What $100,000 could have bought Russian trolls on Facebook

What $100,000 could have bought Russian trolls on Facebook

$100,000 might not sound like much when it comes to a presidential election. But the Russian troll farm that bought $100,000 worth of Facebook ads could have reached millions of American voters using the social media company’s sophisticated software, which allows ad-buyers to target Facebook users based on anything from their age to their hobbies and political interests. Facebook told congressional investigators on Wednesday that it sold approximately $100,000 in ads to a so-called Russian troll farm that was looking to target American voters. “In reviewing the ads buys, we…

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Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected

Equifax says a giant cybersecurity breach compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million Americans — almost half the country. Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information — including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver’s licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax…

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Turbulence forces flight turnaround

Turbulence forces flight turnaround

AN Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 was forced to return to Perth after it encountered severe turbulence off Geraldton. Flight EY487 the non-stop service to Abu Dhabi took off at 5.15pm and climbed to about 8534mts off Cervantes when it started to encounter turbulence. The crew requested a lower altitude and were cleared to 6096mts. However, the turbulence became worse and off the coast from Geraldton the plane encountered severe turbulence and the crew elected to return to Perth. Fire engines were in attendance when the 787 retuned after dumping fuel…

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The numbers tell the story of a fortnight to remember for Nathan Lyon

The numbers tell the story of a fortnight to remember for Nathan Lyon

By Adam Collins in Chittagong Updated September 08, 2017 07:39:08 Photo: Nathan Lyon climbed nine spots on the wicket-takers list during the Bangladesh tour. (AP: AM Ahad) Some days, cricket is about one thing only: the numbers. Sure, our sport is proudly one of texture and nuance and all the rest. But when the moments come to dive deep within the spreadsheet columns, they should not be missed. Nathan Lyon gave us one of those days yesterday. Indeed, he’s delivered a fortnight of them. For that, it’s only right that…

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Rare West Australian win in Miles Franklin award

Rare West Australian win in Miles Franklin award

Updated September 07, 2017 21:26:46 Perth-based writer and academic Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Extinctions — becoming just the fifth West Australian to claim the gong. Australia’s most prestigious literary prize was bestowed upon Ms Wilson at a function at the New South Wales State Library in Sydney on Thursday night. The awards, in their 60th year, were established through the will of My Brilliant Career author Miles Franklin for the advancement and improvement of Australian literature. The prize is given to…

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