Fox Business News:  6/16/2017 Facebook bug may have exposed moderators to extremists

 

I wonder why I couldn’t find any mention of this in the New York Times???

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/06/16/facebook-bug-may-have-exposed-moderators-to-extremists.html

SAN FRANCISCO –  Facebook has acknowledged that a security hole in its software may have exposed the identities of its online monitors to suspected terrorist groups and others whose pages were removed for inappropriate content.

A Guardian report says more than 1,000 people, which Facebook calls moderators, were affected. Facebook says it fixed the error, which occurred last year, and it has no evidence that those affected received any threats.

The Guardian says six people likely had their profiles viewed by suspected terrorists. It spoke to one of these people, whom it did not name, who went into hiding following the incident. This person was worried that sympathizers of the Islamic State group may have viewed his profile.

Facebook says it didn’t find that any profiles were viewed by suspected IS members.

Other Sources:

Speaking with The Guardian, one of the six employees, an Iraqi-born Irish citizen who asked to remain anonymous, stated that seven people linked to an Egyptian terrorist group sympathetic to Hamas and ISIS had seen his profile.

“The only reason we’re in Ireland was to escape terrorism and threats,” he said, revealing how numerous members of his family had been beaten and executed in Iraq.

The moderator, who worked as a contractor for Facebook on behalf of Cpl Recruitment, fled the country shortly after over fears of retaliation.

Although Facebook initially “offered to install a home alarm monitoring system and provide transport to and from work” to the high-priority moderators, the Iraqi-born man felt he had become too vulnerable.

“When you come from a war zone and you have people like that knowing your family name you know that people get butchered for that,” he added. “The punishment from ISIS for working in counter-terrorism is beheading. All they’d need to do is tell someone who is radical here.”

After five months in eastern Europe, the moderator returned to Ireland in May after running out of money.

“I don’t have a job, I have anxiety and I’m on antidepressants,” he said. “I can’t walk anywhere without looking back.”

The moderator has now filed a legal claim against both Facebook and Cpl Recruitment, seeking compensation for the physiological issues faced since the security breach.

The Guardian report also revealed how content monitors, who, according to the moderator, “come in every morning and just look at beheadings, people getting butchered, stoned, executed,” were seemingly required to use their own personal profiles while doing their work.

“They should have let us use fake profiles,” he said. “They never warned us that something like this could happen.”

In a statement confirming the incident, Facebook asserted it had taken technical steps to stop such an issue from occurring in the future.

“We care deeply about keeping everyone who works for Facebook safe,” a spokesman said. “As soon as we learned about the issue, we fixed it and began a thorough investigation to learn as much as possible about what happened.”

In total, the software bug remained active for up to a month and retroactively exposed profiles that had flagged terrorist content as far back as August 2016.

Labor Secretary Advised Clinton To Cast Sanders As Candidate Of Whites To Turn Off Minorities

From: Common Dreams: Tom Perez, new head of DNC

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http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/11/labor-secretary-advised-clinton-cast-sanders-candidate-whites-turn-minoritities

I find it interesting that the same person who now heads the DNC, and promises that there will bed lawsuits against the sitting President, once called for marketing to “People of Color” the greatness of Presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton.   He thought the best way to win her the office was to divide America.  She didn’t run on being everyone’s candidate, but rather just another “Vote for Me and Everything is Free” politician.  I think the American people just had enough of empty promises.  And now as head of the party’s management crew, his idea is to file lawsuits – instead of talking to the American people and explaining why Donald Trump is not fit to be President.

Let me know what you think on this new Democratic approach to regaining the momentum they have been losing for the last decade or so.

 

CNN and Fake News, how do they react when it’s called out! Don Lemon exposed!

I saw this on Sundance Blog and thought how funny it is when Fake News is called Fake News.  As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense.  Don Lemon, after being called out on his phony baloney “news conference” could only turn tail an run.  Great Going CNN!

Negotiating, Negotiating and More Negotiating – Nothing but Negtotiating

Anyone who listens to and follows Donald Trump throughout his “Political Career” knows that much of what he says is the opening of a long negotiating process.  He is not a politician, he actually says/tweets what he is thinking at that time.  I find that refreshing and a little scary at the same time.  And, he gets a little tiring along the way.  Not from what he says, but I have to think about what he means and what he intends.  He speaks very plainly, but behind the words are huge and significant meanings.  Donald Trump is a very successful businessman.  He mental state is one of always negotiating.  He loves it.

People don’t get it, they just don’t get it.  His detractors point to the words and get a boost by misinterpreting the meaning, on purpose – like all good politicians do.  We can’t believer any of them.  The President is negotiating with the Russians, Iranians, Israelis, Palestinians, Democrats, Media types, public opinion, China, and the legal system.  He is positioning himself to “compromise” and win what he wants.

