Posted May 7, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Technology
 
 

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LESS TECH – MORE KNOWLEDGE

Concert ticketing service Ticketfly reported last week that it was hit by a major data breach involving the personal information of 26 million customers.

According to Ticketfly “some customer information has been compromised including names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers.” Tech news blog Engadget reported that the hacker behind the attack has uploaded much of the data to a public server and is threatening to release more.

Prior to the breach Ticketfly was warned of a flaw in its systems by the hacker. According to Motherboard.com the hacker notified Ticketfly then requested a ransom of one bitcoin in exchange for a fix. When the ransom was not paid as requested Ticketfly suffered the consequences.

Ticketfly has not said if customer’s credit card information and …MORE >>

Oscar winning director Jordan Peele

Get Out” producer Jordan Peele has signed a deal that will give Amazon first pick of any new television series coming out of Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions company. Monkeypaw is responsible for “Get Out” and the Key & Peele comedy series. Peele gained fame as half of the comedy team of Key & Peele before winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay, the first African-American to win the award.

Peele has wasted no time and already has a list projects lined up for production. Among them are a documentary series based on the Lorena Bobbitt incident and a series titled “The Hunt,” the story of Nazi hunters in 1970s New York.

Peele also signed a similar first-look deal with Universal Pictures …MORE >>

The FBI has issued an urgent warning and request to everyone who owns a home router to reboot the device to thwart a Russian cyber attack. Cisco security researchers at the company’s cyber intelligence unit by the name of Talos warned of the attack by malware named VPNFilter. According to Talos VPNFilter has infected an estimated 500,000 consumer routers in 54 countries. Routers targeted are Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link, and potentially others.

On Friday the FBI warned that anyone with a small office or home office router (SOHO) reboot their devices to stop the malware. Rebooting is simply turning the device off and then back on again.

According to the FBI the threat is “significant.” …MORE >>

R-kelly.com

Spotify, the most popular music streaming service, recently stopped promoting R. Kelly’s music along with rapper XXXTentacion from its playlists as part of its new policy on hateful content and conduct. Now it seems that Spotify is admitting it may have been wrong.

According to a Spotify spokesperson the R&B balladeer’s music will remain on Spotify but the service will not actively promote it. The objective of the policy is to remove anything that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

According to Spotify bad behavior by an artist can impact the decisions they make. …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>>