The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 25, alleges that the defendants also used the infected computers to commit identify theft and DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. A notice announcing the lawsuit is written in both English and Russian, indicating the suspected language of some of the accused.
Online advertiser spend hit $20.1 billion in the U.S. in the first half of this year, according to the lawsuit. The industry’s “size and rapid growth combined with its highly technical and organizational complexity has made online advertising a rich environment for cybercriminals,” the suit said.
In click-fraud scams, advertisers end up paying for bogus clicks generated by software. The traffic from infected computers is sold by cybercriminals to other people running websites, who benefit by collecting fraudulent advertising revenue.
The U.S. federal court allowed Microsoft and investigators to block communication between the botnet and U.S.-based computers and take control of 49 domain names used by the botnet.
Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation’s production of goods and services.
In which we find that not only the religious right, but also Ronald Reagan, Jeff Flake, and Grover Norquist backed the apartheid rulers of South Africa.
The news today of Nelson Mandela’s passing is also time to reflect on the complicated relationship between Mandela and his anti-apartheid African National Congress (ANC) with the US, which did not always support the anti-apartheid struggle. In fact, American conservatives lobbied the federal government in the 1980s to withhold support from the anti-apartheid movement.
President Reagan added the ANC to the US terrorism watch list, a designation not removed until 2008, and unsuccessfully vetoed sanctions against the apartheid regime. Many Republican lawmakers did break with the Reagan administration’s stance, but “all 21 [Senate] votes to sustain the veto were cast by Republicans.”
Mandela faced criticism from Republican leaders including Dick Cheney, who described Mandela’s ANC as a “terrorist organization,” and Jesse Helms, who “turned his back during Mandela’s visit to the U.S. Capitol.” Even in 1998, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly lumped Mandela together with notorious dictators.
Craig Cobb, the racist activist who was working to build an all-white enclave in the tiny town of Leith, N.D., until he was arrested on charges of terrorizing the townsfolk last month, has been sent to a state mental hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
Cobb’s hospitalization last week came after he stopped eating as part of what he said was a spiritual journey. According to Sheriff Dean Danzeisen in Mercer County, where Cobb was being held, he was only drinking water. When he was asked if he needed to see a doctor, he agreed to a psychiatric evaluation.
The White House has acknowledged that as a student at Harvard Law School in the 1980s, the president briefly lived with his Kenyan-born uncle, after it first denied the two had ever met.
Earlier this week, Onyango Obama, 69, faced a deportation that resulted from a 2011 drunken-driving arrest. At the hearing, which he won, the judge asked about his family, and Onyango replied that he had a nephew named Barack Obama, adding, “He’s the president of the United States.”
According to The Boston Globe, Onyango also testified that while the future president was attending Harvard Law School, he briefly stayed with him.
President Obama says the U.S. government “must lead by example” when it comes to safeguarding the environment, so he’s ordering federal agencies to use more clean energy.
Under a presidential memorandum out Thursday, each agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable supplies.
“Government agencies currently get less than 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind,” NPR’s Richard Harris reports. He adds that:
“The executive order tells agencies they should aim for doubling that, to 20 percent, by the year 2020. Agencies are supposed to build their own facilities when they can, or buy clean energy from wind farms and solar facilities.”
The memo also directs federal agencies to increase energy efficiency in its buildings and its power management systems.
Embarrassed because sub-“living wage” stories often played in left leaning media outlets (including Mother Jones) to demonize companies such as MacDonalds and Walmart, the magazine had to clarify their position:
That’s actually not true, we’ve never advised interns or fellows to sign up for food stamps. It is true that the stipend level qualifies them for food stamps, as do most internships, and our HR director has, in the context of explaining their stipend, said as much, but we’ve never encouraged anyone to sign up.
Perhaps sensing that it wasn’t as satisfactory explanation, Mother Jones again clarified:
As a nonprofit investigative news organization, this is an issue that Mother Jones has always felt strongly about, which is why we have been paying our interns a substantive stipend longer than many the industry. It’s also why, as of January 1, our 2014 budget increases the base fellowship stipend to $1,500—an amount equivalent to slightly more than California minimum wage.
Which would put their new and improved intern wages pretty close to the hourly wage of the average chain fast food/big box retailer. Whom have been pilloried for suggesting to their employees that public assistance may be viable options to make ends meet.
Bill O’Reilly’s first invocation of Nelson Mandela following his death Thursday night was in a segment with Rick Santorum on the future of the Republican party. But that wasn’t the strangest part of it, it was when O’Reilly felt the need to declare, a number of times, that Mandela was a communist.
And how did Santorum respond?
Santorum, for his part, spoke highly of Mandela standing up against a “great injustice,” and he argued that the United States faces similar injustice in the form of the “ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is at the front and center of that.”
That’s right, Rick “man-on-dog” Santorum just compared opposition to Obamacare to Mandela’s decades long struggle against Apartheid.
I always thought they couldn’t get cancer.
A tumor on the lower jaw of a great white shark, near the Neptune Islands, South Australia. It’s the first documented tumor in this species. Image: Andrew Fox and Sam Cahir
Scientists have known for more than 150 years that sharks get cancer. And yet the belief persists that the animals don’t suffer from the disease.
That misconception is promoted in part by those who sell shark cartilage, who claim that the substance will help cure cancer, said David Shiffman, a shark researcher and doctoral student at the University of Miami. But no studies have shown that shark cartilage is an effective treatment, and the demand for the material has helped decimate shark populations, researchers say: Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year, according to a March 2013 study (although many factors contribute to the killing of sharks, including demand for shark-fin soup).
From the California Federation of Teachers: