• The Equifax breach was disclosed in 2017, exposed financial records of 150M Americans
• FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich: “This is the largest theft of sensitive PII by state-sponsored hackers ever recorded.” Read the rest
An unsecured facial recognition database that contained info on thousands of children from 20 schools in China, half of which are located in historically ethnic Tibetan areas, has been found online. Read the rest
In a decision released late Tuesday night, a federal judge ruled that up to 29 million Facebook users whose personal info was stolen in a September 2018 data breach are not entitled to sue Facebook as a group for damages -- but the users may be entitled to demand better personal data security at Facebook. Read the rest
Another data security disaster for 'food delivery on demand' startup DoorDash, and it's not their first. The company confirms a data breach, and says sensitive information belonging to 4.9 million individual customers, delivery workers, and merchants -- all stolen by hackers. Read the rest
As someone who makes a lot of Korean food, this is the best method for getting garlic peeled!? pic.twitter.com/14GGJDQhRj
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If you've got a lot of garlic to peel, Twitter user @VPestilenZ shows how to release the cloves from both the bulb and its protective sheath quickly and easily. It looks like you'll need to poke, and then pull out, the individual cloves one by one with a paring knife (or is that a pocket knife?). Either way, be careful to not stab yourself.
How bad is the Marriott/Starwood breach disclosed today? "Unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014 … For approximately 327M of these guests, the info includes some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number.”
Marriott says information from as many as 500 million people has been compromised, and credit card numbers and expiration dates of some guests may have been taken. Read the rest
In the mid-1990s, Nintendo released Satellaview, a satellite modem for Nintendo's Super Famicom (SNES) only available in Japan. Just for kicks, Bertrand Fan hacked an SNES and Satellaview to run Slack. Bertrand has an intimate knowledge of Slack because he's one of the engineers building that platform. From Bert:
If you can beam satellite signals to a SNES, you can probably run Slack on it...
Most SNES games are closed systems. When you play a game like Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus, an educational game about dinosaurs with asthma that teaches you how to use an inhaler, the content is fixed on the cartridge.
But the game that comes with the Satellaview, BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen (BS-X それは名前を盗まれた街の物語), is different. It looks like a lot of Japanese RPGs but has one key difference: it can receive content beamed from the sky and that content gets integrated into the game....
Using a tool called SatellaWave, you can generate your own Satellaview Broadcast binary files.
Slack on a SNES (Bert.org)
Ticketmaster UK today admitted that an unknown number of customers' data may have been stolen in a malware attack. Read the rest
A security breach affected the MyHeritage website, and leaked the personal information of over 92 million users, the Israeli company said Tuesday. Read the rest
Two influential members of the U.S. Senate today demanded answers from Equifax on the recent massive data breach that affected 143 million Americans. Read the rest
Hackers seeking to bring down undercover dating website Ashely Madison have released personal data for two of its anonymous, affair-seeking users. Read the rest
"Your car battery is dead and you like a boost to jump start? Maybe you can use AA batteries to crank the engine..." Read the rest