Ukraine said on Friday its postal service was hit by a cyberattack following the sale of a controversial stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier giving the middle finger to a Russian warship.
Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are asking Twitter to keep all records related to Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company.
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A cyberattack hits the Ukrainian postal service
Ukrainian officials said on Friday that the country’s postal service had been the target of a cyberattack following the sale of stamps depicting a Ukrainian soldier giving a middle finger to a Russian warship, according to Reuters.
The stamps went on sale last week after the sinking of the Russian cruiser Moskva. The warship, which was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank last week after catching fire.
Ukrainian forces claimed to have hit the ship with two Neptune missiles which created the explosion and caused significant damage.
Ihor Smilianskyi, the general director of the Ukrainian postal service, apologized on Facebook to customers, explaining that the service interruption was due to a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. Smilianskyi did not identify the perpetrators of the attack.
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GOP presses Twitter board on Musk docs
House Republicans are calling on Twitter’s board to retain all records related to Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company, according to a letter sent Friday.
The request, led by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and signed by 17 colleagues, raises the possibility that Republicans will probe Twitter’s board decisions regarding the offer if the GOP regains majority power in the fall.
“As Congress continues to consider Big Tech and how best to protect Americans’ free speech rights, this letter serves as a formal request for the preservation of all records and documents relating to Musk’s bid to buy Twitter, including Twitter’s consideration and response to this offer, and Twitter’s assessment of its shareholders’ interests regarding Musk’s offer,” they wrote.
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BIDEN ALL INFRASTRUCTURE GAINS
President Biden traveled to the West Coast on Thursday to present his agenda, specifically promoting the bipartisan infrastructure law he signed late last year, while speaking during a stop in Portland, Ore.
Biden spoke at Portland International Airport, where he celebrated $42 million of bipartisan infrastructure legislation that will be used to upgrade 50 airports across Oregon, in addition to the $20 million invested in Portland airport last year.
Part of the funding in Portland will be used to make the tracks more earthquake resistant.
“We need to build a better America, and a good place to start is here in Portland,” Biden said. “My friends, listen, Portland International Airport is a perfect example of both the need, the opportunity and the ability to move forward. I don’t have to tell you that it’s the central economic engine of the whole region.
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EXPERTS PUSH FOR NEW EV BATTERIES
The United States must create a “roadmap” for the batteries of the future, even if it fixes existing supply chain issues, experts told a House panel on Thursday.
President Biden has pushed domestic automakers to electrify their vehicle fleets, a goal that in the short term will require securing supply chains for critical minerals like lithium and cobalt that are used in lithium-ion batteries, according to experts.
But in the long run, the United States must proactively anticipate the next generation of batteries — and the new mines, labs and refineries that will help develop them, figures representing science, government and industry told members. of the House Science Committee on a hearing ground in Chicago.
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BITS & COINS
A chewable editorial: A Russian cyberattack is coming – lawmakers and citizens must be prepared
Lighter click: We’ve all been there
Notable Web Links:
- A US phone tracking company has demonstrated its surveillance powers by spying on the CIA and NSA (The Intercept/Sam Biddle, Jack Poulson)
- Bereal, an app that emphasizes authenticity, is on the rise (NBC/Ben Goggin)
- They’ve leaked terabytes of Russian email, but who’s reading? (The Edge / Corin Faife)
One more thing: Obama shares his regrets
Former President Obama said Thursday he still regrets not seeing the widespread spread of misinformation in the United States while he was president, especially around the 2016 election.
In a speech at Stanford University on the dangers of misinformation, Obama referred to the 2016 election, in which US intelligence has long confirmed Russian interference.
The former president said no one in his administration was surprised that Russia spread disinformation on social media platforms in an attempt to influence the US election, but he regretted not fully understanding how America had become vulnerable to such content.
Learn more about his comments.
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