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China/Russia collecting info to manipulate American officials

A US official reports that both China and Russia are collecting confidential data stolen in cyber attacks from websites (like Ashley Madison and the US Office of Personnel Management) to manipulate, threaten, blackmail government officials, including intelligence officers, into giving their nations American information. This is scary on a whole new level. Government sites remain in worse shape than commercial sites from a security perspective. What are we doing as a result? Nothing that is being reported. I bet we are doing the same in both China and Russia and probably in other countries as well.Read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/politics/china-russia-cyberattacks-military/index.html

rethinking autoplay

When a murderer shot and killed two US journalists last week in Virginia, he posted his video of the murders online. The video was then automatically uploaded and shared with Facebook and Twitter users without any warnings, upsetting the victims' families and many people who viewed the video without warning or desire. The viewers were linked to additional people who were then suddenly presented with the video, again without warnings. Both FB and Twitter removed the video and related tweets once they were informed of them. Users want more control over such videos and warnings. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34073206