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Cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs was silenced by a huge hacker attack. That should terrify you.

latimes.com — About a week ago, the website of journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs was hit with a crippling hacker assault known as a "distributed denial of service," or DDoS, which knocked him off the Internet for several days. Krebs is one of the savviest security experts out there, yet at first he was rendered almost powerless to fight off the attack.

Scandal-racked Wells Fargo is docking its CEO $41 million. That's not nearly enough

latimes.com — The Wells Fargo Board of Directors is evidently hoping that we'll be very impressed with the punishment it has meted out to Chairman and Chief Executive John Stumpf in the wake of the bank's cross-selling scandal.

The BBC takes a strong stand against promoting fake science

latimes.com — Last week, the British Broadcasting Corp. disclosed an ongoing effort to teach its staff how to distinguish real science from bogus science, and the importance of keeping the latter off the airwaves. Some 200 of the BBC's senior staff have been attending seminars and workshops, the goal of which is to avoid giving "undue attention to marginal opinion."

No, Mr. Trump, the U.S. is not 'turning over control' of the Internet to Russia and China

latimes.com — Technologies too complex to be easily understood by the layperson can be playgrounds for unscrupulous politicians. That's become the case with the Internet's internal digital plumbing, which has come into the crosshairs of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Donald Trump .

This drug company placed a nearly $10,000 price tag on drugs which may not even work

latimes.com — Profiteering in the drug business has been generating outrage for months now. Gilead Sciences and Mylan have been taking the heat for huge increases in the prices, respectively, for their hepatitis-C cures and injectors to fend off life-threatening allergic reactions. But at least we can say this about them: Their products work.

How Wells Fargo exploited a binding arbitration clause to deflect customers' fraud allegations

latimes.com — In the category of adding insult to injury-or perhaps piling one injury on top of another- Wells Fargo is an expert. Nothing demonstrates that more than the bank's insistence on forcing the victims of its vast fake-account scam into binding arbitration, a system in which customers are at an overwhelming disadvantage.

Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf puts on a clinic: How to weasel out of real accountability

latimes.com — Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John G. Stumpf, who has been described as "the Mr. Clean of banking," took his unflappable and well-groomed mien Tuesday to a hearing room on Capitol Hill to defend the bank's actions after the disclosure that it had massively defrauded millions of its customers.

Watch a Harvard professor attack the estate tax because it's just so hard on the rich

latimes.com — "The rich are different from you and me," according to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among the distinctions he didn't mention in his story "The Rich Boy," where this line occurs, is that unlike the poor, they can summon Harvard economics professors to justify their tax breaks as the essence of fairness.

Why does Wells Fargo's CEO still have a job?

latimes.com — The outrageous scandal at Wells Fargo & Co., for which federal and local regulators hammered the bank for $185 million in fines and penalties earlier this month, speaks volumes about the decline of morality in corporate America. But the settlement leaves one burning question unanswered: Why does John G.

A little S.F. personal injury case threatens 'most important law' on the Internet

latimes.com — To hear San Francisco lawyer Dawn Hassell tell it, Ava Bird was a nightmare client. Here's how their dispute could become a nightmare for some of the biggest companies on the Internet - and their users. Hassell's law firm signed on to represent Bird in what seems to be a slip-and-fall case in August 2012.
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Sep 30, 2016

These people truly are idiots: Congress signals regret after overriding veto of Saudi 9/11 bill  http://bloom.bg/2cYPBjC  via @bpolitics

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