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Apple and Amazon security lapses exposed after writer has entire digital life destroyed by hackers in minutes

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Apple has been accused of having major lapses in its online security after a writer had his 'entire digital life' destroyed by hackers in less than an hour
A leading tech writer has revealed how easy it was for his 'entire digital life' to be destroyed in less than an hour - and how Apple security lapses mean it can happen to you.

Mat Honan, who writes for Wired, was hacked because Apple only requires basic security questions in order to access your Apple ID.

From there the hackers were able to delete his Google and Gmail account, stop his iPhone from working and take control of his Twitter page.

Along the way everything on his laptop, including every photo he had of his one-year-old daughter, was wiped.

In a disturbing article on Wired.com, Honan reveals how he actually spoke to the hacker who carried out the attack.

After telling him how he did it Honan was then able to repeat the same steps - and carry out his very own mock hack.

In the story Honan writes that on August 3 he realised something was wrong when all of a sudden his iPhone powered down.

When he tried to connect it to his computer he was asked for a four digit pin - which the hackers had already put on the machine to stop him from accessing it.


Exorcism Leaves Toddler Dead in Malaysia

Bukit Mertajam - A toddler died during what is believed to be a 20-hour exorcism ritual.

Police stormed a double-storey house in Taman Bukit Minyak on Sunday night and found a group of eight people lying on top of the two-year-old girl.

The girl was lying face down under the human pile made up of her parents, grandmother, uncle, aunt, two cousins and their Indonesian maid.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azman Abd Lah said the family members, aged between 16 and 67, were lying on top of each other with the toddler at the bottom in the master bedroom. The lights in the room were switched off.

"The child died due to breathing difficulties," he said. Her body has been sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for a post-mortem.

The case, he added, was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Apparently, another of the girl's uncles had earlier come by to invite the family for dinner but was chased away.


14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord - all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago.

For one, of the 119 (mostly Christian) participating schools, Zack Kopplin, a gutsy college sophomore who's taken to Change.org to stonewall the program, has identified at least 19 that teach or champion creationist nonscience and will rake in nearly $4 million in public funding from the initial round of voucher designations.

Many of these schools, Kopplin notes, rely on Pensacola-based A Beka Book curriculum or Bob Jones University Press textbooks to teach their pupils Bible-based "facts," such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesn't have to.

Below are some of my favorite lessons:


Fire at Chevron refinery produces health hazard emergency over San Francisco Bay area

Analysts say a fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries will contribute to higher prices at the pump on the West Coast.

The fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, broke out Monday evening.

It sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area and sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems before it was out the following morning.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, says Chevron's refinery is big and important to the market.

With inventories of gasoline in the region already low compared with the rest of the country, Kloza says pump prices in California and elsewhere on the West Coast will soon average more than $4 per gallon.

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Is There a Numerology Serial Killer in Brooklyn?

Isaac Kadare
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Isaac Kadare was found shot and stabbed inside his store Thursday night at 1877 86th street off of 19th Ave. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn shopkeepers are on alert after cops linked two storeowners' murders to the same gun and suggested the killer might be using numerology to choose his targets.

Isaac Kadare's store at 1877 86th St., where he was killed last Thursday, and Mohammed Gebeli's shop at 7718 Fifth Ave., where he was found dead July 6, both have addresses using the same three numbers - a fact that has workers shaken.

"That's really scary," said Citlali Amigon, 29, who manages the Panaderia La Autentica bakery at 1878 86th St.

"It's frightening. I'm really worried. . . . I tell my boss, 'Maybe I'm next,' God forbid," said Jamie Hazim, 55, who manages the Designs Plus Furniture Showroom across the street from Kadare's store at 1874 86th St.

"We have a close number to the addresses he has targeted. I wonder what the numbers mean to him," she said.

But detectives, while not ruling out the numerology theory, pointed out other links: Both targeted shops lacked surveillance cameras and were hit at closing time when the shopkeepers were alone.

