Russian hackers target Republicans in new twist on election meddling, Microsoft finds

Microsoft President Brad Smith at the 2017 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) The group associated with the Russian government that attempted to influence the 2016 elections is now targeting conservative organizations ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections. Microsoft said it located and shut down six internet domains created by a group associated with the Russian government known as Strontium, aka Fancy Bear or APT28. The sites were meant to mimic organizations such as the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute as well as sites related to the U.S. Senate. The pages aimed to convince users to click through links that would cause them to surrender their passwords… Read More

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Khris Davis lets Make-A-Wish kid sign jersey, slugs long HR

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Davis let Anthony Slocumb print his name in blue ink on Davis’ white jersey, then wore the uniform while hitting his 37th home run in the third inning. Slocumb was at the Coliseum with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Davis’ shot was estimated at 438 feet. It came off starter Bartolo Colon and clanked off a window in the suite-level in left-centre. Davis is seeking a third straight 40-homer season. He hit a career-best 43… Read More

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States aim to stop internet release of 3D-printed gun plans

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. The federal agency had tried to stop a Texas company from releasing the plans online, arguing it violated export regulations. But the agency reversed itself in April and entered an agreement with the company that would allow it to post the plans. The company is owned by a self-described “crypto-anarchist” who opposes restrictions on gun ownership. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued and last month secured a… Read More

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Why Australia abandoned its Paris climate agreement plans

Credits Stefan Postles/Getty Images Alt Text Australian PM avoids leadership challenge after ditching Paris climate agreement Prime minister caves in to backbench pressure amid leadership crisis One-Minute Read Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – 5:46am Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abruptly reversed that country’s position on climate change targets, after stripping targets agreed at the Paris climate agreement talks from his key National Energy Guarantee legislation. Why has Turnbull changed direction? Turnbull abandoned the plan to cut emissions by 26% by 2030, in the face of strong objections from a faction within his own conservative party, led by former prime minister Tony Abbott, whom Turnbull challenged and replaced to lead… Read More

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High school football: Bingham, East retain top spots in top 25 rankings after Week 1

Editor’s Note: The Deseret News weekly top 25 rankings are based on voting from a variety of media members who cover high school sports each week. Here are the 10 voters this week: James Edward (Deseret News), Brandon Gurney (Deseret News), Trent Wood (Deseret News), Amy Donaldson (Deseret News), Dane Stewart (Deseret News Rewind), Dusty Litster (Deseret News Rewind), Jeremiah Jensen (KSL), Dave Fox (KUTV), Kurt Johnson (Preps Utah Magazine) and Patrick Carr (Standard-Examiner). The top two places in this week’s Deseret News top 25 high school football rankings remain unchanged with Bingham and East both winning by double digits. After those two, though, there was plenty of movement following… Read More

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Can Microsoft save the mid-terms? Tech giant offers candidates new cybersecurity protections for upcoming elections

Microsoft President Brad Smith speaks at Bloomberg’s Sustainable Business Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Microsoft is offering a new cybersecurity program to help political candidates and organizations protect themselves from hackers in the run up to the November mid-term elections. Observers are concerned that the mid-term elections will be targeted by hackers from around the world, and Microsoft is doing its part to fend off attacks with its Defending Democracy program. The latest feature, known as AccountGuard, aims to help campaigns and organizations identify and neutralize threats. “This initiative will provide state-of-the-art cybersecurity protection at no extra cost to all candidates and campaign offices at the federal, state, and… Read More

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A Chinese landlord was arrested on terror charges for renting out his home to ethnic minority Muslims

A Chinese landlord was arrested on terror charges for renting out his home to ethnic minority Uighurs. The landlord was arrested under the country’s counter-terrorism law, which took effect in early 2016. And while the law makes no mention of prohibitions against renting property to Uighurs, the minority group is often racially profiled, and is subjected to some of the strictest surveillance measures in the world. A Chinese landlord was arrested on terror charges for renting out his home to ethnic Uighurs, as the government continues to expand its surveillance of members of the minority group. Police in central China’s Henan province arrested a Han Chinese man who had privately… Read More

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Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in an internal government ballot that is unlikely to settle questions of his support. His challenger, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, resigned from Cabinet after the vote but the amount of support he gained a day after downplaying the possibility of a challenge surprised many commentators. Turnbull called the vote at a meeting of conservative Liberal Party lawmakers as speculation mounted about his support within the government. Government lawmaker Nola Marino said Turnbull won 48 votes to 35. One lawmaker abstained and another was away on sick leave. Dutton supporters say the former… Read More

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B.C. Lions agree to contract with linebacker Micah Awe

VANCOUER, B.C. — Micah Awe is heading back to the B.C. Lions. The team announced Monday that it has agreed to terms on a contract with the six-foot, 220-pound linebacker. Awe spent the 2017 campaign with the Lions, appearing in 18 regular season games — getting the starting nod in the final nine — and collecting 54 tackles along the way. The 24-year-old was released by the club in January to pursue an opportunity in the NFL. He signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Jets. But he was waived by the Jets at the end of April. “Micah reached out to the club about the possibility of a… Read More

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