The Register: Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory . “A US Congressional report outlining the breakdowns that led to the 2017 theft of 148 million personal records from Equifax has revealed a stunning catalog of failure. The 96-page report (PDF) from the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform found that the 2017 network breach could have easily been prevented had the company taken basic security precautions.”
The Verge: Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie. “The fight over who gets to have the most-subscribed channel on YouTube spilled into the real world months ago when Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg fans started campaigning to raise awareness of the Swedish star. The grassroots effort has, for the most part, been in good fun — but recently, people on social media have reported being hacked by someone who is urging them to subscribe to PewDiePie.”
BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Testing Auto-Responses For Live Video And Some Of The Suggestions Are Offending People. “Facebook appears to be testing a new tool that prompts users to comment on live video streams — including those involving sensitive situations like shootings and sexual assault — using suggested text and emojis.”
CNET: Facebook keeps fumbling political ads. “Dana Hopkins felt like she was in an ‘endless loop’ with Facebook. The frustration began in September when she purchased an ad on the social network to promote an open mic night she was co-hosting in San Francisco. What happened next was a head-scratcher. Facebook blocked the ad at least six times because the social network said it was political.”
UpGuard: Out of Pocket: How an ISP Exposed Administrative System Credentials. “The UpGuard Cyber Risk team can now report that 73 gigabytes of downloadable data belonging to Washington-based internet service provider Pocket iNet was publicly exposed in a misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket. According to their website, Pocket iNet ‘makes use of bleeding edge and emerging technologies such as native IPv6, Carrier Ethernet and local fiber to the premise delivering the highest possible service levels to connected customers.'” If misconfigured storage buckets are “bleeding edge,” y’all might want to cauterize.
CBS 8: Facebook takes down ads mentioning African-Americans and Hispanics, calling them political. “Dozens of advertisements removed from Facebook for being political ahead of the November midterm elections did not appear to express any political view, a USA TODAY analysis showed. The Facebook ads from businesses, universities, nonprofits and other organizations did seem to have something in common: They mentioned ‘African-American,’ ‘Latino,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Mexican,’ ‘women,’ ‘LGBT’ or were written in Spanish. Even offers of free delivery from Chipotle Mexican Grill were mislabeled as political until an inquiry from USA TODAY.”