The Daily Moth 9-21-17

September 22, 2017



Trump Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea, SEC Reveals Hack, Facebook Turns Over Information about Political Ads to Congress, Details of Equifax Hack, Sports Updates with James Doolittle Jr, Interview with Deaf Mexico City Resident (Earthquake), and Deaf Puerto Rican Survivor of Hurricane Maria Shares Experience 




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Thursday, September 21. Ready for news? 




President Trump announced a new round of sanctions against North Korea -- by signing an executive order that will punish any individual, business, or institution that does business or trade with North Korea. Facebook 


Trump's goal is to cut sources of funding towards North Korea's missile program. 


Trump met with the presidents of South Korea and Japan when announcing the new sanctions. 


Trump also praised China's decision to stop its banks from doing business with North Korea.  


South Korea recently announced they would give North Korea $8 million in humanitarian aid for poor children and pregnant women. This was criticized by some South Korean politicians. But South Korean President Moon believes politics and aid should be kept separate and said the aid is not "cash" -- that it would be impossible for it to be used for nuclear weapons. 


North Korea yesterday compared Trump's speech at the UN to "the sound of a dog barking." Their foreign minister Ho said there is a saying, "Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on" and that it is "a dog's dream if Trump wanted to scare them with the sound of a dog barking." 


So North Korea remains defiant, even after the U.N., China, and Donald Trump tightens their pressure on the country. 


The upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics will be in South Korea, at a mountain area 50 miles away from the border. 


Recently France's sports minister said they would not send their athletes there if the situation becomes worse. 


The president of the International Olympics Committee, Thomas Bach, recently said it will be safe and that there is no "plan B." 


We'll see how this impacts the Winter Olympics as time draws nearer and nearer. 




Another major hack — the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates Wall Street, said their system for storing documents filed by public companies was breached. 


This means hackers might have access to "insider" information that allowed them to make profits on trades based on information about companies that was not yet made public. 


The SEC said the hacking started last year and they noticed it, but they only found out last month that it was used for illegal trades.


The exact impact of this is unknown and an investigation is ongoing. 




Facebook will turn over to Congress information of more than 3,000 online political ads that they sold to people who were from Russia as a part of the Russian investigation. 


Those ads were bought by fake accounts linked to a “troll farm” based in St. Petersburg, Russia.  It appears Congress is thinking those ads might have been bought by Russians seeking to influence American voters. 


Facebook CEO Zuckerberg previously was not cooperative with Congress, citing customers privacy, but announced today that he decided to do this after a long legal and policy review and is doing this because he cares about the democratic process and protecting its integrity. 




An update with the Equifax data hack — an investigation showed that hackers first got inside of Equifax’s servers on March 10 and was inside for four months before its security team found out about it. Nobody knows who the hackers are. 


The hackers were able to get in through a flaw in a website building software called Apache Struts. 


What is important is that — on March 8 (two days before the hack), researchers at Cisco Systems (a huge international IT company) warned that there was a flaw in the Apache software — and Apache did issue a patch. It seems like Equifax didn’t immediately update their software to patch the flaw.  


Once the hackers go in, they possibly lurked inside of Equifax’s servers for weeks before “breaking in” — so they could see how much access they had while staying undetected. 


May 13 is when hackers started accessing files. They set up around 35 different hidden web pages that was able to remotely access Equifax systems to funnel through information. Then from mid-May to July 30, they started stealing up to 143 million Americans’s personal, confidential information.


Equifax said they found out about the breach on July 29. But they kept this information private for over a month until their public disclosure two weeks ago on September 7. 


Equifax’s stock prices dropped more than 30% — they’ve lost $6 billion in value.


Now more than 11.5 million people have signed up for free credit-monitoring services provided by Equifax. Others have frozen their credit reports. 


There is now a Department of Justice, FBI, and congressional investigation in what happened.


One thing they will be looking at is why three top Equifax officials, including their CFO, sold $1,8 million of stock in August 1 and 2, which is right after the company found out about the hack. The SEC will look to see if there was inside trading. 


Equifax’s CEO, Richard Smith, will testify before a Senate hearing on October 4. Recently two top Equifax employees retired/left the company, their Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Officer. 


There are already more than 50 different class-action lawsuits filed against Equifax. There is a lot of information about those lawsuits and people’s options on the internet.




Two college football players recently died in terrible tragedies. First one: College of Wooster — Division III offensive lineman Clayton Geib died Sunday at the age of 21. He played last Saturday's football game against Ohio Wesleyan University. During the game, he wasn’t feeling well then after the game, he kept complaining that he was not feeling well so he went to hospital. He died on Sunday. No details were provided on his death. 


Now, I will tell you the second one. Robert Grays, a sophomore cornerback at Division-II Midwestern State university died Tuesday, it was caused by a serious neck injury on Saturday during a football game. He was 19. Grays was injured while making a tackle late in the fourth quarter of a home game against Texas A&M-Kingsville. He left the field in an ambulance to hospital at Wichita Falls in North Texas and was later airlifted to his hometown of Houston, where he died Tuesday night. Football continues to be a dangerous sport for many. 


The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders are supposed to play at Estadio Atzeca stadium in Mexico City on Nov. 19th. But that could change with a possibility of moving to different location after the serious 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City that caused more than 230 deaths. The NFL will do an inspection on the stadium, and do reviews to determine if it’s safe to play the game in that stadium.


One youth football team located in outside of St. Louis, MO got a lot of attention. This 8 years old and under youth team kneeled during the national anthem at their game last Friday — it was regarding ex-officer Jason Stockley, who was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The youth football team’s coach, Orlando Gooden, told the news after one of his players asked him if he saw the protests and riots in St Louis. The coach replied with a yes and asked the team if they knew why this is happening. Then the team replied with knowledge that black people are getting killed and nobody’s going jail. The coach explained to the team why Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem in 2016. Then one of players asked if they can do that. The coach approved it as long they know why they’re doing it, he doesn’t have problem with it. All of the parents on the team supported the decision to take a knee. 


Yesterday afternoon during the Minnesota Twins game against New York Yankees, one girl was struck by a 105 mph foul ball hit by Todd Frazier. The game was delayed for four minutes after that scene. Players, coaches, and fans prayed and kneeled down. Some was emotional — even few players cried on camera while everybody was praying and hoping that the girl was okay. Players said that they can’t imagine if it happened to their kid so it’s an emotionally tragic moment. The girl was given first aid after being struck with the ball to hold the bleeding and was rushed to a hospital nearby. That girl’s family was reported to stay at the hospital overnight and it’s unsure if the girl needs surgery. I think it’s probably time for the MLB to consider doing something about improving the safety of fans with protective netting.


What’s up tonight? Of course! Thursday Night Football — Los Angeles Rams (1-1) vs San Francisco 49ers (0-2) at 8:25 PM ET. Who do you think will win tonight? 


There are only 10 out of 32 teams who are still undefeated into their third week. You can see which teams they are here on the picture.




Here is an interview with a Deaf person from Mexico City who survived through the earthquake. 


Also here is a video from a Deaf Puerto Rican who survived Hurricane Maria. 




That is all for this week. Follow Daily Moth on Facebook for the latest. Have a wonderful weekend and stay with the light! 





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