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Facebook admits to inadvertently storing 'hundreds of millions' of user passwords in plain text on company servers

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alexsl/iStock(NEW YORK) — Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text — able to be read by employees. “As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems,” Facebook’s vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company’s website Thursday morning. “This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable,” he added. “We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way.” The company did not say why it waited until March to notify users. The news was first reported by the cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs on his blog, Krebs on Security, before Facebook issued its statement. Although the company did not disclose how long the passwords had been insecurely stored, Krebs’ report said the problem existed for years. The

JetBlue pilots accused of sexually assaulting 2 female crew members, lawsuit says

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rypson/iStock(NEW YORK) — Two JetBlue pilots sexually assaulted two female airline workers during a layover in San Juan, according to a lawsuit the alleged victims filed in Brooklyn federal court. The two airline crew members, who were identified as Jane Doe 1 from Utah and Jane Doe 2 from Texas, met the pilots, Eric Johnson and Dan Watson, on a beach and shared a beer, the lawsuit said. The alleged incident occurred last May. “The beer was laced with a drug, and after that point, the rest of the night became a blur for Doe #1, Doe #2 and the other crew member,” according to the lawsuit. The party ended up back in a hotel room where the women said they were attacked, leaving one of them with an STD, the lawsuit said. The company told ABC News in a statement: “While we cannot comment on pending litigation, JetBlue takes allegations of violent or inappropriate behavior very seriously and investigates such claims thoroughly. We work to create a respectful workplace for all our crew members where they feel welcome and

FBI joins Boeing 737 MAX 8 criminal investigation as new questions about pilot training emerge

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Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is joining a criminal investigation to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, as new details from last year’s Lion Air crash raise questions about pilot training on the now-sidelined plane. Sources familiar with the matter said the FBI is working with other federal authorities to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. It is unclear how much of a role the FBI — and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department — will actually have in this effort, as the investigation is in its earlier stages. Meanwhile, more details emerged on Wednesday about last year’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in Indonesia, further exposing what experts say was a lack of pilot training on the plane’s suspect flight management system as the delay continued in releasing critical information about what might have caused a second deadly crash 11 days ago in Ethiopia. The pilots aboard the Lion Air plane that crashed in October struggled with their quick reference handbook, a checklist for abnormal events, and

Facebook's Oculus launches new virtual reality headset and console

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Facebook(SAN FRANCISCO) — Facebook unveiled new virtual reality devices on Wednesday, the latest in the company’s efforts to take the technology to the mass market. Oculus, the virtual reality (VR) company Facebook acquired in 2014, revealed the new Oculus Rift S headset and its portable VR console called Quest at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Wednesday. Both devices will retail for $399 each and be available later this spring, although the company did not specify dates. The Rift S advances the original Rift headset that launched three years ago, although it will still need to be connected to a personal computer. “It has a bunch of upgrades from the Oculus Rift,” Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell told ABC News. In addition to enhancements that will make the virtual world seem more real the headset has been redesigned to be “more comfortable and makes it easier to take on and off, especially for folks with varied hairstyles.” The sensors that were previously on the computer are now on the headset, so “the headset is able to track your

March For Our Lives youth activism inspires fashion label 'Krost'

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OSTILL/iStock(NEW YORK) — The tragic Parkland school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, in which 17 people lost their lives, led to an increase in youth advocacy for gun reform and was a catalyst for a new youth movement across the country. Out of the tragedy rose the student-led coalition March for Our Lives, which organized peaceful protests across the country and fought to end gun violence in the months following the tragedy. Samuel Krost, 26, was inspired by March For Our Lives in 2018, and looked for his own way to contribute to the movement. The New York University graduate, who studied business management in school and racked up extensive experience working in the fashion industry, bumped into one of his friends from school, Scott Camaran, in the weeks after the Parkland shooting. The two got to talking about how they could make an impact. Like Krost, Camaran had worked in the fashion industry for several years, and also worked professionally as a model. The duo had already been mulling over ideas for a potential fashion collaboration, but wanted to

