Mar 7, 2017

Apple, Microsoft and Google are scrambling to assess WikiLeaks dump

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A massive dump of software vulnerabilities by WikiLeaks has sent security experts scrambling. Top engineers at Apple, Google and Microsoft are poring over the documents now, sources told Axios.

However, because of the number of vulnerabilities, it is expected to take hours or days to figure out if they vulnerabilities are all real, what has and hasn't been patched, and of the newly discovered issues, which need the most urgent attention. Developing and releasing the actual patches could take weeks or even months.

All three companies were wading through the files, sources said, though none yet has offered up a public comment. Google may end up with the biggest headaches given the fact that so many Android devices are stuck on older versions of the operating system, so millions of devices could be vulnerable even to already plugged holes.

Why this matters: If real, all these exploits are now in the hands of every hacker in the world, rather than just the CIA.

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Police officer in George Floyd killing arrested

A protester with a sign with George Floyd's last words. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

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President Trump's war with Twitter is confronting social media platforms with a hard dilemma: whether to take fuller responsibility for what people say on their services, or to step back and assume a more quasi-governmental role.

The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 5,851,494 — Total deaths: 362,238 — Total recoveries — 2,445,181Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,729,185 — Total deaths: 101,706 — Total recoveries: 399,991 — Total tested: 15,646,041Map.
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