NEWS: MARCH 2017

Mail Online Columnist Katie Hopkins to Pay £24k in Damages for ‘War Memorial’ Tweets

Katie Hopkins, a columnist for the Mail Online, lost a libel case brought by blogger Jack Monroe and has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages. In May 2015, Hopkins sent a tweet that suggested that Monroe had either vandalized, or approved of the vandalism of, a war memorial, and a second tweet insulting the blogger. Mr Justice Warby ruled that the tweets had caused serious harm to the reputation of Monroe. Click here for the article.

Germany Proposes Substantial Fines for Social Networks Failing to Remove Hate Speech

Germany’s Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, is proposing a law that will impose substantial fines for social networks if they fail to remove hate speech from their sites within 24 hours. The new law could impose fines of up to £44 million. Click here for the article.

 

U.S. Charges Russian Spies for Yahoo Hack in 2014

The U.S. has charged four members of Russia’s security service for allegedly conspiring with hackers to target 500 million Yahoo account users in 2014. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the hackers targeted accounts of Russian and U.S. government officials, such as diplomatic and military personnel. Click here for the article.

 

Wikileaks Releases CIA Documents

According to the New York Times, Wikileaks has released thousands of pages of CIA documents detailing software tools and techniques used to access smartphones, computers and televisions connected to the Internet. Wikileaks alleges that the CIA is now able to collect messaging traffic before encryption can be applied. Click here for the article.