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Security experts warn about doll susceptible to hackers

Security experts warn about doll susceptible to hackers

The box says “It's amazing what she knows,” but security experts say the My Friend Cayla doll also makes it easy for strangers to know your child. The doll uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a device with no PIN or password required.  >> Read more trending news “On a scale of one to 10 this doll was definitely one to hack,” Ken Munro with Pentest Partners, who discovered the vulnerability in 2015, said. “I don't think anybody takes this seriously enough. What bothers me is we're expecting parents to become computer security experts and that's not realistic.” Privacy groups are taking action. Last December the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington filed a complaint with the FTC about Genesis toys, the maker of My Friend Cayla and the robot I-Que. The complaint cites ease of access and how the app recordings were sent to a third party software company, Nuance Communications, without making it clear to parents.  RELATED: Germany bans talking doll due to security concerns The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or C.O.P.P.A, sets strict guidelines on how parents must be notified about information collected on their children.  “The parent has to actually know what is going on and then say, ‘Yes, I agree.’ The box cannot already be checked. It cannot be just hidden somewhere in the terms of service. It's supposed to be a moment where the parent realizes what's going on and says, ‘Yes, I'm OK with that,’” Munro said. RELATED: Do some toys threaten your child’s privacy? Even if parents are notified, understanding how the information is stored is key.  'It's going to the cloud. That's the basic thing for so many of our devices,' said Munro. Child user profiles and recordings collected by some other companies have also been compromised. In 2015, V-Tech Toys was hacked exposing over six million child profiles. Plus, security researchers recently discovered that people could access voice recordings of Spiral Toys Cloudpets. Munro said that the best way to make sure your children's privacy is secure is to not give out their information in the first place.  “It's really more of a problem of how we as Americans view our privacy, and we keep giving more and more information out,” Munro said. “Eventually, we're not going to have any more privacy if we don't stop.” The FTC would not comment on their investigation of complaints against Genesis Toys and Nuance. 

Congress already squeezed by its 2017 calendar

Congress already squeezed by its 2017 calendar

While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are already feeling pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, which also puts a time squeeze on other major initiatives on Capitol Hill. There are no votes scheduled this week in the Congress; the Senate returns to legislative session on June 5, while the House is back in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Here’s some of what faces Republicans in the Congress: 1. Everything keys off of the GOP health care bill. Because the GOP is trying to use the expedited “budget reconciliation” process, which allows them to avoid a filibuster in the Senate, nothing involved with next year’s budget – or with tax reform – can move until health care is settled. GOP Senators have been meeting regularly in recent weeks to decide what to do on health care – but they don’t have a deal as yet, and no one is quiet sure when they might have a vote. “We’re a long ways from that,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-ND) told reporters this week. “Damned if I know,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said about when a deal might be reached. Writing their own bill takes time. Senate laying groundwork for own health care replacement bill — Rusty Arrison (@RustyArrisonXVJ) May 26, 2017 2. Why do you keep saying there isn’t much time? Two things are at work here – the Congressional calendar, and the limits on the “budget reconciliation” process. The authorization to use reconciliation for a health care bill expires on September 30 – the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. So, the GOP has four months to figure out a bill, and get it approved and sent to the President. But, lawmakers won’t be here much of that four month period. In fact, between now and the end of the fiscal year – there are 43 scheduled legislative work days in the House, which mirrors the Senate schedule. That’s 43 legislative days in session spread out over 18 weeks. You could always get extra time by scrapping the August recess, or working some weekends. 3. The budget is way behind schedule – more than usual. This past week, President Trump delivered his 2018 budget to the Congress. Normally that is done in February. The House and Senate only started having hearings on spending bills this past week. Lawmakers were supposed to approve the blueprint known as the “budget resolution” by April 15. As of now, that plan doesn’t even exist. Congress is supposed to pass all spending bills by October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, but that has not happened since 1996. With the schedule still showing five weeks off during the summer, there is no way that lawmakers are going to meet that spending deadline, which will pave the way for stop gap budgets, and then most likely a year-end omnibus spending deal. Sound familiar? @TheDCVince the congress cannot walk and crew gum at the same time. They haven't begun the FY18 budget.We will get more CRs and then omnibus — Bulldog 6 (@MC22554) May 24, 2017 4. Tax reform still hasn’t taken shape. Despite the Sunday tweet by President Trump about his tax plans, it was obvious in budget hearings last week involving Secretary of Treasury Stephen Mnuchin that a Trump tax plan is not ready to be rolled out any time soon. Remember – all we have right now is a one page document with some bullet points. Even if the White House put out the details this next week, Republicans couldn’t take it up under budget reconciliation rules until they get finished with health care legislation. And, as stated above, the GOP does not seem to be near a deal. Senate Republicans probably cannot let June go by without some kind of agreement on health care. The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule. Big benefits to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017 5. You can’t pass bills when you aren’t in DC. Whenever I point out how the Congress is going to be home for an extended break, I always hear from people who say, “If they’re not in DC, they can’t screw things up.” Yes, that’s true. On the other hand, it’s also true that when they aren’t working on Capitol Hill, they can’t pass any bills to fix things, either. And for Republicans right now, if you aren’t at work on the floors of the House and Senate, you aren’t passing any of President Trump’s agenda. Those Republican lawmakers having town hall meetings this week will get a lot of attention. If Republicans in the House and Senate were doing their job, Pres Trump could be returning home to sign laws for taxes, health care, etc. — Pat (@Pat170017001) May 26, 2017 It’s not even the end of May. But time is already running short for Republicans in 2017.