  1. Illegal Immigrants: What he says – deport every single one, and their children will have to follow.  What he wants – deport illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes (not jay walking or a misdemeanor) and offer a path to citizenship for everyone else.
  2. Stop imports from Mexico and other countries: What he says – I’m going to put a 35% tariff on imported goods.  What he wants – give American made goods a fair chance to compete with imported products by putting reasonable tariff on them – perhaps 8%.
  3. The Not So “Affordable” Care Act: What he says – Repeal and replace!!!!  What he means – Repeal and replace an Act that will accomplish the same results, but in a financially responsible manor.
  4. The Ban on Muslims: What he says – Stop immigration from these seven countries for 90 days so we can assess the effectiveness of our vetting system, which I think is not strong enough.  What he should have said: I am concerned that the current vetting process we have in place may not be effective enough to protect our security from ISS infiltrators, therefore I am going to temporarily halt, for 90 days, the processing of immigration requests from the seven countries that President Obama designated as Terrorist Strongholds.  Etc., Etc.
  5. NATO: What he says – We will not stay in NATO when other countries only want a free ride, it’s an outdated organization and we will consider leaving it.  What he means – many of the other members are not paying their fair share for the cost of defense and are not sending the troops needed in a conflict.  He’s just positioning himself to get a better and fairer deal for America.  Poor John McCain just doesn’t get it!
  6.  Fake News: What he says: He means, and he is usually right.

Bottom line, listen to his words, but keep in mind he is opening up a dialog to negotiate for what he thinks is best for America.  He’s letting himself look silly for making America better.  Too bad none of the politicians would do the same.

Turkish Hacker Gets 8 Years In US Jail For ATM Theft Scheme -from Darkreading

Was this put onto the front page of any newspapers?  I think the best way to stop some hacking is to inform people of the realities of life that will happen when they are caught.  If people never hear about the consequences of their actions, and they only hear about how huge the money is that is being stolen, the idea of cyber theft is very tempting.

Ercan Findikoglu carried out three cyberattacks that enabled theft of $55 million through worldwide ATM withdrawals. The mastermind behind three cyberattacks that allowed the theft of $55 million from ATMs worldwide has been sentenced to eight years in a US prison, Reuters reports. Ercan Findikoglu of Turkey allegedly carried out these crimes while facing Turkish charges for fake payment cards and was out on bail.

Prosecutors say Findikoglu and his accomplices hacked the database of debit card companies in “unlimited operations” and deleted the withdrawal limits of card accounts. This enabled “cashers” in worldwide locations to simultaneously withdraw cash from ATMs using data of victims stolen by Findikoglu. In one instance, $40 million was allegedly withdrawn using Oman’s Bank Muscat cards by cashers located in 24 countries and through 36,000 transactions.

Thirteen New York cashers allegedly involved in the theft of $2.8 million have pleaded guilty.

Findikoglu will be deported to Turkey for completing his sentence there once his US prison term is over, says defense lawyer Christopher Madiou.

http://www.darkreading.com/turkish-hacker-gets-8-years-in-us-jail-for-atm-theft-scheme/d/d-id/1328126?_mc=NL_DR_EDT_DR_daily_20170213&cid=NL_DR_EDT_DR_daily_20170213&elqTrackId=c2018c96621e496cadfe3b85f225f4d6&elq=31e2dea8cc474c9aba1dd6de6c263410&elqaid=76703&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=25507

They Just Don’t Get It! Who voted for Donald Trump? Who, is that person? Why?

I still hear TV commentators allude to the “fact” that Donald Trump won the election because he is a fear monger and people listened to him and were scared out of their wits and voted for him.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. He won because of money!

Yup, MONEY!  Look at the US voting map, and you can see those with jobs and enough income to live voted to keep the same old politicians in office.  Those that are suffering financially voted for someone who addressed their issues.  Hillary feels none of the  pain American’s that can’t pay their bills feel.  Even now she is totally oblivious to the millions who are afraid of their future.  The only politician in the Dem’s Party is Bernie Sanders, who sort on understands, when he talked about people and money and stated, correctly, 50% of Americans near retirement age have NO significant savings.  That fact scares the hell out of millions of people.

The Dem’s talk about problems, state they will fix them, get angry and emotional – and blame the other guys = = = and then it’s business as usual.  Do nothing, wait until the press get’s tired of reporting the problem and then move onto the next big issue.

Dem’s state facts: the middle class is not keeping up with inflation; the middle class is shrinking; the middle class needs to be reeducated; the middle class needs more government assistance – – – – on and on; but we just had eight years of FAILURE.

Simple:

  1. People see that the Obama Presidency  didn’t help them.
  2. People see that Hillary didn’t even know they existed and offered nothing
  3. Donald Trump talked about their financial pain and offered solutions
  4. Even if Prez Trump is wrong, at least he will try

 

What did people do: I think they said to themselves: “If I can’t feed my family, put a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs – I’ll make a deal with the Devil himself if I have to”