ECP NetHappenings Newsletter 9.26.19

 This library offers online books, videos and music for free — no matter where you live. “You now can download a bestselling book, a hit song or a video at no charge. A plan to make people feel welcome in Broward has opened up the county’s online library collections to the world.”

How Capitalism Torched the Planet by Imploding Into Fascism

 Google Blocks Privacy Push at the Group That Sets Web Standards. “The Alphabet Inc. unit was the only member of the World Wide Web Consortium to vote against the measure to expand the power of the organization’s internet privacy group, according to a tally of the results viewed by Bloomberg News. Twenty four organizations voted for the idea in a recent poll.”

 45 Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse. “Sexual harassment, gaslighting, broken promises of promotion, gender-based discrimination, and racism. Motherboard has obtained a document written by 45 different Google employees alleging they’ve experienced of all the above. The document lays bare how working at Google—a company whose motto was once ‘don’t be evil’—has become really hard for a lot of people.”

Google refuses to pay publishers in France. “Google will not pay press publishers in France to display their content and will instead change the way articles appear in search results, a senior executive said on Wednesday.”

Court rules Google need only apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe, not worldwide. “In a case between Google and Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL ) — a French privacy regulator — the court ruled that Google need only remove links from search results within Europe.”

Bernie Sanders Says in Last Night’s Debate that Richest 3 Americans Own More Wealth than Bottom 160 Million Americans. It’s Actually Worse than That.

Hackers looking into injecting card stealing code on routers, rather than websites

Microsoft releases emergency patches for Internet Explorer zero-day and Windows Defender flaw. “Microsoft has released a pair of emergency patches, one for a remote code execution zero-day in Internet Explorer, and one for a denial of service vulnerability in Windows Defender.”

‘But who’s in charge’ is the question for feds in cybersecurity

Hackers set up a fake veteran-hiring website to infect victims with malware. “A website pretending to help find jobs for US military veterans was found to be infecting their computers with malware, Cisco Talos said Tuesday. The website was called, a Talos blog post said, and asked users to download a fake installer app that deployed malware and malicious spying tools.”

The Cybersecurity 202: White House blocking Congress from auditing its offensive hacking strategy

DHS FISMA ratings go up
The Department of Homeland Security’s information security practices have gone from good to better, according to a new inspector general audit.

Consumer Bureau’s Complaints Database Is ‘Here to Stay,’ Director Says. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will continue to publish its database of consumer complaints about financial companies, ending — for now — a battle over public access to one of the agency’s most powerful tools.”

What do we know about the big, scary, exploited, emergency-patched IE security hole CVE-2019-1367?

High-severity vulnerability in vBulletin is being actively exploited

Wall Street Bank Stocks Closed in a Sea of Red Yesterday as Fed Pumps in
Another $105 Billion of Liquidity
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: September 25, 2019 ~
It was only a matter of time until the public perception of the Federal
Reserve having to funnel billions of dollars a day to Wall Street banks as an
emergency source of liquidity started to impact the share prices of those same banks. It all caught […]

University of Colorado Boulder: Anyone can look up school data with new online tool. “The database, first made available online in 2016 in a format designed mainly for researchers, is built from 350 million reading and math test scores from 3rd to 8th grade students during 2008-2016 in every public school in the nation. It also includes district-level measures of racial and socioeconomic composition, segregation patterns, and other educational conditions.”

United Steelworkers: Workers at Google Contractor HCL Vote to Join USW. “The United Steelworkers (USW) union announced today that it is proud to welcome as new members approximately 80 tech workers employed by the Google contractor HCL Technologies.”


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