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Daily Archives: November 16, 2023

British Library: Ongoing outage caused by ransomware attack

Bleeping Computer: “The British Library confirmed that a ransomware attack is behind a major outage that is still affecting services across several locations. Over 11 million visitors use the library’s website annually, with more than 16,000 people using its collections daily (onsite and online). Its collection includes over 150 million items archived on 625 kilometers of shelves. Annually, roughly 3 million new items are added to the collection as the library acquires copies of every publication published across the UK and Ireland. Although the library confirmed this was caused by ransomware, it still has to link the attack to a specific operation and reveal what employee and/or user personal or financial information was accessed or stolen from its systems, if any. The British Library hasn’t yet disclosed how the threat actors breached its systems, and its website is still offline almost three weeks after the attack…”

Why are so few people getting the latest Covid-19 vaccine?

Vox: “The Covid-19 vaccines were hailed as a miracle upon their arrival. They were delivered earlier than anyone thought possible and proved exceptionally effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. More than 80 percent of all Americans, and more than 90 percent of adults, received at least one dose of the vaccines, remarkable penetration in a… Continue Reading

AI in Banking and Finance, November 16, 2023

Via LLRX – AI in Banking and Finance, November 16, 2023 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government reports, industry white papers, academic papers and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. The chronological links provided are to the primary sources, and as available,… Continue Reading

The best place for product reviews is Reddit?

Vox: “Whether you’re looking for a new TV or the best bagel in Brooklyn, you’re bound to come across online reviews, and it’s hard to find something that feels trustworthy. There are a lot of reasons why this is true, and it doesn’t look like the situation will get any better soon. Despite regulators and… Continue Reading

ChatGPT Has Been Turned Into A Social Media Surveillance Assistant

Forbes [free to read]: “Social Links, a surveillance company that had thousands of accounts banned after Meta accused it of mass-scraping Facebook and Instagram, is now using ChatGPT to make sense of data its software grabs from social media. Most people use ChatGPT to answer simple queries, draft emails, or produce useful (and useless) code.… Continue Reading

As mass shootings multiplied, the horrific human cost was concealed

Washington Post: “States reeling from gun violence made graphic imagery confidential — part of a charged debate over privacy and public awareness. States have increasingly restricted records showing the impact of gun violence. How? Some have used or created exemptions to public records laws to withhold crime scene evidence, such as photos of mutilated bodies… Continue Reading

A New Tool Allows Researchers to Track Damage in Gaza

Bellingcat – Ollie Ballinger is a Lecturer in Geocomputation at University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. “As the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to bomb the Gaza Strip, many researchers are attempting to track and quantify the damage to the territory’s buildings, infrastructure and the displacement of the local population. A new tool,… Continue Reading

Social Media at War

LawFare, Online Platforms’ Responses to Terrorism – “These tensions are not new, but the current Israel-Hamas conflict is testing companies in novel ways. Platforms began to aggressively address terrorist material online in response to the Islamic State’s surge of digital activity from 2013 to 2017. But the Islamic State, despite producing a slew of creative… Continue Reading