Hackers hit TalkTalk, steal customer data

nternet service provider TalkTalk has admitted that it suffered a major breach of user information, including customer names, addresses, phone and account numbers. As reported by The Register, in an email to customers TalkTalk said that it first saw a big increase in malicious scammers claiming to be from TalkTalk at the end of last year. Following an investigation it said some customer information could have been illegally accessed, with scammers quoting these details to customers. TalkTalk offered advice on scam calls, saying it knows that some customers are currently being targeted by criminal scammers claiming to be from TalkTalk, who have obtained their account and phone number. It also confirmed that no financial data was at risk as it is encrypted on its systems. It said: “We have reported the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office and we’re liaising with them and other official bodies, because unfortunately it is not only our customers who are being targeted by scammers. “We take our customers’ security incredibly seriously, so this is being dealt with at the highest level within TalkTalk and we have put every possible measure in place to try and stop this from happening again.” Andrew Avanessian, EVP of consultancy and technology […]

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5 things you should know about being an ally

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Young activists and protesters at Woodruff Park protesting police brutality.

There is a lot of discussion these days about the role of allies in social justice movements. Allies are people who do not suffer directly from an injustice, but make it their duty to see that the injustice is addressed. Some examples are straight, cisgender, and normative allies of the LGBTIQ community, documented and citizen allies of the movement to end immigration discrimination, white allies of the anti-racism/BlackLivesMatter movement, men who are allies of the movement to end discrimination against women in the workplace, and able-bodied allies of the movement to end ableism or discrimination faced by people with disabilities. There are many different kinds of allies, and there is no right way to be an ally. Many allies have expressed frustration and confusion about what their roles should be in addressing issues of social justice and several articles have been posted online criticizing allies for various things. Being an ally is a really difficult thing to do, so here are five things that everyone should know about being an ally.

1. Being an ally is hard work.

Anyone who makes being an ally look easy has likely been an ally for a very long time. If you’re new to a movement, don’t be too hard on yourself. There is no right way of doing it. You’ll get heat from every direction, and you’ll often be confused about what your role should be. You’ll likely get it wrong many many times, but you have to keep trying. You’ll get better with time.

2. You’ll be criticized by non-allies.

One of the reasons that being an ally is difficult is because friends and family may not understand your decisions. Your recognition of your own privilege will almost certainly make them uncomfortable. Sometimes, depending on where you’re from, you may even temporarily lose some of your privilege in certain groups. And any sense of community you felt with those groups will be gone as well. When this happens, take refuge with other like-minded people.

3. You’ll be criticized even within the movement.

Lonnie King Jr., a civil rights activist from the Atlanta chapter of SNCC once said, to a group of students at a demonstration for undocumented college students, that sometimes during any movement for social justice we forget who the real enemy is. We get so caught up in the fight that we turn to the people next to us and criticize their battle techniques. He called this the circular shooting range. During the same lecture, Loretta Ross, the National Coordinator of SisterSong, talked about how to tell the difference between an enemy and a problematic ally and how important it is to pick your battles. This was fantastic advice. However, people don’t pick their battles, and your job as an ally is to take the heat and keep on fighting. When you’re an ally, you’re going to be criticized regardless of your good intentions. You’ll likely never fully earn the trust of every person that you work with. Your motives will always be questioned, and you’ll have to prove yourself again and again. You’ll likely face prejudice from the very people you wish to help. You’ll be told that you shouldn’t take part in certain things because you’re just an ally. You’ll be told you are part of the problem, that you aren’t doing enough, that you’ll never truly understand the struggle, etc. The sad thing is, most of these things will probably be true in some way, and that will weigh heavily on you. Recognizing the truth in the criticism you face is part of acknowledging your privilege. When this happens, always keep in mind that this weight is nothing in comparison to what people who are systematically oppressed face every single day. As an ally, it’s your job to realize this and to keep fighting and keep proving yourself.

4. Sometimes being in the minority will be uncomfortable for you, especially if you’re not accustomed to it.

For anti-racist white allies, for allies of the LGBTIQ community, for feminist men, and for any group of allies who are usually in the majority, being the only white person, the only straight person, or whatever it may be can be awkward and confusing at first. You’ll get used to it, and soon enough you won’t even notice anymore. Take this as a learning opportunity!

