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Jun 8, 2018

U.S. bill would force tech companies to disclose foreign software probes

Reuters reported exclusively that U.S. tech companies would be forced to disclose if they allowed American adversaries, like Russia and China, to examine the inner workings of software sold to the U.S. military under proposed legislation. The bill comes after a year-long Reuters investigation found software makers allowed a Russian defense agency to hunt for vulnerabilities in software that was already deeply embedded in some of the most sensitive parts of the U.S. government, including the Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies.

Exclusive interview: Canada’s Trudeau

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized a move by the U.S. to consider tariffs on auto imports on national security grounds, saying it was based on “flimsy logic” and appeared as Washington’s effort to pressure its partners in the NAFTA negotiations.

Russian agency offers fake restaurant reviews ahead of World Cup

At a time when Russians are feeling the pinch from a fragile economy and Western sanctions, the World Cup has created lucrative opportunities for businesses in the 11 host cities hoping to benefit from well-to-do foreign fans.

In an insightful report, Reuters detailed how a Russian marketing agency has offered to help restaurants in cities hosting the World Cup use fake reviews to bump up ratings on review site TripAdvisor. Marketing company Bacon Agency says it can circumvent TripAdvisor’s algorithm for detecting fraudulent posts and publish reviews in foreign languages ahead of an influx of fans from abroad. Fake reviews are widespread, but it is unusual for a company involved in the practice to discuss it so openly, or to link it explicitly to a sports event.

Arms race for surveillance tech in China

Reuters offered insight into the arms race in China for surveillance tech, visiting the China International Exhibition on Police Equipment in Beijing, where hundreds of surveillance gadgets were on display.

The fair is something of a one-stop shop for China’s police forces looking to arm up with the latest in “black tech.” Chinese firms are rushing to meet the growing demand from the country’s security services, fueling a surveillance tech arms race as companies look to outdo each others’ tracking and monitoring capabilities.

Saddam’s superyacht winds up as sailors’ hotel

The king size bed in Saddam Hussein’s superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber’s chair awaits its occupant.

But the Iraqi dictator never boarded the 82-meter (270-foot) “Basrah Breeze” built for him in 1981 – and its amenities will now be enjoyed by the pilots who guide shipping in and out of the port of Basra, the main southern city, Reuters exclusively revealed. In common with other treasures left by Saddam, the governments that succeeded him have been struggling to find a use for the ship.

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