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Ransomware Struck Another Pipeline Firm — and 70GB of Data Leaked (Mili)
From Wired: “When ransomware hackers hit Colonial Pipeline last month and shut off the distribution of gas along much of the East Coast of the United States, the world woke up to the danger of digital disruption of the petrochemical pipeline industry. Now it appears another pipeline-focused business was also hit by a ransomware crew around the same time, but kept its breach quiet — even as 70 gigabytes of its internal files were stolen and dumped onto the dark web. A group identifying itself as Xing Team last month posted to its dark web site a collection of files stolen from LineStar Integrity Services, a Houston-based company that sells auditing, compliance, maintenance, and technology services to pipeline customers.”
‘Sedition Hunters’ Turn Capitol Insurrection Into Ultimate Online Manhunt (DonkeyHotey)
The author writes, “Five months on from Jan. 6, the authorities have brought charges against more than 400 rioters, often using the traditional tools of law enforcement, such as search warrants and confidential informants. But they’ve also relied on the crowdsourcing efforts of sedition hunters. In the days after the riot, the FBI saw a 750% increase in daily calls and electronic tips to its main hotline. The bureau still receives twice the normal volume of alerts. Such tips have proved helpful in ‘dozens of cases,’ says Samantha Shero, an FBI spokeswoman.”
California Mandated Masks. Florida Opened Its Restaurants. Did Any of It Matter? (Bethany)
From Vox: “After a partial lockdown in the spring of 2020, Florida and Texas were among the states that most aggressively reopened their economies. Most businesses were allowed to resume operations in May or June of last year. Florida never instituted a public mask mandate; Texas was the first state to revoke its mask mandate this spring. California and New York, on the other hand, have been more cautious. They didn’t let some businesses, like movie theaters and gyms, reopen until months after their more conservative counterparts had already done so. Their state mask mandates are still at least partially in effect. And yet, looking at the case and death numbers since the coronavirus pandemic began, it’s not obvious which states were cautious and which were not.”
An Automated Policing Program Got This Man Shot Twice (Dana)
From the Verge: “Robert McDaniel’s troubles began with a knock on the door. It was a weekday in mid-2013, as he made lunch in the crowded three-bedroom house where he lives with his grandmother and several of his adult siblings. When he went to answer the door, McDaniel discovered not one person, but a cohort of visitors: two police officers in uniform, a neighbor working with the police, and a muscular guy in shorts and a T-shirt sporting short, graying hair. … He invited them into this home. And when he did, they told McDaniel something he could hardly believe: an algorithm built by the Chicago Police Department predicted — based on his proximity to and relationships with known shooters and shooting casualties — that McDaniel would be involved in a shooting. That he would be a ‘party to violence,’ but it wasn’t clear what side of the barrel he might be on. He could be the shooter, he might get shot. They didn’t know. But the data said he was at risk either way.”
2 Airlines Will Postpone Serving Alcohol Amid Surge of In-Flight Violence (Nick)
The author writes, “Two major airlines, American and Southwest, have postponed plans to resume serving alcohol on flights in an effort to stop a surge of unruly and sometimes violent behavior by passengers who have shoved, struck and yelled at flight attendants. Both airlines announced the policies … after the latest assault was captured on a widely watched video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to San Diego.”
‘An Artist Is a Visionary’: Cameroonian Artist Barthélémy Toguo on Why He Began Making Art About Viruses Well Before 2020 (Dan)
From Artnet News: “The Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris reopened [in May] with its first solo show dedicated to a contemporary African artist: Barthélémy Toguo. Displayed alongside historical African artworks, the Cameroonian multimedia artist’s exhibition addresses viruses, immigration, the lynching of African Americans, African dictators, and the shortage of water. Titled ‘Craving for Humanity, The world of Barthélémy Toguo,’ it is curated by Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau, director of Fondation Dapper. … Particularly pertinent is Vaincre le virus! (Beat the virus) (2016). The six-and-a-half feet tall vases depicting bats, red hands, and patterns relating to the transmission of the Ebola and HIV viruses were realized five years ago when Toguo was nominated for the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp.”
Danish Journalist Has Sex During Interview for Segment on Swingers Club (Russ)
The author writes, “One radio reporter went all the way to get a scoop on a swingers club near Copenhagen when she had sex with a man she was interviewing. Louise Fischer, 26, can be heard moaning during the on-the-record intercourse, part of a two-minute segment that aired on Radio 4 in Denmark.”
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