Kadare, 59, was found shot in the head and stabbed in the neck inside his Amazing 99 Cent Deals shop in Bensonhurst.

The bullet that killed him is believed to have been fired from the same pistol used to kill Gebeli, 65, in Valentino Fashion Inc., police said.


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Trolls' Abusive Tweets Intensify Pressure On Twitter to Take Action


Tom Daley was the target of Reece Messer's abusive tweets
Calls for Twitter to clamp down on so-called "trolls" sending abusive hate messages via the social networking site intensified yesterday after a string of high-profile attacks on famous names including the diver Tom Daley. Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati, and the Conservative MP Louise Mensch. Even the father of Daley's internet abuser said the company needed to take action to stop the disturbing practice.

Their appeals came after a flurry of Twitter vitriol attracted police and public attention last week. The first incident involved the teenage Olympian Tom Daley, who received a string of malicious tweets from 17-year-old Reece Messer after he missed out on a medal. Appearing under the Twitter name "Rileyy_69", the messages also referred to Daley's father, Rob, who died of cancer last year.

One said: "You let your dad down I hope you know that", while another threatened to drown the sports star. The BBC Olympics presenter Gary Lineker revealed shortly afterwards that he felt "physically sick" after a Twitter troll mocked his son George over his childhood battle with leukaemia. The 23-year-old swimmer Rebecca Adlington and 18-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith have also received taunts. And last Thursday the Blue Peter host Helen Skelton decided to quit Twitter completely because of the abuse she was receiving.

The latest attacks have prompted fresh calls for a stricter clampdown on the social networking site.


Man Arrested In Superhero Outfit: 'A Classic Case Of Overkill'

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Matthew Argintar is shown being arrested on Aug. 1, 2012.
The attorney for a New Jersey man dressed in a superhero outfit when he was arrested last Wednesday thinks police overreacted.

William Ware characterized the arrest of Matthew Argintar as "a classic case of overkill."

Police said Argintar, 23, was wearing a mask, a bulletproof vest, elbow and arm pads, a cape and carrying handcuffs when he was arrested July 31 outside the Home Depot on Route 57.

"I'm not aware of anything in the law that would prohibit anyone from dressing how they choose to dress," William Ware told CBSNewYork. Ware is representing Argintar.

"Whether he was in a tuxedo, scuba outfit, or however he was dressed that day, there's nothing preventing anyone from dressing how they choose."

Police charged Argintar with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of handcuffs. If convicted, Argintar could face up to seven months in county jail.


Joplin mosque razed to ground, second fire this summer

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Imam Lahmuddin holds his hands over his face after a fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin, Mo., mosque, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. The fire was the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month.
A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for evidence of arson.

No injuries were reported, but the Islamic Society of Joplin's building was a total loss after the blaze, first reported at about 3:30 a.m., the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said. As of late Monday, nobody had been arrested in connection with the fire.

Investigators from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Jasper County Sheriff's department were at the scene all day Monday, moving the rubble with a bulldozer and other equipment. A specially trained dog assisted.

Only remnants indicated a building had been there, including some stone pillars that were still standing and a few pieces of charred plywood loosely held up by a frame.

Comment: If that's the way Joplin treats its minorities, then what can we say but that you reap what you sow.

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Woman opens fire on crowd leaving Detroit Princess riverboat; police search for suspect

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The Detroit Princess boat a 1900 passenger, 4 deck entertainment boat sits in the Detroit River in this 2005 archive photo.
A woman who was on the Detroit Princess riverboat went to her car after getting on shore, retrieved a gun and opened fire early Monday, hitting four of her relatives and friends, officials say.

Another family member who wasn't on the boat returned fire, critically injuring the shooter's boyfriend as they were driving away.

Officials with the Detroit Princess say the shooting occurred around 1:15 a.m. on the shore near the boarding area behind Joe Louis Arena. An employee of the Detroit Princess was also shot in the foot and required two stitches, said Chris Clarke, general manager of the Detroit Princess.