By Geoffrey Smith and Alan Murray
September 23, 2016

Happy Friday.


If you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to change your password. The company just announced it had a massive cyber attack back in 2004. More details on that below. Because this wasn’t known at the time the deal was struck, it could affect Yahoo’s merger agreement with Verizon.


Meanwhile, since many of you seem determined to suss out my political leanings, let me save you time. I’m a registered independent, and have voted for Republican presidential candidates as often as Democratic candidates over the years. The only discernible pattern is that I seem to have an aversion to giving anyone a second term. Perhaps that comes from spending too much time in Washington.


In the current campaign, I share the temptation of many CEO Daily readers to vote “none of the above.” But I will not vote for Trump, both for economic reasons – his repudiation of the global free market policies that have powered post-World War II prosperity – and because of his blatant race-baiting.


Having said that, the Trump and Sanders campaigns this year have highlighted a serious flaw in our current economic system. A substantial sector of the American public feels, with some justification, that the rising tide is no longer lifting all boats. This is the pressing issue of our times. And with the dysfunction in Washington unlikely to improve after the election, the business community must take the lead in addressing these issues.


At Fortune, this has become one of our two guiding missions. (The other is to help our readers navigate the accelerating pace of technological change on their businesses.) It is why we started the Change the World list, which focuses on companies that address major global social problems as part of their core business. And it is why we are taking 100 leading global CEOs to the Vatican in December, to engage them in a serious discussion about how to make the global economic system work better for all.


I’ll be on vacation next week. Fortune Deputy Editor Clifton Leaf will be writing this column.


Enjoy the weekend.


Alan Murray


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