Deep Fakes

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According to the Washington Post, many people are finding that they cannot trust reviews posted about a health-care provider’s site. Questions: What is Fake Review Watch and what have they been doing? When may posting fraudulent reviews be illegal? How many actions have been taken against California doctors over the past four years for fake… Read more »

Recovery of Ransom by Feds

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According to the Washington Post, federal authorities have recovered more than two million dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to foreign hackers whose attack last month led to the shutdown of a major pipeline that provides nearly half the East Coast’s fuel, according to officials. Questions: What is the name of the hacker ring? How… Read more »

Big Shakeup!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission abruptly removed William Duhnke as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  Questions: According to the new chair, what does this firing report to do? Why has the PCAOB come under recent scrutiny? How long has Duhnke been chair? According to the article, why shouldn’t PCAOB members be replaced… Read more »

For Sale: The Lease to the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.

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According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s company will again try to sell the lease for the D.C. hotel. Questions: What event prevented an attempt to unload the property the first time? According to Trump disclosure forms, how much did the revenue for the hotel drop last year? What has been the average recent occupancy… Read more »

Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Suspended

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According to the New York Times, the Biden administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, unspooling a signature achievement of the Trump presidency and delivering on a promise by President Biden to protect the fragile Alaskan tundra from fossil fuel extraction. Questions: How much oil is estimated to lie in this… Read more »

Sixteen States Whipsawed by the Pandemic

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According to the New York Times, new claims for unemployment benefits are inching down and a growing number of Republican governors around the country have announced that they are withdrawing from an array of federal pandemic-related jobless benefits. Questions: Based on this withdrawal, how many workers will lose jobless claims and over what period? What… Read more »

The Challenges of an Intern: Evidence Destruction

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According to the Washington Post, Mary Goddard, a former intern at the Sununu Youth Development Center in New Hampshire, says a supervisor suggested she destroy her notes and lie about a teen’s sexual assault allegation. Questions: What did the intern do? What happened to her supervisor? What would you have done as an intern? What… Read more »

Trustify cannot be Trusted

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According to the Washington Post, the CEO for a sort of “Uber for private investigators” called Trustify was sentenced to 97 months this week for fraud. Questions: What is the CEO’s name and age? Did the company make a profit? Explain. Originally the CEO was sentenced for 9 years. Why was his sentence shortened? How… Read more »

Ransomware Update

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According to Techrepublic.com, cybercriminals have attacked hospitals and other healthcare organizations with double-extortion ransomware attacks during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What is a double-extortion ransomware attack and how many different ransomware variants are now using the double-extortion plot? Why are cybercriminals focusing on hospitals and other healthcare organizations with these even bolder types of attacks?… Read more »

Working Remotely Causes Tax Problems for Some

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According to the New York Times, workers may have to file more than one state tax return, and in certain situations they could end up owing taxes in both states. The details depend on your home state and what state you worked in during 2020. Questions: What type of rules apply? If you end up… Read more »