The Atlantic: New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel embraces science. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejects it. U.S. President Donald Trump’s daily briefings are a circuslike spectacle, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds no regular briefings at all, even as he locks down 1.3 billion people. Jacinda Ardern, the 39-year-old prime minister of New Zealand, is forging a path of her own. Her leadership style is one of empathy in a crisis that tempts people to fend for themselves. Her messages are clear, consistent, and somehow simultaneously sobering and soothing. And her approach isn’t just resonating with her people on an emotional level. It is also working remarkably well.”
Tom’s Guide: New Android malware can steal your Facebook account: How to stop it. “A new strain of Android malware tries to hijack Facebook user accounts, though it’s not certain what it plans to do with them. Named Cookiethief by the Kaspersky researchers who discovered it, the malware gets ‘root’ — total system control — on infected devices.”
Washington Post: The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman. It took months for the owners to get it back.. “The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ was for most of its existence exactly what it seemed: a place where former U.S. service members touted Donald Trump, discussed veterans issues and shared conservative memes with its more than 100,000 followers. Then in March, say its longtime operators, a North Macedonian businessman hijacked it, leaving the Americans to watch helplessly as their page began operating under foreign control. Their messages seeking help from Facebook led to months of miscommunication and inaction.”
CNN: Google says hackers steal almost 250,000 web logins each week. “Google is digging into the dark corners of the web to better secure people’s accounts. Looking at cybercriminal black markets and public forums, the company found millions of usernames and passwords stolen directly through hacking. It also uncovered billions usernames and passwords indirectly exposed in third-party data breaches.”
The Register: Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed. “The US Digital Registry – an authoritative list of government Twitter accounts – reveals that almost 30 have been suspended, several after tweeting in, er, Russian. Justin Littman, a software developer and librarian in the Scholarly Technology Group at George Washington University’s Gelman Library, identified the accounts in the process of archiving government tweets and found it odd that they’d been suspended – presumably for rules violations – rather than deleted or protected.” We give government Web sites and social media accounts too much trust for this to happen. There needs to be a process for freezing them in place if they’re not longer used.
Gizmodo: Hundreds of Twitter Accounts Hacked with Swastikas Through Third Party App ‘Twitter Counter’. “A number of Twitter accounts, including major brands and institutions are getting hijacked right now. Everyone from Duke University to major fast food outlets to Nike Spain are getting hacked with a swastika and a reference to April 16th, a date when a referendum will be held in Turkey to give President Erdogan more power.”