Ars Technica: The movement to hold AI accountable gains more steam

Ars Technica: The movement to hold AI accountable gains more steam. “New York’s City Council last month adopted a law requiring audits of algorithms used by employers in hiring or promotion. The law, the first of its kind in the nation, requires employers to bring in outsiders to assess whether an algorithm exhibits bias based on sex, race, or ethnicity. Employers also must tell job applicants who live in New York when artificial intelligence plays a role in deciding who gets hired or promoted.”

New York Times: Cambodia Says Looter Helping It Reclaim Stolen Artifacts Has Died

New York Times: Cambodia Says Looter Helping It Reclaim Stolen Artifacts Has Died. “Cambodian officials say a reformed looter who directed a ring that pillaged Khmer-era temples for two decades, ending in the late 1990s, has died, but that they will continue to use the testimony he provided as they work to reclaim more stolen artifacts. The man, Toek Tik, 62, spent the last two years informing officials of his activities as he sought to help them reclaim hundreds of statues and other relics he said he had personally looted, many of which, Cambodia says, are now in private hands and museum collections.”

Washington Post: Google disrupted a massive botnet that hackers used to steal information and mine cryptocurrency

Washington Post: Google disrupted a massive botnet that hackers used to steal information and mine cryptocurrency. “Google is suing two Russia-based individuals it alleges are behind a massive network of infected computers that have been used for crimes ranging from the theft of personal information to secretly mining bitcoin on the computers of unsuspecting hacking victims.”

Techdirt: Newly Revealed Details Show That Missouri Government Totally Knew That Journalists Were Not At Fault For Teacher Data Vulnerability

Techdirt: Newly Revealed Details Show That Missouri Government Totally Knew That Journalists Were Not At Fault For Teacher Data Vulnerability. “The Post-Dispatch, whose reporters potentially still face charges, put out an open records request to find out more about what the government was saying and discovered, somewhat incredibly, that before DESE [Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] referred to them as hackers, it already knew that it was at fault here and even initially planned to thank the journalists.”

Times of Malta: Guilty of a crime? It can now be ‘forgotten’ online after three years

Times of Malta: Guilty of a crime? It can now be ‘forgotten’ online after three years. “People found guilty of a crime can apply to have the court judgment against them removed from the public domain after three years, according to guidelines issued by the Court Services Agency. The guidelines also state that if the judgment is appealed, the three year period starts from the date of the appeal decision.”

CNET: Microsoft seizes multiple websites from Chinese hacking group

CNET: Microsoft seizes multiple websites from Chinese hacking group. “Microsoft on Monday said that its digital crime unit obtained authorization from a federal court to seize multiple websites a Chinese hacking group was using to target organizations in the US and 28 other countries. The hacking group, dubbed Nickel, was using the sites to execute attacks ‘for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations,’ Microsoft said in a blog post.”

Rolling Stone: FBI Document Says the Feds Can Get Your WhatsApp Data — in Real Time

Rolling Stone: FBI Document Says the Feds Can Get Your WhatsApp Data — in Real Time. “As Apple and WhatsApp have built themselves into multibillion-dollar behemoths, they’ve done it while preaching the importance of privacy, especially when it comes to secure messaging. But in a previously unreported FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone, the bureau claims that it’s particularly easy to harvest data from Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage services, as long as the FBI has a warrant or subpoena.”

Channel deaths: People smugglers touting openly on Facebook (Sky News)

Sky News: Channel deaths: People smugglers touting openly on Facebook. “Finding a route across the channel is as easy as typing ‘smuggler’ into Facebook. Far from being a hidden world, Sky News has found that a network of smugglers is operating openly on the social media platform. Routes into Europe and the UK are regularly highlighted, with posts featuring images of the Union Jack and Big Ben. One smuggler even claimed he would be able to make customers a British passport.”

New York Times: The head of Instagram agrees to testify as Congress probes the app’s effects on young people.

New York Times: The head of Instagram agrees to testify as Congress probes the app’s effects on young people.. “Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing.”

Bleeping Computer: As Twitter removes blue badges for many, phishing targets verified accounts

Bleeping Computer: As Twitter removes blue badges for many, phishing targets verified accounts . “Verified accounts on Twitter refer to those possessing a blue badge with a checkmark. These accounts typically represent notable influencers, prominent celebrities, politicians, journalists, activists, as well as government and private organizations. The phishing campaign follows Twitter’s recent removal of the checkmarks from a number of verified accounts, citing that these were ineligible for the legendary status, and were verified in error.”