5. It’s part of your job as an ally to recruit other allies.

Use your privilege to facilitate hard conversations. One of the most important differences between the original civil rights movement and the anti-racism movement that’s happening today is that the goals for the first one were entirely policy-based. Most modern systematic oppression isn’t written into law the way segregation and discriminatory voting policies were.  Most systematic oppression happens because of the way we perceive people based on the color of their skin. Certain people are perceived as dangerous or criminal and therefore are subject to more encounters with racist police, harsher sentencing at the hands of racist judges, and more deaths at the hands of officers—and with no justice served because of racist juries. Most of these people who I’m describing as racist are probably very decent people. But they’re products of our society, a society where we are socialized to have certain perceptions of people based on how they look. It’s not a conscious decision, and many of us would like to believe it isn’t true. We can’t change this by passing laws or waiting on legislation. That’s what makes this movement different and why allies are more important than ever. While some groups are organizing to change laws and lobbying for better police officer training, most of the changes that need to be made have to start with hard conversations.

As an ally, you should use your privilege to make those conversations happen. People listen to speakers whom they identify with.  Regardless of what movement you’re an ally with, having difficult conversations with other privileged people is a great way to benefit the movement. It’s also one way that almost no one within the movement is going to criticize you for. Unlike many of the tactics for showing solidarity, openly critiquing one’s own privilege and educating others is almost always seen as an appropriate act for an ally.

In conclusion, being an ally is a very tough thing to do. It’s a full time job, but the rewards are extraordinary. There is no right way to do it, so someone will always be criticizing you. One important thing that you can do is listen. Find out who you trust and whose criticism matters. Always remember your original motive, and remind yourself of it when the going gets tough. Take solace in the community that you build with like-minded people. These are the people who matter. Everyone else is an ally yet to be recruited.

 

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Woman Arrested for Alleged Gift Card Fraud at Wegman’s

A woman was arrested and charged with credit card forgery after she is suspected of using numerous gift cards at Wegman’s in Northborough. Beatrice M. Douglas, 24, 35 Peters Ave., Hemp, was arrested and charged with credit card fraud over $250, Forge or utter forged credit card (2 counts), possession of 4 or more counterfeit cards and receiving with an improper credit card over $250. Police say Wegman’s employees became suspicious of the gift card purchases due to the number of them, and the amount, which Douglas used on Feb. 27 at the store. Officers responded and determined that the credit cards used were fraudulent. The amount is undetermined and the investigation is ongoing. source: http://patch.com/massachusetts/northborough/woman-arrested-alleged-gift-card-fraud-wegmans-0

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Website/IP kendricklamar.com may be hackable #amihackerproof, #hiphophacked

 Powered by Max Banner Ads  Personal Notes – Kendrick Lamar site might be hackable. Find out if your site can be hacked. #aihp#hackerproof#htcs AIHP Disclaimer: There are 5 stages to computer hacking, Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access and Covering Tracks. Read More….

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Website/IP lifeandtimes.com may be hackable #amihackerproof, #hiphophacked

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  Personal Notes – Jay Z site might be hackable. Find out if your site can be hacked. #aihp#hackerproof#htcs AIHP Disclaimer: There are 5 stages to computer hacking, Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access and Covering Tracks. AmIHackerProof.com handles the first 2 stages, Reconnaissance and Scanning. When you see a computer hacker in the movies or on television, they never show you the reconnaissance or the scanning portion. 80% of computer hacking is research. AmIHackerproof.com also scans your website like a hacker to find vulnerabilities that might exploit the website. The following information is based on our vulnerability test, which may differ from other vulnerability scanners. Please note, websites are not hosted on the same server as the email server or the home/office network. What this scan does show, is the level of experience of the individuals hired by the company to protect their website. A persons level of education in website design or computer science, does not suggest they are computer hackers. Most computer hackers do not have college degrees. Some people believe that because they do not have any personal, financial or client information at their website, they are not vulnerable to being hacked. […]

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Website/IP pitbullmusic.com may be hackable #amihackerproof, #hiphophacked

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  Personal Notes – Pitbull site might be hackable. Find out if your site can be hacked. #aihp#hackerproof#htcs AIHP Disclaimer: There are 5 stages to computer hacking, Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access and Covering Tracks. AmIHackerProof.com handles the first 2 stages, Reconnaissance and Scanning. When you see a computer hacker in the movies or on television, they never show you the reconnaissance or the scanning portion. 80% of computer hacking is research. AmIHackerproof.com also scans your website like a hacker to find vulnerabilities that might exploit the website. The following information is based on our vulnerability test, which may differ from other vulnerability scanners. Please note, websites are not hosted on the same server as the email server or the home/office network. What this scan does show, is the level of experience of the individuals hired by the company to protect their website. A persons level of education in website design or computer science, does not suggest they are computer hackers. Most computer hackers do not have college degrees. Some people believe that because they do not have any personal, financial or client information at their website, they are not vulnerable to being hacked. Here […]

