Bonnie Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse’ hit during eclipse

Some cruise passengers will have the ultimate soundtrack for Monday’s solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings he r hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on board.

Royal Caribbean says the Welsh singer will be backed on the power ballad by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE for a performance in an outdoor theater on its ship Oasis of the Seas as part of a “Total Eclipse Cruise.”

The ship leaves from Florida on Sunday. It will sail through the Caribbean toward St. Maarten on Monday when the moon passes in front of the sun. A total eclipse will be viewable in a narrow band across the sea.

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1983. DNCE is best known for its 2015 hit “Cake by the Ocean.”

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1.8 million Chicago voter records exposed online

A voting machine company exposed 1.8 million Chicago voter records after misconfiguring a security setting on the server that stored them.

Election Systems & Software (ES&S), the Nebraska-based voting software and election management company, confirmed the leak on Thursday.

In a blog post, the company said the voter data leak contained names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers and some driver’s license and state ID numbers stored in backup files on a server. Authorities alerted ES&S to the leak on Aug. 12, and the data was secured.

A security researcher from UpGuard discovered the breach.

The data did not contain any voting information, like the results of how someone voted.

Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections, said the leak did not contain or affect anyone’s voting ballots, which are handled by a different vendor.

“We deeply regret this,” Allen said. “It was a violation of our information security protocol by the vendor.”

Forensic experts are investigating the ES&S leak. A spokesperson for ES&S said in a statement the firm has no indication that the information had been previously accessed by people other than the researchers who discovered it.

UpGuard security researcher Jon Hendren found the cache of data exposed on an Amazon Web Services server Friday night. He handed it off to analyst Chris Vickery who downloaded the information to examine the content. Vickery shared his findings with local and Illinois state authorities Saturday morning.

Amazon buckets — where data is stored — are private by default. This means someone at ES&S misconfigured a security setting and exposed the data online.

“This data would be an identity thief’s dream to find,” Vickery told CNN Tech. He also said the leaked files contained some voting system administration credentials.

Researchers at UpGuard are responsible for discovering a number of major data leaks from publicly available databases online, including millions of people’s information from a GOP analytics company and Verizon. It also recently discovered critical infrastructure data exposed by a Texas energy firm.

Data breaches like this happen far more frequently than the public might realize.

Vickery said when he devotes one day to looking for exposed servers, he finds dozens of data breaches. Some are not as big as schematics on energy companies or millions of partial social security numbers, but he said it’s something companies need to be much more aware of.

“It’s really kind of an epidemic that people don’t have any idea about,” Vickery said. “System administrators leaving things open and exposed to the public internet is like a cancer on security.”

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Reports: Islamic State claims responsibility for attack

Islamic State propaganda is claiming that its ‘soldiers’ carried out the Barcelona attack, The Associated Press, Reuters and AFP reported Thursday.

 

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At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 injured after a van rammed through crowds of people in the heart of Barcelona Thursday in what police described as a terror attack.

Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic and chaos as the van plowed through crowds in the renowned Las Ramblas avenue, which was teeming at the time with locals and tourists.

Two people been arrested, CNN reported. Police are treating the incident as a terror attack and have sealed off the area.

“We can confirm 13 dead and more than 50 injured,” Joaquim Forn, the Catalan interior minister, told a news conference.

City officials ordered all public events to be canceled, while emergency services requested the closure of metro and train stations in the area.

Reports of the attack first emerged on social media at about 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET). About two hours later, police confirmed that Spain had suffered a deadly attack.

It was the latest in a series of attacks in Europe in which vehicles have been used to mow down pedestrians in public spaces.

Catalan police said they were continuing to hunt for the perpetrators and that the force had activated its terror response protocols. Unconfirmed reports suggested the suspects may have been attempting to reach a getaway vehicle.

Local Spanish media earlier reported that two armed men had entered a restaurant. But Catalan police dismissed rumors that the attacker had been holed up near Las Ramblas and said there “was never a hostage situation.”

As the incident unfolded, police told everyone in the vicinity of Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas to remain indoors until told it was safe to go outside. Footage posted to social media by witnesses showed chaotic scenes with people lying in the street, apparently dead or injured.

Witness reports gunshots

One witness told local media the situation was “very tense” and that all surrounding shops were being evacuated. The witness said at least eight ambulances were at the scene. Emergency services said the area had been cordoned off and all public transportation stopped.

Another witness who was hiding in a shop nearby heard gunshots, according to state-run broadcaster TVE24. A third said he saw a van driving “around 80 kilometers” per hour, or 50 mph. He said “there is no doubt it was intentional,” according to TVE24.

