Hard Numbers: Estonia cyberattack, young Japanese told to drink up, Emirates shuns Nigeria, Chinese cat cameo
200: Russian hackers launched a cyberattack Thursday against more than 200 government and corporate websites in Estonia, payback for removing a Soviet-era monument. The Baltic country, one of the loudest critics of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, was hit in 2007 by a massive wave of cyberattacks after the relocation of a Red Army statue that knocked Estonia almost entirely offline, which Tallinn blamed on Moscow.
1.7: Japan’s tax agency has announced a viral campaign encouraging the youth to drink ... more. Young Japanese drink less booze than their parents, and the government now only collects 1.7% of its total tax revenue from alcohol taxes, down from 5% in 1980.
85 million: Emirates, one of the UAE's two flagship airlines, will stop flying to Nigeria on Sept. 1 because Abuja is refusing to hand over $85 million of the airline's funds. The government is hoarding the foreign currency revenues due to the country's dollar shortage, which is in fact an Africa-wide problem, exacerbated by high inflation and depreciating local currencies.6,000: A Chinese teacher won $6,000 in compensation after a judge ruled she was unfairly sacked by an education tech company because her cat appeared on camera five times during a virtual class. Good opportunity to bring back the absolute best cat filter on Zoom clip of all time.