More than 2 million passwords for some of the most popular spots on the Internet — including Facebook, Twitter and Google — are now a matter of public record, according to a fresh report from SpiderLabs, a research arm from security firm Trustwave. SpiderLabs says it uncovered the bounty of potentially valuable (and often ridiculously simple) log-ins during its latest Internet sweep for the Pony botnet controller, a malware-spreading set of programs which the researchers say they're increasingly encountering online. This means the passwords were not leaked by Facebook and the like, but from thousands of infected computers that collected the data when users logged onto their accounts. Whether or not the passwords are current or out-dated is unknown, but the attack appears to be "fairly global," SpiderLabs reports. "At least some of the victims are scattered all over the world." What's more, many of the passwords were fairly simple, with that old chestnut "123456" topping the list as the password for 15,820 accounts. ("12346789" came in at number two with 4,875 instances.) This could mean extra bad things the 30 to 40 percent of Internet users who use the same password on multiple accounts — say Facebook ... and their bank account. "Facebook takes people’s information security extremely seriously and we work hard to protect it," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "While details of this case are not yet clear, it appears that people’s computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape information directly from their Web browsers." Facebook's recommendation is to engage the site's two-factor authentication, which requires a passcode from your phone as well as your standard password. Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others also have an option like this, so it helps to look into the settings of all of your major Internet services.
More than 2 million passwords for some of the most popular spots on the Internet — including Facebook, Twitter and Google — are now a matter of public record, according to a fresh report from SpiderLabs, a research arm from security firm Trustwave.
SpiderLabs says it uncovered the bounty of potentially valuable (and often ridiculously simple) log-ins during its latest Internet sweep for the Pony botnet controller, a malware-spreading set of programs which the researchers say they're increasingly encountering online. This means the passwords were not leaked by Facebook and the like, but from thousands of infected computers that collected the data when users logged onto their accounts.
Whether or not the passwords are current or out-dated is unknown, but the attack appears to be "fairly global," SpiderLabs reports. "At least some of the victims are scattered all over the world." What's more, many of the passwords were fairly simple, with that old chestnut "123456" topping the list as the password for 15,820 accounts. ("12346789" came in at number two with 4,875 instances.) This could mean extra bad things the 30 to 40 percent of Internet users who use the same password on multiple accounts — say Facebook ... and their bank account.
"Facebook takes people’s information security extremely seriously and we work hard to protect it," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "While details of this case are not yet clear, it appears that people’s computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape information directly from their Web browsers."
Facebook's recommendation is to engage the site's two-factor authentication, which requires a passcode from your phone as well as your standard password. Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others also have an option like this, so it helps to look into the settings of all of your major Internet services.But hey, it's always a good day to change your password, too
ALBANY, N.Y. — Radar, flashy LED signs, and text alerts to drivers' cellphones and local police are part of New York's new, high-tech effort to combat wrong-way crashes on the state Thruway.
The system linked to Doppler radar and designed by Thruway Authority workers is being installed at the Buffalo exit at the Niagara Expressway, also known as Interstate 190. The second stage will be installed in Nyack, the site of several serious wrong-way crashes. More exits will soon get the systems along the 570-mile interstate highway.
"New York is the first state in the nation to utilize this sophisticated technology to enhance traffic safety and save lives," Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said the technology will save lives.
Doppler radar will be used to detect vehicles traveling the wrong way onto the Thruway. That will trigger a flashing LED sign to alert the driver and tell them to pull over and turn around when safe to do so. Other Thruway drivers will be alerted by other signs and the Thruway's Statewide Operations Center will get an alert that can be shared with local police.
The system was developed by Thruway engineer Steve Velicky and made by Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort and by Herkimer Industries in central New York. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the new alerts mesh with the existing texting alert system he said has been successful in alerting New Yorkers about traffic hazards. The new system doesn't allow drivers to violate the no-texting laws pushed by Cuomo.
There were 17 fatalities in 15 accidents on the Thruway in 2012. Cuomo said last year was the safest year on the Thruway in its 59-year history.
DOVER — The owner of a Richboyton Road trucking company and his employee caught two men in the act of breaking into trucks on the property and held them until police arrived, according to Detective Sgt. Richard Gonzalez.
On Sunday at 1:06 p.m., town Sgt. Anthony Smith and Officers Oscar Suarez and Jonathan Delaney responded to 14 Richboyton Road on a report of a burglary in progress. Police were met by Petrich Trucking Co. owner Robert Petrich and employee Richard Russell, who had caught and detained two men they said were spotted committing theft and burglary, Gonzalez said.
