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#767328 Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Posted by DFighter on 20 June 2017 - 09:53 AM

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Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee.


The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.
The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server.
Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.

Political biases exposed

The huge cache of data was discovered last week by Chris Vickery, a cyber-risk analyst with security firm UpGuard. The information seems to have been collected from a wide range of sources - from posts on controversial banned threads on the social network Reddit, to committees that raised funds for the Republican Party.

The information was stored in spreadsheets uploaded to a server owned by Deep Root Analytics. It had last been updated in January when President Donald Trump was inaugurated and had been online for an unknown period of time.

"We take full responsibility for this situation. Based on the information we have gathered thus far, we do not believe that our systems have been hacked," Deep Root Analytics'

founder Alex Lundry told technology website Gizmodo.

"Since this event has come to our attention, we have updated the access settings and put protocols in place to prevent further access."

Apart from personal details, the data also contained citizens' suspected religious affiliations, ethnicities and political biases, such as where they stood on controversial topics like gun control, the right to abortion and stem cell research.
The file names and directories indicated that the data was meant to be used by influential Republican political organisations. The idea was to try to create a profile on as many

voters as possible using all available data, so some of the fields in the spreadsheets were left left empty if an answer could not be found.
"That such an enormous national database could be created and hosted online, missing even the simplest of protections against the data being publicly accessible, is troubling,"

Dan O'Sullivan wrote in a blog post on Upguard's website.
"The ability to collect such information and store it insecurely further calls into question the responsibilities owed by private corporations and political campaigns to those citizens targeted by increasingly high-powered data analytics operations."

Privacy concerns

Although it is known that political parties routinely gather data on voters, this is the largest breach of electoral data in the US to date and privacy experts are concerned about the sheer scale of the data gathered.

"This is deeply troubling. This is not just sensitive, it's intimate information, predictions about people's behaviour, opinions and beliefs that people have never decided to disclose to anyone," Privacy International's policy officer Frederike Kaltheuner told the BBC News website.

However, the issue of data collection and using computer models to predict voter behaviour is not just limited to marketing firms - Privacy International says that the entire online advertising ecosystem operates in the same way.
"It is a threat to the way democracy works. The GOP [Republican Party] relied on publicly-collected, commercially-provided information. Nobody would have realised that the data they entrusted to one organisation would end up in a database used to target them politically.
"You should be in charge of what is happening to your data, who can use it and for what purposes," Ms Kaltheuner added.

There are fears that leaked data can easily be used for nefarious purposes, from identity fraud to harassment of people under protection orders, or to intimidate people who hold an opposing political view.
"The potential for this type of data being made available publicly and on the dark web is extremely high," Paul Fletcher, a cyber-security evangelist at security firm Alert Logic told the BBC.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/n...nology-40331215



#767275 What song are you listening right now? - Part 6

Posted by DFighter on 20 June 2017 - 03:01 AM




#766950 !tmaps - Command to see the next map

Posted by DFighter on 18 June 2017 - 07:20 AM

It was in anycase great command ye !nextmap orso same thing or same command not sure you could see indeed what map came up next always nice to see it back :P




#766931 NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

Posted by DFighter on 18 June 2017 - 05:21 AM

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British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the
BBC has learned.


Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation.

Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack.
The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus.
The same group is believed to have targeted Sony Pictures in 2014.
The Sony hack came as the company planned to release the movie The Interview, a satire about the North Korean leadership starring Seth Rogen. The movie was eventually given a limited release after an initial delay.
The same group is also thought to have been behind the theft of money from banks.

NHS hit
 
In May, ransomware called WannaCry swept across the world, locking computers and demanding payment for them to be unlocked. The NHS in the UK was particularly badly hit.
Officials in Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) began their own investigation and concluded their assessment in recent weeks.
The ransomware did not target Britain or the NHS specifically, and may well have been a money-making scheme that got out of control, particularly since the hackers do not appear to have retrieved any of the ransom money as yet.
Although the group is based in North Korea the exact role of the leadership in Pyongyang in ordering the attack is less clear.
Detective work
Private sector cyber-security researchers around the world began picking apart the code to try to understand who was behind the attack soon after.
Adrian Nish, who leads the cyber threat intelligence team at BAE Systems, saw overlaps with previous code developed by the Lazarus group.
"It seems to tie back to the same code-base and the same authors," Nish says. "The code-overlaps are significant."

