Disturbing trend

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According to Benefits Pro.com, life insurers will have to prepare for the possibility that the life span of life insurance policyholders, annuity holders and pension plan participants could fall. Questions: According to the article, the provisional life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was at its lowest level since what year? Is… Read more »

Data Breach at McDonald’s

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According to CNN, McDonald’s is the latest high-profile company to be affected by a data breach, leading to the exposure of private information of customers and employees in South Korea and Taiwan. Questions: What type of data was accessed? What does McDonald’s credit for finding the breach? Did the company experience a data breach in the U.S.? Source:… Read more »

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 »

An Attack on the Wallets of Meatlovers

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Four weeks after the Russian hack on Colonial Pipelines, the world’s largest beef supplier has been hit with a ransomware attack, threatening some of the U.S. meat supply. Questions: Who is the company and how many facilities do they maintain? How much was paid to Russian hackers from Colonial Pipelines? What might be the effect… Read more »

Chip Shortage Means Much Lower Revenues

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According to Reuters, the shortfall in revenue for automakers due to a chip shortage is worse than anticipated. Questions: What was the original revenue shortfall estimate for automakers due to a chip shortage? To what amount this revenue shortfall estimate increased? How many vehicles will this impact? How does this article explain the change in… Read more »

One of the First Major Companies to Mandate

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According to Reuters, Delta Air Lines will require all new hires in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Questions: Does the requirement affect current employees? What will be the restriction for employees that are not vaccinated? How do you believe that this requirement will affect Delta’s bottom line? Discuss your thought concerning this policy…. Read more »