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US Blames China For Data Hack Of Marriott Hotel

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US Blames China For Data Hack Of Marriott Hotel

The United States has blamed China for the massive data hack of as many as 500 million guests of the world’s biggest hospitality group, the Marriott hotel chain.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the U.S. believes China masterminded the hacking, which included the theft of guest credit card information and passport numbers over a four-year period.  These include guests who stayed at hotels previously operated by Starwood, a brand bought by Marriott in 2016.

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There was no immediate comment from the Chinese government.

Us investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese ministry of state security.

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The official said investigators were concerned about the data breach because Marriott is used frequently by the U.S. military and government agencies.

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New Zealand PM Welcomes Facebook Ban On White Nationalism, Separatism

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New Zealand PM Welcomes Facebook Ban On White Nationalism, Separatism

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said on Thursday she welcomed Facebook’s decision to ban any content that praises, supports or represents white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms.

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Ardern said these categories should always fall within the community guidelines of hate speech.  She hails Facebook’s decision to now ban such content on its platforms after the attack in Christchurch.

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Facebook’s ban was a shift in policy after criticism by civil rights groups that it was failing to confront extremism.

Ardern said fifty-nine countries will send diplomatic representatives to a national remembrance service on Friday.

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Huawei To Build Two Data Centers In South Africa

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Huawei To Build Two Data Centers In South Africa

China`s tech company, Huawei says it will build two data centers in South Africa from next month as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa.

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It says, the company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centers in Johannesburg initially and later cape town.

Its cloud service will be available to organizations in South Africa as well as neighboring countries.

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The Chinese firm, at the center of global security concerns, wants to challenge amazon, which is also expanding its presence in the emerging tech hub of cape town.

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Facebook Removes Hundreds Of Accounts Engaged In “Inauthentic Behaviour”

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Facebooks Removes Hundreds Of Accounts Engaged In "Inauthentic Behaviour"

Facebook said it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to spreading fake news and hate speech in Indonesian.

In efforts by Facebook Inc to prevent social network being misused in the build up to elections, 207 Facebook Pages, 800 Facebook accounts and 546 Facebook Groups accounts were removed for “engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

According to Reuters, Facebook’s head of Cybersecurity Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher said The accounts and pages were actively working to conceal what they were doing and were linked to the Saracen Group, “an online syndicate in Indonesia.”

“They have using deceptive messaging and… networks of concealed pages and accounts to drive often divisive narratives over key issues of public debates in Indonesia,” Gleicher said.

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