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IN THE NEWS: INTERNAL DOCS FROM D.C. POLICE LEAKED IN RANSOMWARE

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It’s being called the worst known case of a ransomware attack to hit a U.S. police department. The Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. has seen a massive leak of internal information — after refusing to meet the blackmail demands of a Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate. The Babuk group has dumped thousands of sensitive documents onto the “dark web.” The leak includes police officer disciplinary files — as well as intelligence reports with information from other agencies, like the FBI and Secret Service.

IN THE NEWS: FORD TO PROVIDE INTERNET UPDATES FOR NEWER CARS

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Most of us who use computers, smartphones or tablets and other electronic gear are used to having software updates “pushed” to our devices. Now that technology is becoming available on some cars. Ford is starting to send software updates over the internet to some of its newer models. For now, the feature is available only to 100,000 of Ford’s 2021 model year vehicles. But the carmaker eventually plans to spread the system to its entire lineup. Updates can be used to fix software glitches in vehicle computers. They can also make recall repairs, offer new features and cut down on warranty claims.

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ON THE WEB: INVENTOR OF ADHESIVE USED IN POST-IT NOTES DIES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — If you’ve ever seen a Post-it note, you should note the fact that the man who helped create them has died. Spencer Silver invented the stick-um used on the pads. His family says he died this month at age 80. Working at 3M, Silver made a glue that lets notes be attached to surfaces, then removed and posted elsewhere — without leaving a residue. It went on the market in 1974. But sales didn’t take off until its name was changed from the Press ‘n’ Peel memo pad to the Post-it Note. It’s now one of the most popular products 3M makes.

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Online:

3M Post-It Notes site: https://www.post-it.com/3M/en_US/post-it/

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