Hindustan Times: India starts work on Rhino DNA database to curb poaching

Hindustan Times: India starts work on Rhino DNA database to curb poaching. “India is creating a DNA database to hold genetic information of its rhino population in a bid to curb poaching of the endangered species whose horns are in great demand in the illegal wildlife trade.”

US News & World Report: U.N. Calls on Social Media Giants to Control Platforms Used to Lure African Migrants

US News & World Report: U.N. Calls on Social Media Giants to Control Platforms Used to Lure African Migrants . “The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death. The smugglers often use Facebook to reach would-be migrants with false promises of jobs in Europe, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle said.”

BetaNews: ‘New Mafia’ cyber attacks on businesses up 23 percent in 2017

BetaNews: ‘New Mafia’ cyber attacks on businesses up 23 percent in 2017. “A new report from anti-malware specialist Malwarebytes says that the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks is growing thanks to an increase in organized cyber crime it dubs the ‘New Mafia’. Ransomware attacks up to the end of October have surpassed total figures for 2016 by 62 percent. In addition, there has been an almost 2,000 percent increase in ransomware detections since 2015 — rising to hundreds of thousands in September 2017 from less than 16,000 in September 2015.”

The Verge: 200,000 Died In Guatemala’s Civil War — This Digital Archive Is Finally Bringing Families Closure

The Verge: 200,000 Died In Guatemala’s Civil War — This Digital Archive Is Finally Bringing Families Closure. “An estimated 200,000 people were killed, and 45,000 more disappeared, during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, which ended in 1996. A truth commission later found the state to be responsible for 93 percent of the human rights abuses during that time. And the 80 million pages of police documents currently being cataloged and digitized reveal incriminating details of how forced disappearances were carried out by the state.”

RTE: Russian man sent to penal colony for social media post

RTE: Russian man sent to penal colony for social media post. “A court in Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg has sentenced a man to two years in a penal colony for insulting high-ranking state officials on social media. Vladimir Timoshenko, 43, was found guilty of writing a post on popular Russian social network Vkontakte that ‘contained text of humiliating and insulting nature towards high placed officials,’ the court said in a statement. “

Reuters: Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty in U.S.

Reuters: Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty in U.S.. “A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts is expected to plead guilty next week, according to court records.”