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Last Update on September 18, 2014 07:15 GMT
IN THE NEWS: CHINA HACKED COMPANIES LINKED TO PENTAGON
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's word of an effort by China's military to hack into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon. Senate investigators say it has happened at least nine times and that the online incursions included breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, going after logistics companies -- and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers. Word of the hacking comes after a yearlong probe announced by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The panel blames China's government for all the most sophisticated intrusions, although it did not provide any detailed evidence.
IN THE NEWS: SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS TRACK BEATING SUSPECTS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Internet to the rescue. Police in Philadelphia say social media provided a big assist in tracking down those believed responsible for beating a gay couple. Police posted a security video of the group allegedly involved in the beating -- and the online community took it from there. Within hours, A Twitter user posted a photo of the group dining at a restaurant. Another helped figure out the restaurant where the group ate -- then used Facebook to find out who "checked in" at the eatery. That helped match faces to the name. A defense lawyer says some of those suspected of beating the couple are turning themselves in for questioning.