Seven Australians Killed In Mass Shooting, Excel Feature Raises Security Concerns, 2018 Hurricane Season Could Be Harrowing

Seven Australians Killed In Mass Shooting, Excel Feature Raises Security Concerns, 2018 Hurricane Season Could Be Harrowing, And More
  • ​​Seven people are dead after a shooting at a rural property in Osmington, Australia, marking it the worst mass shooting in the nation in 22 years. The seven victims were family members—including four children—and NBC reports that authorities are not looking for a suspect at this time. The incident appears to be the mass shooting with the most victims since Australia overhauled its gun laws following an attack in Tasmania that killed 35 people in 1996.

  • A new feature in Microsoft Excel may help users, but is also raising security concerns. The feature will allow users to execute custom JavaScript functions in spreadsheets. “…it should make Excel even more powerful and capable by allowing users to integrate expanded information from the Web and third-party services…But JavaScript also creates more interconnection and more access points—meaning more points of potential vulnerability,” according to WIRED.

  • New research finds that the 2018 hurricane season may be even worse than the 2017 season. “The peak season for Atlantic storms, which officially starts on June 1, is set to spur as many as 18 named storms, with up to five of them developing into major hurricanes,” The Guardian found after analyzing research by North Carolina State University and Colorado State University.

  • The World Health Organization plans to use an Ebola vaccine to stop an outbreak in the Congo. “The WHO is moving quickly, having been criticized for bungling its response to a 2014-2016 outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia,” Reuters reports. 

  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill that would require U.S. border p​atrol agents to report every time they stop and question people about their citizenship status. “Under current law, agents from [U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] have broad authority to stop and question people about their immigration status,” Vox said. “In the 100-mile border zone—the area of the United States that’s within 100 miles of a land or water border—agents can pull over cars and board vehicles to ask passengers about their citizenship if they suspect a person is not in the country legally.”

  • In other news, Starbucks will now make restrooms available without making a purchase, U.S. regulator issues a $120 million fine for robocalls, a Pew Research report finds that the public supports U.S. talks with North Korea but doubts if leaders are “serious,” and a new photo series takes a look at the hidden War on Terror.