Bitcoin Ransomware Cripples Boston Legal System for Two Weeks

Boston public defenders suffered a ransomware attack some weeks back but have chosen not to send the bitcoin demanded by the attacker. Instead, they decided to use back-ups to restore services. The Committee oversees public defenders in Boston. Public Defenders Take the Long Way Home According to the Boston Globe, that decision has meant a “weekslong slowdown” that affects everyone in the system. Private attorneys tapped to work for indigent clients receive a small fee from the government. The ransomware attack has also interrupted those payments and locked up the organization’s essential digital services, including e-mail. As a security measure,

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California Trashes $300 Million With its Garbage Recycling System

A consumer watchdog in the Golden State has revealed that recycling conscious Californians being ripped off by an outdated collection system. A new report has outlined how environmentally friendly Californians are being short-changed by a flawed system and lack of basic recycling infrastructure. The result is that consumers are losing out on hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Want to Recycle. Can’t Recycle. California is one of the United States most recycling friendly states but consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to return their recyclables. This is in large part due to the closure of over 40 percent of

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Facebook’s Crypto Division Might Build a Blockchain Identity System: Mark Zuckerberg

Weighed down by countless accusations of user-data violations, crypto-curious Facebook has signaled that it could turn to blockchain technology for some tasks. In a video discussion, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, that the social media giant could integrate blockchain technology into the platform’s login and data sharing systems. This would allow its billions of users to enforce control on the apps that access their data, profiles, and pages. Additionally, the technology would empower users with regards to the amount of data they share. Facebook Interested in Using Blockchain to Boot Intermediaries – Apple are you

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