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Google doesn’t want employees to use work email to organize, per report

January 24th, 2019
Exterior of Google office building.

Enlarge / Some Googlers held protest signs during the November 2018 walkout. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

Newly revealed filings to the National Labor Relations Board show that attorneys for Google have been lobbying the agency to undo an earlier decision that required companies to let employees organize on the company's own email systems.

According to a Thursday report by Bloomberg, Google has urged the NLRB in both May 2017 and as recently as November 2018 to overturn a 2014 decision known as Purple Communications.

In that case, the majority found that workers at Purple Communications, an American Sign Language interpreting company, could not be barred from using their work email for organizing purposes. The three Democratic-appointed members found that the workers' own work email was a "natural gathering place," particularly when those workers—like ASL interpreters—were distributed across a wide geographic area.

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Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada

December 14th, 2018
Tape reading

Enlarge / Police tape. (credit: Tony Webster / Flickr)

A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and business across the US and Canada.

Word of the emails surfaced Thursday morning in tweets such as this one:

And this one:

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Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm

December 4th, 2018
Thousands of sensitive emails stolen in intrusion of Republican campaign arm

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An email intrusion targeting a key Republican campaign committee allowed unknown people to steal thousands of sensitive emails from four senior aides, Politico reported Tuesday.

The attack on the National Republican Congressional Committee, the main group that works to elect Republicans to the US House of Representatives, allowed the person or group responsible to monitor the aides’ email accounts for several months, Politico said. The intrusion was detected in April by a managed security services provider the NRCC had retained to monitor the security of its network.

The unnamed provider informed NRCC officials, who in turn alerted security firm Crowdstrike. Crowdstrike, which was called in to investigate the Russian government’s 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, had already been retained by the NRCC when the intrusion was discovered in April, Politico said.

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