Sara in the LA Times: We need tax reform for freelancers

first_imgTax day is a painful moment for many Americans. And for freelancers, it’s even more painful still.Freelancers know they have to deal with tax chores that their nine-to-five, W2 brethren do not –collecting 1099s, keeping up with quarterly taxes, saving separately for retirement, keeping track of myriad expenses.What do we get for our efforts? Access to even less of the social safety net.In today’s LA Times, Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz makes the case that true tax reform would take the $1 trillion freelance economy into account and would provide freelancers with more basic protections.The economy has changed, but tax laws have lagged behind.As Sara writes, “we need a tax system that is aligned with this new reality, one that doesn’t burden freelancers disproportionately or perpetually expose them to debt.”Check out the full article.last_img read more

The hackers targeted the companys secure operatin

first_imgThe hackers targeted the company’s secure operating system, fraud prevention, security network, and Anti-APT solution and services.According to Kaspersky, the source code of the company’s products is undamaged, and the attack will only improve its defensive technologies.“By disclosing the attack we (i) send a signal to the public and question the validity–and morality–of presumably a state-sponsored attacks against private business in general, and security companies in particular; and (ii) share our knowledge with other businesses to help them protect their assets. Even if it does hurt ‘reputation’– I don’t care. Our mission is to save the world, and that admits no compromise,” he wrote. The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab announced it has experienced an advanced hack attack on the company’s own internal networks. According to the group, the attack was complex, stealthy and exploited a number of zero-day vulnerabilities.“The thinking behind it is a generation ahead of anything we’d seen earlier–it uses a number of tricks that make it really difficult to detect and neutralize,” wrote Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, in a blog post.(Related: Facebook announces ThreatExchange to tighten software security)last_img read more