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An Executive Guide to Ransomware (Trevin)
The history of ransomware, why it is so successful, how to avoid it, and what steps victims can follow to gain back access to their data.
US Approves $1.4 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan (Jimmy)
Another Trump administration action sure to infuriate Beijing.
GOP Congress Approves Democratic Amendment to Remove 2001 AUMF (Jimmy)
Originally passed in 2001 to give President Bush authority to fight the perpetrators of 9/11, critics of the Authorization for Use of Military Force argue that it has allowed for perpetual warfare in the Middle East. It is unclear if it will be approved by the Senate.
Trump’s Election Fraud Committee Asked States to Send Sensitive Voter Info Over Unsecure Email (Jimmy)
The author writes, “The White House on Wednesday requested that every state surrender a laundry list of voter data, including partial social security numbers, using an insecure email address unprotected by even basic encryption technology.” Improving security and integrity of federal elections is the committee’s goal.
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