Spy­ing on babysit­ters gets harder

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Face­book and Twit­ter are crack­ing down on an au­to­mated child-care rat­ing sys­tem that an­a­lyzes po­ten­tial babysit­ters’ so­cial me­dia feeds, said Drew Har­well in The Wash­ing­ton Post. The Cal­i­for­nia startup Pre­dic­tim of­fered rat­ings of whether babysit­ters are at risk of drug abuse, bul­ly­ing, or hav­ing a “bad at­ti­tude”— us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to scour the can­di­dates’ on­line his­to­ries. But sys­tems such as Pre­dic­tim’s “present their own dan­gers by mak­ing au­to­mated and pos­si­bly life-al­ter­ing de­ci­sions vir­tu­ally unchecked.” Face­book is con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, while Twit­ter said it’s re­voked the startup’s ac­cess to tools that help it search users’ ac­counts. Pre­dic­tim chief Sal Parsa said the ser­vice is a vi­tal tool for any par­ent who wants to de­tect abu­sive babysit­ters who “have men­tal ill­ness or are just born evil.” the hack­ers col­lected $6 mil­lion in ran­som and caused $30 mil­lion worth of dam­age. Us­ing so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy, the men es­sen­tially shut down en­tire mu­nic­i­pal, hospi­tal, or busi­ness sys­tems, then forced vic­tims to pay in Bit­coin to get their data back. They don’t seem to have been work­ing on be­half of Iran’s gov­ern­ment. The U.S. has no ex­tra­di­tion deal with Iran, so the hack­ers are un­likely to be jailed.

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