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Website/IP iggyazalea.com may be hackable #amihackerproof, #hiphophacked

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  Personal Notes – Iggy Azalea site might be hackable. Find out if your site can be hacked. #aihp#hackerproof#htcs AIHP Disclaimer: There are 5 stages to computer hacking, Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access and Covering Tracks. AmIHackerProof.com handles the first 2 stages, Reconnaissance and Scanning. When you see a computer hacker in the movies or on television, they never show you the reconnaissance or the scanning portion. 80% of computer hacking is research. AmIHackerproof.com also scans your website like a hacker to find vulnerabilities that might exploit the website. The following information is based on our vulnerability test, which may differ from other vulnerability scanners. Please note, websites are not hosted on the same server as the email server or the home/office network. What this scan does show, is the level of experience of the individuals hired by the company to protect their website. A persons level of education in website design or computer science, does not suggest they are computer hackers. Most computer hackers do not have college degrees. Some people believe that because they do not have any personal, financial or client information at their website, they are not vulnerable to being hacked. […]

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Ravages of Revenge Porn Spur Federal Crime Push

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(WOMENSENEWS)– When her high school boyfriend contacted her in 2009, 19 years after they’d graduated and parted ways, Annmarie Chiarini said all of her old teenage feelings came rushing back. “It was that high school fantasy,” said Chiarini, 44, a community college English professor and single mother. “We rekindled the relationship.” They dated for about seven months, commuting between her home in Maryland and his in New Jersey, she said. During that time, Chiarini had reluctantly acquiesced to her boyfriend’s repeated requests to photograph her nude. “At the time I didn’t want to,” she said. “I thought my discomfort was body image stuff, but in hindsight I realize I didn’t trust him.” When her boyfriend began to reveal a jealous controlling side, Chiarini told him it was time to end things. That is when her nightmare started, she said. Her ex accused her of sleeping with the men he saw on her Facebook page and told her if she didn’t confess to the affairs, he’d auction her nude photos on eBay, she said. The eBay posting went up the day after he made the threat. Chiarini’s ex-boyfriend used her eBay and email accounts to tell friends and family about the […]

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Website/IP atomfilms.com may be hackable #amihackerproof, #kids,#atomfilms

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Personal Notes – atomfilms might be hackable find out if your site can be hacked #aihp#hackerproof#htcs AIHP Disclaimer: There are 5 stages to computer hacking, Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access and Covering Tracks. AmIHackerProof.com handles the first 2 stages, Reconnaissance and Scanning. When you see a computer hacker in the movies or on television, they never show you the reconnaissance or the scanning portion. 80% of computer hacking is research. AmIHackerproof.com also scans your website like a hacker to find vulnerabilities that might exploit the website. The following information is based on our vulnerability test, which may differ from other vulnerability scanners. Please note, websites are not hosted on the same server as the email server or the home/office network. What this scan does show, is the level of experience of the individuals hired by the company to protect their website. A persons level of education in website design or computer science, does not suggest they are computer hackers. Most computer hackers do not have college degrees. Some people believe that because they do not have any personal, financial or client information at their website, they are not vulnerable to being hacked. Here are some reasons that disprove this idea: […]

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Ex-police chief: JonBenet Ramsey crime scene was mishandled

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BOULDER, Colo. — In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the former Colorado police chief who led the investigation into the high-profile 1996 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen acknowledged online that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene. Mark Beckner, former chief of the Boulder Police Department, participated Saturday in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the social-networking and news site Reddit. He told the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1LGU1XG ) on Tuesday that he didn’t realize his comments would filter out to the rest of the world. “I talked to the organizer, and my impression was that this was a members-only type group that talked about unsolved mysteries all around the world,” said Beckner, 59. JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family’s home on Dec. 26, 1996, after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been found. In the Reddit forum, Beckner said police should have separated JonBenet’s parents and gotten full statements from Patsy and John Ramsey that day. The case was initially mishandled due to a “perfect storm type scenario,” he wrote. “It was the Christmas holiday and we […]

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