Christel Deskins

A Plague on Crypto and Twitter, Unlikely to Stop

The teenager arrested for allegedly masterminding the recent Twitter hack comes from a community that’s been targeting crypto users for years.

The group’s attacks have one big thing in common: They take advantage of human fallibility rather than code vulnerability. These so-called social engineering attacks are growing in sophistication, and while the Twitter case is being prosecuted vigorously, the broader problem is unlikely to end soon, security experts said.

The New York Times reported the alleged mastermind was a part of the “OG” users community, which traffics in short unique online handles, such as a single character or word on social media. The hackers are also known for SIM swapping, a tactic that has long plagued the world of crypto. 

Related: Twitter Hacker Owns $3.4M in Bitcoin, Court Sets Bail at $725K

Florida resident Graham Clark was arrested on July 31. State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges, including

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Kevin Hart defends TV host from claims she’s ‘horrible’ behind-the-scenes

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Kevin Hart has defended Ellen DeGeneres from “mean” accusations, calling her “one of the dopest people on the f***ing planet”.

In recent months, it has been claimed that the US host exhibits “mean” behaviour to others, which actors Brad Garrett and Back to the Future star Lea Thompson claimed was “common knowledge” in Hollywood.

DeGeneres’s US talk show is also undergoing an internal investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct on the show’s set, as well as workplace bullying.

While DeGeneres herself has not been personally accused of mistreating staff, she said in a statement that, as the face of the show, she took “full responsibility” for the situation.

Hart called the situation “crazy”, writing on Instagram: “She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day one.”

The actor criticised the internet for becoming “a crazy world of negativity”, adding: “We are falling in

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Are they any use? With Europe’s black-box coronavirus apps it’s hard to tell

By Padraic Halpin and Douglas Busvine

DUBLIN/BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe’s experiment in using technology to fight coronavirus has achieved some early successes: millions of people have downloaded smartphone tracker apps and hundreds have uploaded the results of positive COVID-19 tests.

Yet most European countries so far lack solid evidence that their apps – which identify close contacts via Bluetooth connections with nearby users – are actually alerting people who may have caught the disease before they can infect others.

The reason? Design choices made by governments and their app developers to protect people’s privacy.

In many of the 11 European territories using architecture designed by Alphabet’s Google <GOOGL.O> and Apple <AAPL.O>, apps have been made to be ‘blind’ to warnings of potential exposure to COVID-19 flowing through the system.

In Switzerland, for example, the Federal Office of Public Health acknowledged that “the effectiveness of the SwissCovid App is difficult to

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Can Social Media Be Redeemed? Feat. Bobby Goodlatte

An early Facebook product designer-turned angel investor discusses how social media has changed and whether it can be changed again for the better.

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This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comBitstamp and

Today on the Brief:

  • President Trump wants a cut of the TikTok deal
  • Previewing this week’s COVID-19 vaccine trade 
  • Dave Portnoy breaks into bitcoin

After Social Media with Bobby Goodlatte.

Related: Bitcoin News Roundup for August 4, 2020

Bobby is the founder of Form Capital, a new seed investment firm that focuses on supporting portfolio companies with value-add design. 

Bobby was an early employee at Facebook and has been an active angel investor since 2012, with investments that include Coinbase. 

See also: How Real Is Bitcoin’s Rally?

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In Michigan, an Election Day unlike any other

DETROIT – Tuesday’s primary was a Michigan election like no other.

The casting of close to 1.6 million absentee ballots crushed absentee records for any previous primary and easily topped the 1.27 million absentee ballots cast in the November 2018 general election, formerly a record.

Though the overall turnout appeared strong for a primary, the precincts themselves were mostly quiet throughout the day and as the 8 p.m. time for polls to close approached.

Instead, any frenzy took place in nearby rooms where crews of poll workers hustled to count record numbers of absentee votes.

Many of those who did show up at the polls – amid a coronavirus pandemic and after Michigan’s 2018 approval of no-reason absentee voting – said it was because they felt most certain their vote would be counted if they stuck the ballot into the box themselves.

