October 6, 2017
Personal Info on Nearly 1,200 NFL Players and Agents Exposed in NFLPA Database Leak – United States
Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the national anthem to call attention to racial inequality, had information such as his home address and cell phone number compromised. Kaepernick is currently a free agent. Forbes was the first to report the breach. The Kromtech Security Center wrote on its website that “anybody with Internet connection could have accessed the database,” which the Germany-based firm said apparently had been seized upon by cybercriminals as part of a ransomware attack. Somebody left a message on the compromised NFLPA database in February asking for .1 BitCoin (about $427). “IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE WITHIN 120 HOURS WE WILL LEAK THE DATABASE TO PUBLIC,” the message uncovered by Kromtech read. Nobody had paid the ransomware demand as of this week. NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah declined to comment on the alleged breach of information when reached by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.
Turkey Accuses U.S. Consulate Employee of Espionage – Turkey and The United States
Turkish authorities have arrested a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul over his alleged links to a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkey's state-run news agency reported. The U.S. Embassy said Thursday it believes the allegations against the staff member are "wholly without merit." Anadolu Agency said the man, a Turkish citizen identified by the initials M.T., was ordered arrested by a court in Istanbul late Wednesday on charges of espionage and attempts to "destroy" the constitutional order and Turkey's government. The man is accused of ties to a former prosecutor and four former police chiefs who are being prosecuted for leading a corruption probe in 2013, which the government says was orchestrated by Gulen's movement in a bid to topple it. Gulen is also accused of masterminding last year's failed coup. Gulen denies the accusations. About 50,000 people have been arrested and more than 110,000 have been sacked from government jobs as part of a crackdown on the movement since the coup attempt.
House Committee Approves $10 Billion Initial Payment for U.S.-Mexico Border Wall – Mexico and The United States
The House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump’s border wall Wednesday, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line. Democrats vehemently opposed the bill, saying the wall was a boondoggle and the fact that U.S. taxpayers will fund it violates the president’s campaign pledge to make Mexico foot the bill. But Republicans backed the bill in an 18-12 party-line vote, saying it was time to get a handle on the border. “We’ve been talking about border security for so many years, and now we finally have a chance to get this done. We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue,” said committee Chairman Michal McCaul, the Texas Republican who wrote the legislation. His bill goes well beyond wall-building. It would add 5,000 new Border Patrol agents to watch the line, and 5,000 new Customs and Border Protection officers to man the ports of entry; demand the government finally complete the biometric entry-exit system that’s been on the books for two decades; and directs cash to both local authorities in the U.S. and to the Mexican government for cooperation on border-related law enforcement.
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