Facebook watch: The tech giant expects to receive the largest-ever fine for a data breach in the US

Facebook said that it expects to be fined up to $5B by the FTC for its never-ending nightmare of privacy violations

The penalty would be a record against a technology company by the agency — whose biggest fine doled out to date against a tech company is $22m — and a sign that the US is ready to push back on big tech.

These fines have to affect Facebook eventually… right??

Wrong … Or at least that’s not how lawmakers see it.

A fine even in the low B’s is yet another measly slap on the wrist for a corporation that sees more than 2.7B people use one of its apps each month and brings in $56B in annual revenue.

“This would be a joke of a fine — a two-weeks-of-revenue, parking ticket-level penalty for destroying democracy,” said Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute.

At this point, until regulators stifle Facebook’s ability to share data with business partners, the company will escape unscathed.

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Why McDonald’s is hiring 250k senior citizens

On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced its intentions to fill around 250k summer jobs ranging from cashiers to shift managers — by recruiting Grandma and Grandpa.

The fast-food behemoth is scouting elderly talent with posts on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) job board.

While we’d love to attribute this to the goodness of Ronny McD’s greasy, chicken-nug-shaped heart, there’s another reason for the move: For the first time in nearly 2 decades, the number of available jobs has surpassed the number of available workers.

In other words, we’ve got a labor shortage on our hands.

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This trend is partly driven by older folks

While the percentage of teens (16 to 19) working summer jobs has fallen from more than 50% to 35% in the past 20 years, the 65+ crowd is the fastest-growing segment of the workforce.

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Inside the dark web’s online murder-for-hire scams

“They say that Besa means trust, so please do not break that…” Stephen Allwine emailed (under a pseudonym) to a person he knew only as Yura. “I need this b*tch dead.”

As far as deep-web murder services go, Besa Mafia seemed a fair $6k+ bet to the former Minnesota-based IT technician: According to Wired, Besa’s mystery admin has alleged ties to the Albanian mob — and the site’s homepage featured a photo of a man holding a gun next to these words: 

“If you want to kill someone, or to beat the shit out of him, we are the right guys.” See… totally legit. 

As it turns out, Besa Mafia (estimated to have pulled in over $6.4m in crypto since it began) and the many kill-sites like it on the dark web have long proved to be more about the racket than an actual murder-for-hire site — a “take the money and run” sort of deal. 

But Allwine didn’t figure that out — an oversight that ultimately landed him life in prison.

A boost from bitcoin

The idea of an anonymous crowdfunded assassination market was originally dreamed up as a Kickstarter for political assassinations by the 1990s cypherpunk movement.

It wasn’t until bitcoin’s popularity surged between 2010 and 2013 that deep-web “murder scams” began to boom. And it only took a few years of the sick and twisted consumer getting pilfered by vigilante hackers like Yura to figure out that silencer-bearing hitmen don’t actually exist on the other side of the market.

That doesn’t mean people haven’t taken the dirt

Around the time of Allwine’s 2016 plot, cyber crime reporter Chris Monteiro infiltrated Besa’s website, confirmed that the whole operation was a scam, and ultimately helped shut it down for good.

But, when Stephen Allwine’s wife, Amy (AKA the “b*tch” he wanted offed) was found dead, Monteiro went back to investigate. 

The DIY approach

During the investigation Monteiro came across Dogdaygod (Allwine’s pen name), which led the police to find evidence that linked Stephen to his wife’s slaying.

Monteiro also found a list of several other cases of Besa targets that wound up dead — To this day, no one knows Yura’s true identity. 

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Matthew Haviland Charged with Threatening Professor

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From the article:

Matthew Haviland is a 30-year-old Rhode Island man facing federal charges accusing him of making violent threats against a Massachusettscollege professor because of his anti-abortion views and hatred of the Democratic party and liberals in general. Haviland was arrested April 24, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced in a press release.


Source: Matthew Haviland: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

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Catherine Pugh: Federal Agents Raid Baltimore Mayor’s Home

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The mayor struck lucrative deals to sell her children’s book Healthy Holly to city entities.

From the article:

Hauling out boxes of “Healthy Holly” books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents Thursday struck businesses, homes and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings widened.

FBI agents and IRS officials executed search warrants at her City Hall office, Pugh’s two houses, and offices of the mayor’s allies, as the growing scandal consumed the city’s attention, generated national headlines and provoked fresh calls for the embattled Democratic mayor’s resignation.

“This is too much for our city,” Democratic City Councilman Zeke Cohen said. “It puts all of us under a tremendous strain, and again it is not fair either to the people that live here, or the people that work here.”


Source: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-baltimore-20190424-story.html