Since 2014, when the story of a massive corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash broke, it has been common to hear the most illustrious personalities in Brazil asking: "Where will this end?" But underneath that question lies their true preoccupation: "Will they catch me?" Last week, the ensuing investigation culminated with the jailing of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who left office in 2011 with 80 percent approval ratings and is still considered Brazil's greatest political leader. This marks the first time a court has condemned a Brazilian head of state for corruption. Operation Car Wash has also led to the incarceration of some of the country's corporate giants, who were masterminds of a corrupt machine dating back to the 19th century. Brazil's culture of political and business corruption may have been wounded, but we cannot assume that it has been destroyed. read more
American intelligence analysts have discovered a destructive strain of North Korean malware not seen since the 2014 attack on Sony that crippled the company's computer systems, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by Foreign Policy. On Dec. 17, 2017, "advanced persistent threat actors" deployed "newly discovered destructive malware that shares a number of similarities to the destructive malware" used in the Sony attack, according to a restricted report issued late last year. "This is the the first known instance since 2014 that North Korea-tied destructive malware has been seen," says the report. A DHS official speaking on condition of anonymity says that the department has issued technical alerts "over the last year to assist network defenders in understanding the types of malware" used by North Korean hackers and to urge network administrators "to remove them from their systems so that they cannot continue to have access to our infrastructure." read more
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: "Don't mess with our elections", the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. The statement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday. read more
When Spotify goes public Tuesday, the spotlight will shine on 35-year-old CEO Daniel Ek, who has built a $20 billion company and helped revive the music industry along the way. But if Spotify's unusual "direct listing" offering -- done without the traditional assistance from investment banks -- is successful, credit will go to a Spotify executive 30 years Ek's senior, who doesn't want any attention: Barry McCarthy, the company's chief financial officer, who is acknowledged as the architect of the unorthodox and, to some, controversial public offering. If the direct listing works, it could pave the way for other tech startups to follow suit. That could potentially cut out Wall Street banks and their clients from a lucrative revenue stream, and would roil the financial services industry.
He was the unit doggo and when guys came back from patrol they had a fuzzy friend to meet them when they rolled back in. However, this is the US Army, where fun is outlawed, so the order came down to get rid of all the dogs on bases. So the guys took Trackpad in their vehicle and drove him to the other side of the city and dropped him off - they weren't gonna shoot him. They're on their way back and bam, ambush. My dude is engaging when all of a sudden he hears a bark from behind him. He recognizes the bark immediately: it's Trackpad. He turns behind him and sees a dude hefting an RPG about to light him up. Dude opens up and takes down the insurgent, saving the convoy. A minute later, this small shape comes running out of the building where the insurgent had been: it's Trackpad. He'd followed the convoy for about six miles, spotted the insurgents, and started barking to alert his old friends. Saved some lives for sure. read more