Petrich told police he had noticed for several days that multiple items were disappearing from the fenced-in portion of his tract and he found a hole in the fence line, which he secured. Russell stated he was at the property on Sunday and saw the hole was re-opened and then he and Petrich observed two men -- later identified as Dover area residents Jose Jimenez, 56, and Oscar Rojas, 29 -- removing wiring harnesses from vehicles and trying to leave the premises with the pilfered items, Gonzalez said.
“They cornered the suspects, ordered them to the ground and called police,” Gonzalez said.
Jimenez was charged by Delaney with burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was found to be carrying a Leatherman multi-tool used to cut wire fencing, according to a criminal complaint. Bail was set at $15,000, and he was lodged in the Morris County jail.Rojas was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools and lodged on $10,000 bail. He had a flat-head screwdriver that allegedly was used to enter secured trucks, a criminal complaint said.
John Northrup thought his go-around with SunPass this past year was over and done with. Turns out it wasn’t.
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A massive search is underway in central Mexico for a stolen tractor trailer containing radioactive materials from a hospital, according to several national and international news agencies.
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Social media and its increasing popularity provide truckers and others with a great platform to weigh-in on and push issues of concern.
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A legislative delay of new hours-of-service rules is being sought by the U.S. trucking industry, but the head of Arkansas’ trucking industry says the legislative effort will not work and rising shipping costs resulting from the new rules may be the only path to regulatory relief.
The U.S. Department of Transportation began in 2004 a series of rules designed to regulate hours worked by truck drivers in an effort to reduce accidents and promote driver health. On July 1, a more restrictive hours-of-service rule was issued that not only limited the amount of hours a driver could work, but also mandated rest and break periods.
“The goal of this rulemaking is to reduce excessively long work hours that increase both the risk of fatigue-related crashes and long-term health problems for drivers,” noted the opening line from a Q&A posted by the DOT.
Continuing, the DOT noted: “The objective of this rule, therefore, is to reduce both acute and chronic fatigue by limiting the maximum number of hours per day and week that the drivers can work. The rule reduces a driver’s average maximum allowable hours of work per week from 82 hours to 70 hours, a 15% reduction. The 15% reduction in the average maximum allowable hours of work based on the new rule results from the restrictions on the use of the restart period.”
• Provision: Rest breaks
• Provision: On-duty time
• Provision: Penalties
The DOT estimates that the new rule will boost annual trucking industry expenses by about $470 million, but said benefits from safety, driver health and other factors will produce an overall net economic gain of up to $280 million a year.
Carman, who operates a company that has 45 tractors and has worked as a driver in the fleet, said the new rules have already caused two experienced Carman drivers to retire instead of see their hours and pay reduced.
“The agency used logic that forcing break, rest, or driving periods at a particular time was a one size fits all proposition. Cardian rhythms and all types of fuzzy math were introduced by people that have never experienced being in a truck,” Carman said.
That sentiment was also expressed by Duane Long, chairman of Raleigh, N.C.-based Longistics and the first vice chairman of the American Trucking Associations’.
“Simply put, the July 1 hours-of-service rule changes were unnecessary; the regulations adopted in 2003 were working and the administration offered rhetoric but little data to explain why they needed to be changed,” Long said during a Nov. 21 hearing before the U.S. House Small Business Committee. “Unfortunately, the gap between the administration’s rhetoric and the trucking industry’s operating reality is very wide. These changes are having a very real, and very negative impact on hundreds of thousands of drivers and motor carriers.”
Jeff Lester, executive vice president and chief risk officer of Van Buren-based USA Truck, said the new rule does not consider the practical aspect of forcing all drivers around the country into a similar driving window.
“The 34-hour restart requirement that requires 2 consecutive rest periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. was based on science however does not give the same consideration to the commercial and public impact. To further illustrate this point the change creates increased traffic during peak drive times and could limit a drivers available drive time,” Lester noted in a statement to The City Wire.
USA Truck has about 2,200 trucks and more than 3,000 employees.
“The (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) knows of no reason why drivers would stop driving at night to avoid the extra hours that may be needed to meet the 2-night requirement. Most drivers who regularly drive overnight do not work enough hours to need a restart and, therefore are not subject to the 2-night requirement,” according to a Q&A posted Dec. 22, 2011 by the DOT.
DOT officials have pointed to fewer crashes and deaths from previous rules to gather public support for the rules implemented earlier this year. Fatal truck crashes totaled 3,215 in 2009, down from 4,766 in 2006. The number of fatalities from truck crashes fell from 5,027 in 2006 to 3,380 in 2009.
Carman maintains that the new rules will require shifts, just as previous hours-of-service rules created “irrational” changes.
