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Day: October 20, 2021

A hacker is reported to have stolen the Government of Argentina’s ID database of the entire population. The IDs of 45 million Argentinians is now available for sale on the open market

The government of Argentina has denied that the National Registry of Persons was hacked.

Catalin Cimpanu, The Record »

The hack, which took place last month, targeted RENAPER, which stands for Registro Nacional de las Personas, translated as National Registry of Persons.

The agency is a crucial cog inside the Argentinian Interior Ministry, where it is tasked with issuing national ID cards to all citizens, data that it also stores in digital format as a database accessible to other government agencies, acting as a backbone for most government queries for citizen’s personal information.

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ZDNet » Twitter suspends hacker who allegedly stole data of 45 million Argentinians

Facebook is planning to change it’s name, but it’s still aiming to be the same rancid “dystopian corporate dictatorship”

Alex Heath, The Verge »

The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more. A spokesperson for Facebook declined to comment for this story.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responds »

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Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider » Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey mocks Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse plan, saying it’s dystopian

Updated » French oil and gas giant Total has known about climate threat of burning fossil fuels since at least 1971

Euronews »

They uncovered research published in the Total journal in 1971 which explained that burning fossil fuels resulted in “the release of enormous quantities of carbon dioxide”. It warned that continued consumption would increase carbon dioxide levels to “worrying” levels – potentially leading to the melting of ice caps and significant sea level rises.

Despite awareness of harmful global warming impacts, the article published in Global Environmental Change says that Total or its predecessors engaged in “overt denial of climate science” until the early 1990s. It also reveals that it took part in lobbying to prevent the regulation of its activities.

In a statement sent to AFP before the release of the paper, TotalEnergies said that its leaders “recognised the existence of climate change and the link with activities of the oil industry”.

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Update » 2021.10.23

Tom Wilson at Inside Climate News has a story on this » Total Accused of Campaign to Play Down Climate Risk From Fossil Fuels

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