In 2015, Erica Baker did the impossible: she made a spreadsheet go viral.
Baker, an engineer at Google at the time, created the spreadsheet with her fellow Googlers to keep track of everyone’s salary. But what started as an experiment in radical transparency among colleagues soon took on a life of its own. People began sharing the spreadsheet, adding to it and organizing it to find out whether compensation was truly equitable across genders, races, and demographics at the company.
A judge in Helsinki, Finland has ordered one of the founders of notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to pay $395,000 to several record labels. The Finnish divisions of Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI had sued Peter Sunde, accusing Pirate Bay of illegally sharing the music of 60 of their artists.
Sunde, who left The Pirate Bay in 2009, said on Twitter that he didn’t even know about the court case. "The record companies know that I have not had any part of TPB for ages, still suing," he wrote. "Bullying is the new black."
Kaspersky has published a report on an underground marketplace that’s being used to buy and sell credentials for hacked servers. Targets range from branches of government to major corporations, and access is being sold for as little as $6.
This report comes as a result of an investigation carried out by Kaspersky in conjunction with an unnamed European ISP. The service is called xDedic, and is thought to be operated by a group of Russian-speaking hackers.
Palo Alto Networks have reported that a hacking outfit called the Sofacy group has wreaked havoc on the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a phishing attack.
Palo Alto said in a blog post that the Sofacy group, which is also known as APT28, is well known for cyber espionage campaigns. We knew that already as we reported on the Russian group when FireEye flagged it as being this kind of threat.
The Air Force announced on Friday that it has lost thousands of records belonging to the service's inspector general due to a database crash.
"We estimate we've lost information for 100,000 cases dating back to 2004," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told The Hill in an email.
"The database crashed and there is no data," Stefanek said. "At this time we don't have any evidence of malicious intent."