Situational awareness: Facebook evacuated workers yesterday after a potential poison was detected in its mailroom, but further tests showed no signs of the substance.
Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,339 words, ~ 5 minute read.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The conventional wisdom about ransomware is that when local governments pay the ransom, it encourages more criminals to launch more attacks. But that's not necessarily the case, experts tell Axios cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill.
Between the lines: The costs of recovering from a ransomware attack are often greater than the cost of the ransom.
Background: The victims of ransomware attacks are typically targets of opportunity, and cities generally aren't the primary targets. Corporations are — and they often pay up.
By the numbers: Riviera Beach and Lake City, Florida, paid a combined $1.1 million in ransom over about a week in June.
The intrigue: For some cities, the best response might be to pay the ransom, then use the millions of dollars that would have been spent on recovery to strengthen cyber defenses before the next attack.
What's next: Regardless of the decision a city might make, Golden said, it's important to game plan what will happen in an attack.
Flying a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo: Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images
More than 200 large businesses, including most of Big Tech, are calling on the Supreme Court to find that existing laws against sex discrimination cover LGBTQ workers.
Why it matters: The Supreme Court is expected to take up that question in a trio of cases in its next session.
What they're saying:
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
It’s been several years since so-called “coding bootcamps” first emerged, and there are now more than 100 of them, counting both online and in-person providers.
Year-old startup Career Karma thinks it can help sort through the confusion and point potential students to the right one for them, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes.
Driving the news: Career Karma, which participated in Y Combinator’s startup accelerator program earlier this year, tells Axios that it has raised a total of just under $2 million in funding from a number of investors, including Kapor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, and Backstage Capital.
How it works:
"The reason they get accepted is because the schools give us the requirements,” Career Karma CEO Ruben Harris, who founded the startup a year ago with brothers Timur and Artur Meyster, tells Axios.
The bigger picture: Though his company is focused on coding bootcamps at the moment, Harris says the plan is to expand the approach to other skills and fields over time. He predicts that non-technical roles will remain a bigger segment of the jobs of the future.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Customs and Border Protection announced Monday it will launch an inspector general investigation into a private Facebook group of 9,500 current and former Border Patrol agents, Axios' Ursula Perano reports.
The move followed a ProPublica report revealing that members of the group joked about migrant deaths and posted racist and sexually explicit memes about Latinx members of Congress.
What we know: The group, created in August 2016 and titled "I'm 10-15" in reference to the Border Patrol code for "aliens in custody," describes itself as a space for "funny" and "serious" conversation on members' work policing the nation's borders.
What they're saying:
The big picture: CBP has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks as reports of inhumane living conditions for migrant children in border facilities have elevated the issue. Last month, acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders resigned, effective July 5.
A good typeface should be relaxing to a point where you can just settle in. May I suggest this couch-themed font from Ikea.