“We have not and are not complaining about the total weekly hours a driver can drive. The deterioration in how a driver may operate and rest within these boundaries though has been irrational and based on dubious reasoning. I have several drivers here that enjoy driving at nighttime when traffic is low. The new rules have not allowed them to operate as they safely have for many years. I would argue that their millions of miles of safe driving has not been an accident. They know better than some bureaucrat when they need to rest,” Carman said.
EFFORT TO DELAY
As of Dec. 3, the proposed legislation had 41 Republican sponsors and four Democratic sponsors. U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, are listed among the sponsors. Claire Burghoff, a spokesman for Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, said he has agreed to be a co-sponsor. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, is reviewing the bill to consider becoming a sponsor.
Lane Kidd, executive director of the Arkansas Trucking Association, said Hanna’s bill may pass the House, but will not see success in the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate.
Kidd also acknowledged that it’s a “tough sell” to explain to those not in the industry that a 70-hour work week is not the same as a 70-hour week in most other occupations. However, he said the rules could push some drivers out of the business – as has happened with Carman – and make worse a driver shortage problem now facing the industry.
If the rules are relaxed, it will be from pressure exerted by companies who contract with the trucking industry, Kidd said. Retail and other economic sectors may see shipping costs rise as a result of the new rules.
“The only way that the rule is relaxed is if the shippers of the United States, collectively, see that these new rules are increasing their costs of transportation. And if it becomes a significant increase, then they will apply pressure to see that the (HOS) rules are reduced,” Kidd explained.
Intrusive new regulations might actually make our highways more dangerous.
Manuel Hernandez is not a complainer. But lately, he’s got a lot to complain about. Excessive government regulations are making it harder and harder for him to earn a living. And he’s not sure what he can do about it.
Hernandez is not an energy executive being hassled by the EPA, a banker trying to cope with Dodd-Frank, or a doctor getting nickel-and-dimed by HHS and Obamacare; he’s a long-haul trucker. And his story is one all Republicans running for office should know, because it personifies our government’s war against a large category of middle-class workers who make our economy hum.
Readers of the Wall Street Journal met Hernandez in his truck somewhere on Interstate 10 between El Paso and Los Angeles, thanks to a superb piece of reporting by Betsy Morris last week. This first sentence caught every reader’s attention: “Manuel Hernandez is one of a vanishing breed: a professional long-haul trucker.”
Long-haul truckers are vanishing? Is there someone protecting this endangered species? God knows we have enough people fighting for the survival of the dunes sagebrush lizard.
We soon learned why this breed of middle-class worker is vanishing, and we learned more about the 50-year-old Hernandez, too. Like many truckers, he loves what he does, especially squeezing his 18-wheeler into tight spaces. He’s a guy who doesn’t get his fashion tips from GQ and never once dreamed of landing that big corner office. His office is the rig he works in every day, accompanied by a whole lot of horsepower and thousands of miles of open road.
Hernandez’s story got more interesting a bit farther down in the article, as we learned how public policy dictated by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., was affecting his life — and the lives of all long-haul truckers — for the worse: “Lately, though, Mr. Hernandez’s patience has been worn thin by a confusing tangle of rules, efficiency directives, and electronic devices that cap his speed, log his every move, and practically try to autopilot his truck. Magnifying the stress are more federal rule changes that took effect in July and are now roiling the industry.”
The federal agency that is doing all this is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency within a bigger agency, the Department of Transportation.
Under a revised rule by the FMCSA’s trucking czars, the average workweek for men and women who make a living carting around America’s stuff was shortened to 70 hours from 82. But that wasn’t the only change. It turns out the required 34-hour break between workweeks must now extend over two nights, including the hours between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., according to Betsy Morris’s article.
A truck driver has been given two life sentences for killing two men last year in Des Moines.
Ronald Hawkinson, 40, was sentenced Tuesday in Polk County District Court. He'd been convicted in October for the murders of 30-year-old Serif Hidic and 49-year-old Robert Smoot.
The men's bodies were found in May 2012 on the lot of a trucking company owned by Hidic. Hidic had sued Hawkinson over loan money that Hawkinson allegedly never repaid.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Hawkinson planned the killings. Hawkinson's attorneys had argued for manslaughter charges.
Kathy Youngblood’s Thanksgiving night was off to a pretty bad start.
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Authorities have identified the truck driver who was killed when his rig rolled backward and pinned him against another tractor trailer at a truck yard in Independence, Mo., on Tuesday.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging truck drivers to participate in a 40-question online survey, designed to glean information about truck parking and safety concerns they face in the state. The deadline to complete the online survey is Dec. 6.
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