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A South Korean government agency said Friday that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung’s chip plants.
The Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service, which is part of the labor ministry, ruled earlier this month that there was a “considerable causal relationship” between the woman’s cancer and her five years of work at a semiconductor plant near Seoul. The ruling didn’t become public until Friday when the agency announced compensation for the woman’s family.
Samsung spokesman James Chung said it will not appeal the government’s decision. The company is the world’s largest maker of computer memory chips.
There have been very few cases in South Korea in which a link between working conditions and cancer has been convincingly demonstrated. Nearly 30 South Koreans have filed claims with the agency that working at Samsung caused rare forms of disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors. Another dozen people whose claims were rejected by the agency have filed court appeals.
The Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service collects insurance fees from companies and makes rulings on whether diseases are caused by workplace hazards. Workers file industrial disease-related claims with the agency, not with their employer. Either party can appeal to the courts.
The woman, whose last name is Kim, died in March, age 36, three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Kim worked for Samsung from 1995 to 2000. Her first name was not released at her family’s request.
The agency didn’t say how much compensation was paid, but spokesman Kang Byung-soo said it usually amounts to nearly four years of a worker’s salary.
“There was an exposure to organic solvents and radiation. The earlier the exposure is, the more likely the cancer…
If you’re wondering what happened to those Instagram photos you were trying to share on Twitter, you’re not alone. Photo images from the popular photo-sharing service went dark Sunday on Twitter, a decision, Twitter says, that was made by Instagram, which was acquired earlier in the year for $1 billion by Facebook.
“Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter,” the microblogging site wrote in a status update. “As a result, photos are no longer appearing in tweets or user photo galleries.” Instagram photos can still be shared via a direct link on Twitter, but the photo isn’t visible in the tweet, “as was previously the case,” Twitter noted.
Late Monday, Twitter released a mobile app for iPhone and Android devices that includes a photo filter and other features that were available on Instagram. Instagram on Monday announced a new version of its popular Apple iOS app and an upgrade for Google’s Android devices.
The Instagram blockade set off howls of protest from consumers.
“Extremely upset that Instagram pictures are a separate link now,” wrote Twitter user Kaitlin M.
“Annoyed at Instagram for getting rid of the Twitter integration,” tweeted Twitter user Alfredo F. “I hate actually clicking the Instagram link to view a photo.”
The Instagram social network on iOS and Android devices has 80 million members, most of whom view photos on their devices.
In an appearance last week, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said he wanted folks viewing photos on his service. “Really it’s about where do you go to consume that image, to interact with that image. We want that to be on Instagram,” Systrom said at the LeWeb conference in Paris. “What we realized over time is we really needed to have an awesome Web presence.”
Online, if you go to the Instagram Web site, you can’t easily view photos. To make that happen, you…
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Instagram is a social site for posting and sharing photos. According to the October cyber security report from Symantec, it’s also beginning to harbor security threats.
Wherever there are lots of users, there will inevitably be attempts to trick users into revealing confidential information, and Instagram is only the latest to attract the attention of security watchers. In addition to the new Symantec report, there have previously been several reports of security issues with the privacy setting and other aspects of the site.
The Symantec report’s author, Cyber Security Threat Analyst Ben Nahorney, found the threat he explored on Instagram took the form of enticing links and followers.
The Suspicious Trail
He said the trail began when he found a notification on his phone about a comment posted to his Instagram account. The comment read: “Hi there, Get a FREE Game in my Profile, OPEN it up, Get 85.90$ xx.”
The profile contained a photo of an attractive blonde woman with more than thousands of followers and a link. Nahorney noted that the link was in the profile, and not in the comment, apparently because Instagram might automatically remove a suspicious link in a comment.
Nahorney said he followed the link under controlled conditions. It led to an offer for a premium mobile service that would send videos of cute animals for a small price each month. To sign up, the service required the user’s phone number, which he did not supply.
But, after he deleted the comment on Instagram, Nahorney noticed that his follower count on Instagram doubled in a two-hour period — and they all had photos of attractive women, none had posted any photos, and each one had a Profile bio with a shortened URL. Although each shortened URL was different, they all led to the same…
Several NBC Web sites were hacked on Sunday by a person or group calling itself “pyknic” and suggesting a possible link to the cyber-attack group Anonymous.
It appeared that the “defacement” of the affected sub-sites was cleaned up in a couple hours. NBC and its various Web sites appeared to be functioning normally as of Sunday evening Eastern time. However, older versions maintained by search engines such as Google and Bing still bore the message “hacked by pyknic” — a possible reference to an obscure hacker or “hacktivist” group.
The message said “Remember, remember the fifth of November.” That reference suggested a link to Anonymous, a movement of cyber rebels which has appropriated much of the symbolism around Britain’s upcoming Guy Fawkes Day, a holiday meant to mark the failed plot to blow up the country’s parliament in 1605.
However, conclusively determining responsibility for such attacks can be nearly impossible.
Also defaced by “pyknic” Sunday was a Lady Gaga fan site, Gaga Daily, an act which drew a sympathetic message from the pop star on Twitter.
“My little angels! help is on the way,” the message read, adding that “haus of gaga techies will be on it … to the rescue. calling them now.”
The site was soon restored.
Anonymous and its offshoot Lulz Security have been linked to a number of high-profile computer attacks and crimes, including many that were meant to embarrass governments, federal agencies and corporate giants.
Spokesmen for NBC Universal declined to comment. An FBI spokesman didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
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