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According to San Jose, Calif.-based Malwarebytes, Silurian Tech Support ran a scam in which its employees, who billed themselves as support technicians, used obscure but harmless entries in Windows’ Event Viewer and Task Manager to claim that a PC had been overwhelmed by malware, then leveraged those bogus threats to sell overpriced copies of Symantec’s Norton security software and an annual contract for follow-up phone support.
On Wednesday 16 states’ lawmakers, with the advice and coordination of the American Civil Liberties Union, introduced bills designed to shore up Americans’ privacy on a long list of issues that federal lawmakers have either ignored or allowed to become paralyzed in Congress’s endless gridlock. That collective legislative push, which the ACLU is calling Take CTRL, addresses everything from student and employee privacy to new police surveillance techniques. The bills, together, would cover more than a 100 million Americans, by the count of the ACLU’s advocacy and policy counsel Chad Marlow.
Blockchain, or distributed ledger, technology is more secure, transparent, faster and less expensive than current financial systems. And it has applications in other sectors like identity issuance, land titles, provenance and more. But for all its superiority, it finds itself in what disruptive innovation author Geoffrey Moore would call “the chasm”: Right now, tech enthusiasts and other people who have strong reason to prefer this technology over existing options have adopted it, but the companies in the space now need to attract users outside the core believers.