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Comic for March 26, 2019

Dilbert - March 27, 2019 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

Facebook, YouTube sued over Christchurch shootings video

BBC Technology News - 40 min 2 sec ago
A French Muslim group launches legal action over the way disturbing footage of the shootings was shared.

EU backs controversial copyright law

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 40 min ago
The Copyright Directive was backed by 348 MEPs, with 278 against.

Casino Screwup Royale: A tale of “ethical hacking” gone awry

Ars Technica - 2 hours 18 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty)

People who find security vulnerabilities commonly run into difficulties when reporting them to the responsible company. But it's less common for such situations to turn into tense trade-show confrontations—and competing claims of assault and blackmail.

Yet that's what happened when executives at Atrient—a casino technology firm headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan—stopped responding to two UK-based security researchers who had reported some alleged security flaws. The researchers thought they had reached an agreement regarding payment for their work, but nothing final ever materialized. On February 5, 2019, one of the researchers—Dylan Wheeler, a 23-year-old Australian living in the UK—stopped by Atrient's booth at a London conference to confront the company’s chief operating officer.

What happened next is in dispute. Wheeler says that Atrient COO Jessie Gill got in a confrontation with him and yanked off his conference lanyard; Gill insists he did no such thing, and he accused Wheeler of attempted extortion.

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