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Private sector cyber security researchers reverse engineered the code but the British assessment by the NCSC - part of the intelligence agency GCHQ - is likely to have been made based on a wider set of sources.

America's NSA has also more recently made the link to North Korea but its assessment is not thought to have been based on as deep as an investigation as the UK, partly because the US was not hit as hard by the incident.
Officials say they have not seen any significant evidence supporting other possible culprits.
Central bank hack

North Korean hackers have been linked to money-making attacks in the past - such as the theft of $81m from the central bank of Bangladesh in 2016.
This sophisticated attack involved making transfers through the Swift payment system which, in some cases, were then laundered through casinos in the Philippines.
"It was one of the biggest bank heists of all time in physical space or in cyberspace," says Nish, who says further activity has been seen in banks in Poland and Mexico.

The Lazarus group has also been linked to the use of ransomware - including against a South Korean supermarket chain.
Other analysts say they saw signs of North Korea investigating the bitcoin method of payment in recent months.
Scattergun

The May 2017 attack was indiscriminate rather than targeted. Its spread was global and may have only been slowed thanks to the work of a British researcher who was able to find a "kill switch" to slow it down.
The attacks caused huge disruption in the short term but they may have also been a strategic failure for the group behind it.

Researchers at Elliptic, a UK-based company which tracks bitcoin payments, say they have seen no withdrawals out of the wallets into which money was paid, although people
are still paying in to them.
Those behind the attack may not have expected it to have spread as fast as it did.
Once they realised that their behaviour was drawing global attention, the risks of moving the money may have been seen as too high given the relatively small amount involved, leaving them with little to show for their work.

The revelation of the link to North Korea will raise difficult questions about what can be done to respond or deter such behaviour in the future.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/n...nology-40297493



#766928 Portugal forest fires kill 58 near Coimbra

Posted by DFighter on 18 June 2017 - 04:39 AM

A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 58 lives, officials say.
 
Most died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government.
Several firefighters are among the 59 people injured.
"Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires," said Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
The death toll could rise further, he said.

Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that 30 of those who died were found inside cars, with another 17 next to the vehicles, on one road leading on to the IC8 motorway.
Another 11 died in a village next to the motorway, Mr Gomes said.

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Media in Portugal said the fire is no closer to being contained despite about 600 firefighters working to put it out.
Among the 59 injured was an eight-year-old girl with burns found wandering alone close to the fire, the Correio do Manhã newspaper reported.

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more pictures here : http://www.bbc.com/n...ctures-40317711

Six firefighters are seriously wounded, national broadcaster RTP said, and two are reported missing.
The Correio do Manhã warned that many areas hit by the fire had not yet been reached by authorities, so the death toll was likely to increase.

About 60 forest fires broke out across the country overnight, with close to 1,700 firefighters battling them across Portugal.
The flames spread "with great violence" on four fronts near Pedrógão Grande, Mr Gomes said.
Spain has sent two water-bombing planes to help tackle the fires, and the European Union is co-ordinating an international firefighting and relief effort.
It is not yet known what caused the fire, however Mr Costa said thunderstorms could have been one possible cause.

Portugal has been experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of more than 40C (104F) in some areas.
"This is a region that has had fires because of its forests, but we cannot remember a tragedy of these proportions," Valdemar Alves, the mayor of Pedrógão Grande, was

quoted as saying by the Associated Press agency.
"I am completely stunned by the number of deaths."
What happens next? Alison Roberts, BBC News, Lisbon

We have had large-scale fires before over the past couple of decades - this year is not unusual in that respect - but it is certainly unusual to have so many fatalities in one place. Portuguese officials are visibly shocked.
There were very particular circumstances with the lightning strikes here - this fire started with a dry lightning strike. There has been rainfall elsewhere but there was no rain there, and this is a heavily-forested area.

Getting it under control depends not only on temperatures, which do seem as though they will be high, but on the wind above all. It is very much in the hands of Mother Nature.

Source video and more photo's: http://www.bbc.com/n...europe-40316934

 




#766398 Beginners #1 - Jay3 New Maps Suggestion

Posted by DFighter on 14 June 2017 - 09:02 AM

No for me to Beach and Golden Dunk.

Beach is overplayed and can be easily overpowered. Golden Dunk is just... meh.
Millenium Falcon would be a nice change, but Baserase, as much as I love it, most regulars do not. So I hate to say it, but -1 on baserace for me.
Also -1 on flameguards from me. I'll reply soon with some alternatives.