Tourist Susan McClean told CNN that she saw a “tidal wave” of people running away from Las Ramblas in the aftermath of the incident.

She ducked into a nearby shop and the shutters were pulled down while police sped toward the scene.

“There was clearly a lot of distress,” she told CNN.

McClean said she returned to her hotel just a street away after leaving the shop.

Witness: ‘Lot of distress’

The Catalan regional government said it was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the incident.

The Catalan emergency services urged people via Twitter to avoid going out or undertaking any other type of movement that is not “strictly necessary” to facilitate police operations.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: “The terrorists will never defeat a united people who love freedom versus barbarism. All of Spain is with the families and their victims.”

The Spanish royal family tweeted: “They are assassins, simply criminals who are not going to terrorize us. All of Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will return to be everyone’s.”

NATO chief: We stand united

World leaders were quick to voice their condemnation of the attack and offer support to Barcelona via Twitter.

“My thoughts are with all those affected. We stand united in the fight against terrorism,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

US President Donald Trump said: “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also gave his support, saying: “London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack in Barcelona “revolting,” her spokesman tweeted. “We are mourning the victims of this disgusting attack in Barcelona — in solidarity and friendship side by side with the Spanish.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker branded the Barcelona attack “cowardly,” adding: “We will never be cowed by such barbarism.”

Las Ramblas is a predominantly pedestrianized street popular among tourists in Barcelona. Extending for about three-quarters of a mile through the center of the city, the tree-lined street is especially crowded in the summer, the height of tourist season.

The promenade passes by kiosks, flower sellers, pavement cafes and bars. It includes a number of the city’s most popular sites.

Barcelona is consistently ranked one of the world’s most visited cities.

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for Barcelona.

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‘Nazis’ scrawled on side of New Hampshire GOP HQ

The New Hampshire Republican Party headquarters was vandalized with the word “Nazis” scrawled on the side of the building, police said Thursday.

The word, written inside a heart, was spray-painted and several windows on the back of the building were broken after rocks were thrown at them, Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford told CNN, citing officer dispatch notes.

Police are on site canvassing the area, speaking to neighbors and looking through potential video available for any further information.

Police did not immediately name any suspects.

A message left with a spokesman for the state Republican Party was not immediately returned Thursday. But New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said in a statement that “it is certainly disturbing and very sad to see vandalism with such hateful rhetoric. There is no place for that in our politics or society.”

The vandalism comes after remarks President Donald Trump made on Tuesday in which he blamed “both sides” of the Charlottesville protests — the white supremacists and those protesting against them — for the violence that took hold of that small Virginia city.

While Trump condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested, he insisted there were “very fine people” among those protesting the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville.

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Charlottesville violence: Corporate America responds

Corporate America is denouncing the violent, racist Charlottesville rally in unequivocal terms.

Many big brands have released statements condemning the deadly violence that broke out on Saturday at the white supremacist rally, which ended in a terror attack.

GoDaddy

Domain name provider GoDaddy said on Sunday that it will no longer serve The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi website that published a derogatory story about Heather Heyer, a victim of the violence in Charlottesville.

“We have informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service. If no action is taken after 24 hours, we will cancel the service,” GoDaddy said in a statement. “Given their latest article comes on the immediate heels of a violent act, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service.”

Google

Google Domains became The Daily Stormer’s website registrar after the site was booted off GoDaddy. But Google soon ditched The Daily Stormer as well.

A spokesperson said, “we are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service.”

Tiki Brand

Some of the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville over the weekend were carrying tiki torches, prompting the company to distance itself from the violent rally.

“Tiki Brand is not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are deeply saddened and disappointed,” the brand said in a statement on Monday. “We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way.”

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings responded harshly to those white supremacist protesters who carried signs with a modified version of the hockey team’s logo.

“The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.,” the hockey team said on Saturday.

“The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”

AirBnB

AirBnB co-founder Brian Chesky said people who participated in white nationalist protests were removed from AirBnB units.

“We require those who are members of the Airbnb community to accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age,” Chesky said.

“When we see people pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we take appropriate action. In this case, last week, we removed these people from Airbnb.”

Chesky said he learned last month that white supremacists were using AirBnB to arrange lodging and coordinate events in Charlottesville.

PayPal

Franz Paasche, head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at PayPal, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the digital payments platform works “to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments or donations for activities that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance. This includes organizations that advocate racist views, such as the KKK, white supremacist groups or Nazi groups.”

The company added that it will “limit or end customer relationships and prohibit the use of our services by those that meet the thresholds of violating our policy.”

