6 million voter email addresses left unsecured for 9 years researchers say

first_img Share your voice Tags More than 6 million email addresses that appear to have been collected by political campaigners were exposed online for almost a decade, researchers said Tuesday. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET A list of 6.2 million email addresses amassed by Democratic campaign organizers appears to have been exposed on the internet for nearly a decade. Researchers at UpGuard found the list on an unsecured cloud server that would have let anyone with an internet connection read it.The cache, which contains only email addresses and no other identifying information, was uploaded by a former staffer with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC. The list appeared to include mostly personal email addresses, and the largest portion were AOL and Yahoo accounts. In a blog post Tuesday, UpGuard researchers acknowledged the scope of the information isn’t large, but said it should still be concerning.They said it shows that political campaigns are prone to collecting large amounts of information on voters and then failing to secure it. That can leave voter information exposed long after polls close and votes are counted. “If political data can be exposed for 10 years, the risk created by that data has an unknown half-life,” the researchers said. The DSCC confirmed that the data was uploaded by a former staffer, and that the spreadsheet has now been removed.”Since the 2010 cycle, the DSCC now has a centralized and secure management of assets to ensure accounts are following proper security best practices, and all users and staff go through security awareness training to prevent issues like this,” DSCC spokesman Stewart Boss said in a statement.Originally published Aug. 6, 12:41 p.m. PT.Update, 1:37 p.m.: Adds comment from the DSCC. Security Internet 2 Comments Hacking Privacylast_img read more

Gold Imports to Rise Premiums may Double Ahead of Diwali

first_imgAccording to bullion traders, India’s monthly gold imports are set to rise by as much as 50% from the current levels and premiums could also double ahead of this festive season next month. Additionally, gold sales are expected to rise by 15 to 20%.Currently, gold is being sold for around ₹27,000 per ten gram. It is expected that Indian gold buyers would help support global bullion prices which had dipped to eight-and-a-half month low of ₹1,216.01 (₹74,072) per 30 grams amid worries of hike in US interest rates. The festive demands are expected to push local gold prices. Prithiviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association expects the gold price to touch ₹28,500 per ten gram ahead of Hindu festivals like Dhanteras and Diwali.”Gold imports are expected to rise to about 70-75 tonnes per month in the coming months as against a monthly average of 50-60 tonnes,” Reuters quoted Prithviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association.After and during the Indian festive season, Indian gold premiums to the global benchmark are also expected to surge by ₹731 to ₹912 for 30 grams, from the current rate of ₹426 to ₹609 an ounce.Gold reached its highest at ₹35,074 per ten gram in August 2013, but then onwards the bullion prices have slipped steadily aided by weak prices overseas and a strengthening rupee.Deficit worries?Heavy imports raised the fiscal deficit during previous year that had put the rupee under pressure and slowed growth. Following this, UPA finance minister P. Chidambaram raised the import tax on gold for the third time in a year.However, in May 2014, RBI eased import restrictions on this commodity. The central bank permitted private agencies and banks to provide gold loans to the sector. But, the government has not lowered the import duty which is at 10%.India’s investment demand for gold slumped 67% on year in the June quarter, according to World Gold Council.But, Kothari opined that India’s deficit would not hurt because of gold demand during festive season as government’s restrictions on gold imports and lower international prices will prevent the deficit.last_img read more

Actor Punit Lalwani The Reel and Real Life Star

first_imgA person without talent can not win all the races of life. Yes, luck is essential to achieve big in life, but without skill and right effort, don’t expect to make big.Talent concerns the abilities, skills and expertise that determine what a person can do. The effort involves the degree to which the person deploys their capabilities.Punit Lalwani what will you call him, an Actor? Content creator? Voice over Artist? MC ? or all-rounder. Punit is a hugely talented guy who is blessed with so many things, and he is making count by applying all his skills in various fields.Punit has been part of TV serials as a lead actor in Khwabon ke darmiyan which was shown in the middle east on Zee TV. He always loves to act from his childhood, and he has continued it with and now became a famous actor. His many gigs on Insta and YouTube are quite renowned. He has shown his versatility in his acting, which is loved by everyone.He is also a fabulous voice quality; he has worked as a voice-over artist in radio channel in City 1016. Punit is also a legendary MC; he has hosted many local and international weddings, corporate events and other functions.Punit is also Co-founder of content production channel called Viral Panti 101. He also loves to dance and mind you he is no lesser than professional dancers. Punit is also a mind-blowing dancer he has won many prestigious awards in the past in UAE.Punit is an extremely talented guy; what makes people Ga Ga for him is his perfection. He does things with perfection and versatility is his USP. He is a talent who is going to make pretty big shortly with his multi-talent.Here’s wishing multi-talented Punit Lalwani all the best for all his new ventures. We hope he makes it even more significant in his life with his work.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russia NYT

