New cyberattack on McDonald's highlights a rapidly growing threat

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McDonald's has become the latest target for cybercriminals as ransomware and cyberattacks continue to wreak havoc on some of the United States' largest corporations. According to the Wall Street Journal, hackers managed to obtain some of the company's data from its systems in the United States, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The fast-food chain on Friday, June 11 confirmed its employment of external consultants to conduct an investigation into "unauthorized activity on an internal security system." McDonald's revealed cybercriminals obtained physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for its food delivery customers located in Taiwan and South Korea.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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