EDIT: Ok, I would suggest Sands of Time to replace Flameguards.

 

we just removed sands of time because it made the server empty :P
 

beach, falcon, golden dunk, la rochelle, pretoria you mentioned earlyer  

flameguard for my part out too, minas, hydro, market garden out 




#766373 London fire: Six killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed

Posted by DFighter on 14 June 2017 - 04:59 AM

At least six people are dead after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise.

Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.

Firefighters rescued many people and are still trying to put the fire out in the 24-storey block 12 hours on.

Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for.

During the night, eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children.

It is understood that "several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out shortly after midnight, most of them sleeping.
 

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said the recovery operation would be "complex and lengthy", and the number of fatalities was expected to rise.

He declined to give any details of the number of people who may be missing.

He said it was likely to be some time before police could identify the victims, adding that it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.

An emergency number - 0800 0961 233 - has been set up for anyone concerned about friends or family.

More than 70 people have received treatment in hospital. At least 20 are known to be in a critical condition.

By mid-morning, the building looked to be just smoking ruins but the fire has again taken hold, and cladding is falling to the ground.

Prime Minister Theresa May is "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life", said Downing Street.

Later, police and fire minister Nick Hurd will chair a cross-party meeting to look at how the government can assist the emergency services and local authorities.
 

Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape.

"As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible," he told the BBC.

He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting "don't jump, don't jump".

Eyewitness Jody Martin said: "I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window... hearing screams.

"I was yelling at everyone to get down and they were saying 'We can't leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors.'"

Michael Paramasivan, who lives on the seventh floor with his girlfriend and young daughter, said he ignored official advice to stay in your home.

"If we had stayed in that flat, we would've perished. My gut instinct told me just to get the girls out. I wrapped the little one up because of the smoke and I just got them out."

Another resident, Zoe, who lives on the fourth floor, said she was woken by a neighbour banging on her door.

"The whole landing was thick with smoke. The smoke alarms weren't going off but the way it spread so quickly from the fourth floor, all the way up to the 23rd floor was scary."

Another woman, Sorsan, is trying to find her mother and other relatives who lived on the 22nd floor.

She spoke to them on the phone after the fire broke out, but hasn't been able to get hold of them since.

"They was screaming and I was saying to them 'get out of it, try and find the nearest exit'," she told BBC Radio 5 live.

"But the police were telling them to put a cover down near the door. I was shouting my head off, just saying: 'run'".

Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, is part of the Lancaster West Estate, a sprawling inner-city social housing complex of almost 1,000 homes.

Robert Black, chief executive of the tower's management company, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, said: "The fire at Grenfelll Tower is devastating and the reports of injury and losses of life absolutely heartbreaking.

"Along with my colleagues, I have been supporting residents since the early hours, working with the emergency services and the community."

The BBC's Andy Moore, who was at the scene through the night, described watching debris falling from the building, and hearing explosions and breaking glass.

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Initially, it was feared that the building, which appears to be gutted, could collapse.

Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton urged all residents to make sure they had reported themselves to police so that the authorities know they are safe.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was devastated by the horrific scenes, attended by more than 250 firefighters and 100 ambulance medics.

Questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks, he told BBC Radio.

"We can't have a situation where people's safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or maintained," he said.

Matt Wrack, of the Fire Brigades Union said something had clearly gone badly wrong with fire prevention procedures at the building.

Firefighters would normally fight a fire in a tower block from the inside, going up the fire escape, and fighting using the internal dry-rising mains, he said, but that's not been possible in this case.

Construction firm Rydon said recent building work which it carried out on the block "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

Appeals are being made on social media for news of missing friends and relatives, who might have been caught in the blaze.

Emergency rest centres have opened for those now homeless at Latymer Community Centre, St Clement's Church, Harrow Club and Rugby Portobello Trust. There are also local collections under way for spare clothes, toys, blankets and toiletries.

People are being advised by police to stay away from the area, where roads are closed.

Safety concerns

Grenfell Tower underwent a two-year £10m refurbishment as part of a wider transformation of the estate, that was completed last year.

Work included new exterior cladding and a communal heating system.

The 24-storey tower, containing about 120 flats, is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) on behalf of the council.

Before and during the refurbishment, the local Grenfell Action Group claimed that the block constituted a fire risk and residents warned that site access for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted".