first_imgMembers of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before he won the White House, The New York Times reported Tuesday.Citing “four current and former American officials,” the Times report said that intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow’s intelligence community.US “law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee,” the Times said citing three of the officials who spoke privately due to the ongoing investigation.The nature of the purported calls was not disclosed.The only Trump aide named was Paul Manafort.Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and a former political consultant in Russia and Ukraine, shrugged off the report.“This is absurd,” he told the paper. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.”“It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer,’” he added.The Times said US intelligence was investigating “whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.”The officials interviewed by the paper had so far seen no evidence suggesting that cooperation had existed.In January, US intelligence officials said in a report that Russia intervened in the US electoral process at least in part to help Trump win. He has spoken often about the need for a closer relationship between the United States and Russia.last_img read more

Several Thousand Migrant Children In US Custody Could Be Released Before Christmas

first_imgBrynn Anderson/APMigrant children run around a track outside at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. Shelters that house these children are reaching capacity and the federal government is now working to speed releases to sponsors.Updated at 4:59 pm ETThe Department of Health and Human Services is changing the ways it conducts background checks on sponsors of migrant children, a surprise move that will mean the release of hundreds of such children from controversial government-contracted shelters across the country.The Trump administration had come under fire for holding nearly 15,000 migrant children in 137 shelters. The vast majority of the children are “unaccompanied alien children” who crossed the border without parents or legal guardians. The administration has been criticized for long delays in releasing them to live with sponsors while their asylum cases are pending in immigration court. In a turnabout, the government now agrees the vetting of sponsors — usually a parent or family member — was taking too long.“The children should be home with their parents. The government makes lousy parents,” said Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary at Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, in an interview with NPR.“We’re finding [the extra screening] is not adding anything to the protection or the safety of the children,” she added.To speed the release of children, HHS has decided to drop a requirement, put into place just six months ago, that everyone in a sponsor’s household be fingerprinted and receive an extensive criminal background check. That extra vetting had slowed down the process. Starting immediately, only the sponsors will continue to be fingerprinted and run through FBI and state databases and through Department of Homeland Security records.A source familiar with the operation of the sprawling tent camp in Tornillo, Texas, said children in that facility had waited 50 days, even after all the vetting was completed. He said there are 1,300 children ready to be discharged.Johnson said there are about 2,000 children in the shelter system who are ready to be released to already vetted parents in the next four to five days.“I don’t want to cause any additional harm by keeping kids in care any longer than they need to when they have a thoroughly vetted parent waiting for them,” she said.On Tuesday, there were 14,600 children in a system whose capacity is 16,000. At 91 percent capacity, the government has to either add beds or release children. The number of children in the government’s care has doubled since March, as more Central American teenagers are crossing the border without their parents, and the wait time in shelters has lengthened.HHS has already spent $144 million on the Tornillo facility, where it employs some 2,000 employees to care for 2,800 children. The nonprofit that operates Tornillo has stressed how it strives to make the children as comfortable and happy as possible, but child welfare experts say detention is simply wrong for children.“This is really an extraordinary development, and one that should dramatically reduce the number of children in federal immigration custody,” said Neha Desai, senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law. This group and others filed a lawsuit last month challenging the extra background checks that were prolonging children’s stay in shelters.“The new policy should never have been enacted in the first place,” she said, “but I’m truly thrilled that the government has finally acknowledged its deeply flawed approach and chosen to correct course.”Johnson said the rule change would not affect an agreement whereby HHS shares sponsor information with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement. Critics have warned that some potential sponsors are reluctant to come forward knowing that they are possibly making themselves targets of deportation agents. So far, ICE has arrested 170 immigrants who applied with HHS to sponsor children but are in the country unlawfully. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Sharelast_img read more

