Australian politician mistakenly quotes neo-Nazi, deletes all his tweets

He's one of Australia's most outspoken politicians, but conservative South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has decided to go radio silent on social media. On Tuesday, Bernardi mysteriously deleted all his tweets but left his profile intact. See also: Aussie politicians may have shattered this Italian marble table by dancing on it It's unclear why Bernardi bid adieu to tweets of times gone by, but on Nov. 22, he made an epic Twitter fail. Bernardi mistakenly quoted a neo-Nazi on the social media platform: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise." The quote — often attributed to Voltaire — is actually by American Holocaust-denier Kevin Strom, adapted from his essay titled "All America must know the terror that is upon us." The tweet in which Bernardi misquoted Voltaire. A leading expert in Voltaire, Paul Gibbard from the University of Western Australia, spoke to The Guardian about the quote. He said despite not being his words, the quote was not "not un-Voltarian." Nevertheless, not Voltaire. Some people caught onto Bernadi's Twitter fire sale Monday, when he began to get rid of old tweets You've deleted a lot of your account, @corybernardi, and that's a great start. You should be commended for being close to the ultimate goal. — Christian McCheer (@christianmccrea) November 30, 2015 .@CoryBernardi You seem to have deleted every tweet since 2012? — John Johnsonson (@JohnJohnsonson) November 30, 2015 But he's since tweeted, confusing the situation Here's a tweet just to make sure you can't say I deleted them all. — Cory Bernardi (@corybernardi) December 1, 2015 And Twitter responded, in its own way Image: Twitter Image: Twitter Image: TwitterSome believe there's a method to his particular madness I reckon @corybernardi has got Twitter figured out. He's deleted all his tweets & is following nobody. He gets it. #auspol — David M. Green (@David_M_Green) December 1, 2015 Bernardi also doesn't follow anyone, which we guess must be a little lonely Cory Bernardi combining “Never Tweet” policy with “Never Follow”. His world view remains unchallenged. — Kevin Airs (@KevinAirs442) December 1, 2015 Whether he will tweet anymore is unclear. In any case, we'll be waiting #BernardiTweetWatchImage: Twitter / Mashable GIFHave something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//","twitter_jssdk"); Read more

Data breach at Hong Kong toy maker VTech highlights broader problems

HONG KONG The theft of toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd's database highlights a growing problem with basic cyber security measures at small, non-financial companies that handle electronic customer data, industry watchers said on Monday.The hacked data at VTech included information about customers who download children's games, books and other educational content, the Hong Kong-based toy maker said. The breach also included information relating to children.As more devices are connected to the Internet and as companies increasingly collect personal information about their customers, such attacks are expected to increase."Smaller companies might be targeted less often, but the implications ... can be just as serious," said the chief technology officer of cyber security firm FireEye Bryce Boland. "As larger companies implement stronger security measures, smaller companies become relatively easy targets for cyber crime." VTech has a market value of HK$21.9 billion ($2.8 billion). Tech giant Apple Inc has a market capitalization of $657 billion. In VTech's case, information that should have been obscured and unrecoverable if the database were breached - such as passwords and secret answers - either wasn't obscured at all or was done so improperly, said Larry Salibra, founder and chief executive of crowd-sourced bug-testing platform, Pay4Bugs. Salibra said these types of security measures were basic best practices that don't require a lot of money. "This seems to be a trend. Hardware manufacturers really don't value software skills - I would imagine because they don't see any immediate positive impact to their bottom line," Salibra said."Software talent is an easy place to be cheap with minimal consequences until something like this happens." News site Motherboard reported that data belonging to some 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children was taken in the VTech attack. It said that included names, email addresses, passwords and home addresses of parents; as well as first names, genders and birthdays of children. ( site said it had spoken to a hacker who claimed to be behind the attack, who said he planned to do "nothing" with the data. Motherboard's claims could not be independently confirmed.VTech, which sells children's tablets, electronic learning toys and baby monitors, said the targeted database did not include payment information, credit card information, Social Security numbers or drivers license numbers. It did not say how many records were stolen. Vtech said it has taken steps to prevent further attacks but did not provide details.Vtech's stock has fallen 22 percent this year. Shares were suspended on Monday and trade in other Vtech securities has also been suspended, the company said. (Reporting by Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok; Additional reporting by Yimou Lee and Stella Tsang; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Bill Tarrant.) Read more

