The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Uber covered up massive cyberattack, ousted VP to take power in Zimbabwe, Navy aircraft crashes off Japan's coast, and more.

by VICE Staff
Nov 22 2017, 3:45pm

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Uber Covered Up Massive Cyberattack
The company reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to delete stolen data and conceal the fact that 57 million users’ personal details—including names, emails, and phone numbers—had been exposed. The license details of around 600,000 drivers were also compromised in the 2016 breach, as admitted by the company. Both Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan and his deputy have been fired. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” said recently installed CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.—VICE News

Navy Aircraft Crashes Off Japan's Coast
Three people are missing after the plane fell into the sea near the Okinawa coastline. Eight others were rescued from the water and are in “good condition,” according to the Navy. The plane had been headed to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the Philippine Sea as part of military exercises in the region.—NBC News

Democrat Probed for Allegedly Paying Off Opponent
The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania representative Bob Brady for his alleged role in a payment made to his opponent Jimmie Moore to encourage him to abandon their 2012 House race, court documents show. Moore has admitted to taking the sum.—CBS News/Philly Inquirer

Minnesota Lawmakers Resign over Harassment Claims
Democrat Dan Schoen and Republican Tony Cornish have both stepped down from the state legislature amid allegations of sexual harassment. Schoen, accused of grabbing one woman and sending another an unsolicited dick pic, has denied wrongdoing. Cornish, meanwhile, reached a settlement with a female lobbyist who accused him of persistently harassing her.—The New York Times

International News

Bosnian Serb General Convicted of Genocide
Ratko Mladic, the former commander of Bosnian Serb forces, has been convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity for ordering the massacre of 8,000 Muslims during the Bosnian War of the early 1990s. Mladic was hauled out of courtroom at the Hague for shouting at UN judges as they began reading the verdict. He received a life sentence.—VICE News

Ousted Vice President to Take Power in Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president fired by Robert Mugabe two weeks ago, has returned from South Africa to take charge after Mugabe finally stepped down Tuesday. Mnangagwa could be sworn in as president as early as Wednesday, according to a Zanu-PF Party official. Zimbabweans took to the streets Tuesday night to celebrate the end of Mugabe’s 37 years in power.—BBC News

Lebanese Prime Minister Postpones Resignation
In a televised speech, Saad Hariri said he had decided to delay his resignation following talks with Lebanese president Michel Aoun. Prime Minister Hariri arrived in Beirut Tuesday night having sparked a diplomatic crisis weeks ago by appearing to resign on TV while in Saudi Arabia. Hariri said he now wanted to help “resolve internal conflicts.”—Al Jazeera

Video Shows Shooting of North Korean Defector
Footage released by the UN command in South Korea shows the moment a North Korean solider was shot at as he fled over the border. The video reveals the defector initially used an army vehicle before fleeing on foot, and shows him being dragged to safety by South Korean soldiers. After being admitted to a hospital, he has reportedly regained consciousness.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Pixar Boss Takes Leaves of Absence After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Pixar and Disney Animation, apologized to anyone “on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture” and said he would step down from his position for at least six months. He has been accused of grabbing and kissing female employees, among other offenses.—VICE

Hawaii Politicians Mull Ban on ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’
Two legislators were considering ways to prohibit the sale of the video game in the state over concerns it was ”designed to lure kids into spending money.” Their worries relate to payments players need to make to unlock hidden content. The game's manufacturer has previously denies it includes what amounts to gambling.—Rolling Stone

Yet Another US Gymnast Alleges Sexual Abuse by Notorious Doctor
Gabby Douglas said she was abused by doctor Larry Nassar, backing up claims made by teammates McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman after previously suggesting women should avoid provocative dress. Douglas said she had been “conditioned to stay silent.”—ABC News

‘Reputation’ Purchased 1.2 Million Times in First Week
Taylor Swift’s new LP enjoyed the tenth-highest selling week since Nielsen began recording album sales in 1991. She sold 1.216 million copies, making this the fourth time Swift has sold more than a million albums in a week.—Noisey

Greta Gerwig Shares Her Fan Mail to Justin Timberlake
The actress-director published gushing letters she wrote to Timberlake, Alanis Morissette, and Dave Matthews to get the rights to their music. She told JT that “Cry Me a River” was “sultry and sullen and infectious… it transmits the cool.”—i-D

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