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A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accounts

Source: CNN

New York (CNN Business)In one of the biggest data breaches ever, a hacker gained access to more than 100 million Capital One customers' accounts and credit card applications earlier this year.

Paige Thompson is accused of breaking into a Capital One server and gaining access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, in addition to an undisclosed number of people's names, addresses, credit scores, credit limits, balances, and other information, according to the bank and the US Department of Justice.

A criminal complaint says Thompson tried to share the information with others online. The 33-year-old, who lives in Seattle, had previously worked as a tech company software engineer for Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, the cloud hosting company that Capital One was using, the Justice Department said. She was able to gain access by exploiting a misconfigured web application firewall, according to a court filing.

Thompson was arrested Monday in connection with the breach, the Justice Department said. Thompson's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/29/business/capital-one-data-breach/index.html

Photo editor FaceApp goes viral again, prompting security concerns

Source: NBC News

A photo editing app has introduced a few new wrinkles to the faces of celebrities — and to the ongoing discussion around personal digital security.

FaceApp, a more than 2-year-old app created by a Russia-based developer, has seen a recent spike in use due to some celebrities and influencers taking part in the "FaceApp Challenge."

The app has a host of image-altering features such as adding a smile or appearing to change a person's gender. Those taking part in the challenge are using the app to make themselves appear elderly, giving fans a preview of what their favorite athletes or celebrities would look like once they become senior citizens.

The Democratic National Committee felt the app posed enough of a risk to send an alert to its party's presidential campaigns on Wednesday, warning against using the app that was "developed by Russians," according to a source familiar with the alert who was not authorized to speak publicly. The warning was first reported by CNN.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/photo-editor-faceapp-goes-viral-again-prompting-security-concerns-n1030776

Breaking: Chuck Schumer has asked the FBI to investigateper ABC news

Cheney's Office Considered Disguising Navy Seals As Iranians To Provoke War

from a 2008 Think Progress article:
Hersh: There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.

sounds like some old ideas have been revived

Republicans forget about the rulebook when it suits them, from bridge of spies

UAF - 2010 - Hunting for methane with Katey Walter Anthony

I believe Fire On Ice will be available for free tomorrow only on HBO Now & HBO Go if you don't have HBO.

This Christmas TV advert by Iceland and Greenpeace was banned as it was too political.

It shows the destruction of the rain forest to make palm oil and features a orangutan

U.S. Supreme Court blocks redrawing of Ohio, Michigan electoral maps

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked lower court rulings ordering Republican legislators in Michigan and Ohio to redraw U.S. congressional maps ahead of the 2020 elections, dealing a blow to Democrats who had argued that the electoral districts were intended to unlawfully diminish their political clout.

The justices granted requests from Republican lawmakers in both states to put those decisions on hold, halting further action in the cases and the need to rework electoral district boundaries. The justices did not provide any explanation for their brief orders.

The lower courts found that the electoral maps in the two states had been drawn to entrench Republicans in power by manipulating boundaries in a way that reduced the voting clout of Democrats - a practice known as partisan gerrymandering - in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

While both disputes involve U.S. House of Representatives districts in the two states, the Michigan case challenges districts in the state legislature as well.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-gerrymandering/u-s-supreme-court-blocks-redrawing-of-ohio-michigan-electoral-maps-idUSKCN1SU292

Trump orders U.S. intelligence to assist in surveillance investigation around 2016 campaign

Source: CBS

President Trump ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's investigation into surveillance activities surrounding Mr. Trump's 2016 campaign, according to a memo from the White House. The memo also said Barr has been "delegated full and complete authority to declassify information" related to the investigation.

"Today's action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

In congressional testimony last month, Barr said he believes "spying did occur during the campaign," a belief shared by Mr. Trump. "I just want to satisfy myself that there were no abuse of law enforcement or intelligence powers," Barr told a Senate panel.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-orders-u-s-intelligence-to-assist-in-surveillance-issues-around-2016-campaign/

China Faces New 'Long March' as Trade War Intensifies, Xi Jinping Says

Source: businessinsider

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on the country to "make a new start" and signaled that the trade war with the US is far from over.

During a speech in China's southeast Jiangxi province, Xi told cheering crowds that the nation was embarking on a "new Long March" and encouraged the country to remain resilient in the face of hardship.

"Now there is a new Long March, and we should make a new start," Xi said Monday during his first national tour since the US-China trade war intensified this month with a series of tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of imports.

Xi's remarks had cultural significance for residents of Jiangxi, historically known as the starting point for the 6,000 mile trek referred to as the Long March of 1934, which eventually led to the ousting of the Nationalist forces by the Communist Party and the emergence of Mao Zedong as China's leader.

The Chinese president's recent actions have been interpreted attacks on US President Donald Trump as the trade war between the two nations rages on. On Monday, Xi was photographed at a rare earth magnet factory in eastern China, a highly publicized stunt that suggests China may be planning to weaponize its rare earth materials, which are used in a wide range of hi-tech US products such as smartphones and electric cars.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/xi-jinping-china-is-ready-long-march-us-trade-war-2019-5

This is basically China calling for a no holds barred trade war with the US. NYT had the latest on this but subscription was needed

It is Armed Forces Day, would like to share a little WW1 cat history on this day

Mark Strauss
filed on 8/22/14

Throughout the "war to end all wars," cats were a common sight in the trenches and aboard ships, where they hunted mice and rats. Beyond their "official" duties, they were also embraced as mascots and pets by the soldiers and sailors with whom they served.

An estimated 500,000 cats were dispatched to the trenches, where they killed rats and mice; some were also used as gas detectors. At sea, cats had the run of the ship — a tradition dating back thousands of years. As the U.S. Naval Institute explains:

It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates. In addition to offering sailors much needed companionship on long voyages, cats provided protection by ridding ships of vermin. Without the presence of cats, a crew might find their ship overrun with rats and mice that would eat into the provisions, chew through ropes and spread disease. The more superstitious sailors believed that cats protected them by bringing good luck. It was also common for crews to adopt cats from the foreign lands they visited to serve as souvenirs as well as reminders of their pets at home.

Ship's cat aboard the HMAS Encounter. [Wikipedia]

A gunner with the regimental cat in a trench. Cambrin, France, February 6th, 1918. [IWM]

Feline mascot named "Spark Plug." [Library of Congress]

"Pincher," the mascot of the HMS Vindex, sitting on the propeller of one of the sea planes carried by the ship. [Wikipedia]

Two men of the 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders (15th Division) with their pet cat. "Martinpuich," August 25th, 1916. [IWM]

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