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UK TERRORIZED: Multiple Casualties In London Bridge Van Attack, Stabbings and Gunfire

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At least two people are confirmed dead and multiple injured following what appear to be coordinated acts of terrorism in the UK at two central London landmarks. In the first attack, a van driven by a gang of five terrorists plowed into a crowd at London Bridge shortly after 10PM, then jumped out and began attacking people with knives. The gang was seen stabbing a man in the chest five times before trying to break into a London Bridge pub before being gunned down by police.

Minutes later, there was a second incident at Borough Market in which three men were seen stabbing people – and an hour later, Metropolitan police responded to a stabbing in the Vauxhall area.

The attacks come nearly two weeks after a blast killed 22 concertgoers in Manchester and a warning from PM Theresa May that another attack ‘may be imminent.

London Bridge

A white van driver came speeding – probably about 50mph – veered of the road into the crowds of people who were walking along the pavement –BBC

Borough Market

DEVELOPING…

 

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Uses Voice Changer To Call Law Firm Suing DNC – Forgets To Disable Caller ID

There was a hilarious filing with the court today in the lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee – in which Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a defendant…

Attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck’s office received a call just before 5PM on Thursday from an individual who was apparently using a ‘robotic and genderless’ voice changing device, sniffing around with questions about the DNC lawsuit filed over cheating in the 2016 election. The suit – based on documents released by hacker Guccifer 2.0, claims that the DNC colluded with Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign ‘to perpetrate a fraud on the public.’ (see more here)

After a brief chat with the law firm’s secretary, the ‘mysterious’ voice-masking caller concluded the call with an ‘Okey dokey.’

And whose number showed up when the law firm turned around and googled the number from the caller ID? Why, who else but Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ Aventura office!

Caller ID:

See filing here.

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Not All Democrats Pissed About Paris Pullout – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Has Trump’s Back

Amid a cacophony of autistic screeching from the left following Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, at least one Democrat stands strong behind the President. Senior ranking Democrat Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, issued a statement saying he ‘does not believe that the Paris Agreement ensures a balance between our environment and the economy.’

Manchin – a staunch advocate for the West Virginia coal industry, has drawn criticism from the left – with some calling him a “rogue conservative Democrat” for cozying up to President Trump, as well as his not-so liberal views on energy independence. In addition to being the only democrat to cross party lines and vote to confirm Jeff Sessions, Manchin had some harsh words for White House National Economic Council director, ‘globalist’ Gary Cohn last week – after the former #2 employee at Goldman Sachs made anti-coal comments in Europe…

“Yeah, Gary, I don’t know what the hell happened with Gary. Jesus Christ, what’s wrong with these people?” Manchin joked when asked for a response to Cohn’s comments this week that coal “doesn’t make much sense anymore.” Cohn’s comments run counter to President Trump’s position on the issue, too, since Trump said the “war on coal is over” with him as president. –Breitbart

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New Twitch Channel Lets People Gamble With $50K Of Some Other Guy’s Money

A new Twitch channel created by Amazon engineer Mike Roberts allows participants to buy and sell stocks with his money, in what Roberts describes as the “first co-op multiplayer game in the world in which real money is involved to play the stock market.”

StockStream Live is a group chat stock market ‘game’ with an 8-bit 90’s gaming style user interface set to party tunes. A stock ticker graces the top of the Twitch feed, while news and current events are displayed below.

Trading starts at 9 a.m. EST, and users can vote on new stocks to buy every five minutes in an account Roberts funded with $50,000 and hooked up to the Robinhood trading platform. Users with winning picks are eligible to earn ‘points,’ for prizes which Roberts intends to roll out down the road.

Hundreds of thousands of people have tuned in to watch Roberts’ savings rise and fall.

Behold:

From Roberts’ FAQ”

Is this really using real money?

Yes. Anyone can vote in the Stock Stream Twitch Channel on which stocks should be bought or sold. Trades are executed automatically using Robinhood.

How much money is available?

The account is funded with $50,000 though unfortunately, due to FINRA/SEC regulations, trading will halt if the account value falls below $25,000.

How do I play?

Visit the Stock Stream Twitch channel and see the HowTo below the video.

What stocks can be bought or sold?

Everything on Robinhood except for a few restrictions due to volatility or FINRA/SEC regulations.

How long will this continue?

This stream will run every day, while market is open. If the account value falls below $25,000, trading halts, and the game is over. In the future prizes may be offered to players with high scores.

 

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Sears Announces Kmart Malware Attack – Says EMV ‘Chip’ Payment System Prevented Large Scale Fraud

Five days after Chipotle, Inc. announced a massive malware attack resulted in widespread theft of customer payment data, Kmart parent company Sears ($SHLD) revealed that several Kmart locations had been similarly infested with malware. While the beleaguered company disclosed that “certain credit card numbers” were compromised, it appears the majority of customers were unaffected –  which the company says is thanks to their decision upgrade all Kmart locations to EMV “smart chip” credit and debit card Point-of-sale (POS) machines.

All Kmart stores were EMV “Chip and Pin” technology enabled during the time that the breached had occurred and we believe the exposure to cardholder data that can be used to create counterfeit cards is limited. –Kmart

This is in stark contrast to a 2014 malware attack on Kmart’s older magnetic swipe Point of Sale system which resulted in the theft of customer data – allowing thieves to create counterfeit cards, according to Sears spokesman Chris Brathwaite.

[2014] Brathwaite stressed that the data stolen included only “track 2” data from customer credit and debit cards, and did not include customer names, email address, physical address, Social Security numbers, PINs or any other sensitive information.

However, he acknowledged that the information stolen would allow thieves to create counterfeit copies of the stolen cards. krebsonsecurity.com

Kmart has issued a FAQ regarding the hack.

While Kmart looks to have dodged a bullet, Chipotle is still using magnetic POS machines

Chipotle ($CMG) declined to upgrade to the newer EMV chip reading equipment in 2015 – citing inefficiencies and concerns over delays in the authentication process in a fast paced food service environment.

The breach could mean big trouble for shares of Chipotle, which have only partially recovered from an E.coli outbreak in late 2015. According to Reuters, security analysts say the company will likely face a fine based on the size of the breach and number of records compromised.

“If your data was stolen through a data breach that means you were somewhere out of compliance” with payment industry data security standards, Julie Conroy, research director at Aite Group, a research and advisory firm.

“In this case, the card companies will fine Chipotle and also hold them liable for any fraud that results directly from their breach,” said Avivah Litan, a vice president at Gartner Inc (IT.N) specializing in security and privacy. –Reuters

Who knows, maybe the GMO-refusing burrito merchants carry separate cyberliability insurance?

In 2015 the credit card industry shifted liability to those who haven’t upgraded to EMV systems

Per Gizmodo

If stores accept EMV payments, the credit card companies still accept liability for counterfeit fraud. That’s true even if the store accepts EMV payments, but also accepts magnetic stripe payments, and one of those magnetic stripe payments turns out to be fraudulent. The technical wording from Visa is, “The party that has made investment in EMV deployment is protected from financial liability for card-present counterfeit fraud losses on this date. If neither or both parties are EMV compliant, the fraud liability remains the same as it is today.”

While EMV payment systems don’t prevent over-the-phone credit card fraud, MasterCard said overall fraud had dropped 54% year-over-year in September of 2016. That’s significant.

As the banking industry shifts towards convenient and safe digital payment systems and a cashless society, enjoy the smell of paper fiat currency while it’s still around. Then go play with your gold and silver collection.

 

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