Telex: Google linked to a Russian adtech, Nancy adopts the Urbanloop autonomous shuttle, US defense launches a bug bounty program

– Google shared data with a Russian adtech. PropPublica, an organization dedicated to investigative journalism revealed that Google has licensed RuTarget, a Russian company that helps brands and agencies buy digital ads, access and store data about people browsing websites and applications in Ukraine and other parts of the world. Data sharing between Google and RuTarget reportedly stopped on June 23, the day ProPublica contacted Google about the activity. The information included unique cell phone identifiers, IP addresses, location information, etc. Google spokesman Michael Aciman said the company “is committed to complying with all applicable sanctions and trade compliance laws.”

– Nancy adopts the Urbanloop autonomous shuttle. Developed by the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, this autonomous, rail-based public transport system aims to be innovative. It works with several capsules attached to each other. Each capsule can accommodate one to three people and is 1 meter wide, 1.68 meters high and 3.40 meters long. This space-saving electric vehicle aims to respond to a problem of space on the public highway. “Greater Nancy will be the first metropolis in the world to make the Urbanloop a mode of transport for the daily life of the inhabitants”, specified Mathieu Klein, the mayor of Nancy, on the occasion of the presentation of the shuttle. The city should therefore adopt this unusual mode of transport by 2026.

– US Defense launches bug bounty program. The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that the Chief digital and artificial intelligence Office (CDAO), the Directorate of Digital Services and the Department of defense cyber crime center (DC3) are launching a bounty program of bugs called “Hack US”. It should reward ethical hackers and security researchers who can identify critical and high-severity vulnerabilities under the DoD Vulnerability Disclosure Program. Bounties vary between $500 and $3,000 for a total of $110,000 allocated to researching these vulnerability disclosures.

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