Governors Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair

first_imgGov. Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor’s office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.“Each year Maryland’s volunteers give over 190 million hours of their time to our communities and we thank them for their service,” said Gov. O’Malley in a statement. “I invite every volunteer in the State to come to the Maryland State Fair on August 24 to celebrate the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.”To thank Maryland’s volunteers for their countless hours of service, Gov. O’Malley is offering them  discounted admission, $2, to the Maryland State Fair on August 24. Each pass allows admission of up to five (5) people who have volunteered in Maryland during the past year. The pass will also entitle the patron to discounts on the purchase of food tickets and ride packages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 24 only. The discounted food and ride passes will be good until closing. In case of inclement weather that forces the closing of the Fair on that date, the Governor’s discounts will be honored on August 31. To request passes, visit www.GOSV.maryland.gov.last_img read more

The Fight to Preserve AfricanAmerican Historic Sites

first_imgThe National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit based in D.C. that aims to protect significant historical sites, recently launched the African American Cultural Heritage Fund. The fund is part of a campaign to help support, preserve and protect important African-American sites across the nation.The National Trust and its partners are in the process of raising $25 million for the multi-year national initiative to encourage the movement to uplift and recognize the contributions of African-Americans. The fund will restore and address the funding gaps for the preservation of African-American historic sites and help uncover hidden stories to assist in telling the full American story.Southside Community Art Center in Chicago is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasures. (Photo Courtesy Southside Community Art Center Archive)Brent Leggs, the director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, said the fund was created after the series of events and protests in Charlottesville, Va. last summer. “Preservation was now at the forefront of a national conversation where history, culture, and public spaces collided, forcing our nation to confront the unfinished business of race, emancipation, and inequality,” Leggs told the AFRO. “It was evident to us at the National Trust that the human conflict witnessed by the American citizens and the world demanded national leadership. We at the National Trust felt a social and professional responsibility to help lead our country towards its moral compass and ideals.”The goal of the fund is to also influence and empower young advocates and preservationists to conduct research on contemporary urban problems that affect underrepresented communities and communities of color, according to its website.It is the largest preservation campaign ever undertaken on behalf of African-American history since the birth of the national preservation movement started in 1917 by the National Association of Colored Women, according to Leggs.“A century plus later the African-American preservation movement still remains undervalued, underfunded,” Leggs told the AFRO. “The time is now through the action fund for the National Trust to play a leadership role in helping grassroots organizations and cities have access to the resources to be able to save American history.”“We believe that historic preservation is a form of social justice,” he added. “It is a way to provide equity and resources to advocates on the ground that are working tirelessly and are committed to the preservation projects.”Some sites the fund will directly support are Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Southside Community Art Center in Chicago and Founder’s Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Leggs said their vision is to also bring greater recognition to the role of Black women in history by identifying significant places that honors African-American female historical figures.The non-profit works with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among a number of leading funders. The advisory council includes notable national leaders and the co-chairs of the advisory council include acclaimed actress and director Phylicia Rashad and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.“Without a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of our country, especially when it comes to race, we will not be able to overcome intolerance, injustice, and inequality,” said Walker, according to a National Trust for Historic Preservation press release. “We have an opportunity with this fund to broaden the American narrative to reflect our remarkably rich and diverse history.”last_img read more

Drakes Scorpion on Its Way to Shattering Streaming Records

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 UPDATED: Sixteen hours after its release, Drake’s new 25-song double-album “Scorpion” is averaging 10 million streams per hour on Spotify, according to an announcement from the company, and looks well on its way toward breaking a number of streaming records — it might even become the first album to pass 1 billion streams in the U.S. in its first week of release.Even if it doesn’t, “Scorpion” seems guaranteed to break the Spotify records set just weeks ago by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which was streamed 47,930,039 times in the U.S. and 78,744,748 times globally on its first day of release — and 236,500,546 times in the U.S. and 411,816,710 globally in its first week. Guess whose record that last number broke? Drake’s, for last year’s 22-track mixtape “More Life,” which set the record with 385 million streams. Popular on Variety Amazon and Tidal had not posted numbers at press time. Stats will be updated through the coming hours and days.More to come… “Scorpion” became the No. 1 album on the Apple Music charts in 92 countries almost instantly upon release, and at presstime its 25 songs occupy the top 25 spots on Apple Music (with XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” at No. 26).The labels involved (Republic, Cash Money and Young Money) seemingly have launched a full-scale campaign to break as many streaming records as possible, something that the album’s length makes a lot more likely than, say a seven-track album. In an unexpected move, given Drake’s long history with Apple Music, they’ve also gone big with Spotify, teaming up with the service for its first-ever global dedicated artist takeover, called “ScorpionSZN,” whereby Drake takes over multiple playlists on the same day. The MC is on the cover of RapCaviar, Beast Mode, Today’s Top Hits, Morning Commute and others — including ones where his music isn’t even featured.Late Friday afternoon, the RIAA announced that Drake has become its top certified digital singles artist, with 142 million to date — a number that’s sure to grow in the coming days.last_img read more

GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at BlueRay speed

first_imgA prototype holographic drive system designed by GE researchers in the Applied Optics Lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. Citation: GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at Blue-Ray speed (2011, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ge-gb-holographic-disc-writer.html (PhysOrg.com) — GE’s technology research group has announced the development of an optical disc writer capable of writing 500 GB of data onto a disc the same physical size as a DVD, at roughly the same speed as Blue Ray technology. This comes two years after announcing the holographic technology that was used to first imprint the discs with 25 times as much data as a Blue Ray Disc can hold. Explore further By making an announcement about an advancement in what most see as a dying technology, GE is taking somewhat of a risk, but Peter Lorraine, Manager at GE Global Research, who will be presenting today at the IEEE’s Joint International Symposium on Optical Memory & Optical Data Storage meeting is expected to pooh-pooh such notions and instead explain how the new technology could be used for long term storage for data, that the company says, will last for a hundred years (presumably if stored in ideal conditions).The technology works by initially stamping millions of tiny holographic images into a polycarbonate (a type of thermoplastic polymer) material, then a laser (which uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray technology) is used to erase parts of the holograms to encode data. Write speeds are 4-5 megabytes per second, which is on a par with Blue Ray (4.5 Mbytes/s). With this process the entire surface of the disc can be used, rather than just the four layers on the surface of the disc that Blue Ray is able to use, which is why it can hold so much more.And while critics point out that at such a rate it would take something like a whole day to fill the disc, GE counters by saying that since its primary purpose would be for archival storage, creating specialized writers that use multiple heads could very well be an option; and If such multiple read/write head drives could be created, it seems plausible to believe that such discs would be capable of carrying not just HD/3-D movies, but something even better, such as movies in a super HD (holographic?) format that hasn’t even been discovered yet.GE also points out that because the new writer uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray, its conceivable drives could be made for the new technology that would be backwards compatible, minimizing risk for both developers and end users. The company is expected to begin building arrangements with interested parties to license the new technology in just the new few months, so actual products appearing on the market can’t be too far off. More information: Press release © 2010 PhysOrg.com General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Tracing art through years

first_imgThe Australian Government has come up with an exhibition Yiwarra Kuju that displays Aboriginal art from Australia’s western desert.The show presents a selection of works created by aboriginal artists who travelled along the 1850km stock route on a six week intensive engagement with their country. The art of the Canning Stock Route has its origins in the traditional sacred art of Aboriginal people of the Western Desert. Artists combine symbols, such as concentric circles, bars, footprints, horseshoe shapes and lines, to convey sacred stories.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prior to Western contact, most art was produced in ceremonial contexts as body decoration, sand sculptures, ceremonial objects and rock art. Paints, made from ochres and charcoal, were augmented by the use of bird feathers and down. Today’s artists use traditional methods to express a personal style, telling more individualistic, often secular histories that continue to be informed by traditional practices, and often with an undercurrent of the sacred world. The works in Yiwarra Kuju largely reflect this development of personal style.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Canning Stock Route is a cattle route established in the early 1900s to allow for the expansion of the pastoral industry. The stock route crossed lands that had been occupied for millennia by Aboriginal people, and regularly spaced wells were built over traditional soaks and springs that were vital to the survival of those communities.The meeting of aboriginal people and European surveyors and pastoralist that took place as a result of the opening up of the Canning Stock Route was initially violent. Eventually, the land and its resources came to be shared, to the extent that many Aboriginal people began to work on remote cattle stations and along the stock route. Today a number of aboriginal communities lie on, or near, the old stock route, and a vigorous art movement flourishes in these communities.Where: DLF Place, SaketWhen: On till 20Time: 11 AM to 9 PMlast_img read more

