Brief information: Reporters Without Borders, Kaseya, Apple, speed limit

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This year, 37 heads of state and government are on the list of the world’s “greatest enemies of press freedom” published by Reporters Without Borders. With Viktor Orbán, an EU Prime Minister has landed for the first time in the directory for government representatives who, according to the media organization, “embody the ruthless repression of freedom of the press in a particularly drastic way”. Orbán has been attacking “pluralism and independence of the media in Hungary” since his return to power in 2010. In addition to Orbán, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam are new to the list.

In the latest attack with blackmail software, hackers targeted hundreds of companies in one fell swoop. They used a vulnerability at the American IT service provider Kaseya to attack its customers with a program that encrypts data and demands a ransom. The consequences could be felt as far as Sweden, where the supermarket chain Coop had to close almost all stores. The full extent of the damage initially remained unclear. IT security experts used the software code to assign the attack to the hacker group REvil, which is located in Russia and has now demanded a ransom of 70 million US dollars.

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Apple’s anti-sideloading arguments are rarely heard by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: data protection and security are of course “of the utmost importance for everyone,” she emphasized in an interview with the Reuters news agency. At the same time, however, she warned Apple that this should not be used as a “shield against competition”. Customers would not have to give up security or data protection when they obtain apps from other app stores or via sideloading, stressed Vestager, and at the same time signaled willingness to talk about the planned bill.

Armin Laschet sees the discussion about a speed limit of 130 km / h on German autobahns as nonsensical. Against the background of climate change, technologies should be improved instead of debates like the one about a general speed limit, said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister and CDU / CSU candidate for Chancellor the RND. If the electric car were only allowed to drive 130, the climate would not be helped.

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