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Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 10:06 AM
— The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it is investigating a massive data breach at credit reporting giant Equifax that exposed the sensitive information of millions of Americans.
Peter Kaplan, FTC’s acting director of public affairs, said that the agency typically does not comment on ongoing investigations in a statement obtained by Politico.
“However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach,” Kaplan said.
Breaking: FTC confirms it is investigating the Equifax data breach. Says normally doesn't comment but recognizes "intense public interest." pic.twitter.com/4bk3JO84Xs— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) September 14, 2017
Equifax, one of America’s three major credit bureaus, said last week that a “cyber security incident” might have exposed the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of 143 million Americans. Driver’s license numbers might have also been accessed, the company said.
The breach took place from mid-May through July 2017, according to Equifax.
Equifax set up a website to help affected consumers and keep them abreast of updates in the company’s investigation. On a frequently asked questions section of the site, Equifax officials identified the flaw that allowed hackers to access sensitive information as one flagged publicly last year.
A patch for the vulnerability, Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638, was released by The Apache Software Foundation in March, Bloomberg reported.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, a member of the Banking, Budget and Finance committees and cofounder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, on Wednesday called for an investigation into the data breach.
“The volume and sensitivity of the data potentially involved in this breach raises serious questions about whether firms like Equifax adequately protect the enormous amounts of sensitive data they gather and commercialize,” Warner wrote in a letter addressed to FTC Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen.
He called the incident “one of the largest, and potentially most impactful, breaches in recent history.”
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:15 PM
— Want to keep your pup healthy? You may have to avoid certain foods, because some could cause heart disease, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The agency issued a warning this week after assessing reports that have associated certain diets with cardiovascular disease.
Researchers found that pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds have been linked with instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle in dogs. The condition can enlarge the heart, often leading to heart failure.
Although the illness is typically found in larger breeds like great Danes and Newfoundlands, the FDA said “highly unusual” reports of dogs not vulnerable to the disease have contracted it.
“That’s why the FDA is conducting an investigation into this potential link,” the organization wrote in the statement. “The FDA has been in contact with the pet food manufacturers and the veterinary community to discuss these reports and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:55 AM
TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A teenage girl was airlifted to the hospital Saturday after possibly being bitten by something on Playalinda Beach in Florida, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.
The 14-year-old girl came out of the ocean with a severe cut on her leg, firefighters said.
Officials said they have not yet determined if the cut was surfboard-related or from a “sea creature.”
The girl was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, officials said.
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:29 AM
FORT MORGAN, Ala. — An Alabama conservation group has issued a graphic warning after an endangered sea turtle was reportedly found dead, tangled in an old beach chair.
“This makes me so mad,” the post read. “How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up? It should just be common decency. I think I am going to print this out and carry it with me next time I have to ask.”
>> See the post here (WARNING: Graphic photo)
By Sunday morning, the post had been shared more than 2,700 times, prompting hundreds of comments.
“Come on, people, if you want to ‘adult,’ then be one and pick up after yourselves,” one commenter wrote. “This is their habitat, be mindful and respect it.”
“Please, please. Only leave footprints,” added another. “How do we make visitors understand this?”
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
AUBURN, Wash. — Washington state's first drive-thru marijuana dispensary is now open for business.
Joint Rivers, located at 2121 Auburn Way S. in Auburn, is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The store is planning its official grand opening in the coming months and will hold a Vendors' Day on July 30, where attendees can visit 30 vendors.
“We are grateful and excited to provide great cannabis products with stellar customer service by the most educated and professional team in the Pacific Northwest,” General manager Audra Jaggers told the Federal Way Mirror on Tuesday.
While Auburn limits the number of retail marijuana dispensaries in its city limits, Joint Rivers was able to open because it is on Muckleshoot tribal land.
According to the Federal Way Mirror, the Muckleshoot tribe "processed the application, performed its own building permit review and handled all other planning and development matters related to the business."
While the store is a first for Washington state, Cannabis Marketplace in Las Vegas became the first drive-thru marijuana dispensary in the country when it opened in November 2017.