Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce invoice to carry platforms accountable for misinformation throughout well being crises | Web site outages hit Olympics, Amazon and main banks

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Two Democratic senators launched a brand new Part 230 reform invoice Thursday that goals to carry tech firms accountable for spreading well being misinformation, constructing off Democrats’ push to weed out false claims about COVID-19 vaccines because the Biden administration struggles to fulfill its objective of getting 70 p.c of Individuals vaccinated. 

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In the meantime, an obvious outage linked to the worldwide content material distribution community Akami plagued a variety of internet sites Thursday — together with e-commerce large Amazon, main banks, airways and the Olympics. 

A NEW SECTION 230 BILL: Democratic Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises MORE (Minn.) and Ben Ray Luján (N.M.) launched a invoice Thursday that goals to carry tech firms accountable for spreading well being misinformation because the federal authorities continues to push for Individuals to get COVID-19 vaccines. 

The invoice would create an exception to part of a controversial invoice, generally known as Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that gives tech firms a authorized legal responsibility protect over content material posted by third events. The proposal would create an exception for platforms which have algorithms that promote well being misinformation associated to an present public well being emergency.

“The coronavirus pandemic has proven us how deadly misinformation will be and it’s our accountability to take motion,” Klobuchar stated in an announcement. 

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NO, IT WASN’T JUST YOU: A number of main web sites have been down for about an hour Thursday afternoon in an obvious widespread outage linked to the worldwide content material distribution community Akamai.

Websites that have been hit spanned many alternative fields, together with the positioning for the upcoming Olympic Video games. 

The impacted web sites, nonetheless, seemed to be working once more round 1 p.m. Different web sites concerned within the outage included these for main banks; gaming websites similar to Steam; airline web sites similar to Delta; on-line information publications such because the Dallas Morning Information; and e-commerce large Amazon. 

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THE KEY TO KASEYA: Software program firm Kaseya on Thursday obtained a key to decrypt its techniques and that of consumers, which have been locked down by a ransomware assault earlier this month.

A spokesperson for the corporate informed The Hill in an emailed assertion that Kaseya had been given an “efficient decryptor and we’re actively utilizing it to assist our prospects.”

“We obtained the device from a trusted third celebration and for confidentiality causes I can’t say greater than that,” the spokesperson stated.

The important thing will probably be used to help the as much as 1,500 firms impacted by the ransomware assault on Kaseya. Cybersecurity specialists have linked to Russian-based cyber prison group REvil, although the federal authorities has not but formally assessed who’s behind the assault. 

Read more about the attack here.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD UNDER FIRE: California is suing a publishing firm behind well-liked video video games, alleging it of fostering a “frat boy” office tradition that subjected ladies on the firm to sexual harassment and decrease pay than their male friends. 

The California Division of Honest Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed the lawsuit Wednesday towards Activision Blizzard, the corporate behind online game franchises similar to Name of Obligation and World of Warcraft. The state alleges the sport writer, based mostly in Sunnyvale, violated California’s Equal Pay Act and Honest Housing and Employment Act.

Activision Blizzard rejected the allegation, accusing the California company’s grievance of together with “distorted, and in lots of circumstances false, descriptions of Blizzard’s previous,” in keeping with an announcement from an Activision Blizzard spokesperson. 

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NEW SENATE CYBER BILL: The bipartisan leaders of two Senate committees on Thursday launched laws to shore up the cybersecurity of important infrastructure within the wake of months of crippling cyberattacks.

The Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) Industrial Management Methods Capabilities Enhancement Act would direct the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA) to steer efforts to grasp threats towards industrial management techniques. 

The invoice would additionally require CISA to offer cybersecurity help to private and non-private teams to assist defend these important techniques, together with sharing extra data on threats to industrial management techniques.

The laws is sponsored by Senate Homeland Safety Committee Chairman Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Hillicon Valley: Biden to appoint Big Tech critic to DOJ antitrust role | House passes host of bills to strengthen cybersecurity in wake of attacks | Bezos returns from flight to space MORE (D-Mich.) and rating member Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ohio), alongside Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Hillicon Valley: Senators introduce bill to require some cyber incident reporting | UK citizen arrested in connection to 2020 Twitter hack | Officials warn of cyber vulnerabilities in water systems MORE (D-Va.) and Vice Chairman Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Hillicon Valley: Senators introduce bill to require some cyber incident reporting | UK citizen arrested in connection to 2020 Twitter hack | Officials warn of cyber vulnerabilities in water systems MORE (R-Fla.). 

Read more about the legislation here.

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TWITTER TESTS ‘DOWN VOTES’:Twitter is testing a function to permit customers to “down vote” replies to their posts, the corporate stated Wednesday. 

If customers down vote a reply it won’t be public, and in the event that they select to “up” vote the reply it will likely be proven as a “like” on the tweet, the corporate stated. 

The function will begin showing for customers utilizing iOS. 

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UPDATE ON THE TWITTER HACK: The British man detained in Spain in connection to an enormous Twitter hack final summer season is being put in jail pending an extradition listening to, a number of retailers reported Thursday.

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Joseph O’Connor refused to be transferred to the U.S. voluntarily throughout a listening to earlier than a Spanish Nationwide Court docket, in keeping with The Associated Press.

O’Connor has been accused by prosecutors within the U.S. of taking part in a hack that compromised greater than 130 Twitter accounts, together with these of President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden’s defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader’s killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE, former President Obama and billionaire CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Musk says Tesla likely to accept bitcoin again Twitter hacking suspect to be held in Spain MORE.

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What we’re watching subsequent week:

-The Senate Judiciary Committee will maintain a hearing July 27 on how the federal government can forestall and reply to ransomware assaults. 

-High officers from the Division of Transportation and the Transportation Safety Administration will testify earlier than the Senate Commerce Committee throughout a hearing July 27 on cyber threats to pipelines.

-DHS Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Democrat stalls Biden’s border nominee MORE will define sources his company must safe the nation, probably involving dialogue of cyber and expertise points, throughout a Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing July 27.

-A Home Oversight and Reform Committee subcommittee will look at cyber threats to the electrical grid throughout a hearing that includes federal officers on July 27. 

-The Home Power and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Shopper Safety and Commerce will take into account over a dozen payments involving the Federal Commerce Fee and shopper safety throughout a markup July 28.

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NOTABLE LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB: 

Uber And Lyft Drivers Are Being Carjacked at Alarming Charges (The Markup / Dara Kerr)

Fb and YouTube spent a 12 months fighting covid misinformation. It’s nonetheless spreading. (Washington Put up / Gerrit De Vynck and Rachel Lerman) 

Anti-vaccine teams becoming ‘dance parties’ on Fb to keep away from detection (NBC Information / Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny)

A Priest Was Outed by His Telephone’s Location Knowledge. Anyone Might Be Subsequent. (Gizmodo / Shoshana Wodinsky)