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Live Nation Took 11 Days to Confirm Ticketmaster Breach Affecting 560M (Maria)

The author writes, “Someone going by the name ‘ShinyHunters’ has been advertising a 1.3TB cache of data allegedly containing personal data (names, email/home addresses, and phone numbers), credit card details, and other information about 560 million Ticketmaster customers for $500,000 in hacking forums all week. Now, Ticketmaster parent Live Nation — the company that upset an army of Taylor Swift fans and is facing a federal antitrust lawsuit — publicly acknowledged a data breach in a regulatory filing late Friday. … Live Nation didn’t provide specific details about the breach, how many people are affected, or what it’s doing, but a report by the security firm Hudson Rock claims bad actors breached their Snowflake cloud storage account.”

Trump Verdict Casts Spotlight on Effort to Restore Voting Rights to Felons (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “When its residents are convicted of felonies in other states, Florida allows them to vote if they would be allowed to in the state of their conviction. In New York, Democrats passed a law in 2021 allowing people convicted of felonies to vote as long as they’re not in prison. So as long as Trump stays out of a New York prison while he appeals his conviction, he will be allowed to vote in Florida. If Trump had been convicted in Florida, he likely would have needed intervention from his former Republican presidential primary opponent, Gov. Ron DeSantis, to retain his voting rights.”

Panama Prepares to Evacuate First Island in Face of Rising Sea Levels (Reader Jim)

From AP News: “On a tiny island off Panama’s Caribbean coast, about 300 families are packing their belongings in preparation for a dramatic change. Generations of Gunas who have grown up on Gardi Sugdub in a life dedicated to the sea and tourism will trade that next week for the mainland’s solid ground. They go voluntarily — sort of. The Gunas of Gardi Sugdub are the first of 63 communities along Panama’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts that government officials and scientists expect to be forced to relocate by rising sea levels in the coming decades.”

Hallucinations: Why AI Makes Stuff Up, and What’s Being Done About It (Sean)

From CNET: “AI chatbots continue to hallucinate and present material that isn’t real, even if the errors are less glaringly obvious. And the chatbots confidently deliver this information as fact, which has already generated plenty of challenges for tech companies and headlines for media outlets.”

Salem Apologizes, Retracts Dinesh D’Souza’s Debunked Election Fraud Movie 2000 Mules (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “Dinesh D’Souza’s movie that sought to prove former President Donald Trump’s fantasy that the 2020 election was stolen from him by widespread fraud has been debunked time and time again. Now, years after its release, its executive producer is retracting the film entirely. Following the 2020 election, D’Souza released 2000 Mules as an attempt to justify Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden. Trump famously held a screening of the movie at his Mar-a-Lago estate and MAGA supporters promoted the film during its release in May 2022.”

Plot Twist: WA Has a Law Against Felons Running for Office (Reader Steve)

From The Seattle Times: “It was first established back when Washington was a territory, in 1865, that anyone convicted of ‘infamous crimes’ could be blocked from holding elected office. That was modified in 1959, and then again more recently, to the scheme we have today. Any registered voter can ‘challenge the right of a candidate to appear on the general election ballot’ for any of five causes, state law says. One of those causes is flashing in bold neon lights today: ‘Because the person whose right is being contested was, previous to the election, convicted of a felony by a court of competent jurisdiction, the conviction not having been reversed nor the person’s civil rights restored after the conviction.’”


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