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News Update – Hacked emails explained, Physician’s story, Sinclair

Sinclair is a huge news group that appears to be getting bigger. From Vox: This month, the 193 local TV affiliates owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group began running a series of promotional segments, warning of a scourge of “fake news” promoted by “members of the media [who] use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.’” The segments, which echo the Trump administration’s anti-media rhetoric, are eerily uniform across all Sinclair affiliates, so much so that Deadspin’s Timothy Burke was able to edit them together into a supercut showing dozens of Sinclair anchors saying the exact same words. More at Vox.com

A physician got caught up in the anti-doping campaign that is going on behind the scene in the US. In order to combat the opioid crisis Medical Boards are looking for problems in how controlled substances are prescribed. This physician’s story is heartbreaking. I have done no fact checking on this story. This doctor was going thru a divorce. She got depressed and wrote for some Xanax for herself. According to her story, the time that she was on the Xanax was “brief”. In the end she lost her medical license, her board certification…she lost everything. As I see it, she made one huge mistake. She wrote herself a prescription for a controlled substance. This led to allegation of alcoholism and substance abuse. Very sad.

If you are interested to know why those hacked emails PROVE that Russia wanted Trump in the White House and not Hillary, then you need to read this story. There wasn’t one hack instead there was a series of several hacks. This is a must read.

Danish spied on Russia – The Dutch intelligence service passed on “crucial evidence” to the FBI about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported Friday, citing the results of an investigation. Hackers from the Dutch intelligence service known as the AIVD gained access to the network of Russian hacking group “Cozy Bear” in the summer of 2014. While monitoring the group’s activities, the AIVD learned of attacks launched on the Democratic Party, according to six unidentified American and Dutch sources cited by the investigation.

Another shooting – This shooting is at the YouTube headquarters in California. 3 people are reported dead at this time.

 

The 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King is coming up. King interrupted his Poor People’s Campaign to help the sanitation workers in Memphis. Here is a very nice op-ed by Jessie Jackson (a complex figure in the civil rights movement). The night before King’s assassination he gave his famous MountainTop speech. King had several famous speeches. Please read or listen to his MountainTop speech.

By |2018-04-03T20:10:48-04:00April 3rd, 2018|Civil Rights, Domestic Issues, Hacking/Data Breach, Media|Comments Off on News Update – Hacked emails explained, Physician’s story, Sinclair

MyFitnessPal to the woodshed

Look, it is no longer okay to have a security breach. It is NOT.

From MyFitnessPal:

NOTICE OF DATA BREACH

March 29, 2018

To the MyFitnessPal Community:

We are writing to notify you about an issue that may involve your MyFitnessPal account information. We understand that you value your privacy and we take the protection of your information seriously.

What Happened?

On March 25, 2018, we became aware that during February of this year an unauthorized party acquired data associated with MyFitnessPal user accounts.

What Information Was Involved?

The affected information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords – the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt used to secure passwords.

What We Are Doing

Once we became aware, we quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue. We are working with leading data security firms to assist in our investigation. We have also notified and are coordinating with law enforcement authorities.

We are taking steps to protect our community, including the following:

  • We are notifying MyFitnessPal users to provide information on how they can protect their data.
  • We will be requiring MyFitnessPal users to change their passwords and urge users to do so immediately.
  • We continue to monitor for suspicious activity and to coordinate with law enforcement authorities.
  • We continue to make enhancements to our systems to detect and prevent unauthorized access to user information.

What You Can Do

We take our obligation to safeguard your personal data very seriously and are alerting you about this issue so you can take steps to help protect your information. We recommend you:

  • Change your password for any other account on which you used the same or similar information used for your MyFitnessPal account.
  • Review your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal data or refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

For More Information

For more information, please go to https://content.myfitnesspal.com/security-information/FAQ.html.

Sincerely,

Paul Fipps
Chief Digital Officer

I’m sorry. This is not 2012 or 2013 when these kind of lame excuses were okay. WE have had major hacking the US where a national election was influenced by hackers. So this ain’t cool. I need to know what steps you took before the hack to avoid letting our private information just go walking out of the door? What did you do? Secondly, who hacked you? Were you hacked by a 12 year old genius or was is North Korea or Russia, again? Because who hacked you makes a difference to me. The 12 year old isn’t going to destroy my credit and everything that I own. On the other hand, a major state actor may try and destroy every American household just to prove that they can stand up to the US. So who was it?

Finally, Congress, it is time to do something about hacking. We need national standards on how companies must keep our personal information safe!

By |2018-04-01T02:58:16-04:00April 1st, 2018|Hacking/Data Breach|Comments Off on MyFitnessPal to the woodshed