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The Marriott Breach May Have Been A Chinese State Job - 

The hack of Marriott hotel’s reservation system may have been the work of a Chinese state ministry.

U.S. investigators are zeroing in on Chinese state hackers being the most likely culprits into last month's hack of Marriott's reservation system. That breach exposed the personal information of as many as 500 million guests. Media are reporting the investigation is not complete but the four-year intrusion shows signs of being done by Chinese Ministry of State Security.

They claim this hack involved the same cloud-hosting space that Chinese state hackers have used in the past. Another clue this was done by a nation is that no one is trying to sell the personal information on the dark web. Authorities say it was a long term operation that took four years to be discovered.

The report comes as the U.S. is readying to declassify documents that show China’s attempt to compile a database of American executives and government officials with security clearances.

Source: New York Times


Anchorage Education Officials Are Figuring Out How To Fix Their Schools -

 Anchorage schools welcomed students back Monday, but the problem now is rebuilding.

Officials are estimating it will cost between 25 and 50 million dollars to return their buildings to the condition they were in before the November 30th earthquake. District Chief Financial Officer Jim Anderson stressed it's an early estimate and can change as more information comes in.

The Anchorage School District has 92 buildings. The biggest question mark are Gruening Middle and Eagle River Elementary schools. Both were closed for the rest of this school year because of extensive damage and the students had to be relocated. The detailed structural assessments on those schools is not complete yet. Anderson said it is up in the air if Eagle River can be repaired. It would cost between 28 and 35 million dollars to build a new school.

Source: KTOO


FRENCH TERROR ATTACK: At Least Three Killed, 11 Wounded

At least three people were killed and 11 others were wounded in a suspected terrorist attack in the city of Strasbourg in France.  Authorities have detained five people in connection with the attack but a manhunt is still ongoing for the suspected shooter who may have fled to Germany. (USA Today)

The shooting took place at a Christmas market guarded by soldiers, who shot and wounded the suspect, but he managed to escape. 

Source: USA Today


EXTRA

*According to a study by Creative Arts Agency and shift7, movies with women in leading roles make more at the box office than films with men in leading roles. “The perception that it’s not good business to have female leads is not true,” CAA agent Christy Haubegger told The New York Times. “They’re a marketing asset.” Your move, Hollywood. (Mashable)


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