Asian shares mostly higher after wobbly day on Wall Street
Asian shares logged moderate gains on Thursday after Wall Street stabilized following a sell-off in tech stocks the day before. Wall Street ended Wednesday with a lackluster finish as traders braced for more earnings reports from major U.S. companies this week. Investors are studying how companies have fared amid supply chain problems and higher costs and how consumers are dealing with higher prices for everything from food to clothing and gas. Natural gas and oil prices already were rising as the pandemic eased and demand increased, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine has added to price increases. Oil prices fell back Thursday.wftv.com
Microsoft uncovers extensive Russian cyber operations in Ukraine
Microsoft released a report on Wednesday detailing how Russian-backed hackers unleashed a series of cyber operations against Ukraine as early as March 2021. According to the report, at least six separate Russian-backed hacking groups have launched more than 200 cyber operations against Ukraine, including destructive attacks that have threatened civilian welfare. The report also found that the…news.yahoo.com
Microsoft: Russian hacks paired with Ukraine air raids
Russia Ukraine War Microsoft Cyberattacks FILE - A security surveillance camera is seen near the Microsoft office building in Beijing, July 20, 2021. Microsoft says cyberattacks by state-backed Russian hackers have destroyed data across dozens of organizations in Ukraine and produced a “chaotic information environment.” The company said in a report released Wednesday, April 27, that Russia-aligned threat groups were preparing long before the Feb. 24 invasion. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) (Andy Wong)BOSTON — (AP) — Cyberattacks by state-backed Russian hackers have destroyed data across dozens of organizations in Ukraine and produced "a chaotic information environment," Microsoft says in a report released Wednesday. Nearly half the destructive attacks were against critical infrastructure, many times simultaneous to bombings and missile attacks, the report notes. Microsoft and Slovakia-based ESET helped them thwart an attempt earlier this month to cut power to millions of Ukrainians.wftv.com
Stocks regain their footing a day after big tech sell-off
Financial Markets Wall Street FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is seen in New York on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Stocks are mixed in the early going on Wall Street Monday, April 18, 2022, as traders get back to work after a holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — (AP) — Stocks remained shaky in morning trading on Wall Street Wednesday, following the previous day's sell-off. Bond yields have been rising throughout the year as investors prepare for higher rates, though they've eased over the last few days. Wall Street remains focused on inflation's path forward amid lingering threats from Russia's war against Ukraine and the virus pandemic.wftv.com
Video game workers at Call of Duty maker OK'd for union vote
MINNEAPOLIS — (AP) — A small group of Wisconsin-based video game workers can vote to form what could be the first union at a major U.S. video game publisher, a labor board official ruled. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered a May election for quality assurance workers at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software, which develops the popular Call of Duty game franchise. Microsoft in January announced its plans to buy the company for nearly $69 billion and has said it wouldn't interfere in unionization decisions. Friday's decision by Jennifer Hadsall, a regional NLRB director in Minneapolis, rejected Activision's push to have the election encompass a wider category of Raven workers — which could have diluted the unionizing group's vote. Activision Blizzard earlier in April said it would be converting nearly 1,100 part-time quality assurance jobs into full-time workers and raising their hourly wages to at least $20.wftv.com
Scott Hamilton to cycle 444 miles in cancer fundraiser
Hamilton Ride FILE - Scott Hamilton arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Figure skating icon Scott Hamilton will sit atop a bike and cycle 444 miles in the Erase the Trace, a five-day ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway to raise money for cancer research. He'll be sitting atop a bike and cycling 444 miles Erase the Trace, a five-day ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Inspired by the story of Scott Williams, who is a GBM patient and reached out to the 1984 Olympic champion's Scott Hamilton & Friends organization a year ago for help in fundraising. "The hope, drive, and bravery of glioblastoma patient Scott Williams awakened a part of my heart that I hadn't realized needed awakening.wftv.com
Prince William: Commonwealth links to crown up to the people
Britain Prince William Caribbean FILE - Britain's Prince William smiles during a visit to Microsoft HQ to learn how new AI scanning technology can increase detection of illegal wildlife products being trafficked through international airports, in Reading, England, Nov. 18, 2021. Prince William says he will support and respect whatever decision the people make as Caribbean nations debate their relationship with the British crown. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP, File) (Steve Parsons)LONDON — (AP) — As Caribbean nations debate their relationship with the British crown, Prince William says he will support and respect whatever decision the people make. During a speech in Jamaica, William expressed his “profound sorrow” for slavery but stopped short of offering an apology. The queen has been head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign and Prince Charles, William’s father, is her designated successor.wftv.com
Gamers for Ukraine: Fortnite developer donating two weeks’ game proceeds to Ukraine relief
Fortnite Epic Games has confirmed that proceeds from the first two weeks of Fortnite’s new season that launched Sunday, March 20, 2022, will be donated to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. (Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images)CARY, N.C. — Epic Games has confirmed that proceeds from the first two weeks of Fortnite’s new season that launched Sunday will be donated to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. According to Epic, the fundraiser will remain active through April 3 and will include all “real-money purchases” in the game. Qualifying purchases also include retail gift card purchases, as long as they are redeemed during the two-week fundraising window, The Verge reported. Microsoft, meanwhile, will be “committing their net proceeds for Fortnite during this time, so that we can get more aid to the people of Ukraine,” the company stated.wftv.com
Report says Russian hackers haven't eased spying efforts
The elite Russian state hackers behind last year’s massive SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign hardly eased up this year, managing plenty of infiltrations of U.S. and allied government agencies and foreign policy think tanks with consummate craft and stealth.
Iran-backed hackers accused of targeting critical US sectors
An advisory issued by officials in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia warns that hackers linked to the Iranian government have been targeting a “broad range of victims” inside the U.S. with ransomware and other malicious cyber activity.
Microsoft says it blocked spying on rights activists, others
Microsoft says it's blocked tools developed by an Israeli hacker-for-hire company that were used to spy on more than 100 people around the world, including politicians, human rights activists, journalists, academics and political dissidents.
How Big Tech created a data 'treasure trove' for police
When U.S. law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they’re increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world.
US says agencies largely fended off latest Russian hack
The White House says it believes U.S. government agencies largely fended off the latest cyberespionage onslaught blamed on Russia intelligence operatives, saying the spear-phishing campaign should not further damage relations with Moscow ahead of next month’s planned presidential summit.