Using algorithms to predict terrorists’ attacks


New research is being used to try to determine, via  an algorithm, the links between “chatter” in  extremist groups’ online places and  their  “real world” terror attacks.

The Washington Post reports:

“The study, published last week by the journal Science, identifies hardcore pro-Islamic State groups on social media by searching for key words, such as mentions of beheadings, and zeroing in on specific community pages and groups. These groups trade operational information, such as which drone is being used in an attack or how to avoid detection, as well as fundraising posts and extremist ideology.”

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U.S., E.U. agree on data-transfer pact


The European Union and the United States have agreed on changes to an important data-transfer agreement. The pact includes  stricter rules for companies holding information on Europeans and clearer limits on U.S. surveillance.

E.U. member nations are expected to vote on the  revised E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield in early July.

Reuters reported that “Cross-border data transfers by businesses include payroll and human resources information as well as lucrative data used for targeted online advertising….”

However, revelations of mass U.S. surveillance practices three years ago  intensified distrust of such huge big U.S. tech companies  as Facebook, Google and Apple.

“Brussels and Washington rushed to hammer out the data pact after the E.U.’s highest court last year struck down the previous system, Safe Harbor, on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance practices, threatening data flows that are key to billions of dollars of business,” Reuters reported.

“For 15 years Safe Harbor allowed both U.S. and European firms to get around tough E.U. data transferral rules by stating they complied with European privacy standards when storing information on U.S. servers.”

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SEC sues man in hacking case


Reuters reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Idris Dayo Mustapha, a British man it said hacked into several American investors’ online brokerage accounts and made unauthorized stock trades.

A federal judge froze his assets after the lawsuit was filed.

To read the Reuters story on this case, please hit this link.