NEW YORK (AP) — HBO, which acknowledged Monday that hackers had broken into its systems and stolen “proprietary information,” now says the attackers likely haven’t breached the network’s entire email system.
In a Wednesday email to employees, CEO Richard Plepler wrote that “we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.”
He added that a review continues, and said HBO is hiring an outside firm to help employees monitor their financial accounts.
Purported hackers said in email that they’d accessed HBO’s internal network and email system and then posted stolen information online. An archived version of the named website appeared to have links to downloadable episodes for several HBO shows, including “Insecure” and “Ballers,” and what it said was a link to “script & film” to two “Game of Thrones” episodes, including an upcoming one.
AP did not test the links. The site was not loading Wednesday afternoon.
But HBO appeared to indirectly confirm that this website linked to potentially sensitive internal material including “documents, images, videos and sound.”
On Tuesday, a company called IP-Echelon filed a report with Google on behalf of HBO, noting that the named website “shares thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents.” IP-Echelon Pty Ltd. regularly files such copyright-infringement notices on behalf of large media entertainment companies, including HBO.
Federal law requires internet companies like Google to remove links to sites that infringe copyright once they receive such notifications. Google routinely forward such notices to the longstanding public-interest repository Lumen, formerly known as Chilling Effects, once it has complied.
A Google spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment. An HBO spokesman declined to comment on the takedown notice. Messages left with IP-Echelon were not answered.
Previous hacks have created significant repercussions in Hollywood. Sony struggled in the aftermath of its huge hack in 2014, which leaked embarrassing employee emails as well as films.
But earlier this year, when another hacker held stolen episodes of new Netflix shows for ransom, Netflix apparently refused to pay. When the episodes appeared online, the company merely shrugged.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — It’s the last chance for football fans to see a one-of-a-kind art exhibition devoted exclusively to football, now on display in the birthplace of the NFL.
The exhibit, titled “Scrimmage,” opened Tuesday at the Canton Museum of Art and features 78 works by big names including artists Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell and football players-turned-artists Frederick Remington and Ernie Barnes.
The exhibition comes as the Canton-based Pro Football Hall of Fame prepares to hold its enshrinement weekend, which kicks off Thursday with a game pitting the Arizona Cardinals against the Dallas Cowboys. Though Canton hasn’t had an NFL team since 1926, the NFL was founded in Canton in 1920 by a consortium of Ohio teams.
The collection’s curators say it’s the first comprehensive display of art about football by American artists in the country. It was the brainchild of curators at a museum at Colorado State University, where it made its debut in 2015.
When the collection was spotted by Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art, he knew instantly that it had to come to Ohio.
“I said, ‘Is there any reason why this can’t come to Canton, birthplace of the NFL?'” Barton said.
Though the pieces date from the Civil War to 2014, the works are organized by theme, not chronology. That’s to encourage viewers to ponder common issues that have challenged people throughout football’s history, Barton says, touching on topics from gender dynamics to the physical dangers of football.
He sits to watch one work, a seven-minute video. On the screen, football players dressed in white uniforms crouch around a player dressed in black. They pause, then strike, knocking the player off balance. Barton winces.
“This is about some of the questions of the game today,” he says. “What are players facing?”
The video depicts a football exercise called Bull in the Ring, once common but now banned by many leagues and teams over concerns of its effects on players’ brains.
Other objects on display include a Wheaties cereal box branded with a picture of legendary player Jim Thorpe, the first president of the NFL, and Polaroid photos of O.J. Simpson taken by Warhol in 1977.
It took two years for curators to pull together the display, borrowing pieces from museums and private collectors. By honing in on the intersection between art and football, they aimed to reach sports fans and art lovers alike.
Danielle Knapp, a curator at a museum at the University of Oregon who helped put together the exhibit, said a lot of people were surprised.
“They assumed it would be all sports memorabilia,” Knapp said. “It’s introducing this material to diverse audiences.”
The exhibition will run until Oct. 29, after which the objects will be returned back to their owners.
PERU, Ind. (AP) — Police in central Indiana say an officer was able to rescue a man from a bridge who was livestreaming his decision about whether to jump.
Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks tells the Kokomo Tribune a family member approached an officer Monday evening to report seeing a Facebook video of her brother sitting on the bridge contemplating jumping into the Wabash River. Meeks says officers blocked traffic to the bridge and started speaking with the man.
Meeks said people watching the livestream implored him to get off the bridge while others encouraged him to jump. The police chief says an officer pulled him to safety while the man’s attention was on his phone and Facebook feed. The man was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Who are you going to trust when it comes to what’s best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger?
Proponents of privatizing air traffic control, a top priority of President Donald Trump, face fierce resistance from some Republicans, many Democrats and various advocacy groups who have a forceful voice: Sullenberger, the pilot who managed to land an airliner in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life after the plane lost thrust in both engines.
Privatization plus another proposal that would make it easier for co-pilots to get academic credit for certification have drawn congressional opposition and stalled efforts to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, a must-do for Congress by Sept. 30.
Sullenberger said he considers the legislative proposals an attempt to boost the bottom lines of the airlines at the expense of the public. He’s speaking out, knowing that the actions he and his crew took that January day in 2009 have given them a bully pulpit with the American public.
“They trust us,” said Sullenberger, most recently portrayed on film by actor Tom Hanks. “They know we’re experts at what we’re talking about.”
Republicans opposed to privatization recognize they have a flying ace to make their case.
