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President Vladimir Putin has marked the fifth anniversary of what Moscow considers the day Crimea became part of Russia by visiting Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula, as NATO, the United States, and the European Union again condemned what they called the "illegal " land grab. On March 18, 2014, Putin signed a treaty that Moscow claims made Ukraine's Crimea region part of Russia, after Russian forces seized control of the peninsula and organized a referendum that was not recognized by the international community. Ukraine and the West have slammed Russia's move as an "illegal " annexation, leading to sanctions against Russian individuals and entities. The annexation of Crimea and Russia's role in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been fighting against Russia backed separatists since April 2014, sent ties between Moscow and the West plunging to post Cold War lows. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 13,000 people dead, some 30,000 injured, and uprooted well over 1 million Ukrainian citizens, according to UN and Ukrainian officials. In Washington, Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, called the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea a "sad day. " "This is an illegal occupation, an illegal seizure of territory, and we fundamentally stand behind Ukraine in insisting that its territorial integrity be restored, " Volker told journalists. In a statement, NATO described the annexation of Crimea as "a serious breach of international law and a major challenge to Euro Atlantic security. " The Western military alliance's North Atlantic Council criticized Russia's "ongoing and wide ranging military build up " in Crimea, and raised concerns over its "efforts and stated plans for further military build up " in the Black Sea region. The allies also accused the "Russian de facto authorities in illegally annexed Crimea " of carrying out human rights abuses against "Ukrainians, the Crimean Tatars, and members of other local communities, " including "extrajudicial killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, violence, arbitrary detentions, arrest, and torture. "They said that there would be no return to "business as usual " with Moscow until there was a "a clear, constructive change in Russia's actions. "
A new variant of the Astaroth Trojan was detected in a massive spam campaign that not only exploits legitimate operating system processes, but also targets antivirus software to expand its capabilities and steal credentials.Reported by Cybereason's Nocturnus Research team earlier this week, the latest version of the Astaroth Trojan injects a malicious module into one of Avast's processes, aswrundll.exe. Researchers said, because Avast is one of most common antivirus programs in the world, this makes it an effective evasion strategy. Earlier versions of the malware, which was first detected in 2017, would scan targeted systems for Avast and simply quit if the antivirus program was detected.
25% suffer fundamental privacy failures, exposing users to ISPs through DNS leaks.85% of apps feature permissions or functions with potential for privacy abuses
Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, is now facing criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country.
Trump on Saturday elevated his recent praise of Kim to new heights, at a West Virginia rally in support of local candidates for his Republican Party. ;And then we fell in love OK? No really. He wrote me beautiful letters and they;re great letters. We fell in love,; Trump told the crowd. On Monday at the United Nations General Assembly Trump lauded the North Korean strongman who is accused by the UN and others of widespread human rights abuses as ;terrific;, one year after Trump eviscerated Kim from the same platform.Trump followed those comments by saying Wednesday he had received an "extraordinary letter " from Kim, and sounded optimistic about prospects for a second summit between the two leaders "fairly quickly. " Trump used his debut address at the UN General Assembly 12 months ago to threaten to "totally destroy " North Korea and belittle its leader as "rocket man, " prompting Kim to respond by calling the president a "mentally deranged US dotard. "
The American Civil Liberties Union and Outten amp; Golden LLP, an employment law firm, on Tuesday dragged the tech giant and ten employers before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that handles claims of workplace discrimination and other civil rights abuses.Specifically, the union and law firm filed charges to the commission against Facebook et al on behalf of three women and the Communications Workers of America, alleging gender discrimination.
Included with his tweet, which you can see below, is a copy of a letter that Rep. Cicilline joined a bipartisan group of congressmen in addressing to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Among other things, it says the lawmakers felt compelled to reach out to Google with a list of questions following the disclosure last month that Google is looking into making a version of its search engine available in China that would block some websites and search terms. ”We have a responsibility, ” they wrote, ”to ensure that American companies are not perpetuating human rights abuses abroad. ” Ouch.
The NSO Group has insisted in the past that it sells its software to clients on the condition that it be used only against crime and terrorism, and has shirked responsibility in cases where it was allegedly used for civil rights abuses.But two new lawsuits being brought against the company have uncovered documents that assert the company and its affiliates have actively engaged in illegal activities for clients.
Among the lawmakers' concerns: How Facebook might make up possible abuses to its users and whether Zuckerberg himself is telling the truth when he promises to obey Europe's privacy laws.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took questions from members of the European Union Parliament on Tuesday about allegations that personal data of European Facebook users was misused. The testy session ended with several members of Parliament complaining that Zuckerberg had failed to address their most pressing questions.
In a rare show of unanimity, the House of Commons overwhelmingly supported a motion to call on Pope Francis to apologise on Canadian soil for abuses that occurred at church run residential schools.What happens next, however, remains unclear. The motion is not binding.
Bonn, Germany: The fact that the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users fell into the wrong hands is troubling politicians, but Germany's top competition regulator is questioning the sheer volume of information that the social network harvests. Andreas Mundt, president of the Federal Cartel Office, is awaiting Facebook's response to his findings, published in December, that it abuses its market dominance by gathering data on people without their proper consent. That includes tracking visitors to websites with an embedded Facebook 'like' or share button and pages where it observes people even though there is no obvious sign the social network is present.Mundt's inquiry has gained new relevance since revelations that the data of 87 million Facebook users, gathered via an online personality quiz, was passed to Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy that advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "For Facebook to collect data when I as a user am on Facebook, that's clear. The user knows this and has to expect it," Mundt told Reuters in an interview. "What is problematic is the collection of data in places and moments where the user can't realistically expect that data is collected by Facebook."
The 12 count lawsuit filed by a former wrestler at Bergen Catholic High School and his parents alleges that officials at the institution and the Newark Archdiocese attempted to cover up the abuses, NorthJersey.com reported. Up to 100 other unidentified victims are mentioned in the civil complaint.The ex wrestler claimed that head coach David Bell engaged in highly inappropriate sexual predatory behavior including calling him shredded, and telling him he loved him via text and email. Bell is alleged to have "inappropriately undressed with minors and watched wrestlers, including Plaintiff, change in the locker room, which they were completely nude or partially nude," the document stated, according to NJ.com. Bell is also accused of encouraging bullying.
The octogenarian former sheriff, who has repeatedly been accused of human rights abuses for his treatment of Hispanic inmates, is a staunch ally of President Trump. Like Trump, Arpaio was an early proponent of so called birtherism a movement of people who openly doubted or denied the eligibility of Obama to serve in office, based around the false notion that he was not a natural born citizen. The movement has been labeled by many as racist. Sheriff Joe Arpaio (L) of Maricopa County, Arizona listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Scott Olson Getty Images
On the two first big events of the day, the pope focused on the need for the church in Peru to be a united church, to a missionary church that reaches out to everyone and to be a prophetic church with the courage to denounce abuses and corruption against the people, especially against the most vulnerable.People cheered and chanted, Pope Francis, friend, Peru is with you