Friday, August 19, 2016

POKEMON GO TEXTING SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO HACK YOU

Thousands of potential Pokémon Go players in North America were recently targeted by an text messaging campaign pushing a malicious web address. The link reportedly led to a sophisticated phishing site which mimicked the real Pokémon Go homepage. The website, PokemonPromo.xxx, is no longer active. Phishing scams work by tricking people into handing over sensitive information, like usernames and passwords or credit card and bank credentials, by using techniques that targets might think are credible. Another campaign targeting users via text offered thousands of Pokecoins, in-game currency, in exchange for “points.” Users are reportedly prompted to share links “with five of their friends.” The same links have also appeared on social media. (The Daily Dot)

 

Dope On The Rise?

Between 2002 and 2013, the number of people who consume marijuana daily has risen dramatically A study (published in the Journal of Drug Issues) finds that more people are smoking more marijuana, and those heavy users are mostly poor without a high school education. According to the report, in the early 1990s only one in nine people who used marijuana in the last month reported they were consuming daily or near-daily. By 2013 one in three monthly marijuana users reported using daily or near-daily. (Inc.com)

 

TESTICLE-BITING FISH INVADING DENMARK

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, a cousin of the piranha that goes after swimmer’s testicles has been found in coastal waters between Sweden and Denmark. And fish experts are warning locals to stay aware — in order to stay whole. The creature in question is a red-bellied pacu, and is native to the Amazon. Pictures of the freaky fish frequently make the rounds of inboxes because of its strangely human-looking teeth. Though its teeth are used mainly to crush nuts and fruits, the pacu eats other fish and invertebrates and there have been some reports of human attacks. (Fox 32 Chicago)

 

ALGORITHM FINDS SIGNS OF DEPRESSION IN YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED

While Instagram data can already be used to guess your age, a new research paper shows how it might also be used to check upon your mental health. Using a set of machine learning tools and several dozen users’ Instagram feeds, a team of researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont have built a model that can accurately spot signs of clinical depression. By reviewing “color analysis, metadata components, and algorithmic face detection” in each user’s feed, the model was able to correctly identify which Instagrammers showed symptoms of depression about 70 percent of the time, even before they had been clinically diagnosed. (Engadget)

 

102-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CREDITS BEER FOR A LONG LIFE

A 102-year-old woman in South Carolina says her daily 4 o’clock routine has helped her reach such a grand old age. Mildred Bowers turns 103 later this month and has told anyone looking to match her time on Earth that a beer a day goes a long way to keeping her feeling fit and young. Bowers currently enjoys a 4 o’clock beer everyday in her assisted-living facility, and cites it as a “critical part”. (The Independent)

 

DOCTORS DOUBT WOMAN’S 17-MONTH PREGNANCY

Doctors in central China are skeptical of a woman’s claims that she has been an expectant mother for more than 17 months. The 20-something said she became pregnant in February 2015. When she didn’t give birth in November she began to worry. Doctors say they are “perplexed” by the prolonged pregnancy, though they have their doubts since the woman has refused to undergo an ultrasound. They say there’s no evidence, medical or otherwise, that suggests she has been pregnant for 17 months.’ (Kicker Daily)

 

DAD FINDS POT BROWNIES, EATS, IS MEAN TO CAT

Omaha police officers were called to a house Tuesday night to investigate an accidental overdose. They learned that a 53-year-old man had been unloading groceries and found some brownies in the backseat of a car that his adult children had used earlier in the day. The man ate four of the brownies. The man’s wife told police that as she and her husband were watching TV, he said that he was getting “bad anxiety.” She tried to call their children to ask them what was in the brownies but couldn’t reach them. While police were at the house, one of the couple’s sons arrived and told officers the brownies belonged to his siblings. He told them he was “pretty sure it was just marijuana in the brownies.” Paramedics called to the scene who checked the man found his vital signs to be normal. But they noted he was displaying odd behavior — crawling around on the floor, randomly using profanities and calling the family cat names. (Omaha World Herald)

 

POSTAL WORKER CAUGHT DELIVERING MAIL TO DUMPSTER

A Florida pizzeria’s security camera was rolling when a postal carrier drove up to a dumpster in her truck and unloaded hundreds of pieces of mail. Louie Rondao, owner of Luigiana’s Pizza (in San Carlos Park) said he was shocked when his security camera recorded the incident. The dumped mail included about 400 business flyers mailed out by a realtor. The U.S. Postal Service said the pieces of mail were recovered from the dumpster and will be delivered to their intended recipients. (WINK TV)

 

Today’s The Day For:

*Aviation Day
*”Black Cow” Root Beer Float Day (8/19/1893 by Frank J. Wisner, Cripple Creek Brewing Co., CO. Link  Also Aug. 6 by A&W Root Beer).
*International Orangutan Day  Link
*Men’s Grooming Day Link  (3rd Friday)

*World Humanitarian Day Link  (Different than Humanitarian Day on 1/15)

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