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BBC News: CNET News Site attacked by Russian hacker group


CNET twitter feedCNET was informed about the hack attack via a Twitter conversation

A Russian hacker group has attacked the news site CNET. It later said it stole usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users.

CNET said a representative from the group – which calls itself ‘w0rm’ – informed it about the hack via a Twitter conversation.

A spokeswoman for CBS Interactive – the owner of CNET – said the firm had “identified the issue and resolved it”.

According to CNET, w0rm offered to sell the database for 1 Bitcoin, or $622.

But it added that the hacking group said the plan to sell the database was to gain attention and “nothing more”.

Improve security?

The representative of the group claimed that it hacked CNET servers to improve the overall security on the internet.

The group has claimed to have successfully hacked the BBC last year, as well as websites of Adobe and Bank of America.

It says that by targeting high-profile websites it can raise awareness of security issues.

“We are driven to make the Internet a better and safer [place] rather than a desire to protect copyright,” the representative said in a Twitter exchange with CNET.

On Monday, the representative offered a security solution to CNET by tweeting: “#CNET I have good protection system for u, ping me”.

According to CNET, 27.1 million unique users visited its desktop and mobile sites in the US in June this year.

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Fracking: Answers on link between injection wells and quakes


Graphic shows earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past three days; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 88 mm;Graphic shows earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past three days; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 88 mm;

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.

Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain exactly what happens to the liquids after that. Scientists wonder whether they could trigger quakes by increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults.

Oklahoma has recorded nearly 250 small-to-medium earthquakes since January, according to statistics kept by the U.S. Geological Survey. That’s close to half of all the magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes recorded this year in the continental United States.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Science suggests that just four wells injecting massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up much of the state, accounting for one out of every five quakes from the eastern border of Colorado to the Atlantic coast.

Another concern is whether injection well operators could be pumping either too much water into the ground or pumping it at exceedingly high pressures.

Most of the quakes in areas where injection wells are clustered are too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they’ve led some states, including Ohio, Oklahoma and California, to introduce new rules compelling drillers to measure the volumes and pressures of their injection wells as well as to monitor seismicity during fracking operations.

 In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, hangs up a chart depicting earthquake activity at their offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.FILE – In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, hangs up a chart depicting earthquake activity at their offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in seismic activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater, could be to blame. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Continue reading

Oklahoma: Wastewater from energy extraction ‘triggers US quake surge’


As the oil and gas industry has expanded in parts of the US, so have the number of earthquakesAs the oil and gas industry has expanded in parts of the US, so have the number of earthquakes.

Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma.

Researchers say there has been a forty-fold increase in the rate of quakes in the US state between 2008-13.

The scientists found that the disposal of water in four high-volume wells could be responsible for a swarm of tremors up to 35km away.

Their research has been published in the journal, Science.

Sudden swarm

There has been increasing evidence of links between the process of oil and gas extraction and earthquakes in states like Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma in recent years.

In 2011, a small number of people were injured and 14 houses were destroyed in the town of Prague, Oklahoma by a 5.7 tremor.

Investigators linked it to the injection of wastewater from the oil industry.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has also reported on the question of seismicity induced by wastewater disposal.

This new research goes further, linking a large swarm of Oklahoma tremors with a number of specific water wells, distantly located.

More than 2,500 earthquakes greater than magnitude 3.0 have occurred around the small town of Jones since 2008. This represents about 20% of the total in the central and western US in this period.

There has been a significant increase in the number of tremors in central Oklahoma since 2008There has been a significant increase in the number of tremors in central Oklahoma since 2008.  Continue reading

Fracking: Dead Babies and Utah’s Carbon Bomb


Dead Babies and Utah's Carbon Bomb

Utah’s fracking epicenter has a big secret and they are doing all they can to keep Vernal, Utah Midwife, Donna Young, from voicing her concerns.

“What is going on in Utah’s Uinta Basin to explain newborn babies dying? An abrupt surge in teenage mothers, drug, alcohol use? No evidence of that. Is there a genetic explanation? Genes don’t change that quickly. Is there a sudden onset of medical incompetence by the area’s health-care providers? No reason to think so. That leaves one other possibility. Is there something happening in the environment? As a matter of fact, yes.”–

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U.S. sends stealth bombers to Europe


The 'Spirit of Indiana,' a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, prepares to land on the runway June 8 at RAF Fairford, England.The ‘Spirit of Indiana,’ a B-2 Spirit from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, prepares to land on the runway June 8 at RAF Fairford, England. (Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson / Air Force)

The Air Force has further beefed up its bomber presence in Europe, deploying two B-2 stealth bombers for military exercises in the region.

The B-2 deployment is another show of Washington’s effort to reassure allies in the region amid Russia’s recent bluster. The aircraft are assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. On Sunday, they joined three B-52 Stratofortress aircraft already deployed to RAF Fairford, a British air base west of London.?

All five of the aircraft are capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

“This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and improve interoperability with our allies and partners,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Strategic Command in an Air Force news release. “The training and integration of strategic forces demonstrates to our nation’s leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and expertise to respond to a variety of potential threats and situations.”

During this short-term deployment, the multi-role heavy bombers will conduct training flights in the U.S. European Command area of operations, according to the release. The release did not specify the length of the deployment.

The 'Spirit of Indiana' taxis down the runway June 8 at RAF Fairford, England.The ‘Spirit of Indiana’ taxis down the runway June 8 at RAF Fairford, England. (Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson / Air Force)

STRATCOM routinely conducts training missions in support of geographic combatant commands to “ensure the U.S. has a credible and flexible capability to provide the president a variety of options he may need to protect the nation or its allies and partners,” the release said.

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EDITORS NOTE:

Attention:

Calling all Sensationalists & Conspiracy Theorists

U.S. stealth bombers in Europe is nothing new and are frequently used in NATO exercises in the region and have Nothing to do with the Ukrainian Crisis.