24 May 2021

Chinese startup Pony.ai gets approval to test driverless vehicles in California

Pony.ai, a Chinese autonomous vehicle startup, has received a permit from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles that will allow it to test its driverless cars without human safety drivers. The company will be able to complete testing on specified streets in three cities across the state. The company has been

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03 May 2021

Suspected migrant boat breaks up off San Diego, killing four

In San Diego, four people have died and two dozen are injured after a boat involved in a suspected smuggling operation broke up on a reef and sank. The boat was severely overcrowded and resulted in roughly 30 passengers fighting for their life in choppy waters. The incident occurred on

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19 Feb 2021

California DMV Warns of Data Breach After Contractor was Hit by Ransomware

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced via email that its customers have been exposed after a contractor was hit by a ransomware attack. The contractor, Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS), was utilized by the DMV for verifying changes of addresses within its national database. The DMV has

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05 Nov 2020

California Votes to Strengthen Privacy Laws

During this election cycle, Californians have voted to increase their state’s privacy laws, allowing consumers to have more of a say in how their data is utilized by organizations and big tech companies. The law, proposition 24, won 56% of votes this fall as Californians flocked to the polls to

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22 Oct 2020

Voter Websites In California And Florida Could Be Vulnerable To Hacks, Report Finds

In July, the Department of Homeland Security allegedly received a report from two cybersecurity firms detailing a vulnerability in the online voter registration systems used by counties in California and Florida. The researchers warned that hackers could leverage an old flaw that allowed them to change voter registration files four

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24 Aug 2020

Google Offering Near Real-Time Maps of Wildfire Boundaries

Google has announced that it will launch new features that alert California residents to wildfires burning throughout the state. The feature will provide residents with information about the fires, including maps of their boundaries, within the company’s Maps offering, and in the Google search engine. Google plans to use data

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09 Jun 2020

The ACLU is suing Los Angeles over its controversial scooter tracking system

The American Civil Liberties Union has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles on Monday, demanding that the city stops supplying companies operating electric scooter rental services with real-time data that may be a privacy concern. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation uses a tool called the

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22 Apr 2020

DoppelPaymer Ransomware hits Los Angeles County city, leaks files

The DoppelPaymer Ransomware has reportedly attacked the City of Torrance in the LA metropolitan area of California. The attackers unencrypted data stolen and encrypted devices, demanding 100 bitcoin in ransom for a decryptor. The threat actors also published sensitive files, threatening to leak more if the ransom request is not

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20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 10,000 Globally

The number of COVID-19 cases has reached 245,000, while the number of deaths due to infection doubled ina week to more than 10,000 as of today. Italy, Iran, and Spain have all experienced large increases in virus deaths, causing governments all over the world to take preemptive measures to contain

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27 Feb 2020

Waymo And Cruise Vie For Supremacy In Murky California Self-Driving Data

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car initiative, boasts the best annual statistics for how infrequently humans need to interact with self-driving vehicles throughout tests but is competing with Cruise, General Motor’s equivalent program. Cruise reported numbers just behind Waymo in 2019 and seemed to have increased its capabilities greatly throughout the second

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