding the processing fees that generate revenue for card companies.

ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK BANS EXTREMISTS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Facebook is turning its back on a number of extremists, including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan. The social networking site says they — and others — violate its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The ban applies to both Facebook’s main service and to Instagram — as well as to fan pages and other related accounts. The move by Facebook is seen as a way for the social media giant to oust those promoting hate, racism and Anti-Semitism. But several of those who have been banned say their removal amounts to censorship.

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