Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

The passwords of up to 600 million users dating back to 2012 were stored as plain text on Facebook servers.

Facebook stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

Facebook confirmed the report in a blog post. Facebook shares were down less than 1 percent Thursday. The Irish Data Protection Commission, which administers the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, also said Thursday that Facebook had reached out over the issue: “We are currently seeking further information,” the commission said in a statement.

Source: Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

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Live: President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un – CNNPolitics

President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are holding their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. Follow here for the latest.

According to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, President Trump’s dinner with North Korean leader Kim will be a relatively small affair, especially compared to the packed tables seen today during Trump’s working lunch with Vietnamese leaders.

According to Sanders, the participants at the dinner, which will take place at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, are as follows:

United States

  • Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
  • Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
  • Mick Mulvaney, Assistant to the President and acting Chief of Staff
  • Lee Yun-hyang, interpreter

North Korea

  • Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea
  • Ri Yong Ho, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Sin Hye Yong, interpreter

Source: Live: President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un – CNNPolitics

Trump announces Kelly Knight Craft as nominee for UN ambassador | Fox News

President Trump on Friday announced Kelly Knight Craft, the current ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to become the next United States ambassador to the United Nations.

“Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

If confirmed for the role, Craft will succeed Nikki Haley, who abruptly announced her resignation in October last year.

Haley offered Craft her congratulations on Twitter following the announcement. “She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCanada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations,” Haley tweeted.

Source: Trump announces Kelly Knight Craft as nominee for UN ambassador | Fox News

US pulling out of Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, Pompeo says | Fox News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. is pulling out of a major arms-control treaty with Russia.

Citing alleged violations by Russia regarding the pact that’s been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War, Pompeo said the U.S. is suspending its obligations and will terminate the deal entirely if Russia does not return to full compliance in six months.

He said the U.S. “has fully adhered” to the pact for more than 30 years, “but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions. We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.”

The American withdrawal had been expected. It follows years of unresolved disputes over Russian compliance with the 1987 pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty. It was the first arms control measure to ban an entire class of weapons: ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 310 miles and 3,400 miles. Russia denies that it has been in violation.

Source: US pulling out of Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, Pompeo says | Fox News

POMPEO CONFIDENT OF TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

The Earth’s magnetic pole is moving unpredictably, and that movement seems to be accelerating.

The magnetic pole is moving erratically out of the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia so unpredictably that it took scientists by surprise. That 2015 update was supposed to remain valid until 2020, Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature. [Earth’s Colorful Atmospheric Layers Photographed from Space]

Source: Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

‘Missing link’ in human history confirmed after long debate | myfox8.com

Early humans were still swinging from trees two million years ago, scientists have said, after confirming a set of contentious fossils represents a “missing link” in humanity’s family tree.The fossils of Australopithecus sediba have fueled scientific debate since they were found at the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa 10 years ago.

Source: ‘Missing link’ in human history confirmed after long debate | myfox8.com

Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN

(CNN)A pair of new studies released on Monday share a same ominous message — that our planet’s ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels.

According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and snow from the entire continent of Antarctica since 1979, Antarctica’s crucial ice sheet has been melting for the entire 39 year period, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Source: Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN

Earth’s North Magnetic Pole Is Moving Faster Than Expected

Northern pole is moving faster than expected, forcing change in navigational models

(NEWSER) – Attention anyone who navigates by compass, be they shipping companies, aircraft, or uber-serious hikers: North may not be where you think it is. The magnetic north, that is. Nature reports that the Earth’s northern magnetic pole has moved so quickly since the last update of an official guide known as the World Magnetic Model in 2015 that scientists are jumping in early to update it again instead of waiting until 2020. The move was supposed to happen on Tuesday, but it will now wait until Jan. 30 because of the government shutdown. It seems the pole, whose movement is notoriously difficult to predict, is speeding away from the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia much faster than scientists predicted three years ago.

Source: Earth’s North Magnetic Pole Is Moving Faster Than Expected

Bangladesh election marred by violence – CNN

(CNN)At least 15 people were killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, local police officials told CNN.

Bangladeshis were voting on whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term in an election marred by allegations of human rights abuses by her government.
The military was deployed across the country to try to prevent the violence seen during recent polls, which were tarnished by a low turnout and boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
But nine people were killed in Chittagong division alone on Sunday, police official said.

Source: Bangladesh election marred by violence – CNN

Disaster Relief: U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage after Anchorage Earthquake

The magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Friday morning just outside of Anchorage, causing major infrastructural damage to homes, buildings and roads throughout the city.

“People have had ceilings fall in, furniture fall over and the safety of their homes compromised,” explained John Norris, U-Haul Company of Alaska president.

“This event has created a need for a secure place where people can stow their belongings while they prepare aftershocks and the rebuilding process. We want our neighbors to know that we’re here to help. Our disaster relief program is one way we can give back to the community.”

People seeking additional information or needing to arrange for 30 days free self-storage should contact the nearest participating U-Haul facility:

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Anchorage

4751 Old Seward Hwy.

Anchorage, AK 99503

(907) 561-2266

U-Haul Moving & Storage of North Anchorage

5700 Boundary Ave.

Anchorage, AK 99504

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U-Haul Moving & Storage of Palmer

650 S. Cobb St.

Palmer, AK 99645

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With U-Box containers, you can conveniently pick up our custom-designed trailer and take your U-Box with you. U-Haul also can store your U-Box container in our secure warehouses or pick up and deliver it to a location of your choice.

Source: Disaster Relief: U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage after Anchorage Earthquake

Major Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska; Roads Destroyed, Buildings Cracked | The Weather Channel

The tremor was felt as far away as Fairbanks. Here’s the latest.

At a Glance

  • A major earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning.
  • The 7 magnitude tremor heavily damaged roads and left some structural damage.
  • No deaths have been reported as a result of the quake.

Source: Major Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska; Roads Destroyed, Buildings Cracked | The Weather Channel

Mysterious ripple detected — but not exactly felt — around the world

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Strange seismic waves rippled around the globe on Nov. 11 — but nobody, including experts here in Hawaii, can quite figure out why.

It started off about 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, a small French island between Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar, according to this article by National Geographic.

Gerard Fryer at the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetology says the seismic frequency doesn’t match that of an earthquake or even magma moving underground.