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1…………> Dixon Security Breach: Hackers
Dixons Carphone disclosed a massive data breach that took place last year involving 10 million customers, up from its original estimate of 1.2 million, and that has been investigating the hack since it was discovered in June.
Personal information, names, addresses and email addresses might have been accessed last year, but no bank details were taken, and no evidence that fraud had resulted from the breach has been discovered.
The hackers also got access to records of 5.9 million payments cards, but the chip and pin system protected nearly all accounts, with Dixons saying it was “very sorry for any distress” caused and it would be apologizing to customers soon.
2…………> In The Heat Of The Day: Hostility
In a classical resolution of dialectic confrontations, President Trump supporters have been caught on video hurling sustained insults at “Fake News” journalists following one of the US president’s “Make America Great Again” rallies.
Dedicated supporters wearing MAGA hats and holding pro-Trump and anti-Deep State signs shouted and swore at the assembled press, with many of the mainly white crowd holding up a middle finger. One Trump supporter showed off an “F*** the media” t-shirt, while others could be heard branding the press “a piece of s***” and shouting, “Stop lying.” One woman appeared to swear at deeply unpopular Jim Acosta, a CNN news anchor while shouting: “Hey Jim, you suck!” A handful of supporters showed off signs peddling popular rightwing conspiracy theories.
3…………> “Get Mueller, Jeff”: Trump
President Trump has been saying that he regrets picking Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement officer for a quite long time:
“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself. I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined,” Trump tweeted in June, as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, a registered Republican, recently charged 12 Russian intelligence officials in connection with the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer server — bringing the total number of individual indictments to 32.
President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and Trump’s obstruction of the probe.
“This is a terrible situation, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the USA!” The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
4…………> “HIre Legal Americans, Not Illegal Entrants”: A New Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Departments of Justice and Labor Formalize New Partnership to Protect U.S. Workers From Discrimination and Combat Visa Abuse.
Today, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa workers over qualified U.S. workers. This new partnership, memorialized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishes protocols for the agencies to share information, refer matters between them, and train each other’s employees, with the goal of better protecting U.S. workers. This partnership will enhance the Civil Rights Division’s efforts to stop companies from discriminating against U.S. workers and assist the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration in identifying noncompliance with its foreign labor certification process.
“Employers should hire workers based on their skills, experience, and authorization to work; not based on discriminatory preferences that violate the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division. “Our partnership with DOL, formalized today, significantly enhances the Civil Rights Division’s ability to identify employers that favor temporary visa holders over U.S. workers who can do the job.”
“Streamlining the process for information sharing between the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice will help protect U.S. workers from unlawful discrimination,” said Rosemary Lahasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary for DOL’s Employment and Training Administration. “This partnership will help ensure U.S. workers are prioritized to fill jobs.”
5…………> “Goodbye Gun Control”: 3D Weapons
A US Federal judge had blocked the planned release of 3D-printed-gun blueprints hours before they were set to hit the Internet, pointing out that the publication of the files is now illegal under federal law, and that the accessibility of 3D printers could lead to ‘irreparable harm” to citizens.
The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with a Texas-based company, which initially said it planned to put files online on Wednesday (local time).
Gun-control proponents are concerned the weapons made from 3D printers are untraceable, undetectable “ghost” firearms that pose a threat to global security. Some gun rights groups say the technology is expensive, the guns are unreliable and the threat is being overblown.
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