MGM hack exposes data of 10 million, including government officials

The information of more than 10 million people who stayed at MGM Resorts, including data appearing to belong to government officials, was posted on a hacking forum this week.

The posting of the hacked information was first reported Wednesday by the website ZDNet.

No financial data were included in the dataset, which has been reviewed by NBC News. But it includes full names, birthdates, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. The information was posted to the hacking forum Monday.

Last summer, the company “discovered unauthorized access to a cloud server that contained a limited amount of information for certain […] Read more

Members of Chinese Military Indicted by U.S. Government – The Cowl

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by Matthew Mazzella ’20

News Staff

Four members of the Chinese military have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for the hacking of Equifax credit reporting agency in 2017. 

The hackers stole the personal information of nearly 150 million Americans, including names, birthdays, and social security numbers. Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich said this breach is “the largest instance of state-sponsored theft in U.S. history.”

The charged parties include four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s 54th Research Institute, which is a branch of the Chinese army. The hackers included Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke, […] Read more

American Opinion: Do you really want the US government to score your credit?

So it’s understandable that some people (most notably, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders) are pushing for a radical response: Nationalize the business.

Bad idea.

Credit reporting has a crucial role. It allows consumers to quickly and easily access a broad range of services, including bank accounts, loans and mobile-phone service. The trouble is, the credit bureaus get most of their revenue from businesses looking to assess potential customers, not from the people whose data they collect and sell. This gives them too little incentive to serve the latter — for example, by investing in the staff and systems needed to quickly resolve disputes […] Read more

Upper Postpones Vote to Give Land to Habitat for Humanity | Government

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Committee meeting Sept. 23 included discussion of an ordinance to authorize the transfer of land owned by the municipality to Habitat for Humanity, Cape May County, a non-profit organization.

As a result of questions and concerns raised by affected residents during public comment, committee agreed to postpone the ordinance’s adoption until its Oct. 15 meeting, pending expanded information to share with the public.

The land […] Read more

Hillicon Valley: FCC pushes back on Warren attacks | US hit Iran with secret June cyberattack | Ransomware threat grows for government | Apple apologizes for listening to Siri recordings | Facebook tightens ad rules

Welcome to Hillicon Valley, The Hill’s newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. If you don’t already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter with this LINK.

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“HOT AIR”: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFormer Biden economic adviser: ‘I really like a lot of’ Warren’s tax proposals Poll: Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in Michigan Monmouth acknowledges poll showing Biden losing support was ‘outlier’ […] Read more

Shelter Afrique calls the government to establish a micro-finance for housing agenda

Shelter Afrique, a pan-African financier in housing and real estate has urged the government to establish a housing microfinance fund to improve access to housing finance by those in the lower end of the market.

Shelter Afrique’s chief executive Andrew Chimphondah said most policies had an exclusive urban focus, non-consideration of the low-income groups and the rural areas.

He said the establishment of such a fund would make it easier facilitate inclusive housing market systems and make affordable housing a reality in the country.

“Access to adequate housing for low-income earners is a critical development issue globally and more so for Africa. Currently, […] Read more

Government verification overly relies on credit agencies, says watchdog

The government is playing a dangerous game with personal data, according to a federal watchdog. By depending on credit agencies for “knowledge-based verification”, the government runs a significant risk of exposing the information of those using government services.

This week, the Government Accountability Office issued a report about this troubling reliance. The U.S. Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services all use credit agencies such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to authenticate users for online services.

The report cites the massive (and preventable) Equifax breach in 2017 as a prime example of why governments […] Read more

Federal government policies driving people into hands of predatory lenders | OP / ED

Instead of protecting many homeowners, the federal government’s restrictive mortgage rules are pushing people out of the safe mortgage market, and into the arms of secondary lenders.

By pushing people to the alternative lending market, they’re being pushed away from the safe harbour of high-quality lenders and into a less regulated and higher-interest area of the market.

To be clear: federal government policies are producing the opposite result of what […] Read more

Indian Finance Minister Jaitley opts out of new government

Indian Finance Minister Jaitley opts out of new government

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