Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- From binge drinking to blacking out, the epidemic putting America's kids in danger - "Drinking Culture: American Kids and the Danger of Being Cool"
- Scottsdale police bust 5-member ID theft crew find "hundreds of altered credit cards" - Fake credit cards to rent two Cadillacs and a Mustang
- CDC warns about e-cigarette use after rise in vaping-related deaths - Five deaths from vaping-related illnesses have been confirmed
- Boy Scouts’ information exposed during brief data breach - A partner inadvertently exposed the personal information of children and their parents
On America's college campuses, there are epidemics we talk about and those we don't. There's sexual assault. There are fraternity hazing deaths. And in both cases, the attention of the nation usually turns to these issues only after a tragedy has occurred… after Penn State freshman Timothy Piazza dies from consuming 18 drinks in 82 minutes… after Brock Turner sexually assaults an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford...
Look deeper, however, and these epidemics have something in common: the pervasive and problematic drinking culture among American youth.
A security researcher has discovered databases containing more than 419 million records tied to Facebook accounts. It appears the data -- which includes phone numbers and Facebook IDs and in some cases users' names, genders and countries -- was scraped from the platform. However, it's not clear who pulled that information from Facebook or why.
The dataset included 133 million records on Facebook users in the US, 18 million on people in the UK and 50 million on users in Vietnam. The researcher, Sanyam Jain, found the databases on an exposed server that wasn't protected with a password. He told TechCrunch he found phone numbers linked to several celebrities.
A severe and puzzling lung disease linked to electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has doctors across the country scrambling to diagnose and care for patients struggling to breathe. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of vaping-related illnesses jumped to at least 450 cases in 33 states and cautioned people about using e-cigarettes, especially those bought off the street.
As of Friday, five deaths from vaping-related respiratory illness were reported.
Last week, Trails End said it notified Boy Scouts of America and local councils of “a data incident” that a web developer noticed. Certain information — including children’s full names, dates of birth, email addresses, phone number, parent names, favorite product and affiliation (council, district, unit) — was visible through a search.
It’s unclear how many users’ information was vulnerable during the “incident,” and whether it was a local issue or a national one. Mecklenburg County Council includes roughly 11,900 youth participants alone, according to the group’s website.