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Do you know what hackers were doing around this time five years ago? They were breaking into a database at Disqus, the popular blog comment hosting service supported by scores of websites, in many cases in place of traditional web forums (remember those?). Disqus only found out about it this past Thursday and began alerting users a day later, rather than waiting like many companies often do. "On October 5th, we were alerted to a security breach that impacted a database from 2012. While we are still investigating the incident, we believe that it is best to share what we know now," Disqus stated in a blog post. "We know that a snapshot of our user database from 2012, including information dating... Read more...
It's said that a single bad apple can ruin the whole bunch, but Internet trolls are even worse. They not only ruin what could have been an engaging discussion on an interesting topic with intelligent individuals, but they often manage to go undetected until that moment when all hell breaks loose. And then the ban hammer drops, sometimes taking out good members who got caught up in a flame war. Turns out this doesn't have to be the case. Researchers from Stanford University and Cornell University studied online discussions from news site CNN, political site Breitbart, and gaming site IGN spanning 18 months, 1.7 million users, and nearly 40 million posts with more... Read more...