Posted May 7, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Technology
 
 

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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

After eight years Mignon Clyburn, the only African-American on the FCC board of commissioners is stepping down. Clyburn, the daughter of James Clyburn, member of the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District was appointed by President Barack Obama. Recently Clyburn fought valiantly against the repeal of net neutrality put in place during the Obama administration. Current commissioner, Ajit Pai, successfully killed net neutrality by repealing the Open Internet Order that reclassified telecoms as utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

Clyburn briefly served as the FCC’s first female chairperson in 2013 before Obama appointee Tom Wheeler stepped in as chairman. With Wheeler, Clyburn pushed the FCC to pass the strictest …MORE >>

Fake Black Lives Matter Facebook page

In the movie Malcom X, starring Denzel Washington, Washington’s character is preaching about how black people have been fooled. He say’s “We been hoodwinked, bam-boozled, flim-flammed, led astray…” It seems that is exactly what has happen to African-Americans and the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM).

The official Black Lives Matter Facebook page claims more than 300,000 ‘Likes.’ But according to CNN a fake BLM Facebook page has claimed over 700,000 ‘Likes.’ The phony page is allegedly linked to a Australian man by the name of Ian Mackay. Mackay has registered numerous sites related to black civil rights like blackpowerfist.com.

The page is suspected of raising over $100,000 for BLM causes via online fundraising. Some of the money …MORE >>

Delta Airlines, Sears, Kmart and Best Buy and others have all been hit with a data breach that is connected with Indian Company [24]7.ai. According to a statement from the company, it “discovered and contained an incident potentially affecting the online customer payment information of a small number of our client companies, and affected clients have been notified.” The incident took place Sept. 26 and was finally shut down on Oct. 12, 2017. The company has notified notified law enforcement.

[24]7.ai claims the breach affected a small number of clients but, in reality, that small number contains some the biggest, most well known, companies in the U.S. and the world.

[24]7.ai is a third party vendor that provides online and …MORE >>

Panera, a popular bakery-cafe has admitted its website was leaking a data. According to Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity.com Panera allegedly failed to fix issues with its website it knew about for nearly eight months. Panera Bread has has over 2,100 outlets nationwide.

Cyber security researcher Dylan Houlihan notified the company of a data leak in early August 2017. Mike Gustavison, Panera director of information security was informed of the flaw and said the company “working on a resolution.” Despite this statement the flaw was not repaired.

Data records that leaked out contain the names, email and physical addresses, birth dates and the last four digits of the credit card numbers of Panera customers.

Only after Krebs spoke directly with Panera chief information officer …MORE >>

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The AACR is the emerging leader providing vital news, information and analysis about the Internet, electronic communications and e-commerce to black people. Our mission is to enhance the level of knowledge and security for black people who access the Internet. It is our goal to alert people of color about the numerous hazards and dangers of the cyber space. This includes viruses and other malware, changes in the law, scams, hoaxes and information thefts of all kinds. We also highlight useful technology and opportunities available via the Internet. We sincerely believe that black people are under served when it comes to information security and we are working to change that equation. Read more>>