Monday, January 23, 2017

Fired IT worker changed password, wants $200K to fix it

A fired IT employee took his revenge on a for-profit online college before he left, changing a password on an account that stored email and course material for 2,000 students, the Indianapolis-based online school has alleged in a lawsuit. In his own lawsuit, the employee contends that the administrator’s password was auto-saved on his company laptop that was returned to the college and his firing was racial discrimination. But lawyers for the American College of Education said Triano Williams of Riverdale, Ill., really wants the school to rehire him as a consultant — for $200,000. The college’s IT employees had been spread across the country, but the school decided early last year to give them a choice to move to Indianapolis or resign and take a severance package. Other IT workers resigned, leaving Triano Williams as the sole systems administrator when he was fired April 1 after refusing to relocate from suburban Chicago. Before he left, the college alleges that Williams changed the password and login information on a Google account. In May, returning students could no longer access their email accounts, papers and other coursework. Google suspended access after too many failed login attempts to the administrative account. School officials asked Google for help. Google refused to grant access to anyone other than Williams, who was listed as the account’s sole administrator, the college said. When officials called Williams, he directed them to his lawyer. After a repeated contact and communication, the college’s lawyer, Scott Preston, said the Internet company unlocked the account and returned control of the emails and data to the school. (USA Today)


The Most Expensive Home Ever Listed in America

The most expensive home for sale in the United States just hit the market for $250 million — and it includes a helicopter, complete car and art collection, seven full-time staff — and candy. The 38,000-square-foot Bel-Air, Los Angeles mansion stands four stories tall and includes 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a four-lane bowling alley, and a movie theater with 40 seats and a 30-foot TV. (CNBC)


Missing hunter found in jail after police conduct large search

Searchers spent time looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip. Holt didn’t have a cellphone with him, so no one could contact him or track him. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, firefighters, dog handlers, a helicopter and others joined in a search. It wasn’t long before officers realized the man they were looking for was in the Limestone County Jail once they heard his last name. He had been arrested for public intoxication near the search site before the manhunt began. Authorities say relatives of the man didn’t realize he was in custody and reported him missing. (WCMH TV)


First It Was Pokemon, Now It Is Mario…

Super Mario Run, which has been on iPhones and iPads since December, is coming to Android devices in March.Designed for one-handed play, the game is simple: Mario automatically runs forward, while you make him hurdle enemies and collect coins by tapping. The longer you hold, the higher Mario jumps and the higher your score. The ultimate goal is to reach the flagpole at the end of the course before time runs out. Three gameplay elements include the traditional World Tour (rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches!), Kingdom Builder (create a unique kingdom), and Toad Rally (compete against other players). (PC Mag)


Driver Clocked At 91 MPH In Snowstorm Wanted New Car Stereo

New Hampshire State Police say a driver clocked at 91 mph during a snowstorm said she was late for an appointment to have a new car stereo installed. Police say they stopped 21-year-old Anastacia Hocking, of Laconia, on Interstate 93 in Concord on Wednesday morning. The highway was covered with snow and slush. Speed limits in Concord range from 55 to 65 mph on I-93. But state police had reduced speeds to 45 mph because of the storm. Hocking was arrested on a reckless driving charge and is scheduled to be arraigned March 3. It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer, and a phone number couldn’t be found for her. (WHAM TV)


California man’s two vehicles crushed by different trees in different cities on same day

A California man whose two vehicles were both crushed by trees in different cities on the same day says he feels like “the luckiest guy.” Georgiy Karpekin said he was at Sacramento City College when strong winds swept over the area Wednesday, leading to an unfortunate discovery in the parking lot. “I walked up to my truck and I saw it was ‘taco’d’ around a tree.” Karpekin’s truck was indeed “taco’d” — a fallen tree had reformed the pickup into the shape of a taco shell. (KTXL TV)


No, You Don’t Have a Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy With Your PSN Account

A recent court ruling from a federal court in Kansas should remind you about where you should (and shouldn’t) reasonably expect your data to remain private. This particular case revolves around a PlayStation 3 user who came to Sony’s attention by repeatedly spamming others in the PlayStation Network (PSN) asking about child pornography. Other PSN members, annoyed by being on the receiving end of gross spam, flagged and reported the messages. That led to Sony reviewing the offending account, and — surprise — the account was indeed hosting child pornography. Sony reached out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with the account information and images and the NCEMC, in turn, contacted the FBI for assistance. They got subpoenas for the email address and IP address of the user in question, which led them to get a search warrant for his home. When law enforcement ran their search, they did indeed find materials exploiting children on his PS3, and arrested and prosecuted the user over it. The defendant argued in federal court that the evidence found in his PSN account before the warrant was issued and on his PS3 console after the warrant was executed was inadmissible. His argument centered on the Fourth Amendment — that’s the one prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure and requiring law enforcement to use search warrants based on probable cause. Using a PlayStation requires you to create a PlayStation Network account, the defendant argued, and the PSN is an electronic, online service where communications users exchange are functionally like emails. Sony, a private entity (not federal law enforcement) conducted the initial search of the user’s account after other subscribers flagged content it was sending. The defendant argued that the Terms of Service are an “adhesion contract” — a take-it-or-leave it deal with no middle ground, and that therefore he should not have had the diminished expectation of privacy. But basically, the court concluded, it’s not the law’s fault if you don’t read the fine print that “explicitly nullified its users reasonable expectation of privacy.”That leaves users at a disadvantage: legal protection and privacy expectations are clearly outlined in documents most users say they’ve agreed to, but have never actually read. And rights about where you can and can’t maintain a reasonable expectation of privacy are a complicated patchwork of unconnected laws, applying to some industries and information, but not others. So remember: always read the terms of service. And if they say the company can bust you for doing illegal things on their service, don’t be surprised if you get caught. (Consumerist)


Other than being a Monday, it’s:

*National Handwriting Day
*Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

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