The ACLU is fighting police who want private info on a political Facebook group


In a potentially troubling move for the future of online organizing, police in Washington are looking to dig up private information on members of a political Facebook group. A judge recently granted the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department a warrant served on Facebook that seeks out the "messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information (IP address login)" on a group opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the ACLU, that means police are after data on the group's Facebook page as well as "data related to an unknown number of people who merely interacted with the group via Facebook at some point during the 12 days covered by the warrant," which specifies Feb. 4 - Feb. 15. It's unclear if the warrant seeks further information from participants' own Facebook pages. SEE ALSO: Peter Thiel's surveillance company reportedly ready to help Trump's deportation operation "Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition" is one of many Facebook groups dedicated to protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would cut through Native American land.

Microsoft says Iran-linked hackers targeted thousands of people at over 200 businesses

The Japan Times

REDMOND, WASHINGTON - Microsoft has detected cyberattacks linked to Iranian hackers that targeted thousands of people at more than 200 companies over the past two years. That's according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday that the hacking campaign stole corporate secrets and wiped data from computers. Microsoft told the Journal the cyberattacks affected oil-and-gas companies and makers of heavy machinery in several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Germany, the United Kingdom, India and the U.S., and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Microsoft attributed the attacks to a group it calls Holmium, and which other security researchers call APT33. Microsoft says it detected Holmium targeting more than 2,200 people with phishing emails that can install malicious code.

Obama bans future oil, gas leasing in areas of Arctic and Atlantic oceans

PBS NewsHour

A man on a stand up paddle board is seen in front of the Shell Oil Company's drilling rig Polar Pioneer along the Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing. The move helps put some finishing touches on Obama's environmental legacy while also testing President-elect Donald Trump's promise to unleash the nation's untapped energy reserves. Rebuffing Trump team, Energy Dept. refuses to name climate, nuclear deal staff Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers From'oops' to Energy chief: Rick Perry is Trump's pick for energy secretary Rebuffing Trump team, Energy Dept. refuses to name climate, nuclear deal staff From'oops' to Energy chief: Rick Perry is Trump's pick for energy secretary The White House announced the actions in conjunction with the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which also placed a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing in its Arctic waters, subject to periodic review. Obama is making use of an arcane provision in a 1953 law to ban offshore leases in the waters permanently.

In climate push, Microsoft to erase its carbon footprint from atmosphere

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made. The focus on removing existing carbon from the atmosphere sets Microsoft's climate goals apart from other corporate pledges, which have focused on cutting ongoing emissions or preventing future ones. Speaking from a stage at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, Chief Executive Satya Nadella said that corporations need to create profitable solutions for the problems of both people and the planet. "If the last decade has taught us anything, it's that technology built without these principles can do more harm than good," he said. "We must begin to offset the damaging effects of climate change," he said, adding if global temperatures continue to rise unabated "the results will be devastating."

Oregon Port Vote Is Latest Local Action on Fossil Fuels

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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2012, file photo, coal export opponents, from left, Wayne Spitzer, Ginger Hughes and April Beasley show their disapproval of a pro-coal speaker who was giving public testimony on a proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, Wash. American Indian tribes and environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest have successfully fought a slew of fossil fuel export projects in recent years and pushed for local regulations to prevent new proposals.