Daily Digest (9/21)

SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87; US Judge Doesn’t Block WH Order Banning WeChat; German Patient Dies after Ransomware Attack Hits Hospital; Google Bans Stalkerware From Play Store. Click “Continue reading” below.

SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said.

Her death comes just over six weeks before Election Day.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.

“Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice,” he said.

Known to her admirers as “Notorious RBG” for her defense of the rights of women and minorities, Ginsburg displayed strength and resilience in the face of personal loss and numerous health crises.

Those health issues included five bouts with cancer beginning in 1999, falls that resulted in broken ribs, insertion of a stent to clear a blocked artery and assorted other hospitalizations after she turned 75.

Nominated to the bench in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing.

In the 1970s, she argued six key cases before the court as an architect of the women’s rights movement. She won five.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not need a seat on the Supreme Court to earn her place in the American history books,” Clinton said at the time of her appointment. “She has already done that.”

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US Judge Doesn’t Block WH Order Banning WeChat

A federal judge in California declined Friday to block the Commerce Department’s order barring U.S. app stores from offering WeChat for download starting late Sunday.

In a lawsuit brought by U.S. WeChat users, U.S. District Court Judge Laurel Beeler ruled that the group’s request for a preliminary injunction appeared moot, though she said in a written order that “the court is available today for a hearing on any emergency motions,” Reuters reports.

A lawyer for the WeChat users did not immediately comment.

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German Patient Dies after Ransomware Attack Hits Hospital

German authorities are investigating the death of a patient after a ransomware attack on a hospital in Duesseldorf earlier this month. 

The patient, who needed urgent medical care, died Sept. 10 after being rerouted to a hospital in the city of Wuppertal, ZDNet reports.

The Duesseldorf hospital could not receive her because it was dealing with a ransomware attack that hit its network and infected more than 30 internal servers.

The incident is the first reported human death indirectly caused by a ransomware attack, according to ZDNet.

German authorities said that if the ransomware attack and the hospital downtime were found to have directly caused the woman’s death, their investigation would become a murder case.

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Google Bans Stalkerware From Play Store

Google has told app developers to remove stalkerware from its Play Store.

The company updated its Developer Program Policy on Thursday, requiring all apps that track users and send their data to another device to provide “adequate notice or consent” and to show a “persistent notification” that the actions of the user are being tracked, Infosecurity Magazine reports.

Google made an exception for apps used by parents to track their children.

“Acceptable forms of these apps can be used by parents to track their children,” the Google update said. “However, these apps cannot be used to track a person (a spouse, for example) without their knowledge or permission unless a persistent notification is displayed while the data is being transmitted.”

App developers have until Oct. 1 to comply with Google’s directives.

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By DPN Staff