Construction firm Rydon, which carried out the refurbishment, said it was "shocked to hear of the devastating fire" and added that the work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

Council leader Nick Paget-Brown said the buildings were regularly inspected, but a "thorough investigation" was needed.

Source + video's + more photo's: http://www.bbc.com/n...london-40269625

 
 


#766187 What song are you listening right now? - Part 6

Posted by DFighter on 12 June 2017 - 08:53 AM




#765315 What are you drinking right now?

Posted by DFighter on 05 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

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Combined so lovely fruity and fresh drink I love it :P




#765300 Star Trek Discovery

Posted by DFighter on 05 June 2017 - 12:06 PM

new star trek series coming this year




#765270 Beginners #1 - Jay3 New Maps Suggestion

Posted by DFighter on 05 June 2017 - 04:07 AM

wolfsrudel may come from me it's a nice good map that many like to play, mostly the map got rid of bots
uje factory I am interested in too its a new map just released it looks pretty cool and probably no one knows what to do so :P
golden dunk / tram siege 2  both +1 for me

the others i dont know -_-

ow and +1 for v2base :P




#765261 [FIXED]Jay2 server details issue on TB

Posted by DFighter on 05 June 2017 - 03:33 AM

Hello guys,

I'm sorry for any inconveniences that have been caused lately.
The reason for this issue was a crash of our database server. It's back up, yet the master servers are not running anymore.
I contacted Paul to restart them, as I have no permissions to do that.
Hopefully he's at home and can help with this asap!
Excuse these circumstances!

/JoNny

reply from a trackbase leader so they are busy fixing the issue :)




#765258 Hi this is Julia.... Butters Daughter Prom time (-=

Posted by DFighter on 05 June 2017 - 03:25 AM

another big mystery in the evolution theory :P  hope she had a great prom and you to oviously I bet you were dancing secretly 10 meters behind her :D




#765173 [FIXED]Jay2 server details issue on TB

Posted by DFighter on 04 June 2017 - 12:07 PM

all servers that dont have tsp are standing currently down on trackbase I already made a topic on their forum about it and await a answer if this is permanent or just a random error

sofar only this reply 

Non Tsp servers are shown as offline




#764861 Tech leaders defy Trump on climate deal

Posted by DFighter on 02 June 2017 - 07:29 AM

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The biggest US tech firms are rallying behind the 2015 Paris climate agreement, despite President Trump's decision to leave it.


Mr Trump's move has been met with dismay from other world leaders signed up to the accord - but much of the outcry can be heard on the west coast of his own country.
The chief executives of Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have all criticised the president's decision.

Elon Musk, who had been a member of Mr Trump's business panel, announced he would leave the post.
"Am departing presidential councils," he tweeted. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."

Many firms, including IBM and Amazon, said they would continue to try to meet the goals of the climate deal.
"IBM supported - and still supports - US participation in the Paris Agreement," the technology company said in a statement.

Microsoft remained "committed" to doing its part for the agreement, its president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said.

Many tech firms have faced scrutiny from environmentalists, thanks to the huge energy demands of their data centres.
US data centres consumed roughly as much energy as six-and-a-half million US homes, according to one report - 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

Tech firms have consequently invested heavily in making their operations greener.
Google, for example, says it is on track to hit its own goal of offsetting 100% of its data centres' energy use against renewable power.
And Apple has said that 96% of its energy comes from renewable sources - the company is now pushing its suppliers to follow its example.
"A lot of these firms have already invested in renewables and [leaving the Paris deal] counters what they're currently invested in," explains analyst Matthew Ball at Canalys.

The implication is that, should it becomes less cost-effective to rely largely on renewables, then that investment could soon look like a mistake.

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But there's another downside for the tech giants.

"It kind of gives a sign that the US is not going to be at the forefront of the technology innovation that's going to be required to meet the agreement's goals," says Mr Ball.
"It gives the edge to the European and Chinese firms."

Getting a slice of the renewable energy market has certainly been an objective for many of America's tech firms.
Tesla, for instance, recently announced a new product - solar panels for your roof that look uncannily like ordinary tiles.

All renewable energy resources combined account for nearly 10% of the US's demand - but certain resources within that, including solar, have been growing rapidly according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Solar energy actually employs more US workers than Apple, Google and Facebook together, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the tech firms have expressed an interest in remaining part of the "renewable revolution".


Source: http://www.bbc.com/n...nology-40131287