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Disney wins tentative approval from Bahamas for a cruise port on the island of Eleuthera

October 20, 2018 |

In a decision criticized by locals and environmentalists, the government of the Bahamas has given tentative approval to a plan by Disney Cruise Line to build a cruise port on the southern tip of the thin, 110-mile-long island of Eleuthera.

The port would be part of a 746-acre development by the…


L.A. Times – Business

Disney and labor unions are spending big on Anaheim’s ‘living wage’ measure and council races

October 18, 2018 |

With less than a month before election day, labor unions and Walt Disney Co. have shelled out more than half of all contributions to campaigns that will decide the fates of a controversial ”living wage” initiative and a majority of the seats on the Anaheim City Council.

The unusually expensive…


L.A. Times – Business

Guy’s Disney Proposal Didn’t Get Fairytale Ending

October 13, 2018 |

A Long Island man thought July 8, 2015, was going to be “one of the most important” days of his life, but now he’s suing Disney World for ruining it. Fox News reports on Marc Rubin’s lawsuit, which the 57-year-old filed Sept. 27 in Florida’s Orange County Circuit Court, and…
Newser

Disney pulls the plug on its proposed luxury hotel in Anaheim, citing the loss of a tax break

October 11, 2018 |

The Walt Disney Co. has canceled plans to build a 700-room luxury hotel near its Anaheim resort, citing the city’s elimination of a tax rebate agreement that would have saved the media giant $ 267 million over 20 years.

The cancellation of the hotel — what would have been the fourth at the resort…


L.A. Times – Business

Deep Web Roundup: Intelligence Official Charged With Selling Secrets, Disney Visits the Darknet

October 2, 2018 |

Deep Web Roundup: Intelligence Official Charged With Selling Secrets, Disney Visits the Darknet

A French intelligence official has been charged with selling state secrets on the dark web for BTC. Also in this roundup, we look at a new threat analysis tool trawling deep web sites for certain keywords and detail a surprise namecheck in Disney’s latest movie.

Also read: Banks, Money Mules and Front Companies Aid Terrorists in Conflict Zones Launder Money

French Officer Charged With Selling State Secrets

Deep Web Roundup: Intelligence Official Charged With Selling Secrets, Disney Visits the DarknetThere’s more to the deep web than criminality; like every part of the internet, the darknet can be used for good, bad, and the vast expanse of gray that lies between the two. But even when there is lawless behavior being perpetrated on the darknet, it isn’t always by the sort of criminals you might expect to be complicit.

When there’s illicitly obtained data to be sold, the deep web is the first place most thieves set up shop. Usually those criminals are fleeing the law, not acting as law enforcement officers themselves. French publication Le Parisien has detailed an officer with the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI) who’s been remanded after being indicted for selling state secrets. The charges allege that the unnamed officer was selling documents on the deep web in exchange for bitcoin.

France’s DGSI intelligence agency handles counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, cybercrime and surveillance of criminal groups, organizations, and social phenomena. Its officers are therefore privy to sensitive information that would naturally be of interest to suspects, not least those who are under investigation. After the French intelligence services discovered the leak, they succeeded in tracing the documents back to the officer who uploaded them and promptly arrested the individual before proceeding to dismantle the criminal network the officer had been investigating, presumably believing the case to be compromised.

It has been reported that the DGSI agent faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Cases involving law enforcement agents going rogue in the context of the deep web are not unheard of. Most famously, during the Silk Road investigation DEA agents Shaun Bridges and Carl Force turned to theft and extortion. Controversially, however, their tainted evidence was permitted as part of the case that ultimately helped to convict Ross Ulbricht.

Using Keywords to Perform Deep Web Threat Analysis

A recent study proposes a threat intelligence tool to identify suspicious activities on darknet sites. The deep web, due to its design, is notoriously difficult to trawl for information in the same manner as the clearnet. The researchers’ tool, developed in Python, was used to trawl over 4,300 deep web sites known to be associated with criminal activity. It then grouped keywords according to high priority (typically weapons-related terms such as “FN SCAR 17S” or drugs such as heroine), medium, and low priority. The tool’s most obvious application is of course for law enforcement seeking to identify deep web domains responsible for the majority of the chatter surrounding proscribed topics.

Deep Web Roundup: Intelligence Official Charged With Selling Secrets, Disney Visits the Darknet
Disney’s interpretation of the deep web in Wreck It Ralph 2

Disney Visits the Darknet

The trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2 is out and its titular character is headed to some very dark places. Set on the internet, complete with a series of in-jokes about Rick Rolling, cats, and flossing, the movie takes a trip to somewhere Disney audiences probably never imagined they’d be led: the deep web. That’s right, the creators of such cutesy cartoon capers as Frozen are plunging their audience into a realm synonymous with hard drugs, assassination marketplaces, honeypots and hacks. “This is what’s called the darknet,” announces a voice (around 2:00 in the trailer below) before Ralph comes face-to-face with a two-headed monster. File this one under Things We Never Thought We’d See Happen. The next generation to visit the deep web are going to be in for a rude awakening.

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Sky Loss Is a Disappointment for Disney Ambitions

September 23, 2018 |

Walt Disney didn’t win Sky as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, but the end to the unusual bidding war leaves rival Comcast paying a sum that will benefit Disney as a minority owner of the British pay-TV operator.
WSJ.com: US Business

Comcast outbids Walt Disney Co. with $39-billion offer for Europe’s Sky TV

September 22, 2018 |

Comcast Corp. triumphed over the Walt Disney Co. in a hard-fought battle for Sky television, by offering $ 39 billion for the satellite-TV service that has 23 million customers in five European countries.

The Philadelphia cable company came away with the prize during a rare auction conducted Saturday…


L.A. Times – Business

Disney wants to end tax incentive deals with Anaheim in an attempt to improve relationship with city

August 22, 2018 |

Amid growing animosity between Anaheim and Walt Disney Co., the president of the media giant’s Disneyland Resort asked the city to end all tax incentive deals in hopes of promoting “cooperation and goodwill.”

The move marks an end to the way Disney has long done business in the home town of its…


L.A. Times – Business

Blame Netflix, Disney and the Dodgers for killing Americans’ cable-TV bundle

August 16, 2018 |

Every minute, another six people cut the cord.

The reason American consumers are abandoning their cable subscriptions is not a mystery: It’s expensive, and cheaper online alternatives are everywhere. But who exactly is responsible for the slow demise of the original way Americans paid for television?…


L.A. Times – Business

Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job

August 16, 2018 |

A grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania says church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they’d fielded at least one complaint about him sexually abusing a boy.
FOX News