GoFundMe

A spokesman for the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe told CNN Tech that, “white nationalists and neo-nazis cannot use GoFundMe to promote hatred, racism, or intolerance.”

“If a campaign violates GoFundMe’s terms of service, we’ll remove it from the platform.”

The company said it has shut down multiple campaigns to raise money for James Fields, who was accused of driving the car that hit Heyer.

Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemned white supremacist groups in a post to his Facebook page.

“The last few days have been hard to process. I know a lot of us have been asking where this hate comes from,” said Zuckerberg. “As a Jew, it’s something I’ve wondered much of my life. It’s a disgrace that we still need to say that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are wrong — as if this is somehow not obvious.”

Facebook has taken down a number of white supremacist Facebook Groups since the Charlottesville rally.

Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook said President Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville contradicts American values.

“I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights,” Cook wrote in an email to employees. “Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”

He announced Apple would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, describing them as groups working “to rid our country of hate.”

And for every dollar that Apple employees donate to certain human rights groups through the end of September, the company will donate $2. Customers will also soon be able to use iTunes to support the Southern Poverty Law Center.

— Kaya Yurieff contributed reporting.

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PayPal cracking down on white supremacist accounts

PayPal is making it clear that hate isn’t welcome on its platform.

The online payments processor said it works to make sure its services aren’t used to accept payments or donations that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance, according to a blog post on Tuesday night.

That includes groups that encourage racist views, such as the KKK and white-supremacist organizations.

“If we become aware of a website or organization using our services that may violate our policies, our highly trained team of experts addresses each case individually and carefully evaluates the website itself, any associated organizations, and their adherence to our policy,” PayPal said in the blog post.

The company declined to give further details about how its team determines who is ultimately blocked from the platform and why.

The statement comes in response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, was killed when a man plowed his car through a crowd counter-protesting a “Unite the Right” rally of white-supremacist groups.

“Lives lost due to hatred and intolerance are a tragedy for every person in our nation,” PayPal said. “Our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville and all who have been touched by this unacceptable hatred and violence.”

However, one group is calling out PayPal specifically as being “integral” in raising money to organize the rally.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that monitors hate groups in the U.S., said organizers, speakers and individuals attending the rally used the platform to move money ahead of the event.

PayPal declined to comment beyond the blog post.

In its report on Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center also called out specific accounts of white supremacist organizers and attendees who were permitted to use PayPal before and after the events in Charlottesville, despite PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy, which bans the promotion of hate, violence and racial intolerance.

A CNN Tech analysis found that PayPal has since blocked payments to the majority of the accounts listed in the nonprofit’s report, such as to Richard Spencer’s the National Policy Institute, a white separatist think tank.

A PayPal spokesman said the company doesn’t comment on specific account information or provide status updates. However, the donate button for the think tank goes to a PayPal page that says: “This recipient is currently unable to receive money.”

The same message was displayed when donate buttons were clicked on other sites the group mentioned, such as Identity Evropa, Radical Agenda and the Revolutionary Conservative.

Anti-Semitic website the Right Stuff had no option to donate through PayPal on its site, but CNN Tech found at least one offshoot site was still collecting donations through PayPal. Patriotic Flags, an online retailer that sells far-right flags and banners, still uses PayPal as a payment-processing platform.

This isn’t the first time PayPal has blocked payments to certain users. In May, white-supremacist website Occidental Dissent said PayPal canceled its account. The account of prominent supremacist Kyle Chapman was also reportedly deactivated.

Popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe is also taking a stand against hate speech. The platform shut down multiple campaigns this week to raise money for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd at the rally on Saturday.

“White nationalists and neo-nazis cannot use GoFundMe to promote hatred, racism, or intolerance, and if a campaign violates GoFundMe’s terms of service, we’ll remove it from the platform,” a spokesman told CNN Tech.

The company said those campaigns did not raise any money and were immediately removed.

Earlier this week, GoDaddy and Google Domains gave white supremacist and neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer the boot after it published a derogatory story about Heyer, the Charlottesvile victim.

“Tech companies feel increasing pressure to police speech on their platforms and to take down speech that the vast majority of people find to be offensive, vile and hateful,” said David Snyder, executive director at the First Amendment Coalition.

However, this comes with the risk that these platforms will over-correct or ban speech too broadly and lose customers.

“If these companies are viewed as over-regulatory [or] too active in censoring the speech of their customers, the customers will go elsewhere,” Snyder said.

Such platforms have already popped up in recent years, such as WeSearchr, a crowdfunding platform that doesn’t place restrictions on campaigns, and Gab, an alternative social media network.

CNN Tech’s Sara Ashley O’Brien contributed to this report.

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