“I think it’s more secure,” said Marla Laurain,

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Spirit Halloween Locations Are Opening For Halloween 2020

Young friends dressed-up in evil scary character costumes having fun in Halloween party photo booth
Young friends dressed-up in evil scary character costumes having fun in Halloween party photo booth

To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement. Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, vacations have been canceled, celebrations have been put on hold, and you’re probably already preparing yourself for the spookiest holiday of the year to be canceled – but Spirit Halloween isn’t going to let that happen. Every year, the Halloween retailer opens a few months prior to Oct. 31, and 2020 is no exception. In fact, you can expect to see Spirit Halloween locations popping up nationwide as early as August.

Because Spirit Halloween is a franchise with 1,400 individually operated locations all across the country, there is no official “opening day” for the company as a whole. Instead, most stores open in late August or early September, giving you plenty of time to shop

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New Britain students may take classes in-person, online or on a hybrid schedule

Parents of New Britain students will have the option this fall to keep their children home for all-online education, send them to school for traditional classes or try a mix of both.

In explaining the school district’s plan for teaching 10,000 students during the pandemic, Superintendent Nancy Sarra emphasized that parents will have choices.

One option that might help working parents and guardians is a hybrid system: They may design a schedule for their children to attend in person on certain days, and take classes virtually on the others.

If families choose in-person classes, they should prepare their children for a daily schedule very different than usual.

“All of our desk in the classrooms will be 3 feet apart, all students except for preschool must wear a mask and a face shield,” Sarra said in a recent online town hall for city parents.

Staff will maintain distance from students, kindergarten

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How Noah Schnapp Balances ‘Stranger Things,’ TikTok Fame and ‘Regular Childhood Life’

For Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood issue, we interviewed TikTok stars about their lives in quarantine.

Noah Schnapp goes to a regular school with normal people and cringes when his parents watch him on TikTok. He just got a Husky and regularly makes videos with his sister, Chloe. He also just so happens to star on one of the biggest streaming success stories (having already broken into the entertainment industry as an actor on “Stranger Things”). He spoke to Variety about his life on and off social media.

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When did you get on TikTok?

All my friends had it before me and they were always using it and I always thought it was weird. I was like, “I’ll never get on TikTok. I’ll never be on there.” And then last year, everyone started to join and it started to get really big. And I was like, “O.K.,

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Questions being raised after Kodak’s stock has a big moment

Eastman Kodak’s potentially lucrative deal to help the U.S. government make more generic drugs domestically is threatening to turn into a regulatory headache for the fallen photography giant.

Kodak’s depressed stock price surged last week before the company announced its plans to work with the President Donald Trump’s administration in exchange for a $765 million loan. That prompted Sen. Elizabeth Warren to send a Monday letter asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether insider trading laws have been broken.

The SEC is now in the early stages of a probe, according to a report published Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper cited unidentified people familiar with the matter.

The SEC declined to comment on the report.

Kodak said Tuesday that the Rochester, New York, company intends to cooperate with any potential inquiries, without saying whether it has been contacted by the SEC.

The company’s stock soared

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Black scientists, physicians are using hashtags to uplift

Black scientists are embracing the hashtag movement that forced the nation to take a hard look at systemic racism.

As #BlackLivesMatter remains a rallying cry across the country, Black researchers and physicians are using tags including #BlackBirdersWeek, #BlackInAstro, #BlackInNeuro and #BlackInChem to lift up the achievements of their peers and call out the discrimination they face on a daily basis.

Racism has long been an issue in academia. Black scientists report high rates of both subtle and overt forms of workplace discrimination and, according to a 2019 study, are less likely than their white peers to receive funding for their research. Research published in April via the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that underrepresented groups are innovative at a higher rate than their majority peers but their achievements are often overlooked.

So Black birders, astronomers, botanists, physicians and neuroscientists, many of them women, have taken to Twitter

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