JSO: Woman ditches stolen merchandise, child when confronted by store security

JSO: Woman ditches stolen merchandise, child when confronted by store security

It started as attempted retail theft and only escalated from there.   A St. Augustine woman is facing a felony charge, after an incident at a Jacksonville department store.   According to the arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, employees at the Kohl's on Old St. Augustine Road spotted April Felder, 29, load up her cart with merchandise and then walk out of the store with that cart, without making any attempt to pay.   When store security confronted her in the parking lot, Felder allegedly ditched the cart, containing not only the stolen goods, but her young child as well.   Felder faces a felony charge of child neglect, after being arrested about a block away from the store.

It started as attempted retail theft and only escalated from there.   A St. Augustine woman is facing a felony charge, after an incident at a Jacksonville department store.   According to the arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, employees at the Kohl's on Old St. Augustine Road spotted April Felder, 29, load up her cart with merchandise and then walk out of the store with that cart, without making any attempt to pay.   When store security confronted her in the parking lot, Felder allegedly ditched the cart, containing not only the stolen goods, but her young child as well.   Felder faces a felony charge of child neglect, after being arrested about a block away from the store.
A weekend designed to honor those who have lost their lives while defending the country, has been disrupted by violence in Jacksonville. At least eight shootings with victims have been reported since Friday night. A total of four people have been killed and eight others hurt, with several of the shooting incidents claiming multiple victims.  Police are not connecting these incidents, but there’s little suspect information to go on in most of the cases.  The violence started Friday night on McMillan Street, when a 12-year-old was shot in the leg, initially claiming he didn’t know who was responsible. The incident report shows the victim later told police that his friend, 19-year-old Antonio Tyler, was playing with a gun when it accidentally went off. Tyler has been arrested for shooting in to an occupied dwelling, with a bullet he allegedly fired hitting a home on 5th Street W at the same time. The police reports say Tyler and the 12-year-old were waiting near the home for their friend to come out to go to the basketball court.  Early Saturday morning on Rawhyde Trail a man and two juveniles were shot. 18-year-old Zion Brown died, and the juveniles’ injuries are not life threatening. Police haven’t released any suspect information or details on what led up to the shooting itself.  Overnight Saturday in to Sunday saw a series of shootings.  At 2:20AM, police responded to the Hampton Ridge Apartments on Harts Road, and soon learned this was connected to a victim at Qualihallow Drive. A 20-year-old knocked on a person’s door along Quailhallow Drive saying he had been shot at the Hampton Ridge apartments. Police found the victim in a bloody shirt in the back of a car, but he was uncooperative- including not telling investigators what had happened.  Just before 4:30AM Sunday, a 21-year-old drove up to the Park West ER on 103rd. The victim had been shot in the upper back and there were also bullet holes visible in his vehicle’s rear window. The victim told police he was driving at Old Middleburg and Fouraker when his vehicle was shot at by an unknown female wearing a pink shirt and driving a white truck. He told police he didn’t know who the woman was.  Shortly after 5AM, police were called to Banyan Drive in reference to shots fired. JSO initially released that a man had been shot in the hand and face following a fight, and that a suspect was being questioned. We’ve now confirmed 28-year-old Napoleon Brown has been arrested for attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Brown’s arrest report says he, the 23-year-old victim, and a third person- who were all childhood friends- were hanging out when an argument broke out. Brown allegedly shot the victim and then pointed it at the third person, who tried to break up the fight. Brown initially left the scene, but returned while police were investigating. He has refused to speak with JSO.  Then a little after 9:30AM, a man’s body was found behind an abandoned home on King Street. Police are still working to sort through the details of this incident, and have not yet released the victim’s identity.  It was quiet then through Sunday night, when another shooting was reported around 8:30PM. Police say a man was found fatally shot outside of a home on Newbolt Court, and a woman was injured by gunfire nearby. The man who died has been identified as 35-year-old Hakeem Busch.  Then the violence continued in to Monday, when two adult men were found shot at the Roosevelt Gardens apartment complex on Lincoln Court in the early afternoon. One of those men has died and the other was taken to the hospital, but his condition was not immediately available. JSO is canvassing the neighborhood in an effort to determine what exactly happened.  