Passenger sues Royal Caribbean after 20-foot fall on bungee attraction

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Obtained by ABC News(MIAMI) — A passenger is suing Royal Caribbean for $75,000 over injuries sustained in a bungee trampoline accident on the company’s Mariner of the Seas cruise ship. Casey Holladay, 26, said he fractured his pelvis in a 20-foot fall on the ship’s “Sky Pad,” a bungee trampoline activity, in February when the harness malfunctioned while he was suspended in the air, according to the lawsuit. Holladay, a native of Washington, was enjoying a weekend cruise to the Bahamas and looking forward to trying out the “Sky Pad” when the accident occurred, the suit said. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Miami, said the accident happened on the 13th deck of the cruise ship, which has a hard surface with no “padding or safety nets in case a participant did fall and missed the trampoline.” He said the fall left him with a disability and permanent injuries. “As a result of the substantial injuries and surgery, [Holladay] has become disabled, has plates and screws in his pelvic area, and has suffered severe orthopedic injuries,”

Gucci is selling $870 sneakers that are intentionally dirty

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Gucci (NEW YORK) — Just when we found out avocado sneakers are a thing, Gucci drops a pair of men’s sneakers that all look like they have been worn and ran through a few dirt roads. The luxury retailer’s Screener leather sneaker costs $870 and comes in three different styles featuring the brand’s classic red and green stripe. Gucci’s website describes the sneakers as “influenced by classic trainers from the ’70s, the multicolor Screener sneakers — named for the defensive sports move — reference the colors of the House Web stripe, treated for an allover distressed effect.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Founder of Jelly Belly releases cannabis-infused jelly beans

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Garrett Aitken/iStock(NEW YORK) — Jelly bean aficionados will now be able to get high with something stronger than a sugar rush. The creator of one of the most recognized brands of jelly beans has debuted a line of cannabis-infused sweets for candy lovers to enjoy. Last month, “Candyman” David Klein, responsible for the creation of Jelly Belly’s jelly beans in 1976, announced the founding of his new company, Spectrum Confections, that will offer the psychedelic treats in 38 flavors. The company tests each recipe to ensure that the correct amount of cannabidiol, or CBD, is added to each bean, according to their website. Every bean is infused with 10 milligrams of CBD, and Spectrum Confections does not process CBD with a higher content than .3 percent, the company said. Customers 18 and older must provide their own CBD, along with a lab report so the company can make sure they are “compliant with laws in handling your product.” Orders are processed within two weeks, the website states. Some vendors have been selling the beans for about $2 each, according to

New Lion Air details raise questions about pilot training on Boeing 737 MAX as wait on Ethiopian Airlines crash cause continues

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Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — More details emerged on Wednesday about last year’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in Indonesia, further exposing what experts say was a lack of pilot training on the plane’s suspect flight management system as the delay continued in releasing critical information about what might have caused a second deadly crash 11 days ago in Ethiopia. The pilots aboard the Lion Air plane that crashed in October struggled with their quick reference handbook, a checklist for abnormal events, and eventually ran out of time before crashing into the ocean minutes later, individuals with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder told ABC News Chief Transportation Correspondent David Kerley. And the day before that crash, a similar situation unfolded on the same plane but was narrowly avoided with the help of an off-duty Lion Air pilot riding in the cockpit jump seat, according to a report from Bloomberg. The off-duty pilot told the captain and co-pilot how to disable the malfunctioning flight management system that was causing the plane to nosedive, according to Bloomberg. The

Peloton hit with $150M infringement lawsuit over use of songs

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Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Publishers representing songwriters behind hits by Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and others filed a $150 million lawsuit against Peloton on Tuesday, accusing the fitness technology firm of copyright infringement. The National Music Publishers’ Association, whose members include Downtown Music Publishing, Big Deal Music, Reservoir and Royalty Network, said Peloton used more than 1,000 songs without permission, leading to a “great deal” of lost income to songwriters, according to the lawsuit. “Unfortunately, instead of recognizing the integral role of songwriters to its company, Peloton has built its business by using their work without their permission or fair compensation for years,” the association said in a statement Tuesday. “It is frankly unimaginable that a company of this size and sophistication would think it could exploit music in this way without the proper licenses for this long,” the statement added, “and we look forward to getting music creators what they deserve.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Peloton released thousands of videos that included

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