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President Trump's Twitter password was 'maga2020!', says researcher
by Paul Hill
Victor Gevers, a Dutch hacker, was able to break into President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on October 16, 2020, by using the password 'maga2020!' according to reports. To prove his feat, he shared a screenshot with the Dutch outlet, Vrij Nederland (VN), showing the edit profile dialog box where he could have changed Trump’s display name, profile picture, and cover image.
There were two astounding details about the breach; the first was that it only took Gevers seven attempts to guess the correct password, the other was that there was no two-factor authentication enabled to tighten up security on the account.
Luckily for Trump, Victor Gevers is an ethical hacker so rather than deface or steal data from the account, which he could have done, he sent an email to Trump to inform him that he had managed to hack the account; this is known as responsible disclosure. If Gevers had malicious intent, he could have downloaded the president's data file which includes all information including deleted direct messages.
At the time of writing, Vrij Nederland has reached out to Twitter to ask why the account of such a well-known figure is not protected with more security. It said that the social media firm had not responded to those queries yet.
Source: Vrij Nederland (Dutch)
Twitter begins U.S. voter registration campaign
by Paul Hill
Twitter has announced that it has formed a partnership with National Voter Registration Day to encourage more Americans to register for the upcoming presidential election. Users will be encouraged by various means on Twitter to register to vote or confirm their registration.
Users that are located in the United States will see a new prompt on their home timeline encouraging them to register to vote or confirm their registration using a service called TurboVote run by Democracy Works, a non-partisan and non-profit organization. This will help to ensure nobody who wants to vote gets turned away at the polling station.
Other measures being taken to encourage voting include:
A push alert being displayed that directs users to a page full of voter registration information. It will be available in more than 40 languages depending on each person’s app settings. A promoted campaign run by @TwitterGov will take over today’s U.S. Promoted Trend Spotlight with registration resources from TurboVote. A new Twitter hashtag emoji is being introduced with #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady is being introduced to “empower civic conversation” across the country. Going forward, Twitter says it will publish additional voting-related notices as the election gets closer. By ensuring people are registered to vote, the firm is helping to make sure that everyone in the country entitled to a vote gets their say.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Lyft is offering discounted rides to polling locations on election day
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Lyft is taking steps to promote participation in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Recognizing that a considerable amount of citizens do not have access to affordable transportation, the ride-hailing service is expanding its "Ride to Vote" initiative yet again for November's generation election. The firm previously offered free and discounted rides to the polls during the 2018 midterms and this year's primaries. The announcement read:
The promo code, which can be used only once per user, will be valid on November 3 from 5 am to 11 pm, and users will be discounted half the ride fare up to a maximum of $10. Through the promo code, users will be able to ride to any polling station across the US, including dropbox locations if they're in an exclusively vote-by-mail state.
Lyft's bikes and scooters are also eligible for the offer in select cities. Additionally, the firm is partnering with numerous nonprofit organizations to ensure the provision of free and cheap transportation in regions where affordable and reliable transportation is an issue. Its partners include More Than A Vote, which is determined to provide access to arena polling locations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Orlando, Black Women's Roundtable, the National Federation of the Blind, and Student Veterans of America.
Plex introduces free Spanish-language live TV channels
by Paul Hill
Plex has announced that it is rolling out several Spanish-language channels on its free live TV service. Initially, six channels will be available with 25 more rolling out in the coming weeks. With over 80 channels launching in July and more than 30 Spanish-language channels rolling out in the coming weeks, the platform will have more than 100 channels in all.
Unfortunately, the new channels will only be available to users in the United States, however, if you are in that region you’ll receive a range of new content covering telenovelas, game shows, sitcoms, movies, award-winning series and more. While these channels will primarily serve the 58 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., those looking to learn the language will also be able to use them as a resource.
Some of the new shows and movies being made available include:
Casados con Hijos (Married with Children) La Niñera (The Nanny) Mi Bella Genio (I Dream of Jeannie) Doña Barbara Señorita Pólvora Latido Music with 24/7 music videos, artist interviews, live performances, and more Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Wipeout Escape Perfecto Ma ma Chico and Rita and more. To watch the new channels, you just need to download the free Plex app available for Roku, Apple TV, Android, smart TVs, iPhones, iPads, Android, or visit the Plex website. Just head to the Live TV section and select a channel to start watching.
By Garg Ankit
Portland bans use of facial recognition tech by government and private entities
by Garg Ankit
Image via Liberty Portland in Oregon has become the first city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by both goverment agencies as well as private players in "places of public accommodation." Both the ordinances were passed unanimously by the legislators.
During the hearing of this landmark ban, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said:
The crackdown on the use of facial recognition technology in the States is not new, but so far it was limited to agencies answerable to the public. Boston, Oakland, and San Francisco are already on this list. But Portland took it a step further by prohibiting individuals and private organizations too.
Banks, convenience stores, doctor's offices, entertainment venues, hotels and Airbnb rentals, public transit stations, Uber and Lyft, and restaurants are places where the usage of the technology is now prohibited by the law. This also includes any place that provides publicly accessible facilities, goods or services, lodging, and transportation. Churches, private residences, and private clubs and institutions are exempted. Individuals, either working for the government or in the private sector, are allowed to use the technology to unlock their smart devices, and tag people or use face filters on social media websites. A penalty of up to $1,000 a day can be claimed if anyone is found violating the law.
Earlier this year, tech giants like Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft banned the police force from using their facial recognition technology citing bias and lack of strict regulations. Microsoft appears to be in favor of letting their tech be used, but want the authorities to regulate it strictly. In contrast, London's Met Police started using the tech in January this year, even though an earlier report claimed that innocent people are flagged 81% of the time.
The tech has definitely proven useful when Chinese authorities successfully nabbed a man in a crowd of 60,000. But the potential for misuse cannot be underestimated. Portland has preferred to take the side of citizens' privacy.
Source: Business Insider