If you have any information about any of these incidents, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Defective equipment at a busy Avondale intersection is causing long waits for drivers.Action News Jax investigated what’s causing the problem at Roosevelt Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue, and what’s being done now to fix it.The Florida Department of Transportation said the video-detection system there has got to go.It’s supposed to detect cars in the intersection, but the overpass, combined with weather and lighting conditions, is interfering with that.Warren Trojanoski said he gets stuck there several times a day and has been complaining about the intersection to the city for years.“You look over here, you see five or six cars. You look over here, you see five or six cars behind you. You look at the lane that’s got the green light, there’s no one there,” Trojanoski said. “Those are literally pollution factories.”Action News Jax started looking into the problem last week when we saw Trojanoski’s message in Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s inbox.Action news Jax reached out to FDOT spokesperson Tracy Hisler-Page and she said the agency ordered a new microwave-detection system to replace the malfunctioning video-detection system.She said, unlike video detection, microwave radars detect vehicles regardless of weather or lighting conditions.When the equipment arrives, Hisler-Page said the city will make the switch and then conduct a signal-timing study.“They are such a source of pollution that it really needs to be addressed now. If it costs a little bit of extra money for the city, I don’t care,” Trojanoski said.Hisler-Page said it could be another two months before the new system gets installed. Defective equipment will be replaced at busy Avondale intersection https://t.co/7d1nE59WSc pic.twitter.com/sVlT2KUWaN— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) May 29, 2017 Live at 6 @ActionNewsJax: Malfunctioning equipment will be replaced at busy #Avondale intersection in #Jax https://t.co/XMtIthkCtc pic.twitter.com/CpoaJnDVwh— Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) May 29, 2017
Two people have been shot in the Roosevelt Gardens apartment complex, in the latest of several shootings that have plagued Jacksonville through several days. JSO Homicide Sergeant Robert John says they were called to the Lincoln Court apartment complex, off MLK and I-95, Monday morning. Both of those involved are adults- one has died and another was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known at this time.  Police aren’t yet sure what led up to the shooting, including whether the two involved could have been shooting at each other, or whether they were both the victim of another person’s gunfire. They’re working to canvass the area to gather more information.  This is the latest of at least six shooting incidents where people have been hit by gunfire, since Friday night. There is no apparent connection with all of the shootings, but a total of four people have been killed and seven hurt, including today’s incident.
Two men have been arrested, accused of at least five counts of burglary and dealing in stolen property. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Jon Brynildsen and 46-year-old Willie Evans would enter vacant homes, steal appliances, and sell them to a store in Arlington. Jacksonville Police say they found 16 appliances and cleared five cases with theses arrests, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was able to clear cases as well.  Three of the burglary and dealing in stolen property counts stem from incidents close to each other- on Southern Oaks Drive, Morse Avenue, and High Bluff Road. Another set of charges deals with Fallsmill Drive near Oakleaf, and the fifth incident was in Arlington, off Merrill Road.  JSO says the investigation is still active and ongoing.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking for your help to solve a double shooting that's claimed the life of one of the victims.  35-year-old Hakeem Rashad Busch was identified by JSO this morning as the man whose body was found Sunday evening outside a home on the 1800 block of Newbolt Court.   The other victim - a woman - hasn't been identified and her condition isn't clear at this point, but we do know she was transported to a local hospital for treatment.   Neighbors tell our partner Action News Jax that they heard around 12 to 15 shots in the area and that a black Chevrolet Camaro sped off just before JSO arrived on scene.   It's not clear what relationship might exist between Busch and the other victim.   Anyone with information is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).
Congress already squeezed by its 2017 calendar

While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are feeling some pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, pass a major tax reform bill, and enact sweeping budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

There are no votes scheduled this week in the Congress, as lawmakers are back in their districts; the Senate returns to legislative session on June 5, while the House is back in Washington, D.C. on June 6.

Here’s some of what faces Republicans in the [More]

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