Mexico's telecom watchdog approves America Movil prices

MEXICO CITY Mexico's telecom regulator said it signed off on the prices dominant phone company America Movil can charge rivals and virtual operators to connect to its network, according to a statement from the regulator on Saturday.Billionaire businessman Carlos Slim's America Movil, which controls about 70 percent of Mexico's mobile phone lines, was declared dominant by the regulator last year. As a result of that ruling, America Movil has to seek regulator approval for the prices it charges other operators for using its infrastructure. (Reporting by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Dan Grebler) Read more

Debris from U.S. rocket recovered off coast of southwest England

LONDON Debris from a U.S. rocket, most likely the doomed SpaceX Falcon 9, has been recovered near the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of southwest England, the UK coastguard has said on Friday.It was covered in barnacles and was initially mistaken for a dead whale.Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement that a piece of metal alloy was recovered with the help of a local boatman. It measured around 10 meters by 4 meters (13 feet). Martin Leslie, coastal area commander, said: "The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and is similar to the unmanned Space X Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June." Photographs showed the debris covered in what Joseph Thomas, the boatman, told the BBC were goose barnacles. "There were lots of gulls on the water and I thought initially it was a dead whale and the birds were feeding off it," he said. (Editing by Jeremy Gaunt) Read more

Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strong

PITTSBURGH/NEW YORK Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. The retail consultancy has 18 members studying customer traffic in different parts of the country.The rush on the night of the U.S. holiday, a month before Christmas, reflects the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping, which was traditionally kicked off the next day, Black Friday. In an effort to attract the most eager holiday shoppers and fend off competition from Inc (AMZN.O), U.S. retailers have increasingly extended their holiday deals by opening stores on the evening of Thanksgiving.This hurt customer turnout on Black Friday last year, a trend analysts and consultants expect will repeat this year. "I can wait until tomorrow but it's more exciting today," said Daipayan Deb, a shopper in his mid-thirties at a packed Wal-Mart supercenter on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. "Previously, I used to start shopping on Black Friday, but now it's Thursday." Early discounts at stores and online included buy one get 50 percent off on the second "Star Wars" toys at Target Corp (TGT.N), $200 off quadcopter drones at Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N), a 50-inch Samsung smart TV for $499 at Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N).Shoppers in the United States spent more than $1 billion online, 22-percent more than last year, between midnight and 5 pm ET on Thursday, according to the Adobe Digital Index, which tracked 100 million visits to 4,500 U.S. retail sites. As much as 20 percent of holiday shopping is expected to be done over the Thanksgiving weekend this year, analysts said. The four-day shopping burst will help set the tone for the rest of the season, signaling to retailers whether they need to drop prices or change promotions.Kimberley Turner, a mother in her forties who was shopping with her young son said she found the discounts less compelling. "I actually think the deals were better last year," she said. Online discounts averaging 23 percent are below last year's 25 percent, but prices are expected to drop as more Black Friday sales come on board, said Tamara Gaffney, principal research analyst at Adobe Digital Index. The shopping season spanning November and December is crucial for many retailers because the two months can account for anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of their annual sales.Shoppers are expected to be cautious with their spending again this year. The National Retail Federation is expecting holiday sales to rise 3.7 percent, slower than last year's 4.1 percent growth rate, due to stagnant wages and sluggish job growth. (Reporting and writing by Nandita Bose in Chicago; Editing by Nick Zieminski) Read more

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