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Disneyland social clubs accused of behaving like outlaw motorcycle gangs

The LA Times recently reported on unpleasant behavior among Disneyland “social clubs,” who roam the park in gangs of 20 and “resemble a cross between the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and a grown-up Mickey Mouse Club.” The clubs have names like, The Dark Side Elites, Big Bad Wolves, Main Street Fire Station 55 Social Club, …

Cryptojacking malware discovered running on critical infrastructure control systems

Radiflow reports that they discovered cryptojacking software — malware that mines cryptocurrency — running in the monitoring and control network of an unnamed European water utility, the first such discovery, and a point of serious concern about the security and integrity of critical infrastructure to both targeted and untargeted attacks. The control systems …

Dissidents are getting destroyed by information attacks and tech isn't doing enough to help

A pair of researchers from Toronto’s storied Citizen Lab (previously) have written an eye-opening editorial and call to action on the ways that repressive states have used the internet to attack dissidents, human rights advocates and political oppositions — and how the information security community and tech companies have left these people vulnerable. …

Deepfakes that hurt people are already illegal, so let's stop trying to rush out ill-considered legislation

Deepfakes — videos with incredibly realistic faceswapping, created with machine learning techniques — are creepy as hell, except when they’re not (then they’re a form of incredibly expressive creativity with implications for both storytelling and political speech). But when Deepfakes are used to create counterfeit pornography that nonconsensually conscripts people into sex acts …