A Yahoo News investigative report concludes that Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service developed the disinformation that US Democratic National Committee data director Seth Rich was murdered to cover up corruption by then-Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Last night Zoom revised its videoconferencing service to completely remove the local web server and add an option to its menu that enables users to remove the app. Two other changes planned for release Friday will save new users' choice of the "Always turn off my video" option and will permit returning users to turn video off by default. Zoom says it made these changes in response to widespread outcry against the way a user could have been unwittingly joined to a conference with their video on. The company had viewed these controversial aspects of its service as features, not bugs: design elements "essential to our seamless join process."
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office handed out its second big fine of the week for a GDPR violation. After levying £183 million ($229 million) against British Airways, the ICO announced Tuesday that it was fining Marriott £99,200,396 ($123 million) for a breach the hotel chain suffered in 2018 as it integrated its Starwood reservation system. The fine amounts to three percent of the chain's annual revenue, one percentage point lower than the maximum allowable fine under GDPR. Marriott, disappointed by the ruling, intends to appeal.
Tenable reports a range of ICS vulnerabilities.
Patch Tuesday brought seventy-seven fixes from Microsoft, including measures against two actively exploited zero-days.