Emails sent by the "have an affair" dating network's CEO suggest the firm "hacked" rival Nerve.com in 2012, taking its user database.
“They did a very lousy job building their platform. I got their entire user base,” [Ashley Madison CTO Raja] Bhatia told [CEO Noel] Biderman via email, including in the message a link to a Github archive with a sample of the database. “Also, I can turn any non paying user into a paying user, vice versa, compose messages between users, check unread stats, etc.”
Neither Bhatia nor Biderman could be immediately reached for comment. KrebsOnSecurity.com spoke with Bhatia last week after the Impact Team made good on its threat to release the Ashley Madison user database. At the time, Bhatia was downplaying the leak, saying that his team of investigators had found no signs that the dump of data was legitimate,
Alas, it was for real. Ashley Madison charged its users to have their personal data wiped, but did not do so, and now that data is out in the wild.
I took as my source material a particularly lavish passage from Call of Cthulhu. Sorry about it being a screengrab. Allow me to atone by offering a BONUS passage from The Eye of Argon, with adjectives, similes and metaphors edited out:
EXTRA: Hemingway with Lovecraft adjectives edited in.
MORE. Per Alex's request for "Lovecraftian news reports/headlines?"
News reportage has focused on the propaganda messages, but this, relentlessly blasted across the border at such volume it can be heard 12 miles in, is surely what's really keeping DPRK leader Kim Jong Un up at night.
The track—"DJ, put it back on!"—is called "Tell Me Your Wish," by "Girls' Generation." It has 33m YouTube views, so far.
Politiwoops, already dead in the U.S., now dies in 30 more countries. They rely on Twitter's API, after all, which the company has long made clear is not a public service. The problem: it kills something that keeps politicians honest.
"It’s a terrible shame that Twitter has made this decision. Politwoops has been an important new tool in political accountability in the UK and abroad. Politicians are all too happy to use social media to campaign, but if we lose the ability for this to be properly preserved, it becomes a one-way tool."
Once again, with feeling: Body Mass Index doesn't tell us much about who is and is not overweight. Albert Sun weighs in for the NYT:
The illustrations here were created from scans of six people, who were all 5 feet 9 inches tall and 172 pounds. This means that though their bodies look very different, they all have exactly the same body mass index, or B.M.I. At 25.4, technically each of them could be considered overweight. (By the most common definition people with a B.M.I. over 25 are overweight and those with a B.M.I. over 30 are considered obese.)
A simple methdology: compare the IMDB rating of the final episode vs the show's average. Dragonball Z and Dexter share bottom spot, but who wins?
A beautiful and strangely haunting trip to a compilation of the Geocities-era web, made of carefully-rearranged bitmaps & bitrot. Read the rest
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The jet crash at the Shoreham airshow near Worthing, England, also left one person critically injured and 14 in hospital. The BBC has more.
Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow.
South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims died at the scene, while another person is critical in hospital.
The plane crashed on the nearby A27. Witnesses said it was performing a loop but could not complete the manoeuvre.
Prime Minister David Cameron sent his "heartfelt condolences" to the families and friends of those who died in the crash.
Many bystanders caught footage of the descent and its aftermath. Lee Allwright searched for survivors at the scene, but every vehicle seems hopelessly damaged:
The Guardian has collected some of the videos being posted to the 'net.
Ray Kemp's illustrative footage shows the jet's loop from a distance.
Heather Havrilesky explains that the moralizing and schadenfruede around the leak has obscured what it means for everyone, even those of us who don't sign up to cheat on our partners: everyone has something to hide.
This isn't just a particularly suspenseful episode of Mr. Robot we're witnessing. The world is changing quickly, and real lives are being destroyed by the recklessness at play on civic, corporate, and individual levels. Every other day, there are new security breaches, and more private information is shared with strangers. Simply proclaiming that all of our secrets will be revealed, or naïvely asserting that you have nothing to hide — this is the behavior of citizens who don’t know history, or who've surrendered completely to a modern sense of learned helplessness, or who simply don't care about protecting the weakest or the most vulnerable among us. Yes, that includes cheaters. It includes all of us. We are all vulnerable now. We are all at risk.
And here's Glenn Greenwald on the smarmy moralizing going on: "whatever else is true, adultery is a private matter between the adulterer and his or her spouse."
The "old, confusing tradition" is on its way to the history books, should the newspapers be believed.
What was the source of all this anxiety? A survey commissioned by the Rosy Lee tea company (“The Londoners’ Tea—warming the cockles of ya heart!”), and conducted by the market research agency ICM Unlimited, which found that Britons under the age of 25 in some cases had more trouble correctly defining slang phrases than their over-45 counterparts. Forty percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 didn’t know that “Rosy Lee” was Cockney slang for “tea,” but more than 90 percent of respondents older than 45 got it right