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Icann Spear Phishing Attack Strikes at the Heart of the Internet


Hackers have struck at the heart of the net with a spear phishing attack on Icann employees which gave them access to a key administrative database and other digital assets, the internet oversight body has revealed.

In a note earlier this week, Icann admitted that the attack in late November involved email messages crafted to appear as if they came from the organization’s domain.

This enabled attackers to compromise Icann staff email credentials which then gave them access to other systems, most notably the Centralized Zone Data System (CZDS).

Icann explained:

“The attacker obtained administrative access to all files in the CZDS. This included copies of the zone files in the system, as well as information entered by users such as name, postal address, email address, fax and telephone numbers, username, and password. Although the passwords were stored as salted cryptographic hashes, we have deactivated all CZDS passwords as a precaution.”

Alison Lundergan Grimes: Rand Paul Can't Run For Senate And President In 2016


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she'd challenge Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) if he attempted to run for both Senate and president in 2016.

"The law is clear," Grimes told WHAS. "You can't be on the ballot twice for two offices."

Kentucky's current law says "no candidate's name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once," except for certain special elections, according to the AP.

Paul announced in early December he would run for Senate again in 2016. He also said he will decide on a presidential run in "the March/April time frame."

Florida clerks warned criminal charges possible for issuing same-sex marriage licenses


The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers Association on Tuesday notified members throughout the state they could be “guilty of a criminal act” if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Making the issue of gay-marriage in Florida even murkier, the state’s court clerks association notified members Tuesday they could be “guilty of a criminal act” if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if a federal judge’s hold on same-sex marriages expires Jan.5.

“Florida’s Court Clerks & Comptrollers’ duty is to act in accordance with Florida law,” the association said in a statement. “Florida Statutes are unique in regard to prohibiting the issuance of a marriage license to a couple that is not a man and a woman, in that it provides that a Clerk who violates this prohibition is guilty of a criminal act and subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.”

The statement came after the association’s legal counsel, law firm Greenberg Traurig, warned that only the clerk in North Florida’s Washington County — specifically named in the federal gay-marriage lawsuit — would be bound by a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Tallahassee, who in August found the state’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/12/16/5535308/florida-clerks-warned-criminal.html#storylink=cpy

White House: 5 Things You Need to Know About Alaska's Bristol Bay


video at link

President Obama just took action to protect one of Alaska's most powerful economic engines and one of America’s greatest national treasures: Bristol Bay.

Today, he signed a Presidential Memorandum that withdraws these beautiful and pristine waters from all future oil and gas drilling. "These waters are too special and too valuable to auction off to the highest bidder," the President said.

Here are five things you need to know about Bristol Bay:


Bristol Bay is one of the world's most valuable fisheries, providing 40 percent of America's seafood and supporting up to $2 billion in commercial fishing every year.

While remote, this area is also an economic engine for tourism in Alaska. Bristol Bay drives $100 million in recreational fishing and tourism activity every year.

Bristol Bay provides important habitat for many species, including the threatened Stellar's eider, sea otters, seals, walruses, Beluga and Killer whales, and the endangered North Pacific Right Whale.

The North Aleutian Basin Planning Area that includes Bristol Bay consists of about 32.5 million acres. The previous Administration set in motion a new lease sale for 2011 that would have opened approximately 5.6 million acres -- about one-fifth of the planning area -- for drilling. In 2010, President Obama temporarily withdrew the Bristol Bay area from oil and gas development, and today's action extends that protection indefinitely.

The President issues his temporary withdrawal in 2010 using his authority under section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which gives the president authority to withdraw offshore areas from potential oil and gas leasing. President Eisenhower was the first to exercise the authority in 1960, withdrawing an area now included in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Since then, presidents on both sides of the aisle have acted to withdraw areas of the Outer Continental Shelf from oil and gas leasing.

Sorry, I'm so used to excerpts, forgot this is public content on whitehouse.gov

Miami and Miami Beach, how's the flooding down there ?

in reference to: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2564166.html

Report: Tidal flooding to be more frequent in Miami, Key West as seas rise

Tidal flooding in Miami and Key West will increase dramatically over the next 15 years as seas continue to rise, according to a study released Wednesday just as annual high tides begin creeping toward Miami Beach.

Using data collected earlier this year in the White House’s National Climate Assessment, the Union of Concerned Scientists looked at Miami and Key West, along with 50 other communities deemed vulnerable to rising seas driven by climate change. By 2030, researchers concluded, Miami could flood eight times more frequently. By 2045, the number could increase steeply to about 230 floods per year. Key West could fare far worse, with 45 floods a year, or more than three a month, by 2030.

“That level of inundation is going to be game changer for us in South Florida,” said Nicole Hammer, assistant director of climate change initiatives at Florida Atlantic University, who helped write the report’s section on Florida. “We won’t be able to function the way we do now unless we take pretty aggressive measures to begin to adapt.”

With some cities already experiencing flooding up to four times more frequently than in 1970, the authors decided to take a closer look at the forecast for communities from Freeport, Maine, to the Texas coast under scenarios mapped out in the National Climate Assessment. The assessment, released earlier this year, was the Obama administration’s attempt at compiling an authoritative report on climate change, the president’s science advisor, John Holdren, said last week.

yes, this is from October but still relevant.

More rain for California, very nice to see


Thank god the Sydney hostage crisis is over, so impressed with the Australians!


live stream: http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/

It seems 2 hostages died, very sadly, in addition to the gunman.

Samuel L. Jackson Challenges Celebrities to Sing To Protest ‘Racist Police’


video at link!

Samuel L. Jackson is calling out fellow celebrities who took the ‘ice bucket challenge’ earlier this year to help make another cause go viral.

The Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained star posted a video to his Facebook page Saturday, asking his peers to post videos of themselves singing the “We Ain’t Gonna Stop Till People are Free” song, a reference to the ongoing “Black Lives Matter” protests across the nation.

“All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here’s a chance to do something else,” he tells viewers.

The lyrics begin:

more at link (sorry, had to comply with DU rules )

3 Black Churches in Florida Vandalized With KKK Graffiti


The FBI is investigating hate crimes in a rural Florida county where three predominately black churches were recently defaced with racist graffiti scrawl, according to International Business Times, which cites a report at the Tallahassee Democrat.

The latest case was discovered Wednesday when members of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Crawfordville in Wakulla County when members arrived for choir practice to find "KKK" spray-painted on the side of their church, the Democrat reports.

"The whole community is in shock right now that we still have these things occurring," Wakulla County NAACP Organizing Committee President Anginita Rosier told the paper.

The first case was discovered last Sunday when members discovered signs for the New Bridge Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Crawfordville was spray-painted with “KKK,” the report says. A second church, Pilgrim Rest P.B. Church, was also vandalized.

Studio 54 back in the day (1977-1980?), ever go there ?

I've always read how "legendary" it was, people having sex on the dance floor, etc etc

Truth ? Urban legends ?

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