Jul 27, 2017

Russia tried to hack Macron's campaign through Facebook

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Russian intelligence agents from the same unit behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 attempted to use Facebook to infiltrate French President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year, per Reuters.

  • The strategy: Russian hackers pretended to be friends of friends of people in Macron's circle, ostensibly to gain personal information, plant malicious software, or gain access to their electronic accounts — an objective that seems to have failed.
  • Beyond directly targeting Macron associates, Russian bots also spammed Facebook with election-related material, leading the company to shut down at least 70,000 accounts.

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Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

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While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Wall Street sees 2nd day of brutal sell-off

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The stock market fell another 3% on Tuesday, following Monday’s sell-off. Bond yields touched record lows.

The big picture: Stocks continued to fall as the CDC said it expects the coronavirus to spread in the U.S. The Dow and S&P are more than 7% below the record highs seen earlier this month.