“No man was better when it came to safety standards. And then he demonstrated it that day, that he knew what he was talking about,” said Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla. “I think we need to take pause, and take a step back, and listen.”
The push for privatization of air traffic control operations has some powerful backers, but supporters still have more convincing to do to secure a vote in the House. GOP leaders have delayed a vote until after the August recess.
The bill’s backers argue that Washington budget dysfunction and the FAA’s ineffective contract management have hindered the agency’s efforts to keep pace with technology. Major projects consistently exceed cost estimates and fall behind schedule, including a critical move to satellite-based navigation and digital communications, which will reduce airport delays.
They want an entity that operates more like a business.
“We cannot let a broken government structure and old-fashion Washington bureaucracy drag down a proud American tradition,” said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the bill’s primary sponsor.
The new, non-profit would be run by a 13-member board of directors representing the numerous stakeholders invested in the nation’s skies. Meanwhile, the FAA would continue to serve as a safety regulator. Many foreign countries have gone the privatization route, including Canada, Germany and Britain.
Sullenberger stresses that the nation is experiencing a golden age in flight safety with no fatal commercial airline crashes in more than eight years.
“The FAA is not broken,” said Sullenberger, who added, “What this proposal does is take an extreme solution to a non-problem.”
Sullenberger argues that privatization would allow a corporate monopoly heavily influenced by the major airlines to manage the nation’s skies. It would make key investment decisions that could put profits over safety and reduce access for the general aviation community, which includes company jets, recreational pilots and agriculture sprayers.
“It gives the keys of the kingdom to the four largest airlines,” Sullenberger said. “I can guarantee you the four largest airlines don’t always have the interests of the traveling public in mind.”
Exhibit A, he said, is the shrinking seat sizes that airlines are incorporating in their planes.
Still, unions representing commercial airline pilots and air traffic control workers have endorsed privatization. Patricia Gilbert, executive vice president at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said the lack of stable and predictable funding from Congress has contributed to antiquated air towers and equipment, and a shortage of air traffic control workers.
“All of those things need a focus,” Gilbert said. “And we’re not seeing that.”
Backers also say the board is too diversified for any one aspect of the aviation community to dominate it.
A Senate bill reauthorizing aviation programs ignores the privatization issue. Democratic lawmakers called it a non-starter, and some Republican lawmakers from rural states are also wary.
But the bill seeks changes in the training requirements for co-pilots. Supporters see it as a way to ease a pilot shortage faced by smaller, regional airlines. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has threatened to block the entire FAA bill if the provision is included.
After the nation’s last fatal commercial airline crash in February 2009, Congress required that any pilot operating as a first officer, or co-pilot, with an air carrier would need a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience. The prior threshold had been what Sullenberger calls an “insanely low” minimum of 250 hours.” The bill would expand the type of training that could be credited toward the 1,500 hours.
Sullenberger said he feared that people watching videos in hotel ballrooms would be able to count that experience. He contends that the worst-run regional airlines are having the biggest trouble recruiting pilots. He said the nation shouldn’t lower its standards to address their concerns.
“If we were having a problem attracting primary-care physicians, would we suggest the solution was to reduce medical school a year or two?” Sullenberger asked.
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BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland Indians center fielder Austin Jackson made such a sensational catch, he drew a standing ovation — from the rival Red Sox fans at Fenway Park.
Jackson raced toward right-center, jumped high and jack-knifed into the Boston bullpen to rob Hanley Ramirez of a leadoff home run in the fifth inning Tuesday night.
“That was one of the best catches I think I’ve ever seen,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, the former Red Sox skipper who led Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.
So good, Boston fans had to stop in mid-celebration when Jackson re-emerged and held up his glove with the ball still inside. Umpires called for video review, which the Fenway crowd hoped would overturn the call on the field. When the call was upheld, the fans resumed cheering, but this time it was directed at the opposing center fielder.
“They’re good baseball fans. They certainly want their team to win but they appreciate good baseball,” Francona said.
After making the acrobatic, astonishing catch, Jackson casually hopped back onto the field, as if he’d just jumped a neighbor’s fence to retrieve a ball. He had to leap high above the fence and stretch to reach the ball and get it in his glove, then hang on when his momentum sent him crashing into the Red Sox bullpen.
“Really you’re just trying to get back to the wall and try to read it. That particular one, I got back and I tried to get to the fence first,” Jackson said. “When I jumped, I caught it and I realized I was about to take a tumble on the other side.”
Jackson managed to hook one arm over the top of the wall to brace himself as he went over it. He wasn’t quite prepared for the response he received.
“That was awesome. I was just so pumped up it was like I didn’t even hear them,” Jackson said. “I was just pumped up for us and glad that I was able to hold on to it. Especially going over like that, I could’ve easily dropped it.”
The Red Sox went on to win 12-10 on Christian Vazquez’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
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Michael Jordan finally issued his response to LaVar Ball’s bravado.
“I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged,” Jordan said.
Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, previously said he would beat Jordan in a game of 1-on-1 back in his prime. Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and considered by many the greatest player ever, had held his tongue on a response — at least for a while.
BayAreaHQ.com posted a video Monday of Jordan talking to campers at his summer youth basketball camp in Santa Barbara, California.
“You’ve got to understand the source,” Jordan said when asked about Ball. “He played, I think, college. … maybe? He averaged 2.2 points per game. Really?”
Ball played one season at Washington State.
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