No harm done this time, but it's an ominous occurrence.
- Late last week, the city of New Orleans was hit by a ransomware attack.
- Government offices were able to avoid the worst of it, as the result of following existing procedures.
- Attacks like this on city governments are more common than you'd think.
The social media company's recent transparency report claimed that it had taken down a staggering number of fake accounts — but it's unlikely they're catching them all.
- Facebook's recent transparency report revealed that it took down 5.4 billion accounts in 2019 thus far, a huge jump from 2018's 3.3 billion removals.
- Facebook claims that this jump in take-downs is due to improved methods for identifying fake accounts, but it has to be assumed that some are still slipping through the cracks.
- What are the primary activities of these fake accounts?
Dr. Joel Smithers was recently sentenced to decades in prison for the numerous illegal prescriptions he gave out.
- According to law enforcement officials, every individual who visited Smithers' practice in Martinsville, Virginia, was given an opioid prescription.
- Patients traveled hundreds of miles to visit his practice, where Smithers only accepted cash or credit cards and not insurance.
- Smithers and similar doctors represent one part of the chain of responsible parties who contributed to the opioid epidemic.
Heinous, if proved accurate.
- The NGO China Tribunal accused China of killing persecuted minorities and harvesting thousands of organs from them.
- They recently presented their findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
- China has denied the large-scale harvesting of organs.
Some critics say the move is designed to shield those who profited from the dangerous drug.
- Purdue Pharma is facing thousands of lawsuits that allege the decades-old drug company misleadingly marketed the opioid OxyContin.
- On Sunday, Purdue filed for bankruptcy after reaching a tentative settlement deal with some of the parties suing the company.
- The deal, which some plaintiffs have already rejected, calls for a potential payout of up to $12 billion and for the company to restructure itself.