Ars Technica: Spanish companies’ networks shut down as result of ransomware

Ars Technica: Spanish companies’ networks shut down as result of ransomware. “A targeted ransomware attack has taken down the networks of at least two companies in Spain today, sending ripples across other companies as they moved to defend themselves. The targets included Everis—a major IT services and consulting subsidiary of Japan-based global communications company NTT—and the radio company Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Cadena SER). A technician at one company told Spanish broadcaster ABC, ‘We are in hysteria mode.'”

Wired UK: Catalonia has created a new kind of online activism. Everyone should pay attention

Wired UK: Catalonia has created a new kind of online activism. Everyone should pay attention. “To an outsider, the protests can look like a homogenous mass of angry citizens revolting against the Spanish state. But the movement encompasses different factions, from long-standing separatist groups ANC (Assemblea Nacional Catalana) and Òmnium, to absolute newcomers. Among the latter is a mysterious digital network called Tsunami Democràtic.”

The Olive Press: Expat Duo Create Website Chronicling History Of Spain’s Castles Starring In Blockbuster Hits

The Olive Press: Expat Duo Create Website Chronicling History Of Spain’s Castles Starring In Blockbuster Hits. “Bob Yareham, a teacher who has lived in Valencia for 38 years, and Cas Eggermont, an entrepreneur, have documented 80 Spanish castles that have appeared on the big screen, through a new website.”

Information operations on Twitter: principles, process, and disclosure (Twitter Blog)

Twitter Blog: Information operations on Twitter: principles, process, and disclosure. “In October 2018, we published the first comprehensive archive of Tweets and media associated with known state-backed information operations on Twitter. Since its launch, thousands of researchers from across the globe have downloaded datasets, which contain more than 30 million Tweets and over 1 terabyte of media, using our archive to conduct their own investigations and to share their insights and independent analysis with the world. Today, we’re adding six additional datasets to our archive, covering coordinated, state-backed activities originating from four jurisdictions. All accounts have been removed from Twitter.”

New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence

New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence. “It was a humiliating video that fueled outrage on social media. A YouTube prankster filmed himself offering a homeless man in Barcelona an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste rather than cream. Now, the prankster, known as ReSet to his followers on YouTube but whose real name is Kanghua Ren, has been handed a 15-month prison sentence and must pay 20,000 euros, or about $22,300, compensation to his victim.”

TechCrunch: Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

TechCrunch: Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far-right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections. “Facebook has quietly removed three far-right networks that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior intended to spread politically divisive content in Spain ahead of a general election in the country, which takes place on Sunday.”

Google Blog: Get a taste of Spanish culinary history on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: Get a taste of Spanish culinary history on Google Arts & Culture. “A dish tastes better when you know its history. In that spirit, Google Arts & Culture has worked with the Royal Academy of Gastronomy in Spain to present ‘Spain: an Open Kitchen.’ It’s the most comprehensive online exhibition on Spanish cuisine to date and the first time Google Arts & Culture has focused on a standalone retrospect about a country’s culinary culture.”