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Activation of Florida National Guard creates health care insurance crisis for family

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) — When the Florida National Guard activated and deployed her husband’s unit – the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade – medical insurance for Holly Fuentes and her 6 children was supposed to seamlessly transfer from her TriCare Reserve Select plan to a TriCare plan for active-duty personnel.

The 164th was activated on Aug. 14, 2020.

“As of Aug. 14, we have no health insurance coverage and we have 6 kids, the newest being 8 weeks old,” Holly told 8 On Your Side.

Holly, who lives in Riverview, was forced to cancel several doctors’ appointments and let a $600 per month prescription for her son go unfilled.

“The most pressing is our 8 week old needs to see a G.I. specialist and I can’t have that done because of the insurance,” she said.

When her husband’s Natl Guard unit was activated, Holly and her family were left without
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Posted in Personal

National Trust joins victims of Blackbaud hack

The National Trust is a charity that looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty
The National Trust is a charity that looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty

The UK’s National Trust is among more than 80 organisations that have confirmed data breaches resulting from an attack on cloud computing provider Blackbaud.

Others involved include homeless charities The Wallich and Crisis, the terminal illness charity Sue Ryder, and the mental health group Young Minds.

Dozens of British universities have also alerted past and present students.

Museums, schools, churches and food banks have also been affected.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said it is investigating the matter and is therefore limited in what it can say at this time.

Internal investigation

The National Trust said that data about its volunteering and fundraising communities had been involved, but not that of its wider 5.6 million members.

The organisation – which looks after historic buildings and gardens – added that an internal investigation

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‘Tweet-tastrophe’? It could have been. Twitter hack reveals national security threat before election

It’s being called a “tweet-tastrophe.”

The Twitter accounts of some of the world’s biggest names were hacked Wednesday in a bitcoin scam. The FBI is investigating, and the Senate Intelligence Committee asked for a briefing.

“Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened,” Jack Dorsey, the company’s CEO, tweeted. Twitter said Thursday the breach involved approximately 130 accounts, with hackers gaining control of a “small subset” of those.

The breach, as bad as it was – the largest in the social media company’s 14-year history – could have been much, much worse.

Had it been a foreign government looking to disrupt the election in November or bad actors looking to cause an international incident, mayhem would have ensued, Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University who studies social media, told USA TODAY.

Had the hack involved President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, it would have

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Posted in Business

National Security Law Expands Online Reach of Hong Kong Police

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Hong Kong’s new National Security Law gives the city’s police enhanced powers and greater reach into cyberspace.

The Special Administrative Region’s government put into effect Article 43 of the new law on Monday night when it gazetted a range of new measures. Its objective is “preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for any acts and activities endangering national security.”

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“It is in effect moving the ‘Great Firewall’ of China right into Hong Kong,” said Charles Mok, a Hong Kong lawmaker, who represents the IT sector. The Great Firewall is a shorthand description for the mainland Chinese system which only allows government-authorized content to circulate within the country, and which corrals private sector companies into helping the state block and censor undesirable content.

Under the new powers, Hong Kong police can require the publisher of any offending online message to take down

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America’s national parks face existential crisis over race

As millions of Americans escape home quarantine to the great outdoors this summer, they’ll venture into parks, campgrounds and forest lands that remain stubborn bastions of self-segregation.

“The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does,” said Joel Pannell, associate director of the Sierra Club, which is leading an effort to boost diversity in the wilderness and access to natural spaces.

New government data, shared first with ABC News, shows the country’s premier outdoor spaces — the 419 national parks — remain overwhelmingly white. Just 23% of visitors to the parks were people of color, the National Park Service found in its most recent 10-year survey; 77% were white. Minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.

“That tells me that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said David Vela, acting director of the National Park Service.

The career

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