The Saudi junior officer undergoing flight training at Pensacola who opened fire and killed three US Sailors over the weekend may have been radicalized as early as 2015. The Washington Post reports that the Twitter spoor of Lieutenant Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani suggests his thinking was strongly shaped by the influence of four radical Muslim clerics. Saudi authorities are said to be assisting the US with the investigation into the attack.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation has sustained a ransomware attack, according to the Charlotte Observer, that hit the band's servers sometime Monday. Tribal authorities say they’ve contained the infestation, but that full recovery remains in progress. Cherokee police have one suspect in custody. In an address posted to Facebook, Principal Chief Richard Sneed said that a member of the tribe, employed by the tribal government, is believed to have carried out the attack.
The difficulties of content moderation (and of employee monitoring) were on display at Facebook this week, where, as BuzzFeed writes, the click-bait company Ads Inc., paid off a contractor to quietly reactivate advertising accounts that had been suspended for policy violations. Ads Inc. slipped the contractor thousands of dollars for his services, and Facebook upon discovering this, decided to dispense with said contractors services.
Reuters reports that Apple has asked that two former employees accused of stealing trade secrets be treated as flight risks. The Federal prosecutors in the case agreed, and argued in a hearing before the US District Court for the Northern District of California that Xiaolang Zhang and Jizhong Chen should be subject to continuing monitoring. It would, they say, be next to impossible to extradite them should they succeed in fleeing to China, where both have connections.
Rossi Lorathio Adams II, known as “Polo,” has been sentenced to fourteen years on one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats, and violence. Mr. Adams was the soi-disant mastermind behind an attempt to get a domain owner to transfer a coveted domain name to Mr. Adams' GoDaddy account. The name was DoItForState, an Iowa State booster and fraternity slogan Mr. Adams hoped to use on his influencer site.