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Comment Re:Obama.... (Score 2, Insightful) 241

NTIA has had oversite of ICANN for about 20 years now. What have they done in that 20 years?
They blocked creation of the .xxx domain. That's it.
So what will we be losing?

Doing nothing is a very good thing. Think of all the somethings an organization that appointed Saudi Arabia chair of the human rights commission could do.

Submission + - SPAM: Colorado Habitat For Humanity Says Ransomware Making it hard to Function

chicksdaddy writes: The Colorado branch of the affordable housing charity Habitat for Humanity has acknowledged that a ransomware attack on a critical server has lasted for months and has been so disruptive that it "has severely handicapped" the group's ability to function, notes a post over on Digital Guardian's blog. ([spam URL stripped])

In a statement released this week, Habitat for Humanity Colorado (HFHC) said that it has spent months dealing with a “significant and malicious data breach” that “has severely handicapped our ability to efficiently conduct business.”

Habitat for Humanity, of course, is the non-profit charity group started in 1976 that builds affordable housing for low income families in the U.S. and elsewhere. According to a FAQ ([spam URL stripped]), the incident in question began with a ransomware malware infection in “late June” that targeted a server in HFHC’s main office in Lakewood Colorado. That server, HFHC said, was “connected to the Internet” and thus a target of attack by cyber-criminal groups operating from outside the U.S.

The incident continued for months “hijacking” the attention of the group. Because it works directly with would-be homeowners, HFHC stored a wealth of data including a customer’s names, Social Security Numbers, driver’s license numbers and so on. Information on HFHC employees was also stored on the server. In all, only around 250 individuals were affected – small potatoes, especially with news of the massive breach at Yahoo Inc. that affected some 500 million accounts.

“While there is no evidence that any of your personal information was taken; we only know that hackers may have viewed it,” HFHC said. The group is working with the FBI and has offered credit and identity theft monitoring for affected customers.

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Comment I for one thank them (Score 5, Insightful) 199

If they are behind the leaks of the DNC emails that showed Sanders was never going to be allowed to run that's something every registered Democrat had a right to know.

If they are behind the release of the fact Obama used a pseudonym to email hillary, despite the fact he denied having any knowledge of her private email. That's good to know too.

Then there is the price list for all the government posts that were handed out.

At the very least they have done us one hell of a favor.

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