CID officials visit Ranaghat to question BJPs Nadia district prez

first_imgKolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) visited Ranaghat on Monday to interrogate the BJP’s Nadia district president Jagannath Sarkar in connection with Krishnagunj MLA Satyajit Biswas murder case. He was summoned twice before but he failed to meet the investigating officers.On Monday, a team from the CID went to question Sarkar. At present, he is admitted to a nursing home there regarding certain health issues. CID sources claimed that Sarkar stated that he had no knowledge about the murder of the Trinamool MLA. As he was not in a condition to speak in detail, CID sleuths had to leave the nursing home without questioning him in detail. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSarkar was summoned twice in the past few weeks by the CID as a witness in the Biswas murder case. The CID officials handed over a summon last month but Sarkar had asked for 10 days to appear. Later when CID officers called him on his mobile, Sarkar did not answer. As there was no further communication made from Sarkar’s end, sleuths decided to meet him at his residence. But later, they found that he has been admitted to a nursing home due to some ailment. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our officers questioned him but he stated that he does not know anything regarding the case. Our investigation is on. He may be questioned again after getting discharged from the nursing home,” said Nishat Pervez, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), CID (Operations). Sources claimed that the prime accused of Biswas murder case, identified as Abhijit Pundari, is a BJP worker. Also in the FIR is BJP’s Mukul Roy name. From these cues, it is suspected that Sarkar may have some valuable information regarding the murder case. But Sarkar claimed that he does not know anything about the incident and Pundari. Biswas was shot dead on February 9 while he was attending a Saraswati Puja inauguration ceremony at Majdia, Nadia. The TMC leadership had alleged BJP’s involvement behind the murder. According to locals, Biswas had gone to inaugurate a Saraswati Puja there. After lighting the lamp as part of the formal inauguration, he went to the dais. After completion of the inaugural programme, he disembarked from the dais and sat on a chair in front of the Puja pandal. All of a sudden some unidentified miscreants fired bullets from point-blank range aiming his head and fled the spot. Bullets pierced into his head and Biswas fell on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, the investigation was handed over to the CID and sleuths have arrested all the accused persons within a few weeks of the incident.last_img read more

Last updated on July 3rd 2019 at 0721 pm3902 S

first_imgLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm3902 S. Whitnall Ave., photo by GoogleTenuta’s Italian Restaurant in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood is expanding its kitchen space to meet growing demand from diners.By late May, Tenuta’s plans to move its catering operations about two miles south of its 2995 S. Clement Ave. restaurant space to a single-story building, located at 3902 S. Whitnall Ave., said owner Frank Tenuta.The 900-square-foot, 88-year-old buiding previously housed Milwaukee Smoked BBQ, which closed in January, said Tenuta. An affiliate of Tenuta earlier this year purchased the building for $280,000, according to state records. The building, which has an assessed value of $95,400, includes a commercial kitchen and a small front-of-house entryway. Tenuta plans to use the building to not only bolster his restaurant’s catering operations, but also to offer carry-out and delivery services, which are frequently requested by diners, Tenuta said.“We do a fair amount of catering and we’d been looking for a while for a catering kitchen,” he said. “The building was for sale and it was perfect size to do carry out and delivery out of there.”Limited kitchen space has put a strain on the business’ growing catering operations, he said, especially on Saturday nights when the restaurant is already busy. That strain often forces Tenuta’s to turn customers away.Tenuta said the restaurant’s catering arm books about eight to 10 events per month. Those are mostly small scale functions such as business dinners or lunches, but some are weddings or events with up to 200 people.He said the additional space will allow the restaurant to better serve its catering customers and to improve that sector of the business.As Tenuta’s introduces carry-out and delivery, it plans to offer a limited menu of pizza, a few pasta dishes, sandwiches and appetizers, Tenuta said. Delivery will be done in-house, initially serving customers in the Bay View and St. Francis areas.Tenuta said he will later consider expanding the restaurant’s delivery radius and partnering with third party delivery services such as UberEats, Grub Hub and DoorDash. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more