Computer "security" firm Trend Micro has disclosed that a member of its staff has sold 68,000 customer records without approval from the firm's management (archived). Earlier this year a long running similar situation at US telecom AT&T came into the light. In that scheme AT&T staff sold access to AT&T systems in an organized manner and without management direction to do so. Trend Micro claims that in this case only the data of English speaking customers in English speaking countries was targeted.
Despite substantial noise about US Troops actually withdrawing from Syria last month, apparently ~800 US troops remain on Syrian soil maintaining control of some oil fields (archived). It does however appear that US Troops have actually withdrawn from supporting their former allies in Syria.
8chan was briefly returned to the Internet before falling back offline. It appears they received service from a so-called "bulletproof" hosting provider that advertised BGP routes for IP addresses unallocated within the RIPE regional registery's range (archived). Allegedly a version of the site remains accessible on the USG's Tor network.
Uruguay's Vice President, Senator elect, and wife of former President Jose Mujica, Lucía Topolansky has promised "an enormous social mobilization" if her coalition's presidential candidate loses the November 24th Presidential election in Uruguay (archived). According to local norms this is likely to take the form of general strikes, workplace occupations, organized vandalism, intense littering, and some level of rioting.
Topolansky's Frente Amplio coalition gathered less than 40% of the vote in the legislative round of the election with most of their Senate and lower legislative seats going to Topolansky's radical Popular Participation Movement and the differently radical Communist Part of Uruguay together enjoying a dominant position in the coalition's legislative bank. Self described moderate parties within the coalition including that of their Presidential nominee won a trivial number of seats.
The Presidential candidates of all other Parties gaining more than one percent of the vote endorsed National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou for the presidency during their concession speeches. Per their own self representations, the Popular Participation Movement claims to do the things they do for the sake of "democracy" with their definition of democracy showing no regard for actual electoral results.
Keith Vaz, former Home Affairs Select Committee chair and longtime "British Asian" Labour member of parliament, has been suspended from the House of Commons for 6 months (archived). The suspension relates to a scandal Vaz created when he pretended to be a seller of industrial washing machines named Jim while partying with immigrant rent boys he generously supplied with cocaine. Vaz was previously suspended from the House of Commons for one month in 2002 following a protracted dispute between Vaz and the police where Vaz had similarly lacked candor, dignity, or most likely both (archived).
An operation in Mexico provoked by US meddling over concerns that fentanyl was being produced in the country lead to the defeat of Mexican police and military forces during a clusterfuck in which one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons was briefly detained (archived, archived). Mexican President Obrador claims to not want to be forced into a drug war, a position likely informed by increasingly decisive and embarrasing defeats in the field suffered by Government forces repeatedly breaking informal ceasefires in aggression against superior Commercial forces.
Chile has canceled the APEC summit they were scheduled to host after persistent riots erupted following a transit fare hike (archived). APEC is not to be confused with ASEAN, a reliable source of lulz during the Hussein Bahamas administration. China was tentatively scheduled to undertake some sort of negotiation with the USG at the canceled summit.
The US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that victims of the local police's destruction of their home are entitled to no compensation at all for their home's reckless destruction by police. An alleged shoplifter unrelated to the home's owners attempted to use the structure as shelter to evade police after he allegedly shoplifted two belts and a t-shirt from a Walmart. With their quarry cornered, the local police spent 19 hours assaulting the structure with repeated strikes from an armoured vehicle and expended more than 72 chemical weapons and smoke munitions ultimately leaving the structure a ruin.
The Court's decision is reproduced in full below: Continue reading
In an 8 to 10 vote, the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors has decided to lower their target federal funds rate offered to select, friendly "depository institutions" all the way down to the 1.5 to 1.75 percent range (archived). The USD had began this week falling versus the Peso Uruguayo despite a lack of local central bank action to push this movement (archived).