Xbox bug could have allowed hackers to link gamer tags with players’ emails

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Microsoft has patched a bug in the Xbox website that could have allowed threat actors to link Xbox gamer tags (usernames) to users’ real email addresses.

The vulnerability was reported to Microsoft through the company’s recently launched Xbox bug bounty program.

Joseph “Doc” Harris, one of the several security researchers who reported the issue to Microsoft this year, shared his findings with ZDNet earlier this week.

The security researcher said the bug was located on enforcement.xbox.com, the web portal where Xbox users go to view strikes against their Xbox profile and file appeals if they feel they have been unfairly reprimanded for their behavior on the Xbox network.

After users log in to this website, the Xbox Enforcement site creates a cookie file in their browser with details about their web session, so they won’t have to re-authenticate the next time they visit the site again.

Harris said that

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Voter fraud: Social media is playing whack-a-mole with a bunch of bogus claims

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The 2020 election wasn’t stolen.


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With Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania certifying their election results this week, President-elect Joe Biden is a step closer to being officially declared the next president of the United States after the election was called on Nov. 7. That fact hasn’t stopped people on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from claiming President Donald Trump was the election’s true winner. 

Social media is littered with bogus claims — many of them amplified by President Trump — that voter fraud ran rampant, that a supercomputer changed votes and that thousands of zombies voted. None of this is remotely true. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, created by the Trump administration to protect US computer and communications networks against hackers, including threats to elections, called the vote “the most secure in American history.” Election officials across the country have echoed that assessment. (Trump fired Christopher Krebs, the director

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Comcast to cap data use for Xfinity home internet service

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GM will recall 7 million pickups over potentially faulty air bags

General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The announcement came Monday after the US government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles in the United States. GM says it will not fight the decision, even though it believes the vehicles are safe. It will cost the company an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income so far this year. The automaker had petitioned the agency four times since 2016 to avoid recalls, contending the air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday denied the petitions, saying the inflators still run the risk of exploding. Exploding Takata inflators caused the largest series

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Advanced computer model locks in picks for Massachusetts vs. Liberty, Week 13, 2020

Two teams without a conference will go head-to-head this week as the Liberty Flames take on the Massachusetts Minutemen at noon ET on Friday at Williams Stadium. Liberty is 8-1 overall and 5-0 at home, while UMass is 0-3 overall and 0-3 on the road. The Flames are favored by 37.5 points in the latest Liberty vs. Massachusetts odds from William Hill, and the Over-Under is set at 56.5. Before you make any Massachusetts vs. Liberty picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college football schedule,

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Amazon Web Services experiencing an outage that’s affecting a number of popular services like Roku, Adobe, and Target-owned Shipt



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  • Amazon Web Services is experiencing an outage, with Down Detector reporting over 1,000 user complaints.
  • Many websites rely on the company’s internet infrastructure service to operate.
  • Roku, Adobe, and Target-owned Shipt are among the sites reporting the outage to be impacting its services on Wednesday.
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Amazon Web Services has been down for most of Wednesday.  The Verge first reported the outage. 

In a statement to Business Insider, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Kinesis has been experiencing increased error rates this morning in our US-East-1 Region that’s impacted some other AWS services. We are working toward resolution.” 

Scores of websites rely on the internet infrastructure to function. The outage only affected one of AWS’s 23 regions, but it took down many popular web-based services that utilize its servers, like Roku and Adobe Spark, which were among those that

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Design experts to oversee NSW developments | The Canberra Times

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A panel of leading design experts has been appointed to oversee major infrastructure projects in NSW. The panel is made up of 88 independent members with expertise across a range of areas including: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, Aboriginal and European heritage, as well as 12 NSW government design experts. Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new State Design Review Panel would provide independent expert advice on State Significant development and infrastructure projects and precincts. “Iconic buildings and structures like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge put Sydney on the map and it’s so important that we maintain design excellence with our new projects,” Mr Stokes said on Thursday. The panel follows a pilot program launched in 2018, which guided the development of more than 100 public and private projects worth almost $9 billion. “This panel, alongside the soon-to-be-released Design and Place SEPP, will ensure strong design

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Facebook is deleting evidence of war crimes, researchers say

On October 24th, 2020, an art trafficker in Darnah, Libya posted a series of unusual ads. For sale: a Greco-Roman statue, its marble bust covered in a toga. If it looked like it belonged in a museum, that’s because it did. The seller posted photos of the piece in private Facebook groups dedicated to trafficking antiques.

The black market for looted goods is flourishing on Facebook. While the company banned the sale of historical artifacts in June, many of the posts are in Arabic, and Facebook lacks the expertise to properly enforce its new policy.

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When Facebook is able to identify groups that flout its guidelines, experts say the company simply deletes them, expunging crucial documentation for researchers studying stolen art. “This is critical evidence for repatriation efforts and war crimes,” says Katie Paul, co-director of the Athar Project. “Facebook has created a problem

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False claims about media’s 2016, 2020 election coverage

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Dr. Anthony Fauci compared the transition of power to a relay race when describing its importance.

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The claim: The media said ‘Russia stole the election’ in 2016 and now says the 2020 election is ‘impossible to steal’

As President Donald Trump’s election challenges fail and he begrudgingly begins to accommodate a transition of power, he is looking at the 2016 election to draw false comparisons and point fingers at journalists he says never accepted his victory. His supporters aren’t far behind, offering up a meme suggesting hypocrisy in media coverage of the 2016 and 2020 elections.

“2016 MEDIA: RUSSIA STOLE THE ELECTION,” reads a meme ForAmerica posted to Facebook Nov. 12. “2020 MEDIA: OUR ELECTIONS ARE LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL.”

The meme includes two images of CNN anchor Don Lemon and makes a blanket statement about “the media.”

Fact check: Claim that voting noncitizens affected 2020 election

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Will BuzzFeed lead a SPAC gold rush for smaller digital media players?

  • BuzzFeed’s acquisition of HuffPost has sparked speculation that BuzzFeed could try to buy other digital media companies, possibly by joining forces with a SPAC.
  • SPACs, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, armed with hundreds of millions of dollars are already evaluating a variety of digital media ventures.
  • SPACs are likely to eye media companies with name recognition, like Vice Media or Vox Media.
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Is Jonah Peretti’s BuzzFeed on a path to going public? 

At small private industry dinners from Los Angeles to New York, executives from Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs, are flooding the zone.

Last week, Buzzfeed stunned COVID-cowed medialand with news it was acquiring digital newspaper HuffPost from Verizon and giving the phone giant a stake in a larger entity. Verizon agreed to invest in the new company, sparking speculation that Peretti would try to add other companies while remaining independent,

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Lexon’s Oblio Named as One of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions Of 2020

The best-selling 2-in-1 charging solution with UV-C sanitizer receives recognition for making the world better

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 25, 2020–

20 years after making the cover of TIME with their flagship Tykho radio, French design brand Lexon is back on the prestigious publication to reiterate its mission to continuously create disruptive, useful and affordable design objects that improve our daily lives.

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Oblio (Photo: Business Wire)

Oblio (Photo: Business Wire)

More than just highlighting the groundbreaking French invention, TIME award confirms Oblio‘s position as a must-have innovation for today’s world, as it has been crafted in-house primarily as a sleek UV-C sanitizer to prevent the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria that are found on our smartphones, using its built-in UV-C LED technology located on its front interior. UV-C LEDs destroy and eradicate the DNA of microorganisms found in viruses, bacteria, mold, and germs.

Capable

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