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Gen Z cybercriminals show unprecedented sophistication in MGM and Caesars data breaches

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The recent data breaches at MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment have been attributed to a group of Gen Z hackers whose level of sophistication and ruthlessness has left cybersecurity experts astounded.

The breaches, which occurred within weeks of each other, have sent shockwaves through the hospitality industry, raising concerns about the safety of customer data in an increasingly interconnected world.

Cybersecurity firms investigating the incidents have described the young hackers as “more sophisticated” than any previous threat actors in their age group. Their ability to bypass advanced security measures and extract sensitive customer information demonstrates a level of expertise typically associated with seasoned cybercriminals.

The MGM breach exposed the personal information of thousands of guests, including names, addresses, and financial data, while the Caesars breach compromised both customer and employee records. Both incidents have left customers and stakeholders worried about the potential consequences of this stolen information falling into the wrong hands.

The motivation behind these breaches remains unclear, but experts speculate that financial gain, identity theft, or even a desire for notoriety could be driving factors. Law enforcement agencies are actively pursuing leads and working with international partners to track down the hackers responsible for these high-profile attacks.

As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, the MGM and Caesars breaches serve as a stark reminder that no organization is immune to cyber threats. The need for robust cybersecurity measures and ongoing vigilance has never been greater.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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