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Credit Agency Equifax Cracked, 143 Million Consumers Exposed
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Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax on Thursday said it suffered a major criminal data breach that exposed personal information of as many as 143 million consumers in the U.S. between mid-May and July of this year. The attack exposed a range of sensitive personal data, including names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, and […]

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TechCrunch: Equifax Hack-Checking Web Site Is Returning Random Results
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An anonymous reader quotes security researcher Brian Krebs: The web site that Equifax advertised as the place where concerned Americans could go to find out whether they were impacted by this breach — equifaxsecurity2017.com — is completely broken at best, and little more than a stalling tactic or sham at worst. In the early hours […]

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As Irma approaches nuclear plants in Florida, lessons from Andrew resonate
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Enlarge / The Energy Information Administration’s “Energy Disruption’s Map” as of Saturday morning. You can check out the interactive map at www.eia.gov/special/disruptions. (credit: Energy Information Administration) In advance of Hurricane Irma, officials from Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced on Thursday that the utility would start shutting down the state’s only two nuclear power plants—Turkey […]

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AI Can Detect Sexual Orientation Based On Person's Photo
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ugen shares a report from CNBC: Artificial Intelligence (AI) can now accurately identify a person’s sexual orientation by analyzing photos of their face, according to new research. The Stanford University study, which is set to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and was first reported in The Economist, found that machines […]

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Equifax tries to explain its response to a massive security breach
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A day after announcing that hackers stole personal information tied to 143 million people in the US, Equifax's response to the breach has come under scrutiny. Language on the website where people could find out if they were affected seemed to say tha…

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Equifax data breach may affect nearly half the US population     – CNET
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Hackers steal sensitive personal information on up to 143 million people from the credit reporting firm.

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What happened to Equifax today
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Today was a terrible day for the 143 million consumers impacted by the Equifax data breach. Many of these folks had Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers compromised. And the credit card information for hundreds of thousands more was put at risk. Though it was uncovered by the company a little over […]

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Facebook sold 2016 election-related ads to “shadowy Russian company”
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(credit: Marco Paköeningrat) Facebook has confirmed a Washington Post report indicating that its ad sales team had sold advertising to a “shadowy Russian company” ahead of the 2016 Presidential election. These sponsored FB posts, in turn, were used to “target” American voters, either by directly naming presidential candidates or by focusing on “politically divisive issues.” This information was disclosed […]

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Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches To Steal Hand Signals From Yankees
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Investigators for Major League Baseball believe the Boston Red Sox, currently in first place in the American League East, have used the Apple Watch to illicitly steal hand signals from opposing teams, reports The New York Times. The Red Sox are believed to have stolen hand […]

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