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Student expelled from Montreal college after finding ‘sloppy coding’ that compromised security of 250,000 students personal dataA student has been expelled from Montreal’s Dawson College after he discovered a flaw in the computer system used by most Quebec CEGEPs (General and Vocational Colleges), one which compromised the security of over 250,000 students’ personal information.Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20-year-old computer science student at Dawson and a member of the school’s software development club, was working on a mobile app to allow students easier access to their college account when he and a colleague discovered what he describes as “sloppy coding” in the widely used Omnivox software which would allow “anyone with a basic knowledge of computers to gain access to the personal information of any student in the system, including social insurance number, home address and phone number, class schedule, basically all the information the college has on a student.”“I saw a flaw which left the personal information of thousands of students, including myself, vulnerable,” said Mr. Al-Khabaz. “I felt I had a moral duty to bring it to the attention of the college and help to fix it, which I did. I could have easily hidden my identity behind a proxy. I chose not to because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.” (Image courtesy of safesolvent.com)

What? Ridiculous. I say re-instate the guy. 

nationalpost:

Student expelled from Montreal college after finding ‘sloppy coding’ that compromised security of 250,000 students personal data
A student has been expelled from Montreal’s Dawson College after he discovered a flaw in the computer system used by most Quebec CEGEPs (General and Vocational Colleges), one which compromised the security of over 250,000 students’ personal information.

Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20-year-old computer science student at Dawson and a member of the school’s software development club, was working on a mobile app to allow students easier access to their college account when he and a colleague discovered what he describes as “sloppy coding” in the widely used Omnivox software which would allow “anyone with a basic knowledge of computers to gain access to the personal information of any student in the system, including social insurance number, home address and phone number, class schedule, basically all the information the college has on a student.”

“I saw a flaw which left the personal information of thousands of students, including myself, vulnerable,” said Mr. Al-Khabaz. “I felt I had a moral duty to bring it to the attention of the college and help to fix it, which I did. I could have easily hidden my identity behind a proxy. I chose not to because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.” (Image courtesy of safesolvent.com)

What? Ridiculous. I say re-instate the guy. 

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Gary Clement’s week in review, Dear Abby editionPolitical cartoonist Gary Clement takes a look at the week gone by

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Gary Clement’s week in review, Dear Abby edition
Political cartoonist Gary Clement takes a look at the week gone by

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RED DAWN  A cloud formation, at the leading edge of a cyclone and tinged with red dust it had picked up while passing over western Australia, travels across the surface of the Indian Ocean on Jan. 9.  The phenomenon was photographed from aboard a fishing vessel.  (Photo: Brett Martin / fishwrecked.com via Reuters / NBC News)

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RED DAWN  A cloud formation, at the leading edge of a cyclone and tinged with red dust it had picked up while passing over western Australia, travels across the surface of the Indian Ocean on Jan. 9.  The phenomenon was photographed from aboard a fishing vessel.  (Photo: Brett Martin / fishwrecked.com via Reuters / NBC News)

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Ice traps a dozen killer whales in northern Quebec, community pleads for help freeing them
A small Inuit community on Hudson Bay is appealing for help after a dozen killer whales, one of which is bleeding, were trapped in nearby ice.

The whales were discovered by a hunter Tuesday, and are currently boxed into a small area near an opening in the ice. Inukjuak Mayor Peter Inukpuk said they are becoming agitated and panicked, at times attempting to come up to the surface all at once, gasping for air.

“I don’t know how long they will last,” said Mr. Inukpuk.

He said his community of 1,800 people, only accessible by plane in the winter, is not equipped to help the killer whales. Attempts to keep the hole open would only work for so long, he added.

“We would need outside help if there’s any chance of keeping them alive,” he said. (Marina Lacasse, HO/The Canadian Press)

Mr. Inukpuk

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Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

COOMA, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

Temperatures soared to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 people who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police found no bodies during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.”

(John Grosvenor/Reuters; Rod McGuirk/AP;Chris Kidd/AP)

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A major snowstorm has blanketed parts of the Middle East, including Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, and Turkey, causing at least eight deaths.  Above, the city of Istanbul.

(Photos: Bulent Kilic / AFP-Getty via NBC News)

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Miss Congeniality beauty queen pleads guilty to breaking and entering in Stanley Cup riotA former beauty queen whose crowning as Miss Congeniality made her one of the highest-profile suspects in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has pleaded guilty, and her lawyer has suggested the woman’s international notoriety has gone far beyond what her case deserves.Sophie Laboissonniere, who was 20 at the time of the June 2011 riot, was not in court when her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf.The Richmond, B.C., resident was among the first batch of suspects charged after the riot. Media reports quickly identified her as the winner of Miss Congeniality at a local beauty pageant, sending her name and photo across the country and farther afield.

a riot in Canada? I thought everyone there was, er, congenial.

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Miss Congeniality beauty queen pleads guilty to breaking and entering in Stanley Cup riot
A former beauty queen whose crowning as Miss Congeniality made her one of the highest-profile suspects in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has pleaded guilty, and her lawyer has suggested the woman’s international notoriety has gone far beyond what her case deserves.

Sophie Laboissonniere, who was 20 at the time of the June 2011 riot, was not in court when her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf.

The Richmond, B.C., resident was among the first batch of suspects charged after the riot. Media reports quickly identified her as the winner of Miss Congeniality at a local beauty pageant, sending her name and photo across the country and farther afield.

a riot in Canada? I thought everyone there was, er, congenial.

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When superstorm Sandy struck Fire Island off of Long Island’s south shore, it washed away more than 70 feet of a sand dune, revealing a shipwreck thought to be a cargo ship that dates back to just after the Civil War — or possibly a Canadian schooner that was lost in the 1920’s.  (Photo: US Coast Guard via The New York Daily News)

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When superstorm Sandy struck Fire Island off of Long Island’s south shore, it washed away more than 70 feet of a sand dune, revealing a shipwreck thought to be a cargo ship that dates back to just after the Civil War — or possibly a Canadian schooner that was lost in the 1920’s.  (Photo: US Coast Guard via The New York Daily News)

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“Turn Down the Heat, Why A Four Degrees Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided,” a new report released just days ahead of the United Nations’ climate change talks to be held in Doha, Qatar,  states that — by the  end of this century — there could a “new class of heatwaves” of magnitudes never experienced before.
The United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, reports that a four degree temperature rise could “trigger declining global food stocks and sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people.”

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“Turn Down the Heat, Why A Four Degrees Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided,” a new report released just days ahead of the United Nations’ climate change talks to be held in Doha, Qatar,  states that — by the  end of this century — there could a “new class of heatwaves” of magnitudes never experienced before.

The United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, reports that a four degree temperature rise could “trigger declining global food stocks and sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people.”

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WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND  Huge piles of debris at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways, Queens, await transfer to the Fresh Kills landfill and then upstate.  Approximately 250,000 tons of debris have been removed from New York City communities in the wake of Sandy; another 12 million cubic feet will need to be hauled away region-wide.  (Photo: Doug Kuntz via The New York Times; caption via The Times)

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WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND  Huge piles of debris at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways, Queens, await transfer to the Fresh Kills landfill and then upstate.  Approximately 250,000 tons of debris have been removed from New York City communities in the wake of Sandy; another 12 million cubic feet will need to be hauled away region-wide.  (Photo: Doug Kuntz via The New York Times; caption via The Times)

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