Database leak exposes personal records of nearly 1 million South Africans
- Working together with Troy Hunt, an Australian Security consultant and founder of haveibeenpwned, along with an anonymous source that has been communicating with iAfrikan and Hunt, we’ve managed to establish that the data was backed up or posted publicly by one of the companies responsible for traffic fines online payments in South Africa.
- They further added that the database which contains just under one million personal records was discovered on a public web server that belongs to a company that handles electronic traffic fine payments in South Africa.
- iAfrikan was able to view the publicly available database and, just like the 2017 data leak of 60 million personal records of South Africans, it appears to be a possible case of negligence and carelessness when handle citizens data directory listing/browsing were enabled on the directory where their “backups” were saved.
North Korea takes foreign journalists to witness the destruction of its nuclear test site
- Journalists from the US, UK, Russia, China, and South Korea gathered in Wonsan, North Korea on Wednesday before being told to ship out to the test site.
- While North Korea's destruction of its test site is meant as a show of good will, it's been done in a particularly authoritarian way.
- Additionally, the destruction of the underground nuclear site doesn't meet the US or international standards for verifiable or complete denuclearization.
- North Korea will collapsing access tunnels to the site, but it can always build more tunnels, dig the tunnels back out again, or test somewhere else.
- And if North Korea truly has completed its nuclear program, as it says it has, then it no longer needs an active test site anyway.
7 miners killed in cave-in in South Africa
- An earthquake Thursday led to a cave-in that trapped 13 miners underground.
- Six of the miners were rescued and are in stable condition at a hospital, Sibanye-Stillwater said Saturday.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Sibanye-Stillwater expressed their condolences to the miners' loved ones.
- Ramaphosa said he hopes an investigation will identify the causes of the incident and lead to solutions that will address the "unacceptable" death rates at South African mines.
- Sibanye-Stillwater said a "thorough investigation" by management, the Department of Mineral Resources and others will be undertaken.
- Mine safety is an ongoing concern in South Africa.
- In February, more than 900 miners were rescued after being trapped in a mine for at least 24 hours following the loss of power after a storm.
- The rescue efforts were in Theunissen in the province of Free State.
Santos CEO says resilient to oil ups and downs
- Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher says it has learnt the lessons from big swings in the oil price in the past, as he rejects criticisms from spurned suitor Harbour Energy that the oil and gas company was being too optimistic in its outlook.
- Paradice Investment Management's head of Australian equities, Troy Angus, said on Wednesday he was fully supportive of the Santos board and management, and the rejection of the Harbour bid was a good move.
- Blair Thomas said Santos had forgotten that oil and gas was highly cyclical after the Santos board rejected Harbour's $14.4 billion takeover bid on Tuesday night.
- Mr Thomas said while the Santos board and management "should be commended for the impressive turn-around of the company" the view of market commentators and some shareholders that the recent increase in oil prices should translate directly into a comparable increase in share price in a takeover bid was "overly simplistic".
A regional grocery chain censored 'Summa Cum Laude' on a $70 graduation cake due to profanity
- Publix made one mother furious — and embarrassed — after censoring "Summa Cum Laude" on her son's graduation cake.
- Cara Koscinski wanted to celebrate the graduation of her son, Jacob, with a cake that congratulated him on his achievement of summa cum laude — a high academic honor.
- However, as the Charleston, South Carolina mother tried to order the cake on Publix's website, she was told that the message violated the grocery chain's profanity policy, The Washington Post reported.
- She used the "special directions" part of the online ordering site to explain that "summa cum laude" was, in fact, a Latin phrase.
- Publix gave Koscinski a $70 refund for the cake and a store gift card.
- However, The Post reported that one still cannot order a cake with the phrase "Summa Cum Laude" on it from the chain, without triggering the online-ordering system's profanity filters.
Foreign minister Wang Yi says Australia must take proactive approach to China
- China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has told his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop that Canberra must discard its "traditional thinking" towards China's development and take a more proactive approach to the relationship, but says he has noted efforts by senior ministers to improve ties over the past week.
- The statement quoted Ms Bishop as saying the government viewed China's development as a "major opportunity instead of a threat" and negative media reports did not reflect the Coalition's position.
- The tone of the statement was more negative than earlier comments from Ms Bishop that the two had "warm, candid and constructive" talks.
- Mr Wang noted that Ms Bishop and other "senior Australian government officials" had made public comments in recent days which indicated they were hopeful about improving the relationship.
- The joint statement quoted Ms Bishop as saying some "negative" media reports in Australia about the relationship were inaccurate and did not reflect the government's position.
Elon Musk had an interesting reaction to Trump and the Nobel Peace Prize being mentioned in the same sentence
- A celebrity photographer posed that question to the Tesla and SpaceX CEO via TMZ.
- Musk's face froze in bemusement when he first heard the question before he said "I'm not one to judge," and asked if chatter about Trump potentially receiving the Nobel Prize was a thing.
- That chatter began shortly after North Korea turned the volume down on its nuclear aggressions earlier this year and started taking a more diplomatic posture.
- In some circles, people have credited Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign for reining in the North Korean regime.
- Republicans formally nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month.
- South Korean president Moon Jae-in registered his endorsement last month, after he held a historic summit with Kim in the border territory between North and South Korea.
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India wants to use AI in weapons systems
- India will enlist the help of artificial intelligence to develop weapons, defense, and surveillance systems, government officials announced today.
- Within the next two years, the task force will recommend ways machine learning can be incorporated into the country’s aviation, naval, land, cybersecurity, nuclear, and biological resources, specifically as it relates to the areas of autonomous weapons systems and unmanned surveillance.
- The development follows hard on the heels of news that China is testing autonomous tanks, aircraft, reconnaissance robots, and supply convoys as part of a 1.11 trillion yuan ($173.5 billion) plan to modernize its armed forces.
- In April, 50 top AI researchers announced a boycott of KAIST, South Korea’s top university, after it opened what they characterized as an “AI weapons lab.” And in August 2017, prominent AI researchers penned an open letter to the United Nations urging it to ban the use of autonomous weapons.
WWE Surges on Report That Fox Will Begin Airing ‘SmackDown Live’
- A WWE Smackdown Live tour performance in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011.
- World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. shares reached a record high on reports that 21st Century Fox Inc.’s Fox network will become the new home for “SmackDown Live,” one of the company’s signature shows.
- The five-year deal is valued at more than $1 billion, the Hollywood Reporter said, and shows WWE is wringing more lucrative terms for its programming lineup.
- The transaction would represent a more than threefold increase over the terms paid by Comcast’s NBC Universal, the publication said.
- The stock climbed as much as 13 percent to $58.26, the highest level since it began trading in 1999.
- The shares had already risen by more than two-thirds this year.
- WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut, declined to comment.
10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, FB, SHLD)
- The US-China trade war is "on hold." President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said on "Fox News Sunday" that bilateral talks that ended Saturday were promising enough that the world's two biggest economies didn't have to keep escalating tariffs.
- Europe's biggest budget carrier warns on oil.
- "Spot prices close to $80 a barrel are going to lead to a significant shakeout in the industry as early as this winter," Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary told Bloomberg.
- Facebook went public 6 years ago Friday.
- A $1,000 stock investment bought at the closing price on the day of Facebook's initial public offering would be worth almost $4,800 today.
- LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies.
- Koo Bon-moo, the chairman of the South Korean conglomerate LG Group, died Sunday from an illness at age 73, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.