The EU intends to help citizens better understand when they see political ads and who is behind them.
Concerned about possible abuse of political advertising to undermine elections, the European Union intends to to help citizens have a better understanding of when they see political ads and who is behind them.
EU proposals aimed at ensuring fair and transparent polls and referendums also prohibit political targeting and “amplification techniques” used to reach a wider audience if they are based on sensitive personal data such as ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, without citizen permission.
The European Commission hopes that all 27 EU member states and the European Parliament will discuss and approve the proposals at the level of their national legislation by 2023 (elections to the European Parliament are due in 2024).
Companies like Facebook and Google will face fines if they fail to comply. Facebook, often criticized for its lack of transparency about political advertising, has enthusiastically embraced the new EU proposals.
How reported Google on her blog, she supports the proposals and recommends that the EC clearly define political advertising and clarify responsibilities for technology platforms and advertisers, while keeping requirements flexible.
Twitter, which banned political ads on its platform in 2019, said “political influence should be earned, not bought.” In addition, it has restricted and removed micro-targeting from other types of ads.
According to the EU proposals, political advertisements should be clearly marked and the name of the sponsor who paid for it should be prominently displayed. There should also be a notice explaining to citizens the cost of advertising, and where the money was taken from to pay for it. The material must have a direct link to the relevant poll or poll.
Also, citizens should have access to information on the basis on which a person or group of people is being advertised, and what extension tools are used by the sponsor to reach a wider audience. Advertising will be banned if the requirements are not met.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.
Somewhat earlier it was reported that the attack allowed the hackers to steal about $110 million, but now it turned out that everything is much worse. At the same time, the specialists of the exchange managed to freeze part of the funds, but we are talking about only 7 million dollars, which is clearly insignificant against the background of 570 million.
The exchange revealed that a cross-chain bridge connected to its BNB chain was attacked, allowing hackers to move BNB tokens off the network. Now the network has been restored, and the clients’ funds, according to Binance, are safe.
The fact of the theft of funds contributed to a sharp drop in the BNB rate by almost 5%, but after a few hours, almost half of the fall was redeemed.
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.
Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs
Recently, various vulnerabilities in processors have been talked about much less often, and users no longer worry about performance degradation due to patches. As it turns out, Ryzen 7000 processors generally benefit from such patches!
At least this is true for Linux, since it was in this OS that the author tested the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X. It turned out that when working out of the box, the CPUs show better performance than when loading a special version of Linux with a deactivated patch from the Specter V2 vulnerability.
Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.
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